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Assignment: Manhattan


Sun, Oct 8th, 2000
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Monday, October 2, 2000

Its not every day that Im given an opportunity to go to a star-studded gala at Radio City Music Hall filled with famous celebrities and rock n roll stars. But a couple weeks ago, such an invitation came my way, and the only catch was that there would be some politicians in attendance, too. A guy named Al Gore and his sidekick, Joe.

I can cover that one, I said, I can swallow my non-partisan Independent pride. I can do it in the name of journalism. After all, Im always looking for an excuse to spend a few nights in the Big Apple.

The event was simply billed "The Concert" and its starting time was scheduled for "around 7 p.m.", further evidence to the well known fact that Democrats are neither prompt nor punctual.

Radio City Music Hall is located a few blocks from Times Square in the heart of midtown Manhattan and that night the surrounding streets were clogged with limousines, police and secret service agents. There was also a handful of demonstrators, most of whom were holding signs and chanting slogans for their candidate, Ralph Nader, the consumer advocate and this years choice of the super-lefties.

Inside the hall the lights didnt dim until almost 8:30, when the events tuxedoed hosts took to the stage: Rolling Stone magazine founder Jan Wenner, Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein and VH-1 chief John Sykes.

"Im pleased to announce that we have raised 6.5 million dollars tonight for the next president and vice-president of the United States," Mr. Weinstein blared.

The irony was not lost on the New York and national papers the following day. For this was the same week that Gore and Lieberman, along with most of the other vote-grubbing politicos around the country, were blasting the entertainment industry for "debasing and corroding the souls of the children of America," with their vile movies and video games.

And here were Gore and Lieberman accepting a check for 6.5 million dollars from the very sordid people they held responsible!

"Biting the hand that pays them," a Time magazine headline read.

"Can you spell pandering?" the New York Press snorted.

Republicans and other Rush Limbaugh fans were outraged, not to mention envious. Six and half million dollars is a lot of money; even for Republicans.

After Gore and Lieberman made a couple of remarks and jokes (yawn), Sheryl Crowe, looking like a flower-child from the sixties, .....
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Soybean Dust

Sun, Oct 8th, 2000
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Monday, October 9, 2000

My family and I went on a short shopping trip last Saturday. It turned out all right despite having to go into stores and having to buy things. Our almost-sixteen-year-old son tried on navy blue blazers in several store ..... 
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A revolutionary idea

Sun, Oct 8th, 2000
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Monday, October 9, 2000

"Are you going to watch the debates tonight?" someone asked me last Tuesday.

"No, I don't have a dog in that fight," I responded, using a George Bush, Sr. analogy for "No, I'm not going to watch the debates."
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Sams bath

Sun, Oct 8th, 2000
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Monday, September 18, 2000

It was a beautiful Saturday morning, a day that you might expect to enjoy in June rather than September. My dog, Sam and I took a walk through the woods while my wife was entertaining some of her friends out on the d ..... 
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Journal Profile # 80

Sun, Oct 8th, 2000
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Name: John Goutcher
Home: Preston
Age: 60
Profession: Retired High School Educator/Administrator
Family: Wife Shirley, Son
Jeff, Daughter Jennifer
Personal Hero: Moses, he took a large grou ..... 
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Buttered Squash Bake

Sun, Oct 8th, 2000
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1/3 cup soft margarine
1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 (5 oz.) can evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups cooked squash
Place in greased 7x11 in pan. Bake, uncovered, 45 mins.
Topping:
1/2 cup Rice Krispies
2 tablespoons marga ..... 
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10/9/00

Sun, Oct 8th, 2000
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Max, Maxxximum, Madcap, Cartoon, Food for thought, Fud 4 thot

Monday, October 2, 2000

Sun, Oct 8th, 2000
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NO LETTERS TO THE EDITOR WERE RECEIVED THE WEEK OF OCT. 9


To the Editor,

The question has been asked, "Are we better off today?" The answer would be "NO" for us who live in Rural American.

There are many so-called s ..... 
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Walter "Fish" Ward, Sr.

Sun, Oct 8th, 2000
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Walter "Fish" Ward, Sr., 98, formerly of the Mabel and Burr Oak areas, died Tuesday, September 19, 2000 at the Harmony Health Care Center where he had resided seven years.

He was born June 21, 1902, in Henrytown and attended school there. On ..... 
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