- The Washington Times - Monday, March 12, 2001

Minority drivers report more police hostility

Blacks and Hispanics were twice as likely as whites to report the use of force in encounters with police, says a report that also showed black drivers were more likely than whites to be stopped, searched, handcuffed or ticketed.

Two percent of blacks and Hispanics who had face-to-face encounters with police in 1999 reported force or threatened force, compared with just under 1 percent among whites, the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics reported yesterday.

A little over 12 percent of black drivers were pulled over in 1999, compared with 10.4 percent of whites and 8.8 percent of Hispanics. Black and Hispanic drivers were twice as likely to be physically searched or have their vehicles searched and were more frequently ticketed than whites.

The report comes as Attorney General John Ashcroft has asked Congress to authorize a national study of racial profiling the practice by law enforcement officials of singling out people based on their race. The survey didn't look at that.

Education chief blames shootings on alienation

Students' "alienation and rage" is the biggest factor in school shootings, Education Secretary Rod Paige said yesterday, and addressing that problem, rather than changing gun laws, should be the country's priority.
Last week, students were shot in schools in California and Pennsylvania, including the suburban San Diego high school where two students were killed and 13 other people wounded.
"Probably the biggest problem we have is the amount of alienation and rage in our young people," Mr. Paige said on CBS' "Face The Nation." On CNN's "Late Edition," he recommended more after-school programs and parental involvement, and character education.

Northwest, mechanics tackle issues

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. Negotiations resumed yesterday between Northwest Airlines and its mechanics union after President Bush intervened in their contract dispute.
Wages, pensions and back pay were on the table yesterday during the talks in Washington. The two sides had reached tentative agreement on five other contract articles as of late Friday.
The airline's 9,400 mechanics, cleaners and custodians had been prepared to go on strike as early as 12:01 a.m. today.
However, Mr. Bush's signing of an executive order creating a presidential emergency board pushed the possibility of a strike back to mid-May at the earliest. The 4*-year-old contract dispute was expected to go to the board if the two sides failed to reach agreement last night.

Astronauts set record for spacewalk

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. In what's being billed as NASA's longest spacewalk, two astronauts rearranged the outside of the International Space Station yesterday to make room for an Italian cargo carrier.
The excursion by shuttle-soon-to-be-station crew members Jim Voss and Susan Helms was just four minutes shy of nine hours and entailed slow, deliberate work with cables and connectors "a jungle of wires" as Mr. Voss called it. "We knew this one was going to be tough," NASA's lead flight director, John Shannon, said when it was all over.
The main event was the relocation of a docking port on space station Alpha. The bulky cone had to be moved from one side of a module to an other so the shuttle crew could plug the Italian-made cargo carrier into the vacated spot late last night.

Famed theater director dies in Connecticut

WASHINGTON, Conn. William Hammerstein, director, producer and a member of the fourth generation of a family prominent in the American theater for more than a century, has died. He was 82.
Mr. Hammerstein died at home Friday of complications from a stroke, according to Theodore S. Chapin, president of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization.
On Broadway, Mr. Hammerstein produced Neil Simon's first play, "Come Blow Your Horn," in 1961 and Garson Kanin's "A Gift of Time," starring Henry Fonda and Olivia de Havilland.

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