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LOS ANGELES -- Steve Martin and Queen Latifah's comedy "Bringing Down the House" remained the top movie for a second weekend, taking in $22.1 million.

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ASU right fielder Jeff Macaione dives for the ball during baseball action against Columbus at the ASU Athletic Complex Sunday afternoon.

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Childhood memories - now open to suggestion

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HEPHZIBAH, Ga. -- Daniel McElmurray has milked his family's dairy farm for all it's worth.

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ORANGE, Texas -- A man accused of mistreating his 11-year-old stepson was ordered Thursday to spend 30 nights in a doghouse.

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - If you insist on measuring Atlanta pitcher Ray King by his girth, he suggests with just a trace of exasperation that you ignore the scale and take a look at some other numbers.

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Anyone who thought Mike Hampton would miraculously turn back into a 20-game winner when he adjusted his arm slot should think again.

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Atlanta pitcher Paul Byrd can't say for certain that he will start the season in the rotation, but after throwing off a mound Saturday he's hopeful the tenderness in his right elbow is gone for good.

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WASHINGTON -- Uncertainty about the effects of war probably will keep the Federal Reserve from cutting interest rates at Tuesday's meeting. But Fed policy-makers will not hesitate to drive rates lower - even to zero - if necessary in coming weeks to protect the economy, analysts said.

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Downtown's fountains were flowing with color Monday, but the green never quite made it to Karen Walters' pockets.

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The owners and managers of businesses near the new North Augusta Wal-Mart Supercenter, scheduled to open Wednesday, are standing with their feet apart and their arms crossed waiting.

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ATHENS, Ga. - Over the past few months, Gail Gentry has watched as the natural gas bill for her laundry business has risen sharply.

Wal-Mart's Supercenter set to open

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WASHINGTON - The Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday charged four former senior Merrill Lynchexecutives with helping Enron inflate profit and mislead investors with two financing deals.

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NEW YORK -- The growing likelihood of war with Iraq sent stocks rallying for a fourth straight session Monday, as investors became confident the United States would prevail in a short-lived conflict. The Dow Jones industrial average surged more than 280 points, catapulting itself to a four-day win of more than 600 points.

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The owners and managers of businesses near the new North Augusta Wal-Mart Supercenter, scheduled to open Wednesday, are standing with their feet apart and their arms crossed waiting.

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The longtime businessman who founded Augusta's Wife Saver restaurant franchise died Monday.

War uncertainty probably will keep Fed from lowering rates - for now

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NEW YORK -- It was a turnaround no one expected: After pushing near multiyear lows, Wall Street staged its strongest advance in five months, surprising many who doubted the market could rally given investors' persistent war fears.

Businesses feel blow of gas increase

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NEW YORK -- For stock analysts, especially those who enjoyed the spotlight in the market's late 1990s boom, fun has become as elusive as a tech company on the rise.

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NEW YORK -- When John Nimmo was called up by the reserves and sent to Afghanistan after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the multimedia production company he co-owned ended up in a financial bind.

Stocks trade sharply higher, Dow jumps more than 280

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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Tyler Lumsden allowed just three hits and one run over six innings as Clemson beat Georgia Southern 11-1 on Sunday night in a game moved to Charleston because of the bad condition of the Eagles' home field.

Clemson names new wide receivers coach

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CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson has hired a former Alabama walk-on receiver who eventually became an assistant for the Crimson Tide to be the Tigers' new wide receivers coach.

Kentucky sets record by moving to No. 1

Terps hope experience pays off in NCAA tournament

Blue Devils to stick with perimeter lineup

UConn barely clings to No. 1

BYU's no-Sunday stance could cause NCAA shuffle

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Rep. James P. Moran, D-Va., hasn't lost much. Democrats have stripped from him the low-level distinction of being one of 24 "regional whips" assigned to count votes for the party's caucus in the U.S. House. Save your black crepe for a more somber occasion.

The truth: U.N. has failed

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President George W. Bush said this would be a "moment of truth" for the world.

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The old Beverly Hillbillies television show had charm and heart. Even though many of the laughs came from the naivete of the Clampetts, the moral of every episode was that the family's simple goodness outweighed any amount of innocent ignorance. Things always worked out for them.

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When it was announced a group of wealthy Democrats was hoping to create a liberal radio network, Jay Leno couldn't resist weighing in.

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A couple of weeks ago, a few despicable teachers in Maine upset some children of National Guard members by insinuating their parents could die in an unjust aggression on Iraq.

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NEW YORK -- The stars might make the Oscars red carpet shine, but it's the rocks that give the world's largest fashion show its sparkle.

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NEW YORK -- Six years after rapper The Notorious B.I.G. was slain, the grief is still fresh for his mother, Voletta Wallace.

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NEW YORK -- There's no way to avoid income taxes, even if you're lost your job.

Medicare to run out of cash sooner

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WASHINGTON -- The Social Security trust fund is slightly stronger than it was a year ago, but the Medicare program for the elderly is four years closer to insolvency as the baby boomer generation prepares to tap into both programs, their trustees reported Monday.

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As thanks for "greening" up your house and freshening the air all winter, consider taking your houseplants into the shower - not all your houseplants, though. Cacti and succulents prefer to stay dry in winter and some other plants may be too big to conveniently move into and out of the bathroom. But plants like gardenia and staghorn fern would love an occasional shower.

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In a season of never-ending hope for a turnaround, Georgia Tech's basketball team got another shot at redemption Sunday night, when the Yellow Jackets (14-14) were chosen for the 40-team National Invitation Tournament.

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ATLANTA - It's been 10 long years since the Georgia Tech women got the thrill of seeing their name called on Selection Sunday.

NIT bid gives Georgia Tech new life

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - This time, Justin Leonard got the best of his good friend, Davis Love III.

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TUCSON, Ariz. - Wendy Doolan overcame soggy conditions and the pursuit of more prominent players to shoot 5-under-par 65 Sunday and win the LPGA Tour's season opener by three strokes.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Petr Sykora scored twice late in the third period, including the tying goal with 31 seconds remaining, as the Anaheim Mighty Ducks tied the Calgary Flames 2-2 Sunday night.

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CHICAGO -- Spiegel Inc., parent of Eddie Bauer and Newport News fashions and the Spiegel Catalog, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday amid a worsening cash crisis.

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WASHINGTON -- Abandoning diplomacy, President Bush gave Saddam Hussein a final ultimatum Monday to leave Iraq or face a U.S.-led war. The president planned an address to the nation at 8 p.m. to explain his decision.

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WASHINGTON -- President Bush on Monday gave Saddam Hussein a 48-hour deadline to flee Iraq or face a U.S.-led invasion. "The tyrant will soon be gone," Bush vowed as 250,000 American troops stood poised to strike.

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SYDNEY, Australia -- The Australian government will meet early this week to decide whether to commit its forces to a potential U.S.-led war with Iraq, Prime Minister John Howard said Monday.

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Across the nation, rallies for and against a U.S. military strike on Iraq are growing more frequent and the voices are growing louder.

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BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Germany and the Czech Republic closed their embassies in Baghdad on Monday, other nations prepared to evacuate and in the clearest sign yet that war is imminent, the United States advised the U.N. weapons inspectors to leave.

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LONDON -- A senior British Cabinet minister resigned Monday after disagreeing with the government's decision to back military action against Iraq.

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BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein warned Sunday that if Iraq is attacked, it will take the war anywhere in the world "wherever there is sky, land or water." President Bush gave the United Nations one more day to find a diplomatic solution to the standoff.

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America and its allies abandoned all diplomatic efforts to disarm Iraq, forsaking the United Nations on Monday and instead preparing an ultimatum to be delivered by President Bush. With war appearing imminent, Saddam Hussein admitted he once had weapons of mass destruction.

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UNITED NATIONS -- As President Bush pushed the United Nations to the wall Sunday, France and its allies were undeterred, insisting Iraq should have more time to disarm. U.N. chief weapons inspector Hans Blix was preparing a plan that would prolong inspections for several more months.

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A text of President Bush's prime-time address Monday on Iraq, as transcribed by eMediaMillWorks Inc.:

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The shortest member of our family brought home his report card last week.

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Today's heavy rain did not deter the many St. Patrick's Day revelers in downtown Augusta.

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A series of wrecks around 1 p.m. shut down the eastbound lanes of Interstate 20 today as crews treated injured drivers and passengers and cleared demolished vehicles.

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Early morning disturbance may have been earthquake

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What a sad day for alleged liberals around the world who protest the possible war to remove Iraq's President Saddam Hussein. Even the pope has joined the protest, reminding the world of the failure of moral people to condemn Adolf Hitler and his extermination of the Jews during World War II. Does the Vatican not remember having to apologize for its silence in condemning the Holocaust? Keith Shafer, Augusta

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Although we normally vote Republican, whenever Sen. Don Cheeks, R-Augusta, has been on the ballot we voted for him. We did this because we appreciated his generous Christian nature, family values and conservative principles. Anyone who goes to Mr. Cheeks with a genuine need will get a sympathetic ear and very often his help, if he can do it. George and Joyce Perkins, Augusta

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Gov. Roy Barnes was voted out of office as a result of designing and implementing an unacceptable flag that was to represent all the citizens of Georgia. Gov. Sonny Perdue was elected to office because of his election promise to the citizens that we would have a non-binding election to select a flag that would represent all the citizens of Georgia. He said that we could keep the current flag, vote on the pre-1956 flag, or vote on the post-1956 flag. What kind of politics is that? Is it not these very same flags that got the citizens of our state upset in the first place? David G. Edmiston Sr., Grovetown, Ga.

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It was interesting to read about the reorganization of the Aiken County patrol shifts and zones that was recently made by interim Aiken County Sheriff Jody Rowland. I cannot comment on the desirability of these changes, but I do question why such changes are being made at this time by an "interim" sheriff. William A. Reese, North Augusta, S.C.

Turkey listened to its people

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U.S. President George W. Bush, in many of his speeches pushing for war with Iraq to remove Iraq's President Saddam Hussein, speaks of establishing democracy in the Middle East. The Chronicle's March 5 editorial, "Foreign aid turkey" proposing cutting off aid to Turkey because of the vote of its parliament not to allow our troops a staging area is puzzling. Dick Donnelly, Evans, Ga.

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Out of curiosity, does your National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio pick up the emergency channel where you live or work? Mine doesn't! Families are being urged to purchase a specially programmed radio to pick up any severe weather alerts, but after doing so, I cannot for the life of me pick up any NOAA signal worth listening to. Janice McNair, Augusta

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Can someone, anyone, please stop President George W. Bush from spending every dollar he gets his "fiscally conservative" hands on? Mr. Bush is making the "tax and spend" Democrats of yesteryear look like Clark Howard. Just one glance at how this fortunate son is handling our nation's budget should clue you in to why he was such a failure in the oil business. Tim Kelly, Augusta

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I was extremely impressed with Mike Hunt, Republican candidate for Aiken County sheriff, when he spoke at the Aiken Republican Club at Newberry Hall on Feb. 24. I've been following the race for sheriff with a great amount of interest, and it seemed to me that Mr. Hunt was the best candidate in the room. Russ Schwalbert, Aiken, S.C.

Columbia Co. should stay away from Richmond Co. government

Hunt a better man for office of sheriff

Reader offers proposal for selecting a new Georgia state flag

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Who is National Council on Women's Organizations Chairwoman Martha Burk helping in her Augusta National campaign? Let's say Augusta National Golf Club Chairman Hootie Johnson's gang sees the feminist light, and allows 50-percent membership (of 300) to be women. She helped 150 women. Assume 2,000 men-only clubs operate in the United States with 300 members each. They do the 50-50 "Mad Martha" membership jig. She has helped 300,000 repressed women of America attain "equal" status. Paul Rosenzweig Jr., Augusta

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I agree with Bill Wolff's Feb. 27 letter, "Protesters will destroy livelihood of workers." It has already happened. I own a tent rental company and some of the caterers, florists and I are feeling the crunch. A lot of corporate people have declined to come, and these customers put bread in our families' mouths. Jim Stringer, Augusta

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As the talks begin between Richmond and Columbia county governments over mutual financial support for a regional coliseum, I can't help wonder why any other government entity is even seriously considering the prospect of participating in such a project with the Richmond County government, whose own 25-year record in managing such a facility is so poor. Why on Earth would Columbia County, who has always conducted its meetings and business affairs like well-organized public servants, join hands with Richmond County commissioners, who have consistently proven they cannot conduct the people's business in a forum free from petty racial entanglements or payoffs? Lawrence D. Smith, Augusta

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As I read the article about the basketball player who turns her back on the American flag during the National Anthem, it sickened me to think she is an American. Being able to protest in the United States is a luxury afforded to us by the many Americans who fought and died for our country. I think of my father, who served on a destroyer during World War II, and his brother, who landed with the first wave at Omaha Beach and survived, only to be seriously wounded later in the war. Ivan Bolgla, Augusta

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NEW YORK -- As chief designer and president for the trendy label Bisou Bisou, Michele Bohbot was used to creating clothing in sizes no larger than 10 and selling to upscale department stores like Bloomingdale's.

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The National HopeLine program is collecting used wireless phones that will be distributed to Safe Homes, Cumbee Center and the Salvation Army for emergency use.

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It's the little things, like paying for her children's field trips, that matter to Tina Guy.

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SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador -- El Salvador's former leftist guerrillas claimed victory after exit polls indicated their party retained the mayorship of the country's capital in Sunday's elections.

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Larry Burrows photographed the Vietnam War from 1962, the earliest days of U.S. involvement, until his death in a helicopter crash in Vietnam in 1971. His work, published back home in Life magazine, gave millions of Americans a close-up view of the war.

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The longtime businessman who founded Augusta's Wife Saver restaurant franchise died Monday.

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Linda Dotson is today's subscriber of the day.

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AIKEN - It's not widely known, but the woman who runs the Aiken Steeplechase Office is more comfortable at a four-legged, stationary desk than high in the saddle of a horse.

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ATLANTA -- Georgia's representatives in Congress braced for war Monday as diplomatic efforts to disarm Iraq came to a close.

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Barbara Martin watched President Bush's 48-hour ultimatum to Saddam Hussein closely, knowing that the stage was set for her husband to go to war.

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ATLANTA - A Fulton County judge was in the hospital after she was shot twice in the back Monday morning.

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Police were looking for robbers Sunday in a weekend home invasion in which two masked men assaulted and tied up an Augusta mother.

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AIKEN - When the dust settles from the special election for Aiken County sheriff, the winner will inherit an office that has gained only a handful of patrol deputies and an 86 percent increase in calls for service since 1993.

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WHILE OUR LOCAL fire chief is checking out the safety of nightclubs and Pam Tucker is trying to assess the damages from an unexpected tornado in Columbia County, we need to remember that every day we pack thousands of our children in portable classrooms that would become death traps in either a fire or a tornado. We cannot continue to be complacent about these unsafe portables even if they are hidden behind our schools out of sight.

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Traffic along Interstate 20 was backed up for hours after a series of multiple-car accidents blocked the eastbound lanes Monday afternoon.

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Eugene Kirkland lives near an artillery range.

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A Hephzibah man pleaded guilty to murder Monday in Richmond County Superior Court in the slaying of his girlfriend last year at their south Augusta mobile home.

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More than 100 people gathered in an Augusta church's parking lot Sunday evening as part of a global candlelight vigil for peace.

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DANIELSVILLE, Ga. -- Georgia voters in 15 counties will decide Tuesday whether they want to pay a 1 percent sales tax to build classrooms, roads and drainage systems.

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CHARLESTON -Scientists are trying to decide what's causing hundreds of acres of marsh plants to die along the state's tidal creeks and coastal waters.

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A rookie jailer for the Richmond County Sheriff's Office was charged Sunday with selling heroin, the result of a weeklong undercover drug operation, according to Sheriff Ronnie Strength.

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AIKEN - As House members debated the state's budget last week, legislators moved to overhaul South Carolina's election system and domestic violence laws.

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WHILE OUR LOCAL fire chief is checking out the safety of nightclubs and Pam Tucker is trying to assess the damages from an unexpected tornado in Columbia County, we need to remember that every day we pack thousands of our children in portable classrooms that would become death traps in either a fire or a tornado. We cannot continue to be complacent about these unsafe portables even if they are hidden behind our schools out of sight.

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Barry Hemphill knew from the beginning it would never again be the same.

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The Augusta Chronicle has a new online design.

Georgia representatives discuss looming war

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AIKEN - Republicans in Aiken spoke out Monday night about the city's April 1 redistricting vote, and arguments against the creation of a fifth district were cheered with support.

Early morning disturbance may have been earthquake

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Gov. Mark Sanford's plan to raise cigarette taxes could test the commitment of legislators who have pledged not to vote for tax increases.

Ceremony honors regiment

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Today's subscriber of the day is Betty Raley of Martinez.

Crowds in jail cause headaches

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March 18, 1986 A murder suspect held by Richmond County authorities for Baltimore police was recaptured Monday afternoon about three hours after he escaped custody while awaiting treatment at a Peach Orchard Road dentists office.

Tobacco tax could test 'no tax increase' pledge signers

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They were there for D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge and Operation Market Garden.

News you can use

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Capt. Gene Johnson shrugged off the weekend arrest of one of his rookie jailers. He's got bigger headaches.

Across South Carolina

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CHARLESTON - A replica of the so-called "coffin ships" that brought an estimated 1.5 million Irish to North America during the potato famine of the 1840s is heading to Charleston.

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DALTON -Troops deployed to Iraq can expect a quick war, but some will have to occupy the region and rebuild for many years, said the state's adjutant general, Maj. Gen. David Poythress.

Military spouses prepare for war, consequences

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MIAMI -Eleven Miami police officers schemed to plant guns on unarmed suspects who had been shot and lied under oath to protect each other, a prosecutor charged Monday in closing arguments of their federal conspiracy trial.

Heavy rain was no match for event

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Buddy Hendry would love to be out of work.

Across the area

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March 17, 1982 The Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority set the scene Tuesday for a tug-of-war with the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Augusta, and at stake is at least $175,000 in mixed-drink taxes and the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Local sales taxes up for votes in 15 counties

Graham: President taking only reasonable course

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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. -- With thousands of South Carolinian troops already deployed in the Middle East, President Bush was expected to give Saddam Hussein an ultimatum in a speech Monday night: leave Iraq or face war.

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LOS ANGELES -- For TV viewers, the Academy Awards ceremony has become a fashion show comparable to the best of Paris - sometimes bizarre, always eye-catching.

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The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Top 20 Concert Tours

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MOSCOW -- Clad in skimpy tank tops, teenage pop stars Lena and Yulia giggle and clasp hands on a Russian television talk show as their hit music video is played for a studio audience.

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DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Todd Bodine lost control of his car - but not his instincts - after hitting Jamie McMurray during the final moments of their last-lap duel at Darlington Raceway.

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DARLINGTON, S.C. - The record books will show Sunday's finish between Ricky Craven and Kurt Busch as the standard for close finishes on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

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DARLINGTON, S.C. - Matt Kenseth finished eighth Sunday in the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 at Darlington Raceway - not bad considering he crashed on the seventh lap.

Todd Bodine wins Busch race

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CHICAGO - On this St. Patrick's Day, raise a glass to Francis O'Neill.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Laying in a hospital bed with his eyes bandaged shut and severe burns on his hands and back, William Long never felt so alone.

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WASHINGTON -- President Bush on Monday gave Saddam Hussein a 48-hour deadline to flee Iraq or face a U.S.-led invasion. "The tyrant will soon be gone," Bush vowed as 250,000 American troops stood poised to strike.

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BATON ROUGE, La. -- Hundreds of people rallied on the state Capitol steps Sunday, calling on authorities to dedicate more resources to catching a serial killer who has murdered at least four women.

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Bush says Saddam must leave in 48 hours or face war

Attorney: Accused man considers Elizabeth Smart his wife

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The self-proclaimed prophet accused of abducting Elizabeth Smart told his attorney he considers the 15-year-old girl his wife and wants her to be renamed "Remnant Who Will Return."

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SAN ANTONIO -- The San Antonio Spurs' sixth straight win came with a twist - potentially a costly one.

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NEW ORLEANS - Kentucky didn't want the scissors Sunday. The way the Wildcats see it, they'll do their net snipping three weeks from today.

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LSU joined regulars Connecticut, Tennessee and Duke as No. 1 seeds Sunday in the NCAA women's basketball tournament, which might have some suspense now that UConn actually lost a game.

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Kentucky is No. 1 at being No. 1 heading into the NCAA tournament.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- No team in the 65-team field has more NCAA tournament experience. No other school can claim to be the defending national champions.

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Connecticut barely held on at No. 1 after its winning streak ended at 70.

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SALT LAKE CITY -- By winning its first two games, Brigham Young could bring a whole new meaning to March Madness.

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DURHAM, N.C. -- Mike Krzyzewski saw more leadership from Duke's players last weekend, a sign his young club could be maturing at the right time.

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INDIANAPOLIS - In a season full of scandal, the NCAA Tournament selection committee restored some order to college basketball.

Four offensive additions, Panthers still want more

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Mrs. Donna Rowland (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Albert Oglesby (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. David Hutto, Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Pauline Agnew (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Savannah Johnson (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary King (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Flowers (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ellie Poole (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. Dusty Hunnicutt (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. James Swint Jr. (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Ramona Weathington (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Dusty Hunnicutt (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Ora Young-Witherspoon (ARLINGTON, Texas)

Mrs. Joyce Gabrysiak (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Pryor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Katrina Davis (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Harvey Parker Sr. (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Anna Horton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Vivian Sheppard (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Gertie Creed (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Miss Catherine White (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Pauline Agnew (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Scott (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Brian Schwanenberger (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Emma Jeffcoat-Wright (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Kirby (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Ross (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Virginia Benoit (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Irene Nabritt (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. David Zellars (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Geneva Collins (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Harvey Parker Sr. (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Earl Stanford Jr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Ryals (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mrs. Gertie Creed (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. George Cunningham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Janice Williams (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. James Smith (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Inez Mims-Ross (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.)

Mr. Dorsey Good (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Minnie James-Thompson (CAMDEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Willie Scott (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Brian Schwanenberger (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bizzell Whittaker (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Everritt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wilbur Pridgen (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Alice Henry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

What's Augusta's plan for Bethlehem?
ON THE SURFACE it seems like a simple question. But, during my five years as a historic preservation commissioner, I've been unable to get this question answered. It begs other, equally important, questions, which are part and parcel of the entire issue: Do we want to maintain the Historic District designation for the Bethlehem community, or move to have the designation annulled? Are there any homes in the Bethlehem community deemed worthy of being saved and capable of being remodeled for modern use, or do we want to demolish the entire area to make way for new development?

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ON THE SURFACE it seems like a simple question. But, during my five years as a historic preservation commissioner, I've been unable to get this question answered. It begs other, equally important, questions, which are part and parcel of the entire issue: Do we want to maintain the Historic District designation for the Bethlehem community, or move to have the designation annulled? Are there any homes in the Bethlehem community deemed worthy of being saved and capable of being remodeled for modern use, or do we want to demolish the entire area to make way for new development?

Overtime

Japan to play in U.S. despite threat of war

Defending champ drops out of World Figure Skating Championships

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An Augusta National Golf Club official says the club is monitoring the situation in Iraq as the conflict escalates.

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Andrew Williamson scored twice, including the game-winner halfway through the third period, as the Augusta Lynx defeated the South Carolina Stingrays 5-3 on Sunday, keeping their frail playoff hopes alive.

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TOKYO -- Japan changed its mind and plans to play two exhibition soccer games in the United States next week even though a war against Iraq appears imminent.

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Lleyton Hewitt and girlfriend Kim Clijsters have matching Pacific Life Open titles.

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Russia's Irina Slutskaya will not defend her title at next week's World Figure Skating Championships, withdrawing because of her mother's kidney illness, a source close to the skater said.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C -- The Carolina Panthers added their fourth new face to the offense Monday, signing free agent wide receiver Ricky Proehl to a three-year deal.

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Q: I'm shopping for a laptop computer. I'm confused by all the wireless connection options. Which ones do I need, if any?

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WASHINGTON -- Ask about blood safety and most people think AIDS or other viruses that today are incredibly rare in transfusions. Bacterial contamination of blood poses a much bigger risk - sickening and killing dozens of people a year - yet germ-tainted transfusions get little attention.

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NEW ORLEANS -- Maybe it's because wireless technologies seem magical, filling the air with unseen vibrations that mean something.

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There's this guy you gotta meet: Hugo.

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Nintendo has seen the light. Finally. The new and greatly improved Game Boy Advance SP goes on sale Mar. 23, for $99.95.

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BOSTON -- Long-term use of hormone replacement therapy, already shown to be bad for older women's physical health, is found to be no panacea for their memory or mental outlook either.

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NEW YORK -- A few weeks after Susan posted her resume on an Internet job board, the move appeared to be paying off.

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Health experts searching for the cause of a frightening outbreak of a deadly flu-like illness in Asia say the culprit is probably a virus, and they are encouraged that some victims appear to be getting better.

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LOS ANGELES -- Archie Bunker, meet Cartman.

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NEW YORK -- HBO has suspended filming of "The Sopranos" due to a contract dispute with the show's star, James Gandolfini, newspapers said.

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LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Wielding a cutting torch like a six-shooter, "Monster Garage" foreman Jesse James has been dazzling Discovery Channel audiences by guiding the transformation of ordinary vehicles into Frankencars.

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NEW YORK -- Call it a role reversal: Angie Harmon, once the new kid on the block on NBC's "Law & Order," is the seasoned mentor in charge of a teenage spy in the film "Agent Cody Banks."

Diamonds are expected to rock the red carpet at Academy Awards

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ATHENS, Ga. -- Two Georgia basketball players dropped their lawsuit seeking the right to play in the postseason.

Georgia players drop lawsuit seeking tournament bid

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ATHENS - Two years ago, the Georgia women's basketball team wondered if it would earn a No. 1 seed after winning the Southeastern Conference tournament.

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COLUMBIA - South Carolina has the fifth seed in the Mideast in this year's NCAA tournament and a tough road to repeat last season's trip to the regional finals.

Arms race looms in shadow of Horth Korean nuclear program

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WASHINGTON -- On the brink of war, President Bush and summit partners from Britain and Spain gave the United Nations a Monday deadline to endorse the use of force to compel Iraq's immediate disarmament.

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SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador -- El Salvador's former leftist guerrillas claimed victory after exit polls indicated their party retained the mayorship of the country's capital in Sunday's elections.

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SEOUL, South Korea -- Suspicious Asian nations bristling with nuclear weapons, each striving for an atomic war chest bigger than their neighbor's - Washington's latest worry about North Korea reads like a Cold War flashback.

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SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea cannot remain "a passive onlooker" while the United States conducts military exercises in the region, the North said Sunday, claiming that Washington is pushing a nuclear crisis toward a second Korean War.

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Associated PressWeekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold. Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

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Things change. Phat is played out. The bomb is old school.

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Warning: MTV can be hazardous to your health.

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THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My parents and I do not get along. I'll be graduating pretty soon and the fact that we can't get along is hurtful. I don't know what to do anymore. I want our relationship to get better before I move out, but sometimes I think my leaving is the only solution. - 15-year-old Hephzibah girl.

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Realizing that prom isn't everything it's built up to be: priceless.

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Q: What's your favorite saying?

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It's the time of your life, so why not share it with us? We're looking for your prom snapshots, those photos you will cherish forever.

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THE FACTS: Lynsey Conaway, 15, a sophomore at Lakeside High School, and her sister, Catherine Conaway, 17, a junior at Lakeside.

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Alexis Balbag, 15, is a freshman at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet High School. Courage to Be Strong was drawn as an entry for the Richmond County PTA Reflections Art Competition and won an Award of Merit.

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New on video and DVD: 8 Mile, starring Eminem as, surprise, a white rapper trying to gain respect on the streets of Detroit; Abandon, with Katie Holmes as a college senior haunted by the disappearance of her boyfriend; and The Grey Zone, the true story of a Hungarian Jew chosen by Josef Mengele to be the head pathologist at the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz in World War II.

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