'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.

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.

Galleries

Anti-Bush books continue to sell

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

Anti-Bush books continue to sell
NEW YORK -- Newsmaking allegations, White House rebuttals and a ready audience for anti-Bush books have helped make Richard A. Clarke's "Against All Enemies" a big best seller, publishing officials say.

'Moon' is a dizzying mix of arts, culture

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

Hudson's game sees rebound

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.

Phillies claim catcher Hernandez

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.

Expos edge out Orioles

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.

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.

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

Rodriguez says his cheek is fine
TAMPA, Fla. -With a welt under his eye but his swing as sweet as ever, Alex Rodriguez expects no lingering problems from getting hit in the cheek by a baseball.

At 39, Surhoff seeks to stretch his career

McGriff reassigned to minor league camp

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.

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.

Less debate, more soothing helps a marriage

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.

Trucker, reaching to answer cell phone, drives off bridge
CLARKS FERRY, Pa. -- A trucker reaching to answer his cell phone drove his rig off a bridge and plunged 60 feet into the Susquehanna River, state police said. The driver crawled out his submerged cab to safety.

'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
CREIGHTON, Neb. -- It took a while, but members of the Congregational Baptist United Church of Christ in Creighton have paid off a debt - one that that dates back to 1883.

Player who blamed coach for eating disorder wins $1.5 million
TRENTON, N.J. -- A former high school basketball player who says she developed an eating disorder after her coach asked her to lose 10 pounds won $1.5 million from a jury.

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

Braves get Cubs' Cruz
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. The trade that brought hard-throwing pitcher Juan Cruz to the Braves on Thursday was as much about Antonio Alfonseca's disappointing spring as it was about Cruz's potential.

Braves send Branyan, five others to minors
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Atlanta Braves assigned six players to the minors on Thursday, including pitching prospect Jose Capellan and power-hitting infielder Russell Branyan.

Braves send Branyan, five others to minors

Braves get Cubs' Cruz

Trio of newcomers hope to silence their doubters

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.

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 .

European Union hits Microsoft with record fine

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.

Analyst: HP move could change Microsoft strategy

Some businesses blame Do Not Call list for dip in sales

Owners must track use of SUV for tax loophole

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.

Economy grows at solid 4.1 percent pace

Help-wanted advertising rises slightly in February
NEW YORK (Dow Jones/AP) - Help-wanted advertising has improved slightly in the last few months, reversing a year of declines, a private research group said Thursday.

Lawmakers discuss cable regulations

High-priced gasoline does not yield profits

Shareholders reject executive pay limits

European Union hits Microsoft with record fine

Microsoft concedes misstep in search technology

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.

Microsoft concedes misstep in search technology
REDMOND, Wash. -- When Microsoft Corp. entered the Internet browser war in the 1990s, Netscape Navigator was the early leader and Microsoft's Internet Explorer the late-blooming upstart.

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.

Comcast to buy TechTV, merge it with G4 games network
LOS ANGELES -- Comcast Corp. has signed an agreement to buy the TechTV cable network from billionaire Paul Allen's Vulcan Programming Inc., the company said Thursday.

Growth report boosts stocks

Economy grows at solid 4.1 percent pace
WASHINGTON -- America's economic recovery ended 2003 on a good note, growing at a solid 4.1 percent annual rate, and is expected to do even better in the opening quarter of this year.

Day 6: Tyco jurors request more time

Greenspan: farm productivity has helped consumers around world
WASHINGTON -- By pursuing innovative methods to grow crops and raise livestock, U.S. farmers have generated huge productivity gains that have given Americans and consumers around the world more food choices at lower prices, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Thursday.

Petrol pinch influences theft

Graybill, Blanchard form one brokerage
Augusta's two largest commercial real estate brokerages have joined forces.

Analyst: HP move could change Microsoft strategy
SALT LAKE CITY -- Hewlett-Packard Co. says it is yielding to large clients' demands and expanding Linux distribution - a decision that could force Microsoft to reconsider some of its corporate pricing for Windows.

Growth report boosts stocks
NEW YORK - A solid reading on the economy gave investors some badly needed reassurance Thursday, propelling the Dow Jones industrials up 170 points and the Nasdaq composite index up 3 percent. Analysts were divided over whether the rally signaled an end to Wall Street's correction or was simply fueled by bargain-hunting.

Business briefs

Japan's government debt reaches record high in December

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

Shareholders reject executive pay limits
NORTH HAVEN, Conn. - Tyco International shareholders overwhelmingly rejected proposals to move the scandal-tainted conglomerate's incorporation back to the United States and to strictly limit executive compensation - both moves the company opposed.

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.

Some businesses blame Do Not Call list for dip in sales
It looks like the National Do Not Call Registry, which has been wildly popular with consumers, is starting to take a toll on companies that rely on telemarketing for a good chunk of sales.

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.

Owners must track use of SUV for tax loophole
Dr. David Carter's 2002 Hummer H2 is a legitimate business expense. The dentist uses the monstrous vehicle to cart young patients from school to his office and back.

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.

Day 6: Tyco jurors request more time
NEW YORK -- Jurors continued deliberations Thursday in the trial of two former Tyco International executives accused of looting the company of $600 million, although a note from the panel indicated a verdict was not yet in sight.

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.

Production up for most Japanese automakers
TOKYKO -- Worldwide production rose at Japanese automakers Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co. in February but slipped at Mazda Motor Corp. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp., the companies said Thursday.

Help-wanted advertising rises slightly in February

Japan's government debt reaches record high in December
TOKYO -- Japan's government debts climbed to a record high 670.12 trillion yen ($6.32 trillion) as of December 2003, according to data disclosed Thursay by the Ministry of Finance.

Greenspan: farm productivity has helped consumers around world

Apple postpones iPod mini's foreign release; demand high
NEW YORK -- Apple Computer Inc. said Thursday it has postponed the overseas launch of the smaller version of its iPod music player, citing unexpectedly strong U.S. demand since the product's launch last month.

Lawmakers discuss cable regulations
WASHINGTON - Senators said Thursday they will consider new regulations for cable television unless the industry addresses soaring prices and allows consumers more channel choices.

High cost increases drive-offs

Colorado football accuser's diary entries published

Auburn coach says farewell retires

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.

Auburn coach says farewell retires
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn is looking for a second basketball coach.

Oregon advances to semis

Report: Women's Sweet 16 teams have better students then men

Tough training prepared UAB for postseason

Coming up short

Elite Status: Huskies move on to next round

Loss ends ASU's record season

Vandy's Freije enjoying the NCAA ride

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

Syracuse a surprise in '04

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.

Small favor
With Congress looking over its shoulder, Cable TV suddenly wants to do you a favor.

High hopes, low stoops

Not a lick of leniency

Let this kid run
Did you know that the letters on your typing keyboard were arranged in such a way as to slow you down? Seems the first typewriters jammed easily - so the letters were rearranged to slow down the keys.

'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.

Not a lick of leniency
Clip this editorial and save it. Go ahead, get some scissors. We'll wait.

Small favor

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.

People in the News
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. -- Eminem's ex-wife was back behind bars after Macomb County authorities said she dropped out of a court-ordered drug treatment program.

Veil of secrecy thrown over Jackson's grand jury participants
LOS ANGELES -- On the eve of grand jury proceedings in the Michael Jackson molestation case, a judge barred pictures or communication with any prospective or final panelists, or grand jury witnesses.

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.

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.

Queen of Soul released from Detroit-area hospital
DETROIT -- Aretha Franklin was released from the hospital Wednesday after being treated for an allergic reaction to antibiotics.

Clubbin'
We need publicity photos of local bands. Don't have your own photos? Local bands can have photos made for use in Applause. Call Steven Uhles at (706) 823-3626 to set up an appointment.

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.

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

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.

Exercise guru Richard Simmons cited for slapping man
PHOENIX -- Exercise guru Richard Simmons allegedly slapped a man who made a sarcastic remark about one of his videos, police said.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

George Carlin returns to movie actor dream
LOS ANGELES -- George Carlin could use a few of his famous seven dirty words to criticize some of his movie performances. No one is harder on the veteran comic's early screen work than himself.

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

Stuff to do
The 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.

Swatch profits edged down 0.4 percent in 2003
BIEL, Switzerland -- Swatch, the world's largest watchmaker, said Thursday its 2003 net profit edged down 0.4 percent although results improved in the second half in a trend that has continued through the early part of this year.

Federal jury in Las Vegas indicts anti-tax pitchman Irwin Schiff

Money funds fell in latest week
NEW YORK -- Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell by $3.12 billion in the latest week to $883.36 billion, the Investment Company Institute said Thursday.

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.

A status report on Wall Street's major indexes

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.

Report says 1.1 million will deplete state unemployment benefits
WASHINGTON -- Some 1.1 million people will exhaust their state unemployment benefits by month's end with no access to federal benefits, a liberal think tank says.

Money funds fell in latest week

Tokyo stocks close up, dollar down against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks rose Thursday as bargain hunters picked up shares in banks and other sectors expected to benefit from stronger economic growth in Japan. The U.S. dollar was down against the Japanese yen.

Tokyo stocks close up, dollar down against yen

Report says 1.1 million will deplete state unemployment benefits

A status report on Wall Street's major indexes
Strong gross domestic product figures released Thursday gave stocks some of their biggest one-day gains of the year as investors got some much-needed reassurance about the state of the economy.

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.

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

Consumers victimized by credit counseling companies, report finds

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.

Stocks surge on economic growth reading
NEW YORK -- A solid reading on the economy gave investors some badly needed reassurance Thursday, propelling the Dow Jones industrials up 170 points and the Nasdaq composite index up 3 percent. But analysts were divided over whether the rally signaled an end to Wall Street's correction or was simply fueled by bargain-hunting.

Warmer weather means fish should be biting
This week's cold snap is his-tory and the fish (hybrids, largemouths, crappies) whose bite slowed down ought to be up and feeding by this weekend.

Fishing tournament news and results

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

Warmer weather means fish should be biting

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.

Jackets focus on Snyder
ST. LOUIS - Georgia Tech has had no trouble stopping its opponents' No. 1 scoring threat through two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

Scott stays dry, holds lead
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - At this rate, it might not be long before people start saying Tiger Woods swings like Adam Scott.

Sorenstam's Grand Slam goal gets an early test

Teen leading, but not Wie
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - Annika Sorenstam stumbled at the start Thursday in her bid to win all four major LPGA Tour titles in a year, leaving her well behind a teenager who played in the Kraft Nabisco Championship when she was only 13.

Tiger's struggles continue

Tiger's struggles continue
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Tiger Woods followed the flight of his ball as it descended toward the flag on the island-green 17th, anxious to see how his best swing of the day would turn out.

Teen leading, but not Wie

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.

Scott stays dry, holds lead

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.

Predators best Rangers

Predators best Rangers
NEW YORK -- Andreas Johansson snapped a third-period tie, and the Nashville Predators moved into seventh place in the Western Conference with their team-record 35th win Thursday night, 4-2 over the New York Rangers.

Islanders ground Flyers
PHILADELPHIA -- Wade Dubielewicz had five minutes to mentally prepare for his first NHL action. It worked out better that way.

Red Wings blanch Avalanche
DENVER -- Manny Legace stopped 35 shots for his third shutout and Detroit scored twice in the final 2 1/2 minutes.

Islanders ground Flyers

Maple Leafs defeat Bruins
BOSTON -- Ed Belfour came to the right place for another shutout.

Hurricanes edge out Panthers

Hurricanes edge out Panthers
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Trailing by two goals against a sharp goalie, the Carolina Hurricanes kept firing shots and crashing the net.

Maple Leafs defeat Bruins

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Less debate, more soothing helps a marriage
People are always talking about the secret to a successful marriage. I say it's no secret.

Cartoon was just free expression

Democrats' hypocrisy is nothing new
Gloria R. Greenbaum's letter to the editor ("McKee cartoon was a shameful attack, March 19) is filled with the lies and hypocrisy we have come to associate with Democrat liberals. Don Christian, Hephzibah

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.

Did McKee drawing lack something?
Criticism of Rick McKee's recent editorial-cartoon depicting John Kerry and Osama bin Laden (March 18) is unwarranted. If anything was lacking, it was the inclusion of Jane Fonda looking over Mr. Kerry's shoulder! David E. Greenfield, Augusta

Cartoon was just free expression
I applaude the decision of The Augusta Chronicle and Editorial Page Editor Michael Ryan for their refusal to apologize for Rick McKee's cartoon. James Burcham, Hephzibah

Trade plan presents potential danger

Cartoon is an ethical affront
Any honest, fair-minded person, regardless of political affiliation, should be totally stunned and repelled that a newspaper would endorse, by publishing, the scurrilous and libelous "cartoon" by Rick McKee that links U.S. Sen. John Kerry with such an evil terrorist as Osama bin Laden. Paul and Mary Ann Shuss, Aiken

Cartoon is an ethical affront

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.

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

Government halts Internet identity theft scam

Health and fitness calendar

Study partly blames widely used sweetener for rise in obesity

Color TV turns 50

Breast cancer proves vexing

Scientists testing national park snow for airborne pollution

Diet has people eating their food uncooked

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

Event calendar

Government warns paintball gun users while it investigates two deaths

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.

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.

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.

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

Study partly blames widely used sweetener for rise in obesity
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Researchers say they've found more evidence of a link between a rapid rise in obesity and a corn product used to sweeten soft drinks and food since the 1970s.

Event calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

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.

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

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.

Diet has people eating their food uncooked
Some diets say give up calories, others carbohydrates, but the latest cart on the healthy-living bandwagon asks passengers to give up heat.

Breast cancer proves vexing
WASHINGTON - Women often are told it's the earliest form of breast cancer, but it acts more like pre-cancer - a growth in the milk ducts called DCIS. Diagnosed in more than 55,000 women a year, it's vexing to treat.

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.

Lynx play for pride, jobs

Lynx play for pride, jobs
The Augusta Lynx might have been mathematically eliminated from making the ECHL playoffs, but players still have plenty to play for in their final seven games.

Officials identify victims
McDuffie County emergency officials on Thursday identified the two people killed in a Wednesday afternoon fire.

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

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."

Across South Carolina

Club's parking request fails
After several opinions were lobbed back and forth concerning a west Augusta tennis clubhouse expansion, Augusta's Planning Commission voted Thursday to deny a parking variance for the development, effectively delaying its completion by six months.

Officials identify victims

Workers rush to beautify Augusta
Masters Week springs eternal in Augusta, and city workers are getting the old girl presentable once again.

News you can use

Tip leads to capture of kidnapping suspect
ANDERSON, S.C. - A fast-food restaurant customer's sharp eye led to the arrest of a Williamston man Thursday in the kidnapping of a 7-year-old boy who was found safe after an Amber Alert was issued.

Jail threat is reducing absenteeism

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A man faces a murder charge for a death during a "pumping party" where industrial-grade silicone was injected into the victim's body as a cosmetic procedure.

Around town

12th District Democratic candidates debate issues
ATHENS, Ga. - Young Democrats ask two basic questions of the four men running to represent the 12th District in the U.S. House of Representatives: Who can beat incumbent Max Burns and who will be the most effective in Washington?

New maps switch lawmakers

Congressmen ask for money for terminal
Two congressmen have made a request for $20 million for the construction of a new terminal at Augusta Regional Airport, the Augusta Aviation Commission announced Thursday.

Kid of the day

Clyburn's ownership was never reported
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., did not, as required, disclose participation in a business partnership which in part backs nearly $2 million in real estate loans, The Sun News reported Thursday.

GOP Senate hopeful expects runoff

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

Women charged with assault in separate stabbing cases

12th District Democratic candidates debate issues

Plea deal sends father to prison

Balancing act
Mike Rogers with R.W. Paint works on the dance hall building at the Savannah Rapids Park & Pavilion.

Clyburn's ownership was never reported

Number of fatal accidents rises
AIKEN - The encouraging news of last year's drop in fatal traffic accidents in South Carolina is fading fast, with 2004 now on pace to have 200 more road deaths than 2003.

Traffic clogs neighborhood

Officials look into fraud on Internet
Richmond County sheriff's investigators and the U.S. Secret Service are looking into a local Internet fraud case that might have international ties, officials said Thursday.

Family mourns loss of legend
Family and friends filled a small Lincoln County church Thursday to say goodbye to Roy "Pop" Lewis, patriarch of The Lewis Family musical group.

Rants and raves
THIS IS AN APPEAL to our local newspaper, The Augusta Chronicle. Every day, the paper is full of one group who hates Bush and another group who hates Kerry. I know you have heard the phrase "the pen is mightier than the sword." What a wonderful opportunity you and other newspapers of this country have to bring our country together and help to restore the patriotism we once had. Please help to unite this country instead of helping to divide it.

Afternoon accident
Columbia County emergency workers help Joseph Owens (front) who, along with a passenger, was flung from a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle when a Chevrolet Camaro hit him on Washington Road on Thursday.

Vote failure delays HOPE negotiations
ATLANTA - Negotiations on the future of the popular HOPE Scholarship were delayed Thursday after the Senate fell one vote short in its effort to send the legislation to a House-Senate conference committee.

Man gets jail term in murder conviction
AIKEN - A 22-year-old Aiken man will be 67 before he is released from prison after being convicted Thursday of a 2001 murder in Beech Island.

Traffic clogs neighborhood
It's 1:30 p.m. on a Wednesday, and in a matter of five minutes, 45 cars pass in front of Hayward Johnson's house at the intersection of Kings Chapel and Crane Ferry roads in west Augusta.

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Across the area
The anticipated layoff of 300 Savannah River Site employees won't take place until next week, an official at the federal nuclear reservation said Thursday.

Tip leads to capture of kidnapping suspect

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.

Workers rush to beautify Augusta

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."

Balancing act

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Aysa Emani Gilliam, 9 months, of Augusta.

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.

Officials look into fraud on Internet

Hospital unveils new plan
It is more than a new entrance or a four-story tower for treating heart disease - it's a new way of doing business, University Hospital officials said.

Schools push higher learning

Grad students may attend two schools
It took four years of negotiation, but graduate students at Medical College of Georgia and the University of Georgia will soon be able to take courses at either school.

Senate approves proposal

Schools push higher learning
RIDGE SPRING - Ati'ya Padgett, 18, will graduate from Ridge Spring-Monetta High School in May and head to the University of South Carolina Aiken to earn a pre-law degree, but more than half of her classmates will stay behind and go straight to work or the rough discipline of Uncle Sam's armed forces.

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.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - The death of a man critically injured in a car wreck as he was being rushed to a hospital with a gunshot wound has been ruled a homicide.

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.

Schools push higher learning

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.

Bill on adoption heads to Senate
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Unmarried couples who live together could not adopt children or be foster parents under a bill headed to the Senate floor.

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.

20 pupils win spots at pre-K drawing
Christina Pollard's name was the 13th pulled from the box.

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.

Candidates propose unlikely bill
AIKEN - If two Republican U.S. Senate candidates - one from Georgia, one from South Carolina - have their way, the nation's constitutional systems of checks and balances will change.

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.

Panel backs maps
ATLANTA - A three-judge federal panel gave its final approval Thursday to the state's new legislative districts, effectively throwing several lawmakers out of office and setting up a bounty of competitive races for this fall's elections.

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.

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.

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.

Grad students may attend two schools

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

Club's parking request fails

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.

Senate approves proposal
ATLANTA - The Senate overwhelmingly adopted a 2005 state budget proposal Thursday that would restore some of the cuts in health care and education recommended by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

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

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.

Motorists, look out for insurance letter

Candidates propose unlikely bill

News you can use
March 26, 1943 A lone bandit armed with a "shiny" revolver staged a daylight robbery at the Bell Finance Co. office, on the second floor of the Lamar Building, shortly before 6 o'clock yesterday and walked out with about $488, police say.

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Around town
Heather Hunt of MCG's demonstrates a computer based radiology information system during the medical college's second annual technology fair at Greenblatt Library on campus Thursday.

Kid of the day

Number of fatal accidents rises

Vote failure delays HOPE negotiations

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.

Panel backs maps

Congressmen ask for money for terminal

SRS layoffs touch many jobs

Report is vague on posts' future

Afternoon accident

Aiken Tech helps job hunters

News you can use

Discovery may gain funds

Hospital unveils new plan

Across the area

Police say man set fire in home

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.

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.

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

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

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.

At the Movies: 'The Ladykillers'

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."

At the Movies: 'Jersey Girl'

'Spider-Man 2' picks up the pace with June 30 debut
LAS VEGAS -- Feel that prickly sensation on the back of your neck? It must be your spider sense telling you the year's hottest sequel is arriving sooner than expected.

At the Movies: 'Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed'
No dog puns to start off this review of "Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed." No exclamations of "Jinkies!" or "Zoinks!" or even the easiest (and most appropriate) of all, "Ruh-roh!"

At the Movies: 'Dogville'
Lars Von Trier has come to bury America, not to praise it, with "Dogville," the Danish director's first film in a trilogy about a country he's never set foot in and has said he's afraid to visit.

At the Movies: 'Dogville'

At the Movies: 'Jersey Girl'
If Kevin Smith was trying to make his minions feel like they were in on the in-jokes with "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back," he must be trying to alienate them entirely with "Jersey Girl."

'Spider-Man 2' picks up the pace with June 30 debut

At the Movies: 'The Ladykillers'
"The Ladykillers" looks like a Coen brothers movie, with its inventive camera angles and magical imagery from Roger Deakins, the genius cinematographer who also shot the Coens' "Fargo," "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" and "The Man Who Wasn't There," among many others.

At the Movies: 'Never Die Alone'
"This is not a rap video or a Quentin Tarantino movie," a woman says in "Never Die Alone," scolding her aspiring writer-boyfriend for living in urban squalor and passing it off as research. "It's real life."

At the Movies: 'Never Die Alone'

Janet Jackson outdoes her Super Bowl performance with new album

Michael Jackson's children's foundation now virtually defunct

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.

Performer and musician Fred Rogers remembered in music

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.<

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.

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

Britney Spears' 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.

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

Usher demonstrates maturity on his new disc, 'Confessions'

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.

Performer and musician Fred Rogers remembered in music
PITTSBURGH -- In Fred Rogers' neighborhood, the show always began and ended with a smile and a song.

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."

Keith receives four CMT Flameworthy nominations

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

Keith receives four CMT Flameworthy nominations
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Toby Keith received a leading four nominations for Country Music Television's Flameworthy Video Music Awards, while Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts and Alan Jackson picked up three each.

Martinsville is small yet unique

Racing tires make NASCAR go round and round

'Field fillers' invade NASCAR

'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.

Bristol Food City 500

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.

Silver screen to silver scream

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

Talladega: Simply intimidating

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

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

End is in sight for dispute

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

NASCAR newsmaker Rusty Wallace

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.

Iverson, Jackson inactive for game against Suns

Kobe Bryant faces accuser for first time in court

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.

Bryant accuser urges trial date in rape case; mother says teen lives in fear
EAGLE, Colo. -- The 19-year-old woman accusing Kobe Bryant of rape asked the judge Thursday to set a trial date so she can stop trying to outrun the media and perhaps put an end to the death threats she has received over the past nine months.

Bryant accuser urges trial date in rape case; mother says teen lives in fear

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.

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.

Elite Status: Huskies move on to next round
PHOENIX - Connecticut hit from outside, pounded the ball inside and just plain dominated Vanderbilt most of the night.

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.

Tough training prepared UAB for postseason
ST. LOUIS - A few days in coach Mike Anderson's grueling conditioning program, and Mo Finley wondered if basketball at Alabama-Birmingham was really worth this kind of pain.

Report: Women's Sweet 16 teams have better students then men
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Nine of the 16 teams remaining in the NCAA women's basketball tournament have a higher graduation rate than that of the top squad still competing in the men's bracket, according to a survey released Thursday.

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.

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

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

Late run lifts Cowboys
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Oklahoma State took Pittsburgh's pushes, shoves and banging for 33 minutes and then delivered a knockout blow that sent longtime coach Eddie Sutton to his sixth regional final.

Oregon advances to semis
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Luke Jackson scored the final six points of the game for Oregon, and Andre Joseph led the Ducks with 16 points in a 65-61 victory Thursday over Notre Dame in the NIT quarterfinals.

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.

Mr. Purvis Hewitt, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Sheryl Swain    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Vivian Ray    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mrs. Erma Thomas    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Anisa Moore    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Carrie Butler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Emma Corker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Dr. Jerry Newman    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Ms. Collie Easton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. J. Neal Farris    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. C. Goode Lott    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
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Mr. Dewayne Lowe    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Cora Tucker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Carl Langley Jr.    (BURNETTOWN, S.C.)
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Mr. John Smith, Sr.    (MARTIN, S.C.)
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Mr. John Jeblee Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. John Reynolds    (DAVISBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Virginia Hough    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Jesse Radford, Sr.    (BYRON, Ga.)
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Mr. Purvis Hewitt, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Carrie Parker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Jeremy Hendley    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mr. Leroy Haynes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Miss Antiscia Marshall    (APPLING, Ga.)
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Mrs. Eva Goolsby    (NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.)
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Ms. Collie Easton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Rev. Samuel Bussey    (APPLING, Ga.)
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Mr. Clinton Brown Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Jesse Radford, Sr. (BYRON, Ga.)

Mrs. Judy Hicks (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Tommy Williamson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Purvis Hewitt, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Purvis Hewitt, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clinton Brown Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Sheryl Swain (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Schauer (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mr. Carl Langley Jr. (BURNETTOWN, S.C.)

Mr. Allie Carpenter, Jr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Jerry Gable (PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.)

Mr. John Jeblee Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Estella Goodwin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Carl Langley Jr. (BURNETTOWN, S.C.)

Mrs. Vivian Ray (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Frank Schipani (MARIETTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cora Tucker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dr. Jerry Newman (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Woodrow Parrish (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leroy Haynes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Parker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Williams (SHARON, Ga.)

Ms. Collie Easton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Beauford Golphin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clinton Brown Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Virginia Hough (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Lena Johnson (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jeremy Hendley (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Bryant Beasley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Woodrow Parrish (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Emma Corker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harold Zellner (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. John Reynolds (DAVISBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Floydia Zellars (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Brown (McCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. Jesse Robinson (MESQUITE, Texas)

Mr. Neal Farris (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Ms. Leulla Haynes (WRENS, Ga.)

Ms. Joyce Lewis (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Estella Goodwin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Smith, Sr. (MARTIN, S.C.)

Mr. Bryant Beasley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Daniel Alexander (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. J. Neal Farris (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Gardner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Eugenia Marshall (APPLING, Ga.)

Rev. Samuel Bussey (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Murtie Davis (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Olive Cagle (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hazel Davis (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Anisa Moore (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Grossenbacher (BIG CANOE, Ga.)

Mrs. Annette Whetstone (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Leaphart (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Genie Laird (DANVILLE, Ill.)

Mr. Dewayne Lowe (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Coleman (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Earlis McNair (DEARING, Ga.)

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.

U.S. swimmer suspended for refusing drug test

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.

Athens completes main Olympic security exercise

Dark clouds part briefly during Olympic flame rehearsal

United States beats Spain in qualifying tournament

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.

Flame to burn at Athens Games lit in birthplace of Olympics

Flame to burn at Athens Games lit in birthplace of Olympics
ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece -- The flame that will burn at the Athens Games was lit Thursday amid the ruins of the ancient sanctuary where the Olympics were born 2,780 years ago.

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.

Injury-plagued Ivanisevic tries to mount another comeback

Kirk has costume trouble in opening round

High costs keep testing out of most high school districts

Prep spring sports scores

Overtime

New address, new outlook for Clint Mathis

USTA event will become kid-friendly tournament

Players of the week

Plushenko wins gold at World Figure Skating Championship

Overtime

Prep spring sports

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.

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.

Players of the week
This week's players of the week are Austin Ducey of Westside and Jamie Lake of Lakeside.

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.

Overtime
In Denver, running back Garrison Hearst agreed to a terms with the Broncos.

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.

Prep spring sports scores
Here are the scores from various area spring sports events.

Overtime
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.

Plushenko wins gold at World Figure Skating Championship
DORTMUND, Germany -- Russian Evgeni Plushenko won the men's title at the World Figure Skating Championships on Thursday, defeating French rival Brian Joubert with a technically daring program.

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Area spring sports score and results.

High costs keep testing out of most high school districts
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - High schools nationwide are struggling with rising steroid use, not just among football linemen battling for college scholarships but also among non-athletes who think bigger biceps will make them more popular.

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.

Stadium deal would bring pro football back to New York City
NEW YORK -- City and state officials announced a deal Thursday for a $1.4 billion stadium on Manhattan's West Side that would be home to the New York Jets and anchor New York's bid for the 2012 summer Olympics.

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.

Federal jury in Las Vegas indicts anti-tax pitchman Irwin Schiff
LAS VEGAS -- A federal grand jury indicted an anti-tax author and two others Wednesday for helping thousands of taxpayers file bogus returns.

Americans find that e-filing makes taxes less taxing
NEW YORK -- Jenniffer Scheideler filed her income taxes electronically for the first time this year and found it fast and fun.

A&E Network begins production on 'Growing Up Gotti'
NEW YORK -- Mob daughter and author Victoria Gotti, described as a cross between Carmela Soprano and Danielle Steele, will be the subject of a new TV series on the A&E Network.

A&E Network begins production on 'Growing Up Gotti'

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

'Dateline NBC' pulling out all the stops for Donald Trump
NEW YORK -- "Dateline NBC" plans roughly two hours of stories about "The Apprentice" surrounding its finale next month, including a profile of star Donald Trump.

'Dateline NBC' pulling out all the stops for Donald Trump

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.

Rankings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of March 15-21. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

Rankings for basic cable networks

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."

Hitmaker Frankie Valli joins hit men on 'The Sopranos'

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Queen of Soul released from Detroit-area hospital

George Carlin returns to movie actor dream

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Documentary shows the stress Townshend suffered while being questioned about child porn

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Veil of secrecy thrown over Jackson's grand jury participants

Spotlight: Blake Shelton

Exercise guru Richard Simmons cited for slapping man

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New entertainment complex opens

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.

Georgia coach pursues national title - again

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.

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.

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."

Odds and Ends

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

'At the end of the day' name most irritating cliche

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Player who blamed coach for eating disorder wins $1.5 million