News for Thursday, June 24, 2004

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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.

Ending the drag of cigarettes - Heather Middleton

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

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.

Obituaries

June 24, 2004

MRI scanner adds speed, comfort

By Greg Gelpi

Clayton County students prepare for retesting

By Greg Gelpi

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

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

Bullets fly outside Riverdale, again

By Ed Brock

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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Riverdale suspects make first appearance

By Ed BrockThe two latest suspects in a gang shootout that led to the death of a 4-year-old boy made their first appearance in court on Wednesday.

A ?steal' for Brewton Parker

By Doug Gorman

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.

Judge sets $50,000 bond in alleged plot

By Kathy Jefcoats

SPLOST extension on agenda

By Greg Gelpi

Home Depot answers lawsuit

By Ed Brock

Sheriff candidates ready to race

By Ed Brock

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.

Chick-fil-A golf tournament moved ahead

From staff reports