Pacific Stars And Stripes, May 20, 1997, Page 9

Pacific Stars And Stripes

May 20, 1997

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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - May 20, 1997, Tokyo, JapanJ K STARS AND STRIPES TUESDAY, MAY 20,1997 lMMmii\ifvmafiimimMMmm»MaimivuH»\\.-. ' ."";.: ••'• V '.,.<;•; ••'•;.. -: ',' " 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 congested roads. 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 bikes. Nationally, about 840 bicyclists are killed by vehicles each year, and more than 75,000 bicyclists are injured, the study found. nre' f n®t • \ 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. tension i 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. ;

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