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

Sculptor uses glass as medium to capture human experience
Physically brittle but visually strong, Richard Jolley's art, rendered in the often unforgiving medium of glass, breathes a sense of life into the cold, hard material.

'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.

J.K. Rowling hints at more 'Harry Potter'
LONDON -- Harry Potter may be set to grow up. Writer J.K. Rowling hinted Thursday that she may not stop at seven books about the adventures of the young wizard and may write a further installment featuring the adult Harry.

Sculptor uses glass as medium to capture human experience

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.

Giambi adjusts to trainer getting boot
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Jason Giambi is trying all at once to bounce back from knee surgery, avoid the swirl over steroids and rejigger the workout routine that made him an MVP.

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.

Ex-Yankee speaks to Boy Scouts

Giambi adjusts to trainer getting boot

Reds pay tribute to ex-owner

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.

Cohesive team launches Pack

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.

Orioles' Hairston breaks ring finger
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jerry Hairston broke his right ring finger Thursday in the Orioles' first game of spring against the Florida Marlins, leaving his status for Opening Day in doubt.

MLB makes April 15 Jackie Robinson Day

Being nice is remembered well after you're gone

Nasir Dajan Mosquera

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.

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.

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.

Luke Colton Youngblood

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.

Joshua Timothy Green

Noah Blake McGahee

Leah Paige Copeland

Kailyn Michelle Haws

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.

Lance A. Herring Jr.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Eric Muhammad Abdullah Jr.

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.

Lydia LaRayne Barton

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.

Katie Scarlet Marie Santiago

Riley Lim Tom

Colton Aaron McPhee

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.

Police: Teen raced stolen car around NASCAR track
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- A teenager stole a luxury sports car, barreled through a security gate at Homestead-Miami Speedway and then sped four laps at 100 mph before he was arrested, police said.

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.

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.

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.

Melee breaks out at retirement home salad bar
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- A dispute at the salad bar turned into a food fracas at an upscale retirement home, with a man taking a bite out of another's arm and other residents suffering minor injuries.

Odds and Ends
BEIJING -- Wanted: single, full-figured female for committed relationship. Must be willing to tolerate her man's heavy eating and deep sleeping. Call the Shanghai Wild Animal Park.

Lawmaker arrested for drunken driving after attending anti-DWI ceremony
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A lawmaker was charged with drunken driving, hours after attending a bill-signing ceremony to highlight the state's newest effort to crack down on DWI offenders.

2 pitchers impress in Braves' loss
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - John Thomson couldn't have provided a more impressive debut. Jose Capellan demonstrated why Braves manager Bobby Cox has left a spot open in the bullpen for him.

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.

Critique shows humorous isn't always effective

Michael Dell to step aside as chief executive of Dell computers
AUSTIN, Texas -- Michael Dell will step aside as chief executive of the computer company he founded and be replaced by president and chief operating officer Kevin Rollins in July, Dell Inc. announced Thursday.

Assembly passes lender bill

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

Jobless claims drop last week; productivity grows modestly

Fed reports economy continued to expand

Michael Dell to step aside as chief executive of Dell computers

Disney exec Eisner loses chairman job

Big retailer drops 'smart' credit card
NEW YORK -- In a blow to "smart card" technology, Target Corp. plans to phase out chip-embedded credit cards that allowed cardholders to download special coupons.

Retailers report strong February sales

Low interest rates aid construction
The whirr and buzz of heavy machinery moving around Richmond County last year stemmed from the sweet sounds of stepped-up construction activity not heard in a long while.

Digital imaging forces photo labs to invest

Low interest rates aid construction

Business briefs

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.

Stewart jurors focus on perjury charge against broker

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.

Stewart jurors focus on perjury charge against broker
NEW YORK -- Jurors at the Martha Stewart stock trial indicated Thursday that they were focusing on a charge of perjury against the homemaking mogul's former stockbroker, Peter Bacanovic.

European Central Bank leaves rates alone
FRANKFURT, Germany -- The European Central Bank ignored politicians' pleas for an interest rate cut Thursday, leaving its key refinancing rate unchanged as it waits for an expected recovery to take hold.

Wachovia paid nearly $1 billion in taxes, defends leasing deferrals

BellSouth in talks to sell Latin America operations
ATLANTA -- BellSouth Corp., which has been building its Latin America operations as other U.S. communications companies were pulling out, is in talks to sell 10-country unit to Spanish telecommunications giant Telefonica SA.

Retailers report strong February sales
NEW YORK -- Consumers' rising confidence gave the nation's retailers their third straight month of solid sales during February, with business above expectations at many clothing and department stores.

Assembly passes lender bill
ATLANTA - The General Assembly on Thursday passed and sent to the governor a bill clamping down on payday lenders in Georgia.

Eisner leaves Disney meeting weakened and embarrassed, but unbowed
PHILADELPHIA -- Responding to the ire of Disney shareholders, the media giant stripped CEO Michael Eisner of his chairman's title - a move some feel is unlikely to quell grumbles from the large number who voted to withhold their support for the embattled leader.

Jury begins deciding Martha Stewart's fate

Eisner leaves Disney meeting weakened and embarrassed, but unbowed

Group pushes for statin's ban after woman's death

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.

European Central Bank leaves rates alone

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.

BellSouth in talks to sell Latin America operations

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

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.

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.

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.

Jobless claims drop last week; productivity grows modestly
WASHINGTON --The number of people filing new applications for unemployment benefits dropped last week, a sign that companies may be feeling better about the economic recovery's durability and less inclined to lay off workers.

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.

Ask Jeeves to pay $343 million for Interactive Search
SAN FRANCISCO -- Online search engine Ask Jeeves Inc. is paying $343 million for a family of popular Web sites that includes Excite.com and iWon.com, bulking up the company as it vies to wrest market share away from industry leaders Google Inc. and Yahoo! Inc.

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.

Critique shows humorous isn't always effective
Flatulent horses and crotch-biting dogs may make people laugh, but they don't make for effective advertising, Bonnie Drewniany said Thursday.

Deal to create world's largest brewer by volume

Business briefs
ATLANTA - The Coca-Cola Co. paid $8.4 million in bonuses to its top six executives last year, or $2,300 for each of the 3,700 employees the world's largest beverage maker laid off during the same period, a federal filing shows.

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.

Company's CEO will step down
DALLAS - Michael Dell is stepping aside as the chief executive of the computer company he started in his college dorm room 20 years ago and built into a powerhouse whose low-cost, direct-selling model revolutionized the industry.

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.

Group pushes for statin's ban after woman's death
WASHINGTON - A 39-year-old woman has died of a muscle-destroying condition linked to the controversial new anti-cholesterol drug Crestor, a consumer advocate said Thursday, citing 16 cases of serious side effects in urging a ban of the drug.

Up to two dozen individuals involved in specialist scandal

Future of cup factory uncertain
The future of Augusta's landmark Sweetheart Cup factory is uncertain after its acquisition by a rival cup maker earlier this week.

Wachovia paid nearly $1 billion in taxes, defends leasing deferrals
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Wachovia Corp., which received a federal income tax refund for 2002, said in a securities filing that week that it paid nearly $1 billion in federal income taxes in 2003.

Up to two dozen individuals involved in specialist scandal
NEW YORK -- As many as two dozen individual specialists working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange were involved in allegedly illegal trading that led to a $240 million settlement on the part of five specialist firms, sources close to the matter confirmed Thursday.

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

Bowden: Shifting of assistants not promotion or demotion

Bowden: Shifting of assistants not promotion or demotion
Clemson coach Tommy Bowden says he wasn't promoting or punishing anyone when he shifted the duties of five of his assistants this offseason.

Colorado overhauls recruiting guidelines
AURORA, Colo. -- Colorado announced sweeping changes to its football recruiting program Thursday, ordering that recruits be under the strict supervision of parents or coaches.

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.

Colorado overhauls recruiting guidelines

Eagles claim semifinal berth

Ospreys trip up Columbus State

Illness besets Jaguars on eve of quarterfinal

Pacers find the range in opener

Elon takes aim at Citadel with victory

Jaguars run off again by Bobcats

Peach Buzz

Bobcats claw Spartanburg

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

Oh, come on
Imagine if historians were warned to stop linking President Franklin Delano Roosevelt with images of Pearl Harbor.

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

Waits and measures

Killing it is last resort

Super-sized nonsense
Do you like those super-sized fries and drinks that McDonald's has been selling for years? If so, you better order them while you can; by year's end super-sized will be super gone.

Oh, come on

Waits and measures
Many women, and men too, are as sensitive about revealing their weight as they are their age, so if they're part of the flying public they're not going to be pleased at the government's new rule taking effect later this year.

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.

People in the News
ASBURY PARK, N.J. -- A mammoth collection of stage costumes, photographs, documents and props belonging to Michael Jackson and his famous family has been loaded into shipping containers after spending 18 months under wraps in this gritty shore city.

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

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

Karaoke winner gets trip to Vegas
Who says all that crooning in the shower is a waste of time? While most folks were huddled up at home during the Feb. 26 snow, Jeremy Kelly, of Martinez, was belting out a rendition of Nickleback's How You Remind Me to best eight other contestants in a national karaoke contest at The Pourhouse on Broad Street.

Video watch
JUST OUT: Good Boy!, Looney Tunes: Back in Action and School of Rock

Willie delivers magnificent music
There is nothing intimate about the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center. It's a big metal box, a soulless barn of a building that is anything but welcoming.

After 50 years, Godzilla is taking a break
TOKYO -- Five decades after Godzilla first rose from the ocean, this monstrous movie star is about to take a break from show business.

Club calendar
Here's a list of entertainment at Aiken-Augusta nightclubs.

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.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Concert calendar
Here's a list of upcoming area concerts. The list includes concerts that are withing easy driving distance from the Augusta area.

Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger resolve child custody dispute
LOS ANGELES -- Alec Baldwin and ex-wife Kim Basinger have resolved their custody battle over their 8-year-old daughter, Ireland, Baldwin's attorney said.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

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.

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.

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.

Mortgage rates mixed this week as 30-year rises, others fall
WASHINGTON -- Mortgage rates around the country were mixed this week, with rates on benchmark 30-year mortgages edging up and rates on other types of mortgages nudging down.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

States bent on collecting tax on Internet purchases

Dollar rally sputters ahead of ECB meeting

Stocks mixed ahead of key employment report

Big Movers in the Stock Market
NEW YORK -- Stocks that were moving substantially or trading heavily Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq 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 mixed ahead of key employment report
NEW YORK -- Investors bought tech shares Thursday but made few other commitments ahead of the government's February employment report, leaving stocks mixed in still another lethargic session on Wall Street.

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.

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Area anglers benefit from weather's change
It's happened! The sudden burst of summer-like temperatures has heated the water of Strom Thurmond and other lakes, and the fishing has heated up as a result.

Area anglers benefit from weather's change

Fishing tournament news

Linda's Bistro offers cozy elegance
Linda's Bistro started as a sidewalk croissant stand. Fittingly, the downtown Aiken restaurant is just as quaint and unpretentious as those humble origins.

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.

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

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.

Mouthwash chemical approved for poultry use

Linda's Bistro offers cozy elegance

Terrariums are a natural for propagation

Terrariums are a natural for propagation
NEW MARKET, Va. -- Suppose, as a gardener, you could create an all-new world. You could fashion forests where no trees had grown before. You could make the deserts bloom. You could shape hills and streambeds and flowering meadows.

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.

Revived defense powers Jackets
DURHAM, N.C. - Rarely has Clarence Moore had more reason to dance then he did late Wednesday night.

Revived defense powers Jackets

Jackets end slump, start Devils' drop

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

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

Last hole giving players the blues
MIAMI - The Blue Monster's signature hole has teeth again. And they're sharper than ever.

Last hole giving players the blues

Transsexual to compete in Women's Australian Open

Prep basketball scores

Butler's rested, ready for semifinals

Being nice is remembered well after you're gone
Marge Schott, the tough-talking, chain-smoking former owner of the Cincinnati Reds baseball team, died this week.

Why all the controversy over Gibson's movie?

'Passion' was God's will, not racist
Much critique has been written recently about Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, and it is not surprising that racism should sneak its ugly head into the mix of opinions. Vera Farmer-Welk, Martinez

New state flag is big step backward
Black men from Columbia and Richmond counties have been lynched under the pre-1956 Georgia flag, not that much different from the version that The Augusta Chronicle supported in several editorials. Woody Highsmith, Evans

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

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.

Democrats' tax policies are wrong
With the tax preparation season now under way, it was most appropriate to hear from letter-writer Patrick Brown ("George Will doesn't tell the whole story on the rich," March 2) regarding his disdain for Will's column in which he correctly pointed out that "16.55 percent more income tax is being paid today by the top 1 percent of earners than in 1979." Keith Shafer, Augusta

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.)

'Passion' was God's will, not racist

Dairy foods appear to reduce risk of childhood obesity

Criminal investigation begun in mad cow case

Working poor more likely to be overweight

Hybrid mosquito may spread West Nile quicker in U.S. than Europe

Europe's summer of 2003 probably hottest in 500 years

Group seeks ban of latest statin because of muscle side effect

Coin makeover is first in 66 years

Women at Volvo design concept they would buy

Health and fitness calendar

Microsoft displays technology you don't know you need yet

Some of the best things will arrive after a long delay

Biologists trying to find cause of elk deaths in Wyoming

Malibu Maxx provides inexpensive room

Midsize sedans' bumpers costly

Women at Volvo design concept they would buy

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.

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.

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.

Hybrid mosquito may spread West Nile quicker in U.S. than Europe
WASHINGTON -- Human infection by West Nile virus may be more common in North America than in Europe because of a hybrid mosquito that bites both birds and humans, carrying the virus from one to the other.

Texas schools told to cut sugar, fatty foods to combat obesity
AUSTIN, Texas -- Deep-fried fritters and whole milk are on the way out, and baked chips are in at Texas public schools.

Dairy foods appear to reduce risk of childhood obesity
SAN FRANCISCO -- Youngsters who skimp on milk and other dairy food to avoid calories actually appear to substantially increase their risk of becoming overweight, a study found.

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.

Coin makeover is first in 66 years
WASHINGTON -- New nickels honoring the 1803 Louisiana Purchase will soon be clinking in cash registers and jangling in pockets. It's the first makeover for the five-cent piece in 66 years.

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.

Microsoft displays technology you don't know you need yet
REDMOND, Wash. -- As Lyndsay Williams trudged along snow-covered paths and passed by shop windows one recent day in Cambridge, England, so too did her SenseCam - automatically snapping hundreds of photos along the way.

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.

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.

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.

Europe's summer of 2003 probably hottest in 500 years
WASHINGTON -- Last year's deadly summer in Europe probably was the hottest on the continent in at least five centuries, according to researchers who analyzed old records, soil cores and other evidence. More than 19,000 people died.

Group seeks ban of latest statin because of muscle side effect
WASHINGTON -- A 39-year-old woman has died of a muscle-destroying condition linked to the controversial new anti-cholesterol drug Crestor, a consumer advocate said Thursday, citing 16 cases of serious side effects in urging a ban of the drug.

Biologists trying to find cause of elk deaths in Wyoming
CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Biologists are trying to determine what is causing the biggest elk die-off anyone in Wyoming can remember.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - South Carolina banks might soon be asking customers to take off their hats and sunglasses.

Teaming up lets teachers focus on their passions

Making the call
University of South Carolina Aiken student Jami Cornwell talks on her cell phone while watching the Armstrong Atlantic and Francis Marion girls basketball teams compete in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament at Augusta State University's Christenberry Fieldhouse.

Fliers have to face scales

Meetings about water problems draw protest
WILLISTON, S.C. - Tom W. Smith, a third-generation Williston resident, isn't afraid to drink the water from his well, even though trace amounts of mercury were found in five residential wells near his home on Willis Pond Road.

Officers give advice on avoiding impersonators

DMVS reconsiders site for licensing bureau
An Evans shopping center is once again being considered as a new home for Columbia County's driver's license bureau.

Around town

Making the call

Kerry begins quest for No. 2

Kid of the day

Radiation monitoring request is rejected

Worker answers to gift charges
AIKEN - A state Veterans Affairs officer who was dismissed after she admitted to accepting an improper cash gift told officials she repeatedly tried to return the money for more than five months, according to documents obtained Thursday.

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.

Challengers to face off in June
EDGEFIELD - When Dan Choate declared his intentions to challenge first-term incumbent Adell Dobey for Edgefield County Sheriff more than a year ago, the retired SLED agent counted among his supporters Stacey Coleman, an investigator for the Aiken County Solicitor's office.

Poll workers grapple with electronic voting glitches

Democrat offers new version of ban
ATLANTA - A conservative House Democrat on Thursday introduced her own version of a proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage, plunging the state Legislature's debate over same-sex unions into further turmoil.

Second convict awaits sentence for arson death

Partisan shots ensnare HOPE

Fund added to tax forms

Pet store workers are charged

Harlem, Grovetown win fight against fire tax

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.

Legislators are looking to move on

News you can use
March 5, 1924 THOMSON, Ga. - The trial of E. Miller, charged with assault with intent to murder John C. Wall, merchant and prominent citizen of this county, ended in McDuffie Superior Court late yesterday in a verdict of guilty for shooting at another not in his own defense. Judge Franklin imposed sentence immediately following the verdict, and the defendant goes to the penitentiary for a term of one to two years.

Kid of the day

Working poor get break at hospital
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The uninsured working poor - often charged the highest prices for hospital services - soon will get a break, at least in Savannah.

Across the area

Partisan shots ensnare HOPE
ATLANTA - The bipartisan aura surrounding HOPE Scholarship reform dissolved Thursday when a Senate committee passed a plan overhauling the program while Republicans and Democrat Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor swapped charges.

Bi-Lo cancels store's closing

Pet store workers are charged
An investigation into mistreatment of animals at an Augusta Mall pet store has resulted in citations against several of the store's employees, officials said Thursday.

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Riverfront development gets plan
Details such as lot sizes could still be tweaked in the future, but for the most part, the basic plans for a Hammond's Ferry development on North Augusta's riverfront fell into place Thursday.

Candidates' television ads target swing voters

Assembly passes lender bill
ATLANTA - The General Assembly on Thursday passed and sent to the governor a bill clamping down on payday lenders in Georgia.

Rival attacks sheriff's inquiry

Challengers to face off in June
EDGEFIELD - When Dan Choate declared his intentions to challenge first-term incumbent Adell Dobey for Edgefield County Sheriff more than a year ago, the retired SLED agent counted among his supporters Stacey Coleman, an investigator for the Aiken County Solicitor's office.

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.

Assembly passes lender bill

Across the region

Rants and raves
MR. GREENSPAN CALLS for changes on Social Security, higher deductions, lower payments and lower cost-of-living increases to the workers that made this country the wealthiest in the world. But he does not mention that senators and representatives in Washington voted themselves to keep the same salary they make after they retire with all the future increases added to it. If they were treated like any other worker, Social Security would be all right.

Thieves target older cars

Challengers to face off in June

Correction

Challengers to face off in June

Columbia County offers elective SAT class

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.

Officials, developers get peek at site

Around town

Thomson robbery suspect in custody

Panel agrees to plan usage

Unit has order for Iraq return

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Jalen Bennett Simpkins, 4, of North Augusta.

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

Across the area
Eight children were hospitalized Thursday after the day care van they were riding in crashed into a mailbox and two houses, according to officials.

Across the area

Panel sees report on new judicial site
An environmental assessment report on a proposed Augusta judicial center site was released to Augusta commissioners Thursday, but its findings won't be made public until today.

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.

Historic list adds campus
History students in Will Christman's classes get a seat-of-the-pants feel for the past.

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.

Unit has order for Iraq return
HINESVILLE, Ga. - The 3rd Infantry Division of Fort Stewart, which spearheaded the 2003 assault on Baghdad, has learned it will return to Iraq within a year.

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

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Legislation setting up the nation's first online lottery breezed through the Georgia House on Thursday, but a Web-based lotto is still a long shot.

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.

City seeks applicants for new positions
Anyone wanting to be Equal Employment Opportunity or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise coordinator for the Augusta government has until Monday afternoon to apply.

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

Around town
Painter Debi Brinkman, of York, S.C., sets out her hand-painted glassware at the civic center. Ms. Brinkman is getting ready for Springtime Made in the South, which begins today.

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.

Panel agrees to plan usage
When it comes to the Savannah River, it's often said that Georgia and South Carolina are like Siamese twins - mutually dependent upon a single pulse.

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

Mental center weighs layoffs
Potential budget cuts to mental health providers in Augusta could have a domino effect that ends with patients behind bars or back in a state hospital that is struggling with its own cuts, providers said.

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.

Judge agrees to deal in term
A judge agreed to accept a negotiated plea and sentencing recommendation Thursday to spare a little boy the trauma of testifying, he said.

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

Rants and raves
MR. GREENSPAN CALLS for changes on Social Security, higher deductions, lower payments and lower cost-of-living increases to the workers that made this country the wealthiest in the world. But he does not mention that senators and representatives in Washington voted themselves to keep the same salary they make after they retire with all the future increases added to it. If they were treated like any other worker, Social Security would be all right.

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.

Rowing away
Enjoying spring break, Matt Davidson, a junior at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. , carries oars to the water. His rowing crew is practicing this week at the Augustas Boathouse and taking advantage of the warm weather.

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.

Rowing away

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.

Riverfront development gets plan

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Historic list adds campus

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.

Meetings about water problems draw protest

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.

Challengers to face off in June

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.

Worker answers to gift charges

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.

News you can use

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.

Around town
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.

Correction
Article in Thursday's North Augusta Neighbors listed the incorrect date for a Hazardous Waste Disposal Day. The event is scheduled for Saturday, March 13. The Augusta Chronicle regrets the error.

Lady Jags doomed from the beginning
Top five signs that you're not likely to win the Peach Belt Conference Women's Basketball Tournament.

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.

Filming starts on new 'Batman' movie

At the Movies: 'Starsky & Hutch'
They could have played Ponch and John or Crockett and Tubbs or even Lenny and Squiggy - and they probably will some day.

Filming starts on new 'Batman' movie
LOS ANGELES -- "Batman Begins" has begun. A new movie about the origins of the Caped Crusader started filming Thursday in Iceland, with "American Psycho" actor Christian Bale starring as the shadowy vigilante who protects Gotham City from psychotic villains.

At the Movies: 'Starsky & Hutch'

Not all propaganda films are evil

At the Movies: 'Hidalgo'
Viggo Mortensen goes from ruling Middle-earth to racing across the Middle East in "Hidalgo," a movie that's so retro, it's almost quaint - especially compared to the nouveau computer-generated spectacle of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

Mini reviews

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Thursday. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times.

Not all propaganda films are evil
Propaganda movies have gotten something of a bad rap. The very act of attaching the term "propaganda'' to a movie seems to imply sinister motive or a fleeting acquaintance with the truth.

At the Movies: 'Hidalgo'

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.

Choral Society circles the globe with its music
A Japanese bullet train can make the 350-mile trip from Tokyo to Hachinoke in under three hours. The Concorde, when flying, could make it from New York to Paris in less than four.

Top 20 Concert Tours

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.

Choral Society circles the globe with its music

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.

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

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

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

Changes will get 1st test in Vegas
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The preliminaries are over. Now it's time to see whether NASCAR's rule changes will make as much difference as the sport hopes.

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.

Schedule changes have fans in mind

Changes will get 1st test in Vegas

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.

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

Bucks top Magic

Carroll making the most of his opportunity

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.

Carroll making the most of his opportunity
WALTHAM, Mass. -- He took over a team in turmoil and promptly fell into lottery-land. Yet, when Boston Celtics coach John Carroll looks at the Eastern Conference standings, he sees just another opportunity.

Knicks defeat 76ers at home

Cavaliers beat Hawks

Illness besets Jaguars on eve of quarterfinal
Augusta State will not be at full strength when it enters the Peach Belt Conference Tournament men's quarterfinals today.

Francis Marion falls to Pirates
Tasha Washington recorded a double-double as Armstrong Atlantic State pulled away from Francis Marion for a 63-52 win in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament quarterfinals.

Eagles claim semifinal berth
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - Elton Nesbitt scored 17 points and Georgia Southern reached the semifinals of the Southern Conference tournament for the first time in three years with a 83-69 victory over Wofford on Thursday night.

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.

Peach Buzz
TOP PLAYER: Armstrong Atlantic State's Tasha Washington scored 27 points with 10 rebounds to lead the Lady Pirates past Francis Marion, 63-52.

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.

Mississippi State to face Vols next
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tan White scored 22 points, and Tiania Burns added 21 to help Mississippi State beat Arkansas 79-74 in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament Thursday.

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.

Bearcats avenge tourney defeat
Last year Kennesaw State sent Lander home after the first round of the Peach Belt Conference Women's Basketball Tournament.

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.

Jaguars run off again by Bobcats
Georgia College & State John Carrick was so upset with an official's call in the second half of his team's game against Augusta State that he accidentally spit out his gum. He then grabbed it off the floor and resumed chewing.

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.

Ospreys trip up Columbus State
Columbus State managed to hold the University of North Florida's all-time leading scorer without a field goal for 35 minutes, but it didn't matter. North Florida overpowered the Lady Cougars 63-45 on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Peach Belt Women's Basketball Tournament at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

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.

Giants' Tyree charged with marijuana possession

Bills sign offensive lineman Villarrial

Portis-for-Bailey swap announced in Denver, D.C.

Ravens acquire receiver Terrell Owens

McClure re-ups with Falcons

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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.

Overtime

Overtime
The Aonia Pass Motocross course near Washington, Ga., will hold the Maxxis Tires General GNCC this weekend.

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.

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.

New ads under fire with 9-11 relatives
WASHINGTON - President Bush's campaign commercials - on the air just one day - have angered several relatives of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and a firefighters union that has endorsed Democratic rival John Kerry demanded the ads be pulled.

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.

Prep basketball scores
Area prep basketball scores and boxes from Thursday's hardwood hoop action.

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.

Narrow victory puts Butler in title game
DULUTH, Ga. - Butler coach Rob Johnson had a hunch something special was going to happen Thursday night.

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.

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.

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

Ravens acquire receiver Terrell Owens
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Four-time Pro Bowl receiver Terrell Owens was traded to the Baltimore Ravens by San Francisco on Thursday after a paperwork error prevented him from becoming a free agent.

Portis-for-Bailey swap announced in Denver, D.C.
ASHBURN, Va. -- Clinton Portis received about 100 phone calls from NFL players when word got out he was going to sign a $50 million contract with the Washington Redskins.

Giants' Tyree charged with marijuana possession
FORT LEE, N.J. -- New York Giants receiver David Tyree faces drug possession charges after police found about a half-pound of marijuana in his car.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Famed Fairfield Four launches music series

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.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Famed Fairfield Four launches music series
You have two choices if you want to see the gospel group The Fairfield Four:

Lady Jags doomed from the beginning

South Carolina misses star center

Not all propaganda films are evil

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.

Rankings for basic cable networks

Rankings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Feb. 23-29. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

Dan Rather gets the jump on Peter Jennings to Iraq
NEW YORK -- Dan Rather is getting the jump on rival Peter Jennings in a network television anchor race to Iraq.

Reality TV shows take Arab world by storm

Daytime Emmy nominations unveiled

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.

'Nashville Star' announces guest kist for new season
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Willie Nelson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Trace Adkins and Terri Clark will be among the guests appearing on the second season of "Nashville Star," the viewer-voted talent show.

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.

Oddsmaker lists Johnny Sack as most likely to be whacked in new season of 'The Sopranos'

Daytime Emmy nominations unveiled
NEW YORK -- Ellen DeGeneres' new talk show was nominated for 12 Daytime Emmy Awards on Thursday, and "The Young and the Restless" led the soap opera pack with 16 nods.

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.

NBC's Katie Couric defends interview with disgraced journalist
NEW YORK -- Even though she finds his actions "repugnant," NBC's Katie Couric defended giving prime-time exposure to former New York Times reporter Jayson Blair, the serial fabricator who brought down the paper's top editors.

Oddsmaker lists Johnny Sack as most likely to be whacked in new season of 'The Sopranos'
NEW YORK -- Johnny Sack, don't be making any long-term plans. That's the opinion of an online bookmaker, BetWWTS.com, which issued odds Wednesday on which character would be the first to be whacked or die during the upcoming season of HBO's "The Sopranos."

NBC's Katie Couric defends interview with disgraced journalist

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After 50 years, Godzilla is taking a break

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Playwright Neil Simon has kidney transplant

Willie delivers magnificent music

Karaoke winner gets trip to Vegas

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Opener is easy win for Georgia
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Alexis Kendrick scored 20 points, and Jessica Pierce added 16 in No. 20 Georgia's 73-42 win Thursday night over South Carolina in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

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.

Not all propaganda films are evil
Propaganda movies have gotten something of a bad rap. The very act of attaching the term "propaganda'' to a movie seems to imply sinister motive or a fleeting acquaintance with the truth.

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.<

South Carolina victorious over Furman

Girl Scout cookies boycotted in a small Texas town

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Police: Teen raced stolen car around NASCAR track

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Animal control officer pleads guilty in botched euthanization

Chicago chosen as site of 2006 Gay Games

Lawmaker arrested for drunken driving after attending anti-DWI ceremony