Few buyers for books by disgraced journalists

Icons, ancient manuscripts highlight Met exhibit

Icons, ancient manuscripts highlight Met exhibit
NEW YORK -- The Metropolitan Museum of Art is mounting its third exhibition on Byzantium in 27 years, presenting icons, manuscripts and other works from the final three centuries of a religious empire whose art and culture influenced the world for more than a millennium.

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.

Superb mound effort swindles Jaguars

Armas has strain
VIERA, Fla. -- Montreal Expos pitcher Tony Armas Jr. strained a muscle on his right side, another setback in his comeback from shoulder surgery last year.

White Sox bench coach retires
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Joe Nossek, known throughout baseball for his ability to steal signs, resigned Friday as the Chicago White Sox bench coach because of health reasons.

Devil Rays edge out Reds in 10 innings

Armas has strain

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.

Devil Rays edge out Reds in 10 innings
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Cincinnati's Cory Lidle became the first pitcher in the majors to go seven innings this spring, doing it Friday in the Reds' 7-5 loss to Tampa Bay in 10 innings.

Yankees gearing up for Japan trip

Garciaparra, Nixon sidelined with injuries
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Boston's Trot Nixon will be sidelined until May with a back injury and Red Sox teammate Nomar Garciaparra could miss opening day because of a foot problem.

Twins' Koskie is day to day with stiff back

Phillies make easy work of Tigers
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Vicente Padilla made another strong start, pitching the Philadelphia Phillies over a Detroit split squad 9-1 Friday.

Bonds' spring swing returns

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.

Bonds' spring swing returns
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Barry Bonds got into the swing of spring training Friday.

Superb mound effort swindles Jaguars
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Augusta State dropped its third-straight game Friday as they fell to Charleston Southern 5-2 at Buccaneer Field.

Garciaparra, Nixon sidelined with injuries

Phillies make easy work of Tigers

Downtown plan brings out the architect in all of us

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.

Odds and Ends
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. -- There will be no teaching of new tricks at this dog park: it's for older canines only.

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.

Man hit by train, then his ambulance is hit by car
HOUSTON -- A 60-year-old man was struck by a slow-moving train as he walked home from work, and then a car slammed into the ambulance that was to take him to the hospital. The man escaped both accidents with minor injuries.

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.

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.

Man sells 210 years of subscriptions to elderly woman
VENTURA, Calif. -- Two magazine salesmen were sentenced to jail for defrauding a nearly blind 85-year-old woman who bought 210 years worth of subscriptions.

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.

Alfonseca's struggles continue
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - It's a good thing Antonio Alfonseca had a job before camp opened, because he's done nothing to earn one.

Alfonseca's struggles continue

Hampton's sinker comes back to life

As EU verdict looms, Microsoft more distracted than ever
SEATTLE -- Microsoft Corp. is facing a world of troubles. The European Union is on the verge of imposing burdensome sanctions against the company, as antitrust challenges nag the software titan at home and in Asia. Plus, stiffer competition looms from open-source products led by the Linux operating system.

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.

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.

Bank of America rejects accusations in Parmalat case
ROME -- Bank of America has denied wrongdoing in the near-collapse of Parmalat, saying efforts by authorities to put the bank on trial is not supported by facts.

Jurors in Tyco trial begin deliberations

Business briefs
The Richmond County Development Authority agreed to give $10,000 to the Red Carpet Tour, an annual industrial recruitment effort that invites corporate executives to Georgia around Masters Week with the hope of wooing business to the state.

Music insiders debate next step of industry

Music insiders debate next step of industry
AUSTIN, Texas - Music industry insiders don't hesitate to throw around weighty phrases such as "paradigm shift" and "irrevocable change" when they discuss the current state of affairs in the American music business.

Tyco jurors fail to give verdict
NEW YORK - Jurors ended their first full day of deliberations Friday in the trial of two former top executives accused of looting $600 million from Tyco International Inc. without reaching a verdict.

Prilosec heartburn drug a big seller for P&G

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.

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.

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

Jobless claims drop to lowest level in more than three years

Weekly U.S. oil and gas rig count down by six
HOUSTON -- The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the United States decreased by six this week to 1,128.

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.

GM recalling 4 million pickups because tailgates fall off

Kmart reports first profitable quarter since emerging from bankruptcy

As EU verdict looms, Microsoft more distracted than ever

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.

Weekly U.S. oil and gas rig count down by six

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

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.

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.

Prilosec heartburn drug a big seller for P&G
CINCINNATI -- Six months after it hit store shelves with a huge marketing blitz, Procter & Gamble Co.'s Prilosec over-the-counter heartburn medication is one of the company's star performers in sales.

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.

Oil prices add to mix of negativity on Wall Street
NEW YORK -- You can add oil prices to the growing mountain of negatives that has sent the stock market tumbling over the past few weeks.

Developers butt heads over deal

Prosecutors seek indictments in Parmalat fraud case

Oil prices add to mix of negativity on Wall Street

Company to relocate to a roomier facility

Leading economic indicators unchanged in February

Pacific pops Providence

Freshman lifts Deacons past stubborn Rams

Basketball coaches like current system

Texas Tech beats Charlotte

East Tennessee State misses another upset

Manhattan ousts Florida

Ellis fired as Auburn coach after 10 seasons

Maryland edges out UTEP

No. 11 Cincinnati beats East Tennessee St.

Alabama takes down Southern Illinois

Vanderbilt tops Western Michigan

This is rich

This is rich
Perhaps there are more believers in Hollywood today.

Elect board chairman
Four years ago, Columbia County residents voted to change their charter to have the county commission chairman elected by the public instead of appointed by his colleagues. Commissioners didn't like the idea of having the public decide the matter; they preferred the old way of doing things.

Elect board chairman

No good place to go
It might be inhumane to deport Griselda Lopez now. This is the only life the 15-year-old Aiken County girl has known, since her mother, who later died, brought her here from Mexico when she was but 2.

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.'

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.

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.

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.

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.

FCC cracks down on broadcast indecency
WASHINGTON -- If it seems you're hearing fewer four-letter words and less sexually graphic material on radio and TV, it's not your imagination. Regulators are cracking down on indecency, and broadcasters are paying attention.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- Jock versus rock. That's how the folks at Arena Football have dubbed Sunday's nationally televised matchup between Colorado and Philadelphia.

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.

Tammy Faye tells television audience she has inoperable lung cancer
LOS ANGELES -- Former televangelist Tammy Faye Messner announced Thursday on CNN's "Larry King Live" that she has inoperable lung cancer.

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.

New home-video releases
Selected reviews of home-video releases:

FCC cites Howard Stern and Bono for indecency
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators continued their crackdown on indecency Thursday, issuing a fine for a broadcast of the Howard Stern radio show and ruling that an expletive uttered by rock singer Bono on NBC violated broadcast standards.

'Pee-wee Herman' actor pleads guilty to obscenity charge
LOS ANGELES -- "Pee-wee Herman" actor Paul Reubens was sentenced to three years probation Friday after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor obscenity charge involving photographs seized from his erotica collection.

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.

Tokyo stocks end lower, dollar down against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks ended lower Friday as investors wary of currency fluctuations and terrorist threats locked in profits. The U.S. dollar was down against the Japanese yen.

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 rises in another volatile session
NEW YORK - The dollar rose against most of its major counterparts Friday in another volatile trading day dominated by news and speculation regarding terrorism.

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.

Stocks mixed as market goes through quarterly 'quadruple witching' day
NEW YORK -- Wall Street suffered through another volatile session Friday, with stocks mixed as investors cashed in their options and futures contracts and waited to see if al-Qaida's second-in-command would be captured.

Money funds rose in latest week

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.

Tokyo stocks end lower, dollar down against yen

Crappies easy catches in lake's shallows

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.

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

Flowers tell you when to plant

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
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 tops Northern Iowa
MILWAUKEE -- Georgia Tech got as big a test as any it found in the ACC. From the most unlikely of schools, no less.

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.

Northern Iowa misses out on upset
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Ben Jacobson, having shot Northern Iowa into the NCAA Tournament, had a chance to shoot the Panthers into tournament lore.

Wie's performance steals spotlight from Sorenstam

At Safeway, Wie grabs attention

Wie's performance steals spotlight from Sorenstam
SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN, Ariz. - Annika Sorenstam is in the lead in her first LPGA Tour start of the year, already exhibiting the skills that have made her the best female golfer in the world.

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.

Woods hits a pothole, trails Maruyama by nine

Woods needs record comeback

Woods needs record comeback
ORLANDO, Fla. - Tiger Woods is looking history squarely in the face again at the Bay Hill Invitational, just not the kind he was anticipating, and not this early in the tournament.

Woods hits a pothole, trails Maruyama by nine
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tiger Woods' drive for five at the Bay Hill Invitational took a major detour Friday.

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.

Thrashers win in final minute

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.

Thrashers win in final minute
ATLANTA - Ilya Kovalchuk bounced back after being benched much of the third period, to score his NHL-leading 39th goal with 23.7 seconds left to give the Atlanta Thrashers a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Friday night.

Lightning top Sabres at home

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.

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

Democrats also use hate tactics
I feel sincerely bad for Democrats like Lowell and Gloria Greenbaum who are so desperate to unseat President Bush but who only have a two-faced, flip-flopping Sen. John Kerry to throw their support behind and somehow defend. On Friday, Mrs. Greenbaum insisted that all Republicans could do in light of Bush's so-called "abysmal" record was "resort to the lowest tactics of politics - smear, smear, smear." (Rick McKee's editorial cartoon, Thursday). R. Brian Clardy, Augusta

School bands need more support

Democrats also use hate tactics

Try once-a-week trash pickup
What do the cities of Atlanta, Savannah, Macon, Athens, Statesboro, Aiken, Thomson and Waynesboro all have in common? These cities all provide household garbage pickup service to their residents on a once-a-week schedule. Roy F. Chalker, Augusta

Try once-a-week trash pickup

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.

Paper must apologize for Kerry depiction

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

Kudos to McKee on Kerry cartoon

Kudos to McKee on Kerry cartoon
I thought Rick McKee's cartoon spoof on John Kerry (Thursday) was brilliant and a pointed reminder of what we are truly dealing with in this coming election. Jackie Fekula, Evans, Ga.

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

Parents find power in touch

Global extinction theory supported by survey of British wildlife

Tech fair hawkers woo the geek-wary

Government recommends children, some women, limit fish intake

Michigan city installing coin-operated breath testing machines in bars

Industry fears wiretap plan could chill innovation

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

Asteroid makes close but harmless pass by Earth

Library of Congress chooses more recordings to preserve

Infiniti has high hopes with QX56

100-foot asteroid to make record pass by Earth

Astronauts want to save Hubble Space Telescope

Health and fitness calendar

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

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

Tech fair hawkers woo the geek-wary
HANOVER, Germany -- Sharp design and simplicity are in. Acronyms are out, along with data transfer speeds, kilobytes and megabytes as marketing tools.

Library of Congress chooses more recordings to preserve
WASHINGTON -- An 1888 recitation of the Lord's Prayer, the original cast recording of "Oklahoma!" and the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album will be enshrined together in the nation's registry of historic sound.

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.

Asteroid makes close but harmless pass by Earth
PASADENA, Calif. -- A 100-foot-diameter asteroid passed close but harmlessly by Earth on Thursday, astronomers said.

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

Government recommends children, some women, limit fish intake
WASHINGTON -- Worried that mercury in fish poses a hazard to youngsters - while still trying to stress the health benefits of seafood - the government issued new guidelines Friday for eating fish.

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.

Michigan city installing coin-operated breath testing machines in bars
ROCKFORD, Mich. -- Down at the Rogue River Tavern, there's a whiff of change astir in the fight against drunk driving.

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.

Baby dinosaur bones back in Montana after 16-year legal dispute
BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Some fossilized baby dinosaur bones that changed how the world thinks about dinosaurs are back in Montana, ending a legal fight that began in 1988 and extended through the halls of Yale and Princeton.

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

Industry fears wiretap plan could chill innovation
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Before 8x8 Inc. launched an Internet phone service in late 2002, it drafted a business plan, set up its equipment, posted a Web site and began taking orders from customers. As with most online ventures, U.S. government approval wasn't needed.

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.

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.

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

Lynx come back for overtime win

Lynx come back for overtime win
With his team virtually eliminated from playoff contention, Augusta Lynx coach Stan Drulia is using the final 10 games of the season to see which players he wants to bring back next season.

Lynx come back for overtime win

Lynx come back for overtime win
With his team virtually eliminated from playoff contention, Augusta Lynx coach Stan Drulia is using the final 10 games of the season to see which players he wants to bring back next season.

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.

Seeds of spring sprout at festival
Flora Duley and her group of 30 Avant Gardeners traveled more than three hours by bus to the Sacred Heart Garden Festival for their first taste of spring, which officially begins today.

Medicaid shortage pressures lawmakers to approve budget
ATLANTA - Legislative budget negotiators, prodded by Gov. Sonny Perdue, resolved a budget battle Friday that had temporarily left the state unable to pay Medicaid bills.

Board wants zoning opinion

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.

Police speak about safety
BATH - Taylor Brantley, a second-grader at Jefferson Elementary School, knows her father keeps a gun in the house, but she didn't think about how dangerous it was until Sgt. Steve Deibel spoke to her class Friday.

15-year-old will apply for asylum

Around town

Group to focus solely on rings

Around town

Across the area

Car in St. Patrick's parade crash was recalled for throttle problem
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The convertible that plowed into a marching band and a crowd of spectators during a St. Patrick's Day parade was subject to a 2002 recall to fix problems with sticking accelerators.

Kid of the day

'Chronicle' defends editorial cartoon
The Augusta Chronicle refused demands Friday that it apologize for an editorial page cartoon.

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

Start of war held fears of weapons

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.

Across the region

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.

Papers' validity argued

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.

Trolley transformed for Bobby Jones film

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.

Aiken swells amid horse events

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.

Turkey hunters help out habitat
AIKEN - To Larry Page, turkey hunting is about more than waiting for the perfect moment to fire at the fowl.

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.

Medicaid shortage pressures lawmakers to approve budget
ATLANTA - Legislative budget negotiators, prodded by Gov. Sonny Perdue, resolved a budget battle Friday that had temporarily left the state unable to pay Medicaid bills.

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.

Child endangerment bill sent to Perdue
ATLANTA - A bill calling for tougher penalties for putting children in harm's way easily passed the House on Friday, making it one of the only measures embraced by both parties this session.

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.

Mother charged in son's death
AIKEN - The mother of a 4-week-old baby who died March 13 has been charged with homicide by child abuse, police said Friday.

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.

Some doubt 15-year-old's asylum case

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.

Peach farmers weather storm, fear more ice

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.

Kid of the day

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.

Car in parade recalled in 2002

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.

Judges give politicians another crack at maps

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

Car in St. Patrick's parade crash was recalled for throttle problem

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.

Start of war held fears of weapons
Based on U.S. intelligence and President Bush, some feared March 20, 2003, would be the start of a nasty conflict fraught with chemical warfare.

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.

Aiken may sell Girl Scouts' desirable land

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

Turkey hunters help out habitat

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

Infections land Kolb in hospital
Augusta Administrator George Kolb has been hospitalized with bacterial infections, including pneumonia.

Car in parade recalled in 2002
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The convertible that injured nine people when it plowed into a St. Patrick's Day parade crowd was subject to a 2002 recall to fix problems with sticking accelerators.

3 teens face charges of child molestation
Three Columbia County teens are facing felony charges and could be tried as adults after being arrested this week.

Prince Andrew will attend Masters
Prince Andrew, Duke of York, will attend this year's Masters Tournament.

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.

Aiken may sell Girl Scouts' desirable land
AIKEN - Thin Mints and merit badges at Dupree Place could be taking a hike.

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.

Children enjoy thrill of Special Olympics
Callie Sullivan let out a victorious, "Yes!" after her ribbon-winning performance in the Special Olympics soccer dribble game.

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.

17 sought sex in park, police say
Twenty-three men have been charged with either disorderly conduct or drug possession after police say they discovered sex acts being solicited in broad daylight at Pendleton King Park in Augusta.

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.

Some doubt 15-year-old's asylum case
AIKEN - Griselda Lopez's hopes of staying in the only country she's known as home hinge on stalled legislation in the U.S. Congress and a long-shot appeal for asylum that is rarely granted to Mexican nationals, immigration experts said Friday.

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.

Around town
Crafter Nona Mauzy of Aiken looks over handmade glass beads from vendor Laurie B. Smith of Florida at The Down The Street Bead Show held Friday and Saturday March 19-20, 2004 at the Langley Community Center. Tomorrow the hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and admission is three dollars.

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 the region
ATLANTA - An effort to let widows of Medal of Honor recipients have a special license plate devolved into a fight over abortion in the state Senate on Friday.

Across South Carolina

Aiken swells amid horse events
AIKEN - The partying in Aiken on Friday was in recognition of the horse, but it played out in dramatically different fashion at different parts of town.

Event welcomes big crowds

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is TraMise C. Ransom, 2, of Augusta.

On the run

Child endangerment bill sent to Perdue

Trolley transformed for Bobby Jones film
In the city where Bobby Jones founded the Masters Tournament, movie officials found a needed prop for a film about the golf legend.

Center's future not yet certain

Member quits aviation panel

Funds run out for Medicaid

Grasping the future

Pupils accused of bringing knives to school

Student sentenced in death
ATHENS, Ga. - A University of Georgia student convicted of misdemeanor charges in the death last year of his fraternity brother was sentenced to 30 days in jail Friday in Clarke County Superior Court.

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: 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'

At the Movies: 'Taking Lives'

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: '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.

At the Movies: 'Dawn of the Dead'

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.

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."

Britney Spears suffers knee injury during concert

J.J. Jackson, original MTV 'VJ', dies at 62 in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES -- John 'J.J.' Jackson, who in the 1980s helped usher in the music video era as one of the first MTV on-air personalities, has died. He was 62.

Music industry surfs the tide of change
AUSTIN, Texas -- Music industry insiders don't hesitate to throw around weighty phrases like "paradigm shift" and "irrevocable change" when they discuss the current state of affairs in the American music business.

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.

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.

Britney Spears suffers knee injury during concert
NEW YORK -- Britney Spears suffered a knee injury during her concert tour, forcing her to cancel a performance Friday night.

Brack might return for Indy 500
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Kenny Brack might be recovered from a devastating crash in time to drive in the Indianapolis 500.

Brack might return for Indy 500

Kahne eggs car on to pole spot
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Kasey Kahne still has the egg crew chief Tommy Baldwin gave him four weeks ago. In fact, he got it out and put it on the counter of his motor home Thursday night as a reminder.

Kahne eggs car on to pole spot

Rookie Kahne wins Darlington pole
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Rookie Kasey Kahne is proving he's a force on the NASCAR circuit.

New basic training aims to prepare soldiers to go straight to Iraq
FORT KNOX, Ky. -- Three weeks into basic training, Pvt. Timothy Wilson pretended to be an enemy prisoner of war as other recruits camouflaged with green face paint detained and questioned him.

Return to Iraq weighs on troops just home from war
FORT STEWART, Ga. -- In many ways, Staff Sgt. John Teasley still feels like he just got home.

New basic training aims to prepare soldiers to go straight to Iraq

Return to Iraq weighs on troops just home from war

Brown, Arenas lift Wizards past Hawks
WASHINGTON - Kwame Brown scored 27 points, and Gilbert Arenas had his third triple-double of the season to lead the Washington Wizards to a 94-84 victory over Atlanta on Friday night.

Wells, Magloire fined by NBA

Cavaliers activate Brown; Kapono placed on injured list
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Cavaliers activated guard Kedrick Brown on Friday to give them another backcourt player while Jeff McInnis nurses a bruised right shoulder.

Cavaliers activate Brown; Kapono placed on injured list

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.

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

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.

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

East Tennessee State misses another upset
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Another 3-pointer came between East Tennessee State and a first-round upset.

Predictability falls from field
The defending champs are reeling, the No. 1 seeds are far from perfect and the potential for upsets has never seemed higher.

No. 11 Cincinnati beats East Tennessee St.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Diminutive Tim Smith saw the opening - only a sliver, really, but more than ample - and headed to the basket. He had the shot he wanted with an NCAA tournament game on the line.

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

Vanderbilt tops Western Michigan
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Mario Moore's outside shooting allowed Vanderbilt to turn a struggle into a rout.

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

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.

Pacific pops Providence
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Another day, another upset by a No. 12 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

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.

Keyshawn and Parcells: together again

Browns sign Jackson, Myers

Cowboys, Bucs finally complete receiver swap

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Britain confident in Athens security measures

A record 202 nations for Athens Olympics

Kwan wins USOC Sportswoman of the Year

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

Britain confident in Athens security measures
LONDON -- The British Olympic Association expressed confidence Friday in security measures for the Athens Games and has no intention of withdrawing its team.

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.

Harrick test makes Bulldogs tuck tails
ust when it looked as though things couldn't get worse at my alma mater, the University of Georgia - the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South - they got worse.

Harrick test makes Bulldogs tuck tails
ust when it looked as though things couldn't get worse at my alma mater, the University of Georgia - the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South - they got worse.

Prep spring sports

Players of the week

Hunter kicks to win

Overtime

New York puts some teeth into boxing rules

Overtime

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.

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.

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.

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.

Davenport back in Indian Wells final
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Two-time champion Lindsay Davenport is back in the Pacific Life Open final, defeating Nathalie Dechy 6-2, 7-6 (4) Friday in her first real test in this tournament.

Overtime
In Indian Wells, Calif., Tim Henman frustrated Andy Roddick with his tenacious net play and defeated the big-serving American 6-7 (6), 7-6 (1), 6-3 in the Pacific Life Open quarterfinals Friday.

Spring prep scores
Area spring sports scores from are high schools.

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

Keyshawn and Parcells: together again
IRVING, Texas -- Keyshawn Johnson was reunited with Bill Parcells on Friday, giving the Dallas Cowboys the big target - and flamboyant personality - they've lacked since Michael Irvin retired.

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

Cowboys, Bucs finally complete receiver swap
IRVING, Texas - Keyshawn Johnson's reunion with Bill Parcells is finally ensured.

Churches put faith in names
The words "Sound Doctrine Revelation Knowledge Fellowship Church" came to KCM Moore's mind when he was ministering in a church more than five years ago, but he didn't know why or what the words meant.

Brazil's pop star priest takes his message to the movies
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- He's had a No. 1 record, won a Latin Grammy and now has a hit movie - all aimed at revitalizing the Roman Catholic Church in Brazil.

Religion News in Brief
NEW YORK -- An annual statistical report on the strength of North American churches found membership has increased in some of the largest denominations and among some smaller Pentecostal churches.

Scripture-based strategy game lets players guide lost souls
Rory Rezzelle found Redemp- tion on the Internet about seven years ago.

Faith digest
Linda Davis of We Triumph Ministries and Jubilee Worship Center in Fairbanks, Alaska, will speak at 7 tonight at Gracewood United Methodist Church, 2117 Tobacco Road. For more information, call 798-2200 or see the church Web site, www.gracewoodumc.com.church Web site, www.gracewoodumc.com.

Book examines Ronald Reagan's religious commitment
The Gallup Poll reports that 64 percent of registered voters say their religious beliefs will be important in picking a president this year.

South African scientist wins prestigious religion prize
NEW YORK -- A South African academic who studies the relationship between faith and science and has worked as an advocate for the homeless won a religion prize Wednesday that is billed as the world's richest annual award.

Christian radio, public broadcasters battle for radio signals
FREDERICK, Md. -- One morning last month, WJTM-FM began the day with its usual fare of Christian preaching and prayer. But that afternoon, the programming changed to something that some longtime listeners find offensive - National Public Radio.

Lakeside Baptist, pastor mark 50 years
Lakeside Baptist Church in Clearwater will mark its 50th anniversary Sunday and perhaps set a record in the Southern Baptist Convention at the same time.

Rough stretch isn't dampening Howell's spirits

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.

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

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.

Does 7 days without TV make one weak?

Courtney Love over exposed on Letterman show

Does 7 days without TV make one weak?
NEW YORK -- In your role as a devoted TV viewer, are you a little like a fish: submerged, but unaware you're wet?

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.

Rankings for basic cable networks

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.

Weekend calendar

'Pee-wee Herman' actor pleads guilty to obscenity charge

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

FCC cites Howard Stern and Bono for indecency

New home-video releases

FCC cracks down on broadcast indecency

People in the News

People in the News

Fired 'Apprentice' star Omarosa stands by claims of racism

Tammy Faye tells television audience she has inoperable lung cancer

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

Addition through subtraction: Lady Bulldogs thrive after losing top scorer

Richt tries to hold off complacency

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

Richt tries to hold off complacency
ATHENS, Ga. - No more talk about the past two years. It's time to get started on a new season.

Carney fries Gamecocks
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Dave Odom shot a quick look of bewilderment upon first seeing the stat sheet following South Carolina's first-round NCAA Tournament game against Memphis.

Memphis takes out South Carolina

Carney fries Gamecocks

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, LSU square off at the Sarge

Memphis takes out South Carolina
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Memphis forward Rodney Carey had one of the best games of his career Friday.

Parents angered by children's book about gay princes

Man hit by train, then his ambulance is hit by car

Man sells 210 years of subscriptions to elderly woman

Odds and Ends

Attempting suicide, elderly couple walk into ocean

Odds and Ends

Churches put faith in names

Book examines Ronald Reagan's religious commitment

Lakeside Baptist, pastor mark 50 years

Religion News in Brief

South African scientist wins prestigious religion prize

Brazil's pop star priest takes his message to the movies

Christian radio, public broadcasters battle for radio signals