We all have good days and bad days. But often there seems to be no rationale for them - as in this deal. Look at the South hand. Only your side is vulnerable. After two passes, your right-hand opponent opens one no-trump, 15-17 points. What would you do?
NEW YORK - Stocks soared Friday, propelling the Dow Jones industrials up more than 180 points, after the Federal Reserve, acknowledging that the stock market's plunge posed a threat to the economy, slashed its discount rate by a half percentage point.
HOUSTON - Astronauts prepared for an upcoming spacewalk and worked on chores at the international space station Friday, a day after learning they wouldn't have to repair a gash in their ship.
DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend and I were together for two years when suddenly his father passed away. Prior to his father's death, we had a good relationship.
DEAR ABBY: Say there's this guy who's about 30, who has a stepmother who is younger than he is. (She's 27.) They have a warm, happy, close, loving friendship - nothing abnormal or unusual.
ICA, Peru - The death toll rose to 450 on Thursday in the magnitude-8 earthquake that devastated cities of adobe and brick in Peru's southern desert. Survivors wearing blankets against the winter cold walked like ghosts through the ruins.
HOUSTON - Astronauts aboard the shuttle Endeavour on Thursday were studying how to fix a gouge in the ship's belly just in case NASA ordered a spacewalk to make the repairs.
HUNTINGTON, Utah - Rescuers searching for six coal miners trapped for 10 days were drilling yet another hole into mine Thursday, this time aiming for a location where they had detected mysterious vibrations in the mountain.
NEW YORK - Wall Street plunged again Thursday, extending an almost relentless downward spiral after problems at Countrywide Financial Corp. confirmed investors' fears that credit problems are spreading. The market shrugged off the Federal Reserve's injection of $17 billion into the banking system, and the Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 200 points.
In the year ahead, you should do rather well in endeavors where you can utilize all your innate talents. Enhancing your ability to achieve will give you a strong desire to accomplish something truly meaningful.
DEAR DR. GOTT: Please explain something for me in terms that I can understand. I have just been diagnosed with renal obstruction. The doctor did not explain to me what causes it, what treatment is necessary - nothing! His nurse said I must have surgery immediately. Needless to say, I am quite upset and would like your opinion ASAP.
WASHINGTON - The nation's passport headaches may be easing a bit, but now comes the bill: almost $1 billion.
The Woodin Nikel is once again at the center of an alcohol controversy in Statesboro. In a 4-2 vote, the Alcohol Control Board decided to revoke the license of the Orient Express' owner Ace Amerson, who also operates the Nikel.
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.
Statesboro Police officers issued 28 citations for underage possession of alcohol last weekend, said Statesboro Police Chief Stan York.
ATHENS, Ga. - Louisiana Tech was so dominant in the first 13 minutes againstGeorgia on Saturday that its biggest challenge became avoiding tentative play.
The Bulloch Academy boys' and girls' track teams have had two overwhelming early-season victories headed into a tell-tale meet at Stratford Academy next week.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Freddie Freeman was 4 for 4, Andrelton Simmons and Dan Uggla each homered and the Atlanta Braves beat the Boston Red Sox 6-3 on Saturday.
RALEIGH, N.C. - The way senior Jakob Gollon sees it, Mercer has been building toward this NCAA tournament through years of playing power conference teams.
Georgia Southern got a win on Friday by hitting Appalachian State's bullpen.
FONTANA, Calif. - Kyle Larson won his first Nationwide Series race Saturday, holding off Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch in a thrilling finish at Fontana.
Richard Morriss, Venture Crew adviser for Crew 935 and Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 935 at Pittman Park United Methodist Church for more than 20 years, received the Ed Cone Award at the Good Scout Banquet, held Thursday evening at Statesboro Primitive Baptist Church.
Today at 9:30 a.m. California time, Georgia Southern University graduate Steve Pulley will dip the back tire of his bicycle into the Pacific Ocean in San Diego and set off on a 57-day cycling adventure.
HONOLULU - Hawaii lawmakers flabbergasted at the prospect of police being allowed to have sex with prostitutes promised Friday to make the practice illegal.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - A satellite image released by China on Saturday offers the latest sign that wreckage from a Malaysia Airlines plane lost for more than two weeks could be in a remote stretch of the southern Indian Ocean where planes and ships have been searching for three days.
Mrs. Bobbie Turner Lynch
Appalachian State held Georgia Southern in check.
RALEIGH, N.C. - Dunk City is long gone. Make way for the next bunch of bracket busters from the little-known Atlantic Sun Conference: Mercer.
ORLANDO, Fla. - Adam Scott keeps putting his name in the Bay Hill record book, each round moving him closer to another handshake with The King.
SAVANNAH - The Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets had no problems in region action on the road, blanking New Hampstead 5-0 on Friday.