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[FEB. 21, 2005]  PEORIA -- U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Peoria, announced Friday that he is now accepting applications from high school students residing in the 18th Congressional District who are interested in serving as a congressional page during the summer 2005 program.

The congressional page program offers a firsthand opportunity for high school juniors to participate in the operations of the U.S. Congress. The page program is organized through the U.S. House of Representatives. All pages are appointed by the speaker of the House; however, in order to qualify for consideration for an appointment, an applicant must be nominated by their member of Congress. The page program is highly competitive, with a total of 66 appointments being accepted each year.

All applicants must be at least 16 years of age at the time their appointment would begin and have a cumulative grade-point average of a B or better. Summer program applicants may serve as a page only during the summer before or the summer after their junior year of high school.

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The page program runs during the school year as well, though the applications now available are for summer 2005 only. School-year page applications will be available in the coming months.

Young people interested in applying for a page nomination from LaHood should request an application packet from Carol Merna at the congressman's Peoria office. She can be reached by phone at (309) 671-7027 or by e-mail to

Completed application packets must be returned to the congressman's district office in Peoria no later than March 18.

[News release from Rep. Ray LaHood,
18th Congressional District]

Life Sentence, No Parole

If we tried to invent the cruelest punishment for dogs, we probably couldn't come up with anything worse than "solitary confinement" on a chain or in a kennel.

Dogs are pack animals who crave the companionship of others.  Scratches behind the ears, games of fetch, or even just walks around the block mean the world to them.  Curling up at your feet while you watch TV is their idea of heaven.

Many dogs left to fend for themselves at the end of a chain fall prey to attacks by other animals or cruel people, and many others are injured or hanged or choke as a result of getting entangled or caught in their tether.

If you have a backyard dog, please, bring him or her inside.  They don't want much--just you.

A public service announcement from Lincoln Daily News and

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