Kelsey Grammer reportedly in negotiations to join 'The Producers'

Boston Symphony Orchestra names first conductor emeritus
BOSTON -- Bernard Haitink has been named conductor emeritus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the first such appointment in the orchestra's 123-year history.

Kelsey Grammer reportedly in negotiations to join 'The Producers'
NEW YORK -- With "Frasier" fading from network television after this season, can Kelsey Grammer find happiness on Broadway?

The after-holiday chill starts on Broadway as grosses drop

Hang-ups delay Calder Museum plans

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.

Rose book will top New York Times best-seller list

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.

'Taboo,' the Boy George musical, closing on Feb. 8
NEW YORK -- "Taboo," the Boy George musical brought to Broadway by Rosie O'Donnell, will close Feb. 8, losing all of its well-known producer's $10 million investment.

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.

'Taboo,' the Boy George musical, closing on Feb. 8

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.

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

Rose book will top New York Times best-seller list
NEW YORK -- It may not get him in the Hall of Fame, but Pete Rose's "Pete Rose: My Prison Without Bars" will claim a singular spot in the publishing world: No. 1 on The New York Times' list of best sellers.

Palmeiro plans long, productive return with Orioles

Wendell, Rockies reach agreement
DENVER -- Reliever Turk Wendell and the Colorado Rockies reached agreement Wednesday on a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Padres nix Kendall trade

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.

More meetings next week on Dodgers; owners mull Expos' future
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It appears the proposed sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers to a Boston real estate developer will come down to the Jan. 31 deadline.

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

Anderson sent outright to Tacoma

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

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.

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.

Espinoza returns to Pirates' coaching staff

More meetings next week on Dodgers; owners mull Expos' future

Jacob Aubrey Marshall

John David DeLoach Satcher

John David DeLoach Satcher
Mr. and Mrs. David S. Satcher, of Edgefield, S.C., announce the birth of a son, John David DeLoach Satcher, Monday, Dec. 29, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. Tony DeLoach, of Duluth, Ga., Ms. Patsy DeLoach, of Johnston, S.C., and Mrs. Betty Whatley Jones, of Augusta.

Charlie Arthur Lee Bussey III
Charlie A. L. Bussey Jr. and Baronessa Brown Bussey announce the birth of a son, Charlie Arthur Lee Bussey III, Monday, Dec. 15, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Margaret A. Miller, of Westwego, La., George E. Brown, of New Orleans, La., and Mr. and Mrs. Charlie A. L. Bussey Sr., of Augusta.

Aaron James Thompson

Travis Daniel Hoague
Mr. and Mrs. Travis E. Hoague, of Mitchell, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Travis Daniel Hoague, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. David Wiggins, of Mitchell, Ga., Mrs. and Mrs. Richard Brassell, of Gibson, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hoague, of Delta Junction, Alaska.

Aaron James Thompson
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce H. Thompson, of Martinez, announce the birth of a son, Aaron James Thompson, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mrs. Dorothea A. Mulligan, of Dayton, Ohio, and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth H. Thompson, of Akron, Ohio.

Travis Daniel Hoague

Charlie Arthur Lee Bussey III

Jacob Aubrey Marshall
Jason C. Marshall and Hope D. Marshall, of Grovetown, announce the birth of a son, Jacob Aubrey Marshall, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Randy Dickson, of Harlem, Ga., Mr. and Mrs. Donnie Rish, of Martinez, and Mr. and Mrs. John W. Marshall, of Lincolnton, Ga.

Odds and Ends
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- An attempt to auction off the state of West Virginia drew 56 bids and nearly enough promised dollars to fill the state's projected budget hole before eBay learned of the joke.

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."

Judge: reckless driver should carry photo of victim in a coffin
BUTLER, Pa. -- A woman who was drunk when she killed a man in a head-on collision must carry a photograph of the teacher in his coffin as part of her five years of probation, a judge ruled.

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?

Cubs trying to lure Maddux back after 11 years with Braves
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs, who lost Greg Maddux to the Atlanta Braves in 1992, would like him to finish where he started.

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

Cubs trying to lure Maddux back after 11 years with Braves

Local Brazilian officials receive U.S. tourists with flowers

KB Toys seeks Chapter 11 protection

Business briefs
The company, whose existing shop is on Deans Bridge Road, recently purchased nearly an acre in Evans at 4432 Washington Road, the site of the former Barksdale's Menswear store. Mr. Whitehead said he will renovate the building to add 4,550 square feet.

Automakers show off gas-electric hybrids

Former Enron finance chief pleads guilty

Biotech recruiter seeks money

Rayovac to move headquarters to Atlanta
MADISON, Wis. -- Rayovac Inc., the world's third-largest battery maker, will move its corporate headquarters from Wisconsin to Atlanta and shutter the Connecticut operation it acquired last year when it bought Remington Products, company officials said Tuesday.

Enron plant site still up for sale

Prosecutors question Parmalat founder's top finance officer

Business briefs

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.

Textile jobs drop by 10 percent in 2003

Prosecutors question Parmalat founder's top finance officer
ROME -- Citigroup has told Italian prosecutors it might have been a victim of possible fraud in the Parmalat scandal as investigators continued to question a former finance executive on Tuesday to understand how the dairy conglomerate manipulated its books.

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.

KB Toys seeks Chapter 11 protection
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- KB Toys Inc. filed for bankruptcy Wednesday, blaming a fierce holiday price war in toys.

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.

Critics decry trade plans
COLUMBIA - Critics of South Carolina's proposed trade agreement with Cuba say state officials are ignoring the totalitarian regime's poor human rights record for economic gain.

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.

Fed reports economy gathering strength

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.

Critics decry trade plans

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.

Rayovac to move headquarters to Atlanta

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.

Kodak to stop making traditional cameras in U.S.

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.

Business briefs

Yahoo! and China's SINA to create auction service

Chrysler recalls 2.7 million vehicles
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group is recalling 2.7 million older model vehicles to replace or repair the floor-mounted shifter assembly.

Fed reports economy gathering strength
WASHINGTON -- A batch of new economic reports Wednesday provided fresh evidence that the U.S. economy is continuing to gain momentum, with an unexpectedly sharp narrowing of the trade deficit and a strengthening of business activity in most parts of the country as the new year began.

Clemson center may bring jobs
Clemson University is working to become the center of innovation in the automotive and motorsports industry, and that could lead to more jobs in Augusta.

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.

Yahoo! and China's SINA to create auction service
BEIJING -- Yahoo! Inc. and leading Chinese Internet portal SINA announced an agreement Wednesday to form an auction service for online buyers and sellers in China - a project to unite people and markets in a country suddenly bursting with privately owned goods.

Former Enron finance chief pleads guilty
HOUSTON -- Andrew Fastow, chief architect of the shady, off-the-books deals that brought down Enron, pleaded guilty along with his wife Wednesday in a deal that could take prosecutors to the top of the corporate ladder at the scandal-ridden company.

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.

Tigers survive poor shooting

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.

Auburn trio announces decision to return

Clarett pleads guilty to reduced charge
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Suspended Ohio State tailback Maurice Clarett, accused of lying on a police report, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a lesser charge that carries no jail time.

Five players to be suspended for Hawaii Bowl brawl
HONOLULU -- Five Hawaii players will be suspended for one of next season's first four games for their roles in a postgame fight at the Hawaii Bowl.

Clarett pleads guilty to reduced charge

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.

Auburn trio announces decision to return
AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn tailbacks Carnell Williams and Ronnie Brown will again be vying for carries next season, and cornerback Carlos Rogers will be shadowing Southeastern Conference receivers again.

Thompson, Miller academically ineligible

Duo propels Pacers

Upsets rule Top 25

Flawed thinking, linking

Mars plan unreal
President George W. Bush's Kennedyesque vision to colonize the moon as a launching site for manned space travel to Mars smacks more of election-year politics than reality.

Flawed thinking, linking
Supporters of the old Confederate emblem, and the 1956 Georgia flag that prominently featured it, have made two mistakes:

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.

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

A new challenge

Mars plan unreal

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.

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

Another Oscar screener movie surfaces on Internet
LOS ANGELES -- A second movie sent to Oscar voters has turned up on the Internet.

People in the News
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- Kevin Costner said it was Richard Burton who inspired him to pursue an acting career.

Surfers, ski town and Robert Redford star in Sundance fest
PARK CITY, Utah -- Opening night will mark some firsts for the Sundance Film Festival, the nation's top showcase for independence movies.

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.

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.

Universal announces DVD release of 'Schindler's List'
LOS ANGELES -- Steven Spielberg's Oscar-winning "Schindler's List," one of the most acclaimed films about human survival amid the horrors of the Holocaust, is coming to DVD.

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.

White Stripes singer Jack White pleads innocent to assault
DETROIT -- White Stripes lead singer Jack White, who's accused of repeatedly punching the lead singer of another band in the face, pleaded innocent Wednesday to a misdemeanor aggravated assault charge.

Stocks rise in anticipation of earnings reports

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.

State regulators identify leading investment fraud schemes

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.

Court overturns Bush air conditioner efficiency standard
WASHINGTON -- A federal court rebuked the Bush administration and ordered it to restore Clinton administration efficiency standards that would make air conditioners use less energy and save consumers money on their electricity bills.

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.

Science panel urges U.S. to adopt universal health insurance by 2010

Bond prices mixed

E-Trade discussing possible merger with TD Waterhouse

Treasury wants to stop lease arrangements used for tax breaks
WASHINGTON -- The Treasury Department on Tuesday asked Congress to stop the widespread leasing of public water systems, subways and bridges to private companies in arrangements that infuse cash into local governments and hand tax breaks to private investors.

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

Survey: Companies continue to slash retiree health benefits

Science panel urges U.S. to adopt universal health insurance by 2010
WASHINGTON -- Calling the lack of health insurance deadly, costly and a cause of insecurity even among the insured, a study by the Institute of Medicine urges the United States to adopt universal coverage by 2010.

Stocks rise in anticipation of earnings reports
NEW YORK -- Investors had a surge of optimism Wednesday ahead of the first major fourth-quarter earnings reports, sending stocks sharply higher and carrying the Dow Jones industrial average up more than 110 points.

Stocks fall as investors await major earnings reports

Survey: Companies continue to slash retiree health benefits
NEW YORK -- Companies continued to slash retiree health benefits over the last year, with 10 percent of firms eliminating coverage for future retirees and 71 percent increasing retirees' contributions for their coverage, according to a new study.

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.

State regulators identify leading investment fraud schemes
WASHINGTON -- State securities regulators have identified 10 top investment frauds, with improper mutual fund practices, scams targeting seniors and variable annuities new to the annual list.

SEC proposes required ethics codes for investment advisers
WASHINGTON -- Responding to the mutual fund industry scandal, federal regulators on Wednesday proposed requiring investment firms that advise funds to adopt ethics codes for officials and employees that would set standards of conduct and require reporting of personal trades.

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

Democratic candidates promote their tax plans

Treasury wants to stop lease arrangements used for tax breaks

SEC proposes required ethics codes for investment advisers

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.

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.

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.

Dining out

Small portions

Dining out
Here are mini reviews of area restaurants.

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

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.

Judges try to classify Morris-PGA Tour suit

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

Everyone can see Wie coming

Judges try to classify Morris-PGA Tour suit
ATLANTA - Who controls golf scores - and how quickly fans can see them on the Internet - is the core issue of a lawsuit argued Wednesday before a federal appeals court.

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.

Tee times

Tee times
Augusta's Vaughn Taylor makes his 2004 PGA Tour debut today at the Sony Open. Taylor, who tees off at 1:41 p.m. EDT, is playing with David Branshaw and Ariun Atwal.

Everyone can see Wie coming
HONOLULU -- PGA Tour players at the World Series of Golf used to gather around the TV after their rounds and watch a teenager named Tiger Woods compete in the U.S. Amateur.

Els predicts big future for Wie

Butler recovers from start

Area prep basketball scores

Stars lower some tickets in anticipation of NHL changes

Mistake cause Thrashers win

Mistake cause Thrashers win
ATLANTA -- Mike Ribeiro was simply trying to challenge the defense. He wound up with the winning goal.

Stars lower some tickets in anticipation of NHL changes
DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars are drastically reducing the cost of more than 2,000 season tickets and lowering the price of other seats for next season, partly due to anticipated changes in the NHL's economic structure.

Devils in midseason slump

Devils in midseason slump
WEST ORANGE, N.J. -- The New Jersey Devils are going to find out quickly about the extent of their midseason slump.

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.

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.

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

FedEx Ground to build facilities in Augusta
FedEx Ground is poised to build a warehouse and distribution facility by September that will initially employ as many as 70 workers.

Group working to keep Fort Gordon open receives more funding
Fund-raisers working to save Fort Gordon received $50,000 from city economic developers Thursday.

Former Augusta physician sentenced
A former Augusta physician convicted on more than 300 counts of unlawfully prescribing narcotic medication was sentenced today to four years in federal prison.

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.

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.

Bashing eclipses intelligent debate

Send Bush to Mars

Facing reality on immigration reform

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

Remembering two Confederate heroes: Lee, Jackson
On May 2, 1863, at 10 p.m., the hopes and dreams of the Confederacy were dealt a crippling blow. Together, Gen. Robert E. Lee and Gen. Thomas J. Jackson formulated and decisively carried out their foremost victory against Gen. Joseph Hooker's Union Army at Chancellorsville. Robert L. Gordon, North Augusta, S.C.

Destruction of plant along river poses questions

One bad apple ruining entire commission
There seems to be some thought that the newly constituted Augusta Commission will be all peaches and cream. That is impossible as long as Commissioner Marion Williams sits on the commission. M. Don Williams, Augusta

Cartoonist McKee is bright spot at 'Chronicle'

Destruction of plant along river poses questions
Regarding your Jan. 10 editorial, "Over the line": Cherry Young, North Augusta, S.C.

Traffic laws apply to police officers, too

Send Bush to Mars
It seems that President George W. Bush is dead serious in his vision of setting up a human base in the moon as the first step of sending Americans to Mars. Wouldn't it be great if he were the first one to go - and maybe stay there? Joaquin Godoy, Aiken, S.C.

Cartoonist McKee is bright spot at 'Chronicle'
Whoever brought editorial cartoonist Rick McKee to The Augusta Chronicle after former editorial cartoonist Clyde Wells left (with whom I thought no one could compare) did a good thing for Augusta and for The Chronicle. His cartoons bring a smile and a profound truth with one drawing. Surely, his gift is from God, and he uses it well. Sarah R. Brown, Augusta

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

Obsolete gadgets can find homes

Maine physician brings humor into doctors' offices

Health and fitness calendar

Spirit stirs as NASA plots rover's course

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

Bush proposes moon base, manned missions to Mars

Wring out more rings from aging phones

New study questions fairy tales' preoccupation with beauty

Living briefs

Asian bird flu could be bigger problem for region than SARS

Living briefs

Study: Antibiotics may help prevent stomach cancer

NASA plots rover's course for Mars exploration

New Myst game confounding, beautiful

Dow Chemical to develop plant-based vaccines

Wring out more rings from aging phones
Cellular phones contain small amounts of lead, mercury and cadmium, and like computers, they're evolving quickly.

Dow Chemical to develop plant-based vaccines
MIDLAND, Mich. -- Dow Chemical Co. announced a four-year, $5.7 million research agreement with the National Institutes of Health to develop plant-based vaccines that it says will be cheaper and easier to produce than existing vaccines.

Bush proposes moon base, manned missions to Mars
WASHINGTON -- President Bush beckoned the nation "forward into the universe" on Wednesday, outlining a costly new effort to return Americans to the moon as early as 2015 and use it as a waystation to Mars and beyond.

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.

Asian bird flu could be bigger problem for region than SARS
HANOI, Vietnam -- The bird flu that has raced through chicken farms in Asia and killed at least three people in Vietnam could become a bigger problem for the region than SARS, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

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.

Obsolete gadgets can find homes
The road to obsolescence is filled with upgrades. Today's technological dazzler will be 2008's paperweight, but instead of mixing circuit boards with household trash, many consumers are finding ways to recycle their old cellular phones, computers and televisions.

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.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

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.

New study questions fairy tales' preoccupation with beauty
NEW YORK -- Fairy tales offer children a fantasy world of magic, romance and adventure, where pumpkins are transformed into crystal coaches and a kiss from a handsome prince can bring a young girl back to life.

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.

Living briefs
A new line of videos aimed at babies aim to boost children's mental development by entertaining the babies and offering interactive activities for parents.

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.

Spirit stirs as NASA plots rover's course
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's Spirit rover has rolled for the first time since reaching Mars, backing up 10 inches atop its platform as it began to reposition itself in preparation for exploring the Red Planet's surface later this week.

Lynx notes

Gagnon out with injury
Jonathan Gagnon has been one of the hottest players in the ECHL the past few weeks, but now the Augusta Lynx will be without their rookie forward for at least three weeks.

Two minutes with Lynx forward Louis Goulet

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

Lynx game weekend
Tonight the Augusta Lynx will square off on the ice with the Columbus Cottonmouths at 7:05 p.m.

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.

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

Gagnon out with injury

Teacher bonus threatened

Projects lie in limbo with bill's delay

Across the area

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.

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.

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?

US Airways expands its flight schedule
Golf enthusiasts from Boston and Pittsburgh and Augustans looking to travel during Masters Week should be delighted.

Group working to keep Fort Gordon open receives more funding

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?

Bank's new fee angers leaders

YDC operator calls bid process unfair

Man is accused in death of his girlfriend's son

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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.

S. Carolina lawmakers ease slowly into work

Schools get bonuses from state

Paine ex-worker charged in theft

Experts urge eye protection amid rising paintball injuries

Across the area

Rants and raves
A BIG RAVE to Mrs. Parks and her concerns about no hot water in public schools. Hot water is a necessity, not a luxury, in good hand-washing. Being absent due to illness affects a child's education as much as budget cuts, and this is something that may be prevented. Good hand-washing techniques should be taught in schools.

Flu myths worry medical officials

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Walker will vie for lost seat

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.

Northpoint closes its doors
A private Christian academy has shut down, leaving teachers without paychecks and dozens of students in the lurch as the school's founder considers bankruptcy protection.

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.

Middle school principal resigns

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

Judges try to classify Morris-PGA Tour suit

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

South Carolina teacher is national title finalist

Kid of the day

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.

Police seek man over false checks

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.

Rants and raves
A BIG RAVE to Mrs. Parks and her concerns about no hot water in public schools. Hot water is a necessity, not a luxury, in good hand-washing. Being absent due to illness affects a child's education as much as budget cuts, and this is something that may be prevented. Good hand-washing techniques should be taught in schools.

Across the region
ATLANTA -The state attorney general is looking into allegations that Gov. Sonny Perdue's former top aide used state time to raise money for President Bush's re-election campaign.

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.

Across the area
An Augusta man was treated at a hospital after he said he was shot in the buttocks Tuesday night while riding his bicycle, officials said.

US Airways expands its flight schedule

Construction at airport delayed
Construction on a new terminal at Augusta Regional Airport is no longer set to begin soon after Masters Week - the time frame officials had originally anticipated.

Survivor recounts assault

Police seek man over false checks
Richmond County authorities are searching for a man who they said cashed false checks at several Augusta-area businesses.

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Police search for robbery suspect
Richmond County investigators said they were searching for a man who was involved in an early-morning armed robbery of a Gordon Highway convenience store Wednesday.

Former South Carolina Gov. Beasley enters Senate race

Survivor recounts assault
Prosecutors expect to introduce today evidence of two other slayings, those of Tiffaney S. Wilson, 17, who disappeared Dec. 4, 1999, and Melissa Dingess, 17, who disappeared July 17, 1999. The remains of both teenagers were found in Aiken County.

Kidnap suspect has record

Schools get bonuses from state
Teachers, custodians and even lunchroom personnel at some schools are getting bonuses in their paychecks.

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.

Few in South have chosen candidate
ATLANTA - Just days before the Democratic primary season begins in Iowa, voters in the South are waiting to pick someone to support, according to a poll released Wednesday.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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JAN. 15, 1927 The mystery of an overturned truck found early yesterday morning buried in sand and water in a creek about 50 feet from the main stream of Briar Creek remained unsolved last night, according to information from Waynesboro. Whether anyone was injured or met death could not be learned. The waters of the creek were dragged some distance by G.A. Lewis, undertaker at Waynesboro, but no trace of anyone was found.

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.

Middle school principal resigns
Evans Middle School Principal Myrel Seigler resigned Wednesday. His resignation is effective immediately, officials said.

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

City leaders oppose county tax increase
Harlem and Grovetown officials voiced their concerns Wednesday to Columbia County leaders over the collection of funding for fire service through property taxes.

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.

Community helps reduce crime rates
Community involvement contributed greatly to decreases in Columbia County's crime rates for the eighth year in a row, officials said.

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.

Primary to go on without grants
AIKEN - South Carolina Democrats are among the lone wolves of election financing in the United States.

Tower workers seek reason to get new hotel for Masters

Walker will vie for lost seat
Former state Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker Sr. said Wednesday that he will run for the District 22 Senate seat he lost to Sen. Randy Hall, a Republican, in a 2002 upset, despite an ongoing federal grand jury investigation.

Cancer society pushes for better education

Sales tax renewal to go before voters this year
Depending on how quickly a list of projects can be agreed upon by a 21-member review committee, the renewal of the 1-cent collection could go before voters as early as this summer or as late as November, when a presidential election is held.

Sales tax renewal to go before voters this year

Community helps reduce crime rates

YDC operator calls bid process unfair
Augusta Youth Development Campus operator Unique Solutions is crying foul in the state's awarding of a five-year contract to run the facility to a competitor, alleging the bidding process was tainted in favor of the Florida-based corrections firm that won the job.

Northpoint closes its doors

Cancer society pushes for better education
ATLANTA - Nearly two out of three cancer deaths this year could have been prevented, and more needs to be done with education, screening and access to care efforts such as the Georgia Cancer Coalition, the head of the American Cancer Society said Wednesday.

Gov. Sonny Perdue Address

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Carson Elliott Quarles, 5, of Grovetown.

Gov. Sonny Perdue Address
The text of Gov. Sonny Perdue's combined State of the State and budget addresses Wednesday night:

Boy's death may see more arrests
Sheriff's investigators said Wednesday they expect more arrests in the beating death of a 4-year-old Augusta boy.

Judges try to classify Morris-PGA Tour suit
ATLANTA - Who controls golf scores - and how quickly fans can see them on the Internet - is the core issue of a lawsuit argued Wednesday before a federal appeals court.

Tower workers seek reason to get new hotel for Masters
Augusta might be the place to visit during Masters Week, but for a group of airport control tower workers, the hotel stay is apparently just as important as the golf.

Teacher bonus threatened
AIKEN - Pat Logue, a fourth-grade teacher at Hammond Hill Elementary School, spent more than two years working to get her National Board Certification and the $7,500-per-year raise that comes with it.

Testimony opens Rivera trial

Pregnancy program cuts concern officials
AIKEN - When Shlonda Brown went to college, she wasn't planning to have a child. When she found out she was pregnant at age 20, she dropped out of the University of South Carolina Aiken to have her son, Krizton.

Kid of the day

Townsend announces retirement

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

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.

At the Movies: 'House of Sand and Fog'

At the Movies: 'Along Came Polly'
After "There's Something About Mary," "Meet the Parents" and "Duplex," it seemed Ben Stiller had played characters who've humiliated and injured themselves in every imaginable way and had every possible bodily fluid spew from them or spill on them.

At the Movies: 'Disney's Teacher's Pet'

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.

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

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.

Critical choice

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.

At the Movies: 'Torque'
"Torque" apparently aims to do for action movies what "Scream" did for horror flicks.

Fox Searchlight to release NC-17 film by Bertolucci

At the Movies: 'House of Sand and Fog'
"House of Sand and Fog" is like a human chemistry experiment, a drama that documents the explosive mixture of pride and desperation.

At the Movies: 'Disney's Teacher's Pet'
Even though "Disney's Teacher's Pet" is a kids movie based on the Daytime Emmy-winning (and now defunct) TV series, it has an energy and a twisted sense of humor that would fit perfectly on Cartoon Network's "Adult Swim" late-night lineup, right alongside "The Family Guy."

Another Oscar screener movie surfaces on Internet
LOS ANGELES -- A second movie sent to Oscar voters has turned up on the Internet.

At the Movies: 'Along Came Polly'

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

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.

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

At the Movies: 'Torque'

Another Oscar screener movie surfaces on Internet

Top 20 concert tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Country music sales slump by nearly 10 percent in 2003

Country music sales slump by nearly 10 percent in 2003
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Country music sales fell nearly 10 percent last year, much sharper than the overall industry's decline of less than 1 percent, industry officials said.

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.

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews
Selected audio reviews of recently released music:

Shaun Piazza combines many music genres

NASCAR notes
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Drivers know three days of testing at Daytona International Speedway is necessary to prepare for next month's Daytona 500, but that doesn't mean it's exciting.

NASCAR notes

Awesome Bill tries leaving on his terms

Earnhardt aiming for two titles in 2004

NASCAR newsmaker, Bobby Labonte

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.

NASCAR braces for changes

NASCAR braces for changes
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Jeff Gordon knows change is coming. So does everyone else. It doesn't mean anyone has to like it.

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.

NASCAR newsmaker, Bobby Labonte
Former NASCAR Nextel Cup Series champion Bobby Labonte took time out of Tuesday's test session at the Daytona International Speedway to talk about the monotony of testing and how his race team is preparing for the new season. Here's what he had to say

IROC gets prize boost, new sponsor

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

Redesign of 9-11 tribute praised

Redesign of 9-11 tribute praised
NEW YORK - A revised design for the World Trade Center memorial was unveiled Wednesday and includes a subtle tribute to the rescue workers and an underground room where visitors can see twisted steel beams, a crushed fire truck and other artifacts from Sept. 11.

Qyntel Woods pleads no contest to marijuana charge
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland Trail Blazers forward Qyntel Woods pleaded no contest Wednesday to marijuana charges stemming from a traffic stop last year.

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.

Unhappy Chaney coaches while Thomas does TV

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.

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

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.

Detroit's Wallace ejected in first half against Toronto
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Detroit Pistons forward Ben Wallace was ejected late in the first half of Wednesday night's game against the Toronto Raptors.

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

Bryant sidelined with sprained shoulder

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.

Detroit's Wallace ejected in first half against Toronto

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.

Laettner violates drug policy, suspended five games

Duo propels Pacers
AIKEN - Telling his team not to overlook hapless UNC Pembroke was not an easy task for USC Aiken coach Mike Roberts.

Upsets rule Top 25
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Brandon Crump and Scooter McFadgon each scored 20 points Wednesday night to help Tennessee beat No. 23 Vanderbilt 76-66.

Lady Jaguars' run ends at 11
GREENWOOD, S.C. - A day after Augusta State's women broke into the top 20 in the NCAA Division II poll, the Lady Jaguars suffered their first Peach Belt Conference loss of the season and lost an 11-game winning streak.

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

Wanted: New nickname for Colts' Hunter the Punter

Chiefs defensive coordinator resigns

Spielman takes over personnel decisions for Dolphins

Elway leads Hall finalists

New coordinator excited to work with Vick

Panthers RB Davis misses practice

Panthers are misfits of NFL's final four

Robinson chosen as Saints wide receivers coach

Manning might as well be wearing a cape

Bills hire Mularkey as coach

Try to remember: Harrison gets back to winning ways

Illnesses provide Panthers with more motivation

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New York sends formal reply to host 2012 games
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The committee leading New York's bid to host the 2012 Summer Olympics sent its official reply to a bid questionnaire Tuesday to the International Olympic Committee.

IOC vice president hospitalized amid investigation
SEOUL, South Korea -- International Olympic Committee vice president Kim Un-yong, accused of embezzlement and other financial wrongdoing, was in intensive care after he collapsed suddenly.

Bush amnesty scheme fiscally irresponsible
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. Bush, goaded by adviser Karl Rove and the radical open-borders lobby, incredibly proposes that Congress "adjust the legal status" of the 8-to-10 million illegal immigrants in our country. The president claims his proposal is not amnesty - but it is.

Bush amnesty scheme fiscally irresponsible
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. Bush, goaded by adviser Karl Rove and the radical open-borders lobby, incredibly proposes that Congress "adjust the legal status" of the 8-to-10 million illegal immigrants in our country. The president claims his proposal is not amnesty - but it is.

Get criminal aliens off our streets first
IF IT WERE a secret, it might have made it on a David Letterman list of the Top 10 Worst Kept Secrets in Georgia ... if such a thing existed.

Get criminal aliens off our streets first
IF IT WERE a secret, it might have made it on a David Letterman list of the Top 10 Worst Kept Secrets in Georgia ... if such a thing existed.

Jefferson advances as bantamweight

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Bolton ousted by Tranmere in FA Cup upset

Curtis to wear NFL apparel

Aiken gymnast back from meet

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Seaman retires

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

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.

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.

Aiken gymnast back from meet
Grace Taylor of Aiken fared well in her recent trip to the National Gymnastics Training Camp in Texas.

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

Curtis to wear NFL apparel
HONOLULU -- British Open champion Ben Curtis signed an endorsement contract with Reebok to wear its NFL apparel at PGA Tour events, the first player to do that since the late Payne Stewart.

Overtime
Thomson punter/place-kicker Justin Martin verbally committed to the Air Force Academy on Wednesday.

Jefferson advances as bantamweight
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Rashiem Jefferson won his preliminary bout Wednesday at the U.S. Amateur Boxing Championships, a victory that came a year after he was shot twice in a street confrontation.

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.

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

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.

Wanted: New nickname for Colts' Hunter the Punter
INDIANAPOLIS -- Hunter the Punter might need a new nickname.

Bills hire Mularkey as coach
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Mike Mularkey was hired as coach of the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday, his first head coaching job after 10 years as an assistant in Pittsburgh.

Elway leads Hall finalists
CANTON, Ohio - John Elway and Barry Sanders were among 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced Wednesday.

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.

Panthers are misfits of NFL's final four
PHILADELPHIA -- The Carolina Panthers could be excused for looking around and asking: "What are we doing here?"

Robinson chosen as Saints wide receivers coach
NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Saints have hired Jimmy Robinson as the team's new wide receivers coach.

Try to remember: Harrison gets back to winning ways
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Rodney Harrison could see the disappointment in New England last winter. That's what sold him on the place.

Panthers RB Davis misses practice
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Panthers running back Stephen Davis did not practice Wednesday because of a strained left quadriceps.

Illnesses provide Panthers with more motivation
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The first blow to the Carolina Panthers came late in training camp: Linebacker Mark Fields went to the hospital to find out why a cut on his finger wouldn't heal and learned he had cancer of the lymph nodes.

New coordinator excited to work with Vick
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons new offensive coordinator Greg Knapp believes the West Coast offense belongs in Northern California.

BCS should observe NFL playoffs

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."

Tennis great John McEnroe to have talk show on CNBC
LOS ANGELES -- Former tennis great John McEnroe - who's done his share of shouting in the past - will join the world of television talk this spring with a prime-time topical show on CNBC.

Directors Guild announces TV honorees
LOS ANGELES -- HBO's "Sex and the City" and "Six Feet Under" each collected three nominations Tuesday from the Directors Guild of America.

Directors Guild announces TV honorees

NBC to start next fall's schedule early
LOS ANGELES -- NBC said Wednesday it will premiere many of its new fall shows three weeks early this year when the Summer Olympics end - the same week as the Republican National Convention.

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.

Tennis great John McEnroe to have talk show on CNBC

CBS rules the week in the ratings

'Friends' cast prepares final episode of NBC sitcom
BURBANK, Calif. -- The creators of "Friends" relied on some of television's best finales to guide them in crafting the final episode of television's most popular sitcom.

Future looks dicey for CBS' 'The Handler'

Another Oscar screener movie surfaces on Internet

Club has wide array of live music styles

People in the News

People in the News

Extras, extras

Surfers, ski town and Robert Redford star in Sundance fest

Stuff to do

VanGorder takes coaching award

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.

South Carolina's Minter didn't see troubled program

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.

Gamecocks rally in OT vs. Auburn
AUBURN, Ala. - Carlos Powell's steal and layup with 13 seconds left lifted South Carolina to a 53-51 overtime victory over Auburn on Wednesday night.

Judge: reckless driver should carry photo of victim in a coffin

Odds and Ends

Condom in clam chowder lawsuit settled

Odds and Ends

Authorities consider exhumation of 'Billy the Kid'