BAGHDAD - Don't try to convince Taha Yassin that Iraq's power shortages are finally easing: His children cry each night when the fan cuts off and the house heats up.
WASHINGTON - Things in the U.S. sure are tough. Brother, can you spare a euro?
Primo Levi, an Italian who wrote two interesting books about his time in Auschwitz and his even lengthier trip home after the war ended, claimed: "The aims of life are the best defense against death."
Whenever you are confronted with serious challenges in the year ahead, you will solve them by using your ingenuity and resourcefulness, along with collected knowledge. By combining these things, you will amaze others as well as yourself.
SHANGHAI, China - For a vivid insight into the clash of old and new in China, follow the bicycle.
LONDON - The parents of a French student savagely stabbed to death in London called Sunday for his killer or killers to turn themselves in, and urged the British people to help police solve the crime.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A suicide attacker detonated explosives near a police station in Pakistan's capital on Sunday, killing more than 10 police officers, officials said.
TOYAKO, Japan - Wedged between America's Independence Day and a summit of world leaders, President Bush's 62nd birthday got shortchanged this year.
SHATI REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip - When a toilet is flushed in Gaza City, the waste sloshes straight into the Mediterranean.
ANKARA, Turkey - Two retired generals were jailed Sunday in connection with an alleged plot to topple Turkey's Islamic-rooted government, the highest-ranking ex-soldiers detained as part of the probe, a news report said.
SAN ANTONIO - The three American hostages rescued by Colombia's military said in their first public statement that they are doing fine and are thrilled to ''return home to the country we love.''
CAMBRIDGE, Idaho - Using his trusty BB gun to help him return to Earth, a 48-year-old gas station owner flew a lawn chair rigged with helium-filled balloons more than 200 miles across the Oregon desert Saturday, landing in a field in Idaho.
NEW YORK - Rant all you want in a public park. A police officer generally won't eject you for your remarks alone, however unpopular or provocative.
English author and lexicographer Samuel Johnson said, "A man seldom thinks with more earnestness of anything than he does of his dinner."
Advancement in your chosen field of endeavor is possible in the year ahead, but it will take a combination of ingenuity, resourcefulness and imagination to be all that you can be. Don't accept half measures from yourself.
Note: The following is part of a series of columns looking at how hard currency was introduced in Georgia and Bulloch County.
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