Ten years and counting - 'Stomp' keeps clattering on
NEW YORK -- Ten years and counting. That's a lot of clangs, clatters, taps and thumps.

Oscar and Bart to replace Lane and Broderick

Tabasco museum aims to bust myths about legendary hot sauce

Iconoclastic European featured in MoMA retrospective

Oscar and Bart to replace Lane and Broderick
NEW YORK -- The producers of "The Producers" have found Broadway's new Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom - and they have gone back to performers who were in the musical's original cast.

Art, objects from secret fraternal groups on display

Motorcycles and memorabilia on display

Tabasco museum aims to bust myths about legendary hot sauce
NEW ORLEANS -- Secret recipes, cologne bottles and gigantic rodents called nutria have long been part of the mystique surrounding America's favorite palate-burner: Tabasco.

Ten years and counting - 'Stomp' keeps clattering on

Art, objects from secret fraternal groups on display
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- You don't need to know a secret handshake or remember a password to enter the College of Charleston's Halsey Gallery.

Book offers moving advice for children
Basically, they've got it right. But though pulling up roots in one place and landing in another is stressful for parents and children alike, there are some steps that can help make a move smooth.

Museum features photographers whose work shaped art form
LOS ANGELES -- The J. Paul Getty Museum, drawing from one of the largest photo collections in the country, has opened a new exhibit featuring photographers who helped shape the art form.

Artistic director of Salzburg Festival says he won't seek renewal
VIENNA, Austria -- Composer Peter Ruzicka says he will not seek a renewal of his contract as artistic director of the Salzburg Festival past 2006.

Motorcycles and memorabilia on display
ALBANY, N.Y. -- When Ken McGuire was teased about the reliability of his small-engine, 1967 motorcycle, he took it as a dare - and drove 2,300 miles to California to prove that he could.

Iconoclastic European featured in MoMA retrospective
NEW YORK -- At first glance, Dieter Roth's sprawling "Garden Sculpture" resembles a pile of discarded building materials more than the signature work of a consummate artist-provocateur.

Thome cleared to start hitting
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Jim Thome was so eager to take batting practice he couldn't even wait until his return to spring training.

Baseball keeps player's mind off dad's illness
Every family's baseball story usually begins with the same scene. A father and son in the backyard, glove and ball in hand, for that first game of catch.

Twins up-end Pirates

Philadelphia Veterans Stadium reduced to rubble in just over a minute
PHILADELPHIA -- Veterans Stadium was reduced to a pile of rubble in just more than a minute on Sunday, as two honorary imploders pushed a symbolic plunger.

Indians defeat Reds

Zimmer not mellowing toward the Boss
TAMPA, Fla. -- Don Zimmer made it very clear, again.

Twins up-end Pirates
BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Twins' Johan Santana and the Pirates' Kris Benson are counted on to be No. 2 starters. Neither looks ready.

Philadelphia Veterans Stadium reduced to rubble in just over a minute

Yankees wipe out Tigers
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Alex Rodriguez turned what looked like a sure double into a double play.

Zimmer not mellowing toward the Boss

Pierre avoids long time off
JUPITER, Fla. - Juan Pierre will miss just a few days of workouts because of a dislocated right pinkie finger.

Yankees wipe out Tigers

Coughlin holds first team meeting with Giants

Indians defeat Reds
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Jason Stanford moved a step closer to earning a spot in the Cleveland Indians' starting rotation, allowing one run over three innings Monday during an 11-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

Coughlin holds first team meeting with Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Walking into a meeting with coach Tom Coughlin made some New York Giants players feel as if they were encountering a strict school teacher for the first time.

Odds and Ends
BALTIMORE -- After listening to testimony in a murder case, jurors returned to their jury room to find that they had become victims of a crime - a thief had stolen their money, cell phones and car keys.

Woman's coffin robbed of more than $20,000 in jewelry
BOONEVILLE, Ky. -- More than $20,000 in jewelry was taken from a corpse in a mausoleum, and five people were arrested on theft charges, police said.

Losing horse becomes Japan's top four-legged celebrity
TOKYO -- "Glorious Spring" is the undisputed darling of Japan's racetracks. Thousands pack the stands to watch the thoroughbred run, a new pop song sings her praises and a movie is in the works.

'Snake Man' dies of snake bite
BANGKOK, Thailand -- A man who set a world record by spending 7 days locked up with poisonous snakes has died after a bite from a deadly mamba, a hospital reported on Monday.

Custody of baby given back to American Indian mother who used cocaine before birth
DALLAS -- A mother who used cocaine the day she gave birth has regained custody of her baby after a judge cited a law that limits cases in which American Indian children can be taken from their homes.

Short hop ball scares pitcher

Bullpen questions remain for Atlanta

Bullpen questions remain for Atlanta
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - With 10 days to go before the Braves break camp, the decisions in the bullpen aren't getting any easier, manager Bobby Cox said Monday. Just the opposite. With several relievers making late pushes for jobs, he will hold off on announcing his seven-man pen until the final weekend of exhibition games at Turner Field.

Short hop ball scares pitcher
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Jaret Wright, who took Albert Pujols' smash hit off his right hand in the fifth inning of the Braves' 6-4 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday, acknowledged that thoughts of a broken bone flashed across his mind.

DeRosa expects to be back in lineup Monday

DeRosa expects to be back in lineup Monday
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Mark DeRosa wanted badly to be in the lineup. For the first time, he and the rest of the Atlanta Braves were facing former teammate Jason Marquis.

Carnival reports 60 percent jump in first-quarter earnings
MIAMI -- Carnival Corp. & plc, the world's largest cruise company, reported a 60 percent rise in first-quarter earnings Monday because of its merger last year, the addition of several new ships to its fleet and a strong recovery from the slowdown caused by terrorism and the Iraq war.

Feeling the pressure

Wal-Mart tops Fortune 500 magazine list for third straight year

New prescription drug plans shun discounts to save money

Business briefs
CHICAGO - Another quarter of soaring prescription drug sales lifted Walgreen Co. to a 17 percent profit increase in the second quarter - the latest evidence that rapid expansion is paying off for the nation's largest drugstore chain.

New prescription drug plans shun discounts to save money
NEW YORK -- It sounds counterintuitive: Give up discounts to save money.

WTO panel rules that U.S. duties on Canadian lumber are illegal
GENEVA -- The World Trade Organization sided with Canada Monday in a dispute with the United States over lumber duties.

Pabst Blue Ribbon mounting unlikely comeback
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Matt Dixon sips beer from a red, white and blue aluminum can in a smoky corner of Betty's Food and Spirits, a dimly lit hangout for local artists, college students and restaurant workers.

Source: EU panel backs fine against Microsoft

Pabst Blue Ribbon mounting unlikely comeback

Wal-Mart tops Fortune 500 magazine list for third straight year
NEW YORK -- A tail wind of improving economic conditions blew many major companies to record revenues in 2003, but none was able to knock Wal-Mart Stores Inc. off the top of the Fortune 500 list.

Business briefs

Feeling the pressure
The curtain will soon be raised on the Bobby Jones Expressway-Interstate 20 interchange project, and some businesses aren't waiting around to see it.

WTO panel rules that U.S. duties on Canadian lumber are illegal

Home Depot launching online gift registry
ATLANTA -- Home Depot is going the way of retailers like Crate & Barrel and Macy's by offering an online gift registry, but will brides and grooms be eager to snap up miter saws or pressure washers?

Carnival reports 60 percent jump in first-quarter earnings

Source: EU panel backs fine against Microsoft
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- European Union antitrust officials won backing Monday for their proposed fine against Microsoft Corp., the last hurdle before adopting a decision that could force far-reaching changes on how the U.S. software giant sells Windows.

Home Depot launching online gift registry

Ashley Furniture is moving in
The empty Mansour's building soon will be furnished.

Clemson's Penley to coach Palmer Cup
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson coach Larry Penley will lead a team of U.S. collegiate golfers against the Europeans in this summer's Palmer Cup.

Clemson's Penley to coach Palmer Cup

Kansas rolls into round of 16

Vanderbilt 75, North Carolina State 73

Pittsburgh 59, Wisconsin 55

Illinois 92, Cincinnati 68

Oklahoma St. 70, Memphis 53

Surprise! 'Bama, UAB stir up NCAAs

Xavier upsets Mississippi St.

Seattle survivors: Alabama and Nevada

Terps accomplished plenty, despite NCAA ouster

Lady Jags thrive under Wilson

A quick look at what happened in the second round of the NCAA tournament

Foe's coach knows ASU

Don't delay tests
One of the best things Roy Barnes accomplished as Georgia's governor was to push through legislation in 2002 that puts an end to the odious practice of social promotion - i.e., moving pupils to the next grade level whether they've earned it or not.

Good riddance, sheik

Pick up free money

Year later, this is clear
Anti-war sentiment is not, in itself, a bad thing. War should always be a last resort.

Good riddance, sheik
If the United States ever has the chance to take out Osama bin Laden, should we do it? Or, out of concern that eliminating him would stir al-Qaida's anger, should we leave him be? Even the harshest critics of President George W. Bush's war on terror would say that if we can nail bin Laden, we should.

Pick up free money
The federal government has millions of dollars to give away to residents of Richmond and Columbia counties, so why is it going unclaimed? The answer is, it's the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Right man, right time
Some men turn out to be the right leaders at the right time. John C. West, the governor of South Carolina from l971-75, was such a man. Following a stint as lieutenant governor, he was elected governor at a time when race relations in the Palmetto State couldn't have been worse.

New album from Usher, has people guessing on love life
NEW YORK -- Although his latest album is titled "Confessions" and features songs about a painful breakup and infidelity, Usher swears that it's not a reflection on his recent split with TLC member Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES -- One of the world's leading makers of video games is donating $8 million to USC's School of Cinema-Television to expand the university's interactive media program.

Charlie Kaufman: Hollywood's reclusive scribe
LOS ANGELES -- Jim Carrey only needed to hear three words to know he wanted to act in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" - and they weren't "twenty million dollars."

Q&A with 'Seabiscuit' writer-director Gary Ross
AUSTIN, Texas -- Gary Ross tells modern-day fairy tales in a business in which cynicism is the norm.

Jay Leno aims for bedtime with new storybook
LOS ANGELES -- Long before Jay Leno entertains the adults on "The Tonight Show," the comedian can put the kids to bed with his new storybook.

HUD pulls proposed rule over mortgage closing costs

Online shopping tips
You've procrastinated audaciously - and now that required birthday-wedding-baby-congratulations gift is a true burden.

Younger workers shun 401(k) program
401(k) APATHY: Many people praise 401(k) accounts as an ingenious device for aiding comfortable retirements, a pain-free financial virtue and a plus about many jobs. But the youngest folks coming into the career force don't seem to agree.

Crude lower on expiration of contract, OPEC

What mergers and IPOs mean for Wall Street

Dollar hit again by renewed terrorism fears
NEW YORK - The dollar retreated against most of its major counterparts Monday after escalating tensions in the Middle East reignited fears of a rising tide of terrorism globally.

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

What mergers and IPOs mean for Wall Street
NEW YORK -- The rise in merger and IPO activity is only good news for the stock market - or so investors may mistakenly think.

There is a lack of clarity in energy industry accounting
NEW YORK -- Energy companies announcing big reductions in their oil and gas reserves have left many investors wondering what happened - did the oil suddenly disappear or was it never there in the first place?

Tokyo stocks end lower, dollar higher against yen

Online shopping tips

Dollar hit again by renewed terrorism fears

Tokyo stocks end lower, dollar higher against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks ended lower Monday as investors sold high-tech and export-dependent issues. The dollar was higher against the Japanese yen.

Crude lower on expiration of contract, OPEC
NEW YORK (Dow Jones/AP) - Crude oil futures settled 2.5 percent lower Monday in New York in a sell-off sparked by expiration of the front-month contract and deepened by talk that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries might delay a planned April 1 cut of its output ceiling.

HUD pulls proposed rule over mortgage closing costs
WASHINGTON -- Federal housing officials are withdrawing a proposal they said could have saved consumers hundreds of dollars on mortgage closing costs, the Bush administration's top housing official said Monday

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

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Dow nears 10,000 level as terror worries drag on stocks
NEW YORK -- Investors increasingly worried about terrorism extended Wall Street's sharp decline into another week Monday, selling stocks across the market and giving the Dow Jones industrials their fifth triple-digit drop in the past nine sessions.

There is a lack of clarity in energy industry accounting

Jackets advance to Sweet 16
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Georgia Tech didn't need another miracle to advance in this NCAA Tournament. But the Yellow Jackets might have gotten a bit of divine intervention in holding off Boston College.

Jackets rout Wake Forest
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Andrew Kown tossed a complete game four-hitter and Micah Owings and Wes Hodges homered to lead Georgia Tech past Wake Forest 9-2 on Sunday.

Upset isn't shocking to Nevada
ATLANTA - Nevada, the lowest remaining seed in the NCAA Tournament, would prefer that the media - suddenly discovering the program exists in the basketball universe - not refer to it as a Cinderella.

Upset isn't shocking to Nevada

Jackets rout Wake Forest

If this is what the future holds, hang me

Sorenstam survives blast furnace conditions to win
SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN, Ariz. -- It's 49 victories and counting for Annika Sorenstam.

Campbell wins Bay Hill in true Palmer form

Tiger In Training
ORLANDO, Fla.-Tiger Woods sometimes adds green to his wardrobe in April, but that usually means a jacket from the Augusta National Golf Club -not fatigues from Fort Bragg.

Sorenstam survives blast furnace conditions to win

Champions Dinner menu has Canadian flavor
Blame Canada for this year's Champions Dinner menu at the Masters Tournament.

Montgomerie wins Caltex Masters
SINGAPORE -- Colin Montgomerie shot a 7-under 65 Sunday to win the Caltex Masters by three strokes and claim a ticket to The Players Championship.

Tiger In Training

Campbell wins Bay Hill in true Palmer form
ORLANDO, Fla. - Chad Campbell swings the golf club with the grace of his late fellow Texan Ben Hogan, but it was in a comeback style reminiscent of tournament host Arnold Palmer that Campbell won the 26th annual Bay Hill Invitational on Sunday.

Montgomerie wins Caltex Masters

Avalanche's Moore preparing to leave hospital

Avalanche's Moore preparing to leave hospital
DENVER -- Colorado forward Steve Moore is walking without help and expects to be released from a hospital by Tuesday, just two weeks after his neck was broken by Vancouver's Todd Bertuzzi.

NHL suspends Toronto's Wade Belak eight games for two-handed chop on Vaananen
TORONTO -- The NHL suspended Wade Belak eight games for his two-handed chop to the face of Colorado defenseman Ossi Vaananen.

Coyotes pick up victory
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Mike Comrie snapped the Coyotes' 15-game winless streak when he put back his own rebound with 24.2 seconds to play in overtime, giving Phoenix a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night.

Here's hoping 'Jaguars' name conjures up victory
With the women's basketball team of Augusta State University on the verge of national glory, there is a lot of talk about the Jaguars.

House fire kills three in Columbia County
Three people, including two children, died early Tuesday in a house fire in the King Villa neighborhood.

7-year-old South Carolina boy found safe
ANDERSON, S.C. -- A missing 7-year-old boy who vanished while his family shopped at a Kmart was found safe Tuesday morning, officials said.

Vehicle accident kills Augusta teen
One Augusta teenager is dead and another was injured today after one tried to pass the other and both skidded off a south Richmond County road, officials said.

McKee cartoon was right on target

Democrats can get mean, too
Concerning Rick McKee's Thursday cartoon spoof of John Kerry: Shame on Gloria Greenbaum's shrill diatribe accusing Republicans of meanness. Jan Loftis, Augusta

Cartoonist is asset to 'Chronicle'
Don't be swayed by the rantings of these liberal nuts about Thursday's Rick McKee cartoon. It doesn't imply any more than liberal cartoonists do about President Bush. Also, I think it really hit the nail on the head. I'm finally assured that Rick McKee does a splendid job of filling Clyde Wells' shoes and will create a whole new legacy of great political cartoonists from The Augusta Chronicle. John F. Salazar, M.D., Martinez

Gay marriage equals minority rights

Democrats can get mean, too

Gay marriage equals minority rights
America is a democracy, and what is it that makes a government a democracy? It is not so much the idea of majority rule, because almost naturally will the views and opinions of what most of the people want be accounted for. One of the key points that defines a democracy is the consideration and protection of minority rights. Lynzi Morrison, Appling, Ga.

McKee cartoon was right on target
Well, well, the liberals of the CSRA have been offended by a political cartoon depicting their poster boy John Kerry (Rick McKee's editorial cartoon, Thursday). I applaud Mr. McKee for the accuracy of portraying the truth about Kerry's reluctance to reveal names of the alleged foreign leaders who want to oust President Bush. Laurie Lane, Evans

Cartoonist is asset to 'Chronicle'

Living briefs

Lifeline fails as a video game

Scientists rally around stem cell advocate sacked by Bush team

Organizations will put on Civil War symposium

Google: the trusted name in Web trolling

Seniors calendar

Black colleges seeking to stem HIV cases

Organizations will put on Civil War symposium

Researchers say stem cells could one day help cure baldness

Internet is a popular way for dieters to shed pounds

Google, Yahoo mount challenge to Microsoft

Moderate drinking may benefit high blood pressure patients

Public and private lives merge on Google

China's melange of migrating fowl complicates efforts to control bird flu

Public and private lives merge on Google
NEW YORK -- In the physical world, you may try hard to separate aspects of your life. You avoid preaching to your co-workers or talking shop at your church meeting. And you remain discreet with both groups about a date you had last weekend.

Organizations will put on Civil War symposium
With five well-known Augusta organizations lending a hand, the two-day symposium Picturing the Civil War is a truly collaborative effort.

Opportunity rover slips back as it tries to leave Mars crater
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's Opportunity rover failed to climb up and out of the sandy crater it has explored since landing on Mars nearly two months ago.

China's melange of migrating fowl complicates efforts to control bird flu
POYANG LAKE, China -- From atop a centuries-old dike, high above the mud flats of China's biggest lake, the view is one of utter tranquility. A heron drifts by. Warblers dart through bushes. White-fronted geese splash and dive in ponds.

Internet is a popular way for dieters to shed pounds
Like most yo-yo dieters, Jacqueline Foss struggled with different fad diets only to watch the pounds creep back. Left with little choice, she turned to an unlikely source to help her slim down - the Internet.

Google, Yahoo mount challenge to Microsoft
SAN FRANCISCO -- Kenneth Insana depends on Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating system to make his computer run, but Yahoo! Inc. and Google Inc. have become the guiding forces on his desktop.

Moderate drinking may benefit high blood pressure patients
CHICAGO -- Drinking in moderation appears to reduce heart-related deaths in men with high blood pressure, new research suggests, challenging the belief among many doctors that alcohol should be off-limits to such patients.

Lifeline fails as a video game
"Lifeline" is an infuriating game which requires you to talk out loud and direct the action. There's lots of chatting - but this game is a terrible listener.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Google: the trusted name in Web trolling
NEW YORK -- When John Young heard a radio interviewer ask whether a song was pastiche, he didn't grab a dictionary. He typed an approximation into Google to get the word's spelling and meaning.

Living briefs
Mattel's Barbie Brand and the Entertainment Industry Foundation have launched their annual search for the best elementary school art teacher in the country.

Scientists rally around stem cell advocate sacked by Bush team
SAN FRANCISCO -- Elizabeth Blackburn's dramatic laboratory discovery made her a scientific superstar and launched a burgeoning cancer research field.

Black colleges seeking to stem HIV cases
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Many historically black colleges are stepping up safe-sex education in response to health researchers' finding of a spike in HIV infection rates among black students more than 20 years into the AIDS epidemic.

FDA issues suicide caution for antidepressant use
EDS: SUBS 2nd-3rd grafs, bgng, 'Although the ...' with 3 grafs to ADD that depression itself can lead to suicide; ADDS 5 grafs at end with background on studies involving medications

Researchers say stem cells could one day help cure baldness
SAN FRANCISCO -- Research showing that bald mice can grow hair after being implanted with a type of stem cell could lead to a cure for baldness, a group of scientists says.

Express drop Lynx

Express drop Lynx
For the first time in nine games, the Lynx lost on their home ice . The Roanoke Express scored three goals during the second period and two in the third to beat the Lynx 5- 3 on Sunday in front of 3,513 fans at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Testimony in baby's death nears its end

Augusta case helps prompt EPA review of sludge rules
Since 1993, when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency adopted guidelines allowing cities to dispose of sewage sludge by applying it as fertilizer, debate has raged over its safety.

Map swaps Augusta's lawmakers
ATLANTA - Two of Augusta's most powerful lawmakers would essentially swap their constituencies under a modified district map proposal unveiled Monday in a federal courtroom.

The week ahead

Safeguards protect against issuing unnecessary alerts

Augusta case helps prompt EPA review of sludge rules

Flipping for spring

News you can use

Sludge suits burden taxpayers

Across the area

Schrenko ethics case ends
ATLANTA - The State Ethics Commission on Monday dropped further pursuit of a complaint that former Georgia School Superintendent Linda Schrenko failed to account for more than $19,000 in campaign contributions.

Man spends year in jail for crime he says he didn't commit

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A fire at the Ben Hill County Jail forced the evacuation of 84 inmates Sunday night.

Kid of the day

Local student's research on strokes earns notice

Grand Strand tries more trade show marketing as state cuts back

Across the area

Town ordinance requires drivers to pay before pumping gas

Board's use of spokeswoman follows trend
Richmond County School board member Y.N. Myers hung up the phone last week when a reporter asked his opinion on Superintendent Charles Larke's vacation payout.

Panel looks at grad figures

Rants and Raves
IF DEMOCRATS CAN'T take what they're passing out, they need to get out of the kitchen. In other words, they can dish it out, but they surely can't take it.

Candidates tout work experience

Across the area
A New Ellenton town councilman was arrested on charges he engaged in a fistfight with another man outside a bar late Friday, Aiken County sheriff's officials said.

Woman opened her home, heart to veterans in need

Hiker with bionic leg begins 2,168-mile trek
MORRISTOWN, Tenn. - A hiker with a battery-powered, bionic leg set out Monday on a quest to be the first amputee to walk the entire 2,168-mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.

Weather springs a surprise on us

Testimony in baby's death nears its end
A 3-month-old boy's final days, especially his last day, were mired in pain, according to the medical examiner who performed his autopsy.

Church activity tries to raise teens' awareness of homelessness

Around town
Campbell Ready (left), 8, tries to grab a soccer ball from Katie Mercer, 7, at Augusta Golf & Gardens . The children, who are from Augusta, were on a picnic Monday with Katies parents.

Former Gov. John C. West dies at 81

Zoning changes upset neighbors

Leaders look for decision on maps

Kid of the day

Mars mission planners coming to Atlanta

Vehicle accident kills Augusta teen

Organizers work to make Cherry Blossom Festival more racially inclusive

Around town

Across Georgia

Court rules against anti-abortion plates

Sludge suits burden taxpayers
The city of Augusta's six-year legal battle against claims that cattle and land were poisoned by sewage sludge has been costly to taxpayers.

Sheriff defends record

Five questions
Mahoney Butler, shop supervisor for First Vehicle Service, the company contracted by Augusta Fleet Management to take care of marked Richmond County sheriff's patrol cars, answers questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

Former Gov. John C. West dies at 81
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Former Gov. John C. West, a Democrat who helped smooth race relations after the Orangeburg Massacre left three black students dead, died Sunday. He was 81.

Panel looks at grad figures
ATLANTA - For many college and university undergraduates, four years simply isn't enough time to graduate anymore. For some Georgia students, it seems even six years might be insufficient.

Two board members back Larke's payout
Two members of the Richmond County Board of Education took stands Monday on Superintendent Charles Larke's controversial $94,000 vacation payout.

Leaders look for decision on maps
ATLANTA - Lawmakers will keep one eye on their legislative business and one eye on the courts this week as they begin a new phase in the 2004 General Assembly session.

News you can use
March 23, 1913 Finding diplomacy and friendly conferences avail nothing, the Evangelical Ministers Association announced today that the association would ask for the indictment of every owner of a moving-picture house opening the doors to the public Sunday.

Hornsby pupil wins $10,000
With a scoreless tie after the first period of Sunday's Augusta Lynx hockey game, there was little for fans to cheer about, but Christina Bussey was noticeably excited during the first intermission.

Flipping for spring
Bill Pardee, 19, of Augusta, enjoys the sunny weather as he skateboards at Springfield Village Park in Augusta.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - A Greenville man is suing the Hardee's restaurant chain, saying he was wrongly accused of attacking an employee and trying to rob a store.

Senate party switchers face uncertain fate on map

Candidates tout work experience
If Sue Townsend had had her preference, Chief Deputy Coroner Tim Carlton would have gone into the race for Aiken County coroner as the incumbent.

Court rules against anti-abortion plates
COLUMBIA - The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling that South Carolina's anti-abortion license plates are unconstitutional.

Church activity tries to raise teens' awareness of homelessness
ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- A suburban Atlanta church is trying to raise awareness about homelessness by encouraging teenagers to experience it for themselves.

Family gets help after home burns
A young North Augusta mother of 10-day-old twins found something to be thankful for in the midst of tragedy Monday.

Mars mission planners coming to Atlanta
ATLANTA -- Astronauts and scientists will discuss everything from extraterrestrial life to passenger flights into outer space at a public meeting this week on space travel to Mars.

Zoning changes upset neighbors
When Jeri Whitworth moved to Jones Creek in 1989, she left the bustle near her former Columbia County neighborhood.

County says hefty price tag for school consultant worth it
MARIETTA, Ga. -- Cobb County's school board is looking to improve the way it does business with the help of a consultant who is billing the district $1,000 an hour for his services.

Residents to join tax panel
AIKEN - Residents are replacing elected officials on a committee that decides what gets funded by a proposed extension of the 1-cent sales tax, but the change could have little impact.

Queen Noor of Jordan visits Spartanburg hospital
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan made stops at a neonatal intensive care unit and a cancer center on Saturday.

Rants and Raves
IF DEMOCRATS CAN'T take what they're passing out, they need to get out of the kitchen. In other words, they can dish it out, but they surely can't take it.

Man spends year in jail for crime he says he didn't commit
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- A Greenville man is suing the Hardee's restaurant chain, saying he was wrongly accused of attacking an employee and trying to rob a store.

Across the South Carolina
CHARLESTON - Hispanic employees working for a temporary staffing agency said the company sold them fake federal documents and did not pay them overtime, The (Charleston) Post and Courier reported.

Across Georgia

'Choose Life' tag gets Senate's OK
ATLANTA - A "Choose Life" license plate benefiting clinics that counsel against abortions was approved by the Georgia Senate after little debate Monday.

Board's use of spokeswoman follows trend

Woman opened her home, heart to veterans in need
AIKEN - Near all the awards and stories about her life that cover her parlor table is a scrapbook that Ola Hitt holds close to her heart.

7-year-old South Carolina boy found safe

House fire kills three in Columbia County

Sheriff defends record
AIKEN - Running for his first full term as Aiken County's top law enforcement official, Sheriff Mike Hunt said Monday that he has delivered on campaign promises to put more deputies on the road, crack down on drug dealers and unsnarl his department's tangled communication system.

Extent of Medicaid crisis debated
ATLANTA - Was there really a Medicaid crisis in Georgia last week, or was Gov. Sonny Perdue stretching the truth to get lawmakers to settle their differences over the midyear spending bill?

The week ahead
There's an old phrase, often associated with the news business, that refers to keeping an ear to the ground. My assumption has always been that it harked back to a time when skilled practitioners, such as Tonto or Robin Hood, could place an ear on the earth, and by listening closely to subtle vibrations could tell how many bad guys were on their tail and how far behind they were.

Rants and raves
IF RICHMOND COUNTY wants to cut their garbage pickup fees, why don't they just pick it up once a week, like they do in the Martinez area? This would eliminate the increase they're wanting people to be charged on their homeowner's bill at the end of the year.

Weather springs a surprise on us
The weather's been pleasant for the past week. The first day of spring was Saturday. What could go wrong now?

Extent of Medicaid crisis debated

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A McDonough man who passionately fought for people who needed organ donations has died of complications from a transplanted heart.

Rants and raves
IF RICHMOND COUNTY wants to cut their garbage pickup fees, why don't they just pick it up once a week, like they do in the Martinez area? This would eliminate the increase they're wanting people to be charged on their homeowner's bill at the end of the year.

Across the area
North Augusta authorities say they are investigating the unlawful use of gift cards at a Wal-Mart.

Map swaps Augusta's lawmakers

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Logan Carter Hall, 2, of Grovetown.

Family gets help after home burns

Advocate for organ donation dies from transplant complications
ATLANTA -- A McDonough man who passionately fought for people who needed an organ donation has died from complications of a transplanted heart.

Safeguards protect against issuing unnecessary alerts
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- State officials are calling the use of South Carolina's Amber Alert network to locate a boy who ran away from school a success.

Senate party switchers face uncertain fate on map
ATLANTA -- When four Senate Democrats switched parties last year, they cited the new legislative district maps drawn up by members of their own party as one of the reasons for their change in party affiliation.

Town ordinance requires drivers to pay before pumping gas
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. -- When you drive up to the pump in this Charleston suburb, have your money ready.

Organizers work to make Cherry Blossom Festival more racially inclusive
MACON, Ga. -- For years, the city's Cherry Blossom Festival has evoked colorful images of blooming trees, amusement park rides and pink ice cream - but some say the faces in the bustling crowds were anything but colorful.

Grand Strand tries more trade show marketing as state cuts back
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Instead of waiting for tourists to head to the beach, some Grand Strand tourism promoters are taking a bit of the beach to their customers.

Pelosi speaks to Charleston County Democratic Convention
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Republicans will go to extreme measures to tear down Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told Charleston County Democrats on Saturday.

Residents to join tax panel

Local student's research on strokes earns notice
Ashley Foster is the perfect combination of brains and brawn.

Residents to join tax panel

North Carolinians killed in Rock Hill motorcycle wreck
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- A North Carolina man and woman were killed after being thrown from a motorcycle, South Carolina troopers said.

Two board members back Larke's payout

Historic mill destroyed by fire
GLENDALE, S.C. -- The historic Glendale Mill, which has been closed for 43 years, was destroyed by a fire early Saturday.

Sheriff defends record

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Bryce Christion Brinson, 13 months, of Augusta.

Daly stays just 1 step away from invitation
ORLANDO, Fla. - Classic Daly. With one foot in the Masters and one hand slammed in his car door, John Daly careened his way to a 10th-place finish at the Bay Hill Invitational.

If this is what the future holds, hang me
The other night we watched a new television series set in a law office in the year 2030. The TV studios must be running out of ideas about current-day crimes and trials, so they're looking into the future to a time when CSI and Law & Order will have run their course.

'Dawn of the Dead' debuts with $27.3 million, dethroning 'Passion'
LOS ANGELES -- Audiences feasted on zombies as the fright flick "Dawn of the Dead" ruled the box office, debuting with $27.3 million and bumping "The Passion of the Christ" from the top spot.

'Dawn of the Dead' debuts with $27.3 million, dethroning 'Passion'

Q&A With former 'Idol' RJ Helton
NEW YORK -- RJ Helton is hoping no one ever remembers he was a finalist on "American Idol."

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Q&A With former 'Idol' RJ Helton

Katy Rose mines turbulent teen years for debut CD

David Byrne's musical journey takes in opera for the first time

Katy Rose mines turbulent teen years for debut CD
NEW YORK -- Plenty of musicians have used their bad behavior, depression and subsequent rehabilitation as fodder for their songs.

Madonna announces 'Re-Invention Tour'
NEW YORK -- Madonna will begin a world tour in Los Angeles on May 24, with stops in New York City, London and Paris, it was announced Monday.

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David Byrne's musical journey takes in opera for the first time
NEW YORK -- David Byrne has taken his share of musical journeys in three decades, turning Talking Heads from egghead rockers into a funk orchestra, playing Latin music and scoring films and a ballet.

Speedway to induct five into Hall of Fame
INDIANAPOLIS -- Former Indianapolis 500 winners Emerson Fittipaldi, Tom Sneva and the late Mark Donohue will be inducted into the Auto Racing Hall of Fame in May.

Kanaan repeats as Phoenix champion
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- With plenty of gas in the tank and some of the Indy Racing League's elite drivers out of the race, Tony Kanaan only had to stay out of trouble and ahead of Scott Dixon to win the Copper World Indy 200.

Darlington fights to keep two races

Johnson wins in pits

Kanaan repeats as Phoenix champion

Schumacher wins Malaysian GP
SEPANG, Malaysia -- Michael Schumacher is off to a fast start just two races into the season.

Darlington fights to keep two races
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Darlington Raceway's immediate future is certainly bright. Beyond this year, though, is anyone's guess.

Johnson wins in pits
DARLINGTON, S.C. - With passes at speed being as rare as a car without a dent in the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400, Jimmie Johnson found a great way to make up lost ground - on pit road.

Gordon says wreck caused by slow racers
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Jeff Gordon could see trouble brewing early on in the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 - and it had nothing to do with Darlington Raceway's much discussed SAFER barriers.

Gordon says wreck caused by slow racers

Iverson inactive for game against Mavericks
PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson was inactive for Monday's game against the Dallas Mavericks because of a sore right knee.

Iverson inactive for game against Mavericks

Knicks complete sweep of Hawks
NEW YORK - Nazr Mohammed had 18 points and 13 rebounds in his first game against his former team, and the New York Knicks pulled away early in the fourth quarter to defeat the Atlanta Hawks, 96-84 on Monday night.

Dominant O'Neal wants to make another title run

Dominant O'Neal wants to make another title run
LOS ANGELES -- His eyes narrowed and his brow furrowed, Shaquille O'Neal has that look about him these days, the one that tells opponents to get out of his way.

Knicks complete sweep of Hawks

A quick look at what happened in the second round of the NCAA tournament
A look at some of the interesting things that happened Sunday in the second round of the NCAA tournament:

Lady Jags thrive under Wilson
By Chris Gay Staff Writer Like any average American worker, Greg Wilson wondered what other occupations he would enjoy. After three sub-par seasons coaching Augusta State women's basketball, Wilson wanted something new.

Surprise! 'Bama, UAB stir up NCAAs
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Ah, it's March in Alabama: Time for spring football practice, right?

Alabama-Birmingham shocks top-seeded Kentucky
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The NCAA tournament's top seed got sent back to its ol' Kentucky home.

Pittsburgh 59, Wisconsin 55
MILWAUKEE -- If anybody knows how to quiet a crowd it's the Pittsburgh Panthers.

Oklahoma St. 70, Memphis 53
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A big first half by Joey Graham was all Oklahoma State needed to reach the regional semifinals.

Kansas rolls into round of 16
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Wayne Simien and Kansas are healthy and headed to the round of 16.

Seattle survivors: Alabama and Nevada
SEATTLE -- Don't tell Antoine Pettway that Alabama pulled a stunner against Stanford.

Illinois 92, Cincinnati 68
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- No flying elbows, no return taunts. Illinois just shut up and made shots - over and over again.

Foe's coach knows ASU
Of all the teams in the Elite Eight, Augusta State had to run into Merrimack College.

Xavier upsets Mississippi St.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- When Dedrick Finn's shot from well beyond midcourt went through the basket, Mississippi State knew it was in trouble.

Terps accomplished plenty, despite NCAA ouster
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- How appropriate that Maryland ended its remarkable season with one final, improbable comeback.

State of sweet success
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Ah, it's March in Alabama: Time for spring football practice, right?

Vanderbilt 75, North Carolina State 73
ORLANDO, Fla. -- With a shout to the rafters, Matt Freije roused his slumping game. He then carried Vanderbilt to victory.

Falcons sign Kilgo, Fenderson

Mr. Raymond McGhee, Sr.    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Martin (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Harold Murrell (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Naomi Herlong (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

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Mrs. Willie Ford (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Margie Smith (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

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Mr. Eddie McClain (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Tiller (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lura Andrews (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Patterson (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Jessie Joiner, Sr. (NEWINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mabel Winner (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Mixson (GRAYS, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Ellen Calhoun (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elsie Dettinburn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Patterson (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Willie Ford (HARLEM, Ga.)

Miss Delante McNeely (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lorena Holdeman (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Felton Butler (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. James Williams (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Menger (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Dr. Thomas Howard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willard Burroughs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Menger (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Cynthia Collier (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Linda Oliphant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Javana Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Philip Brown, Sr. (WARTHEN, Ga.)

Mr. James Williams (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Bobra Hancock (VAUCLUSE, S.C.)

Ms. Linda Oliphant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Everlena Mathis (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. John Arfman (ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.)

Mr. Jimmy Rouse (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Koenig (AIKEN, SC)

Mr. Sidney Gantt, Jr. (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mr. Irby Scott, Sr. (NEWINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Lamar Brooks (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Earl Heard (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Scotty Hartzog (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Ms. Myler Harley (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. James Masur (PALMS, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Schauer (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mr. Elliott Butler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jimmy Stallings (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Ussery (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

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United States ties in Olympic qualifier

Greece security to balance secuity with Olympics celebration
ATHENS, Greece -- Greece will try to provide an environment of "absolute security" for the Athens Olympics without taking away from the games' air of celebration, the country's top law enforcement official said Monday.

Federation blasts Athens 'surprise' move to cancel pool roof
ATHENS, Greece -- The International Swimming Federation criticized Olympic organizers Monday for calling off plans to construct a roof over the main pool, calling the decision a "total surprise."

Federation blasts Athens 'surprise' move to cancel pool roof

Greece security to balance secuity with Olympics celebration

United States ties in Olympic qualifier
AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- Tracey Fuchs scored on a penalty corner in the 43rd minute in the U.S. women's field hockey team's 1-1 tie with South Korea on Sunday in the Olympic qualifying tournament.

Top four women missing at Key Biscayne

Overtime

Eurosilver replaces stablemante Birdstone atop Derby Prospects list

Belbin, Agosto could end dance medal drought

Overtime

Belbin, Agosto could end dance medal drought
The U.S. women usually reign at the World Figure Skating Championships, winning titles with such regularity it's practically expected. The American men are always in the mix, too.

Overtime
Augusta Prep standout Lea Xenakis will play for the No. 12 Berry women's soccer team.

Eurosilver replaces stablemante Birdstone atop Derby Prospects list
Even in defeat, trainer Nick Zito is far from discouraged about his chances of winning the Kentucky Derby in six weeks.

Baker wins PBA World Championship
YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Tom Baker got the mark he needed in the 10th frame when he rolled a spare to win the PBA World Championship over Mika Koivuniemi on Sunday.

Overtime
Clemson head golf coach Larry Penley has been named this year's U.S. Palmer Cup team captain, the Golf Coaches Association of America has announced.

Top four women missing at Key Biscayne
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- The four top-ranked women were missing Monday when the field was set for the Nasdaq-100 Open, which begins Wednesday.

Vikings defensive end Mixon convicted of drunken driving
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Vikings defensive end Kenny Mixon faces a year in jail after being convicted Monday of drunken driving.

Falcons sign Kilgo, Fenderson
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons signed former Georgia punter Jonathan Kilgo to a free agent contract Monday.

Parents, teachers and students can get breaks at tax time
NEW YORK -- Teachers, college students and parents footing hefty tuition bills might find they're eligible for money-saving education credits and deductions when they fill out their federal income tax forms this year. But it's going to take some work to figure out which ones are appropriate for a given taxpayer.

Reba knows who 'Reba' is

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

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
England's Charles II lived an up-and-down, rather curious life. Here's a guy, for instance, who enjoyed more hanky-panky as king than went on in the Clinton White House. Yet, despite siring more than a dozen youngsters with his many mistresses, he couldn't find a queen to bear him a successor.

Reba knows who 'Reba' is
LOS ANGELES -- "Reba Hart is a lot like Reba McEntire," says the country music star about the sitcom character she plays on the WB's "Reba."

The 1980s all over again: Donald Trump is back and riding high

VH1 reimagines itself as a stopping point for channel surfers

The 1980s all over again: Donald Trump is back and riding high
NEW YORK -- For years, the words "Must-See TV" meant Jerry and Elaine, or Ross and Rachel, or Will and Grace.

VH1 reimagines itself as a stopping point for channel surfers
NEW YORK -- The renewed VH1 has imagined itself as the antidote for the itchy remote control finger.

People in the News

Jay Leno aims for bedtime with new storybook

Charlie Kaufman: Hollywood's reclusive scribe

Diamond Dogs defeat Alabama

Georgia ousts Lady Frogs
PHILADELPHIA - Christi Thomas had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Jessica Pierce added 18 points to lead Georgia to an 85-71 victory Monday night over Texas Christian in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Diamond Dogs defeat Alabama
ATHENS, Ga. -- Marshall Szabo hit a home run and scored twice to lead Georgia over Alabama 7-5 Sunday in the rubber match of a three-game series.

You can live many lives with Youth Leadership
Have you ever worn scrubs? Met your state legislator? How about gone canoeing down the Augusta Canal?

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Xtreme question of the week
This week's question: Are spring sports overlooked?

Your style
THE FACTS: Jemir Martinez, 14, an eighth-grader at C.T. Walker Magnet School

Spring is time for anything but getting an education

Spring is time for anything but getting an education
Birds are twittering merrily, trees are bursting into bloom, mosquitoes are stinging sadistically and students are beginning to glance out the window and dream of an end to school. Yes, it's that time of year again. Spring.

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Don't let your weight make you feel down

Maximum wardrobe for minimum money
Abercrombie and Fitch. Aeropostale. The Gap. Express. All of these names mean nothing to me.

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Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold:

Don't let your weight make you feel down
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I'm a thick girl and I have a problem getting guys but I'm a really good person.

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Reggae music transcends many boundaries. The recently released Putumayo Presents: World Reggae provides a tantalizing example of how the music that grew out of Jamaica has gone global.

Maximum wardrobe for minimum money

Xtreme question of the week

You can live many lives with Youth Leadership

Losing horse becomes Japan's top four-legged celebrity

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Custody of baby given back to American Indian mother who used cocaine before birth

Woman's coffin robbed of more than $20,000 in jewelry