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After a career defined by work in television, Jack Klugman is happy to be on stage.

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I'm unsure how long something needs to go on before it becomes a tradition. But, for the third year in a row, I am bowing to popular demand and awarding Stevies to honor achievers in the arts community. And while third annual might not constitute tradition, it certainly qualifies as habitual. Here are this year's models:

Fantasy Baseball - Players aren't to blame for your team's game

Bulldogs turn it around in 2003

Prep baseball statistics

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What do Ken Griffey Jr., Kevin Brown, Juan Gonzalez, Roberto Alomar, Moises Alou, Sean Casey, Mike Hampton, Mo Vaughn, Frank Thomas, Roger Clemens, Vinny Castilla and Carl Everett have in common?

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NEW YORK -- At $22 million this year, Texas Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez makes more money than any other baseball player. He makes more money than the entire Tampa Bay Devil Rays team, too.

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With just two seniors on the squad last season, the Thomson baseball team suffered through a disheartening 9-16 record.

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His teammates screamed for him to circle the bases after he hit a second-inning pitch to center field but John Graham's attempt at an inside-the-park homer stopped short when he pulled into third.

Augusta State gets 13-2 win over Paine

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Here are statistics for area prep baseball players.

Americans make quick work of changing jobs

Quincy Devin Taylor

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Topher and Marie Berry of Aiken announce the birth of twin daughters, Christa Marie Berry and Emily Owen Berry, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Spearman of Easley, S.C., and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Berry of Denver.

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Martin J. and Lori J. Taylor of Evans announce the birth of a son, Jacob Lawrence Taylor, Friday, March 14, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Elizabeth Keefe of Stratford, Conn., and the late John E. Keefe, and Linda Taylor of Smiths, Ala., and the late Lawrence J. Taylor.

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Ronald and Sarah Williams of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Tia Theresa Williams, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Michael and Laura Worth of Syracuse, N.Y., and Ronald and Mary Williams of Huntsville, Ala.

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Bobby Charles Taylor Jr. and Tiffany Lynn Welch, both of Harlem, announce the birth of a son, Quincy Devin Taylor, Wednesday, March 19, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Cheryl Myles of Harlem and Bobby and Belinda Taylor of Thomson.

Pierce Henderson Wagaman

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James T. Kennedy II and Shelly Kennedy of Grovetown announce the birth of a daughter, Jamie Kathleen Kennedy, Monday, March 17, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Fred and Kay Rexer of Grovetown, Jimmy Kennedy of Harlem and Ginny Hutton of Martinez.

Jacob Lawrence Taylor

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Michael and Shannon Minteer of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Michael Scott Minteer Jr., Thursday, March 13, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Minteer of Fredricksburg, Va., Mr. and Mrs. Larry LaPorte of Saline, Kan., and the late Christina D. Lewis.

Jamie Kathleen Kennedy

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David Lee Johnson III and Courtney Redd, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, David Lee Johnson IV, Wednesday, March 19, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Nick and Denise Thompson of Blythewood, S.C., Mr. and Mrs. Barry Redd of Blythe and Buddy and Debbie Horton and Mr. and Mrs. David Lee Johnson Jr., all of Augusta.

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Matt and Kristen Wagaman of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Pierce Henderson Wagaman, Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Roy Gmitter of Aiken, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Salley of Martinez, the late Douglas R. Gordon and the late Kenneth Wagaman.

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Dayau Tramaine Hudson and Courtney Patrice Thomas, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Keeara S'niah Hudson, Saturday, March 22, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Thomas Jr., Estelle Thomas, Valerie B. Griffin and Richard Hatfield, all of Augusta.

Michael Scott Minteer Jr.

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David M. and Amanda B. Drummond of Appling announce the birth of a son, Mason Aaron Drummond, Monday, March 3, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Leon Crews of Grovetown, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Berryman of Crawford, Ga., Mr. and Mrs. Ben A. Long of Appling and the late Edgar Drummond.

Madison Elaine Mitchell

Christa Marie Berry and Emily Owen Berry

Tia Theresa Williams

Keeara S'niah Hudson

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Forrest and Stacy Mitchell of Grovetown announce the birth of a daughter, Madison Elaine Mitchell, Thursday, March 20, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Ray and Donna Avinger of Harlem, Michael L. Mitchell of Beech Island and Stella Amelung of Grovetown.

Mason Aaron Drummond

David Lee Johnson IV

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Call it the Great Salt Lake Beer Party.

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ATLANTA - It was the night of the dueling rookies.

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ATLANTA - Montreal went to great lengths Thursday night to spare Atlanta the embarrassment of sweeping the season-opening series from their American cousins.

Montreal sweeps away Atlanta

Expo's rookie pitcher too much for Braves

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The House on Wednesday gave key approval to a bill that would protect consumers from high-interest loans and other controversial lending practices.

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Mike Stephens is no Bob Vila, but he's no slouch when it comes to renovations around the house.

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NEW YORK -- Wall Street moved sharply higher as U.S.-led forces closed in on Baghdad Wednesday, boosting investor optimism that the two-week-old military conflict with Iraq might soon end. The Dow Jones industrials soared more than 230 points.

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AKRON, Ohio - Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. lost $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2002 - its biggest losses ever - because of a large previously-disclosed charge, but said Thursday its recent debt refinancing deal would enable it toimprove.

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WASHINGTON -- The number of American workers filing new claims for unemployment benefits climbed last week to the highest point in nearly a year as businesses trimmed jobs in the muddled wartime economic climate.

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WASHINGTON The Internal Revenue Service today urged taxpayers to avoid the stress of filing their returns at the eleventh hour and offered tips to help taxpayers beat the crush of the April 15 deadline.

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NEW YORK -- Wall Street closed modestly lower Thursday, pressured by a pair of disappointing economic reports and investor caution as U.S.-led forces made their final push into Baghdad.

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WASHINGTON -- Orders to U.S. factories dropped by 1.5 percent in February, the biggest decline in five months, as prewar jitters and higher energy prices sapped the buying appetite of businesses and consumers.

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United Defense's Aiken plant soon will see about $10 million of new work from a companywide defense contract, officials announced Thursday.

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Goodbye, Oldsmobile; hello, Saab.

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CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson's search for a new coach may have to wait for more higher profile openings to be filled.

This just in!

Tobacco tax still alive

Trade policy foul-up

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Although Gov. Sonny Perdue's proposed tobacco tax boost was smoked 144-29 by the Democrat-controlled House recently, there may still be a breath of life left in it yet.

Heroism under fire

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Peter Arnett proclaims that the U.S. military plan has "failed."

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Richmond County school officials were expecting an angry mob last Friday night at Bernie Ward Community Center. So the officials stayed away.

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The Bush administration imposed tariffs a year ago to protect the struggling U.S. steel industry - prompting howls of protests from our steel-exporting trading partners and domestic steel users who were forced to pay higher prices as a result of the tariffs.

Doing it right

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As fighting has continued in the war against terror in Iraq, the coalition casualties have begun to mount.

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RHYTHM AND BLUES GALA WITH JIM BELUSHI: 9 p.m. Thursday, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; benefits National Science Center's Fort Discovery; reservations required; 821-0607, www.NationalScienceCenter.org.

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Jim Belushi will be the first to tell you he has a little trouble separating his passion and his profession.

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Each week, The Augusta Chronicle will highlight a destination or event within easy driving distance. This week: The 3 Rivers Music Festival, through Sunday in downtown Columbia. Performers include B.B. King, Queens of the Stone Age, Peter Frampton, the Donnas, Bubba Sparxxx, Keb' Mo', Mother's Finest and many more. Tickets are $30 for three days or $20 per day and are available at Ticketmaster outlets or by calling (706) 828-7700. For information, see the Web site 3riversmusicfestival.org.

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Ready for a night on the town? Here's a sampling of specials and entertainment at area nightclubs

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Although electronic filing is becoming more and more the filing method of choice for taxpayers, there are still many who file paper returns. If you are one, the IRS recommends that you take a few minutes to make certain that all information is complete and accurate before sealing that envelope. This simple precaution could help you avoid mistakes that may delay your refund or result in correspondence with the IRS.

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WASHINGTON -- Mortgage rates around the country fell this week, after climbing for two weeks in a row, reflecting gyrations in financial markets over the war in Iraq.

Fishing report

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Ahhh, spring!

Fishing tournament news

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Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish caught and total weight of the catch.

Wine and dine

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Augusta has a new nightclub, Lighthouse Supper Club, 2911 Washington Road in the Washington Crossing shopping center.

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As you peruse seed racks and catalogs, you might notice that some seeds are touted as "hybrids." What are hybrid seeds, and are they really "highbred"?

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I think I have tennis elbow. I don't play tennis, but I got a sore elbow from swatting carpenter bees with my racket.

Carpenter bees bore into wood

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Hickory Crawdads (Pirates) at Augusta GreenJackets (Red Sox).

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Dave Pahucki figured the four games he pitched in Augusta last season would help ease the butterflies on Thursday and make his opening-night start go smoothly.

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Here is information about the Augusta GreenJackets organization.

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Here are bios of the 2003 Augusta GreenJackets.

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Russ Morman has lived the baseball life at every level during the past 20 years, from the low minors to the big leagues and back.

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Call it a classic case of Opening Night jitters.

Just wait to see the kind of weather you want

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Jay Seawell will squeeze in time from golf this weekend to visit with family and friends.

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Canadian Open is moving west for the first time in nearly 40 years, giving Vancouver another chance to host a PGA Tour event.

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LOS ANGELES -- Se Ri Pak isn't getting greedy. She just wants to get better.

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SONOMA, Calif. -- The Champions Tour will have a new name and a new site for its season-ending championship tournament.

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DULUTH, Ga. -- Phil Mickelson took a month off for the birth of his third child, and his return to the PGA Tour for the BellSouth Classic comes only a week before the Masters.

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DULUTH, Ga. - BellSouth Classic leader Chris DiMarco's black hat was an appropriate choice for Thursday's first round at TPC at Sugarloaf.

GreenJackets scouting report

2003 Augusta GreenJackets

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Pitcher is familiar with surroundings

Evans sorting out football

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At the beginning of this week, the Evans football program was in a state of flux - no football coach, no idea if the Knights would have to stay in Class AAAAA after this season.

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Army forces attacked Baghdad's international airport and fought running battles with Iraqi forces on the city's southern edges Thursday, closing in on Saddam Hussein's seat of power. Electricity went out in parts of the capital for the first time in the war.

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CAMP AS SALIYAH, Qatar -- Eleven bodies were found with prisoner of war Jessica Lynch when the Army supply clerk was rescued in a U.S. commando raid on an Iraqi hospital, a military spokesman said Wednesday.

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American ground troops surged to within 30 miles of Baghdad in a two-pronged attack from the south on Wednesday, smashing Republican Guard units in their path. The discovery of 11 bodies, Americans likely among them, tempered the joy over a POW's rescue.

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We like to think that we're a nation on the move.

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A 22-year-old Augusta woman was killed early this morning when she lost control of her vehicle and drove into the path of an oncoming van on Mike Padgett Highway, authorities said.

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A 54-year-old inmate escaped from the McCormick County Jail this morning while on a work duty, officials said.

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This letter is in response to the "Battle flag never represented racism" letter by Jesse Myers of Millen, Ga., on March 14. I'm calling him out to make a couple of corrections in the Confederate history. Since he took the opportunity to exercise his limited knowledge on the Confederate flag, I will correct his major mistakes. Chris Flagg, Martinez, Ga.

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I wonder if the Iraqi war should be relabeled "Operation Stepping Stone" since we've started to threaten other countries in the region. It becomes clearer and clearer that this war is not about the liberation of the Iraqi people; rather it is so that we can use Iraq as a huge fire base to attack other countries in the region. Allan Levene, Augusta

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I am amazed by the number of people who "stand behind" the president and are willing to have our young soldiers go to war. I want these folks to understand that when those soldiers come home wounded and are retired from the Army for medical disability, these wounded soldiers will have to pay for the treatment of those wounds out of their own pockets. Leo Vazquez, Augusta

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I am dismayed with the exaggerated truths and falsifications that I am hearing about A.R. Johnson Magnet School and the principal, Dr. Dorothy Gandy. It is unfortunate that a few parents and students are making assumptions based on rumors. I do believe one must stand up for what he believes, but I also believe one must gather facts before taking a stand. Melissa W. Jones, Grovetown, Ga.

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There are several curious aspects of an article in the March 16 South Carolina edition of The Augusta Chronicle regarding how the proposed MOX (mixed uranium and plutonium oxide) nuclear fuel plant at the Savannah River Site might impact "minorities and the poor." Joseph M. Weaver, Graniteville, S.C.

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Regarding our current war situation with Iraq and the dissension among our American people: Isn't it great to live in a country where you have the freedom to vote, freedom of religion and the freedom to speak your mind if you like without fear of repercussion? Well, guess who allows us, as Americans to have this freedom? The United States military! Terry Newton, Augusta

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Regarding the difference of support for President Franklin D. Roosevelt during World War II and President George W. Bush during our current war with Iraq: It appears that the United States was totally behind Mr. Roosevelt in World War II. Everyone was behind the war effort from children to the elderly. Children saved stamps for war bonds, the women worked in the factories, the senior men guarded the home front, folks had victory gardens and on and on. Lynette G. Oxford, Augusta

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I am a parent of a student at A.R. Johnson Magnet School. I think someone should be answering questions. This entire matter was handled poorly from the start. Each teacher was told to see the principal of A.R. Johnson, Dr. Dorothy Gandy, sometime on March 21. They went in and were told that they are being "transferred" because they are not "team players." These are teachers who strive for academic excellence for their students and who love teaching. They are expected to have no reaction! That makes no sense. This put the students right in the middle. Now Dr. Gandy won't answer parents' questions! So we are left to help our children make sense of this, but have no supporting facts to do so. If all is legitimate, then what's the problem? Shelley Hounsell, Augusta

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I have read a number of articles and letters on the subject of letting the citizens of Georgia vote on whether or not to replace the current flag with the one that was taken down, and/or also letting them vote on changing to a previous flag or designing a new flag. Clifford Chancey, Blythe, Ga.

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I regret the misinformation and untruths that have come about as a result of the transfer requests of teachers at A.R. Johnson Magnet School. Each administrative decision that I make is in support of students and in support of the school and the system's mission, goals and policies. Dr. Dorothy B. Gandy, Grovetown, Ga.

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What caused what I consider to be the poor showing of people at the "Rally for America" at the Augusta Common on March 27? I was truly embarrassed for my fellow American military people who are placing their lives in harm's way so that we can enjoy the luxury of life as we know it. Al Forbes, North Augusta, S.C.

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The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus performed at Augusta's Bell Auditorium March 23. The superb program and performance we enjoyed cannot be adequately described. Bob and Sondra Gillespie, Augusta

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Had Ingrid Jansen (letter on March 26, "Rambo-style president paints backers of peace as unpatriotic") been around in 1775-1783 in the colonies, she would have been a Tory, not a Patriot. This might not be the country she alludes to had the majority of the colonists been like-minded. Shelton Chance, Perkins, Ga.

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In reference to Leonard Pitts Jr.'s March 24 column, "Ask the Dixie Chicks: No dissent allowed on our path to isolation": John P. Jones, Martinez, Ga.

In the know

New York receives band aid

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When life gives you lemons ... well, you know the rest.

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The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, fitness and health activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403 and send e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

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The Augusta National Golf Club, the "Patch" and the late caddie Butch Littles all warrant a mention in the April edition of National Geographic.

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WASHINGTON -- A presidential commission submitted plans to Congress Wednesday for an African American museum on the National Mall.

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Researchers from Germany and the United States have described the discovery of unique receptor molecules on the surface of sperm cells. Receptors are like locks that lie on the surface of cells, waiting for the right key to come along and activate them.

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Today's subscriber of the day is Madge Nelson of Augusta.

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The Around the Block briefs column on the cover of Thursday's Richmond County Neighbors contained out-of-date information. The following events have already occurred: the Fresh Start Cessation Program, the Huisman Sickle Cell Foundation banquet, the University Hospital-sponsored weight-management program, the health screenings at Central Christian Church Augusta, the Augusta State University performances of The Music Man, the CSRA Humane Society spend the night with the animals, the American Cancer Society's I Can Cope session and the Tobacco-Free Jamboree.

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Mike Holbert parachutes onto the field at Lake Olmstead Stadium during Wednesday's opening-day festivities.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- State Education Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum said Wednesday she plans to use $10 million in lottery funds earmarked for new school buses to repair older vehicles in the state's fleet.

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CAMP VIPER, Iraq - Spc. Michael Green, 46, is an Army cook trained to prepare large amounts of food for large numbers of soldiers on a 24-hour basis.

McCormick County inmate escapes

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Nine women, recognized for their work in the community, were announced Thursday as recipients of the 2003 Women of Excellence award.

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The future looks grim for Georgia's school systems.

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ATLANTA -- House leaders rolled out a proposed budget for next year Thursday that is in the red by almost $140 million, a deficit they said could be erased either by deeper spending cuts than they already are recommending or by an increase in the tobacco tax.

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ATLANTA - The Confederate battle-emblem version of the Georgia flag probably won't get past lawmakers taking up the controversial issue today, a leading House Democrat said Wednesday.

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FORT STEWART, Ga. -- Army Secretary Thomas E. White visited Fort Stewart, home to about 15,000 soldiers fighting in Iraq, to meet the troops' spouses and National Guard units training to deploy to the region.

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ATLANTA -Gov. Sonny Perdue's campaign will reimburse the state for a helicopter flight he took to a Republican rally in Blackshear before he was inaugurated.

Soldiers on guard prize boring shift

Web site reveals parolee locations

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MACON, Ga. -- An Elberton man accused of stockpiling hundreds of grenades in his home pleaded guilty to federal firearms charges on Wednesday.

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Don't want a parolee living next door? In Richmond County, your best shot is living in Blythe. In Columbia County, Appling is the place to be.

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ATLANTA -- The state will pay for the Republican leader of the Georgia Senate to have his own lawyer in a suit challenging the state's legislative and congressional redistricting maps, but only if he doesn't use the money to help the other side win.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A Senate Finance subcommittee scuttled House plans to refinance tobacco settlement bonds to pay for Medicaid programs while it also rejected a tax trade-off plan Gov. Mark Sanford sought.

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MACON, Ga. -- Tobacco industry workers picketed a visit by Gov. Sonny Perdue on Thursday, the first time the governor has seen protests against his plan to hike tobacco taxes to meet the state budget shortfall.

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ATLANTA -Democratic presidential candidates Sen. John Kerry and former Gov. Howard Dean introduced themselves to Georgians on Thursday as they began pushing for victory in 2004.

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GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson plans to begin an economic boycott of Greenville County by discouraging businesses from investing in Clemson University's proposed auto research park.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The estate of a 2-year-old girl who died at the hands of her foster father has sued the Department of Social Services over her death.

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A South Carolina man who attempted to snatch a pregnant Augusta woman off a city street last summer pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted false imprisonment and received probation and a fine.

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THANK YOU TO ALL the doctors and nurses at Fort Gordon. I had open-heart surgery, and they were all so nice, Christian people and took good care of me. I would also like to say thank you to the members of my church, Victory Baptist, for all their support while I was in the hospital.

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AIKEN - Some of the school buses hauling Aiken County pupils are so old and rickety that driving down rural dirt roads has caused their windows to break and their frames to crack.

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- The Marshall Tucker Band will play a May 1 concert organized as an alternative to the Dixie Chicks, who will be opening their U.S. tour at the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville that day.

Schools see new cuts on the way

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A federal judge has ruled that Columbia County's stormwater utility fee is actually a tax.

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EUTAWVILLE -A man found dead on a busy rural road in Orangeburg County was probably shot someplace else before his body was dumped, authorities say.

Kidnap attempt gets probation

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A note to readers:

Hospital to start building offices

Airport warned about hirings

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CAMP VIPER, Iraq - With the weather warming, American troops have another indigenous enemy to contend with in Iraq - bugs.

Airport erases jobs to balance budget

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For 51 weeks a year, protesters probably could gather outside the gates of Augusta National Golf Club without incident or objection, Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength testified in federal court Wednesday.

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Faced with funding problems 1 1/2 years after the Sept. 11 attacks, Augusta Regional Airport officials are slashing their budget and seeking new revenue sources, including a $1 increase in parking fees.

FBI denies man's Augusta ties

Corrections

Woman, 22, killed in car wreck

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HINESVILLE, Ga. -- Amanda Sanchez jumped out of bed at 1:30 Wednesday morning when she heard the phone ring, hoping it was her husband, Spc. Pedro Sanchez, calling from somewhere in Iraq.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Senate confirmed Gov. Mark Sanford's appointees for the state Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism and the Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services on Wednesday.

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AIKEN - A decommissioned nuclear reactor vessel from Maine could be shipped up the Savannah River as early as this month.

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A man accused of having child pornography pleaded guilty Thursday to reduced charges, receiving a five-year prison sentence.

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YORK, Pa. -- A white man charged in the 1969 murder of a young black woman during 10 days of race riots in York pleaded no contest Wednesday to attempted murder and conspiracy.

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Franklin Prather got some valuable information Thursday.

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The FBI is trying to track down a former tenant of an Augusta apartment complex who is suspected of plotting terrorist activities.

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Calling the Augusta National Golf Club one of the city's most significant corporate citizens, Mayor Bob Young spelled out where his support rests days before Masters Week and accompanying protests are scheduled to start.

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Richmond County authorities say an autopsy shows that an Augusta slaying victim died from a gunshot wound to his left leg.

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Augusta Regional Airport will have to try harder to hire female-owned, minority-owned and small businesses for construction projects and concessions, a consultant has told airport officials.

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An Augusta woman was killed early Thursday when she lost control of her vehicle and drove into the path of an oncoming van on Mike Padgett Highway.

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YANKTON, S.D. - The American Red Cross has a problem, one that most charities only dream of having: too many donations.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- More rainfall this year will likely increase the West Nile virus outbreak in South Carolina, a state health official says.

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WESTERN IRAQ - For hours they sit, staring at the horizon.

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Dorothy Richardson, national USO consultant on adolescent social problems, spoke yesterday to a group of Augusta civic leaders on the impact the war is having on young people.

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THANK YOU TO ALL the doctors and nurses at Fort Gordon. I had open-heart surgery, and they were all so nice, Christian people and took good care of me. I would also like to say thank you to the members of my church, Victory Baptist, for all their support while I was in the hospital.

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University Hospital will break ground today on an $8.7 million, 60,000-square-foot medical office complex in Evans.

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ATLANTA - The latest battle over Georgia's emotional state flag issue will wait at least one more day, as lawmakers sift through competing plans for a public vote on the banner.

Soldiers get help on home payment

Mayor details views on club

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Child porn case charges reduced

Across Georgia and South Carolina

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Family members of the Army Reserve 319th Transportation Company will gather Friday night to put together care packages to send to their loved ones in Iraq.

Deadlock delays flag vote plan

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Audrey Brathwaite collapsed in her home, and no one noticed.

Red Cross halts military program

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Because of the inclusion of The Chronicle's annual 68-page Masters Preview section and a large number of Easter sale advertisements, Sunday's newspaper will be delivered about an hour later than normal. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we are sure you'll find this special issue worth the wait.

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Black voters crucial to the success of a proposed fifth Aiken City Council district endorsed by the NAACP didn't show up in significant numbers during Tuesday's citywide referendum, precinct statistics show.

Low black turnout kills district

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ATLANTA -- Voters likely will get to choose which state flag to fly in a referendum next year, but their options may not include the flag which featured the Confederate battle emblem, the chairman of a powerful House committee suggested Wednesday.

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ALBANY, Ga. -- Terri Rachals, a former nurse who was accused of injecting lethal doses of potassium chloride into six patients, has been released after serving her 17-year sentence.

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A BIG RAVE to Davidson Fine Arts for a most enjoyable evening. The production of the Wizard of Oz was fantastic! The directors brought out the very best in the many students they coached. From the orchestra to the technical people, the production was stellar. These young people were a breath of fresh air to the community and to the condition of our current educational system.

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APRIL 4, 1953 Outlines of the new cottage to be built at the Augusta National Golf Club for the convenience of President Eisenhower on his visits to Augusta have been staked out on the grounds at the club, and five Augusta firms have been asked to submit bids by Monday for construction.

Across the area

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AMARILLO, Texas - A federal law enacted more than 60 years ago can be used by 21st century military personnel called to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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An FBI spokesman said Thursday that there is no evidence that an al-Qaida suspect ever lived in Augusta, but tenants and workers at an Augusta apartment complex still contend they saw the man.

Students get idea of work

Stormwater fee is tax, judge says

Across the area

Senator tries to save SRS work

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AIKEN - While Savannah River Site seems to have lost some ground in the behind-the-scenes battle to win a $1.1 billion government demonstration project, Sen. Lindsey Graham's office said Thursday that talks are far from over.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Members of the House plan to take a three-day furlough later this month to help save money during the state's budget crisis.

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When he was young, single and a newly minted soldier, it was much easier for 2nd Lt. Lee Anderson to go to war.

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Today's subscriber of the day is John Barnes of Augusta.

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A BIG RAVE to Davidson Fine Arts for a most enjoyable evening. The production of the Wizard of Oz was fantastic! The directors brought out the very best in the many students they coached. From the orchestra to the technical people, the production was stellar. These young people were a breath of fresh air to the community and to the condition of our current educational system.

Reactor to take trip up river

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If you're visiting town for golf, welcome to the area. The same goes if you have just moved here. In either case, you might want to lend an ear: I want to explain a couple of matters concerning the local weather.

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Guy held captive in a phone booth by a sniper. As a 10-word Hollywood pitch, it sounds like a cool and novel scenario.

Mini reviews

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What Amanda Bynes should have wanted from "What a Girl Wants" is a better script - and she deserves it.

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What Amanda Bynes should have wanted from "What a Girl Wants" is a better script - and she deserves it.

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Guy held captive in a phone booth by a sniper. As a 10-word Hollywood pitch, it sounds like a cool and novel scenario.

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Movies are listed with theater location through Thursday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, check out augusta.com/movies.

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"The Man Without A Past" has such a violent, shocking start that some may be surprised at the quieter shock the film ultimately delivers: It emerges as an unforced fable of a uniquely stirring sort.

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It took Sylvester Stallone three "Rambos" and maybe four of his "Rockys" over a 12-year period before he became painful to watch. Vin Diesel has managed the same with just a few movies in a couple of years.

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TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Joe Nemechek is on the front row yet again, winning the pole Thursday for the Busch series race at Talladega Superspeedway.

NASCAR notebook

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TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. is keeping quiet at Talladega Superspeedway.

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Here are facts about this weekend's Aaron's 499 race.

Focusing on health

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SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Michael Schumacher hopes to put an end to his worst start in 12 years on a track he has dominated for a decade.

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TALLADEGA, Ala. - A sport that puts the name of a cigarette and beer company on its letterhead may draw the line with the dietary supplement ephedra.

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TALLADEGA, Ala. - NASCAR admitted it made a mistake Sunday during the Winston Cup Series race in allowing Kurt Busch and Ricky Rudd to get their lap back in a sprint to the finish line during a caution period.

Racing facts - Aaron's 499

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. can become the first driver to win four consecutive races at the Talladega Superspeedway with a victory in Sunday's Aaron's 499. His father, seven-time series champion Dale Earnhardt, holds the track record with 10 wins at Talladega. The third-generation driver is third in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series point standings. He took time out before Sunday's race to answer questions about Talladega and his season.

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ATLANTA -- Pete Babcock was fired as general manager of the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday, with eight games left in the team's fourth straight losing season.

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ATLANTA - Jason Terry made a wager with Michael Jordan before the Atlanta Hawks faced the Washington Wizards in Jordan's final visit to Atlanta as a player Thursday at Philips Arena.

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NEW YORK -- Ron Artest was fined $20,000 by the NBA on Thursday for his latest outburst on the court: an obscene gesture to the crowd after being struck by a coin during Indiana's victory at Cleveland.

Hawks edge Wizards

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DURHAM, N.C. -- Gail Goestenkors is always looking for ways to motivate her team. This week, she put together a highlight film of Duke's best offensive moments in the NCAA tournament.

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NEW ORLEANS -- Ever since Gerry McNamara started playing basketball a dozen years ago, he's heard the criticism: too skinny, too slow, too weak.

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NEW ORLEANS -- Collison and Hinrich. Or is it Hinrich and Collison?

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NEW YORK -- A simple message is posted in the locker room: "Know your ring size. St. John's goes for No. 6."

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Connecticut's Diana Taurasi and Duke's Alana Beard led their teams to the Final Four and now have something else to celebrate: Unanimous selections to the women's basketball AP All-America team.

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- With two freshmen and two sophomores in the starting lineup, Syracuse has been learning on the fly.

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NEW ORLEANS -- Royal Ivey took a long time to think about who might be able to stop his teammate, star guard T.J. Ford of Texas.

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Reserve Michael Lee tried telling teammate and close friend Aaron Miles about his frustration with criticism directed at the Kansas bench.

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NEW ORLEANS -- He had great teams that should have won but didn't. He had good teams that shouldn't have come close but did.

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee coach Pat Summitt had a horrible start to her Wednesday morning. She watched a tape of the Lady Vols' 76-55 loss to Duke earlier this season.

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David West knows how to get the most, whether it's points on the court or votes off of it.

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NEW YORK -- Andre Emmet had 23 points and eight rebounds and Texas Tech held off Minnesota 71-61 in the NIT consolation game Thursday night.

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Christian Waugh has a reputation as a tough, insightful reporter. He picked Syracuse to make the Final Four and thinks Texas will win the NCAA title.

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NEW ORLEANS -- Tom Crean is a football coach in a basketball coach's body.

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Diana Taurasi and Alana Beard will be there. So will "Rocky Top" and "Hook 'em, horns!" The women's Final Four will feature two of the game's top stars, a ton of tradition and plenty of orange.

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SARS makes it imperative to include Taiwan in WHO
EVEN AMID THE overwhelming coverage of the Iraq war, another important news item has caught many people's attention recently. And as this story unfolds day by day, it has become more and more alarming.

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EVEN AMID THE overwhelming coverage of the Iraq war, another important news item has caught many people's attention recently. And as this story unfolds day by day, it has become more and more alarming.

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South Aiken coach feels right at home

Prep athletes of the week

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Here are profiles of the area prep athletes of the week.

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Paul Waters' first year at South Aiken has been a definite eye-opener.

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Defending champion Laura Coble, of Augusta, was among seven top seeds to advance to the quarterfinals of the Geor-gia women's Match Play Championship at Sunset Hills Country Club in Carrollton, Ga.

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Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett was cleared Thursday of all charges in the alleged sexual assault of a woman in a restaurant bathroom.

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ARCADIA, Calif. -- A year ago, Bob Baffert described himself as a passenger on the bus to the Kentucky Derby. He wasn't used to sitting anywhere other than the driver's seat.

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PARIS -- Lance Armstrong will defend his title at the Criterium du Dauphine Libere race in the French Alps in June as he prepares for a bid at a record-tying fifth straight Tour de France title.

Ramblin' Rhodes: High-energy performers returning to Augusta stages

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Two former Augustans known for high-energy performances take to stages tonight in west Augusta.

Unorthodox director defied Hollywood edicts

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PICKERING, La. -- The discovery of three engine parts from the space shuttle Columbia could mark the end of the debris search in Louisiana.

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NEW YORK - Television viewers seeking relief from war news made Fox's American Idol last week's most popular program.

Club calendar

Standing ovations

Applause calendar

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ATHENS, Ga. -- Kyle Keen had three RBI singles and scored once Wednesday to help Georgia to a 10-2 victory over the College of Charleston.

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ATLANTA -- Dominique Wilkins wants to coach in the NBA. He might be willing to go back to school if his alma mater calls.

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The American film industry loves to sing the praises of members of its community who don't necessarily play by its rules. Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas, who eschewed the Southern California dream factories to ply their trade in the San Francisco Bay area, are regarded as heroes. Sam Peckinpah and Martin Scorsese, who gave modern cinema a violent red patina, are hailed as ground-breaking pioneers.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The visit by South Carolina starting quarterback Dondrial Pinkins to sports orthopedist Dr. James Andrews revealed what Gamecock personnel already knew - Pinkins has an elbow sprain.