The City of Big Shoulders needed a shoulder to cry on Jan. 13.
Michael Jordan, who redefined basketball with his
gravity-defying moves and intense will to win, officially announced
his retirement from the National Basketball Association.
The reason, Jordan said, was simple. There were no more
worlds to conquer, no challenges he has not already met during his 13
years with the NBA's Chicago Bulls. So it was time to move on.
And time for the league to move on.
"I don't feel I have a challenge," Jordan said. "Physically I
feel great. I know from a career standpoint I've accomplished
everything I could as an individual. Right now, I don't have the mental
challenges that I've had in the past to proceed as a basketball player.
I'm pretty sure people will say, 'Well, there's a lot of
different challenges that could evolve."'
There was none of the tear-stained emotion that some
expected, which may rank among the 35-year-old Jordan's most
impressive career accomplishments.
"It's sad that I'm leaving the game, but it's happy because my
life is starting to go into a whole other stage. Basketball for me was the
first stage; it got me to this point in my life.
I knew it had to end," said Jordan.
He walked away and said he has no intention of looking back.
Instead, Jordan said he will devote himself to being a father to his
three children, Jeffrey, Marcus and Jasmine.
Elizabeth Dole resigned as head of the American
Red Cross saying she might seek the 2000
Republican presidential nomination.
"I still think she is considering whether to do
it, but if she does, a lot of us are willing to rally to help
her become president," said Cindy Williams, who
worked with Dole at the American Red Cross
and served as her chief of staff during
Bob Dole's presidential campaign.
Elizabeth Dole did not grant any interviews, but has
talked with potential contributors as well as
to possible campaign staffers.She agreed to be keynote
speaker in New Hampshire, site of the first state
primary in 2000.Craig Shirley, a Republican political
consultant who worked on the White House bids of
Ronald Reagan, George Bush and Bob Dole, said he figures Mrs. Dole is assessing her chances by
first checking with people she and her husband know.
Dole, 62, would be only the second woman to ever
seek the Republican presidential nomination, the first
being Sen. Margaret Chase Smith of Maine in 1964.
In 1972, Rep. Shirley Chisholm, a New York
Democrat, became the first African-American
woman to run for president. Like Smith, she didn't
receive many votes. Polls show Elizabeth Dole and
Texas Gov. George W Bush, son of former President
George Bush, as front-runners for the 2000 Republican
nomination, far ahead of a pack of contenders.
Addressing the largest crowd of
his visit to the United States, Pope John
Paul II lashed out against abortion,
euthanasia and assisted suicide, declaring
the "dignity of human life must never be
taken away, even in the case of someone
who has done great evil."
He repeated his Christmas Day
appeal for a worldwide ban on the death
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"both cruel and
John Paul has
intervened in several
penalty cases in the
U.S., but his words
had a particular
St. Louis. The Pope's
a "mockery" of the Missouri Supreme
Court's postponement of an execution
that was to have taken place while John
Paul was visiting. Twelve days before the
Pope arrived, a convicted murdered was
put to death by injection in the Potosi,
He drew sustained applause
when he appealed to Catholics who have
drifted away from the church to return,
although he acknowledged some face
obstacles to full participation, a reference
to divorced and remarried Catholics.
On a pilgrimage that began in
Mexico, Pope John Paul rallied his flock
against a "culture of death" as the
church headed into a new millennium.
"Viva il Papa!" - Italian for "five
the Pope!" - rang out from a man in the
crowd in St. Louis.
Mass was beamed throughout
the temporary cathedral while hundreds
of priests and deacons were prepared to
He urged his flock to put an end
to all forms of racism, quoting the
American bishops calling it "one of the
most persistent and destructive
evils of the nation."
through metal detectors
into the dome, normally
home of the St. Louis
Rams, carrying rosaries
and crucifixes. Many had
waited hours in the early
morning darkness, but
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i tee a good seat for what
St. Louis Archdiocese
called the largest indoor
gathering ever in the U.S.
"We're in the nose-bleed seats, but I
figure that meant we're closer to
heaven," said Carol Houska of south
St. Louis County.
Pope John Paul was welcomed by a
crowd of 20,000 young people, whom
he warned against drifting into a world
"filled with darkness" and rife with
violence, drugs and easy sex.
During previous visits to the U.S. the
Pope spoke-out against American
materialism and consumerism.
Later, during a private 20-
minute meeting between Clinton
and the Pope, abortion only
"came up in passing" and
the Monica Lewinsky affair not at all.
President Clinton gives his State
of the Union address stating
his plans to save social security.
Baseball legend Nolan Ryan
makes it into the Baseball's Hall
A Louisiana woman dies during
the New Year's Eve Bash in
downtown Houston after a light
fixture that wasn't properly
attached fell on her.
Five babies were found
abandoned in a span of five
weeks in Houston.
An investigation began in the
accusation of Salt Lake City
officials bribing Olympic officials
with money and prostitutes for
choosing their city for the next
site of the Olympic events.
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