News for Tuesday, December 23, 2003

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O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum - Billy Corriher

Every year, the centerpiece of my family's Christmas celebration is a small plastic tree with white lights. It's not really big enough to be considered a tree, so I guess it's more of a bush.

Resolving to do good in 2004 - April Avison

New Year's resolutions are pretty stupid, if you ask me. We all make these crazy promises to ourselves but know we won't be able to keep them. By the time February rolls around, we're too busy, too lazy or the diet is just too difficult, and it all goes out the window.

Shaving with Saddam and the Amish - Rob Felt

During the intensely repetitious coverage of Saddam Hussein's capture this week it's hard to estimate how many stories we didn't hear about Whenever major news breaks the media is forced to concentrate its collective efforts in one specific direction. The effect of this acute focus is the risk of missing other news. What did they fail to note this week?

Who's looking out for the kids? - Zach Porter

On a recent airing of his radio program "The Factor," Bill O'Reilly spent much time on the subject of the new "Cat in the Hat" movie out this holiday season in theaters.

Accosted and angered by change - R.H. Joseph

Whether or not Iraq becomes a quagmire remains to be seen. No such uncertainty exists regarding my front yard.

Residents betting on $100 million jackpot

By Billy Corriher

Sign me up for Europe Chamber of Commerce - Bob Paslay

I don't know if you have ever heard Andy Griffith's very early comedy called "What It Was Was Football" about a country bumpkin pushed along into a UNC football game on a Saturday afternoon describing what he saw. If you have you know it can be funny to get a new perspective on something many accept as normal.

Obituaries

December 23, 2003

Orange alert taken in stride

By Ed Brock

Sharing the gift of warmth this winter

By Greg Gelpi

Jonesboro finish first at tourney

From Staff Reports

Odd stories spur more thankfulness - Clay Wilson

Here are yet two more reasons to be thankful for living in America.

All it's cracked up to be - By Michael Davis

Between a crowd of people who either have on too many protest buttons or too much hair gel and a back door that leads to a cold and rainy side street in East Atlanta, I waited.

Variety of charities helping those in need

From Staff Reports

Take responsibility for your actions - Greg Gelpi

Just call me Houdini. With one snap of my fingers, I could make 99 percent of the world's problems disappear.

Christmas Zen meditation - Ed Brock

After I found my rhythm the tinny clinking of the bell put me in a meditative mood, a state of Christmas Zen.

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Lovejoy boys take third place

By Anthony Rhoads