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Tuesday, April 05, 2005

In Wisconsin, Fallout Grows Over Decision on Pageant
Janeal Lee had worn the crown of Ms. Wheelchair Wisconsin for barely two months when she received a terse letter from the contest's coordinators telling her to forfeit her crown and return her prizes: an electric scooter, a two-night stay at a wheelchair-accessible resort in northern Wisconsin and a gift certificate for a wheelchair cushion.

The reason, said Ms. Lee, a 30-year-old high school math teacher who has a progressive form of muscular dystrophy that requires her to use a wheelchair, is that she is not disabled enough.

I'm sure not whether to be outraged or sadly amused.

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