------------------------------------------------------------------- Marvin Chavez (A Staff Editorial In 'The Orange County Register' Says Attorney James Silva Of Los Angeles Will Now Represent The Co-Founder Of The Orange County Patient, Doctor, Nurse Support Group)Date: Mon, 31 Aug 1998 20:10:36 -0700 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US CA: Editorial: Marvin Chavez Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: John W.Black Source: Orange County Register (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.ocregister.com/ Pubdate: 30 Aug 1998 On Friday Marvin Chavez, founder of the Orange County Patient, Doctor, Nurse Support Group, which has tried to develop a distribution system to get marijuana to patients who are authorized to use it under Proposition 215, got a new lawyer and a new date to begin his trial on 10 counts of selling marijuana. James Silva of Los Angeles, who has defended people who tried to set up medical marijuana distribution networks in San Diego, San Francisco and Ventura counties, is Mr. Chavez's new lawyer, permitted to take the case after the public defender's office declared it had a conflict because it was defending other medical-marijuana cases. Mr Chavez will have to raise money to pay Mr. Silva, who told us he will have to study the case to date to see if he can find a way to bring about a change in Superior Court Judge Frank Fasel's decision not to allow Prop. 215 to be used as part of the Chavez defense. Some pre-trial motions are expected and the trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 28 at 9 a.m.
------------------------------------------------------------------- The Case For Proposition 8 (A Letter To The Editor Of 'The San Francisco Chronicle' Says Proposition 8 Would Establish The Same Zero Tolerance For The Possession Of 'Dangerous Drugs' That Exists For The Possession Of Guns Or Knives - Guilty Students Would Be Immediately Suspended And Expelled)Date: Sun, 30 Aug 1998 15:58:40 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US CA: LTE: The Case For Prop. 8 Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (Frank S. World) Source: San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/ Pubdate: Sun, 30 Aug 1998 THE CASE FOR PROP. 8 Editor -- Before learning is possible, schools must be cleansed of weapons, drugs and violence. I believe that Proposition 8 will free California schools from the suffocating grip of drugs. Proposition 8 establishes the same ``zero-tolerance'' for the possession of dangerous drugs as it does for the possession of guns or knives. Guilty students will be immediately suspended and expelled. I'm tired of my children having to attend public school with other kids who use drugs. The time has come to make our public education facilities safe for the children who want an education. When I look in my daughter's eyes I can see that she deserves nothing less than a drug-free school. PEGGY MOYER San Jose
------------------------------------------------------------------- Locked-Up Population (A Letter To The Editor Of 'The Sacramento Bee' From A Professor Of Sociology And Criminology Adds Some Details To The Latest Statistics On Americans' Incarceration Rate, Noting That If The Current 7.9 Percent Annual Rate Of Growth In The Prison Population Continues, Everyone In California Will Be Either Locked Up Or On Parole Or Probation By 2051) Date: Sun, 30 Aug 1998 22:32:25 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US CA: PUB LTE: Locked-Up Population Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (Frank S. World) Source: Sacramento Bee (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sacbee.com/ Pubdate: Aug. 30, 1998 Letters to the editor LOCKED-UP POPULATION Re "Fewer crimes, more inmates," Aug. 3: To the 1,244,554 prisoners in America in 1997, add the jail population of approximately 550,000-plus, roughly 100,000 locked-up juveniles and another 50,000 miscellaneous (e.g., institutionalized mental patients). The total confined population comes to nearly 2 million. This is a rate of nearly 700 per 100,000 residents, not 445. It is 10 times higher than the rates in most other advanced countries. We also have nearly 3 million probationers and parolees. Thus, nearly 5 million Americans are under the jurisdiction of the criminal courts. In California, the total number of people locked in jails, juvenile halls and mental facilities is about 246,000. If one includes probationers and parolees, the number goes up to 630,000. Everyone agrees that our prison population cannot continue to grow at the present annual rate of 7.9 percent. If it did, the entire state population would be either locked up or on parole/probation by 2051. --Tom Kando, Sacramento Professor of Sociology and Criminology California State University, Sacramento
------------------------------------------------------------------- Tobacco Votes-For-Ads Charge Being Investigated By Justice ('The San Jose Mercury News' Says The Justice Department Is Looking Into Allegations That Senate Republicans Traded Their Votes For Promises By The Tobacco Industry To Finance Political Advertising Campaigns) Date: Tue, 1 Sep 1998 11:13:31 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US: Tobacco Votes-For-Ads Charge Being Investigated By Justice Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Marcus/Mermelstein Family (firstname.lastname@example.org) Source: San Jose Mercury News (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sjmercury.com/ Pubdate: Sun, 30 Aug 1998 TOBACCO VOTES-FOR-ADS CHARGE BEING INVESTIGATED BY JUSTICE Mercury News Wire Services WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department is looking into allegations that Senate Republicans traded their votes for promises by the tobacco industry to finance advertising campaigns. Ranit Schmelzer, press secretary for Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota, said the department told Daschle of the preliminary investigation in response to questions he raised about reports tobacco companies had promised favorable political advertising in exchange for a senator's vote on specific legislation. ``Sen. Daschle is gratified that they are looking into it and awaits their final response,'' Schmelzer said Saturday. The Baltimore Sun reported Saturday that Assistant Attorney General Anthony Sutin told the senator in a letter that the allegation ``raises concerns under the bribery and gratuity statutes.'' ``The criminal division is presently examining this allegation to determine whether any further investigation is warranted,'' the letter said. Michael Gordon, a Justice Department official, told the Associated Press only that the department is ``reviewing concerns'' that Daschle raised last month in his letter to Attorney General Janet Reno. Scott Williams, a tobacco-industry official in Washington, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment. In his letter, Daschle said tobacco and health insurance companies might have violated federal law with million-dollar advertising blitzes and should be added to the Justice Department's inquiry into campaign-finance abuses. The South Dakota senator said the investigation should be based in part on a complaint against tobacco companies filed with the Federal Election Commission by the National Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. The complaint was based on news reports of a comment made in private by Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.. It alleged that the industry was adding to its $40 million advertising campaign new ads endorsing Republican senators who voted June 17 to kill the Senate's tobacco bill. Such ads, according to the group, would violate federal election law that prohibits corporations from contributing specifically to campaigns of federal candidates. According to news reports, McConnell told his colleagues in a private meeting of GOP senators the day the bill was shelved that the industry would run ads supporting senators who voted to kill it. McConnell denies any quid pro quo. He says he received no assurances from the industry before the vote. Instead, said McConnell's press officer, Robert Steurer, the senator merely made ``a statement of the obvious'': that he was sure the industry would continue to run advertisements simply because it would be in the industry's best interest to do so. But Daschle argued in his letter that the complaint ``makes a persuasive case that this next phase of advertising is solely intended to affect the outcome of federal elections, not public policy.'' 1997 - 1998 Mercury Center.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Tiny Frog Offers Major New Painkiller, Drug Research Finds ('The Chicago Tribune' Says Abbott Laboratories Of North Chicago Has Just Completed Initial Human Trials In Europe Of A Painkilling Drug Derived Fom The Poison Of A Frog Found In Ecuador, Epibpedobates Tricolor - While The Company Is Hesitant To Talk About ABT-594, As The Chemical Is Known, Scientists Say The Drug Is 200 Times As Powerful As Morphine, Lacks Morphine's Addictive Problems, And Might One Day Replace It As The Leading Treatment For Intense And Chronic Pain) Date: Sun, 30 Aug 1998 16:05:51 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US: Tiny Frog Offers Major New Painkiller, Drug Research Finds Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Steve Young (firstname.lastname@example.org) Source: Chicago Tribune (IL) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.chicago.tribune.com/ Pubdate: 30 Aug 1998 Author: Laurie Goering Section: 1, p.6 TINY FROG OFFERS MAJOR NEW PAINKILLER, DRUG RESEARCH FINDS QUITO, Ecuador -- Epibpedobates tricolor seems a big name for something so small. Little longer than a fingernail, the tiny frog can easily hide in the heart of a flowering plant, a bright jewel of red and green with shining black eyes. The brilliant color is a warning. The frog's skin secretes a deadly poison, which Ecuador's rain forest dwellers have long used to coat blowgun darts for hunting. When the poison enters the bloodstream of a monkey or sloth, the animal quickly dies. Soon, however, Epibpedobates tricolor also may become a boon for mankind. Abbott Laboratories of North Chicago has just completed initial human trials in Europe of a painkilling drug based on a derivative of the frog's poison. While the results have not yet been made public and the company is hesitant to talk about ABT-594, as the chemical is known, scientists say the drug is 200 times as powerful as morphine, lacks morphine's addictive problems, and might one day take that drug's place as the world's leading treatment for intense and chronic pain. "Abbott, I think, was very lucky to be able to separate the toxicity from the desired analgesic effect," said John Daley, a scientist at the National Institutes of Health who initially identified the chemical structure of the frog poison. With many drugs derived from natural substances, such as digitalis used in the treatment of heart problems, "nobody's been able to get rid of the toxicity. That's usually the problem," he said. ABT-594, however, has passed its initial human trials, which determine whether the drug produces problem side effects in healthy users. Phase II trials, in which the drug will be tested on pain sufferers, are being scheduled, said Melissa Brotz, an Abbott spokeswoman. "We'll probably try a broad brush on a few different types of pain," she said. Years of research into compounds from rain forest plants, animals and insects are beginning to pay off for companies such as Abbott, which synthesized up to 500 variations of the Epibpedobates frog poison before deciding to go forward with ABT-594. Scientists say they expect to see a growing number of drugs coming out of the world's tropical rain forests. What is more worrying is whether the rain forest and its animals will still be there to provide their potentially miraculous compounds in the future. The tiny frog that gave birth to Abbott's new painkiller is endemic to lowland rain forest slopes in southwestern Ecuador, near the town of Loja. Today, less than 6 percent of the frog's original habitat remains intact. When Daley first came to Ecuador in the late 1970s to collect samples of the frog, he was able to take home more than 750. Within a few years, road building and human settlement put the frog on Ecuador's threatened species list and further collecting was outlawed. "Human competition is their worst problem," said Maria Elena Baragan, director of Quito's vivarium, which displays a collection of the tiny poison dart frogs. Today, the frog has managed somewhat of a comeback by adapting to life in Ecuador's coastal banana plantations, where it is commonly found. The problem is that in its altered habitat or in captivity the frog no longer produces its poison. Scientists have not yet determined what it is about the frog's forest habitat that allows it to produce the vital chemical. "There just are no studies," Baragan says. But work on some of the other 100 or so species of poison dart frogs suggests it is probably some ant, millipede or beetle in the frog's diet. "The frog without its intact surroundings is useless," said Roderick Mast, a vice president and frog expert at Washington-based Conservation International. "It's a wonderful conservation flagship species. You have to conserve its entire habitat to conserve it." Whether the frog and its habitats will be protected, however, remains in question, in part because Abbott's new drug, a variation of the natural frog poison, can be synthesized in the laboratory without the frog. That ability is a blessing for native frog populations that might otherwise be decimated by collecting for medical purposes and a curse in that their protection is no longer key to development of the drug. Countries such as Ecuador, which are only now working on laws to claim intellectual property rights on the genetic variety in their forests, generally get no share in the profits of new drugs produced from their plants or animals. Other countries have passed laws that patent the genetic material but not derivatives of it, the case with ABT-594. That has left many South American countries with little money for or direct interest in promoting conservation of their rain forest species. Mast calls that shortsighted and says part of the answer is for countries such as Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil and Peru to begin strengthening their drug industries to take advantage of their resources. "Our basic understanding of biodiversity is pathetic," he said. "We barely know what species are out there let alone the alkaloids they have in their skin or what they might be good for. "How many chemicals are out there? We have no idea. What we do know is that we're only scratching the surface." When the chemical structure of the Epibpedobates frog poison was determined in 1990, Daley found that the chemical worked as a powerful painkiller but not through the same opioid receptors targeted by morphine. Abbott's non-toxic derivative focuses instead on nicotine receptors, raising the possibility that other kinds of addiction might be a problem. So far, however, the company has reported no addiction problems and early testing in rats showed animals taken off the painkiller suffered no lack of appetite, a normal withdrawal sign. The drug also appears to make users alert, rather than sedating them, as is the case with morphine. "Abbott got the jump on everyone else on this because they have been working on nicotine derivatives forever," Mast said. "They weren't particularly looking for painkillers but as a good chemical company they're always on the lookout. This popped up as something with potential." If the drug eventually wins U.S. approval from the Food and Drug Administration, a process Abbott says is still years away, it could potentially snare a major share of what is a $40 billion a year worldwide industry in treating long-term or severe pain not affected by aspirin or other basic painkillers. In the U.S., the company estimates 30 million to 40 million people suffer pain that might be treated by ABT-594. Mast calls the promising new drug reason enough to step up conservation of rain forests, where he and others believe many other new wonder drugs lurk. "My view is the only logical action is to conserve as much intact for as long as possible," he said. "Otherwise, there will be nothing to study and we could be losing something not only with economic value but with significance to every other living thing on the planet."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Suicide Epidemic Spreads Through Ranks Of Police ('The Houston Chronicle' Says Hundreds Of Police Officers Across The Country Commit Suicide Every Year, At A Rate That Is Much Higher Than Among The Rest Of The Population, And Rising, Although Many Cases Are Covered Up By Other Police) Date: Sun, 30 Aug 1998 10:03:07 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US: Suicide Epidemic Spreads Through Ranks of Police Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org Source: Houston Chronicle (TX) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.chron.com/ Pubdate: Sun, 30 Aug 1998 Author: David Armstrong - Boston Globe SUICIDE EPIDEMIC SPREADS THROUGH RANKS OF POLICE The cover-up of how Catherine Galvin died began almost as quickly as her life ended. Fellow officers found the 28-year-old state trooper just after midnight on Oct. 29, 1994. She was seated in her bed in her South Boston apartment, propped up by the headboard. Straight ahead, on top of a dresser, a television broadcast a late-night show. Soon there was a swirl of police activity around Galvin's lifeless body as dozens of uniformed officers and plainclothes detectives studied the situation. Outside, curious neighbors and reporters gathered. "The victim had an accidental discharge while cleaning her firearm," a Boston police spokesman told the media several hours after her death. Later, the spokesman said foul play and suicide had been ruled out. The department's official report concluded: "Victim accidentally shot self while cleaning weapon." But Catherine Galvin didn't die accidentally. A week later, after the glare of the media spotlight had faded, the truth came out in the medical examiner's report: She had deliberately killed herself, firing a single bullet from a .40-caliber handgun into her head. It was obvious the night of her death what happened to Galvin, two officers at the scene told the Globe. But as she lay fatally wounded, police decided to tell the public that what happened this October night was a tragic accident. The Galvin case was not an isolated one. Every year, hundreds of police officers across the country commit suicide. They do so at an alarming rate, a rate that is much higher than that of the rest of the population -- and rising. One expert calls it "an epidemic." The contributing factors are varied: stress, alcohol abuse, the depressing grimness of police work, the frustration of office politics. And unlike other high-stress jobs -- in medicine and aviation, for instance -- police carry weapons that they can turn against themselves. As in the Galvin case, dozens of those suicides are purposely misclassified as accidents. Sometimes it's to ease the pain felt by survivors and ensure they get better death benefits. Often, it's to protect the reputation of the dead officer and the department from what many police officers believe is a shameful act. Police officers are twice as likely to kill themselves as to be killed by a criminal, according to the National Association of Police Chiefs in Miami. In Buffalo, one of the few in-depth studies of police deaths found that officers in that city were eight times as likely to kill themselves as they were to be slain in the line of duty. Buffalo officers were also three times more likely to kill themselves than other city workers, the study found. The Boston Police Department has one of the highest suicide rates in the country -- only slightly behind Atlanta, and more than double that of the New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago departments, according to a 1994 study of seven urban police forces by the New York City Council. At least a dozen Boston officers killed themselves in the past 10 years, a rate six times that of the rest of the working-age population in Massachusetts. An analysis of computerized records of deaths in Massachusetts from 1989 to 1995 found at least 50 law enforcement deaths classified as suicides. The number of actual suicides is believed to be substantially higher because many are misclassified as accidents. In Buffalo, for instance, one in five police deaths were suicides wrongly classified as accidents. Yet, despite the numbers -- and the occasional media attention when a police department experiences a rash of suicides, as New York City did in 1994 -- the death of officers by their own hand remains one of law enforcement's most fiercely guarded secrets.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Borderlands ('The San Jose Mercury News' Notes The War On Some Drug Users Is Transforming The US-Mexico Border Region Around Ciudad Juarez, Mexico - While The European Union Works To Erase Boundaries, The United States And Mexico Seek To Control Their Common Border By Laying Down The Law - Once-Integrated Towns Are Now Increasingly Segregated By A Border That Was Once Regarded As A Tolerable Nuisance Rather Than A Legal Reality) Date: Mon, 31 Aug 1998 06:57:54 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: Mexico: Borderlands Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Marcus/Mermelstein Family (firstname.lastname@example.org) Pubdate: Sun, 30 Aug 1998 Source: San Jose Mercury News (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sjmercury.com/ Author: Alfredo Corchado and Laurence Iliff BORDERLANDS Pressure from U.S., Mexican leaders to grapple with globalization, drugs and immigration is transforming forever a 150-year-old way of life CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico -- Once a dusty no-man's land caught in the past, today's U.S.-Mexico border is undergoing its biggest transformation, leaping into the global economy and leaving behind a centuries-old ``anything goes'' way of life. From the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean, the powerful forces of economic globalization, the explosion of lawlessness spawned by brutal drug lords and the constant meddling by Washington and Mexico City are tearing at the fabric of the 2,000-mile border. While the European Union works to erase the boundaries on its continent and introduce a common currency, the United States and Mexico seek to control their common border by laying down the law. Families who have lived near the border for generations are surrounded by more federal agents and new regulations -- caught in the cross-fire of change, swinging between chaos and hope, gloom and boom. ``We're at a crossroads, living under a microscope of sorts from both sides of the border,'' said Gordon Cook, a political scientist and district director of the Rio Grande Council of Governments in El Paso, where he manages development projects for seven border counties. ``We're living under much more stress: emotional stress, social stress and environmental stress.'' The pressure comes from two federal governments that see this vast region -- 11 million people and $150 billion in economic output -- as a strategic tool for battling drug trafficking, controlling immigration and building an economic engine for the next century. Government institutions are chipping away -- for better or worse -- at a way of life that has existed since 1848, when the current borderlines were drawn through deserts, canyons and the meandering Rio Grande. SMUGGLER'S BLUES Take the experience of Rosalio, a crafty smuggler from Ciudad Juarez. For more than 25 years, he would sneak across the Rio Grande into El Paso with cheap cigarettes and medicine for retirees, booze for soldiers, and mangoes for families. His versatility earned him the nickname ``Mil Usos,'' or Jack-of-all-Trades. These days, even the cagey ``Mil Usos'' is scratching his weathered face, forced to end his legendary cat-and-mouse game with U.S. Border Patrol agents, who now have more staff and use sophisticated technology, such as satellites, sensors and infrared cameras, to control the border. ``Mil Usos'' has taken on two part-time jobs in the United States. With a phony crossing card, he commutes every other day in an old Chevrolet from Ciudad Juarez to El Paso, where he works as a gardener. On his way to work, he stops regularly at a local bank, where he makes cash deposits on behalf of his second employer, a Mexican drug lord. ``Mil Usos'' earns about $50 each time he launders $1,000. Even though the pay is better, ``Mil Usos'' says he misses his old job. ``I used to love the smell of mangoes,'' he said. ``But on the border, if you don't adapt to change, you starve.'' The porous border has 38 official crossings and dozens of tightly knit communities linked by history, language and a predominantly Latino culture. For all the blurring of the border economically, neither the United States nor Mexico has ``the political will to tear down the borders like European nations have,'' said Z. Anthony Kruszewski, a political-science professor at the University of Texas at El Paso and a European expert. ``There still is much mistrust on both sides.'' To build trust, cross-border cooperation has gradually gone from informal help during emergencies to institutional joint economic planning. Local, state and federal officials from both sides of the border regularly sit down to hammer out solutions to the most prickly issues -- water shortages, pollution that knows no borders, drug trafficking, tourism and crime. ``This is truly unprecedented cooperation, and it's just beginning,'' said George McNenney, special agent in charge of the U.S. Customs district office in El Paso. Meanwhile, rapid growth from trade has resulted in inner-city turmoil and other challenges for border communities. California border woes Tijuana, across the border from the San Diego suburb of San Ysidro, is a planning nightmare of rough terrain, where shanties built along hillsides crumble in the rain. The crime rate is comparable to that of Mexico City. Mexicali, across from Calexico, is a relative newcomer to economic development but already is strapped with too many jobs and not enough workers. In the southernmost stretch of the U.S. border lies the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, regarded as one of the country's poorest areas. To help combat impoverished conditions, border neighbors like McAllen, Texas, and Reynosa, Mexico, have embarked on an unusual relationship. In it, officials from two countries jointly recruit manufacturing plants so both sides of the border can reap the economic benefits. The two local governments regularly sit down and virtually operate as one city. The result in the last 10 years: 37,216 jobs created in Reynosa and 7,155 in McAllen. At the middle of the border are El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, which may serve as the best example of the daunting economic, social and political challenges that lie ahead. On the Mexican side, the workers are younger and, as one U.S. executive put it, ``more vibrant, with hope spelled in their eyes.'' While Ciudad Juarez is booming, El Paso is painfully coping. More than 15,000 El Paso residents commute daily to Ciudad Juarez, many of them to work at the large General Motors plant. ``This is probably the most strategic point to join the southern and northern continent,'' said Lucinda Vargas, an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank in El Paso. ``Ciudad Juarez is where the hope for the rest of Latin America begins. ``Mexicans have been part of the world market far longer than workers on the U.S. side,'' said Vargas, a native of Ciudad Juarez. ``I think they're more prepared for the future than El Pasoans.'' The two sides are still years apart in overall living standards, but Mexico is getting the lion's share of investments. Other than China, Mexico has received more foreign investment than any other nation in the developing world, and much of it is border-related, experts say. NAFTA'S IMPACT Meanwhile, El Paso made national headlines last year when it was announced that the city had lost 5,623 jobs because of the North American Free Trade Agreement, plus thousands more jobs overall. The average family income is woefully low at $13,100, about $10,000 below the national average. ``NAFTA simply broke our hearts, tore families apart and killed our spirits,'' said Maria Flores, a veteran garment worker who now heads an organization in El Paso known as Mujer Obrera, a workers' advocacy group. Ciudad Juarez gained as many as 50,000 new jobs, most of them in the maquiladora industry, according to executives of the factories owned by foreign investors. ``Maquiladoras are coming of age,'' said one young worker. ``They're now real manufacturing plants.'' In Ciudad Juarez, unemployment is virtually non-existent, although low salaries remain a big problem, forcing many to work overtime just to make ends meet. The challenge is to turn cheap labor into real paying jobs, turn chaos into prosperity, harness the boom and nurture maturing civil societies made up of workers from Oaxaca, Zacatecas, Veracruz, Durango -- just about any Mexican state undergoing tough economic times. An average of 250 people arrive each day in the sprawling city of Ciudad Juarez, which already has a soaring population of nearly 2 million. Still, the convergence of a more democratic Mexico, an improving labor force, new types of manufacturing investment and higher-skilled jobs gives them a reason to set roots and build their futures. Along the border, a political culture that has grown up next to the United States has flourished in part because border residents don't have to worry about putting food on the table as much as do their relatives in Mexico's interior. As a new political culture emerges, the old ``anything goes'' way of life is disappearing. And to many, that's painfully sad. Consider Puerto Palomas and Columbus, two fast-growing communities tucked along the northeastern pocket of Mexico's Chihuahua state and southern New Mexico, respectively. DEEP KINSHIP CHANGING Puerto Palomas' population has ballooned to 9,000, thanks in part to a healthy maquiladora industry. The growth in Columbus, population 900, is slower, but satellite dishes, U.S. Border Patrol helicopters buzzing overhead and more immigration agents are everywhere. The two communities have shared a deep kinship, linked by economic and blood lines and notoriety: Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa invaded Columbus briefly in 1916. Before this border spot became a 24-hour crossing point, locals would nonchalantly walk across on their own, especially for weddings or to take care of their shopping, banking and postal needs in Columbus. Such services aren't readily available in Puerto Palomas. In fact, many of Puerto Palomas' residents were born about 35 miles northwest of Columbus in Deming, N.M., at the area's only hospital. In Puerto Palomas, the chatter of English is common among locals. For decades, many of the children, with or without legal papers, attended high school in Deming. And why not? Having educated people would help the region and keep kids out of trouble, locals argue. Some students went on to become engineers, lawyers, doctors, nurses and school deans. But these once-integrated towns are now increasingly segregated by a border that was once regarded as a tolerable nuisance rather than a legal reality. CHANGE IN FEDERAL LAW The new culprit: A 1997 federal law aimed at wealthy, non-resident Asians who enrolled their children in schools in California, especially in Silicon Valley. Puerto Palomas and Columbus were caught in the issue, especially 42 children born in Puerto Palomas. This past school year, they were barred from attending U.S. schools. Teachers, parents and students are up in arms, demanding a solution from Congress and a return to their old way of life. ``We're shooting ourselves in the foot,'' warned a feisty Phoebe Watson, 86, a former local school principal who began enrolling Mexican students in her school 40 years ago. ``All because Congress got a wild hair in their lip. I'm absolutely devastated.'' Every morning last school year, many of the 350 children who live in Mexico but hold U.S. nationality boarded big, yellow school buses and headed for Deming, leaving behind a trail of dust and tears. Dora Luz Nieto's dreams of becoming a chemist were dashed. She is one of the students barred from U.S. schools, and the upstart Puerto Palomas high school she attends has no chemistry courses. ``They say it's progress,'' the 17-year-old said of the changes. ``But here on the border, we're losing part of our identity, part of who we were.'' 1997 - 1998 Mercury Center.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Losing The War On Drugs ('Edmonton Sun' Columnist Jeremy Loome Interviews One Of Edmonton, Alberta's Eight Undercover Prohibition Agents, Who Admits His Job Is Futile - Loome Says Edmonton's Police, Like Their Counterparts Across Canada, Are Flushing Millions Of Dollars Down The Toilet Every Year For The Sake Of Tokenism) Resent-Date: Sun, 30 Aug 1998 08:19:37 -0700 (PDT) Old-Return-Path: (firstname.lastname@example.org) From: email@example.com (Matt Elrod) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Canada: Losing The War On Drugs Date: Sun, 30 Aug 1998 08:11:11 -0700 Lines: 92 Newshawk: email@example.com Source: Edmonton Sun (Canada) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Pubdate: Sunday, August 30, 1998 Author: JEREMY LOOME, EDMONTON SUN Losing the war on drugs A narcotics detective knows what's needed to win: money and lots of it It matters little which side of the debate you stand on. When it comes to Edmonton's war on drugs, one thing is painfully obvious: something has to change. Spend one afternoon discussing the "war" with any of the Edmonton Police Service's eight undercover cops and you'll quickly reach the same conclusion. We'll call my contact Dave, a veteran undercover narc whose office looks down on the hooker stroll along one of the seedier sections of downtown. I don't care how bad you think you are or how many times you've confidently fingered someone in a bar to a friend as "a narc", you wouldn't finger Dave. A bum, maybe, but not a cop. Dave knows much of what there is to know about drugs in Edmonton: who's selling it, who's buying it and where. How the drugs get there, how they're made in the first place and by whom. And he knows his job is, in the long run, pointless. What he does makes no difference in the war on drugs. It's not the first time a local narcotics officer has taken such a stand - Sgt. Nick Bok said much the same in a Sun interview last year - but it reinforces that Edmonton's police, like their counterparts across Canada, are flushing millions of dollars down the toilet every year for the sake of tokenism. We're there to discuss a different story, but halfway through the interview, he gets up from his desk and puts his hands behind his head, briefly and with a sense of frustration, as he stares out the window. "I could go out of this office and walk over to one of a couple of locations not five minutes from here and bust three guys in the next 15 minutes," he says. "And there'd be three new ones there just as quickly." The underground world of narcotics is so far beyond police control, said the officer, that they only specifically target wholesalers - usually either folks with large hydroponic marijuana operations, those importing coke and heroin, or those cooking speed in local labs. Low-level street dealers, many of them users, are certainly no priority. And users, despite the department's so-called "zero tolerance" policy, don't qualify either. He figures if you look at the war on drugs from a prevention perspective, Edmonton's efforts are a joke. The officers could work 12-hour shifts for the next generation and still not make a dent. If the city wants to genuinely fight drugs it will have to put the money - and he means millions and millions of dollars - behind it. On what they're working with right now, he says, police are having "absolutely no effect." But he tries to not think about that. He tries to do his job as well as he can. The alternative is to legalize drugs. But that won't take away their power to hurt, he says, and "I can't see much sense in making them more available." He recognizes many members of the public disagree with his hard-line stand. They want drugs treated as a health issue instead of a criminal one - legalize or decriminalize, then treat the addicts. And, Dave concedes, it's tough to justify spending $2 million a year fighting an unwinnable war against an opponent who will always - always - have thousands of times your resources. "Then again, if they were to legalize drugs we'd all be out of jobs," he says jokingly. Whether to continue the war is a political quagmire, a cause that no politician, especially at the federal level, will even take a whiff of. There are too many pitfalls, too many divergent opinions to make a decision that pleases most, let alone all, of their constituents. So they simply charge ahead as if tough talk on drugs is the same thing as tough action. Ultimately, it comes down to this: Either we're against them or we're not. Either we give Dave the money he really needs or we don't. It's no wonder he's frustrated. Someone, surely, must take a stand that's more than merely symbolic. But Dave won't be holding his breath waiting for that to happen.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Police Under Pressure Over Shooting Of Unarmed Man (Britain's 'Independent On Sunday' Says The Killing Of James Ashley By Sussex Prohibition Agents Who Broke Through His Front Door Is Becoming A Cause Celebre) Date: Mon, 31 Aug 1998 11:39:22 -0700 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: UK: Police Under Pressure Over Shooting Of Unarmed Man Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Martin Cooke (email@example.com) Source: Independent, The (UK) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.independent.co.uk/ Pubdate: Sun, 30 Aug 1998 Author: Jason Benneto, Crime Correspondent POLICE UNDER PRESSURE OVER SHOOTING OF UNARMED MAN IT WAS just after four in the morning on 15 January that a unit of armed police officers burst into a two-storey flat near Hastings, East Sussex. In one of the cheap rented rooms lay James Ashley, 39, sleeping alongside Caroline Courtland-Smith, a 19-year-old student. Mr Ashley woke to the noise of the front door splintering. As he stood naked next to his bed, he was shot in the chest by a police marksman and died despite attempts to revive him. This week came the unprecedented announcement that an inquiry would be conducted by a neighbouring force into the conduct of the case by Sussex's chief constable and three of his senior officers. Meanwhile, a criminal inquiry could lead to charges against five other officers who have been suspended. The morning after the shooting, Paul Whitehouse, the Chief Constable, defended the actions of his officers. "We were running simultaneously an operation to track down drug traffickers and also two men who had attempted to a murder a man by stabbing him. One of them in particular was thought to be armed and dangerous, and an armed operation was used to arrest him." At first, the case seemed open and shut. Ashley, it quickly "emerged", had served two years in jail in 1993 for the manslaughter of a man he punched during a pub fight. He was a dangerous criminal, the media were told. But then things started to go wrong for Sussex Police and the fatal shooting of a Liverpudlian is rapidly becoming a cause celebre. Sussex Police's version of the events leading to the death of a dangerous man started to unravel days after the raid: Mr Ashley was unarmed, the only weapon found was an air pistol, only a tiny quantity of cannabis was recovered. The three men arrested were later released uncharged. In May, the Police Complaints Authority took the unusual step of announcing that, far from being a suspect for an attempted murder, Mr Ashley had probably saved a life by restraining a knife-wielding attacker fighting another man. At the end of May, the inquest into Mr Ashley's death heard that investigators were being hampered because police officers had been unable to remember crucial facts about the incident. There were also allegations of misrepresentations of "intelligence" by senior officers. Four of the suspended officers are being investigated for allegedly providing misleading information that led to the armed raid by the Special Operations Unit. The raid was part of an operation against a gang of cocaine traffickers. Mr Ashley was suspected of being a courier, although he had no convictions for drug-dealing. Indeed, Mr Ashley's lifestyle suggested he was anything but a big-time criminal. When he moved south to Hastings eight years ago, he easily blended in among those living in the dilapidated and fading grandeur of the former Victorian resort which has a large number of unemployed residents, and more than its share of crime. Mr Ashley was living in a block of flats next to The Club M - a private drinking club frequented by middle-aged men - in St Leonards, once an affluent town adjoining Hastings, but now run-down and neglected, and was a regular in several of the local pubs and had spent the day before his death drinking at The Club M - hardly life in the fast lane. He was mourned not only by Caroline Courtland-Smith, but also his long-time girlfriend, Debra Crook, Despite the betrayal, she placed an announcement in a local newspaper declaring: "No one loved him as much as I did." Witnessing her lover being shot dead has also had a devastating effect on Ms Courtland-Smith, according to her solicitor. She has left college and is said to have suffered a breakdown. She intends to sue the police for damages. Mr Ashley's family in Liverpool is also preparing to make a legal claim against the police for the loss of life and use of lethal and excessive force. The family has already brought a complaint against the Chief Constable for allegedly trying to sully Mr Ashley's name, but it was rejected by the Sussex police authority. An initial inquiry by Kent Police resulted in the suspension of Pc Chris Sherwood, the officer who pulled the trigger, and four others - a superintendent, an inspector, a detective inspector, and a police constable - who are now expected to charged with providing misleading information. Kent's Assistant Chief Constable, Barbara Wilding, said the operation was flawed and shambolic. Such criticism led to the announcement of the second inquiry, into the conduct of Mr Whitehouse, his Deputy Chief Constable, Mark Jordan, and Assistant Chief Constables Nigel Yeo and Maria Wallis who will be questioned by a team led by Hampshire Chief Constable, Sir John Hoddinott. Once the two inquiries are completed - the first by the end of September, the second by the end of the year - the Crown Prosecution Service will consider whether to bring charges. Whatever the outcome, difficult times loom for Sussex Police.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Labour Accused As SAD Boss Quits (Britain's 'Sunday Times' Says David Macauley, Director Of Scotland Against Drugs, The Anti-Drugs Agency Established By Scotland's Four Political Parties, Will Resign This Week To Protest The Labour Party's 'Lack Of Political Will' In Tackling The Problem) Date: Mon, 31 Aug 1998 11:26:41 -0700 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: UK: Scotland: Labour Accused as Sad Boss Quits Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Martin Cooke (email@example.com) Source: Sunday Times (UK) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Pubdate: Sun, 30 Aug 1998 Author: Lucy Adamson LABOUR ACCUSED AS SAD BOSS QUITS THE director of the anti-drugs agency set up by Scotland's four political parties will resign this week in protest at Labour's "lack of political will" in tackling the problem. David Macauley said the government was projecting "mixed messages" to young people about the dangers of substance abuse and was more interested in sustaining a "drugs industry" of health workers rather than dealing with the problem. Scotland Against Drugs (SAD) was formed two years ago in a cross-party initiative by Michael Forsyth, then the Tory Scottish secretary, and is chaired by Sir Tom Farmer, the chairman of Kwik-Fit. Earlier this year, the government cut the agency's funding and redefined its remit to focus on work with existing government drug agencies. Companies such as Marks & Spencer and ScottishPower, which support community projects run by SAD, are understood to be concerned about the change. The agency had been split over whether to concentrate on an abstinence-based policy or to encourage health projects which maintain addicts on prescription drugs. Macauley said more should be done to educate young children. He criticised celebrity events at Downing Street, particularly the reception with the Gallagher brothers from the pop group, Oasis, who have condoned drug use. "Scotland has one of the worst drug problems in the western world, a fact this government seems to ignore," he said. "Through our own tolerance of the problem we allow dealers to target our children." Earlier this month, teenager Julia Dawes, a fitness instructor from Perth, died after taking ecstasy at a nightclub. In January, Allan Harper, a 13-year-old from Cranhill, Glasgow, became Scotland's youngest victim of heroin. There have been 64 drug-related deaths in Strathclyde this year, a figure which has already surpassed last year's total. A Scottish Office report on government-funded drug action teams (DATs), due out in September, is likely to criticise their "unaccountability" and call for structural reform. Macauley believes the creation of a Scottish parliament offers an opportunity to tackle the problem, but said lack of will across the political spectrum "offered little hope". He was highly critical of DATs. "They seem to be continually in a loop of strategy and very light on solutions. When will we stop counting the problem and start acting on it?" he asked. He said he felt his resignation had been forced after feeling restricted in the comments he could make. "The campaign has effectively been consigned to the backwater of fundraising. I have to be passionate and believe I can make a difference but I don't feel I can do that because I feel restrained in what I can say," he said. Macauley believes he can be more effective from outside the campaign: "My regrets are that I am letting down the people who have done so much to help us throughout the country, but I was charged to represent the person in the street." -------------------------------------------------------------------
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