Superstitions paying off

McCain wants testing change

Tejada leaves spring training game with leg strain
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Baltimore Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada left Thursday's game against Boston with strained lower right leg muscle.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Athletics overpower San Diego

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.

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.

Royals defeat White Sox

Picking over church food won't win you any friends

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.

Lance A. Herring Jr.

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.

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.

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.

Eric Muhammad Abdullah Jr.

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.

Leah Paige Copeland

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.

Noah Blake McGahee

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.

Luke Colton Youngblood

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.

Colton Aaron McPhee

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.

Harrison Johnston Cooper

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.

Brianna Ashley Hoggard

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.

Joshua Timothy Green

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.

Nasir Dajan Mosquera

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.

Lydia LaRayne Barton

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.

Katie Scarlet Marie Santiago

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.

Mother charged with killing two newborns five years apart
CANADICE, N.Y. -- Stacy DeBeer told relatives she was pregnant. But when a baby failed to materialize months later, a suspicious relative snooping around DeBeer's basement found a newborn's body - entombed in concrete.

Odds and Ends
ADVANCE, N.C. -- Two fast-food restaurant employees who bathed in a dishwashing sink took their hygiene a bit too far - but didn't pose a health threat, the county's health director said.

Woman: fake $1 million bill was a misunderstanding
ATLANTA -- A woman who tried to use a fake $1 million bill to buy $1,675 worth of merchandise at Wal-Mart said it was all just a misunderstanding - she thought the bill was real.

On diamond, Furcal sets game's pace

Indians edge out the Braves

Indians edge out the Braves
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Atlanta's Jaret Wright, facing his former team for the first time, struck out six in three innings Thursday in the Cleveland Indians' 6-5 win over the Atlanta Braves.

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

Right-hander's job remains in doubt
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - The last time Jaret Wright was here, he was a sore-armed pitcher trying to win a job with the sad-sack Indians.

Right-hander's job remains in doubt

Millions in credits go unused

Retail sales up by 0.6 percent in February

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.

Budget deficit hits $226.8 billion in first five months of '04 budget year

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.

Business briefs

Budget deficit hits $226.8 billion in first five months of '04 budget year
WASHINGTON -- The government produced a deficit of $226.8 billion in the first five months of the 2004 budget year - more red ink than for the same period the previous year.

Energy watchdog sees risk of tighter oil supplies and higher prices

Shoppers stick with Stewart's 'good things'

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.

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.

AG Edwards settlements climb

Martha Stewart living at Danbury prison would be dreary, controlled

Walt Disney's daughter says Eisner should resign

Software company comes to downtown

Trade deficit widens to record $43.1 billion in January

Energy watchdog sees risk of tighter oil supplies and higher prices
LONDON -- Hunger for imported oil in China, scanty global inventories of crude, and political unrest in petroleum-rich Venezuela could combine to drive gasoline prices higher this summer, the International Energy Agency warned Thursday.

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.

AG Edwards settlements climb
When Gwen and John Brown started looking for a lawyer, they suspected their former stockbroker had done something wrong.

South Carolina January jobless rate drops to 6.3 percent
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's jobless rate dropped to 6.3 percent in January, down from a revised 6.7 percent in December, the state Employment Security Commission said.

Software company comes to downtown
An Augusta software development company now calls downtown home.

Martha Stewart living at Danbury prison would be dreary, controlled
HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Danbury Federal Correctional Institution has next to nothing in common with Martha Stewart's world of porcelain pudding bowls and Egyptian cotton bedding.

Greenspan: education, not trade barriers, answer to job worries
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan on Thursday said expanding educational opportunities for all Americans - not erecting protective trade barriers - was the answer to the nation's current worries about the loss of jobs to foreign competition.

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.

Retail sales up by 0.6 percent in February
WASHINGTON -- America's shoppers showed more energy in February and boosted sales at the nation's retailers by 0.6 percent, a hopeful sign for healthy economic growth in the current quarter.

Greenspan: education, not trade barriers, answer to job worries

Late rally sinks Clemson
GREENSBORO, N.C. - One futility streak ended Thursday night. Another lives on.

Late rally sinks Clemson

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.

SEC overview

NCAA's bubble teams need conference favorites to win

Lady Jags to face Shaw

Coaches All-Southeastern Conference men's team

Penn State player smiles despite pitfalls

Welch wants more time with family

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

Kerry's free ride
It's amazing the free ride John Kerry is getting from the Big Media. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee has made several remarks lately that, had President George W. Bush made them, the media would have been all over him like they were his National Guard service.

No more brawl games
Some hockey fans are disappointed if a fight doesn't break out at every game.

Blood-dripped memo

Kerry's free ride

'Always a lot of fun'

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.

Blood-dripped memo
In the war on terror, such memoranda are written in the blood of the innocent.

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.

The top five list
Here are the top five TV shows, movies, music, concerts and video sales.

'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.

People in the News
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Oscar-winner Charlize Theron was reduced to tears Thursday when former President Nelson Mandela praised her for putting South Africa on the map.

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.

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.

'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.

Wrestlemania grapples with New York
NEW YORK -- When Wrestlemania first stormed into Madison Square Garden, its mix of high-wire theatrics, mayhem and drama thrust the no-holds-barred world of professional wrestling into mainstream consciousness.

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.

Events 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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Dollar up, gold down in Europe

Tokyo stocks end lower, dollar up against yen

Stocks plummet on terror fears, mixed economic news

Stocks tumble as investors grow increasingly defensive

Fund investors would get detailed data under SEC proposal

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.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Fund investors would get detailed data under SEC proposal
WASHINGTON -- Investors in mutual funds would get detailed information on the managers of fund portfolios under new rules proposed by federal regulators Thursday as they target fund industry abuses.

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.

Mortgage rates down sharply this week
WASHINGTON -- Mortgage rates fell sharply this week, with the rate on benchmark 30-year mortgages dropping to its lowest level since early July.

Stocks plummet on terror fears, mixed economic news
NEW YORK -- Edgy investors sent stocks skidding Thursday as a terrorist attack in Madrid overshadowed mostly good economic news and bullish forecasts from several companies. The Dow Jones industrial average nosedived nearly 170 points, giving the blue chips their biggest four-day drop in nearly 18 months.

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.

Tournament news and results
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Lake has changed plenty in last 50 years
I remember like it was yesterday: Oct. 7, 1952, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened Clark Hill Lake (as it was called then) to the public.

Tournament news and results

Lake has changed plenty in last 50 years

Warming trend only means good news for anglers

Warming trend only means good news for anglers
The current warming trend is nothing but good news for Augusta area anglers because game fish such as crappies, hybrid , striped and largemouth bass will continue moving into shallow water.

Grub guide
Miscellaneous places you can grab a bite:

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.

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.

Food lovers needed

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.

Indoor sowing is worthwhile
If you have the urge to plant seeds, yet it's too cold or damp outdoors, plant some indoors. Indoor sowing might also be the only way to have in your garden that special variety - Violet Queen purple broccoli or Border Beauty zinnia, for example - that you'll rarely find for sale as transplants.

Indoor sowing is worthwhile

Las Vegas Invitational to be played in 2004

Love donates $700,000 runner-up check to his church
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Davis Love III found a way to erase contentious memories from the Match Play Championship, donating his $700,000 from finishing second to his local church.

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.

Petterrson takes advantage of kind, gentle Honda course

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

Golf chapter holds convention

Korean barely misses her 59
TUCSON, Ariz. - Jung Yeon Lee never realized she had two chances to become the second LPGA Tour player to shoot a 59.

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.

Change in course delights Honda field
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Expecting the worse, the Honda Classic field woke up to a surprise Thursday morning: A more than playable golf course for the first round.

Petterrson takes advantage of kind, gentle Honda course
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- All those worried about tough greens and high numbers in the Honda Classic must have wondered whether Carl Pettersson played the wrong course at Mirasol.

Change in course delights Honda field

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

Bertuzzi to learn of his suspension Thursday

Lightning overpower Hurricanes

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Picking over church food won't win you any friends
I was sharing lunch this week with the JOY Club youth group at Warren Baptist Church and remarking on how good the food was. That's when the pastor, David Fleming, made a good point. There is a hazard, he told me, in telling church folks that you either like a certain dish (he mentioned banana pudding) or don't like something (he mentioned potato salad).

Pet store fined for alleged animal cruelty
The head of Georgia's agriculture department announced fines today against the owner of an Augusta Mall pet store under local and state investigation for animal cruelty.

Skeletal remains identified
AIKEN - A former pressman whose skeletal remains were discovered in Aiken's Hitchcock Woods on Feb. 22 hanged himself in 1992, authorities said today.

Committee votes on Judicial Center site
The Augusta Judicial Center Subcommittee voted this morning to abandon a primary site that was being considered for a new judicial center at Ninth and Walker streets.

Editorial strikes blow against anti-Semitism

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

Gun-control column misses mark
It has been observed that if a lie is repeated often enough, it becomes accepted as the truth. Dan Thomasson's guns column (March 2) manages to spout three whoppers and a few little white lies in one place. Shawn Mitchell, Augusta

Film focused on Jesus, not Jews
Regarding Joshua Smith's March 6 letter, "Passion misrepresents Jews": I do believe Mr. Smith missed the whole point of the movie. Bonnie Cox, North Augusta, S.C.

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

Chorale should be applauded
Augusta is blessed to have very talented art groups that work diligently to bring quality productions to the residents of the CSRA. Juanita Burney, Augusta

Chorale should be applauded

How well do commercial breath analyzers test alcohol levels?

Robot vehicles struggle in Pentagon-race trials

Krispy Kreme planning a low-sugar alternative

Shriners make go-karts part of parade

Some find swim-in-place pools a perfect fit

Savannah survival guide

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

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

Health and fitness calendar

Bird flu reappears in Thailand, Japan investigates deaths of chickens

Living briefs

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.

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."

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.

Bird flu reappears in Thailand, Japan investigates deaths of chickens
BANGKOK, Thailand -- A new case of bird flu has been discovered in Thailand, and more than 100 chickens were found dead in Japan, where initial tests came up negative for the disease, authorities said Thursday.

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.

Some find swim-in-place pools a perfect fit
LANDSDOWNE, Pa. -- In the back of her two-story brick colonial, in a small patio-sized add-on, Valarie Arms adjusts a valve on her miniature indoor pool and watches a churning current shoot out like a small stream.

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.

Krispy Kreme planning a low-sugar alternative
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Hot. Now. Healthy?

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.

Living briefs
Today is the debut of The Augusta Chronicle's new Friday Your Life section. If you're looking for the Applause section, it is now being published on Thursdays to give readers more time to plan their weekend. Did you miss it? Applause is available today in racks and at restaurants in Augusta and Aiken.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

How well do commercial breath analyzers test alcohol levels?
Let's start off with this little myth-busting factoid: There is no "safe" blood-alcohol level if you're planning to drive.

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

Graduation worries are aired
Two months before graduation ceremonies move to high school stadiums in Richmond County, some board members are expressing doubts about the plan and the increased costs.

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

Across Georgia

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.

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.

Some object to end of watch
ATLANTA - Eliminating monitoring of radioactive contamination coming from the Savannah River Site in to Georgia would make it impossible to track water pollution from the former bomb plant, environmentalists and state lawmakers charged Thursday.

Pet store fined for alleged animal cruelty

Some object to end of watch

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 fire seriously burned a 63-year-old woman and destroyed her Vaucluse home at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday after a candle caught her clothes on fire and spread through her home, firefighters said.

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.

Rants and raves
THEY KEEP TALKING about drafting a constitution for Iraq. Why don't we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys. It's worked for over 200 years. And we're not using it anymore.

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.

Scientists prefer leaving contaminated soil alone
AIKEN - Leaving radioactively contaminated soil untouched at the Savannah River Site might be safer and better for the environment in some cases than cleaning it up, a scientific report released Thursday said.

Across the area

Trash rate increase debated

Across the area

Judge denies man reduced sentence
A judge decided Thursday not to reduce the sentence of a man whose testimony about a murder plot helped convict two men.

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.

Officer apologizes for bomb threat error
An official with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office apologized to residents of Augusta's Turpin Hill neighborhood Thursday for not notifying them about two bomb threats there this week.

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

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.

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 the region
ROME, Ga. - A class-action federal lawsuit stemming from the discovery of hundreds of corpses at a northwest Georgia crematory has been settled for more than $39.5 million, attorneys said Thursday.

Biologists try to tag sturgeon

Rants and raves
THEY KEEP TALKING about drafting a constitution for Iraq. Why don't we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys. It's worked for over 200 years. And we're not using it anymore.

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.

Around town
The sun rises above a towpath on the Augusta Canal. Fog blanketed the area Thursday morning.

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.

Panel OKs aid contract for girl
An unruly juvenile, who has attacked both her family and her teacher, forced a mental health group to meet Thursday to try and find her some help.

Downtown parking lots may change
About twice a week, Ernest Jones Jr. uses a parking bay on Broad Street while visiting University Health Central for a workout. And nearly twice a week, he says, he has a problem either finding a parking space or exiting the bay.

Money control may be coming
COLUMBIA - A bill that would give schools more control over how they spend state money passed an education subcommittee Thursday.

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.

Board members mum on Larke's evaluation
School board members were tight-lipped on the outcome of Superintendent Charles Larke's annual evaluation, which was performed in closed session during Thursday night's board meeting.

Higher pet fees lead to savings

Horses, trainers prepare for Trials
AIKEN - Every morning at 7, Ron Stevens can be found at Legacy Stables, leading nine horses and riders who are getting ready for Saturday's 62nd running of the Aiken Trials.

Weston center chooses CEO

Trade barriers will hurt state, hopeful says
AIKEN - South Carolina's unemployed textile and manufacturing workers are casualties of a global economy and need to be retrained, Thomas Ravenel, one of five Republican U.S. Senate candidates , said Thursday during an Aiken visit.

Judge hears county's case against racetrack

Democrats, Cheeks argue fax's legality
ATLANTA - Democrats are accusing Sen. Don Cheeks, R-Augusta, of using a state fax machine to further his re-election campaign, but Mr. Cheeks says he was just proving that his Democratic challenger was misusing resources belonging to a law firm.

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.

Board members mum on Larke's evaluation

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.

Skeletal remains identified

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.

Horses, trainers prepare for Trials

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.

Graduation worries are aired

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.

Judge denies man reduced sentence

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.

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Soldiers thankful for their return
On Thursday, fresh and rested, the entire 235th Signal Company which had been coming home in several waves received its official homecoming at Fort Gordon's Alexander Hall.

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.

Committee votes on Judicial Center site

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.

Officer apologizes for bomb threat error

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.

Guard members welcomed home

Guard members welcomed home
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Monique Walker wore a red, white and blue ribbon on her hat and waved an American flag to welcome her brother, Spc. David Premo, who finally came home from war-torn Iraq.

Across the region

Lack of victims' help closes shooting case

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Ricardo S. Coleman Jr., 7 months, of Augusta.

DOT officials propose cameras on I-20

Exposed workers get more payouts

Transit director pictures bus station at new arena

Downtown parking lots may change

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

At the Movies: 'Secret Window'

Flicks

Mini reviews

Blaxploitation movies burned hot for short time

First feature film shot at U.N. brings Pollack, Kidman, Penn to NYC

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.

At the Movies: 'Secret Window'
Johnny Depp and John Turturro can elevate almost any movie, and they do lift the psychological thriller "Secret Window" a bit above the morass of horror cliches that riddle this latest Stephen King adaptation.

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.

Oscar contest winner

Joey Lauren Adams to film movie in Arkansas this summer

Oscar contest winner
Of the more than 250reader entries, 111 outpicked our staff writer Steven Uhles. Of those, 42readers picked all six correctly. In a blind drawing, Jeff Bedenbaugh of Modoc, S.C. was chosen as this year's Oscar Contest winner.

First feature film shot at U.N. brings Pollack, Kidman, Penn to NYC
UNITED NATIONS -- Director Sydney Pollack had been all over New York City, but never inside the United Nations until he scouted locations for "The Interpreter."

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations Friday-Thursday, March 18. Listings were unavailable by press time for Masters Cinema.

Judge: Detectives illegally seized nude photos from R. Kelly
BARTOW, Fla. -- Detectives illegally seized photographs allegedly showing R&B singer R. Kelly having sex with an underage girl and prosecutors cannot use them to try him on child pornography charges, a judge ruled Thursday.

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

Alan Jackson collects leading eight ACM nominations

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."

Influential DJ honored with album

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.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Double duty in Daytona

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.

Elliott missing Atlanta for first time in 25 years

Veterans take turn in Craftsman Series for change of pace

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

Nextel calls on fans to say change is good

Elliott missing Atlanta for first time in 25 years
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Bill Elliott is coming to Atlanta Motor Speedway after all - he's just not bringing his car.

Spike TV to broadcast entire Champ Car schedule

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.

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

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.

Texas Motor Speedway does it in grand style

Perdue revs up weekend races in Atlanta
ATLANTA - Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue refused to disclose his lap time Thursday.

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.

Jackson, Lakers fined $50,000 each

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

Sixers' forward Glenn Robinson to undergo elbow surgery

McGrady vows to hit 70

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.

Jackson, Lakers fined $50,000 each
NEW YORK -- Phil Jackson and the Los Angeles Lakers' organization were fined $50,000 each by the NBA on Thursday for comments the coach made about officiating following a loss to the Utah Jazz.

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.

Pistons stomp Bulls

Jason Kidd returns to Nets after four-game absence

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.

McGrady vows to hit 70
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Forget 62 points. Tracy McGrady believes it's just a matter of time before he breaks 70.

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.

Lakers cream Celtics

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

Okafor sits out Big East quarterfinal
NEW YORK -- Connecticut center Emeka Okafor sat out the Big East quarterfinal against Notre Dame on Thursday night because of the back spasms that have bothered him most of the season.

Lady Jags to face Shaw
When the Augusta State women's basketball team met at a local doughnut shop late Sunday night, the players believed they were partaking in an end-of-the-season vent session.

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):

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.

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.

Welch wants more time with family
Call Charles Welch at Aiken Tech. On the other end, he answers the phone, "Knights basketball."

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

Darius signs $4.1 million franchise offer

Raymer signs with Redskins

Raiders sign DB Charlton

Grant signs with Jags

Raymer signs with Redskins

Owens hearing Saturday, decision due Sunday

Patriots re-sign versatile running back Kevin Faulk

Staley: Steelers committed to running the ball

Streets rejoins Mariucci, Barrow cut by Giants

Falcons sign Beverly from Lions.

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Profile obituary: Mr. Dudley Thayer Posey
When Dudley Thayer Posey opened Posey Funeral Home of North Augusta in 1956 his son Stephen D. Posey said his father truly wanted to serve others.

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

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Anti-Olympic protesters march to U.S. Embassy
ATHENS, Greece -- Hundreds of protesters marched to the U.S. Embassy Thursday, demonstrating against a major Olympic security exercise involving American troops.

Security increased in Athens after Spain bombs, but overall Olympic plan won't change
ATHENS, Greece -- Security was increased at train stations and the Spanish Embassy in Athens after Thursday's deadly terrorist bombings in Madrid, but the overall plans to safeguard the Aug. 13-29 Olympics will stay the same, officials said.

Security increased in Athens after Spain bombs, but overall Olympic plan won't change

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.

Anti-Olympic protesters march to U.S. Embassy

New contractor to take on marathon route widening
ATHENS, Greece -- The Greek government will hand over the task of widening the classic marathon route to a new contractor after labor troubles put the project behind schedule.

Road Warriors

Overtime

FDA to try to stem sales of andro

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Byrd's game has colleges calling

Overtime
Five-time Pro Bowl safety John Lynch won't be back with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next season.

FDA to try to stem sales of andro
WASHINGTON -- The government will crack down on the steroidlike supplement taken by Mark McGwire, telling companies Thursday to quit selling androstenedione unless they can prove it's not dangerous.

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.

Byrd's game has colleges calling
C.J. Byrd has the game, the grades and the grin.

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.

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.

Raymer signs with Redskins
ASHBURN , Va. -- Free agent center Cory Raymer signed a three-year, $3.1 million contract with the Washington Redskins on Thursday.

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

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.

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.

Darius signs $4.1 million franchise offer
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Donovin Darius signed a $4.1 million deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday as their franchise player, meaning he will be on this fall's roster unless he is traded.

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.

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.

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

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.

Raymer signs with Redskins
ASHBURN , Va. -- Free agent center Cory Raymer signed a three-year, $3.1 million contract with the Washington Redskins on Thursday.

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.

The Cat, and his hat, sadly fall flat

High-income taxpayers faced more audits last year, IRS says
WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service stepped up audits of high-income taxpayers last year as the agency continued its search for unpaid taxes among those most likely to evade the collectors.

'American Idol' picks 12 finalists
LOS ANGELES -- Fox's "American Idol" is down to a dozen would-be superstars. The starmaking game show announced the last four finalists Wednesday, setting two months of song-and-dance competition that will culminate in a new musical favorite in May.

CBS to air rerun of "Jesus" movie later this month

'American Idol' picks 12 finalists

'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.

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

'The Practice' to be reincarnated as new drama

'American Idol' picks 12 finalists

On tape, Princess Diana describes confronting the Other Woman
NEW YORK -- Princess Diana chose the birthday party of Camilla Parker Bowles' sister to confront the woman having an affair with her husband, Prince Charles, according to excerpts of audiotapes made by Diana that were aired Thursday by NBC.

Rankings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of March 1-7. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

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

'The Practice' to be reincarnated as new drama
LOS ANGELES -- "The Practice," the ABC legal drama that underwent major cast changes this season, is coming to an end - sort of.

'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.

'The Sopranos' draw 12 million viewers in season premiere

CBS to air rerun of "Jesus" movie later this month
NEW YORK -- Mindful of the big box office of Mel Gibson's film, "The Passion of the Christ," CBS is rerunning a TV movie about Jesus later this month.

Globetrotter says providing family entertainment never becomes old

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'Schindler' is Spielberg's best work

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Wrestlemania grapples with New York

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Bulldogs' seniors get first SEC tourney win

Bulldogs' seniors get first SEC tourney win
ATLANTA - Georgia freshman Levi Stukes scored a career-high 25 points Thursday to lead the Bulldogs' seniors to a career first a win in the SEC Tournament.

Stukes' hot hand propels Bulldogs
ATLANTA - It started when Georgia found ways to get freshman guard Levi Stukes open for looks at the basket. Stukes took care of the rest.

Georgia knocks out Auburn

Bulldogs toss '03 postseason in bin

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.

Toughness guides Georgia

Harrick Jr. wanted to continue teaching
ATHENS, Ga. - Former Georgia assistant basketball coach Jim Harrick Jr. asked for a second shot at teaching a basketball-coaching course that wound up at the center of an NCAA probe into the school's men's basketball program.

Toughness guides Georgia
ATLANTA - Last spring break, Georgia's Chris Daniels was all alone.

Georgia knocks out Auburn
ATLANTA -- Rashad Wright stood at midcourt, hopping up and down with a sly grin as the clock ran down.

Harrick Jr. wanted to continue teaching

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.

South Carolina gets the best of Arkansas
ATLANTA -- South Carolina spent most of its pre-game practice shooting free throws, and nobody took advantage of the extra work like Mike Boynton.

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.

Gamecocks' win could wrap up bid

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.<

Gamecocks' Boynton scores 32 in victory
ATLANTA - As his team ran through warm-up drills before Thursday's game at the Georgia Dome, South Carolina forward Tarence Kinsey walked up to assistant coach Rick Duckett with a question.

Gamecocks' Boynton scores 32 in victory

Odom get honored

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.

South Carolina gets the best of Arkansas

Woman: fake $1 million bill was a misunderstanding

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Mother charged with killing two newborns five years apart

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