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Earthquake Kills at Least 257 In Western China

THE WASHINGTON POST -- BEIJING

A deadly earthquake gutted schools and houses along China’s border with Central Asia Monday, leaving at least 257 dead and thousands injured and homeless, state-controlled media and witnesses said.

Farmhouses and schools collapsed and dormitories crumbled when the temblor, which registered 6.8 on the Richter scale, hit the western part of Xinjiang province, near China’s mountainous border with Kyrgyzstan, on Monday morning.

In one village in Bachu County, more than 1,000 buildings and houses collapsed, according to the state-run New China News Agency. Tens of thousands of people were left homeless and were preparing to spend the night outside in wintry chill, witnesses said.

Two Panelists Challenge Report on Title IX

THE WASHINGTON POST -- WASHINGTON

Two of the three female athletes on a government commission that reviewed Title IX, the landmark law that bans sex discrimination in school sports programs, are disappointed with the panel’s final recommendations and will send a minority report to Education Secretary Roderick Paige, one said Monday.

Julie Foudy, captain of the U.S. national women’s soccer team, said she and Olympic swimming gold medalist Donna de Varona believe the report does not present a balanced view of the issues involving the 31-year-old law.

The report “does not acknowledge the very important issues on the women’s side,” said Foudy, president of the Women’s Sports Foundation, an advocacy group. It also does not “acknowledge that women are still being discriminated against, and that over 80 percent of schools are still not in compliance.”

Liberal Party Packs It In

NEWSDAY -- ALBANY, NY

The Liberal Party, founded on progressive political principles but lately considered to be more concerned about patronage than ideology, has folded after 58 years.

New York’s oldest third party, founded by labor leaders Alex Rose and David Dubinsky, helped elect Franklin Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy president, Hugh Carey and Mario Cuomo governor and Fiorello LaGuardia and Rudolph Giuliani mayor of New York. In the fall, the party’s nominee for governor, Andrew Cuomo, quit two months before the general election, and his name failed to get the 50,000 votes necessary for the party to retain its automatic place on the ballot.