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Daughter of Ireland's 'Bertie who?' strikes it rich with first novel
DUBLIN, Ireland -- In Ireland, a first-time author is reaping bucketloads of publicity, six-figure deals and Hollywood interest for her new tear-jerker novel. She's also the prime minister's daughter.

Daughter of Ireland's 'Bertie who?' strikes it rich with first novel

Bravo's 'Queer Eye' goes to print

Flight attendant turns travails into one-woman show, book

Flight attendant turns travails into one-woman show, book
MINNEPOLIS -- Do you have raspberry-kiwi iced tea? Has anyone ever said you look like Monica Lewinsky? Who's flying the plane? Passengers have asked these and many other questions of Rene Foss as she scurried to fetch their drinks, hand out their pretzels and pick up their garbage.

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

Greenbrier star has something extra

Clemens seeks midseason focus in spring debut
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Roger Clemens' focus was lacking in his first post-retirement start, and it showed.

Macon Peaches won't play ball this season
MACON, Ga. -- The Macon Peaches won't play this season.

Macon Peaches won't play ball this season

Prep baseball capsules

Prep baseball capsules
Previews of Georgia and South Carolina teams

Greenbrier star has something extra
Scott Wandless is Greenbrier's version of wheeling a Xerox machine up to the plate.

Clemens seeks midseason focus in spring debut

How to win elections: It's the slogan, stupid

Police trick suspect into giving DNA, get conviction
SEATTLE -- A New Jersey man convicted of a decades-old killing based on a DNA sample he unknowingly gave to police has been given 10 years in prison for the crime.

Woman whose dog fatally mauled a child must hang the boy's picture in her jail cell
WICKLIFFE, Ky. -- A woman whose dog mauled a 5-year-old boy to death was ordered to serve six months in jail with a picture of the child on her cell wall.

Congressman's ex-wife runs for his seat
SAN ANTONIO -- Becky Whetstone has something to say to people who think they know why she's running for Congress: Enough already with the jilted-wife-hellbent-on-revenge theory.

Pitching woes get passed on to Ortiz
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - This is why Bobby Cox hates naming his Opening Day starter before the last week of spring training.

No one takes the fifth for Braves

Chipper Jones: "I'm not going to be whirling a towel around like Derek Jeter"
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Chipper Jones hunches over at his locker, his face reddened by the scorching Florida sun.

No one takes the fifth for Braves
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The battle for the Braves' fifth starter's job got off to an inauspicious start Saturday.

Pitching woes get passed on to Ortiz

Braves' notebook
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - At this rate, Atlanta will set a Grapefruit League record for errors.

Fick's position not set with new team

Braves' notebook

Fick's position not set with new team
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Robert Fick was holding court in the visitors' clubhouse as only he can do Sunday morning when he spotted Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella.

Chipper Jones: "I'm not going to be whirling a towel around like Derek Jeter"

Pocket change
Employer Spotlight: John Deere Commercial Products

Getting in your head

On the move

Personal background checks go retail

Member-owned credit unions add more branches, services
With $375 million in assets and on the brink of building new area branches, Ed Templeton's institution has turned into a banking juggernaut.

Personal background checks go retail
NEW YORK -- Beyond the gallon jars of mayonnaise and the office furniture, shoppers browsing the aisles at some Sam's Club stores will find something that isn't usually sold at retail - an employee background check in a box.

Business calendar
Monday: Virtual Assistants meeting; lunch and networking; sponsored by Our Home Office; Villa Europa Restaurant; noon; addresses the upcoming virtual assistant training at Fort Gordon; 294-0765.

Business briefs
HOME-BASED LOANS: With Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan lecturing Congress on finances last week, the issue of home equity loans and heavy consumer debt took center stage although Greenspan said there's no reason to worry about personal debt levels just yet.

Personality tests can help you know you

Adapting technology to social benefit - and being self-sustaining
NEW YORK -- Before age 30, Paul Meyer had trudged through refugee camps in Africa to reconnect families, wrestled with a finicky generator to launch Internet service in postwar Kosovo and written speeches for President Clinton. He managed to squeeze in Yale Law School, too.

On the move
Marty Banks has been promoted to assistant vice president of Blanchard & Calhoun Insurance Agency Inc.

Business briefs

Personality tests can help you know you
Looking at the results of your personality test is a lot like looking at yourself naked in the mirror. You're probably not going to like everything you see, but you'll find it to be an accurate reflection.

Member-owned credit unions add more branches, services

Know your customer to succeed in business world
When we walk into a store, we appreciate being welcomed by name and learning about products that we're interested in and meet our needs. Store owners and employees who know us and know what we like make us feel important. As a result, we spend money more freely.

Business calendar

Getting in your head
Give June Barksdale 30 minutes, and she can tell whether you're management material or better off following orders.

Adapting technology to social benefit - and being self-sustaining

Know your customer to succeed in business world

ANIC neglects notables at office opening

ANIC neglects notables at office opening
The grand opening of the controversial Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. office building on Laney-Walker Boulevard caught quite a few people by surprise.

Cougars' Thomas makes statement

Lady Bobcats complete long trip back to top

Georgia College & State slips into the title game

SEC roundup

Stanford deals with first loss of season

Sanford's choice plan
South Carolina may not be ready for an educational voucher system just yet, but Gov. Mark Sanford and his GOP allies in the legislature think the state is ready for an innovative tax credit program that will give parents more control over their children's education.

Neither pretty nor petty
Citations for animal mistreatment handed out to three Augusta Mall pet store employees by Augusta Animal Services are terribly troubling.

A PR black eye

Sanford's choice plan

Sorry just doesn't cut it
Apologies are nice. Sincere ones have become entirely too rare.

Sorry just doesn't cut it

A PR black eye
Sadly, it appears it will take a court ruling to determine whether the Medical College of Georgia unfairly fired Dr. Mark Anstadt or whether, as the college says, it simply decided not to renew his contract.

Neither pretty nor petty

OutKast, Beyonce, 'Whale Rider' among hopefuls at NAACP Image Awards
LOS ANGELES -- Hip-hop group OutKast and the film "Whale Rider" were up for awards at Saturday's 35th NAACP Image Awards, which honor works by and about people of color.

Individual Retirement Accounts created 30 years ago

What is a consumer-driven health plan?
Q. My employer is switching to something called a consumer-driven health plan. What is it and what does the change mean for workers?

What's really driving stock buybacks?
NEW YORK -- Stock buybacks seem like they can only be a boon to investors - they boost share prices and give each remaining shareholder a bigger piece of the corporate pie.

What's really driving stock buybacks?

Individual Retirement Accounts created 30 years ago
NEW YORK -- Happy 30th birthday to the Individual Retirement Account.

Value mutual funds still have edge over growth funds

Value mutual funds still have edge over growth funds
NEW YORK -- For investors trying to decide whether to put more money in value funds or growth funds, the current market offers little guidance, although recent returns show value might have a slight edge.

Financial planning has extra twists for gay boomers
NEW YORK -- As retirement draws nearer for baby boomer couples, many are scrambling to understand insurance, investments, Social Security and wills. For those who are in same-sex relationships, the difficulties multiply.

Financial planning has extra twists for gay boomers

What is a consumer-driven health plan?

Jackets sweat out close one
ATLANTA - It was Senior Day at Georgia Tech, but a sophomore stole the show on Saturday afternoon at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

Georgia Tech takes three-game winning streak to ACC tournament
ATLANTA -- For the first time in eight years, Georgia Tech is worried only about building momentum, not getting a spot in the NCAA tournament.

Georgia Tech tops Rutgers
ATLANTA -- Freshman Wes Hodges had three and drove in three runs and Micah Owings and Tyler Greene each hit home runs to lead Georgia Tech to a 13-6 victory over Rutgers on Sunday.

Georgia Tech tops Rutgers

Georgia Tech takes three-game winning streak to ACC tournament

Golf capsules

Davies wins Women's Australian Open
SYDNEY, Australia -- England's Laura Davies won the rain-delayed Women's Australian Open on Monday, finishing off a 2-under 70 for a six-stroke victory over Australia's Rachel Teske.

O'Meara regains putting touch; first win in nearly six years
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Mark O'Meara was a winner again for the first time in nearly six years, and Tiger Woods was there to greet him with a hug.

Fiori wins playoff in MasterCard Classic
HUIXQUILUCAN, Mexico -- Ed Fiori won the MasterCard Classic for his first Champions Tour title Sunday, beating Australia's Graham Marsh with a par on the third hole of a playoff.

Fiori wins playoff in MasterCard Classic

Golf capsules
MIAMI - Craig Parry hasn't quite adjusted to the time change from Australia. He has figured out Doral's Blue Monster.

O'Meara regains putting touch; first win in nearly six years

Parry's eagle beats Verplank in Doral playoff
MIAMI -- Craig Parry knew his final shot was a good one. He had no idea it was perfect.

Parry's eagle beats Verplank in Doral playoff

How to win elections: It's the slogan, stupid
Many years ago, my former employer decided to hold a contest and let the employees suggest a company slogan for the year ahead.

Do not forget citizen soldiers in Iraq
It has been almost one year since Augusta-based National Guard members of the 878th Engineer Battalion were called to active duty. More than 500 men and women left their jobs to heed this call last March. Stephaney Crenshaw, Harlem

Democrats can demonize, too
In her letter of Feb. 26 ("Republicans win by demonizing Dems"), Anne Cook implies that the Republican Party is gearing up to attack John Kerry by "demonizing" him.

Fight costly flights out of Augusta
Delta's respect for Augusta fliers is somewhere down in the gutter. I am a Gold Medallion member with Delta Air Lines for the third straight year and have continually monitored local support to and from Delta regarding Augusta's needs (quantity of flights, schedules of flights, cancellation of flights and, of course, pricing). John T. Viers, North Augusta

Democrats can demonize, too

A PC can be nearly as good as a TiVo

Mars critics wonder if billions aren't better spent elsewhere

Techbits: E-mail block, Toner dispute and more

Some hope for a higher youth vote turnout

Warm-weather sandal fashion looks outside the box with designs, color

Family needs demand couple get bigger home

Environmental concerns muddying Bali's tourism prospects

'Gaming' laptop sacrifices weight, price for performance

Warm-weather sandal fashion looks outside the box with designs, color
By the time spring has sprung, most people are ready to shed the layers. As bundled gives way to bare, sweaters are traded for T-shirts and socks get swapped for sandals.

Living briefs
Jill Hennessy fans will be glad to hear that her crime drama, Crossing Jordan, is back. Premiering a new season at 10 on NBC (WAGT-TV, Channel 26), Ms. Hennessy resumes her role as Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh, described as ''a sexy, smart and fearless Boston medical examiner'' who has an irresistible need to examine not just dead bodies but also unsolved crimes.

Some hope for a higher youth vote turnout
CHICAGO -- When Greta Honold saw her best friend on TV, standing next to Democrat Wesley Clark, her jaw dropped.

A PC can be nearly as good as a TiVo
SnapStream Media Inc.'s latest software is an excellent example of how a personal computer can improve on a TV set: It offers more choices, more information and, most important, more control over the viewing experience.

Family needs demand couple get bigger home
A house doesn't become a home overnight. For Liz Jones, whose four-bedroom, two-bath, Williamsburg-style home in North Augusta is filled with pieces she acquired over the years, that's the challenge - and the beauty - of it.

'Gaming' laptop sacrifices weight, price for performance
The new Inspiron XPS laptop from Dell Inc. aims squarely at video game players.

Mars critics wonder if billions aren't better spent elsewhere
NASA's celebration last week of gritty evidence that Mars once had enough water to support life has spawned more questions:

Environmental concerns muddying Bali's tourism prospects
Environmental concerns muddying Bali's tourism prospectsBALI, Indonesia -- Deadly nightclub bombings in 2002 nearly wrecked Bali's vital tourism industry.

Techbits: E-mail block, Toner dispute and more
PHILADELPHIA -- A misconfigured spam filter blocked Comcast Corp.'s 5 million high-speed Internet customers from reaching Russia for four days.

Segregation didn't stop at burial

Hispanic population increases

Trial lawyer enjoys life, work on Savannah River
When Jack E. Boone Jr. struts into a courtroom, more than a few heads generally turn and watch the man with a graying ponytail.

Across Georgia

Towns cast wary eye on taxtax

Critics say Daufuskie Island lawsuit erodes sea wall ban

Critics say Daufuskie Island lawsuit erodes sea wall ban
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A trial that begins Monday in Beaufort could gut the state's coastal management law, a lawyer for the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League says.

General Assembly slows for budget
ATLANTA - With virtually all major legislation still on the table and few days remaining on this year's legislative calendar, the General Assembly is slowing down the clock.

Officials think woman was killed in her home
Officials said Sunday that they think a 53-year-old Thomson woman found dead in a lake Saturday was killed in her home and then dropped into the water.

Rants and Raves
I SEE BILL GATES wants us to start buying stamps for our e-mails. I have a better idea. Let's tax multibillionaires who want to tax us normal Americans. Tax Bill Gates 99.9 percent of what they got.

Demanding jobs require committed support team

Sun tints Augusta green
Though Saturday started out gloomy and cool, the sun smiled upon the Augusta Irish Festival during the afternoon as Lily Butler, 1, trotted around with a garland of green.

Officials think woman was killed in her home

Bee winner makes it a three-peat
At one point Saturday morning, it appeared that Joe Shepherd was going to be dethroned as champion of The Augusta Chronicle's annual spelling bee.

Trial lawyer enjoys life, work on Savannah River

Across the southeast
WICKLIFFE, Ky. - A woman whose dog mauled a 5-year-old boy to death was ordered to serve six months in jail with a picture of the child on her cell wall.

Armed robbers snap incriminating photos
ATLANTA -- Three armed robbers shouldn't have been too surprised when they heard their crime was caught on camera. After all, they took the pictures themselves.

Across the area
A Beech Island man remained hospitalized Saturday from a Thursday night shooting in Aiken County, and another man wounded in the incident has been discharged.

Athens intersection to get red-light traffic cameras
ATHENS, Ga. - Drivers whizzing through red lights in Athens may find themselves on camera this summer.

Hundreds get peek at stables in Aiken
AIKEN - When they moved from Illinois to Aiken five years ago to be closer to their children, retirees Henry and Mary Ellen Krippner knew little about horses and had seen less.

Hundreds get peek at stables in Aiken

Across South Carolina

Agency backs off of sex offender move

Lake proposal gives glimmer of hope to struggling county

Some minorities left out in talks

West Georgia residents fund display across from courthouse

Rollover in SUV kills two men, injures 13-year-old

Brush fires sweep counties

Across the area

Some minorities left out in talks
When Kip Edwards moved to the Augusta area seven years ago, he and his Mexican-born wife, Maria, noticed something interesting about the local racial climate.

News you can use
March 7, 1939 Recommendations that will enable Augusta to operate on a balanced budget were reluctantly adopted by the City Council last night. The plan takes into consideration every department in the city, and provides salary reductions for councilmen, members of the Civil Service Commission and city employees who draw above $100 a month. The proposal was heatedly opposed by Councilman Tom Maloney of the Fifth Ward.

Across South Carolina
WESTMINSTER - A man has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of his roommate, authorities say.

Johnson looks for something new after sale of Extended Stay
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Selling the far-flung hotel chain Extended Stay America Friday was something of a wake-up call for George Dean Johnson: time to start the next new venture.

Across Georgia
GAINESVILLE - A Hall County man was arrested after a bomb was found near his home, authorities said.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Joseph A. Beggs Jr. of Mitchell, Ga.

Budget, bus law end up at odds
In these lean times, training for school bus drivers may be taking a back seat.

Macon Telegraph reporter fired for plagiarism
MACON, Ga. -- A reporter for The Macon Telegraph was fired after editors discovered that an article he wrote contained passages plagiarized from The San Diego Union-Tribune, and he later admitted lifting material from other news organizations.

Schools consider raising tuition
ATLANTA - The University of Georgia and Georgia State University are considering tuition increases of 10 percent or more to cope with budget cuts mandated by the state.

Across the southeast
HOLLY RIDGE, N.C. - Disease, overfishing and lost habitat have helped knock commercial oyster harvests to just 3 percent of what they were at their peak a century ago.

Agency backs off of sex offender move
COLUMBIA - The Department of Mental Health is no longer considering moving dozens of sex offenders to a minimum-security prison from a maximum-security one, agency Director George Gintoli said.

Segregation didn't stop at burial
ATHENS, Ga. - Along with former legislators and slaves, a forgotten generation lies beneath the soil of the South's black cemeteries, forged from the harsh necessities of a segregated society that divided the races even in death.

Knitting group provides therapy
ATHENS, Ga. - As their knitting needles transform strands of yarn into colorful scarves, a dozen University of Georgia students gather and chatter about relationships, families, homework and plans to go out later in the evening.

Five questions
Danny Francis, ommander of the Brig. Gen. Barnard E. Bee Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

The week ahead
Perhaps this is a testament to my somewhat limited attention span, but I feel like I am finally able to start paying attention to the presidential campaign. Now, I've heard rumors that the early Democratic primaries were quite exciting and that the field of would-be future leaders put on quite a show, but frankly, the sheer numbers left me a bit confused and confounded.

Knitting group provides therapy

Blue flag's fate is up to counties
ATLANTA - Now that Georgia's new red, white and blue flag has won the approval of voters, state leaders say it will be up to county and city governments to decide what they will do with the old blue banner replaced last year by lawmakers.

Senator targets hidden charges

New prison name considered
The Augusta-Richmond County Detention Center could become the Charles B. Webster Detention Center if city commissioners go along with the wishes of one of their members.

News you can use

Water on Mars is no news to expert
The stunning announcement this week that Mars once had water - and perhaps life - comes as no surprise to Savannah River Ecology Lab scientist Chris Romanek.

Bee winner makes it a three-peat

Plan puts students on track
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - Katie Cleveland, a junior at Silver Bluff High School, doesn't know exactly what she wants to do when she graduates from college, but she knows she wants to do something with medicine and animals.

Rants and Raves
I SEE BILL GATES wants us to start buying stamps for our e-mails. I have a better idea. Let's tax multibillionaires who want to tax us normal Americans. Tax Bill Gates 99.9 percent of what they got.

State's curriculum sees more changes
ATLANTA - Biology standards aren't the only ones that will evolve under a new curriculum being developed by the state Department of Education.

Sun tints Augusta green

Hopes for facility soar
Roger Whitener says all Augustans should have high hopes for the increasing possibility of an aircraft mechanic school being established at Augusta Technical College by next year.

The week ahead

Kid of the day

Across the southeast

Water on Mars is no news to expert

Armed robbers snap incriminating photos

Group to talk about future

Budget, bus law end up at odds

Hopes for facility soar

Brush fires sweep counties
Area firefighters were busy dousing brush fires Sunday, thanks to unusually high winds, authorities said.

Johnson looks for something new after sale of Extended Stay

Athens intersection to get red-light traffic cameras

Across the southeast

Myrtle Beach wants to stop illegal immigrant business ownership
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Myrtle Beach has joined two other coastal areas in looking at ways to prevent illegal immigrants from opening businesses.

Rants and raves
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Lake proposal gives glimmer of hope to struggling county
UNION, S.C. -- William Jeter looks down at the muddy brown water of the Tyger River in southern Union County and sees what could spark the rebirth of a hardscrabble county marred by years of bad economic news.

Towns cast wary eye on taxtax
Jackson residents will be asked to support a 1-cent sales tax for a second time in November, but they have yet to see a dime of the $300,000 they were promised from the one passed by voters in 2000.

West Georgia residents fund display across from courthouse
HAMILTON, Ga. -- After Harris County gave up its fight to display the Ten Commandments in the courthouse, resident Bobby Haralson went outside and had an idea.

Hispanic population increases
Pedro Brito came to Augusta four years ago with the vision of opening the area's first Mexican grocery store. A year later, Mi Pueblito was born on Martintown Road in North Augusta.

Redistricting: Last stand for rural power in Georgia?
ATLANTA -- Rural Georgia has held a grip on the state's political scene since the horse-and-buggy days, surviving even a federal court ruling four decades ago which struck down an electoral system designed to perpetuate farmbelt control.

Demanding jobs require committed support team
It was the drowsiness that first bothered Shontina Johnson that afternoon.

Group to talk about future
AIKEN - Members of the SRS Retiree Association Inc. no longer work at the Savannah River Site, but the guest list for the group's annual meeting Tuesday shows they still hold sway with those who do.

Kid of the Day

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Madeline McIntosh, 6 months, of Augusta.

State's curriculum sees more changes

Across the area
Police are seeking a McBean woman accused of shooting her boyfriend at a south Richmond County home Sunday afternoon.

Redistricting: Last stand for rural power in Georgia?

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG - A jury will decide whether Eric Dale Morgan gets the death penalty after convicting him Saturday in the shooting death of convenience store manager Jerry Smith.

Five questions

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A woman struck a traffic inspector with her car at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport because she was angry about a parking ticket, police said.

New prison name considered

Rollover in SUV kills two men, injures 13-year-old
Two men were killed when they were ejected from their car in an accident on Deans Bridge Road on Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

Myrtle Beach wants to stop illegal immigrant business ownership

Schools consider raising tuition

Plan puts students on track

Harrick exam sure to raise scores
Georgia ranks 50th in the nation in test scores, and the state Board of Education grudgingly readmitted the word "evolution" into the high school curriculum.

Technology could bring classic tales to screen
Now that the final installment of The Lord of the Rings has swept the Academy Awards without any acting nominations at all, it seems people aren't needed in the making of a good movie.

'The Passion' soars beyond $200 million in second weekend to remain top film

'The Passion' soars beyond $200 million in second weekend to remain top film
LOS ANGELES -- Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" took in $51.4 million in its second weekend to remain the top movie, racing past the $200 million mark in just 12 days.

'Return of the King' comes to home video May 25
LOS ANGELES -- The march to Middle-earth will be shorter this time for the home-video release of the final chapter in "The Lord of the Rings."

'Blood on the Tracks' musicians reunite, minus Dylan
MINNEAPOLIS -- In late 1974, a studio in south Minneapolis took center stage in Bob Dylan's musical life - the re-recording of half of the songs on his "comeback" album, "Blood on the Tracks."

Q&A with rap pioneer Kurtis Blow

Nashville's forgotten R&B heritage part of new CD set, exhibit

Country stars find second home on indie labels
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Dolly Parton and Dwight Yoakam have sold more than 122 million albums between them. So when they make a new record, top labels line up, right?

'Blood on the Tracks' musicians reunite, minus Dylan

Q&A with rap pioneer Kurtis Blow
NEW YORK -- Kurtis Blow knows all about the breaks - both good and bad - of the hip-hop game.

Nashville's forgotten R&B heritage part of new CD set, exhibit
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Little Richard, Aretha Franklin and B.B. King played in the same Nashville nightclubs where guitarist Jimi Hendrix and saxophonist Hank Crawford cut their musical teeth.

Kenseth gets second win in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS - All the controversy and rule changes that followed Matt Kenseth a year ago continued to be a driving force for the defending stock car champion during the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Kenseth gets second win in Las Vegas

Drivers warned to obey yellow flag
LAS VEGAS - NASCAR responded to a lot of confusion concerning its scoring procedures Sunday by warning drivers to slow down as soon as the caution flag waves during a race.

Drivers warned to obey yellow flag

Rookies take lead at Vegas
LAS VEGAS - The top three starters for today's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 will have to show their driver's licenses if they want to sit down for a hand of black jack on the Las Vegas Strip.

Schumacher wins fourth Australian title

Harvick holds on for Busch victory
LAS VEGAS - Kevin Harvick took advantage of Matt Kenseth's late-race misfortune to grab the lead, then held off hard-charging Kasey Kahne to win Saturday's Busch Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Harvick holds on for Busch victory

Schumacher wins fourth Australian title
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Michael Schumacher is off to a fast start in his bid for a seventh Formula One championship.

Rookies take lead at Vegas

Kenseth gets second win in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS - All the controversy and rule changes that followed Matt Kenseth a year ago continued to be a driving force for the defending stock car champion during the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Gay unions divide nation's blacks

Gay unions divide nation's blacks
When small-town Mayor Jason West started presiding over gay weddings, he saw it as nothing short of "the flowering of the largest civil rights movement the country's had in a generation."

Augusta State gets into another NCAA
The Augusta State women will play at least one more basketball game this season. In a teleconference call late Sunday night, the Lady Jaguars learned they had grabbed an at-large berth and will face Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season and tournament champion Shaw University (28-2) in the NCAA Division II Tournament on Friday in Raleigh, N.C.

Cougars' Thomas makes statement
John Thomas stood at midcourt late in the second half when a Columbus State fan drew his attention.

Greer named top freshman
Three local players were honored at the Peach Belt Conference postseason banquet on Saturday.

Kennesaw runs field
If Kennesaw State needed any motivation, Reggie McKoy found it in Columbus, Ga., a year ago.

Lady Bobcats complete long trip back to top
When Georgia College & State wound down just its fifth losing season under longtime coach John Carrick last year, Breane Haggard became frightened.

N.C. State victory wraps up 2nd place
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Engin Atsur guessed he was in kindergarten in Turkey the last time North Carolina State was near the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference standings.

Stanford deals with first loss of season
SEATTLE -- Perfection eluded them, and their No. 1 ranking is about to disappear. Stanford will head into the postseason with a blemish.

Georgia College & State slips into the title game
For some reason Georgia College & State's Breane Haggard can drain 3-pointers with ease, but struggles when she finds herself in the paint. So when Haggard found herself with the ball just inside the free-throw line with less than a second left on the clock, it seemed like North Florida might live to see overtime in Saturday's Peach Belt Conference tournament semifinal game at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

Peach buzz
TOP PLAYER: Georgia College & State's Latia Love scored 16 points with 11 rebounds and six assists in the Lady Bobcats' 79-67 win over Lander.

This 'ship' comes in for Lander
Jennifer Beamon danced a little jig at midcourt following Lander's 67-64 win over No. 21 Armstrong Atlantic State on Saturday in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament semifinals.

SEC roundup
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Timmy Bowers' first last-second shot kept No. 5 Mississippi State alive and his second gave the Bulldogs their first outright Southeastern Conference title in 41 years.

NFL notes

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Inexperienced horses race for bragging rights

Local trainer hopes to make her mark

Triple Crown drops harness racing

Overtime

Area sports announcements

Triple Crown is vital to Aiken economy

Overtime

Bring 'hattitude' to races

Bush stokes regular-guy image with NASCAR, rodeo, other sports

Inexperienced horses race for bragging rights
AIKEN - When her horse trots to the post at the Aiken Trials, the opening event of the Aiken Triple Crown, trainer Anne Mitchell will begin to get an idea of how the 3-year-old filly will react in the officially sanctioned races that will likely follow.

Bush stokes regular-guy image with NASCAR, rodeo, other sports
CRAWFORD, Texas (AP)- Until last month, President Bush hadn't been to a NASCAR race since he was governor of Texas and running for president. On Monday, he goes to a rodeo and livestock exhibition in Houston - again, for the first time since he was governor.

Triple Crown Terms
AIKEN - Before you're off to the Triple Crown events, ladies, don't forget your hat.

Overtime
No. 9 hitter Brandon Sumlin singled to start the game-winning rally in the ninth inning of Game 2 on Saturday for Augusta State in a 19-2 and 5-4 doubleheader sweep of Molloy.

Local trainer hopes to make her mark
AIKEN - As the horses thunder across the turf of Ford Conger Field during the Aiken Steeplechase, Mimie Percival will be watching with the anxious eye of a professional focused on her own horses as they gallop for the title and a share of the purse money.

USC Aiken wins a championship
While waiting to be announced Saturday at the Peach Belt Conference competition for dancers, cheerleaders and pep bands, members of the USC Aiken dance team cracked smiles as their cheering section screamed out chants of, "U-S-C-A, U-S-C-A."

Triple Crown is vital to Aiken economy
AIKEN - Before you're off to the Triple Crown events, ladies, don't forget your hat.

Area sports announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Overtime
Augusta's Michael Green fired 1-under-par 71 on Sunday to go along with a 76 for a 147 total to claim the 2004 SJGT Forest Hills Junior Classic.

Triple Crown signals horse revelry
AIKEN - Horses and high times. Welcome to the month of March in Aiken, when three consecutive weekends of horse revelry known as the Triple Crown takes the city from partially horse-crazed to fully gone.

Bring 'hattitude' to races
AIKEN - Before you're off to the Triple Crown events, ladies, don't forget your hat.

Triple Crown drops harness racing
AIKEN - Organizers of the third leg of the Triple Crown have a message for spectators: polo is a rough-and-tumble, action-packed sport.

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

Outdoor center welcomes public
When it comes to outdoor recreation, nobody does it like the Army.

Senator targets hidden charges
ATLANTA - Call it the gift that keeps on taking. Gift cards - increasingly popular with shoppers - too often include hidden fees that can sap their value, says a Georgia state senator looking to clamp down on the practice.

Tournament director ousted for using slur
MACON, Ga. -- The longtime director of Georgia's high school basketball tournament has been relieved of his duties after using a racial epithet during the event.

NFL notes
ATLANTA - After agreeing to pay defensive tackle Rod Coleman a $10 million signing bonus Saturday, the Atlanta Falcons met with quarterback Jeff Garcia.

Outdoor center welcomes public

Harrick exam sure to raise scores

With Barbara Walters slowing down, will Katie Couric pick up the slack?
NEW YORK -- As if three hours of top-rated morning television wasn't enough, Katie Couric is turning up on NBC in prime time this month to interview celebrities like Ben Affleck and disgraced journalist Jayson Blair.

"Joan of Arcadia" defies expectations to became a freshman hit
LOS ANGELES -- Mary Steenburgen understands skepticism about "Joan of Arcadia." She had the same reaction when her agent suggested playing the mother of a teenage girl who talks to a God that takes the form of random people.

Jane Goodall still in Africa with her beloved chimps

'The Sopranos' returns and viewers are remarried to the mob
NEW YORK -- "The Sopranos" is back, and all is wrong with the world.

Movie looks at how 'Charlie's Angels' jiggled television
LOS ANGELES -- In 1975, uber-producer Aaron Spelling came up with an outrageous idea - a TV show about three female detectives.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
"Cracking Up," a new Fox comedy about psychiatric care, is worth your scheduling at least a session or two.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead

With Barbara Walters slowing down, will Katie Couric pick up the slack?

Movie looks at how 'Charlie's Angels' jiggled television

Jane Goodall still in Africa with her beloved chimps
NEW YORK -- A new documentary finds Jane Goodall telling a rapt audience how, growing up in England, she saw herself as the Jane who should rightfully have shared jungle life with Tarzan.

OutKast, Beyonce, 'Whale Rider' among hopefuls at NAACP Image Awards

Lady Dogs come up short in title bid
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Freshman center Carla Thomas had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 21 Vanderbilt rallied from an 18-point deficit in the second half Sunday for a 62-56 win over 20th-ranked Georgia in the championship game of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

Georgia ends with win

Bulldogs end regular season with win
ATHENS, Ga. -- Rashad Wright is Georgia's all-time leader in assists and the player with the most steals in Southeastern Conference games this season, but he is not known as a scorer.

Bulldogs get victory in OT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Janese Hardrick made a driving layup with nine-tenths of a second left in overtime, and No. 20 Georgia stunned top-ranked Tennessee 68-66 Saturday night to advance to the Southeastern Conference tournament championship.

Diamond Dogs sweep Liberty
ATHENS, Ga. -- Marshall Szabo's first home run of the season began a four-run second inning that started Georgia on its way to an 18-3 rout of Liberty on Sunday, completing a sweep of their three-game series.

Bulldogs end regular season with win

Georgia ends with win
ATHENS, Ga. - Rashad Wright scored 21 points as Georgia closed its regular season with a 71-61 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday night.

Bulldogs get victory in OT

Lady Dogs come up short in title bid

Homer lifts Gamecocks
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Steven Tolleson hit a solo homer in the 10th inning Sunday to lift South Carolina to an 8-7 win over Clemson, giving the undefeated Gamecocks their 12th straight win.

Gamecocks are fading
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - With a win against Tennessee on Saturday, South Carolina likely would have secured an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Gamecocks are fading

Congressman's ex-wife runs for his seat

Police trick suspect into giving DNA, get conviction

Woman whose dog fatally mauled a child must hang the boy's picture in her jail cell