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" British Embassy spokesman RobertChatterton-Dickson says his ambassador
decides which events to host on a case-
by-case basis, o"There are obvious advantages in do-
ing this," he said.' We show tisat we are
good diplomatic citizens, part of the
community. And it helps us do our jobbecause we are projecting a good image
of Britain among influential people."It's up to the event sponsors to price
their tickets in,a way that covers anyembassy cost and leaves money left over
for their coffers,"There are a thousand factors that go
into determining what the charge is,"said Pam Chappell of theCanadianEm-
bassy,whose rooftop has a tb-dieTfor
view of the, Capitol. "Is it a buffet or a
sit-down dinner? Is the sponsor a profit*making group or not?"
Once the basics are taken care of,there can tea las^^
"We really had to scramble to find a
photographer when we learned Mrs.
(Hillary Rodham) Clinton was coming"to a privately sponsored benefit for Ko-
rean orphans, said Korean Embassy
spokesman Djun Kil Kim. "ft ^trans-
formed an ordinary evening into a mem-
orable event" '
•& Bicycfe, pedestrian safetyJow »
in newer cities designed for mo-
tor traffic. ; ,
The Associated Press
MIAMI — Carl Pecot hasn't let a near-
collision with c a truck keep him off his
bicycle, even though he must pedal
through one of the nation's deadliest cit-
ies for bike riders. ,Four of the five most dangerous cities
in the country to ride a bicycle are in
Florida, with the Tampa Bay area the
deadliest, according to a report released
last week.Miami was next, with about 15 bicy-
clists killed by vehicles each year, ac-cording to the Surface Transportation
Policy Project, a Washington-based non-
profit coalition that,promotes safer
roads.Pecot, 40, who logs about 300 miles a
week, isn't afraid to ride along Miami's
Itie only time he ditched his bike was
when a truck pulled in front of him sev-
eral years ago: He suffered a shoulder
injury when he hit the pavement.
"It was the only thing I could do ex-
cept run into the truck," he said.The other metropolitan areas in the
top five most dangerous were Phoenix,
Fort Lauderdale and Orlando. >
Last month, the Surface Transporta-
tion group ranked Florida communities
as the nation's deadliest for pedestrians
— for many of the same reasons.
"They are designed for cars, not peo-
ple," said Steve Murchie, of the Florida
Consumer Action Network.
Between 1986 and 1995 in Florida:
1,135 bicyclists were struck and killed
by vehicles; 9,997 cyclists were injured;
-29.8 percent of bicycle fatalities in-
volved children under 18; and 3,389 chil-
dren were injured each year riding their
Nationally, about 840 bicyclists are
killed by vehicles each year, and more
than 75,000 bicyclists are injured, the
The rankings were produced by com-paring the number of cyclists killed with
an area's population. It did not attempt
to take other factors into account, such
as the shorter length of the bike-riding
season in Northern cities.The study found the higher fatality
rates tended to be in the newer andsprawling Southern and Western cities.
If Florida streets are mean, other
places aue kinder to bikers.The Northern California city of Davis
hasn't had a bicycle-related fatality in
more than 10 years; :"What makes Davis significant is that
everybody rides a bike here," said TimBustos, the city's bicycle safety coordi-
nator."You see businessmen riding to work
on bikes, kids going to school and everi
women wearing dresses riding bikes."
The safest city was Providence, R.I.,
with only 0.7 bicyclist deaths for everymillion residents. Pittsburgh followed
with 1.2 fatalities per million residents.
Boston had 1.4 deaths per million.
In the Tampa Bay area, there were,9.2bicycling-related deaths per million resi-
dents, or about 19 deaths every year.
Miami is working to make bike riding
safer: 32 miles of a 215-mile bicycle
beltway have opened since September.
Most are separated from the highway.For now, though, Jim Roberts, a 51-
year-old -Miami resident who rides most-
ly for fun, takes a view of the
risks/0 '.;•//;':; ' / =••'•. : .."• '•".. -' --.|(If you choose to ride your bike in
downtown Miami, you are taking yourlife in your own hands," he said.
both big and small
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON:' — A nationwide
crackdown on fraud and abuse in pri-
vate pension plans has produced 70criminal cases against 109 people over
the last ei^ht months, Attorney GeneralJanet Reno announced.
The cases brought so far by a continu-
ing task force of federal agencies involve
pension plan losses totaling more than
$90 million and affect the plans of more
than 150,000 workers and» retirees, she
said at her weekly news conference.
"Hi you pay in, money should be wait-
ing tor you when you retire," Reno said,"We are sending a simple message to
America's workers: A promise was
made to you; you kept your part of the
bargain, and we will do everything we
can to enforce the law."
town to target
ises, Reno says
"Our nation's pension plan is finan-
cially sound. There is no crisis, and we
want to keep it that way," Reno added.
"But no matter how small an individual
account may be, it may mean everything
to so many Americans looking for the
rewards of a life of hard work and'thrift,"/'. ''•••':••/:•••:'• ••r\--V:-:';'v' '.••:•";"
To protect small accounts the crack-
down, begun last October, has departed,from past federal practice of bringing
only the biggest cases, said Don Stern,
U.S. attorney in Boston, where the latest
five bases were filed Thursday.
"It's important to send that message:
That it isn't just if you rip off a million
bucks that you're going to be indicted. If
you do it for $10,000 or $20,000 or
$50,000, we're going to try to protect
those workers as well," Stem said.