Works by Tolkien, Dickens and Chaucer auctioned
LONDON -- Rare volumes of J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy were the centerpiece of an extensive private book collection auctioned Wednesday for a total of $270,000.

Galleries

Works by Tolkien, Dickens and Chaucer auctioned

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

Giants' ballpark pitches wireless access to Internet fans
SAN FRANCISCO -- If Barry Bonds ties Willie Mays' career home run record at home in the next few weeks, Giants fans can spread the news with e-mails and instant messages - without ever leaving their stadium seats.

Pirates edge out Phillies

Injured Achilles' tendon forces Garciaparra to sit
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra will start the season on the disabled list with an injured right Achilles' tendon and is expected to be out at least three weeks.

Blue Jays rout Red Sox
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Pedro Martinez's final outing of the spring sure didn't last long.

Blue Jays rout Red Sox

Pirates edge out Phillies
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Jose Castillo gave the Pittsburgh Pirates another reason to make him their starting second baseman.

Williams goes 3-for-5 against Halladay
TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees center fielder Bernie Williams went 3-for-5 against AL Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay in a minor league game Wednesday.

Tejada settles in as Orioles' shortstop
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Miguel Tejada began returning dividends on his new $72 million contract with the Baltimore Orioles long before he ever walked onto the field.

Williams goes 3-for-5 against Halladay

Yankees expect, and get, best
TAMPA, Fla. - Kenny Lofton was eight outs away from a World Series title with the Giants in 2002. His Cleveland Indians made it to Game 6 of the Fall Classic in 1995.

Yankees stunned in opener

Baseball opens its season on the other side of the world
TOKYO -- Japanese fans waited 49 years to see the New York Yankees again. Judging by the turnout at Tokyo Dome, it was worth the wait.

Angels defeat Rockies
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Denny Stark was awarded the No. 5 spot in the Colorado Rockies rotation Wednesday despite struggling for five innings in a 9-5 loss to the Anaheim Angels.

Yankees stunned in opener
TOKYO - Fans in the Tokyo Dome seemed surprised. The ones back in New York must have been shocked.

Cardinals up Expos
JUPITER, Fla. -- Matt Morris pitched seven strong innings to give the St. Louis Cardinals their eighth one-run win of the spring, 2-1 over the Montreal Expos on Wednesday.

Cubs' Prior out until May
MESA, Ariz. - Mark Prior probably won't pitch until May because of inflammation in his right Achilles' tendon and a stiff elbow.

Expos tie Marlins in 10 innings

Tejada settles in as Orioles' shortstop

Angels defeat Rockies

Yankees expect, and get, best

Giants' ballpark pitches wireless access to Internet fans

Cubs' Prior out until May

Baseball opens its season on the other side of the world

Injured Achilles' tendon forces Garciaparra to sit

Expos tie Marlins in 10 innings
JUPITER, Fla. -- Florida's Mike Lowell was hit by a pitch twice Tuesday, clearing benches, leading to manager Jack McKeon's ejection and sparking memories of last year when the All-Star third baseman missed four weeks with a broken hand.

Lynch tapped as new athletic director at Boston University

Lynch tapped as new athletic director at Boston University
BOSTON -- Former Red Sox minor leaguer Michael Lynch was hired as athletic director at Boston University on Wednesday.

Recent area births

Recent area births
Here is a list that contains the names of newly arrived bundles of joy and their families.

Police shoot, kill escaped gorilla at zoo
DALLAS -- As a 350-pound gorilla ran free at the Dallas Zoo, attacking four people, employees clashed with police on how to corral the animal before police shot it to death, a newspaper reported Wednesday.

Odds and Ends
KALISPELL, Mont. -- A busy mom was making a green salad when she unexpectedly came across some protein - live protein.

Motorist injured in crash spends 36 hours on freeway
FRIENDSWOOD, Texas -- A motorist injured in a crash lay paralyzed in the middle of a freeway with a broken neck for 36 hours before he was rescued.

"Passion of the Christ" prompts man to confess to bombings
OSLO, Norway -- A Norwegian man trying to put his neo-Nazi past behind him confessed to bombing a youth group's headquarters in the 1990s, saying he admitted his guilt after seeing "The Passion of the Christ."

Odds and Ends
RACINE, Wis. -- Jeremy Peterson sure was glad when his pet, Joe, came home - until health officials told the teenager the duck had to go.

Elderly California man jumps to his death from rented airplane
EL CAJON, Calif. -- An elderly man recently diagnosed with a brain tumor leaped to his death from a vintage airplane he rented to celebrate his 88th birthday, officials said Tuesday.

Disney sued after Moe the Rat is banned from protests
PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Moe the Rat is butting heads with Mickey Mouse.

Braves look to Wise up

Cox still working on relief pitchers' roles
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Atlanta Braves' starting rotation and closer appear set, but what happens in between remains uncertain with less than a week to go before the start of the season.

Cox still working on relief pitchers' roles

More control, less respect from Ramirez
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Horacio Ramirez credits a lack of respect for his improved command this spring.

Braves look to Wise up
LAKELAND, Fla. - The Atlanta Braves roster started to take shape Wednesday when outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. was released, clearing the way for non-roster invitee Dewayne Wise to make the team.

Tigers put hurting on Braves

Tigers put hurting on Braves
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Detroit Tigers right-hander Jason Johnson expects to be ready to start opening day despite leaving Wednesday's game after two innings because of a blister on his right middle finger.

Business briefs
Salutations is saying goodbye to downtown. The greeting card and stationary store at 134 Eighth St. closed Wednesday after 11 months in business.

Fuel prices hitting farmers hard this season
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Farmers preparing to plant are including the rising cost of fuel in their business plans, knowing that price spikes will cut into profits.

Hospice is getting new home

Radio Flyer to move production of wagons to China

Factory orders rise by 0.3 percent in February

OPEC considers necessity of output cut

Hosts offer early view
SEA ISLAND, Ga. - The hosts of this summer's Group of Eight Summit are getting a dress rehearsal this week by entertaining Georgia-based diplomats from two dozen countries.

Consumer confidence remains virtually unchanged in March

Probes of Iraq contracts give Halliburton high-profile headaches
WASHINGTON -- Halliburton Co. has reaped as much as $6 billion in contracts from the U.S. invasion of Iraq, but improprieties in those military contracts have also given Vice President Dick Cheney's former company high-profile headaches.

Continental addition pays off

A swanky business style
When Cheri Biggs moved with her husband to Augusta in October, she said she couldn't find the hip and trendy products she had grown accustomed to living in Atlanta.

Treasury Secretary says outsourcing can help economy

Hawks, Thrashers sale is finalized
ATLANTA - The $250 million sale of Atlanta's professional basketball and hockey teams from media conglomerate Time Warner to a nine-member group was finalized Wednesday with a promise of wins to come but few details about how that will be achieved.

Business briefs

Factory orders rise by 0.3 percent in February
WASHINGTON -- America's factories saw orders bounce back a bit in February, a sign that manufacturing is continuing to emerge from a three-year slump.

S.C. jobless rate fourth-highest in nation
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina had the nation's fourth-highest unemployment rate in February at 6.3 percent, the U.S. Department of Labor said Wednesday.

Circuit City reports higher fourth quarter profits

Report: Massachusetts and California poised for biggest economic gains
Massachusetts and California are poised for the biggest economic gains, according to a new study that credits those states' sizable investments in technology and science.

Turning back the clock
It took two men to attach the glass fronts to each of the four faces on the new Broad Street clock.

Fuel prices hitting farmers hard this season

Pager companies MetroCall, Arch Wireless to merge
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Dow Jones/AP) - Metrocall Holdings Inc. and Arch Wireless Inc., the country's two largest independent pager companies, plan to merge in an attempt to cut costs in the shrinking industry.

Continental addition pays off
In the year since Continental Express landed at Augusta Regional Airport, officials said, there has been a mostly positive combination of increases and decreases.

Group fights phone charge

AOL to give away 2002 Porsche seized from spammer
NEW YORK -- Finally, some payback for all that spam: It's a 2002 Porsche Boxster S that will be the grand prize in an America Online sweepstakes launching Tuesday.

S.C. jobless rate fourth-highest in nation

Donald Trump's Atlantic City casinos in trouble financially
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- While Donald Trump basks in the popularity of his runaway hit reality TV show, "The Apprentice," the auditors for his Atlantic City casino property are raising alarms over the financier's real-life debt load.

OPEC agrees to cut output target
VIENNA, Austria -- With fuel costs already at uncomfortable levels for consumers, OPEC took a step that could push prices even higher by announcing Wednesday that it would cut its crude oil production target by 4 percent.

Consumer confidence remains virtually unchanged in March
NEW YORK -- Consumer confidence, which fell sharply in February, remained relatively steady in March, according to a business research group.

Circuit City reports higher fourth quarter profits
RICHMOND, Va. -- Circuit City Stores Inc., the nation's no. 2 consumer electronics chain, reported a 26 percent increase in fourth-quarter net income as it cut costs.

Treasury Secretary says outsourcing can help economy
CINCINNATI -- Treasury Secretary John Snow says outsourcing of American jobs, a hot issue in the presidential campaign, can help make the economy stronger.

Best Buy earnings jump sharply in fourth quarter
MINNEAPOLIS -- Fourth-quarter earnings at Best Buy Co. Inc. jumped 51 percent as the company benefited from new stores, sales gains and the absence of its former Musicland division.

Report: Massachusetts and California poised for biggest economic gains

Hospice is getting new home
A suburban Atlanta company that is building the area's first stand-alone hospice says it is filling a void in the otherwise robust medical community - care for the terminally ill.

Sea Island businesses fear summit won't pay

Hawks, Thrashers sale is finalized

Group fights phone charge
NEW YORK - Phone companies should be banned from imposing an array of surcharges that are labeled so as to suggest the government gets the fees or requires their collection, state watchdog agencies complained to federal regulators on Tuesday.

Best Buy earnings jump sharply in fourth quarter

OPEC considers necessity of output cut
VIENNA, Austria - The current high price of oil should not prevent OPEC from cutting its output target by 4 percent as planned, oil ministers said Tuesday.

Donald Trump's Atlantic City casinos in trouble financially

Business briefs
One of the region's largest termite and pest control companies has acquired Augusta's Barnes Exterminating.

OPEC agrees to cut output target

Radio Flyer to move production of wagons to China
CHICAGO -- Radio Flyer Inc., maker of the little red wagon loved by generations of children, plans to move its manufacturing operation to China.

Sea Island businesses fear summit won't pay
ATHENS, Ga. - Despite reports that this summer's G-8 Summit will be an economic windfall for Glynn County's Sea Island, businesses in the area are not convinced.

Clemson gives Davis a three-year extension

Clemson's Babalola has surgery
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson forward Olu Babalola had arthroscopic surgery on his ankle this week, the school announced.

Clemson's Babalola has surgery

Clemson gives Davis a three-year extension
Clemson women's basketball coach Jim Davis had to watch the NCAA tournament on TV for the second straight year. Clemson's administration is betting its longtime leader won't make it three-in-a-row next season.

Auburn narrows coaching wish list

Hornung: Notre Dame must lower academics to draw 'the black athlete'
DETROIT -- Football great Paul Hornung said in a radio interview that his alma mater, Notre Dame, needs to lower its academic standards to "get the black athlete."

Auburn narrows coaching wish list
AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn has narrowed its basketball coaching search to between five and eight candidates, including UAB's Mike Anderson, but the point man for the process said Wednesday there is no clear-cut frontrunner.

Hornung: Notre Dame must lower academics to draw 'the black athlete'

Cream rises to top in Final Four

Rutgers advances to NIT final

Minnesota stuns Duke

Eastern Washington coach offered Utah job

Final Four star power on sidelines, not court

A battle for freedom

A battle for freedom
They're not random. They're not without great planning and thought. And terror isn't their only motivation.

Still tough on terror

Still tough on terror
The hunt is on for weapons of mass distraction.

The crows of Fallujah
Like crows intent on destroying the harvest before it's begun, the haters in Iraq are picking and jabbing at the seeds of freedom.

New England nonsense
It does seem odd - lawmakers in liberal Massachusetts backing a ban on gay marriage, when Southern states such as Georgia and Kentucky have been unable to do so.

New bars, restaurants dot town
The first wave of golf fans descends on Augusta this weekend, and there's a new bar downtown awaiting them.

The top five list
Here are the top five TV shows, movies, music, concerts and video sales.

Sources: Jackson grand jury heard from attorney, psychologist
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- A grand jury meeting under extraordinary secrecy heard testimony from the psychologist who first reported to authorities a boy's claim that he was molested by Michael Jackson, two sources close to the case said Tuesday.

The big ticket
LARRY JON WILSON, JOHN D. LOUDERMILK AND SHAWN MULLINS: 8 p.m. Saturday, Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; $20-$35; 722-8341 or online at imperialtheatre.com.

Extras, extras
JUST OUT: Brother Bear, House of Sand and Fog and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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

Jackson and boyfriend party at album release event
NEW YORK -- Hours after explaining away that infamous "wardrobe malfunction," Janet Jackson spent the night partying with her boyfriend, Jermaine Dupri, and an assortment of celebrity pals while celebrating the release of her new album, "Damita Jo."

People in the News
NEW YORK -- Liv Tyler had a front-row seat for the start of the "Bennifer" craze while she and Ben Affleck were filming "Jersey Girl" - and couldn't believe her eyes.

People in the News
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- James Brown will perform in New Zealand after the government granted the Godfather of Soul a special visa, despite a string of criminal convictions that would normally ban him from the country.

NBC signs Jay Leno to contract extension as 'Tonight' show host
NEW YORK -- NBC has inked late-night television's ratings king, Jay Leno, to a contract extension that will keep him as "Tonight" show host until the end of 2009.

Hot ticket
THE PERFORMER: Slipknot WHEN: Saturday THE VENUE: The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., Atlanta

Club calendar
Here's a list of entertainment at Aiken-Augusta nightclubs.

Applause calendar
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Entertainment briefs
With spring in the air, the arts are in the streets. This month's First Friday will feature performances by the fire manipulation group Pyroteque, golf-theme performance art with Behind the Masque, and live music featuring Joe and Louis Stevenson, the Shaun Piazza Band and Alfonzo Dog on 10th Street. Friday will also be opening night for Hale Tiki, a retro Polynesian-theme lounge on Broad Street.

Penney puts $4.37 billion value on Eckerd
PLANO, Texas -- J.C. Penney Co. says the fair value of its stake in the Eckerd drugstore chain that it is trying to sell is $4.37 billion.

MFS pays $50 million to settle SEC case
BOSTON -- MFS Investment Management will pay $50 million to settle federal civil fraud charges alleging it failed to properly disclose incentives it gave to brokerage firms that favored its products, the mutual fund company announced Wednesday.

Tokyo stocks close marginally lower, dollar up against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks slipped Tuesday as investors sold shares in banks and other sectors that have posted gains recently amid rising optimism about Japan's economy. The U.S. dollar rose against the Japanese yen.

Dollar down, gold up in Europe
LONDON -- The U.S. dollar fell Wednesday morning against most other major currencies in European trading. Gold prices rose.

A status report on Wall Street's major indexes
Stocks closed higher Tuesday, extending their gains for a second session as investors grew more optimistic about first-quarter earnings and a much-anticipated jobs report due at the end of the week.

Tokyo stocks edge up to complete stellar year
TOKYO -- The U.S. dollar hit a four-year low against the Japanese yen Wednesday while Tokyo stocks ended slightly higher to cap the market's best fiscal year in three decades.

Tokyo stocks edge up to complete stellar year

Stocks sag on disappointing news
NEW YORK -- Wall Street edged modestly lower Wednesday, closing a turbulent quarter on a down note as the government reported weaker-than-expected growth in the manufacturing sector and OPEC signaled it would move ahead with a planned production cut.

Dollar pulls back; focus on ECB, U.S. payrolls

Dollar down, gold up in Europe

Cautious optimism sends stocks upward
NEW YORK -- Anticipation over a strong earnings season and hopes for a good job growth report sent stocks higher in a late afternoon rally Tuesday, with the Nasdaq composite index closing above 2,000 for the first time since March 8.

A status report on Wall Street's major indexes
A disappointing manufacturing report and an OPEC oil production cutback sent stocks falling Wednesday as investors wait for a sign of better things to come in Friday's employment report.

SEC inquiry looks at Edward Jones mutual fund sales practices
ST. LOUIS -- The Securities and Exchange Commission is considering enforcement action against Edward D. Jones & Co. over the company's mutual fund sales practices, according to an SEC filing Tuesday by the St. Louis-based brokerage.

MFS pays $50 million to settle SEC case

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

Tokyo stocks close marginally lower, dollar up against yen

A status report on Wall Street's major indexes

A status report on Wall Street's major indexes

Dollar pulls back; focus on ECB, U.S. payrolls
NEW YORK - The dollar slipped modestly against most major currencies Tuesday, while edging higher against the yen, as investors enjoyed a reprieve from recent volatility ahead of potential trendsetting events later this week.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

SEC inquiry looks at Edward Jones mutual fund sales practices

Tokyo stocks close marginally lower, dollar up against yen

Mutual funds named in scandal saw sales tumble

Mutual funds named in scandal saw sales tumble
NEW YORK (Dow Jones/AP) - Mutual-fund companies pegged in the market-timing scandal experienced monthly net redemptions of $10.7 billion from their stock and bond funds in the last four months of 2003, according to the industry's primary trade group.

Small portions
The arrival of baby greens in markets is a sure sign that spring is finally here. Shoots of tender dandelion, arugula, new spinach or Bibb lettuce should prompt cooks to put aside hearty winter recipes in favor of lighter fare.

Come-as-you-are casual at the Village Deli
THE PLACE: Village Deli, 2803 Wrightsboro Road WHAT'S THERE: American delicatessen with full bar

Small portions

Ham and hard-boiled eggs enrich spring soups, salads

Come-as-you-are casual at the Village Deli

Ham and hard-boiled eggs enrich spring soups, salads
It's spring, and it's appealing to turn to fresher fare - a little lighter in approach, food to tickle the taste buds, to make the most of seasonal items.

Elder says he's playing
ATLANTA - B.J. Elder, bound to the bench on Sunday with a sprained right ankle, begged his teammates to give him another chance to play this season. They responded by dumping Kansas in overtime and earning a spot in the Final Four, so Elder is doing everything he can to hold his end of the deal.

Paul Hewitt: A neophyte among Final Four veterans
ATLANTA -- Paul Hewitt is considered the interloper at this Final Four. He's not bothered one bit.

Jackets know less isn't Moore
ATLANTA - Clarence Moore knew something was missing - and not just within himself - during his year away from basketball. When he watched Georgia Tech play, he sensed the Yellow Jackets lacked something.

Jack relishes role as team foundation
ATLANTA - Some of the most successful college basketball programs came calling on Jarrett Jack.

Wilkinson finds himself back at familiar position
ATLANTA - Linebackers like Gerris Wilkinson don't often get blind-sided, and never by a 51-year-old man whose football playing days ended 30 years ago.

U.S. Bank to take over Milwaukee tournament

Isleworth whips Lake Nona for bragging rights
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Stuart Appleby shot a 6-under 66 as three Isleworth members swept their matches Tuesday, giving the club bragging rights over Lake Nona with a 14 1/2 -9 1/2 victory in the Tavistock Cup.

U.S. Bank to take over Milwaukee tournament
MILWAUKEE -- The Greater Milwaukee Open agreed to a three-year deal Wednesday with U.S. Bank, ending a 36-year run on the PGA Tour without title sponsorship.

Changes to the world ranking under review
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Changes to the world ranking could be coming, but it might not be this year.

Timing yields weaker group

Changes to the world ranking under review

Weir, Crane have different memories of last year's BellSouth
DULUTH, Ga. -- Ben Crane strolled along the back nine this week at the TPC at Sugarloaf and relived his memories from last year's victory.

Teams to face rebuilt course
When Augusta State fired a tournament-record score to win the 2003 Cleveland Golf/ASU Invitational, it didn't know that its mark might last until the end of time.

Duval withdraws from Masters
David Duval is withdrawing from the Masters Tournament , saying Tuesday he needs more time to work on his game and enjoy his new family.

Timing yields weaker group
DULUTH, Ga. - Defending BellSouth Classic champion Ben Crane spent the past two days reminiscing over his breakthrough victory on the PGA Tour.

Weir, Crane have different memories of last year's BellSouth

What does her future hold?

What does her future hold?
Everything was back to normal Tuesday for Michelle Wie, if there is such a thing anymore.

Lakeside coach will not return
Sometimes a coach has to worry about his own home team. Lakeside boys basketball coach Richie Carnes can definitely see the logic in that statement.

Boston takes division lead
RALEIGH, N.C. - Sergei Samsonov scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, and the Boston Bruins moved into sole possession of first place in the Northeast Division with a 3-2 victory Tuesday night over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Conference foes to meet in semis

Primeau, Desjardins expected to return to Flyers lineup
VOORHEES, N.J. -- Captain Keith Primeau and veteran defenseman Eric Desjardins are expected to return Thursday night when the Philadelphia Flyers visit Montreal.

Conference foes to meet in semis
BOSTON -- The four teams seeking the NCAA hockey championship have plenty of time to prepare. But already know their semifinal opponents well.

Blue Jackets recall Jackman from Syracuse
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets recalled right wing Tim Jackman from Syracuse of the AHL on Wednesday.

Blue Jackets recall Jackman from Syracuse

Breakfast pizza can be a delicious eye-opener
Looking for a way to wow your Masters guests during the upcoming tournament?

Registered sex offender accused of sexually assaulting a woman
Columbia County authorities today are searching for a registered sex offender accused of sexually assaulting a woman in his Evans home Tuesday night.

Augusta National to restrict patrons bags, purses size
The Augusta National Golf Club announced today that it will restrict patrons at next week's Masters Tournament from bringing in purses, personal bags or packages larger than 10 inches wide, by 5 inches high by 5 inches deep.

Kerry has voted down defense
Rick McKee's cartoon on Sen. John Kerry and Osama bin Laden (March 18) seems to be right on the mark if you check the senator's voting record on national defense. Dennis Ellis, Augusta

Bush-bashers are light on facts
After viewing a continuous barrage of letters from the Greenbaums and Cooks denigrating President Bush during the past three years, I rarely take further notice when I observe either surname. The article by Paul Cook ("GOP is endangering our Social Security," March 21) was cause for an exception. Cook's letter possessed its normal objective of berating President Bush. However, its details missed the most obvious facts of why Social Security soon will be defunct. Vern J. Simon, Evans, Ga.

Whose God will be in the pledge?

Don't monkey with the Constitution

Pet store marred by tragedy
I am an eighth-grade pupil at North Augusta Middle School, and I am writing to voice my opinion on the situation at the Augusta Mall pet store. Tracie Tompkins, North Augusta, S.C.

Race track must not close
CSRA International Speedway (formerly Gordon Park Speedway) is not there to only increase one man's wealth. There are quite a few of us who look forward to a Saturday night of good, old-fashioned fun with our friends and families. Each Saturday night, once a week from April until October. That is not an excessive amount of noise: six hours a week. Randy and Briggette London, Augusta

Whose God will be in the pledge?
Here you go again, trying to maintain a fiction, that "under God" belongs in the Pledge of Allegiance (editorial, "Our fork in the road," March 24). It was not there when the pledge was originally written by Francis Bellamy. Carl Champlin, Aiken, S.C.

Bush-bashers are light on facts

Consider park for judicial center
For the life of me, I cannot understand why it is so hard to find a place for the new judicial center. With all the studies and political moves that have occurred in the past few years, it seems that none of our brilliant commissioners, judges and other politicians have taken a good look at the May Park area. As an Augusta-born resident, here is my take on this very important matter. Thomas Stevens, Augusta

Question politics, not faith
My husband and I enjoy exercising our right of free speech by expressing our political views via letters to the editor, guest columns, bumper stickers, etc. We are longtime Democrats and we always support Democratic candidates. Anne Cook, Augusta

Race track must not close

Don't monkey with the Constitution
Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy said he would support a constitutional amendment that would enable a foreign-born citizen to potentially run for president? Rick Bernardi, North Augusta, S.C.

School board must be accountable
The residents of Richmond County have some serious decisions to make this year about our school board. Charles E. Byrd, Augusta

Summer sun may increases women's chance of papilloma virus infection

Diet trends may have broadened demographics of fiber market

Study: inflammation is only a moderate predictor of heart disease

Program fails to compensate injured nuclear weapons plant workers

Speed humps make neighborhoods safer for kids, study says

Diet trends may have broadened demographics of fiber market
PITTSBURGH -- The mass of dieters doing away with carbohydrates may be changing the demographics for companies that traditionally have marketed fiber laxatives to the silver-haired crowd.

Program fails to compensate injured nuclear weapons plant workers
WASHINGTON -- Nearly four years after Congress passed a law to help ill nuclear weapons plant workers, the government has devoted $74 million to a compensation program that so far has sent only one check, worth $15,000, to one worker.

Study: inflammation is only a moderate predictor of heart disease
A large new study casts doubt on one of the hottest ideas in the field of heart disease - that inflammation levels in the bloodstream are a powerful predictor of heart attacks.

Speed humps make neighborhoods safer for kids, study says
WASHINGTON -- Some people find them annoying, but those speed humps that force motorists to slow down in residential neighborhoods and near schools can significantly cut the risk of injury or death to children, a study says.

Summer sun may increases women's chance of papilloma virus infection
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The long sunny days of summer may increase the risk of catching a common sexually transmitted infection. And it's not just because people have more sex when the weather is nice.

Government investigators criticize security at mad cow lab
WASHINGTON -- The Agriculture Department's mad cow disease testing lab, located in a strip mall in Ames, Iowa, is not secure enough for storage of mad cow tissue samples, a USDA investigative report said.

Missing Lynx to be a factor

Missing Lynx to be a factor
When the Augusta Lynx come out of the locker room for their final home game tonight, fans might have a hard time finding uniformed players amidst a sea of suits.

New you can use

Group calls for stricter penalties

Golf scores verdict upheld
ATLANTA - The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a judgment against a news organization that sued the PGA Tour over the distribution rights of scores from its golf tournaments.

Owner of pet store surrenders license
The owner of a pet store at the center of an animal cruelty investigation by local and state authorities has surrendered his state license, officials said Tuesday.

Public schools might get boost

Museum tells of Augusta's past
History buffs with a taste for Augusta's past will enjoy the newly opened Augusta State University Guard House Museum.

Group wants new plant
Southern Co. and six other companies said they will jointly apply for a license to build a new nuclear power plant, the first in nearly three decades.

Panel grants OK for action
Augusta Commission members have given City Attorney Steve Shepard the go-ahead to pursue legal action against the owner of the Club at Raes Creek for building a clubhouse there without city approval.

Lure of nature leads to treacherous falls
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Allen Wilson doesn't remember his 100-foot drop at Wildcat Falls or the frantic scramble for help as he lay on a rock about a mile into the woods of northern Greenville County.

Man blames two in death
The man serving life in prison for firing a bullet into the head of 27-year-old Willie Rhodes testified Tuesday that the death never would have happened if not for two of his former co-defendants.

Efforts for black judges get boost

Group calls for stricter penalties
Fifty-eight percent of sewage-treatment plants across Georgia violated pollution-control permits at least once during 2002-03, according to an environmental group that is calling for stricter penalties against violators.

Former video poker hall will soon house pupils

Some oppose allowing First Tee onto course
AIKEN - Representatives of Houndslake Country Club are courting an Augusta program that introduces golf to underprivileged children, but some members are worried the young, novice duffers might damage their club's high-dollar fairways and greens.

Continental addition pays off

Sheriff sees no contest in race
AIKEN - It's four more years for Aiken County Sheriff Mike Hunt.

Parkway funds may fall short
AIKEN - The Palmetto Parkway will get only $2 million of the money earmarked in a transportation authorization bill now awaiting approval by the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett said.

Across the region
SMYRNA, GA. - A detention officer at the Smyrna jail has been charged with sexually assaulting a female inmate.

Across the area
An Augusta woman whom authorities charged in an Internet fraud investigation last week has been cleared of charges by the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, officials said Wednesday.

Prom goes on despite injuries
TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. - Nine people were hospitalized during the weekend when the third-story balcony on which they were standing collapsed while the group was taking prom pictures.

Senate votes to look at reforms once more

Continental addition pays off
In the year since Continental Express landed at Augusta Regional Airport, officials said, there has been a mostly positive combination of increases and decreases.

Some oppose allowing First Tee onto course

Efforts for black judges get boost
COLUMBIA - Efforts to get more black judges on the bench in South Carolina got a boost Tuesday at the Statehouse with a visit from the Rev. Jesse Jackson and approval of a bill to change the judicial nominating process.

Kid of the day

Activist enters, quits race against Moore
AIKEN - For about nine hours Tuesday, veteran state Sen. Tommy Moore, D-Clearwater, had a familiar Republican opponent for his reelection bid.

Around town

Recent evolution debate will create discussion at meeting
ATLANTA - The date and site were chosen seven years ago, long before Georgia considered removing the word "evolution" from the state curriculum. But the recent debate has made Atlanta an interesting setting for a meeting of the nation's science teachers.

Group wants new plant

Spartanburg store holds release party for last 'Left Behind' book
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - A thousand fans were expected to line up Tuesday night for the book signing and national release of the final book in the Left Behind series.

Activist enters, quits race against Moore

Across the area

Around town
After a rainy morning, Warren Murray, of Augusta, walks his dog, Merlin, along Greene Street. More rain is predicted for today.

Gay marriage amendment OK'd

Man in assault case is sought
Columbia County authorities today are searching for a registered sex offender accused of sexually assaulting a woman Tuesday night.

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MARCH, 31, 1986 Arson is suspected in a Sunday morning fire that gutted the ground-level office of National Hills Baptist Church and destroyed financial records, membership lists and equipment, Richmond County fire officials said.

Issues force a special meeting
Policies that resulted in vacation payouts of $344,000 for top-level administrators with the Richmond County Board of Education will be addressed at a special committee meeting this morning.

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Around town
Monty Murrell puts a final coat of paint on the Plum Pudding Building on the corner of Laurens Street and Richland Avenue in Aiken. Work on the building should be complete by next week.

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Sanford meets secretly on bill
COLUMBIA - House Republicans told Gov. Mark Sanford in a secret meeting Wednesday to back off a threat to sue the Legislature over a massive economic development bill.

Traffic wreaks havoc on residents, roads
The average Augustan forks over $157 each year for costs associated with traffic congestion, a new study of Georgia's transportation has found.

Vogtle safety efforts earn NRC approval
Safety compliance last year at the Vogtle Electric Generating Plant in Burke County was sufficient to warrant only a routine series of inspections this year by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Rants and raves
I WOULD LIKE people in St. John's Tower to mind their own business. They talk entirely too much.

Masters officials lower limits on purse size
Add measuring tape to the list of necessities if you're planning to visit the Masters Tournament next week.

Man blames two in death

Man in assault case is sought

Prom goes on despite injuries

Cicada invasion is ready to begin

Recent evolution debate will create discussion at meeting

Rants and raves
I WOULD LIKE people in St. John's Tower to mind their own business. They talk entirely too much.

Panel grants OK for action

Museum tells of Augusta's past

Conduct charge stands in fraud court-martial
Testimony continued Tuesday in the court-martial of an officer the government is accusing of fraud at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

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Across the area
An 18-year-old Hephzibah man was indicted Tuesday on multiple charges, including the hijacking of a Superior Court judge's relative.

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Panel grants OK for action
Augusta Commission members have given City Attorney Steve Shepard the go-ahead to pursue legal action against the owner of the Club at Raes Creek for building a clubhouse there without city approval.

Panel grants OK for action

Meal critics surprise director
Augusta's Senior Citizens Council's executive director said he was not aware of any dissatisfaction among senior citizens in the 14 counties his agency provides meals for until the contract was abruptly rebid and awarded to a Florida for-profit company.

Parkway funds may fall short

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Derrick Reaves, 6, of Augusta.

Vogtle safety efforts earn NRC approval

Correction
An article about a court-martial proceeding in Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said that Roberto Candelaria-Sierra received a reduced punishment for military charges imposed in September after applying for clemency, which was later approved by Brig. Gen. Janet Hicks.

Former video poker hall will soon house pupils

Increase amount is unknown
ATLANTA - University officials throughout the state remained tight-lipped Tuesday over how high tuition increases at the state's largest universities could go this year.

Golf scores verdict upheld

March ends as one of driest in century
Tuesday's traces of rainfall did little to alleviate what forecasters have labeled as one of the driest Marches in the past century.

Mayor Young reveals Summit plans

Cicada invasion is ready to begin
Thousands of visitors will invade the Augusta area soon, but the influx has nothing to do with the Masters Tournament.

Senate adopts tort reform bill
ATLANTA - A medical-malpractice reform bill that would exempt emergency rooms from liability for the actions of doctors who work there as independent contractors and make other changes passed the Senate on Wednesday.

Traffic wreaks havoc on residents, roads

Meal critics surprise director

Conduct charge stands in fraud court-martial

Arena might open in fall 2006

Arena might open in fall 2006
If all goes as planners hope, a sports and entertainment center - to be named Southgate Arena - could be opened at the Regency Mall area as early as fall 2006, it was announced Tuesday night.

Pledge avows lawyer civility

Kid of the day

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RAVE to commend the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. for boosting up the Augusta economy during their regional conference.

Sheriff sees no contest in race

Pledge avows lawyer civility
AIKEN - The South Carolina Supreme Court has a message for lawyers practicing in the state: Be nice to each other.

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Former video poker hall will soon house pupils
John Gratop walks through dark, dusty hallways in the old video poker building on Martintown Road. He points to barren walls and floors, envisioning sparkling chalkboards, desks and excited pupils in every room.

Spartanburg store holds release party for last 'Left Behind' book

Public schools might get boost
AIKEN - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's proposal to give a tax credit to low- and moderate-income parents who send their children to private school would pump money into public schools instead of draining them, a study funded by a conservative think tank said.

Increase amount is unknown

Senate votes to look at reforms once more
ATLANTA - The Georgia Senate overwhelmingly voted to reconsider reforms to the popular HOPE scholarship program Wednesday, revitalizing the drive to prevent the program from running into financial troubles.

Correction

Gay marriage amendment OK'd
ATLANTA - House lawmakers closed one of the thorniest chapters in the Legislature's history Wednesday, voting overwhelmingly to pass an amendment banning gay marriages in the Georgia Constitution.

Parkway work on track to be done in June
Construction on the first phase of Palmetto Parkway is 85 percent complete and should be finished in less than three months, officials said.

Across the region
GREENVILLE, S.C. - A nuclear power plant that plans to test fuel containing a small amount of weapons-grade plutonium has asked to have some security restrictions waived.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RAVE to commend the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. for boosting up the Augusta economy during their regional conference.

Panel finds Army officer guilty in court-martial
The court-martial of the highest-ranking officer accused in a fraud investigation of Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center ended with guilty verdicts Wednesday night.

New you can use
APRIL 1, 1923 Augusta fans will have the opportunity to see some sure enough big-time baseball at Warren Park on Saturday when Ty Cobb's Tigers meet the St. Louis Cardinals.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Justin McKay Stafford, 2, of Grovetown.

Children 'Kick Butts'
Third-grader Samaria Reeves is embarrassed to admit it, but she has a family member who smokes.

Mayor Young reveals Summit plans
Augusta Mayor Bob Young has a plan to keep crime down near downtown Augusta's low-cost housing unit Richmond Summit, and it involves an unlikely group - the elderly.

Yellow Jackets keep winning despite setbacks
First they lose the previous two conference freshmen of the year - including an NBA Draft lottery pick - and get invited to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in three seasons.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

Black joins higher primate cast in 'King Kong' remake
LOS ANGELES -- Jack Black is going ape with "The Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson.

Black joins higher primate cast in 'King Kong' remake

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

Nashville's songwriters falling on hard times
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Nashville songwriters don't have far to look for inspiration these days. In a town famous for churning out sad country songs about heartache and despair, radio homogenization, corporate mergers and music piracy have made it tough for songwriters to earn a living.

'The Ladykillers' soundtrack oozes today's gospel influence
It's easy to forget that before the blues echoed across the Mississippi Delta, before hillbilly picking tumbled from the forgotten foothills of the Southeast, before Memphis soul spilled off Beale Street and hip-hop came straight out of Compton, modern music was born and baptized in the gospel tradition.

Marvin Gaye's impact, smooth voice live on

Prince opens 'Musicology' tour in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES -- Every school should be this much fun. Prince is billing his "Musicology" tour as a way to educate audiences accustomed to computer-generated hits about the joys of live music. He made good on that promise Monday at the tour's opener at Staples Center

'The Ladykillers' soundtrack oozes today's gospel influence

Larry Jon Wilson a musician's musician
Often feted but seldom heard, Augusta singer-songwriter Larry Jon Wilson has lived his life, quietly, in the spotlight.

Legal action begun against music downloaders outside U.S.

Britney Spears considering China tour
SHANGHAI, China -- The Britney Zone could include China. Chinese promoters are talking with Britney Spears' managers about her performing in China later this year, a promoter said Wednesday.

Placido Domingo takes risks 'in a humble way'

Placido Domingo takes risks 'in a humble way'
NEW YORK -- There were once The Three Tenors. Now, there's only The One - still singing splendidly.

Marvin Gaye's impact, smooth voice live on
avid Heath was a preteen when he attended his first major concert.

Legal action begun against music downloaders outside U.S.
LONDON -- Recording industry associations in Europe and Canada are going after 247 people for illegally swapping music online, taking up a tactic used by music companies in the United States.

Top 20 Concert Tours

On the road
STRAPPED UP AND READY TO RUN: The Hawkinsville Harness Festival and Spring Celebration takes place Friday-Sunday and features arts and crafts, live entertainment, pony and hay rides, a petting zoo, food and, as its centerpiece, harness racing. For more information, contact the Hawkinsville-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce at (478) 783-1717 or lauragahawk@cstel.net.

Britney Spears considering China tour

Larry Jon Wilson a musician's musician

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

Concert calendar

NASCAR fines McMurray for actions at Bristol
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Jamie McMurray was fined $10,000 by NASCAR on Tuesday and placed on probation until the end of August for spinning out Matt Kenseth at Bristol Motor Speedway.

How fast is too fast in racing?

Indianapolis Motor Speedway to be repaved after Brickyard 400

Race schedule
Texas Samsung-RadioShack 500 race schedule.

NASCAR fines and takes points from Earnhardt
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. was hit Wednesday with a $10,000 fine and the loss of 25 NASCAR Nextel Cup points for purposely causing a caution flag in the race at Bristol.

Racing's Texas two-step
FORT WORTH, Tex. - True to his Texas roots, when Francis Ferko decided to take on NASCAR, he did it in a big way.

NASCAR newsmaker Bobby Labonte

NASCAR newsmaker Bobby Labonte
Labonte talked about being in Texas and what it means to the rest of this family.

Racing's Texas two-step

How fast is too fast in racing?
FORT WORTH, Tex. - Is Texas Motor Speedway too fast?

NASCAR fines McMurray for actions at Bristol

Indianapolis Motor Speedway to be repaved after Brickyard 400
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is expected to receive its first complete repaving this year.

Race schedule

Time Warner's sale of Hawks, Thrashers finalized
ATLANTA -- The $250 million sale of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks and NHL's Atlanta Thrashers from Time Warner Inc. to a nine-member group was completed Wednesday.

Raptors activate Archibald, place Moiso on injured list

Allen out with knee sprain; Odom expected back
MIAMI -- Miami Heat forward Malik Allen missed practice with a sprained left knee Tuesday, a day after being taken off the court on a stretcher.

Time Warner's sale of Hawks, Thrashers finalized

Billups leads Detroit to win over Clippers Summer league ball beaten by DemocratsWolves put Hudson on injured list, sign MartinMcGrady out for rest of regular season
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Los Angeles led until the final moments of the third quarter before Detroit pulled away for their 10th win in 12 games, 108-99 on Wednesday night.

Billups leads Detroit to win over Clippers Summer league ball beaten by DemocratsWolves put Hudson on injured list, sign MartinMcGrady out for rest of regular season

Raptors activate Archibald, place Moiso on injured list
TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors activated forward Robert Archibald from the injured list on Wednesday and placed forward Jerome Moiso on the list with a strained right hip flexor.

Allen out with knee sprain; Odom expected back

Iverson out for rest of the regular season
PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia 76ers All-Star Allen Iverson will miss the rest of the regular season because of persistent pain in his right knee.

Eastern Washington coach offered Utah job
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah has offered Eastern Washington coach Ray Giacoletti the chance to replace Rick Majerus.

Final Four star power on sidelines, not court
Looking at Duke's roster, it's easy to find a number of good players, but only one household name.

NCAA brings no further charges against Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. - The NCAA enforcement staff's summary of the allegations into Georgia's men's basketball program bring up no additional charges against the university or former coaches Jim Harrick Sr. and his son.

Cream rises to top in Final Four
For a few moments into last Sunday evening, college basketball was headed for only its second Final Four without a No. 1 seed.

Rutgers advances to NIT final
NEW YORK - This was like old times for Quincy Douby and Curtis Stinson, two guards who had their share of showdowns on the concrete courts of New York City.

Minnesota stuns Duke
NORFOLK, Va. - Lindsay Whalen and Minnesota ended Duke's championship dreams.

Auburn gets permission to contact UAB's Anderson
AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn received permission Tuesday to interview UAB's Mike Anderson for its men's basketball coaching position.

Falcons' Mora adjusts easily

New changes to bog down speed of play

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Olympic flame reaches Athens before global journey
ATHENS, Greece -- The flame for the Athens Games arrived in the host city amid Olympic-level security Wednesday before it begins its global journey.

Olympic security preparations advancing 'smoothly'

Australian swimmer set world record in 100 women's freestyle

IOC has new hope Olympic delays will be overcome

Australian swimmer set world record in 100 women's freestyle
SYDNEY, Australia -- Australian teenager Libby Lenton set the women's world 100-meter freestyle record at the Olympic swimming trials Wednesday, clocking 53.66 seconds at the Sydney International Aquatic Center.

Government: Athens Olympic budget running into the red

IOC has new hope Olympic delays will be overcome
ATHENS, Greece -- A top IOC executive inspected one of the most troubled construction sites Wednesday and expressed fresh hope that Olympic delays will be overcome.

Government: Athens Olympic budget running into the red
ATHENS, Greece -- Olympic preparation costs have exceeded the $5.6 billion budget, and still more projects could be trimmed to reduce spending, a top planner for the games said Tuesday.

Olympic flame reaches Athens before global journey

Olympic security preparations advancing 'smoothly'
ATHENS, Greece -- Greek authorities met Wednesday with NATO envoys about plans to safeguard the Olympics, and the nation's top police official said security preparations are moving ahead without problems.

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Sinister G, Madcap Escapade top list of late Triple Crown nominations

Local rugby club kicks up charitable efforts

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Youth serves early upset

Serena wins on and off tennis court

Spring prep scores

Stosur's an Aussie with an all-business attitude

Big times upcoming for big brothers Klitschko

Agassi upset by Argentine at Key Biscayne

Williams' comeback falls short

Serena wins on and off tennis court
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - Serena Williams believes she can regain her No. 1 ranking as the majors domo of women's tennis en route to becoming perhaps the greatest player ever. This she would do in her spare time - world domination of her sport listed under "hobbies."

Despite distractions, Mayweather prepares for his 140-pound debut
NEW YORK -- Floyd Mayweather Jr. hasn't had many problems inside the ring. When the gloves are off, it's another story.

Stosur's an Aussie with an all-business attitude
The most pressing question to answer Tuesday was not an easy one: What causes Samantha Stosur to show a little emotion?

Local rugby club kicks up charitable efforts
When the Augusta Rugby Club was looking for ways to gain exposure within the community, Alexi Servy came up with an idea: Collect donations for charities at home games.

Youth serves early upset
By Kristy Shonka Staff Writer Tuesday was supposed to be Kids Day at the Taylor Infiniti Challenger Tournament at The Club at Raes Creek. Steady rain throughout the morning and early afternoon washed those plans away, but a kid still stole the show at the women's tennis tournament.

Overtime
USC Aiken scored 13 runs in the first three innings en route to a 14-7 victory over North Greenville.

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In Stockbridge, Ga., Augusta State finished seventh in the Atlanta Intercollegiate at Eagles Landing Country Club. The Jaguars shot 5-over 293 in Tuesday's final round.

Spring prep scores
Here is a list of all scores from area spring prep sports scores from Wednesday's action.

Agassi upset by Argentine at Key Biscayne
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Andre Agassi's reign on Key Biscayne ended when he turned tentative Tuesday.

Williams' comeback falls short
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Tape took care of Venus Williams' sprained right foot. There was no remedy for the shaky serve and late fade.

Sinister G, Madcap Escapade top list of late Triple Crown nominations
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The surprise winner of a Kentucky Derby prep race and an unbeaten filly were among 15 late Triple Crown nominations announced Tuesday.

Big times upcoming for big brothers Klitschko
LAS VEGAS -- The next few weeks will be big for the biggest brothers in boxing, Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko.

Boxer dies after knockout in local match
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A professional heavyweight boxer has died after suffering a knockout that rendered him unconscious during a match two days earlier.

Falcons' Mora adjusts easily
PALM BEACH, Fla. - Jim Mora likes to say he's spent most of his 42 years preparing to be a head coach in the NFL.

Redskins get WR Thrash from Eagles
WASHINGTON -- Receiver James Thrash returned to the Washington Redskins in a trade Tuesday that sent a 2005 fifth-round draft pick to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Instant replay extended
PALM BEACH, Fla. - The NFL once again compromised on instant replay, deciding Tuesday to keep it for five more years rather than putting it in permanently.

New changes to bog down speed of play
PALM BEACH, Fla. - The NFL's new emphasis on improving offense will come with a cost: longer games.

Troy Vincent elected president of players' union
WAILEA, Hawaii -- Bills cornerback Troy Vincent was elected president of the NFL Players Association on Tuesday.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Songwriter's 'Tobacco Road' was in his home state

Ramblin' Rhodes: Songwriter's 'Tobacco Road' was in his home state
It may come as a surprise to some Augustans, but John D. Loudermilk was not inspired by Erskine Caldwell's book Tobacco Road to write his multi-million selling hit song of the same name.

Yellow Jackets keep winning despite setbacks

ESPN's women's basketball ratings on the rise
BRISTOL, Conn. -- Ratings for the NCAA women's basketball tournament on ESPN are up from last year and are the network's highest since 1999.

Janet Jackson makes appearance on Letterman
NEW YORK -- Unlike the last time she appeared on CBS, Janet Jackson was bleeped by censors Monday while talking to David Letterman - for saying "Jesus."

Awards given for pieces on nuclear weapons, affirmative action

The magic of Gregory Nava's 'American Family' returns

NBC's "Crossing Jordan" a strong ratings performer in return
NEW YORK -- Absence apparently made television viewers fonder of Jill Hennessy and her NBC drama "Crossing Jordan."

The magic of Gregory Nava's 'American Family' returns
LOS ANGELES -- At a theater screening of "American Family," creator Gregory Nava got the reaction he wanted - and the one he hopes to draw from TV viewers.

ESPN's women's basketball ratings on the rise

Awards given for pieces on nuclear weapons, affirmative action
ATLANTA -- Boston's WGBH-TV won three Peabody awards Wednesday for programs about string theory, one of the nation's most dangerous manufacturing companies and a racially motivated killing and how it mobilized the civil rights movement.

Janet Jackson makes appearance on Letterman

NBC's "Crossing Jordan" a strong ratings performer in return

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Lady Dogs miss free throws, miss Final Four
ATHENS, Ga. -- On what proved to be the final possession of Georgia's season, Coach Andy Landers called for a necktie play.

Lady Dogs miss free throws, miss Final Four

Lumpkin early leader in Georgia's tailback derby
ATHENS, Ga. -- There is a sudden appearance of clarity on Georgia's depth chart at tailback this spring.

No additional charges in NCAA letter; UGA case to be heard in April

Lady Dogs miss free throws, miss Final Four

Lumpkin early leader in Georgia's tailback derby

No additional charges in NCAA letter; UGA case to be heard in April
ATHENS, Ga. -- The NCAA enforcement staff's summary of the allegations into Georgia's men's basketball program bring up no additional charges against the university or former coaches Jim Harrick Sr. and his son.

'Revolutions' is all action with little else
The driving theme in The Matrix Revolutions, a movie that values technological spectacle over the organic contributions of its cast, is that a machine world is stripping humans of humanity.

We remember some movies for the way characters left the stage
I am not, by my nature, sickly. My visits to the doctor tend to be rare and require symptoms so severe that I can no longer function in polite society. Before last week, I had not seen a doctor because of illness since 1992. But that was before last week, when, I swear, the Reaper came calling.

Melillo to have surgery

Melillo to have surgery
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina infielder Kevin Melillo will need surgery on his right wrist that could keep him out for up to a month, the school said.

Motorist injured in crash spends 36 hours on freeway

"Passion of the Christ" prompts man to confess to bombings

Police shoot, kill escaped gorilla at zoo

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Elderly California man jumps to his death from rented airplane