askMartha: Useful oilcloth projects for color around home
A century ago, oilcloth was a staple in middle-class kitchens. This durable, easy-to-clean and inexpensive fabric was a boon for homemakers, who used it to make tablecloths, drawer-liners, and coverings for just about any surface that needed protection and a bit of color.

Grasses Wild
For centuries, native plants have flourished in the fields and woodlands of America. But they're just now being welcomed back to the front and back yards of homes built where they once grew, and where their combination of toughness, beauty and adaptability make them a perfect fit.

Inspect flue liner before each heating season
Question: We own a home in the Northeast and use about 2,000 gallons of heating oil per year. How often should we have our flue cleaned and why?

Home plan of the week
Artificial light will rarely be necessary during daylight hours in the Scandinavian-style Cascade. This modified A-frame vacation home boasts a grand total of 16 skylights and is rich in windows as well.

Dear Abby: Future father-in-law is flirting with danger
DEAR ABBY: My fiance, "Eduardo," and I have been a couple for nearly four years. We plan to marry in 2004.

Today in history
Today is Thursday, Aug. 29, the 241st day of 2002. There are 124 days left in the year.

YESTERDAYS
Work has been started on a tabernacle for the Landmark Baptist Church at the corner of Davis and Duncan streets. The membership of the local church is small. Services are held every fourth Sunday. Sunday school is held each week. R.L. Douglass of Springfield is pastor of the organization.

Dear Abby: Woman's emotional scars heal when love walks into her life
DEAR ABBY: I grew up as the abused child of a woman who lived on Valium but condemned my father for drinking. When she got mad at him, I was beaten. When someone else messed up, I was beaten. I spent my life being told how worthless I was, and wishing I were dead. I became a heavy drinker and experimented with drugs to block out my pain. The problem was, when I sobered up, the pain was still there.

Students receive CARTI scholarships
Conway cancer survivors Blake Benton and Adam Brown and Greenbrier cancer survivor Daniel Bradley are three out of 22 Arkansas students selected to receive Dennis Jungmeyer Scholarships valued at $2,500 each from the CARTI Foundation.

'Legacies' series in LR to feature talk by UCA professor
"Legacies and Lunch," the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies' monthly luncheon series, will present "Who Killed John Clayton?: Fraud, Murder, and the Rise of Jim Crow," at noon Wednesday, Sept. 4, at the Main Library in Little Rock.

Hendrix to host academic ethicist
A nationally recognized expert on academic ethics will speak at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Hendrix College.

Education Briefs
ROBIN ALLISON COMPLETES N.C. GOVERNOR'S SCHOOL -- Robin Allison, great-granddaughter of the late Andrew and Julia

UACCM hosts 48 at Kids College
University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton held a Kids College for 48 children this summer.

Hendrix welcomes new faculty
Eight new tenure-track faculty members will join Hendrix College for the 2002-2003 academic year.

Self-hypnosis demonstration scheduled at UCA Honors College
Dr. David Skotko will present demonstrate a self-hypnosis relaxation technique at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, in the Honors College Forum at the University of Central Arkansas.

Education page items accepted
News releases about school-related events, activities and happenings are accepted for publication. The items are published on a first-come, first-served basis.

UACCM offers course in Christianity
The Office of Community Education at University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton is offering a 30-week course, "Christian Believer -- Knowing God with Heart and Mind," beginning Monday, Sept. 9.

Study: Vitamins help arteries of angioplasty patients
CHICAGO (AP) -- A six-month regimen of folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6 can help prevent reoccurrence of blocked arteries in patients who have undergone coronary angioplasty, a study found.

No confidence in our leaders
More of the exquisite pleasures of living in Faulkner County:

Praise offered to firefighter
Many thanks to fireman Ted Putnam at the Westin Fire Station for his assistance in helping my son with a requirement he needed for a Boy Scout badge. With Mr. Putnam's advice, my son felt confident about raising, lowering and folding the flag.

Letters: Robert Mack was fine man
To say I was upset after reading two articles in your paper regarding Robert Mack is an understatement. I was furious. The way your

Translating Jesus' name
I am often asked why I use Yahweh and Yahsuah instead of God and Jesus. I'll explain. Webster's Dictionary: "Translation: To transfer

Too many signs on utility poles
Several weeks past, a rather lengthy article in your paper explained the ordinance and safety issues of posting garage sale signs on utility poles. I found it rather interesting that the following weekend there were twice as many posted as before all over the city.

Grandparents Day celebration planned Sept. 8 in Conway
AARP Arkansas will host a "Celebration of Grandparents Day" from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Simon Park. The public is invited.

'Building Bridges' campaign St. Joseph church has early success in debt-retirement efforts
"Building bridges" may be a metaphor, yet for St. Joseph Catholic Church parishioners it is a means to focus on the future.

HAVEN presents fashion show
Help for Abuse Victims in Emergency Need presented a fashion show Aug. 18 at Centennial Valley Country Club.

FireRuns
The Conway Fire Department recently responded to the following calls:

Reception set for Salvation Army director
A reception to welcome Sgt. Lewis "Jack" Kiper to Conway as the new director of the Salvation Army will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

9/11Events
The following events commemorating the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks have been submitted to the Log Cabin Democrat. If you or your group has an event you would like included on this list, please e-mail editorial@thecabin.net, or call 505-1233 or 505-1234.

Cancer support group sets meetings
"Share Our Strength," the

Sheriff'sOffice
Among the incidents reported by the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office and Detention Center recently was the following:

Mount Vernon council approves annexing two sections of land
The Mount Vernon City Council approved a resolution to annex two additional sections of land, by election, at a special council meeting Monday night.

ConwayPolice
Among the incidents reported recently by the Conway Police Department were the following:

FireRuns
The Conway Fire Department recently responded to the following calls:

YESTERDAYS
The annual camp for club women was held on Petit Jean mountain at the state YMCA camp, under the supervision of Mrs. C.D. Turner,

Delinquent property certified in Faulkner
Faulkner County certified 297 tax delinquent parcels to the state of Arkansas for tax year 1999, according to Commissioner of State Lands Charlie Daniels.

Police, sheriff hope hotlines help law catch litterbugs
Litterers beware! The long arm of the constabulary, backed by an enraged citizenry, is reaching out to nab litter bugs.

Entertainment set Thursday at Fridayz Poets
Rodney Block and the Young Lions smooth jazz quartet will appear Thursday at Fridayz Poets Cafe.

Stephens protester found guilty
The New York man charged with breaking into the Conway office of Stephens Inc. during an animal-rights protest earlier this year has been found guilty of three misdemeanor offenses and sentenced to 45 days in jail.

Junior Cotillion names advisory board members, sets dates for dances
The 2002-2003 advisory board has been announced for the National League of Junior Cotillion, Faulkner County Chapter.

Order in the court
Signs on the doors to the courtrooms in Faulkner County warn against bringing any weapons in, but apparently not everyone heeds the warning.

Conway Corp. approves giving $105,000 to Central Baptist
The Conway Corp. Board of Directors approved a $105,000 contribution to Central Baptist College to renovate the campus' Cooper Complex and dormitories during its monthly meeting Tuesday.

Vilonia man killed in wreck
A Vilonia man was killed and a Conway man was injured Monday night in a one-vehicle accident in Conway County.

Senate candidates support action against Iraq
The candidates for Senate agreed Tuesday that the United States should invade Iraq but differed on welfare reform and whether to increase the minimum wage.

Aldermen give approval for Elsinger rezoning Nearby residents express concerns about buffer from proposed commercial development
The Conway City Council finalized the rezoning of the Elsinger property on Oak Street on Tuesday, although there was some

Stocks fall on profit-taking
NEW YORK (AP) -- A hodgepodge of bad news on Wall Street prompted investors to collect profits again Wednesday, sending prices sharply lower for a second straight day.

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Twin infants Cauthen
Brooklyn Michelle Cauthen died Tuesday (August 27, 2002) and her sister Kaitlyn Elizabeth Cauthen died Wednesday (August 28, 2002.)

Justin Michael Evans
Justin Michael Evans, 21, of Holland, died Monday (Aug. 26, 2002).

Swan Dowell Swindle
Swan Dowell Swindle, 77, of Conway, died Sunday (Aug. 25, 2002) at Conway Regional Medical Center.

David W. Andrews
David W. Andrews, 73 of Conway, died Monday (Aug. 26, 2002) at Conway Regional Medical Center.

Virginia I. Hall
Virginia I. Hall, 75, of Maumelle died Monday (Aug. 26, 2002) at Arkansas Hospice in Little Rock.

Ronnie D. Phillips
Ronnie D. Phillips, 42, of Conway, died Tuesday (Aug. 27, 2002).

Marvin E. Dodson III, Ph.D.
Marvin E. Dodson III, Ph.D., 31, of Conway, died Monday (Aug. 26, 2002).

Florene Graham
Florene Graham, 85, passed away peacefully in her home in Conway, Thursday, August 28, 2002.

CabinWindow: Whew
Conway's headlong population growth, the boon and the bane of 1990s, appears to have taken a little breather for the last two years. Maybe the lull will last long enough for the city to catch up.

Leading the fight against West Nile
David J. Sanders

CabinWindow: History lesson Much to learn from past
Hendrix College students listened to two of the Little Rock 9 relate their tale about being among the first black students to integrate

Sharon Randall: Keeping eye on two-legged fish
NAPILI, Hawaii -- On the next-to-last day of my vacation, I go snorkeling in a blue-green bay, as I have every day this week, in a place they call Paradise.

John Brummett: Poll close, but not perfect
Do I believe that Mark Pryor is 10 points ahead of Tim Hutchinson in our epic race for the U.S. Senate?

Little Leaguers should tone it down
Like millions of other television viewers around the world on Aug. 21, I watched as 12-year-old Andrew Diaz dug in his heels,

Fishing Report: Making a little noise can turn on the fish
Comments last week about holding down noise when you are fishing sparked some memories for Richard Collins of Conway.

ConwayPolice
Among the incidents reported recently by the Conway Police Department were the following:

Police Log
Among the incidents reported recently by the Conway Police Department were the following:

Sheriff's Log
Among the incidents reported recently by the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office and Detention Center were the following:

Fishing Report: Making a little noise can turn on the fish
Comments last week about holding down noise when you are fishing sparked some memories for Richard Collins of Conway.

Southeastern Conference Western Division notebook
Alabama's new hybrid positions have been much talked about, but A-back Shaud Williams said it's not all that new-fangled.

McCollum's Column: Va. Tech could hurt bottom line
Clint Conque looked his boosters in the eyes and gave it to them straight concerning marketing and promotion.

Chiefs finally sign top pick
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Defensive tackle Ryan Sims, the sixth player selected in the NFL draft, agreed to a seven-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday.

Alabama's D-line getting plenty of praise
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Kindal Moorehead, Jarret Johnson and Kenny King have collectively pushed opposing offenses backward nearly seven football fields.

Bo knows position changes
FAYETTEVILLE -- No matter how much Arkansas defensive coordinator Dave Wommack talks about cornerback Bo Mosley, it seems to him no one pays attention.

Baseball, softball could get the Olympic ax
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- As major league baseball players and owners worked to prevent a strike, the sport endured a setback on the international stage Wednesday, as an IOC panel recommended dropping baseball from the Summer Olympics.

McCollum's Column: UCA sets low key tone to QB
One of Clint Conque's main challenges at fall football camp has been trying to keep his quarterback battle under the radar screen.

ASU seeks restart against San Jose State
LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- Arkansas State didn't exactly portray a positive image to the nation in a 63-7 loss to No. 16 Virginia Tech last week.

Bears start preparations for season opener
University of Central Arkansas coach Clint Conque plans to watch a lot of other teams this weekend -- and worry a lot about his own team.

Matt Mauck carries big expectations into starting role
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The last time quarterback Matt Mauck directed the LSU offense he was named the MVP of the Southeastern Conference championship game.

QB announcement no big deal
Houston Nutt's coronation of Matt Jones as Arkansas' starting quarterback was so matter-of-fact that sports information director

Southeastern Conference Eastern Division notebook
Gators safety Lester Norwood's comeback is nearly complete.

Safin outlasts cramping Kiefer
NEW YORK (AP) -- The wheelchairs were there, if needed, resting side-by-side in the corridor leading from the court to the locker room.

Strike date drawing closer
NEW YORK -- As baseball moved within two days of another work stoppage, commissioner Bud Selig arrived at major league offices and negotiators worked late into the night to try to avert a planned strike.

Jenkins, Simmons ready to go at South Carolina, Clemson
South Carolina's Corey Jenkins and Clemson's Willie Simmons have different talents, opposite jerseys and separate goals.

Cats battle both Fort Smith teams in scrimmage
SPRINGDALE -- Now with the first live competition of 2002 under their belts, Conway head football coach Kenny Smith rests assured

Nutt: Talley should be ready for opener
Arkansas coach Houston Nutt has settled on a quarterback to start the 2002 season, but still unknown is who will work in the backfield behind Matt Jones.

Razorback football: Nutt waits no longer
FAYETTEVILLE -- Houston Nutt decided Tuesday he might as well not make everyone wait any longer, so a day earlier than expected

Finalists for U.S. bid to host 2012 Olympics set
CHICAGO (AP) -- New York and San Francisco are in, and Houston and Washington, D.C., are out.

Ex-Alabama coach once again the BMOC -- in high school
DOTHAN, Ala.-- Mike DuBose shouts instructions and encouragement to the players in crimson and white jerseys.

n AROUND THE NATION
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Alex Cora was released from the hospital Tuesday, a day after being knocked

Arkansas-Pine Bluff promotes assistant to interim basketball coach
PINE BLUFF (AP) -- Van Holt, an assistant at Arkansas-Pine Bluff for six years, has been named the interim head coach of the Golden Lions, athletic director Craig Curry said Wednesday.

Sideline
A meeting for a fall baseball league for players, ages 14-15, will be at 6:30 p.m. two nights in September at Curran Conway Field.

Corso on Vols spoof: 'I did what (ESPN) told me to do'
To hear Lee Corso tell it, he was an innocent bystander to the latest flap between ESPN and the University of Tennessee athletic department.

Finley pitches two-hitter as Cards win one of two
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Chuck Finley allowed only two singles by Juan Castro as he pitched his first shutout in four years Tuesday night, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-0 victory and doubleheader split with the Cincinnati Reds.

Lengthy baseball strike could send marketers walking, too
Goodbye, national pastime. Hello, golf, NASCAR and extreme sports.

Travel plans altered as MLB players, owners continue to talk
NEW YORK -- Baseball players said the union agreed to a drug-testing deal Tuesday, while commissioner Bud Selig planned to join the talks and teams began pushing back flights to prepare for a strike.

ASU releases schedule
JONESBORO (AP) -- Arkansas State's game with Louisiana Tech highlights a 14-game women's basketball home schedule released Wednesday.

Campbell defends his CCC title
Scotty Campbell successfully defended his title in the Conway Country Club men's club championship last weekend.

Hamlin, Cobbs break their silence
FAYETTEVILLE -- After weeks of silence mandated by coach Houston Nutt, tailback Cedric Cobbs and free safety Ken Hamlin spoke publicly for the first time Wednesday about their off-season legal troubles.

Opener lucrative for Jackson State, Southern Miss
JACKSON, Miss. -- Financially, there will be no loser in the Jackson State-Southern Mississippi game.

Despite shirt flap, Haas pulls out five-set victory in U.S. Open
NEW YORK (AP) -- Little was ordinary about the start of the U.S. Open for third-seeded Tommy Haas, from being ordered to change out of a sleeveless shirt to three straight double faults in the fifth set.

Arkansas names Jones as starter
Arkansas names Jones as starter

Poole moves to receiver
The Razorbacks' coaches told Poole they'd like for him to move to receiver Monday and he worked with the group for the first time

QBs ready to shine as season kicks into gear
The year of the quarterback moves into full swing this weekend, with Florida's Rex Grossman, Miami's Ken Dorsey and Texas' Chris Simms among the top passers returning from last season.

Texas homers past Baltimore
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Todd Hollandsworth and Ivan Rodriguez homered to extend Texas' power surge and lead Chan Ho Park over Baltimore.

Sportswriters hate OT, not UT
As we stand here, poised on the brink of another college football season, let me take this moment to let you in on a small sportswriting secret: We don't care.

Poll: Huckabee, Fisher closer than ever
LITTLE ROCK -- Gov. Mike Huckabee's lead in the governor's race is narrowing against challenger Jimmie Lou Fisher, according to a poll conducted last week for Stephens Media Group's Arkansas News Bureau.

September benefit set for Ozark Folk Center
The Committee of One Hundred will host its annual benefit for the Ozark Folk Center State Park on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Winrock International on Petit Jean Mountain.

Poll shows Pryor ahead of Hutchinson
LITTLE ROCK -- Challenger Mark Pryor holds a double-digit lead over incumbent Sen. Tim Hutchinson in a new independent poll, the first poll showing Pryor ahead outside the margin of error.

Woman's body found behind engineering firm
BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- The decomposing body of an unidentified woman was discovered beneath a stack of building material covered with a tarpulin behind an engineering firm.

Smith sworn in as federal appeals court judge
LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas' newest federal judge took a seat on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday.

Bush to laud Benton woman for her charity work
LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- Charity founder Connie Melton is rehearsing her lines for the moment she meets President Bush under the wing of Air Force One on Thursday afternoon.

Palarm residents tired of being cut off by flooding
PALARM -- Residents of the Palarm Creek area south of Mayflower have fought a losing battle for decades against flood waters that have periodically choked off the area's only nearby access road.

State Education Board adopts preliminary recommendations
LITTLE ROCK -- The state Education Board adopted some preliminary recommendations Wednesday posed by an advisory committee to improve Arkansas' public schools, including raising teacher salaries, making preschool programs available to 4-year-olds, and creating regional high schools to serve several school districts.

Police focus on work zone traffic
LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- State Police and Highway Police say that with increased accidents in highway work zones, they're stepping up patrols and other surveillance around the state.

Volkswagen beefs up the power behind the Passat
Everywhere in today's auto industry, it seems, the focus is on increasing performance.

Community Theatre of LR to present 'Nunsense'
The Community Theatre of Little Rock will present Dan Goggins' musical comedy, "Nunsense" in September. Duane Jackson is the director.

Arkansas reports first human case of West Nile virus
LITTLE ROCK -- A Jefferson County person was diagosed with a West Nile virus infection, the first such case in Arkansas. The infected person is expected to make a full recovery.

Huckabee steamed over Fisher statements
LITTLE ROCK -- An outraged Gov. Mike Huckabee said Wednesday that Jimmie Lou Fisher "has no business being governor" after accusing him of falsely taking credit for what Huckabee has called two of his greatest accomplishments as governor.

DNA evidence links rest stop slaying to death in California
MORRILTON (AP) -- Police said Tuesday that forensic evidence linked the killing of a New Jersey woman at an Arkansas rest area in 2000 to the brutal slaying of a California woman four months later.

Phonics teach toddlers sounds of the alphabet
NEW YORK (AP) -- Most children can recite their ABCs at a very young age, but Harriette S. Brown, a former special education teacher who has a private practice for reading and other learning issues in Mahopac, N.Y., says toddlers also should be learning the sounds of the alphabet.

Taking good notes is vital for students to succeed
NEW YORK (AP) -- Taking notes is an important part of the learning process since there probably isn't a student out there who can remember every word that every teacher says.

Wear hair any length this fall
NEW YORK (AP) -- There's no "in" hairdo this fall because the trend to have multiple layers can be worn at almost any length and in a variety of styles, says Edward Tricomi, co-owner of the Warren-Tricomi Salons in New York City.

Cavuto wrests top spot from old guard
NEW YORK -- Neil Cavuto has a sunny personality, the kind that manages to find a bright side to a crippling disease.

Alien thriller 'Signs' posts return to top spot at box office
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Mel Gibson's space-invaders thriller "Signs" returned to the top spot at the box office three weeks after its No. 1 debut, taking in $14.3 million in its fourth weekend.

Risk pays off for Dixie Chicks on 'Home' album
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- After a two-year absence and a battle with their record company, the Dixie Chicks strut a new acoustic sound on "Home," an album steeped in bluegrass rather than the girl-power tunes that made them multimillion-selling artists.

'Babar' to open Sept. 6 at arts center
The Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theatre will open its 2002-03 season with "The Story of Babar the Little Elephant" on Friday, Sept. 6, at the Arkansas Arts Center, 9th and Commerce streets in Little Rock.

Anthony, Vives to perform at Latin Grammy telecast
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Latin music stars Marc Anthony and Carlos Vives plan to add spice to the Latin Grammy telecast next month.

'50s Bash set Sept. 28-29 in downtown Conway
The Railroad Market District and Conway Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor Conway's Fabulous '50s Bash Saturday, Sept. 28, and Sunday, Sept. 29, in downtown Conway.

VolunteerCalendar
American cancer society

Help S.A.V.E. save lives
The 411 is a weekly column of what's hot and what's not, compiled by youth correspondents for Young People's Press, the North American youth news service:

OurClubs
Preceptor Alpha Omega chapter of Beta Sigma Phi held its beginning day meeting Aug. 20 at Lolita's Restaurant.

Airbrushing a long-lasting way to put on a face
Andre Chreky -- salon of exposed brick walls and cappuccinos -- now offers airbrushing at the makeup counter.

Sleepy eyes can benefit from caffeine
NEW YORK (AP) -- Sleepy eyes can bypass coffee and cola and get their dose of caffeine on the spot, now that cosmetic companies are using a powdered form of the stimulant in beauty products.

Fashion goes back to the future, again
This fall's crop of bomber jackets, floor-sweeping scarves, pencil skirts and paisley prints reminds us of the past -- we're in the midst of yet another fashion season inspired by times gone by.

LIFEbeat marks 10th anniversary
NEW YORK (AP) -- LIFEbeat, a nonprofit group that works with the music industry to fight AIDS, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a concert featuring The Hives, Jimmy Eat World, Pete Yorn and Sugarcult.

Apple's updated OSX worth the price tag
In Apple Computer Inc.'s "Switcher" TV ads, regular people talk about how their computer experiences were awful until they ditched their Microsoft Windows-based nightmares for simple yet powerful Macs.

Westbrooks note 50th anniversary
Lloyd and Connie Westbrook of Conway are observing their 50th wedding anniversary today.

Accused bomber to receive psychiatric tests
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A federal judge on Tuesday ordered a psychiatric evaluation and continued detention for a podiatrist accused of plotting to blow up mosques across Florida.

Clean energy timetable put on hold at summit
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) -- The United States, Saudi Arabia and other wealthy nations at a U.N. summit worked Tuesday to water down proposals to rapidly expand the use of clean, renewable energy technologies around the globe.

Pop star Lance Bass infusing stodgy NASA with kid appeal
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- Quicker than a hot boy band sinks, NASA is being 'N fused with much-needed kid appeal this week as its first celebrity space tourist, pop star Lance Bass, trains to become the youngest and coolest person ever to hit orbit.

Researchers find 1941 Japanese mini submarine
HONOLULU (AP) -- Researchers said Wednesday they found a Japanese midget submarine sunk nearly two hours before the aerial attack on Pearl Harbor.

NewsBriefs
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- 'N Sync singer Lance Bass won the endorsement of NASA and other space agencies Tuesday in his bid

Police: California boy taken from home by two men
PALM DESERT, Calif. -- Two gunmen forced their way into a home Wednesday, kidnapped a 9-year-old boy who was the subject of a bitter custody dispute and attacked the boy's father, authorities said. Investigators were searching for the child's missing mother.

Crematory operator freed after six months in jail
LaFAYETTE, Ga. (AP) -- The crematory operator accused of dumping hundreds of sets of human remains was released from jail Tuesday evening as about a dozen people, mostly family members of the dead, shouted and jeered at him.

Boston airport leads way in new security measures
BOSTON (AP) -- Questions abounded about Logan International Airport after the Sept. 11 attacks: How could 10 hijackers, armed with box cutters, board two passenger jets?

Man arrested after taking bus, ramming cars
SEATTLE (AP) -- A man commandeered a King County Metro bus Wednesday and crashed it into several cars as he drove through city streets, seriously injuring at least two people in one of the cars, police said.

Sounding the alarm about a growing health threat
WASHINGTON -- Medical experts say it's the most widespread result of so many people being fat and unfit -- a decreased sensitivity to insulin that sets up as many as 47 million Americans for greater risk of heart disease, diabetes and other illnesses.

Israel to allow meeting by Palestinian parliament to schedule election date
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel would allow the Palestinian parliament to convene a special session to set a date for elections and discuss political reforms, the government said Tuesday.

Tensions flare in cancellation of Mason opening act
CHICAGO (AP) -- A comedian scheduled to open for Jewish comic Jackie Mason was told hours before the show he couldn't perform because he is of Palestinian descent, Mason's manager said.

Arab nations urge Iraq to take actions to avoid U.S. attack
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- America's allies in the Arab world fear a U.S. strike on Iraq would thrust their already unstable region into chaos, and they and others are urging Baghdad to act to avoid war.

Penalty phase begins in van Dam kidnap-murder
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The parents of 7-year-old Danielle van Dam, who was taken from her bedroom and killed by a neighbor, took the stand at the man's sentencing hearing Wednesday to talk about their little girl.

NewsBriefs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration's war on terror has fared better in the court of public opinion than in the courtrooms of

Former WorldCom executives indicted on securities fraud, other charges
NEW YORK -- Prosecutors indicted two WorldCom Inc. executives Wednesday, including the telecommunications giant's former chief financial officer, Scott Sullivan.

Negative consumer report sends stocks into tailspin
NEW YORK (AP) -- A sharp drop in consumer confidence stifled investors' enthusiasm for stocks Tuesday, sending the market sharply lower and more than wiping out Monday's gains.

Countries split over how to assess globalization's impact
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- The contentious rich vs. poor fight over globalization plagued the U.N. summit Wednesday even as negotiators hailed their first breakthrough: a deal to protect the world's oceans and marine life.

Reports send mixed signals on economy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Consumer confidence in the American economy sank to a nine-month low in August, the third straight monthly decline. Yet in July, demand surged for big-ticket goods such as cars and computers.

U.S.-based support of terror in crosshairs
WASHINGTON -- Federal grand juries charged six men with conspiring to support Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network Wednesday as the government escalated its efforts to stifle the flow of money and assistance from U.S. soil to overseas terrorist groups.

Senate candidates support action against Iraq
The candidates for Senate agreed Tuesday that the United States should invade Iraq but differed on welfare reform and whether to increase the minimum wage.

A fine old tradition falls victim to mad cow fears
What poet Robert Burns once blessed as the "great chieftain of the pudding race" is passing: The United Kingdom's Food Standards Agency is proposing to ban sheep intestines in the making of haggis.

Six in rural Alabama family shot to death; teen, baby missing
RUTLEDGE, Ala. -- Six family members were found shot to death at their rural homestead, and a baby and her 16-year-old mother were missing. Authorities Wednesday were searching for them, a motive and two people they said were potential witnesses.

Yoga teacher has roster of famous pregnant students
LOS ANGELES -- A hush falls over the room, and all eyes turn to the petite woman in the white turban. On a small stage draped with red tapestries, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa kneels before the class of about 50 women, all in different stages of pregnancy.

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