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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.

Godwin nearly pitcher perfect

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

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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.

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.

Atlanta rookie ready to join rotation

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

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

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Glossophobia runs rampant in America.

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

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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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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.

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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.

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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 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."

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

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.

Raise cigarette tax

Pass child protection

Acts of faith

Hootie vs. the guv

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

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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.

Yellow Jackets coach is a believer

Georgia Tech tries to simplify offense

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

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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.

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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.

Humbled Jaguars try to defend title

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

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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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- 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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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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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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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 -- 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Discreetly dispose of sweetener packets

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

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

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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.

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

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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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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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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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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.

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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.

Slapshots

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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.

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

Lynx gain more ground

Lynx plan changes

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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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.

Forged checks lead to charges

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

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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.

Ex-judge develops guardian training

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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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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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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.

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

Frequency change irks police

Across the southeast

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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.

MOX debate continues

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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.

Augusta's 319th takes big step into Iraq

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

Church holds peace vigil

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

Across Georgia

Across Georgia

Across South Carolina

National answers Perdue's remarks

Blacks' power in Aiken at risk

Ethics panel hears campaign grievances

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

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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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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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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.

Vehicles ruin newly resurfaced canal towpath

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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.

Club owner disputes ordinance

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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.

Southern charm turns on for movie's casting call

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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.

Across the area

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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.

Activists fight bill on water transfers

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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.

GOP has edge in sheriff's race

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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.

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Local mosque boosts security

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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.

Seventh YDC guard suspended

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ATLANTA - It's easy to miss Entrenchment Creek.

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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.

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Health board is still divided

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Jeanette Shelton (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Dea. Daniel Lewis (AIKEN)

Mrs. Ora Holmes (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Willie Dallas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alex Mayes, Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C)

Maj. John DeLeeuw Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mr. Leroy Mims Jr. (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Carrie Warren (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alex Mayes Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Jeanette Shelton (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Carol Huckabone (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Geneva Edenfield (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Josephine Colbert (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ora Holmes (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Carol Huckabone (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Billie Reid (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Banks (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Lillian Widener (SWANSEA, S.C.)

Mrs. Margie Scott (ALEXANDER, Ga.)

Mr. William Marcho (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Stewart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Maj. John DeLeeuw Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Margie Scott (ALEXANDER, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Fred Ruff (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Agnes Edney (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Alexander (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Martha Harrison (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Carrie Nabritt-Williams (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

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

Mr. Robert Murray Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Sara Segars (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Freeman (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Moore (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Leroy Mims, Jr. (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Malcolm Fanning (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Futch (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ruby Hutto (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harold Hensley Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Sgt. Arthur Becton Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Virginia Sharo (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mr. Lynwood Harvey (ALBANY, Ga.)

Mrs. Julie Busby (QUEEN CREEK, Ariz.)

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Area sports announcments

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

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

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

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

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

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

Readers' choice

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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.

Georgia women easily advance

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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.

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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.