Originally created 11/12/06

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GBI to examine woman's body

The body of an Augusta woman found dead Saturday morning will be sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Augusta to rule out any possibility of foul play, according to Richmond County Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen.

Rosie Mingledolph, 69, was found dead in the 500 block of Gilbert Manor at 10:36 a.m., the deputy coroner said.

Mr. Bowen said there is no preliminary indication of how she died.

The official cause of death will be determined from the autopsy either today or Monday morning, he said.

Hospital releases girl who was hurt at fair

The 13-year-old girl hospitalized after being thrown from the Orbiter fair ride Oct. 26 has been discharged from Medical College of Georgia Hospital, a spokeswoman said Saturday.

Desire Northington had been treated for head injuries and was in an induced coma fore three days after the incident at the Georgia-Carolina State Fair.

Authorities believe the revolving bucket ride might have been operating in the wrong direction when she was thrown from it.

The Augusta Judicial Circuit District Attorney's office and the Georgia Department of Labor are investigating.

Funeral services held for diplomat in Aiken

Funeral services were held Saturday in Aiken for George A. Naifeh, an Oklahoma native who served as a U.S. diplomat in the Foreign Service and founded the American-Arab Affairs Council.

Mr. Naifeh died Thursday at University Hospital in Augusta. He was 82.

The youngest of six children, Mr. Naifeh was born Aug. 19, 1924, to Shahada and Saida Naifeh, who immigrated to Kiefer, near Tulsa, from Jordan and Lebanon.

His son, Steven Naifeh, of Aiken, said the Arab family faced discrimination.

"The Ku Klux Klan once burned a cross on their front lawn," he said.

George Naifeh's 30-year career in the Foreign Service took him to Iran, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Jordan, where he befriended state leaders and tried to help Arabs understand Americans by showing films, opening libraries with books about the United States, lecturing and speaking to the media.

Public artwork will be unveiled in Aiken

Officials will unveil new public artwork at Hopelands Gardens today in Aiken.

The new works of art consist of a bronze bust of Hope Goddard Iselin, who donated Hopelands to Aiken, and a bas-relief portrait of James DeVore McNair, the organizing chairman and first president of the Friends of Hopelands.

Mr. McNair's widow, Lorraine Carlisle McNair, and members of the family will unveil the sculptures, created by South Carolina artist Maria J. Kirby-Smith.

Aiken Mayor Fred Cavanaugh will issue a proclamation designating this week as Hope Goddard Iselin Week in the city.

Hopelands Gardens is located off Whiskey Road near downtown Aiken.

- From staff and wire reports