2004 MerleFest begins April 29
WILKESBORO, N.C. -- Patty Loveless, Vince Gill, Rosanne Cash and Earl Scruggs are among the musicians scheduled to perform at the 2004 MerleFest, to be held April 29-May 2 at Wilkes Community College.

2004 MerleFest begins April 29

Tiny Tim grows up, takes on criminals
Mr. Timothy is a mystery wrapped in a character study, as Louis Bayard imagines Tiny Tim of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol as a "not so tiny anymore" 23-year-old novice detective who is suffering from a major identity crisis.

Exhibit traces Lewis and Clark's psychological and physical journey

Book chronicles bones of contention

Exhibit focuses on wealthy town's fight against U.N.

'Lies' claims to show Bush deception
President Bush's credibility didn't become a big story in the mainstream media until late summer of 2003, when concerns arose that his administration might have, as the British said of Prime Minister Tony Blair, "sexed up" intelligence reports about Saddam Hussein's weapons program as a justification for invading Iraq.

Hudson Valley ghost stories captivate author

Best sellers list

American Philosophical Society displays natural history specimens

Arts calendar

Exhibit traces Lewis and Clark's psychological and physical journey
ST. LOUIS -- Seven years ago, the Missouri History Museum embarked on what would be the largest, most ambitious project in its 137-year history.

Former Treasury secretary O'Neill blasts Bush in new book
WASHINGTON -- Former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, pushed out of the administration for not being a team player, says President Bush was so disengaged during Cabinet meetings that he was like a "blind man in a roomful of deaf people."

Tony winner cast in 'Fiddler on the Roof' revival
NEW YORK -- Broadway's upcoming revival of "Fiddler on the Roof" has found its Golde - Tony winner Randy Graff.

'Cry No More' is a fun escape
It's like eating a Twinkie. No, more like eating a box of Twinkies.

A starry cast and a filmland author for the new comedy 'Roulette'
NEW YORK -- The play has one of the more starry casts to be seen off-Broadway this season, and its author is no celebrity slouch either.

Book chronicles bones of contention
Kennewick Man, the ancient skeleton found in the Columbia River with a spear point in his hip, undoubtedly had an adventuresome life more than 9,000 years ago.

Micky Dolenz joins Broadway's 'Aida'
NEW YORK -- Micky Dolenz studied architecture in college and was fully prepared for a life planning buildings - not rock 'n' roll immortality - even though he was auditioning for television shows between classes.

Best sellers list
Here are this week's best sellers according to Publishers Weekly.

American Philosophical Society displays natural history specimens
PHILADELPHIA -- When a French count claimed the damp North American climate made the continent's wildlife degenerate, Thomas Jefferson responded with a "megalonyx."

'Lies' claims to show Bush deception

Tony winner cast in 'Fiddler on the Roof' revival

Former Treasury secretary O'Neill blasts Bush in new book

Exhibit focuses on wealthy town's fight against U.N.
GREENWICH, Conn. -- A weary world was waiting, but this wealthy town begged to differ.

'Cry No More' is a fun escape

Tiny Tim grows up, takes on criminals

Arts calendar
Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Hudson Valley ghost stories captivate author
ALBANY, N.Y. -- There is a specter haunting the Hudson Valley. A bunch of them, actually: Henry Hudson's old crew; a headless Hessian; a woman dragged to death by a horse; former railroad workers; peddlers; an assortment of apparitions from the days of the American Indians and the Dutch.

Angels reach agreement with Guerrero

Angels reach agreement with Guerrero
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Welcome to Hollywood, Vladimir Guerrero.

Legislators speak in code to disguise intentions

Silence required at elementary school
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- At Meadowfield Elementary School, silence isn't only golden, it's the rule.

Are Enron's Lay and Skilling next?
NEW YORK -- It has been more than two years since Enron's collapse, but investors in the once-thriving energy giant might finally get some payback for all their losses. And this has nothing to do with money.

Similar logos not a problem, owners report

Missing opportunities can mean missing profits

Employer spotlight
BORAL BRICKS INC. - Boral USA, an Atlanta subsidiary of Australian building-products giant Boral Ltd.

Tough tactics give music industry new sales hope

Missing opportunities can mean missing profits
Opportunity. Everyone is looking for it, but not everyone knows what it looks like.

Biz bites
Credit unions are financial institutions that are basically the same as banks, only they are tax exempt because their profits are reinvested within the organization instead of distributed to shareholders.

In Stewart case, two powerhouse lawyers share the stage
NEW YORK -- The trial of Martha Stewart will feature a showdown between two powerhouses of business crime litigation: a prosecutor who has helped lead the government's unprecedented attack on securities fraud and a defense lawyer who literally wrote the book on white-collar crime.

Are Enron's Lay and Skilling next?

Chamber leader understands role as woman
A bookie taking bets on Charlene Sizemore's chances of mingling in - let alone leading - Augusta's elite business circle would say she was a long shot at best.

Richmond County property transfers

Finding the right group is important
NEW YORK - Small-business owners seeking to join networking groups are likely to find they have dozens, maybe even hundreds, of possibilities in their cities or towns.

U.S. consumers shrug off mad cow scare

Employee retention helps business
NEW YORK - With the job market showing signs of strength, small-business owners need to start thinking about their relationships with employees and whether they need some improvement.

Tough tactics give music industry new sales hope
LOS ANGELES -- Richard Warner and his family have spent thousands of dollars over the years on music, buying more than 500 CDs and 700 vinyl albums.

Employer spotlight

U.S. consumers shrug off mad cow scare
CHICAGO -- It will take more than a single Holstein with mad cow disease to keep consumers like Ralph Flores from eating their beloved beef.

On the move

AAA looks to bring trusted name to mistrusted car repair industry
RALEIGH, N.C. -- For years, the country's largest auto club has certified auto repair shops - and then had to mediate seemingly inevitable consumer complaints about cost and quality.

Business calendar

AAA looks to bring trusted name to mistrusted car repair industry

In Stewart case, two powerhouse lawyers share the stage

On the move
Berry & Associates CPA announced three additions to its staff: Paige Odom, who earned a bachelor's degree in business administration/accounting from North Georgia College and State University, will work primarily in the client accounting and the tax departments.

Similar logos not a problem, owners report
Is it a law firm or an airport? It all depends on which blue circle logo you look at.

Business calendar
Tuesday: Detailed Scheduling and Planning CPIM review course; sponsored by the APICS CSRA chapter; call (478) 553-0225 or go to www.apicscsra.org for more information.

Finding the right group is important

Richmond County property transfers
Richmond County property transfers for Dec. 2-12. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office.

Employee retention helps business

Chamber leader understands role as woman

Commissioner job has her in stitches

Commissioner job has her in stitches
An interview with new Augusta Commissioner Barbara Sims was cut short last week when she sliced her hand while chopping vegetables for a roast she was cooking for her husband, Fred.

Tigers put up a fight but fall to Wake Forest

Clemson defeats North Carolina

Clemson defeats North Carolina
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Senior forward Lakeia Stokes scored 23 points to lead Clemson to a 77-64 win over North Carolina State.

Tigers put up a fight but fall to Wake Forest
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Watching shot after shot fail to fall through the hoop became too much for Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser to handle. So he kicked the scorer's table three times in frustration.

Parry completes comeback at Shrine game
SAN FRANCISCO -- Neil Parry sidestepped and lunged, dropping the kick returner to the turf. An instant later, he let loose a joyous scream.

Saban to stay at LSU

Saban to stay at LSU
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Coach Nick Saban announced Saturday he will stay at LSU, one day after talking to the Chicago Bears about their job opening.

Parry completes comeback at Shrine game

Top 25 women's roundup

SEC roundup

Ill guard's teammate dominates for ASU

No. 1 Connecticut tops Oklahoma

No more Lone Wolf
Last year the criticism of South Carolina's newly elected governor, Mark Sanford, was that he operated like a "lone wolf." That style is fine in Congress, where Sanford served for two terms, but as governor one has to lead and work with others.

Let's mean it

The easy-chair lottery

Why cut corners on health?
Mom said it. Your conscience says it. Even the Centers for Disease Control says it.

On the fringe
The other day in an Iowa debate it became clear why U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, is only a fringe candidate in his bid to be president. The man who bankrupted Cleveland when he was that city's mayor is, quite simply, not the brightest bulb in the closet.

On the fringe

Let's mean it
A lot of politicians say they care about children, as Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue did Thursday in Augusta.

No more Lone Wolf

The easy-chair lottery
Most families would be delighted to have free cable TV pumped into their home for four years, but not Timothy Dumouchel and his wife and kids. The West Bend, Wis., family is threatening to sue Charter Cable for $5,000.

Tim Burton gives life the last laugh over death in 'Big Fish'
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- With most of his irreverent movies about dying, Tim Burton doesn't just whistle past the graveyard - he plays a game of tag with the Grim Reaper among the tombstones.

The week ahead
When the history books are written, this week will probably be remembered for President George W. Bush's announcement that America will return to the moon, and then Mars. The official announcement is expected Wednesday.

Q&A With Neve Campbell
WASHINGTON -- In the late '90s, Neve Campbell was frequently described as one of the hottest young actresses in Hollywood. With leading roles in the TV series "Party of Five" and the "Scream" movies as well as "Wild Things" and "Three to Tango," she was celebrated as having a bright future.

Gold glitters for fund investors
NEW YORK - One of the biggest surprises on Wall Street during 2003 was the extraordinary performance of gold-oriented mutual funds - investments that normally fall as the stock market rises.

Georgia Tech notebook
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's season-long punting woes have forced the Yellow Jackets into considering signing a punter to this year's recruiting class.

North Carolina routs Georgia Tech
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Raymond Felton had 25 points and nine assists Sunday night and No. 12 North Carolina never trailed in beating No. 8 Georgia Tech 103-88.

Jack likes what he sees now
ATLANTA - In the hours of film study during daily routine last summer, Georgia Tech point guard Jarrett Jack had a number of small epiphanies - each one preceded by an errant pass or dismal decision.

Georgia Tech notebook

Jack likes what he sees now

DNA is to blame for adult expansion

Augusta's Vaughn Taylor has high expectations

Another cup on the horizon, but not Tiger
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Some of the world's best players belong to two golf clubs in Orlando, Fla. - Isleworth and Lake Nona - which would make for an intriguing intraclub match worthy of television.

Paradise for Hawaii teen is competing against the best

Stulb paved way for Augusta's future female stars
Eileen Stulb set the standard for women's golf in Augusta, then made sure the next generation followed.

Appleby regains control at Kapalua
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Stuart Appleby has been around long enough to realize that most tournaments come down to a putting contest. That certainly was the case Saturday in the Mercedes Championships.

Appleby wins season-opening tournament

Augusta's Vaughn Taylor has high expectations
When he's home, Vaughn Taylor's not a hard man to find. During daylight hours, he's usually at Goshen Plantation Golf Club's driving range, accompanied by a video camera on a tripod that records each swing.

Mercedes Championship notebook

Paradise for Hawaii teen is competing against the best
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Like most other 14-year-old girls, Michelle Wie listens to underground music, watches the Disney Channel and loves to go shopping. Give her some good news, she bounces on her toes, taps her hands together and smiles wide enough to show her retainer.

Appleby regains control at Kapalua

Stulb paved way for Augusta's future female stars

Appleby wins season-opening tournament
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Back on Maui for the first time in four years, Stuart Appleby made sure he wouldn't have to wait that long to return to the winners-only Mercedes Championships.

Mercedes Championship notebook
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Davis Love III and Vijay Singh are spending a lot more time with their sons at the office.

Another cup on the horizon, but not Tiger

Prep basketball scores

Atlanta skid hits six
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks are finally using their quick starts and a sharp defense to their advantage.

Thrashers tie Coyotes

Thrashers tie Coyotes
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Phoenix goalie Brian Boucher's record shutout streak ended with a goal he had no chance of stopping.

Legislators speak in code to disguise intentions
Today's paper is full of warnings that lawmakers from South Carolina and Georgia are due back at their Capitol desks ready to commit democracy.

Last teen sentenced for slaying of Evans man
The last of four teens accused in the 2002 death of an Evans man was sentenced in a Columbia County court Monday.

America: Liberating Iraq, exploring Mars
Congratulations and attaboys all around to National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory folks in Pasadena, Calif., on the brilliant success of the Mars Spirit mission. This is truly amazing science in our lifetime. Randy Potter, Augusta

America: Liberating Iraq, exploring Mars

Taxpayers paying for consolidation's nonsense

Taxpayers paying for consolidation's nonsense
Augusta has the potential to be a model community, but time and again our progress is impeded by good-ol'-boy politics, shortsighted leadership and, not least of all, a complacent general public. Brian Green, Augusta

Religion suffers when mixed with politics
Concerning Richard Lathan's Jan. 7 letter, "Whatever name you use, God is God": Doug Martin, Evans, Ga.

Religion suffers when mixed with politics

Mars Internet downloads exceed volume of Library of Congress

Cyclorama restoration aims to bring Gettyburg park back to life

Study up before you make a weight reduction decision

Route 66 town from 'Easy Rider' now biker haven

Report: Sony develops longer recording mini disc

Heli-skiing in the Italian Alps and the holy grail of pizza shops

Couple shouldn't push gift issue

World War II Memorial will pay tribute to generation

Home questions and answers

Does hyperspeed maglev train have a future?

Inbox trauma: New anti-spam tools falter

Living briefs

As a cyborg, eccentric professor tailors reality

Birding draws visitors to Alabama Gulf Coast

A diver's paradise in the Caribbean

PC version of Invisible War disappoints

As a cyborg, eccentric professor tailors reality

As a cyborg, eccentric professor tailors reality
TORONTO -- When you first meet Steve Mann, it seems as if you've interrupted him appraising diamonds or doing some sort of specialized welding. Because the first thing you notice is the plastic frame that comes around his right ear and holds a lens over his right eye.

Inbox trauma: New anti-spam tools falter
NEW YORK -- Software makers have spent millions of dollars developing new tools for battling spam, and a new federal anti-spam law went into effect on Jan. 1.

Route 66 town from 'Easy Rider' now biker haven
BELLEMONT, Ariz. -- When Captain America and Billy try to rent a room at the Pine Breeze Inn in the movie "Easy Rider," the outlaw bikers are turned away.

Study up before you make a weight reduction decision
It's easy to get sucked into the latest, greatest diet revolution. In a nation where more than two-thirds of the adults are overweight and nearly 30 percent are technically obese (more than 100 pounds over their ideal body weight or a body mass index of more than 30), a diet - any diet - that shows results often becomes a ray of hope for the desperate.

PC version of Invisible War disappoints
I really wanted to enjoy "Deus Ex: Invisible War." I was intrigued by its notions of shadowy global corporations, biologically enhanced warriors and nanotechnology. As a sci-fi junkie, I figured that would be ample fodder for a gripping, exciting video game.

Couple shouldn't push gift issue
Dear Carson: My daughter was married 3 1/2 years ago to a man from the United Kingdom. Much to the dismay of the groom's parents, my mother has yet to give them a wedding present. In their country this means disapproval of the marriage.

Cyclorama restoration aims to bring Gettyburg park back to life
GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- For nearly 120 years, Paul D. Philippoteaux's gripping tableau of the Battle of Gettysburg has brought to life a watershed moment in American history: the Union Army stand on Cemetery Ridge that marked the beginning of the end of the Confederacy.

Couple fills newer home with many antiques
CeCe and Chip Buchanan's English Tudor-style cottage is only 20 years old, but its furnishings are much older.

Home questions and answers
Q. Margarette asks: I am planning to insulate the ceiling of my condo which is located under the roof. Please help me make a decision by furnishing me with information regarding the best material and procedures, cost effectiveness and any other information that might be helpful.

A diver's paradise in the Caribbean
CAYMAN BRAC -- There's not much reason to go to Cayman Brac. No casinos. Only a few restaurants. Not much shopping. No golf.

Mars Internet downloads exceed volume of Library of Congress
NEW YORK -- Think of the Library of Congress's entire print collections - and then some - to get an idea of how much data space enthusiasts have downloaded from NASA's Web sites this week.

World War II Memorial will pay tribute to generation
WASHINGTON -- When aging patriots gather to mark the dedication of the National World War II Memorial next spring, they will encounter the sights and sounds from the era of the generation's greatest accomplishments.

Report: Sony develops longer recording mini disc
TOKYO -- Sony Corp. has developed a technology that boosts the audio recording capacity of its mini-discs from the current 80 minutes to a whopping 40 hours, Japan's leading business daily, Nihon Keizai Shimbun, reported Wednesday.

Heli-skiing in the Italian Alps and the holy grail of pizza shops
COURMAYEUR, Italy -- A thumping helicopter hauled us up alongside the menacingly close stone cliff. Suddenly, the rock face dropped away, and the chopper perched lightly on a snowy peak in the Italian Alps.

Does hyperspeed maglev train have a future?
TSURU, Japan -- With a slight jerk and a high-pitched whine, the world's fastest train accelerates from a standstill so quickly that the excited passengers are pushed deep into their seats.

Birding draws visitors to Alabama Gulf Coast
MOBILE, Ala. -- Alabama has a wealth of resources in its skies, backyards and beaches: Birds.

Living briefs
Cracked and stained grout not only is an eyesore, but can lead to damage beneath the surface of the tile, as well. Improve the appearance of the grout and prevent water damage by installing a new layer.

Lynx gameday

Line lifts Lynx to win

Line lifts Lynx to win
Louis Goulet came up with the perfect name for his red-hot line, featuring Jonathan Gagnon and Paul Vincent.

Lynx gameday
TODAY: vs. Charlotte Checkers, 4:05 p.m.

ECHL notebook

ECHL notebook
Here's one of the coolest things about the ECHL. It's a league in which both a former NHL all-star and a 22-year-old hockey newbie from South Carolina can suit up play in net.

State officials attempted to buy vaccine from military
ATLANTA -- Under pressure from local health workers, Georgia Division of Public Health officials were so desperate to buy flu vaccine last month that they contacted Fort Stewart in search of extra supplies.

Assembly to face budget request, HOPE study

Kid of the day

Segway's price, low demand keep its use in area limited

Artillery group is back in Thomson
THOMSON - Spc. Robert Wynn is just happy to be home. And he already has his priorities set.

Kid of the Day

Man sentenced for shooting
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A Summerville man convicted of shooting Dorchester County Sheriff's deputy Michael Deese and his police dog this past April has been sentenced 15 years in prison.

Correction

Property tax is sore spot with officials

Jealousy motive cited in killing of 4 relatives

Across Georgia
CALHOUN -Funerals for four people killed in a northwest Georgia slaying and kidnapping will be held today at Trinity Baptist Church in Calhoun.

Signs to protest policies on trade

Capitol greets public
ATLANTA - Most Georgians who follow the happenings of their state lawmakers do so by picking up the newspaper each morning or by turning on a television.

Legislators face old, new agenda topics

Braun visits Grand Strand, speaks on education
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Democratic presidential candidate Carol Moseley Braun visited the Grand Strand Saturday, but she didn't visit Georgetown Steel to talk about job loss like most of the candidates.

Jailer accused of beating is acquitted

News you can use
JAN. 12, 1949 Mrs. W.D. Greene of Beman Street said last night that she still has not heard from her husband, who has been missing since last Tuesday.

Bones are found in Tri-State Crematory police file

For 1956 Georgia flag supporters, the fight isn't over

Sims excited to start city job

News you can use

Bones are found in Tri-State Crematory police file
LaFAYETTE, Ga. - An attorney representing former Tri-State Crematory operator Brent Marsh in civil cases discovered a skull, forearm and hand while sifting through documents in a Walker County evidence room, officials said.

Fire fees vary widely

Jealousy motive cited in killing of 4 relatives
When Melissa Peeler escaped to Oregon from her jealous ex-husband, it set in motion a chain of events that led to the killings of her 10-month-old daughter, her parents and her sister, and the kidnapping of her three other children from their northwest Georgia home.

Business decrease brought closing
ATHENS, Ga. - Bidders lined up for a chance at history Saturday as the Charlie Williams Pinecrest Lodge auctioned off 70 years of memories.

Beard, Sims up to task
They've owned businesses and raised families. Cooked countless dinners and cleaned plenty of house. Betty Beard and Barbara Sims were elected unanimously to fill two empty seats on the Augusta Commission last week, saving them a spot in Augusta's history books and giving them a much bigger house to keep track of.

Five questions
Dr. Jerry J. Buccafusco, Professor of pharmacology and toxicology at Medical College of Georgia, director of the Alzheimer's Research Center and CEO of Prime Behavior Testing Laboratories Inc., answers five questions.

Anti-abortion rally attracts hundreds
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Ansely Edwards' deepest questions about life compelled her to join about 300 people at the Statehouse on Saturday to protest abortion.

Auction closes book on Athens eatery
ATHENS, Ga. - For 74 years, the Charlie Williams Pinecrest Lodge served up Southern cooking, buffet style, to college students, locals and visitors to Athens.

'Midnight' still casts spotlight on Savannah
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Locals simply refer to it as "The Book." It had been on store shelves less than three months in 1994 when Trese Newman got her first clue that things were going to be different in Savannah.

For 1956 Georgia flag supporters, the fight isn't over
ATLANTA -- As lawmakers return to the Capitol for a new term Monday, they'll be greeted by an old sight - protesters waving the Dixie cross of stars and demanding a vote on the Georgia flag.

Horry County immigrants laud Bush's immigration proposal

Horry County immigrants laud Bush's immigration proposal
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- President Bush's proposal to overhaul the nation's immigration laws has been well received with Horry County immigrants.

Funeral services for slaying victims to be held Monday

Student's research on autism gets her on Web
Former high school standout Vandna Jerath continues to make a name for herself and to establish a voice for others as she pursues her education at Johns Hopkins University.

Couple's e-mails talk love, Iraq war
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - The Army brought Erin and Dan Kidd together. And for much of the past seven years, it has kept them apart.

Atlanta police find drugs, arms during club raid
ATLANTA - Atlanta police arrested 63 people on drugs, illegal gambling, weapons violations and other charges early Saturday morning in a raid on a northwest Atlanta business.

Across the southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. -A computer network for all North Carolina public school teachers, targeted for completion this year, will take two more years and will probably end up costing more than $150 million.

Capitol greets public

Beard's wife not as quiet
District 1 Commissioner Betty Beard is not her husband. Known for his quiet strength, the late Lee Beard has been remembered as a powerful but placid politician who made big things happen without saying much. But that's not Betty.

Fire fees vary widely
WARRENVILLE, S.C. - Like a lot of folks living in Aiken County, Mary Delaney's mailing address doesn't match her telephone exchange, a common occurrence in a sprawling jurisdiction where service boundaries often fail to make geographic sense.

Sims excited to start city job
On Tuesday, 64-four-year-old Barbara Sims became one of the first women to join the previously all-male Augusta Commission. She was appointed to replace District 3 Commissioner Stephen Shepard, who resigned to become the board's legal counsel.

Across the area

Correction
The times for a pastors' dinner co-sponsored by Whole Life Ministries and First Assembly of God and weekly prayer meetings at Whole Life were incorrect in an article on Saturday's Religion page. The dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Prayer meetings at Whole Life are at 7:30 p.m. Mondays.

Experts say man manipulated girls

Signs to protest policies on trade
WINDSOR, S.C. - President Bush's free trade policy will soon get more attention in South Carolina.

Student's research on autism gets her on Web

Shortage of EMTs reported in South Carolina
AIKEN - Aiken County's emergency medical service is undermanned and spread thinly across a sprawling jurisdiction because of a statewide shortage of trained medics, county EMS officials said.

Across Georgia

News you can use
JAN. 11, 1936 Clear definition of state laws governing operation and licensing of slot machines, possibly resulting in an estimated revenue of $500,000 annually for the state, is expected to come from a case started in city court of Richmond County yesterday testing validity of the present special tax law.

Across South Carolina

Georgia park is a winter haven for vultures
ADEL, Ga. -- Vultures, thousands of them, pack the limbs of the pine and cypress trees at Reed Bingham State Park, their menacing beaks and shiny black feathers forming one of the nation's eeriest natural spectacles.

Legislators push four-year college program for USC-Sumter

Jailer accused of beating is acquitted
ALBANY, Ga. -- A Dougherty County jailer accused of beating a man unconscious with a pair of handcuffs has been acquitted of using excessive force on an inmate.

Across the area
An Augusta man said four men robbed him after they all went to several downtown strip clubs together Saturday night, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report states.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Colden Carnes of McCormick, S.C.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -A Summerville man convicted of shooting Dorchester County sheriff's Deputy Michael Deese and his police dog in April has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Experts say man manipulated girls
ATHENS, Ga. - The social organization of the religious sect led by Dwight "Malachi" York appeared to have been structured as an elaborate grooming process for victims used to satisfy the lust of a pedophile, according to experts on child sexual abuse.

Segway's price, low demand keep its use in area limited
It was originally touted as the wave of the future in downtown transportation.

Rants and Raves
I HAVE A RAVE for disc jockey John Kelly at WSLT. I think he's the best thing since folded paper napkins. He's sweet on the radio. You call him up, he'll talk to you. He doesn't just put you on hold.

Bank account got airline, but not area fliers
A bank account established in 2002 to show Continental Express just how much demand there was in the Augusta area for the carrier's nonstop air service still has about half its money.

Accrediting group investigating Glynn school board

Across the area
An Augusta man was arrested Saturday in connection with an armed robbery at a downtown convenience store, police said.

Assembly to face budget request, HOPE study
ATLANTA - There won't be a contest for speaker of the House when the General Assembly is gaveled into session today.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -President Bush will lay a wreath at the crypt of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. next week as part of the observance of the civil rights leader's birthday, according to a lineup of city-sponsored events.

New water rate plan more costly to most Atlanta households
ATLANTA -- Most Atlanta water and sewer customers will have to pay more under a plan adopted by the Atlanta City Council last week than under a proposal by Mayor Shirley Franklin that was shunned last month because it was too expensive.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -State health officials say a Wade Hampton High School student who was being treated for bacterial meningitis has died.

Regents consider new guidelines on fund-raising organizations
ATHENS, Ga. -- The University System Board of Regents will listen to a national expert Wednesday as it considers placing new guidelines on private fund-raising organizations such as the UGA Foundation.

South Carolina session to focus on funds

Accrediting group investigating Glynn school board
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- The agency that accredits schools in the South has begun an investigation into charges of improper conduct by the Glynn County Board of Education.

Man sentenced for shooting

Legislators push four-year college program for USC-Sumter
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The University of South Carolina's president is no fan of the idea of making its Sumter campus a four-year college, but legislators are poised to do just that.

News you can use

Charleston bus service reduction creates transportation crunch
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- With Charleston's bus service curtailed, people may have to rely more on cabs to get around the city.

Five questions

Funeral services for slaying victims to be held Monday
By the time Melissa Peeler got the phone call, her infant daughter had been strangled and her parents and sister fatally shot. The man she had left Georgia to escape was on the phone, saying he had her three other girls and would "start killing the kids one by one" if she called police, relatives say.

Across South Carolina

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Kaley Makenzie Fields Youngblood, 23 months, of Martinez.

Anti-abortion rally attracts hundreds

Property tax is sore spot with officials
AIKEN - South Carolina's structure for funding public schools is being challenged in a court lawsuit, which resumed last week, and lawmakers are scrambling to find a way to fix the problem as the legislative session kicks off this week.

Across the area

Across the southeast

Regents consider new guidelines on fund-raising organizations

Business decrease brought closing

Shortage of EMTs reported in South Carolina

Last teen sentenced for slaying of Evans man

Couple's e-mails talk love, Iraq war

Beard's wife not as quiet

Rants and Raves
I HAVE A RAVE for disc jockey John Kelly at WSLT. I think he's the best thing since folded paper napkins. He's sweet on the radio. You call him up, he'll talk to you. He doesn't just put you on hold.

Georgia park is a winter haven for vultures

Across Georgia

'Midnight' still casts spotlight on Savannah

State officials attempted to buy vaccine from military

New Gamecocks find something to crow about
ATHENS, Ga. - This is not Soft Carolina any more. These Gamecocks have more game - and it travels.

DNA is to blame for adult expansion
Aren't there times when you just want to reach deep inside your body and yank out all your DNA by the roots, stripping it from every organ, every tissue, every cell, until there's not a molecule of it left?

'Big Fish' holds narrow box-office lead over 'Rings'
LOS ANGELES -- Tim Burton's "Big Fish" took in $14.5 million to slip past "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" as the No. 1 weekend movie, according to studio estimates Sunday.

'Big Fish' holds narrow box-office lead over 'Rings'

Luciano Pavarotti celebrates new album, daughter, marriage

Luciano Pavarotti celebrates new album, daughter, marriage
NEW YORK -- Luciano Pavarotti is no stranger to pop - he has performed with artists ranging from Bono to Mariah Carey, and his operatic recordings as part of the Three Tenors have achieved crossover success.

Judge gets arguments for closing Bryant-case hearings

Judge gets arguments for closing Bryant-case hearings
DENVER -- There is no way to hold public court hearings on the medical records of Kobe Bryant's alleged sexual assault victim without violating her privacy rights, lawyers for the prosecution and the woman say in court filings.

SEC roundup
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kelenna Azubuike, Gerald Fitch and Erik Daniels each scored 16 points and No. 7 Kentucky opened defense of its Southeastern Conference title with a 75-63 victory over No. 20 Vanderbilt on Saturday night.

Wizards pull out a win

Jazz ground Hawks, give coach 800th victory
SALT LAKE CITY -- DeShawn Stevenson scored 17 points and Utah beat the woeful Atlanta Hawks 92-71, earning coach Jerry Sloan his 800th victory with the Jazz on Saturday night.

Wizards pull out a win
WASHINGTON -- Washington Wizards guard Larry Hughes scored a season-high 43 points Saturday night, leading the NBA's second-worst team to a rare 94-87 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

SEC roundup

No. 1 Connecticut tops Oklahoma
STORRS, Conn. -- Emeka Okafor fell one blocked shot short of a triple-double and No. 1 Connecticut put on one of the most impressive defensive displays of the season, knocking No. 6 Oklahoma from the ranks of the unbeaten, 86-59 Sunday.

Area school roundup
KENNESAW, Ga. - Kennesaw State's women rallied past USC Aiken 67-63 on Saturday in a battle of Peach Belt Conference powers.

SEC roundup
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kelenna Azubuike, Gerald Fitch and Erik Daniels each scored 16 points and No. 7 Kentucky opened defense of its Southeastern Conference title with a 75-63 victory over No. 20 Vanderbilt on Saturday night.

Ill guard's teammate dominates for ASU
With senior guard Ernesia Wideman sick, Augusta State's Alshaa' Hodges wasn't planning on dominating Saturday's game.

Pirates turn back Jaguars
Augusta State coach Gary Tuell said he likes his team. He said they're even improving.

Top 25 women's roundup
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas kept alive the nation's longest home winning streak by getting to the free throw line when Oklahoma could not.

Patriots ice Titans

A couple of rematches in title games

Panthers beat Rams in double overtime

Another Jim Mora gets his chance

Eagles nab Packers in overtime

Another MVP coming to face Patriots

NFL's top two passers squaring off in playoffs

Manning leads Colts past Chiefs

Philly striving for the elusive Super Bowl trip

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Overtime

Centuries-old dance from Brazil latest exercise trend

More than a decade later, Kwan best thing going

Weir bounces back fall to win first U.S. skating title

Overtime

Area sports announcements

Area sports announcements
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Aiken members come up short
Though they fell short in their bid for the National Silver Gloves Boxing Championships, James Coates and Willie Thomas of the Aiken Boxing Club have much to be proud of. Both teens made the Region Three finals held at May Park Gym on Saturday.

Overtime
Lindsay Davenport and James Blake led the United States to its second straight Hopman Cup title with a 2-1 victory over Slovakia on Saturday in Perth, Australia.

Centuries-old dance from Brazil latest exercise trend
DURHAM, N.C. -- A centuries-old Brazilian dance that combines martial arts with the pulse and energy of a Carnival party is sweeping U.S. fitness centers, challenging gym rats constantly looking for new trends.

Overtime
Clemson coach Tommy Bowden is one of nine finalists for the 2003 Bear Bryant Award, presented each year to the national coach of the year by the American Heart Association of Houston.

More than a decade later, Kwan best thing going
ATLANTA -- Michelle Kwan can't quite put her finger on what keeps her around, long after everyone else her age left the party.

Weir bounces back fall to win first U.S. skating title
ATLANTA -- Johnny Weir kissed his right hand, then bent over to touch the ice.

Outdoors calendar
Tue., Jan. 20: The Sierra Club's Savannah River group meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church, Walton Way Extension. Visitors are welcome. Call 863-2324 for more details.

Youngsters enjoy hunt
Colder weather to the north is pushing good numbers of big ducks south - just in time for the remainder of Georgia's winter waterfowl season.

Local girl bags first saltwater catch
A few afternoons of warm weather during the holidays offered 9-year-old Hannah Ardrey of Augusta a chance to do some fishing with her dad, Vince Ardrey, in the creeks near Hilton Head, S.C. This 24-inch redfish, caught on shrimp, was her first-ever saltwater catch, followed by a fat sheepshead that gulped down a fiddler crab she used for bait.

Youngsters enjoy hunt

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Local girl bags first saltwater catch

Man survives after deer attacks him in backyard
Few things are as powerful and unpredictable as a rut-enraged whitetail in attack mode. Hunters have watched them dismantle decoys and shred small trees with their antlers.

Legislators face old, new agenda topics
ATLANTA -- Viewed one way, the 2004 General Assembly session is likely to be short and harmonious. But a broader comparison points to a long, contentious several months.

South Carolina session to focus on funds
AIKEN - South Carolina legislators heading back to the Capitol on Tuesday say their focus is once again funding a state government with too little money, which means the state's residents will be getting by with less again.

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

Another Jim Mora gets his chance
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons chose not to pursue some big-name college coach. They decided not to wait for one of those highly regarded assistants still involved in the playoffs.

Philly striving for the elusive Super Bowl trip
PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles are defying football clichDes by thinking two games at a time rather than one.

A couple of rematches in title games
The Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers worked overtime for their spots in the NFC championship game.

NFL's top two passers squaring off in playoffs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- If playoff experience counts most, Indianapolis might beat Kansas City handily Sunday.

Manning leads Colts past Chiefs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- He's been unstoppable - and Peyton Manning knows it.

Another MVP coming to face Patriots
FOXBORO, Mass. -- One Most Valuable Player down, one to go.

Foster fills in for Davis to carry Carolina into NFC championship
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- DeShaun Foster took his first handoff with the Carolina Panthers and raced 61 yards for a touchdown.

Panthers beat Rams in double overtime
ST. LOUIS -- Nothing comes easy for the Carolina Panthers - not even their biggest victory.

Patriots ice Titans
FOXBORO, Mass. -- The New England Patriots can handle the cold and snow. They have Adam Vinatieri.

Eagles nab Packers in overtime
PHILADELPHIA -- Brett Favre has thrown this kind of pass often in his career. And this time, the Philadelphia Eagles' Brian Dawkins was there waiting for it.

Man survives after deer attacks him in backyard

New Gamecocks find something to crow about

'CBS' facing ethical questions about Jackson interview
NEW YORK -- Suddenly enmeshed in an ethical crisis involving Michael Jackson at a time he should be enjoying a victory lap, "60 Minutes" founder Don Hewitt confesses only to bewilderment.

'Boohbah': A new kids show on PBS
NEW YORK -- With "Boohbah," beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. But for grown-ups exposed to it, this new PBS kids show might seem beautiful in the same hypnotic way as a druggy midnight screening of "2001: A Space Odyssey."

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
A quirky champion, Adrian Monk makes the world a little safer, while never feeling safe himself.

'CBS' facing ethical questions about Jackson interview

Anne Heche plays neglectful mom in TV movie
LOS ANGELES -- Anne Heche says growing up in an abusive family gave her a special appreciation for the issues surrounding her role as a drug-addicted mother who neglects her children in the Lifetime movie "Gracie's Choice."

Anne Heche plays neglectful mom in TV movie

'Boohbah': A new kids show on PBS

Q&A With Neve Campbell

The week ahead

Tim Burton gives life the last laugh over death in 'Big Fish'

Evans approaches Georgia AD job with patience, financial savvy

Evans approaches Georgia AD job with patience, financial savvy
ATHENS, Ga. -- Pink phone message slips litter Damon Evans' desk. An average of 50 to 60 e-mails fill his inbox each day. A framed copy of Sports Illustrated's list of the 101 most influential minorities in sports - he squeaked in as No. 100 - sits on his office floor.

Lady Dogs rout Kentucky

Lady Dogs rout Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Sherrill Baker scored 16 points and No. 12 Georgia used a key run starting at the end of the first half to coast past Kentucky 74-53 Sunday.

Gamecocks rout Dogs in Athens

Gamecocks rout Dogs in Athens
ATHENS, Ga. - One display was more impressive than South Carolina's on Saturday - that of Georgia's students.

Alabama edges South Carolina

Alabama edges South Carolina
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Monique Bivins scored nine of her 16 points during a late rally to help Alabama defeat South Carolina 74-71 Sunday in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.

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