News for Saturday, November 19, 2011


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Penn State sets up division title game vs. Wisconsin

Penn State won without Joe Paterno as its coach for the first time since 1965, and set up a division title game in the Big Ten next week.. No. 21 Penn State shut out Ohio State in the second half and Stephfon Green scored two touchdowns to lead the Nittany

Panthers end tough season on a high note with 42-35 win

ATLANTA -- For a team in need of a win as much as Georgia State was, the postgame news conference following the Panthers' 42-35 win over Campbell on Saturday before 11,125 fans at the Georgia Dome seemed a bit subdued.. Whether it was a late-game rally by the visiting

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Choral Guild performs holiday favorites in Covington, Conyers

At this year's Covington Conyers Choral Guild holiday concert, audiences can expect to hear the traditional songs of the season but they'll also be treated to a performance of a work not often heard during the Christmas holidays, the "Magnificat" by the Italian composer Giacomo Antonio Perti.. The text of

Alcovy too much for Eastside basketball

COVINGTON -- It was not a pretty game, but both Alcovy squads did enough to evoke the mercy rule in the final quarter for the sweep over Eastside on Saturday.. The Lady Tigers (1-0) led 60-29 after the third frame before winning the game 67-37. The Alcovy boys (1-0) has

Lindsey to run for Superior Court judge in Alcovy Circuit

Local attorney Stephanie R. Lindsey has announced her candidacy for judge in the Superior Court of the Alcovy Circuil.

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Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown announces bid for reelection

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown has announced he will seek reelection in 2012.

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Showcase event to help restore historic Conyers house

Members of First United Methodist Church in Conyers are hoping a trip down memory lane next month at the Parish House on Main Street will bring history to life for a local landmark

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Newton schools pitch in to fill pantries

Students, faculty and staff members at 17 Newton County schools contributed to a food drive for the needy.

Attacks against MARTA drivers increase

Metro Atlanta's public transit system is looking into new security measures as attacks against drivers increase.

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Douglas Co. school district looks at ads to make money

High schools have displayed advertisements on football fields for years, but one metro Atlanta school district hopes to slap the logos of major national companies on cafeteria trays, auditorium seat backs and salad bar sneeze guards to bring in money for cash-strapped schools.

Muslims to NYPD: 'Respect us, we'll respect you'

NEW YORK -- Hundreds of Muslims prayed in lower Manhattan and planned a march on New York Police headquarters Friday to protest a decade of NYPD spying inside Muslim neighborhoods.. The traditional Friday call to prayer echoed off the cold stone of government buildings as people, bundled in winter clothes

Official says Wagner not a suspect in Natalie Wood's 1981 death

LOS ANGELES -- Investigators reopened the case of Natalie Wood's 1981 drowning after receiving new information they deemed credible enough to warrant another look at one of Hollywood's most enduring mysteries.. A detective said Friday, however, that the three-time Oscar nominee's husband, actor Robert Wagner, was not a suspect

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Stanley Merica

Dr. Stanley Hill Merica, age 85, passed away Friday, November 18, 2011. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 3PM in Williams Funeral Home of Milledgeville Chapel. The family will be at the funeral home Sunday from 2PM until the service hour to receive friends. Dr. Merica was a born and raised in Indiana. He was the son of the late Stanley Boyer Merica and Marjorie Hill Merica and was preceded in death by his wife Jean Gieselman Merica. He was a Veteran of the United States Navy serving in World War II where he served in the Underwater Demolition Team and was a POW. After exiting the military, he entered Chiropractic School and graduated from Lincoln Chiropractic College in Indianapolis, IN in 1950. Upon graduation, he moved to Georgia where he established Merica Chiropractic and practiced for over 50 years. Dr. Merica was a member of the Georgia Chiropractic Association and was the recipient of the Chiropractor of the Year award. Dr. Merica also served on the Chiropractic Board of Examiners for 13 years, serving as their President for many of those years. He had the honor of playing the Clarinet for the Glen Miller Band and played many times at the famous Glen Island Casino. He enjoyed playing golf, was a voracious reader and had a great love for trout fishing. He is survived by his daughters Karen (Dr. Daniel) Fortin of Conyers and Cheryl (Jim) LeBrun of Thomson; son Dr. Michael (Anne Marie) Merica of Milledgeville; grandchildren Chris Speight, Jeff Speight, Ryan Merica, Rachel Merica, Jamie Lynn LeBrun, Katelyn LeBrun, Heather LeBrun, Ryan Nicole LeBrun, Skylar Walker, and Gracyn Walker; sisters Nan Eckfeld and Janet Gross; and brothers Brad Merica and Gene Merica. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that Memorial Contributions be made to the Chard Wray Food Pantry, P.O. Box 309, Milledgeville, GA 31059. Express online condolences at Williams Funeral Home of Milledgeville has charge of arrangements. 478-452-2148

Film Fans learn some history with 'J. Edgar'

EDITOR'S NOTE: Film Fans features local residents reviewing the film of the week: "J. Edgar." Want to be a film fan? Email

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JULIE WELLS: Don't let the worldly things steal the joy of celebrating the birth of Jesus

Are you working on getting your Christmas cards sent out? Have you bought any presents yet? Or are you like some folks who still can't believe its December?

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Seeing Christ in ourselves allows us to see Christ in others

I'm sure most of my readers know by now that I am a movie nut. My daughter takes after me, so, now that she is almost 8 years old, I thought it appropriate that we watch one of my favorite childhood movies together, "The Neverending Story."

Thanksgiving travel to rise at Hartsfield-Jackson

It’s that time of year again. The world’s busiest airport is about to get even busier. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is expecting a 3 percent increase in Holiday travel, during the seven-day Thanksgiving period this year, over last year, according to Katena Carvajales, spokeswoman for Atlanta’s airport.

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Wells Fargo supports local programs during "Days of Giving" event

MORROW — Wells Fargo team members chose two Rockdale and two Newton county non-profit groups for $1,000 grants in the third year of the Days of Giving program in Atlanta.

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Atlanta Boy Choir to perform at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit

It's not heaven, but the annual Atlanta Boy Choir concert at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit might be as close as it gets with the angelic voices of 40 boys lifting to the rafters of the historic Abbey Church Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.

JASON DEES: We should be aware of God's majesty and might and freely submit to Him

Almighty God, the Creator of all, the King of the Universe, the One who rules with power is so far beyond our comprehension or imagination. For us to imagine God or describe God is impossible; He is indescribable. Our minds cannot fully know His infinitude. Trying to capture the essence of God in words will always fall short of His glory and, therefore, we are only creating idols.

RECIPE BOX: Sweet potato casserole can be a tasty side dish

Start to finish: 1 hour and 10 minutes

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Thirteen local churches join together for Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service

For 22 years, three churches have led the way in hosting an Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service in Rockdale County and this year that special service promises to be the largest one yet as now 13 churches will gather to sing, pray, worship and fellowship together Nov. 22.

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TONY ELDER: Don't doze through an opportunity to share God's Word with others

I don't know about you, but I'm still having problems adjusting to the recent time change. It's affecting me at both ends of the day. I'm waking up an hour sooner than necessary each morning. And due to the earlier onset of darkness, I find myself getting sleepy before my usual bedtime at night.

Heritage Hills presents Children's Choir Presentation

Heritage Hills presents Children’s Choir Presentation

LETTER: NewRock sets record straight on a couple of facts

In the Nov. 1 Rockdale Citizen article covering attorney Caycie Dix's appointment to the Rockdale County Board of Elections, her affiliation with NewRock Legal Society (NRLS) was highlighted. Caycie selflessly donates an impressive amount of her time and talents to a myriad of community causes and organizations. I am very proud of the contributions that Caycie has made to NRLS, including her involvement in our recent Know Your Rights forum and liaison work with local officials to find ways we can combat juvenile delinquency together. However, her service to the Board of Elections and NRLS are completely unrelated.

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Sullivan, Schlieman named to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta fund committee

Andrew Sullivan and Josh Schlieman, co-founders of Sullivan & Schlieman Wealth Management LLC in Conyers, have been appointed members of the Annual Fund Committee for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA).

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DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'West Side Story' 50th Anniversary

West Side Story 50th Anniversary 3-disc Blu-ray + DVD (G)

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JOHN PEARRELL: Trust God to transform your life, as He has done for others

Charles Colson in his Breakpoint perspective (at on Nov. 4, 2005, relates an interesting story. Let me share it with you.

Ernest Johnson

Mr. Ernest Norris “Ernie” Johnson, age 55, of Covington passed away November 17, 2011 at Newton Medical Center. He was born March 3, 1956 in Ozark, Alabama at Fort Rucker to the late Ernest “Son” Johnson and Charlotte Johnson who survives him. Ernie was the former owner of Covington Radiator and was employed for many years at Bulldog Tire and Midas Muffler in Covington. He was of the Baptist faith and was preceded in death by his father Ernest “Son” Johnson and his brother Nathan Randall Johnson. Mr. Johnson is survived by his Mother; Charlotte Johnson of Covington, his Son Philip Johnson and soon to be daughter-in-law Ariana Hodgens of Covington, Brother and Sister-in-law David W. and Linda D. Johnson of Covington, Sister and Brother-in-law Angela and Terry Newkirk of Madison, Georgia along with 3 grandchildren; Dylan, Morgan and Kaitlyn Johnson. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, other family and close friends. Funeral services for Mr. Johnson will be held at 11 O’clock Monday, November 21, 2011 at the Chapel of J. C. Harwell & Son Funeral Home with Pastor Wayne Rutherford officiating. Interment will follow at Covington City Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2pm until 4pm on Sunday, November 20, 2011. J.C. Harwell & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Chapel, 2157 East Street SE, Covington, GA 30014 is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Thorne

Mrs. Dorothy Virginia Sheppard Thorne, 84 of Jonesboro died at noon on November 14, 2011. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Ezzie Sheppard, her husband, Leonard Thorne, Sr., her sister, Lucille Ellington and her brother, Lennon Sheppard. Dorothy is survived by her son, Tommy Thorne (Jan), her daughter, Janet Edwards (Eddie) and her daughter, Judy Crittenden (Chris) with whom she lived with for the last 15 years. Also surviving are her brothers, Clarence Sheppard (Betty) and Buddy Sheppard and her sister-in-law, Jacqueline Sheppard, 8 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A graveside memorial service will be held at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 1233 Pleasant Hill Rd. NW, Conyers, GA at 10am on December 10, 2011. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or a favorite charity. 770-692-1181

JOHN PEARRELL: Lasting peace, purpose and hope is found only through God's unchanging truth

I was reading in the Old Testament book of 1 Kings 18 and another passage popped into my mind.Ecclesiastes 1:9 reminds us "History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new." (Ecclesiastes 1:9, NLT).

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JAMES BEHRENS: The call of friendship leads one outside the confines of the comfortable

There must be something in the grand design of things that limits our horizons. I do not know why that is. But I know that I have fallen victim to its effects many times in my life.

SIMPSON: Oh, my aching back

It was not by choice that I recently became a member of an exclusive club. Yes, I’m now in the 80 percent of Americans suffering with back pain.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1' caters to preteen audience


FOCUS ON THE FAMILY: Create Christmas savings account to prevent financial stress at the holidays

Q: Every Christmas season, I resent how much money my wife spends on her family. She has a big family and they all exchange gifts that can add up to hundreds of dollars. In my family, we usually just get each other something sentimental, and sometimes only exchange Christmas cards.

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Gunman shoots himself at FedEx center

BEDFORD PARK, Ill. -- A gunman walked into a Chicago-area FedEx shipping facility Thursday morning yelling for his wife, then fired several shots that sent panicked employees fleeing before he fatally shot himself, police said.

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FOCUS ON THE FAMILY: Son's fight at school calls for exploring alternatives to solving conflicts

Q: My son got in trouble for fighting at school. My husband doesn't think it's a big deal -- in fact, I think he's proud of him for being tough. How do we resolve this?

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RONDA RICH: Fine china, silver shouldn't be saved for special occasions

When Miss Virgie, my beloved mentor on all things Southern proper, came to visit with her husband, Bill, she lovingly lectured me whenever I fell short.

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Chelsea Sawyer 12th birthday celebrated

Chelsea Sawyer will celebrate her 12th birthday on Nov. 30. She is the daughter of Jamie Sawyer of Conyers. Chelsea will celebrate her birthday by going out to dinner with her mother.

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GREG SMITH: Try these seven steps to building customer loyalty

Most businesses spend more time and energy trying to find new customers than retaining and making their current ones happy.

Stewart Baptist hosts Christmas Drama

Stewart Baptist hosts Christmas Drama

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MOVIE REVIEW: Movie shows insight into 'Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey'

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

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JAMES BEHRENS: Sometimes those who have the least are the most thankful

'Tis the season of, or for, Thanksgiving. Many of us have much for which to be thankful. And as many, if not more, have little reason to express gratitude. Or so it may seem, on the face value of things. Upon a closer look, things are not what they seem to be at a distance.

Jayne Campbell

Jayne Breazeale Campbell,72, of Pine Log Road, Conyers, GA., formerly of Anderson, SC, widow of Dan M. Campbell, passed away at home Tuesday, November 15, 2011. Born in Anderson County, SC, she was the only child of the late William Harper Breazeale and Nettie Copeland Breazeale. She received an Associate Degree in Medical Technology from Clemson University and later become a teacher’s aide in the Rockdale County School System for 20+ years. Jayne is survived by two sons; Kris and wife Dana Campbell and their son, Dalton of Loganville, GA; and Danny and wife Kelly Campbell of Walnut Grove, GA, and their children, Sarah Campbell Stockdale and her husband, Joshua, and children, Rainah Arielle and Asher David Stockdale; Adam Campbell of Wallace, Indiana; and Cody Campbell, of Covington, Ga. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at Sullivan-King Mortuary, Northeast Chapel, 3205 North Highway 81, Anderson, SC. The family will receive friends from 1 until 2:30 p.m. Tuesday prior to the service. In lieu of flowers the family would like to have donations made in memory of Jayne to either The Southeastern Children’s Home, P.O. Box 339,Duncan, SC 29334 or The United Methodist Children’s Home, 500 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA 30030. SULLIVAN-KING MORTUARY, NORTHEAST CHAPEL

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JOE LAGUARDIA: Some find Common English Bible's Greek translations puzzling, regrettable

The new Bible translation, the Common English Bible, published by a variety of mainline Protestant denominations, is said to rival the New Revised Standard Version in accuracy and usage. As readers get deeper into the translation, however, some find a few nuances puzzling or regrettable.

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'Nutcracker' ballet takes the stage in Covington

A ballet dancer since the age of 3, Ashley Lazenby has a wealth of experience when it comes to "The Nutcracker," Tchaikovsky's timeless holiday classic.

Bank of North Georgia hosting holiday toy drive

The Bank of North Georgia is hosting a Holiday Toy Drive from Nov. 25 through Dec. 16 in which customers and local residents can participate by bringing new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls to local Bank of North Georgia branches.

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TONY ELDER: Uphold the traditional values that keep families strong

Every so often my mom's birthday will fall on Thanksgiving, as is the case this year. When that happens, it always serves as a good reminder that one of the biggest blessings for which I have to be grateful is our family. It's not just my mother, but my dad, my sister and her husband, my wife, our children and grandchildren, and yes, even my in-laws.

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Conyers Garden Club: November Yard of the Month

Conyers Garden Club members from left, Joyce Andrews, Melinda Cowan and Susan Dodd stand at the edge of Dodd's newly installed pond at her home. Certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a provider of a wildlife habitat, Dodd gave a presentation on how to install water features in the yard during the club's November meeting. Dodd, along with Barbara Brandon and Martha Clay, hosted the meeting.

Donald League

Donald Berry League, 80, passed away November 19, 2011. Mr. League was born January 15, 1931, in Decatur, GA. He was an avid gardener who made his career as a brick mason. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara R. League, Conyers, GA, daughter Elaine Dillon, Conyers, GA, son & daughter in law Danny and Joanie League, Madison, GA, grand-daughters; Christina & Chris Barnett, Loganville, GA, Crissie League & Jamie Finnell, Monticello, GA; grand-sons Danny & Michelle League, Covington, GA, Tommy Dillon, Conyers, GA; 6 great grand-children: Kimberly League, Danny League, Sammy Ivey, Emma Barnett, Aubrey Finnell and Hunter Finnell. A Memorial Service is to be held Monday, November 21, 2011 with Joseph C. Robinson officiating at the family residence. Arrangements by Metro Embalming & Crematory, Inc., Conyers, GA.

Toy Give Away at Be Thou Healed Global Church

Dec. 17 at 6 p.m., Be Thou Healed Global Church, 1445 McDonough Highway, Conyers, the church hosts a toy give away (restrictions apply) after the Christmas Drama, 770-875-5271.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Primarily found in Texas, autumn sage grows well in Georgia

When I was a child, Thanksgiving was a celebration at the end of the harvest. The fields were filled with shocks of corn, and the snow fences were installed across the prairie landscape. The shelves in the cellar were filled with "canned goods" and bushel baskets were brimming with Irish potatoes, sweet potatoes, apples, and anything else that could be stored.One of the Biblical descriptions of a thanksgiving celebration is made by the prophet Jeremiah. He described the return of the Hebrew people from Babylonian captivity in these terms: "And they shall come and shout for joy on the height of Zion, And they shall be radiant over the bounty of the Lord -- over the grain, and the new wine, and the oil, and over the young of the flock and the herd; and their life shall be like a watered garden, and they shall never languish again" (31:12 ).

Abiding Grace Lutheran holds Thanksgiving Eve Service

Nov. 23 at 7 p.m., Abiding Grace Lutheran Church, 5510 Ga. Highway 212, Covington, the church hosts a Thanksgiving Eve service, 770-385-7691 or visit:

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ORRIN MORRIS: Harlequin glorybower is known by many other names, including tree-of-good-fortune

Jesus instructed His disciples in the Sermon on the Mount, "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you"(Matt. 7:7). The wildflower for today required a lot of seeking to identify its name and origin.

Newton Minister's Unions hosts Thanksgiving Dinner

Nov. 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., held at Ficquett Theme School, Williams St., Covington, the Newton County Minister’s Unions hosts its annual Thanksgiving Dinner for Senior Citizens, transportation available, 770-784-0037.

Fulton Nabors

Fulton Everett “Ebb” Nabors, Jr. of Conyers passed away 11-18-11. He is survived by his wife Rebecca “Becky” Nabors, son, Everett “Scott” Nabors and his wife, Yolanda Nabors of Cumming; daughter, Stacey Nabors of Cumming; son, Lee Clower of New York; daughter, Lori Hollifield from Dacula; sister, Nancy Jarrett of Colorado; sister, Peggy Edwards and her husband Steve of Lilburn. A service will be held on Monday November 21 at 2 o’clock at The Fathers House in Conyers with Pastor Timothy Hunter and Pastor Ken Corley officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations for the family may be made to Lingering Memories Antique Mall 1403 Old McDonough Highway Conyers, GA 30094, Attn: Timothy Hunter.

Woodland Trace holds Toys for Tots program

Woodland Trace Apartment Community is a Toys for Tots collection site. Any new, unwrapped toys will be accepted from now until Dec. 18. All donations go to the U.S. Marine Corps to help less fortunate families with Christmas. For more info call 770-929-8988 or visit 1669 Iris Dr. in Conyers.

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JULIE WELLS: Find your calling in this life and follow it

Aren't you glad to know that Jesus isn't finished with you yet?

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RECIPE BOX: Black Forest cake brings back fond childhood memories

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Winter Movie Preview: What's going to be heating up theaters

With the uneven, largely depressing and uncharacteristically bizarre fall roster coming to a close, Hollywood is about to start releasing what it believe to be their heavy hitters. If history is any indicator, the winner of the next Best Picture Academy Award is probably going to come out sometime in the next month, but with the possible exception of "War Horse" (out Christmas Day), there doesn't seem to be any title that stands out or appears to be all that Oscar-worthy.

“Hanging of the Green” event set at Heritage Hills

Nov. 27 at 11 a.m., Heritage Hills Baptist Church, 2987 Highway 212, Conyers, the church hosts its annual “Hanging of the Green” event, 770-922-2027.

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Holiday concert features voices from Rockdale, Newton, surrounding counties

Although the repertoire for Christmas musicals is vast, Mary Lynn Luke still faces a song-selection challenge each year.

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Muslims to NYPD: 'Respect us, we'll respect you'

NEW YORK -- Hundreds of Muslims prayed in lower Manhattan and planned a march on New York Police headquarters Friday to protest a decade of NYPD spying inside Muslim neighborhoods.