Rollicking Rossini gem is revived at the Met
NEW YORK - In a Rossini comic opera, there comes a moment when the characters stop in their tracks and join together to express varying degrees of bewilderment over the twists and turns of the plot.

Rollicking Rossini gem is revived at the Met

The Boss' most diabolical trade. Ever.

A-Rod, Jeter pairing has makings of soap opera

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.

Padres exercise Bochy's '05 option

A-Rod, Jeter pairing has makings of soap opera
Did I miss it: Had Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter been dating?

Appeals panel upholds lower court ruling in case of struck-out umps

Bechler's legacy not finished

Puttin' on the pinstripes: Yanks introduce A-Rod

Deal is hot topic around leagues

Appeals panel upholds lower court ruling in case of struck-out umps
PHILADELPHIA -- Major League Baseball does not have to rehire 10 umpires who are still out of work following a 1999 mass resignation, a three-judge federal appeals panel ruled Tuesday.

Mets pick up a player, too
NEW YORK -- The Yankees weren't the only baseball team in New York to add a player this week.

Tigers hope changes will spur turnaround

Puttin' on the pinstripes: Yanks introduce A-Rod
NEW YORK -- When Alex Rodriguez put on the pinstripes for the first time, his shoulders stooped, perhaps feeling the weight of all that tradition on his broad back.

Dodgers go young at GM with DePodesta as general manager

Deal is hot topic around leagues
The New York Mets made light of the big move and the Boston Red Sox tried to downplay it. Still, it was hard to avoid the shock wave the New York Yankees sent through baseball by signing Alex Rodriguez.

Tampa Bay OF Hamilton suspended

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.

Mets pick up a player, too

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

Torre might be willing to return in 2005
NEW YORK -- Joe Torre might be willing to stay on with the New York Yankees beyond 2004.

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.

Tampa Bay OF Hamilton suspended
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Devil Rays prospect Josh Hamilton was suspended until March 19 and fined Tuesday for violating major league baseball's drug policy.

Padres exercise Bochy's '05 option
SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres exercised manager Bruce Bochy's option for 2005 on Tuesday, acknowledging that five straight losing seasons weren't his fault.

Tigers hope changes will spur turnaround
DETROIT -- Perhaps curiosity has replaced pity and amusement when people think of the Detroit Tigers.

Cell phones win the battle among annoying appliances

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.

Cookbook features death row inmates' final meals
CROCKETT, Texas -- With recipes for "gallows gravy" and "rice rigor mortis," Brian Price's new cookbook brings a touch of dark wit to a subject seldom welcome at the dinner table: death.

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.

Odds and Ends
SHANGHAI, China -- China's children are getting bigger - and that's bad news for many parents' pocket books.

Augusta facility unfazed by probe
Monsanto Co. said it is still on track to get its Augusta Posilac facility fully functional by 2005, despite quality-control problems that have arisen at its European plant.

Industrial production jumps 0.8 percent in January
WASHINGTON -- Big industry production rebounded in January, rising by a strong 0.8 percent, an encouraging sign that the industrial sector's recovery is on track.

Will Martha Stewart take the witness stand?

FDA raises flag on Posilac

Parmalat founder's son and daughter arrested
PARMA, Italy -- Italian authorities investigating the Parmalat fraud scandal arrested seven people Tuesday, including company founder Calisto Tanzi's son, daughter and brother, police said. An eighth person was placed under house arrest.

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.

Disney board rejects Comcast offer

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.

Disney board rejects Comcast offer
LOS ANGELES -- The Walt Disney Company rejected Comcast Corp.'s takeover bid, but it also kept the cable giant's hopes alive by indicating more money might do the trick.

Martha Stewart judge says prosecutors can't speculate on phone call

Lilly Pulitzer line comes to new Surrey Center store

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.

Cingular agrees to buy AT&T Wireless

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.

Industrial production jumps 0.8 percent in January

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?

Schools encourage businesses to get involved

Appeals court upholds federal do not call registry

How Bush reversed regulatory effort on gas additive that pollutes

Business briefs

Industrial production jumps 0.8 percent in January
WASHINGTON -- Big industry production rebounded in January, rising by a strong 0.8 percent, an encouraging sign that the industrial sector's recovery is on track.

Industrial production jumps 0.8 percent in January

Schools encourage businesses to get involved
They may have courted before, but the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and school officials now say they are serious about forging a new relationship to provide better trained workers for the county.

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.

Augusta facility unfazed by probe

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.

Appeals court upholds federal do not call registry
DENVER -- A federal appeals court upheld the government's do not call registry Tuesday, dismissing telemarketers' claims that it violates free speech rights and is unfair because it doesn't apply to charitable or political solicitations.

AT&T Wireless board meets to discuss latest bids

FDA raises flag on Posilac
SAN FRANCISCO - The genetically engineered hormone that induces a third of the nation's dairy herds to make more milk is in very short supply now that federal inspectors found quality-control problems at the factory where it's produced.

Cingular agrees to buy AT&T Wireless
ATLANTA -- Cingular Wireless, the nation's No. 2 mobile phone provider, won the bidding war to acquire third-largest AT&T Wireless for nearly $41 billion, a deal that could create the nation's largest cell phone company.

Business briefs
MOLINE, Ill. - Increased sales helped Deere & Co. more than double its first-quarter profits, exceeding analysts' expectations and boosting the equipment maker's stock sharply Tuesday.

Parmalat founder's son and daughter arrested

Martha Stewart judge says prosecutors can't speculate on phone call
NEW YORK -- A federal judge on Tuesday limited one element of the government's effort to prove Martha Stewart and her stockbroker conspired to lie about Stewart's sale of ImClone Systems stock.

LSU's high might be short-lived
BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana State is finally ranked, but it might be handicapped as well.

Former Colorado player says she was raped by teammate
DENVER -- A female kicker says she was raped by a Colorado teammate four years ago but was too frightened to tell police, another damaging accusation against a reeling program.

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."

Former Colorado player says she was raped by teammate

LSU's high might be short-lived

Gators fall out of Top 25 for first time sine 1999

Gonzaga set to retire Stockton's number

Indiana's Kline out for the season

Stanford sits atop poll

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

Bulldogs tame Tubby twice; Memphis flies onto radar

Augusta's Edge ponders potential career move

Two wars at once

MCG's global reach

How to curb DUIs
South Carolina law-enforcers are always looking for ways to get tougher on drunken drivers - and for good reason. The state has the second-highest rate of fatal driving-under-the-influence accidents in the nation, and the number is continuing to rise, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports.

MCG's global reach
Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics was recently named one of 16 major teaching hospitals by Solucient, the prestigious health-care consultant. This honor is further proof that MCG isn't just a prominent state or regional institution, but enjoys world-class status.

How to curb DUIs

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.

Toughening up on bullies

Save VA facilities

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
Why crack down on bullying? Why monitor its frequency?

Study finds violence, unlabeled content in teen-rated video games
CHICAGO -- Many teen-rated video contain content that is not listed on the label, including sexual themes, alcohol and profanity, a study found.

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.

Stuff to do
The Josh Todd Band, featuring vocalist Mr. Todd, the former front man for Buck Cherry, performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Julian Smith Casino, 2200 Broad St. Admission costs $7 for age 21 and older, $10 for those under 21. Call 821-3366. See Friday's Applause section for an interview with Mr. Todd.

Extras, extras
Heading to the video store? Here is a preview of some of the extras on new DVD releases:

People in the News
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Guitarist B.B. King says blues music doesn't get much airplay on radio stations, so he continues to bring it to the people with 200 shows a year.

Darts hit the spot
There's more to the game of darts than meets the bull's-eye. With two categories - steel tip (traditional boards and darts) and soft tip (electronic gaming boards that register when hit by a soft dart tip) - different leagues and many rankings, plus various types of games in each category, the game is more like an intense sport.

Stocks higher on merger news, manufacturing report

Stocks higher on merger news, manufacturing report
NEW YORK -- Investors sent stocks sharply higher Tuesday as Cingular's $41 billion bid for AT&T Wireless set an upbeat tone on Wall Street, and Disney rejected a hostile takeover proposal from Comcast but said it would consider other offers that fairly valued the company.

Gas prices climb 3.61 cents in past three weeks

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.

Dollar down, gold up in Europe
LONDON -- The U.S. dollar was down against other major currencies in European trading Tuesday. Gold rose.

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

Dollar, gold rise in Europe

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.

Some investors conjure a brighter picture at Kodak

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.

Rates lower in Treasury bill auction
WASHINGTON -- Interest rates on short-term Treasury securities fell in Tuesday's auction.

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.

State sues Pimco parent, charging fraud
NEWARK, N.J. -- The state attorney general's office filed suit Tuesday against the parent corporation of the Pimco mutual fund group, charging it defrauded investors by allowing a major client to make improper trades worth more than $4 billion.

Tokyo stocks mixed, dollar up against yen

Rates lower in Treasury bill auction

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

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.

Sweeten up the winter with nutty caramel tart
The warm golden colors of this roasted-peanut caramel tart suggest an antidote to winter blues, even before the good taste hits home.

Ingredients add exotic flavor to Thai food

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.

On the low-carb bandwagon

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.

Small portions
Travelers looking for unusual snacks, packs and candy around the world may wish to note these new products:

Make perfect Italian entree without the fuss
The focus of this special interest publication is made plain in its title: Simply Perfect Italian (from Better Homes and Gardens, Meredith, $5.99).

Tony restaurants offer low-carb, too

Tests confirm two new viruses in Georgia's Vidalia onions
TIFTON, Ga. -- Scientists have confirmed two new viruses, one possibly brought in on Peruvian onions, in Georgia's $75 million crop of sweet Vidalia onions, but it may take several growing seasons to determine the full impact of the attack.

Healthful stuffing makes pork loin dish low-fat

Dining out
Here are mini-reviews of Aiken-Augusta restaurants.

Make perfect Italian entree without the fuss

Cheese goes west, makes name for itself
NEW YORK - Pause to consider that there are indeed classic cheeses besides Gruyere, Roquefort, Stilton and other European aristocrats, often named for their remote place of origin.

Dining out

Ingredients add exotic flavor to Thai food
HYDE PARK, N.Y. - Lemon grass adds a delicate touch that's part of the unconventional taste range in this Thai hot and sour soup. Shrimp, noodles and vegetables marry with a savory, yet spicy broth, offering a welcome alternative to traditional soups such as chicken noodle or minestrone.

Cheese goes west, makes name for itself

Healthful stuffing makes pork loin dish low-fat
The word "stuffed" doesn't sound like a promising characteristic for a low-fat recipe. But when the stuffing adds nutrition and flavor, it merits a closer look.

Sweeten up the winter with nutty caramel tart

Small portions

Restaurant is the perfect place for a dinner date
Mimmo's Taste of Italy on Furys Ferry Road in Martinez offers the type of service and environment you only see in Italian restaurants in the movies.

Irked Erk fires back at school
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Former Georgia Southern football coach Erk Russell is irked.

Irked Erk fires back at school

The fascination with John Daly

Woods could get revenge vs. Beem

The fascination with John Daly
One New Yorker said it brought tears to his eyes to see John Daly win, the first time he felt that kind of emotion since the 1980 U.S. hockey team won the gold medal.

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

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

Prep basketball tournament pairing

Senators defeat the Rangers

Penguins demote Caron, recall Chiodo

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.

Sabres get the best of the Thrashers

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.

Predators sign forward Walker to contract extension
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Nashville Predators have signed forward Scott Walker to a contract extension.

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.

Canucks get Sarno from Oilers for Moss

Thrashers defeat Canadiens
MONTREAL -- The Atlanta Thrashers know they can count on Ilya Kovalchuk to get their offense going.

Predators sign forward Walker to contract extension

Penguins demote Caron, recall Chiodo
PITTSBURGH -- Penguins goaltender Sebastien Caron was demoted Tuesday to the American Hockey League, a day after being benched during the team's 15th straight loss.

Blackhawks goalie to undergo hip surgery

Canucks' Naslund released from hospital after hit on ice
DENVER -- Vancouver forward Markus Naslund was released from a hospital Tuesday after being injured in a game against the Colorado Avalanche by a hit that a Canucks official called a cheap shot.

Blackhawks goalie to undergo hip surgery
CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks goalie Steve Passmore will undergo hip surgery and will be out of the lineup indefinitely.

Thrashers defeat Canadiens

After making your own soup, sample others for food charity
During the winter months, my family's soup bowls are usually brimming with something comforting and warm, but there are other families in our area whose soup bowls are empty on a regular basis.

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.

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

Democrats too slick to be trusted
I remember back in the Model T Ford days, these two guys were arguing about which of them knew the slickest roads - one, a rural mail carrier of about 250 pounds; the other, a farmer of about 130 pounds soaking wet. Harry Oliphant, Hephzibah, Ga.

Draw the line with government intervention
It is with great alarm that I read the article in the Feb. 5 issue of The Augusta Chronicle concerning a law being considered by Georgia lawmakers. This new law would make it a crime to smoke in a car with the windows up and children inside. While I am no advocate of smoking - I think it is a very unhealthy habit - I am also opposed to the government stepping in and playing havoc with a citizen's right to privacy. Diane Chiera, Evans, Ga.

Is among the half who support Bush
In reading The Chronicle's letters to the editor or Rants & Raves, media reports that we are a 50-50 country seem accurate. Whether you get information from conservative-leaning Fox News or liberal-leaning CNN, those who believe President George W. Bush lied about Iraq and those of us who believe he acted in the best interests of the country will probably not be convinced otherwise. Stephen Johnston, 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.

A possible solution to teacher problem

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.)

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

Is among the half who support Bush

Calls on James Brown to help domestic-violence victims

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

John Kerry editorial - now that's 'shameful'

Musical entertainment suffers due to performers

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

Brain scans suggest some people predisposed to smoke

Study ties antibiotics, breast cancer risk

Gene therapy might build super athletes, scientist warns

WHO says bird flu not going away soon

Super Bowl ends many gym-goers' motivation

Improving fitness can boost thinking for aging adults

A new spam loophole: poorly guarded home computers

Most distant known object in universe discovered

Seniors calendar

Living briefs

Living briefs

Italian scientists discover new form of mad cow disease

Bald eagles waiting to be taken off threatened list

Living briefs
Stage mothers, get ready. BabyTalk is looking for beautiful babies to compete for the chance to be on the cover of the magazine in November.

Bird flu virus found in southern Japan among pet birds
TOKYO -- A strain of bird flu has been discovered in a group of pet chickens in southern Japan in the country's first new infections since an outbreak at a chicken farm last month, officials said Tuesday.

It's a microbial world with good guys and bad guys
SEATTLE -- That soap scum that forms on the shower curtain? It's really a biofilm loaded with more than a billion bacteria per cubic inch.

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.

Brain scans suggest some people predisposed to smoke
WASHINGTON -- If you're easy to anger, you might have a brain especially susceptible to nicotine.

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.

Super Bowl ends many gym-goers' motivation
WASHINGTON -- It must be one of the shortest sports seasons going. People who know they ought to start exercising begin a gym membership at the new year. But after the Super Bowl, their willpower has waned and they're gone. Outta there.

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.

Bald eagles waiting to be taken off threatened list
CONCRETE, Wash. -- So many bald eagles swoop down from the treetops to pluck their breakfast from the Skagit River, you wouldn't think they were a threatened species.

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.

Study ties antibiotics, breast cancer risk
CHICAGO -- A study linking antibiotics with breast cancer doesn't prove that they cause the disease, but should prompt women to make sure they don't use the drugs inappropriately, researchers say.

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.

Gene therapy might build super athletes, scientist warns
SEATTLE -- A gene therapy that has been shown in rats to double muscle strength and power could illegally be used to build super athletes, a researcher said Monday. Sports officials are looking for ways to detect the genetic manipulation.

Seniors calendar
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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.<

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.

'American Idol' finalist to visit Georgia lawmakers

UGA president tries to rebuild school's financial support
ATLANTA -- University of Georgia President Michael Adams said Tuesday the school will need to increasingly depend on donations to weather cuts in state funding.

Columbia County selects logo

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

Animal control officer suspected of beating dog

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.

News you can use

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.

Historic minutes revisited
Thumbing through the tattered pages of school history in Richmond County, clerk Doris Parks and school board member Kenneth Echols Sr. were struck by how frequently history repeats itself.

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.

Officials to revisit proposals in March
Elected officials say they'll save their rubber stamps for another day.

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.

Sergeant, deputy resign

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.

Police make meth arrest

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.

Workers who braved ice to get day off as bonus

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.

Columbia County selects logo
The months-long effort to select a new logo for Columbia County has finally set sail.

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?

Teacher's discipline of boy questioned
Richmond County school officials are investigating why a teacher disciplined a 9-year-old boy by showing him a newspaper article about the death of a Beech Island teen.

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.

Court hearing for Muslim chaplain postponed for fifth time
FORT BENNING, Ga. -- The preliminary hearing for a Muslim Army chaplain charged with adultery and possession of pornography has been delayed again - the fifth time.

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.

Federal court to start electronic filing

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.

Court hearing for Muslim chaplain postponed for fifth time

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

Across the area

University wins collection of writer

Lawmakers roll out new political maps

Top editor at Clemson paper resigns over plagiarism

Council refuses talks on chief

Patriots Park shootout

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.

Historic minutes revisited

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.

Debris floods two-man crew

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

Across the area
An Augusta teenager who told police he was shot while walking down a street remained in the hospital Tuesday evening, officials said.

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.

City settles discrimination suit
Augusta leaders, while denying any wrongdoing, settled a race discrimination lawsuit Tuesday in the midst of a trial.

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.

Judge orders teen to detention center
Nineteen seconds after two Richmond County Sheriff's deputies arrived on an "unknown situation" call outside an Overlook Road apartment, one of them radioed dispatch to report he had shot a teenager, according to testimony in a Juvenile Court hearing Tuesday.

Sanford proposes gradual reduction of state income tax

Sharpshooters killing deer in state park
CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- The state of Georgia has brought in government sharpshooters to thin the deer herd at Red Top Mountain State Park.

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

Council refuses talks on chief
NEW ELLENTON - Residents seeking answers about suspended police Chief Van McMillan on Tuesday night got little satisfaction. New Ellenton City Council members and police officers either refused to discuss questions or said they didn't know the answer.

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.

Judge orders teen to detention center

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.

Rants and raves
I AM A VETERAN who turned down the offer to be recommended for a Purple Heart. I didn't want to cheapen it for someone really hurt. I would love a little more proof of Sen. Kerry's heroics. Not just hearing from him or his liberal buddies. I know of a lot of political ribbons and medals.

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

Dean to depart campaign trail

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Beasley brings his Senate bid to McCormick

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.

Beaufort base closing committee may soon have more money

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.

City settles discrimination suit

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

CDC granted $250 million appropriation to improve aging labs

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.

Man shot after argument in Saluda County

I-20 bridge, others need repair

Across South Carolina

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.

UGA president tries to rebuild school's financial support

Study: Few small children receive eye exams

Kid of the day

After debate, ban is passed

Columbia hospital system donates defibrillators to high schools

Prosecutor wants harsher penalties for some DUI convictions

Officials to revisit proposals in March

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Any registered voter may vote a week ahead of the March 2 election, the secretary of state's office announced Tuesday.

Redistricting debate heats up

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - About 90 House members have signed on to Gov. Mark Sanford's plan to reduce the state's income tax rate during the next decade.

Patriots Park shootout
Greenbrier Elementary School third-grader Devin Craig, 8, shoots hoops in Patriots Park's gym before Tuesdays practice with the Columbia County Recreation Department Bulldogs.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day in Beth Boyd, 9, of Martinez.

Workers who braved ice to get day off as bonus
City employees who worked through ice and snow late last month will receive an extra day off as compensation because of a vote by the Augusta Commission on Tuesday.

Police say crimes are not linked
As police search for a man who they said attacked an elderly Augusta man and robbed him in his home, officials said there's no apparent link between several recent home invasions.

Owners of timber feel burn of ice
SPRINGFIELD, S.C. - When the January ice storm snapped almost all of the pine trees on Jim Furtick's 82 acres of planted timber, it shattered his retirement nest-egg.

Federal court to start electronic filing
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- It soon will get easier to file a lawsuit or check the status of a criminal case in federal court with just a few clicks on the Internet.

House seeks new money sources
COLUMBIA - House budget writers may have $200 million more to work with in next year's spending plan.

Rants and raves
I AM A VETERAN who turned down the offer to be recommended for a Purple Heart. I didn't want to cheapen it for someone really hurt. I would love a little more proof of Sen. Kerry's heroics. Not just hearing from him or his liberal buddies. I know of a lot of political ribbons and medals.

News you can use
Feb. 18, 1988 AIKEN - A "micro-earthquake" measuring 2.6 on the Richter scale rumbled through Aiken County shortly after noon Wednesday, but no injuries or major property damage was reported.

Top editor at Clemson paper resigns over plagiarism
CLEMSON, S.C. -- The top editor at the Clemson University student newspaper has resigned after admitting he used plagiarized material for at least six columns.

Debris floods two-man crew
NEW ELLENTON - Michelle Quick is growing weary of seeing the large pile of limbs and natural debris outside her home, left over from an ice storm that swept through Aiken County and surrounding areas three weeks ago.

Man shot after argument in Saluda County
SALUDA, S.C. -- Saluda County deputies are investigating the county's first homicide in four years after a teen shot an acquaintance following an argument, Sheriff Jason Booth says.

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

Animal control officer suspected of beating dog
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- A veteran animal control officer has been accused of beating a dog with a lasso.

Police make meth arrest
An Upstate South Carolina man was charged with trafficking methamphetamine in Burke County after state authorities had been searching for him on other charges, officials said Tuesday.

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

Verdict stands in dairy dispute
A judge has rejected the city of Augusta's request to set aside a $550,000 jury award to a Keysville, Ga., family who claimed their cattle and pastures were poisoned by improperly treated sewage sludge.

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.

DOT won't cross this bridge for a while
A viaduct in North Augusta near the Fifth Street bridge remains abandoned more than five years after its closing, with no money allocated for its removal.

Museum at SRS is closer to approval

Gunshot victim's body discovered
State and local authorities are investigating the suspicious death of a Lincoln County man as a homicide, officials said Tuesday.

Tom Murphy hospitalized after apparent stroke

Beaufort base closing committee may soon have more money
BEAUFORT, S.C. -- Beaufort County's committee working to make sure none of the area's military bases are closed may soon have money for consultants and other expenses.

Pension property to be sold to city

Columbia hospital system donates defibrillators to high schools
The donation by Palmetto Health assures that every school in the county will have one of the devices that are used to restart hearts stopped by cardiac arrest.

Stroke afflicts former leader

University wins collection of writer
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- George V. Higgins was a novelist, a newspaper columnist and a lawyer who worked both sides of the aisle. His literary collection at the University of South Carolina is just as eclectic - including a gun permit and a trumpet.

Black caucus wants to change judicial selection process

'American Idol' finalist to visit Georgia lawmakers
ATLANTA -- Even state legislators aren't immune from the charms of an American Idol.

Kid of day

Lawmakers roll out new political maps
ATLANTA -- A proposed map of the state senate districts unveiled Tuesday would force some incumbent Democrats into districts with each other and hand others considerably more Republican-leaning turf to defend.

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Savannah historian publishes book to coincide with movie about Jesus' death
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Church history scholar Paul Thigpen rushed to publish his book about Jesus' death last week, ahead of Mel Gibson's soon-to-be-released movie "The Passion of Christ."

Swinging around town

Pitch is made to council
Backers of a $94 million initiative to build a new sports and entertainment center on property occupied by the vacant Regency Mall made their pitch Tuesday to the Greater Augusta Sports Council.

Panel opts to keep health agency intact
COLUMBIA - A Senate subcommittee decided against breaking up the state's health and environment agency as it passed massive government restructuring legislation.

Athens awaits word on youth facility
ATHENS, Ga. - Athens lawmakers are waiting for a response from state Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Albert Murray after giving him a proposal they believe could permanently keep open the Athens Regional Youth Detention Center, slated to be shut down in April due to budget cuts.

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?

Redistricting debate heats up
ATLANTA - The contentious battle over legislative redistricting began in earnest Tuesday, with candidates and lawmakers considering how new maps released by the House and the Senate could affect their political careers.

Search for hunter continues

Teacher's discipline of boy questioned

Spay/Neuter license plate unveiled

Panel opts to keep health agency intact

Across South Carolina

Owners of timber feel burn of ice

Sides begin to pick jurors

Kerry seeks to clear field with Wisconsin victory

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

Verdict stands in dairy dispute

Across the area

Lawsuit accuses Augusta of bias

CDC granted $250 million appropriation to improve aging labs
ATLANTA -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been granted $250 million from Congress to improve its aging buildings and labs, it was announced Tuesday.

Daly has to follow Masters' plan
This time last year, all the Masters Tournament buildup chatter sounded similar to Jan Brady's most common complaint: Martha, Martha, Martha!

Critical choice

Critical choice
Here's what critics are saying about recent movie releases.

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.

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

'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.

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

'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.

Record group sues 531 more Internet users over downloads
WASHINGTON -- The recording industry sued 531 more computer users Tuesday it said were illegally distributing songs over the Internet in what has become a routine reminder reminder that college students, teenagers and others can face expensive lawsuits for swapping music online.

Record group sues 531 more Internet users over downloads

The Darkness among winners at the Brit Music Awards

The Darkness among winners at the Brit Music Awards
LONDON -- Retro rockers The Darkness won three honors at the Brit Music Awards, the equivalent of the Grammys, and Justin Timberlake and Dido each took two.

'The Darkness' aims to lighten up rock music

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.

Sale of CART still to be finalized

TV rating for Daytona 500 second highest ever

Earnhardt hits talk-show circuit after Daytona win
NEW YORK -- Weary and emotionally drained, Dale Earnhardt Jr. leaned back in his chair and took a deep breath.

Earnhardt hits talk-show circuit after Daytona win

TV rating for Daytona 500 second highest ever
NEW YORK -- The Daytona 500 drew its second-highest TV rating since live broadcasts of the race began in 1979.

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.

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

Shaq shines, takes MVP

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."

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.

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

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.

Gonzaga set to retire Stockton's number
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Gonzaga is retiring John Stockton's jersey number nearly 20 years after the future Hall of Famer last played for the Bulldogs.

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.

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."

Titans' quarterback Steve McNair undergoes ankle surgery

Kasay signs five-year deal with Panthers

Gesser arrested on suspicion of drunken driving

Attorney says Clarett has hired an agent

Panthers' Donnalley ends 13-year NFL career

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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.

IOC chief: Record percentage of women to participate in Athens Olympics

Demonstrators march against Olympic security

Demonstrators march against Olympic security
ATHENS, Greece -- About 500 protesters tied up traffic in central Athens for an hour Tuesday, demonstrating against massive security measures planned for the Summer Olympics.

IOC chief: Record percentage of women to participate in Athens Olympics
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- A record 44 percent of athletes at the Athens Olympics will be women, and the IOC expects an equal number of men and women to compete in the games within a decade.

ISU Congress will vote on new judging system

Foreman coming out of retirement, King says

Toth is one of four to fail test

Safina, Pisnik, Callens win

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

Overtime

Navratilova will play in tourney

British, Portuguese police plan joint security measures for Euro 2004

Overtime

Armstrong uses minor Portuguese race to test form

Overtime
A female kicker says she was raped by a Colorado teammate four years ago but was too frightened to tell police, another damaging accusation against a reeling program.<

Foreman coming out of retirement, King says
MIAMI -- George Foreman agreed to a tentative $20 million deal to return for a fight celebrating the 30th anniversary of his epic bout with Muhammad Ali, Don King said Tuesday.

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.

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.

Armstrong uses minor Portuguese race to test form
ALBUFEIRA, Portugal -- Lance Armstrong is thinking big this season, but he's starting small.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

Dean to depart campaign trail
WASHINGTON -- Howard Dean will end his campaign for the presidential nomination and oversee a new effort to keep his issues alive and his supporters organized on behalf of Democratic causes, two party officials said Wednesday.

Kerry seeks to clear field with Wisconsin victory
John Kerry clashed with John Edwards and his other Democratic rivals Tuesday in the Wisconsin primary, a major Midwest showdown that may be the last gasp for Howard Dean's presidential bid.

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.

Kasay signs five-year deal with Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kicker John Kasay signed a new five-year contract with the Carolina Panthers on Tuesday, retaining his status as the team's only original member.

Gesser arrested on suspicion of drunken driving
HONOLULU -- Tennessee Titans third-string quarterback Jason Gesser was arrested on a charge of suspicion of drunken driving.

Titans' quarterback Steve McNair undergoes ankle surgery
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Steve McNair underwent surgery Tuesday to remove a cracked bone spur from his left ankle.

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.

Stewart not expected back with Bears
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Kordell Stewart's short and disappointing one-year run with the Chicago Bears could soon be over.

Daly has to follow Masters' plan

Couples might save more with standard deduction
WASHINGTON -- Married couples accustomed to itemizing their tax deductions every year might want to take a second look at their 2003 tax returns. A higher standard deduction may mean it's more beneficial to leave tedious itemizing behind.

Former CNN chief Kaplan named new MSNBC president
NEW YORK -- Former CNN chief Rick Kaplan was hired Tuesday to run MSNBC, replacing Erik Sorenson at the helm of the last-place cable news network.

Chris Isaak re-creates Orbison performance

The WB cancels supernatural drama 'Angel'
LOS ANGELES -- The WB has done what no vampire slayer could: It killed "Angel," the do-gooder bloodsucker with a soul.

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.

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

'Conan O'Brien' sketch mocking Quebeckers causes furor in Canada
TORONTO -- Canadian politicians are denouncing "The Late Show with Conan O'Brien" over a sketch in which a cigar-chomping sock puppet hurled insults at French Canadians.

'Conan O'Brien' sketch mocking Quebeckers causes furor in Canada

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.

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Georgia takes ETSU to woodshed

Bulldogs put bite on Gators

Irked Erk fires back at school
STATESBORO, Ga. - Former Georgia Southern football coach Erk Russell is irked.

Bulldogs put bite on Gators
ATHENS, Ga. -- Talk about two teams going in opposite directions.

Georgia takes ETSU to woodshed
ATHENS, Ga. -- Josh Morris hit a three-run homer and Joey Carroll settled down after a shaky first inning, leading Georgia to an 11-3 victory over East Tennessee State on Tuesday.

Irked Erk fires back at school

Augusta's Edge ponders potential career move
If she accepts a business opportunity in the coming weeks, Augusta's Mitzi Edge's days as a full-time LPGA Tour golfer will be over.

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.

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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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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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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.

Teens create recording, make new friends on Lennon bus

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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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.:

Minimum-wage rise makes bad economics

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.

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

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

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