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.

Back injury keeps Bonds out of game
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Barry Bonds injured his back on a batting-practice swing Wednesday and missed the San Francisco Giants' game against the Texas Rangers.

Back injury keeps Bonds out of game

McCain wants testing change
WASHINGTON - Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., told the baseball players' association Wednesday that Congress will step in unless the union agrees to toughen the sport's steroid-testing rules.

Dodgers beat Marlins
JUPITER, Fla. -- Brad Penny was nearly lights-out - literally - before pitching four innings for the Florida Marlins in their 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a split-squad game Wednesday night.

Athletics overpower San Diego

Prep baseball

Milton relishes job with Phillies

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.

Superstitions paying off
Like any other baseball team, Augusta State has its superstitions. Before the team exits the dugout prior to every game this season, the Jaguars perform their new ritual - bumping chests.

Prep baseball
Area prep baseball scores.

Athletics overpower San Diego
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Mark Kotsay homered, doubled and scored three runs against his former team as an Oakland Athletics' split squad beat the San Diego Padres 6-3 Wednesday.

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.

Royals defeat White Sox

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.

Superstitions paying off

Specialist clears Sheffield to play

McCain wants testing change

Selig, Fehr to testify in Washington

Royals defeat White Sox
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Aaron Rowand drove in five runs for a Chicago White Sox split squad Wednesday in a 9-6 loss to the Kansas City Royals.

Noah Blake McGahee

Katie Scarlet Marie Santiago
Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Santiago, of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Katie Scarlet Marie Santiago, Friday, Feb. 13, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Gary Heffner and Carolyn Gerard, both of Augusta, and Mr. and Mrs. Florante Santiago, of Mobile, Ala.

Lydia LaRayne Barton
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Barton, of Aiken, announce the birth of a daughter, Lydia LaRayne Barton, Friday, Feb. 13, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Larry McClellan, of Jackson, and Mr. and Mrs. Don Wood, of Aiken.

Joshua Timothy Green
Mr. and Mrs. Ken Green, of Grovetown, announce the birth of a son, Joshua Timothy Green, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Tim Beatty, of Appling, and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest J. Green III, of Lilburn, Ga.

Leah Paige Copeland

Kailyn Michelle Haws
Paul M. Haws Jr. nd Kimberly M. Haws, both of Martinez, announce the birth of a daughter, Kailyn Michelle Haws, Monday, Nov. 10, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gary Widener, of Martinez, Jewel Haws, of Farmington, N.M., and the late Paul M. Haws.

Lydia LaRayne Barton

Brianna Ashley Hoggard
Delbert E. Hoggard Jr. and Brenda Wangler, both of Evans, announce the birth of a daughter, Brianna Ashley Hoggard, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Hoggard, of Aberdeen, S.D., Ella Williams, of Ahoskie, N.C., and the late Delbert Hoggard Sr.

Luke Colton Youngblood
Addie and Deena Youngblood, of Grovetown, announce the birth of a son, Luke Colton Youngblood, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Don Johnson, of Panama City, Fla., Myrtle Johnson, of Beech Island, and Mr. and Mrs. G.A. Youngblood Jr., of Grovetown.

Lance A. Herring Jr.
Lance and Coleen Herring, of Martinez, announce the birth of a son, Lance A. Herring Jr. Monday, Nov. 17, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Thomas M. and Daren McKara, of Amelia Island, Fla. and Ron and Cheryl Walker, of Martinez.

Colton Aaron McPhee
Aaron and Rose McPhee, of Hephzibah, announce the birth of a son, Colton Aaron McPhee, Monday, Jan. 26, 2004, at Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Moore of Lincolnton, Ga., Irene Moore, of Belvedere and Mr. and Mrs. Robert McPhee, of Augusta.

Eric Muhammad Abdullah Jr.
Eric and Alexa Abdullah, of Belvedere, announce the birth of a son, Eric Muhammad Abdullah Jr., Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Roy and Lettie Harper, of Atlanta, and Ray and Brenda McNeil, of Savannah, Ga.

Joshua Timothy Green

Noah Blake McGahee
Trey and Katie McGahee, of Evans, announce the birth of a son, Noah Blake McGahee, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Preston McDaniel, Joanne Sine, all of Evans, Ralph McGahee, of Augusta, and the late James Sine and Shelby McGahee.

Katie Scarlet Marie Santiago

Luke Colton Youngblood

Nasir Dajan Mosquera

Colton Aaron McPhee

Harrison Johnston Cooper
Marc and Amy Cooper, of Graniteville, announce the birth of a son, Harrison Johnston Cooper, Friday, Feb. 13, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Richard Johnston and Carol Woody, both of Aiken and Mr. and Mrs. Stephen L. Cooper, of Newport News, Va. and the late Sara Johnston.

Eric Muhammad Abdullah Jr.

Riley Lim Tom
Roger and Mimi Tom, of Martinez, announce the birth of a son, Riley Lim Tom, Monday, Feb. 9, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Palmer, of Meigs, Ga., Ida Tom, of Augusta and the late George Tom.

Leah Paige Copeland
Lee Copeland and Cara Peck, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Leah Paige Copeland, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2004, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Walter Saluesen, James Rich and Mr. and Mrs. George Copeland, all of Augusta.

Nasir Dajan Mosquera
John D. Mosquera and Luteisha A. Porter, of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Nasir Dajon Mosquera, Monday, Feb. 23, 2004, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Sylvester Porter and Sheila Nimmers, both of Davenport, Iowa, Frank Dunbar, of Orange, N.J., and Patricia Dunbar, of Augusta.

Lance A. Herring Jr.

Brianna Ashley Hoggard

Harrison Johnston Cooper

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 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.

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.

Odds and Ends
LONDON -- Naming your child after a soft drink could be seen as a little bit faddish, but the parents of young Diot Coke might be forgiven - they gave their baby daughter the name way back in 1379.

On diamond, Furcal sets game's pace

On diamond, Furcal sets game's pace
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - This might be Chipper Jones' team, but it's Rafael Furcal's offense.

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.

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.

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.

Business briefs

Trade deficit widens to record $43.1 billion in January
WASHINGTON -- America's trade deficit mushroomed to an all-time high of $43.1 billion in January as sales of foreign-made goods hovered near record levels.

Internet providers sue over spam mail
WASHINGTON - Leading Internet companies, in an unusual joint effort among corporate rivals, announced six lawsuits Wednesday against hundreds of people accused of sending millions of unwanted e-mails in violation of the new federal law against spam.

Big Three vehicles make gains in reliability, survey shows

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

Managers pass on knowledge

Walt Disney's daughter says Eisner should resign

Will Martha Stewart's troubles hurt Kmart?

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.

Millions in credits go unused

Internet providers sue over spam mail

Millions in credits go unused
James McGee's job is to help give away millions of dollars in free government money. That's why it boggles his mind that the work has been so tough.

Trade deficit widens to record $43.1 billion in January

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.

Business briefs
Fort Gordon's largest private-sector contractor received an award Wednesday from the U.S. Small Business Adminis-tration for supporting small businesses through subcontracting.

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.

Shoppers stick with Stewart's 'good things'
CHICAGO - The preliminary verdict is in from Martha Stewart's customers, and the convicted queen of home furnishings should like it much better than the one delivered in a New York courtroom last week.

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.

Walt Disney's daughter says Eisner should resign
LOS ANGELES -- Walt Disney's daughter said embattled CEO Michael Eisner should resign from the company her father founded, though she warned that the campaign to oust him was "ill-timed" and could prove harmful.

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.

Shoppers stick with Stewart's 'good things'

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.

Hotel tax amendment weighed

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.

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.

Business briefs

Conference coaches feel stress

Conference coaches feel stress
Clemson coach Oliver Purnell was watching Sunday's Maryland-Virginia game, and he teetered back and forth.

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

Coaches All-Southeastern Conference men's team

SEC overview

Knights' coach resigns

Okafor's back problems linger

Gonzaga looking for high seed in NCAAs

All-SEC team

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

Penn State player smiles despite pitfalls

NCAA's bubble teams need conference favorites to win

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.

Ty Cobb Stadium
Do you know who Charles Olmstead is? He was a surveyor brought here by Augusta's mayor in the 1870s to work on the Augusta Canal. Olmstead barely rates a footnote in Augusta-Richmond County's rich history, yet he has a local lake and baseball stadium named after him.

Stop studying and build
The Augusta Commission, as of last October, had changed the location for the planned judicial center three times in two years. They make up their minds, then the hotheads in their number start whining and they unmake their minds.

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.

'Always a lot of fun'

Embrace our Sweetheart

'Always a lot of fun'
Young Joe Shepherd is getting ready for another spell in Washington, D.C.

Left prefers tyrants

'Dora' involves audience in exploration, problem-solving help
She's 7 years old. She's bilingual. And she and her animal friends have been traveling all over the country.

Standing ovations
WOMEN AND READING: 7 p.m., Reese Room, second floor of Reese Library, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; with guest speakers Anita Bell and Dr. Debbie Van Tuyll; 729-2048.

'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.

People in the News
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Prosecutors who want to review Rush Limbaugh's medical records argued in court papers that privacy rights shouldn't be used to hide criminal wrongdoing.

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

Top 20 concert tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Club calendar
The Highlander, A British Pub - 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta.

Hot ticket
BEST KNOWN FOR: Bring the Pain comedy special on HBO; former Saturday Night Live cast member; appeared in the movies Dogma, Head of State and CB4.

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.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

On the road
SEC MEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: The tournament opens today at the Georgia Dome, with the University of Georgia's hoop Dogs playing Auburn's Tigers at 1 p.m. South Carolina faces Arkansas at 3:15 p.m.

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.

Globetrotter says providing family entertainment never becomes old
Eathan O'Bryant considers himself a serious basketball player, with a true respect for the history of the game. But Mr. O'Bryant, an ambassador and player for the Harlem Globetrotters, has no delusions about what pleases a crowd most.

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.

'Schindler' is Spielberg's best work
Over the course of his career, filmmaker Steven Spielberg has proved himself to be one of Hollywood's most adept visual storytellers. In his capable hands, killer sharks, the American South, rampaging dinosaurs and the horrors of the D-Day invasion have become iconic moments in cinema history.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

Stocks tumble as investors grow increasingly defensive

Stocks tumble as investors grow increasingly defensive
NEW YORK -- Stocks tumbled Wednesday for the third straight session as investors, increasingly adopting a defensive strategy, bailed out of technology and other higher-risk shares. The Dow Jones industrial average shed 160 points and other major indexes also dropped sharply.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

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.

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

Dollar up, gold down in Europe

Tokyo stocks end lower, dollar up against yen

Tokyo stocks end lower, dollar up against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks fell Wednesday following a pullback on Wall Street and the release of revised data showing Japan's economy grew slightly slower than previously estimated. The U.S. dollar was up against the Japanese yen.

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.

Dollar up, gold down in Europe
LONDON -- The U.S. dollar was up against most other major currencies in European trading Wednesday morning. Gold also rose.

Nasdaq loses 2004 gains as selloff continues

Food lovers needed

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.

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.

Joccomo's Pizza and More tries hand at former pizzeria's spot
Six months after Pizza Central checked out, Joccomo's Pizza and More has opened in the same space on Central Avenue. The restaurant opened Feb. 18 after new owners Jason and Annemarie Caviston renovated the dining room and kitchen to open up the space.

Small portions

Food lovers needed
Once a month, Applause will take volunteers on a culinary tour. This month we're reviewing barbecue. We drive and pay for the food; you tell us what you think. Want to ride with us? Here's how you can be part of our mobile dining team.

What's for lunch
In search of a different locale for lunchtime? What's for Lunch offers the details on some out-of-the-way or unusual lunch destinations. Have a suggestion you want to share? Send an e-mail to tharon.giddens@augustachronicle.com, or send a note to What's for Lunch, Newsroom, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Louisiana chef has gumbo variation for any season

Grub guide
Miscellaneous places you can grab a bite:

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

The carnival moves up the road

Las Vegas Invitational to be played in 2004

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

Las Vegas Invitational to be played in 2004
LAS VEGAS -- A private sponsor has pledged $5 million to the PGA Tour's Las Vegas Invitational, ensuring the struggling golf tournament will be played this year.

Strange set of events for Parry

Golf chapter holds convention

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.

Golf chapter holds convention
For Nan Waters Milam, starting an Augusta chapter of the American Singles Golf Association just made sense. After all, the city is home to one of the country's most storied golf courses in the Augusta National Golf Club.

The carnival moves up the road
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- The Honda Classic moves around almost as much as major championships, with the Sunrise Course at Mirasol the fifth location in the last 10 years.

PGA Tour information

Sorenstam preparing for something grand

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.

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.

Lightning overpower Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. -- It only took a few minutes to realize the Carolina Hurricanes were missing traded captain Ron Francis.

Moore has fractured neck; police investigating

Does hockey need a death to put an end to violence?

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.

Does hockey need a death to put an end to violence?
One of these days, the National Hockey League will finally get it.

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.

Bertuzzi to learn of his suspension Thursday

Jaguars top Thrashers

Colorado shakes up roster

Lightning overpower Hurricanes

Bertuzzi to learn of his suspension Thursday
TORONTO -- Todd Bertuzzi will find out the length of his suspension Thursday morning for punching Colorado's Steve Moore.

Bristol: The little track that could
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Imagine a racetrack that's twice the size of a football field. Now put 165,000 seats, add enough sound to drown a B-52 with the smell of searing brakes and tires and you have the racing experience known as the Bristol Motor Speedway.

Texas Motor Speedway does it in grand style
FORT WORTH, Texas -- They really do things big in Texas. Everything at the Texas Motor Speedway was done in grand fashion. Instead of adding seats as other racetracks have done to accommodate the ever-growing crowds on the NASCAR circuit, Texas opened with 154,861 seats and every one of them has been sold out for every Nextel Cup race since it opened in 1997.

Trouble comes without warning
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- The history at the Darlington Raceway started before it was built. The owner decided to reduce one of the corners so it wouldn't interfere with a minnow pond. Now 54 years later, Darlington's still shaped like an egg.

Speed rules in Atlanta
HAMPTON, Ga. -- The new slogan at the Atlanta Motor Speedway is; "Real Racing. Real Fast." Talk about truth in advertising. The speedway 30 minutes south of downtown Atlanta is the fastest on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and it's been home to some of the most dramatic finishes in the sport's history.

There's much to do between Dallas and Ft. Worth
FORT WORTH, Texas -- While the Texas Motor Speedway was built closer to Fort Worth, it's close enough to Dallas to offer a variety of things to do.

It's easy to be overwhelmed by city's choices
LAS VEGAS -- It's not difficult to find something to do in Las Vegas. The real challenge is finding time to do everything, including the races at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Don't let Atlanta's size scare you
HAMPTON, Ga. -- It's not easy to tell people how to find the Country Bumpkin Country Cafe, especially since it's next to the Clayton County landfill.

Nextel calls on fans to say change is good
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The yellow-and-black signs of change are everywhere: They're on billboards along the interstates; they're all around the racetrack; they're on television, radio, newspapers and magazines.

In Vegas, bigger is king
LAS VEGAS -- Everything in this town of neon, no clocks and $1.99 steak-and-egg breakfasts is done on a grand scale. The Las Vegas Motor Speedway is no different.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Double duty in Daytona
"To be honest, this is more important to me than any race I run all year," said Dale Earnhardt Jr. after winning the 2004 Daytona 500.

Darlington is living history
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- When the wind blows from the east, you can smell the hamburger steaks cooking over at the Raceway Grill.

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

Coroner thanks his supporters

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

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

Editorial strikes blow against anti-Semitism

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

Editorial strikes blow against anti-Semitism
The editorial "Un-Christian Christian" (Feb. 28) rightly criticizes the Rev. Gordon of Denver for his clearly anti-Semitic act that was roundly condemned by all. In drawing parallels to Nazi-era propaganda and current Islamic extremism, the editorial calls upon Christians and Muslims of good faith to condemn anti-Semitism in any form. Debbie Katcoff Warren Umansky, Ph.D., 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

Superintendent needs rest, not cash
By all accounts, Richmond County Superintendent of Schools Charles Larke is a competent, hard-working manager and leader. Tom Zwemer, Augusta

'70s spoofs "Wacky Packages" are back

New knee replacement surgery gets patients on their feet faster

Robot vehicles struggle in Pentagon-race trials

Low-protein diet limits risk of gout in men, study shows

Internet providers sue hundreds of people over 'spam' e-mails

Savannah survival guide

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

Study: Obesity, inactivity nearly as deadly as tobacco

Shriners make go-karts part of parade

Hubble images show deepest view of the universe

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

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.

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

Savannah survival guide
Savannah knows how to get things green. For two days, the city throws itself into all things Irish, transforming the city into Dublin, Ga.

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.

Augusta's event offers stuff for children, adults
Augusta's annual celebration of things Irish will include the expected parade, a St. Patrick's Day celebration and a free children's play area tucked neatly between the two.

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.

Internet providers sue hundreds of people over 'spam' e-mails
WASHINGTON -- Leading Internet companies, in an unusual joint effort among corporate rivals, announced six lawsuits Wednesday against hundreds of people accused of sending millions of unwanted e-mails in violation of the new federal law against "spam."

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

Robot vehicles struggle in Pentagon-race trials
FONTANA, Calif. -- They're a motley bunch of garage tinkerers, off-road enthusiasts, high-school students, physicists and programmers who hope their microprocessor-jammed jalopies usher in the next generation of military combat vehicles.

Low-protein diet limits risk of gout in men, study shows
Eating less red meat and seafood while consuming more low-fat dairy products cuts the risk of developing the painful joint condition gout by about half, according to researchers who studied the diets of thousands of men.

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.

Shriners make go-karts part of parade
Vadis Wylds' other car is a go-kart. For more than 40 years, Mr. Wylds has been sliding behind the wheel of his distinctive yellow speedster, donning his red felt fez and combining entertainment and exhaust fumes as part of the Augusta Alee Shrine Club's go-kart parade unit.

Junior Lynx take to the ice naturally
When Dalton Wates first heard Augusta was getting an ice rink five years ago, he couldn't wait for it to open. He was so excited he begged his parents to buy him skates and take him to Charlotte, N.C., so he could learn to skate before Augusta Ice Center opened its doors.

Junior Lynx take to the ice naturally

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

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.

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.

Pupils say they need facility to change habits

Judge hears county's case against racetrack

House Democrat's bill may be altered

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.

Police say woman tried to pass off $1 million bill

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

Local police nix use of high-voltage devices

Trash rate increase debated

Kid of the day

Weston center chooses CEO
CLEARWATER - The Margaret J. Weston Medical Center has endured its share of internal turmoil in recent years, but officials say they have turned the page with the appointment of new CEO James Coleman.

Local police nix use of high-voltage devices

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.

School delayed reporting rape claim

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.

Biologists try to tag sturgeon
Mark Collins, clad in a yellow rain slicker, steered his boat in slow circles Wednesday as fellow fisheries biologist Bill Post waited expectantly in the vessel's bow.

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.

Medicaid funding on the line
ATLANTA - The state agency that runs Medicaid and other state health programs warned Wednesday it will run out of money by the end of the month if lawmakers do not approve a midyear spending plan that will bail it out.

Transit director pictures bus station at new arena

Transit director pictures bus station at new arena
When Heyward Johnson thinks of a possible sports and entertainment arena at the site of Regency Mall, he not only envisions thousands of fans enjoying hockey games or other events.

DOT officials propose cameras on I-20

Exposed workers get more payouts
AIKEN - The amount of money paid to sick Savannah River Site employees and their families who have filed worker compensation claims has more than doubled in the past five months, records show, though union officials complain that thousands of exposed construction workers have been left out of the process.

Across South Carolina

Budget cuts put MCG on lookout
As Georgia legislators wrangle over shrinking budget money, Medical College of Georgia could face a future in which officials must choose the heart over diabetes.

Weston center chooses CEO

News you can use
MARCH 11, 1979 Three people were injured in the crash-landing of a Cessna 310 airplane at Bush Field on Saturday morning. One was listed in serious condition at University Hospital.

County budgets outside services
Plans to move graduation outdoors for seven high schools in Richmond County this year will require new stages, portable toilets and the rental of chairs and public address systems.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A Senate subcommittee approved a bill Wednesday that would make it illegal to entice or stalk children on the Internet.

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

Judge hears county's case against racetrack
The science of sound waves could determine whether a racetrack owner is allowed to operate in Columbia County.

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

Police say boy wrote threats
Authorities filed charges Wednesday against an Augusta Preparatory Day School pupil who allegedly wrote threatening messages that he told authorities were left for him by someone else.

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

Across Georgia
VILLA RICA - A wildfire fanned by high winds destroyed three houses and damaged 12 others Tuesday in two Villa Rica subdivisions.

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

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Parker Steven Hutcheson, 2, of Hephzibah.

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.

Rants and raves
I WOULD LIKE to comment on this game of pile-on against Dr. Charles Larke. He is too much of a gentleman to fire back at his detractors. I know of several things he has done for our system that were worth several times the little bit of money they pay him. I'm afraid these ill-founded attacks will wear him down and cause him to accept one of the several offers he has had to go elsewhere. Then it will be too late after we lose him. I know he is a priceless asset.

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.

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

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.

Higher pet fees lead to savings
Up front, it costs more to adopt a pet from Augusta Animal Services than it did a week ago.

DOT officials propose cameras on I-20
In the future, police won't be the only ones watching motorists on Interstate 20 in Columbia and Richmond counties. Transportation officials will be looking, too, through surveillance cameras.

Grease drains county money

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.

Exposed workers get more payouts

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.

Lack of victims' help closes shooting case

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.

Biologists try to tag sturgeon

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

Across Georgia

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.

Across the area

Higher pet fees lead to savings

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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.

Other bills may add Aleana's Law

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.

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.

Burns loses 2 senior staffers
ATHENS, Ga. - Two senior staff members for U.S. Rep. Max Burns have resigned in the past two weeks, a fact that Burns supporters attribute to a coincidence of career opportunities for two young workers but opponents see as a sign that Mr. Burns' re-election campaign already is faltering.

County millage raises queries

Lack of victims' help closes shooting case
BEECH ISLAND - Frustrated Aiken County investigators say they have gotten almost no cooperation from the victims of a nonfatal triple shooting and will be closing the case as a result.

Rants and raves
I WOULD LIKE to comment on this game of pile-on against Dr. Charles Larke. He is too much of a gentleman to fire back at his detractors. I know of several things he has done for our system that were worth several times the little bit of money they pay him. I'm afraid these ill-founded attacks will wear him down and cause him to accept one of the several offers he has had to go elsewhere. Then it will be too late after we lose him. I know he is a priceless asset.

Festival helps pupils polish writing
AIKEN - Picture second-grader Neal Patel's new movie: A cruise ship carrying too many passengers capsizes, forcing hundreds of people to swim through an alley of angry sharks to reach dry land.

Small-step plan may help cut fat
ATLANTA - It's just passing up a soft drink a day, taking a few extra steps to deliver a phone message by hand instead of by e-mail, or not vying for the closest mall parking space.

Across the area

Sullivan announces retirement

SRS's employment outlook proves to be all but positive

Trash rate increase debated
Augusta administrators say the city needs to raise residential garbage rates $40 a year to keep the program going, but city commissioners want to look at alternatives, such as collecting delinquent residential and commercial accounts.

Across the area
A 15-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday in connection with the use of weapons in a gang assault on an Augusta man, police said.

Bomb threat reported

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.

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.

Joey Lauren Adams to film movie in Arkansas this summer

Joey Lauren Adams to film movie in Arkansas this summer
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- As a teenager, Joey Lauren Adams would park her car in front of the North Little Rock home where Oscar winner Mary Steenburgen grew up, wondering whether fame could come to her, too.

Blaxploitation movies burned hot for short time
Urban cool once meant cueing up a funky guitar riff, busting out the big collars and hitting the streets to stick it to the man.

Flicks

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.

Blaxploitation movies burned hot for short time

Flicks
Movies are listed with theater locations Friday-Thursday, March 18. Listings were unavailable by press time for Masters Cinema. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, see augusta.com/movies.

Influential DJ honored with album
Most music fans are unaware of the influence Los Angeles DJ and music community mainstay Rodney Bingenheimer had on their listening habits.

Spotlight

Alan Jackson collects leading eight ACM nominations
LOS ANGELES -- Alan Jackson, who received a leading eight Academy of Country Music nominations Wednesday, can justify celebrating as early as he wants because - as the title of his hit song suggests - "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere."

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.

Alan Jackson collects leading eight ACM nominations

Spotlight
THE BAND: The Shaun Piazza Group DAY JOB: Manager, Nacho Mama's, downtown

Influential DJ honored with album

NASCAR newsmaker Casey Mears

NASCAR newsmaker Casey Mears
Casey Mears, the nephew of racing legend Rick Mears, finally is showing signs of adjusting from Indy Cars to stock cars. His seventh-place finish at Las Vegas moved him to 10th in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series standings.

Nextel calls on fans to say change is good

Sauter penalized by NASCAR for cursing on air
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Busch series driver Johnny Sauter was fined $10,000 Wednesday and placed on probation for the rest of the season for cursing during a postrace radio interview.

Veterans take turn in Craftsman Series for change of pace
HAMPTON, Ga. Its been a month since the season-opening race of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Unlike the stock cars from the Nextel Cup and Busch series, the world of racing doesnt seem to miss the trucks when they disappear for a month.

Texas Motor Speedway does it in grand style

Veterans take turn in Craftsman Series for change of pace

Spike TV to broadcast entire Champ Car schedule
INDIANAPOLIS -- Spike TV will broadcast all 16 Champ Car World Series races this season

In Vegas, bigger is king

New tires, spoilers give edge to drivers
HAMPTON, Ga. As the fastest track on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series schedule, the Atlanta Motor Speedway should be the greatest test of NASCARs new rules for enhancing competition.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Double duty in Daytona

Spike TV to broadcast entire Champ Car schedule

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.

It's easy to be overwhelmed by city's choices

Artest leads Pacers to 6th straight win

Pistons stomp Bulls
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- It takes a great defensive player like Ben Wallace to truly appreciate the Detroit Pistons' current streak.

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.

Lakers cream Celtics

Sixers' forward Glenn Robinson to undergo elbow surgery
PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia 76ers forward Glenn Robinson will undergo surgery Tuesday to repair bone chips in his right elbow.

Pistons stomp Bulls

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.

Jason Kidd returns to Nets after four-game absence

Knicks sign F-C Kurt Thomas to multiyear contract extension

Lakers cream Celtics
BOSTON -- Kobe Bryant is back, Karl Malone is on his way and even Shaquille O'Neal managed to stick around for the whole game this time.

Nets squeak by Nuggets
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Kenyon Martin scored 28 points and Richard Jefferson added 26, and the New Jersey Nets had Jason Kidd back in the lineup for a 98-97 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.

Jason Kidd returns to Nets after four-game absence
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Kidd returned to the New Jersey Nets' lineup Wednesday night against the Denver Nuggets after missing four games with a bone bruise in his left knee.

Sixers' forward Glenn Robinson to undergo elbow surgery

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.

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):

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

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

NCAA's bubble teams need conference favorites to win
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA selection committee chairman has a message for this year's bubble teams: Avoid cheering for the underdogs this week.

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.

Penn State player smiles despite pitfalls
Ndu Egekeze had grand plans when he signed to play basketball at Penn State five years ago.

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.

SEC overview
ALABAMA (16-11, 8-8 Conference)

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.

Longhorns hook Cyclones
DALLAS - Nina Norman and Tiffany Jackson scored 16 points each to help No. 2 Texas beat Iowa State 64-54 on Wednesday in the Big 12 Tournament semifinals. Norman had 10 second-half points, and Jackson converted eight of 11 free throws for Texas.

Grant signs with Jags

Falcons sign Beverly from Lions.

Staley: Steelers committed to running the ball

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

Raiders sign DB Charlton

NFL cancels opening-game kickoff concert

Owens hearing Saturday, decision due Sunday

Garcia, Browns agree on deal

Streets rejoins Mariucci, Barrow cut by Giants

Patriots re-sign versatile running back Kevin Faulk

Shell gets full-time post; kickoff concert is nixed

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Marshall Frady, an Augusta native who went on to national acclaim as an author, reporter and award-winning television journalist, died Tuesday. He was 64.

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An accomplished businessman, C. Daniel Kimbrel, died of cancer Tuesday.

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Ms. Marguerite Buck (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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Mrs. Libby Rodgers (WARD, S.C.)

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Mr. Jermaine Stewart (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Lizzie Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Ocie Carter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Wilma Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Pastor Arthur Robinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Melvin Brown (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Russell Prescott (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Mr. Dudley Posey (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Henrietta Avrett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mr. Howard Stewart (UNION POINT, Ga.)

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Mrs. Nellie McDaniel (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ocie Carter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. C. Daniel Kimbrel (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Keaton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Smith (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Blackwell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Sister Mary Best (MEHLVILLE, Mo.)

Ms. Eula Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Russell Reed (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. J. Lester Simons (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Calvin Gardner (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. John Abear (JOHNSTOWN, S.C.)

Mr. Royal Way (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Williams (HAMPTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Mildred Shuman (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Josephine Thompkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Tiffany Scott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Marshall Frady (GREENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Wilma Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Kimble (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Carroll Chambers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Ms. Sarah Whigham (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Marion Mack (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mamie Schultz (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marjorie Richardson (LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Marion Mack (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rose Larks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Hatcher (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Kay Cox (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Youmans (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary White (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. David McCoy (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Afghan women return to sports, with eye on Olympics

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.

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.

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.

New Greek leader takes charge of troubled Olympics

Jordan's Dream Team among finalists for USOC Hall of Fame
CHICAGO -- Michael Jordan and the original Dream Team, Dan Jansen, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Kristi Yamaguchi, Shannon Miller and Janet Evans are among the finalists for this year's U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame class, the first since 1992.

Greek premier-elect takes responsibility for Olympic readiness

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.

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.

Spring prep sports

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Road Warriors

Kuerten quits Brazil's Davis Cup team

Spring prep sports
Area prep baseball scores.

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

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.

Overtime
Freshman Samantha Blair threw a no-hitter Tuesday night as the Lady Pacers swept a softball doubleheader against Mars Hill.

Road Warriors
Road warriors The U-12 Augusta Arsenal Gunners won the White Division of the 14th annual Concorde Fire Challenge Cup in Atlanta the weekend of Feb 28. Team members are Chandler Norris (front row, from left), K.J. Mode, Ian Tierney, Stephen Maxwell, Matthew Leonard, Matt Hutchison, Chris Burton, Reed Norton, assistant coach Tom Norton (second row, from left), Kelechi Erondu, Drew Spence, Jacob Lopez, Spencer Schoonover, Derek Oland, Dalton Beckham, Stefan OKula and coach Keni Kennedy.

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.

Grant signs with Jags
The Jacksonville Jaguars put their free-agency focus on their secondary Tuesday when they signed safety Deon Grant of the Carolina Panthers and cornerback Dewayne Washington of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Owens hearing Saturday, decision due Sunday
NEW YORK -- Terrell Owens' request to be declared a free agent will be heard Saturday by an arbitrator, and a decision is expected the following day.

Lions sign Streets, filling need for receiver
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions filled another need by signing receiver Tai Streets to a one-year contract Wednesday.

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.

Patriots re-sign versatile running back Kevin Faulk
FOXBORO, Mass. -- The New England Patriots re-signed running back Kevin Faulk on Wednesday.

Streets rejoins Mariucci, Barrow cut by Giants
Wide receiver Tai Streets signed with Detroit on Wednesday and reunited with Steve Mariucci, his coach when he began his career in San Francisco.

Broncos sign QB Quinn, re-sign CB Turner
DENVER -- The Denver Broncos signed free agent quarterback Mike Quinn and re-signed cornerback Scott Turner on Wednesday.

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.

Raiders sign DB Charlton
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders signed defensive back Ike Charlton to a free-agent contract Wednesday.

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.

Falcons sign Beverly from Lions.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons signed Eric Beverly from Detroit on Wednesday to compete with Roberto Garza for the starting left guard spot.

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.

Staley: Steelers committed to running the ball
PITTSBURGH -- Duce Staley didn't mince words when asked how the Pittsburgh Steelers won him over in free agency.

Dad was instrumental in fiddler's career
Andy Leftwich's life was changed by a fiddle, a gift to his father by a friend who was moving.

Taylor getting adjusted to life on the road

The Cat, and his hat, sadly fall flat

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.

Viacom channels go dark on EchoStar in dispute over fees

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.

'American Idol' picks 12 finalists

'American Idol' picks 12 finalists
LOS ANGELES -- From thousands of would-be superstars down to 12 contenders.

'The Sopranos' draw 12 million viewers in season premiere
NEW YORK -- After a 15-month absence, HBO's "The Sopranos" returned to the air Sunday and was seen by 12.1 million people.

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.

'The Sopranos' draw 12 million viewers in season premiere

'Married to the Kellys' is inspired by real in-laws - and real funny

'Married to the Kellys' is inspired by real in-laws - and real funny
NEW YORK -- Tom Hertz, who created the ABC sitcom "Married to the Kellys," grew up introverted in Connecticut. Then he married a lively, outgoing girl named Susan Kelly from the Kansas City area.

Correction: "Sex and the City" movie still possible

Club calendar

Actor and monologuist Spalding Gray is confirmed dead

The king will return this spring

'Schindler' is Spielberg's best work

Globetrotter says providing family entertainment never becomes old

Standing ovations

Applause calendar

People in the News

People in the News

On the road

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

Hot ticket

Massive Michael Jackson collection surfaces in New Jersey

Bulldogs toss '03 postseason in bin
ATLANTA - Chris Daniels sat alone in front of a television, flipping around the dial. Cartoons. The Discovery Channel. He didn't care what he watched - as long as it wasn't basketball.

Bulldogs toss '03 postseason in bin

The Cat, and his hat, sadly fall flat
Dear Mr. Cat in the Hat, I would like two hours back. I spent them watching your DVD, A waste of time, for you and me.

Odom named coach of the year by his peers
ATLANTA -- Rick Stansbury guided Mississippi State to its first Southeastern Conference championship since 1991, but South Carolina's Dave Odom was named coach of the year by his peers.<

Odom named coach of the year by his peers

Odom get honored
ATLANTA - South Carolina coach Dave Odom already had released a statement professing his appreciation for his selection as SEC Coach of the Year by his coaching peers. But when pressed again at Wednesday's SEC Tournament news conference, Odom expounded on his joy.

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.

Gamecocks' win could wrap up bid
ATLANTA - Carlos Powell backed against the wall outside the visitor's locker room at Tennessee's Thompson-Boling Arena last Saturday.

Gamecocks' win could wrap up bid

Odom get honored

Man killed during initiation at Masonic Lodge

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Odds and Ends