Two plays share one storyline

Two plays share one storyline
Booze and babblin'. That's the premise for the two one-act plays, Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star, to be staged by the University of South Carolina Aiken's University Theatre. The James McClure plays, directed by seniors Noel Solomon and Jade Johnson, open at 8 tonight in the school's O'Connell Theatre. The plays also will be staged at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Monday, and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday.

O'Neill stands by account in book
WASHINGTON -- Former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill says he stands behind his criticism of the inner workings of the Bush administration, but regrets that some of his "vivid language" is detracting from serious issues he wants to discuss.

O'Neill stands by account in book

Minor leaguer apologizes for role in gay porn video
CLEVELAND - Indians minor leaguer Kazuhito Tadano is asking for forgiveness for what he called a one-time mistake - his appearance in a gay porn video in which he engaged in a homosexual act.

Sakaski says goodbye
SEATTLE -- Kazuhiro Sasaki choked back tears when he stopped by the Seattle Mariners clubhouse and said goodbye to Edgar Martinez, Bret Boone and other former teammates.

Judge: Pitcher who killed osprey must do service
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A minor league pitcher who killed a popular osprey with a baseball last year cannot pay his way out of performing community service, a judge ruled Tuesday.

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.

Minor leaguer apologizes for role in gay porn video

Sakaski says goodbye

Boone hurts knee, may miss season

Odds and Ends
SEATTLE -- So a day care center is getting a new teddy bear. Big deal, right?

Girl survives for days after accident next to her dead mother
GLOBE, Ariz. -- A 3-year-old girl survived five days alone in a car after an accident that killed her mother, authorities said.

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.

Bank of Italy rejects criticism in Parmalat scandal

Jury seated for Martha Stewart case

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.

Consumer confidence rises in January
NEW YORK -- Consumer confidence strengthened in January, rising to its highest level since mid-2002, an industry group reported Tuesday.

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.

Prosecutor: Martha Stewart had tip no one else had
NEW YORK -- Martha Stewart lied to investigators and committed "serious federal crimes" by selling off nearly 4,000 shares of stock based on a tip no one else had, a prosecutor charged Tuesday.

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.

Virus poses as error message
NEW YORK - The continued spread Tuesday of a cleverly engineered computer virus exposes a key flaw in the global embrace of technology: Its users are human.

Congress moves to save companies billions in pension payments

Hampton Inn announces $80 million upgrade
For hotel companies trying to fluff up profits, it's become all about the bed.

Greenspan says he is confident lost jobs will be replaced

Damage claims pile up after area ice storm
Raymond Bork did everything right after a tree weighed down by ice snapped and smashed into his Columbia County home Monday evening.

Damage claims pile up after area ice storm

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Consumer confidence strengthened in January, rising to its highest level since mid-2002, an industry group reported Tuesday.

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.

Bank of Italy rejects criticism in Parmalat scandal
ROME -- The head of the Bank of Italy on Tuesday rejected claims the central bank failed to heed signals that something was wrong at Parmalat before a fraud scandal erupted at the dairy giant, but said the nation's stock market watchdog needs more powers.

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.

Prosecutor: Martha Stewart had tip no one else had

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

FCC proposes fining Clear Channel $755,000 for obscenity
WASHINGTON -- The government proposed a $755,000 fine against Clear Channel Communications on Tuesday for a sexually explicit radio show aired on four stations.

Deficits at historic levels

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.

Business briefs

Consumer confidence rises in January

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.

Clemson point guard impresses in 1st start

Indiana upsets Purdue

Martelli apologizes for calling fan 'moron'

Pain puts Pitino on medical leave

Bynum's numbers don't lie

Vols lose guard

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.

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.

Lunches, newspapers must be sorted despite ice

Intelligence deficit

Thin ice
We do not hold that our elected officials must be perfect. That is why we're disinclined to seek Augusta Commissioner Andy Cheek's resignation for his DUI arrest on Sunday.

Thin ice

Resolve Walker probe

Intelligence deficit
David Kay, head of the U.S. weapons search team in Iraq, says that after months of searching he's convinced there are no stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The WMD hunt will continue, but under a new boss; Kay has stepped down.

Travesty in our House

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.

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

Adam's Lounge to be busy for Super Sunday
At the Holiday Inn West, 1075 Stevens Creek Road, you have two options: Check into a hotel room and end your day, or head into Adam's Lounge next to the lobby and start your night.

Extras, extras
Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. stars in Revolution Studios' uplifting drama Radio.

Stuff to do
The Augusta Futurity cutting horse competition continues its 10-day run through Saturday at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 605 Seventh St. Call 823-3417.

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

Whispers return to Wall Street

Stocks jump on Greenspan remarks

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.

Cattle futures trading prior to mad cow confirmation investigated
WASHINGTON -- A federal investigation has been launched to determine whether commodities traders profited last month from advance knowledge of the first U.S. case of mad cow disease.

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

Dollar up, gold down in Europe

Stocks pull back following big day of gains

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

Whispers return to Wall Street
NEW YORK -- It didn't matter that earnings from companies like Yahoo and Intel surpassed analysts' expectations earlier this month. Their stocks still fell, partly because their results missed the so-called "whisper numbers."

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

Stocks pull back following big day of gains
NEW YORK -- Investors intent on preserving profits looked past positive earnings reports Tuesday and sent stocks sharply lower. Technology stocks saw steep declines on a disappointing outlook from chip maker Novellus Systems Inc.

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.

Dining out
Reviews of restaurants in the Aiken-Augusta area.

Dining out

Tilly's provides casual charm, simple elegance
Tilly's Peas and Butter Beans restaurant on Wrightsboro Road provides country cooking with simple elegant decor. The recently opened restaurant packs in customers every day.

Tilly's provides casual charm, simple elegance

Draw surrounded by intrigue
Cowboys and cowgirls will take a pause from their regular line of work today to play a Western version of chess.

Weather makes cutters cautious

Draw surrounded by intrigue

Former champs advance
If last year was a barometer of success, Tag Rice and Chiquita Pistol might be OK.

Former champs advance

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.

Elder fends off Tigers
ATLANTA - Now that should end all the slump talk.

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

Jackets can feel Tigers' pain

Elder fends off Tigers

Driver testing starts with manufacturers

Els gets ready to defend Johnnie Walker Classic title
PATHUM THANI, Thailand -- Ernie Els is hoping to defend his second title in as many tournaments when the Johnnie Walker Classic begins Thursday.

Driver testing starts with manufacturers
Skip Kendall's reaction was typical of most players when asked if he had submitted his driver to be tested for springlike effect.

Mickelson bounces back

Els gets ready to defend Johnnie Walker Classic title

Mickelson bounces back
The story might sound familiar.

Devils' Clark committs

Icy weather freezes games

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

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.

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.

Heatley set to return Wednesday

Heatley set to return Wednesday
ATLANTA -- Dany Heatley's quick return to the ice couldn't come at a better time for the Atlanta Thrashers.

Spice up Super Bowl with Hawaiian treat
The Super Bowl is a nationwide event - leading to gatherings of family, friends and neighbors.

Spice up Super Bowl with Hawaiian treat

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.

Blythe residents asked to conserve water
Blythe residents are being asked to conserve their water usage today until the town's water works department can restore a water pump that has quit working.

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.

James Brown arrested for domestic violence
AIKEN - Legendary soul singer James Brown was arrested today on a charge of criminal domestic violence and was booked at the Aiken County detention center at about 1 p.m., said Lt. Nicholas Gallam, a supervisor at the jail.

Thousands still without electricity
Thousands of Augustans have had their power restored after Monday's ice storm, which caused untold amounts of damage, but thousands in the area are still without power this morning, officials said.

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:

Richmond schools to open Thursday; Aiken schools remain closed
Richmond County schools will reopen Thursday, but Aiken County will remain closed.

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

Clark represents the worst of America's divisiveness

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

Comic destructive to racial harmony
I read your paper regularly and enjoy the diverse opinions expressed by contributors and other readers on your editorial pages. But when I read the comic section, I am seeking humor - not political commentary. The Boondocks is pure, one-sided, racist, political opinion masquerading as humor, and has no place in the comic section. Alan Oester, Martinez, Ga.

Hope that abortion will end

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.

Story headline about Bush pejorative

Bush's war has not made us any safer

Comic destructive to racial harmony

Bush's war has not made us any safer
After watching the State of the Union address, we are surprised that President George W. Bush was even a "C" student at Yale. If he ever submitted a paper filled with such platitudes and half-truths, as was in the State of the Union address, we suspect he would have received an "F." Does President Bush see the American public as gullible and so easily misled? Harold M. Szerlip, David J. Szerlip Martinez, Ga.

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

Clark represents the worst of America's divisiveness
Retired Gen. Wesley Clark, a Democratic candidate for president of the United States, represents the worst of America. He demonstrates what remains our greatest challenge in our still very divided country. Herbert A. Edney IV, Augusta

Living briefs

Thai boy is bird flu's seventh fatality

Living briefs

Researchers say chemical reduction during sleep helps memory

Government bans cattle blood in feed, nears end of probe

Group helps adults with from terminal illness

Second Mars rover begins sending pictures back to Earth

Rover sends photos from Mars

WHO: Chances good for beating bird flu

WHO: Chances good for beating bird flu
BANGKOK, Thailand -- There is a good chance of preventing the bird flu outbreak sweeping Asia from taking root in the human population, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

Computer virus experts say latest e-mail worm vicious
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- An e-mail worm that looks like a normal error message but actually contains a malicious program continued to snarl computers around the world on Tuesday.

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.

Living briefs
They may seem more like old friends than science-fiction characters, but anyway, here's a chance to catch both of the live-action Flintstones movies: The Flintstones (1994) at 7 and The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000) at 9 on Sci-Fi.

Government bans cattle blood in feed, nears end of probe
WASHINGTON -- The government is banning the use of cattle blood in livestock feed in an effort to ward off an outbreak of mad cow disease.

Researchers say chemical reduction during sleep helps memory
WASHINGTON -- A reduction in the level of a chemical during certain types of sleep allows the brain to replay activities, which helps fix memories, German researchers report.

Rover sends photos from Mars
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA scientists on Tuesday unveiled a high-resolution photograph of an intriguing slab of martian bedrock just yards from the Opportunity rover, while they worked to avoid the computer problems that crippled its twin, Spirit.

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.

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.

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.

Swinson's future remains cloudy
Veteran defenseman Wes Swinson's days with the Augusta Lynx are over, but where he will end up was unclear Tuesday.

Lynx slap shots

Swinson's future remains cloudy

Lynx slap shots
Coming up, Friday at 7:05 p.m. the Augusta Lynx travel to Reading to duke it out on the ice with the Reading Royals.

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.

Commissioners square off over city demolitions
The demolition of several dilapidated city homes received tentative approval from a panel of Augusta commissioners Tuesday, but figuring out how best to improve housing in Augusta's most impoverished neighborhoods was up for debate.

House Committee passes bill requiring DNA from all felons

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

Underground Atlanta sees promise in earlier closing time for other Atlanta bars
ATLANTA -- Underground Atlanta sees a glass half-full in a new city ordinance requiring most bars to close earlier.

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.

Richmond County police get gang coordinator

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.

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.

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.

Sanford says no to special election on tax referendum

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.

Blythe residents asked to conserve water

Coast Guard towing disabled boat to shore

Leader urges safety standards

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.

Republicans push change with controversial bills

Company to face insurance hearing

Apprentices get taste of real world while in high school
CANTON, Ga. -- Austin Bursmith has a steady job at an established medical practice - and he hasn't even graduated from high school yet.

Company wants tax extension

Schools seek judges to rule on projects

State takes steps to combat shortage in special ed teachers

Across the area
Police arrested a Grovetown man Tuesday and charged him with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, a Richmond County sheriffs report stated.

Governor declares state of emergency

Across Georgia
Plan would protect hunting, fishing rights

Fires result from ice storm

Residents begin to clean up

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

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.

Leader faces query on operation of YDC

Across the area

DMV tries program to give permit test in school

Apprentices get taste of real world while in high school

State takes steps to combat shortage in special ed teachers
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A nationwide shortage has left South Carolina without enough qualified special education teachers, prompting the state to relax standards applicants must meet in order to teach.

Across the area

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Savannah Heather Zeccardi, 3, of Augusta.

Winter storm closings

Ice storms, power outages freeze gasoline supply
The regional ice storm might be creating its own gasoline shortage.

Green tree frog approved as officials state amphibian
ATLANTA -- To Georgia state's symbols of peaches, peanuts and grits, add one more: green tree frogs.

Shoppers snatch up necessities
The last-minute rush to find supplies to survive the ice storm left many grocery store customers without.

Isaac Hayes among Trumpet Award winners
ATLANTA -- Singer and composer Isaac Hayes was among those honored at the 12th Annual Trumpet Awards on Monday night, which traditionally recognize achievement by blacks in politics, business, law and the arts.

Residents begin to clean up
The area's ice storm will be memorable, to say the least, for residents - slick roads, no electricity, falling tree limbs and closed schools.

Across South Carolina

Richmond County police get gang coordinator
In the fight against gangs in Augusta, information is a key weapon.

State imposes monthlong ban on catching female blue crabs
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Georgia's crabbers will find their hands tied in March, as officials impose a monthlong ban on catching female blue crabs in an effort to restore the state's declining crab population.

Fires result from ice storm
AIKEN - Police and fire radio transmissions crackled with dozens of reports of fires Tuesday in Aiken County, many sparked by downed power lines in the second day of an ice storm that left thousands without power.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A Coast Guard cutter was towing a 47-foot-sailboat from Hilton Head Island with four people aboard back to shore after the vessel lost its rudder in heavy seas off Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Bad weather promotes togetherness
While deciding whether the Medical College of Georgia should close because of icy weather, Mitch Jones was busy playing Uno with his children.

Senator pushes for casino gambling

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

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.

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.

Bill would make it a felony to flee police
ATLANTA -- Leading police on a high-speed chase would be a felony under a bill introduced Tuesday in the Georgia House.

Residents get answers on county Fire Master Plan
Harlem, Grovetown and Columbia County fire department officials did not get a formal explanation of the county's recently released Fire Master Plan at Tuesday's Community and Emergency Services Committee meeting.

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.

Lawman suspects more victims
"I took the lives of so many people," Reinaldo Rivera told the jury which ultimately sentenced him to death.

Fire officials across state push for sprinkler systems
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- An Upstate fire that left six people dead and six others critically injured has firefighters across the state calling for hotels that don't have sprinkler systems to upgrade, and some officials began inspecting hotels in the wake of the tragedy.

Couple running unlicensed day care charged in death of 6-month-old

16-year-old son charged in mother's death
TIFTON, Ga. -- A 16-year-old Tifton boy has been charged with voluntary manslaughter following an altercation with his mother.

Isaac Hayes among Trumpet Award winners

Kid of the day

Bill would make it a felony to flee police

Commissioners square off over city demolitions

16-year-old son charged in mother's death

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.

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.

Fierce Storm freezes area

Couple running unlicensed day care charged in death of 6-month-old
VALDOSTA, Ga. -- The owner of an unlicensed day care has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after a 6-month-old girl died in her care.

State imposes monthlong ban on catching female blue crabs

Greenville blaze claims local teen

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.

Across Georgia

James Brown arrested for domestic violence

Cheek faces 2 charges in weekend DUI

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

Power remains out for thousands

Fire officials across state push for sprinkler systems

Illegal fighting shocks suburb

Sanford says no to special election on tax referendum
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Gov. Mark Sanford refused Tuesday to set a special election on a $1.3 billion Charleston County tax referendum, saying it was not right to do so based simply on the needs of the local bus system.

DMV tries program to give permit test in school
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- During his 20 years teaching driver's education at South Aiken High School, Larry Nelson has seen many parents take time off work to drive their excited teen to the Department of Motor Vehicles to take a beginner's permit test.

News you can use

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.

Ice-heavy power lines may have sparked fires

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.

Kid of the day

Coast Guard towing disabled boat to shore
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A Coast Guard cutter was towing a 47-foot-sailboat from Hilton Head Island with four people aboard back to shore after the vessel lost its rudder in heavy seas off Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Senator pushes for casino gambling
AIKEN - Charleston Sen. Robert Ford might be one of the only believers at the table, but that hasn't stopped him from playing a hand that would legalize casino gambling in South Carolina.

House Committee passes bill requiring DNA from all felons
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill Tuesday that would expand the state's DNA database to include anyone convicted of a felony.

Governor declares state of emergency
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Gov. Mark Sanford on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in South Carolina, where slick and icy roads meant continued dangerous driving conditions and more than 250,000 customers remained without power.

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.

FedEx, UPS ask DOT to reject law judge's ruling on Astar ownership
ATLANTA -- Shipping giants FedEx and UPS are asking the Department of Transportation to reject a federal administrative law judge's ruling that Miami-based Astar Air Cargo is owned and controlled by a U.S. citizen.

Purnell learning the hard way
ATLANTA - Oliver Purnell knew it would be tough transitioning into the Atlantic Coast Conference. Just not this tough.

Some surprises - and obvious choices - among the Oscar nominations
Some surprises among the Oscar nominations Tuesday:

Berlin film festival offers focus on South Africa and Latin America

Globe wins put 'Rings' on track to snap Oscar fantasy taboo
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" and its mythical creatures are poised to go where no fantasy film has gone before: The winner's circle at the Academy Awards.

Oscar-nominated Brazilian director asks if Academy has gone 'mad'
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Brazilian movie director Fernando Meirelles, whose film "City of God" was nominated Tuesday for four Academy Awards, asked production assistants a single question when he heard the news: "Has the Academy gone mad?"

Affleck, Lopez lead Razzie worst-movie nominations

'Return of the King' leads Oscar race with 11 nominations
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," the final chapter in Peter Jackson's majestic fantasy trilogy, led the Academy Awards race Tuesday with 11 nominations, including best picture and director.

Globe wins put 'Rings' on track to snap Oscar fantasy taboo

Trivia from the 76th annual Academy Award nominations
Tidbits and trivia from Tuesday's Oscar nominations:

'Return of the King' leads Oscar race with 11 nominations

Young New Zealand actress' nomination a surprise
SYDNEY, Australia -- New Zealand anticipated Oscar success Tuesday for homegrown director Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" finale. But a best-actress nomination for 13-year-old Keisha Castle-Hughes - the youngest-ever nominee in that category - was a surprise to the "Whale Rider" star.

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.

Oscar-nominated Brazilian director asks if Academy has gone 'mad'

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.

Sound Bites: audio reviews
Selected audio reviews:

Sound Bites: audio reviews

New tires stand out in test runs

NASCAR pleased with changes, so far

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.

NASCAR pleased with changes, so far
LAS VEGAS -- John Darby grinned as a slate gray car with a bright orange triangle of tape on the door as its only marking sped through the garage area at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Cavs activate J.R. Bremer

Cassell makes strong case for All-Star game
MINNEAPOLIS -- Sam Cassell has spent his career putting the ball in the hands of big scorers whose gaudy stats earned them All-Star appearances.

Divac says no to Olympics

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.

Celtics coach O'Brien quits
WALTHAM, Mass. -- Jim O'Brien quit as coach of the Boston Celtics on Tuesday, after half a season under new boss Danny Ainge.

Cassell makes strong case for All-Star game

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.

Celtics coach O'Brien quits

Indiana upsets Purdue
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - A.J. Moye scored 15 points and Roderick Wilmont added all six of his points on a pair of 3s in the final minute Tuesday night, leading Indiana to a 63-58 upset of No. 21 Purdue.

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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.

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."

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

Bills hire Tolbert as receivers coach

Seahawks RB added to NFC roster

Fox hoping for a Super new memory

Panthers seem to relish underdog role

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One player goes down, another steps in

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Patriots, Panthers mind their own business upon arrival

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Agreement saves taekwondo federation
CHICAGO -- The U.S. Taekwondo Union agreed to a restructuring plan Tuesday, sparing it from being stripped of its powers as the sport's national governing body by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Agreement saves taekwondo federation

Taekwondo Union retains its powers
The U.S. Taekwondo Union agreed to a restructuring plan Tuesday, sparing it from being stripped of its powers as the sport's national governing body by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Taekwondo Union retains its powers

Swoopes going for gold a third time

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.

Muscle tear ends Mauresmo's Open

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Davenport commits to Family Circle

Safin upsets Roddick

IAAF set to challenge Jerome Young doping case in arbitration court

Winter X Games shine under the bright lights

Lawyer: Gaumont told police he took, distributed EPO

Raich wins World Cup slalom

Wolff, three KC teammates selected for camp

Promoter wins first round of libel action

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Mia Hamm gets children's book deal

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Austria picks Davis Cup team to face U.S.

MLS season opens April 3

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Lalas hired as Earthquakes' GM and president
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Alexi Lalas, a former U.S. national team star and one of Major League Soccer's founding players, was hired Tuesday as president and general manager of the San Jose Earthquakes.

Safin upsets Roddick
MELBOURNE, Australia - Andy Roddick was gone by the time the crowd began serenading Marat Safin with "Happy Birthday."

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.

Raich wins World Cup slalom
SCHLADMING, Austria -- Benjamin Raich of Austria won a World Cup slalom Tuesday, and Bode Miller finished fourth after holding the first-leg lead.

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.

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.

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.

An Australian Open in March?
MELBOURNE, Australia -- The women's tennis tour supports a proposal to shift the Australian Open to March.

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.

Winter X Games shine under the bright lights
ASPEN, Colo. -- Lights, camera, action sports.

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.

MLS season opens April 3
NEW YORK -- Major League Soccer's ninth season will open April 3 with a full schedule of five games, including D.C. United's first game since acquiring 14-year-old Freddy Adu.

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.

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.

IAAF set to challenge Jerome Young doping case in arbitration court
LONDON -- The long-running dispute over U.S. sprinter Jerome Young's drug case could be headed for the sports world's highest court.

Alabama state park overrun with deer opened to hunters

Alabama state park overrun with deer opened to hunters
PELHAM, Ala. -- Alabama broke with its past and opened a suburban state park to bow hunters Tuesday to begin thinning a deer herd that wildlife officials said is sick and starving because of overpopulation.

Prep basketball scores
Area prep basketball scores for Tuesday night.

Icy weather freezes games
Athletic contests in Richmond, Columbia County and Aiken counties were canceled Tuesday because of inclement weather, and at least two games have been rescheduled for today.

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.

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.

Seahawks RB added to NFC roster
KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander was added to the Pro Bowl roster Tuesday, an injury replacement for Deuce McAllister of the New Orleans Saints.

Extra Super Bowl week can be critical for a lot of reasons
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One player goes down, another steps in
HOUSTON -- No-names are in and egos are out on Bill Belichick's team.

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.

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

Quick, spell Massachusetts
HOUSTON -- Hey, who let this kid in here?

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.

Jack Paar, 'Tonight Show' pioneer, dead at 85

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

Jack Paar, 'Tonight Show' pioneer, dead at 85
GREENWICH, Conn. -- Jack Paar, who held the nation's rapt attention as he pioneered late-night talk on "The Tonight Show," then told his viewers farewell when still in his prime, died Tuesday. He was 85.

Regis Philbin and "Millionaire" coming back

American Idol' again celebrates the good and the horrible
NEW YORK -- Simon Cowell couldn't believe his ears. You'd think he'd be used to it by now. But the acerbic "American Idol" judge was railing again about the tone-deaf auditioners he, along with Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson, is forced to endure.

American Idol' again celebrates the good and the horrible

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.

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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.

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Question of the week
Should teenagers get engaged?

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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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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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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:

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

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?"

Student involvement makes elections real

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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?

Pregnant 17-year-old struggles with secret

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Girl survives for days after accident next to her dead mother

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