News for Thursday, May 20, 2004

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Real Radio struggles with its mission - Rob Felt

Are you tired of mundane talk radio?" This is the question posed during a short promo that runs on Atlanta's newest talk station: Real Radio 105.3 FM. The station is positioning itself as "talk radio for the rest of us" and trying to distance itself from its AM news radio counterparts. Are they succeeding? Yes and no.

Visions of death by SUV - Greg Gelpi

Back in college, one of the passing fads was a series of Internet quizzes, one of which classified people into types of dog breeds. Through a series of psychological questions, the quiz identified characteristics in a person and matched them with a breed of dog with similar traits.

The revealing case of Nicholas Berg - Ed Brock

You know you've done something truly evil when even Hezbollah and Hamas disown you.

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.

Berg a casualty of poor judgement - Tamara Boatwright

We talked about it all week long and, at first, feebly tried to find the Internet video showing Nick Berg's grisly death. Did we really want to watch it when we found it? Could I watch it?

Public access offers advantages - April Avison

Debate has sparked in the legal community about whether California prosecutors were justified in setting up a Web site on the Michael Jackson case to alleviate a media frenzy.

Heavy metal and construction - Michael Davis

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

Thursday Thunder ready to get back on track

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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!

Man shot in attempted carjacking

By Ed Brock

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Unexpected thrills await you - R.H. Joseph

Last week I spoke of the quality of scuba diving off the coast of Carriacou, a one gas station island in the Grenadine chain, little more than 12 degrees north of the equator in the Caribbean.

Back to the glory days?

By Jeffery Armstrong

Musings on China's soft drink prices - Clay Wilson

Commentators have said for years that China is a sleeping giant, needing only to wake up to assert its power n power that could challenge even American might.

County imposes sign moratorium

By Ed Brock

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.

Missing mom returns

By Ed Brock

Obituaries

May 20, 2004