Originally created 01/16/04

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JAN. 16, 1937

Red-haired Patty Berg of Minneapolis, the veteran Helen Hicks of Woodmere, Long Island, and carefree Jane Cothran of Greenville, S.C., yesterday conquered the combined hazards offered by the weather and the Augusta Country Club's rugged Hill course to score one-over-par 80s and take the lead at the end of the first 18 holes of the 54-hole medal play Titleholders' Invitational Golf Tournament.

The trio flirted with par from the start, recovering rapidly from potential danger spots.

Dorothy Kirby of Atlanta, the three-time Georgia state titleholder, finished the initial round with an 83 to place second, three strokes out.


TODAY ART LUNCH: Art at Lunch, the Art of Framing, with Museum Exhibition Designer and Chief Preparator Robert Bazemore, will be at noon at the Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St. The combination luncheon and lecture costs $10 for museum members and $12 for others. The lecture is free for members, $3 for adults and $2 for seniors, students and members of the military. Lunch reservations are required by 5 p.m. today. For more information or reservations, call 724-7501.

KING DAY CELEBRATION: A Martin Luther King Jr. celebration will be held at noon at Paine College's Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel on Druid Park Avenue. Augusta State University, Paine College and Medical College of Georgia students will participate. The program, led by the Rev. Joseph Lowery, is free. For more information, call 737-1444.

ANTIQUES SYMPOSIUM: An antiques symposium will be held at 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday at the Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. S.W. There will be four sessions with Dawn Evers and Myrna Kaye. The cost is $25 per session or $90 for the entire symposium. For more information, call (803) 641-9094.


NAACP KING PARADE: A Martin Luther King Jr. parade will be held at 1 p.m. at Dyess Park Community Center, 907 James Brown Blvd. The parade will include an array of floats, vintage cars and civic groups. For more information, call 733-8657.

BOOK SIGNING: Phil Kent, a former editorial page editor and columnist for The Augusta Chronicle, will be at Borders Books Music and Cafe from 4 to 6 p.m. signing copies of his new book, The Dark Side of Liberalism: Unchaining the Truth. Mr. Kent, a former president of the Atlanta-based Southeastern Legal Foundation, has appeared on several national television and radio programs, including Scarborough Country, O'Reilly Factor, C-Span and Fox & Friends. For more information, call 738-0354 or send e-mail to harborbook@knology.net

AUDITIONS: Auditions for the play Leukemia & Me will be held at 5 p.m. at Hillcrest Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 3045 Deans Bridge Road. The play is based on the story of Karlton Clay, a leukemia patient. For more information, call 481-0618 or 627-5842.


Police offer these tips on protecting yourself from financial fraud:

  • Mail bill payments in blue federal mailboxes or at the post office.
  • Do not print your Social Security number on your driver's license or checks.
  • Do not carry your Social Security card in your wallet.
  • Protect all personal identification numbers. Do not carry them in your wallet.
  • Do not carry too many credit cards in your wallet or car.
  • Check bank statements monthly for errors and discrepancies.
  • Remove your mail from the mailbox as soon as it is delivered.
  • If you go out of town, have your mail held at the post office.
  • Shred all pre-approved credit offers, charge receipts, insurance forms, bank statements and expired credit cards.
  • Do not give out personal or financial information over the telephone.
  • Check your credit once a year to make sure no one else is using your personal information to attain credit cards or services.

  • Always supervise children closely in areas where poisons are commonly stored, such as kitchens, bathrooms and garages.
  • Keep all medication and household products locked away.
  • Install special clamps to keep children from opening cabinets.
  • Consider all household or drugstore products potentially harmful.
  • Use childproof safety caps on containers of medicine and other dangerous products.
  • Never call medicine "candy" to get a child to take it.
  • Read the label.
  • Keep products in their original containers with labels in place.
  • Use poison symbols to identify dangerous substances.
  • Dispose of outdated products as recommended.
  • Use chemicals only in well-ventilated areas.
  • The number for poison control is (800) 222-1222.

    Elderly patients diagnosed with midstage colon cancer benefit as much from chemotherapy after surgery as do young patients with the disease, according to a review of more than 3,000 patient records in the New England Journal of Medicine.

    Patients age 70 and older who were judged fit enough to undergo chemotherapy had the resiliency to withstand the side effects.

    The study showed that chemotherapy reduced the risk of death after surgery for colon cancer by 24 percent.

    Colon cancer ranks second to lung cancer in the number of deaths it causes each year. Most colon cancer patients are older than 70.


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