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Bridge 3/21

When you are the declarer, always count your tricks. If you never do this, you will effectively be flying blind, having no idea where the runway is situated. But if, when in no-trump, you check your top tricks first, you will know how many more tricks you must establish. And if you are in a suit contract, check your losers and winners, assuming you can do it in a timely fashion ... In under an hour!

April 04, 2008 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break

Former Texas death row inmate whose case went to US Supreme Court pleads guilty to 1985 crime

DALLAS - A man who was on death row for nearly 20 years until the U.S. Supreme Court overturned his verdict because of racial discrimination has pleaded guilty to the 1985 slaying for which he was originally sentenced to die.

April 04, 2008 | The Associated Press | National

Dear Abby 3/21

DEAR ABBY: My problem is, I have lost the art of listening. When someone takes too long to get to the point, or includes irrelevant details, I completely lose patience. I work in a medical office with the same small group of women every day, and I like my job. However, I find myself trying to keep "extra busy" to avoid the boring, mundane chatter about things I don't care about.

April 04, 2008 | By ABIGAIL VAN BUREN | Coffee Break

Ask Dr. Gott 3/21

DEAR DR. GOTT: My husband has an unusual condition that none of his physicians have been able to diagnose or treat successfully.

April 04, 2008 | By ABIGAIL VAN BUREN | Coffee Break

Local Roundup: Lady Eagles soccer releases schedule

The Georgia Southern women's soccer team announces the 2008 schedule which is highlighted by a pair of early tournaments, four 2007 NCAA tournament contenders, first-time opponents and familiar Southern Conference foes.

April 04, 2008 | From staff and wire reports | Sports

For flood-weary Midwesterners, raging rivers, rising floodwaters have become familiar

FENTON, Mo. - With more than a dozen people killed by floodwaters and rivers still rising, weary Midwesterners on Thursday weighed not just the prospect of a sodden cleanup but the likelihood that their communities could be inundated again.

April 04, 2008 | By CHRISTOPHER LEONARDa Associated Press Writer | National

Plans advance for Streetscape downtown project

With Mayor Bill Hatcher out, Mayor Pro-tem Joe Brannen oversaw a relatively uneventful Statesboro City Council meeting earlier this week.

April 04, 2008 | By PHIL BOYUM | Local

Prep Sports Blitz: Area teams soccer, baseball & more - Presented by Farmers and Merchants Bank

Prep Sports Blitz for Thursday, March 20 - Presented by Farmers and Merchants Bank.

April 04, 2008 | VINCE JOHNSON | Prep Sports Blitz

Prosecutors say lawyer agrees to plead guilty to racketeering charge in kickback scheme

LOS ANGELES - Prominent attorney Melvyn Weiss has agreed to plead guilty to racketeering in a lucrative kickback scheme involving payments to plaintiffs in class-action lawsuits targeting some of the largest corporations in the nation, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

April 04, 2008 | By DANNY POLLOCK Associated Press Writer | National

House panel investigating electrocutions in Iraq, including Pa. soldier killed while showering

PITTSBURGH - A U.S. House committee chairman has begun an investigation into the electrocutions of at least 12 service members in Iraq, including that of a Pittsburgh soldier killed in January by a jolt of electricity while showering.

April 04, 2008 | By RAMESH SANTANAM Associated Press Writer | National

Sex and politics: At the NY state Capitol, sometimes it seems like spring break on the Hudson

ALBANY, N.Y. - Of all the wisecracks heard in the marble halls of New York's Capitol after Gov. Eliot Spitzer's downfall in a call-girl scandal, one jest enlightened as much as it stung: Spitzer's got to be the only guy in Albany who PAYS for sex.

April 04, 2008 | By MICHAEL GORMLEY Associated Press Writer | National

Group gets permission to question National Archives over Clinton’s phone logs

WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Thursday forced the National Archives to undergo questioning by a conservative group seeking the release of Hillary Rodham Clinton's telephone logs during her years as first lady.

April 04, 2008 | By PETE YOST Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008

Obama campaign says splitting Michigan delegates with Clinton would be fair

WASHINGTON - Barack Obama's campaign said Thursday that evenly splitting Michigan's delegates with rival Hillary Rodham Clinton would be a fair way of resolving the dispute over how to handle the state at the Democratic National Convention.

April 04, 2008 | By NEDRA PICKLER Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008

Democratic primary contest swells party’s ranks in Pennsylvania

WAYNE, Pa. - Pennsylvanians are rushing in record numbers to sign up as Democrats so they can vote in the April 22 presidential primary between Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

April 04, 2008 | By PETER JACKSON Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008

McCain visits London, hails bravery of UK troops in Iraq

LONDON - Republican presidential candidate John McCain on Thursday hailed the bravery of British and U.S. soldiers yet refrained from calling publicly for Britain to slow the pace of its troop withdrawal from southern Iraq.

April 04, 2008 | By DAVID STRINGER Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008

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