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?

Detective writer makes history by publishing book in a daily newspaper

Hudson River school collection on display at Carnegie Museum of Art

'Mrs. Seuss' leads celebration of 100 years of Geisel

London's largest theater reopens after facelift

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

'Mrs. Seuss' leads celebration of 100 years of Geisel
SAN DIEGO -- Near the end of his life, Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel sat down with his wife, Audrey, to speak of the past and of things to come.

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?

Hudson River school collection on display at Carnegie Museum of Art
PITTSBURGH -- The panoramic views of rugged mountains, lush foliage and bright skies found in a movement of 19th-century American landscape paintings are said to reflect a young nation staring at a new frontier.

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.

Design plans unveiled for American Revolution Center
PHILADELPHIA -- Carved into a cliff, the American Revolution Center at Valley Forge will feature three floors of exhibits and a terrace that looks onto a field where George Washington's troops trained for some of the war's most critical battles.

London's largest theater reopens after facelift
LONDON -- The London Coliseum, the city's largest theater and home of the English National Opera, has reopened following a $76 million restoration.

Cubs hope additions will increase their chances
MESA, Ariz. -- Limping around the Chicago Cubs spring training complex, general manager Jim Hendry has been the busiest man in camp.

A-Rod, Pudge, Raffy and Juan all gone
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Where have all the superstars gone?

A-Rod, Pudge, Raffy and Juan all gone

AP Interview: Trammell left Yankees because of depression

Boston ace sharp in first mound session
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Pedro Martinez was shocked by the sharpness of his first pitches of spring training on Sunday.

AP Interview: Trammell left Yankees because of depression
VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Bubba Trammell laughed aloud while watching TV with teammates in the Los Angeles Dodgers' clubhouse.

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.

Man killed on Va. interstate when SUV hits him, drags him 8 1/2 miles to driver's home
SPRINGFIELD, Va. -- A sport utility vehicle hit a man on an interstate highway Sunday and dragged his body - apparently lodged in the suspension - 8 1/2 miles to the driver's home, police said.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Young relievers impress Braves
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - They can't be likened yet to the "Young Guns" of the early 1990s, the group of Atlanta Braves pitchers that included future Hall of Famer Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, Steve Avery, and Tommy Greene, but ask the ageless Julio Franco about the stud pitchers in camp and he whistles softly.

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

Young relievers impress Braves

Smoltz calls on baseball to adopt tougher testing for steroids

Smoltz feels stronger than ever
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- John Smoltz has never felt stronger.

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.

Smoltz feels stronger than ever

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.

Remember Jaret Wright? '97 Series star hopes to salvage career in Atlanta

Franco, 45, enters 2004 as majors' oldest player

Smoltz calls on baseball to adopt tougher testing for steroids
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Atlanta Braves closer John Smoltz called on baseball Sunday to adopt tougher testing policies that would rid the game of steroids.

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.

Braves notebook

Remember Jaret Wright? '97 Series star hopes to salvage career in Atlanta
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Remember Jaret Wright?

Business calendar

On the move

Business licenses in Richmond County

Wisconsin monks go high-tech with Internet business

Wisconsin monks go high-tech with Internet business
SPARTA, Wis. -- Eight times a day, Rev. Bernard McCoy solemnly chants prayers in Latin from 100-year-old books in the chapel of his monastery.

Success can only be found in fulfilled potential

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

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.

Business venture makes waves

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 briefs

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
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.

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

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

European automakers struggle with competition from Asia

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.

To sell more dolls, toy makers create more secrets around them

Legendary films capture aspects of business world

DVD rental pioneer has a blockbuster plan
LOS GATOS, Calif. -- It would be easy to cast Netflix Inc. founder Reed Hastings as simply a dot-com rebel whose online DVD subscription service empowers consumers by letting them keep video rentals indefinitely without facing late fees.

To sell more dolls, toy makers create more secrets around them
NEW YORK -- It's not quite "Sex and the City" or "Friends," but the nation's largest toy makers are creating secrets and story lines surrounding Barbie and her pals.

European automakers struggle with competition from Asia
Europe's automakers are facing the same challenge as Detroit's Big Three: an erosion of market share on their home turf as Asian competitors pick up more sales.

DVD rental pioneer has a blockbuster plan

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.

Budget airline doesn't offer much - just cheap tickets

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.

Old pay phones are back in style

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

Business licenses in Richmond County from December 2003

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.

Lady Tigers lose final home game
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Kalika France and Shay Doron combined for 34 points to lead Maryland to a 80-69 victory at Clemson on Sunday.

BCS agrees to add fifth game

BCS agrees to add fifth game
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- The Bowl Championship Series agreed to add a fifth game Sunday, increasing access for schools not part of college football's most lucrative postseason system.

Knights lose out in final

Aussie leads the pack

Tuten for coroner

Back this trauma bill

Schizophrenic politics
Democratic presidential rivals John Kerry and John Edwards found a lot to spar over in their debates - trade, the death penalty, leadership qualities, and who has the best chance of beating President George W. Bush.

Back this trauma bill
Trauma centers are like ambulances. You don't think about them much, except when you need one. Then it's the most important thing in the world. Indeed, you or your loved one's life could depend on it.

Schizophrenic politics

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.

How can I choose a trustworthy charity?

Despite scandal, Halliburton shares keep rising

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

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?

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.

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.

Despite scandal, Halliburton shares keep rising
NEW YORK -- As allegations of widespread wrongdoing at oil-services giant Halliburton mount, investors don't seem to care. In fact, they've been bidding the stock way up.

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.

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

Jackets jolt Tigers

Chopsticks fall messily into culinary rules - clams do not

Taylor stumbles, still inside top 40

Coles shoots 68 to win New Zealand PGA
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand -- Australian Gavin Coles drained an 80-foot putt on the final hole to cap a 4-under-par-68 Sunday and win the New Zealand PGA championship by three strokes.

Woods on top of the world again
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Tiger Woods simply has no match.

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.

Augusta's Taylor plans to 'play it safe'

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.

Coles shoots 68 to win New Zealand PGA

Slocum gets initial tour win
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Heath Slocum won the showdown between two PGA Tour non-winners Sunday, parring the 18th hole for a one-shot victory over Aaron Baddeley at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson.

Woods on top of the world again

Sorenstam wins IN 2004 debut
GOLD COAST, Australia -- Annika Sorenstam, playing in her first tournament of the year, shot a second consecutive 65 to win the ANZ Ladies Masters by four strokes Sunday.

Golf capsules

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

Burk says she won't protest

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.

Tour, players go extra step for sponsors

Taylor stumbles, still inside top 40

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.

Sorenstam wins IN 2004 debut

Slocum gets initial tour win

Thomasville wins AAA tilt

What curse? Butler gets to semifinals

Brentwood girls come up short

Thrashers edge Rangers

Thrashers edge Rangers
ATLANTA -- His brief punishment over, Ilya Kovalchuk got back to doing what he does best - scoring goals.

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

Unknown substance closes post office
A portion of the downtown Augusta post office was closed temporarily this morning after custodians found an unknown substance in the lobby area, officials said.

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.

Young taking credit for fighting hospital closures

Thoughts on abortion and the language
Recent letters concerning abortion by the Revs. Paul L. Cook and Roy Ingle show that one can speak only for himself on such issues, which is what I am doing. Pastor J.F. Rodgers, Clearwater, S.C.

Young taking credit for fighting hospital closures
I was mad as hell when I read the article in the Feb. 14 Chronicle, "VA gets commission's support," that Augusta Mayor Bob Young was taking credit for fighting the move to close the two VA hospitals in Augusta.

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.

Wylds has the compassion needed to be 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

Ban public smoking, don't accept revenues

Thoughts on abortion and the language

Bush on a campaign of discrimination
I never thought I would live to see the day that an American president would misuse his office to try to deny American citizens their equal rights under the law. Lisa Hall, Vaucluse, S.C.

Living briefs

Family's heritage is focus of home decor

eMachines laptop offers inexpensive performance on the go

With Web feeds you're a queen bee

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

Grandmother's Baby Shower is inappropriate, shows bad taste

Change is coming on comics page

In EU tangle, Windows could lose Media Player

Heavyweights turn to authentication in e-mail spoofing fight

PlayStation 2 version of 'Mafia' suffers from poor performance

Third-generation cell phones poised to offer services galore

Techbits Digital Morse code, Worldly phone and more

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.

Techbits Digital Morse code, Worldly phone and more
NEW YORK -- Dot. Dash. Dash. Dot. Dash. Dot. By summer, that will be the international symbol for the (at) sign used in e-mail addresses, under the quaint but rarely used Morse code system.

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.

With Web feeds you're a queen bee
NEW YORK -- E-mail is crippled, concussed by an irrepressible spam stream. Web surfing can be equally confounding, a wobbly wade through bursts of pop-ups and loudmouthed video ads.

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

PlayStation 2 version of 'Mafia' suffers from poor performance
I don't know if it's the same rags-to-riches mob story or the classic cars and Tommy guns, but "Mafia" has given me a wicked case of video game deja vu.

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.

In EU tangle, Windows could lose Media Player
SEATTLE -- In the fall of 2002, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates stood on stage at Hollywood's Kodak Theater, home to the Academy Awards, and pronounced this "the digital decade."

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.

eMachines laptop offers inexpensive performance on the go
In the not-too-distant past, computers with 64-bit processors were called workstations, servers or mainframes. They lived in university research labs, corporate data centers and government offices where they ran gigantic databases and simulated nuclear explosions.

Third-generation cell phones poised to offer services galore
CANNES, France -- Now that a new wave of "3G" cell phones equipped for streaming video and multimedia content is finally arriving in Europe, the industry is focusing on the next big unknown: what services users will pay for, and how.

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.

Heavyweights turn to authentication in e-mail spoofing fight
NEW YORK -- With a simple adjustment in your e-mail software, you can pretend to be anyone. You can send messages marked as coming from BillGates@microsoft.com.

Experts differ on what to do with Indian remains

Cain proposes national sales tax, Medicare trim

Unknown substance closes post office

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.

Interstate 73 group finishes trip to Washington
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- A group fighting to get Interstate 73 built through the Pee Dee and Grand Strand says their trip to Washington to lobby Congress was successful.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Thurmond's daughter speaks about education at fund-raiser

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.

Charleston developer plans site on former landfill
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- An area of land that was once a landfill will soon become apartments, condominiums, shops, restaurants, hotels and public waterfront.

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

UGA builds more on-campus options

Hopefuls speak on president, economy

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.

Analysts predict marginal turnout
ATLANTA - Those voters who choose to sit out Super Tuesday balloting will miss the chance to pick the design of the state's flag and have a say in determining who represents the Democratic Party in the presidential election this fall.

Jurors to miss case of attack

Two Southern gents sparring over their flag designs

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

The week ahead
Evidently, in the secret basement lair where publishers plot their in-print plans, an idea was hatched to make the first week in March the "books-with-wacky-titles" week.

Augusta jail hunts money to repair showers, pipes

Across the area

Infectious disease conference opens in Atlanta
ATLANTA -- The recent emergence of diseases that have spread throughout the world, highlight the importance of a conference on infectious diseases, health experts said Sunday afternoon.

Black males face many obstacles in education

James Island's fate heads to state Supreme Court

News you can use

Analysts predict marginal turnout

Across South Carolina

Correction

The week ahead

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.

Retirement awaits ASU official
Inevitably, whenever John Groves goes out into his community he sees someone he knows.

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.

Jurors to miss case of attack
The Jenkins County grand jury convenes today, but jurors will not be hearing an assault case against Sheriff Bobby Womack.

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.

Rants and Raves
I'LL TRY TO BE as brief as possible. This is in answer for the Political Mystic. Hillary was way ahead of you. A few months back, when Bush got a bump in the polls after Saddam Hussein was caught, she said tongue-in-cheek that they might deliver Osama just before the election. Is she a prophet or what?

Five questions

Across Georgia

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.

Men politely spar over flag designs
ATLANTA - It's funny to hear the two designers of the Georgia flags on the ballot Tuesday argue for the banners they created.

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Austin Aldridge, 6, of Augusta.

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.

Across the area
A skull found in an Aiken park during the weekend by two college students could be linked to an Aiken man's disappearance 12 years ago, authorities said.

Advocates of '56 flag urge vote boycott

Stiff sentences raises question: Is Georgia too tough on crime?
ATLANTA -- Criminals aren't the only ones being stuck with long sentences in tough-on-crime Georgia. Judges complain that they don't have much say in the matter either.

Tuten says lifetime of service qualifies him for busy role

Two Southern gents sparring over their flag designs
ATLANTA -- It's funny to hear the two designers of the Georgia flags on the ballot Tuesday argue for the banners they created.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

State, local leaders try to preserve Robins Air Force Base weapons system
WARNER ROBINS, Ga. -- State and local leaders are trying to preserve Robins Air Force Base as the home site of the next generation of a key military weapon system.

Across Georgia
ROME - Jury selection for the federal class-action lawsuit against a Walker County crematory operator accused of discarding more than 330 corpses is scheduled to begin today.

Interstate 73 group finishes trip to Washington

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

ANIC dedicates its new office building

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

Across South Carolina

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.

Residents upset with clear-cutting

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.

Wylds believes some towns may overlook the role of coroners

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.

Across the southeast

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.

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

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.

Native American leaders pushing to eliminate school mascots

Georgia primary do or die for Edwards?

Kid of the day

Colleagues warm to Sanford

Augusta jail hunts money to repair showers, pipes
The tower at Gordon Highway and Walton Way might seem immovable and solid.

Ethics-in-government reform sees little progress this year

Five questions
Felicia Dumas, principal at Lakeside Middle School, answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

West Nile inspires mosquito destroyers

Tax plans abound in Capitol
COLUMBIA - Legislators have filed more than 170 bills in this election year to change the state's tax code by reducing some levies and increasing others.

Guards protect campus leaders

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - American Indian leaders say they've had a difficult time persuading schools in South Carolina to change mascot names they find offensive.

Trials test riders, horses for future

Across the southeast
SPRINGFIELD, VA. - A sport utility vehicle hit a man on an interstate highway Sunday and dragged his body - apparently lodged in the suspension - 812 miles to the driver's home, police said.

Kid of the Day

Correction
In Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle, the late Maynard Jackson was misidentified as a speaker in a story about the appearance of several political candidates at Tabernacle Baptist Church. The former Atlanta mayor was a co-founder, with former Augusta Mayor Ed McIntyre, of the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials, the sponsor of the forum. The Chronicle regrets the error.

Racist use of flag has tarnished symbolism

UGA builds more on-campus options
ATHENS, Ga. - The Village Summit, as it's being called, smells like shop class.

Across the southeast

Rants and Raves
I'LL TRY TO BE as brief as possible. This is in answer for the Political Mystic. Hillary was way ahead of you. A few months back, when Bush got a bump in the polls after Saddam Hussein was caught, she said tongue-in-cheek that they might deliver Osama just before the election. Is she a prophet or what?

Tax plans abound in Capitol

Jury selection to begin in Tri-State crematory case
ROME, Ga. -- Jury selection for the federal class-action lawsuit against a Walker County crematory operator accused of discarding more than 330 corpses is scheduled to begin Monday.

State, local leaders try to preserve Robins Air Force Base weapons system

Experts differ on what to do with Indian remains
ATHENS, Ga. -- Experts still differ on what to do with the remains of American Indians collected by researchers despite a federal law designed to return the remains to their original resting places.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Election year brings flood of tax plans
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Legislators have filed more than 170 bills in this election year to change the state's tax code to reduce some levies and increase others.

Abandoned shrimp boats cause waterway problems

James Island's fate heads to state Supreme Court
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- On Tuesday, James Island's right to exist falls into the hands of the South Carolina Supreme Court.

Retirement awaits ASU official

Abandoned shrimp boats cause waterway problems
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Residents near Skull Creek have watched for years as shrimpers fed up with the business have scuttled their boats and left them to rot in the waters.

Stiff sentences raises question: Is Georgia too tough on crime?

Election year brings flood of tax plans

Charleston developer plans site on former landfill

Across the area

Native American leaders pushing to eliminate school mascots
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Native American leaders say they've had a difficult time persuading schools in South Carolina to change mascot names they find offensive.

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

Chopsticks fall messily into culinary rules - clams do not
Every time I go into a Chinese or Japanese restaurant, I try to eat my food with chopsticks. Before the meal is over, though, I am back to using a fork.

Secret ballots and statuettes bring a pre-show hush backstage at the Oscars
LOS ANGELES -- The first hush fell backstage on Sunday when two grim-faced accountants walked in, each toting a valise that contained Oscar night's surprises.

Best-picture front-runner "Lord of the Rings" claims 11 Oscars

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

Coppola family is creative

Red carpet at the Oscars is a tribute to old Hollywood
LOS ANGELES -- Glamour. Glamour. More Glamour.

Field of Oscar contenders is eclectic

Mel Gibson's 'Passion' ascends to blockbuster status
LOS ANGELES -- Mel Gibson's gamble on "The Passion of the Christ" paid off enormously, riding a storm of religious debate to a $117.5 million haul in its first five days, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Oscars put on the ritz after two years in war's, terror's shadow

Theron proves de-glamming can pay off on glamorous Oscar night

Mel Gibson's 'Passion' ascends to blockbuster status

Red carpet at the Oscars is a tribute to old Hollywood

Peter Jackson honored with directing Oscar for 'Rings' finale
LOS ANGELES -- Peter Jackson completed his epic journey from obscure low-budget filmmaker to Oscar winner Sunday, collecting the best-director Academy Award for "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King."

'Finding Nemo' finds Oscar for best animated feature
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Theron proves de-glamming can pay off on glamorous Oscar night
LOS ANGELES -- The Academy Awards have a history of honoring glamorous or handsome performers who obscure their beauty to play beasts, and Charlize Theron continued the tradition with her best-actress win for "Monster" Sunday night.

Billy Crystal once again steps into Oscar's shoes
LOS ANGELES -- As host of the Oscars, Billy Crystal will spend more than three hours Sunday trying to keep an audience of millions on their toes.

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

'Finding Nemo' finds Oscar for best animated feature

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.

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.

Oscars put on the ritz after two years in war's, terror's shadow
LOS ANGELES -- The Academy Awards return to full-glamour mode Sunday after two years in which Hollywood's prom night was muted by world events - the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks in 2002 and the Iraq war in 2003.

The right wardrobe a must for Oscars

Best-picture front-runner "Lord of the Rings" claims 11 Oscars
LOS ANGELES -- Best-picture favorite "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" dominated Sunday's Academy Awards, claiming eight early prizes as it aimed to become the first fantasy film to win the top Oscar.

Billy Crystal once again steps into Oscar's shoes

List of 76th annual Academy Award winners
List of winners at the 76th annual Academy Awards, presented Sunday night at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles:

Pressure increases on independent directors

The number 666 shows up on tickets at Georgia theater
ROME, Ga. -- The number 666, which Christians recognize as the "mark of the beast," is appearing on tickets for "The Passion of the Christ" at a Georgia movie theater, drawing complaints from some moviegoers.

Secret ballots and statuettes bring a pre-show hush backstage at the Oscars

Pressure increases on independent directors
NEW YORK -- A year ago, SBC Communications Inc. successfully blocked shareholder resolutions seeking to link executive pay to performance, arguing that the measures would scare away talent and hurt the telecommunications giant's competitiveness.

Peter Jackson honored with directing Oscar for 'Rings' finale

Q&A with Marianela, video jockey of music network Fuse

Singer-songwriter King stumps for Kerry
ATHENS, Ga. -- Carole King crooned "You've Got a Friend" in Athens as part of a two-day tour of Georgia for friend John Kerry.

Ambulance LTD is N.Y. band without the "New York" sound
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
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.

Singer-songwriter King stumps for Kerry

Sound Bites: audio reviews
"Schizophrenic," the solo debut from 'N Sync's JC Chasez, seeks to establish the singer as someone other than just the second-cutest guy from 'N Sync. Like his bandmate Justin Timberlake - who produced a critically acclaimed, multiplatinum solo effort with "Justified" - Chasez wants to be taken seriously as an artist (he co-wrote all but one of the disc's 16 songs).

Sound Bites: audio reviews

Q&A with Marianela, video jockey of music network Fuse
NEW YORK -- Marianela Pereyra, a video jockey on the fledgling Fuse network, practically bubbles over when she talks about how much she loves her show.

Ambulance LTD keeps style fluid

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.

Hornish beats teammate Castroneves in close finish
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- The IRL season opener turned into a Penske shootout, with newcomer Sam Hornish passing teammate Helio Castroneves on the last lap to win Sunday's Toyota Indy 300.

Hornish beats teammate Castroneves in close finish

NASCAR examines field-filling practices

Social club contributes to civic causes

Neighborhood store owner provides model of success

Former educator leads community partnership program

Volunteer helps seniors maintain independence

Activist works to improve community's quality of life

Paine College coach teaches players life skills

Founder of community center feeds bodies and minds

Foster grandparent helps students with reading and writing

Parents lobby for son and other children with disabilities

Two-day hearing in Bryant trial opens Monday

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.

Hawks sign N'diaye to second 10-day contract

Two-day hearing in Bryant trial opens Monday
EAGLE, Colo. -- The woman who accused Kobe Bryant of rape told police she had consensual sex with someone else two days earlier, but whether jurors will be allowed to hear that is part of the extensive agenda for a hearing that starts Monday.

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.

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.

Aussie leads the pack
Fed up with his team's play entering the Christmas break, Augusta State coach Gary Tuell decided to put his faith in a freshman.

New England and Washington: free agency contrasts

Preparing for NFL draft is a full-time job

Free agency capsules

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Catholic hierarchy facing up to days of reckoning for sex abuse
TWO YEARS AGO, I spent three hours on Austin Rhodes' afternoon radio show discussing the scandal of sexual abuse of minors by clergy in the Catholic Church.

Catholic hierarchy facing up to days of reckoning for sex abuse
TWO YEARS AGO, I spent three hours on Austin Rhodes' afternoon radio show discussing the scandal of sexual abuse of minors by clergy in the Catholic Church.

Federer: Drug testing keeps tennis clean

Area sports announcements

Overtime

Wilson's injury dampers otherwise solid day for U.S. gymnasts

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

Overtime

Devers wins 60, 60 hurdles

Lightweight Villalta in coma after post-fight collapse

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

Wilson's injury dampers otherwise solid day for U.S. gymnasts
NEW YORK -- Maybe Blaine Wilson will compete at the Athens Olympics, after all.

Federer: Drug testing keeps tennis clean
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Top-ranked Roger Federer's 21 drug tests last year were the most in men's tennis, and he said Sunday he supports rigorous testing to keep the sport clean.

Area sports announcements
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White House proposes steroid summit with sports leagues, USOC
The White House wants to organize a summit of representatives from the major sports leagues and the U.S. Olympic Committee to discuss steroid use by athletes.

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.

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.

Overtime
In Scottsdale, Ariz., four-time champion Andre Agassi withdrew from the Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic because of a hip injury, the tournament said Sunday.

Lightweight Villalta in coma after post-fight collapse
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- Boxer Louis Villalta was in a coma Sunday, one day after collapsing following a 12-round loss, his manager said.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Patience pays off for angler with big catch

Saturday night was pivotal for both teams

Alternative Minimum Tax isn't just for the rich
NEW YORK -- When Congress approved the Alternative Minimum Tax more than 30 years ago, the goal was to catch a couple of hundred millionaires who paid no taxes.

Stephen King's embedded knowledge of 'Kingdom Hospital'
LOS ANGELES -- Stephen King still isn't sure whether he'll pop up in one of his Hitchcock-style cameos in "Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital."

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
The Trio cable channel continues to serve the viewer as much like a curator as a programmer. Its theme for March: "Uncovered TV."

Natalie Wood's life and death portrayed in a TV film

Stephen King's embedded knowledge of 'Kingdom Hospital'

Showtime orders film on Catholic Church pedophilia scandal

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead

Natalie Wood's life and death portrayed in a TV film
NEW YORK -- Movie stars can gain eternal life from the films they leave behind. But Natalie Wood, a child actress who became a dazzling star, is remembered today less for her performances in such films as "Rebel Without a Cause," "Splendor in the Grass" and "West Side Story" than for her strange, untimely death.

Showtime orders film on Catholic Church pedophilia scandal
NEW YORK -- On the eve of a national report expected to detail the extent of sex abuse within the Catholic church, Showtime ordered production of a movie on Thursday about the scandal.

Diamond Dogs fall to Birmingham Southern

Lady Dogs top Kentucky

Lady Dogs top Kentucky
ATHENS, Ga. -- When it looked like Kentucky might overtake No. 19 Georgia, the Lady Dogs turned to an old "warrior".

Diamond Dogs fall to Birmingham Southern
ATHENS, Ga. -- Birmingham Southern took advantage of a walk, two infield singles and two errors to score three runs in the ninth inning and edge Georgia 7-6 on Sunday.

Howell sidelined for rest of season

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.

Gamecocks blank George Mason
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Brendan Winn drove in three runs with his fourth home run this season and a single as South Carolina defeated George Mason 5-0 on Sunday.

Gamecocks blank George Mason

Vanderbilt defeats South Carolina

Howell sidelined for rest of season
South Carolina senior forward Rolando Howell fractured his left wrist Saturday night and he will miss the rest of the season, the university announced Sunday.

Vanderbilt defeats South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Carla Thomas scored 20 points and No. 24 Vanderbilt ran away from South Carolina in the second half to take a 62-41 victory Sunday.

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.

South Carolina's Howell done for year with broken wrist
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina senior forward Rolando Howell is out for the season after breaking his left wrist in a win over Georgia on Saturday night.

Gamecocks see tourney ahead

Man killed on Va. interstate when SUV hits him, drags him 8 1/2 miles to driver's home