Irish-themed books among new titles vying for shoppers' green

Hudson River school collection on display at Carnegie Museum of Art

Book recalls overlooked but important scientific expedition
"Sea of Glory: America's Voyage of Discovery - The U.S. Exploring Expedition 1838-1842." By Nathaniel Philbrick. Viking Press. 452 Pages. $27.95.

'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.

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.

Lewis & Clark: Exhibit marks trek as start of exploration in West

'Queer Eye' book encourages men to be stylish, not necessarily fashionable
NEW YORK -- Not every man can pull off the bright colors and vintage-inspired fashions that have made "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" host Carson Kressley one of the most recognizable members of the TV cast, and he's not out to inspire a bunch of look-alikes in the "fab five's" new book.

Lewis & Clark: Exhibit marks trek as start of exploration in West
TACOMA, Wash. -- The Corps of Discovery led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark was only the beginning of U.S. Army exploration in the uncharted West.

That's 'Earl' there is, as trilogy concludes
"Goodbye, Earl." By Jo-Ann Mapson. Simon & Schuster. 356 Pages. $24.

Irish-themed books among new titles vying for shoppers' green
With St. Patrick's Day approaching, the parade of new books is led by works of fiction with Irish themes.

London's largest theater reopens after facelift

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.

'Hip tips' from Carson Kressley

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.

'Hip tips' from Carson Kressley
The stylish hosts of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" punctuate the Bravo TV series with "hip tips," and they do the same in their new book, "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: The Fab 5's Guide to Looking Better, Cooking Better, Dressing Better, Behaving Better and Living Better" (Clarkson Potter).

Book about London's great fire has frightening aftermath, too

'Empress Orchid' takes readers into China's Forbidden City
"Empress Orchid." By Anchee Min. Houghton Mifflin. 336 Pages. $24.

Book recalls overlooked but important scientific expedition

Book about London's great fire has frightening aftermath, too
"By Permission of Heaven: The True Story of the Great Fire of London." By Adrian Tinniswood. Riverhead Books. 331 Pages. $24.95.

'Queer Eye' book encourages men to be stylish, not necessarily fashionable

'Empress Orchid' takes readers into China's Forbidden City

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

Flip to first
Hephzibah second baseman Cassio Grider, above, tries to turn a double play as Evans' Shawn Ward slides underneath him during the Evans Knights 6-2 win over the Hephzibah Rebels at Evans High School .

AP Interview: Trammell left Yankees because of depression

Flip to first

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.

Extra work should pay off for Estrada

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.

Extra work should pay off for Estrada
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Serving as a backup catcher with the Phillies, switch-hitting Johnny Estrada was accustomed to receiving 20-30 at-bats each spring.

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.

A-Rod, Pudge, Raffy and Juan all gone

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

Mussina scratched in opener

Mussina scratched in opener
TAMPA, Fla. - New York Yankees right-hander Mike Mussina was scratched from his first spring training start following the death of his father-in-law.

Mussina scratched from start

Mussina scratched from start
TAMPA, Fla. -- New York Yankees right-hander Mike Mussina was scratched from his first spring training start following the death of his father-in-law.

Odds and Ends
ROME, Ga. -- Tickets at one movie theater screening Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" are being deemed decidedly unholy.

U.S. university sues Italian company over big red mascot
ROME -- A multimillion dollar court case is raging between Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi's media empire and Western Kentucky University over the right to dress up in a goofy red costume and dance in public like a madman.

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.

Man spent eight months in jail on false charges
GARDEN GROVE, Calif. -- A homeless Eric Nordmark was baffled and terrified when police arrested him last May and accused him of attacking three 12-year-old girls in a park.

Braves' prospect nears big leagues
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - It's not so much a question of who will play third base for the Atlanta Braves this year as when will Andy Marte arrive, this season or next?

Smoltz calls on baseball to adopt tougher testing for steroids

Young relievers impress Braves

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.

Wright, '97 Series star, hopes to salvage career

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

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

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' prospect nears big leagues

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

Smoltz feels stronger than ever

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

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.

Consumers boost spending 0.4 percent in January
WASHINGTON --Consumers boosted their spending by a solid 0.4 percent in January, a fresh sign they are keeping their pocketbooks and wallets sufficiently open to keep the economic recovery going.

Wisconsin monks go high-tech with Internet business

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

DVD rental pioneer has a blockbuster plan

Panel addresses small business

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.

Report: UPS seeks to cancel part of Airbus order
PARIS -- Airbus said Monday it was in talks with cargo shipper United Parcel Service Inc. about rescheduling deliveries of some aircraft that are part of an order worth some $10 billion.

Consumers boost spending 0.4 percent in January

Boies says ex-Tyco CFO admitted $12.5 million bonus 'mistake'
NEW YORK -- A lawyer who investigated two executives charged with stealing $600 million from Tyco International testified Monday that one defendant admitted that his receiving a $12.5 million "bonus" and not reporting it was a "mistake."

Prosecutor: Martha Stewart thought 'she would never get caught'

Prosecutor: Martha Stewart thought 'she would never get caught'
NEW YORK -- Martha Stewart knew going into a meeting with federal authorities in 2002 that she would lie about her sale of ImClone Systems stock, a prosecutor said Monday in closing arguments at her trial.

European automakers struggle with competition from Asia

Manufacturing sector grew in February
WASHINGTON -- The nation's manufacturing sector grew in February, an industry group reported Monday, but it was at a slightly slower pace than expected.

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.

Panel addresses small business
Randy Griffin's 4-inch stack of financial forms did as much to highlight the hurdles small companies must clear as the hours of testimony given Monday to congressmen by area business leaders.

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.

Business briefs
The Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Monday that more than 8,300 people will attend conventions, events and meetings in Augusta during March.

Business plans to relocate

Upbeat reports reveal outlook
WASHINGTON - The economy is in recovery, three reports released Monday suggest, with manufacturing activity and consumer spending on the rise and construction spending solid yet slightly lower.

Boies says ex-Tyco CFO admitted $12.5 million bonus 'mistake'

Business plans to relocate
The construction of a $2.2 million Freightliner truck dealership is the latest case of a transportation company taking advantage of a growing business park at the crossroads of Interstate 20 and River Watch Parkway.

Business briefs

Purnell familiar with UNC streak
It didn't take long for Clemson coach Oliver Purnell to hear about the Tigers' struggles with North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

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.

Purnell familiar with UNC streak

Congressman seeks hearing into Colorado's use of sex in recruiting
WASHINGTON -- A House Democrat requested congressional hearings into accusations of sexual misconduct and recruiting tactics by the Colorado football program.

LSU athletic director's home damaged in fire
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Louisiana State University athletic director Skip Bertman's home was damaged by a fire.

Congressman seeks hearing into Colorado's use of sex in recruiting

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.

East Tennessee's Bartow, Wadood honored

Billet hits third buzzer-beater; Gamecocks surge for NCAA's

USC Aiken looks for a fresh start

East Tennessee leads SoCon pack

Aussie leads the pack

Back this trauma bill

Good riddance
Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.

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.

Why you should vote
We remind Georgians that there is more on the ballot today than choosing among the Democratic presidential candidates.

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.

Good riddance

Schizophrenic politics

Stocks up sharply on manufacturing data
NEW YORK -- The Dow Jones industrial average and Nasdaq composite index posted their strongest gains since early February Monday on news that the improving manufacturing sector has managed to create jobs - a key piece of the economic recovery that, to date, has been lacking.

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.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Agency warns of new scams

Stocks up sharply on manufacturing data

Big Movers in the Stock Market
NEW YORK -- Stocks that were moving substantially or trading heavily Monday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market.

Despite scandal, Halliburton shares keep rising

String of food scares has consumers wondering: What's safe?

String of food scares has consumers wondering: What's safe?
DALLAS -- Mad cow disease. Fish tainted with mercury and PCBs. Contaminated green onions from Mexico. Bird flu in ducks and chickens. Is anything safe to eat these days?

Best tomatoes are the result of extra effort
Some gardeners won't settle for just "homegrown" tomatoes; they want the very best - tomatoes with juicy, sweet-tart pulp held in the thinnest of skins. To get this tomato, first, choose varieties with these desirable characteristics, varieties such as Belgian Giant, Brandywine, Sun Gold, Carmello, Stupice, and Black Plum. Then, since such varieties probably are not available as transplants, raise your own plants from seeds.

Tip of the week: Plant filters
House plants bring the beauty of the outdoors indoors. But with any plant, there can be a mess. During watering, loose dirt in the bottom of the pot will escape into the pot's drip tray. When it dries out it can become airborne and messy. Got an extra coffee filter or cheesecloth? How about an old nylon stocking? Any of these materials can be used as a filter to allow water out while holding the dirt in the pot. Enjoy your plants and a cleaner house.

Best tomatoes are the result of extra effort

Tip of the week: Plant filters

Chopsticks fall messily into culinary rules - clams do not

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

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.

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.

Woods on top of the world again

Sorenstam wins IN 2004 debut

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.

Slocum gets initial tour win

Taylor stumbles, still inside top 40

Taylor stumbles, still inside top 40

Coles shoots 68 to win New Zealand PGA

Woods back in stride
CARLSBAD, Calif. - Tiger Woods picked up another World Golf Championship and left behind another statement about his position in golf.

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

Montreal keeps up winning ways
MONTREAL - Jason Ward scored a power-play goal with 24 seconds left in regulation Monday night and the Montreal Canadiens extended their season-high winning streak to five with a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.

Thrashers edge Rangers

Glitzed-up politicians might make primaries exciting
Why can't democracy be as exciting as the Oscars?

Voter turnout is low on Super Tuesday
About three hours after polls opened today, local election officials said people had been slow to turn out to vote on this Super Tuesday.

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.

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.

Facts bear out: Gimmicky gun laws don' protect children
Once again, Barbara Thurmond has graced us with a misleading, emotional juxtaposition of unrelated facts in an attempt to support more ridiculous "gun control" legislation in her Feb. 14 letter, "Georgia gun report card gets low marks." Michael Mitchell, Augusta

George Will doesn't tell the whole story
In his Feb. 15 column, "Playing 28 questions with John Kerry," George Will claims that 16.55 percent more income tax is being paid today by the top 1 percent of earners than in 1979. Patrick Brown, Augusta

Thoughts on abortion and the language

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.

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.

Third-generation cell phones poised to offer services galore

Women develop punk-rock workout

In EU tangle, Windows could lose Media Player

Heavyweights turn to authentication in e-mail spoofing fight

Save some nifty craft projects for a rainy spring day

With Web feeds you're a queen bee

PlayStation 2 version of 'Mafia' suffers from poor performance

Style Briefs

eMachines laptop offers inexpensive performance on the go

Homes Q&A - Refinishing

Techbits Digital Morse code, Worldly phone and more

Oxygen sensors are an important part of car care

Kitchen renovation requires much planning

In the know
Of the more than 250 entries, 111 people outpicked The Augusta Chronicle's "expert" Steven Uhles, and a jaw-dropping 42 guessed all six correctly. A blind draw established Jeff Bedenbaugh, of Modoc, S.C., as the winner. Mr. Bedenbaugh will receive $100, a prize pack that includes the official 2003 Academy Awards poster, a selection of CDs and books, and the right to give Mr. Uhles a well-deserved "In your face."

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.

Women develop punk-rock workout
Punk rock. Anti-establishment. Loud. Raucous. Interestingly wardrobed.

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."

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.

Oxygen sensors are an important part of car care
When you bring your car in for service or general maintenance, or even if you do it yourself, chances are you don't even think about the oxygen sensor. You might not even be aware that your vehicle has an O2 sensor. You might not even know what it is or does.

Crime scene
AIKEN - George V. Higgins hung out with guys with tough, chopped-off names such as Jackie, Jimmy Scal, Artie Van, Fritzie, Eddie and Frank. They answered to street or prison monikers such as Bomber or Squirrel, the flat slap of a cop's last name - Foley the Fed - or that of a killer - Dillon, Cogan.

Kitchen renovation requires much planning
A renovated kitchen not only will make meal preparation and cleanup more efficient, it can greatly improve the appearance and value of a home, as well.

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.

Homes Q&A - Refinishing
Q. Jeannie asks: In the past I have seen several advertisements about refinishing bathtubs, sinks, and other bathroom fixtures. Now I'm in the market for this service, and I can't find a single advertisement anywhere! The bathtub in my house has lost its sheen and seems to be getting dingier each day. What method do you suggest to restore the enameled finish, short of replacing the tub? Also, how do I go about finding someone qualified to perform this type of work?

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.

Save some nifty craft projects for a rainy spring day
NEW YORK -- If you've heard your children say "there's nothing to do" one too many times, it might be time to stockpile some indoor activities.

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.

Style Briefs
NEW YORK -- Charlize Theron and Naomi Watts, the "It girls" of this year's Oscars, both chose looks worthy of old Hollywood's most glamorous stars.

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.

Interstate 73 group finishes trip to Washington

Kid of the day

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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?

A minister strives to make community better

Winner enjoys theater, math
If Michelle Cohen's plans pan out, she'll be a piano- playing actress with a day job as a medical examiner.

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.

Jurors to miss case of attack

Council will vote on plant tax break

Augusta jail hunts money to repair showers, pipes

Analysts predict marginal turnout

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.

Five questions

Tax plans abound in Capitol

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Marquis D'Angelo Parrish, 6, of Augusta.

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.

Across the area

Lawmakers miss deadline
ATLANTA - Turmoil among Democrats was blamed for the Legislature's missing a court-imposed deadline for drawing new district lines Monday.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Unknown substance closes post office

'Seussentennial'
First-grader Lonnie Oellerich toted around five of his favorite Dr. Seuss books Monday.

Proposal in House will get second vote
ATLANTA - House lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Monday to reconsider a proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage, a controversial measure that failed to pass the Democrat-controlled chamber by three votes Thursday.

Coroner candidates keep up vote hunt
Coroner candidates Grover Tuten and Jimmy Wylds were doing some last-minute politicking Monday for today's election.

Two Southern gents sparring over their flag designs

Around town
Sophomore second baseman Josh Grant, far left, holds his hat in his hand as he and his Evans Knights teammates listen to the National Anthem before the start of their 6-2 win over the Hephzibah Rebels at Evans High School .

UGA builds more on-campus options

Lobby closes at post office
A portion of the downtown Augusta post office was temporarily closed Monday morning after custodians found a suspicious white powder in the lobby. By afternoon, however, it was business as usual, officials said.

The week ahead

Lambda group earns award
A Medical College of Georgia student group is being recognized nationally for a series of programs advocating gay and lesbian issues on campus.

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.

Council will vote on plant tax break
AIKEN - A proposal to give the Kimberly-Clark Corp. a lucrative tax break so it will expand production at its Beech Island plant and create hundreds of jobs will be voted on by Aiken County Council tonight, even though details of the deal aren't complete.

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.

Experts to study skeletal remains
AIKEN - To forensic anthropologists, the saying "dead men tell no tales" doesn't necessarily hold true.

Election year brings flood of tax plans

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The final tally isn't in, but it appears that Georgia's early voting for today's presidential primary was successful.

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.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Calling for higher wages and stable health insurance costs and benefits, more than 300 state workers are expected to rally at the Statehouse today.

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.

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.

Across the area
Augusta's municipal building was briefly evacuated Monday after several people reported the smell of electrical smoke in the building.

A minister strives to make community better
AIKEN - The Rev. Charles Wilson didn't come to Aiken just to help a church - he came to rebuild part of the community.

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.

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.

Employee is charged with theft
A Columbia County Sheriff's Office employee has been charged with theft in connection with $50,000 missing from a sheriff's office account.

Lobby closes at post office

Graniteville Armory to welcome its troops home
GLOVERVILLE - On Saturday, Lucy Dillon was putting up yellow ribbons at the Graniteville Armory and, after a year of waiting, is ready for her son, Spc. Matt Dillon, 23, to come home.

Graniteville Armory to welcome its troops home

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

Brush gets competition
Columbia County's first challenger in this years state legislative election came forward Monday.

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?

'Seussentennial'

Rants and raves
I WISH SOMEONE would do an article on the wonderful employees that Community Mental Health employs, the numerous long hours they put in and the care they give to clients. Everything seems to be focused on some corruption in administration. We need some good positive press about the good service given out there.

News you can use
March 2, 1945 Checks for Confederate pensioners have arrived from Atlanta, and persons on the pension rolls may secure their monthly payments by applying at the office in Richmond County, it was announced yesterday. As usual, either the person entitled to payment or an authorized agent may secure the pension by calling in person at the county office.

Abandoned shrimp boats cause waterway problems

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.

Across the southeast

Employee is charged with theft

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

Lambda group earns award

Across South Carolina

Witness tells of suspect's robbery plan
John McCoy and his accomplice thought they would get thousands of dollars, but after robbing and killing an elderly man they only had $37, the state's star witness testified Monday.

Retirement awaits ASU official

Across Georgia

Experts to study skeletal remains

Around town

Charleston developer plans site on former landfill

Rants and raves
I WISH SOMEONE would do an article on the wonderful employees that Community Mental Health employs, the numerous long hours they put in and the care they give to clients. Everything seems to be focused on some corruption in administration. We need some good positive press about the good service given out there.

Across the area

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.

Experts differ on what to do with Indian remains

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.

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James Island's fate heads to state Supreme Court

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.

Native American leaders pushing to eliminate school mascots

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Red carpet at the Oscars is a tribute to old Hollywood

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.

Twenty-one people arrested for attempting to sneak into Oscars

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

Mel Gibson's 'Passion' ascends to blockbuster status

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.

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

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.

Best actress Charlize Theron is belle of the Governors Ball

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:

Best actress Charlize Theron is belle of the Governors Ball
LOS ANGELES -- The winner at the Academy Awards and at the post-telecast Board of Governors Ball: Charlize Theron.

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.

'Finding Nemo' finds Oscar for best animated feature

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

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."

Pressure increases on independent directors

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

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

Peter Jackson honored with directing Oscar for 'Rings' finale

New Zealand celebrates wins at Oscars

And the Oscar for boring award shows goes to this year's Oscarcast
NEW YORK -- After promises of the unexpected, the biggest surprise on Sunday's Oscarcast was a lack of surprises.

And the Oscar for boring award shows goes to this year's Oscarcast

Twenty-one people arrested for attempting to sneak into Oscars
LOS ANGELES -- Twenty-one people were arrested as they tried to sneak into the 76th annual Academy Awards show at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, officials said.

Oscar winner Sean Penn picks right time to overcome shyness

New Zealand celebrates wins at Oscars
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- And the winner is ... New Zealand.

Oscar winner Sean Penn picks right time to overcome shyness
LOS ANGELES -- Sean Penn didn't shy away from attending the Academy Awards this time. Good thing, too, since his name was called as the best-actor winner for "Mystic River."

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.

'Finding Nemo' finds Oscar for best animated feature
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Q&A with Marianela, video jockey of music network Fuse

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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.

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).

Singer-songwriter King stumps for Kerry

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 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.

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

Defense says woman had plan
EAGLE, Colo. - Kobe Bryant's lawyers said Monday that the woman accusing him of rape had sex with someone else less than 15 hours after her alleged assault by the NBA star.

Bryant's attorneys say accuser's past must be allowed as evidence
EAGLE, Colo. -- Kobe Bryant's lawyers said Monday that the woman accusing him of rape had sex with someone else less than 15 hours after her alleged assault by the NBA star.

Two-day hearing in Bryant trial opens Monday

And now, LeBobblehead
CLEVELAND -- LeBron James has never been guarded like this.

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.

East Tennessee leads SoCon pack
East Tennessee State has the Southern Conference's best record at 24-5. It powered through the league schedule at 15-1, and it's got all five starters back from the club that won this event a year ago.

USC Aiken looks for a fresh start
During Monday's final practice before the Peach Belt Conference Tournament, USC Aiken coach Mike Brandt reassured his Lady Pacers of one thing: There's no pressure.

Chattanooga's Brown, Moore take top league awards
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Chattanooga's Katasha Brown was named Southern Conference player of the year and the Lady Mocs' Wes Moore took coach of the year for the league Monday.

Billet hits third buzzer-beater; Gamecocks surge for NCAA's
Reviewing and previewing college basketball in the ACC, SEC and elsewhere:

Okafor leads UConn to win in home finale
STORRS, Conn. - Emeka Okafor closed out his career at home with an impressive performance.

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.

East Tennessee's Bartow, Wadood honored
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- East Tennessee State forward Zakee Wadood has been named the Southern Conference's player of the year while Wadood's coach, Murry Bartow, has won coach of the year.

Bettis takes big pay cut to return to Steelers

Portis agrees to 'Skins deal

Panthers agree to five-year contract extension with Smith

Jets release Lewis, two starting safeties

Bailey, Broncos close to contract agreement

Portis agrees to $50.5 million, eight-year contract

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Panama blanks Jamaica in qualifying tournament
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Raiza Gutierrez scored two goals as Panama defeated Jamaica 3-0 Monday to end a disappointing Olympic women's soccer qualifying tournament for both.

Panama blanks Jamaica in qualifying tournament

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.

Help put fort into win column - and keep it off the 'bubble'
AS WE INCH into another March, it's hard to pick up a newspaper or tune into a radio or TV broadcast without hearing about our area hardwood teams - and the question invariably asked by folks just dying to know: "Who's on the bubble?"

Help put fort into win column - and keep it off the 'bubble'
AS WE INCH into another March, it's hard to pick up a newspaper or tune into a radio or TV broadcast without hearing about our area hardwood teams - and the question invariably asked by folks just dying to know: "Who's on the bubble?"

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.

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

Overtime

Federer: Drug testing keeps tennis clean

With Lewis retirement, suddenly it's heavyweight season

Kiefer advances in Scottsdale

Billet hits third buzzer-beater; Gamecocks surge for NCAA's

Lightweight Villalta in coma after post-fight collapse

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.

Billet hits third buzzer-beater; Gamecocks surge for NCAA's
Reviewing and previewing college basketball in the ACC, SEC and elsewhere:

With Lewis retirement, suddenly it's heavyweight season
With Lennox Lewis gone, it's suddenly a good time to be a heavyweight.

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.

Kiefer advances in Scottsdale
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Nicolas Kiefer, the only seeded player in action Monday at the Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic, beat Brian Vahaly 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the second round.

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

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.

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.

Jets release Lewis, two starting safeties
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Linebacker Mo Lewis and starting safeties Sam Garnes and Tyrone Carter were released Monday by the New York Jets in moves to create salary-cap space.

Portis agrees to 'Skins deal
WASHINGTON - Clinton Portis agreed to an eight-year, $50.5 million contract with the Washington Redskins on Monday, while Champ Bailey neared completion of a deal with the Denver Broncos that would clear the way for a Portis-for-Bailey trade later this week.

Panthers agree to five-year contract extension with Smith
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Steve Smith agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Carolina Panthers on Monday after leading the NFC champions in receiving last season.

QB Henson works out for Cowboys
IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys got another up-close look at Drew Henson during a private workout Monday at team headquarters.

Bailey, Broncos close to contract agreement
WASHINGTON -- Champ Bailey's negotiations with the Broncos are nearly complete, setting the stage for a trade that would send the Washington Redskins cornerback to Denver for running back Clinton Portis.

Titans reach agreement on multi-year contract for receiver
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee reached agreement Monday on a multi-year contract for receiver Drew Bennett as the Titans worked to keep two top receivers from leaving as free agents.

Bills release Pro Bowl guard Brown
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Ruben Brown proved too expensive and, perhaps, too vocal for the Buffalo Bills.

Bettis takes big pay cut to return to Steelers
PITTSBURGH -- Jerome Bettis, the sixth-leading rusher in NFL history, agreed Monday to take a significant pay cut to return to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Portis agrees to $50.5 million, eight-year contract
WASHINGTON -- Running back Clinton Portis agreed to an eight-year, $50.5 million contract with the Washington Redskins on Monday, all but sealing a trade that would send cornerback Champ Bailey to the Denver Broncos.

'The Passion' according to Mel revives debate about the Bible's 'his blood' verse
"His blood be on us and on our children!"

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.

Agency warns of new scams
WASHINGTON In an update of an annual consumer alert, the Internal Revenue Service urged taxpayers to avoid falling victim to one of the Dirty Dozen tax scams and a variety of other schemes. In the new 2004 ranking, several new scams have reached the top of the consumer watch list, including abusive trusts and the claim of right doctrine.

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.

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

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.

Has Janet Jackson's display led to anything more than a tape delay?

Showtime orders film on Catholic Church pedophilia scandal

Stephen King's embedded knowledge of 'Kingdom Hospital'

Has Janet Jackson's display led to anything more than a tape delay?
NEW YORK -- The game may be history, but a month after Janet Jackson's Super Bowl peep show there's still no final score for what happened at halftime.

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

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."

Diamond Dogs fall to Birmingham Southern

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.

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".

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 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.

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.

Vanderbilt defeats South Carolina

Gamecocks blank George Mason

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.

Howell sidelined for rest of season

Question of the week
Are you excited about the prom?

Mind your own business
Not content to just be employees, some teens are starting companies.

Parents, teachers can help prevent teen pregnancies

Girl shouldn't trust conniving boyfriend

Life is short, so live each day as if tomorrow will not come
Recently, while walking down the halls at my school, I overheard two girls discussing the death of Christen Renfro several weeks ago in a car wreck. Christen was a sophomore at Augusta Christian Schools.

Mind your own business

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My Style
THE TEEN: Lashonda Lynch, 15, a freshman at Glenn Hills High School

Band invited to play in New Year's parade

Parents, teachers can help prevent teen pregnancies
Remember what happened in the 1950s when a teen was pregnant? What about in the 1960s or '70s? And into the '80s?

Question of the week

Girl shouldn't trust conniving boyfriend
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My boyfriend told his ex that he still loves her. But he swears he wants to be with me for the rest of his life and that he was just confused. I don't know what to think.

Band invited to play in New Year's parade
The Burke County High School band has been selected to march in the New Year's Day Parade in London, which is England's equivalent to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

4-1-1
Coconut: The origin of the word "coconut" comes from the Portuguese word "coco," which means grimace (or grinning face). When Portuguese explorers saw coconuts in the Caribbean, the three holes at the bottom looked like a face (or a grimace). Later on, "nut" was added to the English term.

U.S. university sues Italian company over big red mascot

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

Man spent eight months in jail on false charges

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