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NEW YORK -- Whether drawn on rice paper or cut into basalt, Isamu Noguchi's lines possess striking power and sensuality.

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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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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.

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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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LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Panama was stripped of its bronze medal and seven players - including former New York Yankees outfielder Roberto Kelly - were suspended for two years for doping violations at November's Intercontinental Cup.

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MIAMI - Shane Reynolds officially joined the Atlanta Braves on Friday afternoon.

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MIAMI - Only 23 years old and two starts into his major-league career, Horacio Ramirez had yet to experience the humiliation that awaits most rookie pitchers.

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ROME, Ga. -- The Atlanta Braves Class A team in the South Atlantic League makes its home debut Friday night at $15 million State Mutual Stadium, exactly one year after groundbreaking ceremonies.

Marlins deliver Braves 7-4 loss

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MIAMI - Shane Reynolds officially joined the Atlanta Braves on Friday afternoon.

Reynolds' arrival alters pitching staff

Braves acquire ex-Astros ace

Marlins deliver Braves 7-4 loss

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MIAMI - Only 22 years old and two starts into his major-league career, Horacio Ramirez had yet to experience the humiliation that awaits most rookie pitchers.

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

Reynolds' arrival alters pitching staff

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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.

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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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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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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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Over a beer at the downtown watering hole Firehouse Bar, lifelong Augustan Todd Garrick met two guys Wednesday who had driven 1,110 miles from Canada to attend the Masters Tournament.

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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 -- With the war winding down, Wall Street stumbled lower this past week as investors shifted their attention to first-quarter earnings reports. Many believed that change bodes poorly for stocks because of concerns that the war curtailed spending by consumers and businesses, and therefore eroded company profits.

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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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NEW YORK -- Investors took a cautious approach Friday ahead of next week's rush of earnings reports, sending stocks lower for the third time in four sessions. Mixed economic and earnings news contributed to the sluggish performance.

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At first, Bruce Freshley kept his opinion to himself.

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LOS ANGELES - Apple Computer Inc. is in discussions about buying Universal Music Group, the world's largest record company, according to a published report Friday.

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After a week of wining and dining their guests, Augusta Showcase leaders are hoping for a call back.

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COLUMBIA - Having never ventured far from his home in New Ellenton, Marcus Lawrence was a homeboy in the truest sense when he left for Kansas in the summer of 2001.

Ex-Silver Bluff star finds way back home

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- A proposal to pay Nebraska football players passed the Legislature on Friday in a reduced form that allows the university to determine which athletes would receive payments.

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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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As Saddam Hussein's brutal regime unravels like a cheap suit, among the issues the U.S.-led coalition must deal with are war crimes and crimes against humanity and against the Iraqi people.

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Actor Tim Robbins' hard-throwing baseball pitcher in the film Bull Durham was famous for uncorking some wild pitches.

The best aid for Iraq

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The American-baiting, anti-war trio of French President Jacques Chirac, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and Russian President Vladimir Putin will be brewing trouble in St. Petersburg, Russia, this weekend as they seek a role in Iraq's reconstruction.

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

A called third strike

Vote for new flag

Chambers of horror

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Hollywood couldn't have scripted it better.

Unalloyed mettle

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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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LONDON -- J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," the second book in the series about the boy wizard, is the most popular library title in Britain.

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

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UDINE, Italy -- Organizers of Italy's Far East Film Festival have canceled invitations to nearly two dozen Asian directors, actors and producers, fearing the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome.

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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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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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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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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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The IRS says it hears many reasons from taxpayers for not filing a tax return. You may not have known whether you were required to file. Whatever the reason, its best to file your return as soon as you can. If you need help, even with a late return, the IRS is ready to assist you.

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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.

Fishing tournament news

Fishing report

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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.

Wine an dine

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

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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.

Calvert's has mastered fine dining

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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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ATLANTA - Eric Henderson is quiet and soft-spoken. Tony Hargrove is constantly yapping and changing his hair color.

Defense gives Jackets hope

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

Weir leads by 2 shots during second round

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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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Mike Weir, bidding to become the first left-handed golfer in 40 years to win a major championship, is the leader at the 67th Masters Tournament.

Rain leaves TV with time to fill

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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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American troops took the northern city of Mosul without a fight and awaited surrender from holdout forces in western Iraq on Friday, dismantling the remnants of Saddam Hussein's regime. U.S. officials agreed to stem looting in Baghdad and other areas.

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

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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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Regarding Bill Maxwell's March 27 column, "The solution is more democracy": Russell Collins, Swainsboro, Ga.

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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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Georgia is the only state without a child-endangerment law, at least for now. It looks like that will change soon. Senate Bill 1 has passed the Senate unanimously. The legislature was close in passing this much-needed law, both last year and this year. My hope is this is the year it's passed. Dan Hillman, 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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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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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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On March 30 I was lucky to attend a program at the Children of Israel Temple on Walton Way. The program was designed to introduce the congregation to various religions practiced in the area. Gene L. Rickaby, Martinez, Ga.

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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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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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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.

April gets near-record rain

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

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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.

Crash victims are identified

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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.

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

Collision kills three in car

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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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BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Tim Farrell, 17, carefully hung his pupils' colorful dinosaur paintings on the hallway bulletin board outside their first-grade classroom at Golden Isles Elementary School.

Doctor faces lesser charge

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

Hopefuls plan boot camps

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

Sounds of minor-league baseball are a changing

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Salvaging one of the Savannah River's oldest dams could cost much more than first estimated - and take longer to complete.

Car fans flock to auction

Tracking system stirs frustration

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ATLANTA - The Georgia Senate passed a 2004 budget Friday that is so different from the House version that it prompted a summit meeting between Gov. Sonny Perdue and key lawmakers.

Lawmaker backs senator who called Perdue racist

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

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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.

Across the area

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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.

Pawnshop worker found slain

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AIKEN - The '30s was a gray decade, a time colored by economic collapse that robbed everyday Americans of their pep. Out of the bleakness came a hoofed bolt of hope named Seabiscuit.

Another group to get vaccine

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GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Many South Carolina school districts are scrapping summer school programs for failing students as administrators cope with budget cuts.

Across South Carolina

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Today's serviceman of the day is Air Force Airman James Swanagan III of Hephzibah.

Parties meet over budget

Judge hands Perdue defeat

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Mill will spin out history lesson

Augusta shores up bank of canal

Tiger finishes +5, barely makes cut

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -An explosion ripped through a food additive plant Friday, killing a worker and spewing a cloud of ammonia over parts of Louisville.

Across Georgia

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More than 100 police officers will provide the protection protesters need today at two designated demonstration sites, Sheriff Ronnie Strength announced Friday from the edge of a 5.1-acre field - shouting over the din of traffic from nearby Washington Road.

Across the southeast

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South Carolina authorities are looking for a man who disappeared from his Aiken home early Wednesday morning.

Police to keep protests in place

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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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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.

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

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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.

House wants reactor at SRS

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RINGGOLD - Three weeks after the wife of Fort Oglethorpe Mayor Judd Burkhart was charged with battery in a domestic dispute with her husband, a Superior Court judge has issued a restraining order against the couple.

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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.

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JUST LIKE watching Roots made me ashamed to be white, Martha Burk makes me ashamed to be female.

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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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There is a palpable tension in the Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers' cathedral-size tent.

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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.

Tiger finishes +5, barely makes cut

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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.

Fort Gordon lab tests satellite network

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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.

Class molds teens for teaching

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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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BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- While millions of television viewers were watching as U.S. Marines toppled a statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad, Brunswick's Craig Horne was in the midst of it.

Across South Carolina

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ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue does not have the authority to order Georgia's attorney general to withdraw a redistricting case that could help Democrats, a county judge ruled Friday.

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AIKEN - Democratic sheriff's candidate Donald Butler may be the underdog, but he's the underdog on top of a horse.

Groups discuss protest plans

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

Jail trusty took guns, police say

Fatal accident victims identified

Across Georgia

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AIKEN - It's not an amendment that will garner much ink in the press, but for U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett, it tells Savannah River Site boosters that the freshman congressman means business.

Three quit health center board

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COLUMBIA - Majdi Tannous says his Jordanian heritage was an issue in his discharge from the South Carolina Army National Guard.

SARS check clears woman

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Utility crews were working Friday to stabilize portions of the Augusta Canal's earthen bank after a toppled tree caused about 40 feet of shoreline to collapse.

Serviceman of the day

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

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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.

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Jefferson County, Ga., police say a county jail trusty was taking out much more than the trash when he left the jail to do ground work.

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The body of a 37-year-old Augusta woman was found in a wooded area behind the Augusta water pumping station off Goodrich Street on Friday afternoon.

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ATLANTA - An Augusta representative was among the lawmakers Friday coming to the defense of a state senator who called Gov. Sonny Perdue a racist.

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Next week, Fort Gordon will test the technology that will keep coalition forces connected during the rebuilding of Iraq, officials said.

Candidates back animals

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It may appear odd, but Cyndra Bystrom sounds as though she is looking forward to getting her smallpox vaccination next week at a clinic in Augusta.

First round begins

Dispute may create delay in elections

News you can use

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APRIL 12, 1872 A monument will be raised to honor the Confederate dead. The cornerstone shall be laid as soon as the receipts will permit.

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JUST LIKE watching Roots made me ashamed to be white, Martha Burk makes me ashamed to be female.

Marines stay wary despite Iraqi friendliness

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

Video watch

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

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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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MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Robbie Loomis started talking about the benefits of winning the pole position for the Virginia 500 long before his driver, Jeff Gordon, ran his first lap Friday at Martinsville Speedway.

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

Dixon fastest in practice for Indy Japan 300

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

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

Gordon gets top spot, pit stall at Virginia 500

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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.

Japanese track is special for Brack

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MOTEGI, Japan -- New Zealand's Scott Dixon posted the fastest lap in practice Friday for the first Indy Racing League event in Japan.

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Dale Jarrett is changing crew chiefs for the third time in just over a year after a frustrating eight races with Brad Parrott.

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PARIS -- Jordan driver Giancarlo Fisichella was declared the winner of Formula One's Brazilian Grand Prix on Friday, five days after the race.

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ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- Former assistant Ben Betts was hired as coach of the men's basketball team at South Carolina State on Friday.

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Mr. Charles Beall (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mildred Holloway (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tommy Joiner (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Maria Garcia (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Monte Ashcraft

Mrs. Catherine Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cathy Rumbin (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Agnes Koch (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roland Lanier (APPLING, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Billie Wiseman (DEARING, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mildred Holloway (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roland Lanier (APPLING, Ga.)

Ms. Wendy Tucker (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mr. Charles Williams Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tommie Newberry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Micka Andrews (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Busch (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucile Wilson (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Geneather Paige (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Bragg (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Doris Lamb (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Robert Sims (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Gladie Commings (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. India Thompson (PHILADELPHIA, Penn.)

Mrs. Maggie Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gladie Commings (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Robert Sims (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Allen Wiggins Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Sampson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Summer Casher (ROSWELL, Ga.)

Mr. Dedric Washington (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Green Parker, Jr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Lunceford (UNION POINT, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ruthie Johnson (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathleen Thomas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Maria Garcia (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. H arold Bailey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Deacon William Early (HAMPTON, S.C.)

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

Mr. Joseph Rivers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Kennedy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lessie Lewis (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Eddie Atwell Sr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Catherine Kennedy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ramindar Singh (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Deimadre Wright (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ruby Wilson (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Billie Wiseman (DEARING, Ga.)

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.

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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.

Overtime

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Kennesaw State scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning in Game 2 to sweep a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader from USC Aiken 4-0, 5-4 at the East Cobb Complex in Kennesaw, Ga. on Friday.

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PARIS -- Andre Agassi and Lleyton Hewitt abruptly withdrew from the $2.45 million Monte Carlo Masters tournament Friday.

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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Lindsay Davenport's first clay-court tournament in three years is going better than she hoped.

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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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NEWARK, N.J. -- Mike Tyson has agreed to a fight this summer at the Meadowlands, provided he can secure a boxing license from the State Athletic Control Board.

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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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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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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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Golf tournaments pop up like dandelions in spring, the favorite time for Augusta-area promoters to hold fund-raisers on the links.

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Sherman Lester can't be sure of the year, but he will never forget the day he pointed out a special visitor at Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church to his son Thomas. "That is Gen. Eisenhower, the president of the United States," he told the boy.

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The Faith and Fellowship Calendar is a roundup of church- and temple-based activities in the Augusta and Aiken area. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. E-mail items to vanorton@augustachronicle.com; send a fax to 722-7403; or mail to Faith and Fellowship, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

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Congregations from Servants of God Baptist Church and Grace Baptist Church of Evans will join in the installation of the Rev. Robert Williams as pastor of Servants of God at 6 p.m. Sunday at the church, 2128 Martin Luther King Boulevard. The Rev. Bill Hilley will give the sermon.

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Michelle Reese and her sister Helen Watson start the day early in their downtown Augusta restaurant, Sixth and Watkins, turning out buttery muffins, hot, tender-crisp fries and other tasty dishes.

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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.

Standing ovations

Concert calendar

Applause calendar

Club calendar

Golf isn't the only game in town

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

Georgia recruits will talk to Felton

It's official, Felton will coach Dogs

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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.

Georgia players give view of coach

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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.

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Cassie Bair had other options.

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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.