Wednesday Buffet: Election Results, Home Schooling, Senior Crimestoppers

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy 80th birthday to popular sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer. She also helps children overcome their hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia. Bet you have to click the link to figure that one out.

The news is jumping on the Beacon this morning, where we have the results of yesterday’s primary races. Sen. Barack Obama carried Montana over Democratic rival Sen. Hilary Clinton, while, locally, former sheriff Jim Dupont defeated incumbent Gary Hall to move on in the county commissioner race. And a new print edition of the Beacon is out on racks today. Our lead story is by reporter Myers Reece, who takes a look at how liberal laws have allowed home schooling to flourish in the state and interviews one, very smart, Eureka home schooler. Flathead County has the second-most home school students in the state behind Yellowstone County. Check back throughout the day as we put up some of the other new stories from the print.

State news is dominated by primary coverage today. Butte attorney Bob Kelleher and former state Public Service Commissioner John Driscoll posted surprising wins in their respective races. Gov. Schweitzer will face off against Roy Brown in Montana’s gubernatorial race. Petitioners for a proposed anti-abortion constitutional amendment were moved out of a Billings school. Lightning may have been a factor in the deaths of two Helena boys who drowned after their go-cart crashed into the Missouri River.

Whew. On the lighter side, a 71-year-old Pennsylvania man, with some help from his friend who was in a wheelchair, chased down, tackled and held a young woman he says robbed him at an ATM.