Originally created 01/24/04

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JAN. 24, 1938

Eleven hours after he answered a call to a Broad Street address, an Augusta taxi driver reported to his company early this morning that he had been kidnapped, robbed and left bound in a river swamp near Greenville, S.C.

The driver, Herbert F. Perkins of Joe's Taxi Co., telephoned shortly before 2 o'clock that he had managed to free himself from ropes with which he had been tied and had walked to Greenville where he had placed his call.

Perkins' report ended a widespread search on the part of state, county and municipal authorities for the driver who mysteriously disappeared after receiving a call to an address on Broad Street yesterday afternoon.

AROUND TOWN

TODAY DRIVER'S EDUCATION COURSE: A free driver's education course will be offered at 9 a.m. at the Jackson Town Hall. Students who complete the course will be given a certificate. For more information, call (803) 471-2228.

SPACE DISCOVERY: Space Discovery 2004 will be held at 7 p.m. at the National Science Center at Fort Discovery. There will be space-themed decorations, entertainment by Pat Blanchard and a caricature artist. Raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win a behind-the-scenes tour of the Kennedy Space Center for a family of four and a separate raffle for an astronaut birthday party. Tickets cost $45 for Fort Discovery members and $50 for others. Call Rich Slaby at 821-0305 for more information.

SUNDAY FOUNDERS DAY CELEBRATION: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. will celebrate Founders Day at 4 p.m. at Thankful Baptist Church, 302 Walker St. The guest speaker will be Barbara C. Moore, the international president and vice president of the institutional advancement at Benedict College. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call 863-3784.

SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: Mead Hall Episcopal School will hold an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. at Thaddeus Episcopal Church, 125 Pendleton St. S.W., Aiken For more information, call (803) 644-1122.

MONDAY BOOK DISCUSSION: Valerie Boyd, the winner of the 2003 Southern Book Critics Circle Award, will discuss her book Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston at the annual meeting of the Friends of the Augusta Library, at 7 p.m. at the Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3131 Walton Way. Ms. Boyd is an arts editor and book critic at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the founder of EightRock, a journal of black culture and arts. The program is free.

CHEMOTHERAPY BENEFIT

Elderly patients diagnosed with midstage colon cancer benefit as much from chemotherapy after surgery as young patients with the disease, according to a review of more than 3,000 patient records in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Patients age 70 and older who were judged fit enough to undergo chemotherapy had the resiliency to withstand the side effects.

The study showed that chemotherapy reduced the risk of death after surgery for colon cancer by 24 percent.

Colon cancer ranks second to lung cancer in the number of deaths it causes each year. Most colon cancer patients are older than 70.

SO, WHAT'S IT GOOD FOR?

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

In nearly one of 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 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 and 23.2 percent among women.

The disparity may be because women have more complex anatomy in the right side of their abdomens, including the reproductive system.

THE EYES HAVE IT

A study shows that antioxidant supplements and high levels of zinc reduce the risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness.

The six-year study, conducted by the National Eye Institute, was reported in the Archives of Ophthalmology.