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Valentines books focus on selfless acts
NEW YORK - For many children, Valentine's Day means one thing: candy. The only difference between Valentine's Day and Halloween, it seems, is the color of the sweet stuff. For children who are old enough to cut out paper hearts or send cards, the holiday can be a stressful time, since the size of a child's stack of pink and red valentines can be seen as a barometer of popularity.

Book traces tide of naval warfare
High atop a column in London's Trafalgar Square, the statue of Lord Horatio Nelson casts a long shadow over the British navy.

Valentines books focus on selfless acts

'Paranoia' has a lot of twists

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'Juror' more than legal thriller
The main character in John Grisham's new novel The Last Juror isn't a juror, or even a lawyer or a judge.

'Juror' more than legal thriller

'Paranoia' has a lot of twists
Here's the premise: You're an underachiever who impersonated your company's vice president for corporate events and hired a fancy outside caterer for a loading-dock worker's retirement party.

Best seller list
Here's a list of best sellers according to Publishers Weekly.

Best seller list

Waiting-room revamp can ease pain of visit

Bat saliva may take bite out of strokes
SAN DIEGO - Considering the lack of good treatments for strokes, it probably is no surprise that researchers will consider just about anything. But vampire bat saliva?

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.

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

Knowing four Cs helps when buying diamonds
A kiss on the hand might be quite continental, but diamonds are a girl's best friend.

On the move
Diana Hodge has joined MAU Inc. as the marketing manager. She is responsible for planning, developing and executing marketing strategies and programs. Ms. Hodge earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of Southern California and has more than 14 years of industry experience.

Business briefs
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT TRACY-LUCKEY CO. INC. LOCATION: 110 N. Hicks St., Harlem

Business owner doesn't like to flaunt success

Office romances can be problematic in a very small business
NEW YORK -- It's one of the most sensitive situations a business owner can face: two employees involved in a romantic relationship. It can be especially difficult in a very small company with very few workers.

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.

Experts say firm spending to rise

Death no longer a sure thing for funeral industry
NEW ORLEANS -- For the big funeral home companies, death has not been a sure thing.

AP Poll: Consumer confidence slips over the past month

Boat industry's tide is rising after economic slump
ATLANTA -- At boat shows across the country, there are signs of an improving economy among the gleaming watercraft - attendance is up and so are most exhibitors' sales.

Unemployment rate falls to 5.6 percent in January

Business owner doesn't like to flaunt success
Under the Radar is an occasional series that will run Sundays in the Business section profiling successful members of the community who often go unnoticed.

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.

Business calendar
Tuesday: Starting your own business; Small Business Development Center Network, 1054 Claussen Road, Suite 301; 6:30-8:30 p.m.; 737-1790; $35.

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.

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

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.

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.

Business briefs

Death no longer a sure thing for funeral industry

Parmalat investigators search UBS offices in Milan

Boat industry's tide is rising after economic slump

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.

Knowing four Cs helps when buying diamonds

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.

On the move

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.

Business calendar

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.

Tulenko: Steps can be taken to avoid employee theft

Business briefs

Tulenko: Steps can be taken to avoid employee theft
Think how you would feel if you discovered that a trusted employee has been hitting the till. As a business owner, you owe it to yourself to protect your finances, and you owe it to your employees to minimize the temptation to steal.

Rumors fly about Kolb's firing - again

Rumors fly about Kolb's firing - again
Despite a one-year contract extension recently secured by City Administrator George Kolb, talks of his firing have reportedly been renewed.

Davis frustrated with Lady Tigers' listless play

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.

Jayhawks host Bob Knight's Red Raiders

Jags' defense prevails

Women's basketball roundup

Tar Heels and Demon Deacons start second half of ACC season

Like a dream
It will be 40 years ago tomorrow that the Beatles were seen for the first time on American television, when the quartet from Liverpool appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in the same New York theater now used by David Letterman.

Like a dream

Getting to crunch time
The citizens committee charged with recommending projects for Augusta's special purpose local options sales tax referendum in July are to be commended for the time and effort they put into their assignment.

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.

Getting to crunch time

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

ETFs come of age, but aren't likely to replace mutual funds
NEW YORK -- After more than a decade, exchange-traded funds are finally gaining mainstream acceptance, and in some corners they're even being touted as an alternative for mutual fund investors exasperated by the industry's trading scandals.

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.

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.

New job data sparks buying spree on Wall Street

Dollar mixed, gold up in Europe

New service helps savers get additional federal insurance protection
NEW YORK -- There are times when consumers want to put a lot of money into a bank but hesitate because the amount exceeds the federal deposit insurance limit of $100,000.

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

Looking for a roomy coach-class airline seat? Visit the seat guru
Q: Travel agents and Web sites allow to me to select a particular seat when I fly, but other than window or aisle, I have no clue about my options. How do I make an informed choice?

ETFs come of age, but aren't likely to replace mutual funds

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.

More expensive personal trainers may not be worth the money

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.

Looking for a roomy coach-class airline seat? Visit the seat guru

New service helps savers get additional federal insurance protection

Baby boomers getting finances in order for retirement

Baby boomers getting finances in order for retirement
NEW YORK -- As baby boomers approach retirement, many are taking steps to ensure they're ready financially.

Tiger is getting the point
CLEMSON, S.C. - Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt can laugh about it now. But on Dec. 4, 2002, it wasn't so funny. For Jarrett Jack, then the Yellow Jackets' freshman point guard, it might have been mortifying.

Jackets trash Volunteers
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Georgia Tech didn't leave any room for a Tennessee miracle this time.

Tiger is getting the point

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?

Singh, Oberholser tied at Pebble

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.

Golf cart bill headed for governor's desk

Wie opens with 74 in Hawaii Pearl Open

Levi, Pooley share lead at Royal Caribbean

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.

Donald ahead, but Singh closing in on the lead

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

Levi, Pooley share lead at Royal Caribbean
KEY BISCAYNE -- Wayne Levi and Dan Pooley are prepared for a wild scramble in the final round of the Royal Caribbean Classic.

Singh, Oberholser tied at Pebble
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Arron Oberholser can think of no other setting as peaceful than Pebble Beach.

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.

New Lefty looks like desperado with plan

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.

Wie youngest ever on a youthful U.S. team

Prep basketball scores

Thrashers send Blatny, Foster to AHL

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.

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.

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.

NHL All-Star game staged under cloud of labor uncertainty

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.

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.

Lightning could strike twice in form of trades

Waiting-room revamp can ease pain of visit
I went to see the doctor for a checkup last week, and I've got to tell you, waiting rooms are no fun.

Takes issue with writer's pro-choice arguments

Punishments don't fit with these crimes
What is wrong with our criminal justice system? In South Carolina, a man can be fined $500 to $1,000 and spend 30 days in jail for domestic abuse. Sally James, Augusta

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

In praise of utility workers

In praise of utility workers
Instead of complaining, we should all give thanks and express our deepest gratitude to every utility worker responsible for restoring service in Augusta and surrounding areas following the outages due to icy weather. George O. Jacobs Jr., Martinez, Ga.

Punishments don't fit with these crimes

More offended by flag desecration than nudity

CBS responsible party for Super Bowl fiasco
In response to the Feb. 2 article in the Sports section, "CBS sorry for revealing act": Patricia Haywood, Clarks Hill, S.C.

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.

More offended by flag desecration than nudity
When I watched the Super Bowl halftime event, I was much more appalled by performer Kid Rock's desecration of the American flag - wearing it like a T-shirt with a hole cut through the middle, then ripping it off and handing it to his guitar-playing buddy, who wadded it up and threw it on the stage - than I was by the partially nude breast of a female performer. Kimberly Gray, Augusta

ASU panel discussion on trade illuminates dangers to all

More items marketed for Valentine's Day

Surgeons perform rare surgery on baby born with second head

Woman should confront mean in-laws

Should robots get a human face?

Town's hotels fill up for annual Oregon rodeo

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

Guess who will win the battle for the Oscars

Murals, offbeat accent pieces give home signature look

Brace chimney flashing to stop noise and promote watershed

Woman should confront mean in-laws
Dear Carson: I have been married to a wonderful man for 18 years; I have two great children and a terrific home. My problem is his family, who over the years has made rude comments to me, left me out of my niece's and nephew's birthday parties and has just flat out ignored me.

Guess who will win the battle for the Oscars
With Smeagol, seafarers and Seabiscuit all grabbing for the gold, this year's Oscar race is shaping up to be an interesting battle between small and super-size movies. Broad epics and smaller, more intimate movies alike made strong showings when the Academy Award nominations were announced Tuesday, and the ultimate winners are anybody's guess.

Town's hotels fill up for annual Oregon rodeo
PENDLETON, Ore. - Rob Bell sat inside chute No. 5 atop Inside Out, a ton of snorting Brahma bull carefully chosen for his bad attitude and dislike of people.

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.

More items marketed for Valentine's Day
It's the biggest day of the year for cut flowers, and the second-biggest for greeting cards, behind Christmas.

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.

Living briefs
Romeo, Mich., and Juliette, Ga., are 830 miles apart, but they have a torrid relationship going on through the U.S. Postal Service.

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.

Brace chimney flashing to stop noise and promote watershed
Q: Rosemary writes: The cap over our fireplace chimney was nailed in several places on top. The nails rusted and caused a leak. The roofer installed a new one exactly like the old one, (about 4 feet square), but the wind seems to get inside and it sounds like it is buckling. The roofer said he didn't nail it down because the nails eventually would rust and cause another leak. He told me to lay bricks on it.

Homefront
Timber-framing has been around for at least 400 years, yet it's still being used even in cutting-edge homes. Authors Michael Morris and Dick Pirozzolo introduce readers to this construction method in The Timberframe Way: The Appeal of Simplicity (Lyons Press, $39.95).

Murals, offbeat accent pieces give home signature look
When Karla and Brian Feagin logged onto architect Donald Gardner's Web site to look for plans for a new house, they were faced with 163 styles. It didn't take them long, though, to zero in on a four-bedroom, two-bath ranch design for their 2-acre plot in Gloverville.

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.

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

Lynx lose ground to leader
The Augusta Lynx run for the playoffs took a step back Saturday.The Augusta Lynx run for the playoffs took a step back Saturday.

Lynx lose ground to leader

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A former Moncks Corner police officer has been charged with assaulting two females including a 16-year-old student at Berkeley Alternative School.

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.

Fund president speaks at Paine

Officer will be tried in Augusta

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.

Pupils suspended over pills

Oval Office hopefuls tout duty in Vietnam

Juvenile drug treatment court gives one last chance

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.

Deaf pupils lack teachers

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

Kid of the day

Business leader still remembers his roots

Press, computer issues delay delivery

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

A little book-learning puts school on its way

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Townsend was devoted to saving lives
In the often grim task of county coroner, Sue Townsend found a calling that meant much more to her than body bags, autopsy reports and monthly statistics.

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.

Police charge man with murder
Police arrested an Augusta man Saturday and charged him in the shooting death of another local man, officials said.

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."

Man suffers multiple stabs

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.

Kerry dominates caucuses

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 has same-sex debate

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.

Cuts hit after-school programs

Across the area

Doc Hollywood

Jobs or taxes? Officials often face tough choice

Gaffney woman charged in husband's shooting

GOP rally shifts focus to state

Across South Carolina

News you can use

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.

Ex-police officer is banished from city

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.<

Fiery preaching has some House members fuming

A little book-learning puts school on its way
Cafeteria workers collect little money in the lunchroom at Barton Chapel Elementary School, where 98 percent of children qualify for free or reduced-price meals.

Beaufort shopowner gets her bubbles back

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

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.

Columbia County's DMV office to close

Across Georgia

Illegal immigrant soldier may gain citizenship

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.<

Illegal landfills a constant problem across the state

Across Georgia
House will tighten chamber smoking ban

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

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.

Jobs or taxes? Officials often face tough choice
It hardly seems fair that a $45 billion corporation should get a big property tax break just as Richmond County homeowners are being asked to pay more.

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.

Interracial peace thrives on farm
AMERICUS, Ga. - Despite bombs, bullets and Ku Klux Klan protests, the interracial community Koinonia Partners survived the racially tense 1950s and '60s by remaining true to its founder's desire for nonviolence.

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.

Police charge man with murder

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.<

Discount drug store ordered to shut doors

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

Townsend was devoted to saving lives

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.

Kid of the Day

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.

UGA hack has little immediate impact

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.

Tour marks bicentennial of George Walton's death
A brisk, cold wind unfurled the American flag Saturday, as a color guard dressed in Revolutionary War-era uniforms led a moment of silence honoring the memory of George Walton.

Federal predatory lending crackdown hits Anderson concern

GOP rally shifts focus to state
Confident in President Bush's ability to win his re-election bid in November, Republican leaders focused more on shifting the balance of power on a state level at a Saturday rally.

Council feels lawmakers key in safeguarding coast

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.

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

State has same-sex debate
AUGUSTA - The Rev. Clyde Hill Sr. is torn by the growing national debate over gay marriage.

Across South Carolina

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

Interracial peace thrives on farm

Cox lists less-giving charities

Across Georgia
COVINGTON - Two high school students were arrested after school officials confiscated a camera and a sexually explicit tape of another female student allegedly made in a school bathroom, officials said.

Leader of Barrow County's Ten Commandments fight dies

Across the area

Across the southeast
MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. - A parasite that infected some nonnative oysters along the North Carolina coast might already have been in the coastal waters in a shellfish that isn't harvested often, researchers say.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Jaelynn Faye Holland of Martinez.

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.

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.

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.

Congressman doesn't foresee S.C. base closings

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.

Clinics say fee demand is error

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.

Tour marks bicentennial of George Walton's death

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.

Some relive youth at car show and swap meet

Kerry unchallenged in North

Bird fair has flair for exotic
AIKEN - A crowd huddled in the corner of the room at the Aiken Jaycees Fairgrounds on Saturday and watched Paul Michael, 69, drive a remote-control car with his parrot perched on top.

Small fire forces evacuation at Hartsfield-Jackson terminal

Legend of civil rights movement speaks up
ATLANTA - The Rev. Joseph Lowery urged people not to forget history and to use that knowledge to create a world that future generations will admire.

Panel postpones Schrenko ruling

Man suffers multiple stabs
A man was sent to an Augusta hospital Saturday after being stabbed by a man who police said was his girlfriend's estranged husband, Richmond County sheriff's investigators said.

UGA hack has little immediate impact
ATHENS, Ga. - Computer information these days is about as safe as a toy poodle at a Doberman pinscher party.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's investigators are searching for the man who robbed an Augusta hotel clerk at knifepoint Saturday morning, officials said.

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.

Rose still blooming with hope
It shouldn't be surprising, but it is. Pete Rose is 62 years old. He qualifies for the senior citizen discount at the Sheraton Augusta Hotel, but trust me when I tell you that you still would not want to be waiting for this chiseled old man to charge into you at home plate.

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

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.

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."

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.

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

Kyle Busch comes away with victory
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Kyle Busch gave a glimpse of what he hopes the future will bring, winning the ARCA race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday.

Budweiser Shootouts used as test by Daytona's best

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

2 front-row seats on line at Daytona

President to attend Daytona 500

Benefits of safety testing go beyond Turn 4

Benefits of safety testing go beyond Turn 4
NASCAR's "car of tomorrow" can't come soon enough.

NASCAR notebook
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -The only hand signals usually seen at stock car races have been gestures made by drivers angry with a competitor.

2 front-row seats on line at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Want to enjoy a nice, relaxing week at Daytona International Speedway?

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.

Kyle Busch comes away with victory

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.

NASCAR notebook

Shootout gives participants an early edge

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.

Scanners will still be allowed

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.

Cavs' Boozer leads double-double life

Celtics forward fights alcoholism a second time

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

Jags' defense prevails
Tommy Greer wasn't used to playing defense in Australia. Then he came to Augusta State. That's when the freshman forward learned the other side of basketball.

Women's basketball roundup
DURHAM, N.C. - Vicki Krapohl scored 18 points to help No. 2 Duke beat Georgia Tech for the 23rd straight time, 81-41 on Saturday.

SEC roundup
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Lawrence Roberts scored 24 points and made 14 of 18 free throws to help No. 7 Mississippi State pull away from Mississippi in the second half for an 80-56 victory Saturday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Shields' heart big on and off field

Coach dreads Hawaii holiday

Rev. Freddie Paschal, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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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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Mrs. Martha Gilmore (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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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.

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

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?"

France, Croatia even in Davis Cup

Romania, Switzerland tied in Davis Cup

Hewitt gives Australia a split; Federer saves Swiss

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

Overtime

4 Olympic development caliber players lead area soccer squad

Serena Williams withdraws from French tournament

Lewis knew how to fight, and when to quit

Local soccer stars sign

Jones returns to track

Williams works it out

Cross Creek, Lakeside in hole

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

Overtime

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Lafayette rambles to win
Lafayette's Jake Edgeman put a scissors lock from behind on his Loganville opponent's waist to seal his shutout match and allow the Ramblers to clinch the Georgia Class AAAA State Dual Wrestling Championships on Saturday.

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.

Overtime
USC Aiken won its first game of the season and its first at Roberto Hernandez Stadium on Saturday with a 6-4 victory over Lincoln Memorial.

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.

Hat trick lifts U.S. Olympic chances
GUADALAJARA, Mexico -Alecko Eskandarian scored three goals to lead the United States to a 4-3 victory over Honduras on Saturday, setting up a showdown with Mexico for a spot in the Athens Olympics.

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.

4 Olympic development caliber players lead area soccer squad
If Vic Hawk was playing poker, he'd have four of a kind. As it is now, Hawk has a pretty good soccer team, thanks to a quadruple dose of Olympic Development Program caliber players.

Williams works it out
The realization came quickly for Paul Williams and his trainer, George Peterson.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

Outdoors calendar

Study calls device for suction risky

Study calls device for suction risky
Remember all the tales about sucking the venom out of a snakebite? Some of the devices sold to sportsmen for that very purpose can create more problems than benefits, according to a new study by the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Anti-hunting group claims latest decline
One of the nation's largest anti-hunting groups issued a new report last week highlighting what many wildlife agencies already know: that hunting is on the decline.

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.

Oval Office hopefuls tout duty in Vietnam
WASHINGTON - For years, Democrats fled from what Republican Bob Dole once indelicately called "Democrat Wars," actively disavowing President Lyndon B. Johnson's entanglements in Vietnam.

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.

Kerry dominates caucuses
Sen. John Kerry won crushing caucus victories in Michigan and Washington on Saturday, trouncing his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination and quickly launching a sharp attack against President Bush.

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.

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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.

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.

Coach dreads Hawaii holiday
KAPOLEI, Hawaii - Andy Reid has lived in cold-weather climates for much of his coaching career, so he thoroughly appreciates the chance to wear shorts to work as the coach of the NFC Pro Bowl team.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

Anti-hunting group claims latest decline

Rose still blooming with hope

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.

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.

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?

Nielsen Media, TiVo sign agreement to help deliver TiVo numbers

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.

Study claims Nielsen ratings slight Hispanic viewership

Somehow, that Super Bowl show made us all winners

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.

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JC Chasez refuses to sing anthem after halftime performance is canceled

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

Bulldogs fall at end again
AUBURN, Ala. - Georgia put the ball in its steady hand Saturday, but missed again at the buzzer.

Bulldogs fall at end again

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

Gamecocks ready selves for Wildcats

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.

Gamecocks miss out vs. Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. - One-point wins are becoming commonplace for Kentucky.

Gamecocks top surprise

Bat saliva may take bite out of strokes

Odds and Ends

Faith calendar

Expert vigorously defends the Old Testament's historical reliability

Patty will dash from music hall to Augusta

Young worshippers rap out praises

Gibson's Jesus film gets boost from evangelizing Christians

Faith Digest