Lillian Smith Book Awards for works on social justice to be revived
ATLANTA -- The University of Georgia and the Southern Regional Council will team up to revive the Lillian Smith Book Awards, which were suspended last year because of the civil rights group's financial problems.

'Noises Off' is farcical tale of extremes

'Noises Off' is farcical tale of extremes
In the theatrical world of Noises Off, currently being staged by the Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre, there is no such thing as too much.

Group vying to occupy performing arts center at ground zero

Oil heir leaves more than $135 million to museum, hospitals

Oil heir leaves more than $135 million to museum, hospitals
HOUSTON -- Caroline Weiss Law, whose father founded the oil company that later became Exxon Mobil, has willed more than $100 million in endowments and artwork to the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.

Group vying to occupy performing arts center at ground zero
NEW YORK -- The New York City Opera is among groups vying to anchor a performing arts center that would sit near the World Trade Center's Freedom Tower, according to a list released Tuesday by development officials.

Orioles, Ryan agree to one-year deal

Farnsworth, Cubs agree to $1.4 million deal
CHICAGO -- Reliever Kyle Farnsworth and the Chicago Cubs agreed Wednesday to a $1.4 million, one-year contract and avoided a salary arbitration hearing next week.

Baldwin agrees to minor league contract with Mets
NEW YORK -- Pitcher James Baldwin agreed Thursday to a minor league contract with the New York Mets and was invited to spring training.

Orioles, Ryan agree to one-year deal
BALTIMORE -- Left-hander B.J. Ryan and the Baltimore Orioles agreed on a one-year contract Wednesday, avoiding an arbitration hearing by compromising at the midpoint of their proposals.

Farnsworth, Cubs agree to $1.4 million deal

Farnsworth, Cubs agree to $1.4 million deal
CHICAGO -- Reliever Kyle Farnsworth and the Chicago Cubs agreed Wednesday to a $1.4 million, one-year contract and avoided a salary arbitration hearing next week.

Baldwin agrees to minor league contract with Mets

Mota settles with Dodgers
LOS ANGELES -- Reliever Guillermo Mota avoided arbitration with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $1,475,000.

Strategies may keep you lucky on Friday the 13th

Walker Edwin Scharff
Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Scharff, of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Walker Edwin Scharff, Friday, Dec. 19, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Leopard Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. David E. Scharff, all of Augusta.

Jayden Asaad Wiley

Preston James Lugari
Stephanie D. Lugari, of Dearing, announces the birth of a son, Preston James Lugari, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John R. Lugari, of Dearing.

Amy Lee Riordan and James R. Riordan III
James R. Riordan Jr. and Carol J. Riordan, of Martinez, announce the birth of twins, Amy Lee Riordan and James R. Riordan III, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2004, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ernest A. Paradis, of Attleboro, Mass., and Mr. and Mrs. James R. Riordan, of Aiken.

Camilla Anne Hutto

Camilla Anne Hutto
James and Ashlyn Hutto, of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Camilla Anne Hutto, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Judge and Mrs. Bernard J. Mulherin, of Augusta, Dr. James W. Hutto Sr., of Holly Hill, S.C., and the late Doris R. Hutto.

Marleya Bra'Kayla Robinson
Marlon B. Bush and Hope L. Robinson, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Marleya Bra'Kayla Robinson, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Charles and Mattie Henderson, of North Augusta, and Shirley Bush, of Augusta.

Lillian Grace Ertz
John J. Ertz Jr. and Joyce M. Ertz, of Grovetown, announce the birth of a daughter, Lillian Grace Ertz, Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Michael and Jeanette Matthews, of Augusta, and Mr. and Mrs. John J. Ertz Sr., of Martinez.

Lillian Grace Ertz

Sofia Nikole Bell
Brian C. Bell and Jennifer M. Johnson, both of Martinez, announce the birth of a daughter, Sofia Nikole Bell, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Barbara Jones, of Montpellier, Vt., Wayne Bell, of Grovetown, and Barbara Bell, of Martinez.

Clarence Eugene Waters Jr.
Clarence and Michelle Waters, of Appling, announce the birth of a son, Clarence Eugene Waters Jr., Saturday, Dec. 20, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Sally Forsythe, of Appling, Grady Waters, of Dearing, and the late Mark Scrivner and the late Louise Waters.

Nicholas Craig Bailey
Craig and Michelle Bailey, of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Nicholas Craig Bailey, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Jesse New, of Forest Park, Ga., Arlene New and Grace Matherson, both of Augusta, Ann Bailey, of North Augusta, and the late Daniel Bailey.

Chloe Wright Tharp
Mr. and Mrs. Sterling Tharp, of Harlem, announce the birth of a daughter, Chloe Wright Tharp, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are C.W. Smith, of Amory, Miss., and the late Luna Smith and the late Allen Tharp.

Abigail Lane Hackett
Darren and Kelly Hackett, of Grovetown, announce the birth of a daughter, Abigail Lane Hackett, Friday, Dec. 19, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Edwards, of Grovetown, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hackett, of Hephzibah.

Mackenzie Love McLean

Mary Lorick Brittingham
Mr. and Mrs. Brian P. Brittingham, of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Mary Lorick Brittingham, Friday, Dec. 12, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Sheehan and Michael C. Garrett, all of Augusta, and Mr. and Mrs. John J. Brittingham, of Woodbridge, Va.

Connor Johnston Askew

Emma Kaitlyn Wilson
Thomas Wilson Jr. and Courtney Wilson, of Martinez, announce the birth of a daughter, Emma Kaitlyn Wilson, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. F. Lee Ashley Jr., of Evans, and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Wilson Sr., of Appling.

Amy Lee Riordan and James R. Riordan III

Jayden Asaad Wiley
Jerome Wiley and Lawanda Simpkins, both of Evans, announce the birth of a son, Jayden Asaad Wiley, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2004, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Charlie and Evelyn S. Lowe, of Evans, Jerome Wiley Sr. and Peggy Key and Darise Key, all of Augusta, and the late Eddie L. Simpkins.

Preston James Lugari

Morgan Irene Spratley
Richard W. and Kathleen I. Spratley, of Evans, announce the birth of a daughter, Morgan Irene Spratley, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2004, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Janet I. McMullen, of Evans, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Dicken, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., and the late Marshall K. McMullen Sr.

Grayson McGraw LaRussa
Jimmy R. LaRussa Jr. and Krista LaRussa, of North Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Grayson McGraw LaRussa, Monday, Jan. 19, 2004, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Doug Combs, of Appling, Norma Combs, of Martinez, and the late Jimmy and Landra LaRussa.

Samuel Mason Rogers
Matthew W. and Lisabeth C. Rogers, of Evans, announce the birth of a son, Samuel Mason Rogers, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Schlegel, of Chesapeake, Va., and Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Rogers, of Martinez.

Connor Johnston Askew
Butch and Renee Askew, of Thomson, announce the birth of a son, Connor Johnston Askew, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James R. Raley and Mr. and Mrs. Willard O. Askew Sr., all of Thomson.

Mackenzie Love McLean
Mark and Carrie McLean, of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Mackenzie Love McLean, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Michael and Virginia Moss, of Nashville, Tenn., Ruby McLean, of Lawrenceville, Ga, and the late Dan McLean.

Eric Bruce Liveringhouse

Eric Bruce Liveringhouse
John and Sarah J. Liveringhouse, of Evans, announce the birth of a son, Eric Bruce Liveringhouse, Monday, Jan. 26, 2004, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Dr. Reynoldo C. Maniquiz and Linda Maniquiz, of Chippewa Falls, Wis., and Dr. Bruce Liveringhouse and Donna Liveringhouse, of Coon Rapids, Minn.

Emma Kaitlyn Wilson

Chloe Wright Tharp

Samuel Mason Rogers

Marleya Bra'Kayla Robinson

Morgan Irene Spratley

Mary Lorick Brittingham

Nicholas Craig Bailey

Grayson McGraw LaRussa

Abigail Lane Hackett

Walker Edwin Scharff

Clarence Eugene Waters Jr.

Sofia Nikole Bell

Odds and Ends
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It was one post-game celebration Aletha Penn and Steve Cassity couldn't miss.

Odds and Ends
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Barbara Bennett wanted to sell her Brother brand sewing machine, so she bought a classified advertisement under "Miscellaneous" and "Items under $50" in The Columbian newspaper.

Elderly man says he robbed bank to pay medical bills
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- An elderly man told police he robbed a bank to pay his wife's medical bills.

Hindu nationalists threaten Indian lovers over Valentine's Day
LUCKNOW, India -- Hindu nationalists who claim they are fighting against Western cultural influence have threatened to shave young lovers' heads and beat them if they exchange Valentine's Day cards and gifts.

Shopping center nears capacity
With the smell of fresh paint lingering in the renovated movie theater, Howard Dye points out family photos hanging on the walls of his new restaurant in Columbia County.

World oil demand continues to rise on surging Asian growth

Retail sales dip by 0.3 percent in January

Greenville-Spartanburg not good for business says Inc. Magazine

Business briefs

Shopping center nears capacity

Greenspan: budget deficits could imperil economy's health

Comcast faces big job in selling proposed Disney acquisition

Disney doubts Eisner's future

Fed chairman wants to reinstate budget rules
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Thursday Congress should reinstate budget rules that would force lawmakers to cover the estimated $1 trillion that it will cost to make President Bush's tax cuts permanent.

Burger King's president abruptly resigns from fast-food chain

Comcast faces big job in selling proposed Disney acquisition
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Comcast Corp. astounded the financial world with its offer for The Walt Disney Co., yet the cable television giant now faces a daunting task in selling the blockbuster combination - and investors have already indicated the proposed price is too meager.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Martha Stewart's lawyer sought Wednesday to discredit the testimony of a government investigator who quizzed the domestic entrepreneur about her sale of ImClone Systems stock.

IRS dissatisfied with contractors upgrading computer systems
WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service, unhappy with the lead contractor updating its computer record systems, said Thursday it will award contracts for two upcoming projects to other companies.

Markets rise on bullish report

FDA to approve cancer medicine
WASHINGTON - Erbitux, the drug at the center of the Martha Stewart stock scandal, won government approval Thursday as a treatment for colorectal cancer patients who have run out of other options.

Working from home

Converting jets may aid Boeing
SEATTLE - At a time when airliner orders are scarce, Boeing Co.'s commercial jet operation could soon find that one of its largest customers is a very familiar business: the company's own defense division.

White House jobs forecast overly optimistic, private economists say
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration is overly upbeat in predicting that 2.6 million new jobs will be created this year, private economists say.

Working from home
Sharon Hill hasn't seen many of her clients in quite a while, and as a teleworker, she doesn't need to.

Converting jets may aid Boeing

Business briefs
LONDON - Pharmaceuticals giant Glaxo-SmithKline PLC said Thursday that legal costs and a decline in sales of the anti-depressant Paxil helped squeeze fourth-quarter net income by 15.5 percent.

Thousands favor cell phones for home use

Blockbuster faces change in the way people watch movies

Comcast proposes to buy Walt Disney Co.
NEW YORK -- In a surprise move, cable TV giant Comcast Corp. proposed early Wednesday to buy Walt Disney Co., the iconic media and entertainment powerhouse that owns the ABC and ESPN television networks, movie studios and theme parks, for stock valued at about $54 billion.

Blockbuster faces change in the way people watch movies
DALLAS -- Not long ago, movie and music lovers crowded the aisles of video rental shops like Blockbuster and CD stores like Tower Records.

Burger King's president abruptly resigns from fast-food chain
MIAMI -- The president of Burger King has resigned after just a year on the job amid declining sales for the struggling No. 2 fast-food chain.

Mortgage numbers see slight decrease
WASHINGTON - Mortgage rates - after rising for two consecutive weeks - dipped this week, offering a break for people who want to buy a home.

World oil demand continues to rise on surging Asian growth
ALGIERS, Algeria -- The global thirst for oil continues to outpace forecasts, led by a surging growth in demand for crude from China, India and other Asian countries, the International Energy Agency reported Wednesday.

Disney doubts Eisner's future
ORLANDO, Fla. - A bold bid by cable giant Comcast to buy out The Walt Disney Co. forces the Disney board to make two big decisions: whether to accept the marriage proposal, and, if not, whether to fire embattled Chief Executive Michael Eisner.

High-priced properties stay longer on market
With interest rates at all-time lows and the economy rebounding, the housing market is booming.

Thousands favor cell phones for home use
NEW YORK - To cut the cord, or not to cut? That is the question a growing number of people are asking themselves now that they're free to switch their home phone number to a cell phone.

Markets rise on bullish report
NEW YORK - Investors eager to get back into the stock market jumped on Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan's bullish economic report Wednesday, sending stocks soaring and propelling the Dow Jones industrial average up 123 points to its highest level in more than 212 years.

Retail sales dip by 0.3 percent in January
WASHINGTON -- A steep decline in new-car buying depressed sales at the nation's retailers by 0.3 percent last month, although consumers continued spending heartily in less expensive ways.

Greenspan: budget deficits could imperil economy's health
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Wednesday the U.S. economy has made "impressive gains" since last summer and predicted that even the lagging jobs market should perk up in coming months.

Some toy makers aim to stand their ground with Wal-Mart on price issue
NEW YORK -- Led by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., discount retailers won a war with other toy stores this past holiday season. Now toymakers, a casualty in that bitter fight, have decided to make their own stand.

High-priced properties stay longer on market

Some toy makers aim to stand their ground with Wal-Mart on price issue

Greenville-Spartanburg not good for business says Inc. Magazine
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Greenville-Spartanburg area, home to several national and international automotive companies, is the third-worst city in America to do business, according to rankings by Inc. Magazine.

Fed chairman wants to reinstate budget rules

Comcast proposes to buy Walt Disney Co.

Tigers can't overcome errors
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson coach Oliver Purnell can remember the play that cost the Tigers the contest after they had cut the lead to 3 points.

Brand acting quickly to tighten recruiting rules

Barnett: Disciplinarian who can't avoid scandals
BOULDER, Colo. -- When Gary Barnett was hired to coach Colorado's football team five years ago, he was embraced as a disciplinarian who would end an era of loose recruiting practices and return the team to national prominence.

Newly-formed task force to re-examine recruiting rules
FORT WORTH, Texas -Stories of high school football stars having wild weekends on college campuses have been around forever. But recently, those whispers have turned into front-page news.

NCAA looks into changing recruiting rules
INDIANAPOLIS -- Responding to recent scandals, the NCAA will look into making its recruiting rules more stringent.

Barnett: Disciplinarian who can't avoid scandals

Brand acting quickly to tighten recruiting rules
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Stories of high school football stars having wild weekends on college campuses have been around forever. But recently, those whispers have turned into front-page news.

NCAA looks into changing recruiting rules

Innocent plea entered for Wade

Technically Sound

Louisville star wears it well

Paine women can't catch up

Elder, McCants dazzle ACC fans

We need the expertise

Catch 22 ruling
The federal court that overturned Georgias House and Senate districts Tuesday has thrown the legislature into turmoil.

Oregon's message

Bipartisan solution?

Catch 22 ruling

We need the expertise
If youre a mathematician or scientist whos made a very good living, got the kids through college and are now willing to take a pay cut to do something different like teach in the public schools you have to jump through too manyyyjump through too many hoops to get certified. This at a time when theres not only a looming national shortage of teachers, and of college students going into the teaching profession, but more particularly theres also a dearth of qualified math and science teachers. The situation is so bad that many math, science and other tough courses are being taught by teachers who dont know their subject. Then we wonder why students do so badly in tests. To combat this rising tide of ignorance and mediocrity, Georgias Professional Standards Commission will be voting today to allow teacher candidates who pass a series of tests to become certified without having to return to college for two years of how-to-teach classes. Those who pass could start teaching right away, though theyd be required to work with a mentor experienced in classroom management and other areas of pedagogy that are generally taught in colleges of education.

Bipartisan solution?
After the federal district court's surprise overturning of Georgia's House and Senate districts this week, lawmakers are scrambling to come up with acceptable district lines by the March 1 deadline. If the deadline is not met, the judges will draw the lines.

Oregon's message
Democrats enthusiastic about rolling back President George W. Bush's tax cuts should take heed at what happened in Oregon last week. The Beaver State is one of the most liberal in the nation. And, despite a jobless rate of about 7 percent, it is also one of the wealthiest - with a median income of $41,000.

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

Concert calendar
Here's a list of upcoming area concerts. The list includes concerts that are withing easy driving distance from the Augusta area.

Next Jackson hearing likely to be more sedate than last
LOS ANGELES -- Don't expect any dancing at Michael Jackson's next court date. The self-styled King of Pop is staying home.

Best selling video and DVD
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine:

Gallery calendar
Here's a list of gallery showings and events in the Aiken-Augusta area.

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

People in the News
LOS ANGELES -- Catherine Zeta-Jones has joined Julia Roberts in the cast of "Ocean's Twelve."

Video watch
Just out on video and DVD are In The Cut and Intolerable Cruelty.

Ryan Seacrest to host popular LA morning radio program
LOS ANGELES -- Ryan Seacrest will soon take over the popular local morning radio program that disc jockey Rick Dees hosted for more than two decades.

Standing ovations
The Augusta State University Theatre Department will present a production of Guernica, a political drama based on the Pablo Picasso painting of the same name. Performances are at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre on campus, 2500 Walton Way. Tickets are $10 adults, $7 seniors, $5 students and free with valid Augusta State ID. For more information, call 737-1500.

Investors lock in profits, sending stocks lower
NEW YORK -- Investors apparently had their fill of Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan's continued upbeat congressional testimony Thursday, using the latest round of disappointing economic data as an excuse to gather profits and send stocks lower.

Dollar mixed, gold down in Europe

Dollar mixed, gold down in Europe
LONDON -- The U.S. dollar was mixed Wednesday against other major currencies in European trading. Gold prices fell.

Investors lock in profits, sending stocks lower

Regulators propose mutual fund changes
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators, strengthening their response to the mutual fund scandal, proposed Wednesday to ban special incentive payments by fund companies to brokerages and to provide fund investors more information on fees.

Dow hits 2 1/2-year high on Greenspan's outlook
NEW YORK -- Investors anxious to get back into the stock market jumped on Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan's bullish economic report Wednesday, sending stocks soaring and propelling the Dow Jones industrial average up 123 points to its highest level in more than 2 1/2 years.

Regulators propose mutual fund changes

Dow hits 2 1/2-year high on Greenspan's outlook

Look for improved fishing just around the corner

Look for improved fishing just around the corner
Signs that great fishing is again on the way: Rising water and higher surface temperatures on Thurmond lake and extended weather forecasts calling for lows in the 30s and highs in the 50s.

Fishing tournament reports and results

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

Prepare for the growing season
February can be a surprisingly busy month for a gardener. There are so many things we need to be doing to get ready for the growing season that will be here before we know it.

Improper watering can kill plants

Prepare for the growing season

Improper watering can kill plants
You can easily become almost an expert in diagnosing your friends' house plant troubles. First, say, "Too much water." Then, if your friend acknowledges hardly ever remembering to water the sickly plant in question, merely respond, "Too little water." Chuckle, chuckle.

A young Walrus takes spotlight from Tiger, Vijay

Nervous Davies struggles
PORT STEPHENS, Australia - England's Laura Davies, the first woman to play in an event sanctioned by the European and Australasian tours, struggled in the opening round of the ANZ Championship on Thursday and finished at -1 in the modified Stableford scoring system.

Things have changed for Woods

A young Walrus takes spotlight from Tiger, Vijay
SAN DIEGO -- Kevin Stadler can't waddle far without being reminded how much he looks like his father.

Champ's son leads after 64
SAN DIEGO - Kevin Stadler can't waddle far without being reminded how much he looks like his father.

Things have changed for Woods
SAN DIEGO - Tiger Woods couldn't help but stop and soak up the view on the 13th tee at Torrey Pines, a blue panorama of clear skies and the Pacific Ocean as far as he could see.

Tiger signs five-year renewal with Buick
SAN DIEGO -- Tiger Woods will continue to keep Buick on his bag and in his garage, signing a five-year extension Tuesday.

Tiger signs five-year renewal with Buick

Prep basketball boxes

Player of the week

Prep basketball scores

Campbell lashes out at angry goalies

19 teams lost money last year
NEW YORK - The NHL's 30 teams lost a combined $273 million during the 2002-03 season, according to a report issued on behalf of the league Thursday.

Stars goaltender activated, assigned to minors

Stars goaltender activated, assigned to minors
FRISCO, Texas -- The Dallas Stars activated goaltender Ron Tugnutt on Thursday and assigned him to the Utah Grizzlies of the AHL.

Canadiens recall Beauchemin from Hamilton

Canadiens recall Beauchemin from Hamilton
MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens recalled defenseman Francois Beauchemin from Hamilton of the AHL on Wednesday.

Campbell lashes out at angry goalies
HENDERSON, Nev. -- The NHL's hockey operations director lashed out Wednesday at goaltenders who have criticized proposed rules changes meant to create more scoring.

Strategies may keep you lucky on Friday the 13th
Get your rabbit's foot ready this morning; it's the first Friday the 13th of the year.

The Augusta Youth Development Campus is being shut down.
The Augusta Youth Development Campus is being shut down.

Couple robbed during home invasion
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are looking for two men who they say broke into the residence of a disabled couple in Hephzibah, bound them and stole some property Thursday night.

Churches' concern over halftime show hypocritical
A Feb. 4 headline in The Augusta Chronicle Metro section reads, "Churches voice concern over halftime show." An ecumenical handful of area churches are sending a scolding letter to CBS for airing the exposure of one of Janet Jackson's breasts. Tim Fellows Jr., Augusta

Halftime show not entertainment
The Super Bowl has always been known for having great commercials and a powerful halftime show. Its always been such a surprise to see who this years entertainers will be. ... Debbie Vaughn, North Augusta, S.C

Our country's decay from within
The continual evil attack against our country's core values, which are based on Judeo-Christian beliefs, slowly erode any decency, any protection provided by the strong arm of the Lord, or any answered prayer - let alone "heard" prayers from this nation. We place banners and drop phrases like "God bless America," but His word states, "He will bless the nation whose God is the Lord..." Keith Wilson, Martinez, Ga.

Sen. Zell Miller for president?
I wonder if the Democratic Party ever thought of Sen. Zell Miller, D-Ga., for president. As for theoup running now, I see none of them having the leadership skills that it takes to lead the country. Keith Smith, Warrenville, S.C.

Only wishes Bush could stay eight more years
Regarding Harold M. Szerlip and David J. Szerlip's letter of Jan. 27, "Bush's war has not made us any safer": Linda Parnell, Evans, Ga.

Put patients first in health reform
The lawsuit limits your editorial advocated Jan. 31 (S.C. battles tort suits) are a dream come true for insurance companies, but a nightmare for malpractice victims and their families. Allison Kelly, Atlanta, Ga.

Pull plug on unfit programming
I'm trying to understand why so many were shocked over the "entertainment" at the Super Bowl. We did not watch it, but I wholeheartedly agree that it and the commercials were unconscionable. Susan A. Fowler, Augusta

"Unintelligent designs" to narrow
I scanned the Feb. 1 editorial, Unintelligent designs, and thought it made sense. Later, I read it carefully and decided it is a theological piece to help the Christian Coalition crowd get their world view view taught in public schools. Clifford W. Reynolds, Augusta

Our country's decay from within

Sen. Zell Miller for president?

Halftime show not entertainment

Put patients first in health reform

Health and fitness calendar

Moon-Mars man looking to ordinary Americans for advice

Intel researchers find everyday silicon works in optics

South Korean scientists cull stem cells from cloned human embryo

True love difficult to find for women after turning 35

Fall Fashion Week hits mid-stride with Kors, Varvatos, Rodriguez, Lepore

Living briefs

Fighting women's malnutrition could ward off obesity in their children

Programmer creates mask for file-sharers

Cold interrupts planned Mars sprint by NASA's Spirit rover

Hannant, Blass, Chaiken unveil fall 2004 collection

Living briefs
Walton Options for Independent Living is sponsoring a workshop, Love Shouldn't Hurt: A Forum on Domestic Violence, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Augusta Technical College Auditorium 300, 3200 Augusta Tech Drive.

Barbie and Ken splitting after 43-year romance
NEW YORK -- Just like J.Lo and Ben, the romance is over for Barbie and Ken. After 43 years as one of the world's prettiest pairs, the perfect plastic couple is breaking up. The couple's "business manager," Russell Arons, vice president of marketing at Mattel, said that Barbie and Ken "feel it's time to spend some quality time - apart."

South Korean scientists cull stem cells from cloned human embryo
WASHINGTON -- Researchers in South Korea have become the first to successfully clone a human embryo, and then cull from it master stem cells that many doctors consider key to one day creating customized cures for diabetes, Parkinson's and other diseases.

Cold interrupts planned Mars sprint by NASA's Spirit rover
PASADENA, Calif. -- Cold on Mars forced NASA to keep its Spirit rover parked for a day, interrupting a planned monthlong drive to a nearby crater, the space agency said Wednesday.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Programmer creates mask for file-sharers
Wyatt Wasicek was so outraged by the recording industry's legal assault on users of free music-downloading sites that he decided to ride to the rescue. He created a program called AnonX that masks the Internet address of people who use file-sharing programs such as Kazaa.

True love difficult to find for women after turning 35
True love's path is strewn with plenty of thorns. Many single women would say that path becomes particularly thorny after they hit their 30s, and it just gets worse from there.

Moon-Mars man looking to ordinary Americans for advice
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The man in charge of setting the president's moon-Mars vision into motion said Wednesday he's looking to the aerospace industry and ordinary Americans for advice on sustaining interest in the program.

Fall Fashion Week hits mid-stride with Kors, Varvatos, Rodriguez, Lepore
NEW YORK -- If the 1970s are the decade you love to hate, Michael Kors, who revisited the era with wrap dresses, floppy hippie hats, fringe suede skirts and groovy paisleys at his fall Fashion Week show on Wednesday, gave his audience reason to rethink.

Fighting women's malnutrition could ward off obesity in their children
LONDON -- A legacy of malnutrition has left the developing world with an obesity time bomb as new generations increasingly take up an urban lifestyle, according to research released Wednesday by the United Nations.

Hannant, Blass, Chaiken unveil fall 2004 collection
NEW YORK -- Sara Kapp looked every bit the Bill Blass model at the fall Fashion Week show on Tuesday in her printed evening gown ensemble dripping with the season's ubiquitous ostrich feathers, practically head to toe.

Intel researchers find everyday silicon works in optics
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- In an advance that could inexpensively speed up corporate data centers and eventually personal computers, researchers used everyday silicon to build a device that converts data into light beams.

Lynx lose in overtime

Lynx lose in overtime
With the crowd cheering "Let's go Lynx," South Carolina's Kevin Spiewack scored the game-winning goal in overtime to beat the Augusta Lynx 5-4 at home on Thursday.

Lynx gameday

Lynx gameday
The Augusta Lynx will square up against the South Carolina Stingrays at 7:05 at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Two failing schools look for answers
The Richmond County Board of Education is considering year-round school and staff overhauls as it restructures two poorly performing schools stuck on Georgia's needs-improvement list.

Tree sleuths face potential job cut
AIKEN - The criminals tracked by investigator Mike Maggard don't steal jewelry, computers or cars, but they do pilfer an estimated $10 million from South Carolina landowners every year.

Trio, stargazing, ends up on harrowing train ride

Injured guests sue motel in fatal fire
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- At least six guests injured in a motel fire in Greenville last month have filed lawsuits accusing the motel management of providing inaqdequate security.

Jury convicts man accused in home invastion of Columbia lawyer
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- It took a Richland County jury 30 minutes Thursday to convict a man charged in the home invasion of a well-known defense attorney and sentence him to life in prison without parole.

Glint of good budget news expected from economic board
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The state Board of Economic Advisors is expected to deliver the first shot of good economic news in more than a year when it meets Thursday.

Lawmakers crack down on payday loan outfits

Fire marshals want more authority to enforce codes
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Fire officials say in some rural areas of South Carolina, fire inspectors have no authority to punish building owners whose structures don't meet the fire code.

Home Depot cutting up to 100 jobs in finance division
ATLANTA -- The Home Depot plans to cut up to 100 jobs in its finance division as part of a streamlining effort, the company said Thursday.

House debates resolution on Ten Commandments
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A resolution asking Congress to amend the U.S. Constitution to allow for the display of the Ten Commandments in schools and public buildings passed the House on Wednesday.

Samuel Drive
14-year-old Samuel Freeman sits on his back deck at his home in Elko, S.C. where his father Samuel put a sign on their shed that reads Samuel Drive.

Federal court rules in favor of Atlanta on Lanier water withdrawals
ATLANTA -- A federal judge has ruled in favor of the state of Georgia in a battle that pitted metro Atlanta's bid to draw more water from Lake Lanier against others downstream on the Chattahoochee River.

Across the area
Richmond County authorities arrested a woman Thursday who they said had taken purses out of vehicles at a day care center for the past week, officials said.

Granddaughter to be charged in beating death of woman
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ga. -- A 77-year-old Twiggs County woman was beaten to death in her home Tuesday, and her granddaughter has confessed to the crime.

Fire marshals want more authority to enforce codes

Former principal resigns following arrest
NORCROSS, Ga. -- A former Duluth High principal resigned as the school's director of Community Schools following his arrest on public indecency charges.

Senate committee passes proposed gay marriage amendment

Habersham drops appeal of Ten Commandments ruling
CLARKESVILLE, Ga. -- Habersham County has dropped its appeal of a federal judge's order to remove its public Ten Commandments displays because it would cost taxpayers too much money, officials said Wednesday.

Miller complains of "deficit of decency"
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Zell Miller, whose fiscal conservative viewpoints have long irked fellow Democrats, revealed a social conservative side Thursday during a wide-ranging floor speech targeting what he calls a "deficit of decency."

Suspect in double killing arrested in Texas
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Authorities arrested a South Carolina man in Texas on Wednesday and charged him in the double killing of his girlfriend and her mother, the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office said.

Senate panel approves allowing asthma inhalers at school
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Students with asthma would be allowed to carry inhalers at school in a bill a Senate subcommittee approved Thursday.

Two new members join state Education Department board
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Two new members have joined the South Carolina Education Department board.

Sergeant is charged with theft
A 24-year veteran of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office was suspended without pay after investigators charged him with taking lottery tickets from a store at which he was on special duty, officials said Thursday.

Police respond to federal lawsuit in drug sweep
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Goose Creek police acted in their official capacity and did not violate student constitutional rights during a Stratford High drug sweep, during which officers with guns drawn ordered students to the floor, according a response to a federal lawsuit.

Trio, stargazing, ends up on harrowing train ride
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- It started out as a tranquil night watching the sun set and the stars rise. But, for three Charleston young people, it turned into a harrowing 22-mile ride atop a moving freight train.

Rivera gets long term
Reinaldo Rivera, already under a death sentence for murder, was sentenced Thursday to seven life sentences plus 105 years in prison for all of his other Augusta crimes.

Looking for new old toys
Toy buyer George McCurley looks at a Deluxe Reading Doll from the 60s Thursday owned by Janet Sterzen of Martinez during the International Toy Colectors Association's Toy Roadshow at the Comfort Inn off Bobby Jones Expressway.

Lawmakers crack down on payday loan outfits
ATLANTA - Georgia lawmakers are nearing agreement on a ban on payday loan companies, lenders that give small loans at interest rates that are sometimes higher than 500 percent a year.

Sanford requests major disaster declaration from Bush
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Gov. Mark Sanford has asked President Bush to declare a major disaster for South Carolina after last month's severe ice storm.

Friend guilty in fatal hit-and-run
A jury rejected Herbert O. Blount's claims he was nowhere around when his friend was run over, convicting Mr. Blount on Wednesday of felony hit-and-run.

Sierra Club to oppose license
AIKEN - The South Carolina chapter of the Sierra Club is challenging the disposal methods of a 32-year-old nuclear waste facility in Barnwell and is poised to file suit should the facility have its operating license renewed by the state.

Trooper charged with misconduct in office
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A South Carolina trooper has been charged with misconduct in office after authorities say he agreed to erase a drunk driving charge from a Horry County man's record in exchange for money.

School board chairman vote moves forward
The preliminary paperwork has been filed, paving the way for legislation to support a referendum that would let Columbia County voters decide if they want an at-large elected school board chairman.

S.C. ranked first in fighting insurance fraud
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina leads the nation in convictions per dollar spent fighting insurance fraud, according to an annual report by Attorney General Henry McMaster.

Changes in teacher qualifications pass
ATLANTA - A chemist could be teaching chemistry or an accountant could be teaching math in local schools next year because of a change made Thursday in state teacher qualifications.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day isTimothy Jackson Wise Jr., 4 months, of Augusta.

SLED finds no crime in business deal

News you can use
Feb. 12, 1943 The sale of mixed drinks is, in his opinion, not a violation of the law, Augusta Safety Commissioner John B. Kennedy said yesterday. The commissioners statement was based on a letter received by him from T. Grady Head, former state revenue commissioner , which implied that sales of such drinks were legal.

Work on tennis club is stopped

Bush's support falls in poll of Georgians
ATLANTA - A slip in support for President Bush across the nation is being reflected in Georgia, a state he carried handily four years ago, according to a new poll.

Federal court rules in favor of Atlanta on Lanier water withdrawals

Pregnant woman recovers
Leah Freeman said Wednesday morning that she is feeling better as she recovers at a local hospital from a gunshot wound that threatened her life and the life of her unborn child.

Taxed officers require radar

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT about the rant about soccer players. How can they judge soccer when golf is one of the most dumbest sports ever invented? ... Oh! Soccer is played by all free-world and Communist countries.<

Baker says state planes can't be used for politics, convenience
ATLANTA -- Attorney General Thurbert Baker told the governor and other top state officials Thursday they can't use state airplanes and helicopters for personal or political convenience but must restrict travel on the air fleet to official business.

Legislative briefs
COLUMBIA - House members had an emotional debate Wednesday on a resolution asking Congress to amend the U.S. Constitution to allow for the display of the Ten Commandments in schools and public buildings.

House votes to broaden bullying protections
ATLANTA -- Schools would get new responsibilities to address bullying under a bill that passed the Georgia House on Thursday.

Across the region
CLARKESVILLE, Ga. - Habersham County has dropped its appeal of a federal judge's order to remove its public Ten Commandments displays because it would cost taxpayers too much money, officials said Wednesday.

Taxed officers require radar
AIKEN - State budget cuts have resulted in fewer state troopers on patrol, forcing the Aiken County Sheriff's Office to field more traffic calls and creating the need to buy more radar devices for county cruisers, Sheriff Mike Hunt said.

Fake traveler's checks found
THOMSON - Counterfeit traveler's checks recently hit two McDuffie County businesses, according to Officer Scott Whittle, of the Thomson Police Department.

City will continue cleanup aid
City-assisted cleanup efforts will continue through the end of this month to remove yard waste and tree debris left behind from a January ice storm.

Man envisions judicial center on Broad Street
Mike Teffeteller is trying to use his longtime hobby to gain a say in downtown politics.

Board says lottery generating more than expected
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The state's lottery should generate $80 million more than the state Board of Economic Advisors expected and that could help buy school buses, cover scholarship programs or increase public school spending.

Changes in teacher qualifications pass

Jasper County looks toward vision of shipping port
RIDGELAND, S.C. -- Jasper County is committed to its vision of a $350 million deep-water shipping port on a tract of land along the Savannah River, officials say.

House OKs payday lending bill
ATLANTA - The House overwhelmingly approved legislation Thursday cracking down on so-called "payday lending," an already illegal practice that the bill's supporters say is running rampant across Georgia.

Attorney general closes Myrtle Beach investment firm
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Attorney General Henry McMaster has ordered a Myrtle Beach investment firm to close, accusing the company of not registering with the state and of misleading investors.

Across the area
An Augusta man told Richmond County sheriff's deputies Wednesday that someone attempted to set fire to two vehicles early in the morning, a police report states.

Attorney general orders closing of Myrtle Beach investment firm
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Attorney General Henry McMaster has ordered a Myrtle Beach investment firm to close, accusing the company of not registering with the state and of misleading investors.

Leaders object to Kolb reviews
The way City Administrator George Kolb evaluates his employees has some Augusta commissioners complaining.

Juror will never forget experience
When they called her name as the 12th juror for Reinaldo Rivera's death penalty trial, "My heart just fell through the bottom of the floor," Caroline Carr said Thursday.

Injured guests sue motel in fatal fire

Officials seek to revive park
In the late 1970s, when the rules were looser about filling in wetland areas, Reed Creek Park sported tennis courts and playgrounds.

S.C. ranked first in fighting insurance fraud

Judge allows 'no contest' in molestation case
An Evans man accused of having oral sex with an 8-year-old was allowed to plead no contest Wednesday to enticing a child for indecent purposes.

Girl, 14, takes SUV, dies

Work on tennis club is stopped
Construction at a west Augusta tennis club was shut down indefinitely Wednesday after its builders were cited for working without a construction permit in a notoriously flood-prone part of the city.

Decision further divides parties
ATLANTA - Georgia's politically divided state government was torn anew along party lines Wednesday over how to respond to a federal court's rejection of state House and Senate redistricting plans.

Mayor shares city's successes
NORTH AUGUSTA - Creating storefront shops, parks and other pedestrian-friendly amenities will help North Augusta in its quest for redevelopment, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley said Wednesday.

Lawmaker will lead House ethics panel

Evans construction
A construction worker builds concrete steps leading to a dining hall and barbecue pit at the canal head gates in Evans. Work on the buildings should be complete by the end of the year.

ATV laws might be tightened
ATLANTA - Lawmakers are shifting into high gear to prevent the deaths of children who joy ride on all-terrain vehicles.

Cities take fire service contract into own hands
Harlem and Grovetown officials, unsatisfied with a contract they received from Columbia County about collecting fire service taxes, have responded by drawing up their own agreement.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT about the rant about soccer players. How can they judge soccer when golf is one of the most dumbest sports ever invented? ... Oh! Soccer is played by all free-world and Communist countries.

Lawmaker will lead House ethics panel
AIKEN - State Rep. Roland Smith, the head of Aiken County's lawmaking delegation, was elected chairman of the House Legislative Ethics Committee on Thursday after serving on that body for the past 13 years.

Sierra Club to oppose license

SLED finds no crime in business deal
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- A media company acted legally when it received $500,000 as an incentive in a business deal with the Lancaster County Council, the State Law Enforcement Division says.

Kid of the day

Girl, 14, takes SUV, dies
JACKSON - A seventh-grader who took her mother's SUV without permission died after she lost control and was thrown from the vehicle in a one-car accident three days before her 15th birthday, authorities said Wednesday.

Democrats hear budget fears
State budget cuts threaten the happy home of Sheila Landry, her husband and their 18-year-old developmentally disabled daughter.

Payday loans targeted for eradication
ATLANTA -- Georgia lawmakers are nearing agreement on a ban on payday loan companies, lenders that give small loans at interest rates sometimes higher than 500 percent a year.

Storm cleanup continues
A skid loader from the City of Aiken's Department of Solid Waste piles up branches from trees that fell in Aiken during the ice storm two weeks ago.

Senate committee passes proposed gay marriage amendment
ATLANTA -- A state Senate committee on Wednesday approved a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriages after about two hours of sometimes emotional testimony for and against the plan.

Two failing schools look for answers

Evans construction

Leaders object to Kolb reviews

Two new members join state Education Department board

Pregnant woman recovers

Across the area

Police arrest teacher's aide
AIKEN - A former teacher's aide at Silver Bluff High School was charged Thursday with offering two female students money for sex and buying beer for other teens at an Aiken bar.

Board says lottery generating more than expected

Troubled teens learn TV production through college program
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- When Comcast Cable Corp. was looking for local help to produce community television shows, a home for troubled teens was an unlikely place to go.

City will continue cleanup aid

Across the region

Baker says state planes can't be used for politics, convenience

Suspect in double killing arrested in Texas

Kid of the day

Fake traveler's checks found

John Lennon bus arrives in Aiken

Mayor shares city's successes

Miller criticizes Kid Rock's use of flag during Super Bowl show

Democrats hear budget fears

Tree sleuths face potential job cut

Rape charge at school is left off state report
The rape charge against a former Greenbrier High School student accused in several sexual assaults is not reflected in the school's mandatory report of criminal offenses to the state.

Senate panel approves allowing asthma inhalers at school

Glint of good budget news expected from economic board

Chain e-mail makes police shooting national news

Cities take fire service contract into own hands

Water, soil may be contaminated

School board chairman vote moves forward

Rivera gets long term

ATV laws might be tightened

News you can use

Decision further divides parties

Storm won't increase rates

Payday loans targeted for eradication

House OKs payday lending bill

News you can use

Miller complains of "deficit of decency"

Bush's support falls in poll of Georgians

House votes to broaden bullying protections

Police respond to federal lawsuit in drug sweep

Lawsuit on sludge wraps in dismissal

Samuel Drive

Rants and raves
I'M CALLING BECAUSE I've been going to MCG since I was 12, and I'm now 59 years old. MCG needs a new president today. His group needs to be removed. What he's doing will come back to him. I hope he'll have all the illness that the patients he's mistreating are having.

Across Georgia

Home Depot cutting up to 100 jobs in finance division

Looking for new old toys

Commission members decide on Hunley's new home

UGA Foundation trustees decline to cut Adams' pay
ATLANTA -- AFter a 3 1/2 -hour closed-door meeting to discuss whether to reduce University of Georgia president Michael Adams' pay, the executive committee of the UGA Foundation took no vote on the proposal Thursday.

Officials seek to revive park

Chain e-mail makes police shooting national news
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Will Rembert wanted everyone to know about that his unarmed friend was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy.

The Augusta Youth Development Campus is being shut down.

Commission approves changing teacher certification standards
ATLANTA -- Would-be teachers will only have to pass a series of tests instead of returning to college under new standards approved Thursday by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

Employer expo brings hope

Miller criticizes Kid Rock's use of flag during Super Bowl show
ATLANTA -- Sen. Zell Miller called Kid Rock an "ignoramus" who showed disrespect for the American flag during the Super Bowl halftime show.

Steel Company looking at May 14 auction

Police still seek caller's identity
Attorneys on both sides want to learn the identity of the caller who helped investigators focus on Cedric Beals as a suspect in a fatal Summerville convenience store robbery.

Across South Carolina

Water, soil may be contaminated
AIKEN - More samples of soil and water are being taken in downtown North Augusta to look for groundwater contamination near a dry cleaning business, state environmental officials said Thursday.

Five SC couples apply for marriage license but are rejected

Lawsuit on sludge wraps in dismissal
A lawsuit contending the city of Augusta's sewage sludge poisoned a Hephzibah family's dairy farm was dismissed Thursday in the city's favor.

County considers calendar change

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Attorney General Thurbert Baker told the governor and other top state officials Thursday that they can use state airplanes and helicopters only for official business.<

Commission approves changing teacher certification standards

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - After weeks of investigating, prosecutor Ralph Hoisington concluded Thursday that there was no criminal wrongdoing by North Charleston police in the Nov. 7 shooting of a mentally ill black man.

Juror will never forget experience

Rants and raves
I'M CALLING BECAUSE I've been going to MCG since I was 12, and I'm now 59 years old. MCG needs a new president today. His group needs to be removed. What he's doing will come back to him. I hope he'll have all the illness that the patients he's mistreating are having.

Across the area

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is La'Miyah Ne'Cole Harris, 1, of Augusta.

Police arrest teacher's aide

Steel Company looking at May 14 auction
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A May 14 auction of Georgetown Steel is planned and bid packets have been sent to 29 prospective bidders, according to testimony in federal bankruptcy court.

News you can use
Back in Time Feb. 13, 1958 A bill that may pave the way for construction of a $100,000 juvenile detention home in Richmond County was passed by the Georgia House yesterday.

Solicitor will not prosecute in police shooting
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- After weeks of investigating, prosecutor Ralph Hoisington concluded Thursday there was no criminal wrongdoing by North Charleston police in the Nov. 7 shooting of a mentally ill black man.

County considers calendar change
Superintendent Charles Larke urged parents Thursday not to panic about the mention of year-round schools in Richmond County.

Five SC couples apply for marriage license but are rejected
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Riding a surging wave of publicity, five gay couples in South Carolina applied for marriage licenses Thursday but they were - as expected - denied.

Storm won't increase rates
A lawsuit contending the city of Augusta's sewage sludge poisoned a Hephzibah family's dairy farm was dismissed Thursday in the city's favor.

Commission members decide on Hunley's new home
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Members of the state Hunley Commission decide Thursday to make North Charleston the permanent home for the Confederate submarine.

Georgia votes in teacher changes
ATLANTA - A chemist could be teaching chemistry or an accountant could be teaching math in local schools next year after a change made Thursday in state teacher qualifications.

John Lennon bus arrives in Aiken
Steven Smith, 17 and a senior at Aiken High School, emerges from the John Lennon Tour Bus after a morning of playing guitar with 7 other students who were chosen to write a song and have it recorded on the bus Thursday in Aiken.

Employer expo brings hope
The mood at Augusta State University's employer expo was pretty upbeat Thursday, despite economic data that show unemployment claims in Augusta are up.

'Master and Commander' wins best film in British awards
LONDON -- The seafaring epic "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" won three awards, including best film, from the London Film Critics' Circle.

Oscar planners say 5-second delay won't deter political remarks
LOS ANGELES -- The producer and director of the upcoming Oscar telecast said the ABC's 5-second delay will be used to shield viewers from any unlikely profanity or nudity - but will not interfere with any political statements winners may make.

Film challenges taboo of full-frontal male nudity

At the Movies: '50 First Dates'

Really big movies still impressive
Sure, Gone With the Wind is a big movie. With its cast of thousands, sweeping vistas and a running time that can be measured in terms of geologic shifts, it's a sizable slice of cinema.

Mini reviews

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Tuesday.

Really big movies still impressive

Oscar planners say 5-second delay won't deter political remarks

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

Film challenges taboo of full-frontal male nudity
NEW YORK -- A smitten young man in Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Dreamers" steals a photo of his inamorata and puts it next to his private parts, then is understandably embarrassed when she forcibly peels off his tighty-whiteys and discovers it.

At the Movies: '50 First Dates'
Adam Sandler's new movie "50 First Dates" is a romantic comedy that has a goofy take on the question of predestination: If you start out from the same place, under the same circumstances, in the same state of mind, will your day end the same way?

At the Movies: 'The Triplets of Belleville'

Film helps reignite Jimmy Scott's career
When singer Jimmy Scott speaks, it's in the rhythmic, loping cadence learned in the smoke-filled clubs, bars and train cars that served as his home and office for so many years, performing with the likes of Lionel Hampton and Charlie Parker.

Retro group explores historic music forms

Film helps reignite Jimmy Scott's career

Retro group explores historic music forms
Although often lumped in with the jitterbug-inspired swing bands that enjoyed some success in the mid-1990s, Scotty Morris, the founder of the conspicuously retro Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, said the group's goals were always a bit loftier than its jump-and-jive reputation.

NASCAR newsmaker Michael Waltrip
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Michael Waltrip has won two of the past three Daytona 500 races. He talks about how those victories changed his life and his career.

NASCAR takes steps to expand circuit

New points system doesn't change reality in NASCAR

Open-wheel guys at distinct disadvantage in IROC
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Scott Sharp feels a little out of place.

NASCAR takes steps to expand circuit
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Still perceived by some to be a regional sport, proof of NASCAR's national popularity is reflected in ratings figures provided by Neilsen Media Research. Those figures show that of the 10 largest television markets across the country with the biggest increase in viewership during the last three years, only two - Memphis and Tampa - are in the South.

Sadler stays on a roll
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Elliott Sadler wants to be the underdog for Sunday's Daytona 500.

Sadler stays on a roll

NASCAR NEXTEL Daytona 500 Lineup
After Twin 125 qualifying races;

NASCAR newsmaker Michael Waltrip

Softer tires put emphasis back on skill of the driver
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Softer tires and hot pavement Thursday created a lot of headaches for drivers in both 125-mile qualifying races for the Daytona 500.

Police clears driver of accident

Daytona Twin 125s results
Daytona Twin 125s Thursday, at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway

Tire talk dominates time of racing teams
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - An hour after practice ended Wednesday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway, Rusty Wallace was still wearing his driver's suit and climbing under and around his Dodge.

New points system doesn't change reality in NASCAR
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Five minutes into the season, Andy Hillenburg was already a mile behind the leaders.

Police clears driver of accident
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Daytona Beach Police Department cleared a paraplegic driver of blame for Sunday's accident that left a speedway worker dead, but the IPower Dash Series and Daytona International Speedway said their investigations will continue.

Driver capsules for Daytona 500

Softer tires put emphasis back on skill of the driver

Open-wheel guys at distinct disadvantage in IROC

Tire wear a key in qualifying races

Driver capsules for Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Capsules of the 43 drivers in Sunday's Daytona 500, in starting order with car number in parentheses, age, hometown, make of car and biographical information:

Tire wear a key in qualifying races
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The new tires for the Daytona 500 will be given their first major test Thursday, and Ryan Newman hopes he learns the secret to managing them.

Thomas suspended one game for head-butting Howard

Jazz forward Clark's father sentenced to 65 years in prison

Thomas suspended one game for head-butting Howard
NEW YORK -- Knicks forward Kurt Thomas was suspended for one game without pay by the NBA on Wednesday for head-butting Mavericks forward Josh Howard.

Magic center DeClercq placed on injured list
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orlando Magic center Andrew DeClercq was put on the injured list Wednesday while he recovers from right knee surgery.

Baker misses 10th straight game during suspension
CHICAGO -- Vin Baker missed his 10th straight game Thursday night as part of an indefinite suspension, a number that could allow the Boston Celtics to terminate his contract.

Lakers activate Kobe Bryant
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Kobe Bryant was taken off the injured list by the Los Angeles Lakers before Wednesday night's game against the Houston Rockets.

Magic center DeClercq placed on injured list

Jazz forward Clark's father sentenced to 65 years in prison
DANVILLE, Ill. -- Utah Jazz forward Keon Clark's father was sentenced to 65 years in prison for killing a friend after a fight over a bicycle.

Lakers activate Kobe Bryant

Paine women can't catch up
Selina Kohn said fatigue wasn't a factor in the Paine women's 67-58 loss to No. 24 Clark Atlanta on Thursday night at Carter Gym.

Pacers pound the Jags
AIKEN With his team on a three-game losing skid, USC Aiken coach Mike Brandt decided to change his coaching philosophy a few days ago. Bye bye, Mr. nice guy.

Louisville star wears it well
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Luke Whitehead has the word "Blessed" tattooed on his left forearm for a reason. Several reasons, it turns out.

Elder, McCants dazzle ACC fans
ATLANTA - The acknowledgment was brief, a quick handshake as the teams traded ends of the court. B.J. Elder and Rashad McCants knew this was something special.

Two Red Storm players punished in scandal
NEW YORK -- St. John's guard Elijah Ingram withdrew from the university Wednesday, one week after he and five other teammates broke curfew to go to a strip club.

Technically Sound
Charles Welch pointed his eyes toward the sea of blue, white and gold banners lining Aiken Tech's rafters.

Innocent plea entered for Wade
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin guard Maurice "Boo" Wade pleaded innocent Thursday to a charge of choking a woman at her apartment.

Clarett to enter NFL draft after latest ruling in his favor

Giants Jeremy Shockey has knee surgery

Williams leaves Grambling State to work for Bucs

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Crowd jeers eliminated U.S. team with chants of 'Osama!'

Greek from start to finish
ATHENS, Greece - Prince Albert of Monaco and Olympic swimmer Alexander Popov of Russia were added Wednesday to the Olympic torch relay, which will start and finish with Greek champions.

Six months before Summer Games, athletes worry about safety
Six months before the Summer Games, American athletes are starting to worry. Athens just doesn't seem safe from afar, despite the most expensive security plan ever devised for an Olympics.

Crowd jeers eliminated U.S. team with chants of 'Osama!'
GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- The boos nearly drowned out "The Star-Spangled Banner," and a few dozen fans chanted "Osama! Osama!" as the United States was eliminated by Mexico in Olympic men's soccer qualifying.

Greek from start to finish

Tighter safeguards for Olympic credential cards
ATHENS, Greece -- Olympic organizers will use more secure credential cards in an attempt to thwart forgeries and terrorism at the games.

Six months before Summer Games, athletes worry about safety

Tighter safeguards for Olympic credential cards

Are you ready for some road games?

China, Taiwan can put aside differences in name of sport

Overtime

Mexico bests U.S., fans yell 'Osama!'

Overtime

U.S. soccer team to play Poland twice, Haiti

Cross Creek junior stands out in sports

Clijsters needs just 39 minutes to win

Foreman's state of mind leads him to think about comeback

Other stars joined Guy, Bradshaw

Four charged in steroid case

Foreman's state of mind leads him to think about comeback
My money is on George Foreman.

Other stars joined Guy, Bradshaw
The fourth annual Greater Augusta Sports Council Awards Gala featured plenty of stars.

U.S. soccer team to play Poland twice, Haiti
CHICAGO -- The United States soccer team will play a pair of exhibition games against Poland and one against Haiti as it prepares for World Cup qualifying.

Mexico bests U.S., fans yell 'Osama!'
The boos nearly drowned out The Star-Spangled Banner, and a few dozen fans chanted "Osama! Osama!" as the United States was eliminated by Mexico in Olympic men's soccer qualifying Tuesday.

Overtime
Augusta State leading scorer Alshaa' Hodges has been suspended for one game following the Lady Jaguars' 73-45 loss to USC Aiken on Wednesday. She will miss Saturday's homecoming contest against Francis Marion.

Overtime
Andre Curtis was named Georgia Southern's defensive ends coach on Wednesday.

China, Taiwan can put aside differences in name of sport
TIANJIN, China - Baseball, not politics, is on Jiao Yi's mind this week as his Tianjin Tigers journey to Taiwan for training.

Are you ready for some road games?
Every drama needs a villain, so don't say six months from now you weren't warned.

Nadal advances to second round in Milan
MILAN, Italy -- Spanish teen Rafael Nadal beat 6-foot-10 Ivo Karlovic 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-1 Wednesday to reach the second round of the Milan Indoors.

Four charged in steroid case
WASHINGTON - Barry Bonds' personal trainer and a coach for some of the world's top track stars were among four people charged Thursday with running a steroid-distribution ring that provided performance-enhancing drugs to dozens of athletes.

Cross Creek junior stands out in sports
Johnson adds wrestling to his busy schedule

Clijsters needs just 39 minutes to win
PARIS -- Top-seeded Kim Clijsters needed just 39 minutes to beat Maria Sanchez Lorenzo 6-1, 6-0 Thursday and reach the Gaz de France quarterfinals.

Clark to endorse Kerry
WASHINGTON - John Kerry lined up the support of campaign dropout Wesley Clark on Thursday, hoping to pre-empt any move by his remaining Democratic presidential rivals to sneak up on him in next week's Wisconsin primary.

Richmond Academy boys learned from last season
The Richmond Academy boys basketball team suffered some heartbreaking losses last year.

Player of the week
While leading the Red Devils in assists and steals, Crite averaged 20 points per game and helped Lincoln County to two region victories.

Prep basketball boxes
Here are the boy's and girls' area prep basketball boxes from Wednesday night.

Prep basketball scores
Prep boys results from Thursday night action.

Richmond Academy boys learned from last season
The Richmond Academy boys basketball team suffered some heartbreaking losses last year.

Clarett to enter NFL draft after latest ruling in his favor
NEW YORK -- Maurice Clarett is ready to enter the NFL draft, clearing another legal obstacle Wednesday when a federal judge rejected the league's request to suspend her ruling.

Giants Jeremy Shockey has knee surgery
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey had surgery on his left knee Wednesday.

Williams leaves Grambling State to work for Bucs
TAMPA, Fla. -- More than 20 years after an ugly breakup, Doug Williams and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are back together.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Willie Nelson tour includes Augusta

Ramblin' Rhodes: Willie Nelson tour includes Augusta
Willie Nelson barnstorms through Georgia in February, with three stops, including one in Augusta.

James Brown, Augusta need damage control

Tips to make tax time less taxing
WASHINGTON -- Swamped in tax paperwork with nowhere to turn? Here are some tips to get started and to find help when you need it:

Billions in tax refunds still unclaimed
WASHINGTON -- Nearly 2 million students, retirees and other taxpayers stand to lose $2.5 billion in refunds if they don't act quickly to claim the money.

'Fairly OddParents' is not just for kids
DETROIT -- "The Fairly OddParents" is the second-highest rated program in America for viewers 2 to 11 years old.

Rankings for basic cable networks

Fallout from Jackson's breast-baring continues at TV networks

Rankings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Feb. 2-8. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

U.S.-government TV station draws Arab fire even before its debut
CAIRO, Egypt -- Even before its first broadcast, a satellite television station financed by the U.S. government and directed at Arab viewers is drawing fire in the Middle East as an American attempt to destroy Islamic values and brainwash the young.

NFL, Viacom officials to testify on Capitol Hill about Super Bowl show
WASHINGTON -- Janet Jackson's Super Bowl exposure was "a new low for prime-time television," the government's chief broadcast regulator told lawmakers Wednesday.

'Fairly OddParents' is not just for kids

NFL, Viacom officials to testify on Capitol Hill about Super Bowl show

NBC's Tom Brokaw gets first-hand look at war on terrorism
NEW YORK -- Tom Brokaw is getting a renewed appreciation for how difficult it is to find Osama bin Laden during the NBC anchorman's trip this week to where the war against terrorism is being fought.

Fallout from Jackson's breast-baring continues at TV networks
NEW YORK -- MTV is shifting some of its racier music videos to late night and ABC is skittish about an "NYPD Blue" sex scene - part of the continued fallout from Janet Jackson's Super Bowl flashing.

U.S.-government TV station draws Arab fire even before its debut

Next Jackson hearing likely to be more sedate than last

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Lady Vols avoid Georgia upset
ATHENS, Ga. - Ashley Robinson scored 16 points and reserve Brittany Jackson added 15, helping No. 3 Tennessee hold off No. 19 Georgia 70-67 Thursday night.

Lady Vols avoid Georgia upset

James Brown, Augusta need damage control
Let the James Brown spin begin. Let me start by acknowledging the following omission - I have nothing to say about what may or may not have happened between Mr. Brown and his wife. Assigning guilt and innocence is the job of cops and courts, not columnists, and anything I might say would be speculative at best.

Gamecocks fall short in overtime

South Carolina to stick with grass
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina will keep the grass growing at Williams-Brice Stadium.<

South Carolina to stick with grass

Gamecocks fall short in overtime
COLUMBIA. - Timmy Bowers hit a late 3-pointer to force overtime, and Branden Vincent's foul shot with 53 seconds left in the extra session gave No. 6 Mississippi State the lead for good in a 79-75 victory over No. 25 South Carolina on Wednesday night.

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Hindu nationalists threaten Indian lovers over Valentine's Day

Elderly man says he robbed bank to pay medical bills

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