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Charleston's compassion

A black church, a maladjusted white kid, and the nation moaning, "My God, not again." A few selected politicians, firm believers in the theory of 'never let a good crisis go to waste', exploited the tragedy to push for more gun control on law abiding citizens. Shame on them. Thankfully, the majority of politicians did the decent thing by grieving with the rest of the country and graciously keeping their mouths shut. Condolences and heart-felt words for the fallen were and always will be a proper and suitable way to express sympathy for a heartbreak such as Charleston.

June 28, 2015 | Pete Mecca | Columnists

Prejudice wrong belief system, but not part of country's DNA

Long before last week's killings in Charleston, South Carolina, which appear to have been motivated by racial hatred, at least one expert in belief systems wrote that a person's prejudices can be changed.

June 28, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Five young men can define a successful life

Five young men, ages 18 to 23. Two college graduates. Two currently attending college. The youngest headed that way this fall. All good students. All excellent athletes. All standing resolutely before a large assemblage to pay tribute to their grandfather, Rob Neely, who passed away recently after a courageous battle with cancer. And what a tribute it was.

June 28, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

States don’t have rights, people have rights

Next week, we'll be celebrating the 239th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The eloquent cries for freedom and equality voiced in that properly revered document have become what professors Sid Milkis and Marc Landy call the "American Creed." It's a belief that all of us have the right to do whatever we want with our lives so long as we don't interfere with the right of others to do the same.

June 28, 2015 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists

You're what you say you are

Rachel A. Dolezal, the recently resigned president of the Spokane, Washington, office of the NAACP, has come under a bit of controversy. Both of her parents are white, but for eight years, Dolezal claimed that she was black. In addition to her role as president of an NAACP chapter, Dolezal was an instructor of Africana studies at Eastern Washington University.

June 28, 2015 | Walter Williams | Columnists

Our thoughts: Pension plan

The Covington City Council made a smart move last week when it voted to back off a hastily conceived plan to change city policy on pensions as they relate to retirees who come back to work for the Covington government.

June 28, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Council further discusses pension retainment

The Covington City Council voted to change part of a motion it made a little more than a week prior concerning retired employees and their benefits Wednesday.

June 28, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | Covington

Cripps had no choice after officer tests positive

In early May, Porterdale Police Officer Trevor Jones reported to his chief he was under investigation by the GBI and U. S. Post Office. When the results of a urine test came back positive, Police Chief Jason Cripps said he had no choice.

June 28, 2015 | Sandra Brands | Porterdale

Ruling brings same-sex marriage to Newton

The "thunderbolt" struck the nation around 11 a.m. Friday morning. For some Newton County residents the storm had been brewing for two decades, and for a local couple the ringing began at 3 p.m. – ringing of wedding bells.

June 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Blessed are the Peacemakers….

The Mount of the Beatitudes sits on the top of a hill overlooking the Sea of Galilee. As we approach the park that now encloses the top of the hill, signs remind us to be silent because we are on holy ground. It was here on this very hill that Jesus sat down with his disciples and taught them about the Kingdom of God. Here in this place, as groups gather in various small clusters around the mount, one gets a feeling of what "Blessed" really means. The verses of Matthew 5 that capture the words of Jesus line the ...

June 28, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Columnists

Pride and pride

Two words come to mind when we consider the parable of the prodigal son "Pride and Pride"

June 28, 2015 | William Burnham | Columnists

American cleverness vs. communist cruelty

Captain Wayne Waddell deemed his chances of survival slim to none as his F-105 Thunderchief fighter-bomber plummeted out of the skies near the Chinese border with North Vietnam. Perilously close to the ground, he ejected, the chute deployed, and Waddell hit the ground in less than three seconds. Evasion attempts failed. Captured and incarcerated, the Air Force pilot would remain a POW in North Vietnam for the next five years and eight months.

June 28, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

We're all fat now

When I was a kid, I was beyond skinny. I was a beanpole, a stick, a rail of a boy who could eat and eat and still be blown over by a strong March wind. Calories weren't my problem. In fact, calories meant one thing to me: "fat people." In my partial view of reality, the only people who talked about calories were "fat people." March forward a few too many decades, and I'm talking about calories, and I'm one of those "fat people." Maybe you are too? We're all fat now, from what I read ...

June 28, 2015 | David McCoy | LIVING

Alcovy basketball rebooting

Alcovy basketball, girls and boys, will look almost entirely different from last year. Both teams are young and the boys have a new coach in Mack Hardwick. The girls lost six seniors and will have 10 players returning to play varsity but only one - the great Tierra Hodges - with real varsity experience.

June 28, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy

Rams owning the summer

Newton lost star point guard D.J. Hill to college along with a number of other talented seniors, but the team isn't in a rebuilding state of mind. With the additions of freshmen Ashton Hagans and Colby Rogers plus the emergence of juniors J.D. Notae and Dante Johnson Newton will be a formidable bunch when the season starts.

June 28, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

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Stocks head higher, bouncing back from a drop the day before

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks headed higher Friday as the market bounced back from a steep loss the day before. Most Asian and European markets were closed for a holiday.

May 01, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Black mothers wonder if their lost babies are still alive

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Eighteen black women who were told decades ago that their babies had died soon after birth at a St. Louis hospital now wonder if the infants were taken away by hospital officials to be raised by other families.

May 01, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

'Stand By Me' singer Ben E. King dead at age 76

NEW YORK (AP) - Ben E. King, the unforgettable lead singer for the Drifters and a solo star whose plaintive baritone graced such pop and rhythm 'n blues classics as "Stand by Me," ''There Goes My Baby" and "Spanish Harlem," has died.

May 01, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Stocks move higher, bouncing back from a drop the day before

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are moving higher in midday trading as the market bounces back from a steep decline the day before.

May 01, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Former Emory employee pleads guilty to embezzling money

ATLANTA (AP) - A former Emory University employee has pleaded guilty to federal wire fraud charges after she was accused of embezzling more than $317,000 in student fees and tuition over a two-year period.

May 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

6 Baltimore officers charged in Gray's death

BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's top prosecutor announced criminal charges Friday against all six officers suspended after a man suffered a fatal spinal injury in police custody, saying "no one is above the law."

May 01, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

General Motors April US sales rise 5.9 percent

DETROIT (AP) - General Motors says its U.S. sales last month rose 5.9 percent as Americans snapped up small and midsize SUVs.

May 01, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Police kill woman who fired at them from inside patrol car

ATLANTA (AP) - Police officers in Atlanta fatally shot a woman who first fired at them while sitting in the back of a patrol car Thursday, authorities said.

May 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Falcons may look for running back on 2nd day of NFL draft

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons may try to address a glaring need at running back in the second and third rounds of the NFL draft.

May 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

More Americans spending at least half their pay on housing

WASHINGTON (AP) - The surging cost of rental housing has squeezed a rising proportion of U.S. families since the Great Recession struck in 2007.

May 01, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

2-headed calf born on farm in northern Florida

MACCLENNY, Fla. (AP) - A two-headed calf was recently born on a farm in northern Florida.

May 01, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Hobbled Lady Tigers fall in first round

Anna Hebert and her Lady Tigers entered the playoffs as the No. 2 seed from Region 2-AAAAAA, but they also entered the game with a number of injuries and it showed in the 4-2 loss to Lee County.

April 30, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER

Walk Among the Heroes, May 2

If you're looking for some entertainment this weekend for kids and adults of all ages, look no further than Parker Road in Conyers.

April 30, 2015 | Staff Report | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER

Gov. Deal signs duel enrollment bills to boost workforce

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal signed two bills into law Thursday that remove barriers to dual enrollment participation both for students with dim hopes or plans of attending college and also for high school youngsters who want to earn college credits before being handed their diplomas.

April 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Indexes recover some of a late afternoon swoon, end lower

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are closing lower after recouping some of an afternoon swoon.

April 30, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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