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

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

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Like Roger Clemens, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays are focused on 300.

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It started with a thud, shortly followed by a resounding pop and then a collective cringe - the beginning to the 2003 regular season injury chronicle.

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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.

Fantasy Baseball: Owners look to options as injury bug makes rounds

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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.

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C.K. and Tamara K. McCrickard of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Edward K. McCrickard, Wednesday, March 26, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Jack and Marsha Lanier and David and Janice Petsch, all of Martinez, and Terry and Linda McCrickard of Clarks Hill, S.C.

Carlyn Elizabeth Rothert

Olando Hammond Jr.

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Jason Roger and Deanna Shealy Rushton of Johnston, S.C., announce the birth of a son, Jacob Matthew Rushton, Friday, March 14, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Shealy of Trenton, S.C., and Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Rushton of Johnston.

Caila Janae' Collins

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Tyrone Damon and Ericka Nicole Shuler of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Tyris Damon Shuler, Friday, March 21, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Luther and LaVern Rogers of Augusta and Leroy and Cynthia McMullen of Brunswick, Ga.

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Brandon Henderson and LaToya Moss, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, A'Moni Saniya Henderson, Thursday, March 20, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Lillie M. Brown, John H. Moss Sr. and Ricky Henderson, all of Augusta, and Sylvia Grant of Blythe.

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Adam and Angela Simpson of Evans announce the birth of a son, Addison Lee Simpson, Tuesday, March 11, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Robert and Dianne Petro of Evans and Preston and Faye Simpson of Appling.

Tyler Edward Birdsong and Thomas John Birdsong

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Timothy R. and Leanne J. Smail of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Jonathan Andrew Smail, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Anne E. Webb of St. Simon's Island, Ga., Mrs. Ronald W. Smail of Jeannette, Pa., and Mr. and Mrs. James Sisson of Harrison City, Pa.

Wyatt Lee Gergen

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Marcus Eugene Sparks and Ava Me'chelle Safford, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Armonni' De'Asia Sparks, Thursday, March 27, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Leroy and Genel Safford of Augusta and Bernetta Holmes and James Givens, both of Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Scotty and Jennifer Moffitt of Augusta announce the birth of a son, James Chandler Moffitt, Tuesday, March 25, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Kinney of Greenwood, S.C., Minnie Moffitt of Dunlap, Tenn., and the late James Moffitt.

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Steffen Williams and Leslie Scott, both of Harlem, announce the birth of a daughter, Chloe Regan Williams, Sunday, March 9, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Aubrey Scott of Martinez, Laura Rabun of Thomson and Linda Parker of Gig Harbor, Wash.

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Gary DeWayne Abney Sr. and Cynthia Hudson Abney of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Gary DeWayne Abney Jr., Friday, March 21, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Gerald Hudson and Margaret Hudson, both of North Augusta, Wilmon Hazel and Geneva Hazel, both of Bath, and the late Melvin Abney.

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Miller and Beverly Birdsong of Appling announce the birth of twin sons, Tyler Edward Birdsong and Thomas John Birdsong, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Bill Buhl and Mr. and Mrs. Claudus Birdsong, all of Appling.

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Douglas Allen and Kelly Vaiden Rothert of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Carlyn Elizabeth Rothert, Monday, March 17, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are B. Rucker Vaiden and Linda S. Vaiden, both of Augusta, and Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Alvin Rothert of Elizabethtown, Ky.

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Christopher Lee and Stephanie Ann Bland of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Shelby Rebecca Bland, Friday, March 21, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Larry Diane Sand of Lilburn, Ga., and Lee and Mary Beth Bland of Goodyear, Ariz.

Jonathan Andrew Smail

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Tom and Melissa Clary of Aiken announce the birth of a son, Cale Michael Clary, Wednesday, March 12, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. C. Michael Wren of Martinez, Mr. and Mrs. Ronny Bolton of Aiken and the late Thomas L. Clary III.

Addison Lee Simpson

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Chanel Jean Collins of Augusta announces the birth of a daughter, Caila Janae' Collins, Saturday, March 22, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Charlie and Janice Collins and Rivanna Herburt, all of Augusta.

Brian Thomas Bennett

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Curtis and Chinequa Dawkins of Aiken announce the birth of a son, Kendell James Dawkins, Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Linda W. Monroe of Charleston, S.C., and the late Larry Monroe, Margaret D. Davis of Gastonia, N.C., and the late Gertrude S. Dawkins.

Gary DeWayne Abney Jr.

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Steven E. Riffe and Holly K. Hadden, both of Hephzibah, announce the birth of a daughter, Kristina Alyshia Riffe, Monday, March 17, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Billy Hadden of Hephzibah, Miriam McGraw and Rick and Rose Riffe, all of Augusta, and Deborah Willingham of Toledo, Ohio.

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Christopher Alan Najmola and Keri Renee Morin, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Coen Alexander Najmola, Friday, March 21, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. David A. Morin of Augusta and Edward J. Najmola of North Augusta.

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Barney Lane Bennett Jr. and Tabatha Denise Luke, both of Appling, announce the birth of a son, Brian Thomas Bennett, Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James Willie Luke and Mr. and Mrs. Barney Lane Bennett Sr., all of Appling.

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Vardrick and Sybil Minter of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Tatum Elise Minter, Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Eva Jean Black and Laura Johnson Scott, both of Augusta, the late Elease Minter and the late Cleo Searles.

Jacob Matthew Rushton

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Robert and Kristina Lynch of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Robert Andrew Lynch Jr., Saturday, March 29, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Brown of Atlanta and Mr. and Mrs. James Lynch of Augusta.

Tyris Damon Shuler

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Jeany Dee Pollock and Olando Hammond, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Olando Hammond Jr., Tuesday, March 25, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Linda Baker of Augusta, the late Williams Baker and the late Rhonda Lindsey.

Cale Michael Clary

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LaCarlos Hall and LiRita Cartledge, both of Hephzibah, announce the birth of a daughter, Tashauna Keyara Hall, Wednesday, March 19, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Veronica Cartledge Murphy of Yakota, Japan, and John Fowler and Rhonda Hall, both of Warrenton, Ga.

Kristina Alyshia Riffe

William Harrison Dunbar

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William Franklin and Laura Yates Dunbar of Augusta announce the birth of a son, William Harrison Dunbar, Wednesday, March 26, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ray H. Yates of Evans and Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. Dunbar of Augusta.

Tashauna Keyara Hall

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Ufrabyu Fishe' of Augusta announces the birth of a son, Kyshon Zyrie Fishe', Tuesday, March 4, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fishe' of Augusta.

Kyshon Zyrie Fishe'

Shelby Rebecca Bland

Coen Alexander Najmola

James Chandler Moffitt

A'Moni Saniya Henderson

Armonni' De'Asia Sparks

Tatum Elise Minter

Edward K. McCrickard

Phoebe Jane Bagby

Robert Andrew Lynch Jr.

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Mr. and Mrs. Gary Gergen of Thomson announce the birth of a son, Wyatt Lee Gergen, Monday, Jan. 20, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Reese of Thomson and Mr. and Mrs. Gary L. Gergen of Monetta, S.C.

Kendell James Dawkins

Chloe Regan Williams

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Charles and Tana Bagby of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Phoebe Jane Bagby, Monday, Feb. 17, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Vencent Rollins of Duluth, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Roger Bagby of Augusta.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Gov. Mark Sanford's Cabinet picked up on the governor's fascination with Wal-Mart's business practices Wednesday and gave him one of the familiar blue vests along with a name tag.

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ANGIER, N.C. -- Once in a while, someone will leave Mark Johnson a decorated gourd for his museum off N.C. 55.

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LOGANSPORT, Ind. -- It was a wedding where guests tossed sheets of fabric softener instead of rice.

Phillies give Braves the cold shoulder

Atlanta fall to Phillies in 10th

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PHILADELPHIA - Atlanta Braves pitcher Paul Byrd will be lost for two to four months after electing to undergo surgery to remove a bone spur in the back of his right elbow.

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PHILADELPHIA - Atlanta Braves pitcher Paul Byrd will be lost for two to four months after electing to undergo surgery to remove a bone spur in the back of his right elbow.

Byrd will have elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA - Having spent the better part of Tuesday night's game standing in a cold, damp tunnel, Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox was thrilled to awaken to rain Wednesday morning.

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

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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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PHILADELPHIA - Having spent the better part of Tuesday night's game standing in a cold, damp tunnel, Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox was thrilled to awaken to rain Wednesday morning.

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

Phillies give Braves the cold shoulder

Braves lose in extra innings

Byrd will miss scheduled start

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NEW YORK -- Wall Street pulled back Wednesday after investors' elation about a quick end to the war with Iraq dissolved into concerns about corporate profits. Stocks tumbled sharply with the Dow Jones industrials forfeiting 100 points.

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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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An Aiken company's patented turf-care system is being put to the test this week at waterlogged Augusta National Golf Club.

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Halfway through Masters Week, the Augusta Showcase is getting some promising nibbles, according to organizers of the annual economic development tour.

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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.

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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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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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It's common for a coach to ask an athletic director for a contract extension. Ron Zook took a different approach.

Zook says he wants to prove himself before getting extension

Huskies defeat Vols for second-straight

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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 ..."

Solid ground

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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.

A dead issue

Who's in charge?

The difficult, the necessary

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The destruction of a vile, oppressive and dangerous regime in Iraq is at hand.

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Two weeks ago The New York Times and other beacons of American enlightenment were worried about U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's "failed" Iraqi war plan that would bog U.S. and coalition troops down in a Vietnam-type war for months or years to come.

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NEW YORK -- Sheryl Crow used 150 hot pink guitar picks to create her outrageous-looking brassiere, and Cindy Crawford chose rhinestones as part of an online auction of bras to benefit breast cancer research.

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NEW YORK -- Even "Hairspray" didn't sell out.

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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.

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With the tax filing deadline close at hand, the IRS offers some tips for those still working on their paper tax forms:

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

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

I ought to be thin because I can't eat anything

Augusta native leads Auburn on golf course

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

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John Ernest "Jay" Mundy IV is showing signs of maturity on and off the golf course these days.

Rain washes away GreenJackets game

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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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BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Jubilant crowds swarmed into Baghdad streets Wednesday, dancing, looting and cheering U.S. convoys before residents and a Marine tank toppled a 40-foot statue of Saddam Hussein in a sweeping, symbolic gesture. American commanders declared that his regime's rule over the ancient capital had ended.

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BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Their hour of freedom at hand, jubilant Iraqis celebrated the collapse of Saddam Hussein's murderous regime on Wednesday, beheading a toppled statue of their longtime ruler in downtown Baghdad and embracing American troops as liberators.

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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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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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I have been in contact with several community organizations regarding research I am doing on a collectible automobile that was originally sold by an Augusta dealership in the mid-1960s. D. Dale Shaffer, York, Pa.

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On March 28th The Chronicle reported that several Charleston City Council members walked out of a meeting rather than listen to an atheist give the invocation. Bernard (Bob) Gutin, Augusta

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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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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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Once upon a time in America, to be a crime victim was to be a nameless, faceless entity. Victims were seldom informed of the status of their offenders' cases. They seldom had input into the outcome of their cases. Fast forward to 2003 where crime victims have names, faces and a powerful voice. It is the voice of the victim that offers insight into the human suffering resulting from crime. Barbara Thurmond, Augusta

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I received a "Notice of Privacy Practices" today from my dental insurance company. Among the many reasons the company says they will disclose my health information includes the following statement: "We may disclose health information about you to authorized federal officials so they may provide protection to the president, other authorized persons or foreign heads of state, or conduct special investigations or for intelligence, counterintelligence, and other national security activities authorized by law." Tonia R. Parker, Augusta

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A.R. Johnson is one of the top schools in Georgia. It achieved such ranking by the dedication and professionalism of the teachers at Augusta's only health science and engineering high school. Larry Garner, Augusta

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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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As a lifelong conservative and former Republican, I must express my dismay at The Augusta Chronicle's support for this disgraceful war. What started as a legitimate war on terrorism morphed into a war against weapons of mass destruction, and now has devolved into a war to destabilize the Middle East. This is surely not to the benefit of the United States. Louis R. Andrews, Augusta

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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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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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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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Haute couture at the Masters Tournament this year comes in the form of a plastic poncho.

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The third annual Pantene Pro-Voice music competition is a chance for unsigned female solo artists and female-fronted bands ages 14 to 24 to win a demo-recording contract with Atlanta Records.

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The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, fitness and health activities and lectures.

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

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

Senate budget to cost area

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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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It was there during the Civil War and has lived through the invention of the automobile and the airplane, but on Wednesday, Augusta State University's Arsenal Oak was witness to a historic event that could help it survive even longer - its cloning.

Judge hears Capitol case on authority

Papers late for Aiken, Columbia Co.

Senate OKs aid to religious charities

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If the Masters Tournament is Augusta's Mardi Gras, then the Par-3 Contest is Fat Tuesday.

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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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ROME, Ga. -- Ellen Louise Axson Wilson has a lonely distinction held by no other first lady - her portrait isn't displayed in the White House.

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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.

Full statement by Hootie Johnson

Across the area

Reporter sees Iraqi joy

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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.

Senate panel passes cuts for museum

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

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT to Augusta National. Why don't they just make Martha Burk an honorary member? Then they'll have a female. And after The Masters, we should all repay her visit by going to her house. Never mind that we have not been invited. She is the president of a national organization, so that should give us the right to be there.

Across Georgia

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NORTH AUGUSTA - The two urban centers of Aiken County are a study in racial contrast.

Par-3 contest canceled

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

Paralyzed man sues over care in jail

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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.

When soldiers die, a grim duty begins

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A pool hall owner accused of discriminating against a black customer and choking him has been ordered to appear in court May 2.

Across the area

Man rescued in desert phones ordeal to wife

Across Georgia

Savannah pays woman to scoop horse manure

Man claims prejudice at pool hall

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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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MIAMI -In the biggest Miami police scandal in a generation, a federal jury convicted four officers of corruption Wednesday for planting a gun on an unarmed homeless man or lying to cover it up. Four others were acquitted, and the jury deadlocked on charges against three more.

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Two-time Masters Tournament champ Ben Crenshaw received a standing ovation Sunday night.

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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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JEFFERSON, Ga. - The newly rewritten Jackson County code would do away with single-wide trailers - and tighten regulations on larger ones - in a community where nearly one-third of the population lived in manufactured homes in 2000.

Across South Carolina

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ATLANTA -- A Columbus lawyer who lost a position on the state Board of Natural Resources has filed suit against Gov. Sonny Perdue to get the seat back, saying the governor illegally replaced him.

Police arrest 4 men in repairs scheme

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

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

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Glen Blamey's first visit to Augusta certainly will be one he'll never forget.

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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- In this, America's most mannerly city, it would be downright rude to rev one's motorcycle engine too loudly, the city council says.

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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.

Membership protesters dispute location ruling

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The Columbia County school system is looking at a new way to buy computers after three years of controversy over its bidding process.

Hootie: Club has no timetable

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APRIL 10, 1890 Late yesterday afternoon it looked very much as if Augusta was to be visited by the dread storm king.

Across South Carolina

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FORT DISCOVERY Senate panel passes cuts for museum

First round postponed until Friday

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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.

Across the southeast

City council is under no pressure to have blacks

Senate OKs charity aid

Golfers take swing through Augusta eateries

New computer plan proposed for schools

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

U.S. Court of Appeals denies Burk's request

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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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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.

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Today's serviceman of the day is Marine Lance Cpl. Omar Shariff Rouse of El Cajon, Calif.

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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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ATLANTA - A federal appeals court denied a request Wednesday from protesters at this week's Masters Tournament to be able to picket near Augusta National Golf Club's main gate.

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THIS IS A RANT to Augusta National. Why don't they just make Martha Burk an honorary member? Then they'll have a female. And after The Masters, we should all repay her visit by going to her house. Never mind that we have not been invited. She is the president of a national organization, so that should give us the right to be there.

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ALBANY - A mix-up in campaign finance records showed a donation from a group headed by a Republican congressional leader going to a Georgia Democratic candidate.

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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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ORANGEBURG - A Eutawville man has been charged with murder in the killing of a man whose body was dumped on an Orangeburg County road last week.

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ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - She was elderly, becoming forgetful and lived alone in a home that she cared for with pride.

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ATLANTA - Augusta's farmers' market would close and Fort Discovery would lose another 10 percent in taxpayer funding under a Senate plan to balance next year's state budget without a tax increase.

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The following is an interview that took place between Johnny Edwards and Augusta Chronicle City Editor Steve Crawford on Wednesday morning:

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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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AIKEN - There's voter apathy, and then there's the city of Aiken's section of the Graniteville 16 precinct.

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

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ATLANTA -- Although a critical deadline has passed, Gov. Sonny Perdue said Wednesday he hasn't abandoned hope lawmakers may pass the tax increase he believes is needed to balance his proposed $16 billion budget for next year.

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

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

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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?

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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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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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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.

County law will ban single-wide trailers

House votes to change state flag

Wildlife poisoning charged in cases

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They say that as we get older, we lose our appetite for food. I certainly hope that's true, because there are fewer things we can eat as we age.

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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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Here are facts about this weekend's Virginia 500 race.

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. - There is no yellow out-of-bounds line at the Martinsville Speedway. But that doesn't mean Sunday's Virginia 500 will be free of controversy.

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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.

Racing facts - Virginia 500

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Andy Graves, the team manager for Chip Ganassi Racing's three-car team that includes Sterling Marlin, Jamie McMurray and Casey Mears, isn't surprised NASCAR faces controversy for not black-flagging Dale Earnhardt Jr. after he drove below the yellow line during last Sunday's race at Talladega, Ala. In fact, Graves thinks controversy will always be part of stock car racing. He took time out before Sunday's Virginia 500 at the Martinsville Speedway to talk about the politics of the sport.

Racing is rough in Virginia

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Martinsville Speedway is the smallest and slowest raceway on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. But it packs a big punch when it comes to triggering anger.

Some say NASCAR bends rules for stars

Q&A with Andy Graves

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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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ATLANTA -- Atlanta Hawks forward Glenn Robinson missed Wednesday night's game against the New Jersey Nets because of inflammation in his left Achilles' tendon.

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

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ATLANTA -- Tennessee finished the season by losing to Connecticut - again.

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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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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- The University of Kansas fired athletic director Al Bohl on Wednesday.

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NEW ORLEANS -- Decisions, decisions.

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

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Region title within reach for Evans

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It's tuneup time for the top Kentucky Derby contenders.

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ATHENS, Greece - IOC inspectors toured several venues Wednesday, including a main sports complex mired in so many delays that Athens organizers had to reschedule some pre-Olympic events.

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LONDON -- The United States will play at Slovakia in Davis Cup playoffs for the World Group.

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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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WASHINGTON -- Six more sports organizations were asked by a congressional committee Wednesday for documents on ephedra use.

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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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Spring break came at just the right time for coach Brian Killips and his Evans Knights.

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LONDON -- Pete Sampras has asked for a wild card for the Wimbledon warmup tournament at Queen's Club.

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Past champion Greg Norman, veteran Hal Sutton and Matt Kuchar will play in the Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links next week in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

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AKRON, Ohio -- A judge upheld a ruling against LeBron James on Wednesday, agreeing with Ohio high school officials that the basketball star should not have been allowed to play for a state championship.

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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 -- The television network MuchMusic USA, seeking to distinguish itself in a market dominated by MTV and its related networks, will take the name Fuse.

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LOS ANGELES -- When Brad Pitt and Michelle Pfeiffer appear at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday, the actors will be demonstrating more than a love of children.

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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 -- It was a scene watched live by TV viewers and played back repeatedly throughout the day: A statue of Saddam Hussein pulled from its pedestal to the ground.

Music network changes its name in search of young audience

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ATHENS, Ga. -- David Scoggin had a two-run double and Winthrop scored all its runs in the third inning to beat Georgia 3-2 Wednesday to salvage a split after the Bulldogs won 5-0 in the completion of a suspended game.

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ATLANTA -- No coach has ever been able to guide Georgia to three straight NCAA tournaments. On Wednesday, the Bulldogs appeared poised to hire Dennis Felton, who just accomplished the feat with Western Kentucky.

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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.