'Gypsy' and 'Never Gonna Dance' slated to close

'Gypsy' and 'Never Gonna Dance' slated to close
NEW YORK -- New York's chilly winter season has claimed two big Broadway musicals and hurt several long-running shows.

German anatomist draws criticism for Chinese corpses
DALIAN, China -- Hidden in a maze of factories in the heart of this northeastern Chinese port city is the house Gunther von Hagens built - and, for many, a place where nightmares are created.

German anatomist draws criticism for Chinese corpses

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.

Pudge, Tigers finalize terms

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.

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.

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

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

Boy accidentally shoots brother in 'cops and robbers' game
WILDWOOD, Fla. -- A 7-year-old boy was killed in an accidental shooting while playing "cops and robbers" with his older brother, authorities said Monday.

Customer accused of releasing deadly snakes in bank
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Bail was set at $700 Monday for a man who released deadly puff adder snakes in the lobby of a bank that had repossessed his car.

Odds and Ends
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Surf's up, senators. State senators will soon be able to surf the Internet on the floor of the legislative chamber.

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.

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.

Tree removal businesses reap rewards of cleanup

Bush's $2.4 trillion budget taking hits from all sides

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

U.S. expects currency rates to be on G-7 agenda at weekend meeting

Oldsmobile dealers ready to bury nation's oldest auto brand

Airport adds to rental options

Star witness takes stand, calls Stewart a very valuable client
NEW YORK -- Martha Stewart was one of stockbroker Peter Bacanovic's two most valuable clients, former broker's assistant Douglas Faneuil testified Tuesday as the government's star witness took the stand.

Delta launches designer uniform makeover

Delta launches designer uniform makeover
ATLANTA - Cash-strapped Delta Air Lines has ordered up a makeover of its employee uniforms, hiring a big-name designer who promises a classier - and in some cases, sexier - look for flight attendants, airport agents and other workers.

Gadzooks files for bankruptcy

Consumers boost spending

Some companies turn music file-swapping into a legitimate business

Bush unveils $2.4 trillion budget

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.

Airport adds to rental options
Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the company most known for avoiding locations in airports, has opened a new location inside the Augusta Regional Airport terminal.

Possible merger of two moneymaking agencies

Some companies turn music file-swapping into a legitimate business
CANNES, France -- The music industry is giving all it's got to the fight against unauthorized file-sharing. But if you can't kill the beast, why not tame it?

Ford and GM see sales slide in January

Business briefs
Employers will attend exposition

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?

Bush unveils $2.4 trillion budget

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.

Star witness takes stand, calls Stewart a very valuable client

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.

Super Bowl commercials offer pitches for beer, blades and more

Possible merger of two moneymaking agencies
WASHINGTON -- President Bush's 2005 budget called on the two agencies responsible for making the nation's money to explore a possible merger.

Manufacturing sector expands in January

Gadzooks files for bankruptcy
WASHINGTON -- Clothing chain Gadzooks Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday and sought approval from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Dallas to close about 156 stores as it moves to sells clothes only for girls.

GM, Ford shares fall on prospect of rising rates

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.

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.

CVS is at center of ethics probe
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - From the University of Rhode Island's sparkling Ryan Center, named after CVS Corp.'s top executive, to the familiar red signs that dot the landscape, the nation's second-largest drugstore chain is a clear economic force in the smallest state.

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.

Tree removal businesses reap rewards of cleanup
If there was ever any doubt that one person's misery can become another's good fortune, then look no further than businesses that clean up tree debris for a living.

Business briefs
Those who experienced cable TV outages during last week's ice storm can contact their cable provider for a credit to their monthly bill.

Ford and GM see sales slide in January
DETROIT -- Sales of new cars and trucks fell in January at the nation's two biggest automakers with market leader General Motors Corp. posting a 1.8 percent decline while rival Ford Motor Co. saw its sales sink 9.8 percent.

Shadow program gives insight into job opportunities

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.

U.S. expects currency rates to be on G-7 agenda at weekend meeting
WASHINGTON -- Movements in the value of the dollar and other currencies probably will be on the agenda when top finance officials of the world's seven leading industrial countries meet this weekend, a top Treasury Department official said Monday.

Microsoft aims campaign at older workers

Bush's $2.4 trillion budget taking hits from all sides
WASHINGTON -- President Bush's $2.4 trillion election-year budget is taking broadsides from Republicans for spending too much, from Democrats for embracing the wrong priorities and from anti-deficit groups for masking red ink.

CVS is at center of ethics probe

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

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.

Federal judge seeks input on confidential sources in Price case
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A federal judge asked the Alabama Supreme Court for guidance Tuesday in deciding if Sports Illustrated can be forced to reveal confidential sources used in a story about former Alabama football coach Mike Price.

Expanded ACC releases 2004 football schedule

Federal judge seeks input on confidential sources in Price case

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.

Knight reprimanded for spat with chancellor
Knight reprimanded for spat with chancellor

University of Colorado president university recruiting

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.

Only two winning teams left in regular season for 19-0 Saint Joe's

Rank not always a good thing

Knight under review

Dates aren't only changes to Regions Cup

Ban gay marriages
The hundreds of homosexual rights activists who swarmed the state capitol in Atlanta last week to protest a proposed constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriages provide a good reason why the prohibition is needed.

A moral malfunction
It's just obscene.

Heartfelt wishes for MCG
With several job-generating projects falling through for the Savannah River Site, at least for now, and the future of Fort Gordon not assured beyond next year, Augusta's medical community becomes increasingly important to our area's economic health.

Let's be intelligent

A moral malfunction

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.

Door flings open?

Door flings open?
The U.S. Supreme Court last year essentially legalized homosexuality.

Heartfelt wishes for MCG

Standing ovations
The downtown Augusta gallery crawl known as First Friday celebrates its 10th anniversary. See Friday's Applause section for gallery listings and some festivity highlights.

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.

Documents, computers among items seized from Neverland Ranch
LOS ANGELES -- Newly released court documents include a long list of items seized at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch but no hints about how they could fit into the criminal case against the pop superstar.

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

Gest says tabloid article caused Minnelli breakup
HONOLULU -- Liza Minnelli's breakup with David Gest was caused by a tabloid article, not alleged physical abuse, the producer said in an interview to be broadcast Friday.

Extras, extras
Gilligan and the other castaways are out on DVD on Gilligan's Island: The Complete First Season, which includes the original pilot.

FCC vows to investigate Super Bowl halftime show
NEW YORK -- CBS, MTV, the NFL, Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake all say they're sorry - but none of that is deterring the federal government from looking into the Super Bowl's too-revealing halftime show.

Firehouse bar takes pride in providing strong, cheap drinks
With its motto "servin' em up strong and cheap since 96" boldly printed on flyers sitting atop each booth, it's no surprise that the principal attraction at the Firehouse bar on Broad Street is its drinks.

Karaoke pops up around town
Ah, yes. Karaoke. The musical sport that somehow causes those who can't carry a tune in a bucket to throw out all inhibitions and behave as if their singing sounds good.

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.

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.

Dollar down, gold up in Europe

Study: Families in the rural South most likely to be low-wage earners

Rates rise in Treasury bill auction

Service to offer job seekers background checks on themselves

Stocks edge up on good economic news

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

Study: Families in the rural South most likely to be low-wage earners
WASHINGTON -- Families in the rural South are more likely to earn low incomes than families in any other part of the nation, according to a study released Tuesday by the Brookings Institution Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy.

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.

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

Book reveals secrets of cowboy cooks
WILTON, Conn. - The Texas Cowboy Kitchen, written by Grady Spears with June Naylor, is an oversize cookbook that will pose a question for cowboy and cowgirl cooks, real or wannabes: Do they work from it in the kitchen or display it on the coffee table?

Pizza makers painfully consider low-carb dough
BOSTON -- Pizza might be hailed as the food of the gods, one of America's best-loved meals, a hearty delectable dish that fills the stomach and seems to soothe the soul.

Cook up comfort food for warmth
CONCORD, N.H. - Short of fleeing to a tropical island, the best way to beat winter's chill is to crank up the oven and whip up some slow-baked comfort food.

Dining out

Small portions
Eric Ripert, the executive chef of Manhattan's Le Bernardin restaurant, has more than food on his mind when it comes to Valentine's Day. He believes special hot drinks can drive out the chill and warm the heart, so he's worked out a couple of delectable original recipes, for a romantically fragrant tea and for a rich chocolate with a peppy flavor.

Book reveals secrets of cowboy cooks

Cook up comfort food for warmth

Small portions

Pizza makers painfully consider low-carb dough

Dining out
Here are mini-reviews of Aiken-Augusta restaurants.

Seminoles pick apart Jackets
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Paul Hewitt searched up and down the Georgia Tech bench for someone - anyone - to stop Florida State's Tim Pickett on Tuesday night.

Tech announces new assistant coaches
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech head coach Chan Gailey has hired two assistants and promoted two others who are currently on staff.

Tech announces new assistant coaches

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

Pebble a hit no matter who's playing

Driver test could be coming to LPGA Tour
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- The pendulum tester that measures springlike effect in drivers is available on all the major tours in the United States except the LPGA Tour.

Pebble a hit no matter who's playing
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- The greens can be as rough as broccoli.

Swainsboro's Webb has found a way out of a tough childhood

Razorbacks fall to Blue Devils

Swainsboro's Webb has found a way out of a tough childhood
NUNEZ, Ga. - Albert Webb is a busy man, busier than most high school seniors.

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

Thrashers fail to stop Bruins

Rookie to debut in net for Flyers on Wednesday
VOORHEES, N.J. -- With both Philadelphia Flyers goaltenders sidelined, rookie Antero Niittymaki will make his NHL debut Wednesday night against the Washington Capitals.

Thrashers fail to stop Bruins
BOSTON -- Brian Rolston scored on a rebound with 1:33 left Tuesday night to give the Boston Bruins a 5-4 win over the Atlanta Thrashers, despite Dany Heatley's first goal since recovering from a car accident that killed teammate Dan Snyder.

Chicken by any name still is delicious
You know the adage about the rose by any other name? In the culinary world, many names abound for the same basic technique or dish, but the final ensemble usually tastes just about as sweet.

Chicken by any name still is delicious

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.

Let's give Bush some credit
I just want to voice my admiration and praise for the president of the United States. I have heard nothing but bashing from the Democrats for months on end, calling him a traitor, deserter and much more. Mark Detchemendy, Augusta

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

Look further into generic drugs
Regarding your Jan. 18 front-page story, "Generic drugs top list of deals," by Associated Press reporter Lauran Neergaard: Michael Sidener, Augusta

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

Don't use divisive diatribes as letters

Bush's decision-making makes him poor president
No matter how much respect you wish to grant President George W. Bush, events are proving that his decision-making does not stand the test of time. Lowell Greenbaum, Augusta (Editor's note: The writer is the chairperson of the Richmond County Democratic Party.)

Punxsutawney Phil predicts six more weeks of wintry weather

Mars mission enters full swing

Living briefs

Former U.S. surgeons general have plan to cut smoking

Living briefs

New "superheavy" elements reported in Russian atom-smasher

Campaign wants to increase cardiac awareness

Dentists on wheels bring floss and fillings to N.C. mountains

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

Seniors calendar

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

International experts meet to discuss bird flu

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

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.

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.

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.

Former U.S. surgeons general have plan to cut smoking
WASHINGTON -- Four former surgeons general on Tuesday unveiled a plan to reduce smoking that included a $2-per-pack tax they predicted would prompt at least 5 million smokers to quit.

Living briefs
"Shakespeare is the greatest writer who ever lived. Who wouldn't want to know what made him tick?" With that kind of gusto, who wouldn't want to follow host Michael Wood as he goes In Search of Shakespeare, a four-part PBS series starting 8 tonight on WEBA-TV (Channel 14).

International experts meet to discuss bird flu
ROME -- Health, food and animal experts began an urgent meeting Tuesday to discuss the bird flu outbreak in Asia that has killed 13 people, devastated poultry farms and raised concern that the virus could mutate into a more dangerous form.

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.

New "superheavy" elements reported in Russian atom-smasher
Scientists say they've created two new chemical elements, but it's too soon to say they'll be added to the "periodic tables" of high school chemistry textbooks.

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.

Microsoft sets up alternate Web site because of virus threat
REDMOND, Wash. -- Microsoft said Monday it has set up a secondary Web site for users affected by an Internet virus that will seek to block them from the software giant's regular Web sites.

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.

Dentists on wheels bring floss and fillings to N.C. mountains
MICAVILLE, N.C. -- Emily Ray is not only early for her appointment on the ToothBus, she also brings a handmade card with a note for the dentist.

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.

'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.

Sanford recognizes city's work

Suicide attempt delays hearing
A South Carolina death row inmate who was to appear for a hearing in Augusta today on additional capital murder charges attempted suicide Tuesday, according to District Attorney Danny Craig.

Edison abandons plan to ship nuclear reactor vessel around Cape

Conviction overturned for man who shot wife through ceiling
ATLANTA -- The conviction of a Savannah man who fatally shot his wife through the ceiling of his home has been overturned because the trial judge did not provide complete instructions to the jury, the Supreme Court of Georgia has ruled.

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.

Diocese of Savannah: 12 children molested by priests since 1950
ATLANTA -- Twelve children have been sexually abused by six priests over 52 years in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah, according to a new report released by the diocese as part of a nationwide audit by the church.

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.

Atlanta lawmakers seeking tax boost for symphony
ATLANTA -- A new home for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra could get a special tax break from lawmakers under a bill introduced in the Georgia House Tuesday.

Issues attract 'strong' turnout
LANGLEY - It wasn't the candidates but the issues of employment and education that brought John Cochran out to vote at the Langley Community Center on Tuesday afternoon.

Woman who fatally shot ill sons to be paroled in March
ATLANTA -- The woman who was convicted of fatally shooting her two terminally ill sons was paroled Tuesday after serving 21 months of a five-year prison sentence.

Kid of the Day
Today's kid of the day Samuel Joseph McCartney, 6, of Augusta.

CDC increases U.S. bird flu warning
ATLANTA -- Higher numbers of bird flu cases in Asia prompted the federal government Tuesday to increase its warning to health departments and hospitals.

Bill would stop adoptions by unmarried couples
GREENVILLE, S.C. --A bill by state Sen. Mike Fair would change South Carolina's adoption law to bar unmarried couples from becoming foster parents or adopting children in the state's care.

Emory biologic threat center receives federal grant of nearly $1 million
ATLANTA -- A biologic threat center based at Emory University has received nearly $1 million from a federal grant, Emory officials said Tuesday.

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.

Health care industry takes aim at Perdue health care cuts
Ashley Brown will broadcast A.B.'s Sportsline live today from 5-7 p.m. at The Partridge Inn as part of National Signing Day. Area signees will be on hand to meet and greet fans. The event is free to the public.

Ice storm debris piles up
Last week's ice storms are gone, but piles of tree limbs remain, and getting rid of them is the final goal of storm recovery.

Townsend dies of cancer in sleep
AIKEN - Aiken County Coroner Sue Townsend, a tough investigator with a passion for defending the dignity of the dead, died Tuesday evening at her family farm after a four-year battle with cancer, authorities said.

Rants and raves
TO THE PERSON ranting about comparing Bush to Kennedy: I guess working on plans to assassinate Fidel Castro was honorable. How about the Bay of Pigs fiasco? Or bringing us to the brink of nuclear war with the missile crisis with Russia? I see he set the Democratic Party tone with his affairs in the White House. The writer was right about one thing: not being able to imagine the two in the same sentence.

Edwards gets must win
COLUMBIA - John Edwards scored a solid victory in South Carolina's Democratic presidential preference primary Tuesday by capturing almost half the vote and beating his closest competitor by double digits.

Water, sewer rates may go up
Columbia County residents and businesses could see a slight bump in their water and sewer rates this year.

A timely success
Riverside Middle School's Andrew Byrd, 12, celebrates after winning the Columbia County spelling bee by correctly spelling the word ''geochrony.'' Every elementary and middle school in the county sent one representive to the contest held Tuesday at Grovetown Middle School.

News you can use
Feb. 4, 1942 Purchase of three pieces of real estate at the corner of 10th and Telfair streets is expected to provide a site for a USO recreational building. The deal completed yesterday by Augusta City Council is expected to cost $14,509.

Chaplain brings inmates hope
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - When Terry Cliett asks how many people won't return to his church service the next Sunday, he doesn't mind if more than a few raise their hands.

Chaplain brings inmates hope

Residents will get open house
The Georgia Department of Transportation wants to hear from the public about a widening project planned for part of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and 15th Street.

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.

Lawmakers continue fight to save HOPE
ATLANTA - Sweeping reforms to the state's HOPE scholarships hit lawmakers' desks Tuesday, kicking off what promises to be a long, rancorous debate over what should be done to trim costs from the expensive, but popular, scholarship program.

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.

Attorney meets his client for first time
GOOSE CREEK, S.C. - An American citizen captured in Afghanistan in 2001 finally got to meet his attorney for about an hour Tuesday, but it wasn't a private meeting and was recorded by the military.

Edwards gets must win

Churches voice concern over halftime show

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.

Report finds 12 children abused

Across the area

CDC faces loss of money

Bill would stop adoptions by unmarried couples

Flight completions increase

Edwards gets must win

News you can use

Ford Conger Field loses observation tower in fire
AIKEN - An observation tower that serves as the base for official activities at the Aiken Steeplechase burned to the ground early Tuesday.

Drivers to have delays

Police track down wanted logger
AIKEN - South Carolina tree sleuths finally tracked down the elusive logger wanted in connection with more than $6,000 in timber fraud in Aiken County. They found out Tuesday he was behind bars in Richmond County on other charges.

Across the southeast

X-Mart gets new license in error
A Gordon Highway sex shop, shuttered since December, reopened its doors Tuesday afternoon with a business license that was mistakenly renewed late last month.

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.

YDC changes prompt bill to protect services
ATLANTA - Reacting to the privatization of the Augusta YDC, four Augusta lawmakers introduced a bill Tuesday making it harder to turn state services over to private operators.

Kid of the day

Rants and raves
TO THE PERSON ranting about comparing Bush to Kennedy: I guess working on plans to assassinate Fidel Castro was honorable. How about the Bay of Pigs fiasco? Or bringing us to the brink of nuclear war with the missile crisis with Russia? I see he set the Democratic Party tone with his affairs in the White House. The writer was right about one thing: not being able to imagine the two in the same sentence.<

Mediation ordered in city, police suit
MACON, Ga. - A federal judge on Monday ordered mediation for Macon city attorneys and a group of public safety officers who claim they were unfairly passed up for promotions.

Diocese of Savannah: 12 children molested by priests since 1950

Across the area

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.

Augusta Day event proves beneficial to top two projects

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.

Leaders to drive electric vehicles

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.

Ads don't fly with officials

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.

Poll finds many voters undecided

Edwards' win won't win race

DOE delays SRS fuel fabrication facility

YDC changes prompt bill to protect services

Augusta airs out waste site woes

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.

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.

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.

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.

OutKast member to appear in upcoming film

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

News you can use

Agents look for suspect in fraud

Kerry emerges as big winner

General predicts early spring for state

Conviction overturned for man who shot wife through ceiling

Council votes against Army tank in park

Health care industry takes aim at Perdue health care cuts

Airline to provide more flights from Augusta

Gone fishin

Little leaguers get help from idols

A timely success

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.

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

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 area
Richmond County sheriff's investigators are trying to determine the identity of a man who they say forged an Atlanta man's Georgia driver's license and tried to obtain $6,500 using counter checks, officials said.

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.<

Airlines respond to extra traffic
Continental Express and Atlantic Southeast Airlines announced Tuesday they will once again offer many added flights and seats for Masters Week.

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

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

Edison abandons plan to ship nuclear reactor vessel around Cape
SAN DIEGO -- Southern California Edison on Tuesday abandoned a plan to send a 600-ton decommissioned reactor vessel on what would have been the longest voyage ever for a piece of nuclear waste in U.S. history.

Churches voice concern over halftime show
A number of Augusta-area religious organizations have united to express their displeasure over Sunday's Super Bowl halftime show on CBS.

Ice storm debris piles up

Edwards' win won't win race
AIKEN - John Edwards got the decisive South Carolina primary win he said his presidential candidacy needed, but last night's results weren't repeated in enough of the six other states to make him more than a regional power, political observers said Tuesday.

Gone fishin
Andy Minualla, of Bournemath, England, pulls in a fish at Langley Pond in Langley, S.C.

Cobb scholarship opens up Augusta office
Ty Cobb, or at least his legacy, has returned to Augusta, this time in the form of a scholarship foundation.

Emory biologic threat center receives federal grant of nearly $1 million

Report finds 12 children abused
ATLANTA - Twelve children have been sexually abused by six priests over 52 years in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah, according to a new report released by the diocese as part of a nationwide audit by the church.

Oregonians vote on a tax increase

Sanford recognizes city's work
NORTH AUGUSTA - Focusing on supporting small businesses will help South Carolina fight its tight budget crunch, Gov. Mark Sanford said at the Greater North Augusta Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet Tuesday night.

Townsend dies of cancer in sleep

Across the Southeast
ATLANTA - A woman who was convicted of fatally shooting her two terminally ill sons was paroled Tuesday after serving 21 months of a five-year prison sentence.

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.

OutKast member to appear in upcoming film
ATLANTA -- A member of the Atlanta-based rap group OutKast has been chosen for a role in an upcoming sequel to the movie "Get Shorty."

Kid of the Day

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.

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.

Critical choice
Here's what critics are saying about recent movie releases.

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.

Critical choice

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

Barry Manilow goes home after brief hospital stay
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- Singer Barry Manilow was back home Monday after a brief hospital stay for stress-related chest pains.

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

Co-founder of CART latest to leave the troubled series

Co-founder of CART latest to leave the troubled series
Patrick Racing will leave the troubled Championship Auto Racing Teams series and join the rival Indy Racing League if a sponsorship package can be arranged.

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.

Sloan not excited about 900th coaching win

O'Neal suspended one game for using profanities on TV

Blazers fill roster spot with Cook

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.

Blazers fill roster spot with Cook
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Trail Blazers signed guard Omar Cook to a 10-day contract Tuesday.

O'Neal back with Lakers after one-game suspension
CLEVELAND -- Shaquille O'Neal had little to say, and chose his few words very carefully.

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.

Coaches' vote leaves James off roster
NEW YORK - LeBron James missed the cut Tuesday in voting for All-Star reserves, finishing behind Eastern Conference guards Paul Pierce, Michael Redd, Baron Davis and Jason Kidd.

Ainge pursues vision while players, fans wonder

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.

Dunleavy misses first NBA game

Bryant defense hammers investigator on procedures; trying to get evidence thrown out
EAGLE, Colo. -- Hammering at the work of police interrogators, defense attorneys urged a judge Tuesday to bar Kobe Bryant's secretly recorded police statement and physical evidence, including a bloodstained T-shirt, from the NBA star's upcoming rape trial.

Bryant ill, lawyer says; pretrial hearing begins without him

Ainge pursues vision while players, fans wonder
BOSTON -- Paul Pierce stared at the gym floor, while John Carroll barely made eye contact with anyone.

Sloan not excited about 900th coaching win
SALT LAKE CITY -- Before the season started, Jerry Sloan needed just 25 victories to reach 900 in his coaching career.

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

Cowboys win 6th straight
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M kept pushing to the end. No. 13 Oklahoma State pushed harder.

Only two winning teams left in regular season for 19-0 Saint Joe's
PHILADELPHIA -- They've won 19 straight and face only two more winning teams before the Atlantic 10 tournament. And if Saint Joseph's can win out, they'd become the first team since UNLV in 1991 to go to the NCAA tournament undefeated.

Knight under review
LUBBOCK, Texas - Bob Knight's temper has him in trouble again.

Cowher: Maybe Steelers stayed too long with what wasn't working

New Ring Dynasty?

Weiss out four to six weeks with sprained knee ligament

Bengals abandon attempts to grow natural grass in Paul Brown Stadium

Panthers welcomed as champs

It's Patriots' day for Super Bowl champs

Ratings for Super Bowl up slightly over last year

Violence mars Super Bowl celebration

Marino resigns as Dolphins' senior VP of football operations

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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.

Greek military to play key role in Olympic security

U.S. basketball team wavers on staying at athletes' village
Allen Iverson, Tracy McGrady and the rest of the U.S. men's Olympic basketball team might be staying on a boat in Athens instead of bunking down at the athletes' village as originally planned.

Proposed guest-worker policy lacks adequate protections
IN 1986, the United States legalized about 3 million people when it adopted the Immigration Reform and Control Act - a law whose main purpose was an attempt to control unauthorized immigration into the United States. Yet, barely 18 years after its passage, between 8 million to 12 million undocumented workers are estimated to be living in the United States.

Proposed guest-worker policy lacks adequate protections
IN 1986, the United States legalized about 3 million people when it adopted the Immigration Reform and Control Act - a law whose main purpose was an attempt to control unauthorized immigration into the United States. Yet, barely 18 years after its passage, between 8 million to 12 million undocumented workers are estimated to be living in the United States.

Interpol to create database to assist doping crackdown

Agassi would like to help lead tennis in the future

Donovan expresses frustration at collapse of loan to Portsmouth

Russians win pairs short program, Plushenko leads qualifying group

Austrians win Empire State run

Home court suits U.S. Davis Cup team

Overtime

Austrians win Empire State run
NEW YORK -- Austrians ruled the Empire State Building on Tuesday, scampering 86 flights to the observation deck to capture the annual run up the Manhattan skyscraper.

Overtime
Ashley Brown will broadcast A.B.'s Sportsline live today from 5-7 p.m. at The Partridge Inn as part of National Signing Day. Area signees will be on hand to meet and greet fans. The event is free to the public.

Home court suits U.S. Davis Cup team
UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- The U.S. Davis Cup team has every reason to be encouraged this weekend against Austria: Since 1900, the Americans are 27-0 in first-round matches that start at home.

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.

Agassi would like to help lead tennis in the future
Andre Agassi would like to stay involved in tennis once he's no longer on the court - perhaps in a major leadership role.

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.

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.

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.

Star witness takes stand, calls Stewart a very valuable client
NEW YORK -- Martha Stewart was one of stockbroker Peter Bacanovic's two most valuable clients, former broker's assistant Douglas Faneuil testified Tuesday as the government's star witness took the stand.

Oregonians vote on a tax increase
PORTLAND, Ore. -- For the second time in just over a year, Oregonians voted on a tax increase Tuesday amid warnings that the state faces severe budget cuts without the extra $800 million in revenue.

Kerry emerges as big winner
John Kerry rolled up big victories in delegate-rich Missouri, Arizona and two other states to solidify his position as Democratic presidential front-runner. John Edwards countered by taking his native South Carolina in a dramatic seven-state contest Tuesday.

Lieberman says voters were clear
ARLINGTON, Va. - Sen. Joe Lieberman, unable to inspire Democratic voters who embraced his 2000 vice presidential campaign, ended his presidential bid Tuesday night after a string of disappointing defeats. He pronounced himself proud, nonetheless, of the campaign he waged.

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.

Edwards gets must win
COLUMBIA - John Edwards scored a solid victory in South Carolina's Democratic presidential preference primary Tuesday by capturing almost half the vote and beating his closest competitor by double digits.

Razorbacks fall to Blue Devils
Before Tuesday's game, Cross Creek boys basketball coach Tracey Gamble said his team hadn't been playing bad basketball. But, he countered, the Razorbacks seemed to find a game-killing quarter in every contest they played.

Hornets complete sweep of rival Thoroughbreds
AIKEN - Before a packed house at Aiken High Gymnasium on Tuesday, Aiken held South Aiken scoreless for the final 4:36 of the game to win 49-39 and give Aiken a sweep over their inner-city rival.

Marino resigns as Dolphins' senior VP of football operations
MIAMI -- Dan Marino resigned as senior vice president of the Miami Dolphins on Tuesday, only three weeks after accepting a job that brought him back to the team he quarterbacked for 17 seasons.

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

Bengals abandon attempts to grow natural grass in Paul Brown Stadium
CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Bengals are abandoning efforts to grow a natural grass field in Paul Brown Stadium.

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.

It's Patriots' day for Super Bowl champs
BOSTON -- The New England Patriots held high their second Super Bowl trophy in three seasons before a raucous downtown crowd Tuesday, celebrating a championship that was as thrilling as the first one.

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.

Cowher: Maybe Steelers stayed too long with what wasn't working
PITTSBURGH -- Coach Bill Cowher finally talked about a subject he wouldn't discuss at length five weeks ago - what went wrong with the Pittsburgh Steelers' season.

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.

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.

Get a faster refund with direct deposit
Want a faster refund? The IRS says that more taxpayers are choosing direct deposit as the way to get their federal tax refunds. The payment is more secure - there is no check to get lost. And, it's more convenient - no special trip to the bank to deposit a check! To request direct deposit, follow the instructions for "Refund" on your tax return.

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.

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.

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.

California First Lady Maria Shriver quits NBC News

CBS says ratings for Super Bowl up slightly over last year

Gina McKee reprises role in PBS miniseries

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.

CBS apologizes, FCC to investigate Super Bowl halftime show

California First Lady Maria Shriver quits NBC News
NEW YORK -- Maria Shriver quit NBC News on Tuesday, saying it would be too tough to juggle a journalism job with her duties as first lady of California.

Gina McKee reprises role in PBS miniseries
LOS ANGELES -- Gina McKee has her rule. "I've always been quite straightforward about what I will talk about - my work," the British actress says.

Gest says tabloid article caused Minnelli breakup

People in the News

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

Standing ovations

Karaoke pops up around town

Documents, computers among items seized from Neverland Ranch

Firehouse bar takes pride in providing strong, cheap drinks

Extras, extras

FCC vows to investigate Super Bowl halftime show

CBS apologizes for Jackson's display at Super Bowl

Wallace big part of team's future

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.

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

Gamecocks facing inside job

Dates aren't only changes to Regions Cup
The Regions Cup schedule returns to its full slate for 2004, but the dates of some of the events have changed.

My style

Xtreme calendar

Adults need to chill out; teens' lingo is harmless

'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.

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

Westside class on women's literature urges discussion

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."

Girl should not pursue boy who has girlfriend

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?

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:

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.

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

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.

Question of the week

Odds and Ends

Lost wallet returned after 40 years

Customer accused of releasing deadly snakes in bank

Odds and Ends

Boy accidentally shoots brother in 'cops and robbers' game