Is America's gang problem getting worse? The Justice Department says there
are now 30,000 gangs with more than 800,000 members. The National Youth
Gang Centre (NYGC), which 【10. (A)says (B)hands over (C)conducts (D)controls】 an annual survey that is 【11. (A)funded (B)fussed (C)fanned (D)found】
by the Justice Department, gives lower ones. It 【12. (A)conducts (B)includes (C)conceives (D)concedes】 that every town of
250,000 people now has a gang problem, but it thinks the tide has turned: the
number of rural counties and small cities reporting gang activity dropped
considerably between 1996 and 2002.
Despite the lack of evidence that mobile phones can cause explosions, bans
remain 【13. (A)out of bound (B)in place (C)out of hand (D)in life】 around the world, though the rules vary widely. Warning
signs abound in Britain, America, Canada and Australia. The city of São Paulo,
in Brazil, 【14. (A)introduced (B)integrated (C)violated (D)exported】 a ban last year. And, earlier this month, a member of
Connecticut's senate 【15. (A)produced (B)claimed (C)provided (D)proposed】 making the use of mobile phones in gas
stations in that state punishable by a $250 【16. (A)fine (B)bonus (C)salary (D)budget】 .
It is an old chestnut—a car that drives itself—but General Motors, the world's
largest car manufacturer, has become the latest company to 【17. (A)require (B)crash (C)acquire (D)claim】to be
building one. The car uses 【18. (A)outdated (B)updated (C)uploaded (D)downloaded】 technology combined with several
【19. (A)existing (B)dying (C)soothing (D)staggering】 innovations and, according to the manufacturer, could be in
production by 2008. But, while the technology takes some of the boring bits out
of driving, it 【20. (A)lives up to (B)falls right into (C)remains as (D)falls far short of
】 an automatic taxi service and, anyway, various legal,
technical and social barriers to its introduction remain.