Supreme Court justice examines a disputed presidential election

Detective writer makes history by publishing book in a daily newspaper
LONDON -- What is it that Bruce sees in the microwave of the apartment he is sent to survey? Why did Anna vacate the room Pat now has, leaving behind clothes, papers and a distinct feeling of unease?

Supreme Court justice examines a disputed presidential election
WASHINGTON -- With a presidency in the balance, Supreme Court justices stepped in to help decide the outcome of a messy election. Sound familiar?

Star of TV's '77 Sunset Strip,' 'The FBI,' turns literary

Star of TV's '77 Sunset Strip,' 'The FBI,' turns literary
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Efrem Zimbalist Jr., best known for hunting down culprits on television's "77 Sunset Strip" and "The FBI," has lately gone searching for book buyers.

Detective writer makes history by publishing book in a daily newspaper

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.

Lawyers for steroid defendants say Bonds in clear

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.

Wood, Cubs agree on new deal

Mariners' Snelling has successful hamate surgery

Point is raised by Kent

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

Strawberry says he's finally found peace

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.

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.

Yankees close weight room to personal trainers

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.

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.

Old ways of manhood still work in today's world

Man rescued from Space Needle observation deck more than 500 feet above ground
SEATTLE -- A man who apparently wiggled through gaps in safety fencing threatened to jump from the landmark Space Needle on Friday but was talked back to safety after three hours.

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

Former educator leads community partnership program
It's 10 a.m. and Robetta McKenzie is already preparing for her second meeting. The day's agenda consists of a civic event across town in 20 minutes, an appointment at Fort Gordon after lunch, a meeting downtown immediately following, then another in the evening.

Social club contributes to civic causes
When a banner bearing The Bunch's name passes bystanders in the annual Martin Luther King Day parade along Laney-Walker Boulevard, puzzled looks are not out of the norm.

Neighborhood store owner provides model of success
When James W. Riles returned to Augusta from Vietnam in the summer of 1970, he realized how much he loved his hometown.

Parents lobby for son and other children with disabilities
The playoff game was about to begin against an Atlanta area basketball club one recent Saturday, and 11-year-old Stanley Hawes Jr. wasn't sure what to expect in the way of an outcome.

Paine College coach teaches players life skills
Sometimes coaching is more than what happens on the basketball court. Selina Kohn prefers her athletes to succeed in the arena of life.

Volunteer helps seniors maintain independence
Irene Mazone is a volunteer with a difference. She may start out solo, but she doesn't stay that way. Like a magnet, she has a knack for pulling in other workers and turning them into a team.

Founder of community center feeds bodies and minds
Twenty-six years ago Ruth Crawford started a social service agency on what she called "a wing and a prayer."

Activist works to improve community's quality of life
Mary Johnson has been down this path before. The lifelong Columbia County resident helped lead a push in the late 1990s to clean up her King Villa neighborhood off Washington Road, soliciting help from county officials and sheriff's deputies to remove litter, erect street lights and increase police patrols.

Foster grandparent helps students with reading and writing
As one of eight foster grandparents working with teachers at Collins Elementary School, 74-year-old Eulia Stallings makes a difference.

Franco, 45, enters 2004 as majors' oldest player
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.

Braves notebook

Franco, 45, enters 2004 as majors' oldest player

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.

Braves notebook
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., - Breaking with tradition, Atlanta manager Bobby Cox announced his starting rotation Saturday, naming 21-game winner Russ Ortiz his Opening Day starter against the Mets on April 6.

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.

LaRoche hasn't given up on double duty in the big leagues
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Adam LaRoche wants to play full-time for the Atlanta Braves - and he wouldn't mind taking on some part-time work, too.

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.

LaRoche hasn't given up on double duty in the big leagues

Julio Franco: Still going strong at age 45

Braves rookie is impressive

Business briefs

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

Success can only be found in fulfilled potential
Some people believe success is a number. They think that if they just had a certain amount of money, then they would be successful. Others believe that success is a relationship. They feel they would be happy if only they were married or had a boyfriend or girlfriend.

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.

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.

Business licenses in Richmond County from December 2003
The following is a list of business licenses in Richmond County from December 2003:

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

On the move
Crystal Barber has been promoted to administrative assistant/office manager in charge of policyholder service and client relations for the MONY Group. Ms. Barber was also recognized for outstanding service to area clients at MONY's annual year-end conference at West Lake Country Club.

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.

Legendary films capture aspects of business world

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.

Business briefs

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.

Budget airline doesn't offer much - just cheap tickets

Old pay phones are back in style
ATLANTA - Old pay phones are selling like they're going out of style. Collectors and pack rats have made an online rush to buy BellSouth's boxy old pay phones after the Atlanta-based company decided to pull out of a coin-operated phone business that had withered in the wireless age.

On the move

Business briefs
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT REGAL CINEMAS LOCATION: Augusta Exchange and Augusta West shopping centers

Business licenses in Richmond County from December 2003

Business licenses in Richmond County
The following is a list of business licenses in Richmond County from January 2004:

Success can only be found in fulfilled potential

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.

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

Branding is more than a label on a product or service
NEW YORK - Many small business owners might think of a brand as the name attached to a company, product or service. But the concept of branding goes far beyond a catchy label or logo.

Business calendar

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.

Business licenses in Richmond County

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.

Business venture makes waves

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.

Old pay phones are back in style

Budget airline doesn't offer much - just cheap tickets
LONDON - You got a cheap airline ticket, what else do you want? Ryanair, Europe's most successful budget airline, is testing the Spartan spirit of its passengers and extending the frontiers of cost-cutting.

Business calendar
Thursday: Introduction to Government Contracting; three-hour seminar by the Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center, 1054 Claussen Road, Suite 301; 9 a.m.; addresses the federal registration process, finding federal government procurement opportunities and marketing to federal agencies; 737-1414.

Economy grows slightly better than first estimated

Business venture makes waves
A collection of plaques marking his bass-fishing achievements lines David Whyte's office walls.

More large pension funds line up against Disney's Eisner

Broad Street merger

Legendary films capture aspects of business world
Who says Hollywood's all about sex and violence? Throughout the years, plenty of notable films have centered on the business of America: business. So in observance of tonight's Academy Awards presentation, The Augusta Chronicle's business staff takes a look back at famous, and not-so-famous, movies with business themes.

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

Conflicting data leave market gauges in limbo

Regulators will allow health-care network deal

Safety board wants passengers weighed

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.

Tuten gets endorsement of rival's relative

Tuten gets endorsement of rival's relative
Grover Tuten, a candidate for Richmond County coroner in Tuesday's special election to fill the unexpired term of Leroy Sims, received endorsements from Mr. Sims' widow, Betty, and one of opponent Lt. Jimmy Wylds' relatives last week.

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.

Two Ball State coaches reprimanded after football players suffers frostbite

Auburn opens spring amid changes

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
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

Baylor awaits NCAA response

Stanford saves party for later

Knights lose out in final

Princeton tops Columbia

Blue Devils club lethargic Tigers

Un-Christian Christian

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.

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.

Alien deal looming?
President George W. Bush's immigrant-worker proposal, which has hit a stone wall in Congress, may be rescued by, of all people, congressional conservatives who are the harshest critics of lax immigration enforcement.

Tuten for coroner
It's not the most exciting office. And Grover Tuten and Jimmy Wylds aren't the most excitable candidates; you won't get a Howard Dean wail out of either.

The main attraction

Tuten for coroner

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.

IRS says this year's average tax refunds up almost $100
WASHINGTON -- The first batch of checks mailed from the Internal Revenue Service this year showed the average tax refund $97 higher than at the same time in 2003.

How can I choose a trustworthy charity?

Conflicting economic numbers leave stocks mixed

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.

Targeted retirement funds are a simple solution, but not for everyone
NEW YORK -- There are two kinds of investors: do-it-yourselfers and the rest of us. And mutual fund companies know it.

Dollar heads down as investors take profits

How can I choose a trustworthy charity?
Q. How can I find information to gauge the likelihood that a charity will put my money to good use?

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.

Targeted retirement funds are a simple solution, but not for everyone

Georgia Southern falls to The Citadel
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Dante Terry scored 21 points and hit five of his eight 3-pointers as The Citadel beat Georgia Southern 68-65 on Saturday.

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.

Jackets jolt Tigers
CLEMSON, S.C. - It was just two games, but Georgia Tech's recent losing streak sure seemed a whole lot larger . It weighed so heavily on Yellow Jackets' coach Paul Hewitt's mind that he couldn't quite find a way to express his emotions to his team.

Georgia Southern falls to The Citadel

Fading Yellow Jackets seek revival at Clemson

Jackets jolt Tigers

Burk says she won't protest

An All-American final: Woods vs. Love in Match Play

Taylor contending for first Tour win

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
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Heath Slocum's diligence in practice paid off.

No sweat for Woods

Tour, players go extra step for sponsors
CARLSBAD, Calif. - Hank Kuehne started the day only three shots off the lead at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and ended it with an 80. He bolted off the course and headed straight to which of the following:

Augusta's Taylor plans to 'play it safe'
TUCSON, Ariz. - Augusta's Vaughn Taylor has a simple strategy heading into today's final round of the Chrysler Classic of Tucson.

An All-American final: Woods vs. Love in Match Play
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Exhausted by 39 holes of dramatic golf, surprised to even make the finals of the Match Play Championship, Davis Love III allowed himself a brief look at what he faces Sunday.

Golf capsules
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Aaron Baddeley shot an 8-under 64 to tie Heath Slocum at 15-under 201 for the third-round lead at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson.

Burk says she won't protest
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Martha Burk regrets that she did not allow herself to get arrested by picketing outside the gates of Augusta National last year, but said Saturday there is no point returning to protest the club's all-male membership in April.

Golf capsules

Tour, players go extra step for sponsors

Heath Slocum leads Tucson second round

Augusta's Taylor plans to 'play it safe'

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.

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.

Woods, Mickelson breeze through matches

Brentwood girls come up short

Playoff run ends for Josey

Thomasville wins AAA tilt

What curse? Butler gets to semifinals

Red Wings get Lang in trade

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.

Old ways of manhood still work in today's world
When a man brings his wife flowers for no reason, there's a reason.

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.

Ban public smoking, don't accept revenues
Although I'm not a smoker, I think local governments should be able to pass public smoking bans, provided they refuse to accept any revenue generated by tobacco sales. Bud Putnam, Thomson, Ga.

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

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

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.

Wylds has the compassion needed to be coroner
As a citizen of Augusta-Richmond County, and a 20-year veteran of local law enforcement, I feel the most important issue facing voters Tuesday is filling the office of coroner.

Consider excellence, consider Tuten for coroner

Coroner candidate Jimmy Wylds is compassionate
As a former Child Advocacy Center board president, I have knowledge of coroner candidate Jimmy Wylds' service to the community. As a police officer, Mr. Wylds showed exceptional dedication and compassion in handling child abuse cases at the Augusta Child Advocacy Center. I have observed Mr. Wylds' hard work at functions for the Child Advocacy Center and other charities. Kathryn Nixon Rast, Augusta

Exploring space worth reaching for

Defends Kerry's war record

Ban public smoking, don't accept revenues

Author misguided in criminal quest

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

Wylds has the compassion needed to be coroner

Grandmother's Baby Shower is inappropriate, shows bad taste

Rover captures dusty sunset in blue martian sky

Researchers discover two new dinosaur fossils in Antarctica

Living briefs

Change is coming on comics page

The Green Apple: New York for St. Patrick's Day

Family's heritage is focus of home decor

Family's heritage is focus of home decor
After two months of searching, Baren and Geetanjali Talukdar were sold when they walked into the four bedroom, two bath home in Spring Lakes subdivision in Martinez.

Change is coming on comics page
Ready to have some fun? Beginning Monday, The Augusta Chronicle has a revamped entertainment package for Monday-Saturday, with two pages of comics, puzzles and advice.

Living briefs
If you've ever wanted to strap on a red cape and slap a giant "S" on your chest, now's your chance. Unfortunately, the guys will have to sit this one out this is for the ladies.

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.

Grandmother's Baby Shower is inappropriate, shows bad taste
Dear Carson: Have you ever heard of a "Grandmother's Baby Shower"? This is for gifts to be given to the grandmother to have at her home. Included in the invitation is where the grandmother has registered and that gift certificates are available. This is a professional woman who is not in need. I am just curious if this is a new trend and perfectly OK, or are her friends really being put in an awkward position to attend and purchase gifts for her. - Just Curious

The Green Apple: New York for St. Patrick's Day
NEW YORK -- Manhattan: the other Emerald Isle. Yes, it's a long, long way from Tipperary. No, St. Patrick never drove the snakes out of Times Square. But every March, a touch of Ireland descends upon Manhattan, converting it into Dublin on the Hudson.

Boomers flock to doctor for latest wrinkle eraser
NEW YORK -- The crow's feet that radiate from the corners of Dr. Maureen Coleman's eyes don't bother her. And she's nonchalant about the laugh lines that trail from her nose to the corners of her mouth.

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.

Cain proposes national sales tax, Medicare trim
U.S. Senate candidate Herman Cain sermonized to a pool of potential supporters in Martinez on Saturday.

Candidate forum at church to start early

Contractor admits to nuclear alarm scare

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.

High-tech hunters discover skeleton
AIKEN - Two University of South Carolina Aiken students walked into Hitchcock Woods early Saturday on a high-tech treasure hunt and stumbled into a real mystery.

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.

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

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.

Kerry has a pair of Kings in his deck

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.

Cain proposes national sales tax, Medicare trim

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.

Across the southeast
PLYMOUTH, N.C. - Martha Askew's lips trembled when the first F/A-18 Super Hornet jets flew over fields Saturday near the home she and her husband hacked out of Washington County woodland decades ago.

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.

Edwards hunts votes in select states; Kerry picks up Cuomo endorsements

Across South Carolina

Advocates of '56 flag urge vote boycott
Woody Highsmith's life has become entwined with the Georgia state flag. For him, it's an issue of heritage and one of business, with the recent opening of his Martinez store, Flag City.

Audit turns up past misdeeds

Kerry, current flag lead in early poll

Kid of the day

Brown sentenced to 60 days in jail for probation violation

Drivers define traffic

Grocery chain may keep store

Across South Carolina

Colleagues warm to Sanford
AIKEN - Bygones are bygones, or so it seems at the South Carolina Capitol.

News you can use

Across the area
A 24-year-old Augusta man told police he was shot in the finger during an armed robbery attempt early Saturday, according to a police report.

Across Georgia

ANIC dedicates its new office building
Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. officials held the grand opening of their long delayed office building on Laney-Walker Boulevard on Saturday.

Across the southeast

ANIC dedicates its new office building

Guards protect campus leaders

2 teachers face drug charges
HINESVILLE, Ga. - Two Liberty County teachers have been arrested on drug charges after an investigation that yielded $100,000 worth of marijuana in one of their homes.

Tuten says lifetime of service qualifies him for busy role

Wylds believes some towns may overlook the role of coroners
The first time Jimmy Wylds worked on a death case, he was 18 years old and a junior officer with the Augusta Police Department.

Ethics-in-government reform sees little progress this year

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.

Wylds believes some towns may overlook the role of coroners

Colleagues warm to Sanford

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.

Kid of the Day

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.

Residents upset with clear-cutting

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

Advocates of '56 flag urge vote boycott

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

Groups oppose injury fund cuts

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.

Across the area

Across South Carolina
Officer impersonation leads to charges

State senator loses affiliation

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.

Effects of move begin to show

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Hopefuls speak on president, economy

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.

Residents upset with clear-cutting
BURNETTOWN - Not long ago, Aiken High School student Vanessa Sheppard enjoyed a view of lush green forest from her family home tucked amid tall stands of pine trees off U.S. Highway 1.

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.

Hopefuls speak on president, economy
Saturday was a big day for Democrats in Augusta. Democratic candidates for U.S. president, the Rev. Al Sharpton and North Carolina Sen. John Edwards came to town and drew cheers and standing ovations from a full house at Tabernacle Baptist Church on Laney-Walker Boulevard.

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.

Trials test riders, horses for future
AIKEN - Lucia Strini, 16, was nervous before getting on her horse, Addis Abba, at the Aiken Horse Trials at Paradise Farms on Saturday afternoon.

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.

Across Georgia
PORTERDALE - A Porterdale police officer accused of having a traffic ticket-writing contest with another officer has been fired after refusing to resign.

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.

Across South Carolina
DILLON - Investigators say a malfunctioning kerosene heater likely sparked a fire that killed a woman and two of her grandchildren Thursday night.

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.

Black males face many obstacles in education
More black men in this country are in jail than in higher education, signifying a critical problem, a panelist at a Saturday discussion at Augusta State University said.

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.

Guards protect campus leaders
ATHENS, Ga. - Cost of guarding the University of Georgia president's house on Prince Avenue: $60,000.

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

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Jared Joseph Brooks of Avera, Ga

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.

West Nile inspires mosquito destroyers
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Herb Nyberg turned his son's school science fair project into a cottage industry: the Larvasonic, a device that uses pulses of sound to kill mosquito larvae growing in standing water.

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.

Rants and raves
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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.

Tuten says lifetime of service qualifies him for busy role
Grover Tuten thinks he was meant to be Richmond County coroner.

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.

Vote will have little financial effect in Augusta
If voters choose the 2001 version of Georgia's flag in Tuesday's referendum, the cost of replacing the current banner will be negligible to Augusta-area governments, officials say.

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.

Racist use of flag has tarnished symbolism
For the most part, I chose to stay out of the Georgia flag debate because, like a lot of people, both black and white, I believed there were more important issues to be concerned over.

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

West Nile inspires mosquito destroyers

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.

Georgia primary do or die for Edwards?

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.

Thurmond's daughter speaks about education at fund-raiser

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.

Racist use of flag has tarnished symbolism

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.

Trials test riders, horses for future

Judge sets court date; family forced to wait

Rants and raves
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Reward offered in man's slaying

Across the area

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Black males face many obstacles in education

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.

Kerry unveils defense policy

Aiken County's last Civil War son dies

Heart, lung surgeon sues MCG

Cleland tours state for Kerry

USC-Aiken students discover body

Thurmond's daughter speaks about education at fund-raiser
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Essie Mae Washington-Williams is returning home this weekend, but she doesn't want to talk about her late father, Sen. Strom Thurmond.

Saturday night was pivotal for both teams
COLUMBIA - Each team put itself in this stressful position. It was Georgia, not South Carolina, that snapped.

25-year camera development pays off with software Oscar

Coppola family is creative
LOS ANGELES - Creativity was practically a household chore when Sofia Coppola was growing up.

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.

Local woman going to the Oscars
Tracy Norvelle holds her letter of acceptance for being chosen to sit beside the red carpet for the upcoming Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Norvelle is in the studio Wednesday February 25, 2004. Kevin Martin/Staff

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.

Field of Oscar contenders is eclectic

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.

The right wardrobe a must for Oscars

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.

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

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.

The right wardrobe a must for Oscars
When it comes to the Oscars, it's not about who wins or loses, it's about who looks good doing it.

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

Coppola family is creative

This year, Oscar has a distinctly international feel

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

Field of Oscar contenders is eclectic
The 2003 Academy Awards race has been marked with strong showings by grand (Lord of the Rings, Master and Commander) and the grim (Mystic River, House of Sand and Fog, Monster) with a few oddball eccentrics (Lost in Translation, Pirates of the Caribbean) thrown in for good measure.

Ambulance LTD keeps style fluid
NEW YORK - The guys in Ambulance LTD are one big anomaly. They all seem innocent enough, with wide eyes and boyish looks, but they're deliciously crass.

Ambulance LTD keeps style fluid

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.

Pruett wins pole at Homestead

NASCAR examines field-filling practices
CONCORD, N.C. - NASCAR should not have allowed Joe Ruttman to start last week's Nextel Cup Subway 400 at North Carolina Speedway and is examining ways to prevent unqualified "field fillers" from competing in the future, officials said.

NASCAR examines field-filling practices

Scheckter races to front

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.

Parents lobby for son and other children with disabilities

Foster grandparent helps students with reading and writing

Paine College coach teaches players life skills

Former educator leads community partnership program

Social club contributes to civic causes

Founder of community center feeds bodies and minds

Activist works to improve community's quality of life

Neighborhood store owner provides model of success

Volunteer helps seniors maintain independence

Hawks sign N'diaye to second 10-day contract
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks signed center Mamadou N'diaye to a second 10-day contract Saturday before their game against 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

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.

Hawks sign N'diaye to second 10-day contract

Aiken stumbles in second half
AIKEN - Momentum, sometimes you got it and sometimes you don't. That is the way Aiken felt as their season come to a halt in a 64-56 loss to Spartanburg in the second round of the South Carolina High School Playoffs.

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.

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.

Knights lose out in final
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - Aiken Tech's season came to an abrupt halt Saturday as it lost 70-67 to Clinton Junior College on a last-minute shot in the NJCAA Region 10 championship game.

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.

New England and Washington: free agency contrasts

Free agency capsules

Preparing for NFL draft is a full-time job

Sapp not eager to leave Buccaneers

Government's case might be tough to prove

Pack hires Vince Tobin as special assistant

NFL asks federal court to block Clarett ruling

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Some children think of their fathers as heroes, but not Kellie Diane Trulock. She said she always thought of her father, Hughie Edward Inglett, as a saint.

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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.

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.

Committee leader hedges bets on Athens success

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.

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.

Chavez looks for breakout performance in title defense

Area sports announcements

Poirees keep World Cup leads in biathlon

U.S. boxers ready to fight through Tijuana to Athens

Devers wins 60, 60 hurdles

Overtime

Pole vaulter Dragila hopes to earn high technical marks

Devers wins 60, 60 hurdles
BOSTON - Gail Devers used her head to make track history Saturday.

Area sports announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Overtime
Augusta State's Bennett Mayfield collected five hits and Lakeside graduate Justin Walker pitched seven strong innings Saturday as the Jaguars defeated No. 7 Francis Marion, 9-5, on Saturday afternoon.

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.

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

U.S. boxers ready to fight through Tijuana to Athens
CLEVELAND -- The 10 new members of the U.S. boxing team gathered in the ring Saturday at the Olympic Box-offs for their first team photograph, their menacing clenched fists betrayed by ecstatic smiles.

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.

Outdoors calendar

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

Patience pays off for angler with big catch
Ed Lepley of Martinez is well-known among local anglers as an avid striper fisherman who spends his weekends at Clarks Hill Lake.

Georgia primary do or die for Edwards?
ATLANTA -- New York and California have more delegates at stake in Tuesday's primaries, but Georgia may determine if the Democratic presidential contest ends abruptly or lurches on for a few weeks more.

Edwards hunts votes in select states; Kerry picks up Cuomo endorsements
ATLANTA, Ga. -- John Edwards hunted for votes Saturday in Super Tuesday states where he saw the best prospects for slowing John Kerry's march to the nomination, portraying himself as the Democrat who can attract the most independents and swing voters.

Ethics-in-government reform sees little progress this year
ATLANTA - When the General Assembly session kicked off last month, the prospects for ethics-in-government reform looked good.

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.

Thomasville wins AAA tilt
Thomasville (24-2) found its shooting stroke before the Golden Hawks did en route to a victory in the Class AAA Sectional finals.

Brentwood girls come up short
MILLEDGEVILLE - The second time around was twice as nice for the Pinewood Christian girls. The Patriots used a paralyzing defense against Brentwood for the 40-28 win to repeat as the GISA Class AA state champions.

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.

Eagles take Class AA GISA crown
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Brentwood's Jamie Dickey was the last to leave the locker room because he'd forgotten his trusty sweatband.

What curse? Butler gets to semifinals
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Butler High School's Rickey McGhee had bad memories of his Bulldogs' last meeting with Baldwin.

Preparing for NFL draft is a full-time job
Ben Roethlisberger's evening trips to Taco Bell and McDonald's are a thing of the past, just like his classes and textbooks.

New England and Washington: free agency contrasts
NEW YORK -- A year ago, the New England Patriots made a rare big-money free agent acquisition, signing linebacker Rosevelt Colvin to a $30 million deal.

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.

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.

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.

Free agency capsules
How each team is approaching NFL free agency, which begins Wednesday (all players are unrestricted free agents unless otherwise noted):

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Patience pays off for angler with big catch

Saturday night was pivotal for both teams

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

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.

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

British interviewer may be headed to American television

People in the News

Bulldogs are team with a cause

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

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.

Gamecocks see tourney ahead
COLUMBIA - In his six years as a head coach, Georgia coach Dennis Felton never had seen a player spike the basketball in frustration after a referee's whistle.

South Carolina pounds Duquense
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Landon Powell and Michael Campbell drove in four runs apiece as South Carolina beat Duquense 20-2 on Saturday in the Gamecock Round Robin tournament.

Gamecocks see tourney ahead

Odds and Ends

Faith digest

Evangelical broadcasters see opportunity after Janet Jackson flap

Supreme Court allows states to deny scholarships to divinity students

Southern Baptist event focuses on revival of church

Broken Faith

New focus being given to Jesus' female follower

Faith calendar