"The weekend that man tried to murder me, was what you would call ... a long weekend."
In just more than a month, thousands will gather at Road Atlanta in Braselton for a tribute to all those who have been affected by cancer and to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The event goes all night, with at least one member from each team walking around the track at all times.
When a customer patronizes McDonald's and orders a Big Mac, he or she knows exactly what that burger is going to taste like. The recipe is not going to change from one week to the next. If it did, customers would never return. In Georgia, however, voters who patronize the Republican Party are getting a little confused with the "brand" elected to govern at the state Capitol. From the governor to the GOP majority running ...
Back in 1776, Adam Smith's "The Wealth of Nations" pointed out that a competitive market economy would lead to increased wealth due to its great efficiency. But, what is it efficient at doing? For the most part, modern economics views the environment - when it considers it at all - as a source of raw materials and as a place to put our waste. However, more and more economists and ecologists recognize that the environment serves other critical roles.
Cheryl Burke has been working in Pakistan for about six years, now serving as a professor and dean of students at Forman Christian College in Lahore, Pakistan. For parents Charles and Sharon Burke of Gainesville, the benefits far outweigh the concerns of having their daughter serve in a volatile and far away country. She's making a difference there, fostering tolerance between students of different backgrounds and helping to provide an education to Pakistani young people.
On Good Friday, members of Saint Michael Catholic Church performed a Stations of the Cross service at Laurel Park. Stations of the Cross is a Roman Catholic ceremony in which the final hours of Jesus' life are depicted.
Forty five years ago this week, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. made it across the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma, Ala., and arrived in Montgomery to deliver a powerful prediction regarding the waiting time for racial equality: "How long? Not long!" It was his third attempt. Twice before that same week, peaceful civil rights marchers had been beaten back with bricks and clubs and hate. Facing down those who said racial and ethnic minorities ...
Without a doubt, for the past few years, Americans clearly wanted reform in health care. Something had to be done. But in fact, most Americans have basically been satisfied with the health care they get,including the doctors they choose, the quality of treatments, the effectiveness of procedures they undergo and any surgery they might have. The care they get is generally excellent and second to none anywhere in the world.
Like the shot heard round the world, Judge Paul Magnuson's federal court decision last summer sent huge waves through Lake Lanier and Gainesville-Hall County, forcing us to push our plans for future water needs into fast forward.
The latest plans advanced by Hall County leaders involving the proposed Glades Reservoir - to increase the size of the reservoir and connect it with the Cedar Creek Reservoir in East Hall - don't do much to improve the project from the perspective of environmental sustainability and taxpayer liability.
The jousting in the General Assembly of Georgia this year over state appropriations as a byproduct focused attention on the issue of tuition equalization grants to students who attend private colleges and universities. The program that has been around in Georgia since the early 1970s currently carries a price tag of about $30 million as it helps some 34,000 students pay for higher education. In a budget-cutting initiative, the governor proposed eliminating funding for the ...
How dangerous is the registered sex offender living in your neighborhood? Local anecdotal evidence and national studies indicate that the risk may not be as great as some believe.
After a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan, it's time to welcome back the Georgia National Guard's 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Its mission has been to organize, train and prepare Afghanistan's security forces to manage their own nation's security operations. Taking on this daunting task in the middle of a renewed Taliban insurgency has been quite a challenge. However, 10 months after the 48th Brigade's entrance into the country, Afghanistan's security forces have seen tangible progress. ...
In 1925, Brookton Elementary School raised $63 selling homemade chicken pies that they carted to the school in washtubs and sold in order to build a much-needed road. Eighty-five years and thousands of pies later, the Chicken Pie Supper is still held at Wauka Mountain Elementary, the school's successor, and has become the largest and most anticipated fundraiser of the year.
It is awe inspiring to be part of an elite group of media that is allowed exclusive access to the intricate details of a tightly secured historic event.
XIAN, China - Congress should not waste time debating a comprehensive climate change legislation in the coming year.
GREEN BAY, Wis. - In its most recent assessment released this fall, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said that warming of the Earth's climate system is both unequivocal and unprecedented, a conclusion that rests on multiple and independent sources of data.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The interim deal struck with Iran by the "5 plus 1" powers shows promise for achieving the end that Iran will not wind up with a nuclear program. Whether it is the deal that will be responsible for that end depends, of course, on whether Iran was building nuclear weapons at all. If Iran does not develop nuclear weapons, we may never know whether it was the deal that brought that about.
WASHINGTON - The six-month deal between U.S.-led negotiators and Iran will make an Iranian atomic bomb more likely, not less, because it significantly strengthens the very regime in Tehran that so desperately wants nuclear weaponry.
The Gettysburg Address was a long time "a-birthing," almost nine decades, or, as Lincoln said in one of the best-known phrases in American politics: "Four score and seven years ago"- 87 years being the time between the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and when Lincoln delivered his address at Gettysburg.
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