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Robert B. Parker and his fictional private eye, Spenser, have been seeing plenty of 30s lately.

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Recent books by journalist Bob Woodward and former White House speechwriter David Frum suggest that the terrorist strikes on New York and Washington transformed President Bush and gave a focus to his administration. Michael Lind forcefully denies this.

Barnwell bests Silver Bluff, 3-1

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PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - Coming off a five-goal win against the No. 10 team in Class AA last week, Barnwell soccer coach Arvie Bennett expects the Warhorses to play like an upper-echelon squad.

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CINCINNATI -- Pete Rose turned down an invitation to be Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken's guest when the Reds open their new stadium next week.

Have a problem? Don't complain - patch it up!

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SANTA FE, N.M. -- Believers in space aliens, rejoice!

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Although Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox has not made it official yet, his roster is virtually set.

Few questions linger as season approaches

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- With his command of the strike zone and the movement on his pitches, rookie lefty Horacio Ramirez is a perfect fit for the Atlanta Braves.

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Donzell McDonald is used to the strange looks and the jokes. After all, he's a baseball player wearing No. 76.

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - It has not been a spring of many smiles for Atlanta Braves pitcher Paul Byrd, but after pitching two innings Monday against a minor league squad, he offered a satisfied grin.

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox calls the last week of spring training "the nervous days."

Byrd fares well in latest outing

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - New York Mets pitcher Tom Glavine laughed at a report that he's unhappy with his new team.

Players await Cox's decision

Glavine enjoys new life with Mets

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Like suitors preparing for a first date, Augusta Showcase organizers are putting final details together for companies visiting during Masters Week.

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NEW YORK -- War euphoria wore off on Wall Street Monday as investors realized that Operation Iraqi Freedom might not be so quick after all. The Dow Jones industrials gave back more than 300 points after its best week in two decades.

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NEW YORK -- The start of war has spurred many U.S. companies to tighten office and plant security, curtail employee travel, cancel conferences and review backup systems.

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Guests dive into the plates of sample sandwiches at the grand opening of a Boar's Head deli at Smoak's Bakery on Walton Way. The deli will offer a variety of Boar's Head meats and cheeses.

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WASHINGTON - CSX Corp. paid Chief Executive John Snow a lump sum of $60.8 million when he resigned last month to become U.S. Treasury secretary, according to a regulatory filing Monday.

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Q: I collect airline frequent-flier miles, including some with a credit card that offers miles for my charges. But with all the turmoil in the industry - reduced flight schedules, slashed capacity on many routes and carrier bankruptcies - are such miles still very valuable?

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NEW YORK - Money is a part of everyday life, but very few people - especially parents - are comfortable talking about it.

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LONDON -- Oil prices surged Monday on market fears the Iraq war might take longer than some anticipated and because ethnic unrest was disrupting supplies from Nigeria.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Joe Theismann was headed to North Carolina State before he changed his mind and chose Notre Dame.

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Augusta businesses that cater to the Masters are trying to determine how much business might be off due to expected protests next month. And government officials are spending time and money planning to accommodate the protesters with, we might add, varying levels of appreciation by the protest organizers.

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Vote for sheriff

A real red flag

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This is an important day for Aiken County. Voters begin electing a new sheriff. Our choice in the primaries is interim GOP Sheriff Jody Rowland. He has way more education and experience than the others. But whether Aiken Countians agree or not, they should make time to cast an informed ballot for their choice.

Show them Augusta

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Believe it or not, there's more going on in Washington than the Iraqi crisis. Recently President Bush unveiled his long-awaited Medicare reform package - and it's a doozy.

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Documentary maker Michael Moore, so cocksure he has the market cornered on morality, also seems to think he's got the surest grip on reality.

Pass Medicare reform

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Despite opposition from the business and tourist industries across the state, legislation on Gov. Sonny Perdue's proposal for a referendum on the Georgia state flag is being discussed in the House this week.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Opera announced it would cut more than $5 million - much of it from programming and production - in a continuing effort to shrink its operating costs.

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NEW YORK - Stung by a three-year bear market, many investors are turning to mutual funds that promise they won't lose money. But financial advisers caution the principal-protected funds are loaded with expenses and restrictions that could unduly hurt returns.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. - Denny's restaurant - long famous for its speedy Grand Slam with eggs, bacon, sausage and pancakes - is branching out into gourmet territory.

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - Nothing comes easy on the road for Georgia Tech, not this season.

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ATLANTA --Steven Blackwood hit a grand slam and drove in six runs as Georgia Tech unleashed an 18-hit attack and scored in every inning to complete a three-game sweep of Maryland 20-6 on Sunday.

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Ishma'il Muhammad has never lacked confidence.

Jackets hang on for win

Hard work has paid off for Muhammad, Jackets

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Arnold Palmer said goodbye to the Masters Tournament last year, but there's nothing that says he can't say goodbye all over again.

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SANTO DA SERRA, Madeira Islands -- Bradley Dredge of Wales won his first European tour title Sunday, capturing the Madeira Island Open by eight strokes.

Augusta State looks to regain focus

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Tiger Woods barely had enough strength late Sunday afternoon to slip on the dark-blue blazer that goes to the Bay Hill Invitational winner.

Augusta State fails to defend E-Z-GO title

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Take away that tee shot Tiger Woods hooked into the tennis courts at Riviera and he might be 4-for-4 since his return to the PGA Tour.

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STATESBORO, Ga. - Wake Forest did what Augusta State couldn't: put three good rounds together.

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Oliver Wilson walked quietly down the 16th fairway at Forest Heights Country Club on Sunday with his eyes focused on the grass below.

Pair of eagles push Pak's win

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PHOENIX - Se Ri Pak needed a big start to beat Annika Sorenstam, and she got it with a pair of front nine eagles. On a course where birdies came in bunches, though, it took a scrambling par to clinch her win.

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CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar -- Saddam Hussein is using guerrilla tactics to snarl the coalition advance, putting elite fighters in civilian clothes, duping U.S. troops with fake surrenders and employing human shields, U.S. and British officials say.

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. military leaders said Sunday they expect fighting in Iraq to intensify as coalition forces advance toward Baghdad, facing increased resistance from Saddam Hussein's troops and their possible use of chemical or biological weapons.

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KUWAIT CITY -- A U.S. soldier most likely acted out of resentment Sunday when he threw grenades into tents at a 101st Airborne Division command center, killing a fellow serviceman, an Army spokesman said.

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NEW YORK -- A day after massive anti-war rallies attracted thousands across the nation - including more than 100,000 people in a march down Broadway - hundreds of people gathered in Times Square and other cities Sunday to show support for the war in Iraq.

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BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq claimed Monday that it shot down two Apache helicopters and was holding the pilots prisoner. U.S. Gen. Tommy Franks said two pilots were missing in action.

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. forces on Sunday pressed to find the first cache of Saddam Hussein's chemical and biological weapons, seizing a suspected chemical factory in southern Iraq and checking other sites based on leads from captured Iraqis and documents.

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Aiming for Saddam Hussein's seat of power, U.S.-led warplanes and helicopters attacked Republican Guard units defending Baghdad on Monday while ground troops advanced to within 50 miles of the Iraqi capital. President Bush put a $75 billion price tag on a down payment for the war.

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AN NASIRIYAH, Iraq -- U.S.-led forces suffered their worst casualties of the war Sunday in two bloody battles near An Nasiriyah that raged for hours before Iraqi resistance was vanquished. Marines said they would move around the city rather than march through it on the road to Baghdad.

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military is moving quickly to interrogate more than 2,000 Iraqi POWs - including two generals - for information about the location of chemical and biological weapons.

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BAGHDAD, Iraq -- With U.S.-led forces closing in on Baghdad, a composed Saddam Hussein tried to rally his people and his troops with a stirring address Monday in which he vowed that allied forces would be crushed and "victory will be ours soon."

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DERBY, Kan. -- The half brother of a Kansas soldier held captive in Iraq said he wants the United States to finish the war "as fast as possible" so his brother can come home.

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Allied forces confronted a shaken but combative foe in their advance through southern Iraq on Sunday, suffering more combat deaths and the first U.S. prisoners of war. They declared the invasion on target but it was increasingly bloody for the coalition.

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CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar -- U.S.-led coalition forces are making "rapid and in some cases dramatic" progress in Iraq but also have met sporadic resistance, U.S. commander Gen. Tommy Franks said Monday.

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WASHINGTON -- President Bush demanded Sunday that American troops held captive in Iraq be treated humanely, warning that Iraqis who do otherwise will be punished as war criminals.

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. helicopters have begun attacking Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard forces arrayed around Baghdad, a Pentagon official said Monday.

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Text of President Bush's remarks Sunday on the war in Iraq. He spoke to reporters upon returning to the White House from Camp David. The transcription was provided by the White House:

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WASHINGTON -- The strategy of a "shock and awe" air war will have worked if the Iraqis surrender Baghdad without a fight, the author who helped coin the expression to describe the U.S.-led campaign in Iraq said Saturday.

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NEAR KARBALA, Iraq -- The Army's 3rd Infantry Division dashed north Monday toward the Shiite holy city of Karbala, only 50 miles south of Baghdad, but was stalled by a sandstorm that blew out of the desert.

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DOHA, Qatar -- Looking by turns frightened or stoical, five captured U.S. soldiers were thrust in front of an Iraqi TV microphone and peppered with questions Sunday. The footage also showed at least four bodies.

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LONDON -- A British soldier was killed in combat in southern Iraq on Monday, the first British combat death since the war began, the Ministry of Defense said.

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CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar -- A U.S. Patriot missile battery shot down a British fighter plane Sunday near the Iraqi border with Kuwait, killing the two fliers on board, the British military said.

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WASHINGTON -- President Bush is confronting the costs of the Iraq war in lives and dollars, grieving for lost civilians and soldiers while telling lawmakers it will cost at least $70 billion to fight Baghdad.

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WASHINGTON -- Specially trained paramilitary guerrillas and Saddam Hussein's security forces are leading the stiffest resistance to the U.S.-led invasion, trying to keep Iraqi soldiers from surrendering and organizing battlefield tricks that have inflicted casualties, U.S. and British officials said Sunday.

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FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- When Sgt. Asan Akbar was taken into custody on suspicion of killing a fellow serviceman with a grenade, an Army spokesman said he may have acted out of resentment. But where such bitterness may have come from remains a mystery.

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WASHINGTON -- The State Department protested Sunday that Russian companies sold sensitive military equipment to Iraq in the run-up to U.S.-led war against Saddam Hussein's regime.

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We dismiss a temporary solution as a Band-Aid approach, but, more and more it appears, that's the way we're going with "patch" medications.

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An Army sergeant being detained on suspicion of throwing a grenade that killed one soldier and wounded 15 others received some training at Fort Gordon, an installation spokeswoman said.

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As a retired medical oncologist from the Medical College of Georgia and University Hospital, I want to support the tobacco user-fees increase proposed by Gov. Sonny Perdue (House Bill 379). Leonard H. Brubaker, M.D., Augusta

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Recently I saw downtown Augusta through the eyes of visitors to the city. I left that experience with a deep appreciation for what Augusta leaders have done in revitalizing downtown. Carlene Murphy, Augusta

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The government is not the same as the people - unfortunately, very seldom. The United States is my adopted country and though I have done many very smart things in my life, the smartest was to get here. I love this country and its wonderful people. Dr. Bela Vitez, Aiken, S.C.

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After watching the Georgia Department of Transportation blundering on I-20 for the past several years, I realized that the situation was not as comical as I first thought. John Sullivent, Harlem, Ga.

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Once again U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., has shown his true colors. Willis Clifton, Martinez, Ga.

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This whole argument about the Masters Tournament and the women's demonstration is tiresome and was unnecessary. When Augusta National Golf Club Chairman Hootie Johnson got the letter from the National Council of Women's Organizations Chairwoman Martha Burk, he should have either tossed it or sent her a note saying "good idea, we'll think it over." Instead, he sends her an in-your-face challenge through the press. This is perfect. Now she has a public issue she can play on and on. She doesn't want to just demonstrate; she wants television cameras, and they will be there at the end of Magnolia Lane. James M. Stone, Aiken, S.C.

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I write regarding an issue of great concern to me - upcoming pension reform legislation. Amanda R. Lang, Augusta

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North Augusta City Council elections are approaching; on April 29 your vote will count. I want to address an issue in the world of politics. Lettye L. Smith, North Augusta, S.C.

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The protests to be held in Augusta over the Masters weekend should be stopped. An all-male organization has every right to remain that way. And the guests who plan to attend this event should in no way be unconvinced to visit this event. They are paying a dear price already, especially the ones from out of town. Fred Frantum, Aiken, S.C.

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I agree with Janice McNair's March 17 letter, "Underpowered NOAA weather radio system needs updating." She addressed the miserable state our National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration alert system is in. Mrs. A. E. Waters, Hephzibah, Ga.

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The carpetbaggers are back, except they are now called the National Council of Women's Organizations. They are armed with laws they have gotten passed and legal attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union to threaten businesses with needless lawsuits, and a preacher to make it sound right. The Rev. Grady Brown, Augusta

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If the allegations that we have heard involving the University of Georgia basketball program are true, firing assistant Coach Jim Harrick Jr. was the right thing to do. As the head coach of the basketball team, it is the responsibility of his father, Jim Harrick Sr., to know what is going on with his players, and his suspension was also justified. Jack Liebowitz, Augusta

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Recently the Augusta Symphony, together with the Augusta Choral Society, presented two performances of Verdi's Requiem. They, together with their sponsors, gave the Central Savannah River Area a musical experience of the first magnitude. Vernon Johnson, Mesena, Ga.

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Of the 122 entries received for this year's Augusta Chronicle Oscar contest, six entrants tied entertainment writer Steven Uhles with four of six categories correct and two, Richard Menger of Augusta and Angela Meyers of Augusta, beat him with five out of six.

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What's in your purse? What about your wallet?

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Lynx make push for playoff position

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Should the Augusta Lynx reach the East Coast Hockey League playoffs, players and coaches stand to reap the rewards.

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Pee Dee Pride at Augusta Lynx, Tuesday 7:05 p.m.

Lynx Gamenight

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CAMP VIPER, Iraq - Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan Fields parked his Humvee on a strip of asphalt and sat waiting for two Marine Chinook helicopters to move out ahead of him.

Race pulls in former sheriff

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ATLANTA -- A move to tighten protection against identity theft moved ahead Monday when a Georgia House committee voted to require merchants to partially remove credit card numbers from receipts.

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Residents in the Chukker Creek Farms neighborhood are anxiously awaiting Tuesday's unveiling of the preferred route for a connector between Whiskey and Silver Bluff roads.

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AIKEN - Aiken County school officials are facing the hard truth of being forced to operate with $12 million less than expected for the next school year, almost twice as much they thought they were going to lose a month ago.

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An Augusta man who saw his stolen truck being driven on Bobby Jones Expressway late Saturday helped police nab the suspect, according to authorities.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- When former Gov. Carroll Campbell asked Fred Carter to join his staff in 1987, he wasn't sure he wanted to leave a comfortable job as head of the political science department at the College of Charleston.

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ST. MARYS, Ga. - Rick Vanderpool has Georgia on his mind - along with Texas, Florida and the remaining 47 states. But for now, Georgia is Mr. Vanderpool's focus.

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Today's subscriber of the day is Russell Blodgett of Martinez.

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ATHENS -Three men have been arrested in a shooting spree that followed the death of a 20-year-old man.

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EASLEY -A Pickens County man has been charged in the shooting deaths of his wife and son.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Some South Carolina police departments are scrambling to keep up with the loss of officers called to duty by the National Guard and military services as the war on Iraq escalates.

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THIS IS A RANT for all those out there who won't stand up for President Bush. He is doing a great job and deserves America's support.

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MARCH 24, 1923 Preparations are under way to put on an extensive fly campaign in Augusta - a campaign that will make the city practically free of flies.

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ATLANTA - The Georgia General Assembly might get to have it both ways when lawmakers vote today on Gov. Sonny Perdue's midyear budget request.

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ATLANTA -- The Senate unanimously passed a bill Monday that would stiffen penalties for the sale or possession of methamphetamines.

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ATLANTA - It's easy to miss Entrenchment Creek.

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CONWAY -Prosecutors across the state pushed Monday for passage of a law they said would level the playing field in criminal cases.

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THIS IS A RANT for all those out there who won't stand up for President Bush. He is doing a great job and deserves America's support.

Across South Carolina

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Ron Cross was a little surprised by the show of hands: More than a dozen of the 50 or so people at Monday night's town hall meeting said they would support Columbia County's helping to pay for a new arena in Augusta.

Teen mom's baby ingests meth

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NORTH AUGUSTA - A popular restaurant known for its country cooking was apparently torched by burglars during the weekend, forcing it to close for at least three weeks, officials said.

Across the southeast

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This Masters Week, protesters won't be the only ones hitting the pavement outside Augusta National Golf Club.

Activists fight bill on water transfers

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A teenage mother was arrested Sunday after doctors told police that her sick baby had methamphetamines in her system, authorities said.

Capitol sets vote on fiscal measure

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THESE DEMONSTRATORS against President Bush and our coalition should be treated as traitors. When war is over, demonstration is fine. But during a time of war, we must stick together.

All things 'Georgia' are shown in collage

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ATLANTA -- After calling for mandatory meningitis shots for college students, Georgia lawmakers are backing off and saying only that students should be warned of the risks of not getting a vaccine.

Across Georgia

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ATLANTA -- The Georgia Supreme Court threw out a death sentence Monday against Gary Chad Thomason, a burglar convicted of killing a Rome businessman.

Detained 101st sergeant trained at Fort Gordon

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CAMP VIPER, Iraq - With truck tires and helicopter blades kicking up sand, Camp Viper is seemingly in a never-ending dust storm.

House demands Chicks apology

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ATLANTA -- Government workers and history buffs are trying to find Georgia's 2,000 roadside historical markers, some of which have disappeared or been damaged.

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AIKEN - A safety board review says the failure of a piece of equipment this month at Savannah River Site is cause for concern.

Man set for execution maintains innocence

Lack of funds delay I-20 work

Across Georgia

Across the area

Residents vary about arena

Valve failure raises safety board issues

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AIKEN - There's an unannounced, absentee candidate in today's special primary for Aiken County sheriff - the former sheriff, Howard Sellers.

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An article in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about North Augusta High School's baseball game against White Knoll contained incorrect information. Outfielder Madison Cochran did not commit an error.

Bar owners fail to sway vote for later hours

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THESE DEMONSTRATORS against President Bush and our coalition should be treated as traitors. When war is over, demonstration is fine. But during a time of war, we must stick together.

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One bad apple has spoiled the fun for a bunch of late night bars and restaurants in Aiken.

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Rain didn't seem to rattle the police academy recruits who were kneeling on wet pavement and showing how to perform a felony traffic stop.

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ATLANTA -- Some black Democrats say their party leaders - including some black legislators - have ignored key minority issues this year and forgotten some of the most loyal Democratic voters in Georgia.

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BARTOW, Fla. -An inmate facing kidnapping and other charges escaped from jail by posing as his cellmate, who was due to be released after posting $50,000 bail.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- In churches across the state Sunday, congregations discussed the need for war in Iraq and prayed for troops involved in the conflict.

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As a third-grade teacher, Connie Adams was known for sending problem pupils to timeout. These days, the retiree is known for her motivating ministry to inmates inside the Richmond County jail.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Higher education officials hope a new partnership to study health could represent a watershed moment in relations between the University of South Carolina and the state's historically black colleges.

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AIKEN - Even after an apology, one member of the South Carolina House would like to see some action from the Dixie Chicks.

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The trial of an Augusta man charged with fatally stabbing his live-in girlfriend began Monday with a dispute over who inflicted the wound.

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LOS ANGELES -- A South Carolina man entered surprise guilty pleas Monday to the 1957 killings of two California police officers and tearfully apologized.

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Columbia and Richmond County motorists can thank a lack of state funding for a delay of yet another Interstate 20 construction project, which had been set to begin as early as this summer.

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ATLANTA -- Larry Eugene Moon's attorneys say the state will be killing an innocent man if they go ahead with his execution by injection Tuesday.

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Fort Gordon's contributions are "very compelling" in the face of 2005 base closures, the head of all Army training programs and classes said Monday.

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INSURANCE Q & A QUESTION: What amount of homeowners insurance coverage should I buy for my home? How much is enough?

Legislature OKs budget

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ATLANTA -- The Legislature passed and sent to the governor Monday a midyear budget that uses reserves and heavy spending cuts to offset a $620 million shortfall and does not need new taxes to fund.

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ATLANTA - The General Assembly overwhelmingly adopted a midyear budget Monday that relies on leftover revenues, reserve funds and spending cuts to avoid raising taxes.

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Today's subscriber of the day is C.D. Nelson of Evans.

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ATLANTA -- The Georgia Supreme Court upheld a law Monday that freezes property taxes for longtime homeowners.

Correction

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U.S. Rep. Max Burns said it will take a major effort to protect Fort Gordon from the next round of military base closings.

Wound-infliction debate opens trial

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ATLANTA -The Georgia Supreme Court threw out a death sentence Monday against Gary Chad Thomason, a burglar convicted of killing a Rome businessman.

Across the area

House approves naming measure

Fort says Akbar trained at post

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ATLANTA - The Georgia House approved a measure Monday that would rename Augusta's River Watch Parkway after the lawmaker credited with getting the money to build it.

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Tyrone Butler, the executive director of the Augusta Mini-Theater, says budget cuts approved Monday by the General Assembly likely are just the beginning.

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Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams is cracking down on shopping cart thefts.

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An Army sergeant suspected of throwing grenades that killed one soldier and wounded 15 others in Kuwait received some training at Fort Gordon, a post spokeswoman said.

Stolen shopping carts litter city

Reduced funding to affect theater

Masters event permits OK'd by committee

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Muhammad Ali had his "Rope-a-dope." Steve Spurrier operated the "Fun 'n Gun." Tiger Woods has introduced a whole new strategy for success.

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LOS ANGELES -- Steve Martin and Queen Latifah are turning into squatters at the top of the box office.

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LOS ANGELES -- "Chicago" led the Academy Awards with six trophies, including best picture, at a ceremony Sunday that allowed Hollywood to exalt itself while muting the Oscar pageantry because of the U.S.-led war on Iraq.

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LOS ANGELES -- Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins drew the loudest cheers when they flashed matching peace signs after exiting their gasoline-electric hybrid car on Hollywood Boulevard at Sunday's Oscars.

Busch steers clear, gets victory

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BRISTOL, Tenn. - Kurt Busch talked of all the crashes he saw Sunday during the Food City 500 when something struck him: Just about every one he was around involved Robby Gordon.

Gordon gravitates toward wrecks

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BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Kurt Busch didn't need any bumping, banging or late-race dramatics. Good clean racing and a little luck was all it took to get him back into Bristol's winner's circle.

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SEPANG, Malaysia -- Now Kimi Raikkonen has a Formula One victory this season, joining David Coulthard. And Michael Schumacher? The five-time world champion has yet to contend.

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BRISTOL, Tenn. - The only dent on Kurt Busch's car Sunday was on the rear bumper. Compared to everyone else at the Food City 500, his Sharpie Ford was in mint condition.

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Michael Jordan hopes his latest criticism of his teammates will be enough to fuel the Washington Wizards through their key road trip.

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Michigan State lost the hotshot guard to Florida, but that's where the losing stopped.

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- When Kansans are asked to compare their proud basketball program with Duke's, the truth hurts.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A team of blue-collar kids with crew cuts from a tiny Indiana school beat a powerhouse in the big tournament.

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Butler is this year's tournament darling. The 12th-seeded Bulldogs advanced to the round of 16 for the first time in school history with a 79-71 stunner over Rick Pitino and fourth-seeded Louisville on Sunday.

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MANHATTAN, Kan. -- The opponent will be better and the setting more hostile when Notre Dame seeks its second straight upset in the NCAA women's basketball tournament.

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Close games, upsets, and new faces. The opening two rounds of the NCAA tournament gave fans everything they could want.

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STORRS, Conn. -- Connecticut looked unbeatable again, roaring back from its first loss in two years with a rout of Boston University.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- A day after his team was wiped out of the NCAA tournament, Florida coach Billy Donovan urged his critics to look at the big picture - or at least his interpretation of it.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- When it comes to making impressive drives at the NCAA tournament, it's hard to top the Cornette family.

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For all the profits and fun of the men's NCAA basketball tournament, too many players wind up with nothing more than memories.

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A year after not even being invited to the NCAA tournament, the Butler Bulldogs are all the rage.

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

Mrs. Mary Reese (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ora Holmes (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Lance Lanier (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Josephine Colbert (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lester Leopard (BATH, S.C.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Arena Stanley (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. B.J. McDaniel (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Arena Stanley (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Milton (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara Segars (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Chester Nelson (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Christopher Moore (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Conger (PENFIELD, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Woods-Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Faye Gladden (WILLISTON, S.C.)

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

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

Mr. James Pike (DAVISBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Lance Lanier (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Miss Martha Harrison (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Ola Braddy (STAPLETON, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Katherine Gorman (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Davis Black (OLAR, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Woods-Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Satcher (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Jessie Morris (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Graham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Barnwell bests Silver Bluff, 3-1

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PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - Coming off a five-goal win against the No. 10 team in Class AA last week, Barnwell soccer coach Arvie Bennett expects the Warhorses to play like an upper-echelon squad.

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USC Aiken stranded eight runners on base and managed only one run in a 5-1 loss to USC Spartanburg Sunday at J.H. Satcher Field.

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The war in Iraq reverberated across sports this weekend, from marathoners in Washington to national anthems at NHL games to military updates during TV coverage of the NCAA tournament.

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Bode Miller settled for silver in the giant slalom at the U.S. Alpine Championships on Monday in Lake Placid, N.Y., beaten by his friend and roommate Erik Schlopy.

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Lindsay Davenport strained her right hamstring and quit during her fourth-round match Monday against qualifier Marion Bartoli at the Nasdaq-100 Open.

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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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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Free agents Tod McBride and Twan Russell signed with the Atlanta Falcons on Monday.

At worst, Woods is better than most

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SEATTLE -- Parents, take note. Microsoft Corp. thinks it just may understand your teenagers.

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PDF files are the common currency of the computer age. They incorporate all elements of a document and allow it to be viewed across different computers.

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SINGAPORE -- Singapore's government on Monday ordered about 740 people who may have been exposed to victims of a mysterious flu-like illness to stay home for 10 days in a bid to contain the disease.

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For years, console fans have been waiting for the ultimate combat flight simulator.

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NEW YORK -- "The Sopranos" star James Gandolfini has dropped his lawsuit against HBO, resolving a contentious salary dispute that threatened the future of the Emmy-winning television series.

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NEW YORK -- Vivian Schiller makes it her mantra: "We are not a news network."

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ATHENS, Ga. -- Matt Liuzza broke a 2-2 tie with a leadoff home run in the ninth inning that carried LSU to a 3-2 victory over Georgia Sunday and a sweep of a three-game weekend series.

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ATHENS, Ga. -- Size matters, or does it?

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ATHENS, Ga. - Former University of Georgia quarterback John Rauch, who set a record for most career college passing yards, was selected to the College Football Hall of Fame on Monday.

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ATHENS, Ga. - Alexis Kendrick was in her element.

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Jocelyn Penn and Kelly Mazzante probably won't guard each other when fifth-seed South Carolina faces fourth-seed Penn State in the Mideast Regional's second round.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina starter Aaron Rawl is out indefinitely with a broken finger on his right hand, team officials said.

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Christina Ciocan spent most of the first half and a good deal of the second on the bench in foul trouble, so when she did get back into the game she made her remaining minutes count.

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Javi Herrera's grand slam in the bottom of the eighth Sunday afternoon gave Tennessee a 10-6 win against South Carolina and a sweep of the three-game series.

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Q: Do you smoke?

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It's pre-registration time and many students are considering which classes to take. One dilemma is whether to take an advanced placement class.

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New on video and DVD: Maid in Manhattan, starring Jennifer Lopez (right) as a hotel maid who poses as a socialite; director Brian DePalma's Femme Fatale, with Rebecca Romijn-Stamos as a jewel thief on the run from her former partners; and Ice Cube's Friday After Next, the third installment in the Friday series.

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Josh McKee, 19, is a senior at Harlem High School.

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Jennifer Taylor, 14, a freshman at T.W. Josey High School.

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Visit a virtual island that's designed specifically with young people in mind - CyberIsle. Developed by teens for teens, the Web site contains tons of health resources on topics as varied as menstruation, HIV and drug use.

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THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My best friend does everything that her boyfriend says, and she's only 14. He makes her take posters off her wall because he doesn't like them, and he says that she's disrespecting him. What should I do? - 15-year-old Augusta girl.

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Prom is the night that you're supposed to remember forever.

Weigh AP class decision carefully

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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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Pressured to love. When someone first hears this, they probably pass it off as an unintelligent remark. But maybe it's not that stupid.

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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.

Images of teenage love lurk in media, family

Bullied girl will need friend