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October, 2003

News Briefs by Submission
Illegal To Read Patriot Act?
   WASHINGTON, DC, President Bush spoke out Monday, Sept. 22, in support of a revised version of the 2001 USA Patriot Act that would make it illegal to read the USA Patriot Act. "Under current federal law, there are unreasonable obstacles to investigating and prosecuting acts of terrorism, including the public's access to information about how the federal police will investigate and prosecute acts of terrorism," Bush said at a press conference Monday. "For the sake of the American people, I call on Congress to pass this important law prohibiting access to itself." Bush also proposed extending the rights of states to impose the death penalty "in the wake of Sept. 11 and stuff."

Wreckage Keeps Falling On My Head
   Unnoticed within an August 6th article in the NY Times (Management Issues Looming In Inquiry on Shuttle Safety) is that NASA is considering landing future Shuttle flights only when its path is from the north east rather than the south east. "The change would mean that little of the shuttle's descent would be over land, lowering the risk of damage to people on the ground if another shuttle broke up..."

New Yorkers Spooked By Low Flying Planes
   "My heart literally jumped out", said a woman who lives on Staten Island about low flying aircraft flying very low overhead 5 minutes apart landing on a little used runway at Newark Airport.
   "I jumped up, said another, " I thought it was going to crash ... I didn't know a plane could stay airborne at such a low altitude. The new pattern began just two days before the second anniversary of September 11, 2001 when a low flying plane flew very low and very fast over Staten Island and slammed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center.
James Scanlon

Parnell Will Not Seek Re-Election
   After careful consideration, Dr. Frank Parnell has decided not to be a candidate for re-election as a Trustee of the Marin Community College District in November, 2003.
   As a dedicated supporter of public education, Parnell has served eight years on the College of Marin (COM) Board during challenging times, including two years as Board President.
   In his press release, Parnell stated, "The COM Board of Trustees has been goal-oriented and proactive in addressing our challenges at the college including the future use of the Indian Valley Campus, development of a facilities master plan, internal dispute resolution and institutional reorganization.
   "By the end of the term as Board President in December 2003, I am optimistic that our search for a new President/Superintendent will be successful and that a decision will be made to move forward with the General Obligation bond measure which is badly needed to improve our physical facilities."

Slide Ranch Harvest Celebration Oct. 18
   Slide Ranch will hold it's annual Harvest Celebration for families with children of all ages on Saturday, October 11th in West Marin. With a $12 per person pre-registered charge or $15 at the gate, the non-profit event includes learning to spin wool, craft activities, guided tours, hikes, games, storytelling, music making and cooking demos by local chefs. Local farmers get in at half price and whole families can attend for $55. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
 Slide Ranch is a non-profit farm-based environmental education center perched on the continent's edge just north of San Francisco.  Every bite of food connects us to the soil, sun, water and air, and to the people who work to feed us.  Our mission is to teach respect and responsibility for sustaining these connections.

   Call (415) 381-6155 for reservations or Visit for more information.

Sheriff's Citizen's Academy
   The Marin County Sheriff's Office is proud to announce the next presentation of the Sheriff's Citizen's Academy. The academy is scheduled to begin on Wednesday Sept. 17. The course is presented once a week on Wed. evenings from 6:30-9:30 for a total of 13 weeks. Late enrollment may be possible.
   Participants of the course will be introduced to the wide are of various responsibilities of the Sheriff's Office. In addition to the weekly classroom discussions, participants have the opportunity to participate in many "in-field" demonstrations. This includes every student having the opportunity to attend the Sheriff's Office pursuit driving course, ride-along with a deputy during a patrol shift, and experience first hand the stress of making life or death decisions using a high tech Force Options Training Simulator where the students are subjected to "shoot or don't shoot" training exercises.
   The Marin County Sheriff's Office is the largest law enforcement agency in Marin County. It has over 200 sworn personnel and 105 civilian personnel. In addition to patrol responsibilities, it is responsible for the Marin County Jail and the security of the Marin County Courts. Students will be exposed to several specialty units including the Canine Team, Investigations Bureau, Dive Team, Probation Enforcement Team, and Marine and Air Patrol Units. Recently with the cooperation of the California Department of Corrections, the Sheriff's Office has added a tour of San Quentin State Prison as part of the academy's curriculum.
   Applications for the next class are available by call the Sheriff's Office Professional Standards Unit at 415-499-7836 or via the Sheriff's Office website at



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