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CINCINNATI -- The jet flew right over downtown on its approach to the airport, giving Cincinnati Reds players a spectacular view of their new ballpark.

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A quick trip around the bases for 2003, from A to Z:

Contest winner says toilet-cleaning job stinks

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ATLANTA - When a sinker-ball pitcher keeps the ball low in the strike zone, Atlanta Braves second baseman Marcus Giles said, he's going to win his share of ballgames.

Braves season schedule

Braves' future remains full of questions

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ATLANTA - Even after a terrible performance by Jason Marquison Monday, when he gave up 12 hits and 13 earned runs in a loss to Cleveland, Braves manager Bobby Cox insisted the 24-year-old was going to make the starting rotation.

Boston silences Atlanta

Braves' notebook

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ATLANTA - Atlanta pitcher Kevin Gryboski sat in front of his locker Friday afternoon, a few hours before the Braves' exhibition with the Boston Red Sox, flipping through a magazine.

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ATLANTA - For the Atlanta Braves, the difficult questions lie ahead. Will third baseman Vinny Castilla remind fans of Mathews and Horner - not Oberkfell and Presley - or will Mark DeRosa, who has teased the club for several years with his potential, settle into the hot corner?

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ATLANTA - Reporters gathered around Horacio Ramirez, who stood at attention and smiled as his dreams officially came true Saturday.

Braves finalize opening roster

Gryboski knows his role this year

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2003 Atlanta Braves schedule

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ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves placed pitcher Paul Byrd on the 15-day disabled list Friday because of a sore right elbow.

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NEW YORK -- Investors worried about a drawn-out war with Iraq sold stocks lower for the third straight day Friday. Tepid economic news added to the market's declines.

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WASHINGTON - Groups working to improve inner-city areas and housing for the poor need to do a better job of measuring their success, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Friday.

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Rosie the Riveter is sitting this one out.

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Employer spotlight: Fort Gordon

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ATLANTA - Should homebuilders and remodelers be licensed by the state?

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With its exposed plywood sheeting and unfinished deck, the 700-square-foot addition to the house at 3206 Hillis Road appears to be a work in progress.

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April 24: QuickBooks Pro 2003; by Sonia Gowen; 701 Greene Street, Suite 200; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Qualifies for A&A CPE Credit; $195 due at registration; continental breakfast and lunch provided; call Dawn M. Hatfield at 722-5337.

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A businessman leaves his hotel in Stockholm early one morning to catch a Scandinavian Airlines flight to Copenhagen for an important meeting. Arriving at Stockholm's airport, he realizes he left his ticket in his hotel room.

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LESTER, Ga. - Logger Mike Simpson used to enjoy his jaunts into the forests of southwestern Georgia, where he could make a decent living cutting 15-year-old pine trees and hauling them out of the woods.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Move over Do-It-Yourselfers. The Do-It-For-Mes are here.

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ATLANTA - Hundreds or thousands of Georgia workers could be cheated out of benefits and the state could be losing millions of dollars because some employers improperly treat their employees as independent contractors.

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Tracy Fowinkle has joined First Bank of Georgia as office manager of the bank's new First Bank Mortgage office in Celebration, Fla., which will serve the greater Orlando, Fla., area.

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WASHINGTON -- Consumer spending was flat in February - for the second straight month - as war uncertainties, job worries and higher energy prices made people more tightfisted.

Fountain-Cone

Georgia, Duke look to keep marching forward

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U.S. officials say the outcome of the war in Iraq is certain.

Why we fight

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Some of the peaceniks who served themselves up as "human shields" for Saddam Hussein are learning what a stupid idea that was. A few American anti-war activists have returned from their sojourn to Iraq totally shorn of their naivete.

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Georgia is finally on its way to joining the other 49 states with a child endangerment law. A bill passed unanimously this week by the state Senate calls for felony child endangerment charges to be filed against any adult whose conduct places a child in "imminent danger of death, bodily injury or mental injury."

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Protests are one thing. But illegal protests are another.

Shocked into reality

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Consider for a moment the various reasons that armies have been deployed in the course of human history.

Worthwhile risks

Trespass or treason?

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WASHINGTON -- The longer and nastier the war with Iraq gets, the harder it will be for President Bush to muster support from skeptical lawmakers for those big tax cuts he is seeking.

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Q: I haven't started my tax return yet, and the April 15 deadline is fast approaching. Should I prepare it myself or pay for a professional service?

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RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- Michelle Wie made her first cut Friday despite some bad reads on the green by her caddie. It was easy to forgive him, though, because it was her father.

Masters hopefuls watch bubble burst

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - We said goodbye, but Arnie says hello.

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Jack's coming back, Arnie's Army might march again, and the age limit might be gone at the Masters Tournament.

Engler recovers after fatal wreck

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Padraig Harrington had a sore hip caused by a bum ankle, couldn't hit the ball straight and wound up leading The Players Championship.

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Augusta's John Engler is home recuperating from Sunday's automobile accident that killed two people and left him hospitalized.

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RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - On a day when Annika Sorenstam struggled and a French player led the Kraft Nabisco, a long-hitting 13-year-old gave fans a glimpse into the future of women's golf.

Woods emerges from early funk

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Stephen Leaney and Trevor Immelman probably aren't going to like what they read Monday morning in the newspaper.

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - In his final event before he begins the quest for a record third consecutive Masters title, Tiger Woods is in position to win again.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Since the Atlanta Thrashers provided enough offense in front of Pasi Nurminen, the goalie wasn't about to complain about the 41 shots that came his way.

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Militias fighting in Iraqi towns, guerrillas attacking U.S. military convoys, the Republican Guard moving south to greet approaching coalition forces.

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CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar -- The United States stopped launching Tomahawk cruise missile over parts of Saudi Arabia after the kingdom complained that some of the weapons landed in the vast desert country, the U.S. Central Command said Saturday.

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CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar -- The U.S. Central Command denied Friday that it had underestimated Iraq's fighting ability but acknowledged that battlefield commanders may be seeing a "more precise" reality of resistance than headquarters.

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WASHINGTON -- America's battle plan for Baghdad is taking shape, with U.S. forces now in position to strike the Iraqi capital from nearly all sides - or to mount a siege and wait for Saddam Hussein's regime to fall to internal opposition.

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CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar -- Army Lt. Gen. John Abizaid is of Arab descent. He speaks fluent Arabic, is a Middle East scholar and professes that he "loves the Arab world."

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WASHINGTON -- Coalition forces control more than a third of Iraq's territory and 95 percent of its skies, the Pentagon's top general said Friday.

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WASHINGTON -- Seeking to maximize support for the war in Iraq, President Bush on Saturday issued a staunchly upbeat picture of the military campaign's progress and intensified his criticism of Saddam Hussein's regime.

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U.S. warplanes attacked Baghdad's defenders with bombs and strafing fire Saturday in a thunderous prelude to a ground assault. Iraqis inflicted a new danger on the allies - a deadly suicide attack - and threatened to kill Americans on U.S. soil.

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The biggest bombs dropped on Baghdad so far - two 4,700-pound "bunker busters" - struck a communications tower Friday in an intense U.S. bombardment. In the south, British officers said Iraqi fighters defending the besieged city of Basra fired on hundreds of civilians trying to flee.

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UMM QASR, Iraq -- Flanked by patrol boats and assault helicopters, the British supply ship Sir Galahad docked at the hard-won port of Umm Qasr on Friday, loaded with the first military shipment of relief aid for Iraqi citizens.

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WASHINGTON -- On the road to Baghdad, after suspiciously eyeing some Iraqis standing next to a pickup truck, battalion commander Philip DeCamp talked to his men about telling good guys and bad guys apart.

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KUWAIT CITY -- A missile fell into the sea and exploded near a major shopping mall in Kuwait City early Saturday, but officials said it caused no injuries and little damage.

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U.S. and British troop casualties from the war. U.S. totals (which include only those identified by military or confirmed by family members): 28 dead, seven captured, 16 missing. British total: 22 dead (only 10 names have been released).

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Do what you can, with what you have, with where you are.

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I wish someone would give me just 10 minutes with all the protest leaders. I would hope to just shake some sense into them. Where are they living? Not in the same world as most of us. Margaret Ertz, Evans, Ga.

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While I usually steer clear of politicians and politics, I feel I must speak on a subject now in the news - the River Watch Parkway. As a business owner and taxpayer within the city of Augusta, I cannot support changing the road's name to honor a politician - a living one, at that. M.E. La Pan II, Augusta

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My daughter is an 11th grade student at A.R. Johnson High School. I am just one of many parents who are very upset with the school. I do not know all the details, but we deserve answers. Mary Cowart, Augusta

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To the voters in Aiken, S.C., please consider your choice carefully on Tuesday, because it will have consequences. The majority of articles I have seen on the subject of redistricting do not tell the whole story. In the opinion of the majority of the city council and our attorney, who has worked on both of the redistricting plans, there is every indication that a 4-2-1 district voting plan would not be approved. This being the case, we are then left with a 5-1-1 or a 6-1 district-voting plan. Mayor Fred B. Cavanaugh Jr., Aiken, S.C.

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Having moved from England to the United States some 12 years ago, it has saddened me to hear of the protests being shown toward the Augusta National Golf Club. Nick Thetford, Charleston, S.C.

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The devastation of good men with good intentions is what happens when you are on the wrong end of a one-issue policy - a policy that means far more than money to a large majority of Georgians... Milton Gresham, Evans, Ga.

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Regarding your March 22 editorial, "Raise cigarette tax." I noticed you forgot to include the tax proposal on alcohol that our so-called Republican governor also would like to increase. It has become easy to pass on "sin taxes" to allow the government's unrestrained spending to continue. Dan Rutensky, Augusta

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Regardless of situation, attending funeral is right thing to do

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Plenty of audio and video are available from the front lines of the Iraqi war. Some of the best free content awaits at the Reuters site (reuters.feedroom.com), which streams raw footage from news events in Kuwait, Iraq and Washington that should be viewable without having to download extra software on most computers.

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Dear Carson: I was wondering if it would be proper for my husband and me to attend the funeral of his daughter's grandfather. He is not yet deceased but is in hospice care. Neither the mother nor the daughter live here, but the daughter is here for his last days. Her mother told her to go home, because this is her last time with her grandfather. I disagree, because my stepdaughter wants to be here. Should we support her by attending the funeral, since she is getting no support from her own mother? - Wants to do the Right Thing

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Can't get enough of Trading Spaces the dozen or so times it's on TV each week? Then you'll want to check out the new book Trading Spaces: Behind the Scenes.

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Mark and Molly Senn have lived with their three children in Jones Creek since the area was first developed 17 years ago.

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The temperatures are rising, nail and hair salons are booked, and you can't find a limo anywhere in town.

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Former Lynx Corey Smith, whom coach David Wilkie planned to sign this week for the final three games of the season, will not be joining the team after all.

Grrrowl eliminate Lynx

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His disciples say they'd skate through a brick wall for him.

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Former Lynx goalie David Brumby made 37 saves for the Stingrays.

ECHL notebook

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Mike Legg was the only player left on the Augusta Lynx bench as the South Carolina Stingrays huddled in front of goalie David Brumby after he stole his team a victory.

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Former Lynx forwards Brent Gauvreau and Jeff Bes have combined for eight goals and 10 assists in their past 10 games, as the Jackson Bandits have gone on a 10-2-1 run to move into third place in the Southwest Division.

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Augusta will be eliminated from playoff contention with a loss. ... Veteran forward Jim Shepherd has scored eight of his 14 goals on the road.

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AUGUSTA LYNX GAMEDAY

Lynx road report

Slap shots

Game report

Lynx gameday

Lynx won't get help from Smith

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GREENVILLE, S.C. - For the first time in five seasons, the final regular-season game of the season means nothing to the Augusta Lynx.

'Rays outlast Lynx

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COLUMBIA -An inmate walked away from the Lower Savannah Pre-Release Center near Aiken on Saturday morning.

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GREENEVILLE, Tenn. -Wearing white robes and chanting "White Power," about 30 members of the Ku Klux Klan staged a rare public rally in Greeneville on Saturday in front of several hundred counter-demonstrators and law enforcement officers.

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September Watson is a healthy-looking 4-year-old - she is well fed and taken care of. It's easy to imagine her running around a playground.

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CAMP VIPER, Iraq - During a fuel hauling mission that lasted nearly four days, 319th Transportation Company trucks took enemy fire in an ambush attempt, and at one point were in the midst of a firefight at a depot close to the front lines.

Across the Southeast

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Some local nightclubs are pouring free sodas and waiving cover charges for college students who agree to be designated drivers.

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I'M APPALLED that a progressive community such as Columbia County has not made some effort at recycling.

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One by one, parents of students at A.R. Johnson Health, Science and Engineering High School stepped to the microphone Friday night to voice their opinions about the possible transfer of some of the school's top teachers.

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Pfc. Sheldon Hansen is today's soldier of the day.

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Georgia could generate $4.8 million in annual revenues by imposing user fees for cities and factories that empty waste into streams and rivers, according to the Georgia Public Interest Research Group.

Man faces charges in minister shooting

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DULUTH, Ga. - What could be called the Nerd Bowl has all the color, excitement, noise and drama of any athletic match, but the combatants are cold-blooded machines without an ounce of emotion.

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Authorities found Saturday the remains of an elderly woman who had been dead for several months at her home, said Investigator Shannon Mitchell with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

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COMMERCE, Ga. - A north Georgia minister was in an Atlanta hospital Thursday after being shot him in the face when one of his congregants found his wife and the minister having an affair, police said.

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ATHENS, Ga. - Athens-Clarke County Commissioners Carl Jordan and John Barrow are planning to revive an 8-year-old initiative that would ban indoor smoking in public places - which could include most restaurants and bars.

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When he resigned last year for a position in Augusta, veteran Chatham County Finance Director David Persaud left more than his job. He left behind a steadily deteriorating finance department - one plagued by employee infighting, inexperience and a growing backlog of work.

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AL KIFL, IRAQ - All is quiet now except for the rumble of engines in U.S. military vehicles.

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When city officials closed a portion of Central Avenue near Augusta's water works plant last week, they not only prevented terrorists from having access. Some motorists say they created a traffic jam that has them up in arms.

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A group of women with strong political convictions met Saturday for the spring conference of the Georgia Federation of Democratic Women.

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ATLANTA -The Georgia Senate passed Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue's education package Friday, which would overturn key provisions of his predecessor's overhaul, but the chances of it passing the Democrat-controlled House remain slim.

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What's the best way to manage 362,000 acres that stretch from McCormick County, S.C., all the way to the Blue Ridge Mountains?

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The cause of death for a 27-year-old man who was arrested Feb. 15 has been ruled acute cocaine toxicity, Mike Seigler, of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, announced Friday. Grovetown police say the man ingested cocaine before his arrest.

Parents protest teacher moves

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I'M APPALLED that a progressive community such as Columbia County has not made some effort at recycling.

Official sees problems in old job

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Greenbrier High School student James Simpson had plans when he woke up Friday morning.

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ATLANTA - If Gov. Sonny Perdue wins a lawsuit against the state attorney general, he could become Georgia's most powerful governor, according to some observers.

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For those who are already weary of the war, the Bush administration delivered the bad news that it is likely now months, not days, before it will end. But for those who feel as if the bombs are dropping on them, there are things you can do, local mental health providers said.

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EATONTON -A member of the United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors was arrested last week after he threatened the sheriff and President Bush, said Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills.

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Lillie Morris, a nurse at University Hospital, administers a fake shot to Augusta Tech student Dori Adams during a hospitalwide drill Friday. The drill was designed to test University's plan to vaccinate all 4,000 employees and physicians against smallpox if the need arose. Students filled in for employees so the hospital's day-to-day business would not be disrupted by the drill.

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Augusta Preparatory Day School senior Ashwin Rajendra was named the district STAR student Thursday night at a banquet in Thomson.

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Amanda Miller of Augusta is today's subscriber of the day.

Athens looks at ban on smoking

Aiken school puts team in robot battle

More than 40 shirk jury duty summons, then fail to appear during hearing to explain why

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CENTRAL IRAQ - Two tanker trucks crashed Saturday night as a convoy moved through darkness and dust, injuring three 319th Transportation Company soldiers, who were flown from the area by medical helicopters.

Troops recover Iraqis' corpses

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Robert Swinton tried to rescue his elderly next-door neighbor from a rapidly burning house fire early Saturday morning.

Suit could empower Perdue

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AIKEN - In a city where blacks and whites say the civil rights movement of the 1960s was gracefully embraced, with far less tension than in many other Southern towns, a modern-day fight in the name of racial equality is easing toward a crucial decision.

Across Georgia

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MARCH 30, 1983 Illinois-based G.D. Searle & Co. soon will begin construction of a $100 million facility in Richmond County to manufacture a lower-calorie sweetener, company officials said Tuesday.

Stabbing suspect arrested

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There's a pathway parallel to William Few Parkway in Columbia County. The track has been cut by motorized recreation vehicles - dirt bikes, four-wheelers, even souped-up golf cars - and caught the ire of some county leaders.

Across the southeast

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AIKEN - Jimmy Larente can remember the days when 13,000 would crowd the rails and stands at Liberty Bell Park near Philadelphia or 30,000 would cheer or curse him bringing home another harness horse winner at Roosevelt Raceway in Long Island, N.Y.

Tanker truck wrecks hurt 3 soldiers in 319th

Experts say war coverage can be too much for some

Across South Carolina

Group says polluter fees would raise millions

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An Augusta man was charged with aggravated assault after he repeatedly stabbed a former resident of his apartment building, authorities said.

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ATHENS, Ga. - Only three of more than 40 no-show jurors appeared in a Clarke County Superior Court courtroom Friday to explain why they didn't report for duty earlier this month - and two of them were late.

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Golfers bogey. It's a fact of the game. Nobody's perfect. Not even Tiger Woods.

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FORT WORTH, Tex. - The sight of 200,000 race fans still amazes Ricky Rudd.

NASCAR botebook

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FORT WORTH, Tex. - Bobby Labonte continued to collect the spoils of victory Friday during pole qualifying for the Samsung/RadioShack 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway.

Texas has it all - off track

Labonte continues hot start in Texas

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FORT WORTH, Tex. - NASCAR impounded Tony Stewart's Chevrolet during its inspection process Friday, an action that may lead to his team's most severe sanction yet.

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FORT WORTH, Tex. - Car owner Joe Gibbs may have softened possible sanctions by NASCAR by admitting his team broke the rules during the construction of Tony Stewart's car.

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Kyle Petty got through NASCAR Winston Cup practice and qualifying Friday, but likely won't get back behind the wheel again at Texas Motor Speedway before Sunday's race.

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ALBANY, N.Y. - One team plays tough man-to-man defense, stifling teams on the perimeter.

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SAN ANTONIO -- There it was. An entire season for Texas and Connecticut wedged between the backboard and the rim with the Longhorns holding a two-point lead.

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Ebi Ere was Oklahoma's forgotten man. Not anymore.

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SAN ANTONIO - The day before the South Regional final, Texas' T.J. Ford already was causing problems for Michigan State.

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Four years ago Sunday - March 30, 1999 - Jim Harrick was introduced as Georgia's basketball coach.

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MINNEAPOLIS - Marquette did what no team had done in three months, and what many people thought was impossible.

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Ebi Ere was Oklahoma's forgotten man. Not anymore.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Nick Collison did it one game, Kirk Hinrich the next.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Georgia women's basketball program has been one of the measuring sticks other teams have used to gauge their success for the past 20 years.

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For Simone Kortick, the game of bridge was an outlet in many ways because it helped keep her mind focused and occupied, said her husband, Maurice.

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Mr. Carleton Lang (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Smalley Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Gunn (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. William Harvey (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Timothy Moseley (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

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Mr. Bryan Beard Sr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Anne Furst-Kwis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Delores Edney (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Levette Ellis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Eugene Harris Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Agnes Radcliffe (McDONOUGH, Ga.)

Mr. Larry Stone (COLUMBUS, Miss.)

Mr. David Hair (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Mae Thompson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Louie Kitchens (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Franklin Workman (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

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

Mr. Marshall Reinig (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Larry Stone (COLUMBUS, Miss.)

Mrs. Odessa Childers (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lora Simpson (ABBEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Mable Harris (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Turner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Morris (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Dink Hensley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Reischman (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Mary Germany (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Moody (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Michael Reischman (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie Foss (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Area sports announcements

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During Friday's matches between Greenbrier and Lakeside, intensity poured out of the players and aggression ruled the pitch at Panther Stadium. In the end, so did Greenbrier.

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Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls will be accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

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Ashley Farr went 3-for-5 with a double, a triple and two RBI as the USC Aiken Pacers scored four runs in the top of the ninth to defeat Armstrong Atlantic State on Saturday.

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Jennifer Capriati is in a more mellow mood these days, not stressing out about bad calls, double faults or even the Williams sisters.

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WASHINGTON - With a smile that could light up the world and a grace unmatched in a graceful sport, Michelle Kwan soared into the record books Saturday night.

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The 2003 Aiken Harness Race will be held today at McGhees' Mile Track in Aiken.

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In Camden, S.C., Al Skywalkercontrolled the pace and led the whole way for the win in this steeplechase race at Springsdale Race Course.

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WASHINGTON -- Michelle Kwan expects challenges to come from everywhere. Even from a relative unknown making her mark in figure skating for the first time.

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AIKEN - Two grizzled veterans of the standard bred racing circuit relived a classic showdown Saturday during the featured event of the Aiken Harness Race at McGhees' Mile Track.

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Saturday: A guided, two-mile walk through Phinizy Swamp Nature Park will begin at 9:30 a.m. Admission is free. Bring binoculars and bug spray. Call 828-2109 for details.

Outdoors calendar

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Deadbeat dads who welch on paying child support might have a surprise waiting for them when they go to renew their Georgia fishing or hunting licenses this year.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars re-signed running back Fred Taylor to a five-year, $20 million contract Friday, a few months after he produced the best season of his career.

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Leah Ronen got a quick snapshot this month of Augusta's Jewish community.

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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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WASHINGTON -- Conceding they don't have enough support, congressional sponsors of President Bush's faith-based initiative have given up on legislation that would make it easier for churches and religious groups to get government grants.

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Episcopal sisters at the Convent of St. Helena will show off their refurbished complex at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday during an open house at their woodsy, hilltop campus.

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COLUMBUS, Miss. - After an evolution dispute, the Mississippi University for Women has rescinded its decision to remove Nancy Bryson as head of its science and mathematics division.

Augusta National bounces back from poor choice

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The war in Iraq is the most digitally intensive conflict ever, with virtually every tank, plane, Humvee and - in many cases - bombs and missiles linked by satellite to sometimes distant combat control rooms.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- There's never been a better time to be a microbiologist. The field is suddenly awash with billions of dollars to combat bioterrorism and much more is promised under President Bush's Project BioShield plan.

Senior seals Duke's victory

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - With all the talk surrounding national player of the year candidate Alana Beard, it took a senior to keep Duke's season alive.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Steven Bondurant held Vanderbilt to five hits as South Carolina beat the Commodores 2-0 on Friday and broke a four-game losing streak.

Allen-Gutierrez
BLYTHE- Minin Gutierrez and Roy Allen, both of Blythe, were married at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 15, 2003, at Blythe Baptist Church. The Rev. Roy Frierson, Jr. officiated.

Dinkins-Clark
NORTH AUGUSTA- Emily Phillips Clark and Mitchel Wayne Dinkins, both of Martinez, were married at 5:30 p.m. Friday, February 21, 2003, at Gazebo Weddings. The Rev. Rudy Brostrom officiated.

Orzechowski-Banks
AIKEN- Julia Moore Banks and Raymond F. Orzechowski, Jr., both of Martinez, were married at 2 p.m. Sat., March 15, 2003, at the Victorian Wedding Chapel. The Rev. Jerry Tin-dall officiated.

Eller-Bohman
ATLANTA- Lynnette Chris-tine Bohman of Aiken, and Erik Coleman Eller of Augusta, were married at noon Wednesday, March 12, 2003, at the Atlanta Ga. Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Barnette-Clary
AUGUSTA- Catherine Rowena Clary and David Gray Barnette, both of Atlanta, were married at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 2003, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. The Revs. John Whatley and Rudolph Dixon officiated.

White-Landrum
AUGUSTA- Ashley Elizabeth Landrum and Joseph Wayne White, both of Augusta, were married at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 29, 2003, at First Christian Church. The Rev. Sheryl Fehr officiated.

Fountain-Cone
AUGUSTA- Jennifer Ann Cone of North Augusta, and Paul Wesley Fountain of Macon, were married at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 29, 2003, at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection. The Rev. James K. Glander officiated.

Brooks-Clark
AIKEN- Sherry A. Clark and Johnny L. Brooks, both of Hephzibah, were married at 5 p.m. Friday, March 14, 2003, at the Victorian Wedding Chapel. The Rev. Jerry Tindall officiated.

Kelly-Dorsey
AUGUSTA- Tammy Machelle Dorsey and Charles Kelly, Jr., both of Hephzibah, were married at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 29, 2003, at Gilbert Lambuth Memorial Chapel. The Revs. John Harmon, Isaiah Kirkland and George Williams officiated.

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AUGUSTA- Alyson Evon Powell and Alton Andy Avret, both of Burnettown, were married at 4 p.m. Sat. March 22, 2003, at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel. Thomas E. Kalliokoski officiated.

Hudlow-Loftin
AUGUSTA- Stephanie Gayle Loftin of Augusta, and Avery Mark Hudlow of Barnwell, S.C., were married at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 29, 2003, at Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church. The Rev. Greg Hatfield officiated.

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AUGUSTA- Christina Nicole Wyrick and Ryan Montgomery Barbin, both of Augusta, were married at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 29, 2003, at Curtis Baptist Church. The Rev. Mark Harris officiated.

Harrell-Vinson
AUGUSTA- Sharina Tainetta Vinson of North Augusta, and Demetrius Antoan Harrell of Lamar, S.C., were married at 6 p.m. Friday, March 28, 2003, at Sacred Heart Cultural Center. The Rev. Wilbert White officiated.

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CHARLESTON, S.C.- Allison Rose Nichols and Jeffrey Gallagher Bryan, both of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., were married at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 29, 2003, at Summerall Chapel, The Citadel. Father William Leonard officiated.

Holifield-Lingefelt
AIKEN- Sahnnon Michelle Lingefelt and James Clifton Holifield, both of Martinez, were married at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, 2003, at the Victorian Wedding Chapel. The Rev. Jerry Tindall officiated.

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AUGUSTA- Julianne Celeste Savage of Augusta, and Kurt David Halvorson, of Charlotte, N.C., were married at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 29, 2003, at First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Dr. Raymond C. Ortland, Jr., officiated.

Green-Crook
LANGLEY- Amanda Crook of Langley, and Steven C. Green of Aiken, were married at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 2003, at Langley United Methodist Church. The Rev. Frank C. Copeland officiated.

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ROCKVILLE, S.C.- Amy Warren McElmurray, formerlyof Augusta, and Edward Oliver Humphries II, formerly of Charleston, S.C., both of Austin, Texas, were married at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, February 8, 2003, at Grace Chapel. Dr. Kevin Ray Baird officiated.

Cates-Saxman
CHARLESTON, S.C.- Lisa Saxman and Jason Cates, both of Charleston, were married at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29, 2003, at Bethel United Methodist Church. The Rev. Dr. Sandra Myers officiated.

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AUGUSTA- Ashli Denise Lovell of Grovetown, and Charles Edward Thomas of Trenton, were married at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 29, 2003, at Fleming Baptist Church. The Rev. Robert Jones officiated.

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AUGUSTA- Sarah Fox of Cleveland, N.C., and Steffone Wynn of Augusta, were married at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 15, 2003, at La Maison on Telfair. The Rev. Robert P. Johnson officiated.

Norris-Thacker
AUGUSTA- Elizabeth Anne Thacker of Augusta, and Sean Alan Norris of Martinez, were married at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 29, 2003, in a garden wedding held at the home of the brides parents. Judge John Baxter officiated.

Urban combat could be over horizon for troops approaching Baghdad