News for Monday, December 13, 2004

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On a wing, a prayer and the Luck of the Irish - Bob Paslay

It is really no secret that we in the newspaper business do things in advance to buy ourselves enough time in a busy world. So I am writing this column in advance of going to Dublin, Ireland, on an eight-day vacation. And so, by the time you read this I will be only days away from wrapping up the visit.

Ruthless poker gods strike back - Justin Boron

The stacks of chips began to add up like in a dream. Virtual piles of black and blue chips placed neatly at the center of an online poker table all seemed to be tumbling my way.

Charges to be discussed in school bomb case

By Michael Davis

Reflections in the land of plenty - Greg Gelpi

Lawns were layered in a mixture of trash and debris in front of historic homes and churches.

Ira Bizzell Jr.

Ira Bizzell Jr., 78, of Forest Park passed away Friday, Dec. 3, 2004.

Master Taylor Farmer

Master Taylor Farmer, 12, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004, in Conyers, Ga.

Obituaries

December 13, 2004

Suburban sprawl makes walking a haul - Zach Porter

The past weekend I took a trip to New York City for a short vacation. Looking around on the busy streets and the underground bustle of the subway, I realized that the majority of New Yorkers had one thing in common; they were all as thin as sheets hanging on a clothesline. It occurred to me that I once fit in with these stick figures during my six month residency in Brooklyn. Since I moved back to Atlanta over two years ago I have gained some 30 pounds, maybe more.

Yule spirit? I'm full of it - Ed Brock

Having hunted down and killed my Christmas tree, dragged its corpse home and decorated it with lights and shiny baubles, I am filled with the Yule spirit.

Ronald Doyal

Heaven received another worshipper, Thursday night, Dec. 2, 2004, when Ronald Doyal joined his son Ken around the throne. He was the beloved husband of Joan Bartlett Doyal. He was the loving father of his three surviving children. Sons and daughters-in-law, Kevin and Kathy Doyal of Hampton and the Rev. Kerry and Robin Doyal of Tennessee; daughter and son-in-law, Kara and Steve Miller of McDonough; daughter-in-law, Diana Doyal of Locust Grove; brothers and sisters-in-law, Larry and Marilyn Doyal of Fayetteville, David and Linda Doyal of Conyers, and Wayne and Sheilah Doyal of Tyrone; sister, Faye Shank of Morrow; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

From a northerner: Let it sleet! - Rob Felt

Not exactly a Christmas classic, is it? That's precisely my problem.

County moves forward with indigent defense plan

By Ed Brock

Pets of the week

Victoria is a 2 1/2-year-old tortie domestic shorthair. She has been spayed and all vaccinations are current. Victoria is a long-term resident at the Clayton County Humane Society shelter. She was originally turned in as a stray, hanging around an apartment complex, eating out of trash cans. For more information about Victoria call the Humane Society at (770) 471-9436. To see other animals available for adoption visit www.claytoncountyhumane.org.

McGee credited with 'building bridges'

By Greg Gelpi

Lawal leads Riverdale to victory

By Doug Gorman

Riverdale meeting on hiring freeze, investigation

By Ed Brock

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Bell meets with coordination team

By Justin Boron

Tucker takes 189-pound title

By Anthony Rhoads