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2008-10-11 03:00:11

By Hubbuch, Chris The coming winter could be more slippery than usual. Road salt is so scarce that private contractors - and many county and municipal highway departments - can't even buy it this year. North American Salt, one of the country's main suppliers, informed customers in a letter in August it would not have salt to sell them because its inventory was depleted last year and governmental orders were bigger than expected. The company did not respond to an interview request Friday....

2008-09-20 12:00:28

By Marcus, Samantha City officials and even some members of the public made their pitch Tuesday that their projects should take priority in the 2009- 13 capital improvement budget. The budget maps out about $209 million in potential spending, though the city is limited to borrowing the amount of debt it retires each year - about $6.5 million annually. Toni Asher, executive director of the Pump House Regional Arts Center, said the building's 30-year-old roof is in poor shape, with two...

2008-09-17 03:00:16

By Marcus, Samantha La Crosse leaders are retreating from a city-run ambulance proposal that drew widespread public opposition. A revised and greatly reduced plan was formally introduced at Thursday's La Crosse Common Council meeting. The new resolution still would create a Joint Emergency Medical Service Commission but deletes the more controversial element authorizing the purchase of two ambulances and allowing 12 firefighters to train as paramedics. "What we've learned is we need to...

2008-09-10 03:00:11

By Anonymous MADISON - A University of Denver official with La Crosse roots will be the first leader of the state's new program to promote access to higher education. Gov. Jim Doyle said Friday that Amy Bechtum will start next month as the director of the Office of the Wisconsin Covenant. Bechtum moved to La Crosse in 1980 at age 6, and she grew up south of the city. She first attended Pleasant Valley School, a small country school, and then went to Harry Spence Elementary. She also...

2008-08-28 03:00:36

By Marcus, Samantha City and county officials say they'll release details of a municipally run ambulance service and related legislation Wednesday at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse campus. The public meeting is sched Wed for 6 p.m. Wednesday it Cartwright Center's Valhalla room. News of a tentative agreement between the city and county broke just this week after more than a year of mediation between the city of La Crosse, La Crosse County and Gundersen Lutheran and Franciscan Skemp...

2008-08-07 03:00:18

By Samantha Marcus, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Aug. 7--The La Crosse area would have one city-operated ambulance by 2010 along with the privately run Tri-State under a proposal released Wednesday. City officials for the first time revealed details of the plan, which calls for training La Crosse firefighters to staff a single municipal ambulance to serve both the city and outlying areas. The proposal, however, also would retain Gundersen Lutheran-owned Tri-State Ambulance as the region's...

2008-08-05 03:00:39

By Autumn Grooms, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Aug. 5--SPARTA, Wis. -- Latino children in the Monroe County seat will receive additional academic support when they return to school this fall through an Immigrant Children and Youth Grant awarded to the school district. Afterschool programming offered through the Sparta Boys and Girls Club will focus on homework assistance for immigrant students in all grades who have attended school for less than three full academic years, said Amy Blackburn,...

2008-08-05 03:00:24

By Anne Jungen, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Aug. 5--A former La Crosse man who admitted downloading sexually graphic videos involving children as young as 2 escaped further time behind bars and probation Monday. La Crosse County Circuit Judge Ramona Gonzalez cited Scott Wathen's lack of risk to sexually offend, absence of criminal record, cooperation with law enforcement and compliance while released on a signature bond as factors in her decision to limit his sentence to 40 days already...

2008-08-04 03:00:15

By Samantha Marcus, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Aug. 4--La Crosse officials are looking to extend for another six months a quasi-moratorium on commercial building along the Great River Road. The existing moratorium, set to sunset Aug. 15, was put in place while the city's planning department drafts commercial design standards. The council adopted the moratorium in May more as an agent for additional oversight than an actual suspension on development. But planning officials said they need...

2008-08-03 03:00:22

By Autumn Grooms, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Aug. 3--Walking through the school doors each morning, children from low-income families have more on their minds than homework, quizzes and extra-curricular activities. Some have spent the night in cars, at campgrounds or with relatives and friends. They're trying to figure out where they'll sleep that night and who will pick them up from school. "When it's ongoing and kids come to school worried about Mom and Dad or brothers and sisters, it's...


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out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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