News for Friday, December 5, 2003

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The science of holiday travel - Ed Brock

The countdown clock stopped, and it was time to decide if the mission was a go or not.

More craziness in Jackson circus - April Avison

The bizarre case of Michael Jackson's child molestation allegations keeps getting more bizarre.

Entertaining design improvements - Rob Felt

Twenty years ago the inside of an average home was quite drab and very much in need of selective splashes of hip. No one had ceiling fans or futuristic wall sconces. Helpless masses sat on faded tan couches wondering how to escape the endless landscape of design-depraved dwellings.

What keeps those planes up, anyway? - Bob Paslay

I am a walking testament to the fact that you can function with your phobias and not be extremely diminished by them.

Odd stories spur more thankfulness - Clay Wilson

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

Magic of holiday commercialization - Greg Gelpi

The holiday season just isn't the holiday season until that magic moment?

Taking a hard look at economic McGrowth - Diane Wagner

Last week's news, as always, was a hodgepodge of various items but I couldn't help drawing a connection between two announcements.

Police searching for missing 4-year-old boyBy Michael Davis

Henry County police were on the lookout Thursday for a missing 4-year-old boy they believe was taken from a Stockbridge home by his mother.

?Point guard U' alive and well at Tech

By Doug Gorman

A soldier's Christmas wish

By Ed Brock

My marriage is on the rocks - R.H. Joseph

A friend asked me to write a column discussing the keys to a happy marriage. She presumes there are secrets underlying the enduring harmony she acknowledges I share with Baby and that these might collectively serve as an exemplar for other, less fortunate couples.

The warmth of hometown friends, family - Billy Corriher

Last Thursday night, driving back to Atlanta after spending the day with my family shoving deep-fried turkey in our mouths, I was flooded with fond memories of my childhood home.

Obituaries

December 5, 2003

Thanksgiving is over. Now what? - Mike Davis

When I realized the holidays were here, relentlessly slapping us in the face, it was already too late. I didn't quite grasp the magnitude of the end of the year. I didn't understand how fast it can all fall into your lap, look up crying and ask for more.

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Nursing program is rope in tug-of-war

By Greg Gelpi

Forest Park getting strip club

By Ed Brock

Eating in the Axis of Evil - Zach Porter

As we sat in the Iraqi restaurant (in Kentucky) I felt increasingly apprehensive. I was visiting with a friend and his girl. It wasn't them. And it wasn't the Iraqi proprietress, it was the other Americans. There was a large table of Americans sitting together enjoying dinner, or perhaps plotting. A Caucasian waitress comes to take our order and I become increasingly more frightened. Straight ahead of me there is a belly dancer in exotic clothing who is handed a sword by some long-haired yokel who takes a seat with the potentially dangerous conspirators.