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September 10, 2000

Bill Maxwell
Student athletes deserve to be treated fairly
Leaves are changing colors, evening temperatures are falling in many parts of the nation and days are getting shorter. It is college football season, time for the autumn rumble that ends with the championship bowl game in January.

Margo Hammond
Women weigh in
This year's Olympics will see more women in more sports breaking more records than ever before. As their physical prowess accelerates, a tantalizing question arises: Can women achieve athletic parity with men?

Philip Gailey
Consider candidates' emotional intelligence
Once again, American voters are preparing to elect a president. The summer political conventions gave many voters their first real impression of Al Gore and George W. Bush. Now, as the fall campaign intensifies, the public will be subjected to a blizzard of campaign spin and television ads that have replaced honest political debate.

Editorials
A strong response at USF
New University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft acted wisely in appointing Joseph W. Hatchett, a pioneering black civil rights attorney and retired state and federal judge, to investigate the university's handling of racial discrimination complaints leveled by student athletes. The charges are serious, and USF mishandled the original complaints months before Genshaft arrived on campus. To her credit, Genshaft recognized the seriousness of the problem and ordered a full and independent investigation.

When judicial campaigns go bad
When you hear of politicians engaging in negative campaigning and raising gobs of money, judges don't typically spring to mind. They, after all, are supposed to be above the political fray.

Expand the danger?
St. Petersburg officials need to step in to block a rigged process that would lead to a dangerous expansion of downtown's Albert Whitted Airport.

Letters
Religious dogma isn't only solution
Re: Restoring our soul and spirit takes more than an election, by Jim Towey, and Most Americans are driven to good by peace and reason, not God, by Bill Maxwell, Sept. 3.

Martin Dyckman
Apologies could avert litigation
TALLAHASSEE -- After an apparently suicidal pilot killed 24 people and injured 71 by crashing a DC-8 into Tokyo Bay, the president of Japan Air Lines apologized in person to the victims or their families and offered payments. Not one lawsuit was filed.

Tim Nickens
With race tight, Bush turns to personal attacks on Gore
SCRANTON, Pa. -- The leaves have not started turning colors yet in the Lehigh Valley and the calendar says it's still summer, but the signs of fall are all around.

Books
A gem of a novel about the Aborigine
I defy anyone to pick up Australian Peter Shann Ford's debut novel The Keeper of Dreams and put it down any time soon. The early combination of incredibly vivid descriptions of the Australian Outback -- and particularly the natural wonder of Ayers Rock -- coupled with lessons in the mystical beliefs of the Aborigine people combine to put the reader in a virtual headlock of rapt attention. Once or twice, I had to remind myself to breathe.

Hilarious travels in Australia
Last summer, I didn't want Bill Bryson's bestseller A Walk in the Woods to end, so when I saw a copy of his latest travel book, In a Sunburned Country, I grabbed it. I longed to relive the often hilarious, occasionally whining but always insightful travail he experienced hiking the Appalachian Trail. I guess I expected his travels in Australia, the subject of his new book, to become "A Walkabout in the Desert."

Cyberia
A LITERARY COMMUNITY:Readers looking for information about favorite authors and their books can visit PreviewPort.com, an interactive site serving authors, publishers and readers. Visitors can buy books, see video clips of authors and check out a calendar of literary events across the country. One warning: I found the site sluggish, even with a high-speed connection, so patience may be required.

A love life online
The internet was supposed to improve the quality of our lives, right? Already, though, we're hearing horror stories about the dark side of this electronic marvel: children lured from their homes, credit cards stolen, solid marriages destroyed by faceless strangers. Jenny Wilder's brand new marriage isn't crumbling yet, but there are visible cracks in the foundation: Jenny has a secret lover who lives in her computer.

Russian crime and punishment
It was once assumed that the collapse of the Soviet Union would finish off novelists who specialized in Cold War thrillers. With the communists out of business who would be the bad guys?  


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