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How to cut divorce costs - Savvy, Dl 52 PAGES A GANNETT NEWSPAPER LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1996 50 CENTS METRO EDITION Candidates clash on Medicare, taxes (Ay i f x j Woods takes first pro golf victory Tiger Woods, above, defeated Davis Love in a sudden-death playoff to win the Las Vegas Invitational, only Woods' fifth tournament since turning pro in August. Sports, F1 Alleged carjacker out on probation A Louisville man killed in an apparent carjacking attempt at River Falls Mall Saturday night was on the streets despite a felony conviction this summer and two arrests last month. Metro, B1 Court to decide suicide, sex cases The Supreme Court, which starts its 1996-97 term today, will decide cases ranging from' doctor-assisted suicide to whether President Clinton must face trial on a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment. News, A3 Two thumbs up for video rebates If family films fill your home video library, check out the last rounds of rebate and bonus offers tied to new releases such as "Toy Story." Savvy, Dl 7 TfrC: Have some fun with face painting Face painting can be a blessing in disguise for trick-or-treaters and parents. It's safer than a mask, and it's the ultimate in one-on-one time with your kids. Features, CI COMING TOMORROW No easy task for Democrats In their quest to regain control of the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrats are getting little encouragement from Kentucky, according to political writer Al Cross. FORECAST Mostly sunny Louisville area: Mostly sunny today. High, 75. Clear tonight. Low, 50s. Partly cloudy, chance of rain tomorrow. High, 70. Details, B2 INDEX Business D4 Lottery F4 Comics C6 Metro B1 Crossword C7 Movies C4 Deaths B4 Racing F7 Features C1 Savvy D1 Forum A8 Sports F1 Insider C3 Television C2 Classified D6; Auto Classified E1 '40901 "10706 $ k .... "-in. i V - . I ASSOCIATED PRESS When Bob Dole said last night that Bill Clinton, "the former president," would receive Dole's tax cut, Clinton laughed and said, "I need it." lfJ AT A. mr PRESIDENT CLINTON "We are better off than we were four years ago let's keep it going," Clinton said. He defended his record, citing the ban on certain assault weapons and efforts to keep cigarettes away from children. He accused Dole of siding with tobacco , interests in the latest fight over tobacco use and said Republicans catered to business on environmental issues. He called Dole's tax-cut plan a "$550 billion tax scheme" that would explode the deficit or require deep cuts in Medicare and education. " X if BOB DOLE "I trust the people, the president trusts STjjr government, tne 2jgj7j Republican candidate i eP Li said in try'n9 to cast ine uemugraut; incumbent as a liberal. Dole cited Clinton's 1994 health-care initiative as a failed liberal policy "he wanted to impose on the American people." Dole defended his $548 billion tax-cut proposal, saying it would put money into workers' pockets. "I want the government to pinch pennies for a change instead of the American families," he said. YOU SCORE THE DEBATE We want to know what you thought of the debate. On Page A6 today you will find a blank report card that you can use to rate the candidates' performances. On the card is a separate score rating done last night by a debate expert. Please cut the report card out, fill it in and drop it by The Courier-Journal at 525 W. Broadway or fax it to us at (502) 582-4200. All responses must be received by noon today. Your views will be published tomorrow. VIEWS FROM KENTUCKY Bob Dole exceeded some expectations, but no minds were changed, said nine civic leaders and students who turned out for a debate-watching party in Lexington sponsored by the National League of Cities. Three of the nine were Republicans; the others Democrats. A6 Clinton touts his record; Dole says foe is deceitful By JOHN KING Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. President Clinton and Bob Dole clashed vigorously over tax cuts, Medicare, education and the economy last night in a spirited prime-time debate over who should be trusted to lead America into the 21st century. "I think the best thing going for Bob Dole is that Bob Dole keeps his word," the Republican challenger said in a 90-minute debate critical to his hopes of launching an October comeback. "It is not midnight in America, senator: We are better off than we were four years ago," Clinton said in making his case for a second term. The Democratic incumbent and his Republican challenger stood just a few feet apart on a red-carpeted stage, challenging each other again and again. Clinton took credit for an economy that had created more than 10 million jobs, for cutting the deficit by 60 percent and for vetoing Republican budgets he asserted would have cut $270 billion from Medicare and another $30 billion from education. Looking ahead, Clinton said his $100 billion in tax credits targeted to making college more affordable were far more responsible than Dole's "$550 billion tax scheme." "We have the right approach for the future," Clinton said. Dole forcefully disagreed and accused Clinton of running a campaign designed to scare elderly Americans. "I am trying to save your Medicare, just as I rescued Social Security," Dole said. The former Kansas senator told the viewing audience, "If I could not cut taxes and balance the budget at the same time I would not look you in the eye tonight." Clinton was called the debate's See CLINTON Page 6, col. 1, this section THE U.S. SENATE DEBATE Beshear, McConnell stick to their attack strategies By AL CROSS C-J Political Writer LEXINGTON, Ky. Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell kept up the attack on Democratic challenger Steve Beshear as Kentucky's major candidates for the U.S. Senate held their second and last televised debate last night. Though polls show McConnell leading the race, he kept his sights where they were in the first debate, a week before on Beshear's personal and professional life, focusing on his membership in an exclusive club and his roles as a lawyer. "Over the past 10 years I've been helping Kentucky and my friend Steve has been helping himself," McConnell said as he opened the debate, signaling some of the attacks to come. Beshear also kept to his plan, repeatedly criticizing McConnell's heavy fund raising from "wealthy special interests" and arguing that McConnell had voted to cut Medicare, Medicaid, college loans and other programs in order to give tax cuts to "his wealthy business buddies" who give to his campaign. " McConnell said the programs aren't being cut, just having their growth reduced so they can be preserved and today's children will have "a country fit to live in." "Steve Beshear wants to use Medi- Beshear, left, attacked McConnell's heavy fund-raising from "wealthy special interests" and tax cuts for "his wealthy business buddies." care for the next election," he said. "I want to save it for the next generation." Beshear said McConnell, in debate and in TV ads, is breaking a pledge Beshear offered and McConnell ac- ' Li V' yl A 4 mm A McConnell attacked Beshear's legal career and said, "Over the past 10 years I've been helping Kentucky and . . . Steve has been helping himself." cepted at the start of the first debate to "talk about issues and not insults." Beshear said: "If you can't keep your word on negative campaigns, how can folks out there trust you to it 11 LLiJLJ represent them? . . . There is one thing we can trust Mitch McConnell to do, and that is to cut any program, to cut anything, to give that tax break to the wealthy." The liveliest exchanges came in the final half of the hourlong debate, during which the candidates questioned each other and McConnell again raised the issue of Beshear's membership in an exclusive foxhunting club in Lexington. Beshear said: "I don't belong to any club that has any discriminatory policies, and I'm not about to. ... I really resent the implication of your See BESHEAR Page 7, col. 1, this section JEFFERSON HOMEOWNERS LIKE STATUS QUO New ideas for 'fixing' the suburbs prove hard sell with local residents 'New Urbanism' seeks to integrate businesses with housing and draw on the best traditions of older, urban neighborhoods. By NINA WALFOORT The Courier-Journal Karen Crum got what she wanted when she moved to Falls Creek in eastern Jefferson County two years ago: a bigger yard for her three children, less traffic and neighbors whose families were a lot like hers. But she gave up some things she enjoyed in St. Matthews: easy access to Seneca Park, mature trees and short walks to the library and ice cream store. It was a trade-off, she said, but "at this point in our lives, with the small children, this is better for us." Some of the nation's leading planners, however, say Crum and others like her can have it both ways. Architects and planners known as "New Urbanists" assert that suburbs as we know them can be improved by drawing on the best traditions of the village and older, urban neighborhoods. The new school of planners say the modern suburb is corroding neighborhood values by increasing dependency on automobiles, segregating the populace and diminishing community life. They call for integrating shops, schools and offices that are now strung out along the highway into one community, keeping them within walking distance of homes. They advocate building subdivisions with gathering places, parks and civic buildings. And they say a range of housing types should be offered so that the elderly, poor, middle class and wealthy can live in proximity. In Jefferson County, Cornerstone 2020, the proposed land-use plan, is imbued with the principles of New Urbanism. But in Jefferson County and environs, where legions of families live happily in standard subdivisions, it is a very hard sell, say real-estate people, residents and developers. "I've seen different parts of the country where they're talking about the village idea," said agent Beverly Hancock of Paul Semonin Realtors. "I don't think people here have any awareness of that." Nor, in her view, is there much demand for it particularly the mixing of housing styles and income levels. "People that I talk to they don't want their home to be anywhere close to apartment or multifamily," she said. "I've traveled to other places where they do that and it See NEW-STYLE Back page, col. 1, this section School rules growing sterner because of critics, lawsuits By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press WASHINGTON - Suspended: A 13-year-old honor student in Dayton, Ohio, for having Midol, an over-the-counter pill for menstrual pain, at school. A first-grader in North Carolina for a kiddie smooch. Two girls at a Catholic high school in Florida refused to remove "pro-choice" stickers from their cars and were suspended, as was an Anderson, S.C., boy who wore a jacket with a Confederate flag on it. Buffeted by lawsuits and other criticisms, many school administrators are following to the letter school rules on weapons, clothing, drugs and potentially offensive behavior. "You may see that we are cracking down more to be sensitive to what the public wants," said Carole Kennedy, principal at New Haven Elementary School in Columbia, Mo., and president of the National Association of Elementary School Principals. Some educators also fear lawsuits filed by parents alleging that their child's right to free speech or expression has been violated or that the school did too little to protect their child's safety, said Gwendolyn Greg ory, deputy general counsel of the National School Boards Association. They read about the jury in San Francisco that awarded $500,000 to a student after finding that school officials ignored her complaints about a boy's almost daily barrage of vulgarities, insults and threats. The jury ordered the school district to pay 93 percent of the award, the boy's family $27,000 and the girl's former principal $6,000. In response to inquiries, the U.S. Department of Education issued policy guidelines in August for peer sexual harassment. Norma Cantu, the department's assistant secretary for civil rights, said harassment that "creates a hostile environment" is a federal offense, covered by a law prohibiting sex discrimination in educational programs and activities. Thus, she said, a school can be liable for failing to respond appropriately to a pupil's complaint of sexual harassment by a classmate. Nadine Strossen, national president of the American Civil Liberties Union, said she thinks educators' fears of being sued are overblown. Public education is "under siege," she said, but treating Midol like marijuana makes the school look ridiculous

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