News for Wednesday, June 23, 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 – "mug shot" in journalese – with an updated version.

Ending the drag of cigarettes - Heather Middleton

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

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.

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!

Hold that thought until November - Ed Brock

I was going to praise the Saudi Arabian security forces for killing terrorist leader Abdulaziz al-Muqurin, but I think I better hold off on that.

A ?steal' for Brewton Parker

By Doug Gorman

Chick-fil-A golf tournament moved ahead

From staff reports

Hampton woman charged in plot to murder husband

By Kathy Jefcoats

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.

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?

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What has become of America? - R.H. Joseph

Oh how we crowed when we killed the man's only sons.

Riverdale police make more arrests

By Ed Brock

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.

County adds new police positions

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.

Obituaries

June 23, 2004

Two girls hit crossing road

By Ed Brock

Newspaper sponsoring Delta special salute

From Staff Reports