Some film comebacks were memorable
It's easy, when you're putting in your eight hours in a collection of cubicles under the harsh glare of fluorescent lighting, to imagine a life

At the movies: 'Narc'

At the movies: 'Just Married'

Concert calendar
A listing of upcoming concerts in the Augusta and surrounding areas.

Wine and dine
Looking for traditional, Southern-comfort food downtown? Cafe 209 just may fit the bill.

Applause calendar
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Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Thursday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, check out augusta.com/movies.

Club calendar
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a sampling of specials and entertainment at area nightclubs.

Applause calendar

At the movies: Antwone Fisher
Antwone Fisher could have been another "I Am Sam" - a well-intentioned story that aims for Oscar but ultimately is so overwrought that it sags like a multi-hanky made-for-Lifetime flick. Its far more successful than last year's movie starring Sean Penn because it resists that urge, at least for its first three-fourths.

Video watch
JUST OUT: Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat, Signs and Secret Ballot

At the movies: "Adaptation"
This much we know is true: Charlie Kaufman wrote the screenplay for 1999's "Being John Malkovich," about a hidden portal that allows people to enter the actor's mind. It was heralded - and rightly so - for being bold and innovative, the product of a twisted, brilliant brain. The movie earned Kaufman an Academy Award nomination.

Standing ovations
The Mary Pauline Gallery, 982 Broad St., will hold an opening reception for its new exhibition today from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibition features work by Augusta artist Philip Morsberger and Dederick Ward, who works in Anacortes, Wash. The exhibition will hang through Feb. 22. For more information, call 724-9542.

Trio bucks trend of chamber quartets

Trio bucks trend of chamber quartets
The chamber-music world has long been ruled by the string quartet. It's the chamber configuration most often written for and the chamber performance most often heard.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Bluegrass artist had ties to Augusta

New Year, New Art

Standing ovations

Video watch

Mini reviews

'Dinner Party' makes Georgia debut with Stage III

Club calendar

New Year, New Art
The Morris Museum of Art has a double-header planned.

Some film comebacks were memorable

Food, service sizzle at T-Bonz
Maybe it was the holiday spirit. Maybe it was the invigorating chill outside. Maybe it was the scent of grilled steaks wafting through the air.

Food, service sizzle at T-Bonz

At the movies: 'Narc'
Amid the spectacle and sentimentality that overwhelm the multiplexes every holiday season, the gaudy prestige pictures meant to win over audiences and Oscar voters alike, "Narc" arrives like a piece of cold steel smacked against your unsuspecting temple.

At the movies: "Adaptation"

Ramblin' Rhodes: Bluegrass artist had ties to Augusta
Grand Ole Opry star Jim McReynolds, who died on Dec. 31, lived in Augusta in the late 1940s and sang with his brother, Jesse, on the Smokey Mountaineers program on radio station WGAC.

Performing arts center gets mixed reaction

'Dinner Party' makes Georgia debut with Stage III
The Stage III theater company wasn't looking for a Georgia debut when it gained rights to Neil Simon's mystery play The Dinner Party.

Concert calendar

Performing arts center gets mixed reaction
The facts are in.

At the movies: Antwone Fisher

Wine and dine

At the movies: 'Just Married'
You don't need to go to a theater to see "Just Married," because you've already seen it.

More die in winter, but is it lack of vitamin D or baseball?

Kylee Melaina Wheat

Kieran Tyrence Pound

Treyon Ja'Micheal Alexander
Christopher Anthony Alexander and SeQuoia LeAndra Mann, both of Augusta, announce the birth

Dallas Lorraine Murray
Nicholas Murray and Kristina Lifsey, both of Harlem, announce the birth of a daughter, Dallas Lorraine Murray, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Gabriele Lifsey of Harlem and Jesse and Debbie Nutt of Grovetown.

Victoria Madeline Perryman

Victoria Madeline Perryman
Harper D. Deaner and April L. Per

Jennifer Hailey Gonella
James Garrett and Shylah Marie Gonella of Grovetown announce the birth of a daughter, Jennifer Hailey Gonella, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Don and Penny Gonella of Martinez and the late Addie Etheridge.

Ansley Emelia Aufiero
Michael Kenneth and Sherry Loraine Aufiero of Mar

Brooks LeAnn Lively

Kieran Tyrence Pound
Lawrence A. Pound Jr.

Dekota Allen Conner

Rodney Tymel Reid
Rodney Reid and Tammy C

Samuel Hammond Tudor

Ansley Morgan Thurmond
Bruce and Kimberly Thurmond of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Ansley Morgan Thurmond, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Richard and Betty Ashworth of Augusta and Gene and Genevieve Thurmond of Tignall, Ga.

Maddyx Charlise Driggers

Ethan Gabriel Todd
Jason Michael and Sherry Burns Todd of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Ethan Gabriel Todd, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Jerry and Pam Burns of North Augusta and Gary and Darla Todd of Warrenville.

Alexis Kimberly Langley
Keith E. and Kimbe

Samuel Hammond Tudor
Mr. and Mrs. Cha

Gabrielle Mariah Brown

Kylee Melaina Wheat
Travis John and Kymberley Newman Wheat of Graniteville, S.C., announce the birth o

Travis Michael Faulkner

Hannah Elizabeth Wright
Bill and Jennifer Wright of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Hannah Elizabeth Wright, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Pete Warren Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Wright Sr., all of Augusta.

Ta'len Rahkeese Brown

J'nya Sanae Benson
James E. Benson Jr. and Tarika Williams, both of Edgefie

Quincy Orlando Brooks Jr.

Gabrielle Mariah Brown
Michael L. and LaWanda J. Br

J'nya Sanae Benson

Ta'len Rahkeese Brown
A. Tyrone B

Rodney Tymel Reid

Dekota Allen Conner
Pau

Jennifer Hailey Gonella

Cameryn Regan Cook
Mr. and Mrs. Rocky Cook of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Cameryn Regan Cook, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Brenda Hardy, Roscoe Cook and Beverly Carter, all of Augusta.

Megan Elaine Gordon

Jendayi Genise Cunningham
Mr. and Mrs. Donnell Cunningham of Louisville, Ga., announce t

Jackson Daniel Evans

Maddyx Charlise Driggers
Michael Anthony and Dawn Kristina Driggers of Barnwell, S.C., announce the birth

Jackson Daniel Evans
Jack and Cyndi Evans of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Jackson Daniel Evans, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ed Lightner of Danielsville, Ga., and Walter Evans and Linda Fraser, both of Augusta.

Jendayi Genise Cunningham

Alexis Kimberly Langley

Quincy Orlando Brooks Jr.
Quincy Orlando Brooks and Tamara Lareese Worthy, both of August

Cameryn Regan Cook

Ethan Gabriel Todd

Brooks LeAnn Lively
Edmon and Kimberly Lively of Lincolnton, Ga., announce the birth of a daughter, Brooks LeAnn Lively, Monday, Dec. 30, 2002, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Alan LaGrone and Mr. and Mrs. Julious Lively Jr., all of Lincolnton.

Megan Elaine Gordon

Marcus D. Dunbar Jr.
Marcus D. and Carolina Dunbar of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Marcus D. Dunbar Jr., Monday, Dec. 23, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Enrique and Julia Morales and Mary Davis, all of Augusta.

Ansley Emelia Aufiero

Dallas Lorraine Murray

Hannah Elizabeth Wright

Treyon Ja'Micheal Alexander

Marcus D. Dunbar Jr.

Ansley Morgan Thurmond

Travis Michael Faulkner
Tony and Beth Faulkner of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Travis Michael Faulkner, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Abby Cleghorn of Aiken, John and Val Still and Brenda Cain, all of Augusta.

Can you hold the line for Mr. Castro?
MIAMI -- Two radio show hosts who use jumbled recordings of Fidel Castro to trick callers into believing they're talking with the Cuban president say they have duped another victim - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Parrot saves couple from house fire
NORRFLAERKE, Sweden -- A fire alarm mimic he isn't, but a cockatiel named Gilbert sounded the right siren song when the house he lives in caught fire. His owners said the bird saved their lives.

Odds and Ends
TAMPA, Fla. -- It's a chance of a lifetime to own a piece of history - chads and all.

Braves cut ties with Lockhart

Braves cut ties with Lockhart
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves didn't agree to a contract with second baseman Keith Lockhart by Wednesday's deadline, ending his six-year tenure with the team.

Stocks fall on Gateway, Alcoa earnings news
NEW YORK -- Discouraging earnings news from Alcoa and Gateway jarred Wall Street Wednesday, giving blue chip stocks their biggest decline in a month as investors unloaded shares on concerns about the corporate outlook.

Tax tips: Revving up retirement savings
WASHINGTON -- Taxpayers 50 and older who are worried they haven't been saving enough for retirement can start to remedy that problem immediately.

Retailers confirming the weakest holiday season in decades
NEW YORK -- The already disappointing holiday shopping season turned out to be even more dismal than anyone anticipated.

Retailers confirming the weakest holiday season in decades

Soft drink change-up

Business briefs

Downtown project is stalled

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages edged up this week after dropping to a new low last week. But rates are still sufficiently low to be attractive to those thinking about buying a home and those considering refinancing the home they already own, economists said.

Stocks surge on drop in jobless claims
NEW YORK -- Wall Street bounced back Thursday after a drop in jobless claims raised hopes that the economy is indeed recovering. The Dow Jones industrials rose 180 points, erasing a loss of 178 over the previous two sessions.

Tax tips: Revving up retirement savings

Economic developer appointed

Officials propose growth agency

Stocks fall on Gateway, Alcoa earnings news

Business briefs
TUSKEGEE, Ala. - Ford Motor Co. and Bridgestone-Firestone have settled civil charges brought after a tire blowout and crash killed a civil-rights leader and injured two others, the judge said Wednesday.

Stocks surge on drop in jobless claims

Soft drink change-up
The can of 7Up will taste the same, but it's now being brought to you by a local company.

Economic developer appointed
Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce officials Wednesday introduced Richmond County's new economic developer - Walter Sprouse Jr., of North Carolina.

Downtown project is stalled
With $850,000 sitting in a bank, Downtown Development Authority members are wondering when they can start work to improve downtown, above and below the street.

Officials propose growth agency
Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce officials' plans for luring new business to the area include the creation of a separately funded economic development agency.

Tax tips: Watch out for these scams
WASHINGTON -- Don't give money to anyone who promises to get you a tax refund or credit for slavery reparations, Social Security taxes, disabled access to pay telephones or any of the other scams that flourish during the tax-filing season.

Tax tips: Watch out for these scams

Planting the college seed

Clemson tops Maryland

Clemson tops Maryland
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Chrissy Floyd scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds leading Clemson to a 70-59 victory over Maryland on Thursday night.

Jaguars secure sweep

Former Hephzibah hoops star adds to long list of legal run-ins

Caution: wrangling ahead

Zell Miller, party of one

Tax policy backfires

Fighting cybercrime

S.C. Medicaid crisis

They're off and running

Books to entice kids to read
That's easy if your child enjoys reading. But what about those kids who don't like to read?

Now that the holidays have passed, it's time to simplify
Have you had it with elaborate holiday meals? So intricate, so detailed, so sumptuously savory...And so uninteresting to your children?

What are the symptoms of strep throat and how do I prevent/treat it?
Typical symptoms of strep throat, or Group A streptococcal infection, in a child above age three include: rather sudden onset of a sore throat and fever, without symptoms typical of a cold/upper respiratory infection (such as runny nose, cough, etc.), headache, mild stomach pain and nausea (usually from swallowing the infected mucus) and a sandpaper-type rash. Some vomiting may occur, but usually not more than one or two times. Hoarseness, redness of the eyes and diarrhea are distinctly unusual and may be signs that your child has a viral or other illness.

Calendar
Attention Parents: You need a night out! To help, we've identified several "Date Night" events for you. Just look for the "**" and make your plans. Sorry, babysitters aren't provided, but many of the events are free.

'Tis the season to feel guilty...
Maybe it's just me, but the close of December - and impending advent of January - is always a guilt-filled time for me. I, along with countless others, am forced to stare FAILURE smack in the face: those resolutions I failed at, once again!

Planting the college seed
I grew up knowing that I would go to college. Both of my parents went to college, so there was never any question and I'm sure my fate was determined long before I was even conceived.

College prep begins early
Amy Chudgar, a senior at Lakeside High School, is now in the hand-wringing mode.

Family scrapbook
Ginger Pope, of North Augusta, took this photo of four girls sitting atop her husband's new truck. The girls are Ashley Pope, 6 (her daughter), Amnor Markwalter, 4, Anna Kate Nelson, 3, and Maddie Shriver, 5.

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, fitness and health activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle.

Feng shui injects passion in fashion
NEW YORK - Feng shui master Carole Swann Meltzer says most people think the ancient Chinese practice is limited to rules about sofa placement.

In the know
We want to know what it means to be 30. Are you officially a grown-up on that birthday or is it just another year? Do men think about it the same way as women?

Fox's 'Joe Millionaire' cashes in with its debut ratings
NEW YORK -- "Joe Millionaire" can now be referred to as "Joe Mega-Hit."

ABC scores big in ratings with football coverage
NEW YORK -- ABC rang in 2003 with a sizeable ratings win. Though in third place for the season-to-date, it scored with a slate of college and pro football coverage that included the Orange, Rose, Sugar and top-rated Fiesta bowls.

'Sex and the City" to end after sixth season
LOS ANGELES -- "Sex and the City" will end after its sixth season, with the final episode airing early next year.

'Greek Wedding' shows split between immigrants and homeland
ATHENS, Greece -- It's certainly big and fat: squashing big-budget competition at the box office and now gaining extra buzz as a possible Oscar nominee. But is it really "Greek"?

Fishing report

Fishing report
It's the Year of the Ram for Augusta's Chinese community, but it's the Year of the Striper this year on Strom Thurmond Lake.

Weeds do not stay dormant in winter
Many folks put out pre-emergence herbicides in the fall to prevent winter weeds from rearing their ugly heads, but it doesn't always get them all.

This plant makes a nice pet

Weeds do not stay dormant in winter

This plant makes a nice pet
Despite needing watering, feeding, and occasional help against pests, plants are generally easier to care for than animals. If you do still long for a four-legged pet yet want to avoid the hassles of a real animal, a "chia pet" my be the one for you.

Jackets still perfect at home
ATLANTA - In its first home game in more than two weeks, Georgia Tech rediscovered the comforts of Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

I have trained my books to meet me half way

Masters on their mind

Howell says controversy is costing Augusta
KAPALUA, Hawaii - Standing near the western tip of Maui and staring across a finger of the Pacific Ocean at the peaks of Molokai, the Plantation Course is a world away from eastern Georgia.

Howell says controversy is costing Augusta

Home-field advantage goes to Furyk

Garcia on a mission to stop Woods

Home-field advantage goes to Furyk
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Jim Furyk felt right at home Thursday in the Mercedes Championships, where he polished off a 9-under 64 just 300 yards from his house and wound up in a share of the lead with Ernie Els.

Masters on their mind
KAPALUA, Maui -- Vijay Singh, often the last player to offer his opinion, was the first to bring up the touchiest subject in golf.

Garcia on a mission to stop Woods
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Sergio Garcia's goals remain the same, no matter how lofty they seem. He wants to win major championships and become the first player with money titles on both sides of the Atlantic.

Chomskis resigns as coach

Modest Means

Prep basketball scores

Chomskis resigns as coach
Despite taking over the Evans football program just two years ago, Lee Chomskis resigned from the head coaching job Wednesday.

Evans principal says change was needed
A day after accepting Lee Chomskis' resignation as Evans football coach, the school's principal said he was "looking at what was best for the kids."

Senators file for bankruptcy from creditors

Thrashers reassign forward Chris Herperger to Chicago of AHL
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers sent forward Chris Herperger to Chicago of the AHL on Wednesday.

Members of Buzzards practice at open skate
EL PASO, Texas -- Members of the minor league hockey team banned from their home ice because of overdue rent payments paid $5 each to skate during an open session at the facility.

Thrashers edge Lightning in overtime
TAMPA, Fla. -- The struggling Atlanta Thrashers took a valuable point away from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Senators file for bankruptcy from creditors
OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators filed for bankruptcy Thursday, seeking protection from creditors while they look for a buyer.

Thrashers reassign forward Chris Herperger to Chicago of AHL

Thrashers edge Lightning in overtime

Senators miss paycheck but surge to top of NHL
NEW YORK -- For the past week, the Ottawa Senators played the way they did when they were kids: skating hard, scoring plenty and not thinking about the money.

Senators miss paycheck but surge to top of NHL

More die in winter, but is it lack of vitamin D or baseball?
The trouble with life in the fast lane is you get to the other end in an awful hurry.

Don't punish responsible pet owners

Choice not more important than life

Kent guest column merely rhetoric

Give raises where needed and deserved

City worker dampens spirits

Augusta's legal system exemplary

Now that the holidays have passed, it's time to simplify

Family scrapbook

'Greek Wedding' shows split between immigrants and homeland

Health calendar

Calendar

Feng shui injects passion in fashion

'Tis the season to feel guilty...

Books to entice kids to read

In the know

What are the symptoms of strep throat and how do I prevent/treat it?

'Sex and the City" to end after sixth season

ABC scores big in ratings with football coverage

Lynx road report

Lynx road report
Friday: vs. Charlotte Checkers, Cricket Arena, 7:35 p.m.

Plea agreement ends murder case
An Augusta man indicted on charges of murder pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of aggravated assault Wednesday.

Rants and Raves
STROM SHOULD RUN as president for 2008 and Trent Lott as VP.

Aiken residents study location for connector

Date moves forward for sheriff's election
AIKEN - Already hastened by Aiken County Sheriff Howard Sellers' choice to retire midterm, the race to replace the sheriff will occur even sooner than first thought.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A Decatur man arrested and charged with the sexual assault of two female students at a Georgia State University dormitory is a suspect in a similar attack at the State University of West Georgia in Carrollton.

Evans principal says change was needed
A day after accepting Lee Chomskis' resignation as Evans football coach, the school's principal said he was "looking at what was best for the kids."

Police say teachers dealt drugs
Narcotics officers say the evidence found in the home of two teachers arrested on drug charges makes it clear to them that the couple was dealing drugs.

State to take custody of pupil
AIKEN - A judge has ordered into state custodyone of two Aiken Middle School pupils who plotted to shoot fellow pupils and the school's police officer.

City joins missing-child network

News you can use
JAN. 10, 1922 SPARTA, Ga. - William McPaul, alias Willie Hall, alias "Piano," who recently escaped from the Hancock County chain gang, was recaptured about midday Sunday by Sheriff Hogan of Warren County and is now in the Hancock County Jail.

Bragdon gives up position
Animal Control Director Bonnie Bragdon has resigned after only 2 1/2 years on the job to accept a veterinary position in the private sector.

Aiken residents study location for connector
AIKEN - Getting from Silver Bluff Road to Whiskey Road used to mean a quick ride down Dougherty Road for Julie Mhyre and her husband.

Theater estimate will be appealed
Aiken Corp. Chairman Wade Brodie will appeal the $1.3 million appraisal of the group's downtown office space if the estimate is not increased, members of the group agreed Wednesday.

Federal space planned

School board will vote on moving class
Christian Learning Centers of Augusta may have found a new location to house their Christian-based curriculum for Richmond County pupils.

Bragdon suggests license for pets
The city took a step toward mandatory pet licensing Thursday with the first in a series of public meetings to tell Augusta residents about the ordinance and hear what they have to say.

Driver's abductor hid in the back seat

Federal space planned
Work on a new, federal office building should begin later this year near downtown's U.S. District Courthouse, federal officials confirmed Thursday.

Date moves forward for sheriff's election

Crime increases in Augusta
Crime rose 5 percent in Augusta in 2002, an increase sheriff's officials blamed on fewer deputies and a bad economy.

Police say teachers dealt drugs

Suspect is arrested in shooting
Authorities arrested an Augusta man Thursday who they say inadvertently fired two shots into a home on Fieldcrest Drive while shooting at people in a nearby car.

Hospital attracts diners
AIKEN - Think hospital food is bland?

Group tries to sell 1880s townhouse
For a century, the townhouse on Ninth Street was alive with occupants ranging from Chinese launderers to grocers to a shoe repair shop.

Across the area
A church music teacher and choir director accused of trying to molest one child and sexually abusing a second was convicted of child molestation charges Wednesday.

Law changes test requirements
Greg Robinson had no idea how close he came Thursday to taking a much more difficult driver's license test.

Commissioners reprimand Kolb
Seven Augusta commissioners have signed off on a letter of reprimand to be placed in City Administrator George Kolb's personnel file.

Across Georgia and South Carolina
ATLANTA - Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney has dropped U.S. Rep. Denise Majette, D-Ga., and the Georgia Republican party from her lawsuit challenging the state's open primary system.

News you can use
JAN. 9, 1953 A sweeping raise for county employees - the first in two years - that leans heavily in favor of the lower-salaried men and women was agreed on last night between members of the county commission and the Richmond legislative delegation.

Lottery's spending is debated
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The General Assembly has illegally distributed about $3 million in lottery proceeds to five historically black colleges, the state Attorney General's Office says.

Rants and Raves
STROM SHOULD RUN as president for 2008 and Trent Lott as VP.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Mary Dickens of Hephzibah.

Carjack suspects admit to charges
Two of the young men accused of taking part in a carjacking that allegedly led to a gang sexual assault in South Carolina pleaded guilty to some charges Wednesday.

News you can use

Brothers are put in state custody

State to take custody of pupil

Pupils learn lesson from hockey legend

Across Georgia and South Carolina

Suspect is arrested in shooting

Walker is unfazed by inquiry report
ATLANTA - State Sen. Charles Walker, who leaves the Legislature this month, said Thursday he is not concerned about an Atlanta newspaper's report that he is under investigation for actions while in office.

Zell Miller set to retire in 2004

Hospital cuts EMS overtime
EDGEFIELD - Edgefield County EMS workers were told Thursday night that their overtime hours had to be reduced because the hospital they work for is in financial trouble.

Officials debate issue of Hephzibah sinkhole

Rants and Raves
THIS JUST GOES to show how far behind Augusta is when a vet can make more going to PetsMart instead of working for Richmond County.

Aiken group receives audit

Across the area

Driver's abductor hid in the back seat
North Augusta police are warning residents to be careful after a woman driving home from a grocery store Tuesday night was abducted by a man hiding in the back seat, authorities said.

News you can use

Zell Miller set to retire in 2004
WASHINGTON - Democratic Sen. Zell Miller, a popular former Georgia governor, announced Wednesday he won't seek re-election in 2004 - a move that could complicate Democratic efforts to retake the Senate.

Evans principal says change was needed

Brothers are put in state custody
Two brothers charged with break-ins and vandalisms at 13 houses, two schools and three businesses - kicking down doors, smashing windows, damaging cars and stealing Christmas presents - were placed in state custody Wednesday by a juvenile court judge.

Across the area

Across South Carolina
MARION -A Marion teenager killed last week stopped to give a man a ride home and was shot to death, police said.

Subscriber of the day

Hospital asks to continue heart procedure
The number of therapeutic heart catheterizations at Doctors Hospital more than doubled in 2002 from the previous year's total, which had already raised questions from regulators because the hospital is not authorized to perform them normally.

Bragdon suggests license for pets

Pupils learn lesson from hockey legend
Pupils at Jamestown Elementary School had a brush with history Wednesday.

Federal space planned

Aiken group receives audit
A financial audit of the Aiken Corp. released Wednesday says the economic development group has a clean financial record but needs to improve its budget review and accounting procedures.

Group tries to sell 1880s townhouse

Man tries to steal course sign
A man visiting Augusta wanted to take home a golf souvenir Wednesday.

Crime increases in Augusta

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Hank Syms of Augusta.

Carjack suspects admit to charges

City joins missing-child network
GROVETOWN - The Grovetown Department of Public Safety is now part of a nationwide network dedicated to helping find missing children.

Law changes test requirements

TV co-host pleads guilty
A former co-host of a Christian TV show for teenagers pleaded guilty to child molestation Wednesday.

Bragdon gives up position

Officials debate issue of Hephzibah sinkhole
Just 15 feet away from Windsor Spring Road is Hephzibah's "Grand Canyon," as some call it - a hole 30 feet deep, 50 feet wide and at least 200 feet long.

Hospital attracts diners

Hospital cuts EMS overtime hours
EDGEFIELD - Edgefield County EMS workers were told Thursday night that their overtime hours had to be reduced because the hospital they work for is in financial trouble.

Across Georgia

Across the area
A Beech Island man told police he shot at two men who broke into his house Thursday morning.

Hospital cuts EMS overtime hours

I have trained my books to meet me half way
Does this ever happen to you: You open a reference book to look something up and turn directly to the very page you need?

That's a wrap for Mac Daddy
If history means anything, you can bet Charles McNeil will land on his feet and resurface on the local airwaves sometime soon.

Wallace motoring along with Dodge

NASCAR weighs plan to stop autographs in garage area
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR is considering a plan to prohibit drivers from signing autographs in the garage area at tracks to reduce fan congestion.

NASCAR inspectors assume 'nice cop' role during testing
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - There were 21 NASCAR officials patrolling the garage area during this week's test session at Daytona International Speedway, but they weren't looking too hard for problems.

NASCAR weighs plan to stop autographs in garage area

Japan's Shinozuka seriously injured in Dakar rally crash

Japan's Shinozuka seriously injured in Dakar rally crash
PARIS -- Japan's Kenjiro Shinozuka was seriously injured Thursday when his car flipped over in the Libyan desert during the eighth stage of the Dakar rally.

Drivers get back into the groove

CART returns to England with road race at Brands Hatch
LONDON -- CART is returning to Europe with back-to-back races in May in England and Germany.

NASCAR inspectors assume 'nice cop' role during testing

CART returns to England with road race at Brands Hatch

Drivers get back into the groove
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Even before his vacation started, Mark Martin was talking about getting back to work.

Drivers in favor of autograph control
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR drivers on Thursday supported a proposed effort to limit autographs in the garage area, stressing the importance of finding a way to clear up the current congestion.

Wallace motoring along with Dodge
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Rusty Wallace eased worries about Dodge's engine program by saying his Penske Racing team already has the same amount of horsepower he had a year ago with a Ford.

Drivers in favor of autograph control

Kobe Bryant finds a new zone
LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant rose to stardom with medium-range jumpers, dazzling drives to the basket and soaring dunks.

Virus keeps Jordan out of practice
WASHINGTON (AP)- Michael Jordan skipped practice with the Washington Wizards on Thursday to try to recover from a virus.

Hawks fall to Mavericks
ATLANTA -- The Dallas Mavericks already had blown one big lead, so they weren't going to let it happen again.

Kobe Bryant finds a new zone

Hawks fall to Mavericks

Virus keeps Jordan out of practice

Griffin propels Paine to victory
There were Lions, Tigers and Bears at Carter Gymnasium on Wednesday night. But it was Gustavus Griffin of the Paine College Lions who proved the toughest of the three.

Jaguars secure sweep
Augusta State coach Gary Tuell thinks so highly of USC Spartanburg, he picked it to win the Peach Belt North Division in the preseason.

Former Hephzibah hoops star adds to long list of legal run-ins
Former University of Cincinnati basketball player and Hephzibah native Donald Little is in trouble with the law again.

Kerney expects fans' worst

Third time the charm for Dunn?

Mismatch? Falcons receivers vs. Philly's star-studded secondary

Brooks' brilliance carries him to top defensive award

Eagles say they're not worried about Atlanta's 3-4

Vick isn't Atlanta's only running threat

Can Pennington pull a Montana?

Pro picks

Mrs. Evelyn Sebjanies    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Bob Wisnieski    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Bro. Norman Hill    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Brock    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Daniels    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. W.J. Bufford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James White    (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Kathleen Cates    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Geneva Brewington    (LAURENS, S.C.)
Mrs. Anne Flemister    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Scott Willis Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Greene    (AUSTIN, Texas)
Mr. Thomas Roberson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Joyce Grice    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Miss Brenda Edwards    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Sylvia Hand    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ervin Smalley    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Rosena Hickson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Helen Hearst    (PASSAIC, N.J.)
Mrs. Caroline Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lenora Gibbsons    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Johnson    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Pearl Beard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Lt. Col. Linton Paulk    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. James Sims Sr.    (EAST POINT, Ga.)
Mrs. Pamela McKie    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Annie Boynton    (ULMER, S.C.)
Mrs. Rosa McNeil    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Tom Robertson    (PLUM BRANCH, S.C.)
Mr. Hartwell Morris Jr.    (LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Delores Wheeler    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Anna Murphy    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Ms. Ruth Bradley    (ULMER, S.C.)
Mr. Daniel Oliver Jr.    (CUMMING, Ga.)
Mr. Ronald Suber Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Hazel Pirkle    (FLORENCE, S.C.)
Mrs. Carolyn Hudson    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mr. James Rheney Jr.    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Dennis Hester Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Parker    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Mildred Bussey    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. Hartwell Morris Jr.    (LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Smith    (APPLING, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Powell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ila Garrett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ben Crouch    (SPARTANBURG, S.C.)
Mrs. Sadie Bennett    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Scottie Cowan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Isiah Barnes    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Long    (SALUDA, S.C.)
Mr. James White    (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. David Lockhart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Evelyn Sebjanics    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Ms. Sarah Lewis    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Charles Rogers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Bessie Fox    (MAULDIN, S.C.)
Mrs. Trecia Rodgers    (LITHONIA, Ga.)
Lt. Col. Kline Paulk    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Juanita Roberts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lynne Keller    (BATESBURG-LEESVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Trecia Rodgers    (LITHONIA, Ga.)
Ms. Frances Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Judson Terry    (GIBSON, Ga.)
Mr. John Jennings    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Sterling Deloach    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Caroline Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Bennie Ellison    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mr. Jimmy Rich    (ORLANDO, Fla.)
Mr. Christopher Wayman    (NEWINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Juanita Roberts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Claudia Waites    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mrs. Kathleen Cates    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. William Towne Jr.    (HILDA, S.C.)
Mrs. Nancy Battle    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Hubert Neal    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Pearl Beard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Darrell Murray    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Hartwell Morris Jr. (LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Christopher Wayman (NEWINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. David Lockhart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Joyce Grice (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Ervin Smalley (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Delores Wheeler (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Long (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mrs. Pearl Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ben Crouch (SPARTANBURG, S.C.)

Mr. James White (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Juanita Roberts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Juanita Roberts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Parker (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Ruth Bradley (ULMER, S.C.)

Ms. Sarah Lewis (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Sylvia Hand (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Frances Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nancy Battle (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Hearst (PASSAIC, N.J.)

Mr. James Rheney Jr. (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Geneva Brewington (LAURENS, S.C.)

Mrs. Rosena Hickson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Towne Jr. (HILDA, S.C.)

Mrs. Pamela McKie (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Hubert Neal (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Tom Robertson (PLUM BRANCH, S.C.)

Mr. Sterling Deloach (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Roberson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lenora Gibbsons (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Judson Terry (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Powell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Daniel Oliver Jr. (CUMMING, Ga.)

Mrs. Pearl Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Bussey (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. James White (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bennie Ellison (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Fox (MAULDIN, S.C.)

Mr. Scottie Cowan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Caroline Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald Suber Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jimmy Rich (ORLANDO, Fla.)

Mrs. Lynne Keller (BATESBURG-LEESVILLE, S.C.)

Miss Brenda Edwards (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Rogers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Darrell Murray (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Daniels (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Isiah Barnes (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Sebjanics (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Bob Wisnieski (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ila Garrett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Bro. Norman Hill (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Scott Willis Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Smith (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Sebjanies (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James Sims Sr. (EAST POINT, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Brock (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dennis Hester Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Johnson (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Sadie Bennett (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Caroline Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Lt. Col. Linton Paulk (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Carolyn Hudson (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa McNeil (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Trecia Rodgers (LITHONIA, Ga.)

Kent guest column merely rhetoric
Once again, the extreme right indulges in historical revisionism to advance its racially regressive agenda (Phil Kent's Dec. 28 guest column, "Quotas don't deserve redemption"). Shirley J. Wilcher, Washington, D.C.

Give raises where needed and deserved
I have often wondered why Augustans are so rich and prosperous, yet we cannot support our local law enforcement any better than we do. Ann Rosier, Augusta

Caution: wrangling ahead
As the 108th Congress convened this week, its plate couldn't have been fuller: budget and spending priorities; economic stimulus package; prescription drug legislation; homeland security funding; judgeship confirmations; Medicare and Social Security rescue plans; environmental, regulatory and tort reforms; the looming war in Iraq and a crisis in Korea.

Augusta's legal system exemplary
There are a lot of things wrong with Augusta, but the legal system isn't one of them. Our judiciary is exemplary. Our district attorney, Danny Craig, is a man of superior training, intellect, experience and proven integrity, as is his staff. The few bad apples in law enforcement have been removed and appropriately punished. Tom Zwemer, Augusta

Don't punish responsible pet owners
As a pet owner, I disagree with any county fees for pet ownership. I have several dogs and cats, and they have all been spayed or neutered. They are like children, and I spend a great deal of money on them annually in vet bills. Every month they are treated for fleas, ticks and heartworms, and when shots are due, they are taken to the vet. Larry Johns, Hephzibah, Ga.

Choice not more important than life
This year's holiday season brought some added attention to a Christmas card produced by the nation's largest single abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. Mary Beth Pierucci, the local director of external affairs for Planned Parenthood, attempted to justify this greeting card that is inclusive of everyone except the unborn child, who is destroyed by the so-called "choice," in her letter to the editor on Dec. 28, "Some Christians are pro-choice." Dan Almeter, Augusta

City worker dampens spirits
Regarding Jose Torres Jr.'s Dec. 25 letter, "Holiday a joyless one for Augusta city workers": I would like to enlighten Mr. Torres concerning the Dec. 14 employee Christmas party. Lisa R. Sherrouse, Augusta

Tax policy backfires
New York City's cigarette-tax policy is running into some painful realities - both human and economic. Remember that cigarette taxes are essentially schizophrenic, i.e., serving two opposing purposes.

S.C. Medicaid crisis
Medicaid, the federal-state program designed to take care of the medical needs of the poor, is in crisis in South Carolina. The state's escalating deficit - $348 million and growing - stifles the legislature's ability to put enough money into the program.

They're off and running
"I will neither endorse nor campaign for any candidate seeking this seat, but I will resign within days after the November 2004 election so that my successor can begin to serve immediately and gain additional seniority."

Zell Miller, party of one
No one should be surprised that Zell Miller doesn't want to run for re-election to a full term as U.S. senator.

Fighting cybercrime
The debut of the Computer Crime Center in Columbia puts South Carolina on the cutting edge of fighting the most complicated and possibly most potent criminal activity of the 21st century: crime in cyberspace.

Foreman, McCallum newest boxing Hall of Famers

That's a wrap for Mac Daddy

16-year-old jockey off to a galloping start

Overtime

Overtime

Overtime
Thomas H. Wyman, the former chairman and chief executive of CBS who resigned in December from Augusta National Golf Club because of its all-male membership, has died at age 73.

16-year-old jockey off to a galloping start
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. -- Shannon Uske knew she wanted to race horses by age 4 - and maybe even before that.

Boxers seek Silver lining
Oscar de la Hoya took part in it. Fernando Vargas won it. Vernon Forrest participated, too.

Overtime
The USC Aiken Lady Pacers fell out of the WBCA/ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll for the first time since December of 2001.

Foreman, McCallum newest boxing Hall of Famers
CANASTOTA, N.Y. -- George Foreman leads the International Boxing Hall of Fame's 2003 induction class.

Prep basketball scores
Here are scores from area prep basketball action.

Modest Means
Hephzibah guard Chantal Murray said it without cracking a smile or winking her eye. Apparently, she was serious.

Players of the week
Here are the area prep players of the week.

Vick isn't Atlanta's only running threat
PHILADELPHIA -- Michael Vick isn't the only running threat the Philadelphia Eagles have to worry about this week.

Third time the charm for Dunn?
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Warrick Dunn has been in the NFL for six seasons, long enough to gauge whether another week of upbeat practices will translate into another playoff victory.

Brooks' brilliance carries him to top defensive award
Tampa Bay linebacker Derrick Brooks is the crown jewel of the NFL's best defense and easily topped Miami end Jason Taylor for The Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year award Wednesday.

Eagles say they're not worried about Atlanta's 3-4
PHILADELPHIA -- Donovan McNabb can expect to see plenty of blitzes from the Atlanta Falcons, and not because he's returning from a broken ankle.

Mismatch? Falcons receivers vs. Philly's star-studded secondary
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- This has all the makings of a colossal mismatch.

Can Pennington pull a Montana?
Young Joe Montana against old Joe Montana?

Pro picks
The oddsmakers don't buy the argument that Michael Vick can cancel out Donovan McNabb in Philadelphia.

Kerney expects fans' worst
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Based on his experience from the other side, Patrick Kerney knows the Atlanta Falcons will receive a rude greeting Saturday night in Philadelphia.

Alcohol, in moderation, helps prevent heart attacks
Scientists know drinking can prevent heart attacks, but new research shows that how often you imbibe is a lot more important than what or how much.

Study: speed of gravity matches speed of light
SEATTLE -- Astronomers have concluded that Einstein was right: The speed of gravity does match the speed of light.

One of sky's biggest stars experiencing series of eruptions
SEATTLE -- One of the brightest and biggest stars in the heavens is going through a series of eruptions and dimming that may lead eventually to a supernova explosion, astronomers say.

Microsoft's Gates touts consumer gadgets
LAS VEGAS - Touting an array of "smart" watches and portable video players, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates is offering further evidence that the world's largest software company sees slick consumer gadgets as computing's future.

Natural atmospheric scrubber not in decline, study finds
A natural chemical that scrubs pollution from the sky is more abundant than previously believed, leading scientists to wonder if they have been underestimating the atmosphere's ability to cleanse itself.

Study: Being fat at 40 cuts 3 years off your life
PHILADELPHIA -- People who are overweight at 40 are likely to die at least three years sooner than those who are slim, meaning that in terms of life expectancy, being fat during middle age is just as bad as smoking, researchers say.

New computers unveiled
Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveils the Macintosh 12-inch PowerBook G4 computer (left) and the worlds first 17-inch notebook computer Tuesday, after his keynote address at the Macworld Conference and Expo at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

El Nino should linger through end of spring
WASHINGTON -- Storms batter California. Snow piles up in the Northeast. Dry weather persists in the Ohio Valley.

Georgia's Clemons going pro

College prep begins early

Georgia running back Musa Smith going pro
Musa Smith will enter the NFL draft after becoming the first Georgia running back since 1992 to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season.

Georgia running back Musa Smith going pro

Georgia's Clemons going pro
ATHENS, Ga. -- Linebacker Chris Clemons became the third Georgia underclassman to enter the NFL draft on Thursday, following Musa Smith and Johnathan Sullivan.

Bulldogs back in Top 25 thanks to eight-game run

Bulldogs back in Top 25 thanks to eight-game run
ATHENS, Ga. -- Everything changed for Georgia a month ago, when a miraculous, game-winning shot allowed the team to avoid a 1-4 start.

Howell likely back for Kentucky game Saturday
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina forward Rolando Howell will likely play in Saturday's game at No. 18 Kentucky, the school says.

Gamecocks wake up

Howell likely back for Kentucky game Saturday

Gamecocks win SEC opener
COLUMBIA - South Carolina's Southeastern Conference opener against Mississippi on Wednesday can be described quite simply:

Gamecocks wake up
COLUMBIA - South Carolina's Southeastern Conference opener against Mississippi on Wednesday can be described quite simply:

South Carolina edges Mississippi St.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Koretha Johnson hit the game-winning layup with 26 seconds left and Jocelyn Penn led No. 13 South Carolina back from an 18-point deficit to beat 14th-ranked Mississippi State in wild start to the Southeastern Conference season.

Gamecocks win SEC opener

Odds and Ends

Parrot saves couple from house fire

Can you hold the line for Mr. Castro?

Study: Being fat at 40 cuts 3 years off your life

Alcohol, in moderation, helps prevent heart attacks

New computers unveiled

Study: speed of gravity matches speed of light

Microsoft's Gates touts consumer gadgets

Natural atmospheric scrubber not in decline, study finds

One of sky's biggest stars experiencing series of eruptions