Artist explores relationships in his paintings
At his easel, Augusta artist Baker Overstreet has created a candy-colored world inhabited by bold, graphic figures marked by both a sense of mirth and menace.

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.

Rosie loses a bundle on 'Taboo'
NEW YORK -- When Nathan Lane returned to "The Producers" last month, he added a new joke to the smash Mel Brooks musical that had his opening-night audience howling.

Artist explores relationships in his paintings

Rosie loses a bundle on 'Taboo'

Dancer's athletic style is seen in many pieces

Dancer's athletic style is seen in many pieces
Without the strong, often startling, presence of Alvin Ailey, the world of dance would be a much different place.

Rose book will top New York Times best-seller list

'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.

Kelsey Grammer reportedly in negotiations to join 'The Producers'

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.

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

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?

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.

No reprieve: Aaron believes Rose ban should stay in place

Sixty-five players file for arbitration
AL Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay, 2001 NL Rookie of the Year Albert Pujols and New York Yankees second baseman Alfonso Soriano were among 65 players who filed for salary arbitration Thursday, the fewest to submit their names since 1999.

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

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.

No reprieve: Aaron believes Rose ban should stay in place
ATLANTA -- Hank Aaron is adamant: Pete Rose has no place in the Hall of Fame, or anywhere in baseball.

Cold-hearted criminals prey on warmed-up cars

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.

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
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.

John David DeLoach Satcher

Aaron James Thompson

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

Jacob Aubrey Marshall

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
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- A suspect was linked to a series of bank robberies by his own bad spelling, police said.

Woman pleads no contest to filing false lottery claim
SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio -- The woman who claimed she lost a winning $162 million Mega Millions lottery ticket pleaded no contest Thursday to lying on a police report.

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.

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.

Cubs trying to lure Maddux back after 11 years with Braves

Microsoft agrees to modify software for buying music online
WASHINGTON -- Microsoft Corp. has agreed under pressure to change its Windows software to resolve complaints by the Justice Department that it unfairly influenced how customers buy their music online, the government said Thursday.

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.

Limited to close aura science stores, but expand cosmetics line

Deal delivers FedEx

Gillette unveils new premium "humming" shaving system
BOSTON -- There's a new Rolls-Royce for the serious shaver. Gillette rolled out a new high-tech, premium razor Thursday, a souped-up version of the Mach3Turbo featuring 62 patents and a tiny, battery-powered motor that emits pulses that work on the skin to prop up hair so it can be lopped off more easily.

Rayovac to move headquarters to Atlanta

Former Enron finance chief pleads guilty

KB Toys seeks Chapter 11 protection

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.

Fed reports economy gathering strength

Deficit is $128.7 billion for first three months of the budget year
WASHINGTON -- The government produced a deficit of $128.7 billion for the first three months of the 2004 budget year, which was $20 billion more than for the same period a year earlier, the Treasury Department reported Thursday.

Business briefs

Banking giants merge, with eye to growing even bigger
CHICAGO -- The wave of consolidation in the U.S. financial services industry has given birth to another mega-bank - and the new team of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Bank One Corp. already is talking about getting bigger.

Yahoo! and China's SINA to create auction service

Prosecutors examining U.S. documents on Parmalat scandal
ROME -- Italian prosecutors looking into the Parmalat scandal on Thursday started examining thousands of documents sent over by U.S. authorities, as Bank of America Corp. calculated its total exposure to the Italian food conglomerate at about $274 million.

Rio Bomba moves out of downtown

Deficit is $128.7 billion for first three months of the budget year

Experts say consolidation in the banking industry isn't over

Critics decry trade plans

Banking giants merge, with eye to growing even bigger

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.

Alliance for post receives $50,000

Government reopens biggest loan program for small businesses after suspension

Augusta ducks sharp rise in jobless claims
Georgia saw a huge jump in people filing for initial unemployment benefits in December, but Augusta boasted the smallest increase of any metro area in the state.

Express Scripts Inc. to offer a Medicare discount card
WASHINGTON -- Drugstore chains that once sued to block a Medicare discount drug card for seniors said Thursday they will seek the Bush administration's endorsement for a discount card they want to offer in June.

Inspired by India, poor Asian nations eye Western outsourcing

Alliance for post receives $50,000
Fund-raisers working to save Fort Gordon received $50,000 from city economic developers Thursday.

Microsoft agrees to modify software for buying music online

Starbucks hoping to lure French cafe society to American joe
PARIS -- Starbucks has finally arrived in the country that likes to think it invented the cafe.

Business briefs
The National Center for Economic Development, Business and Technology Inc. is sponsoring the South Augusta Business@Breakfast event Jan. 21 that will feature a program on how to do business with Atlanta Gas Light.

Limited to close aura science stores, but expand cosmetics line
NEW ALBANY, Ohio -- Limited Brands Inc. plans to close its nine stores named aura science but is expanding that line of cosmetics and customized skin-care products by making them available in other stores.

Deal delivers FedEx
Augusta economic developers are close to cementing a deal with a unit of FedEx Corp. to build a warehouse and distribution center, beating out Aiken as a possible location for the $4 million facility.

Experts say consolidation in the banking industry isn't over
NEW YORK -- The megamerger of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Bank One Corp. will likely shift the banking industry landscape, setting off a cascade of deals among mid-sized institutions while creating opportunities for community banks to steal customers away.

Inspired by India, poor Asian nations eye Western outsourcing
HYDERABAD, India -- New options may be emerging in Asia for Western companies to outsource software and back-office work, with countries such as Bangladesh and Mongolia taking steps to produce skilled workers and improve facilities.

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.

Consumer prices up 0.2 percent, inflation picture remains tame
WASHINGTON -- Higher costs for medical care, energy products and food pushed consumer prices up by 0.2 percent in December, although overall inflation remained subdued at a time when the economy is gaining momentum.

Business briefs

Rio Bomba moves out of downtown
When Carolyn Rodriguez opened Rio Bomba on the Eighth Street Plaza, she hoped to capitalize on the many Riverwalk events.

Express Scripts Inc. to offer a Medicare discount card

Prosecutors question Parmalat founder's top finance officer

Gillette unveils new premium "humming" shaving system

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.

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.

Government reopens biggest loan program for small businesses after suspension
WASHINGTON -- The government reopened its biggest loan program for small businesses on Wednesday, a week after suspending it for a shortage of money, with an additional $470 million in temporary lending authority.

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

Consumer prices up 0.2 percent, inflation picture remains tame

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.

Starbucks hoping to lure French cafe society to American joe

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.

Augusta ducks sharp rise in jobless claims

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.

Saban wins Bryant coach of the year award
HOUSTON -- LSU's Nick Saban picked up another trophy Thursday night, winning the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year award.

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.

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.

Auburn trio announces decision to return

Clarett pleads guilty to reduced charge

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.

Upsets rule Top 25

Once a point guard, Daniels now a post player for Kentucky

Duo propels Pacers

Florida State player from Argentina will sit out season

Too much at stake
One sports team or another is often heavily favored to beat another. But that expectation doesn't eliminate the need to play the game.

Flawed thinking, linking

Mars plan unreal

Keep moving forward
Our area's least-surprising political development of the year took place Thursday when former state Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta, announced he would run again for his old seat. In a stunning 2002 upset, the veteran lawmaker was taken down by Republican Randy Hall.

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.

Keep moving forward

Too much at stake

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

Standing ovations
The annual NAACP Martin Luther King parade starts at 1 p.m. Saturday at Dyess Park Community Center, 907 James Brown Blvd. The parade proceeds south on James Brown Boulevard, then turns north onto Augusta Avenue, east on Laney-Walker Boulevard, then onto James Brown Boulevard and ends at the park.

Two copies of movies sent to Oscar voters offered on Internet
LOS ANGELES -- Two additional movies sent to Oscar voters have surfaced on the Internet, with a screener copy of "House of Sand and Fog" briefly up for sale on an auction site and "Cold Mountain" available for downloading, studios said.

Mel Gibson's 'Passion' film to be released on 2,000 screens
LOS ANGELES -- Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," a drama about the last hours of Jesus, is set to debut on 2,000 screens - an unusually large release for an independent religious film made in dead languages.

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

Video watch
JUST OUT: Freddy vs. Jason, Johnny Englishand Swimming Poo.l

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

Club calendar
Here's a list of entertainment at Aiken-Augusta nightclubs.

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

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

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.

Warner Bros. studio to start video games unit
LOS ANGELES -- Movie and television giant Warner Bros. is starting an interactive entertainment division, which will develop game consoles, wireless devices and video games for computers.

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.

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.

People in the News
LONDON -- Jude Law says he's emerged stronger and happier from his bruising breakup with Sadie Frost.

Survey: Reducing debt more important than losing extra pounds
Our personal debt could be more worrisome than our equally expansive waistlines.

SEC proposes required ethics codes for investment advisers

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.

Survey: Companies continue to slash retiree health benefits

Minimum tax causing maximum headaches for taxpayers
WASHINGTON -- The government's advocate for taxpayers predicts the alternative minimum tax will be one of the biggest problems many Americans will have while filling out their returns.

Minimum tax causing maximum headaches for taxpayers

Mortgage rates at six-month low
WASHINGTON -- Mortgage rates around the country dropped this week to a six-month low.

Mortgage rates at six-month low

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.

Pension insurance program falls deeper into red

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

Some U.S. Treasury bonds to be redeemed

Stocks fluctuate as investors weigh earnings news
NEW YORK -- Investors facing strong earnings but tepid revenue outlooks left stocks little changed Thursday, with blue chips slightly higher and tech stocks nudging the Nasdaq composite index lower.

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.

Pension insurance program falls deeper into red
WASHINGTON -- Deficits at the government's pension insurance program surged to a record $11.2 billion in 2003 - three times larger than any previous shortfall, with the outgoing director warning Thursday that taxpayers could be called on for a bailout.

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.

Some U.S. Treasury bonds to be redeemed
WASHINGTON -- The Treasury Department said Thursday that it will redeem $4.6 billion worth of 30-year, high-interest rate Treasury bonds before they mature, which will save the goverment millions in interest payments.

State regulators identify leading investment fraud schemes

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.

Stocks rise in anticipation of earnings reports

Treasury wants to stop lease arrangements used for tax breaks

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.

Fishing tournament event news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Fishing tournament event news

Fishing tournament results
Last Friday's weather con-ditions were not the type most bass tournament fishermen prefer - cold, windy, wet, with sleet and scattered snow flur-ries.

Frito-Lay touts low-carb tortilla chips

Burger King introduces breadless Whoppers

Burger King introduces breadless Whoppers
CHICAGO -- It has come to this in America: Burgers are losing their buns. Some of them, at least.

Frito-Lay touts low-carb tortilla chips
PLANO, Texas -- Frito-Lay Inc. plans to sell a new lineup of tortilla chips with fewer than half the carbohydrates in the company's regular chips.

American fast food chains announce expansion in China
BEIJING -- Colonel Sanders, whose bearded, down-home visage adorns chicken restaurants from Kentucky to Karachi, is headed for a new frontier - the mountains of Tibet.

Restaurant closes on high note

Restaurant closes on high note
No. 10 Downing Street in Aiken served its last almond- coated sea bass and rack of lamb Dec. 31. Owners Jan Waugh and Ginnie Huckabee closed after 15 years.

Burger King introduces breadless Whoppers

American fast food chains announce expansion in China

Creating attractive patio is just a matter of steps
Any day the ground is not frozen is a good day to start a project that will warm you up now and make your back yard a hot spot this summer - a patio.

Green is good in winter

Creating attractive patio is just a matter of steps

It's time to plant pecan trees
I got several phone calls this fall regarding the poor quality of the pecan harvest.

Green is good in winter
What more hopeful way to go into winter than with a plant named wintergreen? The word conjures up an image of lush greenery against lily white snow.

It's time to plant pecan trees

Jackets dominate Cavaliers
ATLANTA - A two-game losing streak brought big changes for No. 12 Georgia Tech. All the Yellow Jackets really needed was a return to basics.

Jackets dominate Cavaliers

Taylor cards 71 in debut
HONOLULU - Vaughn Taylor's 2004 PGA Tour debut forced his fans to continuously keep an eye on the virtual scoring.

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.

Wie makes impressive debut
HONOLULU -- Michelle Wie hardly looked out of place Thursday at the Sony Open. Give her time, and the 14-year-old might prove she belongs on the PGA Tour.

Harold Sanderson, oldest PGA member, dies at 100

Everyone can see Wie coming

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.

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.

Harold Sanderson, oldest PGA member, dies at 100
NEW YORK -- Harold Sanderson, the oldest member of the PGA and the organization's second-longest serving member behind Gene Sarazen, has died at 100.

Tee times

Judges try to classify Morris-PGA Tour suit

Ramage faces additional charge in Magnuson's death
NEWMARKET, Ont. -- Retired NHL defenseman Rob Ramage was charged Thursday with driving with a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit in the crash that killed former Chicago Blackhawks player and coach Keith Magnuson.

Stars lower some tickets in anticipation of NHL changes

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

Devils in midseason slump

Wild put Walz on IR, call up defenseman
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild placed center Wes Walz on injured reserve Thursday and recalled defenseman Zbynek Michalek from Houston of the AHL.

Mistake cause Thrashers win

Devils, Rangers skate to a tie
NEW YORK - Matthew Barnaby scored with 1:49 remaining in regulation to lift the New York Rangers into a 3-3 tie with the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.

Wild put Walz on IR, call up defenseman

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.

Ramage faces additional charge in Magnuson's death

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.

Devils, Rangers skate to a tie

Cold-hearted criminals prey on warmed-up cars
It's supposed to get cold again this weekend, so let me pass along a warning: Don't leave your car running unattended to "warm up."

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.

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.

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.

Dr. Lowery to speak today at Paine College
Dr. Joseph Lowery, who has been considered the dean of the civil rights movement, is scheduled to speak today during an 11 a.m. tri-college Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at Paine College.

Destruction of plant along river poses questions

Cartoonist McKee is bright spot at 'Chronicle'

Attacks on God, culture and Mel Gibson

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

Send Bush to Mars

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

King would still be seeking justice

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.

Democratic candidates stack the deck
What a pity we didn't have former Vermont governor and Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean back in 1939. He could have kept the United States out of World War II; he could have been with former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and signed the peace pact with Adolf Hitler at Munich, Germany. Harry Oliphant, Hephzibah

Attacks on God, culture and Mel Gibson
Is the end near? I'm not talking about the exploited "rapture" or the end of the world, but rather the concerted attacks on Christianity and America's pre-1960s values. Expect professed "Christian" senators who vote for killing babies and obstructing judicial appointments to soon say, "While I am personally opposed to abortion, homosexual marriage, polygamy and incest, I cannot impose my beliefs on others." Paul W. Rosenthal, 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.

King would still be seeking justice
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. cautioned that "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Had Dr. King lived, undoubtedly he would have curtly spoken out regarding the Catholic church and its handling of the priestly pedophiles who raped and robbed so many children of their innocence. Robert "Tunk" Martin, Edgefield,SC

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

New study questions fairy tales' preoccupation with beauty

Asian bird flu could be bigger problem for region than SARS

Wring out more rings from aging phones

Playboy get appeals court OK to continue Internet search lawsuit

Dow Chemical to develop plant-based vaccines

Moon has plenty of useful materials to exploit, scientists say

Obsolete gadgets can find homes

Mars madness: from little green men to a presidential promise

Health and fitness calendar

NASA rover rolls off lander and onto Mars

Living briefs

Spirit stirs as NASA plots rover's course

Bush proposes moon base, manned missions to Mars

Study: Ebola virus may be spreading to humans through infected meat

Suit seeks to block sales of nation's first biotech pet
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Two public interest groups that want to block sales of fluorescent zebra fish - the nation's first biotech household pet - sued the federal government Wednesday.

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.

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: Ebola virus may be spreading to humans through infected meat
WASHINGTON -- The Ebola virus has killed large numbers of chimpanzees, gorillas and antelope in west central Africa and researchers say sick animals harvested as meat may be the source of five recent human outbreaks of the deadly disease.

Mars madness: from little green men to a presidential promise
WASHINGTON -- Mars has inspired the human imagination for more than a century, generating a parade of little green men and bug-eyed monsters first sparked by the belief that the planet was crisscrossed with alien-made canals.

Government fails to make Internet security improvements, GAO says
WASHINGTON -- The government must still develop policies, secure funding and train its employees before agencies can use a security system designed to protect online transactions, congressional investigators said Thursday.

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.

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

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.

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.

Moon has plenty of useful materials to exploit, scientists say
The moon is a smorgasbord of useful resources that could be used to support a lunar base and even improve life on Earth, scientists say.

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.

NASA rover rolls off lander and onto Mars
PASADENA, Calif. -- The Spirit rover successfully rolled onto Mars early Thursday, placing its six wheels on solid martian ground for the first time since the robot bounced down on the Red Planet nearly two weeks ago.

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.

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.

Playboy get appeals court OK to continue Internet search lawsuit
SAN FRANCISCO -- In a decision that could prompt scrutiny of Internet search engines and online advertisers, a federal appeals court Wednesday reinstated a trademark infringement lawsuit by Playboy Enterprises against Netscape Communications.

Columbus sinks Augusta
Augusta Lynx coach Stan Drulia sat in his office Wednesday watching the Columbus Cottonmouths on video, and declared this one a big game, maybe the biggest of the season to date.

Lynx lose to Cottonmouths

Lynx lose to Cottonmouths
The Augusta Lynx suffered a 3-4 loss against the Columbus Cottonmouths.

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.

Columbus sinks Augusta

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

Gagnon out with injury

YDC operator calls bid process unfair

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Cancer society pushes for better education

Area's flu cases drop as state's remain high

Students get voice in picking new logo

Walker will vie for lost seat

Schools get bonuses from state

Prevention efforts sought for agricultural terrorism

Tower workers seek reason to get new hotel for Masters

Witnesses detail suspicions

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Lawmakers discuss ways to save HOPE

State of the University reviews '03 highs, lows
ATHENS, Ga. - Shunning his usual State of the University garb - dark suit and red tie - University of Georgia President Michael Adams opted for more relaxed attire during his seventh annual speech Thursday afternoon.

Across the region

Gov. Sonny Perdue Address

State of the University reviews '03 highs, lows

Community helps reduce crime rates

Walker says he will run

Teacher bonus threatened

Prevention efforts sought for agricultural terrorism
South Carolina is being targeted as a proving ground for new cattle herding and breeding techniques that could be useful in the defense against agricultural terrorism.

Sales tax renewal to go before voters this year

Students get voice in picking new logo
It's prompted two months of debate, 36 suggestions from the public and more than a few headaches for Columbia County officials.

US Airways expands its flight schedule

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is R.C. Corbett, 22 months, of Aiken.

Expert predicts big 2004 trials
A University of Georgia law professor told a meeting of Augusta's lawyers and judges Thursday that in 2004, expect more than one "trial of the century."

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.

Teachers decry scripts
AIKEN - Sally Jenkins, who has been teaching eighth-grade English at Schofield Middle School for eight years, doesn't want anyone to tell her how to teach her class.

County leaders address zoning
The Columbia County Planning Commission on Thursday tweaked the zoning of a piece of property on Furys Ferry Road, allowing the construction of a Zaxby's restaurant at the intersection of Park Lane.

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.

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JAN. 16, 1937 Red-haired Patty Berg of Minneapolis, the veteran Helen Hicks of Woodmere, Long Island, and carefree Jane Cothran of Greenville, S.C., yesterday conquered the combined hazards offered by the weather and the Augusta Country Club's rugged Hill course to score one-over-par 80s and take the lead at the end of the first 18 holes of the 54-hole medal play Titleholders' Invitational Golf Tournament.

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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.

Witnesses detail suspicions
When Tammy Rivera's sister tried to tell her that her husband might be the man wanted by police in a brutal rape, she refused to consider it, she testified Thursday at her ex-husband's trial.

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

Thieves go after lottery tickets
Quick cash for enterprising crooks comes in many forms, including the paper scratch-off lottery tickets sold by the hundreds every day in convenience stores across the area.

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.

Holiday closings

Judges try to classify Morris-PGA Tour suit

Northpoint closes its doors

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.

Group working to keep Fort Gordon open receives more funding

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.

Walker says he will run
It should have been anti-climatic, but it wasn't.

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.

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.

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

Survivor recounts assault

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.

Kid of the day

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.

Police seek man over false checks

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.

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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.

Holiday closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Martin Luther King Jr. Day:

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.

Ex-doctor sentenced to prison
A former Augusta doctor facing prison was described by her friends and family in federal court Thursday as a kind, deeply caring person.

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

Area's flu cases drop as state's remain high
A basketball sent 10-year-old Melanie Chapman of Grovetown to the Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center.

Augusta is honored for preservation work
In a White House ceremony Thursday afternoon, Augusta was one of only eight cities nationwide designated a Preserve America Community, making it eligible to apply for $10 million in preservation grants included in the president's 2005 budget.

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.

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.

Expert predicts big 2004 trials

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.

Kid of the day

Middle school principal resigns

County leaders address zoning

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

Dr. Lowery to speak today at Paine College

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.

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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.

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

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.

Youth shares details of term
Shackled and chained, heavily medicated and locked in an isolation room, Charles Justin Duke says he heard a voice whispering, "Cut yourself. Cut yourself. Cut yourself."

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.

Rants and raves
SURPRISE, SURPRISE, surprise. Vicente Fox of Mexico agrees with President Bush and his immigration policy.

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.

Across the area
A man charged in the shotgun slaying of a wheelchair-bound invalid was indicted by an Aiken County grand jury on a murder charge Thursday, according to court documents.

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

Lawmakers discuss ways to save HOPE
ATLANTA - Cool heads and calm tempers prevailed Thursday as lawmakers sat down for their first official hearing on how to protect the HOPE Scholarship for future generations.

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.

Across the region
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -Longtime members of Malachi York's quasi-religious cult defended their leader in court Thursday, describing Mr. York as a father figure and those who accuse him of child molestation as liars.

Kasay stays focused on next kick
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - As a spiritual man, John Kasay's idea of redemption is a little different than that of your average athlete.

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

At the Movies: 'House of Sand and Fog'

Another Oscar screener movie surfaces on Internet

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'
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."

At the Movies: 'Along Came Polly'

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

At the Movies: 'Torque'

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

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

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.

Concert to feature variety of Jewish composers' works
On Saturday, the Augusta Symphony will commemorate the Augusta Jewish Community Center's 150th anniversary with a MasterWorks concert featuring works by Jewish composers.

Concert calendar
Here's a list of upcoming area concerts. The list includes concerts that are withing easy driving distance from the Augusta area.

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.

Concert to feature variety of Jewish composers' works

Concert calendar

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews

Rolling Stone magazine founder gets nod from Rock Hall of Fame

Rolling Stone magazine founder gets nod from Rock Hall of Fame
CLEVELAND -- Rolling Stone magazine founder Jann Wenner will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for lifetime achievement in the nonperformer category, the museum foundation said.

Country music sales slump by nearly 10 percent in 2003

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.

Brack making strides in recovery from bad crash
As Kenny Brack's car pinwheeled down the backstretch at Texas Motor Speedway, there was only faint hope that the driver would be alive when emergency workers reached the wreckage.

Brack making strides in recovery from bad crash

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 new sponsor, new tracks for 2004

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

NASCAR newsmaker, Bobby Labonte

NASCAR notes

IROC gets new sponsor, new tracks for 2004
RICHMOND, Va. -- The International Race of Champions has secured series-saving sponsorship from Crown Royal and will race on three new tracks this year.

NASCAR braces for changes

Bush met by protesters at Martin Luther King grave
ATLANTA -- Looking for election-year support from black voters in the South, President Bush was greeted at Martin Luther King's grave here Thursday by noisy demonstrators who chanted "Go home, Bush!" after receiving a warmer reception at a run-down church in New Orleans.

Bush met by protesters at Martin Luther King grave

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.

Detroit's D sets tone for improving offense
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Chucky Atkins held his hand in the air, Richard Hamilton ran through a maze of screens and Ben Wallace flashed across the lane.

Detroit's Wallace ejected in first half against Toronto

Detroit's D sets tone for improving offense

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.

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.

Once a point guard, Daniels now a post player for Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Erik Daniels looked like a point guard early in Kentucky's win over Vanderbilt on Saturday, zipping passes to open teammates and recording four assists before the basketball game was eight minutes old.

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

Florida State player from Argentina will sit out season
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State's Diego Romero decided to sit out this season just days after he was ruled eligible by the NCAA.

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.

Smith: My Bears will beat Packers

Illnesses provide Panthers with more motivation

Try to remember: Harrison gets back to winning ways

Bills hire Mularkey as coach

Championship game experience a blessing or a curse?

Panthers RB Davis misses practice

Wanted: New nickname for Colts' Hunter the Punter

Elway leads Hall finalists

Panthers are misfits of NFL's final four

Vermeil adds 2 years to contract

Robinson chosen as Saints wide receivers coach

Smith runs back into picture for Patriots

Panthers rookie Horton likely out for season

Reid leads Eagles into third straight title game

New coordinator excited to work with Vick

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Race for 2012 Olympics kicks off
LONDON -- The high-profile race for the 2012 Olympics kicked off Thursday with one of the most glamorous lists of cities in the games' history contending for the hosting honors.

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.

Race for 2012 Olympics kicks off

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.

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.

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.

Aiken gymnast back from meet

Gatti gears up for title bid against Branco

Overtime

Jefferson advances as bantamweight

Lewis trainer says he believes Klitschko rematch likely

Curtis to wear NFL apparel

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Davenport forfeits Sydney semifinal, in doubt for Australian Open

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.

Lewis trainer says he believes Klitschko rematch likely
The trainer for Lennox Lewis believes the heavyweight champion will fight Vitali Klitschko in a rematch that could occur as early as April 24.

Gatti gears up for title bid against Branco
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Arturo Gatti is happy to be fighting someone other than Micky Ward.

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.

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

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

Overtime
Westside Obi Egekeze is one of 10 finalists at place-kicker for the 2004 Riddell All-American team.

Davenport forfeits Sydney semifinal, in doubt for Australian Open
SYDNEY, Australia -- Lindsay Davenport withdrew from the Adidas International semifinals Friday because of an arm injury, casting doubt over her status for next week's Australian Open.

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.

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

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?"

Smith runs back into picture for Patriots
FOXBORO, Mass. -- When the wind comes in from the Atlantic and the temperature drops, quarterbacks worry about gripping the ball and defenders wonder whether their frozen pads will protect them. The ball feels like a rock to kickers and receivers.

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.

Championship game experience a blessing or a curse?
PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles are all too familiar with the road they are traveling. They make it to the NFC championship game, then get detoured.

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

Panthers rookie Horton likely out for season
MIAMI -- Florida Panthers center Nathan Horton will probably miss the remainder of the season after tearing the rotator cuff in his left shoulder.

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.

Reid leads Eagles into third straight title game
PHILADELPHIA -- This was no way to open a new home.

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.

Vermeil adds 2 years to contract
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Dick Vermeil signed a two-year contract extension to coach the Kansas City Chiefs.

Smith: My Bears will beat Packers
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Lovie Smith didn't waste any time trying to win over the Chicago Bears and their fans.

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

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.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Singer was taught by variety of styles

Ramblin' Rhodes: Singer was taught by variety of styles
Growing up in South Carolina, David Ball was exposed to the classical-piano playing of his mother, sacred music in the church where his father preached and the mixture of sounds played on local radio stations.

Kasay stays focused on next kick

That Guy was quite an actor

Donald Trump feuding with CBS boss Leslie Moonves

MTV's college network is revamped and renamed mtvU
NEW YORK -- MTV reintroduced its college-targeted network Thursday with a new name: mtvU.

Tennis great John McEnroe to have talk show on CNBC

WB network hopes a movie division can help revive ratings

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.

WB network hopes a movie division can help revive ratings
LOS ANGELES -- The slumping WB network, betting on a counterintuitive strategy, said Tuesday it was starting a division to make TV movies at a time other broadcasters are retreating from that business.

Donald Trump feuding with CBS boss Leslie Moonves
LOS ANGELES -- If CBS boss Leslie Moonves were a contestant on "The Apprentice," Donald Trump would give him the boot.

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.

Directors Guild announces TV honorees

ABC borrowing from HBO in effort to establish new dramas
LOS ANGELES -- Groping for a way to establish new dramas, ABC executives said Thursday they will borrow a page from HBO in giving some of its series limited runs.

Rankings for basic cable networks

Rankings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Jan. 5-11. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time are in parentheses.

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.

'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.

Applause calendar

Surfers, ski town and Robert Redford star in Sundance fest

People in the News

Two copies of movies sent to Oscar voters offered on Internet

Club calendar

Warner Bros. studio to start video games unit

Movie reviews

People in the News

Another Oscar screener movie surfaces on Internet

Standing ovations

Mel Gibson's 'Passion' film to be released on 2,000 screens

No. 20 Auburn topples No. 11 Georgia

No. 20 Auburn topples No. 11 Georgia
AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn took Kara Braxton and Christi Thomas out of the game, and Georgia was never in it.

That Guy was quite an actor
British actor Sir Alan Bates, who died Dec. 27, was never much of a movie star.

Minter deal gets trustees approval

Minter deal gets trustees approval
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's newest football assistant, defensive coordinator Rick Minter, had his two-year contract approved Thursday by the executive committee of the school's trustees.

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.

No. 5 Tennessee beats South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Coach Pat Summitt knew three teams ranked ahead of Tennessee had lost already this week. She made sure her fifth-ranked Lady Vols didn't add to that group Thursday night.

No. 5 Tennessee beats South Carolina

Odds and Ends

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

Odds and Ends