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Son's absence makes home a little less lively

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- Unsuspecting travelers are no longer startled from their motel beds. TV sets now stay at the same volume through an entire show. Outdoor conversations aren't interrupted.

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- First there were cows and then pigs. Horses came later, followed by lobsters and mermaids.

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FREDONIA, N.Y. -- An ice cream maker is inviting April fools to line up for a taste of his newest flavor: suffering succotash.

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ATLANTA - Gary Sheffield always prepares for the worst when he visits Veterans Stadium, but the Atlanta Braves' right fielder won't be surprised if the misery index hits a new high tonight.

Teams draw fine line with casino sponsorships

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ATLANTA - Mike Hampton wasn't ready to declare himself ready to pitch, but a 15-minute bullpen session Sunday morning gave him encouragement.

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ATLANTA - Chipper Jones' friendship with Mike Hampton has been well-documented. The native Floridians, both 30, are hunting buddies and have been pals since they played in a high school all-star game together.

Hampton feels good after throwing session

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ATLANTA - Major League Baseball has pursued a fervent vigilance of its squeaky-clean image as America's pastime ever since the Black Sox scandal of 1919. Since then, it has maintained a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to association with gamblers.

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ATLANTA - Anyone who is ready to write off the Atlanta Braves should check with Andruw Jones first.

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ATLANTA -- Gary Sheffield, Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones hit consecutive home runs in the sixth inning Monday, leading the Atlanta Braves over the Florida Marlins 3-0.

Sheffield knows it could get ugly in Philadelphia

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Q. My husband and I are about to start a family. Do we need life insurance? How much? And what kind?

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NEW YORK -- Stocks jumped as U.S.-led troops swept into Baghdad and seized a presidential palace Monday, giving investors hoping for a swift end to the war. But a burst of late-day profit-taking left stocks just modestly higher.

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NEW YORK -- Julie Bernstein used to always dress in black, but since the U.S.-led war in Iraq began, she's donning bright colors like cobalt blue. She's also purchased her first bright red lipstick and nail polish.

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Conventional wisdom says you can't find a hotel room in Augusta during Masters Week.

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ATLANTA -- The world's largest beverage maker and a fledgling sports network are joining forces.

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ATLANTA - Workers who need small loans for short periods will have to borrow from licensed, traditional lenders such as banks, finance companies and pawnshops if a bill passed Monday by the Georgia Senate becomes law.

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NEW YORK -- Sales of military toys, particularly G.I. Joes, are getting an extra boost from the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

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When thousands of golf fans can't get to a pimento cheese sandwich inside Augusta National Golf Club, they have to find lunch elsewhere.

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KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. - Up to $77 million in financing and court approval of its reorganization plan will pave the way for FAO Inc. to emerge from bankruptcy, the toy store operator said Monday.

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ATLANTA - On the eve of the Masters Tournament, the Georgia Senate voted to prevent hotel and motel owners from raising their room rates around sporting events.

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CLEMSON, S.C. -- Brady Everett went 2-for-3 with three RBIs to help Clemson to a 9-2 victory against Virginia in Atlantic Coast Conference action Sunday.

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CLEMSON, S.C. -- New Clemson coach Oliver Purnell said Sunday he left Dayton not just to coach in the Atlantic Coast Conference, but to win the league.

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A welcome exorcism

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If they didn't get the head of the snake, they appear to have pierced a major organ of the beast.

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Al-Qaida, like their Taliban brothers in Afghanistan, had no use for women in its ranks. In fact, except for sex and mothering children, the all-male terrorist organization had little use for women at all.

The anti-Saddam

Useful women

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This administration's penchant for secrecy was manifest again last month when President George W. Bush amended a 1995 executive order signed by then-President Bill Clinton that automatically declassified most government documents after 25 years.

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South Carolina House members plan to take a three-day furlough April 15-17 to help save money during the state's budget crisis.

S.C. House savings

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You've heard of the courage of 19-year-old U.S. Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch who fired away at Iraqi soldiers until she and her fellow soldiers were captured.

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CLEVELAND -- Cleveland-based McVay Media Inc., a consultant to 150 radio stations across the country, has published a "Media War Manual" on its Web site.

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Winn-Dixie stores are giving away a Chevy Malibu car every day for 31 days during a month-long promotion. Customers who use their customer reward cards will be eligible for the drawings.

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Each year, coverage of the Masters Golf Tournament runs on CBS with just four minutes of commercials an hour.

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NEW YORK -- In times of uncertainty or crisis, Americans tend to pull back and take stock of their lives. That seems to be happening now.

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Investors should be on lookout for poor-performing managers

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WASHINGTON- For taxpayers looking for ways to avoid the last-minute rush for preparing and filing tax returns, the Internal Revenue Service offers these tips:

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Did you know that you may be able to deduct certain taxes on your federal income tax return? The IRS says you can if you file Form 1040 and itemize deductions on Schedule A.

Tax tips: Some taxes are deductible

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

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Warmer air and sunny skies spur that primal urge to get out and play in the garden. Pruning shrubs is a good place to start. Most need annual pruning and are forgiving of mistakes.

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With the opening weekend of the South Atlantic League's 100th Anniversary season underway, there is no truth to the rumor that 2003 also marks the 100th Anniversary season for longtime league president John H. Moss.

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COLUMBIA - Augusta rallied to beat Capital City 4-3 and spoil its home opener.

Augusta State fires off record day

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Mother Nature took center stage at the Masters Tournament on Monday, forcing tournament officials to close the course and keep patrons away for the first time in 20 years.

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NAKHON PATHOM, Thailand -- Edward Loar of Dallas became the first left-hander to win on the Asian PGA Tour, capturing the Thailand Open by five strokes Sunday for his first pro victory.

Mother Nature closes National

National closes gates due to weather

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Oliver Wilson stood behind the 18th green at Forest Hills Golf Club, looking toward the sky. His mom, Vicki, wiped away tears. His dad, Doug, just smiled.

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LOS ANGELES - Annika Sorenstam struggled with her game all tournament, yet still played well enough to earn her first victory of the year.

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DULUTH, Ga. - Ben Crane went so low on the final nine holes of the BellSouth Classic on Sunday that he couldn't keep track of what he was shooting.

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Bad weather led Augusta National Golf Club officials to close the gates for Monday's practice round, halting all golf activities and preventing fans from coming inside.

Jackets rally to beat Bombers

League continues to stay 'traditional'

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U.S. forces barreled into the heart of Baghdad with a dramatic show of force Monday and met pockets of fierce resistance. British officials said troops found a body in southern Iraq that they believed was the notorious Iraqi general known as "Chemical Ali."

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Our house looks perfect this Masters Week.

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The Augusta National Golf Club closed the gates Monday due to weather.

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The Augusta National Golf Club closed the gates Monday due to weather.

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A federal court judge ruled Monday morning that the city's protest ordinance is constitutional, but a decision still is pending on whether Sheriff Ronnie Strength was within his rights to tell hundreds of protesters that they could not demonstrate directly outside the Augusta National Golf Club's front gates.

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"I'm against the war, but I support the troops" is a ridiculous position not worth reporting in your paper. If the protesters who spout this meaningless slogan actually knew any military personnel (and I doubt that they do), they would know that what the soldiers want is one very simple thing: victory on the battlefield. They want to use the skills they have acquired to win the war before coming home. You can't claim to support the troops without sharing this goal with them. David Clayton Carrad, Martinez, Ga.

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It should be reassuring to know that our city has taken steps to protect our drinking water by closing Central Avenue from Highland Avenue to Iris Drive. But why is there the haunting feeling that closing Central has less to do with public safety than with the November 2001 announcement of plans to expand the water plant across Central, permanently closing Central from Highland to Iris? Tom Zwemer, Augusta

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As a transplanted New Yorker who has lived in Augusta for the past 14 years, I am appalled by the coverage of The New York Times on the issue of the Augusta National Golf Club's men-only membership policy. John Schimoler, Augusta

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Regarding the upcoming protest by National Council of Women's Organizations Chairwoman Martha Burk and her group in Augusta: With so many pressing issues facing women in this country (domestic abuse, health issues, poverty, etc.) and the world (mutilation, lack of any freedom and even worse), this woman chooses to fight against a private golf club's membership policy. The policy is to invite people after they have been nominated by current members. Leah Murphy, Grovetown, Ga.

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I often wonder, why do we vote straight Republican or Democratic tickets every time an election is held? Some people do it because their parents and grandparents have done it that way for years. Some people do it because of the area or town they live in. Maurice Thomas, North Augusta, S.C.

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Soon local and state entities will expend a great amount of energy, time and money to bring business leaders to our community in an effort to persuade them that Augusta is an ideal place for them to locate at least part of their enterprise. Chess Howard, Augusta

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I'm writing to express my sincere appreciation for the well-written article by Timothy Cox, "Getting it for a song," which appeared in the March 16 edition of The Augusta Chronicle in the Metro section regarding the street naming for the Swanee Quintet. Delores Barnwell Dunbar, East Point, Ga.

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My younger sister, Audrey Weis Smith, is one of the five teachers at A.R. Johnson Magnet School who Principal Dorothy Gandy has decided to transfer. Carol O'Pry, Waynesboro, Ga.

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I want to thank Johnny Edwards and your paper for giving my family updated information on the company that my brother is serving with, the 319th Transportation Co. I received a letter from my brother today, and in it he mentioned that they had a reporter from Augusta with them. I found your Web site and the articles that Johnny Edwards has been submitting. I want you to know that the articles brought my family great peace of mind and allowed us to track my brother, SFC David Uthe. Brad Uthe, Madison, S.D.

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In his March 28 letter, "Bush commits 'capital crime' in war to change world order," Mohsin Ansari accuses our president of, among other things, committing "a capital crime" against modern international law, violating the U.N. Charter, abandoning modern-day law and order, and throwing into question the effectiveness of the United Nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which have "so far served as the basis of the world's political order." Where has Mr. Ansari been for the last 15 years? Roy S. Ellis, Evans, Ga.

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Many states have passed legislation known as a Woman's Right-to-Know law. The abortion industry has stigmatized these laws, thereby leading people to believe that they are merely a vehicle to harass women who seek abortions. Nothing could be further from the truth. Vern Simon, Evans, Ga.

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Ever since the tragedy of the space shuttle Columbia, there have been numerous people condemning the NASA program and demanding that there should be an end put to manned space travel. It amazes me how ignorant people are of the benefits of manned missions in the space program. There are actually many such benefits in everything from medicine and industry to recreation. ... The philosophical reasons for going into space are profound as well, considering it is in our nature to explore regardless of the risks (Lewis and Clark's famous expedition comes to mind). This has been only the most recent display of ignorance of science displayed by the citizenry of our country. Jason Goodman, North Augusta, S.C.

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One wonders if the "powers that be" in Augusta have given some thought as to who will be the majority of National Council of Women's Organizations Chairwoman Martha Burk's protesters during the Masters. Mimi Hallman, Aiken, S.C.

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I was offended by Susan Yarborough's April 2 letter, "Opposes war, but supports troops," which stated that we who support the war have put our military in harm's way by accepting President George W. Bush's policies without question. Suzi Adkins, Warrenton, Ga.

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It was just seven months ago that Nancy Felton became a widow.

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As if their rivalry on the golf course wasn't enough, now Tiger Woods and Ernie Els will be battling it out at the jewelry counter.

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For the weekend golfer, a round on a picturesque course is the perfect way to relax. Sure, there are stressors - that sand trap that seems to suck the ball right in, or that know-it-all who insists on playing commentator for your every shot - but it's mostly a carefree way to spend a Saturday.

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The Emmy-nominated Antiques Roadshow on PBS will be making a stop at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center on July 12.

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APRIL 7, 1983 A federal judge on Wednesday banned anyone but the Augusta National Inc. from selling souvenirs that display Masters Tournament emblems.

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ATLANTA -An Atlanta-area lawmaker wants to cut down on the number of Georgia counties in hopes of saving money by streamlining government services.

Judge: Protest ordinance constitutional

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Today's subscriber of the day is Catherine Gutierrez of Hephzibah.

Police investigate fatal shooting

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APRIL 8, 1993 A pilot escaped serous injury Wednesday after his small airplane crashed off Damascus Road near Highland Avenue.

Busy Capitol faces flag, budget battles

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ATLANTA -- Black lawmakers said they don't like the proposal for an entirely new state flag because it could open the door to a referendum on restoring the Confederate battle emblem.

Correction

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BEAUFORT, S.C. - The suspensions of 35 high school students in the quaint coastal town of Beaufort have made it the new focus of an old issue, the potentially offensive fashion statement made by clothing depicting the Confederate flag.

Augusta triumphs in protest lawsuit

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ATLANTA - Morris Brown College lost its bid Monday to get its accreditation back.

House sends OK'd budget to Senate

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MACON, Ga. -- The Georgia Forestry Commission receives more than 300,000 phone calls a year, mostly from homeowners requesting permits to burn small piles of leaves. Now they can request the permits online.

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Augustan being held in child-porn case

Across the area

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The Augusta Genealogical Society in downtown Augusta is a treasure chest of family histories where people from all over the world come to search for their roots.

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I THINK IT is important to know why France has turned against us. France gets oil from Iraq and sells munitions and other equipment to Iraq. France, therefore, has a big stake in continuing commerce. Once we overturn this regime, where will France get the money?

Masters increases security

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With the United States at war with Iraq and Martha Burk battling Augusta National Golf Club, more security will be part of the game at the 2003 Masters Tournament.

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ORANGEBURG - An 18-car pileup along Interstate 26 in Calhoun County on Sunday caused just four minor injuries, authorities say.

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FORT BENNING, Ga. -- Hundreds of motorcyclists rode through Georgia and Alabama Saturday in support of American troops fighting in Iraq.

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An Augusta man is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on $1.48 million bond after he was arrested on child pornography charges in Grovetown.

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ATLANTA -- It looks like a partisan squabble over the boring matter of political district lines - Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue is suing Democratic Attorney General Thurbert Baker to make him stop pursuing a redistricting suit against the federal government.

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ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- An 18-car pileup along Interstate 26 in Calhoun County on Sunday caused just four minor injuries, authorities say.

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BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- The first commercial airline pilots who will carry guns into the cockpit are set to begin training.

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BEAUFORT, S.C. -- More than 100 people gathered here to pray for U.S. troops fighting in Iraq - and for a resolution to a Confederate flag T-shirt debate at local high schools.

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MANNING, S.C. -- Craig Jones grew up in a family of firefighters. He grieved as family friends died in the Twin Towers collapse. So when he got the chance to battle fires and serve his country in its battle with Iraq, he took it.

Soldiers honored for duty near Iraq

Letters home wanted

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A chart in Monday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle showing the status of key bills in the Georgia Legislature contained incorrect information on two bills. House Bill 770, which would overhaul the state's system for representing poor defendants, would require that public defenders be appointed locally. It has been passed by the House Judiciary Committee. Senate Bill 133 would reform the state's medical liability system and is designed to reduce the number of malpractice lawsuits and the size of jury verdicts.

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MULLINS, S.C. -- Gov. Mark Sanford, recently returned from two weeks of training with the U.S. Air Force Reserve, said we should remember and honor those Americans fighting in Iraq.

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A revised history of Augusta's fire department still neglects to note the accomplishments of many minorities, but at least it's an improvement from an older history, some elected officials said Monday.

Home's roof is struck by bolt

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Although Aiken County's budget forecast for the coming fiscal year isn't rosy, it doesn't look bleak enough yet to mandate a property tax increase, County Administrator Clay Killian said last week.

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ATLANTA -- Georgia's 159 counties is more than any other state in the nation except Texas.

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Have you received a letter from a family member or friend in the military who is serving in Iraq? The Augusta Chronicle would like share soldiers' stories from the war zone by reprinting letters mailed home. If you would like to share your letter, send us a copy.

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ATLANTA -- The green tree frog isn't the official amphibian of Georgia - yet.

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Police charged a homeless teen with riding in a stolen vehicle after a Sunday morning traffic stop in Augusta.

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GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The company that owns a Rock Hill group home where workers were disciplined for using excessive force on children also owns a home for troubled children where three workers were charged with homicide by child abuse.

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When most Augustans were waking to the raucous rumblings of thunder Sunday morning, Allison Greene was searching for a tent.

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While Billy Hudson was getting ready for church Sunday morning, he heard a crackle like nothing he had heard before. A few moments later, it became clear that he wouldn't make the service.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Christina Hunter believes she is a better teacher having earned national certification and is frustrated with legislators who question whether the program is worth funding during the state budget crisis.

319th unit takes cover from snipers in new camp

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I THINK IT is important to know why France has turned against us. France gets oil from Iraq and sells munitions and other equipment to Iraq. France, therefore, has a big stake in continuing commerce. Once we overturn this regime, where will France get the money?

Gates open for Par-3 contest

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Sen. Randy Hall passed his first bill Monday, but not without some kidding.

Search for missing woman is over

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COLUMBIA -Christina Hunter says she is a better teacher after earning national certification and is frustrated with legislators who question whether the program is worth funding during the state budget crisis.

City's history keeps detractors

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ATLANTA - The Georgia House on Monday approved a $16 billion budget for next year that exceeds the state's estimated revenue for the period by $128 million. Lawmakers said that must be offset by further spending cuts or a tax increase before the session ends.

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AIKEN - The piano player at the Willcox Inn is late, so the staff plays some recorded music that flatly fills the void. John Vaughn finally shows up, wearing a dark suit, his black shock of hair dangling close to his eyebrows. He starts to play.

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CAMP CHESTY, Iraq - The 319th Transportation Company's remaining fleet delivered nearly 150,000 gallons of fuel Monday to a Marine camp south of Baghdad, then spent the night at the camp to avoid passing through any Iraqi villages at night.

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A RAVE FOR the wonderful young woman with a heart full of love and sharing. She made (free of charge) big yellow bows to decorate our porches and gave them away. What an inspiration.

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REFUELING POINT ANDERSON, Iraq - By trading with local residents on the roadside, soldiers passing through Shiite country in southern Iraq have collected souvenirs that might soon become the Iraqi equivalent of Confederate money.

Bleak year awaits county, schools

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ATLANTA - This week promises two of the longest days members of the General Assembly are likely to endure in a session that is becoming the longest in more than a century.

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SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A member of Savannah's tourism advisory committee has asked the city to start regulating the walking tours around its quaint squares and elegant buildings.

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On the day some soldiers in Fort Gordon's 359th Signal Brigade were preparing to return home, an Iraqi missile exploded near Kuwait's most popular shopping mall.

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JACKSON, Miss. -As its troops gear up for war, a Mississippi Air National Guard unit is again the subject of an investigation that already has uncovered corruption and racism among its top brass.

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Not every local site is related to golf. This week, we profile the secret places that Augustans show guests when they come to town.

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BEAUFORT, S.C. - After nearly four years behind bars for contempt of court, Mary Peters is tired of fighting.

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A RAVE FOR the wonderful young woman with a heart full of love and sharing. She made (free of charge) big yellow bows to decorate our porches and gave them away. What an inspiration.

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Traffic was so bad Monday on Washington Road that Richmond County sheriff's Maj. Larry Vinson was thankful he was in an unmarked police car.

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A dusk-to-dawn search for an elderly woman missing from a Clearwater trailer park came up empty Monday morning. It was set to resume when authorities discovered she was a patient at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

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Today's subscriber of the day is Lillian Walker of Hephzibah.

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THOMSON - Melinda Rivers was huddled in a back bedroom with her children early Monday when her boyfriend kicked in the door, armed with a gun, and ordered the children to leave.

Cancer patient works on deal to be set free

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The State Election Commission could be required to adopt a single statewide voting system under a bill being considered in the House.

National closes gates due to weather

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ATLANTA -- He was a pilot, a West Point grad and a former semipro soccer player who planned to teach economics at his alma mater after attending Harvard business school. Now, his wife of seven months said Monday, Capt. James Adamouski can add war hero to his resume.

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In two separate court orders issued Monday, a federal judge upheld Augusta's newly amended protest laws and sided with Sheriff Ronnie Strength's safety concerns about Masters Week protests along Washington Road.

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LOS ANGELES -- Colin Farrell's "Phone Booth," about a man held hostage on a pay phone by a sniper, debuted as the weekend's No. 1 movie with $15 million.

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Some Americans refer to it as the "second national anthem." Others say it should be the national anthem.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Record companies already plagued by steadily declining sales now face the return of a barrage of aggressive bills in California and New York that will attack the industry's contract and accounting practices.

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SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Fernando Alonso was released from the hospital Monday, a day after he was removed from the track on a stretcher following a crash at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Earnhardt Jr. not penalized for move

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TALLADEGA, Ala. - A day after admitting "the racing gods at Talladega like the Earnhardt family," Dale Earnhardt Jr. picked up another important confidant Sunday - NASCAR.

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SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Kimi Raikkonen of Finland won a shortened Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday after the race on a rain-soaked track was stopped because of spinouts and crashes.

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TALLADEGA, Ala. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. rallied to NASCAR's defense Sunday afternoon after the sanctioning body didn't penalize him for his race-winning pass on the track apron.

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CHICAGO -- Chicago Bulls general manager Jerry Krause resigned Monday, citing health problems, after helping build the dominant NBA team of the 1990s and then struggling to rebuild.

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NEW ORLEANS -- The moment their first Final Four in 56 years ended, the Texas Longhorns started talking about next season, with T.J. Ford leading a group of seniors.

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ATLANTA - The Connecticut-Tennessee series has become the fiercest rivalry in all of women's basketball.

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NEW ORLEANS -- Marquette might be in for a major makeover despite losing just one senior from its first Final Four team in 26 years.

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ATLANTA -- Tennessee's Pat Summitt is the stern disciplinarian with an icy glare, yet her players consider her a surrogate mother.

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NEW ORLEANS -- For coaches Roy Williams and Jim Boeheim, the NCAA championship game provided an opportunity to end persistent complaints and quiet critics who dwell on the one glaring gap in their resumes.

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ATLANTA -- Connecticut point guard Maria Conlon has some advice for opposing coaches on how to stop teammate Diana Taurasi.

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ATLANTA -- Tennessee is back in the women's national championship game for the 10th time, and Gwen Jackson had everything to do with it.

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ATLANTA - First team All-American Alana Beard has carried the Duke Lady Blue Devils all season long. The weight on her shoulders proved too heavy Sunday at the Georgia Dome, as Tennessee overcame Beard's 29 points, winning 66-56 to advance to the Tuesday's NCAA Women's Championship Game.

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NEW ORLEANS -- The Kansas Jayhawks feature plenty of senior leadership and four starters who were in the Final Four last season. They're a very good man-to-man defensive team and have the country's best transition game on offense.

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NEW ORLEANS - The Syracuse Orangemen were playground players early and a bundle of nerves late. They juked, jammed and barely held on for a victory that gave coach Jim Boeheim his long-awaited championship.

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Mrs. Betty Ashley (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Johnnie Thomas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Loys Chalker (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Brown (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. William Keenan Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Fannie Clark (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Richardson (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. Johnny Castro (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Graham (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mr. Larry Lamar (RAYLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Harding (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorothy Sims (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma Daugherty (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mildred Cadden (OXFORD, Ga.)

Mrs. Eleanor Bell (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Geraldine Weibel (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Fannie Clark (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Keenan Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Arrington (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Boykin Trumpler (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Carrie Lofton (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Ms. Mary Hubbard (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie Evans (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie Evans (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Gary Johnson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mable Miller (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Carl Key (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Dr. Connie Dabney (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Bryant (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Herman Patterson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Tommie Newberry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Loys Chalker (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mr. John Rumbin (LAWRENCEBURG, Ky.)

Rev. Frank Doremus (AUSTIN, Texas)

Mrs. Eumice Oswald (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Monica Haskell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gwen Murphy (CARNESVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Nelson Benjamin (ORLANDO, Fla.)

Mr. Andrew Chenault (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Richardson (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. Herman Smith (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Boyd (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorothy Sims (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Johnnie Thomas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jessie Cheatham (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. David VanFossen (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mildred Holloway (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Burk's challenge sullies Augusta's green field of dream
GIVEN THE decibel level, you would assume Martha Burk and the Augusta National Golf Club were in the midst of acrimonious litigation. Discrimination has been charged. As we all know in these enlightened times, discrimination based on sex is illegal. So why hasn't a judge padlocked Magnolia Lane until women, and plenty of them, grace the membership rolls of Augusta National?

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GIVEN THE decibel level, you would assume Martha Burk and the Augusta National Golf Club were in the midst of acrimonious litigation. Discrimination has been charged. As we all know in these enlightened times, discrimination based on sex is illegal. So why hasn't a judge padlocked Magnolia Lane until women, and plenty of them, grace the membership rolls of Augusta National?

Overtime

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Arne Ljungqvist was appointed head of the IOC panel overseeing the fight against banned drugs, succeeding the late Prince Alexandre de Merode.

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STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Swedish tennis player Magnus Larsson said Sunday he is retiring from the sport.

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Raytona Whitfield of Augusta scored a 10-6 win over James Lester Jr. in the light flyweight division at the U.S. Challenge box-off Saturday night at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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The University of South Carolina spring football game is set to kickoff at 1 p.m. Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium, and it will also be Fan Appreciation Day.

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OEIRAS, Portugal -- Top-seeded Jiri Novak was knocked out of the Estoril Open in the first round by John van Lottum 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-5 Monday.

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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Here's some bad news for the WTA Tour - Serena Williams is looking forward to playing on clay this week at the Family Circle Cup.

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BOSTON -- What is a Finnish pancake?

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NEW YORK -- Geraldo Rivera says he's sorry for breaking the military's rules for journalists by outlining planned troop movements in the sand.

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NEW YORK -- Sue Johanson isn't trying to raise eyebrows on her TV show. She's just raising awareness about sex.

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Bet you'll like "Lucky."

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PHILADELPHIA -- At age 50, TV Guide is showing signs of maturity. Circulation is down amid competition from newspapers that offer their own listings and TV shows that provide a steady stream of celebrity news.

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Georgia's Lee Mitchell hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Jon Armitage followed two batters later with a solo homer to set the tone Sunday in a 10-4 Southeastern Conference victory by the Bulldogs over Arkansas.

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BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU scored eight runs in the first two innings and never looked back on the way to a 12-4 win over Southeastern Conference rival South Carolina Sunday.

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Christopher Goss looks nothing like the King. His sandy blond curls don't even come close to resembling the dark black lamb-chopped 'do that Elvis Presley sported in his later years.

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New CDs in stores today include To Whom it May Concern, the debut CD from the King's daughter, Lisa Marie Presley; Faceless from Godsmack; and Summer Sun, from Yo La Tango.

Question of the week

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THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I have a friend who is just aggravating. She thinks that every boy - and girl, for that matter - likes her. It gets on my nerves. What should I say to her? - 16-year-old Augusta girl

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THE FACTS: April Story, 18, a senior at Lakeside High School.

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THE FACTS: Whitney Poss, 16, a junior at Evans High School.