Kent Nagano extends stay at Berlin's German Symphony Orchestra
BERLIN -- Kent Nagano has agreed to stay on as a guest director at the German Symphony Orchestra for two years after he steps down as principal conductor in 2006, the Berlin ensemble said Friday.

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.

Anti-Bush books continue to sell

Straining for laughs on the Twentieth Century Limited
NEW YORK -- There is a lot of huffing and puffing on stage, and it's not just because the latest Broadway production from the Roundabout Theatre Company is set on the Twentieth Century Limited, the sleek luxury train that once traveled between Chicago and New York.

'Dracula,' a musical version, to open on Broadway in August
NEW YORK -- "Dracula" sings. A musical version of the Bram Stoker horror classic will open Aug. 5 at Broadway's Belasco Theatre. Casting will be announced shortly.

Kent Nagano extends stay at Berlin's German Symphony Orchestra

Giants beat Athletics

Urbina, Tigers reach one-year deal for $3.5 million
Free-agent closer Ugueth Urbina and the Detroit Tigers reached agreement on a $3.5 million, one-year deal Friday that reunited him with former Florida catcher Ivan Rodriguez.

Royals top Brewers
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Chris George had a chance Friday to help his chances at earning a spot in the Kansas City rotation, but instead had a poor showing in the Royals' 8-7 victory over a Milwaukee Brewers split squad.

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.

Urbina, Tigers reach one-year deal for $3.5 million

Injury list grows for Kansas City
SURPRISE, Ariz. - All-Star first baseman Mike Sweeney and promising left-hander Jimmy Gobble are the latest Kansas City Royals to be slowed by injuries.

No translation needed: Yankees, Devil Rays fight jet jag as they arrive in Japan

Home-run robbery highlights victory
That's what his catch meant in the Razorbacks' 5-1 victory.

Giants beat Athletics
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The San Francisco Giants are impressed with their new catcher.

No translation needed: Yankees, Devil Rays fight jet jag as they arrive in Japan
TOKYO -- Nothing lost in translation here.

Angels edge out Padres
TEMPE, Ariz. -- John Lackey had another rough outing Friday, allowing five earned runs in four innings of Anaheim's 9-8 victory over the San Diego Padres.

Less debate, more soothing helps a marriage

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.

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.

Reindeer herders building drive-in theater for snowmobiles
OSLO, Norway -- The Sami reindeer herders of Norway's Arctic are building a snowmobile drive-in theater using, of course, the tundra's most plentiful winter resource: snow.

Odds and Ends
WEST POINT, Utah -- A woman has accused a northern Utah city of trying to sweep her topless maid business out of town.

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.

Braves get Cubs' Cruz

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 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

Late rally propels Braves past Tribe
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Damon Hollins hit a three-run homer, and Jaret Wright threw six shutout innings to help the Atlanta Braves to a 7-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.

Braves get Reitsma from Reds
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The turnstile in the Atlanta Braves bullpen spun again Friday with a second trade in 24 hours.

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.

Owners must track use of SUV for tax loophole

Dentists to get $6.25 million in settlement with Aetna over slow payments
MIAMI -- Aetna would pay $6.25 million to settle a lawsuit by the nation's dentists alleging that the insurance company underpaid and slowly paid claims, under a plan given preliminary approval by a judge Friday.

Lawmakers discuss cable regulations

Microsoft concedes misstep in search technology

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.

Consumer spending rises by 0.2 percent in February
WASHINGTON --Consumers, a key force shaping the economic recovery, were more restrained in February, increasing their spending by only 0.2 percent.

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.

Greenspan: farm productivity has helped consumers around world

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.

Growth report boosts stocks

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.

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.

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.

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.

Day 6: Tyco jurors request more time

EPA standards for fuel mileage stickers could change
WASHINGTON -- Within a couple of years, Americans could find the fuel-mileage estimates the government puts on new car and truck windows a little more sobering.

New oral HIV test gets feds' approval
WASHINGTON- On-the-spot testing for the AIDS virus is getting easier: The government has approved the first oral HIV test that gives results in 20 minutes.

Japan's government debt reaches record high in December

Owner reaches out to share island cuisine
For Antonio Mentis, relocating to Augusta 11 years ago was a decision that happened on a whim.

Analyst: HP move could change Microsoft strategy

Fuel efficiency may be updated
WASHINGTON - Within a couple of years, Americans could find the fuel-mileage estimates the government puts on new car and truck windows a little more sobering.

Economy grows at solid 4.1 percent pace

Business briefs
Fatz Cafe will open its first Georgia location Monday at the corner of Belair and Hereford Farm roads in Evans. The 212-seat bar and grill, part of the 22-store Taylors, S.C.-based chain, is managed by Augusta businessman Tom Clark.

Shareholders reject executive pay limits

Candidate vows to cut corporate taxes
DETROIT - Determined to counter President Bush's effort to portray him as a tax-raiser, Democrat John Kerry said Friday he would lower corporate taxes by 5 percent to promote job creation while eliminating tax incentives that send work overseas.

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.

Event's efforts pay off in area
No one wants a repeat of last year's Masters Tournament washout when downpours canceled Monday's practice round.

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.

Pricey gasoline annoys, but doesn't deter drivers
When the price of gasoline surges, two things are practically guaranteed: Motorists will bemoan the rising cost and, more tellingly, they'll drive as much as ever.

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

Department stores get an infusion of affordable fashions
NEW YORK -- There'll be plenty of Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren clothes in department stores this spring, but the famed designer labels will have a few new twists.

Help-wanted advertising rises slightly in February

'Compromised' Tyco jury sent home for weekend
NEW YORK -- The judge in the corporate-looting trial of two former Tyco International Ltd. executives sent jurors home for the weekend Friday after the panelists reported their deliberations were "irreparably compromised" by infighting.

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.

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.

'Compromised' Tyco jury sent home for weekend

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.

Pricey gasoline annoys, but doesn't deter drivers

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.

Consumer spending rises by 0.2 percent in February

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.

Department stores get an infusion of affordable fashions

Some businesses blame Do Not Call list for dip in sales

Owner reaches out to share island cuisine

Event's efforts pay off in area

Auburn coach says farewell retires

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

NCAA grants extra year of eligibility to Hnida
EdS: UPDATES with more Colorado background in final 2 grafs

Tennessee OK with curfew, adding parents on official visits

Tennessee OK with curfew, adding parents on official visits
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee coaches would support the NCAA imposing a curfew for prospects on official visits and allowing schools to also host recruits' parents.

NCAA grants extra year of eligibility to Hnida

Hawks' stars have support

Musketeers continue upset run in regional

Biggest challenge in front of Tide

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

Success might pay off for Jags

Oregon advances to semis

Tough training prepared UAB for postseason

Kansas blazes trail into Elite 8

Elite Status: Huskies move on to next round

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

Not a lick of leniency

Map reflects new terrain
When the landscape shifts significantly, it's time to make changes to your map.

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.

Small favor

Map reflects new terrain

Quit carving up history

Quit carving up history
In Iraq, they're fighting for freedom and security. In China, they're fighting for freedom and private property rights. All over the world, people are fighting for freedom and basic human rights.

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

New Yorkers act out favorite scenes at 'movieoke'
NEW YORK -- Remember the scene from "When Harry Met Sally ..." when Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan are sitting at the diner? Or when Jack Nicholson exclaims "You can't handle the truth!" to Tom Cruise in "A Few Good Men"?

Video best
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine.

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.

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.

Media access again issue in Michael Jackson molestation case
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Media access in the Michael Jackson child molestation case came to the forefront again as prospective grand jurors arrived at court.

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.

Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz end three-year relationship
LOS ANGELES -- Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz have ended their three-year relationship.

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.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES -- Kate Winslet thought she knew her way around water after shooting "Titanic."

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.

Tokyo stocks higher, dollar down against yen

Report says 1.1 million will deplete state unemployment benefits

Medicare permits 28 companies to offer discount drug cards

Bear market funds remained strong in first quarter

Dollar mixed, up against euro

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.

Money funds fell in latest week

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.

Bear market funds remained strong in first quarter
NEW YORK -- In a quarter where the year-long stock market rally ran out of steam, most stock mutual fund returns were minimal at best, with only a handful of fund categories, including small-cap, real estate and Asian funds, posting any meaningful results.

Tokyo stocks close up, dollar down against yen

Medicare permits 28 companies to offer discount drug cards
WASHINGTON -- Seniors can get help finding the best prescription drug discount card for their needs beginning next month, when Medicare expects to release detailed information about the costs of approved programs.

Rally falls apart, but stocks up for the week
NEW YORK -- Wall Street's rally lost momentum amid profit-taking Friday, leaving stocks narrowly lower but still allowing the Dow Jones industrials and Nasdaq composite index to reverse a two-week downward trend.

Expensive gas is a nuisance, but not a deterrent to drive

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.

Big Movers in the Stock Market
NEW YORK -- Stocks that were moving substantially or trading heavily Friday 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.

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.

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
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.

Expensive gas is a nuisance, but not a deterrent to drive
When the price of gasoline surges, two things are practically guaranteed: motorists will bemoan the rising cost and, more tellingly, they'll drive as much as ever.

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

Tokyo stocks higher, dollar down against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo's benchmark stock index surged to a 21-month high Friday as investors, encouraged by strength on Wall Street, snapped up shares in technology companies and export-related sectors. The U.S. dollar was lower against the Japanese yen.

Dollar mixed, up against euro
NEW YORK - The dollar posted a full recovery from early weakness against the euro Friday after renewed speculation that the European Central Bank could cut interest rates next week.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

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

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

Growing wheat for bread is worth a try
This spring, consider planting some bread. Not loaves to pick from branches, of course, but wheat to harvest, then grind into flour for bread.

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.

Dunks don't define junior
ST. LOUIS - Last season, Isma'il Muhammad was a sixth-man without a jump shot, a raw offensive player who could jump, but do little else.

Yellow Jackets survive Pack
ST. LOUIS - Nothing has come easy for Georgia Tech during this NCAA Tournament.

Els seeks career-best finish at TPC
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - If Ernie Els were to compile a list of his favorite golf courses, the TPC at Sawgrass Stadium Course would not be at the top.

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.

Sutherland, Kelly tied up

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.

Wie maturing, and so is her golf game
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- Michelle Wie is maturing, and so is her golf game.

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.

Ballestros out

Tiger's struggles continue

Wie maturing, and so is her golf game

Teen leading, but not Wie

Sutherland, Kelly tied up
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Tiger Woods' storied cut streak was about the only thing that emerged safely from a wet, windy second round at The Players Championship on Friday.

Scott stays dry, holds lead

Ballestros out
MADRID, Spain - Two-time Masters Tournament champion Seve Ballesteros pulled out of next month's major because of back pain.

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.

Maple Leafs defeat Bruins

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.

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.

Predators best Rangers

Hurricanes edge out Panthers

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

Islanders ground Flyers

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

Brathwaite burns Ducks
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Fred Brathwaite made 43 saves, and rookie Nikolai Zherdev had a goal and an assist in the Columbus Blue Jackets' 3-1 victory over Anaheim on Friday night.

Quinn: Regier, Ruff secure for next season
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- General manager Darcy Regier and coach Lindy Ruff will return to the Buffalo Sabres next season.

Quinn: Regier, Ruff secure for next season

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

Think for yourselves, voters
Regarding Lowell Greenbaum's March 21 letter, "Spain's voters made right decision after attack": Bobby Renew, Harlem, Ga.

Cartoon is an ethical affront

Received wonderful care at VA hospital
This is in reference to the care I received at the Uptown Division of the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. I was visiting my brother here in Augusta. I decided to see if I could get my hernia repaired while I was here, so my brother took me there. Larry Parel, Mackinac Island, Mich.

How about a Kerry-Fonda ticket?

Cartoon was just free expression

How about a Kerry-Fonda ticket?
Paul L. Cook wrote an excellent letter to the editor ("GOP is endangering our Social Security") and I would like to reply. Faber J. Hance, North Augusta, S.C.

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

Herman Cain energizes political arena
Here we go again amid election-year politics when we are inundated with political ads, stump speeches, promises and spin, causing those who vote and even those who don't to become cynical, exhausted or bored by the constant noise, double-talk or outright lies from the candidates. Joe Pride, Augusta

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 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

Received wonderful care at VA hospital

Think for yourselves, voters

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

Event calendar

Breast cancer proves vexing

Libraries using Internet, e-mailed chapters to entice readers

Reshaping heart is new treatment for congestive heart failure

Health and fitness calendar

Fla. beachgoers are warned of rip currents after deaths

Study partly blames widely used sweetener for rise in obesity

Low-carb lifestyle challenges, changes food industry

Diet has people eating their food uncooked

Government approves oral HIV test that gives results in 20 minutes

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.

Reshaping heart is new treatment for congestive heart failure
DALLAS -- After Charles Neal suffered five heart attacks and a stroke, his heart was so worn out that he couldn't walk across a room without feeling exhausted and short of breath.

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.

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.

Government approves oral HIV test that gives results in 20 minutes
WASHINGTON -- On-the-spot testing for the AIDS virus is getting easier: The government has approved the first oral HIV test that gives results in 20 minutes.

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.

Low-carb lifestyle challenges, changes food industry
America's growing appetite for low-carbohydrate foods has left people like Tony Stallone struggling to keep pace with demand.

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

Libraries using Internet, e-mailed chapters to entice readers
ALBANY, Ga. -- Patrons of the Dougherty County Library open their e-mail every day to find a chapter or so of a book.

Fla. beachgoers are warned of rip currents after deaths
PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Treacherous rip currents along the Florida coast in the past week have killed at least four beachgoers, led to dozens of rescues and forced lifeguards to issue an unpopular warning in the middle of spring break: Stay out of the water.

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.

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.

Lynx play for pride, jobs

Players of polo explain nuances

Post offers old materials

12th District Democratic candidates debate issues

Clyburn's ownership was never reported

Letting the chips fall
ATHENS, Ga. - There's often a full house at Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity - in more ways than one.

Senate approves proposal

Edgefield pottery jar has home in museum

Candidates propose unlikely bill

Dry spell may halt river experiment to aid fish
Below-average March rainfall might scuttle an April experiment by the Army Corps of Engineers to send "pulses" of water down the Savannah River to encourage spawning among targeted fish species.

Schools push higher learning

Pet shop had other complaints
ATLANTA - The pet shop where an employee allegedly beat a sick dog to death had been the subject of other complaints, twice quarantined in the preceding months and repeatedly inspected by the state.

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.

19 face charges in bust at firm
An Augusta marina manager, a former Millen city manager and a former Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home official have been indicted on racketeering charges after authorities say they took kickbacks from a Loganville, Ga., chemical company.

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.

Correction

Tip leads to capture of kidnapping suspect

Around town

Grad students may attend two schools

Congressmen ask for money for terminal

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

Players of polo explain nuances
AIKEN - For the novice polo spectator, true enlightenment doesn't come from just watching the players jockeying their horses for a chance to take a whack at the small, white ball.

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.

Correction
l An article in the Feb. 7 editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly reported that a comment made by MCG Health Inc. Executive Chairman Donald Leebern was in reference to nonpaying patients. Mr. Leebern was referring to getting a better rate on a line of credit from banks holding MCG deposits with his statement: "If they want a friend, go to the pound and get 'em a dog."

Afternoon accident

Post offers old materials
Fort Gordon wants to know if the public wants its dead wood.

Officials identify victims

Across the area
One of two men accused of tearing up the homes of others and stomping turtles to death received a five-year prison sentence Friday.

USC cries foul after fowl complaints
AIKEN - Cocky-Doodle-Lou, a 6-year-old rooster, just wants to strut his stuff at University of South Carolina Gamecock baseball games, but he's being asked by university athletic officials to fly the coop.

Suspect charged after manhunt

A class mourns

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.

Traffic clogs neighborhood

Schools push higher learning

News you can use

Number of fatal accidents rises

19 face charges in bust at firm

Panel backs maps

Dry spell may halt river experiment to aid fish

Officials look into fraud on Internet

Workers rush to beautify Augusta

Around town

News you can use

Kid of the day

Edgefield pottery jar has home in museum
Gordon Blaker dons white surgical gloves to handle what he reverently calls one of the rarest items acquired by the Augusta Museum of History.

USC cries foul after fowl complaints

Across Georgia

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.

Suspect charged after manhunt
An Aiken man was arrested after a two-hour manhunt in the Nicholson Village area Friday night, charged with sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl in an abandoned home.

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.

Kid of the day

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.

Letting the chips fall

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.

UGA may tweak honesty policy

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.

Dust settles for horse track owner after property battle

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.

Across the area

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.

Pet shop had other complaints

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.

News you can use
March 27, 1934 There is a strong likelihood that the National Open golf tournament will be held next year at the Augusta National course, the Chronicle learned last night.

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.

Mayor urges stores to post proper signs
Just call him Mr. Clean.

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.

Dust settles for horse track owner after property battle
AIKEN - Bruce McGhee says he's seeing things more clearly this year.

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.

UGA may tweak honesty policy
ATHENS, Ga. - Violators of the University of Georgia academic honesty policy soon might be given more wiggle room, as the faculty group charged with tweaking it is pushing for a more educational approach.

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.

Nader seeks votes in visit to Athens
ATHENS, Ga. - At the other end of a phone line in an airport somewhere between Georgia and his headquarters in Washington, D.C., Ralph Nader is on the move.

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.

Around town
Jose Anzures, of Surig and Son masonry company, pressure - washes an archway at the entrance to Augusta State University as part of the university's master plan of improvements.

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

Child molester gets 280 years
Calling his crimes despicable and finding no redeeming qualities in the seemingly harmless elderly man standing in court, Judge James Blanchard imposed the harshest sentence possible: 280 years in prison.

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.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are expected at a Georgia resort next week to show their appreciation to contributors who have raised as much as $200,000 toward the Republicans' re-election campaign, according to two invitees.

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

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A man convicted of killing a Columbia schoolteacher in 1993 has been scheduled to be put to death April 23, the state attorney general's office said Friday.

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.

Three charged in purse robbery
Richmond County sheriff's investigators say they arrested three people who robbed a Louisville, Ga., woman while she was in the parking lot of a south Richmond County grocery store Friday morning.

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Richard Dong-Min Martin, 6, of Augusta.

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?

A class mourns
Greenbrier Elementary School fifth-graders Erica Langsam (left) and Brittany Coody blow bubbles with their classmates during a memorial ceremony for Eugenia Marshall, who died in a fire along with her sister and step father March 16. The ceremony took place Friday at the school in Evans.

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

Across South Carolina

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.

Balancing act

Across South Carolina

Vote failure delays HOPE negotiations

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.

Hospital unveils new plan

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.

Three charged in purse robbery

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

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.

Club's parking request fails

At the Movies: 'Never Die Alone'

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."

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!"

'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: 'Jersey Girl'

At the Movies: 'Dogville'

'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: 'The Ladykillers'

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: '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."

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.

Keith receives four CMT Flameworthy nominations

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.

Performer and musician Fred Rogers remembered in music

White Stripes frontman Jack White branches

White Stripes frontman Jack White branches
DETROIT -- A whirlwind of court dates, award shows and tabloid rumors aren't slowing down Jack White.

Biffle wins Bristol pole with record lap
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Greg Biffle set a Busch series track record Friday in qualifying at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Biffle wins Bristol pole with record lap

McGrady sidelined by knee tendinitis
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orlando Magic guard Tracy McGrady did not play against the Indiana Pacers on Friday night because of tendinitis in his left knee.

Iverson misses third straight game

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.

McGrady sidelined by knee tendinitis

Indiana bounces Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. - Ron Artest scored a career-high 35 points, leading the Indiana Pacers to 107-92 victory over the Orlando Magic as All-Stars Jermaine O'Neal and Tracy McGrady sat out.

Indiana bounces Orlando

Houston returns after four-game absence

Houston returns after four-game absence
NEW YORK -- Allan Houston started at shooting guard Friday night after missing the New York Knicks' previous four games.

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

Iverson misses third straight game
PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson was inactive for Friday night's game against Cleveland, the third straight game he has missed with a sore right knee.

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.

Musketeers continue upset run in regional
ATLANTA - The kid with the catchy Web site can post some breaking news: Xavier is going to an NCAA regional final for the first time.

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.

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.

Success might pay off for Jags
With Augusta State ending a record-setting campaign, Lady Jaguars coach Greg Wilson is hoping to reap the rewards with a stellar recruiting class.

Hawks' stars have support
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - There's a lot more to Saint Joseph's than Jameer Nelson and Delonte West.

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.

Biggest challenge in front of Tide
PHOENIX - Mark Gottfried never got this far in the NCAA Tournament as a terrific player on some good Alabama teams.

Kansas blazes trail into Elite 8
ST. LOUIS - Wayne Simien, Aaron Miles and Kansas put Alabama-Birmingham through its own version of "40 Minutes of Hell.

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.

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Profile obituary: Mr. Felton Butler
Felton Butler was a retired salesman and a born comedian.

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Less word play, more work is what Olympics need
After a recent meeting with Athens Olympic organizers, the U.S. ambassador to Greece reported back to his countrymen that some optimism would be in order right about now.

U.S. expects NATO will approve security requests for Olympics
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The U.S. ambassador to NATO said Friday he expects the alliance to approve a request from Greece to provide protection against terrorism during the Olympic Games and a similar appeal from Portugal for the European soccer championship.

Less word play, more work is what Olympics need

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.

St. Patrick's brought out patriotism
One of the most enjoyable parts of this job is the opportunity to go around the state and talk to various groups and organizations. Less pleasant is trying to get there without being run over by self-important yuppie-boomers in their gas-guzzling SUVs. Maybe that's the reason I don't do it more often.

St. Patrick's brought out patriotism
One of the most enjoyable parts of this job is the opportunity to go around the state and talk to various groups and organizations. Less pleasant is trying to get there without being run over by self-important yuppie-boomers in their gas-guzzling SUVs. Maybe that's the reason I don't do it more often.

Players of the week

Thorpe disqualified from 400 freestyle heats

Prep spring sports scores

High costs keep testing out of most high school districts

Prep scores

Overtime

Overtime

Williams' win is eye-catching

Plushenko wins gold at World Figure Skating Championship

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

Overtime
In Bristol, Tenn., Greg Biffle set a Busch Series track record Friday in qualifying at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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.

Williams' win is eye-catching
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - Resplendent rather than rusty, Serena Williams looked like a costumed superhero and played pretty well, too.

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

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.

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

Prep scores
Here are the scores and results from various area prep spring sports action.

Cautious Kwan penalized; hopes for sixth title in peril
DORTMUND, Germany - Michelle Kwan's bid for a sixth world title all but ended Friday when she was overshadowed by Sasha Cohen and penalized for a short program that officials contend ran two seconds too long.

Thorpe disqualified from 400 freestyle heats
SYDNEY, Australia -- World record-holder Ian Thorpe was disqualified from the 400-meter freestyle in the Australian Olympic trials Saturday after falling off the starting block.

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.

Broncos sign Green
DENVER -- The Denver Broncos signed free-agent tackle Cornell Green on Friday.

ASU coach uses game to motivate his players
Although faith is the foundation of his coaching, Augusta State University Lady Jaguars basketball coach Greg Wilson doubts that God cares which team wins a game.

Churches are sanctuaries of racial harmony
New Creation Christian Church had friends and relatives up on their feet in the sanctuary of Hillcrest Baptist Church when New Creation celebrated its first anniversary in March.

Parishioners want photos of molester bishop removed
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Two years after the resignation of a Roman Catholic bishop in a sexual misconduct scandal, one of his former dioceses is still struggling with whether to remember him or take his photo out of church-owned buildings.

Is Gibson's 'Passion' faithful to the New Testament?
First among the passionate disagreements stirred by "The Passion of the Christ" is the film's depiction of Jews.

Religion News in Brief
UNITED NATIONS -- The spiritual leader of the world's 300 million Eastern Orthodox Christians has announced plans for an interfaith conference and endorsed a proposed U.N. resolution that would condemn anti-Semitism.

Cruisers for Christ
Car enthusiasts who want to show their domestic or import vehicles, or who just like to talk cars, can join the Cruisers for Christ car show at 9 a.m. today at Fountain Gate Worship Center, 2439 Peach Orchard Road.

Faith digest
Dr. Andy Menger of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd will discuss The Words Men Most Want to Hear at a males-only dinner at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Dye's Southern Grill, 4020 Washington Road in Martinez. Dinner costs $12. For reservations or more information, call the sponsor, the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter , 210-1133.

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.

Sources: Law & Order actor Jerry Orbach leaving show

'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.

Rankings for basic cable networks

Sources: Law & Order actor Jerry Orbach leaving show
NEW YORK -- It may be time for a less stressful job for Detective Lennie Briscoe.

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.

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

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

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.

People in the News

Queen of Soul released from Detroit-area hospital

Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz end three-year relationship

Video best

Exercise guru Richard Simmons cited for slapping man

People in the News

Media access again issue in Michael Jackson molestation case

Veil of secrecy thrown over Jackson's grand jury participants

New Yorkers act out favorite scenes at 'movieoke'

George Carlin returns to movie actor dream

Thomas is focused on present, not the future

Thomas is focused on present, not the future
ATHENS, Ga. - When Georgia senior Christi Thomas fouled out of Monday's second-round game against Texas Christian, she knew there was a chance her college career was over.

Player who blamed coach for eating disorder wins $1.5 million

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Religion News in Brief

Faith digest

Parishioners want photos of molester bishop removed

Churches are sanctuaries of racial harmony

Is Gibson's 'Passion' faithful to the New Testament?