March 13, 2000 – Clinton And The NRA Gunfight – The L.A. Times Merges With The Chicago Tribune – Blame La Niña
march 13, 2000 -Clinton versus the NRA – the never-ending saga over the issue of putting controls on the buying and use of guns, particularly assault weapons. This episode involved President Clinton and the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre. As always the firefight was words. As if he thought it defied belief, the President quoted word for word the attacked leveled against by the NRA’s Executive vice-President on one of the Sunday Morning talkshows. Saying “The President accepted a certain level of killings to further his political agenda on gun control”. The President fired back: “I regret this – and I’m not going to get in a shouting match about. But I want you to know that there are big stakes here”. At a Democratic fund raiser and a second speech later, the President said it was more important to keep guns from criminals and children than engaging in what he called “political smear tactics”. And on and on it went.
The Spring and Summer growing season was looking to be a disappointment across the South and parts of the Midwest. National Weather Service officials warned the drought conditions that started the year before showed no signs of breaking. And the outlook was bleak. Fingers were pointing at La Niña as the culprit that made the previous Winter the warmest on record. All this leading observers to speculate the drought would be twice as costly to the economy as floods.
Studies showed Aspirin was an easy, low-cost way of reducing heart attack risk. But only 26% of heart patients were taking it. The study also showed Men were more likely than Women to take Aspirin as well as well as being more likely to seek cardiac care than Women.
After 118 years of ownership by the Otis and Chandler families, the Los Angeles Times merged with the Chicago Tribune Company to become the 3rd largest newspaper conglomerate in the country, making the Tribute enormously powerful in the ownership of newspapers and television stations. But some felt the merger also meant less diversity for the public, which was unfortunate. The merger would give The Tribune Company newspaper and television holdings in the nations three largest markets.
And so it went.
That’s just a small slice of what went on, this March 13th 2000, as reported by The CBS World News Roundup: Late Edition.