Father of British Pop Art gets show at Yale museum
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The candy-colored universe of 1960s London is groovin' at the Yale Center for British Art with an exhibit by the father of British Pop Art, Richard Hamilton.

Storyland Theatre production blends suitors and swords

Novelist, 77, enjoys notoriety of being the Gerber Baby
TAMPA, Fla. -- The urban legend about the famous Gerber Baby goes something like this: The cherubic image on the labels was actually a diaper-clad Humphrey Bogart, sketched lovingly by his artist mom.

Father of British Pop Art gets show at Yale museum

Novelist, 77, enjoys notoriety of being the Gerber Baby

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.

After whirlwind offseason, Barrett settling in with Cubs
MESA, Ariz. -- There were a couple of days last December when Michael Barrett wondered where he'd catch on.

Schilling started it up
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In Curt Schilling's mind, this revved-up round of the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry started with him.

Schilling started it up

After whirlwind offseason, Barrett settling in with Cubs

History reveals some school issues do change

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

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
PORTALES, N.M. -- Talk about your bird's-eye view of a sporting event.

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.

Braves' prized catch

Braves' prized catch
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The last time he was in the National League, he was an incomplete pitcher expecting a fastball and slider would be enough to get hitters out.

Higher energy costs lift consumer prices by 0.5 percent
WASHINGTON -- Sharply higher costs for gasoline and other energy products pushed consumer prices in January up by 0.5 percent, the largest increase in nearly a year.

Leading indicators rise in January, jobless claims down

Airline to grow in local region

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.

Higher energy costs lift consumer prices by 0.5 percent

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.

Economists try to mute fears after increase in energy costs
WASHINGTON - The biggest jump in energy costs since the start of the Iraq war stung motorists and people heating their homes in January.

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.

CEO's decision to retire sends Coke shares down

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

Club Car unveils new vehicle

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.

Business briefs
Shapiro Packing Co. said Friday it will lay off a little less than half its 580 workers because of a sharp drop in business caused by the current mad-cow disease scare. Shapiro said it expects to hire the workers back if conditions improve.

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."

Club Car unveils new vehicle
Club Car's entry into the four-wheeldrive utility vehicle market, the XRT, aims to make rough-riding a breeze, even for tenderfoots.

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.

Prosecution rests at trial of Martha Stewart, broker

Former Enron CEO Skilling indicted

Pocket change

Prosecution rests at trial of Martha Stewart, broker
NEW YORK -- The government rested its case against Martha Stewart and her stockbroker Friday, after a critical prosecution witness wavered slightly about testimony that had damaged the homemaking mogul.

Deans Bridge store to close

CEO's decision to retire sends Coke shares down
ATLANTA - Shares of Coca-Cola Co. fell in early trading Friday after the surprise disclosure a day earlier that Chairman and chief executive Doug Daft plans to retire at the end of 2004. The beverage giant is looking inside and outside its ranks for a successor.

Jobless claims fall sharply

Bridgestone reports rise in numbers
TOKYO - Tiremaker Bridgestone Corp. said Friday its profit nearly doubled in 2003 as sales rose in Europe and payments related to a massive U.S. tire recall three years ago declined.

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.

Officials to guard area jobs
Government officials assured women employed by the federal government that preserving the Savannah River Site and Fort Gordon were on their priority lists.

Business briefs

Airline to grow in local region
Independence Air, a new low-fare air carrier set to start up as early as this summer in some markets, is considering dozens of cities for service.

Bus offers job lessons

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.

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.

Cabral introduced as Colorado's interim head coach
BOULDER, Colo. -- Brian Cabral took over as interim head football coach at Colorado on Friday, pending the outcome of an investigation into a recruiting scandal that includes allegations of rape.

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.

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.

Ex-players give support for Barnett

Transcripts: Alabama, NCAA differ widely on booster's influence
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The NCAA withheld information from Alabama during its investigation of Crimson Tide football partly because it felt university officials were "overmatched" by booster Logan Young, according to a transcript of the university's hearing before the Committee on Infractions.

Alabama begins first spring under Shula
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama will have to cope with a smidgen of upheaval when spring practice begins on Saturday, but it will all be on the field instead of the sideline.

Transcripts: Alabama, NCAA differ widely on booster's influence

Cabral introduced as Colorado's interim head coach

Deadline for Colorado's recruiting probe looming
DENVER - The committee investigating the athletics scandal at Colorado is going to have to move fast.

Brown deflates Penn win streak

Stanford pulls off escape act

Baylor proves detractors wrong

Auburn faces string of ranked opponents, including Kentucky, to end regular season

Trashing the law

Eyes to the skies
Heard the old saying that everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it?

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

The rest of the story

A 'Spooky' reward
Evelyn Browne believes that Big Changes Start Small - also the name of the charitable organization she founded in Columbia County and has headed since 1995.

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.

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.

Trashing the law
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is having a gay old time letting thousands of same-sex couples get "married" in city hall. He self-righteously told The New York Times, "Most politicians don't get away with doing the right thing at a time when society is not necessarily unanimously ready for that."

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.

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.

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.

Video best
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine.

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.

Casino might face fines for possible special treatment
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri casino faces a possible $50,000 fine for allegedly giving the rapper Nelly special treatment.

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.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- After high-profile romances with rockers Tommy Lee and Kid Rock, Pamela Anderson is happily single - and says being a full-time mom dominates her life.

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.

Greenspan speech does little to stop stock slide
NEW YORK -- Wall Street tried but failed to overcome disappointment over a jump in inflation Friday, closing moderately lower despite assurances by Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan that the job market will indeed improve. The major indexes all ended the week with losses, and the Nasdaq composite index was down for the fifth straight week.

Greenspan speech does little to stop stock slide

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.

There are many tax credits to choose from

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.

Money funds rose in latest week

Tech stocks lead late-day selloff

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.

Mortgage rates down again, lowest levels in 7 months

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.

Fish ought to bite with warmth

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.)

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

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 downs Maryland

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.

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.

Judge: Irish golf club discriminating against women

Leaders familiar at Riviera, but not the scores

Weir, Maruyama share lead; Daly continues strong play

Judge: Irish golf club discriminating against women
DUBLIN, Ireland -- One of Ireland's top golf courses is discriminating against women by refusing to let them join the club, a Dublin court ruled Friday.

Leaders familiar at Riviera, but not the scores
LOS ANGELES -- Mike Weir's victory last year at Riviera was no fluke.

Weir, Maruyama share lead; Daly continues strong play
LOS ANGELES - Mike Weir's victory last year at Riviera was no fluke.

No. 4 Washington County pulls off upset

Prep basketball scores

Lady Wildcats too much for Lady Raiders

Hawks remain focused

Zetterberg, Detroit get best of St. Louis

Flyers' Roenick will have more tests for concussion
VOORHEES, N.J. - Philadelphia Flyers All-Star center Jeremy Roenick is undergoing more tests for a severe concussion, one week after getting hit by a puck and breaking his jaw.

Thrashers beat Senators in overtime

Zetterberg, Detroit get best of St. Louis
DETROIT - Henrik Zetterberg had two power-play goals and an assist and the Detroit Red Wings beat the St. Louis Blues 5-1 Friday night.

Flyers' Roenick will have more tests for concussion

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.

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.

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.

Comparing Americans to terrorists ignorant

Comparing Americans to terrorists ignorant
Regarding your Feb. 17 editorial, "Two wars at once": William Sansbury, Augusta

Dems question Bush's service - what about Kerry's?
Democrats have been so involved in silliness, questioning President George W. Bush's National Guard service, that I think it is only fair that we have a look at "self proclaimed" hero Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. Are we to just take it on good faith that his service was as "heroic" as he and his public relations people and Democrats say it was? Robert Smock, Hephzibah, Ga.

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

First Friday events need promotion
Why is there no promotion of the First Friday events anymore? Look in the entertainment section, in the Applause section, you say? Well, it was not there either. Janice McNair, 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.

Hope can help cancer patients live longer, better lives

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

Computerized calorie plan builds on government's food pyramid

Smart new products prove instant messaging is a killer app

Gotta V-8? Americans again hungry for horsepower

Study testing artificial blood without patients' consent

Report: Bird flu detected in cat

NASA will have space shuttle on standby for rescue mission

Mysteries of sleep studied

Researchers: New vaccine can stop lung cancer

Flu vaccine tentatively set for next year

Slaughterhouse owners: Holstein with mad cow was not lame

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.

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.

Mysteries of sleep studied
Frank Knower knew something was wrong when he kept having conversations with co-workers and later couldn't remember a thing that was said. He couldn't even remember what he'd said.

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.

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.

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.

Computerized calorie plan builds on government's food pyramid
WASHINGTON -- The government's Food Guide Pyramid cannot cover everyone, so federal dietary planners want people to build their own version.

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.

Smart new products prove instant messaging is a killer app
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Spawned by the popularity of instant messaging buddy lists, a new technology trend known as "presence" is all about making people aware that you're available.

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.

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.

Solid performance helps Augusta drop Florence

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

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.

Kid of the day

Re-enactment keeps authenticity

EOC report finds unfair questions on high school exam

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.

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.

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.

Judge orders man who sells urine immediately to prison
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- A man who has spent years selling urine as a protest against what he says are the erosion of privacy rights was sent to prison on Friday.

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.

Cancelled St. Pat's party on again after Savannah spat

Public barred from forum
White House efforts to improve understanding of the Patriot Act and other federal initiatives came to Augusta on Friday at a one-day forum.

City party survives toilet feud
SAVANNAH, Ga. - For Mayor Otis Johnson, it was the sort of news Savannah couldn't afford: Portable Toilet Spat Cancels St. Patrick's Party.

'See Rock City' painter Byers dies
ATLANTA - Clark Byers, who braved charging bulls, slippery roofs and lightning bolts to paint "See Rock City" on barns across the South for three decades, died this week. He was 89.

High school's top post stays unfilled
AIKEN - The Edgefield County school board is still searching for a new principal for its lone high school after rejecting Superintendent Sharon Keesley's recommendation in a vote that broke along racial lines, school officials said Friday.

Panel's fiscal plan draws criticism
COLUMBIA - The House Ways and Means Committee has tied the State Election Commission's budget during this major election year to selling cars, land and buildings; cracking down on tax scofflaws; and raiding a fund that helps injured workers.

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.

Interim coroner is named
AIKEN -South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford appointed Aiken County Reserve Deputy Coroner Robert Haythorn as the countys interim corner Friday, denying the late Sue Townsend's request that her chief deputy, Tim Carlton, be named to the temporary post.

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

Cancelled St. Pat's party on again after Savannah spat
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- For Mayor Otis Johnson, it was the sort of news Savannah couldn't affort: Portable Toilet Spat Cancels St. Patrick's Party.

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.

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.

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.

Coach is sent to anger classes
Pete Meadows, a longtime successful area baseball coach and the founder of a Christian academy in Augusta that recently closed, was ordered Friday to serve probation and attend anger-management classes for swinging at a pupil's father last year.

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

Across the area

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.

Public barred from forum

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

Beagle gets a second chance
DULUTH, Ga. - A young beagle is being called the "miracle pup" after the dog woke up from a coma even though he had been presumed dead.

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.

Cleanup crews still collecting storm debris
If Augusta cleanup crews haven't been to your neighborhood to haul away debris left from a January ice storm, be patient. They're on their way, says the city's public works director.

Across the area

In for the long haul
Sean Tharpe prepares to move his 36-foot houseboat that he recently acquired. He removed the top deck and will take it to his shop on North Belair Road for restoration. The houseboat was pulled from the Savannah River on Wednesday.

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.

Education panel calls for exit exam changes
COLUMBIA - An exam high school students must pass before graduating asks some unfair questions that should be eliminated or replaced before the next round of students takes the test in April, the Education Oversight Committee says.

EOC report finds unfair questions on high school exam
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- An exam high school students must pass before graduating asks some unfair questions that should be eliminated or replaced before the next round of students takes the test in April, the Education Oversight Committee says.

Report says Atlanta underreported crimes to help land 1996 Olympics
ATLANTA -- Atlanta underreported crimes for years to help land the 1996 Olympics and pump up tourism, according to an audit commissioned by police and released Friday.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Payton Amy Searcy, 2, of Gibson, Ga.

Panel's fiscal plan draws criticism
COLUMBIA - The House Ways and Means Committee has tied the State Election Commission's budget during this major election year to selling cars, land and buildings; cracking down on tax scofflaws; and raiding a fund that helps injured workers.

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

Man is convicted in robbery spree

High school's top post stays unfilled

Edwards rally shows scant sign of crucial black support
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- When Diane Bush took the stage to introduce Sen. John Edwards to a cheering crowd of more than 300 in oak-shaded Johnson Square, she quickly realized only a handful of other blacks were there.

Sanford signs first new laws of 2004

Sanford signs first new laws of 2004
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Gov. Mark Sanford signed into law this week a bill that restructures the state's Public Service Commission and how its commissioners are elected.

Beagle gets a second chance

News you can use

News you can use
Feb. 21, 1923 There will be an important meeting at 12:30 o'clock today in the office of the Board of Commerce when the matter of the Fure Ferry Road and the purchase of the ferry, itself, will be discussed. This meeting was arranged on Monday when Secretary Spencer Hart, of the Augusta Board of Commerce, and District Engineer William Greenslade went to McCormick and conferred with citizens and officials of that county.

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.

Grocery store's close draws protest

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

Senate OKs new district map

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.

Students share culture at show
Louisa Hackens stepped on the Greenbrier High School stage, fluffed her blonde hair and with a wink gave the "call me" motion to the audience.

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.

Public barred from forum

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Man is convicted in robbery spree
In between robbing convenience stores, an armed Craig Pilcher confronted a Partridge Inn manager in the hotel parking garage, demanding the man get on his knees.

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.

Interim coroner is named

Accident aftermath

Forestry Commission comes out to celebrate Arbor Day

Kid of the Day

Education panel calls for exit exam changes

Study shows fake medicine can work if patients believe

Report says Atlanta underreported crimes to help land 1996 Olympics

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

Across Georgia

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.

Change to map benefits Brush
A voting map approved Friday by the state Senate drastically changes the boundaries for one Columbia County legislator.

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.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - A man who has spent years selling urine to people as a protest against what he says are the erosion of privacy rights was sent to prison Friday.

Labor union stands behind Kerry

Senate OKs new district map
ATLANTA - A Senate redistricting proposal that could change the candidates on voters' ballots and the political fortunes of incumbents passed the Republican-controlled Senate after three hours of oft-times partisan debate Friday.

Condon's RV hits spending

MCG to pay for man's CT scan
Kenneth Murchison turned down a CT scan at Medical College of Georgia Hospital last week when he learned it would cost him $900. Now, he doesn't have to worry about that.

Peach State has visit from two favorites

Grocery store's close draws protest
Neighborhood supermarkets have gotten downright hard to come by in south Augusta, 20-year resident Randolph Wade Jr. said Friday afternoon outside the Bi-Lo grocery store on Deans Bridge Road.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across Georgia
BRUNSWICK - Responding to pressure from Georgia's commercial crabbers and lawmakers, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources has relaxed its ban on the harvest of blue crabs in March.

Education official is thinking of retiring

Doctors get grant for cancer research
It's jiggly and translucent and sometimes full of marshmallows. But the ingredient that gels in Jell-O - pectin - is also a nifty cancer killer.

Former academy founder sentenced for disorderly conduct

Across the area
Augusta Commission member Andy Cheek checked into the Richmond County jail Friday morning to serve a sentence for drunk driving, jail records state.<

Cuts make job tougher

Schools to get new principals
New principals will be named for five Richmond County schools next week, including a replacement for Dr. Dorothy Gandy, who brought both controversy and accolades in her three years at A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet High School.

Soldiers return to families' embrace

Re-enactment keeps authenticity
AIKEN - The troops in Blue and Gray who will charge and skirmish through the smoke and dust today and Sunday to re-enact one of the last Confederate victories, pride themselves on authenticity - from the slouch of their hats and caps to the battle-grimed buttons on their shoes.

Schools to get new principals
New principals will be named for five Richmond County schools next week, including a replacement for Dr. Dorothy Gandy, who brought both controversy and accolades in her three years at A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet High School.

Forestry Commission comes out to celebrate Arbor Day
Nicole Ward, 11, receives a free Dogwood seedling Friday from Katie Myszka with the Georgia Forestry Commission during Augusta Arbor Day Celebration 2004 at Pendleton King Park.

Poll finds no-call list is successful

Edwards rally shows scant sign of crucial black support

Police say inmate broke guard's nose

Public barred from forum
White House efforts to improve understanding of the Patriot Act and other federal initiatives came to Augusta on Friday at a one-day forum.

Center director to retire

Schools to get new principals

News you can use

Doctors get grant for cancer research

Change to map benefits Brush

City party survives toilet feud

At the Movies: 'Against the Ropes'

At the Movies: 'Eurotrip'

Little films can be big hits

Mini reviews

Comic geek will realize dream with new movie
LOS ANGELES - Kevin Smith is creating new buzz around The Green Hornet. The filmmaker behind Chasing Amy, Dogma and the upcoming Jersey Girl will write and direct a film about the masked crimefighter and his martial-arts sidekick, Kato.

At the Movies: 'Welcome to Mooseport'

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.

Report: Gibson expands 'Passion' to 800 more theaters

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.

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

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.

Report: Gibson expands 'Passion' to 800 more theaters
LOS ANGELES -- Mel Gibson is adding 800 theaters to the debut of his controversial Crucifixion drama, "The Passion of the Christ," next Wednesday.

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.

New Oscar rules mute bad blood, but campaigning frenzy remains

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'

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.

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

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.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Tuesday.

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.

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.

Turntable class teaches students the art of the scratch
BOSTON -- DJ Chi bobs his head to the hip-hop rhythm, one hand skipping over the vinyl record, the other on the mixer. Possum, Raydar, Moses and the other DJs in the room listen to his beat.

'American Idol' rejected idolized by Web fans
BERKELEY, Calif. -- The "American Idol" judges said William Hung bombed with his gotta-see-it-to-believe-it rendition of Ricky Martin's "She Bangs."

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

'American Idol' rejected idolized by Web fans

Turntable class teaches students the art of the scratch

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.

Newman picks up right where he left off: On the pole at Rockingham
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- Ryan Newman put himself in a familiar spot Friday - on the pole.

Benson speeds to pole for Busch Series race

Now let's see how good Junior really is

Newman picks up right where he left off: On the pole at Rockingham

Benson speeds to pole for Busch Series race
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - Johnny Benson won the pole for today's Goody's Headache Powders 200 for the NASCAR Busch Series.

Wallace looks for fresh start
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Rasheed Wallace walked into his new locker room Friday and was greeted with hugs, handshakes and smiles by his Detroit Pistons teammates.

Hawks quickly unload Wallace

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.

Wallace looks for fresh start

Baylor proves detractors wrong
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - There were calls for giving up basketball for a year at Baylor, perhaps even bouncing the entire athletic program from the Big 12 Conference.

Stanford pulls off escape act
LOS ANGELES - Stanford coach Mike Montgomery insists his top-ranked Cardinal are focused on winning their next game and not going undefeated.

Greer's injury is cause for concern
Tommy Greer. The Augusta State freshman forward has made 25 of 29 shots from the field in his past three games - including 10 3-pointers in 11 attempts. The reigning Peach Belt Player of the Week is averaging a team-high 53 percent from the field and has improved his scoring average to 10.1.

Auburn faces string of ranked opponents, including Kentucky, to end regular season
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky may not be in the midst of an undefeated run through the Southeastern Conference like last season, but don't try convincing Auburn basketball coach Cliff Ellis that this season's Wildcats are more vulnerable.

Brown deflates Penn win streak
PHILADELPHIA - Jason Forte scored 29 points, and Mike Martin hit two crucial free throws with 11 seconds left as Brown held off a furious Penn rally and defeated the Quakers 78-74 on Friday.

NFL briefs

Supersized Lorenzen has big dreams

Dungy voices support for expanding NFL interview rule

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Wilkinson wins 10-meter platform at World Cup
ATHENS, Greece -- American Laura Wilkinson won the 10-meter platform event Friday at the Diving World Cup.

Wilkinson wins 10-meter platform at World Cup

Georgia is always on God's mind
In the beginning, God created earth. He stepped back and looked at what he had done and said, "I think I can do better than this," so he created heaven. When he finished, God said, "That's more like it. I am going to call it 'Georgia,' and just to make sure nobody forgets where heaven is, I am going to create Ray Charles so he can sing Georgia on My Mind and remind them."

Georgia is always on God's mind
In the beginning, God created earth. He stepped back and looked at what he had done and said, "I think I can do better than this," so he created heaven. When he finished, God said, "That's more like it. I am going to call it 'Georgia,' and just to make sure nobody forgets where heaven is, I am going to create Ray Charles so he can sing Georgia on My Mind and remind them."

Overtime

Whitfield's down, but not out
TUNICA, Miss. - Coming into these U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Augusta's Rayonta Whitfield was the favorite to win the light flyweight division.

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."

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.

Aiken sweeps South Aiken
AIKEN - Fans leaving South Aiken High School Gymnasium shouting "North Side" had good reason to cheer.

Prep basketball scores
Here are the scores for Friday night's prep basketball action on the hardwood.

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.

No. 4 Washington County pulls off upset
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Last year, Peach County, a fourth seed, upended No. 1 Laney on the Lady Trojans' home floor in the opening round of the playoffs.

Lady Wildcats too much for Lady Raiders
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - What could Otis Smart say to his Laney girls basketball team, anyway?

NFL briefs
Atlanta Falcons cornerback Juran Bolden was indicted Friday on charges of driving a stolen car and marijuana possession.<

Supersized Lorenzen has big dreams
INDIANAPOLIS -- Jared Lorenzen has heard all the nicknames: the Pillsbury Throwboy, Hefty Lefty, even J. Load. And, yes, just about all of them fit.

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

Tribute artist tenacious in quest

Local congregations turn screening of Mel Gibson's film into special event
Scott Franklin contends Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ could be the start of a youth revival.

Uproar about media 'indecency' overshadows growth of profanity
Until the tidal wave of disgust about that CBS-MTV-NFL Super Bowl halftime peepshow - nicely timed to boost sales of the indecently exposed female singer's latest album - there had been more recent hoopla about words rather than visuals.

Religion briefs
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Some parishioners in the Episcopal Church's Indianapolis Diocese, upset over the denomination's approval of openly gay bishop, want to affiliate with a neighboring Illinois diocese.

Catholic Church committee examines religion textbooks
NEW ORLEANS - The Roman Catholic Church is handing out failing grades to most of the religion textbooks used to instruct the country's 680,000 Catholic high school students.

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

It's impossible to render accurate account of crucifixion
JERUSALEM -- The dearth of information about Jesus' crucifixion makes it impossible to describe the event in accurate detail, as Mel Gibson attempts to do in his new film, "The Passion of Christ," Bible scholars and anthropologists say.

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send items to virginia.norton@augustachronicle.com. Send a fax to 722-7403, or mail to Faith Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Luther gets two new biographies
A silly idea, perhaps, but there was also some truth in "The Life Millennium," a book that rated the top personalities and events of the past 1,000 years.

Playing Jesus humbles actors
Lance Jones got a reputation around North Augusta after years of biblical pageants as "the guy who played Jesus."

Faith digest
Di Malzer, of South Africa, will be the guest speaker at the Aiken Christian Women's Club at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday at Woodside Plantation Country Club, 1000 Woodside Plantation Drive in Aiken.

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.

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.

ABC plays a higher-stakes 'Millionaire' game

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.

Bill Moyers is leaving PBS to write LBJ book

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.

Government funding cuts for closed-captioning
NEW YORK -- The U.S. Education Department has cut the money for captioning nearly 200 TV programs, citing a 1997 mandate from Congress only to pay for captioning of "educational, news and informational" programming.

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."

Government funding cuts for closed-captioning

ABC plays a higher-stakes 'Millionaire' game
LOS ANGELES -- Michael Davies says he's losing sleep over the prospect of a gusher of $10 million payoffs on the revamped prime-time version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."

Discovery Channel revs up with 'American Hot Rod'

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

'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.

Rankings for basic cable networks

Video best

Applause calendar

Actors unions agree to a one-year contract extension

People in the News

Classes teach art of Cajun dancing

Casino might face fines for possible special treatment

Concert calendar

People in the News

Standing ovations

Club calendar

Bulldogs bump Braxton off team
ATHENS, Ga. - Kara Braxton ran out of chances.

Bulldogs bump Braxton off team

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.

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Scholars find a unique and varied 'American' Jesus

Faith digest

It's impossible to render accurate account of crucifixion

Religion briefs

Catholic Church committee examines religion textbooks

Local congregations turn screening of Mel Gibson's film into special event

Uproar about media 'indecency' overshadows growth of profanity

Playing Jesus humbles actors

Luther gets two new biographies