Performers make sure opera stays full of bubbly
Sweetly sung and sublimely silly, waltz king Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus takes the operatic notions of mistaken identity and dangerous liaisons and turns them on their ears.

Performers make sure opera stays full of bubbly

Orosco retires 25 years after reaching majors

La Russa unfazed, unhurt in small plane accident
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa was unfazed when a small jet he was riding skidded this week off a snow-covered Colorado runway, joking he's had equally troubling times in a baseball dugout.

Cubs agree to deal with Ryan Dempster

John hired to manage Staten Island

John hired to manage Staten Island
NEW YORK -- Former New York Yankees pitcher Tommy John was hired to manage the Staten Island Yankees of the New York-Penn League on Thursday.

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.

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

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

Government tries every way but the obvious one

Travis Daniel Hoague

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.

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.

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.

Aaron James Thompson

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.

John David DeLoach Satcher

Charlie Arthur Lee Bussey III

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

'Crocodile Hunter' Irwin reprimanded for baby stunt
BRISBANE, Australia -- "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin won't be charged with any offense for holding his 1-month-old son while feeding one of his crocs, a public display that shocked viewers around the world.

Police: Man tried to use tape to induce fratricide
HOUSTON, Pa. -- A man tried to induce his 10-year-old stepson to kill his 4-year-old brother by playing a tape while the older boy slept that urged him to smother or strangle his sibling, police said.

Odds and Ends
LOS ANGELES -- Carson's cookie case crumbled. Councilwoman Julie Ruiz Raber was sued by an opponent for alleged electioneering after she delivered cookies to nearly every poll worker in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson on election day last March.

Operation to remove 176-pound tumor is successful
BUCHAREST, Romania -- A woman was reported in stable condition Thursday after doctors removed a 176-pound benign tumor in an eight-hour operation.

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.

Soaring energy prices could hurt economy

Martha Stewart's six degrees of separation
WASHINGTON -- The trail of evidentiary crumbs in the Martha Stewart stock case winds from her well-kept doorstep back to the Food and Drug Administration, a little-noticed corner of the case where a seemingly innocent tip snowballed into a celebrity trial.

AT&T Wireless says it will entertain takeover bids
NEW YORK -- AT&T Wireless put itself up for sale on Thursday, confirming it has received numerous takeover bids.

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.

New claims for jobless benefits fall for second week in row

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.

Business briefs
Augusta's Morris Communications Co. claimed top honors in several categories at this week's Newspaper Association of America New Media Federation's 2004 Digital Edge Awards.

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.

Former top Enron accountant surrenders at Houston FBI office
HOUSTON -- Enron Corp.'s former top accountant arrived at a federal courthouse in handcuffs after surrendering to federal authorities early Thursday on charges related to the disgraced energy giant's 2001 collapse.

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

Economic indicator points to continued economic growth

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.

Former top Enron accountant surrenders at Houston FBI office

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.

Kodak plans to cut up to 23 percent of work force by 2007

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.

Paper towel maker wins arbitrated dispute over Bounty ads
ATLANTA -- Georgia-Pacific has won a battle with Procter & Gamble over Bounty paper towel advertisements that Georgia-Pacific claimed to be false and misleading.

South Carolina workers endure third straight year of job losses

Kodak plans to cut up to 23 percent of work force by 2007
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Eastman Kodak Co., struggling to find its footing in new digital photography markets as its signature film business fades, said Thursday it will cut 12,000 to 15,000 jobs, or up to 23 percent of its global work force, over the next three years.

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

Recession panel says it is re-examining starting date for downturn
WASHINGTON -- It turns out that President Bush may have inherited a recession after all.

Hardee's pins hopes on bigger, beefier burgers

Economic indicator points to continued economic growth
NEW YORK -- A key measure of future economic activity rose 0.2 percent in December to its highest level ever, helped by relatively strong consumer spending and growing indications the job market is improving.

New claims for jobless benefits fall for second week in row
WASHINGTON --For the second week in a row, fewer people filed new claims to collect unemployment benefits, a hopeful sign that America's businesses are feeling more confident that the economy's recovery will be lasting.

AT&T Wireless says it will entertain takeover bids

Business briefs

Recession panel says it is re-examining starting date for downturn

Housing construction up in December

Group to market to retirees

Revenues soar for Gulfstream's parent
SAVANNAH, Ga. - General Dynamics, parent company of Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace, reported 2003 fourth-quarter revenues of $4.8 billion this week, a 23 percent increase over 2002 fourth-quarter revenues of $3.9 billion.

Alabama's top scorer Shelton out indefinitely
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Earnest Shelton, Alabama's top scorer, sprained a ligament in his right knee against Georgia and is doubtful for Saturday's game at Mississippi.

Alabama's top scorer Shelton out indefinitely

Jaguars win at home

Wild rally carries Paine to win

Not responsible?
That psychiatric testimony in murder trials is just so much psychobabble was demonstrated again in the Reinaldo Rivera case. The admitted serial rapist/killer's lawyers called on neuropsychiatrist Thomas Sachy to explain why their client's responsibility for his crimes was diminished.

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.

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

No raise for now

The Sanford solution

No raise for now
A projected $800 million to $1 billion budget shortfall has prompted Gov. Sonny Perdue to call for a 5-percent cut in every state agency budget, and locally matters are just as tough with Augusta commissioners raising taxes for the second straight year to get their budget in balance.

The Sanford solution
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford delivered his second State of the State address Wednesday and, not surprisingly for a politician who has built a career sticking to his principles, he continued to build on the themes he first spelled out last year: government restructuring and accountability, growing the economy, improving education and boosting the quality of life.

Bush's tough road

Not responsible?

Video best
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine.

Judge, known as strict but fair, takes control of Jackson case
SANTA MARIA, Calif. -- Michael Jackson may be the star attraction when he shows up to court, but the judge overseeing the singer's child molestation case has made it clear it is his show inside the courtroom.

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

Lonesome stranger scripts lead Writers Guild Award nominees
LOS ANGELES -- Five movies about culture clashes and strangers in strange lands collected nominations Thursday for best original movie script from the Writers Guild of America.

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.

Mock street sign honors Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie
ALTUS, Ark. -- Folks looking for the intersection of Paris Hilton Boulevard and Nicole Richie Avenue can find it in the middle of Altus' town hall.

People in the News
LONDON -- Prince Harry will spend two months in Africa working on projects that help young mothers and disadvantaged children, his father's office said Thursday.

Mars rover model roams Fort Discovery
Looking every bit like a cute robotic sidekick in a forgotten science fiction story, the small Mars rover delicately picks its way across an alien landscape. The only sound is the quiet whir of its motor and the comforting crunch of sand and gravel beneath its tires.

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

Standing ovations
The annual Augusta Futurity Horse and Carriage parade will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday in downtown Augusta.

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

Video watch
JUST OUT: Cabin Fever, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Open Range and Spellbound

Liza Minnelli objects to giving a videotaped deposition
NEW YORK -- Liza Minnelli, whose estranged husband, David Gest, is suing her for assault, is objecting to having her pretrial interview videotaped by his lawyer.

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.

Identity theft, Internet-related fraud top consumers' complaints

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.

Get started on 2003 tax returns

Consumer protections added to free income tax-filing program
WASHINGTON -- Millions of taxpayers who use free online tax preparation services and electronic filing for their 2003 returns will see new consumer protections against unsolicited ads and other promotions that can end up costing them money, the Internal Revenue Service announced Thursday.

Consumer protections added to free income tax-filing program

Dollar suffers third straight day of losses

Stocks close mixed as investors show wariness on tech

Identity theft, Internet-related fraud top consumers' complaints
WASHINGTON -- Reports of Internet-related fraud now account for more than half the consumer complaints filed with the Federal Trade Commission, the agency said Thursday.

Dollar suffers third straight day of losses
NEW YORK - The dollar continued to erase last week's gains on Thursday, with the euro climbing within two cents of its record high of about $1.29.

Stocks lower as cautious investors digest earnings
NEW YORK -- Stocks drifted lower in choppy trading Thursday as investors sifted through economic reports and corporate earnings, but Eastman Kodak surged on restructuring news.

Stocks lower as cautious investors digest 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:

Fishing tournament news

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

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.

Parade, festival add to Futurity experience
There's no need to go west if you're seeking cowboys. In celebration of the Augusta Futurity's 25th anniversary, the show is holding the inaugural Western Culture & Food Festival. The event runs today through Sunday in front of the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Where to eat during the Futurity

Inaugural event has high stakes

2004 Champions Club
Here is a list of the 2004 Champions Club.

2004 Champions Club

Lawyer is a part-time cowboy
For Doug Batchelor, trading three-piece suits for Western attire is an easy transition. After all, he is the Augusta Futurity lawyer.

25th Augusta Futurity schedule
Morning events begin at 8. All events held inside Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, unless noted otherwise.

Parade, festival add to Futurity experience

Cutting explanation

Inaugural event has high stakes
It's a chance to make history - and earn a sizable paycheck. Plenty will be on line when the inaugural Western Horseman Cup finals begin at 6 p.m. Thursday night at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center. The top 17 Open 4-year-old horses and top 15 Non-Professional riders will compete in the one go-round championship for a share of the $250,000 purse.

A million reasons to defend

A million reasons to defend
When the dust settled, Lindy Burch surely was about to be crowned the 2003 Augusta Futurity Open champion.

2003 Champions

Cutting explanation
The Augusta Futurity is a cutting-horse show, where a rider and horse try to "cut" a cow out of a herd of cattle and then attempt to prevent its return to that herd.

Futurity set for kickoff

2003 Champions
Listed by rider, horse (score), owner, here are the 2003 champions.

Lawyer is a part-time cowboy

French and Pistol Sin shoot to top of class
Rick French was still gathering his breath minutes after his sensational run in the $50,000 Amateur Any Age go-round.

Where to eat during the Futurity
Here is a listing of area restaurants in the Augusta area.

Rice cooks for new mark
Move over Pete Branch. There's another cowboy on top of the Augusta Futurity scoring list.

Rice cooks for new mark

Pecan trees require proper care
Many people are interested in planting pecan trees in the landscape. They like the idea of having a shade tree that will produce nuts for them to eat and use in cooking.

Finding some plants is detective work
Seed and nursery catalogs already are enticing us with luscious descriptions of juicy tomatoes and richly colored roses. With so much offered, youd think that any plant you could possibly want would turn up in at least one of these catalogs. Not so.

Pecan trees require proper care

Finding some plants is detective work

Golf Capsules

Kendall cuts through for Hope lead

Golf Capsules
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Kenny Perry shot a 6-under 66 Thursday to take the lead at 14 under in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.

Perry moves in front at Hope Classic

Wie might be better off without so many free lunches

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.

Golf's ironman looks to defend MasterCard title

Perry moves in front at Hope Classic
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Kenny Perry is in his prime two decades after making his tour debut.

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.

Golf's ironman looks to defend MasterCard title
KAUPULEHU-KONA, Hawaii -- Dana Quigley is having too much fun to take a break from golf - even in the offseason.

Wilson's recruiting style requires a good eye

Spartans' spunk key in recent run

Boys and girls area prep basketball scores

Wilson's recruiting style requires a good eye
Picking out blue-chip recruits actually is pretty easy, Georgia Tech recruiting coordinator David Wilson said.

Thrashers defenseman leaves game with hip injury
ATLANTA -- Thrashers defenseman Garnet Exelby left Atlanta's game Thursday night against Colorado because of a hip contusion.

After surgery, Thornton out through Saturday
BOSTON -- Bruins captain Joe Thornton had surgery on his broken right cheekbone Thursday and is expected to miss at least two more games.

Old and young: Messier and Nash are All-Stars
NEW YORK -- New York Rangers captain Mark Messier was added to the NHL's Eastern Conference All-Star team Thursday, four days after his 43rd birthday.

Old and young: Messier and Nash are All-Stars

Thrashers defenseman leaves game with hip injury

Lindros misses game against Flyers because of flu
NEW YORK -- Eric Lindros sat out against his former Philadelphia Flyers teammates Thursday night because of the flu.

After surgery, Thornton out through Saturday

Government tries every way but the obvious one
I'm always wary this time of year because our legislatures and Congress go back to work.

Rivera guilty on all counts
A Richmond County jury found confessed killer Reinaldo Rivera guilty on all counts this afternoon, rejecting a defense claim of mental illness.

Technical problem delays 'Chronicle'
Due to technical difficulty in production the papers were finished at 7:30 am this morning. Delivery will be between 7:30 and 11:00 AM.

Augusta needs black Democrats

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

Democrats are filled with both hate and hypocrisy

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

Electing Walker again is folly

Would better letters to editor raise level of discourse?
Why do you continue to publish letters that are poorly written, illogical and insulting to the political leaders with whose opinions or actions the writers disagree? Bob Gutin, Augusta

Bad publicity better than none at all

Bad publicity better than none at all
Thanks to The Augusta Chronicle editorial department for all your attacks on my heritage with your Jan. 15 editorial, "Flawed thinking, linking." You know the old saying, "Bad publicity is better than no publicity," and it is obvious that the only publicity we will get from Yankees and Redlegs is bad publicity. Tom Stafford, Grovetown, Ga.

Augusta needs black Democrats
There are many memorial statues on the streets of downtown Augusta and, even though I have not made a survey, I'm sure most of them honor white males. However, it is refreshing to learn that there are plans to erect memorial statues of James Brown and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Anne Cook, Augusta

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.

NASA: Spirit rover stopped transmitting data

Sleep essential for creative thinking, study says

Living briefs

Thailand is the latest bird flu flashpoint

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

Mars rover breaks out gadgets and gets busy

CDC: U.S. flu activity continues to decline

Rich and refined, another hit for Chanel

Study: American taxes pay for most obesity health ills

Thailand is the latest bird flu flashpoint
HANOI, Vietnam -- After days of denying it had a problem, Thailand became the latest flashpoint in the bird flu crisis Thursday with claims that a village boy is infected. The World Health Organization warned the virus could mutate into a form deadlier to humans.

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.

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.

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?

NASA: Spirit rover stopped transmitting data
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's Spirit rover stopped transmitting data from Mars for more than 24 hours, mission managers said Thursday, calling it an "extremely serious anomaly."

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.

CDC: U.S. flu activity continues to decline
ATLANTA -- Flu cases in the United States have declined, with only five states reporting the disease is widespread, health officials said Thursday.

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.

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.

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!!!"

Seven-state info store a potent repository of personal data
NEW YORK -- A federally funded crime database run by seven states is looking increasingly to privacy advocates like a potent substitute for the data-mining program the Pentagon scrapped after public rebuke.

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.

Drulia admits it's 'do-or-die'
There are 33 games left in the Augusta Lynx season, beginning tonight against the Mississippi Sea Wolves, the the first of five straight road contests.

Art becomes portal to cultures of past
Edythe Thompkins has watched art projects slowly evolve from the messy plaster hand molds she created as a child.

Road, facility projects are set to get funding

Kid of the day

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.

Rivera guilty on all counts

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

83 arrested in yearlong drug probe
Richmond County sheriff's deputies and state agents arrested more than 80 people Thursday after a yearlong investigation into illegal drug sales.

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.

Signals, lanes to be added to Warren Road

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

Layoffs likely for SRS workers

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.

Educators criticize tax plan
AIKEN - South Carolina's education establishmentspoke out Thursday in criticism of Gov. Mark Sanford's call for a tuition tax credit.

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Jacob Tyler Bargeron, 1, of Augusta.

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.

Across the area

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.

Evaluator's best scores went to future employer

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.

Kid of the day

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.

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.

Men already in jail are also robbery suspects

Layoffs likely for SRS workers
AIKEN - Roughly 300 workers are targeted for layoffs by the company that runs Savannah River Site in a plan awaiting final approval from the U.S. Department of Energy, a spokesman said Thursday.

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.

News you can use

Masters spending on rebound

Reinaldo Rivera seethed Thursday
As District Attorney Danny Craig argued to the jury that Mr. Rivera wasn't a sex addict who seduced four young women into modeling for him but a psychopath who abducted them to savagely rape, sodomize and butcher, Mr. Rivera fumed at the defense table.

Sanford addresses economy

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue got an award Thursday from the Duchess of York for the weight-loss program he started for state employees last year - even though the governor confessed that after dropping 8 pounds he has gained some of it back.

News you can use
JAN. 23, 1943 Former Augusta Mayor James Wooddal, Fletcher Smith, a guard at the city stockade, and L.T. Barton, head of a local house wrecking company, have been invited to appear before the grand jury Monday to be questioned about materials that allegedly were used in construction of a fishing lodge at Brier Creek, court records said yesterday.

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.

Life sentences go to 2 men in slaying

Signals, lanes to be added to Warren Road
Betty Heath has some advice for motorists turning left onto Washington Road from Warren Road - don't do it.

Across South Carolina

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.

Preparation under way for Masters

MCG Health puts its hope in lawsuits

Across the area

Across Georgia

News you can use

Technical problem delays 'Chronicle'

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.

Gordon Highway repairs slated to end next month

Prison relief bill quashed

Reinaldo Rivera seethed Thursday

Sewer keeps growth at bay

Expert argues damage to brain

S.C. jobs suffer in economy downturn

83 arrested in yearlong drug probe

Tort reform bill gets support

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.

Expert argues damage to brain
Humans, even serial-homicide suspect Reinaldo Rivera, are not at the mercy of their genetic or biological makeup, a Medical College of Georgia expert said.

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.

Evaluator's best scores went to future employer
ATLANTA - As a state bid evaluator, Robert Lanier gave high marks to the company that won the contract to run Augusta's long-term juvenile detention center. Ten days after the contract was awarded, he joined the company.

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.

Road, facility projects are set to get funding
Millions of federal dollars are earmarked for transportation, housing, law enforcement and agriculture projects in Georgia and South Carolina as part of a $373 billion spending bill passed Thursday by the U.S. Senate and sent to President Bush for approval.

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

Woman studies cotton pests
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Just because the fearsome boll weevil has been vanquished in Georgia, South Carolina and other parts of the South doesn't mean King Cotton can't be dethroned by another pest.

Member founded church's GED class

Across the Southeast
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -The Arkansas Supreme Court claimed control Thursday over the state's school system, saying the Legislature had missed its deadline to come up with a plan to resolve a decades-long fight over school quality.

Corps plans festivities for 50th anniversary

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COLUMBIA - South Carolina fares better than other states in terms of election reform, according to a report released Thursday.

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.

Rants and raves
HAS ANYONE out there who has a land line telephone paid attention to the phone bill lately? All these tacked-on charges are almost as much as the basic phone bill. It's ridiculous.

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.

Director tries to land funds for renovation
Augusta Regional Airport isn't the only one planning terminal work these days. Daniel Field Airport has a lofty ambition, too.

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.

Across the area
A Waynesboro, Ga., man told Richmond County sheriff's deputies Wednesday that someone took his car and weapons worth $600 from an east Augusta neighborhood.

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.

Gordon Highway repairs slated to end next month
Construction work on several Gordon Highway bridges in downtown Augusta is now only a few weeks away from being completed, officials say.

Defendant wants death

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Director tries to land funds for renovation

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.

At the Movies: 'The Butterfly Effect'
Very few movies have made me want to get up from my seat and leave the theater. "The Butterfly Effect" is one of them.

At the Movies: 'The Butterfly Effect'

At the Movies: 'Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!'
For a movie with an exclamation point in its title, "Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!" sure is unsure of itself - unlike, say, the Tom Hanks musical "That Thing You Do!" or even "Zapped!" that 1982 Scott Baio classic.

At the Movies: 'Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!'

Top 20 concert tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

'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.

Top 20 concert tours

Q & A with Richard Petty

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.

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.

More soft walls on way for NASCAR tracks

NASCAR hires full-time EMT
CONCORD, N.C. -- NASCAR hired an emergency medical technician to oversee and monitor the care given drivers and crewman during the Nextel Cup Series events.

NASCAR hires full-time EMT

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.

Bill Elliott's downtime

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.

Japanese company steps up in NASCAR

IRL makes bid for some of CART assets
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indy Racing League submitted a bid Thursday to buy some of the assets of the bankrupt Championship Auto Racing Teams, the rival open-wheel racing series a group of CART team owners plans to buy.

Darlington Raceway helped by new points system

More soft walls on way for NASCAR tracks
CONCORD, N.C. -- NASCAR officials hope to install so-called soft walls at most of its tracks by 2005, with Daytona and Talladega adding them this season.

Points system divides circuit

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.

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

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.

Heat can't shoot straight

Mavs, Kings owners endorse NBA team in Las Vegas
DALLAS -- The owners of the Dallas Mavericks and Sacramento Kings would love to see an NBA team in one of the nation's fastest-growing cities, even if that locale also is the nation's gambling capital - Las Vegas.

Cavs send Miles to Blazers

Hornets' Davis to miss two more games with ankle sprain
NEW ORLEANS -- Hornets guard Baron Davis will miss two more games with a sprained left ankle.

Nets' move far from done deal
NEW YORK - The Nets may be steps away from new ownership, but will they have a place to play?

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.

Nets' move far from done deal

Hornets' Davis to miss two more games with ankle sprain

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wild rally carries Paine to win
As Paine College's lone senior, Kelly Winstead has played in some wild games. He added another to his resume Thursday night.

Edwards interviews Eagles' Rivera for defensive coordinator job

McNabb out of Pro Bowl, replaced by Rams' Bulger

Manning soaking up Super Bowl spotlight

Ravens cornerback Corey Fuller's home invaded

Just who are these Panthers?

Some ads to run during Super Bowl

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Olympic medalist under investigation in doping scandal
PARIS -- Olympic medalist Philippe Gaumont was placed under investigation - one step short of being formally charged - in a police probe of possible drug use by the Cofidis pro cycling team.

Angry at security plans, protesters march against Athens Olympics
ATHENS, Greece -- Several hundred demonstrators marched through central Athens in freezing weather Thursday, protesting against the Olympics and massive security measures planned for the Summer Games.

British equestrian competitor has Olympic ban lifted

Olympic medalist under investigation in doping scandal

Nike deal with USOC more than just shoes and money
Nike's sponsorship deal with the U.S. Olympic Committee is about more than just sneakers and money. The organization believes it's a way to boost the United States' medal chances.

Nike deal with USOC more than just shoes and money

Angry at security plans, protesters march against Athens Olympics

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.

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Italian fights Gatti for WBC title in his U.S. debut

Overtime

Ferrero wins in straight sets

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U.S. champions surge past Canadian champs in ice dancing

Mosley sues promoter Kushner

Bundesliga asks for longer halftime to sell more beer and sausage

Williams uses first week to work out kinks

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

Record number of people ran marathons in 2003

Karlovic knocked out in three tiebreaker set - again

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Etcheverry bids farewell

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.

Italian fights Gatti for WBC title in his U.S. debut
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- When it came time to bone up on opponent Arturo Gatti, Gianluca Branco's trainers were selective in choosing their videotapes.

Record number of people ran marathons in 2003
SEATTLE -- Once the realm of elite runners with iron constitutions and a taste for pain, marathons have gone mainstream.

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.

Williams uses first week to work out kinks
MELBOURNE, Australia -- After six months on the sidelines, Venus Williams knows her game needs work.

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.

Etcheverry bids farewell
WASHINGTON -- Bruce Arena flew in from California for the occasion, and he choked up as he spoke. Team president Kevin Payne also fought tears. The star of the day himself cried enough to require a small pile of napkins to wipe his cheeks.

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

Overtime
NASCAR officials hope to install so-called soft walls at most of its tracks by 2005, with Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Super Speedway adding them this season.

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.

U.S. champions surge past Canadian champs in ice dancing
HAMILTON, Ontario -- Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto had a blast, and Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon had a breakdown.

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.

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.

To the extreme: Winter X going prime time
DENVER -- Snowboarders will slide off rails, motorcyclists will flip over a 70-foot gap, and snowmobilers will trade paint on Aspen's slopes.

Murray keeps Rebels winning
The Glenn Hills girls basketball team kept trying to fight its way back into Tuesday night's game against Hephzibah. Lady Rebels point guard Chantal Murray kept kicking the Lady Spartans away.

Spartans' spunk key in recent run
Losing for most of the first half of last Tuesday's game, Glenn Hills found itself in a situation it's known for much of the year.

Boys and girls area prep basketball scores
Check out Thursday night's area prep basketball scores. Aiken Christian and Southgate first.

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.

Manning soaking up Super Bowl spotlight
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Ricky Manning Jr. stepped out of the sauna and into the locker room, pausing to flex like a bodybuilder. His Panthers teammates stared at the cornerback in disbelief, then burst into laughter.

McNabb out of Pro Bowl, replaced by Rams' Bulger
NEW YORK -- Donovan McNabb dropped out of the Pro Bowl on Thursday because of a rib injury, and was replaced by St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger.

Some ads to run during Super Bowl
The Super Bowl has become as much a competition among the top creative minds in the advertising industry as it is for NFL players and coaches. Here is a preview of some of the contenders for this year's advertising battle:

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

Edwards interviews Eagles' Rivera for defensive coordinator job
NEW YORK -- New York Jets coach Herman Edwards interviewed Eagles assistant Ron Rivera on Thursday for the team's vacant defensive coordinator position.

Rhodes: Biscuits mix fun with good show

Rhodes: Biscuits mix fun with good show
Don't expect the Black Bottom Biscuits country/bluegrass band to get serious about its music.

Panthers grab media attention

Space needs no alien props

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

NFC championship puts Fox on top

Rankings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Jan. 12-18. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

NFC championship puts Fox on top
NEW YORK - The 40 million viewers who watched the NFC championship game between the Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles gave Fox a prime-time ratings victory last week.

Judge, known as strict but fair, takes control of Jackson case

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Club calendar

Video best

Lonesome stranger scripts lead Writers Guild Award nominees

Video watch

Applause calendar

Liza Minnelli objects to giving a videotaped deposition

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Mock street sign honors Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie

People in the News

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.

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.

Dogs stumble after upset

Space needs no alien props
Let's face it, Hollywood has distorted the idea of outer space - just a bit.

Police: Man tried to use tape to induce fratricide

'Crocodile Hunter' Irwin reprimanded for baby stunt

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