News In Brief
Surrounded by cheering supporters, George W. Bush arrived in Philadelphia on Day 3 of the Republican National Convention. Later, the delegates were to cast enough votes for the Texas governor to nominate him officially for president. Bush's running mate, former Defense Secretary and Congressman Dick Cheney, was to make his acceptance speech aimed at reassuring undecided voters after fierce Democratic criticism of his conservative record in the House.
Protests outside the convention heated up considerably Tuesday, as police arrested at least 280 demonstrators. Law-enforcement authorities used batons after being hit by protesters; five officers were reported hurt in scuffles. Estimates of the number of demonstrators ranged from more than 1,000 to as many as 4,000.
The latest attack against the tobacco industry came from a report by the World Health Organization, which accused the cigarettemakers of secretly trying to undermine its campaign to reduce smoking around the world. The report, detailed in advance by The Washington Post, claimed tobacco companies viewed the WHO as "one of the foremost enemies." Also described was a sophisticated effort to pit other UN-affiliated agencies against WHO initiatives. Much of the information in the report came from tobacco company documents made public through court proceedings, the Post said.