Newport exhibition examines city life in Jazz Age
NEWPORT, R.I. -- Between the Civil War and World War I, many of America's newly rich flocked to Newport, building lavish mansions and a new high society modeled on the royal courts of Europe.

Met exhibit traces troubled era of great German modernist
NEW YORK -- Like a star burst in the gathering gloom, modern artist Paul Klee painted some of his most luminous works on the eve of World War II, as Europe drifted into catastrophe and his death approached from a crippling disease.

In Chappaqua, the Clintons are history
CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- Horace Greeley, the 19th-century journalist and presidential candidate, is getting a good look at why he's no longer Chappaqua's favorite son.

Bush adviser Karen Hughes launches favorable memoir

A bright, young talent fills a Manhattan stage with diverse characters
NEW YORK -- Sit down to chat with Sarah Jones and you never quite know who else might join you.

Bush adviser Karen Hughes launches favorable memoir
AUSTIN, Texas -- Presidential adviser Karen Hughes kicked off a six-week national book tour Sunday with unblinking support for President Bush and the war in Iraq.

A performer's personal tale of sexual abuse in 'The Tricky Part'
NEW YORK -- Martin Moran is best known in New York as an actor - with roles in such musicals as "Titanic" and the revivals of "Cabaret," "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and "Bells Are Ringing."

A performer's personal tale of sexual abuse in 'The Tricky Part'

In Chappaqua, the Clintons are history

A bright, young talent fills a Manhattan stage with diverse characters

Newport exhibition examines city life in Jazz Age

Look out baseball: Here come the Yankees
TOKYO -- In a land far from home, where fans will watch on TV in the wee hours of the morning, the New York Yankees start the process of atonement.

Yanks' Williams makes spring debut in outfield
New York Yankees Bernie Williams tries to beat out the throw during the second inning at the Yankees minor league complex, in Tampa, Fla. Wednesday March 24, 2004. Williams making a rehab start after having his appendix was removed, was the designated hitter for the clubs AAA Columbus Yankees who took on the Toronto Blue Jays AAA team from Syracuse. (AP Photo/David Kadlubowski)

Look out baseball: Here come the Yankees

Matsui homers in return to Japan

Twins thrash Blue Jays
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Pat Hentgen looked little like a Cy Young Award winner Monday.

Matsui homers in return to Japan
TOKYO -- Over and over, Hideki Matsui kept saying this was just another night. But, of course, it wasn't. It was his first game back in Japan since leaving after the 2002 season.

Yanks' Williams makes spring debut in outfield

Halfway around world, Yanks hear it: How 'bout Bosox?
CAMP ZAMA, Japan -- Halfway around the world and half a year later, the question doesn't go away.

Cardinals edge out Mets

Halfway around world, Yanks hear it: How 'bout Bosox?

Cardinals edge out Mets
JUPITER, Fla. -- So Taguchi took a huge step toward securing a roster spot with the St. Louis Cardinals, going 4-for-4 Monday in a 5-4 victory over the New York Mets.

From 7,000 miles away, ESPN announcers call MLB season opener
When the first pitch of the 2004 baseball season is thrown, ESPN's announcers will be thousands of miles away.

Weekend e-mail is clogged by invasion of spam

Odds and Ends
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Brett Schott has discovered that being honored as a hero for helping rescue a police officer can have a down side.

Vermont officials worry as goat farmer's herd grows
CORINTH, Vt. -- State officials are investigating a man whose goats and his religious convictions against killing them have collided in a possibly inhumane and definitely stinky way.

Woman faked daughter's cancer to keep husband from leaving
MARYSVILLE, Ohio -- A woman imprisoned for faking her daughter's leukemia to gain thousands of dollars in donations said she concocted the scheme to keep her husband from leaving.

Oldest known bank robber in U.S. history did it for fun
SPUR, Texas -- "Red" Rountree shuffled into the bank and surveyed the teller windows.

He was a big man
This is an artist's rendering of a proposed 305-foot monument of Abraham Lincoln to be built in Lincoln, Ill.

Braves get win over Astros
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Roger Clemens had a rough start and newly acquired third baseman Mike Lamb added to the problem with three of Houston's five errors.

Betemit steps up in Giles' absence
VIERA, Fla. - Second baseman Marcus Giles' wisdom tooth gave Wilson Betemit a chance to demonstrate some versatility Monday night.

Betemit steps up in Giles' absence

Hitting coach says Braves' bats will soon be connecting

Hitting coach says Braves' bats will soon be connecting
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Last spring the Braves offense batted a collective .291 and averaged 4.9 runs per game. That number is down to .257 and 4.3 runs this year.

It's a tough life for the greenback, but can it survive?

Google touches up its look to highlight shopping service

Industry cites progress in 25 years since Three Mile Island accident
WASHINGTON -- A quarter-century after the country's worst nuclear accident, the atomic power industry is talking about revival. Yet no one can predict when a new reactor will be built and the industry cannot shake perceptions about safety, uncertain economics and a new specter - terrorism.

Owner of Hollywood Video chain agrees to $840 million buyout
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Hollywood Entertainment Corp., the nation's second-biggest video rental chain, said Monday it has agreed to a buyout offer of about $840 million from a group led by a Los Angeles-based investment firm.

Airport hires consultants to boost business

Google touches up its look to highlight shopping service
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google Inc. has fine-tuned its popular online search engine with a new look designed to boost its Froogle shopping service and alert users to previously unheralded tools for getting sharper results.

Business briefs

It's a tough life for the greenback, but can it survive?
WASHINGTON -- Andrew Wilson throws his own special load of laundry into the wash: eight white cotton terry towels, 2 1/3 ounces of powdered laundry detergent - and 25 crisp U.S. greenbacks.

Industry cites progress in 25 years since Three Mile Island accident

Judge throws out Pooh merchandising lawsuit
LOS ANGELES -- A judge threw out a lawsuit against the Walt Disney Co. claiming unpaid royalties for use of Winnie the Pooh characters, after finding the plaintiff "tampered with the administration of justice" by unlawfully obtaining Disney documents in the case.

Exxon offers energy outlook

Business briefs
Morris Publishing Group LLC, the parent company of The Augusta Chronicle, said Monday that revenue last year grew 1.2 percent despite a tough economy, rising health care costs and increased operating expenses from a companywide consolidation.

Make millions selling lunar landscape

Owner of Hollywood Video chain agrees to $840 million buyout

Tyco mistrial request is denied

Low-carb crazy

Linux fortunes rising, but uncertainties abound
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- It might have seemed to be the best possible week for boosters of the Linux open-source operating system.

Make millions selling lunar landscape
GARDNERVILLE, Nev. -- On U.S. Highway 395, which cuts straight through this little town, Dennis Hope sells undeveloped land for the bargain price of $19.99 an acre. There are spacious lots near grand locales: The Sea of Tranquility. The Sea of Serenity.

Tyco mistrial request is denied
NEW YORK - The jury weighing charges against two former Tyco International executives went back to work Monday after the judge rejected a defense request for a mistrial that was based on a furor over one juror apparently holding out for acquittal.

The showdown to begin over stock-option expensing

Cat and mouse take a new turn as drug testing moves beyond urine
PHILADELPHIA -- Put 30 drug testing workers in a room together for a few hours and it isn't long before they start trading strange - and somewhat indelicate - tales of urine collection.

The showdown to begin over stock-option expensing
NEW YORK -- Those opposed to stock-option expensing keep issuing this red alert: If companies were forced to deduct option costs from their earnings, wildly inaccurate information would find its way into the financial statements.

Exxon offers energy outlook
The spokesman for the country's largest oil company told a group of local business leaders on Monday something they already knew.

Spanish-language newspapers expand as competition increases
LOS ANGELES -- Naomi Osorio is typical of the readers driving a boom in Spanish-language newspapers across the United States.

Airport hires consultants to boost business
Over the next year, a consultant group hired by Augusta Regional Airport hopes to plug up the leak of Augustans flooding to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for cheap fares.

Low-carb crazy
America's growing appetite for low-carbohydrate foods has left people such as Tony Stallone struggling to keep pace with demand.

Hollywood Video agrees to be bought
PORTLAND, Ore. - Video retailer Hollywood Entertainment Corp. said Monday it has agreed to a buyout offer of about $840 million from a group led by a Los Angeles-based investment firm.

Linux fortunes rising, but uncertainties abound

Clemson tops Wake Forest

Clemson AD feels Cowboy pride
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Terry Don Phillips won't ever forget the tragic night in 2001 when a plane crash killed 10 people traveling with the Oklahoma State basketball team.

Clemson AD feels Cowboy pride

Clemson tops Wake Forest
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Robert Rohrbaugh pitched six innings to lead the Tigers to a 6-5 victory and series sweep over Wake Forest on Sunday.

Furman's Stepp to transfer

NCAA task force considering tighter rules on recruiting
INDIANAPOLIS -- College recruits could face curfews, limits on off-campus activities and fewer paid visits next fall, if recruiting changes are approved by the NCAA next month.

Furman's Stepp to transfer
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- With the emergence of Florida transfer Ingle Martin as Furman's starting quarterback, Paladins reserve passer Josh Stepp said he'll transfer after this semester.

NCAA task force considering tighter rules on recruiting

Completing the Final Four

Oklahoma State fans celebrate dream of making it to Final Four

UConn eyes record fifth straight Final Four

Alabama has reason to look forward to next season

Players hope to overcome injuries

Martelli, Summitt named Naismith coaches

Basketball country
Georgia and Alabama aren't just in the Bible Belt.

Let public decide
As a pro-life specialty license plate bill - "Choose Life" - has worked its way through Georgia's legislature with Gov. Sonny Perdue's active support, a South Carolina plate with the same message has been declared unconstitutional by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Let public decide

Much to learn
There's no doubt our friends in Iraq have a lot they need to absorb about democracy right now.

Time to testify
Condoleezza Rice is perfectly right to want to avoid testifying in public on national security.

Basketball country

The long parade

The long parade
Local Democrats went absolutely ballistic when a March 18 Rick McKee cartoon indicated terrorists might want Sen. John Kerry to win the presidency.

Notable off-screen and on-screen Hollywood couples
LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood history is loaded with on-screen pairings of performers with real-life romances. Some highlights:

Ben & Jen are back, but it's Affleck's show with 'Jersey Girl'
LOS ANGELES -- The tabloid beast known as Bennifer rears its head on the big screen again. Yet Kevin Smith wants you to know, he kills off Jennifer Lopez's character minutes into "Jersey Girl."

Peter Ustinov, actor, dies at 82
GENEVA -- Sir Peter Ustinov, a wit and mimic who won two Oscars for an acting career that ranged from the evil emperor Nero in "Quo Vadis" to the quirky Agatha Christie detective Hercule Poirot, has died. He was 82.

People in the News
BOSTON -- Julia Stiles is fascinated by royalty. "It's not that I'm curious because I'm searching for some sort of dirt on them; it's that I'm curious because I just wonder if their lifestyle is so different than mine," the 23-year-old actress told the Boston Herald on Sunday.

Wall Street's correction is a buying opportunity

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Bonds finish lower
NEW YORK -- Bond prices fell Monday as traders looked ahead to the release of key economic data later in the week.

Dollar, gold down in Europe

Dollar, gold down in Europe
LONDON -- The U.S. dollar was lower Monday against most other major currencies in European trading. Gold prices also fell.

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

Boomers like to do more than write a check to favority charity

Bounced checks can lead to banking ban
NEW YORK -- Lisa McKinley learned the hard way what can happen when you bounce checks.

Gas prices hit new record high with no end in sight

Boomers like to do more than write a check to favority charity
NEW YORK -- While they may not have $26 billion to sock away into a foundation like Bill Gates, many of his fellow baby boomers won't settle for just writing checks to their favorite charities.

Wall Street's correction is a buying opportunity
NEW YORK -- Wall Street's recent decline has been an unsettling reminder of the three-year bear market, and with terrorism rattling investors, gas prices soaring and job creation stagnant, many observers worry that the correction is not over yet.

A status report on Wall Street's major indexes
Investors sent stocks sharply higher Monday as their spirits were raised by strong profit outlooks ahead of next week's first-quarter earnings reports.

Bonds finish lower

Gas prices hit new record high with no end in sight
LOS ANGELES -- There is little chance that gas prices, which have reached a record high, will fall significantly in the near future, a national analyst says.

Bounced checks can lead to banking ban

Shares rise on bullish earnings outlooks
NEW YORK -- A round of strong profit outlooks fueled anticipation over next week's first-quarter earnings reports, sending stocks markedly higher Monday. The Dow Jones industrial average gained more than 115 points, posting its second triple-digit advance in the past three sessions.

Georgia Tech routs Georgia Southern
ATLANTA -- Micah Owings had four hits, Steven Blackwood had three hits and three RBI and Andrew Kown allowed just two runs in eight innings to help Georgia Tech (15-11) to a 13-2 victory over Georgia Southern (14-15) Sunday.

Kansas denied third straight Final Four
ST. LOUIS -- Georgia Tech finished what North Carolina and the NBA draft started.

Jackets' Moore had Kansas covered
ST. LOUIS - As his teammates snipped the nets at the Edward Jones Dome, Georgia Tech senior Clarence Moore did cartwheels at half court. Then he broke out into an odd new dance.

Jackets still look for respect
ST. LOUIS - The way Isma'il Muhammad sees it, Georgia Tech has come too far and proved too many people wrong to stop now.

Jack's 29 points lead Georgia Tech to its second Final Four
ST. LOUIS - Now Jarrett Jack's spot among the greatest point guards in Georgia Georgia Tech history is secure.

Jackets advance to Final Four
ST. LOUIS -- Even if it takes a little something extra, Georgia Tech finds a way to get it done.

Georgia Tech routs Georgia Southern

Jackets advance to Final Four

Jack's 29 points lead Georgia Tech to its second Final Four

Kansas denied third straight Final Four

Jackets' Moore had Kansas covered

Finally! My wife's new diet is one I can handle

Scott wins with clutch putt on 18

Park beats the kids to win her first major
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- The kids were all right. Grace Park was just better.

Scott wins with clutch putt on 18
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Pressure?

Sorenstam's Grand Slam quest ends before it begins

Mamat wins Indian Open

Woods can't get it going in final round

Sweden's Hanell wins first European Tour title

Daly will make trip to Augusta

Woods can't get it going in final round
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- There was magic surrounding Tiger Woods on a Sunday in a big tournament. This time, though, it had little to do with him.

Park beats the kids to win her first major

Scott makes it thrilling in Players victory
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The guy who swings like Tiger Woods nearly finished like Greg Norman.

Scott makes it thrilling in Players victory

Sweden's Hanell wins first European Tour title
SANTO DA SERRA, Madeira Islands -- Sweden's Christopher Hanell won his first European Tour title Sunday, shooting a 1-under-par 71 for a one-stroke victory at the Madeira Island Open.

Daly returns to Masters; Roberts narrowly misses again
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- John Daly gets another crack at Augusta National.

Mamat wins Indian Open
NEW DELHI -- Singapore's Mardan Mamat overcame a three-shot deficit with a 7-under-par 65 Sunday to win the Indian Open by five strokes.

Orlando clubs tied after one day
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Sergio Garcia and Retief Goosen combined to shoot a 10-under 62 in the Tavistock Cup to help Lake Nona split four matches Monday against a team of tour pros from Isleworth.

Daly returns to Masters; Roberts narrowly misses again

Sorenstam's Grand Slam quest ends before it begins
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- Annika Sorenstam's quest for the Grand Slam ended before it ever really began.

Daly will make trip to Augusta
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - John Daly is in the Masters Tournament, thanks to unexpected assistance from his friends at the Players Championship.

Fayetteville Seventy-First's Pringle named AP women's player of year

Trinity's King named AP men's player of year

Canucks recall Baumgartner and King from AHL

NHL approves sale of Thrashers
ATLANTA -- The NHL approved the sale of the Atlanta Thrashers on Monday, and the new owners expect to take over in the next few days.

NHL approves sale of Thrashers

Desjardins cleared to return
Flyers defenseman Eric Desjardins could return to the lineup for Philadelphia's game against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.

Canucks recall Baumgartner and King from AHL
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Canucks recalled defenseman Nolan Baumgartner and right wing Jason King from Manitoba of the AHL on Monday.

Weekend e-mail is clogged by invasion of spam
Some people start their Mondays with a song. Some start their Mondays with a frown.

Why won't Bush tell the truth?
Maybe deception is inherent in the presidency. Richard Nixon lied about Watergate; Ronald Reagan about Iran-Contra; and Bill Clinton about sex. But has any president misled or outright lied to the American people as frequently as George W. Bush? Bush has deceived the American people so often that there now seems to be an entire publishing industry dedicated to documenting his lies and distortions. Brian Gridley, Evans, Ga.

NAFTA was poor idea, poorly executed
All I have heard for the past year is how many jobs we have lost because of President Bush. Chris Rich, Augusta

Questions linger on Kerry's war record
Sen. John Kerry and his supporters, like Mr. Larry Jarrett ("Bush has mishandled military action in Iraq," March 21) never tire of touting Mr. Kerry's Vietnam War record. However, serious questions on this record are being raised by those who served with him. For confirmation, plug "John Kerry military service" into any Internet search engine. You will find that his often-boasted "two tours in Vietnam" totaled less than what was then a normal 13-month tour and that he exited the war zone on the technicality of three minor wounds (unlike Oliver North, who turned down a third Purple Heart so he could stay in Vietnam with his troops). Also, one will read there is some question of how he earned or didn't earn his his Silver Star. He wouldn't be the first wannabe politician who worked to get the "war hero" punch on his own ticket. Donald L. Davis, Evans, Ga.

Pack commissioners in portables
Once again Augusta commissioners have wavered in the debate over the location of the judicial center. There are several important criteria that should be considered: The location should be cost-effective; the site should be free of environmental hazards; and the site should permit a quick start to construction so the overcrowded conditions at the current location could be relieved in a timely manner. Jim Scarbrough, Augusta

Wasteland yields few good candidates
After reading the letters on Page 5A of the March 21 paper and some of the earlier letters, I wonder if there is anyone who will rationally seek the truth. Bob Cipperly, Evans, Ga.

Dems' letters are good for a chuckle
As a new resident of the greater Augusta area, I am amused at The Augusta Chronicle's attempt to publish comedians on the editorial page. Two of my favorites are the ones I call "not very smart cookies." Once a month is just too long between laughs which those two provide. But to The Chronicle's credit, each current letter is funnier than the last. Buddy Adams, Evans, Ga.

NAFTA was poor idea, poorly executed

Questions linger on Kerry's war record

Chairman just wants to discredit Bush
This is in response to the chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Party, Lowell Greenbaum. His theory concerning the actions of the people of Spain ("Spain's voters made right decision after attack," March 21) is too simplistic and fails to explain the entire reason for electing a Socialist. John Conley, Evans, Ga.

Help preserve our left-lane creepers
There's news that South Carolina will start giving tickets to drivers who dawdle in the left lane. I surely hope Georgia's fine legislators do not follow this common-sense approach. Steve Kohn, Hephzibah, Ga.

Bush is harming vets' benefits

Secular humanism established as religion

Secular humanism established as religion
Islamist terrorists want to kill Americans, and another enemy wants to destroy our history, heritage, and Judeo-Christian values. The latter war is waged primarily by secular humanists (the religious left) who skillfully pit our government against its people. Activist judges relentlessly lead the charge, by creating a phony right of privacy to legalize infanticide, by fabricating a phony wall of separation between church and state, by limiting free exercise of religion and by mocking the institution of traditional marriage. Legal scholarship and intellectual honesty have been supplanted by illegitimate reasoning and the current whims of anarchy. Paul W. Rosenthal, Martinez, Ga.

Bush is harming vets' benefits
Again we have a president that has the nerve to send people's sons, daughters, father, mothers and grandparents to war, but he never had guts to go to war himself. Milton Ramos, Hephzibah, Ga.

Dems' letters are good for a chuckle

Seniors calendar

Creating jet fuel from coal

Google's popularity-based rankings scorned, gamed

Modern-day explorers build spacecraft, could make space trip by summer

Study: Vitamin E linked to lower risk of bladder cancer

Easy Media Creator, Nero offer burning answers

Next space tourist will bring along his own experiments

Metal Gear redux improves on original

Techbits: Numbering chips, Friendly radar and more

Online consoles soar while PCs stumble

Technologists eye innovations for next Google

Exercising helps rate of survival, study says

High-tech tools pinpoint gunfire, spur collaboration

Techbits: Numbering chips, Friendly radar and more
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Intel Corp. has a new numbering system for its Pentium and Celeron microprocessors to highlight features beyond speed.

Exercising helps rate of survival, study says
ORLANDO, Fla. - Getting modest amounts of exercise, even just an easy half-hour walk a day, appears to substantially improve women's chances of surviving breast cancer.

Creating jet fuel from coal
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- With coal getting more attention as crude oil and natural gas prices climb, Penn State scientists believe the fuel can help the nation's military jet fighters fly.

Metal Gear redux improves on original
Everyone's favorite bandana-wearing, nanomachine-fueled action hero has finally arrived for Nintendo's GameCube.

Microsoft to cut Xbox price
SEATTLE -- Microsoft Corp. is hoping to draw a broader audience to its Xbox game console - and away from rival Sony's PlayStation 2 - by cutting its price by $30.

Google's popularity-based rankings scorned, gamed
NEW YORK -- Once among the top results when using common search terms like "Seattle hotels," the hotel reservation site GotHotel.com has all but disappeared from the Internet.

Study: Vitamin E linked to lower risk of bladder cancer
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Scientists in search of cancer-preventing nutrients have found clues that vitamin E may protect against bladder cancer.

Modern-day explorers build spacecraft, could make space trip by summer
ST. LOUIS -- The reward is high, but so is the risk as some of the 27 teams pursuing a $10 million prize for the first privately funded manned spaceflight near a goal that once seemed outlandish.

Living briefs
Is Mom in desperate need of a haircut? Does Dad really need to get rid of that Member's Only jacket from 1981?

Easy Media Creator, Nero offer burning answers
It might seem like overkill to spend $100 on software to burn compact discs and DVDs. After all, Windows XP can handle basic CD authoring, while free programs like iTunes and Napster create audio CDs in a snap, and most DVD writers ship with a hodgepodge of video and audio programs anyway.

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

Technologists eye innovations for next Google
NEW YORK -- One company has an idea for how search engines can catalogue the Web more completely. Another believes it can better divine what a searcher wants. Yet another is trying to synch all that with how the human brain works.

Next space tourist will bring along his own experiments
NEW YORK -- The next civilian to be rocketed into orbit at his own expense won't just be enjoying the ride: Gregory Olsen, a scientist who made a fortune with optics inventions, plans to do some research during his $20 million trip to the International Space Station.

Online consoles soar while PCs stumble
AUSTIN, Texas -- Only a few years ago, online games still lurked on the fringe of American culture.

High-tech tools pinpoint gunfire, spur collaboration
ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Pentagon is rushing into service in Iraq a pair of technologies developed under its advanced research arm: a Humvee-mounted sensor for pinpointing hostile gunfire and a "command post of the future" designed to cut down on combat leaders' travel and streamline decision-making.

Base supporters work on options

Data show brush fire incidents up in 2004
AIKEN - It wasn't noon yet, and Sgt. C.E. Jordan and his colleagues at the Aiken Department of Public Safety had already responded to two brush fires, the most recent at a clearcut area off Wright's Mill and Tyler Hill roads.

Five questions
Amelia Ligon answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

Wit, court savvy put lawyer on top
Nice guys don't always finish last.

Around town
Robert Gimbi, a city trees and parks groundskeeper, cuts grass on the island between Greene and Eighth streets. Augusta workers have finished beautifying the city for Masters Week.

Rants and Raves
I HAVE A RANT for the management at Savannah River Site. The media were informed that the layoff was delayed but they failed to mention that DOE rejected the layoff twice because the first list didn't include any managers and the second list included too many women and workers over 40. SRS senior managers love layoffs because fewer workers mean bigger bonuses.

Across South Carolina

Officials request more money

Kid of the day

Review team offers failing schools help
AIKEN - Officials at three Allendale County schools deemed unsatisfactory recently received marching orders on how to make their schools better in hopes of improving pupil test scores.

Across the area
An Augusta man was charged Monday in a Feb. 29 gunfight with police, authorities said.

Highlights of the new Georgia House and Senate district maps:

Man confesses killing mother
A 54-year-old Augusta man has surrendered to authorities and confessed in last year's fatal shooting of his mother.

Ousted transportation authority director received undue compensation

Deadline nears for HOPE reform
ATLANTA - The General Assembly will focus on some of the year's hottest issues this week as the legislative session winds through its final days.

Five questions

Democrat lawmaker seeks Miller's seat
ATLANTA - Rep. Denise Majette, a Democrat elected two years ago in suburban DeKalb County, will seek the U.S. Senate seat vacated by retiring Democratic Sen. Zell Miller, Ms. Majette said Monday.

Across the area

Less rain could mean fewer cases of West Nile

Schools get leeway on No Child Left Behind
Westside High School has a good reason to rejoice.

Senate to debate seat belt bill
COLUMBIA - The state Senate is prepared again to take up a bill that would give police the authority to stop and ticket adult drivers not wearing seat belts, and many drivers say it's time for the state to make the change.

6 compete for three positions on panel

News you can use
March 30, 1961 The University of South Carolina will open its fifth off-campus extension center at Aiken this September, University President Robert L. Sumwalt said last week.

Storm debris finally gone

Base supporters work on options
ATLANTA - Planning to lose might seem unnatural to military leaders and their community boosters, but supporters of Georgia military bases want to be prepared in case a federal review next year recommends closing some of the state's 13 installations.

Review team offers failing schools help

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson will speak at the South Carolina Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson dinner next month, party officials said.

Man accused of trying to kill wildlife officers

Storm debris finally gone
It took 77,000 work hours and more than $900,000, but the Augusta cleanup effort from a Jan. 29 ice storm is finally over.

Across South Carolina

Stranger's kindness

District war may reignite

Across the area

Court-martial begins for Army hospital ex-official

Illegal aliens avoid spotlight
NEW ELLENTON - Several miles past the posh Cedar Creek neighborhood, a well-known enclave that caters to wealthy retirees along Banks Mill Road, is a dusty street called Michoacan.

Meal contract drops 31 jobs

Rants and Raves
I HAVE A RANT for the management at Savannah River Site. The media were informed that the layoff was delayed but they failed to mention that DOE rejected the layoff twice because the first list didn't include any managers and the second list included too many women and workers over 40. SRS senior managers love layoffs because fewer workers mean bigger bonuses.

Judges, attorneys fear new public defender system will be too costly

District war may reignite
ATLANTA - The ink is barely dry on Georgia's new legislative district maps, but already lawmakers are debating how long these boundaries will last.

McKinney announces bid to reclaim her Congressional seat

Officials request more money
Four sites, one judicial center and as much as $40,000 now recommended for environmental studies and possible legal fees.

Testimony in school funding trial causes backlash

Shaw's future in jeopardy
SUMTER, S.C. - South Carolina officials are scrambling to keep Shaw Air Force Base out of target range as the Pentagon draws up its largest-ever base closure list for 2005.

Cuts hurt neediest first

Spring tunes
Todd Edmunds takes advantage of the warm weather and sunshine by practicing his bass near the blooming azaleas along Riverwalk Augusta. Mr. Edmunds has been playing bass for seven years and likes to play jazz. He says he's looking for a new band to play with.

The week ahead

Across Georgia
NEWNAN - A man who witnessed the murders of a dairy farmer and his son 14 years ago but did not report them to authorities has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Spring tunes

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH - The former chief executive officer of the Waccamaw Regional Transportation Authority received $12,166 more in salary than was called for in his contract, according to a review of documents by The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News.

Rants and raves
I ATTENDED A DINNER at Greenbrier Middle School. I was totally shocked at the number of parents who were so rude. They talked throughout the entire performance - to each other and on their cell phones. There were also small children running around. I went to hear my daughter perform, not to listen to rude parents talk and out-of-control children.

Across the southeast
PAINTSVILLE, KY. - Weekend fires that damaged two eastern Kentucky churches were being investigated as possible arson, authorities said Sunday.

Cuts hurt neediest first
Cole Raulerson scooted up to a cabinet and began pulling out DVDs and tossing them to the floor. His mother, Mary, was overjoyed.

Across the area
Emergency crews were kept busy Sunday afternoon cleaning up broken glass, towing cars and taking people to hospitals from separate wrecks on both sides of the Bobby Jones Expressway near Wrightsboro Road.

Illegal aliens avoid spotlight

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Olivia "Livy" Taylor Huff, 16 months, of Augusta.

Wit, court savvy put lawyer on top

Cordele house fire cause, victims identified
CORDELE, Ga. -- A weekend house fire that killed a grandmother and three children began when grease on a stove ignited, Cordele fire officials said.

Rants and raves
I ATTENDED A DINNER at Greenbrier Middle School. I was totally shocked at the number of parents who were so rude. They talked throughout the entire performance - to each other and on their cell phones. There were also small children running around. I went to hear my daughter perform, not to listen to rude parents talk and out-of-control children.

Murder witness sentenced to 10 years
NEWNAN, Ga. -- A man who witnessed the murders of a dairy farmer and his son 14 years ago but failed to report it to authorities has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

6 compete for three positions on panel
Lingering questions about suspended police Chief Van McMillan and the belief by some residents that New Ellenton is being mismanaged have stirred voter interest and attracted a pool of six candidates to today's city council election.

Former bank clerk pleads guilty to embezzlement
ROME, Ga. -- A former bank clerk has pleaded guilty in federal court to charges that she embezzled more than a quarter of a million dollars from her employer.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Megan Remon Rucker II, 18 months, of Martinez.

Man pleads guilty to molesting woman who sought him for psychotherapy
LaGRANGE, Ga. -- An Alabama man who falsely claimed to be a psychotherapist has pleaded guilty to charges that he sexually molested a woman who had sought him for counseling.

Augusta blood-drawing station to close; Shepeard to benefit
The American Red Cross will close its blood-drawing station in Augusta before its lease ends in July but promises to keep up its presence through mobile blood drives, a spokeswoman said. Shepeard Community Blood Center, which competes fiercely with the Red Cross for blood drives, is already looking to benefit.

Highlights of the new Georgia House and Senate district maps:
With BC-GA-XGR--Redistricting

Court-martial begins for Army hospital ex-official
The court-martial of the highest-ranking soldier accused in a fraud investigation at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center began Monday at Fort Gordon.

Judges, attorneys fear new public defender system will be too costly
MOULTRIE, Ga. -- Some Georgia judges, prosecutors and district attorneys are concerned that the state's new indigent defense system will prove too costly for local taxpayers, and their respective counties are looking for ways to opt out of the program.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - With only three legislative days left to pass cuts to the HOPE Scholarship, lawmakers still disagree on how deeply the popular lottery-funded program should be reduced.

Man accused of trying to kill wildlife officers
LAGRANGE, Ga. -- A man accused of plotting to have two wildlife rangers killed was arrested along with another man as they allegedly were burglarizing a state Department of Natural Resources office in Troup County, authorities said.

Stranger's kindness
Debby Clark, the general manager of Hardee ' s on Columbia Highway in Aiken, looks after Joseph Anderson. Mr. Anderson, who is a flagman with Cherokee Contracting, was backed over by a road grader as he directed traffic Monday near the intersection of Wire Road and Highway 118. Mrs. Clark, who has worked in a hospital before, had just gotten off work and stopped to offer help until paramedics arrived to take over. Mr. Anderson, 28, suffered injuries to the lower body, and he was taken to the Medical College of Georgia.

McKinney announces bid to reclaim her Congressional seat
DECATUR, Ga. -- Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who claimed "malicious crossover voting" by Repubicans caused her defeat two years ago, announced Saturday that she will try to reclaim the 4th Congressional District seat now held by Denise Majette.

Man might face death in ex-girlfriend's killing
A man accused of killing an ex-girlfriend and another man in December will face a possible death sentence if convicted of murder.

School faces uncertain future as legislators try to save money
McCORMICK, S.C. -- Tucked away behind tall pines in rural South Carolina is a school that receives more than $43,000 per student in state funding - nearly 25 times what any other school in the state receives.

Scrapbooking aids pupils' writing
Evans Middle School seventh-grader Chase Cullinan loves macaroni and cheese. He says he eats it all the time.

Less rain could mean fewer cases of West Nile
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- As the weather warms across South Carolina, health officials are bracing for another round of the West Nile virus.

News you can use

Group begins campaign to pass stronger seat-belt laws
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A group of businesses and organizations trying to curb the number of people killed on South Carolina's roadways has begun an Internet and newspaper ad campaign.

Augusta blood-drawing station to close; Shepeard to benefit

Testimony in school funding trial causes backlash
RAINS, S.C. --Testimony from school superintendents and principals in a lawsuit challenging the way the state funds public schools has triggered backlash in some communities.

Scrapbooking aids pupils' writing

Ousted transportation authority director received undue compensation
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- The former chief executive officer of the Waccamaw Regional Transportation Authority received $12,166 more in salary than was called for in his contract, according to a review of documents by The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News.

Democrat lawmaker seeks Miller's seat

Testimony in school funding trial causes backlash
RAINS, S.C. --Testimony from school superintendents and principals in a lawsuit challenging the way the state funds public schools has triggered backlash in some communities.

Meal contract drops 31 jobs
A decision by the CSRA Regional Development Center to award a contract to a Florida company for a nutrition program that serves 14 area counties will cost Augusta 31 jobs and a $600,000 annual payroll, according to Ron Schoeffler, the executive director of the Senior Citizens Council of Greater Augusta.

The week ahead
There's nothing, and I mean nothing, that says spring for me like the crack of a bat, the sweet sound of a ball smacking against a well-worn leather mitt and a savory arc of tobacco juice finding a home in the outfield grass.

Around town

Testimony in school funding trial causes backlash

Man confesses killing mother

Man pleads guilty to molesting woman who sought him for psychotherapy

Data show brush fire incidents up in 2004

Kid of the day

Schools get leeway on No Child Left Behind

School faces uncertain future as legislators try to save money

Authority wants grant to revamp Gilbert Manor
What some had considered a nearly dead issue - a plan to revitalize Augusta's Gilbert Manor area using a federal grant - still had a pulse at an Augusta Commission committee meeting Monday.

Scott is part Tiger, part Shark
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Golf has been waiting for the next Tiger Woods to rise from the cradle. Australians have been waiting for the next Greg Norman.

Finally! My wife's new diet is one I can handle
My wife told me she was starting a new diet, which meant that, by the Geneva Convention Rules of Marriage, I would be starting a new diet. I was scared.

Coens hit remake trail with black comedy update
LOS ANGELES -- Some filmmakers tiptoe around the word "remake." Others delicately suggest their film is not so much a remake as a "revisitation or reimagining," afraid of being scorned for filching someone else's ideas.

Coens hit remake trail with black comedy update

Q&A With Neil Fanning, the voice of 'Scooby-Doo'

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

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

Q&A With Neil Fanning, the voice of 'Scooby-Doo'
LOS ANGELES -- Neil Fanning looks like the kind of fearsome tough guy who would make Scooby-Doo exclaim "Ruh-roh!" and scamper away.

'Scooby-Doo 2" scares up No. 1 debut with $30.7 million

'Scooby-Doo 2" scares up No. 1 debut with $30.7 million
LOS ANGELES -- The Mystery Inc. ghostbusters might have to cut their budget for Scooby snacks.

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews

Eric Clapton pays tribute to Robert Johnson

Texas singer uses his medical struggle to reach others
DALLAS -- The title cut from Clay Walker's latest album, "A Few Questions," asks: "How in this world can we put a man on the moon and still have a need for a place like St. Jude's?"

Jackson faces tough test with new album

Jackson faces tough test with new album
NEW YORK -- MTV's "Spanking New" videos in heavy rotation include a gyrating, cleavage-baring Beyonce and a bleeped-out Eminem with his group D12.

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews
Selected audio reviews:

Eric Clapton pays tribute to Robert Johnson
NEW YORK -- Of course, Eric Clapton remembers the first time he heard Robert Johnson's music.

Texas singer uses his medical struggle to reach others

Busch refuses to give up lead
BRISTOL, Tenn. - By disobeying a direct order from his crew chief to stop for new tires, Kurt Busch couldn't blame anyone else if he didn't win Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Busch wins third straight at Bristol
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Kurt Busch turned a bad decision and an underpowered, ill-handling car into another victory.

Busch refuses to give up lead

Busch wins third straight at Bristol

What a night! James' 41 and 13 lift Cavs
CLEVELAND -- In a season of amazing achievement, LeBron James reached a new high. Put simply, he played his finest game when his team needed it the most.

Bulls' Chandler suspended
NEW YORK -- Chicago Bulls forward-center Tyson Chandler was suspended for one game without pay by the NBA on Monday for throwing a punch at Atlanta's Michael Bradley.

Bulls' Chandler suspended

Former Rockets star Murphy charged

Knicks drop Trail Blazers

What a night! James' 41 and 13 lift Cavs

Pretrial hearing canceled in Bryant case

Hawks preparing for future without Nelson

Hawks preparing for future without Nelson
PHILADELPHIA -- This was not how Jameer Nelson wanted to end his career, sitting on the court staring blankly while another team celebrated around him.

Pretrial hearing canceled in Bryant case
EAGLE, Colo. -- A pretrial hearing set for Friday in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case was canceled because of scheduling conflicts, a state courts spokeswoman said Monday.

Former Rockets star Murphy charged
HOUSTON -- Hall of Fame guard Calvin Murphy surrendered to authorities Monday after being charged with sexually assaulting his daughters more than a decade ago.

Knicks drop Trail Blazers
NEW YORK - Vin Baker made a jump hook over the outstretched arm of Theo Ratliff, the league's leading shot blocker, with 38 seconds left to give the New York Knicks' a three-point lead that held up Monday night in a 92-91

Oklahoma State fans celebrate dream of making it to Final Four
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Even the sixth time around, John Lucas' 3-pointer drew a huge ovation.

Martelli, Summitt named Naismith coaches
ATLANTA -- Saint Joseph's Phil Martelli and Tennessee's Pat Summitt were named Monday as the Naismith College Basketball Coaches of the Year by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

Completing the Final Four
Jarrett Jack had a career game and Georgia Tech is in the Final Four for the first time since 1990.

Duke ousts Xavier
ATLANTA -- Too much history. Too much Duke.

UConn advances again
HARTFORD, Conn. - Diana Taurasi turned in one last stellar performance in front of the home fans and helped Connecticut add one more sterling accomplishment to its already glittering legacy.

Alabama has reason to look forward to next season
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Even as Alabama savors its deepest trip into the NCAA tournament, the buzz is already beginning to mount about next season.

Players hope to overcome injuries
ATLANTA - Saddled with a bum ankle, B.J. Elder limped during warmups, limped through 12 scoreless minutes, then limped back on the court to celebrate Georgia Tech's first trip to the Final Four in 14 years.

UConn eyes record fifth straight Final Four
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Diana Taurasi's last game in Connecticut could produce a first for women's basketball.

Tagliab2ue, replay to stay

Owners vote to extend Tagliabue's deal

Panthers play Packers in opening game

McNabb excited about getting Owens

Bears trade for fullback Johnson

DT Gibson agrees to two-year deal with Bills

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Terrorism concerns may keep Serena Williams out of Olympics

Terrorism concerns may keep Serena Williams out of Olympics
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Serena Williams says the threat of terrorism at the Athens Olympics might keep her home, even though she wants to compete there.

Serena Williams advances to quarterfinals

Santa Anita Derby could produce all-around winners

Prep spring sports

Young competitors grind through early stages

Overtime

Overtime

Kwan, Cohen need to up the ante to challenge

Serena Williams improves to 2-0 in comeback

Gordon, Jones Jr. in $3 million USTA campaign to promote tennis
NEW YORK -- NASCAR star Jeff Gordon and boxing champion Roy Jones Jr. will appear in a $3 million ad campaign the U.S. Tennis Association is launching to promote participation in the sport.

Santa Anita Derby could produce all-around winners
The Santa Anita Derby has produced three of the past seven Kentucky Derby winners, and there are plenty of candidates in this year's race.

Overtime
Coach Lou Holtz vowed to become more involved next season in South Carolina's offense, but nobody expected him to break a leg doing it.

Young competitors grind through early stages
While watching Petra Rampre hit tennis balls on the adjacent court, Henri Elkins tries to explain what's needed to make it big on the WTA Tour.

Serena Williams advances to quarterfinals
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Serena Williams made her latest fashion statement and offered some eye-popping tennis as well Monday, beating 16-year-old Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals of the Nasdaq-100 Open.

Kwan, Cohen need to up the ante to challenge
DORTMUND, Germany -- If Michelle Kwan and Sasha Cohen want to beat the Japanese next year, they need to make more difficult jumps - especially if there's a new judging system.

Prep spring sports
Here is a list of area spring sports scores from Monday night action.

Serena Williams improves to 2-0 in comeback
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Needing one point to complete a narrow victory, Serena Williams charged the net and lunged in vain for a shot that sent her sprawling to the concrete.

Williams concerned about Olympics terrorism threat
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Serena Williams says the threat of terrorism at the Athens Olympics might keep her home, even though she wants to compete there.

Overtime
USC Aiken used an 11 run first inning to blow out West Virginia State 15-4 in college baseball action.

Fayetteville Seventy-First's Pringle named AP women's player of year
RALEIGH, N.C. -- LaToya Pringle's preparation and talent came to the forefront during the biggest games For Fayetteville Seventy-First. Now she has another award to show for it.

Trinity's King named AP men's player of year
RALEIGH, N.C. -- When Josh King isn't playing basketball, he's watching it on television. When he's not doing that, he's officiating an over-30 basketball league for the Archdale Parks & Recreation Department.

McNabb excited about getting Owens
Donovan McNabb can't wait to throw passes to Terrell Owens.

Bears trade for fullback Johnson
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears acquired fullback Bryan Johnson from the Washington Redskins in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick Monday.

Tagliab2ue, replay to stay
PALM BEACH, Fla. - NFL owners are ready to give commissioner Paul Tagliabue a new contract and keep instant replay.

DT Gibson agrees to two-year deal with Bills
ORCHARD PARK N.Y. -- Defensive tackle Oliver Gibson and the Buffalo Bills agreed to a two-year contract, the team confirmed Monday.

Panthers play Packers in opening game
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers will open the 2004 regular season against the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 13 at Bank of America Stadium, the team announced Monday.

Owners vote to extend Tagliabue's deal
PALM BEACH, Fla. -- All 32 NFL owners voted to extend commissioner Paul Tagliabue's contract for up to three years because the league is facing several key decisions.

Scott is part Tiger, part Shark

The king of Thursday night is expanding his empire

Would-be magnates want to hear 'You're hired!'

Jackson's breasts were a center of attention for Letterman before
NEW YORK -- Call it a foreshadowing: The last time Janet Jackson appeared on David Letterman's "Late Show," her breasts were the center of attention.

'Coach' actors stage a laugh-filled reunion on "The District"

The king of Thursday night is expanding his empire
NEW YORK -- Every Friday morning when the Nielsen numbers come in for the night before, Mark Burnett's credentials as one of the most powerful creative forces in television grow stronger.

Craig Kilborn has a little list to mark fifth year on 'Late Late Show'
LOS ANGELES -- Every night, Craig Kilborn asks a guest to answer five questions on his CBS talk show.

Parental dismay over TV content is widespread

Parental dismay over TV content is widespread
NEW YORK -- Congress is on the case, and so are federal regulators, but legions of American parents already have reached a verdict - much of what airs on television is not fit for their children.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

Would-be magnates want to hear 'You're hired!'
SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Fla. -- During the 12 hours he spent waiting in line to try out for "The Apprentice," Robert Levine was courteous to his rivals, even holding their spots during bathroom breaks.

Craig Kilborn has a little list to mark fifth year on 'Late Late Show'

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
LOS ANGELES -- Ten years ago, the acclaimed documentary "Hoop Dreams" explored family, sports and society through the experiences of two high school basketball players.

'Coach' actors stage a laugh-filled reunion on "The District"
MARINA DEL REY, Calif. -- Craig T. Nelson, Jerry Van Dyke and Bill Fagerbakke keep cracking up on the set of the CBS drama "The District."

People in the News

Ben & Jen are back, but it's Affleck's show with 'Jersey Girl'

Notable off-screen and on-screen Hollywood couples

Lady luck aids Bulldogs
ATHENS, Ga. - After all they've been through this season - injuries, slumps and the Kara Braxton saga - if any team in the Sweet 16 was deserving of a little bit of luck it was Georgia.

Lady Bulldogs ousted
SEATTLE - Back in Baton Rouge, Sue Gunter must have been leaping off her couch.

Lady luck aids Bulldogs

Odom OK with team's future

Gamecocks avoid sweep

Holtz breaks leg at practice
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Coach Lou Holtz vowed to become more involved next season in South Carolina's offense, but nobody expected him to break a leg doing it.

Holtz breaks leg at practice

Gamecocks avoid sweep
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Matt Campbell scattered five hits and South Carolina batters hit seven doubles and three consecutive home runs to defeat Arkansas 10-2 Sunday.

Odom OK with team's future
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina coach Dave Odom sees his young Gamecocks taking the right steps to yearly success - including a huge one earlier this month when they reached the NCAA Tournament.

Working up a healthy attitude
Beads of sweat dotted Jodie Yu's face as she stepped up from the abdominal machine at Omni Health and Fitness in Evans.

Girl should know boy's true feelings

Working up a healthy attitude

Question of the week
How much sleep do you get each night?

4-1-1
Heads up, boys and girls - your source for just about any name in the English language (and a few others) is at www.behindthename.com.

Avoid predicaments by planning

Your style
THE TEEN: Taylor Stulb, 15, is a freshman at Lakeside High School.

Avoid predicaments by planning
Have you ever been stuck in a situation you didn't want to be in because you didn't have the presence of mind to say "no"? Ever agreed to do something you wouldn't ordinarily do because you were caught up in the heat of the moment? If so, welcome to the club.

Your style

Love seems to blossom in the spring
OK, so we know its spring. Around school, teens are in flip-flops, short sleeves and capris. Some teachers have even cranked up the AC.

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

Question of the week

Girl should know boy's true feelings
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I've been friends with this girl for nearly a year and a half. We've gone out together and done a lot of things that friends just don't do. We've even told each other that we loved each other. I don't think she sees me as the boyfriend type, though. What should I do?

He was a big man

Vermont officials worry as goat farmer's herd grows

Oldest known bank robber in U.S. history did it for fun

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