Paris Review announces first annual Plimpton Prize

Paris Review announces first annual Plimpton Prize
NEW YORK -- The Paris Review has announced its first winner of the Plimpton Prize, named for longtime editor George Plimpton, who died last fall.

Storyland Theatre production blends suitors and swords
Although Augusta scribe Richard Davis penned, directs and appears in the current Storyland Theatre production of The Courtship of Senorita Florabella, it's far from a one-man show.

Top 20 concert tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Storyland Theatre production blends suitors and swords

New teammates eager to welcome Maddux back to Cubs

Red Sox, Yankees owners fire shots in verbal battle
BOSTON - Red Sox owner John Henry thinks a salary cap could be good for baseball after watching the rival Yankees trade for Alex Rodriguez - a deal his own franchise could not complete.

CF Byrd signs one-year deal
PHILADELPHIA -- Center fielder Marlon Byrd signed a one-year, $355,000 contract with the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday.

Red Sox, Yankees owners fire shots in verbal battle

CF Byrd signs one-year deal

New teammates eager to welcome Maddux back to Cubs
MESA, Ariz. -- Catcher Paul Bako was cornered by the media as he walked into the Chicago Cubs' spring training complex, with everyone wanting to know about his new teammate.

History reveals some school issues do change

Henry Stephens IV

Brayden Robert Lively

Alyvia Brynne Rose
Jason M. and Crystal A. Rose, of North Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Alyvia Brynne Rose, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Donald Boyd, Robbie Pond, Emma and Deray Boyd, all of Gloverville, Jerry and Robin Schnorenberg, of Oceanside, Calif., and William and Barbara Rose, of Sarasota, Fla.

David Franklin Tankersley Jr.
David and Nancy Tankersley, of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, David Franklin Tankersley Jr., Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Roger and Shari Boisclair, of Disputanta, Va., and Michael and Wanda Boggs, of Edgefield, S.C.

David Micah Times
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Times Jr., of Hephzibah, announce the birth of a son, David Micah Times, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William Thomas and Yvonne Smith Times, all of Hephzibah, and Arthur Times Sr., of Buena Vista, Ga.

Garrison Lawrence Hunt
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher L. Hunt, of Thomson, announce the birth of a son, Garrison Lawrence Hunt, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jack Garrison, of Thomson, and Mr. and Mrs. L.H. Hunt, of Dearing.

Rebecca Ann Weaver
Mr. and Mrs. Luke Weaver, of Evans, announce the birth of a daughter, Rebecca Ann Weaver, Monday, Feb. 2, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Alan Cormier, of White, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Philip Weaver, of Augusta.

Brady Nicholas McMillan

Jeb Anderson Bowers
Peter B. and Kristen M. Bowers, of Martinez, announce the birth of a son, Jeb Anderson Bowers, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Michael E. Jones, of Augusta, Alice and Ken Roberts and Joe Bowers, all of Beaufort, S.C.

Paige Noelle Andrews
Paul B. and Jayne W. Andrews, of Martinez, announce the birth of a daughter, Paige Noelle Andrews, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George T. Williams, of Augusta, and Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Andrews, of Lexington, S.C.

Gibson Jay Willing
Jason and Lynn Willing, of Graniteville, announce the birth of a son, Gibson Jay Willing, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Elaine Sanders, of Warrenville, Mr. and Mrs. McGee Sanders, of Barnwell, S.C., Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Baggs, of Martinez, and David Willing, of Aiken.

Brayden Robert Lively
Mr. and Mrs. Benny Lively, of Beech Island, announce the birth of a son, Brayden Robert Lively, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Richey Jr., of Beech Island, and the late James Lively.

Brady Nicholas McMillan
Jacob and Angel McMillan, of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Brady Nicholas McMillan, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Carlton and Charlotte Putnam and Mr. and Mrs. Stephen McMillan, all of Augusta, and Craige Maxim, of Boston, Mass.

Paige Noelle Andrews

Harley Jade Dorsey

Gibson Jay Willing

Benjamin David Greene

David Franklin Tankersley Jr.

Alyvia Brynne Rose

David Brett Rimes Pattillo
Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Pattillo, of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, David Brett Rimes Pattillo, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Lester Ishmael, of Augusta, Mr. and Mrs. William Campbell, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Mr. and Mrs. Les Pattillo, of Blythe.

David Brett Rimes Pattillo

Daniel James Currie

Dontavis Ronald Dent

Kacie Alyssa Linaweaver
Jason and Latrisha Linaweaver, of Evans, announce the birth of a daughter, Kacie Alyssa Linaweaver, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Holloway and Mr. and Mrs. Lee Linaweaver, all of Martinez.

Harrison Bo Wren
Will D. and Ashley R. Wren, of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Harrison Bo Wren, Friday, Jan. 30, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Lt. Col. and Mrs. Harry J. Lubin, of Columbus, Ga., Mr. and Mrs. Terry Robison, of Harker Heights, Texas, and Mr. and Mrs. William Wren Jr., of Wrens, Ga.

David Micah Times

John Gavin Wright
Jason and Christy Wright, of Martinez, announce the birth of a son, John Gavin Wright, Monday, Feb. 2, 2004, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Carswell and Mr. and Mrs. Eli Wright, all of Augusta.

Chevy Clark Kitchens

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

Henry Stephens IV
Henry Stephens III and Angalita Stephens, of Grovetown, announce the birth of a son, Henry Stephens IV, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Ellis and Helen Dent and Mattie B. Stephens, all of Augusta, and the late Henry Stephens Jr.

Daniel James Currie
Frank and Lori Currie, of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Daniel James Currie, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2004, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Thompson, of Martinez, and Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Currie, of Hephzibah.

Chevy Clark Kitchens
John S. and Kimberly L. Kitchens, of Warrenton, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Chevy Clark Kitchens, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William L. English, of Dearing, Ga., Mr. and Mrs. Harold D. Cole, of Douglasville, Ga., Mr. and Mrs. John L. Kitchens, of Warrenton, and Mr. and Mrs. David Battles, of Attalla, Ala.

Jacob Roberts Demand
Joe R. Demand III and Angela Demand, of Jackson, announce the birth of a son, Jacob Roberts Demand, Monday, Jan. 12, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Clyde Bulfinch and John Gibson, both of Jackson, and Mr. and Mrs. Joe R. Demand Jr., of Lancaster, S.C.

Jeb Anderson Bowers

Dontavis Ronald Dent
Michael and Shanta Dent, of Harlem, announce the birth of a son, Dontavis Ronald Dent, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Charlie and Jacquelyn Jefferson, of Harlem, Ronald Dent, of Augusta, and Julia Dent, of Clarks Hill, S.C.

Mary Lorick Brittingham

Harley Jade Dorsey
Wiley T. Dorsey and Amanda B. Johnson, both of North Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Harley Jade Dorsey, Monday, Jan. 26, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Edward N. Johnson Jr., Martha Johnson and Mr. and Mrs. James Dorsey, all of North Augusta.

Benjamin David Greene
Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Greene, of Jackson, announce the birth of a son, Benjamin David Greene, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Danny Bridges, of Beech Island, Ethel Greene, of Fairfax, S.C., and the late Joe T. Greene.

Jacob Roberts Demand

Coins, necklaces and needles found in patient's belly
BOSTON -- French doctors were taken aback when they discovered the reason for a patient's sore, swollen belly: He had swallowed around 350 coins - $650 worth - along with assorted necklaces and needles.

Man calls ambulance 18 months after brother's death
LONDON -The body of a 75-year-old man lay unnoticed for 18 months because the brother who shared his home suffered a mental disorder triggered by a World War II trauma, a psychiatrist told an inquest on Thursday.

Odds and Ends
HONG KONG -- There may be a burgeoning trend among thieves in Hong Kong. Call it smear-and-snatch.

Odds and Ends
CLEVELAND -- Attala Abboushi couldn't believe his eyes when he opened his store and saw legs dangling from the kitchen ceiling.

Braves' starters must go deep
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The situation couldn't be any clearer to Mike Hampton. If the Atlanta Braves' starters average seven or more innings this season, the team will play in October. He'll be watching the World Series on television if they don't.

Team overhaul brings new faces, lots of questions
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - If last weekend's fanfest at Turner Field is indicative of what is to come, this might be yet another surprising season for the Atlanta Braves.

Team overhaul brings new faces, lots of questions

Cingular priority: improving customer satisfaction
ATLANTA -- Cingular Wireless, a patchwork of smaller companies, is on the verge of becoming the nation's largest mobile phone provider with its planned purchase of AT&T Wireless, but the company must fix service problems if it wants to become an industry leader in its own right.

Local businessman keeps records spinning
Louis Hernandez adjusts the speed of Alan Andrews's turntable. Mr. Hernandez is one of the few audio repair specialists in Augusta .

White House retreats on predictions of new jobs this year
WASHINGTON -- The White House backed away Wednesday from its own prediction that the economy will add 2.6 million new jobs before the end of this year, saying the forecast was the work of number-crunchers and that President Bush was not a statistician.

Leading indicators rise in January, jobless claims down

Kermit, Miss Piggy joining Mickey Mouse at Disney
LOS ANGELES -- Kermit and Miss Piggy are joining Mickey and Minnie, capping a 14-year effort to bring the Muppets into the Walt Disney family.

Augusta's economy is languid

Bus offers job lessons

Kermit, Miss Piggy joining Mickey Mouse at Disney

Residential construction activity slows in January
WASHINGTON --The number of housing projects builders broke ground on in January declined by the largest amount in nearly a year as bad winter weather played havoc with construction activity.

Residential construction activity slows in January

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - The number of housing projects that builders began in January declined by the largest amount in nearly a year as bad winter weather played havoc with construction activity.

Maker of AstroTurf files for bankruptcy

Bus offers job lessons
Xavier Ozen is looking toward his future. The senior at T.W. Josey High School plans to study recording arts or computer animation at Full Sail Real World Education college in Winter Park, Fla. But a classroom education can only take him so far.

White House retreats on predictions of new jobs this year

Pocket change
An independent pharmacy and medical equipment retailer had its grand opening Thursday at the West Towne shopping center in Martinez.

Google expands Web index

Martha Stewart lawyer tries to head off securities-fraud charge
NEW YORK -- Prosecutors in the fraud case against Martha Stewart showed the jury a stock chart Wednesday in an attempt to prove that she propped up the price of her own company by lying to investors about her sale of ImClone Systems stock.

Local businessman keeps records spinning

Google expands Web index
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google Inc. and Yahoo! Inc. are revving up their online search engines as the once-friendly business partners shift gears and prepare for what promises to be a fierce rivalry.

Toy makers unveil toys that interact with TV

First Friday won't get extra security
Extra security is no longer in the plans for First Friday.

Martha Stewart lawyer tries to head off securities-fraud charge

Course assists owners
The challenges confronting people starting their own companies, some say, are compounded when they happen to be women or minorities with little experience at turning business models into money-making enterprises.

Course assists owners

Maker of AstroTurf files for bankruptcy
LEANDER, Texas -- The maker of AstroTurf has filed for bankruptcy protection and is going out of business, putting construction projects in limbo at athletic facilities across the country.

Former Enron CEO Skilling indicted
HOUSTON -- Former Enron Corp. chief executive Jeffrey Skilling was named in a 42-count indictment unsealed Thursday that accused him of participating in widespread schemes to mislead government regulators and investors about the company's earnings.

Augusta's economy is languid
ATLANTA - Many aspects of Augusta may be exciting, but not its economy.

Leading indicators rise in January, jobless claims down
NEW YORK -- A key economic forecasting gauge advanced a strong 0.5 percent in January, suggesting that the nation's economy will expand further in coming months.

Coca-Cola chaiman and CEO Doug Daft to retire, company says
ATLANTA -- Coca-Cola Co. chairman and chief executive Doug Daft said Thursday he plans to retire at the end of the year, citing his "own personal wishes."

Jobless claims fall sharply
WASHINGTON -- The number of people filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell sharply last week, offering hope that companies may be feeling better about business conditions and less inclined to hand out pink slips.

Deans Bridge store to close

Deans Bridge store to close
The Bi-Lo grocery store on Deans Bridge Road will close, possibly within a few weeks, sparking an outcry from Augusta Commissioner Bobby Hankerson, who has pledged to rally community members in his District 5 to fight the decision.

Pocket change

Former Enron CEO Skilling indicted

Jobless claims fall sharply

Toy makers unveil toys that interact with TV
NEW YORK -- The latest generation of high-tech toys has arrived. A miniature Batmobile can now rev its engine in sync with an animated version on TV, while a plush cat can sing along with a DVD or video.

Tigers end Wolfpack's winning ways
CLEMSON, S.C. - Maybe it was the hangover from upsetting the No. 1 team in the country three days earlier.

Clemson adds late signee
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson added one more football recruit to its class when defensive lineman Jacquez McKissic signed with the Tigers.

Tigers end Wolfpack's winning ways

Clemson shows signs of life in Purnell's first year

Clemson shows signs of life in Purnell's first year
CLEMSON, S.C. -- It's been a long, difficult season for first-year Clemson coach Oliver Purnell, accustomed to conference title races and NCAA tournament bubbles.

Female kicker reveals painful past to columnist

Town grapples with Colorado's recruiting scandal

Erk Russell cuts ties to Georgia Southern

Town grapples with Colorado's recruiting scandal
BOULDER, Colo. -- Nobel laureate Carl Wieman opened the newspaper and thought, "Not again." The University of Colorado's athletes were back in the news - and not just on the sports page.

Ex-players give support for Barnett
BOULDER, Colo. - A half-dozen former Colorado football players defended their suspended coach Thursday, saying he has provided discipline and morality amid accusations that recruits were lured with sex and alcohol.

Female kicker reveals painful past to columnist
DENVER - Katie Hnida came forward with her rape claim at great emotional cost, according to the writer who broke the story.

Ex-players give support for Barnett

Erk Russell cuts ties to Georgia Southern
STATESBORO, Ga. - Erk Russell, who built Georgia Southern into a NCAA Division I-AA football power, has cut ties to the school over the firing of his son.

LSU board approves Saban's $2.3 million contract
BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU football coach Nick Saban has signed a seven-year contract that guarantees him at least $2.3 million this year, grows by about $100,000 annually - and makes him the highest paid college football coach in the country, according to university officials.

Shine, Roland spark Aiken Tech to victory

Knight drops suit against Indiana

The state's failure
If it focused really hard, and mustered all of its official muscle, the state might be able to foul up its handling of the Augusta Youth Development Campus even more than it has.

Dean's rise & fall
Internet Deaniacs blame the media for the collapse of their dot.com presidential candidate. But they couldn't be more wrong.

The right to bother us?

Stay out of Haiti
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said this week, "There is frankly no enthusiasm right now to send in military or police forces to put down the violence" in Haiti.

The rest of the story

The state's failure

The right to bother us?
The war to win back your privacy isn't over, not by a long shot.

The rest of the story
Imagine a headline that said "Sheriff's officers make it to work Friday."

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

Standing ovations
The annual re-enactment of the Civil War's Battle of Aiken will be staged from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at a new location, Confederate Memorial Park, Powell Pond Road off South Carolina Highway 19, one mile south of Interstate 20.

People in the News
PITTSBURGH -- Lorin Maazel, music director of the New York Philharmonic and formerly of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, has canceled weekend appearances with the Pittsburgh orchestra due to an illness.

Actors unions agree to a one-year contract extension
LOS ANGELES -- The two unions representing movie and TV actors have agreed to a one-year extension of their current contract with studios that would give actors raises and the right to jointly bargain in the future.

Man pleads innocent to posting Oscar tapes on Internet
LOS ANGELES -- A man accused of helping to illegally post movies for Oscar screeners on the Internet has pleaded innocent to federal charges.

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

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

People in the News
WARSAW, Poland -- A new exhibit on the Jewish ghetto in the southern city of Krakow is scheduled to open this summer, with a grant of about $40,000 from Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation, a city official said Tuesday.

Classes teach art of Cajun dancing
Clapping, counting and patiently calling out steps, Peter Powlus, the Augusta Ballet's resident choreographer, watches as two lines of would-be dancers slide and shuffle through a simple two-step. Although far from the professionals Mr. Powlus usually works with, the assembled group quickly catches on to the dips and taps that give the dance its sense of movement.

Mortgage rates down again, lowest levels in 7 months
WASHINGTON -- Mortgage rates around the country dropped this week to their lowest levels in seven months, good news for prospective home buyers.

Stocks mixed on disappointing construction report
NEW YORK -- A drop in housing starts and a rally in the U.S. dollar on currency markets sent stocks lower Wednesday as the news gave investors an incentive to collect profits.

Mortgage rates down again, lowest levels in 7 months

Money funds rose in latest week

Money funds rose in latest week
NEW YORK -- Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds rose by $879.1 million in the latest week to $893.91 billion, the Investment Company Institute said Thursday.

Tech stocks lead late-day selloff
NEW YORK -- A late-day sellof in technology issues ahead of Hewlett-Packard Co.'s earnings led Wall Street lower Thursday, wiping out an advance attributed to solid earnings and economics news.

There are many tax credits to choose from

Dollar hits record low against euro; gold mixed in Europe

Tech stocks lead late-day selloff

Treasury to stop issuing 'HH' bonds
WASHINGTON -- The Treasury Department, citing high administrative costs and relatively low demand, said that later this year it will stop issuing new "HH" savings bonds, which pay interest to their owners semiannually.

Dollar hits record low against euro; gold mixed in Europe
LONDON -- The U.S. dollar sank to a record low against the euro and an 11-year low against the British pound in European trading Wednesday, but gained against the yen.

Stocks mixed on disappointing construction report

Fish ought to bite with warmth

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

Fish ought to bite with warmth
Augusta's Jim Murphy was driving on South Carolina Highway 28 past the Parksville cove early Tuesday afternoon when he spotted lots of action in that part of Strom Thurmond Lake.

Autumn fern thrives in shady landscapes
Gardeners are forever in search of ground covers or plants that will thrive in a landscape filled with trees (and tree roots) and shade.

Autumn fern thrives in shady landscapes

Lemon can be grown everywhere
No matter where you live, you can put in a planting of lemons. Not lemon trees, just lemons. (And I don't mean plants that are "lemons" in the sense of duds.)

Georgia Tech downs Maryland
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Georgia Tech solidified its standing in the upper tier of the Atlantic Coast Conference with an important win at an unlikely venue.

Georgia Tech can return favor
ATLANTA - Days after having a second Atlantic Coast Conference victory snatched from it, Georgia Tech is looking to steal something for itself tonight at Maryland.

Georgia Tech downs Maryland

Micheel, Maruyama share lead at Riviera

Micheel, Maruyama share lead at Riviera
LOS ANGELES -- PGA champion Shaun Micheel doesn't feel like a star, not with Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh in the Nissan Open, and certainly not in star-crazed Los Angeles.

Golf capsules
SHAH ALAM, Malaysia - Former Augusta State All-America Jamie Elson overcame the lingering effects of food poisioning to shoot 6-under-par 66 and share the first round lead in the Malaysian Open.

Playing golf, and life, from the rough all the time
He stood in the 18th fairway locked in a playoff and needing to airmail his golf ball 262 yards to clear a pond, which at that moment must have looked as wide to John Daly as the Pacific Ocean shining in the distance.

Hawks remain focused

Thrashers beat Senators in overtime
OTTAWA -- Shawn McEachern scored a power-play goal at 1:12 of overtime to give the Atlanta Thrashers a 3-2 comeback victory over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night.

Thrashers beat Senators in overtime

History reveals some school issues do change
We had a news story this week about the Richmond County School Board's plan to donate minutes of its old meetings to the Augusta Museum of History.

Up on the roof
A car balances on top of another after two-car accident at Columbia and Belair roads in Martinez Wednesday afternoon.

Soldiers return to fort
James Spruill (left) of the 63rd Signal Battalion embraces wife, Zerphlee, PFC, of the 442nd Signal Battalion, after a ceremony honoring the 63rd at Fort Gordon Thursday. The troops had participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Former academy founder sentenced for disorderly conduct
Pete Meadows, the founder of a Christian academy that recently closed in Augusta, was ordered by a judge this morning to serve probation and attend anger-management classes for swinging at a student's father last year.

We'll be voting for the lesser of two evils this November

Do the right thing - take care of pets
Finally, our long-awaited animal shelter is open, thanks to the vision and hard work of Dr. Bonnie Bragdon, the former veterinarian. Plaudits should also go to all the hard-working volunteers who spend their time and money to foster dogs and cats that have been so carelessly tossed out on the streets and at the shelter by their owners. Elfriede Howard, Augusta

Hope can help cancer patients live longer, better lives
As a medical oncologist participating in the care of patients with cancer, I was deeply troubled by your publication of the front-page news article, "Study says optimism is no help vs. cancer." Michael Shlaer, M.D., Augusta

Gun control myths

Gun control myths
I need to respond to Barbara Thurmond and the lies and myths that she regurgitates from the Brady Campaign and other anti-rights organizations in her Feb. 14 letter, "Georgia gun report card gets low marks." John Bryan, Wrens, Ga.

Do the right thing - take care of pets

Hope can help cancer patients live longer, better lives

Gibson film personifies love of Jesus
Kevin Fournier, a constitutional lawyer and author of seven books, was invited recently to a private viewing of Mel Gibson's film The Passion. The Rev. Michael Lubinsky, Augusta (Editor's note: The writer is the associate pastor of The Church of the Most Holy Trinity.)

Payday loan service wanted, needed
Thousands of working Georgians have an obvious need for the short-term financial relief that payday-advance services provide. The service is both wanted and needed. It is cheaper and less embarassing than bouncing a check. Penny Scoggins, Augusta

We'll be voting for the lesser of two evils this November
I read much concerning our military. We are at war, and it was my chosen profession some years ago. I am getting alarmed about funding and training being affected by politics. Walter T. Jennings Sr., Swainsboro, Ga.

Study suggests aspirin may lower risk of Hodgkin's disease

Gotta V-8? Americans again hungry for horsepower

New test shows promise at reducing unnecessary antibiotic use

Edgefield District jugs, jars are becoming prized pottery

Report: Bird flu detected in cat

Seniors far more likely to die in crashes, study says

Employees run into unwritten rule of the workplace: urinate on demand

Slaughterhouse owners: Holstein with mad cow was not lame

Researchers: New vaccine can stop lung cancer

Asia's human death toll from bird flu rises to 22

Study testing artificial blood without patients' consent

Health and fitness calendar

Flu vaccine tentatively set for next year

NASA will have space shuttle on standby for rescue mission

Seniors far more likely to die in crashes, study says
WASHINGTON -- Drivers in their late 50s and early 60s are among the safest on the roads, but motorists who reach retirement age are much more apt to get into an accident, a AAA study finds.

NASA will have space shuttle on standby for rescue mission
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- When shuttle flights resume, NASA will have a craft on standby for a rescue mission in case a crew ends up with a damaged ship and is stranded on the international space station.

Slaughterhouse owners: Holstein with mad cow was not lame
MOSES LAKE, Wash. -- Standing in front of their family business, the owners of a small slaughterhouse that killed a Holstein with the nation's first case of mad cow challenged the government's assertion the animal couldn't walk.

Edgefield District jugs, jars are becoming prized pottery
Cool to the touch and sturdy even after more than a century of use and disuse, the antebellum jugs and jars made in South Carolina's Edgefield District have become revered as prized collectibles.

Flu vaccine tentatively set for next year
WASHINGTON -- A Food and Drug Administration committee decided Thursday to add the flu strain that caused the most illnesses this year to next year's influenza vaccine.

Employees run into unwritten rule of the workplace: urinate on demand
Tom Smith worried he was in for trouble on a Wednesday morning last November, when a supervisor pulled the assembly line worker aside and told him to report to the factory nurse's station.

Researchers: New vaccine can stop lung cancer
DALLAS -- An experimental vaccine wiped out lung cancer in some patients and slowed its spread in others in a small but promising study, researchers say.

New test shows promise at reducing unnecessary antibiotic use
LONDON -- A blood test could help doctors determine whether antibiotics are needed for common respiratory infections and may reduce the over-prescribing that creates drug-resistant germs, new research suggests.

Study testing artificial blood without patients' consent
CHICAGO -- Paramedics are testing an experimental blood substitute on severely injured patients without their consent in an unusual study under way or proposed at 20 hospitals around the country.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403 and send e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Report: Bird flu detected in cat
BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand ordered an investigation Thursday into whether 196 cows died of bird flu as the virus was reportedly discovered in a house cat.

Living briefs
If your sweetheart were a type of chocolate, what type would he or she be? In a poll of 1,000 adults, sponsored by the Chocolate Manufacturers Association, most men and women said "hot chocolate" most aptly described their sweetheart, followed by "solid, plain chocolate."

Asia's human death toll from bird flu rises to 22
BANGKOK, Thailand -- Two 4-year-old boys became the latest victims of the bird flu virus sweeping Asia, bringing the human death toll to 22 on Wednesday.

Scientists puzzle over threadlike features on Mars
LOS ANGELES -- Some microscopic images of martian soil taken by NASA's Opportunity rover show puzzling threadlike features, but the shapes could be torn fabric from the air bags that cushioned the spacecraft during its rough landing, the mission's top scientist said Thursday.

Gotta V-8? Americans again hungry for horsepower
DETROIT -- Environmentally friendly cars may be hip, but souped-up V-8 engines are becoming more popular as Americans renew their love affair with horsepower.

Study suggests aspirin may lower risk of Hodgkin's disease
WASHINGTON -- Scientists have found a hint that regular aspirin use might lower the risk of Hodgkin's disease, but more research is needed to prove it.

Solid performance helps Augusta drop Florence
Like a thundering cloud of fury, the Augusta Lynx stormed the ice Thursday, sending forth a blizzard of goals leaving the Florence Pride lost in a drift.

Solid performance helps Augusta drop Florence

MOX plant will open as scheduled
AIKEN - A $1.6 billion nuclear fuel conversion plant to be built at the Savannah River Site will open on schedule despite an ongoing liability dispute between the United States and Russia, the U.S. secretary of energy said in a report to Congress.

News you can use
Feb. 19, 1903 AIKEN -The first case called in court yesterday morning was that of Lawrence Randall, charged with the murder of Arthur Weathersbee. The trial of this case occupied but a short time, and the jury, without leaving their seats, returned the verdict of "not guilty."

Poll finds no-call list is successful

Hunger drive praised for making difference
Something spooky has Evelyn Browne smiling these days.

Cuts turn away patients

More ice storm cleanup
Kenny Templeton, of Southern Roofing Co., replaces gutters on a 1920s-era house along Katherine Street. The gutters replaced Wednesday were damaged in the storm.

Labor union stands behind Kerry

Across South Carolina
WINNSBORO - Fairfield County deputies say they suspect foul play in the death of an 8-month-old girl.

Five doctors sentenced for improperly prescribing drugs

3 grades beat U.S. average
AIKEN - South Carolina pupils scored above average on a nationally standardized test of reading, language and math skills for the fourth year in a row, which educators say shows that the state's strict academic standards are working.

Across the area
A man whom authorities have charged in an accidental hunting shooting failed to appear in court Wednesday, and a man injured in the shooting has started to receive harassing phone calls from him, officials said.

Effort targets equity of law
ATLANTA - An Augusta lawmaker is picking up the fight to overhaul Georgia's child-support guidelines.

Law requires visible numbers on houses
Augusta's ambulances, firefighters and police are on the job 24 hours a day, waiting on calls for help.

Building a city from scratch
If children designed cities, fast-food restaurants might be built next to every home. All shopping centers, movie theaters and fire stations would end up in the middle of town.

Poll finds no-call list is successful
WASHINGTON - The government's do-not-call registry is a resounding success, according to an Associated Press poll that found three-quarters of the people who signed up reported fewer telemarketing calls.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT for the administration of Greenbrier High School who failed to report the rape charge at their school to the state of Georgia. That failure to report is itself a violation of law. "Oh, it was an error," they will argue. That claim doesn't fly in their assessments of students' rules violations. A thorough investigation should be done.

Education official is thinking of retiring

January ice storm tree losses top $95 million
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The ice storm that paralyzed much of the Midlands last month did more than $95 million of damages to the state's timber industry, the Forestry Commission reports.

Soldiers return to families' embrace

Five doctors sentenced for improperly prescribing drugs
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Five doctors have been sentenced to federal prison for a variety of charges stemming from an investigation of improperly prescribing narcotics.

Event date is set
Planning for the Boshears Skyfest 2004 event already has begun, and organizers say they hope a scheduling change this year will help boost the attraction.

State must decide whether to evict Morgan Island monkeys
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Almost two years ago, the state of South Carolina decided to evict thousands of rhesus monkeys from Morgan Island near Beaufort. But with a tight state budget, that could change.

DeMint launches campaign with city tours
AIKEN - America can't stop domestic job losses by shutting down free trade with China and other countries and raising protective tariffs, Rep. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., said Wednesday.

Study finds bingo in Santee could bring jobs, money
SANTEE, S.C. -- An economic impact study found that the Catawba Indian Nation's proposed high-stakes bingo hall in Santee could attract 2.5 million visitors a year and pump $74.4 million a year into the local economy.

Kid of the day

Families called up for home-front duty
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- A quarter-century after thinking diaper duty was over, Mike and Judy Griffin are back at it. But they wouldn't have it any other way.

January ice storm tree losses top $95 million

Saluda County sheriff switches to GOP
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Saluda County Sheriff Jason Booth switched to the Republican Party on Wednesday, saying the Democratic Party has become too liberal for him.

Across the area
A Grovetown man accused in the August death of a Columbia County teen entered a plea of innocence at his arraignment hearing Thursday.

Clemson president surprised with Order of Palmetto
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson University President James Barker has been awarded the Order of the Palmetto for being "an outstanding public servant."

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Two female koalas are making their new home in South Carolina's capital city.

Federal authorities arrest men acquitted in slaying of Sheriff-elect Derwin Brown
ATLANTA -- The men who were acquitted by a DeKalb County jury in the slaying of Sheriff-elect Derwin Brown were arrested by federal authorities Wednesday in connection with the case, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

News you can use
FEB. 20, 1913 If chicken thieves have invaded your premises and "went South" with some of your cherished fowls, you may be able to regain your property by applying at police headquarters and giving a full description of the plumage, etc., of your lost birds. Just a whit of information can be gleaned from this article, and that is they are hens and fat ones, at that. So, when you inquire of the desk sergeant, be sure that the ones you have lost are hens.

Bill introduced to remove state power to ban crabbing
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- A bill has been introduced into the state legislature to remove the authority of the Department of Natural Resources from being able to impose crabbing bans.

Peach State has visit from two favorites

Good manners group hands out awards
JASPER, Ga. -- When a 13-year-old singer forgot the words to The Star-Spangled Banner, Portland Trail Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks stepped to her side and guided her through the song.

Former academy founder sentenced for disorderly conduct

Senate tweaks map plan
ATLANTA -- A Senate committee wasted little time approving a revised political map for the chamber Wednesday, setting up a Friday vote in the full Senate.

Center director to retire

Cuts turn away patients
Kenneth Musick's pale, gaunt face hovered like a ghost above the couch in his darkened living room. He had already lost most of his left lung to a vicious fungal infection and recently began coughing up blood again, a sign his aspergillosis might have returned.

Accident aftermath
Erika Moore, center, is treated by paramedics after she was involved in a two car accident at the intersection of 15th St. and Walton Way Thursday February 20, 2004.

Jumping for health
Bel Air Elementary third-grader Raul Gatewood jumps the hurdles during Wednesday's Jump Rope for Heart event in Martinez, Georgia. Pupils participated in hurdles, hop scotch and basketball contests.

Senate tweaks map plan

News you can use

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The men who were acquitted by a DeKalb County jury in the slaying of Sheriff-elect Derwin Brown were arrested by federal authorities Wednesday in connection with the case, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Augusta's economy is languid
ATLANTA - Many aspects of Augusta may be exciting, but not its economy.

Edwards, Sharpton to speak at forum
Two Democratic presidential candidates still in the race and scheduled to be on Georgia ballots in early March have confirmed their appearances at a local forum later this month, an organizer said Wednesday.

Police net suspected dealers at stadium
STATESBORO, Ga. - Police arrested 47 suspected drug dealers in a roundup Wednesday that turned Georgia Southern University's football stadium into a temporary holding cell.

Growers cut their losses
AIKEN - South Carolina timber farmers lost an estimated $95.8 million in last month's ice storm, South Carolina Forestry Commission officials said Wednesday.

Dean ends presidential campaign

Cemetery fight pushes forward
The long process to get a veterans cemetery for the Augusta area is still moving along, albeit slowly, Augusta's mayor told a group of veterans Wednesday night.

Education official is thinking of retiring
Superintendent Charles Larke is eyeing a retirement date of 2007.

Event date is set

Roadwork at dawn
As the sun rises over the Bobby Jones overpass, construction workers from Roger's Bridge Co., Inc. along the Laney-Walker Blvd Ext. Thursday morning continue to prepare the bridge for pouring concrete.

Up on the roof

Treasurer pleads guilty, avoids jail
An Evans woman who admitted stealing nearly $80,000 from the Windmill Home Owners Association avoided jail time at her sentencing hearing Thursday.

House restores cuts, funds several projects

Cuts make job tougher
Twelve months after Augusta Regional Airport started random vehicle checks, no emergencies have been reported, screeners have been cut, and apprehension seems to fluctuate with the national terrorism alert color code, officials say.

Edwards, Sharpton to speak at forum

Soldiers return to families' embrace
Sitting next to his wife in Fort Gordon's Gym 3 on Thursday, Staff Sgt. Antonio Lindo recounted how, through almost a year in Iraq, he kept her close to his heart.

Center director to retire
The longtime director of an Augusta center that helps the disabled will be retiring from her position next week, but she said it is certainly not goodbye.

Mother of six charged in death of healthy infant
A Burke County woman has been charged in the death of her infant son, according to Waynesboro police.

Families called up for home-front duty

Walker will run despite map change
Former state Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker vows he will run for his old 22nd District seat despite the proposed new map that has him in Sen. Don Cheeks' predominantly white 23rd District.

Across the area

Home invader leaves 72-year-old injured
An elderly Augusta resident reported that he was the victim of a home invasion early Wednesday morning.

Across the area

House restores cuts, funds several projects
ATLANTA - The House on Wednesday used "found money" from a fee on nursing homes to restore some of Gov. Sonny Perdue's recommended midyear budget cuts and to fund projects that weren't in the governor's spending plan.

Just hanging around
Jason Sanders, 8, of North Augusta, hangs out at Creighton Park in North Augusta Thursday February 19, 2004.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Angelica Harris, 6, of Augusta.

Cheek arrives for his jail day
Commissioner Andy Cheek reports at 9 a.m. today to serve a day in jail for driving drunk and wrecking his vehicle on the night of the ice storm.

Police net suspected dealers at stadium

Schools hope to get money
Local school officials are hopeful the state's $179 million bookkeeping error could ease their systems' budgetary problems.

Home invader leaves 72-year-old injured

Workers cut from lake maintenance company
The Alabama-based company that holds a $3.8-million-a-year maintenance contract for Thurmond Lake's parks and campgrounds is cutting 26 people from its local work force.

Building a city from scratch

Panels delay votes on new legislation
ATLANTA - Both the House and Senate Higher Education committees Thursday began considering legislation aimed at saving the HOPE Scholarship program, but the two panels delayed final votes on the bills.

Saluda County sheriff switches to GOP

Condon's RV hits spending
AIKEN - The Savannah River Site is vital to national security and the hunt for new missions for the federal nuclear reservation has been undercut by wasteful federal spending, Republican U.S. Senate candidate and former state attorney general Charlie Condon said Thursday.

Mother of six charged in death of healthy infant

Study shows fake medicine can work if patients believe
WASHINGTON - Just thinking a medicine will make you feel better might make it work - even if it's fake, according to new research examining the placebo effect.

Dean ends presidential campaign

Across Georgia
STATHAM - A Michigan company is buying a Kellogg packaging plant in northeast Georgia but isn't making any promises about the future of the 244 workers.

Clemson president surprised with Order of Palmetto

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT for the administration of Greenbrier High School who failed to report the rape charge at their school to the state of Georgia. That failure to report is itself a violation of law. "Oh, it was an error," they will argue. That claim doesn't fly in their assessments of students' rules violations. A thorough investigation should be done.

Accident aftermath

Across South Carolina

Condon's RV hits spending

DeMint launches campaign with city tours

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

State must decide whether to evict Morgan Island monkeys

Study shows fake medicine can work if patients believe

Law requires visible numbers on houses

Cuts make job tougher

More ice storm cleanup

Police say inmate broke guard's nose

Walker will run despite map change

News you can use

Jumping for health

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Jhihad Amari Outlaw Young of Augusta

Growers cut their losses

Police say inmate broke guard's nose
A mentally ill 19-year-old deemed too violent to be housed at the Augusta YDC broke a guard's nose four days after being returned to juvenile authorities from the Richmond County jail, according to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Bill introduced to remove state power to ban crabbing

Kid of the Day

Faith and fury propel Mel Gibson's 'The Passion of the Christ'
LOS ANGELES -- It's a clash of power, religion and history more fit for the apocalyptic Book of Revelation than the pages of Variety.

Little films can be big hits
Size, cinematically speaking, isn't everything. Last week, I ran down a list of big movies. Well, movies with big in the title. This week it's the other side of the coin - the little movie. These films are not necessarily small in stature. In fact, some were produced with a fairly sizable budget. What they share is a willingness to celebrate the petite, to pay homage to all things itty-bitty.

'Friedmans' victims ask Academy to deny documentary Oscar

At the Movies: 'Against the Ropes'

At the Movies: 'Eurotrip'
"Eurotrip" has no right to be anything but Eurotrash. How surprising, then, that this formless, shapeless bit of drivel actually manages a few fresh laughs.

At the Movies: 'Eurotrip'

At the Movies: 'Against the Ropes'
Picture Meg Ryan strutting around in Julia Roberts' "Erin Brockovich" hand-me-downs and you'll have a good idea of what "Against the Ropes" is like.

At the Movies: 'Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen'

New Oscar rules mute bad blood, but campaigning frenzy remains
LOS ANGELES -- Academy Awards overseers were hoping for a kinder, gentler buildup to the Oscars. So far, their wish has been granted, with none of the shady campaigning that has sullied recent Hollywood awards seasons.

Viet Nam war decisions explained in 'The Fog of War'

At the Movies: 'Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen'
Punishment and penance usually follow confession. The people behind "Confessions of a Drama Queen" need to schedule a long day of atonement for the mess they've wrought with this girl-power comedy.

Faith and fury propel Mel Gibson's 'The Passion of the Christ'

Viet Nam war decisions explained in 'The Fog of War'
NEW YORK -- If you don't like Robert S. McNamara - if you still harbor decades-old animosity from when he helped engineer the Vietnam War - anything the former defense secretary says now will sound like an evasion or an excuse, says filmmaker Errol Morris.

At the Movies: 'Eurotrip'

At the Movies: 'Welcome to Mooseport'
"Welcome to Mooseport" is the Howard Dean of Hollywood, holding all the cards to succeed, then stumbling and tumbling when show time arrives.

New Oscar rules mute bad blood, but campaigning frenzy remains

At the Movies: 'Welcome to Mooseport'

Mini reviews

'Friedmans' victims ask Academy to deny documentary Oscar
NEW YORK -- Two men whom Jesse Friedman pleaded guilty to sexually abusing as boys have written an open letter to Academy Awards voters, speaking out against the Oscar-nominated documentary about the Friedman family.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Tuesday.

Little films can be big hits

Jones album has best first-week sales for an act since 2001

Singer finds grass-roots success after leaving major-label band
Former Buckcherry frontman Josh Todd readily admits he scoured the want ads after leaving the successful Los Angeles-based hard rock band.

Singer finds grass-roots success after leaving major-label band

Jones album has best first-week sales for an act since 2001
NEW YORK -- Norah Jones' "Feels Like Home," the follow-up to her multiplatinum, Grammy-winning debut album, has sold over 1 million copies in its first week, the highest sales debut for an album since 2001.

NASCAR coming events

NASCAR newsmaker

Now let's see how good Junior really is

NASCAR newsmaker
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - Six years to the day after his father won his first and only Daytona 500, Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his first 500 Sunday at the Daytona International Speedway. The third generation driver stopped long enough to talk about the victory means to him and how it changes the way he looks at stock car racing.

NASCAR coming events
The next big event is the Subway 400 (race 2 of 36) with the NASCAR Nextel Nextel Cup Series.

NASCAR notes
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - The end of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s whirlwind media tour in New York Tuesday was a visit to Late Night with David Letterman. It may have been the best appearance in a day that started before sunrise at NBC's The Today Show and included stops at Live with Regis and Kelly and CNN.

Now let's see how good Junior really is
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. is coming off his first victory in the Daytona 500, proving he's close to unbeatable in restrictor-plate races.

Duncan, Spurs topple Toronto
TORONTO - Tim Duncan scored 26 points and tied a season-high with 21 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs won their sixth straight, 86-82 over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

Hawks quickly unload Wallace

Baker clears waivers, Celtics terminate his contract

Hawks quickly unload Wallace
DETROIT -- Rasheed Wallace is headed to the Detroit Pistons, who only had to give up reserves and draft picks to land the frontcourt scorer they coveted.

Baker clears waivers, Celtics terminate his contract
BOSTON -- Vin Baker's short, disappointing stay with the Boston Celtics may be over.

Shine, Roland spark Aiken Tech to victory
LANGLEY - Aiken Tech freshman guard Darrin Shine instructed Calvin Roland to run with him in transition this season. For the 6-10 sophomore Aiken Tech center, the move has paid off.

Knight drops suit against Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS -- Bob Knight dropped his breach-of-contract lawsuit against Indiana University almost four years after being fired as its basketball coach.

Dungy voices support for expanding NFL interview rule

Vick's brother is arrested

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Greek military special forces hold Olympic drill

Greek military special forces hold Olympic drill
FLEVES, Greece -- Members of an elite Greek Navy unit held a security drill Wednesday to prepare for the upcoming Olympics, the first exercise involving military troops.

Overtime

Overtime

Netherlands edges out the United States in soccer action
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Playing with a full-strength team for the first time since last year's World Cup, the United States lost to the Netherlands 1-0 in an exhibition game Wednesday night as Arjen Robben scored in the 56th minute.

Overtime
The Augusta Chronicle requests that coaches and athletic directors fax in schedules for the spring sports season for the daily calendar.

Overtime
Aiken's Dogwood Stable retired Summer Squall from stud duty at age 17 due to problems with infertility.

Labor union stands behind Kerry
WASHINGTON - Divided for much of the political season, organized labor got behind the candidacy of Democratic front-runner John Kerry on Thursday, with the president of the AFL-CIO proclaiming that it was time "to unite behind one man, one leader, one candidate."

Dean ends presidential campaign
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Howard Dean, bowing to the political realities of a 17-contest losing streak, ended his Democratic presidential campaign Wednesday but promised to keep his "campaign for change" alive while supporting his party's eventual nominee.

President's allies eager to fight back
President Bush's anxious allies say election-year criticism has undercut his standing with the American public - and they want to start fighting back.

Peach State has visit from two favorites
ATLANTA - A dozen days before Georgia's presidential primary, the campaigns for the two leading Democrats rolled into the state and began collecting endorsements and money.

Hawks remain focused
On the first day of practice this year, Washington County coach Rufus McDuffie faced his team and gave the Golden Hawks his ultimate goal: a Class AAA state title.

Dungy voices support for expanding NFL interview rule
INDIANAPOLIS -- Tony Dungy thinks minority candidates need more chances - and not just as coaches.

Vick's brother is arrested
Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick was arrested Tuesday and accused of serving alcohol to three underage girls in his apartment and having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

Tribute artist tenacious in quest

Southern Baptist committee votes to withdraw from worldwide group
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The executive committee of the Southern Baptist Convention voted Tuesday to withdraw from the Baptist World Alliance, saying it has become too liberal and advocates "aberrant and dangerous theologies."

Tribute artist tenacious in quest
Matthew Spalding is no quitter. As far as competing in Augusta as an Elvis tribute artist is concerned, though, you also can't call the 31-year-old Carrollton, Ga., resident a winner.

A home can complicate your income taxes
WASHINGTON -- Energized by the lowest mortgage interest rates in more than 40 years, home sales and refinanced loans moved at a record pace last year. The bustling mortgage activity means more taxpayers must master the complex rules that help homeowners win big tax advantages.

There are many tax credits to choose from
WASHINGTON -- Saving for retirement? Sending a child to college? Paying steep medical bills? Tax laws offer an almost dizzying array of tax-advantaged accounts and credits that can help you meet those goals.

Bill Moyers is leaving PBS to write LBJ book
NEW YORK -- Bill Moyers, whose weekly magazine "Now" on PBS has capped a 30-year career in TV journalism, is leaving the broadcast after the November elections.

'Stuttering John' to take over 'Tonight Show' announcing duties
WASHINGTON -- Jay Leno's new announcer on NBC's "The Tonight Show" will be "Stuttering" John Melendez from Howard Stern's radio show, a spokeswoman said.

Conan O'Brien offers his apology to offended French Canadians
NEW YORK -- Talk show host Conan O'Brien apologized Wednesday for offending any French Canadians during his NBC show's visit to Toronto last week, but not before trying to wring some laughs out of the flap.

Rankings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Feb. 9-15. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

Discovery Channel revs up with 'American Hot Rod'
LA HABRA, Calif. -- Spinning off its "Monster Garage" and "American Chopper" successes, the Discovery Channel is revving up yet another testosterone-injected show, "American Hot Rod."

"Fear Factor" helps NBC to solid week in youthful demographic
NEW YORK -- Tanks filled with tarantulas and swarming rats on "Fear Factor" were a winning formula for NBC, which had its best ratings week of the year in the demographic it cares about.

Bill Moyers is leaving PBS to write LBJ book

'Stuttering John' to take over 'Tonight Show' announcing duties

"Fear Factor" helps NBC to solid week in youthful demographic

Rankings for basic cable networks

Discovery Channel revs up with 'American Hot Rod'

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Classes teach art of Cajun dancing

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Man pleads innocent to posting Oscar tapes on Internet

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Actors unions agree to a one-year contract extension

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Georgia pledges to boost security
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia vowed to tighten security at Stegeman Coliseum, where Florida's top player and athletic director had problems after students stormed the court for the second straight basketball game.

Jekyll and Hyde Bulldogs hoping for tourney berth
ATHENS, Ga. - A team that was routed at home by Winthrop - not to mention scored 42 points in one game, 39 in another - actually has hopes of playing in the NCAA tournament.

Georgia pledges to boost security

Top acts, audiences elude venues
Augusta's one-two venue punch of the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center and Bell Auditorium have recently seen a spate of cancellations and postponements. The C-list Circus Matrix pulled out due to a lack of ticket sales, as did R&B legend Bobby Womack, and a gospel music show, featuring Sandi Patty and Chandra Pierce rescheduled due to illness.

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Coins, necklaces and needles found in patient's belly