Studs Terkel to receive honorary book critics prize

'Wicked' set becomes a star on Broadway
NEW YORK -- A smoke-breathing dragon flaps its wings and cranks its head. Monkeys fly from a tangle of vines that frames a giant fantasy clock. A witch in a sparkling blue gown travels on a bubble-blowing pendulum. And a green witch in a black hat flies her broomstick through billows of smoke.

Studs Terkel to receive honorary book critics prize
NEW YORK -- Rebels old and young were honored this year by the National Book Critics Circle, which announced its awards nominees Monday.

Sir Colin Davis leads London Symphony in 'Peter Grimes'

Pop songwriters are focus of off-broadway play
NEW YORK -- Boomers, you can start your humming. "Blame It on the Bossa Nova." "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'." "On Broadway." "Make Your Own Kind of Music." And more.

Retrospective: The incredible lightness of metal art

Sir Colin Davis leads London Symphony in 'Peter Grimes'
NEW YORK -- Benjamin Britten's "Peter Grimes" is so strong an opera that it can survive a less-than-ideal performance in the title role.

Kerouac's 'On the Road' scroll begins museum tour

Retrospective: The incredible lightness of metal art
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Artist Constance DeJong folds, cuts, layers and etches metals and colors them with chemicals. Rods are bent, contrasting straight lines on paper.

'Wicked' set becomes a star on Broadway

Dan Butler joins the supporting cast of 'Twentieth Century'
NEW YORK -- The Roundabout Theatre Company is assembling a sterling supporting cast for "Twentieth Century," the raucous 1930s comedy by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur.

Dan Butler joins the supporting cast of 'Twentieth Century'

London show highlights Hungarian painter
LONDON -- The glittering half-century of European society that vanished with World War II is alive again in a show of Philip Alexius de Laszlo, who painted the royal, the rich and the famous.

London show highlights Hungarian painter

Kerouac's 'On the Road' scroll begins museum tour
INDIANAPOLIS -- Like the trip that inspired it, the first draft of author Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" is a wandering narrative, told in a continuous block of text.

Knight, longtime Rose teammate, knew the truth about gambling

Boston agrees to deal with utility infielder Shumpert
BOSTON -- Terry Shumpert agreed Monday to a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox, rejoining the organization he played for in 1995.

Giants agree to deals with Brower, Feliz
SAN FRANCISCO -- Pitcher Jim Brower and utilityman Pedro Feliz agreed Monday to deals with the San Francisco Giants.

Giants agree to deals with Brower, Feliz

Dowd scoffs at new Rose book
NEW YORK -- John Dowd does not think Pete Rose read the report he compiled for baseball that led to the career hit leader's permanent ban from the sport.

Dowd scoffs at new Rose book

Knight, longtime Rose teammate, knew the truth about gambling
ALBANY, Ga. -- Ray Knight knows former teammate Pete Rose bet on baseball, a belief he's held for many years, and he still thinks baseball's all-time hit leader deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame.

One man's beloved bird is many others' flying pest

Woman who faked cancer sentenced to probation
URBANA, Ohio -- A woman who accepted $6,400 in donations after shaving her head and dyeing her skin to make it appear she had cancer has been sentenced to three days in jail and three years of probation.

N.Y. says no way to 'Oy Vey' sign in Brooklyn
NEW YORK -- "Oy vey" was too meshugga for the city Transportation Department.

Chinese TV balks at airing 'Friends' because it has too much sex
BEIJING -- The hit American sitcom "Friends" may prove too risque for Chinese television.

Odds and Ends
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Police have added a musical twist to the booby-trapped car they leave out to entice would-be thieves.

Girl, 6, found dead in Atlanta after exorcism
ATLANTA -- A 6-year-old girl was found dead in a motel room with a broken back Monday after what police said may have been an exorcism. Two adults were arrested after they and two children were spotted on the street naked in the freezing cold.

Augusta to get Wild Wing Cafe
Life is flying back to Oldenberg Grill on Washington Road.

E-Trade, TD Waterhouse call off merger talks

Martha Stewart case: one stock sale, two stories

To save money, 11 states opt to ship inmates out of state
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Connecticut is compact, barely 100 miles from end to end. Yet when Barbara Fair and Anne McNamara want to visit their sons, they face a drive of eight or nine hours - to a small Virginia town where 500 Connecticut men are imprisoned for lack of cells in their own state.

Oregon becomes battleground in national tax debate

Businesses with surplus of low-wage jobs need immigration reform
The tourists who fill the indoor wave pool at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa each summer and vie for tables at the Hearth n' Kettle restaurants won't arrive for months.

Japanese team: U.S. and Canadian beef still not 100 percent safe

Business briefs
GENEVA - A World Trade Organization appeals panel gave a boost to the United States on Monday, reversing most of an earlier ruling that said U.S. special duties on Canadian lumber were illegal.

Japanese team: U.S. and Canadian beef still not 100 percent safe
TOKYO -- A Japanese team that returned Monday from a mission to investigate the United States' first confirmed case of mad cow disease warned that American and Canadian cows were still vulnerable to an outbreak of the illness.

Small cigarette makers cut into Big Tobacco's markets
CASTLE HAYNE, N.C. -- Dan Norris makes no bones about smoking's dangers. The logo for his Grim Reapers cigarettes - a black-hooded death's head - is like one big surgeon general's warning.

Oregon becomes battleground in national tax debate
SALEM, Ore. -- Now that the Republican-controlled Congress has endorsed President Bush's tax cuts, former U.S. House majority leader Dick Armey and other national anti-tax leaders are zeroing in on Oregon.

Banknorth aggressively builds its business
PORTLAND, Maine -- The 42-page document on William Ryan's desk is titled "Operation FBI."

Monsanto halts sales of soybean seeds in Argentina
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- U.S. agricultural giant Monsanto Co. will temporarily halt sales of genetically modified soybean seeds in Argentina because of widespread piracy, a spokesman for the company said Monday.

Retiree benefit plans are facing funding troubles

Business briefs

Monsanto halts sales of soybean seeds in Argentina

Augusta to get Wild Wing Cafe

Retiree benefit plans are facing funding troubles
NEW YORK -- Look at the recent surveys on trends in health care costs, and they all point way up. Too bad many companies are ignoring those predictions when tallying the future expenses of their retirees' benefits.

McDonald's cuts ties with Kobe Bryant

Martha Stewart case: one stock sale, two stories
NEW YORK -- Martha Stewart, the creative force behind what was once a $1 billion empire of domestic "good things," is due in court Tuesday to face trial on charges she lied about a well-timed stock sale that saved her $51,000.

Bush's 2005 fiscal plan calls for tax cuts, expanding Medicare

McDonald's cuts ties with Kobe Bryant
OAK BROOK, Ill. -- Kobe Bryant lost his sponsorship deal with McDonald's, costing the NBA star another endorsement while his sexual assault case proceeds in Colorado.

Businesses with surplus of low-wage jobs need immigration reform

Jailed Parmalat officials cooperate with investigators
ROME -- Two jailed former Parmalat officials returned to the company's headquarters Monday to help investigators shed light on the massive fraud that has engulfed the dairy giant and led to nine arrests.

Bush's 2005 fiscal plan calls for tax cuts, expanding Medicare
WASHINGTON -- President Bush will propose an election-year budget Feb. 2 in a world starkly changed since his first White House bid, with recession, tax cuts, war and terrorism having transformed soaring surpluses into huge deficits.

E-Trade, TD Waterhouse call off merger talks
NEW YORK -- Two of the biggest online brokerages, E-Trade Financial Corp. and TD Waterhouse, announced Sunday they have ended talks about combining their operations.

To save money, 11 states opt to ship inmates out of state

Banknorth aggressively builds its business

Jailed Parmalat officials cooperate with investigators

Heels fight by Maryland

UConn has little time to dwell on loss

Cal women's basketball player dies of apparent meningitis

Unbeatens down to three

A working holiday
What if you were told that, in your life, you'd inspire tens of thousands to gather in one spot to hear you speak?

Hal's Army
When Chief Warrant Officer Hal Reichle went down in his helicopter in the first Gulf War, a silent army sprang up to take his place.

Hal's Army

Around the filibuster
Recess appointments are not usually a good idea because they're a way for the president to thwart the will of Congress, even if only temporarily.

Too much security?

A new low
What kind of sentence would be meted out for walking into a bank and attempting to steal $162 million?

It's a different game

It's a different game
It never was, of course. But the business of fake IDs once seemed pretty harmless. Maybe you were trying to get your first taste of beer a few months early, or look at a movie your parents frowned on.

A new low

Too much security?
People who come from countries with barely a fraction of human rights or freedoms that Americans enjoy act as if they're victims of torture when U.S. security puts some mild demands on them. It's ridiculous, but the phenomenon is much more dangerous than it is humorous.

Charlize Theron undergoes 'Monster' metamorphosis
LOS ANGELES -- To play a bedraggled serial-killing prostitute in "Monster," Charlize Theron underwent a process akin to a butterfly in reverse metamorphosis.

Q&A: Ice Cube on movies, motorcycles and music
LOS ANGELES -- Ice Cube wants more drama. Right now it's all about action for the actor/director/rapper, who's starring in the new motorcycle movie "Torque" with Monet Mazur, Jay Hernandez and Christina Milian.

Michael Douglas: 'good genes' explain film award
NEW YORK -- Michael Douglas co-starred with Kirk Douglas for the first time last year in "It Runs in the Family." Soon, he'll have something else to share with his father: the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES -- Charlie Sheen says he's having fun portraying a toned-down version of his former self on the CBS comedy, "Two and Half Men."

U.S. Bank warning about hoax e-mails

U.S. Bank warning about hoax e-mails
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- U.S. Bank warned consumers on Monday to ignore e-mails that appeared to have been sent by the Minneapolis-based bank asking for bank account numbers and other confidential information.

London share prices set 18-month high
LONDON -- Share prices on the top index of the London Stock Exchange closed at a new 18-month high Monday.

Tokyo stocks end 1.6 percent higher, dollar up against yen

Keep an eye on homeowners insurance

Tokyo stocks end 1.6 percent higher, dollar up against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo's main stock index surged 1.6 percent on Monday to close above 11,000 points for the first time in three months, as investors snapped up technology issues following Wall Street's gains Friday. The U.S. dollar was up against the Japanese yen.

Keep an eye on homeowners insurance
NEW YORK - The home is generally a family's most valuable asset, more so given the meteoric rise in property values over the past few years.

New tax-free accounts help pay medical care costs

New tax-free accounts help pay medical care costs
NEW YORK -- As medical insurance premiums skyrocket, more companies are looking for ways to pass on costs to their workers. At the same time, self-employed people and other individuals who don't have corporate plans are seeking health care policies that are affordable.

Thirst for coffee grows in world's biggest tea exporter
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka's tea, considered among the world's best and still the country's top export earner, now has keen competition from frothy cappuccinos, milky lattes and dark espressos.

Jackets fall to Clemson
ATLANTA -- Lakeia Stokes scored 23 points and had 10 rebounds to lead Clemson to a 75-61 victory over Georgia Tech on Sunday, with the Lady Tigers forcing Tech into 22 turnovers that produced 32 points.

Jackets fall to Clemson

First cars are special, even for politicians

Els wins in another playoff

Els wins in another playoff
HONOLULU -- Ernie Els is getting used to this kind of excitement.

Immelman repeats in South African Open
SOMERSET WEST, South Africa -- Trevor Immelman of South Africa shot a 5-under-par 67 Sunday and won the South African Open for the second straight year.

Young finishes commitment to Illinois
North Augusta senior Andre young had a pretty good idea that he'd be committing to Illinois this weekend when he took his official visit.

Thrashers top Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Randy Robitaille and Daniel Tjarnqvist helped the Atlanta Thrashers earn their first win of 2004.

Thrashers top Hurricanes

One man's beloved bird is many others' flying pest
I was admiring the sunset when I noticed the birds.

One person killed, one injured in Appling crash
A 16-year-old girl was killed and her younger brother injured in a single-vehicle crash this morning near Appling.

Let's help Jazz Project stay alive
I agree with Kelly Hagood's Jan. 13 letter, "New fan disappointed Augusta Jazz Project is folding." I had never thought about jazz until the night of Nov. 15 when a friend introduced me to jazz. I fell in love with it and the Augusta Jazz Project. The musicians are totally committed to their music. And Rudy Volkmann - what a performer. Mary Ann Silas, Augusta

No thinking Augustan will support Walker's campaign
Although I am not a resident of Augusta, I am a resident of the greater Augusta area. That which affects the Augusta area also affects me. Charles Walker recently announced that he intends to run for his old Georgia Senate seat. I cannot think of anything worse for our area than a win by Charles Walker. Bob Manning, Thomson, Ga.

No thinking Augustan will support Walker's campaign

Georgia voters are disenfranchised
There is such a thing as a veto, and Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue wasn't bashful about using it on other bills. If he had vetoed H.B. 380 and resubmitted it this election year, we would be voting on the 1956 flag instead of "Rag I" or "Rag II." Pete Giddens, Augusta

Mars, illegal aliens just distractions
President George W. Bush's plan for space exploration and his plan for accommodating "illegal" aliens are brilliant! Not that he wants to go to the moon or Mars, or encourage the influx of aliens any more than I do, but he sure wants to get the debate off of Iraq, budget deficits, the Patriot Act, trade deficits and the alienation of our traditional friends and allies. So far, he has succeeded beyond expectations - if barbershop, checkout-line and church-lobby talk are any indication. Tom Zwemer, Augusta

Let's help Jazz Project stay alive

Claims Supreme Court justices violate oaths
Why are some court rulings so appalling? Last Oct. 28, in accepting the World Justice Award in Atlanta, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor expressed regret that the high court has seldom considered foreign laws in deciding important cases. Elton T. Booth, North Augusta, S.C.

Why Iraqis deserve freedom
Regarding John M. Orr's Jan. 10 letter, "Freedom isn't free and won't endure in Iraq": David T. Pitts, Cmdr. USN (Ret), Augusta

'Over the line' editorial truly over the line
Even I was surprised at how far "over the line" your Jan. 10 editorial ("Over the line") went in criticizing North Augustan (and American Indian) Tony Carr for his desire to see an archaeological-impact study done before monstrous development gets underway along the riverfront of his own hometown. P.K. Fitzgerald, Harlem, Ga.

Georgia voters are disenfranchised

NASA's Mars rover is landing again - in toy stores

Call for diabetics to better curb blood sugar, check leg health

Living briefs

Cell phone cameras: capturing the moment in blotchy detail

New technology, design provide a window for the future

Look, no hands! New Toyota hybrid parks itself

Hundreds of millions crisscross country China for holiday

Techbits: Still spammed, Wet music, etc.

WHO confirms fifth death due to bird flu in Vietnam

Wireless watch melds fashion with function

Software lets cell users decide how to share location info

Gullah cooking steeped in rich island heritage

China first stop in ASU travel, culture series

India police to begin cybercafe monitoring plan

Seniors calendar

Spirit prepares for several days' worth of observations on Mars
PASADENA, Calif. -- The Spirit rover took a weekend spin on Mars that doubled the distance on the six-wheeled vehicle's odometer, NASA said Monday.

Call for diabetics to better curb blood sugar, check leg health
WASHINGTON -- There's grim news on the diabetes front: Nearly two-thirds of diabetics aren't properly controlling their blood sugar. And one in three older diabetics likely also has a serious leg disease that could cost their limb - or their life.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send a fax to 722-7403 or e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include the name and phone number of a contact person.

India police to begin cybercafe monitoring plan
BOMBAY, India -- Relatively few Indians can afford home PCs, so millions go online in the nation's jammed Internet cafes, enjoying their low cost and anonymity.

Hundreds of millions crisscross country China for holiday
BEIJING -- They're crowding planes, trains and buses, unfazed by SARS and price gougers. As the Lunar New Year arrives, hundreds of millions of Chinese are bound for home or holiday - a mass movement of humanity that dwarfs the Muslim hajj.

Wireless watch melds fashion with function
DALLAS -- If you suffer from technolust, you know the drill: acquire pricey gadget, impress your friends for a few weeks, then stash it away in some junk drawer or slough it off on eBay once something better comes along.

Gullah cooking steeped in rich island heritage
If there's one thing Sallie Ann Robinson wants to impart in her new book, it's that people should treasure their heritage.

Techbits: Still spammed, Wet music, etc.
NEW YORK -- Only 10 percent of junk e-mails comply with a new federal anti-spam law, according to two days' worth of messages analyzed by a spam filtering vendor.

NASA's Mars rover is landing again - in toy stores
PASADENA, Calif. -- The California Institute of Technology is making a little green off the red planet.

Look, no hands! New Toyota hybrid parks itself
TOKYO -- Your hands don't even need to be touching the steering wheel for it to start spinning back and forth aggressively, all by itself - slowly guiding the car into the parking spot.

WHO confirms fifth death due to bird flu in Vietnam
HANOI, Vietnam -- An 8-year-old girl has become the fifth confirmed death from bird flu in Vietnam, the World Health Organization said Monday as Asia went on alert against the chicken-borne virus.

Cell phone cameras: capturing the moment in blotchy detail
NEW YORK -- The photos are grainy, blotchy and blurry, but for millions of people now toting cell phones with built-in digital cameras, it doesn't seem to be about the megapixels - or at least not yet.

Software lets cell users decide how to share location info
NEW YORK -- Now that wireless companies can track a mobile phone's location, customers will want to control exactly who knows where they are and when.

New technology, design provide a window for the future
PARK CITY, Utah -- It looks like any of the other stately houses here - nestled in the snowcapped hills, up narrow winding roads and past a slow wooden gate.

China first stop in ASU travel, culture series
Travel is on the agenda at Augusta State University's Division of Continuing Education, and the first destination is China.

Living briefs
In honor of Valentine's Day, The Augusta Chronicle wants to find out what films people watch when they are in the mood for love.

Across the area

18-year-old is charged in carjacking
Police said a car stolen during an armed robbery of a fast-food restaurant earlier this month also appears to have been used in a carjacking Friday.

Aiken County voters get Lieberman visit

Voters will see revised projects

Lawmakers to ponder decisions on spending cuts during break

18-year-old is charged in carjacking

Correction

Sheriff's contest heats up

Budget plan forces teachers to choose

Doctor argues Rivera's health
Jurors are expected to hear a doctor testify today it was a brain abnormality that turned Reinaldo Rivera into a violent psychopath, who investigators say raped and killed four women.

Unity Breakfast celebrates King Day
After 246 years of slavery and a century of state-sanctioned segregation, blacks in the United States have enjoyed only 39 years of constitutional equality, yet some people think blacks are still asking for too much, a former chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court said Monday.

Organization offers help to groups in community

Standards rile educators

Star football player nearing last chance for freedom

Rants and raves
I HAVE A RANT for our brilliant president. This plan to go to Mars, all we have to do is outsource those jobs to India, along with everything else. Just think how fast we can be on the moon, and Mr. Bush could be the first person on the shuttle. I can't think of a better way to get rid of him.

Games give children glimpse of past
PlayStations and GameCubes were replaced by marbles and Chinese checkers at the Augusta Museum of History on Sunday.

Council member not allowed to continue running city's Web site

Foundation may not be able to change Adams' pay package
ATHENS, Ga -- The University of Georgia Foundation lacks the authority to change its compensation arrangements with UGA President Michael Adams, according to University System of Georgia Chancellor Tom Meredith.

Council member not allowed to continue running city's Web site

Fewer S.C. students pass rigorous AP exam

Georgia remains last state to pass child endangerment law

Officials say three inmates likely to be charged in disturbance

Across the area
Two armed men robbed the Four Seasons convenience store in North Augusta early Monday.

Organization offers help to groups in community
John O'Bryant is just one of The Bunch, but as a founding member of the plain-named community service group and as the only president it has ever had, he manages to stand out from the crowd.

Rants and raves
I HAVE A RANT for our brilliant president. This plan to go to Mars, all we have to do is outsource those jobs to India, along with everything else. Just think how fast we can be on the moon, and Mr. Bush could be the first person on the shuttle. I can't think of a better way to get rid of him.

Across the area
Police arrested a man Sunday in connection with a carjacking involving a sister-in-law of Richmond County Superior Court Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet.

Kid of the day

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS -A 20-year-old Columbus man who police say sold thousands of dollars in fake $50 bills has been charged with forgery.

The week ahead

Across South Carolina
ORANGEBURG -A man suspected in the death of a Vance woman has killed himself, authorities said.

No charges to be filed in Iva's debt

Correction
An Across the Area item in Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about delays at Fort Gordon's Gate 1 was incorrect. Fort officials said that traffic at the gate will be reduced to one lane when construction begins there but that they do not know when that will be.

News you can use

Gym's cost, use under question - again
TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. -- Construction on a $1.5 million gymnasium 20 years in the making has been no cause for celebration on this cantankerous beach community.

Foundation may not be able to change Adams' pay package

Macon businessman accused of violating gun laws fights to keep license
MACON, Ga. -- A Macon businessman who federal officials claim repeatedly violated gun laws is fighting to continue to sell weapons.

Two decades later, family determined to prove they're right

Council member not allowed to continue running city's Web site
BERKELEY LAKE, Ga. -- A council member in this small Gwinnett County city will no longer run its Web site after her colleagues voted that the volunteer work is a conflict of interest.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations
With breakfasts, at banquets and by marching. Before preachers, politicians and parishioners.

Georgia remains last state to pass child endangerment law
ATLANTA -- With the Republican governor and Democratic lieutenant governor both squarely behind it, prospects look good for legislation aimed at protecting children from reckless behavior by their parents or guardians.

Across the area

Star football player nearing last chance for freedom
ATLANTA -- Acquitted of rape, high school football star Marcus Dixon was locked up after the same jury convicted him of a similar sex crime.

Across Georgia

Churchgoers recall hard times
CLEARWATER, S.C. - It was a day of remembrance and rededication at the Old Storm Branch Baptist Church, a time to pass down memories of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Nuwaubian leader earned fat income while followers worked for free, testimony shows
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Cult leader Malachi York earned more than $850,000 from 1996 to 2001 while hundreds of his followers worked for free on York's Egyptian-styled compound in rural Georgia.

The week ahead
You want excitement, you want suspense, you want an awkward adolescent stumbling over the spelling of a complex medical term? Check out Spellbound, the spelling bee documentary that ranked as one of last year's more engrossing features. The movie, which follows several contestants through the Nation Spelling Bee, is released Tuesday on DVD and is my pick for this week's Best Bet. Here's what else is going on this week:

Budget plan forces teachers to choose
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia teachers who are already scrimping and skimping on supplies to save money shouldn't be forced to choose between better paychecks and classroom resources, they and their bosses are saying.

Churchgoers recall hard times

Cancer coalition seeks solutions in different areas
From across Georgia, they are attacking cancer from all angles.

Aiken County voters get Lieberman visit
AIKEN - Democrat Joe Lieberman brought his presidential campaign to hard-core Republican territory Sunday, drawing an enthusiastic crowd to Aiken's Newberry Hall that heard him promise to rescue the middle class while maintaining the country's military might.

Waynesboro march is lesson of legacy
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Rather than simply telling those she mentors about the importance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Valencia Jackson wanted to show them.

Digging earns Scouts badges
BLUFFTON, S.C. - Boys and dirt go together like peas and carrots.

Standards rile educators
AIKEN - Erin Brinkley, who teaches sixth-grade math and science at Schofield Middle School, soon will have to pass a test, go back to school to earn college credit or undergo scrutiny of her classroom skills by peers and state officials if she wants to keep teaching the sixth grade.

Two decades later, family determined to prove they're right
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- After spending thousands of dollars and almost two decades in and out of court, the O'Regan family remains determined to prove their relation to a woman who died without a will in Savannah - if only for bragging rights.

Leaders plan for statue
A statue of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. could soon join other bronze figures planned for the downtown area, city and church leaders announced Monday.

Convicted child killer's husband pleads guilty in drug, kidnapping case
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The husband of a convicted child killer will join his wife in prison after pleading guilty to drug, assault and kidnapping charges.

USC Union Dean says Sanford cuts would close school in year

Candidates differ over voucher use
Most Democratic presidential candidates say President Bush isn't holding up his end of the bargain by sufficiently funding the federal No Child Left Behind Act, but they disagree when it comes to the use of school vouchers.

Across Georgia

No charges to be filed in Iva's debt
IVA, S.C. -- This town's bookkeeping practices were "appalling," but no criminal charges will be filed after the town discovered it was nearly $150,000 in debt, a prosecutor says.

Across South Carolina

Officials say three inmates likely to be charged in disturbance
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Corrections Department officials say three inmates likely will be charged in this week's disturbance at Broad River Correctional Institution.

Charleston, S.C., again tops best-mannered cities list

Charleston, S.C., again tops best-mannered cities list
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- To gloat would be, perish the thought, impolite. But again Charleston tops the unofficial list of the best-mannered cities in the United States.

Gym's cost, use under question - again

Five questions
Pam Tucker, Columbia County Emergency Services Division director, answers five questions for The Chronicle.

Candidates differ over voucher use

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Jessica Wilburn, 7, of Augusta.

Unity Breakfast celebrates King Day

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - Charleston-based pilots flying C-17 cargo jets say recent missile attacks on three transport planes won't stop them from flying into Baghdad.

Votes of blacks elude hopefuls

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Metro Atlanta's growth potential could be at stake in federal court today when Georgia will argue for rights to take more water from Lake Lanier.

Kid of the day

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Katelyn Marie Tomlinson, 6 months, of Aiken.

Where is 'BoPeep' Farrer?

Man crashes car in police chase
A police pursuit through several busy roadways in Augusta ended Monday morning with a wrecked patrol car and a suspect trapped in the woods.

Georgia remains last state to pass child endangerment law

Sheriff's contest heats up
A number of offices are up for election this year in Columbia County, including three county commission seats.

Voters will see revised projects
A new sales tax issue should be fairly familiar to voters interested in seeing the county's public works projects funded.

Issues before the Georgia Supreme Court in Marcus Dixon's case
Issues before the Georgia Supreme Court in Marcus Dixon's case:

Freedom banquet urges black unity
If East Point, Ga., mayor Patsy Jo Hilliard had one wish for black people, it would be for all of them to come together.

Georgia remains last state to pass child endangerment law
ATLANTA -- With the Republican governor and Democratic lieutenant governor both squarely behind it, prospects look good for legislation aimed at protecting children from reckless behavior by their parents or guardians.

Cancer coalition seeks solutions in different areas

Council member not allowed to continue running city's Web site
BERKELEY LAKE, Ga. -- A council member in this small Gwinnett County city will no longer run its Web site after her colleagues voted that the volunteer work is a conflict of interest.

Doctor argues Rivera's health

Police say woman abucted by former husband
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Damaris Kinlaw's worst fears were realized Sunday when she was abducted for the second time in a month by her former husband, police said.

Nuwaubian leader earned fat income while followers worked for free, testimony shows

Atlanta police find dead child in downtown motel
ATLANTA -- A young child was found dead in a downtown hotel Monday morning and police were questioning a couple believed to be the toddler's parents who were found walking naked down a street with two other children.

Bomb exploded at soldier's feet in Iraq, but he makes it through

Bomb exploded at soldier's feet in Iraq, but he makes it through
LAGRANGE, Ga. -- Sgt. First Class Joseph Mosner woke up in the United States after a roadside bomb in Iraq exploded and burned his face.

Macon businessman accused of violating gun laws fights to keep license
MACON, Ga. -- A Macon businessman who federal officials claim repeatedly violated gun laws is fighting to continue to sell weapons.

News you can use
JAN. 20, 1968 A group of Augusta and Richmond County citizens will meet next week to review a proposal for total consolidation of the two local governments. At least three state legislators will be invited to attend.

Votes of blacks elude hopefuls
CLEARWATER - Those who are looking to South Carolina to provide political clarity and definition to the Democratic presidential contest might wind up disappointed, particularly when it comes to the Palmetto State's sizable black vote, the Rev. Nathaniel Irvin said.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RAVE for Charles Walker. Residents of Augusta are not going to be brainwashed by the media anymore. Sonny Perdue will not be re-elected, and the next president is going to be a Democrat. Teachers, children, students receiving HOPE and the sick, get ready. Randy Hall, start packing.

Where is 'BoPeep' Farrer?
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Bill Farrer's favorite fishing spot was the "sucker hole" deep within a rugged swamp bisected by Rocky Comfort Creek.

Police say woman abucted by former husband

Sanford's budget cuts would close Clemson extension programs
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Clemson University will work to keep its extension offices and programs off the cutting block after Gov. Mark Sanford proposed slashing the organization's budget.

Fewer S.C. students pass rigorous AP exam
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Fewer South Carolina students passed exams designed to help them earn college credit last year.

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

USC Union Dean says Sanford cuts would close school in year
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The dean of the University of South Carolina Union says Gov. Mark Sanford's three-year plan to phase out his school would shut it down in a year.

Dillon native helps shape economy
FLORENCE, S.C. -- When Ben Bernanke was working his way through college as a waiter at South of the Border during his summer breaks, it's not likely that people paid a lot of attention to what he had to say. Stopping in off the road on their way to Florida, customers in the restaurant probably didn't recognize Bernanke's brilliance.

Lawmakers to ponder decisions on spending cuts during break
ATLANTA - Officially, the General Assembly is off this week, observing the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and giving the Legislature's budget committees a chance to review Gov. Sonny Perdue's 2005 spending proposals.

First cars are special, even for politicians
Thanks to The Associated Press, I have developed an interest in politics just in time for the presidential primaries.

'Cold Mountain' leads British film award nominations
LONDON -- "Cold Mountain" with 13 nominations and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" with a dozen led the nominations Monday from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

'Along Came Polly' unseats 'Lord of the Rings' at box office

Affleck figures 'Jersey Girl' won't add up to 'Gigli,' part two

'Cold Mountain' leads British film award nominations

'Along Came Polly' unseats 'Lord of the Rings' at box office
LOS ANGELES -- "Along Came Polly" came along and swept "The Lord of the Rings" from its four-week perch atop the box office list.

Affleck figures 'Jersey Girl' won't add up to 'Gigli,' part two
PARK CITY, Utah -- Ben Affleck is fairly sure the ad campaign for his next movie won't proclaim "Affleck and Lopez, together again."

"American Idol" returns to find new music stars
LOS ANGELES -- In two years, Fox's "American Idol" has minted three new music stars in Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken.

"American Idol" returns to find new music stars

Simon Fuller: The man behind 'American Idol'
LOS ANGELES -- Simon Fuller is no professional singer. He does not dance and he doesn't play an instrument. Yet there he is - collecting a fortune at the top of the pop charts.

Another belated happy ending for Rodney Atkins

Another belated happy ending for Rodney Atkins
LOS ANGELES -- For Rodney Atkins, honesty is, indeed, the best policy.

France's Peterhansel wins Dakar Rally
DAKAR, Senegal -- Stephane Peterhansel of France won the Dakar Rally on Sunday, capturing a 6,920-mile trek across the bogs, beaches and deserts of two continents and seven nations.

Nextel ready to make presence felt

Nextel ready to make presence felt
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- After seven months of virtual silence since becoming the title sponsor of NASCAR's top series, Nextel finally is making some noise.

No help for Daniel

No help for Daniel
MERIDEN, Conn. --- The cemetery is cold and damp, and the mother shivers as she places a bouquet of dried flowers on her child's grave. She offers a silent prayer.

Heat rookie moves closer to returning

Lawmakers push measures in wake of Bryant case

Pacers defeat the Hawks

Pacers defeat the Hawks
ATLANTA -- This was vintage Reggie Miller. He played to the crowd, goaded defenders into fouls, complained constantly to the referees and made clutch shots down the stretch.

Lawmakers push measures in wake of Bryant case
DENVER -- After a resort worker accused Kobe Bryant of rape, her identity was splashed around the world on Web sites, the cover of a supermarket tabloid and a radio broadcast. The basketball star's attorney said the woman's name six times during a court hearing.

Pistons nip Spurs, win 13th straight
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Chauncey Billups scored 18 points to help Detroit beat the reigning NBA champion San Antonio Spurs 85-77 Monday for their franchise record-tying 13th straight win.

Pistons nip Spurs, win 13th straight

Heat rookie moves closer to returning
MIAMI -- Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade had the cast removed from his right wrist Monday, the first step in returning to the lineup.

Unbeatens down to three
For the seventh straight season, Duke makes an appearance atop The Associated Press poll, moving up one place Monday to overtake Connecticut.

Heels fight by Maryland
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Camille Little had 14 points and 15 rebounds, and No. 13 North Carolina had four other players score in double figures Monday night in a 72-59 victory over Maryland.

UConn has little time to dwell on loss
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Connecticut's two losses this season have much in common.

Cal women's basketball player dies of apparent meningitis
EDs: UPDATES with quotes from high school coach; ADDs byline.

Smith's revived running leads Patriots

Patriots' defense stops Colts

Rib injury ends frustrating day for McNabb

Donatell, Gibbs join Falcons' staff

Lack of star power is Super Bowl theme

Fearless Panthers advance to Super Bowl

Law's three interceptions send Patriots to Super Bowl

Patriots favored by seven in early odds

Patriots and Panthers put team ahead of egos

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Works for Olympics take archaeologists on a treasure hunt

Works for Olympics take archaeologists on a treasure hunt
ATHENS, Greece -- A cloud of white dust drifts over Athens' former international airport as a crew using heavy equipment builds athletic facilities for this summer's Olympics.

Former baseball Olympian released from jail after fatal accident

Citizens credited with helping capture suspect in slaying of tennis stars' sister

Whitfield takes care of hurt arm

United States get tie against Denmark

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Clijsters plans to play; Agassi's two kids; Shriver pregnant

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Clijsters plans to play; Agassi's two kids; Shriver pregnant
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Kim Clijsters plans to play in the Australian Open despite an injured left ankle.

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The Augusta Chronicle will begin running boys and girls basketball statistics weekly in Friday's editions. Coaches should fax their stats to (706) 823-3408 or email to augustachronicle@hotmail.com by 4 p.m. on Wednesday. Call reporter Josh Katowitz at (706) 823-3216 with questions.

Former baseball Olympian released from jail after fatal accident
BAY MINETTE, Ala. -- A former Olympian charged with homicide for his part in a fatal traffic accident was released from jail on $10,000 bond, a corrections officer said.

Williams, Federer open with easy wins
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Venus Williams showed no ill effects from her extended layoff, returning at the Australian Open with a 6-2, 6-1 victory Tuesday over American teenager Ashley Harkleroad.

United States get tie against Denmark
CARSON, Calif. -- Landon Donovan's penalty kick with 14 minutes left Sunday gave the United States a 1-1 tie against Denmark in an exhibition, the Americans' first game in six months.

Whitfield takes care of hurt arm
Rayonta Whitfield was in a little bit of pain Monday morning.

Citizens credited with helping capture suspect in slaying of tennis stars' sister
COMMERCE, Calif. -- Tips from citizens led to the arrest of the chief suspect in the fatal shooting of the half-sister of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, investigators said Sunday.

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The Augusta Chronicle will begin running boys and girls basketball statistics weekly in Friday's editions. Coaches should fax their stats to (706) 823-3408 or email to augustachronicle@hotmail.com by 4 p.m. Wednesday. Call reporter Josh Katzowitz at (706) 823-3216 with questions.

Area prep basketball scores
Are prep basketball scores for Monday night.

This Manning is going to the Super Bowl
PHILADELPHIA -- This Manning was busy grabbing interceptions instead of throwing them.

Lack of star power is Super Bowl theme
FOXBORO, Mass. - Just who is Jarvis Green? And how did he get three sacks for New England in its 24-14 victory over Indianapolis in the AFC title game?

Smith's revived running leads Patriots
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Antowain Smith is going back to Houston on a roll.

Thousands welcome Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Carolina Panthers were greeted by about 3,000 fans at Ericsson Stadium early Monday when they returned home after advancing to the Super Bowl.

Rib injury ends frustrating day for McNabb
PHILADELPHIA -- Sore ribs, four sacks, a few big drops and an unwise throw or two doomed Donovan McNabb's third straight attempt to win the NFC championship game.

Patriots and Panthers put team ahead of egos
Even ardent football fans would have trouble naming more than five players between the two Super Bowl teams.

Law's three interceptions send Patriots to Super Bowl
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Ty Law has made big plays before. He's just never made so many in one game.

Donatell, Gibbs join Falcons' staff
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons hired two experienced assistant coaches Monday as the team's new defensive coordinator and offensive line coach.

Litke: 'Tom Cool' making a name for himself
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Too bad the nickname is taken.

Patriots favored by seven in early odds
LAS VEGAS -- The New England Patriots are Las Vegas oddsmakers' pick to win the Super Bowl.

Patriots' defense stops Colts
FOXBORO, Mass -- The New England Patriots didn't need snow to ruin Peyton Manning's perfect postseason. Their defense did it all.

Fearless Panthers advance to Super Bowl
PHILADELPHIA -- Sorry, Eagles. Not this time, either. The surprising Carolina Panthers are Super Bowl-bound instead.

Pope calls divisions among Christians 'painful,' links unity to peace efforts
VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II implored Christians on Sunday to overcome the "painful trial" of their divisions, aggravated by such issues as the election of a gay Episcopal bishop and the hostility between Catholic and Orthodox faithful in eastern Europe.

Executive says CBS News held to a higher standard than its rivals
LOS ANGELES -- CBS' top executive complained Saturday that the network's news division, embroiled in questions about how "60 Minutes" obtained an interview with Michael Jackson, is held to a higher standard than its rivals.

New black cable channel debuts on Martin Luther King Day

'One Tree Hill': A teen-angst series doesn't forget its adults

CBS rejects Super Bowl adds promoting vegetarianism, bashing Bush

CBS, in the middle of strong year, announces third 'CSI'
LOS ANGELES -- Showing some swagger in the midst of one of its best seasons in years, CBS announced Saturday that it is launching a third drama in its "CSI" series - this time based in New York City.

UPN network making a reality show about Amish youngsters trying modern world

Johnny Rotten to appear in reality TV show
LONDON -- As Johnny Rotten once snarled, "Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?"

UPN network making a reality show about Amish youngsters trying modern world
LOS ANGELES -- The UPN television network is preparing a reality series that follows Amish teenagers having their first experiences with modern conveniences and outside society, part of a religious rite of passage that tests their faith.

CBS, in the middle of strong year, announces third 'CSI'

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.

Networks gearing up for the public to have its say on presidential campaign

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
"The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer's" tells you everything you never wanted to know, but better be aware of, about Alzheimer's disease.

New black cable channel debuts on Martin Luther King Day
LANHAM, Md. -- There may be hundreds of channels on cable television, but Johnathan Rodgers says there's still something missing for black viewers.

'One Tree Hill': A teen-angst series doesn't forget its adults
WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Robby Benson is hot. Yes, the star of 1976's "Ode to Billy Joe" and 1979's "Ice Castles" is a babe. At least, that's the word from a young, current-day star, Hilarie Burton, who appears on the WB's "One Tree Hill" and hosts MTV's "TRL."

Networks gearing up for the public to have its say on presidential campaign
LOS ANGELES -- NBC's Tim Russert swears he's going high-tech this year after his simple prop - a board bearing the word "Florida" scrawled in magic marker - became an indelible image of the 2000 presidential election coverage.

New documentary explores controversial last years of King's life

Executive says CBS News held to a higher standard than its rivals

Mel Brooks gives voice to animated series sheep

New documentary explores controversial last years of King's life
For many, he is frozen in a single, triumphant moment, the stirring cadences of his "I Have a Dream" speech rolling over the crowds gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in the summer of 1963.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead

Mel Brooks gives voice to animated series sheep
NEW YORK -- No one could ever accuse Mel Brooks of being sheepish. So it makes perfect sense that he's now playing the least sheepish sheep you'll ever meet.

Michael Douglas: 'good genes' explain film award

Charlize Theron undergoes 'Monster' metamorphosis

People in the News

Q&A: Ice Cube on movies, motorcycles and music

Georgia gets second stunner of post-Harrick era
ATLANTA -- Georgia already has dropped four games by at least 20 points, including an embarrassing home loss to Winthrop.

Lady Dogs fall to Florida

Georgia gets second stunner of post-Harrick era

Lady Dogs fall to Florida
ATHENS, Ga. -- If 11th-ranked Georgia is looking for a recipe to end a two-game losing streak, Christi Thomas is convinced the Lady Dogs need look no further than the mirror.

South Carolina looking to crack national scene
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- When ex-South Carolina coach Eddie Fogler lured Brooklyn guy Michael Boynton down South five years ago to play college basketball, he sold him on the passionate fans and promising future in store for the Gamecocks.

Gamecocks break into Top 25

Gamecocks break into Top 25
The last time South Carolina was ranked in the Associated Press top 25, the Gamecocks were upset by Richmond in the first round of the 1998 NCAA tournament.

Arkansas tops Lady Gamecocks
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Shameka Christon scored 33 points, half of Arkansas' 66-52 win over South Carolina Sunday.

South Carolina looking to crack national scene

Pledge reflects on Americans
With the war on terrorism, we read and hear a lot about patriotism. My question is, does it exist inside our schools? Maybe not.

Don't let friends decide whom you should date

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Now on DVD: Five college friends on a camping excursion deal with an infectious skin disease in the horror film Cabin Fever, and Antonio Banderas stars in Once Upon a Time in Mexico.

Learn to balance your spending today with saving for tomorrow

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

Your style

Learn to balance your spending today with saving for tomorrow
Although he's been working for two years, Michael Martin, 19, has yet to master the art of money management.

Question of the week

Your style
NEW YORK -- Benjamin Britten's "Peter Grimes" is so strong an opera that it can survive a less-than-ideal performance in the title role.

Don't let friends decide whom you should date
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: This boy I like is kind of ugly, but he has a very good personality. All my friends say I shouldn't go with him because he is ugly. Is that true?

Question of the week
Do teens care about politics?

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Odds and Ends

Girl, 6, found dead in Atlanta after exorcism

N.Y. says no way to 'Oy Vey' sign in Brooklyn

Chinese TV balks at airing 'Friends' because it has too much sex

Woman who faked cancer sentenced to probation

Pope calls divisions among Christians 'painful,' links unity to peace efforts