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

Museum exhibit encourages hands-on experience with science

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.

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.

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

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."

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.

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.

Wenham Museum features pirate exhibit

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.

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

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.

Nevada Art Museum offers challenge of modern imagery

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.

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.

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

Former baseball marketing head Joel Rubenstein dead at 67
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Joel Rubenstein, a top aide to Peter Ueberroth with the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee and the baseball commissioner's office, has died at 67.

Pudge, Tigers finalize terms
DETROIT - Ivan Rodriguez finalized his $40 million, four-year contract with the Detroit Tigers on Monday, leaving the World Series champion Florida Marlins to join a team that set the American League record for losses last year.

Pudge, Tigers finalize terms

Henson to work out with Texas, could lose $12 million in Yankees money
NEW YORK -- Drew Henson will work out with the Houston Texans on Feb. 12, just days before he is to start spring training with the New York Yankees.

Henson to work out with Texas, could lose $12 million in Yankees money

Smoltz: Rose should be in Hall of Fame
ATLANTA -- John Smoltz felt a little betrayed when Pete Rose acknowledged betting on baseball.

Smoltz: Rose should be in Hall of Fame

Shopping is a great excuse to get out of the house

Lost wallet returned after 40 years
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- A wallet lost by a Swedish teenager more than 40 years ago has been returned, complete with the cash its owner once considered a small fortune.

Odds and Ends
LINCOLN, Neb. -- How many state workers does it take to change a light bulb?

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.

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.

Smoltz wonders how Braves will pull off another division title

Smoltz wonders how Braves will pull off another division title
ATLANTA -- John Smoltz isn't quite as pessimistic as a few months ago, when he had just endured another operation on his elbow and another disheartening loss in the playoffs.

GM, Ford shares fall on prospect of rising rates
The possibility of rising interest rates is turning Wall Street sour on prospective demand for new cars and trucks and on growth opportunities for shares of the two biggest domestic automakers.

Consumers boost spending
WASHINGTON -- Consumers kept the nation's cash registers busy in December, boosting their spending by a healthy 0.4 percent in a fresh sign that the economy's recovery has legs.

Manufacturing sector expands in January

Manufacturing sector expands in January
NEW YORK -- The nation's manufacturing sector continued to rebound strongly in January, fresh evidence that the economic recovery is solidifying, an industry group reports.

Blimpie to start restaurants in 100 Wal-Mart stores
BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Sandwich maker Blimpie International Inc. announced Monday it will lease space in more than 100 Wal-Mart stores to run Blimpie Xpress restaurants.

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

Super Bowl commercials offer pitches for beer, blades and more

As outsourcing wave breaks, some stand firm

Bush unveils $2.4 trillion budget
WASHINGTON -- President Bush sent Congress a $2.4 trillion election-year budget on Monday featuring big increases for defense and homeland security but also a record $521 billion deficit. He blamed the soaring deficit on the 2001 recession and the costs of fighting a war on terrorism.

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.

Super Bowl commercials offer pitches for beer, blades and more
NEW YORK -- There were dueling razor blades, funny beer pitches, a young Jimi Hendrix - and lots of references to male anatomy.

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.

Oldsmobile dealers ready to bury nation's oldest auto brand
LAS VEGAS -- No one's wearing a sandwich board with an ominous message, but for hundreds of Oldsmobile dealers attending their industry's annual convention, there's no denying reality: The end is near.

Microsoft aims campaign at older workers
SEATTLE -- Has the print on your computer screen gotten too small? Is that auto-alert you've set up too faint? Can't find your cursor?

Shadow program gives insight into job opportunities

Bush unveils $2.4 trillion budget

Microsoft aims campaign at older workers

Consumers boost spending

Hotels focus on bedding to fluff up profits

Oldsmobile dealers ready to bury nation's oldest auto brand

New CEO hopes to revive century-old black bank

GM, Ford shares fall on prospect of rising rates

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.

Bush unveils $2.4 trillion budget

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

Shadow program gives insight into job opportunities
Maraya Turner always knew she wanted to go into medicine or computers.

Business briefs
Employers will attend exposition

Clemson to open with Wake Forest, face Miami Nov. 6
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson will open its 2004 football schedule with an Atlantic Coast Conference game for the first time since 1996 and travels to both Florida State and Miami.

Clemson to open with Wake Forest, face Miami Nov. 6

Expanded ACC releases 2004 football schedule

University of Colorado president university recruiting

University of Colorado president university recruiting
DENVER -- The University of Colorado's president agreed to form an independent commission to look into allegations the school uses sex to recruit football players.

Expanded ACC releases 2004 football schedule
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Atlantic Coast Conference on Monday released its 2004 football schedule, which begins with a game featuring one of its two newest members.

Kentucky can't escape mistakes against Vanderbilt

Georgia State falls to Stetson

Rank not always a good thing

Let's be intelligent

Reform Guard post

Let's be intelligent
President George W. Bush is right to order an investigation of U.S. intelligence failures that focus on Iraq, but are not exclusive to Iraq. According to White House sources, the investigation will look into why U.S. intelligence got Iraq so wrong for so long.

A moral malfunction

Repeating history

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.

A moral malfunction
It's just obscene.

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."

Truancy bill overdue

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.

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.

People in the News
LONDON -- Jack Nicholson said Monday he can see some of himself in his role in the romantic comedy "Something's Gotta Give" - an older man with a penchant for younger women.

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

Jackson's Super Bowl performance takes shock to a new level
NEW YORK -- Suddenly, Britney and Madonna's smoochfest seems G-rated.

CBS apologizes for Jackson's display at Super Bowl
The chief federal regulator of broadcasting was outraged by the Super Bowl halftime show and ordered an investigation after part of Janet Jackson's costume was torn off, exposing her breast.

Tax Tips: IRS offers help online

Avoid these blunders during a job interview

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

Rates rise in Treasury bill auction
WASHINGTON -- Interest rates on short-term Treasury securities rose in Monday's auction.

Bush asks for tax changes to encourage savings, retirement planning

Service to offer job seekers background checks on themselves
ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Job seekers will be able to do background checks on themselves and verify the results before a prospective employer sees the information under a partnership between a data gathering company and an Internet help-wanted site.

Service to offer job seekers background checks on themselves

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.

Stocks edge up on good economic news

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.

Stocks edge up on good economic news
NEW YORK -- Investors uncertain about the direction of the economy sent stocks fluctuating throughout an erratic session Monday, with prices ending mixed. Blue chip stocks finished higher while tech stocks extended their slide.

Tax Tips: IRS offers help online

Rates rise in Treasury bill auction

What's really driving Martha Stewart Living stock up?

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.

Why stop the ban with 'evolution'?

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.

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.

Wie off to thrilling start in 2004
WAILEA, Hawaii -- She met Tiger Woods and played nine holes with Jack Nicklaus. In between, Michelle Wie came within one shot of making the cut on the PGA Tour.

Wie off to thrilling start in 2004

Kaye wins second title with steady finish

Prep basketball scores

Rangers halt skid in home victory
NEW YORK - Bobby Holik scored his second goal of the game with 2:41 remaining and the New York Rangers beat the surging Vancouver Canucks 4-3 on Monday night.

Rangers halt skid in home victory

Shopping is a great excuse to get out of the house
Here's another of my long list of what I call "sanity secrets." Sometimes on the weekends, particularly on weekends when things get a little hectic around the old homestead, I suddenly remember pressing errands that need running.

Airline to provide more flights from Augusta
Continental Express announced today it will offer many more seats and flights to and from Augusta Regional Airport for Masters Week.

'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

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

Don't use divisive diatribes as letters
On Jan. 23, your newspaper published yet again another tirade from Anne Cook ("Augusta needs black Democrats"). Lately the number of Cook family letters given Chronicle space has increased in frequency and outrageousness. Lawrence Smith, Augusta

Don't use divisive diatribes as letters

Darwin Day encourages science education awareness

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 great evil has taken on a new form in abortion
The infamous anniversary of Roe vs. Wade has come and gone again, and while it may have occupied our hearts and thoughts for the day, why is it so easily forgotten? Wouter Ceyssens, Augusta

'Mydoom' computer virus brings down SCO Group's Web site

Next big thing in heart disease: Pills to clean out artery gunk

Seniors calendar

Techbits: Satellite radio, Smartphone rise, and more

Campaign wants to increase cardiac awareness

Mapping software jolts city governments with efficiency

Punxsutawney Phil predicts six more weeks of wintry weather

U.N. officials warn Asia's bird flu outbreak is far from under control

Living briefs

Entry-level video projector charms audience

Cutting-edge technology solves old West crime: cattle rustling

Mars mission enters full swing

Corn plants warn the insects are coming

'Mydoom' computer virus brings down SCO Group's Web site
SALT LAKE CITY -- A computer virus that targeted a small Utah software company performed as its perpetrators promised on Sunday, bringing down The SCO Group's Web site two days before a similar virus was programmed to attack Microsoft Corp.

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.

U.N. officials warn Asia's bird flu outbreak is far from under control
BANGKOK, Thailand -- A teenage boy in Vietnam and a woman in Thailand on Monday became the latest victims of the bird flu sweeping Asia as world health authorities sought to confirm the first possible case of human-to-human transmission.

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.

Living briefs
In honor of Valentine's Day, The Augusta Chronicle wants to find out what films people watch when they are in the mood for love.

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.

Campaign wants to increase cardiac awareness
Marietta Tyler felt the pains in her chest; she knew her eating habits weren't the most healthful, but she didn't go to the doctor.

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.

Mars mission enters full swing
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's twin rovers reached out their robotic arms to touch the surface of Mars on Monday, marking the first day of the joint $820 million mission that both spacecraft were in full swing.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

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."

Next big thing in heart disease: Pills to clean out artery gunk
Heart researchers may be closing in at last on a long-fantasized goal - treatments that flush out the nasty globs of gunk that clog the heart's plumbing.

Punxsutawney Phil predicts six more weeks of wintry weather
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. -- If you're tired of winter, Punxsutawney Phil had a message for you Monday - get used to it.

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.

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.

The week ahead

Rants and raves
FOR ALL THE PEOPLE putting down James Brown: Don't forget that he gives your kids toys at Christmastime when you can't afford toys for your kids and that he also feeds the hungry people of Richmond County.

DOE delays SRS fuel fabrication facility
AIKEN - Construction on a fuel fabrication facility at the Savannah River Site that would create hundreds of jobs has been delayed at least 10 months, Department of Energy officials announced Monday.

Surfside Beach Rep. Tom Keegan retiring

Poll finds many voters undecided
AIKEN - The two Democratic presidential front-runners, John Kerry and John Edwards, are in a tight race going into today's South Carolina Democratic Party primary, but polls show almost a quarter of the likely voters remain undecided.

State Medicaid program facing potenitial loss of $260 million

CDC faces loss of money
WASHINGTON - Georgia's military bases are among the beneficiaries of a $2.4 trillion budget President Bush sent to Congress on Monday, but the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would get a major cut to its construction money.

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.

Flight completions increase
Up there with ticket costs, the number of flight cancellations at Augusta Regional Airport is something David Bowers says will be a key determiner in how often he flies from Augusta.

Authorities say three riding in stolen car killed in crash

Drivers to have delays
Motorists might want to start planning their detour routes.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Two times in the past six months, Riverbanks Zoo has saved a life.

News you can use
Red Cross to hold 10th Boogie Bash

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.

General predicts early spring for state
LILBURN, Ga. - If it seems like everyone is trying a low-carb diet, it's because they are. Even groundhogs.

People caught in gang shooting crossfire

Three of Georgia's leaders make list
ATLANTA - Three Georgia lawmakers, including the chairwoman of the state's House Ethics Committee, are named on a list of 287,000 people and 80,000 companies owing back taxes to the state.

Airline to provide more flights from Augusta

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.

Sponsorships assist schools

Kid of the day

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.

Clemson employees rally to protect public service programs

Ads don't fly with officials
Sunday's Super Bowl commercials aren't the only ads getting attention lately. So are endorsements for Augusta Regional Airport.

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.

Agents look for suspect in fraud
AIKEN - For more than a year, Vernon Lee Glover, 39, has eluded South Carolina Forestry Commission agents who want to arrest him on a warrant for timber fraud, a crime that costs South Carolina landowners an estimated $10 million a year.

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

Hopeful reaches to black voters

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.

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.

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.

Rants and raves
FOR ALL THE PEOPLE putting down James Brown: Don't forget that he gives your kids toys at Christmastime when you can't afford toys for your kids and that he also feeds the hungry people of Richmond County.

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.

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.

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.

Students learn about space travel and debate its value

Kid of the day

Council votes against Army tank in park

Across the southeast

Little leaguers get help from idols

Drivers to have delays

Council votes against Army tank in park
NORTH AUGUSTA - Although Wade Hampton Veterans Park won't be getting the old Army tank Maury Rice worked hard to find, he said he isn't losing any sleep over it.

Leaders to drive electric vehicles

Students learn about space travel and debate its value

News you can use

Five questions

Flight completions increase

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.

CDC faces loss of money

Across the southeast
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Eglin is now the Air Force's best - and its biggest - base, according to a reader survey by the Air Force Times.

Augusta Day event proves beneficial to top two projects

Former Atlanta strip club opens its doors to churchgoers

Across the area

Lead defense attorney withdraws, citing conflict
AIKEN - The lead defense attorney for Robert Atkins, who faces a death-penalty trial in connection with the killing of Aiken teenager Jessica Carpenter, withdrew from the case Monday to avoid the possibility of a conflict of interest.

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.

Augusta airs out waste site woes
ATLANTA - When Bob Young brings people to Atlanta, it's certain he's going to talk about dirt with everyone he meets.

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

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A bill inspired by the deaths of five children on an all-terrain vehicle in September was introduced in the Georgia House on Monday.<

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Little leaguers get help from idols
HILTON HEAD, S.C. - Like any 8-year-old boy about to meet his heroes, Reece Graham didn't get any sleep Friday night.

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.

Augusta airs out waste site woes

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

Hundreds gather to hear Georgia Republicans

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.

AG's office reminds businesses that price gouging illegal

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

General predicts early spring for state

Augusta Day event proves beneficial to top two projects
State transportation funds might be dwindling for local road projects, but Augusta will get more than its fair share this year, area leaders learned Monday in Atlanta.

Agents look for suspect in fraud

Across the area
Two people who survived a fatal motel fire in Greenville, S.C., were released Monday from the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital.

Ads don't fly with officials

Leaders to drive electric vehicles
SAVANNAH, Ga. - What's red-white-and-blue, runs on a 72-volt battery and has a top speed of 25 mph? The president's official Bushmobile for the summer Group of Eight summit.

UGA Foundation selling costly townhouse

Financial impact in wastewater permit fight revealed

DOE delays SRS fuel fabrication facility

Across Georgia

Georgia lawmakers mulling changes for high school sports

Swamp helps Augusta turn tide of pollution

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Amber Marie Powell, 9, of Evans.

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.

News you can use
Today in regional history: Feb. 3, 1978 The Medical College of Georgia could lose $6 million if the federal government cuts off funds to the University System of Georgia to force formulation of an acceptable desegregation plan, college officials said yesterday.

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.

Women maintain records of crimes

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.

Juror's test overturns murder conviction
ATLANTA - A juror's decision to play forensic scientist gave the Georgia Supreme Court reason Monday to overturn a Crawford County woman's murder conviction for shooting her husband.

Across the area

Shrinking habitats

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.

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

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.

Cuts endanger cleanup funds

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.

Poll finds many voters undecided

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.

B2K's 'You Got Served' hoofs it to No. 1 debut with $16 million

B2K's 'You Got Served' hoofs it to No. 1 debut with $16 million
LOS ANGELES -- Recently split teen R&B band B2K put the moves on the box office as its dance flick "You Got Served" debuted at No. 1 with $16 million.

Julio Iglesias still singing songs of love

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.

One marquee car fills the bill

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.

Spencer's words won't cost him
NASCAR will not penalize driver Jimmy Spencer for a remark about the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor or his hope that Toyota's venture into truck racing will be a failure.

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.

Bryant ill, lawyer says; pretrial hearing begins without him
EAGLE, Colo. -- Citing illness, Kobe Bryant didn't show Monday for a hearing expected to play a key role in determining if his statement to authorities will be admitted at his sexual assault trial.

Bryant ill, lawyer says; pretrial hearing begins without him

O'Neal suspended one game for using profanities on TV
NEW YORK -- Shaquille O'Neal was suspended without pay by the NBA on Monday, one day after using obscene language and publicly criticizing the officials during a television interview.

Dunleavy misses first NBA game

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.

Dunleavy misses first NBA game
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Golden State forward Mike Dunleavy missed the first game of his NBA career Monday night with an injured left ankle.

O'Neal suspended one game for using profanities on TV

O'Neal uses profanity on live TV

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.

Kobe Bryant's statements to authorities at heart of hearing

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.

Rank not always a good thing
Reviewing and previewing college basketball in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Southeastern Conference and elsewhere:

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.

Weiss out four to six weeks with sprained knee ligament

Linebacker levels Super Bowl streaker

Charlotte fans can't wait to taste real Super Bowl

Super Bowl notebook

New Ring Dynasty?

Delhomme's late magic not enough for Panthers this time

Violence mars Super Bowl celebration

Fans patiently accept super security

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

Patriots win Super Bowl

Panthers welcomed as champs

Ratings for Super Bowl up slightly over last year

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Greek military to play key role in Olympic security

Greek military to play key role in Olympic security
ATHENS, Greece -- Greece's military will use all its resources to create an Olympic security umbrella that includes a special 10,000-member unit.

Experienced Americans, determined Mexicans favorites as CONCACAF Olympic soccer qualifying starts
GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- The United States heads into the final round of Olympic soccer qualifying confident that it will be in the 16-nation field at the Athens Games this summer.

Donovan expresses frustration at collapse of loan to Portsmouth

Australian Open notebook

Grand times for Federer in Australia

Interpol to create database to assist doping crackdown

Russians win pairs short program, Plushenko leads qualifying group

Overtime

Donovan expresses frustration at collapse of loan to Portsmouth
ZAPOPAN, Mexico -- Landon Donovan expressed frustration Monday as the collapse of his proposed loan to Portsmouth of England's Premier League.

Interpol to create database to assist doping crackdown
LYON, France -- Interpol is creating an international database to help fight trafficking of performance-enhancing drugs used by athletes.

Overtime
South Carolina has been chosen to win the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference in the coaches poll released Monday. The Gamecocks are ranked as high as seventh in some preseason polls.

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.

Russians win pairs short program, Plushenko leads qualifying group
BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Russians Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin took the lead Monday after the short program, moving closer to a third straight title at the European figure skating championships.

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.

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.

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

Edwards takes aim at Kerry for contributions
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Democratic presidential contender John Edwards, in a must-win battle for South Carolina, criticized chief rival John Kerry on Monday for accepting contributions from lobbyists and supporting trade pacts that he contends have cost U.S. jobs.

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

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.

Violence mars Super Bowl celebration
BOSTON -- New England Patriots fans turned rowdy after their team's Super Bowl victory, overturning cars and lighting small fires as thousands swarmed the streets. One person was killed when an alleged drunken driver drove his sport utility vehicle into a crowd.

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

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.

Ratings for Super Bowl up slightly over last year
NEW YORK -- An estimated 89.6 million people watched the New England Patriots' Super Bowl victory over the Carolina Panthers, a slight increase from last year's game.

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.

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.

Panthers welcomed as champs
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Carolina Panthers made their wishes clear: No Super Bowl title, no celebration.

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.

New Ring Dynasty?
HOUSTON - Bill Belichick shies away from the "D" word. Yet even after winning their second Super Bowl in three seasons, the New England Patriots seem to be as close to a dynasty as any team can be in an era of parity.

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.

Weiss out four to six weeks with sprained knee ligament
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Florida Panthers center Stephen Weiss will miss four to six weeks with a sprained right knee ligament.

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.

Bush asks for tax changes to encourage savings, retirement planning
WASHINGTON -- Tax incentives for saving and retirement form the core of tax programs in the president's proposed budget, which also asks lawmakers to make recently passed tax cuts permanent reductions.

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.

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.

CBS apologizes, FCC to investigate Super Bowl halftime show
The chief federal regulator of broadcasting was outraged by the Super Bowl halftime show and ordered an investigation after part of Janet Jackson's costume was torn off, exposing her breast.

'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.

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.

CBS says ratings for Super Bowl up slightly over last year

CBS says ratings for Super Bowl up slightly over last year
NEW YORK -- An estimated 89.6 million people watched the New England Patriots' thrilling Super Bowl victory over the Carolina Panthers, a slight increase over last year's game.

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).

CBS apologizes, FCC to investigate Super Bowl halftime show

Broadcast captioning luring court reporters

Tina is the first 'All-Star' to get voted off the 'Survivor' island
NEW YORK -- Tina Wesson, a former "Survivor" champ, was the first to get banished when the hit CBS reality-game returned for its "All-Stars" rematch Sunday night.

'Tanner '88' is an entertaining candidate in 2004

People in the News

Michael Moore readies another provocative project

Jackson's Super Bowl performance takes shock to a new level

Q&A With Chris Ullman

CBS apologizes for Jackson's display at Super Bowl

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.

Georgia gets Landers career win No. 600

Wallace big part of team's future

Wallace big part of team's future
In the second half against Louisiana State on Jan. 24, Brandon Wallace never left the bench.

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.

Gamecocks facing inside job
Despite losing to Ole Miss 79-68 on Saturday, South Carolina remained in the Associated Press top-25 poll Monday, taking the No. 25 position.

Gamecocks facing inside job

Girl should not pursue boy who has girlfriend

Adults need to chill out; teens' lingo is harmless
"Whasup, dawg?" "Just chillin' with my homies." "That's tight, man. I'll holla at ya later."

Adults need to chill out; teens' lingo is harmless

Xtreme calendar
Rent or Buy:Ashton Kutcher plays a guy out to impress his boss and his daughter in My Boss's Daughter; Beyonce and Cuba Gooding Jr. team up to save a church in The Fighting Temptations; and Haley Joel Osment stars in the coming-of-age story Secondhand Lions.

Girl should not pursue boy who has girlfriend
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I met this boy over the summer, and we became really close. One day he told me he had a girlfriend, but I told him it really wasn't a big deal because we were just friends. We continued to talk, and we have fallen in love with each other. ... I don't want to break up his relationship. Should we remain friends or should I leave him alone?

Westside class on women's literature urges discussion
Ava-Rose Harkins was initially hesitant about enrolling in Westside High School's women's literature course.

My style
THE FACTS: Olivia Thompson, 17, a sophomore at Glenn Hills High School

Question of the week
Do students have a voice in school policies?

Question of the week

'Apprentice' is above reality-show formula
On most Thursdays, after watching an episode of Friends, I tend to progress to more important things such as homework. But a few weeks ago another television show caught my attention.

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

Xtreme calendar

My style

Westside class on women's literature urges discussion

Odds and Ends

Lost wallet returned after 40 years

Fish fights flames, avoids fry, saves school