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NEW YORK -- Can sweet and charming survive on Broadway?

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NEW YORK -- Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis in "Some Like It Hot." Cherubino in "The Marriage of Figaro." Barbra Streisand in "Yentl."

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Paine baseball coach Pete Cardenas was not discouraged with his team's 10-1 loss at Augusta State on Tuesday afternoon.

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Last-place Mets. The words just seem to go together.

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PHOENIX -- Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling are a combined 0-4 in six outings, and they're not alone. Across baseball, aces have started the season like jokers.

Augusta State pounds Paine

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers players signed a jersey Monday to send to Chief Warrant Officer Ronald D. Young Jr., one of the seven American POWs rescued last weekend.

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North Augusta pitcher Brannigen Rosser has been doing extra work before games in the bullpen lately, refining his change-up and nailing down his release points.

Masters is over and Augusta is back to normal

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - For a dozen years, Atlanta Braves' pitchers have set the major league standard, winning nine earned run average titles.

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - For the Atlanta Braves, 2-1 winners over the Montreal Expos on Tuesday night, Shane Reynolds' debut was just what the doctor ordered for an ailing rotation. And Marcus Giles' 10th-inning home run was all that was needed to end the Expos' island perfection.

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ATLANTA -- Military personnel will be able to buy two tickets for the price of one at Atlanta Braves home games this season.

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ATLANTA - Bill Bartholomay, who moved the Braves from Milwaukee to Atlanta in 1966 and sold them to Ted Turner 10 years later, is part of a group interested in buying the team from AOL Time Warner, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday.

Lopez comes home

Injuries just part of pitching woes

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PONCE, Puerto Rico - He has stories, all right. Like the times he would collapse on the living room couch after watching his son, Javy Lopez, play a doubleheader in the humidity of a Puerto Rican summer.

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NEW YORK -- Investors resigned themselves to lackluster first-quarter earnings Tuesday and sent stocks moderately higher despite disappointing results from General Motors and Bank One.

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An Augusta medical transcription service has signed a three-year contract with a New York company representing 2,500 hospitals, physicians groups and social services organizations.

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DETROIT -- General Motors Corp.'s profit for the first quarter roared past year-ago results and Wall Street estimates, fueled by improved overseas results and record earnings at its finance arm.

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Officials hope the plant's suppliers will operate locations near Augusta, because suppliers tend to locate 50 to 100 miles from auto plants to avoid competing for labor.

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SEATTLE -- Having installed its chic coffee stores across much of North America, Starbucks Corp. is aggressively expanding overseas - and like other global retailing icons, is finding that international fame can carry a price.

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ATHENS, Ga. - David Lindsay can't think of anything worse.

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SEATTLE -- Microsoft Corp. reported a 2 percent increase in profit for its third quarter on Tuesday, beating analysts' expectations, but cautioned that it does not see a recovery in technology spending anytime soon.

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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- Philip Morris USA got a partial reprieve Monday when an Illinois judge cut in half the amount that the nation's biggest cigarette maker must come up with to begin appealing a $10.1 billion verdict.

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NORTH AUGUSTA - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford stopped by a local concrete block factory Tuesday to tout his proposed tax relief legislation.

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ATLANTA -- Coca-Cola and Delta report on the state of their companies this week, and analysts said Monday they will be looking closely to see how the two Georgia corporations have weathered tough economic conditions at home and political tensions abroad.

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Allen Green gets help with his taxes from AARP tax volunteer Ray Butler (right), who was part of a team of volunteers helping people fill out their returns at the Senior Citizens Council on 15th Street. The IRS also has a help line available.

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NEW YORK -- Investors attracted by lower prices but still wary of first-quarter earnings sent stocks soaring Monday, a break from last week's declines. The Dow Jones industrials climbed more than 140 points but volume was light, a sign that many investors want to see more profit reports before making any major moves.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Peppering her testimony with nervous laughter, an accountant Monday outlined the finances of HealthSouth founder Richard Scrushy, including his mortgage-free mansions and a web of personal companies.

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Sports fans hoped to see a first at the Masters this year; what they got was a bushel of firsts, but not the one they expected. Tiger Woods failed in his bid to be the first golfer ever to don the green jacket three years running.

Parents demand a voice

First water, then Weir

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Teacher transfers are perennials that pop up every year about this time. Some people see them as flowers - other people see weeds. Regardless, school district officials need the freedom to plant and replant teachers where they're most needed.

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Top ranking Bush administration officials, including Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell, charged Monday that Syria is developing chemical weapons, providing safe harbor for key Saddam Hussein henchmen and sending volunteers and equipment to fight coalition forces in Iraq.

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The Martha Burk rally Saturday turned out to be the biggest anticlimax since the Republican Guard's defense of Baghdad.

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Occasionally, out of the midst of mayhem and tragedy and grief and sorrow comes a miracle, a single, solitary miracle.

Have they not learned?

Martha's Media Circus

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LONDON -- Two pieces of jewelry that once belonged to Marilyn Monroe have been stolen from an exhibition, police said Tuesday.

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ROME -- Italy will build a Holocaust museum to preserve the memory of victims from this country and across Europe, parliament announced.

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Are you in the middle of a disagreement with the IRS? One of the guaranteed rights for all taxpayers is the right to appeal, according to the IRS. If you disagree with the IRS about the amount of your tax liability or about proposed collection actions, you have the right to ask the IRS Appeals Office to review your case.

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CHICAGO -- Like many investors, Lonnie Soury never paid much attention to bonds during the days of whopping stock gains that seemed like they would last forever.

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Are you expecting a tax refund from the IRS this year? The IRS says that if you file a complete and accurate paper tax return, your refund should be issued in about six to eight weeks from the date IRS receives your return. If you file your return electronically, your refund should be issued in about 10 days even faster when you choose direct deposit.

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Spring is a wonderful time for entertaining, and my lemon-herb chicken is a perfectly easy and elegant entree for the season.

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Spring is the time for asparagus - prices are low and taste is high. Although pencil-thin varieties have gained popularity with chefs, many asparagus lovers swear the jumbo spears are better. Contrary to what one might think, the bigger spears aren't from older plants, but from younger, more robust ones.

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Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

Small portions

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Cincinnati is home to an unusual chili with a Greek heritage.

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And the nominees for "Biggest Hit of the Game" for the Augusta GreenJackets are:

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Augusta GreenJackets reliever Angus Roy didn't get to watch Mike Weir's historic Masters Tournament victory on Sunday.

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The Lake Olmstead Stadium scoreboard was on the blink for the second-straight night.

Masters shattered expectations

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- An otherwise weird week at Augusta National included a somber, heart-wrenching moment before the Masters even began.

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From a late start to a sudden conclusion, the 67th Masters Tournament was one for the record books. No wonder a player standing on the wrong side of the ball won it.

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Hootie Johnson defended more than just the all-male membership at Augusta National.

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POTOMAC, Md. -- Kemper Insurance has withdrawn as title sponsor of a PGA Tour event after 35 years because of economic problems.

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TORONTO -- Mike Weir returned home Monday with a green jacket.

GreenJackets bow to Bombers

Roy roots on Weir from the road

Parrish makes practice of state runner-up

Jones makes her own name for Lady Eagles

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Iraqis met under American auspices to shape a new government Tuesday and said "the rule of law must be paramount" following Saddam Hussein's fall. In a war dividend, U.S. officials said they had taken Palestinian terrorist Abul Abbas into custody in Baghdad.

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Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit fell with unexpectedly light resistance on Monday, the last Iraqi city to succumb to overpowering U.S.-led ground and air forces. A senior Pentagon general said "major combat engagements" are likely over in the 26-day war.

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I was out at Augusta National on Sunday morning taking it all in.

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Two Greenbrier high School students were killed Tuesday afternoon while on their way to a golf tournament in Lincoln county, authorities said.

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A gas line breech on Ellis Street Tuesday morning caused the evacuation of an entire downtown block, including more than 300 pupils at Curtis Baptist Church Elementary School.

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I don't see any of those anti-war folks carrying arms or putting their lives on the line for our freedom - to oppose the war or anything else in this country. Did Sept. 11, 2001, not mean anything to them? They can oppose all they want and stick their heads in the sand. The evil of this world won't go away unless we do something about it. Bonnie Cox, North Augusta, S.C.

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I am 49 years old, and have lived in Augusta all my life. I am seeing what I never thought I would see - people showing interest in downtown again. I have worked downtown for 11 years now and I see parks being built, old buildings being restored and more activities taking place. James Gibbs, Augusta

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A question for Columbia County Commissioners: "What part of a tax is a tax, regardless of the innocuous, euphemistic title applied to it by the city - make that the county - don't you understand?" Bob Cipperly, Evans, Ga.

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The Augusta Chronicle's March 30 article, "License to scam," was absolutely correct to urge people to thoroughly investigate, before entering into a business agreement, anyone presenting himself as a housing contractor. That should be the norm, whether with contractors, attorneys or even health specialists.Ken Richards, Augusta

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I am very proud of our country, particularly those who defend it. Living in this largely military community, I take advantage of pointing soldiers out to my children. Melissa G. Padgett, Hephzibah, Ga.

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This is in response to what I consider libelous remarks of my principal at A.R. Johnson Magnet School, Dr. Dorothy Gandy. I am one of the teachers Dr. Gandy has requested be transferred. Audrey Smith, North Augusta, S.C.

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Regarding Dan Hilbert's April 6 letter, "President Bush's 'hired guns' slaughtering Iraqis": He states he feels that President Bush is using the army to kill innocent civilians, and that the president is acting out of God's will. Todd Baldwin, Harlem, Ga.

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Letter writers Paul Cook (March 31) and Lowell Greenbaum (April 2) are out with more malicious palter. Keep in mind that both of these individuals still support the two most inept presidents - Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton - that we have seen in my 70-plus years. Alan R. Jackson, Hephzibah, Ga.

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I just finished watching an interview with a former resident of Iraq. She told of being plucked from her classroom at age 15, taken to prison, beaten and then raped while her parents were forced to watch. Her crime was she had written something derogatory about Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in her notebook. She was turned over to the secret police by her teacher. Jim Vause, Warrenville, S.C.

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As chairman of the Georgia Senate appropriations sub-committee for higher education, I want ... to tell the people of the greater Augusta area what a great addition to the Appropriations Committee Sen. Randy Hall, R-Augusta, has been. As a member of the higher education sub-committee Sen. Hall has diligently attended every budget hearing and he certainly realizes the economic difficulties facing the Medical College of Georgia and the entire state of Georgia. State Sen. Charles C. Clay, R-Marietta

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TOKYO -- The number of Japanese traveling overseas during this year's spring holiday season will likely plunge 35.9 percent from last year due to the spread of a deadly flu-like illness and the war in Iraq, according to Japan's biggest travel agency.

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In order to give our readers a jump start on their weekend entertainment planning, The Augusta Chronicle is launching a new mini-section that will appear Wednesday and include quick reviews of upcoming movies, Augusta hot spots and local eateries.

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COCONUT CREEK, Fla. -- Ileana Garica of South Florida has just entered the Tropical Rainforest exhibit at Butterfly World. She raises her camera and prepares to shoot.

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Q: I'm relieved to learn that I am not the only one who gets headaches from sex. Over a 10-year period I had severe, pounding headaches during three separate vacations (great times for making love), only during sex, close to climax.

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- While Walt Disney World resorts brace for fewer guests because of the war in Iraq, one resort at the theme park haven is expecting business to be brisk for the next several months.

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NEW YORK - Ridiculed for its cataloglike format and narrow focus on shopping, Lucky magazine was given a slim chance of survival when it debuted two years ago. Since then, the "magalog" has made its critics into believers and even copycats.

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History comes alive in the colonial-era towns of Virginia's Tidewater & Hampton Roads region, that southeastern corner of the state where Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic. And while you're there, save time to kick back on a beach and take in the rest of the sights.

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For most of the year, Americans' relationship with Uncle Sam is one-sided - they give, he takes.

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The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send a fax to 722-7403 or e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include the name and phone number of a contact person.

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Phinizy Swamp Nature Park will hold Earth Day events from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. There will be exhibits, educational sessions, a scavenger hunt, an egg hunt and guided nature walks.

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I CHALLENGE AUGUSTA'S hardworking entrepreneurs. South Augusta needs you badly. What you have done with downtown Augusta is wonderful. Please, please take on south Augusta.

Bill sets limit on special panels
ATLANTA - Rep. Henry Howard has introduced a bill that would limit special grand juries to one year rather than an indefinite term.

Audit puts heat on grand jury
A special grand jury's review of Augusta's purchasing department was a biased and hurtful attack against the office's director, Geri Sams, several Augusta Commission members said Tuesday. Before the summer is through, elected officials plan to demand an apology from the investigative body, based on an independent audit of the purchasing office.

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If there was a sign that officials with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation take child molestation seriously, it was the November arrest of the man who once headed their Thomson office.

Group admits grant error

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Today's serviceman of the day is Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer William Watkins of Madisonville, Ky.

Downtown gas leak leads to evacuation
A gas-line breach on Ellis Street on Tuesday morning caused the evacuation of an entire downtown block, including more than 300 pupils at Curtis Baptist School.

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APRIL 15, 1843 NOTICE: SCREVEN COUNTY, GA. All persons are hereby cautioned not to trespass upon the plantation or premises of the subscriber, either by cutting or felling any board trees, rail timber or cutting or taking from the same.

319th members dream of homecoming
With the war in Iraq winding down, the pace of work hasn't changed for the truck drivers, but the comfort level has.

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Columbia County School Superintendent Tommy Price told a group of Democrats on Monday that a task force studying the issue of having an at-large elected school board chairman will likely turn its attention to increasing the number of board members from five to seven.

Cutbacks will come by April 30
AIKEN - Layoffs of no more than 60 people at Savannah River Site will be effective by the end of the month, according to a memo from the operating company's president.

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The faculty and staff at one Richmond County high school could be receiving a bonus next year.

Cutbacks will come by April 30

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ROCK HILL, S.C. -- After watching the Catawba River and its lakes drop to historically low levels last summer, Duke Power and waterfront homeowners now are confronting the opposite problem - too much water.

Friends, fans still call on Thurmond
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - In the twilight of a legendary life, former U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond still can offer some tart advice for his friends, supporters and former constituents.

Across the area

Health center board gets new members
The feuding board of an Augusta mental health center that had lost a majority of its members started to gain some back Tuesday with the appointment of two new ones.

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WEST COLUMBIA -A state trooper who is charged with assaulting a man twice within five days has been suspended.

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CONWAY, S.C. - Lawyers for an Horry County man must fight for his life after a jury convicted him of murder in the shooting of an off-duty jail employee.

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APRIL 16, 1976 Six persons were injured and 2,000 gallons of raw gasoline were spilled Thursday night when a large tanker truck collided with an automobile on U.S. 25 near Interstate 20.

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City leaders say you can't put a price on free speech, but this weekend's protests outside Augusta National Golf Club cost Richmond County taxpayers a pretty penny - including nearly $10,000 in overtime pay for 53 sheriff's deputies.

Teachers, advocates will rally today

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Keeping quiet is what libraries are all about. But lately, there has been a lot of talk at Augusta-area libraries concerning the Patriot Act.

Reward money in Holt case will be split, attorneys say

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I WOULD LIKE to say to the idiot ranter who told all nonsmokers to stay home: Why don't you come with me and take one of my treatments for the cancer that you gave me? I never smoked a cigarette in my life. But I have lung cancer, thanks to you.

Serviceman of the day

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I WOULD LIKE to say to the idiot ranter who told all nonsmokers to stay home: Why don't you come with me and take one of my treatments for the cancer that you gave me? I never smoked a cigarette in my life. But I have lung cancer, thanks to you.

Wreck kills two teens, injures two

Wreck kills two teens, injures two
Two Greenbrier High School students were killed and two were injured Tuesday afternoon while on their way to a golf tournament in Lincoln County, authorities said.

SRS waste shipments reach 100

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I CHALLENGE AUGUSTA'S hardworking entrepreneurs. South Augusta needs you badly. What you have done with downtown Augusta is wonderful. Please, please take on south Augusta.

Across South Carolina

Health care workers get smallpox vaccine
Jo Polhill quickly learned Tuesday what it was like on the other end of the needle.

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COLUMBIA -Nine candidates seeking the Democratic Party presidential nomination will debate at the University of South Carolina on May 3.

Group admits grant error
The nonprofit group that runs the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History has stepped forward to let elected officials know they probably violated the terms of their city grant by using government money to pay for the personnel services of a company where a board member worked.

Performance pays off for school

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ATLANTA -A Spalding County woman who was convicted in the fatal shooting of her terminally ill sons was assaulted by an inmate at Metro State Prison in Atlanta.

School board to study adding members

Across the area
Authorities said Tuesday that murder charges will be filed against a Hephzibah man who caused a fatal wreck while fleeing police in a stolen truck.

GBI gets tough on child abuse

City accepts sewage fines
The city of Augusta agreed Tuesday to pay $17,100 in fines to settle violations involving seven sewage spills last year in which 333,000 gallons of untreated wastewater entered streams.

Libraries voice concern of act's privacy invasion

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Sgt. Cornelius Boyd of Atlanta.

Two teens killed in car wreck

Measure upsets home day cares
Linda Caesar thinks about closing her family day care and working for Burger King if she is ordered to get liability insurance.

Across the area

Taking back the night
Nearly every day last year, someone new called the Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services center asking for help.

Across Georgia

Across South Carolina

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An Augusta man was killed Monday afternoon when his vehicle was blindsided by a man fleeing police in a stolen truck, authorities said.

News you can use

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AIKEN - Officials at Savannah River Site said SRS sent its 100th shipment of transuranic waste to its permanent home in New Mexico on Monday.

Taking back the night

Audit puts heat on grand jury

319th members dream of homecoming

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The people who helped convict the men who killed Sam's Club Manager David Holt have split a $400,000 reward fund set up by Wal-Mart Inc.

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A construction worker who recently lost his job was charged Monday in last week's robbery and slaying of an Augusta pawnshop worker.

Friends, fans still call on Thurmond

Downtown gas leak leads to evacuation

Health care workers get smallpox vaccine

Gas leak leads to evacuation

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FORT STEWART, Ga. -- Capt. Mike Enos and Sgt. Jeff Fornshell weren't deployed overseas with the 2nd Brigade in September. Nor did they get to help their fellow Fort Stewart troops take down Baghdad last week.

Measure upsets home day cares

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ATLANTA -- State lawmakers are trying to slow the proliferation of meth labs by making it illegal to own some over-the-counter drugs in large quantities.

Teachers, advocates will rally today
AIKEN - South Carolina teachers and education advocates will rally in the state capital today to protest deep budget cuts to public schools, but local politicians and school administrators don't expect much relief.

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North Augusta police are looking for a man who they say kidnapped an ex-girlfriend and returned her a few hours later.

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LITHIA SPRINGS - The family of rescued prisoner of war Army Chief Warrant Officer Ronald Young Jr. awaits his return home with a steak dinner ready.

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LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Paul Tracy is as amazed as anyone that he's leading the CART Champ Car standings after winning the first three races of the season.

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WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan surely expected a different ending, not a finale amid the turmoil of his self-assembled, crumbling team.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz and Mike Bibby of the Sacramento Kings were added Monday to the national team that will compete in the Olympic qualifying tournament in August.

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Roy Williams told the Kansas Jayhawks he is leaving to coach North Carolina, his beloved alma mater, according to players who attended a meeting with him Monday.

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Mrs. India Thompson (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)

Mr. Henry Forehand (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Sgt. John Baditoiu (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Florelle Massey (TALLBOTTON, Ga.)

Mr. Tony Moore (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ivins Morris Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie Sheffield (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dale Lamar (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alice Jasper (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Lowe (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Herman Rogers (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Jaykob Scarlett (BATH, S.C.)

Ms. Mary Sims (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrtis Deas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnnie Carter (NEW BERN, N.C.)

Mr. Dean Flanders (ADRIAN, Ga.)

Mrs. Valerie Arnold (GIBSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Brigitta Jones (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Albert Rogers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jack McCraney (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Sara Holsonbake (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Sgt. John Baditoiu (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Wesby, Jr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Roland Thomas (WAGENER, S.C.)

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GEORGIA IS ON the brink of a major Medicaid crisis. To reduce costs, policymakers are looking at ways to hold down prescription drug costs, and access to effective mental health medications may be a casualty of that effort.

Keeping open access to mental-health medications a critical issue
GEORGIA IS ON the brink of a major Medicaid crisis. To reduce costs, policymakers are looking at ways to hold down prescription drug costs, and access to effective mental health medications may be a casualty of that effort.

Overtime

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA's management council on Tuesday endorsed a new $17 million fund giving more athletes access to money to be used for academic opportunities.

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Canadian golfer Mike Weir stole the show this week in Augusta.

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BERLIN -- Serena Williams withdrew from next month's German Open, wanting an extra week off before coming to Europe for the French Open and Wimbledon.

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Robert Helmick, a former U.S. Olympic Committee president who resigned amid conflict of interest allegations, died Tuesday at 66.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- It took one gymnast with a fractured leg and another with a bum ankle, but Auburn's gymnastics team is finally vaulting from Alabama's shadow.

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BRISTOL, Conn. -- ESPN reached a four-year agreement to televise Wimbledon from 2003-06.

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At first glance, it's easy to see why the Brentwood boys won the Georgia Independent Class AA championship. After all, the Eagles dropped from Class AAA after reaching the state quarterfinals last season. So they should have won the state title with ease, right?

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It looked like Augusta Christian senior guard Jordan Belcher was wearing a red headband over his dyed red hair.

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One of these days the Briarwood girls basketball team is going to win a Georgia Independent Schools Association Class AA title.

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She was a state champion last year, but this season she really had to grow up.

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In Iraq, Islam's ancient Sunni-Shiite divide is a matter of politics as well as history and doctrine.

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WRENTHAM, Mass. -- The 50 Cistercian Sisters of Mount Saint Mary Abbey rise each morning at 3, pray until nearly 8 and then begin their work day making chocolate, the labor they have chosen to support themselves and their life of what they call "beautiful simplicity."

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NEW YORK -- A vegetarian activist group says the Arab satellite station Al-Jazeera is willing to run graphic footage of human war victims but won't accept their commercial showing bloody animals.

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NEW YORK -- Fox News Channel, CNN and MSNBC have eagerly fed a public hungry for war news, 24 hours a day. What happens when that hunger subsides?

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NEW YORK -- Cher's farewell tour played so well on television she might want to consider another.

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NEW YORK -- Spike is no longer just the name of a famous film director or a volleyball move. Now it's the name of a cable network, too.

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NEW YORK -- A top CNN executive kept quiet about some atrocities in Iraq not because the network wanted to protect access but because it worried about putting lives in danger, CNN said Monday.

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NEW YORK -- News dispatches gripped the outside world: A doctor encamped on Antarctica was treating her own case of breast cancer.

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ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - New Georgia basketball coach Dennis Felton flew to California on Sunday to meet with Mohamed Abukar, but he left with little hope of convincing the San Diego-area player of the year to remain with the Bulldogs.

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.- Jimita Nicole Spates and David OBannon, both of Hephzibah, were married at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2003, at the Adams Mark Hotel. The Rev. Melvin Adams, Jr. officiated.

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EDISTO ISLAND, S.C.- Eleanor Ann Mixon of Augusta, and James Arthur Attwood of Atlanta, were married at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2003, at Edisto Island Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Donald R. Hendrix officiated.

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AUGUSTA- Karen Leigh Denny of North Augusta, and Jason Scott Cisson of Evans, were married at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 2003, at Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church. Dr. G. Daniel McCall and Dr. Jeffery Newlin officiated.

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BISHOPVILLE, S.C.- Lesley Danielle Teal of Bishopville, and Trey Kelly of Columbia, were married at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2003, at the First Baptist Church. The Rev. Steve Turner officiated.

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AUGUSTA- Heather Gayle Getha and Rion Garet Taylor, both of Syracuse, N.Y., were married at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 2002, at First Christian Church. Dr. C. Don Manning officiated.

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James E. and Mary Anne Duplantis Goodwin of Houma, La., announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Anne Goodwin to Dr. John Hearst Wel-born, Jr., both of Mill Valley, Calif., son of Ms. Deborah Welborn Reiniger of Aiken, and Mr. John H. Welborn, Sr., of Greenwood, S.C.

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APPLING- Amy Danielle Lord of Evans, and Cliff Dansby of Martinez, were married at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 15, 2003, at Dunns Chapel. The Rev. Randolph Dixon officiated.

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AIKEN- Carrie Andres and Jeffrey Skomp, both of Augusta, were married at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 29, 2003, at the Victorian Wedding Chapel. The Rev. Jerry Tindall officiated.

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THE FACTS: Kaysie Patterson, 14, a freshman at Evans High School.

Xtreme calendar

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It's a common gripe among teens: People stereotype them because of the way they look. But is it true? We wanted to know.

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New CDs in stores today include the long-awaited debut from American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson.

Question of the week

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Takisha Burke, 18, is a senior at John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School. Prayer, a black and white photo, won an award of merit in the PTA Reflections art competition.

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THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I'm trying to talk to this girl who lives about an hour away. We have a ton of stuff in common, but I don't know if it will work out because she lives so far away. Should I try to make the relationship work or not? - 18-year-old Augusta boy.

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Break a trend - be nice!

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What's the best way to clean CDs?

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Have you ever seen a teen act "tough" or "cool," and maybe make fun of older people in order to be laughed at by their friends?

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Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold: