Alagna and Kasarova star in 'Werther' at the Met

'Producers' sets all-time Broadway record
NEW YORK -- With Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick back in the show, "The Producers" grossed a record $1,600,243 for eight performances last week, spokesman John Barlow said Monday.

Alagna and Kasarova star in 'Werther' at the Met
NEW YORK -- To honor Franco Corelli, the Metropolitan Opera dedicated its opening performance of Massenet's "Werther" to the famed Italian tenor, who died in October.

Baseball star Pete Rose admits he bet on baseball
NEW YORK -- After 14 years of denials, Pete Rose has finally come clean and publicly admitted for the first time that he bet on baseball while manager of the Cincinnati Reds. He says he never bet against his own team.

Baseball star Pete Rose admits he bet on baseball

Pete Rose in Augusta
Pete Rose will be in Augusta on Feb. 7 for CoachQuest's Baseball and Softball Leadership and Instructional Events.

Putting away Christmas is easier said than done

Police say 11-year-old girl sold heroin on the street
SOUTH MIAMI, Fla. -- An 11-year-old girl sold heroin on the street while dressed in her school uniform or even her pajamas, doing the bidding of her mother and a man who may be her stepfather, police said.

Odds and Ends
DENVER -- Cabin fever is alive and well in the West. Hospital officials say the monster blizzard that kept people indoors across Colorado last year led to a spike in the number of December babies.

Man dies after crashing stolen snowmobile into priest's home
WRIGHT TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- A man riding a stolen snowmobile died after crashing into a priest's home as the clergyman said his evening prayers.

Odds and Ends
MARTELL, Neb. -- What Dean Wittstruck found in his field looked to be the leftovers of one very happy New Year's Eve party. What it turned out to be were balloons from a college football game - some 900 miles away.

Muslim youths change most offending names of football teams
IRVINE, Calif. -- After objections to team names like "Soldiers of Allah" and "Moujahideen" overshadowed a football tournament organized by Muslim youths, the players sacked most of the offending names and took to the field to more cheers than protests.

Construction activity sets all-time record
WASHINGTON -- Construction spending set another record in November as continued low interest rates powered home building and state and local governments did their part by pushing their activity to all-time highs as well.

Japanese business leaders herald new year toasting recovery
TOKYO -- Japanese business leaders expressed optimism Tuesday about economic recovery while cautioning on the brewing risks that could hamper growth such as currency fluctuations and fighting in Iraq.

GM to give away 1,000 cars in $50 million promotion

Ford unveils updated Mustang; Chevrolet shows new Corvette
DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. unveiled its new flagship sedan, the Five Hundred, and the Freestyle crossover - two family-oriented vehicles aimed at helping the world's second-largest automaker recapture a piece of the car market.

Investment banks under scrutiny in big, new corporate scandal
WASHINGTON -- Big investment banks are under renewed federal scrutiny in the multibillion-dollar Parmalat fraud case, as investigators are examining the banks' role in helping the Italian dairy giant sell bonds and questioning whether they turned a blind eye to irregularities in company books.

Leaders to work on 2003 efforts
Area chamber of commerce leaders see 2004 as the time to build on vital business initiatives started the year before, such as backing efforts to save Fort Gordon from closure.

GM, Ford, Chrysler post sales declines for 2003

Business briefs
DETROIT - General Motors Corp. fell short in its bid to increase U.S. market share for a third straight year as the world's largest automaker, along with Detroit rivals Ford Motor Corp. and DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group, saw sales decline in 2003.

Budget focuses on reduction
ATLANTA - Saving state money by turning juvenile offenders out of lockup sooner struck many legislators Monday as a mistake when Gov. Sonny Perdue presented his recommendations for adjusting the current year's budget.

Business briefs

Home Depot buys West Coast flooring business
ATLANTA -- The Home Depot is expanding a key building supply unit with the purchase of a West Coast flooring business.

Organic farmers to get exemption from marketing, promotion fees

Organic farmers to get exemption from marketing, promotion fees
WASHINGTON -- The Sowden brothers, who grow organic prunes in northern California, are tired of being treated like conventional farmers when it comes to paying fees to an industry marketing board.

SRS unit gets new president

GM to give away 1,000 cars in $50 million promotion
DETROIT -- General Motors Corp. plans to give away 1,000 cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles in 56 days beginning Monday as part of a $50 million promotion to generate showroom traffic and build awareness of its nine U.S. brands.

Budget focuses on reduction

Auto show notebook
DETROIT -- Looking to bolster its commitment to producing environmentally friendly vehicles, Honda Motor Co. announced plans to introduce a gas-electric hybrid version of its Accord this fall.

Chrysler shows convertibles, Lexus has hybrid SUV

Auto show notebook

Surge is maintained amid mixed results

Investment banks under scrutiny in big, new corporate scandal

Governor to discuss HOPE, economy at annual meeting
Gov. Sonny Perdue will share his thoughts on the state's economic future at the annual meeting of the Augusta Metro and Columbia County chambers of commerce Thursday.

Dollar plunges to new lows

Factory orders suffer setback in November

SRS unit gets new president
AIKEN - An executive with deep roots in this area has been named president of the Energy & Environment Business Unit of Washington Group International, the parent corporation of the primary contractor running the Savannah River Site.

Japanese business leaders herald new year toasting recovery

Business briefs
J. Phillip Lane, the former vice president and general manager of WJBF-TV (Channel 6), on Monday began his new duties as vice president and general manager of WSPA-TV in Greenville/Spartanburg/Anderson, S.C.

Home Depot buys West Coast flooring business

Factory orders suffer setback in November
WASHINGTON -- Orders to U.S. factories, after posting two months of solid increases, fell by 1.4 percent in November, the biggest setback in seven months.

GM, Ford, Chrysler post sales declines for 2003
DETROIT -- General Motors Corp. fell short in its bid to increase U.S. market share for a third straight year as the world's largest automaker, along with Detroit rivals Ford Motor Corp. and DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group, saw sales decline in 2003.

Dollar plunges to new lows
NEW YORK -- The dollar plunged to a new low against the European common currency Tuesday, sinking more than a penny to cross the $1.28 per euro mark for the first time. The dollar also fell to another 11-year low against the British pound.

Business briefs

Chrysler shows convertibles, Lexus has hybrid SUV
DETROIT -- The head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration cheered the Big Three automakers' new emphasis on cars instead of sport utility vehicles Tuesday during a visit to the North American International Auto Show.

Surge is maintained amid mixed results
NEW YORK - Wall Street stalled Tuesday in quiet trading as investors booked profits from the New Year's rally and searched for new reasons to buy. Prices closed narrowly mixed, with tech stocks showing the biggest gains.

Receivers hit commercial market
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - After years of preparation, digital radio receivers finally go on sale nationwide today, pairing CD-quality audio in over-the-air broadcasts with text information such as song titles, weather reports and news alerts.

Receivers hit commercial market

Leaders to work on 2003 efforts

Conservatives simmer as spending mushrooms under Bush
WASHINGTON -- Conservatives wait warily as President Bush makes final decisions about his election-year budget, three years into an administration on whose watch spending has mushroomed by 23.7 percent, the fastest pace in a decade.

Governor to discuss HOPE, economy at annual meeting

Ford unveils updated Mustang; Chevrolet shows new Corvette

Clemson defensive lineman says he's going pro
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson defensive tackle Donnell Washington says he'll give up his final year in college for the NFL.

Clemson defensive lineman says he's going pro

Clemson's Betko to transfer

Clemson's Betko to transfer
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson sophomore forward Julian Betko has left the basketball team and plans to transfer to a school where he can increase his playing time.

Carroll wants Trojans humble - and hungry

Sugar Bowl rating fifth of six BCS title games
NEW YORK -- The Sugar Bowl drew the second-worst national TV rating for a BCS championship game.

Reese resigns as Texas defensive coordinator

Carroll wants Trojans humble - and hungry
LOS ANGELES -- Coach Pete Carroll promised the USC Trojans will remain humble in their reign as The Associated Press' national champion - humble and hungry.

LSU coach is already thinking about next year
NEW ORLEANS -- It didn't take long for LSU coach Nick Saban to put his biggest victory behind him.

Reese resigns as Texas defensive coordinator
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas defensive coordinator Carl Reese resigned Tuesday following his sixth season and one in which the Longhorns again failed to win the Big 12 or make it to a BCS game.

TV ratings up for Rose Bowl, down for title game
NEW YORK -- Drama in the polls is no match for drama on the field when it comes to the television ratings for the Bowl Championship Series' title game.

Sugar Bowl rating fifth of six BCS title games

TV ratings up for Rose Bowl, down for title game

LSU coach is already thinking about next year

LeMoyne-Owen makes Paine College disappear

Pacers dump Wingate

Charlie Hustler

She can't annul this
Britney Spears earns plenty of criticism for how she dresses - or doesn't dress, rather.

A bad gamble
If ever there was a cure worse than the disease, it would be the measures being pushed by state Sen. Robert Ford, D-Charleston, to bring gambling back to South Carolina in order to eliminate the state's ballooning $350 million deficit.

Charlie Hustler
Pete Rose lied for more than a dozen years about gambling on baseball. And when he finally owned up to the truth, it wasn't because he had a Road-to-Damascus moral conversion; it was because he desperately wants to be allowed in baseball's Hall of Fame and to return to the game in some significant manner, as a manager or coach.

The game is up
Bowl Championship Series officials promise they'll fix the system this year. They'll add a game! They'll form a committee! Hey, how about tinkering with the halftime show! That should take care of it, don't you think?

The game is up

Exorcising bad judgment
George McCrackin must have been a good principal - the only one that Goose Creek, S.C.'s Stratford High School has ever had in its 20 years.

A bad gamble

Exorcising bad judgment

Whiskey Junction attracts all
Almost everything about Whiskey Junction, a private bar and club at 1212A Whiskey Road in Aiken, is pleasingly deceptive.

Stuff to do
Beethoven, Mahler and Faure are on the playlist for The American Chamber Players concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at Augusta State University's Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 2500 Walton Way.

Extras, extras
Heading to the video store? Here's a preview of some of the extras on new DVD releases:

Singer-songwriter Ray Davies wounded in robbery attempt
NEW ORLEANS -- Singer-songwriter Ray Davies of the Kinks was shot in the leg while chasing thieves who snatched a purse from a woman he was with, police said Monday. He was not seriously injured.

Dining out
Here is a listing and reviews of many eateries in the area.

Britney Spears marriage annuled
LAS VEGAS -- Britney Spears' two-day-old marriage to a childhood friend was dissolved Monday shortly after the pop superstar filed for an annulment, claiming she didn't fully understand what she was doing when she got hitched on the spur of the moment.

R. Gabriel's is a great place to relax
What used to be a place to take your car to get new brakes is now a place to sit and relax while enjoying a cafe latte and a bagel.

Britney Spears' marriage lasts all of 55 hours
LAS VEGAS -- When Britney Spears upped and wed hometown friend Jason Allen Alexander, it was on a whim. Then, she came to her senses and filed for an annulment. Total time as a married woman: 55 hours.

''Crocodile Hunter'' answers critics
SYDNEY, Australia -- "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin snapped back at critics who have accused him of endangering his month-old son's life by holding him while hand-feeding a crocodile, saying Monday that he would even do it again.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- Sitcom veteran Michael J. Fox will appear in two episodes of NBC's "Scrubs" next month as a doctor who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Limbaugh wins more time to keep medical records private
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Rush Limbaugh's medical records will remain off-limits to prosecutors for at least 15 days more while his attorneys pursue an appeal, a judge ruled Monday.

People in the news
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Grammy-nominated singer Daniel Bedingfield may remain in New Zealand for several months to recuperate from injuries suffered in a car accident.

Workers can't count on pay boost from new overtime rules

Wall Street holds most of holiday rally gains in quiet session

Wall Street holds most of holiday rally gains in quiet session
NEW YORK -- Wall Street stalled Tuesday in quiet trading as investors booked profits from the market's New Year rally and searched for new reasons to buy. Prices closed narrowly mixed, with tech stocks showing the biggest gains.

Stocks rise sharply on upbeat economic news

Fed policy-maker says conditions ripe to keep interest rates low

Fed policy-maker says conditions ripe to keep interest rates low
WASHINGTON -- With inflation tame and the fragile job market healing, the Federal Reserve has room to hold a main short-term interest rate near rock-bottom levels for some time, a Fed policy-maker said Sunday.

Workers can't count on pay boost from new overtime rules
WASHINGTON -- The 1.3 million low-wage workers the Labor Department says will be guaranteed overtime pay as part of new rule changes may not necessarily see any extra cash.

Americans build mountain of debt
NEW YORK -- As the bills from holiday spending sprees arrive, Americans are finding that the mountain of debt they've built has gotten even higher.

Treasury interest rates post increase at first auction of new year
WASHINGTON -- Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills rose in Monday's auction to the highest levels in a month.

Putnam board approves 2 percent redemption recommendation
BOSTON -- Putnam Investments said Monday that trustees approved a 2 percent redemption fee on mutual fund shares exchanged or sold within five days of purchase, a move designed to discourage short-term "market timing" trades.

Americans build mountain of debt

Stocks rise sharply on upbeat economic news
NEW YORK -- Wall Street began the first full week of 2004 with a solid advance Monday, rising on encouraging interest rate news, a strong semiconductor sales report and an upbeat forecast from software firm Siebel Systems.

Orthodox Jews: eating kosher beef might protect against mad cow
NEW YORK -- Orthodox Jewish experts on kosher regulations say that eating beef certified by rabbis might help protect consumers against mad cow disease, though they acknowledge there's no guarantee kosher beef is safer.

One-pot stews ward off chill
Chilly weather calls for warm-up food, and here are two hearty, one-dish stews, easily made in your favorite pan on the stove top.

Small portions
Dried herb and spice blends are great ways to get the most from your food dollar.

McDonald's posts carb and fat grams on menu posters in N.Y.

McDonald's posts carb and fat grams on menu posters in N.Y.
NEW YORK -- With Americans fattening up and fast food on the defense, McDonald's this week began telling dieters in the New York area how much fat and carbs are in some of its meals.

One-pot stews ward off chill

Jalapenos spice up brownie recipe

Genetically modified soy brings wealth, controversy to Brazil
JULIO DE CASTILHOS, Brazil -- They're counting on another bumper soy crop in southern Brazil, where a new breed of rebel farmers work the fields in air-conditioned tractors and run to town in big new pickups.

Jalapenos spice up brownie recipe
CONCORD, N.H. - Perhaps it's because I'm from the Northeast, but I'm just not accustomed to food causing pain, at least not intentionally so. Nor to it carrying dire warning labels.

Small portions

Orthodox Jews: eating kosher beef might protect against mad cow

Genetically modified soy brings wealth, controversy to Brazil

Mercedes Championships
The Mercedes Championships from Kapalua, Hawaii, scheduled Thursday-Sunday at the Kapalua Resort, The Plantation Course, on ESPN 7-10:30 p.m.

Els will pare schedule
KAPALUA, Hawaii - The Big Easy is going to take it a little easier on his traveling this year.

Tip Anderson, St. Andrews caddie, dies

Els will pare schedule

Tip Anderson, St. Andrews caddie, dies
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- James "Tip" Anderson, the longtime caddie for Arnold Palmer at the British Open, died over the weekend at his home in St. Andrews. He was 71.

North Augusta wins rout

Thrashers recall MacKenzie, Santala from Chicago
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers recalled forwards Derek MacKenzie and Tommi Santala from Chicago of the American Hockey League Tuesday, general manager Don Waddell said.

Thrashers put Lindsay, Sutton on injured reserve
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers put defenseman Andy Sutton and Bill Lindsay on injured reserve Monday.

Thrashers put Lindsay, Sutton on injured reserve

Thrashers recall MacKenzie, Santala from Chicago

Thrashers acquire Corso from Ottawa
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers acquired forward Daniel Corso from Ottawa in exchange for forward Brad Tapper Tuesday.

Thrashers acquire Corso from Ottawa

With tomato bisque, the secret is in the sauce
When I was growing up, one of my favorite at-home lunches was a grilled cheese sandwich and a bowl of tomato soup.

With tomato bisque, the secret is in the sauce

Putting away Christmas is easier said than done
I pretty much spent the weekend putting away Christmas.

Switch to fuel oil creates smoke at hospital
The black smoke hanging over University Hospital this morning might have startled morning commuters but a spokeswoman said not to worry, the hospital is not on fire.

Two area schools honored by Georgia
Columbia County's Evans High School and Richmond County's C.T. Walker Traditional Magnet School were named today as two of 26 Georgia Schools of Excellence in Student Achievement.

Commissioners appoint new legal counsel
Augusta commissioners voted 7-0 today to appoint new legal counsel, hiring Steve Shepard to serve as city attorney for a one-year term. There were three abstentions, including Mr. Shepard, himself a city commissioner.

Don't strap taxpayers with unacceptable arena
I would like to comment on the proposed new civic center that Augusta Chronicle publisher William S. Morris III and Frank Lawrence want the taxpayers to pay for. Don Turner, Grovetown, Ga.

Put deaths in Iraq in perspective
Each passing day brings negative comments about our military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan from some highly partisan Democrats like Anne Cook and Lowell Greenbaum, who continually put partisan politics above our nation's security. Alan R. Jackson, Hephzibah, Ga.

Put deaths in Iraq in perspective

Serviceman defends Iraqi mission
The Rev. Paul Cook's Dec. 19 letter read like it was written by a liberal Democrat instead of a man of God. Does he not realize that all things work for the good of those who love God? His "unnecessary war" could indeed be an opening for Christianity to be spread in Iraq. Michael R. Watts, Augusta

We should aspire to possess Christian morality
I wish to address the issue of Christian morality and, specifically, the choice to be life-giving in this whole area of Christian social justice to our brothers and sisters in Christ. The Rev. Michael Lubinsky, Augusta (Editor's note: The writer is a parish associate at Most Holy Trinity.)

Whatever name you use, God is still God
To those who want to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance and make an issue out of the Ten Commandments, all I have to say is this: Whether you call him God, Jehovah, Allah or the Great Spirit, they are all names for the same person, or thing, depending upon your belief. So, knock off the bickering and name-calling and respect one anothers' beliefs, even if you don't agree with them. Richard Lathan, Augusta

We should aspire to possess Christian morality

Serviceman defends Iraqi mission

Georgia monitoring is not needed
Several news articles and editorials have recently decried the Department of Energy's decision not to continue funding Georgia's program to monitor radioactivity in and around the Savannah River downstream from Augusta. Key points have been overlooked in these discussions. Mal McKibben, Aiken, S.C. (Editor's note: The writer is the executive director of Aiken-based Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness.)

Don't strap taxpayers with unacceptable arena

End pandemic of black-on-black homicides
According to Black Press USA, 197,757 African-American males have been victims of homicides in America since the Federal Bureau of Investigation began keeping detailed statistics by race in 1976. Barbara Thurmond, Augusta (Editor's note: The writer is founder and president of Blacks Against Black Crime.)

Mars rover yields '20-20' color view of the Red Planet

China orders civet cats slaughtered in anti-SARS measure

Astronomers find oldest, most distant galaxy clusters

Mars rover yields a 3-D, 360-degree view of Mars

Student plans surf movie

Seniors calendar

Vehicles are popular, but where can you ride them?

Living briefs

Program targets youngest children in fight against obesity

U.S. teens fatter than those in other industrialized countries

NASA rover team shifts to Mars time

Program targets youngest children in fight against obesity
NEW YORK - In a cheery elementary-school classroom with red windowpanes and crayon drawings tacked on the walls, 3-year-olds are is doing their "yoga," transforming themselves into lions and butterflies.

Mad cow case hasn't created rush to vegetarianism
Droves of Britons gave up meat during England's mad cow outbreak in the 1980s, but since the discovery of an infected cow in Washington state American vegetarians mostly have been careful not to take advantage of a situation that could cost lives and cripple a $40 billion industry.

Living briefs
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s words and dream live on with a legacy longer than the history books can record.

Mars rover comes complete with simple sundial technology
HONOLULU -- The advanced technology of the Mars Rover came fully equipped with one of the simplest devices imaginable - a tiny sundial that can tell time on both Mars and Earth.

U.S. teens fatter than those in other industrialized countries
CHICAGO -- Teenagers in the United States have higher rates of obesity than those in 14 other industrialized countries, including France and Germany, a study of nearly 30,000 youngsters ages 13 and 15 found.

NASA rover team shifts to Mars time
PASADENA, Calif. -- The watch in Steve Squyres' pocket is off by some 39 minutes - and 106 million miles.

Student plans surf movie
Like many college students, Kristofer Roof will be traveling during his winter break.

Mars rover yields a 3-D, 360-degree view of Mars
PASADENA, Calif. -- Combining 21st-century rocket science and 1950s B-movie technology, NASA on Monday released a 3-D, black-and-white panoramic picture of the bleak surface of Mars snapped by the newly landed rover Spirit.

Living briefs
Comcast has dropped Trinity Broadcasting Network from its regular cable lineup, but is offering digital cable boxes for those people who still want the programming.

China orders civet cats slaughtered in anti-SARS measure
BEIJING -- China on Monday confirmed its first SARS case since an outbreak of the disease was contained in July and authorities ordered the emergency slaughter of some 10,000 civet cats and related species after tests linked a virus found in the animals to the patient.

Mars rover yields '20-20' color view of the Red Planet
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA unveiled a breathtaking color snapshot Tuesday of the surface of Mars shot by its Spirit rover using a camera with the robotic equivalent of 20/20 vision.

Astronomers find oldest, most distant galaxy clusters
ATLANTA -- In observations looking back to the edge of time, astronomers have captured images of the oldest and most distant galactic clusters ever seen, a discovery that shows immense numbers of stars formed less than 2 billion years after the birth of the cosmos.

CDC: Flu season still hasn't reached peak
ATLANTA -- The flu season has yet to reach its peak, despite a drop-off in cases in some states, health officials warned on Tuesday.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Photos taken by rover on Mars draw heavy Web traffic
PASADENA, Calif. -- A six-wheeled rover appeared on track Sunday to become the biggest Web draw in NASA history, just hours after it safely landed on Mars.

Vehicles are popular, but where can you ride them?
It was a big year for scooters, with parents snatching up Razors, Choppers and Scoodas during the holiday season for preteens and teenagers.

Pediatrics group seeks to eliminate sodas in schools
CHICAGO -- Soft drinks should be eliminated from schools to help tackle the nation's obesity epidemic and pediatricians should work with their local schools to ensure that children are offered healthful alternatives, the American Academy of Pediatrics says.

Lynx acquire Naumenko
With the specter of being without Jason Saal for an extended period, the Augusta Lynx closed the deal on a new No. 1 goaltender Monday when they agreed to terms with former NHL netminder Gregg Naumenko.

Poor second period costly to Augusta
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Augusta Lynx gave up four second-period goals - including the backbreaker with two seconds left in the period - and were beaten 5-2 on Tuesday night by the Greensboro Generals.

Two minutes with Jonathan Gagnon
Two minutes with Augusta Lynx forward, # 19, Jonathan Gagnon.

Saal undergoes knee surgery
The decision to fix Augusta Lynx goalie Jason Saal's knee was made Monday afternoon, and team doctors wasted no time getting him in and getting it done.

Two minutes with Jonathan Gagnon

Poor second period costly to Augusta

Lynx slap shots
This Saturday, Augusta Lynx vs. Charlotte Checkers, at 7:35 p.m. in Charlotte.

Lynx acquire Naumenko

Saal undergoes knee surgery

News you can use
JAN. 7, 1943 George Nicholson, local attorney and Cracker Party candidate for the state Legislature, won in a three-cornered election yesterday over Jack Rogers and Alpha Traylor, but not before his party was served notice that there was another man in the race besides its candidates.

Across the area
An Augusta mother and three of her children who were killed in a fire Sunday died from smoke inhalation, interim Richmond County Coroner Grover Tuten said Tuesday.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The South Carolina Supreme Court on Monday upheld the conviction of a man who sold his urine in kits that allowed people to beat drug tests.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Kaili Shields, 6, of Edgefield.

Commissioners appoint new legal counsel

Rants and raves
I HAVE A RANT for the police in this area. I have an idea. Take all the DUI task forces and have them actually fight crime. Put them in neighborhoods where there is crime. Anyone can sit down the street from the local bars and catch all the drunks they want.

Eighty suspects named in scam using identities of the dead
ATLANTA -- Georgia investigators began rounding up 80 suspects Tuesday on charges they took part in a scam that stole the identities of dead people in five states to bolster the credit ratings of car buyers.

Critics spur review of program

Beard widow fills seat
Tearfully and joyfully, two women were appointed to serve on the Augusta Commission on Tuesday, ending an eight-year run without female representation on the elected board and making history as the first women to represent the consolidated Augusta-Richmond County government.

Across South Carolina

Teacher fires up colleagues

Columbia County leaders list issues

Family's household income may affect HOPE eligibility
ATLANTA - Family household income has officially become part of the debate over how to keep Georgia's HOPE Scholarship from spiraling into debt.

Opera star visits her namesake arts school

Columbia County leaders list issues
From shopping to driving to putting out fires, the Columbia County Board of Commissioners has a lengthy list of issues before them this year.

Astronomers find evidence of galaxies colliding

Heavy lifters shrug off task
SNELLING, S.C. - For many, seeing almost 1,000 tons of steel and concrete move can inspire awe. For others, moving such a weight is an exciting but routine challenge.

SRS unit gets new president

Members say sign of unity is promising
Augusta commissioners adjourned from their first meeting of the new year Tuesday, hailing it as unprecedented for local politics and the city at large.

Airline controls flight's fate
Augusta's chance to obtain a nonstop flight to Washington, D.C., now rests in the hands of US Airways.

Unsolved killings keep police busy
The new year is a clean slate for Richmond County, but not for sheriff's investigators trying to solve six homicides from 2003.

Georgia State astronomers help unravel mystery of bizarre double star
ATLANTA -- Gas from a massive star is being stripped by a black hole and turned into high-speed jets that streak into space at slightly less than the speed of light, according to a study presented Monday by a team from Georgia State University.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -The man injured in a fall at the Georgia Dome during the Peach Bowl on Friday has died.

News you can use

Reactor arrival at site delayed
SNELLING, S.C. - An 820-ton nuclear reactor pressure vessel inching its way across the Savannah River Site came painfully close Monday to finally arriving at its burial site.

City to appoint counsel today

Juror is excused from Rivera trial
Even with the dozens, if not hundreds, of media reports about the Reinaldo Rivera homicide cases, only one potential juror out of 38 said the reports convinced her Mr. Rivera is guilty.

Arguments to begin in Georgia redistricting case

Georgia voters battle in court
ATLANTA - The tug-of-war between voters in the north and south of Georgia entered a federal courtroom Tuesday as Republicans sued to force the state to redraw election boundaries.

Martinez scientist to study Mars data
Mike Wolff is having a little trouble living on Martian time.

Governor to discuss HOPE, economy at annual meeting
Gov. Sonny Perdue will share his thoughts on the state's economic future at the annual meeting of the Augusta Metro and Columbia County chambers of commerce Thursday.

Police say woman died trying to put out blaze
A North Augusta woman who died in a fire Sunday night appeared to be trying to extin guish the flames rather then flee her mobile home, authorities said.

Across Georgia
BRUNSWICK -Local, state and federal police put on a show of strength around the federal building in Brunswick on Monday during jury selection for the molestation trial against Nuwaubian cult leader Malachi York.

News you can use
JAN. 6, 1953 The federal government yesterday granted Augusta $18,800 to pay for preliminary planning in a slum clearance and urban redevelopment program.

Astronomers find evidence of galaxies colliding
ATLANTA -- For the first time, astronomers have direct evidence of a galaxy similar to the sun's own Milky Way being torn apart as it smashes at a speed of more than four million mph into a cluster of galaxies.

Committee to consider smoking ordinance
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- It's been almost seven months since hundreds of residents turned out for a public hearing on an ordinance to make Charleston essentially a smoking-free city and city leaders tabled the idea, calling for further study.

Wrens stations wage gasoline war
WRENS, Ga. - Vehicles lined U.S. Highway 1 through Wrens as motorists rushed to the pumps to benefit from what one local fuel distributor called an "old-fashioned gas war."

Arguments to begin in Georgia redistricting case
ATLANTA -- A three-judge federal panel will begin hearing a lawsuit challenging Georgia's state and congressional political districts on Tuesday.

New legal counsel selected
Augusta commissioners voted 7-0 Tuesday to select new legal counsel, hiring a sitting commissioner and lawyer to serve as city attorney for a one-year term.

Principal at drug-raid high school resigns

Death haunts hepatitis walk
While walking across the country, Deborah Simone has seen a lot of life. And also, unfortunately, some death.

Committee to consider smoking ordinance

Richmond County's unsolved homicides in 2003
APRIL 1: Norman Daniels, 55, of the 2000 block of Grand Boulevard, was found dead in a rear bedroom of his home by two friends. Police said Mr. Daniels might have been there for several days, slowly bleeding to death after being shot in his left leg.

City to appoint counsel today
Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of government litigation is up for grabs today, and Augusta commissioners will have the final say as to who gets it.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -One of the least-traveled counties in South Carolina had the most traffic collisions in 2002, a study by AAA Carolinas says.

Eighty suspects named in scam using identities of the dead

Rants and raves
THIS IS FOR ALL the citizens of North Augusta who would prefer a symbol of peace as a welcome sign to the city, instead of a symbol of war (an army tank). We believe that a symbol of peace and freedom would symbolize patriotism in a positive way.

SRS unit gets new president
AIKEN - An executive with deep roots in this area has been named president of the Energy & Environment Business Unit of Washington Group International, the parent corporation of the primary contractor running the Savannah River Site.

Across the area

Grant will boost Aiken County social services
AIKEN - Social services for residents of the predominantly rural eastern half of Aiken County will be closer and less cramped thanks to a federal grant that will help build a satellite office in Wagener, county officials said Tuesday.

Across the area
An Augusta woman told police she was kidnapped and stabbed at a south Augusta grocery store parking lot early Monday.

Congressman wants Shoeless Joe forgiven
AIKEN - Now that Pete Rose has finally admitted to betting on baseball games, Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig is mulling over whether to lift a lifetime ban against the former Cincinnati Reds great.

Principal at drug-raid high school resigns
MONCKS CORNER, S.C. -- A high school principal announced his resignation Monday after coming under fire over a November drug sweep in which police with guns drawn ordered students to the floor.

Opera star visits her namesake arts school
In the past year, opera singer Jessye Norman's travels have taken her to London, Paris, Zurich, Bangkok, Moscow, and Tuesday to St. John United Methodist Church in Augusta, home to the fine arts school that bears her name.

Survey to tally state's horses
AIKEN - Billy Benton, 50, keeps his Irish thoroughbred mix horse, O'Maley, at Foxchase Stable, close to downtown Aiken, so he can ride him after work.

Authorities release new details on house fire

Authorities release new details on house fire
Seven-year-old Brianna Porter woke up to her mother's screams Sunday morning.

Members say sign of unity is promising

Columbia County elects officers of school board
Roxanne Whitaker was elected the chairwoman of the Columbia County school board Monday morning. This marks her second turn as chairwoman in her eight years on the board.

Rants and raves
THIS IS FOR ALL the citizens of North Augusta who would prefer a symbol of peace as a welcome sign to the city, instead of a symbol of war (an army tank). We believe that a symbol of peace and freedom would symbolize patriotism in a positive way.

S.C. Supreme Court orders new trial in beach slaying case
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A judge should have allowed a jury to see a videotape that challenged eyewitness testimony in a case that sent a man to prison for life in a 1998 Myrtle Beach shooting, the state Supreme Court said Monday.

Death haunts hepatitis walk

Rants and raves
I HAVE A RANT for the police in this area. I have an idea. Take all the DUI task forces and have them actually fight crime. Put them in neighborhoods where there is crime. Anyone can sit down the street from the local bars and catch all the drunks they want.

Juror is excused from Rivera trial

Across Georgia

Georgia voters battle in court

Principal at drug-raid high school resigns
MONCKS CORNER, S.C. -- A high school principal announced his resignation Monday following a firestorm over a November drug raid in which police with guns drawn ordered students to the floor.

Richmond County's unsolved homicides in 2003

Woman charged in boyfriend's shooting

Fingerprinting, photographing foreign visitors gets under way at U.S. airports

State reports fewer fatal traffic accidents

Across South Carolina

Kid of the day

Governor to discuss HOPE, economy at annual meeting

Columbia County elects officers of school board

Congressman wants Shoeless Joe forgiven

Unsolved killings keep police busy

Two area schools honored by Georgia

Jury pool is narrowed
Potential jurors return through the week for individual questioning. Final juror selection will take place Monday or Tuesday of next week.

Woman charged in boyfriend's shooting
A 62-year-old woman has been charged with shooting her 34-year-old boyfriend Tuesday afternoon, according to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

Family's household income may affect HOPE eligibility

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Alvez Christopher Hodge, 12, of Augusta.

Heavy lifters shrug off task

Switch to fuel oil creates smoke at hospital

Critics spur review of program
AIKEN - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is reviewing an incentive program aimed at retaining experienced public school teachers because critics say it is too expensive and doesn't work.

News you can use

State reports fewer fatal traffic accidents
AIKEN - For the first time since 1997, fatal traffic accidents on South Carolina roads dropped below 1,000 last year, a possible indication that aggressive safety campaigns and new traffic barriers are working.

Kid of the day

Teacher fires up colleagues
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - After facing disappointing pupil test scores and growing responsibilities, South Carolina educators needed a cheerleader to raise their spirits.

Beard widow fills seat

Police say woman died trying to put out blaze

Across the area

Georgia State astronomers help unravel mystery of bizarre double star

Grant will boost Aiken County social services

Wrens stations wage gasoline war

Fingerprinting, photographing foreign visitors gets under way at U.S. airports
ATLANTA -- Authorities began scanning fingerprints and taking photographs of arriving foreigners Monday as part of a new program that Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said will make borders "open to travelers but closed to terrorists."

Harrick's lawsuit prolongs Georgia's nightmare
When the coaching story of Jim Harrick is turned into a Hollywood screenplay, the working title ought to be True Lies II.

Producers Guild release best picture nominees

Critical choice
Here's what critics are saying about recent movie releases.

Critical choice

Films critics choose "American Splendor" as best picture
NEW YORK -- "American Splendor," the life story of a grumpy file clerk who attains cult celebrity status by becoming a comic book writer, took best picture honors at the National Society of Film Critics awards Saturday.

Producers Guild release best picture nominees
LOS ANGELES -- Two tales of Civil War redemption and the last installment of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy were the among nominees for best movie of 2003 announced Monday by the Producers Guild of America.

Films critics choose "American Splendor" as best picture

Crackdown appears to be slowing music downloading
NEW YORK -- The recording industry's legal onslaught against Internet song-swappers appears to be having its desired effect. The percentage of Americans who download music online has been sliced in half, according to a report released Sunday.

Some CDs deserve a second look
Each year, thousands of CDs are released - and plenty of worthwhile CDs get overlooked. Here's the AP's look at some CDs from 2003 that deserve some closer attention:

Some CDs deserve a second look

Crackdown appears to be slowing music downloading

9th Winter Jam concert tour to start in Augusta

9th Winter Jam concert tour to start in Augusta
Contemporary Christian group NewSong opens its ninth annual Winter Jam concert tour with a performance Thursday at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 605 Seventh St.

Platinum-selling R&B teen group B2K breaks up
NEW YORK -- Platinum-selling R&B quartet B2K has split up, their manager said Monday.

Spurs' chairman checks into alcohol treatment center
SAN ANTONIO -- San Antonio Spurs chairman Peter Holt checked into an alcohol treatment center last week.

O'Neal not expected to play on two-game road trip
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Shaquille O'Neal traveled to Minnesota with the Los Angeles Lakers, but coach Phil Jackson doesn't expect his star center to play on a two-game road trip because of a strained right calf.

Judge in Kobe Bryant case schedules hearings into late March
DENVER -- The judge in Kobe Bryant's sexual assault case scheduled a series of pre-trial hearings that will last until nearly April, making it unlikely the NBA star would go to trial before the season ends.

Martin, Maggette ejected for fighting

O'Neal not expected to play on two-game road trip

Spurs' chairman checks into alcohol treatment center

Martin, Maggette ejected for fighting
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Kenyon Martin of the Nets and Corey Maggette of the Clippers exchanged punches and were ejected in the third quarter of the Los Angeles-New Jersey game on Tuesday night.

Judge in Kobe Bryant case schedules hearings into late March

Knights roll
AIKEN - A.J. Gordon dominated the post and scored a game-high 21 points, leading Aiken Tech to an 89-70 victory over Middle Georgia on Tuesday night.

LeMoyne-Owen makes Paine College disappear
All the signs pointed to Paine knocking off a winless LeMoyne-Owen team.

Pacers dump Wingate
AIKEN - With USC Aiken losing again at halftime Monday night, Mike Roberts found a perfect opportunity to rip his team.

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S.C leaders must make hard fiscal choices for their constituents
IN THE COMING days lawmakers will come back to Columbia to do the people's business, and be the voices in the Statehouse of the folks who elected them. I have no doubt many of them spent the last six months hearing the same concerns from their constituents that I have.

S.C leaders must make hard fiscal choices for their constituents
IN THE COMING days lawmakers will come back to Columbia to do the people's business, and be the voices in the Statehouse of the folks who elected them. I have no doubt many of them spent the last six months hearing the same concerns from their constituents that I have.

Chance of Kwan skating at 2006 Olympics 'very high'

Overtime

Futurity will offer $1 million as purse

Kerrigan, Harding episode brought attention to sport

Sports digest

Centre Court at Wimbledon to get sliding roof

Jacobelius, Velisek win boarder cross events

Four Chinese pingpong players off team for romance
SHANGHAI, China -- Pingpong and love apparently don't mix.

Futurity will offer $1 million as purse
With the 25th annual Augusta Futurity just two weeks away, one number stands out.

Overtime
Augusta State earned its first national ranking in school history Tuesday, when the Lady Jaguars came in as the No. 25 team in the country in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll, released late Tuesday afternoon.

Roddick opens 2004 with easy win at Qatar Open
DOHA, Qatar -- Top-ranked Andy Roddick opened his 2004 season by beating Nikolay Davydenko of Russia 6-3, 6-4 Tuesday to reach the second round of the Qatar Open.

Kerrigan, Harding episode brought attention to sport
ATLANTA - Ten years ago, a bumbling misfit took a whack at Nancy Kerrigan's knee as she walked off the practice ice.

Overtime
West Georgia outscored Augusta State 47-29 in the second half and pulled away for an 81-57 non-conference victory over the Jaguars on Monday night in Christenberry Fieldhouse.

Sports digest
"Get rid of the computers - what kind of an idiotic statement is that? ... Why blame computers? You could not have put a man on the moon without computers. We would not be looking at pictures of Mars today without computers. A computer is a marvelous instrument." - Lincoln Memorial professor Herman Matthews, who computes the college football poll for Scripps Howard. Matthews was responding to a statement by BCS chairman Mike Tranghese, who said computers should come out of the group's equation to determine a national champion.

Chance of Kwan skating at 2006 Olympics 'very high'
ATLANTA -- As amazing as it sounds, Michelle Kwan is thinking about competing in the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy, when she'll be 25.

Centre Court at Wimbledon to get sliding roof
WIMBLEDON, England -- They're as synonymous with Wimbledon as strawberries and cream, but rain delays on Centre Court will soon be a tradition consigned to the past.

Jacobelius, Velisek win boarder cross events
BAD GASTEIN, Austria -- Lindsay Jacobelius of the United States and Tom Velisek of Canada won Snowboard World Cup boarder cross events Monday.

Area prep basketball scores
Here are the area men and women's prep basketball scores for Tuesday night.

North Augusta wins rout
So far, the North Augusta boys basketball team has faced some stiff competition so far this season.

Steelers fire defensive coordinator, WR coach
PITTSBURGH -- Defensive coordinator Tim Lewis and wide receivers coach Ken Jackson were fired by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday after a 6-10 season.

Harrick's lawsuit prolongs Georgia's nightmare

NBC talking with Maria Shriver about extended leave

Fox TV chairman Sandy Grushow stepping down
LOS ANGELES -- Fox Television Entertainment Group chairman Sandy Grushow has stepped down to form his own production company.

Donald Trump is the prize on 'The Apprentice'

Southwest Airlines stars in TV 'reality show'

Donald Trump is the prize on 'The Apprentice'
Donald Trump and reality TV: They deserve each other. Now their time has come. "The Apprentice," where 16 would-be moguls vie for The Donald's favor and "the dream job of a lifetime" as his yearlong protege, opens for business on NBC Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

Southwest Airlines stars in TV 'reality show'
DALLAS -- The star of the next reality television show isn't a model, an actor or a beach-dwelling survivor; it's an airline.

NBC talking with Maria Shriver about extended leave
NEW YORK -- NBC News is talking with California first lady Maria Shriver about an extended leave from her "Dateline NBC" job.

Extras, extras

"Crocodile Hunter" answers critics

Britney Spears' marriage lasts all of 55 hours

Britney Spears marriage annuled

People in the news

Stuff to do

People in the News

Dining out

R. Gabriel's is a great place to relax

Whiskey Junction attracts all

Harricks take case to court
ATHENS, Ga. - Because the Georgia state attorney general's office denied former Georgia men's basketball coaches Jim Harrick and Jim Harrick Jr. a "name-clearing hearing," the Harricks are taking the university to court.

Harricks take case to court

South Carolina will start to answer questions in SEC
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The questions about South Carolina remain, coach Dave Odom knows, even after its best basketball start in 35 seasons.

South Carolina will start to answer questions in SEC

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Appealing to the voyeur in all of us, Found Magazine provides rare glimpses into other people's lives and business.

Relationship may be bad idea for couple
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My guy friend is Muslim, and my family is not. Should I accept him for him, or should I still be friends but nothing more because of our differences?

Excellent performances are highlight of 'Smile'
Mona Lisa Smile, starring Julia Roberts and Julia Stiles, put a smile on my face.

Teens can stop violent media
As I sat staring at the 64-inch box full of electronic dots, I began to wonder how much blood can come out of a person.

Question of the week
Should the HOPE scholarship have an SAT requirement?

Your style

Teens have tough time fitting in at new school

Xtreme calendar
Welcome back! School's back in session in Richmond and Columbia counties.

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold. Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

Teens have tough time fitting in at new school
High school can be hard enough without the added pressure of being the new kid in class.

Your style
John Boyd, 14, is a freshman at Cross Creek High School.

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Excellent performances are highlight of 'Smile'

Relationship may be bad idea for couple

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Odds and Ends

Police say 11-year-old girl sold heroin on the street

Muslim youths change most offending names of football teams

Man dies after crashing stolen snowmobile into priest's home