Georgia schools already struggling to shed negative labels of "needs improvement" and not making "adequate yearly progress" are in an even deeper hole this year as basic proficiency standards get tougher.
Good things come in small packages.
It took an armed standoff with police to finally get Ron the help he needed for his depression.
Suicidal and waving a loaded .357 Magnum in a public place, the bankrupt 46-year-old was certain he would be shot by officers.
What started out with a mile-long line at the Delta check-in area, ended up as being one of the most life-changing weeks in my life. We arrived at the airport around 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 5 to begin our weeklong trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica. We were going to the Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf to stay on the school's campus to take part in a mission trip.
Abigail Cruz takes short steps in the noon heat, marching down each minute of her half-hour walk to work.
Launching a child into adulthood means sending them through the teenage years, an unavoidable and thorny path that parents remember with scars of their own.
And among the most worrisome distractions for parents are drugs and alcohol.
The subject is a parents' biggest enemy, and some teenagers' biggest curiosity.
But teenagers say they don't have to go far to find out what drugs and alcohol are all about.
Over a week after adjournment of the 2008 session of the Georgia General Assembly, political observers are still talking about the session that long will be remembered for the deep rift that developed between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker Glenn Richardson.
Left undone was any compromise on tax relief from differing ideas floated by Cagle and Richardson. Also undone was any long-term solution for trauma care and transportation.
One million dollars. It was once the plateau that was as far away as the moon. A generation ago, a worker might work an entire career and never earn a million dollars.
Gainesville's loan review committee now has the authority to lend more money to those needing assistance with housing rehabilitation. But the authority to lend more does not necessarily mean that there is more money to offer.
GAINESVILLE - Seventy-five minutes before the final bell rings, the first cars start showing up in the student pick-up lane at the entrance to Davis Middle School in South Hall.
When a tornado or other disaster strikes, it's too late to ponder the amount of insurance coverage you have on your home.
But insurance executives and state officials alike say that all too often customers who have not updated their insurance policies may find they have inadequate coverage to rebuild their home or replace its contents.
The Flint River is an oddity in Georgia. The river begins as a spring or groundwater seep underneath the runways of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The flow is channeled off the airport by large drainage pipes.
From there it meanders 350 miles in a basin that is only 212 miles in length. It has 220 miles of unimpeded flow, making it one of only 40 rivers in the U.S. with open flows of 200 miles or more.
From the state Capitol in Atlanta to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, the mailbag is much lighter than it was a few years ago. The amount of correspondence hasn't changed. Its delivery method has.
An estimated 1.7 million Georgians don't have health insurance. State officials say that's unacceptable, and they're taking steps to change the situation.
Gov. Sonny Perdue and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle are both promoting various pieces of recently introduced legislation that they hope will reform health care in Georgia.
FLINT, Mich. - At a time when many people have put off buying a new car until the economy improves, the last thing we need is a stringent government regulation on fuel efficiency that will raise the cost of vehicles and make matters even more difficult for consumers.
GREEN BAY, Wis. - The idea that Congress should scrap the EPA's vehicle mileage standards to promote consumer choice in the marketplace is not just wrongheaded, it poses a false dichotomy. There is no incompatibility between having high mileage standards and giving buyers plenty of choice.
OAKLAND, Calif. - A portrait of stagnation! That's how U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan summarized the performance of American 15-year-old students, who slipped in the latest international rankings in reading, math and science.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Yes, we have failing schools in the United States. And yes, there are schools that any American with an ounce of patriotic blood should be ashamed of sending a fellow citizen to.
WASHINGTON - Wherever we were born and however we got here, workers need certain basic protections and opportunities in order to provide for our families and fully contribute to the American economy.
WASHINGTON - In a global economy, investment follows talent. When we draw top talent to our shores, investment dollars follow because companies want to be near the best workers.
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