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.

Art exhibit at Louisville Slugger Museum chronicles Negro League

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.

Boston's Opera House being restored to former glory

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.

Forget "Amadeus": Bartoli unearths Salieri's genius

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.

Exhibit immerses viewers in Manet's lesser-known seascapes

National Academy of Sciences opening new museum

National Academy of Sciences opening new museum
WASHINGTON -- Touch a globe and feel climate warming. Search the human genome for sequences of DNA. Learn how scientific advances affect daily life.

At 40, Johnson prepares to lead Arizona as lone ace
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Randy Johnson had a quick answer for what it's like without Curt Schilling.

Schmidt: 'Rose is beaten'

Former umpire pleads guilty in memorabilia fraud case
NEWARK, N.J. -- Former major league umpire Al Clark pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to commit mail fraud in connection with selling baseballs he falsely claimed had been used in memorable games.

At 40, Johnson prepares to lead Arizona as lone ace

Bonds will try blocking distractions

Mondesi finalizes contract with Pirates

Mondesi finalizes contract with Pirates
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Raul Mondesi passed his physical Monday, and the Pittsburgh Pirates finalized their contract with the free-agent outfielder.

Rodriguez-Jeter relationship still under repair

Schmidt: 'Rose is beaten'
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt called Pete Rose "a beaten man" and doesn't know whether the career hits leader will gain reinstatement to baseball.

Bonds will try blocking distractions
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - A winter without his father beside him in the batting cage weighed more heavily on Barry Bonds' mind this off-season than his connection to a lab at the center of an alleged steroid ring.

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.

Lottery millions could fatten wallet, church membership

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.

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.

Odds and Ends
MALONE, N.Y. -- Ruth Buck never forgot the act of kindness that improved her eyesight 70 years ago.

Drew's knee is cause for worry

Former outfielder charged with fondling woman

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

Marrero signed through '05
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Even before Eli Marrero had played an inning for his new team, the Braves signed him to a one-year contract extension Monday, giving the club some insurance against additional free agent losses next winter.

Backup knows he'll be waiting

Drew's knee is cause for worry
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - It's not J.D. Drew's bat that concerns the Atlanta Braves. It's the state of his fragile right knee, which limited him to 100 games last season and threatens his baseball future.

Estrada hopes to make his mark as Braves' catcher

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.

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.

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

Inside man seen as best for Coke

2003 yields rising price for timber
ALBANY, Ga. - Prices for Southern-grown timber increased to their highest levels in nearly three years during 2003's final quarter, but experts aren't sure whether it was simply a market blip or the beginning of an upward trend, a consultant says.

Trial begins in Adelphia fraud case
NEW YORK -- With a smile and a nod to potential jurors on Monday, Adelphia Communications Corp. founder John Rigas began a trial that will decide if he and his two sons looted the nation's fifth largest cable company, cheating investors of billions of dollars.

Farmworkers want Taco Bell to pressure growers for higher pay
IMMOKALEE, Fla. -- The early morning fog and darkness were still two hours from lifting, but the parking lot of La Mexicana grocery store was filled with 200 farmworkers hoping for the chance to pick vegetables for $20 to $60 a day.

Hiring from the outside would be challenge for Coke, observers say
ATLANTA -- Coca-Cola Co. is looking outside its ranks as it searches for a new chief executive, but some company-watchers say the beverage giant's size and complexity along with its recent legal and image problems may make an insider the right choice.

Hiring from the outside would be challenge for Coke, observers say

Greenspan: Household balance sheets generally in 'good shape'
WASHINGTON -- The balance sheets of American households are generally in "good shape" as extra cash from a huge wave of home mortgage refinancing and decades-low interest rates helped consumers better manage their debt, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Monday

Defects force Sony to cancel sale of two digital music players

Defense witness bolsters testimony at Martha Stewart trial
NEW YORK -- Weeks before Martha Stewart sold her ImClone Systems stock, her stockbroker mentioned a desire to get rid of the shares before they fell to $60, a defense witness testified Monday.

2003 yields rising price for timber

Program helps pupils go from classroom to work
When teens their age were hanging out each day after high school, Joshua Alexander and Rocardo Wright were busy clocking in at Bobby Jones Ford, where they interned in the dealership's repair shop.

Defense witness bolsters testimony at Martha Stewart trial

Greenspan: Household balance sheets generally in 'good shape'

Bankruptcy court OKs Aurora reorganization

Farmworkers want Taco Bell to pressure growers for higher pay

Program helps pupils go from classroom to work

Bankruptcy court OKs Aurora reorganization
ST. LOUIS -- A federal bankruptcy court has approved a reorganization plan for Aurora Foods Inc. that calls for the maker of Duncan Hines baking mixes, Lender's bagels and other foods to merge with Pinnacle Foods Holding Corp., Aurora officials said Monday.

Federal program helps ease retirees back into the work force

Defects force Sony to cancel sale of two digital music players
TOKYO -- Japanese electronics and entertainment company Sony Corp. has canceled the planned sale this spring in Japan of two portable MP3 digital music players because of problems with the built-in FM radio tuners, the company said Monday.

Employers redefine retirement as exodus of boomer workers looms

Inside man seen as best for Coke
ATLANTA - Coca-Cola's inclusion of outside candidates in its search for a new chief executive poses a challenge to find someone who can run such a complex company like the world's largest beverage maker that has legal and public image problems, observers say.

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.

Business briefs
Seeking to gain support for the Augusta Showcase, the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce is sending volunteers to area groups and civic organizations to speak about the Masters Tournament-pegged economic development initiative.

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.

DaimlerChrysler team being sent to help troubled Mitsubishi Motors
TOKYO -- DaimlerChrysler AG of Germany is sending a team to help devise a rescue plan for its troubled Japanese partner Mitsubishi Motors Corp., the Tokyo-based automaker said Monday.

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.

New NYSE chief prepares to do battle over 'trade-through' rule
NEW YORK -- Five weeks into his job, the head of the New York Stock Exchange is preparing to battle an expected change to federal regulations that he says could deprive investors of the best possible prices for their stocks.

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.

Design of possible Google IPO closely watched

Trial begins in Adelphia fraud case

New NYSE chief prepares to do battle over 'trade-through' rule

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.

Uconn women return to No. 1

Russian roulette

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.

Ensuring no message
President George W. Bush had a much better week this week on Meet the Press than he did last week. And this time, he didn't even have to show up.

On the same page

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.

PSC reforms lauded

This is war
It seems silly to say it. It's just unbelievable. But at the same time, it's undoubtedly true - and eternally profound:

Ensuring no message

Russian roulette
A federal study shows that South Carolina's Department of Social Services flunks six of seven key measures in its foster care program. Six of seven failures - that's not just embarrassing, it's a disgrace.

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.

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.

Stiller and Meara: Still a team after 50 years
NEW YORK -- After 50 years of marriage, with both careers still going strong, Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller remain each other's biggest fan.

People in the News
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Michael Eisner, the embattled CEO of the Walt Disney Co., made a surprise visit to Disneyland to promote its latest attraction and deflect criticism that the company's parks have declined in recent years.

Interest rates rise at weekly Treasury auction
WASHINGTON -- Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills rose in Monday's auction with rates on three-month bills hitting the highest level since mid-November.

Tokyo stocks rise on gains by U.S. dollar
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks rallied Monday, sending a benchmark index to a four-week-high as investors encouraged by recent gains by the U.S. dollar against the Japanese yen bought shares in Japan's currency-sensitive export industry.

Tokyo stocks rise on gains by U.S. dollar

Interest rates rise at weekly Treasury auction

Bad news from Intel pushes tech stocks lower
NEW YORK -- Technology shares sank Monday on disappointing news from Intel, briefly pushing the Nasdaq composite index into negative territory for the year despite a brighter forecast from wireless equipment maker Qualcomm. Blue chips also slumped after the U.S. Army canceled a helicopter program, sending Boeing and United Technologies lower.

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.

Hewitt unhappy with officiating
ATLANTA - The frustration was evident in his voice and his responses.

Georgia Southern romps Georgia

Jackets come up short

Veteran Haas still got game
If every professional athlete conducted themselves like Jay Haas, sports writers around the country would be much happier people.

Veteran Haas still got game

Weir survives a scare to win at Riviera

Lunn wins Lakelands Classic

Rollins will face No. 1
CARLSBAD, Calif. - John Rollins figured he would be home in Virginia, not pounding balls Monday on the muddy turf at La Costa, getting ready for his first taste of match play in nearly seven years.

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.

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.

Thongchai Jaidee wins rain-soaked Malaysian Open

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.

Rollins will face No. 1

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

Luongo blanks Bruins

Luongo blanks Bruins
BOSTON - Roberto Luongo made 38 saves for his fifth shutout of the season, leading the Florida Panthers past the Bruins 2-0 Monday night for Boston's first regulation loss in 13 games.

Lottery millions could fatten wallet, church membership
OK, I didn't win the big lottery drawing this weekend.

Elect president based on facts, not hearsay
I would like to encourage all who participate in one of our greatest privileges, voting, not to put their total trust in the media to convey the truth regarding the presidential election. Tena Berry, Aiken, S.C.

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.

Janet Jackson's wasn't the only Super Bowl security lapse
Entertainers Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake were part of the halftime festivities at the Super Bowl. When Mr. Timberlake reached over and pulled a part of Ms. Jackson's costume off, it exposed her right breast. Even though both were wrong to do this, she was the only one lambasted in the press. Ernest Leysath, Augusta

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

Draft letter an attempt not to re-elect Bush

Alleges that 'alleged' is overused

Administration only engenders fear

Guns a scapegoat, not the cause, of black violence

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

What is price markup by drug stores?
Recently I was shocked when I opened up a piece of mail from my wife's alma mater after all these years asking for a donation to buy the property that has always been so dear to coaches, teachers, students and staff who have taken pride in, and have fond memories of, a wonderful school. Donald O. Gregory, Martinez, Ga.

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.

Elect president based on facts, not hearsay

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

Janet Jackson's wasn't the only Super Bowl security lapse

Lexicon software lets writers swim through an ocean of words

Sneaky use of cell phone cameras prompting bans

Researchers, game makers going beyond the joystick

Course introduces people to language of medicine

Seniors calendar

Blogging boom in Iran defies media control

Video game review: Final Fantasy X-2

Size matters for Apple's new iPod mini

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

Exercise delivers pregnancy benefits

Exercise delivers pregnancy benefits
NEW YORK - Getting to the gym is often the last thing on the mind of an exhausted mother-to-be whose body is working hard to prepare for a baby.

Living briefs
Cybill Shepherd wants to go to the Academy Awards on the ABC show I'm With Her - and by golly, she's going to make someone on this show take her. The show airs Tuesday at 8:30 on WJBF-TV (Channel 6).

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

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.

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.

Researchers, game makers going beyond the joystick
DALLAS -- There's not much use for a keyboard or joystick in the video game "The Journey to Wild Divine: The Passage." All the action is controlled, literally, through your fingertips.

Highly contagious strain of bird flu found at Texas chicken farm
SAN ANTONIO -- A strain of avian flu found on a Texas chicken farm is considered far deadlier to poultry than originally thought and has spread to live bird markets in Houston, federal officials said Monday.

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.

Course introduces people to language of medicine
Understanding the inner workings of modern medicine can be time-consuming and frustrating to an outsider.

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.

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

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.

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."

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

Plan may alter Kroger's size

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.

Across the area

Clarke County officials react to wave of suicide attempts in jail
ATHENS, Ga. -- A recent wave of suicide attempts at the Clarke County Jail has forced officials to consider adding full-time medical staff to provide immediate attention to mentally unstable prisoners.

Gay marriage debate splits Democrats

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.

Nader says he won't back off even if major candidates in a dead heat

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.

News you can use

Across Georgia

Augusta housing authority to aid residents

Nuclear site goes on market

Gay marriage debate splits Democrats
ATLANTA -- Georgia Democrats are deeply divided over a proposed gay marriage amendment, and the lone gay member of the Legislature planned a heartfelt plea Monday to sway her fellow Democrats to fight the same-sex marriage ban.

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

Flags lowered in memory of state's first female Circuit Court judge

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.

Man bought freedom, left legacy in Camden
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- When Bonds Conway came to Camden in 1792, he was an enslaved servant. In less than a year, he began a new life as a businessman, landowner and homeowner.

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.

House Rural Caucus tackles issues in state's poorest counties
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The revived House Rural Caucus has a bipartisan group of state lawmakers working to boost economic growth in the state's poorest counties.

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.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Georgia's attorney general asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to stay a federal appeals court's order requiring that new legislative districts be drawn in time for this year's elections.

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.

Man bought freedom, left legacy in Camden

Gay marriage debate splits state Democrats

Council wants other options
Columbia County School Superintendent Tommy Price is expected to make a recommendation to the board tonight regarding a new Evans Middle School principal.

Pupils violate policy on pills
Twenty-nine pupils at Hephzibah and Langford middle schools have been suspended this month for having unauthorized medications or passing them out to classmates.

Group wants plant rules
Two national environmental groups want the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to tighten new rules they contend will allow chemical plants to continue releasing unreported volumes of mercury.

Documents shed light on cook's life

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.

Buried munitions pose threat

Kid of the day

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.

The week ahead

Kid of the day

Rivals' Washington pull hinders growth at SRS

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.

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

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.

Rants and raves
I FEEL THAT our country at this time should let the United Nations or some other nation assist in Haiti. We are in up to our ears with this war now and in debt, and Haiti has been going on for a long time. This is one thing we don't need to get into. We need to look after our own country and our own people's safety.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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.

Churches sponsor shows

Chinese adoptee adjusts to U.S. life

Clarke County officials react to wave of suicide attempts in jail

New bus service to start rolling between Folly Beach and Charleston

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."

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

Winfrey gives another $5 million donation to Morehouse
ATLANTA -- Talk show host Oprah Winfrey has given Morehouse College another $5 million donation to fund scholarships at the Atlanta school.

Cuts may close state's first visitors center
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Georgia's first visitors center, which opened in 1962 and survived even when interstate highways diverted traffic in the 1970s, could fall to funding cutbacks.

House Rural Caucus tackles issues in state's poorest counties

Group wants plant rules

S.C. Guard soldiers leave on first leg of trip to Iraq

Tax plan eyed

City mum on higher landfill fees

Bush takes first punch at Kerry

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.

Across South Carolina
ORANGEBURG - Three Denmark men died in a wreck Sunday on U.S. Highway 78 in Barnwell County, near the Bamberg County line.

Cuts may close state's first visitors center

House votes to rein in boating enforcers
ATLANTA -- Lake boats could not be searched by law enforcement without probable cause under a bill approved by the Georgia House Monday.

Documents shed light on cook's life
BEECH ISLAND - Down the narrow driveway shaded by parallel rows of aged magnolias, the three-story Redcliffe Plantation house looks much as it did during the Civil War, Reconstruction and the Great Depression.

Flags lowered in memory of state's first female Circuit Court judge
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Flags at all state buildings were lowered to half-staff Monday in memory of Carol Connor, South Carolina's first female Circuit Court judge.

City mum on higher landfill fees
Augusta commissioners aren't ready to talk about it yet, but residents shouldn't be surprised if landfill fees go up.

S.C. Guard soldiers leave on first leg of trip to Iraq
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A new group of South Carolina National Guard soldiers have been called up to serve in Iraq.

Across the area
Vocal opponents of a proposed Rhinehart's Oyster Bar in Columbia County packed a county commission committee meeting Monday and vowed to do the same next week when the full board meets to consider the restaurant's liquor license.

Rants and raves
I FEEL THAT our country at this time should let the United Nations or some other nation assist in Haiti. We are in up to our ears with this war now and in debt, and Haiti has been going on for a long time. This is one thing we don't need to get into. We need to look after our own country and our own people's safety.

Plan may alter Kroger's size
The size cap for a proposed Kroger at Furys Ferry and Evans to Locks roads could be removed if officials adopt a plan to change the intersection's classification.

Radiothon
WBBQ program director Steve Cherry (left) and technical director Danny Messano prepare to broadcast from the MCG Childrens Medical Center lobby . They will be broadcasting a Radiothon for 104 hours it began Monday and will end Friday afternoon. There will be auctions through Thursday Proceeds benefit the childrens center and the Ronald McDonald House charity.

Tax plan eyed
City commissioners grilled the Richmond County Board of Assessors on Monday on how it plans to prevent a repeat of last year's drastic drop in the city's tax digest.

Augusta housing authority to aid residents
Glenda Rolland has heard the rumors.

Caucus restarts to help rural counties
COLUMBIA - The revived House Rural Caucus has a bipartisan group of state lawmakers working to boost economic growth in the state's poorest counties.

Advocate sees money misuse
AIKEN - South Carolina is pumping too much money into the bureaucracy of public education with too few dollars reaching the classroom to help teachers and pupils, said Ed McMullen, the president of the South Carolina Policy Council Education Foundation, a conservative think tank.

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.

Testimony begins in capital trial
Yong-Suk and Frederick Walker were creatures of habit.

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

Redistricting weighs on lawmakers

News you can use
Feb. 24, 1953 An Augusta truck driver escaped without serious injury yesterday when the truck he was driving was hit by a freight train on the 1400 block of Greene Street.

White professors accuse black colleague of racism

Winfrey gives another $5 million donation to Morehouse

Island battleground faces housing fight
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Most of the seaside ramparts stormed by black troops of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment in the 1863 attack recounted in the movie Glory have been lost to time and tide.

Across the southeast

Man's remark threatens to end resentencing hearing

Georgia churches eagerly await Mel Gibson's "Passion"

Gay marriage debate splits state Democrats
ATLANTA - Georgia Democrats are deeply divided over a proposed gay marriage amendment, and the lone gay member of the Legislature planned a heartfelt plea Monday to sway her fellow Democrats to fight the same-sex marriage ban.

Record may hurt Beasley

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

Students, lawmakers want lower book prices

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.

Senate bill would deregulate insurance industry

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

Augusta airport struggles to find new carrier

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.

Talk at Episcopal forum centers on ways to avoid schism

Caucus restarts to help rural counties

View from the top

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Jacob Luta, 4, of Martinez.

House votes to rein in boating enforcers
ATLANTA - Lake boats could not be searched by law enforcement without probable cause under a bill approved by the Georgia House on Monday.

Nuclear site goes on market
For sale or rent: one nuclear service facility, never used, some age wear. Available for counterterrorism training, emergency equipment field testing and mock terrorism drills.

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.

Oscar Insider: Producer to allow stars their 'moments'

'50 First Dates' trounces the competition with $21 million
LOS ANGELES -- Movie-goers have not forgotten "50 First Dates." The Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore romance about a man wooing a memory-challenged woman took in $21 million to remain the top movie for a second weekend, easily fending off a rush of new flicks, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Academy takes strict hands-on policy for Oscar advertising
NEW YORK -- Don't look for any flatulent horses or impotence cures during commercial breaks at the Academy Awards.

Oscar Insider: Producer to allow stars their 'moments'
LOS ANGELES -- You can't tell Clint Eastwood to shut up. When Hollywood hands out the Oscars, acceptance speeches are one of the few unpredictable things. So Joe Roth, the movie mogul enlisted to boost the telecast's sagging ratings - and who has never produced a minute of TV - will let his stars have their say during the Feb. 29 ceremony.

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

Academy takes strict hands-on policy for Oscar advertising

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."

'50 First Dates' trounces the competition with $21 million

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

Depp, Theron take lead-acting honors at SAG awards

Depp, Theron take lead-acting honors at SAG awards
LOS ANGELES -- Johnny Depp poached some unexpected plunder at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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.

FCC: Congress should lift restrictions on low-power FM stations

Music price-fixing case refunds on the way
LOS ANGELES -- Millions of U.S. music fans will soon begin receiving refund checks as part of a $144 million settlement of a price-fixing lawsuit against five distributors and three retailers.

Blow to the ego pushes Jen Chapin into singing career
NEW YORK -- With an Ivy League education and experience as a teacher and hunger activist, a career in music wasn't necessarily Jen Chapin's first choice.

Music price-fixing case refunds on the way

Lawsuits scaring some downloaders, song trading still popular
PHILADELPHIA -- Greg Kullberg first started downloading free music off the Internet as a college freshman in 1996. He stopped - mostly - after the recording industry started filing lawsuits against file-sharers last year.

Kenny Chesney's inner beach bum returns for new album

Blow to the ego pushes Jen Chapin into singing career

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.

FCC: Congress should lift restrictions on low-power FM stations
WASHINGTON -- Low-power FM radio stations serving highly specific audiences in small areas don't interfere with broadcasts by large stations, federal regulators said Friday.

NASCAR warns drivers to stop cursing

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.

Busch crew chief fined for illegal part

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.

Busch crew chief fined for illegal part
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Johnny Benson's crew chief was fined $2,000 by NASCAR on Monday for using an unapproved front spring in qualifying for last week's Busch Series race.

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.

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.

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

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

Rookie's late charge falls short at end

Pistons fined $200,000 for using ineligible players
NEW YORK -- The Detroit Pistons were fined $200,000 by the NBA on Monday for using Rasheed Wallace and Mike James before the deal that brought them to the team was finalized.

Yao's 41 fuels Rockets' win
HOUSTON - Yao Ming made the Atlanta Hawks pay for their physical play.

Yao's 41 fuels Rockets' win

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.

Gonzaga reaches No. 4 spot in poll
Gonzaga has made some deep runs in the NCAA Tournament and now has its highest Associated Press Top 25 ranking: No. 4.

Uconn women return to No. 1
Connecticut replaced Texas atop The Associated Press women's basketball poll Monday, regaining the position it held the first eight weeks of the season.

Colts place franchise tag on Manning

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

Broncos, 'Skins may trade unhappy stars

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U.S. athletes preparing for hostile reception in Athens

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.

U.S. athletes preparing for hostile reception in Athens
The baseball and soccer teams are out, and the basketball team is no longer a lock. Hostile crowds await, the threat of terrorism lurks, and other countries are catching up everywhere.

Grant stops Hatcher in sixth round

Overtime

Overtime

Seven ACC teams to dance?

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.

Seven ACC teams to dance?
Reviewing and previewing college basketball in the ACC, SEC and elsewhere:

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
In Detroit, a sculpture commemorating boxing great Joe Louis was vandalized with white paint early Monday, and two men were in custody, police said.

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.

Bush takes first punch at Kerry
WASHINGTON - Promising a "spirited" presidential campaign, President Bush kicked off his re-election effort Monday by ridiculing his chief rival and casting the November election as a choice between steadfast leadership and weakness in the face of danger.

Nader says he won't back off even if major candidates in a dead heat
WASHINGTON -- Ralph Nader said Monday he won't back off from his latest campaign for the White House even if the major candidates are tied in polls going in to Election Day, a scenario that led many friends and former supporters to urge him not to run again.

Jackets topple Hillcrest
NORTH AUGUSTA - With its final 10 points of the game coming via free throws, North Augusta was able to slide past Hillcrest 63-57 in the first round of the Class AAAA South Carolina girls basketball playoffs. The Yellow Jackets made 12 of 15 shots from the free-throw line in the final quarter to secure the win.

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

Colts place franchise tag on Manning
INDIANAPOLIS -- Peyton Manning has been the Indianapolis Colts' franchise player for six years. Now he officially wears the title.

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.

Broncos, 'Skins may trade unhappy stars
DENVER - The Denver Broncos are discussing a trade that would send running back Clinton Portis to Washington for cornerback Champ Bailey, a swap of two Pro Bowlers upset with their contracts, a source said Monday.

Save for retirement and reduce your taxes
WASHINGTON -- Tax breaks give workers an incentive to save for retirement, and future retirees can start stashing away even more savings this year into accounts sponsored by their employers.

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.

Poll: Two-thirds of Americans support the idea of televised executions
NEW YORK -- Two-thirds of Americans polled last month said they support the idea of televising executions - and 21 percent said they'd pay to watch Osama bin Laden put to death.

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.

Change, maybe fresh nominees, coming to Emmys

'Sex and the City' necklace has bright future

Change, maybe fresh nominees, coming to Emmys
LOS ANGELES -- The television academy is shaking up Emmy rules to try to freshen a competition that sees the same shows winning trophies year after year.

Poll: Two-thirds of Americans support the idea of televised executions

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

It's Carrie and Mr. Big, as 'Sex and the City' comes to an end
NEW YORK -- It took them six years to realize it, but Carrie Bradshaw and Mr. Big were meant for each other.

Jeff Fager getting ready to replace a television legend

'Sex and the City' necklace has bright future
LOS ANGELES -- When Carrie Bradshaw broke her Russian lover's heart and the necklace he'd given her in the "Sex and the City" finale, the jewelry had a stunt double.

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.

It's Carrie and Mr. Big, as 'Sex and the City' comes to an end

People in the News

Hollywood hell raiser Eszterhas finds peace in suburbia

Stiller and Meara: Still a team after 50 years

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

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

Odom thinks squad can learn from Gators

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.

Odom thinks squad can learn from Gators
If South Carolina coach Dave Odom wonders how the Gamecocks will respond to a crushing 82-66 loss at Arkansas on Saturday, he can present them with a source of inspiration in Florida, their opponent Wednesday.

South Carolina blanks UNC Wilmington

Razorbacks defeat Gamecocks

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

The serial dater can break a girl's heart
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I just met this guy at school and we started talking. We were getting kind of close, then he started going out with this girl. They broke up and now he wants to talk to me again. What should I do?

Your style
Cameron Mason, 17, is a senior at Harlem High School.

Cheerleaders strive against opponents, old stereotypes
The girls of Southern Mpact Athletics have won national titles for competitive cheerleading and performed for audiences of thousands, but they aren't letting it go to their heads.

Your style

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The serial dater can break a girl's heart

Incubus does it softer with 'Crow' selections
I'd heard Incubus' upbeat rock single Megalomaniac more times on the radio than I care to remember. So two days after the release of their new CD, A Crow Left of the Murder, I got a copy. I have to admit, it's not what I expected.

Music earns following for talented Augustan
I'd never played a kazoo, but it seemed like fun. On stage, Will McCrannie pulled out a funky whistle and started on his solo. Soon, he had the audience joining in to play the Kazoo Song, or so it is informally called.

'Remember when' releases a flood of family memories
I stared out at the highway lights catching the rain. The hum of the car engine and the barely audible radio nearly put me to sleep. It was another family get-together and all was silent in the car as my cousins and I rode along to my grandparents' house. Five of us, ages 17 to 22, were in the front and back seats.

Incubus does it softer with 'Crow' selections

Xtreme calendar
TODAYRent or Buy: New DVD releases include the independent comedy-drama Pieces of April, starring Katie Holmes as a family outcast trying to create a memorable Thanksgiving; Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, the action film that chronicles the crime-fighting of the Cortez family; and The Missing, a Western from director Ron Howard.

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

Xtreme question of the week

Xtreme question of the week
How would you rate Augusta's music scene?

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Cheerleaders strive against opponents, old stereotypes

Music earns following for talented Augustan

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

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