Red Sox defeat Indians

Clemens begins to adjust to new team

Clemens begins to adjust to new team
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Everything is different for Roger Clemens.

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.

Green glad to be back in right field

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

Real estate developer wants Expos in Connecticut
HARTFORD, Conn. -- A Massachusetts-based real estate developer has submitted a bid to move the Montreal Expos to Connecticut, but major league baseball is not giving the plan much consideration.

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

Orioles edge out Astros

Real estate developer wants Expos in Connecticut

Tigers take fight to Cardinals

Red Sox defeat Indians
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Curt Schilling is ready to start the season right now.

Green 'right' where he belongs

Orioles edge out Astros
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Andy Pettitte wasn't happy with his third start of the spring Wednesday and hinted he might be experiencing a "dead arm."

THG banned by baseball
NEW YORK -- Major league baseball has banned THG, the recently unmasked steroid at the center of the case against the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative.

THG banned by baseball

Area births
Here is a llisting of birth announcements from the Aiken-Augusta area.

Area births

Man convicted for attempt to run over bin Laden look-alike
MONTPELLIER, France -- A French artist allegedly traumatized by last week's Spain bombings was convicted of trying to run over a pedestrian he mistook for Osama bin Laden and ordered to pay the man $615.

Woman dies while bathing young son, who then drowns
NEW YORK -- A woman apparently collapsed and died while giving her 3-year-old son a bath, and the boy then drowned in the tub, police said Wednesday.

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.

Delta accused of losing man in Atlanta airport
ATLANTA -- Delta Air Lines lost an 80-year-old man with Alzheimer's disease who was supposed to have been given an escort between flights in the Atlanta airport, his relatives 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
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Daegan Goodman may have had the shortest distance to travel to the rotten sneaker contest, but you couldn't tell that by smelling his shoes.

9 Braves relievers vie for remaining bullpen spots

Braves cut 12 from spring training roster
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Atlanta Braves made their first cuts of spring training Wednesday, trimming 12 players from the roster.

9 Braves relievers vie for remaining bullpen spots
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The Atlanta Braves' departure from Florida is just two weeks away and the logjam in the bullpen shows no signs of loosening.

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.

Braves cut 12 from spring training roster

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.

Crude oil to move past $38 a barrel

Greenspan says banking system in good shape to provide credit in expansion

Business briefs

Shareholders approve FleetBoston-Bank of America merger
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Bank of America Corp. shareholders approved the company's $47 billion takeover of FleetBoston Financial Corp. on Wednesday, with more than two-thirds voting in favor of the megamerger.

Manpower: More companies to hire in second quarter

Business briefs
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - FedEx Corp. reported a 41 percent increase in third-quarter profits Wednesday, due mostly to growth in international priority shipments and savings from job cuts. The results topped Wall Street's estimates. The shipping giant reported earnings of $207 million, or 68 cents per share, up from $147 million, or 49 cents per share, in the same period last year.

LexisNexis selling its legal database to 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.

SEC to watch leaders closer

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.

Starbucks to offer custom digital music CDs at its stores

Group's plan to revitalize has incentives
Businesses along Deans Bridge Road between Gordon Highway and Barton Chapel Road could get a six-month reprieve on their property taxes under a plan to revitalize south Augusta.

Oil prices break record as gas supplies diminish
WASHINGTON - Oil prices pushed past $38 a barrel Wednesday, closing above that level for the first time in 14 years, and analysts predicted that already-high gasoline prices would keep moving higher.

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.

Fed holds key short-term rate steady

Series paints a picture of success for artists
Mary Alice Lockhart sold so many paintings last year, she had to report them as income on her tax return.

Series paints a picture of success for artists

Google rolls out new system to improve local search results

Group's plan to revitalize has incentives

High energy costs lift consumer prices

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.

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.

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.

Crude oil to move past $38 a barrel
WASHINGTON -- Oil prices pushed past $38 a barrel on Wednesday, closing above that level for the first time in 14 years, and analysts predicted that already-high gasoline prices would keep moving higher.

Hewlett-Packard plans Linux-based PC launch in Asia

High energy costs lift consumer prices
WASHINGTON --Consumer prices rose by a modest 0.3 percent in February as high energy costs continued to hit the pocketbooks of drivers filling up at the pump and people heating their homes.

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.

Fee would let fliers avoid long screening
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration wants to begin testing a program that would enable travelers whose background the government already has checked to avoid lengthy security inspections at airports, a federal official said Wednesday.

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.

Building owner seeks to lease

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.

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.

Shareholders approve FleetBoston-Bank of America merger

Irish buys cause smilin'

Google rolls out new system to improve local search results
SAN FRANCISCO -- Online search engine leader Google Inc. is introducing a new system designed to make it easier for people to find things closer to their homes, paving the way for the company to make more money selling ads to small businesses.

Business briefs

Startup's alternative to cable uses regular airwaves
SALT LAKE CITY -- A new type of digital television service that uses local stations' transmitters to beam programming over traditional airwaves announced national aspirations on Tuesday.

Greenspan says banking system in good shape to provide credit in expansion
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. banking system weathered the last recession well and is now in good shape to provide the credit needed for an expanding economy, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Wednesday.

Fee would let fliers avoid long screening

Tigers faithful turn out for coach

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.

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.

LSU football team visits White House

Georgetown fires Esherick

Flag issue still swirls in South Carolina

Flag flap hurts S.C. sports scene as much as anything else

Purdue piles up the wins, not headlines

Alabama's Pettway proves skeptics wrong

George Mason breaks drought

Rattlers will face Wildcats

Hawks ready for new streak

Rudderless in Augusta
Any faint hope that changes on the Augusta Commission wrought by last November's election, or the recent naming of two women to the governing panel, would result in improved leadership was dashed Tuesday.

A parent's right to know

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

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

Rudderless in Augusta

A parent's right to know
If knowledge is power, then the Georgia Assembly just made parents a little more powerful.

People in the News
MADRID, Spain -- Pedro Almodovar's film "Bad Education" made its debut - an opening that had been postponed after last week's terrorist bombings.

New home-video releases
JUST OUT: Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat, Girls Will Be Girls.

Galleries
Here's a list of gallery showings and events in the Aiken-Augusta area.

Club calendar
Here's a list of entertainment at Aiken-Augusta nightclubs.

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

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

Prosecutors drop child pornography charges against R. Kelly
BARTOW, Fla. -- Prosecutors here dropped all child pornography charges against R. Kelly after a judge ruled that photos allegedly showing the singer having sex with an underage girl were illegally seized.

Stuff to do
The Augusta Lynx are battling for a playoff spot in a three-game homestand as they take on Charlotte on Friday, Gwinnett on Saturday and Roanoke on Sunday at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 605 Seventh St. Games start at 7:35 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 4:05 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8-$12. Call 724-2400.

On the road
The 15-day Savannah Music Festival opens Sunday. The festival features more than 100 performances in a variety of styles and venues around the city. Headliners include the Beaux Arts Trio, jazz legend Wayne Shorter, harmonica virtuoso Toots Thielemans and bluesman Little Freddie King.

Julie Andrews sings in the movies again
LOS ANGELES -- Her four-octave voice silenced by a throat operation in 1997, Julie Andrews is once again singing in the movies.

Spotlight: Kydd Joe
DAY JOB: Part-time disc jockey and on-air personality for WPRW-FM (107.7); marketing and street promotions for his Triumph Productions

Lisa Marie Presley says Jackson did nothing inappropriate
LOS ANGELES -- Lisa Marie Presley clarified her remarks in an Australian TV interview, saying in a statement Wednesday that she never saw her ex-husband, Michael Jackson, engage in inappropriate behavior with kids.

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.

A tree grows in Sacred Heart
The Sacred Heart Garden Festival will bring the outdoors in when the Great Hall at the center is transformed into a pastoral park, complete with a running river. The annual show features music, children's activities, vendors and, of course, a wealth of information and inspiration for folks who like to get their hands dirty.

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

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Open tab
Ready for a night out? Here's a roundup of some drink specials and entertainment at Augusta and Aiken nightclubs:

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

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.

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

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.

Tokyo's broad stock benchmark rises to a 31-month high

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 up, gold down in Europe

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.

FedEx reports 41 percent earnings gain
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- FedEx Corp. reported a 41 percent increase in third-quarter profits, due mostly to growth in international priority shipments and savings from job cuts. The results topped Wall Street's estimates and FedEx shares rose more than 5 percent.

Tokyo's broad stock benchmark rises to a 31-month high
TOKYO -- Tokyo's stock indexes surged Wednesday, with the broader benchmark hitting a 31-month high following Wall Street's overnight gains. The U.S. dollar fell sharply against the Japanese yen.

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

FedEx reports 41 percent earnings gain

Stocks rally for second straight day
NEW YORK -- Investors placated by stable inflation and steady rates extended the stock market's rebound to a second day Wednesday, but many Wall Street observers saw the advance as a continued break from selling, not the start of a new rally.

Dollar sinks versus yen, market shrugs off Fed

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

Marsh & McLennan reports more subpoenas for Putnam

Small portions

Some vegetarians are becoming less vegetarian

What's for lunch
In search of a different locale for lunchtime? What's For Lunch offers the details on out-of-the-way or unusual lunch destinations. Have a suggestion you want to share?

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.

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.

Johnson's restaurant offers barbecued ribs to lunch crowd
Judy and Andrew Johnson aren't what you'd call veterans of the restaurant business, but they do know how to make a mean plate of ribs.

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.

What's for lunch

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

Georgia Tech balance bodes well for NCAA tournament
ATLANTA -- Paul Hewitt wants to make one thing clear: Georgia Tech would be a better team if Chris Bosh were still around.

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

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.

Put more emphasis on the horse than the course

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.

First Chinese player in the Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Zhang Lian-Wei received a special invitation Wednesday to play in the Masters, making him the first player from China at Augusta National.

First Chinese player in the Masters

Private Woods?

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.

Chinese golfer gets Masters invitation

Chinese golfer gets Masters invitation
A former javelin thrower who taught himself to play golf has received a special invitation to this year's Masters Tournament.

Winning can still be worth a ticket to Augusta

The drive for five

The drive for five
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tiger Woods played only 11 holes Wednesday at Bay Hill, driven off the course by a sore neck that caused him to spend nearly an hour in the fitness trailer getting it massaged.

LPGA present, future cross paths this week

Tournament's new home a haven for long-hitting Wie
SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN, Ariz. -- The Phoenix stop on the LPGA Tour has a new home, and it's a haven for long hitters.

Tournament's new home a haven for long-hitting Wie

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

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.

Buffalo rallies to beat Atlanta

Buffalo rallies to beat Atlanta
ATLANTA - Derek Roy scored a fluky goal 15 seconds into overtime as the Buffalo Sabres rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period and beat the Atlanta Thrashers 4-3 on Wednesday night, a game marred by numerous fights.

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.

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

Mental illness needs our help
Thank you for making our community aware of the struggles facing those with chronic mental illness in the CSRA and the resources needed to help these people work toward recovery ("Will cuts cut off a lifeline?" March 7). Lynn Tyson, M.D., Augusta

Mental illness needs our help

Officer info should be private

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

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.

Officer info should be private
I am a supervisor with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, and I am writing this letter on behalf of many employees of the sheriff's office. On Feb. 26 I received a letter at my home from Lewis Blanchard, candidate for Columbia County sheriff. Jason Little, Grovetown

'Recon shell' a skycam for laptop-toting infantry

Scientists say brain enzyme appears to regulate appetite and weight

Final wishes of famous available online

Iraq war amputees get new life and limbs at Walter Reed

AARP campaigns to legalize drug imports from Canada

Radiation after prostate cancer recurs benefits high-risk patients

Brazilian martial art finds new audience

Mad cow testing will now cover 220,000 animals

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.

'Recon shell' a skycam for laptop-toting infantry
It was 1971 and Charles Stancil was driving back to the U.S. base in Khe Sahn, Vietnam, when "all hell broke loose." Pinned down in the crossfire between North Vietnamese and U.S. troops, Stancil thought he could survive if only he could see what was waiting for him about 100 yards away - from the overhead perspective the young helicopter pilot was used to.

Questions remain about temporary artificial heart
WASHINGTON -- A temporary artificial heart that promises to help keep certain patients alive long enough to receive a heart transplant must pass a key hurdle Wednesday, as government advisers debate whether the device works well enough to sell.

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.

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.

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.

Scientists say brain enzyme appears to regulate appetite and weight
Scientists say an enzyme in the brain that monitors energy in cells also appears to regulate appetite and weight, a discovery that could lead to new treatments for obesity.

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

Final wishes of famous available online
LONDON -- When William Shakespeare bequeathed his "second-best bed" to his wife nearly 400 years ago, a scribe dipped his quill pen in ink and scratched the bard's last wishes on parchment.

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.

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.

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.

Augusta goalie receives honor
Jason Saal followed up an impressive week in goal for the Lynx with his second ECHL saver of the week honor, the league announced Tuesday.

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.

Study says 36 percent of Georgia is natural

Young voters recruit others through registration drives

Deer-dog hunting bill OK'd by House
ATLANTA - Georgians would be allowed to hunt deer with dogs on properties of at least 320 acres under a bill passed by the House on Wednesday.

River project aims to help fish spawn
As officials lifted parts of the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam on Wednesday, they let loose thousands of gallons of water downstream.

Student might be deported

Steel cost hampers terminal progress

Superior Court judge retires

MCG's Medicaid care imperiled

Rants and raves
I HAVE A RANT on the hockey game being played without safety rules for its players. I witnessed tonight one player being criminally assaulted by another, breaking his neck. What type of game is this? NO FIGHT, NO FANS. I suppose the owner gets rich while players get seriously hurt. I think the game should be outlawed.

Police pursuit rules change

Across Georgia
ALBANY - A firefighter who offered to teach fire safety in schools has been charged with child molestation and sexual exploitation of a child.

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.

Across the area
A Decatur, Ga., man died Wednesday in a one-car accident on Interstate 20 in Aiken County, authorities said.

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

Records show school board voted to approve Larke's payout
A month after questions arose about Superintendent Charles Larke's $94,000 payout for unused vacation, his office produced records that show the school board voted to approve the payout behind closed doors.

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

Mayor suggests trolleys for downtown

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.

Judge says it's time to retire

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.

Cox calls on local schools to raise SAT scores

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.

Insurance agent charged in hospital fraud scheme
SAVANNAH, Ga. - For the Burke County Medical Center, a small rural hospital in Waynesboro, forking over $533,000 for an insurance policy is a tough pill to swallow.

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.

A saintly showing
Eight young men bearing wooden crosses were applauded on every street corner Saturday during the St. Patrick's Day parade in Augusta.

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.

MCG's Medicaid care imperiled
If Georgia Medicaid runs out of money with no promise of paying until July, some Medicaid patients might have to wait until then to get treated at Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics, officials said Wednesday.

Committee OKs restructuring bill

Young voters recruit others through registration drives
Cervantes Boddy, 20, a Paine College sophomore education major, said he doesn't want to be another statistic - a young adult who doesn't vote.

Drawing narrows field for scholarship to two

Records show school board voted to approve Larke's payout
A month after questions arose about Superintendent Charles Larke's $94,000 payout for unused vacation, his office produced records that show the school board voted to approve the payout behind closed doors.

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.

Student might be deported
AIKEN - A Silver Bluff High School honor student who was born in Mexico says she doesn't want to be deported to a place she doesn't call home.

Council bickers over ways to use extra penny sales tax

Records show school board voted to approve Larke's payout

No protesters file for permit

U.S. military remains strong, Chambliss says

Judicial site is still up in air

Sales tax sparks debate

U.S. military remains strong, Chambliss says
While some critics say America's military is losing personnel because it's being stretched too thin, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., says re-enlistment ceremonies at Fort Gordon on Wednesday prove otherwise.

Exploring at the hospital

Kid of the day

County Board of Education tries to save historic cottage

Religious bills advance amid partisan sniping

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

Building fills fast; twin site scouted

New map forces incumbent fights

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.

High school gets new principal

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.

Commission votes against 'Cobb Field'

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.

Two women charged with assault

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.

Across the area

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.

Vote helps golf hall idea museum idea

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.

Across the area

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.

Law ensures equal defense for poor in court
Augusta-area legal and community leaders got a preview Wednesday of what to expect in the state's new public defender system.

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

Steel cost hampers terminal progress
The talk among Augusta Regional Airport officials Wednesday wasn't only about increasing passenger numbers. The unstable price of steel these days also has become a rising concern.

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.

Vote helps golf hall idea museum idea
ATLANTA - It wasn't quite a hole in one, but Mark Darnell was more than pleased Wednesday with the unanimous approval by the Georgia Senate to allow the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame in Augusta to buy a 4.25-acre swath of state land for development near its botanical gardens.

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.

Cox calls on local schools to raise SAT scores
State School Superintendent Kathy Cox has challenged local school systems to improve test scores.

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.

Across South Carolina
Court upholds killer's stay of execution

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.

Water conservation panel gets Senate nod
ATLANTA - A committee to study water conservation in Georgia was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate on Wednesday.

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

Police pursuit rules change
AIKEN - Chasing the bad guys in a high-speed pursuit or taking the foot off the gas pedal to protect themselves and citizens in the path of a chase is a decision every law enforcement officer might face.

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.

Condon pushes budget control
AIKEN - Former South Carolina attorney general and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Charlie Condon proposed an across-the-board, 1 percent reduction in automatic spending increases for federal entitlement programs Monday as a first step toward curbing the national deficit.

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.

Honor student faces deportation
AIKEN - A Silver Bluff High School honor student who was born in Mexico says she doesn't want to be deported to a place she doesn't call home.

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Sarah Danielle Wilson, 4, of Hephzibah.

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

Parade car accelerates into crowd, injuring eight

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.

Parade car accelerates into crowd, injuring eight
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A convertible in Savannah's St. Patrick's Day parade surged into a police marching band Wednesday and slammed into spectators who lined the parade route.

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.

Condon pushes budget control

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Records show school board voted to approve Larke's payout

Commissioners vote April as Confederate History Month

Deer-dog hunting bill OK'd by House

Parade will permit crosses

Police say man ran over his girlfriend
A Hephzibah man was charged with aggravated assault after officials said Wednesday that he intentionally ran over his girlfriend Tuesday with a truck.

Palmer integrity remains intact in 1958 debate
ORLANDO, Fla. - The low road is so easy. All it takes to negotiate is a little gravity.

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.

'Jersey Girl,' screens at South by Southwest

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Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday. Listings subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, see augustachronicle.com/movies.

'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.

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Band puts modern spin on musical past
Wary of the thin line that separates survival and selling out, members of the power-pop combo Rooney are approaching their current success with caution.

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.

Guitarist believes there is something magical about the ring of the string
For guitarist Manuel Barrueco, nothing sings as sweetly as a string well struck.

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.

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

Venues will showcase versatility of jazz band
Renowned jazz musician Ted Nash will have the opportunity to show Augusta audiences two sides of his band, Odeon.

Being true to music means legend will 'always do it Ralph Stanley's way'
After nearly 60 years in the business and more than 200 albums, bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley is discovering that he is hip - again.

Band puts modern spin on musical past

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

Roots album frustrating for listener, an insult to its Americana material

Guitarist believes there is something magical about the ring of the string

Roots album frustrating for listener, an insult to its Americana material
There's something uniquely powerful about an American band acknowledging its roots and going back to the raw music, the folk songs, country croons and gospel shouts that serve as modern music's foundation. For many, it's been an artistically and economically lucrative endeavor. Ryan Adams, Wilco and the late, great Uncle Tupelo rode the Americana movement to critical and popular success.

Being true to music means legend will 'always do it Ralph Stanley's way'

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.

Prince, Seger, Harrison lead inductees into rock hall

The hot ticket

The hot ticket
THE PERFORMER: Avril Lavigne THE DATE: Monday THE VENUE: A mall somewhere in Atlanta. The details will be leaked 48 hours before the gig.

NASCAR puts the brakes on cursing
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- When things are going wrong on the racetrack, it's not uncommon for Dale Earnhardt Jr. - or almost any other driver - to unleash a stream of obscenities over their in-car radio.

Drivers return to different Darlington
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- This time, Darlington Raceway took Kurt Busch's breath away before he ever took a lap.

Secrets keep the cars on course

Veterans making truck series very competitive in 2004

Veterans making truck series very competitive in 2004
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Bobby Hamilton pulled beside Mike Skinner in the final turn of the final lap. When they made contact coming to the finish line, Skinner went for a half-spin through the grass and Hamilton went on to victory.

Grip gripes at Darlington
DARLINGTON, S.C. - There isn't a lot of asphalt at Darlington Raceway with any grip left in it. On Sunday, the good stuff will be behind the outside wall.

NASCAR newsmaker: Ricky Craven

Secrets keep the cars on course
DARLINGTON, S.C. - One of the secrets to keeping a car on the track at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway is a block of two-by-four wood.

Drivers return to different Darlington

NASCAR newsmaker: Ricky Craven
A year ago Ricky Craven and Kurt Busch gave NASCAR one of its most prized finishes, winning by less than four inches.

U.S. team invites O'Neal, Garnett
Shaquille O'Neal and Kevin Garnett have been invited to play for the U.S. Olympic basketball team.

Hawks ready for new streak
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Phil Martelli is finished stewing about the loss and answering questions from the doubters.

Dinged-up Duke hopes to set aside late hiccups
RALEIGH, N.C. -- By Duke's standards, this could be considered a crisis.

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

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

Georgetown fires Esherick
WASHINGTON -- Georgetown President John J. DeGioia said he fired Craig Esherick because the coach didn't meet the on-court "standards of excellence" expected of the Hoyas.

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.

Flag flap hurts S.C. sports scene as much as anything else
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Russ Pate has no doubt that if USA Track and Field had had more time, it would've yanked the 2000 U.S. Olympic Women's Marathon Trials from South Carolina's capital city because of the Confederate flag.

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.

Purdue piles up the wins, not headlines
INDIANAPOLIS - Purdue doesn't have Connecticut's flash, Tennessee's pedigree or Duke's No. 1 ranking.

George Mason breaks drought
FAIRFAX, Va. - George Mason won its first postseason game in 18 years Wednesday night, beating Tennessee 58-55 in the opening round of the NIT.

Local celebration lets Augusta native relive his childhood

Chargers get Fletcher to complete Boston deal

Gesser pleads innocent to drunk driving charge

Disappointed Ravens regroup after losing Owens

Saints sign fullback; Jaguars add kicker

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Organizers begin five-day test of gymnastics facility
ATHENS, Greece -- Organizers of the Athens Games began a five-day pre-Olympics test of the gymnastics facility Wednesday.

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.

Canoe international competition postponed

Organizers begin five-day test of gymnastics facility

Builder: Main Olympic stadium ready by July 20
ATHENS, Greece -- Renovations on the main Olympic stadium and completion of its new roof will be finished by July 20, a construction chief promised Wednesday.

Builder: Main Olympic stadium ready by July 20

Chief Olympics organizer insists Athens will be safe

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

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Zaragoza beats Real Madrid in King's Cup final

Serena Williams to end eight-month layoff next week

Kenyon swims for 25th straight national championship

Seavey wins Iditarod

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

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Aiken Heat wins first tournament

Top-ranked Henin-Hardenne will skip Key Biscayne

Prep spring sports

Convicted murderer says fight was fixed and he had hepatitis

Top-ranked Federer, Henin-Hardenne advance

Federer big in Basel, not in America

Kenyon swims for 25th straight national championship
GAMBIER, Ohio -- Kenyon College coach Jim Steen sits poolside shouting instructions, his raspy voice loud enough that his swimmers probably can hear him underwater.

Aiken Heat wins first tournament
The Aiken Heat under-12 girls soccer team has participated in several tournaments since Victor Tice took over as coach in fall 2002, but had never claimed a championship.

Top-ranked Henin-Hardenne will skip Key Biscayne
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Top-ranked Justine Henin-Hardenne will skip the tournament in Key Biscayne next week, putting off a potential showdown with former No. 1 Serena Williams.

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.

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Spring prep scores from area sports action.

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.

Convicted murderer says fight was fixed and he had hepatitis
LAS VEGAS -- A convicted murderer who forged close ties to baseball stars and other athletes while in prison says he had hepatitis and could barely see when he fought a fixed comeback fight at the Anaheim Pond.

Prep spring sports
Spring sports for area prep schools.

Seavey wins Iditarod
NOME, Alaska -- Mitch Seavey won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in nine days, 12 hours, 20 minutes and 22 seconds on Tuesday night, his 11th run on the 1,100-mile route from Anchorage to Nome.

Serena Williams to end eight-month layoff next week
MIAMI -- Serena Williams is ready to get back on the tennis court after an eight-month layoff.

Overtime
The Nicklauses are returning to the Nationwide Tour. And this time they're bring the Players.

Federer big in Basel, not in America
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- He's a celebrity in Basel, recognized in the Maldives, but mostly just another man on the street in America.

Zaragoza beats Real Madrid in King's Cup final
BARCELONA, Spain -- Zaragoza won the King's Cup final Wednesday, beating Real Madrid 3-2 on Argentine substitute Luciano Galletti's goal in extra time.

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.

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

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.

Former Vols Witten, Wilson help Clausen on Pro Day
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Cedric Wilson and Jason Witten returned to Tennessee on Wednesday to help an old friend try to impress NFL scouts.

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

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.

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.

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.

Reilys enjoy quite a life entertaining closer to their home base of Aiken
Brooke Lundy Reily loves having fun with her husband, Gavin.

Tiger will face tough task at Bay Hill

Princess of Pop keeps us guessing

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

Nickelodeon orders "Dora the Explorer" spinoff

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.

Documentary looks at changing role of women in independent films

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
NEW YORK -- MTV has tapped another Simpson for a new reality show.

Documentary looks at changing role of women in independent films
NEW YORK -- Nancy Savoca's movies pick up where Martin Scorsese's and Francis Ford Coppola's films leave off, according to film historian Emanuel Levy.

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.

The doctor isn't in for all, 'Dr. Phil' critic says
LOS ANGELES -- When Neal David Sutz walked through the Paramount studio gate, he was looking forward to seeing a psychologist he respected, talk show host Phil McGraw.

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

Cedric the Entertainer subs for Timberlake in 'Motown 45'

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.

Comedy Central goes back to the future for its new president

The doctor isn't in for all, 'Dr. Phil' critic says

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Georgia falters in NIT opener
AMES, Iowa - Jackson Vroman scored 23 points, Curtis Stinson had 21 and Iowa State shot a school-record 74.4 percent in beating Georgia 82-74 Wednesday in the first round of the NIT.

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

Georgia senior misses out on NCAA

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
ATHENS, Ga. - Damien Wilkins has already been to the National Invitational Tournament.

Georgia redirects toward NIT success

Princess of Pop keeps us guessing
During the course of her 15-song Onyx Hotel Tour performance, which rolls into Atlanta's Philips Arena on Tuesday and Columbia's Colonial Center on Wednesday, former teen queen Britney Spears will sprint through some seven costumes changes and slough off the last vestiges of the doe-eyed innocence that made her a star.

Filmmaker Romero put his own grisly twist on horror
Nothing about filmmaker George Romero spells Hollywood success story. He insists on making his movies in the anti-Hollywood, Pittsburgh.

'Flame' gives us illuminating insights into price of fame on British rockers
When British glam rock outfit Slade decided to make a movie in 1974, fans expected something slight, silly and perhaps a little off-color. After all, David Bowie and Roxy Music had serious all wrapped up, leaving the four working-class lads from Wolverhampton to take up the mantle of glam's clown princes.

South Carolina's Holtz in no laughing mood
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The coach with the quick wit didn't have many laugh lines Wednesday. Maybe that's because the past two years were nothing to laugh about for Lou Holtz and South Carolina.

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

Gamecocks deny tournament curse

Wrenn resigns at South Carolina

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.

South Carolina's Holtz in no laughing mood

Woman dies while bathing young son, who then drowns

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Delta accused of losing man in Atlanta airport

Odds and Ends

Pharmacist refused to refill prescription because of religious beliefs

Man convicted for attempt to run over bin Laden look-alike