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City Ink: Surprises keep politics interesting

The thing about politics is just when it starts to get boring, something unexpected always happens.
Painting plots cancer center

Those pushing a new cancer center for Augusta were able Thursday to present a clearer picture of their vision - a watercolor, in fact. Members of the ad hoc Augusta Cancer Center of Excellence committee met to discuss plans to attract one of three top-tier cancer centers envisioned in Gov. Roy Barnes' $1 billion Georgia Cancer Coalition initiative. The proposed Augusta center would not only pull together local cancer efforts, but also appear to tie into efforts at the Medical College of Georgia to promote cancer research and biotechnology.
Doctors commit to center bid

Augusta doctors are pledging an unprecedented level of cooperation in the community's bid to land a plum cancer center as part of Gov. Roy Barnes' $1 billion initiative. Mr. Barnes is scheduled to visit Augusta today for a variety of events, including a meeting at Medical College of Georgia that will include representatives of a physician committee working on Augusta's bid.
Hospital pledges funding

Augusta leaders are vowing to ante up $50 million to convince Gov. Roy Barnes that the community is seriously committed to landing a new cancer center. Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics is leading an effort to inventory cancer treatment resources within the community, said J. Timothy Shelnut, a board member of operating company MCG Health Inc. and the chairman of the ad hoc committee pursuing the cancer center. The initiative will have to be a true community effort, and University Hospital is also interested in pursuing the effort, Mr. Shelnut said.
MCG merger of managers up for vote

Medical College of Georgia, its health system and its physicians should all be integrated into a new management system by the end of the month if the University System of Georgia Board of Regents approves the new management structure Wednesday.
Dolly Parton's books-for-kids program grows

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Know the children's book "Boom Chicka Rock"? Lynne Beery does - almost word for word.
Cancer center pitch proceeds

Augusta officials pushing for a top-tier cancer center are hoping to wow Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes when he visits late next month, even if some fund-raising details are not finalized.