Draft copy of first Harry Potter book auctioned

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.

Orosco retires 25 years after reaching majors

Cubs agree to deal with Ryan Dempster
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs are taking a chance that Ryan Dempster will be as good as old.

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.

Matsui to wear pinstripes in Japan

Japan's career saves leader joining White Sox
CHICAGO -- Shingo Takatsu, Japan's career saves leader, has agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox, The Associated Press learned Wednesday.

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.

Gonzalez agrees to terms with Devil Rays

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

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.

Cubs agree to deal with Ryan Dempster

Orosco retires 25 years after reaching majors
Jesse Orosco had enough.

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

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

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

Travis Daniel Hoague

John David DeLoach Satcher

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

Jacob Aubrey Marshall

Charlie Arthur Lee Bussey III

Aaron James Thompson

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

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

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

Odds and Ends
HONG KONG -- After a year of SARS, recession, and political turmoil, Hong Kongers may be relieved to hear Home Affairs Secretary Patrick Ho is bowing out of a Lunar New Year ceremony to predict the territory's fortunes.

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.

Soaring energy prices could hurt economy
NEW YORK -- The troubled labor market might not be the only thorn in the economy's side. Surging energy prices could also do their part to throw the recovery off its course.

Housing construction up in December
WASHINGTON -- Residential construction activity picked up in December, helping to make all of 2003 the best year for home builders in a quarter-century and underscoring the critical role the sector played in the economy's resurgence.

Hardee's pins hopes on bigger, beefier burgers

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.

South Carolina workers endure third straight year of job losses
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina lost jobs for the third straight year in 2003 marking the worst stretch for workers since the Great Depression, according to state and federal statistics.

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.

Japan orders wholesalers not to sell U.S. beef products

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.

Group to market to retirees
An economic development group that uses Masters Week to recruit industries to Augusta will look to market the metro area as an ideal retirement community this year.

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.

Hardee's pins hopes on bigger, beefier burgers
ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. -- It's about as low as a fast-food chain can go.

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

Japan orders wholesalers not to sell U.S. beef products
TOKYO -- The government ordered meat wholesalers not to sell hundreds of tons of American T-bone steaks and other beef products imported before Japan imposed a ban in reaction to the discovery of mad cow disease in the United States, health officials said Wednesday.

Cingular makes offer to acquire AT&T Wireless

South Carolina workers endure third straight year of job losses

Agency will use Message 911 to alert citizens

Housing construction up in December

Business briefs

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.

Group to market to retirees

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.

Business briefs

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.

Soaring energy prices could hurt economy

Business briefs
Hundreds of employers will be available to interview prospective employees Tuesday at The Augusta Chronicle-sponsored Job Fair '04 at the Julian Smith Casino. Attendees will be able to discuss career opportunities and update their resumes during the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call (706) 364-6400 or go to www.augustachronicle.com for more information.

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.

Virginia beats up Clemson

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.

Jaguars win at home

Augusta's Mize will play without Tour exemption

Bush's tough road

Bush's tough road
For months, George W. Bush has been taking it on the chin from the Democratic hopefuls who seek to oust him from the presidency later this year. On Tuesday night, he used the nationally televised State of the Union address to hit back.

Preserving Augusta

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.

A ticket to nowhere

The Big Lie
A forum Tuesday night at Paine College was supposed to be about whether France and Germany were our friends.

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.

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

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

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

People in the News
NEW YORK -- Victoria Gotti is going to be busy. American Media Inc., publisher of Star magazine, has named Gotti editor in chief of its new publication, Red Carpet.

Sean Penn plays role of war correspondent
SAN FRANCISCO -- Notorious for his rocky relationships with journalists, actor Sean Penn has stepped into the shoes of a reporter with a two-part series of articles in the San Francisco Chronicle.

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.

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.

The top five list
Here is a top five list of films, TV, music, concerts, video and DVD sales.

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.

Stocks close mixed as investors show wariness on tech

Get started on 2003 tax returns

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

Stocks close mixed as investors show wariness on tech
NEW YORK -- Strong bank earnings pushed the Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor's 500 index to new 22-month highs Wednesday, but technology stocks lagged on disappointing news from Lucent Technologies and Motorola.

Stocks fall despite positive earnings

Get started on 2003 tax returns
WASHINGTON -- Swamped in tax paperwork with nowhere to turn? Here are some tips to get started and to find help when you need it:

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

Bond prices mixed

Dollar down, gold up in Europe

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.

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.

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

Pull an Italian job with BLT

Dining out
Here are mini-reviews of area restaurants.

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
DENVER -- Organic. Natural. No added hormones. No antibiotics. Grass-fed. Free-range.

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.

Hors d'oeuvres are kids' stuff

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

Dining out

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.

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).

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
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.

Small portions

Futurity set for kickoff

Futurity set for kickoff
The 25th annual Augusta Futurity begins this morning at 8 with the first go-round of the $20,000 Non-Pro go-round.

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

Kendall cuts through for Hope lead

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

Kendall cuts through for Hope lead
LA QUINTA, Calif. - Skip Kendall has completely overcome his slice - the one when he almost lopped off the top of a finger.

Mickelson eager to start new season

Wie might be better off without so many free lunches

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

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.

Wie might be better off without so many free lunches
The golf was brawny, business was brisk, and the tournament made for good TV all four days, even if you occasionally had to turn down the sound.

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.

Prep girls and boys basketball scores

Bruins claim center from Florida

Canadiens defeat the Flyers

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

Thrasers thrash Sabres

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

Flag editorial disrespectful to Confederate war dead

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.

Democrats are filled with both hate and hypocrisy
Where have the adults in the Democratic Party gone? If you listen to all the hate-filled rhetoric and allegations and insults leveled at President George W. Bush and the Republicans from various Democratic organizations and operatives, one has to conclude that there is no one left in the party but juveniles. Robert Smock, Hephzibah, Ga.

Electing Walker again is folly
Regarding the Jan. 16 news story, "Walker says he will run": Andy Chandler, Augusta

Bureaucratic obstacles hinder marinas' success
I agree with Mike Stacy's Jan. 2 letter, "Distinguish Riverfront Marina from marina warehouse," concerning privatizing the city marinas. Rick Allen, Augusta

Electing Walker again is folly

Democrats are filled with both hate and hypocrisy

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

Living briefs

Rich and refined, another hit for Chanel

Sleep essential for creative thinking, study says

Skin-care products differ for men today

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

Study: American taxes pay for most obesity health ills

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

Mars rover breaks out gadgets and gets busy

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

Ohh nooo! 'Mr. Bill' to help save Louisiana coast

Living briefs

Mars rover breaks out gadgets and gets busy
PASADENA, Calif. -- Scientists awaited data from the Spirit Rover after it started probing the mineral composition of a large martian rock dubbed Adirondack.

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.

Sleep essential for creative thinking, study says
Everybody feels refreshed following a good night's sleep. But can you wake up smarter? More artistic perhaps?

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.

Rich and refined, another hit for Chanel
PARIS -- Million-dollar babes and refined touches lit up the Chanel haute couture show Tuesday as Karl Lagerfeld did it again: a masterpiece of a show that looked not just rich, but wearable.

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.

Living briefs
The fifth annual Antiques in the Heart of Aiken Show and Sale will be from Jan. 30 through Feb. 1 in the Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St.

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.

Study: American taxes pay for most obesity health ills
ATLANTA -- Taxpayers foot the doctor's bill for more than half of obesity-related medical costs, which reached a total of $75 billion in 2003, according to a new study.

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?

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403 and send e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Ohh nooo! 'Mr. Bill' to help save Louisiana coast
NEW ORLEANS -- The effort to save Louisiana's eroding coast is about to get a new catchphrase: "Ohh nooo!!!"

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.

Mentors are rewarded when children succeed
Weekday mornings can easily slip into constructive chaos for John Cummings, a mentor in the Richmond County Health Department's Mentors for Success program.

Surgery ends Reynolds' year

Jacina breaks out of slump

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.

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.

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.

Kid of the day

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.

Across the area

Public defender office gets funds

Preparation under way for Masters

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.

Life sentences go to 2 men in slaying

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.

Sanford addresses economy

New exhibit at GSU examines history of segregation in Bulloch County

Masters spending on rebound

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.

Men already in jail are also robbery suspects
North Augusta authorities say two men being held at the Aiken County jail on various charges Wednesday are also suspects in two recent armed robberies.

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.

Defendant wants death

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?

Corps plans festivities for 50th anniversary

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.

Tort reform bill gets support

Leaders' spending wishes go unfulfilled

S.C. jobs suffer in economy downturn

Board debuts Strom Thurmond's mascot in flesh

Sewer keeps growth at bay

School appeals state rating

News you can use

Georgia Students Interpret Lessons Learned from Holocaust

Across South Carolina

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.

Men already in jail are also robbery suspects

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.

Prison relief bill quashed
AIKEN - A proposal by South Carolina's prison chief to relieve overcrowding through alternatives to incarceration has been killed because of opposition from prosecutors around the state, a key legislative leader said Wednesday.

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."

Across the area
An Augusta woman was arrested Tuesday after authorities found her 7-year-old daughter alone, in a house littered with trash and dog feces, a Richmond County sheriff's report states.

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

S.C. jobs suffer in economy downturn
PETTICOAT JUNCTION - Lucious Phiniezy has been doing odd jobs around town since he lost his post at a local construction company a year ago - living proof, he said, of a poor South Carolina economy.

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.

Defendant wants death
Not long after insisting Wednesday that he could persuade jurors to sentence him to death, Reinaldo Rivera gave them what some argue is the best reason not to execute serial killers.

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

Life sentences go to 2 men in slaying
The public execution of an Augusta man in a crowded store parking lot in 2002 was meant as a message, the assistant district attorney said.

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'M SURE South Carolina's Teacher of the Year is one of the best or even the best of new teachers in South Carolina. Why doesn't South Carolina have a new Teacher of the Year award for those with one to three years' experience? The Teacher of the Year should have at least four years of teaching experience and certainly have graduate degrees in their area of expertise. There are many effective teachers in South Carolina. However, test results say no.

Young calls for changes in address

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Jacobe Martice Cummings, 4 months, of Hephzibah.

Across the area

News you can use
JAN. 22, 1958 The Rev. Robert Jack Robinson, who at age 30 heads Augusta's largest church, was named Young Man of 1957 by the Augusta Junior Chamber of Commerce last night.

Prison relief bill quashed

School uses strategy to get funds
For $10,000, you can have your name on the theater catwalk.

Officials investigate early morning fires

Corps plans festivities for 50th anniversary
CLARKS HILL, S.C. - The reservoir once hailed as "Georgia's new ocean" turns 50 this year, and the Army Corps of Engineers wants everyone along its 1,200 miles of shoreline to help celebrate.

News you can use

Tort reform bill gets support
COLUMBIA - Financial payouts to plaintiffs filing lawsuits in South Carolina would be capped at $2 million under a tort reform bill passed Wednesday by the state House.

Judge to rule on theory's viability

Sanford addresses economy
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford gave a State of the State speech Wednesday night that frankly recognized the state's dire economic condition while citing the fiscal crisis as a reason to restructure state government.

Student who killed raccoon could face charges

Kid of the day

Female legislators aim for larger roles within Capitol

Sewer keeps growth at bay
Columbia County is growing faster than ever, but trouble with Harlem's sewer system has kept housing developers on hold for the past 2 1/2 years.

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.

Member founded church's GED class
Members of Tabernacle Baptist Church will forever recall the way George Henry Mays Sr. helped young people at the church.

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.

UGA posts slight increase in its endowment funds
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia's endowment grew by less than 2 percent from 2002 to 2003 - not much, but better than most Georgia colleges, according to an annual survey by the National Association of College and University Business Officers.

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.

Across South Carolina
ORANGEBURG -A St. Matthews man has been shot to death, and the woman he was with was wounded in a shooting at an apartment near South Carolina State University.

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.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Republican leaders in the state Senate introduced a resolution Wednesday that would ban gay marriages in Georgia.

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.

Masters spending on rebound
After a noticeable drop in spending during last year's Masters Tournament, early signs from Augusta's service industry suggest this year is shaping up to be better than the last.

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.

MCG Health puts its hope in lawsuits
A "perfect storm" of financial difficulties is looming for Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics, from an increase in uninsured patients to a potential drying up of Medicaid funding, CEO Don Snell said.

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.

Slain woman's injuries detailed in testimony
Vanessa Adolph, who was found dead at an Augusta rock quarry in December, had every bone in her rib cage broken, a Richmond County sheriff's investigator testified Wednesday.

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.

State outlines proposals to defend bases
The head of the state's effort to protect Georgia's military installations from closure said Wednesday that possible moves by the state government this year could help the cause.

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.

Preparation under way for Masters
From ordering new flowers to preparing for a limousine traffic lane, Augusta Regional Airport is already making its list and checking it twice for Masters Week.

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.

Member founded church's GED class

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.

MCG Health puts its hope in lawsuits

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.

Budget cuts, enrollment growth a deadly combination, says chancellor

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.

County denies Harlem funding

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.

SC reservist playing key role in rebuilding Iraq

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.

Airport rethinks its goals

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.

Experts debate brain data

Police academy director accused

Class gives students direction

Supporters of 1956 flag rally again, demanding new vote

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.

Gephardt cancels trip to Charleston on Tuesday

Senate committee tackles work on restructuring bills

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

Panthers grab media attention
Having spent three years covering their misery, I must admit a weakness in my heart for the Super Bowl-bound Carolina Panthers.

Rosenberg granddaughter explores family history in Sundance film

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

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

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.

Critical choice

'John Doe' suits filed against music downloaders
WASHINGTON -- The recording industry on Wednesday sued 532 computer users it said were illegally distributing songs over the Internet, the first lawsuits since a federal appeals court blocked the use of special copyright subpoenas to identify those being targeted.

Sound Bites: audio reviews

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

Japanese company steps up in NASCAR
HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Toyota's Lee White is looking for a fight.

Japanese company steps up in NASCAR

Points system divides circuit

Q & A with Richard Petty

Bill Elliott's downtime
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - There are a lot of empty squares on Bill Elliott's calendar during the first three months of the racing season.

Kerry Earnhardt gets part-time ride with Childress
WELCOME, N.C. -- Kerry Earnhardt will get a chance to prove himself in NASCAR's top stock car series with Richard Childress Racing, the team that gave his late father six of his seven Winston Cup championships.

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.

Points system divides circuit
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The creation of a 10-race "Chase for the Championship" has created a division on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series circuit. On one side are the fans, drivers and car owners. On the other are television and the racetracks.

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.

Q & A with Richard Petty
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - When Richard Petty started his racing career, the championship was given to the driver who finished the most laps. Now the sport will use a made-for-television system that puts an emphasis on the final 10 races - the part of the season that goes head-to-head with the National Football League. The seven-time series champion talks about all the changes planned for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season.

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

Darlington Raceway helped by new points system

NASCAR creates title chase

Bill Elliott's downtime

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."

Ten-race showdown to determine NASCAR title

Darlington Raceway helped by new points system
Darlington Raceway president Andrew Gurtis' feet haven't touched the ground much the past week or so since he found out for sure his "Lady In Black" would have a major say in this year's Nextel Cup champion.

Bush is optimistic in Union address

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.

Text of the State of the Union

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.

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

Senate candidates agree on Bush praise

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.

State of the Union facts

Cavs send Miles to Blazers

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.

Heat can't shoot straight
MIAMI -- Miami Heat guard Rafer Alston's long jump shot clanked off the rim and deflected straight up, six feet above the basket, then fell through the net. Alston backpedaled upcourt with his palms pressed together in prayerful gratitude for lucky bounces.

Heat can't shoot straight

Bruised knee ends Grant's streak at 123 games

Former Rockets forward convicted of marijuana possession

NBA pulls sweatshirts imported from Myanmar
NEW YORK -- The NBA removed sweatshirts imported from Myanmar from its store in Manhattan after a labor rights group accused the league of violating a federal law against selling goods made in the country.

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.

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

Cavs send Miles to Blazers
CLEVELAND -- Forward Darius Miles, fined by the Cavaliers for skipping a practice earlier this week, was traded Wednesday to the Portland Trail Blazers for guard Jeff McInnis and center Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje.

Judge closes key hearing in Kobe Bryant case
DENVER -- Courtroom arguments over whether Kobe Bryant's accuser has given up her medical privacy rights will be closed to the public, the judge ruled Wednesday.

Kobe Bryant defense team has prosecutors 'outgunned'

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.

No 1 Duke tears apart Terapins
NO. 1 DUKE 68, MARYLAND 60 In College Park, Md., J.J. Redick scored a season-high 26 points, and the Blue Devils used a solid defensive performance to beat the Terrapins. Luol Deng had 13 points and 12 rebounds to help Duke (15-1, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) win its 12th straight.

Jaguars win at home
After his team's 49-44 win over USC Spartanburg, Augusta State coach Gary Tuell had a good explanation as to why his team plays better away from home.

Ravens cornerback Corey Fuller's home invaded

Eagles name Mornhinweg assistant head coach

Houston details Super Bowl hospitality, entertainment plans

Marmie to replace Lovie as defensive coordinator

Wiggins to face favorite team, former teammates in Super Bowl

Two weeks is perfect for Belichick

Just who are these Panthers?

Irsay's busy offseason includes negotiations with Manning

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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.

British equestrian competitor has Olympic ban lifted

British equestrian competitor has Olympic ban lifted
LONDON -- A British equestrian competitor found guilty of a doping offense in 2002 had his lifetime Olympic ban lifted Wednesday, allowing him to compete in the Athens Games.

Burke, Jones chosen as Ryder Cup aides

O'Brien returns as Ajax beats JC Kerkrade 2-1

Mosley sues promoter Kushner

Bundesliga asks for longer halftime to sell more beer and sausage

Ferrero wins in straight sets

McBride and Mathis headed to Europe

Venus Williams misses sister Serena in Australia

Overtime

Little league, big dreams

Overtime

Karlovic knocked out in three tiebreaker set - again

Overtime
Hephzibah wide receiver/free safety Rent Sherrill verbally committed to Gardner-Webb on Tuesday, and running back/linebacker Reggie Hughes gave his commitment to Fort Valley State.

O'Brien returns as Ajax beats JC Kerkrade 2-1
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- John O'Brien returned from an Achilles' tendon injury that sidelined him during the first half of the season, playing the full 90 minutes Wednesday as Ajax Amsterdam rallied past Roda JC Kerkrade 2-1 in the Dutch League.

Bundesliga asks for longer halftime to sell more beer and sausage
HAMBURG, Germany -- German soccer wants a bigger halftime break - to sell more beer and sausage in stadiums.

Ferrero wins in straight sets
MELBOURNE, Australia - French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero overcame an arm injury and advanced to the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-5 win Thursday over Italian Filippo Volandri.

Mosley sues promoter Kushner
NEW YORK -- Super welterweight champion Shane Mosley is suing boxing promoter Cedric Kushner for more than $600,000 he said he's owed from a 2002 title fight.

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.

Little league, big dreams
West Augusta Little League is under new management.

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.

Karlovic knocked out in three tiebreaker set - again
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Ivo Karlovic's bid for a Grand Slam title ended in three tiebreaker sets - again.

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.

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

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
Area prep boys scores.

Just who are these Panthers?
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Everything was going well until John Fox was asked about his quarterback, "Jack" Delhomme.

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.

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

Ravens cornerback Corey Fuller's home invaded
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Baltimore Ravens cornerback Corey Fuller exchanged gunfire with an intruder outside his home early Wednesday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Panthers grab media attention

'American Idol' a big winner in season debut
LOS ANGELES -- Fox's "American Idol" hit impressively high ratings notes in its third season premiere.

TV networks carefully cover caucuses

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.

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

Boris Becker to host talk show on German TV

Cowboys, Indians stage takeover of downtown

Extras, extras

People in the News

People in the News

The top five list

Dogs stumble after upset
Georgia's Damien Wilkins couldn't pass up an open shot as the seconds wore down. Neither could Alabama's Antoine Pettway.

Dogs stumble after upset

Vote on price increase for season tickets postponed

Vote on price increase for season tickets postponed
ATHENS, Ga. -- Bulldogs fans will have to wait until June to find out whether they'll pay more for season tickets to Georgia's home football games.

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.

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends