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Illinois bill calls for harsher rail crossing violations

Motorists and truckers who intentionally disregard railroad crossing warning devices and cause fatal crashes would face increased prison time under legislation passed in the Illinois state House this month.

The Herald News of suburban Chicago reports that six Republicans sponsored the bill. The legislators said they want to raise awareness about safety at railroad crossings in the wake of the March 15, 1999, collision involving trucker John R. Stokes and Amtrak's City of New Orleans train. The accident resulted in 11 deaths and 122 injuries.

Stokes is awaiting trial on charges of driving longer than permitted without sleep in a 24-hour period and for not updating his driver's log. On Feb. 1, 2002, state and local investigators said in a report the crossing gates malfunctioned. Stokes did not try to drive around lowered crossing signals, the report concluded.

However, a Feb 5., 2002, National Traffic Safety Board report said the collision's probable cause was Stokes' "inappropriate response to the crossing warning devices and his judgment, likely impaired by fatigue, that he could cross the tracks before the arrival of the train."

The legislation, which now goes to the Senate, would increase the penalty for reckless conduct that causes a death when a car or truck collides with a train. Instead of a Class 3 felony, which carries a penalty ranging from probation to five years, the conduct would be a Class 2 felony, with a penalty of up to seven years.

Because Illinois classifies logbook and hours-of-service violations as Class 4 felonies, Stokes faces a possible sentence of one to three years in prison for each count.

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The worst lies are the lies we tell ourselves. We live in
denial of what we do, even what we think. We do this
because we're afraid. We fear we will not find love, and
when we find it we fear we'll lose it. We fear that if we
do not have love we will be unhappy. -Richard Bach [||||]     O H ,    M R .    G R A N T    [||||]     

The city of Minneapolis now has a statue of Mary Tyler Moore tossing her
cap in the air at 7th street downtown.    (LA Times)

When you pull a string on her back, the statue plays "You're Gonna Make
it After All."

[||||]     C H O P P E R    C A R N A G E     [||||]     

With myopia typical of the military, the Marine Corps may purchase 360
MV-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft, a Bell-Boeing multibillion dollar
flopperoo that has killed 22 marines training in it.    (USA Today)    

So far, offers to help defray the cost of the killing machines have
flowed in from Saddam Hussein, Moammar Khaddafy, Osama bin Laden, Fidel
Castro and several former Nazis now living in Buenos Aires.

[||||]     O O P S !     [||||]     

Red faced Pentagoners have reluctantly admitted that 31 prisoners taken
during a raid on suspected terrorist compounds in Kandahar were neither
Taliban nor Al-Qaeda and were released.    (USA Today)

Turned out to be Miramax staffers doing some location scouting for a
possible "Ishtar" sequel.

[||||]     M A D A M    G O O D W R E N C H     [||||]

A study conducted by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association
shows that the percentage of single fems playing Miss Fixit on their
vehicles including oil changes, brake jobs and spark plug replacement to
save bucks is up to 34%.     (USA Today)

Potato Pancakes with Smoked Salmon

1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
3  potatoes, peeled and grated
1 Tbsp  chopped fresh dill
1/2 t salt or to taste
- ground pepper to taste -
1 egg white
4 oz smoked salmon 
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream 
- cooking spray -
Heat oven to 400  Combine onion, potatoes, chopped dill,
salt, pepper and egg white in a medium bowl and stir to combine.
Coat baking sheet with cooking spray. Form pancakes by dropping
about 1 tablespoon mixture on tray and flattening into disks.
Bake until golden brown on bottom about 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and turn pancakes over. Return to oven and
bake until brown on both sides about 7 minutes more.
Serve pancakes topped with smoked salmon and a dab of
reduce fat sour cream. Garnish with dill sprigs.

Sunshine Cake

2 1/4 cups flour
7 1/4 teaspoons Equal or 24 packets Equal
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup cold water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
4 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon orange extract
2 teaspoons grated orange ring
8 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

Orange Cream Cheese Glaze

5 cups assorted fresh fruit (optional)
Combine flour, 7 1/4 teaspoons Equal
Measure, baking powder, and salt in large bowl; beat in water,
oil, egg yolks, vanilla, orange extract and orange rind.
Beat egg whites in large bowl until foamy; add cream of tartar
and beat to stiff peaks. Stir in about 1/3 of the egg whites into
flour mixture; fold flour mixture into remaining egg whites.
Pour batter into ungreased 12-cup fluted cake pan.
Bake cake in preheated 325 oven until top springs back when
touched, 60 to 70 minutes. Cook cake in pan on wire rack
10 minutes; invert cake onto wire rack and cool.
Place cake on serving plate; spoon Orange Cream Cheese Glaze
over. Sprinkle fruit with Equal® Measure to taste; server over
cake slices.

Boston Cream Cheesecake submitted by Thomas

1 pkg. (1-layer size) yellow cake mix
3 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp. vanilla, divided
3 eggs
3/4 cup Sour Cream
2 squares BAKER'S Unsweetened Baking Chocolate
3 Tbsp. milk
2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
1 cup powdered sugar
Grease bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Prepare cake mix as
directed on package; pour batter evenly into springform pan.
Bake at 325°F for 25 minutes if using a silver springform pan.
(Bake at 300°F for 20 minutes if using a dark nonstick springform pan.)
Beat cream cheese, granulated sugar and 1 tsp. of the vanilla
with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended.
Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition
just until blended. Blend in sour cream; pour over cake layer.

Did Ya' Know: 020322
The swimming pool at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral
Gables, Florida is the largest in the continental U.S. 
It covers a half acre and holds 600,000 gallons of water.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has the most mini-golf
courses per area in the U.S.  At last count, there were
47 in a 60 mile radius.

Yuma, Arizona has the most sun of any locale in the
U.S. - it averages sunny skies 332 days a year.

*grin* It makes people wonder!

Today's thought is:
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly .
--Antoine De Saint Exupery

If we look at the world through suspicious or angry eyes, we'll find
a world that mirrors our expectations-a world where tension will
mount, arguments will abound, strife will be present where none
need be.  However, our experiences in some manner bless us, and
we'll recognize that if we'll look upon them with gratitude. 
Everything in our path is meant for our good and we'll see the good
when our hearts act as the eyes for our minds.

When we see with our hearts, our responses to the turmoil around
us, the fighting children, the traffic snarls, the angry lovers, will be
soft acceptance.  When our hearts guide the action we can accept
those things we cannot change, and change those we can.  And the
heart, as the seat of all wisdom, will always now the difference.

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Today's meditation comes from the book
Worthy of Love by Karen Casey, illustrated by David Spohn copyright 1985
available through our online bookstore at:

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