Forget "Amadeus": Bartoli unearths Salieri's genius
NEW YORK -- Forget the movie, Cecilia Bartoli says. Antonio Salieri isn't the bad guy who poisoned Mozart. He's an underappreciated genius who paved the path for Beethoven.

The fate of a friendship is examined in le Carre's latest thriller

Boston's Opera House being restored to former glory
BOSTON -- A historic vaudeville and movie house in Boston's theater district is emerging from more than a decade in the dark to once again welcome audiences under its glittering marquee.

Art exhibit at Louisville Slugger Museum chronicles Negro League

There's nothing funny about murder - except of the titles

Boston's Opera House being restored to former glory

Author says Bligh not to blame for Bounty mutiny
Caroline Alexander's "The Bounty" retells the familiar story of the British naval expedition sent to Tahiti to collect specimens of breadfruit plants. The plants were to be introduced into the British West Indies as sources of cheap, nutritious food for slaves on plantations.

Forget "Amadeus": Bartoli unearths Salieri's genius

Author says Bligh not to blame for Bounty mutiny

Arts calendar

Chevalier weaves intriguing tale of 15th-century tapestries

Best sellers

Exhibit immerses viewers in Manet's lesser-known seascapes
PHILADELPHIA -- Edouard Manet's attraction to the sea lured him to the sailors' life at age 16, when he traveled from his native France to Rio de Janeiro and aspired to become a naval officer.

Exhibit immerses viewers in Manet's lesser-known seascapes

The fate of a friendship is examined in le Carre's latest thriller
"On the day his destiny returned to claim him, Ted Mundy was sporting a bowler hat and balancing on a soapbox in one of Mad King Ludwig's castles in Bavaria."

There's nothing funny about murder - except of the titles
Murder is no laughing matter, but the titles of some new mystery fiction will slay you.

Art exhibit at Louisville Slugger Museum chronicles Negro League
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Former baseball star Willie Foster stands under a clear, blue sky in a sleek, black suit and wide-brimmed hat, a baseball bat at his side. Four children in tattered, drab clothes surround him, each holding a piece of baseball equipment. A red-brick shoe store and barber shop complete the urban scene.

Arts calendar
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Best sellers
Here are the Publishers Weekly best sellers for the week ending Friday, Feb. 20, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide.

Chevalier weaves intriguing tale of 15th-century tapestries
Six tapestries cover the walls of a circular room in Paris' Museum of the Middle Ages. Each features a unicorn and a bejeweled lady against a backdrop teeming with animals and an array of flowering plants.

A-Rod's first workout is a big hit

Rodriguez-Jeter relationship still under repair

Rodriguez-Jeter relationship still under repair
TAMPA, Fla. -- Alex Rodriguez watched a practice grounder skip through his legs, tossed his glove to the grass and picked up another mitt. New to third base, he'll need time to learn the position.

A-Rod's first workout is a big hit
TAMPA, Fla. - Several swings into his first Yankees workout, Alex Rodriguez already had done damage - to a car parked too close behind the center-field fence, that is.

Assistant principal in Michigan admits planting marijuana in student's locker
SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. -- An assistant principal who was trying to get a student expelled admitted planting marijuana in the boy's locker, police said.

Forget groundhogs; Nevada desert tortoise says spring has sprung
LAS VEGAS -- Easterners may have Punxsutawney Phil, French Creek Freddy and Buckeye Chuck, but when it comes to predicting the arrival of spring in the West, Mojave Max is the reptile to watch.

Wright, Bong seek spot in starting rotation

Estrada hopes to make his mark as Braves' catcher

Former outfielder charged with fondling woman

Marrero always ready to move
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - For the man with three gloves in his locker, the ability to play anywhere is both a blessing and a curse.

Marrero always ready to move

Backup knows he'll be waiting
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Gary Matthews Jr. arrived in camp Sunday and admitted a crowded outfield will limit his playing time this season.

Wright, Bong seek spot in starting rotation
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Jaret Wright knows the Braves are planning to throw open the competition for the fifth starter's job. But the reliever also knows how impressive he was in the bullpen last season (1-0, 2.00 ERA in nine games) and is holding out hope that he will receive an opportunity to return to his roots as a starter.

Estrada hopes to make his mark as Braves' catcher
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Catcher Johnny Estrada was an unknown to many Atlanta Braves fans when the team traded pitcher Kevin Millwood to Philadelphia for him prior to last season.

Former outfielder charged with fondling woman
ATLANTA -- Former major league outfielder Otis Nixon was arrested and charged with fondling a woman at his home.

Backup knows he'll be waiting

Design of possible Google IPO closely watched
NEW YORK -- It's not just when Google's much-anticipated IPO will take place that's got investors crazed. They're also clamoring to know how the deal will be done.

Business briefs
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT LOCKWOOD GREENE ENGINEERS INC. LOCATION: Enterprise Mill, 1450 Greene St.

Living up to its name, New Balance seeks to broaden its market
BOSTON -- Jim Davis still gets out there every day - so long as the temperature doesn't dip below 15 degrees. The owner of athletic shoe maker New Balance believes being a serious runner is part of the job.

Employers redefine retirement as exodus of boomer workers looms

Conference will share women's success stories
Imagine a woman who could rise to the top in business even though she had no high school diploma and had only $1,000 to invest. Or imagine starting a successful business with only $200 and no self-confidence.

Funeral directors see change in customers' wishes

Death's dividing line
If, as is often said, God is colorblind when it comes to racial matters, then it's odd how the loved ones of the dearly deceased appear to let race color their decisions on who puts them to rest.

Trade, technology, demographics affect future work force

Federal program helps ease retirees back into the work force

Small-town utilities filling technology gap

On the move
Larry E. Riggins has been named the general manager of MCC Radio LLC's Kansas cluster of six radio stations. The stations were recently acquired by MCC Radio parent company Morris Communications Co. Mr. Riggins has more than 20 years of industry experience and was previously the general manager of two Eagle Communications radio stations.

Death's dividing line

Business calendar

Business briefs

Small-town utilities filling technology gap
ADEL, Ga. - About 250 miles south of Atlanta, Adel has joined the growing ranks of rural communities that offer some type of broadband Internet service - wireless, cable, DSL or signals over electrical lines - through municipal utility companies.

On the move

Audiophile turns hobby into successful business
Louis Hernandez spends some days lounging around work listening to a symphony by Haydn or the latest selections from R.E.M.

Federal program helps ease retirees back into the work force
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Financial pressure split Melton Potts from his retirement plans when he started drawing Social Security at age 62.

Trade, technology, demographics affect future work force
WASHINGTON -- The nation's future work force will be smaller and more diverse, more mobile and more vulnerable to global competition, according to a study conducted for the Labor Department.

Design of possible Google IPO closely watched

Funeral directors see change in customers' wishes
NEW ORLEANS - For the big funeral home companies, death has not been a sure thing.

Conference will share women's success stories

Business calendar
Monday: Second annual Regional Minority Enterprise Conference & Expo; held by the National Center for Economic Development and others; U.S. Rep. Max Burns and Herman Cain, the chairman of Godfather's Pizza, author and candidate for U.S. Senate, will deliver keynote addresses. Sheraton Augusta Hotel; contact Helen Blocker Adams at (706) 792-1427 for more information.

Alison Group Tops ADDY Awards

Business licenses in Richmond County
The following is a list of business licenses in Richmond County from December 2003:

Audiophile turns hobby into successful business

Property transfers
Richmond County property transfers for Jan. 26-Feb. 4. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office.

Business licenses in Richmond County

Employers redefine retirement as exodus of boomer workers looms
His wife had a long list of household chores ready for Bob Briggs when he retired from his government job in 1999. Fix a few loose door knobs. Paint a few rooms.

Property transfers

Analysts like one post-Enron company; remain skeptical of the other
HOUSTON -- Enron Corp. is looking to its distant past to build its future. Pipelines and power plants, dismissed as mundane in Enron's days as a cutting-edge energy trader, are all that's viable as the fallen company makes it way though one of the most complicated and expensive Chapter 11 cases in history.

Living up to its name, New Balance seeks to broaden its market

Alison Group Tops ADDY Awards
The Alison Group swept top honors at the annual Augusta Advertising Federation 2003 ADDY awards Saturday, claiming all three Best-of-Show trophies in the yearly advertising creativity competition.

Democrats, Republicans find ways to solve residency issues

Democrats, Republicans find ways to solve residency issues
Former state Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker has been oft criticized for bending the rules in public office, but his plans to push the residency requirements in this year's Senate District 22 race leave him in good company. By that, of course, we mean Republican company.

Clemson: Gel more in '04
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson coach Jack Leggett had enough trouble dealing with his team's disappointing postseason and the loss of such consistent stars as first baseman Michael Johnson and outfielder Kyle Frank.

Billet does it again late for Cavaliers
CLEMSON, S.C. - For the second time in a week, a 3-point shot by Todd Billet made the difference for Virginia.

Sociologist says entertaining recruits isn't unusual event
On a college campus last fall, sports sociologist Richard Lapchick was speaking about ethics to all of the school's athletes when suddenly a group of men in the audience walked out.

Sociologist says entertaining recruits isn't unusual event

UConn spreads wealth

Sullinger's shot lifts Buckeyes

Students crazy for Krzyzewskiville

Paine women stay together

3-point goals spark Illinois

Butler grabs Bracket Buster win

Freedom's hurricane
Iran's hard-line ruling theocracy, which is about as popular with most Iranians as roast beef at a vegetarian dinner, first banned more than 2,400 reform candidates from running in Friday's parliamentary elections.

PSC reforms lauded
Two years ago, a devastating report by the Legislative Audit Council citing examples of nepotism, cronyism and incompetence of the seven-member South Carolina Public Service Commission triggered calls for structural reforms.

On the same page
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford seems to have much better relations with lawmakers this year than last. That's good news for Republicans who control both the legislative and executive branches of government. It's better to make nice than to feud, especially during an election year.

On the same page

How to redistrict
The Georgia legislature appears too bogged down in partisan wrangling to draw new state House and Senate lines before the March 1 deadline set by the federal court that last week threw out the 2001 district lines.

Flag will unite or divide
If you were being asked in the March 2 election whether the state of Georgia should be divided in two, you'd be darn sure you voted, wouldn't you?

PSC reforms lauded

Hollywood hell raiser Eszterhas finds peace in suburbia
CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio -- In a previous life, he stormed into Hollywood meetings, bearing a six-inch hunting knife, ready to shred producers and directors, or anyone else who dared to change his scripts.

Q&A: Spike Lee on Oscar, Halle Berry and Osama
NEW YORK -- Oscars? Spike Lee don't need no stinkin' Oscars. Sure, the director votes for the Academy Awards. And the outspoken filmmaker would surely give an acceptance speech for the ages. But that doesn't mean he's waiting around for a golden statue to fall into his lap.

Cooking disaster
I make a pretty good lemon pound cake. My iced mint tea is all right, too.

Essential movies for children
The top 100 movies for children, according to The New York Times Essential Library: Childrens Movies (Henry Holt and Company) for children ages 8 through 12 are, in alphabetical order:

Pizza time
When my children were little and they wanted to help in the kitchen, one of their favorite things to do was play with dough. Whether I was making homemade yeast rolls or a big Chicago-style deep dish pizza, Tripp and C.C. would both get their own little ball of dough to pat and roll.

For the love of pets
It took four months of lobbying for Matt Watson to get Wesley, a spitz mix he met on his first day as a volunteer for the Columbia County Humane Society.

Bored with lunch yet?
If youve been packing school lunches for months now, you (and your child) are probably ready for inspiration. Some tips from the Santa Cruz Organic food company:

Making couple time benefits the whole family
Making time, together and alone, helps parents better nurture themselves and their relationship.

Kid Doc Ah-choo
Colds and other illnesses often strike when you least expect them. But believe it or not, there is a simple, cheap and fast way to help prevent your child from getting sick-handwashing.

Dog bone frame
At our house the dog is part of the family - just ask her. And what better way to show off our favorite photo of her than with a special, homemade frame.

Life lessons
There are plenty of life lessons to learn from pets. Weve been learning a few too many lately.

Giddy Up
Four-year-old Katie Fehrman, of Augusta, dons her pink boots and pink cowgirl hat to ride Lynn, a horse at her grandfather Dennis Fehrmans Creekview Farms in Evans.

don't miss March
12 -- Globetrotters From slam dunks to trick shots the famed Harlem Globetrotters are a show for all ages you cant miss. At the Civic Center

What to do
If you would like to have your event included in the Family Chronicle's monthly calendar please send your information to jennifer.miller@augustachronicle.com.

Wombat's life: Eat, sleep and train humans
In case you aren't familiar with wombats, here are the basics: They live in Australia. They look like small bears. They spend their time digging holes, eating and napping.

Mane Pal
Myia Rucker, 9, of Augusta, grooms Charlie, one of the horses at Creekview Farms where she takes riding lessons.

Soundbites
Say hello to the newest fraternity on the block: Delta Alpha Delta, otherwise known as DAD.

International Junk Food day
The United States isnt the only place in the world with bizarre junk food. Check these out:

There are many options to find best clinic for you
Q: I have to check into a hospital. How do I assess the quality of hospitals in my area?

Small-caps still a good buy for long-term investors

Tough choice between saving for retirement, kids' college educations
NEW YORK -- One of the toughest dilemmas parents face is how to save for their children's college educations and, at the same time, for their own retirement.

There are many options to find best clinic for you

Small-caps still a good buy for long-term investors
NEW YORK -- The nation's tiniest and most troubled companies led last year's rally with spectacular gains, and now many market players are betting that bigger, more stable concerns will preside over the next stage of the recovery. But that doesn't mean you should sell off your small-cap mutual funds.

Tough choice between saving for retirement, kids' college educations

Georgia Southern romps Georgia
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Freshman left-hander Everett Teaford allowed just two hits and struck out nine in five scoreless relief innings while Georgia Southern used a pair of six-run innings to post a 12-5 victory over Georgia on Sunday.

Jackets come up short
ATLANTA -- Wake Forest is making a habit of knocking off ranked teams.

Yellow Jackets have plenty in reserves
ATLANTA - Every good bench needs a nickname and, courtesy of Clarence Moore, Georgia Tech's reserves have one - the "G-squad."

Georgia Southern romps Georgia

Yellow Jackets have plenty in reserves

Jackets come up short

Lunn wins Lakelands Classic

Weir survives a scare to win at Riviera

McNulty wins his first event on Champions Tour

Thongchai Jaidee wins rain-soaked Malaysian Open
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Thongchai Jaidee shot a 4-under 68 in the final round Sunday to win the Malaysian Open, becoming the first player from Thailand to win a European PGA event.

McNulty wins his first event on Champions Tour
LUTZ, Fla. -- Mark McNulty became the 11th golfer to win his first Champions Tour event, shooting a 69 Sunday to claim the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am.

Lunn wins Lakelands Classic
GOLD COAST, Australia -- Australia's Mardi Lunn ended a four-year victory drought Sunday, shooting a 5-under 67 for a one-stroke victory over compatriot Shani Waugh in the Lakelands Classic.

Thongchai Jaidee wins rain-soaked Malaysian Open

Weir survives a scare to win at Riviera
LOS ANGELES -- An impeccable short game gave Mike Weir a seven-shot lead. He had to rely on it again to spare him an ignominious collapse Sunday in the Nissan Open.

50th anniversary of high school miracle

Prep basketball scores

Well runs dry for Musketeers

Drop on the head was precursor to future aches
As a baby I was dropped on my head. Go ahead, laugh. It's funny now. But it wasn't when it happened.

Administration only engenders fear
Your Feb. 9 editorial, "A pivotal election," is misguided and misplaced. Rather than, "This election needs to be a referendum on liberalism," it should state, "This election needs to be a referendum on ultra right-wing policies." Steve Schneider, Augusta

Kerry wins over Bush in service dispute
Regarding your Feb. 10 editorial, "Who's really AWOL?": Richard D. Renew, Martinez, Ga.

Criticism of Janet Jackson isn't racial

Administration only engenders fear

To ban gay marriage is unconstitutional
Why is it that in our supposed modern society, there seems to be the unwillingness of a certain few to move ahead and do the right thing? South Carolina just passed a ban on gay marriage, while Massachusetts is in a debate right now over the issue. David Turner, Appling, Ga.

Alleges that 'alleged' is overused

Guns a scapegoat, not the cause, of black violence

Alleges that 'alleged' is overused
I am writing to express my curiosity concerning the widely used word "alleged." I hear it in the news all the time. What confuses me the most is the fact that no matter what evidence there is to suggest a fact, someone somehow always tries to make room for this addictive word. Jesse B. Dixon, Hephzibah, Ga.

To ban gay marriage is unconstitutional

A message to the parents of today's youth
I own a very recognizable business here in Augusta, and a lot of my business is from your children. But I want to ask, are you really paying attention to them? Jim Stringer, Augusta

Criticism of Janet Jackson isn't racial
E. Maner's Feb. 16 letter, "Criticism of Jackson racially motivated," makes a person think. Now I believe O.J. Simpson is really searching for the real killer; James Brown did not beat his wife; Jesse Jackson is not the father; Ray Lewis was a victim of circumstances; and Puff Daddy is always falsely accused, etc. Buddy Adams, Evans, Ga.

Guns a scapegoat, not the cause, of black violence
In an effort to scapegoat guns for the perceived epidemic of racially categorized crime, Barbara Thurmond has asserted an ill-conceived argument of half-truths and suppositions in her Feb. 14 letter to the editor, "Georgia gun report card gets low marks." Dan Huben, Augusta

Draft letter an attempt not to re-elect Bush
This is in response to Jackie Holland's Feb. 15 letter, "Draft may be necessary to continue Iraq war." Lance Forbes, Grovetown, Ga.

Draft letter an attempt not to re-elect Bush

Essential movies for children

What to ask when you rent a summer house

Battleship USS New Jersey awaits the crowds

Wombat's life: Eat, sleep and train humans

Hosts may save gift wine for later

International Junk Food day

Size matters for Apple's new iPod mini

Blogging boom in Iran defies media control

Making couple time benefits the whole family

Living briefs

Life lessons

For the love of pets

Bored with lunch yet?

Cooking disaster

Black history permeates D.C.

Video game review: Final Fantasy X-2

Lexicon software lets writers swim through an ocean of words

Giddy Up

Techbits: EBay campaign, Cell manhunts, Music suits and more

In a few hours you can install a real tile or stone floor

Kid Doc Ah-choo

Real-estate ad tempted family into an ideal home

don't miss March

Pizza time

Dog bone frame

Mane Pal

Sneaky use of cell phone cameras prompting bans

Size matters for Apple's new iPod mini
Smaller, sleeker and even more portable than its big brother from Apple Computer Inc., the new iPod mini is a wonderful choice if you can live without as many songs.

Let someone else turn your CD collection into MP3s
If you're like most lovers of digital music you've probably gone the lazy route more than once, downloading a pirated track from a file-sharing service even though you have the CD.

In a few hours you can install a real tile or stone floor
Expecting company? Why not wow your guests with a beautiful ceramic tile or stone floor you installed in a matter of hours earlier in the day? Talk about a conversation piece.

Home Front
Everything you need to repair a small hole or crack in the wall is contained in DAP Inc.'s new Wall Repair Patch Kit.

Blogging boom in Iran defies media control
TEHRAN, Iran -- Take one exasperated Iranian woman. Add a computer. Hook it up to the Internet.

Hosts may save gift wine for later
Dear Carson: If a person brings a bottle of wine to a party, what is the host's obligation regarding the disposition and serving of wine for the event? It is my understanding that the host or hostess can reserve the gift wine and serve wine bought for the event - or any other, for that matter. Am I correct in this regard? Your answer will settle an ongoing argument. - Wine Bottle Bother

Black history permeates D.C.
WASHINGTON - About 60 percent of Washington, D.C.'s 572,000 residents are black, and their history in the area predates the 1791 creation of the federal district by Congress. That makes the nation's capital rich in black heritage, from the Colonial era to the antebellum and Civil War eras, to contemporary urban life.

Living briefs
Test your skills against those of entertainment report Steven Uhles' in The Augusta Chronicle's annual Academy Awards contest.

Video game review: Final Fantasy X-2
NEW YORK -- Final Fantasy fans who've grown accustomed to legendary opening scenes like sword fights are in for a shock with the latest installment, "Final Fantasy X-2."

Battleship USS New Jersey awaits the crowds
CAMDEN, N.J. -- The USS New Jersey, the most decorated U.S. battleship and a Navy fixture from World War II through the first Gulf War, is in its second mighty battle since it was decommissioned for good in 1991.

Lexicon software lets writers swim through an ocean of words
NEW YORK -- It happens to all of us: There's a word on the tip of our tongues that just ... won't ... emerge, no matter how tightly we squeeze our eyes shut or how fast we drum our fingers as we tilt our heads in contemplation.

Mammoth Cave is world's longest
MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky. -- Mammoth Cave doesn't have the colorful stalagmites and stalactites that make some caves famous. Lighting is minimal; signs are nonexistent, and there's no pipe organ playing "Shenandoah," like the one at Luray Caverns in Virginia.

Techbits: EBay campaign, Cell manhunts, Music suits and more
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Congressional challenger Jeffrey Vance says he won't sell out to corporate and special interests. To prove it, he's selling shares in his campaign on eBay.

What to ask when you rent a summer house
If you're renting a house near the water this summer and you can't see the property in person beforehand, here are some questions you may want to consider asking the owner or rental agent. The answers will help you decide whether the house is right for you, what you need to bring from home, and how much you'll have to budget for extras like boat rentals.

Real-estate ad tempted family into an ideal home
About 2 1/2 years ago, Bronnie and David Spinks had just finished redecorating their home from top to bottom with new wallpaper, carpeting and paint.

Sneaky use of cell phone cameras prompting bans
CHICAGO -- Tiny cameras used to be the stuff of spy novels. Now they're everywhere, built into cell phones, digital organizers and other devices.

Lynx are still on roll

Lynx are still on roll
In a matter of days, the Augusta Lynx have gone from a playoff hopeful to a playoff contender.

Across the southeast
MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. - Two cars collided after one ran a stop sign, killing a couple and two of their three daughters, police said. The other child was pulled from the burning wreckage by passers-by.

Record may hurt Beasley
AIKEN - Stepping out of the noise and shadow of the Democratic presidential primary, the Republican contest to succeed U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings, D-S.C., started to generate its own heat last week.

New bus service to start rolling between Folly Beach and Charleston
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A new trolley service beginning next weekend will shuttle passengers from downtown Charleston to Folly Beach.

Discovery under car leads to bomb scare
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A global positioning system tracking device clandestinely attached beneath a car touched off a bomb scare that closed down a Ware County highway in south Georgia late last week, authorities said.

Rivals' Washington pull hinders growth at SRS
AIKEN - Supporters of Savannah River Site are getting outgunned in Washington by the superior political clout backing rival federal nuclear reservations, SRS boosters said.

Puppy love
With her brother, Austin Lowndes, 10, holding the leash, Hannah, 8, gets a puppy kiss from Punchy at the Barnyard Flea Market . The 14-week-old American bulldog was for sale Saturday.

Senate bill would deregulate insurance industry

Meetings promote academic integrity
OXFORD, Ga. - The pressure to cheat for some students entering college makes it more important for universities to promote honor codes and other methods of peer evaluation, say participants in a conference on academic integrity that involved schools throughout the South.

Record may hurt Beasley

Georgians will play vital role in nomination
ATLANTA - The direction of the Democratic presidential nomination could begin swinging one way or another Monday, when 159 county voter registrars across Georgia open their offices for advance voting for the Super Tuesday primary.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Brianna Valentine, 2, of Belvedere.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Jordyn Victoria Hankins, 6, of Augusta.

Aiken's glamorous, wealthy past still lingers in sporting events, memories
AIKEN - The Winter Colony of Aiken and its sporting ways, grand homes and lavish lifestyles have cast a lasting spell over the city that permeates its culture to this day.

Refs get to learn the ropes

White professors accuse black colleague of racism
ALBANY, Ga. - Two white Albany State University professors have filed complaints alleging that a black colleague made a racially charged outburst at a staff meeting.

Georgians will play vital role in nomination

Charleston bus system to seek loan from state to keep buses going

Kid of the day

Charleston development battle brings state law into picture
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The fate of one of the largest developments in the Lowcountry could rest somewhere in the vast stretches of marshlands along Rantowles Creek - and in a few lines of state law.

Bill focuses on trauma

The week ahead

News you can use

White professors accuse black colleague of racism

Puppy love

Five questions
1. Realistically, how far out can you make a reliable weather prediction?

Behind the battle

Advance voting begins today
Advance voting is back and it's better, Richmond County elections officials say.

Overseas spending draws fire in House

Rants and Raves
HERE'S A RANT for Westinghouse. They've got people volunteering to be laid off to save the jobs of those who need them, but Westinghouse won't let the volunteers go because of a "skill mix" problem. And they've got people begging for an early retirement incentive, but Westinghouse can't afford it because they've overspent the pension fund. What they really have is a "management problem."

Across Georgia

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - Insurance rates in South Carolina have been rising faster than the national average, and critics say regulators are not protecting consumers.

Redistricting weighs on lawmakers

Georgia churches eagerly await Mel Gibson's "Passion"

Bill focuses on trauma
AIKEN - It wasn't until an early morning in May 2001 that Sen. Harvey Peeler, R-Cherokee, recognized the importance of a trauma center.

View from the top

Refs get to learn the ropes
North Augusta Boxing Club's Noah Newman remembers when the ranks of amateur boxing officials were so thin and undertrained that sometimes bouts would be held with an unknown refereeing the fight.

Aiken's glamorous, wealthy past still lingers in sporting events, memories

Center awaits its fate

Talk at Episcopal forum centers on ways to avoid schism
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Theological differences over homosexuality are causing rifts in the Episcopal Church, but they do not have to be fatal to the church's unity, according to speakers at a forum here.

'Shouters' keep the stories alive

Augusta airport struggles to find new carrier

Meetings promote academic integrity

Georgians will play vital role in nomination

Across the area

Rivals' Washington pull hinders growth at SRS

Rescuers keep up search for hunter

Kid of the day

Across South Carolina

Man's remark threatens to end resentencing hearing

Planners work on eco-friendly summit

Chinese adoptee adjusts to U.S. life
Sean Brown, 2, is an active, giggling bundle of youthful excitement at his Martinez home, wearing a Georgia Bulldogs sweat shirt and grabbing a red plastic bucket from his sister.

Monitoring must continue, Georgia officials contend

View from the top
A black-throated green warbler sits high atop the back stop net at the baseball field inside Roberto Hernandez Stadium on the University of South Carolina Aiken campus.

Behind the battle
AIKEN - After the cannon smoke had cleared, after the rifles had all been fired and the victors had staked their claim, Capt. Jeff Stephens led his unit of battered and bloodied soldiers to the haven of a rudimentary field hospital, their moans of pain the lasting echo of battle.

Students, lawmakers want lower book prices
ATLANTA - Xavier Hill is still steaming about the high price of her calculus textbook nearly two months after making the $124 purchase.

Augusta airport struggles to find new carrier
When it comes to landing a new air carrier, Augusta's chances could depend partly on another airline - Continental Express.

Across the area
An Augusta woman told police she was beaten by members of a female gang early Saturday.

Redistricting weighs on lawmakers
ATLANTA - Just past the halfway mark, the 2004 General Assembly is proceeding at the leisurely pace that's typical for this point in the session.

The week ahead
Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent in the Christian calender. It's also something of a local anniversary. Last year on Ash Wednesday (appropriately), the Augusta hot spot (oh, I am getting myself in trouble here) the Soul Bar caught fire in the early hours of the morning.

Across South Carolina
POWDERSVILLE - A man was found dead of a self-inflicted cut after a woman was seen lying in her yard, authorities say.

Reservist prepares to leave for Afghanistan
Maj. Ethan Andrews soon will go from following the Dow Jones industrial average to following the controls of his helicopter.

Rescuers keep up search for hunter
Mark Logan realizes chances are slim to none that his older brother is still alive.

Across the area
Searches conducted Saturday and Sunday in the Phinizy Swamp Wildlife Management Area failed to find a missing Augusta man, said Chuck Nutt, who is leading the search.

'Shouters' keep the stories alive
McINTOSH COUNTY, Ga. - Young Carletha Sullivan watched her mother and grandmother "shout."

Across the southeast

Center awaits its fate
It came to Nancy Williamson as she was walking her dog last week.

Georgia churches eagerly await Mel Gibson's "Passion"
ATLANTA -- Christians around Georgia are gearing up in preparation for Mel Gibson's film "The Passion of the Christ," which opens on Ash Wednesday.

3 soldiers indicted in slaying
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Three Fort Benning soldiers have been indicted on murder charges in the stabbing death of a fellow soldier.

Lights, camera, action: With free equipment and their imagination, students become mini-Spielbergs
ATHENS, Ga. -- Sarah Whitmarsh has no dreams of being the next Sofia Coppola or Steven Spielberg.

Man's remark threatens to end resentencing hearing
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- A remark by a man outside the Union County Courthouse threatened to end in mistrial the case of a man convicted of killing a convenience store clerk and sentenced to death six years ago.

Students, lawmakers want lower book prices

News you can use
Feb. 22, 1933 Bill Congdon, Roosevelt leader in Richmond County, last night stepped alongside Dick Allen, city councilman, as a potential candidate on the wet ticket aspiring to the State Convention, which will vote upon ratification of the congressional resolution to repeal the 18th Amendment.

Talk at Episcopal forum centers on ways to avoid schism

Overseas spending draws fire in House
ATLANTA - When food stamp recipients in Georgia call a state help line with questions about the program, they end up talking to an operator nearly 9,000 miles away - in India.

Buried munitions pose threat

Georgians will play vital role in nomination
ATLANTA - The direction of the Democratic presidential nomination could begin swinging one way or another Monday, when 159 county voter registrars across Georgia open their offices for advance voting for the Super Tuesday primary.

Lights, camera, action: With free equipment and their imagination, students become mini-Spielbergs

Planners work on eco-friendly summit
HORTENSE, Ga. - Sawmill blades carve wooden beams into 34-inch boards as Carl Dohn ponders his prestigious task - crafting the massive table around which President Bush will gather with fellow world leaders during this summer's G-8 summit in coastal Georgia.

Charleston bus system to seek loan from state to keep buses going
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Transit officials here have voted to apply for a $500,000 state loan to keep some Charleston buses rolling until at least July.

Monitoring must continue, Georgia officials contend
Jim Heffner regards Savannah River Site as one of the most extensively monitored nuclear facilities in the world, especially when radiation is involved.

Senate bill would deregulate insurance industry
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Insurance rates in South Carolina have been rising faster than the national average, and critics say regulators are failing to do their jobs to protect consumers.

Rants and raves
I'D LIKE TO SAY to the guy who said that he would patronize all restaurants where there's no smoking: I won't patronize any places where there's no smoking either. It's not fair.

Buried munitions pose threat
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Clay and sand now covers old bombs and artillery shells once used for military training during World War II.

New bus service to start rolling between Folly Beach and Charleston

Across Georgia
MACON - Bobby Kahn, the former chief of staff for former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes, was chosen Saturday to succeed Rep. Calvin Smyre as head of the state Democratic Party.

Chinese adoptee adjusts to U.S. life

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A Riverdale teenager was killed and another wounded when a gunfight broke out near an Atlanta nightclub Saturday.

Bookmobile-riding dream still remains
I've always wanted to write a book called I Rode on the Bookmobile and Lived! It would tell the adventures of a Johnny Appleseed of sorts who delivers knowledge to all parts of the county, one volume at a time.

Dennis Quaid is stuck in the African desert, and enjoying it

Mild-mannered Caviezel lands in lion's den with role of Christ

Dennis Quaid is stuck in the African desert, and enjoying it
SWAKOPMUND, Namibia -- When Dennis Quaid first found out he'd be spending four months filming in the African desert, he had his doubts.

Mild-mannered Caviezel lands in lion's den with role of Christ
LOS ANGELES -- Playing Jesus meant a world of torment for Jim Caviezel, who stars in Mel Gibson's ferociously violent "The Passion of the Christ."

Kenny Chesney's inner beach bum returns for new album
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Country singer Kenny Chesney grew up in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, but he's a beach bum at heart.

Kenny Chesney's inner beach bum returns for new album

Kenseth holds off Kahne at the edge for first win in nearly a year
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- Matt Kenseth picked the best way possible to silence his critics: Dominating a race and using a thrilling finish to get back to Victory Lane.

NASCAR warns drivers to stop cursing

Track might lose last race
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - There were 10,000 empty seats Sunday for the Subway 400 at the North Carolina Speedway. For a speedway with only 60,113 seats - second fewest on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series - that doesn't help the track's chances on remain on the schedule.

McMurray continues dominance
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - Jamie McMurray used the latest scrape between Kevin Harvick and Robby Gordon to drive into the North Carolina Speedway record book.

Track experience is key at Rockingham
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - The top three starters for the Subway 400 at North Carolina Speedway have combined to make seven career starts on the 34-year-old racetrack. That doesn't bode well for the young drivers, since the track is stock car racing's version of an old folks' home.

Track experience is key at Rockingham

Kenseth holds off Kahne at the edge for first win in nearly a year

Olvey and Trammell out at Champ Car
INDIANAPOLIS -- The new owners of the Champ Car series are not renewing the contracts of two doctors credited with making the series' trauma team one of the world's best.

Rookie's late charge falls short at end
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne weren't sure who won Sunday's Subway 400 at the North Carolina Speedway, so they both did a celebratory spin through the infield grass.

NASCAR warns drivers to stop cursing
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- Gentlemen, watch your language.

Rookie's late charge falls short at end

Wallace gets back in game

Looking for a rebound
ATLANTA - When Lou Hudson joined the Hawks in 1966, they were a perennial playoff team and only eight years removed from an NBA championship.

Wallace gets back in game
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Rasheed Wallace was cleared to play for the Detroit Pistons by the NBA on Saturday, one day after being pulled from a game because paperwork from a three-team trade had not been certified.

Heels hold on this time
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - This time the comeback ran out of gas.

Butler grabs Bracket Buster win
INDIANAPOLIS - Ohio's Terren Harbut connected on a 3-pointer with two seconds left in overtime, but it wasn't enough. Butler defeated the Bobcats 64-63 on Saturday.

Paine women stay together
After missing two free throws at the end of regulation, LeYenketa Blackmon found support from her team.

Students crazy for Krzyzewskiville
DURHAM, N.C. - Early this week, a snowstorm hit Duke University, but nowhere did this latest winter wallop land harder than at Krzyzewskiville, the school's tent city of basketball fanatics.

3-point goals spark Illinois
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Dee Brown hit six three 3-pointers, including three in a crucial second-half run, to help Illinois hold off a second-half rally and beat Penn State 66-58 on Saturday.

Sullinger's shot lifts Buckeyes
BLOOMINGTON, Ind., J.J. Sullinger hit a short jumper from the baseline with 17 seconds to play to lift Ohio State to a 59-56 win over Indiana on Saturday night, dealing the Hoosiers their fourth straight loss at home.

UConn spreads wealth
BOSTON - If top-ranked Connecticut was concerned when Diana Taurasi left the game, it didn't show.

Duke tops Maryland
DURHAM, N.C. -- J.J. Redick scored 20 points and No. 3 Duke ended its two-game losing streak by beating Maryland 86-63 on Sunday.

Arkansas shakes up lineup, Gamecocks
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Arkansas coach Stan Heath turned to his bench to help snap a four-game losing streak.

Who's No. 1: Manning, Roethlisberger battle to be 1st draft pick

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About two dozen Iraqis expected to participate in Athens Games
ATHENS, Greece -- About two dozen Iraqi athletes are expected to participate in the Athens Games even if their Olympic committee is not fully functioning, the head of the Association of National Olympic Committees said Sunday.

Whitfield's dream fades

Overtime

Overtime

Grant stops Hatcher in sixth round

Whitfield's dream fades
TUNICA, Miss. - If top-ranked light flyweight Rayonta Whitfield losing to 17-year-old Rau'Shee Warren on Friday night was surprising, then what happened Saturday night was shocking.

Grant stops Hatcher in sixth round
RENO, Nev. -- Michael Grant stopped Charles "Buddy" Hatcher in the sixth round Saturday night, landed a crushing right that sent Hatcher into the ropes and then to the canvas.

Overtime
USC Aiken scored seven unanswered runs over the final three innings to post a 9-5 over Columbus State in Peach Belt Conference action on Sunday afternoon at Roberto Hernandez Stadium.

Overtime
Westside junior Jay Tarver finished second in his bracket at the Class AAA state meet at Griffin High School.

Collector heeds sound of turkey calls
WRENS, Ga. - Dalton Dowdy bought his first turkey call when he was 11 - and killed his first gobbler the same year.

Candidate finds support among black leaders
ATLANTA - Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry wasn't kidding when he said he could compete in the South. The Massachusetts senator went to Atlanta's most famous black church Sunday morning and got a rowdy standing ovation.

Well runs dry for Musketeers
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - The whole time Richmond Academy was losing Saturday, Jacob Ross just knew the Musketeers were going to come back and win the game. They had done it all season long. It was just a matter of time.

50th anniversary of high school miracle
MUNCIE, Ind. -- This was the way Indiana high school basketball used to be.

Prep basketball scores
Boys prep basketball results from Saturday's action on the hardwood.

Who's No. 1: Manning, Roethlisberger battle to be 1st draft pick
INDIANAPOLIS -- Eli Manning hopes to make NFL history on draft day. Ben Roethlisberger could change those plans.

Collector heeds sound of turkey calls

Bad debts aren't an automatic tax deduction
NEW YORK -- One of the big letdowns some new business owners suffer during income tax season is when they find out they can't deduct their bad debts - bills their customers didn't pay during the previous tax year.

Here's the lowdown on 'Sex in the City'

Here's the lowdown on 'Sex in the City'
It may be called Sex and the City, but it turns out that the four women who went out to conquer the Big Apple are really just fools for love ... and shoes.

The end is near for 'Sex'
NEW YORK -- Sunday's finale of "Sex and the City" promises to be a fight to the finish for the heart of Carrie Bradshaw.

The end is near for 'Sex'

Jeff Fager getting ready to replace a television legend

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
It's a shocking story, all the more so for those who haven't followed it, or have simply forgotten.

Jeff Fager getting ready to replace a television legend
NEW YORK -- A framed objet d'art on Jeffrey Fager's office wall at CBS immediately catches the eye.

LisaGay Hamilton makes HBO documentary about Beah Richards
LOS ANGELES -- LisaGay Hamilton watched herself on screen flinging the cremated ashes of actress Beah Richards over a Confederate graveyard in Mississippi, then told the SRO audience at the Museum of Tolerance about how she finally shed tears.

Q&A: Spike Lee on Oscar, Halle Berry and Osama

Hollywood hell raiser Eszterhas finds peace in suburbia

Bulldogs keep slim hopes alive
ATHENS, Ga.- Rashad Wright didn't get a chance to play in the NCAA Tournament last year. Obviously, it's still bothering him.

Shanks' test ends in arrest

Bulldogs keep slim hopes alive

Shanks' test ends in arrest
THOMASVILLE, Ga. - A former guidance counselor has been charged with forgery for allegedly trying to hire a student to take an SAT test using the name of a Georgia basketball signee who had failed to gain admission to the university.

Lady Dogs rout South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Georgia didn't miss Kara Braxton in this one, rolling past South Carolina 73-50 Sunday and moving to 5-0 this season without their dismissed leading scorer.

Lady Dogs rout South Carolina

What to do

Razorbacks defeat Gamecocks

South Carolina blanks UNC Wilmington
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Matt Campbell pitched nine strikeouts in five and 2-3 innings on Sunday as South Carolina shut out UNC Wilmington 12-0 in a sweep of the three-game series.

South Carolina blanks UNC Wilmington

Razorbacks defeat Gamecocks
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas coach Stan Heath turned to his bench to help snap a four-game losing streak.

Double play
After getting the force at second, USC Aiken's Daniel Quartararo leaps over Columbus' Billy Howard as he throws to first to get the double play.

Double play

Assistant principal in Michigan admits planting marijuana in student's locker