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.

Pavarotti returns to the Met for his delayed farewell to opera

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.

Salman Rushdie is named new president of PEN American Center

Salman Rushdie is named new president of PEN American Center
NEW YORK -- When author Salman Rushdie was forced into hiding because of a death decree in response to "The Satanic Verses," a leading supporter was PEN, the international writers' organization.

Degas' sculptures show ordinary people, private moments

Red Sox top Twins

Milton relishes job with Phillies

Prep baseball scores
Area prep baseball scores from Monday.

Milton relishes job with Phillies
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Don't expect Eric Milton to join the long list of ex-Twins getting misty-eyed over bygone days in Minnesota. He's over the trade. He's over the Twins.

Selig, Fehr to testify in Washington

Selig, Fehr to testify in Washington
WASHINGTON- Commissioner Bud Selig and players' union head Donald Fehr have been called to Capitol Hill to answer questions about baseball's drug policy.

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.

Prep baseball
Area prep baseball scores.

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.

Specialist clears Sheffield to play
TAMPA, Fla. - Gary Sheffield got a thumb's up from a hand specialist Tuesday and will return to spring training instead of having surgery to repair a torn ligament, a decision that didn't surprise officials of his former team, the Atlanta Braves.

Thumbs down: Sheffield could be out two to three months

Prep baseball

Specialist clears Sheffield to play

Prep baseball scores

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.

Woman accused of putting anti-depressant into her children's juice
NAPERVILLE, Ill. -- A licensed pharmacy technician was charged with aggravated battery for allegedly spiking her children's orange juice with the anti-depressant drug Xanax, police said.

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.

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.

Odds and Ends
LEXINGTON, Neb. -- Beware showing any whiskers in Lexington these days.

Man killed during initiation at Masonic Lodge
PATCHOGUE, N.Y. -- A man was killed during a ceremony at a Masonic temple when another member fired a gun loaded with real bullets instead of the expected blanks and shot him in the head, police said Tuesday.

Woman arrested for trying to pass fake $1 million bill
COVINGTON, Ga. -- A woman was caught trying to use a fake $1 million bill with the picture of the Statue of Liberty on it to buy $1,675 worth of merchandise at a Wal-Mart, and was later found with two more of the bills in her purse, police said.

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.

Braves' Hampton adds to slow start

Drew continues hot start as Atlanta snaps streak
TAMPA, Fla. -- Alex Rodriguez wasn't that excited about his home run, because it's only spring training. For the next few days, he'll remember the popup he missed even more.

Will Martha Stewart's troubles hurt Kmart?
DETROIT -- Kmart Holding Corp., on the mend after a trip to bankruptcy court and struggling to lure consumers back to its tidied up stores, could see the shine on its marquee brand dim now that Martha Stewart faces prison for lying about a stock sale.

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.

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.

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.

Experts say guru can save herself

Conrad Black removed as chairman of Telegraph Group

PayPal fined $150,000 after investigation into repayment policy
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The nation's largest online payment service, PayPal, is paying New York $150,000 in penalties after misrepresenting to consumers its policy on repayment when merchandise doesn't arrive, the state attorney general said Monday.

Hotel tax amendment weighed

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.

Managers pass on knowledge

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.

Business briefs

Managers pass on knowledge
Brad Usry knows a name matters just as much as products and services when it comes to branding, marketing and running a company.

Will Martha Stewart's troubles hurt Kmart?

Volkswagen sees "miserable" first quarter
FRANKFURT, Germany -- German automaker Volkswagen warned Tuesday that sluggish auto markets would lead to "miserable" earnings in the current quarter and announced a cost-cutting program to eliminate 5,000 jobs.

Conviction clouds future of Martha Stewart's stake in her company

Just for Feet store could close

Conviction clouds future of Martha Stewart's stake in her company
NEW YORK -- Martha Stewart's felony conviction rattled through her rapidly eroding business empire as shares of her namesake company continued to fall, Viacom canceled her syndicated television show and she quit the board of cosmetic giant Revlon.

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.

Big Three vehicles make gains in reliability, survey shows
DETROIT -- For the first time in a quarter century, U.S. carmakers can say they make more reliable cars than their competitors in Europe. Asian manufacturers still hold top bragging rights, however.

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.

Britain approves its first genetically modified crop
LONDON - The British government Tuesday approved the commercial cultivation of a type of genetically modified corn but said the planting would be under strict rules and the first crop would be at least a year away.

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.

Hotel tax amendment weighed
When Navnit Amin sold his hotel in Augusta and moved west, he joined a group of hoteliers coming to Columbia County.

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.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Aiming at those who can't decide between diet and regular, PepsiCo Inc. on Tuesday announced that it is planning to launch a cola with 50 percent less sugar than regular colas.

Bank to get a new service
First Bank of Georgia has created an investment services division, joining other community banks in the fight for estate- and retirement-planning business.

Big Three vehicles make gains in reliability, survey shows

Spring drilling signals changes
When spring football practice began for Clemson on Saturday, the players weren't the only ones shaking off the rust and relearning each other's names.

Spring drilling signals changes

All-SEC team

Hawks soaring to record heights

Eagles knock off defending champs

Okafor's back problems linger

Stanford aims to start a new winning streak

Gonzaga looking for high seed in NCAAs

A perfect picture on Hawk Hill: Little Saint Joseph's flies high

Knights' coach resigns

Embrace our Sweetheart
If you work in a business that's among the most efficient in its field at manufacturing a useful product, has an experienced, productive work force, excellent plant management, low energy costs and plenty of space to expand, you'd figure your job is pretty safe. And you'd probably be right.

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:

Embrace our Sweetheart

Iraq's historic moment

Left prefers tyrants

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.

Left prefers tyrants
The Haitian situation demonstrates just how much the blame-America-first crowd hates President George W. Bush. They take the word of thug dictator Jean-Bertrand Aristide over that of U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and other respected Americans working in the administration.

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.

People in the News
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Jerry Seinfeld postponed his sold-out show in Spartanburg to be with his 1-year-old son, Julian, who had been hospitalized after a fall, the comedian's publicist said Monday.

Two arrested for spending actor Tony Curtis' money
LOS ANGELES -- Police have arrested two people for making purchases with money and account numbers found in the lost wallet of actor Tony Curtis.

'Citizen Kane' Oscar belongs to Welles' daughter, judge rules
LOS ANGELES -- The Academy Award presented to Orson Welles for "Citizen Kane" belongs to his daughter, a judge said, ruling against Oscar overseers trying to prevent the sale of the statuette.

Oscar-nominated actor Paul Winfield dead at 62
LOS ANGELES -- Paul Winfield, an Academy Award-nominated actor who was known for his versatility in stage, film and television roles, including a highly praised 1978 depiction of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., has died. He was 62.

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

Actor and monologuist Spalding Gray is confirmed dead
NEW YORK -- For Spalding Gray, the silver-haired monologuist who laid bare his soul in a soft, New England-flecked accent, the humor he aimed at himself sprang from deep within.

'Schindler's List' DVD marks anniversary of Holocaust foundation
BURBANK, Calif. -- A German war profiteer inexplicably trades the fortune he's built on the backs of Jewish labor to save those same workers from Nazi extermination.

The king will return this spring
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. The Return of the King comes to DVD and VHS on May 25, New Line Cinema announced Monday.

Massive Michael Jackson collection surfaces in New Jersey
ASBURY PARK, N.J. -- Gold-trimmed costumes, metal-studded shinguards and other memorabilia of pop icon Michael Jackson and his family sat covertly in a warehouse in this downtrodden city for the past 18 months.

Nasdaq loses 2004 gains as selloff continues

Stocks fall in lackluster session

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

Big Movers in the Stock Market

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.

Nasdaq loses 2004 gains as selloff continues
NEW YORK -- Fears over a lack of job growth and a sluggish economy sent stocks sharply lower Thursday, with the Nasdaq composite index wiping out its gains for all of 2004 and the Dow Jones industral average nearly following suit.

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

Small portions

Small portions
Like cast-iron cookware, wooden salad bowls demand extra care - it's part of their charm. If the bowl is varnished or finished in some way, go ahead and wash it as you would your dishes - though you'll want to avoid the dishwasher. Don't forget to dry the bowl promptly.

Louisiana chef has gumbo variation for any season
LAFAYETTE, La. - Don't take to heart that Mardi Gras technically lasts only one day, or think that gumbo is ever out of style. A Louisiana chef who runs his own cooking school where he teaches Cajun and Creole cooking calls gumbo a dish for all seasons and backs that up by offering a personal recipe, for a variation on the theme.

Louisiana chef has gumbo variation for any season

Hewitt seeks fast start
ATLANTA - Paul Hewitt wants Georgia Tech to avoid a sluggish start against North Carolina on Friday afternoon.

Tee it up

PGA Tour information
PGA Tour dates and time as reported by the Associated Press.

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.

Strange set of events for Parry
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - When Tiger Woods decided to play in the New Zealand Open two years ago as a favor to his caddie, it set off a bizarre chain of events that changed the course of Craig Parry's career.

Strange set of events for Parry

Sorenstam preparing for something grand
Just because the LPGA Tour has been in hibernation for nearly 100 days doesn't mean Annika Sorenstam needs to rub the sleep out of her eyes and ease into the new season.

Sorenstam preparing for something grand

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.

PGA Tour information

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.

Daly withdraws with injured hand

Moore has fractured neck; police investigating
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore will miss the rest of the season with a broken neck after a hit by Vancouver's Todd Bertuzzi that prompted a police investigation.

Jaguars top Thrashers

Jaguars top Thrashers
ATLANTA - Jaromir Jagr scored late in the first period and Mike Dunham recorded his second shutout of the season as the New York Rangers beat the Atlanta Thrashers for the first time in more than two years, 2-0 on Tuesday night.

Colorado shakes up roster

Moore has fractured neck; police investigating

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.

Colorado shakes up roster
DENVER - In a 12-hour span from Monday night to Tuesday morning, Colorado Avalanche general manager Pierre Lacroix sent a strong message to his team with a bevy of trades, re-tooling the roster for a run at the Stanley Cup.

Panthers trade Rossiter for Atlanta's Piros

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.

Tampa, Detroit end in deadlock

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.

Mini meatloaves feature savory Italian flavors
When I was growing up, it seemed that almost every family I knew had meatloaf often.

Mini meatloaves feature savory Italian flavors

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
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

Coroner thanks his supporters
Citizens of Augusta and Richmond County, thank you for your kind consideration in electing me coroner of Augusta-Richmond County. I am deeply gratified and honored at the overwhelming support from this community. Grover Tuten, 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

Do not judge others too harshly
Thanks for Bill Maxwell's articulate rebuke to homophobia ("Why a straight guy like me takes homophobia seriously," Feb. 19). Joe Beck, Augusta

'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

Payday loan law is laudable
Sen. Don Cheeks of Augusta needs to be praised by all Georgians for his unyielding efforts to ensure that Georgians are not being taken advantage of by the payday loan industry, which in the past has conducted business in the state despite the fact that the state's small loan commissioner has opined that these activities are illegal; the fact the state attorney general has opined that these activities are illegal; and the fact that the courts have ruled that these types of loans are in violation of Georgia law. The problems in the past have been that there were no meaningful penalties for payday lenders. John B. Long, Augusta

Ban on gay marriage is irrational

Payday loan law robs rights
This is in reference to Bill 157 concerning payday lenders. It is not the payday lenders' fault that people continue to come in and get into a bind. Others should not have to suffer because a few people don't know how to use payday lenders responsibly. They got the money and did not have a problem, then spent it and did not have a problem. Now there's a problem? Crystal Kaczmarczyk, Blythe

'Passion' deserves rich praise

Coroner thanks his supporters

'Passion' is not anti-Semitic

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

Aggressive cholesterol lowering improves heart attack survival

New shopping magazine features products for men

Study: Obesity, inactivity nearly as deadly as tobacco

New knee replacement surgery gets patients on their feet faster

Seniors calendar

Mars rover unable to dent Red Planet rock

Week of events will celebrate women who read

Scientists examine mysterious images for clues to fate of Beagle 2

Hubble images show deepest view of the universe

Thailand free of bird flu, to resume breeding next month

Mars rover's grinder failed to nick rock because motor stalled

Pledge to abstain from sex has little effect on teen STD rates

'70s spoofs "Wacky Packages" are back

Seniors calendar
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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.

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.

Hubble images show deepest view of the universe
BALTIMORE -- Astronomers at the Space Telescope Science Institute released the deepest-ever view of the universe Tuesday, a long-duration exposure that reached out to a point just a few hundred million years from the Big Bang.

Living briefs
THE WINE: 2002 Penfold's Thomas Hyland Shiraz, $16, Australia

Mars rover's grinder failed to nick rock because motor stalled
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA engineers figured out why a grinding tool on the Mars rover Opportunity failed to even leave a mark on a rock that scientists had targeted during the weekend.

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.

New knee replacement surgery gets patients on their feet faster
WASHINGTON -- Just nine hours after Grover Thomas had his knee replaced, he hobbled home from the hospital. Five days later, he was walking unassisted, no crutch or cane in sight.

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.

Pledge to abstain from sex has little effect on teen STD rates
PHILADELPHIA -- Teens who pledge to remain virgins until marriage have the same rates of sexually transmitted diseases as those who don't pledge abstinence, according to a study that examined the sex lives of 12,000 adolescents.

Study: Obesity, inactivity nearly as deadly as tobacco
CHICAGO -- Inactive Americans are eating themselves to death at an alarming rate, their unhealthy habits fast approaching tobacco as the top underlying preventable cause of death, a government study found.

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.

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.

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.

'70s spoofs "Wacky Packages" are back
NEW YORK -- Somewhere, in a junior high school locker, sits a faded sticker: "Weakies, the Breakfast of Chumps."

Local police nix use of high-voltage devices

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.

Brown's case may affect law on pardon

Kid of the day

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.

School attacks plan to merge

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

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.

Judge protests new sewer line

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

Rants and raves
MARTHA, MARTHA, Martha. My, how the high and mighty fall. But you weren't convicted for being a strong, independent woman. Nope, you were just a greedy one.

Local police nix use of high-voltage devices

Police say woman tried to pass off $1 million bill

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.

Pupils say they need facility to change habits

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.

Other bills may add Aleana's Law

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.

SRS's employment outlook proves to be all but positive

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?

Across the area

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

Ballot issue sees friction
The Columbia County School Board said Tuesday night that it wants no part in drafting a ballot question to ask voters if they want an at-large elected school board chairman.

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

Field might be named after Cobb

Bomb threat reported

Across the area
Two men accused of shooting women in unrelated incidents were indicted by the Richmond County grand jury Tuesday.

Kid of the day

School delayed reporting rape claim
A middle school girl claimed she was dragged to a bathroom and raped Feb. 25, but Richmond County school officials delayed reporting it to sheriff's investigators.

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.

Overcrowded clinic will soon get a larger office
There's a hallway that doubles as a lab. There's a room up front for waiting, billing and storing. The overcrowded South Augusta clinic of the Richmond County Health Department will soon be a thing of the past.

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.

Across the region
COLUMBIA - The name of the biracial daughter of former U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond could be added to the list of his children on a Statehouse monument.

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.

Pupils say they need facility to change habits
McCORMICK, S.C. - Pupils don't want to go to John de la Howe School because it's far from home and has strict rules. But they don't want the school to vanish.

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.

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.

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.

Around town
Amelia Frances Myers, 2, is ready for a nap after taking an afternoon walk in Brookfield Park with her mother, Kelly.

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

House Democrat's bill may be altered
ATLANTA - House lawmakers Tuesday declined to protect a Democrat's proposed ban on gay marriage from being amended with controversial language condemning such issues as adultery.

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.

Grease drains county money
Fried foods can be as damaging to Columbia County's water and sewer system as they are to people's arteries.

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.

Rants and raves
MARTHA, MARTHA, Martha. My, how the high and mighty fall. But you weren't convicted for being a strong, independent woman. Nope, you were just a greedy one.

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.

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

Across the region

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

Ex-assistant won't file grievance
AIKEN - Dismissed Aiken County Veterans Affairs Office assistant Judith Patsourakos met Tuesday with county officials and indicated she won't file a grievance about her ouster, Human Resources Director Dorothy Powell-Simmons said.

HOPE scholarship bills nearing vote
ATLANTA - Cuts to the HOPE scholarship were approved by a House committee Tuesday, but they're significantly lighter than originally planned because of better-than-expected lottery sales.

Committee votes to rename center

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.

News you can use

House Democrat's bill may be altered

Former Guantanamo prison chaplain is transferred to Fort Meade

News you can use

Afternoon hoops

School delayed reporting rape claim

County millage raises queries

Sullivan announces retirement

Winds stir up fire at course

Grease drains county money

Center is sued by fired doctor

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Gabrielle Elice Jenkins, 6 months, of Augusta.

Owner tries to get deal

Cost of gas could climb
Augustans have had to reach deeper into their pockets recently with gas prices on the rise, and officials say the increases are not expected to end anytime soon.

Woman in lake was strangled

Comair adds Masters Week flights
New Yorkers looking to visit Augusta for Masters Week will have yet another route to the Garden City via the Delta Connection carrier Comair, the airline announced Tuesday.

Barrow staffers fault new poll

Bomb threat reported
Richmond County Sheriff's Sgt. Steven Strickland stands at the corner of Mill Street and Grand Boulevard while the Richmond County Fire Department searches a vacant Turpin Alternative School. The sheriffs office responded to a bomb threat there early Tuesday.

First-hand vignettes from civil-rights era

Sullivan announces retirement
When Gene Sullivan's former students approach him in restaurants or department stores, he looks deeply in their eyes for recognition.

General preps 3rd Infantry for return to Iraq

County millage raises queries
Government doesn't get much smaller than the Belvedere special purpose fire district.

Across Georgia

MCG gets new helicopter
It's only a couple of feet, but it could make a lifesaving difference to Tina Nuckols.

Around town

Other bills may add Aleana's Law
A bill to improve school bus safety might be hitching a ride.

Fulton County plans to send some inmates to other counties

Local police nix use of high-voltage devices
When it comes to controlling the uncontrollable, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office prefers old standbys - pepper spray and batons - instead of high voltage.

Deadline approaches for restrictions bill

SRS's employment outlook proves to be all but positive
AIKEN - Top Savannah River Site officials offered a sobering look Tuesday at the federal nuclear reservation's future, which could include a work force as small as 5,000 people under the worst case scenario, and about 9,000 employees under the best of circumstances.

Lottery vexes parents

News you can use
MARCH 10, 1975 Law enforcement officers are investigating the Saturday night stabbing of an Augusta woman.

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.

Police say woman tried to pass off $1 million bill
COVINGTON, Ga. - A woman was caught trying to use a fake $1 million bill to buy $1,675 worth of merchandise at a Wal-Mart, and was later found with two more of the bills in her purse, police said.

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."

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

Across the area

Taylor getting adjusted to life on the road
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Vaughn Taylor celebrated his 28th birthday Tuesday without cards or cake or a chorus of Happy Birthday.

Anti-smoking researcher calls on R-rating for movie smoking
LOS ANGELES -- If Nicolas Cage lights a cigarette in a movie, Hollywood's ratings board should respond as if he used a profanity, according to authors of a new study that criticizes glamorous images of smoking in movies rated for children under 17.

'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.

Sting, Annie Lennox talk about their first tour together
NEW YORK -- Old friends Annie Lennox and Sting have different recollections of when they first met.

Anheuser-Busch extends sponsorship of Dale Earnhardt Jr.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be hawking Budweiser beer well into the future under a sponsorship extension announced Tuesday with Anheuser-Busch.

Malone feels at home in Utah, even as Laker

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.

Hawks sign Collier to 10-day contract

Colangelo seeks long-term transfer of ownership

Odom sparking Heat bid for playoff berth

Knicks sign F-C Kurt Thomas to multiyear contract extension
NEW YORK -- Kurt Thomas signed a multiyear contract extension with the New York Knicks on Tuesday.

Artest leads Pacers to 6th straight win

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.

Knicks sign F-C Kurt Thomas to multiyear contract extension

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

Artest leads Pacers to 6th straight win
INDIANAPOLIS - Ron Artest shut down Vince Carter in the fourth quarter and the Indiana Pacers scored the first eight points of overtime to win their sixth straight game, 94-84 over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night.

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.

Hawks fall to Cavs

Knights' coach resigns
Charles Welch, the only coach in the 13-year history of Aiken Tech's basketball program, has resigned.

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.

SEC honors Mississippi State trio
ATLANTA - Every now and then, Lawrence Roberts will drift back to that nightmarish summer at Baylor: a teammate killed, a former teammate charged, the shocking NCAA violations, the coach resigning in shame.

All-SEC team
ATLANTA - The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference men's basketball team released Tuesday, with name, school, position, height and class (u-unanimous choice to first team):

Baylor women mark victory
In Hartford, Conn., Amber Jacobs had 22 points, Jessalyn Deveny added 20, and No. 23 Boston College won the Big East Conference tournament with a victory over Rutgers.

Gonzaga looking for high seed in NCAAs
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Gonzaga coach Mark Few hopes this time will be different. Surely his Bulldogs deserve a high seed in the NCAA tournament.

Okafor's back problems linger
NEW YORK - Jim Calhoun wasn't trying to be funny.

A perfect picture on Hawk Hill: Little Saint Joseph's flies high
PHILADELPHIA -- Practice was in full swing, Jameer Nelson leading a three-on-one fastbreak with Delonte West charging up the wing. A perfect picture of what makes Saint Joseph's run so well.

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.

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.

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

Shell gets full-time post; kickoff concert is nixed

John Beake retires as NFL VP; Shell gets full-time position

McKay upgrades shoddy defense

NFL cancels opening-game kickoff concert

Garcia, Browns agree on deal

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Afghan women return to sports, with eye on Olympics
KABUL, Afghanistan -- At Afghanistan's national stadium, girls in black outfits line the concrete running track, practicing kung fu kicks. Nearby, others play basketball in jeans and headscarves.

Doping decision questioned
LONDON - The World Anti-Doping Agency is investigating the decision of rowing's governing body to give a reduced ban to three Austrian rowers who tested positive for steroids.

Mark Spitz record off agenda for swimmer Thorpe in Athens
SYDNEY, Australia -- Ian Thorpe will concentrate on freestyle events at the Athens Games, ending any chance of matching Mark Spitz's seven gold medals in swimming at an Olympics.

New Greek leader takes charge of troubled Olympics

Greek premier-elect takes responsibility for Olympic readiness
ATHENS, Greece -- Greece's new premier took personal control Tuesday of Athens' troubled Olympic preparations, appointing himself the government's point man on the games.

Afghan women return to sports, with eye on Olympics

Greek premier-elect takes responsibility for Olympic readiness

New Greek leader takes charge of troubled Olympics
ATHENS, Greece -- The leader of Greece's new government took personal charge of Athens' troubled Olympics preparations Tuesday, and organizers awaited a major U.S.-led security exercise and series of vital test events.

Five lead in Conference USA; Illinois schools up and down

Kuerten quits Brazil's Davis Cup team

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Bromby wins second race of Bacardi Cup in Miami

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Spring prep sports

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.

Spring prep sports
Area prep baseball scores.

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

Overtime
In Murrells Inlet, S.C., Aiken's Alex Hamilton, junior on the South Carolina men's golf team fired a final round 2-under-par 70 helping the team to a sixth place finish in the 54-hole event, 25 strokes behind champion Pepperdine's 870.

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.

Kuerten quits Brazil's Davis Cup team
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Former No. 1 Gustavo Kuerten quit Brazil's Davis Cup team Tuesday, angered by a captaincy change and the national tennis federation's lack of player development.

Norwegian Kjetil Backen leads Iditarod
NIKOLAI, Alaska --Kjetil Backen of Norway took the early lead Tuesday in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Overtime
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.

John Beake retires as NFL VP; Shell gets full-time position
NEW YORK -- Former Denver Broncos general manager John Beake is retiring as the NFL's vice president of football operations.

Shell gets full-time post; kickoff concert is nixed
NEW YORK - Former Denver Broncos general manager John Beake is retiring as the NFL's vice president of football operations.

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.

NFL cancels opening-game kickoff concert
NEW YORK -- The NFL canceled plans for a third opening-game kickoff concert following Janet Jackson's risque halftime show at the Super Bowl.

Garcia, Browns agree on deal
BEREA, Ohio - Jeff Garcia's wish list as a free agent quarterback was a short one: a starting job, fair contract and a team with a chance to win.

Taylor getting adjusted to life on the road

Toll-free telephone service available from IRS
Free tax help from the IRS is just a phone call away. The IRS provides various services through its toll-free telephone numbers. You can order forms and publications, listen to prerecorded tax information, check on the status of your refund, or ask questions about your tax return. Many of these services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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.

Viacom channels go dark on EchoStar in dispute over fees
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Satellite television provider EchoStar Communications Corp. pulled the plug on MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and local CBS affiliates early Tuesday in a contract dispute with Viacom Inc. over the price of programming.

Correction: "Sex and the City" movie still possible

Correction: "Sex and the City" movie still possible
ASPEN, Colo. -- In a March 8 story about the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the executive producer Michael Patrick King of HBO's "Sex and the City" said there were no plans for a movie based on the television series. King did not say there were no plans for a movie, and an HBO spokeswoman said Monday that discussions for a movie are continuing.

Viacom channels go dark on EchoStar in dispute over fees

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.

No 'Sex and the City' movie, producer says

'Citizen Kane' Oscar belongs to Welles' daughter, judge rules

People in the News

Actor and monologuist Spalding Gray is confirmed dead

The king will return this spring

People in the news

Massive Michael Jackson collection surfaces in New Jersey

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.

Bulldogs end on different note

South Carolina sweats out selections
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina coach Dave Odom doesn't like to preach to the NCAA tournament selection committee. But after watching his players achieve more than he expected this season, Odom couldn't stop himself Tuesday.

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.

My style

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

Question of the week

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.

You can't get to know people without talking

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

Most TV is trash worthy of landfill

Students create robot engineered to compete in events

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:

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?

The 4-1-1

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

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.

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.

Suit says school sold body parts

Man killed during initiation at Masonic Lodge

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