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Retail sales post worse-than-expected showing in February, raising more recession worries

WASHINGTON - Consumers, battered by plunging home prices and a credit crunch, stayed away from the malls in February, pushing retail sales down by a larger-than-expected amount. It was another worrisome sign that the country could be falling into a recession.

March 28, 2008 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | Washington


Mortgage rates increase for fourth time in past 5 weeks

WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages increased this week for the fourth time in the past five weeks.

March 28, 2008 | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer | Washington


Prosecutor: Charges will be dropped against Ill. mom who briefly left child in car

CHICAGO - Charges will be dropped against a woman who briefly left her 2-year-old daughter alone in the car to take her two older daughters to pour coins into a Salvation Army kettle, prosecutors said Thursday.

March 28, 2008 | By DON BABWIN Associated Press Writer | National


Suspect in UNC slaying student charged with killing Duke student

DURHAM, N.C. - Authorities have charged a suspect in the slaying of the University of North Carolina student president with the January killing of a Duke University graduate student.

March 28, 2008 | By MIKE BAKER Associated Press Writer | National


Study: Dementia diagnosis doesn’t result in more anxiety, depression; may relieve patients

ST. LOUIS - Doctors often hesitate to tell patients they likely suffer from Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia, fearing the news will overwhelm them.

March 28, 2008 | By CHERYL WITTENAUER Associated Press Writer | National


Severed fingers of Americans captured in Iraq reportedly sent to US officials

Severed fingers of five Western contractors were sent to the U.S. military in Iraq, giving the men's relatives hope that they are still alive, a brother of one of the missing men said.

March 28, 2008 | By RASHA MADKOUR Associated Press Writer | National


Rice toughens anti-Chavez talk, urges nations to keep terrorists out

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Thursday urged nations such as Venezuela to meet their U.N. obligations and keep terrorists out of their territories.

March 28, 2008 | By ANNE FLAHERTY Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


Florida Democrats to offer plan for vote-by-mail presidential primary

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida's Democratic Party chair urged Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sen. Barack Obama, the national party and her own state's congressional delegation to consider a combined vote-by-mail/in-person plan as a redo of the Jan. 29 presidential primary.

March 28, 2008 | By BRENDAN FARRINGTON Associated Press Writer | Campaign 2008


Stocks fall as dollar slides, gold jumps; S&P estimate of asset write-downs lends some support

NEW YORK - Wall Street fell but recovered from its worst levels Thursday after Standard & Poor's forecast that financial companies are nearing the end of the massive asset write-downs that have devasted the stock and credit markets for months.

March 28, 2008 | By TIM PARADIS AP Business Writer | National


Dear Abby 3/14

DEAR ABBY: I'm 26 and concerned about my parents' future. They are in their late 40s and have absolutely nothing saved for retirement. Dad has a physically demanding job and won't be able to do it forever, and they are currently in debt up to their ears.

March 28, 2008 | By ABIGAIL VAN BUREN | Coffee Break


Ask Dr. Gott 3/14

DEAR DR. GOTT: I am a 73-year-old male with heart and kidney failure. I am not on dialysis. I take Lasix. I was taking three 80-milligram pills every day for quite some time. One day, I suddenly could not urinate. The following day, the same thing, so I went to the emergency room at my local hospital, where I was catheterized. The doctor then told me I did not have a blockage and that he could find nothing wrong with my blood and urine tests. He told me upon release to reduce my Lasix to one and a half pills ...

March 28, 2008 | By DR. PETER GOTT | Coffee Break


Astrograph 3/14

The year ahead will be an excellent time for careful planning and executing projects that take diligence and persistence. If you have the sustained effort to achieve what you carefully lay out, this will be a red-letter year.

March 28, 2008 | By BERNICE BEDE OSOL | Coffee Break


Bridge 3/14

Jean-Paul Sartre wrote, "All human actions are equivalent ... and all are on principle doomed to failure."

March 28, 2008 | By PHILLIP ALDER | Coffee Break


Police Report - March 14

(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.)

March 28, 2008 | From Staff Reports | Crime Report


China report attacks US human rights record as ‘‘tattered and shocking’’

BEIJING - China lashed out Thursday at a U.S. report critical of its human rights record, accusing Washington of causing the modern world's ''biggest human rights tragedy'' in Iraq and of hypocrisy for passing judgment on other nations.

March 28, 2008 | By TINI TRAN Associated Press Writer | Associated Press


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Consumer Qs: Get creative with your window boxes this spring

Delete Question: What are some small houseplants that will fit on a narrow windowsill?

February 22, 2015 | Georgia Department of Agriculture Special to the Herald | Columnists/Editorials


Living with Children with John Rosemond: Son's anxiety caused by panic attacks

Q: My 13-year-old son has developed overwhelming anxiety about going to school. This began a year ago, but has gotten steadily worse since then. At this point he fights me every morning about going to school, and even if I can persuade him to get in the car, he won't get out. If I try to force him, he becomes nearly hysterical. I'm a stay-at-home mom, so there have been many days this year when I've simply taken him back home. His principal and everyone at the school say he's fine once he's in the ...

February 22, 2015 | John Rosemond Contributing Writer | Columnists/Editorials


Nationally recognized artist to lead workshop

The Averitt Center for the Arts, through a grant funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, is proud to bring renowned artist George Snyder to conduct a weeklong residency at Portal Middle School. Mr. Snyder will be working with art teacher Deena Scarborough as well as science teachers, math teachers and students from March 2–5.

February 22, 2015 | Special to the Herald | Local


Who hands over the statuettes at the Academy Awards?

GLENDALE, Calif. - Six Hollywood hopefuls instantly became insiders when they won spots on the film academy's Team Oscar, and their superstar access began deep inside Disney's archives.

February 22, 2015 | The Associated Press | Life


Alabama woman set for trial in granddaughter's running death

GADSDEN, Ala. - A prosecutor calls Joyce Hardin Garrard the "drill sergeant from hell," a woman so mean she made her 9-year-old granddaughter run until the girl collapsed and died, all as punishment for lying about candy.

February 22, 2015 | By JAY REEVES Associated Press | Associated Press


A place in peril

A demure wooden building in the heart of Portal has been named one of 10 "Places in Peril" by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.

February 22, 2015 | By JULIE LAVENDER Herald Correspondent | Local


Joey Logano gives Roger Penske another Daytona 500 win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Soaked in booze but drinking a Coke, Joey Logano fretted over how he and his new bride would celebrate his most significant victory.

February 22, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER Associated Press | Sports


Bulloch History with Roger Allen: A plague of boll weevils falls on Georgia, Bulloch County

(Note: The following is part of a series of articles looking at the history and evolution of agriculture in Georgia and Bulloch County.)

February 22, 2015 | By ROGER ALLEN Contributing Writer | Columnists/Editorials


Thinking of God with Larry Sheehy: Our God comforts us

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction...."

February 22, 2015 | By LARRY SHEEHY Contributing Writer | Columnists/Editorials


Braves open up camp

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - It's been more than two decades since very few baseball experts gave the Atlanta Braves a legitimate shot to win the NL East.

February 21, 2015 | By JEFF BERLINICKE AP Sports Writer | Atlanta Braves


Portal pounces on Taylor County

PORTAL - A three-pointer by Tyler Budgett off the opening tip and then a monstrous slam from Trent Thomas opened the game for the Portal Panthers as they raced out to an early lead and never looked back, cruising to a 78-58 win over Taylor County the opening round of the Class A state playoffs.

February 21, 2015 | By LUKE MARTIN Special to the Herald | Prep Sports 360


Gordon ready to lead the way

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Jeff Gordon chatted casually with some of his crew as a crowd of fans gathered in the window behind his garage stall at Daytona International Speedway. He opened the toolbox behind him, grabbed a Sharpie and turned to the assembly to autograph the dozens of die casts, programs and T-shirts they shoved at him.

February 21, 2015 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | NASCAR


Statesboro’s disc golf course to open Friday

Nontraditional sports are trending in the U.S., and the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department has responded to one of these trends by constructing a 27-hole Disc Golf Course on Mill Creek Road near Statesboro Airport, just off of U.S. Highway 301 North.

February 21, 2015 | From staff reports | Local


Black History Month column

"Throw me in! Throw me in!" he shouted boldly. "I'll make a way."

February 21, 2015 | | Columnists/Editorials


Goosen keeps lead at Riviera

LOS ANGELES - Retief Goosen had gone so long without being in contention on the weekend that he wondered how his nerves would hold up. They were tested Saturday at Riviera, and the two-time U.S. Open champion earned a passing grade.

February 21, 2015 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


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