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Ex-Beatle McCartney attains knighthood

LONDON (AP) -- From backbeat to bended , The queen made McCartney a knight, for his ser-
knee: Paul McCartney, teen idol of the hippie era, vice to music, in her New Year Honors List. She
went to Buckingham Palace on Tuesday to receive officially bestowed the honor at Tuesday's ceremo-
that ultimate symbol of respectability - a knight- ny.
hood from Queen Elizabeth II. Being a knight means he has the title "Sir" and
Togged out in tails, he showed how much he has his wife the title "Lady." Linda McCartney, who is
changed since he first met recovering from breast cancer
the queen in 1965 - he and treatment, stayed home, but
the other Beatles, sporting My mum and Sir Paul said she was doing
then-fashionablc narrow well.
lapels and skinny ties, dad would have Although the honor carries
prepped for that encounter by nothing beyond the title, it is
sharing a joint. been Xi6$ $ still a coveted emblem of
"My mum and dad would , approval and standing in pub-
have been extremely proud proud lic life.
- and perhaps they are,' said In 1965, McCartney and the
the ex-Beatle bassist, garbed - Paul MCCartney rest of the Fab Four were
in aber, traditional tailcoat, Pop star and British knight dubbed Members of the Order
his silver-streaked hair skim- of the British Empire - one

with albums including "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts
Club Band" and "The Beatles."
Battling stagefright before meeting the queen,
the group took refuge in palace restrooms just prior
to getting their awards - and calmed down by
smoking marijuana.
Some other members of the Order of the British
Empire sent their honors back to the queen to
protest what they called the system's devaluation.
For McCartney, the days of marijuana arrests and
psychedelic drugs in 1960s London are but a mem-
ory. He has settled down as a family man, an envi-
ronmentalist and animal rights supporter.
One of the most successful pop stars of all time,
McCartney also is a generous supporter of chari-
He has put some of his millions to good works,
founding the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts
- officially opened by the queen this year.
The Beatles broke up in 1970, and the fourth
Beatle, John Lennon, was killed in New York in
Sir Paul said Tuesday that the other surviving
members of the Fab Four, George Harrison and
Ringo Starr, make fun of his knighthood.
"They call me 'Your Holiness,"' he said.

mina his shoulders.
Keeping with tradition, McCartney bent down
before the queen on one knee, and she dubbed him
knight, laying a sword on each of his shoulders.
Hundreds of fans, some wearing "Arise Sir Paul" T-
shifts, cheered his arrival and waited outside the
palace until he emerged.

step below knighthood. A lot hz ; changed since then.
It was the height of Beatlemania, when the mop-
haired rockers put Swinging London on the cultur-
al map and attracted screaming hordes of fans
everywhere they went. They dominated pop music
with standards such as "She Loves You" and
"Yesterday"; they would go on to change it forever

Former Beatle Paul McCartney shows off a medal he received from Queen
Elizabeth 11 in Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.


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Sampling strategy
looks to make count
more 'user-friendly'
Bureau still plans to question at least 90
percent of all households for the 2000
national count but has decided to
change the sampling method it will use.
The result will be "a census that is
accurate, fair and cost-effective,"
Commerce Secretary William Daley
told the Senate Governmental Affairs
Committee on Tuesday.
The plan is to ensure that at least 90
percent of all households in each tract
- an area of several square blocks -
are counted via mailed-back question-
naire, telephone call or personal visit.
That information can then be used to
account for the remaining 10 percent.
In areas where at least 90 percent of
the households respond to the initial
mailing, Census workers will visit one in
10 of the remaining households. In areas
with lower response rates a larger share
of the missing will get personal visits,
the bureau said. For example, if only 60
percent mail back the questionnaire,

Census workers will call or visit three-
quarters of the non-responding homes.
"Innovations planned for Census
2000 are all aimed at making it easy to
be counted," said Census Director
Martha Farnsworth Riche. "These run
the gamut from a user-friendly ques-
tionnaire to multiple mailings to use of
phone interviews to multiple language
Under the new system, once the ini-
tial response is in, workers will be
assigned a list of houses that did not
respond. The list will include enough
households to bring the total up to 90
Earlier, the bureau had planned to
have workers choose which houses to
visit to bring their total to 90 percent.
The new plan will assign them to
addresses selected for sampling, mak-
ing the sampling statistically more fair
and accurate, -and completing it more
quickly, officials said.
In addition, the bureau will select a
sample of 750,000 households across
the country to sample as a double-check
on their numbers.
The idea of using statistical tech-
niques to estimate a portion of the pop-

ulation has generated some controversy.
Statisticians insist that sampling tech-
niques have been refined enough to
produce accurate figures, while oppo-
nents insist that the Constitutiorz
required an actual head count.
Under the Constitution, the Census
must be taken every 10 years and the
numbers are used to distribute seats in
th- House of Representatives and to
ciculate eligibility for federal aid pro-
Every census has generated contro-
versy, starting with the first one in 1790,
when President George Washington
insisted that the number was too low.
Census officials admit that they can-
not count everybody and that their
totals are less accurate for minorities
than for the general population.
The methods planned for use in 2000
will be tested in a census dress
rehearsal next year in Sacramento,
Calif., 1 I counties in the Columbia,
S.C. area, and on the Menominee
Indian Reservation in Wisconsin.
Census 2000 is expected to cost $3.
billion - less than the estimated $4.
billion it would have cost to duplicate
the 1990 effort.

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