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Homecoming music


One of the first women to break into male-dominated Southern gospel music will perform Sunday at Bethesda Baptist Church.

Naomi and The Segos will sing at 2 p.m. for the church's homecoming day sing at Bethesda, at 5793 Old Augusta Highway between Grovetown and Harlem.

Naomi Sego Reader, 77, was inducted into the Southern Gospel Hall of Fame in 2001. She is a native of Enigma, Ga.

The Segos' Sorry, I Never Knew You , released in 1962, was the first gospel album to sell more than a million copies.

Call (706) 556-6818 for more information.

Manhood '08

Men unable to attend Manhood '08, a conference staged in Atlanta, can watch a video simulcast today at National Hills Baptist Church in Augusta.

The event, organized by Promise Keepers in cities across the country, includes sessions on eternity, truth, godliness, freedom, priorities and influence. It began Friday and concludes today.

Sessions in Atlanta cost $89.95, but the simulcast will cost $25 at the door, organizers said.

The doors open at 8:30 a.m. today and sessions continue from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call the church at 2725 Washington Road at (706) 738-1620.

Police and sacrifices

MIAMI --- Miami-Dade police officials plan to include in their 2009 handbook a note about how to respond to calls about ritual animal sacrifices.

The decision comes a year after Coral Gables officers raided a home where practitioners of Santeria were slaughtering goats, chickens and pigeons. Several worshippers were held at gunpoint and detained for hours.

The entry will remind county officers that federal and state laws protect people's freedom to practice religion.

The move was hailed by those who practice Santeria, a blend of Roman Catholicism and traditional African religions. The followers of the faith believe in spiritual forces whose survival depends on blood sacrifices.



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