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.

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

Erickson eager to compete for spot in Mets' rotation

Erickson eager to compete for spot in Mets' rotation

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.

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.

It's annoying when your mental jukebox gets stuck

Odds and Ends
HARTFORD, Conn. -- You can have your cake and eat it too. That's what pastry chefs at the Mohegan Sun casino are out to prove.

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.

Drew hopes to avoid injuries, Thomson not trying to replace Maddux
ATLANTA -- J.D. Drew hopes an offseason of strenuous workouts is enough to put an end to his injury woes.

Drew hopes to avoid injuries, Thomson not trying to replace Maddux

GM recalls 1.8 million cars over ignition switch problem
DETROIT -- General Motors said Friday it is recalling 1.8 million cars to repair potential problems with the ignition switch that may cause a fire. No injuries have been reported.

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.

AP Poll: Consumer confidence slips over the past month
WASHINGTON -- Consumer confidence took a hit over the past month as Americans were less enthusiastic about the economy's prospects and their own financial situations in the months ahead.

Experts say firm spending to rise
NEW YORK - Cisco Systems' cautious comments on future demand for its networking products might have temporarily tanked technology stocks, but that doesn't mean companies won't splurge on capital improvements this year.

Restaurants work to reduce lines on Valentine's Day

Unemployment rate falls to 5.6 percent in January
WASHINGTON -- The nation's unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent in January to the lowest level in more than two years as companies added just 112,000 new jobs - fewer than expected but enough to keep alive hope for a turnaround in the struggling job market.

Parmalat investigators search UBS offices in Milan
MILAN, Italy -- Prosecutors looking into the Parmalat scandal ordered documents seized at the Milan offices of Swiss bank UBS, the latest in a series of searches at financial institutions that had dealings with the fraud-riddled Italian dairy giant.

Home Depot seeks workers over the age of 50 for new jobs
ATLANTA -- Home Depot and the AARP are forming a national partnership to recruit people older than 50 to fill jobs at the world's largest home improvement retailer.

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

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.

Murray bakes up Southern batch
Augusta's Murray Biscuit Co. is pushing a new line of Southern-tinged treats into supermarket aisles, just months after coming out with a new brand of fruit-flavored cookies.

Productivity slows in final quarter of 2003

Sale brings discounts to bargain shoppers
Like a circus sliding into town in the middle of the night, some traveling salesmen have assembled a big top with low-priced deals to dazzle your wallet.

Medical body to secure funds

Cold weather, clearance sales help major retailers

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.

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.

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

Home Depot seeks workers over the age of 50 for new jobs

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.

Experts say firm spending to rise

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.

AP Poll: Consumer confidence slips over the past month

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.

Business briefs

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.

Unemployment rate falls to 5.6 percent in January

Parmalat investigators search UBS offices in Milan

Pixar earnings call sparks war of words with Disney

Davis frustrated with Lady Tigers' listless play
CLEMSON, S.C. -- In the second half of Clemson's 72-41 loss to North Carolina on Thursday night, Lady Tiger coach Jim Davis looked like he wanted to be anywhere but the sideline at Littlejohn Coliseum.

Davis frustrated with Lady Tigers' listless play

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:

Recruiting grades rated by rivals.com

Tar Heels and Demon Deacons start second half of ACC season

Three St. John's players suspended after rape allegation

Jayhawks host Bob Knight's Red Raiders

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?

The worst nightmare
If it were possible to videotape a parent's worst nightmare, they did it in Florida: a stranger abducting a young girl in broad daylight, caught hauntingly by a surveillance camera at a closed car wash.

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.

Guard Fort Discovery

A little integrity
We detected a smell wafting from the state bidding process that awarded a contract to a firm to run the Augusta Youth Development Campus.

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.

Iran's tug of war

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.

Q&A: Sting on movies, music, yoga, and the end of his career
MIAMI -- Nominations for two Grammys and an Oscar. A world tour. An autobiography. His 14th solo album.

JC Chasez refuses to sing anthem after halftime performance is canceled
NEW YORK -- 'N Sync's JC Chasez unleashed a scathing attack Thursday on the NFL for asking him to sing the national anthem at the Pro Bowl after yanking him from the halftime show due to Janet Jackson fallout.

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."

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

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

Video best
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine.

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 -- Adam Sandler's beloved English bulldog, Meatball, who served as a ring bearer at the comedian's wedding, has gone on to that big doghouse in the sky.

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.

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.

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

More expensive personal trainers may not be worth the money

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.

Dollar mixed, gold up in Europe

More expensive personal trainers may not be worth the money
WASHINGTON -- A personal trainer will keep an eye on your lunges and squats for $15, or 10 times as much. But experts warn the higher payments don't necessarily get you a better workout.

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.

Dollar mixed, gold up in Europe
LONDON -- The U.S. dollar gained against the single European currency and the British pound on Friday but fell against other major currencies in European trading. Gold rose.

New job data sparks buying spree on Wall Street

Consumers take out more loans for big-ticket items in December
WASHINGTON -- Consumers borrowed more freely in December, especially when it came to taking out loans to finance the purchase of cars and other big-ticket items, the Federal Reserve reported Friday.

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.

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

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.

Bond prices rise, yields fall
NEW YORK -- Treasury bond prices were higher at midday Friday.

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.

New job data sparks buying spree on Wall Street
NEW YORK -- Stocks surged higher Friday as investors overcame their initial disappointment with the government's January employment report, believing the moderate job growth would help keep interest rates stable in the near future.

Tokyo stocks end higher, dollar up against yen

Alimony payments have tax implications

Fishing tournament news

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.

Frigid February puts brakes on biting fish

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!"

Ice storm was devastating for many trees

Golf cart bill headed for governor's desk

Golf cart bill headed for governor's desk
ATLANTA -- Golf cart drivers would be allowed to cross state and city roads without a driver's license under a plan now approved by both chambers of the Legislature.

Donald ahead, but Singh closing in on the lead

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.

Kuchar, Henry return to the top at Pebble

New Lefty looks like desperado with plan

New Lefty looks like desperado with plan
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Desperados. Isn't that what these guys are, the pros who play the AT&T Clamfreeze?

Wie youngest ever on a youthful U.S. team
Michelle Wie was among eight players selected Friday to the U.S. Curtis Cup team, making the 14-year-old from Hawaii the youngest player in the 72-year history of the amateur matches for women.

Donald ahead, but Singh closing in on the lead
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Vijay Singh wasn't in the lead Friday at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, but it sure seemed that way.

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.

Kite leads Royal Caribbean Classic after first round
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Tom Kite shot a 4-under-par 68 to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Royal Caribbean Classic on Friday.

Wie opens with 74 in Hawaii Pearl Open

Wie opens with 74 in Hawaii Pearl Open
AIEA, Hawaii -- Michelle Wie is proving she can compete with men.

Wie youngest ever on a youthful U.S. team

Butler's loss might have come at opportune time

Ryan bringing success to Aiken

Prep basketball scores

Lightning could strike twice in form of trades
The Tampa Bay Lightning are willing to add payroll in order to make a strong playoff run.

All-Star game has edgy air
ST. PAUL, Minn. - As the players and coaches streamed into the Twin Cities on Friday for the NHL All-Star Game, there was a perceptively different feel than for most of these show-off-the-stars events.

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.

NHL All-Star game staged under cloud of labor uncertainty
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Jeremy Roenick is realistic: Labor agreement or not, this is probably his last trip to the All-Star game. So he, like everyone involved with the midseason classic, hopes the NHL shows off its best side.

Thrashers send Blatny, Foster to AHL
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers sent forward Zdenek Blatny and defenseman Kurtis Foster to Chicago of the American Hockey League on Friday.

Thrashers send Blatny, Foster to AHL

Thrashers recall Foster from Wolves

NHL All-Star game staged under cloud of labor uncertainty

Atlanta will host 2005 NHL All-Star weekend

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.

Lightning could strike twice in form of trades

Canucks send three players to minors
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Vancouver Canucks assigned defenseman Martin Grenier and forwards Tyler Bouck and Wade Brookbank to Manitoba of the AHL on Friday.

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

Takes issue with writer's pro-choice arguments

ASU panel discussion on trade illuminates dangers to all
On Jan. 15 I attended a panel discussion, "How Does U.S. Trade Policy Affect the Local Economy," at Augusta State University. The panel of experts was composed of a manufacturing industry lobbyist, a member of Congress and the South Carolina bureau chief for The Augusta Chronicle. Christy Donovan, Martinez, Ga.

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

ASU panel discussion on trade illuminates dangers to all

'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

Takes issue with writer's pro-choice arguments
On Jan. 29, you published a letter from James Epps, "Renews belief that reproductive freedom is paramount" - which he called "a retort from someone who is offended by extremists who carry a blatant disregard for people's freedom of choice." Frank N. Densmore, Augusta

Scientists find deadly 1918 flu more birdlike than once thought

Women are eating 335 more calories a day

Tiny corkscrew stops strokes by retrieving blood clots from the brain

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

NASA takes Mars rover out for inaugural spin

Appeals court rejects federal government's bid to outlaw hemp foods

Should robots get a human face?

Surgeons perform rare surgery on baby born with second head

Appeals court rejects federal government's bid to outlaw hemp foods
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the U.S. government overstepped its boundaries when it banned the sale of food made with hemp.

Should robots get a human face?
DALLAS -- With her sparkling blue eyes, wispy eyelashes and demure smile, Hertz is the center of attention wherever she goes.

Surgeons perform rare surgery on baby born with second head
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- A team of surgeons began operating Friday on a Dominican infant born with a second head, a risky surgery that doctors say they believe to be the first of its kind.

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.

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.

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.

Michigan Democrats proceed with online voting despite security issues
Thousands of Michigan Democrats have cast ballots for Saturday's caucuses using an Internet system that security experts say shares some of the risks found in a just-scrapped Pentagon effort.

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.

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.

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.

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

Postseason push begins for Lynx

Newcomer lifts Lynx
The Augusta Lynx made a bold statement Friday night. They're still in the playoff hunt.

Council feels lawmakers key in safeguarding coast
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- South Carolina lawmakers must buy into safeguarding the state's coast, otherwise a report by the Council on Coastal Futures will simply end up on a shelf, members of the council agreed Friday.

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.

Doc Hollywood

Small fire forces evacuation at Hartsfield-Jackson terminal

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.

Cox lists less-giving charities

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

Panel postpones Schrenko ruling

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.

Leader of Barrow County's Ten Commandments fight dies

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

S.C. insurer begins notifying employees who will lose jobs

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.

Discount drug store ordered to shut doors

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

Deaf pupils lack teachers

Congressman doesn't foresee S.C. base closings

Press, computer issues delay delivery

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Taylor Alexis Hutcheson, 5, of Hephzibah.

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.

Across Georgia
House will tighten chamber smoking ban

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.

Group signs off on tax projects

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.

Ex-police officer is banished from city
A former Augusta Police Department officer was effectively banished from Augusta on Friday as part of a sentence for aggravated stalking.

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.

Officer will be tried in Augusta
An Army officer assigned to a U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will face a preliminary military hearing at Fort Gordon in connection with alleged security violations, Fort Gordon officials said Friday.

Secretary of State warns of fund-raising groups that give little to charities
ATLANTA -- Eleven charities that raised more than $9.7 million in Georgia fund-raisers over the past year used only a small portion of that money for charitable programs, Secretary of State Cathy Cox said Friday.

Cuts hit after-school programs

Gaffney woman charged in husband's shooting
GAFFNEY, S.C. -- A 35-year-old Gaffney woman has been charged in the shooting death of her estranged husband, authorities said.

Columbia County's DMV office to close

Investigators widen search for source of Capitol Hill ricin

Illegal immigrant soldier may gain citizenship

Bush gets warm welcome on cold, wintry day

Juvenile drug treatment court gives one last chance

Across South Carolina

Some relive youth at car show and swap meet

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.

Kid of the day

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.

Press, computer issues delay delivery
The late H.J. "Chubby" Aaronson, longtime production director for The Augusta Chronicle, had a phrase for everything. One of his favorites was "snakebit."

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.

Pupils suspended over pills
Sixteen pupils at Hephzibah Middle School have been suspended and four arrested after many became ill during class while experimenting with a dietary supplement containing ephedrine, authorities said.

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.

Cuts hit after-school programs
AIKEN - As part of the No Child Left Behind legislation, about $7 million in federal grants is available for after-school programs in South Carolina. But that won't be enough money to fill the gaps from state budget cuts, state education officials said.

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.

Panel postpones Schrenko ruling
DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. - Former Superintendent of Schools Linda Schrenko's attorney will have another month to try to explain to the Georgia Ethics Commission how her campaign handled $19,000.

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.

Fund president speaks at Paine
The achievement gap between black and white students is closing, the president of the United Negro College Fund said Friday during Paine College's Founder's Day observance.

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.

Across the area
James Brown's wife, Tomi Rae Brown, filed for annulment last month from a man she married in Texas in 1997, according to documents filed in Charleston County Family Court.<

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.

Columbia County students pick logo
The future of Columbia County has weighed in, and they have overwhelmingly chosen a hipper new look.

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.

Suspicious powder causes post office evacuation

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.

Bill would crack down on illegal aliens accused of crime

Some relive youth at car show and swap meet
MOULTRIE, Ga. -- Some visit one of the South's largest car shows to find rare automotive parts or to sell restored classics, but many come for a nostalgic return to their youth in the '50s and '60s.

Deaf pupils lack teachers
BELVEDERE, S.C. - Teacher Karen Horton reads a story to eight pupils circled around her in her classroom, but no one can hear her.

State agency overturns company's contract to run detention center
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A state agency has ruled that the bidding process to run an Augusta juvenile detention center was compromised and violated state guidelines.

Officer will be tried in Augusta
An Army officer assigned to a U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will face a preliminary military hearing at Fort Gordon in connection with alleged security violations, Fort Gordon officials said Friday.

S.C. insurer begins notifying employees who will lose jobs
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina began notifying almost 1,600 workers across the state that they will be laid off.

Clinics say fee demand is error
Claudette Antwine got a shock this week when she talked to a financial counselor at Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics.

Congressman doesn't foresee S.C. base closings
GOOSE CREEK, S.C. -- U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson says it is unlikely South Carolina will lose any bases in a new round of military base closings. Instead, Wilson says, the state could expand the bases it already has.

Columbia County's DMV office to close
Evans resident Joanne Salmi sat in the hallway of Columbia County's government building, waiting for her son to get his new ID card.

Across South Carolina

Cox lists less-giving charities
ATLANTA - Eleven charities that raised more than $9.7 million in Georgia fund-raisers over the past year used only a small portion of that money for charitable programs, Secretary of State Cathy Cox said Friday.

Rants and raves
I'M IN FAVOR of putting these animals that prey on children and older people in with the regular inmate population. Let the regular inmates who have children take care of these animals for us.<

Business leader still remembers his roots

Bill would make chases felonies

Across the area

Kerry points campaign South in hopes of Tuesday sweep while rivals bicker

Officer will be tried in Augusta

Ex-police officer is banished from city

Council feels lawmakers key in safeguarding coast

Gaffney woman charged in husband's shooting

News you can use

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.

Leader of Barrow County's Ten Commandments fight dies
ATHENS, Ga. -- Barrow County's leader in the legal fight to retain a display of the Ten Commandments in its courthouse died Friday.

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

Herald names veteran S.C. journalist managing editor

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.

President unveils plans for growth

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.

Discount drug store ordered to shut doors
AIKEN - Alan and Sue Stapanon said they were providing a needed service for the cash-strapped elderly and uninsured when they opened a small office a month ago touting a connection to cheap Canadian prescription drugs.

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.

Federal predatory lending crackdown hits Anderson concern

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.

Secretary of State warns of fund-raising groups that give little to charities

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

Illegal landfills a constant problem across the state

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A recent court ruling in Massachusetts regarding the rights of gay couples to marry has South Carolina lawmakers scrambling to ban such marriages and to avoid having to recognize such unions performed elsewhere.<

Across Georgia

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.

Engine test to resolve crash

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.

Georgia judicial nominee encounters no problems at Senate hearing

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.

Man gives shoes, ideas a fresh shine

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.

Small babies costs state millions, study says

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.

Doc Hollywood
Dr. Neil Shulman, also known as Doc Hollywood, holds a funny face contest at the MCG Childrens Medical Center. Arious Salley, 18, competes. Dr. Shulman was at the center Friday trying to help some children overcome their fear of doctors. His book was the basis for the movie Doc Hollywood, starring Michael J. Fox.

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.

Three buildings destroyed in downtown fire

Thompson releases more energy assistance to Georgia

President, senator stop for take-out barbecue

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

Moving 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

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.

Across the area

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.

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.

Tax board says report is incorrect

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.

Suspicious powder causes post office's evacuation

Judge gets raise that others don't

Fiery preaching has some House members fuming
ATLANTA -- Complaints of politics in the preaching are getting the attention of top Georgia lawmakers, prompting the House Speaker to send a letter to visiting clergymen warning them to keep their remarks neutral.

Continental boosts profits

Illegal immigrant soldier may gain citizenship
FORT STEWART, Ga. -- An illegal immigrant who risked his life as an American soldier in Iraq may become a U.S. citizen next week.

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.

Small fire forces evacuation at Hartsfield-Jackson terminal
ATLANTA -- Officials evacuated a terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for about 20 minutes Friday morning because of a small fire.

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.

Juvenile drug treatment court gives one last chance
YORK, S.C. -- Two drug convictions didn't faze him. He still smoked pot. The orange hair stayed, the studded dog collar wrapped around his neck stayed.

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.

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.

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.

Federal predatory lending crackdown hits Anderson concern
ANDERSON, S.C. -- A federal predatory lending crackdown has resulted in a lawsuit against an Anderson mortgage company.

Kid of the day

Illegal landfills a constant problem across the state
LAKE WYLIE, S.C. -- Illegal landfills are a constant problem in South Carolina, occurring in every county of the state, an environmental investigator says.

Lake's cleanup also snags fish habitat, angering fishermen

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.

A search for clues

Lawmakers overlook CHE in expansion for USC-Sumter

Kerry unchallenged in North

Beaufort shopowner gets her bubbles back
BEAUFORT, S.C. -- Downtown was a little less bubbly for three days this week as Janet Mark, owner of Carolina Stamper, was told to shut down her little bubble-making machine.

Pupils suspended over pills

Business leader still remembers his roots
U.S. District Judge Dudley Bowen Jr. teases his old friend Jack Connell about running more businesses on a half-acre than anybody has before.

Beaufort shopowner gets her bubbles back

Debate starts over new coroner

Rants and raves
I'M IN FAVOR of putting these animals that prey on children and older people in with the regular inmate population. Let the regular inmates who have children take care of these animals for us.

Police set traps for predators

Fiery preaching has some House members fuming

Herald-Journal names Alabama newsman managing editor

Clinics say fee demand is error

Fund president speaks at Paine

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.

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.

At the movies: 'Girl With A Pearl Earring'

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: 'The Cooler'

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."

Mini reviews

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'

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: 'Barbershop 2: Back in Business'

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.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Tuesday.

'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.

'The Fog of War' answers tough questions

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").

Nostalgia often fuels car movies

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: 'Barbershop 2: Back in Business'

At the Movies: 'The Triplets of Belleville'

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.

At the Movies: 'Catch That Kid'

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: 'The Barbarian Invasions'

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'

Soul Man: Robert Randolph, infatuated with the 'now'

Ailing Luther Vandross won't attend Sunday's ceremony
NEW YORK -- An ailing Luther Vandross will not be able to attend Sunday's Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, where he's nominated for five awards, including song of the year for "Dance With My Father."

Amy Grant is subtle in conveying her faith

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.

The AP makes Grammy Awards predictions

Soul Man: Robert Randolph, infatuated with the 'now'
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A few hours before a recent performance at Constitution Hall, Robert Randolph, like much of the rest of this city, is pondering the nation's future.

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

The AP makes Grammy Awards predictions
NEW YORK -- The first time OutKast was nominated for best album at the Grammys, in 2002, hip-hop's eclectic duo found their psychedelic rap upstaged by the old-time bluegrass songs of "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

Feud between Eninem and The Source magazine wounds on both sides
NEW YORK -- When The Source magazine first wrote about Eminem six years ago, it published a glowing endorsement heralding the then-unknown rapper as the Next Big Thing.

Feud between Eninem and The Source magazine wounds on both sides

President to attend Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- President Bush will bring his re-election campaign to the Daytona 500.

Scanners will still be allowed
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Nextel Communications is hoping it can ingratiate itself to skeptical fans by providing subtle conveniences and nostalgia in its first season sponsoring NASCAR's top series.

Scanners will still be allowed

Champ Cars revise points system

Budweiser Shootouts used as test by Daytona's best

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.

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.

Budweiser Shootouts used as test by Daytona's best
They got to practice Friday and will get an exclusive 70-lap drafting session on the high-banked oval tonight.

President to attend Daytona 500

Shootout gives participants an early edge
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The 19 entries in the made-for-TV Budweiser Shootout will have somewhat of an advantage over the rest of the drivers trying to earn starting spots in the Daytona 500.

Shootout gives participants an early edge

Daytona 500 opens NASCAR season in a big way

Cavs' Boozer leads double-double life
CLEVELAND -- Kneeling at the scorer's table waiting to get into a game last week, Cavaliers point guard Jeff McInnis looked up just as Carlos Boozer streaked by.

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.

Celtics forward fights alcoholism a second time

TNT considering tape delay of pregame, halftime shows

Cavs' Boozer leads double-double life

Celtics forward fights alcoholism a second time
Celtics forward fights alcoholism a second time

Tar Heels and Demon Deacons start second half of ACC season
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- It's too much to ask for No. 17 North Carolina and No. 16 Wake Forest to duplicate their league opener when they kick off the second half of the Atlantic Coast Conference season Saturday.

Woman charged with lying for accusing St. John's players with rape
PITTSBURGH -- A woman who claimed she had been gang raped by St. John's basketball players confessed that she made up the story after the players refused to pay her $1,000 for sex, according to court documents released Friday.

Top-25 game highlights day
In honor of National Women & Girls in Sports Recognition Week, all females will be admitted free to today's Division II top-25 women's matchup between No. 18 Georgia College & State and No. 21 Augusta State at 12:30 p.m. at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

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

Jayhawks host Bob Knight's Red Raiders
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Even without the recently reprimanded Bob Knight in town, Kansas' game Saturday against Texas Tech would be worth keeping an eye on.

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

Lander making a strong statement
Lander women. Under the direction of second-year coach Jonathan Norton, the Lady Bearcats have won nine of their past 11 games and lead the Peach Belt North Division. After going 12-16 last season, Lander stands at 15-4.

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.

A year after feuding, Manning enjoys Pro Bowl with Vanderjagt

Will Janet Jackson force a change in broadcast standards?

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

Judge rules Clarett eligible for NFL draft

Clarett must show he's worth a high NFL draft pick

Shields' heart big on and off field

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Profile obituary: Mrs. Betty Holmes
When it came to writing a history book recently about Augusta's aviation past, Ed Cashin knew he had to meet Betty Holmes.

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Honduras next for U.S. soccer
ZAPOPAN, Mexico - The Mexican crowd hooted "The Star-Spangled Banner." It booed U.S. goals. It chanted "Osama! Osama! Osama!" as U.S. players left the field with a 2-0 victory.

Honduras next for U.S. soccer

Skating chief pleased with new scoring system
BUDAPEST, Hungary -- The president of the International Skating Union is pleased with the new scoring system that might be used at next year's European and world championships and the 2006 Olympics.

Evolution proposal attracts laughs
One of the questions frequently asked of your intrepid correspondent is, "Where do you find material for your columns?"

Evolution proposal attracts laughs
One of the questions frequently asked of your intrepid correspondent is, "Where do you find material for your columns?"

Joubert upsets Plushenko to take men's title.

Overtime

Roddick, Ginepri give United States 2-0 lead over Austria

Cross Creek, Lakeside in hole

Lewis knew how to fight, and when to quit

Russia's Navka and Kostomarov win ice dance, Hungary's Sebestyen leads women's event

Jones returns to track

Aiken's Williams gets his shot on national TV tonight

Romania, Switzerland tied in Davis Cup

Serena Williams withdraws from French tournament

France, Croatia even in Davis Cup

Hewitt gives Australia a split; Federer saves Swiss

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

Lewis calls news conference; reportedly set to announce retirement

Local soccer stars sign

Overtime
The Augusta Arsenal Spring Soccer Shootout begins today at Fort Gordon's Barton Field.

Romania, Switzerland tied in Davis Cup
BUCHAREST, Romania -- Top-ranked Roger Federer, the Australian Open champion, struggled in the first set Friday before beating Victor Hanescu 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-1 to give Switzerland a 1-1 tie with Romania in the first round of the Davis Cup.

Hunter wins Tour of Qatar cycling race
DOHA, Qatar -- Robert Hunter of South Africa captured the Tour of Qatar cycling race Friday, winning the final stage and chasing down Tom Boonen of Belgium about 250 yards from the finish.

Hewitt gives Australia a split; Federer saves Swiss
LONDON -- Leave it to Lleyton Hewitt and Roger Federer to keep their teams in the Davis Cup.

Federer ready to serve - in Swiss civil force
LIESTAL, Switzerland -- Roger Federer faces a different kind of service - teaching sports in Switzerland in place of national military duty.

Cross Creek, Lakeside in hole
Donaven Lowe read his opponent from the start of Friday's wrestling match.

Jones returns to track
NEW YORK - Marion Jones has no time to think about setting goals for the Athens Olympics. First, the triple gold medalist needs to get her return to the track out of the way.

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.

France, Croatia even in Davis Cup
METZ, France -- Arnaud Clement of France and Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia won singles matches Friday, leaving the Davis Cup series tied 1-1.

Russia's Navka and Kostomarov win ice dance, Hungary's Sebestyen leads women's event
BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Tatiana Navka and Roman Kostomarov of Russia won their first ice dance title at the European Figure Skating Championships on Friday.

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

Belarus, Russia even in Davis Cup
MINSK, Belarus -- Max Mirnyi labored through five sets to upset a weary Marat Safin on Friday, pulling Belarus even at 1-1 against Russia after opening singles in the Davis Cup.

Roddick, Ginepri give United States 2-0 lead over Austria
UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- With a flick of his right wrist, Andy Roddick whipped a serve, then spied the speed meter's neon yellow readout: 150 mph.

Argentina up 2-0 in Davis Cup
AGADIR, Morocco -- Guillermo Coria and David Nalbandian won Friday to carry Argentina to a 2-0 lead against Morocco in the first round of the Davis Cup.

Local soccer stars sign
The four looked toward Caroline Barrett to cut the cake with the plastic soccer ball on top. They let her take the reins as she wielded the knife and delighted onlookers by hacking away.

Serena Williams withdraws from French tournament
WASHINGTON -- Serena Williams' season debut has been delayed again.

Waiting for Tszyu, Mitchell has tuneup
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- His IBF title shot postponed twice, junior welterweight Sharmba Mitchell will get a tuneup while he waits, squaring off Saturday against Lovemore N'Dou.

Lewis knew how to fight, and when to quit
Lennox Lewis knew how to fight, and when to quit. Now he can only hope that history will be kinder than the critics who never appreciated his reign as heavyweight champion of the world.

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.

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.

Drop in numbers has Bush on trail
WASHINGTON - His support slumping in the polls, President Bush is campaigning more vigorously for re-election at the same time Republicans unleash their surrogates to take the shine off Democratic front-runner John Kerry.

Kerry points campaign South in hopes of Tuesday sweep while rivals bicker
WARREN, Mich. -- John Kerry, virtually unchallenged in three weekend elections, pointed his fast-moving presidential bid south on Friday in hopes of knocking two Democratic rivals from the race. John Edwards' campaign accused Wesley Clark of taking "a dip into the gutter" with his latest attack.

Kerry unchallenged in North
WARREN, Mich. - John Kerry, virtually unchallenged in three weekend elections, pointed his fast-moving presidential bid south Friday in hopes of knocking two Democratic rivals from the race. John Edwards' campaign accused Wesley Clark of taking "a dip into the gutter" with his latest attack.

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.

Prep basketball scores
BOYS

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.

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.

Deadline set for high school players to apply for NFL draft
NEW YORK -- Want to play in the NFL? It's signup time for high school players and newly eligible college underclassmen.

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.

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."

Clarett must show he's worth a high NFL draft pick
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Now that Maurice Clarett has won his landmark legal challenge to get into the NFL draft, he must prove to scouts and coaches he is worth selecting.

Shields' heart big on and off field
KAPOLEI, Hawaii - While his AFC teammates posed for pictures and signed autographs after Pro Bowl practice Friday, Will Shields walked straight into two hugs from his children near the corner of the field.

Giants DT Keith Hamilton retires
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants defensive tackle Keith Hamilton retired Friday, ending a 12-year NFL career in which he finished fourth in franchise history in sacks.

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

Faith calendar
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Gibson's Jesus film gets boost from evangelizing Christians
Churches are reserving entire theaters for opening day. A national evangelical organization is helping sell tickets from its Web site. Pastors are planning sermons timed to the movie's Ash Wednesday release.

Young worshippers rap out praises
After he got saved, rapper Darius Robinson set aside music to learn more about God. He later realized, though, that music was God's gift to him, he said.

Faith Digest
Bishop Henry I. Louttit, of the Episcopal Diocese of Savannah, celebrated the 50th anniversary of Trinity Episcopal Church in Harlem on Wednesday with a Mass and dinner.

Patty will dash from music hall to Augusta
After her induction next Wednesday into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tenn., Sandi Patty will climb into her touring coach and ride overnight to keep a concert date in Augusta.

Expert vigorously defends the Old Testament's historical reliability
Is the Old Testament historically reliable, or mostly fiction and legend concocted to buttress Jewish nationalism - or something in between?

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.

Bradshaw says NFL got what it deserves this time

Beatles changed face of music 40 years ago

Beware of the alternative minimum tax
WASHINGTON -- Imagine a parallel tax universe where your carefully planned deductions don't exist, where your children are counted against you, where your high state income tax bill is ignored.

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.

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.

Nielsen Media, TiVo sign agreement to help deliver TiVo numbers

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.

Study claims Nielsen ratings slight Hispanic viewership

Somehow, that Super Bowl show made us all winners

David Letterman visits snowboarder injured during stunt for his show
NEW YORK -- A champion snowboarder performing a routine stunt for David Letterman's late-night TV show veered off a ramp outside the show's theater and fell 25 feet to the ground Thursday.

Nielsen Media, TiVo sign agreement to help deliver TiVo numbers
NEW YORK -- Nielsen Media Research, the company that measures television viewership, signed an agreement Thursday with TiVo to provide information on digital video recorder usage.

Will Janet Jackson force a change in broadcast standards?
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 entertainment industry.

Study claims Nielsen ratings slight Hispanic viewership
LOS ANGELES -- Hispanic television viewers are undercounted by the company that has a monopoly on measuring TV audiences, hurting the odds of success for Hispanic-oriented programs, a group claims.

Veteran stars often steal show on 'Gilmore'

Somehow, that Super Bowl show made us all winners
NEW YORK -- Days later, people are still talking about the Super Bowl. So much action! So much noise! Then that big finish!

Will Janet Jackson force a change in broadcast standards?

Jackson reconsiders Grammys as networks shift plans

Bar will have Polynesian flavor

For Sheridan, truth and lies serve the story

Q&A: Sting on movies, music, yoga, and the end of his career

Standing ovations

Applause calendar

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Club calendar

JC Chasez refuses to sing anthem after halftime performance is canceled

People in the News

People in the News

Lady Dogs get needed road victory

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.

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.

Gamecocks ready selves for Wildcats

Gamecocks ready selves for Wildcats
Kentucky finished beating Florida at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Gamecocks top surprise
Take a breath, the midpoint of the Southeastern Conference season has arrived. If you like parity, surprises and team-oriented basketball, the first half of the conference season was for you.

Gameocks have confidence going to Kentucky

Gamecocks top surprise

Gameocks have confidence going to Kentucky
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina senior Michael Boynton says he has the most confidence he's ever had going into Rupp Arena, home of No. 9 Kentucky.

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Expert vigorously defends the Old Testament's historical reliability

Faith calendar

Patty will dash from music hall to Augusta

Gibson's Jesus film gets boost from evangelizing Christians

Faith Digest

Young worshippers rap out praises