'Strange Matter' exhibit calls attention to science of materials
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- When you look at a computer, do you think about the materials in it? When a basketball ricochets off a transparent backboard, do you marvel at how strong the glass is?

Best seller list

Chagall's complicated and fragile relationship to Germany

Valentines books focus on selfless acts

Museum exhibit shows off the drinking in luxury
NEW YORK -- Think that morning dose of double latte in a paper cup is a real luxury? Hardly.

Museum exhibit shows off the drinking in luxury

Penn State scholar finds secret influence on 'The Scarlet Letter'
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" was the furthest thing from Richard Kopley's mind when the English teacher started working on what would become his first scholarly book.

Arts calendar
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'Strange Matter' exhibit calls attention to science of materials

'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.

Chagall's complicated and fragile relationship to Germany
FRANKFURT, Germany -- Artist Marc Chagall's early admirers were German collectors.

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.

Teenie Harris Archive Project finding answers to photo mysteries
PITTSBURGH -- It probably shouldn't come as a surprise that Charles "Teenie" Harris didn't meticulously log much information about the people and places in the tens of thousands of photographs he took.

'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.

John Grisham returns with 'The Last Juror'
NEW YORK -- Year after year, for more than a decade, John Grisham has been writing best sellers that bring criticism from both readers and critics alike.

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.

Teenie Harris Archive Project finding answers to photo mysteries

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

Penn State scholar finds secret influence on 'The Scarlet Letter'

'Juror' more than legal thriller

John Grisham returns with 'The Last Juror'

'Paranoia' has a lot of twists

Arts calendar

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?

Men take to the streets of New York to demand freedom to wear skirts
NEW YORK -- About 100 men in minis, midis and even tutus took to the streets of Manhattan to call for an end to the tyranny of trousers.

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

Business briefs

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.

Oil rush: China looks far afield to fuel an economy in overdrive

Cool hunter finds plenty in Japan to inspire businesses

Cool hunter finds plenty in Japan to inspire businesses
TOKYO -- Loic Bizel leads visitors through alleys packed with wild-haired youngsters, makes his way into tiny boutiques tucked beneath stairwells and points out fatigue-inspired jackets, handpainted sneakers and plaid miniskirts.

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.

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.

Death no longer a sure thing for funeral industry

Business briefs
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Oil rush: China looks far afield to fuel an economy in overdrive
DAKAR, Senegal -- The West African nation of Gabon isn't one of the world's more high-profile countries. So why a full-out state visit by China's leader? That's easy: oil.

Japanese business ties with China are growing

Japanese business ties with China are growing
KIMITSU, Japan -- One after another, red-hot slabs of metal emerge from the blazing maws of the furnaces at Nippon Steel and are squeezed and stretched into long, thin sheets - perfect for car bodies or cell phones.

Benefactress Joan B. Kroc shunned fame as she transformed lives

Business briefs
Many older workers seem to be morning people, finding the early part of the day their most productive time, according to the employment consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., which studied the work force of people 55 and older.

Business owner doesn't like to flaunt success

Boat industry's tide is rising after economic slump

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.

Knowing four Cs helps when buying diamonds

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

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.

Business calendar

Business calendar
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Tulenko: Steps can be taken to avoid employee theft

Business briefs

Benefactress Joan B. Kroc shunned fame as she transformed lives
Often, no one knew where the money had come from. Only later, did recipients discover they had joined a long list whose lives were transformed by an unlikely angel, a chain-smoking heiress with elegant clothes and fabulous jewels and passionate opinions about war and peace.

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.

Florida St. routs Clemson

Florida St. routs Clemson
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Trinetta Moore posted a game high 13 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to help lead Florida State past Clemson 65-50 on Sunday.

Undefeated Stanford becoming the toast of campus

Jags' defense prevails

Women's basketball roundup

Merit pay for teachers

Like a dream

Merit pay for teachers
Gov. Sonny Perdue is seeking a 2-percent raise from the legislature for Georgia public school teachers - and despite grim revenue forecasts and budget shortfalls, most people, especially teachers, think it's a good idea.

Getting to crunch time

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.

A pivotal election
If the Democratic standardbearer were Howard Dean, the election might be about his temperament, or about rehashing the Iraq war.

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.

Luther Vandross, Beyonce big winners at Grammy Awards
LOS ANGELES -- Balladeer Luther Vandross, recovering from a stroke, won four Grammys on Sunday including song of the year for "Dance With My Father," and Beyonce earned a record-tying five honors.

No retreating for British star Eileen Atkins
NEW YORK -- Eileen Atkins, currently on Broadway in "The Retreat From Moscow" and in movie theaters with "Cold Mountain," isn't exactly the shy, retiring type.

'Miracle' recounts story of 1980 hockey team for a new generation
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A generation of Americans doesn't know the exhilarating win dubbed the "Miracle on Ice" or the tale behind sportscaster Al Michaels' breathless call, "Do you believe in miracles? Yes!"

Q&A: Cedric the Entertainer cuts up in 'Barbershop 2'
LOS ANGELES -- As the cranky old-timer Eddie from the "Barbershop" movies, Cedric the Entertainer snips at conventional wisdom like it's an overgrown Afro.

Rise in business spending will boost industrials, transport and tech, too
NEW YORK -- Cisco Systems' cautious comments on future demand for its networking products may have temporarily tanked technology stocks, but that doesn't mean companies won't splurge on capital improvements this year.

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.

Debate grows over fund fee disclosure
The investigation into mutual fund trading abuses has focused attention on fund fees and put pressure on regulators to improve disclosure.

Baby boomers getting finances in order for retirement

Here's what you will find in a mutual fund prospectus
A mutual fund prospectus is a good place for shareholders to find out more about the fees they're paying. But they also have other useful information.

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.

New service helps savers get additional federal insurance protection

Rise in business spending will boost industrials, transport and tech, too

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

Figuring out mutual fund fees not so simple

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

Figuring out mutual fund fees not so simple
NEW YORK -- Ask most Americans how much they pay for electricity, water or cell phone service, and all they need to do is look at a monthly bill.

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.

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?

Eagles defeat High Point, 8-3
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Freshman lefthander Everett Teaford scattered six hits and allowed three runs in six innings during his first collegiate start to lead Georgia Southern to an 8-3 victoryover High Point on Sunday.

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

Schenscher used to be the focus of attention
ATLANTA -- Luke Schenscher is easy to spot, whether on the basketball court or on the Georgia Tech campus. It's one of the perks - curses? - of being 7-foot-1.

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.

Tiger is getting the point

Schenscher used to be the focus of attention

'Person from Porlock' takes away fame, fortune

Wie finishes at 2 under in men's Pearl Open
AIEA, Hawaii -- Michelle Wie keeps playing better at the Hawaii Pearl Open.

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

Fleisher wins Royal Carribean

Singh cruises to Pebble Beach victory
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Vijay Singh stood on the 18th green with the crystal in his hands, a trophy he has wanted to hold ever since he first set foot on Pebble Beach.

Els squanders eight-stroke lead, hangs on to win

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

Levi, Pooley share lead at Royal Caribbean

Thai champ keeps WBA title

Thai champ keeps WBA title
GIFU, Japan -- Thailand's Yodsanan Nanthachai kept his WBA super featherweight title Sunday, stopping Japan's Ryuhei Sugita in the seventh round.

Els squanders eight-stroke lead, hangs on to win
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Three days after flirting with golf's magic number, Ernie Els was headed for a collapse.

Fleisher wins Royal Carribean
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- After an unspectacular round, Bruce Fleisher clinched a win at the Royal Caribbean Classic with a birdie on the 18th hole.

Wie finishes at 2 under in men's Pearl Open

Prep basketball playoff schedule

East tops West in All-Star game
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- In a relatively low-scoring NHL All-Star game befitting what is jokingly called hockey's dead-puck era, 43-year-old Mark Messier turned back the clock to a different time.

Sakic's hat trick enough to win All-Star MVP award

East tops West in All-Star game

Sakic's hat trick enough to win All-Star MVP award
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Joe Sakic is used to playing on a team of All-Stars back home with the Colorado Avalanche.

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.

Killing in name of 'choice' must end

Killing in name of 'choice' must end
In his Jan. 29 letter, "Renews belief that reproductive freedom is paramount," James Epps' rhetorical sleight of hand, although artful, does not rise to a credible justification for anyone choosing to kill another. Beverly Rosenthal, Martinez, Ga.

Punishments don't fit with these crimes

Support project to revitalize south Augusta
On Jan. 27, I attended a meeting by Pride and Progress of Augusta-Richmond County. A large part of the meeting was devoted to progress reports led by J.B. Powell, president of the Rocky Creek Initiative Cooperative. Mr. Powell said that great challenges were ahead to meet goals that the cooperative has. However, within the same breath, he explained that members of the cooperative were very positive about their work and that they anticipated successful results. W. Franklin Boulineau, Hephzibah, Ga.

Cable more shocking than halftime show
Why are we so shocked viewing a female's breast? Most people have cable television; with the basic package, there are a lot more shocking things to see and hear than a three-second flash of a breast. Bob Groothand, Augusta

Cartoon about Mr. Rogers, Captain Kangaroo a classic
Regarding Rick McKee's editorial cartoon about Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Rogers in the Jan. 24 edition of The Chronicle: William Huebner, Augusta

More offended by flag desecration than nudity

In praise of utility workers

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

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.

Cable more shocking than halftime show

Cartoon about Mr. Rogers, Captain Kangaroo a classic

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.

Support project to revitalize south Augusta

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

Brace chimney flashing to stop noise and promote watershed

Digital photography poses thorny issues for justice system

Woman should confront mean in-laws

Town's hotels fill up for annual Oregon rodeo

Murals, offbeat accent pieces give home signature look

More items marketed for Valentine's Day

Guess who will win the battle for the Oscars

Scientists bioengineer a gene that produced heart-healthy omega-3

Apple software energizes digital lifestyle

Street-style football comes to consoles

Scientists bioengineer a gene that produced heart-healthy omega-3
Scientists say they have bioengineered a gene from a tiny worm that could lead to juicy sirloins and gooey omelets that protect your arteries, not clog them.

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.

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.

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.

Street-style football comes to consoles
Imagine a professional football league without any referees and just seven players per team on the field.

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.

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.

Techbits: Matrix reloading, Tamagotchi rehatching, and more
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Tennessee officials are considering joining Matrix, the federally funded crime and terrorism database that links six states but has drawn privacy objections.

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.

Digital photography poses thorny issues for justice system
When Victor Reyes went on trial for murder last year, the technology that fingered him was supposed to be a star witness.

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).

Apple software energizes digital lifestyle
A lot of high-tech companies strive to be the hub of a digital lifestyle, but unless they're pushing an expensive Media Center PC they mostly leave it to consumers to figure out how to make their products work with others.

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.

Lynx lose ground to leader

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.

Judge orders halt of rapper's record sales after dispute over finances
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A Chatham County Superior Court judge has ordered Pure Pain Records to stop selling slain rapper Camoflauge's albums until it submits an accountant-certified financial statement of sales.

Southeast Georgians feel need for speed with homing pigeons

Rants and Raves
MADONNA KISSED Britney Spears. Nothing was said. Why is everyone making a big deal about Janet?

Tour marks bicentennial of George Walton's death

Voters have confidence in machines
New software already in the works for Georgia's electronic voting machines would make them easier to use and improve security of touch-screen machines used in Richmond County.

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.

Councilman charged with serving alcohol without license
KINGSTON, Ga. -- A Kingston city councilman has been charged with serving liquor during a Super Bowl party at his restaurant without a proper license.

State has same-sex debate

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.

Kerry dominates caucuses

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.

Kid of the Day

HomeGold hopes to recover money through lawsuit
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Sub-prime lender HomeGold Inc., which has filed for bankruptcy, has moved to a smaller office here in hopes of saving money.

Some question practicality of tourism conference ideas

Substitute teacher standards lacking South Carolina
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Substitute teachers in South Carolina need only a high school diploma, raising concerns that they may lack what's needed to keep a class on track when a regular teacher is gone for days or weeks.

Voters have confidence in machines

Race gets swing voters
AIKEN - While most of the after-action punditry about last week's South Carolina primary has focused on what it means for Sens. John Kerry or John Edwards, some political professionals, such as Bruce Ransom, a political science professor at Clemson University, and Blease Graham, a professor of political science at the University of South Carolina, have used a wider-angled lens.

HomeGold hopes to recover money through lawsuit

The week ahead
For many sports fans, this time of year represents the doldrums: Football is over, baseball has yet to begin and basketball is still pushing its way through the games that don't really matter.

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

Two men believe missing hydrogen bomb could be found one day

Assembly tackles faith-based bill

Five questions

Navy docks at Army's Fort Jackson

New state daycare rules could raise costs

Race gets swing voters

Three arrests made in 2002 killing of 15-year-old girl

Townsend was devoted to saving lives

Veterans hope for military cemetery in Upstate
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Many military veterans hope they will one day be buried in a new national cemetery in the Upstate, one close enough for relatives to visit.

Kid of the Day

SC chief justice says technology as vital to courtrooms as American flag
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- As a confessed hunt-and-peck typist, it might take Chief Justice Jean Toal a while to fire off an e-mail touting all the technological advances in South Carolina's courtrooms in the nearly four years since she took over the state's judiciary branch.

UGA hack has little immediate impact

Brunswick-Golden Isles Airport shut down after bomb scare
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- The Brunswick-Golden Isles Airport shut down for about four hours Saturday after a frustrated passenger said he had a bomb in his luggage.

Jobs or taxes? Officials often face tough choice

Southeast Georgians feel need for speed with homing pigeons
JESUP, Ga. -- Bruce Lawson trains his athletes diligently, making sure they eat a healthy diet, stay in shape and work with the latest technology.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across the southeast
MOBILE, ALA. - U.S. officials blocked a Cuban minister from coming to America to speak at several Alabama churches for Black History Month, denying the pastor a visa to travel.

Across Georgia
TYBEE ISLAND - Two men believe they have identified the general location of a hydrogen bomb that has been unaccounted for since being dropped in a mid-air collision off the Georgia coast more than 45 years ago.

Lawmakers face water-planning issues
ATLANTA - The General Assembly could wrap up at least one major issue this week, while putting another on the fast track toward resolution.

Parents just as divided as lawmakers over HOPE changes

Soldier sees Iraq making progress
While the violence in Iraq continues, Sgt. 1st Class Tommy Stribling said there's a big difference between the war-torn country he arrived in eight months ago and the country now.

Police charge man with murder

Man suffers multiple stabs

Across South Carolina

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.

Across the area

Rants and Raves
MADONNA KISSED Britney Spears. Nothing was said. Why is everyone making a big deal about Janet?

News you can use

The week ahead

Interracial peace thrives on farm

Judge orders halt of rapper's record sales after dispute over finances

GOP rally shifts focus to state

Thousands to train at former Navy base

Across the area

Substitute teacher standards lacking South Carolina

Voters have confidence in machines
New software already in the works for Georgia's electronic voting machines would make them easier to use and improve security of touch-screen machines used in Richmond County.

Airport awaits security system

Oval Office hopefuls tout duty in Vietnam

Soldier sees Iraq making progress

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

Columbia man arrested after 90-minute standoff
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A man who deputies accuse of shooting at a BellSouth employee working on a utility pole and another man visiting his neighborhood has been arrested after a brief standoff.

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.

Some question practicality of tourism conference ideas
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Some travel industry leaders in South Carolina question recommendations they heard at the Governor's Conference on Tourism at Hilton Head Island last week.

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.

New state daycare rules could raise costs
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- New daycare facility rules could raise costs for parents while reducing the number of children each worker has to supervise.

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.

Thousands to train at former Navy base
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The U.S. Coast Guard plans to move its maritime law enforcement school to the old Charleston Naval Base from Yorktown, Va., U.S. Rep. Henry Brown, R-S.C., says.

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.

Navy docks at Army's Fort Jackson
FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- A huge black anchor, two brass propellers and flagpole with yardarm mark the newest addition to this sprawling Army post - a Navy Reserve Center.

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.

Two men believe missing hydrogen bomb could be found one day
TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. -- Two men believe they have identified the general location of a hydrogen bomb that has been unaccounted for since being dropped in a mid-air collision off the Georgia coast more than 45 years ago.

Brunswick-Golden Isles Airport shut down after bomb scare

Parents just as divided as lawmakers over HOPE changes
ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- At a high school basketball tournament in this Atlanta suburb, the parents are evenly divided, cheering for one side or the other.

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.

Three arrests made in 2002 killing of 15-year-old girl
CANTON, Ga. -- New information in the case of a 15-year-old girl whose nude, partially burned body was found in a dry creek bed almost two years ago has led to murder charges against two Cherokee County men.

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.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Caden Gage Barnes, 1, of Augusta.

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.

Across the area
A 20-year-old Augusta woman told police that another woman attacked her as she left the dressing room of a store in the Augusta Mall on Saturday night.

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

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - The U.S. Coast Guard plans to move its maritime law enforcement school to the old Charleston Naval Base from Yorktown, Va., officials said.

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.

Debate has roots in 1800s
ATLANTA - More than a century after his death, a politician largely forgotten today is at the center of the debate over allowing religious groups to use tax money to serve the needy.

Voters have confidence in machines

Airport awaits security system
Get a green, and you're probably OK.

Councilman charged with serving alcohol without license

Five questions
Jeanette Bush, owner of Bush Flowers on Pine Grove Avenue in North Augusta, answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

Lawmakers face water-planning issues

A little book-learning puts school on its way

Classrooms go mobile

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.

Across South Carolina

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

Assembly tackles faith-based bill
ATLANTA - Bev Cochran has seen a lot of changes in several decades of working with society's damaged children.

Debate has roots in 1800s

Across the southeast

Classrooms go mobile
AIKEN - Faculty and staff at Oakwood-Windsor Elementary School have watched the school's population nearly double over the past 10 years.

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.

'Person from Porlock' takes away fame, fortune
A telephone call woke me from a dream one Saturday morning recently. My wife didn't answer the phone, even though it was on her side of the bed, because she was the one calling.

'Barbershop 2' buzzes to No. 1 debut with $25.1 million
LOS ANGELES -- Movie-goers are feeling good about hair and hockey.

'Barbershop 2' buzzes to No. 1 debut with $25.1 million

Movie passion leads U2's Bono to soundtrack songs
LOS ANGELES -- Bono had to hold the note - even though it wasn't him singing.

Movie passion leads U2's Bono to soundtrack songs

Track worker struck by race car

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

Surprising Biffle wins Daytona pole

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

Track worker struck by race car
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A track worker was struck during a race for compact cars Sunday at Daytona International Speedway.

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.

Benefits of safety testing go beyond Turn 4

NASCAR notebook

Junior just misses - again

Junior just misses - again
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. just missed. Again.

Surprising Biffle wins Daytona pole
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Like everybody else, Greg Biffle didn't expect his Roush Racing Ford to be on the pole for the Daytona 500.

2 front-row seats on line at Daytona

Kyle Busch comes away with victory

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.

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.

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.

Undefeated Stanford becoming the toast of campus
STANFORD, Calif. -- This leafy campus of the rich and famous, a center of geopolitics and incubator of the technology-rich Silicon Valley, has suddenly gone ga-ga over its undefeated and overachieving men's basketball team.

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.

Coach dreads Hawaii holiday

Bon Jovi's team a runaway success off the field, losers on it

Dragons get victory over Force

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Mr. Warren Hunt, Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Marion Bentley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Lori Bedgood (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Joseph Merriweather (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wesley Hussey (AIKEN, S.C.)

Dr. Theodore Everett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Greek security forces carry out major Olympic security drill

Greek security forces carry out major Olympic security drill
ATHENS, Greece -- Greek police, military and civil defense forces completed a three-day exercise Sunday that tested their ability to deal with possible terrorism during the Olympics, including attacks involving biological, chemical or nuclear weapons.

Abortion and the sanctity of human life
ON JAN. 18, Southern Baptists observed the "Sanctity of Human Life Sunday" in our churches. This is an annual observance when we emphasize the importance God places on the sanctity of human life.

Abortion and the sanctity of human life
ON JAN. 18, Southern Baptists observed the "Sanctity of Human Life Sunday" in our churches. This is an annual observance when we emphasize the importance God places on the sanctity of human life.

Williams works it out

Close-knit U.S. team sweeps Austria

Tyson may be headed back to the ring

4 Olympic development caliber players lead area soccer squad

Kwan figures to be in good shape for worlds

Overtime

Overtime

Kwan figures to be in good shape for worlds
BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Maybe Michelle Kwan will have an easy time at the world championships.

Overtime
USC Aiken sent 16 batters to the plate in a 10-run second inning and cruised to a 21-5 victory over Lincoln Memorial on Sunday afternoon at Roberto Hernandez Stadium.

Local clubs stay home for trophies
It was a good day to be a local youth soccer team.

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

Tyson may be headed back to the ring
Mike Tyson may be getting ready to get back in the ring for the first time in more than a year.

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.

Close-knit U.S. team sweeps Austria
UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- Andy Roddick knew he wanted to play a Davis Cup match Sunday, even though the United States already clinched a quarterfinal berth.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Study calls device for suction risky

Outdoors calendar

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

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.

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.

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.

Prep basketball playoff schedule
Here is a schedule of upcoming Georgia prep basketball playoff games.

Bon Jovi's team a runaway success off the field, losers on it
PHILADELPHIA -- Jon Bon Jovi packed the place again. His band's music thumped throughout the sold-out arena and he received a mix of cheers and teen-idol screams when his picture was on the videoboard.

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.

Dragons get victory over Force
DULUTH, Ga. -- Aaron Garcia threw for five touchdowns and ran for another to lead the New York Dragons to a 54-28 victory Sunday over the Georgia Force in an Arena Football League opener for both teams.

Anti-hunting group claims latest decline

Rose still blooming with hope

Don't forget the child tax credit
WASHINGTON -- Gathering up the paperwork to start working on your tax return? Make sure you find last summer's letter from the Internal Revenue Service if your family was among those who got an advance child tax credit payment.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
The name might evoke a decorator showroom in a suburban mall. But here "Innovation" is the series title for eight varied documentaries whose common theme is the world-altering innovations swirling around us.

A superficial sitcom soon is coming to an end

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead

A superficial sitcom soon is coming to an end
NEW YORK -- As we all know, "Friends" is coming to an end this season after 10 years of being there for us.

40 years after Sullivan, the Beatles endure
NEW YORK -- It was black and white, and watched all over. In the days when hardly anyone had color television, on Feb. 9, 1964, the Beatles appeared live in the living rooms of 78 million Americans - four out of every 10 - on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

40 years after Sullivan, the Beatles endure

'Miracle' recounts story of 1980 hockey team for a new generation

Luther Vandross, Beyonce big winners at Grammy Awards

Q&A: Cedric the Entertainer cuts up in 'Barbershop 2'

No retreating for British star Eileen Atkins

Lady Dogs upset by Arkansas
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Shameka Christon scored 28 points to lead Arkansas to a 71-63 victory over No. 16 Georgia on Sunday, snapping the Lady Bulldogs' three-game winning streak.

Bulldogs fall at end again

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

Lady Dogs upset by Arkansas

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

Lady Gamecocks fall to No. 1 Tennessee
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Shyra Ely had 12 points and 12 rebounds to help top-ranked Tennessee beat South Carolina 72-58 on Sunday.

Lady Gamecocks fall to No. 1 Tennessee

Bat saliva may take bite out of strokes

Men take to the streets of New York to demand freedom to wear skirts