Georgia: The Cherry Orchard

Into a cherry orchard in France, not far from Paris' Orly Airport, walked a grey-haired man, Ivan Allen Jr., the mayor of Atlanta, Ga. Before him lay the charred debris of an Air France 707 jetliner.

Through the grey, smoke-stained wreckage he poked. "I recognize that tie," he said. "And that dress. That's Bob Pe-gram's tie, and that dress belonged to his wife Nancy." Years before, as a youth on his first date, Allen had taken Nancy out. He moved on. Here was a pair of children's wooden Dutch shoes, there a few...

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