New York Daily News 12/31/00
Report: Flaws in Cal print files

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- An estimated half of the roughly 70 million
digitized thumbprints contained in a database maintained by California's
Department of Motor Vehicles are distorted to the point that they are of
little use to law enforcement investigators, it was reported Sunday. The
Orange County Register reported that the problem is extensive enough that it
would take millions of dollars and as many as four years to correct the
glitches and purge the bad prints from the system. In the meantime, the
database is seen as little use to police seeking to identify fingerprints
found at crime scenes. "About half the prints are bad," said Jim Connelly,
forensics services supervisor with the Anaheim Police Department.

Benton County Daily Record 12/31/00
Falsification of documents behind chief's termination

by Erin Cain
SULPHUR SPRINGS -- Gary Brandt said Friday he was not told of the reasons
behind his dismissal from his position as fire chief at Sulphur Springs.
Tim Franks, the city's director of public safety, fired Brandt Wednesday for
insubordination and falsification of documents.
"I was told it was an executive decision," Brandt said Friday.
Franks was appointed director of public service two months ago. He is
responsible for the operations of the police and fire department.

NandoTimes 12/30/00
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Associated Press
SALT LAKE CITY (December 30, 2000 6:20 p.m. EST -
The Salt Lake Tribune Publishing Co. is seeking to subpoena documents its
rival Deseret News and get testimony from its executives to prove the planned
purchase of the Tribune by MediaNews would harm the Tribune.
The request was filed with a federal judge Friday along with a request for an
expedited hearing.

New Haven Register 12/30/00
Theater debate unfolds in rare document


Today's Yale, home to a renowned drama school, the Dramat, the Rep and the
Yale Cabaret, celebrates the stage. But it was not always so
For more than half of its 300 years, Yale was as anti-theater as any
institution of higher learning of that time. A century after Yale's founding,
its fourth president, Timothy Dwight, could exclaim: "When you go to
theaters, recollect that you are to give an account of your conduct at the
last day."
"Theater & Anti-Theater in the 18th Century," on view at the Beinecke Rare
Book & Manuscript Library from Jan. 15 until April 14, documents the
controversies that surrounded the theater at Yale, in England and abroad in
the 1700s.

Detroit News 12/31/00
Detroit's past dreams, realities to be unsealed

by Michael H. Hodges
Detroit -- Voices from the 19th century will call across the years to the
21st century at Orchestra Hall tonight, when Mayor Dennis Archer opens a time
capsule sealed at Old City Hall shortly after midnight, Jan. 1, 1901.
It was, of course, an utterly different world. Detroit had only 300,000
residents, and the city ended at Grand Boulevard. Chief industries were
stove-making, shipbuilding and railroad cars. The Ford Motor Co. wouldn't be
founded for a couple of years. And decorative electric lights strung on Old
City Hall still drew astonished gasps.

St. Petersburg Times 12/31/00
Pasco County to begin to document its history
The county will use a $20,000 grant to catalog historical architecture

by James Horner
Driving on U.S. 19, it's easy to imagine that the historical architecture of
west Pasco has succumbed to death by a thousand strip malls.
But traces of an architectural legacy dot coastal Pasco, from the old fishing
community of Aripeka in the north to the turn-of-the-century lumber town of
Odessa in the south.
Documenting that heritage will get a lot easier with the announcement last
month that Pasco captured a $20,000 grant approved by Florida Secretary of
State Katherine Harris.

Las Vegas Review-Journal 12/31/00
A Soveriegn Nation: Ousted Paiutes vow fight

by Glenn Puit
Debra Faria remembers a time when the Las Vegas Paiutes' worldly possessions
consisted of their names, their bloodline and their cultural heritage.
About three decades ago, members of the tribe were easily the poorest of the
poor in the Las Vegas Valley.
At their colony off North Main Street, they had no running water, no
electricity and barely any food to speak of. It was a bitter existence for a
people who thrived in Nevada for hundreds of years.
"We were so poor, the kids at school constantly made fun of us," Faria said.
"We were ashamed of what we had to eat at school. A tortilla with a few beans
was all."

Richmond Times-Dispatch 12/30/00
Monroe played key role in races
Editor publishes catalog of letters

by Kiran Krishnamurthy
FREDERICKSBURG James Monroe flirted with close elections - just not his own.
Monroe, who was elected the nation's fifth president and was returned to a
second term by landslide victories, played key roles in two 19th-century
presidential contests, said Daniel Preston, editor of the James Monroe Papers
at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg and author of a new catalog of
the president's letters.

Peter A. Kurilecz CRM, CA
Richmond, Va
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