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NEW YORK -- Is there any comedian more strongly associated with an era than Yakov Smirnoff?

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Darryl Strawberry smiled, hugged his wife, thanked a guard and drove away from prison Tuesday, beginning what his lawyer hopes will be a drug-free life.

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NEW YORK -- Look out, pitchers!

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CHICAGO -- Before Sammy Sosa charged out of the dugout and sprinted to right field to start another season at Wrigley Field, the Chicago Cubs honored him for hitting his 500th homer.

Son's absence makes home a little less lively

Byrd will miss scheduled start

Teams draw fine line with casino sponsorships

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PHILADELPHIA - Atlanta Braves pitcher Paul Byrd admitted Tuesday that his right elbow is still bothering him and he won't make Thursday's start against the Philadelphia Phillies.

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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.

Braves lose in extra innings

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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.

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PHILADELPHIA - He said it jokingly, after he'd felt the wintry air sting his cheek.

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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.

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PHILADELPHIA - He said it jokingly, after he'd felt the wintry air sting his cheek.

Sheffield knows it could get ugly in Philadelphia

Atlanta fall to Phillies in 10th

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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.

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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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There was much discussion leading up to Masters Week about the expected dropoff in corporate spending for catering, parties and frills.

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

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Tuesday it has issued 32 unsafe workplace citations against Augusta's Shapiro Packing Co. The agency is proposing $165,000 in fines against the beef-processing facility.

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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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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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The Masters Tournament is the closest Augusta comes to having its own Disney World - at least in terms of tourist spending.

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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 -- Stocks dipped modestly lower Tuesday after earnings warnings from companies including Microchip Technology and Nautilus Group offset investor optimism about a quick end to the war.

Huskies defeat Vols for second-straight

Tennessee- UConn meet again in final

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"Civil liberties, as guaranteed by the Constitution, imply the existence of an organized society maintaining public order without which liberty itself would be lost ..."

Useful women

A welcome exorcism

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Once again the question is being asked, is Saddam Hussein alive? For the second time in this war, the Iraqi dictator has been targeted for death by coalition bombing raids.

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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.

Solid ground

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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.

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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.

S.C. House savings

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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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BUCHAREST, Romania -- An exhibit displaying the works of a painter who is a Falun Gong member had to be relocated after a theater closed the show at the request of the Chinese embassy, the organizer said.

Tax tips: Some taxes are deductible

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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.

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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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Chefs throughout the South are using traditional Southern ingredients in new, exciting and often upscale ways.

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Three healthy dinners for spring can be yours with a minimum of thinking ahead and shopping. Given that forethought, each will take a half-hour or less to serve.

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CONCORD, N.H. - After a long winter of heavy pasta and rice dishes, consider lightening things up with polenta - corn meal that has been slow cooked until it is soft and creamy.

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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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Rain postponed the Augusta GreenJackets game at Capital City on Tuesday.

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

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Larry Mize said he used to think that if you were a good person, everything would turn out all right.

Mother Nature closes National

National closes gates due to weather

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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.

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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.

Jackets rally to beat Bombers

Rain washes away GreenJackets game

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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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With U.S. forces in central Baghdad and coalition confidence growing, President Bush said Tuesday it was possible that bunker-busting bombs aimed at Saddam Hussein and his two sons could have killed the Iraqi president. Marines moved into a key military airfield in the capital city's southeast corner.

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Our house looks perfect this Masters Week.

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Wednesday's annual Par-3 contest was suspened due to rain.

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

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A federal appeals court rejected Martha Burk's emergency request to allow protesters outside the front gate of Augusta National Golf Club.

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"Over the last 10 months everything that could possibly be said on the subject of Augusta National and its membership, everything that could be said, has been said. We are a ... the fact is, we are a private club. A group getting together periodically for camaraderie, just as thousands of clubs and organizations do all over America."

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

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Augusta National Golf Club has no timetable for admitting its first female member, Masters Tournament Chairman Hootie Johnson said Wednesday.

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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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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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"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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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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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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This is a great country in spite of peaceniks trying to tear it apart with their ignorant and uninformed rantings. They were either never in the service or were misfits in the military, and all were self-made generals. Harry Oliphant, Hephzibah, Ga.

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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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Rush Limbaugh, Austin Rhodes and Sean Hannity all blame the failure of liberal talk radio on poor ratings and having a message that isn't appealing. Not only is this not true but, without exception, conservative radio talk show hosts constantly lie, reason poorly, and don't even have an in-depth understanding of the issues. Mark Gelbart, Augusta

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For too long we have accepted statements to be construed as fact under the guise of freedom of speech. We have completely overlooked the fact that this freedom carries with it a responsibility. Helen Bolen, North Augusta, S.C.

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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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Something about Augusta always looks different during Masters week. The city seems to shine, and the people seem to shine as well. Anna S. Garrett, Augusta

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Margaret Ertz' letter on March 29 ("Will someone explain Burk's obsession?") was only the latest to make clear that Martha Burk is the woman Augustans love to hate. Charles P. Heywood, Martinez, Ga.

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Readers should be aware of Web sites for two petitions against National Council of Women's Organizations Chairwoman Martha Burk's planned activities during Master's week in Augusta. Many supporters have already signed them. As of March 30, more than 8,200 people from many places have signed. Roslyn A. Walton, Appling, Ga.

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Want to learn a few golf tips from Jack Nicklaus or Ernie Els?

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Food & Wine magazine has named its top 10 America's 2003 best new chefs, giving the group a boost on their way from up-and-coming status to arrived.

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Yellow ribbons have been a symbol of remembrance for those far away from home for decades.

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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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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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It might be half a world away from the battlefield, but it's a tough mission nonetheless. When a soldier dies or goes missing in combat, it's the job of another soldier back home to notify the family.

Papers late for Aiken, Columbia Co.

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

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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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HOMER - A man serving a life sentence for a string of church fires was indicted for felony murder Monday in the death of a volunteer firefighter more than four years ago.

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

Full statement by Hootie Johnson

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

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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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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.

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LAFAYETTE, Ga. -- More than 100 unidentified bodies found at the Tri-State Crematory will be turned over to Walker County officials for burial after investigators were unable to determine their identities.

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

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ATLANTA -- Former President Jimmy Carter called on Georgia lawmakers to pray for the safety of American soldiers Tuesday as he addressed a joint session of the Legislature.

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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.

Paralyzed man sues over care in jail

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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.

When soldiers die, a grim duty begins

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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.

Man claims prejudice at pool hall

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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.

Man rescued in desert phones ordeal to wife

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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.

House votes to change state flag

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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.

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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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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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It is more than a historic building - it is an enduring icon.

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

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An Atlanta man has filed suit against the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, alleging that negligence led to several nights behind bars.

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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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North Augusta City Councilman Ken McDowell has one question that's been bugging him lately: When will the mosquito spraying start?

Appeals court rejects Burk's request to protest at from gate

Augustan being held in child-porn case

Wildlife poisoning charged in cases

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Membership protesters dispute location ruling

Hootie: Club has no timetable

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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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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.

319th unit takes cover from snipers in new camp

Savannah pays woman to scoop horse manure

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Senate OKs aid to religious charities

Police investigate fatal shooting

Judge hears Capitol case on authority

Across the area

City's history keeps detractors

Par-3 contest canceled

Augusta triumphs in protest lawsuit

Senate OKs charity aid

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Georgia authorities charged a Columbia County man with poisoning wildlife after a monthlong investigation that began with the discovery of dead animals on private land near Appling.

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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?

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APRIL 9, 1903 COLUMBIA - James Jackson of Augusta was in this city today for a conference with E.B. Clark, manager of the local railway, in regard to the Aiken-Columbia trolley extension.

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Today's sailor of the day is Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Charlton Rogers of Aiken.

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MY RANT IS that our brave military is old enough to fight and die for our freedom but not old enough to go into a nightclub and have a drink. I feel if they are serving in the military and have an active military ID card, they should be able to reap all the benefits they have fought and died for.

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SAVANNAH, Ga. - Pfc. Deanna Klein was returning to her south Georgia home from a week's visit with her in-laws in Kentucky when she became stuck in traffic on Interstate 75.

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After weeks of uncertainty about where protesters will be allowed to demonstrate during Masters Week, local law enforcement officers say they got their answer from a federal court ruling issued Monday.

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ATLANTA - The Georgia Senate approved an amendment to the state constitution Tuesday that would allow religious organizations to receive state funding for charitable activities.

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COLUMBIA - The state health department has received a three-year, $960,000 grant to lead a program aimed at improving dental care for young children and handicapped adults.

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Police are investigating a man's claim that he was refused service and attacked at an Augusta pool hall because he is black.

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ATLANTA - The debate over who calls the shots in Georgia legal matters is now in the lap of a Fulton County Superior Court judge, who heard more than three hours of argument Tuesday.

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A second paralyzed man has filed suit alleging that conditions at the Richmond County jail endangered his health.

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ATLANTA - Georgia would get its second redesigned flag in two years, but the public would get to vote on keeping the design or scrapping it under a bill passed by the House late Tuesday night.

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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.

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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?

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ATLANTA -- Saying they did not have enough support to increase the tax on cigarettes, Senate Republicans announced Tuesday that they would push a plan to balance the budget with spending cuts and by changing the way payroll taxes are collected.

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Stephen Henry is carefully watching this year's Masters Tournament from inside Westside High School's auditorium.

Gates open for Par-3 contest

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MY RANT IS that our brave military is old enough to fight and die for our freedom but not old enough to go into a nightclub and have a drink. I feel if they are serving in the military and have an active military ID card, they should be able to reap all the benefits they have fought and died for.

Search for missing woman is over

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Today's subscriber of the day is Jimmy Walker of Augusta.

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ATLANTA - The Georgia Senate approved an amendment to the state constitution Tuesday that would allow religious organizations to receive state funding for charitable activities.

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SAVANNAH, Ga. - At the time Florence Jackson started her patrol at about 2 p.m., the manure was really starting to bake.

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LaFAYETTE, Ga. -- And you thought the 2000 presidential election was trouble?

House sends OK'd budget to Senate

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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled that Charleston County may not start collecting an additional half-cent sales tax until the court decides whether the levy is legal.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A Colorado man must register as a sex offender in South Carolina, even though the crime he committed in Colorado wouldn't have required him to register here, the South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled.

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Joseph Randolph Wilson, of North Carolina, waits while Richmond County sheriff'sDeputies J. Paugh (left) and C. Mitchell file an arrest report. Mr. Wilson had been warned about blocking traffic Tuesday while selling Masters tickets along Washington Road. The sheriff's office said ticket scalping is a big problem during Masters Week because sellers obstruct traffic while trying to do their business.

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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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LONDON -- Beethoven's final manuscript of the Ninth Symphony, marked with the composer's revisions and insults to the copyist who produced it, could fetch up to $4.6 million at a sale in London next month.

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Dario Franchitti will miss this week's IRL race in Japan after injuring his back in a motorcycle accident during a family visit in Scotland.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- When an official sees a basketball player step on the out-of-bounds line, he blows a whistle. When NASCAR officials see a car's wheels slide over the yellow out-of-bounds line at the track, sometimes the driver has been penalized and sometimes he hasn't.

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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.

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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 YORK -- The New Orleans Hornets will move to the NBA's Western Conference by the 2004-05 season at the latest.

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PHILADELPHIA -- A judge dismissed a lawsuit by a man who contended he gave Allen Iverson the nickname "The Answer" and sought royalties for its use on merchandise.

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

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- There were plenty of signs of trouble: a November loss in the team's first real test, a 3-3 start to the season, an injury to a key player in January.

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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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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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NEW ORLEANS -- Decisions, decisions.

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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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ATLANTA - Diana Taurasi ended her junior season the same way she started it - as a champion.

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

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

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

Mr. Tommie Newberry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Carl Key (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mrs. Johnnie Thomas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie Evans (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. John Rumbin (LAWRENCEBURG, Ky.)

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

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

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Glory of Confederacy a myth
AT A CHARITABLE event recently a fellow asked: "Foster, what are we gonna do to get the flag back?"

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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?

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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AT A CHARITABLE event recently a fellow asked: "Foster, what are we gonna do to get the flag back?"

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USC Aiken's doubleheader with No. 2 Georgia College & State University was postponed on Tuesday because of bad weather.

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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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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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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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ATLANTA -- AOL Time Warner is in serious negotiations with at least two bidders about buying its Atlanta sports teams, but no deal has been reached, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday.

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NEW YORK -- Fox's resurgence over the past few months means ABC is frequently the fourth-place network, and its weakness was evident again last week.

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NEW YORK -- On "Without a Trace," Poppy Montgomery plays an FBI agent who carefully, methodically tracks down people gone missing.

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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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Georgia has not offered its basketball coaching job to anyone, the school said Tuesday, but Dennis Felton of Western Kentucky was emerging as the leading contender.

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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.

Xtreme calendar

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

Question of the week

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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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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.