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.

Galleries calendar
Here's what is exhibited at area galleries.

Artists bring out works for celebration

Artists bring out works for celebration
Tire City artists Raoul Pacheco and Shishir Chokshi are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Artists' Row galleries with a road trip - albeit a short one.

Artists bring out works for celebration

Artists bring out works for celebration
Tire City artists Raoul Pacheco and Shishir Chokshi are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Artists' Row galleries with a road trip - albeit a short one.

Erickson eager to compete for spot in Mets' rotation

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.

Erickson eager to compete for spot in Mets' rotation

Erickson eager to compete for spot in Mets' rotation
NEW YORK -- Sitting out a whole season made Scott Erickson even more eager to get going.

Erickson eager to compete for spot in Mets' rotation
NEW YORK -- Sitting out a whole season made Scott Erickson even more eager to get going.

Guthrie agrees to minor league deal with Pirates
PITTSBURGH -- Left-hander Mark Guthrie agreed Thursday to a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates and was invited to spring training.

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

It's annoying when your mental jukebox gets stuck

Joey Peyton Ennis

Savana Nikole Schuster

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.

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.

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.

Jeremiah Edward Hubbard

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jacob Wayne Kitchens

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.

Randale James Pete

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

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.

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
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.

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.

Jadie MaKenzie Ward

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.

Mattie Oakley Berendsen

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.

Jonna Grace Ward

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.

Sammy Russell Proctor

Isobel Sophia Stinson

Tyler George Nelson

Eugene Antwan Rhodes Jr.

Greyden Maddox Godwin

Victoria Danielle Revels

Treva Elaine Brinson

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

Eric Douglas Roe

Brock Allen Madden

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.

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.

Odds and Ends
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Three livestock exhibitors at last year's Ohio State Fair have been disqualified for allegedly outfitting their Holstein cows with hairpieces.

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

Factory orders surge by 1.1 percent in December

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.

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.

Cold weather, clearance sales help major retailers
NEW YORK -- Record-breaking cold temperatures and clearance sales helped lift January sales above expectations for many of the nation's retailers, including merchants who lagged the competition in recent months.

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?

Cold weather, clearance sales help major retailers

Chrysler unveils new mid-size Dakota pickup

Pixar earnings call sparks war of words with Disney

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.

Productivity slows in final quarter of 2003

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.

Medical body to secure funds

Time Warner Center brings new retail, residential space to New York
NEW YORK -- The city's West Side has a new retail, residential and commercial anchor, bringing high-end shopping, luxury living and the new headquarters of Time Warner Corp. to a corner overlooking Central Park.

Source: Parmalat asks insolvency for seven foreign units

Oracle raises PeopleSoft bid to $26 per share

Time Warner Center brings new retail, residential space to New York

Broker's assistant: Martha sold stock after tip

Pixar earnings call sparks war of words with Disney
LOS ANGELES -- The already contentious relationship between Pixar Animation Studios and The Walt Disney Co. took a turn for the worse as the companies traded harsh words about their recent breakup.

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.

Restaurants work to reduce lines on Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day, the night when couples and families celebrate their love over fancy dinners and wine.

Restaurants work to reduce lines on Valentine's Day

Perdue wants help for small businesses
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue said Thursday he wants to channel more state resources to small businesses and entrepreneurs, especially in rural areas, in part because Georgia has a higher percentage of startups that fail than the national average.

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.

Medical body to secure funds
The state body responsible for creating a biotechnology center in Augusta has moved closer to securing funding and staving off a fiscal crisis that threatens to end the 3-year-old group's operations.

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.

Business briefs
The Augusta Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau will offer its free Family Reunion Workshop from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the rotunda of the Augusta Museum of History at 560 Reynolds St.

Productivity slows in final quarter of 2003
WASHINGTON -- The productivity of America's workers slowed in the final three months of 2003, advancing at a 2.7 percent annual rate - a still respectable pace that bodes well for the economy's strengthening recovery.

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.

Area seniors ink decisions

A list of Auburn's football signees
AUBURN

Recruiting grades rated by rivals.com

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:

Signing Day Top Players List

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)

Local star takes faith to BYU

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

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.

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

ACC football signings

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

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

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.

Recruiting grades rated by rivals.com
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:

ACC football signings
Atlantic Coast Conference football signings

SEC football signings

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.

Signing Day Top 10 Lists

Bob Knight: Has he changed?

Three St. John's players suspended after rape allegation

A natural selection
As evolutions go, this one was nearly overnight: Georgia state schools Superintendent Kathy Cox Thursday backed off her proposal to take the word "evolution" out of the science curriculum.

Will Kerry snub Dixie?

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.

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.

Guard Fort Discovery

Pay up or don't tax

Iran's tug of war
Mideast experts differ on how the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq is impacting neighboring Iran. Yet, isn't it curious that Ayatollah Land is the only nation in the Mideast to hold pro-American demonstrations?

Politicians endangering kids

Iran's tug of war

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?

Guard Fort Discovery
With Georgia projecting a 2004 budget shortfall of up to a billion dollars, we understand the need for some painful program slashes. But when Gov. Sonny Perdue and the legislature do make cuts, they should understand what it is they're cutting.

Club calendar
Here's a list of entertainment at Aiken-Augusta nightclubs.

Jackson reconsiders Grammys as networks shift plans
LOS ANGELES -- As CBS, NBC and ABC all shifted broadcast plans in reaction to the racy Super Bowl halftime show, Janet Jackson's publicist said she may back out of Sunday's Grammy Awards and Justin Timberlake admitted his own family was offended by the pop stars' stunt.

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

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.

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

For Sheridan, truth and lies serve the story
WASHINGTON -- Jim Sheridan "exists up in the clouds," says his daughter, Kirsten. "In order to communicate with him, you have to go up into the clouds yourself."

Bar will have Polynesian flavor
Jerri's Place is only a memory for downtown Augusta denizens, but 660 Broad St. will soon rise again as Hale Tiki, a full-fledged embrace of 1950s faux Polynesian culture.

Video watch
JUST OUT: The Fighting Temptations, Secondhand Lions, Lost in Translation and My Boss's Daughter

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."

Standing ovations
The Imperial Theatre's comedy series continues with a performance by Southern comedian Tim Wilson at 7:30 tonight. Mr. Wilson is best known for his song satires, such as Garth Brooks Has Ruined My Life. Tickets are $25. For more information, call 722-8341.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- "The Phantom of the Opera" is now No. 2 - Broadway's second-longest running show.

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.

Ford Explorer Sport Trac gets worst rating in federal rollover tests

Stocks rise on profit-taking in spite of mixed economic data

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.

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.

Tokyo stocks end higher, dollar up against yen

Stocks rise on profit-taking in spite of mixed economic data
NEW YORK -- Buyers enticed by Wall Street's depressed prices moved back into the market Thursday, giving stocks a moderate boost after a more than 2 1/2 -week slide.

Alimony payments have tax implications

Investors lose enthusiasm for tech stocks

Tokyo stocks end higher, dollar up against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks inched up Thursday after investors bought back issues sold earlier in the session. The U.S. dollar was up against the Japanese yen.

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

Mortgage rates rise second week in a row
WASHINGTON -- Mortgage rates around the country rose this week but are still lower than they were a year ago.

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.

Settlement reached with mutual fund company over improper trading
BOSTON -- The mutual fund company Massachusetts Financial Services agreed Thursday to pay $225 million and reduce fees by $125 million to settle allegations of improper trading. The company's top two executives were also temporarily banned from the industry.

Regulators try to improve cooperation in finding securities-law violations
WASHINGTON -- Regulators say they are acting to improve detection of potential securities law violations by companies that try to deceive the public about the status of federal scrutiny of their products.

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.

Frigid February puts brakes on biting fish

Frigid February puts brakes on biting fish
There's a species of fish related to largemouth, striped and hybrid bass that shows up on Thurmond Lake during this time of the year when the surface temperature drops into the mid-40s. It's called a "closedmouth bass."

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flier or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Fishing tournament news

Ice storm was devastating for many trees

Ice storm was devastating for many trees
What a mess we have had since the ice storm last week. It has been years since we have had to deal with so many limbs falling on houses and in yards. As one neighbor fittingly said, "It looked like a tornado went through our back yard!"

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.

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:

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 beats Florida State, Miami and Georgia for recruits

Yellow Jackets clean up

Kuchar, Henry return to the top at Pebble

Champions Tour newcomer James ready to put Ryder Cup feud in the past

Kuchar, Henry return to the top at Pebble
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Matt Kuchar and J.J. Henry, who slipped from view after such promising rookie seasons, returned to the spotlight Thursday on a spectacular afternoon on the Monterey Peninsula with rounds of 7-under-par 65 for a one-stroke lead in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

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

Champions Tour newcomer James ready to put Ryder Cup feud in the past
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Englishman Mark James is about to find out how he plays to an American audience.

Butler's loss might have come at opportune time

Prep basketball scores

Ryan bringing success to Aiken

Atlanta will host 2005 NHL All-Star weekend

Thrashers recall Foster from Wolves

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.

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.

Thrashers recall Foster from Wolves
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers recalled defenseman Kurtis Foster from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League on Thursday, one day after he was sent down.

Atlanta expected to get 2005 NHL All-Star game

Atlanta will host 2005 NHL All-Star weekend
ATLANTA -- The NHL All-Star game is coming to Atlanta for the first time next season - provided there is a next season.

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.

It's annoying when your mental jukebox gets stuck
Do you suffer from earworms? Do you know what earworms are?

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

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

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

Evolution maneuver would've left students at disadvantage
Georgia school Superintendent Kathy Cox asked for input from the public on the proposed biology curriculum (before changing her mind). Her stance is that the term "evolution" is too controversial for our students because many of them have the idea that it means only "monkey to man." Mrs. Cameron Bentley, Augusta

'Smug moral certainty' of President Bush led us into war
Former U.S. weapons inspector David Kay has now testified that Saddam Hussein's Iraq had no chemical or biological weapons, and that its nuclear program was mostly wishful thinking. Charles Heywood, Martinez, Ga.

Evolution maneuver would've left students at disadvantage

Super Bowl show a disgrace for all

Glad to live in Hankerson's district

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

Health and fitness calendar

Bird flu death toll rises to 15

Playthings from the past can fetch big bucks

U.N. experts approve limited animal vaccinations to combat bird flu

Living briefs

NASA takes Mars rover out for inaugural spin

Women are eating 335 more calories a day

Scientists find deadly 1918 flu more birdlike than once thought

Tiny corkscrew stops strokes by retrieving blood clots from the brain

Tiny corkscrew stops strokes by retrieving blood clots from the brain
SAN DIEGO -- A tiny experimental corkscrew threaded deep into the brain can pluck out deadly blood clots and stop a stroke in its tracks, potentially giving doctors an entirely new tool against this major killer.

NASA takes Mars rover out for inaugural spin
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA took the rover Opportunity on its first real drive on Mars, a trip across pebbly soil that appears to be unlike anything else seen on the surface of the Red Planet, scientists said Thursday.

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.

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?

Scientists find deadly 1918 flu more birdlike than once thought
WASHINGTON -- The 1918 flu that killed 20 million people appears to be more birdlike than previously thought, according to findings by U.S. and British researchers that could help explain why it was the deadliest influenza strain ever recorded.

U.N. experts approve limited animal vaccinations to combat bird flu
ROME -- U.N. experts approved limited animal vaccinations Thursday in Asia's bird flu crisis to avoid a mass slaughter of livestock in the affected countries.

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.

Women are eating 335 more calories a day
ATLANTA -- Americans, especially women, are getting fatter because they eat much more of everything than they did 30 years ago, and carbs are the biggest culprit, the government said Thursday.

Pentagon cancels Internet voting system for this November
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon won't use an Internet voting system for overseas U.S. citizens this fall because of concerns about its security, an official said Thursday.

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.

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.

Postseason push begins for Lynx

Postseason push begins for Lynx
The Augusta Lynx look to start straightening out the second half of their season tonight against the Roanoke Express.

Bill would make chases felonies

Judge gets raise that others don't

Across the area

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.

OSHA proposes $102,000 penalty in Georgia Pacific plant death
ATLANTA -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed $102,000 in penalties Thursday against Georgia Pacific Corp. for hazards that the agency linked to an Aug. 5 employee death.

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.

Man pleads guilty to 2001 shooting spree

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

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

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.

Tax board says report is incorrect
Responding to allegations made in a Georgia Department of Revenue review issued late last year, the Richmond County Board of Assessors rebutted state claims that limited oversight in the assessors' office and a lack of involvement by its governing board contributed to problems in the city office.

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.

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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.

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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.

Singer, husband to take drug rehab course

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.

Charleston Naval Hospital to curtail elderly care

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.

Man gives shoes, ideas a fresh shine

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.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - South Carolina expects motorists who hit cable barriers along interstate medians to pay for the repairs, but few actually do, state transportation officials say.

Debris prompts grant request
Columbia County officials have applied to the state for help in paying for the removal of tree debris from last week's ice storm.

Judge gets raise that others don't
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A former city councilman who got benefits as a part-time judge that others didn't get is now getting to keep his retirement plan and a $5,000 raise.

Across the area
Attorneys for the Augusta Video X-Mart say they have instructed their clients to remain closed after being threatened with arrest earlier this week.

Three buildings destroyed in downtown fire

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

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.

Police set traps for predators

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.

Sanford appoints FBI agent to lead Public Safety

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.

Plan to ship nuclear reactor vessel around South America abandonded

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.

Judge orders Georgia poisoning trial moved

Kerry solidifies his front-runner status

Airport works to gain businesses

Debate starts over new coroner
AIKEN - The late Sue Townsend's handpicked choice to fill her unexpired term, Aiken County Chief Deputy Coroner Tim Carlton, said Thursday he will run for the Republican nomination for her post, but a prominent local Republican says Gov. Mark Sanford should not appoint him in the interim.

Campaign rivals look for future victories

Jobless rate remains high
AIKEN - The national economy has recovered to start creating jobs, the chief economist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said Thursday, but states such as Georgia and South Carolina may either lag behind or be ahead of that trend.

Engine test to resolve crash

Engine test to resolve crash
Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board say they are only awaiting test results on engine components to determine a cause in the June 16 plane crash that killed Ed and Leslie Johnson.

Small babies costs state millions, study says

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.

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.

Kid of the day

Rants and raves
Attorneys for the Augusta Video X-Mart say they have instructed their clients to remain closed after being threatened with arrest earlier this week.

Man gives shoes, ideas a fresh shine
ATLANTA - He has met U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Zell Miller. He has even had former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, a Democratic presidential contender, visit him.

Across Georgia
ALBANY - A candidate for mayor of Albany pulled a TV advertisement he was using because it featured Ray Charles singing Georgia on my Mind without permission.

Group signs off on tax projects

Herald-Journal names Alabama newsman managing editor
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- The Herald-Journal has named Greg Retsinas, city editor at The Tuscaloosa News in Alabama, managing editor. He begins work Monday.

Suspicious powder causes post office evacuation

Complex named for 17th UGA president

Bill would crack down on illegal aliens accused of crime

Georgia judicial nominee encounters no problems at Senate hearing
WASHINGTON -- Georgia judicial candidate William S. Duffey Jr. sat through a long and grueling confirmation hearing Thursday, but it was another nominee, not him, who was the subject of controversy.

Suspicious powder causes post office's evacuation

Georgia judicial nominee encounters no problems at Senate hearing

Rhinehart's goes distance to open

Proposed children's center drops appeal of zoning decision

Murder case prompts cancellation of Miss Savannah competition

Site suggests man was here earlier than thought

Parents of baby killed in meth fire given life sentences

Moving day

President, senator stop for take-out barbecue
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Sure, President Bush lives in a big fancy house in Washington and has a cook to make him whatever he wants. But sometimes he just gets a hankering' for take out.

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.

Investigators widen search for source of Capitol Hill ricin
WASHINGTON -- Investigators expanded their search Thursday for the source of ricin discovered on Capitol Hill after intensive testing of a Senate office mailroom failed to turn up the deadly poison's origin.

Arrest alters Brown tribute

House amends background checks for nursing home caregivers
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The House on Thursday approved a bill amending requirements for background checks on caregivers in nursing homes.

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.

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.

Kid of the day

Bush gets warm welcome on cold, wintry day
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- It was officially, an official presidential visit. But the enthusiastic crowd that greeted George Bush on a wind-swept pier Thursday cheered him on everything from jobs and the economy to his handling of the war on terrorism.

Flying high

UGA names life sciences building for former president
ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia will name its life sciences building for former school President Fred Davison, who is credited with the school's rise in the ranks of research universities.

Three buildings destroyed in downtown fire
CORDELE, Ga. -- Authorities are investigating a Wednesday night fire in downtown Cordele that destroyed three buildings including a church.

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.<

Georgia faces Medicaid loss

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.

Thompson releases more energy assistance to Georgia

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.

Georgia primary will be big

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.

Alpharetta approves teen curfew

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

Teacher specialist program gets mixed results in review

Georgia Peanut Commission elects new officers
ALBANY, Ga. -- The board of the Georgia Peanut Commission, which represents about 5,000 growers and promotes one of the state's top cash crops, elected Calhoun County farmer Jimmy Cheney as its new chairman.

Georgia split in legal fight over Chattahoochee water

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.

Herald names veteran S.C. journalist managing editor

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.

President unveils plans for growth

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.

President, senator stop for take-out barbecue

New YDC operator's contract overturned

Georgia poisoning trial moving to Houston County
ATLANTA -- Court officials are moving the trial of a woman charged with poisoning her police officer husband with antifreeze 110 miles from Cobb County in metro Atlanta.p

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.

Continental boosts profits

Bush gets warm welcome on cold, wintry day

Continental boosts profits
If preliminary financial figures for Augusta Regional Airport in 2003 suggest anything, it's that Continental Express continues as a lifting force for the airport.

New YDC operator's contract overturned
A state agency has overturned a Florida corrections firm's contract to run an Augusta juvenile detention center, ruling that the company's relationship with a bid evaluator casts suspicion on the bidding process and violates state guidelines.

Police set traps for predators
AIKEN - Lt. Troy Elwell knows all the latest songs, movies and TV shows popular with the teen set.

President unveils plans for growth
Augusta State University has a new road map for growth, and it leads off the main campus.

Suspicious powder causes post office's evacuation
ATLANTA -- A post office mail processing center was evacuated Thursday afternoon when a worker found a package on the floor containing a suspicious powder.

Thompson releases more energy assistance to Georgia
ATLANTA -- U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson announced the release of an additional $1,508,150 in energy assistance for low-income homes in Georgia on Thursday.

Bill would make chases felonies
Leading police on a chase similar to one that claimed the life of a man on Augusta's streets in April could become a felony if a bill before the Georgia General Assembly passes.

Suspicious powder causes post office evacuation
ATLANTA -- A post office mail processing center was evacuated Thursday afternoon when a worker found a suspicious powder on a package on the floor, authorities said.

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Water plan soon headed to governor's desk
ATLANTA -- A long debate over water planning is just about over for Georgia lawmakers, who are poised to give final approval to a compromise plan to create the first statewide plan for the resource.

Herald names veteran S.C. journalist managing editor
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- The Herald has named veteran South Carolina journalist Paul Osmundson as managing editor, Editor Terry Plumb said Wednesday. He will begin March 1.

Perdue Medicaid cuts attacked by advocates, consumer
ATLANTA -- Health advocates and consumers took aim again Thursday at Gov. Sonny Perdue's proposed cuts in Medicaid and other services, warning they will cause pain for thousands and lead only to increased costs later on.

Small babies costs state millions, study says
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Fewer teenage mothers are having babies and more mothers are getting prenatal care, but too many babies are being born too soon and too small, an annual report tracking the health of South Carolina's children found.

Georgia student accused of killing raccoon turns himself in after judge issues warrant
ATHENS, Ga. -- A University of Georgia student turned himself in to authorities Thursday after a judge issued a warrant accusing him of killing a raccoon that was then skinned, burned and eaten by members of his fraternity.

Higher lottery receipts shouldn't stop HOPE debate, lawmakers say
ATLANTA -- Record sales of Georgia Lottery tickets should not lull lawmakers into avoiding painful HOPE scholarship cuts, legislators urged Thursday as the debate over cutting the lottery-funded program began.

Subcommittee examines Medicaid pilot program
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A Senate subcommittee is considering limiting the scope of a Medicaid mandatory managed care pilot program after lobbyists raised concerns Thursday that the plan was too broad.

Higher lottery receipts shouldn't stop HOPE debate, lawmakers say

A search for clues

Investigators widen search for source of Capitol Hill ricin

Tenenbaum raises most money in quarter for Senate seat
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- State Education Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum raised more money in the quarter than any of her opponents in the race for the Senate seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings, but she still trails in cash on hand, according to campaign finance documents.

Across the area

Lawmakers overlook CHE in expansion for USC-Sumter
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Commission on Higher Education wants to be included in the discussion about whether to make the University of South Carolina-Sumter campus a four-year college.

Tax board says report is incorrect

Bill would crack down on illegal aliens accused of crime
ATLANTA -- Accused criminals who don't have permission to be in the United States should be denied bond and deported, according to a Marietta Republican who wants a new law cracking down on illegal aliens.

Speakers insist fight for equality must go on

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

Creativity, Service urged for state's largest industry

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.

Majette endorses John Kerry for president

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.

Smoking in cars with children may be crime

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.

Georgia primary will be big

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.

Debate starts over new coroner

Lake's cleanup also snags fish habitat, angering fishermen
LaGRANGE, Ga. -- Along the shore of West Point Lake, workers removed scads of trash and debris left scattered from last year's spring floods.

Lawmakers overlook CHE in expansion for USC-Sumter

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.

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.

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.

Moving day
Columbia County sheriff's deputies escort a house down Washington Road near Evans Towne Centre. TIt was moved by Barton & Barton Contracting from Baston Road to Hereford Farm Road.

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.

A search for clues
A crime scene investigator dusts for fingerprints inside the door of the Wachovia Bank on Broad Street after the facility was robbed Thursday afternoon.

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.

President stands by war
CHARLESTON, S.C. - President Bush said Thursday that "America did the right thing in Iraq" because Saddam Hussein had the capability to develop weapons of mass destruction and a history of using them.

Herald-Journal names Alabama newsman managing editor

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Kentreiz Malik Abney, 6, of North Augusta.

Lake's cleanup also snags fish habitat, angering fishermen

Group signs off on tax projects
After more than nine months of meetings to consider millions of dollars in building proposals, a "citizens committee" studying the sales tax gave its stamp of approval to a $352 million project list.

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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.

Bradshaw says NFL got what it deserves this time
Football folks came to Augusta on Thursday night to honor the art of kicking, so it was fitting that Terry Bradshaw was kicking it old school on the subject of the 21st Century NFL.

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.

At the Movies: 'Miracle'
Nearly everyone already knows how "Miracle" ends, even though a generation has been born since the underdog U.S. hockey team upset the dominant Soviets during the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid.

At the Movies: 'The Triplets of Belleville'
While hand-drawn animation may be dying in the United States, it continues to flourish elsewhere - and not just in Japan. The way to keep it a viable art form appears simple: Let the visionaries draw whatever they want, and don't worry about targeting a specific audience. In other words, it doesn't have to be just for kids.

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.

At the Movies: 'The Barbarian Invasions'
"You should never trust a junkie," says Nathalie, a heroin addict who becomes the unlikely heroine of "The Barbarian Invasions." "They make a habit of lying."

At the Movies: 'Barbershop 2: Back in Business'

At the Movies: 'The Cooler'
William H. Macy has made a career of playing characters who are stressed-out ("Fargo"), put-upon ("Boogie Nights") or washed-up ("Magnolia").

At the Movies: 'The Triplets of Belleville'

At the movies: 'Girl With A Pearl Earring'
Not that one intends any slight against a generally accomplished cast in "Girl With a Pearl Earring" - featuring shooting star Scarlett Johansson - but it's the look and attention to detail that truly set the movie apart.

At the Movies: 'Monster'

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.

Nostalgia often fuels car movies

At the Movies: 'Barbershop 2: Back in Business'
If "Barbershop" was Ice Cube's "It's a Wonderful Life," the sequel is his "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington."

At the Movies: 'Miracle'

At the Movies: 'Barbershop 2: Back in Business'
If "Barbershop" was Ice Cube's "It's a Wonderful Life," the sequel is his "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington."

At the Movies: 'The Barbarian Invasions'

At the Movies: 'Catch That Kid'
Like a poor man's "Spy Kids," "Catch That Kid" follows a trio of preteens who plot a bank heist, but it has none of the whiz-bang gizmos of Robert Rodriguez's trilogy.

At the Movies: 'Catch That Kid'

'The Fog of War' answers tough questions
NEW YORK -- If you don't like Robert S. McNamara - if you still harbor decades-old animosity from when he helped engineer the Vietnam War - anything the former defense secretary says now will sound like an evasion or an excuse, says filmmaker Errol Morris.

At the Movies: 'Barbershop 2: Back in Business'

At the Movies: 'Monster'
With "Monster," Charlize Theron becomes queen of the self-effacing starlets, eclipsing Nicole Kidman in last year's "The Hours," in which she concealed herself behind a prosthetic schnoz to simulate plain-Jane author Virginia Woolf.

At the Movies: 'The Cooler'

Academy workers spend a night with secrets

'The Fog of War' answers tough questions

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

Mini reviews

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.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Tuesday.

Nostalgia often fuels car movies
My dad was a car guy. For most of my childhood, he tooled around town in a series of exotic, if not always reliable, cars that were often more interesting than practical. There was a '66 Lincoln convertible with a top like a sieve, a '64 Corvair that would allow only two stops on hots days before a mysterious ailment called vapor lock shut it down for an hour or two.

At the movies: 'Girl With A Pearl Earring'

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

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

Amy Grant is subtle in conveying her faith
Over the course of her career, Amy Grant has taken contemporary Christian music out of the revival and put it on the radio, was the first to cross over from contemporary Christian to mainstream pop and still, more than 25 years into her career, manages to maintain a large and fiercely loyal fan base.

MercyMe still enjoying success of 'Only Imagine'
MercyMe keyboard player Jim Bryson can only imagine what life would have been like without a hit.

Amy Grant is subtle in conveying her faith

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.

Drivers often take to the track before graduating high school

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
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.

Daytona 500 opens NASCAR season in a big way

NASCAR newsmaker Dale Earnhardt

Design of Taurus is team effort

Champ Cars revise points system

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

Champ Cars revise points system
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Champ Car World Series is implementing a new championship points system for this year.

Daytona revs up season in big way
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., - No other sport begins its season with its biggest event, but NASCAR's drivers wouldn't have it any other way.

Daytona 500 opens NASCAR season in a big way
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- No other sport begins its season with its biggest event, but NASCAR's drivers wouldn't have it any other way.

Williams wins pretrial rulings

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.

McGrady misses game because of back spasms

TNT considering tape delay of pregame, halftime shows

TNT considering tape delay of pregame, halftime shows
NEW YORK -- TNT is considering adding a delay to portions of its NBA All-Star game broadcast to guard against a Janet Jackson-like fiasco.

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.

Paine regains intensity against Spelman
Paine coach Selina Kohn didn't want her team to perform Thursday night like it did at Benedict.

Huskies down No. 1 Volunteers
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - No matter who's ranked No. 1, Diana Taurasi and Connecticut know how to top Tennessee.

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.

Three St. John's players suspended after rape allegation
NEW YORK -- Three St. John's basketball players were suspended from the team Thursday, hours after a woman told police she was raped in a hotel by men she met in a strip club.

ESPN cancels 'Playmakers'

In wake of Clarett ruling, NFL needs to learn to play by the rules itself

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

Will Janet Jackson force a change in broadcast standards?

Judge rules Clarett eligible for NFL draft

A year after feuding, Manning enjoys Pro Bowl with Vanderjagt

Nevada sports bettors wagered record $81.2 million on Super Bowl

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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.

Aiken's Williams gets his shot on national TV tonight

Camp Guy

Joubert upsets Plushenko to take men's title.

Ginepri will lead things off for shorn U.S. team

Lewis calls news conference; reportedly set to announce retirement

Overtime

Augusta Arsenal set for soccer shootout

Carlos Ruiz reports to Galaxy training camp two days late

Aiken's Williams gets his shot on national TV tonight
AIKEN - Paul Williams skips rope in the middle of the makeshift boxing ring off York Street, and he looks focused and determined.

Lewis calls news conference; reportedly set to announce retirement
LONDON -- Looks like Lennox Lewis is ready to do what no heavyweight champion has done in nearly half a century: leave boxing for good with a championship belt around his waist.

Ginepri will lead things off for shorn U.S. team
UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- Their haircuts match, and their pingpong games are loud and spirited.

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

Joubert upsets Plushenko to take men's title.
BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Brian Joubert became the first Frenchman in 40 years to win the European men's figure skating title when he upset world champion Evgeni Plushenko on Thursday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ryan bringing success to Aiken
AIKEN - On the sideline at USC Aiken, dressed in his shirt and tie, Thomas Ryan would watch his former teammates hustle down the floor and sweat profusely.

Prep basketball scores
Area prep basketball scores.

Butler's loss might have come at opportune time
If Butler has to lose a game this season, it might as well be right before the Region 3-AAAA tournament.

A year after feuding, Manning enjoys Pro Bowl with Vanderjagt
HONOLULU -- If Peyton Manning and Mike Vanderjagt want to insult each other again during Pro Bowl week, they can do it to each other's faces this time.

Will Janet Jackson force a change in broadcast standards?
NEW YORK -- The one-second flash of Janet Jackson's breast at the Super Bowl could end up putting the brakes on years of plunging standards in the down-and-dirty entertainment industry.

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.

Judge rules Clarett eligible for NFL draft
NEW YORK -- A federal judge opened the door for Ohio State sensation Maurice Clarett and teenage football stars to turn pro, declaring Thursday that an NFL rule barring their eligibility violates antitrust law and "must be sacked."

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.

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!"

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

In wake of Clarett ruling, NFL needs to learn to play by the rules itself
The judge used football lingo, maybe so she could get the NFL finally to understand it has to play by the rules, too.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Bluegrass series coming to Imperial

Ramblin' Rhodes: Bluegrass series coming to Imperial
The Imperial Theatre and the Morris Museum of Art are following up their well-received fall bluegrass series with a bluegrass-gospel concert series beginning in March.

Golden Hawks export talent

Bradshaw says NFL got what it deserves this time

Beatles changed face of music 40 years ago

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.

Alimony payments have tax implications
When the end of matrimony leads to the start of alimony, how does it affect your taxes? Alimony payments you receive are taxable to you in the year received, according to the IRS.

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

Veteran stars often steal show on 'Gilmore'

Veteran stars often steal show on 'Gilmore'
LOS ANGELES - Kelly Bishop and Edward Herrmann are engaged in lunchtime banter on the Warner Bros. lot, and it's no less entertaining then their marital sparring on Gilmore Girls.

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.

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.

Post-Janet, NBC edits 'ER' shot of patient's breast
LOS ANGELES -- Janet Jackson's revealing Super Bowl halftime moment has created fallout for "ER," with NBC removing a glimpse of an elderly patient's breast in Thursday's episode.

The top five list

Club calendar

Applause calendar

Standing ovations

People in the News

Video watch

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

Jackson reconsiders Grammys as networks shift plans

People in the News

For Sheridan, truth and lies serve the story

Bar will have Polynesian flavor

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.

Lady Dogs get needed road victory
ASHVILLE, Tenn. - Sherill Baker scored 24 points, and No. 16 Georgia had big runs late in the first half and early in the second of an 83-67 victory Thursday night over Vanderbilt.

Lady Dogs get needed road victory

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.

Beatles changed face of music 40 years ago
I don't remember the night, still four years before my time, that The Beatles changed the face of popular music. I wasn't there when four unassuming young men from Liverpool, riding a wave of hype and hope, stepped onto the stage on the Ed Sullivan Show and left, five short songs later, having transformed both television and popular music.

Negativity haunts Gamecocks, Tigers on recruiting trail

Gamecocks stem Tide in OT

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.

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends