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In theater, break a leg is usually a figure of speech, but for Phil Porter, it has become another hurdle to overcome in bringing a production of the Tennessee Williams drama A Streetcar Named Desire to the stage.

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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.

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

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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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DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies turned the first triple play in franchise history Thursday against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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DENVER -- The St. Louis Cardinals fumed and manager Tony La Russa glared at Colorado's Preston Wilson when he stole third base with a five-run lead.

Through chattering teeth, say mayday for Masters

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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.

Jonathan Andrew Smail

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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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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.

Kyshon Zyrie Fishe'

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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.

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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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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.

Kristina Alyshia Riffe

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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.

Tashauna Keyara Hall

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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.

Brian Thomas Bennett

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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.

Robert Andrew Lynch Jr.

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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.

Olando Hammond Jr.

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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.

Jacob Matthew Rushton

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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.

Carlyn Elizabeth Rothert

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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.

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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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.

Addison Lee Simpson

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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.

Tyris Damon Shuler

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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.

William Harrison Dunbar

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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.

Shelby Rebecca Bland

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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.

Chloe Regan Williams

Tyler Edward Birdsong and Thomas John Birdsong

Armonni' De'Asia Sparks

James Chandler Moffitt

Gary DeWayne Abney Jr.

Tatum Elise Minter

Caila Janae' Collins

Phoebe Jane Bagby

Edward K. McCrickard

Kendell James Dawkins

Coen Alexander Najmola

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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.

Cale Michael Clary

A'Moni Saniya Henderson

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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.

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

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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.

Phillies give Braves the cold shoulder

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PHILADELPHIA - After watching Greg Maddux get hammered once again, fill-in starter Trey Hodges knew he had to deliver.

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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 - 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 - Pitchers John Burkett and Shane Reynolds share the same agent, so when it came time for Burkett to recommend a team to the former Astro, he pointed him toward the Atlanta Braves.

Braves acquire ex-Astros ace

Phillies give Braves the cold shoulder

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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.

Byrd will have elbow surgery

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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.

Braves notebook

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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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At first, Bruce Freshley kept his opinion to himself.

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in February to $40.3 billion as prewar jitters crimped Americans' demand for foreign-made goods, especially computers, machinery, toys and jewelry. Exports edged up.

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Wet weather in Augusta has not only caused problems for this week's Masters Tournament, but it also has resulted in below-par air traffic at Augusta's two airports.

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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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WASHINGTON - Fifteen senators asked regulators Thursday to disclose their plans for overhauling media ownership restrictions before going ahead with the changes.

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NEW YORK -- Increasingly focused on profits rather than war, investors allowed stocks a tentative nudge higher Thursday, ending a two-day losing streak. The gains were hard-fought, a sign that investors are nervous about first-quarter results and the future.

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Robert Rudman, of SmarTire Systems Inc., wears a Masters hat in the tent for Red Carpet Tour guests at Augusta National Golf Club.

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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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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State is making former quarterback Adrian McPherson the "scapegoat" for what actually is a widespread gambling problem at the university, his attorney said Thursday.

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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

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Hollywood couldn't have scripted it better.

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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.

Unalloyed mettle

The difficult, the necessary

Who's in charge?

Vote for new flag

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Perhaps Georgia's divisive flag controversy will come to a peaceful conclusion after all.

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

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MASTERS BALLPARK BASH: 6:30 tonight, Lake Olmstead Stadium; with Bennie Anderson and The Drifters, The O'Kaysions and Charles Pope and The Tams; $15; (803) 278-4849.

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Ice, booze, mixer, garnish. All find their highball home with seemingly effortless ease. A bottle is upended, delivering an exact dose of whiskey, rye, vodka or gin. Soda is sprayed, six-gun style, with sharpshooter accuracy. A lemon, lime and occasional olive finds a new home impaled on the edge of a glass, offering the bellied-up bar patron a small serving of roughage. And behind each martini and manhattan, every margarita and mai tai is an alcohol alchemist who brings it all together.

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

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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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CAPITAL A: Friday, April 25, Crossroads, 11th Street, between Broad and Ellis streets; 724-1177.

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

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Works by South Carolina artist George 'Griff' Griffith will be on display through April 23 at the Arnold Gallery, 321 Richland Ave., Aiken. The exhibition includes paintings of various holes at the Augusta National Golf Club course. For information, call (803) 502-1100.

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While much of the entertainment in Augusta this week will happen behind the high hedges at Augusta National Golf Club, not all events in town involve fairways and greens.

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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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If this year's tax filing deadline will be a "pay" day for you and you cannot pay the full amount that you owe, you should still file your return by the due date and pay as much as you can.

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

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Old Man Winter moved back into the Augusta area this week, bringing high winds and rain, lots of rain, but young Miss Spring was expected to kick out the Old Man by Saturday.

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Calvert's has mastered fine dining

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With its 25-year history in Augusta, Calvert's on Highland Avenue has a reputation for fine cuisine that is as well-established as Masters Week blooms.

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R. Crumb would feel right at home at Mellow Mushroom, 1167 Broad St.

Wine an dine

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The Augusta National Golf Club has many claims to fame, not the least of which is its magnificent landscape, where a legendary wisteria vine is said to have bloomed for almost a century and a half.

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You don't have to be a golfer to know that a home irrigation system doesn't always perform up to par.

Sprinklers can leave dry spots

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Imagine you grew up dirt poor in a third-world nation , then suddenly had the world at your fingertips.

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

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Bad weather at the 67th Masters Tournament is wreaking havoc away from the golf course, as well.

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

Augusta native leads Auburn on golf course

Rain leaves TV with time to fill

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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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Kurdish fighters swept into Kirkuk and other areas around Iraq's northern oil fields on Thursday, fresh evidence that Saddam Hussein's regime was history. "Your nation will soon be free," President Bush promised Iraqis in a televised address.

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When it comes to weather, this Masters Week is not unlike that first tournament back in 1934.

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

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Authorities have identified three people who were killed in a two-car crash Thursday night in Columbia County.

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

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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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After reading the April 6 letters of Dan Hilbert and Joaquin Godoy, it appears the "fruities" have migrated to this area from California. Crestan Hewett, Belvedere, S.C.

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I have a resolution to the so-called Georgia "flag issue." Former Gov. Roy Barnes changed the flag and this eventually led to the downfall of "King Roy." Charles Bowles, Evans, Ga.

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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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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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The Chronicle's March 23 editorial, "Acts of faith," was right on. I thank you for writing about some of the most unsung heroes of our day - men and women who have gone out to serve others and not returned. Thank you for sharing the good that so many have done and will continue to do, not for themselves but for others. Don Veldboom, Waynesboro, Ga.

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The Chronicle's editors and I have a different understanding of patriotism. True patriotism is grounded in a love for our country. Mike Brown, Augusta

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Regarding Kevin Palmer's April 5 letter, "Burk merely a catalyst for change": The Masters golf tournament is internationally known and Martha Burk has stated she chose to protest at this year's event so she can capitalize on its global audience. Glenda McCracken, Augusta

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Like a few others, Jesse Jackson has degraded the title "Reverend" to its lowest level in history. In spite of the very public rumors of his infidelity and alleged paternity of an "out of wedlock child" that he apparently supports, the media still extend the microphone and focus the camera on Mr. Jackson while respectfully addressing him as "Reverend." J.C. Waters, Evans, Ga.

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As chair of the Richmond County Democratic Party, one would think Lowell Greenbaum would know better (April 2 letter, "'Chronicle' demands absolute silence from dissenters"), yet he willingly subscribes to the same Democratic tactic: cover up the lies with thin veils of truth. His errors must be corrected. R. Brian Clardy, Augusta

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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

In the know

Health calendar

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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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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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CONYERS, Ga. -- In Spanish and English, friends and family of Diego Rincon remembered the Colombian-born U.S. soldier Thursday as a young man who touched hundreds of lives in just 19 years of life.

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Three people were killed late Thursday in a two-car collision on Frontage Road in Columbia County, authorities said.

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AIKEN - Redrawing the city council lines in Aiken has become a costly headache that could wind up forcing the city to postpone its fall elections.

Hopefuls plan boot camps

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

Groups discuss protest plans

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I FIND IT strange and hard to believe that the state of Georgia can afford to pay the salaries of those on 45-day suspension at YDC but cannot pay the workers who are there at work right now, working overtime.

Serviceman of the day

Fatal accident victims identified

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

First round begins

Golfers take swing through Augusta eateries

News you can use

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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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COLUMBUS - A 27-year-old man accused of giving a gun to a teenager who later accidentally killed himself has been arrested on two felony charges.

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ATHENS, Ga. - Keeping meticulous records of international students has become an exercise in frustration for University of Georgia officials, as the federally mandated computerized tracking system proves costly and flawed.

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ATLANTA - With tears streaming down her face, state Sen. Mary Squires told colleagues Thursday that Gov. Sonny Perdue was a racist because he is pushing a referendum that could reinstate the flag dominated by the Confederate battle emblem.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Thousands of South Carolina teachers are getting word that they won't have jobs next year as school administrators deal with state budget cuts.

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BAGHDAD, Iraq - The cardboard signs read, "Spring Break 2003."

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Activists in the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition have promised to turn out in force Saturday to protest Augusta National Golf Club's all-male membership, but their leader, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, won't be among them.

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CHARLESTON - A Mount Pleasant teen fleeing from police in a stolen car has died after he crashed into a utility pole and a tree, authorities say.

SARS check clears woman

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Aiken County's school janitorial staff might soon have some help on the way, courtesy of the two candidates battling to become Aiken County's next sheriff.

Doctor faces lesser charge

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Today's serviceman of the day is Air Force Airman Timothy E. Bailey of Martinez.

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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.

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APRIL 11, 1883 The Savannah River was booming once again yesterday. The continued heavy rains have caused it to rise rapidly at the rate of nearly one foot per hour last night.

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The charges against a man involved in a fatal traffic accident have been reduced after a blood-alcohol report showed he was not intoxicated.

New computer plan proposed for schools

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Augusta is always radiant in April, but rarely is April this rainy.

City council is under no pressure to have blacks

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Two decades ago, when Enterprise Mill closed its doors, most Augustans thought the aging brick giant would follow other dying textile mills into decay and eventual destruction.

Reporter sees Iraqi joy

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A rift on the board of a troubled Augusta mental health center broke open this week when members of a faction that supported the center's ousted management resigned.

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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.

Across the area

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

Tracking system stirs frustration

Pawnshop worker found slain

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Wearing a borrowed yellow rain suit and holding an oversize umbrella, Todd Manzi was looking gloomier than the day itself.

Sounds of minor-league baseball are a changing

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Gretchen and Brian Nelson had three reasons to come to Augusta this week.

April gets near-record rain

Rants and Raves
I FIND IT strange and hard to believe that the state of Georgia can afford to pay the salaries of those on 45-day suspension at YDC but cannot pay the workers who are there at work right now, working overtime.

Marines stay wary despite Iraqi friendliness

Dispute may create delay in elections

County law will ban single-wide trailers

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- State budget writers should keep their hands out of the state Insurance Reserve Fund, a Hilton Head Island senator says.

Collision kills three in car

Car fans flock to auction

Three quit health center board

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VALDOSTA, Ga. -- Andrea Boyd knew James Evans was the one. She just didn't know they would tie the knot by telephone, thousands of miles apart.

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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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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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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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FORT DISCOVERY Senate panel passes cuts for museum

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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.

Senate panel passes cuts for museum

Across the area

Mill will spin out history lesson

Senate budget to cost area

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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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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 southeast

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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.

First round postponed until Friday

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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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ATLANTA -- The University of Georgia is ending a spring tradition - the student-run rodeo at the basketball coliseum.

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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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David L. Vanderloop, an employee at Mo Money Jewelry & Pawn, told Richard Flake at 2:48 p.m. that his timing light would be ready when he got to the store.

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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.

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

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Authorities said an Augusta woman who called police alleging abuse by her husband attacked the officer when he tried to arrest her spouse.

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

Across South Carolina

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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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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.

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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.

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

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A suspected case in Georgia of a potentially deadly Asian virus turned out to be something else, but the state is still investigating three others as scientists zero in on the cause.

Police arrest 4 men in repairs scheme

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

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JUST OUT: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and The Truth About Charlie

Video watch

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Everything about "Anger Management" screams contrivance:

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There was a time when minor-league baseball wasn't only about young ballplayers chasing a big-league dream.

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Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission. (Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold.):

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On her first album, Lisa Marie Presley clearly wants to be respected more than liked.

Some say NASCAR bends rules for stars

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LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Paul Tracy will skip the Indianapolis 500 next month, and that's fine with him.

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Only 34 sets of cars will compete for 33 starting spots at next month's Indianapolis 500.

Q&A with Andy Graves

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

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Kevin Harvick will have a better outcome at Martinsville Speedway than a year ago - even if he finishes last Sunday.

Racing facts - Virginia 500

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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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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.

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MOTEGI, Japan -- The Twin Ring Motegi holds a special place for Kenny Brack.

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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.

Japanese track is special for Brack

Racing is rough in Virginia

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

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

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William Hankerson was fondly known as the father of Liberty Baptist Church.

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Monte Ashcraft was often described as a grizzly bear, but his boss and co-workers at Augusta Regional Airport said he was a selfless man who mainly cared for others.

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Mr. Frank Young Sr. (SANDSERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Kennedy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Geneather Paige (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Ransom Harris Jr. (TRENTON, S.C.)

Ms. Maria Cruz (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mrs. Ethel Sampson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Monte Ashcraft

Mr. Thaddeus Kenner (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Ransom Harris Jr. (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Dedric Washington (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Eugene Brown (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Roland Lanier (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Gaines (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eleanor Channell (ROCK HILL, S.C.)

Mrs. Virginia Limbaugh (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Agnes Koch (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Lunceford (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Venable (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Myrtice Jackson (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Samuel White Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Charles Beall (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Douglas Widener (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Kennedy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eunice Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harold Hicks Sr. (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Livingston (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Vivian Harris (NINETY SIX, S.C.)

Mr. Rothell Rolland, Sr. (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)

Mrs. Lessie Lewis (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Nolan Durden (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Coy Payne Sr. (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Deimadre Wright (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Tommy Joiner (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Holloway (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Gladie Commings (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Pagano (Martinez, Ga.)

Mrs. Shirley Williamson (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Roland Lanier (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Margie Langley (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Mr. William Hankerson

Mrs. Cathy Rumbin (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Maria Garcia (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tommie Newberry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Geneva Reid (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Billie Wiseman (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Moore (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Dixon Ulmer (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Agnes Koch (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Mobley Sr. (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Zaborowski (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Beall (EVANS, Ga.)

Miss Vera Williams (KITE, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Clark Sr. (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Elouise Adams (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Geneather Paige (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

James Wyndham Jr. (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruby Wilson (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. William Hankerson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruthie Johnson (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Maria Garcia (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Shirley Williamson (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Nolan Durden (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Monte Ashcraft Sr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Zaborowski (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Sims (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Noel Long (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

James Wyndham Jr. (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

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THESE PAST FEW months we have heard of several projects that will be of mutual benefit to Augusta, North Augusta, Aiken and Columbia counties. Most, if not all, of the projects require some form of governing structure to oversee operations, as well as make decisions and acquire grants and other financing.

Port authority good place to begin regional cooperation
THESE PAST FEW months we have heard of several projects that will be of mutual benefit to Augusta, North Augusta, Aiken and Columbia counties. Most, if not all, of the projects require some form of governing structure to oversee operations, as well as make decisions and acquire grants and other financing.

Overtime

Region title within reach for Evans

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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The world's top-ranked player, Serena Williams, kept on winning Thursday in the cold, overcast conditions at the $1.3 million Family Circle Cup. And so did little-known 17-year-old Ashley Harkleroad.

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

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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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USC Aiken's rained-out doubleheader against Georgia College & State on Tuesday has been rescheduled.d a home for the team.

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LAS VEGAS -- The rematch between Oscar De La Hoya and Shane Mosley will be in Las Vegas on Sept. 13.

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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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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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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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WASHINGTON -- LeBron James will be covered by a $10 million insurance policy when he plays in next week's Capital Classic high-school all-star game.

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons re-signed safety Keion Carpenter, acquired offensive lineman Kevin Dogins and traded offensive tackle Michael Thompson on Thursday.

Dixie Chicks' Bush bashing ruffles feathers

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Off-the-cuff criticism of President Bush by Dixie Chicks lead vocalist Natalie Maines has led several performers to break an unwritten rule in country music: Never disparage fellow artists.

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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.

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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.

Music network changes its name in search of young audience

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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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Golf isn't the only game in town

Standing ovations

Applause calendar

Club calendar

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Dennis Felton was hired Thursday as basketball coach at Georgia, quitting his Western Kentucky job to take over a program Jim Harrick left in disarray.

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ATHENS, Ga. - California high school standout Mohamed Abukar said Thursday that he would speak with new Georgia basketball coach Dennis Felton, but that Georgia's handling of Abukar's request to be released from his national letter-of-intent has not helped the Bulldogs' chances of keeping him.

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ATHENS, Ga - Jarvis Hayes learned one thing Thursday after an hourlong team meeting with Dennis Felton at Stegeman Coliseum - Georgia's new head basketball coach is a lot different than former coach Jim Harrick.

Georgia recruits will talk to Felton

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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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ATLANTA -- The University of Georgia is ending a spring tradition - the student-run rodeo at the basketball coliseum.

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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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ATHENS, Ga. - Vince Dooley had lofty goals from the start in his search for a new men's basketball coach at the University of Georgia.

It's official, Felton will coach Dogs

Georgia players give view of coach

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This is a column I've been dreading. Let me begin by saying that when I promised the winner of this year's Pick the Oscars contest could choose the five movies for a Reel Releases column, I obviously wasn't thinking clearly. But from the day we ran the contest rules, I've been dreading having to weigh the merits and missteps inherent in a reader's favorite films.