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.

Artist explores relationships in his paintings

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.

Glitter renewed, Verrocchio's boy-warrior stands triumphant

Rosie loses a bundle on 'Taboo'

Works by Picasso, Manet, Degas highlight art auction

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.

Works by Picasso, Manet, Degas highlight art auction
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. -- Pablo Picasso's 1905 painting, "Boy With a Pipe," as well as major works by Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas and others will headline an auction this spring of 44 paintings from a charitable foundation created by philanthropist Betsey Whitney.

Glitter renewed, Verrocchio's boy-warrior stands triumphant
ATLANTA -- David, fresh from his triumph over Goliath, is again the fair-haired boy sculpted by Andrea del Verrocchio and possibly modeled by the 15th-century Florentine's student, Leonardo da Vinci.

Dancer's athletic style is seen in many pieces

Cubs agree to $9.75 million deal with Wood
CHICAGO -- Kerry Wood agreed Friday to a $9.75 million, one-year contract with the Chicago Cubs, who hope to work out a multiyear deal.

Cubs agree to $9.75 million deal with Wood

Ordonez signs minor league deal with Padres
SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres signed shortstop Rey Ordonez to a minor league contract Friday and invited him 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.

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.

Cold-hearted criminals prey on warmed-up cars

Odds and Ends
HARLEYVILLE, S.C. -- Harleyville is cashing in on the commodity of its town limit signs.

Streakers in restaurant watch as their car stolen
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Three men who went streaking through a Denny's restaurant were chilled and chagrined when they spotted a thief drive off in their getaway car, their clothes inside.

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.

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

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.

Business briefs

Spock joining Kirk in Priceline.com ads
NORWALK, Conn. -- Move over, Capt. Kirk. Mr. Spock is now sharing command in commercials for Priceline.com.

Consumer prices up 0.2 percent, inflation picture remains tame

Government reopens biggest loan program for small businesses after suspension

Augusta ducks sharp rise in jobless claims

Rio Bomba moves out of downtown

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.

Deal delivers FedEx

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.

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

Limited to close aura science stores, but expand cosmetics line

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.

Business briefs
CINCINNATI - Federated Department Stores Inc. plans to close five underperforming Rich's-Macy's and Lazarus-Macy's stores in Alabama, Georgia, Ohio and Pennsylvania by May.

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.

Schick says judge ruled in its favor in Gillette patent case
BOSTON -- A federal judge has denied Gillette's request to block Schick-Wilkinson Sword from selling its new Quattro razor, according to Schick's parent company, Energizer Holdings.

Alliance for post receives $50,000

Banking giants merge, with eye to growing even bigger

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.

Starbucks hoping to lure French cafe society to American joe

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.

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

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.

Gillette unveils new premium "humming" shaving system

Kmart plans to close two more stores

Experts say consolidation in the banking industry isn't over

Spock joining Kirk in Priceline.com ads

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.

Dollar up, gold down in Europe

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.

Consumer confidence at three-year high, U. Mich. reports

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.

Schick says judge ruled in its favor in Gillette patent case

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.

Speaker links fate of industry, nation

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.

Federated to close 5 underperforming stores by May
CINCINNATI - Federated Department Stores Inc. plans to close five underperforming Rich's-Macy's and Lazarus-Macy's stores in Alabama, Georgia, Ohio and Pennsylvania by May.

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.

Kmart plans to close two more stores
TROY, Mich. -- Discount retailer Kmart Holding Corp. plans to close two more stores, including one in Michigan, when leases on the buildings expire.

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.

U.S. plans shift to alternative drug-test methods
NEW YORK - The federal government is preparing to overhaul drug testing of its employees to include scrutiny of workers' hair, saliva and sweat, a shift that could spur more businesses to revise screening for millions of their own workers.

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.

Business inventories up by 0.3 percent in November
WASHINGTON -- America's businesses - keeping a close eye on economy's pulse - boosted their stockpiles by a modest 0.3 percent in November, a sign that companies are betting the rebound will be lasting.

Microsoft agrees to modify software for buying music online

Speaker links fate of industry, nation
Critics of free trade argued at a panel discussion Thursday that the demise of American manufacturing will be the downfall of the United States.

Inspired by India, poor Asian nations eye Western outsourcing

Consumer confidence at three-year high, U. Mich. reports
NEW YORK - The University of Michigan's index measuring consumers' collective mood soared in mid-January to its highest reading in three years, well above economists' expectations.

Express Scripts Inc. to offer a Medicare discount card

Dollar up, gold down in Europe
LONDON -- The U.S. dollar rose against other major currencies in European trading Friday. Gold fell.

Business briefs

Smoker looking to impress NFL scouts at Hula Bowl

Attorney: Fulmer gave NCAA damaging claims against Alabama
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer secretly provided damaging information about Alabama to the NCAA, according to a lawyer for two former Crimson Tide football coaches suing the organization.

Auburn president resigns after rancor over search for coach

Auburn president resigns after rancor over search for coach
AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn president William Walker resigned Friday after enduring heavy criticism for the way he botched a football coaching search.

Smoker looking to impress NFL scouts at Hula Bowl
WAILUKU, Hawaii -- Jeff Smoker believes his senior season at Michigan State answered his critics. Now, he's trying to prove himself to the NFL scouts attending Saturday's Hula Bowl.

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.

Aiken Tech, Shine continue hot start

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

Florida State player from Argentina will sit out season

Tilt toward security
The world changed forever on Sept. 11, 2001.

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.

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.

Tilt toward security

Child protection near
There may be plenty of contentious, partisan issues in this election year as Georgia's General Assembly works its will. But one of them apparently won't be child protection.

Child protection near

Keep moving forward

Too much at stake

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.

Billy Crystal getting ready to host Academy Awards
LOS ANGELES -- Billy Crystal says he felt the itch again - and that's why he's back as host of the Oscars.

Jackson pleads innocent to child molestation charges
SANTA MARIA, Calif. -- Arriving to a sea of cameras and fans, Michael Jackson pleaded innocent Friday to child-molestation charges that could send him to prison - and was scolded by the judge for being 21 minutes late for his first court appearance.

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.

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

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

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.

People in the News
GENEVA -- Former "Baywatch" star Carmen Electra has won control of the Internet name www.carmenelectra.com in a ruling by a United Nations panel, a U.N. spokeswoman said Thursday.

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

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.

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.

Bonds lower as stock market is up slightly
NEW YORK -- Bond prices were lower Friday as the stock market made modest gains on news of mixed economic data.

Many will see smaller tax bills this year

Bonds lower as stock market is up slightly

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.

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.

Minimum tax causing maximum headaches for taxpayers

Resume tips for the new year
It's a new year, and you're determined to land a new job. Make sure your resume is ready to succeed in an electronic world.

Mortgage rates at six-month low

Resume tips for the new year

Pension insurance program falls deeper into red

Many will see smaller tax bills this year
WASHINGTON -- Tax rates dropped last January, but most taxpayers have received only half of the cuts coming to them. That means many of them can expect a bigger refund or a smaller tax bill when they figure their 2003 returns this year.

Some U.S. Treasury bonds to be redeemed

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

Stocks rise on strong earnings
NEW YORK -- The Dow Jones industrial average reached its highest level since mid-2002 Friday as investors greeted strong earnings from General Electric Co. and Juniper Networks Inc. The Dow and the Standard & Poor's 500 advanced for the seventh week in a row.

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

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.

Stocks rise on strong earnings

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.

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 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.

Fishing tournament event news

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.

Frito-Lay touts low-carb tortilla chips

American fast food chains announce expansion in China

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.

Brain sandwiches available despite fears of mad cow disease

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

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.

Brain sandwiches available despite fears of mad cow disease
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Fear of mad cow disease hasn't kept Cecelia Coan from eating her beloved deep-fried cow-brain sandwiches.

Restaurant closes on high note

Burger King introduces breadless Whoppers

Burger King introduces breadless Whoppers

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

Creating attractive patio is just a matter of steps

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.

It's time to plant pecan trees

Green is good in winter

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.

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.

Wie sets her sights on the weekend
HONOLULU -- Ernie Els and Michelle Wie - the Big Easy and the Big Wiesy - played a practice round earlier this week at the Sony Open and were both a couple of strokes under par.

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

A great performance comes up one shot short

A great performance comes up one shot short
HONOLULU -- This is one time a 14-year-old girl dreads having the weekend off.

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.

Wie sets her sights on the weekend

Area prep basketball scores

Butler remains perfect

Devils, Rangers skate to a tie

Ramage faces additional charge in Magnuson's death

Wild put Walz on IR, call up defenseman

Housley retires after 21 NHL seasons
ST. MARY'S POINT, Minn. -- Phil Housley, the highest-scoring American-born player in NHL history, retired Friday after failing to sign with a team this season.

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.

Hurricanes top cold Thrashers
ATLANTA -- Jeff O'Neill broke out of a season-long slump with his second career hat trick, and the Carolina Hurricanes rallied for a 4-3 victory over the plummeting Atlanta Thrashers on Friday night.

Hurricanes top cold Thrashers

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.

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.

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."

Elderly woman attacked during morning home invasion
A man forced himself into a 67-year-old Augusta woman's home and tried to sexually assault her early Saturday morning, according to Richmond County Sheriff's officers.

Mother to be charged in child death
While her 4-year-old son was buried Saturday, officials said that the mother of Treymane DaShon Berry, who died Jan. 11, is expected to turn herself in for lying to investigators.

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.

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

King would still be seeking justice

Bush is good leader, not a mental case

Bush is good leader, not a mental case
In reference to Mark Gelbart's Jan. 13 letter, "G.W. Bush should be committed to a mental hospital": Shelton Chance, Perkins, Ga.

Attacks on God, culture and Mel Gibson

Anniversary of Roe v. Wade a day of sorrow
The members of the South Augusta Pastors' Conference want to remind the readers of The Augusta Chronicle that Jan. 22 is both a day of sorrow and a day for prayer. Bob Garrett, Augusta (Editor's note: The writer is signing on behalf of eight other members of the South Augusta Pastors' Conference, an area multi-denominational group that joins together for a variety of Christian outreach ministries and events.)

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

Cage rival applauds ASU coach Vanover
Reference The Chronicle's Nov. 18 sports article "Ceremony for Vanover today": Hoke N. Brantley, Augusta

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

SARS helped Asia contain bird flu that has killed three people

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

Images show Mars up close

NASA rover rolls off lander and onto Mars

NASA searches for key human answers to prepare for Mars mission

Mars madness: from little green men to a presidential promise

Alabama museum raising $5 million to save Saturn V moon rocket

Moon has plenty of useful materials to exploit, scientists say

Rock 'n' rub all night with Dr. Dot

Playboy get appeals court OK to continue Internet search lawsuit

Blow me down!: Popeye character turns 75

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.

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.

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.

Alabama museum raising $5 million to save Saturn V moon rocket
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- While President Bush is pointing America toward Mars, an Alabama museum is trying to save a nearly 40-year-old Saturn V moon rocket.

SARS helped Asia contain bird flu that has killed three people
HANOI, Vietnam -- The World Health Organization credited SARS for helping Asia prepare for a flu that has killed millions of chickens and at least three people, while governments struggled Friday to contain the virus with further curbs on poultry imports and culls of sick birds.

Rock 'n' rub all night with Dr. Dot
NEWARK, N.J. -- She's had her hands all over the naked bodies of the biggest names in music. But she's no groupie.

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.

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.

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.

Images show Mars up close
PASADENA, Calif. - NASA's Spirit rover snapped its first close-ups Friday, using a combination camera and microscope mounted on its arm to photograph in minute detail the rust-colored soil of Mars.

NASA searches for key human answers to prepare for Mars mission
WASHINGTON -- You're an astronaut on the way to Mars in the year 2034.

Consumers warned about space heater fire dangers
WASHINGTON -- With bitter cold gripping much of the East, the government issued a warning about the fire hazards posed by space heaters.

Blow me down!: Popeye character turns 75
LOS ANGELES -- Maybe Popeye owes his longevity to all that vitamin-rich spinach.

Strong play lifts Lynx in win

Strong play lifts Lynx in win
The Augusta Lynx needed to make up ground on Pensacola before the All-Star break. They did their part on Friday night and so did the Mississippi Sea Wolves.

Lynx lose to Cottonmouths

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

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.

Columbus sinks Augusta

Survey says voters favor current flag

New program offers lessons for teen drivers, parents

Across the area
SAVANNAH - The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia in Savannah has resigned, effective Friday.

Prevention efforts sought for agricultural terrorism

Across Georgia
The shooting happened while the Middle Georgia Drug Task Force and Middle Georgia Fugitive Squad were conducting an investigation. The gun went off during a fight between Deputy Will Farrell, 42, and Bobby Dewayne Smith, 29, police said.

Investigators to retrace path of tanker truck in I-95 collision
BALTIMORE -- A federal investigative team will close down Interstate 895 on Saturday afternoon to retrace the path of a tanker truck before it plunged from an overpass onto Interstate 95, sparking an explosion and killing four people.

War gamers clash in miniature battles
Greg Whitaker concentrates as he adds detail to his miniature British soldiers with a thin paintbrush. The Siege of Augusta, a convention of war-gaming enthusiasts, is being held this weekend at the Sheraton.

Holiday closings

Car shipper adds jobs in Georgia, closes Florida operations

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.

News you can use

Rants and raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

Panel ends plan for salary survey
Worried about employee morale, the Richmond County Board of Education has scrapped plans for a salary survey it says the district can neither implement nor afford.

Residents hope to preserve historically black Pearidge and Nineteen communities
CANTON, Ga. -- Pearidge and Nineteen, two of the oldest African-American communities in Cherokee County, began with a few freed slaves and several hundred acres of land when the Civil War ended.

UGA student convicted of two lesser charges

Two charged with taking money from charitable fund

Child molester gets five years in prison
A 19-year-old man who pleaded guilty to child molestation was sentenced to five years in prison Friday by a Richmond County judge.

Panel ends plan for salary survey

Woman fights planned landfill
NEW HOLLAND - Kathy Russell moved onto 40 acres in the rural eastern part of Aiken County 10 years ago, hoping to avoid the overdevelopment she experienced in nearby Lexington County.

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

Residents hope to preserve historically black Pearidge and Nineteen communities

County leaders address zoning

Teenage shooting victim is jailed

Dr. Lowery to speak today at Paine College

UGA student convicted of two lesser charges
A Clarke County Superior Court jury Friday found a University of Georgia student guilty of misdemeanor charges stemming from the death last year of a fraternity brother who fell from the defendant's moving pickup.

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."

Rivera's defense attorneys to present witnesses Monday
Reinaldo Rivera's defense at torneys will begin presenting witnesses Monday afternoon in Richmond County Superior Court.

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

Saluda County Council chairman dies
SALUDA, S.C. -- Bernard Horne, chairman of the Saluda County Council, has died after being hospitalized with heart problems.

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.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events

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.

Students get voice in picking new logo

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.

Teenage shooting victim is jailed
The victim of an alleged drive-by shooting was jailed after authorities found that he and others were involved in suspected gang activity - and that he was shot by a member of his own gang, officials said Friday.

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

Study aims to prevent cancer
James Shepherd would seem to be the ideal candidate for the nation's largest prostate cancer prevention study.

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."

Rants and raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

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.

Women in Nuwaubian group deny that they were molested

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.

Child molester gets five years in prison

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.

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.

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

Mother to be charged in child death

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.

Kid of the day

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - An Easley man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to drunken driving in an accident that killed three people, the state attorney general said Friday.

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

Focus to move to schools
AIKEN - Since the legislative session kicked off last week, South Carolina lawmakers have been hard at work, butthey will soon have to focus on a number of high-profile education bills.

Bond is denied in two robberies

More than a dream
A day after President Bush was booed in Atlanta while visiting the grave of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., a civil rights activist used his speech at a King celebration to attack the president's stance on college admissions policies and the Iraq war.

News you can use
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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Fantasia Faith Smith Thomas, 3, of Beech Island.

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.

Two charged with taking money from charitable fund
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- A former city employee and a former volunteer head of a charitable organization have been charged with taking money from a fund meant to help area sports teams, state investigators say.

Survey says voters favor current flag
ATLANTA - When it's time to pick which flag should fly over Georgia, people are leaning toward the current banner, according to a survey released Friday.

More than a dream

Across the area

Across Georgia

YDC contractor hired panelist

Rivera's defense attorneys to present witnesses Monday

War gamers clash in miniature battles

Study aims to prevent cancer

Women in Nuwaubian group deny that they were molested
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Five young women who the government contends were sexually molested as children by cult leader Malachi York all denied the abuse Friday.

Woman fights planned landfill

What's closed on MLK Day?
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Martin Luther King Jr. Day:

News you can use
JAN. 17, 1947 Richmond Academy's 1947 basketballers show their wares for local fans for the first time at 9 o'clock tonight when they tackle the high-riding Tech High Smithies from Atlanta in the Academy gym in the feature of a triple-header.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events
Here is a schedule of events in the area to mark this year's celebration of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bond is denied in two robberies
A Richmond County Superior Court judge denied bond Friday to two men accused of armed robbery in separate cases.

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.

Witnesses detail suspicions

Bad flu season helps U.S. prepare for SARS should it erupt again

State of the University reviews '03 highs, lows

Across the area

News you can use

Bad flu season helps U.S. prepare for SARS should it erupt again
ATLANTA -- When a glut of flu patients swamped medical workers in Nashville, Tenn., one day last month, Vanderbilt University Medical Center pulled out its SARS disaster plan.

Walker says he will run

Focus to move to schools

Across the region

Investigators to retrace path of tanker truck in I-95 collision

Lawmakers discuss ways to save HOPE

What's closed on MLK Day?

Expert predicts big 2004 trials

Kid of the day

Space speech raises questions
ATHENS, Ga. - The space initiative offered by President Bush this week, which calls for the completion of the International Space Station and the resumption of manned flights to the moon, will likely require cuts from other NASA programs, according to a University of Georgia astronomy professor.

YDC contractor hired panelist
Ten days after a Florida-based corrections firm was awarded the contract to take over the Augusta YDC, the company gave a job to one of the committee members who evaluated its winning bid.

Car shipper adds jobs in Georgia, closes Florida operations
ATLANTA -- GLOVIS America, a company that ships Kia and Hyundai autos, will close its port operations in Jacksonville, Fla., and expand its business in the Georgia port of Brunswick.

New program offers lessons for teen drivers, parents
ATLANTA -- A new state program is designed to assist those who are terrified by the prospect of teaching a teenager to drive.

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.

Basketball helped Grant's recovery
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - There are many ways to prepare yourself to be part of a conference championship team, but Deon Grant's method might be the most unique.

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.

Report: Illegal music downloading began climbing in October

Rolling Stone magazine founder gets nod from Rock Hall of Fame

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

Report: Illegal music downloading began climbing in October
LOS ANGELES -- The number of people downloading music illegally surged a month after recording companies began suing music fans, a marketing research firm said Thursday.

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

Concert to feature variety of Jewish composers' works

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.

Former Indy 500 starter dies
INDIANAPOLIS -- Duane Sweeney, the chief starter of the Indianapolis 500 from 1980 until 1996, is dead. He was 81.

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

IROC gets new sponsor, new tracks for 2004

Bush met by protesters at Martin Luther King grave

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.

Pistons pound Wizards

Suns beat Warriors

Suns beat Warriors
PHOENIX -- Joe Johnson no longer worries about being yanked from the court in favor of Penny Hardaway - and the result has been a surge in self-confidence.

Kings topple the Lakers
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Peja Stojakovic scored 23 points and the Sacramento Kings routed the injury-depleted Los Angeles Lakers 103-83 Friday night in an anticlimactic meeting of archrivals.

Kings topple the Lakers

Robinson sparks Warriors with sensational shooting
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Clifford Robinson isn't sure what all the fuss is about - he's always been a legitimate 3-point threat.

Pistons pound Wizards
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons won their 11th straight game Friday night, routing the Washington Wizards 98-77 behind Richard Hamilton's 17 points.

Robinson sparks Warriors with sensational shooting

Detroit's D sets tone for improving offense

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.

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.

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.

Aiken Tech, Shine continue hot start
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Aiken Tech tops Louisburg College
AIKEN TECH 82 LOUISBURG COLLEGE 74

Gibbs settles in with Redskins

Reid leads Eagles into third straight title game

Stokley expected to play against Patriots

Smith runs back into picture for Patriots

Panthers rookie Horton likely out for season

Smith: My Bears will beat Packers

CBS rejects Super Bowl adds promoting vegetarianism, bashing Bush

Championship game experience a blessing or a curse?

Keeping McNabb upright a key for Eagles

Vermeil adds 2 years to contract

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Canada's Omischl earns World Cup aerials win
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Canada's Steve Omischl ignored subzero temperatures Friday to cruise to his fifth World Cup aerials victory.

Unranked Rios earns shot at Olympic team
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Growing up in small-town Kansas, Brandon Rios' experience in national tournaments was minimal and he was unranked.

Race for 2012 Olympics kicks off

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.

Judo test begins amid construction
ATHENS, Greece -- A three-day judo test event began Friday while construction workers tended to the arena in an effort to have it ready for the Athens Olympics in August.

Bid cities kick off 2012 race with ceremonies

Greek security chief says coalition is providing secure Olympic environment
WASHINGTON -- Greece's security chief offered assurances Friday that a seven-nation coalition is contributing to a secure environment for this summer's Athens Olympics.

Unranked Rios earns shot at Olympic team

Canada's Omischl earns World Cup aerials win

Bid cities kick off 2012 race with ceremonies
LONDON -- Tony Blair lobbied for London at the Royal Opera House. Paris showed off its plans at the Eiffel Tower. Spain's prime minister launched Madrid's campaign at his palace.

Give lawmakers something to do
Attention! The Georgia Legislature is now in session. In case you have forgotten, you have elected these folks to go to Atlanta and give you more government than you want or need.

Give lawmakers something to do
Attention! The Georgia Legislature is now in session. In case you have forgotten, you have elected these folks to go to Atlanta and give you more government than you want or need.

FIFA president calls for sexier uniforms for women

Davenport forfeits Sydney semifinal, in doubt for Australian Open

Mauresmo advances to final

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U.S. Figure Skating approves limited use of new points system

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Gatti gears up for title bid against Branco

Lewis trainer says he believes Klitschko rematch likely

Mauresmo advances to final
SYDNEY, Australia -- Third-seeded Amelie Mauresmo of France reached the Adidas International final Saturday, beating Italy's Francesca Schiavone 6-3, 7-6 (2) in a rain-delayed match.

U.S. Figure Skating approves limited use of new points system
Figure skating's 6.0, a century-old symbol of perfection, is officially on the endangered list.

Overtime
In Montgomery, Ala., Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer secretly provided damaging information about Alabama to the NCAA, according to a lawyer for two former Crimson Tide football coaches suing the organization.

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

FIFA president calls for sexier uniforms for women
LONDON -- Here's a fashion tip sure to make female soccer players uncomfortable: The sport's chief suggests they slip into something a little tighter on the field.

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

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.

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.

Butler remains perfect
Tyrese Harris stood at the foul line nervously touching the back of his black sneakers.

Area prep basketball scores
Here are area prep basketball scores from Friday night.

Keeping McNabb upright a key for Eagles
PHILADELPHIA -- Eight times, Donovan McNabb went down against the Green Bay Packers. Another such sackfest could mean yet another NFC championship game flop for the Philadelphia Eagles.

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.

Gibbs settles in with Redskins
ASHBURN, Va. -- When it comes to work routine, Joe Gibbs is no Steve Spurrier.

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.

Stokley expected to play against Patriots
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis wide receiver Brandon Stokley practiced Friday and plans on making the trip to play against New England in the AFC championship game.

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.

Kalu sprains foot during practice, Vincent cleared to play
PHILADELPHIA -- N.D. Kalu left practice Friday with a sprained foot but Eagles coach Andy Reid is optimistic the starting defensive end will be able to play in the NFC championship game.

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

Bucs hire QB coach, Shanahan's son
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired former Chicago Bears offensive coordinator John Shoop as quarterbacks coach and Kyle Shanahan as offensive quality control coach Friday.

CBS rejects Super Bowl adds promoting vegetarianism, bashing Bush
LOS ANGELES -- CBS has rejected two Super Bowl advertisements touting vegetarianism and bashing President Bush because they violate its advocacy rules, the network said Friday.

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.

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

Ramblin' Rhodes: Singer was taught by variety of styles

Pope promotes music for lofty goals
VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II is putting his love for music to work as he pursues one of his cherished goals - reconciliation among Christians, Jews and Muslims.

Historian says biblical religion among Southern blacks, whites produced civil rights victory
Though modern historians often filter out religious influences, there's no question that Christian faith played a formative role in three remarkably swift and nonviolent events: the overthrow of European communism, and the downfall of South African apartheid and of America's racial segregation.

Musician will sound trumpet in praise
Fresh from a week's getaway to Steamboat Springs, Colo., Christian trumpeter Phil Driscoll was tending to chores near his Cleveland, Tenn., home Thursday, including pulling his Citation II jet back into its hangar.

Church softball team turns its attention to evangelization
Officials from the United States Specialty Sports Association will go to Macon on Jan. 31 to hand out prizes for the 2002-2003 church softball season. At least one part will be a replay.

Faith and fellowship calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send items by e-mail to; send a fax to 722-7403; or mail to Faith and Fellowship, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Israeli journalists get look at France and problem of anti-Semitism
PARIS -- President Jacques Chirac told Israeli journalists on Tuesday that France is doing its utmost to combat anti-Semitism but that they, in turn, should treat France fairly, an organizer of the meeting said.

Women discuss communicating with God
Jennie Montgomery always wanted to be a newscaster, but it took a nudge from God to bring it about.

New access given to public for Lateran Palace, early church in Rome
New access given to public for Lateran Palace, early church in Rome

Faith digest
The Rev. Lance Mullins of Metropolitan Community Church Howard County Parish, Columbia, Md., will speak at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, during the dedication of the Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer, 557 Greene St.

Texas priest 'unlikely leader' in conservatives' fight against gay bishop
PLANO, Texas -- The Rev. Canon David Roseberry has built the congregation he started with 13 members back in 1985 into the Episcopal church that boasts the largest attendance in the nation.

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

Basketball helped Grant's recovery

That Guy was quite an actor

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

New series 'The L Word' says it loud and proud
LOS ANGELES -- Before "Queer as Folk," before "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," Ilene Chaiken envisioned a drama about lesbian friends and lovers.

WB network hopes a movie division can help revive ratings

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.

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.

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

New series 'The L Word' says it loud and proud

Ashton Kutcher promises he's not 'punking' MTV fans

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.

Fox says traditional notions of TV season are disappearing
LOS ANGELES -- The traditional notions of a television season - reruns in summer, new shows in the fall - are obsolete for Fox.

Donald Trump feuding with CBS boss Leslie Moonves

Ashton Kutcher promises he's not 'punking' MTV fans
LOS ANGELES -- Ashton Kutcher knows he's the boy who cried "Punk'd!" - but he promises that his MTV practical joke show is really and truly finished.

Fox says traditional notions of TV season are disappearing

Movie reviews

Applause calendar

Two copies of movies sent to Oscar voters offered on Internet

Club calendar

People in the News

Billy Crystal getting ready to host Academy Awards

Warner Bros. studio to start video games unit

Jackson pleads innocent to child molestation charges

People in the News

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

Standing ovations

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.

Kentucky coach Smith goes for win No. 300 against Georgia

No. 20 Auburn topples No. 11 Georgia

Kentucky coach Smith goes for win No. 300 against Georgia
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A win on Saturday against Georgia would give Kentucky basketball coach Tubby Smith his 300th career win, something which doesn't seem to excite Smith.

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.

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

Streakers in restaurant watch as their car stolen

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Historian says biblical religion among Southern blacks, whites produced civil rights victory

Pope promotes music for lofty goals

Faith and fellowship calendar

Texas priest 'unlikely leader' in conservatives' fight against gay bishop

Israeli journalists get look at France and problem of anti-Semitism

New access given to public for Lateran Palace, early church in Rome

Musician will sound trumpet in praise

Faith digest

Church softball team turns its attention to evangelization