'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.

National Theatre dominates London critics' awards
LONDON -- From best play to best musical, Britain's National Theatre dominated the 2004 theater awards given Tuesday by the London Critics' Circle.

German anatomist draws criticism for Chinese corpses

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

No relationship between robbery suspects, ex-girlfriend of slain baseball player
CHANDLER, Ariz. -- There is no known relationship between the ex-girlfriend of slain Cincinnati Reds player Dernell Stenson and the suspects in his death, police said Wednesday.

No relationship between robbery suspects, ex-girlfriend of slain baseball player

Eugene Antwan Rhodes Jr.

Jeremiah Edward Hubbard

Treva Elaine Brinson

Isobel Sophia Stinson

Mattie Oakley Berendsen

Greyden Maddox Godwin
Rusty and Teddie Godwin, of Aiken, announce the birth of a son, Greyden Maddox Godwin, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Bobby J. Godwin, of Aiken, and the late Theodore Thompson.

Mattie Oakley Berendsen
Matthew D. Berendsen and Carman D. Doolittle, both of North Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Mattie Oakley Berendsen, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are William and Terri Futreal, of North Augusta, William and Debra Doolittle, of Clearwater, and Steve and Miriam Berendsen, of Warrenville.

Kayla Nicole French
Michael L. French Jr. and Terrie Y. French, of North Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Kayla Nicole French, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Fred Watkins Jr. and Joon Watkins, of North Augusta, Michael French Sr. and Debbie French, of Beech Island, and Darlene Murphy, of Tyler, Texas.

Joey Peyton Ennis

Joey Peyton Ennis
Joseph and Megan Ennis, of North Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Joey Peyton Ennis, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Michelle B. Chaine and Richard and Judy Pritchett, all of North Augusta, and Joe and Lynne Ennis, of Warrenville.

Jonna Grace Ward

Jonna Grace Ward
Mr. and Mrs. Jon Ward, of Sylvania, Ga., announce the birth of a daughter, Jonna Grace Ward, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Ricky Flanders and Priscilla Flanders, both of Sylvania, and Mr. and Mrs. David Ward, of Greenville, S.C.

Jeremiah Edward Hubbard
Clinton E. and Stephanie R. Hubbard, of Grovetown, announce the birth of a son, Jeremiah Edward Hubbard, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are James Cockerham, of Houston, Texas, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Hubbard, of Martinez, and the late Cindy Cockerham.

Treva Elaine Brinson
Joel Brinson and April Shelly, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Treva Elaine Brinson, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Robert Shelly, Carletta Black and James Brinson, all of Augusta, and the late Treva Mae Brinson.

Kayla Nicole French

Jadie MaKenzie Ward
Kenneth Travis Jr. and Donna Ward, both of Aiken, announce the birth of a daughter, Jadie MaKenzie Ward, Monday, Jan. 12, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Cissy Boynton, of Aiken, and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth T. Ward Sr., of North Augusta.

Brock Allen Madden

Isobel Sophia Stinson
Brett C. and April S. Stinson, of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Isobel Sophia Stinson, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Josh Suarez, of Augusta, Peggy Gentle, of Waynesboro, Ga., and Durward B. Stinson, of Boulder, Colo.

Hayden Lawson Skinner

Hayden Lawson Skinner
Randy and Kelly Skinner Jr., of Martinez, announce the birth of a son, Hayden Lawson Skinner, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Robert and Bettie Grejda, of Evans, and Mr. and Mrs. Randy L. Skinner Sr., of Greenwood, S.C.

Randale James Pete

Savana Nikole Schuster
Robbie and Jenni Schuster, of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Savana Nikole Schuster, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Gordon, of Jacksonville, Fla., Nelda Wasson, of Martinez, and Charlie and Connie Schuster, of Jeffersontown, Ky.

Anna Joy Garrard

Eric Douglas Roe
Douglas Roe and Sandra Krzywda, both of Martinez, announce the birth of a son, Eric Douglas Roe, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Frances Krzywda, of Grovetown, and the late Edward F. Krzywda, and Jackie Roe, of Augusta, and the Robert D. Roe.

Sammy Russell Proctor

Victoria Danielle Revels
Daniel J. Revels and Zenda S. Garnett, both of Grovetown, announce the birth of a daughter, Victoria Danielle Revels, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are John and Williette Garnett, of Grovetown, and Rickey Revels and Hattie Gregory, both of Beech Island.

Victoria Danielle Revels

Sammy Russell Proctor
Adam L. Proctor Sr. and Connie N. Proctor, of Langley, announce the birth of a son, Sammy Russell Proctor, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Larry S. Bryant, Connie F. Bryant, David L. Horne Sr. and Tammy Horne, all of Bath, and Russell and Melanie Proctor, of Aiken.

Eugene Antwan Rhodes Jr.
Eugene A. Rhodes and Veronica T. Fields, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Eugene Antwan Rhodes Jr., Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Tunisia Stephens, of New York, Vernon H. Fields Sr., of Augusta, and Jacqueline Rhodes and Jerome Muldro, both of Sumter, S.C.

Eric Douglas Roe

Tyler George Nelson

Jadie MaKenzie Ward

Jacob Wayne Kitchens

Greyden Maddox Godwin

Savana Nikole Schuster

Brock Allen Madden
Daniel and Kristy Madden, of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Brock Allen Madden, Friday, Jan. 16, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Charles and Sonja Moore and Charles Madden, all of Augusta, and Robin Golden, of Miami.

Randale James Pete
Randale and Lisa Pete, of Beech Island, announce the birth of a son, Randale James Pete, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Hollis and Theresa Thompson, of Baltimore, Md., Pearl La Cour, of Jennings, La., and the late Russell Pete.

Anna Joy Garrard
Mr. and Mrs. Brent Garrard, of Martinez, announce the birth of a daughter, Anna Joy Garrard, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Ellison, of Snellville, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Garrard, of Lincolnton, Ga.

Tyler George Nelson
Tim and Nicole Nelson, of Appling, announce the birth of a son, Tyler George Nelson, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gary Justesen and Barbara Burton, all of Martinez, and Robert Nelson, of Belleville, Ill.

Jacob Wayne Kitchens
Mark and Toni Kitchens, of Harlem, announce the birth of a son, Jacob Wayne Kitchens, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Salazar, of Grovetown, and Mr. and Mrs. D.G. Kitchens Sr., of Augusta.

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.

Odds and Ends
ST. GEORGE, Utah -- Laura Moody got something black and blue for her wedding, but unfortunately it was her groom.

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.

Foster child forced to 'wait' on grandfather's corpse
CLARK, N.J. -- A couple has been charged with forcing their 13-year-old foster daughter to take meals to an elderly relative's room for several weeks even though they knew the man had died, prosecutors said.

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.

Broker's assistant: Martha sold stock after tip
NEW YORK -- A former Merrill Lynch assistant testified Wednesday that Martha Stewart told him to sell her ImClone Systems stock after he advised her that the company founder was dumping his own shares.

Delta launches designer uniform makeover

Tree removal businesses reap rewards of cleanup

Factory orders surge by 1.1 percent in December
WASHINGTON --America's factories saw orders rebound in December, rising by a strong 1.1 percent, a fresh sign that the national economy's recovery was in full stride as it headed into the new year.

Source: Parmalat asks insolvency for seven foreign units

Niche Internet retailers sales are increasing
NEW YORK -- Who would have thought that online sites like Zappos.com, which sells $350 designer shoes and other footwear, or Bluenile.com, which sells expensive diamonds, would thrive in the aftermath of the dot-com bust?

Oracle raises PeopleSoft bid to $26 per share

Getting a new home
St. Francis Animal Hospital, which operates one of the city's two emergency animal clinics, is moving to a more convenient location.

Star witness takes stand, calls Stewart a very valuable client

Broker's assistant: Martha sold stock after tip

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.

Ford and GM see sales slide in January

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

Gadzooks files for bankruptcy

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.

Airport adds to rental options

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?

Source: Parmalat asks insolvency for seven foreign units
ROME -- Parmalat asked a bankruptcy court on Wednesday to declare insolvent five Dutch subsidiaries and two in Luxembourg, a move that will temporarily protect the units from creditors, a source familiar with the matter said.

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.

Oracle raises PeopleSoft bid to $26 per share
SAN FRANCISCO -- Business software maker Oracle Corp. raised its hostile takeover bid for rival PeopleSoft Inc. by 33 percent to $26 per share Wednesday, setting the stage for more high-stakes drama in the high-tech soap opera.

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.

Business briefs
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. - Transportation giant CSX Corp. will announce a second round of job cuts today, part of a management restructuring plan announced in November to cut the railroad company's costs and improve customer service.

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.

Chrysler unveils new mid-size Dakota pickup
CHICAGO -- The Chrysler Group's latest addition to its expanded lineup is a beefier mid-size pickup, the redesigned and more powerful Dakota that is scheduled to reach showrooms this fall.

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.

Former GE boss Jack Welch is writing new book
NEW YORK -- Jack Welch, the former General Electric boss and author of the best-selling "Jack: Straight From the Gut," is writing a how-to book for business people. "Winning" will be published by HarperCollins in 2005.

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.

Chrysler unveils new mid-size Dakota pickup

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.

Factory orders surge by 1.1 percent in December

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.

Possible merger of two moneymaking agencies

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

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.

Some companies turn music file-swapping into a legitimate business

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

Local star takes faith to BYU

SEC football signings

Area seniors ink decisions

Croom's first recruiting class receives low grade; Rebels rack up

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.

Signing Day Top 10 Lists

Small colleges locked in tough battles for recruits, too

Signing Day Top Players List

Croom's first recruiting class receives low grade; Rebels rack up
JACKSON, Miss. -- Sylvester Croom's first recruiting class as Mississippi State coach doesn't look too good on paper.

ACC football signings
Atlantic Coast Conference football signings

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

National Signing Day
Years of hard work and dedication paid off Wednesday for more than three dozen area high school athletes who signed national letters of intent to play college football.

ACC football signings

Local star takes faith to BYU
Ibrahim Rashada didn't have to worry about choosing a school on Wednesday's National Signing Day. His decision was well in hand.

Small colleges locked in tough battles for recruits, too
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Most of the recruiting classes go unrated and there's hardly any hoopla compared with Division I, but small colleges across South Carolina fight just as hard leading up to signing day.

Area seniors ink decisions
Camera flashes filled the room as happy parents and friends marked the momentous occasion.

A list of Auburn's football signees

SEC football signings
Players who signed letters-of-intent Wednesday with Southeastern Conference schools, including name, position, height, weight, school and hometown:

A list of Auburn's football signees
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Signing Day Top Players List
The top 25 high school players as rated by Rivals.com, StudentSports.com, SuperPrep Magazine, Prep Football Report and Max Emfinger - five of the top recruiting reports (school of choice in parentheses)

Signing Day Top 10 Lists
The Top 10 teams on signing day as rated by rivals.com, SuperPrep magazine, Max Emfinger, StudentSports.com and Prep Football Report - five of the country's top recruiting reports:

Federal judge seeks input on confidential sources in Price case

Bob Knight: Has he changed?

Knight under review

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

Dates aren't only changes to Regions Cup

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

Heartfelt wishes for MCG

Will Kerry snub Dixie?
In the Democratic race for the presidential nomination, does John Edwards' double digit win in South Carolina and virtual tie for first with Wesley Clark in Oklahoma give the North Carolina U.S. senator a chance to overtake John Kerry? Kerry swept five out of seven primaries and caucuses Tuesday, including the biggest delegate prize, Missouri.

Will Kerry snub Dixie?

Politicians endangering kids
Ugly partisanship is endangering Georgia's child protection bill that holds parents criminally liable for recklessly endangering their kids. Ours is the only state that doesn't have such a statute, which is why GOP Gov. Sonny Perdue and Democratic Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor agreed last month to work together to pass one.

Pay up or don't tax
Take any arbitrary group of 236 taxpayers and some are most likely in arrears on their taxes. But how many? Would three be a lot?

Door flings open?

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.

Politicians endangering kids

Pay up or don't tax

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.

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.

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.

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.

Spike Lee: Jackson's breast baring a "new low" for entertainers
NEW YORK -- Film director Spike Lee criticized Janet Jackson's surprise breast-baring during the Super Bowl halftime show last weekend as a "new low" of attention-getting antics by entertainers.

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.

People in the News
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas doesn't believe in that "greed is good" philosophy uttered by his character, Gordon Gekko, in the 1987 film "Wall Street."

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.

The top five list
Here are the top five TV shows, movies, music, concerts and video sales.

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.

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

Investors lose enthusiasm for tech stocks
NEW YORK -- A tentative business spending forecast by Cisco Systems Inc. hit the technology sector hard Wednesday, with the Nasdaq composite index falling to its lowest level since Jan. 2. The selloff dragged the rest of the market downward in volatile trading.

Tokyo stocks end lower, dollar down against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo's benchmark stock index lost nearly 2 percent Wednesday as investors drove down bank and technology shares. The U.S. dollar slipped against the Japanese yen.

Massachusetts regulators hit Franklin Templeton
BOSTON -- State regulators accused the parent company of mutual fund firm Franklin Templeton of fraud Wednesday for allegedly allowing a Las Vegas businessman to market time $45 million in mutual funds in exchange for a $10 million investment in Franklin funds.

What to do if you haven't received a Form 1099

Dollar down, gold up in Europe

Survey shows workers expect more cuts in retirement benefits
NEW YORK -- Workers expect employers to cut more of their retirement benefits - and three-quarters of companies have either done so or plan to, a new survey says.

Ford Explorer Sport Trac gets worst rating in federal rollover tests
WASHINGTON -- The Ford Explorer Sport Trac got the worst rating among 14 vehicles subjected to a new government safety test designed to predict the likelihood of a rollover during a sharp turn.

Investors lose enthusiasm for tech stocks

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.

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

Ford Explorer Sport Trac gets worst rating in federal rollover tests

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.

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.

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.

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?

Small portions

Cook up comfort food for warmth

Book reveals secrets of cowboy cooks

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

Pizza makers painfully consider low-carb dough

Yellow Jackets clean up
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech beat Atlantic Coast Conference rivals Florida State and Miami for a couple of top prep players. The Yellow Jackets can only hope that success transfers to the field.

Georgia Tech football signing list
Players who signed letters-of-intent Tuesday with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, including name, position, height, weight, school and hometown:

Georgia Tech beats Florida State, Miami and Georgia for recruits
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech beat Atlantic Coast Conference rivals Florida State and Miami for a couple of top prep players. The Yellow Jackets can only hope that success transfers to the field.

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.

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.

Georgia Tech beats Florida State, Miami and Georgia for recruits

Tech announces new assistant coaches

Yellow Jackets clean up

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

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.

Experience pays off at Pebble
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Davis Love III had the crystal trophy under his arm as he walked to the practice range Wednesday morning at Pebble Beach, prompting a sarcastic protest from one of the caddies.

Experience pays off at Pebble

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

Prep basketball scores

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.

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.

Atlanta expected to get 2005 NHL All-Star game

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.

Thrashers fail to stop Bruins

Thrashers activate Exelby, reassign Cassivi and Foster

Wild get victory early on
NEW YORK - Sergei Zholtok scored the tying goal early in the third period, and Marian Gaborik netted the winner with 6:26 left to rally the Minnesota Wild to a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.

Atlanta expected to get 2005 NHL All-Star game
ATLANTA -- The NHL is expected to announce Thursday that the 2005 NHL All-Star game will be held in Atlanta.

Thrashers activate Exelby, reassign Cassivi and Foster
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers activated Garnet Exelby from injured reserve and reassigned goaltender Frederic Cassivi and defenseman Kurtuis Foster to the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.

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

Super Bowl show a disgrace for all
Several Augusta community religious leaders and WRDW Channel 12 want to express our profound disappointment in the inappropriate display during the halftime Super Bowl show. Many of the local churches, synagogues and other religious organizations sponsored Super Bowl parties, as youth activities, to watch the game. Dr. Rodger Murchison, associate pastor, First Baptist Church, Augusta

Will vote against more sales tax

Glad to live in Hankerson's district

Will vote against more sales tax
A total of $8.8 million for inner-city improvements that would possibly be matched by HUD. I rarely see myself agreeing with city Administrator George Kolb, but this time I do. The inner city's dilapidated neighborhoods are part of Augusta and should receive a significant share of any sales tax revenue because it is the right thing to do for our less-fortunate communities, and it is an investment into our tax coffers. However, the majority of our sales tax committee decided they should exclude it for capital improvements, because they need to know where the improvements will specifically be oriented - yet they approved the amphitheater without any impact studies and against the citizens' will of the proposed location. Sure sign of hypocrisy and white envelopes appearing in dark corners. Charlie Hannah, Augusta

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

Super Bowl show a disgrace for all

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.)

Cheek's DUI charge no big deal
Why do we build statues in honor of those whose antics most of us are tired of, while attempting to assassinate the character of one of our leaders for making a mistake many of us are guilty of? Jason A. Johnson, Augusta

Glad to live in Hankerson's district
I attended a quarterly community meeting recently that was held at the Henry Brigham Community Center. I was very impressed with the diverse group of attendees that included area residents, community and political leaders. Apparently, they saw the need to attend an early Saturday morning meeting. Helen Blocker-Adams, 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

Bird flu death toll rises to 15

Living briefs

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

Living briefs

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

Playthings from the past can fetch big bucks

International experts meet to discuss bird flu

Health and fitness calendar

New "superheavy" elements reported in Russian atom-smasher

Bird flu death toll rises to 15
BANGKOK, Thailand -- Asia's human death toll from bird flu rose to 15 Wednesday while China addressed its broadening zone of infected poultry with a new bird flu headquarters and Singaporeans turned in pet chickens for slaughter.

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
The Junior League of Augusta will hold its 52nd Annual Attic Sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 6 at the Augusta Exchange Club Fairgrounds at the corner of Fourth and Hale streets.

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.

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).

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.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, 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.

Playthings from the past can fetch big bucks
The first reaction is one of disbelief. The box that an antique toy was packaged in can fetch a larger price than the toy itself?

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.

Switch in next space station crew lineup considered
MOSCOW -- U.S. and Russian space officials are considering changing the crew of the next mission to the international space station, a Russian space official said Wednesday.

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.

Edison abandons plan to ship nuclear reactor vessel around Cape

Kid of the day

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

Kerry emerges as big winner

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.

Arrest alters Brown tribute

Sanford appoints FBI agent to lead Public Safety

Rants and raves
HERE WE GO AGAIN. Only in America can you be honored by the president of the United States at the Kennedy Center and 30 days later be the guest of the Aiken County Sheriff's Department. That a way, James. Make your town proud.

Man pleads guilty to 2001 shooting spree

Complex named for 17th UGA president

Airport works to gain businesses

Edwards' win won't win race

Campaign rivals look for future victories

Churches voice concern over halftime show

Teacher specialist program gets mixed results in review

Proposed children's center drops appeal of zoning decision

Bush's S.C. visit comes on heels of Democratic primary

Across the area

Georgia primary will be big

Murder case prompts cancellation of Miss Savannah competition
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- This year's Miss Savannah competition was called off because of the bad press surrounding the most recent titleholder, who is accused of killing her boyfriend.

Plan to ship nuclear reactor vessel around South America abandonded
SAN DIEGO -- A California utility 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.

Ice storm debris piles up

Majette endorses John Kerry for president
DECATUR, Ga. -- U.S. Rep. Denise Majette announced Wednesday she is endorsing John Kerry in his bid for the Democratic nomination for president.

Rhinehart's goes distance to open

Singer, husband to take drug rehab course
ATLANTA -- R&B singer Faith Evans and her husband, record executive Todd Russaw, agreed Wednesday to enroll in a drug rehabilitation program for drug possession charges made against them last month, Fulton County prosecutors said.

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.

School official wants student to end work-study at Hooters
GUYTON, Ga. -- Seventeen-year-old Laura Williams didn't see anything wrong with working at Hooters for class credit.

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.

Judge orders Georgia poisoning trial moved
MARIETTA, Ga. -- A judge ruled Wednesday that the trial of a woman charged with poisoning her police officer husband with antifreeze should be moved out of the county because of difficulty selecting an impartial jury.

Site suggests man was here earlier than thought
Albert Goodyear's first assertion that prehistoric man lived along the Savannah River 20,000 years ago drew dubious stares from his peers in the archaeology community.

Alpharetta approves teen curfew
ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- The city of Alpharetta has implemented an 11 p.m. curfew on teens.

Georgia split in legal fight over Chattahoochee water

Man pleads guilty to 2001 shooting spree
EAST POINT, Ga. -- A DeKalb County man has pleaded guilty to a 2001 shooting spree that left two people dead and two others wounded in East Point, including his former wife.

Site suggests man was here earlier than thought

Georgia split in legal fight over Chattahoochee water
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- The state of Georgia is no longer united in its decade-long battle for water with Alabama and Florida.

Parents of baby killed in meth fire given life sentences

Parents of baby killed in meth fire given life sentences
RINGGOLD, Ga. -- The parents of a baby who died after a methamphetamine lab explosion in their house three years ago were convicted of felony murder and sentenced to life in prison Tuesday.

Majette endorses John Kerry for president

Proposed children's center drops appeal of zoning decision
HAMILTON, Ga. -- Backers of a proposed $250 million center to house abused, neglected and orphaned children in west Georgia have dropped their lawsuit against Harris County to gain zoning approval for center development.

Georgia faces Medicaid loss

Phone competitors want investigation of BellSouth
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- BellSouth's competitors want state Attorney General Henry McMaster to investigate the company's lobbying practices for possible antitrust law violations.

Flying high

Teen sentenced for role in slaying
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- A Greenville teenager has been sentenced to a boot camp for his part in the shooting death of a man on Halloween night 2002.

Conviction overturned for man who shot wife through ceiling

Bush's S.C. visit comes on heels of Democratic primary
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Just two days after South Carolina's Democratic presidential primary, President Bush was set to make a speech Thursday on port security.

Edwards gets must win

Teacher specialist program gets mixed results in review
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A review of South Carolina's teacher specialist program shows teachers feel it is a benefit, but school ratings have not improved significantly since it was implemented.

Kid of the Day

Sanford appoints FBI agent to lead Public Safety
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Gov. Mark Sanford tapped the FBI's top agent in South Carolina to run the state's largest law enforcement agency.

Health care industry takes aim at Perdue health care cuts

Charleston Naval Hospital to curtail elderly care
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Charleston Naval Hospital will soon stop providing primary care to about 600 elderly military retirees, in part because the war in Iraq has left it short on doctors.

A timely success

Creativity, Service urged for state's largest industry
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- South Carolina's largest industry must think of creative ways to lure visitors and stress service once the tourists are here, those attending the Governor's Conference on Travel and Tourism were told.

Oregonians vote on a tax increase

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Kameron M. Brooks, 3, of Augusta.

Edwards gets must win

Rants and raves
HERE WE GO AGAIN. Only in America can you be honored by the president of the United States at the Kennedy Center and 30 days later be the guest of the Aiken County Sheriff's Department. That a way, James. Make your town proud.<

Diocese of Savannah: 12 children molested by priests since 1950

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - Former Treutlen County Sheriff Wayne Hooks was sentenced Wednesday to five years of probation for using excessive force on two men at the county jail.

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.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The Legislature re-elected state Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal to another term Wednesday and later elected a sitting House member to the Employment Security Commission.

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.

Officials attempt money talks
South Carolina officials are trying to set up a meeting to talk federal officials out of making the state repay $100 million in Medicaid money, a spokesman said.

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.

Murphy to pursue YDC fight
If the state rules that the bidding process for the Augusta YDC contract was corrupted, Rep. Quincy Murphy wants things to go back to the way they were at the south Augusta boys' detention center.

Report finds 12 children abused

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.

Boy totes marijuana to day care
The mother of a 4-year-old Augusta boy was arrested after police said her child brought a bag of marijuana to his day care.

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.

Judge orders Georgia poisoning trial moved

Georgia primary will be big
AIKEN - Democratic presidential hopefuls who stumped across South Carolina for months have left, but they can't forget about the South, not with two more Dixie primaries in Tennessee and Virginia next week and the March 2 contest in Georgia.

State could drop TerraNova test

Airport works to gain businesses
Their goal, they say, is to give as many disadvantaged businesses in the Augusta area as possible a chance to bid on Augusta Regional Airport contracts.

Plan to ship nuclear reactor vessel around South America abandonded

Speakers insist fight for equality must go on
Paine College students on Wednesday were encouraged to remember the activists who fought for school desegregation and to maintain their battle for a quality education.

Murder case prompts cancellation of Miss Savannah competition

MCG gets peek at center
It is only four feet, but the slope of the ceiling inside the lab at the Medical College of Georgia bestows a sense of enlightenment to Howard Wertheimer.

Smoking in cars with children may be crime

State could drop TerraNova test
AIKEN - South Carolina pupils could spend less time penciling in bubbles on answer sheets next year if legislators decide to eliminate one of the state's achievement tests.

Creativity, Service urged for state's largest industry

Speakers insist fight for equality must go on

Complex named for 17th UGA president
The Life Sciences Building at the University of Georgia will be named for Fred C. Davison, the university's 17th president and the man widely credited as the architect of its rise into the ranks of America's top research institutions.

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 Georgia

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.

Singer, husband to take drug rehab course

Flying high
Brad Singer, 2 of Aiken, pushes his nanny, Catherine Carroll, in the swing at the H. Odell Weeks Activity Center playground. Brad and his nanny were out enjoying Wednesday's sunny weather.

Arrest alters Brown tribute
Plans for a statue of James Brown are expected to proceed for downtown Augusta, but a music festival to be named in the Godfather of Soul's honor will drop the affiliation because of public backlash from his recent arrest.

Charleston Naval Hospital to curtail elderly care

Kerry solidifies his front-runner status

Rhinehart's goes distance to open
Seven feet could make the difference in whether Rhinehart's Oyster Bar can open a restaurant in Columbia County, a proposal that was struck down last year because it was too close to an elementary school.

Bill would stop adoptions by unmarried couples

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.

Across the area

Smoking in cars with children may be crime
ATLANTA - Georgia lawmakers are considering making it a crime to smoke in a car with the windows up and children inside.

OutKast member to appear in upcoming film

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.

YDC changes prompt bill to protect services

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.

Georgia faces Medicaid loss
It is the lesser of two evils for Mark Feltham of Blair House nursing home in south Augusta.

News you can use
Feb. 5, 1976 Augusta Mayor Lewis A. Newman blamed the Richmond County legislative delegation yesterday for a delay in approval of a consolidation bill.

Alpharetta approves teen curfew

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.

Gone fishin

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Townsend dies of cancer in sleep

Across the area
An Augusta high school student who claimed that she had been raped after school in December has since told school officials that she had consensual sex, tribunal records state.

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

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.

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."

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.

Sanford recognizes city's work

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.

Chaplain brings inmates hope

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Georgia primary will be big

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Golden Hawks export talent
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - The primary export from Washington County is kaolin, the versatile chalky white clay that puts the gloss in your magazines and the "kao" in your Kaopectate.

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

Gibson's "Passion" movie not anti-Semitic, says Jewish co-star

Gibson's "Passion" movie not anti-Semitic, says Jewish co-star
BUCHAREST, Romania -- The actress who plays Mary in Mel Gibson's passion-stirring biblical epic "The Passion of the Christ" says her parents were Holocaust survivors but she does not consider the film anti-Semitic.

Academy workers spend a night with secrets

Critical choice

Oscar Ballots: What you see if you're an Academy Awards voter

Academy workers spend a night with secrets
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- The two copy repairmen contaminated themselves by getting off an elevator on the wrong floor. They would have to be questioned - and possibly quarantined.

Oscar Ballots: What you see if you're an Academy Awards voter
LOS ANGELES -- Imagine you're one of the roughly 5,800 people who get to decide which movies get Oscars and which don't.

OutKast fans go along for group's 'weirdo' ride
NEW YORK -- As OutKast prepared to release "Speakerboxxx-The Love Below" last fall, even the ever-adventurous Andre 3000 worried that the group had finally gone too far.

Timberlake bandmate removed from Pro Bowl halftime show

Timberlake bandmate removed from Pro Bowl halftime show
HONOLULU -- Waves from the Janet Jackson Super Bowl fiasco reached Hawaii on Wednesday, as the NFL banned one of Justin Timberlake's bandmates from the Pro Bowl halftime show.

OutKast fans go along for group's 'weirdo' ride

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.

Drivers often take to the track before graduating high school

Co-founder of CART latest to leave the troubled series

Design of Taurus is team effort
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The development of the 2004 racing model of the Ford Taurus not only represents a collective effort, it might prove to be the blueprint for the rest of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.

NASCAR newsmaker Dale Earnhardt

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.

Design of Taurus is team effort

NASCAR newsmaker Dale Earnhardt
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. is carrying on a family tradition at the Daytona International Speedway. Like his father, he continues to dominate races at the 2.5-mile speedway in February, but he struggles in the one race that counts most - the Daytona 500. The third-generation driver talked about his schedule at Daytona, including the defense of his Budweiser Shootout all-star victory on Saturday night.

Drivers often take to the track before graduating high school
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The next six months are important for Reed Sorenson.

Williams wins pretrial rulings
SOMERVILLE, N.J. -- Jayson Williams won key pretrial rulings in his manslaughter case as a state judge refused to allow prosecutors to introduce evidence that the retired NBA star killed his dog with a shotgun and then ordered a witness at gunpoint to bury the animal.

Ainge pursues vision while players, fans wonder

Williams wins pretrial rulings

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.

McGrady misses game because of back spasms
TORONTO -- Orlando star Tracy McGrady missed the Magic's game Wednesday night against the Raptors because of back spasms.

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

McGrady misses game because of back spasms

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.

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.

Blazers fill roster spot with Cook

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

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

Duke women upset
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Shante Williams had 20 points and eight assists to help Florida State upset second-ranked Duke 80-74 Wednesday night, ending the Blue Devils' 51-game winning streak in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

Bob Knight: Has he changed?
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Maybe it's the wide open spaces of West Texas. Or perhaps it's all those years of scrapes at Indiana.

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

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.

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

It's Patriots' day for Super Bowl champs

Nevada sports bettors wagered record $81.2 million on Super Bowl

Marino resigns as Dolphins' senior VP of football operations

ESPN cancels 'Playmakers'

Bon Jovi hoping for blaze of glory in move from arena rock to arena football

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

Bengals abandon attempts to grow natural grass in Paul Brown Stadium

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Mr. Dudley Stewart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Dorothea Berry (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Mr. Abe Rice (CHICAGO, ILL.)

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Mrs. Fannie Moore (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Mr. Marshall Mathis, Sr. (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret McGowan (LAKELAND, Fla.)

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Mr. Oren L. Kitchens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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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.

Speedskater won't compete in cycling in Athens
Speedskating gold medalist Chris Witty, who competed in cycling at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, won't pursue her cycling career at the Athens Games.

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.

Camp Guy

Austrians win Empire State run

Home court suits U.S. Davis Cup team

Overtime

Overtime

Agassi would like to help lead tennis in the future

Carlos Ruiz reports to Galaxy training camp two days late

Augusta Arsenal set for soccer shootout

Carlos Ruiz reports to Galaxy training camp two days late
CARSON, Calif. -- Forward Carlos Ruiz reported to the Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday - two days after the MLS team began training for the 2004 season.

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.

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
The Augusta Lynx traded winger Josh Bennett to the Cincinnati Cyclones on Wednesday in exchange for forward Terry Marchant.

Augusta Arsenal set for soccer shootout
It doesn't have the tradition or international feel of the Masters Tournament, and it doesn't pay out the kind of purses the Augusta Futurity offers each year.

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.

Camp Guy
Former Oakland Raider punter Ray Guy speaks to the children attending his kicking camp at Evans High School on Wednesday. Guy, who was a member of the 1977, '81 and '84 championship teams, holds the camp every year.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Campaign rivals look for future victories
John Kerry's chief rivals all but ceded three weekend elections to the high-striding presidential front-runner on Wednesday, covering their retreat with fresh claims that he is a flip-flopping Washington insider who would lead the party to defeat this fall.

Kerry solidifies his front-runner status
WASHINGTON - Even defeat is kind to Sen. John Kerry, not that the Democratic front-runner has tasted much of it in the latest round of presidential primaries and caucuses.

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.

Prep basketball scores
Area prep basketball scores.

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.

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.

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.

Bon Jovi hoping for blaze of glory in move from arena rock to arena football
PHILADELPHIA -- Putting singer Jon Bon Jovi's name on the marquee has been good for business.

Nevada sports bettors wagered record $81.2 million on Super Bowl
LAS VEGAS -- The Super Bowl was a record-setter in Vegas.

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.

Patriots are guests of honor in Hawaii for Pro Bowl
HONOLULU -- Willie McGinest stood on the sideline at Aloha Stadium, sweating in the Hawaii sun and gulping air. He put one hand on his knees and raised the other to salute a small group of fans cheering, "Super Bowl! Super Bowl!"

ESPN cancels 'Playmakers'
ESPN canceled "Playmakers" after one season Wednesday, in part because the NFL considered the show offensive and an unfair representation of the league.

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.

Golden Hawks export talent

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.

What to do if you haven't received a Form 1099
If you received certain types of income, you may receive a Form 1099 for use with your federal tax return. You should receive these forms from the payer by early February, according to the IRS. Payers have until Jan. 31, 2004, to mail these to you. If you have not received an expected 1099 by a few days after that, contact the payer. If you still do not get the form by Feb. 15, call the IRS for help at 1-800-829-1040.

Gina McKee reprises role in PBS miniseries

For 'ER,' it's been a decade of love

For 'ER,' it's been a decade of love

Other reality shows pale in comparison with Super Bowl
NEW YORK -- Would-be singing stars, business apprentices and obnoxious fiances pale in comparison with television's ultimate reality show: the Super Bowl.

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.

California First Lady Maria Shriver quits NBC News

For 'ER,' it's been a decade of love
LOS ANGELES -- Love is always the best medicine on "ER." After 10 years of the NBC drama, the staff at County General Hospital has created an impressive file of romances. Doctors have played doctor with each other, with nurses and with paramedics.

Other reality shows pale in comparison with Super Bowl

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.

Standing ovations

Gest says tabloid article caused Minnelli breakup

Extras, extras

Spike Lee: Jackson's breast baring a "new low" for entertainers

Firehouse bar takes pride in providing strong, cheap drinks

The top five list

Documents, computers among items seized from Neverland Ranch

Karaoke pops up around town

People in the News

FCC vows to investigate Super Bowl halftime show

Wright leads Bulldogs to victory
ATHENS, Ga. - Donald Wright's son was the best 3-point shooter and scorer in the family and on the floor Wednesday night.

Bulldogs reel in Miller
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia locked up most of its recruiting class long before the players officially signed on the dotted line Wednesday.

Gamecocks stem Tide in OT
COLUMBIA - Kerbrell Brown was whistled for his second foul just 2:54 into Wednesday's game.

Negativity haunts Gamecocks, Tigers on recruiting trail
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Both South Carolina coach Lou Holtz and Clemson coach Tommy Bowden say they had to fight more than other teams for recruits this season.

Negativity haunts Gamecocks, Tigers on recruiting trail

Gamecocks stem Tide in OT

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.

Odds and Ends

Customer accused of releasing deadly snakes in bank

Odds and Ends

Boy accidentally shoots brother in 'cops and robbers' game