Beyond the Farm
For the week preceding this Saturday, April 1st, 1995, here's a review of what happened Beyond the Farm:
The baseball season may begin with its normal players on Apr 26th. On Mar 27th, the National Labor Relations Board requested an injunction against the owners for unfair labor practices. This prompted the players to vote Mar 28th to return to work if the courts did mandate a return to pre-strike workrules until a settlement is reached. A District Court issued the injunction Mar 31st, and the owners fired their replacement players Apr 1st. The Associated Press is reporting that the players and owners have agreed to put off the start of the season until Apr 26th to allow time for training; an official announcement is expected Apr 2nd.
In the first defeat for the Contract with America in the House, the Term Limits Amendment failed to receive a two-thirds majority Mar 29th; the final vote was 227-204. House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) blamed the defeat on Democrats, only 38 of whom voted for the measure. However, Democrats pointed out that about 20% of Republicans voted against the amendment, including Rep. Henry Hyde (R-IL) who called it "the dumbing down of democracy."
They're Talking About It...
Forrest Gump earned six Academy Awards Mar 27th, including Tom Hanks as Best Actor and Best Picture. The Oscar was the second in a row for Hanks.
Between 150 and 500 were killed in ethnic violence between Hutus and Tutsis in Burundi Mar 25th, prompting an evacuation of diplomats Mar 29th and an attempt by Rwandan refugees to escape to Tanzania which has been partially blocked...conservative talk show host Allan Keyes, an African-American, announced he was running for President as a Republican Mar 26th; Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), a moderate, declared his candidacy Mar 30th...Winnie Mandela was ousted from her post in the South African government Mar 27th; she still holds her post in the ANC...Israeli planes launched 18 rockets at southern Lebanon Mar 27th...Canada and the EU briefly suspended talks on fishing rights after Canada interrupted Spanish fishing boats in international waters Mar 27th...Jimmy Carter helped mediate a cease-fire in Sudan effective Mar 28th...President Clinton announced $13 billion in cuts over five years as part of the re-inventing government initiative...Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain, and Portugal initiated a free-travel zone Mar 27th under the Shendgen agreement...the US pushed for sanctions on Libyan oil Mar 27th due to Pan Am 103 case but the UN took no action Mar 31st...Tokyo and Mitsubishi Banks announced their merger Mar 28th to form the world's largest bank with $800 million in assets...Haitian opposition leader Mireille Durocher Bertin was killed Mar 28th, but the transfer of command from the US to the UN for peacekeeping forces took place Mar 31st anyway with President Clinton in attendance...Brown University lost a lawsuit filed by women athletes Mar 29th...Japan's police chief was killed Mar 29th as the investigation of the sarin terrorism continues...France suffered from a 36-hour rail strike Mar 30th...a Russian rocket exploded Mar 30th during launch, destroying an Israeli satellite...at least 60 were killed in violence in Somalia Mar 30th...Nurses marched on Washington DC Mar 31st to protest changing work environments and the use of aides of lesser education...59 died when a Romanian airliner crashed leaving Bucharest Mar 31st...a 6.0 earthquake hit northwestern Japan Apr 1st...first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and daughter Chelsea are touring Asia...rap star Easy E (Erik Wright) died Mar 26th at the age 37; Tejano music star Selena was shot to death Mar 31st, she was 23.
France is taking the concept of placing missing people on milk cartons one step further. Facing a high unemployment rate, their equivalent of the Labor Department plans to place the pictures and limited resumes of one thousand people looking for work and place them on wine bottle labels.
And that's what happened Beyond the Farm.
Sources this week included All Things Considered (NPR), the Associated Press newswire, the BBC Newshour (BBC/PRI), Hightower Radio (ABC radio), the KIRO Morning News (KIRO-AM), the MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour (PBS), Marketplace (PRI), Morning Edition (NPR), the Reuters newswire, the Seattle Times, Sunday Morning (CBC), and Weekly Edition (NPR). Compiled by: Lance Gleich, Bellevue WA
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