SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Monday cattle midsession: 600. Comp
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wheat receipts Tuesday 293, a year ago 144.
SOUTH ST. PAUL (AP) (USDA) -- Tuesday cattle: 875.
The dates that Memories for the Making will be open were listed incorrectly in Sunday's What's Doing section. They will be open until 3 p.m. Christmas Eve but will be closed Christmas Day, New Year's Eve Day and New Year's Day.
WADENA -- A 20-year-old Wadena man has been charged with second-degree assault after allegedly stabbing another man at a Wadena residence.
CHICAGO (AP) -- In a Dec. 11 story on overweight children, The Associated Press reported the wrong figure for a body-mass percentage. Researchers found that by 1998, 25.8 percent of white children -- not nearly 29 percent -- had a body-mass index higher than 85 percent of their peers, based on standard growth charts.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Spot nonferrous metal prices Monday.
Subsidies dispute stalls farm bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate was deadlocked over an overhaul of farm subsidy programs after majority Democrats killed a Republican measure but couldn't muster the votes to end debate on their own legislation.
House Republicans ponder solutions to impending deficit
ST. PAUL (AP) -- House Republicans on Monday privately batted around solutions to the projected budget deficit and ultimately decided they weren't ready to decide. Instead, they announced a new Web site to get the public's input.
Housing construction rises
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Housing construction jumped by 8.2 percent in November to the highest level since January as builders bet that low mortgage rates would continue to lure prospective buyers.
Lawmakers consider whether same-sex benefits apply to themselves
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Lawmakers meeting this week will try to decide whether same-sex benefits negotiated in a union contract for state workers should be approved and extended to themselves and their staffs.
Senate hears tearful testimony of huge losses in Enron collapse
WASHINGTON -- Retirees and investors who held hundreds of thousands of dollars in Enron Corp. stock tearfully told a Senate committee Tuesday how their life savings were wiped out when the giant energy company plunged into bankruptcy earlier this month.
Senate passes overhaul of education system; next stop, Bush's desk
WASHINGTON -- President Bush's comprehensive education plan, just approved by Congress, would require public schools to augment testing programs and give parents unprecedented access to information.
Education bill heads for final passage
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush's sweeping education plan is heading for final passage in Congress, culminating a yearlong effort to give schools more spending flexibility in exchange for more accountability.
Ventura criticizes Ashcroft, Bush for actions on states' rights
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Jesse Ventura expressed disappointment at the Bush Justice Department's challenge to states' rights.
Medicare chief predicts further decline in HMO services
WASHINGTON -- Medicare Administrator Thomas A. Scully laid it on the line for beneficiaries: The days when they could enroll in a health maintenance organization and get extra benefits -- such as prescription drug coverage -- for no additional cost are all but over.
Cass board fears tax reform impact in county
WALKER State legislative property tax reforms last year could drive some of the smallest Ma and Pa businesses to close their doors this year, the Cass County Board learned Tuesday.
College collects holiday gifts
The Central Lakes College Ambassadors conducted a three-week collection of new and slightly used holiday gifts to contribute to the area Toys For Kids campaign.
Marines' armored vehicles tested at Camp Ripley
CAMP RIPLEY -- Many people have seen on television the Marines Light Armored Vehicles near Kandahar, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Agreement pairs CLC and U of M
The University of Minnesota and Central Lakes College will allow students majoring in environmental horticulture to earn half their bachelor of science degree credits on the Brainerd campus.
CLC instructor named 'outstanding supervisor'
STAPLES -- Tom Schulz, a Farm Business Management instructor with Central Lakes College, Staples, received the 2001 Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Outstanding Supervisor Award.
Cookbook's recipes are all from Cuyuna Range
A request for family recipe stories from the Cuyuna Range resulted in a 468-page cookbook of food, family and friends.
Snowmobile safety instructors sought
The DNR is seeking qualified volunteer instructors to teach safe, responsible snowmobiling skills. A series of upcoming clinics will help volunteer instructors get started.
Students give tour of their farms
LITTLE FALLS -- Joe Birmingham, four months into his tenure as Central Lakes College president, continues to be impressed with the economic vitality of the region. He has toured dozens of area businesses, including farms CLC students operate.
Kind residents rekindle Christmas spirit
PILLAGER -- The thieves who stole Susanne Origer's Christmas lights outside of her Pillager home Nov. 28 took more than just the lights.
Elected officials salaries in Cass linked by board to union contract increases
WALKER -- Salaries for elected officials will depend upon the increase Cass County unions receive in contracts set for 2002.
Shoreland Landscaping Workshop Series offered in Cass County
The University of Minnesota Extension Service is offering a Shoreland Landscaping Workshop Series, which enables participants to design shoreland landscapes with environmentally sound practices that can be applied to new developments or existing shoreland properties.
NOAH weather radio still waiting for licensing approval
WALKER -- Cass County Emergency Services Director Mike Cary informed the county board Tuesday activating National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration emergency radio service in this area is still waiting for licensing approval.
Auditor: Most to see same or reduced taxes payable in 2002
WALKER -- About 77 percent of the 33,165 property tax parcels in Cass County will see the same taxes or a reduction in their taxes payable in 2002, according to Chief Deputy Auditor Larry Wolf.
CLC students earn extra credit by sharing holiday spirit with care center residents
Some students at Central Lakes College earn extra credit for spreading holiday cheer.
Donning a Santa hat, Ellen Fussy returned a ball to her friend during the third annual December Tennis Tournament at Gregory Park Tuesday.
City budget, levy approved
Brainerd's proposed 2002 budget and levy were approved Monday, but at least one Brainerd City Council member thought more cuts should have made to the budget.
Council approves levy for arb
Funding of about $55,000 per year for the Northland Arboretum was approved by the Brainerd City Council Monday.
Clubs, families, employees dedicated to CLC student scholarships
Students at Central Lakes College will receive financial aid to further their education at the community and technical college, thanks in part to more than $70,000 in scholarships and tax-deductible gifts that have resulted in endowments.
LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls School District will hold three community forums to gather feedback from residents on the district's strategic direction.
Baxter changing sewer, water fees for next year
BAXTER -- Several water and sewer fees will change in 2002.
Pinetree Patchworkers Quilt Guild members Ellie Knold (left), Cathy Peterson and Cathy Graham filled Christmas stockings with shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotions, toys, candy and gift certificates at Colorz for Quilts Monday.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981)-Edie DeRocher who started bowling in 1932 on a four-lane alley, was honored Friday by Women's League members at a Vilo Lanes Coffee Party for having participated in the sport 50 years.
Pequot teachers' pay hike OK'd
PEQUOT LAKES -- Teachers in the Pequot Lakes School District will be earning more in salary in the 2001-03 school years, but will be paying more in health insurance premiums.
WHEN WILL IT EVER SNOW AGAIN?
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
She helps spread the cheer At 87, Elna Deyo keeps Mississippi Terrace Apartments looking a lot like Christmas
The Night -- or two -- before Christmas as she has for the past 11 years, an anonymous woman sneaks through the halls of Mississippi Terrace Apartments in Brainerd to hang a colorful handmade Christmas ornament on each doorknob of every apartment.
Former CBIR bookkeeper indicted on embezzlement-related charges
MINNEAPOLIS -- A former bookkeeper at Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway was indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday on charges related to the embezzlement of more than $100,000 from the raceway.
Truck purchase by Baxter disputed
BAXTER -- The purchase of a new truck by the city was questioned by one Baxter City council member Tuesday, and possibly changed the way future vehicles are purchased.
Second phase of Willows housing project receives TIF approval from council in 6-1 vote
The second phase of the Willows housing project Monday received approval of tax-increment financing.
Olson objects to renaming Innes to board
The committee reappointment of Brainerd Parks and Recreation Board member Mark Innes was contested by council member Bob Olson Monday.
This was Brainerd
20 years ago (1981)-Brainerd's live outdoor community Christmas pageant approaches its final preparation stages with the selection of cast and committees. The pageant will be at the natural bowl setting at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Committee members for the Brainerd High School Hall of Fame hope that while families are gathered together here over the holidays they will give thought to possible candidates for the hall of fame.
Neither side satisfied with judge's decision overturning Abu-Jamal death sentence
PHILADELPHIA -- In a ruling that drew outcry from both sides, a judge overturned former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal's death sentence but failed to grant a new trial on charges he killed a Philadelphia police officer two decades ago.
Half of Americans treated for HIV have drug-resistant virus
CHICAGO (AP) -- A disturbing new study found that at least half of all Americans under care for HIV infection carry viruses that are resistant to some of the standard AIDS drugs.
Trade gap widens by biggest amount in eight years
WASHINGTON (AP) -- America's trade deficit, returning to more normal patterns after the disruptions caused by the terrorist attacks, soared to $29.4 billion in October, the biggest one-month jump in more than eight years.
St. Croix Falls mayor accused of illegally using city property
ST. CROIX FALLS, Wis. (AP) -- The mayor of St. Croix Falls has been accused of illegally using city property for personal use, including using deck material to build a deer hunting tree stand at his northern Wisconsin cabin.
Bad times waning?
NEW YORK (AP) -- A key gauge of U.S. economic activity rose for the second consecutive month in November, suggesting that the worst of the economic downturn is over, a private research firm said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush renewed his push Tuesday for agreement on an economic stimulus package, with moderate Democrats possibly holding the key to breaking a partisan stalemate.
Motorola's harsh restructuring leads to 9,400 more job cuts
CHICAGO (AP) -- Motorola Inc. is slashing its work force -- again -- in a move the company says will usher in a return to profitability after a lengthy losing streak.
New tax law increases opportunities to save for retirement
NEW YORK (AP) -- If you're among the many Americans worried that you haven't saved enough for retirement, take heart. The tax law passed by Congress earlier this year will let you greatly increase your retirement savings starting in January.
Holidays can be a rough time for seniors
Decorations are up and celebrations planned, but getting in
Internet revolutionizes the world of collecting
Like every collector, Larry Ashton has sweet memories of the times he found something for nothing.
Baby Boomer widows face new challenges
NEW YORK (AP) -- A week after celebrating her son's wedding, Polly Starnes was overwhelmed with grief when her husband died unexpectedly of a massive heart attack. Her pain was exacerbated by the financial decisions she faced.
THE HOLIDAY MOOD
There's no place like homeland for the holidays.
Collecting became widespread after World War II
(ATTN: National, Feature editors)
Don't put need to organize estate
NEW YORK (AP) -- Most Americans procrastinate when it comes to putting their estates in order and writing wills.
Anthrax investigation focusing on handful of labs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The anthrax investigation is focused on fewer than a dozen laboratories that have worked with the deadly bacteria, federal officials said, and investigators are working to identify the genetic fingerprints of anthrax held at each of them.
Oklahoma State player listens to coach's advice
Most college basketball players don't have to be told to shoot. Maurice Baker did, and it worked out well for Oklahoma State.
NFL once again faces issue of rowdy fans
The NFL, the Louisiana Superdome and the New Orleans Saints agree there is one way to handle fans pelting the football field with debris: Make sure they stop it!
'Tis the season to be rowdy
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- This time, the bottle throwing was over almost as quickly as it started.
After further review, it's still a bad idea
Just so there's no confusion, let's get something out of the way.
Rams brew up win over Saints
NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Saints couldn't keep pace with St. Louis on Monday, but, sadly, their fans are on the cutting edge of an unfortunate trend.
Florence B. Brastad
LITTLE FALLS -- Florence Barbara Brastad, 79, Little Falls, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2001, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
BACKUS -- Viola Marquardt, 77, Backus, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2001, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center in Pine River.
BIRCHDALE -- Laverne Thramer, 84, Birchdale, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001.
Irene C. LeDoux
LITTLE FALLS -- Irene Catherine LeDoux, 73, Little Falls, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001, at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
Casey William Kilibarda
MINNEAPOLIS -- Casey William Kilibarda, infant son of Nathan and Tina Kilibarda, Brainerd, was born and died Dec. 12, 2001, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
Carol C. Sherrard
GARRISON -- Carol C. Sherrard, 88, Garrison, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001, at Mille Lacs Health Care Center in Onamia.
Gordon R. Campbell
MESA, Ariz. -- Gordon Robert Campbell, 32, Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Brainerd, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2001.
Donald A. Masters
WALKER -- Donald A. Masters, 92, Walker, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2001, at Woodrest Nursing Home in Walker.
AITKIN -- Mary Roden, Aitkin, died today, Dec. 19, 2001, in the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Earle A. Black
STAPLES -- Earle A. Black, 83, Staples, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2001, at Staples Care Center.
Dump this present off the stimulus sleigh
This editorial appeared in Tuesday's Los Angeles Times:
Armey preferred policies to politics
WASHINGTON -- By nature, Dick Armey is much more of a policy advocate than a politician -- a longtime academic more at home with the supposed "laws" of economics than with the rough-edged, often sloppy compromises of the legislative world. But the House majority leader, who announced his retirement plans last week, chose in 1984 to leave the campus of University of North Texas, where he headed the economics department, to challenge an incumbent congressman and become a freshman legislator.
I bought this place July 1995. I've been busy trying to make our place more eye appealing. I've planted three rows of spruce and pine trees to serve as a buffer zone. Some of these trees are now over 6 feet
This year's extended spell of warm weather was nice for awhile. Those late fall chores were done without heavy winter jackets or boots. Sidewalks have been clear of ice and snow for some time. Weekend trips to the Twin Cities could be planned without constantly checking the Weather Channel.
A bright spot
There's no scarcity of bad economic news to dwell on but let's look at a few of the bright spots as we approach New Year's Day 2002.
Health care storm
This editorial appeared in Monday's Los Angeles Times:
Vox pop, voice of the people, publishes Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. To call
In a recent letter to the editor, a writer wrote to cast doubt on the veracity of the Bible. Several thoughts come to mind.
Everything a go for fishing extravaganza
Gull Lake remains mostly ice free, but organizers of the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza are confident the 12th annual event will take place.
Construction worker killed at Twin Cities airport
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A construction worker was killed at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Monday when a precast concrete wall section fell and crushed his vehicle, airport and safety officials said.
School to honor terrorist victim
HOPKINS (AP) -- The Blake School plans to name a stadium after former student Gordon Aamoth Jr., a 1988 graduate who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
State sues company over extended warranties
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The office of Attorney General Mike Hatch has sued a Seattle company, alleging it used high-pressure tactics to sell extended auto warranties for $1,000 or more and failed to give refunds when buyers canceled their contracts.
Cass board approves maximum levy increase allowed by state
WALKER -- Cass County Board Tuesday approved the maximum 12.5 percent levy increase the state allows the county to levy this year under state levy limits.
College leader dies at 53
CLOQUET (AP) -- Jack Briggs, president of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, died Sunday after a brief illness. He was 53.
Osseo's plan for four-day school week in trouble
OSSEO (AP) -- An Osseo School District plan to institute a four-day week is in jeopardy now that a school board member has changed her mind about the idea and a new board member opposes it.
Redirecting Metrodome funds could shore up Vikings in short-run
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Asked a year ago what he thought about the Minnesota Vikings' stadium pleas, Gov. Jesse Ventura mused that the state might be better off simply subsidizing the team instead.
Cass adding jail space
WALKER -- Cass County Board took the first step Tuesday toward building additional jail space.
Agriculture secretary puts $260 million toward renewable fuels
BLOOMINGTON (AP) -- The federal government will give more than $260 million to 24 states to boost bioenergy production and rural community development, Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman said Monday.
Leech Lake Reservation has plans for new trust property
WALKER -- The U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs has notified Cass County of the department's intent to grant Indian trust status to Leech Lake Reservation for three properties in Cass Lake.
Cass increasing inspection fees
WALKER -- The Cass County Board voted Tuesday to increase food, beverage and lodging inspection fees slightly in 2002.
Metrodome renovation plan viewed skeptically by commission
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings picked apart a proposal to remodel the Metrodome for them and University of Minnesota football team, telling a state stadium task force Tuesday that it would cost more and do less than proponents let on.
The puck doesn't stop here
Brainerd Warriors freshman forward Macala Campbell (28) battled with Kali Gravgaard of the Willmar Cardinals for the puck in their game Tuesday night.
Pequot Lakes girls coast past Aitkin
AITKIN -- The Pequot Lakes Patriots had three players score in double figures and posted a 59-33 triumph over the Aitkin Gobblers in non-conference girls' basketball Tuesday.
W-DC boys take 6-2 hockey triumph
WADENA -- Tyler Neu knocked in two goals and added an assists to lead the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines boys' hockey team past the Park Rapids Panthers 6-2 in Mid-State Conference action Tuesday.
Local sports shorts
Brainerd Warriors boys' hockey coach Ty Eigner will be the speaker at the Brainerd Sports Boosters Club meeting, which begins noon Thursday at the Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen.
C-I boys thump Greenway
GREENWAY -- Behind a strong second half, the Crosby-Ironton Rangers picked up their second win of the season as they defeated the Greenway Raiders 72-59 in boys' basketball Monday.
Wadena-Deer creek remains undefeated in area wrestling action
WADENA -- Peter Hayes improved his record to 15-0 and helped the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines wrestling team remain unbeaten by defeating the Menahga-Sebeka Braves 45-15 in non-conference action.
Baker gets to celebrate Miracle on Ice again
The Winter Olympics are two months away and that means it's time for Bill Baker to stride back into the national hockey spotlight.
Brainerd girls rally to victory
ALEXANDRIA -- The Brainerd Warriors came back from a seven-point deficit to defeat the Alexandria Cardinals 46-34 in Central Lakes Conference girls' basketball Tuesday.
Brainerd boosts swimming record
BEMIDJI -- The Brainerd Warriors boys' swimming and diving team improved to 2-0 overall with a 111-73 non-conference win over the Bemidji Lumberjacks Tuesday.
Pillager girls defeat LRCS
BAXTER -- The Pillager Huskies turned a close game at halftime into a 42-26 victory over the Lake Region Christian School Hornets in girls' basketball Monday night.
Warriors stop Willmar
Erin Holznagel wore a different number Tuesday, but continued to do what she does best.
Just leads Aitkin to win in area boys' basketball
SANDSTONE -- Thomas Just led the Aitkin Gobblers boys' basketball team to a 61-47 win over East Central Eagles in Great River Conference action Tuesday.
Don Cassidy, early promoter of the Twins, dies
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Don Cassidy, one of the first people hired by the Minnesota Twins when the franchise moved from Washington, D.C., to Minnesota, and a 31-year front-office employee of the organization, has died.
Mighty Ducks roll to 5-1 victory over Wild
Anaheim 1 1 3 -- 5
New charges face Haskins
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- More court documents filed by the University of Minnesota in its battle to recover $1.5 million from former basketball coach Clem Haskins allege that cheating in the men's basketball department began about seven years earlier then initially believed.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A jury on Tuesday acquitted two University of Minnesota football players of raping a woman at the team dormitory this summer.
Reserves power Mavericks
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Talk about a team effort.
Twins, baseball work on arguments
ST. PAUL (AP) -- In 10 days, the lease fight that rattled baseball's plan to cut two teams returns to a Minnesota courtroom.
Culpepper headed for surgery
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The starting time for Sunday's contest between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Minnesota Vikings was moved to noon central to give CBS time to broadcast a second regional game.
Vikings place Berger on injured reserve;
EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings have placed punter Mitch Berger on injured reserve with an injured knee and signed quarterback Romaro Miller to fill his spot on the roster.
Area teens chill at Breezy ice arena
BREEZY POINT -- Teen-agers in the Pequot Lakes area have a new way to spend their Friday nights -- Teen Night at the Breezy Point Ice Arena.
Common and not-so common sights of the season
There are many seasonal sights that one would expect to see the last week or two before Christmas. Signs in store windows declare holiday sales, and twinkling lights brighten up houses, as well as entire towns.
Bus to take Pequot kids to Ski Gull
PEQUOT LAKES -- Pequot Lakes Community Education will run a ski bus to Ski Gull during the holiday break, Dec. 26-29.
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Highs from around 35 southwest to 20 to 25 northeast.
Minnesota state forecast
today...Partly to mostly cloudy. A chance of light snow northeast with a few afternoo
Iowa state forecast
Today...Sunny northwest. Decreasing cloudiness southwest. Highs from the upper 20s northwest to the upper 30s southeast.
Iowa state forecast
Today...Partly cloudy. Light rain possible far northeast. Highs in the 40s to low 50s..
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Decreasing clouds west with light snow ending southwest. Partly to mostly cloudy east. A few sprinkles or flurries southeast. Highs in the mid 30s to mid 40s.
State forecast for north dakota
Today...Mostly sunny west. Partly cloudy east. Highs 30 to 35 west to 25 to 30 east.
State forecast for south dakota
Today...Partly to mostly sunny. Highs from the 30s east to the 40s west.
The Weather Elsewhere
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow showers or flurries north. A chance of light snow or rain in the morning southeast. Becoming partly to mostly sunny in the afternoon south. Highs from the upper 20s north to the mid 30s south.
Weather drawing by Ali Jay of Mrs. Smith's first grade class at St. Francis school.
We love America
Weather drawing by Luke Surma of Mrs. Brenny's third grade class at Baxter school.
The Weather Elsewhere
Wisconsin state forecast
Today...Increasing clouds north. A chance of afternoon sprinkles southwest. Highs from the mid 30s north to the mid 40s south.
Minnesota state forecast
today...A few flurries northeast. Sunny elsewhere. Highs from 20 north to 30 south. Tonight...Mostly clear. Lows from 5 above north to 15 south.
New vaccine showing promise in preventing urinary tract infections
CHICAGO (AP) -- A new vaccine shows promise in warding off recurring urinary tract infections in women who are plagued by several episodes a year.
Medical first: A medicine that speeds recovery from common cold
CHICAGO -- Scientists have developed the first medicine proven to reduce the length and severity of the common cold.
Names and faces
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Now we know that Tom Green and Drew Barrymore really were husband and wife: They're getting a divorce after less than six months of marriage.
New York prison inmates serving as Santa's helpers
AUBURN, N.Y. (AP) -- In Christmas lore, Santa's helpers are virtuous elves who live in a castle at the North Pole and make gifts in a bustling workshop.
Genetically engineered drug may help hay fever
CHICAGO -- Injections of an experimental, genetically engineered drug may significantly reduce hay fever symptoms, research suggests.
Names and faces
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A Saudi princess was charged with beating her maid and pushing her down a flight of stairs.
Roommate's expensive gifts to girl make her boyfriend look cheap
DEAR ABBY: I am 18 years old and a freshman in college. I have been dating my girlfriend "Holly" for about eight months.
Dumped dog beats odds to find its way home
DEAR ABBY: You printed a letter concerning the cruelty of abandoning pets. The following is a true story of what can happen:
Dear Heloise: I have an idea for your readers.
Haitian police recapture presidential mansion after coup attempt
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Haiti's beleaguered government staved off an apparent coup attempt, with police recapturing the presidential mansion from armed men in a day of violence that killed at least seven people.
Seven killed when captured al-Qaida fighters make escape attempt in Pakistan
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Dozens of fighters loyal to Osama bin Laden who were arrested as they crossed the border from Afghanistan rose up against their Pakistani guards Wednesday, seized weapons and tried to escape. Four al-Qaida fighters and three police were killed, Pakistani officials said.
Rumsfeld says remaining military task in Afghanistan will be 'tough, dirty, hard work'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Finding and dealing with Osama bin Laden and his top lieutenants will take "tough, dirty, hard work," even with recent battlefield successes against the al-Qaida and Taliban forces, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Tuesday.
Marines raise Trade Center memorial flag over Kandahar airport
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- U.S. Marines on Monday raised a giant flag scrawled with the names of 23 New York City policemen killed in the Sept. 11 terror attacks, along with messages of vengeance and anguish, over their base Tuesday at Kandahar airport.
Worst of fighting over, but search goes on
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) -- Tribal Afghan fighters withdrew artillery and heavy weapons Tuesday from the mountain stronghold of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network in eastern Afghanistan, signaling the worst of the fighting was over.
India's prime minister says war is under discussion after terrorist attack on Parliament
NEW DELHI, India -- India's prime minister said on Wednesday that the government is discussing war, as well as diplomacy, as a response to last week's suicide attack on Parliament that it blames on Pakistan-based militants.
After call for calm, Arafat faces criticism at home and abroad
JERUSALEM (AP) -- After calling for an end to Palestinian attacks, Yasser Arafat found himself under criticism Tuesday from both Palestinian militants at home and some quarters of the Arab press abroad.
Prisoners at U.S. Afghan base include Taliban, al-Qaida
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Fifteen prisoners brought in darkness to a makeshift detention facility at a U.S. Marine base in Afghanistan are mostly young Taliban and al-Qaida fighters, and do not include any of the most wanted fugitives sought by the United States, an FBI agent said Wednesday.
Unrest erupts in Argentina as economic crisis feeds growing hunger
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Police stormed a city hall in western Argentina Wednesday where rioting workers had trashed their offices, smashing and overturning furniture. The frenzy was the latest as anger over a deep economic crisis boiled over around the country.
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