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Contractor ends pact with airport in Aiken

...Huggins. Mr. Mitchell cited calls concerning the repair of the airport's ceilometer, which he said were unnecessary irritations. The device uses a laser to measure how close dense cloud banks are to the ground. According to Robert E. Woods, the...
Nerve weakness in shoulder sidelines Cardinals' Carpenter

Chris Carpenter has nerve irritation that has caused weakness in his pitching shoulder and the St. Louis Cardinals' ace will be sidelined indefinitely.The Cardinals...
Jackets' coach eager to prove skeptics wrong

Will it work? The question is an endless source of both amusement and irritation for Paul Johnson. In the soundtrack of the new Georgia Tech football coach's life, it is the refrain that simply won't stop...
Georgia Tech
Mayweather not around to find out he's no longer star of his own card

LAS VEGAS -- Much to the irritation of his promoter, Floyd Mayweather Jr. didn't show up at a press conference to promote his lightweight title fight Saturday...
Other sports
Haunted house parking plan gets initial OK

...on Monday approved a 200-car parking area behind the Plantation Blood haunted house in south Augusta, to the continued irritation of some neighbors who turned out to protest the decision.Visitors have been parking at the 2.69-acre Wallie Drive tract...
Pettitte is back in action

...pitches during a bullpen session Friday, two days after he was scratched from his scheduled start because of minor muscle irritation on the outside of his throwing elbow. The left-hander is scheduled to start Monday against Boston. He had a long-toss...
Watching squirrels defended (unsuccessful) battles with the squirrels over my backyard bird feeder. Many of you share my dilemma, as well as my irritation with squirrels. Others, however, did not. Virginia Lee Shields of Augusta took time to write a very nice letter, only...
Improved arthritis drug to sell big

...arthritis may get relief from a new class of pain relievers called cox-2 inhibitors. The drugs promise to eliminate the stomach irritation caused by arthritis medications now on the market. At least three companies -- G.D. Searle, Merck & Co. and Glaxo-Wellcome...
Deal with telemarketers; don't ask government to

...letters I have been reading in support of the do-not-call list. It seems to me that whenever Americans suffer some small irritation in their lives, they want the government to step in and create legislation to deal with it. Yes, we have a right to privacy...
Approved treatment

...Administration earlier this year. The drug, which is made in Augusta, eases pain without side effects -- such as stomach irritation -- that other drugs cause. The company had a party Wednesday to celebrate the drug's production.