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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - December 18, 1999, Aiken, South Carolina Flag Battle catches Hodges from a the Issue landed in Hodges Lap when the National association for the advancement of coloured people said it had waited Long enough and approved a tourism Boycott of the state to Start Jan. I. A stand up. Be a Man a was the Challenge a act National Field director Nelson Rivers Iii issued to Hodges to enter the fray. The a act has floated the Boycott idea before but this time the timing seemed right. With the Leader of the state chamber of Commerce seeking to give the group a soul and a role in social issues a Boycott goes to the economic heart of Many members. The chamber is on the record As wanting the Flag Down in a state where Blacks spent an estimated $280 million on tourism in 1997. Rivers a longtime a act Leader in South Carolina worked to get approval of the Boycott from the a acpt a National Board. As that gained attention groups began cancelling conventions and an increasing number of Church education business and civic groups As Well As local governments said it was time to lower the Flag. A the Only important color is Green. Once you Start affecting Green change happens a said state rep. Gilda Cobb Hunter a Black Democrat who is the House minority Leader. Hodges won 90 percent of the states Black votes. But some Flag supporters say Hodges also told them that while he supported moving the Flag he would not Lead those efforts if elected. A it took him Only a year to lie to us where it took governor Beasley two years to lie to us a said . Wilson the second highest ranking officer in the National sons of Confederate veterans organization. Even before Rivers Challenge Hodges had started behind the scenes meetings on the Issue. He wont talk details and encourages participants not to discuss the meetings either. Legislators work in a building surrounded by Small and Large civil War memorials. Bronze stars on the buildings Gray Granite Walls Mark Cannon fire from the Union army 135 years ago and portraits of Confederate generals Overlook the Confederate Flag that hangs inside the Senate and House Chambers. After Beasley a aborted attempt to move the Flag one in which he has noted he received Little a act support the legislature where republicans control the House reacted with a measure giving legislators sole Power to decide if the Flag comes Down. Among republicans at least there a this a sort of Cloud Down in Columbia that says a you know what happened to David Beasley when he did what he did a a said Dave Woodard a Clemson University political science professor who has worked for gop candidates. A a there a just this Cloud of fear in tampering with the Sandhill gifts visit us for your. New Snow babies Angels. 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It was the eighth delay for the flight and Cost Nasa $750,000 in fuel and overtime pay. Launch managers said they would try again saturday. But the weather Wasny to expected to be much better. For weeks officials have been saying that saturday would be their final launch attempt of the year. Man awaiting heart transplant from a them the dream cast. They love video games. That a what we were planning. Now this took everything Briceus boys do not know the full extent of their fathers illness. They know he is in the Hospital but do not know he needs a heart transplant. A they Are worried about me getting Back Home. One of the doctors i have told me i will have to stay Here until i get better. I just want to go Home for if you want to help make the Bricest Christmas a Little brighter Contact 642-3825. 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This years figures Are not available yet. Federal express expects next wednesday to be its busiest Day with 4.5 million shipments handled. On last years busiest Day it handled 4.2 million. A i can to attribute it exactly to the internet but in a sure that plays a Large part a Fedex spokeswoman Carla Boyd said. The Memphis tenn., company speak is later than ups a because Fedex specializes in overnight delivery. The postal service handled 750 million items monday probably its busiest Day of the year. Last years Peak was 730 million though a postal service spokeswoman say whether the increase was attributable to online shopping. The extra Load has forced ups to get As creative As the web Sites they re servicing. The Doraville Center is running 470 delivery trucks per Day and ups is increasing its daily flights from 600 to 1,000. 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