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

Lane and Broderick leave 'The Producers' April 4
NEW YORK -- They're still looking. No replacements have been named yet for Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in "The Producers," but the two stars definitely will leave the hit Broadway musical April 4.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Point is raised by Kent
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - If baseball fans are going to talk about steroids, Jeff Kent thinks Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and other past stars should be included in the discussion.

Yankees release injured Boone

Mariners' Snelling has successful hamate surgery
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Seattle Mariners outfield prospect Chris Snelling had surgery Friday on a bone in his right hand, sidelining the Australian for the next six weeks.

Lawyers for steroid defendants say Bonds in clear
SAN FRANCISCO -- Lawyers for two of the men accused of participating in a steroid-distribution ring said Friday that baseball slugger Barry Bonds "never took anything illegal," and actually rejected a questionable substance at the heart of the government's case.

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.

Wood, Cubs agree on new deal
MESA, Ariz. - Kerry Wood figures the Chicago Cubs are going places, and he wants to stick around and be part of the trip.

Yankees close weight room to personal trainers

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

Mariners' Snelling has successful hamate surgery

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.

Wood, Cubs agree on new deal

Scioscia: current steroid testing 'Good first step'

Strawberry says he's finally found peace

Williams may miss opener after surgery

Point is raised by Kent

Lawyers for steroid defendants say Bonds in clear

Cubs fans cheer explosion destroying hated foul ball

Yankees close weight room to personal trainers
TAMPA, Fla. -- The New York Yankees banned players' personal trainers from their weight room in response to a new directive from the commissioner's office.

Schmidt wants to pitch season opener

Strawberry says he's finally found peace
LOS ANGELES -- Darryl Strawberry always has put baseball first.

Brewers dispute HBO report

Baseball cracks down on clubhouse access

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.

We'll probably be working longer than we thought

Odds and Ends
MORGAN LAKE, N.M. -- If you caught a toothy fish from the Amazon in Morgan Lake, who'd eat whom?

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.

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.

Julio Franco: Still going strong at age 45
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Julio Franco plopped down in a seat behind the batting cage, right next to Terry Pendleton. They looked on attentively as some young whippersnapper took his swings.

Versatility might land Garcia spot on the big team

Julio Franco: Still going strong at age 45

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

Wary Smoltz seeks changes to protect elbow

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.

Braves rookie is impressive
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - He was Class AAA Richmond's Player of the Month in his second full month there, hitting .337, and was selected to play in the Futures Game prior to last summer's All-Star Game.

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.

Braves rookie is impressive

Smoltz throw again
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Atlanta Braves closer John Smoltz, coming back again from elbow surgery, threw off the mound Friday for the second time this spring with no problems.

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.

Judge throws out most serious charge against Martha Stewart
NEW YORK -- A federal judge on Friday threw out the most serious charge against Martha Stewart, securities fraud, just before her trial goes to a jury.

More large pension funds line up against Disney's Eisner
LOS ANGELES -- Michael Eisner is feeling the heat. The embattled CEO of The Walt Disney Co. flew to Ohio Thursday to convince officials of five public pension funds that they should vote for his re-election to the company board.

Japanese anti-monopoly authorities raid Japan unit of Microsoft

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.

Business briefs
Winyah Community Health Services announced it has received a perfect score on its recent annual inspection by the state Office of Regulatory Services.

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.

Justice Department sues to block Oracle-PeopleSoft merger

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.

Fiat reports the group's net loss narrows, meeting targets
TURIN, Italy -- In an eagerly awaited report from a struggling Italian industrial conglomerate, Fiat Group said Friday its losses narrowed in 2003 and it expects to make further progress this year and next and return to profitability in 2006.

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.

Regulators will allow health-care network deal
WASHINGTON - A merger creating the nation's largest managed care provider received approval from federal regulators Friday.

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

Safety board wants passengers weighed
WASHINGTON - Air travel would be safer if airlines weighed their passengers from time to time to make sure they know how much weight their planes are carrying, the National Transportation Safety Board says.

Pizza Hut offering delivery salads

High-tech campus to hit town

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

Penney profits fall amid talks of Eckerd sale

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.

Broad Street merger

Fiat reports the group's net loss narrows, meeting targets

Economy grows slightly better than first estimated
WASHINGTON -- America's economy, bolstered by brisk business spending, grew at a healthy 4.1 percent annual rate in the final quarter of 2003. That was even faster than first thought and offered new evidence that the nation's economic recovery was firmly rooted going into the new year.

Sony delays launch of PlayStation Portable

CBO: Bush budget would produce $2.75 trillion deficits over decade
WASHINGTON -- President Bush's budget would produce deficits totaling $2.75 trillion over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office projected Friday in the first authoritative look at the plan's longer-range implications.

CBO: Bush budget would produce $2.75 trillion deficits over decade

Faster, bigger refunds expected
Taxpayers should expect bigger refunds faster this year.

Regulators will allow health-care network deal

Broad Street merger
Though it lacks the limelight and luster of a Wall Street acquisition, a recent Broad Street merger of three local companies suggests there might be some life left in a fast-forgotten high-tech sector.

More large pension funds line up against Disney's Eisner

Conflicting data leave market gauges in limbo
NEW YORK - A selloff in tech stocks and buying in consumer products left Wall Street little changed Friday as investors tried to reconcile conflicting economic data - a surprisingly strong gross domestic product figure and a drop in a consumer confidence measure. The major indexes ended February mixed, stalling an 11-month rally, and the Nasdaq composite index suffered its first monthly decline since September.

Safety board wants passengers weighed

Coke says it has received grand jury subpoenas from feds in fraud probe
ATLANTA -- The Coca-Cola Co. said Friday it has received grand jury subpoenas as part of federal prosecutors' 7 1/2 -month criminal fraud investigation of the world's largest beverage maker.

Conflicting data leave market gauges in limbo

Business briefs

Business briefs

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.

AT&T: Consumer revenues to stop shrinking in 2006

Economy grows slightly better than first estimated

Jury awards Bank of America customers up to $1 billion

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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."

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.

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.

Two Ball State coaches reprimanded after football players suffers frostbite
MUNCIE, Ind. -- Ball State reprimanded two coaches after a football player suffered frostbite during a disciplinary workout in subzero temperatures.

Governor tabs attorney general to handle recruiting investigation

Auburn opens spring amid changes

Auburn opens spring amid changes
AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn's spring practice will feature old players in new positions and a new guy running the offense.

Governor tabs attorney general to handle recruiting investigation
DENVER -- Gov. Bill Owens appointed Colorado's attorney general Friday as a special prosecutor who will investigate the recruiting scandal at the University of Colorado, saying he wanted "no whitewash and no excuses,"

Two Ball State coaches reprimanded after football players suffers frostbite

Stanford saves party for later

Baylor awaits NCAA response

Princeton tops Columbia

Blue Devils club lethargic Tigers

The main attraction
Georgia is one of the primary states in the 10-state Super Tuesday showdown between Democratic presidential candidates John Kerry and John Edwards.

Saving Social Security

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?

Un-Christian Christian

The main attraction

Un-Christian Christian
Maurice Gordon of Denver has lived for 73 years, and he still doesn't know how to be a decent Christian, even though he's a Pentecostal minister.

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.

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.

People in the News
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Greta Van Susteren, who helped pick Miss America last year, is joining the famous beauty pageant in another capacity.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Conflicting economic numbers leave stocks mixed

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.

Dollar heads down as investors take profits

Dollar heads down as investors take profits
NEW YORK -- The dollar retreated Friday after reaching its highest level in 2 1/2 months against the Swiss franc and a one-month high against the euro, as investors took profits ahead of the weekend and month end.

Regulators tell mutual fund companies they must be more forthcoming

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.

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.

Stocks mixed in listless trading

Conflicting economic numbers leave stocks mixed
NEW YORK -- A selloff in tech stocks and buying in consumer products left Wall Street little changed Friday as investors tried to reconcile conflicting economic data - a surprisingly strong gross domestic product figure and a drop in a consumer confidence measure. The major indexes ended February mixed, stalling an 11-month rally, and the Nasdaq composite index suffered its first monthly decline since September.

Rising lake levels to present a challenge

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

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.

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

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.

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.

A Daffodil by any other name would be just as sweet

Begin early with lawn maintenance

Fading Yellow Jackets seek revival at Clemson
ATLANTA - After consecutive home losses and increasing concern that Georgia Tech's best basketball was played months ago, Yellow Jackets coach Paul Hewitt is doing his best to ease any crisis of confidence.

Fading Yellow Jackets seek revival at Clemson

Woods, Mickelson breeze through matches

Heath Slocum leads Tucson second round
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Heath Slocum's diligence in practice paid off.

Woods, Mickelson breeze through matches
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Tiger Woods took control of his match early and never gave Trevor Immelman much hope, easing into the third round Friday at the Match Play Championship.

Heath Slocum leads Tucson second round

No sweat for Woods

Taylor contending for first Tour win

Taylor contending for first Tour win
TUCSON, Ariz. - Augusta's Vaughn Taylor continued to reel off birdies in the Chrysler Classic of Tucson, moving the former Augusta State star into contention for his first PGA Tour victory.

Rain washes out second round of Match Play

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

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
TUCSON, Ariz. - Frank Lickliter II is back at Tucson National, where his game suits the course and it shows.

No sweat for Woods
CARLSBAD, Calif. - Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson made short work of a long day at the Match Play Championship, both needing only 28 holes to win two matches and reach the quarterfinals.

Butler heads to quarterfinals

Playoff run ends for Josey

Lady Hawks sail past second seed

Georgia high school basketball pairings

Red Wings get Lang in trade
WASHINGTON - NHL scoring leader Robert Lang was traded from Washington to the Detroit Red Wings on Friday, another roster shake-up in a losing season for the Capitals.

Lightning pad division lead

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.

Red Wings get Lang in trade

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.

USC-Aiken students discover body
AIKEN - Two USC-Aiken students walked into Hitchcock Woods early Saturday morning on a high-tech treasure hunt and stumbled into a real mystery.

Get facts straight about gun laws before writing letters

Consider excellence, consider Tuten for coroner

People's rights trump telemarketers'

Will Southerners be fooled again?

Author misguided in criminal quest

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

Defends Kerry's war record
Regarding Robert Smock's Feb. 21 letter, "What about John Kerry's war record?": William Baron, Johnston, S.C.

Consider excellence, consider Tuten for coroner
Grover Tuten, interim coroner of Richmond County, seeks and deserves consideration by all voters wanting a continuation of excellence in an elected official who brings knowledge and compassion to the difficult task of death investigation. D. Greer Falls III, M.D., Evans, Ga.

Exploring space worth reaching for

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.

Author misguided in criminal quest
This rebuts the Feb. 14 letter by Barbara Thurmond, "Georgia gun report card gets low marks." Russell Abbott, Augusta

Exploring space worth reaching for
I feel the need to address those who are against President George W. Bush's proposal for a permanent base on the moon and, farther down the road, exploration of Mars. Scott Finley, 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.

Defends Kerry's war record

FDA approves first-of-a-kind cancer fighter

Share of people who are native English speakers declining

Rover captures dusty sunset in blue martian sky

Researchers discover two new dinosaur fossils in Antarctica

Almond growers face pollinating honey bee shortage

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.

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.

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.

Rover captures dusty sunset in blue martian sky
PASADENA, Calif. -- The Opportunity rover turned its panoramic gaze on the horizon and captured a dusty blue sunset.

Researchers discover two new dinosaur fossils in Antarctica
WASHINGTON -- Frozen Antarctica has yielded two of its secrets, previously unknown types of dinosaurs that lived there millions of years ago when the climate was milder.

Lynx storm past Ice Pilots

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

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.

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

Kerry has a pair of Kings in his deck

Kid of the day
Today kid of the day is Gabrielle T. Walker, 3, of Augusta.

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.

News you can use
Feb. 28, 1925 WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - A sensation was sprung late this afternoon in the trial of C.G. Rawlings, a prominent planter of Washington County, charged as an accessory after the fact in the killing of his cousin Gus A. Tarbutton on Feb. 11.

Autopsy shows man found in home died of cut wounds

Groups oppose injury fund cuts

Agents uncover cocaine chain

Concerns didn't stop takeover

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.

Towpath to install pet cleanup kits
Visitors to the Augusta Canal's popular towpath are finding more than red clay beneath their jogging shoes and bicycle tires.

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

Brown sentenced to 60 days in jail for probation violation
ATLANTA -- Singer Bobby Brown was sentenced on Friday to 60 days in jail for violating his probation on a drunken driving charge.

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.

Grocery chain may keep store
After meeting with Bi-Lo Corp. officials Friday, Augusta commissioners said they were hopeful the grocery chain would keep its store on Deans Bridge Road open.

Around town

Drivers define traffic
When it comes to road congestion, it seems perception is everything.

Candidate forum at church to start early

Candidate forum at church to start early
People planning to attend today's public forum in which two Democrat candidates for U.S. president will speak should be inside Tabernacle Baptist Church on Laney-Walker Boulevard by 9 a.m., the event's organizer said Friday.

Kid of the day

Rants and raves
I WAS SHOCKED to read about the salary the Board of Education is paying Dr. Charles Larke. No wonder our school taxes are so high. We are giving Dr. Larke all of our money and not the school system. I have heard children do not have enough books, supplies, and other equipment needed to learn. What is wrong with our board members? You need to pay your teachers more money. Richmond County board members, you all need a reality check.

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.

Effects of move begin to show
It's been two weeks since the Department of Juvenile Justice moved dozens of the state's most mentally ill and troubled juvenile offenders out of the Augusta Youth Development Campus.

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?

Kerry has a pair of Kings in his deck
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry is flooding the state with stand-ins this weekend leading up to Tuesday's primary, including a pair of women Kings.

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

7 arrested, 2 wanted in counterfeiting
Richmond County sheriff's investigators say they have uncovered a counterfeiting ring and were looking Friday for two people they suspect are involved.

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.

Bill targets history displays
ATLANTA - They haven't given up on the Confederate flag, but Southern heritage groups are now pushing for more acknowledgement of Georgia's Civil War history.

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.

Around town
Cows graze despite a light snow dusting over fields on a farm on Sweetwater Road in Edgefield County, S.C . Snow and ice from Thursday started to melt as the temperatures climbed Friday.

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.

Cleland tours state for Kerry

State senator loses affiliation

Sleet, snow cause accidents

Georgia educators plan for curriculum overhaul

Reward offered in man's slaying

Across the area

Contractor admits to nuclear alarm scare

Across Georgia

Changes concern advocates
ALBANY, Ga. - Horse enthusiasts are concerned about a bill in the Georgia Senate that they say could hinder rescue of starving horses and shield abusive owners.

State senator loses affiliation
AIKEN - The missionary branch of the United Methodist Church is distancing itself from a state senator from Charleston who has sponsored pro-gambling legislation.

Across Georgia
DORAVILLE - A school bus ran off the street and plowed into a house Friday morning, injuring seven elementary school pupils.

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.

Across the area
Authorities released an artist's composite sketch of the man suspected in a Friday bank robbery in Thomson.

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.

Audit turns up past misdeeds
Another harsh audit of a troubled Augusta mental health center has turned up more past misdeeds by its former managers, including a generous severance package for a former director and payouts to lobbyists of nearly $200,000.

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

Reward offered in man's slaying
James "Mike" Pantoja was more than 500 miles away, driving his tractor-trailer in Vicksburg, Miss., when he heard the news that his father was killed.

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.

Two teens die from injuries in car crash
AIKEN - Two 17-year-old Aiken High School students were killed when the 1997 Pontiac Sunfire they were test-driving hit a culvert and went airborne near U.S. Highway 1 and Interstate 20 at about 4:20 p.m. Friday, Chief Deputy Coroner Tim Carlton said.

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.

Groups oppose injury fund cuts
COLUMBIA - The state's top business group is telling the House it should back off a budget committee's proposal to raid a fund intended to help injured workers get back on the job.

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.

S.C. reports lower abuse data
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The incidence of sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in South Carolina was lower than the national average during the past half century, church officials announced Friday.

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.

Cleland tours state for Kerry
ATLANTA - Former Sen. Max Cleland and several of John Kerry's Vietnam buddies began a tour of Georgia on Friday to rally support for the Massachusetts senator on the final weekend before the state's primary Tuesday.

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

Contractor admits to nuclear alarm scare
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - A cleaning contractor has admitted to handling fuses at a nuclear facility that triggered alarms that sent 250 workers scrambling for safety.

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.

Heart, lung surgeon sues MCG
Mark and Lynn Anstadt found a good life in Augusta - perhaps the best kind of life the city has to offer.

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.

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

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.

Across the area

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.

Aiken County's last Civil War son dies
Jacob Perron Garvin, 91, of Wagener, the last direct descendant of a Civil War veteran in Aiken County, died Thursday evening.

Georgia Democratic leader calls for congressional investigation

Group to look at VA claim
AIKEN - The State Ethics Commission is reviewing an allegation that an employee at the Aiken County Veterans Affairs office inappropriately accepted money to handle a claim, two sources familiar with the matter said Friday.

University escapes billing issues

Brown sentenced to 60 days in jail for probation violation

News you can use

Kerry unveils defense policy

Pupils dress for success

News you can use

Judge sets court date; family forced to wait

Across Georgia

Effects of move begin to show

Across South Carolina

Kerry, current flag lead in early poll

Audit turns up past misdeeds

Leaders attempt to meet cutoff
ATLANTA - A day after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Georgia's bid to delay redrawing political maps, state lawmakers were scrambling Friday to try to meet a March deadline set by federal judges.

Aiken County's last Civil War son dies

Recruiters target men to ease nurse shortage

Heart, lung surgeon sues MCG

USC-Aiken students discover body

Grocery chain may keep store

Stepfather is innocent of murder

Kerry, current flag lead in early poll
ATLANTA - North Carolina Sen. John Edwards has a big job ahead of him this weekend if he's going to slow rival Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry's momentum by winning the Georgia primary, according to a poll released Friday.

Drivers define traffic

Rhodes is sentenced to life in prison for murder
A Columbia County jury determined Friday that Dag Luquincette Rhodes will spend his life behind bars for the deaths of an Evans couple who were shot in their home six years ago.

Rants and raves
I WAS SHOCKED to read about the salary the Board of Education is paying Dr. Charles Larke. No wonder our school taxes are so high. We are giving Dr. Larke all of our money and not the school system. I have heard children do not have enough books, supplies, and other equipment needed to learn. What is wrong with our board members? You need to pay your teachers more money. Richmond County board members, you all need a reality check.

Man is given jail for threats
What Willard Ray Baker threatened was so profane and grotesque the judge couldn't repeat it in open court, and it cannot be repeated in the newspaper.

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Officer impersonation leads to charges

Judge sets court date; family forced to wait
AIKEN - The family of slain Aiken teenager Jessica Carpenter will have to wait another year to see the man accused of her killing go on trial.

Board president regrets closed payout vote

Two officers in small town caught issuing tickets as part of contest
PORTERDALE, Ga. -- A contest between two police officers in a small Georgia town to see which one could issue the most traffic tickets was stopped by a judge who overheard the apparent winner talking about it, the mayor said.

Kid of the day

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

25-year camera development pays off with software Oscar

Who's watching? Oscar organizers aim to stop TV ratings freefall
LOS ANGELES -- If the slide in TV ratings is a sign, the Academy Awards are not going to win any prizes for best drama.

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.

Who's watching? Oscar organizers aim to stop TV ratings freefall

At the Movies: 'Twisted'

Oscars look like coronation day for 'Lord of the Rings'

Oscar Insider: Promoting the Academy Awards

25-year camera development pays off with software Oscar
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- In 1988, Lily Tomlin and Bette Midler played dual roles in "Big Business" as two sets of twins, leaving audiences guessing how the filmmakers juggled the foursome so seamlessly.

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

At the Movies: 'Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights'

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."

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

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.

Honorary Oscar winner Blake Edwards recalls a turbulent past

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.

Oscars look like coronation day for 'Lord of the Rings'
LOS ANGELES -- Last year, the musical returned to Academy Awards grace with best-picture winner "Chicago." Now, the long-overlooked fantasy genre is positioned for Oscar favor.

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."

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week: "Broken Lizard's Club Dread" - What a perfect title. This splatter-genre spoof is so dreadful you want to bash its disagreeably unfunny characters with a club.

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

This year, Oscar has a distinctly international feel
Shohreh Aghdashloo grew up in Iran, infuriating her mother with the outrageous dream of being a Hollywood star. Djimon Hounsou was an African immigrant in Paris, once so destitute that he slept on the streets.

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

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.

This year, Oscar has a distinctly international feel

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."

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

Films on Jesus often soul-stirring

The best and the worst of the Academy Awards

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.

Pruett wins pole at Homestead
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Scott Pruett won the pole for the Grand American series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a qualifying lap Friday of 112.845 mph in a Lexus.

Pruett wins pole at Homestead

Scheckter races to front
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Tomas Scheckter is making a smooth transition to his new team, turning in the fastest lap on the first day of practice for the IRL's season-opening Toyota Indy 300.

Scheckter races to front

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

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.

Wizards calm infighting, defeat Bulls

Bulls activate Kendall Gill

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.

LeBron comes up big in OT
ORLANDO - LeBron James scored six of his 30 points in overtime, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 28 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 112-107 victory Friday night over the Orlando Magic.

Spurs await extent of Duncan's injury
SAN ANTONIO -- Tim Duncan will miss at least one game for the San Antonio Spurs after injuring his left thigh during Thursday night's loss at Dallas.

LeBron comes up big in OT

Blue Devils club lethargic Tigers
DURHAM, N.C. - Alana Beard made 11 of 13 shots for a 28-point performance in her final regular-season home game to lead third-ranked Duke to a 102-45 victory Friday night over Clemson - the worst defeat in the Tigers' history.

Stanford saves party for later
STANFORD, Calif. - Nearly two hours after top-ranked Stanford's latest win, star Josh Childress stood in one corner of empty Maples Pavilion, holding dumbbells in each hand and doing lunges.

Princeton tops Columbia
PRINCETON, N.J. - Judson Wallace scored 17 of his game-high 24 points in the second half as Princeton rolled to a 75-52 victory over Columbia on Friday night.

Baylor awaits NCAA response
WACO, Texas - After a painful self-examination of a basketball program run amok, Baylor will turn its findings over to the NCAA to decide whether self-imposed sanctions are enough to atone for the misdeeds of former coach Dave Bliss.

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.

Lewis pleads innocent to drug charges

Government's case might be tough to prove

NFL asks federal court to block Clarett ruling

Pack hires Vince Tobin as special assistant

Fumble: Paper problems keep Northcutt with Browns

Sapp not eager to leave Buccaneers

Owens still under contract to Niners after mistake

San Francisco releases Lincolnton's Hearst

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Committee leader hedges bets on Athens success

Toomey hopes to cap successful indoor season with U.S. title
BOSTON -- Jen Toomey is popular at her home track in Boston. So popular, people have actually asked for autographs in the bathroom.

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.

Committee leader hedges bets on Athens success
ATHENS, Greece - When an IOC president visits a host city before the Olympics, he usually heaps praise on the organizers and predicts a fantastic games. Jacques Rogge delivered a pointedly different message Friday.

Reader sends in political diatribe
My recent musings about the gentlemanly Larry Walker, D-Perry, retiring from the Legislature and the return of the slash-and-burn politics of new State Democratic Party Chairman Bobby Kahn would have been confined to one column, but a public rebuke from David Worley, former Democratic state chairman and perennial also-ran for public office, necessitates further comment.

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.

Reader sends in political diatribe
My recent musings about the gentlemanly Larry Walker, D-Perry, retiring from the Legislature and the return of the slash-and-burn politics of new State Democratic Party Chairman Bobby Kahn would have been confined to one column, but a public rebuke from David Worley, former Democratic state chairman and perennial also-ran for public office, necessitates further comment.

Poirees keep World Cup leads in biathlon

Pole vaulter Dragila hopes to earn high technical marks

Overtime

Tyson avoids jail with plea bargain

Chavez looks for breakout performance in title defense

Zuluaga advances to quarter finals of 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.

Chavez looks for breakout performance in title defense
LAS VEGAS - Jesus Chavez is more economical with his words than with his punches.

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.

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.

Pole vaulter Dragila hopes to earn high technical marks
BOSTON -- Stacy Dragila relied on sheer athleticism to become a pole vault champion. She knows it will take more than that to remain one.

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.

Poirees keep World Cup leads in biathlon
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Raphael Poiree of France and wife Liv Grete Poiree of Norway kept their leads Friday in the World Cup biathlon standings.

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.

Kerry unveils defense policy
LOS ANGELES - Democrat John Kerry outlined his plan to combat terrorism Friday that relies on stronger intelligence-gathering, law enforcement and international alliances, while rebutting increasing criticism of his national security credentials from President Bush's campaign.

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

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.

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.

Playoff run ends for Josey
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A quick look at Westover's scouting report gave Josey coach Emmett Rouse two key pieces of information.

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.

Sapp not eager to leave Buccaneers
NEW YORK - The NFL made another attempt Friday to block the court ruling allowing Maurice Clarett into April's NFL Draft.

NFL asks federal court to block Clarett ruling
NEW YORK -- The NFL made another attempt Friday to block the court ruling allowing Maurice Clarett into April's draft.

Pack hires Vince Tobin as special assistant
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Former Arizona Cardinals coach Vince Tobin was hired Friday by the Green Bay Packers.

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.

Government's case might be tough to prove
ATLANTA - The government could have a tough time proving its drug conspiracy case against Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis because of the length of time it took to file charges, legal experts say.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Grant tops list of local Grammy winners

Evangelical broadcasters see opportunity after Janet Jackson flap
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Evangelical Protestant broadcasters see something more in Janet Jackson's Super Bowl flash than exposed flesh and bad taste - namely, the opportunity to market themselves as a wholesome alternative to mainstream television.

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send items to virginia.norton@augustachronicle.com. Send a fax to 722-7403, or mail to Faith Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Faith digest
Lighthouse Baptist Church, 2150 Columbia Highway N. in Aiken, will play host to a guys-only wild-game supper at 6:30 tonight. Luke Lewis of the National Wild Turkey Federation will be the guest speaker.

New focus being given to Jesus' female follower
ORLANDO, Fla. - At least once a day, Frances Garcia checks a Mary Magdalene Web site, and most nights she spends at least an hour reading histories and commentaries about Jesus' devoted supporter and her contemporaries.

Broken Faith
After a deep, painful and seemingly senseless loss, the question often emerges, "Why me?"

Supreme Court allows states to deny scholarships to divinity students
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court, in a new rendering on separation of church and state, voted Wednesday to let states withhold scholarships from students studying theology.

Southern Baptist event focuses on revival of church
Junior Hill and Herb Reavis Jr. will join some of the brightest lights in preaching among Southern Baptists in a two-day revival Monday and Tuesday at Abilene Baptist Church in Martinez.

Doctor honored for public service
Greater Augusta Presbyterians and Disciples of Christ Ministries honored one of its own at a recent dinner when it presented dermatologist Marshall Guill III an award for public service.

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.

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.

British interviewer may be headed to American television

British interviewer may be headed to American television
NEW YORK -- British celebrity interviewer Martin Bashir, whose talk with Michael Jackson was seen by 27 million people on ABC a year ago, is negotiating to come to American television.

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.

MTV's 'The Real World' set to film in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA -- Seven strangers are about to get real in Philadelphia.

MTV's 'The Real World' set to film in Philadelphia

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.

People in the News

Club calendar

Howard Stern airs frustration over Clear Channel suspension

Rosie O'Donnell to marry girlfriend in San Francisco

Concert calendar

People in the News

Applause calendar

Lady Dogs miss star, lose by 10

Harricks suing Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia officials defamed two former basketball coaches who were forced out of their jobs in a probe of possible NCAA rules violations last spring, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court.

Bulldogs are team with a cause
Georgia has gone from a team playing with fear to one playing with purpose, coach Dennis Felton said.

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.

Bulldogs are team with a cause

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.

Odds and Ends

Las Vegas hotel-casino admits to rigging three drawings

Odds and Ends

Broken Faith

Faith calendar

Supreme Court allows states to deny scholarships to divinity students

Southern Baptist event focuses on revival of church

Faith digest

Evangelical broadcasters see opportunity after Janet Jackson flap

New focus being given to Jesus' female follower