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Lawrence commuter report
October 26, 2003
The following events and construction projects may affect commuter traffic in the region this week
Thousands rally against Iraq war
October 26, 2003
To chants of “Impeach Bush,” thousands of anti-war demonstrators rallied in the nation’s capital Saturday and delivered a scathing critique of President Bush and his Iraq policy.
Taos tempts travelers with bounty of beauty
Small city offers art, culture and the great outdoors
October 26, 2003
From the art scene to the dramatic Rio Grande Gorge to towering mountain forests and earthy Indian homesteads, Taos is a traveler’s dream.
Stepping out in style
Canes transform into fashionable accessories
October 26, 2003
When Peggy Chisholm’s mother, a fashion-conscious senior citizen, developed mobility problems and needed a cane, Chisholm and her siblings searched for something more stylish than the basic options available in local medical-supply stores. They came up empty-handed.
Risk of alcohol abuse outweighs health benefits
October 26, 2003
Alcohol consumption gets mixed reviews. Some say that it is good for health; others that you should not drink. Here are a few facts that will perhaps clear some confusion.
Dramas breathe life into dying
October 26, 2003
Dean Anderson died peacefully at home in July. Before the 60-year-old succumbed to cancer, his son and daughter-in-law shared a precious secret with him: the name of his unborn granddaughter, who shares the initials of his given name, Marlin Dean Anderson.
What are you reading?
October 26, 2003
Briefly
October 26, 2003
¢ Rockets hit hotel where Americans are based ¢ Former Taliban official freed and at home in southern city ¢ Twin earthquakes hit China; at least four dead, 25 injured ¢ Report: Ferry employees ignored safety suggestions
Trapped by a dream come true
Motherhood can turn nightmarish for some, and a task force reaches out to help
October 26, 2003
If she could move from one seat to another, Cindy Conant was having a good day. Most of the time she would just sit in one spot, cradling what was supposed to be a bundle of joy.
Mother Nature mum on winter forecast
Climatologists not sure how severe season will be
October 26, 2003
If Mother Nature played to form overnight, Lawrence residents woke up early today to something they haven’t seen all fall: a glaze of frost across their lawns. That’s a far cry from last week when temperatures flirted with the 90-degree mark. But it is a sign that winter is around the corner.
Lawrence seniors to pinch pennies
October 26, 2003
Lawrence’s Social Security recipients are figuring out how to make ends meet with a 2.1 percent cost-of-living increase in 2004.
City has designs on new look
Changes considered for ordinances governing strip malls
October 26, 2003
The quick oil-change place built in Olathe a few years back doesn’t look like your typical Jiffy Lube. Because the Johnson County city has design guidelines governing the look of every residential, commercial and industrial building constructed, Jiffy Lube had to come up with something different than the trademark red-and-white garage it usually builds.
From North Korea, a change in attitude
Pyongyang agrees to consider U.S. offer on nuclear program
October 26, 2003
In its first concession after months of hostility, North Korea on Saturday signaled it would consider President Bush’s offer of written security assurances in return for the dismantling of its nuclear program.
ESPN analyst: Defense key for KU hoops
October 26, 2003
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self wore a microphone at two-a-day practices Friday so his comments could be taped for an upcoming segment of “College Game Night.” ESPN analyst Jay Bilas, who watched the workouts at Allen Fieldhouse, cited Self’s words as wisdom.
Architecture can infuse workplace with dignity
October 26, 2003
The word “koyaanisqatsi” comes from the Hopi language. It means “life out of balance” — a crazy life, one that calls for another way of living.
Briefly
October 26, 2003
¢ Three children killed in early-morning blaze ¢ Four people killed in bar; suspect shoots self ¢ Review of fatal fire reveals confusion ¢ Survey: GOP leading in governor’s races
Beckett best when it counts most
October 26, 2003
Josh Beckett ran off the mound, picked up the last ball and applied the final tag, the one that finished off the big, bad Yankees.
Briefly
October 26, 2003
¢ Pastor killed in town known for violence ¢ Police shooting prompts rioting in Montego Bay ¢ U.S. Embassy urges vigilance for Ramadan ¢ King swears in 21-member Cabinet
Party pinatas pose threat second only to Iraqi weapons
October 26, 2003
Iraqi weapons of mass destruction: Were they a real threat? Did they, in fact, exist? If so, will they ever be found? Beats me. Now that I’ve cleared that up, I’d like to devote what little space I have left to the issue of pinata safety.
Coordinated effort
The participation of private foundations in the health care of Kansans now will extend to a new state health office.
October 26, 2003
A new state health care office being created by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is an interesting partnership between government and nonprofit foundations in the state.
Tilling, mulch good methods to fight weeds
October 26, 2003
Henbit and chickweed are two weeds most of us do not think about until we see them blooming in spring. Chances are, however, that both of these are growing in your yard, garden or flower bed right now. Considered self-seeding winter annual weeds, the seeds from last spring’s flowers already have germinated and are starting to grow.
News shows
October 26, 2003
Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows
Helicopter downed in Iraq
Three die when U.S. troops reportedly fire on civilians
October 26, 2003
Guerrillas fired small arms and rocket-propelled grenades at a U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter after it came down Saturday in a field near Tikrit, wounding one soldier and causing the craft to explode in flames and spew a column of black smoke.
Newman heading in right direction
After slow start this season, NASCAR driver has found consistency in last 17 races
October 26, 2003
Ryan Newman refuses to dwell on all the things that could have gone differently this season.
Airport security breaches may be a public service
October 26, 2003
I understand the need to prosecute Nathaniel Heatwole. After all, the 20-year-old college student from Damascus, Md., reportedly admits that earlier this year, he sneaked box cutters and other banned items aboard aircraft at the Raleigh-Durham and Baltimore-Washington airports. He’s even said to have e-mailed security officials, telling them where the items could be found and providing contact information.
No pain, no gain’ mantra won’t work with yoga
October 26, 2003
At a time when yoga is going mainstream, health experts say, anecdotally, the number of people being injured in classes is rising at an alarming rate.
One man’s ‘View from the Heartland’
KC journalist’s book reveals joy in the mundane
October 26, 2003
For decades in small towns across Kansas, teenagers have lamented their geographic disadvantages. “There’s nothing to do here,” they say. “This is nothing but a hick town.” (Audio clip)
City briefs
October 26, 2003
¢ Area groups benefit on Make a Difference Day ¢ District plans to sell surplus equipment ¢ Dance to raise funds for senior programs
Chartering a new course
Sustaining charter schools a challenge in Kansas
October 26, 2003
Fifth-grader Kelsey Reynolds said she thought best at school while relaxing on a floor pillow munching Chex mix. “Some kids learn better chewing on something,” she said. “That’s why we have a refrigerator and a microwave.” Kelsey and other students at Delia Charter School are free to pursue their particular, even peculiar, learning methods in the new school northwest of Topeka.
Bowling Green deals N. Illinois first loss
October 26, 2003
So much for Northern Illinois busting up the Bowl Championship Series.
Now what for Kansas at QB?
October 26, 2003
Bill Whittemore won’t be Kansas University’s starting quarterback Saturday at Texas A&M. Who will be taking the snaps is uncertain.
Pet post
October 26, 2003
Horoscopes
October 26, 2003
Wildcats overcome slow start
October 26, 2003
Last week against Colorado, Kansas State’s football team bounced back from a three-game losing streak for a 49-20 victory.
The Motley Fool
October 26, 2003
¢ This week’s question ¢ Dilution
People
October 26, 2003
¢ Ray Charles returns to roots ¢ Kid Rock, zoning code rebel ¢ Ryan downplays ‘adorable’ image ¢ Recovery he can relate to
Bookstore
October 26, 2003
Book notes
October 26, 2003
¢ Oread Books continues Local Authors Series ¢ Halloween books offer ghosts, goblins and goofy costumes
Sensible stand
October 26, 2003
Best of the best turn out for photography workshop
October 26, 2003
If a photo is truly worth a thousand words, than the Eddie Adams Workshop is the Tolstoy of workshops.
Poet’s showcase: Dad Speech Number Nine
October 26, 2003
Marie N. Simons
October 26, 2003
Readers shares history on KU co-ops
October 26, 2003
U.N. stamps dedicated to national parks
October 26, 2003
Every country has its share of beautiful national parks recognized for their unique scenery. To help conserve these sites, the United Nations declared that such locations be preserved and protected.
Not a traitor
October 26, 2003
Business welcome
October 26, 2003
Calendar
October 26, 2003
Douglas County Senior Services, 745 Vt., offers activities during the week for residents age 55 and older. Future seniors are allowed to participate if space allows. Call Senior Services at 842-0543 for more information.
Karaoke kings
In smoky bars packed with strangers, everyday Joes search for all the right notes during three minutes of fame
October 26, 2003
Doug Bowen’s 15 minutes of fame keep on ticking. Since winning a karaoke contest after singing “Super Freak,” the 75-year-old retired construction worker has been a regular on the karaoke circuit in and around Lawrence. A couple of weeks ago, he made the rounds, singing at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand in Overland Park and Lawrence’s Molly McGee’s and Set ‘Em Up Jacks.
An American Indian without reservations
Author Sherman Alexie to bring frank style to humanities lecture series
October 26, 2003
Sherman Alexie’s critics charge him with portraying the worst of American Indian culture. Readers who misunderstand him ask him why he hates white people.
Scrap Arts Music salvages for the sake of song
October 26, 2003
The upcoming performance by Scrap Arts Music at the Lied Center comes with a warning: If you bring your children, they may start begging you for a drum set.
More treats on the menu than tricks
Halloween activities for all ages abound in Lawrence area
October 26, 2003
Looking for something to break that Halloween monotony? If so, Lawrence may have something to offer. Many local businesses and organizations have come up with activities to delight and fright tricksters of any age.
Arts notes
October 26, 2003
¢ E.M.U. Theater to stage ‘Haunted’ reading ¢ Japanese drummers pound out ancient beats ¢ Halloween concert features student music ¢ Local artist featured in two exhibitions ¢ Texas musicians to visit Kansas University ¢ Gospel choir to perform campus concert ¢ Retired piano faculty to offer private lessons ¢ Clarinetist to perform lunch-time show ¢ Posts shift in music, dance department ¢ WomenSpeak lecture announces next speaker ¢ Art gallery announces new season ¢ Award-winning guitarist to play recital ¢ Bass quartet to perform ¢ Acclaimed pianist en route to JCCC ¢ Smithsonian Institution exhibit to tour Kansas ¢ AIDS Project looking for young artists
Walking dogs lucrative job
October 26, 2003
Dog walkers can walk away with a lot of money.
Animals have spiritual link
October 26, 2003
If you are looking for an unlikely spiritual mentor, skip the seminaries, mosques and temples and go straight for the animal kingdom.
Demand for Halloween collectibles increases
October 26, 2003
Halloween is an American holiday that was probably inspired by European agricultural holidays. It started in the United States in the early 1900s and was an adult celebration. It was not until the 1920s that it became a children’s holiday. It is second in popularity only to Christmas among collectors of holiday memorabilia.
Creative collectibles
October 26, 2003
Visitors to the Schmeidlers’ place in rural Johnson County tend to overstay their welcome. But that’s OK with the owners — Ed and Bonnie — because it takes a lot of time to see everything in their “creatively cluttered” country home and gardens.
Vinyl fencing sales growing
October 26, 2003
Most homeowners don’t hide their feelings when it comes to maintaining a wood fence.
Former Galena city official guilty in obstruction case
October 26, 2003
Former Galena City Commissioner Clarence T. Brandenburg was found guilty of destroying evidence during a government investigation into his company, then lying about it to a grand jury.
Roberts asserts WMD program existed in Iraq
October 26, 2003
Although he defended the war in Iraq, U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Pat Roberts said Saturday he was not sure Congress would have authorized force based on the evidence it now has about Saddam Hussein’s efforts to obtain weapons of mass destruction.
Privacy fears linger about Patriot Act
U.S. attorney tells audience of laws’ benefits
October 26, 2003
A panel discussion Saturday at Kansas University on the U.S. Patriot Act easily could have been subtitled “The Great Divide.” On one side was the chief enforcer of federal laws in Kansas who said the act was an effective tool in the federal arsenal to battle terrorists bent on destroying the United States.
Decorated pumpkin helps boyfriend pop question
October 26, 2003
Julie Cortes had no idea how long it would take to find the perfect pumpkin Saturday at Schaake’s Pumpkin Patch east of Lawrence.
Johnny Cash’s stepdaughter found dead
October 26, 2003
The daughter of late country music singer June Carter Cash was found dead in a parked bus along with a Nashville bluegrass fiddle player, authorities said.
Corel services
October 26, 2003
Michael Lee Mooberry
October 26, 2003
Fire rips though homes, forcing mass evacuations
October 26, 2003
A wildfire leaped through dense housing tracts in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains on Saturday, destroying more than 50 homes, threatening hundreds of others and forcing thousands of people to flee.
Episcopal priest sues to protect property in schism
October 26, 2003
A liberal Episcopal priest has filed a lawsuit seeking to prevent conservative parishes from taking church property if they split from the national church over a gay bishop’s appointment.
Roadside smog sensors approved in California
Cars with high emissions would be photographed
October 26, 2003
A new proposal to clean Southern California’s air would bring new technology to the war on smog, using roadside sensors to measure pollutants spewing from tailpipes as vehicles accelerate.
U.S. troops receive Ramadan training
Military hopes to avoid cultural misunderstandings
October 26, 2003
No eating, drinking or smoking in public: That word is going out to American soldiers in Iraq as Muslims prepare to observe the holy month of fasting, Ramadan.
Bush again pushes upbeat message on future of Iraq
October 26, 2003
For the fourth week in a row, President Bush devoted his weekly radio address to Iraq, saying Saturday that billions in new aid from other countries will provide momentum for rebuilding the nation.
33 miners rescued after two days trapped
Fate of 13 other workers remains unknown
October 26, 2003
While anxious and weeping relatives waited behind police cordons, rescuers brought to the surface 33 exhausted coal miners who had spent nearly two days trapped deep underground at a southern Russian mine.
Study pans diets for toddlers in U.S.
October 26, 2003
Even before their second birthday, many American children are developing the same bad eating habits that plague the nation’s adults — too much fat, sugar and salt and too few fruits and vegetables.
On the record
October 26, 2003
Board to consider half-cent sales tax increase for schools
October 26, 2003
Prior to the board’s regular meeting, members will meet at 4:30 p.m. with a contingent of “stakeholders” about possible development of a sales tax for public education. Focus of the meeting at district headquarters will be consideration of options for either a half-cent increase in the Lawrence or Douglas County sales tax.
Area briefs
October 26, 2003
¢ KSU students to protest increases in tuition ¢ Fair discusses jobs in federal government ¢ Extension to honor retiring employee
Fraud probe targets richest tycoon in Russia
October 26, 2003
Black-uniformed special forces swept onto the airplane of Russia’s wealthiest man Saturday and forced him back to Moscow, where he was ordered jailed on criminal charges — a dramatic escalation of the politically charged investigation into Russia’s largest oil company.
Military retires Tomcat to museum
October 26, 2003
The two Navy officers climbed out of the F-14 Tomcat they had just landed at Forbes Field, talked to some spectators and then paused to do something unusual to the jet. They autographed it.
Cecil Earl Miller
October 26, 2003
Titanium spork sparks campfire conversations
Extraneous item makes ‘perfect gift’
October 26, 2003
I love my titanium spork.
Dreaded rusty crayfish fails to slip past Missouri angler
October 26, 2003
Thanks to a vigilant fisherman, the Missouri Department of Conservation received a heads-up on the unwanted rusty crayfish.
Singh tied for Funai Classic lead
Verplank, Cink, Rollins share top spot; Woods six back
October 26, 2003
Vijay Singh is on a roll that might take him all the way to his first PGA Tour money title. Singh made three straight birdies to start the back nine and holed a 25-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole Saturday for a 3-under 69 that left him in a four-way tie for the lead in the Funai Classic at Disney.
Sooners survive
OU pulls away late against Colorado
October 26, 2003
Clinging to a seven-point lead with two minutes remaining, Oklahoma had one more big play in its arsenal. Jason White threw a 59-yard touchdown pass to Mark Clayton with 1:59 left, and top-ranked Oklahoma survived a scare to beat Colorado, 34-20, Saturday night.
Tigers trample Red Raiders
Missouri’s Smith outshines Tech’s Symons, rushing for 291 yards, MU-record five TDs
October 26, 2003
Brad Smith outplayed the nation’s leading quarterback. Smith ran for 291 yards, only 17 shy of the NCAA record for a quarterback, and a school-record five touchdowns as the Tigers left Texas Tech’s top-ranked offense in the dust in a 62-31 victory Saturday.
Lindenwood bounces Baker
October 26, 2003
Hoping for its third straight win, Baker University came up empty against a one-win team.
Jayhawk briefs
October 26, 2003
¢ KU men’s golf third at Nelson ¢ KU tennis tandem falls in semifinals
Notebook
October 26, 2003
How they scored
October 26, 2003
Social Security increase draws ire
Retirees say 2.1 percent raise not enough for cost of living
October 26, 2003
For seniors like Harry Thaw, the planned 2.1 percent increase in Social Security benefits next year holds little promise of making life much easier. Thaw, 78, a retired handyman, stops almost daily at the city-subsidized Encore Senior Center in midtown Manhattan, N.Y., for the hot lunch, which costs $1.
Missouri firms build ‘party on wheels’
Companies say stretched Hummer H2 ‘hot’ item
October 26, 2003
The Hummer H2 — the hulking, luxurious version of the military’s workhorse Humvee — is enough to garner long, lusty stares on its own.
Aesthetics drive consumer desires
October 26, 2003
Creative thinkers do not merely answer questions that interest others, they answer questions that others have not realized are interesting, or even are questions. For example: Starbucks’ coffee is not that much better than everyone else’s coffee, so what is Starbucks really selling?
Israel blows up Gaza buildings
Sites used to plan for attack on Jewish settlement, military says
October 26, 2003
Israeli forces retaliated early today for a deadly attack by militants on a nearby Jewish settlement, blowing up three large, empty buildings in Gaza after evacuating 2,000 Palestinians from their homes.
Ottawa U. football routs Friends, 55-0
October 26, 2003
The Ottawa University football squad jumped to a 41-0 halftime lead before routing Friends, 55-0, Saturday. Junior running back Derrick Ward rushed for 189 yards and four touchdowns for the Braves (6-1). Sophomore DeDe Dorsey, senior Brandon Fischer, junior Joshua Short and junior Darren Wagoner each added touchdowns for Ottawa, which racked up 409 yards of total offense.
Bills stand between Chiefs, 8-0 start
October 26, 2003
Dick Vermeil and Gregg Williams both are in the final year of three-year contracts. Their teams have been up and down all season, playing well at times and looking quite ordinary at others. So much for everything they have in common.
Marlins win! Marlins win!
October 26, 2003
Champagne-soaked and still looking to celebrate, several Florida Marlins headed to Monument Park to snap souvenir pictures and rub Babe Ruth’s bronze head. When they get back home, they might want to build their own shrine — to Josh Beckett.
No more Whittemore
KU loses leader; K-State rolls to 11th straight win
October 26, 2003
With Bill Whittemore, Kansas University’s football team might have stood a chance against Kansas State. Without him, the Jayhawks had none. Whittemore — the nation’s second-ranked quarterback and the Jayhawks’ offensive sparkplug and emotional leader — suffered what appeared to be a collarbone injury in the final minute of the first quarter, and the Jayhawks suffered their 11th straight loss to their in-state rivals, 42-6, Saturday at KSU Stadium.
Woodling: Jayhawks not same without top QB
October 26, 2003
When Glen Mason was Kansas University’s football coach, he groused that quarterbacks received too much of the credit and took too much of the blame. Maybe, but in 2003, KU football without Bill Whittemore is like Sonny without Cher, Garfunkel without Simon, Siegfried without Roy and Santa without Rudolph.
FSHS boys, LHS girls headed to state
Firebird boys second, Lion girls third; Valencia, Swartz also in
October 26, 2003
Free State High cross country coach Steve Heffernan saw the depth of his boys team all season. It was pretty obvious to everyone else Saturday.
City squads fizzle
October 26, 2003
Free State High got quiet too soon. That was the problem. The Firebirds were ousted Saturday from the Class 6A regional volleyball tournament by Olathe South, 25-18, 26-28, 12-15, because they clammed up.
Drought left many ponds dry
State-sponsored FISH program can help in restocking
October 26, 2003
With summer drought in parts of Kansas, many farm ponds either went completely dry or were extremely low. Recent rains have helped the situation in some locations, and many pond owners are now thinking about restocking.
Ballots to decide Maine casino, stress-free Denver
October 26, 2003
Maine could get its first casino after the costliest referendum campaign in state history. San Franciscans could mandate a “living wage” of $8.50 an hour for local workers. And the mellow of the world could take heart if Denver voters endorse a call for citywide stress reduction.
Colombian rebel violence mars referendum
October 26, 2003
Guerrillas attacked an army base, ambushed police and launched other attacks Saturday across Colombia, killing 10 people, as Colombians voted in a referendum seen as a test of President Alvaro Uribe’s support.
Liberian war is over — but rebels still armed
October 26, 2003
Machine guns. Rocket launchers. Mortars by the crate. An hour’s drive from the country’s newly peaceful capital, Liberia’s rebels remain locked, loaded and battle-ready at their headquarters in the bush.
Ramadan fasting to begin for Muslims worldwide
October 26, 2003
Ramadan, to the outsider, would appear to be a time of rigor and discomfort. It’s true the ninth month of the Muslim lunar calendar requires followers of Islam to fast from before dawn until sunset, pray six times a day instead of the usual five, and withdraw from the sensual pleasures of the world.
Circus showcases black performers
UniverSoul marks 10 years in big top
October 26, 2003
There are no ringmasters with tight white pants and smart red jackets at the UniverSoul Circus.
Marie N. Simons dies at 97
October 26, 2003
Marie N. Simons, 97, died Saturday, Oct. 25, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital after a short illness. She recently had resided at Presbyterian Manor Woods after moving back to Lawrence in 2001 from her home in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Losing freedom — one choice at a time
October 26, 2003
This is a tale of two signatures, each bearing the Bush penmanship. It’s a tale of two bills that allow legislatures to trump a family, a doctor, a patient, a court. And it’s a tale of what it means, when push comes to shove, to lose the right to make complicated decisions about life and death.
Dog’s dry nose causes concern
October 26, 2003
I have an unusual problem with my dog, Mattie, a 3-year-old cocker spaniel, and I’m wondering if you’ve heard of anything like this. My dog seems to have a very dry nose. It is wet on the front of his nose, but on the top it is very dry to the point of almost flaky. She is otherwise normal, and there is nothing wrong with her skin. Is there anything I can do and or is it something serious?
Black cats warned to stay inside
October 26, 2003
With Halloween upon us, let’s discuss our pets and ways to keep them healthy and well. Our furry felines are the topic of our first discussion. As much as I hate to admit it, there are still some people that dabble in the occult. The black cat is a symbol of Halloween and can be singled out for cruel mischief. Please keep your black cat indoors on the eve of Halloween and Halloween night, even it means boarding them at your local veterinarian.
KSU breaks ground for biosecurity research center
October 26, 2003
A new research center at Kansas State University will strengthen the nation’s defenses against accidental or intentional threats to the food supply, Sen. Pat Roberts and other officials said at a groundbreaking ceremony.
California recall offers SEC lesson
October 26, 2003
Note to the Securities and Exchange Commission: Democracy isn’t such a dangerous thing — just look at what happened in California.
Faces and places
October 26, 2003
John L. Krehbiel Sr.
October 26, 2003
Civic leader recalled as gracious, elegant
Wife of former Journal-World publisher remembered by host of friends
October 26, 2003
Superlatives flowed easily as friends and acquaintances of Marie N. Simons, who died Saturday discussed her impact on the community and their lives.
Few candidates served in Vietnam
Kerry, Clark only Democrats who saw combat
October 26, 2003
Democrats Wesley Clark and John Kerry are basing their presidential campaigns largely on military service that includes combat in Vietnam — a distinctive qualification in a race full of candidates who came of age during the war but did not fight.
Yankees knocked out on their home turf
October 26, 2003
This wasn’t how it was supposed to end. Not with the pesky Florida Marlins celebrating on the hallowed field at Yankee Stadium.
Briefly
October 26, 2003
¢ Magazine reader survey rates top travel cities ¢ Book outlines best of Lewis & Clark sites ¢ Smithsonian journeys cover the gamut
Briefly
October 26, 2003
¢ Grandmother upgrades town’s only library ¢ Insurance companies planning for longer lives