Originally created 05/29/03

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'Amazing Race' hastily returns

The Amazing Race 4 returns Thursday at 8 p.m. on CBS (WRDW-TV, Channel 12), and though it is sometimes overshadowed by other forms of "reality," this show provides competition that fans say is actually exciting. This time, the pairs who will race around the world include best friends who are both professional clowns and a couple described as "dating 12 years/virgins."


One ugly couch is worth $5,000

Sure Fit slipcovers announces its Ninth Annual Ugly Couch Contest, and this year there is a twist. Submit a photo of your ugly couch and you could win the "fame" of a newspaper advertisement in your hometown featuring you with your ugly couch, not to mention extensive media coverage, and the "fortune" of $5,000.

Send a good-quality color photo of your ugly couch to Sure Fit, c/o Ugly Couch Contest, 58 W. 40th St., Second Floor, New York, NY 10018. Include your full name, address, phone number and e-mail.

You also can enter online at www.surefit.com. Entries will be received between July 1 and Aug. 7


TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS:Actor Anthony Geary is 56. Singer Rebbie Jackson is 53. Composer Danny Elfman is 50. Singer LaToya Jackson is 47. Actress Annette Bening is 45. Singer Melissa Etheridge is 42. Actress Lisa Whelchel (The Facts of Life) is 40. Guitarist Noel Gallagher of Oasis is 36. Singer Melanie Brown (Scary Spice) of the Spice Girls is 28.

YOUR BIRTHDAY TODAY: Appearances can be deceiving, as you'll no doubt discover. This year, you'll learn the difference between symbolism and substance.


Contact Lifestyles Editor Erica C. Cline at: 828-2946 or ecline@augustachronicle.com.


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