Athens' last movie poster painter saddened by 'Matrix age'
ATHENS, Greece -- He has painted some of Hollywood's greatest stars and his art has been seen by millions.

Athens' last movie poster painter saddened by 'Matrix age'

Restorers say Michelangelo's masterpiece is improved
FLORENCE, Italy -- After months of meticulous dabbing away at decades of dust and grime, a contested cleaning of Michelangelo's "David" is more than halfway done, and experts insist the restoration has improved the marble masterpiece's appearance.

Arts calendar
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Restorers say Michelangelo's masterpiece is improved

Coffee-table views of cityscapes and suburbs, too
Walk the streets of New York and mingle with its people in "New Yorkers: As Seen by Magnum Photographers" (Powerhouse, $45), edited by Max Kozloff.

With a final wave, Pavarotti says goodbye to opera
NEW YORK -- The great ones have the hardest time saying goodbye.

Swimming with the sharks in Hollywood
"So 5 Minutes Ago" is the debut novel of journalist Hilary de Vries, who has covered Hollywood for more than a decade.

For $2 million, roadside attraction's all yours
GOLD HILL, Ore. -- Looking for a career change? Interested in the paranormal? Always admired P.T. Barnum?

Readers will be 'pickled tink' by 'Dilly'
Several contemporary mystery authors place their amateur detectives in realistic settings, with families and neighborhoods, friends and relatives.

For $2 million, roadside attraction's all yours

Swimming with the sharks in Hollywood

With a final wave, Pavarotti says goodbye to opera

Coffee-table views of cityscapes and suburbs, too

Arts calendar

Jaguars rally, keep streak alive
The unlikely along Augusta State's 13th consecutive victory Saturday afternoon was what made it all the more special.

Diamondbacks beat Athletics
PHOENIX -- Richie Sexson hit his first two home runs in an Arizona uniform and Brandon Webb extended his scoreless streak to eight innings, leading the Diamondbacks to a 9-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.

Jaguars rally, keep streak alive

Writer's death leaves us without the right words

Sheriff accused of having handcuffs removed from boy with torch
LINCOLN, Neb. -- A rural Nebraska sheriff who spoke to a high school class handcuffed a student and broke the key, then had a welding shop remove the cuffs with a torch, severely burning the 17-year-old, the student's parents claim.

Parliament takes up feared Norwegian Easter egg crisis
OSLO, Norway -- A few Norwegian lawmakers cackled aloud Wednesday as a fellow legislator demanded the government clarify its plans to overcome a feared Easter egg crisis.

eBay halts auction of Vietnamese girls
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- EBay halted an auction this week and suspended a Taiwanese user who allegedly tried to sell three Vietnamese girls on the Internet site for a starting bid of $5,400.

Plane makes emergency landing on moving pickup in Florida
EDGEWATER, Fla. -- A small plane made an emergency landing on top of a moving pickup, leaving the truck driver wondering if he should have checked his blind spot in the sky.

Bodyguard's gun accidentally fires in audience at college tourney, wounds him in hip
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A concealed pistol carried by an off-duty police officer fired while he sat in the audience at a college basketball tournament, wounding him in the hip.

Quiet return for hot Drew

Braves notebook

Quiet return for hot Drew
JUPITER, Fla. -- It turned out that J.D. Drew's return to his Cardinals roots was anticlimactic.

Braves notebook
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla - Any questions about the state of John Smoltz's elbow have now been answered.

Cardinals blank Braves

Cardinals blank Braves
JUPITER, Fla. -- Facing his former team, J.D. Drew went without an RBI for the first time in spring training and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Atlanta Braves 2-0 Sunday.

Rising interest rates could squeeze profits
NEW YORK -- No one expects interest rates to stay at near rock-bottom levels forever, but there are plenty of companies probably hoping that they don't rise anytime soon.

Influential Fed president Broaddus to retire

Augusta Showcase expands onto new ground
As the Augusta Showcase continues to evolve from its Red Carpet Tour roots, this year's economic development event will tread new ground into Columbia County.

'Magic' of business is marketing, not product

Gas prices reach record high average of $1.77
CAMARILLO, Calif. -- Gasoline prices reached a record high nationwide average of $1.77 a gallon for all grades, rising 1.34 cents in the last two weeks, according to a study released Sunday.

Red Carpet Tour hopes to end drought
With Masters Week approaching, business leaders met last week to talk up their annual efforts of inviting corporate executives to the Tournament in the hopes of recruiting their companies to the area.

Boomers fuel scrapbooking business
NEW YORK -- For Lisa Tantillo, preserving memories of herself, friends and family meant throwing photos in a big box. But since her twins were born three years ago, the Westport, Conn., resident has become what the scrapbooking industry describes as a serious cropper.

Business calendar

Rising interest rates could squeeze profits

Pocket change

Influential Fed president Broaddus to retire
RICHMOND, Va. -- After some of his remarks contributed to a blip in interest rates in the mid- to late 1990s, J. Alfred Broaddus Jr., president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, received an e-mail from an old college girlfriend.

'Magic' of business is marketing, not product
I love watching a good magic show. The challenge, of course, is to guess how the trick is done and expose the magician. Unfortunately, I have never been able to do so.

Incoming TI CEO talks about company's future
DALLAS -- After two consecutive money-losing years, Texas Instruments rebounded in 2003 thanks in large part to its dominance in making chips that drive more than half the world's mobile phones.

Pocket change
Washington was jolted recently when Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan suggested that Congress cut benefits for future Social Security recipients - a shocking idea to many.

Incoming TI CEO talks about company's future

Vandalism outrages small town

On the move
Jan Johnson has been named the vice president of J. Smith Lanier Insurance. She also received the company's Gold Award for commercial and personal insurance production and a 10-year service award.

Vandalism outrages small town
TAKOMA PARK, Md. - In the annals of local crime, the vandalism of a Subway restaurant in downtown Takoma Park barely warrants a mention. Some fractured windows, nothing taken, only about $3,000 in damage.

Public resists gigantic retailer
LOS ANGELES - Wal-Mart has a big target on its back, and it's not from the competition.

Business calendar
Tuesday: Delivering Customer Service That Matters; a two-hour seminar; Training Room, Serotta, Maddocks, Evans & Co., CPAs, 701 Greene St.; 10 a.m.; speaker Dr. Constance Pritchard addresses resolving customer problems and dealing with difficult customers.

Public resists gigantic retailer

Boomers fuel scrapbooking business

On the move

Augusta Showcase expands onto new ground

Representatives disagree over decision to leave during vote

Representatives disagree over decision to leave during vote
When the Richmond County Republican Party met March 8 to issue a call for delegates to the state convention, state Rep. Sue Burmeister issued a call for someone to challenge south Augusta Democratic Rep. Pete Warren.

Auburn defeats Clemson 9-6
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Auburn used a five-run fourth inning on the way to a 9-6 victory over Clemson on Sunday.

Auburn defeats Clemson 9-6

Clemson to face UNC-Charlotte in WNIT
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson is back in the postseason. The Lady Tigers (17-11) got a bid to the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) on Sunday. They'll take on UNC-Charlotte this Wednesday at Littlejohn Coliseum.

Clemson to face UNC-Charlotte in WNIT

No. 8 Kentucky tops Florida

Mississippi State land No. 2 seed in NCAA tournament

Maryland beats No. 5 Duke in OT

Kentucky overall No. 1 seed in NCAA tournament

Duke continues piling up its records

Lady Jaguars keep improbable streak

Stanford upset with No. 6 seed

Tennessee gets top overall seed in women's tourney

Utah State and Colorado head NIT field

Baseball suicide
Major League Baseball began cutting its own throat with season-ruining strikes and lockouts in the 1990s, and now it's about to finish the job over steroid testing.

A pardon is a pardon

Baseball suicide

Shamefully super-sized

Shamefully super-sized
On many levels - emotional, legal, medical, foreign relations and even moral - America's onslaught of obesity is an outrage.

A pardon is a pardon
With Godfather of Soul James Brown awaiting trial on criminal domestic violence charges, South Carolina's Probation, Parole and Pardon Services is under fire for granting the entertainer a pardon last May for his previous crimes.

The naked truth
Is it child pornography to videotape for public view an adolescent girl exposing her breasts? Most people with a modicum of moral values - or an inkling of the law - would say yes. But according to Florida Circuit Court Judge Michael C. Overstreet, taking pictures of naked children is not child porn.

A good pet spay plan
For years Augusta Animal Services directors have been urging the public to get their dogs and cats spayed or neutered as a way of controlling the exploding pet population.

Poster child for shunning

Poster child for shunning
Some societies deal with their disgraces by shunning them - somehow making certain such people are never seen again.

Marie Osmond promises "safe" content in syndicated radio show
LEHI, Utah -- Marie Osmond is taking the shock out of jock.

Georgia teen, others get set for 'American Idol' finals
LOS ANGELES -- So far, breathtakingly untalented William Hung is the big hit of this season's "American Idol."

People in the News
SYDNEY, Australia -- Lisa Marie Presley said she "saw things she could do nothing about" during her brief marriage to Michael Jackson, but refused to elaborate.

Q&A: John Turturro on how to 'Frankenstein' a character
LOS ANGELES -- John Turturro is like the mad scientist of character actors, a performer who says he 'Frankensteins' the individuals he portrays.

Terror attacks give Wall Street some direction: downward
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 terror fears shook even the most intrepid bargain hunters.

Many find ARMs a good alternative to fixed-rate mortgages

Rising asset levels shutter many of last year's hottest funds

Many find ARMs a good alternative to fixed-rate mortgages
NEW YORK -- When Meredith Klein bought her first home earlier this month, she decided against a traditional fixed-rate mortgage.

How badly do you want that new job?
Some folks will go really far and get pretty creative to land a position, according to a survey of nearly 2,000 employees.

Terror attacks give Wall Street some direction: downward

Rising asset levels shutter many of last year's hottest funds
NEW YORK -- A growing number of mutual funds are closing their doors to new investors for a reason that might sound heretical coming from Wall Street: They have more money than they know what to do with.

Virginia tops Georgia Tech in baseball
ATLANTA -- Scott Headd hit an RBI double in a four-run 10th inning as Virginia beat Georgia Tech 8-5 on Sunday.

Jackets not taking Northern Iowa for granted
ATLANTA -- Paul Hewitt was listening to a Northern Iowa game on the radio as he drove last week to a junior college tournament in Kansas.

Yellow Jackets take three seed
ATLANTA -- Luke Schenscher still isn't exactly clear where Georgia Tech is headed this weekend.

Yellow Jackets wilt in closing minutes duke 85, Ga. tech 71
GREENSBORO, N.C. - For the first 26 minutes of its semifinal game with Duke, Georgia Tech matched the mighty Blue Devils, winners of the past five Atlantic Coast Conference Tournaments, blow for blow, possession for possession.

Virginia tops Georgia Tech in baseball

Jackets not taking Northern Iowa for granted

Yellow Jackets take three seed

Yellow Jackets wilt in closing minutes duke 85, Ga. tech 71

Memories hide in layers of dirt, dust

Golf Capsules

Morgan leads SBC Classic
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- Gil Morgan moved into position for his third SBC Classic title, shooting a 6-under 66 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead in the Champions Tour event.

A dream come true for Hamilton at Honda Classic
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Any PGA Tour rookie dreams of a birdie-birdie finish to win.

Hamilton grabs top position

Stupples wins first title
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Karen Stupples played like a winner. At the end of the LPGA Tour season opener, the tag applied.

Hamilton grabs top position
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - The Honda Classic's new golf course has drawn comparisons to the Masters Tournament's Augusta National Golf Club this week. The same can't be said for its leaderboard.

Stupples wins first title

Morgan leads SBC Classic

Haeggman wins Qatar, third European Tour title

Morgan wins SBC Classic
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- Gil Morgan won the SBC Classic for the third time Sunday, closing with a 3-under 69 for a two-stroke victory over Larry Nelson in the Champions Tour event.

Golf Capsules
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Todd Hamilton took 17 years to fulfill his dream of playing on the PGA Tour. It felt like sheer fantasy Sunday in the Honda Classic.

A dream come true for Hamilton at Honda Classic

Haeggman wins Qatar, third European Tour title
DOHA, Qatar -- Sweden's Joakim Haeggman shot a 7-under-par 65 Sunday for a one-shot victory over Japan's Nobuhito Sato at the Qatar Masters.

Atlanta thrashes Washington
ATLANTA -- Sean McEachern snapped a third-period tie, and Vyacheslav Kozlov scored his 20th goal as the Atlanta Thrashers scored three times in the final 6:08 to beat the Washington Capitals 5-2 Saturday night.

Writer's death leaves us without the right words
Joe Cumming can be a man of many words. But the longtime newsman struggled to find the right ones to describe Augusta native Marshall Frady, who died of cancer last week at age 64.

Authorities investigate death of baby
AIKEN - The weekend death of a 4-week-old boy in Aiken is being investigated as a homicide after an autopsy showed he bled to death internally from massive damage to his liver and a kidney, authorities said today.

Payday law was sorely needed
State Sen. Don Cheeks, R-Augusta, is to be commended for shepherding the bill that reforms payday lending in Georgia. As noted in The Augusta Chronicle, in some instances young soldiers have been known to pay up to 500 percent a year renewing payday loans. Chuck Pardue, Augusta

Store stays open, everyone wins

War service knows no political stripe
It seems that the person who said in "Rants & Raves" recently that only Democrats fought wars had drawn, and rightfully so, the ire of Republican respondents. It was an erroneous statement. James Connell, Augusta

Pet store should face justice
As I read the article in your paper recently about the Augusta Mall pet store (March 5), I cried and cried. I believe the pet store should not only lose its license to sell animals, but also be criminally charged. Beth Guarnieri, North Augusta, S.C.

Kerry will lead nation to ruin
Once again the elections are upon us and politicians are promising the moon. I would like to remind everyone who votes that the only money any government agency can spend must come out of your pocket. Local, state and federal governments must reach into the pockets of the worker to pay for all social and economic programs. Obed Rogers, Hephzibah, Ga.

Stop importing nuclear waste
Whenever I read that a radioactive vessel has been shipped from another state to be buried in the bosom of my state, I get mad and sad. James V. Parker, North Augusta, S.C.

Dems waffle on Vietnam's merit
According to recent rhetoric from the camp of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, the Democrats have rediscovered the virtues of patriotism and the value of military service in Vietnam. C. Tom Sutherland, Augusta

Store stays open, everyone wins
The people who patronize Bi-Lo on Deans Bridge Road, myself included, are not the only winners in the decision to keep the store open. Martha Barnes, Hephzibah, Ga.

Jobless figures are skewed
Despite the Democrats' mantra that the economy is in trouble and that over 2.3 million jobs have disappeared, the truth is considerably different. Mary Beth Seaha, Aiken, S.C.

Hold prosecutor to same standard

War service knows no political stripe

Kerry will lead nation to ruin

Dems waffle on Vietnam's merit

Hold prosecutor to same standard
I read on the editorial page your condemnation of the Richmond County school board for breaching the public's trust by approving a leave buyback for Superintendent Charles Larke. However, I read an article in The Chronicle saying U.S. Attorney Richard Thompson was found by the Department of Justice to have violated the public trust and abused his power as U.S. Attorney. Michael Meyers, Augusta

Religious, anti-abortion groups among the winners as abstinence-only funding increases

House has family ties

New Bond game a cinematic thrill

A wand that scans text, but magic it ain't

New owner promises rejuvenation at Cypress Gardens

Helping others is charitable and satisfying

As research moves online, pity the poor encyclopedia

Teens wonder if abstinence-only sex education realistic

Whiskey, one reason Irish eyes are smiling

Tux isn't appropriate for evening beach wedding

Japan and the joy of sake

How to handle and store CDs and DVDs

House has family ties
Bridgit and Blaise Dresser have strong ties to their family, which calls the Leslie Circle neighborhood home.

Helping others is charitable and satisfying
If you feel uplifted by helping your neighbors and improving your community, and if you enjoy working shoulder to shoulder with others who feel the same way, read on.

New owner promises rejuvenation at Cypress Gardens
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- The new owner of Cypress Gardens, one of Florida's oldest tourist attractions, is promising to rejuvenate the park of botanical gardens and water ski shows with new thrill rides and a water park to appeal to younger visitors.

As research moves online, pity the poor encyclopedia
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- These are lonely days for encyclopedias. At libraries, the volumes sit ignored for days on end as information-seeking patrons tap busily away at nearby computers.

Whiskey, one reason Irish eyes are smiling
Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day. So why is it the average reveler's idea of celebrating involves chugging mugs of green-tinted lager from St. Louis?

Religious, anti-abortion groups among the winners as abstinence-only funding increases
NEW YORK -- As President Bush seeks to double funding for abstinence-only education, skeptics are urging closer scrutiny of the grant recipients - many of them religious and anti-abortion groups which in the past did not operate extensively in public schools.

In the know
If you really like seafood, you could win $10,000 in the third annual Old Bay Peel & Eat Shrimp Classic.

Teens wonder if abstinence-only sex education realistic
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- Samantha Hennen counts on her fingers as she poses a question to a couple high-school classmates: "How many girls in our class were pregnant before our junior year?" the 18-year-old senior asks.

How to handle and store CDs and DVDs
What's the best way to handle and store CDs and DVDs?

Tux isn't appropriate for evening beach wedding
Dear Carson: I have several questions. Isn't it proper to wear a tux for a 6:30 p.m. wedding? Also, at a sunset beach wedding in early May, the bride will be wearing a wedding gown and the groom a tux. What should the aunt and uncle of the bride wear? When do you wear a white dinner jacket? If the wedding party is barefoot on the beach, can the aunt still wear a long dress and be barefoot or should she wear dressy Capri pants? - Sand in My Shoes

Japan and the joy of sake
FUSHIMI, Japan - We wound our way through the drafty attic of the brewery, toward the source of the aroma.

A wand that scans text, but magic it ain't
The DocuPen is one of those gadgets that both charms you and breaks your heart. You don't know you need it until you find it. Then, when you realize you need it, it leaves you unsatisfied.

New Bond game a cinematic thrill
Imagine a James Bond movie where you control what happens. That's the idea with "James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing."

Q&A: Refine kitchen cabinets or replace them?
Q. Betty asks: We have been thinking of remodeling our kitchen and have seen many ads about refining kitchen cabinets instead of replacing them. Is this advisable? How does it compare in cost?

Lynx survive in shootout
When Eric Naud's shot went off the kneepad of Lynx goalie Jason Saal, the foghorn went off and the 4,267 fans at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center erupted.

Augusta picks up another victory

Augusta picks up another victory
The Lynx showed Sunday they aren't ready to give up on their chances of making the ECHL playoffs just yet.

Lynx survive in shootout

Corrections
An article in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said that Augusta lawyer Robert Hagler worked with an Atlanta law firm to settle the majority of the claims against A.G. Edwards & Sons.

South Carolina Senate candidates mostly wealthy
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The candidates for U.S. Senate from South Carolina are mostly better off than the people they hope to represent. Some of those seeking the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings, D-S.C., are even multimillionaires.

No pressure: Bible Belt families welcome Muslim refugees
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Sponsor Francie Markham wanted to take her Somali Bantu refugee family to a local mosque for services, so the Methodist woman veiled her head and visited the Islamic Center of Columbia.

Leaders approve bill that would halt payday loans
The Moore boys like playing basketball, especially when they're wearing the Nikes they got for their birthdays.

Across Georgia

County studies others' lessons
Building a magnet school doesn't necessarily mean pupils will come.

Lawmakers try to save youth detention center
ATHENS, Ga. - Barring an eleventh-hour breakthrough, the Athens Regional Youth Detention Center will close its doors for good at the end of this month.

City colors 13 fountains for holiday

New dispute threatens bill on plan for state water use

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

History buffs want visit marked

Pastor says it's good to be back

Fire closes Bridgestone plant
GRANITEVILLE - A fire in a rubber mixer at Bridgestone/Firestone Co. caused the plant to evacuate and shut down half its operations Saturday night.

Oil leak on plane forces landing

Fossil hunters, rock hounds converge at local gem show
Barbara Fenstermacher turned into a "rock hound" relatively late in life.

School clubs get students involved

Identity of South can be slippery
AIKEN - Traces of Dixie may be buried in the sprawl of big cities such as Atlanta or Charlotte, but the distinct essence of Southern culture can still be found in the courthouse square of a small town, the sharp wail of a blues guitar or a graveyard where Confederate veterans are buried.

Conditions for those injured in bus crash improving

Pupils to pass, fail based on reading

Rants and raves
OK , LET'S THINK about this. If you worked for a company, had access to the money and decided to calculate your own payout for vacation, throwing in fringe benefits, don't you think those who watch the bottom line would be a little miffed ? How long before a criminal investigation was launched? How long before a regular person, not an overpaid public official, was put in jail?

Kerry challenges Bush to series of civil debates

South Carolinians earn less than peers in other states

SRS layoff figure omits 100s
AIKEN - Later this month, the private company that runs Savannah River Site will lay off 300 people, but that figure tells only part of the downsizing tale that's unfolding at the federal nuclear reservation.

Soldiers cope with orders to return to Iraq

Debris on roads can be fatal

Kid of the day

Bills' do or die date is near

Trial for two teens in student death begins Monday

State's leading teacher named

Across the area

County studies others' lessons

No pressure: Bible Belt families welcome Muslim refugees

Garden City leader faced inquiry in porn
The Garden City Police Department was investigating former Pooler City Councilman Jim Poteet on child molestation and child pornography charges in the month before his suicide.

News you can use
Pumpkins are good for more than Halloween decorations; they're a great source of beta carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - The discovery of some documents from bankrupt HomeGold Financial Inc. in an Upstate recycling bin has led investigators to seize computers and papers from a Greenville storage facility.

Two die in multicar incident

Event will show support for post
Who would have guessed that cleaning up a highway might help Fort Gordon in the eyes of the Pentagon as it faces the 2005 base closure rounds?

Senators walk independent paths

State's leading teacher named
ATLANTA - An eighth-grade English teacher from Screven County was named Georgia's Teacher of the Year at a ceremony Friday night.

South Carolina Senate candidates mostly wealthy

Trial for two teens in student death begins Monday
BEAUFORT, S.C. -- Two teens are scheduled to stand trial Monday on involuntary manslaughter charges nearly two years after authorities say a middle school classmate was beaten to death.

State Forester declares burn ban for Upstate

Pastor says it's good to be back
JACKSON - More than 350 members of Matlock Baptist Church in Jackson were at Sunday morning homecoming services for the Rev. Mark Riser.

The week ahead

Lawmakers try to save youth detention center

Supporters fight to save school

News you can use

Key Georgia bills
Here is the status of key bills introduced during the 2004 General Assembly session:

Corrections

Radiology pioneer's legacy is extensive
The walls of Dr. Stephen W. Brown's study tell stories. They tell stories of his pioneer work in radiology in Augusta, too many to enumerate and too many for him to keep up with.

Radiology pioneer's legacy is extensive

Five questions: John R. Scherer Jr.
Chosen by the Irish-American Heritage Society to be the grand marshal of Augusta's St. Patrick's Day Parade. An Augusta native, Mr. Scherer and his wife, the former Cindy Mulherin, have four children: Jason, Kateri, Kristen and Tony.

Five questions: John R. Scherer Jr.

The week ahead
No man's law can get in the way of art, so sayeth the hip hop producer known as Danger Mouse. Still, he had to expect some stop signs when he dropped Jay-Z's Black Album and the Beatles' White Album into a musical blender and pulled out the aptly named Grey Album.

Horses, sunshine bring huge crowd

Kid of the day
Makaylia ColemanMakaylia Coleman of Augusta is today's kid of the day.

News you can use

Across the area
A weekend fire at a Bridgestone/Firestone Co. plant in Graniteville caused only minor damage, and all operations were up and running again Sunday, officials said.

Identity of South can be slippery

School clubs get students involved
Experts say pupils involved in school-sanctioned clubs perform better academically than their classmates.

Across the area

Oil leak on plane forces landing
A twin-engine commercial airplane made an emergency landing Sunday night at Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field.

Fossil hunters, rock hounds converge at local gem show

Rants and raves
OK , LET'S THINK about this. If you worked for a company, had access to the money and decided to calculate your own payout for vacation, throwing in fringe benefits, don't you think those who watch the bottom line would be a little miffed ? How long before a criminal investigation was launched? How long before a regular person, not an overpaid public official, was put in jail?

SRS layoff figure omits 100s

Pupils to pass, fail based on reading
Kim Landrum, the mother of a Stevens Creek Elementary School third-grader, was unaware of the gravity of the test her son will soon take - a test that will likely be his gateway to fourth grade.

Kid of the Day

Senators walk independent paths
AIKEN -- In his last lap around the congressional track, retiring U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings is putting on a political clinic about meeting the expectations shouldered by a Palmetto State politician in Washington.

Leaders approve bill that would halt payday loans

South Carolina briefs
COLUMBIA -- The state forester has declared a burning ban in 19 counties because a wildfire in Oconee County has drained resources in the Upstate.

Soldiers cope with orders to return to Iraq
FORT STEWART, Ga. - In many ways, Staff Sgt. John Teasley still feels like he just got home.

Across the Southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. -- R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. will cut its leaf orders by nearly half this year, according to North Carolina tobacco growers.

Across the area
Columbia County authorities are searching for a man who they said sexually assaulted and beat a Martinez woman Friday night, officials said Saturday night.

Supporters fight to save school
McCORMICK -- Cherry Brown, the director of residential services at John de la Howe School, has seen children enter and leave the school for more than 20 years.

Troops show off planes in pitch
The Georgia Air National Guard's 165th Airlift Wing and Savannah State University's Naval ROTC invited nearly 1,000 middle and high school pupils to see fighter jets, cargo airplanes, helicopters and smaller military training jets Thursday and Friday. It's the second year for the event.

Family pushes for continued school involvement
SUMMERTON, S.C. -- About 50 residents of Clarendon County gathered yesterday in the Scott's Branch High School cafeteria to talk about how they can get people invested in the schools again.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A child welfare worker who was forced to leave her job after a 2-year-old's death is suing the state for $2 million, claiming she was unfairly blamed for problems with the system.

State Forester declares burn ban for Upstate
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The State Forester has declared a burning ban in 19 counties because a wildfire in Oconee County has drained resources in the Upstate.

History buffs want visit marked
WARNER ROBINS, Ga.- There's a spot in Houston County where, 140 years ago, Union soldiers held Jefferson Davis and his wife prisoner after the defeat of the Confederacy.

South Carolina State administrator dies
ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- The recently appointed vice president of students affairs at South Carolina State University has died.

Horses, sunshine bring huge crowd
AIKEN - Austin Goodwin, 3, was sporting a pair of green-and-silver sunglasses while his grandmother, Lisa Wright, held him up to see his favorite part of the Aiken Trials - the fast horses.

Greenwood man wins money at halftime basketball tournament
GREENWOOD, S.C. -- A Greenwood resident won more than $17,000 during a halftime competition at the Southeastern Conference basketball tournament at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Debris on roads can be fatal
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.

South Carolinians earn less than peers in other states
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolinians on average got a 1 percent raise from 2000 to 2002, but workers here continued to earn less than people who do comparable jobs in other states.

City colors 13 fountains for holiday
As more than 200 spectators applauded, the Rev. Joseph F. Ware picked up a plastic watering can Friday and poured green dye into the Forsyth Park fountain.

Conditions for those injured in bus crash improving
BEAUFORT, S.C. -- Those injured when a bus carrying Navy personnel crashed into oncoming traffic are getting better, including the driver of a semitrailer rig that collided with the bus.

Two die in multicar incident
ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- A couple from Georgia was killed over the weekend when a the car they were riding in crossed through the median cable barrier on Interstate 26 and crashed into incoming traffic, police said.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Nya Ronnae Hamilton of Augusta.

Yellow Jackets miss chance to make statement
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The question was as indelicate as it was indescribably stupid. The Georgia Tech coach bristled.

Maryland's coach savors win over Duke
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Lefty Driesell once swore he would "screw that trophy to the hood of my car and ride all around the state of North Carolina for a week" if his Maryland team ever won the Atlantic Coast Conference basketball tournament.

Memories hide in layers of dirt, dust
On a recent sunny Sunday afternoon, I pulled my car close to the house, hooked up the water hose and filled up a bucket with suds. My car was dirtier than usual, but I had driven a lot of sad miles a week earlier, and washing it had been the last thing on my mind.

Gibson's 'Passion' still No. 1 with $31.7 million weekend
LOS ANGELES -- "The Passion of the Christ" was the top film for a third straight weekend, taking in $31.7 million and pushing its total beyond a quarter of a billion dollars.

Gibson's 'Passion' still No. 1 with $31.7 million weekend

'Passion' success could result in more religious-themed movies
AUSTIN, Texas -- Expect a slew of religious movies following the extraordinary success of "The Passion of the Christ," said the head of the company that released the film.

British band Starsailor may have been final Phil Spector client

Q&A: Jerry Lewis on his health, Janet Jackson and Martha Stewart
NEW YORK -- Jerry Lewis turns 78 on March 16. He never thought he'd see 76.

British band Starsailor may have been final Phil Spector client
NEW YORK -- Whatever the young British rock band Starsailor may achieve in its career, it will probably remain the answer to a great music trivia question:

Q&A: Jerry Lewis on his health, Janet Jackson and Martha Stewart

NASCAR notebook
HAMPTON, Ga. - Casey Mears brought his momentum and a fast car to Atlanta Motor Speedway.

NASCAR notebook

Earnhardt Jr. back on top a week after lousy run
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. - and his team - are finally growing up.

Earnhardt Jr. looks to regroup
HAMPTON, Ga. - Unlike the days that followed his victory at the Daytona 500, Dale Earnhardt Jr. didn't spend time in a television studio last week. There were no visits to Regis and Kelly, The Late Show with David Letterman or Larry King Live.

Kenseth turns in worst finish of year
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Matt Kenseth finished sixth Sunday at the Golden Corral 500. While it was a solid top-10 finish, it was his worst finish in four races this year.

Earnhardt Jr. looks to regroup

Crawford, Gordon leave hospital; Parker kept overnight

Crawford, Gordon leave hospital; Parker kept overnight
HAMPTON, Ga. -- NASCAR truck series driver Hank Parker Jr. was released from a hospital Sunday, a day after he was injured in a wreck at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Kenseth turns in worst finish of year

AP Enterprise: Justice found Rumsfeld, senior FBI official have souvenirs from Sept. 11 sites

Mexican workers' death rate rises
The jobs that lure Mexican workers to the United States are killing them in a worsening epidemic that is now claiming a victim a day, an Associated Press investigation has found.

AP Enterprise: Justice found Rumsfeld, senior FBI official have souvenirs from Sept. 11 sites
WASHINGTON -- The removal of souvenir debris from the scenes of the Sept. 11 attacks reached the highest levels of government, including Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and FBI Director Robert Mueller's chief of anti-terrorism, a Justice Department investigation has found.

Mexican workers' death rate rises

Przybilla injures left knee
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Hawks center Joel Przybilla will miss four to six weeks after an MRI showed swelling in his left knee.

Raptors top Hawks
TORONTO -- Jalen Rose returned from a hand injury two weeks earlier than expected. Despite wearing a protective wrap, he still found his shooting touch.

Przybilla injures left knee

Raptors top Hawks

Utah State and Colorado head NIT field
NEW YORK -- Utah State and Colorado, bubble teams left out of the NCAA tournament, head the 40-team field for the NIT.

Championship picture takes shape
Basketball fans of Georgia Tech and South Carolina can once again be mad in March instead of frustrated.

Lady Jaguars have Elite Eight in sight
A disastrous Peach Belt Conference Tournament loss to Georgia College & State could have ended the season - mentally and mathematically - for the Augusta State women's basketball team. Coach Greg Wilson couldn't add up the tournament rankings. The mental part? He already had that figured out.

Stanford upset with No. 6 seed
STANFORD, Calif. -- There were a lot of long faces as members of the Stanford women's basketball team filed out of the room where they watched the NCAA tournament draw Sunday.

Sunday's top 25 capsules
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Maryland capped an improbable run through the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament Sunday with a 95-87 overtime victory over No. 5 Duke, ending the top-seeded Blue Devils' run at five straight championships.

Lady Jaguars keep improbable streak
RALEIGH, N.C. - For a team that most people expected to lose on Friday, the Augusta State women's basketball team simply will not go away.

Tennessee gets top overall seed in women's tourney
Tennessee earned the top overall seed in the NCAA women's basketball tournament Sunday, but two straight national championships weren't enough to get a No. 1 for Connecticut.

Duke continues piling up its records
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Paul Hewitt grew tired of answering the questions. Finally, he snapped back at reporters asking about Duke's stranglehold on the Atlantic Coast Conference and its tournament.

No. 8 Kentucky tops Florida
ATLANTA -- Nothing to get excited about. Just another Southeastern Conference championship.

Kentucky overall No. 1 seed in NCAA tournament
INDIANAPOLIS -- Kentucky was selected the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament field Sunday, joined on top of the brackets by Duke, Stanford and Saint Joseph's.

Mississippi State land No. 2 seed in NCAA tournament
Mississippi State can add another accomplishment to its impressive list.

Maryland beats No. 5 Duke in OT
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- So many terrific Maryland teams never won the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. Leave it to the unlikeliest bunch of Terrapins to finally end a 20-year drought.

NFL notebook

Mr. John Jeblee    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Eunice Graham (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Kathleen Wylds (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mr. Harold Segers (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Geneva Lazenby (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Ralph Bales (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mr. J.T. Shell (AFTON, Tenn.)

Mrs. Kathleen Haywood (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Carolyn Boyd (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Evetta Lawton (VARNVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Deborah Bodiford (ULMER, S.C.)

Mrs. Helen Kennedy (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Owens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Jordan (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Darrell Rishel (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ralph Lynn (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Myra Jackson (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. James Burns (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Samuel Hester (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. O'Neail Brawner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Bernice McLain (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. William Leverett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Woodrow Hargrove (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. William Bledsoe (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Carolyn Hill (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Dyzree Butler (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Roger Matthews (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jim Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Shultz (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Shultz (DEARING, Ga.)

Ms. Vivian Ledbetter (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Joe Wood (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Arlean Davis (BARNWELL, S.C.)

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Trainer's Aiken Trials win comes in last race

Agassi, Henin-Hardenne win; Clijsters withdraws

Grabner, Meuli win snowboard titles

Overtime

Trials triumph

United States women trounce France at Algarve Cup

Overtime

Schoenfelder wins slalom title; Paerson takes giant slalom

Area sports announcements

Dog dies in Iditarod leader's team

Overtime
Former Josey football star and current Jacksonville Jaguar Deon Grant will be honored by the city of Augusta on "Deon Grant Day" on Tuesday.

Agassi, Henin-Hardenne win; Clijsters withdraws
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Andre Agassi and No. 1 Justine Henin-Hardenne each won their first matches in the Pacific Life Open on Saturday, but defending women's champion Kim Clijsters withdrew because of a wrist injury.

Area sports announcements
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Overtime
In Atlanta, Joe Kanshansky hit a solo homer in the ninth inning, lifting Virginia to a victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday.

United States women trounce France at Algarve Cup
FERREIRAS, Portugal -- The U.S. women's soccer team beat France 5-1 Sunday on the first day of the Algarve Cup.

Trials triumph
James "Bo" Burns leaps off Cordon Rouge after finishing first in The City of Aiken Trophy race at the Aiken Track Trials. Pictured at bottom right is trainer Bruce Snipes.

Trainer's Aiken Trials win comes in last race
AIKEN - Transplanted Northerners and outsiders have long dominated the winter racing scene in Aiken.

Dog dies in Iditarod leader's team
UNALAKLEET, Alaska -- A dog from the leading team in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race collapsed and died Sunday, but the musher kept a slim lead, arriving just a minute ahead of his closest competitor.

Grabner, Meuli win snowboard titles
BARDONECCHIA, Italy -- Austria's Siegfried Grabner and Switzerland's Daniela Meuli won parallel giant slaloms and the specialty titles Sunday at the World Cup snowboard finals.

Schoenfelder wins slalom title; Paerson takes giant slalom
SESTRIERE, Italy -- Rainer Schoenfelder of Austria won the slalom title at the World Cup Finals on Sunday ahead of beleaguered Kalle Palander of Finland.

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations might be required.

Outdoors calendar

Kids Fling has a bit of everything
DEARING, Ga. - Daniel Howard is just eight years old, so he isn't too concerned yet about the loss of wetlands that have left America with fewer waterfowl.

Kerry challenges Bush to series of civil debates
QUINCY, Ill. - In the city that saw a historic 19th century debate, John Kerry called for monthly debates with President Bush to elevate the tenor of a campaign that has opened with a relentlessly negative tone.

Bills' do or die date is near
ATLANTA - Bills that have attracted some of the most attention during this legislative session are likely to die this week as they fall victim to a procedural deadline.

New dispute threatens bill on plan for state water use
ATLANTA - Backers of a major water-planning bill were so anxious for the General Assembly to pass it this year that they pulled the controversial provisions out of the measure.

NFL notebook
BOSTON - Patriots cornerback Ty Law wants to leave the team after playing a key role in the team's drive toward a Super Bowl championship.

Kids Fling has a bit of everything

Kids Fling has a bit of everything

Maryland's coach savors win over Duke

Yellow Jackets miss chance to make statement

Treasury asks lawmakers to make education benefits less taxing
WASHINGTON -- Students heading to college may want to make their first class a short course in tax law. They will need it to work out the myriad tax credits, deductions and savings plans that help defray the rising cost of a college education.

Making sense of capital-gains rates a challenge
NEW YORK -- Figuring out capital-gains rates is going to be a mind-bending exercise this year.

Network changes don't always rate with Hopkins family
PLACENTIA, Calif. -- TV networks are scheming to keep viewers riveted all year round, but for the Hopkins family, summer still belongs to the world outside and not to the TV set inside.

TV changing rapidly as viewers try to adjust

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
"Infinity and beyond" seems to sum up the number of lawyer dramas TV is willing to put on.

Snakehead becomes man-eating beast on Sci-Fi Channel

In future, TV will offer many options

In future, TV will offer many options
NEW YORK - What will TV be like a decade from now? For starters, Law & Order, featuring 78-year-old Jerry Orbach as Detective Lennie Briscoe, will be midway through its 24th season.

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

TV changing rapidly as viewers try to adjust
NEW YORK -- The natural rhythms of television used to be as dependable as leaves sprouting in spring and falling in autumn.

Network changes don't always rate with Hopkins family

Game Show Network making strategic shift to GSN
LOS ANGELES -- If the older women who make up the bulk of the Game Show Network's audience don't have an early bedtime, they may be in for a shock.

Paris Hilton primps for start of cross-country trip

Snakehead becomes man-eating beast on Sci-Fi Channel
BALTIMORE -- Two summers ago, a voracious predator fish native to China with the ability to scoot across dry land was found thriving in a Maryland pond.

Game Show Network making strategic shift to GSN

TV in 2014 will have lots of new features

TV in 2014 will have lots of new features
NEW YORK -- What will TV be like a decade from now? For starters, "Law & Order," featuring 78-year-old Jerry Orbach as Detective Lennie Briscoe, will be midway through its 24th season.

Paris Hilton primps for start of cross-country trip
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- The pink pickup truck is gassed up. The shiny metallic trailer is hitched to the back. And Paris Hilton, in a pink and red sundress with a flower in her hair, is posing for cameras on a South Beach hotel balcony.

People in the News

Georgia teen, others get set for 'American Idol' finals

Q&A: John Turturro on how to 'Frankenstein' a character

Marie Osmond promises "safe" content in syndicated radio show

Late effort shows Georgia deserves berth
ATLANTA - The Georgia Bulldogs have made their case.

Georgia left out of NCAA, will settle for NIT
Dennis Felton thought his Georgia team had played - and beaten - enough top teams to earn a spot in the NCAA tournament.

Late effort shows Georgia deserves berth

South Carolina will play Memphis in first round
COLUMBIA -- By South Carolina coach Dave Odom's estimate, the turning point for this season's Gamecocks squad came 368 days ago.

South Carolina back in NCAA tournament

South Carolina dominates Delaware St. in baseball
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Matt Campbell struck out 11 to lead South Carolina to a 16-3 win against Delaware State on Sunday.

Gamecocks can't conquer Wildcats

South Carolina will play Memphis in first round

South Carolina dominates Delaware St. in baseball

South Carolina back in NCAA tournament
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- With one of the best starts in school history and a flourish at the end, South Carolina returned to the NCAA tournament for the first time in six seasons Sunday.

Gamecocks can't conquer Wildcats
ATLANTA - The loss to Kentucky on Saturday wasn't pleasant for South Carolina.

South Carolina back in NCAA tournament
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- With one of the best starts in school history and a flourish at the end, South Carolina returned to the NCAA tournament for the first time in six seasons Sunday.

Bodyguard's gun accidentally fires in audience at college tourney, wounds him in hip

Parliament takes up feared Norwegian Easter egg crisis

Plane makes emergency landing on moving pickup in Florida