New Yves Saint Laurent museum celebrates designer's career
PARIS -- The clothes are pure Yves Saint Laurent but they resonate with the influence of Mondrian, Braque, Matisse, Andy Warhol and other modern art greats.

Top illustrators join forces to exhibit sea art
MYSTIC, Conn. -- Their art is often seen but rarely recognized. It adorns the covers of countless books and the pages of newspapers and magazines throughout the world. It stars in today's most popular animated films.

Bonds won't play during weekend

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.

Bonds won't play during weekend
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Barry Bonds won't play in a game until Monday at the earliest.

Picking over church food won't win you any friends

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.

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
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Hot. Now. Healthy? Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, long known for its high-calorie treats, says it plans to offer a low-sugar doughnut to attract dieters and diabetics.

Phillies beat Braves
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Doug Glanville hit his third homer of spring training and Pat Burrell had a pair of run-scoring singles off Russ Ortiz to lead the Philadelphia Phillies over the Atlanta Braves 4-1 Friday.

Smoltz returns to hill

Smoltz returns to hill
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Braves will get their first look at two key members of their bullpen Saturday afternoon when John Smoltz and Armando Almanza face the Yankees at Disney's Cracker Jack Stadium.

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.

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.

Right-hander's job remains in doubt

Phillies beat Braves

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.

Software company comes to downtown

FCC proposes $247,500 indecency fine against Clear Channel
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators stepped up their campaign against indecency, proposing a $247,500 fine Friday against the nation's largest radio chain for a Washington-based show.

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.

AG Edwards settlements climb

Attacks shake up Wall Street

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

Retail sales up by 0.6 percent in February

Energy watchdog sees risk of tighter oil supplies and higher prices

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

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

Martha Stewart living at Danbury prison would be dreary, controlled

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.

Business briefs
Builders plan to break ground on a McDonald's restaurant on Furys Ferry Road later this month.

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.

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.

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

Saving single-handedly
Rebecca Gregg puts $75 into her savings account each payday.

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.

Saving single-handedly

Attacks shake up Wall Street
NEW YORK - Weakened by worries about high share prices and the stagnating job market, Wall Street gave up all its 2004 gains in just two days as terrorism fears shook even the most intrepid bargain hunters.

Late rally sinks Clemson

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

Cotton Bowl hopeful to fill BCS rotation
DALLAS - With the Bowl Championship Series ready to expand and the Dallas Cowboys pushing for a new stadium, Cotton Bowl organizers are hoping the time is right for their game to again become among the top showcases in college football.

Cotton Bowl hopeful to fill BCS rotation

Carter propels Techsters' rout

Illinois dumps Indiana to gain semifinal berth

Lady Jags to face Shaw

Welch wants more time with family

Augusta State buzzes Shaw

Roberts injured; Bulldogs out

Blue Devils topple Cavaliers

Sage wrong on taxes

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.

Kerry's free ride

Mental health problem

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

Mental health problem
The corruption uncovered last year at the Community Health Center of East Central Georgia points up the dramatic contrast between greed and sacrifice there: Greed by administrators, cronies and lobbyists who got rich milking the place dry; sacrifice by many low-paid social service caseworkers. The latter routinely put in a lot of extra time and some of their own money to help their emotionally unstable clients live in a regular community, outside the confines of a state institution.

Blood-dripped memo

Sage wrong on taxes
As an economic adviser to Arnold Schwarzenegger, investment guru Warren Buffett almost derailed the movie star's California gubernatorial campaign by calling for property tax increases. Schwarzenegger, who understood that the problem with the economy was too much taxing-and-spending, quickly distanced himself from the Buffett proposal and went on to be elected governor.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Stocks rally after week of losses

Stocks plummet on terror fears, mixed economic news

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.

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.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

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 Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market.

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.

Stocks rally after week of losses
NEW YORK -- Stocks rebounded Friday after four days of heavy losses, but still ended the week substantially lower in what analysts agree has become a full-fledged market correction.

Lake has changed plenty in last 50 years

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.

Warming trend only means good news for anglers

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.

Tournament news and results

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.

Indoor sowing is worthwhile

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.

Banished from Golden Dome, O'Leary wants to turn around Golden Knights
ORLANDO, Fla. -- George O'Leary wanted another chance. Central Florida was the perfect place to start over.

No. 14 Georgia Tech squeaks past North Carolina
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Roy Williams' first trip to the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament was a short one.

Yellow Jackets eke out victory
GREENSBORO, N.C. - In order to win the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament this weekend, Georgia Tech will likely have to get past three North Carolina schools in their own backyard.

Georgia Tech center steps up
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Luke Schenscher wasn't happy with his performance in the regular-season finale against Florida State.

Banished from Golden Dome, O'Leary wants to turn around Golden Knights

Yellow Jackets eke out victory

No. 14 Georgia Tech squeaks past North Carolina

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.

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.

Jacobsen sizzles at SBC Classic
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - Peter Jacobsen got off to a fast start in his Champions Tour debut, shooting a 5-under 67 on Friday for a share of the first-round lead in the SBC Classic.

Pettersson retains lead
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - The man who calls himself the "only Swedish redneck on the planet" continues to play golf that is out of this world in the Honda Classic.

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.

Jacobsen shares lead in Champions Tour debut
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- Peter Jacobsen got off to a fast start in his Champions Tour debut, shooting a 5-under 67 on Friday for a share of the first-round lead in the SBC Classic.

Change in course delights Honda field

Stupples takes lead in Tucson
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Karen Stupples, an admirer of English golf icon and countrywoman Laura Davies, will be playing in the same threesome with her for the first time.

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.

Jacobsen sizzles at SBC Classic

Stupples takes lead in Tucson

Jacobsen shares lead in Champions Tour debut

Pettersson retains lead

Petterrson takes advantage of kind, gentle Honda course

Gentry to leave Williston-Elko

Gentry to leave Williston-Elko
Justin Gentry's departure from Williston-Elko seems logical in the career progression of any football coach. Gentry announced his intention this week to accept the head football position with Lake City High School near Florence, S.C.

'Canes replace missing pieces

'Canes replace missing pieces
RALEIGH, N.C. - When the Carolina Hurricanes traded their captain, coach Peter Laviolette called it an opportunity for other players to prove their mettle.

Hurricanes defeat Thrashers
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Justin Williams scored a tie-breaking goal and the Carolina Hurricanes rebounded with a vengeance from their last shaky performance for a 4-2 win Friday over the Atlanta Thrashers.

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).

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.

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.

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.

Fire shuts down half of tire plant
GRANITEVILLE - A fire in a mixer at the Bridgestone Firestone Company in Graniteville caused the plant to shut down about half of its operations tonight.

Judiciary is trying to legislate
James J. Kilpatrick's recent column discussed amendments to the Constitution, one of the critical issues of our time. Merle Temple, Evans, Ga.

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

Mars project squanders resources

Big business kills customer service
As I review a recent day I find it necessary to vent my disbelief. David Rushton, North Augusta, S.C.

Big business kills customer service

Judiciary is trying to legislate

Mars project squanders resources
Why in the world is NASA so intent on looking for life on Mars? Is it only to further evolutionary doctrine? I'm afraid it is. We have spent large amounts of time and energy and technical expertise on trying to prove, I suppose, that God did not create life on earth - that it happened by chance and could have happened on Mars also. Tim Austin, Hephzibah, Ga.

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.

Chorale should be applauded

Krispy Kreme planning a low-sugar alternative

Health and fitness calendar

Bird flu reappears in Thailand, Japan investigates deaths of chickens

How well do commercial breath analyzers test alcohol levels?

Living briefs

Some find swim-in-place pools a perfect fit

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Lynx back home after long trip
Before the Augusta Lynx played South Carolina on Tuesday night, Lynx coach Stan Drulia told his players that the Stingrays would probably play a little flat. After all, the Augusta game was South Carolina's first home game after a six-game road trip.

Lynx back home after long trip

Study's goal is to prove some bacteria aren't bad
Dr. Robert Martindale wants to change the thinking that all bacteria are bad bacteria.

City threatens suit over trash fees
Augusta officials, in an effort to minimize proposed household trash collection fees, are going to court to collect overdue landfill accounts.

Roads' debris can be deadly

Larke made extra income

House softens cuts to education programsHouse softens cuts to education programs
ATLANTA - Budget writers in the Democrat-controlled Georgia House approved a $16.2 billion budget Friday that would soften some of the cuts the governor recommended in education and health programs while continuing to pay for books and fees for HOPE scholars.

Agency sets fines on mall's pet store
Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin announced fines Friday against the owner of an Augusta Mall pet store under local and state investigation for animal cruelty.

Rants and raves
I CANNOT TOLERATE sports columnist Scott Michaux and his anti-University of Georgia columns any longer. I have been an Augusta Chronicle subscriber for over 10 years, but enough is enough. Please cancel my subscription. If every UGA fan who subscribes to The Chronicle canceled his or her subscription, Mr. Michaux would probably lose his job. He could probably land a job with the Georgia Tech school newspaper, or better yet, go back where he came from.

Two plead guilty to check forgery
Two men pleaded guilty Friday to racketeering, admitting they took part in a check forgery scheme that stole thousands from area residents and businesses.

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.

Officer apologizes for bomb threat error

Sanford's suggested closings spark debate
AIKEN - Plans to close a live-in school for troubled youth and privatize a state park have angered McCormick County officials and provoked the state senator who represents the rural county - South Carolina's smallest and one of its poorest.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Kenneth Devon Faison, 12, of Harlem.

Across the area

Pet store fined for alleged animal cruelty

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A suspicious package that forced 1,400 employees to leave government buildings near Georgia's Capitol contained only a birth certificate and a money order, officials said Friday.

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.

Atlanta water limits lighter
ATLANTA - Metro Atlanta and a portion of coastal Georgia would be spared strict geographic limits on shifting water between rivers under a bill passed by the House on Friday.

Corrections
l A story in Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle contained incorrect information about hunting and fishing licenses purchased through the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. They are good for one year from the date of purchase.

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.

Atlanta water limits lighter

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.

Guard members welcomed home

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.

Across the region

Republicans race to win NASCAR dads

A new view

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - A man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend during a standoff at the grocery store where she worked kept a journal in which he planned the crime right down to asking the victim to decide whether she wanted to die by being shot or strangled, an investigator testified.

Gilbert Manor grant stalls

Questions plentiful on local option sales tax
The talk Friday was about spending sales tax money, and Augusta commissioners had plenty of ideas of how to do just that.

Medal of Honor winner speaks about experience

Some object to end of watch

Sanford's suggested closings spark debate

Larke made extra income
Richmond County School Superintendent Charles Larke made an extra $20,000 last year by including fringe benefits in the calculation used to determine how much he got paid for unused vacation days.

Corrections

Gilbert Manor grant stalls
An Augusta Commission committee effectively torpedoed Friday a $45 million plan to replace an aging public housing unit with expanded Medical College of Georgia facilities.

Command changes at Army institute
FORT BENNING, Ga. - Years ago, Col. Gil Perez left Cuba for American with three sets of clothes and a pair of shoes.

Bill aimed at curbing profiling by police
ATLANTA - Records on the race and gender of every motorist pulled over by police would be compiled under a racial profiling bill adopted by the Georgia House on Friday.

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.

A new view
The old FAO Swartz Toy Store robot, a10,000 pound, 41 foot tall robot, is being installed by Superior Rigging at the Hudgens Center for Arts in Gwinnett Center Friday March 12, 2004 after being donated by the Mall of Georgia.

Fire shuts down half of tire plant

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.

City threatens suit over trash fees

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.

Kid of the day

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.

Dental records identify remains
AIKEN - A former pressman whose skeletal remains were discovered Feb. 22 in Aiken's Hitchcock Woods hanged himself in 1992, authorities said Friday.

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.

Medal of Honor winner speaks about experience
AIKEN - As Leo Thorsness sat in his cell at the infamous Hanoi Hilton as a prisoner of war in 1967, he decided to walk home to the United States.

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

Rants and raves
I CANNOT TOLERATE sports columnist Scott Michaux and his anti-University of Georgia columns any longer. I have been an Augusta Chronicle subscriber for over 10 years, but enough is enough. Please cancel my subscription. If every UGA fan who subscribes to The Chronicle canceled his or her subscription, Mr. Michaux would probably lose his job. He could probably land a job with the Georgia Tech school newspaper, or better yet, go back where he came from.

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.

Towns angered over sales tax
North Augusta and other towns in Aiken County say they haven't seen all the money they were promised from a 1-cent sales tax that began in 2001.

House softens cuts to education programsHouse softens cuts to education programs

Towns angered over sales tax

News you can use
March 13, 1993 The calendar said it was almost spring. Mother Nature didn't agree. She dumped a deluge of snow on Augusta and blasted the surrounding areas with wind and ice. Although several homes and businesses lost power and several wrecks occurred the Augusta area was relatively lucky.

Study's goal is to prove some bacteria aren't bad

Kerry wants 2005 BRAC suspended
The head of the Augusta area's effort to stave off Base Realignment and Closure in 2005 said the process should go on, despite one presidential candidate's wishes to stop it.

Agency sets fines on mall's pet store

Across the area
A Gilbert, S.C., woman was killed early Friday when she lost control of her sport utility vehicle on a rural Aiken County road.

Across the area

Larke gets good job evaluationLarke gets good job evaluation
Richmond County School Superintendent Charles Larke received a satisfactory evaluation from board members this week, which makes him eligible for a deferred annuity.

Command changes at Army institute

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.

Drugs raise health debate

Downtown parking lots may change

ATV bill advances to House for vote

Friends recall Frady's gifts
Marshall Frady's funeral Friday seemed fitting for a native of the South who some say understood and wrote about it like no other.

Panel says to pursue new site for center

Teens face trial in pupil's death
BLUFFTON, S.C. - Nearly two years after a Bluffton eighth-grader was beaten to death at McCracken Middle School, the two teenage boys accused of killing him are expected to face trial Monday.

Questions plentiful on local option sales tax

Republicans race to win NASCAR dads
HAMPTON, Ga. - Steve Toler's mind was on this weekend's stockcar race, not November's presidential race, but he agreed to chat with Republican volunteers Thursday outside Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Two plead guilty to check forgery

Sneezing? It must be springtime
Like daffodils bursting forth and green grass emerging from a brown slumber, Nicholas DeLaney's red runny nose is a sure sign of spring.

Across South Carolina

Teacher reports pupil's threat
Days after police became concerned that a Richmond County pupil's rape claim wasn't immediately addressed, sheriff's officials said Friday that school authorities properly reported a disturbing threat Thursday.

News you can use

Panel says to pursue new site for center
Among heaps of decaying brick, abandoned trash and splintered wood, there is a silence broken only by the blaring whistle of an approaching train or the soothing shovel of dirt by a lone worker.

Horses, trainers prepare for Trials

ATV bill advances to House for vote
ATLANTA - A bill designed to reduce injuries and fatalities among children riding all-terrain vehicles advanced Friday in the House, but not before lawmakers removed several controversial penalties involving driver's license suspensions.

Skeletal remains identified

Roads' debris can be deadly
ATLANTA - A clothes dryer that tumbled off the back of its new owner's pickup caused an accident that killed a father driving his two sons home from a baseball game.

Board members mum on Larke's evaluation

Drugs raise health debate
It was just a little chest tightness on the golf course, but it was enough to get Jim Jones to go see cardiologist Abdulla Abdulla the next day. Soon after, he was on an operating table at University Hospital getting six coronary artery bypass grafts.

Committee votes on Judicial Center site

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.

Around town

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.

Judge denies man reduced sentence

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.

Graduation worries are aired

Ticket sales up for event
AIKEN - The stage is set for today's Aiken Trials, and the forecast calls for good weather and the good times that come with it.

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.

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.

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.

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

Yellow Jackets creating their own buzz
GREENSBORO, N.C. - You're 20 years old. Your team let slip an 11-point lead. You hit the first game-winning buzzer-beater of consequence in your life. You find yourself staring into a stunned wall of baby blue.

At the Movies: 'Secret Window'

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.

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

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

Mini reviews

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."

Oscar contest winner

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.

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.

Newman - again - on the pole at Atlanta

Newman captures pole position again
HAMPTON, Ga. - Ryan Newman playfully suggested a week ago he'd like to break Bobby Isacc's 1969 record for pole positions in a single season.

Rahal considering leaving Champ Car
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Bobby Rahal is considering following the lead of fellow team owner Adrian Fernandez and abandoning the Champ Car World Series for the rival Indy Racing League.

Newman - again - on the pole at Atlanta
HAMPTON, Ga. -- This is getting monotonous.

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

Elliott missing Atlanta for first time in 25 years

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.

Newman captures pole position again

Toyota jumps in front

Toyota jumps in front
ATLANTA - David Reutimann led a Toyota assault in qualifying for today's EasyCare Vehicle Services Contracts 200 for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

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.

Hawks whip Washington

Hawks whip Washington
ATLANTA - Stephen Jackson scored a career-high 42 points and five Atlanta players scored at least 20 in a 138-124 win over the Washington Wizards on Friday night.

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

NBA approves sale of Hawks, but NHL must sign off on Thrashers

Jackson, Lakers fined $50,000 each

NBA approves sale of Hawks, but NHL must sign off on Thrashers
ATLANTA -- The NBA approved the $250 million sale of the Atlanta Hawks and Thrashers on Friday, but the NHL must still sign off on the deal before the new ownership group can take over.

McGrady vows to hit 70

Blue Devils topple Cavaliers
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Shelden Williams had a career-high 27 points and eight rebounds Friday to lift Duke past Virginia 84-74 in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament quarterfinals.

Augusta State buzzes Shaw
RALEIGH, N.C. - For a team that was barely supposed to be in the NCAA Division II Tournament, Augusta State went a long way in proving its worth Friday night.

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.

Roberts injured; Bulldogs out
ATLANTA - Mississippi State went to overtime one too many times.

Carter propels Techsters' rout
FRESNO, Calif. - Amisha Carter had 23 points and 12 rebounds, leading No. 7 Louisiana Tech to the finals of the Western Athletic Conference tournament with a 74-47 victory over UTEP .

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

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.

Illinois dumps Indiana to gain semifinal berth
INDIANAPOLIS - Deron Williams felt sick just before Illinois' game against Indiana.

Cowboys acquire Henson from Texans

Raymer signs with Redskins

Raymer signs with Redskins

Darius signs $4.1 million franchise offer

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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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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

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.

Anti-Olympic protesters march to U.S. Embassy

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.

Flaggers should focus on looking forward
Before I launch into my diatribe, a few facts: I was born in Georgia, as were my parents and grandparents and all but one of my great-grandparents. Two of my ancestors fought for the South in the Civil War. There might have been others, but I don't know. In my family, looking back has never been as important as looking ahead.

Flaggers should focus on looking forward
Before I launch into my diatribe, a few facts: I was born in Georgia, as were my parents and grandparents and all but one of my great-grandparents. Two of my ancestors fought for the South in the Civil War. There might have been others, but I don't know. In my family, looking back has never been as important as looking ahead.

Prep spring sports

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Overtime

FDA to try to stem sales of andro

Byrd's game has colleges calling

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

Overtime
The NBA approved the $250 million sale of the Atlanta Hawks and Thrashers on Friday, but the NHL must still sign off on the deal before the new ownership group can take over.

Students proud to be called Nimrods
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - In most places, calling someone a "nimrod" might earn you a cold stare or a fat lip.

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

Prep spring sports
Area spring sports scores and stats.

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.

Mosley risking big payday against Wright
LAS VEGAS - He beat Oscar De La Hoya in his last fight, and has a promise to fight Felix Trinidad next.

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.

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.

Cowboys acquire Henson from Texans
HOUSTON - Quarterback Drew Henson will get his chance to play in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys.

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.

Both sides in religion's gay marriage debate cite the same Bible passage
Gay marriage, with all its religious ramifications, is suddenly a hot political issue that will fester for years.

Religion News in Brief
VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican issued instructions for bishops Tuesday that included a reminder that Jews should be treated with respect as "elder brothers" to avert anti-Semitism, and that priests should be properly educated about the Jewish religion.

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Deadline is noon Monday. Send items to virginia.norton@augustachronicle.com. Send a fax to 722-7403, or mail to Faith Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

'Passion' pulls pair to theater
The only time Sam Thorpe Jr. remembers setting foot inside a movie theater was to see The Sound of Music in the 1960s, until The Passion of the Christ came along.

Feeding faith
When Bayvale Baptist Church found out its members were going to Hephzibah to participate in the Angel Food Ministry program, the church asked, "Why not here?"

Did banning Satan by proclamation make a difference?
INGLIS, Fla. -- It truly was an ambitious undertaking: But Carolyn Risher, mayor of this coastal hamlet of shrimp fishermen and God-fearing folk, believed the hour had come to cleanse her town of the giver of evil. Of Satan himself.

Rare bibles showcased in traveling university exhibit
DALLAS -- Few universities can match the caliber of the 60 rare English Bibles on display at Southern Methodist University.

People visit shrine in western India hoping to shake off evil spirits
UNAVA, India -- Shrieking in anguish, Farida Banu savagely swings her matted hair and throws her head backward and forward.

Area churches plan for Easter pageantry
Within days of the opening for Immanuel: The Light of the World last year, the cast was still short three disciples.

Best-selling Christian author declares: 'It's Not About Me'
SAN ANTONIO -- To millions of readers, he's a writer whose personal anecdotes help connect ordinary Christians to God. To thousands at his church, he's an honest, humble preacher.

Yellow Jackets creating their own buzz

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.

'The Practice' to be reincarnated as new drama

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

'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.

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.

Ricky Gervais of 'The Office' takes on an 'Alias'
LOS ANGELES -- Ricky Gervais made TV viewers guffaw over "The Office." He had Hollywood giggling when he accepted Golden Globe honors for his sitcom as casually as if he was picking up groceries.

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.

Ricky Gervais of 'The Office' takes on an 'Alias'

'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.

'American Idol' picks 12 finalists

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.

Wrestlemania grapples with New York

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Georgia knocks out Auburn

No. 8 Kentucky knocks out Georgia
ATLANTA -- Take a deep breath, Kentucky.

Georgia must hope for bid

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.

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.

Harrick Jr. wanted to continue teaching

Toughness guides Georgia

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

No. 8 Kentucky knocks out Georgia

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.

Georgia must hope for bid
ATLANTA - A dejected Georgia squad shuffled off to the locker room underneath the Georgia Dome stands Friday afternoon, but a few Kentucky fans weren't ready to stop their taunting.

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

Bulldogs' seniors get first SEC tourney win

South Carolina gets the best of Arkansas

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.

MAKING THEIR CHARGE

Gamecocks' Boynton scores 32 in victory

South Carolina keeps NCAA hopes alive

MAKING THEIR CHARGE
ATLANTA - When Tarence Kinsey energized South Carolina in Thursday's win against Arkansas, Renaldo Balkman was a little surprised.

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.

South Carolina keeps NCAA hopes alive
ATLANTA -- Mike Boynton made sure South Carolina kept its NCAA tournament hopes alive.

Odds and Ends

Mother charged with killing two newborns five years apart

Woman: fake $1 million bill was a misunderstanding

Odds and Ends

Best-selling Christian author declares: 'It's Not About Me'

Religion News in Brief

Area churches plan for Easter pageantry

Rare bibles showcased in traveling university exhibit

Both sides in religion's gay marriage debate cite the same Bible passage

Feeding faith

'Passion' pulls pair to theater

Did banning Satan by proclamation make a difference?

People visit shrine in western India hoping to shake off evil spirits