Originally created 11/18/02

Across Georgia



Fort Benning march leads to 90 arrests

COLUMBUS -More than 90 people, including at least 6 nuns, were arrested for marching onto Fort Benning grounds Sunday during an annual protest of a U.S. military program that trains Latin American soldiers.

About 6,500 protesters gathered for the 13th annual demonstration by the School of the Americas Watch, which continues to protest the Nov. 19, 1989, killings of six Jesuit priests in El Salvador. Protesters said they demonstrate because some of the people responsible for the killings were trained at the military school.

Demonstrators passed through gates, including one where they cut the padlock and slipped through fenceposts to gain access onto the property. The school is now called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation.

Perdue gets advice at governors meeting

ATLANTA -Gov.-elect Sonny Perdue was among the freshman class at a weekend conference in Texas that paired many of the nation's veteran governors with their newly elected colleagues to swap tips on how to run a state.

Sponsored by the National Governors Association, most of the meetings are designed to advise governors-elect on how to conduct a smooth transition to power.

Official offers plan for smoke-free dining

MILLEDGEVILLE -A city councilman has proposed that Milledgeville should be one of the few cities in Georgia that requires restaurants to be smoke-free.

Residents will be able to discuss City Councilman Ken Vance's proposal this month and in December before the city council holds a vote on the ban.

Details of the proposal still must be worked out. For example, Mr. Vance said he doesn't know whether the smoking ban in restaurants would include bars and they also would have to decide what to do with restaurants in this college town that become bars in the evening.

Damaged spy plane makes first test flight

ATLANTA -The U.S. Navy spy plane that was severely damaged in a midair collision with a Chinese fighter jet last year has taken its first test flight, 16 months after arriving in pieces at Lockheed-Martin in Marietta.

The repaired EP-3, a four-engine surveillance and reconnaissance airplane, took off from Dobbins Air Reserve Base and flew for about two hours.

The EP-3 was flying off the China coast April 1, 2001, when it went down after being slammed by a Chinese fighter.