Originally created 05/06/02

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BACK IN TIME

May 6, 1988

Allegations that the Richmond County Board of Elections acted in a "racially discriminatory and irresponsible manner" in setting a July 19 special election date for Augusta-Richmond county consolidation have been leveled by state senatorial candidate A.K. Hasan.

Members of the Board of Elections reject Mr. Hasan's charges and say their decision was based solely on what appeared to be best for all Richmond County voters.

Mr. Hasan has formed the Augusta-Richmond county Petitioners Against Consolidation group, which will seek to stop consolidation locally and through petitioning the U.S. Department of Justice to reject the special election date.

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MEETINGS

Today

I-520/Norfolk Southern Working Group of the Augusta Commission, presentation to the North Augusta City Council, 7 p.m., North Augusta Municipal Building, 430 E. Buena Vista Ave.

Tuesday

Augusta Commission, 2 p.m., eighth floor commission chambers, municipal building, 530 Greene St.

Wednesday

Augusta Regional Transportation Study, joint technical coordinating committee and citizens advisory committee, 9:30 a.m., room 802, municipal building, 530 Greene St.

HOW TO KEEP A VCR CLEAN

Dust and dirt can build up inside VCRs over time, requiring periodic cleaning to keep them working properly.

To do this, take a cotton swab soaked in isopropyl alcohol. Open the tape door and rub the swab along the heads of the VCR. The black dots mounted on a silver cylinder, are the carbon filters that read tapes. After cleaning the heads, take a brand-new tape and let it run in the VCR for 3 to 4 minutes.

If this doesn't get the VCR clean, the machine might need to be professionally serviced.

MAIL LOOKOUT

With today's heightened awareness of terrorism, David A. Dlugolenski, the director of the Augusta-Richmond County Emergency Management Agency, passes along these characteristics of suspicious packages and letters:

  • Excessive postage
  • Handwritten or poorly typed addresses
  • Incorrect titles
  • Title, but no name
  • Misspellings of common words
  • Oily stains, discolorations or odor
  • No return address
  • Excessive weight
  • Lopsided or uneven envelope
  • Protruding wires or aluminum foil
  • Excessive security material such as masking tape, string, etc.
  • Visual distractions
  • Ticking sound
  • Marked with restrictive endorsements, such as Personal or Confidential
  • Shows a city or state in the postmark that does not match the return address.
  • APPENDIX PUZZLE

    Despite having more tools to diagnose appendicitis, doctors aren't getting any better at it.

    In nearly one of every four appendectomies performed in women of childbearing age, the removed appendix is not infected.

    The rate of misdiagnosis among young women and older men has actually increased, according to the results of a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

    The misdiagnosis rate among men is about 9 percent, vs. 23.2 percent among women.

    The disparity may be because women have more complex anatomy in the right side of their abdomen, such as an ovary, a uterus and fallopian tubes.

    THE NATION'S 'PEANUT BASKET'

    Georgia leads the seven states that account for about 98 percent of all peanuts grown in the United States. There are about 40,000 peanut farms in the major producing regions.

    Georgia produces 37.7 percent of the nation's peanuts. Texas, 23.2 percent; Alabama, 10.5 percent; North Carolina, 9.3 percent; Florida, 6.4 percent; Virginia, 5.4 percent; Oklahoma, 5.2 percent.

    The peanut plant is thought to have originated in Brazil or Peru. Portuguese explorers transplanted it to Africa, and from there it was brought to America as an inexpensive, high-protein staple, later to be consumed by soldiers during the Civil War.

    MAY WEATHER

    The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts a very wet and slightly warmer than average May for the Southeast this month. The average temperature should be 72 degrees, which is two degrees above average. Precipitation is the big surprise. The Almanac forecasts 6.5 inches of rainfall for the month, which is six inches above the regional monthly average.

    Day by day predictions include:

    May 1-3 - Sunny, mild

    May 4-6 - Heavy rain

    May 7-14 - Warm, thunderstorms

    May 15-17 - Warm, sunny

    May 18-21 - Warm thunderstorms

    May 22-27 - Cloudy, mild

    May 28-21 - Warm, heavy thunderstorms