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December 30, 1997

``This is one of the ways to prevent the spread of the disease, to get rid of the source.″ _ Chow Loi, an environmental health official, as Hong Kong farms and markets on Monday became scenes of a massive slaughter of poultry blamed for an influenza virus that has jumped to humans.

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``It’s all over, the president has fully recovered.″ _ Dr. Renat Akchurin, heart surgeon for Boris Yeltsin, before an announcement Monday that the Russian president is taking a two-week vacation in January.

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``Increased employment, more education, community-based policing and changing demographics are certainly reasons.″ _ Daniel Glaser, a University of Southern California sociologist and past president of the American Society of Criminology, on reports that New York City and Los Angeles got through 1997 with the lowest number of homicides in decades.

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