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.

Donald Trump working on new book

Cubs, rooftop businesses finalize agreement
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs finalized a deal to end their dispute with most of the owners of rooftop bleachers that overlook Wrigley Field.

Dodgers need to beef up offense
LOS ANGELES -- Frank McCourt has a lot to do now that baseball owners have unanimously approved his agreement to become owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Pacers turn flaw into strength
When he wanted to insert a relief pitcher in the game last year, Kenny Thomas cringed.

Dodgers need to beef up offense

Pacers turn flaw into strength

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.

Cell doors left open on Arkansas death row; guard fired
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The cells holding 26 death-row inmates sprang open for three minutes after a guard pressed the wrong button, a month after a prisoner was beaten to death during a similar mishap.

Odds and Ends
EAGAN, Minn. -- There's nothing fishy about the tale of Dory. Teacher Linda Krienke said a fire broke out on a desktop in her classroom around 1 a.m. Saturday, causing enough smoke to set off the alarm at Trinity Lone Oak Lutheran School. But when firefighters arrived, they found only glowing embers on the desk.

Man gets 8 1/2 years for killing and eating man
KASSEL, Germany -- A German was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 8 1/2 years in prison Friday for killing, dismembering and eating another man who allegedly agreed to the arrangement over the Internet.

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.

Gateway to buy PC maker
SAN DIEGO - Gateway Inc., hoping to reverse its sagging fortunes in the personal computer business, said Friday it would buy privately held eMachines Inc. in a deal valued at $235 million.

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

Pixar breaks off partnership with Disney
LOS ANGELES - The collapse of talks between Pixar Animation Studios and The Walt Disney Co. on a new deal pressures both companies to produce hit films at a time of growing competition among computer-animated filmmakers.

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.

New evidence postpones Martha Stewart trial

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.

Bush wraps up successful 2004 budget, readies '05 plan

Vendors turn out to take advantage of Futurity's success
There are all the horse-riding events, petting zoos, western ware and food fairs. And then there is the money it means to this town.

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.

Some milk producers stop shipping Parmalat products
NEWVILLE, Pa. -- Farmers Gordon and Amy Holl found another company to buy their milk after a payment arrived eight days late from Parmalat Dairy USA, a subsidiary of an Italian company engulfed in scandal that is operating under bankruptcy protection.

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.

Economy grows at a 4 percent rate
WASHINGTON -- The economy grew at a 4 percent annual rate in the final three months of 2003 - a slowdown from the red-hot performance of the prior quarter but still compelling evidence of a recovery in full motion at year's end.

GMAC reaches tentative settlement on race bias suit
DETROIT -- The financing arm of General Motors Corp. said Friday it has reached a tentative settlement with plaintiffs in a six-year-old class action lawsuit charging racial bias in lending policies.

Many watch 'the game' just for the ads

Some retailers withdraw 'Boys Are Stupid' merchandise

Some milk producers stop shipping Parmalat products

Tourism ads pitch Augusta to locals

Gateway to buy PC maker

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.

Pixar breaks off partnership with Disney

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.

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

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.

GMAC reaches tentative settlement on race bias suit

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.

Vendors turn out to take advantage of Futurity's success

American Express announces credit card alliance with MBNA

Economy grows at a 4 percent rate

Many watch 'the game' just for the ads
SUPER BOWL ADS: The Super Bowl continues to be about marketing as much as sport, according to people who say they watch the broadcast for more than football.

Business briefs
SAN RAMON, Calif. - ChevronTexaco Corp.'s fourth-quarter profit nearly doubled in 2003.

Munson, Mahony to do Clemson's baseball broadcasts
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson has hired Don Munson to do play-by-play for regular season baseball games.

Munson, Mahony to do Clemson's baseball broadcasts

Vols' 2004 schedule

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.

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

Vols finalize schedule by adding Louisiana Tech

Hornets sting Jackets

Duhon at top of his game for No. 1 Duke

Lady Jaguars look to snap losing streak

Pitino declines to say what's ailing him

S.C. battles tort suits
If the South Carolina House has anything to say about it, tort reform is coming to the state.

Brown's image

Not the smell of success
"This has happened for centuries, I'm sure. It is surprising to me. But kids are going to be kids, no matter how intelligent they are or how well brought up they are." - Paula Baker, principal of C.T. Walker Traditional Magnet School, following a series of bathroom pranks, including smearing feces on the walls and soap dispensers and soiling giant rolls of toilet paper. The odorous escapades on the third- and eighth-grade wings happened the same week the K-8 school was named a Georgia School of Excellence.

S.C. battles tort suits

Eroding confidence
The city of Augusta's Public Works Department is more than a day late and a dollar short in dealing with a ravine area off Windsor Spring Road in Hephzibah - it's months late and hundreds of thousands of dollars short.

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.

Not the smell of success

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.

Blair had it right

Eroding confidence

People in the News
PARIS -- Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens has put his acting career on hold to return to the saddle.

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.

Russell Crowe injured on set of 'Cinderella Man'
LOS ANGELES -- Russell Crowe dislocated his shoulder in Sydney, Australia, while training for a boxing scene in his upcoming film "Cinderella Man," Universal Pictures said Friday.

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

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.

U.N. gives rare approval for movie at New York headquarters
UNITED NATIONS -- In a rare move, U.N. officials gave approval for a film starring Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn to be shot at U.N. headquarters, spokeswoman Marie Okabe said Thursday.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Economic report sends stocks lower

Report: N.Y. grand jury looks at Strong's trading activities

Money funds fell in latest week

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.

Report: N.Y. grand jury looks at Strong's trading activities
NEW YORK -- A New York state grand jury is reportedly considering evidence against the founder and former chief executive of embattled mutual fund company Strong Financial Corp.

House combines bankruptcy bill with protections for farmers

Workers wages and benefits moderate in fourth quarter

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.

Telemarketers to identify themselves on Caller ID

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.

Dollar mixed, gold rises in Europe
LONDON -- The U.S. dollar was mixed against other major currencies in European trading Friday. Gold prices rose.

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.

Economic report sends stocks lower
NEW YORK -- Wall Street ended January on a down note Friday following disappointing gross domestic product figures. But stocks still eked out modest gains for the month, extending the market's 2003 run.

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.

Stocks finished mixed as Wall Street digests Fed statement

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.

Millions to exhaust unemployment benefits in poor hiring climate

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.

Dollar up, gold down in Europe

Dollar mixed, gold rises in Europe

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.

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

Fishing tournament results

World record nixed; Georgia bass still tops

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.

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.

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.

Niko's Athens eatery true to its Greek roots

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.

Zacks Lena runs away with crown
Jim Vangilder never doubted his mare. It was the rider he was concerned about.

Pistol aims straight in open division

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

McCloud takes top spot from ex-champs
A friendly rivalry has developed between Hope Mitchell and Mary Ann Rapp during the past three years.

Zacks Lena runs away with crown

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, Rice ride away with crown

Pistol, Rice ride away with crown
Chiquita Pistol fired her final bullet Friday night.

Woods makes move to lead
Guy Woods took advantage of his premium position in the Futurity Open second go-round Friday.

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

Yellow Jackets look to knock off another top-ranked team
ATLANTA -- For Georgia Tech, the coming-out party came at Madison Square Garden in late November.

Yellow Jackets look to knock off another top-ranked team

Mickelson is back in front of the pack

Mickelson is back in front of the pack
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Phil Mickelson stayed on pace to win back-to-back tournaments for the first time in his career, shooting 3-under-par 68 on Friday to take a one-shot lead in the FBR Open.

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.

Golf cart rules loosened by House

Prep basketball scores

More prep basketball scores

Strides made by Cross Creek

Doig suspended two games for kneeing Hurricanes' Adams
WASHINGTON -- Washington Capitals defenseman Jason Doig was suspended for two games without pay by the NHL on Friday for kneeing Carolina Hurricanes center Kevyn Adams.

Doig suspended two games for kneeing Hurricanes' Adams

Predators trying to woo fans back by winning

Penguins return Fleury to junior team

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.

Predators trying to woo fans back by winning
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Nashville Predators have their best record ever at this point in a season. Now if only they could get more people to notice.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Not surprised by Walker's bid

Christians must remember, their first loyalty is to Christ
I was thinking about the battles occurring throughout this country that try to get laws passed that are basically an assault on Christianity - laws like making it illegal to bring the Bible into a public school, pray in public schools, put the Ten Commandments on walls in public areas, speak publicly about protecting the unborn without a permit - the list goes on and on. Chris Williams, Evans, Ga.

Some letters belong in religion section
"Amen" to Bob Gutin's letter of Jan. 23, "Would better letters to editor raise level of discourse?" I am constantly amazed that you print letters that are so derogatory and poorly written. Joan Thompson, Augusta

Not surprised by Walker's bid
I was not really surprised to read that former state Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta, is attempting to acquire his old Senate seat back with, no less, the blessing of Lowell Greenbaum - the chairperson of the Richmond County Democratic Party. How dense and blind can anyone be not to see the writing on the wall? Chico Pineda, Augusta

Rivera jury: A model verdict for justice
The folks on the jury who gave Reinaldo Rivera the death sentence have done a great service for their fellow citizens. The appeal process will keep him in a cage for some years, which is where he should spend some time. As one who believes in life after death, I believe he will have to address his wasted life again in the court that really matters. Angelo Secreto, Grovetown, Ga.

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.

Christians must remember, their first loyalty is to Christ

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

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.

Rivera jury: A model verdict for justice

NASA expected to restore Spirit rover to full health

Scientists track SARS genetic adaptations during outbreak

Comcast targets Internet 'abusers' but won't reveal limits

Scientists create new form of matter under ultracold conditions

Study says sedentary lifestyle starts in toddlers

Asian countries step up measures to prevent spread of bird flu

Mars rover Opportunity to roll Saturday

WHO: countries should stockpile drugs in face of bird flu outbreak

8-million-year-old whale fossil surfaces along coast

Hubble Telescope's deep space view may not be dimming after all

Scientists estimate cancer risk from X-rays

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.

WHO: countries should stockpile drugs in face of bird flu outbreak
BANGKOK, Thailand -- Countries should consider stockpiling antiviral drugs in case the bird flu striking Asia's poultry becomes equally contagious among people, the World Health Organization said Friday.

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.

NASA expected to restore Spirit rover to full health
PASADENA, Calif. -- After being sidelined on Mars for a week with crippling computer problems, NASA's Spirit rover "will be perfect again" once key software repairs are made, the space agency says.

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.

8-million-year-old whale fossil surfaces along coast
SOLOMONS, Md. -- Days after Hurricane Isabel ravaged the cliffs lining St. Mary's River last year, Jeff DiMeglio and his girlfriend went scouring for shark teeth and found what DiMeglio, an experienced fossil hunter, recognized as the rib of a whale.

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.

Comcast targets Internet 'abusers' but won't reveal limits
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- By all accounts, George Nussbaum demands a lot from his Internet connection. He streams video and transfers large files from his office. His family downloads movie trailers and his stepson listens to and buys music online.

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.

Hubble Telescope's deep space view may not be dimming after all
BALTIMORE -- The clamor over a plan to abandon the Hubble Space Telescope - and along with it, the most striking images of the universe the world has ever seen - has been so loud that NASA's chief says the decision will be reviewed.

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.

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.

Debris from storm won't be picked up

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.

Democrats file ethics complaint against Perdue

Office takes second mug shot of singer

School endures pranks

Across the area

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.

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.

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.

Fight to keep bases begins

Freezing rain expected Sunday

Rants and raves
I WANT TO SAY that we've finally got to see what the Godfather of Soul really looks like without his wig.

Gay-rights advocates protest proposal

Brown seeks to nullify marriage
AIKEN - Singer James Brown has filed papers seeking annulment from his wife, Tomi Rae, claiming she never divorced from a previous marriage.

Brown seeks to nullify marriage

Differences don't hinder friendship
ATLANTA - In the cantankerous world of state politics, lawmakers often say they want "to work together for the people of Georgia."

Ice storm damages farmers' livelihood

FBI hunts man in church scam
ROME, Ga. - A man accused of bilking $9 million from churches and individuals in 41 states is considered a fugitive from the law, FBI agents said Friday.

House fire

County receives defense support
ATHENS, Ga. - A foundation responsible for funding former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's legal defense in a Ten Commandments case has pledged financial and legal support to Barrow County's fight against an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit.

Man says sheriff choked him

Deputy acted appropriately, report saysDeputy will not be prosecuted
A Richmond County deputy did not use excessive force last month by shooting a knife-wielding teenager, and the officer will not be prosecuted, District Attorney Danny Craig said Friday.

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.

Edwards courts Aiken
AIKEN - Presidential hopeful Sen. John Edwards, of North Carolina, made a powerful sales pitch to Aiken residents Friday about how he wants to give middle-class Americans tax breaks, raise teacher salaries and take Washington back from "insider" lobbyists.

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.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A $750,000 yacht stolen earlier this month from Charleston's City Marina has been found near Freeport in the Bahamas.

Deputy acted appropriately, report saysDeputy will not be prosecuted

Woman speaks against Brown
AIKEN - Kay Mixon isn't a James Brown fan.

Augusta to receive federal housing grant

Lakeside Middle School pupils send valentines to pen pals
Lakeside Middle School seventh-grader Poorvi Chhabra may have a new sweetheart, but it is unlikely she will ever meet him.

Lakeside Middle School pupils send valentines to pen pals

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Southbound lanes of Interstate 285 between Bankhead Highway and the Interstate 20 westbound exit ramp were closed for two hours Friday after two trucks collided.

Across the area

Deputies to get overtime pay
While some businesses closed and schools let out during this week's ice storm, police and firefighters were all over town dealing with traffic, fires and other emergencies.

Single car crash kills one near Aiken

Jenkins sheriff faces assault charges
MILLEN, Ga.- The accusation by a Jenkins County man that Sheriff Bobby Womack assaulted him isn't the first time the sheriff's actions have been called into question.

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.

Carter blasts evolution removal
ATLANTA - Former President Carter on Friday called a push to remove the word "evolution" from Georgia's school curriculum an embarrassment, saying it exposes the state to nationwide ridicule.

4-year-old dies in Cobb County house fire

News you can use
ANTIQUES SHOW: The Antiques in the Heart of Aiken Show and Sale will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. S.W. Admission costs $6 for the entire weekend. For more information, call 641-9094.

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.

Cardiac program gets boost
Guy Reed and Kevin Landolfo are about to give the heart program at the Medical College of Georgia a serious jolt.

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.

Official doubts wrongdoing in YDC bid
The Juvenile Justice official who was in charge of the department during the bidding for the Augusta YDC contract said he does not think the process was corrupted, as current operator Unique Solutions has alleged.

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.

Across the area
An Aiken woman died after being trapped in her burning car after a crash late Thursday, but not before seeing her young daughter to safety, authorities said.<

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.

Family is posted on eBay
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. - What if, contrary to popular thought, you could pick your family - for a price?

Airport names its new leader

Debris from storm won't be picked up
Unlike their neighbors in Richmond County, Columbia County residents cannot put their tree limbs and debris left from Monday's ice storm on the curb for county crews to pick up.

FBI hunts man in church scam

Gay-rights advocates protest proposal
ATLANTA - Hundreds of gay-rights supporters swarmed the Capitol on Friday to fight a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

Minibottle law change runs into filibuster

Fight to keep bases begins
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Thousands of jobs and millions of dollars are at stake as South Carolina defends its military bases in a new round of base closings.

Carter blasts evolution removal

Augusta to receive federal housing grant
A down payment assistance act signed into law late last year will bring more than $150,000 in federal housing grants to the Augusta area, officials with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said Friday while they were in town to tour redevelopment projects.

Woman speaks against Brown

Gay-rights advocates protest proposal
ATLANTA - Hundreds of gay-rights supporters swarmed the Capitol on Friday to fight a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

Edwards courts Aiken

Lawyer to take post of judge
Though his official election is still at least a week away, Bamberg attorney Jack Early, for all practical purposes, was named as Aiken County's newest circuit court judge this week.

Kid of the day

Authorities say fire was arson
COLUMBIA - Investigators say someone intentionally set a fire that killed six people and injured 12 others at a Greenville motel last weekend.

Family is posted on eBay

Pupils suffer from less one-on-one time
TRENTON, S.C. - Guidance counselor Gay Mullinax has less time to spend with students and their problems than she did two years ago. She is overloaded with 700 pupils reeling with boy and girl troubles, poor grades and dysfunctional families. Mrs. Mullinax splits her time between Douglas and Johnston elementary schools, making it harder for her to build relationships with pupils and easier for pupils to hide their problems.

Gay-rights advocates protest proposal

Pupils suffer from less one-on-one time

Official doubts wrongdoing in YDC bid

County receives defense support

Clyburn lends voice to Kerry

Jenkins sheriff faces assault charges

Five students charged with hacking school computers

Cardiac program gets boost

Evolution change just a suggestion, Cox says

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.

Mental health report finds states lacking

Bill would require picture of convicts

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.

Singer returns to home after declaring his love

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.

Students to band together to fight tuition increases

DMV introduces new initiatives

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Wesley Scott Miller, 6, of Evans.

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.

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

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.

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.

Kuhlke's appointment called political

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.

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.

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

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.

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."

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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."

Grant values Josey experience
"When the dream is big enough, the facts don't count. It's destiny. I would always want Deon on my team because he'll always find a way to win championships."

Augusta's Grant keeps in touch with his roots
Go to any Super Bowl and talk to enough players about their lives, and you'll inevitably hear the escape story.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Tuesday.

At the Movies: 'The Perfect Score'

Mini reviews

Guess who will win the battle for the Oscars

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: 'The Big Bounce'

At the Movies: 'You Got Served'

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

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 Big Bounce'
Owen Wilson usually makes any movie better, simply by showing up and being Owen Wilson.

'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.

Drivers believe one series better than two

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

NASA sets aside day to remember fallen astronauts

Workers remember colleagues killed in shuttle disaster

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

Rolling Cavs dare to talk playoffs

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.

Pollin comments on Leonsis, Laettner, state of Wizards

Bryant placed on injured list because of cut on right index finger
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Lakers star Kobe Bryant was placed on the injured list Friday because of a severe cut on his right index finger that will keep him out of action for at least a week.

Hornets sting Jackets
This is the game Aiken had been daydreaming about all season.

Lady Jaguars look to snap losing streak
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Pitino declines to say what's ailing him
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Rick Pitino wouldn't say what caused him to take a two-day medical leave, but the Louisville coach said Friday that there was nothing seriously wrong with him.

Duhon at top of his game for No. 1 Duke
DURHAM, N.C. -- There were times last season when Chris Duhon wanted to skip practice and basketball had stopped being fun.

Law's third Super Bowl could be his Patriots farewell

Jagodzinski hired as Falcons tight end coach

Issues discussed by NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue

Union finds system to check supplements

Coaches keep it brief in final media session

Panthers inspired, humbled by cancer fight

Roland selected as running back coach

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

Commissioner warns of stronger discipline for stunts

Jets hire Graber as defensive backs coach

Elway, Sanders lead Hall of Fame contenders

Deacon Joe Boyd    (DEARING, Ga.)
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Profile obiturary: Mr. John Gabriel
John Gabriel was a warm-hearted man with a big heart, said Eileen Gabriel, his wife of 36 years.

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Mrs. Helen Thompson (BARNWELL, S.C.)

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Mr. Moses Mathis (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

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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.

Australia clinches Olympic soccer berth
AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- Australia's men's soccer team earned a spot in the Athens Olympics following a 1-1 tie with New Zealand in the second leg of their qualifying series Friday.

Iraq elects new Olympic committee

It isn't smart to speed through McIntosh
Here is some free advice you may find useful. If you a) believe in God, b) have a tendency to ignore posted speed limits and c) get stopped for speeding in McIntosh County by Lt. Kenny Williams, don't bother praying for a miracle, like talking your way out of a ticket.

It isn't smart to speed through McIntosh
Here is some free advice you may find useful. If you a) believe in God, b) have a tendency to ignore posted speed limits and c) get stopped for speeding in McIntosh County by Lt. Kenny Williams, don't bother praying for a miracle, like talking your way out of a ticket.

Overtime

Friends and compatriots play again in Grand Slam final

Federer climbs to top of world

Personal-best time comes up just short

Rueda hired as Colombia coach

Former boxing champ sentenced to 24 years on drug charges
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. -- Former middleweight champion Michael Nunn was sentenced Friday to more than 24 years in prison for buying two pounds of cocaine from an undercover agent more than a year ago.

Federer climbs to top of world
MELBOURNE, Australia - Roger Federer picks his spots to celebrate, and surely this was one of them.

Rueda hired as Colombia coach
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Reinaldo Rueda was promoted Friday to coach of Colombia's national soccer team after leading the Under-20 squad to third place at last month's FIFA World Youth Championship.

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.

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

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.

More prep basketball scores
More area prep basketball scores for Friday night.

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 score for Friday night.

Issues discussed by NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue
HOUSTON -- Issues discussed by commissioner Paul Tagliabue during his state of the NFL address Friday:

Law's third Super Bowl could be his Patriots farewell
HOUSTON -- The Patriots went to the Super Bowl in 1997 and came back without coach Bill Parcells. After their 2002 appearance, Drew Bledsoe made it back to New England but never played another game for the team.

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.

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.

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.

Commissioner warns of stronger discipline for stunts
HOUSTON -- Paul Tagliabue has a powerful message for NFL players when they get to the end zone: Stash that cell phone.

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.

Jets hire Graber as defensive backs coach
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- The New York Jets hired Doug Graber as defensive backs coach Friday.

Coaches keep it brief in final media session
HOUSTON -- Bill Belichick had no time to think about his place in NFL history. John Fox couldn't wait to get out of the room, his final pre-Super Bowl session with the media.

Roland selected as running back coach
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers hired Johnny Roland as running backs coach Friday.

Elway, Sanders lead Hall of Fame contenders
HOUSTON -- John Elway headed into retirement with two straight championships and plenty of well wishers. Barry Sanders left the game with no titles and lots of questions.

Jenkins' son won't attend Super Bowl
HOUSTON - Efforts to bring the 2-year-old son of Panthers defensive lineman Kris Jenkins to Houston for the Super Bowl broke down Friday.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Where are the young country singers?

Jews, Christians plan campaign to counter Jesus film
Jews and Christians who fear Mel Gibson's epic on the crucifixion of Jesus will fuel anti-Semitism are planning lecture series, interfaith talks and other programs to try to mute the film's impact.

Our Redeemer to dedicate sanctuary
The 115-year-old church building at 557 Greene St. was once home to a group of Lutherans who preferred to worship in English rather than German and so formed their own congregation.

Conference to feature missionary from Africa
Esaho Kipuke's English has a slight French accent. Though he knows both French and English, he is fluent in five other languages from his native Democratic Republic of Congo, the former Zaire.

Religion News in Brief
NEW YORK -- A "state of the church" message from Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold advocated tolerating diverse beliefs among Episcopalians on questions relating to homosexuality. It also ignored a challenge to the denomination's leadership.

Faith digest
The Hot Wheels and Rolling Thunder wheelchair basketball players will compete at 2 p.m. today and Saturdays from Feb. 14 through March 6 at Warren Baptist Church's Family Life Center, 3203 Washington Road.

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send items to virginia.norton@augustachronicle.com. Send a fax to 722-7403, or mail to Faith Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

God can help us to focus on better things in life
Being able to accept the good with the bad is part of the rhythm of life.

French Cabinet adopts bill banning Muslim head scarves in public schools
PARIS -- French Cabinet ministers on Wednesday adopted a bill to ban conspicuous religious symbols in public schools - the first step to outlawing Islamic head scarves in the classroom.

Medical clinic ministers to needy
Since Faith Care Clinic started operating after hours at Doctors Hospital Surgery Center in Evans in late 2002, there's been no shortage of patients.

Pope decries violence against children, toll of AIDS
VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II said Thursday that "little ones" must be protected from violence perpetrated by adults, including sexual abuse, forced military service and exploitation for organ trafficking.

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?

Augusta's Grant keeps in touch with his roots

Grant values Josey experience

Some films are resonant with orchestrated drama

Workers remember colleagues killed in shuttle disaster
HOUSTON -- Johnson Space Center workers wiped away tears during an emotional tribute Friday to the seven astronauts who died a year ago during the space shuttle Columbia's final mission.

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.

'Alias' star Jennifer Garner to present sci-tech Oscars

Rankings for basic cable networks

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.

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

'Alias' star Jennifer Garner to present sci-tech Oscars
LOS ANGELES -- "Alias" star Jennifer Garner is no stranger to sci-fi gadgets, gizmos and inventions, but now the actress will honor real-life Hollywood techies who create state-of-the-art moviemaking devices.

'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.

Tony Randall recuperating from pneumonia, bypass surgery

Applause calendar

Concert calendar

Actress Robin Givens injures pedestrian in Miami

Club calendar

Russell Crowe injured on set of 'Cinderella Man'

People in the News

People in the News

Video watch

Video best

Actor sued by studios after alleged "screener" leaks

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.

Coaches in Gridiron Classic balancing all-star roles, recruiting

Coaches in Gridiron Classic balancing all-star roles, recruiting
LADY LAKE, Fla. -- Mark Richt wanted to have his recruiting class wrapped up before he headed to central Florida to coach in the final collegiate all-star game of the season.

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.

SEC suspends Balkman, Smith for fight
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina coach Dave Odom said Friday he disagrees with the Southeastern Conference's decision to suspend Renaldo Balkman, but he said he will abide by it.

SEC suspends Balkman, Smith for fight

Odds and Ends

Woman struck by three hit-and-run drivers

Man gets 8 1/2 years for killing and eating man

Faith Calendar

Pope decries violence against children, toll of AIDS

Our Redeemer to dedicate sanctuary

Conference to feature missionary from Africa

Religion News in Brief

Medical clinic ministers to needy

Jews, Christians plan campaign to counter Jesus film