Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on October 28, 2002 · Page 8
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8 — Monday, October 28, 2002 WORLD / NATION ,3)nhtmia (Saaette former shoeshine troy to lead Brazil •fc ANDREW SELSKY HiMOElnted Press Writer if%O PAULO, Brazil ^ From ^Heshine boy to union firebrand to MK next president of Latin America's largest nation, Luiz Inacio Lula da Sm celebrated a stunning electoral victory, but has a world of problems to cenfront in Brazil. Sfcra became the firstleftist elected pmident of Brazil, beating ruling party candidate Jose Serra with 61 •Wtint of the vote in a runoff. Thousands of people thronged the of Sao Paulo, waving the red of Silva's Workers Party to the of fireworks and the throbbing «f Hve music. Some revelers also Mated the hammer-and-sickle flag 'tit Ihe Communist Party, which taekedSilva. But so did the rightist party of SflMfc running mate, Jose Alencar. thr country's bankers and industri- dbts associations were among those welcoming Silva's victory. ttva, who dropped out of school the fifth grade, will face enor- i challenges after his Jan. 1 in- ation. He must try to pull more 50 million Brazilians from itoterty, save the world's ninth- Hfgest economy from recession, cre- **S tew jobs and increase housing. Al the same time, he must main- lata fiscal responsibility and the confidence of Brazil's creditors and in- Standing by a huge banner with tile words "Hope Will Overcome Rear," supporters listened to Silva •\flvtr a speech filled with encour- ajjement, his words echoing down Amtida Paulista, Sao Paulo's main avenue. "So far, it has been easy," Silva said. "The hard part begins now. We will work around the clock to fulfill every one of our campaign promises." In an interview with Brazil's Globo TV, he reiterated that his administration would honor Brazil's $230 billion foreign debt, but said lending institutions and the international community "must know that we cannot have people suffering from hunger every day." For many, Silva's win represents a chance for leftist politics to make a comeback on a continent where, except forVenezuela, it seemed in danger of fading away. "This is our opportunity to consolidate our hopes for a Brazil which should be more just, and needs to care more about the needs of the people," shouted Marcos Xavier, a university professor standing among the throng of Silva supporters on Sao Paulo's main avenue. President Bush said through his spokesman that he "looks forward to working productively with Brazil." But relations with Washington may become testy. Silva already has expressed opposition to President Bush's ambitions to have a 34-nation Free Trade Area of the Americas in place by 2005. Silva wants U.S. markets more open to Brazilian orange juice, steel and sugar. Silva also opposes the U.S. military presence in neighboring Colombia and the U.S. embargo against Cuba. The son of a poor farmer, Silva is a role model for the impoverished millions of this country, which is almost the size of the United States. Silva easily beat Serra in the first round of voting, but since he failed to get 50 percent of the vote, the two top can- Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, with wife Marisa, delivered a brief statement in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday after winning Brazil's presidential election by a landslide. (AP photo) didates met in Sunday's runoff. In a Sao Paulo slum, or favela, pro- Silva sentiment was widespread as people lined up to vote. "He was the only one — as a metalworker union leader — who helped the poor," said Nelson Luiz da Silva Pelotti, a 56-year-old reared metalworker. Silva, who turned 57 on election day, will appoint a team this week to ensure a smooth transition from the government of current President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, who served two four-year terms and was barred from seeking a third. Cardoso privatized many of Brazil's giant monopolies and lowered import taxes, but failed to help millions of poor Brazilians. Silva is expected to come up with several new initiatives, including creating a super-ministry to take oversee housing, urban sanitation and transportation. He also reportedly plans to promote to Cabinet level those government agencies dealing with hunger, security and racism. Silva left school after the fifth grade to sell peanuts and shine shoes on the outskirts of Sao Paulo.'At 14, he began working in a factory, where he lost his left pinkie finger in a machine press. Silva first ran for president in 1989 as the candidate of the Workers Party, urging landless farm workers to invade private property and calling for a default on Brazil's foreign debt. However, in three subsequent presidential campaigns, Silva moderated his radical tone. Brazil's last leftist president was Joao Goulart, a vice president who assumed power in 1961 when the centrist president resigned. "I Nevada may gamble on legalizing pot Voters must approve 'reeferendum' twice •f CAROLYN SAID Sail Francisco Chronicle LAS VEGAS — Sin City soon could NfStosemillaCity. Nevada, with a century-old tradi- tiM of minting money by sanction- biglrke, now aims to be the first state •I the country to legalize mapiv :aa far lecreational use. • OH Election Day, Silver State .CM'.TS MM decide on Question 9, vviiich tMMld amend the state Constitution iv alow possession of up to 3 ounces aflMrijuana by anyone over 21. The •Mailed "reeferendum" also must will a second general election two t from now to take effect Jan. 1, Nevada would tax marijuana, police say now sells for about an ounce, at 30 percent of the wfaaesale cost plus approximately 7 Mcent at retail. But the federal government is un- Hkdy to look the other way if the state that pioneered legal prizefight- rostitution and gambling gives meaning to the term "high "to would put state law there in Nevada in conflict with federal law," saU Will Glaspy, a spokesman for the OJMR Enforcement Administration in to&tsnington. "It's really hard to spec- Mhtte on any future law-enforcement activity," he said but added, "It's clear Me Supreme Court has upheld that federal law supersedes state laws di- rectly in regard to drug laws." So far, many Nevadans appear to have cottoned to the idea. Backers got a record 110,000 signatures in just 40 days to put Question 9 on the ballot. Polls show voters evenly divided, but Nevada's largest newspaper, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, has endorsed the measure. Some residents say outsiders are using their state as a giant petri dish. "Charlatans and carpetbaggers" is how Sandy Heverly, executive director of Stop DUI and a leader of the opposition to legal marijuana, characterizes the group behind Question 9. Although the pro-pot group is called Nevadans for Responsible Law Enforcement, it's led by a Texas politico, staffed by brand-new residents and heavily financed by a Washington group, the Marijuana Policy Project, whose biggest contributor is Cleveland billionaire Peter Lewis of Progressive Auto Insurance. NRLE does have a 30-member steering committee of Nevada legislators, physicians, nurses and medical marijuana patients. Billy Rogers, a savvy Lone Star State campaign manager who moved to Vegas to run NRLE, said the state seems ripe for marijuana reform because it recently made possession of small amounts a misdemeanor, rather than a felony, as well as allowing medical marijuana. Also, Nevada's anything-goes reputation and the concentration of two-thirds of its 2 million residents in Las Vegas simplifies campaigning. So far, NRLE has spent $900,000 and plans to spend another $300,000 to $400,000. It's saturating local television airwaves with two 30-second ads that appear 50 or 60 times a day, costing about $50,000 a week. Rogers said almost all the funds have come from the Washington group, although some Nevadans are beginning to donate small amounts. NRLE's cluster of bffices next door to an Arby's. restaurant looks like any campaign headquarters, with wall- size maps of Las Vegas precincts, a cadre of enthusiastic young volunteers, stacks of signs and a fable well- stocked with, um, munchies. The pro-pot campaign has a well- funded, high-tech feel; one bookcase houses a bank of 70 Palm devices with databases of registered voters that volunteers can update during the daily door-to-door canvassing. It has 13 paid staff members, including Rogers, who said his annual salary is $84,000. The anti-pot group, Nevadans Against Legalizing Marijuana, is more embryonic. Its dozen or so members are a loose-knit coalition of law-enforcement types — narcotics detectives, district attorneys — and social-service groups focused on substance abuse. They meet occasionally in the rehearsal room of a local arts center, flanked by dozens of music stands and a huge kettle drum, with a trio of young violinists warming up next door. So far, the coalition has raised about $200,000 and filmed four commercials, three of-which have aired. It has lined up local cable provider Cox Communications to finance and give airtime for TV ads that will feature former Nevada governors speaking out against Question 9. The anti-pot group is tapping into a strong religious base (one-third of Las Vegas residents belong to one of its 620 congregations), enlisting local pastors to preach against Question 9. The group's secret weapon is a quart-size Ziploc bag filled with 255 "joints" rolled from 3 ounces of parsley, designed to demonstrate how much weed would be legal. "When you actually show people the bag holding 255 cigarettes, they're very surprised," said Heverly from Stop DUI. But Rogers scoffed at that notion. He said 3 ounces would roll the equivalent of three packs of cigarettes, or 60 joints. His NRLE folks are trying their darnedest to look wholesome. The young volunteers who daily ring doorbells wear crisp khakis and sparkling white T-shirts. You would expect them to be pushing Bibles, not doobies. After a young woman with bright pink hair and a notable lack of focus wafts into campaign headquarters offering to volunteer, "team captain" April Huneycutt frowns and says, "She'd have to dye her hair and clean up a bit. We're not looking to 'project a pothead image." Body found near Edison Field lot after game ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A body was found near the Edison Field patting lot after the Anaheim Angels' Vfctory over San Francisco in Game 7 of Ihe World Series. Investigators followed a trail of Mood leading from the south park- faf. lot to the man's body, Anaheim Mice Sgt. Rick Martinez said today Hie man walked nearly two blocks brfete collapsing, Martinez said. Paramedics responded and the unidentified man was pronounced dead at the scene, Martinez said. He declined to release any information about the man's injuries. Investigators closed a portion of Orangewood Avenue leading to the Riverside Freeway, causing a delay for fans leaving the stadium. Police reported only sporadic problems Sunday night, including a few fans who threw bottles at officers in the parking lot outside the stadium's main entrance. "They dispersed very quickly," Martinez said. He said officers made a handful of arrests, including a few fans who ran onto the field to celebrate after the Angels won the World Series. They were booked for investigation of trespassing. Small groups of people lighted trash fires and some were seen trying to overturns cars, but Martinez said police officers moved in quickly to break it up. GIVE YOURSELF A TREAT INROLL NOW FOR HAIR DESIGNING AND NAIL ARTISTRY CLASSES . ALSO: •Mmatotogy Teacher Classes Saturday Classes financial Aid Available Placement Assistance Available CaM For fir** Brochure ittanning Beauty School 120 Market St., Kittanning, PA t (4247) P unxy Beauty School 222 N. Findley St., Punxsutawney, PA 1-8OO-848-HAIR (4247) BEAUTIFUL ACREAGE! 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Jordan is officially allied with the United States, but anti-American sentiment has been rising with public opposition to a threatened U.S. attack on Iraq, Jordan's eastern neighbor. The kingdom's 1994 peace treaty with Israel also has made it a target for Muslim militants and terrorist groups. Jordanian Information Minister Mohammed Affash Adwan would not speculate on whether terrorists were involved but called the attack "an aggression on Jordan and its national security." Foreign Minister Marwan Muasher went to the U.S. Embassy to express condolences and promised swift action to catch the perpetrator. "The Jordanian government is going to deal seriously with this horrible crime," Jordanian news agency Petra quoted him as saying. The gunman escaped, and there was no immediate claim of responsibility. The U.S. Embassy said in a statement that U.S. authorities "are working closely with Jordanian officials to investigate this horrible crime." 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Jordanian security officials said Foley's wife called police after the attack outside his house in a middle- class district of Amman. Police swarmed the scene, searching for fingerprints and other evidence. Jordan is known for its tight security, but several attacks have been directed against Israelis in Amman and along the Jordanian-Israel border. Jordan and Egypt are the two Arab states having peace treaties with Israel. One Israeli businessman was shot and killed last year in the same neighborhood as Faley, and two Israeli diplomats were wounded by gunshots in 2000. . On Sept. 27, the U.S. government said it had received uncorroborated information indicating that, as of this summer, a member of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terror network was considering a plan to kidnap U.S. citizens in Jordan. YOGA and PILATES up to 20 ( classes per * month ... — — JT'S FITNESS 724-349-9393 www.jtfitness.com n FREE CLASS WITH AD > PATRONS' MUTUAL FIRE INSURANCE CO. 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