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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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BOSTON-SPACE SAVERS

BOSTON (AP) -- It's the end of the line for Boston parking spot savers. Mayor Marty Walsh says beginning today, city workers will start hauling away orange traffic cones, plastic chairs and everything else people use to save their parking spaces. It's a Beantown tradition to hold a shoveled-out parking spot. But many see the space-savers as eyesores or being unfair to others who need on-street parking.

CASINO MARKERS CHALLENGE

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- If you sign an I-O-U -- make sure you have the bucks. At least in Nevada. The Nevada Supreme Court has denied an appeal by a California high roller accused of failing to pay $384,000 in gambling debts. Harel Zahavi gave casino markers to the Venetian, Caesars Palace, Hard Rock and Palazzo. He was convicted of four felony counts of passing a bad check. Zahavi contended the I-O-U's were short-term business loans, not personal checks. But the state Supreme Court doesn't agree. The Las Vegas Sun reports the justices ruled when Zahavi signed the markers, he guaranteed he had the money to cover them.

PRISON CLOCK SCHOOL

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) -- Doing time takes on a whole new meaning at the state prison in Pendleton, Oregon. The East Oregonian reports the penitentiary has the only full-scale clock school in the country. That's what Viviane Klein learned, when she wanted to donate the collection of her late husband, California clockmaker Henri Klein. The collection includes more than 400 clocks from around the world, everything from cuckoos to grandfather clocks. The prison clock school also gets specialized tools and books. The paper reports it took three days of packing, crating and shrink-wrapping to get it all ready for shipment.

MILAN FASHION WEEK

MILAN (AP) -- Model Bianca Balta isn't rail-thin. At least not anymore. A very pregnant Balta got a big hand from the audience as she walked the runway during Milan, Italy's Fashion Week. The Dolce and Gabbana show highlighted motherhood in a collection dedicated to moms. One model held her squirming baby. Another mom walked the runway with her daughter, both wearing matching pink dresses.

 
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