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Masters -- now, it's spring - 04/08/14

  I love the Masters golf tournament. I've been to the World Series, the NBA finals, the Rose Bowl, and various NFL games, but nothing is like going to the Masters -- or watching on TV, for that matter.
  For me, the Masters is spring. The NCAA Final Four tells me winter is coming to an end, but the Masters tells me the sun will shine again, the temperature will rise for good and the flowers will bloom. Literally, in the case of the azaleas that come out (almost always) in sync with the tournament in Augusta.
  It also honors tradition. How can you avoid thinking about Jack Nicklaus winning six of them -- his last at the age of 46? Or Arnie and his army taking the course by storm, winning four times with a swing that always seemed a little out of control. Tiger in 2005, chipping off the green on 16 and watching his ball hesitate for what seemed like forever... before dropping in the hold for a birdie. And then there's the shot by Phil Mickelson behind a tree in the pine needles on number 13 in 2010. (By the way, he missed that eagle putt. But the birdie kept him going.)
  That's another thing. Augusta is the only pro course where I know almost all the holes by their numbers, some even by their names. I've watched the best players heading into Amen Corner, hitting into the "postage stamp size green" on number 12. I've seen them hit the ball on the wrong side of the fairway on 13 so they won't be able to get home in two on the iconic par five. And I've cheered on the players to "skip it" across the lake on 16 on practice day (Wednesday) and booed them with everyone else in good humor as the ball bounces several times and then disappears into the water short of the green. I've sat in the stands on number 8 and watched a player take a wedge out of his bag to play a ball just off the green and, with everyone else who'd been sitting there for an hour, nod knowingly when the perfectly hit ball rolled off the green on the other side. (We could have told him, on these greens, you should have used a putter.)
  Yes, the Masters is something special. It's finally spring.
 

 

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CHURCH OF CANNABIS INDIANA

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- There was no holy smoke -- at Indianapolis' First Church of Cannabis. About two dozen police officers kept watch over the inaugural service yesterday, after authorities threatened to arrest congregants who smoked pot there. Still, the lack of marijuana didn't seem to be too much of a buzz kill. Congregants danced to reggae and funk, passing and puffing from imaginary joints. A mural mimicking Michelangelo's famed Sistine Chapel fresco was painted on a wall behind them -- but instead of God's hand reaching out to man, the image shows God offering mankind a big joint. The church was formed as a test of Indiana's new religious objections law. Members are hoping to legalize marijuana in the state as a religious liberty.

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Senator John McCain is blaming glaring sunlight for his failure to catch a foul ball that fell onto his lap at an Arizona Diamondbacks game Tuesday night. The foul by Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins landed in the seats, took a big bounce and caromed into McCain's lap. He wasn't able to react fast enough, throwing his hands up in disgust as the ball rolled back toward the field. A fan tried to give McCain the ball, but he waved it off. McCain explained the botched catch in a tweet the next day.

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Donate baby one more time? One of Louisiana's candidates for governor is trying to draw campaign donors with a Britney Spears ticket giveaway and backing from the superstar's mom. State Rep. John Bel Edwards, one of four major gubernatorial candidates and the only Democrat, has released a fundraising email touting the Lynne Spears endorsement. In the email, the Edwards campaign offers people who donate $50 a chance to win a trip to see Britney Spears live in Las Vegas.

STOLEN TOILET PAPER

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The T-P is M-I-A. After a citywide effort to collect toilet paper for charity in Springfield, Illinois -- 10,000 rolls have gone missing. Officials with the St. Martin de Porres Center say someone took the toilet paper from a locked trailer. Volunteers collected thousands of rolls after the food pantry reported it hadn't been able to distribute toilet paper for five years because it is too expensive. But there is some good news -- a local grocery store says it will replace the stolen rolls for free.

 
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