Quilt museum celebrates fabric of Amish history
LANCASTER, Pa. -- A million-dollar collection of antique quilts that once graced the walls of a clothing company's corporate offices has returned to its native Lancaster County as the centerpiece of a new museum that showcases the fabric of Amish history.

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

Quilt museum celebrates fabric of Amish history

Works by Tolkien, Dickens and Chaucer auctioned

Galleries

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.

Junior wired for speed

Tokyo trip eye-opening for Yankees, Devil Rays

Giants' ballpark pitches wireless access to Internet fans

Lynch tapped as new athletic director at Boston University

Indians seek trade for Bradley

Williams goes 3-for-5 against Halladay

Junior wired for speed
Imagine the Tasmanian Devil cartoon character in human form. The image would look a lot like Justin Safford on a baseball field. Richmond Academy's junior center fielder knows just one speed. It's a setting between a blip and a blur.

Angels defeat Rockies

Rockies tie up White Sox

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.

Royals knock off Athletics
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Kansas City lefty Dennys Reyes allowed three runs in three innings to help the Royals beat the Oakland Athletics 8-7 on Thursday.

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.

Tigers obtain Colyer from Dodgers for Ross
DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers outfielder Cody Ross was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday for left-handed pitcher Steve Colyer and a player to be named.

Injured Achilles' tendon forces Garciaparra to sit

Tokyo trip eye-opening for Yankees, Devil Rays
TOKYO - Derek Jeter walked around Tokyo and couldn't believe what he saw - or didn't see.

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.

Rockies tie up White Sox
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Chicago White Sox starter Esteban Loaiza left Thursday's 5-5 tie with the Colorado Rockies after the first inning with a stiff neck.

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.

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.

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.

Indians seek trade for Bradley
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Milton Bradley might soon be someone else's center fielder - and problem. The Cleveland Indians have apparently had enough of his antics.

Many feel cheated after daylight-saving time starts

Recent area births

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

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

Odds and Ends
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Governator won't be baaack - Governator Ale, that is.

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

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.

Braves look to Wise up

Braves confident as they leave spring training

Players wait for decision
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox has the roster set in his mind, but he hasn't shared it with the handful of players on the bubble.

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.

Players wait for decision

Tigers put hurting on Braves

Braves confident as they leave spring training
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- While outsiders still may be skeptical, the Atlanta Braves head home from spring training convinced they are well-stocked and prepared to win their 13th straight division title this season.

Unemployed Americans dropping out of labor pool

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.

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.

Mortgage rates up, still lower than last year
WASHINGTON -- Mortgage rates climbed this week, but they are still lower than a year ago and should continue to spur the housing market.

S.C. jobless rate fourth-highest in nation

Google entering free e-mail fray, but letters will lead to advertising
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Google Inc. is introducing a free e-mail service to send a blunt message - the maker of the world's most popular online search engine is pulling off the gloves in its clash with high-tech heavyweights Yahoo! Inc. and Microsoft Corp.

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.

Boll Weevil may soon have another location
When George Harrison started in business, the former furniture and clothing retailer always had a passing interest in restaurants.

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.

Google entering free e-mail fray, but letters will lead to advertising

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.

Market head is named for area
Wachovia Corp. announced Thursday it has selected a longtime Bank of America executive to head its $1.2 billion operations in the Augusta-Aiken market.

Factory orders rise by 0.3 percent in February

Unemployed Americans dropping out of labor pool
WASHINGTON -- Computer programmer Gunther Viktor is an unwilling work force dropout.

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.

Manufacturing sector continues expansion
NEW YORK -- The manufacturing sector continued to rebound strongly in March, an industry group reported Thursday, raising the prospect of more hiring at the nation's factories.

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.

Boll Weevil may soon have another location

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.

OPEC agrees to cut output target

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.

Hawks, Thrashers sale is finalized

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.

Circuit City reports higher fourth quarter profits

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.

Best Buy earnings jump sharply in fourth quarter

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.

Report: Massachusetts and California poised for biggest economic gains

Hospice is getting new home

Sea Island businesses fear summit won't pay

Business briefs

Business briefs

Manufacturing sector continues expansion

Business briefs
The Downtown Development Authority on Thursday agreed to two event sponsorships. During its regular monthly meeting, the group first approved a $1,000 donation to the Garden City Music Fest and then raised its previous donation of $2,500 to the Augusta Showcase to $5,000.

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.

Auburn narrows coaching wish list

Hornung's heresy on Notre Dame

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

Hornung's heresy on Notre Dame
A great running back ran off at the mouth and got a fight from the Fighting Irish.

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."

Big changes in store for Final Four teams

Washington is optimistic after defeat

Duhon leads Duke's defensive effort

Sons follow in dads' footsteps

A rational fear of judges
The Georgia House's decision to sign off on a constitutional ban on gay marriage doesn't make lawmakers homophobic.

Shadow boxing
It's probably a temporary inconvenience, these relatively high gasoline prices.

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

Supremely frightening
Is the U.S. Supreme Court supreme - or not?

Shadow boxing

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.

Still tough on terror

A rational fear of judges

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

Applause calendar
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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

People in the News
PARIS -- Calling Mel Gibson "a tortured soul," France's main Jewish group accused his film about Jesus' final hours of having anti-Semitic overtones.

Tokyo stocks edge down as exporter issues sink, dollar up against yen

AT&T, International Paper and Kodak booted from Dow industrials
NEW YORK -- Dow Jones & Co. is reshuffling its benchmark industrial average for the first time in more than four years, ousting AT&T Corp., International Paper Co. and Eastman Kodak Co. in favor of financial services company American International Group Inc., telephone carrier Verizon Communications and drugmaker Pfizer Inc.

MFS pays $50 million to settle SEC case

Many older Americans losing their homes because of tax bills
PITTSBURGH -- Joan Ivey worries about her mounting tax bills. After borrowing money to keep her home from auction last year, the 69-year-old worked out a payment plan on her unpaid taxes of more than $8,000.

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.

Dollar down, gold up in Europe

AT&T, International Paper and Kodak booted from Dow industrials

A status report on Wall Street's major indexes

Stocks higher on upbeat economic data
NEW YORK -- Stocks were moderately higher Thursday as the government reported a drop in weekly unemployment claims and a rise in manufacturing activity, but many investors remained wary of taking big stakes ahead of a key employment report.

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

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.

Mutual funds named in scandal saw sales tumble

Does the Dow accurately reflect the market?

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.

Many older Americans losing their homes because of tax bills

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.

Does the Dow accurately reflect the market?
NEW YORK -- Can 30 stocks accurately reflect the entire U.S. stock market?

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.

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.

Tokyo stocks edge up to complete stellar year

Tokyo stocks edge down as exporter issues sink, dollar up against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks ended lower Thursday as investors sold exporter issues Toyota and Sony. The dollar edged up against the Japanese yen.

Shades, patience needed to reel in bass
Largemouth bass moved into the shallows to spawn earlier this week, but the current cold front may have forced them to move out again.

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

Fishing tournament results and announcements

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

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

Pruning small fruits is necessary
Pruning grape and berry plants is an annual affair necessary to keep them manageable, healthy, and bearing oodles of fruit. Although the objectives for pruning these plants are the same, details differ. So sharpen your pruning shears and loppers, and lets prune.

Pruning small fruits is necessary

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

Hewitt hire was right move
At the crowning moment of his coaching career to date, Paul Hewitt deferred.

No worries, mate: Schenscher comes up big for Georgia Tech
SAN ANTONIO -- Back home in Australia, it's definitely a g'day. Or, as was the case last weekend, a g'morning - and a very early morning at that - for Luke Schenscher's family.

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.

U.S. Bank to take over Milwaukee tournament

Tambellini leads for first time in brief PGA Tour career
DULUTH, Ga. -- The tee shots found the fairway, the approach shots nestled close to the hole and the putts rolled smoothly.

Appeals court upholds ruling for PGA in golf-score case
ATLANTA -- The PGA Tour has won the latest federal court challenge to its control over the release of real-time golf scores at its tournaments, but it may be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

LPGA World Championship set for Bighorn
PALM DESERT, Calif. -- The LPGA's Samsung World Championship, which has been contested on five different continents in its 23-year history, will be played at Bighorn Golf Club this fall.

LPGA World Championship set for Bighorn

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.

Timing yields weaker group

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

Appeals court upholds ruling for PGA in golf-score case

Two lead blustery BellSouth
DULUTH, Ga. - Roger Tambellini shouldn't struggle to attract attention on the PGA Tour.

Two lead blustery BellSouth

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.

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
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.

Tambellini leads for first time in brief PGA Tour career

Columbus teenager tied for NHL goals lead
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Even if 19-year-old Rick Nash fails to win the NHL goal-scoring title, his offseason in Brampton, Ontario, will be just fine.

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.

Lightning strikes late in win
TAMPA, Fla. - Martin St. Louis scored twice in the third period, helping the Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Florida Panthers, 4-3, Thursday night.

Messier says goodbye to New York
NEW YORK -- Seven years ago, Mark Messier pulled off his Rangers sweater in a visiting locker room and ended his first tour of duty in New York without saying goodbye to a city that revered him.

Blue Jackets recall Jackman from Syracuse

Columbus teenager tied for NHL goals lead

Messier says goodbye to New York

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

Many feel cheated after daylight-saving time starts
Daylight-saving time starts Sunday. This is the bad time change - the one where you lose an hour of sleep.

Woman found dead in South Augusta residence
Richmond County sheriff's investigators are looking into a possible homicide in south Augusta.

Toughness, self-esteem build greatness

Race track isn't that noisy
What is too much noise? Gordon Park Speedway has been in the public eye since 1947. I personally feel the track is not too noisy or disturbing; it's just one man trying to make some noise. William Goolsby, Hephzibah

Good Samaritans still exist
On March 12, my two grandchildren and I were in an auto accident on Washington Road in front of a doughnut shop. Out of nowhere, three young men appeared and pushed my car out of harm's way into the parking lot. One of the men purchased ice to put on my swollen hand. Linda Corley, North Augusta, S.C.

Commissioner is committed

Don't monkey with the Constitution

Race track isn't that noisy

Burmeister owes an apology

Toughness, self-esteem build greatness
I'm extremely impressed with four Americans, whom I consider to be exceptional individuals for all of the right reasons. Of course, these individuals are loved by some and hated by others. E. Maner, Augusta

Does Social Security discriminate?
In the March 21 newspaper, I saw a letter to the editor and a news article about the Social Security Administration. I would like to share my ongoing ordeal with this dear government bureaucracy. Timothy M. Bledsoe, North Augusta, S.C.

Commissioner is committed
Recently, in The Augusta Chronicle's Rants and Raves there was a rave to Augusta Commissioner Bobby Hankerson for spearheading the effort to keep the Deans Bridge Road Bi-Lo store open. This rave is well deserved for a man who has continued to keep his campaign promise of serving his constituency. Elliott Bing, Augusta

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

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.

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

Burmeister owes an apology
I was terribly disappointed when I read the March 14 City Ink column concerning state Rep. Sue Burmeister's comments about state Rep. Pete Warren. According to the article, Mrs. Burmeister, during an address to the Richmond County Republican Party on March 8, called for someone to challenge Mr. Warren's House seat because he left the Capitol just before the vote on the gay-rights amendment. She told her audience that Mr. Warren "got up, got in his car and drove back to Augusta during one of the most important votes we had to make this year. He was chicken." Lamar Simmons, Hephzibah

Study: inflammation is only a moderate predictor of heart disease

Suzuki Verona is eye catching

Device aids in tremor control

Program fails to compensate injured nuclear weapons plant workers

Report: FDA doesn't need proof of harm to curb risky supplements

Suzuki Verona is eye catching
The 2004 Suzuki Verona doesn't look like the lowest-priced, six-cylinder, midsize sedan on the market. It doesn't look like a car that was plucked from a now-bankrupt company, either.

Economy, other models push convertibles aside
DETROIT - Fewer Americans chose to drive with the sun on their faces and the wind in their hair the past couple of years, as an uncertain economy and other sporty alternatives curtailed convertible purchases, a leading provider of auto statistics said Monday.

Report: FDA doesn't need proof of harm to curb risky supplements
WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration doesn't need direct evidence of human harm before taking steps to curb sales of a dietary supplement, an advisory panel reported Thursday.

Men's shopping magazine closely watched
NEW YORK - Is the Y chromosome evolving? Are guys really starting to care more about things like where to bargain-hunt for clothes, and what's the best skin cream?

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.

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.

Device aids in tremor control
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Linda Zeigler's tremors and involuntary jerking had become so severe that she was embarrassed to be in public.

Augusta notches shutout
In their final home game at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center on Thursday, the Augusta Lynx found their offense in unexpected places.

Augusta notches shutout

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.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT to Richard Clarke, ex-terrorism expert. He is exploiting the 9-11 tragedy to help sales of his book. He's strutting around Washington like an oversexed rooster. With friends like him, who needs enemies?

Across the area

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.

Kid of the day

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The University of South Carolina has the top-ranked international business graduate program among public universities for the 15th straight year, according to U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Parkway funds may fall short

Driver not at fault in man's death

Public schools might get boost

Amputee wrestler inspires his peers

Golf scores verdict upheld

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.

Lawmakers vote to delay session's end
ATLANTA - A disagreement between the House and Senate that could have torpedoed several major initiatives was resolved in the waning hours of Thursday night, keeping HOPE reform, tort reform and other bills alive.

Dangers of silicone put in spotlight
ALBANY, Ga. - Nikkia Scott and other drag queens have been getting illegal, back-room injections of industrial-grade silicone to give themselves some of the things nature denied them when they were born male - breasts, wider hips, more prominent cheekbones.

Mayor Young reveals Summit plans

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.

New you can use

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.

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.

Kid of the day

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

Across the region

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.

School board rewrites vacation payout rules
School board members tried to calm the storm surrounding Superintendent Charles Larke's $94,000 vacation payout Thursday, rewriting policies and forcing the district's top educator to take time off.

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.

Evans land is nearer commercial use
Columbia County planning officials on Thursday made the initial move to allow Evans Middle School's transformation to a commercial property.

Students get skills through practice
Lakeside High School senior Drew Dominguez used to work at Publix as a cashier.

Owners stand firm over parking issue
Once again, a draft streetscape plan presented Thursday included a removal of parking spaces from the bays on Broad Street. And once again, downtown business owners voiced their disgust.

HOPE bill faces tight time frame
ATLANTA - The HOPE Scholarship faced a crucial deadline Thursday as the Senate debated dozens of bills and the clock wound down on the 2004 legislative session.

Relax: It's good for your brain
Nick Fitts closed his eyes and helped spark a potential revolution in America's schools.

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.

Around town
Shepeard Community Blood Center Recruitment Coordinator Linda Walker, dressed as the Easter Bunny, gives an egg to blood donor Janet Coleman at the center, on Wrightsboro Road.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Former video poker hall will soon house pupils

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 will meet to discuss HOPE

Gay marriage amendment OK'd

Around town

Legislative session may end abruptly

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.

Man is sentenced for pit bull attack
A Richmond County Magistrate Court judge sentenced a man to jail Thursday for failing to control his pit bull, which attacked a utility worker several weeks ago, officials said.

HOPE bill faces tight time frame
ATLANTA - The HOPE Scholarship faced a crucial deadline Thursday as the Senate debated dozens of bills and the clock wound down on the 2004 legislative session.

Exhibit keeper is cited in reptile mistreatment
BEAUFORT, S.C. - There were some pretty dirty snakes at a Beaufort Fair last weekend.

Legislative session may end abruptly

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Georgia consumers will get another four-day sales tax holiday this year if Gov. Sonny Perdue signs a bill given final approval Thursday in the Georgia Senate.

Senator says she was threatened

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.

Legislative session may end abruptly

Amputee wrestler inspires his peers
SUWANEE, Ga. - When Kyle Maynard started wrestling in the sixth grade, he just wanted to win one match. He wasn't daunted by his limitations: He was born with stumps for arms and legs.

Woman found dead in South Augusta residence

Senator says she was threatened
ATLANTA - A Savannah senator said Thursday she was threatened after she voted against a cap on the size of noneconomic damages awarded to successful plaintiffs in medical malpractice lawsuits.

Vogtle safety efforts earn NRC approval

Driver not at fault in man's death
An Oklahoma man will not face vehicular homicide charges for striking and killing a bicyclist outside New Ellenton on Sunday night, a South Carolina Highway Patrol official said Thursday.

Man in assault case is sought

Correction
A photo caption that accompanied a story in Wednesdays edition s of The Augusta Chronicle contained inaccurate information about South Carolina state Sen. Tommy Moore, D-Clearwater. Mr. Moore said he has not campaigned for state Education Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum, a Democratic candidate for the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings, D-S.C. The Chronicle regrets the error.

Groups compete for funds
AIKEN - Leslie Pierce sat idle on the first floor of the Aiken County Historical Museum on Thursday as her sister, Virginia, browsed second-floor displays.

Sheriff's deputies to carry devices
AIKEN - Elvin Jones repaid a debt of gratitude Thursday to Sheriff Mike Hunt and the makers of a lifesaving gadget the size of a breadbox.

Senate votes to look at reforms once more

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is James Scott Stafford, 4, of Grovetown.

Students get skills through practice

Sheriff's deputies to carry devices

News you can use

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.

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.

Students get skills through practice

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.

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

Legislative session may end abruptly
ATLANTA - The General Assembly veered Thursday toward an abrupt end to the legislative session that could kill several high-profile bills and force a special session to deal with the budget for the coming fiscal year. But a late meeting offered some hope the situation could be averted.

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

Senator says she was threatened

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.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT to Richard Clarke, ex-terrorism expert. He is exploiting the 9-11 tragedy to help sales of his book. He's strutting around Washington like an oversexed rooster. With friends like him, who needs enemies?

Across the area

Owners stand firm over parking issue

News you can use
April 2, 1933 With every member of the Georgia delegation in Congress getting in line to get everything possible for his district, the march of the Roosevelt unemployment army began its first steps toward reality.

Infant's surgery helped survival
ATLANTA - When Luke Cowdell was born, the nurses noticed he didn't have the pink hue of a healthy baby boy.

Panel will meet to discuss HOPE
ATLANTA - Legislation paving the way for formal legislative negotiations on changes to the HOPE Scholarship passed the Senate late Thursday, ending a brief gridlock that had threatened to undermine the search for an agreement.

Across the area
A door-to-door salesman was arrested Thursday after police say he was caught burglarizing a Columbia County home.

Around town

HOPE bill faces tight time frame

Pledge avows lawyer civility

Relax: It's good for your brain

Dangers of silicone put in spotlight

Across Georgia

Senator says she was threatened

Groups compete for funds

Exhibit keeper is cited in reptile mistreatment

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.

Man is sentenced for pit bull attack

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.

Former video poker hall will soon house pupils

Group wants new plant

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.

At the Movies: 'Hellboy'

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

At the Movies: 'Home on the Range'

At the Movies: 'Walking Tall'
Suppose a peaceable man comes to town, where he's initially welcomed, later scorned, scourged and spat on for threatening to upset the order of things.

At the Movies: 'Walking Tall'

At the Movies: 'Home on the Range'
Ordinarily, an animated movie about talking, singing cows, which contains the tag line "Bust a moo," might be udderly (sorry, couldn't help it) cringe-inducing.

At the Movies: 'The Prince & Me'

At the Movies: 'The Prince & Me'
"The Prince & Me," in which Julia Stiles plays an American who falls in love with the prince of Denmark, is just begging for "Hamlet" puns - something about spreading compost on the weeds to make them ranker, perhaps, or how fluffy romantic comedies like this come not in single spies but in battalions.

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.

Next year's Academy Awards show set for end of February

At the Movies: 'Hellboy'
Hell might be an interesting place upon arrival, but it's bound to get dull after an eon or two.

Next year's Academy Awards show set for end of February
LOS ANGELES -- Oscar is sticking with his date. The late-February date for the Academy Awards presentation, that is. Next year, the statuettes will be handed out Sunday, Feb. 27.

Black joins higher primate cast in 'King Kong' remake

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

Concert calendar

Top 20 Concert Tours

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

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.

'The Ladykillers' soundtrack oozes today's gospel influence

Britney Spears considering China tour

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.

Larry Jon Wilson a musician's musician

'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

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.

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.

Former Texas winners head-to-head in IROC

Racing's Texas two-step

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

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

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

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 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.

Race schedule
Texas Samsung-RadioShack 500 race schedule.

NASCAR newsmaker Bobby Labonte

Indianapolis Motor Speedway to be repaved after Brickyard 400

Busch takes Busch pole
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Rookie Kyle Busch, the last of 49 drivers to take the track, secured his second Busch series pole of the season, running a lap of 189.847 mph Thursday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Race schedule

Kenseth's response: 2 wins and back atop points
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Matt Kenseth caught a lot of flak for winning NASCAR's championship last season when he won just one race.

Kenseth's response: 2 wins and back atop points

How fast is too fast in racing?

Former Texas winners head-to-head in IROC
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Ryan Newman and Matt Kenseth have NASCAR wins at Texas Motor Speedway. Scott Sharp has won two IndyCar races, and Scott Dixon clinched the open-wheel series' 2003 title at the track.

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.

Blazers blast 76ers
PHILADELPHIA - Zach Randolph scored 18 points, and Darius Miles had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to an 88-82 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday 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.

Raptors activate Archibald, place Moiso on injured list

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.

Time Warner's sale of Hawks, Thrashers finalized

Sons follow in dads' footsteps
SAN ANTONIO - John Lucas Jr. threw both arms around his son and pulled him close, turning back the clock.

Wolverines make most of appeal
NEW YORK - Michigan cashed in on an opportunity it wasn't sure it would have before this season began, winning the NIT Championship on Thursday night with a 62-55 victory over Rutgers in the title game.

Big changes in store for Final Four teams
NEW ORLEANS - Dawn Staley remembers the games, of course. There also was a hospital visit to cheer up patients and a banquet.

Duhon leads Duke's defensive effort
SAN ANTONIO -- Chris Duhon stalks his opponent, swiping at the ball when he sees a screen out of the corner of his eye.

Washington is optimistic after defeat
Eighth-seeded Mashona Washington seemed lethargic on the court Thursday.

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.

Vikings defensive end Mixon sentenced for drunken driving

New changes to bog down speed of play

Bears agree to terms with Brown

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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'

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.

Olympic marathon route a dusty workathon

IOC has new hope Olympic delays will be overcome

Greece says NATO will bear costs of its role in Olympic security
ATHENS, Greece -- NATO will bear the cost for its role in helping safeguard the Olympics as Greece struggles with the growing financial cost of the games, a Greek defense official said Thursday.

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.

Olympic marathon route a dusty workathon
MARATHON, Greece -- Athens' chief Olympic organizer often tosses out the same retort about overcoming delays: We are running a marathon at a sprinter's pace.

Australian swimmer set world record in 100 women's freestyle

Olympic flame reaches Athens before global journey

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.

River access should be granted in public interest, not private profit
I thought with the relatively recent withdrawal of U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood's House Resolution 2753 (a threat to turn over ownership of the Corps of Engineer's lakeshore property to the counties) that we might have a reprieve (at least temporarily) on the threats to our water resource in the large reservoirs (Clarks Hill, Russell and Hartwell) upstream. However, that does not seem to be the case.

River access should be granted in public interest, not private profit
I thought with the relatively recent withdrawal of U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood's House Resolution 2753 (a threat to turn over ownership of the Corps of Engineer's lakeshore property to the counties) that we might have a reprieve (at least temporarily) on the threats to our water resource in the large reservoirs (Clarks Hill, Russell and Hartwell) upstream. However, that does not seem to be the case.

Washington is optimistic after defeat

Aiken stable hands reins to new jockey

Big times upcoming for big brothers Klitschko

Williams' comeback falls short

Back in the final: Serena Williams beats Daniilidou

Athletic director wants church to alter TV spots

Stosur's an Aussie with an all-business attitude

Spring sports scores

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Local rugby club kicks up charitable efforts

Taylor Infiniti USTA at The Club at Rae's Creek

Back in the final: Serena Williams beats Daniilidou
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- A serve by Serena Williams nearly hit Eleni Daniilidou in the face. A point-blank exchange at the net left Daniilidou looking like a dodge-ball target. And so when she handed her racket to a ball boy in mock surrender, he quickly gave it back.

Spring sports scores
Goals: Evans-Allen Ligon 2, Danny Battaglia, Sam Giovino 2. Assists: Kyle Buck, Battaglia, Ryan Crislip, Drew Hess 2. Goalkeepers: Evans-Joey Ralph (3 saves). Douglas-Michael Minter (10 saves).

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?

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.

Overtime
In Tuscaloosa, Ala., one of Alabama's spring practice awards - the Sylvester Croom Commitment to Excellence Award - went mostly unnoticed for 16 years, but it's getting plenty of attention now that coach Mike Shula has changed the name.

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.

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.

Athlete of the week
Today's athletes of the week are Matt Easley and Jessie Clark.

Taylor Infiniti USTA at The Club at Rae's Creek
Here are the results from the Taylor Infiniti USTA at The Club at Rae's Creek.

Aiken stable hands reins to new jockey
Jose Santos, the jockey who guided Funny Cide to victory in last year's Kentucky Derby, will be in the saddle on Dogwood Stable's Limehouse at the Blue Grass Stakes.

Athletic director wants church to alter TV spots
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina athletic director Mike McGee asked a local church to change television commercials it filmed inside Williams-Brice Stadium because they violate university policy.

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

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

Washington is optimistic after defeat
Eighth-seeded Mashona Washington seemed lethargic on the court Thursday.

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.

Bears agree to terms with Brown
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Eight-time Pro Bowl guard Ruben Brown agreed Thursday to a three-year deal with the Chicago Bears.

Vikings defensive end Mixon sentenced for drunken driving
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Vikings defensive end Kenny Mixon was sentenced to 30 days in the county workhouse and 60 days of home monitoring Thursday after being convicted of drunken driving last month.

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

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.

Awards given for pieces on nuclear weapons, affirmative action

Bush speaks, a boy yawns, then Letterman and CNN get things confused

Rankings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of March 22-28. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

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

No spinoff hopes for CSI's Robert David Hall
WASHINGTON -- "CSI" already has one spinoff in Miami, and there's another one planned for New York. But we won't be seeing "CSI: The Morgue" anytime soon.

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.

Bush speaks, a boy yawns, then Letterman and CNN get things confused
NEW YORK -- What began on David Letterman's "Late Show" as a comedy bit needling President Bush turned into a comedy of errors when CNN incorrectly reported that the White House had cried foul.

Ashton Kutcher to return to MTV with new 'Punk'd' episodes
LOS ANGELES -- Curse you, Ashton Kutcher, for your lying, cheating, punk-ing ways!

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

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.

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.

'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.

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Police shoot, kill escaped gorilla at zoo