- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 11, 2002

Cheney: U.S. could strike first against terrorists
The United States will not shy away from first strikes when it acts against terrorists, Vice President Richard B. Cheney told a group of world conservatives yesterday.
In a speech to the International Democrat Union, Mr. Cheney said a strike-first military policy is necessary because past approaches to world security Cold War deterrence, summit meetings and treaties will not work against terrorists who have no single base of operation and "nothing to defend."
The union, a collection of conservative and centrist-to-rightist politicians, responded favorably to the anti-terror coalition President Bush has assembled. The group was considering a resolution on terrorism and was to have dinner with Mr. Bush at the White House.

Five killed when SUV rams into tractor-trailer
MESQUITE, Texas A sport utility vehicle smashed into a flatbed tractor-trailer parked on the shoulder of an interstate yesterday, killing five persons and injuring three, authorities said.
All of the victims were inside the SUV, which appeared to have hit the trailer while traveling at a high speed at about 8 a.m., fire department spokesman Mark Noble said.
Mark Ball, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Transportation, said there was no construction in the area, about 20 miles east of Dallas, and that judging from aerial photos, the tractor-trailer was "well off the highway right of way."
Mesquite police Sgt. William Artesi said four of the dead were children. The driver was among the injured, he said.

Father of missing girl given polygraph test
SALT LAKE CITY The father of 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart, who was reported kidnapped from her home six days ago, was given a lie-detector test, police said yesterday.
Police won't say why they asked Edward Smart to take the polygraph, but Detective Jay Rhodes said that "it's not uncommon" for police to administer such tests to parents of missing children.
Also yesterday, Elizabeth's uncle, Tom Smart, asked for 40 or 50 all-terrain-vehicle owners to gather near an exit off Interstate 80 west of Salt Lake City to help search the desert.
He said there was no specific information that prompted the plan to search in the area.

U.S. offers $8 million to Iraqi opposition
The Bush administration has offered the opposition Iraqi National Congress $8 million for operating expenses for the rest of this year, official sources said yesterday.
But the State Department wants to eliminate funding for the opposition group's program to collect information inside Iraq, while the INC insists the program is essential to its operations, a source close to the opposition said.
The State Department, which handles funding of all Iraqi groups, has given the group money for operations until the end of May, but negotiations on a long-term financial commitment to the organization have continued for months without agreement.

Poor students getting less-qualified teachers
Low-income students are much more likely to be taught by a public-school teacher who isn't fully certified, according to a report the Education Department issued today.
The report urged states to raise standards for teaching candidates and align their academic standards to state curricula.
The report, based on figures provided by states, found that students in "high-poverty" school districts are nearly twice as likely as students in "low-poverty" districts to get a teacher who isn't fully certified. In some states, such as New York, poor students are more than four times as likely to have a teacher working with a waiver.

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