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<b>SCHOOL ARRESTS: </b> Five Academy of Richmond County students were arrested and charged with gang activity Monday in connection with a brawl at the school earlier this month. Authorities suspect the students are involved in gangs.  Kendrick Brinson/Staff
Kendrick Brinson/Staff
SCHOOL ARRESTS: Five Academy of Richmond County students were arrested and charged with gang activity Monday in connection with a brawl at the school earlier this month. Authorities suspect the students are involved in gangs.

FAREWELL, POPE: Benedict XVI completed his six-day visit to the United States in New York. He visited ground zero and prayed with 9-11 first responders, survivors and victims' families before addressing a full house for Mass at Yankee Stadium.

NUCLEAR SHUTDOWN: Russia's official news agency reported the closure of a plutonium reactor similar to the one involved in 1986's nuclear disaster at Chernobyl. The move helped advance U.S. goals of nonproliferation.

HIGH SCHOOL BOMB PLOT: A South Carolina student was arrested after his parents found a journal with plans for a suicide bomb attack on his school. The parents told police that 10 pounds of ammonium nitrate were delivered to their home.

MONDAY

CAMPAIGN 2008: Sen. Hillary Clinton launched a television ad in Pennsylvania that invoked Pearl Harbor, Hurricane Katrina and Osama bin Laden. Sen. Barack Obama's camp criticized the ad, saying it used fear tactics.

HIGH SCHOOL BOMB PLOT: Heavy security awaited students in Chesterfield, S.C., as they returned to Chesterfield High School a day after a student was accused of planning an attack. The school employed metal detectors and dogs, though only 40 percent of students showed up.

TUESDAY

CAMPAIGN 2008: Hillary Clinton gained a victory in the Pennsylvania primary over Barack Obama, staving off elimination. The former first lady was winning 55 percent of the vote to 45 percent for her rival with 98 percent of the votes counted.

COLISEUM AUTHORITY: The civic center revealed that the Blood, Sweat and Tears show, which it expected to spend $70,000 on, had sold only 252 tickets four days before showtime. To break even, 1,187 tickets needed to be sold before curtain time Friday. Shortly before the show, only 329 tickets had been sold.

POLYGAMIST SECT: The first of more than 400 children taken from a polygamist compound boarded buses bound for group homes and other faraway foster care facilities.

WEDNESDAY

COMMUNITY: Stevens Creek Elementary School pupils are collecting worn-out Crocs footwear for a program designed to provide new quality footwear to people in need around the globe.

GOVERNMENT: The U.S. military's health insurance program has been swindled out of more than $100 million over the past decade in the Philippines, where doctors, hospitals and clinics have conspired with American veterans to submit bogus claims, according to prosecutors and court records.

IRAQ: New data on Iraq oil revenues suggests its government will reap an even larger than expected windfall this year -- as much as $70 billion -- according to the special U.S. auditor for Iraq.

THURSDAY

INCOME LEVELS: The U.S. Bureau of Economic Development Analysis released its estimates of county-level personal income statistics for the Augusta-Aiken area, and growth lagged the nation from 2005 to 2006.

TAKE BACK THE NIGHT RALLY: Augusta State University celebrated survivors of sexual assault while trying to increase awareness of sexual violence during the 12th annual Take Back The Night Rally. The event ended with a candle-lighting and campus march led by the ASU's Women's Studies Student Organization.

FRIDAY

JAMES BROWN: A judge ordered that 6-year-old James Brown II be tested to see whether he's the late soul singer's son. James II was born to the singer's disputed fourth wife, Tomi Rae Hynie Brown, in June 2001.

TAX REBATE: President Bush said tax rebates will start going out Monday, earlier than previously announced, and should help Americans cope with rising gasoline and food prices and aid a slumping economy.

OIL PRICES: Oil prices approached $120 a barrel after a U.S. ship fired on two approaching ships in the Persian Gulf. The Navy said it didn't know whether the boats were from Iran. Iranian officials denied their vessels were involved.


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