Monday, June 19, 2006

Top weekend reads online

1. A Star editorial Big Brother to citizens: Trust me
Government lawyers claim the plaintiffs can't prove they've been spied on by the NSA. True enough. The ACLU's lawyers - just like the rest of us - aren't able to establish who is being spied on because the government is keeping the details secret.
Dizzy yet?

2. Depot to get Abrams money by Todd South
The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed the emergency supplement bill that includes $400 million for Anniston Army Depot's work on the M1A1 Abrams tank
The bill, which was approved by a conference committee earlier this month, is an emergency supplement to the fiscal year 2006 budget for the "Global War on Terror
and Hurricane Relief." It passed on a 98-1 vote. It now goes to the president for his signature.

1. The top Friday item - Big Brother to citizens: Trust me - was still the most-viewed news item.

2. Viagra missing from pharmaceutical shipment by Andy Johns
When an Oxford Pfizer pharmaceutical sales representative opened the shipment containing her most recent order, she found that 48 bottles of Viagra were missing.

3. Letters to the editor
Re "Trail is treacherous" (Speak Out, June 13):
As the mayor of Weaver, I'm writing to say that the Chief Ladiga Trail is not a hotbed of criminal activity, as the letter writer claims.
The trail covers hundreds of miles through many police jurisdictions and municipalities. While I cannot speak for other areas, I can speak for the portion of the trail that passes through Weaver. I walk the trail with my family and have found the experience to be safe and health enriching. As for women being sexually assaulted, Weaver has had no reports of criminal activity on the trail, sexual or otherwise, and I feel safe in saying that the City of Weaver has not investigated a mule trampling in the last hundred years.
Wayne Willis, Mayor of Weaver

4. Anniston issues burn ban by Andy Johns
Dry conditions have led the Anniston fire department to issue a "no burn order" for the city beginning Friday.
"It's getting so dry it creates a hazardous condition for yards and woods," said Anniston Fire Chief Bill Fincher.

Marine in Iraq sees daughter's birth in Jacksonville by Dan Whisenhunt
JACKSONVILLE - For Marine Cpl. Terrence "Terry" Lambert, serving on the frontlines in Iraq, the birth of his first child was imminent early today, on Father's Day.
For his wife, Jodi Lynn Lambert, lying in her room at Jacksonville Medical Center, the birth of their daughter, Katherine Annalee Lambert, was imminent at press time Saturday night.
And Terry was with her for the birth.
The miracle of birth had met the miracles of modern technology.

2. Letters to the editor
I recently received a copy of Longleaf Style in the mail. Wow, what a beautiful tribute to our area! The articles, ads and photos are exquisite and compare
with similar magazines that I've seen in much larger cities.
If you haven't seen Longleaf Style, I encourage you to go to its Web site ( and subscribe. You won't be disappointed.
Leigh Twigg, Alexandria

3. A wedding announcement:
Jodie Melinda Smith and Jeffery Wayne Thompson were married April 8 at 4 p.m. at Mount Zion Baptist Church. The Rev. Wayne Stephens performed the ceremony. Music was provided by Amy Moore, Jennifer Donaho, Jennifer Braden and Judy Cole. A reception followed.

4. Another wedding announcement:
Amanda Michelle O'Dell and Kevin Heath Pointer were married April 22 at 4 p.m. in a double-ring wedding at West Park Heights Baptist Church. The Rev. Bryan Camp performed the ceremony. Music was provided by pianistAnita Davenport and violinist Janice Wilson.