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

Field Museum begins unpacking treasures from China

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

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.

Centenary exhibition celebrates enduring glamour of Cecil Beaton

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

Bechler's legacy not finished
BALTIMORE - A year after Steve Bechler's death, those closest to him hold out hope the loss ultimately will save the lives of others.

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

The Boss' most diabolical trade. Ever.

Dodgers go young at GM with DePodesta as general manager
LOS ANGELES - Oakland Athletics executive Paul DePodesta was hired Monday as general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Dodgers go young at GM with DePodesta as general manager

With Rodriguez deal, Yanks set to best Boston again

Bechler's legacy not finished

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.

Rodriguez trade gets Selig's OK
NEW YORK - It's a done deal: Alex Rodriguez is a Yankee.

The Boss' most diabolical trade. Ever.
Red Sox owner John Henry just emerged from an office at Fenway Park and saw his shadow. That should be good for at least six more months of winter in New England.

Cell phones win the battle among annoying appliances

Parents upset about bathroom pass
Lawrence Middle school student Matthew Gregory holds a bathroom pass issued by the school which authorizes 15 trips to the bathroom each month Saturday, Feb. 15, 2004, in Lawrence, N.J. Many parents are upset over the school's policy regarding use of the bathroom.

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.

Odds and Ends
WEST DANVILLE, Vt. -- Residents are gearing up for an annual rite of spring, but no one knows when it's going to happen.

Cubs still hoping to sign Maddux

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.

Will Martha Stewart take the witness stand?

How Bush reversed regulatory effort on gas additive that pollutes
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration quietly shelved a proposal to ban a gasoline additive that contaminates drinking water in many communities, helping an industry that has donated more than $1 million to Republicans.

AT&T Wireless board meets to discuss latest bids

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.

Will Martha Stewart take the witness stand?
NEW YORK -- With the government close to resting its case against Martha Stewart, lawyers planning her defense are faced with an excruciating decision: Should they put her on the witness stand?

Lilly Pulitzer line comes to new Surrey Center store
A clothing line made chic when the late fashion icon and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis started wearing its signature pink and green patterns is now on sale at a new Surrey Center shop.

Experts gather in Bangladesh to discuss spreading loans to poor
DHAKA, Bangladesh -- More than 1,000 officials and experts gathered in Bangladesh on Monday to discuss how to make small, no-collateral loans available to 100 million of the world's poorest people by next year.

Business briefs

Siemens to move most software jobs to Asia, Eastern Europe
BANGALORE, India -- The German firm Siemens will move most of the 15,000 software programming jobs from its offices in the United States and Western Europe to India, China and Eastern Europe, a company official said Monday.

Concerns mount over safety of LNG tankers

Lilly Pulitzer line comes to new Surrey Center store

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.

How Bush reversed regulatory effort on gas additive that pollutes

AT&T Wireless board meets to discuss latest bids
ATLANTA -- The board of AT&T Wireless Services Inc. was meeting Monday to discuss Cingular Wireless' $38 billion all-cash offer for the nation's third-largest mobile phone provider in a bidding war with Vodafone PLC of Britain, two sources familiar with the talks said.

Who's No. 2 among world's automakers?
DETROIT -- Toyota Motor Corp. isn't quite ready to hail itself as the world's second-largest automaker, and for good reason.

Notre Dame alumni send letter critical of football program
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- More than 400 Notre Dame alumni signed a letter to the school saying the football program needs to make significant progress next season or "a coaching change will become necessary."

Indiana's Kline out for the season

N.C. State upsets No. 1 Duke

Nebraska tops No. 12 Kansas

Bulldogs tame Tubby twice; Memphis flies onto radar

Gators fall out of Top 25 for first time sine 1999

Mississippi State's Roberts wins second SEC player of the week

Stanford sits atop poll

Save VA facilities
News concerning economic and employment growth for the Central Savannah River Area has been bad lately: job losses and delayed, possibly canceled, missions at the Savannah River Site; uncertainty about Fort Gordon's future; the soaring costs of indigent care hurting the Medical College of Georgia's ability to generate new jobs, or even sustain those it has now.

Two wars at once
Could you have imagined this two years ago? That, with a war on terror under way, we'd be debating the relative merits of gay marriage across the country?

Toughening up on bullies

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

Toughening up on bullies
Why crack down on bullying? Why monitor its frequency?

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?

Two wars at once

Ban indoor pollution

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

No bid acceptable

Save VA facilities

People in the News
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Actor Ben Affleck got the loudest ovation among the celebrities who attended the Daytona 500, but he also got some bad news.

Dollar, gold rise in Europe

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.

Gas prices climb 3.61 cents in past three weeks

Some investors conjure a brighter picture at Kodak
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Just when Eastman Kodak Co.'s destiny seems dimmer than an old-fashioned darkroom, along comes a class of investors who like what they see.

Deals seen as welcome sign of recovery's strength

Despite changing times, no financial relief seen for gays who wed
NEW YORK - Recent moves by several states to legalize same-sex unions are expected to benefit gay citizens in many ways. Financial planning isn't necessarily one of them.

Tokyo stocks mixed, dollar up against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks ended mixed Monday in a directionless session as investors stuck to the sidelines ahead of the release of key economic data expected later this week. The dollar was up against the Japanese yen.

Despite changing times, no financial relief seen for gays who wed

Dollar, gold rise in Europe
LONDON -- The dollar rose against most other major currencies in European trading Monday. Gold also was up.

Some investors conjure a brighter picture at Kodak

Janus in settlement talks with state regulators
DENVER -- Janus Capital Group Inc. is in settlement negotiations with state regulators investigating claims of improper trading in the mutual funds giant, officials said Friday.

Gas prices climb 3.61 cents in past three weeks
CAMARILLO, Calif. -- Gasoline prices for all grades rose 3.61 cents in the past three weeks to a national average of $1.68 per gallon, according to a report released Sunday.

Tokyo stocks mixed, dollar up against yen

Tony restaurants offer low-carb, too

On the low-carb bandwagon
Would you like apple slices with your cheeseburger? You're not just imagining it; restaurant menus are changing. Burger King sells grilled chicken on baguettes. Pizza Hut markets a pie with thinner crust and less cheese. T.G.I. Friday's now offers Atkins Diet-approved dishes.

On the low-carb bandwagon

Tony restaurants offer low-carb, too
DETROIT -- As Burger King promotes bunless burgers and Subway hawks low-carb sandwich wraps, some upscale restaurants are pouring on the cream and perfecting flourless batter in their own appeal to those on Atkins-style diets.

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.

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

Old typewriter tales can work wonders at bedtime

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.

Woods could get revenge vs. Beem
SAN DIEGO - Tiger Woods might get another crack at Rich Beem, this time in the Match Play Championship.

Comeback latest in Daly's journey
SAN DIEGO - John Daly always seems to show up when no one expects him.

Comeback latest in Daly's journey

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.

Woods could get revenge vs. Beem

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

Prep basketball tournament pairing

Sabres get the best of the Thrashers

Senators defeat the Rangers

Canucks get Sarno from Oilers for Moss

Senators defeat the Rangers
NEW YORK -- The Ottawa Senators had such an easy time in their last meeting with the New York Rangers, you could hardly blame them for a slow start in the rematch.

Canucks get Sarno from Oilers for Moss
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Goalie Tyler Moss is headed to the Edmonton Oilers in a trade that sent forward Peter Sarno to the Vancouver Canucks on Monday.

Sabres get the best of the Thrashers
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Miroslav Satan scored a career-high four goals, including the 250th of his career, to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 7-2 win over the Atlanta Thrashers on Monday.

Cell phones win the battle among annoying appliances
Technology is a way of organizing the universe so that man doesn't have to experience it.

Lincoln County homicide investigated
State and local authorities are investigating the death of a Lincoln County man as a homicide, officials said this morning.

Carlton learned much from Townsend

Musical entertainment suffers due to performers

A possible solution to teacher problem

John Kerry editorial - now that's 'shameful'
The hypocritical nature of your editorial staff continues to astound me. In the Feb. 10 editorial, "Who's really AWOL?", your crack staff of writers proclaims their disgust with recent Democratic attacks on President George W. Bush's military service record. Tim Kelly, Augusta

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
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.

Calls on James Brown to help domestic-violence victims
Why does it take the arrest of a high-profile person to spark an interest in domestic violence? Wasn't the death of approximately 70 victims in Georgia last year enough? Sandra K. Johnson, Augusta (Editor's note: The writer is the executive director of Safe Homes.)

A possible solution to teacher problem
Regarding your Feb. 12 editorial, "We need the expertise": Richard J. Moser, Waynesboro, Ga.

Musical entertainment suffers due to performers
Regarding the sleazy halftime show at the Panthers vs. Patriots Super Bowl game: Gene L. Rickaby, Martinez, Ga.

Clergyman disagrees on abortion
Regarding the Rev. Paul L. Cook's Feb. 9 guest column, "Pro-life, pro-choice and the sanctity of human life": The Rev. Roy Ingle, Thomson, Ga.

John Kerry editorial - now that's 'shameful'

Super Bowl halftime show mere garbage
I read a very interesting, pleasant, well-written letter written by Debbie Vaughn on Feb. 12, "Halftime show not entertainment." Though I found the appearance and halftime vocal presentation by Josh Groban - a young, male classical music performer - to be acceptable, excellent entertainment, the remainder of the show was nothing more than an olio of trash that CBS must have extracted from the studio garbage disposal Dumpster. Douglas Neal Sr., Augusta

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.

Calls on James Brown to help domestic-violence victims

WHO says bird flu not going away soon

NASA is rebooting the Mars rover

Improving fitness can boost thinking for aging adults

'Zero Mission' game a welcome addition to Metroid franchise

Italian scientists discover new form of mad cow disease

Scholars say video games no longer just for geeks

A new spam loophole: poorly guarded home computers

Canines that don't shy away from toxins

Most distant known object in universe discovered

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

Chinese startup takes aim at ruling Microsoft Office

Living briefs

Seniors calendar

Most distant known object in universe discovered
PASADENA, Calif. -- In a discovery that offers a rare glimpse back to when the universe was just 750 million years old, a team of astrophysicists said Sunday they have detected a tiny galaxy that is the farthest known object from Earth.

WHO says bird flu not going away soon
NEW DELHI, India -- Bird flu is not going away anytime soon, the World Health Organization said Monday, as South Asian health officials agreed to cooperate in preventing the disease from spreading.

Improving fitness can boost thinking for aging adults
WASHINGTON -- Improving fitness can also boost the thinking ability of aging adults, according to researchers at the University of Illinois.

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.

Living briefs
The Lifetime documentary Until the Violence Stops focuses on efforts to end violence against women and includes appearances by playwright Eve Ensler and actresses Salma Hayek and Isabella Rossellini. Examples include establishment of a "safe house" for girls in Kenya. The program airs Tuesday at 10 p.m. on Lifetime.<

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.

Italian scientists discover new form of mad cow disease
WASHINGTON -- Italian scientists have found a second form of mad cow disease that more closely resembles the human Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease than the usual cow form of the illness.

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.

A new spam loophole: poorly guarded home computers
NEW YORK -- Next time you're looking for a culprit for all that junk mail flooding your inbox, have a glance in the mirror.

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?

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send a fax to 722-7403 or e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include the name and phone number of a contact person.

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

NASA's Spirit rover goes for longest trip yet on Mars
LOS ANGELES -- The Spirit rover went for its longest trip yet on the surface of Mars, traveling just over 88 feet but stopping short of the distance NASA had hoped it would cover, scientists said Monday.

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.

Pension property to be sold to city

Pension property to be sold to city
A piece of prime riverfront real estate being held as investment property by city pensioners is set to be sold to the Augusta Commission today for $1.7 million.

Spay/Neuter license plate unveiled
Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, left, Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin, center, and state veterinarian Dr. Lee Myers, Georgia Department of Agriculture, right, participate in a ceremony to unveil the states new Spay/Neuter license plate at the Capitol in Atlanta Monday, Feb. 16, 2004.

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.

Holiday closings

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.

Tom Murphy hospitalized after apparent stroke
ATLANTA -- Former House Speaker Tom Murphy, 79, has suffered an apparent stroke and was in serious condition in an Atlanta hospital.

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.

Museum at SRS is closer to approval
AIKEN - History buffs and the Department of Energy are inching closer to an agreement on a proposed museum at the Savannah River Site, but the government has balked at chipping in any money for the project, both sides said Monday.

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.

Spay/Neuter license plate unveiled

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.

Study: Few small children receive eye exams

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

Swinging around town
Isiah Dedmondt, 3, of Johnston, enjoys a swing ride with his father, George, near Aiken's H. Odell Weeks Activity Center .

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.

Kershaw County could vote on House seat three weeks in a row
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Kershaw County voters could go to the polls three weeks in a row in June to elect a candidate to the South Carolina House.

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.

Sergeant, deputy resign
A Richmond County sheriff's sergeant has resigned after admitting he took a computer from the property room, Sheriff Ronnie Strength said Monday.

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 South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A National Guard unit based in Columbia will be staying at Fort Stewart, Ga., longer than planned.<

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.

Sides begin to pick jurors

Leaders to wrangle over budget

Faculty questions president's motive

Across Georgia

Athens project on hold after funding denied

Many S.C. workers unskilled for modern workplace

I-20 bridge, others need repair

Five questions

Museum at SRS is closer to approval

Southeast Georgia mine works to be environmentally friendly

Study: Few small children receive eye exams
ATLANTA -- Many parents never take their small children in for an eye exam, and few children are examined by eyecare specialists, health officials said Tuesday.

Across the southeast

Prosecutor wants harsher penalties for some DUI convictions
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Prosecutor Trey Gowdy wants to change the state's drunken driving laws so punishments increase depending on how much the driver had to drink.

Recreating old pottery is one man's passion

Rants and raves
THIS IS FOR the person who said all the people in Richmond County should be made to renew their driver's licenses in Richmond County and all those who live in Thomson should have to renew in McDuffie County. Does this person not know that driver's licenses are state-issued and have nothing to do with the county level of government?

Search for hunter continues

Report says error freed suspect
CLAYTON, Ga. - A law enforcement error allowed a suspected rapist to remain free and allegedly commit another rape, according to a report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Rants and raves
THIS IS FOR the person who said all the people in Richmond County should be made to renew their driver's licenses in Richmond County and all those who live in Thomson should have to renew in McDuffie County. Does this person not know that driver's licenses are state-issued and have nothing to do with the county level of government?

Beasley brings his Senate bid to McCormick
McCORMICK, S.C. - Republican U.S. Senate candidate and former South Carolina Gov. David Beasley touted his close ties to President Bush during a campaign stop in McCormick County on Monday, where he called for continued toughness on terrorism and the need to boost the economy.

Swinging around town

Lawsuit accuses Augusta of bias
One of the city's pending job-discrimination lawsuits is before a jury this week.

Kid of day

After debate, ban is passed
ATLANTA - A constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages passed the Georgia Senate on Monday after nearly three hours of fiery debate and passionate speeches in the Republican-controlled chamber.

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.

Evans bridge reopens
Recent rains threatened the Reed Creek bridge on Blue Ridge Drive, and the bridge was closed for 48 hours this weekend until workers could shore it up.

Port Royal prepares for closing of port

Across South Carolina

The week ahead

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.

Poor schools want equal funds

Sanford proposes gradual reduction of state income tax

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.

News you can use

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

Black caucus wants to change judicial selection process

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

Aged photos often assist child search

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

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.

Aged photos often assist child search

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.

Hundreds gather to protest proposed gay marriage amendment

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.

History buffs observe 225th anniversary of Revolutionary War battle

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.

Across the area

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.

After debate, ban is passed

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.

Prosecutor wants harsher penalties for some DUI convictions

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.

Stroke afflicts former leader

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.

Tom Murphy hospitalized after apparent stroke

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.

News you can use
Feb. 17, 1993 The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that Richmond County cannot enforce its nude dancing ban until the court determines whether the ordinance is constitutional.

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.

Fort Benning soldier's 5-year-old stepdaughter dies
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- A 5-year-old girl died Sunday while her stepfather, a Fort Benning solider, remains in jail, accused of causing her injuries.

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.

Senate approves constitutional gay marriage ban
ATLANTA -- The state Senate on Monday approved a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage in Georgia.

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.

More snow possible as colder than normal winter continues in S.C.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Snow and other frozen precipitation is possible across much of South Carolina early Tuesday morning as a colder-than-normal winter continues across the state.

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.

Black caucus wants to change judicial selection process
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The state's process of electing judges needs to be changed to get more black judges on the bench, some lawmakers say.

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.

Housing Authority wants lawmakers to pay attention to lack of affordable homes
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The need for affordable housing remains largely invisible to the Legislature and many elected officials, members of a task force say.

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.

Search for hunter continues
Searchers aided by a giant schnauzer named Mick tried once again Monday to find a 41-year-old duck hunter who vanished in Phinizy Swamp seven weeks ago.

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

Kid of day
Today's kid of the day is Jordan Dewayne Outlaw, 3, of Augusta.

DNR faces more violations, fewer officers

Across the area
Boys moved from the Augusta Youth Development Campus to an Atlanta youth jail last weekend are being treated well and are being kept separated from the general population, their parents say.

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

Sides begin to pick jurors
The death penalty trial for Dag Luquincette Rhodes began Monday in Columbia County Superior Court as both prosecuting and defense attorneys began screening potential jurors.

Services for slain solider to be held in Columbus

I-20 bridge, others need repair
Augusta's Savannah River bridges aren't falling down, but they're not in tiptop shape either.

Education cuts may raise taxes

Recreating old pottery is one man's passion
BELVEDERE - Meticulously piecing together shards of pottery to recreate a seamless bottle is how Tony Riley, 50, likes to "bring to life" pieces of Edgefield history and the industry that once thrived there.

Isolated disease wins doctor honor

Across Georgia
MARIETTA - Police have identified a Cobb County man who was found dead in a vacant building.

Sergeant, deputy resign

Sanford proposes gradual reduction of state income tax
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford and top Republican lawmakers have agreed to a legislative proposal that would gradually reduce the state's income tax over the next 10 years, legislators said Monday.

Across Georgia

Beasley brings his Senate bid to McCormick

Lawsuit accuses Augusta of bias

UGA teams up with school district
ATHENS, Ga. - Who says you can't learn a lot from a child? Certainly not University of Georgia student John Newman.

Across the area

Housing Authority wants lawmakers to pay attention to lack of affordable homes

Stroke afflicts former leader
ATLANTA - Former House Speaker Tom Murphy, 79, has suffered an apparent stroke and was in serious condition in an Atlanta hospital.

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.

Oscar insider: Workers get on same page at first production meeting

'The Lord of the Rings' named top film at British Academy Awards

'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.

'The Lord of the Rings' named top film at British Academy Awards
LONDON -- Fantasy epic "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" was named best film at the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday, while "Lost in Translation" co-stars Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson took the top acting honors.

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

Oscar insider: Workers get on same page at first production meeting
LOS ANGELES -- On Feb. 29, Billy Crystal will read wisecracks from a script in front of millions of Oscar telecast viewers while wearing a tuxedo on the Kodak Theatre stage.

Sound Bites: audio reviews

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.

'The Darkness' aims to lighten up rock music
NEW YORK -- Retro rockers The Darkness want to lighten up rock music. So far the London-based band appears to be succeeding with "Permission to Land," their Atlantic Records debut CD inspired by '70s and '80s rockers. It features a peculiar mix of songs, about a mythological hellhound, a lover's spat and genital warts.

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.

Q&A: All alone with Ani DiFranco

'The Darkness' aims to lighten up rock music

Waltrip in the wrong place at Daytona this time

Junior wins with dad as 'passenger'

Daddy's proud: Junior wins first Daytona 500

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

Sale of CART still to be finalized
INDIANAPOLIS -- The last step in the sale of the Championship Auto Racing Teams is to get all the paperwork signed by the racing series' new owners, a CART spokesman said Monday.

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.

Wimmer shines, fellow rookies fade in Daytona 500

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.

Busch avoids taking sides in Daytona 500

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.

Schedule keeps Earnhardt busy
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. didn't get to bed until 2 a.m. Monday morning, nearly 10 hours after he won the Daytona 500.

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.

Sale of CART still to be finalized

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.

AP Column: Junior overcomes father's Daytona legacy

Shaq shines, takes MVP
LOS ANGELES - Shaquille O'Neal made a tricky layup and then primped for the camera - the one he was pointing at himself. Later, he roared away on a coast-to-coast drive, making a crossover dribble and dunking with brute style.

NBA resumes action with trading deadline Thursday
LOS ANGELES - Jason Kidd walked off the interview podium after the NBA All-Star Game and delivered a nifty parting shot that could pass as a prediction: "See you at the finals."

NBA resumes action with trading deadline Thursday

Shaq shines, takes MVP

Four newcomers in women's poll
The changes in The Associated Press women's basketball poll occurred at the bottom this time.

Stanford sits atop poll
The last two unbeaten teams are 1-2 in the rankings.

Mississippi State's Roberts wins second SEC player of the week
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State forward Lawrence Roberts was named Southeastern Conference player of the week for the second time this season.

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

Florida freefalls out of rankings
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Two months ago, Florida was on top of the college basketball universe. Now the Gators have completed the descent from No. 1 in the nation to "also receiving votes."

Indiana's Kline out for the season
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana forward Sean Kline will undergo surgery on his right knee and will miss the rest of the season, coach Mike Davis said Monday.

Bulldogs tame Tubby twice; Memphis flies onto radar
Reviewing and previewing college basketball in the ACC, SEC and elsewhere:

Gators fall out of Top 25 for first time sine 1999
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Two months ago, Florida was on top of the college basketball universe. Now the Gators have completed the descent from No. 1 in the nation to "also receiving votes."

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.

Panthers' Donnalley ends 13-year NFL career

Attorney says Clarett has hired an agent

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ISU Congress will vote on new judging system
The next Olympic figure skating competition could be held under new rules stemming from the judging scandal at the last games.

ISU Congress will vote on new judging system

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Toth is one of four to fail test

Roddick defeats Fish for Siebel Open title

British, Portuguese police plan joint security measures for Euro 2004

Navratilova will play in tourney

Safina, Pisnik, Callens win

Decades ago, South Korea ran a commando-style soccer team to fight North Korea

Overtime
Columbus State took advantage of six Augusta State errors in the seventh and eighth innings to overcome a 2-0 deficit and take a 5-2 win Monday afternoon.

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.

Decades ago, South Korea ran a commando-style soccer team to fight North Korea
SEOUL, South Korea -- The 20 young men were gathered by South Korea's much-feared spy agency at its secluded compound in Seoul and told they were going to war with North Korea - "without guns and bayonets."

Navratilova will play in tourney
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Martina Navratilova will play doubles at the Family Circle Cup - her last appearance at the tournament she has won four times as a singles player and seven times in doubles.

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

British, Portuguese police plan joint security measures for Euro 2004
LISBON, Portugal -- Police plan to use watercannons if necessary and restrict travel for convicted hooligans to keep order at the European soccer championships this summer.

Safina, Pisnik, Callens win
ANTWERP, Belgium -- Dinara Safina played through a thigh injury to beat Anca Barna 6-4, 6-4 Monday in the first round of the Diamond Games tournament.

Athletes not out of steroid case yet
SAN FRANCISCO - Though no athlete has been indicted in the alleged steroid distribution case, some sports stars who testified before the grand jury could face sanctions from their sport - or perjury charges from the federal government.

Toth is one of four to fail test
American shot put champion Kevin Toth tested positive for the steroid THG and the stimulant modafinil at the 2003 national championships and could be suspended for two years, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced Monday.

Prep basketball tournament pairing
Regional area girl's and boys prep basketball tournament schedule.

Panthers' Donnalley ends 13-year NFL career
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina offensive guard Kevin Donnalley retired Monday after 13 seasons, ending his career with a Super Bowl appearance.

Attorney says Clarett has hired an agent
INDIANAPOLIS -- Maurice Clarett has hired an agent, ending any possibility that the running back would return to college next season.

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

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

NBC to air two-part documentary on Princess Diana next month

NBC to air two-part documentary on Princess Diana next month
NEW YORK -- NBC has acquired audiotapes made by Princess Diana talking about her life and will air them in a two-part documentary that will be telecast next month.

Chris Isaak re-creates Orbison performance

Chris Isaak re-creates Orbison performance
LOS ANGELES - The director yells "Playback!" and the driving thump-thump rhythm of Oh, Pretty Woman rocks the soundstage.

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.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

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.

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
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.

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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.

Lady Dogs suspend Braxton

No. 14 Auburn defeats South Carolina

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.

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THE FACTS: Denisha Smith, 15, a sophomore at John S. Davidson Fine Arts School

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Minimum-wage rise makes bad economics
Congress is considering increasing the minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to $6.65 per hour. I know you people with jobs are thinking, "Hey, great, now I can afford those 20-inch rims for my El Camino!" But before we get ahead of ourselves, let's consider the consequences of this $1.50 increase.

Teens create recording, make new friends on Lennon bus
It was a tight squeeze inside the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus on Thursday when it stopped at Aiken High School.

First-date make-out confusing all around
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: Not long after I broke up with my last boyfriend, I started to like this other guy. He didn't even know I liked him but one day we went to the movies (as friends) and we ended up making out. That was four months ago, and he hasn't said a word to me since. He was the first guy I ever kissed and I really like him. Should I confront him? Is it too late to or should I just leave it alone now?

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Question of the week
Is it harder to be a teen now than in the past?

First-date make-out confusing all around

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On DVD and VHS: See David Spade relive his childhood in Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, or follow the twists and turns to justice inRunaway Jury.

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Commitment vital to survival of long-distance relationship
With lasting attachments formed at an early age and relationships taking shape during the high school years, many couples are making the attempt to continue their connection over long distance.

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Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold.:

911
Rap fans bored of the mainstream should check out Bazooka Tooth, the latest by the uber-talented Aesop Rock. Aesop is credited as being one of the most gifted of the alternative or underground rappers. Rapping for the Def Jux label (an underground label with an extensive profile), Aesop is not afraid to take his sounds to the limit by pushing dark beats, inserting wild samples anywhere he pleases and using a complicated and offbeat rhyming style.

Minimum-wage rise makes bad economics

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Teens create recording, make new friends on Lennon bus

Parents upset about bathroom pass

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