News In Brief
ARE WE EVER GLAD YOU'RE HERE
That was a memorable field trip Jessica Webster took with her classmates to the county courthouse in Hallock, Minn., last week. The idea was to get a firsthand look at a trial. She did, all right. Because the juror pool turned out to be too small, and because she's 18, the Kittson Central Senior High student was drafted on the spot - and then impaneled for a case. She didn't, however, help to decide the outcome. The parties reached an out-of-court settlement.
CAST A BALLOT; WIN A FRIDGE
If you think voter apathy in the US is serious, imagine the exasperation of elections officials in Vladivostok, on Russia's east coast. In a city of 800,000 people, roughly two dozen local contests have had to be invalidated because of insufficient turnout. So for the next election, June 18, people will be offered a new incentive to go to the polls: free lottery tickets. Each offers a chance at a car, a TV, or a household appliance.
Summer travel: Florida is No. 1 destination in survey
The Travel Industry Association of America (TIA) estimates that over the next three months, Americans will take 237 million "person trips," defined as 50-plus miles, one-way, from home. That statistic from the Washington-based nonprofit is up 3 percent from last year - an apparent sign that high fuel prices aren't likely to make a bust of summer travel. TIA's poll of 1,300 travelers, combined with forecasting techniques, found that Americans plan to stay away 10 nights on their longest pleasure trip and spend $965. The destinations that TIA says travelers want to visit most this summer, and the percentage of respondents choosing each:
3.New York 13%
(tie) Nevada 7%
(tie) Washington, D.C. 7%
10.South Carolina 5%
- PR Newswire
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