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W hatever else they represent, the finalists in the first presidential election of the 21st century represent a consensus on several points, though details remain to be ironed out: a tax cut would occur, Social Security and Medicare would be shored up, the nation's military establishment would be enhanced, choice in abortion would continue, and gays would find their niche in civilian and military ranks.

George W. Bush's devotion to loyalty may be his Achilles' heel, and if he wants to withstand the McCain insurgency, he must listen to things he does not want to hear. Otherwise, he could end up just like his father in 1992.

The implied strategy of engaging a younger crowd doesn't entail talking about issues. Rather, it means how well candidates play their cool cards, and those who are working with an empty hand have manufactured their hipness.

Plus, post-Columbine insanity in Tucson, unlocking the clues to MS in Nashville, throwing away valuable resources in Knoxville, and more.

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Sentra of Attention [12]
2000 Nissan Sentra.

Teeny Tidbits
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Odds and Ends [13]
Time-released news capsules from the flipside.
— Devin D. O'Leary, WEEKLY ALIBI
Mr. Smarty Pants [14]
Perhaps it is the female opossum who requires shock-absorbing underwear.
— Mr. Smarty Pants, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Now What? [15]
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Volume III, Issue 34
February 14 - February 21, 2000  

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The Final Four [2]
The winnowing field of New Hampshire cuts the presidential pool down to size — in more ways than one.
— Jackson Baker, MEMPHIS FLYER
Like Father, Like Son [3]
The loyalty George W. shows to his contributors and advisers may be his Achilles' heel.
Dressing Down [4]
That's about all the wannabes are doing to get the youth vote.
— Ashley Fantz, MEMPHIS FLYER
A Conspiracy of Dunces [5]
When all is said and done, Jamie Roinick's offense consisted of being a 14-year-old boy in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Big Steps [6]
For millions of multiple sclerosis patients throughout the world, the future is cloudy. There's still no cure. But that may change thanks to groundbreaking work at Vanderbilt University.
Wasting Away [7]
Knox County, Tennessee should have reduced its solid waste output by 25 percent by now. It hasn't. While it's a bit lower than in previous years, it's still nowhere near where it's supposed to be.
Bless The Beasts [8]
Nearly 30 years after joining the fight, Kim Stallwood sees signs that the animal-rights movement is increasing in size and influence.
— Tim Vanderpool, TUCSON WEEKLY
Courtesy Commandos [9]
You're ground to a halt on the side of the freeway, watching the smoke rise from your engine, and cursing your lack of a cell phone, when... a rescuer appears! What is this official-looking truck stopping to help?
— Mike Gibson, METRO PULSE
Climbing the Family Tree [10]
Virginia Wood finds that with the help of U.S. census records, discovering the roots of her family is possible.
— Virginia B. Wood, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
Changing of the Guard [11]
Vandy's new chancellor draws criticism for his quick departure from his last job.

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