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Yankees Claim World Series Crown for Third Straight Year

THE WASHINGTON POST

The Yankees become the fourth team in major league history to win at least three straight World Series titles, joining the Yankees teams of 1936-39 and 1949-53 and the Oakland A’s of 1972-74, but the first that had to survive three rounds in the expanded playoffs each time. They went 12-1 in the past three World Series, their only loss coming in Game 3 here Tuesday night.

Just as Torre can be criticized for leaving Orlando Hernandez in the game too long in Game 3, this time Mets Manager Bobby Valentine will be questioned about leaving left-hander Al Leiter in the game, at the end of a valiant performance, with the go-ahead run at second base in the ninth.

Sojo’s game-winning single, a grounder up the middle just past Leiter’s glove, came on Leiter’s 142nd pitch of the night.

Torre, on the other hand, removed his starter, left-hander Andy Pettitte, at just the right time, turning the game over to his bullpen in the eighth. When unstoppable closer Mariano Rivera locked down the final out in the ninth -- a fly ball to deep center by Mike Piazza -- the Yankees spilled out of their dugout for what has become a familiar scene this time of year: a throng of Yankees players collapsing in a pile near the mound.

Reno Reports That Falling Crime Rates in Schools Continues

THE WASHINGTON POST -- WASHINGTON, D.C.

Attorney General Janet Reno said Thursday that the crime rate in schools continued to drop last year -- mirroring the drop in the nation’s crime rate -- but emphasized that considerable work remains to be done to make schools across the country safer.

The third Annual Report on School Safety found that the percentage of high school students who reported carrying a weapon to school declined to 7 percent last year from 12 percent in 1993. Reno said in response to questions that the 7 percent rate-roughly one in 14 students-is still too high and that no one in law enforcement or education should be satisfied until students feel safer.

The attorney general said high-profile shootings at some schools, and recent incidents, including one this week in which a student brandished a gun in school, contribute to the feeling of uneasiness among many Americans.

“I think if you have seen some of the tragedies that have been reported, they strike so close to home. You think, “Could it be my son’s school?” Reno said.

“And there have been some situations that just stagger the imagination. ... Where you have such acute and tragic cases, it makes us all realize that we cannot become complacent; we have got to do more,” Reno said.