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Violent offenses by teens drop

WASHINGTON (AP) - Arrests of
teen-agers for violent crimes plunged
9 .2 percent last year, and Attorney
General Janet Reno said the second
straight annual drop was not "a blip"
but a real trend away from the juvenile
crime wave that rose steadily from 1987
through 1994.
At her weekly news conference yes-
terday, Reno called on Congress to allo-
cate more money for after-school pro-

grams "to make it stick." The
Republicans who control Congress are
writing bills that focus on trying more
teen-agers as adults.
The drop during 1995 was 2.9 per-
cent, and Reno said she had "worried
since that it might be a blip. But now ...
we are making real progress."
The FBI data also showed that arrests
of teen-agers for murder dropped 10.7
percent in 1996, the third straight annu-


al decline after a 169 percent increase
between 1984 and 1993, when the juve-
nile murder rate peaked.
But Reno was not ready to declare
victory in her top priority. More than
any attorney general since Robert
Kennedy, Reno has roamed the nation
speaking on youth crime and calling for
a balance between tougher penalties for
wrongdoers and prevention programs to
keep kids out of trouble and help young
offenders return to society.
She thanked a reporter for noting that
just Wednesday a Mississippi high
school student was accused of killing
three people and that last weekend a 15-
year-old allegedly murdered a kid sell-
ing candy door-to-door in New Jersey.
"We still continue to hear of too
many serious violent crimes committed
by young people," Reno said. "We can-
not be satisfied by this reduction in
youth violence.'
In 1996, for every 100,000 youths
aged 10 to 17, there were 464.7 arrests

for violent crimes, down from 511.9 in
1995 and 527.4 in the peak year of
1994, FBI figures showed.
This rate had spiraled up from 311.3
arrests in 1987 as drug gangs through-
out the country recruited teen-agers as
drug couriers and armed them.
"Then other kids they hung around
with got guns, and then their friends
and so on," said Prof. Alfred Blumstein
of Carnegie Mellon University.
He attributed a major share of the
decline in teen-age killing to police
efforts to take guns from kids, such as
aggressive searches in New York City, a
gun bounty in Charleston, S.C., and
voluntary gun searches in St. Louis.
Reno cited a combination of factors.
"The president's crime plan has
provided more money and tougher
laws,' she said. "And communities
across America and their police, their
prosecutors, mentors in the communi-
ty and young people themselves are
working harder than ever to keep'
young people on the right track, to
give them opportunity and to provide
punishment and intervention when
they stray."

Navy F-14 jet crashes of East Coast
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A Navy F-14 Tomcat fighter jet on a routine train-
ing flight crashed yesterday in the Atlantic Ocean off the East Coast. The Navy said
one crew member was rescued and a search was under way for another.
It was the seventh military plane crash since Sept. 13. The six earlier crashes
happened within a week and led to a one-day break in training flights for a sa9
review by all the services.
The Navy jet went down around 4 p.m., about 65 miles east of Elizabeth City,
N.C., said Coast Guard Petty Officer Harry Craft.
Craft said a Coast Guard helicopter rescued the plane's radar intercept officer
"We have recovered the backseater and he supposedly was in good shape, and
we're still on scene now looking for the pilot;" Craft said.
The plane was training with another aircraft when it went down, said Mike
Maus, a Navy spokesperson.
Both crew members ejected from the plane, Maus said.
The fighter was assigned to the Oceana Naval Air Station at Virginia Beach. The
Navy said three of its ships were within 40 miles of the crash site and, along w
aircraft from the Navy and Coast Guard, were participating in the search.
Lt. Joe Walker, a Navy Atlantic Fleet air force spokesperson, said the plane
belonged to fighter squadron 101 at Oceana.

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Dads help children
with academics
WASHINGTON - It is a formula
for school achievement as old as apples
for the teacher and as new as home-
work done on the Internet: Father's par-
ticipation in their children's schools,
the Department of Education has
found, boosts the children's perfor-
mance and wards off misbehavior and
academic failure.
Children get better marks and are
less likely to repeat a grade or be
expelled if their fathers are involved in
school activities, the study concluded.
Among children whose fathers alone
were highly involved at their schools,
almost half brought home report cards
bearing mostly A's.
The survey-based report, released at
the White House yesterday by Vice
President Al Gore, found that fathers'
involvement made a substantial differ-
ence whether or not the dads lived with
their children.
In spite of a burgeoning movement
among middle-class fathers to involve

themselves in their children's lives, more
than half of all fathers in two-parent
families - and 82 percent of fathers
who do not live with their children -
have no significant involvement in their
children's schools.
Court may vote on
campaign refom
WASHINGTON - Congressional
reformers are elated, having finally
forced the Senate to start debating their
bill to ban political parties from receiv-
ing huge donations to tout themselves
and their agenda.
The measure's backers - Sens. J*
McCain, (R-Ariz.), and Russell Y
Feingold, (D-Wis.), are continuing
efforts to create momentum for their
cause. And they hope that when the leg-
islative dust settles, they will have
made good their pledge to "categorical-
ly shut down the Washington 'soft-
money' machine," referring to the
largely unregulated contributions to the
parties that are central to the curr t
fund-raising controversies.


Timeout' definition
causes tension
JERUSALEM - Everybody seems
to like U.S. Secretary of State
Madeleine Albright's idea for a "time-
out" in unilateral acts that impede
Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
The problem is no one agrees on
what it means, particularly when it is
applied to the construction of Jewish
settlements in the occupied West Bank
and traditionally Arab East Jerusalem.
When Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu says "timeout;" he means
continuing his policy of building to
keep up with "natural growth" in West
Bank settlements, while agreeing not to
start any new settlements for a period
of time. And Jerusalem is not part of
the discussion.
For the Palestinians, "timeout"
means Netanyahu should take a break
on all construction on all lands that
Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast
If Albright's recent slip of the tongue
calling settlement activity "legal" is
any indication, the United States is

likely to accept Israel's definition and
press the Palestinians to agree in the
interest of pursing negotiations for a
final peace agreement.
The United States' long-standing
policy has been to avoid using the term
legal or illegal regarding settlements,
instead calling them "an obstacle" 'or
China may not be
spreading weapons
WASHINGTON - Amid intend
lobbying by the U.S. nuclear industry,
President Clinton is on the verge of cr-
tifying that China does not help spread
nuclear weapons to other nations,
according to administration officials.
That formality would open the way
for U.S. companies such as
Westinghouse Electric Corp. to sell
nuclear power equipment to China.
Until now, such sales have been barred
by a 1985 law requiring the presiden
first certify that China does not eng
in the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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