Playwright examines the life of tennis great Bill Tilden
NEW YORK -- Bill Tilden was one of the greatest American tennis players. In the 1920s, he won seven United States championships.

'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' extended through March 14

New museum pays tribute to the tame and the tawdry

Computer used to identify uncredited Henry James stories
NEW YORK -- In the mid-1970s, Floyd Horowitz embarked on a long, one-man literary journey: to discover early, uncredited stories by Henry James, stories that had never appeared in book form.

'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' extended through March 14
NEW YORK -- "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" has been one of the sturdier hits of the 2003-2004 season. Despite so-so reviews, the revival of Tennessee Williams' family drama of Southern-fried mendacity has done potent business, breaking box-office records at the Music Box Theatre.

Isabel Keating channels Judy Garland in 'The Boy From Oz'
NEW YORK -- Isabel Keating has some gigantic ruby slippers to fill.< The tiny woman with a big voice has the formidable task of channeling the girl from Oz - Judy Garland - in the Broadway hit "The Boy From Oz," the frenzied musical recounting the life of Garland's protege, Australian entertainer Peter Allen.

Isabel Keating channels Judy Garland in 'The Boy From Oz'

Portland is home to thriving comics scene
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Craig Thompson wanted to write comics but it was rough going when he moved to Portland six years ago.

Computer used to identify uncredited Henry James stories

New museum pays tribute to the tame and the tawdry
LOS ANGELES -- One look at Hollywood's newest tourist attraction and it's easy to mistake it for any number of adult shops along the popular Walk of Fame.

Beneath the Mask: Andy Serkis is Gollum

Beneath the Mask: Andy Serkis is Gollum
NEW YORK -- Andy Serkis crouches on the hotel room couch, his deep blue eyes narrowing as he hisses his famous line from "The Lord of The Rings" trilogy ... "My preciousss."

Portland is home to thriving comics scene

Boone hurts knee, may miss season

Boone hurts knee, may miss season
NEW YORK -- Yankees third baseman Aaron Boone injured his left knee playing basketball and may be out for the season.

Odds and Ends
OLATHE, Kan. -- A man who came to a court hearing wearing a bumblebee costume - to protest what he called a "sting" operation by prosecutors - left a judge buzzing.

Agents crack drug ring that used babies and formula as cover
CHICAGO -- He knocked on the door of the squalid basement apartment, looking for a young couple. Their baby girl had been stopped at an airport thousands of miles away, and it wasn't her first suspicious trip.

New Jersey couple sues Blockbuster after child views porn on PG tape
WOODBURY, N.J. -- A couple who says their 4-year-old daughter saw hard-core pornography on a PG-rated movie tape from Blockbuster has sued the video company.

Clerk accused of shortchanging winner of lottery ticket
WESTBORO, Mass. -- A convenience store clerk has been charged with larceny for allegedly snatching a winning $20,000 lottery ticket from a customer's hand and giving her only $100 in return.

Microsoft, and Canadian teen Mike Rowe, make up
SEATTLE -- A Canadian teenager whose Web site address bothered a certain giant software company will find a new home on the Web, Microsoft Corp. said Friday.

Foster dad sentenced for binding children with duct tape
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. -- A man who took photos of two foster children wrapped in duct tape in their cribs was sentenced to 12 to 30 months in prison.

Deficits at historic levels
WASHINGTON -- Federal deficits are setting records as President Bush and Congress plunge into the election year's budget work and both parties wonder if the red ink will prove to be a campaign issue.

Hollinger International moves to block sale of company
NEW YORK -- Hollinger International Inc. fired back at its controlling shareholder Conrad Black on Monday, taking legal steps to block his deal to sell the company to the Barclay brothers of Britain.

Greenspan says he is confident lost jobs will be replaced

Sanofi, Aventis enter hostile takeover fight
PARIS - Drugmaker Sanofi-Synthelabo SA ended weeks of speculation about a friendly merger with Aventis SA on Monday by launching a hostile $60.2 billion takeover bid for its larger rival - and the gloves came off.

Greenspan says he is confident lost jobs will be replaced
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Monday that jobs lost in the last recession can be replaced but that unemployed workers may need retraining to qualify for new work.

Sanofi, Aventis enter hostile takeover fight

Jury seated for Martha Stewart case

Coal industry is fired up, but how long will it last?
The coal industry is on fire. With supplies tightening and demand rising, mining companies are commanding higher prices for the fuel and investors are rewarding them lavishly.

Jury seated for Martha Stewart case
NEW YORK -- A jury of eight women and four men was chosen Monday to hear Martha Stewart's stock fraud trial.

Congress moves to save companies billions in pension payments
WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers call it a perfect storm, a confluence of events that is forcing financially weak companies to pay billions of dollars more into pension plans and threatening the retirement security of millions of Americans.

Existing-home sales set record for 2003
WASHINGTON -- Sales of previously owned homes set a record high in 2003 as decades-low mortgage rates proved too good for many buyers to pass up.

Coal industry is fired up, but how long will it last?

The end of 'a different kind of company'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Saturn, once billed as "a different kind of company" making "a different kind of car," is losing its distinct identity and becoming just another division at General Motors Corp.

Deficits at historic levels

Congress moves to save companies billions in pension payments

The end of 'a different kind of company'

Clothing firms ride surf-skate craze to big profits

Clothing firms ride surf-skate craze to big profits
LOS ANGELES -- The surfer and the skateboarder have become the salvation of two Southern California companies whose target customers are teenagers and young adults.

Clemson point guard impresses in 1st start

Clemson point guard impresses in 1st start
After giving point guard Shawan Robinson the first start of his college career Sunday, Clemson coach Oliver Purnell said Monday he was leaning toward giving him another look tonight at Georgia Tech.

Lady Tigers edge Virginia
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Lakeia Stokes scored 16 points including 13 in the second half to lead Clemson to a 60-56 victory over Virginia on Sunday.

Martelli apologizes for calling fan 'moron'

Bynum's numbers don't lie

Vols lose guard

Pain puts Pitino on medical leave

Lunches, newspapers must be sorted despite ice

A Rose-y officer
Michael Farrell is to law-enforcement what Pete Rose is to baseball.

Bank on fairness
The Augusta Commission did right in muscling Wachovia Bank into dropping its $4 paycheck-cashing charge for city workers who don't have an account at the bank.

Travesty in our House

Lunches, newspapers must be sorted despite ice
It started out as a good soaking rain Sunday, bringing welcome moisture to our dry plants and soil. The rain did wash out the Futurity parade, but that was merely inconvenient and disappointing.

A Rose-y officer

Resolve Walker probe
When Rick Thompson resigned last week as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Georgia in Savannah, it came as quite a shock to the legal, political and law-enforcement communities.

What campaigns are for
Stop lying about my record. Where's the beef? There you go again. Campaigns, and even political careers, can sometimes hinge on a single slogan, retort or gaffe.

Bank on fairness

Travesty in our House
For decades Republicans complained about the unfairness of gerrymandering that stacked the U.S. House of Representatives with a majority of Democrats. Democrats, of course, turned a deaf ear to the whining. It was their state legislatures, of which they controlled a majority, that stacked the deck.

Resolve Walker probe

Actor goes from 'Swimming Pool' to dusty Indian roads
NEW DELHI -- His crew was chased out of one village, a co-star was roughed up in another, yet he made friends with strangers across a desert expanse without knowing their language.

'Rings' wins four Golden Globes including best drama
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Hobbits ruled the Golden Globes on Sunday as "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" won four trophies including best dramatic film.

Q&A: Carmen Electra and Dave Navarro
LOS ANGELES -- Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro and his sexpot significant other Carmen Electra are the latest celebrity couple to field-test their romance on MTV.

People in the News
HARTFORD, Vt. -- A private spring service is being planned for Bob Keeshan, his son said Monday.

'Mona Lisa Smile' star insulates herself with co-stars
LOS ANGELES -- Julia Roberts is the kind of star who prefers constellations.

What to do if you don't receive a Form W-2

Bond prices lower

Stocks jump on Greenspan remarks
NEW YORK -- Encouraging words from Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan sents stocks soaring Monday as investors looked forward with renewed enthusiasm to upcoming earnings reports. The Dow Jones industrials reached a new 31-month high, rising more than 130 points.

Dollar up, gold down in Europe

Stocks jump on Greenspan remarks

What to do if you don't receive a Form W-2
You should receive a Form W-2, "Wage and Tax Statement," from each employer you worked for to use in preparing your federal tax return. According to the IRS, employers must furnish this record of 2002 earnings and withheld taxes no later than Jan. 31, 2003 (if mailed, allow a few days for delivery).

High-tech degree doesn't guarantee jobs for college seniors
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Eager to ride the high-tech tide, Andrew Zhou double-majored in computer science and finance when he arrived at Rutgers University in 2000.

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

High-tech degree doesn't guarantee jobs for college seniors

Bond prices lower
NEW YORK -- Treasury bond prices were lower at midday Monday.

Weather makes cutters cautious

Circle of friends benefits rider
If a cowboy can be measured by the company he keeps, then Craig Morris is in good shape.

Weather makes cutters cautious
Tracy Barton couldn't believe his bus door wouldn't open early Monday morning. After taking the easy approach, he finally used his shoulder to batter his way free.

Circle of friends benefits rider

Jackets can feel Tigers' pain
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech has experience in the inexperience department.

Lady Jackets snap losing skid
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Megan Isom scored a game-high 20 points to lead Georgia Tech past Florida State 72-63 on Sunday and snap a five game losing streak.

Jackets can feel Tigers' pain

Lady Jackets snap losing skid

Some hospital gowns aren't so bad

Mickelson wins playoff to end victory drought
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Phil Mickelson showed he's back on his game after a disappointing year, beating Skip Kendall on the first playoff hole Sunday in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.

Mickelson wins playoff to end victory drought

Siem wins Dunhill on third playoff hole

Siem wins Dunhill on third playoff hole
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Germany's Marcel Siem made a 10-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole to beat France's Raphael Jacquelin and Gregory Havret and win the Dunhill Championship on Sunday.

Devils' Clark committs

Devils' Clark committs
Former Lincoln County quarterback Travis Clark couldn't stop gushing about Southern Mississippi.

McKee out indefinitely with knee injury
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Sabres defenseman Jay McKee will be out indefinitely after re-injuring his left knee in Buffalo's 2-1 loss to Philadelphia on Saturday.

Morozov's long slump not helping Penguins
PITTSBURGH -- There was a Lemieux on skates when the Pittsburgh Penguins' practice ended Monday. He glided along casually at one end of the ice, occasionally whacking loose pucks into the net.

Former NHL goalie Henry dead at 83
WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Sugar Jim Henry, an NHL goaltender for three teams during a 14-year career and a member of the league's first two-goalie rotation, died at age 83.

The taller they are, the higher their paycheck
Here's a tall tale to get you going today.The higher you go, the higher your pay.

Closings for Tuesday, January 27
Here are the closings for Tuesday:

More closings announced
Because of Monday's bad weather, the following closings have been announced:

Jury gives Rivera death
Reinaldo Rivera got what he asked for.

Schools close early because of weather
Poor weather conditions led Augusta State University to cancel classes today while school districts in Richmond, Columbia and Aiken counties were scrambling to release students as soon as possible.

Icing conditions could continue into tonight
Weather officials said today's icing could continue into tonight and Tuesday morning depending on the temperature, which was expected to hover around freezing through tonight. At 11:30 a.m. today, the temperature was 31.

Weather delays school openings, closes highways
Emergency officials were busy this morning sanding roads, cleaning up wrecks and removing tree limbs as a blast of icy, wintry weather made traveling a maneuvering nightmare.

Cheek arrested on drunk-driving charges
Augusta Commissioner Andy Cheek said today his arrest on drunk-driving charges Sunday night was an embarrassing mistake on his part.

Power remains out for thousands
The Augusta area is recovering after a sudden Monday ice storm that downed thousands of trees and left tens of thousands without power, officials said this morning.

Winter storm closings
Here is a list of the latest school closings due to winter weather. Some school systems did not answer telephone calls early Tuesday morning:

Winter weather blasts Southeast
Schools in at least 17 north Georgia counties were closed Monday, and the combination of declining temperatures and freezing rain raised concerns about increased power outages and travel difficulties.

The parties' division in understanding of right and wrong
It is my opinion that the human race is in jeopardy of becoming extinct if the mealy-mouthed "Demoncrats" take over our country. I have dubbed the Democrats accordingly for their venomous attacks against the Republicans, as well as each other. Gregory J. Topliff, Aiken, S.C.

Hope that abortion will end

Has come to realize that 'blob' is a baby
Thirty-one years ago when Roe v. Wade was made the law of the land, I personally did not understand what all the fuss was about. I really did not have any problem with the removal of the "blob of tissue" being taken from a woman's womb. But now I know. Nancy Garner, Augusta

Hope that abortion will end
The anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a date that no doubt has little or no significance to most Americans, was upon us once again. Then again, it is a dramatically significant date to hundreds of thousands of babies each year... Jordan Watwood, Augusta

Story headline about Bush pejorative

Story headline about Bush pejorative
I am confident that neither President George W. Bush nor his Republican constituents consider his State of the Union address to be "defensive," as described by the headline of your Jan. 21 front-page story, "Bush is defensive in Union address." In my view, it should have been described as "aggressive," "straightforward," "in your face" or even "hard-line." Bob Schloesser, Augusta

Let city pay for sewer mandate
Has the Augusta Utilities Department proved that discontinuing the use of septic tanks will solve the coliform bacteria problem in our local streams? No. Allen Saxon, assistant director for wastewater treatment, said that animal waste (mainly from birds) is carried by rainwater draining into our streams. Let's not forget our pets, all warm-blooded wildlife, livestock, manure-spreading and fertilizing. Coliform bacteria is also found naturally in soil. Kenneth Wheeler, Martinez, Ga.

If we help others now, we may eliminate hate

Let city pay for sewer mandate

If we help others now, we may eliminate hate
A 6-year-old Iranian girl plays in a nursery center in Iran, but her mother and father will never come to pick up their precious daughter and take her home with them to the security she had in their love and protection. They are among the 30,000 who died in the earthquake in Iran... Richard Amundson, Augusta

A high-tech way to create an old-fashion photo book

Techbits: Wait no more, Danish spam, Nintendo's game, and more

Thai boy is bird flu's seventh fatality

Group helps adults with from terminal illness

New video games are really something else

Living briefs

Second Mars rover begins sending pictures back to Earth

Thai boy is bird flu's seventh fatality
BANGKOK, Thailand -- A 6-year-old Thai boy became Asia's seventh confirmed bird flu fatality and Pakistan on Monday joined the list of countries affected by the disease that has sparked mass chicken culls across the region.

Group helps adults with from terminal illness
Barry and Ann Foskey, of Augusta, drove up to the rolling hills of north Georgia in late October for a week of relaxation and sightseeing.

Second Mars rover begins sending pictures back to Earth
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's Opportunity rover sent its first color "postcard" Monday from the crater on Mars where it landed during the weekend, and engineers prepared to begin purging computer files on the spacecraft's hobbled twin to restore its health.

Techbits: Wait no more, Danish spam, Nintendo's game, and more
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Booting up and waiting has become a fact of life with computing, but that doesn't have to remain the case with a crop of home entertainment PCs reaching the market.

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.

New video games are really something else
Behold: It teaches rhythm and timing. It gets kids exercising and encourages them to hang out and jaw with their pals. Do not be afraid. It is a video game.

A high-tech way to create an old-fashion photo book
Plenty can be done with the hundreds of digital pictures we took of our baby in his first few weeks, from simple prints and calendars to paperweights and elaborate CD slide shows that run on the PC or television for hours.

Across the area

At Georgia, student cheaters find second chance
ATLANTA -- Three years after the University of Georgia revised its honor code to offer a second chance to students who cheat, school officials say the policy has benefited students and faculty members.

Keeping the water safe

Kid of the day

Boat industry's tide is rising after economic slump

Across Georgia

Winter weather blasts Southeast

Cheek faces 2 charges in weekend DUI

Chambers face different tasks

Across South Carolina

Group discusses goals

Schools seek judges to rule on projects

Across the southeast

Taxpayers still could take a pocketbook hit under Perdue budget
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue is keeping a promise to balance the $16.1 billion budget for next year without raising state taxes, but taxpayers still may take a hit from his spending proposal.

Company wants tax extension

Boat industry's tide is rising after economic slump
ATLANTA -- To Carey Brattlof, buying a boat isn't so much about money as it is an investment in his family.

Leader urges safety standards
AIKEN - Aiken County should have a fire chief and fire commission to oversee the 20 volunteer departments responsible for firefighting throughout most of the county, with the power to oversee spending and make sure training and safety standards are kept current, a county official said Monday.

Aerial photographer fatally shot on sales call
CUMMING, Ga. -- A Forsyth County man has been accused of killing an aerial photographer who made his living by taking pictures of houses and businesses from the air and selling prints to the owners.

Augusta seen as critical for 12th

Man involved in chase charged with murder
COMMERCE, Ga. -- A South Carolina man will be charged Monday with murder after a multi-county car chase ended with the death of an innocent motorist, Piedmont Judicial Circuit District Attorney Tim Madison said.

State patrol clears Arcade police of running speed trap
ARCADE, Ga. -- The Georgia State Patrol has cleared the Arcade Police Department of accusations that its officers had been running a speed trap to boost the city's revenue.

Republicans push change with controversial bills
Two controversial pieces of legislation set to be introduced to the General Assembly this week will come from two Augusta-area legislators - both of them Republicans.

Five questions
Martha King, operator for the Augusta Cares hot line, answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

Schools seek judges to rule on projects
Erin Wicker, also an Evans High student, shows some of the items she is using for her project on pediatric terminal illnesses.

Missing Alabama man's vehicle found buried in Georgia

Fierce Storm freezes area
Officials said a repeat today of Monday's problems could pose a similar problem - downed tree limbs that caused power outages and one fatality in Lincoln County.

Schools close early because of weather

Eighteen sentenced in protests over Fort Benning school
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Eighteen people who participated in a November protest demanding the closing of a Fort Benning school for foreign soldiers were sentenced Monday to up to six months in federal prison for trespassing on the army post.

News you can use

Panic is natural response to storm
The symptoms are easy enough to spot. A father of four, who goes to the grocery store once in a blue moon, is racing down the aisles sweeping canned chili and potted meat into his cart.

Winter storm closings

Across the area
Police were called to a Martintown Road Circle K gas station Monday afternoon to quell what appeared to be an argument over a gas pump, according to the North Augusta Department of Public Safety.

Weather service predicts cold, ice

Prisons overhaul needed, but officials can't agree how
ATLANTA -- A get-tough crime policy coupled with a state budget crunch has left Georgia prisons so overcrowded they're in crisis, and lawmakers this session will consider several plans to overhaul the corrections system.

Kid of the day

Activists see dangerous trend in animal abuse at fraternities
ATHENS, Ga. -- Fraternity brothers have dropped a puppy off a Mississippi River bridge, beaten a goose to death with a golf club, and abandoned an unconscious, intoxicated pig in a park.

Officials seek man to provide knowledge in motel fire
COLUMBIA - Law enforcement officials want to talk to a man they think might have information about an early morning fire at a Greenville motel that killed six people.

Missing Alabama man's vehicle found buried in Georgia
OPELIKA, Ala. -- A pickup truck belonging to an Opelika mobile home salesman missing since 2001 has been found buried in a field near Talbotton, Ga.

The week ahead

Plan has cuts for forestry services
COLUMBIA - Gov. Mark Sanford's plan to slash more than $2 million from the state Forestry Commission's budget could cost the agency a tenth of its jobs and diminish recreational activities, including biking and hiking, at state forests.

Plan has cuts for forestry services

Leader urges safety standards

Winder woman brings homeless off the street with new shelter
WINDER, Ga. -- In Barrow County, sewer pipes, state parks and downtown alley tents have served as homes for the homeless.

Fierce Storm freezes area

Rants and Raves
I AM 70 YEARS OLD. I have a cat. Sometimes I have chicken or fish to feed the cat. I do buy the cat nutritious food out of my Social Security check because he's the only warm thing I see most days. I expect him to be around a lot longer than some of these so-called friends. I noticed nobody else cares if I have food or if my cat has food, so it's none of their business.

News you can use
JAN. 26, 1923 Oswell R. Eve, member of the Augusta bar, was elected ordinary judge of Richmond County in yesterday's Democratic primary over C. Gordon Lamback, local businessman and member of the Richmond County Commission, by 547 votes.

Chambers face different tasks
ATLANTA - The House and Senate will focus on dramatically different issues this week as the General Assembly reconvenes after a weeklong recess.

Bus driver of fatal bus-train collision in 2000 to enter plea

Weather service predicts cold, ice
Surrounding counties in Georgia and South Carolina are expected to encounter cold and icy conditions through Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service in West Columbia, S.C.

Six dead in Greenville motel fire
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Six people, including a toddler, died early Sunday in a motel fire that sent panicked guests jumping from windows into the parking lot and produced smoke so thick some of the victims ran toward the worst of the blaze as they tried to escape.

Bus driver of fatal bus-train collision in 2000 to enter plea
CHATSWORTH, Ga. -- The bus driver of a fatal bus-train collision that killed three children in 2000 is expected to enter a plea on Monday.

Peeler: Things with ex-partner were better-than-expected days before killings
ROME, Ga. -- Days before Melissa Peeler's family members were killed and daughters were kidnapped, Peeler thought her breakup with ex-partner Jerry William Jones was going well.

Mother of slain family members turned to 911 dispatcher for help

Prisons to get budget boost
TRENTON, S.C. - In another year of merciless budget-cutting, the South Carolina Department of Corrections has the rare distinction of having $19 million added to its budget, as proposed by Gov. Mark Sanford.

Across the area

Greenville blaze claims local teen
As an emergency medical technician, Mary Negron is used to being around crime scenes and accidents, yet she said she never expected tragedy to strike her family.

Voters say economy should be the focus

Winder woman brings homeless off the street with new shelter

Prisons overhaul needed, but officials can't agree how

Prisons to get budget boost

Power remains out for thousands

Leader faces query on operation of YDC

Republicans push change with controversial bills

News you can use
JAN. 27, 1993 Robert Reich, retired Army colonel and former Fort Gordon chief of staff, has been named director of economic development for Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.

Ice-heavy power lines may have sparked fires

Rants and raves
I CALLED TO RANT about Charles Walker. I don't think he needs to run for the Senate. I think he needs to be praying, trying to run for heaven.

Company to face insurance hearing

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -Three siblings were killed last weekend when a car they were riding in struck a tree, authorities said.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Jasper Darius Overstreet, 8, of Augusta.

Jury gives Rivera death
Reinaldo Rivera got what he asked for.

Across South Carolina

Illegal fighting shocks suburb

Senate passes hunting measure
ATLANTA - Georgians who enjoy hunting and fishing could have their outdoor sports protected by the state constitution if voters agree this fall.

Taxpayers still could take a pocketbook hit under Perdue budget

Leader faces query on operation of YDC
ATLANTA - The new commissioner of the Department of Juvenile Justice pledged Monday to focus on prevention and work with the board as he takes the helm of the troubled agency.

Cheek arrested on drunk-driving charges

Greenville blaze claims local teen

Activists see dangerous trend in animal abuse at fraternities

Six dead in Greenville motel fire

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH -With millions of dollars in federal and state funding at stake, Savannah has reclaimed about 1,500 residents in its official count after challenging the U.S. Census Bureau, city officials said.

Ice-heavy power lines may have sparked fires
A fire, possibly caused by an icy power line, gutted a Grovetown home Monday afternoon.

Voters say economy should be the focus
WILLISTON, S.C. - Darryl Oliver may be a hard-core Republican set on voting for President Bush this fall, but he has a message for the seven Democrats running in South Carolina's Feb. 3 presidential preference primary - one that echoes the famous mantra of political operative James Carville.

Keeping the water safe
A security awareness study has been federally mandated for Augusta-area water departments for the sake of safety in 2004 and beyond.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -Winter came back with a vengeance to northern South Carolina on Sunday.

Company wants tax extension
AIKEN - The company that markets lots in one of Aiken's upscale retirement communities wants more time to apply for a city tax rebate, even though it hasn't paid an overdue tax bill on part of its property, Aiken officials said Monday.

Across the southeast
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -A 19-year-old man was charged with tossing a firebomb into the home of a witness who was going to testify against him in a drug case.

Group discusses goals
ATLANTA - A focus on education and the economy, combined with a strong grass-roots effort, is key to Democratic victories in this year's elections, party officials said at a gathering focused on turning out the vote in November.

Across the area
A 22-year-old Augusta woman told police she was raped during the weekend, according to officials.

Mother of slain family members turned to 911 dispatcher for help
ROME, Ga. -- The woman whose family members were killed and three daughters were kidnapped said a 911 dispatcher was crucial in helping her.

Augusta seen as critical for 12th
ATHENS, Ga. - The official start of the 12th Congressional District campaign is weeks away, but the Democrats who want to challenge first-term Republican Rep. Max Burns are being told Augusta is the key to winning the district, a skinny strip running from Athens to Savannah.

Cheek faces 2 charges in weekend DUI
A repentant Andy Cheek said Monday that his weekend drunken-driving arrest would not affect his service as an Augusta commissioner.

High school, college jock turned graduate student
Mark Fields played basketball at Aquinas High School and concedes he was something of a jock. But Sally Atherton could see the doctoral student within.

Voters look for unique message
WILLISTON, S.C. - Steve Sloan, a retired Savannah River Site employee who is running for the town council, is a perfect example of the decidedly different political landscape the seven Democratic presidential candidates face as they campaign in South Carolina.

Weather delays school openings, closes highways

High school, college jock turned graduate student

Company to face insurance hearing
A Nevada-based company that is accused of selling bogus surety bonds in Augusta and other cities across the nation is scheduled to appear at a preliminary insurance hearing in its home state today.

Voters look for unique message

Across Georgia
Plan would protect hunting, fishing rights

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is James Flynn Reese, 3 months, of Augusta.

The week ahead
Proof positive that the Academy Awards do not always recognize cinematic excellence: Bill Murray was left off the nominations list for his thoughtful work in Caddyshack. That's a wrong; however, that might be righted Tuesday morning, when this year's nominations are announced at the uncivilized hour of 5:30 a.m. PST (8:30 a.m EST). Mr. Murray is a firm favorite for his work in Lost in Translation. Although Mr. Murray's portrayal of an anguished actor adrift in an alien land could never measure up to his gopher-hunting greenskeeper Carl, it's not bad. The Oscar nominations are my Best Bet for this week. Here's what else is going on.

Illegal fighting shocks suburb
COVINGTON, Ga. - Betty Owensby never thought the bloody, violent world of dog fighting would come to her quiet community on the fringe of Atlanta's eastern suburbs.

Some hospital gowns aren't so bad
Not long ago I had to get an X-ray, and of course, that meant getting naked.

Affleck, Lopez lead Razzie worst-movie nominations

'The Butterfly Effect' debuts in top spot

Topher Grace pokes fun at fame in 'Win a Date ...'

Spidey, Harry and Shrek lead familiar pack of Hollywood films
LOS ANGELES -- You'd think there isn't an original idea left in Hollywood with all the sequels, spinoffs and remakes crowding the 2004 movie lineup.

Berlin film festival offers focus on South Africa and Latin America
BERLIN -- This year's Berlin International Film Festival features competing movies from 18 countries, and stays true to its political edge with a spotlight on South Africa's recovery from apartheid and inequality in Latin America.

Spidey, Harry and Shrek lead familiar pack of Hollywood films

Affleck, Lopez lead Razzie worst-movie nominations
LOS ANGELES -- Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez's real-life romance crashed and burned. Now, the two are front-runners for worst on-screen love affair.

Topher Grace pokes fun at fame in 'Win a Date ...'
LOS ANGELES -- While "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!" offers Topher Grace his first lead movie role, he says he didn't consciously seek a breakout role or star turn.

Berlin film festival offers focus on South Africa and Latin America

'The Butterfly Effect' debuts in top spot
LOS ANGELES -- Ashton Kutcher punked the critics as his time-travel thriller "The Butterfly Effect" stole the top spot at the weekend box office.

Genre-bending Lizz Wright has stellar "jazz" album
NEW YORK -- It's typical for new artists on the verge of signing a record contract to be anxious about the future: Will they get a hit? Become rich? Is stardom on the horizon?

Genre-bending Lizz Wright has stellar "jazz" album

New tires stand out in test runs
LAS VEGAS - Michael Waltrip is trying to keep an open mind about the slew of changes NASCAR has thrown at the teams.

New tires, rules ready for testing

New tires stand out in test runs

New tires, rules ready for testing
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - New tires and some new aerodynamics rules have turned the annual preseason test at Las Vegas Motor Speedway into a must for most of the top NASCAR teams.

Cavs activate J.R. Bremer
CLEVELAND -- J.R. Bremer was activated Monday by the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are hoping the guard has finally found his shooting touch.

James practices, may face Magic

James practices, may face Magic
CLEVELAND -- Cavaliers rookie LeBron James practiced for the first time since spraining his right ankle and said he might play Monday against Orlando.

Fans protest proposed Nets sale

Divac says no to Olympics
BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro -- Sacramento Kings center Vlade Divac will not play for Serbia-Montenegro at the Athens Olympics, saying he is no longer the best big man on his country's national team.

Fans protest proposed Nets sale
EAST RUTHERFORD N.J. -- Some 30 people protested the proposed sale and move of the New Jersey Nets to Brooklyn, N.Y., on Sunday outside the team's home arena.

Divac says no to Olympics

Cavs activate J.R. Bremer

Hawks get win over Pistons
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Jason Terry scored 22 points and Stephen Jackson added 21 to lead the short-handed Atlanta Hawks to a 91-82 win over the Detroit on Sunday night, ending the Pistons' nine-game home winning streak.

Hawks get win over Pistons

Bynum's numbers don't lie
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Martelli apologizes for calling fan 'moron'
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's coach Phil Martelli apologized Monday for calling a St. Bonaventure fan a "moron" and "nitwit."

Duke returns home from NCAA rehearsal
WASHINGTON -- Duke is back home after a four-day road trip that went as well as the Blue Devils could have hoped.

Vols lose guard
Tennessee's starting point guard, Loree Moore, will miss the rest of the season because of a torn ligament in her left knee, university officials announced Monday.

Pain puts Pitino on medical leave
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Louisville coach Rick Pitino is taking an indefinite leave of absence for health reasons.

In Cajun country, Delhomme delirium is in full swing

Raiders make Turner coach

Panthers departure proves Super Bowl anything but a regular game

Fox hoping for a Super new memory

Extra Super Bowl week can be critical for a lot of reasons

Patriots, Panthers mind their own business upon arrival

In Super Bowl spotlight, Houston tries to shed grimy image

Bills hire Tolbert as receivers coach

Panthers seem to relish underdog role

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Swoopes going for gold a third time
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Two-time Olympic gold medalist Sheryl Swoopes was added Monday to the U.S. women's basketball team that will compete in the Athens Games.

Swoopes going for gold a third time

Education and transportation key to protecting bases
GEORGIA'S 13 military bases are central to our nation's defense and - from Savannah to Marietta - an integral part of our state's community fabric.

Education and transportation key to protecting bases
GEORGIA'S 13 military bases are central to our nation's defense and - from Savannah to Marietta - an integral part of our state's community fabric.

Promoter wins first round of libel action

Junior welterweight back on top with a new title

Wolff, three KC teammates selected for camp

Roddick, Agassi on track for semifinal showdown

Agassi has a coach for all ages

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Mia Hamm gets children's book deal

Muscle tear ends Mauresmo's Open

Lawyer: Gaumont told police he took, distributed EPO

Overtime

Davenport commits to Family Circle

Austria picks Davis Cup team to face U.S.

Wolff, three KC teammates selected for camp
CHICAGO -- Josh Wolff and three Kansas City Wizards teammates were among 17 players picked Monday for next month's U.S. national team training camp before an exhibition game at the Netherlands.

Agassi has a coach for all ages
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Andre Agassi calls Darren Cahill a coach for all ages.

Davenport commits to Family Circle
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Lindsay Davenport, who is in the quarterfinals in the year's first Grand Slam event, has committed to play in the Family Circle Cup in April, tournament officials said Monday.

Roddick, Agassi on track for semifinal showdown
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Asked to pick a title favorite heading into the Australian Open's second week, Andy Roddick pointed to Andre Agassi.

Promoter wins first round of libel action
LONDON -- Boxing promoter Don King won the first round of a legal battle with heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis on Monday, when a judge refused to throw out his libel suit.

Raymond advances to Australian Open quarterfinals
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Lisa Raymond followed her upset over Venus Williams with an easy victory, defeating wild-card entry Tatiana Golovin 6-2, 6-0 Monday to reach the Australian Open quarterfinals.

Mia Hamm gets children's book deal
NEW YORK--HarperCollins Children's Books announced today that it has signed world-renowned soccer star Mia Hamm for a picture book titled Winners Never Quit! (on sale: August 1, 2004). Editor-in-Chief Kate Morgan Jackson signed the deal with Byron Preiss Visual Publications, and the book will be illustrated by Carol Thompson.

Overtime
Olympic medalist Philippe Gaumont told police he used the banned performance enhancer EPO and gave the drug to another cyclist, his lawyer, Olivier Combe, said Monday. Gaumont won a bronze in the team trial at the 1992 Olympics and rode for Cofidis in the 2003 Tour de France.

Junior welterweight back on top with a new title
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Even one-handed, Arturo Gatti looked pretty tough.

Muscle tear ends Mauresmo's Open
MELBOURNE, Australia - Amelie Mauresmo withdrew before her Australian Open quarterfinal match Tuesday against Fabiola Zuluaga because of a torn back muscle.

Overtime
In Vina Del Mar, Chile, Brazil was eliminated from competing in the 2004 Olympic soccer tournament with a 1-0 loss to Paraguay in South American qualifying.

Austria picks Davis Cup team to face U.S.
VIENNA, Austria -- Stefan Koubek and Jurgen Melzer were picked Monday for Austria's Davis Cup team, which will play the United States in the first round next month.

Lawyer: Gaumont told police he took, distributed EPO
PARIS -- Olympic medalist Philippe Gaumont told police he used the banned performance enhancer EPO and gave the drug to another cyclist, his lawyer said Monday.

Bills hire Tolbert as receivers coach
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills hired Tyke Tolbert as receivers coach on Monday.

Raiders make Turner coach
ALAMEDA, Calif. - Norv Turner was hired as the Oakland Raiders' coach Monday, taking over a team that went from the Super Bowl to 4-12 in just a year.

Fox hoping for a Super new memory
HOUSTON -- Carolina Panthers coach John Fox is looking for a new favorite Super Bowl memory.

Patriots, Panthers mind their own business upon arrival
HOUSTON -- With his crisply knotted blue power tie and sharply tailored blue blazer, Ty Law could've been mistaken for a CEO.

Extra Super Bowl week can be critical for a lot of reasons
One week or two?

Panthers departure proves Super Bowl anything but a regular game
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers did their best to approach the Super Bowl as just an ordinary away game. When it came time to leave for Houston, it was clear this was an extraordinary trip.

In Super Bowl spotlight, Houston tries to shed grimy image
HOUSTON -- When all eyes turn to Houston for the Super Bowl, locals hope the world sees past the city's "Urban Cowboy" image and a landscape dotted with chemical plants and refineries.

In Cajun country, Delhomme delirium is in full swing
BREAUX BRIDGE, La. -- At the edge of a park where Jake Delhomme played peewee football, there's a cypress sculpture of a crawfish about the size of a refrigerator.

Panthers seem to relish underdog role
HOUSTON -- The Carolina Panthers not only embrace their role as underdogs, they think it could give them an edge in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots.

Regis Philbin and "Millionaire" coming back

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
Its first story on its first day said a lot about what "Sunday Morning" would be like for the next quarter-century: anchorman Charles Kuralt profiled a California lumberjack who in his off hours played the musical saw.

Last laugh for 'Friends' as production ends
LOS ANGELES -- They won't be there for us anymore.

Mary McCormack faces up to 'Traffic'

Mary McCormack faces up to 'Traffic'
LOS ANGELES -- Mary McCormack scratches her nose, illustrating a point about the kind of actress she never wanted to be.

Regis Philbin and "Millionaire" coming back
NEW YORK -- Two years after the prime-time "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" died from overuse, ABC will bring the game - and Regis Philbin - back next month in a sweeps-month stunt with a $10 million payoff.

Barbara Walters to step down as co-host of '20/20'
NEW YORK -- After 25 years as host of "20/20," Barbara Walters is moving on. The broadcaster, who has interviewed scores of the famous and infamous in a legendary television career, said Sunday she will step down this fall from her perch at the ABC newsmagazine.

Last laugh for 'Friends' as production ends

Barbara Walters to step down as co-host of '20/20'

Actor goes from 'Swimming Pool' to dusty Indian roads

People in the News

'Mona Lisa Smile' star insulates herself with co-stars

Q&A: Carmen Electra and Dave Navarro

Lady Dogs end skid with win over Tigers
ATHENS, Ga. -- Janese Hardrick is a freshman, which means "she doesn't know where she parked her car this morning," according to Georgia coach Andy Landers.

Lady Dogs end skid with win over Tigers

Kentucky tops South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Danyelle Payne had 18 points and six assists to lead Kentucky past South Carolina 75-61 on Sunday.

Kentucky tops South Carolina

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Everything Is Illuminated is a novel by debut writer Jonathan Safran Foer. The story is about a young Jewish-American man who travels to Ukraine in search of the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis.

Help preserve Southern accent

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On video and DVD: Radio, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. as a mentally challenged man who helps an Anderson, S.C., high school football team and the town find their hearts; and House of the Dead, a horror flick about college students who spend spring break battling zombies after a party on a desert island goes bust.

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Question of the week

Pregnant 17-year-old struggles with secret

Question of the week
Should teenagers get engaged?

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

Student involvement makes elections real
It's not just civics class anymore, it's reality. With politics making headlines, politicians making campaign stops and policy-making affecting their generation, do teens care?

Student involvement makes elections real

Pregnant 17-year-old struggles with secret
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: "I'm pregnant, but I don't want to tell my mom. What should I do, keep it a secret or not?"

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Help preserve Southern accent
I recently spent a week in Minnesota visiting relatives. I found, to my dismay, that my young cousins were sorely uneducated about Southern culture.

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THE FACTS: Runesha Grant, 16, a sophomore at Butler High School.

Your style

Agents crack drug ring that used babies and formula as cover

Odds and Ends

Clerk accused of shortchanging winner of lottery ticket

New Jersey couple sues Blockbuster after child views porn on PG tape

Foster dad sentenced for binding children with duct tape