Key issue: Money
School funding is primarily a state obligation Brainerd School Board member Lew Hudson said and Minnesota hasn't invested enough money in education.
Class size cited
Each fall, Jeanne Larson's first math exercise is counting the heads of the eager 5- and 6-year-olds who begin their academic career in her north Brainerd kindergarten classroom.
Rethinking the AP and IB
This has been a rough year for Advanced Pl
WHAT DO OUR SCHOOLS NEED?
Education will once again be a lively topic when the 2003 Minnesota Legislature convenes. All 201 legislators are up for re-election as well as many school board candidates this fall so interested voters should get plenty of chances to find out where each candidate stands on education issues.
Willy Severson doesn't hesitate when asked what important education issues will face the 2003 Legislature.
The safety of students within our schools is a key concern of Brainerd School District parent Steve Smith.
Law school applications soar, as does interest in other grad programs amid weak job market
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Law school applications are up dramatically -- the biggest increase in at least two decades -- as more young people are deciding the job market out there is just too rough.
The hippie look is back in style.
How the year is shaping up for area schools
Opens: Sept. 3.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Tuesday cattle estimate: 800. Last Tuesday: 842. Year ago Tuesday: 949. Monday actual: 489.
MINNEAPOLI(AP) -- Wheat receipts Tuesday 301, a year ago 201.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Monday cattle: 400. Last Monday: 289. Year ago Monday: 499. Friday actual: 244.
MINNEAPOLIS(AP) -- Wheat receipts Monday 286, a year ago 579.
Crow Wing sheriff
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Tuesday.
PGA tee times
Thursday: First Tee; Friday: 10th Tee
Game is starting to come together
Despite tying Bremer Bank 6-6, Bodyworks increased its lead by one-half point in the men's Twilight Golf League at Pine Meadows Aug. 8.
The Tiger circus arrives
CHASKA -- The gates at Hazeltine National Golf Club opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday. What followed was a chaotic chase to find Tiger Woods.
Minnesota may be suffering from a golf glut
CHASKA (AP) -- While all eyes in the golf world are on Minnesota this week for the PGA Championship, the business of golf in the state is stuck a bunker.
Everyone keeps making comparisons to Medinah
CHASKA -- The course was cursed by the players in 1970. It was cursed again by the weather in 1991.
Is this August -- or Agusta? Best-ever field gathers for PGA at Hazeltine
CHASKA -- The PGA Championship finally arrived at Hazeltine National Golf Club, and there wasn't a grand slam in sight. Not that it seemed to matter.
Dan Vickerman closed with an even-par-72 to win his second two-day Pine Meadows men's club championship Aug. 11.
What to do when the going gets rough
Walking around Hazeltine Monday, I watched some of the greatest golfers in the world practice for this weekend's PGA Championship. One area of the course where the professionals hit extra practice shots from was the long, thick Hazeltine rough, because not even the professionals hit every fairway. When you get into the long rough your first thought should be get it out.
Women's outing fills an area void
BREEZY POINT -- Laurel Mezner moved back to the Brainerd lakes area five years ago and wanted to find someone to play golf with.
MPCA seeks public input on Long Prairie Superfund site
LONG PRAIRIE -- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is seeking public input on a required five-year review of the Long Prairie Ground Water Contamination Superfund site.
Solway couple has friend for life in pig
SOLWAY (AP) -- Stretched out in gargantuan grandeur, Boaris, the 1,000-pound boar, smiles, chuckles and almost purrs.
Riverwood Healthcare Center offers feng shui and healing touch education
AITKIN -- Riverwood Healthcare Center Wellness Team is sponsoring a basic feng shui class conducted by Hinda Abrahamson, a certified feng shui consultant and a founding member of the Feng Shui Institute of the Midwest.
Minnesota's close encounter of another kind
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- David Olson is still laughing, nearly 23 years later.
Catch the Spirit
LITTLE FALLS -- Children paused on Little Falls city streets, straddling bikes on a warm summer day and shielding their eyes in the sun as they watched the five planes circle overhead.
Nisswa Women of Today to host speaker
LAKE SHORE -- The Nisswa Area Women of Today announced that local speaker Mary Ann Simmons will be doing a special presentation titled, "Leaving a Legacy ... Journaling with Photos" at 7 p.m. Thursday at Living Savior Lutheran Church, 1827 Interlachen Road, in Lake Shore.
A flight to remember
LITTLE FALLS -- The experience had everything but a white silk scarf flying in the breeze.
Isle artist's dream becomes reality
ISLE -- Nine years ago Isle artist Anita Moss had a dream -- to start a non-profit center where professional artists could work alongside schoolchildren, providing creative inspiration and positive reinforcement for children who might not receive that at home.
Once everywhere, coin-operated photo booths are harder to find, but thanks to Todd Erickson, not impossible
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Go ahead. Pull the curtain. Rotate the stool to the right height. Put in your money. Wait for the light to start flashing, then stick your fingers in the corners of your mouth, poke out your tongue, cross your eyes. Pucker up if there's someone else in there with you. Kiss.
CLC instructors receive grants
Two Central Lakes College instructors are among 13 in Minnesota to receive grants for projects they designed for students at the Brainerd campus.
Readiness program set in Pillager
PILLAGER -- The School Readiness Program is again planned at the Pillager Elementary School. The program is for children who are 4 years old and 5 years old not entering kindergarten
Little Falls area commemorates Lindbergh flight
LITTLE FALLS -- To commemorate Charles A. Lindbergh's Pan-Atlantic flight, a Spirit of St. Louis replica landed at 2:03 p.m. Saturday at the Little Falls-Morrison County Airport.
Crosslake comprehensive plan focus group to meet Thursday
CROSSLAKE -- As part of the Crosslake Comprehensive Plan process, the city of Crosslake will host the third of four focus group meetings from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Crosslake Community Center.
Dead blue jay triggers West Nile concerns
FORT RIPLEY -- When a Crow Wing Lake resident found a dead blue jay in his yard his suspicions at once went to the West Nile virus.
County wants to make planning office more friendly
The Crow Wing County Planning and Zoning Department is working on how its office can be more efficient and more user friendly.
County, city can't agree on LEC's future
Crow Wing County and Brainerd have not yet reached an agreement regarding the future of the Law Enforcement Center.
Twin Cities crunch affects Brainerd
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Carol Stenstrom-Howard had been battling depression for weeks.
Airport given a new name
The Brainerd-Crow Wing County Regional Airport has a new name.
Absentee ballots are now available for the primary election at the courthouse in Brainerd in the auditor's office for Crow Wing County residents, reported Roy Luukkonen, county auditor.
Decision delayed on granting pay raise to administrator
Crow Wing County Administrator Peter Herlofsky Jr. will have to wait and see if he will get a pay raise next year.
This was Brainerd
AUGUST 13 - 100 years ago (1902) - Clarence Wheeler, who is starting a new home, has a small garden and a large turkey. The turkey was not disturbed six days of the week but Clarence caught it working the garden Sunday. We helped eat that Sunday turkey.
Officers on alert during BIR Nationals
Area law enforcement officials will be doing extra patrols this week as the NHRA Nationals take place at the Brainerd International Raceway.
Ex-athlete from Pierz calls peeping on naked stepdaughter an addiction
PIERZ (AP) -- Mike Poepping spent four months in jail this spring and summer for watching and videotaping his stepdaughter through a two-way mirror in the bathroom over six years.
A Page 1A story Sunday should have said Louis Eschenbacher is from Brainerd.
In a Page 12E brief in Sunday's Dispatch, the agenda for the Crow Wing County Board of Adjustment was incorrectly labeled. The board of adjustment will meet at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the Welton Meeting Room at the Elks Building, 200 S. Fourth St. in Brainerd.
Three arrested in drug bust
Three people were arrested on drug charges after area law enforcement officials seized about three-quarters of a pound of cocaine and crank at a residence on Wise Road.
Anglers in the mist
Two anglers prepared to head out on Gilbert Lake this morning in the fog created by the fall-like weather.
County board approves contract for dog control
If dogs are on the loose or are a nuisance to others in Crow Wing County, residents now have someone to call.
Flying the airwaves above Little Falls took on a new perspective from the open cockpit of a 1941-Stearman bi-plane.
That's one amazing maze!
The 14-acre corn maze at This Old Farm, featuring Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, will open for the fall season on Saturday with a weekend full of events to raise funds for the Brainerd Area Lakers, the adult Special Olympics team.
School food price increase approved
School food prices will increase in the Brainerd School District this school year.
City, MnDOT huddle on road options
Future road projects within the city were the focus of a Brainerd City Council informational meeting Tuesday.
Olson removes himself from council committee
Fearing a possible conflict because he has started working with another council member, Brainerd City Council member Bob Olson has removed himself from the Safety and Public Works Committee.
This was Brainerd
AUGUST 14 - 60 years ago (1942) - A Brainerd officer in the 194th tank battalion probably downed a Japanese plane the fourth day after war was declared. The officer who is credited with shooting down the enemy plane is Lt.. Russell Swearingen.
Brainerd OKs soccer pairing agreement with S-M
Boys in grades nine through 12 at Staples-Motley School District will have a chance to play soccer with the Brainerd Warriers.
BAXTER -- The future of Minnesota's transportation system will be the topic of a meeting from 1-3 p.m. Monday at the Kelly Inn in St. Cloud.
Malmo man arrested in Aitkin meth bust
AITKIN -- A 26-year-old Malmo man was arrested for his involvement in a methamphetamine lab at a residence in Malmo Aug. 5.
Sex abuse suspect ordered to avoid children, families
LONG PRAIRIE -- A 37-year-old Staples man charged with several counts of sexual misconduct involving underage children has been ordered not to have contact with the children or their families.
Star is coming
Merle Haggard, one of the most recognizable country music stars, will perform Monday at Grand Casino Mille Lacs. Read more in Thursday's Tempo.
After US Airways files for bankruptcy, many wonder if United is next
CHICAGO -- With US Airways now in bankruptcy, many are wondering if United Airlines might be next.
Bush to block $5 billion in spending
WASHINGTON -- Defiantly breaking a budget truce with Congress, President Bush announced Tuesday he would block more than $5 billion that lawmakers had approved for homeland security, global AIDS relief and other items. Since last year's terrorist attacks, Bush has worked with both Republicans and Democrats to round up support for massive spending packages for the war on terrorism, recovery operations in New York and new domestic security measures.
Cardinal Law admits promoting priest without checking records
BOSTON -- Cardinal Bernard Law acknowledged having promoted a priest who was later charged with multiple counts of child rape without examining his personnel records, according to transcripts of court testimony released Tuesday.
INS breaks reputed child smuggling ring
WASHINGTON -- The Immigration and Naturalization Service has arrested five citizens of El Salvador it alleges were involved in a multimillion-dollar ring that smuggled hundreds of Honduran, Guatemalan and Salvadoran children into the United States, officials announced Monday.
Florida's child welfare chief quits under fire
MIAMI -- Under fire for the blunders and oversights of her agency, which notoriously lost a 5-year-old girl in its care, Kathleen A. Kearney resigned Tuesday as secretary of Florida's Department of Children & Families.
WEST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- A natural gas explosion leveled a building at a condominium complex early Tuesday, killing two people and injuring seven.
U.S. officials now say terror suspect Padilla a minor figure
WASHINGTON -- The government media blitz after the arrest an American accused of plotting to detonate a radioactive bomb was almost unprecedented for a terrorist suspect post-Sept. 11.
CDC probes deaths in Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- An investigator with the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been in Wisconsin for two weeks looking into the deaths of three men from neurological diseases.
Missing Los Angeles girl found unharmed at clinic
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A 4-year-old girl who disappeared from a city park had a joyful reunion with her family after she turned up at a medical clinic complaining of a sore throat. She was dirty and barefoot, and her hair had been cut short, but authorities say she was unharmed.
American Airlines cuts 7,000 jobs
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- American Airlines will cut 7,000 jobs by March 2003 and retire its 74-jet fleet of Fokker planes as part of a series of moves intended to boost profits, the company announced on its Web site Tuesday.
Residency questions raised for Harlem Little Leaguers
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) -- Little League officials are investigating whether the Harlem, N.Y., team that advanced to this year's World Series has players who violated residency rules.
WACO, Texas (AP) -- President Bush assured Americans Tuesday that his administration has a steady hand on the economy after hearing blue-collar workers and blue-chip CEOs voice concern about slower growth and market volatility.
Fed gloomy but doesn't cut rates Newsday
WASHINGTON -- Half a continent from Waco, Texas, Chairman Alan Greenspan and his Federal Reserve board members offered a gloomy assessment of the national economy Tuesday, warning of continued weakness "for the forseeable future."
Spanish foreign minister calls U.S. attack on Iraq only 'hypothetical'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Spanish Foreign Minister Ana Palacio said Tuesday a U.S. attack on Iraq was only hypothetical at this point and urged that any action to depose President Saddam Hussein be guided by international rules of law.
Girl feared drowned now feared abducted
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Police searched Tuesday for a man who may have abducted a 4-year-old girl from a popular Los Angeles park where authorities thought she drowned over the weekend.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. companies, trying to gauge Americans' appetites during the uneven economic recovery, added to their stocks of unsold goods in June for the second month in a row.
Police search for infant abducted from mother's minivan in store parking lot
ABILENE, Texas (AP) -- A month-old infant was missing Wednesday after she was snatched from her family's minivan in a Wal-Mart parking lot and driven away as the child's mother held onto the side of the abductor's car, trying desperately to stop it, authorities said.
Aptos, Calif., scored a 4-3 victory over Glendale, Ariz., Tuesday night in the Little League Western regional championship.
Lawyer: Deal might be possible
NEW YORK (AP) -- Baseball's top labor lawyer thinks it is possible to reach a bargaining agreement "in the next several days" to avert a threatened walkout by players.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Much of Darrell Porter's life after baseball was filled with delivering anti-drug messages.
PLAYERS BACK OFF SETTING STRIKE DATE
CHICAGO -- For now, baseball players are holding back on setting a strike day.
Keith F. Lund
PEQUOT LAKES -- Keith F. Lund, 57, Pequot Lakes, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2002, in Brainerd.
Alan G. Tretter
LITTLE FALLS -- Alan George Tretter, 56, Little Falls, died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2002, at St.Cloud Hospital.
John Peter Anderson Jr.
RENO, Nev. -- John Peter Anderson Jr., 60, Reno, Nev., died Saturday, June 29, 2002, of lung cancer in Reno, Nev.
Richard C. Ernst
Richard C. Ernst, 69, Brainerd and formerly of Marine on St. Croix, died Wednesday, July 31, 2002.
Kevin C. Piekarski
FLENSBURG -- Kevin C. Piekarski, 39, Flensburg, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2002, at his home.
Jean Kay Van Dorn
Jean Kay Van Dorn, 61, Brainerd, died Monday, Aug. 12, 2002, at her home.
Dorothy A. Manlick
LITTLE FALLS -- Dorothy Agnes Manlick, 85, Little Falls, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2002, at St. Gabriel's Hospital in Little Falls.
Dorothy J. Eigenheer
NISSWA -- Dorothy J. Eigenheer, 73, Nisswa, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2002, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
Mary Jeanette Sauer
BREEZY POINT -- Mary Jeanette Sauer, 83, Breezy Point, died Aug. 3, 2002.
Philip L. Roth
Philip L. Roth, 84, Brainerd, died Monday, Aug. 12, 2002, at his home.
NISSWA -- Dorothy Eigenheer, 73, Nisswa, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2002, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
Elsie C. Post
LITTLE FALLS -- Elsie C. Post, 92, Little Falls, formerly of the Randall area, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2002, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
CBS: Our news is bigger than their news
All the media chatter about Connie, Phil, Greta, Larry and the gang must be rankling the folks at CBS.
Jesse was elected because many of us were disillusioned with Democrats or Republicans. However I truly admire the "chutzpa" of some right wing letter writers who say they don't like government interference or regulation.
Vox Pop, voice of the people, publishes Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. To call in a comment, dial 829-2900 or 1-800-547-2909 then enter code 8008. To e-mail a comment, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The battle for the environment is never easy. The struggle to clean the air and water and preserve wild lands for our children and our children's children was tested in the 1980s by the attacks of Interior Secretary James G. Watt. Fortunately, public outrage stymied Watt.
Summer is at its height in the Brainerd Lakes Area and so is tourism business. It's important to keep the Brainerd lakes area strong and vital.
A headline for an Open Forum in Monday's paper listed the wrong day for a meeting on the Riverside Drive project. The meeting is11 a.m. Wednesday at Brainerd City Hall.
Straighten up and fly right
This editorial appeared in Monday's Los Angeles Times:
Gestapo alive and well in Minnesota, disguised as the DNR Trails & Waterways Division.
President Bush journeyed this week to what he called "the front lines" of the American economy, but he didn't appear to be in much danger there. Among the adoring Cabinet officers and supportive business executives invited to the president's economic forum in Waco, Texas, there was a range of opinion:
Lee enlisted in the battle against Force
One day last month, former NHRA Funny Car pilot and crew member Cory Lee received a call from fellow Funny Car racer Del Worsham.
Official busy leading fight against Nile virus
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Dave Neitzel won't wear mosquito repellent; he actually wants the bloodsuckers to consider him their next meal so he can study them.
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) -- A 12-year-old boy has died of a rarely fatal form of mosquito-borne encephalitis, health officials say.
Highway 210 detour to end Aug. 21
The Highway 210 detour, from the junction of Highway 169 in Hassman to the west junction of Highway 65 in McGregor, is expected to be lifted Aug. 21.
MnDOT hits the road for feedback on long-term plans
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Transportation Commissioner Elwyn Tinklenberg revised the state's 20-year plan with help from more people than ever -- and is now taking to the road for even more feedback from the public.
Residency flap flares
ST. PETER (AP) -- Minnesota Republicans want to know where Sen. John Hottinger lives and are asking a court to make a determination.
Cutbacks trim 1,000 state jobs
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Nearly 1,000 state jobs have been affected by layoffs and other payroll reductions since the start of 2002, according to the Minnesota Department of Employee Relations.
DNR closing overnight camping at 24 state parks
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Overnight camping at 24 state parks will be shut down after Labor Day, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced.
Mosquito Control District budgets extra $820,000
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District has budgeted an extra $820,000 -- nearly 8 percent of its annual $10.5 million budget -- to fight mosquitoes and the West Nile virus.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A group of retired Minneapolis teachers has filed a federal lawsuit against one of its investment advisers on claims its practices were "excessively risky."
Three arrested in meth bust
BERTHA -- Three people were arrested Aug. 6 in connection with a methamphetamine lab bust in Bertha.
DES MOINES (AP) -- The Episcopal Diocese of Iowa announced the finalists for the ninth bishop of Iowas. The list includes the Rev. Jerry Clay Doherty is rector of The Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Stillwater.
Here is a list of public meetings around Minnesota for discussion of the Department of Transportation's 20-year plan.
Gulls hog league awards
Heading into their fifth season in the Northwoods League, and after having made the playoffs the last three years, the Brainerd Mighty Gulls and field manager Kyle Crookes were looking for ways to improve upon the team's success.
Northwoods League Baseball
Fan fever missing but Gulls hopeful
With the NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway and the PGA Championship at Hazeltine in Chaska this week the Brainerd Mighty Gulls aren't expecting to break any attendance records in the Northwoods League playoffs, which open tonight at Mills Field.
Local sports shorts
Kyle Tholen of Brainerd won his weight division at the Nisswa Crazy Days weightlifting competition Saturday.
Gulls primed for playoffs after beating Alex
ALEXANDRIA -- After having the first- and second-half North Division titles already in hand, one might think the Brainerd Mighty Gulls had nothing to play for Tuesday as they finished the Northwoods League regular season against the Alexandria Beetles.
Northwoods League Baseball
Rally helps build confidence
It may not have been pretty, but the Brainerd Mighty Gulls will take any win they can as they try to build momentum with the Northwoods League playoffs right around the corner.
A two-mile fun run through the streets of Pierz will start 8 a.m. Aug. 25, followed by a five-mile run in the country east of Pierz starting at 8:30 a.m.
Summer camp ends
MANKATO (AP) -- Daunte Culpepper threw two touchdowns and Todd Bouman threw for a score, but the Vikings defense otherwise dominated the final live scrimmage of training camp Tuesday night.
Ill Reed makes O's look sick
MINNEAPOLIS -- Rick Reed would have felt even worse if he hadn't finished.
Maturi likes the positives he sees
MINNEAPOLIS -- With more than 700 career victories, Bob McDonald is the most successful coach in Minnesota high school basketball history.
Players union accuses Vikings, Chiefs of collusion
MANKATO (AP) -- The NFL Players Association claims the Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs may have engaged in collusion in their negotiations with unsigned first-round draft picks Bryant McKinnie and Ryan Sims.
HOUSTON (AP) -- Rita Williams scored a season-high 15 points to lead the Houston Comets to a 63-51 victory over the Minnesota Lynx on Tuesday night.
A camp with heart
Imagine trying to live a "normal" life with people frequently asking, "Are
Botanical gardens at ag center attracting crowds
STAPLES -- Summer rains and an outpouring of community support have combined to make a popular place where nature's colorful and fragrant bounty prevails.
Rain for the flowers
Weather drawing by Colton Mogensen of Gayle Kub's first grade class at Lowell school.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy and breezy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms north. Highs ranging from the middle 70s in the north to the middle 80s in the south.
Wisconsin state forecast
This afternoon...Partly or mostly sunny. Breezy northwest. Highs in the mid 70s to lower 80s.
Iowa state forecast
today...Sunny. Highs in the upper 70s to mid 80s.
State forecast for North Dakota
Today...Variable cloudiness. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs from the mid 70s to the lower 80s.
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Partly or mostly cloudy. More showers and thunderstorms likely south and east. Highs in the lower 70s northwest to near 80 southeast.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly cloudy. Warmer with highs in the 80s... And 90s central through southwest.
Iowa state forecast
today...Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms south and east this morning...With a chance of thunderstorms southeast this afternoon. Becoming partly sunny north and west. Highs in the 70s.
Minnesota state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy southeast with scattered showers. Partly to mostly sunny elsewhere. An isolated shower possible northwest this afternoon. Highs in the 70s.
State forecast for South Dakota
Today...Partly cloudy skies and highs in the 70s...A few lower 80s southwest.
Weather drawing by Taylor Jourdan of Mrs. Gramer's second grade class at Riverside school.
State forecast for North Dakota
This afternoon...Partly sunny. Highs in the 70s.
Names and faces
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Oscar-winning actor Nicolas Cage married Elvis' daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, during a romantic Hawaiian Island ceremony witnessed by family and close friends, publicists confirmed.
Brian Losos is home from the hospital and will celebrate his graduation from Brainerd High School from 4-8 p.m. Monday at Baxter City Park. There will be food, fun and games. All proceeds donated to the Brian Losos Benefit Fund, c/o Bremer Bank, PO Box 687, Brainerd.
Names and faces
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- The winner of this year's Miss North Carolina pageant will be allowed to keep $12,000 in scholarship money, even though she resigned her title.
Nisswa Legion plans Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony
NISSWA -- American Legion Post 627 announced plans for a Sept. 11 Remembrance Ceremony at noon that day at the Nisswa American Legion.
Prague fights to clear river's path as Europe reels under flooding
PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) -- Police evacuated residents of Prague's Old Town on Wednesday, but let tourists back into the historic square as the flood threat appeared to ease in the waterlogged Czech Republic and across most of Europe.
Israel's Supreme Court temporarily blocks expulsions of relatives of terror suspects
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's Supreme Court temporarily blocked the expulsion of relatives of Palestinian terror suspects from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, as troops demolished the homes of two Palestinian militiamen.
Europe in grip of floods
PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) -- The Vltava River spilled its banks and threatened medieval architectural treasures in the Czech capital Tuesday as the prime minister declared a state of emergency and thousands of Prague residents fled to higher ground. Floods roared through many European cities after near-record summer rains, killing at least 76 people.
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Landslides swept through a mountainous village in Nepal, killing two people, as the death toll from two months of monsoon floods swelled to at least 876 in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, officials said Wednesday.
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