As you know, bridge is full of maxims like second hand low, third hand high, and cover an honor with an honor. These have two big snags: They are not right all that often, and they are intended almost entirely for the defenders. But inexperienced players incorrectly believe that they also apply when they are the declarer.
HOUSTON - A U.S. space agency official rejected suggestions Friday that the international space station might have to be abandoned at some point if a failed computer system operated by NASA's Russian partners couldn't be restored.
GHENT, N.Y. - It's not in Al Gore's PowerPoint presentation, but there are some upsides to global warming.
DEAR ABBY: My fiancee and I are being married in September. Last December I asked a longtime friend, "Mitch," to be a groomsman. We have been close ever since we met in middle school 20 years ago. Mitch and I were still close until about three years ago, when he married and moved out of state. (I was in his wedding party and attended his rehearsal dinner.)
You are likely to experience a marked improvement where your work or career is concerned. In many ways, the pride of accomplishment will prove to be even greater than the gold you'll receive.
NEW YORK - As the huge baby boomer generation surges toward retirement age, an unsettling issue grows ever more pressing: finding the work force to tend to the millions of boomers who will someday need ongoing care because of physical and mental frailties.
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MINNEAPOLIS - The day after his wife gave birth, Carlos Silva found his new son a welcomed distraction from the usual pitching jitters.
"Most of the time, it's game, game, game, game. Today, it was game, baby, baby, baby, baby," Silva said after throwing his second career shutout in Minnesota's 6-0 victory over Atlanta on Wednesday night.
It's a tornado! It's a funnel cloud! No, it's "strong, straight-lined winds."
MONTREAT, N.C. - Ruth Graham, who surrendered dreams of missionary work in Tibet to marry a suitor who became the world's most renowned evangelist, died Thursday. She was 87.
Graham died at 5:05 p.m. at her home at Little Piney Cove, surrounded by her husband and all five of their children, said a statement released by Larry Ross, Billy Graham's spokesman.
A report issued recently by the Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF) estimates that American elementary and secondary schools will need 280,000 new science and math teachers between now and 2015. A recent government-commissioned study concluded that the United States' advantage in science and technology has begun to disappear because fewer people are choosing college majors in these areas.
DANANG, Vietnam - More than 30 years after the Vietnam War ended, the poisonous legacy of Agent Orange has emerged anew with a scientific study that has found extraordinarily high levels of health-threatening contamination at the former U.S. air base at Danang.
ATLANTA - Georgia Aquarium officials say it may be months before they know what caused Wednesday's death of another whale shark, the second this year at the only facility outside Asia that displays the huge, rare fish.
It is fine to employ whiz-bang bidding systems with loads of conventions. True, if you can remember all of the calls and use them at the right moments, your bidding will be more accurate. But sometimes a pretty method helps the defense more than the declaring side - as in this deal.
HOUSTON - Russian computers that control the international space station's orientation and supply of oxygen and water have failed, potentially extending the space shuttle's mission _ or cutting it short.
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NEW YORK - Aaron Harang threw no-hit ball for seven innings but was pulled after 121 pitches, and reliever Luis Avilan gave up David Wright's two-out single in the eighth as the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 6-0 Friday night.
On a gloomy day at Cross Creek High School in Augusta, Statesboro's track and field squads held off Mother Nature and the rest of Region 3-AAAA with region championships for both the girls -who secured their sixth consecutive region crown - and the boys.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - K.J. Choi's early tee time and quick start moved him to the top of the rain-delayed RBC Heritage on Friday.
Statesboro's golf squads will wrap up their regular seasons today as they host the Blue Devil Classic at the Georgia Southern University Golf Course at Noon.
ATLANTA - There's no bigger long shot in the NBA playoffs than the Atlanta Hawks.
The Friday series opener between the Georgia Southern Eagles and the Samford Bulldogs has been postponed due to rain.
PARIS - Rafael Nadal's mastery of the Monte Carlo clay courts seems to be over.
MOKPO, South Korea - The captain of a sunken South Korean ferry was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need, as investigators looked into whether his evacuation order came too late to save lives. Two crew members were also arrested, a prosecutor said.
A family that runs together … collects many tennis shoes and wins lots of medals. The Smith family, of Collins, has plenty of both.
Lillian Akers Brown of Statesboro and James Michael and Mariana Brown of Chatsworth, Ga., announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary Katherine Brown of Statesboro, to Nathaniel Taylor Kittrell, son of Charlie Tull Kittrell Jr. and Debbie Harper Kittrell of Waynesboro, Ga.
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Wildes Pope of Waycross, Ga., announce the engagement of their daughter, Haley Joye of Waycross, to Simon Mikell Peed, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Gates Peed of Statesboro.
Editor's note: This article is part of "The Ten Today," a series by Deseret News National that examines the Ten Commandments in modern society. This story explores the first commandment: "I am the LORD thy God ... thou shalt have no other gods before me."
Editor's note: This article is part of "The Ten Today," a series that examines the Ten Commandments in modern society. This story explores the seventh commandment.
Editor's note: This article is part of "The Ten Today," a series that examines the Ten Commandments in modern society. This story explores the second commandment.