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By DENNIS DAILY, United Press International  |  Jan. 17, 2002 at 12:56 AM
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Now that the idea of a grand jury investigation into the death of one of the students who died at Colorado's Columbine High School in 1999 has been rejected, experts tell the Denver Post that a probe by the county's coroner may be the only way to come to a believable conclusion.

Any action would be taken at the request of the parents of a student who many say survived the initial attack, but was killed by police gunfire.

The publication says that a coroner's inquest into the death of Daniel Rohrbough may be the only way to settle the matter once and for all. As reported some says ago, the coroner does have the right to issues subpoenas.


You think the lines at airport security checkpoints are long now, just wait until the week is over. New regulations requiring the full checking of carry-on baggage, either by machine or visually, will mean a new level of inspection and possible delays.

Commercial airlines will now be required to check everything going onto a plane for bombs. Baggage at many airports will have to be hand-searched. Sniffer dogs will also be stationed at checkpoints.

The Kansas City Star is reporting that many airlines have yet to obtain the necessary equipment and most will end up opening all bags and inspecting the contents. The only airline to be have the new scanning equipment at the Kansas City International Airport (MCI) is United. If you are planning on traveling soon, contact the carrier for updated information.


It's safe to say that few things are as they used to be. Take Sunday night TV, for example. In a recent article, Steve Murray, writing in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, notes that at on time Sunday nights belonged to shows such as "The Wonderful World of Disney" and "Murder, She Wrote." But, no longer.

Murray suggests that people with the money to subscribe to the ton of cable and satellite channels out there can now immerse themselves in such "non-Sunday" fare as "Sex and the City," "Oz," "The Chris Isaak Show" and "Queer as Folk."

Even though some may say that regular, over-the-air "more traditional" TV is "vulgar," compared to decades ago, on cable it never looks like Sunday.

Where is Ed Sullivan when you need him?


School officials in Kiowa County Colorado say that they have suspended a teacher who supervised the making of a bomb as a science project. The teacher may face criminal charges. Published reports indicate that an anonymous caller alerted police that something was up when a student brought a homemade bomb to a science fair.

While the bomb was not sophisticated enough to explode, the student who made it told officials that he had learned some of the technique "in class."

A spokesman for the school district says that teacher in question has been put on administrative leave while things are sorted out.

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