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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza had the players' association appeal his five-game suspension Friday, a move that likely makes him available for New York's opener against the Chicago Cubs on March 31.

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PHOENIX -- Major league baseball officials will examine the potential impact on the Baltimore Orioles as they consider bids by Northern Virginia and Washington to lure the Montreal Expos.

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The No. 1 ranking is nice, but to North Augusta senior pitcher Nick Godwin, it's not really that important.

Godwin nearly pitcher perfect

Our age shows most in the faces of old friends

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Welcome to the rotation, kid. While Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox hasn't made it official yet, there's no doubt that rookie left-hander Horacio Ramirez has won a job as the No. 4 or No. 5 starter, depending on Paul Byrd's elbow.

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Atlanta ace Greg Maddux got knocked around on the mound and at the plate.

Atlanta rookie ready to join rotation

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - It was worth waiting five weeks, Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox said, to see Mike Hampton offer his best performance of the spring.

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Atlanta Braves second baseman Marcus Giles prefers not to look back at 2002, and for good reason.

Hampton solid in latest start

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WASHINGTON -- Consumer prices shot up by 0.6 percent in February, the largest rise in two years. The prices of gasoline and other energy products soared as the United States headed into a war with Iraq.

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I.M. Pei is renowned worldwide for his contributions to modern architecture.

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CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Port of Savannah has overtaken Charleston as the nation's fourth-busiest container port, according to new shipping figures.

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Glossophobia runs rampant in America.

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NEW YORK -- Wall Street advanced for an eighth straight day Friday, pushing the Standard & Poor's 500 closer to its best winning streak in nearly six years as U.S.-led troops swarmed through Iraq and seized airfields.

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When community leaders and the media talk about economic development, should small-business owners be listening?

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Tuesday: Writing a business plan; Small Business Development Center, 1054 Claussen Road; 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $35; 737-1790.

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EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT: Busby's Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.

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Bob Thurston has been appointed as area manager of Regent Security's newly opened office in Columbus, Ga. Mr. Thurston has 24 years of experience and was previously employed by Procter & Gamble and Weyerhauser.

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NEW YORK -- Wall Street rallied in step with the escalating war on Iraq Friday, lifting the Dow Jones industrials 235 points to their strongest weekly gain in more than two decades.

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CLEMSON, S.C. -- Herman Demmink's single in the sixth inning scored what proved to be the winning two runs as Clemson beat Maine 7-6 on Friday night.

No moral equivalency

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The Georgia General Assembly will soon be entering its final hectic days when a lot of legislation - except for the budget - falls through the cracks. So this is the time for lawmakers to begin separating the wheat from the chaff, passing the best bills and letting the others die or be held over until next year.

Acts of faith

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This newspaper doesn't usually support tax increases to help solve government budget problems. Hiking taxes generally encourages elected officials to duck the root problem of most budget shortfalls - which is overspending.

Raise cigarette tax

Pass child protection

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You have to really be a believer to believe the extent of Lyn Hyde's faith.

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"For the governor of our state to suggest that we should capitulate to special interest groups when the Constitution is on our side and we have done nothing wrong is a bit surprising and very disappointing."

Hootie vs. the guv

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It's hard to believe, but there are many people around the world - including some in our own country - who perceive a moral equivalency between President George W. Bush and Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. In fact, there are some who believe that the American president is the worse terrorist and larger evil.

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For nearly two months, I've carefully weighed all the Academy Award variables, comparing voting history against nominee appeal against reviews against blind intuition.

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LOS ANGELES -- The Hollywood Black Film Festival, scheduled to start Tuesday, will be postponed for more than two months because of the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

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The Augusta Chronicle's annual Oscar contest brought out more than 120 Academy prognosticators to compete for a mystery movie prize package, $100, their name in lights, the Lite-Brite used to write their name in lights and the opportunity to pick five movies for an upcoming Reel Releases column in The Chronicle.

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LOS ANGELES -- A year after two black nominees won the lead-acting prizes for the first time, the Academy Awards are back to a likely sweep of the four actor categories by white performers.

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LOS ANGELES -- Expect less glitz and glamour at the Academy Awards Sunday night.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A chorus of cheers filled the Cornerstone Church's arena-style sanctuary as Christian financial guru Dave Ramsey snapped a pair of metal scissors.

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NEW YORK - Americans who filed their income taxes early already are starting to get refund checks, which the IRS says are averaging more than $2,200 this year.

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NEW YORK - A few days each week, Jody Maxfield and two or three co-workers grab sandwiches and sodas and gather at a table in an office cubicle to share lunchtime conversation - and worries about the future.

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NEW YORK - Just swipe the card at the checkout register and get a discount on tomatoes, toothpaste or whatever the specials are. You save money, and the store builds a record that lets it know how to serve its best customers.

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Agnus Berenato doesn't doubt her ability. Through 15 seasons of just better than .500 basketball at Georgia Tech, through 10 years of no NCAA appearances, through injuries and close calls and coaching changes, Berenato never doubted herself.

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ATLANTA -- Brandon Boggs and Matt Murton each had four hits Friday to lead an 18-hit attack that powered Georgia Tech to a 13-7 victory over Maryland in the Yellow Jackets' Atlantic Coast Conference opener.

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ATLANTA - Football is a whole lot easier for Damarius Bilbo this spring. At least his understanding is a whole lot better.

Yellow Jackets coach is a believer

Georgia Tech tries to simplify offense

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PHOENIX - The top three women golfers in the world found themselves just about where they expected to be Friday - on top the leaderboard of the Safeway Ping tournament.

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PHOENIX - Annika Sorenstam's new year is already starting to look a lot like her old one.

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Josh Gregory said Augusta State's poor showing in its last golf tournament might have been what the Jaguars needed.

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The gallery crammed behind the ropes from tee to green on the opening hole, the enthusiasm at full throttle over the prospect of a showdown between Tiger Woods and Ernie Els.

Humbled Jaguars try to defend title

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Ernie Els has been chasing titles all over the world. Playing against Tiger Woods for the first time this year hasn't changed a thing.

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MONTREAL - The president of the Montreal Canadiens apologized Friday for fans who booed the U.S. national anthem before Thursday night's game against the New York Islanders.

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ATLANTA - Todd White scored two goals and Karel Rachunek added a goal and two assists as the Ottawa Senators took advantage of the NHL's worst defense in a 5-1 rout of Atlanta on Friday night.

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American and British forces advanced Friday through southern Iraq, some racing unimpeded across the desert, others meeting hostile fire. Hundreds of Iraqi soldiers surrendered and U.S. troops captured a key port along the border with Kuwait.

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UNITED NATIONS -- Iraq accused U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan on Friday of aiding the U.S. and British attack on Iraq by withdrawing U.N. peacekeepers and weapons inspectors, which allowed the invading force to cross the Kuwaiti border unchallenged.

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BAGHDAD, Iraq -- With the sound of air raid sirens once again blaring, rumblings of explosions could be heard Friday as night descended on the Iraqi capital.

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BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A huge explosion shook the center of Iraq's capital before dawn Saturday, hours after the most ferocious attack of the war left Saddam Hussein's Old Palace in flames and Baghdad shrouded in smoke.

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WASHINGTON -- American forces have crossed the Euphrates River and made their way 150 miles into Iraq, halfway to Baghdad, the Pentagon said Saturday.

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CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar -- Two British Navy helicopters collided Saturday over the Persian Gulf, and seven crew members were presumed killed, officials said.

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WASHINGTON -- War has brought little change to the regulated, by-the-numbers life of President Bush.

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As the United States and Britain pushed into Iraq, the allies also suffered their first casualties. Two U.S. Marines died in combat and another dozen American and British Marines were killed in a helicopter crash that appeared to be accidental.

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FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. -- In the middle of the night, after three hours of fitful sleep, they sit transfixed before the television glowing in their den. As Hashim Al-Tawil and his wife watch the skies on fire in Iraq, they're haunted by one thought: Their families are trapped there.

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Edging closer to Iraq's hard-core defenders, U.S. and British forces besieged the southern city of Basra on Saturday and rolled to within 150 miles of Baghdad. Diplomatic complications closed off the option of a heavy invasion from the north.

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BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The streets of Baghdad were silent and empty Friday night, with fires raging inside Saddam Hussein's Old Palace compound and a halo of smoke hanging in the sky, after the Iraqi capital endured the most ferocious attack of the war.

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ABOARD THE USS KITTY HAWK -- Peering down at the battlefield from his F/A-18 Hornet, Lt. John Allison scans the ground for a single small blast, a signal from U.S. troops on the ground pointing out an Iraqi artillery post.

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BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Strong explosions shook the Iraqi capital after sunset Saturday, the latest in the daily dose of aerial bombardment by U.S.-led forces. The Iraqi regime asserted battle successes and maintained Saddam Hussein and his sons had "the aggression" in hand.

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SAFWAN, Iraq -- Waving white flags and raising their hands to the sky, dozens of Iraqi soldiers quickly surrendered to coalition forces in southern Iraq on Friday - and some even tried to give themselves up to Western journalists.

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WASHINGTON -- President Bush, updating congressional leaders on the war, said Friday the United States is "making progress" in its mission to disarm Saddam Hussein's regime and liberate Iraq.

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- Coalition forces pounded Baghdad with impunity in the first daylight air raids of the war. American forces have progressed 150 miles into Iraq, halfway to Baghdad, and American ships and warplanes have launched 500 cruise missiles and several hundred precision weapons on Iraq over the past day, the Pentagon said Saturday.

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An old friend dropped by the newsroom Friday.It was an unexpected meeting, and we greeted each other with good-natured surprise.

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I agree with the articles in The Augusta Chronicle regarding Jody Rowland. If Aiken County residents are against crime, they will vote for Mr. Rowland to be sheriff. Michael Garner, Aiken, S.C.

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I recently had a near-death experience, and it has haunted me ever since. Though no one put a gun to my head and I did not even see a knife, the experience was shocking. What I, like most Americans who have never been on a battlefield, suddenly realized is there will be a lot of fighting long after the war with Iraq is over. Robert "Tunk" Martin, Edgefield, S.C.

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On March 15, your paper ran an editorial, "Rowland for sheriff." The writer of the article implied our law-enforcement agency hoped that he (Rowland) is elected. Pete Frommer, Aiken, S.C.

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The Aiken County Association of Fire Chiefs publicly endorsed Mike Hunt for sheriff of Aiken County on March 5. One might ask, what is the link between the association of fire chiefs and a sheriff's candidate? Mark Key, New Ellenton, S.C.

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We want to add our support for Jody Rowland to be elected the next sheriff of Aiken County. I am sure all the candidates truly want to be sheriff, but higher education, experience, qualifications and proven leadership rank Jody Rowland the superior choice to hold such an honorable office. We do not want to let campaign promises that are not obtainable without exorbitant tax increases "muddy" the water. Sheran and Tom Proctor, North Augusta, S.C.

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On March 25 residents of Aiken County have the opportunity to vote for Jody Rowland for sheriff in the Republican primary. Henry E. Holley, Aiken, S.C.

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On March 25 we have a choice of voting for the next sheriff of Aiken County. Having lived here for the last 50 years, and Aiken having been so good to me, I would like to make a contribution to all citizens of Aiken County, and all persons passing through Aiken, by casting my vote for Michael Hunt to be our next sheriff of Aiken County. Joe B. Babb, Aiken, S.C.

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I am responding to the editorial on smoking that was printed on Feb. 17 ("Time for smoke ban?"). I totally agree to a smoking ban in restaurants in the Augusta area. I disagree with nothing that this editorial had to say. Jake Storm, Evans, Ga.

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When I consider a candidate for Aiken County sheriff, I look at moral character and relevant education and experience. I don't know all the candidates personally; they all appear to have some of these traits. Brent Rankin, North Augusta, S.C.

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Isn't it amazing that there are so many people who oppose the war with Iraq? I really have to laugh, especially when noticing the colleges with kids/adults holding signs - peaceful or not - protesting the war. The Rev. Todd Upchurch, Dearing, Ga.

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I've known both of the Republican candidates for Aiken County sheriff for well over 20 years. During this time, including my 13 years as the Jackson chief of police, I've had an opportunity to assess their strengths and weaknesses. In my opinion, Lt. Mike Hunt of the Aiken Department of Public Safety is the best candidate. Dennis N. Rushton, Jackson, S.C.

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As busy as President George W. Bush is, he has already gotten back with me regarding a letter I wrote to him about my organization, The America's Dialysis, Diabetic, Senior Citizen Club. Jimmie W. Barton, Langley, S.C.

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Two recent events have helped me decide for whom I will vote in the Aiken County sheriff's race. The first was Mike Hunt's admission in a recent newspaper story that he and his campaign are working with the Irish Travelers. Douglas E. Morris, North Augusta, S.C.

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This letter is in support of Mike Hunt, a Republican candidate for sheriff of Aiken County. Mike Hunt is a fine Christian man who exhibits qualities needed to be sheriff. Elizabeth B. Barranco, North Augusta, S.C.

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Discreetly dispose of sweetener packets

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Dear Carson: I have a table etiquette question. Most restaurants have their sweeteners, including sugar, in paper packets. What do you do with the empty paper packets? It always looks so messy just laying on the table and most of the time the waiters and waitresses neglect to pick them up. - Paper Piles

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Sondra Ramsey of Evans is a true "foodie." "I like to cook, and I like to eat," she said.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - On weekday afternoons, 104-year-old Laura Keeble sits in her nursing home room, content to watch Oprah Winfrey on television.

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Roy Kirkland had buying an antebellum home in mind while surfing the Internet about four years ago.

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As a teen, Kathy Cawley delivered holiday turkeys to the disabled, working alongside volunteers organized by the Rev. Jerry Taylor, founder of Community Outreach Program for the Handicapped.

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After the Academy Award presenters rip open the envelopes containing the names of the winners tonight, they'll go backstage and find sealed envelopes of their own buried in the traditional goody baskets waiting for them. Each envelope will hold a gift certificate for a piece of furniture named after an earlier Oscar winner: an $840 leather side table from Thomasville Furniture's new Bogart Collection.

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Christian author Robert Elmer wrote his first story, A Way Through the Sea, for his three children.

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Dr. Joseph Bennett of North High Shoals, Ga., will give a historical sketch of Augusta benefactress Emily Tubman at 11 a.m. Sunday at First Christian Church, 629 Greene St.

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If you use fresh herbs in your cooking, but don't like having to throw away the leftovers, Gard'n Fresh has the solution.

ECHL honors past in face of future

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Led by former Lynx goalie Colin Zulianello, who posted consecutive shutouts last week, the Charlotte Checkers are on a 9-0-1 run to climb into a tie for second in the Northwest Division. The Checkers were stuck in sixth place in mid-February. Zulianello, who was 6-10-1 with a 3.50 goals-against average for the Lynx, is 5-1-1, 2.21 for the Checkers.

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A case of cold beer was delivered to the Augusta Lynx dressing room for a job well done Saturday night.

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There were the forwards with extra jump in their legs, buzzing around with the puck in the Greenville zone, driving hard to the net.

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It's all about the future these days in the East Coast Hockey League.

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STAR OF THE GAME: Rookie defenseman Ryan Crane scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime.

Slapshots

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Looking to restore the luster to what minority owner Mark Vieira called a "tarnished" franchise, the Augusta Lynx have hired 35-year hockey veteran and former National Hockey League coach Larry Kish to be the team's president and general manager.

Lynx plan changes

Lynx gain more ground

National answers Perdue's remarks

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ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue doesn't need a mulligan when it comes to his statement about Augusta National Golf Club's exclusion of women. He's happy with his first shot.

Across South Carolina

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CAMP VIPER, Iraq - Augusta's 319th Transportation Company crossed the Iraqi border in darkness early today, arriving at a new camp on a cold morning in an area that apparently has seen little combat.

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CAMP COYOTE, Kuwait - The 319th Transportation Company packed up camp and moved into the Iraqi desert early today.

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An Augusta man told deputies he was attacked by a man with a shovel. He was recovering Saturday.

Across the area

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -Storm runoff from last week's steady rain has caused several rivers in North Carolina to rise above flood stage and might have led to at least one death, officials said.

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Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

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The primary election for Aiken County sheriff will be Tuesday. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Johnny Elam of Augusta is today's subscriber of the day.

Health board is still divided

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AIKEN - A radio frequency switch by the Aiken County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, which leaves six outlying police departments deaf to sheriff's operations, has rural law enforcement angered, including one chief who says Sheriff Jody Rowland assured him the communication gap wouldn't occur.

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SPARTANBURG -A man already in jail after being accused of killing an Upstate woman last month has been charged with murder in the death of a librarian last September.

Forged checks lead to charges

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MACON -A man was shot to death and his friend was beaten with a gun as they got out of a car, police said Saturday.

Church holds peace vigil

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MARCH 23, 1913 Finding diplomacy and friendly conferences avail nothing, the Evangelical Ministers Association announced today that the association would ask for the indictment of every owner of a moving-picture house opening the doors to the public Sunday.

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Lawrence L. Whisnant of Augusta is today's subscriber of the day.

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Georgia's governor dodged paying a penalty, but a local political party didn't during Friday's meeting of the State Ethics Commission in Evans.

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The push to protect the two minority-held seats on the Aiken City Council could weaken the political clout of blacks across the city by creating a new, Republican-held district controlled by someone with less reason to listen to their concerns, political observers said.

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ATLANTA - Georgia's pupils - nearly a third of middle schoolers and more than a quarter of high school students - are too heavy, twice as many as the national figure, state health officials said Friday.

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On Saturday, the Sacred Heart Cultural Center contained something it has never had before - a reflecting pool in the center aisle.

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AIKEN - It was custom vs. comfort Saturday at Aiken's biggest meet-and-greet.

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Sunshine, skateboarders, vendors, music and arts and crafts.

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AIKEN - As an attorney and retired family court judge, Amy Sutherland has been on both sides of the bench with child custody cases.

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A chartered bus revved its engine Saturday morning outside the U.S. Army Reserve Center at Fort Gordon.

Frequency change irks police

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This time next year, Laney-Walker Boulevard will have the attractive landscaping of downtown's Greene Street and decorative streetlights like those that line Reynolds Street at Riverwalk Augusta.

Seventh YDC guard suspended

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The Rev. Mark Deaton said he believes that in order for nations such as Iraq and America to be at peace, religions and their worshippers must also be at peace.

Club owner disputes ordinance

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AIKEN - Anti-nuclear activists know that meetings this week might be the last opportunity to stop construction of a proposed mixed-oxide fuel production facility at Savannah River Site.

Activists fight bill on water transfers

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Across Georgia

Local mosque boosts security

Blacks' power in Aiken at risk

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COLUMBIA - Gov. Mark Sanford, the only governor in the nation with an active military obligation, packed up his office files Friday as he prepared to report for Air Force Reserve officer training this weekend.

Vehicles ruin newly resurfaced canal towpath

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The idea was to make the Augusta Canal towpath friendlier to joggers and bicyclists, but a sand-clay resurfacing mix applied two weeks ago isn't helping.

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Another guard at the Augusta Youth Development Campus has been suspended, making him the seventh officer at the long-term detention center for boys to be disciplined since mid-February.

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Dressed in matching black-and-white striped shirts, black berets and scarves, Kathleen Barbara and Danielle Hogan of Riverside Middle School have taken their fair share of ribbing for representing France in a mock version of a United Nations summit.

Ethics panel hears campaign grievances

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Mark Plagenhoef, an employee of Barry's Catering, lines up candelabra that will be placed on tables for the Aiken Spring Steeplechase's prerace dinner.

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Police arrested a Hephzibah man Friday who they say was banking on the fact that a dead man can't talk.

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COLUMBIA - Gov. Mark Sanford accused fellow Republicans in the GOP-controlled House of preventing his proposal to raise cigarette taxes and lower income taxes from getting a thorough debate.

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CAMP COYOTE, Kuwait - Roberto Cruz came to Kuwait looking for revenge.

Southern charm turns on for movie's casting call

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Wreckers attempt to tow an overturned truck on Bobby Jones Expressway at Interstate 20.

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AIKEN - It takes a long time to turn a dirt road into blacktop in Aiken County.

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ATLANTA - It's easy to miss Entrenchment Creek.

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CAMP COYOTE, Kuwait - The start of the ground war made for an exhausting night for the 319th Transportation Company at their camp in the northern Kuwaiti desert.

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ATLANTA - With the war in Iraq capturing the attention of the nation, Gov. Sonny Perdue's campaign promise to hold a vote on the state flag is expected to begin moving through the General Assembly this week.

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SAVANNAH, Ga. - Rule No. 1: Speak slowly, and elongate every word you say so that it sounds like it has three syllables.

GOP has edge in sheriff's race

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On the last business day that protesters could file an application for permission to demonstrate during the third round of this year's Masters Tournament, none was returned to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office on Friday.

Augusta's 319th takes big step into Iraq

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The owner of a south Augusta nightclub that started showcasing strippers nearly two months ago not only opened an adult entertainment establishment without the necessary city license, but also called police himself to let them know, sheriff's officers said in court Friday.

MOX debate continues

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Keeping in touch with loved ones at war is difficult, but some family members of soldiers in the 319th Transportation Company are finding ways to connect to their loved ones overseas.

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Shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Islamic Society of Augusta became a target for vandals.

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ATLANTA -Athena Lao, a 13-year-old seventh-grader, is one of the best spellers in the state, taking top honors Friday in the Georgia State Spelling Bee.

Ex-judge develops guardian training

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Even putting forth nominations for new members brings out the division in a board governing a troubled Augusta mental health center.

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Jack Nicklaus hemmed and hawed and filibustered and postponed - again. The decision on whether he will play in his 43rd Masters Tournament this year will have to wait for one more test.

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ORLANDO, Fla. - In the grand tradition of knee-jerk reactions, let me be the first to declare golf's newest rivalry.

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BRISTOL, Tenn. - David Green set a track record at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday to win the pole for a Busch Series race.

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BRISTOL, Tenn. - Based on time trials, nobody has a chance to catch Ryan Newman in today's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Survival is key for Bristol race

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MANASSAS, Va. -- Lawyers for sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad asked a judge Friday for permission to hire a mental health expert and investigators to look into their client's background.

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DENVER -- For the first time since a sexual assault scandal broke within the Air Force Academy, civilian authorities are investigating an allegation, a prosecutor said Saturday.

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TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- A small civilian airplane crashed Saturday during an air show, killing its pilot. No one on the ground was injured.

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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- A judge Friday ordered cigarette-maker Philip Morris to pay $10.1 billion for misleading smokers into believing its "light" cigarettes are less harmful than regular labels.

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PHILADELPHIA -- Despite having the fifth-worst record in the Eastern Conference, the Atlanta Hawks seem unstoppable against the Philadelphia 76ers.

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ATLANTA -- Was it a block or was it a foul?

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- When Kentucky got to the locker room after another dominating performance, a message awaited them on the board: "5 More."

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Notre Dame's Mike Brey believes he is the luckiest man left in Indianapolis.

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TAMPA, Fla. - Too exhausted to talk, let alone walk, Tim Smith was motionless, curled on his side atop the trainer's table in the locker room.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Rick Majerus still reminisces about the hug from Ashley Judd. Ahh.

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma got by without its best player. Kansas survived a scare against a No. 15 seed.

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SALT LAKE CITY - Those ever-lovin' Zags almost did it again, this time in a double-overtime thriller against top-seeded Arizona.

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With viewers drawn to war coverage, the first two nights of the NCAA Tournament had TV audiences roughly a quarter smaller than last year.

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Mrs. Billie Reid (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Alexander (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Fred Ruff (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Margie Scott (ALEXANDER, Ga.)

Mr. Joe Hodges Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Herbert ONeal Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Geneva Edenfield (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Virginia Sharo (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mrs. Josephine Colbert (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lynwood Harvey (ALBANY, Ga.)

Mr. Ed Ritchie Jr. (EHRHARDT, S.C.)

Mr. Terry Perdue (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Julie Busby (QUEEN CREEK, Ariz.)

Miss Martha Harrison (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Foster Key Sr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. William Marcho (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Reese (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Louise Williams (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Frances Banks (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah Middleton (EHRHARDT, S.C.)

Mr. Doy Fulcher Sr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Lura Stewart (JACKSON, S.C.)

Dea. Daniel Lewis (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Reese (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Margie Scott (ALEXANDER, Ga.)

Dea. Daniel Lewis (AIKEN)

Mr. Melvin Holley (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Grover Kennedy Jr. (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Dallas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Agnes Edney (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mr. Ashley Abel (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

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Mrs. Lillian Hooper (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Lokey Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

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AIKEN - To say Rob Massey's horse didn't have a snowball's chance to win the featured race at the Aiken Spring Steeplechase would be somewhat of a stretch.

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Friday, May 16-Sunday, May 18: The 14th annual Southeastern Traditional Championships at Robin Hood Archery Club in Elberton, Ga. For more information, call John Hood at (706) 746-9987.

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Freshman Micah Owings homered and drove in four runs, and Eric Patterson had three hits and three RBI to lead Georgia Tech (19-2, 2-0) to a 12-4 victory over Maryland on Saturday in Atlanta.

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Andy Roddick never lost his serve but almost lost his opening match at the Nasdaq-100 Open.

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USC Aiken's junior center fielder, Ashley Farr, was named Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week. The selection is the ninth in school history and second for Farr in two years.

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - Andre Agassi earned the victory. Michael Chang settled for a curtain call.

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Last year, 42,000 Georgia hunters harvested more than 27,000 gobblers.

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All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations might be required.

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Joseph Mole of Louisville, Ga., vanquished competitors from across the country last weekend to win the 2003 U.S. Open Turkey Call Championship in Atlanta.

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A 14-year-old moratorium on striped bass fishing in the Savannah River could be reconsidered as early as next year, according to the marine fisheries director for Georgia's Coastal Resources Division.

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Although the Glenn Hills girls basketball team lost in the Georgia Class AAAA state semifinals this season, that apparently didn't take any of the luster off senior guard Marian Whitfield.

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Christian author Robert Elmer wrote his first story, A Way Through the Sea, for his three children.

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The Faith and Fellowship Calendar is a roundup of church- and temple-based activities in the Augusta and Aiken area. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. E-mail items to vanorton@augustachronicle.com; send a fax to 722-7403; or mail to Faith and Fellowship, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - On weekday afternoons, 104-year-old Laura Keeble sits in her nursing home room, content to watch Oprah Winfrey on television.

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Dr. Joseph Bennett of North High Shoals, Ga., will give a historical sketch of Augusta benefactress Emily Tubman at 11 a.m. Sunday at First Christian Church, 629 Greene St.

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As a teen, Kathy Cawley delivered holiday turkeys to the disabled, working alongside volunteers organized by the Rev. Jerry Taylor, founder of Community Outreach Program for the Handicapped.

Faxon presses on as Els fades away at Bay Hill

It's really a no-brainer: Bear belongs in Augusta

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PALESTINE, Texas -- The discovery this week of the space shuttle's data recorder has boosted the spirits of the thousands of searchers who have been frustrated at finding only shreds of tile and metal.

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TOKYO -- In the grimy, run-down district of Tokyo called Takadanobaba, store owners are hoping a doe-eyed, diminutive comic book hero will bring them a business boom.

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NEW YORK -- To Annemarie Cooke, the world looks somewhat like an Impressionist painting. Details and colors are washed out, and anything beyond arm's length is almost impossible to make out.

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistan is launching a cybercrimes unit, partly because it had to rely on U.S. investigators to trace e-mails sent by the kidnappers of slain journalist Daniel Pearl.

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NEW YORK -- Breaking up their usual flow of commercials, broadcasters sometimes air so-called public service announcements.

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NEW YORK -- CNN said Friday that its reporters have been expelled from Baghdad by the Iraqi government.

Readers' choice

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ATHENS, Ga. - Jessica Pierce's mother would have been proud.

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ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia officials are looking into further allegations of improprieties in the men's basketball program, this time involving a high school recruit.

Georgia women easily advance

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ATHENS, Ga. -- LSU got six runs out of seven hits in the top of the first inning and never looked back as the Tigers cruised to a 12-5 victory against Southeastern Conference rival Georgia Friday.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina coach Lou Holtz crouched close to the ground, his fingers rhythmically twitching in anticipation - and not just because his Gamecocks began spring drills Friday.

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SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea on Saturday canceled economic talks scheduled for next week, accusing South Korea of raising tensions on the Korean Peninsula by putting its military on heightened alert.