'Noises Off' is farcical tale of extremes

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

Arts calendar

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.

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

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.

Schott in hospital with breathing problems
CINCINNATI -- Reds minority owner Marge Schott was in the hospital Friday and improving while being treated for breathing problems.

Schott in hospital with breathing problems

Baldwin agrees to minor league contract with Mets

Strategies may keep you lucky on Friday the 13th

Odds and Ends
BEAUFORT, S.C. -- Sharon Anderson had no idea what was headed her way on a county road when her car struck and killed a pygmy hippopotamus.

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.

Disney worker killed by float at Magic Kingdom
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- A worker dressed as Pluto was killed after being run over by a float during an afternoon parade at Walt Disney World on Wednesday.

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

Comcast faces big job in selling proposed Disney acquisition

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.

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

U.S. trade deficit hit record high in 2003
WASHINGTON -- The United States registered a record $489.4 billion trade deficit for 2003 as a rebounding U.S. economy strengthened Americans' appetites for a wide range of foreign-made goods, including cars, clothing and TVs.

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.

Organizers gear up for recruiting tour
The Augusta Showcase organizers took a practice tour of the Augusta Canal on Friday as the group put the final touches on its plans to recruit more businesses to the Garden City.

Working from home

Proposals indicate economic advance
NEW YORK - Comcast Corp.'s bold proposal to take over Walt Disney Co. after a string of mega-deals in the financial, health-care and technology sectors is the latest signal to investors that the nation's economic engines are humming once again.

Fed chairman wants to reinstate budget rules

Kmart sues Stewart for rights

Converting jets may aid Boeing

Appeals court upholds New York state ban on shipment of out-of-state wine
NEW YORK -- A federal appeals court Thursday upheld a state law that blocks out-of-state wineries from shipping wine directly to New York consumers in a decision that could uncork a battle at the Supreme Court.

Thousands favor cell phones for home use

Kmart sues Stewart for rights
DETROIT - Kmart Corp. is accusing Martha Stewart's company of overcharging it for the exclusive rights to sell housewares and other products bearing the domestic maven's name.

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.

Business briefs
ST. LOUIS - The corporate parent of the Hardee's restaurant chain said Friday it will shut 28 restaurants and write down the value of the La Salsa Mexican chain it bought in 2002.

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.

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.

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.

U.S. trade deficit hit record high in 2003

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.

Judge hampers prosecution on most serious count against Martha Stewart

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.

Proposals indicate economic advance

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.

Appeals court upholds New York state ban on shipment of out-of-state wine

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.

Organizers gear up for recruiting tour

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.

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.

Retail sales dip by 0.3 percent in January

Judge hampers prosecution on most serious count against Martha Stewart
NEW YORK -- A federal judge dealt a blow Friday to the government's effort to prove that Martha Stewart committed securities fraud when she publicly proclaimed her innocence.

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.

Myriad of mistakes lead to Tigers' loss
Two of the biggest reasons Clemson couldn't upset No. 20 Wake Forest on Thursday - aside from ugly free-throw shooting, porous defense and a career-high 29 points from Demon Deacons guard Justin Gray - were the lack of offensive production from Sharrod Ford and Shawan Robinson.

Myriad of mistakes lead to Tigers' loss

Bond set at $2,500 for top Miami recruit

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

Bond set at $2,500 for top Miami recruit
MIAMI -- A judge set bond at $2,500 for top Miami recruit Willie Williams, who drew an overflow crowd of supporters Friday for his first court hearing since surrendering on an arrest warrant for allegedly violating probation.

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

Brand acting quickly to tighten recruiting rules

University says ex-recruiting official used school phone to call escort service
DENVER -- The University of Colorado said Friday that calls were placed to an escort service and singles chat line from a school cell phone once assigned to a football recruiting assistant.

Technically Sound

Paine women can't catch up

Jags' homecoming foes no pushovers

Innocent plea entered for Wade

Division III should have new coaching wins leader

Miller time on Senate floor

Miller time on Senate floor
Zell Miller has made a name for himself as the most conservative Democrat in the U.S. Senate, perhaps the nation. He has taken his fellow Democrats to task for their less-than-stellar support of the Iraq war, national defense and wasteful spending, and for bashing President George W. Bush, whom he supports for re-election.

Nuisance suit axed
A nettlesome problem for Gov. Mark Sanford has been resolved in his favor by the South Carolina Supreme Court.

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.

World has a choice

Oregon's message

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.

Bipartisan solution?

World has a choice
Imagine being threatened with physical violence for sending a Valentine's Day greeting.

People in the News
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Dixie Chick Natalie Maines is expecting her second child.

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.

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:

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

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

Sandra Bullock feted as Harvard's Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Actress Sandra Bullock had to show off her dating skills Thursday to earn a shiny, brass pudding pot and the title of Harvard's Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year.

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

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.

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

Consumer confidence, trade deficit weigh down stocks
NEW YORK -- A record U.S. trade deficit and a surprising drop in consumer confidence sparked profit-taking on Wall Street Friday, sending stocks lower despite the week's bullish economic news from the Federal Reserve.

Consumer confidence, trade deficit weigh down stocks

Dollar up, gold down in Europe

Investors lock in profits, sending stocks lower

Dollar up, gold down in Europe
LONDON -- The U.S. dollar rose Friday against most other major currencies in European trading. Gold prices fell.

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.

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.

Look for improved fishing just around the corner

Fishing tournament reports and results

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.

Improper watering can kill plants

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.

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.

Canadian woman aims high from under the radar
SAN DIEGO -- Isabelle Beisiegel isn't looking for a sponsor's exemption on the PGA Tour, nor does she consider herself part of the trend of women competing against men.

North course suits Taylor

Davies beats only one man in ANZ Championship
PORT STEPHENS, Australia -- Laura Davies played so poorly in the ANZ Championship, she might not take another shot in a men's event.

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.

Singh's top-10 streak flames out at Torrey
SAN DIEGO -- Vijay Singh's streak of 12 consecutive top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour came to an abrupt end Friday when he missed the cut at the Buick Invitational.

Canadian woman aims high from under the radar

Singh's top-10 streak flames out at Torrey

Davies beats only one man in ANZ Championship

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.

North course suits Taylor
SAN DIEGO - There was plenty of movement up and down the leaderboard Friday at the Buick Invitational.

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

Golden Hawks advance

Player of the week

Prep basketball scores

Prep basketball scores

Stars goaltender activated, assigned to minors

Senators sign forward Rob Ray for remainder of season
OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators added some toughness to their lineup Friday, signing free-agent forward Rob Ray for the remainder of the season.

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.

Piniella: Devil Rays will be better this year
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Lou Piniella looks over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays roster and likes what he sees.

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.

Piniella: Devil Rays will be better this year

Senators sign forward Rob Ray for remainder of season

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.

Parents should be No. 1 role models

Georgia gun report card gets low marks
In 1991, Blacks Against Black Crimes, Inc., identified the easy accessibility of guns as a contributing factor to the epidemic of black-on-black violence. In our efforts to reduce this violence, we joined the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Million Mom March. Barbara Thurmond, Augusta (Editor's note: The writer is founder and president of Blacks Against Black Crimes.)

Parents should be No. 1 role models
In response to those who don't see the Janet Jackson issue as a problem: Ted Housley, Evans, Ga.

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

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.

No slaughter by North Vietnam as letter said
People who write letters to the editor are, of course, welcome to express their opinions. One would hope the "facts" behind the opinions are accurate. One would also hope that the editors of the newspaper would check for obvious factual errors before allowing a letter to be published. William G. Collins Jr., Aiken, S.C.

Our country's decay from within

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

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.

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

Truman's love letters to wife Bess reveals his softer side

'Love Detector' listens for love

A Valentine's Day journey: Deaf couple now hearing each other's voices

Gay couples traveling to Canada for Valentine's Day weddings

Chocolate may win the heart scientifically as well as romantically

South Korean scientists cull stem cells from cloned human embryo

'Love Detector' listens for love
NEW YORK -- Does she love me? Does she even care? Voice-analysis software based on Israeli counterterrorism technology professes to tell you in an instant whether that special someone is interested.

Truman's love letters to wife Bess reveals his softer side
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- As president, Harry S. Truman earned the moniker "Give 'Em Hell Harry." As a husband, he might have been better described as a man who gave his wife his heart.

A Valentine's Day journey: Deaf couple now hearing each other's voices
MAYWOOD, Ill. -- The young couple sat in the small room, waiting for a click on the computer that would transform their lives.

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.

Gay couples traveling to Canada for Valentine's Day weddings
NEW YORK -- The relationship started in June 1990 with an argument over money. Frank Jump was a dental office manager, Vincenzo Aiosa a patient with a bill problem. It's been love ever since.

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."

Chocolate may win the heart scientifically as well as romantically
WASHINGTON -- Those chocolates that make your Valentine's heart go pitty-pat may also help keep that heart running longer and stronger.

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.

Generals field victory
It's been said that it's sometimes better to be lucky then good. Well the Augusta Lynx looked good Friday.

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.

USC increases fees for business school

Domestic violence is targeted
AIKEN - In a state where wife-beating was legally permitted as late as the 1880s and where the first laws specifically targeting domestic violence weren't passed until 1985, South Carolina has a way to go to break the generational cycles of violence.

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.

Airport position will likely go to interim leader Boshears

Workshop focuses on domestic abuse
Victims of domestic violence aren't just lovers or spouses.

Civil rights group to study Lowcountry travel advisory

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.

Justice agency closes facility

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.

Gangs affect suburban counties

Candidates debate gay marriage, jobs
DUBLIN, Ga. - U.S. Rep. Mac Collins joked about sending illegal immigrants to the moon, and Rep. Johnny Isakson said America needs to keep jobs at home in a debate Friday night among Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate.

Democrats to appeal map plan

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.

Suspect gets jail time in slaying

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.

Commission disagrees that Augusta hospitals should be consolidated

DHEC board votes against restructuring agency
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The board of the state's health and environmental agency has voted against restructuring the department, sending a message to the Legislature and governor it should keep the agency intact.

UGA Foundation will leave Adams' salary to regents

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.

Songs for a sweetheart

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.

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

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.

Desegregation case is focus of play

Disorder discovered in new location
A brain disorder that killed at least 25 bald eagles along Thurmond Lake in recent years has been detected in a new Georgia location this winter, according to wildlife authorities who met near Augusta this week.

Database will halt drug abuse, some say

Trio, stargazing, ends up on harrowing train ride

Looking for new old toys

Child endangerment bill breezes through Senate
ATLANTA -- State senators unanimously approved a child endangerment bill Friday, setting up penalties for people who put a child in harm's way.

Sergeant charged and suspended after accused of taking lottery tickets
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A 24-year veteran of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office was suspended without pay after he was charged with stealing lottery tickets while on duty at a grocery store.

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.

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.

Workshop focuses on domestic abuse

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.

Rants and raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturdayís Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

DHEC board votes against restructuring agency

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

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.

Assembly sets board standards

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.

Candidates debate gay marriage, jobs

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.

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.

Jumping for joy

Ice storm leads to forest disaster in S.C.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The damage from last month's ice storm has led the state forester to declare a forest disaster for the first time in two years, agency spokesman Ken Cabe says.

Assembly sets board standards
AIKEN - Future members of South Carolina's Public Service Commission must have a college degree, can't be members of the Legislature and are prohibited from having private chats with the utilities they regulate, according to reform measures passed Friday by both houses of the General Assembly.

USC increases fees for business school
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- It will cost graduate students thousands of dollars more to attend the University of South Carolina's renowned international business program next year, and officials say the fee increase could foreshadow a new undergraduate tuition system.

MCG bill policy troubles indigent patients
Shirley Andrews had an ultrasound last week to see whether she has the same kind of ovarian cancer that killed her mother. A doctor also wants to schedule her for a colonoscopy because she has suffered rectal bleeding for the past four months and has a strong family history of colon cancer.

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.

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.

Songs for a sweetheart
Rosemarie Angeletti holds the rose given to her by members of the Garden City Chorus who sang to her for Valentine's Day.

Principal ends his penalty appeal
An elementary school principal has dropped his fight with Superintendent Charles Larke, accepting a five-day suspension without pay for failing to alert the central office when a fifth-grader brought a knife to school.

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.

Airport position will likely go to interim leader Boshears
It's not set in stone yet, but it's looking more and more like Buster Boshears will be Augusta Regional Airport's full-time director.

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Trevez Elijah Walker, 2, of Sardis, Ga.

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.

Group passes on Adams' pay
ATLANTA - The University of Georgia's fund-raising arm passed the buck Friday and voted to leave the decision of how to deal with school President Michael Adams' pay package to the state Board of Regents.

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.

News you can use
Feb. 14, 1963 Sparks from a coal stove were blamed by fire officials yesterday in the death of an elderly semi-invalid North Augusta woman. Narcissus Forest, about 80, of 5 Notch Road, was found dead about 7 p.m. by firemen answering a call from a passer-by. They found her clothing and mattress on fire.

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.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - In the wake of the shooting of a mentally ill black man by North Charleston police, local NAACP officials said Friday they will study whether to ask the national civil rights group to issue a travel advisory for the Lowcountry.

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.

Taxed officers require radar

Police arrest teacher's aide

UGA Foundation will leave Adams' salary to regents
ATLANTA -- The University of Georgia's foundation decided against docking their school president's pay Friday, instead passing that decision on to the State Board of Regents.

Commission approves changing teacher certification standards

Across Georgia

Across the area

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.

Juror will never forget experience

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.

County considers calendar change

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

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.

Commission members decide on Hunley's new home

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.

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.

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.

Lawmaker will lead House ethics panel

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.<

Chain e-mail makes police shooting national news

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.

Senate panel approves allowing asthma inhalers at school

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.

Five SC couples apply for marriage license but are rejected

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

Employer expo brings hope

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.

The Augusta Youth Development Campus is being shut down.

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.

Officials seek to revive park

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.

Home Depot cutting up to 100 jobs in finance division

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.

Lawsuit on sludge wraps in dismissal

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.

House votes to broaden bullying protections

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.

Miller complains of "deficit of decency"

New van for DUIs unveiled

House OKs payday lending bill

Rants and raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturdays Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

Storm won't increase rates

Schools must face the music when cuts hit arts programs
JOHNSTON - There aren't enough xylophones or drums for all of the pupils in Thaddeus Dixon's sixth-grade music class at Johnston-Edgefield-Trenton Middle School.

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VA gets commission's support
Under new recommendations, not only would Augusta get to keep all of its veterans hospitals open, but a national commission is also backing a plan to put outpatient clinics in Aiken and Athens.

Rivera gets long term

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.

Water, soil may be contaminated

Justice agency closes facility
The Augusta Youth Development Campus is being shut down.

Tree sleuths face potential job cut

Jumping for joy
Ansley Marshall, 9,(from left ) twirls a jump rope as Destin Olson,10, Bennett Yort, 9, Erin Hawk, 11, and Bailey Gunnels jump rope at the "Jump Rope for Heart" fundraiser in the gym at Episcopal Day School on Friday morning, February 13, 2004. Approximatley seventy five students participated, jumping for thirty minutes to collect sponsor dontations that benefit the American Heart Association.

John Lennon bus arrives in Aiken

Civil rights group to study Lowcountry travel advisory
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- In the wake of the shooting of a mentally ill black man by North Charleston police, local NAACP officials said Friday they will study whether to ask the national first vice president of the state civil rights group to issue a travel advisory for the Lowcountry.

Advocates say prescription drug database will curb abuses
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A statewide drug sales monitoring system will curb diversion of prescription medicine to drug dealers and abusers, advocates say.

Spartanburg students slightly injured by homemade bomb
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Three Methodist College roommates have been slightly injured after a bomb they constructed exploded in their dorm room authorities say.

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

Desegregation case is focus of play
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The tin from a farm shed hangs as backdrop; the interplay of its rust and sheen echo the stripes of an American flag.

Kid of the day

South Carolina investigators look at connection with Samantha Burns case
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Federal authorities were in West Virginia Thursday to gather clues for the upcoming trial of two men accused of killing a South Carolina woman and Marshall University student Samantha Burns, a prosecutor says.

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

Teachers restore evolution phrase
ATLANTA - A proposed revision of Georgia's biology curriculum crafted by a team of educators has restored the word "evolution" and goes further than the state's current standards to back the teaching of the theory.

City will continue cleanup aid

Samuel Drive

Board says lottery generating more than expected

Gangs affect suburban counties
JEFFERSON, Ga. - Deputy Sheriff Charles Timms acknowledges he gets the occasional "cow call" while canvassing his 342-square-mile office.

Changes in teacher qualifications pass

New van for DUIs unveiled
The benches inside the newest Richmond County Sheriff's Office vehicle aren't meant to be comfortable.

Child endangerment bill breezes through Senate

Baker plans remap appeal
ATLANTA - Georgia Democrats were planning Friday to appeal a federal ruling throwing out redistricting maps, party leaders said.

Residents named to state boards

Residents named to state boards
Two Columbia County residents have been appointed to state boards, according to Gov. Sonny Perdue's office.

Group passes on Adams' pay

Suspect gets jail time in slaying
It was only supposed to be a marijuana deal, but the prospective buyer and seller made each other so nervous that both pulled guns and fired. One died and the other is now headed to prison.

Disorder discovered in new location

Across Georgia
VIENNA - A Vienna man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and five years of probation for sexually assaulting a 29-year-old woman who prosecutors said had the mental capacity of a 5-year-old and could not have consented to sex.

MCG bill policy troubles indigent patients

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

Advocates say prescription drug database will curb abuses

Database will halt drug abuse, some say
COLUMBIA - A statewide drug sales monitoring system will curb diversion of prescription medicine to drug dealers and abusers, advocates say.

Domestic violence is targeted

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."

Democrats to appeal map plan
ATLANTA -- The state will appeal a federal ruling that its state House and Senate maps must be redrawn.

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.

Commission disagrees that Augusta hospitals should be consolidated
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration's recommendation to consolidate two veterans hospitals in Augusta, Ga., was rejected Friday by a panel established to review the plans.

Baker plans remap appeal

At 'Chase's' end, NASCAR critics will be convinced
From Friday the 13th to Valentine's Day to Daytona 500 Sunday.

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.

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?

Mini reviews

At the Movies: '50 First Dates'

Really big movies still impressive

At the Movies: 'The Triplets of Belleville'

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

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Tuesday.

'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.

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.

Film helps reignite Jimmy Scott's career

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

Driver capsules for Daytona 500

Truex nabs first pole, wrecks car
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Shortly after winning the pole position for today's Hershey's Kisses 300 at Daytona International Speedway, Martin Truex was so happy he was on the verge of tears.

NASCAR: No nonsense when it comes to substance abuse
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- There are always smiles when stock car folks tell tales about the sport's pioneers running moonshine through the hills of Georgia and the Carolinas.

Ex-champion has plenty left in the tank

Ex-champion has plenty left in the tank
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Although he is now a part-time television announcer and a full-time owner of a truck-racing team, Darrell Waltrip still considers himself a race car driver. He said it's a bug that bites you and won't let go.

Newman squeezes out IROC win

Truex wins first Busch Series pole
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Martin Truex lived up to his billing Friday, starting his first full season in the Busch Series by winning the pole for the Hersey's Kisses 300 at Daytona International Speedway.

Sadler stays on a roll

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

New points system doesn't change reality in NASCAR

Newman squeezes out IROC win
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Ryan Newman found a way to squeeze past Kurt Busch 100 yards from the finish line and win the season opener of the International Race of Champions Series on Friday night.

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:

Softer tires put emphasis back on skill of the driver

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.

Truex nabs first pole, wrecks car

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

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.: Racing South.
21. (30) Johnny Sauter, 25, Necedah, Wis., Chevrolet. Racing for Rookie of the Year honors with Richard Childress Racing after finishing eighth in Busch Series last year while driving for two different teams. Helped Childress capture the owner's championship in Busch while sharing a ride with teammate Kevin Harvick. Won championship in 2001 American Speed Association series. Ran five Cup races last season for Morgan-McClure Motorsports with a best finish of 23rd. Will also run full Busch schedule. Son of longtime NASCAR driver Jim Sauter.

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.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.: Racing South.

NASCAR NEXTEL Daytona 500 Lineup
After Twin 125 qualifying races;

Truex wins first Busch Series pole

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

Open-wheel guys at distinct disadvantage in IROC

NASCAR: No nonsense when it comes to substance abuse

Miller's time has finally

Bryant wants to stay in L.A.
LOS ANGELES - Kobe Bryant said repeatedly Friday that he wants to be a Laker "for life," though he still plans to opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer.

Cougars slip past 49ers

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.

Cougars slip past 49ers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Chandi Jones had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 25 Houston past Charlotte, 62-58 on Friday night.

Vin Baker put on waivers by Celtics
BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics are on their way to getting rid of Vin Baker.

Bryant wants to stay in L.A.

Magic forward Garrity needs another surgery on knee
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orlando Magic forward Pat Garrity, who has played in only two games because of a bad right knee, will have another surgery and miss the rest of the season.

Magic forward Garrity needs another surgery on knee

Miller's time has finally
LOS ANGELES - Perhaps because the Sacramento Kings are a small-town team, it's a real honor to be considered their biggest hick. In the locker room, the players often jokingly compare their humble beginnings - and Brad Miller usually wins.

Vin Baker put on waivers by Celtics

Jags' homecoming foes no pushovers
LOUIS MCCULLOUGH. THE FRANCIS MARION JUNIOR FORWARD HAS SCORED 21, 26 AND 24 POINTS THE PAST THREE GAMES. MCCULLOUGH HAS HELPED LEAD THE PATRIOTS TO A 20-2 RECORD AND NO. 15 NATIONAL RANKING.

Jaguars' North Division run could be near its end
Augusta State men's coach Gary Tuell believes his team's run atop the Peach Belt Conference's North Division is over.

Division III should have new coaching wins leader
There's going to be a new name atop the Division III coaching victory list.

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.

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.

Jaguars' North Division run could be near its end
Augusta State men's coach Gary Tuell believes his team's run atop the Peach Belt Conference's North Division is over.

Williams leaves Grambling State to work for Bucs

A time to celebrate: Jim Kelly's 'hero' turns 7

Mr. Huey Walker    (EVANS, Ga.)
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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.

Greek from start to finish

Athens Olympic Games venues and main sports routes
Athens Olympic Games venues and main sports routes

Six months before Summer Games, athletes worry about safety

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.

Indigent-care increase, Medicaid decrease impact MCG
IN A FEB. 4 editorial titled, "Heartfelt wishes for MCG," The Augusta Chronicle noted that job generation at the Savannah River Site is waning and that the future of Fort Gordon is uncertain. The Chronicle rightfully pointed out that the Medical College of Georgia and MCG Health System are important factors in creating jobs and spurring economic development for our region.

Larry Walker leaves; Bobby Kahn returns
If you like your politics raw and partisan, you will be happy to know that Bobby Kahn is back in the saddle, locked and loaded.

Larry Walker leaves; Bobby Kahn returns
If you like your politics raw and partisan, you will be happy to know that Bobby Kahn is back in the saddle, locked and loaded.

Indigent-care increase, Medicaid decrease impact MCG
IN A FEB. 4 editorial titled, "Heartfelt wishes for MCG," The Augusta Chronicle noted that job generation at the Savannah River Site is waning and that the future of Fort Gordon is uncertain. The Chronicle rightfully pointed out that the Medical College of Georgia and MCG Health System are important factors in creating jobs and spurring economic development for our region.

Four charged in steroid case

Clijsters through to semis at Gaz de France

Joe Frazier charged with assault

Cross Creek junior stands out in sports

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

Clijsters needs just 39 minutes to win

Are you ready for some road games?

IAAF welcomes crackdown on steroid distributors

Overtime

Overtime

IAAF welcomes crackdown on steroid distributors
LONDON -- Track and field's governing body Friday welcomed the steroid indictments as a step in cutting off drug supply networks and punishing those who help athletes cheat.

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

Clijsters through to semis at Gaz de France
PARIS -- Top-seeded Kim Clijsters narrowly escaped defeat to reach the semifinals at the Gaz de France on Friday, beating Italy's Silvia Farina Elia s. 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.

Overtime
Former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier was arrested Friday and accused of assaulting a woman.

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.

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.

Four defendants plead innocent
The government alleged in a 42-count indictment Thursday that the four illegally supplied performance-enhancing drugs to dozens of athletes in the NFL, major league baseball and track and field.

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

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

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.

Joe Frazier charged with assault
PHILADELPHIA -- Former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier was arrested Friday and charged with assaulting a woman.

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.

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 scores
Prep basketball scores from Friday night's action on the hardwood.

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.

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

Golden Hawks advance
All game long, Washington County boys basketball coach Rufus McDuffie had been telling Marcus Ivey the same thing.

A time to celebrate: Jim Kelly's 'hero' turns 7
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Hunter Kelly will get a birthday kiss from mom and dad in a room filled with balloons.

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

Faith Digest
Carole Gaddis, of Nashville, Tenn., and Promise Land will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Jesse Carroll Auditorium, 4694 Windsor Spring Road in Hephzibah, and at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Pine Forest Baptist Church, 2829 Pine Log Road in Langley.

Couples say God's hands guided them in quest for love
One day plus one church gathering added up to two weddings in 1989 when two Georgia grooms married Illinois brides.

Music inspired rabbi into his work as cantor
Since joining Adas Yeshurun Synagogue in November, Rabbi David Sirull has served as both congregational leader and cantor.

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The Faith Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send items to virginia.norton@augustachronicle.com.

Bells, tower will top off Good Shepherd renovation
With workers on the verge of digging a foundation for a 75-foot-tall bell tower at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd this week, Alan Hughes, of London, came for one last look at plans that go back 10 years.

Scholars find a unique and varied 'American' Jesus
BOSTON -- There's Jesus the distant symbol, and Jesus the gentle friend. There's Jesus the pacifist and caregiver, and Jesus the gruff, muscular warrior.

Ministers barred from lunch with students at Kentucky school
SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. -- Ronald Shaver has lost his daily lunch appointment.

Priests in South Dakota give part of their pay to abuse victims fund
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- Six months after waves of sex abuse allegations against Roman Catholic priests began hitting dioceses across the country, clergymen in South Dakota decided to do something to help heal both victims and the church.

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

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.

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

CBS apologizes for OutKast's Grammy performance
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- CBS apologized Friday to American Indians angered by OutKast's Grammy Awards performance, which featured feathers and war paint.

CBS apologizes for OutKast's Grammy performance

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.

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Lady Vols avoid Georgia upset

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.

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.

Along came a spider: Boynton bitten by insect

Coaches say last matchup won't linger in this one

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

Along came a spider: Boynton bitten by insect
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Something was bugging South Carolina's Michael Boynton Jr. this week. Turns out, it might have been a spider.

Coaches say last matchup won't linger in this one
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Vanderbilt's coach hinted at retaliation. South Carolina's top reserve got a one-game suspension for something he says he never did. And the Gamecocks coach disagreed with the Southeastern Conference on the penalty.

South Carolina to stick with grass

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Hindu nationalists threaten Indian lovers over Valentine's Day

Disney worker killed by float at Magic Kingdom

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Ministers barred from lunch with students at Kentucky school

Music inspired rabbi into his work as cantor

Couples say God's hands guided them in quest for love

Bells, tower will top off Good Shepherd renovation

Priests in South Dakota give part of their pay to abuse victims fund

Scholars find a unique and varied 'American' Jesus

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