Staff Photos of the Week: Aug. 12-18

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Fire fighters from the Carolina Brotherhood roll into Aiken to memorialize fallen police officers, including Master Corporal Sandra E. "Sandy" Rogers of the Aiken Department of Public Safety, Tuesday afternoon August 13, 2013. Made up of fire fighters from the Carolinas, the Carolina Brotherhood is riding 700 miles in 7 days to honor police officers. The ride began in Rocky Mount and will end in Boone. Riders average 100 miles per day. For more information visit www.carolinabrotherhood.com. Michael Holahan Staff
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A stop sign in a parking lot on campus at the Summerville location of Georgia Regents University is refracted in raindrops through a driver's side car window on Thursday, August 15, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Monetta Murphy, of Augusta, recently survived sudden cardiac death thanks to a relatively new medical device called the ÒLifeVestÓ wearable defibrillator. The device is a defibrillator vest that monitors a patient's heart around the clock and provide a life-saving defibrillation shock in the event of a cardiac arrest.
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Williston-Elko's Da'Twon Owens is unable to catch the pass in the end zone as he is defended by Josh White (88) during the Blue Devils' scrimmage against Ridge Spring-Monetta at the jamboree at South Aiken High School on Friday night, Aug. 16, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Children in Stephanie Scott's second grade class say the pledge of allegiance at the start of the first day of classes for the new school year at Jamestown Elementary School in Hephzibay Monday morning August 12, 2013. Michael Holahan Staff
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Stephanie Scott on her first day teaching second grade on the first day of classes for the new school year at Jamestown Elementary School in Hephzibah Monday morning August 12, 2013. Michael Holahan Staff
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Children with visual impairments attend a martial arts class at Superior Academy Self Defense in Evans to learn a few self-defense moves and build self-confidence on Monday, August 12, 2013.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Children with visual impairments attend a martial arts class at Superior Academy Self Defense in Evans to learn a few self-defense moves and build self-confidence on Monday, August 12, 2013.
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John Hebbard (center), 66, is comforted by the Rev. Gary Redding, Hebbard's neighbor and former pastor, as firefighters put out the fire at Hebbard's house in North Augusta on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. No injuries were reported. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A waste management truck sprays water as it drives through puddles covering the 200 block of Broad Street on Friday afternoon, Aug. 16, 2013. Several roads were under water, creating hazards for motorists that attempt to drive through. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A man walks in the rain to his car down Wilson Street, near Central Avenue, on Thursday, August 15, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Thomas Banks (center) runs a drill alongside his team and coach Keith Walton (right) during football practice at Augusta Christian High School on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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An alligator swims by a fishing dock in Brick Pond Park in North Augusta, South Carolina on Saturday, August 17, 2013. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Ten-year-old Leigh Blanchard (far right) watches as her 8-year-old brother Thomas Blanchard (lower, center) tries to pick up a dead fish from the water alongside 10-year-old James Knox (ball cap) and his 9-year-old brother Peter Knox (standing) at a fishing dock in Brick Pond Park in North Augusta, South Carolina on Saturday, August 17, 2013. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Ten-year-old James Knox looks in the mouth of a dead fish, looking for a hook that broke off fishing line at a fishing dock in Brick Pond Park in North Augusta, South Carolina on Saturday, August 17, 2013. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Augusta's Matt Lujan was the starting pitcher as the GreenJackets defeated Savannah 7-6 in the second game of its doubleheader at Lake Olmstead Stadium on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF

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