Nijinsky dancing is first rate

Nijinsky dancing is first rate
NEW YORK - Even before the house lights go down at the beginning of Nijinsky, the jarring sound of human voices on stage makes it clear that this is not your typical ballet.

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.

Lieber sidelined with groin injury

Yankees reach agreement with 1B Lee
TAMPA, Fla. -- Free agent Travis Lee and the Yankees reached agreement on a $2.25 million, one-year contract Tuesday, giving New York another option at first base in case Jason Giambi's surgically repaired knee is still shaky.

Torre leaves Yankees workout after father-in-law falls

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.

Baker lashes out at critics
MESA, Ariz. - Dusty Baker thinks suspicions over which baseball players are using steroids smacks of a McCarthy witch hunt of the 1940s and 1950s.

Yankees reach agreement with 1B Lee

Tigers' triple is possible
If the season ended today, it would probably be a University of Memphis trifecta.

Benitez happy to start over with Marlins

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.

Yanks, Rivera's agent meet
TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and Mariano Rivera's agent met Tuesday, talking about a possible deal that would keep the closer with New York through 2007.

Soriano out for up to a month
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Seattle Mariners reliever Rafael Soriano will be sidelined for three to four weeks after an MRI exam Tuesday revealed a strained interior oblique muscle on his left side.

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.

Torre leaves Yankees workout after father-in-law falls
TAMPA, Fla. -- Manager Joe Torre left the New York Yankees in the middle of their workout Tuesday after his father-in-law fell.

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.

Benitez happy to start over with Marlins
JUPITER, Fla. -- Armando Benitez says this year will be better, and maybe he's right. Two days into spring training he has yet to be booed.

Bonds will try blocking distractions

Yanks, Rivera's agent meet

Schmidt: 'Rose is beaten'

Baker lashes out at critics

Mondesi finalizes contract with Pirates

Lieber sidelined with groin injury
TAMPA, Fla. - New York Yankees right-hander Jon Lieber will not throw off a mound for at least five to seven days because of an injured right groin.

At 40, Johnson prepares to lead Arizona as lone ace

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.

Lottery millions could fatten wallet, church membership

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

Odds and Ends
MINNEAPOLIS -- New Police Chief Bill McManus proved he's serious about zero tolerance - by issuing a ticket to his new boss, Mayor R.T. Rybak.

Polar bears at Singapore Zoo turn green
SINGAPORE -- It's a wee bit early for St. Patrick's Day, but Singapore Zoo's two polar bears have turned green.

Airport screener sends self through X-ray machine
DENVER -- A security screener at the Denver airport has been disciplined for sending himself through an X-ray machine.

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.

Drew's knee is cause for worry

Bullpen is source of concern

Bullpen is source of concern
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - There's no sense of panic at the Atlanta Braves' spring training facility, but there's certainly some concern about the bullpen.

Smoltz looking good
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Before he dashed out for a golf match with Chipper Jones, Mark DeRosa and Adam LaRoche, John Smoltz took his first turn on the mound Tuesday morning and opened manager Bobby Cox's eyes.

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.

2003 yields rising price for timber

Stewart won't testify at stock fraud trial
NEW YORK -- Martha Stewart will not take the stand in her own defense at her stock-fraud trial, her lawyer said Tuesday.

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.

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.

Program helps pupils go from classroom to work

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.

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

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.

Business briefs
Risque Super Bowl advertising will be the topic of discussion at next month's Augusta Advertising Federation meeting, with a University of South Carolina professor and author giving insight into controversial ads that bombed.

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.

Greenspan: mortgage giants' debt could pose threat to financial system
WASHINGTON -- Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could pose a threat to the country's financial system if their debt is not restrained, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Tuesday, urging Congress to consider capping the debt the two Fortune 500 companies can carry.

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.

Event aids entrepreneurs
Herman Cain knows how to run a successful business. After working his way up the corporate ladder to become a vice president at Pillsbury, he took the company's struggling Godfather's Pizza chain to profitability in just 14 months.

Defense witness bolsters testimony at Martha Stewart trial

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

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.

Farmworkers want Taco Bell to pressure growers for higher pay

Event aids entrepreneurs

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.

Europe bans import of U.S. poultry products

Parmalat USA Corp. files for Chapter 11
TRENTON, N.J. - Parmalat USA Corp., the U.S. subsidiary of fraud-ridden dairy giant Parmalat Finanziaria, filed for bankruptcy reorganization protection on Tuesday, saying it needs to obtain financing quickly but will continue operating normally.

Bank sees record profit in 2003

Production up at Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, down at other Japanese automakers
TOKYO -- Global production rose at Japanese automakers Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Co. and Mazda Motor Corp. in January but fell at Honda Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp., the companies said Tuesday.

Production up at Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, down at other Japanese automakers

Bankruptcy court OKs Aurora reorganization

Business briefs

Defects force Sony to cancel sale of two digital music players

LeBron James pops another big ad deal

Stewart won't testify at stock fraud trial

Calif. retail gas price shoots up because of refinery shutdowns

Greenspan: Household balance sheets generally in 'good shape'

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.

Trial begins in Adelphia fraud case

LeBron James pops another big ad deal
CLEVELAND -- LeBron James has snapped up another big endorsement deal.

Inside man seen as best for Coke

Consumer confidence drops in February
NEW YORK -- Consumer confidence tumbled in February, as persistent worries about jobs tarnished Americans' optimism, an industry group reported Tuesday.

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

Europe bans import of U.S. poultry products
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Union and South Korea banned the import of all poultry products from the United States on Tuesday following the outbreak of a highly contagious strain of avian influenza in Texas. Mexico banned most U.S. poultry products.

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.

Bank sees record profit in 2003
First Bank of Georgia saw its 2003 profit rise to a record $5 million, riding a crest of mortgage-related business amid a period of historically low rates.

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.

Lamar fills its floors
The historic Lamar Building on Broad Street will soon see a new tenant, adding to a growing number of leases signed in the past few years and putting it on pace to be fully occupied in the "not too distant future," its owner said.

Calif. retail gas price shoots up because of refinery shutdowns
The retail price of gasoline surged in California last week to an average of $2.03 per gallon, as two unexpected refinery shutdowns caused a sharp run-up in wholesale markets.

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.

Maryland punishes Clemson

Maryland punishes Clemson
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - John Gilchrist had 19 points, six assists and five steals as Maryland beat Clemson, 70-49 on Tuesday.

ACC is cleared again by judge

ACC is cleared again by judge
HARTFORD, Conn. - A Connecticut judge has dismissed all claims against the Atlantic Coast Conference and its officers in a lawsuit filed by four Big East schools over the ACC's expansion.

Uconn women return to No. 1

Red Raiders humbled

Things could be better for Jags

Cold weather dampens area participation

Secularists strike back
What is the point in interviewing Mel Gibson's eccentric 85-year-old father on the Holocaust, unless it's a mean-spirited effort to discredit the moviemaker's magnificent film, The Passion of the Christ?

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.

Russian roulette

Hollywood's salvation?
Watching the movie The Passion of the Christ, which premieres today, is a powerful, emotional, difficult experience.

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:

Secularists strike back

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.

Hollywood's salvation?

People in the News
NEW YORK -- When Little Steven Van Zandt launches his search for the nation's No. 1 garage band, don't expect "American Idol II."

Comfy clubbin' at the Stillwater Tap Room
Just behind the glass on either side of Stillwater Tap Room's front door off Broad Street are several wooden rocking chairs and wooden tables.

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.

Stuff to do
With more than 50 years onstage and more than 200 albums to his credit, country legend Willie Nelson has quite a repertoire from which to draw when he performs Saturday at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 605 Seventh St.

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

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.

Stocks fall as markets continue selloff
NEW YORK -- A sharp drop in consumer confidence gave investors another excuse to sell Tuesday, sending most stocks moderately lower in what some analysts are starting to call a market correction.

SC and New York state attorney general sue FleetBoston in mutual fund probe
ALBANY, N.Y. -- FleetBoston Financial Corp.'s two mutual fund subsidiaries were accused by regulators Tuesday of engaging in widespread trading abuses that harmed regular investors.

SC and New York state attorney general sue FleetBoston in mutual fund probe

Tokyo stocks rise on gains by U.S. dollar

Does membership in a stock index matter?

SEC proposal would let investors choose speed over price
WASHINGTON -- Investors would be able to choose the speediest stock trade over the best price in a change being considered by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The move could divert business to electronic markets from the more traditional New York Stock Exchange, whose new chief executive already is opposing it.

Interest rates rise at weekly Treasury auction

Tokyo's stocks plunge, dollar up against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo's key stock index on Tuesday suffered its biggest point drop this year as investors sold technology issues. The U.S. dollar rose against the Japanese yen.

Goldman Sachs to pay $45.5 million in settlement

Stocks fall as markets continue selloff

SEC proposal would let investors choose speed over price

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.

Does membership in a stock index matter?
NEW YORK -- The perception on Wall Street has long been that companies gaining entry to one of the market's major indexes are destined for higher stock prices.

Goldman Sachs to pay $45.5 million in settlement
NEW YORK -- Investment and brokerage giant Goldman Sachs & Co. will pay $45.5 million to settle charges in the New York Stock Exchange specialist investigation and is cooperating with state and federal investigations into improper mutual fund activities, according to the company's annual report.

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.

Small portions
Large cuts of lamb, such as legs, rack and shanks, often grace the table for celebrations. Smaller, quick-cooking cuts such as chops and steaks are delicious and ideal for fast or intimate meals.

Dining out

Somewhere In Augusta is not just a bar
When most people think of Somewhere In Augusta, they think of a bar, but there's also a grill in the National Hills Shopping Center business that serves lunch and dinner.

Small portions

More trading partners ban imports of U.S. chickens

More trading partners ban imports of U.S. chickens
SAN ANTONIO -- America's poultry growers are feeling increasing pain as more of the nation's trading partners ban imports of U.S. chickens, turkeys, eggs and other products following the discovery of a dangerous strain of avian flu in Texas.

Cook your way around the world
It's the season for armchair travel, for escapist browsing through exotic cookbooks, and comforting trips to the kitchen.

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

Cook your way around the world

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

Crazy week lies ahead for players at Match Play
CARLSBAD, Calif. - Tiger Woods called the Match Play Championship his best performance last year.

Monty could be left out of Players Championship
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- The world ranking is a reality check for Colin Montgomerie.

Crazy week lies ahead for players at Match Play

Knowing who puts the bread on the table
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Hank Kuehne started the day only three shots off the lead at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and ended it with an 80. He bolted off the course and headed straight to which of the following:

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.

Tiger troubles
CARLSBAD, Calif. - Tiger Woods had signed for his best score at Riviera and was cleaning out his locker, a process that usually includes sorting through a number of unsolicited letters.

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

Monty could be left out of Players Championship

Tiger troubles

Rollins will face No. 1

Veteran Haas still got game

Prep basketball scores

Aiken dominates early and often

Montreal pulls out a late win
MONTREAL - Steve Begin scored with 40.2 seconds remaining, giving Montreal a 4-2 win over Ottawa on Tuesday.

Thrashers put three on injured reserve
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Thrashers placed goaltender Byron Dafoe, defenseman Frantisek Kaberle and right wing J.P. Vigier on injured reserve Tuesday.

Montreal pulls out a late win

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.

Luongo blanks Bruins

Vietnamese soup can be tailored to many diets
The American restaurant landscape attests to our love of Asian cuisine, including Chinese, Japanese and Thai. Now, in larger cities, Vietnamese cuisine is rapidly gathering a following.

Vietnamese soup can be tailored to many diets

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

Elderly man found dead
An elderly man was found dead Wednesday evening at a south Augusta mobile home park.

Make choice not to be chained to the past

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.

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

Gun control to ruin Democrats in South
I notice the Democratic candidates are studiously avoiding their records, statements and positions on gun ownership and the Second Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms. Floyd Brown, Evans, Ga.

Elect president based on facts, not hearsay

Make choice not to be chained to the past
I don't like what I've seen Augusta become over the last 25 or so years. When I left Augusta in 1976, there was a thriving economy and a feeling of relief that the days of Gov. Lester Maddox were over. Bobby Greene, Martinez, Ga.

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.

Former Army recruiter sheds light on National Guard
I was an Army recruiter for four years. During that time, the National Guard units throughout the United States were completely swamped with applications for enlistment in order to evade the draft. Harry Sellers, Hephzibah, Ga.

Gun control to ruin Democrats in South

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

U.S. Mint selects artists to help design coins, medals

Course introduces people to language of medicine

Seniors calendar

Living briefs

Oregon outbreak underscores dangers of upper-ear piercing

Exercise delivers pregnancy benefits

Researchers, game makers going beyond the joystick

Teens, young adults account for nearly half of STDs in U.S.

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).

U.S. Mint selects artists to help design coins, medals
WASHINGTON -- Two dozen artists have been asked to submit designs for a new nickel honoring the Lewis and Clark expedition, the first assignment for a pool of American artists selected to help plan U.S. coins.

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.

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.

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.

Teens, young adults account for nearly half of STDs in U.S.
WASHINGTON -- Teenagers and young adults account for nearly half the cases of sexually transmitted diseases in the United States though they make up just a quarter of the sexually active population, according to the first extensive national estimate of STDs among young Americans.

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

Living briefs
THE WINE: 2002 Rancho Zabaco Dancing Bull Sauvignon Blanc, $10, from California

Oregon outbreak underscores dangers of upper-ear piercing
CHICAGO -- Piercing the upper ear sometimes results in hard-to-treat infections that can lead to permanent disfigurement, according to a study of an Oregon outbreak.

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.

Rants and raves
I'VE GOT A LITTLE RANT here. It's about people complaining about the indigent fee at MCG - the $50. I don't drink. I don't smoke cigarettes. I'm a deacon of our church, and I cannot afford the doggone $50. So whoever's talking about beer and cigarette money, maybe they should take their beer and cigarette money and give it to someone who needs to see a doctor.

Close call doesn't stop couple's trek

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Augusta man is charged in felony
Police arrested an Augusta man Tuesday who they say tried to pass himself off as a law enforcement officer while shopping at a car dealership.

Board OK'd Larke payout

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.

Across Georgia

News you can use

Across the area

City mum on higher landfill fees

Evidence stacks up in room
Illicit video poker machines, a golf cart and outdated computers might not seem to belong together in one room.

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.

Officials, churches react to proposed marriage ban
Richmond County Probate Judge Isaac Buddy Jolles said he remembers only one telephone call from someone asking whether same sex marriage is legal, he said.

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.

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

Cuts may close lake's day-use parks earlier
Thurmond Lake's busiest parks, including West Dam and Lake Springs, could be closed early this season as the Army Corps of Engineers struggles to manage the reservoir in an era of shrinking budgets.

Man bought freedom, left legacy in Camden

Target to come to area next fall
A new shopping center in Columbia County is on the fast track, with site preparation possibly starting in August.

Gay marriage debate splits Democrats

Board OK'd Larke payout
Dr. Charles Larke is hustling to explain $310,000 in pay he received last year, compensation that easily made him the highest-paid schools superintendent in Georgia.

Audit worries health center

Driver testifies in Rhodes trial
David Easterling, who has admitted driving the two men accused of killing an Evans couple in 1998, testified Tuesday as the Columbia County trial against Dag Rhodes continued.

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.

Outlook on MOX facility sketchy
AIKEN - Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham's statement of confidence last week that a plutonium conversion facility at Savannah River Site will open on time was unsubstantiated and ill-timed, according to a nuclear industry watchdog group.

Early votes are hard to predict

Georgia joins battle to ban lawsuits related to obesity
ATLANTA - Overweight people wouldn't be able to sue restaurants for obesity-related health problems under a bill pitched by House Democrats on Tuesday.

News you can use

Murderer seeks a new trial
ATLANTA - The man blamed for killing 24 young Atlanta blacks wants a new trial based on his claims that members of the Ku Klux Klan were responsible for the deaths and that evidence used against him was unreliable.

Daughter follows dad's lead in drag racing competitions
AIKEN - In the testosterone-fueled motorsport that is drag racing, most folks don't take too kindly to getting beaten by a 17-year-old girl.

Water legislation targets transfers
ATLANTA - A Northeast Georgia lawmaker on Tuesday introduced a bill aimed at preventing Atlanta-area suppliers from tapping into water sources outside the metro region, including the Savannah River basin.

CDC study: Flu shot effective up to 63 percent for adults 50-64

Execution date set for man who killed Georgetown officer

Sex predator preaches forgiveness on stand
AIKEN - A Bath-based traveling evangelist pleaded guilty Monday to child molestation, but not before telling victims and their families in the Upstate courtroom they needed to forgive him if they wanted to get into heaven.

Across the area
Two Democratic candidates for president who are scheduled to visit Augusta on Saturday will speak earlier than originally planned, the organizer of the forum said Tuesday.

Hygienist faces fraud charges
Police found that one local dental hygienist was cleaning more than just people's teeth.

Daughter follows dad's lead in drag racing competitions

Officials, churches react to proposed marriage ban

Kerry hits back after Bush's jab

Cuts may close state's first visitors center

Water legislation targets transfers

Kid of the day

Brother accuses sister in stabbing
An 18-year-old Augusta woman remained in jail without bond Tuesday night after her brother told deputies she stabbed him.

Plan may alter Kroger's size

News you can use
Feb. 25, 1963 WAYNESBORO, Ga. -Di Lane Plantation near here again is the scene for a field trial this week playing host to the Region Three competition of the Amateur Field Trials Association of America.

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

Rants and raves
I'VE GOT A LITTLE RANT here. It's about people complaining about the indigent fee at MCG - the $50. I don't drink. I don't smoke cigarettes. I'm a deacon of our church, and I cannot afford the doggone $50. So whoever's talking about beer and cigarette money, maybe they should take their beer and cigarette money and give it to someone who needs to see a doctor.

Augusta housing authority to aid residents

Rain drops keep falling
As rain falls, Kate Anderson (left) watches while Michael Water, of Color Burst Inc., fertilizers flowers at the entrance to Bradford Pointe Apartments in west Augusta . Ms. Anderson, also with Color Burst, usually mulches, but could not do so Tuesday because of the rainy weather.

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Businessman faces fight to run casino cruises from beach town
EDISTO BEACH, S.C. -- An Upstate businessman who wants to operate gambling cruises-to-nowhere from the docks of this sleepy Colleton County beach town faces a fight from town officials.

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.

Jury spares life of man convicted in Union County killing
UNION, S.C. -- A Chester County man once sent to death row for killing a Lockhart convenience store clerk now will serve the rest of his life in prison.

Georgia joins battle to ban lawsuits related to obesity

Tax plan eyed

Sex predator preaches forgiveness on stand

Group wants plant rules

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.

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.

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.

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.

Not clear if Georgia's early voting will affect primary outcome

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.

Community program feeds the hungry while teaching a skill

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.

Rain drops keep falling

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.

Church members say emotional Gibson film depicts Jesus' sacrifice

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.

Narcotics officer to train Iraqi civilians for career in law enforcement

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.

Edwards gets support during visit to Atlanta

Churches sponsor shows

Outlook on MOX facility sketchy

Georgia joins scramble to prevent obesity lawsuits
ATLANTA -- Fat people wouldn't be able to sue restaurants for obesity-related health problems under a bill pitched by House Democrats Tuesday.

Across South Carolina
LEXINGTON - A man charged in a 12-year-old murder has turned himself in to authorities at the urging of his attorney, Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said Tuesday.

Income tax bill helps top payers

Santee Cooper approves building fourth coal-burning plant

Georgia joins scramble to prevent obesity lawsuits

Coliseum Authority says Lynx must pay for light
There will be no free lights for the Augusta Lynx at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Businessman faces fight to run casino cruises from beach town

Airport crew scoffs at hotel
It now looks as though Augusta Regional Airport will approve more than $11,000 for its usual extra contingent of control tower workers to help oversee this year's Masters Week air traffic.

Brother accuses sister in stabbing

Close call doesn't stop couple's trek
Deborah Simone knew it was only a matter of time before her husband's hepatitis C virus drove him back into the hospital. But they still weren't ready for it when he went into congestive heart failure as she walked the back roads of California trying to raise awareness about the disease.

Gay marriage debate splits state Democrats

Audit worries health center
Worried they are being smeared with the sins of the past administration in a scathing preliminary audit, the board of an Augusta mental health center voted to explore bringing in an outside auditor for help.

Nuclear site goes on market

Early votes are hard to predict
ATLANTA - It's difficult to predict how the state's new early voting procedure may affect the outcome of next week's Democratic presidential primary, if at all, but experts agree other states are poor indicators.

Clarke County officials react to wave of suicide attempts in jail

Caucus restarts to help rural counties

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 Georgia
ATLANTA - Secretary of State Cathy Cox predicted Tuesday that 26 percent of Georgia's registered voters, or slightly more than 1 million people, will participate in Tuesday's presidential primary and special referendum on the state flag.

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

Leaders to redefine Kolb's work duties
Augusta City Administrator George Kolb is less than two months into a one-year contract extension, but already elected officials are looking toward his next job evaluation.

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Christopher Ryan Townsend, 1, of Martinez.

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.

Narcotics officer to train Iraqi civilians for career in law enforcement
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Jody Long recently cut the shoulder-length curly brown hair that helped him blend into his environment as an undercover narcotics officer in York County. The 39-year-old Rock Hill native won't need a ponytail where he's going.

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

City effort to block massive development derailed
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Charleston's effort to block a development with 3,500 homes in rural Dorchester County has been derailed after some residents who wanted the city to annex the their land changed their minds.

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.

Bush takes first punch at Kerry

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.

Winfrey gives another $5 million donation to Morehouse

Arts and sciences faculty release statement criticizing UGA president

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.

Hygienist faces fraud charges

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

Driver testifies in Rhodes trial

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.

Hispanic group calls for hate crime charges in beating case

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.

Cuts may close lake's day-use parks earlier

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.

House Rural Caucus tackles issues in state's poorest counties

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.

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

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.

Documents shed light on cook's life

Income tax bill helps top payers
COLUMBIA - Gov. Mark Sanford's plan to reduce the state's income tax rate only helps the top half of taxpayers, South Carolina's chief economist said Tuesday.

Across Georgia

Execution date set for man who killed Georgetown officer
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The execution of a man convicted of killing a Georgetown police officer ten years ago has been set for March 19, but his lawyers have sued in federal court to stop his date with death.

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.

Hispanic group calls for hate crime charges in beating case
MARIETTA, Ga. -- Representatives of the Hispanic community publicly urged prosecutors on Tuesday to charge the five white teenagers accused of beating two day laborers with a hate crime.

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.

Church members say emotional Gibson film depicts Jesus' sacrifice
ALBANY, Ga. -- After watching a private screening of Mel Gibson's graphic movie, "The Passion of the Christ," men left the theater with red, watery eyes and some women dabbed tears from their cheeks.

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.

CDC study: Flu shot effective up to 63 percent for adults 50-64
ATLANTA -- This year's flu shot, although not a perfect match for the dominant flu strain of the season, provided protection for some adults up to an estimated 63 percent of the time, federal officials said Tuesday.

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.

Not clear if Georgia's early voting will affect primary outcome
ATLANTA -- It's difficult to predict how the state's new early voting procedure may affect the outcome of next week's Democratic presidential primary, if at all, but experts agree other states are poor indicators.

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.

Arts and sciences faculty release statement criticizing UGA president
ATHENS, Ga. -- After 13 drafts, University of Georgia's arts and sciences faculty have released a statement sharply criticizing University President Michael Adams' leadership.

Community program feeds the hungry while teaching a skill
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A program in Savannah is teaching those struggling with poverty a skill to help them get jobs while at the same time feeding the hungry.

Santee Cooper approves building fourth coal-burning plant
PINOPOLIS, S.C. -- The Santee Cooper board of directors has authorized construction of a $720 million coal-burning power unit near Pineville, a long-planned project.

Oscar Insider: The master chef prepares for his own Big Night

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

Reviews mixed on Mel Gibson's 'Passion'
Reviews of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" range from unabashed raves to raging eviscerations. Here's a sampling from the criticisms released Tuesday:

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.

Academy takes strict hands-on policy for Oscar advertising

'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.

Depp, Theron take lead-acting honors at SAG 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.

'Passion' conveys power

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

Oscar Insider: Producer to allow stars their 'moments'

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

Critical choice

Oscar Insider: The master chef prepares for his own Big Night
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Oscar nominees have a lot going on in their stomachs during the ceremony - knots, butterflies, maybe even an ulcer or two.

Oscar predictions: Rings, Penn, Theron and more

Oscar predictions: Rings, Penn, Theron and more
You can never count out surprises at the Academy Awards, but this season is shaping up as fairly predictable. Associated Press movie reviewers David Germain and Christy Lemire, much to their chagrin, agree on many predictions for the top Oscar categories:

'Passion' conveys power
Make no mistake, Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ is a propaganda film. It is the product of one man's belief and one man's interpretation of story based almost wholly in faith.

Reviews mixed on Mel Gibson's 'Passion'

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Blow to the ego pushes Jen Chapin into singing career

Music price-fixing case refunds on the way

Eminem's publisher sues Apple Computer over song
DETROIT -- Rapper Eminem's music publisher is suing Apple Computer Inc., claiming the company used one of the hip-hop superstar's songs in a television advertisement without permission.

Busch crew chief fined for illegal part

New all-star plans could come soon
CONCORD, N.C. - NASCAR isn't planning any radical changes this year to its annual all-star race, presented by new series sponsor Nextel and run at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

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.

New all-star plans could come soon

Hawks win, end three-game skid
ATLANTA - Stephen Jackson scored 24 points, Chris Crawford added 19 and the Atlanta Hawks ended a three-game losing skid with an 86-75 victory Tuesday night over the depleted Philadelphia 76ers.

Cuban to host reality TV show

NBA fines Stackhouse $5,000 for throwing ball
NEW YORK -- Washington Wizards guard Jerry Stackhouse was fined $5,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for throwing a basketball into the stands during a game.

Yao's 41 fuels Rockets' win

Cavs' Silas relates to Baker's plight

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

Cavs' Silas relates to Baker's plight
CLEVELAND -- Paul Silas would follow a 20-rebound game by trying to drink as many beers.

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.

Hawks win, end three-game skid

Cuban to host reality TV show
DALLAS - Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will give away $1 million of his own money this summer as host of a reality TV show called The Benefactor.

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.

Things could be better for Jags
As Augusta State enters its final week of the regular season, the Jaguars are battling injuries and a defection.

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.

Red Raiders humbled
LINCOLN, Neb. - Nate Johnson had 17 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double, and Nebraska beat No. 25 Texas Tech 72-44 on Tuesday night, handing the Red Raiders their worst loss in nearly two years.

Jaguars name Darius franchise player again

Colts place franchise tag on Manning

Tennessee takes a pass on Kearse

Broncos, 'Skins may trade unhappy stars

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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.

U.S. athletes preparing for hostile reception in Athens

Seven ACC teams to dance?

Overtime

Overtime

British sprinter is suspended 2 years for using steroid THG

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

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.

British sprinter is suspended 2 years for using steroid THG
LONDON - British sprinter Dwain Chambers was suspended for two years Tuesday and banned for life from the Olympics because he tested positive for the steroid THG.

Overtime
In Belpre, Ohio, a sixth-grader began serving a three-day suspension Tuesday because he refused a lesser punishment for bringing the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue to school.

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.

Edwards gets support during visit to Atlanta
ATLANTA - North Carolina Sen. John Edwards picked up the endorsements of more than 30 Georgia legislators at the Capitol as the campaign to win the state's Democratic presidential primary heated up Tuesday.

Kerry hits back after Bush's jab
Democratic front-runner John Kerry fired back at President Bush on Tuesday, depicting him as a "walking contradiction" who has presided over job losses, a deficit increase and frayed international alliances despite promises to the contrary.

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.

Prep basketball scores
Here are the area prep basketball scores from Tuesday night.

North Augusta moves on
After a disappointing first half, North Augusta advanced to the second round of the Class AAAA boys basketball playoffs with a 61-40 victory over Greenwood on Tuesday night.

Aiken dominates early and often
AIKEN - The score was awfully lopsided, but it didn't begin to tell the story of Tuesday's Class AAAA first-round playoff game.

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.

Jaguars name Darius franchise player again
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars made strong safety Donovin Darius their franchise player for the second straight year Tuesday.

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.

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.

Receivers are the big catch in '04
INDIANAPOLIS - Many questioned why Rashaun Woods would even think about working out at the NFL scouting combine.

Tennessee takes a pass on Kearse
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Titans decided Tuesday not to tag defensive end Jevon Kearse as a franchise player, a move that could allow him to leave as a free agent after March 3.

Titans decline to tag Kearse as franchise player
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans decided Tuesday not to tag defensive end Jevon Kearse as a franchise player, a move that could allow him to leave as a free agent after March 3.

Tax reduction makes figuring capital gain more difficult
WASHINGTON -- Investors with capital gains or dividend income from stocks, real estate and other assets can expect new benefits from lower tax rates, but they're also bound to spend more time poring over paperwork to calculate those savings.

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.

HBO's 'Sex and the City' draws record ratings for its series finale
NEW YORK -- It was a fond farewell to Carrie Bradshaw and her pals, with HBO's "Sex and the City" attracting its biggest audience ever for Sunday's series finale.

Lena Horne scrubs Janet Jackson from biography movie

Mark Cuban to become reality TV host
DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will give away $1 million of his own money this summer as the host of an ABC reality series called "The Benefactor."

HBO's 'Sex and the City' draws record ratings for its series finale

Andy Rooney draws the ire of "Passion" movie fans
NEW YORK -- Andy Rooney set the phone and e-mail lines at CBS buzzing over his commentary - in which he said God was speaking through him - calling Mel Gibson and the Rev. Pat Robertson "wackos."

Mark Cuban to become reality TV host

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.

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.

Lena Horne scrubs Janet Jackson from biography movie
LOS ANGELES -- Janet Jackson has been left out in the rain after "Stormy Weather" singer Lena Horne balked at having the younger star play her in a planned television movie.

TV viewers welcome Regis Philbin back with solid ratings

TV viewers welcome Regis Philbin back with solid ratings
NEW YORK -- Television viewers welcomed Regis Philbin and "Super Millionaire" back with open arms.

Change, maybe fresh nominees, coming to Emmys

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.

'Sex and the City' necklace has bright future

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

'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.

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

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People in the News

Stiller and Meara: Still a team after 50 years

Extras, extras

Odom thinks squad can learn from Gators

South Carolina trying to right itself in shaky February
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina has lost four of its last six games, and its national ranking. Now coach Dave Odom has to make sure his Gamecocks don't lose their poise, or their grip on a potential bid to the NCAA tournament.

South Carolina trying to right itself in shaky February

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.

Cold weather dampens area participation
This winter's weather might not be as bad as last year's for playing golf, but it's close.

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
How would you rate Augusta's music scene?

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Music earns following for talented Augustan

Audio best

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?

The serial dater can break a girl's heart

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.

Xtreme question of the week

Incubus does it softer with 'Crow' selections

Cheerleaders strive against opponents, old stereotypes

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.

'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.

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.

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.

Polar bears at Singapore Zoo turn green

Airport screener sends self through X-ray machine

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