Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel in the President
Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal, said he believed the
nation would be better off if the law to have an independent counsel was allowed to expire.
"The statute should not be reauthorized," Starr
wrote bluntly in testimony prepared for delivery. The
Senate Committee on Government Affairs considered
what to do about the expired statute at the end of June.
Starr argued the authority to investigate political cases
involving senior administration officials should be
returned to the Justice Department and the Attorney
General - with Congress and the press keeping watch.
He also argued that the law had many serious flaws and
had not achieved its main purpose, which was to provide the public with a sense that investigations of figures like the President are free
The independent counsel law was enacted in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal, which produced a wide
consensus that the nation's chief law-enforcement officer, the Attorney General, had an inherent conflict in
investigating the President or fellow Cabinet officers.
Starr's statement was defensive of his investigation,
which began with questions about Whitewater, a land
deal in Arkansas in which the Clintons had invested
before they came to the White House.
Starr's investigation eventually included unconnected topics such as the firing of employees in the
White House travel office, the improper collection of
confidential FBI files on some Republicans in the
Clinton White House and the President's intimate relationship with Monica Lewinsky.
virus, was sent to
■Id just hours after
Melissa, a computer
people around the wo:
it was discovered. The virus was activated
when you download a file attached to an
e-mail that appears to have been sent by
a friend. It causes your computer to send
copies of the infected e-mail to the first
5 0 folks it finds in your address book,
and then the first 5 0 in all the receivers
of the virus, and so on.
Melissa wasn't designed to do major
damage. It didn't steal information or
wreck anybody's hard drive. It just
clogged e-mail circuits and brought
communication for thousands of institutions and individuals to a crawl. It forced
the shutdown of hundreds of
The creator of the Melissa virus, David
Smith, is 30 years old. Published reports
said Smith wasn't exactly the most sociable fellow in the world. He's said to
reside quietly with his two cats in an
apartment building in Aberdeen, N.J.
Neighbors seldom saw or spoke to him.
It's said that Smith "lived" on the
Internet. Authorities said he named
Melissa for a topless dancer he used to
know in Florida. Because of his actions,
Smith faced the possibility of prison
and a hefty fine.
After a search by bomb experts and crime investigators, the bodies of
14 teens and one adult finally were removed from Columbine High School in
Among the 15 dead were the two gunmen, students, who attacked faculty and fellow students with bombs and gunfire before killing themselves in a
The victims were a computer teacher who coached the girls' basketball
team, 10 male students and four female students. Family members endured a
24-hour wait before they were told whose bodies were lying inside.
The gunmen, who began the rampage near noon, killed two students
in the parking lot. The two, wearing black trench coats and masks, detonated
handmade bombs and shot students at point-blank range with shotguns and
semiautomatic rifles as
they roamed the school for several hours. Many students were trapped inside.
The gunmen were identified as Eric David Harris, 18, and Dylan Bennet
Klebold, 17, seniors who belonged to a group that caUed themselves the
"Trenchcoat Mafia." Other students said the two collected guns, disliked athletes
and minorities, and appeared infatuated with Nazi paraphenalia.
The parents of the two gunmen expressed regret to the victims' families and the community and said they were struggling as well to understand
Although investigators believe Harris and Klebold acted alone inside
the school, investigators questioned eight to 10 fellow members of the
Inside the school and in automobiles in the parking lot, authorities
found 30 homemade explosive devices, including Molotov cocktail-type bombs
with matches as fuses and 2-foot-long propane tanks wrapped with nails and
attached to pipe bombs. More bomb-making materials were found in searches
of the gunmen's homes.
School officials opened all schools in the Jefferson County Public
School system the next day, except Columbine. School spokesman Rick
Kaufman said all the schools were swept for explosives and that security was
beefed up at the entrances of schools in the district, the largest in Colorado
with 140 schools and 89,000 students.
' President Clinton was found in
contempt of court for giving intentionally false testimony about his
relationship with Monica Lewinsky.
•Tammy Wynette, singer of the No.
1 hit "Stand By Your Man" died in
her Nashville home. She died due
to a blod clot in the lungs.
• Houston Rockets basketball player, Scottie Pippen was stopped for
suspicion of driving while under the
influence of alcohol. Pippen argues
that it was a mistake.
• US computers were largely unaffected by the CIH Chernobyl
virus, even though several hits were
recorded in Asia and
Europe. CIH, which was due to trigger on the 13th anniversary of the
Chernobly nuclear accident, rendered the PC useless.
• The Red Cross was finally
allowed to see the three US soldiers
who were captured by Yugoslav
forces along a disputed