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This is a page dedicated to the types of news going on. We will be covering three types of news, which will include: News Around The World- A section devoted to the news going on around the world, News In Our Community- A section devoted to what's going on in our community, and News Of Our School-A section devoted to what's going on at North Hagerstown High School. This page was created on 10/31/98 by Becky, and Katie



The Serbian attack on Kosovo began last February, and after three of the worst atrocities, the US and its allies decided the killing had to stop. A NATO threat was directed at Slobodan Milosevic, the president of Yugoslavia. The United Nations security council ordered Milosevic to stop the slaughter, and if he does not comply NATO will hit him with a three-stage air attack. The first massacre occurred last February when twenty-six people were killed by the Serbs. One of which was a pregnant women shot point blank in the face. There were other massive killings in March, May, and July. One of which was a ninety-four year old man trying to flee, along with an eighteen-month-old child whose mother and father were killed. In all eighteen people died from Obrinje. These people were probably all killed by the Serbian police forces because of their ethnicity. The same day thirteen young men were killed in a village called Golubovac, while a thirty-seven-year-old man was tied to a tree and set on fire. On September 23 at least fifteen men and one women were taken away and killed at close range. There are twelve confirmed massacre sites, and Milosevic has already achieved most of his goals. He pounded the Kosovo Liberation Army, and drove 150,000 KLA supporters from their homes. With all due respect, it is time for the killing to stop. NATO will launch its three-stage attack. The first strikes aim to cripple Yugoslav air defenses and use unmanned cruise missiles on more dangerous targets. A cruiser, three destroyers, and four submarines will all be used. In the second stage NATO warplanes will hit Yugoslav military and police targets in Kosovo. Even though all of these atrocities are happening, Milosevic is still known as a hero in his country. As of now he still has not met terms of an agreement to avert air strikes.

Need to know more? Visit:

MSNBC's Kosovo Front Page (The Web Site of the Serbian Democratic Movement)
An Amnesty International article on Kosovo

Discussion Questions:

1. Should the U.S plan a three-stage air strike on Kosovo?
2. Who do you think is more at fault for the massacres, Milosevic or the KLA?

Iraq: Deja Vu

On Saturday 14, 1998 an hour and a half before the United States planned to enforce the air strikes against Iraq, President Saddam Hussein backed down. The U.N. inspectors have been trying to find and destroy Iraq's chemical and nuclear warfare. But Saddam Hussein has refused to tell the whereabouts of the weapons over and over again. If Hussein continues to give no information the United States may still plan to retaliate.

Discussion Questions:

1. Do you think it is right for the US to bomb Iraq because of Saddam's negligence? Why or why not?
2. After all of the searching for Saddam Hussein's weapons without success: do you think he actually has weapons capable of wiping out an entire society?
3. Is Saddam Hussein justified in keeping his weapons hidden from all outside contact?

The Leonid Meteor Shower

The first alert of the Leonid meteor shower was issued at 3:00p.m. CST on November 16. Observations had been coming in for three days indicating that the Earth was moving into the outer edges of the Leonid stream. At approximately 6:45p.m. CST, that same day, Mohammad Odeh observed for about an hour beginning at 23:00 Universal Time, and was seeing about three meteors per minute. This indicated that the Leonids had increased in intensity. at 9:00p.m. CST, later that same day, Stuart Atkinson of Cumbria UK, sent a report stating that he had seen hundreds of meteors during the two and a half hours he observed before the clouds moved in. Source: Gary W. Kronks's Comets and Meteor Shower page.

Discussion questions:

1. Do you think the earth will travel into the Leonid stream one of these days?

2. What do you think would happen if the earth did collide with the stream?

Mail us the answers and if they sound good, we'll post your comments on our website. Be sure to include your e-mail address and place the topic of your response in the subject line of your message. That way, we'll know how to process your comments. Thanks for visiting!

The candidates for this years Governor election are as follows: Paris Glendening, a democrat, is running for re-election against Ellen Sauerbrey, a republican. Glendening wants a 10% tax reduction while Sauerbrey favors the reduction of 24%. Paris left Prince George's County behind with a huge deficit, and also voted himself an early pension. Sauerbrey voted against the clean air act, the fining for oil spills, and against women's choices to receive abortions, even in cases of rape and incest. Elections were held November 3, 1998, the outcome being that Paris Glendening was re-elected.


 What's going on in our school you say? Then you've come to the right spot on the web! First, November 12, 13, and 14, at 7:00p.m, The North High Dramatic Players will be presenting "A Midsummer Night's Dream," a Shakespearean comedy about love and trickery. All County Chorus was held on Thursday, October 22, 1998. "Let Our Voices Ring!" For more about North High in the News, read our coverage in the Herald-Mail. That's all for this month!

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