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Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. writes down instructions on how to operate an excavator before starting it up to demolish part of the portico at the Gaillard Municipal Auditorium in Charleston, S.C., on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012. The city officially broke ground Tuesday on a $142 million renovation of the auditorium to create what city officials say will be a world class arts center. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith).

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