Degas' sculptures show ordinary people, private moments

Degas' sculptures show ordinary people, private moments
PHOENIX -- In an era when art favored goddesses and kings, Edgar Degas broke the rules by capturing ordinary people in private moments - from a woman in a bathtub to a ballerina pulling up a stocking.

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

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.

Pavarotti returns to the Met for his delayed farewell to opera
NEW YORK -- Determined to end his great career with dignity, Luciano Pavarotti returned to the Metropolitan Opera one last time, his body and voice betraying the frailties of age, but his spirit gloriously intact.

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.

Flight attendant turns travails into one-woman show, book

Pavarotti returns to the Met for his delayed farewell to opera

Virginia baseball backers' chief says it's now or never
VIENNA, Va. - The head of the group trying to bring a major league baseball team to northern Virginia said he will end his efforts if major league baseball doesn't pick a new home this year for the Montreal Expos.

Red Sox top Twins
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Boston's backups scored seven runs in the eighth inning with the help of three walks and a wild pitch, and the Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 9-4 in a split-squad game Monday.

Prep baseball scores

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

Prep baseball scores
Area prep baseball scores from Monday.

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

Red Sox top Twins

Thumbs down: Sheffield could be out two to three months

Clemens seeks midseason focus in spring debut

Thumbs down: Sheffield could be out two to three months
TAMPA, Fla. -- First it was Bernie Williams' appendix. Now it's Gary Sheffield's thumb.

Macon Peaches won't play ball this season

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.

Suit says school sold body parts
LOS ANGELES - The University of California, Los Angeles, illegally sold the body parts of people who had donated their corpses for medical research, donors' relatives claimed in a lawsuit filed Monday.

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.

Odds and Ends
MELBOURNE, Fla. -- Firefighters responding to emergencies here were in such a rush that they forgot to turn off a fryer in their kitchen. So the next emergency call involved a fire that started at their own station.

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.

Braves' Hampton adds to slow start
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - With the exception of John Thomson, the Braves have a starting rotation that's been far from perfect this spring.

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.

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.

Fick's position not set with new team

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"

Pitching woes get passed on to Ortiz

Braves' Hampton adds to slow start

Conrad Black removed as chairman of Telegraph Group
LONDON -- Publisher Conrad Black, involved in a struggle over his newspaper empire, has been dismissed as chairman of Telegraph Group, the group's owner said Monday.

Business briefs
MCG Health Inc. announced Monday it has acquired 1.8 acres in Lake Oconee Village at the gateway to Reynolds Plantation on which it plans to build physicians offices and a primary care center.

Just for Feet store could close
Just For Feet at the Augusta Exchange is for sale and could close by summertime, leaving the shopping center with more empty retail space to fill.

Stewart meets with probation officials, thanks supporters
NEW YORK -- Martha Stewart met for about an hour Monday with federal probation officials who will recommend the length of her prison sentence for lying about a stock sale, then emerged from the courthouse to thank her supporters.

Kodak to acquire NexPress, Heidelberg Digital
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Eastman Kodak Co. announced Monday that it has agreed to buy two business lines from printer manufacturer Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG in a deal potentially worth a maximum of $150 million.

BellSouth agrees to sell Latin American operations
ATLANTA -- BellSouth Corp. agreed to sell its stake in 10 Latin American operations to a wireless unit of Spanish telecommunications giant Telefonica SA for about $4.2 billion in cash and an additional $1.5 billion in debt.

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.

European central banks renew gold agreement
BERN, Switzerland -- Fifteen European central banks said Monday they would sell an annual maximum of 500 tons of gold from their reserves over the next five years, an increase of 25 percent.

J.M. Smucker to buy International Multifoods
ORVILLE, Ohio -- J.M. Smucker Co. has agreed to buy Minneapolis-based International Multifoods Corp., the maker of Pillsbury, Hungry Jack and other food brands, in a $500 million cash and stock deal, the companies announced Monday. Shares of International Mulitfoods surged 25 percent on the news.

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 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.

Conrad Black removed as chairman of Telegraph Group

Experts say guru can save herself
NEW YORK - It probably won't be as easy as mending a crumbling layer cake with icing, but Martha Stewart can rehabilitate her image if she is willing to own up to her mistakes, experts say.

Experts say guru can save herself

Just for Feet store could close

Personal background checks go retail

Business briefs

Adapting technology to social benefit - and being self-sustaining

Stanford aims to start a new winning streak

Eagles knock off defending champs

Hawks soaring to record heights

Lady Bobcats complete long trip back to top

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.

Iraq's historic moment
The landmark document signed Monday by Iraq's Governing Council could prove to be a truly epic moment in world history - the birth of the Mideast's first democratic constitutional republic outside of Israel.

Justice for Martha
Homemaker doyenne Martha Stewart is famous for making elaborate things. In retrospect, she could have used a more ornate defense at her trial for lying to investigators about the sale of her ImClone stock.

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.

A PR black eye

Iraq's historic moment

UGA's sick joke
Question No. 21 was inadvertently left off the final exam in former Assistant Coach Jim Harrick Jr.'s most difficult "Coaching Principles and Strategies of Basketball" class at the University of Georgia:

Sanford's choice plan

People in the news
NEW YORK -- Johnny Depp isn't adverse to acting a little weird - even off camera.

No 'Sex and the City' movie, producer says
ASPEN, Colo. -- Don't expect a "Sex and the City" movie, said the TV series' executive producer, Michael Patrick King.

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.

Stocks fall in lackluster session
NEW YORK -- Another lackluster trading session sent stocks lower Monday despite a wave of corporate deals that underscored the economy's overall health. Technology issues led the selling as investors moved to less risky stocks.

Stocks fall in lackluster session

Rates fall in Treasury bill auction
WASHINGTON -- Interest rates on short-term Treasury securities fell in Monday's auction.

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

Individual Retirement Accounts created 30 years ago

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 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

Georgia Tech takes three-game winning streak to ACC tournament

Tee it up
Jonathan McCormick, a senior on the Westside golf team, tees off on the 8th hole at Augusta Municipal Golf Course on Monday. Westside competed against Hephzibah High School.

Daly withdraws with injured hand
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- John Daly injured his hand by getting it caught in a car door and withdrew from the Honda Classic, his agent said Monday.

Tee it up

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

Parry's eagle beats Verplank in Doral playoff

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.

Daly gets not so grand slam
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - John Daly injured his hand by getting it caught in a car door and withdrew from the Honda Classic, his agent said Monday.

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.

Daly withdraws with injured hand

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.

Fiori wins playoff in MasterCard Classic

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.

Tampa, Detroit end in deadlock
DETROIT - Fredrik Modin's goal with 7:39 left in regulation lifted the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 1-1 tie with the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night in a matchup of the top two teams in the NHL.

Tampa, Detroit end in deadlock

Sturm has surgery on broken ankle, leg
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose Sharks forward Marco Sturm had surgery Monday on his broken left leg and dislocated ankle, and will miss the remainder of the season.

Panthers trade Rossiter for Atlanta's Piros

Panthers trade Rossiter for Atlanta's Piros
SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers traded defenseman Kyle Rossiter to the Atlanta Thrashers for center Kamil Piros on Monday.

Childhood love of recess keeps me indoors today
Congratulations to Joe Shepherd, who won - for the third-consecutive year - the Scripps Howard regional spelling bee held this past weekend here at The Chronicle.

'Passion' is not anti-Semitic

Democrats can demonize, too

'Passion' deserves rich praise
The Passion of the Christ, in my opinion, is the greatest artistic endeavor put out by the movie industry in our generation. Sondra Gillespie, Augusta

Ban on gay marriage is irrational
When President Bush endorsed a proposal to constitutionally ban gay marriage, it only certified that pious and psychotic heterosexuals have the most influence in America. Kevin Palmer, Martinez

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.

'Passion' is not anti-Semitic
The closing lines of Joshua Smith's "'Passion' misrepresents Jews" letter to the editor in the March 6 Chronicle asserts Mel Gibson's film "blames Jews for the torture and killing of Jesus Christ." Bill Lesshafft, Martinez

Ban on gay marriage is irrational

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

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

Movies should consider the blind
A blind point of view of The Passion of the Christ at the Augusta Exchange 20: The sensitivity of Hollywood didn't take in account of putting this movie in a more understanding and a blind-friendly way for the blind community. All of the movie was given in Latin and English for those who could see. A blind person still will be sitting in the dark trying to comprehend. Furthermore, a blind individual sitting with his or her family member and explaining the description of the movie will be distracting to those that are around them. Willie L. Jones, Augusta

'Passion' deserves rich praise

Thailand free of bird flu, to resume breeding next month

A PC can be nearly as good as a TiVo

'Gaming' laptop sacrifices weight, price for performance

Mars rover unable to dent Red Planet rock

Techbits: E-mail block, Toner dispute and more

New shopping magazine features products for men

Week of events will celebrate women who read

Seniors calendar

Mars critics wonder if billions aren't better spent elsewhere

Scientists examine mysterious images for clues to fate of Beagle 2

Aggressive cholesterol lowering improves heart attack survival

Seniors calendar
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Living briefs
Fans of the popular Pokemon series and card game will get a chance to become official Pokemon card illustrators in a contest being sponsored by Kids' WB and Nintendo.

Aggressive cholesterol lowering improves heart attack survival
NEW ORLEANS -- Lowering heart attack victims' cholesterol to levels dramatically below current standards appears to be an important strategy for saving lives and preventing new heart problems, a major new study shows.

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:

New shopping magazine features products for men
It worked for women. Will it work for men? That's the big question for the editors of Cargo, a new shopping magazine that hits the newsstand today.

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.

Mars rover unable to dent Red Planet rock
LOS ANGELES -- The sophisticated grinding tool deployed by NASA's rover Opportunity was apparently no match for a chunk of martian rock.

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

Week of events will celebrate women who read
Observing women's history this month involves looking back at writing and literature, said Debbie Reddin van Tuyll, an associate professor at Augusta State University, where the Women's Studies program has planned a weeklong series of events celebrating women around the globe.

Thailand free of bird flu, to resume breeding next month
BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand declared itself free of bird flu Monday and announced that farmers will resume breeding chickens next month.

Scientists examine mysterious images for clues to fate of Beagle 2
LONDON -- European scientists said Monday they are examining an image of its Beagle 2 Mars lander, taken moments after it separated from its mothership and later was lost, that also shows an unidentified object.

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.

Brush fires sweep counties

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia

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 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.

Lottery vexes parents

Five questions

Committee votes to rename center

Lake proposal gives glimmer of hope to struggling county

Afternoon hoops

Owner tries to get deal

Across the area

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.

Center is sued by fired doctor

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.

First-hand vignettes from civil-rights era

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.

General preps 3rd Infantry for return to Iraq

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.

Across Georgia

Kid of the day

Woman in lake was strangled

Former Guantanamo prison chaplain is transferred to Fort Meade

Foster mom loses Supreme Court murder appeal
ATLANTA -- A foster mom who admitted shaking a young boy before he died will not get a new trial, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled Monday.

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.

First-hand vignettes from civil-rights era
Three accounts from those who experienced the civil rights movement first-hand:

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

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

Officials think woman was killed in her home

Myrtle Beach wants to stop illegal immigrant business ownership

Kid of the day

Fulton County plans to send some inmates to other counties
ATLANTA -- Fulton County Sheriff Jackie Barrett plans to temporarily send some inmates to other counties after declaring a "state of emergency" at the county jail.

Brown's case may affect law on pardon

Around town
University of South Carolina Aiken sophomore Otavia Bastos returns a volley while playing doubles with her partner, Mayra Kaefer, during their tennis match against Tusculum in Aiken.

Former Guantanamo prison chaplain is transferred to Fort Meade
FORT BENNING, Ga. -- Capt. James Yee, the Muslim Army chaplain accused of mishandling classified documents from the prison for terror suspects at the Guantanamo Naval Base, has been transferred to Fort Meade, Md., according to his attorney.

News you can use
March 9, 1966 Douglas Barnard, Gov. Carl Sanders executive secretary, said Tuesday the 1966 legislative term was "anything but a lame duck session."

General preps 3rd Infantry for return to Iraq
FORT STEWART, Ga. -- Soldiers put down their mock M-16s after blasting at electronic enemies on a videogame-like training simulator when Maj. Gen. William G. Webster calls them into a huddle.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Olivia Nicole Campbell, 9, of Augusta.

The week ahead

Afternoon hoops
Nine-year-old Jared Wiliams (left to right) watches as Nasadeam Stewart, 13, shoots past Tyeshane Gray, 12, while playing basketball during an after-school program at the Aiken County Recreation Center

Critics say Daufuskie Island lawsuit erodes sea wall ban

Across the area
Police are investigating a Monday afternoon bank robbery at SunTrust bank, 1602 Walton Way.

Judge protests new sewer line

Brown's case may affect law on pardon
COLUMBIA- A South Carolina agency that granted James Brown a pardon for his past crimes is under criticism because the soul singer was arrested months later on new charges.

Field might be named after Cobb

Deadline approaches for restrictions bill
ATLANTA - A south Georgia lawmaker faces a fast-approaching deadline in his efforts to pass tighter restrictions on children who ride all-terrain vehicles.

Redistricting: Last stand for rural power in Georgia?

Barrow staffers fault new poll
ATHENS, Ga. - A recent poll commissioned by the 12th Congressional District campaign of Democrat Doug Haines shows the Athens attorney would beat incumbent Republican Max Burns in a general election bout. The figures also show Mr. Haines leading fellow Democrat John Barrow by 8 percent.

Armed robbers snap incriminating photos

Police to increase community patrol
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has increased its presence in a south Augusta neighborhood after a weekend assault, which occurred where an elderly man was killed two weeks ago.

Across South Carolina

Winds stir up fire at course
GRANITEVILLE, S.C. - The practice green near the pro shop of the Midland Valley Country Club looks like a lush island surrounded by a charcoal sea of scorched grass and burnt brush.

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.

Fulton County plans to send some inmates to other counties

West Georgia residents fund display across from courthouse

Deadline approaches for restrictions bill

School attacks plan to merge

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.

News you can use

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.

Winds stir up fire at course

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.

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.

Trial lawyer enjoys life, work on Savannah River

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.

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

Owner tries to get deal
The owner of an Augusta pet store where animals were allegedly abused is seeking a deal with the state Department of Agriculture over his dealer license and possible fines.

Athens intersection to get red-light traffic cameras

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

Committee votes to rename center
An Augusta Commission committee voted Monday to rename the Augusta-Richmond County Detention Center in honor of former sheriff Charles B. Webster.

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

Lottery vexes parents
Jodie Hughes knows the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.

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.

Field might be named after Cobb
Ty Cobb Field at Lake Olmstead Stadium could be where the Augusta GreenJackets play this year.

Across the southeast

Across Georgia
ROME - Six men who admitted to burning a cross in the yard of a woman whose daughter was romantically involved with a black man have been sued by the residents where the cross burning took place, attorneys said Monday.

School attacks plan to merge
McCORMICK, S.C. - Frustrated McCormick County officials and supporters of the John de la Howe School vented their anger Monday about South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's plans to close the school for troubled youth.

Woman in lake was strangled
A Thomson woman found dead in a lake Saturday died from strangulation, authorities said Monday.

Barrow staffers fault new poll

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Gov. Mark Sanford said the House is relying on "dangerous" wish-list funding to pay for some core functions of government.

Rants and raves
SINCE NO BOARD meeting minutes have been produced by Mr. Padgett to justify the unused vacation pay to Dr. Charles Larke, should taxpayers consider it a misstep or a misappropriation?

Sanford pushes restructuring
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford and a top Republican legislative leader turned up the pressure Monday on the lawmakers they say are keeping the governor's restructuring plan bottled up in the Legislature.

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.

Hopes for facility soar

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.

Center is sued by fired doctor
AIKEN - The widower of the Margaret J. Weston Medical Center's founder is suing the Clearwater-based health care provider, claiming its board of directors wrongfully ousted him as medical director.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Johnson looks for something new after sale of Extended Stay

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.

Across the area

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.

Around town

New prison name considered

Group to talk about future

Water on Mars is no news to expert

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.

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.

Judge protests new sewer line
An $8 million sewer project in the Rae's Creek area has hit a roadblock at the back yard of Richmond County Juvenile Court Judge Herbert Kernaghan Jr.

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."

'Starsky' provides some arrestingly funny lines
As Hollywood works its way through retreads of television series from the 1960s and 1970s, I find I can approach each project with a certain purity, because I never saw any of the original shows. Never saw a single Starsky and Hutch. Not one episode of I Spy. No Mod Squad. No Charlie's Angels.

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

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.

Q&A with rap pioneer Kurtis Blow

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?

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.

Drivers warned to obey yellow flag

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.

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.

Schumacher wins fourth Australian title

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

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

Hawks sign Collier to 10-day contract

Hawks fall to Cavs
ATLANTA - LeBron James had 34 points - his 10th game this season with more than 30 - and made three free throws in the final minute to help the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Atlanta Hawks 108-102 Monday night.

Odom sparking Heat bid for playoff berth
MIAMI -- Lamar Odom sheepishly eyes a messy pile in front of his locker that includes dirty socks and seven size-16 shoes.

Colangelo seeks long-term transfer of ownership
PHOENIX -- Jerry Colangelo is looking to sell a minority share of the Phoenix Suns to an investor who would have the right to buy the remainder of the team in several years.

Malone feels at home in Utah, even as Laker

Hawks fall to Cavs

Hawks sign Collier to 10-day contract
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks signed center Jason Collier to a 10-day contract Monday.

Malone feels at home in Utah, even as Laker
SALT LAKE CITY -- Karl Malone felt right at home being back in Utah, although technically he was a visitor.

Colangelo seeks long-term transfer of ownership

Odom sparking Heat bid for playoff berth

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.

Hawks soaring to record heights
Tiny Saint Joseph's and its ever-flapping Hawk have soared to the top of the basketball world.

Stanford aims to start a new winning streak
STANFORD, Calif. -- Mike Montgomery never liked the idea of the Pac-10 tournament. Now his Stanford players are counting on it as a chance to rebound from their only loss of the season before heading to the NCAA tournament.

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.

Eagles knock off defending champs
HARTFORD, Conn. - Jessalyn Deveny scored 20 points and Kathrin Ress added 18, including a go-ahead free throw with 26.2 seconds left to lead No. 23 Boston College to a 73-70 upset of No. 3 Connecticut in the semifinals of the Big East tournament on Monday.

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.

McCants, Hodge lead first team
RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina's Rashad McCants and North Carolina State's Julius Hodge - the top scorers in the Atlantic Coast Conference - headlined The Associated Press' all-ACC men's basketball team released Monday.

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.

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

McKay upgrades shoddy defense

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Overtime

Overtime

Bromby wins second race of Bacardi Cup in Miami

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

Holyfield to return to ring with new team
NEW YORK -- Evander Holyfield will keep fighting, looking for a bout this summer with hopes of becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion again.

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.

Bromby wins second race of Bacardi Cup in Miami
MIAMI -- Defending champion Peter Bromby of Bermuda won the second race of the 2004 Bacardi Cup Star Class Regatta on Monday.

Five lead in Conference USA; Illinois schools up and down
Reviewing and previewing college basketball in the ACC, SEC and elsewhere:

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.

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Augusta State's school-record winning streak has bumped it into the highest ranking in school history in the latest Collegiate Baseball magazine Division II poll.

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.

McKay upgrades shoddy defense
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - A week after saying the Atlanta Falcons seemed unlikely to assume another huge contract, general manager Rich McKay introduced defensive tackle Rod Coleman to reporters on Monday.

Can't pay your tax bill? Don't panic
WASHINGTON -- Is your tax bill more than you can handle right now? The IRS offers a broad array of options for those who can't immediately pay the balance of taxes owed.

"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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Stewart's program taken off Viacom-owned television stations
NEW YORK -- Martha Stewart's syndicated television show, "Martha Stewart Living," was taken off the air Monday on Viacom-owned CBS and UPN stations.

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.

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

No 'Sex and the City' movie, producer says

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Bulldogs end on different note

Bulldogs end regular season 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 end on different note
About this time last season, Georgia was ranked No. 21 and heading to the Southeastern Conference tournament. A third-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament was a near-certainty.

Lady Dogs come up short in title bid

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.

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.

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.

Arkansas tries to bounce back with tournament game
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas coach Stan Heath said Monday he hopes his team can put some poor performances in the past and focus on starting anew with Thursday's game in the Southeastern Conference in Atlanta.

The 4-1-1
t's been advertised as "hip-hop for people who think they hate hip-hop," and there couldn't be a better way to describe Honey Talkin' Blues. Written and produced by Rich Terfry, aka Buck 65, the CD is sure to pleasantly surprise even the most un-hip-hop of heads.

Most TV is trash worthy of landfill

What does golf need? Chaos
The most famous event in Augusta is upon us once again: It's time to send in those annual, tax-deductible contributions to the "Please Send Sarah to College" fund (not to be confused with September's "Please Buy Sarah a Car" fund). That, and, oh yeah, the Masters Tournament.

My style

The 4-1-1

Question of the week

Most TV is trash worthy of landfill
Have you been watching your trash-talking television lately? I haven't. It's almost frightening how the media are promoting the most sickening things today and calling it entertainment.

What does golf need? Chaos

Students create robot engineered to compete in events
The sharp sound of a saw slicing metal rang through the halls of Aiken High School as members of the Aiken County Robotics Club busily made final adjustments to their robot, Black Magic Woman - a mass of aluminum, circuitry, hard work and ingenuity.

Question of the week
This week's question: How much do teens know about their legal rights?

My style
Joseph Kingcannon, 15, a freshman at Hephzibah High School.

You can't get to know people without talking
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: There's this boy at my school that I like a lot. We are cool friends, or should I say, "associates." I mean, the only time we speak is when we have group projects together. How can I overcome my fear of talking to him?

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

Students create robot engineered to compete in events

You can't get to know people without talking

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

Suit says school sold body parts

Congressman's ex-wife runs for his seat

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Police trick suspect into giving DNA, get conviction