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.

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.

Oscar and Bart to replace Lane and Broderick

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.

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.

Rivera will stay in pinstripes
TAMPA, Fla. - Mariano Rivera has no desire to leave the New York Yankees. That's why it took little time to negotiate a $21 million, two-year contract extension through 2006.

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.

Yankees wipe out Tigers

Angels outlast Brewers

Coughlin holds first team meeting with Giants

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

Twins up-end Pirates

Daal hurts shoulder, MRI on tap
BALTIMORE -- Omar Daal could be headed for another trip to the disabled list.

Corey Lidle will start Reds opener

Time is running out for Benson
BRADENTON, Fla. - One way or another, the wait is over for Kris Benson.

Rivera will stay in pinstripes

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.

Corey Lidle will start Reds opener
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The newest member of the Cincinnati Reds' rotation moved to the front of the line.

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.

Indians defeat Reds

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.

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

Rivera, Yankees agree to $21 million contract extension
TAMPA, Fla. -- Mariano Rivera has no desire to leave the New York Yankees. That's why it took little time to negotiate a $21 million, two-year contract extension through 2006.

Athletics top the Royals
PHOENIX -- Barry Zito is trying to be taller on his pitching delivery so he doesn't drop down as much on his back leg and put pressure on his knee.

Angels outlast Brewers
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Aaron Sele is making a strong bid for a spot in Anaheim's revamped rotation.

Time is running out for Benson

Romania's rugby team might have been drugged
BUCHAREST, Romania -- Members of Romania's national rugby team tested positive for a substance that causes drowsiness and might have been impaired during a match against Russia.

Man convicted of putting poison in desserts
UTRECHT, Netherlands -- A Dutchman who tried to extort thousands of dollars from food makers by lacing their products with pesticide was convicted of attempted murder Tuesday and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Odds and Ends
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Spring has sprung in the Legislature. More precisely, the spring of Sen. John Synowiecki's chair has sprung.

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.

German violinists play more notes, want more pay
BERLIN -- Violinists at a German orchestra are suing for a pay raise on the grounds that they play many more notes per concert than their colleagues do - litigation that the orchestra's director on Tuesday called "absurd."

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.

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.

Astros wipe out Braves
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- With two spring training starts left, Roger Clemens is feeling good.

Cox will trust players' pasts

Bullpen questions remain for Atlanta

Cox will trust players' pasts
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Judging by their spring numbers, the battle for bench jobs is lopsided in favor of Jorge Velandia and Dewayne Wise.

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.

Google faces public filing as it grows
NEW YORK - Google.com has been coy about going public even as Wall Street's collective mouth waters, but the Internet giant might soon have to reveal its closely guarded financial performance through another type of public filing, according to securities lawyers tracking the company.

Tyco jurors focus on 'criminal intent'

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

U.S. to continue stockpiling oil despite soaring gasoline prices
WASHINGTON -- Citing national security, the Bush administration said Tuesday it will continue to pump oil into the government's emergency stockpile despite tight private supplies that have contributed to soaring gasoline prices.

Tourism officials see green
The green-dyed water expected to spurt from downtown fountains later this week isn't some civil servant's way of wistfully wishing back St. Patrick's Day celebrations.

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
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?

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 makes comeback

Tyco jurors focus on 'criminal intent'
NEW YORK -- Jurors in the trial of two Tyco International executives accused of looting the company of $600 million focused on the concept of "criminal intent" Tuesday for the second time during their four days of deliberations.

Gillette to buy Rembrandt brand from Den-Mat Corp.

AAA reports record-high gasoline prices
WASHINGTON -- The retail price of gasoline hit an all-time high Tuesday - nearly $1.74 per gallon nationwide - reflecting strong demand, tight supplies and the high cost of oil.

Home Depot launching online gift registry

Business briefs

Gas prices hit record high
WASHINGTON - The retail price of gasoline hit an all-time high Tuesday - almost $1.74 per gallon nationwide - reflecting strong demand, tight supplies and the high cost of oil, AAA reported.

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.

Gillette to buy Rembrandt brand from Den-Mat Corp.
BOSTON - Gillette Co. agreed to buy the Rembrandt brand of teeth-whitening products from Den-Mat Corp.

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.

Feeling the pressure

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.

Microsoft attacks proposed E.U. fine as 'inappropriate'
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Microsoft Corp. accused the European Union on Tuesday of going too far in seeking a record fine of about $615 million against it for alleged antitrust abuses, saying it was being penalized for behavior permitted in the United States.

Kleenex-maker Kimberly-Clark to raise prices in U.S.
DALLAS - Kimberly-Clark Corp., the maker of Kleenex tissues and Scott paper towels, Tuesday said it plans to raise consumer prices of tissue products in the United States by an average of about 6 percent during the third quarter.

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.

Microsoft attacks proposed E.U. fine as 'inappropriate'

GM increasing outsourcing of white-collar work to cut costs
DETROIT -- As part of sweeping cost-cutting efforts, General Motors Corp.'s manufacturing arm plans dramatically increased spending on white-collar work in Canada and overseas, the company said Tuesday.

Source: EU panel backs fine against Microsoft

Kleenex-maker Kimberly-Clark to raise prices in U.S.

Business briefs

U.S. to continue stockpiling oil despite soaring gasoline prices

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

EU ruling may alter market
SEATTLE - By the time Microsoft Corp. settled its antitrust case with the U.S. Justice Department, the Internet browser war that precipitated it had already been fought - with Microsoft the victor.

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

Business briefs
DALLAS - Kimberly-Clark Corp., the maker of Kleenex tissues and Scott paper towels, Tuesday said it plans to raise consumer prices of tissue products in the United States by an average of about 6 percent during the third quarter.

Carnival reports 60 percent jump in first-quarter earnings

Pabst makes 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.

Pension funds ask for immediate meeting with Disney directors
LOS ANGELES -- Six of the country's largest and most influential public pension funds are asking for a meeting with directors of The Walt Disney Co., saying they fear for their investments and the company's future.

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

Miami recruit released after surrendering to Gainesville police
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Miami's top football recruit turned himself in to police Tuesday on a felony charge of illegally setting off fire extinguishers and was released on $5,000 bond, his lawyer said.

Former coach sues Alabama president over dismissal

Miami recruit released after surrendering to Gainesville police

USC, LSU finally meet - at the White House

USC, LSU finally meet - at the White House
WASHINGTON -- Southern California and LSU finally met Tuesday, but not on the football field. President Bush hosted the players at the White House to honor the co-national champions.

Former coach sues Alabama president over dismissal
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Former Alabama coach Mike Price is suing the university's president over actions that led to his dismissal following a visit to a strip club.

Jags face tough test

Foe's coach knows ASU

Boilermakers use rally to top Villanova

Surprise! 'Bama, UAB stir up NCAAs

Warrick emulating Anthony for Orangemen

Allen overcomes rough start to star for OSU

Okafor, Nelson unanimous picks

Our fork in the road
When the U.S. Supreme Court justices hear arguments in the Pledge of Allegiance case today, we hope they will keep firmly in mind what this case is not about.

Good riddance, sheik

Double-dip retirees

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.

Our fork in the road

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.

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

Double-dip retirees
Taxpayers, for understandable reasons, get confused, if not upset, when they hear about public employees being retired on a pension, then returning to work shortly thereafter and receiving a full-time salary.

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.

Bob Edwards to be replaced as NPR's "Morning Edition" host
NEW YORK -- Bob Edwards, host of National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" since its inception in 1979, has been forced out of that job.

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.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- Mo'Nique will return as host of the BET Awards, which honor achievement in music, acting and sports.

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.

Bobby Brown released from jail for court appearance
BOSTON -- Bobby Brown is scheduled to appear Wednesday in Norfolk County family court for a contempt hearing in a paternity lawsuit, two days after he was temporarily released from a Georgia jail.

Credit card delinquency payments hit new record high
WASHINGTON -- The percentage of credit card payments that were past due shot up to a new record in the final quarter of last year, but delinquency rates for some other types of consumer loans dropped, painting a mixed picture of how Americans are handling their debt.

A status report on Wall Street's major indexes
Wall Street finished modestly lower Thursday in indecisive trading as worries over the economy and terrorism choked a midday wave of bargain-hunting.

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

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.

Tokyo stocks end lower, dollar higher against yen

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.

Credit card delinquency payments hit new record high

Report: mutual fund firm did good job policing improper trading
BOSTON -- Executives at Putnam Investments did not regard improper trading by several portfolio managers as serious misconduct and were slow to stop excessive trading by a handful of outside investors, according to an internal investigation of Putnam's trading practices.

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

Tokyo stocks end mixed, dollar lower against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks ended mixed Tuesday as losses by exporters in reaction to a pullback on Wall Street were cushioned by bargain hunting of banking and property shares. The dollar was down against the Japanese yen.

Dollar hit again by renewed terrorism fears

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.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Crude lower on expiration of contract, OPEC

Medicare could go broke by 2019

Tokyo stocks end mixed, dollar lower against yen

Dollar split in subdued, nervous trade
NEW YORK - The dollar turned in a mixed performance against its major rivals in rangebound trade Tuesday, with a lack of fresh economic news and persistent jitters over global terrorism hamstringing activity.

HUD pulls proposed rule over mortgage closing costs

Lackluster day leads to slight decline in stocks
NEW YORK -- Wall Street wobbled through an indecisive session Tuesday, finishing modestly lower as investors, worried about the economy and terrorism, had no conviction to sustain even a mild wave of bargain-hunting.

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.

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

Medicare could go broke by 2019
WASHINGTON -- Medicare will have to begin dipping into its trust fund this year to keep up with expenditures and will go broke by 2019 without changes in a program that is swelling because of rising health costs, trustees reported Tuesday.

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.

Dollar split in subdued, nervous trade

Small portions
Recipes can be filled with bewildering culinary terms to a novice cook. The most common terms that can stymie are the specifics of how to cut something in a list of ingredients. Mince, chop, dice, brunoise, julienne - what's the difference? And does it really matter? Yes, it does.

Small portions

Recipes wanted
Eggs are synonymous with Easter.Eggs are synonymous with Easter. Brightly decorated and sought as a hard-won prize in thousands of Easter-morning hunts, the eggs are a holiday staple.

Snack food makers on defensive in latest health craze

Snack food makers on defensive in latest health craze
PHILADELPHIA -- First it was those evil fats and salts in snack foods. Then, the carbohydrates they contained were vilified. Now snacks are being targeted because obesity has been pegged as one of the country's top killers.

Recipes wanted

Moore returns from year away to play key role for Yellow Jackets
ATLANTA -- Clarence Moore always dreamed of playing in the NBA - and not just for the fame and glory. He kept thinking of his ailing mother. He kept believing that a few million dollars would make her life easier.

Former Georgia Tech receiver signs with Atlanta
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons added depth at receiver Tuesday when former Georgia Tech standout Dez White left Chicago to sign a two-year, $2 million contract.

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.

Georgia Tech trying to limit distractions
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's first trip to the Sweet 16 in eight years has created a buzz that's impossible to ignore.

Upset isn't shocking to Nevada

No pro-am, no play on the PGA Tour
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- In part out of his own protest, Shaun Micheel became the first victim of a new PGA Tour policy that requires eligible players to take part in the pro-am if they want to play in the tournament.

Tiger faces tough test after Bay Hill debacle

Looking at The Players Championship for what it is

No pro-am, no play on the PGA Tour

Tiger In Training

TPC has the makings of a major

Tiger faces tough test after Bay Hill debacle
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Tiger Woods went from celebrated to scorned.

TPC has the makings of a major
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - The Players Championship is sometimes billed as a fifth major. The toughest course. The strongest field. The largest purse.

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.

Looking at The Players Championship for what it is
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The Players Championship is sometimes billed as a fifth major. The toughest course. The strongest field. The largest purse.

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

New ruling sidelined Micheel at Bay Hill
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - In part out of his own protest, Shaun Micheel became the first victim of a new PGA Tour policy that requires eligible players to take part in the pro-am if they want to play in the tournament.

New ruling sidelined Micheel at Bay Hill

Furyk will miss Masters

Furyk will miss Masters
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Augusta National Golf Club hasn't received the call yet from U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk, but it's coming.

Two ECHL players suspended after high-sticking penalty
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The ECHL on Tuesday suspended two players in a bloody high-stick incident.

Two ECHL players suspended after high-sticking penalty

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.

Avalanche's Moore preparing to leave hospital

Kasparaitis to have shoulder surgery
NEW YORK -- Rangers defenseman Darius Kasparaitis will undergo arthroscopic surgery Wednesday to repair his right shoulder, an injury separate from the knee problem that kept him out the last two months.

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.

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.

Salmon fillets a delightful treat
Spring is finally here, and in Augusta, that means more than blooming azaleas. Preparation for Masters Tournament renters or out-of-town golf guests can leave us with little time to prepare a home-cooked meal, let alone entertain.

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.

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.

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.

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

Cartoonist is asset to 'Chronicle'

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'
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

Veteran educator will be sorely missed
Gene Sullivan will be greatly missed by the Richmond County Board of Education. Mr. Sullivan is such a tremendous leader, teacher and mentor that I am personally saddened that he will not be there for the children - because he works for the children. Dan Hillman, Augusta (Editor's note: Mr. Hillman is executive director of Child Enrichment Inc., a shelter and child advocacy center.)

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.

Gay marriage equals minority rights

Don't judge candidates on ads alone
The avalanche of ads currently being showered upon the American people by the Bush administration is stirring Bush supporters. Fine. This group has closed minds about anything but Bush. Walter Hewett III, Augusta

Democrats can get mean, too

Build a park, not a supermarket
I am extremely disappointed to see the sign on Evans-to-Locks Road for rezoning of a residential area to bring a Kroger into our quiet neighborhood. Iqbal Khan, Martinez

McKee cartoon was right on target

How will Martha fare in prison?
Reports that Martha Stewart may still keep her hand in her business empire seem encouraging. Think of how glad we taxpayers will be to see Martha on television demonstrating her new efficient methods of running the prison laundry, streamlining the prison kitchen while jazzing up the menus and adding little touches to spruce up the uniforms. There might be some real novel programs in the future. Mimi Hallman, Aiken, S.C.

How will Martha fare in prison?

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

Living briefs

Wild 2 photo shows comet's unique surface

Five planets offer rare stargazing spectacle

Public and private lives merge on Google

Moderate drinking may benefit high blood pressure patients

Organizations will put on Civil War symposium

Internet is a popular way for dieters to shed pounds

Promising treatment found for hypochondria

Government may delay power plant cleanup of mercury pollution

Restricting calories increases life span, researchers say

Living briefs

Large doses of chemo drug may help people with advanced MS

NASA: Mars rocks formed at shore of long-gone body of saltwater

Seniors calendar

Organizations will put on Civil War symposium

Black colleges seeking to stem HIV cases

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.

Five planets offer rare stargazing spectacle
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Five planets are arrayed across the evening sky in a spectacular night show that won't be back for another three decades.

Large doses of chemo drug may help people with advanced MS
PHILADELPHIA -- Doctors report promising results using huge doses of a potent chemotherapy drug to treat autoimmune diseases including multiple sclerosis, though only a handful of patients have been treated so far and one MS researcher said far more study is needed before any victory is declared.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Living briefs
Ever wonder who picks the winners of industry awards, such as the FiFis, which honor fabulous fragrances?

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

Promising treatment found for hypochondria
CHICAGO -- A breakthrough study found that psychotherapy can help hypochondriacs deal with their fears. But the treatment has its limits: A quarter of the patients quit after being told the problem was in their heads.

Wild 2 photo shows comet's unique surface
This composite image was taken by the navigation camera of NASA's Stardust spacecraft during it's Jan. 2, 2004, flyby of the comet Wild 2.

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.

Government may delay power plant cleanup of mercury pollution
WASHINGTON -- Concluding that technology to significantly cut mercury pollution isn't available, the Bush administration is leaning toward stretching out a cleanup until 2018 and letting some power plants buy their way out of reducing their emissions.

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.

Restricting calories increases life span, researchers say
WASHINGTON -- It may never be too late to extend life through sensible eating. A study shows that a strict, low-calorie diet increased the life span of aged mice by more than 40 percent.

NASA: Mars rocks formed at shore of long-gone body of saltwater
PASADENA, Calif. -- Mars once had a briny pool of standing water on its surface that could have supported life in the now-frozen planet's distant past, NASA scientists said Tuesday.

Rookie quickly makes splash

Rookie quickly makes splash
Jonathan Goodwin finished up his hockey season at Providence College on March 13 and he arrived in Augusta on March 19.

Across the area
The Richmond County grand jury issued indictments Tuesday accusing two men of murder in unrelated homicides.

Tennis contest venue will have no clubhouse

Craig will take pet store cases

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.

Assault suspect gets probation
A second man accused of taking part in what the victim described as a racially motivated beating was convicted of a minor charge Tuesday and given a year on probation.

'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.

Jurors to hear trial of Brown
AIKEN - Soul singer James Brown will have his misdemeanor domestic violence case heard by a jury of his peers instead of his stated preference of having a magistrate judge decide his guilt or innocence.

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.

Residents to join tax panel

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

Rants and raves
WITH THE U.S. government carrying a budget deficit, Social Security threatening to go broke and many needs here in our country, how can our government even think of plowing more millions into sending their toys to Mars and another trip to the moon?

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

Board chooses seating provider
Members of the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority voted Tuesday to accept a low bid to replace motorized seating in the civic center.

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.

Tennis contest venue will have no clubhouse
A professional women's tennis tournament will proceed at a west Augusta tennis club Monday, but tournament officials and players will have to use portable offices because construction remains halted on a clubhouse there.

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.

Across the area

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.

Assault suspect gets probation

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.

Sheriff defends record

Court rules against anti-abortion plates

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Around town

Fire kills man, two children

Vehicle accident kills Augusta teen

Judge deters man's bench trial request
Roger Dewayne Martin, facing a prison sentence of 30 years to life on murder charges, was prepared to let one person - not 12 - decide his case.

Local student's research on strokes earns notice

Former governor laid to rest
CAMDEN, S.C. - Former Gov. John C. West, who led the state during a tumultuous time in race relations, was laid to rest Tuesday in a quiet ceremony in his hometown.

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.

Scientists will try to cut ropes off whale
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Despite a tangle of fishing gear pinning its flippers to its body, a 34-foot endangered North American right whale slowly swam north along the South Carolina coast as scientists made plans to free him.

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.

Video displays father's actions
As a video camera ran, Billy C. Black picked up a baby doll and demonstrated what his 3-month-old son endured on the last day of his life.

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

Scientists will try to cut ropes off whale

Across South Carolina

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March 24, 1923 Preparations are under way to put on an extensive fly campaign in Augusta - a campaign which will make the city practically free of flies. It is understood that the health authorities plan to make the effort as thorough as possible.

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.

Slaying suspect gets new charges

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.

Video displays father's actions

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.

Residents to join tax panel

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.

Two board members back Larke's payout

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

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Georgia elections officials say they won't need to delay the July 20 primary elections because of new legislative maps being drawn by a federal court this week.

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

Rants and raves
WITH THE U.S. government carrying a budget deficit, Social Security threatening to go broke and many needs here in our country, how can our government even think of plowing more millions into sending their toys to Mars and another trip to the moon?

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?

Governor signs midyear budget
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue signed the $16.1 billion midyear budget Tuesday, freeing up $172 million for a state Medicaid program that briefly ran out of money last week.

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.

Slaying suspect gets new charges
Authorities have filed additional charges against a man who they say strangled a Thomson woman this month, officials said Tuesday.

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 South Carolina
COLUMBIA - People convicted of violent crimes would have special coding put on their driver's licenses under a bill that cleared the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.<

Kid of the day

Two-car wreck kills 19-year-old
One Augusta teenager died and another was injured Tuesday after an accident in which one person attempted to pass another and both skidded off a south Richmond County road, officials said.

Sheriff defends record

Cities hunt solutions for abandoned mills
BATH - The old Bath Mill, with its towering brick smoke stack, no longer produces the countless yards of broadcloth that chattered from its looms until it closed in 1985.

Flipping for spring

Leader shifts to old style
AIKEN - There he goes again.

Former governor laid to rest

7-year-old is found unharmed at grocery
ANDERSON, S.C. - A 7-year-old boy who vanished while his family shopped at a Kmart was found safe Tuesday morning after someone left him at a grocery store, officials said.

Map swaps Augusta's lawmakers

School at stake
First grade teacher Dee Trevor, left, pulls names out of a box as she hands the applications to Pre K Resource Facilitator Stephanie Covington, far right, as they make the drawing of 62 applications for 20 spots in the Pre K program at Lake Forest Hills Elementarty School.

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.

Fire kills man, two children
Two hours before emergency workers responded to a fatal house fire in Columbia County, Gloria McCord spoke to her brother for the last time.

Extent of Medicaid crisis debated

Craig will take pet store cases
Augusta District Attorney Danny Craig said Tuesday that his office is taking over the prosecution of three individuals charged with animal cruelty at a pet store.

Family gets help after home burns

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Cody Wade Harrell, 3, of Augusta.

Zoning changes upset neighbors

Governor signs midyear budget

News you can use

Center to hire external auditors

Across the area

Language class could go to vote
The Columbia County School System might ask taxpayers to decide whether they want to foot the bill to have an elementary school foreign language program.

Testimony in baby's death nears its end

Kid of the day

House fire kills three in Columbia County

School at stake

7-year-old South Carolina boy found safe

Cities hunt solutions for abandoned mills

Board's use of spokeswoman follows trend

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.

Across Georgia

Center to hire external auditors
A once-troubled Augusta mental health center is hiring an external audit firm to help it correct past mistakes even as it faces having to repay Georgia Medicaid millions of dollars.

Valenti to retire as head of top Hollywood trade group

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

Valenti to retire as head of top Hollywood trade group
LAS VEGAS -- Jack Valenti, who oversaw the creation of Hollywood's movie-ratings system in the 1960s, said Tuesday he will step down as head of the Motion Picture Association of America, possibly within three months.

Production costs surge for top Hollywood studio films
LAS VEGAS -- The cost of big Hollywood movies soared in 2003, with the top seven studios spending an average of $102.8 million to make and market their films, up 15 percent from the previous year, an industry leader said Tuesday.

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.

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.

Patriarch of musical family dies
Roy "Pop" Lewis, patriarch of The Lewis Family performing group, of Lincolnton, Ga., died shortly after noon Tuesday at age 98.

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

Patriarch of musical family dies

Recording industry sues 532 for swapping music online
LOS ANGELES -- The recording industry sued 532 people Tuesday, including scores of individuals using computer networks at 21 universities, claiming they were illegally sharing digital music files over the Internet.

Darlington fights to keep two races

Lowe's Motor Speedway moves up installation of soft walls

Lowe's Motor Speedway moves up installation of soft walls
CONCORD, N.C. -- Lowe's Motor Speedway will install soft wall barriers in time for the track's May slate of NASCAR races.

Texas could get second NASCAR race without trial
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Texas Motor Speedway could get another NASCAR Nextel Cup race without a trial.

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.

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.

Iverson inactive for game against Mavericks

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.

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.

Pacers' O'Neal to miss game with bone bruise to left knee

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.

Pacers' O'Neal to miss game with bone bruise to left knee
INDIANAPOLIS -- As the playoffs near, injuries are starting to mount for the Indiana Pacers, most notably to star forward Jermaine O'Neal.

Dominant O'Neal wants to make another title run

Knicks complete sweep of Hawks

Lady Jags brace for Elite Eight
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - As Augusta State's plane departed Bush Field on Sunday, everyone kept calm. Except freshman Faith Williams. She cried.

Jags face tough test
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - After Augusta State practiced for one hour at St. Joseph Civic Arena on Tuesday, Latoya Renwrick approved of the surroundings.

Warrick emulating Anthony for Orangemen
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- With Carmelo Anthony at his side last season, Syracuse forward Hakim Warrick soared for the Orangemen. Without Anthony, he's become a shooting star.

Boilermakers use rally to top Villanova
AMES, Iowa - Shereka Wright scored 19 points, and Purdue dominated the second half after a slow start, beating Villanova 60-42 on Tuesday night to advance to the West Regional against Georgia in the NCAA women's basketball Tournament.

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

Nelson, Taurasi win Naismith honors
ATLANTA - St. Joseph's Jameer Nelson and Connecticut's Diana Taurasi were selected Tuesday as the 2004 Naismith college basketball players of the year.

Houston hires Tom Penders as new basketball coach
HOUSTON -- Tom Penders was hired Tuesday to coach at Houston, the once-powerful program that hasn't won an NCAA tournament game in 20 years.

Okafor, Nelson unanimous picks
There's no debate when it comes to Emeka Okafor and Jameer Nelson. They're unanimous All-Americans.

Duke senior chosen for 3rd-straight year
The third time is the most satisfying for Alana Beard.

Allen overcomes rough start to star for OSU
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Toughness has never been a problem for a Chicago kid like Tony Allen.

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

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

Falcons sign Kilgo, Fenderson

Browns reach deal with guard Kelvin Garmon

With Sapp, Lynch, Keyshawn gone, Bucs have new look

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United States beats Russia in qualifying tournament
AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- Tracey Fuchs scored twice on penalty corners to lead the United States women's field hockey team past Russia 6-0 Tuesday at the Olympic qualifying tournament.

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

Olympic security puts makeshift mosques under microscope

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.

CIA anti-terror director meets with Olympic organizers

Olympic security puts makeshift mosques under microscope
ATHENS, Greece -- Greek police have increased scrutiny of Muslim immigrant groups and makeshift mosques in Athens - a city with no official place of worship for Muslims - ahead of the Aug. 13-29 Olympics.

United States beats Russia in qualifying tournament

Greece security to balance secuity with Olympics celebration

Final preparations for Olympic flame ceremony

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.

CIA anti-terror director meets with Olympic organizers
ATHENS, Greece -- The CIA's top counterterrorism official met Tuesday with Olympic organizers as part of U.S. efforts to strengthen security cooperation in the final months before the games.

Final preparations for Olympic flame ceremony
ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece -- The Olympic torch awaits a global journey that begins at the ancient temples where the games were born and ends in Athens.

United States ties in Olympic qualifier

Welcome back, Serena! Williams returns to court

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Player's boasting propels Aquinas

Overtime

Prep sports

UNC settles part of 1998 lawsuit from soccer player

Americans raise hopes for medal

Roy Jones Jr. named new HBO commentator

New Jersey regulators uphold Spinks victory

Eurosilver replaces stablemante Birdstone atop Derby Prospects list

Top four women missing at Key Biscayne

Ludlow wins giant slalom, Mancuso gets fifth medal at U.S. Alpine Championships
GIRDWOOD, Alaska -- Libby Ludlow took her first national title with a victory in the giant slalom, and Julia Mancuso got a record fifth medal in five events with a second-place finish Tuesday at the U.S. Alpine Championships.

Roy Jones Jr. named new HBO commentator
NEW YORK -- Roy Jones Jr. has a new job to keep himself busy between fights.

Americans raise hopes for medal
DORTMUND, Germany -- American men's medal hopes, a long shot after qualifying, soared after Tuesday's short program at the World Figure Skating Championships.

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.

Overtime
Augusta State jumped out to a 3-0 lead and never trailed Tuesday in defeating Erskine 9-4 at Jaguar Field.

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.

UNC settles part of 1998 lawsuit from soccer player
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina will pay a former soccer player $70,000 and enroll its women's soccer coach in sensitivity training in a partial settlement of a 1998 sexual harassment lawsuit, school officials said on Tuesday.

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.

New Jersey regulators uphold Spinks victory
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- New Jersey boxing regulators on Tuesday rejected the claim by welterweight Ricardo Mayorga that mistakes by a referee cost him his title.

Welcome back, Serena! Williams returns to court
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Sidelined by knee surgery, Serena Williams spent most of the past eight months designing dresses and dabbling in acting.

Prep sports
Area prep spring sports scores and results.

Player's boasting propels Aquinas
Taylor Combs inspired Aquinas to its greatest victory in years Tuesday night. That might have been great if he was the head coach of the Fightin' Irish.

Browns reach deal with guard Kelvin Garmon
BEREA, Ohio -- Guard Kelvin Garmon agreed to terms on a three-year contract Tuesday with the Cleveland Browns, the team's first offseason move to improve its offensive line.

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

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.

With Sapp, Lynch, Keyshawn gone, Bucs have new look
TAMPA, Fla. -- Fourteen months after winning their first Super Bowl, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a new look.

Reality games dominate Nielsens list on week filled with reruns
NEW YORK -- Fun and games dominated the television landscape during a week that many of the scripted series were airing reruns.

Philadelphia is back in 'The Real World'
PHILADELPHIA -- It's official: Philadelphia is back in "The Real World." Producers for the MTV reality show and labor leaders negotiated a deal Tuesday to bring "The Real World" back to the city, one week after Bunim/Murray Productions bolted amid a clash with the city's powerful unions.

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."

Horror of Rwandan genocide recreated in HBO film
KIGALI, Rwanda -- Ten years after watching families and friends die in the Rwandan genocide, survivors of the slaughter are recreating the horror - this time as cast and crew of a film shot on location in the land where the killings occurred.

Philadelphia is back in 'The Real World'

Reba knows who 'Reba' is

Reality games dominate Nielsens list on week filled with reruns

Cable industry to provide channel-blocking equipment for free

Veteran CNN reporter Martin Savidge jumps to NBC News
NEW YORK -- Veteran CNN reporter Martin Savidge has taken a job at NBC News, where he will be an Atlanta-based correspondent reporting for the network and its cable partners.

Veteran CNN reporter Martin Savidge jumps to NBC News

Horror of Rwandan genocide recreated in HBO film

Cable industry to provide channel-blocking equipment for free
WASHINGTON -- The cable television industry said Tuesday it will provide free equipment to allow subscribers to block unwanted channels, a reaction to efforts on Capitol Hill to curb indecent programming.

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Jay Leno aims for bedtime with new storybook

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.

McDaniel could be out for season
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina baseball may soon be without sophomore first baseman Trey McDaniel for the season.

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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:

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

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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.

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

Xtreme question of the week

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.

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

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.

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?

Spring is time for anything but getting an education

Don't let your weight make you feel down

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