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Today in History - December 23

Today is Sunday, Dec. 23, the 357th day of 2007. There are eight days left in the year.

January 07, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


Community helps single mother after lottery ticket prank; customer gave her joke ticket

NAPLES, Fla. - When single mother Mary Ann Shaffer scratched a lottery ticket last week, she thought Christmas had come early.

January 07, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


Snowstorm blamed for 11 deaths, widespread outages from southern Plains to Great Lakes

MILWAUKEE - Highways were hazardous for holiday travelers Sunday and thousands of homes and businesses had no electricity in the Midwest as a storm blustered through the region with heavy snow and howling wind.

January 07, 2008 | By CARRIE ANTLFINGER Associated Press Writer | National


Analysts: Giving Sunni fighters a political role is key to Iraqi stabilization

BAGHDAD -The rise of armed Sunni groups - who now battle al-Qaida in Iraq instead of fighting U.S. troops - is widely seen as a major reason for a drop in violence across the country.

January 07, 2008 | By BRADLEY BROOKS Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Israeli Prime Minister Olmert rejects truce with Hamas, pledges war on Gaza rocket squads

JERUSALEM - Israel's prime minister pledged Sunday to continue attacking Gaza militants, ruling out truce negotiations with Hamas amid widespread skepticism about the Islamic group's ability to halt rocket attacks.

January 07, 2008 | By MARK LAVIE Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Israeli scientists use particle beam to inscribe Bible on space smaller than a sugar grain

JERUSALEM - Israeli scientists have inscribed the entire Hebrew text of the Jewish Bible onto a space less than half the size of a grain of sugar.

January 07, 2008 | By IAN DEITCH Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


One family’s tradition: Tree that saw war, survived A-bomb goes up for 70th Christmas

TOKYO - Warren Nobuaki Iwatake's family has seen more than its share of calamity.

January 07, 2008 | By ERIC TALMADGE Associated Press Writer | National


Filtering, etiquette questions arise as airlines introduce in-flight Internet access

NEW YORK - Seat 17D is yapping endlessly on an Internet phone call. Seat 16F is flaming Seat 16D with expletive-laden chats. Seat 16E is too busy surfing porn sites to care. Seat 17C just wants to sleep.

January 07, 2008 | By ANICK JESDANUN AP Internet Writer | National


Holiday shoppers crowd stores on last weekend before Christmas, as stores remain on edge

NEW YORK - The nation's shoppers - taking advantage of deep discounts and expanded hours - jammed stores over the last weekend before Christmas to try to grab a hard-to-find Wii or scoop up bargains on other items. But the spending surge may not be enough to offset what is shaping up to be a mediocre December for some retailers.

January 07, 2008 | By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO Associated Press Writer | National


Child soldiers being recruited at record pace in Congo, charity says

KINSHASA, Congo - Boys and girls are being recruited in record numbers to act as soldiers, spies and sex slaves in Congo and children have been spotted marching in formation in the war-wracked east of the country over the past week, international charity Save the Children said Monday.

January 07, 2008 | The Associated Press | Associated Press


French, Australian leaders visit Afghanistan, Karzai

KABUL, Afghanistan - Making the first-ever trip to Afghanistan by a French president, Nicolas Sarkozy met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday to discuss the political and military situation in the war-torn country.

January 06, 2008 | By RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


WHO: limited human-to-human bird flu transmission possible in Pakistan, no current threat

HANOI, Vietnam - Limited human-to-human bird flu transmission may have occurred in Pakistan, but no new infections have been reported for two weeks and there appears to be no threat of further spread, a top World Health Organization official said.

January 06, 2008 | By MARGIE MASON AP Medical Writer | Associated Press


Somalia aid passes through dangers to reach families

MERKA, Somalia - The handful of grain Abiye Omar clutches in her skinny hand has traveled a long way from the fertile fields of midwestern America to this desolate Somali seaside town.

January 06, 2008 | By KATHARINE HOURELD Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Democrats find majority status has painful limits when Republicans are united

WASHINGTON - Democrats running Congress for the first time in more than a decade faltered at key points this year as they grudgingly passed important bills opposed by many, or even most, of their House members. When Republicans were in charge, they generally avoided a similar fate.

January 06, 2008 | By CHARLES BABINGTON Associated Press Writer | National


War-torn families reunited through technology at the holidays

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Wendy Derkits stood in front of the camera to deliver a holiday message thousands of miles away.

January 06, 2008 | By CHELSEA J. CARTER Associated Press Writer | National


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Blue Devils fall to Coffee in region semis

GUYTON - The last thing Statesboro Coach Lee Hill wanted was a track meet, but that was what he got much to his chagrin.

February 12, 2015 | By MIKE BROWN Herald Correspondent | Prep Sports 360


Daytona hosts media day

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Daytona 500 media day included lots of talk - talk about puppy love, wedding rings and a growing mullet - and a lot of conversation about four-time champion Jeff Gordon and what could be his final ride in NASCAR'S most prestigious race.

February 12, 2015 | By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer | NASCAR


Daly has lowest opening round in 10 years at Pebble

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Sunshine is always a pleasant surprise at Pebble Beach, and Thursday brought a real stunner: John Daly was near the top of the leaderboard.

February 12, 2015 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Georgia Senate passes bills aimed at curbing child sex abuse

ATLANTA - The Georgia Senate passed two measures Thursday aimed at cracking down on what legislators say is a growing problem involving sexual exploitation of children in the state that extends far from inner cities into upscale suburbs.

February 12, 2015 | By BILL HENDRICK Associated Press | Associated Press


Statesboro Kiwanis Club seeks to eliminate neonatal tetanus

The Kiwanis Club of Statesboro recently announced that it has approved the recommendation of its Board of Directors to be a model club in its efforts in raising funds for Project Eliminate. Project Eliminate is a fundraising project organized by Kiwanis International in conjunction with UNICEF to eradicate the disease of maternal neonatal tetanus from the world.

February 12, 2015 | Special to the Herald | Local


Averitt STARs present Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’

Two young ladies claim undying love for a man named Ernest. Two men, neither of them named Ernest, are each in love with a young lady.

February 12, 2015 | Special to the Herald | Local


Words written in the firmament

Every morning, I get to look into the eyes of the most beautiful lady I have ever seen. I smile at her and she says, "Good morning, Doofus!" with a smile that makes my day. All week I get to drive on some back roads - hopefully avoiding the ubiquitous deer - to be at East Georgia State and surrounded by students of all shapes and sizes and some of the nicest colleagues you'd ever want to meet. My office is on the south side and I am within spitball range of three historians, two great English professors, a first class ...

February 12, 2015 | | Columnists/Editorials


Police Report - 2-13-15; A woman told police that her daughter "was being unruly and not listening."

Note: All information included in this report is taken from law enforcement incident reports and arrest records, which are public records and available for review at any and all local law enforcement agencies. Not every arrest leads to a conviction. Guilt or innocence is determined by the court system.

February 12, 2015 | | Police Report


Bernard's Jewelers has what you need for Valentine's Day

Bernard's Jewelers owners Pamela Anderson, Polly Reed Schuman and Pamela Reed have just returned from market and packed every inch of their beautiful little jewelry store "that service built."

February 12, 2015 | | Locally Owned


February 12 - Mr. Fred Thomas “Tommy” Bashlor Jr., 64, passed away Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at Og

Mr. Fred Thomas "Tommy" Bashlor Jr.

February 11, 2015 | | Obituaries


Little League, big trouble

CHICAGO - A Little League team that captured the attention of the nation and the hearts of its hometown was stripped of its national title Wednesday after an investigation revealed that team officials had falsified boundaries so they could add ineligible players to the roster.

February 11, 2015 | By DON BABWIN Associated Press | Sports


Woods returning to course when his game 'is ready'

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Tiger Woods said Wednesday his game is "not acceptable" to compete in tournaments and he will return when he thinks it is.

February 11, 2015 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Hall of Famer Jerry Tarkanian dies

LAS VEGAS - He couldn't stop fighting the NCAA any more than he could give up chewing towels courtside. Jerry Tarkanian built a basketball dynasty in the desert, but it was his decades-long battle with the NCAA that defined him far more than the wins and losses.

February 11, 2015 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Writer | Sports


'Bud' becoming a big name

ATLANTA - Mike Budenholzer may coach one of the best teams in the NBA.

February 11, 2015 | By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer | Sports


Obama asks for fresh war powers, says Islamic State is 'going to lose'

WASHINGTON - Vowing that Islamic State forces are "going to lose," President Barack Obama urged Congress on Wednesday to authorize military action against terrorists who are cutting a swath across the Middle East. Yet he ruled out large-scale U.S. ground combat operations reminiscent of Iraq and Afghanistan.

February 11, 2015 | By DAVID ESPO and NEDRA PICKLER Associated Press | Associated Press


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