Met Museum is expanding - with thousands of stored artworks

Opera's lead role can be demanding
It isn't easy being Eva Peron. For more than 25 years, playing the wife of Argentinean dictator Juan Peron in the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical Evita has represented one of theater's great challenges. Musically taxing and dramatically complex, the show, which follows the former first lady's rise from obscurity to near sainthood, is operatic in style and scale.

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.

Porter songs jazz up 'Kate'
An odd amalgamation of jazz riffing and Shakespearian pentameter, Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate is, in reality two plays in one.

Opera's lead role can be demanding

Schmidt wants to pitch season opener

Cubs fans cheer explosion destroying hated foul ball
CHICAGO - In a flash, the ball that came to symbolize the Chicago Cubs' cursed history was blown up Thursday night, reduced to a pile of thread by a Hollywood special effects expert.

Scioscia: current steroid testing 'Good first step'

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.

Williams may miss opener after surgery
TAMPA, Fla. - Bernie Williams had his appendix removed Thursday and New York Yankees manager Joe Torre said the center fielder most likely will miss Opening Day.

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.

Williams may miss opener after surgery

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

Baseball cracks down on clubhouse access
NEW YORK -- Baseball is cracking down on who's allowed in the clubhouse.

A-Rod-less Rangers hold first full workout

Yankees release injured Boone
TAMPA, Fla. - Third baseman Aaron Boone was released Thursday by the New York Yankees, nearly six weeks after hurting his knee in a pickup basketball game.

Cubs fan will send infamous foul ball to final resting place

Brewers dispute HBO report

Ramirez gets in first spring training swings

Cubs fans cheer explosion destroying hated foul ball

Schmidt wants to pitch season opener
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- San Francisco ace Jason Schmidt appears to be healed following offseason elbow surgery, putting him in line to be the Giants' opening-day starter.

Baseball cracks down on clubhouse access

Brewers dispute HBO report
MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers and major league baseball are disputing an HBO report that said three members of the Selig family were drawing more than $2 million in combined salary while the club was seeking funds to build Miller Park.

Yankees release injured Boone

Scioscia: current steroid testing 'Good first step'
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Mike Scioscia disagrees with Cubs manager Dusty Baker's assertion that there's "McCarthyism" going on over which players might be using steroids.

We'll probably be working longer than we thought

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.

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.

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.

Chevy Clark Kitchens

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.

David Micah Times

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mary Lorick Brittingham

Brady Nicholas McMillan

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.

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.

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.

Alyvia Brynne Rose

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.

Paige Noelle Andrews

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.

Dontavis Ronald Dent

John Gavin Wright

Rebecca Ann Weaver

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.

Kacie Alyssa Linaweaver

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.

Jacob Roberts Demand

Brayden Robert Lively

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.

Daniel James Currie

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.

David Brett Rimes Pattillo

David Franklin Tankersley Jr.

Harley Jade Dorsey

Benjamin David Greene

Harrison Bo Wren

Gibson Jay Willing

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.

Jeb Anderson Bowers

Henry Stephens IV

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.

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.

Odds and Ends
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Moorhead players insist they had no desire to humiliate Monticello in the quarterfinals of a high school hockey tournament. They still won 27-0.

Las Vegas hotel-casino admits to rigging three drawings
LAS VEGAS -- A hotel-casino has agreed to pay $1 million for rigging three contest drawings, including one in which it awarded a Mercedes-Benz sport utility vehicle to compensate a high roller who had lost a substantial amount of money gambling, regulators said Wednesday.

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.

Reluctantly, Chipper will be a vocal leader

Wary Smoltz seeks changes to protect elbow

Versatility might land Garcia spot on the big team
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - There's still a long way to go before Opening Day, but Jesse Garcia has a better chance than most candidates to be seated on the bench at Turner Field when the season starts.

Versatility might land Garcia spot on the big team

Gryboski still feeling last season's pains

Wary Smoltz seeks changes to protect elbow
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The question of how Braves manager Bobby Cox will use John Smoltz this season won't be answered with any certainty until April, but the closer intends to work out a schedule that protects his right elbow.

He's back: Eddie Perez returns to Braves with new perspective

He's back: Eddie Perez returns to Braves with new perspective
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Eddie Perez sits at his locker in the Atlanta Braves clubhouse, glancing around the room with a whole new perspective.

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.

Pizza Hut offering delivery salads

Sony delays launch of PlayStation Portable
LOS ANGELES - Sony Corp.'s new handheld video-game device won't be on shelves this Christmas as expected.

Effort strives to boost women in field of law

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.

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.

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

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

High-tech campus to hit town
Georgia's first high-tech commercial campus constructed in a rural area opens Saturday in Swainsboro, offering an economic alternative to a mainstay manufacturing base that has taken a beating in recent years.

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.

Japanese anti-monopoly authorities raid Japan unit of Microsoft
TOKYO -- Officials from Japan's fair trade watchdog raided the Japanese unit of software giant Microsoft Corp. on Thursday on suspicion of anti-monopoly law violations, the authorities said.

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.

Jury awards Bank of America customers up to $1 billion

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

Sony delays launch of PlayStation Portable

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

Justice Department sues to block Oracle-PeopleSoft merger

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.

Penney profits fall amid talks of Eckerd sale
PLANO, Texas - Confirming one of the worst-kept secrets in retailing, J.C. Penney Co. said Thursday that it is negotiating to sell its troubled Eckerd drugstore chain, and the impending sale dragged the retailer to a $1.07 billion loss in its fourth fiscal quarter.

Jury awards Bank of America customers up to $1 billion
SAN FRANCISCO -- A California jury has decided Bank of America illegally raided the Social Security benefits of a million customers and awarded damages that could exceed $1 billion.

J.K. Rowling, Google guys join Forbes billionaire's club
NEW YORK -- "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling and the founders of the Google search engine have landed on Forbes magazine's annual list of billionaires after a year when rallying stocks and a strong euro swelled the list to the longest it's ever been.

Nation's largest pension fund to withhold support for Disney chief
LOS ANGELES -- Embattled Walt Disney Co. CEO Michael Eisner lost the support Wednesday of the nation's largest public pension fund, a big Disney investor that called the company's performance "dismal."

AT&T: Consumer revenues to stop shrinking in 2006
NEW YORK -- AT&T Corp. went out on a financial forecasting limb Wednesday, asserting that the spiral in revenues from consumer telephone and Internet services will reverse course in 2006. The company also said it will likely relaunch the AT&T brand in the cell phone market once AT&T Wireless is acquired by Cingular Wireless.

Pizza Hut offering delivery salads
DALLAS -- Want salad sent over with that pizza? Pizza Hut said Wednesday that it will begin offering prepackaged, family-size salads for delivery and carryout nationwide. The pizza chain already offers salads in its restaurants.

Leaders look for business cohorts
GREENVILLE, S.C. - State business leaders are looking to Detroit and Germany to find automotive business partners for Clemson University's research park.

Justice Department sues to block Oracle-PeopleSoft merger
WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department filed a lawsuit Thursday to block Oracle Corp.'s proposed $9.4 billion takeover of software rival PeopleSoft Inc.

J.K. Rowling, Google guys join Forbes billionaire's club

Business briefs
Rep. Max Burns, R-Ga., was presented with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's 2004 "Spirit of Enterprise" award Thursday for his pro-business legislative agenda.

Nation's largest pension fund to withhold support for Disney chief

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

AT&T: Consumer revenues to stop shrinking in 2006

Martha Stewart defense rests after calling one witness

High-tech campus to hit town

Greenspan: deal with deficit by cutting Social Security benefits

Japanese anti-monopoly authorities raid Japan unit of Microsoft

Wal-Mart swipes at fees, drops debit card use

Woman shares stress lessons

Penney profits fall amid talks of Eckerd sale

Baylor declares inquiry results
WACO, Texas - Former Baylor University basketball coach Dave Bliss made payments to players, allowed major NCAA infractions and then tried to cover up the improprieties, the school president said Thursday.

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.

Mike Williams leaving USC to enter NFL draft

Alabama lineman returns from one-year suspension

Alabama lineman returns from one-year suspension
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Todd Bates maintains he was just trying to get in the best shape possible to make a good impression on new Alabama coach Mike Price, and didn't know ephedra had been banned by the NCAA.

Gonzaga doesn't want 2002 repeat

Lady Jaguars rally to earn 20th victory

St. Joseph's season still is flawless

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

Saving Social Security
Was that Social Security that Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan was talking to Congress about the other day, or did he set off weapons of mass destruction?

U.N. lends a hand
President George W. Bush's Democratic critics have been blaming him for not internationalizing the Iraq war. Lately, this has taken the form of berating the president for not getting the United Nations to help with the U.S.-led coalition's liberation of Iraq.

Our kind of politics

Saving Social Security

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.

Club calendar
Here's a list of entertainment at Aiken-Augusta nightclubs.

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.

Standing ovations
Storyland Theatre will present its romance-and-rapiers comedy The Courtship of Senorita Florabella at 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. today and will also present a family matinee at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way.

Howard Stern airs frustration over Clear Channel suspension
NEW YORK -- A day after the nation's largest radio station chain suspended shock jock Howard Stern's show for alleged indecency, Stern vented on the air Thursday with uncharacteristic restraint.

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

Concert calendar
Here's a list of upcoming area concerts. The list includes concerts that are withing easy driving distance from the Augusta area.

People in the News
LONDON -- A British television interview in which Michael Jackson said he sometimes let children sleep in his bed has been named program of the year in the Royal Television Society's TV journalism awards.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

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.

Rosie O'Donnell to marry girlfriend in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO -- Former talk show host Rosie O'Donnell planned to marry her longtime girlfriend Thursday in San Francisco, where more than 3,300 other same-sex couples have tied the knot since Feb. 12.

Stocks mixed in listless trading

Indexes rally as selling drops off

Stocks mixed in listless trading
NEW YORK -- Wall Street stumbled through a mostly lifeless session Thursday as bargain hunters gave technology stocks a moderate lift but struggling defense contractors kept blue chips under pressure.

Regulators tell mutual fund companies they must be more forthcoming
NEW YORK -- Top officials from the Securities and Exchange Commission and the New York attorney general's office told mutual fund representatives Thursday that fund companies that step forward and acknowledge violations of securities laws will fare better than those that do not.

Regulators tell mutual fund companies they must be more forthcoming

Tokyo stocks rise, dollar up against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks surged Thursday as investors bought blue chips Toyota Motor and Kyocera as the U.S. dollar rose against the Japanese yen.

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.

Fishing tournament results
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Rising lake levels to present a challenge
The Augusta area's worst weather usually comes during February, the transition month between winter and spring, so fishermen should keep a positive outlook for what's ahead.

Fishing tournament results

Rising lake levels to present a challenge

Eating at Al's is like a trip to Grandma's

Eating at Al's is like a trip to Grandma's
Even if you've never been, can't you just imagine what a restaurant called Al's would be like? Throw in the full name (Al's Family Restaurant) and you can all but smell the turnip greens.

A Daffodil by any other name would be just as sweet

Begin early with lawn maintenance

A Daffodil by any other name would be just as sweet
Do you have any pots of daffodils blooming indoors yet? Or any narcissi? Or jonquils? Although these names are tossed around freely in referring to those cheery white or yellow trumpets that herald in spring, the names daffodil, narcissus, and jonquil are not really wholly interchangeable.

Begin early with lawn maintenance
Gardeners each year spend time and money trying to combat diseases in the lawn, but many problems can be prevented if you practice good turf maintenance.

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

Lickliter is back on top; Augusta's Taylor in hunt
TUCSON, Ariz. - Frank Lickliter II is back at Tucson National, where his game suits the course and it shows.

Tiger survives, Weir also wins at La Costa

Rain washes out second round of Match Play

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.

Daly hits Tucson on road back

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 a scare

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.

Rain washes out second round of Match Play
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Blue skies, warm sunshine. Except for La Costa Resort being partially submerged by overnight rain, it would have been a perfect day for golf at the Match Play Championship.

Lickliter is back on top; Augusta's Taylor in hunt

Butler heads to quarterfinals

Red Devils take on state champs

Georgia high school basketball pairings

Lady Hawks sail past second seed

Practice makes perfect for Smith

Lightning pad division lead

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

Coaching again not in Bowman's future

Lightning pad division lead
TAMPA, Fla.- Brad Richards had two goals and an assist, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 on Thursday night.

We'll probably be working longer than we thought
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said he's worried about Social Security. He told Congress on Wednesday that soaring budget deficits from out-of-control entitlement programs could threaten the economy in coming years and that might affect our retirements.

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

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.

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.

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

Tuten the most qualified man running for coroner

People's rights trump telemarketers'

Will Southerners be fooled again?

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

Get facts straight about gun laws before writing letters
In response to Barbara Thurmond's letter of Feb. 14, "Georgia gun report card gets low marks": Paul F. Beck, Martinez, Ga.

People's rights trump telemarketers'
It would be difficult to argue with your Feb. 19 editorial, "The right to bother us?" The final sentence, "If only the Founders had foreseen telemarketers," was particularly interesting, as they actually did foresee them, in a sense. Richard Maner, Louisville, Ga.

Sheriff Strength should be commended

Republicans win by demonizing Dems

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.)

Returning YDC to DJJ incomprehensible

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.)

Will Southerners be fooled again?
Keith Smith's Feb. 12 letter, "Sen. Zell Miller for president?", stated that "the Democratic Party has become the party of anything goes, homosexuality, abortion, welfare programs, etc." Mr. Smith epitomizes the Republican propaganda that will be spewed this summer. Tracy E. Williams Jr., Augusta

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

Get facts straight about gun laws before writing letters

Scientists say monkeys have protein that prevents HIV infection

All things SHORT

Living briefs

FDA approves first-of-a-kind cancer fighter

Health and fitness calendar

Almond growers face pollinating honey bee shortage

Share of people who are native English speakers declining

NASA rover drills into rock in search for evidence of water

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

FDA approves first-of-a-kind cancer fighter
WASHINGTON -- The government on Thursday approved the first drug that promises to attack cancer by choking off its blood supply, a colon cancer treatment called Avastin.

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

Almond growers face pollinating honey bee shortage
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Almond growers in California are having a hard time finding honey bees to pollinate their crops this year, and those who do find available beekeepers say they are paying more for their hives.

Share of people who are native English speakers declining
WASHINGTON -- The idea that English will become the world language is outdated, with the future more likely to see people switching between two or more languages for routine communications, a British language expert says in a new analysis.

Lynx take on Ice Pilots; playoffs still a possibility

Lynx storm past Ice Pilots

Lynx storm past Ice Pilots
It didn't take long for the Augusta Lynx to put this one away.

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.

News you can use

Agents uncover cocaine chain

Kid of the day

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.

Designs exclude ASU, Paine

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.

Budget cuts put school nurses in short supply

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.

Georgia Democratic leader calls for congressional investigation

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

Board president regrets closed payout vote

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.

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.

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.

Breast cancer risk has link to weight

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

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.

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.

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
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.

Autopsy shows man found in home died of cut wounds

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

Concerns didn't stop takeover

Stepfather is innocent of murder

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.

Georgia educators plan for curriculum overhaul

Concerns didn't stop takeover
Serious concerns about a Florida company's ability to operate the Augusta Youth Development Campus raised by top mental health staff in the state Department of Juvenile Justice weren't enough to stop the company from taking over the facility.

Veteran Affairs officer resigns

Across Georgia

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Jordan McKenzie Beall, 4, or North Augusta.

Kid of the day

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.

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

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.

Official has staff use time

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

Board president regrets closed payout vote
Richmond County School Board President Jeff Padgett used Thursday's special meeting to apologize for the board's closed-session decision to offer a $94,000 payout to Dr. Charles Larke for unused vacation time.

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.

Budget puts tax holidays in jeopardy

News you can use
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.

Closings surprise parents
Mother Nature threw Lisa Borror a curve ball Thursday morning.

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.

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

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.

Hundreds cast votes early for elections
Today is the last day Richmond County voters can cast early ballots in Tuesday's election without giving a reason.

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.

University escapes billing issues

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.

Recruiters target men to ease nurse shortage

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.

News you can use

Study finds unhealthy behavior

Around town

Bill would cut number of school districts

Pupils dress for success

Temporary maps likely from judges

Pupils dress for success
BATH - Astronauts, neurosurgeons, soldiers and mechanics flocked to Jefferson Elementary School on Thursday to learn about technical and professional careers.

MCG support group helps patients cope with cancer

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.

Authorities search for bank robber

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

Across the area
Aiken County authorities are looking for a suspect in the early Thursday shooting of an Aiken man.

Across the area

Schools closed in Columbia and Lincoln Counties

Sleet, snow cause accidents

Georgia Democratic leader calls for congressional investigation
ATATLANTA - The former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Georgia improperly tried to affect the 2002 gubernatorial and state Senate elections, according to an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.f Justice.

Lynx game to go on as scheduled

Georgia educators plan for curriculum overhaul
ATLANTA - So far, most of the public debate over Georgia's 800-page school curriculum overhaul has focused on one word.

Recruiters target men to ease nurse shortage
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Forget the pink nursing scrubs with petunia patterns. Testosterone is muscling its way into the nursing profession, and coastal Georgia recruiters hope targeting more men will help with the region's nursing shortage.

News you can use
FEB. 27, 1915 Detective Roney arrested a neatly dressed man last night on a warrant charging forgery.

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
CHARLESTON - Bad weather hampered efforts to clean up a small amount of pesticide leaking from a damaged shipping container on a vessel anchored about 15 miles off Charleston, officials said.

HOPE plan may cover books, fees for now

Across Georgia
ATHENS - A New Zealander has been indicted on federal firearms charges for posing as a Georgia resident to purchase hundreds of guns from a Bogart gun dealer.

Corrections

Transfer of farms is urged
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Lewis Holmes III is growing peaches on the same land his great-grandfather, the first Lewis Holmes, tilled a half-century ago.

Icy weather blankets area

Across Georgia

Around town
Firefighter David Nicholson jokes around with his 4-year-old son Shawn as they have a snack during an open house for the new Augusta-Richmond County Fire Station No. 12 in McBean.

Sanford plan will give parents credit
AIKEN - Under a school-choice plan unveiled Thursday by Gov. Mark Sanford, low- and middle-income parents would get tax credits for tuition paid to send their children to private schools.

Sleet, snow cause accidents
Thursday's surprising wintry weather continued into the night with snow flurries reported throughout Columbia and parts of Richmond counties. The snow brought a dusting to the ground and building tops in places and caused some roads and bridges to become iced over.

Man convicted of murder
A Columbia County jury on Thursday convicted Dag Luquincette Rhodes of murder, armed robbery, burglary and a weapons charge in the 1998 robbery and murder of an Evans couple.

Sleet will be worst of weather

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

Stepfather is innocent of murder
A Sardis, Ga., man was acquitted of murder charges this week in the shooting death of his stepson.

Teacher will retire after 30 years

Autopsy shows man found in home died of cut wounds
Authorities completed an autopsy Friday on an elderly Augusta man who was found dead at his home, and investigators continued to look for clues to his death.

Floods to help fish to spawn

Agents uncover cocaine chain
A federal magistrate found probable cause Thursday that Augusta narcotic agents have enough evidence to seek indictments in a multistate trafficking operation.

Hopeful speaks on jobs in Ohio

Aviation panel puts off action
The only delay at Augusta Regional Airport on Thursday had nothing to do with ice problems. It involved a contract naming Buster Boshears the airport's new full-time director.

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.

University escapes billing issues
When Georgia Medicaid officials go around collecting $400 million they overpaid providers during a computer glitch, they won't be knocking on University Hospital's door, officials said.

Airport offers project a boost
A plan to build an aircraft mechanics school in Augusta received a boost from airport officials Thursday, moving the idea closer to reality and farther from a pie-in-the-sky dream.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT for Dr. Charles Larke and his puppet Jeff Padgett. We have two schools that have been failing for over six years and more than half of the others failing for two or more years. Still, you say Dr. Larke is doing a wonderful job. What's wrong with this picture?

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

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.

At the Movies: 'Twisted'
"Twisted" had the potential to be more than just another crime thriller starring Ashley Judd, which has become a genre all its own following "Kiss the Girls," "Double Jeopardy" and "High Crimes."

At the Movies: 'Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights'
Nobody puts Baby in the corner in "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights." For that, you can be thankful.

Offbeat French cartoon looking for Oscar gold

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

At the Movies: 'Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights'

Honorary Oscar winner Blake Edwards recalls a turbulent past
LOS ANGELES - Several weeks ago, when motion picture academy President Frank Pierson telephoned Blake Edwards with some "good news," the filmmaker said, "Wait - tell Julie first."

Honorary Oscar winner Blake Edwards recalls a turbulent past

Oscar Insider: Promoting the Academy Awards

The best and the worst of the Academy Awards

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.

You won't see biscuits at East Coast Oscar party

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.

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

At the Movies: 'Broken Lizard's Club Dread'
"Broken Lizard's Club Dread" is perfectly titled: It's so dreadful you want to bash its disagreeably unfunny characters with a club.

Coppola's Oscar bids follow lifetime of studying family business

Oscar Insider: Promoting the Academy Awards
CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Artistic appreciation may be the motor that drives Hollywood's awards season, but hype is the gasoline.

At the Movies: 'Broken Lizard's Club Dread'

Winners and nominees of movie honors for 2003
LOS ANGELES -- Winners and nominees of other movie honors this season, in chronological order:

Gibson's 'Passion' rings up $23.6 million on opening day

At the Movies: 'Twisted'

Oscar outfits: It's all about the red carpet

Translating the whiskey scene in 'Lost in Translation'

Films on Jesus often soul-stirring

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.

Gibson's 'Passion' rings up $23.6 million on opening day
LOS ANGELES -- Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" took in $23.6 million on opening day, positioning it as the biggest religious-themed movie since "The Ten Commandments" and "Ben-Hur."

'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.

Films on Jesus often soul-stirring
When Jesus takes that final, long, incredibly bloody walk up the hill outside Jerusalem in Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, nobody is surprised. Like the boat going down in Titanic or the Texans running out of time and bullets in The Alamo, the crucifixion is a foregone conclusion.

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

The best and the worst of the Academy Awards
LOS ANGELES -- In an industry built on the bedrock of hyperbole, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences can rightfully claim a number of superlatives for its annual awards.

Oscar outfits: It's all about the red carpet
When it comes to the Oscars, it's not about who wins or loses, it's about who looks good doing it.

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

"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."

Prince announces arena tour featuring his 1980s hits

There's more to Willie than music

There's more to Willie than music
For nearly 50 years, Willie Nelson's distinctive singing and songwriting style has been a part of popular culture.

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.

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

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.

Bulls activate Kendall Gill
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bulls activated guard Kendall Gill Thursday and placed Chris Jeffries on the injured list with lower back pain.

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.

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.

NBA admits officiating error against Nuggets
NEW YORK - The NBA acknowledged Thursday there was an officiating mistake in the final minute of the Los Angeles Lakers' 112-111 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

Bulls activate Kendall Gill

Wizards calm infighting, defeat Bulls
WASHINGTON - "Gilbert!" yelled Kwame Brown across the Washington Wizards' locker room. "Curse me out before you leave. Please."

Wizards calm infighting, defeat Bulls

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

Washington tops Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. - Tre Simmons scored a career-high 22 points and Washington held off No. 17 Arizona 89-84 on Thursday night to move ahead of the Wildcats into second place in the Pac-10.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lewis pleads innocent to drug charges

Owens still under contract to Niners after mistake

Jamal Lewis indicted on federal drug charges

San Francisco releases Lincolnton's Hearst

Jamal Lewis indicted on federal drug charges

Fumble: Paper problems keep Northcutt with Browns

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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

Firebombing near Athens on eve of IOC meetings
ATHENS, Greece -- As Greek organizers sought to reassure the world the Athens Games will be safe, anti-Olympic activists firebombed two government vehicles Thursday to coincide with a major meeting of IOC officials.

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.

Smoke-Free Air Act safeguards by placing limits on smoking
LAST YEAR, my fellow lawmakers took a step toward curbing the ill effects of tobacco use by increasing the state's tobacco-user fee for the first time since the 1970s. But that was only a starting point. We can do better and that is why I, working with Republicans and Democrats alike, plan to introduce a measure to protect Georgians from the hazards of secondhand smoke.

Smoke-Free Air Act safeguards by placing limits on smoking
LAST YEAR, my fellow lawmakers took a step toward curbing the ill effects of tobacco use by increasing the state's tobacco-user fee for the first time since the 1970s. But that was only a starting point. We can do better and that is why I, working with Republicans and Democrats alike, plan to introduce a measure to protect Georgians from the hazards of secondhand smoke.

Zuluaga advances to quarter finals of Copa Colsanitas

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Tyson avoids jail with plea bargain

Tyson avoids jail with plea bargain
NEW YORK -- Mike Tyson avoided a return to jail Thursday by agreeing to plead guilty to disorderly conduct in a brawl with two men outside a Brooklyn hotel last year.

Zuluaga advances to quarter finals of Copa Colsanitas
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Top-seeded Fabiola Zuluaga of Colombia routed Alyona Bondarenko of Ukraine 6-0, 6-0 Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Copa Colsanitas.

Honda drops out of world championships
DORTMUND, Germany -- Takeshi Honda of Japan, the bronze medalist at the last two World Figure Skating Championships, will miss this year's event because of ankle problems.

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.

Overtime
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.

Overtime
Mike Tyson avoided a return to jail Thursday by pleading guilty to disorderly conduct in a brawl with two men outside a Brooklyn hotel last year.

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.

Kerry, Edwards ready for debate
SAN FRANCISCO - Democrat John Edwards, determined to cut into John Kerry's advantage, said he intends to use Thursday's televised debate to draw clear differences with the front-runner on trade and other issues.

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.

Lady Hawks sail past second seed
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Bridget Gonder doesn't know the reason, but during this season, she started listening to what Washington County coach Allen Gray said. Listened intently.

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.

Georgia high school basketball pairings
First-round results and second-round pairings for the Georgia high school basketball tournament:

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.

Butler heads to quarterfinals
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Marcus Curry drew an assignment tougher than any he'd ever received as a student at Butler High School on Thursday night in the Class AAAA south sectionals at the Columbus Civic Center.

Failure at line dooms Laney
SAVANNAH, Ga. - It wasn't so much the towering twin forwards Thomasville presented. It wasn't even the fact Laney shot 26.8 percent from the field.

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.

San Francisco releases Lincolnton's Hearst
Former Pro Bowl running back Garrison Hearst, of Lincolnton, Ga., was released by the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday.

Fumble: Paper problems keep Northcutt with Browns
CLEVELAND -- About to finally make his run through NFL free agency, Browns wide receiver Dennis Northcutt and his agent dropped the ball.

Bailey awaits written proposal from Broncos
DENVER -- The agent for Washington Redskins cornerback Champ Bailey says he has had "substantive discussions" on a new contract that would bring Bailey to the Denver Broncos and is awaiting a written proposal from the team.

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.

Lewis pleads innocent to drug charges
ATLANTA -- Star NFL running back Jamal Lewis pleaded innocent Thursday to federal drug charges that he tried to help a childhood friend buy cocaine in the summer of 2000.

Owens still under contract to Niners after mistake
Terrell Owens is still under contract to the San Francisco 49ers after the star receiver apparently missed a deadline for voiding the rest of his contract.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Grant tops list of local Grammy winners

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.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Grant tops list of local Grammy winners
It's no surprise that Amy Grant has earned the most Grammy Awards among native Augustans.

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

James Brown could bring quality acts to town

How to choose a tax return pro
WASHINGTON -- About 56 percent of tax filers paid a professional to do their taxes last year, the Internal Revenue Service says. If you decide you want to be among those who turn the job over to someone else, here are common questions and answers about finding professional tax help:

Robson Green moves to the boardroom in 'Trust'
LOS ANGELES -- Riding high on the success of its Golden Globe-winning mockumentary "The Office," BBC America is introducing U.S. audiences to yet another contemporary British series set in the workplace.

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.

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.

ESPN plans movie on Pete Rose

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

Cast split on idea of 'Friends' reunion
NEW YORK -- When the six stars of the exiting "Friends" sitcom were asked by Entertainment Weekly magazine - months before the series has even ended - whether they would be interested in a reunion, the answers split by sex.

Rankings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Feb. 16-22. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

Justin Timberlake drops out of 'Motown 45' celebration

Applause calendar

The top five list

People in the News

Rosie O'Donnell to marry girlfriend in San Francisco

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

Concert calendar

People in the News

Howard Stern airs frustration over Clear Channel suspension

Club calendar

Lady Dogs miss star, lose by 10
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Bernice Mosby scored 14 of her 19 points in the second half, helping Florida snap a four-game losing streak with a 69-59 victory Thursday night over No. 19 Georgia.

Lady Dogs miss star, lose by 10

James Brown could bring quality acts to town
Two weeks ago, I wrote a column discussing James Brown's need to repair his image and Augusta's need to continue fostering a working relationship with him.

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.

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Las Vegas hotel-casino admits to rigging three drawings

Pope opens Lenten season with Ash Wednesday call for sacrifice