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Too involved in summer fun to know what was going on in the real world during the past week? Here's an update:



BRAZILIAN PLANE CRASH: Federal prosecutors sought a court order to shut down the Congonhas Airport in Sao Paulo after a July 17 plane crash killed at least 189. The order, which would close Brazil's busiest airport until the investigation is complete, came after a TAM airlines jet crashed into the airlines' building after narrowly clearing the airport's perimeter fence and rush-hour traffic on a surrounding highway.


STUDENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE NAMED: The Richmond County school board approved members of the 2007-08 Student Advisory Committee. The group, chosen by their school principals, will make recommendations to the board and represent their schools' interests.

The members are William Fletcher Jr., a junior at Academy of Richmond County; Ebonie Harris, a junior at Butler High School; Brandon Parijs, a junior at Cross Creek High School; Elizabeth Caldwell, a senior at John S. Davidson Fine Arts School; Jamie Harris, a junior at Glenn Hills High School; Carlena Prophet, a senior at Hephzibah High School; Aaron Thomas, a junior at A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet School; Nicholas Townes, a senior at T.W. Josey High School; Krystal Britt, a junior at Laney High School; and Kate Hyder, a junior at Westside High School.


VICK INDICTED, SHOE SUSPENDED: Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick faces federal charges after a grand jury indicted him July 17 on charges of running a dogfighting operation under the name "Bad Newz Kennels" from property he owns in Surry County, Va. The indictment alleges Mr. Vick and three others bet on dog fights and killed some dogs that performed poorly.

Because of the indictment, Nike, which has four shoe products and three shirts currently bearing the Vick name, has told retailers it will not release a fifth signature shoe, the Air Zoom Vick V.

Mr. Vick will be arraigned Thursday in Virginia. Conviction carries up to a six-year prison sentence, fines of $250,000 and restitution.


CHILI SCARE: Castleberry's Food Co. of Augusta has recalled more than 90 brands of canned chili and stew over concerns of botulism contamination.

Botulism is a muscle-paralyzing disease caused by a toxin made by a potent type of bacteria. Consumers are urged to discard any of the recalled cans without opening them, because any amount of exposure to the toxin can make a person sick.

Consumers can call Castleberry's at (888) 203-8446.


GOODBYE, HARRY POTTER DEBUT: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final volume of J.K. Rowling's fantasy series, sold 8.3 million copies in its first 24 hours on sale in the United States, according to Scholastic Inc. No other book has been so desired, so quickly. Deathly Hallows averaged more than 300,000 copies in sales per hour - more than 5,000 a minute. The $34.99 book generated far more revenue than the opening weekend of the latest Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which came out July 10.



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Xtreme gallery: Westminster graduation

Westminster Schools of Augusta's graduation was Saturday, May 14, at First Presbyterian Church of Augusta.

There were 34 graduates.

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