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EDITORS, MANAGING EDITORS, WEEKEND EDITORS:

The Associated Press recommends the following stories of Southern interest for use over the weekend of Feb. 2-4.

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ALABAMA

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GIFTED STUDENTS-UNDERSERVED

DOTHAN, Ala. — Lisa Weston spends her morning teaching her fourth grade students about the difference between Renaissance artists and Impressionist artists. At some point, the word "chiaroscuro" is used, and later students work to make their own reproduction of Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night." Weston's classroom isn't an average elementary school classroom and her students aren't average students. By Jim Cook. The Dothan Eagle.

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GLOWING CANCER CELLS

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — There's no missing these cancer cells. They glow in the dark. Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are leading the way toward an improvement in cancer surgery that works by literally lighting up cancer cells for better recognition by the medical team and more accuracy in removing the cancer. "Over a hundred years there's been a lot of advances in medical therapy but the cancer surgery realm has pretty much stayed the same," said Dr. Eben Rosenthal, senior scientist in the Experimental Therapeutics Program at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. "You basically cut out the cancer by looking at it, or eyeballing it." By Mike Oliver. al.com.

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BEAR BRYANT-TAILOR

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The rangy, stoop-shouldered gentleman walked into Birmingham's Baldone Tailoring Co. that morning to order a couple of suits. The 18-year-old kid, who was manning the shop while his father was on his coffee break, began taking the gentleman's measurements. Chest: 53 inches. Waist: 37 inches. Sleeves: 36 inches. Neck: 17 1/2 inches. "Big and tall," Butch Baldone remembers, more than 50 years later. "Wide shoulders. No (behind). Stooped. Very hard human being to fit." They picked out a couple of swatches of material, and the young Baldone got the gentleman's name and phone number and said he would call him when the suits arrived. The gentleman signed his name. Paul W. Bryant. By Bob Carlton. al.com

ATHENS-ARTIST HAVEN

ATHENS, Ala. — The hope of bringing art and culture to downtown Athens year-round instead of just once a year has fueled a plan to turn an old cotton warehouse into an incubator for local artists. For several years, Athens has hosted an annual September art show called Art on the Square. While the event is popular, local art advocates have hoped for more. By Jean Cole. The News Courier.

FLORIDA

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TRASH THE DRESS

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — A year after her wedding, bride Cassidy Bancroft and photographer Robert J. Hill took a road trip to complete her wedding album — and to destroy her gown. Somewhere near Graceville, they shot images inside an abandoned house, but that didn't get the dress nearly as dirty as they expected. Next, Bancroft climbed on trees above the Econfina Creek, getting bark and lichen stains on the white fabric. By Tony Simmons, Panama City News Herald.

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CUBAN HOUSE FLIPPER

TAMPA, Fla. — Pedro Alvarez Borrego, a top Cuban government official who oversaw the nation's $1.5?billion-a-year food-importing enterprise, is living the American Dream in Tampa a mere two years after he defected. By Juan O. Tamayo, The Miami Herald.

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JUPITER INLET LIGHTHOUSE

JUPITER, Fla. — After more than 120 years, the military's round-the-clock presence at the Jupiter Inlet that one resident says helped "put Jupiter on the map" begins fading into history this year. By Bill Dipaolo, Palm Beach Post.

GEORGIA

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GA--BACKYARD CHICKENS

MARIETTA, Ga. — Farming in Cobb County was once done on rural landscapes and wide-open vistas populated by a few far-flung silos and farmhouses. Not anymore. Today's Cobb County farm is only a few acres and likely to be surrounded by strip shopping centers and subdivisions. When the cock crows at one of these "urban farms," someone's going to hear it. When manure is hauled out of a coop, someone's going to smell it. These two worlds can coexist, say those who follow the organic and eat-local movements, but that doesn't mean tensions won't rise on occasion, as they did last week at a public hearing on the county's chicken ordinance. Today's health-conscious shopper is looking for "free-range," ''grass-fed," ''organic" and "certified naturally grown" so they may be more willing to endure the potential downsides of the movement. But not all have seen the light. By Lindsay Field, The Marietta Daily Journal.

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LOST BOMB

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — On a winter night nearly 55 years ago, the pilot of a B-47 bomber carrying a nuclear bomb collided with a F-86 fighter jet at 36,000 feet during a training exercise. The accident tore a wing from the fighter jet, forcing the pilot and a crew member to safely eject. The bomber sustained damage to one of its engines, making it uncertain if it could safely land at Hunter Air Force Base, west of Savannah. By Gordon Jackson, The Brunswick News.

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HELP FOR VETERAN

WINDER, Ga. — When Tiffany Bradley waved goodbye to her brother-in-law before his March deployment to Afghanistan, she figured it would be the last time she saw him alive. Trading bullets in defense of America, she knew, was his calling. She was at peace with the solemn finality. By Josh Green, The Gwinnett Daily Post.

KENTUCKY

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MUSIC LOVERS

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Educators' love of music, usually inspired at a young age, spurs them to teach people the intricacies of taking an object made of wood and metal such as a piano, violin or guitar and coaxing out beautiful melodies. By Chuck Mason, Daily News.

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UK SERVICE DOGS

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Chevy is nine weeks and 10 pounds of honey-colored fuzz who prompts sighs and coos just by walking up the stairs at the University of Kentucky's Funkhauser Hall. By Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader.

LOUISIANA

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MUSHROOM FARM

INDEPENDENCE, La. — Cheryl and Johnnie Santangelo Jr. never dreamed of the turn their lives would take when they purchased a 50-acre tract of land not far from their home in Tangipahoa Parish. Known locally as the chicken farm, the property, located a few miles off Interstate 12, also included a large, abandoned building once used to grow mushrooms commercially. When they bought the property in 2005, giant vines, tallow trees and weeds completely covered the building, their son, Johnnie "Little Man" Santangelo III, recalled. By Cheramie Sonnier, The Advocate.

MID-CENTURY MODERN

ALEXANDRIA, La. — The Garden District is the only neighborhood in Alexandria on the National Register of Historic Places, but if local preservationists are successful, the city could soon add a second historic district to the list. This one, a group of mid-century modern homes, would be the first of its kind in the state, according to Paul Smith, a local preservationist and preservation tax credit consultant. By Cynthia D. Jardon, The Town Talk.

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PREDICTING OYSTER CONTAMINATION

NEW ORLEANS — Predicting Gulf of Mexico oyster contamination before it occurs? An LSU scientist is using NASA satellites and environmental data to help do just that. In December, Zhi-Qiang Deng and his research team predicted the Cameron Parish oyster norovirus outbreaks 16 days before they occurred. By Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, The Times-Picayune.

VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS

PLAIN DEALING, La. — A sign on a fire station door just outside Plain Dealing reads, "Volunteers don't necessarily have the time; they just have the heart." Most Bossier Parish fire districts are manned primarily by volunteer staffs. Those volunteers are stretched thin across a parish dotted by settlements quickly growing and demanding more service. By Adam Duvernay, The Times.

MID-ATLANTIC

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COLLECTOR SNEAKERS

POCOMOKE CITY, Md. — Taren Nance was ready to part with some of the shoes in his large collection of mostly retro Air Jordan sneakers. But the 27-year-old Pocomoke City resident didn't want to give them to just anyone. So, to receive shoes from Nance, high school students had to answer the question "What does Christmas mean to you?" in a 250-word essay and have a GPA of at least 2.5. They also had to be a shoe size of 12 or 13. By Vanessa Junkin, The Daily Times of Salisbury.

COMMUNITY VISION

FREDERICK, Md. — Brenda Tillery was doing what she could for her Frederick neighborhood before community policing came to town and downtown revitalization programs existed. By Patti S. Borda, The News-Post of Frederick.

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ONE-STOP PERMITS

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Once, if you wanted to start a business in Annapolis, you might have to travel to offices in three different buildings to get all of the right applications. By Elisha Sauers, The Capital of Annapolis.

SHOPPING FACELIFT

NEWARK, Del. — For years, customers have asked about redeveloping the aging Newark Shopping Center, a presence in the downtown area since the 1950s. By Melissa Nann Burke, The News Journal of Wilmington.

NORTH CAROLINA

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GOING GREEN

MORGANTON — Elvy Bryan is proof inspiration can find you anywhere. Bryan had spent her summer looking for caskets to make funeral arrangements for the day she "graduates" this world and heads for heavenly eternity, she said. Each casket was too big, too heavy and too costly. Most were made internationally and were not what she wanted for her burial. So she decided to make her own. By Mary Elizabeth Robertson. The News Herald of Morganton.

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HELPING THE HOMELESS

JACKSONVILLE — An everyday shopping item has helped a local church group reach a major goal in providing comfort to Onslow County's homeless population. What started as a small project four months ago by the Joy Group at First Baptist Church of Swansboro has transformed into a community initiative that produced more than 100 plastic mats to be distributed to the homeless later this month. By Aniesa Holmes, The Daily News of Jacksonville

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GIVING BACK

HENDERSONVILLE — Nearly 30 years ago, Rakesh Agarwal arrived in America with $20 in his pocket. Now a Hendersonville resident and the owner and CEO of Rug and Home, Agarwal has created a nonprofit to help the poorest of the poor in his native India. When Agarwal flew into the country all those years ago, he had no clue where he was going. He couldn't find a map in the New Delhi area that had Hendersonville on it. Once in the States, he scraped and scratched for more than two decades before fulfilling the "American Dream." By Joey Millwood, Times-News of Hendersonville.

SOUTH CAROLINA

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POSTCARD COLLECTION

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — The Spartanburg County Public Libraries' newest and largest digital collection represents of more than a century's worth of history in postcard form. By Lee G. Healy, (Spartanburg) Herald Journal.

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ALLIGATOR SAVIOR

GEORGETOWN, S.C. — Big Bertha might be the best way to understand how valuable Phil Wilkinson has been to the South Carolina coast. By Bo Peterson, The Post and Courier of Charleston.

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NEW HOTEL

FLORENCE, S.C. — In less than 100 days another major anchor and piece in the downtown redevelopment puzzle will come into place — the opening of the Hotel Florence. By Gavin Jackson, (Florence) Morning News.

TENNESSEE

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TN--NON-TRADITIONAL CHRISTIANS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nashville has long been known as a national hub for mainstream religious publishing. It may also become known for Christian writers, publishers and literary agents who challenge the status quo of their religious elders. By Linda Bryant, Nashville Ledger.

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ELEMENTARY ART

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — It's no Campbell's soup, but the Andy Warhol-inspired art at Calvin Donaldson Elementary is more sophisticated work than you might expect from third-graders. By Kevin Hardy.

VIRGINIA

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BANK-APARTMENTS

RICHMOND, Va. — Candace Brooks wanted to live in a new apartment — and chose one of the oldest buildings in downtown Richmond. By Carol Hazard, Richmond Times-Dispatch.

CHURCH-CAR DEALERSHIP

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — The garage will be the sanctuary. The parts department will be the social hall. And the financing offices? Well, they'll become the day care. Two years after closing its doors, the old Freedom Lincoln-Mercury dealership in Chesapeake will be reborn - as a church. By Scott Daugherty, The Virginian-Pilot.

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TRAVEL AGENCY

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social networking are changing the way people plan vacations and business trips. By Cathy Jett, The Free Lance-Star.

KIDS ADVENTURE GROUP

ROANOKE, Va. — Goody, goody, yell the kiddies. That's what parents hear when it is time for a meeting of Kids in the Valley, Adventuring, known as KIVA for short. The family-friendly group holds an outdoor play date for kids and their parents once a month. By Jeff Sturgeon, The Roanoke Times.

WEST VIRGINIA

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FABRIC STORE

RONCEVERTE, W.Va. — Entering a fabric store, one known for attracting quilters, and encountering a man may seem unusual at first. Nancy's Fabrics and its proprietor have grown in renown among persnickety customers. High quality, high thread count fabrics and fabric knowledge have set it and him apart from larger retailers — although what's most unusual is Robert is a self-confessed non-quilter. Perhaps his eye for fabric was just lying dormant in his blood. By Lisa Shrewsberry, The Register-Herald.

SUPER BOWL-STUDENTS

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Like most people, Mary Beth Romine, a senior at the University of Charleston, has watched past Super Bowls on TV. By MacKenzie Mays, The Charleston Gazette.

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DISABLED VETS-FISHING

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Ron Curry is amazed at the changes a spool of thread and a few colorful feathers have made in his life. By John McCoy, The Charleston Gazette.

CABBAGE KID

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Belington fourth-grader has $1,000 toward her college education thanks to her efforts over the summer to tend a cabbage plant. By Monica Orosz, Charleston Daily Mail.

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