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Gore announces candidacy
Democratic hopeful vows moral focus in 2000 campaign
CARTHAGE, Tenn. (AP) — Al
Gore promised an all-consuming
“fight for America’s families” in a
presidential announcement ad
dress Wednesday that declared his
commitment to moral leadership
and signaled his independence
from Bill Clinton.
“Our families are loved but over
stretched,” the vice president said.
Gore, the front-runner for the
Democratic presidential nomina
tion, claimed a share of credit for
the six-year economic recovery un
der President Clinton, but said the
work is not complete.
With unemployment low and
the stock market high, parents are
still working too hard and spend
ing too much time away from their
children in a world that is increas
ingly hostile to families. Gore said.
“We have closed our budget
deficit,” Gore told a crowd estimat
ed by police at 4,000 to 5,000 —
more than the population of his
rural hometown. “But today, we
find a deficit of even greater danger
— one that only seems to deepen
the harder we
work and the bet
ter we do.”
“These are our
deficits now: the
time deficit in fam
ily life; the decen
cy deficit in our
the care deficit for
our little ones and
our elderly parents,” Gore said be
fore leaving for campaign trips to
Iowa and New Hampshire.
While Clinton focused “like a
laser beam” on the economy to win
in 1992, Gore will narrow his sights
to what he calls “the crisis in the
His family-friendly agenda:
revolutionize schools, curb access
to guns, ease traffic congestion,
improve community planning,
provide after-school care for chil
dren of working parents and crack
down on an entertainment indus
try that “glorifies aggression and
“As important as prosperity is,”
he said, “there is a hunger and a
thirst for goodness among us.”
In using phrases such as
“moral leadership” and “values
and faith and family,” the vice
president appeared to be distanc
ing himself from questions about
Clinton’s character to show he
can stand on his own as a presi
Gore’s sole opposition for the
Democratic presidential nomina
tion is former Sen. Bill Bradley,
who currently trails in the polls.
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Refugees re-enter Kos
as officials open boric
PRISTINA, Yugoslavia (AP) —
In a ragged but joyous homecom
ing, thousands of refugees burst
through the borders separating
their tent cities from Kosovo on
Wednesday, overwhelming offi
cials who gave up trying to count
them — let alone stop them.
The Yugoslav army pulled its
last troops out of the Kosovo cap
ital of Pristina, and panicked Serb
civilians who bought and fought
their way onto buses heading out
of the province.
U.S. commanders, meanwhile,
had to threaten force to persuade
200 ethnic Albanian rebels to turn
over their weapons.
Navy Capt. Mike Doubleday
said NATO peacekeepers have
come upon or heard about 90 sus
pected mass grave sites since en
tering Kosovo on Saturday.
The rush of refugees came de
spite warnings from aid workers
that Kosovo was not safe enough
for them. Roads were clogged al
most to a standstill across much
of southern Kosovo — and 12
miles back into Albania.
The movement was reminis
cent of the rush out of Kosovo af
ter NATO began bombing Yu
goslavia on March 24 and severe
violence against ethnic Albanians
started: tractors piled high with
belongings, old cars with children
stacked two to a lap, flopping
mattresses tied on top.
This time, though, people were
“When NATO came, it was like
God came,” Ani Thaci, packed
shoulder-to-shoulder in a flatbed
trailer with nine relatives, said.
“We are healing already, because
the peacekeepers are here.”
''When NATO came, it
was like God came.
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— Ani Thaci
Ethnic Albanian refugee
At one border crossing, offi
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hour moving through. By late
morning the Organization for Se
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gave up trying to count. The U.N.
High Commissioner for Refugees
asked NATO to help control the
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Rice falls to Alaba—
in College World Se JJ
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Sam
Bozanich’s two-out bloop single
in the bottom of the ninth brought
in the winning run as Alabama
beat Rice, 6-5, on Wednesday in
the College World Series.
With runners on second and
third, Bozanich hit a 1-2 pitch into
shallow right that fell in front of
outfielder Stephen Bess.
As G.W. Keller jogged in from
third, Alabama players ran from
their dugout to celebrate.
Bozanich, who got the game
winning hit off Rice ace lefty
Mario Ramos (13-3), also scored
the tying run, and right-hander
Justin Smith tied a career-high
with 12 strikeouts for Alabama
The Crimson Tick
Rice’s Damon ThaH> e ;rtl So
ond home run, a t" ra 2}s
run shot off the left' 1 3 | C 8
to give the Owls (59 m * G
in the top of the eig' 1 ay bri
match with top-s et ’re\s
(48-13) on Thursdayaasoii,
canes won the teat 51
round meeting. on 3
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