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General News Archive - July 05, 2008

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Jesse Helms was arguably the most influential North Carolina politician of the 20th century.

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Former U.S. Sen. Jesse A. Helms, the son of a Monroe, N.C., police chief who rose to national prominence to become one of the leading lions of the American right, died Friday. He was 86.

By Rob Christensen, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C. Jul. 5--Former U.S. Sen. Jesse A. Helms, the son of a Monroe police chief who rose to national prominence to become one of the lions of the American right, died Friday. He was 86.

By Michelle Kaufman, The Miami Herald Jul. 5--WIMBLEDON, England -- The skies cooperated, the semifinal challengers didn't pose much of a threat, and Wimbledon got the men's final most tennis fans have been rooting for since the draw was announced: No. 1 Roger Federer vs. No. 2 Rafael Nadal.

By Stuart Bathgate IT CAN be stated politely or bluntly, hinted at or blurted out.

By Stuart Bathgate PRETTY simple. Those two words, used by Roger Federer himself, have summed up the champion's progression to his sixth successive Wimbledon final.

The Associated Press PARIS Arriving to a hero's welcome in France, Ingrid Betancourt said Friday that she cried a lot during her six years as a prisoner in the Colombian jungle.

By STEVEN A HOLMES By Steven A. Holmes The New York Times Jesse Helms, the former North Carolina senator with the courtly manner and mossy drawl who turned his hard-edged conservatism against civil rights, gay rights, foreign aid and modern art, died early Friday. He was 86.

By Associated Press PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Oil companies once viewed drilling in the deep waters off Florida as cost prohibitive. Politicians feared even the slightest sign of support would be career suicide. No more.

By Amanda Fehd Associated Press BIG SUR, Calif. -- A pair of out-of-control wildfires roared along California's central coast Friday, chewing through opposite ends of a parched forest and threatening a total of more than 4,500 homes.

Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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