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Proposal would lower drinking age on bases

ST. MARYS, GA. --- Congressman Jack Kingston says there is support among military leaders for proposed legislation to allow service members younger than 21 to drink beer and wine at base restaurants and clubs.

Kingston says military brass are reluctant to publicly express their opinion, but that they unofficially agree with the proposal.

Kingston says he plans to hold public meetings on the issue. The legislation would prohibit the consumption of alcohol anywhere other than designated establishments on bases.

Kingston says about 60 percent of sailors serving on nuclear submarines are between the ages of 18 and 22 and active-duty soldiers have a 90 percent chance of being sent to Iraq or Afghanistan.

Couple sues grocery chain over tampon

THOMASTON, GA. --- An Upson County couple is suing a grocery store chain in federal court, claiming that the husband found a used tampon in his bowl of cereal.

According to the complaint, Thomas and Lynn Roddenberry say they bought a box of Chocolate Chip Crunch cereal from the Save-A-Lot store in Thomaston in October 2008. A day after buying the cereal, Thomas Roddenberry says he discovered the tampon in his bowl after taking a bite of the cereal.

The man says he spit out the cereal, immediately became nauseated and went to an emergency room.

The suit was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Macon. A spokesman for Save-A-Lot declined to comment on the case Friday, citing pending litigation.

Mammogram forgery suspect surrenders

WARNER ROBINS, GA. --- A former Perry Hospital employee indicted on 20 charges of submitting false negative mammogram results has turned herself in to authorities.

Rachael Michelle Rapraeger was being held without bond on Friday at the Houston County jail. A Houston County grand jury indicted the 30-year-old Macon woman on Tuesday on 10 felony counts of computer forgery and 10 counts of misdemeanor reckless conduct.

The hospital says hundreds of women were told their test results were normal though a doctor never read their scans.

The district attorney's office says Rapraeger improperly handled 1,289 mammogram cases.

Authorities say the hospital determined that Rapraeger submitted false results for 10 women who were later found to have breast cancer.

Man gets life sentence for attack on women

ATLANTA --- A man who was accused of strangling a mentally disabled woman and attacking her mother in 1991 and was linked to the crime years later using modernized DNA technology, has been sentenced to life in prison.

On Friday, 47-year-old Freddie Lewis was convicted of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault with an object, rape and burglary for the death of 26-year old Evelyn Wise and the attack on her mother, Mary Wise.

Fulton County District Attorney spokeswoman Yvette Brown says authorities discovered Lewis climbed into the upstairs bedroom of Evelyn Wise, where he assaulted and raped her before going downstairs and attacking Mary Wise.

Mary Wise survived the attack.