- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 12, 2001

Tobacco funds tapped for budget shortfalls
AUSTIN, Texas — Billions of dollars from the nation's landmark tobacco settlement are being put to use across the country, but only about 5 percent is going to smoking prevention — about a quarter of what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends, a report released yesterday shows.
The 1998 settlement signed by the giants of the tobacco industry was meant to compensate the states for years of smoking-related health expenses. Forty-six states signed it, and four other states settled separately for an additional $40 billion.
The study by the National Conference of State Legislatures found that several states are tapping their tobacco settlement payments to make up shortfalls in their state budgets and bolster programs that have nothing to do with tobacco.

NAACP pickets hotel chain
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Protesters around the nation picketed peacefully outside Adam's Mark hotels yesterday as part of a boycott to focus attention on discrimination accusations.
Police patrolled on bicycles as a group of 75 people marched in front of the Adam's Mark hotel here. Out back, about 75 more demonstrators walked a boardwalk along the Atlantic Ocean.
The discrimination complaints arose in 1999 during the Black College Reunion weekend in Daytona Beach. Five black guests sued afterward, claiming they were overcharged, given inferior rooms and required to carry their own luggage. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People called in July for the mass demonstration.
The company has consistently denied treating black guests differently.

American matches United fare cuts
DALLAS — American Airlines yesterday said they would match a move by rival United Airlines by slashing fares on some flights between Chicago's O'Hare International and other major U.S. cities.
The nation's largest carrier also promised to eliminate Saturday night stay restrictions for an unspecified number of flights.

Gore appears at political event
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Although each is perhaps best known for twice failing to win the presidency, former Vice President Al Gore and former Tennessee Gov. Lamar Alexander tried yesterday at a bipartisan workshop to persuade young adults to get involved in politics.
The daylong, invitation-only event at Vanderbilt University was Mr. Gore's first appearance at a public political event since he conceded the 2000 presidential election to George W. Bush.
This week Mr. Gore will be leading a weeklong "summer camp" for young Democratic political activists, also in Nashville. And yesterday he promised he would be involved in 2002 elections in Tennessee.

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