To be the child of public figures, but young...


January 08, 1994

IT'S NOT EASY to be the child of public figures, but young Andrew Giuliani seems eager to make the most of it.

The high-spirited 7-year-old hammed his way through his father's inauguration as mayor of New York last Sunday, so much so that his frolics earned him a front-page story in the New York Times.

The Times noted that Andrew, to put it tactfully, was not the model of a perfectly behaved child, even eliciting a quote from a "known softie," pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton, who gently suggested that Andrew's parents had missed a good opportunity to demonstrate an example of good discipline in public.

That was obvious.

Equally obvious, however, was the fact that Andrew's parents had other things on their mind that day.

It's just as well. A number of New Yorkers expressed delight that Andrew so thoroughly undermined the new mayor's tough-guy image.

"To me it spoke very well of the man, because it contradicted my worst fears about what kind of dictatorial mayor he would be," one woman told the Times.

Andrew, it seems, has been awarded a disciplinary reprieve -- one presumably not available to the offspring of any liberal, criminal-coddling politician.

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WORK MAY BE harmful to your health. And to your life, too.

More than 2 million Americans were physically attacked while at work last year. Some 6 million workers were threatened on the job and 16 million harassed, according to a study sponsored by Northwestern National Life Insurance Co. in Minneapolis.

"The reality is that violence in America is spilling off the streets and into the workplace," said Peggy Lawless, the project director.

While job stress and burnout levels remain high in the U.S. workplace, promoting employee incidents of violence, the report noted that physical attacks were twice as likely to come from a customer (or patient) rather than a co-worker.

Homicides were the second leading cause of workplace deaths last year, said the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Traffic accidents are the principal occupational killer. For women, homicide was the most common cause of workplace death, about 40 percent of fatalities.

Violence in the workplace cost employers over $4 billion last year, calculates the National Safe Workplace Institute.

"The sanctity of the work environment is now at the breaking point," it concludes, blaming disgruntled workers or angry spouses for most incidents.

The Northwestern National survey found 15 percent of workers had been physically attacked on the job at some point in their careers.

Respondents cited substance abuse, layoffs and firings, poverty and the availability of guns as chief causes of violence.

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