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?

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.

For $2 million, roadside attraction's all yours

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

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

With a final wave, Pavarotti says goodbye to opera

Restorers say Michelangelo's masterpiece is improved

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.

Bullpen waters murky

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.

Yankees stomp the Phillies
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Kevin Brown homered and allowed four singles over four scoreless innings to lead the New York Yankees over the Philadelphia Phillies 12-3 Monday.

Yankees stomp the Phillies

Bullpen waters murky
JUPITER, Fla. - Atlanta manager Bobby Cox was trying to put a positive spin on the bullpen, but even he couldn't dodge the obvious following Monday's 7-6 loss to the Cardinals.

Odds and Ends
ALEXANDRIA, Ind. -- A man who's spent years applying layers of paint to a baseball that's grown to enormous proportions is hoping to have it declared the world's largest ball of paint.

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.

Man charged with running over ex-wife, former mother-in-law
MILTON, Fla. -- A 69-year-old man rammed a pickup truck into his ex-wife's home and then ran her and her 85-year-old mother down as they tried to flee, killing them both, authorities said.

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.

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

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.

Quiet return for hot Drew

Business briefs

Stewart resigns from board and chief creative officer role
NEW YORK -- Martha Stewart resigned Monday from the board and as chief creative officer of the media empire she built, a little more than a week after she was convicted of lying to federal investigators related to a 2001 stock sale.

Bill passes House, moves to Senate
ATLANTA - Home builders and general contractors would have to be licensed in Georgia under a bill passed overwhelmingly by the House on Monday.

GM finds problem with transmissions in some 2004 vehicles
DETROIT -- General Motors Corp. has discovered a problem with some 2004 full-size pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles and vans that could cause transmissions for many as 8,000 vehicles already on the road to fail.

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.

Industrial production grows by 0.7 percent in February
WASHINGTON -- Big industry production rose by a strong 0.7 percent in February, an encouraging sign that the nation's manufacturers may be getting a stronger grip on their own recovery.

Influential Fed president Broaddus to retire

Fed likely to remain patient in keeping key interest rate at 45-year low

British government introduces minimum wage for young workers
LONDON -- The British government said Monday it will introduce a minimum wage of 3 pounds ($5.40) an hour for 16- and 17-year-old workers in October.

Stewart resigns from board and chief creative officer role

Incoming TI CEO talks about company's future

Gasoline demand rising despite record-high prices at the pump
WASHINGTON -- Despite near record-high gasoline prices, U.S. motorists continue to increase consumption and, with supplies tight, that is helping to keep fuel costs propped up.

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.

Business briefs
Augusta employers are expected to continue hiring into the second quarter, though at a slower pace than in the first three months of the year, a survey from the world's biggest staffing company said Monday.

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.

Industrial production grows by 0.7 percent in February

Ford takes reins of lot
Ford Motor Co. has taken over ownership of Freedom Ford in Thomson, the dealership's former owner confirmed Monday.

British government introduces minimum wage for young workers

Low interest rates drive RV makers' optimism
INDIANAPOLIS -- With customers like Mary Jo Athman, it's easier to see why RV makers and sellers see a bright future.

Bank of America, FleetBoston to pay $515 million, cut fees in trading settlement

Bank of America, FleetBoston to pay $515 million, cut fees in trading settlement
WASHINGTON -- Bank of America and FleetBoston Financial will pay a total $515 million to resolve allegations of improper mutual-fund trading and will reduce fees investors pay by $160 million in the biggest fund scandal settlement to date, federal and New York state authorities said Monday.

Gasoline demand rising despite record-high prices at the pump

Fed likely to remain patient in keeping key interest rate at 45-year low
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve policy-makers, who have promised to be patient in raising interest rates, will honor that commitment at their meeting this week, economists predicted on Monday.

Rising interest rates could squeeze profits

Bill passes House, moves to Senate

Low interest rates drive RV makers' optimism

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.

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.

Clemson to face UNC-Charlotte in WNIT

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.

Barnett tells recruits assault probe a 'bump in the road'
BOULDER, Colo. -- Suspended Colorado coach Gary Barnett called the investigation of alleged sexual assaults by recruits a test of the football team's resolve, a "bump in the road."

Nothing easy for Lady Vols

Utah State and Colorado head NIT field

Lady Jags roll into Elite Eight

No. 8 Kentucky tops Florida

Wildcats taking familiar NCAA path

Tennessee gets top overall seed in women's tourney

Rattlers resilient

Stanford upset with No. 6 seed

Maryland beats No. 5 Duke in OT

Memphis has young starters

Mississippi State land No. 2 seed in NCAA tournament

Kentucky overall No. 1 seed in NCAA tournament

Former local hoops star dead at 24

Legislation to rescue
Wednesday, the 33rd day of Georgia's General Assembly session, is crossover day - the day that bills must be passed by one chamber in order to cross over to the other.

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

Wake up, Europe!
Imagine you helped out a friend who was a battered woman. Imagine further that, as revenge for your helping her, the batterer came after you and injured you.

Wake up, Europe!

Poster child for shunning

The next best thing

The next best thing
When you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there.

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.

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.

A pardon is a pardon

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.

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."

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

It's a girl for Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards
LOS ANGELES -- Charlie Sheen and his wife, Denise Richards, are co-starring in a new project - parenting.

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.

People in the News
RADNOR, Pa. -- Timothy Olyphant, who plays marshal-turned-businessman Seth Bullock in HBO's new series "Deadwood," says the show doesn't follow conventional romantic notions of the wild West depicted on television and in movies.

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

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.

Stocks down on terrorism fears
NEW YORK -- The election of an anti-war government in Spain sent another set of shock waves through U.S. markets Monday, propelling the Dow Jones industrial average more than 130 points lower on fears that terrorists, emboldened by the events in Spain, would strike again.

Tokyo stocks higher, dollar down against yen

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

Dollar down, gold up in Europe

Terror attacks give Wall Street some direction: downward

Tokyo stocks higher, dollar down against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks surged Monday as investors took a cue from Wall Street's gains last Friday and sent banks and technology issues higher. The U.S. dollar was down against the Japanese yen.

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

Rates rise in Treasury bill auction

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.

Yellow Jackets get banged-up Panthers
In the days after securing a spot in the NCAA Tournament, Northern Iowa coach Greg McDermott has been besieged with hundreds of phone calls and e-mails, all offering congratulations and best wishes.

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.

Jackets not taking Northern Iowa for granted

Yellow Jackets take three seed

Virginia tops Georgia Tech in baseball

Memories hide in layers of dirt, dust

Two qualifiers earn spots in Heritage
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Mike Harmon and George Bryan earned spots in the MCI Heritage with one-under par 71s in the Carolinas PGA qualifier Monday.

A dream come true for Hamilton at Honda Classic

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.

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

Golf Capsules

Haeggman wins Qatar, third European Tour title

Stupples wins first title

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.

Two qualifiers earn spots in Heritage

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.

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.

Devils blanket Rangers
NEW YORK -- Patrik Elias scored his eighth game-winning goal of the season to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 3-1 victory Monday night over the New York Rangers.

Maple Leafs top Sabres in OT
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Tomas Kaberle's goal with 1:15 remaining in overtime capped a stirring comeback for the Toronto Maple Leafs as they defeated the Buffalo Sabres 6-5 Monday night.

Parking 'lagoons' might be the next thing to go
Some used to call them "lagoons." I've also heard them called parking decks, parking hazards and "the pits" in the 30 years they've staked out the street in front of the News Building. They are those sunken parking places in the middle of Broad Street's 600 to 800 blocks.

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.

Lock and Dam worsens fishing

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.

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

Lock and Dam worsens fishing
I read recently in the Fishing section that a few people are starting to catch American shad from the Savannah River below the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam. Britt Bickley, Augusta

Store stays open, everyone wins

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.

Investigator supports Whittle

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.

Investigator supports Whittle
I have been a member of the Columbia County Sheriff's Office for 10 years. During my tenure, I have served in several capacities, starting at the jail, and I now am an investigator in the Criminal Investigations Division. Richard W. Douglas, Grovetown, Ga.

Blanchard is best man for sheriff
In a day when we often question the motivation of our politicians, it is refreshing to support someone such as Lewis Blanchard for sheriff of Columbia County. He is running not for personal gain, but to serve the county that he grew up in and loves. Robert L. Shanks, Augusta

Kerry will lead nation to ruin

Neural link to smells found

FDA to decide what's really a low-carb food

Astronomers discover distant planetoid

New Bond game a cinematic thrill

Seniors calendar

Recycling is popular despite trash woes

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

WHO campaign to eliminate elephantiasis reports good results

As research moves online, pity the poor encyclopedia

Neural link to smells found
Researchers for the first time have linked the loss of smell with a brain protein associated with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, offering the prospect of a smell test to aid in detecting and tracking illness.

FDA to decide what's really a low-carb food
WASHINGTON -- Food makers are jockeying for grocery shelf space in the low-carb craze, touting everything from salad dressing to ice cream to low-carbohydrate Easter chocolate.

Living briefs
Middle school pupils interested in physics, geology, zoology, ecology and other sciences can attend the sixth annual Eagle Science Camp at Georgia Southern University. There are two sessions: June 1-5 and June 81-12. Tuition is $375, but scholarships are available on a need basis.

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.

Recycling is popular despite trash woes
Spring is nearly here, and the annual cycle of rebirth is in full swing. What better time to think about garbage?

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."

Seniors calendar
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WHO campaign to eliminate elephantiasis reports good results
LONDON -- Four years into a 20-year international campaign against the disfiguring disease known as elephantiasis, nearly 80 million people who are at risk have begun to be protected, raising hopes that the sickness can be eliminated, according to a report released Monday.

Astronomers discover distant planetoid
LOS ANGELES -- It is a frozen world more than 8 billion miles from Earth and believed to be the farthest known object within our solar system.

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.

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.

Around town

Party filing begins for offices
AIKEN - Today marks the start of party filing for federal, state and local political offices in Aiken County and the beginning of a busy election season.

Kid of the day

South Carolinians earn less than peers in other states

Pupils to pass, fail based on reading

Five questions: John R. Scherer Jr.

Petition has little Democratic help

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?

Leaders get bill through process
A law that would require Georgia day care centers to either obtain liability insurance or notify parents that they don't have it awaits Gov. Sonny Perdue's signature.

Radiology pioneer's legacy is extensive

Perdue shows commitment to foreign language program
The amount might be smaller this year, but some say Gov. Sonny Perdue's willingness to keep money in the budget for Elementary School Foreign Language Model Program shows his commitment to its importance.

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.

General is optimistic about base

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.

Doctor urges children to continue learning

Map lumps senators in district
ATLANTA - Three of Augusta's most powerful political figures would have to run against each other for the same state Senate seat under a court-ordered redistricting plan released Monday.

Across the area

Around town
Tony Garrett fishes on a mild Monday morning at Lake Olmstead. Today's forecast predicts rain and mid-60s highs.

Bill seeks chairman referendum

Bill seeks chairman referendum
State representatives introduced a bill Monday that would let Columbia County's voters decide whether they want an at-large elected school board chairman.

News you can use
March 16, 1971 Sen. Mark Hatfield of Oregon said he will hold a Capitol stork shower for Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina.

Sharpton endorses Kerry for president, plans TV job

Baby's wounds dispute story
AIKEN - The death of a 4-week-old Aiken boy is being investigated as a homicide after an autopsy showed the infant died of massive internal injuries that were inconsistent with the story his mother told police, authorities said Monday.

Map lumps senators in district

Bogus bonds lead to fines
The Nevada state insurance commissioner has slapped $120,000 in fines on the company accused of selling bogus surety bonds in Augusta and other cities.

Irish group bans crosses from parade
Crosses are out. Shamrocks are in at the St. Patrick's Day parade in Augusta.

Oil leak on plane forces landing

Two die in multicar incident

Group plans to study river
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park's parent organization hopes to establish a research arm that will focus on urban impact to the Savannah River.

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.

FDA to decide what counts as low-carb heady
WASHINGTON - Food makers are jockeying for grocery shelf space in the low-carb craze, touting everything from salad dressing to ice cream to low-carbohydrate Easter chocolate.

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.

Irish group bans crosses from parade

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.

Party filing begins for offices

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

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.

'South Beach Diet' author explains logic behind plan

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.

Group plans to study river

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

Baby's wounds dispute story

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.

Across the area

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

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.

Trial for two teens in student death begins Monday

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.

Pastor says it's good to be back

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.

Business grows quickly in spring

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.

School clubs get students involved

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
Today's kid of the is Isabel McIntosh, 6 months, of Augusta.

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?

General is optimistic about base
AIKEN - Fort Gordon provides vital communications training to all branches of the U.S. military while linking combat troops in Iraq with the rest of the world, Brig. Gen. Gregory Premo, deputy commandant of the fort's U.S. Army Signal School, said Monday.

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

'South Beach Diet' author explains logic behind plan
Arthur Agatston admires the cave man, at least for his eating habits.

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

Officials fear crises over lawsuits
Depending on whom you ask, Georgia is either in crisis over medical malpractice suits or it's doing OK.

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.

Doctor urges children to continue learning
There was something about going to the hospital that fascinated Dr. Ben Carson as a child.

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

Across the area
Officials evacuated Morgan Road Middle School on Monday morning after someone set fire to a toilet dispenser in a boy's restroom.

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.

Bills that alter HOPE pass in House, Senate
ATLANTA - Competing bills aimed at reforming the HOPE Scholarship passed the House and Senate on Monday, setting up the endgame of the months-long debate on how to salvage the popular program.

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.

Business grows quickly in spring
AIKEN - As yards and gardens explode with foliage every spring, business at small-engine service and sales shops starts growing like a weed.

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.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A bill that would allow businesses and homeowners to get rid of grass and trees that keep pollution out of streams was approved by the state Senate on Monday, after lengthy debate.

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

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A burning ban imposed in 19 counties was lifted Monday by the South Carolina Forestry Commission.

The week ahead

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT to the person who said if Kerry gets in we'll be eating ketchup on bread and that's all we'll have. If Mr. Bush stays president, we won't be eating ketchup on bread because we won't be able to make it to the store to get the ketchup. With gas prices being so high and everybody losing their jobs, we'll be lucky if we get ketchup.

Supporters fight to save school

Kid of the day

State Forester declares burn ban for Upstate

Perdue shows commitment to foreign language program

South Carolina Senate candidates mostly wealthy

News you can use

Conditions for those injured in bus crash improving

FDA to decide what counts as low-carb heady

Senators walk independent paths

Petition has little Democratic help
ATLANTA - House Republicans hoping to speed up a vote on a proposal to ban gay marriage in the Georgia Constitution are having a tough time getting their Democratic colleagues to sign on.

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

'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.

What's inside 'Bush's Brain?' It's Karl Rove

What's inside 'Bush's Brain?' It's Karl Rove
AUSTIN, Texas -- "Bush's Brain" has been cracked open and exposed for the world to see.

David Carradine finds big-screen renewal as Tarantino's Bill
LOS ANGELES -- Globe-trotting hit man Bill may be ready to meet a bloody end, but kung fu hero Caine lives on.

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.

David Carradine finds big-screen renewal as Tarantino's Bill

Sevendust sings angst but tries to stay happy
In the music world, Atlanta might be best known for its rap, but the city that brought us OutKast and Goodie Mob has also given us the Black Crowes, the Indigo Girls and Travis Tritt.

Chubby Checker uses Hall of Fame ceremonies to boost himself
NEW YORK -- Chubby Checker, whose song "The Twist" was one of the most popular dance records of all time, isn't in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And that's OK with him.

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
NEW YORK -- Jerry Lewis turns 78 on March 16. He never thought he'd see 76.

Drummer has rhythm and reason to the Strokes
In a Rolling Stone cover story last fall, drummer Fabrizio Moretti was touted as the "deep thinker" of the Strokes, the band most responsible for sending modern rock back into the garage.

British band Starsailor may have been final Phil Spector client

Chubby Checker uses Hall of Fame ceremonies to boost himself

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

Drummer has rhythm and reason to the Strokes

Sevendust sings angst but tries to stay happy

Crawford, Gordon leave hospital; Parker kept overnight

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

Kenseth turns in worst finish of year

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
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.

NBA will speak to Mavs coach
OAKLAND, Calif. - The NBA will speak to Dallas coach Don Nelson, who made contact with Golden State guard Avery Johnson via e-mail and offered him a position on the Mavericks' coaching staff starting this postseason.

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.

Big comeback spurs Toronto
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Tomas Kaberle's goal with 1:15 remaining in overtime capped a stirring comeback for the Toronto Maple Leafs as they defeated the Buffalo Sabres 6-5 Monday night.

NBA will speak to Mavs coach

Raptors top Hawks

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

Memphis has young starters
Memphis coach John Calipari said Monday he'd likely start two freshmen, a sophomore, a junior and a senior for Friday's first-round NCAA Tournament game vs. South Carolina.

Nothing easy for Lady Vols
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee has made one escape after another this season.

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.

Former local hoops star dead at 24
A former Butler High School and College of Charleston star basketball player died at his parents Augusta home Sunday morning.

Paul named best rookie
RALEIGH, N.C. - Chris Paul came to Wake Forest hoping just to fit in, but quickly found the Demon Deacons would need much more from him.

Wildcats taking familiar NCAA path
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The similarities between Kentucky's last national championship run and this season are striking.

Selections finally make some sense
Let's hear it for the NCAA selection committee.

Rattlers resilient
DAYTON, Ohio - A 1-10 start is a bad sign for teams hoping to play in the NCAA Tournament. But even a losing record wasn't enough to keep Florida A&M out of this postseason.

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.

Lady Jags roll into Elite Eight
RALEIGH, N.C. - Before Augusta State played Georgia College & State in the final of the South Atlantic Regional, the Lady Jaguars got together - no coaches allowed - and talked about how to beat the Lady Bobcats.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Steussie, Garrett, Knight sign with Bucs

Agent: CB Vincent agrees to terms with Bills

Tait brings big presence to Bears

Arbitrator hears Owens appeal

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Mrs. Helen Kennedy (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

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Japan's Olympic marathon champ to miss Athens

U.S. Sixth Fleet commander visits Athens as Greece boosts Olympic security
ATHENS, Greece -- The commander of U.S. naval forces in the Mediterranean Sea met Monday with Greece's chief Olympic security planner as authorities boosted scrutiny at ports and other points following the deadly terrorist attacks in Spain.

Marathon route to be ready weeks before Olympics, says minister
ATHENS, Greece -- Important improvements on the troubled marathon route for the Athens Olympics will be completed by mid-June, the minister in charge of the project promised Monday.

U.S. Sixth Fleet commander visits Athens as Greece boosts Olympic security

Exhausted Szabo will not defend Olympic title
BUCHAREST, Romania -- Olympic 5,000-meter champion Gabriela Szabo will not defend her title at the Athens Games because of exhaustion.

Exhausted Szabo will not defend Olympic title

Japan's Olympic marathon champ to miss Athens
TOKYO -- Olympic marathon champion Naoko Takahashi failed to make the cut for the Athens Games on Monday when three other women were chosen to represent Japan.

Overtime

Grabner, Meuli win snowboard titles

Seavey takes Iditarod lead

Schoenfelder wins slalom title; Paerson takes giant slalom

Upsets prompt reshuffling of top 10 Derby prospects

Dog dies in Iditarod leader's team

United States women trounce France at Algarve Cup

Hewitt loses, Federer wins at Indian Wells
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Two-time defending champion Lleyton Hewitt got beat at his own game by Juan Ignacio Chela.

Seavey takes Iditarod lead
SHAKTOOLIK, Alaska -- Mitch Seavey led the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Monday, the first musher in and out of this village 219 miles from the Nome finish line.

Klitschko-Sanders bout to be held in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES -- Vitali Klitschko will get his second shot at the WBC heavyweight title in the same arena where he fought Lennox Lewis last summer.

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.

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

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.

Upsets prompt reshuffling of top 10 Derby prospects
The favorites faltered in Florida, and the 2-year-old champions were corralled in California.

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.

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.

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.

Sharpton endorses Kerry for president, plans TV job
WASHINGTON -- Al Sharpton, the New York activist who flashed quick wit and rhetorical jabs on the campaign trail but failed to spark a large following, on Monday endorsed John Kerry for president but promised to continue his own urban agenda campaign.

Agent: CB Vincent agrees to terms with Bills
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Pro Bowl cornerback Troy Vincent agreed to terms with Buffalo on Monday, ending a stellar eight-year tenure with Philadelphia.

Steussie, Garrett, Knight sign with Bucs
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have a decidedly different look on offense next season.

Tait brings big presence to Bears
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- John Tait, a hulk at 6-foot-6, 323 pounds, donned a Chicago Bears hat for a photo Monday and was pleased it was the right size.

Arbitrator hears Owens appeal
PHILADELPHIA -- Terrell Owens will learn Tuesday whether he is headed for the Baltimore Ravens next season or will become a free agent.

Maryland's coach savors win over Duke

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.

More of TV's old cop shows deserve movie makeovers

More of TV's old cop shows deserve movie makeovers
Cop shows have been a television staple almost from the beginning.

TV in 2014 will have lots of new features

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Andy Rooney gets record response for calling Mel Gibson a "wacko"
NEW YORK -- Andy Rooney certainly knows how to stir the passion in his viewers.

Game Show Network making strategic shift to GSN

Hector Elizondo is a vital part of futuristic 'Century City'

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.

Paris Hilton primps for start of cross-country trip

Snakehead becomes man-eating beast on Sci-Fi Channel

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.

Network changes don't always rate with Hopkins family

TV changing rapidly as viewers try to adjust

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.

Andy Rooney gets record response for calling Mel Gibson a "wacko"

Hector Elizondo is a vital part of futuristic 'Century City'
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Marty Constable, the veteran lawyer in the new CBS legal series "Century City," was originally going to be a sage who contributed a few wry observations to the general proceedings.

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

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

People in the News

It's a girl for Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards

People in the News

Marie Osmond promises "safe" content in syndicated radio show

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.

USC tickets
Tickets are available to South Carolina's first-round NCAA Tournament matchup with Memphis at 12:30 p.m. on Friday. Tickets are available only for the session of South Carolina's game and cost $50.

USC tickets

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 lead Palmetto
South Carolina's stellar season continued Monday in the seventh annual Palmetto Intercollegiate on Monday.

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
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 lead Palmetto

South Carolina dominates Delaware St. in baseball

South Carolina will play Memphis in first round

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.

Dress to impress
When it comes to prom, it's not what's fashionable - though fashionable is good; it's what's unique.

Xtreme calendar
Rent or Buy: New movies out in DVD include 21 Grams, starring Sean Penn as a high school teacher whose life collides with an ex-drug addict and a born-again Christian; and Veronica Guerin, starring Cate Blanchett as the late Irish reporter. See Applause section for more on new DVDs.

Xtreme question
How much do teens know about their legal rights?

School guidelines keep brightest from shining

Xtreme calendar

Dress to impress

Girl needs to write off boyfriend she gave up
I have been talking to this boy for about four months, and we broke up about one month ago but we are still friends. I have more feelings for him now than I had when we were going together, but he has a girlfriend. Should I tell him about my feelings or should we just stay friends?

Girl needs to write off boyfriend she gave up

School guidelines keep brightest from shining
Georgia's educational policies have long reflected an attitude that discourages students from assuming heavier course loads, taking more challenging classes and generally excelling to the extent of their abilities.

My style
Brittney Parnell, 16, a 10th grade student at the Academy of Richmond County.

My style

Plane makes emergency landing on moving pickup in Florida

Parliament takes up feared Norwegian Easter egg crisis

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