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Visit shows Orlando two Renos

On one side of town it was Janet Reno, tough-talking attorney general; on the other side it was Janet Reno, the soft-spoken, storytelling cheerleader, encouraging elementary school kids to stay off drugs.

She hustled between the two audiences dodging lightning, major rainstorms and a tornado warning.

At the Orange County Convention Center, Reno praised 5,000 delegates to the annual convention of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and promised them closer federal cooperation in a high-tech war against crime.

Reno prodded the chiefs to rely even more on computers to analyze investigative leads.

She urged chiefs to fight territorialism and be committed to a "global information network," using computers to share information with other agencies.

Finally, she challenged them to tackle "cyber-crime" and warned them the Internet has ushered in a broad and frightening new world of crime. Investigators face everything from fraud to pornography, all of it over the Internet.

Later, in a crowded auditorium at Grand Avenue Elementary School in one of Orlando's poorer neighborhoods, Reno praised students, encouraging them to continue their improvement in academics and deportment.

She shared an adventure from her own fourth-grade days when her mother taught herself how to build a house, then built it in south Dade County largely by herself.

"The house is a symbol to me you can do anything you want to do if you put your mind to it," Reno told 255 students.