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New York Times to Run Augusta Columns

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NEW YORK -- The New York Times has decided to publish revised versions of two sports columns on the Augusta National Golf Club's men-only membership policy that editors previously rejected.
 
Executive editor Howell Raines said the paper's editors had asked the writers, Dave Anderson and Harvey Araton, to resubmit their work and reassured them their opinions were not at issue, The Times reported Saturday.
 
The columns are scheduled to run Sunday.
 
Earlier this week, the Daily News reported The Times had killed the columns because they disagreed with the stance taken by the newspaper's editorial page.
 
Under Raines, The Times has devoted extensive coverage to Augusta's refusal to accept women as members. The paper's editorial page has criticized the club, which holds The Masters tournament every year, and suggested that two-time defending champion Tiger Woods sit out in protest next April.
 
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Anderson, who has written previously that Augusta should admit women, said his column had argued that Woods shouldn't be expected to boycott the tournament.
 
Araton's column questioned the importance of the Augusta debate.
 
Raines said the editors decided to kill Anderson's column because it appeared to indulge in a squabble with the newspaper's editorial board that made the paper look self-absorbed. Araton's column, he added, was scrapped due to problems of structure and tone.
 
'There is not now, nor will there ever be, any attempt to curb the opinions of our writers' or to 'get them to agree with the editorial page or any other section of the paper where an opinion is expressed,'' Raines said.