Nijinsky dancing is first rate

Met Museum is expanding - with thousands of stored artworks

Met Museum is expanding - with thousands of stored artworks
NEW YORK -- The Metropolitan Museum of Art is expanding its gallery space, spending almost $180 million to display some of the world's finest classical artworks, which have been sitting in storage.

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.

Yankees reach agreement with 1B Lee

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.

Yanks, Rivera's agent meet

Cubs fan will send infamous foul ball to final resting place

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

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

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.

Lieber sidelined with groin injury

Ramirez gets in first spring training swings
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Manny Ramirez showed up at spring training Wednesday with his customary smile and public silence.

Benitez happy to start over with Marlins

A-Rod-less Rangers hold first full workout
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- With their positions settled, Michael Young and Alfonso Soriano took grounders from their knees. Jeff Zimmerman ducked to avoid a liner hit right back at his head.

A-Rod-less Rangers hold first full workout

Cubs fan will send infamous foul ball to final resting place
CHICAGO - This ball is going, going ... Ka-BLAM!

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.

Ramirez gets in first spring training swings

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.

Baker lashes out at critics

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.

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.

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

Kacie Alyssa Linaweaver

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

Paige Noelle Andrews

David Micah Times

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

John Gavin Wright

Dontavis Ronald Dent

Alyvia Brynne Rose

Jacob Roberts Demand

Daniel James Currie

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

Gibson Jay Willing

Harley Jade Dorsey

Henry Stephens IV

Benjamin David Greene

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

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

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

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

Mary Lorick Brittingham

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

Rebecca Ann Weaver

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

Chevy Clark Kitchens

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

David Franklin Tankersley Jr.

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

David Brett Rimes Pattillo

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

Harrison Bo Wren

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

Brady Nicholas McMillan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brayden Robert Lively

Jeb Anderson Bowers

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.

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.

Odds and Ends
ST. LOUIS -- State Sen. Ken Jacob's campaign for lieutenant governor suffered a double setback when someone stole his car and the good suits it contained.

Reluctantly, Chipper will be a vocal leader
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Atlanta left fielder Chipper Jones will turn 32 this spring and while the gray hairs have been kept at bay, there's no hiding from his responsibility.

Reluctantly, Chipper will be a vocal leader

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.

Gryboski still feeling last season's pains

Bullpen is source of concern

Gryboski still feeling last season's pains
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Reliever Kevin Gryboski said surgery on his sore right shoulder is a last option, but it appears likely because of continued pain from a partially torn labrum.

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.

Greenspan: deal with deficit by cutting Social Security benefits
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan urged Congress on Wednesday to deal with the country's escalating budget deficit by cutting benefits for future Social Security retirees. Without action, he warned, long-term interest rates would rise, seriously harming the economy.

Europe bans import of U.S. poultry products

Plea hearing scheduled in 10-year-old diamond price-fixing case

Woman shares stress lessons
Adrian Arnold's 12 years treating patients in hospital trauma wards taught her a thing or two about stress in the workplace.

Martha Stewart defense rests after calling one witness
NEW YORK -- Martha Stewart's defense rested Wednesday after calling just one witness - a lawyer who was with her the first time she spoke to investigators about her sale of ImClone Systems stock.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Sales of previously owned homes fell in January as much of the country was hit by unusually bad winter weather.

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

Wal-Mart swipes at fees, drops debit card use
Thinking about using your debit card at Wal-Mart? You may have to think again.

Business briefs

Sales of previously owned homes fall in January
WASHINGTON -- Sales of previously owned homes fell in January as much of the country was hit by unusually bad winter weather.

Calif. retail gas price shoots up because of refinery shutdowns

Magazine caters to young set
A new publication targeting young adults is hitting the Augusta market today.

Plea hearing scheduled in 10-year-old diamond price-fixing case
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- More than a decade after DeBeers SA was indicted on price-fixing charges, representatives from the diamond giant are scheduled to appear in federal court for an arraignment and plea hearing.

LeBron James pops another big ad deal

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.

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.

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.

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.

Event aids entrepreneurs

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.

Effort strives to boost women in field of law
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Inflexible hours, the stigmatization of women who chose to work parttime and the less overt but still prevalent old-boy network translate into far fewer women in the upper echelons.

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.

Effort strives to boost women in field of law

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.

Martha Stewart defense rests after calling one witness

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.

Greenspan: deal with deficit by cutting Social Security benefits

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.

Wal-Mart swipes at fees, drops debit card use

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.

Woman shares stress lessons

Stewart won't testify at stock fraud trial

Bank sees record profit in 2003

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.

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

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

Maryland punishes Clemson

Mike Williams leaving USC to enter NFL draft

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.

Mike Williams leaving USC to enter NFL draft
LOS ANGELES -- Mike Williams is passing up a possible shot at the Heisman Trophy for the NFL.

ACC is cleared again by judge

Gonzaga doesn't want 2002 repeat

Red Raiders humbled

Things could be better for Jags

St. Joseph's season still is flawless

Lady Jaguars rally to earn 20th victory

Cold weather dampens area participation

Our kind of politics
OK, so let's get this straight.

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?

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

Hollywood's salvation?

Our kind of politics

Secularists strike back

Emphasis on the 'lump'
Imagine you own a small business and you let your workers accrue unused vacation time through the years. Then, one day, a longtime employee - your highest-paid one - asks for a lump-sum payment for nearly 20 years of unused vacation.

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.

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.

Michael Jackson and ex-wife hire retired judge for family matter
LOS ANGELES -- Pop star Michael Jackson and his second wife have agreed to hire a retired judge to handle an unspecified "family law matter," perhaps to change the terms of the custody and visitation agreements of their two children.

People in the News
ATHENS, Greece -- Angelina Jolie will carry the Olympic torch during one of the final stages of the relay for the Athens Games.

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

The top five list
Here are the top five TV shows, movies, and music and DVD sales.

Goldman Sachs to pay $45.5 million in settlement

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.

SEC proposal would let investors choose speed over price

Stocks fall as markets continue selloff

Indexes rally as selling drops off

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.

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

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.

Indexes rally as selling drops off
NEW YORK - A small rally halted Wall Street's five-day losing streak Wednesday, but a lack of market-moving news and light volume meant there was little conviction behind the gains. Tech stocks, which bore the brunt of the market's recent selling, regained the most ground.

Does membership in a stock index matter?

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.

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.

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.

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

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
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.

Small portions

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.

Cook your way around the world

More trading partners ban imports of U.S. chickens

Dining out

Yellow Jackets do a slow fade
ATLANTA - Julius Hodge scored 22 points in a rare appearance off the bench as No. 14 North Carolina State got another big victory on the road, beating No. 18 Georgia Tech 79-69 on Wednesday night.

Yellow Jackets do a slow fade

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

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:

Tiger troubles

Daly hits Tucson on road back

Crazy week lies ahead for players at Match Play

Daly hits Tucson on road back
TUCSON, Ariz. -- John Daly is pleased to be playing well this year and especially happy because the galleries are enjoying it.

Tiger survives, Weir also wins at La Costa
CARLSBAD, Calif. - Tiger Woods never had the lead until it mattered Wednesday, making birdies on his final two holes to survive a scare from John Rollins in the Match Play Championship.

Tiger survives a scare
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Surprised to even be playing in the Match Play Championship, John Rollins was two holes away from taking down Tiger Woods.

Tiger survives, Weir also wins at La Costa

Tiger survives a scare

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

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.

Monty could be left out of Players Championship

Aiken dominates early and often

Prep basketball scores

Practice makes perfect for Smith

Red Devils take on state champs

Coaching again not in Bowman's future

Coaching again not in Bowman's future
TAMPA, Fla. -- For those NHL teams looking for a coach, Scotty Bowman says he isn't interested.

Montreal pulls out a late win

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

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

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

Icy weather blankets area
Just when area residents thought January's ice storm was the end of winter weather troubles, mother nature proved otherwise this morning.

Authorities search for bank robber
State and local authorities are looking for a man who they said robbed a Thomson bank today, officials said.

Lynx game to go on as scheduled
Despite the inclement weather in the Augusta area today, tonight's game between the Augusta Lynx and Pensacola Ice Pilots, beginning at 7:05 p.m. at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, will be played, as scheduled.

Schools closed in Columbia and Lincoln Counties
According to radio reports Lincoln Counties schools are closed tod due to the weather.

Republicans win by demonizing Dems

Returning YDC to DJJ incomprehensible

Make choice not to be chained to the past

Sheriff Strength should be commended
Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength has brought tremendous integrity to his office and greatly increased the level of professionalism. During his tenure, the sheriff has had to deal with several of his own employees who, for whatever reasons, involved themselves in criminal or inappropriate behavior. Kathy Slagter, Augusta

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.

Early-warning siren system needed locally
I'm writing this letter after reading your Feb. 21 editorial, "Eyes to the skies." John Armando, Augusta

Sheriff Strength should be commended

Republicans win by demonizing Dems
Now that Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., is the likely Democratic presidential nominee, he is receiving Secret Service protection against deranged people who may try to harm him. Well, I think the Secret Service should expand their protection for Mr. Kerry against a far greater threat - the Republican Party's demonizing machine. Anne Cook, 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.

Tuten the most qualified man running for coroner

Returning YDC to DJJ incomprehensible
That was an excellent editorial in the Feb. 19 Chronicle, "The state's failure." I would only have one additional question. Where is the governor? Tom McNevin, Evans, Ga. (Editor's note: The writer is a former Unique Solutions employee.)

Tuten the most qualified man running for coroner
On March 2, Richmond County voters will elect a coroner to fill the unexpired term of the late Leroy Sims. I urge you to vote for acting Coroner Grover Tuten. Mark Bowen, Augusta (Editor's note: The writer is the chief deputy coroner of Richmond County.)

Gun control to ruin Democrats in South

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.

Oregon outbreak underscores dangers of upper-ear piercing

Living briefs

All things SHORT

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

NASA rover drills into rock in search for evidence of water

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

Health and fitness calendar

Living briefs

Scientists say monkeys have protein that prevents HIV infection

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

NASA rover drills into rock in search for evidence of water
LOS ANGELES -- NASA's Opportunity rover extended its arm and played robot geologist, drilling into a martian rock that has intrigued scientists back on Earth.

Living briefs
Georgia's so peachy it deserves its own sweet look. San Francisco-based Benefit cosmetics has created a new face powder that offers users just a touch of peaches and cream. The sweet-smelling powder retails for $26 and is available at Rich's.

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.

Scientists say monkeys have protein that prevents HIV infection
Scientists say they've discovered how some monkeys resist infection with the AIDS virus, a finding that might lead to a treatment that blocks HIV in people.

FDA requiring bar codes on hospital-dispensed drugs to reduce medication errors
WASHINGTON -- The government is requiring that supermarket-style bar codes soon be placed on the labels of thousands of drugs to help ensure that hospitalized patients get the right dose of the right drug at the right time.

Jewelry maker selling out nail pendant tied to 'Passion' film
SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" not only has people debating the last hours of Jesus' life, but also running out to buy such souvenirs as crucifixes, lapel pins and cards tied to the film's promotion.

All things SHORT
Even during a leap year, February can't catch a break in the length department.

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

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.

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.

Lynx take on Ice Pilots; playoffs still a possibility

Lynx take on Ice Pilots; playoffs still a possibility
The Augusta Lynx, unbeaten in their past four games, take on the Pensacola Ice Pilots at 7:05 tonight at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Narcotics officer to train Iraqi civilians for career in law enforcement

Army officer credits mentors of many races for his success
COLUMBIA - The first black brigadier general to take command of the Army's largest training base said Wednesday that he has succeeded because he has been helped by mentors of many races.

Cuts may close lake's day-use parks earlier

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.

Temporary maps likely from judges

Authorities search for bank robber

Hopeful speaks on jobs in Ohio

Across Georgia

A day for new beginnings
Pews at some Augusta-area churches were packed Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.

Designs exclude ASU, Paine

MCG support group helps patients cope with cancer
In addition to providing gynecological cancer treatment, the Medical College of Georgia Hospital is starting an MCG Gynecological Cancer Support Group.

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.

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 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.

Hygienist faces fraud charges

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.

Official has staff use time
While Superintendent Charles Larke was collecting a $94,000 check for years of unused vacation days, he was telling other 12-month employees to use it or lose it.

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.

Foul play suspected in death
An elderly man was found dead Wednesday evening at a south Augusta mobile home park.

Lynx game to go on as scheduled

HOPE plan may cover books, fees for now
ATLANTA - Students receiving the HOPE scholarship would likely get help with their books and fees for at least one more year under a compromise aimed at ending the legislative gridlock surrounding the popular program.

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FEB. 26, 1905 A buggy occupied by R. Sykes and S.S. Brown was struck by a Georgia Railroad shifting engine at the Marbury Street crossing last night about 8 o'clock. The horse was badly hurt, the buggy demolished and Mr. Brown severely bruised, but neither of the gentlemen were seriously hurt.

Corrections

MCG support group helps patients cope with cancer

Icy weather blankets area

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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.

Across Georgia

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.

Income tax bill helps top payers

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.

Budget puts tax holidays in jeopardy

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.

Designs exclude ASU, Paine
Tailgating might be a favorite college pastime, but when it comes to what goes below the tailgate, support for Augusta State University and Paine College is nowhere to be found.

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.

Savannah U.S. courthouse to be renamed for Yamacraw chief

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

A day for new beginnings
Pews at some Augusta-area churches were packed Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.

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

Across the area
Police are still looking for an elderly man who has been missing since late November, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

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.

Bill would cut number of school districts
COLUMBIA - A bill being considered by state legislators would cut the number of school districts in South Carolina in half by requiring counties to have only one district instead of several.

Breast cancer risk has link to weight

Temporary maps likely from judges
ATLANTA - A three-judge panel prepared to draw its own legislative districts Wednesday as it appeared increasingly unlikely that the General Assembly would agree on new lines by the court-ordered March 1 deadline.

Budget cuts put school nurses in short supply

Teacher will retire after 30 years
Hugs and prayers from her preschool children sustained Cleo Shields after her daughter's murder in 1988. They helped fill a hole in her heart.

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.

Rants and raves
OH, GREAT POLITICAL Mystic, what is the answer to the question in the sealed envelope? Mystic puts sealed envelope to his forehead. Answer: "Osama bin Laden" ... tears open envelope. Question reads: "Who else will be captured or killed just before the '04 election?" The Political Mystic will be back.

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.

Study finds unhealthy behavior

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.

Outlook on MOX facility sketchy

Officials, churches react to proposed marriage ban

Kerry hits back after Bush's jab

Board OK'd Larke payout

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

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.

Early votes are hard to predict

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.

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.

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

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.

Official has staff use time

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.

Teacher will retire after 30 years

Georgia joins scramble to prevent obesity lawsuits

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.

Sleet will be worst of weather

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.

Floods to help fish to spawn

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.

Corrections
l An article in some editions of The Augusta Chronicle on Wednesday incorrectly listed the Web address for a listing of 2003 Richmond County school employee salaries.

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.

Insurance lapse to cost driver
A lapse in vehicle insurance could soon cost Georgia motorists not only a $25 fee but also their registration.

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Brenna Hanisee, 5, of Aiken.

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

Businessman faces fight to run casino cruises from beach town

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.

Water legislation targets transfers

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.

Official has staff use time
While Superintendent Charles Larke was collecting a $94,000 check for years of unused vacation days, he was telling other 12-month employees to use it or lose it.

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.

Rhodes denies killing couple
Dag Luquincette Rhodes, looked directly at jurors Wednesday and denied involvement in the February 1998 robbery and fatal shooting of an Evans couple.

Across the area

Floods to help fish to spawn
The Savannah River will swell this spring with accelerated flows designed to mimic natural floods that once recharged swamps and aided spawning fish.

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.

Veteran Affairs officer resigns
AIKEN - The top officer at Aiken County's Department of Veterans Affairs office has resigned after allegations surfaced that his assistant offered to accept under-the-table money to help with a claim, sources familiar with the matter said Wednesday.

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.

Breast cancer risk has link to weight
ATLANTA - The amount of weight a woman gains after age 18 is a strong signal as to whether she will get breast cancer later in life, according to research released Wednesday by the American Cancer Society.

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.

Sleet will be worst of weather
Readers picking up this newspaper today might see a few sleet pellets.

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.

Budget puts tax holidays in jeopardy
ATLANTA - For the past two summers, Georgia consumers have enjoyed a few days' break from state sales taxes to load up on clothes, computers and school supplies. The tax holidays are wildly popular, but lawmakers wonder whether the state can afford it again this summer.

Community program feeds the hungry while teaching a skill

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Bobby Brown is waiting out the week in jail for a hearing to determine whether the R&B singer violated his probation from a drunken driving case when he was charged with hitting his wife, singer Whitney Houston, and defying court orders.

Sex predator preaches forgiveness on stand

Budget cuts put school nurses in short supply
BELVEDERE - Pupils at Belvedere Elementary School don't see the nurse very often because most of the time she is not there.

Audit worries health center

Blowing reflection
The image of Augusta State University freshman Seth Clark reflects off his sousaphone during halftime of a basketball game between ASU and the University of South Carolina Aiken.

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.

Study finds unhealthy behavior
ATLANTA - Americans still don't seem to get the message. The latest government figures provide more proof that many people are leading unhealthy lifestyles.

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.

Savannah U.S. courthouse to be renamed for Yamacraw chief
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The Yamacraw Indian chief who welcomed the first British settlers to Georgia may soon be get a new honor - his name on the federal courthouse in Savannah, where the colony was founded in 1733.

Rants and raves
OH, GREAT POLITICAL Mystic, what is the answer to the question in the sealed envelope? Mystic puts sealed envelope to his forehead. Answer: "Osama bin Laden" ... tears open envelope. Question reads: "Who else will be captured or killed just before the '04 election?" The Political Mystic will be back.

Bill would cut number of school districts

HOPE plan may cover books, fees for now

Schools closed in Columbia and Lincoln Counties

Across the area

Across South Carolina
SENECA - A Seneca man and his son died in a fire at their home Wednesday morning.

Kid of the day

Execution date set for man who killed Georgetown officer

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.

Rain drops keep falling

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.

Church members say emotional Gibson film depicts Jesus' sacrifice

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.

Georgia joins battle to ban lawsuits related to obesity

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.

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

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.

Close call doesn't stop couple's trek

Driver testifies in Rhodes trial

Santee Cooper approves building fourth coal-burning plant

Hispanic group calls for hate crime charges in beating case

Across South Carolina

Brother accuses sister in stabbing

Edwards gets support during visit to Atlanta

Arts and sciences faculty release statement criticizing UGA president

Veteran Affairs officer resigns

Daughter follows dad's lead in drag racing competitions

Georgia Tech must find a way out of rut, and quickly
ATLANTA - Paul Hewitt would prefer to simply destroy the tapes of Wednesday night's loss. Studying his team missing free throws and layups can't elevate Georgia Tech's confidence.

Oscar predictions: Rings, Penn, Theron and more

'City of God' little affected by movie's success
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- It seems a hopeless place, much like its namesake movie that's competing for four Academy Awards - dusty and unrelentingly hot, with rotting wooden shacks and chickens scratching at piles of fetid garbage.

You won't see biscuits at East Coast Oscar party
NEW YORK -- There's no "Mystic River" fish. No "Lost in Translation" sushi.

'Passion' conveys power

Translating the whiskey scene in 'Lost in Translation'
In one of the funniest scenes in "Lost in Translation," aging actor Bob Harris, played by Bill Murray, is on a Tokyo film set waiting to shoot a whiskey commercial.

Coppola's Oscar bids follow lifetime of studying family business

'City of God' little affected by movie's success

Offbeat French cartoon looking for Oscar gold

Reviews mixed on Mel Gibson's 'Passion'

Translating the whiskey scene in 'Lost in Translation'

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:

Coppola's Oscar bids follow lifetime of studying family business
LOS ANGELES -- Creativity was practically a household chore when Sofia Coppola was growing up.

'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.

Offbeat French cartoon looking for Oscar gold
LOS ANGELES -- If Sylvain Chomet has his way, three cartoon women making music from a vacuum cleaner and refrigerator will perform at the Oscars.

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:

You won't see biscuits at East Coast Oscar party

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 Insider: The master chef prepares for his own Big Night

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

Critical choice

Oscar bid makes a name for 'City of God' director
LOS ANGELES -- Who is Fernando Meirelles? That's the question casual Oscar watchers may ask about the surprise directing nomination that went to this Brazilian filmmaker for "City of God," his gritty, time-twisting drama about flashy street gangs in a Rio de Janeiro slum.

"Black Album" with "White Album" mix an unauthorized hit

Prince announces arena tour featuring his 1980s hits

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.

"Black Album" with "White Album" mix an unauthorized hit
NEW YORK -- When DJ Dangermouse decided to combine raps from Jay-Z's "The Black Album" with music from the Beatles' legendary "White Album" to create "The Grey Album," he didn't have permission from either side to do it - and he didn't care.

Prince announces arena tour featuring his 1980s hits
LOS ANGELES -- Prince will return to arena stages for the first time in six years with a national tour featuring classic hits such as "When Doves Cry" and "Little Red Corvette."

Officials to look at how grid is built
ATLANTA - Although NASCAR said there is no agreement with Fox, NBC or Turner Broadcasting to have a full 43-car field during the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season, the sanctioning body said it's going to look at how the starting grid is built.

New all-star plans could come soon

Racing legend teaches classes
MORROW, Ga. - There was no roll call or note-taking during a class called Stock Car 101 at Clayton College and State University.

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.

Racing legend teaches classes

NASCAR newsmaker Matt Kenseth
Matt Kenseth won the 2003 championship despite winning just one race. He came into 2004 eager to prove his championship was well deserved.

Officials to look at how grid is built

Hawks win, end three-game skid

Boston falls short to Bucks
BOSTON - Walter McCarty's 3-pointer was waved off at the buzzer, the referees ruling it came too late as the Boston Celtics lost to the Milwaukee Bucks 106-104 on Wednesday night.

Wolves' Cassell sits against Nets
MINNEAPOLIS -- Sam Cassell, the Minnesota Timberwolves' All-Star point guard, did not dress for Wednesday night's game against the streaking New Jersey Nets because of tendinitis in his left ankle.

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.

Cavs' Silas relates to Baker's plight

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.

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.

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

Lady Jaguars rally to earn 20th victory
When Augusta State fell down by eight with less than five minutes remaining, coach Greg Wilson questioned his team's comeback ability.

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.

Gonzaga doesn't want 2002 repeat
SPOKANE, Wash. - At No. 4, Gonzaga is at its highest ranking ever. The Bulldogs are undefeated in the West Coast Conference. Still, there is a lot of angst among the school's faithful.

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.

Huskies get 11th straight East title
STORRS, Conn. - Top-ranked Connecticut won its 11th-straight Big East regular-season title with a 79-38 victory Wednesday night over woeful Providence.

Knotts hired as Duke quarterbacks coach
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte Independence coach Tom Knotts, who led the school to four straight state championships, has been named the quarterbacks coach at Duke, Blue Devils coach Ted Roof said Wednesday.

Aiken Tech is focused on reaching next level
Aiken Tech didn't waste time partying after winning the National Junior College Association of America Region 10 regular season title Saturday.

St. Joseph's season still is flawless
AMHERST, Mass.- Each of the guards had a big half to keep Saint Joseph's unbeaten.

Tennessee takes a pass on Kearse

Jamal Lewis indicted on federal drug charges

Jaguars name Darius franchise player again

Jamal Lewis indicted on federal drug charges

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U.S. kicks it to Trinidad and Tobago
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Shannon Boxx scored three goals, and the United States beat Trinidad and Tobago 7-0 in the opening of Olympic soccer regional qualifying Wednesday.

McDonald's renews Olympic sponsorship through 2012
BEIJING (AP) - McDonald's is renewing its Olympic sponsorship through the 2012 Games.

U.S. kicks it to Trinidad and Tobago

British sprinter is suspended 2 years for using steroid THG

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Southern California sophomore Mike Williams will enter the NFL Draft, the first player to take advantage of the court ruling in the Maurice Clarett case.

Third-seeded Kuerten, fourth-seeded Calleri advance to quarterfinals at Brasil Open
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil -- Third-seeded Gustavo Kuerten and No. 4 Agustin Calleri advanced Wednesday to the quarterfinals of the Brasil Open.

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.

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.

Hopeful speaks on jobs in Ohio
TOLEDO, Ohio - Presidential hopeful John Kerry said Wednesday that he would require companies to give their employees a three-month warning before sending their jobs abroad, blaming President Bush for job losses in an appeal to displaced workers in the Democratic battleground of Ohio.

Gay rights groups ease off on Kerry
WASHINGTON - Prominent gay rights groups are ready to issue an election-year pass to Democratic presidential front-runner John Kerry even though he opposes same-sex marriage, settling for less than they want in hopes of avoiding a constitutional amendment they fear.

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.

Lady Rebels stumble
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Hephzibah girls coach Wendell Lofton walked quietly out of his team's locker room and mumbled a few words to himself.

Practice makes perfect for Smith
Aiken junior guard Terrance Smith was happy with his team's 80-52 win against Mauldin on Tuesday in the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs.

Red Devils take on state champs
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - The walls of Lincoln County's gym are filled with banners honoring the school's state championship teams.

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.

Jamal Lewis indicted on federal drug charges
ATLANTA -- Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis, who had the second-highest rushing total in NFL history last season, was indicted Wednesday on federal drug charges.

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.

Jamal Lewis indicted on federal drug charges
ATLANTA -- Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis, who had the second-highest rushing total in NFL history last season, was indicted Wednesday on federal drug charges.

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.

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.

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

Pope opens Lenten season with Ash Wednesday call for sacrifice
VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II opened the church's solemn Lenten season by presiding over an Ash Wednesday celebration - held this year in the Vatican instead of at a Roman basilica to spare the ailing pontiff a trip across the city.

Georgia Tech must find a way out of rut, and quickly

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.

Justin Timberlake drops out of 'Motown 45' celebration
NEW YORK -- Justin Timberlake has backed out of an agreement to co-host ABC's "Motown 45" special because of a conflict with filming his first movie, Timberlake's spokesman said Tuesday.

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.

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."

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.

Stallone to produce reality TV boxing series
LOS ANGELES -- Sylvester Stallone is getting back into boxing - this time finding and grooming young fighters to compete in a reality television show.

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

ESPN plans movie on Pete Rose
BRISTOL, Conn. -- Pete Rose will be the subject of an ESPN movie beginning production this spring.

TV viewers welcome Regis Philbin back with solid ratings

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."

Justin Timberlake drops out of 'Motown 45' celebration

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

Mark Cuban to become reality TV host

Lena Horne scrubs Janet Jackson from biography movie

ESPN plans movie on Pete Rose

Michael Jackson and ex-wife hire retired judge for family matter

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Gamecocks fall prey to Gators
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Anthony Roberson made a late 3-pointer Wednesday night to trigger a 14-0 Florida run that helped turn a tie game into a 69-58 win over South Carolina.

South Carolina trying to right itself in shaky February

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.

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.

Polar bears at Singapore Zoo turn green

Odds and Ends

Airport screener sends self through X-ray machine

Odds and Ends

Pope opens Lenten season with Ash Wednesday call for sacrifice