News for Saturday, June 19, 2004

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Sales tax holiday looms

By Michael Davis

Soldiers greeted with open arms

By Ed Brock

Fatherhood arrives just in time for new dads

By Greg Gelpi

Looking at Reagan from a little to the left - Clay Wilson

I guess I haven't moved as far left as I thought.

Singing the praises of a first child

By Chris Goltermann

Gang task force forming

By Ed Brock

Judy Maples

Judy Maples, age 45, a resident of McDonough, Ga., died Wednesday, June 16, 2004.

Shooting victim dies from wounds

From staff reports

Ending the drag of cigarettes - Heather Middleton

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

Big scaredy-cat baby face - Rob Felt

Would you rather think of your body as a singular object or a collection of goopy organs packed together in fluid and wrapped in a leathery covering? Me too!

Child safety tops new laws

By Kathy Jefcoats

Religion limits the unbounded - R.H. Joseph

It is hardly surprising that a representative of the Republican Party, that bastion of Christian fundamentalist zealotry, is calling upon the Supreme Court to provide a definition of religion. (Will Jews be required to wear arm bands again?)

My cousin's barber's vet's ... - Greg Gelpi

Shy as I am and addicted to work, my roommate invited me to join Friendster, an online community, in an effort to push me out of my shell.

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?

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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Alas, the excesses of youth - Ed Brock

It was enough to make me become a Republican.

Soldier attack suspect to be evaluated

By Ed Brock

Some things are constant, some aren't - Bob Paslay

It is 2 a.m. last Sunday and I am standing on the sand at Myrtle Beach, a partial moon overhead and a string of high-rises to my back. The waves are surging onto the shore, licking the sand and then fading just at my feet.