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Bridge 7/31

Yesterday we looked at two-level transfer bids. It is also a good idea to adopt the Texas transfer, which occurs at the four-level. After partner opens one or two no-trump, a jump to four diamonds shows at least six hearts and the values for either game or slam. A jump to four hearts promises six or more spades and game-going or slam-going cards. With game-only values, the responder passes when the opener completes the transfer. With a hand worth a slam, the responder bids again, often using Blackwood.

August 14, 2008 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break


Astrograph 7/31

Conditions will remain stable in the year ahead, provided you don't become involved in situations that are beyond your capabilities or sphere of influence. Stick to doing what you do best.

August 14, 2008 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break


Minn. officers involved in botched raid get medals

MINNEAPOLIS - Eight police officers who raided an innocent family's house last year, trading fire with the terrified husband, have received medals - and that has outraged the family.

August 14, 2008 | The Associated Press | National


Suspect in NC soldier’s death was baby’s father

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - The Fort Bragg sergeant charged in the death of a pregnant soldier was the father of her unborn baby but married to someone else, police said Wednesday.

August 14, 2008 | By MARLON A. WALKER Associated Press Writer | National


Missing DNA chunks tied to schizophrenia risk

NEW YORK - Two huge international studies show that people who lack certain chunks of DNA run a dramatically higher risk of getting schizophrenia, a finding that could help open new doors to understanding and diagnosing the disease.

August 14, 2008 | By MALCOLM RITTER AP Science Writer | National


Documents: Boy band promoter sings in murder case

MIAMI - Lou Pearlman, the former boy band promoter and entrepreneur turned federal inmate, has taken another career turn: police informant.

August 14, 2008 | By TRAVIS REED Associated Press Writer | National


Zimbabwe devalues currency; 10B becomes 1 dollar

HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe will drop 10 zeros from its hyper-inflated currency - turning 10 billion dollars into one - the country's reserve bank said Wednesday. President Robert Mugabe threatened a state of emergency if businesses profiteer from the country's economic and political unraveling.

August 14, 2008 | By ANGUS SHAW Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Top UK court allows extradition of hacker to US

LONDON - Some call it the biggest hack of military computers; perhaps it was just a big embarrassment.

August 14, 2008 | By RAPHAEL G. SATTER Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Local Roundup: Collins makes U.S. Amateur

Carter Collins, assistant golf coach at Georgia Southern, qualified for the U.S. Amateur championships this past weekend at the Willow Creek Golf Club in Knoxville, Tenn., during the USGA South Sectional qualifier.

August 14, 2008 | From staff reports | Sports


Feds: No risk to children from synthetic fields

TRENTON, N.J. - Children aren't at risk for lead exposure from synthetic athletic fields, according to a report Wednesday from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

August 14, 2008 | By TOM HESTER Jr. Associated Press Writer | National


ER docs: Don’t text and walk, skate — or cook

CHICAGO - The warning came too late for Barack Obama's adviser: Don't walk and text at the same time.

August 14, 2008 | By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer | National


Moderate Calif. quake a drill for the ‘Big One’

CHINO HILLS, Calif. - Despite shaking a large swath of Southern California, a magnitude-5.4 earthquake was not the ''Big One'' that scientists have long feared. Still, it rattled nerves, causing people to vow to step up their emergency preparations.

August 14, 2008 | By GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press Writer | National


Georgia colleges brace for state budget cuts

ATLANTA - Fewer police officers. More part-time faculty in the classroom. No computer upgrades. Not as many books and magazines in the library.

August 14, 2008 | By DORIE TURNER Associated Press Writer | National


Studio Statesboro Vodcast - BUILD Program; East Georgia Regional Marks 100 Years

Studio Statesboro Vodcast - Wednesday July 30, 2008

August 14, 2008 | mbankhead@statesboroherald.com | Local


AP IMPACT: Little progress since bridge collapse

MINNEAPOLIS - A year after the worst U.S. bridge collapse in a generation brought calls for immediate repairs to other spans, two of every three of the busiest problem bridges in each state - carrying nearly 40 million vehicles a day - have had no work beyond regular maintenance.

August 14, 2008 | By ROBERT TANNER, STEVE KARNOWSKI and FRANK BASS Associated Press Writers | National


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