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A Day at the Library of Congress: Tips to get the most out of the tour

The Library of Congress is a bibliophile's dream, but most people simply walk through the lobby, see the Great Reading Room from a glassed veranda, and leave. There is a better way.

September 17, 2014 | Brigham Wilson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Leonard Maltin’s newly published ‘2015 Movie Guide’ is his last

The news has apparently been floating around the Internet for a week or two, but I didn't realize until I opened Leonard Maltin's newly published "2015 Movie Guide" and read his introduction that this one will be the last.

September 17, 2014 | Chris Hicks Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Effingham Health's Scott honored

Levi Scott, environment of care manager for Effingham Health System, was selected as the Georgia 2014 National Finalist for Allied Laundry Manager of the Year.

September 17, 2014 | Staff report | Around Town

A blazing start for SEMS softball team

After going undefeated in the Stingers Classic Tournament in Hazlehurst, the South Effingham Middle School Lady Mustangs opened region softball play with wins against Ebenezer Middle School and Effingham County Middle School.

September 16, 2014 | Staff report | Sports

The history of 125 S. Laurel St.

The building at 125 South Laurel St. that is currently empty has a long and colorful history. It was built about 1904 by Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Hodges as a store. His family operated it for years.

September 16, 2014 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham

The pieces of life’s puzzle

This happened years ago. Mama was alive then, so it's been seven or eight years. I hadn't thought about in almost that many years but when it came to mind the other day, I took to studying on it and how the circumstances and opportunities of life's journey can be so fascinating.

September 16, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle

Rivers Alive! cleanup on the Savannah set for Sept. 27 at Ebenezer Landing

The third annual Rivers Alive! Savannah River Cleanup will be held Sept. 27 from 8 a.m.-noon, at the Historic Ebenezer Landing at the end of Highway 275. The event is free and open to the public.

September 16, 2014 | Staff report | Around Town

Life lessons from Truett Cathy

I met Truett Cathy at a Rotary Club meeting where I received a certificate for my high school leadership achievements. I was just 17 years old. Little did I know the impact that meeting would have on my life.

September 16, 2014 | By Tim Echols | Opinion

Getting smart on crime puts Georgia ahead

Not long ago, the national philosophy behind criminal justice policy was to lock offenders away and teach them a lesson. This was popular with politicians who found that it played well before crowds and it was popular in communities where prisons and jails created jobs. Some folks even seemed to celebrate the idea that prisons were real hellholes.

September 16, 2014 | By Mike Klein | Opinion

Pull-ups are not always a bad idea

Q: My 23-month-old son does well with potty training when we're at home. We use a "potty bell" and he goes every 90 minutes or so. When we're away from home, however, he seems clueless. He pees in his car seat about five minutes into a trip and simply will not use a potty anywhere but at our home or at my mother's (she watches him one day a week at her place). Would pull-ups be a bad thing to use when we leave the house?

September 16, 2014 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle

It’s hands on for volunteers at Family Promise center

About two dozen people chipped in Saturday to renovate and spruce up Family Promise of Effingham County's day center in Springfield.

September 16, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Around Town

Fugitive from Oklahoma arrested in Effingham

A man wanted on armed robbery charges in Oklahoma was apprehended in Effingham County over the weekend.

September 16, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Crime Reports

Parties fight the battle of the ballot

In our system of government where citizens elect those who will make the decisions for them, voter registration and the casting of ballots are the fundamental elements of democracy - the blocking and tackling, to use a football analogy.

September 16, 2014 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

Looking for positives can be negative

The Woman Who Shares My Name instructed me that this week's column was to be about positive things. She says she is tired of bad news and thought you felt the same way. "Surely, you can find some positive things to write about," she said, "and temporarily take people's minds off all the terrible things going on in the world. I think your readers would appreciate that."

September 16, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

Revenues continue upswing

August state revenues gained 3.5 percent, following July's gain of 5.5 percent, resulting in a two-month gain of 4.5 percent. August revenues totaled $1.39 billion, with a gain of $47 million. Revenues needed to grow $43 million for the month to meet budget, so there's about a 10 percent overage.

September 16, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

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Should the MPAA abolish PG-13 rating?

Is the MPAA's PG-13 rating expendable?

July 14, 2014 | Chandra Johnson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

How Harrison Ford’s broken leg could affect 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

Whether or not rumors that Han Solo is going to be the star of J.J. Abrams' upcoming "Star Wars: Episode VII" are true, Harrison Ford has definitely been the star of the production's recent headlines after having suffered a pretty serious injury.

July 14, 2014 | Jeff Peterson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes': 3 points for parents

Information for parents about the film "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes":

July 14, 2014 | Shawn O'Neill Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Will we ever get another Harry Potter novel?

Is it true that Harry Potter is back? Well, yes. Sort of.

July 14, 2014 | Jim Bennett Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Board game roundup: Rebel Transport, Tantive IV make X-Wing even, Tantive IV make X-Wing even better

An unrealized film, working-class Brits who became soccer stars and America's obsession with celebrity are the subjects of documentaries that lead new movies on Blu-ray and DVD this week.

July 14, 2014 | Cody K. Carlson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Why shows like 'Game of Thrones' dominated the Emmy nods

Cable and Netflix-produced shows dominated Thursday's announcement of this year's Emmy nominations over network shows, leading some to debate if a lack of FCC oversight is giving cable an award advantage.

July 13, 2014 | Chandra Johnson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

The Clean Cut: Disney World surprise gone wrong

A mom and dad decided it would be fun to pack their car and start driving to Florida before they even told their kids where they were going.

July 13, 2014 | Sarah Sanders Petersen Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Hospital elevator buttons should not be touched, study says

It's well-known that hospitals are full of germs and bacteria. What's less known is the amount of bacteria that is found on the buttons of hospital elevators.

July 13, 2014 | Alyssa Banks Deseret News National | Hot Topics

The Clean Cut: New dad learns the power of love in viral video

A touching Thai commercial has garnered millions of views on YouTube. Similar to other popular commercials produced in Thailand recently, this advertisement by the Thailand mobile phone provider DTAC teaches an important life lesson instead of simply pitching a product.

July 13, 2014 | Sarah Sanders Petersen Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Sticky fingers, summertime and grandchildren

It's summertime, and the living is easy, well, and busy and crazy with everyone trying to catch the most of summer.

July 13, 2014 | Sherry Young Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Fun with furry friends: keeping your children safe at the zoo

Some people will do anything for a nap. This little girl, especially, who effectively turned a "petting zoo" into a "pillow zoo."

July 13, 2014 | Herb Scribner Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Gray gambling: The impact of gaming on seniors

WENDOVER, Nevada - Deep inside the perpetual twilight of a windowless casino in this border town, a sudden noise rises above the background of buzzes, gongs, bells and music riffs. Somewhere behind this or that row of slot machines, an insistent, staccato "ding, ding, ding, ding" accompanies a flashing light signaling someone has won.

July 12, 2014 | Michael De Groote Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Target gives a notebook to a school kid when you buy a notebook

Ido Leffler was shopping for school supplies with his two girls, and he was dismayed. When he was kid, getting school supplies was like going to a toy store - he relished picking out bright pens and colorful binders.

July 12, 2014 | Lane Anderson Deseret News National | Hot Topics

How we financed a family vacation and taught our kids the value of saving

After pricing airfare for a family of five, my husband and I decided driving would be the cheapest option for our April 2014 vacation. Theme parks were out of our price range and we thought spring was too cold for the beach. So we decided Denver, Colorado, was the place we would visit.

July 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Reid Deseret News National | Hot Topics

MOMentity: 7 ideas to turn an acquaintance into a friend

You are at the ball field watching your son's baseball game. You cheer him on as he rounds home plate. The crowd cheers. You look around as everyone rises to their feet and even though the stands are full, you feel alone.

July 12, 2014 | Nicole Carpenter Deseret News National | Hot Topics

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