News for Monday, June 21, 2004

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Facing up to an updated appearance - April Avison

Those who read this column in the print version will notice a change in today's paper. After much friendly prodding, I have replaced my photo n "mug shot" in journalese n with an updated version.

Technology makes life better, worse - Kevin Liles

I couldn't believe my eyes the other night when a news program reported that there is a new procedure to help people lose weight that involves a pacemaker being attached to the stomach.

Ending the drag of cigarettes - Heather Middleton

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

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

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

Sorenson cruises to ARCA victory

By Anthony Rhoads

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!

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.

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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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?

Demand drops, gas prices follow

By Greg Gelpi

Voters have choices in election

By Kevin Liles

?Day trip' options are hours away

By Ed Brock

Summer is in full swing

By Ed Brock

Alas, the excesses of youth - Ed Brock

It was enough to make me become a Republican.

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?)