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The Associated Press recommends the following stories of Southern interest for use over the weekend of Jan. 26-28.

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ANNISTON, Ala. — When Ayodele "Ayo" Ogunmiloro returned to Anniston from his stint in the Air Force, he saw a need in the city's youth and decided to do his part to fulfill it. He started in September teaching Anniston students the basics of capoeira, a Brazilian form of martial arts with African roots, because Ogunmiloro knows it helped him. "I didn't always take the smoothest road," Ogunmiloro, 25, said with a laugh. By Laura Camper. The Anniston Star.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — State Rep. Lynn Greer, of Rogersville, has been elected to office off and on since 1974. He's in his fourth term in the Alabama House and spent nearly a decade on the Public Service Commission. He's now a Republican, but until the late 1980s he had a "D'' by his name like almost all of Alabama's elected leaders. Greer said his politics didn't change: He's always been conservative. "You basically had liberal Democrats, middle-of-the-road Democrats and conservative Democrats, which probably should have been Republicans," Greer said of his early political career. He was not alone. By Mary Sell. The Decatur Daily.

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Visitors to the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum know its space offers sounds in addition to sights. Interactive exhibits offer videos with sound illuminating the museum's various displays showcasing the area's history. Soon more voices will be heard in the former Queen City Bathhouse, now converted to the museum on Jack Warner Parkway, adjacent to the Tuscaloosa Public Library. Shaina Strom, director of the MWWTM, is leading a team collecting oral histories on two projects. The first to go up will be stories about the April 27, 2011, storm. Plans call for it to be ready by the tornado's second anniversary this spring. The second project is longer-term and involves gathering stories about Tuscaloosa's part in the civil rights movement. Plans call for it to open in January 2014. By Mark Hughes Cobb. The Tuscaloosa News.


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Opening Day is still almost three months away, but baseball is never out of season at David Wininger's downtown law firm. A New York Yankees fan since he was a boy growing up on Birmingham's Southside, Wininger has, over time, turned his office into a shrine to his beloved baseball team, amassing an amazing memorabilia collection that takes up all or parts of five rooms and includes everything from caps, gloves, balls and bats autographed by Yankee greats past and present to a pair of seats from the old Yankee Stadium. Wininger, a personal injury lawyer, estimates he has more than 1,000 pieces in his collection, which he believes to be the largest accumulation of Yankee souvenirs in the Southeast. By Bob Carlton. al.com.


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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — On just the first day of her internship, Moriah Counts was intensely installing screws and other components on Larsen Motorsports' new jet dragster. Counts, 20, of Columbia, Md., is a junior aerospace engineering student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University focusing her studies on propulsion systems with hopes of designing military planes one day. She hopes working on the jet engines in the dragster cars will give her an edge up. By Deborah Circelli, The Daytona Beach News-Journal.

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CITRA, Fla. — When Sean Simpson first started horseback riding at Stirrups 'n Strides Therapeutic Riding Center nearly six years ago, he was a very naughty 9-year-old. By Kathy Mancil, The Gainesville Sun.

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TAMPA, Fla. — When Gene Petys wanted to learn more about beekeeping, his latest hobby, one of the places he approached was the University of South Florida. By Jerome R. Stockfisch, The Tampa Tribune.


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COLUMBUS, Ga. — After six and half years, Lt. Gene Hull can finally enter a burning building again. Hull, a firefighter of 31 years with the Columbus Fire Department, was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma in 2006, a rare form of joint cancer that wrapped itself around Hull's collarbone and shoulder and forced doctors to amputate his right arm and take some of his right rib cage. By Tiffany Stevens, The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

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MACON, Ga. — At last, the "Vine that Ate the South" may have met its match. To most longtime Southerners, it sounds great: a bug that loves to eat kudzu and can kill off half an infestation of the tangled vine in a couple of years. What's not to like? A lot, it turns out. By S. Heather Duncan, The Telegraph (Macon).

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DARIEN, Ga. — The Ashantilly Center is firing up founder Bill Haynes' old letterpress, ending a long period of dormancy. By Mike Morrison, Florida Times-Union.


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RICHMOND, Ky. — Senior Chris Chen, 18, stepped out into a crowded gymnasium and took a deep bow after being crowned Homecoming king at Model Laboratory High School on Jan. 11. By Crystal Wylie, Richmond Register.

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NEWPORT, Ky. — A few months ago, a confident teenage girl, getting straight A's at school and entertaining thoughts of college for a business career, said goodbye to NorthKey Community Care. By Terry Demio, The Kentucky Enquirer.


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THIBODAUX, La. — A donated dredge and excavator is building new wetlands outside the south Lafourche levee system near Grand Isle. The self-propelled machine walked itself over the Golden Meadow levee to begin work. The machine can also clean and restore waterways and ponds, control vegetation, install pipelines and conduct other environmental work. By Nikki Buskey, The Courier.


NEW ORLEANS — Designer Ella Rose didn't grow up flipping through the pages of Vogue, nor was she the most up-to-date fashionista. The Shreveport native just wanted to make art. "It's funny now that I think about it," Rose recalled while sitting in her dining-room-turned-fashion-studio. "I never thought of myself as fashion-forward. â€1/8 In high school, I was obsessed with tie dye. If something was white in my house, it was in danger." By Chelsea Brasted, The Times-Picayune.

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BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU is about to put its third generation supercomputer into widespread use next month. Officials say that opens up possibilities of medical breakthroughs and scientific discoveries. By Koran Addo, The Advocate.


LAFAYETTE, La. — For those who catch them, the beads thrown from Mardi Gras parades are a fleeting moment of joy, a trivial trinket perhaps destined to sit in a child's toybox or hang from a rearview mirror. But for Natalie Hollier of Opelousas, the colorful plastic gew-gaws mean a chance for a normal life. Hollier is one of hundreds of workers with developmental disabilities employed by LARC and The Arc of Acadiana to recycle and resell the handfuls of beads that rain down on Lafayette streets. The separate nonprofit organizations collect used beads, detangle and mend them and then sell the beads again, providing employment for people who otherwise might not have been able to find a steady job. By Tina Marie Macias, The Advertiser.


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SNOW HILL, Md. — Forget Rodney the Lifeguard. When it comes to tourism pitchmen, Brian Stoehr is a real-life spokesdude. Worcester County officials are teaming up with Brian Stoehr, a professional bodyboarder and local resident, to be the new face of their latest tourism campaign. By Brian Shane, The Daily Times of Salisbury.


PARSONSBURG, Md. — The official name of the new store is Route 346 Emporium, but locals call it Holloway's Store like they have for years. By Brice Stump, The Daily Times of Salisbury.

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DAVIDSONVILLE, Md. — They might be giants. What else explains the 10-foot metal ball and shackle and 6-foot high ball and jacks sitting in fields around Davidsonville Pediatrics on Rutland Road? Kids, er, patients at Dr. Robert Graw's office have been engaged in a contest trying to solve the puzzle. Contestants have been submitting artwork or a story about who escaped from the giant ball and shackle across the road from the office. We'll know the winner this week. By E.B. Furgurson III, The Capital of Annapolis.


WESTMINISTER, Md. — Steve Heacock has been with Carroll County Outdoor School at Hashawha Environmental Center since it first opened 36 years ago. He has taught more than 110,000 Carroll County students and is often recognized by the parents of incoming students who attended the school when they were sixth-graders. By Alisha George, The Carroll County Times.


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CORINTH, Miss. — Find the big red caboose on North Fillmore Street, and that's Crossroads Museum, a showcase for Corinth's rich past. By M. Scott Morris, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.


JACKSON, Miss. — Working Together Jackson, a network of local community groups, has been quietly developing a new strategy for fighting blight, a problem that has at times seemed too daunting to solve. By Brian Eason, The Clarion-Ledger.

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POTTS CAMP, Miss. — Looking more like a doctor in a medical science lab than a farmer, Ben Dickey, of Dickey Mushroom Farms, explains that growing mushrooms is more science than gardening. By Raina Hanna, The Commercial Appeal.


OAK GROVE, Miss. — Kent McCarty may barely be out of high school, but don't let that fool you. He has already accomplished something that many employees can only dream about. By Haskel Burns, Hattiesburg American.


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BEAUFORT — A particularly unique sailing vessel from Fairhaven, Mass., will spend the next several months docked here, after accidentally stumbling across the town on its way to Charleston, S.C., where it originally intended to winter. The ship, called the Fritha, is special not only for its magnificent design and eye to detail, but for the role it has played in the lives of several foreign teenagers who have participated in "The Fairhaven Project." By Anna Harvey, Carteret County News-Times

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GREENVILLE — The thump was a familiar sound to Cherry Oaks resident Billie Lennon. A bird had struck the large window in her den and was lying stunned on the ground. It appeared the bird was injured, Lennon said, and she was unsure who could help. A dog or cat could be turned over to the Humane Society of Eastern Carolina, she thought, but who took care of injured birds. By Ginger Livingstone, The Daily reflector of Greenville.

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BURLINGTON — Mike Papadeas has returned to Greece only five times since leaving his native country for the United States at the age of 16. But the Burlington resident, now 74, has never lost interest in the country's history, literature, culture, philosophy and language. Because of that interest, he amassed a collection of books he donated to the University of North Carolina Wilmington. By Mike Wilder, Times-News of Burlington


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ORANGEBURG, S.C. — The search for the body of a mother of two goes on, and so does the case against the man accused of killing her. By Richard Walker, The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg.

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — Perhaps the only thing scarier than being jailed or kidnapped while traveling overseas is becoming deathly ill, especially in a place where one doesn't speak the language. By David Quick, The Post and Courier of Charleston.

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ANDERSON, S.C. — The walls in this 3,400-square-foot room are lined with toy cars, trucks, tractors and even airplanes of all shapes and sizes. By Charmaine Smith-Miles, Anderson Independent-Mail.


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GALLATIN, Tenn. — In the shadows of TVA's Gallatin power plant, David Sims has toiled away for years in hopes of helping some of Tennessee's most endangered animals. By Duane W. Gang, The Tennessean.

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GATLINBURG, Tenn. — In the midst of the Stones River National Battlefield and Mount Olive community are the remnants of what is now an almost lost community. By Mark Bell, Knoxville News Sentinel.


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RICHMOND, Va. — Long before the heart of Thomas Jefferson's academical village became the backdrop for a drama that strained the governance structure, the University of Virginia's Rotunda was under a different kind of stress. By Karin Kapsidelis, Richmond Times-Dispatch.


ROANOKE, Va. — This past summer, among the meadow of overgrown dandelions, emerged the bold, black and white stripes and the sweeping, black-tufted tail of a zebra. By Stephanie Klein-Davis, The Roanoke Times.

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FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Tailor Made Kitchens & Baths Inc. is booking more remodeling jobs now than it did before the housing bubble burst. By Cathy Jett, The Free Lance-Star.


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The computer program Bruce Robinson created for a high school class assignment last year had one simple goal: By Elisabeth Hulette, The Virginian-Pilot.


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ELKINS, W.Va. — The completion of Corridor H might seem miles away to some West Virginians, but Jim Strader is banking on it being done sooner rather than later. By Katie Kuba, The Inter-Mountain.


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Davi Della Fiamma and his wife, Pixie, don't seem to have fun unless they are lighting something on fire, preferably something in the vicinity of their own bodies. By Monica Orosz, Charleston Daily Mail.

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ELKVIEW, W.Va. — For many sportsmen, shooting a muzzleloader is a love-hate affair. They love to shoot it, but they hate to clean it. Not Glenn Jones. By John McCoy, The Charleston Gazette.


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Pittsburgh native Ryan Heastings didn't give up teaching after he moved from Pennsylvania to Charleston about three and a half years ago. By Paul Fallon, Charleston Daily Mail.

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