Performers make sure opera stays full of bubbly

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.

A-Rod picked for Miami's board of trustees
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- American League MVP Alex Rodriguez has made another commitment to the University of Miami, the school he nearly attended after high school.

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.

John hired to manage Staten Island

A-Rod picked for Miami's board of trustees

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.

Former major league outfielder dies
LANSING, Ohio -- John Blatnik, an outfielder who played three seasons in the majors with the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals, has died. He was 82.

Government tries every way but the obvious one

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.

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.

'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.

Odds and Ends
PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- Gary Cox jumps into his pickup and rushes along the runway, honking his horn to scare the elk out of the path of incoming planes.

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.

Priest accused of growing marijuana in church living quarters
BARBERTON, Ohio -- A Roman Catholic priest has been arrested for allegedly growing marijuana in his church living quarters.

SRS missions won't end layoffs
AIKEN - With the announcement that roughly 300 Savannah River Site employees will be laid off in the next four months, the federal nuclear reservation has resumed an inevitable reduction in its work force that is unlikely to be offset by new missions, experts said Friday.

Money experts swap jokes on job growth, inflation
Though often considered the most serious of discussions, economists bantered Friday about jobs, inflation and the recovery under way, referring to the ensuing comeback in terms of a well-known cereal brand.

AT&T Wireless says it will entertain takeover bids

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.

Halliburton acknowledges kickback allegations in Iraq contract
WASHINGTON -- Halliburton has fired employees who allegedly took kickbacks from a Kuwaiti subcontractor helping to supply U.S. troops in Iraq, the company said.

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.

Money experts swap jokes on job growth, inflation

Former top Enron accountant surrenders at Houston FBI office

Economic indicator points to continued economic growth

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.

Microsoft judge says key part of deal not working
WASHINGTON -- The trial judge in the Microsoft Corp. antitrust case acknowledged Friday one important provision in the settlement she approved isn't working as well as expected, but she defended the agreement as otherwise effective.

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.

Toyota outsells Ford to become world's No. 2 automaker
TOKYO -- Toyota Motor Corp. outsold Ford Motor Co. last year to become the world's No. 2 automaker behind General Motors Corp., preliminary sales data released by the Japanese company showed Friday.

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.

Halliburton acknowledges kickback allegations in Iraq contract

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

New claims for jobless benefits fall for second week in row

Toyota outsells Ford to become world's No. 2 automaker

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

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.

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.

Earnings to result in cash dividend
The parent company of Georgia Bank & Trust Co. will achieve a financial milestone next month when it issues the first cash dividend in the bank's 15-year history.

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.

SRS missions won't end layoffs

Microsoft judge says key part of deal not working

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.

Business briefs
TOKYO - Toyota Motor Corp. outsold Ford Motor Co. last year to become the world's No. 2 automaker behind General Motors Corp., preliminary sales data released by the Japanese company showed Friday.

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

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.

Wild rally carries Paine to win

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.

The Sanford solution

Not responsible?

Omnibus waste
Don't expect much from Congress in an election year. Lawmakers are more interested in partisan posturing than positive production.

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.

Dogfights a bloody blight
Last month, a cockfighting raid resulted in 123 arrests in Aiken. And this week, the even more heinous blood sport of dogfighting was raided in Covington, Ga., netting 123 arrests. The two-state crackdowns on these ugly spectacles should be welcomed by all civilized Americans. The events are a blight on decent society.

No raise for now

Dogfights a bloody blight

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.

Actors Eastwood, Kidman among attendees at collegial awards lunch
LOS ANGELES -- The makers of "Mystic River," "The Lord of the Rings" and "Finding Nemo" put aside awards-season competitiveness Thursday at a ceremony in which they were all winners - and no one had to give an acceptance speech.

FBI makes arrest in Internet movie piracy case
LOS ANGELES -- A man who allegedly used the Internet to distribute Oscar "screener" movies sent to him by a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been arrested in Illinois, authorities said.

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

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.

Prosecutors reject Limbaugh 's proposed deal
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Prosecutors rejected a proposed deal offered by Rush Limbaugh's attorney that would have seen the radio commentator enter a court-sponsored drug intervention program rather than face charges, according to records.

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.

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

It's off: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez get un-engaged
NEW YORK -- Those who want to see Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez as man and wife will have to settle for the on-screen version.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dollar suffers third straight day of losses

Report: MFS, federal and state regulators near a settlement
BOSTON -- MFS Investment Management, under pressure for alleged improper trading practices, is working out a deal with federal and state regulators to end the investigation, according to a published report.

IRS improves free service for filing returns online
The IRS is trying to make it easier and faster for you to file your tax return, free.

Stocks mixed as investors lock in gains
NEW YORK -- Wall Street was mixed in choppy trading Friday as investors pocketed profits and braced for a slew of earnings next week. The Nasdaq composite index ticked higher for the day, but a blue chip sell-off snapped an eight-week winning streak for the Dow Jones industrial average.

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.

Dollar rebounds sharply on European Central Bank concerns

Another low year of capital gains is good tax news for investors
NEW YORK -- Mutual fund investors may be pleasantly surprised this month when they open their year-end statements, with capital gains - and in turn the taxes on them - likely to come in at relatively low levels.

Stocks lower as cautious investors digest earnings

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.

Identity theft, Internet-related fraud top consumers' complaints

Dollar rebounds sharply on European Central Bank concerns
NEW YORK - The dollar rebounded sharply against European currencies Friday amid increasing concern that euro-zone officials will take a stand against euro strength.

Stocks mixed as investors lock in gains

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.

Government shuts down Web site, investigates scam
WASHINGTON -- Federal investigators are seeking the source of a phony e-mail purportedly from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. that asks recipients to click on a Web site and provide personal bank account information.

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.

Another low year of capital gains is good tax news for investors

Consumer protections added to free income tax-filing program

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.

Fishing tournament news

Lawyer is a part-time cowboy

2003 Champions

Rice cooks for new mark

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

Western culture festival, Futurity rope in families
Solomon Atkinson and his 11-year-old daughter, Amy, came for the bull riding.

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

Cutting explanation

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

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

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

Star on a new stage
Betty Lynn Buckley doesn't consider herself a Broadway diva.

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.

Parade, festival add to Futurity experience

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.

Inaugural event has high stakes

Star on a new stage

A million reasons to defend

Sold-out crowd turns out to watch bull riding event

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.

Sold-out crowd turns out to watch bull riding event
Corey Atwell considers bull riding the ultimate extreme sport. It almost became too exciting for him Friday night.

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

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

2004 Champions Club

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
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Phil Mickelson was eager to put his poor 2003 season behind him. Through three days of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, he's well on his way.

Perry moves in front at Hope Classic

Ginn, Mason share early lead in MasterCard
KAUPULEHU-KONA, Hawaii -- Stewart Ginn and James Mason topped the leaderboard at 6 under when rain and lightning stopped play Friday in the Champions Tour's season-opening MasterCard Championship.

Golf's ironman looks to defend MasterCard title

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.

Golf Capsules

Mickelson off to fast start this season
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Phil Mickelson was eager to put his poor 2003 season behind him. Through three days of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, he's well on his way.

Golf Capsules

Mickelson off to fast start this season

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

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.

Ginn, Mason share early lead in MasterCard

Wilson's recruiting style requires a good eye

Spartans' spunk key in recent run

Boys and girls area prep basketball scores

Prep basketball scores

Clutch shot lifts Josey

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 place Savard on injured reserve
ATLANTA -- Marc Savard was placed on injured reserve by the Atlanta Thrashers on Friday with a sprained knee ligament.

Jagr traded from Capitals to Rangers
WASHINGTON -- With the team losing millions and a possible lockout on the way, the Washington Capitals could no longer afford Jaromir Jagr. They finally shipped him to one of the few teams that would take him: the New York Rangers.

Thrashers defenseman leaves game with hip injury

Jagr traded from Capitals to Rangers

After surgery, Thornton out through Saturday

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.

Old and young: Messier and Nash are All-Stars

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.

Thrashers place Savard on injured reserve

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.

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.

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.

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
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

Tort reform cuts into lawyers' pockets
In reference to the letter from Joseph R. Neal Jr. published on Jan. 8, "Doctor's letter was hysterical and mythical": Horace Alexander, Grovetown, Ga.

Safe driving is a big issue to police
In response to Theresa Foskey's Jan. 14 letter, "Laws apply to police officers, too": I have a few comments that may enlighten her on some of her misconceptions about police driving. Carolyn L. Rahn, Martinez, Ga.

Why is our country in the mess it's in?
Why is the United States of America in the mess we are today? Why did we have thousands killed or maimed on 9-11? Richard Netzley, Evans, Ga.

Bad publicity better than none at all

Augusta needs black Democrats

Bird flu as infection spreads through Asia

Agriculture Department looks at revamping biotech rules

Thailand is the latest bird flu flashpoint

Scientists say they have discovered more evidence of water on Mars

CDC: U.S. flu activity continues to decline

NASA rover in 'critical' condition; twin nears Mars landing

NASA: Spirit rover stopped transmitting data

Health-conscious boomers request screening once widely avoided

Agriculture Department looks at revamping biotech rules
WASHINGTON -- Worried about the inadvertent spread of new bioengineered plants that produce drugs and chemicals, the Agriculture Department is studying whether to adopt a risk-based system to protect the environment and food supply.

Bird flu as infection spreads through Asia
BANGKOK, Thailand -- A man suspected of having bird flu died Friday and two boys have been infected, the Thai government said, while Cambodia became the sixth Asian nation with a confirmed outbreak of the disease.

NASA rover in 'critical' condition; twin nears Mars landing
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's Spirit rover lay in critical condition Friday on Mars, coughing up only a few gasps of data, as engineers struggled to diagnose the ailment and also deal with the impending arrival of its twin spacecraft on the Red Planet.

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.

Scientists say they have discovered more evidence of water on Mars
DARMSTADT, Germany -- Europe's Mars orbiter has found the most direct evidence yet of water in the form of ice on the Red Planet's surface, the European Space Agency said Friday.

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.

Pollution may act as antifreeze in high clouds
WASHINGTON -- Those wispy cirrus clouds that float high in the sky may be thinning out due to nitric acid pollution, a change that scientists say could affect climate.

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.

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."

Health-conscious boomers request screening once widely avoided
NEW YORK -- Michele St. Martin, still in her mid-40s and without a family history of illness, seemed an unlikely candidate for worry.

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.

Across the Southeast

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

News you can use

Gordon Highway repairs slated to end next month

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.

Director tries to land funds for renovation

Expert argues damage to brain

Signals, lanes to be added to Warren Road

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.

Rants and raves
CARS MADE IN the North should be shipped south because they all come equipped with turn signals. And what's more, people use them.

Shooting suspect does not get bond

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.

Across the area

Blazes thrive in dry winter
EUREKA, S.C. - For South Carolina Forestry Commission Warden Glen Fulmer, Thursday was another day in the trenches.

Passenger increase is first in four years

Across Georgia

Tybee Island nears water limit
TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. - Tybee is running out of water.

Evaluator's best scores went to future employer

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.

Jury finds Rivera guilty on all counts

Across South Carolina
WINNSBORO -An 8-year-old boy brought a loaded gun onto a school bus Friday morning because he had been bullied, police say.

Tybee Island nears water limit

School founder files Chapter 7

Woman to serve two years in beating of son

Lackluster season ends

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.

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.

Layoffs likely for SRS workers

Technical problem delays 'Chronicle'

Kid of the day

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.

Across Georgia
WINDER - The legal defense fund for former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has pledged financial and legal support to Barrow County in its fight to display the Ten Commandments in the county courthouse.

SRS missions won't end layoffs

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Malia Marie Wilson, 22 months, of Hephzibah.

Lackluster season ends
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Georgia's commercial and recreational shrimping season came to an end Friday, requiring people along the coast to hang up their nets.

Jury finds Rivera guilty on all counts
Mr. Rivera expressed outrage that his Richmond County Superior Court death penalty trial would continue to a sentencing phase today.

Blazes thrive in dry winter

Man with HIV gets 10 years

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.

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.

School founder files Chapter 7
The founder of a Christian academy that shut down last month has filed for bankruptcy to protect himself from the school's parents and teachers.

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 the area
A man wanted by police in a carjacking and rape, who was later shot in the stomach by an unknown person, waived extradition Friday from Georgia to Aiken, authorities said.

Bill would raise gas tax returns

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.

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.

Passenger increase is first in four years
Augusta Regional Airport officials were flying high Friday after an analysis of the airport's 2003 boarding passenger numbers showed a yearly increase for the first time in four years.

Calm cows' meat tends to be best
ATHENS, Ga. - What do a cow's irritability and tough steaks have in common?

Woman to serve two years in beating of son
A woman whom authorities accused of beating her 7-year-old son with an extension cord will spend the next two years in prison, a judge ordered Friday.

Blaze damages church
Watching the back portion of Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church collapse in flames Friday night, a tearful Phelisa Anderson said she felt like a piece of her was gone, too.

Kid of the day

SRS missions won't end layoffs
AIKEN - With the announcement that roughly 300 Savannah River Site employees will be laid off in the next four months, the federal nuclear reservation has resumed an inevitable reduction in its work force that is unlikely to be offset by new missions, experts said Friday.

News you can use
JAN. 24, 1938 Eleven hours after he answered a call to a Broad Street address, an Augusta taxi driver reported to his company early this morning that he had been kidnapped, robbed and left bound in a river swamp near Greenville, S.C.

News you can use

83 arrested in yearlong drug probe

Across Georgia

Road, facility projects are set to get funding

Across the area

Rivera guilty on all counts

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.

Bill would raise gas tax returns
AIKEN - In the political math of the U.S. Senate, 5 cents can equal $1 billion.

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.

Weather expert says area is drier than usual
If Augusta's weather had a theme song so far this year, it wouldn't be Rainy Night in Georgia.

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.

Man with HIV gets 10 years
An HIV-positive man accused of molesting a 12-year-old girl and of having sex with an adult and not telling her about his HIV status was sentenced to prison Friday.

Weather expert says area is drier than usual

Shooting suspect does not get bond
A man accused by authorities of gunning down a man at an Augusta convenience store New Year's Eve was denied bond by a Richmond County judge Friday.

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.

Local astrophysicist optimistic on Spirit
The Mars rover named Spirit is not lost but might just be a little "confused," said a local scientist working with the project.

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.

Reinaldo Rivera seethed Thursday

Program allowed to use up grants
A scaled-down version of Georgia's Savannah River radiation monitoring program will continue through April under an agreement with the U.S. Energy Department, which ended funding for the program last week.

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

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: 'Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!'

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.

Top 20 concert tours

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.

More soft walls on way for NASCAR tracks

IRL, investor group only bidders for bankrupt CART

IRL, investor group only bidders for bankrupt CART
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indy Racing League and a group led by three race team owners in the rival CART open-wheel series are the only bidders for assets of bankrupt Championship Auto Racing Teams.

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.

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.

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.

NASCAR hires full-time EMT

Bryant attorneys raise race issue in court
EAGLE, Colo. -- Kobe Bryant's defense team raised the issue of race in court Friday, saying black men have long been falsely accused of rape by white women.

Bryant attorneys raise race issue in court

James likely to miss third straight game
CLEVELAND -- LeBron James will likely miss his third straight game with a sprained ankle.

Coleman out up to six weeks with broken pinkie

Pacers place Bender on IL, Pollard out against Rockets
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Pacers placed forward Jonathan Bender on the injured list Friday with a sore left knee.

Pacers place Bender on IL, Pollard out against Rockets

Celtics suspend Baker indefinitely for violating aftercare program
BOSTON -- Vin Baker was suspended indefinitely by the Boston Celtics on Friday for failing to comply with his aftercare program.

Thomas says Knicks are done dealing - for now
ATLANTA -- New York Knicks president Isiah Thomas might be done dealing for a while.

Injured Malone does not make return trip to Utah

Coleman out up to six weeks with broken pinkie
PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia's Derrick Coleman will miss at least six weeks after he broke his right pinkie Friday against Orlando.

Hornets' Davis to miss two more games with ankle sprain

Injured Malone does not make return trip to Utah
SALT LAKE CITY -- The Mailman's return visit will be delayed.

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

James likely to miss third straight game

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.

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?

Paine has a flair for dramatic wins
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

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.

Duke's Beard to have jersey retired before Tennessee game
DURHAM, N.C. -- Alana Beard often gazed at the 11 retired jerseys hanging in Cameron Indoor Stadium. She couldn't help but imagine hers hanging alongside those of Christian Laettner, Grant Hill and Shane Battier.

Manning soaking up Super Bowl spotlight

'Great ride' ends for Titans' Wycheck

Cornerback focuses on Super Bowl, not contract

New England puts its trust in Vinatieri

Edwards interviews Eagles' Rivera for defensive coordinator job

Some ads to run during Super Bowl

McNabb out of Pro Bowl, replaced by Rams' Bulger

Denver Broncos tackle facing court hearing for DUI arrest

Alex Gibbs: Getting back in the game

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Money crunch may threaten Olympic security for Athens subway
ATHENS, Greece -- A money crunch may threaten Olympic security plans for the Athens subway, with experts trying to prepare for worst-case scenarios such as biological and chemical attacks.

Women wrestlers excited about first Olympic test

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

Women wrestlers excited about first Olympic test
ANO LIOSSIA, Greece -- Even though the heating system in the main competition area was not working, women wrestlers were thrilled to make Olympic history Friday.

Angry at security plans, protesters march against Athens Olympics

Olympic medalist under investigation in doping scandal

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.

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.

Southern Democrats should reconsider
Do Democrats seriously think that if Howard Dean is their nominee, he will win a majority of the Southern states and be elected president?

Southern Democrats should reconsider
Do Democrats seriously think that if Howard Dean is their nominee, he will win a majority of the Southern states and be elected president?

Ten years after genocide, soccer helps Rwanda heal its wounds

To the extreme: Winter X going prime time

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Williams uses first week to work out kinks

Etcheverry bids farewell

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

MLS to be subject to FIFA transfer windows

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

Record number of people ran marathons in 2003

Americans win ice dance gold

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

Americans win ice dance gold
HAMILTON, Ontario -- There hasn't been any Americans on a world championship ice dance podium for 19 years, but Canadian-born Tanith Belbin and partner Benjamin Agosto appear entirely capable of ending the drought.

MLS to be subject to FIFA transfer windows
NEW YORK -- Major League Soccer has been told by soccer's governing body that it must be limited to two periods in which transfers of players from outside the United States are allowed.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Federer advances to fourth round
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Wimbledon champion Roger Federer routed teenage wild-card entry Todd Reid 6-3, 6-0, 6-1 on Saturday to advance to the fourth round of the Australian Open.

Overtime
Ivan Rodriguez rejoined the Marlins for a day, going with the team to the White House to celebrate Florida's World Series title.

Lance Armstrong to ride in Tour de Georgia
MACON, Ga. -- Lance Armstrong is all set for the 2004 Tour de Georgia.

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.

Ten years after genocide, soccer helps Rwanda heal its wounds
BIZERTE, Tunisia -- As a child, Jean-Remy Bitana lived through the horrors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda that left more than half a million people dead.

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.

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

Clutch shot lifts Josey
If a player asks for the ball as the game winds down and his team needs a basket for the win, Josey coach Emmett Rouse is going to give him that chance.

Prep basketball scores
Here are the area prep basketball scores for Friday night.

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.

New England puts its trust in Vinatieri
FOXBORO, Mass. - The game was coming down to a final kick, as so many of the New England Patriots' games do.

'Great ride' ends for Titans' Wycheck
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Frank Wycheck has no regrets about retiring after catching more than 500 passes in 11 NFL seasons, and says he's glad to go out a winner even though the Titans lost in the second round of the playoffs.

Alex Gibbs: Getting back in the game
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Alex Gibbs had to get away. He couldn't keep working the 100-hour weeks. He couldn't stay mad at the world.

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:

Denver Broncos tackle facing court hearing for DUI arrest
DENVER -- Denver Broncos offensive tackle Matt Lepsis will have a hearing Feb. 23 on charges of drunken driving and speeding following a traffic stop in December.

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.

Gibbs likely to stay home for camp; staff nearly complete
ASHBURN, Va. -- Joe Gibbs will probably keep the Washington Redskins home when he runs his first training camp in a dozen years.

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.

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.

Cornerback focuses on Super Bowl, not contract
FOXBORO, Mass. --Ty Law knows he'll play cornerback for New England in the Super Bowl. He also knows that might be his last game with the Patriots.

Rhodes: Biscuits mix fun with good show

Parenting requires teamwork
Floyd and Diana Green of Raleigh, N.C., earned their parenting stripes rearing six children, now ages 13 to 26.

Pope John Paul II to be honored with European unity prize
BERLIN -- Pope John Paul II is being honored with a special edition of the prestigious International Charlemagne Prize for his contribution to European unity.

Ministers, marathoners clash in city of clustered spires
FREDERICK, Md. -- Pealing bells are at odds with pounding feet in the city of clustered spires.

For many people, the world slows down on the Sabbath
Restful Sabbaths don't just happen - they are made. Fending off the lure of shopping, pressures from work or the squeeze from children's activities, many Augustans choose to kick back, visit family and go to worship services as a break from their workaday world.

Faith digest
Pianist George Winston will perform a benefit for Golden Harvest Food Bank at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at West Acres Baptist Church, 555 Gibbs Road in Evans.

Church to dedicate expansive addition
Beulah Grove Baptist Church will dedicate its Building of Opportunity in a service at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Faith and fellowship calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send items by e-mail to vanorton@augustachronicle.com; send a fax to 722-7403.

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

Space needs no alien props

East, West Coast TV academies bury hatchet
LOS ANGELES -- The East and West Coast television academies that control the Emmy Awards are putting aside their longtime rivalry and crafting a new alliance, top academy executives said Thursday.

Bob Keeshan, television's Captain Kangaroo, dead at 76

East, West Coast TV academies bury hatchet

NFC championship puts Fox on top

Sorry, Donald: "American Idol" crushes "The Apprentice"
NEW YORK -- Donald Trump was no match for a bunch of bad singers just begging for insults from Simon Cowell.

Bob Keeshan, television's Captain Kangaroo, dead at 76
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Bob Keeshan, who gently entertained generations of youngsters as TV's walrus-mustachioed Captain Kangaroo and became an outspoken advocate of less violence and more intelligence on children's television, died Friday at 76.

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.

NBC tones down its 'Friends' praise after it ruffles feathers
NEW YORK -- OK, maybe "Friends" isn't the "best comedy ever."

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.

Video watch

Club calendar

Prosecutors reject Limbaugh 's proposed deal

Standing ovations

Liza Minnelli objects to giving a videotaped deposition

Lonesome stranger scripts lead Writers Guild Award nominees

Mock street sign honors Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie

Actors Eastwood, Kidman among attendees at collegial awards lunch

Video best

It's off: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez get un-engaged

Applause calendar

FBI makes arrest in Internet movie piracy case

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

Former Georgia All-American guard dies
CLAXTON, Ga. -- Former Georgia All-American Royce Smith, a guard who played two seasons in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons, is dead at 54.

Former Georgia All-American guard dies

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

Gamecocks don't let ranking go to head

Gamecocks don't let ranking go to head
When South Carolina coach Dave Odom told his players this week that the Gamecocks had been ranked in the Associated Press Top 25, there was barely a murmur in the crowd.

Odds and Ends

'Crocodile Hunter' Irwin reprimanded for baby stunt

Odds and Ends

Police: Man tried to use tape to induce fratricide

Faith digest

Ministers, marathoners clash in city of clustered spires

Pope John Paul II to be honored with European unity prize

For many people, the world slows down on the Sabbath

Parenting requires teamwork

Faith and fellowship calendar

Church to dedicate expansive addition