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2 held in Mobile crime spree, baby sitter raped

Posted: 02/01/2009 - MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Police have arrested and charged 27-year-old Dondre Quinyon Harris and his 17-year-old cousin, Maurice Jamal Harris, in a crime spree that included the rape of a baby sitter in Mobile.

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Gainesville to Consider No-Smoking for Parks

Posted: 02/01/2009 - Gainesville's City Council votes Tuesday on a proposed ordinance that would prohibit smoking at any park, sports complex or recreation facility owned or operated by the city.

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GA Gun Permit Applications Rise in 2008

Posted: 02/01/2009 - Georgia officials say there has been a significant increase in the number of gun permit applications in 2008 compared with the previous year.

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Steele Leaves SCLC Top Post

Posted: 02/01/2009 - Southern Christian Leadership Conference president Charles Steele Jr. has resigned his post.

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Homeless connect event helps local people

Posted: 02/01/2009 - As the economy continues to worsen, the homeless population rises and the Wiregrass is trying to get a count of just how many homeless people are in the area.

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Arsonists Strike Again

Posted: 01/31/2009 - Police check four more fires in arson-plagued Pa. area

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Feb 1 Today in History

Updated: 02/01/2009 - Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 1, 2003, the space shuttle Columbia broke up during re-entry, killing all seven of its crew members: Commander Rick Husband; pilot William McCool; Michael Anderson; Kalpana Chawla; David Brown; Laurel Clark; and Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli in space.

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The Rain Machine

Updated: 01/31/2009 - Attempts to draw rain from the skies are nearly as old as civilization itself. There is no end to what has been tried. The Greeks used prayer along with the dipping of an oak bough into spring water. In other parts of the world, during severe droughts, holy images are drenched daily until rain comes. The magician of a tribe in Australia appealed for rain by putting water into his mouth and squirting it over himself and everything nearby. In some cases part of the rainmaking magic was using something black to stimulate the clouds (because clouds that produce rain are often somewhat darker than non-raining, fair-weather clouds.) In ancient India people would face a black horse to the west and rub him with a black cloth until he neighed. It was thought that the neighing imitated thunder.

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