Field Museum begins unpacking treasures from China

Field Museum begins unpacking treasures from China
CHICAGO -- Workers at the Field Museum used protective gloves and a lot of concentration as they unpacked crates containing rare and priceless artifacts from 18th-century China, some never before displayed outside the Forbidden City.

Art exhibition in British cathedrals updates images of Christ
LONDON -- Under the richly decorated ceiling of St. Paul's Cathedral, as parishioners and tourists mingle, a naked blue man surfaces from water and drowns over and over again.

Art exhibition in British cathedrals updates images of Christ

Centenary exhibition celebrates enduring glamour of Cecil Beaton

Centenary exhibition celebrates enduring glamour of Cecil Beaton
LONDON -- Cecil Beaton invented celebrity photography, and the photographer as celebrity.

Yankees, Rangers agree on Rodriguez trade, await Selig's approval

Yanks close on deal for Rodriguez
NEW YORK - Now it's the New York Yankees who are trying to trade for Alex Rodriguez.

Even lowly teams hold out hope
A year ago, after flipping his Mustang on a California highway and somehow surviving the crash with hardly a scratch, a 21-year-old lefty who had never pitched above Class A walked into his first major league camp. He was promptly assigned No. 77.

Even lowly teams hold out hope

Yanks close on deal for Rodriguez

With Rodriguez deal, Yanks set to best Boston again
Just when it looked as if the New York Yankees might be the losers in their offseason game of one-upmanship with the rival Red Sox - bam! - George Steinbrenner opened his checkbook and is about to put American League MVP Alex Rodriguez in pinstripes.

With Rodriguez deal, Yanks set to best Boston again

Yankees, Rangers agree on Rodriguez trade, await Selig's approval
NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez is one step from putting on the pinstripes.

Let's find out how well you know your presidents

Sheboygan, Wis., known for brats, rated high for young, wealthy bachelors, too
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. -- Sheboygan, known best for its bratwursts, also is among the top spots in the nation to find young, wealthy bachelors, a new rating says.

Congressional challenger trys to sell out on Web
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A self-proclaimed outsider who's challenging a Central Valley congressman has put his campaign on the virtual auction block.

Police: Man believed to be target of cruel prankster admits faking story about wife's death
WATERBURY, Conn. -- A man believed to have been the victim of a cruel prankster who told him his wife had been killed in Iraq has admitted concocting the story and was arrested Sunday, authorities said.

University student group offers scholarship to whites only, seeks photo confirmation
BRISTOL, R.I. -- A student group at Roger Williams University is offering a new scholarship for which only white students are eligible, a move they say is designed to protest affirmative action.

Cubs still hoping to sign Maddux
CHICAGO -- With only three days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training, the Chicago Cubs still hope to sign former Atlanta Braves star Greg Maddux.

Braves are younger, hungrier

Braves are younger, hungrier
ATLANTA - Unraveling the Da Vinci Code is easier than figuring out who's who in the Atlanta Braves clubhouse these days.

Cubs still hoping to sign Maddux

Augusta lacks demographics to draw upscale retailers

Business briefs
WORKPLACE LOVE: Many of us have dated a co-worker at some point in our careers, according to a poll taken ahead of Valentine's Day. Nearly three of four people said they had been out with a colleague, up from half in the 2003 survey by Yahoo! Hot Jobs.

Richmond County property transfers
Richmond County property transfers for Jan. 9-23. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Business briefs

Over-50 boomers a rich, mostly untapped market
CHICAGO -- Grandmother or not, Ann Dickerson isn't interested in prescription drugs, medical insurance, RVs or the other products aimed at over-50 consumers.

Concerns mount over safety of LNG tankers

Over-50 boomers a rich, mostly untapped market

Business briefs
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT NATIONAL BEDDING CO./SERTA LOCATION: 701 Horizon South Parkway, Grovetown

Rebounding CareSouth building for the future

On the move
Patricia Altman has been promoted to branch manager of the Regions Bank North Augusta banking center. The North Augusta resident and Regions employee since 1991 will be responsible for operations and business development at the West Avenue location.

Business calendar
Sunday: Open house for nurses; Augusta State Medical Prison, 3001 Gordon Highway; 2-4 p.m.; tours of the hospital and prison and information packets about employment in the Georgia Correctional Health Care System will be offered; bring a copy of nursing license or current nursing school identification card and a form of photo identification; contact Bertha Mota at (706) 869-7977.

Richmond County property transfers

Build a Web site that will sell your product

Augusta lacks demographics to draw upscale retailers
High-end electronics retailer HiFi Buys planned to open a store in Augusta a few years ago.

On the move

Business calendar

Business briefs

Build a Web site that will sell your product
Building a Web site that not only attracts visitors but also retains and makes long-term customers out of them is tricky for most small businesses.

Rebounding CareSouth building for the future
CareSouth Homecare Professionals was created from the ashes of a scandal-ridden company's bankrupt assets, then nearly went bankrupt itself when the government changed how it paid home-health companies a few years ago.

Concerns mount over safety of LNG tankers
BOSTON -- State Marine Patrol Sgt. John Reilly paused briefly as his 27-foot Boston Whaler bobbed in the choppy waters of Boston Harbor and considered the ship he was helping to protect.

Appreciation ceremony takes mournful tone

Appreciation ceremony takes mournful tone
It was no coincidence that the introductory remarks of Augusta Commissioner and mortician Willie Mays delivered at an appreciation reception last week sounded something like a eulogy.

Tennessee's McFadgon keeps shooting, scoring

Nebraska tops No. 12 Kansas

N.C. State upsets No. 1 Duke

No bid acceptable

Ban indoor pollution
Can you name the last 40 years' worth of surgeon generals? What? You mean your kids haven't memorized them in social studies class?

Learn from success

No more hoops, please
State Rep. Barry Fleming of Columbia County generally does a good job serving his mostly Republican constituency. But, inexplicably, he's pushing hard for a bill that would put the interests of bureaucrats over that of regular citizens, and stifle the free flow of information.

Ban indoor pollution

No more hoops, please

Learn from success
The Richmond County School Board has granted Superintendent Charles Larke's request to seek public school charters from the state for two schools - Jenkins-White Elementary and Murphey Middle - that perennially flunk progress standards set by the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Gaffe no cause to overreact

False accusations too easy
Rape can be a maddeningly difficult crime to prove.

No bid acceptable
The nation needs to repair, improve and make safer its highways, roadways and bridges, but at what cost?

Gaffe no cause to overreact
Republican state school Superintendent Kathy Cox's silly proposal to delete the word "evolution" from Georgia's science curriculum has triggered an overreaction, if not a power grab, by some Democratic lawmakers.

Deals seen as welcome sign of recovery's strength
NEW YORK -- Comcast Corp.'s bold proposal to take over Walt Disney Co., following a string of mega-deals in the financial, healthcare and technology sectors is the latest signal to investors that the nation's economic engines are humming once again.

Deals seen as welcome sign of recovery's strength

Be selective before paying more for an actively managed mutual fund

Tracking the gap in index fund fees
NEW YORK -- Here's something else to add to that long list of questionable mutual fund practices: The wide range of fees charged for index funds with almost identical products.

How can I pay for transit costs with pre-tax money?

Be selective before paying more for an actively managed mutual fund
NEW YORK -- Although most mutual funds saw double-digit gains last year, only 18 percent of actively managed large-cap funds outperformed the Standard & Poor's 500 index, Wall Street's most widely watched benchmark.

Tracking the gap in index fund fees

Getting a loan means laying some groundwork
NEW YORK -- Small business owners wanting to borrow money from a bank or other lender should expect to lay some groundwork long before making a phone call or filling out an application.

How can I pay for transit costs with pre-tax money?
Q: I've heard you can save money by paying for mass transit passes using pre-tax earnings. How can I do that?

Getting a loan means laying some groundwork

Georgia Tech sweeps Georgia Southern
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Wes Hodges drove home the winning run in the 10th inning in the second game of a doubleheader, helping Georgia Tech beat Georgia Southern 5-4 Sunday.

Virginia guard's lone field goal sinks Georgia Tech
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Todd Billet turned 59 minutes and 5712 seconds of emptiness into 212 seconds of ecstasy with one shot Saturday.

Lady Jackets edge Maryland
ATLANTA -- Fallon Stokes made a jumper with 58 seconds left and Alex Stewart later added two free throws, helping Georgia Tech beat Maryland 58-57 Sunday.

Lady Jackets edge Maryland

Virginia guard's lone field goal sinks Georgia Tech

Old typewriter tales can work wonders at bedtime

Golf capsules
SAN DIEGO -- His life in constant turmoil off the course, John Daly's game hasn't looked this good since he was holding a claret jug at St. Andrews eight years ago.

Stadler wins ACE Group Classic
NAPLES, Fla. -- Craig Stadler made a 27-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to win the ACE Group Classic on Sunday, his fourth victory in 16 starts on the Champions Tour.

Daly poised for another comeback

Golf capsules

Daly finds redemption again
SAN DIEGO -- In life and in golf, no one ever knows what to expect from John Daly.

Daly poised for another comeback
SAN DIEGO -- John Daly is in the lead, and on the verge of another comeback.

Davis birdies his way to ANZ Championship title
PORT STEPHENS, Australia -- Brian Davis knew birdies would be important in the final round of the ANZ Championship.

Let's find out how well you know your presidents
It's the Presidents Day holiday weekend - time for our annual Augusta presidents quiz. Our town has been visited by a large number of chief executives. See how many you can identify.

Spend sales tax money more wisely
Three of the largest requests for Augusta-Richmond County sales tax money are approximately $100 million, then you put all the ministries together and you have another $50 million. The Rev. Grady Brown, Augusta

Draft may be necessary to continue Iraq war
The first letter I wrote to this opinion page was published right about the time President George W. Bush announced victory in Iraq. To me, victory is when our troops are all home safe and sound (which means we have already lost). Jackie Holland, Evans, Ga.

Criticism of Jackson racially motivated
It's imperative and necessary for me to come to the defense of super recording artist and film star Janet Jackson. I will not allow the media to poison my mind or brainwash me into believing she is a monster. E. Maner, Augusta

Carlton learned much from Townsend

Hunting, conservation article contradictory
In your Feb. 2 Metro article, "Shrinking habitats," I was surprised to read the words "hunting" and "conservation" in the same sentence. To me, the words are totally opposite. Marjorie Bennett Wood, Aiken, S.C.

Carlton learned much from Townsend
The Aiken County Coroner's office will greatly miss Coroner Sue Townsend. She was a remarkable woman and carried out her duties above and beyond the call of the job. And to carry on the compassion, efficiency, excellence and responsibility of the job should be Tim Carlton. Ms. Townsend was his mentor for the past six years as he grew and learned the ins and outs of the coroner's job. Harry and Matina Spires, Aiken, S.C.

Spend sales tax money more wisely

Thanks community for honoring coroner
I want to thank all who participated in Aiken County Coroner Sue Townsend's memorial. Coroner Townsend would have appreciated all that was done in her honor. We are especially grateful to the citizens of Aiken County, Sheriff Mike Hunt, the Aiken County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard, the South Carolina Coroner's Association, First Baptist Church and their membership, the Rev. Fred Andrea and Rev. Eugene Mullikin, Shellhouse Funeral Home and Jones Bowen. Chief Deputy Coroner Tim Carlton and the staff of the Aiken County Coroner's Office, Aiken, S.C.

Hunting, conservation article contradictory

Techbits: Searching eBay, Gift certificates, Game Boy and more

Reuse of old tile is not practical

Scholars say video games no longer just for geeks

Home front

NASA is rebooting the Mars rover

Canines that don't shy away from toxins

'Zero Mission' game a welcome addition to Metroid franchise

Students find history, beauty on mundane road

Berlin B&B: Getting to know the city - and its language

Gastric bypass surgery requires big changes in patient's lifestyle

Living briefs

Chinese startup takes aim at ruling Microsoft Office

'Zero Mission' game a welcome addition to Metroid franchise
Nintendo's new "Metroid: Zero Mission" is retro video gaming at its finest.

Canines that don't shy away from toxins
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- They sniff, wag their tails, fetch and run in packs. But no one minds if these canines stick their noses into some pretty dirty stuff.

Chinese startup takes aim at ruling Microsoft Office
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- It took Gus Tsao nearly nine years to raise enough money to launch his China-based technology startup, Evermore Software LLC.

Living briefs
According to a new Junior Achievement poll, 78 percent of teenagers say they are not interested in following their parents' career paths, up from 76 percent last year.

Reuse of old tile is not practical
Q: I plan to remodel our bathroom, and I want to remove the tub and replace it with a shower and a linen closet. The tile extends from tub-to-ceiling. If I could reuse the existing tile there would be more than enough to do the job. Can the tile be removed without cracking it? It is applied with an adhesive on plaster board.

Gastric bypass surgery requires big changes in patient's lifestyle
Gastric bypass surgery can be a procedure of last resort and hope for many morbidly obese patients.

Scholars say video games no longer just for geeks
NEW YORK - Ever yearn to study Tetris as a metaphor for American consumerism? Or write a paper on narrative structure in the horror action game Silent Hill? How about ponder Grand Theft Auto III, infamous for its violent bent, as an examination of the human condition?

Family keepsakes give home an inviting feel
When Chuck and Rebecca Kerr downsized about eight years ago, they moved into a bare-bones patio home in west Augusta.

Techbits: Searching eBay, Gift certificates, Game Boy and more
NEW YORK -- Vivisimo Inc., developer of a well-regarded Internet search technology that clusters results into categories in seconds, has found another messy corner of the Web to organize: the product listings on eBay.

Students find history, beauty on mundane road
SPOKANE, Wash. - Generations of Washington State University students know it as the Vantage Cutoff - the final two-hour segment of a long trip from the state's west side to the college town of Pullman.

NASA is rebooting the Mars rover
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- It's a PC user's nightmare: You're almost done with a lengthy e-mail, or about to finish a report at the office, and the computer crashes for no apparent reason. It tries to restart but never quite finishes booting. Then it crashes again. And again.

Berlin B&B: Getting to know the city - and its language
BERLIN -- Each morning, Andrea Huebner leaves a little double-tiered rolling table outside our door, heaped with a coffee pot, cups, saucers, utensils and a hearty breakfast.

Home front
It seems a lot of people don't know that ladders come with duty ratings and weight limits, which means that there is great potential for the ladders to collapse if they are overloaded. Even falls from a few feet can result in severe injury.

Across the area

Holiday closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Presidents Day:

Southeast Georgia mine works to be environmentally friendly
NAHUNTA, Ga. -- In the pristine pine woods of southeast Georgia, operators of a new titanium mine are working hard to keep it just that.

Athens project on hold after funding denied

DNR faces more violations, fewer officers

Project creates candid forum
One of the stated goals of The Augusta Chronicle's yearlong project examining race is to create an open dialogue with readers about this delicate issue.

For some, doubts linger about Georgia's new vote system
ATLANTA -- To Georgia election officials, overhauling the state's voting system and going totally electronic looked like a no-brainer after the 2000 election debacle where the identity of the next president hung by a few Florida chads.

Residents discuss the issues
The Augusta Chronicle interviewed eight of the more than three dozen people who commented on the topic of race in Augusta. They offered a wide range of views that the newspaper believes represent the many opinions among the public.

Many S.C. workers unskilled for modern workplace

Teen towers over classmates, town
WILLISTON, S.C. - When Samuel Curtis Freeman is sitting down, he can blend in with a crowd.

Across Georgia
ATHENS - Construction on a proposed trailer park for more than 100 displaced families has been put on hold because organizers failed to generate enough funding.

Leaking drink mix causes postal scare

The week ahead
Im not a doctor. I dont even play one on television. In fact, I dont even like to watch shows about doctors on television. Too much blood and far too many long words. Still, as it turns out, there is still hope that I might become somewhat medically literate. On Tuesday, the Medical College of Georgia will hold the first class in its spring semester mini-medical school.

Controversial state flag debate nears end

Housing authority audit uncovers questionable expenditures
ATLANTIC BEACH, S.C. -- Local, state and federal authorities will investigate the Atlantic Beach Housing Authority after an audit raised questions about how more than $50,000 was spent, the authority's chairwoman says.

Evolution is not the only absent word

Athens project on hold after funding denied
ATHENS, Ga. -- Construction on a proposed trailer park for more than 100 displaced local families has been put on hold because organizers failed to generate the necessary funding for this year.

Kid of the Day

Services for slain solider to be held in Columbus
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- A soldier killed last week in Iraq is expected to be returned to Columbus on Tuesday.

ASU markets itself to students

Services for slain solider to be held in Columbus

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Ra'Mal Maurice Harris

Across the southeast
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Three young children continued to fight for life Sunday after a crash killed seven others in the same minivan.

News you can use

Leaders to wrangle over budget
ATLANTA - The battle over spending priorities between Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue and the House's Democratic majority, arguably the dominant issue of the 2004 legislative session, begins in earnest this week.

Across South Carolina

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT about the Youth Development Campus. I am totally shocked that no one cares about those children. I mean, Augusta's got to get with it. Pay attention to what happens in your community.

Sleepy town prepares for motorsports park

Poor schools want equal funds
ATLANTA - Jeffery Welch feels that he's running out of options on more than one front.

Residents discuss the issues

Estimates show Charleston port road work could cost $350 million
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Keeping trucks off busy streets leading away from a new State Ports Authority terminal in North Charleston could cost $350 million.

Many S.C. workers unskilled for modern workplace
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- When Siemens Diesel Systems Technology opened almost four years ago in Blythewood, the company couldn't find enough skilled workers.

History buffs observe 225th anniversary of Revolutionary War battle

Presidents day closings

Faculty questions president's motive

Republican map could take away south Georgia votes

SRS workers brace for layoffs
AIKEN - Layoffs and work delays have led the Savannah River Site into a blurry and uncertain period that has employees and site supporters unsure exactly what the future holds.

Opponents say children will suffer in gay unions

Presidents day closings
The following offices will be closed for Presidents day

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

SRS workers brace for layoffs

Hundreds gather to protest proposed gay marriage amendment

DNR faces more violations, fewer officers
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Despite a growing coastal population, the number of violations on the water have dropped, in part because there are fewer officers to keep watch, according to natural resources officials.

Poor schools want equal funds

Port Royal prepares for closing of port
BEAUFORT, S.C. -- Port Royal has braced itself for boom times before - once more than a century ago when phosphate mined nearby was sent throughout the world and again when the State Ports Authority took over its port more than 50 years ago.

Aged photos often assist child search

History buffs observe 225th anniversary of Revolutionary War battle
WASHINGTON, Ga. -- It was cold and drizzly but there was little the weather could do to wash away the enthusiasm of history buffs observing the anniversary of a Revolutionary War battle in Wilkes County.

The week ahead

Hundreds gather to protest proposed gay marriage amendment
ATLANTA -- More than 600 people braved the rain Saturday to rally outside the state Capitol in opposition of a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriages.

Kid of the day

Suspended juvenile judge honored for community work
ATLANTA -- Suspended Fulton County Juvenile Court Chief Judge Nina Hickson joined 13 other African-American women who were honored for their community work.

Port Royal prepares for closing of port

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Macy Leigh Neal, 5, of Evans.

Aged photos often assist child search

Education cuts may raise taxes

Opponents say children will suffer in gay unions
ATLANTA - Sean Wooten is opposed to same-sex marriages, in large part, because of his Christian upbringing.

Shaggers stay in step with DJ's help, tunes
He's a shag DJ.

Leaking drink mix causes postal scare
ATHENS, Ga. - Postal workers in tiny Dillard, Ga., in the northeast part of the state, were understandably concerned when they discovered a package with an Iraqi postmark leaking whitish-gray powder. It didn't help that a strange message was written on the box telling the recipient not to open it.

Faculty questions president's motive
ATHENS, Ga. - Autocratic and arrogant is how some University of Georgia faculty members have described Michael Adams in past months - a president consumed by top-down leadership.

Isolated disease wins doctor honor

Across the area
An Augusta woman told police a man who was staying in her home for a few days stole more than $1,000 from her on Sunday morning.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT about the Youth Development Campus. I am totally shocked that no one cares about those children. I mean, Augusta's got to get with it. Pay attention to what happens in your community.

County, once booming, now shadows town it used to rival
HAMBURG, S.C. - This once-proud river and railroad town, a rival to Augusta three decades before the Civil War, is now a flooded and almost forgotten Aiken County hamlet, overshadowed by a far brighter skyline to the west and the ragged highway that climbs the incline that bears its founder's name, Schultz Hill.

Seniors compete in contest

County, once booming, now shadows town it used to rival

Parents express outrage over YDC close

Holiday closings

Weather offers extra challenge to riding event

Education Oversight leader tells court of have, have-not education system

Southeast Georgia mine works to be environmentally friendly

Leaders to wrangle over budget

Across Georgia

Education cuts may raise taxes
ATLANTA - Education budget cuts at the state level, necessary at least in part because of resistance to any new statewide taxes, will likely trigger local property tax increases to help make up the difference, some lawmakers and district officials say.

Isolated disease wins doctor honor
For 10 years, Ana Maria Abreu-Velez braved guerrilla and paramilitary warfare in Colombia to find out why men in a certain remote region were suffering from a skin disease that left them covered in blisters and sometimes killed them.

Across the area

Controversial state flag debate nears end
ATLANTA - Georgia's roller-coaster flag debate is headed for a quiet conclusion when voters choose between two state flags - neither of which is dominated by the Confederate battle emblem - in a statewide referendum March 2.

Education Oversight leader tells court of have, have-not education system
MANNING, S.C. -- The woman in charge of implementing the state's education accountability law told a judge Friday that South Carolina has two school systems: suburban and urban schools keeping up with demands and rural schools falling behind.

Weather offers extra challenge to riding event
MONTMORENCI - The steady stream of rain and the muddy ruts it created didn't slow the horse "eventing" Saturday; it simply provided one more obstacle riders and horses had to tackle.

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

Seniors compete in contest
JOHNSTON - A few seniors at Strom Thurmond High School hope a rusty TV tray, a stopwatch, two wooden blocks and some electrical wiring will tell their grandparents when they can no longer drive a car.

Across South Carolina
ATLANTIC BEACH - Local, state and federal authorities will investigate the Atlantic Beach Housing Authority after an audit raised questions about how more than $50,000 was spent, the authority's chairwoman says.

Aged photos often assist child search
AIKEN - Like the mythical Dorian Gray, Jeremy James Grice stays forever young in the memories of his family and the police, even as his picture grows older.

Across Georgia
Waiter gets $15,000 over kick in crotch

Parents differ over schools

Evolution is not the only absent word
ATLANTA - The word "evolution" has been restored in Georgia's proposed science curriculum, but some scientists remain concerned about the new plan's treatment of other theories that they say are also fundamental concepts.

Teen towers over classmates, town

ASU markets itself to students
A steady, daylong downpour didn't stop Wanda Cannon from making the drive from Gainesville, Fla., so her daughter, Taylor Lee, could visit Augusta State University Saturday morning.

Across the southeast

Parents express outrage over YDC close
Saturday's cold, miserable rain matched the somber mood of parents of youths, soon-to-be former staff members and state officials at the Augusta Youth Development Campus before its impending closure.

Five questions

Sleepy town prepares for motorsports park
CECIL, Ga. - Businessman Zafar Iqbal lived in fast-paced New York City and Bergen County, N.J., before discovering what he considers an almost perfect life in Cecil, a sleepy town of 265 residents with no traffic lights and not even a sewer system.

Five questions
Cedric Johnson, Vice president and office manager of First Bank's medical center office on Walton Way and chairman of the Augusta Aviation Commission, answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

Parents differ over schools
Desperate to find answers for schools wedged on the needs-improvement list, Richmond County is turning to the charter school concept before the state takes control.

Across the area
An Augusta discount store was robbed Saturday afternoon.

Cuts, rule changes close state's children's shelters
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Fifteen children's homes have closed in the past 12 months as a result of federal rule changes and state funding cuts, according to the Department of Social Services.

Wright shows is stuff on court
ATHENS, Ga. - Sometimes, the most dominant player on a basketball court can make the fewest field goals, grab the fewest rebounds and dish out the fewest assists of any starting player.

Old typewriter tales can work wonders at bedtime
We were keeping the two youngest grandchildren, and after they had expended the energy output of a small star, they finally were ready for a book and bed. It was my turn to read to them.

'50 First Dates' leads box office with $41 million for Valentine's weekend
LOS ANGELES -- Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore's romance "50 First Dates" proved an irresistible draw for the Valentine's weekend date crowd, taking in $41 million to debut as the top movie, according to studio estimates Sunday.

'50 First Dates' leads box office with $41 million for Valentine's weekend

Sound Bites: audio reviews
The cover of Kylie Minogue's "Body Language" sums up the album before the listener hits the play button. Clad in a bare-all half-shirt, skintight spandex and pursing her lips into a lustful pout, she's about one thing: s-e-x.

Q&A: All alone with Ani DiFranco
NEW YORK -- Never a stranger to doing things her own way, Ani DiFranco has found herself doing them alone these days.

Sound Bites: audio reviews

Q&A: All alone with Ani DiFranco

Busch avoids taking sides in Daytona 500

AP Column: Junior overcomes father's Daytona legacy

Wimmer shines, fellow rookies fade in Daytona 500

Waiting to win is part of charm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Rusty Wallace has won 54 races and a series championship in his 24 years on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series circuit, but none of them include the Daytona 500.

Famed No. 3 car won't be back anytime soon
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Dale Earnhardt's famed No. 3 can be found everywhere at Daytona International Speedway. On T-shirts, jackets, hats and watches. On flags, stickers, cups and cell phones. Even on cars with replica paint schemes.

Rain delays Busch race with Earnhardt in lead
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Everything was on schedule for heavy favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. Saturday until the rain came.

Rain delays Busch race with Earnhardt in lead

Busch avoids taking sides in Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Kurt Busch had the car to race with the leaders, just not the luck.

Waltrip in the wrong place at Daytona this time

Waltrip in the wrong place at Daytona this time
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Unbendingly patient, aggressive only when he had to be, nobody mastered the devilish details of the Daytona 500 better than Michael Waltrip over the past three years.

Famed No. 3 car won't be back anytime soon

Junior wins with dad as 'passenger'
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The race that became synonymous with frustration and heartbreak for the Earnhardt family now is a family tradition.

Junior wins with dad as 'passenger'

NASCAR notebook
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Daytona 500 pole-winner Greg Biffle will have to start at the back of the field in today's race after being forced to change engines.

AP Column: Junior overcomes father's Daytona legacy
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Nobody knows better how much winning the Daytona 500 meant to his father than Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Wimmer shines, fellow rookies fade in Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A rookie with a revoked driver's license was the lone bright spot for a new class touted to be one of the best in recent years.

Daddy's proud: Junior wins first Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. nearly traded paint with the car ahead of him, snatching the lead at the Daytona 500 with a brash, fearless move.

Daddy's proud: Junior wins first Daytona 500

Stern addresses lockout at All-Star conference
LOS ANGELES - The possibility of a long lockout in the National Hockey League influenced the NBA's decision to extend its collective bargaining agreement through the 2004-05 season, commissioner David Stern said Saturday.

Jones' missed dunk bests Richardson's
LOS ANGELES - Indiana's Fred Jones won the NBA dunk contest practically by default Saturday night, dethroning two-time champion Jason Richardson when both missed their final jams.

NBA notebook

NBA notebook
MIAMI - It wasn't long ago that Grant Hill was a regular in the All-Star Game. Now the Magic forward is spending this All-Star weekend preparing for one last comeback.

Stern addresses lockout at All-Star conference

N.C. State upsets No. 1 Duke
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The ACC race isn't over quite yet.

Tennessee's McFadgon keeps shooting, scoring
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Tennessee's Scooter McFadgon has always been a scorer - from the first time he played the game, at age 5, with a bunch of neighborhood kids.

Nebraska tops No. 12 Kansas
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Kansas started the week with a 20-point loss at Big 12-leading Oklahoma State and ended it with a 19-point loss at ninth-place Nebraska.

Lady Jaguars win without top scorer
With leading scorer Alshaa' Hodges on the bench wearing street clothes, Augusta State played its best game in a month.

Mrs. Frankie Glaze    (LEXINGTON, S.C.)
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Mr. George Childs Sr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Heller (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Virginia McCormick (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Mr. Bobby Sanders (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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Overtime

Day of reckoning arrives

Roddick defeats Fish for Siebel Open title

Area sports announcements

Overtime
South Carolina set school records for hits and margin of victory in a 38-0 win over Charleston Southern on Saturday.

Area sports announcements
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Day of reckoning arrives
Rayonta Whitfield's entire amateur career will be graded this week.

Roddick defeats Fish for Siebel Open title
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish used to race to high school, each taking what they believed to be the most efficient route.

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

Outdoors calendar

Initiative tries to bring back bobwhite quail
Georgians have purchased 125,000 bobwhite quail license plates since they were first offered in 2001, raising $1.5 million for the state's important Bobwhite Quail Initiative project.

Front-runner gets D.C., Nevada wins
Democratic presidential front-runner John Kerry scored victories east and west Saturday, swamping his rivals in Nevada and the District of Columbia caucuses to build his advantage in delegates needed for the nomination. His opponents pinned their hopes on the coming Wisconsin primary to try to slow him down.

Republican map could take away south Georgia votes
ATLANTA - When a federal appeals court threw out Georgia's House and Senate district maps last week, all the buzz at the Capitol was about how it could affect Democrats and Republicans.

Laney girls wrap up title
The Laney girls combined their fast paced game with hot shooting by sophmore point guard Eboni Fields to down the Richmond Academy 77-47 on Saturday night and claim their second consecutive Region 3-AAA championship at Laney.

Initiative tries to bring back bobwhite quail

Initiative tries to bring back bobwhite quail

Wright shows is stuff on court

'The Practice' made perfect with James Spader joining the cast
NEW YORK -- Only an attorney like Alan Shore could have saved "The Practice" from death row. Shore is smooth but disruptive; true blue yet unprincipled; steadfast and a ticking bomb.

Linda Ellerbee looks at the phenomenon of 24-hour news
NEW YORK -- Linda Ellerbee learned a hard lesson about the insatiability of 24-hour news channels simply by trying to finish a documentary about them.

'The Practice' made perfect with James Spader joining the cast

Size matters in Fox reality special 'Littlest Groom'
LOS ANGELES -- Just as "The Station Agent" is painting movie screens with an emotionally rich, unhackneyed story about a dwarf, Fox escorts "The Littlest Groom" down the reality TV aisle.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

The Real American Idol?: Seacrest's star rises with host gig
ATLANTA -- When Ryan Seacrest was 9 years old, he would pretend to be Casey Kasem counting down the hits, recording himself on cassette.

Size matters in Fox reality special 'Littlest Groom'

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
"The Vagina Monologues," the popular play by Eve Ensler, has inspired a global movement aimed at raising awareness of the violence routinely inflicted against women and girls - including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation and sexual slavery.

The Real American Idol?: Seacrest's star rises with host gig

Bulldogs have sweep success
ATHENS, Ga. - After 83 years of futility, Georgia is getting used to beating Kentucky.

Lady Dogs suspend Braxton

Bulldogs have sweep success

Lady Dogs suspend Braxton
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia suspended leading scorer Kara Braxton indefinitely Sunday for violating unspecified team rules.

Landers shakes it up
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia's inside game got a shakeup before tipoff Sunday, and Mississippi felt the effects.

No. 14 Auburn defeats South Carolina

Gamecocks end two-game skid

No. 14 Auburn defeats South Carolina
AUBURN, Ala. -- Natasha Brackett scored 20 points and Le'Coe Willingham added 17, leading No. 14 Auburn to a 69-58 victory over South Carolina on Sunday.

Gamecocks end two-game skid
COLUMBIA - It didn't have the drama of January's last-second tip-in, double-ejection, fist-fight affair.

Sheboygan, Wis., known for brats, rated high for young, wealthy bachelors, too

Congressional challenger trys to sell out on Web