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.

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.

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

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

'Hip tips' from Carson Kressley

Book recalls overlooked but important scientific expedition

'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.

Fifth-grader taps into her spooky side

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.

Met offers Mozart masterpiece with superb cast

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

Fifth-grader taps into her spooky side
Samantha Henning plays one creepy 11-year-old. As the lead character in the Young Artists Repertoire Theatre's production of Bad Seed, Samantha plays Rhoda Penmark, a seemingly sweet child with a murderous heart.

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.

Met offers Mozart masterpiece with superb cast
NEW YORK -- It was out with the pillars and in with the brick walls as the Metropolitan Opera premiered its latest production of Mozart's "Don Giovanni," a subdued affair enlivened by an exceptionally talented cast.

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

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

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

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

'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).

Flip to first

Mussina scratched in opener

Would-be Astros starters keep chins up

Contreras and Lieber improving

Former owner is dead at 75
CINCINNATI - Marge Schott, the tough-talking, chain-smoking owner of the Cincinnati Reds who won a World Series but was repeatedly suspended for offensive remarks, died Tuesday, a hospital spokeswoman said. She was 75.

Would-be Astros starters keep chins up
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Brandon Duckworth was looking forward to a fresh start with the Houston Astros.

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.

A-Rod makes intrasquad start at third
TAMPA, Fla. -- Alex Rodriguez was hitless in two at-bats and did not have a fielding chance at third base in a New York Yankees' intrasquad game Tuesday.

Mussina scratched from start

Contreras and Lieber improving
TAMPA, Fla. -- The New York Yankees received good news about ailing starting pitchers Jose Contreras and Jon Lieber.

Dodgers nix deal, Canseco comeback
VERO BEACH, Fla. - Jose Canseco can now focus on being an actor or an author rather than a baseball player.

Report: Feds were told Bonds, Giambi, Sheffield received steroids
Barry Bonds walked silently through the San Francisco Giants' bustling clubhouse. Asked about a report that he had received steroids and human growth hormone from a nutritional supplements lab implicated in a drug-distribution ring, Bonds softly replied: "Get out of my locker."

Cuddyer's in the infield, he's in the outfield ... he's super sub

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 .

Dodgers nix deal, Canseco comeback

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.

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.

Marlins cut Beckett's salary 12.5 percent

Former owner is dead at 75

A-Rod makes intrasquad start at third

Marlins cut Beckett's salary 12.5 percent
JUPITER, Fla. -- Josh Beckett's reward for a season capped by the World Series MVP award was a 12.5 percent pay cut.

Cuddyer's in the infield, he's in the outfield ... he's super sub
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Michael Cuddyer has been one of baseball's top prospects the last few years. Now, he is preparing to bea utility man this season.

Extra work should pay off for Estrada

Odds and Ends
OGALLALA, Neb. -- Well, Ida Doggett made her bed... and now she's $4,444 richer.

Store criticized for ''Voting is for Old People'' T-shirt campaign
WASHINGTON -- A Harvard political institute criticized the hip retailer Urban Outfitters on Monday for a new T-shirt campaign declaring that "Voting is for Old People."

Newborn believed killed in fire was really kidnapped
PHILADELPHIA -- An infant believed to have died in a 1997 fire actually was kidnapped and raised by a woman who set the blaze to cover her path, authorities said. Now, the child's mother - who recognized the girl at a party by a dimple - is eagerly awaiting a reunion.

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.

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.

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

Giles agrees to terms on contract
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Atlanta Braves second baseman Marcus Giles agreed to a $430,000, one-year contract Tuesday.

Giles agrees to terms on contract

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?

Atlanta will play small ball

Drew hopes for healthy season - finally
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- J.D. Drew took his place at the end of the line. Then, he was off and running.

Wright, '97 Series star, hopes to salvage career

Atlanta will play small ball
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The inquisitive mind wants to know, how will the Atlanta Braves score runs this season?

Braves' prospect nears big leagues

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

Dealers move Volkswagens
The Gerald Jones Auto Group marked its 30th year in the area Feb. 15.

Nissan dealership sells North Augusta location

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.

Nissan dealership sells North Augusta location
A local auto dealership has been selling more than just cars.

Former WorldCom chief Ebbers indicted

Former WorldCom chief Ebbers indicted
NEW YORK -- Former WorldCom CEO Bernard Ebbers was indicted on federal charges in the multibillion-dollar accounting scandal at the telecommunications giant, and his top financial officer pleaded guilty Tuesday and agreed to testify against him.

GM sales up 6 percent in February, Ford sales slip 3.2 percent
DETROIT -- General Motors Corp. said Tuesday it sold 6 percent more vehicles in February while Ford Motor Co. reported its sales fell 3.2 percent in what generally has been a sluggish new year for U.S. automakers.

Brinker names new Chili's franchise in Southeast
DALLAS -- Brinker International said Tuesday it has reached a franchise-development agreement with Bonnaroo Restaurant Group to open up to 15 new Chili's Grill & Bar casual restaurants in South Carolina and Georgia.

Warner Music slashes 1,000 jobs, ousts label chiefs
NEW YORK -- Warner Music Group announced 1,000 job cuts and a shakeup of top management on Tuesday, one day after Edgar Bronfman Jr. closed a deal to buy the company from Time Warner Inc.

Dealers move Volkswagens

Greenspan urges caution with Chinese monetary policy
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan cautioned that if China were to swiftly move to let its currency float freely, it could pose a further risk to the country's fragile banking system and to the global economy.

Business briefs

Brinker names new Chili's franchise in Southeast

Defense: Stewart's ex-broker is 'not a liar'

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - An appeals court on Tuesday rejected federal rules giving states more authority to determine which companies may offer local phone service within their borders.

Consumers boost spending 0.4 percent in January

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.

Warner Music slashes 1,000 jobs, ousts label chiefs

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 briefs

Defense: Stewart's ex-broker is 'not a liar'
NEW YORK -- The government has wrongly accused Martha Stewart of participating in a laughable "confederacy of dunces," her lawyer said Tuesday in closing arguments at her federal trial.

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.

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.

Greenspan urges caution with Chinese monetary policy

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

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

GM sales up 6 percent in February, Ford sales slip 3.2 percent

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.

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.

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'
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.

Panel addresses small business

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.

Purnell familiar with UNC streak

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.

Fulmer suspends freshman Vols punter
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee freshman punter Britton Colquitt, brother of All-America punter Dustin Colquitt, has been indefinitely suspended from the team, coach Phillip Fulmer said Tuesday.

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

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.

USC Aiken looks for a fresh start

Pacers' shots won't fall

East Tennessee's Bartow, Wadood honored

Gators bounce back after defection

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

Bobcats' press dominates

Francis Marion outlasts Lakers

East Tennessee leads SoCon pack

Lady Owls outshoot Lady Rifles

Pro puts tournament exemption up for grabs Hooter Tour

Good riddance

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

On exporting jobs

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

Second remap chance

Second remap chance
Apparently, the March 1 Georgia redistricting deadline for legislative seats set by a three-judge federal panel was not a "drop dead" date.

On exporting jobs
When politicians complain about "outsourcing" and "off-shoring" they often fill the air with doubletalk and hypocrisy.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES -- So what's Justin Timberlake uncovering now?

Stuff to do
An exhibition of glass sculptures and multimedia constructions by artist Richard Jolley will open Saturday at the Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St. The show will run through May 9.

New home-video releases
Selected reviews of home-video releases:

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

Dollar strengthens against euro, pound

Dollar strengthens against euro, pound
NEW YORK -- The dollar continued its climb against the euro and pound Tuesday as speculators abandoned their short dollar positions and the market acknowledged higher manufacturing activity and consumer spending numbers.

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.

Stocks fall on profit taking

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.

Stocks up sharply on manufacturing data

Stocks fall on profit taking
NEW YORK -- A spate of profit taking sent stocks lower Tuesday, cutting into the previous session's gains and dimming hopes that Wall Street would shake its current malaise. Investors, skittish about a stronger dollar and the specter of an interest rate hike, consolidated their gains from Monday's strong session.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Agency warns of new scams

Small portions
Cleaning a portobello is normally as simple as wiping the cap with a just damp paper towel. For particularly dirty specimens, a quick rinse followed immediately by thorough drying will do, but leave that for a last resort, especially if you were hoping to saute or grill them.

Bold Mediterranean flavors help beat winter's doldrums

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?

Bread pudding is versatile treat
HYDE PARK, N.Y. - This simply enriched version of bread pudding is a delicious alternative to the classic recipe.

Variety: the spice of food

Bread pudding is versatile treat

Bold Mediterranean flavors help beat winter's doldrums
SAN FRANCISCO - Wouldn't the sunny, sparkling flavors of the Mediterranean revive winter-depressed spirits just about now?

Small portions

Dining out

Dining out
Here are mini-reviews of Aiken-Augusta restaurants.

Variety: the spice of food
They say variety is the spice of life, and you'll get spice and variety at Thai Jong restaurant on Washington Road.

Tip of the week: Plant filters

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.

Best tomatoes are the result of extra effort

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.

Can Florida produce drama of wild West Coast Swing?

Can Florida produce drama of wild West Coast Swing?
The Florida Swing has a tough act to follow.

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 sweep New York in series
NEW YORK - Patrik Stefan had three assists Tuesday night to lead the Atlanta Thrashers to a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers that completed a home-and-home sweep.

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 sweep New York in series

Shortcut creates sesame-sherry chicken breasts
I discovered this shortcut when preparing a recipe for sherried chicken wings. The recipe called for an overnight marination, which I forgot to complete before heading off to bed.

Shortcut creates sesame-sherry chicken breasts

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.

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

Collins will vote to protect unborn

Collins will vote to protect unborn
U.S. Rep. Johnny Isakson's, R-Ga., campaign for U.S. Senate contends that he helps make the American dream come true through homeownership. Yet by voting 13 times in favor of pro-abortion legislation, Mr. Isakson has sought to deny the chance to achieve the American dream to many innocent pre-born persons.Karen M. Cox, Waynesboro, Ga.

Addressing National Guard and Chile
I have two subjects I would like to address in this letter: The first concerns President George W. Bush's service in the National Guard, and the other concerns the Feb. 20 editorial, "Stay out of Haiti." Carroll Kenny, Martinez, Ga.

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

Living briefs

Alluring title will keep gamers intrigued

Save some nifty craft projects for a rainy spring day

Style Briefs

U.S. Mint rolls out new nickels

Women develop punk-rock workout

Health officials to urge no antibiotics for most ear infections

Homes Q&A - Refinishing

Oxygen sensors are an important part of car care

Kitchen renovation requires much planning

Most distant galaxy in universe discovered

Rover discovers Mars was once drenched with water

Dome home

Rocket carrying probe set to land on comet in 10 years

X-Files-like project at CDC searches for cause of mysterious deaths

Living briefs
THE WINE: 2001 Pepperwood Grove Pinot Noir, $10, from California THE FLAVORS: Light spice and jammy fruits PAIRS WITH: Assorted cheeses and jerked pork with black beans THE WINERY: This wine is produced by Sebastiani Vineyards in California as a second label.

Rover discovers Mars was once drenched with water
WASHINGTON -- Mars rover Opportunity has found evidence that the Red Planet was once wet enough for life to exist there, but the robot has not found any direct traces of living organisms, NASA scientists announced Tuesday.

Most distant galaxy in universe discovered
PARIS -- French and Swiss astronomers say they have detected the farthest galaxy ever observed, a glimmer that dates back to when the universe was still in its infancy.

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

Dome home
ORACLE, Ariz. - Living inside the glass enclosure known as Biosphere 2 for two years wasn't easy.

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."

Study: Anti-bacterial soaps products lack punch
PHILADELPHIA -- Anti-bacterial soaps do not deliver the type of protection from common health ailments that consumers expect, according to a study.

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.

Rocket carrying probe set to land on comet in 10 years
DARMSTADT, Germany -- A European rocket blasted off Tuesday on a pioneering 10-year journey to land a probe on a comet and search for clues to the solar system's origins.

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.

U.S. Mint rolls out new nickels
WASHINGTON -- Millions of shiny nickels sporting their first new look in 66 years are being shipped to the Federal Reserve, the supplier of the nation's cash, officials of the U.S Mint said Tuesday

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?

Store atmosphere matters, survey says
How does the atmosphere of the store affect your shopping experience?

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.

Health officials to urge no antibiotics for most ear infections
ATLANTA -- Parents of cranky children with ear infections be warned. Antibiotics may no longer be what the doctor orders.

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.

Alluring title will keep gamers intrigued
One suspects this video game is seeking a different audience when it begins with the heroine, Jade - clad in green pants, matching green lipstick and a midriff-baring T-shirt - meditating on a scenic bluff to the plaintive notes of a flute.

X-Files-like project at CDC searches for cause of mysterious deaths
ATLANTA -- In a project resembling something out of the X Files, federal health officials say the causes of a quarter of the deaths that have stumped coroners in recent years appear to be from ordinary, treatable conditions.

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.

School's threats case gets 2nd look
Columbia County authorities said Tuesday that they are investigating an Augusta Preparatory Day School incident involving at least one pupil making some death threats against his classmates.

Twenty at two Gwinnett County schools test positive for TB infection but none are contagious
LILBURN, Ga. -- Twenty people have tested positive for tuberculosis infection at two Gwinnett County schools, where two active cases of the disease were documented, county health officials said Tuesday.

AP NewsBreak: Doctors to urge that not all kids get antibiotics for ear infections

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

High-flying reward
A dozen sixth-graders from Augusta's Heritage Academy followed in the footsteps of a famous aviator Tuesday.

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.

ChildSafe brings free gun locks to owners

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.

Corps considers private land use at lake

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.

Georgia voters choose state flag
ATLANTA -- Georgia's old debate over Confederate symbols and the state flag had gone on long enough for Jerry Deen.

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

Black men stand out in county's schools
NORTH AUGUSTA - Pupils know there's something different about Latimer Blount's sixth-grade English class at North Augusta Middle School - their teacher is a black man.

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.

Rhinehart's wins liquor license
The owners of Rhinehart's Oyster Bar plan to break ground within weeks on a new location in Columbia County after clearing a contentious hurdle Tuesday.

Across Georgia

Primary pollsters report low turnout

Around town

High-flying reward

News you can use

AP NewsBreak: Doctors to urge that not all kids get antibiotics for ear infections
ATLANTA -- Two leading medical groups are expected to recommend this spring that doctors stop treating most middle ear infections in children with antibiotics, federal health officials said Tuesday at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases.

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

Cancer society sets world record in weigh-in event
ATLANTA -- The American Cancer Society set a world record in Centennial Olympic Park on Sunday.

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.

Rants and raves
I HAVE A PROBLEM with America's views on Haiti. They are saying it's a civil war and they want to stay out of it, but I wonder if they had oil like Iraq has, would America be so willing to stay out of it? If you remember, Iraq is a civil war also, where women and men are dying.

Lobby closes at post office

Around town
Wouter Ceyssens , 20, a junior at Augusta State University, carries a wooden cross to the campus library . Jesus called me to pick up a cross and literally bear it, he said. He said he is a constant missionary and has been carrying the cross for about a year and a half.

Employee is charged with theft

Corps considers private land use at lake
The Army Corps of Engineers is considering a long-term development proposal in which portions of Lake Russell's vacant shoreline could be transformed into marinas, housing and other amenities.

Graniteville Armory to welcome its troops home

Across the region
ATLANTA - Worried that some people are installing flashing lights on their cars and pretending to be police, the Georgia House voted Tuesday to expand a ban on emergency lights.

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 .

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Whitney Nicole Cooper, 10, of Sardis, Ga.

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

Cancer society sets world record in weigh-in event

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

Study details teens' stress over Iraq war
Shannon Pearce remembers feeling isolated as the bombs began dropping on Iraq last year and her stepfather prepared to move in.

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

Woman who killed ill sons is released from prison

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.

Kerry storms to victory

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.

News you can use

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.

Kid of the day

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

Quarrelsome Senate amends, approves midyear budget
ATLANTA -- Georgia senators approved a $16.1 billion midyear budget Tuesday after a tense debate in which they quarreled over pork-barrel spending, state debt and, in one exchange between two senators, the price of their political souls.

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.

Small chemical explosion startles residents of Atlanta neighborhood
ATLANTA -- A small explosion startled residents of an Atlanta neighborhood Tuesday morning, when a community service worker accidentally created a volatile mix inside a trash bag.

Twenty at two Gwinnett County schools test positive for TB infection but none are contagious

Authorities investigate attempted arson at State Probation Office
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Authorities are investigating what they believe was an attempted arson at the State Probation Office in Gwinnett County early Tuesday.

Rates put contracts in trash

Woman who killed ill sons is released from prison
ATLANTA -- A woman who killed her two sons because she could not bear their suffering from Huntington's disease has been released from prison after serving about a year of a five-year sentence.

Authorities investigate attempted arson at State Probation Office

Flood control will be worth cost, Corps says
Flood control projects along Rocky Creek and the Augusta Canal will cost $14.3 million, but their long-term benefits will far outweigh the investment, according to the Army Corps of Engineers.

Family will get sludge money

Rates put contracts in trash
The Augusta Commission went against strong legal advice Tuesday and refused to approve contract extensions with three companies that pick up trash in Richmond County.

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Senate amends, OKs budget
ATLANTA - Georgia senators approved a $16.1 billion midyear budget Tuesday after a tense debate in which they quarreled over pork-barrel spending, state debt and, in one exchange between two senators, the price of their political souls.

Georgia voters choose state flag

ChildSafe brings free gun locks to owners
AIKEN - Nearly 1,800 U.S. children died between 1995 and 2000 in accidents involving guns, a grim statistic that underscores the need for gun safety in the home.

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.

Murders lead to 2nd life term
Dag Luquincette Rhodes received a second life sentence Tuesday, less than a week after a jury convicted him of the 1998 murders of Frederick and Yong-Suk Walker.

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
Authorities in Jackson, Tenn., are holding a suspect in connection with the robbery of First Bank McDuffie in Thomson.

Georgia shows support for race's front-runner

Family will get sludge money
The Augusta Commission voted Tuesday to pay $595,000 to a Keysville, Ga., family who sued the city over claims that their cattle and pastures were poisoned by improperly treated sewage sludge.

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

News you can use
March 3, 1955 Augusta City Council's Finance Committeemen yesterday approved the proposed sale of 259,280 square feet of Allen Park off 15th Street to Sears, Roebuck. Also approved were relocation of the fire station, a tool house, wading pool and several tennis courts.

Lambda group earns award

Black men stand out in county's schools

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.

Quarrelsome Senate amends, approves midyear budget

A minister strives to make community better

Road-paving funds come up short
AIKEN - The list of roads voters approved paving in 2000 won't be completed with the $18 million the 1-cent sales tax will generate, Aiken County Council members were told Tuesday night.

'Seussentennial'

Small chemical explosion startles residents of Atlanta neighborhood

Experts to study skeletal remains

Super Tuesday puts electronic balloting to the test

Council will vote on plant tax break

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Across the area

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.

Murders lead to 2nd life term

Study details teens' stress over Iraq war

Critical choice
Here's what critics are saying about recent movie releases.

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

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.

Oscar winner Sean Penn picks right time to overcome shyness

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.

Best actress Charlize Theron is belle of the Governors Ball

New Zealand celebrates wins at Oscars

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

Twenty-one people arrested for attempting to sneak into Oscars

'The Passion' finds French distributor

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.

Critical choice

'The Passion' finds French distributor
PARIS -- Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" will screen in France in April, a distributor said, quashing speculation the movie might not be shown on French screens.

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."

Iverson expected back in 76ers lineup
PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson is expected to return to Philadelphia's lineup for Wednesday night's game against the New York Knicks.

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.

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

Iverson expected back in 76ers lineup

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.

Attorney: Accuser denies she had sex after alleged attack by Bryant

Stomach flu sidelines Nash

Stomach flu sidelines Nash
DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks point guard Steve Nash missed Tuesday night's game against the Seattle SuperSonics due to a stomach virus.

Attorney: Accuser denies she had sex after alleged attack by Bryant
EAGLE, Colo. -- The attorney for Kobe Bryant's accuser in a sexual assault case on Tuesday denied as "patently false" claims his client had sex with another man the morning after her encounter with the NBA star.

Bobcats' press dominates
Georgia College & State's full-court press forced UNC Pembroke to commit 31 turnovers in their 76-62 victory in the first round of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament.

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.

Francis Marion outlasts Lakers
North No. 3 seed Francis Marion survived a second-half scare and knocked off South No. 6 seed Clayton State, 65-63, in the first round of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament.

Gators bounce back after defection
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - In past seasons, there were fights during practice, injuries and losing streaks. The latest crisis at Florida involved a player defection, and this time, the Gators responded well.

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

Lady Owls outshoot Lady Rifles
Denisha Ferguson scored a game-high 26 points and tied a Peach Belt Tournament record at the free-throw line to lead South No. 4 seed Kennesaw State past North No. 5 seed USC Spartanburg, 84-76, in Tuesday's first round at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

Pacers' shots won't fall
Columbus State coach Jay Sparks felt Mike Brandt's pain Tuesday night.

Tuskegee's next for Paine women
Selina Kohn is looking to lead her Lady Lions into uncharted territory - past the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference quarterfinals.

USC Aiken can get revenge
When USC Aiken takes on North Florida in the first round of the Peach Belt Men's Conference Tournament today, one thing is for certain: familiarity.

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

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.

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.

Portis agrees to $50.5 million, eight-year contract

Jets release Lewis, two starting safeties

Keyshawn says he's close to deal with Cowboys

Bailey, Broncos close to contract agreement

Bettis takes big pay cut to return to Steelers

Portis agrees to 'Skins deal

Manning inks long-term deal

Panthers agree to five-year contract extension with Smith

Seattle tenders all five restricted free agents

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Panama blanks Jamaica in qualifying tournament

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.

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?"

With Lewis retirement, suddenly it's heavyweight season

Hopkins is surprised that De La Hoya wants to fight

Kiefer advances in Scottsdale

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

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

Hopkins is surprised that De La Hoya wants to fight
LOS ANGELES - Oscar De La Hoya is ready to take on the bigger boys before calling an end to his career.

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

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.

Super Tuesday puts electronic balloting to the test
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Electronic voting made its debut in cities and towns from Maryland to California on Tuesday as election officials beefed up security for the record number of voters expected to cast E-ballots for the first time.

Georgia shows support for race's front-runner
ATLANTA - Georgia's support Tuesday for John Kerry provided the final push to make him the presumptive nominee when a discouraged John Edwards reportedly decided to bow out of the race.

Primary pollsters report low turnout
Super Tuesday was a slow day for Richmond County voters and Julia Roberson, a poll manager for 20 years at the May Park recreation center.

Georgians favor new flag, want debate to end
ATLANTA - When it comes to the design of the state flag, Georgia voters just want to be done with it.

Georgians favor new flag, want debate to end
ATLANTA - When it comes to the design of the state flag, Georgia voters just want to be done with it.

Kerry storms to victory
John Kerry cemented the Democratic presidential nomination, driving rival John Edwards from the race with a string of Super Tuesday triumphs that catapulted the Massachusetts senator into an eight-month struggle to oust President Bush.

Tuten secures position
Interim Richmond County Coroner Grover Tuten overwhelmingly defeated sheriff's Lt. Jimmy Wylds in Tuesday's special coroner's election.

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.

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.

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.

Manning inks long-term deal
INDIANAPOLIS - Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts agreed to a $99.2 million, seven-year contract Tuesday that includes an NFL-record $34.5 million signing bonus.

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 sign LB Bulluck, TE Kinney to long-term deals
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans reached agreements on long-term contracts for All-Pro linebacker Keith Bulluck and tight end Erron Kinney and released veteran offensive lineman Tom Ackerman.

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.

Keyshawn says he's close to deal with Cowboys
TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay receiver Keyshawn Johnson said Tuesday night that he is close to agreement on a restructured contract that would clear the way for a trade to the Dallas Cowboys for Joey Galloway.

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.

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.

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

Seattle tenders all five restricted free agents
KIRKLAND, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks tendered contracts to all five of their restricted free agents Tuesday.

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

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.

Weight-loss programs may be deductible under IRS ruling
Until 2002, taxpayers were only allowed to claim the cost of doctor-recommended weight-loss treatment for such problems as heart disease and hypertension. Now, obesity itself qualifies as a disease. Details of this tax break are in IRS Publication 502, Medical and Dental Expenses.

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.

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

CBS, NBC proclaim victory in February ratings sweeps

CBS, NBC proclaim victory in February ratings sweeps
NEW YORK -- The rich got richer during television's February ratings "sweeps," with CBS maintaining its hold as the most popular network and NBC winning among the youthful demographic it targets.

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Georgia admits to NCAA violations

Georgia admits to NCAA violations
ATLANTA - University of Georgia officials agreed Tuesday with the NCAA's findings of four rules violations of academic fraud and improper benefits in the men's basketball program.

Gamecocks have shot at a first-round bye

Gamecocks have shot at a first-round bye
More than anything else, South Carolina guard Mike Boynton was relieved after the Gamecocks' 63-47 win against Georgia on Saturday.

Pro puts tournament exemption up for grabs Hooter Tour
Some golf courses play host to a tournament and act like they're doing players a favor by staging it. Others turn it around, and make the player feel like the course is honored because they're participating.

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.

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?

Band invited to play in New Year's parade

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.

Parents, teachers can help prevent teen pregnancies

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.

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

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

Question of the week
Are you excited about the prom?

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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.

Mind your own business

Question of the week

Girl shouldn't trust conniving boyfriend

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Man spent eight months in jail on false charges

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

'The Passion' according to Mel revives debate about the Bible's 'his blood' verse