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Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 10:09:55
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Subject: MORROCK NEWS Tues., 3-31-98
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* M O R R O C K N E W S S E R V I C E *
Tuesday :: March 31, 1998 :: Email edition
HOW SAFE IS AIRLINE TRAVEL?
DON'T COUNT ON INSPECTORS
Many airline safety violations go unreported even
after they're spotted by inspectors for the U.S.
Federal Aviation Administration, according to a new
The report, from the federal General Accounting
Office, found that one-third of FAA inspectors report
fewer than half of the violations they discover. The
reason: they're frustrated by incompetent bosses and
excessive paperwork, as well as the knowledge that
much of what they report won't be acted upon.
Critics of the FAA have long complained that although
it is supposed to protect passengers, it is far too
cozy with the airline industry it is meant to monitor.
* U.N. NEARLY DONE WITH IRAQ `PRESIDENTIAL' SITES:
U.N. inspectors have completed visits to six of eight
Iraqi presidential sites that were the center of an
argument last month that almost led to war. Faced with
a U.S. military buildup in the Persian Gulf, Iraq
backed down and granted unrestricted access to U.N.
inspectors and diplomats in their search for evidence
of chemical and biological weapons. U.N. officials say
inspectors have encountered no resistance or other
difficulties at the sites.
* 5 MISSIONARIES DIE IN VENEZUELA CRASH: The bodies
of five missionaries were found in the wreckage of a
small plane on a mountainside in southern Venezuela.
The missionaries -- two from the U.S., two from
Canada and one from Venezuela -- had been presumed
dead since the plane's crash was reported March 24.
They were connected with New Tribes Mission in
* ISLAMIC REBELS FREE 73 SOLDIERS: Rebels in the
former Soviet republic of Tajikistan have released 73
more government soldiers who were captured during an
uprising last week. The Islamic forces had released
16 soldiers on Sunday. Observers say the region is on
the brink of a civil war.
* BMW BUYING ROLLS-ROYCE: Britons were properly
shocked a few years ago when German carmaker BMW
bought the Rover car company four years ago. Now
they're practically in tears -- BMW is paying $570
million to buy Rolls-Royce, whose enthusiasts call it
the most important British brand-name ever. Though BMW
says it will triple production of Rolls-Royces and
Bentleys (fewer than 2,000 were made last year), it
also vows to preserve the car's quality and spirit.
``The Britishness is, in our view, one of the main
assets of Rolls-Royce and we will keep it,'' a BMW
spokesman said. . . . A new Rolls-Royce sells for
* EL NINO SETS A RECORD: The Northern Hemisphere
last month enjoyed (or endured) the warmest February
since 1950, according to the World Meteorological
Organization, which said El Nino was the reason.
. . . . STATESIDE NEWS . . . .
* JONESBORO, ONE WEEK LATER: The town of Jonesboro,
Ark., set a moment of silence today at 12:40 p.m., to
mark the time last Tuesday when four children and a
teacher were killed in an ambush by two boys, ages 11
and 13. Thousands of local residents are expected to
attend a memorial service tonight at Arkansas State
University. Attorney General Janet Reno will be there,
and President Clinton, who is still on his African
tour, is to send a televised message.
* SUPREME COURT DOUBTS POLYGRAPH RESULTS: The
polygraph or ``lie detector'' is unreliable, ``plagued
by doubts and uncertainties,'' the U.S. Supreme Court
ruled today, letting stand a ban on polygraph results
in military cases. The ban had been challenged by a
man accused of drug crimes and bad-check writing -- a
polygraph test indicated he was innocent, but the
court said excluding the test result from court did
not violate his rights.
* CLINTON TEAM ATTACKS JONES LAWYERS: President
Clinton's personal lawyers have filed a legal request
that sanctions be exacted from attorneys for Paula
Jones, after Jones' lawyers apparently violated a gag
order by releasing the name of a woman who was
allegedly assaulted by Clinton 20 years ago. The woman
has denied the assault story under oath. . . . Jones'
lawyers, meanwhile, are filing motions of their own,
seeking reversal of a Little Rock judge's ruling that
they can't submit evidence about Monica Lewinsky's
relationship with President Clinton.
* SOMEONE DID CALL 911 AFTER ALL: On Monday, Denver
police complained that numerous eyewitnesses watched a
cabdriver being murdered but didn't call to report
the crime. It turns out now that 911 get at least one
call from an area resident who provided information
about the assault -- but the details weren't relayed
to officers in the field. A friend of the cabdriver
also called 911 from the crime scene. Police are now
investigating what caused the information to go
* HOSPITAL CLEARS 22 STAFFERS IN `DEATH ANGEL' CASE:
Twenty-two of 41 hospital staff members who were
suspended after a co-worker admitted killing 50
terminally ill patients have now been reinstated. A
spokesman for Glendale Adventist Medical Center, near
Los Angeles, said an investigation cleared the 22 and
they will be allowed to return to work. Interviews
with the remainder continue. No charges have been
filed against the self-admitted killer, Efren
Saldivar, a respiratory therapist who described
himself as an ``angel of death.''
* ANOTHER EXECUTION IN FLORIDA: Florida's
75-year-old electric chair has been busy during the
past nine days, with four executions conducted
including the one today of Daniel Remata, who murdered
a convenience store clerk and four others in 1985.
Executions piled up during a year's delay caused by
legal challenges, ultimately unsuccessful, that came
after the chair caused flames to shoot from the head
of an inmate during a 1997 execution.
* THE RICH ARE DIFFERENT -- NO TAXES: The U.S.
Internal Revenue Service reports that in 1994, 1,100
people who made more than $200,000 paid no federal
income tax at all.
* OBIT: Bella Abzug, former New York congresswoman
known for her indomitable energy as she battled for
liberal Democratic causes, as well as for her
gravelly voice and her big hats, died of
complications following heart surgery. She was 77.
-- by Morrock News Service staff
* THOUGHTS WHILE ARMED: Retired grade-school
teacher Phill Jackson is -- in the very best sense of
the word -- gentle, a gentleman. So what's he doing
sitting around in a shop with a pistol on his hip? The
answer to that has something to do with honor, Phill
muses, as he waits, armed, for an incident that never
* TODAY'S EMAIL: We spent much of the weekend going
over all of our pages to make sure we'd completely
changed our former name to our new name -- and of
course we missed one in a very obvious spot, as a
reader named ``Martian'' points out. . . . A very
loyal reader says he's put our URL in his browser as
its default home address. . . . And a parent from
India agrees with Krystal Khan that mothers and
fathers should reclaim their traditional roles.
A newspaper cannot really congratulate itself
on having got at the facts impartially when it has
quoted at length from two uninformed idiots on
opposing sides of an issue.
-- A.J. Wiggins, editor-publisher of the
Ellsworth (Kan.) American
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