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Today in History

Today is Monday, August 3, the 215th day of 2015. There are 150 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On August 3, 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain, on a voyage that took him to the present-day

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Public Affairs Calendar

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30-year mail veteran delivers last letter

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Ralph Elder finished his 30-year career as a mail carrier Wednesday. The 70-year-old never missed a day work because of inclement weather.

By Hunter Field, Sun Staff Writer, hfield@jonesborosun.com
BROOKLAND — Zero is the amount of days Ralph Elder has missed because of the weather.
Zero is also the number of complaints Brookland residents have filed against the 70-year-old mailman during

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Williams believes he can help Steelers

Keith Srakocic | AP photo
Pittsburgh running back DeAngelo Williams (34) catches a pass during practice last week at the Steelers' training camp in Latrobe, Pa. Williams, who is the Carolina Panthers' career rushing leader, is used to splitting carries in the backfield. The way Williams sees it, there will be plenty of work to do alongside Steelers star running back Le'Veon Bell this season.

By Dan Scifo, The Associated Press LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — DeAngelo Williams is used to splitting carries. Just don't call the Pittsburgh Steelers' running back a backup. The way the Carolina Panthers' career rushing leader sees it, there will be. . . more »

IOC seeks tests at Rio’s Olympic water venues — A2
Biden for president? Allies mulling options — A3
GOP doesn't rush to defend Texas AG — A3
Internal dispute hints at rifts within Taliban — A3
Obama moves forward with steeper emission cuts — A5
Some Americans refusing to give up Confederate flag — A5
Shuttle wreckage on public display — A5
Juvenile with gun demands payment — A6
Kerry in Qatar to ease Arab nuke concerns — A7
Tent blows off mooring during storm, kills 1 near Chicago — A7
Israeli PM opposes Jewish extremism — A8
Zimbabwe alleges 2nd American hunted lion — A8
Malaysia searches for MH370 debris — A8
Wildfires threaten Bay Area homes — A9
Gearhart leaving Arkansas — A10
5 organizations seeking to open charter schools — A10

Read about all these and more in today's print edition or online e-Edition.

British singer and TV host Cilla Black dies at 72

LONDON (AP) — Big-voiced British singer Cilla Black, a product of Beatles-era Liverpool who became a national treasure over a 50-year music and television career, has died. She was 72. Spanish police said Sunday that the singer died Saturday at her home . . .

Dr. Dre announces release of first album in 15 years

PHOENIX (AP) — Hip hop super-producer Dr. Dre says the wait is finally over — he's going to release his first album in 15 years. Dre said on his radio show, Dr. Dre's The Pharmacy, that "Compton a Soundtrack by Dr. Dre" will be available Friday. He . . .

August 2015