October 26, 2000 – With Election 2000 days away, the campaign was on the final sprint to the finish line. As one of the main concerns of this election season, the issue of Social Security was Topic-A of discussion and campaign rhetoric. On this day, a group of non-partisan number crunchers weighed in the debate and came up with some interesting results. The American Academy of Actuary said the plans offered by both Al Gore and George Bush were incomplete, potentially misleading and could lead to deficit spending in the future. The Gore Campaign hailed the report saying the information was right; George W. Bush’s number didn’t add up. The experts agreed he couldn’t let people invest part of their Social Security in the Stock Market and fully fund the system without eventually running budget deficits again. What Gore didn’t mention in his rally was that the same group of experts also criticized his plan for Social Security and the proposed “lock box” was fiction.
Meanwhile, a courtroom in Spokane Washington was the scene of hatred and sorry as the families of the murder victims of Robert Yates, the confessed serial killer of some 13 people. In a plea bargain he escaped the Death Penalty, receiving 408 years in prison. The victims relatives who attended the sentencing said the verdict wasn’t nearly enough, while Yates offered a tearful apology, not for his crimes, but for the grief they caused.
And Attorney General Janet Reno announced this day that School violence had decreased to its lowest level since 1992. She unveiled a government study that showed diminishing violence in schools, and that students were more likely to be victimized away from schools than at schools. The study concluded that Schools were the safest places to be. In 1999 school violence declined for the 3rd year in a row and fewer students were caught with weapons in school.
And that’s just a little of what went on, this October 26, 2000 as reported by The CBS World News Roundup: Late Edition.