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January 3, 1995
HEY, kiddies, you sure were fooled if you fell for that old saw that Santa Claus comes from North Pole."Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. But his story begins in southern Turkey where warm sea breezes blow, and not, as you believe, in the north," The Turkish Times reported recently.According to that publication Santa Claus -- or St. Nicholas, as he was called -- was born in the village of Myra in Turkey. He was said to have been pale and lean -- quite unlike the modern image of Santa.
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NEWS
January 3, 1995
HEY, kiddies, you sure were fooled if you fell for that old saw that Santa Claus comes from North Pole."Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. But his story begins in southern Turkey where warm sea breezes blow, and not, as you believe, in the north," The Turkish Times reported recently.According to that publication Santa Claus -- or St. Nicholas, as he was called -- was born in the village of Myra in Turkey. He was said to have been pale and lean -- quite unlike the modern image of Santa.
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NEWS
December 14, 1994
White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta says the "message" of the firing of Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders for her remark that masturbation could be discussed in schools is, "Don't say things the president does not agree with." He also said Dr. Elders would have been fired for doing this "six months ago, eight months ago, nine months ago; I guarantee you."Maybe, but in the past nine months she has said, among other impolitic things, that she didn't think selling a small amount of cocaine was a crime, and for such she drew only private rebukes.
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By ELLEN GOODMAN | December 16, 1994
Boston. -- Leave it to Joycelyn Elders to force the country into one final sex lesson on her way out the door. This many people haven't stuttered over a word since the network anchors choked on ''tampon'' while describing toxic-shock syndrome.When it was first proclaimed that the surgeon general had advocated masturbation lessons in sex-education classes, even her admirers threw up their hands. What would the kids do for a final exam? Achieve orgasm?Then slowly the facts began filtering through the flak.
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By ELLEN GOODMAN | December 16, 1994
Boston. -- Leave it to Joycelyn Elders to force the country into one final sex lesson on her way out the door. This many people haven't stuttered over a word since the network anchors choked on ''tampon'' while describing toxic-shock syndrome.When it was first proclaimed that the surgeon general had advocated masturbation lessons in sex-education classes, even her admirers threw up their hands. What would the kids do for a final exam? Achieve orgasm?Then slowly the facts began filtering through the flak.
NEWS
By Susan Baer and Susan Baer,Washington Bureau | July 14, 1993
WASHINGTON -- Amid right-wing attacks that Surgeon General nominee M. Joycelyn Elders is a radical, anti-family "Condom Queen," the White House and numerous health groups have mounted a full court press, hoping to head off the kind of opposition that derailed the controversial Lani Guinier nomination last month.Dr. Elders, the outspoken Arkansas health chief who has championed school-based health clinics, availability of contraceptives in schools, sex education beginning in kindergarten and abortion rights, is scheduled to go before the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee for her confirmation hearing Friday.
NEWS
By Derrick Z. Jackson | June 30, 1994
O.J. Simpson may be in jail, but the violence, sexism and idolatry that surrounds male sports marches on gleefully to the cash register. The parade was in full view last week in the commercials for Game 7 of the National Basketball Association title between New York and Houston.Many people hope Simpson's alleged murder of his wife will spark a campaign against domestic abuse. But during the game, women in the ads were mostly bimbos, controlled and manipulated by a male's first material offering.
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By JAMES P. PINKERTON | September 29, 1993
Washington -- As the world becomes more peaceful, America becomes more dangerous. The new HBO movie ''And the Band Played On'' reminds us that virtually every sector of society fiddled while AIDS blazed out of control: from a Legionnaire's Disease-type viral outbreak in 1981 into the killer of 194,000 Americans. AIDS drenches American culture, leaving its indelible melancholy stain and changing behavior patterns forever.Tragically, the increasing realism of gays about AIDS is being matched by continuing obfuscation from the public-health establishment on another, potentially greater threat to the commonweal: teen promiscuity and pregnancy.
NEWS
December 14, 1994
Joycelyn Elders as a heroI write to protest the hypocrisy of the Joycelyn Elders termination.As a Democrat, I am ashamed that our party is using Ms. Elders as a scapegoat. It is the party's own wavering on campaign promises that has weakened the stronghold we gave them two years ago, not the surgeon general's honest and courageous remarks.In the footsteps of another great surgeon general, C. Everett Koop, Ms. Elders had the grace and conviction to confront popular opinions because they were wrong.
NEWS
By Knight-Ridder News Service | June 4, 1993
WASHINGTON -- An old-fashioned idea -- about sex, of all things -- is making a comeback in high schools and middle schools around the country.The idea: Students should be taught that it is wrong for them to have sex.Textbooks that promote abstinence and avoid how-to information about contraceptives have become increasingly popular in recent years, partly due to the growing involvement of conservative Christians on local school boards."
NEWS
December 14, 1994
White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta says the "message" of the firing of Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders for her remark that masturbation could be discussed in schools is, "Don't say things the president does not agree with." He also said Dr. Elders would have been fired for doing this "six months ago, eight months ago, nine months ago; I guarantee you."Maybe, but in the past nine months she has said, among other impolitic things, that she didn't think selling a small amount of cocaine was a crime, and for such she drew only private rebukes.
NEWS
December 14, 1994
Joycelyn Elders as a heroI write to protest the hypocrisy of the Joycelyn Elders termination.As a Democrat, I am ashamed that our party is using Ms. Elders as a scapegoat. It is the party's own wavering on campaign promises that has weakened the stronghold we gave them two years ago, not the surgeon general's honest and courageous remarks.In the footsteps of another great surgeon general, C. Everett Koop, Ms. Elders had the grace and conviction to confront popular opinions because they were wrong.
NEWS
By Derrick Z. Jackson | June 30, 1994
O.J. Simpson may be in jail, but the violence, sexism and idolatry that surrounds male sports marches on gleefully to the cash register. The parade was in full view last week in the commercials for Game 7 of the National Basketball Association title between New York and Houston.Many people hope Simpson's alleged murder of his wife will spark a campaign against domestic abuse. But during the game, women in the ads were mostly bimbos, controlled and manipulated by a male's first material offering.
NEWS
By JAMES P. PINKERTON | September 29, 1993
Washington -- As the world becomes more peaceful, America becomes more dangerous. The new HBO movie ''And the Band Played On'' reminds us that virtually every sector of society fiddled while AIDS blazed out of control: from a Legionnaire's Disease-type viral outbreak in 1981 into the killer of 194,000 Americans. AIDS drenches American culture, leaving its indelible melancholy stain and changing behavior patterns forever.Tragically, the increasing realism of gays about AIDS is being matched by continuing obfuscation from the public-health establishment on another, potentially greater threat to the commonweal: teen promiscuity and pregnancy.
NEWS
By Susan Baer and Susan Baer,Washington Bureau | July 14, 1993
WASHINGTON -- Amid right-wing attacks that Surgeon General nominee M. Joycelyn Elders is a radical, anti-family "Condom Queen," the White House and numerous health groups have mounted a full court press, hoping to head off the kind of opposition that derailed the controversial Lani Guinier nomination last month.Dr. Elders, the outspoken Arkansas health chief who has championed school-based health clinics, availability of contraceptives in schools, sex education beginning in kindergarten and abortion rights, is scheduled to go before the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee for her confirmation hearing Friday.
NEWS
By Knight-Ridder News Service | June 4, 1993
WASHINGTON -- An old-fashioned idea -- about sex, of all things -- is making a comeback in high schools and middle schools around the country.The idea: Students should be taught that it is wrong for them to have sex.Textbooks that promote abstinence and avoid how-to information about contraceptives have become increasingly popular in recent years, partly due to the growing involvement of conservative Christians on local school boards."
NEWS
November 27, 1993
Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke will discuss the breakdown of the American family and the fast-rising rate of out-of-wedlock births tomorrow on the ABC show "This Week With David Brinkley."Mr. Schmoke was invited to discuss the increase in the illegitimacy rate, now 68 percent for blacks and 22 percent for whites. The program will be broadcast in Baltimore at 10:30 a.m. on WJZ-TV (Channel 13.)Other guests include Surgeon General M. Joycelyn Elders, who visited Baltimore's Laurence Paquin School for teen-age mothers last week; and Charles Murray, a fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute.
NEWS
October 31, 1994
Howard Community College will sponsor a free interactive video conference, "Breaking the Cycle of Violence," from noon to 4:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Hickory Ridge Building at 10650 Hickory Ridge Road.Topics will include the current state of violence; alternative ways to view aggressive and troubled youth; peaceful and positive conflict resolution strategies; school and community-based intervention and prevention programs; collaboration across agencies; school safety; and support toward systemic change.
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