Lead actors chosen for production of 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'
NEW YORK -- Maggie is still missing, but most of the other lead actors have been chosen for the Kennedy Center's production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," an important part of "2004 Tennessee Williams Explored," the Center's upcoming celebration of the playwright.

David Gordon takes on Shakespeare in 'Dancing Henry Five'
NEW YORK -- More than four centuries after Shakespeare beseeched audiences to "piece out our imperfections with your thoughts," David Gordon has emerged with "Dancing Henry Five."

Top children's books awards announced

The after-holiday chill starts on Broadway as grosses drop

O'Neill denies using classified documents in tell-all book
WASHINGTON -- Former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, embroiled in a dispute with the White House over his harsh criticism of President Bush's leadership style, denied Tuesday that classified documents were used in a new tell-all book about his two years in the administration.

O'Neill denies using classified documents in tell-all book

David Gordon takes on Shakespeare in 'Dancing Henry Five'

Hang-ups delay Calder Museum plans

Will Pete Rose's book sell?

Hang-ups delay Calder Museum plans
PHILADELPHIA - A museum devoted to famed mobile artist Alexander Calder - announced with considerable fanfare in 2001 - won't open as planned this year.

Will Pete Rose's book sell?
NEW YORK -- Pete Rose's fame and controversy as a baseball star guaranteed big attention for his memoir, "Pete Rose: My Prison Without Bars," in which he finally acknowledges to betting on the game.

The after-holiday chill starts on Broadway as grosses drop
NEW YORK -- The winter chill has set in on Broadway, as business slid for the first full week following the Christmas-New Year's holidays, according to figures released Monday by the League of American Theatres and Producers.

Top children's books awards announced
SAN DIEGO -- The story of a small mouse in love with a princess has won the top honor in children's literature from the American Library Association.

Padres nix Kendall trade

Espinoza returns to Pirates' coaching staff

Anderson sent outright to Tacoma
SEATTLE -- Oft-injured left-hander Ryan Anderson was sent outright to Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday by the Seattle Mariners.

Angels finalize contract with Guerrero
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Outfielder Vladimir Guerrero passed his physical Monday and finalized his $70 million, five-year contract with the Anaheim Angels.

Anderson sent outright to Tacoma

Clemens puts off retirement to join Astros
HOUSTON -- Nearly three months after Roger Clemens bid farewell to baseball with a tip of his cap, he put off retirement and agreed Monday to a $5 million, one-year contract to pitch for his hometown Houston Astros.

Palmeiro plans long, productive return with Orioles
BALTIMORE -- Rafael Palmeiro plans to finish his career in Baltimore and enter the Hall of Fame as an Oriole.

Selig mostly mum on Rose
BOSTON -- Baseball commissioner Bud Selig broke his silence Monday on Pete Rose, but only to say that he hasn't read Rose's book and doesn't know when he will decide on the hit king's bid to lift his lifetime ban.

Espinoza returns to Pirates' coaching staff
PITTSBURGH -- Former major league infielder Alvaro Espinoza will return to Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon's coaching staff for a second season as the infield instructor.

Angels finalize contract with Guerrero

Palmeiro plans long, productive return with Orioles

Clemens puts off retirement to join Astros

Jeter could tell Rocket was rethinking retirement

Padres nix Kendall trade
PITTSBURGH -- The long-discussed deal to send Jason Kendall from the Pirates to San Diego fell apart Tuesday - apparently because the Padres' ownership balked at picking up the remaining $42 million of the catcher's contract.

Jeter could tell Rocket was rethinking retirement
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Derek Jeter could tell Roger Clemens was rethinking his retirement.

Selig mostly mum on Rose

Looking for an innovative baby name? Think luxury

Looking for an innovative baby name? Think luxury

Condom in clam chowder lawsuit settled
SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Four women have resolved their lawsuit against a restaurant where one of them allegedly found a condom in her clam chowder, attorneys said Monday.

Authorities consider exhumation of 'Billy the Kid'
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Legend has it that Billy the Kid was gunned down by a sheriff in 1881. But was he?

Homeless man who lived on golf course evicted after 40 years
MIAMI -- A man who lived on a golf course for 40 years was told to leave because some golfers complained that he scared them.

Odds and Ends
BRICK, N.J. -- For anyone who has lamented New Jersey's failure to designate an official state fruit, consider two words: "Vaccinium corymbosum."

Odds and Ends
SOUTH HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- Tired of seeing their 117-year-old community confused with its neighbor to the north, residents are considering a name change.

Braves extend Schuerholz contract; Smoltz throws
ATLANTA - Atlanta Braves general manager John Schuerholz received a contract extension through 2005 on Tuesday.

Braves extend Schuerholz contract; Smoltz throws

Enron plant site still up for sale
ATHENS, Ga. - Anybody want to buy an 83-acre site ideally suited for a natural-gas-fired electricity generating plant? Apparently not.

Work on Meybohm site will start soon
Meybohm Realtors will soon expand its presence in south Augusta, buoyed by a hot housing market and historically low mortgage rates.

Disney closes Orlando animation studio
LOS ANGELES -- The Walt Disney Co. said Monday it is closing its Orlando, Fla., animation studio and cutting more than 250 jobs as it shifts from hand-drawn animated films to computer-generated ones.

GM recalls more than 800,000 cars for power steering repairs

Kodak to stop making traditional cameras in U.S.

Business briefs

Disney closes Orlando animation studio

Textile jobs drop by 10 percent in 2003

Queen Mary 2 leaves on maiden voyage
LONDON -- The world's largest cruise ship, Queen Mary 2, set sail for the United States on its maiden voyage Monday, carrying 2,600 passengers who paid up to $48,000 for the privilege.

Textile jobs drop by 10 percent in 2003
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The textile industry lost 10 percent of its jobs in 2003, with employment dropping by 15.5 percent in Virginia and 14.2 percent in North Carolina, a leading trade group reports.

Employment figures renew uncertainty about job market
Analysts and investors reacted with surprise to new figures showing the nation's labor market remains stagnant. But not people like Marty Jaffe.

Local Brazilian officials receive U.S. tourists with flowers
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- American tourists arriving in Brazil must still be photographed and fingerprinted, but those who enter through Rio de Janeiro are getting flowers, jewelry and T-shirts along with the red tape.

Biotech recruiter seeks money

Schroeder, Greenspan meet, discuss euro's rise against dollar
BERLIN -- German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan discussed the euro's recent surge against the dollar - a rise that many think could dampen European economic growth.

Business briefs
Augusta Metro Federal Credit Union announced Tuesday that it has opened its fifth branch in the Waynesboro Wal-Wart on Hopkins Corner Drive. The credit union, with $48.1 million in assets and more than 11,400 members, said the office is the first credit union branch in Burke County history.

Fed chairman voices concern about trade protectionism
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan renewed a warning Tuesday that "creeping protectionism" could hurt the flexibility of the global economy, something that has played an important role in helping the United States and other countries weather economic hard times.

German retailer Metro AG to roll out 'smart' radio tags this year

Automakers show off gas-electric hybrids
DETROIT -- Long the domain of concepts and smaller cars, gasoline-electric hybrids soon will power trucks and sport utility vehicles as automakers work to expand the more environmentally friendly technology.

GM recalls more than 800,000 cars for power steering repairs
DETROIT -- General Motors Corp. is recalling more than 800,000 cars because of a power steering defect that has led to at least eight injuries.

Employment figures renew uncertainty about job market

Queen Mary 2 leaves on maiden voyage

German retailer Metro AG to roll out 'smart' radio tags this year
BERLIN -- European retail giant Metro Group plans to roll out a wireless inventory tracking system this fall, giving a boost to the radio-frequency identification technology that is aimed at streamlining deliveries and cutting costs.

Gas prices climb 7 cents in past three weeks
CAMARILLO, Calif. -- After four weeks of stability or decline, retail gasoline prices surged more than seven cents per gallon in the past three weeks, an industry analyst said Sunday.

Parmalat will look to shed foreign assets

Business briefs
Trucking company Schneider National Inc. will have a job fair in Augusta on Wednesday at the Georgia Department of Labor's Augusta Career Center. The Green Bay, Wis.-based company said it plans to hire 400 new drivers in Georgia.

Local Brazilian officials receive U.S. tourists with flowers

Parmalat will look to shed foreign assets
ROME -- A restructuring team looking to save embattled food giant Parmalat will likely try to sell the company's international units but hopes to keep the core domestic dairy business in Italian hands, a government minister said Monday.

Business briefs

Kodak to stop making traditional cameras in U.S.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- As digital cameras rise swiftly in popularity, Eastman Kodak Co. is halting production of Advanced Photo System cameras, a much-ballyhooed format launched in 1996 to rekindle interest in consumer photography.

Automakers show off gas-electric hybrids

Subaru modifies Outback to make it a truck
DETROIT -- Subaru is modifying its Outback sedan and wagon to meet the specifications of a light truck, a classification with less stringent fuel and emissions standards than for cars.

Work on Meybohm site will start soon

Biotech recruiter seeks money
Her hurried car trips to and from Atlanta in recent weeks have transformed Lenie Roos-Gabridge from industrial recruiter to legislative lobbyist.

Enron plant site still up for sale

Tigers survive poor shooting
CLEMSON, S.C. - Shawan Robinson scored 10 points - the only player in the game to score double figures - to lead Clemson to a 53-48 victory over Florida State on Tuesday night, giving first-year coach Oliver Purnell his first Atlantic Coast Conference win.

Tigers survive poor shooting

BCS leaders still working on title ideas

BCS leaders still working on title ideas
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Leaders of the Bowl Championship Series are looking at several proposals to change the way its national champion is decided, but a new format is far from complete.

Mauck, UCLA CB Ware to enter NFL draft
BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU quarterback Matt Mauck will skip his final year of college eligibility to enter the NFL draft.

Move to allow ACC championship stalls
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Atlantic Coast Conference's hope to play a championship football game next season is looking like a long shot.

Thompson, Miller academically ineligible

A new challenge
Shortly before the deadly Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Augusta area's business, government and civic groups raised nearly $600,000 in travel-bank money to demonstrate that there was a solid base of support for Continental Airlines to locate at Bush Field.

A new challenge

ATVs' deadly toll

DOE priorities wrong
The notion that the U.S. Department of Energy can't find a paltry $1.8 million in the Savannah River Site budget to continue monitoring for possible ground water radiation on the Georgia side of the river is ludicrous.

DOE priorities wrong

ATVs' deadly toll
Sue Townsend, Aiken County coroner, is used to dealing with death. It's her job. She traffics in it day in and day out. Death is the coin of her realm.

Sour grapes
Former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill reacted with stunned disbelief when 60 Minutes correspondent Leslie Stahl suggested the Bush administration might regard his widely reported criticisms in a just-published book as a case of "sour grapes."

Sour grapes

ACLU backs Rush Limbaugh in prescription drug case
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Rush Limbaugh and the American Civil Liberties Union don't agree about much, but they're in accord that the conservative radio commentator's medical records should be off-limits to prosecutors.

People in the News
TUCSON, Ariz. -- There will be no trial for pop diva Diana Ross on drunken driving charges.

Appeals court orders Limbaugh's medical records sealed
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- An appeals court Tuesday ordered prosecutors to turn Rush Limbaugh's medical records over to the courts and keep them sealed, pending further review of the case.

Club has wide array of live music styles
Located at 1251 Broad St., Blind Pig Speakeasy lures in customers curious about its logo, a floppy-eared pig with dark sunglasses and a guitar.

Supreme Court stays out comic book hockey fight
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court sidestepped Monday a brawl between former professional hockey player Tony Twist and a comic strip creator who named a violent mafia character after him.

People in the News
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Grammy-nominated singer Daniel Bedingfield was released from a New Zealand hospital Tuesday after treatment for neck injuries suffered in a car accident, a news report said.

Stuff to do
Dancers with the Ailey II troupe will perform in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. at 7 p.m. Monday at the Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St. Tickets for the performance, sponsored by Augusta Ballet, cost $17-$40. Call 261-0555. See Friday's Applause for a preview.

Fantasy and familiar favorites win at People's Choice Awards
PASADENA, Calif. -- The people have spoken, and their favorite movies are about pirates, hobbits and divine intervention.

Michael Jackson's family promises big fan support
LOS ANGELES -- Hundreds of fans from around the world will converge on the town of Santa Maria for Michael Jackson's arraignment on child molestation charges later this week, his family said Monday.

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

Stocks edge higher ahead of earnings reports
NEW YORK -- Wall Street edged higher in choppy trading Monday, with investors making few moves as they waited for companies to start reporting their fourth-quarter earnings this week.

Six companies agree to list shares on both Nasdaq, NYSE
NEW YORK -- Hewlett-Packard Co., Charles Schwab Corp., Walgreen Co. and three other companies whose shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange will also list their shares on the Nasdaq Stock Market under a new dual listing program, Nasdaq announced Monday.

Democratic candidates promote their tax plans
WASHINGTON -- John Kerry says Howard Dean and Dick Gephardt would raise taxes in more ways than one. Joe Lieberman says he's the one who'll chop middle-class taxes most. Gephardt would scrap past tax cuts to pay for health coverage. Dean would scrap them, too, but find a way to give some money back. John Edwards says he's got a better way. Wesley Clark says his plan's more sweeping.

Adecco shares tumble on audit and accounting problems news

Stocks fall as investors await major earnings reports
NEW YORK -- Wall Street retreated Tuesday as investors, worried that fourth-quarter earnings might not meet heightened expectations, decided to cash in some of their recent profits.

Adecco shares tumble on audit and accounting problems news
CHESEREX, Switzerland -- Shares of Adecco, the world's largest employment company, tumbled Monday after it revealed audit and accounting problems in the United States and perhaps elsewhere.

Six companies agree to list shares on both Nasdaq, NYSE

Stocks fall as investors await major earnings reports

Bond prices mixed
NEW YORK -- Treasury bond prices were mixed at midday Tuesday.

Stocks edge higher ahead of earnings reports

Democratic candidates promote their tax plans

Bond prices mixed

Crude supplies are at record lows; oil nears $35 a barrel
The price of oil briefly surpassed $35 a barrel on Tuesday as traders focused on cold weather in the Northeast at a time when crude supplies are at record lows.

Crude supplies are at record lows; oil nears $35 a barrel

Rates fall in Treasury bill auction
WASHINGTON -- Interest rates on short-term Treasury securities fell in Monday's auction.

E-Trade discussing possible merger with TD Waterhouse

CNBC tightens rules on stock ownership by reporters
NEW YORK -- CNBC, the financial cable TV network owned by General Electric Co., has tightened its rules for its employees and their families on owning stocks and bonds.

E-Trade discussing possible merger with TD Waterhouse
SAN FRANCISCO -- E-Trade Financial Corp. confirmed Tuesday it is exploring a deal that reportedly would combine its online stock brokerage with rival TD Waterhouse and open the door to a more affluent group of customers.

Small portions

Downtown eatery offers incredible ambiance, variety
For some people, it's all about the atmosphere when dining at a restaurant. If you crave a nice atmosphere, try Blue Sky Kitchen at Broad and 10th streets.

Small portions
NAPA, Calif. - Grass-covered figures sit on a field of thousands of goblets filled with red liquid in a key installation by artist Sandy Skoglund called Picnic on Wine.

Dining out

Dining out
Here are mini reviews of area restaurants.

Mystery disease not so sweet for Georgia's Vidalia onion crop

Mystery disease not so sweet for Georgia's Vidalia onion crop
ALBANY, Ga. -- Researchers are scrambling to identify a mystery disease that has emerged for the first time as a threat to Georgia's $75 million crop of Vidalia sweet onions.

Cramping woes bother reserve in Jackets' loss
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - It's becoming an all-too-familiar, and an extremely frustrating, sight for Georgia Tech: Isma'il Muhammad sitting on the bench, getting his legs iced or rubbed down during critical stretches of the second half.

Cramping woes bother reserve in Jackets' loss

Singh focuses on No. 1
KAPALUA, Hawaii - A new PGA Tour season brought a familiar name to the top of the leaderboard.

Els predicts big future for Wie

Sponsor exemptions should combine hype and skill

Sponsor exemptions should combine hype and skill
HONOLULU -- Michelle Wie and Dean Wilson posed side by side Tuesday morning on the practice range at Waialae Country Club to see who was taller.

Els predicts big future for Wie
HONOLULU -- Michelle Wie made a believer out of Ernie Els.

Singh focuses on No. 1

Area prep basketball scores

Butler recovers from start

Lucky bounce finishes goalie's shutout streak
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Brian Boucher had another brilliant game in goal for the Phoenix Coyotes. No shutout this time, though.

Panthers rookie Horton tears rotator cuff
MIAMI -- Florida Panthers rookie center Nathan Horton has a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder, an MRI revealed Tuesday.

Lemieux has hip surgery
PITTSBURGH -- Mario Lemieux had arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to repair the left hip injury that will sideline him for the rest of the Pittsburgh Penguins' season.

Lucky bounce finishes goalie's shutout streak

Panthers rookie Horton tears rotator cuff

Rogers back home with Rangers - again

Rogers back home with Rangers - again
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Kenny Rogers is back again where he started. And while the last year away from the Rangers wasn't all that bad, he hopes he's in Texas to stay.

Southwest-inspired dinner idea wraps up nicely
The hot trend in sandwiches over the past few years has been wraps. Most often, these sandwiches are wrapped in flat bread or tortillas, but the wraps at The Upper Crust, the pizzeria near my home, are rolled in pizza-crust dough and baked.

Southwest-inspired dinner idea wraps up nicely

Looking for an innovative baby name? Think luxury
The Wall Street Journal recently searched Social Security databases and found that many people are naming their children after luxury consumer products.

Looking for an innovative baby name? Think luxury
The Wall Street Journal recently searched Social Security databases and found that many people are naming their children after luxury consumer products.

Man charged with killing 4-year-old child
Authorities charged a woman's boyfriend with murder Tuesday in the death of her 4-year-old child this weekend, officials said.

South Carolina House, Senate sessions begin
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Legislators returned to their desks Tuesday to discuss overhauling the state's civil lawsuit system, Gov. Mark Sanford's first executive budget and vetoes remaining from last year.

Former South Carolina Gov. Beasley enters Senate race
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Former Republican Gov. David Beasley, who fought to remove the Confederate flag from South Carolina's Capitol dome, announced Wednesday he is running for the U.S. Senate.

Facing reality on immigration reform
Before we can have a meaningful discussion on immigration reform, we need to distinguish wishful thinking from reality. David Maples, Augusta

New fan disappointed that Augusta Jazz Project is folding

Traffic laws apply to police officers, too
Approximately six years ago, as my parents were teaching me to drive, they would often say, "Do not drive like the police do; they don't obey the traffic laws." In the ensuing years, I have found just how true their admonition was. I have regularly seen the police speed, disregard stop signs, pass illegally and otherwise drive carelessly - without any lights or sirens. I have always believed that deputies should not only uphold the law, but they should obey it themselves. Theresa Foskey, Augusta

Traffic laws apply to police officers, too

Bashing eclipses intelligent debate

Faithful can keep personal reminders

Bashing eclipses intelligent debate
The Jan. 10 editorial, "Hitler's real heirs," attacks the MoveOn.org Web page for posting two ads which compare President George W. Bush to Adolf Hitler. Susan Kinney, Waynesboro, Ga.

Bush should be committed to mental hospital
President George W. Bush seemed to be amused when former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was found hiding in a hole. He has a short memory. Mr. Bush was forced to hide in a Nebraska hole on Sept. 11, 2001. Thanks to U.S. taxpayers, Mr. Bush's hole was much fancier than Saddam's hole, but his predicament was similar. Mark Gelbart, Augusta

Dem presidential candidates can't carry load

Dem presidential candidates can't carry load
After watching some of the Democratic presidential candidates debate on Jan. 4, I am thoroughly convinced that many Democrats should be viewed as having a severe mental disorder. In this case, it could be called the Koresh Syndrome. Michael J. Rhoden, North Augusta, S.C.

New fan disappointed that Augusta Jazz Project is folding
I read in the Jan. 2 Chronicle that the Augusta Jazz Project, founded by Dr. Rudy Volkmann, is folding. I'm writing to express my extreme disappointment, as I had just discovered the AJP at their Nov. 15 concert at the Imperial Theatre. This concert had been listed in The Chronicle's Applause calendar - just a simple line or two, naming the date and venue. Kelly Hagood, Evans, Ga.

Facing reality on immigration reform

Faithful can keep personal reminders
Regarding Richard Lathan's Jan. 7 letter to the editor, "Whatever name you use, God is God": Carl Champlin, Aiken, S.C.

Casinos use detective firm to net cheats, card counters

AP poll: Bush space plans get lukewarm reception

Women's Club will hold open house

New Myst game confounding, beautiful

Maine physician brings humor into doctors' offices

Paris Hilton tops Mr. Blackwell's 2003 worst-dressed list

Study: Antibiotics may help prevent stomach cancer

NASA plots rover's course for Mars exploration

Mars rover should roll from lander later this week

Seniors calendar

Living briefs

China announces third suspected SARS case in Guangdong

Study finds 30 minutes' daily walking can prevent weight gain

Hose might be source of space station's air pressure drop

Study: Antibiotics may help prevent stomach cancer
CHICAGO -- Antibiotics can help prevent stomach cancer in people who carry a common strain of bacteria known to cause ulcers, a study found.

Women's Club will hold open house
With suffrage fever running high throughout the United States in the early 1900s, women's clubs began to back the movement that led to the passage of the 19th Amendment.

China announces third suspected SARS case in Guangdong
BEIJING -- China's third suspected SARS case emerged Monday when authorities confirmed the hospitalization of a 35-year-old man who, like the two others, lives in the southern province of Guangdong - a region under orders to move aggressively against the disease.

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.

AP poll: Bush space plans get lukewarm reception
WASHINGTON -- President Bush's plan to build a space station on the moon and eventually send astronauts to Mars hasn't grabbed the public's imagination, an Associated Press poll suggests.

Hose might be source of space station's air pressure drop
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Mission controllers suspect a leaky hose in the international space station's U.S.-built laboratory module may be the source of a slow drop in air pressure over the past three weeks, but they are still trying to confirm it, NASA said Monday.

Study finds 30 minutes' daily walking can prevent weight gain
CHICAGO -- Overweight adults who are not on a diet need only a small amount of exercise - the equivalent of a half-hour of brisk walking per day - to prevent further weight gain, a study found.

Mars rover should roll from lander later this week
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's Spirit rover has been on Mars for more than a week but still hasn't landed.

Casinos use detective firm to net cheats, card counters
LAS VEGAS -- Moments after Kevin Lewis sat down at a high stakes blackjack table inside an Atlantic City casino last summer, the pit boss got the word: Lewis was a card counter.

NASA plots rover's course for Mars exploration
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's Spirit rover cut the last umbilical cord to its lander and rolled for the first time since reaching Mars, positioning itself for the start of its journey across the surface, officials said Tuesday.

Living briefs
Keeping Sunday set aside as a day of rest means different things to different people.

New Myst game confounding, beautiful
It's been a decade since the digital artisans at Cyan Worlds debuted "Myst," a gorgeous video game which encouraged thoughtful exploration over mindless violence.

Maine physician brings humor into doctors' offices
AUBURN, Maine -- Doctors who prescribe a healthy dose of humor for patients seldom get enough of it themselves.

Paris Hilton tops Mr. Blackwell's 2003 worst-dressed list
LOS ANGELES -- Mr. Blackwell, chronicler of clothing catastrophes, poked fun at socialite-reality TV star Paris Hilton Tuesday for committing the worst fashion follies of the past year.

Living briefs
Meredith Phillips, a former participant and romantic hopeful from Bob Guiney's season of The Bachelor, is the star of the latest edition of The Bachelorette. Ms. Phillips, a Los Angeles makeup artist, is looking for a man.

Lynx notes
Chris Thompson is looking for a place to play, but he won't be coming back to the Augusta Lynx for a third time.

Lynx slap shots
Coming up: the Augusta Lynx vs. the Columbus Cottonmouths, Thursday at 7:05 p.m.

Two minutes with Lynx forward Louis Goulet

Two minutes with Lynx forward Louis Goulet
Two minutes with Augusta Lynx forward, #9, Louis Goulet.

Lynx notes

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Marcelle Grant, Jr., 6, of Augusta.

Rants and raves
THIS IS IN response to the Michael Jackson rant saying that he might just be innocent and those might be false allegations. Well, Michael Jackson made some false allegations against the Santa Barbara police. Nobody mentioned that.

Townsend announces retirement
AIKEN - Sue Townsend, coroner for Aiken County for nearly 22 years, announced Tuesday that she is retiring from her post effective June 30, prior to the expiration of her current four-year term.

South Carolina House, Senate sessions begin

Experience aids superintendent
Stepping in midyear as McCormick County's new superintendent is not an easy task, but Dr. Sandra Calliham said she hopes her experience as the county's assistant superintendent will help guide her through the fast-paced year.

City to hear country club discrimination case

South Carolina teacher is national title finalist
AIKEN - Jason Fulmer, a third-grade teacher at Redcliffe Elementary School, uses variations of commercial jingles, television theme songs and rhymes to teach his pupils about English and math.

Rants and raves
THIS IS IN response to the Michael Jackson rant saying that he might just be innocent and those might be false allegations. Well, Michael Jackson made some false allegations against the Santa Barbara police. Nobody mentioned that.

Health board to vote on funding
ATLANTA - The Georgia Board of Community Health could vote as soon as Wednesday on a state rules change that would allow hospitals with a high concentration of indigent patients to cut in half their financial commitment to primary care.

Man charged with killing 4-year-old child

Projects lie in limbo with bill's delay

Across the area

Rivera jury is in place
Beginning today, the 16 residents selected Monday as jurors in Reinaldo Rivera's trial will learn the horrifying details of a series of fatal rapes in the Augusta area.

Kid of the day

City to hear country club discrimination case
ATLANTA -- The city of Atlanta will hear a discrimination complaint against a country club Monday filed by two couples who say the country club discriminates against same-sex couples by denying them the perks given to other families.

County wants money repaid

News you can use
JAN. 13, 1952 Today at exactly 11:15 a.m., Augustans who tune their radios to 1050 on their dial will hear the first broadcast of the city's newest radio stations WAUG and WAUG-FM.

News you can use

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Rylee Makayla Knox, 2, of Noth Augusta.

Sanford proposes eliminating funds for state caisson team

Grants go for homes
AIKEN - Federal money that Aiken used to spend on refurbishing rundown homes will now be spent to build new ones, a cost-efficient switch officials say will help more people.

Testimony opens Rivera trial
Jessica Bosdell's nervousness faded into a sweet smile Tuesday as she sat on the witness stand and gazed at the last picture she took of her sister.

Townsend announces retirement

Across the region

Across the area
A guard at a state prison in Edgefield County was arrested on charges that he tried to smuggle marijuana for an inmate.

Experts urge eye protection amid rising paintball injuries

Police search for rape suspect
AIKEN - Police hope to make an arrest soon in the weekend kidnapping and rape of a 23-year-old woman in the Hahn Village subdivision.

Rants and raves
IN RESPONSE TO the person who defined George W. Bush as "not being the second coming of Christ" and "having an I.Q. of an idiot": If you had a friend who graduated from Andover, Yale and Harvard; learned to fly a U.S. fighter jet; was a two-term governor of the second-largest state; and was president of the United States of America, would you consider that person as having an I.Q. of an idiot?

Schools prepare for flu season
Columbia County school officials say that after working with the health department to vaccinate 1,000 people in flu shot clinics, they are ready to handle this year's epidemic.

Leaders debate HOPE's future
ATLANTA - More ideas for solving the HOPE Scholarship's financial drain were put on the table Tuesday, but the disagreements over the various proposals became more evident.

Cuts add to agency's burden
AIKEN - The United Way of Aiken County has about $13,000 less this year in federal aid earmarked for emergency food and shelter programs that are critical during winter months, officials said.

Across the region
ATLANTA -An Army mechanic from Broxton, Ga., has been killed in Iraq, family members said Tuesday.

Experts urge eye protection amid rising paintball injuries
LUDOWICI, Ga. - No face mask, no fun.

Projects lie in limbo with bill's delay
If it were a game, it could be called the congressional fund limbo.

Charleston mayor inaugurated for unprecedented eighth term
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. was inaugurated for an unprecedented eight term Monday and pledged to work for children, better regional planning and to try to save the region's troubled bus system.

Parolee charged in theft
While on parole for forgery, a woman arrested this week had been committing other identity theft crime, police said.

Senator returns to work healthy
ATLANTA - Nearly a year after a brain aneurysm sent her to the hospital, Sen. Faye Smith, D-Milledgeville, has returned to the Capitol and says she is "feeling fine."

Man is accused in death of his girlfriend's son
While an Augusta mother made funeral arrangements for her 4-year-old son Tuesday, police charged her live-in boyfriend with the child's slaying.

Kidnap suspect has record

Flu myths worry medical officials

Towpath visitors overlook museum
Patrons of the Augusta Canal's popular towpath are affluent and well-educated but largely unaware of the new Interpretive Center at the other end of the waterway, according to a new survey.

Towpath visitors overlook museum

Man charged in woman's assault
An Augusta man has been charged with dragging his ex-girlfriend down her driveway and shooting her in the face over the weekend, critically wounding the woman, authorities said Monday.

Augusta facility is back on track
Today, the medical examiner at the $4.1 million Augusta crime lab will perform the first autopsy at the facility in almost eight months.

Inmate kicking charge gets YDC worker fired
A former Aiken County Sheriff's lieutenant who went to work at the Augusta Youth Development Campus was fired by the private vendor last week, accused of kicking a teenage inmate several times.

Hopefuls offer 'Survivor' skills
The first time, Joy Weller mailed in a video of herself walking in 6 feet of snow uphill. Her next tape showed her perched atop a limb of a huge tree in a California park.

City looks at private operators for marinas
Two city-run marinas might be more profitable under a private operator, city officials said Monday, one month after an audit found inconsistent slip fees, sloppy bookkeeping and on-site safety hazards at the two Savannah River docks.

Across the area

Former South Carolina Gov. Beasley enters Senate race

S. Carolina lawmakers ease slowly into work

Experience aids superintendent

Rants and raves
IN RESPONSE TO the person who defined George W. Bush as "not being the second coming of Christ" and "having an I.Q. of an idiot": If you had a friend who graduated from Andover, Yale and Harvard; learned to fly a U.S. fighter jet; was a two-term governor of the second-largest state; and was president of the United States of America, would you consider that person as having an I.Q. of an idiot?

Liberal Baptist preacher challenges county

Rivera jury is in place

Family buries four of its own following Georgia killings
CALHOUN, Ga. -- Relatives of four slain family members prepared to bury their own Monday as they expressed frustration over failed attempts to distance themselves from the man suspected in the killings.

Kid of the day

Across the region
COLUMBIA - Twelve people suffered minor injuries after an on-duty police officer lost control of his patrol car and crashed into a downtown store.

Flu myths worry medical officials
Flu outbreaks at two Augusta nursing homes have health officials concerned that myths about vaccine safety might be gaining ground.

Across the area
A woman accused of leaving her children alone while she was out getting a tattoo was arrested Tuesday, authorities said.

Charleston mayor inaugurated for unprecedented eighth term

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JAN. 14, 1958 Even though all candidates "stand foursquare" for the preservation of racial segregation in the schools, the issue will nevertheless be a prominent one in this year's gubernatorial campaigns in South Carolina, Dr. Donald Russell declared last night.

Health board to vote on funding

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Family buries four of its own following Georgia killings

Liberal Baptist preacher challenges county
CLARKESVILLE, Ga. -- A faded tattoo decorates the 70-year-old biceps of Bo Turner.

Senator returns to work healthy

Mystery disease not so sweet for Georgia's Vidalia onion crop
ALBANY, Ga. -- Researchers are scrambling to identify a mystery disease that has emerged for the first time as a threat to Georgia's $75 million crop of Vidalia sweet onions.

S. Carolina lawmakers ease slowly into work
COLUMBIA - The South Carolina General Assembly's first day in action Tuesday was a casual mix of small talk and formalities that belied what members say will be a rough six-month session dominated by the state's financial difficulties.

Paine ex-worker charged in theft
A former Paine College employee has been charged with stealing fees paid by students for on-campus housing, a case that prompted the college to change how it collects money.

Bank's new fee angers leaders
What experts call a growing trend in the banking industry is just another way to short-change city employees, according to Augusta commissioners upset that the government's No. 1 banking institution adopted a policy to charge for cashing its own checks.

S.C. groups seek to get out black vote
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Groups including the state branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the South Carolina Voter Education Project are sponsoring activities around the state to encourage blacks to vote in the Feb. 3 Democratic presidential primary.

Police nab 3 in Evans robberies
Two Richmond County men and a juvenile were arrested Tuesday evening in connection with an armed robbery and an attempted armed robbery at two Evans fast-food restaurants, Columbia County Sheriff Clay Whittle said.

Sanford proposes eliminating funds for state caisson team
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Gov. Mark Sanford's executive budget would cut money for the state's eight-horse caisson team and likely mean disbanding the unit, which has led the funeral processions of former U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond, U.S. Rep. Floyd Spence and police officers killed in the line of duty.

Man is accused in death of his girlfriend's son

Mom left children to get tattoo
An Augusta mother of five children found at home alone over the weekend was out getting a tattoo on her chest, officials said Monday.

Paine ex-worker charged in theft

Kidnap suspect has record
AIKEN - A man accused of kidnapping and raping a 23-year-old woman last weekend has faced more than a dozen criminal charges during the past decade, including murder, court records show.

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Testimony opens Rivera trial

Mystery disease not so sweet for Georgia's Vidalia onion crop

Columbia County teen gets life in prison
The last of four teens accused in the 2002 kidnapping and death of an Evans man was sentenced in a Columbia County court Monday.

Assembly's first day is quiet

Georgia Legislature
ATLANTA - When Georgia lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Monday, they barely looked up at the familiar airplane overhead towing a "LET US VOTE" banner.

Cuts add to agency's burden

Perdue, Taylor join on child abuse bill
ATLANTA - This is the year for Georgia to toughen its child abuse laws to include provisions against child endangerment, Gov. Sonny Perdue and Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor said Monday.

County wants money repaid
When cell phones ring in Martinez or Evans, Columbia County officials hear the sound of thousands of dollars being siphoned to Augusta.

Inmate kicking charge gets YDC worker fired

Assembly's first day is quiet
ATLANTA - Belying the political controversies that are bound to roil the 2004 General Assembly, peace and harmony prevailed Monday as lawmakers kicked off the annual 40-day session.

South Carolina teacher is national title finalist

Bank's new fee angers leaders

BCS should observe NFL playoffs
Babe Ruth was a philandering boozer. Ty Cobb was a racist jerk. Shoeless Joe Jackson was a terrible cheater. Pete Rose is a lying gambler.

Screener copy of movie sent to Oscar voter ends up on Internet

Critical choice

Fox Searchlight to release NC-17 film by Bertolucci
LOS ANGELES -- Bernardo Bertolucci will not have to cut his new erotic drama "The Dreamers" to get it distributed in the United States.

Kevin Costner to make another Western
LOS ANGELES -- Kevin Costner rides again! The actor-director who made the Oscar-winning "Dances With Wolves" and last year's "Open Range" plans to make another Western titled, "Horizon," which he would also star in, The Hollywood Reporter said Monday.

Final numbers put 'Rings' ahead of 'Big Fish' at box-office

Robot-camera developer, audio firm earn Oscars
LOS ANGELES -- A pioneer in robotic-camera operations and a company that makes digital-audio systems to edit movie soundtracks will receive honorary Academy Awards.

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

Fox Searchlight to release NC-17 film by Bertolucci

Final numbers put 'Rings' ahead of 'Big Fish' at box-office
LOS ANGELES -- "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" won a photo finish with "Big Fish" for the top spot at the box office, taking in $14.2 million to remain the No. 1 movie for the fourth straight weekend.

Screener copy of movie sent to Oscar voter ends up on Internet
LOS ANGELES -- A copy of the romantic comedy "Something's Gotta Give" that was sent to an Oscar voter has surfaced on the Internet, prompting a probe by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Robot-camera developer, audio firm earn Oscars

Shaun Piazza combines many music genres

Shaun Piazza combines many music genres
The band, consisting of lead singer/songwriter and acoustic guitarist Shaun Piazza, bassist Eric Kinlaw, drummer Jayson Rubio and violinist Henry Wynn, formed just over a year ago.

IROC gets prize boost, new sponsor

IROC gets prize boost, new sponsor
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Seeking to boost interest in its longtime series, the International Race of Champions will increase its first prize to $1 million and most likely move three of its four races.

Earnhardt aiming for two titles in 2004

Earnhardt aiming for two titles in 2004
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is going after two NASCAR championships in 2004.

Awesome Bill tries leaving on his terms
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Bill Elliott wants to leave NASCAR on his terms. Whether he will is pretty much out of his hands.

Awesome Bill tries leaving on his terms

Laettner violates drug policy, suspended five games

Kobe Bryant's lawyers make case for introducing accuser's medical records and sexual past
DENVER -- In a broadside against the woman accusing Kobe Bryant of rape, defense attorneys argued Tuesday that her sexual past and mental health history should be allowed as evidence to prove she had a "scheme" to falsely accuse the NBA star.

Jury selection starts in ex-NBA star Jayson Williams' trial
SOMERVILLE, N.J. -- Jayson Williams was introduced to a pool of potential jurors Tuesday, the start of the NBA star's manslaughter trial for the shooting death of his limo driver two years ago.

Jury selection starts in ex-NBA star Jayson Williams' trial

Unhappy Chaney coaches while Thomas does TV

Bryant sidelined with sprained shoulder

Kobe Bryant's lawyers make case for introducing accuser's medical records and sexual past

Bryant sidelined with sprained shoulder
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Kobe Bryant joined Shaquille O'Neal and Karl Malone on the sidelines Tuesday, leaving Gary Payton as the only healthy Los Angeles Lakers superstar.

Laettner violates drug policy, suspended five games
WASHINGTON -- Washington Wizards forward Christian Laettner was suspended for five games Tuesday for violating the NBA's drug policy.

Unhappy Chaney coaches while Thomas does TV
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Don Chaney's tenuous employment status has created "horrible working conditions" for the Knicks coach, who got to run practice by himself Tuesday as team president Isiah Thomas made two talk-show appearances.

Thompson, Miller academically ineligible
AUBURN, Ala. -- Two players on the Auburn women's basketball team were ruled academically ineligible, coach Joe Ciampi said Tuesday.

Chiefs defensive coordinator resigns

Spielman takes over personnel decisions for Dolphins

Fiery Fox turns dismal Panthers into winners

Miami hires Marino

Grimm, Smith finalists for Bears' vacancy

Manning might as well be wearing a cape

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Athens security chiefs to meet top U.S. security officials
ATHENS, Greece -- Olympic security chiefs will meet in Washington this week with top U.S. officials ahead of exercises involving American personnel in March, Greek officials said Monday.

Palestinian trains in makeshift pool for Olympics
JERUSALEM -- Teeth chattering and lips blue from the cold, 17-year-old Palestinian Raad Aweisat took a deep breath and dived back into the chilly three-lane swimming pool for a few more laps.

Athens security chiefs to meet top U.S. security officials

Palestinian trains in makeshift pool for Olympics

Athens security chiefs to meet top U.S. security officials
ATHENS, Greece -- Olympic security chiefs will meet in Washington this week with top U.S. officials ahead of exercises involving American personnel in March, Greek officials said Monday.

Athens security chiefs to meet top U.S. security officials

Soccer stars - fashion's new sex symbols

Overtime

Galaxy trades Simon Elliott to Columbus for draft pic

Overtime

Seaman retires

Bolton ousted by Tranmere in FA Cup upset

Seaman retires
MANCHESTER, England -- Former English national team goalkeeper David Seaman announced his retirement Tuesday.

Galaxy trades Simon Elliott to Columbus for draft pic
CARSON, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Galaxy traded midfielder Simon Elliott to the Columbus Crew on Monday for a first-round choice in 2005 MLS draft.

Soccer stars - fashion's new sex symbols
MILAN, Italy -- Fashion has a new sex symbol: the soccer player, who joins rock and movie stars as icons of male style.

Bolton ousted by Tranmere in FA Cup upset
LONDON -- Bolton was eliminated from the FA Cup on Tuesday night, losing 2-1 in overtime to Tranmere of the second division in a third-round replay.

Overtime
Former NFL kicker Kevin Butler is attempting a comeback with the Georgia Force of the Arena Football League.

Quick turnaround faces Davis Cup players
NEW YORK -- With Davis Cup play starting four days after the Australian Open ends, the calendar seems to be the biggest problem for U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe.

Overtime
USC Aiken's Curt Triplin has been chosen as the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week.

Area prep basketball scores
Area boys and girls prep basketball scores.

Butler recovers from start
Butler was outhustled early in Tuesday's game. It was sloppy with the basketball didn't hit its shots, and definitely wasn't rebounding.

Miami hires Marino
DAVIE, Fla. - Dan Marino returned to the Miami Dolphins as senior vice president of football operations Monday, a surprising move that gives the team a popular if inexperienced boss.

Grimm, Smith finalists for Bears' vacancy
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Russ Grimm described himself as a "blue collar guy, meat and potatoes" who would welcome the chance to coach the Chicago Bears.

Fiery Fox turns dismal Panthers into winners
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- John Fox took over a team running on empty. The Carolina Panthers had just finished a 1-15 season and ranked at the bottom of the NFL in almost every statistic.

Spielman takes over personnel decisions for Dolphins
DAVIE, Fla. -- While quarterback Dan Marino was setting records in the 1980s, linebacker Rick Spielman embarked on a brief NFL career that ended when he was released for the third time without ever playing a game.

Chiefs defensive coordinator resigns
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Greg Robinson resigned Tuesday, two days after an embarrassing playoff loss to Indianapolis.

Manning might as well be wearing a cape
Before nearly every play, Peyton Manning barks instructions to his teammates. He waves and points. Put a baton in his hand, and he could be an orchestra conductor.

BCS should observe NFL playoffs

NBC says 'Frasier' will end its run after this season
LOS ANGELES -- After some brief talk of keeping the show going for a 12th season next fall, NBC said Monday that its five-time Emmy-winning comedy, "Frasier," will call it quits in May.

Future looks dicey for CBS' 'The Handler'
LOS ANGELES -- "The Handler" has lost its touch. CBS cut its production order for the drama, which stars Joe Pantoliano as an FBI agent coaching a team of undercover agents, after it slipped in the ratings in its 10 p.m. EST Friday time slot.

CBS rules the week in the ratings
NEW YORK -- CBS ruled in the ratings last week, with strong performances from regular series as well as sports and the "People's Choice Awards."

Favorite 'Survivor' castaways returning for rematch
NEW YORK -- Get ready to welcome Rudy, Richard, Tina and other favorite "Survivor" castaways for a rematch on the upcoming "Survivor: All-Stars" competition.

Favorite 'Survivor' castaways returning for rematch

Patricia Heaton feels right at home as 'Goodbye Girl'

Patricia Heaton feels right at home as 'Goodbye Girl'
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Patricia Heaton understands what it's like to be Paula McFadden, aka "The Goodbye Girl."

Future looks dicey for CBS' 'The Handler'

CBS rules the week in the ratings

Supreme Court stays out comic book hockey fight

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Michael Jackson's family promises big fan support

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ACLU backs Rush Limbaugh in prescription drug case

Extras, extras

People in the News

Club has wide array of live music styles

Pollack decides to stay for his senior season

Georgia forward out for rest of season
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia forward Corey Gibbs will miss the rest of the season because of a recurring knee problem.

Pollack decides to stay for his senior season
ATHENS, Ga. -- The lure of beating Florida for the first time wasn't enough to bring David Pollack back for his senior year. Neither was the chance to reach the Southeastern Conference championship game for the third straight season.

VanGorder takes coaching award
ATHENS, Ga. - Brian VanGorder wasn't a big-name hire when Georgia coach Mark Richt brought him to Athens three years ago from Western Illinois to be his defensive coordinator.

VanGorder takes coaching award

Georgia forward out for rest of season

South Carolina hires Rick Minter as defensive coordinator
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Rick Minter, who was fired last month after 10 seasons at Cincinnati, has been hired as defensive coordinator at South Carolina, the school said Monday.

South Carolina's Minter didn't see troubled program
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina defensive coordinator Rick Minter is glad he's back somewhere football is king.

South Carolina's Minter didn't see troubled program

Teens say church support helps them avoid trouble

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On DVD or VHS: The ultimate showdown between two of the scariest men in movies takes place in Freddy vs. Jason.

Singer just wants to inspire
Chelsea Logue is just 16 but already is a regular performer at Augusta coffee shops and has her first CD, Incarnadine, set to debut Friday.

What's the biggest challenge teens face?

'Cheaper' satisfies viewers of all ages
My family has not been to the movies together in more than five years. With ages ranging from 5 to 45, there is seldom a film to satisfy each taste. Thankfully, Cheaper by the Dozen proved enjoyable for all of us.

Audio best

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.

Girl should ask friend about their relationship

Girl should ask friend about their relationship
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: On an e-mail that asked, "Who are your best friends?" my friend put down two other names and not mine. I really thought we were very close friends. Should I ask her what happened to our friendship?

What's the biggest challenge teens face?
Here are the results for last week's question: Should the HOPE scholarship have a SAT requirement?

Your style
THE FACTS: Tyisha Richards, 14, a freshman at T.W. Josey High School.

Teens say church support helps them avoid trouble
Choosing between right and wrong, good and bad, cool and uncool is an everyday battle for teens.

Condom in clam chowder lawsuit settled

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Authorities consider exhumation of 'Billy the Kid'