Museum exhibit encourages hands-on experience with science
NEW YORK -- "You can't hit me! ... You missed!" "Let's go get dizzy!" Normally, parents don't want to hear children saying that sort of thing in a museum.

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.

Q&A with best-selling crime novelist Elmore Leonard

Wenham Museum features pirate exhibit

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.

Nevada Art Museum offers challenge of modern imagery

Tale of Iranian coup still relevant today

Tim Robbins brings a satire on the Iraq conflict to the Public Theater

'Zero Game' adds paranoia to thrills

Savannah still in spotlight a decade after 'Good and Evil'

Arts calendar
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A new Millie and a new villain in 'Thoroughly Modern Millie"

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.

Finding the music that makes 'The Light in the Piazza' sing

London finds its 'Mary Poppins,' but first there's 'Fiddler' on Broadway
NEW YORK -- London has found its "Mary Poppins," but first she's appearing on Broadway in the upcoming revival of "Fiddler on the Roof."

Museum exhibit encourages hands-on experience with science

Book details conditions on Soviet subs

Finding the music that makes 'The Light in the Piazza' sing
CHICAGO -- A young woman's white straw hat, carried by a soft summer breeze, swirls across the sun-dappled Florentine plaza and is caught by a handsome Italian youth.

Arts calendar

Nevada Art Museum offers challenge of modern imagery
RENO, Nev. -- People who say they don't know much about art but know what they like should find lots to enjoy in the current exhibit at the Nevada Museum of Art.

'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.

Wenham Museum features pirate exhibit
WENHAM, Mass. -- It's an idyllic scene lifted from a pirate movie: A skull and cross bones flag stares back from a rear wall of a treasure cove. A box of shiny beads glimmers in the darkness. The lulling sound of the ocean provides a sense of calm.

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

Savannah still in spotlight a decade after 'Good and Evil'
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Locals simply refer to it as "The Book." It had been on store shelves less than three months in 1994 when Trese Newman got her first clue that things were going to be different in Savannah.

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

Tim Robbins brings a satire on the Iraq conflict to the Public Theater
NEW YORK -- Tim Robbins is coming to off-Broadway's Public Theater as a playwright and director but not as an actor.

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.

A new Millie and a new villain in 'Thoroughly Modern Millie"
NEW YORK -- Broadway is getting a new Millie and "Millie" is getting a new villain.

The Met offers a rare close-up of Egyptian tombs
NEW YORK -- The sculptor and painter must have had artistic differences. The figures carved into the Egyptian tomb of Perneb were, perhaps, a little too wide for the painter's aesthetic sense. The carvings weren't completely filled in when the time came to paint them, making them look that much thinner.

Fresh generational saga bucks the trends

USC Aiken drops season opener

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.

Fish fights flames, avoids fry, saves school
EAGAN, Minn. -- A smoke alarm summoned firefighters to a school in the middle of the night, but when they arrived the flames already had been put out. Dory took care of it.

California lawmaker wants building codes to include concept of feng shui
SAN FRANCISCO -- A legislator wants California's building codes to accommodate the ancient Chinese tradition of feng shui, which says buildings should be located and designed in ways that create harmonious energy flow.

We can be strengthened by honest assessment

Business briefs

Hotels focus on bedding to fluff up profits

New CEO hopes to revive century-old black bank
RICHMOND, Va. -- Kim Saunders left a vibrant financial institution in Washington for a rescue mission: reviving a century-old black-owned bank hobbled by bad loans and dogged by government regulators.

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.

New CEO hopes to revive century-old black bank

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

Becoming successful takes time, dedication and hard work

Business calendar

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.

As outsourcing wave breaks, some stand firm
BOSTON -- Like many Americans, Michael Prince worries about the economic impact of "offshoring," the trend of sending information-technology jobs to countries like India and the Philippines.

U.S. caviar producers hoping for ban on Caspian Sea beluga

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.

U.S. caviar producers hoping for ban on Caspian Sea beluga
NEW ORLEANS -- The small but growing American caviar industry is hoping for a boost from federal authorities, who are considering a halt to trade of the priciest caviar from the Caspian Sea.

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.

Hotels focus on bedding to fluff up profits
For hotel companies trying to fluff up profits, it's become all about the bed.

As outsourcing wave breaks, some stand firm

On the move

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.

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

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.

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.

Clemson's historic day from long range upsets Tar Heels

Georgia State falls to Stetson

Augusta St. finally downs Columbus St.

SEC roundup

Top 25 roundup

Kentucky can't escape mistakes against Vanderbilt

Repeating history

Truancy bill overdue

Reform Guard post

Reform Guard post
When South Carolina's state constitutional officers met last week to discuss proposed legislation to make their positions appointive instead of elective, the state's adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Stan Spears, came out against it.

Repeating history
"I'm not the least bit surprised. Historically, our estimates of what these programs will cost have been so far off as to be meaningless."

Unintelligent designs

Truancy bill overdue
The Richmond County school system figured it was getting tough on truancy when it cut the number of allowable unexcused absences from 24 to 12, starting this fall. Well, the Georgia legislature is poised to get a lot tougher than that - and not just on the kids, but the parents too.

Lester gave us his all

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.

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."

Q&A With Chris Ullman
NEW YORK -- Chris Ullman whistles while he works. And while he drives, walks, bicycles and does the dishes.

Michael Moore readies another provocative project
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Michael Moore isn't the apologetic type. Any regrets over proclaiming to millions around the world during last year's Academy Awards ceremony that George W. Bush was a "fictitious president ... sending us to war for fictitious reasons"? No way.

Help's coming for 401(k)s

Tax Tips: IRS offers help online

Tax Tips: IRS offers help online

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.

Avoid these blunders during a job interview
INTERVIEW GAFFES: No doubt about it: Job interviews can make you nervous, and interviewers understand this.

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.

Tax Tips: IRS offers help online
WASHINGTON -- New tax laws will make this year's taxes even more complicated than usual, but the IRS hopes to lift some of the confusion with a new feature designed to help taxpayers find information quickly and easily.

Wall Street's mood swings over Fed statement

Avoid these blunders during a job interview

What's really driving Martha Stewart Living stock up?

What's really driving Martha Stewart Living stock up?
NEW YORK -- Look at the recent run-up in the stock price of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. It seems that investors are looking beyond its troubling past and counting on only good times ahead.

Allen, Aristo Katz extend Cox's second-place streak
Clint Allen never passes up the opportunity to kid Lloyd Cox about his misfortune of constantly losing to Tag Rice and Chiquita Pistol.

Cutter comes up big in finals

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.

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

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.

Blue Devils find a way to beat Jackets in final minutes

Georgia Tech football notebook

Why stop the ban with 'evolution'?

Bjorn leads by one stroke in Thailand

Kaye wins second title with steady finish

Spain's Jimenez wins Thailand golf
BANGKOK, Thailand -- Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez won the Johnnie Walker Classic on Sunday, closing with a 4-under-par 68 to beat Denmark's Thomas Bjorn and India's Jyoti Randhawa by two strokes.

DiMarco, Kaye share third-round lead in Phoenix

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.

Kaye wins second title with steady finish
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Jonathan Kaye carried one of the lightest resumes among the contenders at the FBR Open, and still got to hoist the heaviest hardware.

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.

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.

Lightning shock Thrashers

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.

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.

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.

Darwin Day encourages science education awareness

Outsourcing federal jobs could reduce deficit

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.

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.

'The Boondocks' comic creator a satirist, not a racist
In response to Alan Oester's Jan. 28 letter, "Comic destructive to racial harmony": The Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder is perhaps an anomaly nationally, but definitely to the southern United States, in that he is an extremely well-educated, African-American satirist, not a racist. Nathan Kirby, Augusta

Darwin Day encourages science education awareness
February 12 is the birthday of one of the most important and influential scientists of all time, Charles Darwin. Mr. Darwin is, of course, known for his theory of biological evolution - the central theory of all biological sciences. Jason Goodman, Belvedere, S.C.

'The Boondocks' comic creator a satirist, not a racist

Thanks Georgia Power for job well-done

Glades new trail of choice on New England slopes

Mapping software jolts city governments with efficiency

Civil War tourism gives way to civil rights tourism in Alabama

Large family finds perfect fit in Evans home

Keep knife blade down for safety

Techbits: Satellite radio, Smartphone rise, and more

A Caribbean island with an exotic nightlife - under water

Entry-level video projector charms audience

Tourists flock to Georgia to see flocks of vultures

Cutting-edge technology solves old West crime: cattle rustling

Demand for maintenance-free living grows among baby boomers

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

Corn plants warn the insects are coming

Corn plants warn the insects are coming
WASHINGTON -- Just call corn Plant Revere, raising the alarm to warn its neighbors: "The insects are coming, the insects are coming."

Cutting-edge technology solves old West crime: cattle rustling
FRESNO, Calif. -- Cattle rustling has been around ever since there have been cows and unscrupulous cowboys, but cutting-edge DNA technology promises to change some of the old patterns.

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.

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?

Techbits: Satellite radio, Smartphone rise, and more
NEW YORK -- The satellite radio business is getting feistier. Leading provider XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. is making its music channels commercial-free, taking away an advantage touted by its more expensive rival, Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Mapping software jolts city governments with efficiency
NEW YORK -- The bureaucratic, pothole-plagued world of big-city government doesn't often produce sleek, innovative technology. Guys named Al usually outnumber software geeks.

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.

Entry-level video projector charms audience
NEW YORK -- I haven't been to a movie theater since we resumed the family subscription to Netflix, the online DVD-by-mail emporium.

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.

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.

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.

Lynx take victory on the Boardwalk

Lynx take victory on the Boardwalk
The Augusta Lynx scored three first period goals in route to a 4-3 overtime victory over the Boardwalk Bullies on Sunday.

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.

Titans hand Lynx 5th straight loss

Women maintain records of crimes

Georgia lawmakers mulling changes for high school sports
ATLANTA -- High school parents from rural Georgia who complain their children have to travel hours to compete in athletics are pushing for legislation that would set more flexibility in the state's sports regions.

Swamp helps Augusta turn tide of pollution
Most visitors to the network of marshes and levees within Phinizy Swamp Nature Park don't realize they're observing a sewage-treatment program in action.

Kid of the day

Across the area
Augusta mayor Bob Young told police that a man left a threatening and harassing message on his home answering machine Saturday.

Fort Discovery threat persists

Five questions
Judy Reville, manager of AAA Auto Club South's Augusta division, answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

Staffers downplay idea of Kerry sweep

Hundreds gather to hear Georgia Republicans
ATLANTA -- About 700 conservative Christians gathered in Atlanta over the weekend for a rally that included Gov. Sonny Perdue, ousted Alabama Supreme Chief Justice Roy Moore and three Georgia Republicans vying for a U.S. Senate seat.

School districts miss test goals

Schools use T-shirt to cut down on dress code violations

News you can use

Shrinking habitats

Race for votes starts in the South

Five questions

Event puts spotlight on mentors

Shrinking habitats
AIKEN - For Ragan Newell, crisp Saturday mornings in winter are spent quail hunting a few miles north of Aiken with his son Roger, 10, daughter Elizabeth, 6, and several bird dogs.

Across the area

Students learn about space travel and debate its value
GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- In Lori Moore's sixth-grade class, students are creating a model community of 100 people on Mars.

Surfside Beach Rep. Tom Keegan retiring

Students learn about space travel and debate its value
GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- In Lori Moore's sixth-grade class, students are creating a model community of 100 people on Mars.

People caught in gang shooting crossfire

Surfside Beach Rep. Tom Keegan retiring
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Surfside Beach Rep. Tom Keegan says he will not seek a ninth term next fall because he wants to spend more time with his 4-year-old daughter.

Students learn about space travel and debate its value

Second ice storm threatens parts of S.C.
ANDERSON, S.C. -- A second ice storm is threatening parts of South Carolina late this weekend, but forecasters don't expect the widespread heavy amounts of ice that crippled parts of the state a week ago.

Financial impact in wastewater permit fight revealed

The week ahead

Former Atlanta strip club opens its doors to churchgoers

UGA Foundation selling costly townhouse

Newspaper wants autopsy report of student's death; coroner refuses

Rants and Raves
TO THE PERSON who picked up your lost puppy at our house last week: Please come back again. She came back, and we can't keep her. We have enough pets already.

Swamp helps Augusta turn tide of pollution

Across Georgia
ATHENS - Police are looking for suspects in a gang shooting at a northeast Athens apartment complex that wounded several people, including three who were next door to the intended victims.

Authorities say three riding in stolen car killed in crash

Georgia lawmakers mulling changes for high school sports

Cuts endanger cleanup funds

Hopeful reaches to black voters
AIKEN - Using a mix of old-time gospel preaching skill and a blunt appeal to his audience's self-interest, the Rev. Al Sharpton said black South Carolinians should vote for him in Tuesday's Democratic presidential primary because none of the other candidates will doggedly represent their interests at the party's convention in Boston.

Across the area

Rescue group offers lesson in horse care

Sanford plans restructuring

Financial impact in wastewater permit fight revealed
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett County has spent $1.2 million helping the state defend a permit the county needs to put highly treated wastewater into Lake Lanier, officials say.

Fewer fish die through turbine

Former Atlanta strip club opens its doors to churchgoers
ATLANTA -- The Gold Club, a former Atlanta strip bar, is now more like the God Club.

Authorities say three riding in stolen car killed in crash
SUMTER, S.C. -- Two men and a teenager were killed when a stolen car they were riding in slammed into several trees in Sumter County.

People caught in gang shooting crossfire
ATHENS, Ga. -- Police are looking for suspects in a gang shooting at a northeast Athens apartment complex that injured several people, including three who were next door to the intended victims.

Clemson employees rally to protect public service programs
CLEMSON, S.C. -- More than 300 Clemson University employees worried about losing their jobs under Gov. Mark Sanford's proposed budget cuts gathered for a meeting Friday.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Schools use T-shirt to cut down on dress code violations
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. -- A policy at a Lowcountry high school that requires students who violate the dress cover up with "hideous" T-shirts as punishment has some parents hot under the collar.

Primary oath may keep independent voters away
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- An effort by the state Democratic party to keep Republican voters from interfering with results of Tuesday's presidential primary may hurt turnout, some political observers say.

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

Newspaper wants autopsy report of student's death; coroner refuses
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- The autopsy reports for a Carolina Forest High School freshman who died Nov. 12 after collapsing during wrestling practice should be released to the public, a newspaper says.

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!

AG's office reminds businesses that price gouging illegal
ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- Some South Carolinians claim that businesses were trying to take advantage of the state's crippling ice storm last week.

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.

State Medicaid program facing potenitial loss of $260 million
ANDERSON, S.C. -- The state's Medicaid agency could lose $260 million in federal funds.

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.

Sponsorships assist schools
BEAUFORT, S.C. - A 1,000-volume library has evolved at Hilton Head Elementary School's Island Academy within the past four years.

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.

Across the southeast
JERUSALEM - Israeli Cabinet Minister Natan Sharansky will visit convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard in the North Carolina prison where he is serving a life sentence, a spokeswoman for the minister said Sunday.

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.

Across Georgia

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.

AG's office reminds businesses that price gouging illegal

Across Georgia
Three brothers face civil rights charges

Sponsorships assist schools

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.

Students learn about space travel and debate its value

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.

Kid of the day

Hundreds gather to hear Georgia Republicans

Across South Carolina
PINEWOOD - A Sumter Utilities worker was electrocuted while trying to repair a power line damaged in last week's ice storm, officials say.

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.

Women maintain records of crimes
Richmond County sheriff's Col. Gary Powell is quick to note the importance of Richmond County Records Bureau employees.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Cuts endanger cleanup funds
ATLANTA - To Charles Utley, the progress being made cleaning up hazardous-waste sites in Augusta is a mix of good news and bad news.

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.

Clemson employees rally to protect public service programs

Across Georgia

The week ahead
I'd like to take a moment to champion a cause. Thursday is Constitution Day in Mexico, a federal holiday recognizing the ratification of the document that, to this day, operates as the framework for that country's government. I say good for them. It's an important anniversary and worthy of recognition.

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
TO THE PERSON who picked up your lost puppy at our house last week: Please come back again. She came back, and we can't keep her. We have enough pets already.

Hopeful reaches to black voters

State Medicaid program facing potenitial loss of $260 million

UGA Foundation selling costly townhouse
ATLANTA -- A $1.26 million Atlanta townhouse bought by the University of Georgia to raise the school's profile in the city has been put back on the market, and officials say they may have to sell it at a loss of more than half a million dollars.

Rescue group offers lesson in horse care

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Zane Brookes Johnson, 1, of Augusta.

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

Why stop the ban with 'evolution'?
Dogged by low SAT scores and bad academic report cards for years, the state of Georgia last week fired the first shot across the bow of the USS Ignorance by proposing to remove the word "evolution" from our schools' science curriculum.

Julio Iglesias still singing songs of love
SURFSIDE, Fla. -- At 60, Julio Iglesias is still pining for love. Passion, emotion, a smooth voice and sex-symbol status have made Iglesias the best-selling Latin male artist ever. But he says it's his fans' love that drove him to record a new album.

Julio Iglesias still singing songs of love

One marquee car fills the bill
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - There were 10 lead changes among eight different prototypes in the first hour of the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, lending hope to the Grand American Sports Car Series that its marquee car was on track to recapture its place as the premier car of the series.

One marquee car fills the bill

Shuttle workers, debris searchers pause to remember Columbia's fall

Shuttle workers, debris searchers pause to remember Columbia's fall
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- One year after Columbia broke apart and fell in flaming streaks from the Texas sky, NASA workers who launched the shuttle and its seven astronauts and then gathered up the remains stood united in sorrow Sunday at the precise moment of destruction.

O'Neal uses profanity on live TV

Kobe Bryant's statements to authorities at heart of hearing

O'Neal uses profanity on live TV
TORONTO -- Shaquille O'Neal was so frustrated with the officiating during the Lakers' 84-83 victory Sunday that he twice used profanities on live television and later said NBA commissioner David Stern should hire better officials.

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.

Hawks survive Bucks' rally

Kobe Bryant's statements to authorities at heart of hearing
EAGLE, Colo. -- Investigators recorded a 75-minute interview with Kobe Bryant after the NBA star was accused of sexual assault last summer, but a jury might never hear exactly what was said.

Williams tells Terps fans to keep it clean
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams delivered a serious and cautionary message to students before Sunday's game against North Carolina State: Keep it clean.

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.

Top 25 roundup
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.

Georgia State falls to Stetson
ATLANTA -- Kevin Craig scored the final five points in overtime on a turnaround jumper and a 3-pointer to lift Stetson to a 66-65 victory over Georgia State Sunday, only eight days after being drubbed at home by the Panthers 93-62.

Kentucky can't escape mistakes against Vanderbilt
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Turnovers. Mental errors. Mistakes in the final minutes while still having a chance to win. The lack of an experienced big man.

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

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

Charlotte fans can't wait to taste real Super Bowl

Delhomme's late magic not enough for Panthers this time

Linebacker levels Super Bowl streaker

Patriots win Super Bowl

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

A tongue-in-cheek rundown of best and worst Super Bowl ads

Carolina owner delivers pregame talk

Chess game vs. Smashmouth in the Super Bowl

Super Bowl notebook

Fans patiently accept super security

Vegas hotels cancel Super Bowl parties after NFL threatens legal action

Elway, Sanders elected to Hall of Fame

Elway, Sanders praised for incomparable skill

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Mr. Donald Truitt (WILLISTON, S.C.)

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Mrs. Carrie Clark (MEMPHIS, Tenn.)

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

Olympic rivals training together in Florida Keys

Grand times for Federer in Australia

Henin-Hardenne nears a career Grand Slam

Area sports announcments

Federer wins Australian Open

Australian Open notebook

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Australian Open notebook
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Marat Safin feels tennis is too competitive and too demanding to produce a Grand Slam.

Area sports announcments
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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.

Federer to ascend to No. 1
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Roger Federer will become the 23rd man to hold tennis' top spot when the new rankings are released Monday. He is the first Swiss man to be No. 1.

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.

Overtime
Bradley Key hit the first home run in Roberto Hernandez Stadium history, but USC Aiken blew a three-run lead in the final three innings of an 8-7 loss to Carson-Newman on Sunday.

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.

Grand times for Federer in Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Roger Federer skipped the sobbing this time. He is, after all, getting familiar with the honor: Grand Slam tournament champion.

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.

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.

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.

Prep basketball scores
Here are scores from area prep basketball action.

Super Bowl notebook
HOUSTON -- The NFL honored the seven astronauts who died a year ago Sunday when the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas.

CBS apologizes for breast-baring end to halftime show
NEW YORK -- CBS apologized on Sunday for an unexpectedly R-rated end to its Super Bowl halftime show, when singer Justin Timberlake tore off part of Janet Jackson's top, exposing her breast.

Fans patiently accept super security
HOUSTON -- Fans patiently moved through the extremely tight security outside Reliant Stadium in the hours leading up to the Super Bowl.

Linebacker levels Super Bowl streaker
HOUSTON -- The second-half kickoff of the Super Bowl was delayed after a man dressed as a referee ran onto the field, stripped down to a G-string and shoes, then started dancing at the 30-yard line.

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.

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.

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.

A tongue-in-cheek rundown of best and worst Super Bowl ads
The second Super Bowl competition Sunday - the advertising battle among expensive, lavishly produced television spots - was a contest played by the marketers of drugs and soft drinks, cars and computers. Each 30-second commercial cost $2.3 million this year.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Delhomme's late magic not enough for Panthers this time
HOUSTON -- All the Carolina Panthers wanted was for Jake Delhomme to have a shot at leading them to victory in the fourth quarter. No matter how bad he looked for most of the first three quarters of the Super Bowl, they knew he'd come through when it mattered most.

Patriots win Super Bowl
HOUSTON -- Humdrum? Hardly. What was supposed to be a colossal bore turned into one of the most exciting Super Bowls ever with a thrilling back-and-forth final quarter that Adam Vinatieri finished off with his foot.

Charlotte fans can't wait to taste real Super Bowl
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Fans filed into bars and homes wearing Carolina Panthers' jerseys Sunday as the city wound up for the team's first Super Bowl appearance.

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.

Fisheries boost trout population

Duke's shots heard 'round the world

Tax Tips: IRS offers help online
WASHINGTON -- New tax laws will make this year's taxes even more complicated than usual, but the IRS hopes to lift some of the confusion with a new feature designed to help taxpayers find information quickly and easily.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

Broadcast captioning luring court reporters
FAIRFIELD, Ohio -- Court reporters are moving from in front of the bench to in front of the tube in the expanding market of broadcast captioning for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.

'Survivor: All-Stars' brings back 18 alumni

'Tanner '88' is an entertaining candidate in 2004
NEW YORK -- "Tanner '88," a satirical miniseries about a make-believe presidential candidate on the real-life 1988 campaign trail, remains amazingly fresh after 16 years.

Chris Wallace trades audience size for more air time
LOS ANGELES -- Chris Wallace recalls thinking colleague Brit Hume was nuts for jumping from ABC News to Fox News Channel in 1996.

'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.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
The audience for "In the Life" must be some of the brightest viewers around. Finding this monthly TV magazine about American gay and lesbian life can be quite a challenge. (Check your local PBS schedule or the Web site at www.inthelifetv.org).

Broadcast captioning luring court reporters

'Tanner '88' is an entertaining candidate in 2004

Q&A With Chris Ullman

Michael Moore readies another provocative project

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.

Georgia gets Landers career win No. 600

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

Georgia gets Landers career win No. 600
ATHENS, Ga. - Sunday might have been Andy Landers' special day, but the game belonged to Georgia freshman Janese Hardrick.

UGA football notebook

Georgia runs over Arkansas

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

LSU tops Lady Gamecocks
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Scholanda Hoston and Seimone Augustus each scored 17 points as No. 15 LSU shook off South Carolina for an 82-62 victory Sunday afternoon.

Fish fights flames, avoids fry, saves school