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NATION
Difficult duty
AS THE death toll from the Iraq war has topped 3,000 and many of those buried at Washington's Arlington National Cemetery are young soldiers, the Arlington Ladies are finding it difficult to do their solemn duty. The group's mission: ensuring that no soldier is ever buried alone.
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BUSINESS
Showing his mettle
STRUTHERS Metal Service president John Sheckelhoff, left, doesn't mind work or getting dirty. He figures he has good reason for being involved -- his word is on the line.
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ENTERTAINMENT
Color him relieved
IN SEPTEMBER, Youngstown native Levensky Smith landed a spot in the cast of the Broadway production of Oprah Winfrey's "The Color Purple." It came just in the nick of time.
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LIFE & amp;WORK
More and moresay 'yes' to mess
HIGH ON many people's list of New Year's resolutions is a two-word goal: "Get organized." Down with messiness! Up with neatness! Or maybe not. Today a fledgling pro-mess movement is gathering steam. Its advocates argue that the pursuit of perfect order can exact a huge cost in money and time, producing needless guilt and anxiety.
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TRAVEL
Make sure youhave your passport
PLANNING A last-minute beach getaway in January or February? If you were hoping to fly to the Caribbean or Mexico, you'd better have your passport. New rules will require all air travelers to the U.S. to have a passport by Jan. 23, including U.S. residents and citizens returning home by air from Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
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LOCAL
Interest in study
THE NEW YEAR marks five years since Lawrence County voters defeated a study commission's recommendation for a new form of county government. But some of those involved in the process last time say they are interested in reviving a study commission to again look at the county's operations.
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