Fifth-grader taps into her spooky side

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.

Met offers Mozart masterpiece with superb cast

'42nd Street' closing on Broadway - but not until 2005

'42nd Street' closing on Broadway - but not until 2005
NEW YORK -- They are finally hanging up those tap shoes - but not until Jan. 2, 2005.

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.

MLB makes April 15 Jackie Robinson Day
NEW YORK -- Jackie Robinson will be honored every April 15 by Major League Baseball, starting with a national celebration at Shea Stadium paying tribute to the Hall of Famer's legacy.

Dodgers nix deal, Canseco comeback

Ex-Yankee speaks to Boy Scouts

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.

Contreras and Lieber improving

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.

Cohesive team launches Pack
Good teams don't need help. Greenbrier got plenty in an 8-1 devouring of Evans on Wednesday evening at Evans Stadium.

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

Cohesive team launches Pack

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.

A-Rod makes intrasquad start at third

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

MLB makes April 15 Jackie Robinson Day

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."

Reds pay tribute to ex-owner
SARASOTA, Fla. - The Cincinnati Reds honored former owner Marge Schott by flying their team pennant at half-staff Wednesday and holding a moment of silence before an intrasquad game.

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.

Ex-Yankee speaks to Boy Scouts
When Bill Lesshafft gets stressed at work, he pulls out his old baseball glove. It's a Bobby Richardson signature mitt from the 1960s, though the signature wore off long ago.

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.

Reds pay tribute to ex-owner

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

Former owner is dead at 75

Marlins cut Beckett's salary 12.5 percent

Would-be Astros starters keep chins up

Leah Paige Copeland

Leah Paige Copeland
Lee Copeland and Cara Peck, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Leah Paige Copeland, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2004, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Walter Saluesen, James Rich and Mr. and Mrs. George Copeland, all of Augusta.

Lance A. Herring Jr.
Lance and Coleen Herring, of Martinez, announce the birth of a son, Lance A. Herring Jr. Monday, Nov. 17, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Thomas M. and Daren McKara, of Amelia Island, Fla. and Ron and Cheryl Walker, of Martinez.

Harrison Johnston Cooper
Marc and Amy Cooper, of Graniteville, announce the birth of a son, Harrison Johnston Cooper, Friday, Feb. 13, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Richard Johnston and Carol Woody, both of Aiken and Mr. and Mrs. Stephen L. Cooper, of Newport News, Va. and the late Sara Johnston.

Colton Aaron McPhee

Colton Aaron McPhee
Aaron and Rose McPhee, of Hephzibah, announce the birth of a son, Colton Aaron McPhee, Monday, Jan. 26, 2004, at Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Moore of Lincolnton, Ga., Irene Moore, of Belvedere and Mr. and Mrs. Robert McPhee, of Augusta.

Noah Blake McGahee
Trey and Katie McGahee, of Evans, announce the birth of a son, Noah Blake McGahee, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Preston McDaniel, Joanne Sine, all of Evans, Ralph McGahee, of Augusta, and the late James Sine and Shelby McGahee.

Lydia LaRayne Barton
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Barton, of Aiken, announce the birth of a daughter, Lydia LaRayne Barton, Friday, Feb. 13, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Larry McClellan, of Jackson, and Mr. and Mrs. Don Wood, of Aiken.

Kailyn Michelle Haws
Paul M. Haws Jr. nd Kimberly M. Haws, both of Martinez, announce the birth of a daughter, Kailyn Michelle Haws, Monday, Nov. 10, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gary Widener, of Martinez, Jewel Haws, of Farmington, N.M., and the late Paul M. Haws.

Luke Colton Youngblood
Addie and Deena Youngblood, of Grovetown, announce the birth of a son, Luke Colton Youngblood, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Don Johnson, of Panama City, Fla., Myrtle Johnson, of Beech Island, and Mr. and Mrs. G.A. Youngblood Jr., of Grovetown.

Joshua Timothy Green

Eric Muhammad Abdullah Jr.

Noah Blake McGahee

Lydia LaRayne Barton

Harrison Johnston Cooper

Katie Scarlet Marie Santiago

Eric Muhammad Abdullah Jr.
Eric and Alexa Abdullah, of Belvedere, announce the birth of a son, Eric Muhammad Abdullah Jr., Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Roy and Lettie Harper, of Atlanta, and Ray and Brenda McNeil, of Savannah, Ga.

Riley Lim Tom

Brianna Ashley Hoggard
Delbert E. Hoggard Jr. and Brenda Wangler, both of Evans, announce the birth of a daughter, Brianna Ashley Hoggard, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Hoggard, of Aberdeen, S.D., Ella Williams, of Ahoskie, N.C., and the late Delbert Hoggard Sr.

Lance A. Herring Jr.

Joshua Timothy Green
Mr. and Mrs. Ken Green, of Grovetown, announce the birth of a son, Joshua Timothy Green, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Tim Beatty, of Appling, and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest J. Green III, of Lilburn, Ga.

Luke Colton Youngblood

Riley Lim Tom
Roger and Mimi Tom, of Martinez, announce the birth of a son, Riley Lim Tom, Monday, Feb. 9, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Palmer, of Meigs, Ga., Ida Tom, of Augusta and the late George Tom.

Nasir Dajan Mosquera

Katie Scarlet Marie Santiago
Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Santiago, of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Katie Scarlet Marie Santiago, Friday, Feb. 13, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Gary Heffner and Carolyn Gerard, both of Augusta, and Mr. and Mrs. Florante Santiago, of Mobile, Ala.

Nasir Dajan Mosquera
John D. Mosquera and Luteisha A. Porter, of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Nasir Dajon Mosquera, Monday, Feb. 23, 2004, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Sylvester Porter and Sheila Nimmers, both of Davenport, Iowa, Frank Dunbar, of Orange, N.J., and Patricia Dunbar, of Augusta.

Kailyn Michelle Haws

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."

Chicago chosen as site of 2006 Gay Games
CHICAGO -- The Federation of Gay Games has chosen Chicago for its 2006 games, and organizers said they hope to avoid the problems that forced previous hosts into bankruptcy.

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.

Odds and Ends
PORTLAND, Maine -- America's rarest silver dollar - and possibly its most famous stolen coin - was discovered in a box filled with miscellaneous coins by a Maine librarian who wasn't even a collector.

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

Animal control officer pleads guilty in botched euthanization
HIGHLAND PARK, N.J. -- An animal control officer who botched the euthanization of a dog that survived a garbage truck ride to a landfill pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and abandonment.

Girl Scout cookies boycotted in a small Texas town
CRAWFORD, Texas -- Some families are boycotting Thin Mints and Do-Si-Dos and other Girl Scout cookies. Troop 7527 is down to just two members after the other girls were withdrawn by their parents. And Brownie Troop 7087 is no more.

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.

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

Atlanta will play small ball

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

Bulldogs crack in exhibition play
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - In keeping with what has become an annual tradition, the Atlanta Braves pummeled a college opponent in a warm-up for their March exercises.

Giles agrees to terms on contract

Nissan dealership sells North Augusta location

Fed reports economy continued to expand
WASHINGTON -- Factories hummed and consumers kept cash registers busy in the first two months of this year, fresh evidence that the economic recovery is moving ahead, according to a Federal Reserve report released Wednesday.

Greenspan urges caution with Chinese monetary policy

Digital imaging forces photo labs to invest
Digital cameras are growing in popularity by giving users immediate access to pictures and the ability to print and edit photos from home, saving users money on film.

Disney exec Eisner loses chairman job
PHILADELPHIA - The Walt Disney Co.'s board voted late Wednesday to split the roles of chairman and chief executive, hours after shareholders delivered a stinging rebuke by withholding 43 percent of their votes for CEO Michael Eisner's re-election to the board.

Jury begins deciding Martha Stewart's fate

Deal to create world's largest brewer by volume
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Brewing giant Interbrew of Belgium announced plans Wednesday to combine with AmBev of Brazil in a complicated stock deal that the companies valued at about $11.4 billion and would create the world's largest brewer by volume.

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.

Brinker names new Chili's franchise in Southeast

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.

Disney shareholders withhold 43 percent of votes for Eisner
PHILADELPHIA -- Walt Disney Co. chief Michael Eisner was rebuked by the stockholders Wednesday as 43 percent withheld their support for him in a vote at the company's annual meeting.

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.

Business briefs
PHC Weight Loss & Wellness Centers announced it has introduced a low-carbohydrate plan for clients seeking more rapid weight loss.

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.

Disney exec Eisner loses chairman job

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

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

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

Former WorldCom chief Ebbers indicted

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.

Deal to create world's largest brewer by volume

Digital imaging forces photo labs to invest

Former WorldCom CEO pleads not guilty in corporate fraud case
NEW YORK -- Former WorldCom CEO Bernard Ebbers pleaded innocent Wednesday to federal charges that he conspired with his chief financial officer to cook the company's books in the biggest corporate fraud in American history.

Coke questioned about using the word "pure" to advertise its water

Business presence grows on post
Business is booming at Fort Gordon with several new operations recently opened or scheduled to open during the next few months.

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.

Two big brewers offer merge plan
BRUSSELS, Belgium - Brewing giant Interbrew of Belgium announced plans Wednesday to combine with AmBev of Brazil in a complicated stock deal that the companies valued at about $11.4 billion. The deal would create the world's largest brewer by volume.

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.

Survey: CEOs hopeful about economic recovery's staying power
WASHINGTON -- America's business executives are hopeful about the economic recovery's staying power, with many expecting sales to increase in the next six months, according to a survey released Wednesday.

Dealers move Volkswagens

Fed reports economy continued to expand

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

Jury begins deciding Martha Stewart's fate
NEW YORK -- The Martha Stewart jury began its deliberations Wednesday, wrestling with the question of whether she lied about a stock sale - and likely holding her reputation as an icon of gracious living in its hands.

Business briefs

Warner Music slashes 1,000 jobs, ousts label chiefs

Coke questioned about using the word "pure" to advertise its water
LONDON -- The Coca-Cola Co., world famous for its "real thing" sodas, is being questioned in Britain about using the word "pure" to advertise its Dasani bottled water.

Clemson tops Gardner-Webb
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Russell Triplett belted his first career grand slam and every Tiger starter had at least one hit as Clemson defeated Gardner-Webb 8-5 on Wednesday.

Clemson tops Gardner-Webb

Bowden responds to Barnett case
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden contended Wednesday that his comments questioning the timing of a rape accusation at the University of Colorado were not aimed at former kicker Katie Hnida, but at another sexual assault claim.

Bowden responds to Barnett case

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.

Pacers' shots won't fall

Pacers find the range in opener

Bobcats' press dominates

Elon takes aim at Citadel with victory

Francis Marion outlasts Lakers

Lady Owls outshoot Lady Rifles

Bobcats claw Spartanburg

Gators bounce back after defection

Pro puts tournament exemption up for grabs Hooter Tour

Winners and losers
The biggest winner in Super Tuesday's 10-state showdown was obviously John Kerry. The U.S. senator from Massachusetts wrapped up his party's nomination, winning every state except Vermont, where moribund favorite son Howard Dean finally won his first, and last, primary.

Killing it is last resort

On exporting jobs

Second remap chance

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

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.

The new Georgia
It may be that no nonbinding referendum was ever more conclusive.

Killing it is last resort
Lawmakers have awesome powers. With those powers must come awesome responsibilities.

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

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.

The top five list
The top five TV, films, concerts,videos and music for the week.

People in the News
MILWAUKEE -- Saving the family farm, helping the Earth and reducing America's dependence on foreign oil - they all go together for Neil Young on his "Greendale" tour.

Playwright Neil Simon has kidney transplant
NEW YORK -- Playwright Neil Simon has received a kidney transplant courtesy of his friend and longtime press representative.

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

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Fed survey lifts stocks but can't counter rate worries
NEW YORK -- A bullish economic assessment from the Federal Reserve gave most stocks a modest lift Wednesday, but the buying lacked conviction as Wall Street looked ahead to a key jobs report due later in the week.

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

Stocks fall on profit taking

Dollar rally sputters ahead of ECB meeting
NEW YORK -- The dollar's surprising rally sputtered out Wednesday, as the U.S. currency gave up much of its gains from earlier in the week ahead of the highly awaited monetary policy meeting of the European Central Bank.

States bent on collecting tax on Internet purchases

SEC won't charge co-chief at Franklin Resources
WASHINGTON (Dow Jones/AP) - The Securities and Exchange Commission no longer intends to recommend a civil action against the president and co-chief executive of Franklin Resources Inc., Gregory Johnson, the company said in a regulatory filing Wednesday.

Dollar strengthens against euro, pound

Dollar rally sputters ahead of ECB meeting

Big Movers in the Stock Market

States bent on collecting tax on Internet purchases
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Remember all those gifts you bought online during the holidays? Now it's time to pay sales tax on them, at least so say the income tax forms of 20 states.

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.

Dining out

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

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

Small portions

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?

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

Bread pudding is versatile treat

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.

McDonald's downsizes from super-size on fries, drinks
CHICAGO -- Hold the fries - at least the super-sized version. In a sign of the times, McDonald's is getting rid of the extra-large portions that had become one of its signatures.

Variety: the spice of food

Mouthwash chemical approved for poultry use
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The same chemical used in most mouthwashes for more than half a century has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use on poultry as a way to reduce food-borne illness.

Mouthwash chemical approved for poultry use

McDonald's downsizes from super-size on fries, drinks

No. 19 Georgia Tech upsets No. 3 Duke
DURHAM, N.C. -- Georgia Tech ended its losing streak to Duke and the Blue Devils' long home winning streak.

Jackets end slump, start Devils' drop
DURHAM, N.C. - Georgia Tech ended its losing streak to Duke and the Blue Devils' long home winning streak.

Jackets end slump, start Devils' drop

Transsexual to compete in Women's Australian Open

Transsexual to compete in Women's Australian Open
SYDNEY, Australia - Mianne Bagger brings a new twist to gender blending in golf.

Finchem wants tour to handle hecklers better

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.

Finchem wants tour to handle hecklers better
MIAMI -- PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem wants hecklers dealt with differently from now on.

Butler's rested, ready for semifinals

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.

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

Why all the controversy over Gibson's movie?

Why all the controversy over Gibson's movie?
How can Mel Gibson's movie, The Passion of the Christ, be considered anti-Semitic? It is a fact that the Jewish people played a role in Christ's crucifixion. It is also a fact that Jesus himself was a Jew. Lynn Prescott Tyner, Augusta

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.

Latin American ignorance shows in editorial
I made the mistake of having breakfast before reading your Feb. 20 editorial, "Stay out of Haiti." I can't remember feeling so revolted in a long time. But the depressing thing is the realization that the members of your editorial staff are totally ignorant about Latin America. Joaquin Godoy, Aiken, S.C.

Article gives the wrong impression
Your Feb. 23 article, "Rivals' Washington pull hinders growth at SRS," gave the impression that the Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness was not pleased with the efforts of our elected officials in getting new contracts and missions for Savannah River Site. Mal McKibben, Aiken, S.C. (Editor's note: The writer is the executive director of Citizens for Nuclear Technology.)

Collins will vote to protect unborn

Rover discovers Mars was once drenched with water

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

Women at Volvo design concept they would buy

Midsize sedans' bumpers costly

Criminal investigation begun in mad cow case

Malibu Maxx provides inexpensive room

Alluring title will keep gamers intrigued

Dome home

Working poor more likely to be overweight

U.S. Mint rolls out new nickels

Health and fitness calendar

Health officials to urge no antibiotics for most ear infections

Some of the best things will arrive after a long delay

Rocket carrying probe set to land on comet in 10 years

Most distant galaxy in universe discovered

Living briefs

Women at Volvo design concept they would buy

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.

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

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.

Women at Volvo design concept they would buy
GENEVA - More than a year ago, Volvo Car Corp. gave female employees a special project: design the car they would like to drive.

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.

Working poor more likely to be overweight
CUTLER, Calif. -- Farm worker Iris Caballero often has a hard time keeping the refrigerator and cupboard stocked with food. Yet, she's overweight and diabetic.

Malibu Maxx provides inexpensive room
Chevrolet officials must have had this winter's bitingly cold winds and low temperatures in mind when they re-engineered and redesigned the Chevy Malibu.

Midsize sedans' bumpers costly
WASHINGTON - Six midsize sedans fared poorly in bumper crash tests conducted by the insurance industry, with each averaging more than $500 in repairs after crashes at 5 mph.

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

Some of the best things will arrive after a long delay
National Procrastination Week began Sunday, but (whoops!) we missed the deadline to get a story in that day's newspaper.

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

Living briefs
In what seems certain to fuel the controversies about her death and her relationships with Prince Charles and the rest of the royal family, Princess Diana is heard on audiotapes secretly made for biographer Andrew Morton in NBC's Princess Diana: The Secret Tapes.

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.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

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.

Criminal investigation begun in mad cow case
WASHINGTON -- The government has begun a criminal investigation into whether records may have been falsified in the nation's first and only case of mad cow disease, the Agriculture Department's inspector general said Wednesday.

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.

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.

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.

Woman who killed ill sons is released from prison

Across the area

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.

Thomson robbery suspect in custody

Around town

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.

Black men stand out in county's schools

Columbia County offers elective SAT class

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.

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.

Across the region

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.

News you can use
March 4, 1965 The sale of mixed drinks in Richmond County, including the city of Augusta, will be stopped by noon Friday, Sheriff George C. Mutimer said.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Authorities investigate attempted arson at State Probation Office

Fund added to tax forms

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.

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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.

Fliers have to face scales

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.

Radiation monitoring request is rejected

Candidates' television ads target swing voters

Fliers have to face scales
Passengers of Augusta Regional Airport might want to start dieting now.

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.

Rates put contracts in trash

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

Quarrelsome Senate amends, approves midyear budget

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.

ChildSafe brings free gun locks to owners

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.

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

Kid of the day

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.

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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.

Corps considers private land use at lake

Poll workers grapple with electronic voting glitches

Fund added to tax forms
AIKEN - When two Abbeville County deputies were shot to death in a December standoff, Eric Skidmore's team mobilized.

Legislators are looking to move on

College research bill passes hurdle
COLUMBIA - A bill calling for the state to borrow $500 million for college research and economic development projects got a blessing Tuesday from a key legislative committee.

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Thieves target older cars
These days, car thieves are becoming nostalgic.

Thieves target older cars

Officials, developers get peek at site
Developers and North Augusta officials met Wednesday to discuss a first-phase entrance of the Hammond's Ferry development and completion of the Greeneway along North Augusta's riverfront.

Officers give advice on avoiding impersonators

Across the region
ATLANTA - State tax collections took a turn downward in February after six straight months of growth, Georgia's financial managers reported Wednesday.

Teaming up lets teachers focus on their passions

Thomson robbery suspect in custody
THOMSON - A man in police custody in Tennessee has been charged with the Feb. 26 robbery of First Bank McDuffie in Thomson.

Kerry begins quest for No. 2

Bi-Lo cancels store's closing
An announcement by Bi-Lo officials Wednesday that the store on Deans Bridge Road will remain open received an enthusiastic response from south Augusta residents.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is William Justin Joyner, 16, of Sardis, Ga.

Man surrenders to face counterfeiting inquiry
Richmond County sheriff's investigators said a man wanted in a counterfeiting ring turned himself in to authorities Wednesday.

Radiation monitoring request is rejected
Federal Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham has rejected Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue's request for reinstatement of funds to monitor radiation along the Savannah River.

Harlem, Grovetown win fight against fire tax
After thousands of dollars in attorney fees and months of stalemate discussions, the cities of Harlem and Grovetown have apparently won their fight to keep out a countywide fire tax.

Second convict awaits sentence for arson death
A jury convicted a second man Wednesday in the fire-related death of a 71-year-old man.

Columbia County offers elective SAT class
Even though Columbia County students perennially score above the state average on the SAT, school officials say there's always room for improvement.

Super Tuesday puts electronic balloting to the test

Officers give advice on avoiding impersonators
As the Georgia Legislature voted on a measure Tuesday to help curtail police impersonators, local law enforcement officers said avoiding them isn't always simple.

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

Teaming up lets teachers focus on their passions
BATH - Patti Strom and Donna Khakee sometimes feel like they are married, even though they are not.

Primary pollsters report low turnout

Kerry storms to victory

Cancer society sets world record in weigh-in event

Murders lead to 2nd life term

Small chemical explosion startles residents of Atlanta neighborhood

Correction
An Across the Region item in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle contained incorrect information. Nationwide Insurance Co. announced Tuesday that it would limit writing homeowners' insurance policies along South Carolina's coastline but would continue to cover existing policyholders. The Chronicle regrets the error.

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.

Correction

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.

Family will get sludge money

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.

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Harlem Globetrotter Eathan OBryant (left) helps fifth-grader Javada Germany, 10, spin a ball on her finger during his visit to Tobacco Road Elementary School as part of a new federal program. CHEER for Character sends the Globetrotters to schools to teach character education.

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

Rants and raves
THIS IS A QUESTION about the Masters Tournament tickets. How long after a man passes away does his widow get the Masters tickets? Ten, 12, 13 years? Then they pass them on to the grandchildren and children, and they sell them and make a profit. No wonder we can't get Masters tickets.

Rival attacks sheriff's inquiry

Georgia could be first state to try online lottery sales
ATLANTA -- Georgia lawmakers are considering creating a first-in-the-nation online lottery that would allow people to buy a ticket without having to stop in at a convenience store or a gas station.

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.

Legislators are looking to move on
ATLANTA - TV cameras rolled and reporters scribbled last month when Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Sharpsburg, took center stage to launch a House Republican bid to protect the right to display the Ten Commandments.

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.

Rival attacks sheriff's inquiry
The Columbia County sheriff's race is shaping up to be a muddy one.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A QUESTION about the Masters Tournament tickets. How long after a man passes away does his widow get the Masters tickets? Ten, 12, 13 years? Then they pass them on to the grandchildren and children, and they sell them and make a profit. No wonder we can't get Masters tickets.

Across the area
A pet store that had been under investigation by authorities after a former employee said mistreatment of animals had been taking place is no longer affiliated with its franchiser.

Second convict awaits sentence for arson death

Across the region

Harlem, Grovetown win fight against fire tax

Georgia shows support for race's front-runner

Kid of the day

Georgia voters choose state flag

Bi-Lo cancels store's closing

High-flying reward

Officials, developers get peek at site

Study details teens' stress over Iraq war

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.

South Carolina misses star center
COLUMBIA - Ivan Howell donned his brother's No. 55 game jersey and took his place in the starting lineup on senior night.

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

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.

'The Passion' finds French distributor

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Top 20 Concert Tours

After 10 years, Anita Baker begins recording new CD

Rap legend's mother grapples with unsolved slaying
NEW YORK -- Unlike millions of people around the world, Jam Master Jay's mother was never a big fan of his music.

Rap legend's mother grapples with unsolved slaying

Chinese karaoke bars to be forced to pay for music
BEIJING -- Recording companies including Time Warner and EMI are launching a campaign to force thousands of Chinese karaoke bars to start paying for the tunes their patrons croon to, a lawyer for the companies said Wednesday.

After 10 years, Anita Baker begins recording new CD
NEW YORK -- After 10 years in musical seclusion due to family turmoil, Anita Baker is returning to the spotlight.

Schedule changes have fans in mind
LAS VEGAS - Although NASCAR won't release its 2005 schedule for another six months, the work behind the scenes is at full speed.

Las Vegas is where it all began for racing's newest stars

NASCAR newsmaker Brenden Gaughan
Brendan Gaughan returns home to Las Vegas Sunday for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He is coming off a six-win season on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

Las Vegas is where it all began for racing's newest stars
LAS VEGAS - Brendan Gaughan wont have any trouble finding a place to sleep during this weekends UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway: His father owns several hotels in town or he could go home and sleep in his old bed.

Schedule changes have fans in mind

Bucks top Magic
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Keith Van Horn scored 25 points and Damon Jones tied the NBA's season high with 17 assists in leading the Milwaukee Bucks to their fourth straight victory, 105-97 over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

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.

Bucks top Magic

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.

Knicks defeat 76ers at home
NEW YORK -- Stephon Marbury saw Tim Thomas out of the corner of his eye and flicked a no-look pass for a resounding dunk, a key play as the Knicks pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 88-77 Wednesday night.

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.

Cavaliers beat Hawks
CLEVELAND -- On his bobblehead night, LeBron James again left everyone shaking their heads.

Stomach flu sidelines Nash

Knicks defeat 76ers at home

Iverson expected back in 76ers lineup

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

Cavaliers beat Hawks

Pirates' tandem handles Lander
Brian Bain and Daryl Williams combined for 53 points to lead Armstrong Atlantic State to a 74-69 win over Lander in the first round of the Peach Belt Conference Men's Tournament on Wednesday at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

Pacers find the range in opener
With the Peach Belt Conference Tournament in Augusta, USC Aiken kept its normal routine Wednesday. The Pacers got out of class at 4 p.m. and even dressed in their own locker room for the game against North Florida.

Lady Jags' win is vital tonight
Augusta State women's coach Greg Wilson doesn't know what it's like to celebrate after a tournament. The fifth-year coach is 0-4 in Peach Belt Conference postseason play.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Elon takes aim at Citadel with victory
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - Jackson Atoyebi had 18 points and Elon won its debut in the Southern Conference tournament, 66-56, against The Citadel on Wednesday.

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.

Peach buzz
TOP PLAYER: Armstrong Atlantic State's Daryl Williams recorded 25 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in the Pirates' 74-69 win over Lander.

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.

Bobcats claw Spartanburg
Tylan Gatling's 15-foot jumper lifted South No. 6 seed Georgia College & State to a 68-67 upset victory over USC Spartanburg on Wednesday in the first round of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament.

Manning inks long-term deal

Seattle tenders all five restricted free agents

McClure re-ups with Falcons

Keyshawn says he's close to deal with Cowboys

Bills sign offensive lineman Villarrial

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U.S. women advance to Olympics
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- The U.S. women's team qualified for the Athens Olympics, getting goals from four different players in a 4-0 victory Wednesday over Costa Rica.

Hopkins is surprised that De La Hoya wants to fight

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kerry begins quest for No. 2
ORLANDO, Fla. - Nomination well in hand, Democrat John Kerry took the initial steps Wednesday toward selecting a No. 2 for his ticket, with options that include governors from the Midwest and Southwest, members of President Clinton's economic team and a larger-than-life former first lady.

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

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.

Poll workers grapple with electronic voting glitches
SAN FRANCISCO -- Frozen screens and malfunctioning computers plagued some Super Tuesday voters who tried to cast electronic ballots, and experts predict such problems will be repeated on a national scale in November.

Candidates' television ads target swing voters
ATLANTA - Aaron Bast may not know it yet, but he sits in the crosshairs of the multimillion-dollar media blitz about to be launched by the two most sophisticated political campaigns in history.

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.

Butler's rested, ready for semifinals
Butler senior forward Levert Carter doesn't like sitting on a bus for four hours before having to play basketball in the biggest game of his career.

McClure re-ups with Falcons
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Center Todd McClure signed a three-year, $3.5 million contract Wednesday to stay with the Atlanta Falcons.

Bills sign offensive lineman Villarrial
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills signed free agent offensive lineman Chris Villarrial on Wednesday.

Kearse signs $66 million, eight-year deal with Eagles
PHILADELPHIA -- Desperate for a pass rusher, the Philadelphia Eagles signed three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jevon Kearse to a $66 million, eight-year deal on Wednesday, the first day of the NFL's free agency period.

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

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.

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.

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.

Parliament adopts law banning Islamic headscarves in public schools
PARIS -- A law banning Islamic headscarves in France's public schools was adopted Wednesday in the Senate by a vote of 276-20.

South Carolina misses star center

Earned income tax credit is sometimes overlooked
WASHINGTON -- A tax credit for low-wage workers can mean thousands of dollars in refunds for some working families, making the springtime tax filing season a little warmer.

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.

Reality TV shows take Arab world by storm

Reality TV shows take Arab world by storm
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Reality TV has burst upon the Arab world, drawing huge audiences but firing up conservative outrage over the spectacle of young men and women flirting, hugging and dancing under one roof.

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg to play self on crime drama
NEW YORK -- He's too late for this year's Academy Awards, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg is about to try his hand at acting.

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.

CBS still negotiating return of 'Everybody Loves Raymond'
NEW YORK -- CBS President Leslie Moonves said he's guardedly optimistic that his most popular comedy, "Everybody Loves Raymond," will return next season - but he's discussed a spinoff just in case.

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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.

Florida edges out Georgia
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- In warmups, Florida players wore T-shirts that read "We all we got." Right now, it looks like plenty.

Florida edges out Georgia

Bulldogs crack in exhibition play
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - In keeping with what has become an annual tradition, the Atlanta Braves pummeled a college opponent in a warm-up for their March exercises.

Georgia admits to NCAA violations

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.

South Carolina victorious over Furman

Gamecocks have shot at a first-round bye

South Carolina victorious over Furman
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Steve Pearce hit a three-run home run in the first inning to lead South Carolina to a 7-4 victory against Furman on Wednesday.<

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.

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Animal control officer pleads guilty in botched euthanization

Girl Scout cookies boycotted in a small Texas town

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Chicago chosen as site of 2006 Gay Games