News for Saturday, May 15, 2004

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Medicare relief on the way

By Clay Wilson

Local artists featured in show at Clayton State

By Kathy Jefcoats

Henry blanks Brunswick in doubleheader sweep

By Doug Gorman

Walter Linwood Lavender

Walter Linwood Lavender, age 64, passed away Thursday, May 13, 2004.

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.

Jonesboro advances

From staff reports

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.

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.

Jackets buzz through Union Grove

By Anthony Rhoads

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.

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.

Bell shocked by accusation

By Ed Brock

Marking 50 years of desegregation

By Greg Gelpi

Maggie Lou Hughes

Maggie Lou Hughes, age 89, departed this life to be with the Lord Friday, May 14, 2004.

Is there no end to hate? - Greg Gelpi

Stealing pieces of flesh from dead soldiers and dangling the head of an American civilian.

Ghost stories from the news landfill - Zach Porter

Does anyone remember the American terrorist, fighting with the Taliban against us? Come on, do you recall, is it just on the tip of your tongue? John something right? I had to look it up myself, so I'll tell you. It's John Walker Lindh, the ersatz-Taliban fighter, the terrorist "wannabe" you forgot to hate. Lindh never caught on as a household name like his terrorist friends Osama and Saddam. And does anyone really care about Saddam now that he is captured or Osama for that matter until he finally is? Ask yourself, would it not have been so much better, so much more tantalizing had Hussein been killed in a hail of military bullets, right after American Idol, in your own living room, live on network television? We can hope and pray for at least that when they find Osama, breaking news just after the season finale of "24," live on network television!

My bumper sticker knowledge - Bob Paslay

I started out to write my column this week on breaking the molds in our lives. Out of the blue drop by a friend's house, throw him or her in the car and take ?em bowling, park the car and walk those three blocks to the grocery store, savoring the pace of life. Look at me. I was a month short of 56 last December when I finally went to Europe for the first time. Read something entirely different. Eat something different. If you've never flown buy a roundtrip ticket somewhere, anywhere, and just go.

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."

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Heavy metal and construction - Michael Davis

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

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.

Morrow church presents ?A Jazz Vespers'

Compiled by Greg Gelpi