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Local woman, 70, says God helped her overcome homosexuality

Elsie Odom has a stranger in her closet. But the two are well-acquainted. Odom, now 70, was a lesbian for many years before she learned what she calls "the truth."
Furniture makes way for food

On any given afternoon, you can find George Harrison wandering around Ninth and Broad streets between his two restaurants, The Boll Weevil Cafe and Beamie's at the River.
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Grads celebrate hard-earned goal

Perry Sheffield realized her mistake when she got to Madagascar to help with an outreach project. Though she knew French, only a third of the people on the African island spoke it.
MCG seeks premature-ejaculation treatment

Viagra became a wildly popular impotence treatment almost by accident, when researchers testing a heart drug noticed it produced unusual side effects in men.
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Children left alone at risk

Diane Swain shares a problem with hundreds of parents in the area: What to do with her 12-year-old after school.
Grant not coming to Richmond, Columbia counties

A grant that might have led to health care coverage for the uninsured in Richmond and Columbia counties won't be coming, but University Hospital and Medical College of Georgia say the plan isn't dead.
Health care providers asking for grant

As a hospital nurse, Maria Plagwitz suspected there was a problem with providing health care for the uninsured. After a back injury, losing her job and missing rent and car payments, she knew for sure. "I guessed there was a problem but I'd never really seen it firsthand until it happened to me," said Ms. Plagwitz, 44, who now relies on the St. Vincent dePaul Health Center for care. Augusta health care providers are aiming to help the uninsured if they can secure a grant through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's "Communities in Charge" program.
Beating the odds: Students overcome hardship

The definition of an at-risk child varies depending on whom you ask. "Some say they are children who are at risk for substance abuse or educational failure," said Kevin Grigsby, a social worker and professor of psychiatry and health behavior at the Medical College of Georgia. Georgians for Children, an Atlanta-based child advocacy group, says meeting three of four characteristics for poverty puts children at risk for a disadvantaged life.
The clay eaters

Rena Bronson of Macon comes home from work and makes a pot of coffee before sneaking off to the bathroom to feed her habit. She pulls out a plastic baggie full of hard, crumbling white chunks and then pops a piece in her mouth. "I eat dirt with the door closed," she said, laughing and a little embarrassed because she is a nurse at the Bibb County Health Department. "I just call it eating dirt. That's what I do. Every day that God sends that's what I do. Technically, I guess I'm supposed to be crazy for eating this stuff?"
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The School of Allied Health Sciences presented three faculty awards May 19. Drs. R. Randall Baker and Carol A. Campbell received the school's Distinguished Service Awards. Raymond Domyslawski received the Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award. Charisee Antoinette Lamar has been named the Medical College of Georgia 1998 student representative for Academic Recognition Day. Ms. Lamar will earn a Ph.D. in endocrinology from MCG in June. Her MCG grade point average is 3.57 on a 4.0 scale.