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First-gen college students eager, hopeful

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:44pm

In the weeks leading up to her first day of college, Lauren Serrano had the typical jitters.

She was afraid of getting lost on campus, unsure about what her professors would expect from her, and nervous about taking on a full course load her first semester.

All of those anxieties aside, what Serrano, 18, felt more than anything was pride. The daughter of Cuban-born parents, Serrano has become the first in her family to attend college, and with that accomplishment, has fulfilled her parents’ greatest wish for their child.

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HPV vaccine safe, effective over eight years

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 8:00pm

A vaccine against a very common sexually transmitted virus that can cause cervical cancer has proven safe and effective over eight years, which should spur more people to get it, a Georgia Regents University researcher said.

In the longest follow-up yet of boys and girls who received the quadrivalent vaccine against strains of human papillomavirus, a study out Tuesday in the journal Pediatrics following nearly 1,700 youths for eight years had good immune responses to the virus with no significant side effects.

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Augusta hospitals monitor, prep for Ebola

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:50pm

With the degree of international travel and disease outbreaks like the Ebola virus and the Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome, Georgia Regents Medical Center is now asking all patients about travel outside the country as a routine part of screening.

A review by Emory University physicians is urging colleagues worldwide to keep abreast of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and keep up with what health agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are recommending for screening and potentially handling infectious patients.

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Classes begin at North Augusta schools

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:42pm

As cars piled into parking lots and masses of children walked through the doors into North Augusta Elementary, the scene Monday morning seemed less like the first day of school and more like an assembly line.

Police officers helped guide cars down through the school’s entry road, and crosswalk guards hustled parents and children across the busy parking lot. Teachers and school employees helped guide the roughly 650 students toward the main entrances of the building.

Some parents stopped and posed their children for pictures as the stream of people began to die down.

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Murder trial begins for second suspect in 2013 Augusta homicide

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 7:33pm

The trial began Monday for the second of three men charged with murder in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man in Dogwood Terrace last year.

Killeon Cooper, 20, has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court, and according to his defense attorney, Sadeer Sabbak of the public defender’s office, no physical evidence links Cooper to the Aug. 27, 2013, slaying of Charles D. Davis.

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Arnold Palmer has pacemaker implanted

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 6:43pm


PITTSBURGH — Arnold Palmer had a pacemaker implanted to correct an abnormal heartbeat.

According to his Web site, Palmer had successful surgery Monday at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. The 84-year-old Palmer was to remain in the hospital overnight for observation. He is expected to be released Tuesday.

Golf Channel earlier this year produced a three-part documentary called Arnie, which was broadcast the week after the Masters Tournament in April. The seven-time major champion remains one of the most endearing figures in golf.

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