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October 24, 2002

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MILLINOCKET, Maine (AP) _ Baxter State Park is raising visitor rates for the first time in 10 years, effective Nov. 1. Fees are going up 30 percent to offset drops in revenue from trees harvested on park land, a decrease in the number of fee-paying winter visitors and declines from the trust fund. The late Gov. Percival Baxter bequeathed the 200,000-acre wilderness park to the state.

D.C. announces annual collection for residents’ hazardous waste

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The District of Columbia is making its annual call for residents’ hazardous waste. Public Works Director Leslie Hotaling announced that this year’s collection will be Nov. 2 in the Carter Barron Amphitheater parking lot. Residents can bring items such as old cleaning materials, pesticides, acids, paint, spent batteries and automotive fluids.

SOUTH

Ala. depot to start incinerating Cold War-era chemical weapons in 2003

ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) _ Army officials plan for early 2003 to start incineration of Cold War-era chemical weapons at the Anniston Army Depot. Objections from state environmental regulators over testing delayed an earlier start. An Army status report said destruction of more than 2,200 tons of sarin, VX and mustard agent will begin sometime between January and March 2003.

Atlanta ranks low in survey of top commercial real estate markets in US

GEORGIA (AP) _ Atlanta ranked next to last in a survey of the investment potential of the top 15 commercial real estate markets in the United States. The survey, from Lend Lease Real Estate Investments of Buckhead and PricewaterhouseCoopers, suggests that investors can find ``no real opportunities″ in Atlanta for 2003. The survey is based on interviews with more than 170 experts.

MIDWEST

Indiana town to allow bowhunting of deer within town limits

BEVERLY SHORES, Ind. (AP) _ Officials will allow hunting with bows and arrows within the town limits for the second consecutive year to reduce the deer population. However, the Town Council voted to add restrictions on this year’s hunt to alleviate residents’ safety concerns. This year, only 20 bowhunters at a time can take part in the hunt, and all participants must show they’ve passed a hunter education class.

Wisconsin woman confesses to smothering two babies in early 1980s

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Apparently haunted by the deaths of her two baby daughters in the early 1980s, a woman confessed to smothering them with pillows, according to a criminal complaint. Maxine Watson told investigators she smothered the children because she was angry at her husband, according to the complaint. Both deaths were attributed at the time to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

WEST

Calif. city votes to approve resolution opposing pre-emptive strike against Iraq

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) _ The City Council voted 4-1 to approve a resolution opposing a unilateral, pre-emptive military strike against Iraq after listening to calls for peace. Resident Mac Bakewell gave the council a petition with 537 signatures in support of the resolution. One councilman voted no and Councilman Dan Secord abstained, saying the council should be concerned instead with potholes.

Ore. court upholds school district requiring drug tests for sports

SALEM, Ore. (AP) _ Requiring drug tests of students who want to participate in extracurricular sports doesn’t violate search and seizure protections in the state constitution, the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled. The decision upheld the Oakridge School District, which excluded a student from playing volleyball after her parents refused to consent to have her tested for drug and alcohol use.

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