Edward P. Jones wins National Book Critics Circle award
NEW YORK -- Edward P. Jones, winner of this year's National Book Critics Circle fiction prize, took 10 years to write his novel and felt so embarrassed about the delay that when he finally finished he couldn't bear to tell his agent, Eric Simonoff, on the phone.

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.

Hugh Jackman to again serve as host of Broadway's Tony Awards
NEW YORK -- "The Boy From Oz" will be the host of the 2004 Tony Awards.

Sculptor uses glass as medium to capture human experience

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.

Edward P. Jones wins National Book Critics Circle award

Hugh Jackman to again serve as host of Broadway's Tony Awards

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.

Giambi adjusts to trainer getting boot

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.

A-Rod enjoys debut
TAMPA, Fla. - Alex Rodriguez trotted down the third-base line, stepped on the plate and raised his right hand to give Derek Jeter's fist a knock. Then Jason Giambi crossed the plate, completing his grand slam.

Koufax ends break with Dodgers
VERO BEACH, Fla. -With the Los Angeles Dodgers now under new ownership, Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax made his first public appearance at the club's spring training facility on Friday since severing ties with the team last year.

Being nice is remembered well after you're gone

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.

Woman finds severed finger in salad
CANTON, Ohio -- Talk about leaving a bad tip at the restaurant. A 22-year-old woman found the severed tip of a thumb in her lunch salad at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers.

Odds and Ends
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Harry Vanderford has a 10-year plan - to live until he's 110. It's not that far-fetched, considering he just turned 100 and could conceivably walk the rest of the way.

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.

Ramirez shy about legend
VERO BEACH, Fla. - Horacio Ramirez was born in 1979, 13 years after Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax hung up his spikes.

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.

Ramirez shy about legend

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.

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.

Business briefs

Boeing braced for $310 million charge if tanker deal fails
CHICAGO -- Boeing Co. still expects the government to go ahead with its suspended air-tanker contract this year but is braced to take a $310 million charge if the controversial deal is tossed out, the company said Friday.

Critique shows humorous isn't always effective

Martha Stewart guilty of all counts in ImClone stock case
NEW YORK -- Martha Stewart was convicted Friday of obstructing justice and lying to the government about a superbly timed stock sale, a devastating verdict that probably means prison for the woman who epitomizes meticulous homemaking and gracious living.

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.

McDonald's monthly sales gain nearly 23 percent
OAK BROOK, Ill. -- McDonald's Corp.'s sales jumped a whopping 22.6 percent in February over last year's numbers, the fast-food chain said Friday, extending a recovery that began last spring and sending its stock to a nearly two-year high.

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.

Michael Dell to step aside as chief executive of Dell computers

Assembly passes lender bill

BellSouth in talks to sell Latin America operations

Up to two dozen individuals involved in specialist scandal

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.

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.

McDonald's monthly sales gain nearly 23 percent

Jobless rate stuck at 5.6 percent in February as jobs grow slows
WASHINGTON -- America's unemployment rate remained stuck at 5.6 percent in February as the economy added a paltry 21,000 positions.

Stewart's conviction expected to hurt her business
NEW YORK -- The guilty verdict for Martha Stewart will badly damage her company, scaring more advertisers and perhaps readers and viewers away from her media business, industry experts said. Sales of her towels and other household goods may hold up better.

European Central Bank leaves rates alone

Status of high-profile corporate scandals
A look at some of the most high-profile recent corporate scandals, and the status of pending legal action.

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.

Business briefs
Commercial construction in the Augusta metro area is off to a slow start this year, down 70 percent from figures reported last year at this time, an industry analyst group said.

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.

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.

Jobless claims drop last week; productivity grows modestly

Unemployment rate stuck at 5.6 percent as jobs growth slows

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.

Jobless rate stuck at 5.6 percent in February as jobs grow slows

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.

Martha Stewart guilty of all counts in ImClone stock case

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.

Boeing braced for $310 million charge if tanker deal fails

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.

Stewart's conviction expected to hurt her business

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.

Status of high-profile corporate scandals

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.

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

Stewart jurors focus on perjury charge against broker

Low interest rates aid construction

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.

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

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.

Retailers report strong February sales

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.

Eisner leaves Disney meeting weakened and embarrassed, but unbowed

Unemployment rate stuck at 5.6 percent as jobs growth slows
WASHINGTON -- The nation's payrolls grew by just 21,000 in February and left the unemployment rate stuck at 5.6 percent, just as President Bush revved up a re-election campaign that is counting heavily on a revived economy.

Five Clemson coaches have duties changed
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

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: 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.

Illness besets Jaguars on eve of quarterfinal

Jaguars run off again by Bobcats

The right callArmstrong Atlantic wins at the buzzer

Peach Buzz

Lakers bounce Jaguars

Eagles claim semifinal berth

Ospreys trip up Columbus State

Owls pound Pacers

Oh, come on

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

Celebrate a spell
When was the last time you celebrated words? Threw a party just to show your appreciation for the ways in which letters get together to make words?

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.

Waits and measures

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.

How to save local jobs
After playing a key role in getting the south Augusta Bi-Lo to stay open, city Commissioner Bobby Hankerson made a point we hope his colleagues and other leaders heard loud and clear.

How to save local jobs

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.

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.

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.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- Echoing her on-stage partner, Janet Jackson says her breast exposure during the Super Bowl halftime show was a "costume accident."

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

Lionel Richie's estranged wife wants $300,000 a month
LOS ANGELES -- The estranged wife of singer Lionel Richie wants $300,000 a month in child and spousal support, saying she had "no limit on what I could spend" during their nearly seven years of marriage.

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.

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.

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

Wall Street loves low interest rates, but they come at a price

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 hurt by payrolls but rallies versus yen
NEW YORK -- The dollar fell sharply against most currencies after a disappointing U.S. employment report Friday, but hit a five-month high against the yen on apparent heavy intervention by Japanese authorities.

Wild ride on Wall Street as jobs data disappoints
NEW YORK -- Disappointing job growth figures left stocks mixed after a volatile session Friday, with investors guessing whether the underlying economy was strong enough to warrant current share prices. But perhaps the biggest news of the day was Martha Stewart.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

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.

Dollar down, gold up in Europe

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Bonds rise on jobs data
NEW YORK -- Bond prices jumped Friday on a disappointing report on job creation.

Wild ride on Wall Street as jobs data disappoints

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.

Money funds fell in latest week

Stocks mixed ahead of key employment report

Wall Street loves low interest rates, but they come at a price
NEW YORK -- The feeble job growth in the government's February employment report surprised economists and made the markets shudder, but the prospect of continued low interest rates softened the blow on Wall Street.

Dollar down, gold up in Europe
LONDON -- The U.S. dollar fell against most other major currencies in European trading Friday. Gold rose.

Money funds fell in latest week
NEW YORK -- Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell by $3.05 billion in the latest week to $887.25 billion, the Investment Company Institute said Thursday.

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

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.

Fishing tournament news

Area anglers benefit from weather's change

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.

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.

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.

Georgia Tech doesn't have time to celebrate
ATLANTA - Before Georgia Tech departed Durham, N.C., on Wednesday night, with the thrill of beating Duke still fresh in its mind, Marvin Lewis stood up in the back of the bus and issued a warning: Start getting ready for Florida State.

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

Georgia Tech doesn't have time to celebrate

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

Venturi cries foul on Palmer
In a book that will be released as Arnold Palmer prepares for his 50th and final Masters Tournament, Ken Venturi claims Palmer broke the rules when he won the first of his four Masters titles in 1958.

Mickelson's 1 back
MIAMI - Phil Mickelson already has taken a Ford GT for a spin through his California neighborhood, a short joy ride that resulted in "a letter or two" from homeowners.

Venturi cries foul on Palmer

Mickelson's 1 back

Last hole giving players the blues

Prep basketball scores

One that got away

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.

Film grossly misrepresents Jews

'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

State must butt out over smoking

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

'Passion' was God's will, not racist

Guard service is a high honor
On Fox News recently, Sen. John Kerry stated: "I've never made any judgments about any choice somebody made about avoiding the draft, about going to Canada, going to jail, being a conscientious objector, or going into the National Guard." Neal B. Dillon, Aiken

Film grossly misrepresents Jews
After seeing The Passion of the Christ, I was saddened by The Chronicle's wholesale endorsement of the movie in dual editorials. The second editorial, "Secularists strike back," declares The Passion to be "great art" and a "magnificent film." Joshua Smith, Augusta

State must butt out over smoking
The state should stay out of the restaurant/bar smoking/non-smoking business. The establishment belongs to the owner and only the owner should decide its smoking policy. Chuck Odom, Hephzibah

Dairy foods appear to reduce risk of childhood obesity

Group seeks ban of latest statin because of muscle side effect

Europe's summer of 2003 probably hottest in 500 years

Microsoft displays technology you don't know you need yet

Biologists trying to find cause of elk deaths in Wyoming

Folate in food may dramatically reduce heart disease

Coin makeover is first in 66 years

Is metered e-mail a viable anti-spam tactic?

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

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.

Is metered e-mail a viable anti-spam tactic?
NEW YORK -- If the U.S. Postal Service delivered mail for free, our mailboxes would surely runneth over with more credit card offers, sweepstakes entries and supermarket fliers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Folate in food may dramatically reduce heart disease
SAN FRANCISCO -- Adding the vitamin folate to flour, a practice begun in 1996 to prevent birth defects, also appears to have a striking effect against cardiovascular disease, preventing an estimated 48,000 deaths a year from strokes and heart attacks, a government study found.

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.

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.

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.

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

UGA to look at honesty policy
ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia faculty leaders have punted a proposed weakening of UGA's academic honesty policy back to a subcommittee for more discussion.

Cancer center partnership gives patients more hope

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.

Professor scolded for porn use in discussion of media

Professor scolded for porn use in discussion of media
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A College of Charleston professor has been told to stick to the syllabus after allowing students to show a pornographic film clip during a media literacy class.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RAVE for the state of Georgia and a rant for the person who said he never lived anywhere so awful and the military brought him here. The military brought me here, and I love it. Go ahead and go back to California. They're going bankrupt, and they're all nuts.

Unit has order for Iraq return

News you can use

Former officer is arrested, charged
AIKEN - A former Orangeburg police officer was arrested Thursday and charged with three counts of assault with intent to kill after shooting at a car near downtown Aiken, authorities said Friday.

Report leaves many questions
An environmental report was released Friday on a proposed Augusta judicial center site, but the jury is still out on whether contamination must be removed from the area.

Up in flames
Aiken Public Safety firemen pull sheetmetal from the remains of an abandoned house on the 200 block of Hedge Rd. The fire was reported to public safety around 1 pm and within 30 minutes the wood framed house had all but burned to the ground. The City of Aiken responded to the blaze with mutual aid from Central Fire Department. No one was enjuried in the afternoon blaze in Aiken, Friday, March 5, 2004.

Developer fights permit appeals bill

Preserving rich history
MACON, Ga. - Preserving an 1840s-era slave cemetery is difficult business, especially when there are few headstones - and few bodies.

Report leaves many questions

Up in flames

News you can use

Around town
Jaden Soto, 1, left, and his sister, Jasmine, 4, catch a ride in a bike wagon pulled by their mother Rachel at Riverview Park in North Augusta Friday March 5, 2004. The Soto family, from Belvedere, met up with another family to ride bikes on the greenway.

Around town

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.

Experts try to improve cotton traits

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.

Meetings about water problems draw protest

Board offices' debut delayed

Across the area

Steppin' OUT

Worker answers to gift charges

Across the region

Pet store workers are charged

Experts try to improve cotton traits
ALBANY, Ga. - Cotton growers across the South produced a banner crop last year, but experts say they still might have lost millions of dollars in potential earnings because the overall quality of the region's cotton is slipping.

Challengers to face off in June

Kid of the day

Challengers to face off in June

Pet shop workers' identities withheld

Making the call

Opening statements begin in crematory trial

Historic list adds campus

Across the area

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.

Pet shop workers' identities withheld
For a second day in a row, Augusta officials withheld Friday the names of employees of a mall pet shop who are being charged by Augusta Animal Services with cruelty to animals.

Cancer center partnership gives patients more hope
After being president of the University of Georgia for 19 years, Fred C. Davison knows good teamwork when he sees it - particularly when his life might depend upon it.

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.

News you can use
March 6, 1954 A convincing plea was sounded today by Audley H. Ward as he addressed the Augusta Lions Club at their weekly luncheon.

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.

Opening statements begin in crematory trial
ROME, Ga. - A former crematory operator accused of dumping 334 bodies and passing off cement dust as ashes broke a sacred trust, a lawyer for families told jurors Friday in the first civil trial stemming from the grisly case.

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.

Sanford says biggest legacy will be changing debate style
COLUMBIA - Gov. Mark Sanford has been known as a political maverick, someone who likes to throw out a number of ideas and just see what sticks.

Search for shooter continues
AIKEN - After a night of searching through the woods of rural Aiken County, the Aiken County Sheriff's Office was still looking Friday for an individual who shot and wounded three men on Smith Hardy Road.

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.

Event lacks space to park

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.

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.

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.

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

Challengers to face off in June

Sanford says biggest legacy will be changing debate style

Across South Carolina

Across the region
GREENVILLE, S.C. - One of the five Greenville police officers caught playing cards while they should have been on patrol has been kicked off the department's SWAT team.

Assembly passes lender bill

Kid of the day

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.

Debris, paperwork keep Aiken relief workers busy

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.

Mideast will be high on G-8 agenda
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Although trade tariffs and other economic policies will certainly be among the agenda items for the upcoming G-8 summit, perhaps the major topic of discussion will be how to pacify the Middle East, the European Union ambassador to the United States said this week.

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.

Event lacks space to park
AIKEN - Bernice Rogers didn't want to admit to playing hooky or arriving before the sun came up Friday so she could be the first person in line for the few and the final rail-side and second-row parking passes for the Aiken Steeplechase.

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.

Developer fights permit appeals bill
ATLANTA - A Senate bill requested by a coastal developer would put a chill on the public's ability to appeal state permits issued to builders, environmental advocates said this week.

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.

Panel agrees to plan usage

Debris, paperwork keep Aiken relief workers busy
AIKEN - The collapsed forest of trees and shrubbery from January's ice storm has grown so immense that it's commonly referred to as Mount Brushmore.

Another pet is killed too soon

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.

Man charged in teen's shooting at family fight

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.

Steppin' OUT
When India Thomas, 11, barks directions to her dance mates with the Barton Chapel Classy Steppers, she understands the collegiate traditions that precede her elementary school step group.

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.

Former officer is arrested, charged

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.

Another pet is killed too soon
KINGSLAND, Ga. - For the second time in four months, workers at a coastal Georgia animal shelter have euthanized a dog before the end of the five-day waiting period they give people to claim their pets.

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.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RAVE for the state of Georgia and a rant for the person who said he never lived anywhere so awful and the military brought him here. The military brought me here, and I love it. Go ahead and go back to California. They're going bankrupt, and they're all nuts.

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.

Board offices' debut delayed
Construction officials now say it will be mid-May before school administrators can move into the new downtown offices of the Richmond County Board of Education.

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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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.

Man charged in teen's shooting at family fight
Police arrested a 28-year-old Augusta man in connection with a Friday afternoon shooting in Augusta's Bethlehem neighborhood, officials said.

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

Partisan shots ensnare HOPE

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Marvin Richard Washington Jr., 11 months, of Hephzibah.

Riverfront development gets plan

Across the area
GREENVILLE, S.C. - One of the five Greenville police officers caught playing cards while they should have been on patrol has been kicked off the department's SWAT team.

Rowing away

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.

Mideast will be high on G-8 agenda

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

Owls are too good for Division II
Augusta State coach Gary Tuell saw a brighter side to his flu-ridden team losing Friday night, which he shared it with USC Aiken coach Mike Roberts before tip-off.

At the Movies: 'Starsky & Hutch'

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

At the Movies: 'Hidalgo'

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.

Not all propaganda films are evil

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.

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

Filming starts on new 'Batman' movie

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.

Choral Society circles the globe with its music

Rookie driver has record run

Changes will get 1st test in Vegas

Rookie driver has record run
LAS VEGAS - A week off hasn't cooled down Kasey Kahne.

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.

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.

Carroll making the most of his opportunity

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.

Owls pound Pacers
Kennesaw State began Friday night's game against USC Aiken with a dunk by Terrence Hill off the opening tip, and that set the tone for the evening.

Cougars defeat Pirates
Deshawn Bowman does his best to keep his Columbus State teammates satisfied.

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.

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.

Peach Buzz
TOP PLAYER: Armstrong Atlantic State's Daryl Williams posted 17 points with 11 rebounds and 3 assists in the Pirates' 72-69 win over No. 5 Francis Marion.

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

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.

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.

Lakers bounce Jaguars
The flu bug, along with Clayton State, brought out the worst in Augusta State on Friday night.

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.

The right callArmstrong Atlantic wins at the buzzer
With 5.8 seconds left and the score tied in Friday's Peach Belt Conference quarterfinal game against Francis Marion, Armstrong Atlantic State coach Jeff Burkhamer called an out-of-bounds play to go to senior Jason Sanders.

Stanford teeters, but stays unbeaten
PULLMAN, Wash. - Matt Lottich was engulfed by his whooping, joyous teammates, their arms raised and their perfect season still alive.

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.

Ravens acquire receiver Terrell Owens

Dallas must go to Plan B now

Giants' Tyree charged with marijuana possession

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

Redskins get LB Washington

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Profile obituary: Mrs. Bonnie Hensley Pirkle
Bonnie Hensley Pirkle never won an Oscar for her work as an actress or director for the Augusta Players and Augusta Players Youth Theaters, but she did win an Auggie.

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Nader offers his opinion on capitalism, lobbyists
It is a great honor for me that our newest presidential candidate, Ralph Nader, has graciously agreed to sit for an exclusive interview.

Nader offers his opinion on capitalism, lobbyists
It is a great honor for me that our newest presidential candidate, Ralph Nader, has graciously agreed to sit for an exclusive interview.

Overtime

Devers has a hurdle left

Overtime

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

Devers has a hurdle left
BUDAPEST, Hungary - Gail Devers won the 60-meter sprint at the indoor world championships Friday, moving within a victory in the hurdles of completing a historic double.

Overtime
The Augusta Boxing Club will hold the second annual Comcast Boys Junior National Summer Classic, June 16-19 at May Park Community Center.

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.

One that got away
The chalkboard in Butler's locker room hammered home an important point before the Class AAAA boys basketball state championship game at Gwinnett Arena.

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

Director accused of using racial epithet
MACON, Ga. - The director of Georgia's high school basketball tournament says he doesn't consider a racial epithet he used at a playoff game to be offensive.

Butler title is just out of reach
DULUTH, Ga. - Butler had not been this close to greatness in 38 years. Bulldog alumnus Larry Blumley joined the crowd at the Gwinnett Center to see it all again.

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

Redskins get LB Washington
ASHBURN, Va. - The Washington Redskins added Marcus Washington to their free agent haul Friday, signing the linebacker to a six-year, $24 million contract.

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.

Dallas must go to Plan B now
DALLAS - Talks between Tampa Bay and Joey Galloway have hit a dead end, forcing the Dallas Cowboys to come up with a Plan B in their bid to acquire Keyshawn Johnson.

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

Facing abuse allegation, Albany bishop fights back in public
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Albany Bishop Howard Hubbard has never shied away from a fight, and now the spiritual leader of 400,000 Roman Catholics in upstate New York is waging an unusually public campaign against sexual misconduct allegations to save his career.

Homeward bound
After a year in Iraq and Kuwait, Mark Riser is ready to return to the pulpit he left behind at Matlock Baptist Church in Jackson.

Saving the ties that bind
After thousands of hours spent counseling individuals, psychologist Charles Lowery has heard enough. He wants to give some preventive medicine for the two biggest sticking points most people have: communication and relationships.

'The Passion' and 'The Da Vinci Code' spur religious book sales
NEW YORK -- Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" is a million-selling historical thriller that has angered Catholics by attacking the clergy and implying Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married.

Religion News in Brief
CONCORD, N.H. -- Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson is avoiding all speeches outside the United States until a commission finishes studying the effect of his consecration as the Anglican Communion's first openly gay leader.

Faith digest
The story of Jesus Christ's Resurrection will unfold in drama and song in Augusta-area churches.

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send items to virginia.norton@augustachronicle.com. Send a fax to 722-7403, or mail to Faith Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Former Khmer Rouge soldiers turn to new Brother No. 1: Jesus Christ
ANLONG VENG, Cambodia -- During his three decades with Cambodia's infamous Khmer Rouge, Ung Khorn planted land mines, set booby traps and led 200 soldiers into battle - killing an untold number of people.

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

Owls are too good for Division II

Not all propaganda films are evil

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.

NBC airs audiotapes of Princess Diana speaking about her troubled marriage

NBC countersues 'Will & Grace' creators

NBC countersues 'Will & Grace' creators
LOS ANGELES -- NBC filed suit against the creators of "Will & Grace" in an ongoing dispute over how negotiations for the sitcom's renewal were conducted in 2002.

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.

'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.

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 airs audiotapes of Princess Diana speaking about her troubled marriage
NEW YORK -- A somber Princess Diana tells of a lonely and desperate existence in her early married life to Prince Charles, saying in interviews recorded by her biographer that she "had tremendous hope in me which was slashed by day two."

Daytime Emmy nominations unveiled

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

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.

Rankings for basic cable networks

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.

NBC's Katie Couric defends interview with disgraced journalist

Willie delivers magnificent music

Karaoke winner gets trip to Vegas

Club calendar

People in the News

After 50 years, Godzilla is taking a break

Video watch

Lionel Richie's estranged wife wants $300,000 a month

People in the News

Concert calendar

Applause calendar

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.

Bulldogs top Gators in tourney
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Sherill Baker scored 18 points and Cori Chambers added 15, helping No. 20 Georgia rally to beat Florida 76-72 on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

Bulldogs top Gators in tourney

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.

Lawmaker arrested for drunken driving after attending anti-DWI ceremony

Odds and Ends

Police: Teen raced stolen car around NASCAR track

Odds and Ends

Religion News in Brief

'The Passion' and 'The Da Vinci Code' spur religious book sales

Facing abuse allegation, Albany bishop fights back in public

Homeward bound

Former Khmer Rouge soldiers turn to new Brother No. 1: Jesus Christ

Faith digest

Faith Calendar