Federal File: Clinton's teacher; Bennett raps rap; City votes

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At a recent White House reception celebrating women's contributions in the workplace, President Clinton honored Lonnie Luebben, a teacher he considers a major influence in his life.

Ms. Luebben taught Mr. Clinton's 11th-grade English honors class at Hot Springs High School in Arkansas. She is now with Lakeside Junior High School, also located in Hot Springs.

Ms. Luebben's was one of the "voices of working women" contained in a time capsule that was placed with the Smithsonian Institution.

The capsule includes handwritten journals of a day in the lives of several women, photographs of them at home and at work, and artifacts representing their occupations. It is to be opened in 25 years.

About 1,000 women attended the May 19 reception, which was part of a two-day conference on working women sponsored by the Labor Department's Women's Bureau.

Former Secretary of Education William J. Bennett launched an attack last week on Time Warner Inc. for its sale of rap music that contains profane and violent language.

In a 60-second commercial that first appeared last week, Empower America, a Washington-based conservative advocacy organization Mr. Bennett helped found, takes the media giant to task for its sales of music that "celebrates the rape, torture, and murder of women."

The former Secretary was joined in the advertisement by C. Delores Tucker, the chairwoman of the National Political Congress of Black Women, who has been an outspoken critic of rap music.

As many as two dozen cities will hold nonbinding Presidential primaries in the fall in an effort to influence the 1996 vote.

City Vote 1995-96 will take place Nov. 7--100 days before the first scheduled Presidential primary in New Hampshire. Organizers hope the mock vote will persuade candidates of the political power of cities.

Participating cities are expected to have a combined population of about five million, compared with about one million for the states of Iowa and New Hampshire combined. Those states traditionally hold the first Presidential caucus and primary, respectively.

Among the cities that have signed on are Minneapolis and St. Paul, Boston, and Tucson, Ariz.

--Mark Pitsch

Vol. 14, Issue 36

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