Donald Trump working on new book

Donald Trump working on new book
NEW YORK -- Donald Trump, the real estate titan and star of the TV reality show "The Apprentice," is coming out with a new book.

Chicago City Council to vote on Wrigley landmark status

Zeile finalizes $1 million, one-year deal with Mets

Zeile finalizes $1 million, one-year deal with Mets
NEW YORK -- Todd Zeile had no interest in going back to the Bronx.

Mora agrees to $10.5 million, three-year deal with Orioles
BALTIMORE -- All-Star Melvin Mora agreed to a $10.5 million, three-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday, avoiding salary arbitration.

Chicago City Council to vote on Wrigley landmark status
CHICAGO -- Wrigley Field is closer to landmark status after a Chicago City Council committee unanimously approved a plan that would declare the ballpark a landmark but still allow some changes.

Inmate charged with escape after getting stuck in his cell window
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- An inmate who was stuck for four hours with his head and one shoulder through a cell window has been charged with felony escape.

Defibrillator spark sets patient's clothing on fire in ambulance
NEW LONDON, Conn. -- A spark from a defibrillator set a woman's clothing on fire when a paramedic tried to restart her heart in an ambulance.

Hearing set for fraternity member accused of killing raccoon
ATHENS, Ga. -- A University of Georgia fraternity member who allegedly killed a raccoon that was then skinned, eaten and burned by members of his fraternity will be in court on Feb. 5.

Odds and Ends
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Fran Lasee is 83, but the numbers are on his side.

Woman struck by three hit-and-run drivers
NEW YORK -- A man was arrested on a manslaughter charge for allegedly leaving the scene of a fatal accident in which a teenage mother was struck by three hit-and-run drivers.

Bush administration will seek $60 million in mad cow-related funds
PHOENIX -- The Bush administration will ask Congress for $60 million to fund a national cattle identification system and other mad cow-related programs, the agriculture secretary said Thursday.

Will the Parmalat scam spatter all Italian business?

Firms learn health tactics
In between hiring and firing, it makes good business sense for human resource managers to keep their employees healthy.

Business briefs
DES MOINES, Iowa - Appliance maker Maytag Corp. reported fourth-quarter earnings Thursday of $23.9 million, or 30 cents per share, up from $3.3 million, or 4 cents per share, a year earlier.

Bush administration will seek $60 million in mad cow-related funds

Tourism ads pitch Augusta to locals
Promoting the city as a choice tourist destination would be a lot easier if more Augustans were better informed about area attractions.

Federal judge dismisses customer DSL suit against BellSouth

New evidence postpones Martha Stewart trial
NEW YORK -- A federal judge shut down the trial of Martha Stewart for the rest of the week Thursday, postponing the testimony of the government's star witness after defense attorneys accused prosecutors of withholding vital information about his story.

Congress discusses indecency on TV, radio after FCC record fine

Pixar ends talks with Disney to seek deal with other studio
LOS ANGELES -- Pixar Animation Studios is ending talks aimed at continuing its relationship with The Walt Disney Co. and will seek a deal with another studio, Pixar chief executive Steve Jobs said Thursday.

Firms learn health tactics

Some retailers withdraw 'Boys Are Stupid' merchandise
NEW YORK -- The T-shirts and pajamas are meant to be funny, with cartoon captions like "Boys Are Stupid - Throw Rocks At Them." But some protesters, encouraged by a fathers-rights talk show host, are unamused and have pressured three retail chains into dropping the merchandise.

Congress discusses indecency on TV, radio after FCC record fine
WASHINGTON -- Federal broadcast regulators insisted to skeptical lawmakers Wednesday that they have aggressively enforced laws designed to keep indecent programming off radio and television.

KB Toys chain says it will cut 3,500 jobs and close 375 stores
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- KB Toys said it will cut 3,500 jobs, or nearly 30 percent of its work force, and close at least 375 stores after a bankruptcy judge approved the company's Chapter 11 reorganization plan.

Apple to build a second supercomputer at Virginia Tech

Tourism ads pitch Augusta to locals

Bush wraps up successful 2004 budget, readies '05 plan
WASHINGTON -- President Bush is bracing for a difficult election-season fight with Congress over spending after a budget year that he can hardly expect to top.

South Carolina jobless rate drops in December
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's jobless rate dropped to 6.1 percent in December, after reaching 6.9 percent in November.

Apple to build a second supercomputer at Virginia Tech
ROANOKE, Va. -- After building one of the world's fastest supercomputers on its first try, Apple Computer Inc. is again teaming with Virginia Tech to make another high performance machine using its new 64-bit Xserve G5 computer.

KB Toys chain says it will cut 3,500 jobs and close 375 stores

Federal judge dismisses customer DSL suit against BellSouth
MIAMI -- A federal judge on Tuesday threw out a lawsuit that claimed BellSouth Corp. broke antitrust law by requiring customers seeking high-speed DSL lines to buy its local phone service.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve, not wanting to upset the economic recovery, held a main short-term interest rate at a 45-year low Wednesday.

Fed holds key short-term rate steady at 45-year low
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve, not wanting to upset the economic recovery, held a main short-term interest rate at a 45-year low Wednesday. But the central bank hinted that rates could move higher in the future.

American Express announces credit card alliance with MBNA
NEW YORK -- In its first major deal since a favorable antitrust ruling in 2001, American Express announced on Thursday that it had reached agreement with a big American financial institution to issue its credit cards in the United States.

Will the Parmalat scam spatter all Italian business?
PARMA, Italy -- Italian business leaders are worried about the Parmalat case, fearful that the brazen fraud could stain the country's reputation, already saddled with persistent stereotypes of Mafia thuggery and corruption.

New evidence postpones Martha Stewart trial

Bush wraps up successful 2004 budget, readies '05 plan

Some retailers withdraw 'Boys Are Stupid' merchandise

Fed holds key short-term rate steady at 45-year low

South Carolina jobless rate drops in December

American Express announces credit card alliance with MBNA

Three 2004 signees already at Tennessee

Vols finalize schedule by adding Louisiana Tech
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee released its 2004 schedule Thursday, a slate completed by adding Louisiana Tech on Sept. 25 as a replacement for a postponed game with Memphis.

Texas State fires AD and football coach after inquiry
SAN MARCOS, Texas -- Texas State fired athletic director Greg LaFleur and football coach Manny Matsakis on Wednesday after an internal investigation uncovered NCAA rules violations.

Vols' 2004 schedule
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee's 2004 football schedule, which was released by the school Thursday:

Three 2004 signees already at Tennessee
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Three of Tennessee's 2004 signees are ahead of the game, already taking classes and preparing for spring practice.

Greenbrier lineman picks Iowa

Auburn announces next two football schedules
AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn will open next football season against Louisiana-Monroe and has scheduled future nonconference games against Tulane and South Florida.

Vols' 2004 schedule

Greenbrier lineman picks Iowa
When offensive lineman Rashad Dunn committed to Iowa earlier this week, he became the first-ever Greenbrier player to land a scholarship at a Division I-A school.

Vols finalize schedule by adding Louisiana Tech

Texas State fires AD and football coach after inquiry

Auburn announces next two football schedules

Second half sustains Jags

Lady Jaguars falter

A crushing responsibility

Cool response to ice

Blair had it right

A crushing responsibility
OK, so here's what you've got in Reinaldo Rivera: a psychopathic serial killer/rapist who admits he did it and will do it again - the poster boy for the death penalty. Open and shut case? Easy time of it?

The 'comeback kid'
Talk about the "comeback kid" - that would be U.S. Sen. John Kerry, the Massachusetts liberal whose presidential candidacy seemed dead in the water less than a month ago.

Brown's image
James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, is world renowned - a Rock 'n Roll Hall of Famer who's won countless music and entertainment awards, including the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor in the nation's capital last month. He recently sustained his well-earned reputation as the Hardest Working Man in Show Business by completing a world tour at age 70.

Cool response to ice
One thing you can say about this week's devastating ice storm is that for a brief while it turned our region into a winter wonderland - what you'd like to see on a Christmas Eve.

Blair had it right
Wouldn't the anti-war left be delighted if President George W. Bush lost his most prominent ally, British Prime Minister Tony Blair? Even more than Bush, Blair has been in political hot water over intelligence data he cited to justify partnering with the U.S.-led coalition to topple Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein.

Brown's image

The 'comeback kid'

People in the News
PHILADELPHIA -- Mike Wallace says he doesn't blame Barbara Walters for her decision to step down from ABC's "20/20," the newsmagazine she's called home since 1979.

Video watch
JUST OUT: Capturing the Friedmans, Con Man, Radio, Thirteen and Water's Edge

Halle Berry 'just fine' after accident on 'Catwoman' set
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Halle Berry was taken to a hospital after colliding with a piece of set equipment while filming a running scene for "Catwoman" but is now back at work, production spokesman Joe Everett said.

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

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

Actress Robin Givens injures pedestrian in Miami
MIAMI -- Actress Robin Givens struck and critically injured an 89-year-old pedestrian in a crosswalk, police said Thursday.

Actor sued by studios after alleged "screener" leaks
LOS ANGELES -- Two major movie studios sued an actor and longtime member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who allegedly leaked "screener" copies of movies that were then reproduced and distributed on the Internet.

Tony Randall recuperating from pneumonia, bypass surgery
NEW YORK -- Tony Randall is recuperating from pneumonia following bypass surgery in December, his publicist said Thursday.

Club calendar
Here's a list of entertainment at Aiken-Augusta nightclubs.

Standing ovations
Seattle sound revivalists Puddle of Mudd will present their dynamic, Nirvana-channeling rock at 8 p.m. Monday at the Roxy Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road, in Atlanta. Tickets are $22. For more information, call (404) 233-7699.

People in the News
CLEVELAND -- "Basic Instinct" screenwriter Joe Eszterhas' memoir details his life in Hollywood, his battle with cigarettes and alcohol, and his father's involvement with anti-Semitic propaganda.

Stocks finished mixed as Wall Street digests Fed statement
NEW YORK -- Stocks were mixed Thursday as investors sought a direction for the market after a major selloff the day before. The Dow closed higher, while technology stocks fell for a third straight session.

Money funds fell in latest week

Workers wages and benefits moderate in fourth quarter

Tax tip: Your old car can be a tax deduction
WASHINGTON -- Donating a car to a favorite charity can be a great way to help a good cause and secure a tax deduction. But the IRS warns that charities sometimes get far less from donated vehicles than taxpayers assume.

Millions to exhaust unemployment benefits in poor hiring climate

Mutual fund whistleblower tells of beating; fund fees denounced
WASHINGTON -- He was dragged from his car and beaten with a brick after confronting an investment-company superior about trading abuses in mutual funds, Peter Scannell told Congress.

Dollar up, gold down in Europe

Putnam says it will lower fees, improve disclosure
BOSTON -- Battered by revelations of market timing abuses, Putnam Investments is working to regain investor confidence by lowering a range of fees for its mutual funds and improving disclosure about its practices.

Workers wages and benefits moderate in fourth quarter
WASHINGTON -- Workers' wages and benefits grew by 0.7 percent in the final quarter of 2003 - the smallest quarterly increase in a year - as companies still uncertain about the durability of the economic recovery kept a close eye on their bottom lines.

Employers could save billions with pension relief bill before Senate
WASHINGTON -- The Senate moved toward a vote Wednesday on legislation to reconfigure how employers pay into their pension plans, potentially saving them tens of billions of dollars that could go toward new investment and hiring.

Millions to exhaust unemployment benefits in poor hiring climate
WASHINGTON -- Nearly 2 million people are expected to exhaust their state unemployment benefits in the first half of the year without access to more government aid or a regular paycheck, according to a study released Thursday.

Stocks plunge after Fed announcements

Stocks plunge after Fed announcements
NEW YORK -- Stocks fell sharply Wednesday as the Federal Reserve, shifting its stance on interest rates, signaled that an increase is coming. The Dow Jones industrials tumbled more than 140 points.

Tax tip: Your old car can be a tax deduction

Snow, Greenspan team up to help consumers gain money smarts
WASHINGTON -- The man who signs dollar bills and the man who controls how many are in circulation teamed up Thursday to promote ways Americans can make smarter financial decisions.

Stocks plunge after Fed announcements

House combines bankruptcy bill with protections for farmers
WASHINGTON -- By combining their bill making it harder for Americans to shed their debts with a bill offering bankruptcy help for farmers, House Republicans are hoping Senate Democrats will be compelled to act.

Mutual fund whistleblower tells of beating; fund fees denounced

Dollar up, gold down in Europe
LONDON -- The U.S. dollar rose Thursday against other major currencies in European trading. Gold prices fell.

House combines bankruptcy bill with protections for farmers

Telemarketers to identify themselves on Caller ID
WASHINGTON -- If you have Caller ID you'll now know when a telemarketer is trying to reach you.

Tax tips: IRS has free publications on every topic you need
From aardvark to zyzzyva, the IRS has a publication that covers it - free for the asking. The IRS has numerous publications on a variety of tax-related topics available by phone, fax, or the Internet.

Telemarketers to identify themselves on Caller ID

Employers could save billions with pension relief bill before Senate

Stocks finished mixed as Wall Street digests Fed statement

Money funds fell in latest week
NEW YORK -- Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell by $2.10 billion in the latest week to $899.17 billion, the Investment Company Institute said Thursday.

World record nixed; Georgia bass still tops
The 22 1/2 -pound largemouth bass reportedly caught by a California woman was denied world record status earlier this month by the International Game Fish Association of Dania Beach, Fla.

World record nixed; Georgia bass still tops

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

Fishing tournament results

Niko's Athens eatery true to its Greek roots

Interest in bison growing as beef alternative
DENVER -- A bison boomlet is under way as Americans look for an Atkins diet-friendly and mad cow-proof alternative to beef.

Niko's Athens eatery true to its Greek roots
A strip mall on bustling Bobby Jones Expressway seems an unlikely location for a charming slice of Greece, but Niko's Athens Restaurant & Taverna pulls it off.

Interest in bison growing as beef alternative

Texan shines in rare Augusta appearance

Futurity veteran captures cup, cash
Kyle Manion pumped his fist and patted Ricochet Pep four times after the clock struck zero.

Rapp, Rice win big in lottery

Rapp, Rice win big in lottery
Mary Ann Rapp clutched her yellow ping-pong ball marked with a black No. 1.

Texan shines in rare Augusta appearance
If you think Jim Ware is your ordinary cutter, listen to him speak.

Pistol aims straight in open division
Tag Rice and Chiquita Pistol won the 2003 Augusta Futurity Open finals. In the process, they set an arena record.

Pistol aims straight in open division

Cutter stays on top despite cow mishap
Greg Coalson watched an unruly cow nearly bump his horse, Shorty Mialena, out of the Classic Non-Pro competition Thursday.

Gardener plans, then plants

Gardener plans, then plants
While his garden sleeps through long winter days, Bryce Mutch rises early and plans for its awakening.

Good plants start from fuzzy roots
Whether it's a house plant or a tree for the landscape, you want to start with the best. Here are some tips on what to look for when you shop for plants:

Good plants start from fuzzy roots

'Will the Thrill' wowing 'em at Georgia Tech
ATLANTA -- Will Bynum always wanted more from life than what he saw daily on Chicago's mean streets.

'Will the Thrill' wowing 'em at Georgia Tech

Golf cart rules loosened by House

Verplank finds his rhythm
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Scott Verplank, never known for distance off the tee, had no problem with the newly lengthened course at the FBR Open.

Golf cart rules loosened by House
ATLANTA -- Golf cart drivers wouldn't need licenses to drive on designated cart paths under a bill unanimously approved by the House Thursday.

Strides made by Cross Creek

Prep basketball scores

Penguins return Fleury to junior team
PITTSBURGH -- Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, the No. 1 pick in the NHL June draft, will return to his junior team in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, on Friday.

Heatley returns four months after fatal wreck

For now, Penguins don't have to make Fleury decision

Canucks recall Grenier
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Vancouver Canucks recalled defenseman Martin Grenier from Manitoba of the AHL on Wednesday.

For now, Penguins don't have to make Fleury decision

Heatley returns four months after fatal wreck
ATLANTA -- Dany Heatley's body has healed. His heart is another matter.

Red Wings' Hasek may return to ice in week

Red Wings' Hasek may return to ice in week
DETROIT -- Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek's injured groin has improved and the Red Wings expect him to be able to skate again in about a week.

For now, Penguins don't have to make Fleury decision
PITTSBURGH -- Looks as though the Pittsburgh Penguins will have rookie Marc-Andre Fleury in net much longer than they once expected.

For now, Penguins don't have to make Fleury decision
PITTSBURGH -- Looks as though the Pittsburgh Penguins will have rookie Marc-Andre Fleury in net much longer than they once expected.

Penguins return Fleury to junior team

If your yard is messy, don't blame the pine trees
There are probably not a lot of people in our region singing the praises of pine trees this week.

James Brown released after bond hearing
AIKEN - Professing his love for his wife, entertainer James Brown was whisked away by limousine from the Aiken County Detention Center this morning after being released on his own recognizance on a charge of criminal domestic violence for alleged spousal abuse.

Fire destroys apartment
Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department crews responded to a single-unit apartment fire at a west Augusta complex this afternoon, officials said.

Boshears named director at Augusta Regional Airport
The Augusta Aviation Commission unanimously voted today in favor of naming Buster Boshears as the new full-time director at Augusta Regional Airport.

Single car crash kills one near Aiken
South Carolina authorities were investigating the cause of a fatal, one vehicle accident on Vaucluse Road near Good Springs Road outside Aiken, late Thursday evening.

Freezing rain expected Sunday
Ice could return to the Augusta area Sunday morning in the form of freezing rain and sleet, but weather officials say they don't expect conditions to be as bad as Monday's ice storm.

7,000 in Aiken County still without power
More than 7,000 Aiken County residents are still without electricity this morning after an ice storm Monday that knocked out power all over the Augusta-Aiken area.

James Brown files annulment papers
AIKEN - Singer James Brown has filed papers seeking annulment from his wife, Tommie Rae, claiming she never divorced from a previous marriage.

Riverfront development waste of money
North Augusta's third phase of riverfront-property development will waste money. Not because it only supports the affluent citizens in the vicinity; it is aquatic paradise. Christopher Dabrowski, North Augusta, S.C.

Cartoon on space program down to earth; let's stay home

Americans now see mess Bush has made
The presidential election is coming soon, and the polls show that Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., would beat President George W. Bush if the election were held today. I am glad to see that the American people are finally beginning to see the morass this president has gotten this great country into. Carroll C. Kenny, Martinez, Ga.

Cartoon on space program down to earth; let's stay home
Rick McKee's Jan. 17 editorial cartoon was right on target. The space walker on the highway to Mars made of stacked dollars is a graphic reminder that we have some space-extremist leaders in our NASA program. President George W. Bush in recent remarks has joined them. Wheldon Hair, Harlem, Ga.

Renews belief that reproductive freedom is paramount
A letter by Jim Irish on Jan. 21, "Roe v. Wade: children murdered in the name of 'choice,"' requires a retort from someone who is offended by extremists who carry a blatant disregard for people's freedom of choice. James Epps, Augusta

Tort reform simply must be passed
In her Dec. 27 letter, "Malpractice litigation lottery for lawyers," Dr. Jacqueline W. Fincher tells us about the distress of many in our profession regarding malpractice litigation. Edouard J. Servy, M.D., Augusta

Study involving mice suggests mother's diet may influence babies' life span

NASA's photos of Mars rocks reflect martian history

Scientists estimate cancer risk from X-rays

Government begins work on CO2 storage project at Teapot Dome

Getting a grip on the game

Health and fitness calendar

Asian countries step up measures to prevent spread of bird flu

Scientists create new form of matter under ultracold conditions

Homeland Security to offer free e-mails with cyber warnings

Study says sedentary lifestyle starts in toddlers

Living briefs

Mars rover Opportunity to roll Saturday

Scientists track SARS genetic adaptations during outbreak

Experts gather for emergency bird flu meeting in Bangkok

Getting a grip on the game
Amid the hoopla and high-fives as the Carolina Panthers and the New England Patriots prepare to take the field for the 38th annual Super Bowl, it's hard to imagine the humble beginning of such a sport juggernaut.

Mars rover Opportunity to roll Saturday
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA moved up the date that Opportunity could roll from its lander to Saturday, and said that the twin rover Spirit "will be perfect again" after repairs of software problems that crippled its mission.

Scientists create new form of matter under ultracold conditions
BOULDER, Colo. -- Scientists say they have created a new form of matter from a half-million potassium atoms chilled to within a whisper of absolute zero, the coldest possible temperature.

Decline in shark attacks reported worldwide for 3rd straight year
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The number of shark attacks worldwide has dropped 30 percent over the past three years, good news for surfers but apparently bad news for sharks.

Study says sedentary lifestyle starts in toddlers
LONDON -- New research suggests even 3-year-olds aren't getting enough exercise, raising concerns over their weight, future disease risk, psychological well-being, behavior and learning ability.

Government begins work on CO2 storage project at Teapot Dome
CASPER, Wyo. -- The government is trying to bury something at its Teapot Dome oil field again. Not secret oil leases, as it did during an infamous scandal of the 1920s, but carbon dioxide - lots of it.

Asian countries step up measures to prevent spread of bird flu
BANGKOK, Thailand -- Asian countries that have so far escaped the bird flu spreading across the continent stepped up measures Thursday to keep the virus outside their borders.

Study involving mice suggests mother's diet may influence babies' life span
Experiments with mice suggest that life span may be related to what your mother ate during pregnancy.

Scientists track SARS genetic adaptations during outbreak
WASHINGTON -- Chinese scientists have traced how the SARS virus genetically evolved during last year's massive outbreak, fine-tuning itself in ways that may have spurred the spread of the deadly respiratory illness.

Homeland Security to offer free e-mails with cyber warnings
WASHINGTON -- Aiming to increase Internet security, the government is now offering Americans free cyber alerts and computer advice from the Homeland Security Department.

Scientists estimate cancer risk from X-rays
LONDON -- The risk of cancer from common X-rays and increasingly popular CT scans ranges from less than 1 percent to about 3 percent, according to a new study.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403 and send e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

NASA's photos of Mars rocks reflect martian history
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA on Wednesday released the first color photographs taken by the rover Opportunity of layers of martian rock that could have been formed by water.

Living briefs
The Idaho Potato Commission is looking for a few good spuds.

Experts gather for emergency bird flu meeting in Bangkok
BANGKOK, Thailand -- Two sisters in Vietnam became the latest victims of Asia's bird flu crisis Wednesday, as ministers from across the region convened an emergency meeting with international health experts in the Thai capital.

Lynx look to push for playoffs

Lynx look to push for playoffs
A trade involving defenseman Wes Swinson was put on hold Thursday as the Augusta Lynx hit the road for a three-game weekend in the Northeast Division.

Bill would require picture of convicts
ATLANTA - An Augusta lawmaker introduced legislation Thursday requiring repeat offenders convicted of a crime involving domestic violence to pay the cost of publishing their picture in the newspaper.

Former Carolina Investors chairman released on bond
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A judge Wednesday morning released former Carolina Investors chairman Earle Morris Jr. on a $250,000 personal recognizance bond.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A suspect pointed a cocked and loaded pistol at a North Charleston police officer and said, "I'm not going to jail," according to authorities.

Cingular Teen Distracted Driving Program Reaches 5.6 Million Students

Five students charged with hacking school computers
KENNESAW, Ga. -- Five students from two Cobb County high schools have been charged with hacking into school computers to gain access to student phone and Social Security numbers, police said.

Former Carolina Investors chairman released on bond

Single car crash kills one near Aiken

County cancels make-up days

Rants and raves
WEE-HA! I SEE James Brown has been arrested again. Let's see ... drug charges, two years in jail, multiple times of beating your wife up. Hmmm ... isn't he a fine example for our children to follow? Gee, he's so special. I think we need to name a street after him.

Finished job to be studied

Panel OKs amphitheater funds
The sales tax citizens committee breathed new life into a south Augusta amphitheater Wednesday but scratched a proposal that would revitalize some low-income neighborhoods.

Public works tackles sinking sites

Minibottle law change runs into filibuster
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Proponents of dumping the state's minibottle law may have to wait a little longer to get a referendum on the issue.

Gordon Blackwell, former president at Florida State and Furman, dies at 92

Candidates to court voters
AIKEN - The Democratic presidential contest barrels into South Carolina tonight with a prime-time, televised debate. It has heightened importance because the state's primary is five days away and a high percentage of voters is undecided.

Kid of the day

U.S. attorney sworn in for South Georgia district
A new U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Georgia was sworn into office Wednesday in Augusta.

Freezing rain expected Sunday

Layoffs begin at Brown & Williamson Macon plant

School endures pranks

James Brown released after bond hearing

Airport names its new leader

Finished job to be studied
Within the next few weeks, Augusta city officials plan to study an area once called the Hephzibah Grand Canyon.

Rural Georgia slowly recovers from ice storm

Democrats file ethics complaint against Perdue
ATLANTA -- The acting chairman of the Democratic Party filed a wide-ranging ethics complaint Thursday against Gov. Sonny Perdue and labeled the Republican chief executive "the least ethical governor in modern times."

Pit facility selection is delayed

I-20 shut down in Carroll County after truck hits bridge
VILLA RICA, Ga. -- A 13-mile stretch of Interstate 20 in Carroll County was shut down in both directions after an 18-wheel truck slammed into a bridge support beam and exploded early Thursday morning.

Panel OKs amphitheater funds

Students to band together to fight tuition increases
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Usually, University of South Carolina and Clemson University students would just rather heckle each other because of the fierce athletic rivalry between the universities. But now students are forming a coalition to fight tuition increases.

Officials push to appoint posts

Rants and raves
I DON'T KNOW if Bush is going to find oil on Mars, but maybe he's looking for weapons of mass destruction.

Governor launches new land partnership program

Across Georgia
WARM SPRINGS - The mother of a kindergartner who was paddled by an assistant principal in school said she wants the man disciplined.

Former Carolina Investors chairman released on bond

Across Georgia
ATHENS - A University of Georgia fraternity member who allegedly killed a raccoon that was then skinned, eaten and burned by members of his fraternity will be in court Feb. 5.

Minibottle law change runs into filibuster

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Jabril Ni'Quan McKevie, 7, of Aiken.

School endures pranks
Bathroom pranks at C.T. Walker Traditional Magnet School have taught the principal a valuable lesson: Children will be children no matter how smart they are.

Utilities work to restore power in rural areas

Senator demands tougher fire codes
COLUMBIA - An Upstate senator called for tougher fire regulations and incentives to retrofit buildings with sprinklers after a Sunday morning fire killed six people at a Greenville motel.

AirTran plans call center in Carrollton; to employ 200

Clyburn lends voice to Kerry
COLUMBIA - Rep. Jim Clyburn knows his influence is deep in South Carolina, but he's ready to tap into his network of friends and supporters across the country as he stumps for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry.

Rural Georgia slowly recovers from ice storm
TIGNALL, Ga. -- Most of the ice may have melted, but for many people in rural Georgia the storm that blew down trees and power lines earlier in the week was still very much with them Wednesday.

Man says sheriff choked him
MILLEN, Ga. - A former janitor for Jenkins County says Sheriff Bobby Womack, angry that he had not cleaned a courthouse bathroom, choked him from behind in an attack in 2002.

Candidates to court voters

Across the area
A Langley family of four lost their home and their possessions in a mobile home fire Thursday.<

Volunteers help report out-of-state and expired license plates
CONWAY, S.C. -- Some residents in this coastal area have been jotting down expired or out-of-state license plate numbers and reporting them to the Horry County Auditor's Office.

Singer returns to home after declaring his love
AIKEN - Entertainer James Brown professed love for his wife before being whisked away by limousine Thursday morning from the Aiken County Detention Center.

Pit facility selection is delayed
AIKEN - A decision on where to build a multibillion-dollar bomb trigger facility has been temporarily delayed, officials announced Wednesday, the second round of bad news for Savannah River Site in as many weeks.

Office takes second mug shot of singer
AIKEN - Papa's got a brand-new mug. After distributing a mug shot showing a disheveled James Brown shortly after his Wednesday arrest on a charge of domestic abuse, Aiken County sheriff's officials released a slightly more dignified image of the Godfather of Soul in a Thursday e-mail to news organizations.

Layoffs begin at Brown & Williamson Macon plant
MACON, Ga. -- Forty-five Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. employees lost their jobs on Wednesday in layoffs stemming from its planned merger with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.

7,000 in Aiken County still without power

Computer breach at UGA may have compromised personal info for 20,000 people
ATHENS, Ga. -- The FBI has joined the probe into a computer breach at the University of Georgia that may have given hackers access to Social Security and credit card numbers for more than 20,000 students and admission applicants.

Waiting for a return to normalcy
AIKEN - Lights were still out and furnaces were still cold for more than 13,000 people in Aiken County and surrounding communities Wednesday, and the extended duration and damage from this week's ice was to blame, South Carolina utility officials said.

Waving Girl won't sing country tunes
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The Waving Girl still hasn't found her singing voice.

Mental health report finds states lacking

DMV introduces new initiatives
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- There's a change in the air at the Department of Motor Vehicles, and customers are taking note.

James Brown files annulment papers

Mead Westvaco subsidiary to cut staff
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Forest Technology Group, a subsidiary of MeadWestvaco, will reduce its payroll from 45 people to 15 people as it eliminates most of its consulting services by year's end.

Democrats file ethics complaint against Perdue

Charleston district working to improve school diversity
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- School officials say that, unless something is done, a magnet school in downtown Charleston that once had a race-based admissions policy may not have any black students in a few years.

Singer returns to home after declaring his love

Government safety requirements at nuclear weapons facilities targeted for elimination

4-year-old dies in Cobb County house fire

Senator suggests quicker approval
AIKEN - State Sen. Tommy Moore introduced a bill Thursday that would bring the South Carolina House and Senate together earlier in the appropriations process.

Students to band together to fight tuition increases

Bill would require picture of convicts

House fire

Judge rules ordinances sought by residents illegal
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A judge has ruled two ordinances proposed by Blythewood residents illegal, while a third may be taken up by the town council.

Across the area

Across South Carolina
EDISTO ISLAND - Plans to develop a small hotel and conference center on state-owned land near Edisto Beach have been dropped after local residents objected.

Office takes second mug shot of singer

Brown arrested, charged with domestic abuse
Soul singer James Brown was arrested at his Beech Island home Wednesday on charges of beating his wife, Aiken County sheriff's officials said.

Man says sheriff choked him

Sign draws attention to park
Non-Augustans will now finally know what that huge, abstract metal sculpture across from Springfield Baptist Church is a part of.

Clyburn lends voice to Kerry

County cancels make-up days
The unexpected school closings in Richmond County this week won't eat into pupils' summer vacation.

Five students charged with hacking school computers

Former Carolina Investors chairman released on bond
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Former Carolina Investors chairman Earle Morris Jr. beamed as he left the courtroom Wednesday, his freedom on securities fraud charges assured by his word he would show up at trial.

Kuhlke's appointment called political

Firefighters, officers recall dash to save lives in motel fire

DMV introduces new initiatives

Transportation board votes in Kuhlke

Computer breach at UGA may have compromised personal info for 20,000 people

Kuhlke's appointment called political
Former Augusta Commission member Bill Kuhlke calls his new appointment to the State Transportation Board "the luck of the draw."

Mental health report finds states lacking
A scandal and federal investigation at an Augusta mental health center is a prime example of why Georgia's mental health system isn't working, a national assessment says.

Judge rules ordinances sought by residents illegal

Evolution change just a suggestion, Cox says

Officials push to appoint posts
COLUMBIA - State constitutional officers had their first opportunity Wednesday to talk about proposed legislation that would make their positions appointed rather than elected.

Hearing set for fraternity member
ATHENS, Ga. -- A University of Georgia fraternity member who allegedly killed a raccoon that was then skinned, eaten and burned by members of his fraternity will be in court on Feb. 5.

Charleston's mean streets take toll on community

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U.S. attorney sworn in for South Georgia district

Public works tackles sinking sites
Monday's ice storm might have kept Augusta Public Works officials busy this week, but for the next few months the department will focus on a more pressing problem -- cave-ins.

Charleston's mean streets take toll on community
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Dusk gave way to night as Henry Wright sat outside an elegant Market Street hotel, carefully rolling a sprig of rosemary and a short-stemmed yellow rose into a crumpled wedge of tinfoil.

Panel OKs amphitheater funds
The sales tax citizens committee breathed new life into a south Augusta amphitheater Wednesday but scratched a proposal that would revitalize some low-income neighborhoods.

Plans dropped develop hotel on state-owned land
EDISTO ISLAND, S.C. -- Plans to develop a small hotel and conference center on state-owned land near Edisto Beach have been dropped after local residents objected.

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Gordon Blackwell, former president at Florida State and Furman, dies at 92
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Gordon W. Blackwell, who led Florida State University and Furman University through integration during the 1960s, has died. He was 92.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day Jake Robert Miller, 1, of Evans.

Augusta is hurt most by ice storm
Other cities across Georgia may have seen more ice and snow from this week's winter storm, but Augusta saw the most damage, Georgia's insurance commissioner said Wednesday during a tour of some of the city's hardest-hit neighborhoods.

AirTran plans call center in Carrollton; to employ 200
CARROLLTON, Ga. -- AirTran Airways plans to open a call center here expected to employ 200 people to handle reservations and other customer calls.

State may cut funds for science center
Augusta area state legislators said Wednesday that the state may have cut several thousand dollars from funding for the National Science Center.

Four Fort Benning protesters sentenced to 90 days in prison
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Four people convicted of trespassing on Fort Benning during a Nov. 23 protest against a Defense Department school for foreign soldiers were sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in federal prison.

Airport names its new leader
The last time it voted on a director, it ended with a 5-4 decision to fire Ken Kraemer.

Singer, husband face drug possession charges
HAPEVILLE, Ga. -- R&B singer Faith Evans and her husband, record executive Todd Russaw, were arrested on drug possession charges by Hapeville police Tuesday night.

Ice storm damages farmers' livelihood

Transportation board votes in Kuhlke
ATLANTA - State legislators representing Georgia's 9th Congressional District ousted a longtime State Transportation Board member Wednesday in favor of a former Augusta Commission member.

Rants and raves
WEE-HA! I SEE James Brown has been arrested again. Let's see ... drug charges, two years in jail, multiple times of beating your wife up. Hmmm ... isn't he a fine example for our children to follow? Gee, he's so special. I think we need to name a street after him.

Government safety requirements at nuclear weapons facilities targeted for elimination
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration is moving to replace safety requirements at federal nuclear facilities with standards written by contractors - after Congress directed the government to start fining the contractors for violations.

House fire
It took Augusta-Richmond County firefighters about an hour to extinhuish a blaze at an abandoned house near the corner of Walton Way and 8th Street.

Firefighters, officers recall dash to save lives in motel fire
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Whey they arrived, they had to talk people out of jumping from windows. And the smoke was so thick they couldn't see more than a foot or two in front of them.

Ice storm damages farmers' livelihood
WILLISTON, S.C. - For Quinby Jowers, the rapid shotgun slam of ice splintering his pine trees was the sound of a natural disaster snatching money from his pocket.

Utilities work to restore power in rural areas
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Lights were back on for most of the 300,000 customer across South Carolina who lost power after ice, sleet and snow blanketed the state.

4-year-old dies in Cobb County house fire
KENNESAW, Ga. -- A 4-year-old boy died in a house fire in northern Cobb County Thursday morning, officials said.

Governor launches new land partnership program
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue began his plan to protect more of the state's land from development on Wednesday as he swore in 19 advisory council members who will guide the effort.

Evolution change just a suggestion, Cox says
ATLANTA -- A change that would strike the word "evolution" from Georgia's science curriculum is only a suggestion and far from becoming official policy, state schools Superintendent Kathy Cox said Thursday.

Cingular Teen Distracted Driving Program Reaches 5.6 Million Students
ATLANTA,-- Cingular Wireless' award-winning teen distracted driving program ended 2003 having reached approximately 5.6 million students, up from two million at the end of 2002. More than 14,500 high schools and 2,100 professional driving schools in all 50 states are using the program, which Cingular created in 2002 as part of Be Sensible, a public service campaign to educate and remind consumers nationwide about safe and courteous ways to use mobile phones.

Hospital details profit, spending
It's not so much what University Hospital made last year, it's what it spent, officials said.

Delta to expand presence in New York in $300 million effort
ATLANTA -- Delta Air Lines is pumping $300 million into an expansion of its service at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport - the main hub of discount carrier JetBlue Airways - as part of a plan that was derailed by the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Three fraternity members must perform community service, apologize
ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia fraternity brothers involved in the killing, skinning, burning and eating of a raccoon last month will complete community service and apologize as part of their punishment.

Brown statue may be on hold
The future of a James Brown statue, planned for one of downtown Augusta's busiest streets, isn't set in stone.

Across the area
Two men were in critical condition Wednesday night at Medical College of Georgia Hospital after a motorcycle struck a pedestrian at Gordon Highway and Milledgeville Road, a Richmond County sheriff's deputy said.

Guess who will win the battle for the Oscars

At the Movies: 'The Big Bounce'

At the Movies: 'The Perfect Score'

Guess who will win the battle for the Oscars
With Smeagol, seafarers and Seabiscuit all grabbing for the gold, this year's Oscar race is shaping up to be an interesting battle between small and super-size movies. Broad epics and smaller, more intimate movies alike made strong showings when the Academy Award nominations were announced Tuesday, and the ultimate winners are anybody's guess.

At the Movies: 'The Perfect Score'
"The Perfect Score" is what would have landed "The Breakfast Club" kids in detention.

At the Movies: 'The Big Bounce'
Owen Wilson usually makes any movie better, simply by showing up and being Owen Wilson.

Mini reviews

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Tuesday.

At the Movies: 'You Got Served'
"You Got Served" may look like a post-millennial "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo" - and Lord knows that's long overdue.

At the Movies: 'You Got Served'

Top 20 concert tours

Singer Faith Evans, husband face drug possession charges
HAPEVILLE, Ga. -- R&B singer Faith Evans and her husband, record executive Todd Russaw, were arrested on drug possession charges.

Company offers slices of 1950s Elvis recording to fans

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

Company offers slices of 1950s Elvis recording to fans
NEW YORK -- A New Jersey company is offering Elvis Presley fans a chance to buy what it says is a slice of history.

'Meltdown' tracks musical changes

'Meltdown' tracks musical changes
Music compilations are tricky beasts. Only as good as their weakest track, they tend to be uneven affairs. Compilations that incorporate various styles of music are an even tougher sell.

Judge says R. Kelly can go to L.A. but can't visit Michael Jackson
CHICAGO -- R. Kelly won't be mingling with Michael Jackson during next month's Grammy festivities: A judge has ordered the R&B star, who is awaiting trial on child pornography charges, to stay away from the King of Pop, himself facing child molestation charges, when Kelly attends the awards.

Judge approves CART's team owners' bid over IRL offer
INDIANAPOLIS -- A bankruptcy judge rejected a bid Wednesday by the Indy Racing League for an offer by a group of CART team owners to bring that open-wheel series out of Chapter 11 and put it back on the track.

Sports car recovery rides 24 hours of Daytona track
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Every time Roger Edmondson is asked what he will say if another GT-class car wins the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona on Sunday, his tone instantly turns confident and powerful.

Earnhardt VP resigns after eight years

Judge approves CART's team owners' bid over IRL offer

Earnhardt VP resigns after eight years
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Ty Norris, vice president for motorsports at Dale Earnhardt Inc., has resigned after eight years with the organization, thatsracin.com reported Wednesday.

Drivers believe one series better than two
INDIANAPOLIS -- Open-wheel racing has a new series and an old problem - competition.

NASCAR newsmaker Bob Snodgrass

Racing notes

Drivers believe one series better than two

NASCAR newsmaker Bob Snodgrass
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Bob Snodgrass has been involved with road racing for 32 years, first serving as general manager at Brumos Racing in Jacksonville, Fla., and now as the team owner. His teams once dominated the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, but it's been 25 years since one of his cars rolled into Victory Lane. He will send two Porsche-powered Fabcars to the Daytona International Speedway this weekend in an effort to break the streak. He talked about returning Brumos Racing to the podium in sports car racing and the state of the sport itself.

Racing notes
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - NASCAR said it plans to use hand signals in the same manner as a football, basketball and hockey referee for some of the common violations on pit road.

NASA sets aside day to remember fallen astronauts

Rolling Cavs dare to talk playoffs
CLEVELAND -- Day after day, LeBron James politely answers the same humdrum questions.

Carroll takes over after latest Celtics stunner

Curry out indefinitely after elbow surgery
TORONTO -- Toronto Raptors forward Michael Curry will be sidelined indefinitely after having surgery to remove bone chips and spurs from his right elbow.

Rolling Cavs dare to talk playoffs

Carroll takes over after latest Celtics stunner
WALTHAM, Mass. -- Still stunned by the resignation of Jim O'Brien, interim coach John Carroll tried to focus the Boston Celtics on their next game.

Pollin comments on Leonsis, Laettner, state of Wizards

Boozer misses game to be with family
CLEVELAND -- Cavaliers forward Carlos Boozer missed Wednesday night's game against the Miami Heat so he could be with his family following his grandmother's funeral.

NBA briefs

Celtics fall in coach's debut
BOSTON - Chauncey Billups scored eight of his 21 points in the final five minutes and the Detroit Pistons beat Boston 106-103 Wednesday night, spoiling John Carroll's debut as coach of the Celtics.

Pollin comments on Leonsis, Laettner, state of Wizards
WASHINGTON -- After his partner was suspended and fined for tussling with a fan, Washington Wizards owner Abe Pollin said Thursday that Ted Leonsis has "got to learn to take" the setbacks of sports ownership.

NBA briefs
First off, Hornets barely edge out the Bucks 101 to 100.

Celtics fall in coach's debut

Curry out indefinitely after elbow surgery

Second half sustains Jags
Not that Lander didn't have a shot against Augusta State, it just didn't have very many shots.

Lady Jaguars falter
With first place up for grabs and a previous loss to avenge, Augusta State's women's basketball team had plenty on the line Wednesday night against Lander. You couldn't tell by watching them.

From 1-15 to the Super Bowl in two easy steps

Bullet Bob gets his last, best chance

Dolphins sign free agent WR Minnis

Panthers inspired, humbled by cancer fight

Jenkins tries to get son to Super Bowl

Jagodzinski hired as Falcons tight end coach

NFL Hall of Famer, Wisconsin AD Hirsch dies

2002 season set up 2003 Super Bowl runs

Once a wonder, Astrodome seems smaller now

Raye leaves Jets, joins Turner with Raiders

Kraft, Richardson know when to get out of the way

Union finds system to check supplements

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Suspended IOC vice president arrested
SEOUL, South Korea -- Suspended IOC vice president Kim Un-yong was arrested Wednesday following investigations into possible embezzlement of funds from taekwondo organizations.

Mayor fights back against Olympic security cameras
ATHENS, Greece -- The mayor of the city hosting Olympic weightlifting ordered crews to vandalize street security cameras after residents complained they violated their privacy.

Iraq to elect new Olympic committee

Iraq elects new Olympic committee

Iraq elects new Olympic committee
DUKAN, Iraq -- A new Iraqi national Olympic committee was elected Thursday as a first step toward letting Iraqi athletes compete in the Athens Olympics.

Suspended IOC vice president arrested

Mayor fights back against Olympic security cameras

Iraq to elect new Olympic committee
DUKAN, Iraq -- Iraqi sports officials will elect a new national Olympic committee Thursday, picking a president to replace Saddam Hussein's son Odai, who reportedly tortured athletes.

Friends and compatriots play again in Grand Slam final

Henin-Hardenne reaches Australian Open final

Overtime

Team Velocity speeds to new class

FIFA says it's on course to adopt WADA doping code

Personal-best time comes up just short

Semifinal showdown

Overtime

Friends and compatriots play again in Grand Slam final
MELBOURNE, Australia -- They played kids' tennis together in Belgium, shared hotel rooms as teenagers and respect each other on and off the court.

Overtime
After a long touchdown run for Wisconsin in 1942, Elroy Hirsch was described as looking like a "demented duck," whose "crazy legs were gyrating in six different directions all at the same time."

Personal-best time comes up just short
Greenbrier's Alex Trakowski had a chance.

In the game spotlight
Today's in the game spotlight falls on Brianna Waters, 12, Augusta.

Henin-Hardenne reaches Australian Open final
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Top-ranked Justin Henin-Hardenne advanced to her fourth Grand Slam final with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Fabiola Zuluaga at the Australian Open on Thursday.

Semifinal showdown
MELBOURNE, Australia - It's a showdown worthy of a Grand Slam final: Roger Federer vs. Juan Carlos Ferrero, with the No. 1 ranking at stake.

Overtime
A veteran Georgia Tech squad is the pick of the Atlantic Coast Conference coaches to win this year's league title, according to a preseason poll released Thursday.

FIFA says it's on course to adopt WADA doping code
ZURICH, Switzerland -- FIFA met with the World Anti-Doping Agency on Wednesday, and soccer's governing body said it was on course to adopt WADA's doping code.

Australian Open Glance
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Highlights Wednesday from the Australian Open:

Team Velocity speeds to new class
Team Velocity Racing, an Augusta-based motorcycle team, will compete in the heavyweight superstock class of the WERA National Endurance Series this season.

Strides made by Cross Creek
A 39-33 win against Hephzibah last week raised the Cross Creek girls team's confidence a little. But, coach Al Young said, that positive feeling already was pretty high to begin with.

Prep basketball scores
Area prep basketball scores for Wednesday night.

Bills sign free agents FB Shelton, OL Smith
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills signed free-agent fullback Daimon Shelton on Wednesday.

Raye leaves Jets, joins Turner with Raiders
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders hired Jets assistant Jimmy Raye as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator Wednesday.

Dolphins sign free agent WR Minnis
MIAMI -- Free agent wide receiver Marvin "Snoop" Minnis signed with the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday.

Once a wonder, Astrodome seems smaller now
HOUSTON -- The Eighth Wonder of the World isn't even the biggest building on the block anymore.

2002 season set up 2003 Super Bowl runs
HOUSTON -- By failing last season, the New England Patriots set themselves up for success this year.

Jagodzinski hired as Falcons tight end coach
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- New Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora made the last major hiring for his staff Thursday, naming Jeff Jagodzinski to work with the tight ends.

Jenkins tries to get son to Super Bowl
HOUSTON -- Kris Jenkins remembers the way his son looked at him when he realized his daddy was a big, tough football player.

Panthers inspired, humbled by cancer fight
HOUSTON -- Just before the season began, in a span of two weeks, the Carolina Panthers got the news: Linebacker Mark Fields and linebackers coach Sam Mills had cancer.

Bullet Bob gets his last, best chance
HOUSTON -- The penalty, fair or not, has been served. Bob Hayes didn't live long enough to witness a vote that could finally put him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Patriots list three on injury report
HOUSTON -- New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi was listed as probable Wednesday on the first injury report of Super Bowl week, and tight end Christian Fauria and running back Patrick Pass were also given a 75 percent chance of playing in Sunday's game against Carolina.

NFL Hall of Famer, Wisconsin AD Hirsch dies
MADISON, Wis. -- Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch, a pro football Hall of Famer and later the athletic director at Wisconsin, died Wednesday. He was 80.

From 1-15 to the Super Bowl in two easy steps
HOUSTON -- Just over two years ago, the New England Patriots beat the Carolina Panthers handily in the teams' regular-season finale.

Union finds system to check supplements
HOUSTON -- The NFL players' union is setting up a program that encourages companies to put their nutritional supplements through rigorous testing to guarantee they're free of banned substances.

Kraft, Richardson know when to get out of the way
HOUSTON -- With the AFC championship game looming, Patriots owner Robert Kraft brought quarterback Tom Brady an enticing invitation: The first lady would like him to be her guest at President Bush's State of the Union address.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Where are the young country singers?

Ramblin' Rhodes: Where are the young country singers?
Can country music continue to grow in popularity when most of the vocalists on Billboard magazine's current Top 20 country albums and singles charts are older than 30?

Some films are resonant with orchestrated drama

NASA sets aside day to remember fallen astronauts
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- In a hopeful sign of cultural shift, NASA has set aside Thursday as a day to remember the Columbia, Challenger and Apollo dead and the tragic consequences of getting it wrong.

Film opens revealing window into black life, attitudes

Rankings for basic cable networks

'Big Brother' Germany to lock away contestants for a year
FRANKFURT, Germany -- The latest version of Germany's "Big Brother" will take the idea of the reality show to a new extreme, locking contestants away in a series of camera-filled houses for a full year, the production agency said Thursday.

Rankings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Jan. 19-25. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

Film opens revealing window into black life, attitudes
LOS ANGELES -- Ask scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. about the problems facing black Americans and how to fix them and the words pour out.

Golden Globes gets record-setting ratings for NBC

Golden Globes gets record-setting ratings for NBC
NEW YORK -- Hobbits and Hollywood stars were an irresistible combination as NBC drew a record-setting audience of 26.8 million people to the Golden Globes telecast Sunday night.

'Big Brother' Germany to lock away contestants for a year

Tony Randall recuperating from pneumonia, bypass surgery

Actress Robin Givens injures pedestrian in Miami

Actor sued by studios after alleged "screener" leaks

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Halle Berry 'just fine' after accident on 'Catwoman' set

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Bulldogs fail in the clutch
BATON ROUGE, La. - For the second time in a week, Georgia couldn't get the job done late.

Stephenson contingent could grow at Georgia
ATLANTA -- Camden County has kept coach Ron Gartrell's Stephenson High Jaguars out of the Class AAAAA semifinals the last two years.

Stephenson contingent could grow at Georgia

Some films are resonant with orchestrated drama
Be it Carmen or Crazy Train, every song, symphony or operatic aria began life as a few simple notes that a composer thought might sound good together.

No. 24 S. Carolina routs Vanderbilt

No. 24 S. Carolina routs Vanderbilt
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Coach Dave Odom drew up the final play. Kerbrell Brown made sure it worked perfectly for South Carolina.

Defibrillator spark sets patient's clothing on fire in ambulance

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Woman struck by three hit-and-run drivers