Hillary Clinton writes new afterword for paperback

A decade after her death, lessons from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

A decade after her death, lessons from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
NEW YORK -- The lighthouse look. That was the technique Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis used to captivate almost anyone, according to the author of a new book published a decade after her death.

Putting the tale of real-life German transvestite on stage

Edward P. Jones, Anne Applebaum among Pulitzer arts winners

Hillary Clinton writes new afterword for paperback
NEW YORK -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton says that she's still not quite sure why her memoirs, "Living History," sold so well.

Edward P. Jones, Anne Applebaum among Pulitzer arts winners
NEW YORK -- Stories of oppression both home and abroad were rewarded with Pulitzer Prizes on Monday as Edward P. Jones won the fiction prize for a novel about a black slave owner and Anne Applebaum won the general nonfiction prize for her history of the brutal Soviet labor camps.

Terfel energizes 'Salome'
NEW YORK -- Bryn Terfel got his head served up on a platter at the Metropolitan Opera.

Terfel energizes 'Salome'

Putting the tale of real-life German transvestite on stage
NEW YORK -- In "I Am My Own Wife," playwright Doug Wright describes its title character, Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, as "the most singular, eccentric individual the Cold War ever birthed."

Thornton feeling better as playoffs loom

White Sox beat Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Miguel Olivo, Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Lee homered, and the Chicago White Sox made sure there was no late-inning meltdown Wednesday in a 4-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals

Revamped Marlins outlast Montreal
MIAMI - With help from newcomer Hee Seop Choi, the Florida Marlins picked up right where they left off.

Red Sox defeat Orioles

Rangers outlast Athletics
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Colby Lewis and the Texas bullpen outpitched Barry Zito, and the Rangers snapped a nine-game losing streak against the Oakland Athletics with a 2-1 victory Wednesday.

Hall of Famer Schmidt to make minor league managerial debut

Schilling shines as Red Sox top O'sMazzilli
BALTIMORE - Pitching in the World Series and dozens of other important games couldn't prevent Curt Schilling from feeling jittery as he prepared for his first start with the Boston Red Sox.

White Sox beat Royals

The Rocket Reloaded
HOUSTON - Roger Clemens climbed into his burnt orange Hummer, headed down I-10 and drove right to work. After all those years on the road, he was truly home.

The Rocket Reloaded

Torre wants to end career in pinstripes
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- New York Yankees manager Joe Torre started spring training not expecting to decide his baseball future until after the season.

Rangers outlast Athletics

Hall of Famer Schmidt to make minor league managerial debut
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt will make his managerial debut Thursday night for the Philadelphia Phillies' Class-A affiliate.

Former Milwaukee manager dies at 78

Maddux low-key about Cubs debut

Thornton feeling better as playoffs loom
BOSTON -- Joe Thornton skated with his teammates and smiled afterward.

Torre wants to end career in pinstripes

New team looks to improve

Former Milwaukee manager dies at 78
NORTH REDINGTON BEACH, Fla. - George Bamber-ger, a former major league pitcher who became a coach and managed Milwaukee's "Bambi's Bombers" teams in the late 1970s, died of cancer. He was 78.

New team looks to improve
While 93 golfers will tee off today at Augusta National Golf Club in search of the Green Jacket, 25 men will suit up in Rome, Ga., as the GreenJackets, Augusta's Single-A Red Sox affiliate.

Red Sox defeat Orioles
BALTIMORE -- Curt Schilling's debut with the Boston Red Sox was worth the wait.

Twins put Mauer on DL with injured knee
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Twins rookie catcher Joe Mauer went on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a sprained left knee.

Maddux low-key about Cubs debut
CINCINNATI -The jersey fits Greg Maddux perfectly.

Body of woman missing 14 years found in storage unit
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The body of a woman missing since 1990 was found stuffed inside a container at a rental storage unit, and authorities charged her then-boyfriend with murder.

Odds and Ends
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- You might say Ken Hechler would like to see voters streaking to the polls.

Alabama lawmakers designate an official state whiskey
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabamans now have something to toast: The state has an official whiskey.

Murder suspect plucks out own eye in Texas jail cell
SHERMAN, Texas -- A jailed man accused of killing and cutting out the hearts of his son, estranged wife and her daughter plucked out his own eye and then quoted from the Bible, officials said Tuesday.

Odds and Ends
BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- Officials in this northeastern Pennsylvania town have a message for scofflaws: Pay your parking tickets, or the next car you buy may be your own.

College papers April Fools' issues not suffered lightly
PITTSBURGH -- Being funny without being offensive is tough to do, which is why college newspapers that publish April Fools' Day editions often end up paying for it.

Running It Up
ATLANTA - After getting steamrolled on Opening Day, then falling behind by six runs on Wednesday night, even the most ardent Braves fan had to be worried.

Mets beat down Braves

Glavine finally defeats Atlanta

Nerves were high in season opener
ATLANTA - Butterflies flapped around in Chipper Jones' stomach before his first Opening Day in 1995.

Key to Giles' success is a clear, calm mind
ATLANTA - For Marcus Giles, spring training is more a nuisance than a necessity.

Mets beat down Braves
ATLANTA -- Forget spring training. Kaz Matsui showed up when it counted.

Key to Giles' success is a clear, calm mind

Nerves were high in season opener

Glavine finally defeats Atlanta
ATLANTA - This was not what Bobby Cox envisioned when he broke with tradition five weeks ago and named Russ Ortiz his Opening Day starter.

Running It Up

Writer complained of mistrial early

Spiegel Group looking for buyer of Eddie Bauer business
CHICAGO -- The Spiegel Group is looking for a buyer for its Eddie Bauer clothing and home furnishing business after German billionaire Michael Otto was unable to reach a deal to retain control of the company, a Spiegel spokeswoman said Tuesday.

4 China execs are fired after corruption audit
NEWARK, N.J. - Telecommunications gear maker Lucent Technologies announced Tuesday that it is firing four executives at its unit in China after finding possible violations of U.S. bribery laws.

Lockheed lowers offer, alters deal for Titan
BETHESDA, Md. - Lockheed Martin Corp. lowered its buyout offer for Titan Corp. by $200 million to $2.2 billion Wednesday as part of a renegotiated agreement that comes as Titan faces an ongoing federal investigation over allegations of illegal overseas payments.

Wendy's tests French-fry substitutes, fruit for kids
DES MOINES, Iowa - Joining other hamburger chains in experimenting with healthier fare, Wendy's International Inc. Wednesday said it is testing baked potatoes, chili and side salads as substitutes for French fries.

Enron plea deal fails
HOUSTON - The wife of former Enron Corp. finance chief Andrew Fastow withdrew a plea agreement Wednesday after a judge rejected a deal that would have sent her to prison for five months.

Sony sells historic Culver Studios for $125 million
LOS ANGELES -- The historic Culver Studios, where such films as "Citizen Kane" and television classics such as "Lassie" were filmed, has been sold to a private investment group for $125 million.

Business briefs
Augusta-based shopping mall owner Hull Storey Retail Group has received a certificate of appreciation from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for recently banning exotic animal displays at its proper- ties.

Gender choice kits are new fad
CHICAGO - Boy or girl? Now you can pick the sex of your baby in the privacy of your own home. Or so the Internet sellers of sex-selection kits would have you believe.

Small meatpacker pushes for comprehensive mad cow testing
ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. -- While government regulators try to reassure Americans and international customers the U.S. meat supply is safe from mad cow disease, a fledgling Kansas meatpacker is willing to prove it.

Perdue will join VIPs on carpet
Four dozen VIPs arriving in Augusta today for the state's premier economic development event will be wearing name tags, but one of them won't really need it.

Wendy's tests French-fry substitutes, fruit for kids

Enron plea deal fails

Boeing picks GE, Rolls Royce to supply engines for 7E7 airplane

Vendors swarm outside gates
For 51 weeks a year, Tanya Eulenfeld's day job is spent indoors, renting and selling her company's motorized scooters to those who have a tough time getting around.

Rising gas prices could boost sales of cheaper ethanol blends

Murdoch's News Corp. to incorporate in U.S.
NEW YORK -- Nearly 20 years after Rupert Murdoch gave up his Australian citizenship to become an American, the media conglomerate he controls is following suit.

Murdoch's News Corp. to incorporate in U.S.

Writer complained of mistrial early
NEW YORK - The author of a letter that contributed to the mistrial in the Tyco case told police he thought a mistrial already had been declared when he wrote it, a police official told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Spiegel Group looking for buyer of Eddie Bauer business

Boeing picks GE, Rolls Royce to supply engines for 7E7 airplane
SEATTLE -- Boeing Co. chose General Electric Co. and Rolls Royce PLC to supply the engines for its planned new 7E7 Dreamliner airplane, striking deals that could be worth billions of dollars to the two companies.

Price of oil surges after government reports drop in supply
WASHINGTON -- Oil and gasoline futures prices shot up Wednesday after the government reported a decline in supplies, surprising energy traders.

Rising gas prices could boost sales of cheaper ethanol blends
OMAHA, Neb. -- More motorists may be warming to ethanol-blended fuel - not from a concern for the environment, but because of worries over their wallets.

Price of oil surges after government reports drop in supply

Hair, saliva, sweat of government workers could be tested under proposal
WASHINGTON -- The hair, saliva and sweat of federal workers could be tested for drug use under a new government policy proposed Tuesday that eventually will set a standard for private companies.

4 China execs are fired after corruption audit

Small meatpacker pushes for comprehensive mad cow testing

Vendors swarm outside gates

Offshoring jobs affects tax base
SAN JOSE, Calif. - As U.S. companies shift jobs to low-paid workers in developing nations, a growing number of economists and politicians worry that offshore outsourcing could damage the nation's fiscal health by draining tax coffers.

Gender choice kits are new fad

Hair, saliva, sweat of government workers could be tested under proposal

Burk hires high-profile lawyer to pursue Augusta members' companies
WASHINGTON -- Martha Burk's sex-discrimination inquiry into Wall Street companies whose top executives are members of Augusta National will pack a legal punch.

Shelling out the green

Burk hires high-profile lawyer to pursue Augusta members' companies

Shelling out the green
When the gates to Augusta National Golf Club open at 8 a.m., half of the fans run to the course - the rest bolt to the gift shop.

Ex-Razorback, current assistant coach named to national hall
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- A former Razorback standout and a current assistant at Arkansas have been named to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Football official: Colorado never condoned alcohol use by athletes

Auburn brings Capel for on-campus interview

Judge weighing bid to close Marcus Vick trial
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. -- A judge heard arguments Wednesday to close the trial of Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick and two football other players charged with misdemeanor counts involving sex and alcohol with underage girls.

Ex-Razorback, current assistant coach named to national hall

Auburn brings Capel for on-campus interview
AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn interim President Ed Richardson has begun conducting on-campus interviews with men's basketball coaching candidates, starting with Virginia Commonwealth's Jeff Capel.

Football official: Colorado never condoned alcohol use by athletes
BROOMFIELD, Colo. -- The use of alcohol in recruiting has never been condoned by athletic officials at the University of Colorado, the director of football operations told a panel investigating the school's recruiting scandal.

Final Four teams could return

Okafor excels on, off basketball court

Championship clash: No love lost in reunion

Violence again seen as University of Connecticut men and women sweep college basketball championships

Fans celebrate tournament title

From leaky field house roof to national prominence

Lady Vols are looking to add one more title

Two-sport star takes endorsement case against NCAA to appeals court

UConn gets championship greeting at airport

Summitt: Vols have plenty to be proud of

Miscarriage of justice

Poor spokesman
In trying to boost the John Kerry campaign by attacking America's leader in the war on terror, U.S. Ted Kennedy is helping neither cause.

Lawmakers' failure

Lawmakers' failure
No one expected miracles when Georgia's General Assembly convened in January. After all, it is an election year, which inevitably promotes obstructionist partisanship, and the state's two legislative bodies are controlled by separate parties.

Editorial roundup

Editorial roundup
The consequences of the U.S.-led coalition's invasion of Iraq for the wider war against terrorism remain a matter of contention. What ought to be beyond contention is that, having taken part in that invasion, members of the coalition have thereby incurred an obligation to the people of Iraq.

Miscarriage of justice
The latest twist in the Tyco mistrial illustrates a troubling phenomenon - perhaps brought on by persons addicted to cable news channels' 24-hours, 7-days-a-week cycle: Some viewers become more than addicted to certain stories - they begin to think they're actually part of the story.

Marketplace has changed
Hatred of President George W. Bush is now officially a cottage industry.

Poor spokesman

Las Vegas honors Roy Horn as 'Citizen of the Month'
LAS VEGAS -- Illusionist Roy Horn remained at home, recovering from a near-fatal tiger mauling, while the Las Vegas City Council honored him Wednesday as "Citizen of the Month."

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

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

Posh & Becks photographed at French ski resort
LONDON -- David Beckham and his wife, Victoria, were pictured in Tuesday's British newspapers frolicking in the snow at a French ski resort after reports surfaced that he had an affair with his former personal assistant.

Club calendar
ABBI'S COFFEE MILL: 403 Furys Ferry Road, Martinez; 651-9111.

LA judge won't suppress evidence in Courtney Love prosecution
LOS ANGELES -- A judge rejected a motion to suppress evidence in the case against Courtney Love, clearing the way for her trial later this month on charges of disorderly conduct and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

'Worms' creator includes new dimension to its popular series
Some games don't need to go 3-D.

Diana Ross won't have to serve more time in jail
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Diana Ross, who served her sentence for an Arizona drunken-driving conviction in Greenwich, Conn., won't have to return to Tucson to spend more time in jail.

Storyland Theatre puts a new twist on an old tale
The fairy tale Hansel and Gretel gets an original twist in a Storyland Theatre production that opens Tuesday at Augusta State University's Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre.

Applause calendar
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Dealmaker Trump wins $250 in chicken versus Apprentice casino game
COACHELLA, Calif. -- Without any specific strategy, dealmaker Donald Trump battled a live chicken and won $250.

Saga of David Beckham's "affair" shows no signs of faltering
LONDON -- The saga of the soccer star, his wife and his personal assistant dominated Britain's tabloid press for a fourth day Wednesday, with newspapers dissecting David and Victoria Beckham's French skiing holiday for signs of strife or reconciliation following allegations of his extramarital affair.

People in the News
LONDON -- Brad Pitt will narrate a British Broadcasting Corp. radio series about one of his musical idols, Nick Drake.

People in the News
PHILADELPHIA -- Rapper Beanie Sigel's lyrics talk of moving to a quiet suburb, but the South Philadelphia rapper will likely call prison home after a scheduled guilty plea this week, according to a published report.

Stocks lower as optimism sags on Alcoa earnings, Seagate warning
NEW YORK -- Investors lost a little more of their optimism about first-quarter earnings Wednesday, sending stocks sliding on a disappointing profit report from Alcoa Inc. and a warning from Seagate Technology.

Tokyo stocks close down, dollar lower against yen

A status report on Wall Street's major indexes
Investor optimism about first quarter earnings drove blue chips higher Tuesday, but a profit warning from Nokia Corp. sank tech shares, leaving Wall Street mixed after three sessions of gains.

Alcoa profits soar along with aluminum prices
PITTSBURGH -- Alcoa Inc.'s profit more than doubled in the first quarter on strong demand for aluminum domestically and in China. But the results still missed Wall Street expectations.

Nokia warns drop in phone sales to bring down 1Q results

Tokyo stocks close at 32-month high

Consumer borrowing rose at slower pace in February
WASHINGTON -- Americans borrowed less freely in February after ratcheting up new debt the month before, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday.

Earnings optimism pushes blue chips up
NEW YORK -- Wall Street took an expected break Tuesday from a week of frenetic buying, leaving the major indexes mixed as investors bought blue chips but sold technology shares on an earnings warning from Nokia.

Nokia warns drop in phone sales to bring down 1Q results
HELSINKI, Finland -- Nokia, the world's biggest cell phone maker, said its first quarter sales were down about 2 percent from last year, signaling that its sales were as much as 9 percent below expectations. But it said it should meet earnings expectations.

A status report on Wall Street's major indexes

Tokyo stocks close at 32-month high
TOKYO -- Tokyo's benchmark stock index closed at a 32-month high Tuesday as a spurt by the U.S. dollar against the Japanese yen fueled gains by technology shares and other issues in the currency-sensitive export sector.

Tokyo stocks close down, dollar lower against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks slipped Wednesday as investors took profits a day after the market's best-known index climbed to a 32-month high. The U.S. dollar fell against the yen.

Small portions
If you're a garlic lover and think bigger cloves are better, think again. Smaller garlic cloves taste better than larger ones, which get bitter and lose their characteristic bite with age. Don't be taken in by elephant garlic, either. These oversized bulbs, closer to milder leeks than feisty garlic, are bland in comparison.

Give your pudding a tropical vacation

Dining out
THE RESTAURANT: B.C. Davenport's, 301 Georgia Ave., North Augusta

Give your pudding a tropical vacation
Coconut milk paired with mango makes an extra-smooth and delicious pudding. Imagine it as the perfect ending to a meal - especially as something to cool the palate after the spicy dishes that are so popular nowadays.

Scientists pinpoint genes that help wheat adapt around the world

Dining out

Demand for healthier meals creating a niche for personal chefs
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Rod and Debbie Basler wanted to follow the South Beach Diet, but their work lives made it impossible to shop and cook for it.

Scientists pinpoint genes that help wheat adapt around the world
FRESNO, Calif. -- Researchers have identified the genes that give wheat the ability to cross climates, a discovery that could aid humanity's ancient effort to make the world's most popular grain more productive, faster to mature and able to survive more extreme conditions.

Yellow Jackets look ahead to bigger things next season
SAN ANTONIO -- Jarrett Jack pulled off his jersey, rubbed his bald head and stared quietly at the floor.

Fans give Jackets warm welcome
ATLANTA - The student insisted on remaining nameless, identifying himself as "just a fan" and pointing to the back of his homemade T-shirt when asked about Georgia Tech's run to the national championship game.

Yellow Jackets look ahead to bigger things next season

Hootie refuses to budge on Burk
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Like an impenetrable goalie on top of his game, Hootie Johnson kept stonewalling the shots. Tired of talking about women, the chairman of Augusta National believes it's time for his club and the Masters to move on.

Sparkling game, father's visit has Singh enjoying life
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- As amazing as it sounds, Vijay Singh no longer feels the need to spend hours on the practice range, hitting ball after ball.

Sparkling game, father's visit has Singh enjoying life

Devalued Euros hope to make gains in the majors
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Padraig Harrington doesn't see a crisis, only an identity.

Capsules on 20 top golfers in the Masters
A capsule look at 20 top golfers in the Masters, to be played April 8-11 at Augusta National Golf Club (in predicted order of finish):

New facility spurs land purchases
Augusta National Golf Club has revealed why it's spending millions of dollars to acquire land outside its western border.

Norman, O'Meara, Johnson to play at Heritage
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Veterans Greg Norman and Mark O'Meara and rookie Zach Johnson have joined the field for the MCI Heritage this month.

Mickelson in search of greatness, and a green jacket
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The man in the green jacket raved about Phil Mickelson's record at the Masters - seven times in the top 10, no worse than seventh since 1999.

Hootie refuses to budge on Burk

Capsules on 20 top golfers in the Masters

Devalued Euros hope to make gains in the majors

Woods facing high standard at Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- One green jacket and Tiger Woods already was being compared to Jack Nicklaus.

Woods facing high standard at Masters

Others staggered by Palmer's record of 50 straight Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Vijay Singh would be 81 years old by the time he matched Arnold Palmer's streak of 50 straight Masters. Tiger Woods would only be 69, but he had a a more simple wish.

Others staggered by Palmer's record of 50 straight Masters

Mickelson in search of greatness, and a green jacket

Capitals win draft lottery
WASHINGTON - Something finally went right for the Washington Capitals: They won the NHL's Draft lottery.

Boston College hopes to win Frozen Four at home
BOSTON -- Denver coach George Gwozdecky knew everything was all right when he pulled forward Connor James aside after Wednesday's skatearound to see how he his broken leg was mending.

Brodeur ready for another run at Cup
WEST ORANGE, N.J. - With the NHL playoffs about to start, Martin Brodeur is going to spend a few more minutes watching videotapes of his opponents, and he might say a few more words to the referees before games.

Penguins may have Ovechkin substitute: Lemieux

Brodeur ready for another run at Cup

Playoff rivalries abound

Flyers' Desjardins out for playoffs

Boston College earns ticket to Frozen Four with tight defense

Capitals win draft lottery

Playoff rivalries abound
NEW YORK - If you ask the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders, this is the playoff year that history won't be repeated.

Drunken driving charge against Brashear dismissed in plea bargain
WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Philadelphia Flyers enforcer Donald Brashear pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of refusing to take a blood-alcohol test and unsafe operation of a motor vehicle.

Penguins may have Ovechkin substitute: Lemieux
PITTSBURGH -- Losing the NHL draft lottery means that the Pittsburgh Penguins probably won't have Russian star Alexander Ovechkin when they next take the ice.

Flyers' Desjardins out for playoffs
VOORHEES, N.J. -- Flyers defenseman Eric Desjardins will miss the NHL playoffs after a metal plate protecting his injured right arm broke while he was playing catch with his son.

Boston College hopes to win Frozen Four at home

Boston College earns ticket to Frozen Four with tight defense
BOSTON - Boston College has one of the most prolific offenses in the country, but it's defense that helped the Eagles get to the Frozen Four for the first time since their 2001 championship season.

Augusta's best tossed salad
Once a year, Augusta turns into a community with a single focus golf. From a world view, the Masters Tournament defines Augusta.

Augusta's best tossed salad

Iraqi insurgents kidnap East Jerusalem man with Augusta ties
Two aid workers who are Arab residents of Jerusalem - including one who graduated from Augusta State University nine years ago - were kidnapped today by insurgents in Iraq, Israeli media reported.

Aiken sheriff involved in two-car accident
AIKEN - Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt was in a car accident at 8:40 a.m. today near the intersection of Augusta-Aiken Highway and Old Aiken Road when his car struck the rear of another vehicle.

Light rain likely during Masters Tournament
Weather officials say possible rain Thursday morning should not cause golf fans to despair.

Hole-in-one gives DiMarco early lead at Masters
Chris DiMarco took the early lead Thursday at the Masters Tournament thanks to a hole-in-one on the par-3 sChris DiMarco took the early lead Thursday at the Masters Tournament thanks to a hole-in-one on the par-3 sixth hole.ixth hole.

Augusta National changes sudden-death playoffs format
Augusta National Golf Club Chairman Hootie Johnson announced Wednesday a change in the format for playoffs to settle ties at the Masters Tournament.

Choose site now, but do study later
It certainly is apparent that our Augusta commissioners are incapable of making decisions. Raymond T. Rufo, Augusta

McKee cartoon is wild distortion

Outsourcing will doom food program
We learned that the CSRA nutrition program now operated by the nonprofit Senior Citizens Council of Greater Augusta and the CSRA is to be outsourced to G.A. Food Services, a Florida company. Dorothy Goodwin, Evans, Ga.

Outsourcing will doom food program

McKee cartoon is wild distortion
If you are a draft evader running against a Silver Star veteran, what do you do? Simply brand him unpatriotic for not marching to the president's drumbeat. How do you do this? Cut a video with a picture of Osama bin Laden leading in, then cut to the Democrat. Walter S. Williams, Augusta

Vietnam veterans must not be criticized
On March 17 I read Merle Burkholder's letter to the editor on Sen. John Kerry's Vietnam War record ("John Kerry's Vietnam record is weak"). I concluded that the author was a very unpatriotic person. Joseph Diggs Sr., Augusta

Keep sniffing out local trouble

Easter victory turns Passion into joy
For all who have seen The Passion of the Christ, you noticed for about 10 seconds at the end of the film Mel Gibson's vision of the resurrection of Christ as the stone in front of the tomb was moved away on the morning of Easter Sunday to reveal to us in real saving manner that Jesus was no longer dead in his anointed shroud, but that a miracle of life by God had raised Jesus to new risen life to be seen. The Rev. Michael Lubinsky, Augusta (Editor's note: The Rev. Lubinsky is an assistant pastor at the Church of the Most Holy trinity in Augusta.)

Keep sniffing out local trouble
I have serious doubts this will ever be published, since historically our paper will not toot its own horn - or allow others to do so, for that matter. I have a compulsion to do so, no matter the outcome. Andy Chandler, Augusta

Let the fat sue Big Food
On March 14, an Augusta Chronicle editorial ("Shamefully super-sized") highlighted the stupidity of the House of Representatives, which has wasted the hard-earned tax dollars of "we the people." Bill Adams, North Augusta, S.C.

Hand-tied

Sacred Blue's style is all rock 'n' roll

Agency to spotlight its volunteers at luncheon

Gender choice kits are new fad

Wine talk

First of twin Mars rovers completes primary mission yet rolls on

Consumer watchdogs tear into Google's new e-mail service

Microsoft to release latest version of Office for Macs in mid-May

'Smart' land mines behind policy shift could get even smarter

Why are Medicare-eligible woman not getting an annual mammogram?

Epcot attendance rising with boost from 'Mission: Space' ride

Rabies vaccine for humans recalled in 24 countries

TV craze for poker leaves college campuses flush with new players

Consumer watchdogs tear into Google's new e-mail service
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google Inc. hails its new e-mail service as a breakthrough in online communication, but consumer watchdogs are attacking it as a creepy invasion of privacy that threatens to set a troubling precedent.

Rabies vaccine for humans recalled in 24 countries
ATLANTA -- A common rabies vaccine for humans is being recalled in the United States and 23 other countries after a live strain of the virus was found in some other samples made at the same time.

Epcot attendance rising with boost from 'Mission: Space' ride
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- A rocket ride to Mars is bringing tourists back into the orbit of Disney's Epcot theme park.

Hand-tied
Southpaws have found respect in boxing and baseball, and now, with the likes of Phil Mickelson and 2003 Masters Champion Mike Weir, golf.

Living briefs
If you're an expert at spicing things up in the kitchen, McCormick's is looking for you.

Microsoft to release latest version of Office for Macs in mid-May
REDMOND, Wash. -- The latest version of Microsoft Corp.'s Office software for Apple computers will be in stores in the third week of May, the company said.

TV craze for poker leaves college campuses flush with new players
ATHENS, Ga. -- There's often a full house at Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity - in more ways than one.

Why are Medicare-eligible woman not getting an annual mammogram?
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Two mammograms within 10 months in 1994 cleared Lorna Johns of breast cancer so she decided to skip the X-ray the following year.

Agency to spotlight its volunteers at luncheon
The Area Agency on Aging annually recognizes a volunteer who goes above and beyond to help with senior citizens, but this year it also will recognize groups.

Wine talk
THE WINE: 2001 Freemark Abbey Chardonnay, $19, from California

'Smart' land mines behind policy shift could get even smarter
The Bush administration's argument for shunning a global treaty on land mines rests largely on the U.S. military's use of "smart," self-destructing mines that don't linger after wars end to kill and maim civilians.

Gender choice kits are new fad
CHICAGO - Boy or girl? Now you can pick the sex of your baby in the privacy of your own home. Or so the Internet sellers of sex-selection kits would have you believe.

Sacred Blue's style is all rock 'n' roll
NEW YORK -- No rock 'n' roller would be complete without jeans, and the creators of the Sacred Blue brand say jeans aren't complete without a little rock 'n' roll.

First of twin Mars rovers completes primary mission yet rolls on
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's Spirit rover has completed its primary mission to Mars yet continues to roll along, moving toward a cluster of hills that could yield more evidence that the planet had a wet past.

Assault suspect turns himself in
A local man who had eluded Columbia County sheriff's authorities for about a week after being accused of sexually assaulting an Evans woman was arrested Monday night by authorities in Columbia, S.C.

Rants and raves
I'M CALLING CONCERNING news reporter Timothy Cox on the excellent article he wrote on the life of legendary soul singer Marvin Gaye. I would like to commend him for remembering Marvin Gaye. He was the reporter that did the story in last week's Applause in The Augusta Chronicle.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A boy who was 15 when he stole a Jeep Cherokee, attempted to elude police and killed a man he ran over with the vehicle was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison.

Soldier was proud to be in military

Judicial center site is shifted
A plan approved to study four sites for an Augusta judicial center was abandoned Tuesday as commissioners agreed to look at just one new site - a two-block area between Walton Way and Fenwick Street.

News you can use

News you can use

Police say 2 robbed victim of homicide

3 domestic disputes reported

Judicial center site is shifted

Change to have little impact on university
ATHENS - A dozen semifinalists, including the University System of Georgia chancellor, will be interviewed next week for the president's post at the University of Tennessee.

Kid of the day

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Trinity Syania Nugin, 1, of Augusta.

Stolen money must be repaid

Wanted: Deputies for hire

Lawyer to appeal death sentence

Learning Spanish early
MERRIWETHER - The dozen preschool children sitting in Moniqua Acosta's classroom at the Child Prodigy Learning Center held their hands high in the air, counting from one to 10.

Members dispute hopefuls
AIKEN - County council members say they're wary about two of the city's three nominees for a position on the county's 1-cent sales tax committee because of their ties to projects seeking money from the levy.

Around town

City extends a royal welcome

Marine commendation

Cockfighting measure wins industry support

Controllers prepare for high traffic
Normally Augusta Regional Airport can't compete in sheer volume with Columbia Metropolitan Airport, but this week the much smaller facility is about as busy as the South Carolina capital's airport.

School seeks arena funds

Azaleas add splash of color to Aiken
AIKEN - Azaleas adorn the lush landscape around the 16th green at Augusta National Golf Club like jewels in crown.

Wedding bells might ring again for Browns
AIKEN - James Brown and Tomi Rae Brown likely will have a second marriage if a pair of annulments are granted to the soul singer and his wife, Mr. Brown's attorney said Wednesday.

Officers look for escaped inmate
Screven County sheriff's authorities are seeking an inmate who escaped from a work detail Tuesday morning.

Across South Carolina

Azaleas add splash of color to Aiken

Budget writers reach harmony
ATLANTA - Legislative budget writers reached apparent agreement on the budget Wednesday, just hours ahead of a midnight deadline that would force them into a special session if they fail to complete the deal.

School seeks arena funds
AIKEN - University of South Carolina Aiken officials hope voters will help put the finishing touches on a new $17 million arena scheduled for groundbreaking in August.

Across Georgia
GAINESVILLE - A nursing home patient has died of an ailment commonly known as flesh-eating bacteria, state health officials said Wednesday.

Members dispute hopefuls

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - Gov. Mark Sanford says a Mauldin lawmaker acted unethically by tape recording his private meeting with House Republicans.

Cockfighting measure wins industry support
AIKEN - A push to make cockfighting a felony under federal law got a boost this week with an endorsement from the nation's poultry industry.

3 domestic disputes reported
Richmond County sheriff's deputies have arrested three people in separate cases of domestic violence, reports show.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - The daughter of a woman who died inside the Greenville County Detention Center two years ago has sued, saying county employees were negligent.

Graham vows to help girl stay
AIKEN - Silver Bluff High School honor student Griselda Lopez, 15, who faces deportation to Mexico, said Wednesday that U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., promised she will remain in the United States long enough to finish high school.

Plant disease is found in nurseries

Challenger says she'd quit race over job
AIKEN - The Republican challenger to veteran state Sen. Tommy Moore, D-Clearwater, said Wednesday she would quit the race before quitting her job with a nonprofit group that teaches abstinence courses in South Carolina and Georgia public schools.

Good Friday closings

Summer's gold
A bright yellow American goldfinch finds a perch among the dogwood blossoms next to a house in Martinez . The goldfinches are starting to get their bright summer plumage.

Lawmakers scramble to finish their work

Plant disease is found in nurseries
The state Department of Agriculture says the funguslike disease that causes sudden oak death has been found in plants sold by two nurseries in the Augusta area.

Rants and raves
I DON'T LIKE to address people by their first names. When you are in business and situations like that, how dare you address me to the public by my first name? You call me Ms. or Mrs. One thing my mama taught me way back at home was to respect people. I don't call people by their first names unless they give me permission to do it.

Across the area
Richmond County authorities responded to a suspicious situation Tuesday night in which officers found what appeared to be an explosive device near a church, but turned out to be a group of youths playing with a potato gun, officials said.

History has many channels

Accord is in place on future of HOPE
ATLANTA - A last-minute compromise Wednesday evening salvaged a plan to safeguard the financial future of the HOPE Scholarship after one previous effort failed and hours of drama ensued at the state Capitol.

Water aerobics classes see boost in popularity
Imogene Sims knew her inactive lifestyle needed a change.

HOPE, budget debated until end
ATLANTA - State lawmakers worked feverishly toward the stroke of midnight Wednesday, appearing very close to passing both a balanced state budget and a HOPE Scholarship reform on the final day of this year's legislative session.

Hopeful resumes quest for Senate

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Sean Patrick McMorris Hanisee, 2, of Aiken.

Panel fails to set end for meeting
Augusta commissioners, under fire for their nine-hour meetings, rejected a motion to set a deadline for ending Tuesday's meeting.

First Tee program gets Oinker Award

City extends a royal welcome
British charm met Southern hospitality Tuesday night.

Sheriff has car accident

News you can use
APRIL 7, 1983 A federal judge on Wednesday banned anyone by the Augusta National Inc. from selling souvenirs that display Masters Tournament emblems.

New facility spurs land purchases
Augusta National Golf Club has revealed why it's spending millions of dollars to acquire land outside its western border.

Lawmakers scramble to finish their work
ATLANTA - Lawmakers worked feverishly Tuesday to wrap up negotiations on the HOPE Scholarship and the coming fiscal-year budget to set the stage for today, the final day of the legislative session.

Around town
Brian Kirkey, painted bronze to resemble a statue, freezes in position outside the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame s Botanical Gardens to attract visitors attention. Mr. Kirkey handed out fliers to passers-by with information about the garden.

Lawyer to appeal death sentence
COLUMBIA - The lawyer for an inmate scheduled to die April 16 has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, saying the jury in his trial should have known he would have been 71 years old before he became eligible for parole.

First Tee program gets Oinker Award
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - At a Washington news conference Wednesday, the Citizens Against Government Waste gave The First Tee, a program headquartered at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., an award no one wants.

Across the area
A Wilkes County animal control officer has been arrested on rape charges, state officials said Tuesday.

Crime is down for tournament
With thousands of visitors in town during Masters Week, most would expect Augusta's criminal element to take advantage of them.

Summer's gold

Evening school to relocate to center
Evening school teachers who haul textbooks and student assignments around in their cars will get some relief this fall.

Across the area

Sheriff has car accident
AIKEN - Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt was in a car accident at about 8:40 a.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Augusta-Aiken Highway and Old Aiken Road, when his car struck the rear of another vehicle.

Budget writers reach harmony

Augusta National changes sudden-death playoffs format

Hopeful resumes quest for Senate
AIKEN - Like the sudden plot twist in a soap opera, the on-then-off candidacy of Republican anti-abortion activist Susan Swanson is back on again.

Intended victim of robbery arrested
The intended victim of an armed robbery found himself behind bars after shooting one of his assailants and forcing him into the trunk of his car, police records show.

Driver stays in serious condition
A man who authorities said crashed into a tent of high schoolers trying to raise money on Washington Road remained in a hospital Tuesday, officials said.

Good Friday closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Good Friday:

Police say 2 robbed victim of homicide
Officials said Tuesday that two north Georgia men have been charged with taking property from the former home of a Lincoln County gunshot victim.

Water aerobics classes see boost in popularity

A hardy exhibit
Elvis fans have Graceland. Baseball fans have Cooperstown. Laurel and Hardy fans flock to Harlem.

Across the area

HOPE, budget debated until end

Angel patrols school hallway
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - At Glynn Academy, Angel paces the classroom aisles with a confident trot and a keen nose.

Across Georgia

Victim of deer collision buried
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - One of the founding members of the University of Georgia Alumni Association was buried Tuesday, four days after he was killed when a deer crashed through his car windshield after being struck by a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction.

Accord is in place on future of HOPE

Lawmaker says vote against gay-marriage ban wasn't easy
ATLANTA - State Rep. Louise McBee, D-Athens, said her vote last week against a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage was the "most difficult" choice she has made in her 13 years as a lawmaker.

Graham vows to help girl stay

Trial ordered over school's placement of stickers in science books calling evolution a theory
ATLANTA -- A federal judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit against a school district's practice of posting disclaimers inside science textbooks saying evolution is "a theory, not a fact."

Fun in the sand
Adrian Mayfield, 19 months, enjoys a Tuesday afternoon playing in the sand at Riverview Park in North Augusta.

Rants and raves
I DON'T LIKE to address people by their first names. When you are in business and situations like that, how dare you address me to the public by my first name? You call me Ms. or Mrs. One thing my mama taught me way back at home was to respect people. I don't call people by their first names unless they give me permission to do it.

Change to have little impact on university

News you can use
APRIL 8, 1993 A pilot escaped serous injury Wednesday after his small airplane crashed off Damascus Road near Highland Avenue.

To end backups, officials want golf fans off road
Transportation officials are asking Masters Tournament patrons to stop using Alexander Drive as a shortcut between River Watch Parkway and Washington Road.

Rants and raves
I'M CALLING CONCERNING news reporter Timothy Cox on the excellent article he wrote on the life of legendary soul singer Marvin Gaye. I would like to commend him for remembering Marvin Gaye. He was the reporter that did the story in last week's Applause in The Augusta Chronicle.

Soldier was proud to be in military
ADRIAN, Ga. - Friends and family of the soldier killed last week in Iraq say the young man loved being in the military.

Wanted: Deputies for hire
Uniformed Richmond County sheriff's deputies are in bars, nightclubs, shopping centers, malls and even at Augusta National Golf Club this week.

Court of Appeals rules publisher can be sued
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The author of the book A Glimpse of Hell cannot be sued for libel in South Carolina, but the publisher of the book about the 1989 explosion aboard the USS Iowa that killed 47 sailors can, the state Court of Appeals has ruled.

History has many channels
Charles Fordham clips and prunes gardenias and other shrubs outside the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History with meticulous diligence.

Stolen money must be repaid
The trustee for a local veterans foundation who was convicted of theft in the disappearance of more than $130,000 of the charity's assets must repay the money with interest while on probation, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Marine commendation
Marine Corps Reserve Col. Charles Mize Jr. (left) was awarded the Legion of Merit by Maj. Gen. Jack Burgman. The award was presented to Col. Mize for his services from October 1999 to March 2002 as the reserve deputy chief of staff, G-3, and joint Air Force component commander officer in charge of the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Forces Reserve, New Orleans. Col. Mize, his wife, Joy, and their three children, Andrew, Carolyn and Kristina, live in Martinez.

Angel patrols school hallway

Across Georgia

Learning Spanish early

A hardy exhibit

Fun in the sand

Controllers prepare for high traffic

Rail line expects heavy business
ST. MARYS, Ga. - As many as 1,400 customers a day are predicted to ride a new passenger rail service being established in coastal Georgia between Kingsland and St. Marys.

'Hellboy' catches box-office fire with $23.2 million debut

'The Simpsons' movie far in the future, actor says.
NEW YORK -- Lisa Simpson will still be eight when "The Simpsons" movie comes out - but the rest of us will be a lot older.

At the Movies: 'Johnson Family Vacation'
"Johnson Family Vacation" could be the lost sequel to the "National Lampoon's Vacation" series. And it should have remained lost.

'The Alamo': An epic movie about Texas warriors fights for respect
LOS ANGELES -- The shooting was relatively painless on "The Alamo." The cutting was where things started to hurt.

Odessans hopeful movie won't be like book
ODESSA, Texas -- The 1990 book about Permian High School's storied football program stirred anger in this West Texas city with its allegations of racism and a win-at-all-costs mind-set.

At the Movies: 'Johnson Family Vacation'

'The Alamo': An epic movie about Texas warriors fights for respect

Mini reviews

'Hellboy' catches box-office fire with $23.2 million debut
LOS ANGELES -- "Hellboy" was the latest comic-book adaptation to debut as the top weekend movie, opening with $23.2 million.

'The Simpsons' movie far in the future, actor says.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, see augusta.com/movies.

Odessans hopeful movie won't be like book

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

Nirvana's Kurt Cobain did more than entertain us

The Darkness to roll into Atlanta

Quick tracks
THE ALBUM: Neighborhood Watch, Dilated Peoples (Capitol) Unabashedly trying to climb their way out of the Los Angeles underground, Dilated Peoples made a few concessions to mainstream hip-hop.

Damien Rice: A moody, romantic Irish singer catching on

Deborah Voigt discusses weight problem that led to lost opera job

Met chorus electrifies Verdi's 'Nabucco'
NEW YORK -- Imagine your most ardent hopes flying off on golden wings. That's the dream image of about 100 Hebrew slaves in Verdi's "Nabucco," voicing a yearning to be freed from their warring Assyrian captors and return to Israel.

Quick tracks

Rapper C-Murder granted new trial in La. murder case
GRETNA, La. -- Rapper C-Murder, convicted last year of shooting a teenager to death inside a night club, has been granted a new trial.

Music calendar

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.

Music sales fall 7.6 percent in 2003

Quick tracks

Aerosmith releases honkin' blues CD

Met chorus electrifies Verdi's 'Nabucco'

Cobain's art shows flip side of his genius

The Darkness to roll into Atlanta
THE BAND: The Darkness to perform at The tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., Atlanta.

On the road
The touring production of Mel Brooks' hit musical The Producers runs at the famous Fox Theatre through April 18. The show, about two scheming con men who try to mount a sure-to-fail musical (about Hitler, no less), is based on Mr. Brooks' movie. Tickets are $15-$64. For more information, call (404) 817-8700.

Deborah Voigt discusses weight problem that led to lost opera job
NEW YORK -- Even for world-famous soprano Deborah Voigt, this is a big week.

Cobain's art shows flip side of his genius
MONTESANO, Wash. -- Leland Cobain spreads a few yellowing pieces of art across his dining room table. The Aberdeen Museum of History, in the next town over, has asked him to contribute to an exhibit about his grandson, late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.

Damien Rice: A moody, romantic Irish singer catching on
NEW YORK -- Even with an audience including Julia Roberts, Renee Zellweger, George Clooney and Nicolas Cage, singer-songwriter Damien Rice is not a background kind of guy.

Nirvana's Kurt Cobain did more than entertain us
ABERDEEN, Wash. -- Beneath this bridge above the muddy banks of Wishkah River, a troubled young Kurt Cobain would come to escape his unhappy home and the persistent gray drizzle of the Washington coast.

Music sales fall 7.6 percent in 2003
LONDON - Global sales of recorded music slid again in 2003 as piracy and illegal downloading continued to inflict damage, a leading industry group said Wednesday.

Janet Jackson's new CD not a chart topper
NEW YORK -- Janet Jackson is now suffering from a sales malfunction. Her new album, "Damita Jo," sold approximately 381,000 copies in its first week to debut at No. 2 on the charts. Her last album, 2001's "All for You," debuted at No. 1 with more than 605,000 copies sold.

Top 20 Concert Tours

Concert calendar
BOB DYLAN: 8 p.m. Saturday, Township Auditorium, Columbia

Aerosmith releases honkin' blues CD
Pity the poor, aging rocker.

Music calendar
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NASCAR newsmaker Elliott Sadler

40-race schedule could be in future

40-race schedule could be in future
ATLANTA - Expansion to the regular season, including races on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, remains a way for stock car racing to keep up with demand from major markets to expand their presence on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.

Jarrett optimistic despite slow start
FORT WORTH, Texas -- This was supposed to be a big rebound year for Dale Jarrett.

Jarrett optimistic despite slow start

NASCAR newsmaker Elliott Sadler
It took three years for Elliott Sadler to back up his first win on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series with a close victory over Kasey Kahne on Sunday.

Gordon looks for past magic
ATLANTA - Jeff Gordon hasn't been oblivious to the rumors and criticism about his slow start in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season.

Gordon looks for past magic

76ers edge out Hawks in OT
ATLANTA -- When the Atlanta Hawks tried to win by playing with a small lineup, Samuel Dalembert came up big for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Cavs activate McInnis, Cleaves released
CLEVELAND -- Jeff McInnis was activated from the injured list on Tuesday by the Cleveland Cavaliers, who nearly fell out of the NBA playoff chase while the point guard was out with a bruised right shoulder.

Raptors squeak past Cavaliers
CLEVELAND -- There's open. There's wide open. And then there's what Jalen Rose was in the closing seconds - the loneliest man in Gund Arena.

Bryant attorneys ask for prompt trial, say case has exacted a toll
DENVER -- Kobe Bryant's lawyers insisted Tuesday that they want a trial as quickly as possible, complaining that the rape case has exacted a grueling "personal and professional toll" on the NBA star.

UCLA's Thompson to declare for NBA draft
LOS ANGELES -- UCLA's Dijon Thompson will declare himself eligible for the NBA draft but leave open the possibility of returning for his senior season.

76ers edge out Hawks in OT

UCLA's Thompson to declare for NBA draft

Kings hoping to shake malaise in upcoming West showdowns

Raptors squeak past Cavaliers

Ford to miss rest of season, playoffs
MILWAUKEE -- Rookie point guard T.J. Ford will miss the rest of the regular season and the playoffs for the Milwaukee Bucks with a bruised spinal cord.

Kings hoping to shake malaise in upcoming West showdowns
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento Kings are running out of time to turn their stagger back into a swagger.

Kidd returns, but Nets lose
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Milwaukee Bucks spoiled the long-awaited return of All-Stars Jason Kidd and Kenyon Martin, rallying from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit for a 103-98 win over the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday night.

Ford to miss rest of season, playoffs

Bryant's lawyers ask for early trial date
DENVER - Kobe Bryant's lawyers insisted Tuesday that they want a trial as quickly as possible, complaining that the rape case has exacted a grueling "personal and professional toll" on the NBA star.

Warriors walk over Rockets

Bryant attorneys ask for prompt trial, say case has exacted a toll

Warriors walk over Rockets
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Houston Rockets are faltering so badly, their hold on a playoff position has turned precarious.

Two-sport star takes endorsement case against NCAA to appeals court
DENVER -- Two-sport star Jeremy Bloom takes his high-profile case against the NCAA back to court on Wednesday.

Lady Vols are looking to add one more title
NEW ORLEANS - Tennessee's starting lineup will took the court against Connecticut in the NCAA final already with one title to its credit this season.

Okafor excels on, off basketball court
SAN ANTONIO - The parents knew little about basketball, and cared even less.

Violence again seen as University of Connecticut men and women sweep college basketball championships
STORRS, Conn. -- A second national basketball title brought a second night of overblown celebration at the University of Connecticut.

Championship clash: No love lost in reunion
NEW ORLEANS - The feud won't stop here. Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma and Tennessee's Pat Summitt will be back at each other's throats fighting for the women's championship again for the same reasons they were there Tuesday night.

Summitt: Vols have plenty to be proud of
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Pat Summitt believes her players still have plenty to be proud of despite losing the national championship game to Connecticut.

UConn gets championship greeting at airport
STORRS, Conn. -- Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun held the national championship trophy above his head and greeted about 200 fans gathered at the airport to welcome home the Huskies from San Antonio.

From leaky field house roof to national prominence
STORRS, Conn. -- Back in the 1980s, the University of Connecticut basketball program was a sorry sight.

Fans celebrate tournament title
STORRS, Conn. - Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun held the national championship trophy above his head and greeted about 200 fans gathered at the airport to welcome home the Huskies from San Antonio.

Final Four teams could return
SAN ANTONIO - Now that Connecticut has put the final touches on a dominating season with a well-deserved national championship, the focus shifts to next year.

New coach challenges, reinvigorates players

Mora brings fire to Falcons

Browns CEO Carmen Policy stepping aside

Victor Leyva signs one-year contract to stay with Bengals

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This year would have marked the 58th consecutive time that Henry Daniel attended the Masters Tournament.

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Correction: Canoe-Kayak trials story

Greek premier 'guarantees' safe Olympics
ATHENS, Greece -- Greece's prime minister promised a safe and successful Olympics despite "choking deadlines" in construction and admissions of delays in security preparations at two key sites.

Bulgarian weightlifter to appeal doping ban

When music soured, rower found Olympics

When music soured, rower found Olympics
A lot of athletes grow up dreaming of making it to the Olympics. A lot of musicians grow up dreaming of playing in front of thousands of screaming fans.

Correction: Canoe-Kayak trials story
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- In an April 4 story about the U.S. Olympic canoe and kayak trials, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Scott Parsons, Bret Heyl, Scott Shipley, Rebecca Giddens, Sarah Leith and Hannah Larsen qualified for the Olympic team as a result of their finishes.

Bulgarian weightlifter to appeal doping ban
SOFIA, Bulgaria -- Bulgarian Olympic weightlifting champion Galabin Boevski plans to appeal an eight-year ban for tampering with his urine sample at last year's world championships.

Greek premier 'guarantees' safe Olympics

Watch testimony, but keep in mind who's really responsible for 9-11
Once or twice in every generation, America gets the opportunity to examine closely how national security policy is orchestrated within the executive branch of our government: the various hearings in the aftermath of the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack, the McCarthy hearings in the 1950s, Watergate in the early 1970s, the Iran contra hearings in the 1980s and now the hearings before the Sept. 11 commission.

Watch testimony, but keep in mind who's really responsible for 9-11
Once or twice in every generation, America gets the opportunity to examine closely how national security policy is orchestrated within the executive branch of our government: the various hearings in the aftermath of the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack, the McCarthy hearings in the 1950s, Watergate in the early 1970s, the Iran contra hearings in the 1980s and now the hearings before the Sept. 11 commission.

Spring prep sports

Navratilova loses in singles comeback

Overtime

Adu tweaks ankle but should be fine for Saturday

Overtime

Spring prep sports
Here's a brief look at area spring prep sports scores.

Overtime
Dogwood Stable's Limehouse will break from post four in Saturday's Garde 1, $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes. The race will have a field of nine horses and Limehouse will be ridden by Jose Santos. The horse goes off at 6-1 odds on the morning line.

Navratilova loses in singles comeback
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. -- Martina Navratilova lost her first singles appearance in the United States in more than 10 years, falling to Milagros Sequera 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 Tuesday at the Bausch & Lomb Championships.

Overtime
In Columiba, South Carolina infielder Steven Tolleson is expected to miss two to four weeks of baseball after knee surgery.

Adu tweaks ankle but should be fine for Saturday
WASHINGTON -- Freddy Adu twisted his right ankle and sat out the last hour of D.C. United's practice Wednesday.

Mora brings fire to Falcons
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Another ho-hum spring practice for the Atlanta Falcons? Not with Jim Mora running the show.

New coach challenges, reinvigorates players
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Another ho-hum spring practice for the Atlanta Falcons? Not with Jim Mora running the show.

Browns CEO Carmen Policy stepping aside
BEREA, Ohio -- Carmen Policy has decided to let someone else run the Cleveland Browns.

Victor Leyva signs one-year contract to stay with Bengals
CINCINNATI -- Offensive lineman Victor Leyva, a backup who has played guard and tackle, re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday.

Grand Ole Opry legend welcomed McCartneys
It was 30 years ago this summer that former Beatle Paul McCartney and his wife, Linda, made a surprise visit to the Opryland U.S.A. amusement park in Nashville, Tenn.

Lost causes often win at box office

Injunctions against tax promoters to double this year, Justice says
WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department said Tuesday it expects to block twice as many promoters from selling illegal tax shelters this year compared with last year, as the government works to reverse a decline in tax prosecutions.

Oliver Stone goes 'Looking for Fidel'
NEW YORK -- It's not so surprising that Oliver Stone, a director whose incendiary world view sparked such features as "JFK" and "Natural Born Killers," would be drawn to Fidel Castro. Here's another tough guy with whom he could compare notes on running the show.

Bob Dylan is the new face of Victoria's Secret
NEW YORK -- New, from Victoria's Secret: the MiracleBob? Bob Dylan appears in a new series of commercials for Victoria's Secret, his grizzled face intercut with shots of model Adriana Lima cavorting though Venice in a bra, panties and spike heels.

TV chef Rocco files countersuit against investors
NEW YORK -- The celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito filed a countersuit Monday against investors in his television restaurant, accusing them of cooking the eatery's books and then cutting him out of the business in a dispute over earnings.

BET provides more 'exposure' for music videos

'The Apprentice' stock soars among TV viewers

Burnett's Thursday night shows dominate in the ratings

FX docudrama makes strong case for a death row redemption
LOS ANGELES -- Can a man escape the villainy of his past through his good works?

Broadcast news networks say they'll carry Rice's testimony
NEW YORK -- ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS all said they will break away from regular daytime programming Thursday to carry Condoleezza Rice's testimony before the Sept. 11 commission.

Sugar Ray to participate in 'On the Road' reality show
NEW YORK -- Sugar Ray is taking their act to the airwaves. The rock band will participate in "On the Road," a reality show for Spike TV, singer Mark McGrath told The Associated Press Monday.

Burnett's Thursday night shows dominate in the ratings
NEW YORK -- Producer Mark Burnett continued riding high last week with two of his prime-time games - "Survivor: All-Stars" and "The Apprentice" - among the five most popular shows last week.

FX docudrama makes strong case for a death row redemption

'The Apprentice' stock soars among TV viewers
LOS ANGELES -- While other American CEOs make headlines with layoffs and legal woes, Donald Trump is reveling in the spectacular success of "The Apprentice."

BET provides more 'exposure' for music videos
NEW YORK -- Given all the barely clad women that are booty-shaking, grinding and gyrating on BET during the day, it's hard to believe things could get any wilder after dark.

Sugar Ray to participate in 'On the Road' reality show

Broadcast news networks say they'll carry Rice's testimony

Bob Dylan is the new face of Victoria's Secret

Diana Ross won't have to serve more time in jail

Saga of David Beckham's "affair" shows no signs of faltering

LA judge won't suppress evidence in Courtney Love prosecution

People in the News

'Worms' creator includes new dimension to its popular series

People in the News

Posh & Becks photographed at French ski resort

The top five list

Dealmaker Trump wins $250 in chicken versus Apprentice casino game

Applause calendar

'Kill Bill' is gore on a grand scale
Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Hollywood bad boy Quentin Tarantino's visceral love letter to the violent drive-in fare of his youth, carries with it no redemptive message for humanity, no cleverly concealed metaphors detailing the plight of man and few moments of dramatic depth or scope.

Your guide to finding downtown hot spots
Shhh. Here's a secret. The real action in Augusta isn't on Washington Road.

Augusta already is a mecca for golf; let's make it a haven for Hollywoodflicks
This week, the Red Carpet Tour and the Augusta Showcase will flatter, fawn over, cajole and, it is hoped, persuade a variety of businesses to invest in Augusta, bringing branches of the retail, industrial and service industries to town.

Lost causes often win at box office
Tis the season for long shots and lost causes. After a skin-of-his-teeth qualification, John Daly has once again been set loose on the fairways and greens of Augusta National. His appearance alone is something of a surprise, and should he win (hey, it could happen) it would mark one of the great underdog victories in Masters history.

Body of woman missing 14 years found in storage unit

Murder suspect plucks out own eye in Texas jail cell

Alabama lawmakers designate an official state whiskey

College papers April Fools' issues not suffered lightly

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends