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Pope condemns religious violence, Muslim cleric warns of growing ’Islamophobia’

ANKARA, Turkey - Pope Benedict XVI urged leaders of all religions Tuesday to ''utterly refuse'' to support any form of violence in the name of faith, while Turkey's top Muslim cleric complained to the pontiff of growing ''Islamophobia'' in the world.

December 18, 2006 | By VICTOR L. SIMPSON Associated Press Writer | Nation


Witnesses detail immolation attack on six Sunnis in Baghdad last week

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - The attack on the small Mustafa Sunni mosque began as worshippers were finishing Friday midday prayers. About 50 unarmed men, many in black uniforms and some wearing ski masks, walked through the district chanting ''We are the Mahdi Army, shield of the Shiites.''

December 18, 2006 | By STEVEN R. HURST Associated Press Writer | Nation


Bush says U.S. won’t quit Iraq until ‘‘mission complete,’’ asks more help in Afghanistan

RIGA, Latvia - Under intense pressure to change course, President Bush on Tuesday rejected suggestions Iraq has fallen into civil war and vowed not to pull U.S. troops out ''until the mission is complete.''

December 18, 2006 | By TOM RAUM Associated Press Writer | Nation


10 killed in group home fire in southwest Missouri; 24 others treated as cause sought

ANDERSON, Mo. - An early morning fire broke out in a group home for the elderly and mentally ill Monday, killing 10 people and injuring two dozen others in a blaze that the governor said was being treated as a crime.

December 18, 2006 | By MARCUS KABEL Associated Press Writer | Nation


Shoppers face generous discounts as online shopping season kicks off Monday

NEW YORK - After jamming malls on Friday for discounted flat-screen TVs and toys, shoppers clicked onto their computers at work Monday as retailers ushered in the start of the online shopping season with bargains and marketing hype.

December 18, 2006 | By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO AP Business Writer | Nation


Al-Maliki camp expects Bush to talk about speeding security handover

BAGHDAD, Iraq - President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will discuss a speedier hand-over of security control to Iraqi forces as a prelude to the start of a U.S. withdrawal when they meet in Jordan this week, top Iraqi government officials said Monday.

December 18, 2006 | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and BASSEM MROUE Associated Press Writer | Nation


Lawsuit filed to halt tree harvest at Cypress Lake

STATESBORO - Environmentalists have sued to halt logging of cypress and other trees growing in a privately owned lake, arguing the Army Corps of Engineers wrongly determined no permit was required.

December 18, 2006 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press Writer | Local


Our Views – Coach VanGorder needs to look in mirror to improve team in 2007

Georgia Southern's football season of discontent ended Saturday the same way it began on Sept. 9 – with a loss to an opponent that would not have competed with previous Eagle teams. But except for the uniforms, the 2006 version of Georgia Southern football was not remotely similar to past teams. And nowhere was that more evident than in the ultimate judge of every GSU season: wins and losses. The 3-8 record was the worst since Erk Russell resurrected the program in 1982.

December 18, 2006 | | Letters To The Editor


BA sweeps Briarwood in hoops action

The Bulloch Academy boys basketball team finished off a sweep of Briarwood Thursday night with a 44-37 win over the Buccaneers.

December 18, 2006 | From staff reports | Sports


Fastbreak

Portal Middle splits with Collins

December 18, 2006 | From staff reports | Sports




Astrograph 11/28

Once you break free of all ambiguity in your assessments, considerable progress can be made in achieving your ambitions in the year ahead. The sooner you confront whatever is bothering you, the sooner you'll succeed.

December 18, 2006 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break


Odds & Ends 11/23

Man angry about penis enlargement mails doctor a bomb

December 18, 2006 | Associated Press | Coffee Break


SCHS, Portal come up short in playoff openers

Charlton County 43, Screven County 6

December 18, 2006 | From staff reports | Sports


U.S. troops who threw themselves on grenades in Iraq could get the Medal of Honor posthumously

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. - Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor had just an instant to react when a hand grenade was tossed into his rooftop hideout in Iraq.

December 18, 2006 | By THOMAS WATKINS Associated Press Writer | Nation


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Local Roundup: SHS hosts 3-team tourney

The Statesboro Blue Devils played host to Effingham County and South Effingham in a golf tournament on Thursday at Forest Heights Country Club, with the Lady Devils placing first and the boys finishing second.

March 27, 2014 | From staff reports | Prep Sports 360


Harang hit hard in Braves debut

LAKELAND, Fla. - Aaron Harang made his Atlanta Braves debut, allowing six runs, including a long homer to Miguel Cabrera, while pitching into the sixth inning of a 9-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.

March 27, 2014 | By JEFF BERLINICKE Associated Press | Atlanta Braves - AP


Phil Mickelson shoots 77 in Texas Open

SAN ANTONIO - Long after the fog cleared at TPC San Antonio, Phil Mickelson remained shrouded in an increasingly alarming funk with the Masters two weeks away.

March 27, 2014 | By TIM PRICE Associated Press | Sports


Ga. soldier convicted of killing pregnant wife

An Army soldier accused of strangling his pregnant wife so he could pocket $500,000 in benefit money was convicted Thursday by a military judge in a case that hinged on dueling medical experts who couldn't agree on how the woman died.

March 27, 2014 | By RUSS BYNUM Associated Press | Local


‘Swing into Spring’ Friday at Mill Creek Regional Park

The Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department will host the 13th annual "Swing into Spring" celebration from 5-9 p.m. today at Mill Creek Regional Park.

March 27, 2014 | Special to the Herald | Local


A memorable spring break

Last week, while most students were vacationing in such exotic faraway places like Panama Beach, Daytona Beach or Hopeulikeit, Julie and I had the wonderful opportunity to run down to Sarasota, Florida, to see our daughter and family and our middle son, George, from California. For those of you who don't know the scenario, from the day after Thanksgiving to the day after Easter, Florida fills up like a test tube full of Snowbirds who eat everything in sight, drive like maniacs and play very bad golf.

March 27, 2014 | | Columnists/Editorials


Police Report 3-28-14 - Someone ransacked a camper and took a thermostat

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. Arrest photos are available for viewing at statesboroherald.com/arrests/

March 27, 2014 | | Police Report


GOP hopefuls betting on mega donor in Vegas

LAS VEGAS - A slate of potential Republican presidential candidates is descending upon Las Vegas to court one of the GOP's most powerful patrons.

March 27, 2014 | By STEVE PEOPLES Associated Press | World


Security firms watch social media for feisty fans

As Minnesota Vikings fans were getting ready for the final game at the Metrodome last December, officials at Whelan Security noticed social media chatter suggesting some of the faithful might rush the field and try to steal a piece of history.

March 27, 2014 | By LUKE MEREDITH Associated Press | World


Obama tells Pope Francis he is a 'great admirer'

VATICAN CITY - President Barack Obama called himself a "great admirer" of Pope Francis as he sat down at the Vatican Thursday with the pontiff he considers a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality. Their nearly hourlong first meeting comes as Obama's administration remains deeply split with the church over abortion and contraception.

March 27, 2014 | By JIM KUHNHENN and NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press | World


New testing deal

NEW YORK - Baseball players and management hope to reach a new drug agreement this week that would increase initial penalties for muscle-building steroids and allow a decrease of suspensions for some positive tests caused by unintentional use, people familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

March 26, 2014 | By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Prep Sports Spotlight

Chase Kirkland, Portal

March 26, 2014 | By MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Prep Sports 360


Braves reel in Fish

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Julio Teheran struck out nine over six innings in his final tuneup for opening day and the Atlanta Braves defeated the Miami Marlins 9-2 on Wednesday.

March 26, 2014 | By GUY CURTRIGHT Associated Press | Atlanta Braves - AP


Yellow Jacket drill squad seeks big finish to season

BROOKLET – Southeast Bulloch High School will send its baseball, soccer, and track teams into competition throughout the rest of the spring in search of region and state recognition, but one of the school's most prestigious and highly decorated squads will wrap up its 2014 campaign this weekend.

March 26, 2014 | By MIKE ANTHONY manthony@statesboroherald.com | Prep Sports 360


Federal agency says college athletes can unionize

CHICAGO - In a stunning ruling that could revolutionize a college sports industry worth billions of dollars and have dramatic repercussions at schools coast to coast, a federal agency said Wednesday that football players at Northwestern University can create the nation's first union of college athletes.

March 26, 2014 | By MICHAEL TARM Associated Press | Sports


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