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Dr. Earl Miller alsodevotes time to teaching  the certification course
By Olivia Ingleolivia@newstribune.com
One Jefferson City physician is partof the Federal Motor Carrier Safety  Administration’s (FMCSA) NationalRegistry of Certified Medical Examin-ers, a federal program that licensesphysicians and outlines requirementsfor physical examinations for truck and bus drivers. Although Dr. Earl Miller is the only certified medicalexaminer in Jeffer-son City, he is one of eight certified medi-cal examiners withina 75-mile radius of the Capital City. Hispractice is located at1705 Christy Drive.Certified medicalexaminers completephysical examina-tions of commercialmotor vehicle (CMV)drivers, which Mill-er said can includeschool bus drivers, city bus drivers,firemen, or anyone involved withinterstate commerce with a vehicle of 10,001 pounds or greater. According to FMCSA, the registry needs 40,000 certified medical exam-iners by May 21, 2014. So far, 10,000have signed up for training courses.Beginning May 21, 2014, FMCSA  will require all health profession-als who perform physical examina-tions for CMV drivers to be certified,licensed and listed on the NationalRegistry.“As with other FMCSA programs,this program is about highway safety,particularly the safety of interstatecommercial motor vehicle drivers andthe general public on our highways,”said FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferroin a safer highways podcast. According to FMCSA, more than4,000 people were killed and morethan 100,000 injured in large truck andbus crashes in 2011.“The National Transportation Safe-ty Board (NTSB) has found evidencethat improper medical certification of CMV drivers with serious disqualify-ing medical conditions has directly 
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 AUGUST 26, 2013
 WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE
 A youth spent traveling the world sets the stage for this minister and former state administrator whohas an active role in the Jefferson City theater scene.
 
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RIGHT: DanicaRidgeway,left,looks over game photos onIndyannaConnor,middle,andCaroline Hall’s cameras.Hallshoots for the RedandBlack newspaper andConnor andRidgewayare student representatives for STUCO andhelpwiththe school’s socialsites.
Helping out
Milt Hoskins is onhandtoassist pas-sengers boarding  Amtrak. Members of CapitalCityAmtrak Friends hosteda10thanniversary celebrationlast week at the Amtrak stationinJeffersonCity. The groupismade upof volun- teers whogreete Amtrak passengersandprovide assis- tance if necessary.
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Mike Romanoof LincolnUniversityGrounds Department operates aToroReelmaster tocut andshape the grass onthe practicefootballfieldonthe schools campus. The LincolnBlue Tigers willopentheir seasonSept. 5against LindenwoodinSt. Charles. The first home game Sept. 2
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 A new generation is trying  to make an impact on the50th anniversary of Marchon Washington. What are thegreatest changes you’ve seenin the past 50 years? Whatare the greatest challenges we still face?
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 Jesse Bowers of United Parcel Service freight division unloads items from a truck to a downtown Jefferson City busi-ness. Effective next May 21, a national registry will list all certified medical examiners (doctors who perform physicalexaminations on truck drivers). Currently, only one Jefferson City physician holds that certification.
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Yes to the dress
 Alyssa Bax, right, gets help shopping for a formal dress from her little sister,Brianna, 11, at Sunday’s annual Helias formal dress resale at the school’s oldgym. Alyssa, a ninth-grader at Eugene High School, found several she liked andplanned to try on. About 450 people brought in dresses to sell. The Helias Par-ents Club made $5 from each dress for sale, and another $5 for dresses thatsold.
Townhalltopics
Weekend meeting draws commentfrom several dozen4th Ward residents
By Kris Hilgedick kris@newstribune.com
Three topics — JeffersonCity’s animal shelter, its tran-sit system and the possibility of a new conference centerdominated the discussionat the Fourth Ward commu-nity meeting on Saturday. About 60 residents turnedout to share their views withFourth Ward council mem-bers Carrie Carroll and Car-los Graham. The meeting washeld at the Capital West Chris-tian Church Event Center onFairgrounds Road. Although a few of thequestioners put Carroll andGraham on the spot — nee-dling them about variouspositions the two officeholders have taken — many participants also mentionedtheir appreciation for theircommunity service. But theloudest rounds of applausecame when some members of the crowd expressed frustra-tion that city officials are notresponsive and when otherresidents argued bus systemfunding must not be cut tobalance the budget.Several city departmentheads were on hand at Sat-urday’s meeting to talk aboutvarious city projects, butthe bulk of the meeting wasspent responding to citizen’s
In for the long haul
 Jefferson City has a single doctor on the list of physicians who certify truckers, bus drivers
“There’san awfullot of  truck drivers in JeffersonCity forone guy tohandle.”
Youth see marchanniversary aschance to lead
 WASHINGTON (AP) Mary-Pat Hector of Atlanta was operating much like a1960s civil rights activist as shelaid plans for the 50th anni-versary of the March on Wash-ington. She was constantly onthe phone as she confirmedevent details, tweaked thedraft of the speech she gave atSaturday’s rally at the LincolnMemorial and prepared for apresentation.Mary-Pat is 15 years old.Just as the Rev. MartinLuther King Jr. led the Mont-gomery Bus Boycott at age 26,and Rep. John Lewis helpedto lead freedom rides at 23, young Americans like Mary-Pat are not letting age get inthe way as they seek morethan a contributing role in thepush for social reform. Young people are eager toinfluence this year’s Marchon Washington, says JessicaBrown, national coordinatorfor the Black Youth Vote coali-tion, which organized several youth events around Satur-day’s march to the LincolnMemorial.“Of course you have the sea-soned people who are there,and they are always rightfully going to have their position,”Brown said. “But you’re start-ing to see the pickup of the youth saying, ‘This is our time,this is our moment, this is theopportunity we have to show the world and the nation, that we’re here and we’re ready to work and organize to getthings done.’”In 1963, those “seasoned
Super Bowlmay be‘Storm Bowl’
Farmers’ Almanac hasa dire prediction for thefirst outdoor NFL titlegame in 38 years
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — TheFarmers’ Almanac is using words like“piercing cold,” “bitterly cold” and“biting cold” to describe the upcom-ing winter. And if its predictions areright, the first outdoor Super Bowl in years will be a messy “Storm Bowl.The 197-year-old publication thathits newsstands Monday predicts a winter storm will hit the Northeastaround the time the Super Bowl isplayed at MetLife Stadium in theMeadowlands in New Jersey. It alsopredicts a colder-than-normal win-ter for two-thirds of the country andheavy snowfall in the Midwest, GreatLakes and New England.“We’re using a very strong
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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The stars of the cable real-ity show “Pawn Stars” have left their Las Vegas pawn shop tomeet fans in Southeast Asia. And one of them says he neverthought they would be so popular.Father-and-son duo
Rick 
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run thepawn shop with the family patriarch. They offered tipsto fans in Manila about bargaining and putting value onthings.On the Philippine TV show “ANC Mornings,” Corey Har-rison said Friday that he never thought the show would bea hit in the U.S., much less around the world.Before the show began airing in 2009, their shop usually had fewer than 70 customers a day. Now it sees 3,000 on aslow day, he said.
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NEW YORK (AP) —
Demi Lovato
is taking her big voiceto “Glee.”The 21-year-old singer-actress will appear in multipleepisodes of the show’s upcoming fifth season, her publicistconfirmed Friday.“Glee” star Lea Michele tweeted Thursday that she wasexcited that two of her “very best friends” — Lovato andBroadway vet Phoebe Strole — would appear on the Fox show, and thanked creator Ryan Murphy for making it hap-pen.Lovato is in her second year as a mentor on “The X Fac-tor.” She starred on the Disney Channel’s “Sonny With aChance” for two seasons.The new season of “Glee” premieres Sept. 26.
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TORONTO (AP) — Toronto’s mayor has triumphed over wrestling star
Hulk Hogan
in a friendly arm-wrestlingmatch to kick off an annual pop culture convention.Mayor
Rob Ford
seemed to be struggling Friday beforedefeating the 14-time world wrestling champion in a rough-ly 30-second contest.The event took place at Fan Expo Canada, a conventioncelebrating diverse pop culture genres.The legendary shirt-ripping wrestler is in Toronto for an“uncensored” question-and-answer session at the expo.Ford said Hogan has been his hero since he was a “littleguy.”
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Today’s Birthdays:
 Actor Brett Cullen is 57. Jazz musicianBranford Marsalis is 53. Actor Chris Burke is 48. Actress-singer Shirley Manson is 47. TV writer-actress Riley Westonis 47.Actress Melissa McCarthy is 43. Latin pop singerThalia is 42. Actor Mike Colter is 37. Actor Macaulay Culkinis 33. Actor Chris Pine is 33. Actress Keke Palmer is 20.
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CAPE MOVIE:
The southeast Missouritown of Cape Girardeau is buzzing aboutthe possibility of a major motion picturefilming there. The Southeast Missourianreported that 20th Century Fox has givenstrong indications Cape Girardeau couldbe the backdrop for “Gone Girl,” a moviestarring Ben Affleck that’s based on a Gil-lian Flynn novel. The book was publishedin 2012 and is largely set in a fictionalMissouri town on the Mississippi River.
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US-SYRIA:
U.S. Secretary of DefenseChuck Hagel is not offering any hintsabout likely U.S. response to Syria’s pur-ported use of chemical weapons, tellingreporters traveling with him in Malaysiathat the Obama administration is stillassessing intelligence information aboutthe deadly attack.
STUDENTS MARCH:
Just as the Rev.Martin Luther King Jr. led the Montgom-ery Bus Boycott at age 26, and Rep. JohnLewis helped to lead freedom rides at 23,young Americans like Mary-Pat Hector,15, are not letting age get in the way asthey seek more than a contributing rolein the push for social reform.
FLORIDA SHOOTINGS:
Hubert Allen Jr.— identified by police as the gunman ina shooting spree that left three dead andtwo wounded in this small Florida town— was community leader Marvin Pritch-ett’s “right-hand man,” residents saidSunday as they mourned and tried topiece together why he killed his 80-year-old former employer. Police continue toinvestigate and have not released anydetails on a potential motive.
WESTERN WILDFIRES:
Firefightersanticipate strong winds that could push araging wildfire further into the northwestedge of Yosemite National Park, threat-ening thousands of rural homes. Themassive blaze was also burning in thevicinity of two groves of giant sequoiasthat are unique the region, promptingpark employees to take extra precautionsof clearing brush and setting sprinklers.
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SYRIA:
Syria agrees to a U.N. investi-gation into last week’s alleged chemi-cal weapons attack outside Damascus— a deal a senior White House officialdismisses as “too late to be credible,”saying the United States has “very littledoubt” President Bashar Assad’s forcesused such weapons. The hardening of theU.S. position comes as calls for militaryaction grow, and the U.N. team’s conclu-sions could have a dramatic impact onthe trajectory of Syria’s civil war.
MIGRANT TRAIN:
An infamous cargotrain carrying at least 250 Central Ameri-can migrants heading to the U.S. derailsin a remote region of southern Mexico,killing five and injuring 16, authoritiessay.
Thursday
Shakespeare requests
ESCAPE: At an upcoming perfor-mance of Shakespeare, the audi-ence gets to request scenes.
Monday
Pvt. Sone killed in WWI
 VETERANS: Pvt. Roy Sone was a local Marine killed in WWI. Hisstory is told by a local VFW.
Tuesday
Great glute workout
HEALTH: Trainer Megan Antonin-ka demonstrates a weight-liftingmove to help your butt GET FIT.
Tuesday
Fungi are not plants
MINIPAGE: Fungi look like plants,but aren't; nor are they animals.Learn about the fungi kingdom.
 
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questions and concerns.
Doyle Sager, paster at First BaptistChurch, spoke about the need for a“vital” transit system.“I really believe the transit issueis a moral justice issue,” he said. “Wedo not want to cultivate a two-tieredsociety of drivers and non-drivers. Weshould never balance the budget onthe backs of people who can leastafford it.”Sager asked the two council mem-bers to create a citizens’ commissionto examine transit issues in depth, andboth said they supported that idea.“I think a transit commission makessense,” Carroll said.“My goal is to see transit flourishand expand so we can improve rider-ship,” Graham added.Marge VanHorn also spoke in favorof preserving — even expanding —busing options.She noted taxis at $12 per trip aren’tan option for most low-income peopleand said medical personnel are wor-ried about how their patients will getto appointments. A mid-day break inservice would be a “disaster,” she said.Other people attended the meetingto simply say the bus system is impor-tant to them.Penelope Quigg, who lives on BlairDrive, asked her council representa-tives to consider reopening ChestnutStreet to two-way traffic. She notedthe street was made a one-way streetduring a construction project, a deci-sion that was never reversed.“What is the resolution to Chestnutgoing to be?” she asked.She complained many student ille-gally park on the street today andshe particularly didn’t like the idea of closing the street to vehicular trafficentirely.“That’s very concerning to me,” shesaid. “I think it would further isolateLincoln University.”Carroll said the University favorsclosing the street to make it safer forstudents to cross campus. It’s a posi-tion she supports.“They are trying to make their cam-pus more pedestrian-friendly,” Carrollsaid.Tim Stallman on Melody Drivequizzed Carroll about her supportof the conference center, calling it a“boondoggle” and a potential “whiteelephant.”“Why push for a conference center when it’s obvious most citizens areagainst it?” he asked.The two argued about what citizensintended when they voted increasethe lodging tax, with Carroll sayingresidents want the money to be usedfor a conference center and Stallmaninsisting it was meant to promotetourism.“A minority (of people) agree with you,” Carroll said. “I am committed toa conference center. We are the Capi-tal City. I am very proud of that.”Ed Story raised concerns aboutthe animal shelter. He didn’t like theidea of a “hand-picked” advisory committee of local veterinarians. Hequestioned the city’s choice of gas toeuthanize animal, which he thinks isa slow death.“We believe it should be run withsensitivity, kindness and caring,”Story said.Michael Riley, who was the city’sattorney in the late 1960s, was partic-ularly annoyed with city government.“In 20 years, I’ve never seen a city government less responsive,” he said.Riley agreed with Quigg that Chest-nut should remain a “vital artery.” And he also complained that the city’sanimal shelter is being run for theconvenience of the employees, notthe public. He also decried the ideathat the city could save costs by shut-tering night court.
He said years ago he and his col-leagues vowed: “We are going to makethings user-friendly for the people.”
Night court was one way to helpthe average working person so they didn’t have to take off work to resolveproblems, he said.“I’d like to wake up some morningand read in the newspaper: ‘JeffersonCity is going to do something for thepublic today!’” he said.Others defended the dedicationCarroll and Graham show by servingin public office.“I think these town hall meetingsare healthy,” said Arthur Brown.Not everyone always agrees, hesaid, but the format gives everyone achance to air their opinions.“The city staff ought to be com-mended ... the city is becoming moreuser-friendly,” he said.Glover Brown said he was pleased with the representation on the City Council.“All of them are very attentive to what the future is going to be in Jef-ferson City,” he said.
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contributed to significant fataland injury crashes,” Ferro said.“FMCSA wants to remove driv-er health as a factor in thesecrashes.”She said the National Regis-try requires medical examinersto be trained on FMCSA’s regu-lations and guidelines, the CMV driver’s role and how certainmedical conditions can impaira driver.“Through this initiative, wecan increase the likelihood thatCMV drivers on the road arementally and physically able toperform their jobs safely,” Ferrosaid.Harvey Kempker, a co-ownerof Anthony Kempker Truckingin Jefferson City, said he knowssome about the changes that will go into effect regarding cer-tified medical examiners, buthe doesn’t know everything.“It’ll affect us some because we’ve been getting physicals fora long time, but we’ve been get-ting them from our own per-sonal doctors,” Kempker said.“So, now I guess we’re going tohave to switch. If there’s only one (certified medical exam-iner) in Jefferson City, there’san awful lot of truck drivers inJefferson City for one guy tohandle.”Not only is Miller part of the National Registry of Certi-fied Medical Examiners, he alsoteaches certification courses forphysicians to become a part of the Registry.Miller teaches certificationthrough the American Osteo-pathic College of Occupationaland Preventive Medicine inKirksville. Once physicianscomplete the 8.5-hour courseand pass an exam, they becomecertified and are added to theNational Registry.He said there are certainthings physicians are taughtto look for during a physicalexamination of CMV drivers.“They’re going to look realhard at high blood pressure,amputees, coronary disease,heart disease, brain injury andneurology,” Miller said. “Hear-ing and vision are also high onthe list.”He said conditions, such asbeing a diabetic on insulin oronly having one eye, can causedrivers to fail examinations.Examinations are so thor-ough that Miller said one exam-ination could easily take twoand half hours.“It’s not a walk in, take yourblood pressure, look in yournose, ears and throat and gohome,” Miller said. “Can theman or woman climb up ona trailer and unload lumber? You have to have their jobdescription to see if they fit thatdescription.”Miller said he wanted tobecome a certified medicalexaminer because of the publicsafety issue.“I saw developing a subsetof drivers who I felt were prob-ably not the safest people to beout there,” he said. “I felt thatif I could educate these peopleand talk to them and get themlined out, then maybe several of them could drive safely.”He wants to protect not only the safety of the drivers, butalso the safety of the public.“Trucks can easily have 8,000pounds on them,” Miller said.“To stop that truck is hard to do.The momentum is there and if they’re going 65 miles per hourand they lay on the brakes, they don’t stop very fast.”He said FMCSA and certifiedmedical examiner instructorsare taking the National Registry project very seriously.“All the people I’ve been working with are very dedicat-ed to making the roads saferfor the trucker themselves andfor us being on the road withthem,” Miller said. “We’re notout to get anybody, and we’renot out to penalize anybody. We’re looking after their healthand safety.”
 Weblink:
nrcme.fmcsa.dot.gov.
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four-letter word to describethis winter, which is C-O-L-D.It’s going to be very cold,” saidSandi Duncan, managing edi-tor.Based on planetary posi-tions, sunspots and lunarcycles, the almanac’s secretformula is largely unchangedsince founder David Youngpublished the first almanac in1818.Modern scientists don’t putmuch stock in sunspots or tidalaction, but the almanac saysits forecasts used by readers toplan weddings and plant gar-dens are correct about 80 per-cent of the time.Last year, the forecast calledfor cold weather for the easternand central U.S. with mildertemperatures west of the GreatLakes. It started just the oppo-site but ended up that way.Caleb Weatherbee, the publi-cation’s elusive prognosticator,said he was off by only a coupleof days on two of the season’sbiggest storms: a February bliz-zard that paralyzed the North-east with 3 feet of snow in someplaces and a sloppy storm theday before spring’s arrival thatburied parts of New England.Readers who put stock in thealmanac’s forecasts may do wellto stock up on long johns, espe-cially if they’re lucky enough toget tickets to the Super Bowlon Feb. 2. The first Super Bowlheld outdoors in a cold-weath-er environment could be bothsuper cold and super messy, with a big storm due Feb. 1 to 3,the almanac says.Said Duncan: “It really lookslike the Super Bowl may be theStorm Bowl.”In 1967The Maine-basedFarmers’ Almanac, not to beconfused with the New Hamp-shire-based Old Farmer’s Alma-nac, which will be publishednext month, features a mix of corny jokes, gardening tips,nostalgia and home remedies,like feeding carrots to dogs tohelp with bad breath and usingmashed bananas to soothe dry,cracked skin in the winter. Also in this year’s edition,editor Peter Geiger is leadinga campaign to get people toditch the penny, like Canada isdoing.Past campaigns havefocused on moving Thanksgiv-ing to harvest time in October,reconsidering “The Star-Span-gled Banner” as the nationalanthem and changing the colorof money. This time, Geigerthinks he has a winner.He wants people to donatepennies to charity and thenlobby Congress to stop makingthem.“They don’t get used very much. They get tossed. Theonly real use of a penny is if yousave tens of thousands of 
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people” were A. Philip Randolph and BayardRustin, who birthed the idea of a Washing-ton march to appeal for jobs and justice,and ultimately attracted 250,000 people.Today, the Rev. Al Sharpton and MartinLuther King III, who were 8 and 5 years old,respectively, in 1963, are the veterans whobrought thousands to the Lincoln Memo-rial on Saturday. The King Center also hasorganized a ceremony on Wednesday, theactual march anniversary, when PresidentBarack Obama will speak.Friday night, students and young adultsgathered at Howard University in Washing-ton for a mass meeting and rally ahead of Saturday’s march — activity patterned afterthe student rallies that were held beforemajor demonstrations during the civilrights movement. Anthony Miller, president of the HowardUniversity Student Association, said stu-dents recognize the historical significance,and some are using this moment to expresstheir continuing anger over the shootingdeath of black Florida teen Trayvon Mar-tin.“They want to be able to do somethingpositive and something that will uplift thissituation and really bring it to light,” Millersays. Students want “to effect a positivechange and push this country in the rightdirection,” he said, “And I think this is anexcellent opportunity.”Janaye Ingram, who runs the Washing-ton office of Sharpton’s National ActionNetwork, spent hours on the phone recruit-ing students. “This is their moment to makea change. It’s reminiscent of what hap-pened in the ’60s, when the movement wasled by them,” she said.Students and other young people madesignificant contributions to the civil rightsmovement. In 1957 a group of black stu-dents, later called the Little Rock Nine,helped integrate all-white Central HighSchool in Arkansas. The Freedom Riderschallenged segregation by riding busesthrough the South in integrated pairs. There were numerous others who held sit-insat restaurant counters, skipped school toparticipate in marches and were attackedby police dogs and water cannons duringpublic demonstrations.“When you have been sitting on a lunchcounter stool and someone walk up andspit on you or pour hot water or hot cof-fee on you and you say you’re committedto non-violence, you have to grow up,”Lewis said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”“To go on the Freedom Rides in 1961, thesame year that President Barack Obama was born? And to be beaten. You had togrow up. So by the time of the March on Washington, I was 23, but I was an olderperson.”Saturday’s march included several youthspeakers — the youngest, Asean Johnson of Chicago, just 9 years old.Lewis, who was chairman of the StudentNonviolent Coordinating Committee andthe youngest of the “Big Six” leaders fromthe 1963 march, represented the move-ment’s already battle-tested young foot sol-diers. His elders asked him to tone downthe more fiery passages of his speech afterseeing a draft; Lewis told MSNBC that heagreed to make the changes, not wanting todisappoint King and the other leaders.Now 73 and a Democratic congressmanfrom Georgia, Lewis was under no pressureto mince his words Saturday. He remind-ed the crowd of the vicious beating heendured in the 1965 voting rights march inSelma, Ala., and encouraged today’s youthto resist efforts to erode his generation’shard-fought victories.“Back in 1963, we hadn’t heard of theInternet. We didn’t have a cellular tele-phone, iPad, iPod,” Lewis said. “But weused what we had to bring about a non-violent revolution. I say to all of the youngpeople: You must get out there and pushand pull and make America what it shouldbe for all of us.”Today’s young activists are equipped with a tool that older generations didn’thave: social media. It empowers them torally large numbers of people to a causein a very short span of time. Using thesemethods are Florida’s “Dream Defenders,”the student group that held a sit-in out-side of Gov. Rick Scott’s office for 31 days,demanding a special session to repeal the“stand your ground” law.The group traveled to Washington forthe march anniversary, and encouragedsupporters to follow their journey onUSTREAM, an online live video service.
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Neb. man kills self after letting abducted wife go
IMPERIAL, Neb. (AP) — A man who abducted his estranged wife from the Lincoln hair salon where she works killed himself,authorities said Sunday, hours after the wife emerged from afield in the area where the two were last seen. A state police official said searchers found 37-year-oldDwayne Lawrence’s body in a cornfield outside of Imperial Sun-day night. He had shot himself.His estranged wife, 38-year-old Julie Hanes, could be seen walking and talking to people at the search staging area afterbefore she was taken by ambulance to a hospital.
2 rafting deaths in 2 days on Ocoee River 
BENTON, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say two women have diedin two days while rafting on the Ocoee River in Tennessee. An Atlanta woman who was rafting with family and friends was thrown overboard in rapids. She reportedly grabbed a res-cue rope but then lost consciousness.The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conserva-tion said a woman from Smyrna, Tenn., fell out of a raft on Sun-day morning when it got stuck in rapids.Tennessee Valley Authority spokesman Scott Brooks says theriver flow was higher than normal Saturday. The TVA controlsthe amount of water in the river with three dams.
Ohio student says racist campus postings a ‘joke’
OBERLIN, Ohio (AP) — A police report says an Oberlin Col-lege student who acknowledged posting racist fliers aroundcampus earlier this year intended them as a “joke” to provokean overreaction.The student’s statement to campus security says he also took credit for hanging a Nazi flag and posting the face of the schoolpresident on a picture of Adolf Hitler, but denied responsibility for earlier racist postings.The student says in statements after being detained Feb. 27that he printed out about 1,000 anti-Islam fliers and had alsoprinted out a page of racist cards. The student’s name is blackedout in police documents.
Pa. county to study trail link to Flight 93 site
SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania county isexploring the possibility of extending a public trail system to theFlight 93 National Memorial.Somerset County will seek proposals for a feasibility study on the best way to extend the Great Allegheny Passage bike trailnorth to the Flight 93 National Memorial.The memorial honors the passengers and crew memberskilled when the plane crashed into a field on Sept. 11, 2001, afterthey fought back against hijackers.
Pa. girl off oxygen after 2 lung transplants
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The mother of a 10-year-old Pennsyl-vania girl recovering from two double lung transplants says thegirl has been taken off oxygen and is doing well.Janet Murnaghan said Sunday that her daughter Sarah wastaken off oxygen but still gets support from a machine that helpsher breathe.Murnaghan says that in the last few days Sarah has started to walk around the hospital with the aid of a walker and has evengone outside briefly.The Newtown Square girl with end-stage cystic fibrosisreceived the transplants at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphiaafter a federal judge intervened in her parents’ lawsuit challeng-ing national transplant rules.
 Tropical Storm Fernand forms off Mexico
MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Fernand has formed off Mexi-co’s Gulf coast and is expected to make landfall Monday.The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday the storm had winds of at least 45 mph. Fernand is about 25mileseast of the Mexican state of Veracruz.The storm is expected to produce 4 to 8 inches of rain overparts of several states.

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