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By ALEX CUKAN, United Press International  |  Oct. 11, 2002 at 3:15 AM
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Maryland's Montgomery County Police Chief Charles Moose assailed the media for reporting leaked information about the serial sniper and suggested the press might consider taking over the investigation.

WUSA-TV and The Washington Post wrote that credible sources told them a sniper left what appeared to be a taunting message on a tarot card near the middle school where a teenager was shot Monday.

"I have not received any message that the citizens of Montgomery County want The Washington Post or any other media outlet to solve this case," Moose told reporters. "If they do, then let me know. We will go and do other police work and we will turn this case over to the media and you can solve it."

Bob Long, news director of WRC-TV, called Moose's comments irritating. "He wants us when he wants us and doesn't want us when he doesn't want us. When he has information he thinks the public should have, he'll spoon-feed it."

-- Was Moose out of line or protecting information that might compromise the investigation?

-- Should the media only report what law enforcement agencies officially announce?


A new survey of students, teachers and principals shows A students are more likely to be happy at home and more likely to participate in extra-curricular activities such as athletics than struggling students.

The poll, conducted by Harris Interactive for MetLife Inc., found D and F students are less likely than A students to be extremely or very happy at home by a 58 percent to 31 percent margin.

"Students of all ages want adults to respect them and be involved in their lives, they want activities that are interesting and relevant," says Sibyl Jacobson, president of MetLife Foundation.

Only 18 percent of students believe teachers respect all students but 24 percent believe teachers are interested in what's best for all students. More than half the students surveyed wished for more time with their parents.

-- Do you think teachers respect all students?

-- Which comes first, a happy home or good grades?


People, especially those working with technology, are being choosier about how electronic objects shape their lives and the personal image they want to project, according to The New York Times.

"Information technology is the most distinctive part of contemporary culture," says Albert Borgmann, a philosophy professor at the University of Montana at Missoula.

For example, Atjiv Chahil, who has worked at Apple, Sony and Palm, says he travels extensively but eliminated his laptop computer and now boards planes with no electronic devices except a Palm VII and a cell phones. At home, Chahil is working to streamline everything from kitchen appliances to audiovisual equipment.

Chris Rettstatt, who rides his bike to work and makes homemade bread and jam, says as a co-founder of a Web site, his life is dominated by technology. "There's something about working with technology that makes people want to become Quakers," he says.

-- Do you like to get the latest in electronics?

-- Are you trying to scale back using technology, such as personal computers and cell phones, and other household electronics and appliances?

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