Hillary Clinton writes new afterword for paperback

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

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.

Terfel energizes 'Salome'

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.

Indians claim pitcher off waivers
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Cleveland Indians claimed pitcher Jason Anderson off waivers from the New York Mets on Thursday and optioned the right-hander to Triple-A Buffalo.

Tigers defeat Twins in early season action
DETROIT -- Last year, the Detroit Tigers couldn't win at the start of the season. This season, they can't lose.

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

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

Indians claim pitcher off waivers

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.

Clemens' special night prevents home sweep
HOUSTON -- The cheers started before Roger Clemens even made his first pitch and got only louder.

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.

Brewers bruise Cardinals

Torre wants to end career in pinstripes

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.

White Sox beat Royals

Hall of Famer Schmidt to make minor league managerial debut

New team looks to improve

Clemens' special night prevents home sweep

Indians dethrone Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Long games and late nights don't seem to tire the Cleveland Indians.

Brewers bruise Cardinals
ST. LOUIS -- In their opening series, the Milwaukee Brewers looked like a changed team.

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.

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.

Odds and Ends
GLASSPORT, Pa. -- First, the Passion of the Christ. Now, the torment of the Easter Bunny?

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.

Running It Up

Mets beat down Braves

Braves' offense honors Aaron
ATLANTA - If day three of the season is indicative of what is to come, Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox might call a local pharmacy and order a summer's supply of Maalox.

Team honors Aaron's milestone
ATLANTA - Most of today's players weren't old enough (or born yet, in Adam LaRoche's case) to remember when Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's home run record on April 8, 1974, but Braves bullpen coach Bobby Dews has a clear memory of the moment.

Braves' offense honors Aaron

Key to Giles' success is a clear, calm mind

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

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

Team honors Aaron's milestone

New manufacturing czar tapped
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration on Thursday tapped a California businessman to serve as its manufacturing czar after the first pick withdrew his nomination over criticisms his company cut U.S. jobs and shifted work to China.

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.

Jobless claims at lowest level since early 2001

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

Report finds low 'health literacy'
WASHINGTON - Nearly half of American adults face higher risks of health problems because of trouble understanding medical terms and directions, experts said Thursday in a report that calls for a national effort to improve health literacy.

Small meatpacker pushes for comprehensive mad cow testing

Energy company, 4 employees indicted

Improper trading costly to Putnam

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.

Energy company, 4 employees indicted
WASHINGTON - A subsidiary of Reliant Resources Inc. and four of its employees were indicted Thursday on charges of driving up prices during the 2000-01 California energy crisis. It's the first company to face criminal charges in the case.

Improper trading costly to Putnam
BOSTON - Putnam Investments will pay $110 million to settle federal and state allegations of improper trading in the first of a wave of cases over so-called market timing, the company and regulators announced Thursday.

Shelling out the green

Business briefs
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - General Electric Co.'s earnings rose 8 percent in the first quarter, matching analysts' expectations as nine of its 11 businesses reported double-digit profit gains.

Internal AOL shift opens up possibility for making content public
A behind-the-scenes technical change at America Online will allow the company to offer some of its content to non-subscribers in an attempt to broaden AOL's audience beyond its members-only "walled garden."

New manufacturing czar tapped

Feds indict first company for market manipulation in California energy crisis
WASHINGTON -- A subsidiary of Reliant Resources Inc. and four of its employees were indicted Thursday on charges of driving up prices during the 2000-2001 California energy crisis. It's the first company to face criminal charges in the case.

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

Japanese finance minister outlines plans to keep recovery going
TOKYO -- Japan's economy is showing signs of recovery, and the government plans to help it along by promoting regional cooperation, free trade agreements and stable currency rates, the finance minister said Thursday.

No frills, just golf

Jobless claims at lowest level since early 2001
WASHINGTON -- The number of people filing new claims for unemployment benefits dropped last week to the lowest level in more than three years, a promising sign that companies feel better about the economy's prospects and are less inclined to get rid of workers.

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.

Appealing spring fashions help the nation's retailers record strong March sales
NEW YORK -- Appealing spring fashions helped lift many of the nation's retailers to their fourth straight month of solid sales during March, results released Thursday show.

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.

Group gets day to visit tournament
When two charter buses entered Augusta National Golf Club on Thursday morning, passers-by might have mistaken the hoopla for the arrival of royalty.

No frills, just golf
L.D. Waters has developed real estate, owned a newspaper and even dabbled in city politics.

3 charged in connection with fraud
NEW YORK - The former vice president of finance for Computer Associates admitted in court Thursday that he helped backdate hundreds of millions of dollars worth of contracts as part of a broad conspiracy to inflate the software firm's quarterly earnings.

Price of oil surges after government reports drop in supply

Energy Dept. predicts continuing rise in gas prices over summer

Energy Dept. predicts continuing rise in gas prices over summer
WASHINGTON -- A motorist can expect to see higher gasoline prices, averaging $1.76 a gallon, throughout the summer as supplies will remain tight and demand is expected to increase to record levels, the Energy Department predicted Thursday.

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

Internal AOL shift opens up possibility for making content public

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.

3 charged in connection with fraud

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.

Group gets day to visit tournament

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.

Feds indict first company for market manipulation in California energy crisis

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.

Japanese finance minister outlines plans to keep recovery going

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.

Enron plea deal fails

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.

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.

Clemson's spring spent finding wideouts

Clemson's spring spent finding wideouts
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst hears the question all the time: Who's your favorite target?

Clemson eyes new receivers
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst hears the question all the time: Who's your favorite target?

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.

Chattanooga's Lebo accepts Auburn job
AUBURN, Ala. -- Jeff Lebo resigned at Chattanooga to take over as men's basketball coach at Auburn, ending a three-week search to replace Cliff Ellis.

Chattanooga's Lebo accepts Auburn job

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

From leaky field house roof to national prominence

Summitt: Vols have plenty to be proud of

Miscarriage of justice

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.

Lawmakers flunk tort

Not quitting time yet

Poor spokesman

Lawmakers flunk tort
Georgia's partisan General Assembly's biggest successes in the session just ended were passage of a child endangerment law and some minimally painful changes in HOPE scholarship that could save the program - at least for the next several years.

Editorial roundup

Not quitting time yet
Terrorist attacks can't stop us.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

People in the News
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Dolly Parton and Isaac Hayes will appear in a new series of state tourism ads that beckon visitors with the slogan: "Tennessee, the stage is set for you!"

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."

Case against former Motley Crue singer Vince Neil dismissed
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- A misdemeanor battery case against former Motley Crue singer Vince Neil was dismissed Wednesday after he completed more than 100 hours of community service, prosecutors said.

FCC fine prompts Clear Channel to drop Howard Stern
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators Thursday proposed $495,000 in indecency fines against Clear Channel Communications for broadcasts by Howard Stern, prompting the nation's largest radio chain to drop the country's best-known shock jock.

Rapper Eminem's former wife facing arrest
LANSING, Mich. -- An arrest warrant was issued for rapper Eminem's former wife Wednesday, a day after she failed to return to a court-ordered drug treatment program, officials said.

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

Ted Turner honored with star on Hollywood walk of fame
LOS ANGELES -- Cable News Network founder, yacht racer, restaurant owner and philanthropist Ted Turner now has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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

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

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

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.

Tokyo stocks rebound, dollar higher against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo's benchmark stock index rebounded Thursday to hit a 32-month high for the second time this week on improved economic sentiment. The U.S. dollar rose against the yen.

Putnam to pay $110 million to settle trading allegations

GE earnings up 8 percent in first quarter
HARTFORD, Conn. -- General Electric Co.'s earnings rose 8 percent in the first quarter, matching analysts' expectations as nine of its 11 businesses reported double-digit profit gains.

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.

Stocks fall on concerns over Iraq
NEW YORK -- Investors concerned about the deteriorating situation in Iraq looked past solid earnings from General Electric Co. and Yahoo! Inc. Thursday, sending stocks mostly lower and leaving Wall Street with a loss for the holiday-shortened week.

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.

Bank of England to hold interest rate at 4 percent
LONDON -- The Bank of England said Thursday it would hold Britain's benchmark interest rate at 4 percent for the next month.

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.

Bank of England to hold interest rate at 4 percent

Tokyo stocks close down, dollar lower against yen

Tokyo stocks rebound, dollar higher against yen

Money funds in fell in latest week
NEW YORK -- Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell by $462.2 million in the latest week to $874.30 billion, the Investment Company Institute said Thursday.

Yahoo's first-quarter profit doubles
SAN FRANCISCO -- Yahoo! Inc.'s first-quarter profit more than doubled, propelled by advertisers eager to have their products promoted on the Internet's most popular destination.

Putnam to pay $110 million to settle trading allegations
BOSTON -- Putnam Investments will pay $110 million to settle improper trading allegations brought by federal and Massachusetts regulators.

Yahoo's first-quarter profit doubles

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

Back to school time for striper fishermen

Fishing tournament results

Back to school time for striper fishermen
A preview of better fishing soon to come revealed itself Wednesday afternoon on Strom Thurmond Lake when hybrid and striped bass chased blueback herring to the surface beneath diving gulls and terns.

Scientists pinpoint genes that help wheat adapt around the world

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.

Dining out

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

Clove currant offers beauty and flavor
Each spring, rows of small, yellow tubes dangling from the branches of a flowering currant flare open at their ends like trumpets to welcome in spring. Instead of a trumpet's blare, a heavenly, clove-like aroma wafts across the garden from the open flowers.

Clove currant offers beauty and flavor

Jackets look to replace Smith
ATLANTA - Three weeks ago, mentioning the name of Georgia Tech prize football recruit Calvin Johnson didn't elicit much reaction from quarterback Reggie Ball and the rest of the Yellow Jackets' offense.

Age just a number to big group at Augusta

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.

Rose blooms at the Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Justin Rose sparkled. Tiger Woods fumed. Tom Watson mourned.

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):

Capsules on 20 top golfers in the Masters

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.

Mickelson in search of greatness, and a green jacket

Hootie refuses to budge on Burk

Rose blooms at the Masters

Age just a number to big group at Augusta
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Sandy Lyle might have wondered if someone was trying to tell him something when he was slotted for the earliest tee time and placed in a threesome with a pair of senior citizens.

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.

Watson's caddie dies after yearlong struggle with ALS

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.

Watson's caddie dies after yearlong struggle with ALS
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Bruce Edwards, the caddie whose struggle with Lou Gehrig's disease inspired longtime boss Tom Watson at last year's U.S. Open, died Thursday. He was 49.

Denver wins, gets to final

Kings activate Jackson from injured list
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento Kings activated backup point guard Bobby Jackson from the injured list Thursday, in time for the team's Western Conference showdown against Minnesota.

Kings activate Jackson from injured list

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.

Denver wins, gets to final
BOSTON - With an empty net and not a defender in sight, Connor James had a chance for his first goal in five weeks. But he passed the puck to Greg Keith, who's gone almost as long without scoring - without the handy excuse of a broken leg.

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.

Boston College hopes to win Frozen Four at home

Flyers' Desjardins out for playoffs

Plumbers see rise in business during Masters Week
This week's golf tournament obviously has an impact on our town, but it doesn't hit everyone the same.

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.

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.

From civic center to judicial center?
Since our Augusta commissioners cannot seem to make up their minds where to put the judicial center, I would like to make a suggestion. No, it is not where some of you may think. In fact, it seems like a rather simple solution. Jack T. Eckert, Augusta

Reconsider coaches' bonus system
Aiken County taxpayers need to be aware of a huge waste in our school system... A few years ago the board made a decision to increase coaching supplements and to implement bonuses for coaches making the playoffs. Ricky Napier, Aiken, S.C.

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

Please stagger graduation times
A lot has been said about the Richmond County Board of Education's decision to hold high school graduations at the schools' stadiums. Having a daughter who will graduate this spring, my concern is not the location, but the timing. Cynthia H. Lifsey, 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.

From civic center to judicial center?

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

Please stagger graduation times

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

Check those tires!

Jeep hopes for revival with new Grand Cherokee, other models

Camp shirts hit courses

Agency to spotlight its volunteers at luncheon

Ford expands hybrid offerings to include another SUV

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

Extras, new editions drive college students' textbook costs higher

Anti-plagiarism products expand beyond schools

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

Study: New drug boost levels of heart-healthy good cholesterol

Rabies vaccine for humans recalled in 24 countries

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.

Anti-plagiarism products expand beyond schools
White-collar copycats may be less inclined to pilfer the well-chosen words of others now that software designed to ferret out plagiarism is moving out of academia and into the business world.

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.

Check those tires!
April is National Car Care Month. The Car Care Council is recommending paying attention to factors that contribute to poor fuel economy as this year's theme. Poor fuel economy can be an expensive proposition, as well as an environmentally sensitive one, and often can be improved by a few simple measures.

Six got West Nile virus through blood transfusions last year
Despite screenings, CDC says six got West Nile virus through blood transfusions last year

Study: New drug boost levels of heart-healthy good cholesterol
The good cholesterol HDL, which reduces the risks of heart disease, can be dramatically boosted by an experimental drug that also lowers bad cholesterol, according to a preliminary study.

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.

He's got games
What if the Nike commercials are right?

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.

Extras, new editions drive college students' textbook costs higher
PORTLAND, Ore. -- College freshman Amy Connolly knows not to judge a book by its cover.

Ford expands hybrid offerings to include another SUV
NEW YORK -- Ford Motor Co. is increasing the number of hybrid vehicles it will offer in the next few years from two to three, adding another sport utility vehicle to its hybrid lineup.

Camp shirts hit courses
The polo is the golf equivalent of a doctor's white lab coat.

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.

Jeep hopes for revival with new Grand Cherokee, other models
NEW YORK -- After sparking America's craze with sport utility vehicles 20 years ago, Jeep has seen its share of the SUV business shrink in recent years, largely because of a flood of rival models in all shapes and sizes.

Accord is in place on future of HOPE

Plant disease is found in nurseries

Senate panel rescues caisson funds
COLUMBIA - Members of a Senate budget subcommittee said Thursday they would keep the adjutant general's office from losing $100,000 earmarked for a horse-drawn caisson unit used in military, police and state funerals.

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.

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

Kid of the day

Governor stands by session on '05 budget

Marine commendation

UGA layoffs affect Augusta office

Rants and raves
PLEASE, IF I EVER go to trial for anything, please, please, get me juror No. 4 because under her interpretation of the law, no one will ever be convicted.

Across the area

History has many channels

Theme park to hit coastal area

Budget writers reach harmony

Bridges in Augusta need help
Augusta's bridges aren't falling down, but many still need improvement, including the Fifth Street bridge and a Berckmans Road bridge over Rae's Creek near Augusta National Golf Club, a recently released report states.

Across the area
Richmond County officials are investigating two separate cases of arson in the county.

Governor stands by session on '05 budget
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue on Thursday defended his decision to call a special legislative session dealing with the budget for the coming fiscal year, while lawmakers and others tried to determine the fallout of the extraordinary announcement.

Across Georgia
ATHENS - Making good on $180,000 it owed Chancellor Thomas Meredith, the University System of Georgia's Board of Regents hopes it will convince Mr. Meredith to withdraw his candidacy for a similar job in Tennessee.

School will fix flawed center

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.

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.

Members dispute hopefuls

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.

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.

Pageant contestants gear up

First Tee program gets Oinker Award

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.

Graham vows to help girl stay

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.

Across Georgia

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.

News you can use

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.

Senate hopeful sticks to message

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.

Professor files discrimination claim
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A College of Charleston visiting professor filed a claim with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging he was not hired for a tenure-track position because he has been outspoken during two semesters on campus.

Bridges in Augusta need help

Rebels kidnap alumnus of ASU
Two aid workers who are Arab residents of Jerusalem - including one who graduated from Augusta State University nine years ago - were kidnapped Thursday by insurgents in Iraq, Israeli media reported.

First black grad tells experience
ATHENS, Ga. - Chester Davenport entered University of Georgia's law school in 1963, the first black student to attend. Three years later, he graduated. He was still the only black student.

Summer's gold

Theme park to hit coastal area
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - For millions of motorists who stream along Interstate 95 every year, there are stretches through coastal Georgia where the only scenery is pines and palmettos.

Across South Carolina
SALEM - Tiny beetles that feed on a destructive exotic plant pest have been released in infested lands in the Southern Appalachian forest.

Rants and raves
PLEASE, IF I EVER go to trial for anything, please, please, get me juror No. 4 because under her interpretation of the law, no one will ever be convicted.

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

Tara revisited
It might not be the 19th century, but visitors to the Morris Museum of Art this week will enter scenes out of Gone With the Wind.

News you can use

News you can use
APRIL 9, 1903 COLUMBIA - James Jackson of Augusta was in the city today for a conference with E.B. Clark, manager of the local railway in regard to the Aiken-Columbia trolley extension.

Across the area

UGA layoffs affect Augusta office
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia will lay off 47 employees June 30, including an employee at the Richmond County Cooperative Extension Service, because of ongoing state budget cuts, the school announced Thursday.

ANIC gives its approval to location

Beach houses may be razed
HILTON HEAD, S.C. - Two new, multimillion-dollar beachfront houses in Hilton Head might be razed for violating neighborhood land-use covenants dating back to the 1950s.

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.

Assembly approves water bill
ATLANTA - For weeks, environmental advocates have been urging the General Assembly to approve the creation of a statewide water-management plan and ignore other environmental legislation in the pipeline.

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.

Tara revisited

Sheriff has car accident

Rebels kidnap alumnus of ASU

3 domestic disputes reported

Group shows impact in state

Good Friday closings

Cutbacks to HOPE meet fear, relief

Around town

Across South Carolina

HOPE, budget debated until end

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Correction
Information in an article and a photo caption in Thursday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said admission prices for tours at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History are $3 for adults and $1 for children.

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.

Beach houses may be razed

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

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Logan Ivey French, 16 months, of Augusta.

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

Senate hopeful sticks to message
COLUMBIA - Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Inez Tenenbaum has her eye on key voters who sit on the political fence and has begun to stake out some middle ground.

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.

School will fix flawed center
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia will borrow $15 million to fix a flawed UGA research building.

ANIC gives its approval to location
The idea of putting a judicial center on two blocks between Walton Way and Fenwick Street appeals to officials of the Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp.

Cutbacks to HOPE meet fear, relief
ATHENS, Ga. - At the University of Georgia, where two-thirds of the students are on the lottery-funded HOPE Scholarship, news of belt-tightening in the program was met with both dread and relief that the cuts didn't run deeper.

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.

Race to put Swanson on job fence
AIKEN - If she decides to keep her job while running for office, Republican state Senate candidate Susan Swanson will have to walk the tightrope of federal laws governing the tax-exempt status of her employer, Heritage Community Services, an Internal Revenue Service spokesman said Thursday.

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.

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.

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.

Azaleas add splash of color to Aiken

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

Pageant contestants gear up
AIKEN - Since Kristle Argo was two years old, she has dreamed of wearing Miss America's crown.

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

Group shows impact in state
AIKEN - South Carolina's growing Hispanic population totals more than 400,000 people, four times higher than official estimates, and will have a buying power of more than $4 billion by 2008, a University of South Carolina Aiken professor said this week.

Wanted: Deputies for hire

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.

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.

Race to put Swanson on job fence

First black grad tells experience

Golf hall of fame lies with Perdue
The proposed sale of state land for the golf hall of fame in Augusta needs only Gov. Sonny Perdue's signature to become a reality.

At the Movies: 'The Alamo'
Remember the Alamo? Recall anything more than the war cry it inspired, "Remember the Alamo," and the fact that it's where Davy Crockett and a load of Texas freedom fighters died?

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.

At the Movies: 'The Whole Ten Yards'
It's only three feet from "The Whole Nine Yards" to "The Whole Ten Yards," but the jokes get stretched so thin, it feels more like a mile.

At the Movies: 'The Alamo'

At the Movies: 'The Whole Ten Yards'

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

At the Movies: 'The Girl Next Door'
"The Girl Next Door" is essentially "Risky Business" with porn stars instead of prostitutes, starring good-looking, likable Emile Hirsch in the Tom Cruise role and good-looking, likable Elisha Cuthbert in the Rebecca De Mornay role.

Mini reviews

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

'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.

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.

At the Movies: 'The Girl Next Door'

At the Movies: 'Johnson Family Vacation'

Deborah Voigt discusses weight problem that led to lost opera job

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.

Top 20 Concert Tours

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.

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.

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

Quick tracks

Music calendar

Damien Rice: A moody, romantic Irish singer catching on

Met chorus electrifies Verdi's 'Nabucco'

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.

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

Aerosmith releases honkin' blues CD

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

Music sales fall 7.6 percent in 2003

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.

Quick tracks

Music calendar
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The Darkness to roll into Atlanta

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.

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.

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.

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.

Shanghai race track nears completion, but will it draw fans?
SHANGHAI, China -- With China's first Formula One race six months away, workers are trying to ensure the Shanghai International Circuit is ready.

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.

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.

Shanghai race track nears completion, but will it draw fans?

Nashville finds off-cup weekend next best thing to Nextel
GLADEVILLE, Tenn. -- The Nashville Superspeedway will be the center of attention in the auto racing world this weekend.

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

Gordon looks for past magic

40-race schedule could be in future

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.

NASCAR newsmaker Elliott Sadler

Nashville finds off-cup weekend next best thing to Nextel

Jarrett optimistic despite slow start

Miami Heat are .500 and loving it

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

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.

New Knicks playoff bound
NEW YORK - Not since Luc Longley manned the middle and Glen Rice was griping about playing time have the New York Knicks been a playoff team.

Raptors squeak past Cavaliers

New Knicks playoff bound

Kings hoping to shake malaise in upcoming West showdowns

76ers edge out Hawks in OT

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.

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.

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.

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.

Miami Heat are .500 and loving it
MIAMI - Mediocrity has never felt so sweet.

Warriors walk over Rockets

Ford to miss rest of season, playoffs

UCLA's Thompson to declare for NBA draft

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.

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.

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

New coach challenges, reinvigorates players

Browns CEO Carmen Policy stepping aside

Mora brings fire to Falcons

Jaguars deal Craft to Saints

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When music soured, rower found Olympics

Greek premier 'guarantees' safe 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.

China promises quick Olympic work

China promises quick Olympic work
BEIJING - Organizers of the 2008 Beijing Olympics have broken ground for a 100,000-seat stadium and plan to have all their major building projects finished more than 18 months before the Games begin, officials said Thursday.

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.

So what's so good about Good Friday, you ask?
It is a day that we long awaited. The azaleas and dogwoods are blooming, trees are leafing out and it seems the last gasp of winter has been taken and spring has truly arrived. Augusta is a truly beautiful place in the spring.

So what's so good about Good Friday, you ask?
It is a day that we long awaited. The azaleas and dogwoods are blooming, trees are leafing out and it seems the last gasp of winter has been taken and spring has truly arrived. Augusta is a truly beautiful place in the spring.

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.

Overtime

Adu tweaks ankle but should be fine for Saturday

Overtime

Klitschko brothers play nice outside heavyweight matches

Area spring prep sports

Stable bets on Limehouse

Grande reaches quarterfinals in Casablanca

Fish, Roddick lead Americans

Mauresmo, Farina Elia advance at Amelia Island

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.

Stable bets on Limehouse
AIKEN -- The arrival of spring means many things to many people: Warmer weather, the Masters Tournament and the celebration of Easter are just a few signs of the season.

Mauresmo, Farina Elia advance at Amelia Island
AMELIA ISLAND, Florida -- Former champion Amelie Mauresmo eliminated Czech qualifier Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4 Thursday at the Bausch & Lomb Championships to reach her third quarterfinal in four tournaments this year.

Area spring prep sports
Here is a list of area spring prep sports scores from Thursday's action.

Fish, Roddick lead Americans
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - Davis Cup teammates Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish were once racing rivals.

Klitschko brothers play nice outside heavyweight matches
LAS VEGAS - They are huge heavyweights so polite and educated that every mother would love them. Their own mother loves them so much that they vow never to fight one another, no matter what the price.

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.

Overtime
In Auburn, Ala., Jeff Lebo resigned at Chattanooga to take over as men's basketball coach at Auburn, ending a three-week search to replace Cliff Ellis.

Grande reaches quarterfinals in Casablanca
CASABLANCA, Morocco -- Defending champion Rita Grande beat local wild-card entry Bahia Mouhtassine 6-3, 6-3 Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the Grand Prix SAR.

Jaguars deal Craft to Saints
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars traded cornerback Jason Craft to the New Orleans Saints on Thursday for a fifth-round pick in the April 24-25 draft.

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.

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

E-file nears 50 million tax returns as April 15 approaches
With one week remaining before the April 15 deadline, taxpayers continue to turn to electronic filing at record levels. New statistics released today show that 48.5 million tax returns have been submitted through e-file so far, which remains 12 percent ahead of last year.

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.

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.

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.

BET provides more 'exposure' for music videos

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.

Burnett's Thursday night shows dominate in the ratings

'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."

'Wonderfalls' takes the fall in tough TV season

'The Apprentice' stock soars among TV viewers

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

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 29-April 4. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EDT) are in parentheses.

'Wonderfalls' takes the fall in tough TV season
LOS ANGELES -- The voice mail message is succinct: "You've reached what used to be the 'Century City' production office. We are closed."

Bravo announces a new 'Queer Eye' for women
NEW YORK -- Fashion-challenged women will get their due when a companion to "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" arrives on Bravo.

Rapper Eminem's former wife facing arrest

Dealmaker Trump wins $250 in chicken versus Apprentice casino game

FCC fine prompts Clear Channel to drop Howard Stern

Case against former Motley Crue singer Vince Neil dismissed

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

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Ted Turner honored with star on Hollywood walk of fame

'Worms' creator includes new dimension to its popular series

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.

'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.

Alabama lawmakers designate an official state whiskey

College papers April Fools' issues not suffered lightly

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