Best seller list
Here is a list of best sellers according to - Publishers Weekly.

Best seller list

Book examines search for MIAs

Peter Pan's magic survives a century
LONDON - Peter Pan has outlived generations of children, but the boy who would not grow up remains as youthful as ever.

'Hunt' tells great story through sisters' litters
The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters opens with a letter from Olivia Hunt to her sister, Madeline, still safely nestled inside her mother's womb: "I like writing this letter. It's like you're here. Only you're invisible."

Arts 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.

Arts calendar

Book examines search for MIAs
When the U.S. government brings home the bones of another father, son or brother missing in the Vietnam War, it's mainly local news. It would take the discovery of a living prisoner of war to guarantee Page 1 - an unlikely prospect 29 years after the fall of Saigon.

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.

A-Rod picked for Miami's board of trustees

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.

Calendar gift may aid vote for president

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.

Man works to fill big shoes
ALBANY, Ga. - Neil Moncrief has thousands of pairs of enormous shoes, and he hopes he can find enough big feet to fill them all.

412-pound trucker receives apology, larger rig from company
ST. LOUIS -- A 412-pound truck driver who said he was fired because he could not fit behind the wheel of a delivery truck has received an apology and a bigger rig from his employer.

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.

Small business groups have mixed feelings about association health plans

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

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.

Richmond County property transfers
Richmond County property transfers for Dec. 29-Jan. 8. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office.

Richmond County property transfers

Business calendar
Tuesday: Starting Your Own Business, Spanish version; Small Business Development Center; 6:30-8:30 p.m.; class will be conducted in Spanish and will cover the same topics discussed in the English class; $35.

Halliburton acknowledges kickback allegations in Iraq contract

On the move
Family physician Robert M. Clark has been named CEO of the Center for Primary Care. Dr. Clark will oversee a medical practice with 14 physicians and four offices.

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.

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.

Biz bits
Motorists are expected to pay an average of about 6 percent more this year for auto insurance, slightly better than the 8.5 percent boost last year. The average driver will pay an estimated $898 this year for coverage, up from $847 last year and $668 in 1995, according to the Insurance Information Institute of New York, a trade group.

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.

Employer spotlight

On the move

SRS missions won't end layoffs

Employer spotlight
WINN-DIXIE STORES INC. HEADQUARTERS: Jacksonville, Fla. OWNERSHIP: Publicly traded; heirs of the company's founder own 41 percent of the shares

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.

Money experts swap jokes on job growth, inflation

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.

Opportunities seen in lower economic status

Opportunities seen in lower economic status
Even the most menacing storm clouds allow some slivers of light to shine through.

Small business groups have mixed feelings about association health plans
NEW YORK -- In his State of the Union address, President Bush gave some hope to small business owners struggling with the soaring costs of health insurance.

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.

Proper records can keep IRS bloodhounds at bay
If you are the owner, partner or president of a small- or medium-size business, or if you are involved in starting a new business, you absolutely must have the tools in place to keep the IRS off your doorstep.

Microsoft judge says key part of deal not working

Proper records can keep IRS bloodhounds at bay

Business calendar

Biz bits

Attorney's exit is relief to Walker

Attorney's exit is relief to Walker
This month's abrupt resignation of Rick Thompson, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Georgia in Savannah, has piqued the interest of players from both political parties.

No. 18 Lady Jags hang on

Augusta State falls to Kennesaw State

Top 25 roundup

Amnesty unopposed

Death's poster child
A cauldron of anger. A seething serial rapist. A repeat murderer. A psychopath who well knows, and advertises, that given the opportunity he will rape and kill again.

Trading barbs
"Trading with a communist dictator like Fidel Castro is not in the best interest of South Carolina. Now is the time, before any goods are delivered, to cease and desist any relations with this tyrant."

Dogfights a bloody blight

Amnesty unopposed
There are supposed to be at least two sides to every issue, but as far as U.S. immigration policy in the presidential race is concerned, there is only one side: amnesty.

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

Trading barbs

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.

Death's poster child

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.

Academy prepares for 'nominations eve' frenzy
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- 5:38:30 a.m. - that's the moment Hollywood hype turns hyperactive.

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.

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.

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.

Walk the walk, talk the talk when it comes to tobacco and kids
Jimmy and his buddy Johnny are 16-years-old. They're out in the back yard on the other side of the camellia bushes and it's a beautiful, sunny fall day. They have two Marlboros, swiped from John senior's pack, and a lighter and they are about to begin killing themselves.

Ice cream is a very serious matter
Dylan Thomas, 3, enjoys an ice cream cone at Brusters in Evans.

Help your child have a positive learning experience by being a proactive parent
Many parents have a difficult time turning their child over to a new teacher each year. How can you trust this stranger to appreciate your child? As a parent, how do you work with this person and find a comfortable place for your child?

Heart-Shaped Memories
Most families have traditions they observe for Thanksgiving or for the December holidays of Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanza. But when I was growing up, Valentine's Day was a holiday of almost equal celebration.

Easy Rider
Christopher Lane, &, rides his scooter in West lake subdvision.

Lasting Love
It's nice that there's a day set aside for love.

Tooth fairy economic theory
At our house the going rate for a tooth is 50 cents.That's what the tooth fairy has fixed as a fair price for an incisor offered under a pillow for trade. 8.

Don't wait until the last minute
The story I'm about to tell you is true. It happened in early January, just as the stress of the holidays was winding down (or so I thought!)

Why Breastfeed?
Modern science has amazed us with trips to the moon and lightning-fast computers, yet no one has been able to recreate all the benefits derived from human breast milk. Study after study has confirmed that breastfed babies experience health benefits that no formula can reproduce.

Friendship bracelets
Valentine's Day may be for lovers, but for kids it's a great time to bond with friends in a more "public" way. These Friendship Bracelets are perfect for kids who like to create and show the world they're inseparable.

What to do
A listing of family friendly events in the area.

Feed your hunger for trivia, lists
Today's selections appeal to that insatiable curiosity and fascination with trivia that children and adults have.

Help! My gift card has expired. Can I still use it?

Help! My gift card has expired. Can I still use it?
Q. I recently discovered a gift card that I had forgotten about. The card has expired, though. Is it really worthless or do I have some legal entitlement to the balance?

Record keeping vital at tax time

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.

Stocks mixed as investors lock in gains

Has the market recovered - or not?
NEW YORK -- The stock market's recovery still has a way to go - or does it? It may come down to how you gauge Wall Street's current health.

Money Clubs aim to educate women on personal finance

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.

Record keeping vital at tax time
WASHINGTON - Swamped in tax paperwork with nowhere to turn? Here are some tips to get started and to find help when you need it:

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

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.

Dollar rebounds sharply on European Central Bank concerns

Check those deductions

Child-tax letter needed to claim rest of credit

New rates may mean smaller bills

Check those deductions
WASHINGTON - Married couples accustomed to itemizing their tax deductions every year might want to take a second look at their 2003 tax returns. A higher standard deduction may mean it's more beneficial to leave tedious itemizing behind.

Has the market recovered - or not?

New rates may mean smaller bills
WASHINGTON - Tax rates dropped last January, but most taxpayers have received only half of the cuts coming to them. That means many of them can expect a bigger refund or a smaller tax bill when they figure their 2003 tax return this year.

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.

Child-tax letter needed to claim rest of credit
WASHINGTON - Gathering the paperwork to start working on your tax return? Make sure you find last summer's letter from the Internal Revenue Service if your family was among those who got an advance child tax credit payment.

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.

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.

Money Clubs aim to educate women on personal finance
NEW YORK -- The Savvy Women meet monthly at a suburban Chicago library, while the Money Master$ gather at a cafe in Oceanside, Calif.

Chefs give bad calories good taste

Chefs give bad calories good taste
Even a Twinkie can aspire to greatness.

Georgian finds the time
Chad Roland has a family, works in real estate and trains his own horses.

Long trip pays off for rider
Randall Bass deserved to win an award just for making the trip to Augusta.

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

Sold-out crowd turns out to watch bull riding event

Star on a new stage

Jill Freeman claims her biggest victory

Jill Freeman claims her biggest victory
Jill Freeman didn't let the ornery cows bother her.

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

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.

Blewitt overtakes Nix
Matthew Blewitt barely qualified for Saturday night's cutting.

Cutter lays down the law
Don't let Cyndi Goodwin fool you. She may be a cowgirl, but she carries a badge.

Georgian finds the time

Wolfpack upset No. 11 Jackets
RALEIGH, N.C. - An emphasis on rebounding paid off in a big way for North Carolina State on Saturday.

Wolfpack upset No. 11 Jackets

Bogey-free Triplett pulls into tie at top

Golf roundup
LA QUINTA, Calif. - Like a baseball pitcher working on a no-hitter, Kirk Triplett didn't particularly want to hear about his bogey-free run.

Golf Capsules

Golf roundup

Ginn, Mason share early lead in MasterCard

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.

Bogey-free Triplett pulls into tie at top
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Like a baseball pitcher working on a no-hitter, Kirk Triplett didn't particularly want to hear about his bogey-free run.

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.

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.

Mickelson off to fast start this season

Clutch shot lifts Josey

Prep basketball scores

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 place Savard on injured reserve

Jagr traded from Capitals to Rangers

Calendar gift may aid vote for president
There's an old joke that asks why this country gets 50 candidates for Miss America, but inevitably just two for president.

Futurity parade cancelled due to rain

Illegal immigration and abortion connected

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.

Space: only government program to show return

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.

Space: only government program to show return
Quick, name one program run by the government that showed a profit? It certainly isn't anything in health, education and welfare. Same for Social Security. Ditto for transportation, energy, Treasury and the Environmental Protection Agency, ad nauseum. Paul F. Beck, Martinez, Ga.

Illegal immigration and abortion connected
How, as a nation, can we be upset over the influx of illegal immigrants? They are affordable, available and want to work. Dennis M. Gruba, Augusta

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.

Happiness fills home

Why Breastfeed?

Man settles disputes on contract merits, not emotion

Some question quality of care from cruise MDs

Scientists say they have discovered more evidence of water on Mars

Walk the walk, talk the talk when it comes to tobacco and kids

Health-conscious boomers request screening once widely avoided

Agriculture Department looks at revamping biotech rules

Help your child have a positive learning experience by being a proactive parent

Real Cold Mountain not what you saw on screen

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

Tour recounts Civil War melee in 'Cold Mountain'

Memo can help boss politely decline gifts

What to do

Bird flu as infection spreads through Asia

Don't wait until the last minute

Ice cream is a very serious matter

Home front

Feed your hunger for trivia, lists

Living briefs

Lasting Love

Memo can help boss politely decline gifts
Dear Carson: Each year I give holiday gifts to my co-workers. This week, one of the supervisors presented me with a watch. I thanked him for the gift and told him that it would come in handy. When he left,I found out that the watch was broken and that the back was inscribed, "8-17-00, Happy Birthday, Love, Mom and Step Dad." I looked up the giver's birthdate and it is Aug. 17. When I returned the gift, the giver blamed his wife for the mix-up.

Tour recounts Civil War melee in 'Cold Mountain'
PETERSBURG, Va. - In a war known for bloodshed, the Battle of the Crater was unique in its ferociousness.

Real Cold Mountain not what you saw on screen
SUNBURST, N.C. -- Its namesake motion picture was filmed an ocean away, but a trip to the real Cold Mountain in the Blue Ridge of western North Carolina can still evoke the tale of Confederate soldier Inman's homeward journey.

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.

Some question quality of care from cruise MDs
MIAMI -- The man in his 40s was thrilled when he hit a big jackpot at one of a cruise ship's slot machines. Ten minutes later, his jubilation was abruptly ended by chest pains.

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.

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.

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.

Nicole Kidman slept here, but then so did Dracula
RASNOV, Romania -- Mozart's "Requiem" floats over the walls of a 14th-century citadel and wafts down the snowy slopes that tower over this Transylvanian town.

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.

Man settles disputes on contract merits, not emotion
In a society where "see you in court" rolls off the tongue as easily as a simple hello, it's no surprise consumers and contractors often embroil themselves in home improvement brouhahas.

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

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.

Happiness fills home
Kathy Nixon calls her gray, shingle-sided home in Forrest Hills her "happy house."

Sao Paulo celebrates its 450th birthday
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Just south of the Tropic of Capricorn, on a breezy plateau whose rivers were harnessed for electricity by an engineer from Omaha, one of the world's greatest cities is celebrating its 450th birthday Sunday.

Home front
How many agents does it take to sell real estate? These days, close to a million.

ECHL notebook
Joe Exter considers his life and his hockey career "Gifts from God," and with good reason.

ECHL notebook

Futurity parade cancelled due to rain

Across the area

School founder files Chapter 7

SRS missions won't end layoffs

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.

Across Georgia

Correction

Be a solution to racial divisions, not a problem

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.

Across South Carolina
YORK - A York County man has been charged with unlawful manufacturing of liquor after narcotics officers discovered a moonshine distillery on his property.

Lackluster season ends

Futurity dusts off carriages, wagons for parade

Experts say S. Carolina won't go for Dean

Training class tells people how to be top dogs

Out of this world Mars project is explored firsthand

It's home even off the range for Futurity participants

Tybee Island nears water limit

Community's generosity to fund helps 1,431 families

Passenger increase is first in four years

Be a solution to racial divisions, not a problem
Did you ever sit down and try to have a serious conversation about race in America? I mean a really serious conversation where you honestly look at the issue and examine your own attitudes, not the kind that starts after a couple of drinks and you say, "If we all just tried to be nicer to each other..."

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

Survey suggests problems persist
For most cities, race is an issue that smolders on the periphery of public consciousness, awaiting only a spark to inflame passions on a topic many people feel uncomfortable discussing.

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.

Savannah gets more G-8 advice
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The questions swirled for months before the G-8 summit of world leaders: Would roadblocks snarl commutes to work? Who would pay security and cleanup costs? Would protesters trash downtown businesses?

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.

It's home even off the range for Futurity participants
Billy Ray Tanner and his wife, Glenda, will trade a luxury hotel room for tight living quarters in an RV any day.

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.

Budget cuts, law test teachers
AIKEN - Call it a double bind for South Carolina teachers.

911 calls result in standoff

Correction
An article in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about Reinaldo Rivera's death penalty trial incorrectly stated the crimes for which the jury will set punishment. The jury will determine the sentence only for the murder of Sgt. Marni Glista.

Survey suggests problems persist

Rivera case leaves 2 families shocked
Gloria Perius still wakes up in the night crying, she told jurors and courtroom spectators who shed tears with her Saturday as she described the loss of a daughter brutalized and left for dead by Reinaldo Rivera.

Across Georgia

Across the area
After a six-month investigation, state and local officials have arrested eight people on charges of selling illegal drugs in Wrens, authorities said.

News you can use

Budget cuts, law test teachers

Kid of the Day

Shooting suspect does not get bond

Bill would raise gas tax returns

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

Man with HIV gets 10 years

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

Jury finds Rivera guilty on all counts

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.

Across the area

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Across the southeast
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Navy command that watches the waters around South America and conducts maritime anti-drug and anti-terrorist operations in the region is coming to Jacksonville.

Weather expert says area is drier than usual

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - A famed hairdresser has pleaded guilty to molesting a teenage boy, Chatham County court officials 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.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Ashlyn Brooke Bedgood of Martinez.

News you can use

News you can use
JAN. 25, 1928 Work began yesterday on the new stadium and ballpark at Allen Park when Ashley V. Howell, president of the Howell Construction Co., to whom the contract for the construction of an all-wood and steel grandstand was let by council Monday night, and his crew of workmen, together with the city engineer, staked off the grounds for the foundation of the huge project.

Kid of the day

Futurity dusts off carriages, wagons for parade
For about two hours today, a portion of downtown Augusta will look something like it did a century ago, as the Augusta Futurity Horse and Carriage Parade makes its way along Broad and Seventh streets.

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

911 calls result in standoff
AIKEN - A woman who claimed an armed intruder had broken into her house early Saturday ended up keeping about 50 police officers on alert for about six hours outside her home.

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.

Training class tells people how to be top dogs
AIKEN - Even with several years of dog training under her belt, veterinarian technician Kristina Stoner still runs into trouble.

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.

Church cleans up after fire
By 8 a.m. Saturday, Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church members were already at the rear of their East Cedar Street church armed with push-brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning solutions.

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.

Out of this world Mars project is explored firsthand
Nine-year-old Lauren Tincher looked serious while explaining how she and seven classmates from C.T. Walker Magnet School built a Lego-block replica of Spirit, the robotic rover exploring Mars.

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.

Community's generosity to fund helps 1,431 families
Augustans reached deep into their pockets this past holiday season to give to The Augusta Chronicle's 73rd annual Empty Stocking Fund.

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across the southeast

Rivera case leaves 2 families shocked

Test your Panthers knowledge
As the Carolina Panthers stare into the brightest light in sports, their whole young life flashes before our eyes.

Black filmmakers show indie works at Sundance

Mini reviews

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Tuesday.

Black filmmakers show indie works at Sundance
PARK CITY, Utah - Black filmmakers are gaining influence in big-money Hollywood. It only follows that they would make inroads in low-budget independent cinema, too.

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.

IRL, investor group only bidders for bankrupt CART

Hornets sting Spurs at the buzzer
SAN ANTONIO -- Darrell Armstrong capped a season-high 35-point performance by hitting a 3-pointer from 25 feet with a second left to lead the New Orleans Hornets to a come-from-behind 98-96 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night.

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 sting Spurs at the buzzer

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.

Coleman out up to six weeks with broken pinkie

Pacers place Bender on IL, Pollard out against Rockets

James likely to miss third straight game

Injured Malone does not make return trip to Utah

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.

Bryant attorneys raise race issue in court

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

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.

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

SEC roundup
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - David Lee scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half Saturday to help No. 17 Florida surge to a 68-52 victory over turnover-riddled Auburn.

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

Top 25 roundup
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Chris Taft and Mark McCarroll scored 15 points apiece and No. 8 Pittsburgh held No. 13 Syracuse to its lowest point total in 36 years.

Augusta State falls to Kennesaw State
KENNESAW, Ga. - A woeful all-around shooting performance led to Augusta State's 77-45 loss to powerful Kennesaw State on Saturday in Peach Belt Conference action.

No. 18 Lady Jags hang on
KENNESAW, Ga. - Ernesia Wideman had 15 points, eight assists and three steals as No. 18 Augusta State edged Kennesaw State 71-67 on Saturday in a Peach Belt Conference game.

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.

'Great ride' ends for Titans' Wycheck

Cornerback focuses on Super Bowl, not contract

Alex Gibbs: Getting back in the game

Texans gave Super Bowl teams tough first visit to Houston

Super Bowl trip caps two years of stardom for Brady

Denver Broncos tackle facing court hearing for DUI arrest

Controversial show puts NFL, ESPN in awkward positions

New England puts its trust in Vinatieri

Panthers hardly are first surprise finalist this season

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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

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.

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?

What DHR can do for mentally ill
WHEN A COMPANY or government agency goes awry, who is to blame? Usually, the leadership. When a company or government agency goes awry, who suffers? Usually, the company's or agency's clients.

What DHR can do for mentally ill
WHEN A COMPANY or government agency goes awry, who is to blame? Usually, the leadership. When a company or government agency goes awry, who suffers? Usually, the company's or agency's clients.

Overtime

Ten years after genocide, soccer helps Rwanda heal its wounds

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Area sports anouncements

Americans win ice dance gold

Evans makes big splash at Panther-Pack

MLS to be subject to FIFA transfer windows

Henin-Hardenne, Mauresmo advance

Evans makes big splash at Panther-Pack
Being buff isn't really a boon for high school swimmers, but Evans certainly showed some muscle Saturday at the Augusta Aquatics Center.

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.

Overtime
In Stockholm, Sweden, Hanna Ljungberg, one of the world's top female soccer players, tore a knee ligament and faces a six-month layoff but still hopes to compete in the Athens Olympics.

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

Area sports anouncements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

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

Henin-Hardenne, Mauresmo advance
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Top-ranked Justine Henin-Hardenne advanced to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open on Sunday, saving a set point in a 6-1, 7-6 (5) victory over Italian qualifier Mara Santangelo.

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.

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.

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.

Outdoors calendar
Monday: The CSRA Flyfishing Association will meet at 7:30 p.m. at a new location, Living World Church off River Watch Parkway. Visitors are welcome.

One that didn't get away
Dow Beaty was fishing at Clarks Hill last month with Jay Leatherman, his favorite guide, who steered him to this 12-pound hybrid - his biggest ever. They were fishing with live herring. To view other fishing and hunting photos, please visit our online Sportsmen's Scrapbook at www.augustachronicle.com/sports/outdoors/ and click on "sportsman's scrapbook." To submit photos, mail to: Rob Pavey, Outdoors Editor, Augusta Chronicle, 4272 Washington Road, Suite 3-B, Evans, Ga., 30809 or e-mail to rob.pavey@augustachronicle.com.

One that didn't get away

Outdoors calendar

New study might benefit stripers
Striped bass anglers enjoy their sport - and the fiercely competitive tournaments it has spawned in places like Clarks Hill Lake.

Experts say S. Carolina won't go for Dean
AIKEN - Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean was supposed to finish strong in the Iowa caucus, win New Hampshire's Democratic primary Tuesday and ride a wave of momentum into South Carolina.

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

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.

Panthers hardly are first surprise finalist this season
HOUSTON -- Anyone who is stunned by Carolina's ascension in the NFL hasn't been paying attention.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

Texans gave Super Bowl teams tough first visit to Houston
HOUSTON -- The Panthers and Patriots can only hope their next trip to Houston will be easier than their last.

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.

Super Bowl trip caps two years of stardom for Brady
FOXBORO, Mass. -- The State of the Union was neat. Disney World's a hoot. One can only guess what Tom Brady thought about the Playboy Mansion.

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.

Controversial show puts NFL, ESPN in awkward positions
Outrageous on the one hand, a little bit too real on the other, the hit TV show "Playmakers" put the NFL in an awkward situation this year.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

New study might benefit stripers

Test your Panthers knowledge

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.

Golden Globes promises night of elegant irreverence
LOS ANGELES -- Formal irreverence. That's what the Golden Globes telecast promises viewers each year.

East, West Coast TV academies bury hatchet

Miniseries traces the human side of global drug trafficking

Super Bowl ads to battle for supremacy
NEW YORK -- A new crop of contenders will be taking their shot at immortality at next week's Super Bowl, but they won't be doing it on the football field.

Miniseries traces the human side of global drug trafficking
NEW YORK -- "Traffic" is proving to be one of the most durable entertainment formulas of our time.

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

Golden Globes promises night of elegant irreverence

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.

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

Super Bowl ads to battle for supremacy

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.

FBI makes arrest in Internet movie piracy case

Prosecutors reject Limbaugh 's proposed deal

Actors Eastwood, Kidman among attendees at collegial awards lunch

Academy prepares for 'nominations eve' frenzy

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

Slow start dooms Dogs
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State hit Georgia in the gut Saturday and Georgia couldn't hit back.

Slow start dooms Dogs

Heart-Shaped Memories

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

Tooth fairy economic theory

Lone 3 lifts No. 25 South Carolina
COLUMBIA - If Carlos Powell asked for the basketball in a game like this two years ago, South Carolina coach Dave Odom would have written it off as, "That's just Carlos wanting to score points."

Lone 3 lifts No. 25 South Carolina

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.

Gamecocks don't let ranking go to head

Man works to fill big shoes

Odds and Ends

Pope John Paul II to be honored with European unity prize

Faith digest

Church to dedicate expansive addition

For many people, the world slows down on the Sabbath

Ministers, marathoners clash in city of clustered spires

Parenting requires teamwork

Faith and fellowship calendar