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Cherokee Chief Agrees To End Tribal Infighting

The Washington Post

After months of vicious tribal infighting, Cherokee Chief Joe Byrd announced Tuesday that he had signed an agreement with the Interior Department to end the turmoil and to reinstate the law enforcement officials he had dismissed in the middle of an investigation of tribal expenditures.

Bryd has been under pressure from state and federal officials to resolve the crisis that has all but paralyzed the nation's second-largest tribe since February. Within the past six months, Byrd had fired the Cherokee Marshal Service and the tribal prosecutor, and engineered the impeachment of the tribe's highest court - which had questioned his authority and ethics.

With more than $80 million in federal funds annually appropriated to the tribe, the situation quickly caught the attention of Washington. Interior and Justice Department officials have been working intensively in recent days to broker an agreement before the tribe's national holiday this weekend. The three-day celebration commemorates the reunification of the Cherokee Nation in 1939.

When the marathon negotiations in Washington stalled late Friday, Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt and Sen. Don. Nickles, R-Okla., placed the blame on Bryd's shoulders. Byrd agreed to return to the table Monday, and when he arrived back here from Washington on Tuesday, after signing the agreement, he called for peace and cooperation.

Netanyahu Courts Japan As Technology Partner

The Washington Post

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu '76, on his first trip to East Asia, is in Japan this week offering the region's corporate giants a "marriage made in economic heaven."

In meetings with Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto and leaders of Japanese industry, Netanyahu has been touting what he says is the news from Israel that is often lost in the blur of daily headlines about Middle East politics and security.

"We are changing the face of Israel to become one of the three or four leading centers of technology in the world," Netanyahu said in a speech to foreign correspondents here.

Netanyahu said Israel has seen "explosive growth" in high-tech innovation, in areas such as biotechnology, robotics, laser technology and computers. He said Israel has 1,000 new start-up companies in high technology, second only to the United States.

Now, he said, Israel needs partners to turn its ideas into profits. So he is spending the week touring Japan and South Korea to pitch Israeli know-how.

"Innovation without production and marketing is useless," he said. "I am here to offer a marriage made in economic heaven between the formidable Japanese production and marketing capabilities and Israel's newfound technological prowess."

SAT Math Scores Are Up, Verbal Scores Remain Constant

Los Angeles Times

Scores on the Scholastic Assessment Test, one of the United States' key barometers of academic fitness for college-bound seniors, show that math achievement is up three points, reaching the highest level in 26 years. But results of the verbal test showed no growth - perhaps because high school students today take fewer English courses than they did a decade ago.

The nationwide average for exams taken during the last school year was 511 in math and 505 in verbal ability, according to the College Board, the private New York-based group that sponsors the annual college entrance exam.

A record 32 percent of students who took the SAT exams were minorities, the College Board said. That represents a 10-point gain from 1987.

The College Board report also showed a wide gap in achievement between public and private schools. In California, for instance, parochial students averaged 526 on the verbal portion of the exam and 518 on math, while students from other private schools averaged 574 on the verbal exam and 582 in math. Those scores were as much as 84 points higher than the public school averages.

Although girls consistently earn higher high school grades, their SAT scores continue to lag behind boys', with the gap reaching 36 points in math and four points in verbal skill.

Lewis Has No Regrets, Many Plans After Competitive Farewell

The Washington Post

Carl Lewis took what he called his final bows Tuesday night as the curtain fell for perhaps the last time on the most successful track and field career in history.

Lewis, who has savored more encores than Pavarotti, ran his last official race by anchoring a 4x100-meter relay "Dream Team" of Donovan Bailey, Leroy Burrell and Frankie Fredericks to an easy victory in 38.24 seconds in the climax of the European track and field summer season.

The nine-time Olympic gold medalist will perform once more, at halftime of a University of Houston football game next month, but he insists Tuesday's race was his farewell to competition.

No other athlete in recent times stood in - and loved - the spotlight as much as Lewis. From the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles to Seoul in 1988 to Barcelona in 1992 to Atlanta in 1996, Lewis used the Olympic Games as a personal stage.

"I woke up several times in the middle of the night and said to myself, I can't believe it,' but this is really the end," he said in an interview before the race as he relaxed in the VIP tribune of Berlin's Olympic Stadium, where Adolf Hitler once fumed as Jesse Owens shattered the myth of the Aryan superman in the 1936 Olympics.