Draft copy of first Harry Potter book auctioned
LONDON -- A draft copy of the first Harry Potter adventure which incorrectly identified author J.K. Rowling sold at auction for $2,642, the auctioneer said.

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'
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.

Sir Colin Davis leads London Symphony in 'Peter Grimes'

Draft copy of first Harry Potter book auctioned

Studs Terkel to receive honorary book critics prize

Gonzalez agrees to terms with Devil Rays
TAMPA, Fla. -- Right-hander Jeremi Gonzalez agreed to a $1.7 million, one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Tuesday.

Matsui to wear pinstripes in Japan

Beltran agrees to $9 million, one-year deal with Kansas City
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Outfielder Carlos Beltran and the Kansas City Royals agreed Tuesday to a $9 million, one-year contract.

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.

Odalis Perez signs with Dodgers; Gagne asks for $8 million
LOS ANGELES -- Left-hander Odalis Perez avoided arbitration Tuesday by agreeing to terms of a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers worth $5 million.

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.

Matsui to wear pinstripes in Japan
TOKYO -- Hideki Matsui may get to display his Yankee pinstripes at the Tokyo Dome.

Giants agree to deals with Brower, Feliz

Gonzalez agrees to terms with Devil Rays

Beltran agrees to $9 million, one-year deal with Kansas City

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

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.

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

Odds and Ends
MUNCIE, Ind. -- The dog show will go on - just not on the carpet.

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

Braves agree to $4.2 million, one-year deal with Drew

Braves agree to $4.2 million, one-year deal with Drew
ATLANTA -- Outfielder J.D. Drew and the Atlanta Braves agreed Tuesday to a $4.2 million, one-year contract.

Agency will use Message 911 to alert citizens
Once just a plan to notify youth sports teams of schedule changes, an Augusta telecommunications company is creating systems to assist in homeland security.

Cingular makes offer to acquire AT&T Wireless

Small farmer's fight against Monsanto becomes anti-biotech crusade

Business briefs

Cingular makes offer to acquire AT&T Wireless
ATLANTA -- Cingular Wireless has made a formal all-cash offer to acquire AT&T Wireless in a deal that would create the nation's largest cell phone carrier, according to sources close to the deal.

Augusta to get Wild Wing Cafe

Mad cow scare hurts Midwest meatpacking belt
FREMONT, Neb. -- Candy Nysingh still cuts and packs meat at Fremont Beef Co., but with jobs in America's meatpacking belt being lost to mad cow disease, she isn't sure for how long.

Oregon becomes battleground in national tax debate

Airport rethinks its goals
Augusta Regional Airport officials were told Tuesday their 25 percent goal to include small and minority-owned businesses in airport projects this year is probably shooting too high.

Mad cow scare hurts Midwest meatpacking belt

Business briefs
IRVING, Texas - Kimberly-Clark has reorganized major parts of its business to cut costs and increase sales.

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.

Small farmer's fight against Monsanto becomes anti-biotech crusade
OTTAWA -- The case of a small-time farmer from the remote Saskatchewan plains, now before Canada's highest court, may represent the best chance yet for foes of the global biotech revolution to get the law on their side.

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.

Martha Stewart enters new innocent plea as trial begins
NEW YORK -- With a wave to a pair of supporters outside and a nod to jury prospects inside, Martha Stewart went on trial in earnest Tuesday at a Manhattan federal courthouse.

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.

Charity announced $1.5 billion gift from estate of McDonald's heiress
WASHINGTON -- The Salvation Army is receiving a donation likely to exceed $1.5 billion from the estate of Joan B. Kroc, the late widow of the founder of McDonald's Corp., the charity announced Tuesday.

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.

Agency will use Message 911 to alert citizens

Monsanto halts sales of soybean seeds in Argentina

Business briefs

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.

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

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.

Martha Stewart case: one stock sale, two stories

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.

McDonald's cuts ties with Kobe Bryant

E-Trade, TD Waterhouse call off merger talks

Jailed Parmalat officials cooperate with investigators

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.

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

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.

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

Virginia beats up Clemson
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Donte Minter scored 10 points in a span of 6 1/2 minutes in the second half Tuesday night and lifted Virginia to a 61-50 victory over Clemson in a offensive nightmare for both teams.

Virginia beats up Clemson

Heels fight by Maryland

Unbeatens down to three

Cal women's basketball player dies of apparent meningitis

Augusta's Mize will play without Tour exemption

Killing newborns OK?
Imagine rolling a pregnant woman into the delivery room, and then having the doctor ask her if she wants to have the baby delivered alive or dead.

Too much security?

Preserving Augusta

A ticket to nowhere
John Kerry, take note. Winning the strange and convoluted Iowa caucuses, more often than not, is a ticket to nowhere.

Preserving Augusta
If your community is one of only eight in the nation receiving national recognition for something, then in all likelihood it's either something very good or very bad.

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.

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.

A ticket to nowhere

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.

Western Culture and Food Festival schedule of events
Seventh Street from Telfair to Talcot streets, fronting Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center:

Stuff to do
Atlanta rocker Kevn Kinney performs Saturday at the Soul Bar, 984 Broad St. The Livingroom Legends and Chris Cauley also will perform. For more information, call 724-8880.

Cowboys, Indians stage takeover of downtown
The Wild West is coming to Augusta. The inaugural Western Culture and Food Festival will feature food, music and entertainment Thursday through Sunday at Seventh Street from Telfair to Talcot streets at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES -- He knows he'll never get the chance, but Jeff Probst would love to play "Survivor" instead of just be the host.

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."

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

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

Bond prices mixed

Stocks fall despite positive earnings
NEW YORK -- Investors intent on collecting profits from Friday's big gains looked past a series of positive earnings reports Tuesday, sending blue chip stocks moderately lower. The falling dollar and rising price of oil contributed to the selling.

Keep an eye on homeowners insurance

Dollar down, gold up in Europe

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.

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

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.

Stocks fall despite positive earnings

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.

Tokyo stocks end 1.6 percent higher, dollar up against yen

U.S. Bank warning about hoax e-mails

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.

From natural to free-range, marketing claims for beef confusing
DENVER -- Organic. Natural. No added hormones. No antibiotics. Grass-fed. Free-range.

Hors d'oeuvres are kids' stuff
CONCORD, N.H. - Having reached the age when seemingly everyone around me has young children, I've noticed a recurring theme at parties and family gatherings - children struggling with foods intended for adults.

Seek comfort in delicious dishes
Simple, basic and homey dishes often are grouped as "comfort foods," and at this time of year that trendy yet vague description sounds perfect.

Dining out

South Texans say it's a banner year for red, sweet grapefruit
DONNA, Texas -- Soaking fall rains after a decade of drought and the perfect nip of winter chill in deep South Texas made this year's grapefruit crop juicy, sweet and super red.

Small portions

Land Institute seeking perennial wheat, other crops
SALINA, Kan. -- Wes Jackson gets a little impatient when asked how long it will take to achieve his dream of turning agriculture on its head.

Hors d'oeuvres are kids' stuff

Pull an Italian job with BLT
How about a pasta variation on your BLT? A simple but very good offering with a playful tie-in to the favorite bacon-lettuce-tomato sandwich, with an Italian flavor, comes from Good Housekeeping 100 Best Pasta Recipes earst, 2003, $14.95).

Seek comfort in delicious dishes

Small portions
This is the season when it's common for throats to get irritated from constant coughing, and when tea sweetened with honey is an appealing way to soothe sore throats and flulike symptoms.

Dining out
Here are mini-reviews of area restaurants.

Pull an Italian job with BLT

Tony Roma's signature ribs worth picking
A good slab of ribs is like a good steak - hard to find in a restaurant. So when most people go to a rib joint, they tend to order anything but the specialty.

From natural to free-range, marketing claims for beef confusing

South Texans say it's a banner year for red, sweet grapefruit

Deacon's streak snapped
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- It's taken just over a month for Will Bynum to feel comfortable in Georgia Tech's offense. Now that he does, the 11th-ranked Yellow Jackets are going to be hard to beat.

Deacon's streak snapped

Mickelson eager to start new season
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Last year was a scary one for Phil Mickelson, in ways far more significant than concerns that his golf game was unraveling.

Wie the next Tiger, but not on the PGA Tour
HONOLULU -- Jesper Parnevik said it would have been the biggest miracle in sports. So he wanted to be there just in case Michelle Wie made the cut at the Sony Open.

Despite invitation, Wie probably won't play the Booz Allen

Wie the next Tiger, but not on the PGA Tour

Despite invitation, Wie probably won't play the Booz Allen
WASHINGTON -- Michelle Wie will be invited to play in another PGA Tour event but will probably decline because it conflicts with a tournament where she's the defending champion.

Mickelson eager to start new season

Prep girls and boys basketball scores

Thrasers thrash Sabres

Bruins claim center from Florida

Bruins claim center from Florida
BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins claimed center Craig MacDonald off waivers from the Florida Panthers on Tuesday.

Canadiens defeat the Flyers
PHILADELPHIA -- Jose Theodore made 22 saves, and Richard Zednik scored two power-play goals to lead the Montreal Canadians to a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.

Canadiens defeat the Flyers

Thrasers thrash Sabres
Atlanta Thrashers defeated Buffalo Sabres 4 to 1.

Senators take out the Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Marian Hossa had a goal and two assists to lift the Ottawa Senators past the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 Tuesday night.

Rice is nice to spice up winter
When the winter doldrums set in, I like to serve my family international foods to liven things up a bit.

Rice is nice to spice up winter

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

Officials investigate early morning fires
Investigators are looking into two fires this morning that damaged a house on Walker Street and destroyed another.

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.

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

Flag editorial disrespectful to Confederate war dead

Roe v. Wade: children murdered in the name of 'choice'

Roe v. Wade: children murdered in the name of 'choice'
We live in perilous times. While U.S. soldiers are dying in Iraq, unborn children are being murdered weekly at Planned Parenthood on Broad Street in Augusta. At least the soldiers have weapons to defend themselves. Jim Irish, North Augusta, S.C.

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.

Let's help Jazz Project stay alive

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

Flag editorial disrespectful to Confederate war dead
Your Jan. 15 editorial, "Flawed thinking, linking," about the 1956 Georgia flag did not mention why Judge John Sammons Bell designed it. The 1956 Georgia flag was a "living memorial" that represented the two-thirds of all Georgia's war dead, American veterans from Georgia who wore the gray. T.W. Highsmith, Evans, Ga.

Georgia voters are disenfranchised

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

Living briefs

Skin-care products differ for men today

Gullah cooking steeped in rich island heritage

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

Hundreds of millions crisscross country China for holiday

WHO confirms fifth death due to bird flu in Vietnam

Seniors calendar

Living briefs

China first stop in ASU travel, culture series

Non-surgery skin cancer treatment looks better, might risk recurrence

Study: Most diabetics obese, don't meet health recommendations

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

Software lets cell users decide how to share location info

Russian space engineers eager to join U.S. on missions to moon, Mars

Living briefs
Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer's tells you everything you never wanted to know, but had better be aware of, about Alzheimer's disease.

Skin-care products differ for men today
NEW YORK - Men's skin-care lines have long been a part of top cosmetics companies' offerings in department stores. But similar products have been popping up in recent months on drugstore aisles, too, raising the question: Do men really need their own stuff or can image-conscious men keep raiding their wives' skin-care products?

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.

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.

Russian space engineers eager to join U.S. on missions to moon, Mars
MOSCOW -- Russia's space engineers spent years designing futuristic spacecraft for missions to Mars with little hope they would survive the financial meltdown of the nation's once-glorious space program.

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.

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.

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.

New Internet virus spreading fast
NEW YORK -- A new Internet virus was spreading fast throughout Asia, Australia and Europe but computer security experts were divided on the seriousness of the threat from the "Bagle" worm, and reckoned home users were most at risk.

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.

Study: Most diabetics obese, don't meet health recommendations
CHICAGO -- More than half of adult diabetics in the United States are obese and many more have higher-than-recommended blood pressure, cholesterol levels and blood sugar - all factors that raise their risk of complications and death, a government study found.

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.

Non-surgery skin cancer treatment looks better, might risk recurrence
CHICAGO -- A non-surgical treatment for basal cell skin cancer results in better cosmetic results but might be less effective than surgery at preventing the disease from returning, a study found.

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.

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.

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.

Surgery ends Reynolds' year

Surgery ends Reynolds' year
Defenseman Peter Reynolds' season is over after surgery to repair a severed Achilles tendon on Tuesday, but the prognosis is good for a full recovery and return to the ice next season.

Lynx slap shots
Tonight: ECHL All-Star game at Peoria, lll and Friday, Augusta Lynx in Mississippi against the Mississippi Sea Wolves at 8:35 p.m.

Jacina breaks out of slump
He was far and away the best player on the ice Saturday night for the Augusta Lynx, which was a fitting statement made by Greg Jacina in his final home contest before tonight's ECHL All-Star Game in Peoria, Ill.

Jacina breaks out of slump

Cult leader's son tried to frame him, witness testifies
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- A daughter of cult leader Malachi York testified Tuesday she was urged by her brother to lie to authorities by saying her father molested her.

Senate committee tackles work on restructuring bills

Across the area

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.

Across the area
A protest against the state's award of a contract to run the Augusta Youth Development Campus is unlikely to affect that contract, the Department of Juvenile Justice's acting commissioner said Tuesday.

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.

Board debuts Strom Thurmond's mascot in flesh
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Students at Strom Thurmond High School have a mascot they can pet and rally around, but this dog might not come when called by name.

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.

County denies Harlem funding

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.

New exhibit at GSU examines history of segregation in Bulloch County

Supporters of 1956 flag rally again, demanding new vote
ATLANTA -- About 200 Southern heritage supporters rallied Tuesday to demand a new vote on the Georgia flag, promising to drive out any politician who opposes a public say on the Dixie cross of stars.

Leaders' spending wishes go unfulfilled
AIKEN - Aiken County legislators are reluctant to talk about it - some just won't - but there's a wish list of things they'd do if South Carolina's economic picture were brighter.

Student who killed raccoon could face charges
ATHENS, Ga. -- Animal rights groups are demanding the prosecution and expulsion of a University of Georgia student who allegedly killed a raccoon that was then skinned, eaten and burned by members of his fraternity.

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.

Georgia Students Interpret Lessons Learned from Holocaust
ATLANTA-"What are the lessons of the Holocaust?" This question will be answered in vivid detail by Georgia middle and high school students through pottery, papier-mache, poetry and prose for a contest conducted by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust. Ford Motor Company sponsors the competition, now in its 10th year.

Leaders' spending wishes go unfulfilled

Senate committee tackles work on restructuring bills
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- How long does it take 1,900 pages of legislation to move through the General Assembly?

Kid of the day

Gephardt cancels trip to Charleston on Tuesday
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- U.S. Rep. Dick Gephardt canceled his campaign trip to Charleston on Tuesday afternoon following a devastating fourth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses.

Airport rethinks its goals

County denies Harlem funding
Harlem received a minor setback Tuesday in its downtown revitalization effort after the Columbia County Board of Commissioners decided not to contribute funds to the city's fledgling building facade grant program.

Board debuts Strom Thurmond's mascot in flesh

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day (again) is Emma Grace Wise, 1, of Augusta.

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

Chancellor urges long-term budget focus
ATLANTA - Legislators should focus on the long-term effects of university budgets and not solely on the state's need to save money in the coming budget year, Chancellor Tom Meredith said Tuesday.

Female legislators aim for larger roles within Capitol
ATLANTA - On any given day, a visitor to the Georgia Capitol is more likely to see bald spots than beehive hairdos.

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

Chambliss hospitalized after appendectomy
MOULTRIE, Ga. -- U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss remained at Colquitt Regional Medical Center on Tuesday after emergency surgery to have his appendix removed.

School appeals state rating
AIKEN - School officials said they were shocked when Barnwell High School got an "unsatisfactory" improvement rating on its 2003 state report card. But after an appeal, the school got slightly higher marks, with a "below average" rating in the improvement area.

Budget cuts, enrollment growth a deadly combination, says chancellor
ATLANTA -- University System Chancellor Tom Meredith warned legislative budget writers Tuesday the spending cuts being imposed on Georgia's public colleges and universities, together with a growing enrollment, constitute a "deadly combination."

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.

Class gives students direction
AIKEN - Sitting in front of a video camera and reading the script from the prompter in front of him, South Aiken High School senior John Carroll found his calling.

New exhibit at GSU examines history of segregation in Bulloch County
STATESBORO, Ga. -- The "Equal & Exact Justice" exhibit that opened this week at the Georgia Southern Museum shows how commonplace segregation was here.

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.

Senate overrides several Sanford budget vetoes
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The state Senate on Tuesday overrode several of Gov. Mark Sanford's first budget vetoes.

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.

SC reservist playing key role in rebuilding Iraq
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- An Air Force reservist from the Isle of Palms is playing a key role in putting together an interim government in Iraq.

Sheriff's contest heats up

Appling crash kills teen
A 16-year-old girl was killed and her younger brother was injured in a single-vehicle crash Tuesday morning near Appling.

Police say woman abucted by former husband

News you can use
JAN. 21, 1988 The governments of Augusta and Richmond County may never consolidate if the state can't pass a unified government bill this year, Rep. Don Cheeks said Wednesday.

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.

Across South Carolina
Senators overrode a veto that would reduce funding for the State Museum. Mr. Sanford's budget calls for an end to the funding in three years to free up money for education and health programs.

Across Georgia

Police academy director accused
As director of Augusta's state-run police academy, Michael Farrell offered to trade passing grades for political favors, destroyed negative evaluations and ordered an employee to run personal errands for him, according to documents obtained Tuesday by The Augusta Chronicle.

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

Judge to rule on theory's viability
Before jurors return today to hear more evidence in Reinaldo Rivera's trial, a judge will determine whether they will hear a psychologist's theory that sexual addiction drove Mr. Rivera to rape and kill women.

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.

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.

Doctor argues Rivera's health

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.

Cancer coalition seeks solutions in different areas

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.

Churchgoers recall hard times

South Carolina official wants Web predator law
AIKEN - South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster is pushing for a new law to protect children from predators in cyberspace, an increasing concern among law enforcement officials in the computer age.

Georgia remains last state to pass child endangerment law

Police academy director accused

Gephardt cancels trip to Charleston on Tuesday

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.

Georgia Students Interpret Lessons Learned from Holocaust

Budget cuts, enrollment growth a deadly combination, says chancellor

Female legislators aim for larger roles within Capitol

SC reservist playing key role in rebuilding Iraq

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Civil rights leaders, lawmakers and friends of Marcus Dixon offered support for the star high school football player Tuesday on the eve of his hearing before the Georgia Supreme Court.

Experts debate brain data

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT about Reinaldo Rivera. I'd like to know why he is dressed in a fine suit for this trial. The man needs to be in prison clothes. He needs to come in chains and a prison suit.

Cult leader's son tried to frame him, witness testifies

Airport rethinks its goals
Augusta Regional Airport officials were told Tuesday their 25 percent goal to include small and minority-owned businesses in airport projects this year is probably shooting too high.

Officials investigate early morning fires

Experts debate brain data
Reinaldo Rivera has "diminished responsibility" for his crimes because a sophisticated brain scan shows he has little activity in an area responsible for impulse control and appropriate behavior, a defense expert testified.

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Young calls for changes in address
Four new faces on the city commission are only the start of what Mayor Bob Young called "a year of change" for Augusta during his annual State of the City address, delivered Tuesday.

Public defender office gets funds
Augusta commissioners voted late Tuesday to spend $265,370 in city funds on additional space for Augusta's public defender office.

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.

Supporters of 1956 flag rally again, demanding new vote

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.

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.

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.

Unity Breakfast celebrates King Day

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

18-year-old is charged in carjacking

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

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

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.

News you can use

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

Kid of the day

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.

Candidates differ over voucher use

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.

Budget plan forces teachers to choose

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

Across the area

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.

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

School appeals state rating

Voters will see revised projects

Judge to rule on theory's viability

Young calls for changes in address

Public defender office gets funds

Student who killed raccoon could face charges

Class gives students direction

Critical choice

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

Rosenberg granddaughter explores family history in Sundance film

'Cold Mountain' leads British film award nominations

Report: Pope's secretary denies pope ever endorsed Mel Gibson's film

Report: Pope's secretary denies pope ever endorsed Mel Gibson's film
VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II never endorsed Mel Gibson's controversial Biblical epic "The Passion of the Christ," the pontiff's longtime secretary told a Catholic news service.

Kutcher goes dark and dramatic with 'Butterfly Effect'

Rosenberg granddaughter explores family history in Sundance film
PARK CITY, Utah -- Few filmmakers examining their family history in a documentary would find themselves in the thick of the Academy Awards race.

Kutcher goes dark and dramatic with 'Butterfly Effect'
PARK CITY, Utah -- It's a grand tradition, actors best known for playing the goofball taking their shot at serious thespian status.

'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.

Sound Bites: audio reviews
Here are selected audio reviews of an assortment of artists:

Sound Bites: audio reviews

Rahal adds second driver for two IRL races

NASCAR creates title chase
CONCORD, N.C. - NASCAR revamped the way it crowns a champion in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Tuesday by turning the final 10 races into a television-friendly "Chase for the Championship."

Rahal adds second driver for two IRL races
INDIANAPOLIS -- Roger Yasukawa will drive for Team Rahal in the Indianapolis 500 and one other IRL race this year.

New scoring system set by NASCAR
CONCORD, N.C. -- NASCAR will have a new way of determining its Nextel Cup champion in 2004:

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.

NASCAR creates title chase

Ten-race showdown to determine NASCAR title
CONCORD, N.C. -- Good thing for Matt Kenseth that NASCAR's new points system wasn't around last season. The champion would've finished sixth.

Ten-race showdown to determine NASCAR title

State of the Union facts
Some facts and history about the State of the Union address:

Bush is optimistic in Union address
WASHINGTON - President Bush, wrapping the themes of his re-election campaign in his State of the Union address, asserted Tuesday night that America is strengthening its economy and successfully combating terrorism.

Democrats slam Bush on economy
WASHINGTON - Democrats challenged the bright picture of America presented in President Bush's State of the Union address Tuesday, saying it belied a darker reality of lost jobs, rising deficits and mounting casualties in Iraq.

Senate candidates agree on Bush praise

Senate candidates agree on Bush praise
WASHINGTON - On a night laced with political agendas, President Bush and his Democratic foes offered contrasting assessments of the state of the union, while two Georgia Senate candidates clashed with each other on some specifics.

Bush is optimistic in Union address

Text of the State of the Union

Text of the State of the Union
Text of President Bush's State of the Union address Tuesday as released by the White House:

Democrats slam Bush on economy

State of the Union facts

Former Rockets forward convicted of marijuana possession

Bruised knee ends Grant's streak at 123 games
MIAMI -- Miami Heat center Brian Grant sat out Tuesday night's game against Boston because of a bruised left knee, ending his streak of 123 consecutive games.

Kobe Bryant defense team has prosecutors 'outgunned'

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.

Kobe Bryant defense team has prosecutors 'outgunned'
DENVER -- Not long after he was accused of rape, Kobe Bryant held a nationally televised news conference at which he tearfully admitted to adultery and nothing else.

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.

Bruised knee ends Grant's streak at 123 games

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.

Pacers defeat the Hawks

Heat rookie moves closer to returning

Former Rockets forward convicted of marijuana possession
HOUSTON -- Former Houston Rockets forward Eddie Griffin was convicted Tuesday of marijuana possession.

Pistons nip Spurs, win 13th straight

Knights ride past Trojans
Aiken Tech coach Charles Welch barked out orders to his players as he tried to strengthen his team's half-court offense.

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.

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

Patriots and Panthers put team ahead of egos

Marmie to replace Lovie as defensive coordinator

Houston details Super Bowl hospitality, entertainment plans

Irsay's busy offseason includes negotiations with Manning

Lack of star power is Super Bowl theme

Two weeks is perfect for Belichick

Eagles name Mornhinweg assistant head coach

Wiggins to face favorite team, former teammates in Super Bowl

Donatell, Gibbs join Falcons' staff

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IOC team to check on Olympic preparations
ATHENS, Greece -- IOC inspectors will make another assessment of Olympic preparations, including the roof on the main stadium that workers are trying to finish on time.

Overtime

Venus Williams misses sister Serena in Australia

Burke, Jones chosen as Ryder Cup aides

Overtime

Former baseball Olympian released from jail after fatal accident

Whitfield takes care of hurt arm

McBride and Mathis headed to Europe

Two Cofidis cyclists questioned by police
PARIS -- Two cyclists with the Cofidis team were held for questioning Tuesday, but police said they didn't find drugs in a search of their bags at an airport.

Burke, Jones chosen as Ryder Cup aides
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Former majors winner Jackie Burke and Steve Jones were chosen Tuesday as assistant captains for the U.S. Ryder Cup team.

Overtime
Despite two conference losses last week, Augusta State remained in the latest WBCA/ESPN/USA Today Division II Women's Basketball Top 25 poll with a ranking of No. 18. The Augusta State women have been nationally-ranked for three consecutive weeks.

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.

Venus Williams misses sister Serena in Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Venus Williams misses her kid sister at the Australian Open. The hotel room is quiet, and the phone doesn't ring.

Overtime
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.

McBride and Mathis headed to Europe
American forwards Brian McBride and Clint Mathis are headed to Europe.

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.

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

Lady Rebels pull out win
After Hephzibah's 50-47 win against No. 8 Glenn Hills on Tuesday, Lady Rebels coach Wendell Lofton watched former players Jacquelyn and Joycelyn Nelson emerge from the team locker room.

Prep girls and boys basketball scores
Check out the area prep basketball scores.

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

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.

Irsay's busy offseason includes negotiations with Manning
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay will spend the first part of his offseason trying to sign franchise quarterback Peyton Manning to a long-term deal.

Houston details Super Bowl hospitality, entertainment plans
HOUSTON -- The theme is "Company's Coming," and for the next two weeks this Super Bowl city will try to keep visitors smiling while promoting itself.

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?

Wiggins to face favorite team, former teammates in Super Bowl
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jermaine Wiggins considers himself a die-hard Boston sports fan, and that includes an allegiance to the New England Patriots.

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.

Marmie to replace Lovie as defensive coordinator
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams hired Larry Marmie to replace Lovie Smith as defensive coordinator Tuesday.

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.

AFC championship game draws highest national rating since '99
NEW YORK -- The AFC championship game drew a larger national TV audience than the NFC title game for just the third time.

Eagles name Mornhinweg assistant head coach
PHILADELPHIA -- Former Detroit Lions head coach Marty Mornhinweg was promoted Tuesday to assistant head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Adams takes back title as team president
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams did not renew Jeff Diamond's contract as team president Tuesday to take the job back for himself.

Two weeks is perfect for Belichick
Bill Belichick is pleased his New England Patriots have two weeks to prepare for the Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl. Even though he won a title two years ago with a short break.

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.

Boris Becker to host talk show on German TV
HAMBURG, Germany -- Boris Becker is taking a swing at television.

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

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

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

TV networks carefully cover caucuses

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.

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

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.

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.

TV networks carefully cover caucuses
NEW YORK -- Television networks reported the surprises instead of creating them during Iowa's kickoff to the 2004 presidential campaign.

New black cable channel debuts on Martin Luther King Day

Boris Becker to host talk show on German TV

People in the News

Extras, extras

Cowboys, Indians stage takeover of downtown

Michael Douglas: 'good genes' explain film award

People in the News

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.

Gamecocks break into Top 25

Augusta's Mize will play without Tour exemption
Larry Mize's motto this year will have to be "have clubs, will travel," and on little notice at that.

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?

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.

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:

Don't let friends decide whom you should date

Learn to balance your spending today with saving for tomorrow

Audio best

Xtreme calendar

Question of the week

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.

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.

Xtreme calendar
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.

Question of the week
Do teens care about politics?

Your style

Odds and Ends

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

Girl, 6, found dead in Atlanta after exorcism

Odds and Ends