Staff Photos of the Week: Dec. 9-15

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Aquinas' #47 Chris Lambert loses his helmet as he's taken down by a host of Calvary Day defenders during Aquinas' game against Calvary Day in the GHSA State Championship, Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, in Atlanta, GA. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Storyteller Kenny Benson, center, leads a reading of Clifford the Big Red Dog with Scholastics very own Clifford for a group of Head Start children at Jeff Maxwell Branch Library on Lumpkin Road in Augusta on Wednesday, December 11, 2013. The children also sang the Shark Song and the Hokey Pokey during their visit with Clifford.
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GRU student Vincent Ceyssens makes his way through the foggy Summerville campus and past a tree adorned with picutre frames Monday afternoon December 9, 2013 in Augusta. The frames are part of an art project called "Floating Frames" by Rachel Hendrix. Michael Holahan Staff
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GRU's D'Angelo Boyce (from left), Henry McCarthy and Josh Lyles celebrate after Devonte Thomas made a key 3-point shot in overtime during Georgia Regents' 81-75 win against Shaw in overtime at Christenberry Fieldhouse on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Two-year-old Aria Tilby holds up her family's gift, a Christmas ornament with a photo of her father, Larry Tilby, Jr., in Freedom Park on post at Fort Gordon during a Remembrance Ceremony on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Washington County's #76 Marcel Johnson sits on the bench following Washington County's 35-19 loss to Buford in the GHSA State Championship, Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, in Atlanta, Georgia. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Donna Long takes a hit from her new VAMO V3 electronic cigarette after receiving a demonstration how the device is used by Scotty Wolkow, left, owner of Victorious Vapors on Bobby Jones Expressway, on Monday, December 9, 2013. "Rootbeer is my favorite," Long said of the flavor she chooses for her vapor cigarettes. Long began vapor smoking in May and has since reduced her nicotine intake considerably in seven months. "I've had one cigarette and since and it tasted terrible," Long added.
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Paraprofessional Venice (cq) Small gets a high five from student John Ward, 5, Monday morning December 9, 2013 at Wilkinson Gardens Elementary School in Augusta. Michael Holahan Staff
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ShaRon Dukes (center), a graduation coach at Cross Creek High School, talks to a group of students about applying to college at the school on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Scott (foreground) and Heather (background) Torry heat glass inside a studio in Aficionados off Eighth Street on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Scott Torry has been blowing class for about eight years, and works on what he called a tube hole. Torry said it will be a Christmas ornament when finished. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Buford's #30 Ausin Smith breaks up a pass intended for Washington County's #8 DJ Sanders during Washington County's game against Buford in the GHSA State Championship, Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, in Atlanta, Georgia. TODD BENNETTSTAFF
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Markevese Latimer (center) sits with Dylan Steadman and the rest of their teammates as head coach Joel Ingram speaks to them on the field after their loss in the 2013 GHSA State Football Championship game between Washington County and Buford at the Georgia Dome on Friday 13, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. Buford won, 35-19. Sara Caldwellstaff
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A camera crew from the television show "Cops" works along East Boundary Road in Augusta Thursday afternoon October 17, 2013. Michael Holahan Staff
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Players fight for the rebound during Georgia Regents game against Emmanuel College at Christenberry Fieldhouse on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Aquinas fans cheer during the 2013 GHSA State Football Championship game between Aquinas High School and Calvary Day School in the Atlanta Dome on Friday 13, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. Aquinas won 27-7. Sara Caldwellstaff
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People make their way up the stairs at the Augusta-Richmond County Judicial Center & John H. Ruffin, Jr. Courthouse Friday morning December 13, 2013 in Augusta. Michael Holahan Staff
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Caroline Rita McKinnon, who earned a doctorate in philosophy, is honored during Georgia Regents University's fall commencement. at Christenberry Fieldhouse on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF

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