Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on January 28, 2000 · Page 2
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A*2-FR|., JAN. 28-SAt, JAN. 29, 2000 THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL AFTERNOON BRIEFING A quick read of the world Fight over Web names drags on WASHINGTON—America's surging technology industry chances so quickly, so profoundly that it's said to move in 'Internet time," a™ Associated Pres« of ne b u ious parallel universe where years of evolution take mere GOP hears some common ground in Clinton's State of Union WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans say President Clinton s valedictory State of the Union address offered some hope they can find common ground with him on debt reduction, education and other issues. "I think a lot of it is doable if the president will sit down and work with us, said House Speaker Dennis Hasten, R-I1I., singling out health care, education, debt reduction, tax cuts and anti-drug aid to Colombia as areas of potential agreement. But following Clinton's 89-minute speech to Congress on Thursday night, the longest of his eight State of the Union addresses, many of the same old divisions remained. Republicans said he had proposed far too much new spending and not enough tax reduction, which combined with their lingering distrust of him lays the groundwork for a contentious election year. "The proof is not him saying it tonight to a national television audience, said Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas. "The proof is directing his minions to work with the Republican Congress to actually do it." The president used his address to senators and representatives gathered in the House chamber, in part, to recount the successes of his first seven years in office: a near-record economic expansion, federal deficits morpned into surpluses, lower crime rates. ; "In 1992, we just had a roadmap. Today, we have results," he said He also laid out a wish list for his final year that ranged from sweep; ing ideas — $350 billion in tax cuts, retirement savings accounts, more spending for schools and health care, photo ID licenses for handguns ; — to narrower ones like encouraging the development of new vaccines and less-polluting cars. months. So far 662,000 accounts were matched with names. States get the information within 48 hours of the match and move quickly to freeze the account and collect what's owed. Support declining for giving boy citizenship WASHINGTON — The grandmothers of Elian Gonzalez may have been frustrated in their attempt at bringing the 6-year-old home to Cuba any time soon, but they're apparently gaining ground in their effort to persuade Congress to reject legislation granting the boy citizenship. Having won at least a delay in congressional action on the proposed legislation, the grandmothers were to return Saturday to Cuba without the child, after more planned congressional visits today. They were also seeking a meeting with President Clinton, but White House aides suggested that seemed unlikely — despite Clinton's support for their cause. ' Raquel Rodriquez, the maternal grandmother, and Mariela Quintana, the paternal grandmother, predicted they would eventually prevail — even if not on this trip. "We will keep fighting," said Rodriquez. "We're going to bring him back. Right now, we can't do it." Elian has been the center of controversy since he was found clinging to an inner tube Nov. 25 off the Florida coast. His mother and others traveling with him in an effort to flee Cuba had drowned. CDC: More than 1 in 4 high schoolers smoke, but rate down Government finds $1 billion in accounts of people owing child support , WASHINGTON — Using new powers granted by Congress, the federal government found $1 billion in the accounts of parents who .owe overdue child support payments. States are seizing the accounts ; and getting parents to pay up. Washington state officials have seized hundreds of accounts and col- peeled $2 million from deadbeat parents. Florida has seized 232 accounts and collected $191,706. : In Ohio, one county child support office froze the accounts of 40 people who owed $90,000. So far, more than $40,000 owed to children has been collected and paid back. An additional 17 people have been ; notified their accounts could be seized. "It's a very important tool for us," said Maricarol Torsok, director of a county child support office near Toledo, Ohio. Torsok received the names of parents with bank accounts from the ^Su , Health M ? Human Service s. which has been working wi* 2,300 banks across the country since August to find the accounts of 3 million parents who owe child support. The department sends a computer tape with the names and Social • fcecunty numbers of delinquent parents to large multistate banks and brokerages, which in turn search their records to find a match. Engine problem could delay Endeavour's flight CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A problem with- an engine that propelled space shuttle Discovery into orbit last month could end up delaying Endeavour's upcoming launch. Endeavour is scheduled to lift off Monday on a mission to map the Earth's terrain using radar. NASA plans to start the countdown later today, while continuing to analyze the engine problem. NASA test director Doug Lyons today said a metal seal in a high-pressure turbopump was . worn away more than usual during Discovery's liftoff to the Hubble Space Telescope on Dec. 19. A groove was caused by the turbine blades, he said. The seals help direct hot gas into the blades to increase engine performance. The pump and its engine worked fine despite the additional rubbing on the seal, and the astronauts faced no additional risk during their launch, Lyons said. If the seal had failed and the pump had faltered, it's possi- .ble the engine could have shut down and forced an emergency landing. ; "While we don't think there's anything of significance there, we want to make sure we're not overlooking anything," Lyons said. Lyons said the problem was detected during routine inspections earlier this week. ATLANTA—With a cautious tone, the government announced that smoking among, high schoolers has dropped for the first time since it began tracking the age group in 1991. A nationwide survey of 7,529 high schoolers in September and October found that 28.4 percent said they had smoked in the last month, 8 percent fewer than the last survey in 1997, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. However, the report also showed that nearly one in 10 children have smoked cigarettes by the time they reach middle school. Nine percent of students in grades six through eight said they had smoked cigarettes and nearly 13 percent — one in every eight students — said they had used some sort of tobacco product, including chewing tobacco, pipes and cigars. The survey was the first in which the CDC surveyed an equal number of middle school students and high schoolers. "I don't think it was that surprising, because we see such high rates in nigh school that we know it begins in middle school. We just didn't know at what level," said Michael Eriksen, director of the CDC's Office on Smoking and Health. In 1997, the last time the CDC looked at high school smoking, 36.4 percent of students said they had smoked in the preceding month At the time, teen smoking was on the rise, from 34.8 percent in 1995 and 27.5 percent in J991, the first year the CDC startedkeeping track. snins. But curiously, the Internet itself appears largely immune to Intermit time. Important changes to its architecture, such as adding new suffixes for Web addresses, remain at least one year away, despite pledges since the middle of the last decade to change the arcane system that generally limits non-government Web sites to addresses ending with "com" "net"or"org." The problem, experts acknowledge, is the strange confluence of interests in today's Internet — the increasingly important network that crosses borders and spans cultures yet is largely run by volunteer geeks loosely scattered around the globe. So far, the most forceful and successful arguments against expand ing Internet addresses, called "domains," are from the world's most powerful corporations. Some jealously guard their trademarks and complain that the current system already is too awkward to police. Attacks on government Web sites alerts Japan to cyber-crime TOKYO — Normally, Japan's wartime record is the source of bitter memories, chilly relations with Asia and the subject of heated historical debate. This week, the controversy turned high-tech. Hackers raided government-run Web sites, posting messages accusing Japan of trying to whitewash its wartime past. While the messages strike a sensitive spot in Japan, more importantly the hacker assault set off alarms about the country's vulnerability to cyber crime. Despite its love for just about everything high-tech, Japan is far behind other countries when it comes to fighting crime online. Critics say the hackers could so easily intrude because officials are simply not prepared for them. "The Internet is public, so Japan just can't assume it's safe," Eiii Hara of the Cabinet Office for National Security and Crisis Management said Thursday. "From now on, we'll have to speed up development of security measures." 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