December 2003


I came into not really knowing what to expect. After playing it, I don’t really know what I was expecting, but I sure didn’t get it.

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While most hardcore gamers eschew these sometimes simple games for the deeper pleasures of console and standard PC games, millions of people play these free web-based games every day. This alone makes them worthy of discussion. And while many of the games that populate the internet are crude, badly produced and horribly unplayable, there are some high-quality gems to be found among the muck. This feature exists to point the reader toward some of those gems.

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Jerry Spessard has been managing the finances of the 207-year-old Hagerstown Town & Country Almanack for 19 years. But he’s afraid that, if sales of the folksy book don’t pick up, it may not be around a few years from now.

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Maryland began reporting HIV infections in 1994. These numbers show  cumulative HIV cases, by county, reported through Sept. 30, 2003.

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Kemco’s Gun-toting Girlie Hero Misses the Target in Rogue Ops

A busty, blonde Lara Croft look-alike wearing skin-tight spy gear stares up from the video-game store table. Packing a crossbow in her hand and a determined look on her face, you can tell she’s ready for anything. The box also screams disappointing stealth action game that can’t get out from the shadow of Metal Gear Solid.

But that would be wrong. When I open the box, I find that Kemco’s Rogue Ops for the Playstation 2, Xbox and GameCube is a decent game with enough original, clever puzzles to partially overcome some design flaws.

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