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March 29, 1998, midnight
In the time it has taken to raise money for a World War II memorial for Washington state, as many as 10,000 of the men who fought in it have died. And, seven months before it was scheduled for completion, the grassy site in Olympia lies green and undisturbed. Construction that was to begin this week won't because organizers don't have the money to break ground. "It's shocking isn't it?" said retired Lt. Col Richard Kirk, head of the fund-raising effort. "There's only 130,000 of us left. We're vanishing off the face of the earth."
March 17, 1998, midnight
Don't fence 'em in. Ron Knudsen, Phil Thrasher, Jim "Chilicote" Brookover (mounted) and Darrell Howard, photographed with Thrasher's daughter, Vicki Staples, have planned a trek from Mexico to Canada. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review
March 1, 1998, midnight
Silver medalist Michelle Kwan burst into tears after completing her figure skating routine in the Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan. Photo by Associated Press
Second Chance May Get A Reprieve Foes Of Downtown Work Release Center Upset That Olympia May Bypass BillFeb. 4, 1998, midnight
A bill that would prohibit any future state contracts with Second Chance may be shelved without a legislative hearing. Rep. Mark Sterk said he learned Tuesday that the Government Administration Committee isn't likely to have time to hear the bill and six others filed last week because of the shorter 60-day session. The Spokane Valley Republican co-sponsored the bill targeting the private company that runs work release programs in Spokane and Seattle.