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Last week’s train wreck in a Baltimore tunnel wasn’t just an isolated incident back East.

Gazette Managing Editor Dan Carter was trying to download the B.C. and the Wizard of Id comics off the Internet Friday and couldn’t get through.

He called the appropriate telephone numbers and was told there had been a “train wreck.”

“I thought train wreck was a figure of speech as though something in the computer crashed, and it was, sort of,” Carter said.

Actually, the train wreck in a Baltimore tunnel destroyed a T-1 line that fed data to Creators Syndicate of Buffalo, N.Y.

The Buffalo company, which handles the Web site, was unable to send comics to Gazette readers in Billings.

Carter found another way to obtain the comics.

It is a small world after all.

Boys and Girls Ranch expandingFast growth in treatment programs for kids will double the size of the administration building at the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch.

“We are now providing services for 400 kids in 14 programs in eight different communities on a daily basis,” said chief executive officer Loren Soft. “All of a sudden you need to have the support services for all these programs.”

The Boys and Girls Ranch at 1732 S. 72nd St. W. operates programs in Billings, Bozeman, Livingston, Lockwood and Hardin.

The $500,000 addition will include a fire-proof secure storage area for medical and business records and two conference rooms.

Bauer Construction is the general contractor. The ranch also is adding a second water tower with a capacity of 50,000 gallons as part of a three-year improvement of the campus water and waste-water systems.

Jan Falstad can be contacted at (406) 657-1306 or at jfalstad@billingsgazette.com

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