Columbus booked early for U.S. premiere of live 'Rings' score
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- When Howard Shore accepted the task of composing 12 hours of music for the film versions of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, he says he felt like Frodo carrying the ring to Mount Doom.

'Moon' is a dizzying mix of arts, culture

Galleries

'Moon' is a dizzying mix of arts, culture
Inspired by Cajun culture, the mysterious world of voodoo, the antebellum South and other assorted aspects of Louisiana culture and history, the bayou ballet Under A Cajun Moon, which gets its premiere by the Augusta Ballet this weekend, uses diverse dance and music to celebrate the differences, and commonalities, all people share.

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

Columbus booked early for U.S. premiere of live 'Rings' score

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.

Phillies claim catcher Hernandez
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Catcher Michel Hernandez was claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday, and left-hander Bud Smith was designated for assignment.

Corey Lidle will start Reds opener

Hudson's game sees rebound

Boston fans can relive agony and ecstasy in Red Sox documentary
An upcoming documentary about the agony and ecstasy of the 2003 Boston Red Sox season has footage from Fenway Park, the clubhouse and the front office.

Phillies claim catcher Hernandez

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.

Angels outlast Brewers

Expos edge out Orioles
VIERA, Fla. -- Rob Ramsay made his first exhibition appearance for the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday, two years after having a cancerous tumor removed from the front of his brain.

Time is running out for Benson

Athletics beat down Rangers
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Oakland left-hander Mark Redman allowed just one more runner after giving up a two-run homer in the first inning Wednesday, and the Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 7-3.

McGriff reassigned to minor league camp

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

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.

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
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The newest member of the Cincinnati Reds' rotation moved to the front of the line.

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

Expos edge out Orioles

At 39, Surhoff seeks to stretch his career
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- B.J. Surhoff is seeking to extend his baseball career by stretching out his 39-year-old body.

At 39, Surhoff seeks to stretch his career

Rivera will stay in pinstripes

Hudson's game sees rebound
Augusta State first baseman Andy Hudson hasn't ever struggled like this in his life.

McGriff reassigned to minor league camp
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Fred McGriff, nine homers shy of 500 for his career, was re-assigned to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' minor league camp Wednesday.

Today's births

Today's births
A list of local births.

Woman, 75, bought nearly a dozen cars with bad checks, police say
CHICAGO -- A 75-year-old woman is suspected of using her age and apparent frailty to fleece about a dozen auto dealers, police and prosecutors said.

'At the end of the day' name most irritating cliche
LONDON -- At the end of the day, it's the most irritating cliche in the English language.

Odds and Ends
JANESVILLE, Wis. -- It only took 45 minutes for avid fisherman Dave Tilton to set what could be a world record.

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

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.

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.

Trio of newcomers hope to silence their doubters
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Johnny Estrada understands the mentality of Braves fans. He realizes the comparisons between him and Javy Lopez are inevitable. But he can't replace Lopez and he won't bother trying.

Trio of newcomers hope to silence their doubters

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

Cox will trust players' pasts

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.

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.

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.

Coke delays launch of Dasani in France, Germany
ATLANTA -- The Coca-Cola Co. is delaying the introduction of its Dasani bottled water in France and Germany, less than a week after it withdrew the beverage from sale in Britain because it found samples contained higher than permitted levels of the chemical bromate.

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

Durable-goods orders, new-home sales rebound in February
WASHINGTON -- Factories saw demand for big-ticket goods rebound in February, good news for the country's economic health and for manufacturers who have struggled to get their piece of the business recovery.

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.

Microsoft fined $613 million
BRUSSELS, Belgium - The European Union slapped Microsoft Corp. with a $613 million fine Wednesday for abusively wielding its Windows software monopoly and ordered sanctions that go well beyond the U.S. antitrust settlement - setting up what could be another lengthy court battle.

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.

High-priced gasoline does not yield profits
Marty Koger is feeling the pinch of high gas prices as much as anyone. Aside from being a motorist during a period of record prices, he also sells the stuff.

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.

Business briefs
SALT LAKE CITY - Responding to corporate America's thirst for a cheap alternative to Microsoft Windows, Hewlett-Packard Co. announced Wednesday that it will widely distribute and support Linux as a desktop operating system for businesses.

Business briefs

High cost increases drive-offs
It seems like it would be easy to drive off without paying for your gas, especially at big stations where the attendant is on the other side of the lot.

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.

Administration says high gas prices won't affect its oil-reserve policy
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration voiced concern Wednesday about gasoline prices reaching an all-time high, but ruled out tapping into the government's oil reserves to temporarily ease the problem.

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.

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

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.

European Union hits Microsoft with record fine
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Union declared Microsoft Corp. guilty of abusing its "near monopoly" with Windows to foil competitors in other markets and fined the software giant a record $613 million Wednesday.

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.

High-priced gasoline does not yield profits

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.

Gillette to buy Rembrandt brand from Den-Mat Corp.

Tyco jurors focus on 'criminal intent'

Durable-goods orders, new-home sales rebound in February

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.

Petrol pinch influences theft

Petrol pinch influences theft
A detail of motorist Jim Allen of Charlotte, NC as he fills up his tank while passing through Augusta at the Pilot Travel Center on Riverwatch Parkway .

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.

Pabst makes comeback

European Union hits Microsoft with record fine

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

High cost increases drive-offs

Business briefs

European Union hits Microsoft with record fine

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.

Colorado football accuser's diary entries published

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.

Miami recruit released after surrendering to Gainesville police

USC, LSU finally meet - at the White House

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.

Colorado football accuser's diary entries published
DENVER -- The woman whose lawsuit triggered Colorado's recruiting scandal wrote in her diary she wanted to "ruin the lives" of football players she believes were present when she was allegedly gang-raped in 2001.

Former coach sues Alabama president over dismissal

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.

Syracuse a surprise in '04

Senior year hasn't been best for Pitt's Page

Okafor, Nelson unanimous picks

Jags face tough test

Loss ends ASU's record season

Warrick emulating Anthony for Orangemen

Allen overcomes rough start to star for OSU

Vandy's Freije enjoying the NCAA ride

Coming up short

Boilermakers use rally to top Villanova

Our fork in the road

High hopes, low stoops
It was going to be a difficult enough task. The panel revisiting Sept. 11 needed to help us learn from our mistakes without unnecessarily beating ourselves up and picking at scabs.

'Pop' music a legend
Roy "Pop" Lewis was a legend long before his death Tuesday at age 98. Starting in Lincolnton, Ga., in the 1940s he and his family became pioneers in making both bluegrass and gospel music enormously popular the world over.

High hopes, low stoops

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.

Double-dip retirees

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.

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

People in the News
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A collection of Princess Diana's evening gowns, family photographs and childhood treasures will be featured in an exhibit that will make its United States debut here in October.

New entertainment complex opens
In the 20 years that 1082 Bertram Road has stood off Washington Road in west Augusta, the building has gone through almost as many remakes as Madonna.

On the road
An exhibit opening Friday at the South Carolina Aquarium in the Charleston harbor will feature the flora and fauna of the Amazon River basin. The specimens collected include electric eels, piranha, an anaconda and other beasties.

Stuff to do
The album: Fly Or Die, by N.E.R.D. (Virgin) The N.E.R.D. recipe is simple: goofy raps, driving beats, layers of guitar, Pharrell Williams geek-pimp falsetto and a heavy dose of keyboards. Remix. Repeat. It's a surefire formula and it's put to good use on their second record Fly Or Die.

Clubbin'
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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.

Spotlight: Blake Shelton
Born in Napanee, Ontario (pop. 16,000), Mr. Shelton's father owned a used-car lot and his mother owned a beauty parlor. His first gig was singing, at his mother's urging, at a local beauty pageant.

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

Video reviews
JUST OUT: Beyond Borders, Somthing's Gotta Give, Gothika, The Rundown, The Singing Detective

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.

Documentary shows the stress Townshend suffered while being questioned about child porn
LONDON -- Pete Townshend has said he considered suicide after his arrest on suspicion of possessing child pornography, and the stress he suffered was apparent in a BBC documentary shown Tuesday night.

Consumers victimized by credit counseling companies, report finds
WASHINGTON -- Consumers drowning in credit-card debt increasingly are being victimized by poor service, hidden charges and high fees charged by some credit counseling agencies that often leave them even deeper in debt, Senate investigators have found.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Consumers victimized by credit counseling companies, report finds

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 Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market.

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.

Tokyo stocks end mixed, dollar lower against yen

Dollar split in subdued, nervous trade

Stocks close mixed on terror fears, upbeat economic news
NEW YORK -- Terrorism fears and a record antitrust fine for Microsoft Corp. gave Wall Street another volatile session Wednesday, with stocks staggering to a mixed finish after four days of declines.

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

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.

Credit card delinquency payments hit new record high

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.

Medicare could go broke by 2019

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.

A status report on Wall Street's major indexes
Another volatile session on Wall Street sent blue chips lower and tech stocks rising Wednesday as investors wrestled with fresh terrorism worries and the European Union's record antitrust fine for Microsoft Corp.

A status report on Wall Street's major indexes

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.

Small portions

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

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.

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.

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.

McHenry's shooting overlooked
ATLANTA - Northern Iowa decided it didn't need to guard him. And despite hurting the Panthers with 10 points, Boston College opted not to defend Georgia Tech's Anthony McHenry either.

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.

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.

New ruling sidelined Micheel at Bay Hill

Sorenstam's Grand Slam goal gets an early test
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- The craziness of a year ago is gone, leaving Annika Sorenstam to look for challenges that have nothing to do with playing against men.

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.

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.

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.

Tiger faces tough test after Bay Hill debacle

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.

No pro-am, no play on the PGA Tour

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

Sorenstam's Grand Slam goal gets an early test

Sorenstam's Grand Slam goal gets an early test
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - The craziness of a year ago is gone, leaving Annika Sorenstam to look for challenges that have nothing to do with playing against men.

TPC has the makings of a major

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.

Furyk will miss Masters

Looking at The Players Championship for what it is

Two ECHL players suspended after high-sticking penalty

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.

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

Silver screen to silver scream
FONTANA, Calif. The California Speedway had an impressive history long before it was a racetrack.

Sleepy little town? Maybe, but there's still fun to be had
MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- When the Martinsville Speedway hosted its first NASCAR race in 1949, stock car racing was a sport content with its simple trap-pings. Little has changed around the .526- mile speedway.

Racing tires make NASCAR go round and round
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Like most people before they set out on a long journey, Rick Coleman checked the tires on Jeff Green's Dodge before the start of last month's race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Race perfect for California dreamers
FONTANA, Calif. -- The biggest problem isn't finding something to do around the California Speedway. It's finding time to do to it all.

NASCAR tightens rules to limit technology's impact on sport
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Minutes follow-ing the race at New Hampshire last September -- and just two days after Brian France became the chairman of NASCAR -- the sport's competition director admitted the obvious: Stock car racing was broken.

Talladega: Simply intimidating
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- No other race-track on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series is more intimidating -- and simple -- to drive than the Talladega Superspeedway.

Martinsville is small yet unique
MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- From the sky, the Martinsville Speedway looks like a giant paper clip. From inside a speeding stock car, it looks more like a washing machine on spin dry.

Come for the race, not for the weekend at desolate Talladega
TALLADEGA, Ala. When Bill France wanted to build a sister track to his Daytona International Speedway, he picked a piece of land between Atlanta and Birmingham, Ala. It was so rural and so desolate, the land came cheap.

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.

Field should honor many players
I would like to suggest another name for the field at Lake Olmstead Stadium. You could name it Memorial Field. In this way, you could honor the more than 100 baseball players who began their professional playing careers in Augusta and went on to play in the major leagues. Milledge G. Murray, Augusta

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

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.)

Race-car track must remain open
Regarding the Columbia County Board of Commissioners and its rulings on noise at Gordon Park Speedway in Grovetown: I have not broken any ordinances in the running of the speedway. Bill "Catfish" Reese, Harlem, Ga.

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

Trade plan presents potential danger

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.

Trade plan presents potential danger
Unless we want U.S. borders totally destroyed, and vast transfers of our remaining jobs overseas (white-collar and blue-collar), it is imperative that Congress kills the Free Trade Areas of the Americas Act. The FTAA is a gigantic expansion of the North American Free Trade Agreement, but goes far beyond NAFTA. Elton Booth, North Augusta, S.C.

How will Martha fare in prison?

Color TV turns 50

Government warns paintball gun users while it investigates two deaths

Government halts Internet identity theft scam

Promising treatment found for hypochondria

Living briefs

Government may delay power plant cleanup of mercury pollution

Scientists testing national park snow for airborne pollution

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

Scientists suggest ancient gene mutation led to brain growth, human evolution

Restricting calories increases life span, researchers say

Large doses of chemo drug may help people with advanced MS

Five planets offer rare stargazing spectacle

Wild 2 photo shows comet's unique surface

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.

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.

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.

Government warns paintball gun users while it investigates two deaths
WASHINGTON -- The government issued sharp warnings on Wednesday to paintball gun users, announcing new safety measures while investigations continue into two deaths caused by canisters flying off the guns.

Scientists suggest ancient gene mutation led to brain growth, human evolution
Igniting a scientific furor, scientists say they may have found the genetic mutation that first separated the earliest humans from their apelike ancestors.

Government halts Internet identity theft scam
HOUSTON -- Federal officials have shut down an identity theft scam in which a man tricked Internet users into providing their credit card and bank account numbers.

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.

Color TV turns 50
WASHINGTON -- Doreen Golanoski remembers being a little girl when her family's television set delivered something new and amazing to her eyes - a burst of color on the screen. Finally, she could see "The Jetsons" in vivid greens, blues, reds.

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.

NASA plans second try at flying 5,000 mph unpiloted jet
LOS ANGELES -- A second attempt to fly an experimental unmanned jet at high speed was scheduled for Saturday, three years after the first attempt ended in an explosion.

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

Scientists testing national park snow for airborne pollution
TACOMA, Wash. -- Scientists are packing blocks of snow from national parks into freezers for testing to determine whether airborne pollutants have fouled the areas that many people believe are unspoiled.

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.

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.

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.

Rookie quickly makes splash

Across Georgia

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.

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.

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.

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.

School officials learn how to use defibrillator
Violently rolling her shoulders and flailing her arms, Nan Keipper instructed the more than 30 health professionals and school officials gathered this week at Doctors Hospital to follow her lead.

GOP Senate hopeful expects runoff

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.

Friends grieve for children lost in fire
After being released from the hospital, Samtavious Bussey spent Wednesday surrounded by family members at his grandparents' house.

Scientists will try to cut ropes off whale

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.

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.

Discovery may gain funds
ATLANTA - The Georgia Senate is evidently friendly turf for Fort Discovery.

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

Motorists, look out for insurance letter

Jail threat is reducing absenteeism

Aiken Tech helps job hunters

Former governor laid to rest

Board says Larke poll was unique record
A controversial memo used to justify Superintendent Charles Larke's $94,000 vacation payout was the only document of its kind, school officials said Wednesday.

Video displays father's actions

Around town

Women charged with assault in separate stabbing cases

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?

Police say man set fire in home

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.

Kid of the day

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.

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.

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.<

Cities hunt solutions for abandoned mills

Center to hire external auditors

Plea deal sends father to prison
The murder trial of a teenage father accused of inflicting fatal injuries on his infant son ended with a guilty plea Wednesday.

SRS layoffs touch many jobs

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

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT about a rant in the paper about the biggest lie being weapons of mass destruction. I think they forgot about the one: "I did not have sexual relations with that woman."

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.

New maps switch lawmakers

Report is vague on posts' future

News you can use
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.

News you can use
March 25, 1933 WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Tremendous economic and industrial possibilities are in sight for Augusta involving $250 million under President Roosevelt's conservation policy.

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.

Two men die as blaze engulfs rural junkyard
THOMSON - A wheelchair-bound man and his caretaker were killed in a Wednesday afternoon fire in rural McDuffie County.

Police say man set fire in home
A Langley man set his home on fire early Wednesday, suffering severe burns in the process, Aiken County sheriff's officials said.

School at stake

Report is vague on posts' future
Community leaders hoping for clues about whether their local military installation might close got few specifics in a Pentagon report released Tuesday night, and Augusta officials said Wednesday that they're still trying to determine what it means for Fort Gordon's future.

Across South Carolina

Motorists, look out for insurance letter
Motorists who either aren't listed on a statewide insurance database or have had at least a day lapse in insurance coverage probably won't be too happy to see their mail next week.

Discovery may gain funds

Jail threat is reducing absenteeism
Elsie Torres was close to tears as she stood outside Richmond County Juvenile Court this week.

Plea deal sends father to prison

Across Georgia
ATHENS - The Martinez family of a University of Georgia student who was killed last year say they will probably not file a civil lawsuit against the fraternity brother convicted in his death.

Across the area

Across South Carolina
BAMBERG - A jury could not reach a decision on the misconduct-in-office trial of former Denmark Mayor Carolyn Davis.

Assault suspect gets probation

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.

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.

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.

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

Slaying suspect gets new charges

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.

Two men talk about slaying of 20-year-old
AIKEN - Two witnesses told an Aiken County jury Wednesday that they watched as a Beech Island man was gunned down while running from a man with a gun trying to rob him.

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.

Governor signs midyear budget

News you can use

Fire kills man, two children

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Keenan A. Ray, 2, of Fort Gordon.

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?

Across the area
A Riverside Middle School pupil was arrested Wednesday and charged with sexual battery.

Tennis contest venue will have no clubhouse

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.

Registration for pre-K kicks off
Columbia County's pre-kindergarten registration begins today and will continue through April 2.

SRS layoffs touch many jobs
AIKEN - The 300 Savannah River Site employees scheduled to be laid off this week perform a wide spectrum of duties at the site, from management to research, which could mean the job hunt will be easier for some than for others.

Aiken Tech helps job hunters
GLOVERVILLE - Byron England has been out of work for three years, but he said Wednesday that the Career Day at Aiken Technical College could help remedy that problem.

News you can use

New maps switch lawmakers
ATLANTA - Augusta's highest-ranking state lawmakers got some good news and some bad news Wednesday when a federal court released what is expected to be the final version of the state's new legislative redistricting map.

Bills on hunting, spearfishing OK'd
ATLANTA - A bill allowing some spearfishing on the Savannah River, and loosening restrictions on deer hunting with dogs, passed the Senate on Wednesday by a unanimous vote.

Women charged with assault in separate stabbing cases
Richmond County sheriff's deputies said Wednesday that they had arrested two women in separate cases in which arguments resulted in stabbings.

Across the area

GOP Senate hopeful expects runoff
AIKEN - Although South Carolina's June 8 Republican primary for the U.S. Senate is more than 10 weeks away, the crowded field makes a runoff a foregone conclusion, one of the major GOP candidates said Wednesday.

Kid of the day

Craig will take pet store cases

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT about a rant in the paper about the biggest lie being weapons of mass destruction. I think they forgot about the one: "I did not have sexual relations with that woman."

Around town
A man and woman walk down The Alley in Aiken as springtime weather warms the area. Highs in the mid-70s and lows in the mid-40s with partly cloudy skies are predicted for today.

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.

Valenti to retire as head of top Hollywood trade group

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

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.

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.

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

Roman Polanski plans to film 'Oliver Twist'
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski says his next film will be based on Charles Dickens' classic novel "Oliver Twist."

Usher demonstrates maturity on his new disc, 'Confessions'

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

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

Prince to release new CD through Sony Music
NEW YORK -- Prince, who has released most of his music over the Internet since 1996, has struck a deal with Sony Music to put out his new album.

Slices of the SouthGroup's Southern soul is both original, accessible
Sometimes magic happens only when you quit trying. Such was the case for Josh Pierce, frontman for the Augusta band the Josh Pierce Group. He had all but resigned himself to life as a solo act when a favor granted found him in a room with the musicians who would become the heartbeat of the group.

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.

Michael Jackson's children's foundation now virtually defunct
LOS ANGELES -- Michael Jackson's Heal the World Foundation once spread millions of dollars around the globe to help children threatened by war and disease.

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.

Britney Spears' tour back on track
NEW YORK -- Britney Spears planned to resume her Onyx Hotel Tour Tuesday night in Atlanta, after missing two shows last week due to a knee injury.

Patriarch of musical family dies

Janet Jackson outdoes her Super Bowl performance with new album

Slices of the SouthGroup's Southern soul is both original, accessible

Britney Spears' tour back on track

Janet Jackson outdoes her Super Bowl performance with new album
"Relax. It's just sex." Impossible. Although Janet Jackson delivers those instructions a mere six minutes into her new CD, "Damita Jo," relaxation is the last thing on her agenda with this sinfully appealing concoction of infectious beats and scandalous lyrics.<

Usher demonstrates maturity on his new disc, 'Confessions'
"Brace yourself, it ain't good. But it would be the worst if you heard this from somebody else."

Michael Jackson's children's foundation now virtually defunct

NASCAR newsmaker Rusty Wallace

End is in sight for dispute

Come for the race, not for the weekend at desolate Talladega

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.

Martinsville is small yet unique

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

'Field fillers' invade NASCAR

Lowe's Motor Speedway moves up installation of soft walls

Racing tires make NASCAR go round and round

Sleepy little town? Maybe, but there's still fun to be had

Talladega: Simply intimidating

End is in sight for dispute
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Two months ago NASCAR chairman Brian France said his organization not only looked forward to defending itself against a lawsuit demanding a second racing date at the Texas Motor Speedway, it wanted its day in court.

Race perfect for California dreamers

'Field fillers' invade NASCAR
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Kirk Shelmerdine opened his wallet and counted his cash. The small stack of bills, mostly ones and fives, was barely enough to buy dinner, but Shelmerdine was hoping to find some blue light specials in the garage area.

Silver screen to silver scream

NASCAR newsmaker Rusty Wallace
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Rusty Wallace returns to the Bristol Motor Speedway Sunday for the Food City 500. He has nine career wins at the .533-mile short track, the most of any active driver. Wallace hopes to recapture the magic he once had at Bristol, especially since his winless streak is nearly three years old. The 1989 series champion talked about returning to Bristol, the current season and what's ahead.

Bristol Food City 500
WHERE: Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn. WHEN: 1 p.m., Sunday TRACK DIMENSIONS: .533-mile oval.

Bristol Food City 500

Pacers place Bender on injured list

Kobe Bryant faces accuser for first time in court
EAGLE, Colo. -- Kobe Bryant's accuser testified about her sex life for more than three hours Wednesday during a closed-door hearing that will determine whether any of the information can be introduced at the NBA star's rape trial.

Iverson, Jackson inactive for game against Suns
PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson missed his second straight game Wednesday night because of a sore right knee.

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

Iverson, Jackson inactive for game against Suns

Kobe Bryant faces accuser for first time in court

Pacers place Bender on injured list
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Pacers placed guard/forward Jonathan Bender on the injured list Wednesday because of a strained right shoulder.

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.

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.

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.

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

One-handed shot ends Quincy's run
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - Aesha Carter tossed in an off-balanced, one-handed shot in the lane with 5.8 seconds remaining to hand Henderson State a 61-60 upset over No. 8 Quincy in the Division II Women's Elite Eight on Wednesday at St. Joseph Civic Arena.

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.

Syracuse a surprise in '04
PHOENIX - The defending champs were chumps six weeks ago.

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

Loss ends ASU's record season
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - Augusta State fans cheered and chanted 'ASU' as the Lady Jaguars walked off the court after their 76-68 defeat to Merrimack on Wednesday night at St. Joseph Civic Arena.

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.

Coming up short
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - If nothing else, Alshaa' Hodges learned one thing during her senior season - responsibility.

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.

Senior year hasn't been best for Pitt's Page
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Sometimes it seems as though everything has gone right for Pittsburgh and wrong for Julius Page this season.

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

Vandy's Freije enjoying the NCAA ride
PHOENIX -- Matt Freije's family sure would have been thrilled if Kansas had knocked on their door - they could have watched him play just 30 minutes down the road.

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.

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

Browns reach deal with guard Kelvin Garmon

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U.S. swimmer suspended for refusing drug test

U.S. swimmer suspended for refusing drug test
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- U.S. swimmer Lyndsay Devaney accepted a two-year suspension for refusing to take a drug test in January.

Dark clouds part briefly during Olympic flame rehearsal
ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece -- Dark clouds briefly parted over the ancient birthplace of the Olympics on Wednesday, allowing organizers to carry out a dress rehearsal of the flame-lighting ceremony for the Athens Games.

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.

Athens completes main Olympic security exercise

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.

Athens completes main Olympic security exercise
ATHENS, Greece -- Greece completed its main Olympic security exercise - involving U.S. commandos and top security officials from the United States, Britain and Israel - after simulating a chemical attack and hijackings, the government said Wednesday.

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.

United States beats Spain in qualifying tournament
AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- Kate Barber, Tracey Fuchs and April Fronzoni scored to lead the United States women's field hockey team to a 3-0 win over Spain on Wednesday at the Olympic qualifying tournament.

Final preparations for Olympic flame ceremony

Dark clouds part briefly during Olympic flame rehearsal

United States beats Russia in qualifying tournament

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.

CIA anti-terror director meets with Olympic organizers

Olympic security puts makeshift mosques under microscope

United States beats Spain in qualifying tournament

Kirk has costume trouble in opening round

Welcome back, Serena! Williams returns to court

New Jersey regulators uphold Spinks victory

Prep spring sports

Injury-plagued Ivanisevic tries to mount another comeback

USTA event will become kid-friendly tournament

Roy Jones Jr. named new HBO commentator

Overtime

UNC settles part of 1998 lawsuit from soccer player

New address, new outlook for Clint Mathis

Prep sports

Player's boasting propels Aquinas

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Americans raise hopes for medal

Kwan tumbles in a weak performance
DORTMUND, Germany - Michelle Kwan got off to a wobbly start Wednesday in her bid to become the first American skater to win six world figure skating titles.

Kirk has costume trouble in opening round
DORTMUND, Germany -- U.S. figure skater Jenny Kirk hung on by a thread - or at least her costume did in the opening round of the world championships.

Prep sports
Area prep spring sports scores and results.

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 spring sports
Area spring sports score and results.

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.

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.

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.

Injury-plagued Ivanisevic tries to mount another comeback
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Goran Ivanisevic double-faulted four times in one game, twice blew leads in the second set and threw a ball off his forehead in exasperation.

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.

New address, new outlook for Clint Mathis
HANOVER, Germany -- The Mohawk is gone, but that's the least of the changes for Clint Mathis. The 27-year-old from Conyers, Ga., is living in Germany, thriving with his new team and testing himself as a soccer player like never before.

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.

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In Eagle, Colo., Kobe Bryant's accuser testified about her sex life for more than three hours Wednesday during a closed-door hearing that will determine whether any of the information can be introduced at the NBA star's rape trial.

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

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

USTA event will become kid-friendly tournament
Next week's Taylor Infiniti USTA Challenger Tournament might be for professional women tennis players, but The Club at Raes Creek, which is hosting the tournament, is making the event kid-friendly as well.

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.

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.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Quicksilver achieves Vocal Group of the Year award for bluegrass
There's a reason Doyle Lawson and his band, Quicksilver, have remained atop the bluegrass world for 25 years.

Hitmaker Frankie Valli joins hit men on 'The Sopranos'
For the better part of two decades, Frankie Valli rode the pop charts as a hitmaker with such songs as "Sherry," "Walk Like a Man," "Rag Doll" and the theme song from "Grease."

Reality games dominate Nielsens list on week filled with reruns

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.

Veteran CNN reporter Martin Savidge jumps to NBC News

Horror of Rwandan genocide recreated in HBO film

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.

Philadelphia is back in 'The Real World'

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.

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.

NBC's 'Frasier' cast tapes last episode with cheers, toasts

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.

Hitmaker Frankie Valli joins hit men on 'The Sopranos'

Cable industry to provide channel-blocking equipment for free

NBC's 'Frasier' cast tapes last episode with cheers, toasts
LOS ANGELES -- Hugs, champagne toasts and snippets of poetry marked the filming of the last episode of NBC's "Frasier" after a remarkable 11-year run.

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Georgia coach pursues national title - again

Georgia coach pursues national title - again
ATHENS, Ga. -- Andy Landers leans back in his chair, managing a defiant smile as he ponders the question that always seems to pop up this time of year.

Television has certainly colored many people's perception of life's realities
In 1954, a few months after the first experimental color broadcast of the Rose Bowl Parade, the first commercially available color television sets appeared on the market.

Comedy of hapless French detective is gathered into new DVD collection
The Pink Panther movies exemplify the credo "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."

Movie remakes require originality to succeed
Oh vanity, thy name is Hollywood. It takes a certain kind of conceit to see a classic film and then, as a maker of movies, decide that (a) you can do it better or (b) you can do it just as well in your own particular style. Film history is filled with examples of remakes, more often poor than praiseworthy.

The brothers Coen are the cinematic geniuses
Joel and Ethan Coen love to laugh at murder. Likewise, the famous filmmakers have been known to chuckle or guffaw at incidents of infidelity, the occasional kidnapping, confidence schemes and the odd underdog who, despite best efforts, stays under.

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

Romania's rugby team might have been drugged

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Woman, 75, bought nearly a dozen cars with bad checks, police say

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