Green glad to be back in right field
VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Shawn Green is back in right field and happy to be there.

Green 'right' where he belongs

Green glad to be back in right field

Tigers take fight to Cardinals

Bullpen waters murky

Yankees stomp the Phillies

Tigers take fight to Cardinals
LAKELAND, Fla. -- St. Louis right-hander Jason Marquis has a sore elbow and didn't make his scheduled start Tuesday in the Cardinals' 11-6 loss to the Detroit Tigers.

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.

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.

Green 'right' where he belongs
VERO BEACH, Fla. - Shawn Green is back in right field and happy to be there.

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.

Odds and Ends
BOSTON -- A company says its freezing technique allows some lobsters to come back to life when thawed - just in time to become dinner.

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.

Pharmacist refused to refill prescription because of religious beliefs
MADISON, Wis. -- A state agency is accusing a pharmacist of blocking a woman's attempts to refill her birth control prescription because of his religious beliefs.

Wright close to starting job

Wright close to starting job
VERO BEACH, Fla. - Bobby Cox won't confirm that he's chosen a fifth starter, but it has become clear that Jaret Wright will open the season in the rotation.

Tyco executives 'thought they were above the law,' prosecutor says
NEW YORK -- A $6,000 shower curtain was just one of many extravagances former Tyco International chief L. Dennis Kozlowski lavished upon himself while looting the company, a prosecutor said Tuesday in closing arguments.

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
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.

Hewlett-Packard plans Linux-based PC launch in Asia
TOKYO -- With an Asia rollout announced Tuesday, Hewlett-Packard Co. becomes the first major PC maker to offer desktop computer lines running the open-source Linux operating system.

Irish buys cause smilin'
There won't be any real leprechauns running around town today, but there may be a pot of gold for some local businesses.

British government introduces minimum wage for young workers

Manpower: More companies to hire in second quarter
MILWAUKEE -- People looking for work this spring could find the strongest U.S. job market in more than three years, even as companies remain reluctant to hire, a new survey shows.

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

Business briefs

Low interest rates drive RV makers' optimism

Housing construction drops in February
WASHINGTON -- The number of housing projects commenced by builders declined for the second straight month in February as bad weather in some parts of the country forced construction delays.

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.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Organized labor asked the Bush administration on Tuesday to impose economic sanctions on China, contending that the country has violated workers' rights in order to gain trade advantages against the United States.

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.

Fed holds key short-term rate steady
WASHINGTON --The Federal Reserve - keeping a close eye on the unfolding economic recovery - held a main short-term interest rate at a 45-year low Tuesday.

Starbucks to offer custom digital music CDs at its stores
LOS ANGELES -- Starbucks' latest brew is a custom blend of digital music. The coffee retailing giant said Monday it will begin selling digital music downloads on CDs to customers at 10 of its stores in Seattle later this spring. It plans to roll out the service to 2,500 of its roughly 5,400 U.S. stores over the next couple of years.

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.

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.

Irish buys cause smilin'

Starbucks to offer custom digital music CDs at its stores

Stewart resigns from board and chief creative officer role

Fed holds key short-term rate steady

Industrial production grows by 0.7 percent in February

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

Bill passes House, moves to Senate

LexisNexis selling its legal database to prisons

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.

Manpower: More companies to hire in second quarter

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.

SEC to watch leaders closer

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.

Business briefs

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.

Hewlett-Packard plans Linux-based PC launch in Asia

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.

SEC to watch leaders closer
WASHINGTON - In their expanding crackdown on mutual fund abuses, regulators are putting a new category of fund company official on notice: the fund board director.

Gasoline demand rising despite record-high prices at the pump

LexisNexis selling its legal database to prisons
DAYTON, Ohio -- A company whose extensive database of laws and court cases is used mostly by legal offices, schools and libraries has attracted a new type of subscriber: prisons.

Building owner seeks to lease
Three months after buying and sprucing up the Cobern Furniture building, Tommy Moxley is itching to make some money off his investment - even if it means selling.

Building owner seeks to lease

Tigers faithful turn out for coach
AIKEN - For Clemson football coach Tommy Bowden, the barbecue dinner Tuesday night at the Aiken/Edgefield County Clemson Club's spring meeting probably tasted a little better.

Tigers faithful turn out for coach

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."

LSU football team visits White House

LSU football team visits White House
BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU's BCS national champion football team will visit President Bush at the White House next week.

Rattlers resilient

Flag issue still swirls in South Carolina

Alabama's Pettway proves skeptics wrong

Nothing easy for Lady Vols

Memphis has young starters

Former local hoops star dead at 24

Lady Jags roll into Elite Eight

Rattlers will face Wildcats

Wildcats taking familiar NCAA path

Wake up, Europe!

Help Fort Gordon
Community support alone isn't enough to keep Fort Gordon off the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure list, but a lack of community support would almost guarantee it would be on the list.

Finally, a fair map
Who are those people wringing their hands and gnashing their teeth in Atlanta?

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

The next best thing

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.

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.

Finally, a fair map

People in the News
NEW YORK -- The stars of "Will & Grace" are hoping for success on the record charts.

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.

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

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.

Comedian discusses debate on obscenity
LOS ANGELES - George Carlin famously dissected "The Seven Words You Can't Say on Television" as a way to explore what everyone was so uptight about.

Parade of green to march downtown
According to the adage, everybody loves a parade.

Dollar sinks versus yen, market shrugs off Fed

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.

MFS to eliminate "soft-dollar" arrangements as part of reforms
BOSTON -- MFS Investment Management, one of the mutual fund companies embroiled in scandal over trading abuses, is eliminating so-called "soft-dollar" arrangements under which funds give trading commissions to firms in exchange for free stock research and data.

Shares rebound on bargain hunting after Fed statement
NEW YORK -- Wall Street looked past an underwhelming statement by the Federal Reserve on Tuesday and rebounded smartly as bargain hunters picked up stocks battered by a week of heavy losses.

Rates rise in Treasury bill auction

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.

Marsh & McLennan reports more subpoenas for Putnam

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
LONDON -- The U.S. dollar was down against other major currencies in European trading Monday. Gold rose.

Marsh & McLennan reports more subpoenas for Putnam
BOSTON -- The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued subpoenas to Putnam Investments over the company's directed brokerage and revenue sharing practices, indicating a widening probe into the company at the center of the mutual fund scandal.

Dollar down, gold up in Europe

MFS to eliminate "soft-dollar" arrangements as part of reforms

Dollar sinks versus yen, market shrugs off Fed
NEW YORK - The dollar hit a three-week low against the yen Tuesday, but was little changed against the euro after Federal Reserve policymakers signaled no shift in the outlook for interest rates.

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

Some vegetarians are becoming less vegetarian

Cook your way around the world

Some vegetarians are becoming less vegetarian
CONCORD, N.H. -- Even after five years, Christy Pugh has no trouble sticking to her vegetarian regimen.

Hardee's rolls out low-carb breakfast bowl
ST. LOUIS -- As restaurants scramble to satisfy the health-conscious, Hardee's repackaged an American breakfast staple on Monday by rolling out the equivalent of an omelet in a bowl and touting its low-carb benefits.

Small portions

Cook your way around the world
It's the season for armchair travel, for escapist browsing through exotic cookbooks, and comforting trips to the kitchen.

Small portions
For those cutting carbohydrates to slim down for spring, here are some tips on using mustard to pack flavor into trim meals:

Hardee's rolls out low-carb breakfast bowl

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.

Bynum gives Jackets advice
ATLANTA - Will Bynum has played in more NCAA Tournament games then the rest of the Georgia Tech roster combined.

Woods to train at Fort Bragg before golf clinic
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. -- Playing in the Masters might seem like a vacation compared to what Tiger Woods has planned after his week at Augusta National - training with the Army.

Winning can still be worth a ticket to Augusta

Two qualifiers earn spots in Heritage

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.

Winning can still be worth a ticket to Augusta
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The first two stops on the Florida swing felt like that old road to the Masters - Craig Parry at Doral and Todd Hamilton at the Honda Classic both earned a trip to Augusta National by winning.

Private Woods?

Private Woods?
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. - Playing in the Masters Tournament might seem like a vacation compared to what Tiger Woods has planned after his week in Augusta - training with the Army.

LPGA present, future cross paths this week

LPGA present, future cross paths this week
SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN, Ariz. - Annika Sorenstam has won 48 LPGA tournaments, six of them majors. She is a Hall of Famer, the undisputed best in her sport.

Put more emphasis on the horse than the course
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Arnold Palmer owns the golf course.

Put more emphasis on the horse than the course

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.

Festive soup adds color to St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick's Day is celebrated all over the country with parades and parties, all decorated with the celebration's signature color, green. In honor of the day, this week I'm sharing a delicious, cheesy broccoli soup to get some green on the table in a hurry.

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.

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

Investigator supports Whittle

Lock and Dam worsens fishing

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.

Prioritize government spending
Why is it that budget issues in the paper always have the most depressing headlines? The March 7 Chronicle is a good example, with a front-page headline "Will cuts cut off lifelines?" Or the front page of the Metro section: "Budget, bus law end up at odds." John W. Sisson Jr., Evans, Ga.

Columnist misses facts on Bush
I usually read Bill Maxwell's columns, and despite disagreeing with him almost all the time, I find them to be smart and well-informed. However, today I saw a clear break in his normal reporting. Chris Baugh, Evans

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

Kerry's Vietnam record is weak
The defense or justification of the utter phoniness of U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., is getting to be a bit much. For example, any mention of his always anti-defense votes in Congress start both him and his defenders bleating about Vietnam - two entirely different subjects. Merle Burkholder, Augusta

WHO campaign to eliminate elephantiasis reports good results

Neural link to smells found

Recycling is popular despite trash woes

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

Astronomers discover distant planetoid

Seniors calendar

Brazilian martial art finds new audience

Radiation after prostate cancer recurs benefits high-risk patients

AARP campaigns to legalize drug imports from Canada

Mad cow testing will now cover 220,000 animals

Iraq war amputees get new life and limbs at Walter Reed

Iraq war amputees get new life and limbs at Walter Reed
WASHINGTON -- It was dark and drizzly in Baghdad on Nov. 25, and Army Staff Sgt. Maurice Craft was patrolling Highway 5 with two other soldiers. A bomb on the side of the road went off.

AARP campaigns to legalize drug imports from Canada
AUSTIN, Texas -- The nation's largest seniors group launched a campaign Monday to make cheaper Canadian drugs available to Americans.

Radiation after prostate cancer recurs benefits high-risk patients
CHICAGO -- A recurrence of cancer after a diseased prostate is removed is not necessarily as dire as doctors once believed, and radiation could save the lives of many men with such a condition, a study found.

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.

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?

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send a fax to 722-7403 or e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include the name and phone number of a contact person.

Living briefs
THE WINE: 2002 Jacobs Creek Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot, $8, from Australia

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.

Self-controlled skin patch for pain relief tested
CHICAGO -- A skin patch that lets the patient deliver a morphine-like drug worked as well as an intravenous pump at relieving pain in people who had undergone major surgery, a manufacturer-funded study found.

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.

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.

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.

Mad cow testing will now cover 220,000 animals
WASHINGTON -- The Agriculture Department is planning a 10-fold increase in the number of cattle tested for mad cow disease in response to discovery of the nation's first case of the disease last December.

Thailand reports new death from bird flu
BEIJING -- China declared victory Tuesday in its fight against bird flu, saying it had "stamped out" all of its known cases, while a factory worker in Thailand became Asia's 23rd victim of the virus.

Brazilian martial art finds new audience
The percussion rhythm slows to a crawling beat, and two men playfully twirl their bodies, reacting to each other's moves as if dancing. The beat quickens, the percussion becomes more aggressive, and in a flash, a kick cracks the air and knocks one of the men to the ground, gasping.

Gwinnett drops Lynx win streak
DULUTH, Ga. - The Augusta Lynx had a four-game winning streak snapped by the Gwinnett Gladiators, losing 4-1 on Tuesday night.

Judicial site is still up in air

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.

Across South Carolina
ABBEVILLE - A grand jury has indicted a father and son in the killing of two law officers, crimes that could make them eligible for the death penalty.

Committee OKs restructuring bill
COLUMBIA - After shooting down a bill last week that would eliminate elections for some constitutional officers, the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved a second restructuring bill that would shift or merge the responsibilities of some state agencies.

Company to create 200 jobs
The Kimberly-Clark Corp. ended months of anticipation Tuesday by announcing it would invest at least $200 million and create 200 new jobs at its Beech Island plant.

Across the area
A North Augusta woman told Department of Public Safety officers Monday that someone took items worth more than $16,000 from her home.

No protesters file for permit

Commission votes against 'Cobb Field'
Ty Cobb struck out with the Augusta Commission on Tuesday.

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

High school gets new principal
EDGEFIELD - Next year, Strom Thurmond High School will have a principal with Aiken County ties, the Edgefield County School Board voted Tuesday night.

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.

Building fills fast; twin site scouted
There has been so much interest in University Hospital's new physician office building in Evans that officials are now scouting a second site for a "twin" building.

Judge says it's time to retire

Women arrested in domestic cases
Two Augusta women were charged with aggravated assault overnight Tuesday in separate cases of domestic violence against men in their households, officials said.

Kid of the day

Five plead innocent in drug case
Five people accused of taking part in an alleged multistate drug trafficking operation pleaded innocent Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Augusta.

Study says 36 percent of Georgia is natural
ATHENS, Ga. - Judging from downtown Atlanta or the shopping mall parking lots, it may seem hard to believe that more than one-third of Georgia is in some type of natural state supporting wildlife and plant life.

New map forces incumbent fights
ATLANTA - Long before federal judges tossed out the legislative district boundaries last month, members of the House Republican Caucus held a somber meeting to pledge their mutual support for whatever the court handed them.

Drawing narrows field for scholarship to two
Bria Birt has big dreams.

No protesters file for permit
Without Martha Burk, it seems, there's no reason to protest in Augusta during the first week in April.

Commissioners extend contracts
The Augusta Commission approved contract extensions with three haulers Tuesday, ensuring there will be no interruption in household garbage pickup in June.

Rants and raves
CONGRATULATIONS Coach Welch and the Aiken Tech Knights basketball team on a stellar year - 29-4! Thanks and looking forward to next year.

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.

Mayor suggests trolleys for downtown
If Mayor Bob Young has his way, the days of the trolley will be making a return trip to downtown Augusta.

Judicial site is still up in air
If at first, second or third try you don't succeed, make no firm decision. Consider four possibilities and study them all.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Ashari M. Ray, 2, of Fort Gordon.

Superior Court judge retires

Map lumps senators in district

Council bickers over ways to use extra penny sales tax

Irish group bans crosses from parade

Parade will permit crosses

Two women charged with assault
Two Augusta women were charged with aggravated assault overnight Tuesday in separate cases of domestic violence against men in their household, officials said.

Exploring at the hospital

Committee OKs restructuring bill

News you can use

'South Beach Diet' author explains logic behind plan

Two women charged with assault

General is optimistic about base

County Board of Education tries to save historic cottage
It's close to gone, but the Richmond County Board of Education wants to let the public know a historic cottage outside Gracewood Elementary School is about to be demolished in the name of progress. If anyone has money to move it and restore it, the school board says now is the time to speak up.

Group plans to study river

News you can use
MARCH 17, 1982 The Augusta Richmond County Coliseum Authority set the scene Tuesday for a tug-of-war with the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Augusta, and at stake is at least $175,000 in mixed-drink taxes and the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Around town

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.

Baby's wounds dispute story

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

Petition has little Democratic help

Superior Court judge retires
After 25 years of wielding a gavel Superior Court Judge Albert M. Pickett will retire at the end of the year, he said Tuesday.

Perdue shows commitment to foreign language program

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

FDA to decide what counts as low-carb heady

Business grows quickly in spring

Party filing begins for offices

Commissioners vote April as Confederate History Month
The state flag issue might be over, but a similar battle between Southern heritage rights and charges of racism rekindled Tuesday night in Columbia County.

Kid of the day

Mayor suggests trolleys for downtown

Sharpton endorses Kerry for president, plans TV job

Commissioners vote April as Confederate History Month

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.

Study says 36 percent of Georgia is natural

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.

New map forces incumbent fights

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

High school gets new principal

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.

Commission votes against 'Cobb Field'

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.

Sales tax sparks debate

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.

County Board of Education tries to save historic cottage

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.

Bill seeks chairman referendum

Council bickers over ways to use extra penny sales tax
AIKEN - Voters haven't even decided whether they'll renew a 1-cent local option sales tax for Aiken County, but that hasn't stopped politicians from squabbling over how the money should be spent.

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.

Religious bills advance amid partisan sniping

Across the area

Building fills fast; twin site scouted

Religious bills advance amid partisan sniping
ATLANTA - A committee in the Democrat-controlled Georgia House approved a spate of bills Tuesday advancing conservative religious measures - but it wasn't pretty.

Sales tax sparks debate
AIKEN - Voters haven't even decided whether they'll renew a 1-cent local option sales tax for Aiken County, but that hasn't stopped politicians from squabbling over how the money should be spent.

Doctor urges children to continue learning

Across Georgia
RIVERDALE - A police officer who criticized the department's racial climate has been placed on indefinite administrative leave.

Across Georgia

Parade will permit crosses
Today, observers at the downtown Augusta St. Patrick's Day Parade will see crosses amid traditional green, officials said Tuesday.

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

Exploring at the hospital
Christina Bianco, in character as Dora the Explorer, spots her show on television while visiting Jeffery Madison, 13, of Moultrie, Ga., at the Medical College of Georgia Childrens Medical Center . Ms. Bianco plays the popular character in Dora the Explorer Live! at 7 p.m. Tuesday and 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bell Auditorium.

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

Judge says it's time to retire
After 25 years of wielding a gavel, Superior Court Judge Albert M. Pickett will retire at the end of the year, he said Tuesday.

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.

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

Rants and raves
CONGRATULATIONS Coach Welch and the Aiken Tech Knights basketball team on a stellar year - 29-4! Thanks and looking forward to next year.

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.

Drawing narrows field for scholarship to two

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.

Across the area

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

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.

Tiger will face tough task at Bay Hill
ORLANDO, Fla. - Duke was in position to win its sixth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament basketball title on Sunday before an upstart Maryland team stood up to squash a dynasty.

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.

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.

'Jersey Girl,' screens at South by Southwest
AUSTIN, Texas -- Bennifer's last hurrah took place at the South by Southwest film festival, where "Jersey Girl," starring Ben Affleck and (very briefly) Jennifer Lopez, was shown before a wildly enthusiastic crowd.

'Jersey Girl,' screens at South by Southwest

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

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

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.

Drummer has rhythm and reason to the Strokes

Judge denies Axl Rose bid to stop release of Guns N' Roses CD
LOS ANGELES -- A federal judge has rejected a bid by Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose and two of the metal band's former members to block Geffen Records from releasing a greatest hits compilation next week.

Singer Whitney Houston enters rehabilitation facility
LOS ANGELES -- Grammy-winning pop singer Whitney Houston has entered a drug rehabilitation facility, her publicist said.

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.

Prince, Seger, Harrison lead inductees into rock hall
NEW YORK -- Throughout his career, the prodigious Prince has defied categorization. The androgynous rocker with a soulful bent blurred musical genres, racial boundaries and sexual attitudes with songs that broke barriers on an artistic and social scale.

Letter hints at possible new file-sharing scrutiny from attorneys general

Sevendust sings angst but tries to stay happy

Prince, Seger, Harrison lead inductees into rock hall

Letter hints at possible new file-sharing scrutiny from attorneys general
LOS ANGELES -- Companies behind software used by millions to swap music, movies and other files online could be the target of warnings or even legal action by U.S. attorneys general, according to a letter apparently drafted by California Attorney General Bill Lockyer.

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

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.

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

Flag issue still swirls in South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The NCAA said Tuesday it will continue its ban on awarding championships to South Carolina because of the Confederate flag flying on Statehouse grounds.

Season's success surprises Lady Jags
By noon Tuesday, Augusta State coach Greg Wilson had already received about 50 congratulatory phone calls. He had yet to check the 111 e-mails that had accumulated since Monday.

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.

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.

Alabama's Pettway proves skeptics wrong
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Antoine Pettway sure does respond well to criticism.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rattlers will face Wildcats
DAYTON, Ohio - The NCAA Tournament's only team with a losing record is moving up its bracket.

Seals' fate uncertain as DePaul leaves for NCAA
CHICAGO -- DePaul guard LeVar Seals might be suspended for the team's NCAA tournament opener because of the punch he threw in a game last Saturday.

Chargers get Fletcher to complete Boston deal

Agent: CB Vincent agrees to terms with Bills

Tait brings big presence to Bears

Gesser pleads innocent to drunk driving charge

Saints sign fullback; Jaguars add kicker

Local celebration lets Augusta native relive his childhood

Arbitrator hears Owens appeal

Steussie, Garrett, Knight sign with Bucs

Disappointed Ravens regroup after losing Owens

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

Canoe international competition postponed

Chief Olympics organizer insists Athens will be safe
ATHENS, Greece -- The head of the Athens Organizing Committee insisted Tuesday that Greece was doing everything necessary to safeguard the Summer Olympics.

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.

Japan's Olympic marathon champ to miss Athens

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.

Chief Olympics organizer insists Athens will be safe

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.

Canoe international competition postponed
ATHENS, Greece -- An international canoe competition at a new Olympic venue was postponed so work could continue at the site.

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.

Exhausted Szabo will not defend Olympic title

Prep spring sports

Seavey takes Iditarod lead

Overtime

U.S. Open champion to miss two more weeks with wrist injury

Top-ranked Federer, Henin-Hardenne advance

Upsets prompt reshuffling of top 10 Derby prospects

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.

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.

Top-ranked Federer, Henin-Hardenne advance
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Top-ranked Roger Federer and Justine Henin-Hardenne moved into the quarterfinals of the Pacific Life Open by winning in straight sets Tuesday.

U.S. Open champion to miss two more weeks with wrist injury
ORLANDO, Fla. -- U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk will not play in The Players Championship, saying Tuesday a wrist injury has not properly healed.

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

Overtime
A heavyweight championship fight will be held in Los Angeles for only the second time in 45 years, with Vitali Klitschko a participant in both.

Prep spring sports
Spring sports for area prep schools.

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.

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

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.

Bills sign free-agent Vincent
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Troy Vincent knows he won't be counted on to be the savior of a Buffalo team that underachieved last year - and that's fine with him.

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.

Saints sign fullback; Jaguars add kicker
NEW ORLEANS - Veteran fullback Sam Gash signed with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday, while the team cut three players, including cornerback Dale Carter.

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.

Disappointed Ravens regroup after losing Owens
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens won't waste much time lamenting the loss of Terrell Owens.

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

Gesser pleads innocent to drunk driving charge
HONOLULU -- Tennessee Titans quarterback Jason Gesser pleaded innocent to a drunken driving charge.

Chargers get Fletcher to complete Boston deal
SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Chargers obtained cornerback Jamar Fletcher from Miami on Tuesday to complete the David Boston deal.

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.

Local celebration lets Augusta native relive his childhood
Deon Grant gave a perfectly inspirational speech to the students at T.W. Josey High School on Wednesday. Then the Eagles alum went back to the podium a few minutes after he had finished with a little more to say.

Tiger will face tough task at Bay Hill

More of TV's old cop shows deserve movie makeovers

You're hired! Donald Trump is making a big difference for NBC
NEW YORK -- If Regis Philbin once "saved" ABC, Donald Trump has certain bragging rights at NBC.

Cedric the Entertainer subs for Timberlake in 'Motown 45'
LOS ANGELES -- Justin Timberlake is out, and Cedric the Entertainer is in as the new co-host of ABC's "Motown 45" special.

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.

Comedy Central goes back to the future for its new president
NEW YORK -- Comedy Central has reached back into its past to hire a former network president to run things again.

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

Nickelodeon orders "Dora the Explorer" spinoff

Comedy Central goes back to the future for its new president

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.

MTV taps Jessica Simpson's sister, Ashlee - for reality show
NEW YORK -- MTV has tapped another Simpson for a new reality show.

Cedric the Entertainer subs for Timberlake in 'Motown 45'

Nickelodeon orders "Dora the Explorer" spinoff
NEW YORK -- A spinoff of its hit cartoon "Dora the Explorer" and a comedy that stars Julia Roberts' niece are among nine new programs ordered by Nickelodeon for next season.

MTV taps Jessica Simpson's sister, Ashlee - for reality show

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

You're hired! Donald Trump is making a big difference for NBC

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

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People in the News

It's a girl for Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards

Parade of green to march downtown

Georgia to decide if ban on alcohol is out in right field
ATHENS, Ga. - Hooch or no hooch?

Georgia senior misses out on NCAA
ATHENS, Ga. - Damien Wilkins has already been to the National Invitational Tournament.

Georgia redirects toward NIT success

Georgia redirects toward NIT success
ATHENS, Ga. -- Flying into snow-blanketed Iowa for the first round of the NIT is not the post-season destination Georgia's basketball team had in mind, but the Bulldogs' veterans say they can shake off the disappointment of an NCAA snub and focus on the task at hand.

Georgia senior misses out on NCAA

Gamecocks deny tournament curse

Gamecocks lead Palmetto

USC tickets

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.

Gamecocks deny tournament curse
COLUMBIA - South Carolina has a long NCAA Tournament history. Unfortunately, most of it's bad.

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

Wrenn resigns at South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Clyde Wrenn, who spent 11 years in South Carolina's athletic department, has resigned.

Gamecocks win again
AIKEN - After South Carolina's six-shot win in the Palmetto Intercollegiate on Tuesday, various people at Palmetto Golf Club wondered whether the Gamecocks set a school record.

Wrenn resigns at South Carolina

Girl needs to write off boyfriend she gave up

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.

My style

Xtreme calendar

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

Dress to impress

School guidelines keep brightest from shining

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

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

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?

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.

Odds and Ends

Pharmacist refused to refill prescription because of religious beliefs

Odds and Ends