Book details conditions on Soviet subs
In the early days of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union managed to restrain themselves from using their newly acquired nuclear weapons despite the climate of mutual suspicion and mistrust. They continued to develop their military, naval, air and missile hardware, though, in the event there was another war.

The Garden State? Hardly. It's just plain weird

Tale of Iranian coup still relevant today
History is filled with the unintended consequences of actions worse than the conditions the acts were meant to eliminate, and perhaps nothing in the past 50 years of U.S. foreign policy demonstrates that more than the 1953 coup that ousted Iran's prime minister, Mohammed Mossadegh.

Fresh generational saga bucks the trends

The Garden State? Hardly. It's just plain weird
GROVERS MILL, N.J. -- Let's face it, America. New Jersey is one weird state.

Tale of Iranian coup still relevant today

Fresh generational saga bucks the trends
Tessa Hadley has written gorgeous contradictions and harmonious and inharmonious interactions into a warm novel that follows the contours of four generations of a family and, in the end, shows us ourselves.

Book details conditions on Soviet subs

Q&A with best-selling crime novelist Elmore Leonard
DETROIT -- Elmore Leonard's best-selling crime novels are famous for cool characters and plots that feature twists and turns.

Q&A with best-selling crime novelist Elmore Leonard

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

Arts calendar

'Zero Game' adds paranoia to thrills
There are a few good thrillers in which the writer has borrowed a technique used by whodunit novelists to mislead the reader. Notable among them are The Red Right Hand by Joel Townsley Rogers, and Ira Levin's A Kiss Before Dying.

'Zero Game' adds paranoia to thrills

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

USC Aiken drops season opener
AIKEN - You only get to open a new stadium once. Unfortunately it did not go the way USC Aiken planned Saturday, as Carson-Newman defeated the Pacers 5-1 in the inaugural contest at Roberto Hernandez Stadium.

Pacers turn flaw into strength

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.

USC Aiken drops season opener

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

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.

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.

On the move
James Hatch has joined Shapiro Packing Co. as the general manager. Mr. Hatch, who has more than 30 years of experience in the beef industry, earned a master's degree in business administration from Eastern New Mexico University. Interim General Manager Alan Glueck will remain at Shapiro as a consultant for the next few months to assist Mr. Hatch during the transition.

Urban fashion trend makes you look like winner
When Dee Anthony steps out to have fun with his favorite girl, don't expect him to be decked-out in a three-piece suit, Stetson hat or alligator shoes that might have been worn by fellows his age a couple of generations ago.

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.

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.

Business briefs
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT SOLVAY ADVANCED POLYMERS LLC HEADQUARTERS: Alpharetta, Ga.

Some milk producers stop shipping Parmalat products

Becoming successful takes time, dedication and hard work

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.

Becoming successful takes time, dedication and hard work
After returning from military service in South Korea, Sue Henderson wanted a break from teaching elementary school.

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.

We can be strengthened by honest assessment
The warrior took a step backward, stumbled and almost fell. He grimly reflected that if he had fallen, the fight would have been instantaneously over.

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.

Business calendar
Thursday: Retirement planning; free course on ways to save money while providing the best plan for you and your company; University of Georgia Small Business Development Center, 1054 Claussen Road, Suite 301; 6:30-8:30 p.m.; pre-registration required; 737-1790.

Business calendar

We can be strengthened by honest assessment

On the move

Many watch 'the game' just for the ads

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

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.

IRS looking to do more audits
NEW YORK -- A restructuring announced by the Internal Revenue Service recently could mean that more small businesses see audits of their income tax returns.

Business briefs

Urban fashion trend makes you look like winner

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.

GMAC reaches tentative settlement on race bias suit

Pixar breaks off partnership with Disney

Vendors turn out to take advantage of Futurity's success

Economy grows at a 4 percent rate

Gateway to buy PC maker

Cheek avoids meetings after arrest

Cheek avoids meetings after arrest
After having his mug shot plastered across the top of the Tuesday edition of The Augusta Chronicle Metro section, Commissioner Andy Cheek was conspicuously missing from the day's scheduled committee meetings.

Munson, Mahony to do Clemson's baseball broadcasts

Clemson's historic day from long range upsets Tar Heels

Clemson's historic day from long range upsets Tar Heels
CLEMSON, S.C. - Although Clemson entered Saturday's game shooting just 23.4 percent from the three-point line in Atlantic Coast Conference games, Tigers coach Oliver Purnell was a patient man.

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.

Lady Jaguars look to snap losing streak

Pitino declines to say what's ailing him

Hornets sting Jackets

Augusta St. finally downs Columbus St.

SEC roundup

Duhon at top of his game for No. 1 Duke

Top 25 roundup

Lester gave us his all

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

Unintelligent designs

Unintelligent designs
State school Superintendent Kathy Cox wants to ban the word "evolution" from the Georgia science curriculum. She wants to replace it with "biological changes over time."

S.C. battles tort suits

Eroding confidence

Not the smell of success

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.

Lester gave us his all
It is only the cruel vagaries of politics that has brought an end to the 29-year career of a fine public servant, Jimmy Lester. The 72-year-old Augustan has served with distinction and proficiency - 14 years as a Democratic state senator and since 1989 as a State Transportation Board member.

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

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.

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

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.

Economic report sends stocks lower

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.

Dollar mixed, gold rises in Europe

Wall Street's mood swings over Fed statement

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

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.

Wall Street's mood swings over Fed statement
NEW YORK -- To the untrained eye, it looked like good news: The Federal Reserve offered an upbeat assessment of the job market and left a key short-term interest rate at a historic low, saying it could afford to "be patient" with its policy.

Help's coming for 401(k)s

Help's coming for 401(k)s
NEW YORK -- Help is on the way for workers who find it difficult to manage their 401(k) retirement accounts.

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

Cutter comes up big in finals

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

Cutter comes up big in finals
Clint Allen listened to the horror stories about the Augusta Futurity before finally making his first visit this year.

Long trip pays off for cutter
Mark Pearson came to Augusta mainly because of the Western Horseman Cup finals. He'll be leaving the town with a different title.

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

Pistol, Rice ride away with crown

Zacks Lena runs away with crown

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

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

Long trip pays off for cutter

Georgia Southern 82, Chattanooga 74
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Frank Bennett scored 26 points as Georgia Southern defeated Chattanooga 82-74 Saturday night for the Eagles' 12th straight victory.

Georgia Tech football notebook
ATLANTA -- As Georgia Tech awaits word on its final few targets to complete its recruiting class, the Yellow Jackets have done a good bit of work in the state of Georgia.

Blue Devils find a way to beat Jackets in final minutes
ATLANTA - Try as they might, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets just can't get past Duke.

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.

Blue Devils find a way to beat Jackets in final minutes

Yellow Jackets look to knock off another top-ranked team

Georgia Tech football notebook

DiMarco, Kaye share third-round lead in Phoenix
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- No one ran away from the pack in the FBR Open, so Chris DiMarco saw room at the top for himself.

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.

Bjorn leads by one stroke in Thailand
BANGKOK, Thailand -- Denmark's Thomas Bjorn shot a 2-under-par 70 Saturday for a one-stroke lead over Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez after three rounds of the Johnnie Walker Classic.

Bjorn leads by one stroke in Thailand

DiMarco, Kaye share third-round lead in Phoenix

Prep basketball scores

More prep basketball scores

Satcher considers what could have been
If Brandon Satcher had transferred from Westside to North Augusta before his junior season, he'd likely be a blue-chip recruiting prospect with his choice of major Division I schools.

Doig suspended two games for kneeing Hurricanes' Adams

Predators trying to woo fans back by winning

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.

Lightning shock Thrashers
TAMPA, Fla. -- Fredrik Modin had two goals and an assist to help the Southeast Division-leading Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Atlanta Thrashers 5-2 on Saturday night.

Lightning shock Thrashers

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.

Child-rearing advice from a 10-year expert
This weekend I pass the decade mark of parenting. I have reached this milestone without yet involving lawyers, insurance adjusters or a Hazmat team.

Writer pretends to defend women's rights
How dare James Epps pretend to be the defender of women's rights in his Jan. 29 letter promoting abortion ("Renews belief that reproductive freedom is paramount"). Until he himself gives birth to a human being with a body, soul and spirit, he should plead ignorance. Kathryn Lehn, Martinez, Ga.

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

Thanks Georgia Power for job well-done

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.

Christians must remember, their first loyalty is to Christ

Outsourcing federal jobs could reduce deficit
It has become apparent to me in all the recent campaign babble that the loss of millions of jobs to communist China last year alone is of little concern to the presidential candidates. Glenn A. Battle, Blythe, Ga.

Not surprised by Walker's bid

Thanks Georgia Power for job well-done
My wife and I want to express our thanks to all utility Georgia Power Co. employees for their great work during the ice storm. The Rev. William Pierce Norman, Appling, Ga.

Rivera jury: A model verdict for justice

Outsourcing federal jobs could reduce deficit

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.

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

Civil War tourism gives way to civil rights tourism in Alabama

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

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

Large family finds perfect fit in Evans home

A Caribbean island with an exotic nightlife - under water

Guns, rafts, cell phones are among the items left behind

Tourists flock to Georgia to see flocks of vultures

Demand for maintenance-free living grows among baby boomers

NASA expected to restore Spirit rover to full health

Keep knife blade down for safety

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

Glades new trail of choice on New England slopes

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

Keep knife blade down for safety
Dear Carson: My ex-wife and I had a running debate on the position of a knife blade, either when pausing during a meal or when finished. I maintained that a knife blade was down and she argued that the knife blade was positioned up. Which one of us was correct? - Blade Bother

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.

Home front
So, you just played host to a massive dinner party and used the fine china. Now, do you have to wash up the china by hand?

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.

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.

G-8 planners also planning G-8 museum
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- The G-8 Summit on Georgia's coast is still more than four months away, but there already are plans for a place to commemorate the event.

Guns, rafts, cell phones are among the items left behind
In drawers and closets, on shelves and from hangers, behind locked doors and in scattered piles, lost goods wait to be found.

A Caribbean island with an exotic nightlife - under water
KRALENDIJK, Bonaire -- "He's silver, he's long, he's big and he's quite ugly." After watching more than one snorkeler flee the water screaming "Shark!," guide Dedrie Pedersen now routinely advises clients, before they jump in, of a menacing giant that could cross their path.

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.

Civil War tourism gives way to civil rights tourism in Alabama
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- In Montgomery, Jefferson Davis Avenue crosses Rosa Parks Avenue, creating an appropriate intersection for a place that used to rely on Civil War tourism but that now draws visitors to a growing number of civil rights attractions.

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.

Large family finds perfect fit in Evans home
When it came time to buy a house, Angela McElroy-Magruder and husband, Jeff, weren't necessarily looking for beautiful, they were looking for big.

Glades new trail of choice on New England slopes
CONCORD, N.H. -- For Jim Coury, the excitement of glade skiing is "the jumps and bumps and stumps." And there's the beauty, the feeling of adventure - and the powder. For others, it's the cool thing to do.

In the know
Macy's will "Go Red for Women" as part of its three-year, $4.5 million commitment to the American Heart Association to help fight heart disease in women.

Tourists flock to Georgia to see flocks of vultures
ADEL, Ga. -- Vultures, thousands of them, pack the limbs of the pine and cypress trees at Reed Bingham State Park, their menacing beaks and shiny black feathers forming one of the nation's eeriest natural spectacles.

Demand for maintenance-free living grows among baby boomers
NEW YORK -- When Deborah and Thomas Turcol decided to leave San Diego after 15 years, they bought the kind of house they had always dreamed of, with open floors, gorgeous views - and no backyard to care for.

Titans hand Lynx 5th straight loss

Titans hand Lynx 5th straight loss
Mathieu Brunelle scored five goals and recorded six points as Trenton beat Augusta 8-5, sending the Lynx to their fifth straight loss.

Fight to keep bases begins

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.

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.

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.

Event puts spotlight on mentors

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.

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.

Event puts spotlight on mentors
District Attorney Danny Craig laid it on the line for about 100 children at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Augusta on Saturday morning.

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.

Fort Discovery threat persists
At about this time last year, as the state's economy was reeling from recession and budget-cutting in the Georgia General Assembly, Augusta's Fort Discovery and National Science Center were in the scopes.

Jenkins sheriff faces assault charges

News you can use
The Augusta Museum of History's Brown Bag History Series for February will feature Dr. Albert C. Goodyear, who will discuss the Topper Site: An Ice-Age Human Occupation of the Savannah River. The session will begin at noon Wednesday. Call 722-8454 to make a reservation.

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

Rescue group offers lesson in horse care

Family is posted on eBay

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.

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.

Savannah has summit jitters
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Gary Hall has Valentine hearts displayed in the windows of his downtown cafe, but he's already planning to buy plywood to cover them come June - and not because of hurricane season.

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.

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.

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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."

Gay-rights advocates protest proposal

FBI hunts man in church scam

Race for votes starts in the South

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.

Deputy acted appropriately, report saysDeputy will not be prosecuted

Across Georgia

Official doubts wrongdoing in YDC bid

Gay-rights advocates protest proposal

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.

Rescue group offers lesson in horse care
AIKEN - Knowing how to keep a horse healthy and happy seems like a given in this equine town, but last week's ice storm underscored how much care the animals need and how quickly their health can be endangered.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Fewer fish die through turbine
Fish kills associated with Russell Dam's reversible hydropower turbines have been well below projections since a court order banning operation of the units was lifted in June 2002.

Middle school pupils read to children
Frantayonna McKinney reached under the stack of brightly colored books and pulled out Dr. Seuss' Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!

Edwards courts Aiken

Augusta to receive federal housing grant

Across the area

Fewer fish die through turbine

School districts miss test goals

Fort Discovery threat persists

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

Pupils suffer from less one-on-one time

News you can use

Debris from storm won't be picked up

Staffers downplay idea of Kerry sweep

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.

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.

Sanford plans restructuring

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.

Rescue group offers lesson in horse care

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.

Kid of the day
Today's Kid of the Day is Brandon N. Etzel of Appling

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.

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.

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.

Sanford plans restructuring
AIKEN - Gov. Mark Sanford's push to restructure state government might create clearer lines of communication, but some critics warn that it might not deliver taxpayer savings as promised.

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.

Across the area
Police have faulted a pedestrian who was involved in a serious accident with a motorcyclist Wednesday night, Richmond County Sheriff's Office records show.

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.

Across South Carolina
CATAWBA - A Catawba man died Friday after driving into the path of a tractor-trailer while being chased by police, authorities said.

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

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.<

Kid of the day

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.

Woman speaks against Brown

Carter blasts evolution removal

Across the area

Across Georgia
Three brothers face civil rights charges

Brown seeks to nullify marriage

County receives defense support

Cardiac program gets boost

School districts miss test goals
ATLANTA - Nearly all of Georgia's 180 school districts failed to meet the state's testing goals last school year, according to the first list detailing districtwide performance as required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Lakeside Middle School pupils send valentines to pen pals

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.

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."

Duke's shots heard 'round the world
ATLANTA - How far-reaching is Duke's aura?

Workers remember colleagues killed in shuttle disaster

Hawks survive Bucks' rally

Hawks survive Bucks' rally
ATLANTA -- Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 21 points, Jason Terry added 19 and the Atlanta Hawks held off the Milwaukee Bucks 93-83 Saturday night.

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.

SEC roundup
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Dan Cage hit a 3-pointer with 2:18 left that gave Vanderbilt the lead for good, and the Commodores held on to upset fifth-ranked Kentucky 66-60 Saturday.

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

Augusta St. finally downs Columbus St.
Brandi Hollingsworth and the Augusta State women's basketball team finally found a way to beat Columbus State.

Lady Jaguars look to snap losing streak
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Steve Novak made eight 3-pointers and scored a career-high 30 points, and Marquette beat Louisville 77-70 on Saturday in Rick Pitino's first game back with the Cardinals following a two-day medical leave.

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.

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.

Law's third Super Bowl could be his Patriots farewell

Coaches keep it brief in final media session

Elway, Sanders elected to Hall of Fame

Jets hire Graber as defensive backs coach

Vegas hotels cancel Super Bowl parties after NFL threatens legal action

How did Fox lift Panthers to Super Bowl? 'It is what it is'

Commissioner warns of stronger discipline for stunts

U.S. soldiers in Iraq gear up for Super Bowl

Roland selected as running back coach

Elway, Sanders praised for incomparable skill

Issues discussed by NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue

Chess game vs. Smashmouth in the Super Bowl

Elway, Sanders lead Hall of Fame contenders

Carolina owner delivers pregame talk

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Olympic rivals training together in Florida Keys
PLANTATION KEY, Fla. -- The scene resembles what awaits them this summer in Athens.

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.

Olympic rivals training together in Florida Keys

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.

Henin-Hardenne nears a career Grand Slam

Federer wins Australian Open

Area sports announcments

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Rueda hired as Colombia coach

Federer climbs to top of world

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.

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

Henin-Hardenne nears a career Grand Slam
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Justine Henin-Hardenne needs one more title for a career Grand Slam, with Wimbledon the elusive major.

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

Federer wins Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Roger Federer won his second Grand Slam title and solidified his No. 1 ranking Sunday, beating Marat Safin 7-6 (3), 6-4, 6-2 in the Australian Open.

Overtime
A total of 185 former athletes who experienced health problems caused by the systematic doping system in former East Germany have qualified for payments from a compensation fund.

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.

Outdoors calendar
Thursday: A meeting for students in grades 7-12 who are interested in forming a Clay Pigeon Target Program will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. The event would be sponsored by the University of Georgia and local 4-H programs. Call 868-3413 for details.

Outdoors calendar

Teen lands largemouth
Jessie Burch, 14, was fishing with his father, Sammy Burch, in early January, when this 10-pound, 8-ounce largemouth surprised him just before dark. Jessie managed to bring the fish to shore, where his father lifted it from the water just as the line snapped. Jessie was using a Zoom trick worm and was fishing in a private pond. To view other fishing and hunting photos, please visit our online Sportsmen's Scrapbook at www.augustachronicle.com/sports/outdoors/ and click on "sportsman's scrapbook." To submit photos, mail to: Rob Pavey, Outdoors Editor, Augusta Chronicle, 4272 Washington Road, Suite 3-B, or e-mail to rob.pavey@augustachronicle.com.

Fisheries boost trout population
LAKE BURTON, Ga. - Anyone who has coaxed a trout from north Georgia's mountain streams probably owes a debt to Mark Lancaster and his colleagues.

Race for votes starts in the South
AIKEN - A shuffling of front-runners gunning for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination has rearranged some campaign strategies and shifted the importance of South Carolina's first-in-the-South primary Tuesday.

Staffers downplay idea of Kerry sweep
WASHINGTON - John Kerry looks tough to beat in five Democratic presidential contests Tuesday, party strategists say, with dreams of a decisive sweep hinging on two states - South Carolina and Oklahoma.

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

Prep basketball scores
Area prep basketball score for Friday night.

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.

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.

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

Chess game vs. Smashmouth in the Super Bowl
HOUSTON -- If the Carolina Panthers win the Super Bowl, it will be with power. If the New England Patriots win, it will be with finesse, deception, intimidation and experience.

Elway, Sanders elected to Hall of Fame
HOUSTON -- The stirring comeback and spectacular escape were unnecessary this time around. John Elway and Barry Sanders were elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame without a sweat.

It doesn't take a Montana to win a Super Bowl
HOUSTON -- Starr. Staubach. Bradshaw. Montana. Elway. Favre. The Super Bowl is the place where the game's great quarterbacks go to get rings and form legacies.

Snoop Dogg among those at New England walkthrough
HOUSTON -- Rapper Snoop Dogg was on hand as the New England Patriots went through a brief walkthrough practice at Reliant Stadium on Saturday.

How did Fox lift Panthers to Super Bowl? 'It is what it is'
HOUSTON -- When John Fox became coach of the Carolina Panthers, one of the first things he did was post John Wooden's Pyramid of Success in the weight room and on a hallway near the team meeting room.

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

Vegas hotels cancel Super Bowl parties after NFL threatens legal action
LAS VEGAS -- Some of Las Vegas' biggest hotel-casinos are canceling Super Bowl parties and making refunds to thousands of guests after the NFL threatened legal action against those broadcasting the title game on big-screen TVs.

Carolina owner delivers pregame talk
HOUSTON -- Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson was coach John Fox's choice to talk to the team during its pre-Super Bowl walkthrough practice at Reliant Stadium on Saturday.

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.

Elway, Sanders praised for incomparable skill
HOUSTON -- Anyone who tried to rattle John Elway or tackle Barry Sanders always knew what kind of player they were up against. Their election Saturday to the Pro Football Hall of Fame was a mere formality.

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.

Super Bowl notebook
HOUSTON -- John Elway and Carl Eller, selected for the NFL Hall of Fame on Saturday, each played 16 seasons in the NFL.

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.

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

U.S. soldiers in Iraq gear up for Super Bowl
TIKRIT, Iraq -- The Super Bowl parties for U.S. troops in Iraq will start hours before dawn, and there won't be any beer. But at least in Tikrit, soldiers have a lavish venue: They'll be watching a cinema-sized screen in a former palace of Saddam Hussein.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fisheries boost trout population

Augusta's Grant keeps in touch with his roots

Grant values Josey experience

Duke's shots heard 'round the world

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.

'Survivor: All-Stars' brings back 18 alumni

'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.

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

'Survivor: All-Stars' brings back 18 alumni
NEW YORK -- How will "Survivor: All-Stars" differ from bygone "Survivor" series? Just ask Jeff Probst, host of this CBS back-to-nature game show, who got a clue early on.

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Russell Crowe injured on set of 'Cinderella Man'

Georgia runs over Arkansas
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia shot a season-best 53 percent from the field Saturday and proved hitting shots will win basketball games in beating Arkansas 71-50 at Stegeman Coliseum.

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.

UGA football notebook

Georgia runs over Arkansas

Coaches in Gridiron Classic balancing all-star roles, recruiting

UGA football notebook
The pressure on highly recruited college football prospects can boil over in the weeks leading up to national signing day.

SEC suspends Balkman, Smith for fight

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.

Ole Miss tops South Carolina
OXFORD, Miss. -- South Carolina entered its game against Mississippi with one of the top defenses in the Southeastern Conference.

Ole Miss tops South Carolina

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

Odds and Ends

Faith Calendar

Pope decries violence against children, toll of AIDS

Jews, Christians plan campaign to counter Jesus film

Religion News in Brief

Medical clinic ministers to needy

Conference to feature missionary from Africa

Our Redeemer to dedicate sanctuary