News for Wednesday, May 12, 2004

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Edna Earl Fruitticher

Edna Earl Fruitticher, age 79, of McDonough, died Tuesday, May 11, 2004.

Reaching into the old mailbag - Kathy Jefcoats

As a staunch defender of the First Amendment, I encourage anyone to express their opinion about whatever they want, which is why I enjoy hearing from readers. I don't care if they agree or disagree with what I have written, be it in this column or in an article. The most important point is that they are reading the newspaper and becoming more informed citizens, and exercising their own freedom of speech rights.

Island of good news in a sea of bad - Bob Paslay

I have now heard enough bad and sad news to last me the rest of my life. I watch the noon news on television and not only do I get to see houses that explode, killing people, but overturned tankers daily and apartment fires and molesting educators. And to make matters worse I get to see aerial shots from that darn helicopter. Then a minute later I get to see a helicopter from another state spinning out of control and crashing. Iraq daily is one dreary report. When I edit the obituaries every day they are loaded down with 52, 54, 58-year-olds dying.

Tangled in Web of E-commerce - Greg Gelpi

Web. Such an apt word to describe an invisible net that drags in unsuspecting victims.

Heavy metal and construction - Michael Davis

I recently read two stories that, at first glance, may seem unrelated.

A volunteer's journey of a lifetime - April Avison

In June 2002, I interviewed Adam McGarity about the journey on which he was about to embark – a two-year stint in Romania with the Peace Corps.

Stevens is one of the good guys - Anthony Rhoads

Racing is a dangerous business.

Six impossible things ... - R.H. Joseph

While all scuba diving trips to the Caribbean are a gas, the truly unforgettable ones are characterized by encounters with the non-existent.

?Interesting' year hopes to continue for Jonesboro

By Jeffery Armstrong

A stinging piece on a fascinating bug - Clay Wilson

It looked like a terribly overcooked crayfish. Actually, it looked like something out of a nightmare.

Fighting spam scams with spam - Rob Felt

"Thank God that I now have the privilege to contact you. May I now humbly introduce myself as I know that this mail may have reached you surprisingly. I am Eric Baadi, manager of Zenith Bank, Lagos, Nigeria. I have urgent and very confidential business proposition for you."

What are we so afraid of? - Ed Brock

On Christmas Day, 1999, I was walking along the shore of Hoan Kiem Lake in downtown Hanoi.

Ellis L. Taylor

Ellis L. Taylor of Rex died Tuesday, May 11, 2004, at Piedmont Hospital.

A hobby becomes an obsession - Tamara Boatwright

It was supposed to be a hobby that my husband and I could enjoy together. I, however, became obsessed.

Ware's house pulled from auctions

By Greg Gelpi

Lange named SWAC Player of the Year

From staff reports

Agencies cooperating on bullying problem

By Ed Brock

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Riverdale diverts $95,000 for legal fees

By Greg Gelpi

Counterfeiters identified

By Ed Brock

Elementary school hosting Bike Rodeo

Compiled by Greg Gelpi

Everything I need is always somewhere else - Zach Porter

Lately it seems that the things I need, my essential personal belongings, are always somewhere I'm not. There is a song by Tom Waits called Big in Japan which helps to explain my current situation. In his gravely, croaking-like-a-toad voice, Waits sings, "I've got the sheets, not the bed, got the jam not the bread."

Small celebrations for Cinco de Mayo

By Ed Brock

Pulliam looking forward to tasks ahead

By Greg Gelpi