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NEW YORK -- Black actors coax a white woman from the audience to the stage. There, bathed in awkwardness, she reluctantly launches into a minstrel dance.

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NEW YORK -- As Civil War soldiers lay injured in the makeshift hospitals of Washington, D.C., Walt Whitman walked among them, bearing food and bandages.

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Sammy Sosa takes a shot at history, Hideki Matsui makes his major league debut and most fans get their first look at Great American Ball Park as baseball gets into full swing Monday.

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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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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- A woman fed up with drivers speeding through her neighborhood took matters into her own hands: She posted speed limit signs in her yard.

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MARLOW, N.H. -- A woman accused of trying to have her husband killed is moving back in with him and the couple say they want to give their relationship another chance.

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Injuries hurt, help Braves on Opening Day

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ATLANTA - This is not how Mike Hampton, Paul Byrd, Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez, and Vladimir Guerrero expected to begin the season - nursing injuries and serving a suspension for fighting.

Braves season schedule

Braves' future remains full of questions

Braves finalize opening roster

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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.

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2003 Atlanta Braves schedule

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

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

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Rosie the Riveter is sitting this one out.

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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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NEW YORK - For many entrepreneurs, it's the small-business version of the American dream: a startup that is hugely successful and grows beyond their expectations.

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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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LOS ANGELES -- Barry Diller has been saying for years that his passions have shifted from the entertainment industry to the fledgling world of electronic commerce.

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

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NEW YORK -- Many on Wall Street were alarmed by stocks' steep slide this past Monday, believing investors would send stocks plunging after having underestimated how long the war with Iraq might last.

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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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Employer spotlight: Fort Gordon

Fountain-Cone

'Worst case' unlikely

Sweet sense of humor

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Protests are one thing. But illegal protests are another.

Trespass or treason?

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When the Nuclear Regulatory Commission issues environmental impact statements on proposed projects, the effect that worst-case scenarios could have on poor and minority communities must be included.

Why we fight

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

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Freshman state Rep. John Noel, D-Atlanta, is finding out it doesn't pay to have a sense of humor in the legislature. He seems taken aback at the criticism he's received for a bill he and four co-sponsors filed this week that would make it a misdemeanor "of a high and aggravated nature" not to offer sweet tea in Georgia restaurants that serve iced tea.

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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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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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Want a faster refund? The IRS says that more taxpayers are choosing direct deposit as the way to get their federal tax refunds. The payment is more secure there is no check to get lost. And, it's more convenient no special trip to the bank to deposit a check! To request direct deposit, follow the instructions for "Refund" on your tax return.

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NEW YORK - Now that war in Iraq has begun, financial pros say investors' best strategy is to maintain the conservative approach many have maintained for much of Wall Street's three-year slide.

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Ryan Braun had three hits, including his team-leading ninth home run, to lift Miami to a rain-shortened, 17-16 win over Georgia Tech on Sunday.

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - When the numbers were crunched Sunday evening, and the final invitations to the 67th Masters Tournament handed out, Jay Haas was first in line.

Woods emerges from early funk

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Former Masters Tournament champions can make long-range plans to play at Augusta National Golf Club again.

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Davis Love III provided the charge everyone expected from Tiger Woods and delivered a performance every bit as dominant Sunday in The Players Championship.

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- His hand on his hip, Tiger Woods skulked over to the long grass, bent down, tore a tuft out of the ground and threw it into the wind.

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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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RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- Patricia Meunier-Lebouc kept talking all week about how much fun it was to play with Annika Sorenstam. It didn't compare, though, to the joy of beating her to win a major championship.

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NEW DELHI, India -- Former PGA Tour player Mike Cunning won his first title in seven years Sunday, shooting an 8-under-par 64 for a five-stroke victory at the Asian PGA Tour's Indian Open.

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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.

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

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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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- Front-line U.S. troops resumed a slow advance toward Baghdad on Sunday, meeting friendly farmers and little else, while British forces pushed inside Basra with the help of its besieged citizens.

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SOUTHERN IRAQ -- A Marine UH-1 Huey helicopter crashed at a forward supply and refueling point in southern Iraq on Sunday, killing three U.S. servicemen and wounding one, the U.S. military said.

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ABOARD THE USS KITTY HAWK -- Every time Lt. Cmdr. Brady Bartosh slams his fighter jet onto the carrier deck at 180 mph, a dozen or so grease-stained mechanics rush out - but it's not him they're interested in, it's his multimillion-dollar plane.

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TAQTAQ, Iraq -- Kurdish fighters took control Sunday of more territory left by Iraqi forces withdrawing toward the major oil center of Kirkuk, apparently to tighten defenses around northern Iraq.

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WASHINGTON -- American forces are searching a terrorist compound in northeastern Iraq that was probably the site where militants made a biological toxin, traces of which were later found by police in London, the Pentagon's top general said Sunday.

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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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NEAR NAJAF, Iraq -- The 101st Airborne Division encircled the Shiite holy city of Najaf on Sunday, preparing for a possible door-to-door battle to root out Saddam Hussein's fighters - but leery of damaging some of the faith's most sacred shrines.

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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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SOUTH-CENTRAL IRAQ -- Thousands of Marines pushed north toward Baghdad in "seek-and-destroy" missions Sunday, trying to open the route to the Iraqi capital and stop days of attacks along the stretch that has become known as "Ambush Alley."

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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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DAMASCUS, Syria -- Syria's foreign minister Sunday criticized the U.S. government for attacking Iraq, saying it was leading the American people to "catastrophe" by putting them in direct confrontation with the international community.

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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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BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq gave $34,000 to the family of an Iraqi army officer who killed four U.S. soldiers in a suicide attack, and the leader of the militant group Islamic Jihad said Sunday its volunteers had gone to Baghdad for similar bombing missions against the "American invasion."

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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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BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Saddam Hussein set up a system giving his most trusted lieutenants and local tribal leaders the power to mount a guerrilla campaign or other military measures without waiting for his orders.

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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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AN NASIRIYAH, Iraq -- American lawyers and legal officials in military uniform, toting weighty law books and ready to establish martial law, are traveling with U.S. and British troops surging into Iraq.

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. troops are ready to launch a major assault against Iraqi Republican Guard forces protecting Baghdad, but the commanding general may wait for pressure to build on Saddam Hussein before striking, war planners said Sunday.

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CAMP UDAIRI, Kuwait -- A high-tech system of air filters working in a series of tents is the pride of a new U.S. Army combat hospital designed to protect staff and patients from chemical attack.

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KUWAIT CITY -- A man in civilian clothes drove a pickup truck into a group of U.S. soldiers standing outside a store at the Kuwaiti desert base of Camp Udairi on Sunday, wounding 15 of them, a U.S. military official said.

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WASHINGTON -- The nation's top generals and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld defended their Iraqi strategy on Sunday against new criticism they had underestimated the opposition and started the war with too few troops.

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Thousands of Iraqi Shiites who fled into Iran to escape repression by Saddam Hussein are poised to return home if he is dethroned, with some bringing extra baggage: strong anti-American sentiment.

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

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The Augusta Chronicle experienced major problems with its press late Sunday night, which has delayed the delivery of today's newspaper.

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Remarks have been made to the effect that perhaps folks from outside Aiken, S.C., shouldn't have input into Savannah River Site policy. Let us remember that SRS, the largest nuclear weapons facility in the United States, has been completely funded by U.S. taxpayers. Our money pays every salary, builds every building and purchases every gram of plutonium manufactured in this nation.Glenn Carroll, Decatur, Ga.

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I believe that President George W. Bush is the worst, most inept person to ever occupy the White House. Since he stole the presidency, America has been going downhill. Paul L. Cook, Augusta

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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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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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I wonder if anyone has noticed the foreign buy-out of a huge chunk of our drinking water works? According to the Feb. 12 Charleston Gazette, three European water companies have expanded into every region of the world. A German industrial giant paid $8.6 billion for 800 water systems serving 15 million people in 27 states and three Canadian provinces. Robert Periano, Augusta

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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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I would like to thank The Chronicle for having sponsored the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus concert held March 23 at the Bell Auditorium. The performance was excellent and obviously timely. I'm sure that everyone there enjoyed every moment of it. Bryce Brown, Aiken, S.C.

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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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The issue of smoking in public restaurants and bars has a very simple answer. Why must the government make everything so difficult? Ronnie Conrad, Augusta

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The March 26 letter by Ingrid Jansen, "Rambo-style president paints backers of peace as unpatriotic," proves that World War II has not been taught in school. Where would these peace-loving people be who have demonstrated against their president going to war against Iraq if we had let Adolf Hitler run to and fro all over Europe? They wouldn't be demonstrating or showing their signs ... Our First Amendment right of free speech would have been gone. Vernon Blanchard, Appling, Ga.

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The operation to liberate Iraq rages on and American soldiers are being killed. Their untimely and heroic deaths bring back a flood of memories of my childhood. Tommy John, Martinez, Ga.

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

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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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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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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.

Lynx gameday

ECHL notebook

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A pair of banners on display at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center eloquently summed up the 2002-03 season for the Augusta Lynx.

Lynx end frustration

Grrrowl eliminate Lynx

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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.

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With the long and laborious season finally over on the ice, the question now is: What happens next with the Augusta Lynx off the ice?

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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.

Lynx prepare for interesting off-season

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

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AUGUSTA LYNX GAMEDAY

Slap shots

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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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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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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Just when the military is regaining its place of prominence in the Charleston economy, the area is bracing for another round of base closings.

Across Georgia

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Today's subscriber of the day is Gina Rose of Martinez.

Across the southeast

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Several Augusta families said goodbye Sunday to 14 Japanese nursing students who were visiting medical facilities this month.

Tanker truck wrecks hurt 3 soldiers in 319th

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Legislators are trying to give the state's military personnel breaks as the U.S. wages war on Iraq.

Across South Carolina

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

Across the area

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SOUTH OF BAGHDAD, Iraq - The story begins Sunday, March 23 - two days after crossing the Iraqi border.

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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.

Athens looks at ban on smoking

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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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ALBANY, Ga. -- While they can't make Commissioner Arthur K. Williams keep quiet about the war in Iraq, Albany's elected officials want to at least take away his TV audience.

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

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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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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.

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JACKSON - When he's not hunting deer or turkey in the dark swamps along the Savannah River, Kenny Jarrett pursues a quarry of a different kind: wood.

Murder suspect killed in car wreck

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BLUFFTON, S.C. - A year ago last Friday, Francisco Belman went to school.

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I WOULD LIKE to commend the Jackson and New Ellenton police departments for their response times. I am very appreciative of one call in particular. These guys work hard for their bread and butter. I have the utmost respect for them. Keep up the good work.

Stabbing suspect arrested

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A Blythe teenager broke into his grandmother's home to rob her early Sunday and assaulted her when she woke up, an attack she thought was a bad dream, authorities said.

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NORTH AUGUSTA - The children who used to play tricks on her by putting caterpillars on her head when they walked by still come to visit.

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CONYERS, Ga. -- Georgians mourned the loss of two men from the Atlanta suburb of Conyers who were killed in a suicide attack near the city of Najaf in Iraq.

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A man who was awaiting trial on murder charges was killed early Sunday morning in an automobile accident on Georgia Highway 56 just north of Brown Road, authorities 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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The remains of an elderly woman last seen before Thanksgiving have been found in her home, said Investigator Shannon Mitchell, of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

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

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ATLANTA -- Georgia's spotty record of providing lawyers for poor people accused of crimes has been called a crisis - but squabbles over the best plan for reform may leave the system unchanged for at least another year.

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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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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Downtown Charleston is preparing for a motorcycle rally planned for Easter weekend by getting the City Council to pass an ordinance against loud revving of engines and "clamorous singing, yelling, shouting, whooping, bellowing, hollering."

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BEAUFORT, S.C. -- A high school principal here says there were no problems when students wore shirts with Confederate flags until one student was suspended for distributing white supremacy leaflets that contained images of the banner.

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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.

Alternative schools face cuts

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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.

Budget is still waiting to pass

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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.

Press problems delay today's newspaper delivery

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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.

Soldiers train for sad job

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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.

Across the area

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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.

Little has changed in year since boy's fatal beating

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MARCH, 31, 1993 Augusta officials, undeterred by the failure of a large-scale annexation program in the Legislature, are gearing up to take matters into their own hands.

Grandson is accused of assault

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FORT STEWART, Ga. - Staff Sgt. Mary Moore has the grimmest job a soldier can draw. She must notify the next of kin when a soldier is wounded or killed in battle.

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Richmond County deputies have arrested three teenagers in a rash of car break-ins at automobile repair shops, authorities said.

Teenagers charged in auto break-ins

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AIKEN - Money is the difference between the rich and the poor, but in the cash-strapped Aiken County public schools, a critical lack of greenbacks has become the great equalizer between academically elite pupils and problem children.

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Lisa Golden was one of the exhibitors at the Summer Extravaganza at Fort Discovery. The event Sunday provided information to parents about upcoming summer programs and camps.

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I WOULD LIKE to commend the Jackson and New Ellenton police departments for their response times. I am very appreciative of one call in particular. These guys work hard for their bread and butter. I have the utmost respect for them. Keep up the good work.

Suit could empower Perdue

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ATLANTA - Less than three months after Georgia's first divided government in living memory took office, a game of chicken is keeping lawmakers from performing their most basic function: passing a budget.

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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.

Troops recover Iraqis' corpses

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - The Tiger Woods of the Hooters Tour is coming to the Masters Tournament. Somewhere, Martha Burk must be hotter than a plate of buffalo wings.

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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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TOKYO -- When Chitose Hajime left her tiny village, population 50, on a coral and mangrove-ringed island off the shores of southern Japan, she had big plans - to become a hairdresser.

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FORT WORTH, Tex. - Matt Kenseth led 65 laps in Sunday's Samsung/ RadioShack 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway. And while he faded to a sixth-place finish, he was pleased.

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

NASCAR notebook

Texas has it all - off track

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FORT WORTH, Tex. - The only driver with a college degree in the Samsung/RadioShack 500 proved to be the smartest person at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday.

NASCAR botebook

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

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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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MINNEAPOLIS -- Marquette was marvelous, and the reward for the versatile Golden Eagles and energetic coach Tom Crean is what they believed was possible all season - a trip to the Final Four.

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Kansas had plenty to celebrate after beating Arizona in the West Regional final.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Alana Beard has gotten all the attention for Duke this season.

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee coach Pat Summitt wanted to know more about Villanova's motion offense last summer.

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

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The 65th Final Four will have one No. 1 seed, one team back for a second straight year and two schools from the same conference for a fifth straight season.

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Julian Thigpen remembers Bill Harvey as the man who taught him how to be a South Carolina state trooper and how to command other officers.

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

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

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

Ms. Mary Germany (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Rambo (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Prior (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Dink Hensley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Nelson Ancrum (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Kenneth Peters (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Francis Dales (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mr. Charlie Johnson Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Delores Edney (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Barney (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Smith (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Isabella Mobley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Levette Ellis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Chapman (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Mable Harris (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Johnnie Barber (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Melinda Stephens (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Taylor Weatherford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Viola Brooks (EASLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Larry Stone (COLUMBUS, Miss.)

Mr. Carlton Pridgen (JACKSON, S.C.)

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

Keyjuan Dixon (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Foss (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Marshall Reinig (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Jimmy Brown (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Dwayne Sampson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pearl Rowland (ADRIAN, Ga.)

Mrs. Odessa Childers (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Audrey Gilder (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Kirk (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Seefeldt Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mable Harris (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Ellison (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mr. Carleton Lang (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Frances Parham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Overtime

Racing news

Area sports announcements

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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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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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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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PHILADELPHIA -- Two years ago, an upset victory made Hasim Rahman's career. Now a draw may revive it.

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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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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Andre Agassi won a record sixth Key Biscayne title, capturing the tournament for the third straight year by beating Carlos Moya 6-3, 6-3 Sunday in the Nasdaq-100 Open final.

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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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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.

Masters rookie Campbell talks, plays like a pro

Augusta National bounces back from poor choice

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NEW YORK -- Cheating on income taxes or neglecting to pay sales taxes on online shopping could get you five extra years in prison if the government succeeds in restricting data-scrambling technology, encryption-rights advocates fear.

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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.

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NEW YORK -- Barry Steinhardt is paid to be paranoid.

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CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Sydney Pollack won the best-director Oscar for "Out of Africa," and his 1982 film, "Tootsie," has been rated the second best comedy of all-time by the American Film Institute.

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You don't have to like Joni Mitchell's music - though how could you resist?

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NEW YORK - Since it began a week ago, TV journalists have worked round-the-clock under brutal conditions to show us the war in Iraq as it happens.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Ebony Felder was going on instincts.

Senior seals Duke's victory

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ATHENS, Ga. -- Justin McClain's bases-loaded two-run single with no outs capped a four-run ninth inning rally that carried Georgia to a 7-6 victory on Sunday, snapping the Bulldogs' nine-game losing streak and the Tigers' seven-game winning streak.

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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.

Allergies didn't stop sophomore

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- David Marchbanks pitched a complete game, allowing three runs, one of them earned, as South Carolina beat Vanderbilt 8-3 on Sunday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

Urban combat could be over horizon for troops approaching Baghdad