German fans get Harry Potter translation
BERLIN -- Harry Potter enthusiasts in Germany are not letting the 4 1/2-month lag for the translation of the latest installment stop them from plunging into the young wizard's latest adventure.

German fans get Harry Potter translation

Exhibit highlights Ansel Adams' artistry

Art review: Dance Theatre of Harlem unleashes a visual feast
NEW YORK -- It's not often that the mere rising of a curtain evokes whoops of pleasure. But that's what happened this weekend when the audience got that first amazing burst of color from "St. Louis Woman: A Blues Ballet," an exhilarating new piece from the Dance Theatre of Harlem.

Art review: Dance Theatre of Harlem unleashes a visual feast

Exhibit highlights Ansel Adams' artistry
NEW YORK -- The subject of the four photographs is the same - the peak of Mount Robson in the Canadian Rockies, taken by a young Ansel Adams during a trip with the Sierra Club in 1928.

Devil Rays prospect throws perfect game in Double-A debut
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Devil Rays prospect Chad Gaudin pitched a perfect game in his debut for the Double-A Orlando Rays on Tuesday, retiring all 21 Jacksonville Suns batters in a seven-inning game.

Rickey Henderson happy to be back in the big leagues

Anderson wins Home Run Derby

Bret Boone not happy with Selig
CHICAGO -- Add Bret Boone to the list of commissioner Bud Selig's critics.

AL wins All-Star game
CHICAGO -- Hank Blalock's team is going nowhere. Thanks to him, though, a lot of his AL teammates have a much better chance to go all the way.

Sign of the times: Signals, strategy might make All-Star comeback
CHICAGO -- Until now, Alex Rodriguez never had a reason to look down at the third-base coach in an All-Star game.

Former teammates Loaiza, Schmidt All-Star starters

Former teammates Loaiza, Schmidt All-Star starters
CHICAGO -- Chatting in the outfield a month ago during batting practice, former Pittsburgh teammates Esteban Loaiza and Jason Schmidt joked about facing each other in the All-Star game.

Rocket to the rescue

Clemens replaces confused Zito on All-Star roster
CHICAGO -- Roger Clemens replaced Barry Zito on the American League All-Star roster Monday, with the commissioner's office saying the Oakland left-hander was unable to pitch.

Anderson wins MVP

Anderson wins Home Run Derby
CHICAGO -- Garret Anderson was a winner at the All-Star Home Run Derby, just like he was at the World Series.

Anderson wins MVP
CHICAGO -- Just call Garret Anderson boom-boom.

Wide-eyed Willis taking everything in
CHICAGO -- Dontrelle Willis looked like any other awestruck fan at the All-Star game, wide-eyed as he gushed about all the famous players he'd met.

AL wins All-Star game

Bret Boone not happy with Selig

Clemens replaces confused Zito on All-Star roster

Wide-eyed Willis taking everything in

Sign of the times: Signals, strategy might make All-Star comeback

Rocket to the rescue
CHICAGO -- Roger Clemens was on a fishing trip, an hour north of Houston, when Yankees general manager Brian Cashman called at 10 a.m. Monday.

All-Star game celebrates diversity in dugout

Rickey Henderson happy to be back in the big leagues
LOS ANGELES -- Rickey Henderson had a great time playing in the minor leagues with kids less than half his age.

All-Star game a boon for the Boones

Woman dies after falling off climbing wall set up for fans at minor league baseball game
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A young woman died Tuesday after falling about 25 feet from a climbing wall at a minor league baseball game, officials said.

All-Star game celebrates diversity in dugout
CHICAGO -- Baseball is America's pastime more than ever - as multicultural as the country and filled with a rainbow of stars from around the world.

All-Star game a boon for the Boones
CHICAGO -- The All-Star game is doubling as a family reunion for the Boone family.

Everyone's a critic when you're a comedian

Odds and Ends
BIG PINE KEY, Fla. -- Nearly 400 people took a dive to listen to a local radio station's live underwater music broadcast in the Florida Keys.

Google also can't find weapons of mass destruction
The hunt for weapons of mass destruction isn't going so well in Iraq. It's not going so well on Google, either.

Cleaning staff finds source of odor complaints - a body
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- After a motel guest complained for three days about a foul odor in his room, the cleaning crew found a man's body hidden under the bed, police said.

First recorded recipe for a lasagna-based dish found in Britain
LONDON -- After a hard day's jousting, what a medieval English knight needed was .... a plate of lasagna.

Odds and Ends
SAN FRANCISCO -- A high school teacher, fed up with the Bush administration's playing cards featuring Saddam Hussein, "Chemical Ali" and other most-wanted Iraqis, is now selling her own deck, "Operation Hidden Agenda."

With Braves so far ahead, Phillies should think wild card
PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Phillies figured they'd be in playoff contention at the All-Star break. They'll have to settle for the NL wild-card race.

With Braves so far ahead, Phillies should think wild card

General manager content for now
ATLANTA - Atlanta Braves general manager John Schuerholz would like four 20-game winners in the starting rotation, preferably all younger than 30, and a collection of .300 hitters in the lineup.

General manager content for now

Mirant seeks bankruptcy protection

Murray hopes fruity treat will boost its cookie sales
Something fruity is going on at Augusta's Murray Biscuit Co.

Boise Cascade agrees to buy OfficeMax
CLEVELAND -- Boise Cascade Corp., a wood and paper products maker, has agreed to acquire OfficeMax Inc. for nearly $1.2 billion in a deal that would more than double the size of its office products distribution business.

Fed ready to cut interest rates, if needed
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve stands ready to reduce interest rates even further if necessary to boost the sluggish economy and guard against a destabilizing fall in prices, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Tuesday.

Investing firm ordered to pay

White House sees record deficits of $455 billion
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration projected Tuesday that this year's federal deficit will surge to a record $455 billion, underscoring the toll that recession, tax cuts and the costs of fighting terrorism are taking on the government's books.

Business briefs

Retail sales up solid 0.5 percent in June
WASHINGTON -- America's shoppers emerged from a lull and got into the buying groove in June, driving up sales at the nation's retailers by 0.5 percent, the best showing in three months.

Investing firm ordered to pay
Edwin Dovin's Atlanta law firm and Augusta lawyer Robert Hagler plan to file more than 80 claims against AG Edwards & Sons, its former Augusta manager, William Gibbs, and broker Susan Saccone.

Mirant seeks bankruptcy protection
ATLANTA -- Energy supplier Mirant Corp. succumbed to bankruptcy after struggling for more than a year with heavy debt and weak revenues, aggravated by questions about the company's accounting and behavior in California's energy market.

Business briefs
The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce will present a seminar on the benefits of joining the organization today at 10 a.m. at the Evans Government Center Auditorium.

White House sees record deficits of $455 billion

Murray hopes fruity treat will boost its cookie sales

Retail sales up solid 0.5 percent in June

Fed ready to cut interest rates, if needed

Yahoo buying pay-for-search pioneer Overture
SAN FRANCISCO -- Internet portal Yahoo! Inc. is buying Overture Services Inc., which pioneered a pay-for-placement search engine, in a $1.6 billion deal announced Monday.

Boise Cascade agrees to buy OfficeMax

Yahoo buying pay-for-search pioneer Overture

Batteries Plus shop fills shopping center

Batteries Plus shop fills shopping center
Above, owner Norm McGohon (from left) and employees Jeffrey Troy and Gary Curtis display some of the power supplies carried at the Batteries Plus store. At top, the franchise fills the last space in Walton's Corner shopping center.

Business briefs
The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce will present a seminar on the benefits of joining the organization at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Evans Government Center Auditorium.

Price files $20 million lawsuit against university

Price files $20 million lawsuit against university
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Former Alabama football coach Mike Price on Monday filed a $20 million lawsuit against the university, claiming he was wrongfully fired after allegations arose about his conduct at a golf outing in Florida.

Aiken tournament to be expanded

History neglected
It was just pop music when Sam Cooke penned the line "Don't know much about history" in the 1960s. But, as art sometimes imitates life, life is now imitating art.

Feel better?
She inadvertently carried a small handbag through a security station at the Atlanta airport on Saturday. Her bag was seized and run through a metal detector. She was pulled aside and searched head to toe for explosives - despite the fact that she wore only a skimpy halter top and mini-skirt. Her sandals were taken away and scanned.

Burn fire fees; OK tax

History neglected

Efforts not in vain
Thirty years after its birth, the Roe vs. Wade verdict has been challenged by its own advocate, proving it's never too late to change one's mind.

Burn fire fees; OK tax
An increasing population in Columbia County - expected to reach 164,000 by 2020 - and an antiquated finance-by-subscription system that many residents aren't paying means the county's firefighting services may soon be inadequate if changes aren't made.

There's no going back
The last shots of a tyrannical regime have yet to be fired. But the first shots of democracy have sprouted in Iraq this week.

Last Call is party call
When all the traffic and businesses in the National Hills shopping center are winding down on Fridays and Saturdays, Last Call nightclub is winding up.

Emmys nominations can boost TV - or bore viewers
LOS ANGELES -- Last year, Emmy organizers parlayed an unexpected HBO offer into a big raise from the four broadcast networks that share the awards broadcast.

Standing ovation
A relatively compact cast of five will riff on contemporary womanhood in the musical revue A ... My Name is Alice at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre.

New on video
Heading to the video store this weekend? Here's a preview of some of the extras on new DVD releases:

Stocks advance on strong bank earnings
NEW YORK -- Better-than-expected profits from Citigroup and Bank of America lifted Wall Street Monday as investors grew more optimistic about a strong economic rebound. A late-day sell-off, however, limited the gains.

Stocks decline on Greenspan remarks, profit-taking

Tax surcharge on wealthy a growing problem for middle class

Government releases new rollover, crash ratings

Investors expectations aren't yet meeting reality
NEW YORK -- Wall Street thinks the economy is on its way up, while most economic data isn't yet signaling the same. If they don't get in sync soon, the current stock rally could fizzle.

It's cool to talk about the market again

Government releases new rollover, crash ratings
WASHINGTON -- Just 17 of 52 sedans, compact cars and other vehicles tested received the government's highest rating for their ability to avoid rollovers, according to results released Monday.

It's cool to talk about the market again
NEW YORK -- At the gym and in elevators, it's no longer a taboo topic of conversation. On television shows like "Sex and the City," it's once again an acceptable subplot.

Investors expectations aren't yet meeting reality

Stocks decline on Greenspan remarks, profit-taking
NEW YORK -- Wall Street retreated Tuesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said the economy should post stronger growth by year's end but cautioned that the threat of deflation remains.

Stocks advance on strong bank earnings

Tax surcharge on wealthy a growing problem for middle class
WASHINGTON -- An obscure tax intended to prevent wealthy individuals from dodging their income taxes will hit one-third of taxpayers by the end of the decade, private researchers report.

House close to passing measure that would block new meat labels
WASHINGTON -- In the belief Americans would "buy American" if given a choice, ranchers and farmers persuaded Congress last year to require country-of-origin labels on meats, fish, fruits and vegetables.

Small portions
Want to make some cool smoothies bursting with the flavors of berries? Just put your favorite berries such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries in a plastic bag or container and place them in the freezer until frozen. Later, add them to your favorite smoothie recipe. The frozen berries will keep your smoothie cold and add just the right amount of water. Sip and enjoy.

Zesty shrimp recipe replaces fat with flavor

Dining out

Pork Chops does pigs proud
Pig lovers, get ready for a memorable barbecue-eating experience.

Dining out
Where to eat in the Aiken-Augusta area.

Small portions

House close to passing measure that would block new meat labels

Zesty shrimp recipe replaces fat with flavor
Salsas, those Mexican-style vegetable or fruit sauces with their zingy flavors, are favorite ingredients nowadays. Their presence can make all the difference to a simple preparation.

Pork Chops does pigs proud

Jackets, Sand Gnats split doubleheader
After an electrical power outage caused Monday night's game at South Georgia to be postponed, Augusta saw an offensive power outage for most of Tuesday as they split a doubleheader against the Savannah Sand Gnats at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

GreenJackets on deck
Wednesday: vs. Savannah (Marlins), (DH) noon.

A brown, brittle British Open

Norman calls for drug testing in golf
SANDWICH, England -- First, it was Tiger Woods calling for a crackdown on illegal clubs. Now, Greg Norman wants all golfers to be subjected to random drug testing.

Relaxed atmosphere at British Open

They don't forget the champions

A brown, brittle British Open
SANDWICH, England -- At any other major championship, a golf course that looked crusty, brown and neglected would be considered an eyesore.

Woods, Els riding high at Royal St. George's
SANDWICH, England -- Tiger Woods and Ernie Els have everything it takes to form a major rivalry except for one critical piece - a Sunday showdown at a major championship.

Major-less Mickelson tries to break through - again

Woods, Els riding high at Royal St. George's

Relaxed atmosphere at British Open
SANDWICH, England -- Brad Faxon finished a British Open practice round Monday playing in a fivesome. Try getting away with that at the Masters.

Furyk & Weir: Welcome to the major club
SANDWICH, England -- Jim Furyk strolled off No. 18 at Royal St. George's, hanging a left toward the putting green to get in a little more practice.

Major-less Mickelson tries to break through - again
SANDWICH, England -- Phil Mickelson was chatting outside the clubhouse at Royal St. George's, speculating on who has the best chance to win the British Open.

Norman calls for drug testing in golf

Woosnam's chip lands him in British Open
SANDWICH, England -- Former Masters champion Ian Woosnam qualified for the British Open, recovering from a bogey-bogey finish Monday by chipping in from 70 feet for a birdie in a playoff.

They don't forget the champions
SANDWICH, England -- He wore wraparound shades and a stoic expression.

Woosnam's chip lands him in British Open

Furyk & Weir: Welcome to the major club

Jackets, Sand Gnats split doubleheader

GreenJackets on deck

McKissick gets prestigious football award

Mississippi standout gets national attention

Peach Jam results

Late baskets save Ravens

Toney puts on show at Peach Jam

North Augusta senior joins deep Ravens squad

McKissick gets prestigious football award
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. -- Summerville football coach John McKissick thinks his longevity had as much to do with winning an American Football Coaches Association award as his influence.

Chocolatey dessert hones in on sweet spot
The name Butter Gooey Bars may not seem altogether appetizing, but the dessert is quick and easy, and absolutely delicious. This oh-so-sweet recipe has been around for years, and I'm sharing a chocolate version this week.

Everyone's a critic when you're a comedian
You put a joke at the end of a column on a regular basis and people take you for a comedian.

Poor coverage of 878th Engineering Battalion
I try to read your paper now and then to keep up with what's going on in Augusta whenever I have a chance. I was recently in town and saw in the paper that you have several articles about the 319th Transportation Co., but nothing about the 878th Engineering Battalion. Why is that? Spc. Eric Samuels, Augusta

Allen's passing warranted more attention
Maynard Jackson Jr., the first black mayor of Atlanta, died June 24 and shared The Chronicle's front-page headlines with the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on affirmative action and human sexuality. Lewis Bohler Jr., Augusta

Bush says one thing, does another

Allen's passing warranted more attention

Committee hears transit concerns
Several months ago our city commissioners set up the Augusta Public Transit Involvement Committee. The purpose of the panel is to communicate the transit views and concerns of residents of Augusta. We are concerned with the operations of the Fixed Line System, Para Transit System and Richmond County System. Jack Eckert, Augusta

'Do not call' registry not the answer
This newspaper's editorial page of July 4 quotes Patrick Henry's famous words, "is peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?", in its "Sweeter than peace" editorial. Clearly not, but a prime concern of many is a false, selfish peace based on the modern concept of privacy. Bill Wolff, Martinez, Ga.

Poor coverage of 878th Engineering Battalion

Disturbed by editorial on threat to HOPE by soaring costs
Your July 5 editorial, "Keep HOPE alive," on the HOPE scholarship program was disturbing. If lottery funds are being generated for education, what is the problem? Has the time come when the funds are no longer all going for education? If so, where are they going? Roxanna Mills, Augusta

Bush says one thing, does another
My faith in the intelligence of the American people is being dashed. While the eyes of Americans are glued to the latest stupid reality television show, President George W. Bush is turning this country into an Orwellian nightmare. Everything Mr. Bush says is the opposite of what he really means. Mark Gelbart, Augusta

'Do not call' registry not the answer

In the know

Paintball fun

Seniors calendar

Pictures of concerts can rock

Small printer is big on color

'Teen Titans' is first U.S. cartoon to use Japanese anime

In the know
It's the dog days of summer and we want to know what you've been up to.

Pictures of concerts can rock
Indoor concerts are filled with excitement, for the both concertgoers and the performers. As picture-takers, we like to record those moments with our cameras. But photographing performers on stage can be tricky.

In the know
Children may not want to think about it, but school is just around the corner, and The Augusta Chronicle wants to know what's hot for back-to-school fashions.

'Wario' is too short, but still fun
If ever a company can be linked to one style of game, it's Nintendo. It is synonymous with platform titles, most of them based on that ubiquitous Italian plumber, Mario.

Paintball fun
Paintball lesson 1: Although it looks like a gun, what a player uses to fire high-speed paintballs at the competition is called a marker. Never call it a gun.

Small printer is big on color
Inkjet color printers have become ubiquitous and cheap, with acceptable quality, but those looking for a step up should consider an Okidata offering, the Oki C5100 color printer.

'Teen Titans' is first U.S. cartoon to use Japanese anime
The Boy Wonder gives Batman the boot and heads West to lead a band of teenage superheroes in the search for truth, justice and the perfect pizza.

Seniors calendar
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.

News you can use
July 15, 1953 Peace and quiet on the Augusta strike front were shattered by pistol fire early yesterday afternoon when an unknown person fired into a bus resulting in slight injury to a passenger.

Rants and Raves
HOW DOES RAP music appeal to upper-class kids, anyway? How do songs about growing up in a bad neighborhood, killing people, killing cops, beating your girlfriend and smoking crack apply to kids who want for nothing in life? Why?

News you can use
JULY 16, 1943 The first legal move against excessive whiskey prices in Augusta came yesterday when five civil suits were filed in federal court against operators of liquor stores here.

Rants and Raves
HOW CONDESCENDING of Gov. Perdue to permit us "ordinary" citizens to meet with him on Saturday morning. As we enter his presence, should we genuflect to kiss his ring?

Answers sought on ferry failure
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Savannah's new ferries look pretty, but they still hold fewer passengers, are too noisy and travel more slowly through the city's river district than originally promised.

EPD director ends tenure of 32 years
ATLANTA - For the past dozen years, Georgia's chief environmental regulator has been a favorite target of environmentalists.

Kid of the day

Rants and Raves
HOW CONDESCENDING of Gov. Perdue to permit us "ordinary" citizens to meet with him on Saturday morning. As we enter his presence, should we genuflect to kiss his ring?

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -With peak hurricane season approaching and the memory of Hurricane Floyd still etched in many minds, Gov. Mark Sanford announced plans Tuesday for additional lane reversals to ease traffic congestion in evacuating the South Carolina coast.

News you can use

Across the area

Across Georgia

Across the area
Several people were arrested in Columbia County this weekend on prostitution and pimping charges.

EPD director ends tenure of 32 years

Clovis Man did not end mammoths, study finds
AMARILLO, Texas - The Texas Panhandle area's prehistoric people - known collectively today as Clovis Man - did not hunt mammoths to extinction as once thought, according to a new study.

Kid of the day

Project to look at gun crimes
High-profile defense attorney Johnnie Cochran will soon be the newest weapon in a program aimed at reducing gun violence in Augusta and south Georgia.

Serviceman of the day

Astrophysicist speaks on nuclear weapons
AIKEN - The United States should start testing nuclear weapons again to ensure the country's safety and to learn more about nuclear energy's potential to fuel space travel, a former director at the Nevada Test Site nuclear facility said Tuesday.

Officials discuss 3 judicial center sites

Commissioners criticize board
Augusta Commissioner Bill Kuhlke called the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority an "ineffective organization" that has done a "sloppy job" with local events.

Drivers will still tow for Aiken
A group of impassioned tow truck drivers who faced being excluded from doing business for Aiken's police force will tow another day.

Pre-pre-meds visit MCG
Michael McHugh wanted to get a taste of medicine during a visit to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Medical College of Georgia, and for a brief moment, it looked as though it turned his stomach.

Student finds history blank on black officers

Student finds history blank on black officers
Joseph Collier, a 50-year-old Paine College student, said he is working hard researching information for his thesis about the first black police officers in Augusta during the 1950s.

Answers sought on ferry failure

Across Georgia
SMYRNA -Three people were seriously burned Monday in an explosion at a Smyrna gun manufacturing plant.

Area brigade returns to Fort Gordon

Fire departments strain
The frustration over a lack of funding that led Wagener Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mark Redd to resign Monday night isn't isolated.

Across South Carolina

Man enters guilty plea to charges
AIKEN - A man whose murder conviction in a nine-year-old killing was overturned by a judge pleaded guilty to lesser charges Monday.

Fire departments strain

Astrophysicist speaks on nuclear weapons

Across the area
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is probing an incident in which a Warren County sheriff's deputy shot a man who was reportedly threatening a child with a butcher knife, officials said.

Spending bill lists new road

Across the area

Democrats targeting 12th District race
ATLANTA - The campaign for Georgia's new 12th District congressional seat already is under way.

Slow returns anger Army wives

New teachers get orientated
Fifteen-year teaching veteran Rick Raeuber was delighted to be sitting in a room full of new teachers.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Mary Sydney Andrews, 3, of Evans.

Owners plan to save Exchange
The owners of the Cotton Exchange say they will try to find a way to preserve the historic site and keep it "economically viable," which could include turning the building into an upscale restaurant or nightclub.

Spending bill lists new road
AIKEN - The Palmetto Parkway has cleared the first legislative hurdle toward getting a multimillion-dollar injection of federal money to keep the highway project from stalling.

Across Georgia
WRIGHTSVILLE -Two Laurens County men were injured, one critically, after a convenience store awning collapsed on them during a heavy storm.

Trustees elect new leadership
The embattled moderator at First Baptist Church of Augusta stepped aside Monday, allowing the trustees to choose new leadership for the 3,000-member congregation.

News you can use

Man carves out history
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Ike Carpenter's daughter stopped listening to him rant about the Revolutionary War, Thomas Jefferson and the Industrial Revolution years ago, but she's still learning how to carve the perfect spoon.

Panel gives raise, shorter contract
Richmond County Chief Appraiser Sonny Reece received a midyear raise Tuesday from the Augusta Commission but was approved for only a five-month work contract.

10 lawyers vie to fill spot

Rants and Raves
HOW DOES RAP music appeal to upper-class kids, anyway? How do songs about growing up in a bad neighborhood, killing people, killing cops, beating your girlfriend and smoking crack apply to kids who want for nothing in life? Why?

Panel OKs school for Merriwether
Residents of the south Edgefield County community of Merriwether who want a high school closer to their homes have only one more strand of red tape to slice through to get their wish.

Commissioners criticize board

Project to look at gun crimes

Officials discuss 3 judicial center sites
A recommendation to build a downtown courts complex on a piece of prime riverfront property will not be the last word on a much-debated Augusta judicial center.

Across Georgia

Augusta Regional Airport's budget items stir questions
The bird-chasing dog Mayday will be insured, and more than $350,000 will be available to market Augusta Regional Airport.

10 lawyers vie to fill spot
Ten local lawyers met the Tuesday deadline to apply for the vacant judicial seat in the Augusta Judicial Circuit.

Area brigade returns to Fort Gordon
Spc. Ismail Madina couldn't stop smiling as he greeted his parents and younger brothers.

Man carves out history

Two teens are arrested in theft of team's carts
Authorities have arrested two people after the theft of two golf carts belonging to the Augusta GreenJackets. One of the vehicles was found submerged in the Augusta Canal, police said.

Augusta Regional Airport's budget items stir questions

Slow returns anger Army wives
HINESVILLE, Ga. - Angry Army wives were gathered in a vacant southeast Georgia shopping center parking lot to voice their frustration and anger over news that some of their soldier-husbands might not be coming home from Iraq for a while.

Across South Carolina

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Addison Quinn Shelt, 3, of Martinez.

Panel OKs school for Merriwether

Across South Carolina
UNION - A Carlisle woman fleeing Union County sheriff's deputies died after her car struck a tree, authorities said.

Owners plan to save Exchange

General talks up Fort Gordon
Standing before a group of Kiwanis Club of Augusta members, including World War II veterans, Fort Gordon's commanding general spoke Monday on everything from the war in Iraq to an upcoming base-closure plan.

Two teens are arrested in theft of team's carts

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Spc. Kevin B. Hawkins of Dearing.

Adams controversy divides university's supporters
The reviews have come flooding in, and the diversity of opinion would indicate that the University of Georgia is a house divided.

Drive-ins survive by catering to families
BROOKLYN, Ohio -- On a recent summer night when the sun set late, no one seemed to mind that the Memphis Drive-In wasn't starting "The Hulk" until 40 minutes after its 9 p.m. showtime.

Drive-ins survive by catering to families

Critical choice

Critical choice
Here's what critics are saying about recent movie releases. See Friday's Applause section for theater listings and movie critic Roger Ebert's reviews of new movies.

Combs relaunches label with all-star album
NEW YORK -- Sean "P. Diddy" Combs called in all favors to secure an all-star lineup for his "Bad Boys II" soundtrack, the first album on his recently revamped Bad Boy record label.

Combs relaunches label with all-star album

Rapper held without bond will miss summer tour
PHILADELPHIA -- Beanie Sigel's clothing line boasts hidden pockets and gun holsters designed, he says, to withstand a police chase.

File-sharing services saw dip in traffic
LOS ANGELES -- Use of several Internet file-sharing services declined by several thousand people the week after the music industry threatened to sue online music swappers, an Internet tracking firm said Monday.

Rapper held without bond will miss summer tour

Andretti testing for DEI
INDIANAPOLIS -- John Andretti's time away from NASCAR ended Monday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Gurtis largely happy with reaction to Darlington change

Roush to keep running Truck Series program
CONCORD, N.C. -- Roush Racing will complete the rest of the NASCAR Truck Series season despite sponsorship problems.

Simpson drops suit against NASCAR over Earnhardt death

Gurtis largely happy with reaction to Darlington change
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- A month after officials announced the Southern 500 on Labor Day weekend would be the Darlington Raceway's last, track president Andrew Gurtis says the fallout from fans has been better than he expected.

Andretti testing for DEI

Black ties, white gowns, checkered flags for Darlington
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- At the Southern 500 next month, "I now pronounce you husband and wife" will sound out along pit road before "Gentlemen, start your engines."

NASCAR fines Roush team

Black ties, white gowns, checkered flags for Darlington

NASCAR fines Roush team
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR penalized one of Roush Racing's truck series teams Tuesday for using illegal engine parts in rookie Carl Edwards' first career victory.

Simpson drops suit against NASCAR over Earnhardt death
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Safety manufacturer Bill Simpson on Tuesday dropped a defamation lawsuit that accused NASCAR of wrongly blaming his former company's seat belt for Dale Earnhardt's death.

Roush to keep running Truck Series program

Hurricane Claudette moves inland after lashing Texas coast
PORT O'CONNOR, Texas -- Hurricane Claudette roared onto the Texas Gulf Coast and headed inland with wind and heavy rain Tuesday, pounding beaches with high waves and chasing some people to higher ground.

Hurricane Claudette lashes Texas coast
PORT O'CONNOR, Texas -- An invigorated Hurricane Claudette bore down on the Texas shore early Tuesday, lashing the coast with heavy wind and rain and chasing some people to higher ground inland.

Hurricane warning posted as a tropical storm heads for Texas

Hurricane warning posted as a tropical storm heads for Texas
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas -- A hurricane warning was issued for more than 200 miles of Texas coastline Monday as Tropical Storm Claudette lumbered across the Gulf of Mexico, gathering strength.

Hurricane Claudette moves inland after lashing Texas coast

Hurricane Claudette lashes Texas coast

Government drops case against Chris Webber's father
DETROIT -- Prosecutors on Tuesday formally dropped their case against the father of Chris Webber, who was accused of lying to a grand jury investigating the dealings of a former Michigan basketball booster.

Salary cap rises to $43.8 million
NEW YORK -- The NBA salary cap for the 2003-04 season will be almost $44 million, a jump of about 9 percent from last season.

Webber pleads guilty to criminal contempt, expected to avoid prison

Webber pleads guilty to criminal contempt, expected to avoid prison
DETROIT -- On the eve of his federal perjury trial, Sacramento Kings star Chris Webber pleaded guilty Monday to a lesser charge of criminal contempt in a deal that is expected to allow him to avoid prison time.

Salary cap rises to $43.8 million

Panthers re-sign one, waive four

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Ms. Nancy Anderson    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Alan Colburn    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Yonce    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Sarah Fields    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Hannah Wise    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Nancy Corley    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mrs. Melba Veal    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
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Ms. Mary Brown    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Naomie Clark    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Doris Simmons    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Susie Diaz    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Theodore Philpot    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Yoshi Keesee    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Elaine Paddon    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Willie Brown-Carter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Elizabeth Malcom    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Dorothy Corley    (VICKSBURG, Miss.)
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Mr. Davey Lewis    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ella Burt    (UNION POINT, Ga.)
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Rev. Wilson Johnson    (APPLING, Ga.)
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Mrs. Eva Bogart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Julia Jowers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Albert Gibons    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mattie Turner    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Mr. Donald Cohen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Tarvie Vaughn Sr.    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Dorothy Corley    (VICKSBURG, Miss.)
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Mr. Johnnie Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Beamus Douglas    (ADRIAN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Yonce    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Miss Diane Birak    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Nancy Anderson    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Thomas Berry Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Johnnie Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Hattie Lee    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Minister Willie Wilson    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Mrs. Helen Lee    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mattie Turner    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Elizabeth Malcom    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Rose Story    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. George Montjoy Sr.    (WINDSOR, S.C.)
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Mr. Willie Rouse    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Margaret Parker    (ANNISTON, Ala.)
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Mrs. Margaret Parker    (ANNISTON, Ala.)
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Mrs. Ruby Rackley    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mr. Earl Mays    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie Rouse    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Helen Lee    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Frances Saba    (VIDALIA, Ga.)
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Ms. Betty Jacobs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Carolyn Salyers    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Georgia El    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Yonce (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ella Burt (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Lee (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Albert Gibons (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Corley (VICKSBURG, Miss.)

Ms. Nancy Anderson (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Davey Lewis (AIKEN, S.C.)

Sgt. Maj. Robert Powell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Rouse (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elaine Paddon (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Hannah Wise (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruby Rackley (MILLEN, Ga.)

Rev. Wilson Johnson (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Lee (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Simmons (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Corley (VICKSBURG, Miss.)

Ms. Mary Brown (AIKEN, S.C.)

Miss Diane Birak (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Betty Jacobs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Georgia El (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Minister Willie Wilson (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Julia Jowers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Beamus Douglas (ADRIAN, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Brown-Carter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah Fields (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Naomie Clark (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Svedres (STOUGHTON, Mass.)

Ms. Mary Brown (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Melba Veal (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Yoshi Keesee (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Turner (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Nancy Corley (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Miss Diane Birak (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Swint (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Nancy Anderson (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Johnnie Wright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Theodore Philpot (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tarvie Vaughn Sr. (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Howard Loper (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Lee (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Parker (ANNISTON, Ala.)

Mrs. Mattie Turner (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Johnnie Wright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Cohen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rose Story (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Community should get involved with youth rehabilitation at Augusta YDC
RECENT MEDIA attention has focused on the Augusta Youth Development Campus and on the rapidly changing direction in leadership there. In the midst of this, let us not lose sight of the often forgotten youths who are incarcerated on the campus and who have no voice with which to convey their needs. Georgia is one of many states that has been cited by the Department of Justice over the past several years for unacceptable conditions of confinement as regards incarcerated youths. The commissioner of the Department of Juvenile Justice, Orlando Martinez, has worked relentlessly to change the cultural milieu of detention centers across the state, focusing not only on the need to protect society from these youth but also on restorative justice, rehabilitation, education and the provision of marketable job skills.

Community should get involved with youth rehabilitation at Augusta YDC
RECENT MEDIA attention has focused on the Augusta Youth Development Campus and on the rapidly changing direction in leadership there. In the midst of this, let us not lose sight of the often forgotten youths who are incarcerated on the campus and who have no voice with which to convey their needs. Georgia is one of many states that has been cited by the Department of Justice over the past several years for unacceptable conditions of confinement as regards incarcerated youths. The commissioner of the Department of Juvenile Justice, Orlando Martinez, has worked relentlessly to change the cultural milieu of detention centers across the state, focusing not only on the need to protect society from these youth but also on restorative justice, rehabilitation, education and the provision of marketable job skills.

Armstrong holds Tour lead despite protest

Foxx sharpens wit for ESPY Awards hosting gig

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Armstrong keeps lead at Tour de France

Drag boat race is set to begin

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Armstrong keeps yellow jersey despite bumpy ride
GAP, France -- Stomach bugs, high-speed crashes, near misses, treks across bumpy fields - it's been an eventful Tour de France for Lance Armstrong so far.

ACC asks judge to dismiss Big East suit
VERNON, Conn. -- The Atlantic Coast Conference asked a judge Monday to dismiss the Big East's lawsuit against the ACC, which is adding two schools to the league. A hearing will be held Sept. 29.

Event attracts interest
With six months remaining until the start of the annual Augusta Futurity's silver-anniversary show, anticipation is building with the addition of a high-profile event.

Jones negotiating with Tyson, Lewis for next fight
MIAMI -- WBA heavyweight champion Roy Jones Jr. could fight either Mike Tyson or Lennox Lewis later this year, but has not entered into a deal for any future bouts, his adviser said Tuesday.

Armstrong holds Tour lead despite protest
MARSEILLE, France -- Lance Armstrong kept his overall lead in the Tour de France on a sweltering day despite losing time after being stuck in a pack of riders blocked by street protesters.

Armstrong keeps lead at Tour de France
GAP, France -- Lance Armstrong kept his overall lead in the Tour de France bicycle race on Monday after narrowly avoiding a crash in the Alps involving one of his main rivals.

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Safety manufacturer Bill Simpson on Tuesday dropped a defamation lawsuit that accused NASCAR of wrongly blaming his former company's seat belt for Dale Earnhardt's death.

Foxx sharpens wit for ESPY Awards hosting gig
LOS ANGELES -- Tiger Woods and Sammy Sosa, watch out. Jamie Foxx doesn't plan to spare egos when it comes to cracking jokes about the world's best athletes at the ESPY Awards.

Drag boat race is set to begin
The thought of drag boats zooming down the river at speeds of 245 mph excites Jeff Banks.

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Former Alabama football coach Mike Price on Monday filed a $20 million lawsuit against the university, claiming he was wrongfully fired after allegations arose about his conduct at a golf outing in Florida.

North Augusta senior joins deep Ravens squad
NORTH AUGUSTA - A glance down the South Carolina Ravens roster reveals an impressive array of talent.

Late baskets save Ravens
NORTH AUGUSTA - The South Carolina Ravens could be the team of destiny at the Nike Peach Jam.

Mississippi standout gets national attention
NORTH AUGUSTA - Since late last week - days before the Nike Peach Jam began - the buzz around Riverview Park has centered on one player: Al Jefferson of the Jackson (Miss.) Tigers.

Peach Jam results
Here are results from the Nike Peach Jam.

Toney puts on show at Peach Jam
NORTH AUGUSTA - Channing Toney is a pace-setter.

Panthers re-sign one, waive four
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers re-signed cornerback Emmanuel McDaniel and released four players Monday.

Adams controversy divides university's supporters

NASA creates independent safety center
HAMPTON, Va. -- NASA will create an independent safety center to examine all space agency programs following February's Columbia space shuttle disaster, officials said Tuesday.

Study: Colon cancer screening increases following Katie Couric's on-air test
NEW YORK -- The rate of people who were screened for colon cancer jumped by more than 20 percent after Katie Couric showed her colonoscopy on the "Today" show, a study published Monday found.

Candidates for president must negotiate the "Russert primary"

Candidates for president must negotiate the "Russert primary"
NEW YORK -- Before Iowa, before New Hampshire, the people who want President Bush's job have to get past Tim Russert.

Standing ovation

Emmys nominations can boost TV - or bore viewers

Last Call is party call

New on video

Group wants Adams let go
ATLANTA - Clad in Bulldog garb and shouting "a damn sorry Dog," about 150 people marched from the state Capitol building to the University System Board of Regents office Tuesday to deliver petitions protesting University of Georgia President Michael Adams' decision not to renew the contract of Athletic Director Vince Dooley.

Group wants Adams let go

Aiken tournament to be expanded
Palmetto Amateur tournament officials talked for a couple years about expanding the popular Aiken tournament from 54 to 72 holes. In August, it becomes a reality.

My page
Samantha Kalney, 15, is a home-schooled sophomore. Her Web site, Whinecore Notebook, was given to her by her parents in June.

Audio best
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:

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Zeppelin rocks on live CD set
The Fab Four from Britain are back. No, not John, Paul, George and Ringo of the Beatles.

Teens often quick to overlook wonderful animated movies
Put these movies in the order you would like to see them: First the movie you would most like to see, last the movie you would least want to see.

Teens will take canoes down river to Savannah
It started as a joke. After seeing a newspaper article earlier in the year on sons and fathers taking a trip from Augusta to Savannah in motorboats, Jake Velky and Paul Willoughby, rising juniors at Aquinas High School, jokingly told friends they were going to canoe the 166-mile stretch of the Savannah River.

411
Fashion can be a strange thing, and the trucker craze is a case in point. That's right, fashionistas everywhere are taking cues from big-rig drivers.

Your style
Cherrelle Bunch, 16, a junior at Strom Thurmond High School.

Teens often quick to overlook wonderful animated movies

Xtreme calendar
New CDs in stores today include Red Dirt Road by Brooks and Dunn; The Trouble With Being Myself by Macy Gray; and the Bad Boys II soundtrack with various artists.

Teens will take canoes down river to Savannah

Question of the week

Question of the week
Do you think students should be allowed to carry cell phones in school?

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Girl should find reason for boyfriend's betrayal
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I just broke up with my boyfriend because he and another girl were kissing in the hall at school. I know I'm not going to see him until we go back to school, but I know he's going to want to get back together.Should I get back with him, and if I do, how can I rebuild that trust? - 14-year-old Augusta girl.

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Google also can't find weapons of mass destruction

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