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BOSTON (AP) - A federal appeals court is
being asked to let 2.4 million voters in Puerto
Rico take part in the presidential election - a
request that, if granted, could make a difference in
the tight race between Al Gore and George W.
A group of Puerto Ricans has filed a lawsuit
arguing that they are being denied a right available
to other U.S. citizens. "The argument is that vot-
ing in a democracy, particularly in the United
States, is a fundamental right of citizenship," said
Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Rossello, whose govern-
ment agrees with the plaintiffs.
The U.S. Justice Department has taken the
other side, arguing that the U.S. Constitution
allows electors for the Electoral College to be
picked only by those who live in states, not by
those in U.S. territories. "The remedy, we believe,
cannot come through the courts, but we believe
the remedy would have to come through the leg-
islative process," Justice Department spokesman
Charles Miller said.
The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which
handles cases from Puerto Rico, will hear argu-
ments today. The Justice Department asked the
court to make a speedy ruling. Puerto Ricans are
allowed to vote in presidential primaries but not in
the general election. Congress made Puerto
Ricans U.S. citizens in 1917. The territory has 3.5
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ACROSS THE NATION
Federal campaign rules put on hold
WASHINGTON - Federal rules that require broadcasters to give candidates a
chance to respond to personal attacks and political endorsements were suspended
yesterday for the duration of the 2000 campaign.
Over the vehement objection of its Republican members, the Federal Communi-
cations Commission put the rules on hold, saying that the election season offered
"an ideal time to determine how broadcasters are affected by the political editl
Theregulation requires TV and radio stations that endorse a political candi-
date to notify and give free rebuttal time to the candidate's opponent. The
other suspended rule requires broadcasters to provide politicians or other pri-
vate citizens with air time to respond when they have been attacked during a
The FCC also said it would seek comments on whether to expand the scope
of the rule in giving parties a right of reply to broadcasts.
Broadcasters howled at the possibility that the commission review could
lead to a revival of a now-defunct provision called the Fairness Doctrine,
which required broadcasters to air multiple viewpoints when covering issues
and allowed parties to complain to the FCC.
"We are saddened that politics takes a higher priority than the Constitution," said
Edward Fritts, president of the National Association of Broadcasters.
Search, seizure rights tional protection against unreason-
for women debated The women "were searched by
their doctors for evidence of cirihes
WASHINGTON - Hearing a case and then arrested, seven of them right
in which women were arrested from out of their hospital beds," said
their hospital beds, Supreme Court Priscilla Smith, the lawye for e
justices yesterday vigorously debated women who sued.
whether hospitals can test pregnant
women for drug use and turn the A a
results over to police. Alabama to vote
"This is being done for medical interracial "a'
purposes," suggested Justice Antonin
Scalia. "The police didn't show up at MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Lawyers
the hospital and say, 'We'd like to Henry and Alison Penick were wd at
find a way to bust your patients."' sunset on Waikiki Beach after a
But Justice Ruth Bader Gins- courtship begun at a criminal hearing
burg said she did not see how when he asked to borrow a pen. Techni-
arresting women after they gave cally, though, their union viol
birth would protect the fetus, the Alabama's highest law.
primary concern of a South Car- Henry Penick is black and Alison
olina public hospital. "I looked at Penick is white. And Alabama isthe
the (hospital) consent form; it very last state with a clause in itson-
doesn't say anything about police," stitution that forbids the marriageof
she said. white and black.
Women treated at the Medical Uni- The Penicks hope that changes Nov.
versity of South Carolina contend 7. A ballot proposal would remove see-
that the hospital's former cocaine- tion 102 of the Alabama Constitution.
testing policy violated pregnant Research found 53 percent in favor and
patients' privacy and their constitu- 30 percent opposed.
AROUND THE WORLD i
ca said. "In any case, I believe Milose-
vic is weaker than ever before, which
some results invalid is clear from the fact that he has to do
various tricks to gain time."
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia - In an The announcement was issued r
apparent attempt to buy time for Slo- a stunning and swift turn of evenat
bodan Milosevic, Yugoslavia's highest the strikebound Kolubara mine, the
court invalidated parts of the presi- largest of the protests that the opposi-
dential election yesterday after thou- tion launched to force Milosevic to
sands of opposition supporters forced accept defeat.
police to back off from seizing a
strikebound mine. China sets ag nda
The constitutional court ruling,
reported by the state news agency to explore space
Tanjug, came in a case brought by the
opposition - which sought to have BEIJING - China's budding sipe
Vojislav Kostunica declared the win- program plans to explore the moon
ner of last month's election, for commercially useful resources and
Instead, the court, dominated by hopes one day to take part in an inter-
loyal Milosevic supporters, annulled national expedition to Mars, members
"parts" of the election, the agency of the secretive program said yester-
said, adding details of the ruling day.
would be made public today. If the Speeches at a bland forum by the
presidential vote -- or even parts of it head of the State Aerospace Bureau
- must be repeated, it means Milose- and a key researcher gave rare
vic retains power longer. glimpses into the military-dominated
"At first this may seem like a con- program.
cession by Slobodan Milosevic, but
I'm afraid this is a big trap," Kostuni- - Compiledfjim Dailh wire repots.
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Out of Myth,
October 6-December 31, 2000
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