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By DENNIS DAILY, United Press International   |   May 7, 2003 at 4:00 AM   |   Comments

BLIND MAN SENTENCED FOR KILLING GUIDE DOG

A Philadelphia court has sentenced a blind man in the kicking death of his guide dog, "Inky." The Inquirer newspaper says the man could serve as much as a year in jail in conjunction with the incident.

Judge Paul W. Tressler sentenced Craig Miller to prison and ordered him to pay $1,000 to the Leader Dogs organization.

The judge told the man his personal problems -- including his sightless condition, depression, allegations of drug and alcohol use and family violence -- would not serve as mitigating factors in meting out the sentence.

Before sentencing the 43-year-old man apologized to the court.

Miller had waited more than 20 years to receive his own guide dog and claimed the animal's fatal injuries were the result of an accident. Veterinary experts claimed Miller kicked the dog to death.


POTATO CHIP PLANT DAMAGED BY STORMS

The recent spate of fatal tornadoes and thunderstorms in the Midwest did more than kill and damage, they closed the Pringles plant.

The only plant in the company making the look-alike chips and a new product, Torengos, was hit by the violent storm that raked through Jackson, Tenn., this past weekend. The worst damage was to the building's roof.

Production delays at the country's only Pringles plant could cause a major disruption in distribution of the popular snack.

Proctor and Gamble, owners of the Pringles and Torengos names, tells the Cincinnati Enquirer more than 275 million chips are cranked out each day. Another Pringles plant is located in Belgium.


RULES CHANGED FOR BOONE FOREST

Environmental officials in Kentucky are changing access rules for the Daniel Boone National Forest. Plans being unveiled this week were hammered out amid a debate between environmentalists and logging interests.

The Louisville Courier-Journal says much of the wording deals with the legal aspects for logging and other activities within the sprawling forest.

The Forest Service anticipates a lot of reaction from both sides of the issue when the formal language is promulgated. The next step will be for the government to take formal comments from the general public before the wording is finalized.

Although most people think of the Pacific Northwest when they think of logging, the publication says forestry is a $4.5 billion industry in Kentucky.


CENSUS STATS STILL BEING REWORKED

Officials are still mulling over information from Census 2000 and say they are changing the official listings in some demographic categories.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports more than 11,000 people in Minnesota, who were first counted as natives of Mexico, Cuba and other Spanish-speaking countries, wound up with generic labels, including "Spanish" and "Latino."

Under amendments announced to the media this week, the number of "Mexicans" in Minnesota was reduced by 7 percent because of the adjustment.

Changes also were made in other areas, including New York City, where the number of Dominicans was reduced to about 408,000, some 150,000 fewer than city officials originally had thought. A re-adjustment in recent months shows the figure to be more than a half-million.

The Census Bureau says it will rework its processes prior to the 2010 head count.

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