News for Friday, May 7, 2004

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Heavy metal and construction - Michael Davis

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

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.

Remembering mothers of all kinds - Kathy Jefcoats

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 9, in case you've forgotten, missed the Hallmark cards commercials or the big reminder you've no doubt gotten from your mom or mother of your children, who may or may not be your wife. In this time of "my baby's momma," the grammatically incorrect way of referring to the woman who has borne your child out of wedlock – and sometimes out of a one-night stand – Mother's Day takes on a whole new meaning for a lot of folks.

Questions remain in child's death - April Avison

The story of 8-year-old Amy Yates' recent death is one that doesn't have a happy ending or a good explanation. I don't know her or her family, but I spent a lot of time thinking about her last week and even more time thinking about the 12-year-old Carroll County boy charged with her murder.

Region 2-AAAAA locals prep for state baseball playoffs

By Jeffery Armstrong

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."

Tangled in Web of E-commerce - Greg Gelpi

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

'Crybaby' coach has no class - Doug Gorman

I was never accused of being a great athlete. My sports career was limited to pickup games in the backyard, some recreation leagues, and to sporadic playing time as a soccer and basketball player for the St. Francis Eagles, the school I attended in Louisville during my seventh and eighth grade years.

Elementary school hosting Bike Rodeo

Compiled by Greg Gelpi

Officials optimistic about SACS

By Greg Gelpi

Small celebrations for Cinco de Mayo

By Ed Brock

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Check the oil ... and the avionics package

By Ed Brock

Have ?pita' on a guy who likes his carbs - Clay Wilson

When it gets to the pita bread, someone has to draw the line.

The good, bad and truly stupid - Ed Brock

Well, now that was just dumb in so many ways.

Ware's house pulled from auctions

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."

'Day of Prayer' observed in Clayton

By Ed Brock