Few buyers for books by disgraced journalists

Few buyers for books by disgraced journalists
NEW YORK -- Jayson Blair and Stephen Glass, two young journalists notorious for fabricating stories, have something else in common: Both have written highly publicized books that few people are buying.

Red Sox defeat Indians

Twins' Koskie is day to day with stiff back
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Minnesota Twins third baseman Corey Koskie left Thursday's game against Baltimore because of a stiff lower back.

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."

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.

Yankees gearing up for Japan trip
TAMPA, Fla. -- Derek Jeter expects to see a lot of playing time when the New York Yankees resume exhibition games Friday.

Real estate developer wants Expos in Connecticut

Yankees gearing up for Japan trip

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

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

Orioles edge out Astros

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.

Clemens begins to adjust to new team

Twins' Koskie is day to day with stiff back

THG banned by baseball

Downtown plan brings out the architect in all of us

Area births

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

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.

Attempting suicide, elderly couple walk into ocean
SEASIDE PARK, N.J. -- An elderly couple tied themselves together back-to-back with speaker wire and walked into the ocean in a suicide attempt, but the husband survived, authorities said.

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.

Driver uses truck to stop out-of-control car
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- As other drivers swerved to avoid an out-of-control car and then kept going, Mark Bartholomew noticed that the driver was alone and appeared to be unconscious.

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.

Parents angered by children's book about gay princes
WILMINGTON, N.C. -- The parents of a first-grader are fuming over the book their daughter brought home from the school library: a children's story about a prince whose true love turns out to be another prince.

Odds and Ends
FARMINGTON, Maine -- Perhaps it's no surprise that the wounded collie-shepherd and the disabled Vietnam veteran who rescued him forged a fast friendship.

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.

9 Braves relievers vie for remaining bullpen spots

Hampton's sinker comes back to life
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Judging by the seven ground-ball outs he coaxed from the New York Mets on Thursday afternoon, Mike Hampton's sinker is back.

Braves cut 12 from spring training roster

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.

Hampton's sinker comes back to life

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.

High energy costs lift consumer prices

GM recalling 4 million pickups because tailgates fall off

Crude oil to move past $38 a barrel

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.

Business briefs

Group's plan to revitalize has incentives

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

Darden to limit all-you-can-eat promotions at Red Lobster chain

Jobless claims drop to lowest level in more than three years

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.

Jurors in Tyco trial begin deliberations
NEW YORK -- Jurors began deliberating Thursday whether two former executives looted more than $600 million from Tyco International Inc. and used the money to pay for vacation homes, extravagant furnishings, jewelry and a party on a Mediterranean island.

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.

Darden to limit all-you-can-eat promotions at Red Lobster chain
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Darden Restaurants Inc. said Thursday its Red Lobster chain will cut back on all-you-can-eat promotions, which generated customer traffic but hurt profit margins.

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.

Kmart reports first profitable quarter since emerging from bankruptcy
DETROIT -- Kmart Holding Corp. announced its first profitable quarter since emerging from bankruptcy, but the discount retailer's same-store sales continued to fall.

Google rolls out new system to improve local search results

GM recalling 4 million pickups because tailgates fall off
DETROIT -- General Motors Corp. announced Thursday it is recalling 4 million pickups worldwide after 134 people were slightly injured when the trucks' tailgates fell off without warning.

Company to relocate to a roomier facility

Leading economic indicators unchanged in February
NEW YORK -- A closely watched indicator of future economic activity remained unchanged in February, but at a high enough level to signal more strength in the economy and job growth on the horizon, a private research group reported Thursday.

Prosecutors seek indictments in Parmalat fraud case

Fee would let fliers avoid long screening

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.

Developers butt heads over deal
Richmond County economic developers took a step forward Thursday in joining a new regional body to promote outside business interests to the area.

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.

Company to relocate to a roomier facility
An Aiken company that makes portable pumps to keep greens dry at the Augusta National Golf Club and other golf courses is moving to a bigger site in Graniteville in anticipation of growth.

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.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration announced Thursday that it was filing the first trade case against China before the World Trade Organization, charging that the Asian country is using its tax code to unfairly discriminate against American semiconductor manufacturers.

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.

Prosecutors seek indictments in Parmalat fraud case
ROME -- Prosecutors investigating the Parmalat scandal asked a judge Thursday to put the diary giant's founder and 28 other people on trial for their alleged roles in the fraud.

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.

Jurors in Tyco trial begin deliberations

Series paints a picture of success for artists

Shareholders approve FleetBoston-Bank of America merger

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.

Kmart reports first profitable quarter since emerging from bankruptcy

Developers butt heads over deal

Jobless claims drop to lowest level in more than three years
WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits dropped for the third consecutive week last week, pushing jobless claims to the lowest level in more than three years.

Leading economic indicators unchanged in February

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

Ellis fired as Auburn coach after 10 seasons

Hawks ready for new streak

Alabama takes down Southern Illinois

George Mason breaks drought

Manhattan ousts Florida

Georgetown fires Esherick

Texas Tech beats Charlotte

Maryland edges out UTEP

Purdue piles up the wins, not headlines

Basketball coaches like current system

Freshman lifts Deacons past stubborn Rams

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.

Rudderless in Augusta

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

Keeping them on the run
"In the first war of the 21st century, you're defending your fellow citizens against ruthless enemies. And by your sacrifice, you're making our country more secure. You have delivered justice to many terrorists, and you're keeping the rest of them on the run.'

Get over it
You don't need to read between the lines to see the abject fear: Secularists are petrified of people with moral values.

A parent's right to know

Bar landfill deadbeats
Augusta taxpayers should be pleased that the city is going to court to collect nearly a quarter of a million dollars in overdue landfill fees. If most of the $240,823 the deadbeats owe is paid up, a trash collection increase of up to $40 per year per household might be avoided.

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.

People in the News
MUMBLES, Wales -- Catherine Zeta-Jones lost a bid Thursday to stop a businessman from running his information technology business from a barn near her new luxury home in her Welsh hometown.

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

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.

Fired 'Apprentice' star Omarosa stands by claims of racism
NEW YORK -- Fired "Apprentice" Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth - hated by some of her fellow cast members - got plenty of love Thursday at Ebony magazine's awards luncheon.

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.

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

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

Robin Quivers feeling great, even with the FCC on her back
NEW YORK -- In the mid-'80s, Howard Stern and Robin Quivers had one major concern: Staying on the air.

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.

Weekend 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:

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

FedEx reports 41 percent earnings gain

Money funds rose in latest week
NEW YORK -- Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds rose by $3.45 billion in the latest week to $886.49 billion, the Investment Company Institute said Thursday.

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.

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

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.

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

Dollar up, gold down in Europe

Money funds rose in latest week

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

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.

Mortgage rates dip; one-year ARM at lowest level on record
WASHINGTON -- Mortgage rates fell again this week, with the benchmark 30-year mortgages approaching last year's rates, which were the lowest in more than four decades. Rates for one-year adjustable mortgages set a new record low.

Stocks close lower on mixed economic news
NEW YORK -- Wall Street stumbled lower Thursday as investors wrestled with mixed economic data and news that Pakistani troops had cornered a key al-Qaida leader. Tech shares were dragged down by Microsoft's antitrust problems in Europe.

Fishing tournment news and results

Crappies easy catches in lake's shallows

Crappies easy catches in lake's shallows
This month has been better suited for kite flying, thanks to strong west-northwest winds, but anglers who braved Wednesday's 35-mph gusts cleaned up on shallow water crappies.

Fishing tournment news and results
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

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?

What's for lunch

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.

Garden festival has new events
To help usher in the spirit of spring, the Sacred Heart Garden Festival returns this weekend with enough flora, food and fun to help the Garden City live up to its name.

Flowers tell you when to plant

Flowers tell you when to plant
It's hard to be rational about planting flower and vegetable seeds, with warm days making you think you waited too long to plant, and cool days making you think you have plenty of time. Deal with your fickleness by watching blossoms on trees and shrubs.

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.

Georgia Tech is showing promise
ATLANTA- There is an air of optimism surrounding the Georgia Tech football program this spring. It's a far cry from the black cloud that seemed to follow the Yellow Jackets last off-season.

Gruber accepts underdog role
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - The NCAA men's basketball tournament gives rise to all kinds of Cinderella and David vs. Goliath stories.

Woods stalks Bay Hill lead
ORLANDO, Fla. - Tiger Woods isn't quite in full gear yet in his "drive for five" at the Bay Hill Invitational. If the world's top-ranked player follows his pattern at Bay Hill Club and Lodge, expect him to drop it into overdrive today as he makes a run at another PGA Tour record.

The drive for five

At Safeway, Wie grabs attention
SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN, Ariz. - Michelle Wie got the attention while Kim Saiki collected the birdies in the opening round of the Safeway International.

At Safeway, Wie grabs attention

Chinese golfer gets Masters invitation

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

First Chinese player in the Masters

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lightning top Sabres at home

Lightning top Sabres at home
TAMPA, Fla. - Tim Taylor snapped a tie 52 seconds into the third period, leading the Tampa Bay Lightning past the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 on Thursday night.

Buffalo rallies to beat Atlanta

Downtown plan brings out the architect in all of us
Tuesday's column about the architecture of I.M. Pei in downtown Augusta, particularly his sunken parking bays, brought quick response.

Paper must apologize for Kerry depiction
I strongly protest Thursday's absolutely scurrilous and libelous editorial cartoon implying Sen. John Kerry and Osama bin Laden in conversation. This dangerously defamatory, unfounded and inaccurate caricature suggests that the two are in complicity. It reminds one of the filthy tricks that unfairly defeated Max Cleland. James E. Himley, Edgefield, S.C.

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

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

School bands need more support
Recently I attended the Tenth District (high school) Band Festival/Evaluations at Burke County High School. The only adults present to support the bands were some bus drivers, chaperones and a few parents. There were no school administrators present. Dr. John D. Bradley, Augusta

Cartoon was shameful attack on Kerry
Is there no depth to which this newspaper will stoop? The Republicans crucified Max Cleland, a Vietnam veteran, calling this triple amputee who gave his limbs for his country a traitor, and now you smear Sen. John Kerry with the same filthy brush (Rick McKee's editorial cartoon, Thursday). Gloria R. Greenbaum, Augusta

Officer info should be private

Mental illness needs our help

Kerry has a flip-flop problem
U.S. Sen. John Kerry accuses President Bush of stonewalling on the Sept. 11 investigation, but someone should investigate Sen. Kerry sitting on the fence on every important issue, criticizing President Bush but never offering a remedy. Harry Oliphant, Hephzibah

School bands need more support

Paper must apologize for Kerry depiction

Infiniti has high hopes with QX56

Astronauts want to save Hubble Space Telescope

Parents find power in touch

Final wishes of famous available online

Global extinction theory supported by survey of British wildlife

Scientists say brain enzyme appears to regulate appetite and weight

100-foot asteroid to make record pass by Earth

'Lost' private papers of Sherlock Holmes creator to be auctioned

'Recon shell' a skycam for laptop-toting infantry

Next flu vaccine to protect against this year's troublesome strain

Health and fitness calendar

Infiniti has high hopes with QX56
Infiniti officials aren't expecting their first full-size, luxury sport utility vehicle to post anywhere near the sales of the competing Lincoln Navigator, Cadillac Escalade and Lexus GX 470.

'Lost' private papers of Sherlock Holmes creator to be auctioned
LONDON -- It was a mystery worthy of Sherlock Holmes himself.

100-foot asteroid to make record pass by Earth
SAN DIEGO -- As far as flying space rocks go, it's as close an encounter as mankind has ever had.

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.

Parents find power in touch
Bright and alert, 7-month-old Conlan Kitts enjoyed a full-body massage, courtesy of his mother, Shannon.

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.

Next flu vaccine to protect against this year's troublesome strain
WASHINGTON -- Next year's flu vaccine will contain protection against the flu strain that caused the most illnesses this winter.

'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.

Astronauts want to save Hubble Space Telescope
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- They risked their lives for the Hubble Space Telescope and did so gladly.

Living briefs
Here's a look at your best bets for this weekend:

Global extinction theory supported by survey of British wildlife
WASHINGTON -- A steep decline in birds, butterflies and native plants in Britain supports the theory that humans are pushing the natural world into the Earth's sixth big extinction event and the future may see more and more animal species disappearing.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

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.

Goalie fights past injuries
When the ECHL's Arkansas franchise folded at the end of last season, goaltender Jason Saal went in search of a job.

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.

Group to focus solely on rings

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.

GOP tours to tout HOPE plan
ATLANTA - Republicans kicked off a statewide tour of Georgia colleges and universities to promote their plan for salvaging the HOPE scholarship from potential financial ruin in a visit to Georgia State University on Thursday.

Across the area

Young voters recruit others through registration drives

Vote helps golf hall idea museum idea

Papers' validity argued
Richmond County school board member Barbara Padgett accused central office staffers Thursday of creating a document to help explain Superintendent Charles Larke's $94,000 vacation payout.

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.

3 charged in fight that injured teen
Three Augusta men were arrested Wednesday after authorities said they had been involved in a street fight that resulted in the injury of a 16-year-old.

Center's future not yet certain
Officials said Thursday the future of Fort Discovery - and possibly the state's relationship with the military as it faces the 2005 base closure round - is at stake over the next two days.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The state agency that grades school performance approved changes Thursday in the way it evaluates South Carolina schools, including putting off grading high schools on whether they meet new federal standards.

Cox calls on local schools to raise SAT scores

Records show school board voted to approve Larke's payout

Around town
Victor Meza, of Guayaquil, Ecuador, sings a Latin rock song at the ASU International Festival .

Deer-dog hunting bill OK'd by House

Peach farmers weather storm, fear more ice
JOHNSTON - South Carolina peach growers are looking at this year's crop with an optimism as delicate as the five-petaled blossoms that could be decimated in the next four weeks by the icy blow of a late frost.

Kid of the day

Rants and raves
THIS RAVE IS a congratulations to the Augusta State University women's basketball team for their accomplishments this season. And this rant is to the sorry student body who showed no support for anything other than their own agendas.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - The driver of a parade car that plowed into a crowd on St. Patrick's Day veered to avoid mowing down a bagpipe band when the convertible accelerated out of control, a friend said Thursday.

Pupils accused of bringing knives to school

Trees might replace parking
If the concept stays the way it is, a tree could someday replace your car in the parking bays on Broad Street.

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.

Judges give politicians another crack at maps
ATLANTA - State lawmakers unhappy with the new districts handed to them by a federal court have one last shot to change the maps, so they scrambled Thursday to meet a deadline to file their complaints.

Records show school board voted to approve Larke's payout

Leaders remain hopeful for bills
ATLANTA - Religious conservatives in the General Assembly held out hope Thursday that they still might salvage at least a portion of their legislative agenda this year.

Parade car accelerates into crowd, injuring eight

Police pursuit rules change

Group to focus solely on rings
Targeting a practice that has become closely associated with high-dollar drug trafficking, a new public-private partnership promises to crack down on dog fighting, South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster announced Thursday.

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.

Member quits aviation panel

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.

Center's future not yet certain

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.

Across Georgia

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.

U.S. military remains strong, Chambliss says

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.

Steel cost hampers terminal progress

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

Across the area

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.

Condon pushes budget control

Across South Carolina
Court upholds killer's stay of execution

Student might be deported

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.

MCG's Medicaid care imperiled

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.

15-year-old will apply for asylum

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

Rants and raves
THIS RAVE IS a congratulations to the Augusta State University women's basketball team for their accomplishments this season. And this rant is to the sorry student body who showed no support for anything other than their own agendas.

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Moses Anthony Williams, 6, of Martinez.

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.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's investigators released a surveillance photo Thursday of the man they say robbed an Augusta bank earlier this month.

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.

Board wants zoning opinion
Residents living near the intersection of Furys Ferry and Evans to Locks roads who are opposed to the area being reclassified under new zoning rules got the delay they were looking for Thursday night.

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.

Event welcomes big crowds
AIKEN - Attendance at the Aiken Steeplechase has more than doubled in the past 10 years, stretching the event to its physical limits, but organizers said they are optimistic the horse race can facilitate even more guests in the future.

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.

Budget board OKs 3 agencies' operating deficits
COLUMBIA - The state Corrections Department will be allowed to run a deficit of as much as $23.7 million this year, the state Budget and Control Board said Thursday.

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

Funds run out for Medicaid
ATLANTA - The state's Medicaid program ran out of money to pay hospital, doctor and nursing home bills Thursday as a legislative stalemate over the midyear budget dragged on. Senate Republicans blamed House Democrats. House Democrats insisted they were not to blame.

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.

15-year-old will apply for asylum
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - Griselda Lopez, 15, a sophomore honor student at Silver Bluff High School, hung onto hope Thursday after an immigration judge granted a continuance in her case.

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.

Pupils accused of bringing knives to school
Knife-wielding pupils disrupted two Columbia County schools Thursday afternoon, police said .

Around town

Grasping the future
Before handing out the envelopes that would reveal their futures Thursday, David Stern listed some of the prestigious residency programs that the Medical College of Georgia senior medical students had been matched up with on the list he had seen.

Funds run out for Medicaid

Post alliance starts fund-raising effort
Even a mere $5 will help the Augusta area stave off the 2005 base closure round, officials say.

Judges give politicians another crack at maps

On the run
Members of the Bucknell University's rowing crew jog along Reynolds St. Thursday morning on their way to the Augusta Boathouse. They are training during spring break.

On the run

Member quits aviation panel
Augusta Aviation Commission member Marcie Wilhelmi resigned from the board Thursday, saying she wanted to spend more time with her family.

Board wants zoning opinion

Across South Carolina

Event welcomes big crowds

Grasping the future

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

Peach farmers weather storm, fear more ice

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.

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.

Papers' validity argued

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

Rough stretch isn't dampening Howell's spirits
ORLANDO, Fla. - He considers Tiger Woods to be his best friend. He shares endorsement deals with Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. He's young and talented and motivated to be the greatest.

At the Movies: 'Taking Lives'
Angelina Jolie finally has a decent movie on her hands, and the dark, suspenseful thriller "Taking Lives" comes none too soon.

At the Movies: 'Intermission'

At the Movies: 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'

At the Movies: 'Taking Lives'

At the Movies: 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'
Any film from the fertile mind of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman is going to be wildly imaginative, and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" is no exception. It would feel even more innovative, though, if Kaufman hadn't already written "Being John Malkovich."

At the Movies: 'Dawn of the Dead'

Mini reviews
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.

At the Movies: 'Dawn of the Dead'
"Dawn of the Dead" has seen better days. The high-octane update of the 1979 zombie fest offers gore galore, some truly creepy images, occasionally wicked humor and impressive performances for a genre where acting usually is secondary.

Mini reviews

At the Movies: 'Intermission'
If nothing else, the rollicking Irish comedy "Intermission" at least will make you curious how brown sauce used on meat and potatoes might spice up a cup of tea.

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.

The hot ticket

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

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

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.

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

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

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.

Band puts modern spin on musical past

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.

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.

Gov't Mule, Phish among winners at Jammys

Gov't Mule, Phish among winners at Jammys
NEW YORK -- Gov't Mule and Phish were among the winners at the Jammy Awards, but with dynamic performances from the String Cheese Incident, Solomon Burke, Susan Tedeschi and a reunion of Black Crowes brothers Chris and Rich Robinson, few may have noticed.

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.

Secrets keep the cars on course

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

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.

Veterans making truck series very competitive in 2004

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

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.

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

Wells, Magloire fined by NBA
NEW YORK -- Memphis guard Bonzi Wells and New Orleans center Jamaal Magloire were fined $5,000 apiece by the NBA on Thursday for throwing a basketball into the stands in separate games.

Wells, Magloire fined by NBA

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.

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.

Ellis fired as Auburn coach after 10 seasons
AUBURN, Ala. -- Cliff Ellis led Auburn's down-and-out basketball program to a Southeastern Conference championship - its first in 40 years - and three NCAA tournaments, but he couldn't sustain enough success in the league to keep his job.

Freshman lifts Deacons past stubborn Rams
RALEIGH, N.C. - Chris Paul was in complete control in his first NCAA Tournament game.

Basketball coaches like current system
Despite the country's top two Division II women's basketball teams meeting in the Elite Eight, coaches approve of the tournament bracket system. Even if it means No. 1 Seattle Pacific or No. 2 Drury will not advance to the Final Four.

Texas Tech beats Charlotte
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- For one day, Bob Knight found something to enjoy about Buffalo.

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.

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

Alabama takes down Southern Illinois
SEATTLE -- Alabama coach Mark Gottfried predicted it would take an upset to beat Southern Illinois, even though his team was expected to win all along.

ESPN commentator to clarify statement on Auburn trustees
AUBURN, Ala. -- ESPN has agreed to clarify a statement made by a commentator that two Auburn University trustees claim wrongly linked them to death threats, a fire and the Ku Klux Klan, the network said Thursday.

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.

Manhattan ousts Florida
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The little team from the Big Apple was every bit as good as promised.

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

Maryland edges out UTEP
DENVER -- Maryland's young Terrapins came through like veterans.

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

Browns sign Jackson, Myers

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Builder: Main Olympic stadium ready by July 20

A record 202 nations for Athens Olympics

A record 202 nations for Athens Olympics
A record 202 nations, including Iraq and Afghanistan, will send teams to the Athens Olympics.

Organizers begin five-day test of gymnastics facility

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.

Kwan wins USOC Sportswoman of the Year

Kwan wins USOC Sportswoman of the Year
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Michelle Kwan was voted the 2003 USOC Sportswoman of the Year on Thursday after winning her fifth world championship and seventh national crown last year.

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.

Top-ranked Henin-Hardenne will skip Key Biscayne

Seavey wins Iditarod

Serena Williams to end eight-month layoff next week

Convicted murderer says fight was fixed and he had hepatitis

Zaragoza beats Real Madrid in King's Cup final

Overtime

New York puts some teeth into boxing rules

Players of the week

Kenyon swims for 25th straight national championship

Prep scores

Federer big in Basel, not in America

Prep spring sports

Hunter kicks to win

Aiken Heat wins first tournament

Overtime

Overtime
Defending national champion Central Missouri scored seven runs over the final five innings to knock off Augusta State 9-6 in Savannah, Ga., on Wednesday.

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

Prep spring sports
Area spring prep sports scores.

Hunter kicks to win
Westside whipped up a win Thursday in the amount of time it takes to microwave a burrito. David Hunter's fast feet cooked up four goals that decided the Patriots 5-1 victory against region rival Washington County.

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.

New York puts some teeth into boxing rules
ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York is rewriting its rules to show there's no room for biting in boxing.

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.

Prep scores
Spring prep scores from area sports action.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Players of the week
The following schools in the Augusta Chronicle's coverage area did not submit statistics this week: Augusta Christian, Brentwood, Briarwood, Burke County, Cross Creek, Curtis Baptist, Glenn Hills, Jenkins County, Josey, Lakeside, Laney, North Point Academy, Screven County, Southgate Christian, Swainsboro, Thomas Jefferson, Warren County, Washington County, Washington-Wilkes, Westminster and Westside.

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.

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.

Browns sign Jackson, Myers
CLEVELAND -- Wide receiver Frisman Jackson and defensive lineman Michael Myers were signed Thursday to two-year deals with the Browns.

Boston passes physical, joins Dolphins
DAVIE, Fla. -- David Boston wants to start over, and the Miami Dolphins are glad to give him the chance.

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

Rough stretch isn't dampening Howell's spirits

Princess of Pop keeps us guessing

Rankings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of March 8-14. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

Jon Stewart remaining at 'The Daily Show' through 2008
NEW YORK -- Whoever runs for president in 2008 will be covered by Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show."

Courtney Love over exposed on Letterman show
NEW YORK -- A few hours after a loopy "Late Show" appearance in which she lifted her shirt to expose her breasts at least six times, rocker Courtney Love was arrested early Thursday for allegedly throwing a microphone stand and striking a man in the head.

Janet Jackson to appear on David Letterman show
NEW YORK -- David Letterman, who got an eyeful of Courtney Love's breasts during Wednesday's "Late Show," has booked another noted breast-barer, Janet Jackson.

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.

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

FTC shuts down scheme that targeted fans of 'American Idol' show
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators settled a case Thursday with companies that took advantage of thousands of "American Idol" fans trying to vote for their favorite contestants on the TV show.

Courtney Love over exposed on Letterman show

Rankings for basic cable networks

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.

Documentary looks at changing role of women in independent films

FTC shuts down scheme that targeted fans of 'American Idol' show

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Robin Quivers feeling great, even with the FCC on her back

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A tree grows in Sacred Heart

Julie Andrews sings in the movies again

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Fired 'Apprentice' star Omarosa stands by claims of racism

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Prosecutors drop child pornography charges against R. Kelly

Addition through subtraction: Lady Bulldogs thrive after losing top scorer
ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia Lady Bulldogs kicked their best player off the team with less two weeks to go in the regular season.

After promising season, Bulldogs face rebuilding
ATHENS, Ga. - For Dennis Felton, there's no time to rest.

Addition through subtraction: Lady Bulldogs thrive after losing top scorer

After promising season, Bulldogs face rebuilding

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.

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.

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.

'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, LSU square off at the Sarge

South Carolina, LSU square off at the Sarge
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- LSU carries itself with a confidence matched by few other college baseball teams. South Carolina, says outfielder Brendan Winn, comes close.

South Carolina's Holtz in no laughing mood

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.

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