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VOLUME 14, NUMBER 7 -- June 2, 2008

Deadly twister leaves Iowa teen homeless

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Photo courtesy of Krista Kannegieter

Tornado damage in Parkersburg, Iowa 

Memorial Day weekend started off as a normal one for residents of Parkersburg, Iowa. High school seniors had already graduated, and some were planning parties for the long weekend. Underclassmen were halfway through final exams and looking forward to summer vacations.

No one expected that late Sunday afternoon, May 25, a terrible tornado would rip through their tiny town, leaving death and rubble in its wake.

Nearly three-quarters of a mile wide, the deadly EF5 twister – the most severe tornado as classified by the National Weather Service – destroyed the town’s high school and as many as 200 homes in Parkersburg with winds as high as 205 miles per hour.

The tornado “sounds like a freight train is running over your house,” said 16-year-old Krista Kannegieter, who huddled with her parents in the basement of their home while the storm raged overhead.    - Beth Pond

Play review

A superb Dukakis in 'Milk Train'

They say a person's life flashes before their eyes before they die. In the play "The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore," now playing at Hartford Stage, this seems to happen in the form of a recited memoir.

The play stars Olympia Dukakis as the wealthy Flora Goforth, an elderly woman living in an Italian villa by the sea. Dukakis has been in dozens of Broadway productions and movies such as "Steel Magnolias" with Julia Roberts.

  - Rachel Glogowski

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