News for Tuesday, June 15, 2004

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Seeing Reagan close up made lasting impression - Bob Paslay

The death of Ronald Reagan got me to thinking about how many presidents I had actually seen in person. Jaded journalists will tell you they don't pay any attention to famous people, they are just news stories to cover. Me, I am different. I like meeting famous people, seeing them close up.

Ending the drag of cigarettes - Heather Middleton

I'm a smoker trying to become a non-smoker – again.

It's all a matter of priorities - R.H. Joseph

Four years ago, during the period of the great calendar change, there was a contest to determine the greatest invention of the concluding millenium. Guttenberg's movable-type press won.

Debunking pie is a piece of cake - Clay Wilson

Newsrooms, I am convinced, play host to some of the most interesting conversations on the planet.

Your keyboard is under attack - Rob Felt

If you're reading this online, take a quick glance down at your faithful keyboard. If you're reading this in print, close your eyes and imagine what it looks like. (If you can read with your eyes closed send me an e-mail.) OK, got it?

The chess game of politics - Greg Gelpi

Back in high school, we had a stunningly brilliant defensive coordinator for the football team.

Alas, the excesses of youth - Ed Brock

It was enough to make me become a Republican.

Love of reading instilled in infants

By Greg Gelpi

Sorensontrying to stay on course

By Anthony Rhoads

Looking for a subject through the lens - Zach Porter

Looking around at a demonstration I was covering in Brunswick, Ga. during the G-8 summit I was straining my eyes to find the protesters out of a sea of media and spectators. It seems there were more people taking pictures than actually participating in the protest. Even the demonstrators had cameras and high-tech digital camcorders with all the bells and whistles. It was hard to get a photo without getting 10 other cameras coming into my frame. If one photogenic and animated protester began to shout something everybody with a camera swarmed that individual. Is the media so over-saturated that it outnumbers the people at the event it is covering?

The Big Score - on the SAT

By Clay Wilson

Army marks 229th birthday with celebrations

By Ed Brock

New planes keep students grounded

By Greg Gelpi

Obituaries

June 14, 2004

Police, EMS seek 60 new positions

By Kevin Liles

Remembering Reagan, Ray Charles - Kathy Jefcoats

I am not sure what to write about this week. President Reagan died after I wrote my column last week and I think the time to fully pay tribute to him has passed by now. Ray Charles died Thursday. I was almost as saddened by that news as Reagan's death. To say I love his version of "Georgia" doesn't do justice to the emotions that sweep over me when I hear that deep, rich voice extolling the natural virtues of this beautiful state. When I lived in South Carolina for a year and returned to Georgia for visits, just seeing the welcome sign, "We're glad Georgia's on your mind," filled me with warmth and a feeling of coming home. Now that I am back, I don't think I would live anywhere else unless it is New York.

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Riverdale under budget, considers next year

By Kevin Liles