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Here's what newspapers around the nation are saying:

The Washington Post

SIMPSON SLAYING: O.J. Simpson has pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his ex-wife . . . and her friend. . . . It is impossible to know how this case will turn out. But that has not stopped anyone from discoursing on the . . . import of the tragedy.

. . . A rare calm voice in this din was NBC sports announcer Bob Costas, a friend and colleague of O.J. Simpson's. . . . Costas loyally declared that Simpson was "not just a nice person with a likable exterior, but seemed to be a genuinely good-natured and decent person."

But Costas shied away from the quest for pseudo-profundity and reminded his audience that "regardless of what happens to O.J. . . . the victims here are Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman and two little children and other family members and the people closest to those directly involved."

Los Angeles Times

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: It's unfortunate it may take the arrest of a high-profile celebrity like O.J. Simpson to focus the nation on domestic violence, a very serious problem that for too long has been cast by its sorry practitioners as a "private family affair." It may be that the extraordinary events of last week will prove to be the beginning of the end of neglect.

Providence Journal

IMAGE VS. REALITY: At the least, (the O.J. Simpson case) shows the insidious and mindless affection given to celebrities about whom we really know very little beyond what they and their press agents desire to put out. . . .

This is a man, after all, who was arrested five years ago and pleaded no contest to his wife's charge that he had beaten her severely. And that came after eight other complaints of abuse.

The case is a reminder of how chronic and dangerous spousal abuse can be and how it is too often tolerated, especially for the well-connected.

Miami Herald

FRANCE IN RWANDA: Unsurprisingly, the predominantly Tutsi Rwandan Patriotic Front is wary about France dispatching soldiers to try to halt the massacre of innocent civilians in the anarchy that is Rwanda. In the past, France hasn't exactly stood out for its neutrality in the long conflict between Rwanda's Hutu controlled government and Tutsi rebels. . . .

Given Rwanda's endless blood-letting, however, the French effort is welcome - especially because it includes a formal pledge of neutrality in the civil war raging between Rwanda's main tribes.

The French will deploy 2,000 soldiers to reinforce the fewer than 500 U.N. "Blue Helmets" who are failing to protect refugees and other civilians trapped amid Rwanda's mindless slaughter. More than 200,000 people have been killed since the fighting started last month.

The Baltimore Sun

TERM LIMITS: The Supreme Court's decision to hear a congressional term-limits case is good news. We hope the court takes up the case quickly next term and renders a rapid verdict. We hope it will rule that term limits are unconstitutional.

We expect that it will. In order to uphold term limits, the court would have to read into the Constitution's Ninth and 10th amendments the right of states to overrule the "congressional qualifications" clause of the Constitution's Article I. . . .

When and if the Supreme Court makes it official that the term-limits movement has nowhere to go but out of business . . . its advocates in each state ought to turn their considerable energy and commitment to (creating a more level election playing field).