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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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LOS ANGELES -- Only one film will get its hands on the best-picture Academy Award. Win or lose, though, the contenders can walk away with fistfuls of cash because of their nominations.

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LOS ANGELES -- Oscar acceptance speeches can be as boring as recitations from a phone book - a droning list of lawyers, agents, managers, stylists and publicists unknown and unimportant to the world outside Hollywood.

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PHOENIX -- The Seattle Mariners delayed their flight to Tokyo and the Oakland Athletics were on standby Tuesday as baseball moved toward canceling the season-opening series in Japan because of the threat of war in Iraq.

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Aquinas baseball coach Mike Laney can't figure his team out.

Childhood memories - now open to suggestion

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - This spring's best starter for the Atlanta Braves hasn't been Greg Maddux or rookie sensation Horacio Ramirez. It's been the quiet California native, Russ Ortiz.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - While most of the attention this spring has been centered on Horacio Ramirez, there's another young lefty who's front and center for a spot in the bullpen.

Pratt drawing attention in Braves' bullpen

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Ortiz doing what it takes to impress

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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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NEW YORK -- Ted Turner said Tuesday he will consider remaining on AOL Time Warner Inc.'s board after he leaves as vice chairman in May.

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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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WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve held a key interest rate steady at a 41-year low Tuesday, giving policy-makers time to see how a war with Iraq unfolds and gauge its impact on the fragile economy.

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

Stocks trade sharply higher, Dow jumps more than 280

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WASHINGTON -- The number of new housing projects builders broke ground on in February plunged by 11 percent, the sharpest decline in nearly a decade, as bad weather and an uncertain economic climate took its toll on the residential construction market.

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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.

Businesses feel blow of gas increase

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NEW YORK - Ted Turner said Tuesday he will consider remaining on AOL Time Warner Inc.'s board after he leaves as vice chairman in May.

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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.

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The growing trend of American businesses that specialize in getting people cheap medications from Canada has now come to Augusta.

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- A jury Tuesday cleared Bayer Corp. of liability in a $560 million lawsuit that accused the pharmaceutical giant of ignoring research linking the cholesterol-lowering drug Baycol to dozens of deaths.

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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.

Wal-Mart's Supercenter set to open

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

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CLEMSON, S.C. -- The compatibility that drew Clemson basketball coach Larry Shyatt back to the Upstate campus five years ago was gone.

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College football fans have a short memory.

Clemson names new wide receivers coach

Clemson's Bowden tells club of spring agenda

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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.

UConn barely clings to No. 1

Terps hope experience pays off in NCAA tournament

Kentucky sets record by moving to No. 1

Blue Devils to stick with perimeter lineup

BYU's no-Sunday stance could cause NCAA shuffle

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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.

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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Most Democrats are rallying around President George W. Bush now that a war with Iraq is all but inevitable. Sadly, though, the Senate's minority leader, Tom Daschle, D-S.D., isn't among them.

That's leadership

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Anti-American angst has a number of causes. Some are jealous of our blessings. Some are fearful of our singular power in the post-Cold-War world. Some just have interests that are in conflict with our own. France and Russia, for example, have extensive financial dealings in Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Others simply don't share our values of individual freedom and openness - or our love of life, frankly.

Sen. Tom Daschle, D-France

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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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MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Hootie & the Blowfish and the Goo Goo Dolls have been added to the list of performers for the inaugural Dale Earnhardt Tribute Concert.

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This wine is loaded with dark lush red fruit flavors and hints of vanilla oak. After my first glass all I could think of was dark red velvet, soft and lush.

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WASHINGTON -- The looming war, job losses and higher energy prices will lead Federal Reserve policy-makers to keep short-term interest rates at decades-low levels, analysts said.

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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Now you can enjoy fruit in your Cheerios without stopping by your grocery's produce section.

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Chicken cacciatore is one of my favorite Italian dishes. This week, I've come up with a soup that has all the flavors of this classic Italian chicken entree.

Small portions

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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 - Theodis Tarver has been waiting all season for this opportunity. Like his team, he's going to try and take advantage of it.

Jackets to give NIT tipoff to freshman

NIT bid gives Georgia Tech new life

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Don't be surprised to see Tiger Woods team with Augusta native Charles Howell in mid-November's Presidents Cup match-play tournament.

Woods shows Howell respect

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AIKEN - Aaron Black walked up to coach Mike Carlisle at the 18th green and asked him about the situation.

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The road to the Masters starts in Florida.

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- A jury Tuesday cleared Bayer Corp. of liability in a $560 million lawsuit that accused the pharmaceutical giant of ignoring research linking the cholesterol-lowering drug Baycol to dozens of deaths.

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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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NEW YORK -- Ted Turner said Tuesday he will consider remaining on AOL Time Warner Inc.'s board after he leaves as vice chairman in May.

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BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq's leadership on Tuesday rejected the U.S. ultimatum that Saddam Hussein and his sons leave Iraq or face war, and the United Nations pulled its weapons inspection staff out of the country as battle appeared inevitable.

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China's new leaders pressed ahead Tuesday with efforts to avoid military conflict in Iraq, insisting that U.N. weapons inspections must continue despite President Bush's ultimatum to Saddam Hussein.

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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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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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LONDON -- Prime Minister Tony Blair pleaded Tuesday for his party's backing for joining the United States in military action against Iraq, saying the crisis will determine the shape of international politics for a generation.

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KUWAIT CITY -- A massive aerial assault by volleys of cruise missiles and precision-guided bombs followed by sharp ground attacks - some deep inside Iraq - would mark the opening days of the war against Iraq.

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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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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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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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WASHINGTON -- In a countdown toward war, President Bush is ready to order a massive military strike against Iraq if Saddam Hussein refuses to surrender power by a deadline of 8 p.m. EST Wednesday. Wary of retaliation, Bush braced Americans for possible terrorist attacks.

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

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Early morning disturbance may have been earthquake

Columbia Co. should stay away from Richmond Co. government

Reader offers proposal for selecting a new Georgia state flag

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This is in response to Harry Sellers' Jan. 13 letter, "U.S. should stop supporting Israel," concerning Israel. Stephen Steinberg, Augusta

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I think it is time we remind our "friends," as President George W. Bush said, "You are either with us or against us." Richard T. Banks, 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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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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Lt. Mike Hunt's plans to improve the Aiken County Sheriff's Office are welcome and long overdue. While the sheriff's office has seen tremendous improvements over the last decade, Mr. Hunt knows improvements must be continuous in order to be effective. Mark Stowell, Aiken, S.C.

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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.

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The debate to go to war is unlike all others. Its outcome can be a decision with consequences more vivid and self-evident than any other made by the people or their government. Once soldiers are on the ground and fighting, they become unique. They rise above any questions of right or wrong and deserve the total support of their countrymen. John C. Guisti, Beech Island, S.C.

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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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When the National Aeronautics and Space Administration began the investigation of outer space, the apparent reason was to ascertain whether there was life and if there was a possible use for outer space. No life was found, and humans could not exist in space without a chamber of artificial atmosphere. Given this information, it certainly did not show that it would be worthwhile to colonize space. Also, there was no indication of danger to the Earth's population, unless one subscribes to the existence of UFOs bearing aliens aimed at attacking Earth. V.R. Kennen, 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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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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On March 6, another suicide bomb kills multitudes in Israel. France, Germany and Russia will oppose United Nations approval of "aggression" toward Iraq. Augusta State University students hold an anti-war protest in response to National Walk-out Day. What? One student simply didn't understand our nation's stance on world peace. Another promoted "Enlightenment, not annihilation." Excuse me, but does he really know what Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's track record is? I suggest he enlighten himself with a case study as to who and what type of human being Saddam really is! Mark L. Hopkins, Augusta

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Single parents aren't alone in new group

In the know

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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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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."

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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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Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies at Augusta Lynx.

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The National Hockey League has the "Original Six" - a half-dozen teams that have been the cornerstones of the league since 1942.

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Philippe Roy was viewed as the final and most important piece of the puzzle for a new and improved Augusta Lynx defense that seemed poised to help the club make a serious push for a postseason berth.

Lynx GameNight

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Augusta Lynx defenseman Mark Thompson answers questions for Chronicle staff writer Rob Mueller.

Lynx notebook

Lynx 'Original Seven' say pride is on the line

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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.

Across South Carolina

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MARCH 19, 1958 The strongest foreign field in history will compete in this year's Masters Tournament, which begins April 3 at the Augusta National Golf Club.

Across the area

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The Augusta Chronicle has a new online design.

Teed off

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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.

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Pupils get view of other cultures at school's international festival

Black box gives case in deadly car crash

Graham: President taking only reasonable course

Group will limit scope of protests

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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.

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

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

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

Heavy rain was no match for event

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CAMP COYOTE, Kuwait - As the soldiers of the 319th Transportation Company awoke Tuesday morning, word spread quickly of the speech President Bush gave at 4 a.m. Kuwait time while they were sleeping.

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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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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.

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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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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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Todd Manzi (right), who runs an anti-Martha Burk Web site, reads over protest signs with Harley Jones, of Augusta, one of seven people who met Mr. Manzi at a site on Washington Road on Tuesday to protest Ms. Burk's stance against the Augusta National Golf Club.

Local sales taxes up for votes in 15 counties

Early morning disturbance may have been earthquake

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Today's subscriber of the day is Crystal Faulk of Martinez.

Across the southeast

Military spouses prepare for war, consequences

Adult businesses use loophole

Hospital applies for bonds

Minor earthquake causes late-night jitters

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

Travel agencies foresee drop-off

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

Across Georgia

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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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I DON'T WATCH reality shows, but if CBS would send one of the Beverly Hills elite to live in the Southern hill country, I would pay to watch that.

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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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An elderly Edgefield, S.C., man died after he was thrown from the minivan he was riding in Monday afternoon when the vehicle hit a bridge abutment.

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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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ATLANTA -Georgia voters will get a chance to tell lawmakers what they think about the state flag Thursday in the first planned hearing on a referendum to change the official banner.

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I DON'T WATCH reality shows, but if CBS would send one of the Beverly Hills elite to live in the Southern hill country, I would pay to watch that.

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ATLANTA - The day before a Bush administration deadline that could lead to war in Iraq, Gov. Sonny Perdue replaced the head of the agency that would respond to a terrorist attack or other disaster in Georgia.

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Calton R. Johnson turned 17 on the beaches of Normandy nearly 60 years ago.

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BEAUFORT - Officers, experts and witnesses will take the stand in a reckless homicide trial this week, but the most unique testimony is expected to come today - from the defendant's own truck.

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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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Ann Bruno and her co-workers at AAA Travel Agency's Augusta office met Tuesday to prepare for possible travel cancellations in the midst of a war with Iraq.

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In Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle, a photo caption should have identified Patrick Stapleton as a cast member for Greenbrier High School's production of Bye Bye Birdie.

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A small earthquake rumbled more than 40 miles northwest of Augusta early Tuesday morning.

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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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An Augusta man was charged Tuesday in the rape of a woman who lived nearby, police said.

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Sabrina Dunn, a fourth-grader at Lake Forest Hills Elementary School, dances to a Spanish song at the event.

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The Augusta Rescue Mission will have more space to serve disadvantaged men in Augusta, thanks to a new office building that opened Tuesday, the group's director said.

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Jessica Powell travels Martintown Road to go to classes at Augusta Technical College, but since the bridge near her home in Edgefield County was shut down Monday, her daily drive has been significantly longer.

Police charge man in rape

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Shelter obtains building

Georgia representatives discuss looming war

Crowds in jail cause headaches

Perdue replaces emergency team leader

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Col. William H. Maglin II was a bit in awe of the men and women seated in front of him.

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Fifty million doesn't go as far as it used to.

Tobacco tax could test 'no tax increase' pledge signers

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As the likelihood of war increases in the Middle East, the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition expects to scale back its numbers and its demands in Augusta during this year's Masters Tournament, an official with the group said Tuesday.

Ceremony honors regiment

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It's open season for strip clubs.

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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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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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WELCOME, N.C. -- Kevin Harvick was reunited with crew chief Todd Berrier on Tuesday, a little more than a year after the two teamed up to win the 2001 Busch Series.

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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. -- It wasn't a sellout and it definitely wasn't sunny. But things couldn't have gone much better for Darlington Raceway leaders pleading to keep two races on future NASCAR schedules.

Todd Bodine wins Busch race

Text of President Bush's remarks

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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.

Attorney: Accused man considers Elizabeth Smart his wife

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Elizabeth Smart's family is calling on prosecutors to make sure they do not traumatize the girl during questioning about the nine months she spent with her captors.

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Prosecutors charged a self-proclaimed prophet and his wife Tuesday with aggravated kidnapping and sexual assault in the abduction of Elizabeth Smart, disclosing for the first time details of the girl's nine-month ordeal.

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Bush says Saddam must leave in 48 hours or face war

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WASHINGTON -- From airports to cattle feedlots to nuclear plants, the government began tightening security Tuesday to fortify America against terror.

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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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NORMAN, Okla. -- Like most coaches, Oklahoma's Kelvin Sampson has a few concerns about his basketball team as the NCAA tournament begins.

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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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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Rick Pitino was never far from the NCAA tournament, even when he was coaching the Boston Celtics.

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

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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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ESPN is breaking new ground by televising all 63 games of the NCAA women's basketball tournament, a commitment the network says won't waver, even if it takes men's games from CBS.

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- When Skip Prosser was hired at Wake Forest, he asked forward Josh Howard to drive him around and show him the sights.

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

Four offensive additions, Panthers still want more

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Mrs. Frances Tate (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Pryor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Canty (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Pauline Agnew (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Joyce Gabrysiak (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Ryals (SARDIS, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Clara DuTeau (OAKWOOD, Ga.)

Mrs. Ellie Poole (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Scott (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Hugh Williams (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Henderson Phiniezy, Sr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Ellie Poole (STAPLETON, Ga.)

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

Mr. William Hudson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Booker (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Catherine White (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Vivian Sheppard (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Donna Rowland (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Vivian Sheppard (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Roy Taylor (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Geneva Collins (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Perry Bussey (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

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

Mr. Robert Everritt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary King (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Brian Schwanenberger (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Donna Rowland (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Jamiya Buxton (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Ross (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gloria King (WILLISTON, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Ethel Ryals (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mrs. Ora Young-Witherspoon (ARLINGTON, Texas)

Mrs. Dula Kitchings (SALLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty Powell (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Albert Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alice Henry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Cunningham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harley Morris (ACWORTH, Ga.)

Mr. Dusty Hunnicutt (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Salvador Garza (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Catherine White (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Sammie Wilson (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Eula Kelley (GIBSON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Christopher Battle (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Janice Williams (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Stoney-Roberts (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

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

Mr. Keith Rozier (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ramona Weathington (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Ross (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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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?

Sports will play on despite threat of war

Race-day rain hits Aiken groups

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

Defending champ drops out of World Figure Skating Championships

Amateurs to fight in Augusta

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CHICAGO -- Kasey Keller and Brian McBride were among 10 players from last year's World Cup roster picked by the United States for its exhibition game against Japan in Seattle on March 29.

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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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NEW YORK -- Now that Roy Jones Jr. owns a heavyweight championship, he might go back to his boxing roots in a lighter division.

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Even with Pete Sampras absent and Andre Agassi coming off an injury, American men will be worth watching when the Nasdaq-100 Open begins Wednesday.

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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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Top-flight amateur women boxers typically have a tough time finding fights.

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When bad weather hampers Aiken's Triple Crown horse races, it's not the track owners who lose out - officials say it's local civic groups, charities and businesses.

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The last time Roger Hazel can remember the South Carolina High School League postponing games statewide was in 1963 when President Kennedy was assassinated.

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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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NEW YORK -- The NFL is considering a proposal made by the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs to expand the playoffs by two wild-card teams.

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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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HOUSTON -- Columbia lost a "steady stream" of pieces from California all the way to its final breakup over Texas, as wires in its left wing burned and shorted out, shuttle officials told the accident investigation board Monday.

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KABUL, Afghanistan -- In the wilderness along Afghanistan's mountainous frontier with Pakistan, it isn't always easy to figure out who's a refugee and who's just pretending.

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WASHINGTON -- How long and how much you smoked, and how long it's been since the last puff, make a difference in the risk of getting lung cancer.

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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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There's this guy you gotta meet: Hugo.

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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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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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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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NEW YORK -- ABC and NBC ordered its reporters out of Baghdad on Monday, as news organizations weighed safety concerns against the desire to be in the center of the world's biggest story.

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NEW YORK -- CBS will expand its coverage of the 2003 Tony Awards, devoting three hours to the June 8 show, honoring the best of the Broadway season.

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LOS ANGELES -- Organizers of the 75th annual Oscar awards say the impending war in Iraq won't derail Hollywood's biggest event on Sunday.

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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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Football stars Brad Edwards and Robert Brooks, and longtime head of South Carolina's facilities Sarge Frye head the list of eight inductees to the USC Athletic Hall of Fame.

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SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea's prime minister warned Tuesday that high tensions over North Korea's nuclear programs could rise further with an outbreak of war in Iraq.

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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.

Arms race looms in shadow of Horth Korean nuclear program

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

Expers suspect virus is cause of Asian mystery illness

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Finally! A lighted Game Boy

Study: Hormone pills no help for memory and sleep

Augusta's Red Cross director to retire