partial birth abortion ban
Find opinions about the proposed ban on partial birth abortions.
Narrative: Relevant information includes opinions on partial
birth abortion and whether or not it should be legal. Opinions that
also cover abortion in general are relevant. Opinions on the
implications of proposed bans on partial birth abortions and the
positions of the courts are also relevant.
clone Dolly sheep
Cloning of the sheep Dolly
To be relevant information there must be specific reference
to 'Dolly' or 'the first cloned sheep' or 'large animal.'
References to Dolly's children are relevant if Dolly's name
is included. Mention of the company that cloned Dolly is
not relevant if nothing more is said about Dolly. References
to the consequences of her being a clone are relevant. Mention
of Polly and Molly are not relevant.
Gingrich Speaker of House
After a serious challenge by Rep. Livingston in 1998, Newt Gingrich
announced he would not seek re-election as Speaker of the U.S. House
Relevant is the political maneuvering that led up to Newt Gingrich's
announcement in 1998 that he would not run again for the position of
speaker of the house; recaps of his career and brief bios of leading
candidates to replace him; articles about reasons for Gingrich's
demise, including his reprimand and fine by the House ethics
committee in 1998, but not a long discussion of that event.
Relevant are comparisons between Gingrich and former speaker
Jim Wright and Tip O'Neill; discussion of what Gingrich planned
to do in the future; his pension, etc. Discussion of his changed
lifestyle after losing power is not relevant. Mention of when
election will be held in Georgia to fill his seat in the House,
and who will pay for it are not relevant. Mention of Robert
Livingston's withdrawal one month after being elected speaker
Egyptian Air disaster 990
Egyptian Air Flight 990 disaster in October of 1999.
Details, technical and otherwise regarding the
incident (e.g. number of passengers aboard, number
killed, date, time, location, nationalities of victims,
crew members, radio contact, radar sightings, rescue efforts
and findings) are relevant. Reaction of family members
and loved ones regarding the victims are relevant.
Investigatory details concerning technical reasons for
the crash are relevant. Analysis of recovered items
associated with the incident, and the ensuing comments,
opinions, findings and reports are relevant. Actions,
opinions, and statements from FAA and NTSB, as well as
Egyptian CAA personnel regarding the incident including
warnings received prior to, and theories concerning
the tragedy are relevant. Statements from Machinist Union
personnel attesting to the fitness of the plane assembled
by their mechanics are relevant.
World Cup soccer
The World Cup Soccer event of 1998.
Any mention of participating nations, preparation for,
attendance of, behavior/misbehavior of soccer game
fans, planning and preparation for the game,
locations, final results and closing ceremonies of
the 1998 World Cup Soccer activities were relevant.
Mention of any other soccer game was not relevant.
Discussion of 'robotic' W.C. Soccer using robotics
and artificial languages were irrelevant.
unabomber, Kaczynski, mail
Find details about the 'Unabomber,' Theodore (Ted)
Mention of the hunt for, arrest, detention, trial and sentence of the
Unabomber is relevant. Search of the Unabomber's cabin and it's
findings is relevant. Biographical information regarding the
Unabomber including his early childhood, academic years and
teaching positions is relevant. Involvement of relatives in his
life, arrest and trial including their names, statements and
actions is relevant. Information related to the victims of the
Unabomber is relevant. Psychological reports concerning Kaczynski
are relevant. Dispersement of the reward money for Kaczynski
capture and the eligible recipients and charities involved is
relevant. Unabomber's book and information concerning his dealings
with his lawyers and judges including his appeal process and guilty
plea is relevant.
Atlanta Olympics bombing
Find details about the bombing at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta
Descriptions of the event, including eyewitness accounts, are
relevant. Police and FBI responses, IOC reaction, death and
injury data, increased security restrictions, and preliminary
investigation results and speculation by authorities are
relevant. Condemnations and condolences expressed by
leaders and government spokesmen, both U.S. and foreign,
are relevant. Identification of suspects and actions taken
with respect to them are relevant, including charges filed
against the alleged perpetrator. Information about other
bombings and/or secondary explosions is not relevant.
Berenson imprisoned treason Peru
Lori Berenson's imprisonment for treason in Peru.
Mention of Berenson's trial and imprisonment were relevant.
Efforts of her parents and others to achieve a new trial
and/or her release were relevant. Mention of a specific
prison where Berenson was confined were not relevant.
Mention of others whom she was accused of carrying out
the terrorist activities with are not relevant.
Columbine high school shooting
The shooting deaths of students at Columbine High School.
Details about police and medical action in response to
the tragedy were relevant. Mention of the initial effect
of the tragedy on the students and community were relevant.
Actions taken to protect against future shootings were
relevant. Mention of 'copy cat' incidents that were directly
associated with the Columbine shooting were relevant. Mentions of
prayer services and memorials for the victims were relevant.
Mention of a general or a lasting impact the shooting had
on students, teachers and parents were relevant.
The single European currency, the Euro was launched on
January 1, 1999. Eleven nations joined the new economic
Mention of doubts about the launch date and objections
to the launch were relevant. Mention of what individual
countries were doing to prepare were relevant. Mention
of success or failure immediately after launch were
relevant. Success or failure mentioned more than one
month after launch was not relevant. Mention of polls
showing how people in affected countries felt about giving
up their currency, as well as legal challenges to the
euro were relevant.
Hurricane Mitch Central America
The powerful hurricane 'Mitch' hit Central America in
Reports from various countries mentioning Hurricane
Mitch's location and strength as it progressed through
the Caribbean to Central America were relevant. Descriptions
of preparations made against the threat of Mitch in those
countries, and reports of destruction and death were
relevant. Reports on the aftermath, such as homelessness,
hunger and looting were relevant. Mention of what other
nations of the world did to help were relevant. Instructions
on where to send aid were not relevant.
What are opinions on the U.S. having universal health care?
Discussion of Clinton's failed universal healthcare plan
is relevant, as are proposals to implement parts of that
plans and other proposals to improve health care. Proposals
by presidential candidates Gore, Bradley and Nader are relevant.
Mention of universal coverage for children is relevant.
Critiques of current health care are relevant, but not
detailed discussion of single effects of it; not relevant is
discussion of shortcomings of a single state's systems. Articles
on costs only are not relevant.
statistical sampling census
What are opinions on statistical sampling in taking the U.S. census?
Should the U.S. census bureau be allowed to use statistical sampling
in taking the census? Opinions for or against using sampling, and
opinions on the implications of sampling are relevant.
Microsoft antitrust charges
What are opinions on Microsoft's guilt or innocence on charges of
To be relevant, the topic needed to be about guilt, not
just remedies or settlements. If both guilt and settlement
were mentioned it was relevant. Opinions of the general
public expressed through opinion polls and interviews,
through editorial opinions, and through lawyers for the
Department of Justice were relevant. Opinions from
Microsoft legal experts as reported in the press,
opinions from witnesses for both sides, and opinions
expressed by the judge trying the case were relevant.
global warming threat
What are opinions of global warming being a serious threat?
Opinions for and against the idea that global warming is a
serious threat are relevant, as are reports of research
into the matter and proposals for action to counter the
problem. Environmental issues as presidential points
of debate are not relevant.
Kenya Tanzania Embassy bombings
U.S. Embassy bombings in Africa, 1998
Particulars about injuries, deaths, and damage to buildings
and their surroundings from the bombings in Nairobi and
Dar es Salaam are relevant. Reactions to the events by
leading personalities, governments, and the U.N. are
relevant. Data on investigations into perpetrators and
arrests of suspects are relevant. Provisions of medical
and financial assistance to victims and host countries
is relevant. Impact on tourism is relevant.
term limits politicians mandatory
What are opinions on term limits for U.S. politicians being
Opinions, statements or actions in support of or against
term limits for U.S. politicians are relevant. Statements
by politicians and their stand on the issue including
campaign promises and failure to follow through with
promises, as well as actions taken by law commissions or
legal departments regarding term limits are relevant.
Actions taken by the U.S. and state Supreme Courts, Circuit
Courts and references to Proposition 225, the U.S. constitution,
and the Republican Contract with America regarding term limits
are relevant. Actions taken, relative to term limits, by
political groups such as Term Limits for Congress, Common
Cause, as well as individual opinions and comments of voters,
campaign workers, fund raisers and others are relevant. Mention
of term limits for foreign governments is not relevant.
prayer, public school, religion
What are opinions on prayer time in public schools?
All legal, political, and legislative actions reflecting
school prayer are relevant. Coalition lobbying, media
advertising and ACLU actions concerning the issue are
relevant. Actions taken by local and state governments
as well as those actions taken by individuals or
organizations regarding school prayer are relevant.
Broader issues are also relative to the subject
(e.g. books, computers, supplies being made available
to private schools; use of public facilities--buses,
buildings by private school children). First Amendment
and Bill of Rights references or interpretations of the
law as well as U.S. Circuit Courts and Supreme Court
decisions are relevant. Application of the law to various
school functions (e.g. prayer before athletic events, graduation,
school flag ceremonies, etc.) and actions taken related
to these events are relevant.
Elian Gonzalez Cuba
What are opinions about returning Elian Gonzalez to Cuba?
Opinions of any individual (Clinton, Fidel Castro, Elian himself,
or Elian's father) or group (the courts, INS, demonstrators in
Miami or Havana) are relevant. Opinions should be relevant
to the main issue only: Who should be in custody of Elian and
where should he live?
What are opinions on the U.S. government's welfare policy?
Changes proposed for current policies are relevant, these
suggest what policies should be. Criticism of existing
policy is relevant, they suggest what policy should not be.
Studies that report results of welfare policies are not
relevant unless an opinion is also given.
campaign finance reform
What are opinions on U.S. campaign finance reform?
What opinions have been expressed by political candidates
and incumbents and their spokesman about their own or
others' proposals for campaign finance reform? Comments
pro and con about the McCain-Feingold and Shays-Meehan bills
are relevant. Appeals court and Supreme Court rulings are
relevant. Opinions expressed by business, public policy,
religious, and lobbying organizations or their spokesman/
representatives are relevant, as are polling results and
What are opinions on the use of marijuana being legalized?
Mention of reports of arrests for the sale, possession, or use
of marijuana are not relevant. Reports of outcome of votes in
individual states to legalize, especially when used for
medical purposes such as relieving pain, or painful symptoms.
Opinions about the government providing marijuana to those who
suffer from chronic pain are relevant. Opinions about those
who grow marijuana for their own medical use or to supply it to
others who use it to control pain are relevant.
Find opinions for and against NAFTA.
Statements on positive and negative outcomes attributed to
NAFTA are relevant, as are trade statistics in the years
since its enactment. Additional Nations' aspirations to
join are relevant. Legal challenges and trade disputes
are relevant. NAFTA's perceived impact on political
reform is relevant. Individual small business
success stories are not relevant.
Find opinions on drilling for oil in Arctic National
Wildlife Refuge (ANWAR).
Pro and con opinions by politicians, environmentalists,
and companies on opening ANWAR to exploration and drilling
are relevant. Size of the refuge and estimated amount of
oil therein are relevant, as is information on the
acreage proposed to be explored and potentially drilled.
Factual data without expressed opinions is not relevant.
Information and opinions about the (Alaskan) National
Petroleum Reserve are not relevant.
Clinton relationship Lewinsky
What opinions were expressed about President Clinton's relationship
with Monica Lewinsky?
To be relevant, 'the President' or 'Clinton' and a specific
reference to 'the intern' or 'Monica' or 'the sex scandal' must
both be included. The relevant opinion can be expressed in
relation to Starr, the grand jury, impeachment, or resignation,
or to the impact of the scandal or world affairs or by the public
in countries other than the U.S.
What are opinions about homosexuals in the military?
Opinions about homosexuality in general are relevant.
Politics about homosexuals in the military are relevant.
Court cases on harassment are relevant but not details
of investigations of individual cases. Long discussions
about proposals for change in the 'Don't ask don't tell'
law and articles about instituting enforcement of its
rules are not relevant. Opinions about homosexuals
in the military in other countries are relevant, but
not discussion about the European Convention on Human
Rights except as it relates to homosexuals in the military.
find world-wide opinions about the death penalty.
Opinions on the death penalty by government officials, national
or state polls or individuals are relevant. Statistics from
important studies of death penalty in terms of convictions and
executions carried out by race, geography and other criteria are
relevant. Also, court cases are relevant when they influence
opinion. Various prosecutors' opposition to the death penalty
is relevant because, in discussing the politics of it, the
opinions of various voting blocks come to light.
Not relevant are details about who voted for and against
revoking the death penalty in New Hampshire. Political
ramifications for presidential candidates Bush and Gore
of changing their positions on opposing the death
penalty is not relevant.
adoption same-sex partners
Opinions about same-sex partners being allowed to adopt children
Any mention of same-sex adoptions in the U.S. and abroad is
relevant. Mention of the adoption would be relevant regardless
of whether the child is one of the same-sex partner's child
from a valid heterosexual relationship, from an adoption
agency, born as a result of insemination, or a child
previously under one or both partners' foster care. All
legal actions taken by the states or other actions taken
by individuals or groups regarding the issue, as well as
information identifying states which allow same-sex
adoption are relevant. Comments from Human Rights groups,
Child Protection Services and individual social and
political figures regarding the issue including the
political positions of the presidential candidates are
relevant. Mention of homosexual matters not related to
adoption are irrelevant. Mention of procreation being
the pre-requisite purpose of marriage is not relevant unless
human cloning ethics morality
Opinions on the morality and ethics of human cloning
Opinions for or against research on human cloning must be
stated for it to be relevant. Statements that indicate
that human cloning presents 'ethical issues' are not
specific enough, they are irrelevant. Statements
regarding stem cell research alone are not
relevant, they must be in the context of human
cloning to be relevant. To be relevant the individual
or group expressing the opinion must be identified,
'he said' is not enough.
What are opinions on changes to be made to Medicare by
Discussions of plans for changing Medicare are relevant,
whether or not they become law. Arguments for or against
the plans, or elements in them, are relevant. Not relevant
is a listing of companies that leave Medicare HMO markets,
giving detailed information on how many people will have
to switch providers in each market, etc.
Find opinions about gun control.
Gun control measures debated and voted on in the U.S.
congress and state legislatures are relevant. Proposals by
organizations such as that run by Sarah Brady and the
"Million Man March" are relevant. Polls on views of the
populace regarding gun control are relevant. More than
excerpts from long articles on Al Gore's changing views
on gun control are not relevant. Discussions about
shortcomings of the U.S. judicial and criminal justice systems
are not relevant.
Find opinions about weather same-sex marriages should be
Information pro or con on the issue of same-sex marriages,
of the following nature are relevant: Legal actions taken
by local and state governments; actions or opinion
statements by politicians, church authorities, organizational
leaders, religious activists; poll information on the subject;
and cited examples of same-sex marriage cases and the legal
and political aspects encountered.
Russian submarine Kursk sinks
The Russian submarine Kursk sank in the Barents Sea killing
all 118 aboard in August 2000.
Reports on what was known about the sinking of the Russian nuclear
powered submarine, Kursk, are relevant. Speculation about
what caused the explosions aboard; description of the vessel and its
capabilities, and mention of efforts to rescue the crew are relevant.
Reports that U.S. submarines were monitoring Russian navy exercises
and Russia's suspicions that the Soviet submarine K-128 was struck
by an American submarine and sunk in 1968 are relevant. Mention of
the fact that Russia turned down a U.S. offer to send a deep-diving
rescue vessel is relevant. Discussion of U.S. plans to retire one
of its two rescue vessels is not relevant. Polls reporting how
Russians felt about the disaster and mention of ceremonies for
the dead are relevant.
Glenn Shuttle Discovery
John Glenn's Shuttle Discovery trip.
Relevant are details from pre-launch, rehearsal, launch preparation,
lift-off, and landing events as well as flight and post-flight
data relative to Glenn's participation. Glenn's comments before,
during, and after the flight are relevant except for those related
to or involving his family or criticisms of his inclusion in the
Discovery crew. Details about the experiments in which Glenn was the
subject are relevant, as are assessments of his performance. Mention
of shuttle problems is relevant. Family concern and reactions;
comparisons with Glenn's earlier space flight; public, press, and
political hoopla; activities not involving Glenn; conversations from
space; and crew members' identification not relative to Glenn's
participation are not relevant.
NATO, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary
Accession of new NATO members: Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, in
Identity of current and newly-invited members, statements of support for
and opposition to NATO enlargement and steps in the accession process
and related special events are relevant. Impact on the new members,
i.e., requirements they must satisfy, and their expectations regarding
the implications for them are relevant. Progress in the ratification
process is relevant. Future plans for NATO expansion, identification
of nations admitted on previous occasions, and comments on future
NATO structure or strategy are not relevant.
Fox elected president Mexico
Vicente Fox was elected president of Mexico in July 2000, ending
70 years of rule by the PRI party.
Information relating details of the election and its
significance were relevant. Events in the immediate
aftermath of the election were relevant, as were early
following results. Congratulatory messages from Mexico's
immediate past president and other heads of state were relevant.
Mention that pre-election, U.S. presidential candidates snubbed
Fox were relevant. Mention of Fox's travels to neighboring
countries immediately after the election were relevant.
Mention of Fox's plan for action are relevant. Mention of
other elections held at the same time as the presidential
election were relevant. Details about results of elections
held at different times were not relevant.
Olympic scandal Salt Lake City
The Salt Lake City Olympic bribery scandal: What were the results?
Any mention of effects of the bribery scandal was relevant.
Mention of things that should not have been affected, such as,
souvenir sales or attendance are relevant. Mention of members
being involved in the scandal was relevant. Any mention of kinds
of bribery used was relevant. Effects on potential donors or
sponsors of the SLC games or future games were relevant.
acupuncture legitimate effective
What are opinions on acupuncture being an effective and legitimate
form of medical treatment?
Only opinions mentioning acupuncture as an alternative medical
treatment is relevant. Mention of the practice of acupuncture
in China are not relevant. Relevant opinions can come from a
patient, a researcher, or a man or woman 'on the street.'
A relevant opinion can be based on research, on personal
experience or hearsay. A relevant opinion could be about
treatment for cosmetic purposes such as removing wrinkles.
I-Love-You computer virus
Find details on the effects of the 'I Love You' computer
The world-wide effect of the 'I Love You' virus referencing
specific geographic areas and countries involved as well
as the individual entities within are relevant. Technical
details referencing the methods used by the virus to
infiltrate and proliferate through computer systems are
relevant. Dollar/manpower loss figures due to the virus
are relevant. Efforts taken to lessen the effect of the
virus including techniques and security measures for
countering future cases are relevant. Detection and
identification of the virus perpetrator including
the various authorities involved and the procedures
used in his/her apprehension would be relevant.
Comparisons of the virus to earlier such cases and the
resulting damages are relevant.
Wen Ho Lee, Los Alamos
The Wen Ho Lee Los Alamos case.
Mention of suspicion, arrest and detention of Wen Ho Lee is
relevant. Details of the technical information alleged
to have been breached is relevant. Mention of security
violations including procedures taken to improve/correct them,
especially DOE's computer shutdown is relevant. Mention of
normal scientific operations at key U.S. research laboratories
and the scientists' alleged misuse of same is relevant. Any
mention of Wen Ho Lee's wife's involvement in the case is
relevant. Details reflecting the polygraph exams, indictments,
bail procedures, pre-trial and trial are relevant. Asian-
American reactions to this case are relevant. Incompetence
exhibited by the FBI and other government officials in
pursuit and testimony is relevant. Conclusion of the case,
charges dropped, guilty plea on one charge and the
resulting sentence and release of Wen Ho Lee is relevant.
North South Korean Summit Pyonyang
For the first time in 55 years, in June 2000, leaders of North
and South Korea held a summit in Pyonyang.
Mention of expectations, issues, and preliminary meetings before
summit are relevant. Past failed talks and reactions of people
in South Korea before and after summit are relevant if not in
too much detail. Details about follow-up meeting in Bangkok
is relevant. Mention of U.S. requirements that North Korea
must meet to improve relations are not relevant.
John F. Kennedy, Jr. dies
John F. Kennedy, Jr. was killed in a plane crash in July 1998.
Discussions about the plane crash that killed John F. Kennedy, Jr.,
his wife and sister-in-law, and the search that followed, are
relevant. Reactions to JFK Jr's. death from people in the U.S.
and around the world are relevant. Accounts of major events
in JFK Jr's. life and the family's history of tragedies
are relevant. Feature articles about the Kennedy family and its
important place in American culture are relevant.
Events surrounding the Chinese earthquake, January 1998.
Descriptions of the event, its location and extent, property
damage and human injuries and deaths are relevant. Expressions
of sympathy and relief donations, both Chinese and foreign,
are relevant. Mention of reconstruction plans and results
are relevant. Reasons for losses and aftershocks later in
the year are not relevant.
plane gondola cable Italy
On Feb. 3, 1998, a U.S. Marine jet severed a ski gondola cable,
sending the gondola plunging to the ground, 20 people were
Descriptions of the accident from official documents and witness'
accounts and events in the immediate aftermath are relevant.
Arguments about where the trial would be held are relevant, as
is testimony at the trial a year later. Mention of compensation
for the victims is not relevant.
Slepian abortion murder
Murder of abortion doctor, Barnett Slepian
Relevant are details about the slaying, reactions of praise
or condemnation of the murder, and the victim's views on
access to abortion. Also relevant is information on police
and FBI investigation of the murder, rewards offered,
identification of and efforts to locate the suspected
murderer, and the charges filed against the suspect.
Murders of other doctors are not relevant unless cited
by authorities in discussing this event. The victim's
views on threats received before the murder and information
about attacks at other clinics are not relevant.
Swissair crash Nova Scotia
Swissair jet crash off the coast of Nova Scotia
Flight, pre-crash, crash, and post-crash details are
relevant, including search, rescue and recovery
activities and results. The crash site environment
(location, weather and background) is relevant.
Possible cause(s) or the crash as described by
spokesmen and other scientists are relevant, as
are post-crash support to relatives and assumption
of financial responsibility in the wake of the
crash. Victims' nationalities are relevant, as is
description of cargo aboard. Lawsuits and comments
on the possibilities of the crash resulting from
terrorism or a criminal act are not relevant.
Because there were no survivors, mention of
survivors is not relevant.
Suharto steps-down Indonesia
Suharto, Indonesia's autocratic ruler of 32 years was forced
to step down after violent riots and demonstrations in May 1998.
Accounts of Suharto's resignation as President of Indonesia in
1998 and his replacement by B. J. Habibi are relevant. Events
leading up to Suharto's resignation and reactions from the U.S.
and other nations after his resignation are relevant. Discussion
of the disastrous rule of his predecessor, Sukarno, is
relevant because it explains much about Suharto's rise to
power in 1966. Allegations of corruption by Suharto and his
family are relevant. Lawsuits brought against Suharto and his
family many moths after his resignation are not relevant.
human genome decoded
Human genome decoded at NIH
Any mention of the competition between Celera
(Craig Venter) and the NIH/Wellcome consortium to
decode the human genome is relevant. Details of the
process are not relevant unless they include differences
between the two groups in their decoding methods.
Decoding the DNA of mice, fruit flies, or worms is
not relevant unless it is directly related to the
race to the human genome.
Nobel Peace prize
1998 Nobel peace prize
Statements including speculation about winners, names of
nominees and reasons for their nomination, and names of
past winners are relevant. Details of the committee's
deliberations, procedures, and amount of the prize are
relevant. Reactions to the 1998 winners are also relevant,
plus details of their achievements that contributed
to their award.
balloonist Fossett solo flight
Balloonist Steve Fossett's 1998 August solo flight
Relevant is information on: Fossett's balloon and other
equipment related to this solo flight; technical details
on propulsion; Fossett's route, distances achieved,
potential and realized perils; details on weather and
other atmospheric conditions; Fossett's views on this
type of effort; and details on the demise of the
flight and rescue of Fossett. Not relevant are
spectators' reactions to the liftoff or information on
earlier Fossett flight failures.