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By DENNIS DAILY, United Press International  |  Feb. 11, 2003 at 4:00 AM
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A historic century-old building housing a charter school has been gutted by fire in Atlanta. Fire officials tell local media the school in the city's Grant Park district had been used for a project called the Neighborhood Charter School since last August.

The school had just over 100 students and was involved in some very interesting and innovative learning concepts. The publication says much of the teaching was centered around project-oriented areas of study. In addition, being proximate to the local zoo, many class activities involved field trips to that complex.

In the wake of the fire, several local churches have offered to let the Neighborhood Charter School use their classroom space.

One interesting aspect about the school is an agreement that every parent must sign stating he or she will take part in at least 10 hours of service at the school each semester.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


Private pilots in and around the nation's capital are dealing with a new set of clearance and airspace restrictions. The Federal Aviation Administration, on its Web site, says the new security measures effectively mean no personal light planes will be able to fly anywhere within a 30-mile radius of downtown Washington unless they are at an altitude above 18,000 feet. The old no-fly zone was half that size.

Military aircraft and commercial jets and turboprops going in and out of Reagan National Airport are not involved in the plan.

Local all-news radio station WTOP says the old rules already had a clamping effect on the city's many airborne traffic reporters. They still are allowed in the air but with limitations that make it more difficult to see some troublesome traffic areas.


Broadcast studios at a variety of locations in Manhattan in New York are becoming home to more and more "displaced" CNN broadcasts. With few exceptions -- Larry King and many Wall Street-themed shows -- most CNN programming traditionally had originated from the network's headquarters in Atlanta.

The Atlanta Journal and Constitution says now, however, CNN is staging many of its high-visibility news shows from the Big Apple, if for no other reason than to go head-to-head with Fox News in being "where the action is."

A spokeswoman for CNN, though, says the company's headquarters is in Atlanta and will remain there.

One major "show of force" by CNN in New York City was the construction of a store-front studio for Paula Zahn's daily show. It's on the ground floor of the Time Life Building on the busy Avenue of the Americas and is said to have cost about $15 million to construct -- safety glass and all.

The following daily CNN shows now originate from studios in New York: "Connie Chung Tonight," "NewsNight With Aaron Brown," "Lou Dobbs Moneyline" and "American Morning with Paula Zahn."


When Cincinnati-area citizens want to gamble they drive to river towns in nearby Indiana. Soon they might not have to leave Ohio. There are reports circulating that an out-of-state American Indian tribe, with roots in Ohio, could be coming to nearby Clermont County, a half-hour east of the Cincinnati metropolitan area, to build a large gaming center there.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports laying claim to "long-held ancestral lands" could be a slow process for members of the tribe.

At least four groups already have approached the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs to regain jurisdictional rights in the Buckeye State: Piqua Sept of Ohio Shawnee Indians; Saponi Nation of Ohio, Shawnee Nation; Ohio Blue Creek; and, the Lower Eastern Ohio Mekojay Shawnee Indians.

Some of the applications have been in the hopper for some time; many were filed as far back as 1988 when the federal government legalized gambling on American Indian lands.

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