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O rganic farming is coming of age, thanks to a strong economy and growing concern about food safety. As both the pro- and anti-organic choruses rise in volume, it will be harder to escape the debate about what we grow and why we buy it.

More than 350,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended in southern Arizona over the last year. In recent months, the sport of choice among dozens of ranchers in Cochise County has become stalking undocumented migrants, rounding them up at gunpoint, and handing them over to Border Patrol agents.

What if you spent $80 million to build a history museum and had nothing to put in it? That's the challenge facing the folks who plan to open the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin next year.

Plus, what you learn from teaching preschoolers for thirty years, talking to radio listeners for twenty years, and more.

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Letters at 3AM [7]
The paperback reissue of Steve Erickson's The Sea Came In at Midnight prompts a reflection on his writing.
— Michael Ventura, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
To Bid or Not to Bid [8]
Low bids aren't the way to go on home renovation.
— Walter Jowers, NASHVILLE SCENE
Taking Ad-vantage [9]
Tips for buying or selling a car through a classified ad.
— Marc K. Stengel, NASHVILLE SCENE
Now What? [11]
Can't get enough news? You're in luck -- more news is created every day. Our Now What? page offers a plethora of recommended links to help keep you living in the present.

Volume IV, Issue 1
June 26 - July 3, 2000  

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Fertile Ground [2]
When you buy your produce at the supermarket, you could be picking up pesticides or even animal genes along with your veggies? In East Tennessee, a growing number of consumers are turning to organic products.
— Jesse Fox Mayshark, METRO PULSE
Border Crisis [3]
Vigilante ranchers hunt illegal immigrants in Arizona.
— Steven Robert Allen, WEEKLY ALIBI
Welcome to Texasland [4]
Bob Bullock's final monument to himself, the Texas State History Museum, won't have many historical documents, but it promises to be entertaining.
Teaching the Teacher [5]
Rosemary Vines has been shaking her booty with her three-year-old students at St. George's Episcopal for 30 years.
Political Insider [6]
Bruce DuMont, host of the syndicated radio show "Beyond the Beltway," celebrates 20 years on the air.
— Elaine Richardson, NEWCITY CHICAGO

Teeny Tidbits
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Mr. Smarty Pants [10]
Perhaps soon, Florida's waters will smell lemon-balmy instead.
— Mr. Smarty Pants, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

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