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cxlntlZ lir.lli-.nltiUfe.m CI The World Fair 4-Hers serve up treats at Purple Cow, B7 South Coast Tainted products on local shelves, A3 Sports North Coos takes league crown, Bl A Lee Newspaper Q) All A "a Am ii-mi Economy but of rut, grows at 3.4 percent By Jeannine Aversa AP Economics Writer 5. Sitting in the kitchen of her Coos Bay home, Diane Beatty recalls the day, 21 years ago, that her 14-year-old son Jeremy Bright went missing from the Coos County Fair. No trace of the boy has been found since the day in August 1986 he was to meet up with his little sister at the fairgrounds in Myrtle Point. 2 I World Photo by missing after 21 years over disappearance from 1986 Ag Progression by JVCMEC wivswi I 1 I'' if ff i WASHINGTON The economy snapped out of a lethargic spell and grew at a 3.4 percent pace in the second quarter, the strongest showing in more than a year. A revival in business spending was a main force behind the energized performance.

The new reading on gross domestic product, released by the Commerce Department on Friday, marked a big improvement from the first three months Of this year, when economic growth skidded to a near halt at just a 0.6 percent pace, the slowest in more than four years. At the White House, President Bush said job growth has been Strong and the economy is resilient and flexible. "I want the American people to take a good look at this economy of ours," crowed Bush, whose economic stewardship has received weak marks. Stronger spending by businesses and government powered the rebound in the April-to-June quarter. Individuals, however, tightened their belts as they coped with high gasoline prices and the ill effects of the housing slump.

The sour housing market continued to weigh on national economic activity in the spring but not nearly as much as it had in previous quarters. Inflation outside a burst in energy and food prices On Wall Street, stocks seesawed in early trading Friday one day after the Dow Jones industrial average suffered its second biggest drop of the year, plunging by 31 1.50 points. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson called the market turbulence a "wake up call" to investors -to re-examine their degree of risk. "Lenders need to be very aware of the risks. Borrowers need to be aware of risks.

I would submit people are more aware of those risks and the need for discipline today than maybe they were a month or two ago," Paulson said in a briefing 8ith reporters. "So again let's keep an eye on the very strong underlying economy, which puts us in a position of strength," he added, The second quarter's performance was better than the 3.2 percent growth rate economists were expecting. It was the strongest showing since the first quarter of 2006, when the economy expanded at a brisk 4.8 percent annual rate. Gross domestic product measures the value of all goods and services produced in the United States. It is considered the best barometer of the country's economic fitness.

"I think the confidence level of companies has come back. That's why there was a modest pickup in capital spending," said Ken Mayland, president of ClearView Economics. Even as the economy picked up speed in the spring, inflation managed to settle down. An inflation gauge closely Watched by the Federal Reserve Showed "core" prices excluding food and energy rose at a rate of just 1.4 percent in the second quarter. That was down sharply from a 2.4 percent pace in the first quarter and was the smallest increase in four years.

That should help ease some inflation concerns. Fed Chairman Ben Bemanke has said the biggest threat to the economy is if inflation doesn't recede as policymakers anticipate. Out-of-control prices are bad for the economy and the pock-etbook. They eat into paychecks, erode purchasing power and reduce the value of investments. See Economy, Page A10 Public Record.

Mother anguishes By Carl Mickelson StaffWriter EASTSIDE If there's a month that Diane Beatty would like back, it would be August 1986. It was then that her 14-year-old son, Jeremy Bright, went to the Coos County Fair and vanished from the earth. "He was here for a week during the fair," Beatty, 52, said from her Eastside home this week as she pored over photos of her missing son from a time when Pac-Man and Van Halen were all the rage. "He was only here for a week. If I would have said, about him coming up to the fair, I would still have him." But she didn't say' no.

Who would? Jeremy and his 9-year-old sister S'te (the French abbreviation for Saint and pronounced had both grown up in Myrtle Point and they loved the fair. Their stepfather, Orville "Ole" Gulseth of Myrtle Point, had offered to take them in for a week that summer. "My brother and I never missed the fair," said his sister S'te Elmore, who is now married and living in San Diego. For that last year, Beatty and the children had been living in Grants Pass. Beatty and "Ole" were finished, and Beatty was carving a new life for herself so she wouldn't be tending bar the rest of her life.

"Instead of them veggin' in Grants Pass for a week, while I worked and went to school, I thought that would be a great little trip for them," she said, noting the children's grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins all lived in Myrtle Point. Coos County Fair "Anything that looked like it had any substance, we put every effort into it to try and either find something that would help, or put an end to that rumor," said former Coos County investigator Craig Zanni, who worked the case from 1991 to 2004. But so far nothing. "It's all been valleys," Beatty said. "There have not been any peaks.

We have found nothing." The case is still considered a missing person and potential homicide case, Zanni said. His former colleague who handles the case now, Coos County Det. Sgt. Dan Looney, agreed. "We believe he is still in the county somewhere not alive," said Looney, who tracked down leads surrounding Jeremy as recently as last winter.

The two investigators are convinced someone in the county knows exactly what happened to Jeremy that fateful night. "I would be willing to put money on it," Zanni said Thursday as he worked a booth at the fair. While Beatty cradles a glimmer of hope that Jeremy will come around a corner some day, she knows the chance is slim. But she can't help but hope. "You see on the news they find people that had been gone for 10 years," Beatty said, noting a recent case in Missouri.

But that case involved teenagers. She said she had her hopes up that when Jeremy turned 18, he might return. He would have turned 35 this past May. See Bright, Page A10 then I'm all for it," said Greg Cowan, a court official in Leon County, Fla. In Washington, D.C., judges have summoned no-shows to court, where they must explain why they missed their date or face up to seven days in jail and a $300 fine.

In Tulare County, sheriffs go to the homes of no-shows and hand them orders to appear in court to explain themselves. Around the country, some courts have tried to make jury service less burdensome by raising daily fees paid to jurors, limiting jury service to one day or one trial, and reimbursing jurors for parking costs. Nationally, about 46 percent of people summoned for jury duty show up, according to a survey of jury improvement efforts See Jury duty, Page A7 Across country, courts struggle to find jurors to serve Contributed Photos This is a 1986 photo of Jeremy Bright from a family portrait. "I have regretted it ever since." On Aug. 14, Jeremy Bright will have been missing for 21 years an eternity for his mother.

For the Coos County Sheriff's Office, it's a missing person and potential homicide case. Beatty and investigators hope that by bringing the incident back into the public eye, someone will come forward with a new clue, a new lead, or a confession. "If it's something that hasn't been visited before, that might be the piece of the puzzle and Wal-Mart. Courts across the country have been going to extraordinary lengths in recent years to get people to report for jury duty a cornerstone of democracy and a civic responsibility that many citizens would do almost anything to avoid. Experts say the shirking of jury duty has been a problem as long as anyone can remember, and it is unclear whether it has gotten any worse in the past few decades.

But according to one study, fewer than half of all Americans summoned report for duty, in part because of apathy and busy lifestyles. "Everybody likes jury duty just not this week," said Patricia Lee Refo, a Phoenix lawyer who chaired the American Jury Project, an effort by the American Bar This is an age progression of what Jeremy Bright might look like today at the age of 35. The image was created by the National Center for Missing Exploited Children. that we're missing," said Beatty, who lives full-time in Florida but who has been coming back every summer since she moved away in 1998. "He's out here somewhere." While no one has ever been arrested in the case, dozens of people have been questioned, log and beaver ponds have been drained in search of his body, scuba divers have explored wells, swamps and rivers, and various potential gravesites across the county have been dug up.

Association to increase jury participation. '-Among other efforts around the country to boost participation: In Los Angeles County, officials have put ads promoting jury service on the court system's mail trucks. They read: "Jury Service: You Be the Judge." In New York state, occupational exemptions to jury service have been eliminated, so doctors, lawyers, firefighters, police officers and even judges can no longer get out of jury duty. In Florida, court officials use a poster of Harrison Ford, star of the movie "Presumed Innocent," to encourage people to report for jury duty. The poster was part of a 2005 public service campaign developed by the ABA.

"If a picture of Harrison Ford helps us be a more democratic society, Daniel Smith, North Bend Pamela Korean, Coos Bay Cm A7 By Denise Lavoie Associated Press Writer Madeline Byrne was making a quick trip to the grocery store to buy some cheese when a sheriff approached her car in the parking lot and slipped something through her open window. Byrne didn't get the cheese, but she did get a jury summons. The 64-year-old woman was ordered to report for jury duty a little more than an hour later at the Lee County courthouse in Sanford, N.C. When Byrne protested, the sheriff told her: "Be there or you'll be in contempt." "I wasn't too happy," said Byrne, one of at least a dozen people handed summonses at random in March outside a Food Lion Sports B1 in Vernon Brockm.inn, Eugene Betty Ray, Myrtle Point Judy Reik, Coos Bay Emil Sundbaum, Broadbent High to 66 tow to 56 Clearing today. Weather, All).

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