Rare 'Hamlet' edition fails to sell at auction

Performing arts center outlines major upgrade plan

Arts calendar
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Play confronts horror of Columbine High School massacre
DENVER -- Five years after the Columbine High School massacre, a theater group is confronting the horror with a play that suggests what went through the minds of killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold once the shooting stopped.

Play confronts horror of Columbine High School massacre

Performing arts center outlines major upgrade plan
NEW YORK -- Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts has outlined plans to transform a nondescript Manhattan side street into a pedestrian friendly space and make the cultural complex more accessible to theatergoers, music lovers, film buffs and people-watchers.

Punctuation prognosis is grim but funny in unlikely best seller
Punctuation prognosis is grim but funny in unlikely best seller

Rare second edition of 'Hamlet' to be auctioned
BOSTON -- A rare edition of William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" could fetch well over $1 million when it is auctioned at Christie's in New York.

Librarian-first lady on annual list of eager readers
GARDINER, Maine -- Laura Bush joins actors, writers and a former British prime minister in pitching her favorite books for the annual "Who Reads What?" list, out in time for National Library Week.

Librarian-first lady on annual list of eager readers

Rare second edition of 'Hamlet' to be auctioned

Arts calendar

Punctuation prognosis is grim but funny in unlikely best seller

Rare 'Hamlet' edition fails to sell at auction
NEW YORK -- A rare edition of William Shakespeare's "Hamlet," valued at well over $1 million, failed to sell at auction when the bidding fell short of the seller's minimum.

White Sox 10, Royals 9
CHICAGO -- The White Sox again blew a big lead against Kansas City. Only this time, Chicago came back to win.

Greenbrier dominates Hephzibah

Bonds seems poised to keep breaking records

Anderson agrees to $48 million, four-year extension with Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Angels slugger Garret Anderson agreed Tuesday to a $48 million, four-year contract extension through 2008. The deal includes a team option for 2009 with a $3 million buyout.

White Sox roll over Royals

White Sox roll over Royals
CHICAGO -- Ozzie Guillen's homecoming was a winner Tuesday, thanks to an offense the Chicago White Sox figure will make them a contender.

Yankees beat Devil Rays
NEW YORK -- Well on the way to his 200th career victory, tough guy Kevin Brown got a bit misty.

Spring swing: Hafner powering Indians
CLEVELAND -- As Travis Hafner told for the umpteenth time how he hit his first grand slam into the teeth of a 28 mph wind on opening day, Indians third baseman Casey Blake decided to tell the real story.

Cubs roll over Pirates

Phillies insist it's too early to panic
PHILADELPHIA -- Struggle at the start, finish strong at the end, win the World Series. That's been the blueprint for the last three championship teams.

Jaguars devour Lions

Angels' All-Star signs extension
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Anaheim Angels slugger Garret Anderson agreed Tuesday to a $48 million, four-year contract extension through 2008. The deal includes a team option for 2009 with a $3 million buyout.

Two giants between Bonds and record

Brewers blank Giants

Astros blast Cardinals
ST. LOUIS -- Wade Miller walked a career-high seven, which usually come back to haunt a pitcher.

Two giants between Bonds and record
SAN FRANCISCO - If you want to consider the significance of the Grand Tote Board where it concerns Barry Bonds and home runs, consider for a moment the number of factors that conspire against the man every time he steps to the plate.

Greenbrier dominates Hephzibah
The phrase "last call" means different things to different folks in all walks of life. It meant one significant thing Wednesday evening when Greenbrier played host to Hephzibah in Region 3-AAAA play.

Jaguars devour Lions
After his team's 15-4 loss to Augusta State on Tuesday, Paine coach Pete Cardenas stood outside Jaguar Field holding a T-shirt that read: "Sam Barth for President."

White Sox 10, Royals 9

Phillies insist it's too early to panic

Astros blast Cardinals

Spring swing: Hafner powering Indians

Yankees beat Devil Rays

Angels' All-Star signs extension

Anderson agrees to $48 million, four-year extension with Angels

Cubs roll over Pirates
CHICAGO -- Aramis Ramirez homered twice, Todd Walker went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and Matt Clement scattered two hits Wednesday in the Chicago Cubs' 8-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Bonds seems poised to keep breaking records
SAN FRANCISCO -- So, what's next for Barry Bonds? He doesn't even want to think about it. Not yet, anyway.

Brewers blank Giants
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds took most of the day off after hitting his 661st homer.

Latest birth announcements
Here's a list of the latest area birth annoucements.

Latest birth announcements

Odds and Ends
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- After much howling in the Legislature, senators decided that dogs can continue riding free in the backs of pickup trucks.

Secret Service office worker charged in thefts of ground zero cars
NEW YORK -- A Secret Service office worker stole agency cars contaminated by dust from the World Trade Center collapse and gave them to his mother and daughter, prosecutors charged. The cars were supposed to have been scrapped.

Odds and Ends
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A white and tan Taiwanese cat made his successful television debut - on the toilet.

Minister dies from snakebite during service
JONESVILLE, Va. -- A preacher bitten by a rattlesnake as he handled it during an Easter service at a rural church died after refusing medical treatment, authorities said.

Sorority members were urged to lie for blood drive competition
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A sorority blood drive coordinator who urged members lie about their health to qualify as donors in a campus competition could face discipline ranging up to expulsion, a University of Missouri-Columbia official said Tuesday.

Braves off to sluggish start
NEW YORK - The opening week was, as anticipated, what one would expect from a team with three new regulars: Seven games pockmarked with imperfection and inconsistency.

Thomson silences Mets' bats
NEW YORK - The lineup was posted at 3 p.m. The guffaws started at 3:01.

Atlanta not in New York state of body
NEW YORK - The injury news remained as grim as the Flushing forecast Wednesday with Chipper Jones, J.D. Drew and Rafael Furcal out of the Atlanta Braves lineup again.

Atlanta not in New York state of body

Braves off to sluggish start

Thomson silences Mets' bats

Rookie fitting in just fine with Braves
ATLANTA -- All it took was one road trip with the Atlanta Braves to make Adam LaRoche realize he was no longer in the minors.

Rookie fitting in just fine with Braves

Braves rookie fitting in fine
ATLANTA - All it took was one road trip with the Atlanta Braves to make Adam LaRoche realize he was no longer in the minors.

Federal deficit almost $300 billion in first half of budget year
WASHINGTON -- The government produced a deficit of $299.5 billion in the first half of the 2004 budget year, the Treasury Department reported Tuesday.

Turf is made to resist common weed killers

McDonald's chooses Wayport for new Wi-Fi restaurant service
DALLAS -- McDonald's Corp. has chosen Wayport Inc. to provide wireless Internet service in dining rooms and drive-through windows at several thousand of its U.S. restaurants.

Business briefs

Large rims gain popularity and size

Consumer prices rise by 0.5 percent in March

Business briefs
Worries about an interest rate increase rattled investors Tuesday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was off 134.28, or 1.3 percent, at 10,381.28. It was the biggest one-day drop since March 25. The Nasdaq composite index fell 35.40, or 1.7 percent, to 2,030.08. Get business news and stock listings at www.augustachronicle. com/stocks.

IMF warns U.S. budget deficits could depress world economy

Federal deficit almost $300 billion in first half of budget year

Savannah merchants have mixed opinions of summit

Disney "Alamo" film could prove a fiscal disaster

AP Poll: Most people prefer balanced budget to tax cuts

Bubba Burger plans sales to Yankees

Government alerts parents to two big toy recalls

Bubba Burger plans sales to Yankees
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - With a name like Bubba Burger, it was a pretty good bet that Hickory Foods Inc. would find a market for its frozen hamburgers in the South.

Expo draws nearly 1,000 applicants seeking jobs

Yearly refund should be kept
NEW YORK - A lot of Americans think of their tax refunds as "found money," similar to a windfall they'd get by winning a lottery or being named in the will of a long-lost relative.

CinemaNow signs video-on-demand deal with SBC Yahoo!

Profit reports soar in quarter

Honda recalls 600,000 vehicles for transmission defect
DETROIT -- American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 600,000 minivans and sport utility vehicles in the United States and Canada because their transmissions can fail.

Chief of eBay predicts China will emerge as its biggest market

CinemaNow signs video-on-demand deal with SBC Yahoo!
LOS ANGELES -- Subscribers to the SBC Yahoo! broadband Internet service will be able to watch movies online for 98 cents during a limited promotion with online movie service CinemaNow.

Large rims gain popularity and size

AP Poll: Most people prefer balanced budget to tax cuts
WASHINGTON -- By almost a 2-1 margin, Americans prefer balancing the nation's budget to cutting taxes, according to an Associated Press poll, even though many believe their overall tax burden has risen despite tax cuts over the past three years.

Bubba Burger plans sales to Yankees

Government alerts parents to two big toy recalls
WASHINGTON -- Hundreds of thousands of Batman Batmobiles by Mattel are being recalled after reports that more than a dozen children have been hurt by the toys, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday.

Retail sales rise by 1.8 percent, largest increase in year

Consumer prices rise by 0.5 percent in March
WASHINGTON -- Consumer prices - lifted by more expensive gasoline, airfares and clothing - rose by 0.5 percent in March, raising questions about whether the seeds of unwanted inflation are being sown.

Chief of eBay predicts China will emerge as its biggest market
HONG KONG -- Mainland Chinese consumers are increasingly going online to purchase clothing and other goods, and the head of online auction site eBay Inc. said Tuesday that China will someday overtake the United States and become its biggest market.

Expo draws nearly 1,000 applicants seeking jobs
Though the din echoing from Augusta State University's Athletic Complex didn't have anything to do with sports Wednesday, the event inside had all the drama and competition of a championship game.

Retail sales rise by 1.8 percent, largest increase in year
WASHINGTON -- Cash-flush consumers kept shopping counters humming in March, propelling the largest monthly sales increase in a year at America's retailers.

Savannah merchants have mixed opinions of summit
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Soft guitar music played in the background of his upscale store as merchant Alton Brecker discussed an international economic conference called G-8 that's coming to coastal Georgia.

Disney "Alamo" film could prove a fiscal disaster
LOS ANGELES -- Disney may want to forget "The Alamo." The much-hyped historical film, which cost as much as $140 million to make and market, met box office disaster during its opening weekend, pulling in only $9.1 million and leading some analysts to trim second-quarter earnings estimates for The Walt Disney Co.

IMF warns U.S. budget deficits could depress world economy
WASHINGTON -- Uncontrolled U.S. budget deficits would pose a serious threat to global prosperity in coming years as rising interest rates depress economic growth in the United States and around the world, the International Monetary Fund warned Wednesday.

Large rims gain popularity and size
Chris Wise didn't like the look of the stock 18-inch rims on his Ford F-150 Lightning pickup, so he swapped them out for 20-inch chrome wheels.

EIA report: Oil will cost $51 a barrel by 2025
WASHINGTON -- Crude oil prices will increase gradually and reach $51 a barrel by 2025 due to inflation and rising energy needs in developing nations, according to an Energy Department projection.

Turf is made to resist common weed killers
GERVAIS, Ore. - In an unmarked site on the edges of this community of berry farmers, Bob Harriman puts one foot on the world's most controversial grass.

Business briefs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Hospital chain HCA Inc., which owns Doctors Hospital in Augusta, on Wednesday cut its earnings forecasts due to a rising number of uninsured patients and uncollectible accounts. HCA said first-quarter earnings will likely be 69 cents a share.

Yearly refund should be kept

Profit reports soar in quarter
TRENTON, N.J. - Health care giant Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday reported a 20 percent increase in first-quarter profit as soaring sales in all its divisions and favorable currency exchange rates more than offset higher spending.

Barnett says all who attended 2001 party share blame
BROOMFIELD, Colo. -- Suspended Colorado football coach Gary Barnett told investigators Tuesday there is "no question" there was misbehavior at a 2001 party at the center of a rape scandal but suggested everybody who attended shared the blame.

Broussard quits as coach, takes fund-raising position

Barnett says all who attended 2001 party share blame

Shula's decision didn't create much buzz among players
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Roman Harper didn't get caught up in the fuss over the decision of Alabama coach Mike Shula to rename a spring award honoring Sylvester Croom.

St. John's hires Kansas assistant as new head coach
NEW YORK -- Norm Roberts left New York City to start fulfilling his dream of becoming a Division I head basketball coach. Now he's back, facing the daunting task of turning around the St. John's program.

Shula's decision didn't create much buzz among players

Broussard quits as coach, takes fund-raising position
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Rickey Broussard has resigned as assistant basketball coach at LSU, but will stay to raise money for the athletic department.

St. John's hires Kansas assistant as new head coach

Guy chosen for college shrine
Two halls of fame down for Ray Guy. One more to go.

Two Yellow Jackets fly to college

Hodge staying for senior season at N.C. State

Sales tax the best tax

Environmental power grab?
Whenever gas prices soar through the roof, the call to investigate big oil firms for possibly fixing prices fills the air in Washington. But the probes run out of steam fairly fast, because they inevitably fail to turn up any evidence of price fixing or price gouging - at least by the big oil companies.

Center on track, finally?
With the indecisive Augusta Commission having changed its mind five times in two years on where to locate the planned judicial center, it's understandable why many people are cynical about the massive $74 million project.

Correction

Environmental power grab?

Sales tax the best tax
There's one good thing about Income Tax Day - it reminds taxpayers how awful their government's income tax code is and how desperately in need of reform it is.

Putting it on the line
Ashley Revell of London made headlines this week when he put everything he had on a do-or-die spin of a Las Vegas roulette wheel.

Correction
A sentence in Monday's nuclear power editorial should have read, "Last year, N-power plants generated electricity for 20 percent of Americans' homes at a cost of 1.71 cents per kilowatt hour - considerably cheaper than coal, natural gas or oil, all of which are soaring in price."

Center on track, finally?

Putting it on the line

Applause calendar
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Dolly Parton to receive 'Living Legend' award
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Dolly Parton will receive "The Living Legend" award Wednesday from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., a spokeswoman for the entertainer said.

Illinois man pleads guilty to piracy of movie screener copies
LOS ANGELES -- An Illinois man pleaded guilty Monday to one count of copyright infringement for pirating Oscar screener copies of about 200 films including "Kill Bill: Vol. 1" and "Seabiscuit."

The big ticket
SHINEDOWN, KNOWFACE, JEMANI: Doors open 7 p.m., music 8 p.m. today, the Boathouse, 101 Riverfront Drive; $10 adults, $12 younger than 21, tickets at Lokal Loudness, 1017 Broad St.; The Playground, 873 Broad St.; and CDs and More, 3821 Washington Road; www.lokalloudness.com.

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

People in the News
NEWARK, N.J. -- A judge has dismissed a $100 million breach of contract lawsuit filed against Whitney Houston by an entertainment company that her late father had founded.

People in the News
HERSHEY, Pa. -- Latin singing star Thalia Sodi will appear in a Spanish-language print and television advertising campaign for Hershey Foods Corp.

Lauren Hutton flown to hospital after suffering chest pain
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Actress and model Lauren Hutton was airlifted Monday to a heart hospital because of chest pain that doctors determined was probably from indigestion.

One alleged mistress defends her story, another savaged in press
LONDON -- One woman who claims she had an affair with David Beckham insisted she had no reason to lie, while another was accused by a tabloid newspaper on Wednesday of being a prostitute.

'American Bandstand' host Dick Clark has diabetes
LOS ANGELES -- Dick Clark, renowned as "America's oldest teenager," has diabetes.

LA police investigate new abuse claim against Michael Jackson
LOS ANGELES -- Detectives are investigating a new allegation involving a person who claims to have been abused by pop star Michael Jackson in the late 1980s, a police spokeswoman said.

Former 'Baywatch' star gives birth to a girl
LOS ANGELES -- It's a girl for former "Baywatch" star Kelly Packard.

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

California woman accused of posing as Reba McEntire tour manager
LANCASTER, Calif. -- A woman who allegedly posed as Reba McEntire's tour manager and persuaded a 77-year-old man to pay her $2,000 for a security job with the country singer has been arrested, officials said Monday.

Steven Spielberg honored by Italian President
ROME -- Filmmaker Steven Spielberg received Italy's highest decoration Wednesday for his work in preserving the history of the Holocaust through film and documentary.

Standing ovations
WASHINGTON MUSIC FEST: Ticketed performances and jam sessions Friday at venues across Washington, Ga., 11 a.m. Saturday.

Report: Nicole Kidman is Australia's richest entertainer
SYDNEY, Australia -- Oscar winner Nicole Kidman more than doubled her annual income in 2003, making her Australia's richest entertainer, a magazine reported Wednesday.

Delta reports narrower 1Q loss, misses expectations

Stocks inch lower in erratic session
NEW YORK -- Wall Street ended an erratic session with a minuscule loss Wednesday as investors were torn between concerns over rising interest rates and optimism about generally strong corporate earnings. Tepid outlooks from companies including Intel Corp. also pressured the market.

Intel shares fall despite strong sales worldwide boosting profits
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Intel Corp.'s shares fell Wednesday after the chip maker reported first-quarter results that missed Wall Street's expectations despite stronger demand from businesses for computers and other high-tech gear.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Apple's second-quarter earnings triple

SEC forces fund companies to disclose market-timing policies
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators moved Tuesday to force mutual fund companies to clearly disclose to shareholders their policies and procedures for market timing, a practice at the heart of many of the cases authorities have brought in the industrywide scandal.

Domino's plans initial public offering, seeks to raise $300 million
DETROIT -- Domino's Pizza Inc. said Tuesday that it plans to sell its stock to the public for the first time in its 44-year history.

Interest rate fears prompt selloff
NEW YORK -- Wall Street took a sharp downward turn Tuesday as investors interpreted a big jump in retail sales as a harbinger of an earlier-than-expected rise in interest rates. The Dow Jones industrial average gave up early gains, falling more than 130 points by the close.

Delta reports narrower 1Q loss, misses expectations
ATLANTA -- Delta Air Lines' chief executive stressed the urgent need for pilot wage concessions on Wednesday after the carrier reported a $387 million first-quarter loss, saying that "continued losses of this magnitude are unsustainable."

Tokyo stocks rise, dollar lower against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks rose to a new 32-month high Tuesday as investors bought shares in banks, retailers and other sectors poised to benefit from an economic upturn. The U.S. dollar was down against the Japanese yen.

Intel shares fall despite strong sales worldwide boosting profits

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

SEC forces fund companies to disclose market-timing policies

A status report on Wall Street's major indexes
Investors pessimistic that a big jump in retail sales might contribute to higher interest rates sent Wall Street sharply lower Tuesday.

Tokyo stocks open lower, dollar higher against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks opened lower Wednesday following Wall Street's weakness. The dollar was trading higher against the Japanese yen.

A status report on Wall Street's major indexes

Apple's second-quarter earnings triple
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Huge demand for its iPod portable digital music players helped Apple Computer Inc. triple its second-quarter earnings and easily beat Wall Street expectations.

Dollar up on U.S. retail sales, gold dives
NEW YORK - Growing expectations that Federal Reserve interest rates will rise soon sent the dollar higher Tuesday, as yet another solid piece of U.S. economic data appeared to confirm that the world's largest economy is firing on all cylinders.

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

Johnson & Johnson posts 20 percent profit increase

Bank of America's first-quarter earnings up 11 percent
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Bank of America Corp. said Wednesday that its first-quarter earnings grew nearly 11 percent, fueled by strong gains in consumer loans, fees, investment and brokerage services, and credit cards.

Bank of America's first-quarter earnings up 11 percent

Tokyo stocks open lower, dollar higher against yen

Johnson & Johnson posts 20 percent profit increase
TRENTON, N.J. -- Health care giant Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday reported a 20 percent increase in first-quarter profit as soaring sales in all its divisions and favorable currency exchange rates more than offset higher spending.

Dollar up on U.S. retail sales, gold dives

Merrill Lynch earnings nearly double
NEW YORK (Dow Jones/AP) - Merrill Lynch & Co.'s first-quarter net income nearly doubled, as the brokerage saw improvement in all three business segments and a 27 percent increase in net revenue.

Tokyo stocks rise, dollar lower against yen

Pepsi Bottling profit soars as revenue jumps
SOMERS, N.Y. (Dow Jones/AP) - Pepsi Bottling Group Inc., the world's largest bottler of Pepsi drinks, Tuesday said net income for its latest quarter surged 52 percent on strong revenue gains in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Unpasteurized milk has fans despite health officials' warnings

Unpasteurized milk has fans despite health officials' warnings
HERNDON, Va. -- Like most moms, Cathy Fairbairn makes sure her kids get lots of milk. Nine-year-old Corinne and 7-year-old Ryan love the stuff. "It's delicious," their mom says.

Recipe makes pastries easy
A true gourmet would never cut corners by using prepared foods, but pastry can be such a tricky proposition that it's sometimes worth sacrificing pride for a time-saving shortcut.

Peruvian beverages get a kick out of coca leaf

Recipe makes pastries easy

Peruvian beverages get a kick out of coca leaf
LIMA, Peru -- It looks and tastes pretty much like the many brands of bottled iced tea that line American supermarket shelves - just don't drink it before a drug test.

Henderson now playing up to his strong potential
ATLANTA - Eric Henderson became known as "the man" among his Georgia Tech football teammates two years ago.

Tourists stroll to easy victory
The Asheville Tourists looked ready to win their game Monday night against the GreenJackets, but Augusta made a ninth-inning rally to tie and go on to win in extra innings.

Fast start not enough for Jackets
Asheville catcher Neil Wilson didn't start too well against the GreenJackets on Wednesday at Lake Olmstead Stadium. Wilson made an errant throw on a steal attempt by Ignacio Suarez in the first inning, and Suarez would eventually score for an early Augusta lead.

Fast start not enough for Jackets
Asheville catcher Neil Wilson didn't start too well against the GreenJackets on Wednesday at Lake Olmstead Stadium. Wilson made an errant throw on a steal attempt by Ignacio Suarez in the first inning, and Suarez would eventually score for an early Augusta lead.

Love happier on, off course
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Davis Love III's life off the course is apparently just fine.

Els tries to forget Mickelson, Masters

Love happier on, off course

Heritage ritual nixed by rains
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - It was supposed to start with a cannon blast and Davis Love III hitting a ceremonial golf shot into the waters of Calibogue Sound.

Woods expected back for Western Open
LEMONT, Ill. -- Tiger Woods is expected to play in this year's Western Open, a tournament he has won three times.

Mickelson shows off green jacket at home in San Diego
SAN DIEGO -- Back in his hometown, Phil Mickelson walked into an exclusive country club looking a lot like he did at dusk two days earlier at Augusta National.

Els tries to forget Mickelson, Masters
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Ernie Els spent a tough evening Sunday reliving all the "what if" moments in his stirring second-place Masters Tournament finish to Phil Mickelson last week.

Heritage ritual nixed by rains

Mickelson shows off green jacket at home in San Diego

Woods expected back for Western Open

Fast start not enough for Jackets

Tourists stroll to easy victory

Parents of girl killed by hockey puck got $1.2 million from league, others
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The parents of a 13-year-old girl killed by a hockey puck got $1.2 million in a settlement with the NHL and other groups, according to a copy of the agreement made public Wednesday under an appeals court order.

Khabibulin, Lightning blank Islanders

Vokoun shutout evens series
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Detroit Red Wings are taking most of the shots. The Nashville Predators are making theirs count.

Hasek to have groin operation in Czech Republic
PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- Detroit Red Wings goaltender Dominik Hasek will have groin surgery next week in his home country after playing just 14 games in a season in which he came out of retirement.

Taxpayers asked to foot bill for NHL draft in Raleigh
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Taxpayers will be asked to pay $150,000 to the Carolina Hurricanes to pay for the NHL draft that's coming to Raleigh in late June.

Senators still trying to solve Belfour in playoff series
OTTAWA -- Daniel Alfredsson has a prediction for Game 4 of Ottawa's first-round playoff series against Toronto: the Senators will score on Ed Belfour.

Vokoun shutout evens series

Parents of girl killed by hockey puck got $1.2 million from league, others

Senators still trying to solve Belfour in playoff series

Aebischer must regain composure for Avs to keep edge
DALLAS -- As great as Patrick Roy was in winning three Conn Smythe Awards and four Stanley Cups, he had his share of soft goals and overtime losses along the way. What made him special was the way he responded.

Khabibulin, Lightning blank Islanders
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Nikolai Khabibulin and the Tampa Bay Lightning have made themselves very comfortable in a building that was so unfriendly to visitors all season long.

Chicken divan crepes are divine way to dine
Crepes are part of many cuisines, from French crepes suzette to Chinese mu shu pork to cheese blintzes. In all these dishes, luscious fillings are encased in a thin egg-batter pancake.

Firefight in Fallujah, U.S. troops massed outside Najaf
FALLUJAH, Iraq -- U.S. warplanes and helicopters firing heavy machine guns, rockets and cannons hammered insurgents Wednesday in the besieged city of Fallujah, and the commander of U.S. Marines here warned that a fragile truce was near collapse.

Court: Augusta illegally hampered Masters protesters
ATLANTA -- An attempt to govern protests at the Masters golf tournament last year violated First Amendment rights to free speech, a federal court ruled Thursday.

Deputies search for missing woman
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are searching for a woman who has gone missing from her mother's west Augusta residence in what police say may be suspicious.

Fight gas war with ingenuity

Give the war a rightful name

Speedway should not be a problem
My husband and I relocated to Georgia knowing we would buy a house in the CSRA. While living in an apartment, we familiarized ourselves on where the race track, Interstate 20, the airport and the train tracks were, and kept this in mind while house hunting. Roxanne Birdsong, Grovetown, Ga.

Give the war a rightful name
Georgians seem to have a penchant for naming things after people. We name roads, bridges, intersections, buildings, schools, lakes, et cetera ad infinitum, after people. Richard Netzley, Evans

Fight gas war with ingenuity
I would like to know why you feel I should squeeze my 5-foot-9 body into a tiny little car just because the government has stolen the tax money collected at the pump and spent it on entitlements instead of on highway maintenance and development of alternative fuels and transportation. ("Shadow boxing," editorial, April 2). Arlene Candy, Martinez

Tax cuts harmed middle class
With April 15 upon us, those of us in the middle class can start to contemplate how President Bush's tax cuts have helped us and the economy - not! Diana Perry, Augusta

Bush sending nation into tailspin
Some months ago our president, in a flurry of arrogance and in full battle regalia - which he has never worn for any reason except show - landed on an American aircraft carrier and decreed the war to be over. Elizabeth Leopard, Aiken, S.C.

Taxpayers must not foot voucher bill

Taxpayers must not foot voucher bill
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is working to get the legislature to pass a bill giving vouchers to families whose children are going to private or parochial schools. Larry Murphy, Clearwater, S.C.

Speedway should not be a problem

Give our president some room to work
Where are people persecuted and prosecuted the most? If your reply is "in the news media," you would be correct. Gregory J. Topliff, Aiken, S.C.

Disposal plan for revenue stamps riles collectors

Flu shots will be stockpiled for children for first time, CDC says

Abundance of fat cell hormone may cut the risk of a heart attack

NASA gives Mars rovers software upgrade

Survey: Consumers counting carbs even after diets end

Buried veterans records now on Web

Camping, hiking and cell phone service available at national parks

Camping, hiking and cell phone service available at national parks
When Sean Morrissey scaled California's 14,491-foot Mount Whitney for the first time a few years ago, he couldn't wait to take in the view. A woman who made the climb at the same time couldn't wait to dial her cell phone.

Abundance of fat cell hormone may cut the risk of a heart attack
CHICAGO -- Men with high levels of a hormone secreted by fat cells run a lower risk of a heart attack, according to a study that could lead to new ways to prevent or treat heart disease.

NASA gives Mars rovers software upgrade
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA said Tuesday it has beamed new software to its twin Mars rovers that should allow the six-wheeled vehicles to travel farther, sleep better and avoid the type of computer glitches that temporarily paralyzed one of them.

Buried veterans records now on Web
WASHINGTON -- Sally Naporlee turned to the Department of Veterans Affairs to find out more about her grandfather, who served during World War I.

Flu shots will be stockpiled for children for first time, CDC says
ATLANTA -- For the first time, the government will stockpile flu shots for children to avoid the vaccine shortages that caught health officials off-guard this past winter.

Disposal plan for revenue stamps riles collectors
WASHINGTON -- The National Postal Museum plans to sell or destroy millions of stamps once used to prove that taxes had been paid on whiskey, cigarettes and playing cards. The idea is not sitting well with collectors.

Apple investigating reports of iPod Mini static
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Apple Computer Inc. is investigating complaints that its popular iPod mini is prone to static and other sound distortions when playing back music.

Survey: Consumers counting carbs even after diets end
NEW YORK - The low-carbohydrate dieting trend may have peaked, but consumers continue to watch their carbohydrate intake after going off the diets, according to a study published Wednesday.

MCG dean outlines recruiting
Success lies in creating a niche in health care and research and filling it with young, ambitious physician-scientists who work together, said the dean of the School of Medicine at Medical College of Georgia.

Area's dry winter not entirely bad
Despite a good soaking over the past three days, weather experts say the region is still several inches below normal in annual rainfall.

Correction

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Across the area
Columbia County authorities are expecting to bring back a Martinez man accused of child pornography and desertion from the U.S. Army from New York today.

Thurmond Lake rests on ancient earthquake fault

Correction

Superintendent asks school board for funds

SRS operator may be fined
AIKEN - The Department of Energy has proposed fining the private company that runs the Savannah River Site $206,000 for an incident of radiation exposure in July and the falsification of records related to the incident, a company spokesman said Tuesday.

Pucker up!

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2 bills could create tax cap

Around town
An egret leaps into the air to take flight near The River Club golf course in North Augusta.

KId of the day

Committee to hold hearing on education act
It won't be a love-fest for President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act when congressional representatives visit Augusta on Thursday for a field hearing. But it won't be a gripe session either.

Across the area

Thurmond Dam turns 50

Deadline set for fire deal

Deputies search for missing woman

Park is included in judicial center site

District earns reading grants
Calling Richmond County "one of the neediest" school districts in Georgia, state education officials awarded the system nearly $10 million in grants to ensure all children can read by third grade.

Plane removed from woods

Repairs are now finished
Riverwalk Augusta has a new look after more than $89,000 in repairs that have now been completed, city officials announced.

Rants and raves
I HAVE A RANT about the number of accidents occurring on Richmond County roads. I believe 50-75 percent of the accidents are the fault of the Augusta-Richmond County police and their failure to properly police the roads. I see these cars sitting around all kinds of places and they should be out patrolling the roads and enforcing the speed limit.

2 bills could create tax cap
Proposed legislation at the State House that would radically shake up how property values are assessed in South Carolina would do more to benefit owners of expensive homes than those who own cheaper ones, Aiken County Tax Assessor Mike Reed said Tuesday.

Across the Region

Possible staff cuts worry natural resources officers
LANGLEY - When Cpl. Cary Davis heads to the woods early in the morning during turkey season, he's not hunting Ben Franklin's preferred choice for America's national bird.

Rants and raves
I HAVE A RANT about the number of accidents occurring on Richmond County roads. I believe 50-75 percent of the accidents are the fault of the Augusta-Richmond County police and their failure to properly police the roads. I see these cars sitting around all kinds of places and they should be out patrolling the roads and enforcing the speed limit.

Committee to hold hearing on education act

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APRIL 14, 1852 E.S. Dodge, having purchased the entire right of the patenter for the city of Augusta to take pictures with the wonderful improvement, would respectfully announce to the citizens of Augusta and all admirers of the beautiful pictures that he has on exhibition at his gallery, with some fine specimens of pictures taken in the new style, which he would be pleased to show to all who make call on him.

Across the Region
ATLANTA - A north Georgia doctor has been accused by federal authorities of traveling to Russia to have sex with young boys, the U.S. attorney's office said Tuesday.

House works to delay BRAC
Shuttering domestic military installations in the middle of fighting in Iraq seems like a case of bad timing to a couple dozen members of Congress, and they're trying to pass legislation that would delay potential base closings for years.

Officer killed in Iraq was 'part of the family'

Plane removed from woods

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Fixing problems delayed housing funds

Retirees will reap benefits of Aiken's new cancer wing

Senior council argues food bid
Senior Citizens Council of Greater Augusta officials will ask the CSRA Regional Development Center board tonight to rescind last month's vote to award a bid to a Florida company to run the nutrition program currently headquartered in Augusta.

Residents learn about rules

Assault victims will speak out

Senior council argues food bid
Senior Citizens Council of Greater Augusta officials will ask the CSRA Regional Development Center board tonight to rescind last month's vote to award a bid to a Florida company to run the nutrition program currently headquartered in Augusta.

District earns reading grants

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Greenbrier's Ben Lawson (right) scores as Hephzibah catcher Bronson Eldridge misses the tag.

Plan will speed up highway upgrades

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A man was taken to an Augusta hospital Wednesday morning after officials found him stabbed several times at a west Augusta apartment complex, Richmond County sheriff's officials said.

KId of the day
Today's kid of the day is Xavier Del'vano Bennett, 7, of Hephzibah.

Hephzibah man faces 63 counts in child porn case
A Richmond County grand jury handed down a 64-page indictment against a Hephzibah man Tuesday, lodging 63 charges against him related to child pornography.

Across the area

House works to delay BRAC

Officer killed in Iraq was 'part of the family'
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - An Oak Ridge pastor who performed the marriage ceremony of a Marine captain less than five years ago will officiate at the officer's funeral service today in Memphis.

County adds Spanish ballots

County adds Spanish ballots
GAINESVILLE, Ga. - While most voters will pick between George W. Bush and John Kerry in November, Hall County voters will have to first choose between "the president" and "el presidente."

Superintendent asks school board for funds
Columbia County needs new schools and it needs the money now to build them, the schools' leader contended Tuesday.

Fixing problems delayed housing funds
The left hand of the city's Housing and Neighborhood Development Department needs to communicate better with the right hand of the Augusta Commission and Mayor Bob Young.

Deadline set for fire deal
Growing tired of back-and-forth negotiations for providing fire service near Harlem and Grovetown, Columbia County officials on Tuesday set a deadline for the cities to either accept a finalized contract or allow other fire departments into their districts.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the is Sarah Anne Hart, 6, of Columbia.

Plane removed from woods
Less than 36 hours after a fatal plane crash in North Augusta, all that was left in the wooded area where the small aircraft went down was a path of fallen tree branches.

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April 15, 1843 NOTICE: SCREVEN COUNTY, GA. : All person's are hereby cautioned not to trespass upon the plantation or premises of the subscriber, either by cutting or felling any board trees, rail timber or cutting or taking from the same. They are also notified not to trespass on said premises by hunting or shooting any game or fishing in any stream or water course that the right of is vested in the subscriber, as the law will be rigorously enforced against all persons who shall attempt the same. ADAM BRINSON SR.

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Schools want to boost tuition
ATLANTA - The presidents of Georgia's 34 public colleges and universities want tuition raised by as much as 10 percent for some schools during the coming academic year, state documents show.

Rants and raves
WHEN TEST SCORES rise, it is because of the hard-working teachers and principals who work directly with students. And in the case of Richmond County, that happens despite a superintendent and Board of Education that have spent eight years blaming and punishing school-level employees, rather than supporting and encouraging them. When they claim the successes as their own to defend (Dr. Charles) Larke's treasure hoard, they exemplify the public's perception of them as arrogant and ignorant.

Women receive Scouts' award
When Ann Beth Rutkowski saw the Girl Scouts name and phone number pop up on her Caller ID recently, she wondered what the organization was selling.

Fixing problems delayed housing funds
The left hand of the city's Housing and Neighborhood Development Department needs to communicate better with the right hand of the Augusta Commission and Mayor Bob Young.

Rants and raves
WHEN TEST SCORES rise, it is because of the hard-working teachers and principals who work directly with students. And in the case of Richmond County, that happens despite a superintendent and Board of Education that have spent eight years blaming and punishing school-level employees, rather than supporting and encouraging them. When they claim the successes as their own to defend (Dr. Charles) Larke's treasure hoard, they exemplify the public's perception of them as arrogant and ignorant.

Park is included in judicial center site
It might not be a preferred site for criminals, but skateboarders and the outdoor lunch crowd should be pleased with an idea for a possible Augusta judicial center site between Walton Way and Fenwick Street.

Man is sentenced to 50 months in prison
A former traffic manager at Castleberry/Snow's Brands who stole more than a half-million dollars from the company was sentenced to prison Wednesday.

Court denies stay of execution

Plan will speed up highway upgrades
ATLANTA - Projects that would widen Interstates 20 and 520 around Augusta and improve the interchange between the two roads are among those that would be fast-tracked under a construction plan announced Wednesday by Gov. Sonny Perdue

New unit will tackle problem

Baby's parents admit to abuse
In two separate courtrooms Wednesday, a soldier and his wife pleaded guilty to charges that they shook and assaulted their 16-day-old baby last summer.

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Single-question ballot debated
Millions of dollars in sales tax money for dozens of Augusta projects could come down to just one vote later this year.

G-8 Summit volunteers to help tend to diplomats

Court denies stay of execution
AIKEN - Jerry McWee will likely become the first man convicted in Aiken County to be put to death in at least 42 years this week after the U.S. Supreme Court denied his application for a stay of execution Wednesday.

Baby's parents admit to abuse

Suspect is indicted in 10-year-old killing
A 10-year-old cold homicide case turned hot again Wednesday as authorities arrested a man in Texas on Wednesday whom a Richmond County grand jury has indicted.

Senior council argues food bid

Possible staff cuts worry natural resources officers

Thurmond Dam turns 50

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - An off-duty Atlanta police investigator killed himself while Cobb County police were investigating a wreck in which he was involved early Wednesday morning.

New unit will tackle problem

Assault victims will speak out
Heather Fish was on a U.S. Navy ship headed to Iraq when her commanding officer raped her, a crime she kept to herself, she said, until she realized the military would never punish him.

Residents learn about rules
For most homeowners looking for kicks, learning about county zoning rules rates alongside reading the fine print of a phone bill or watching grass grow.

Retirees will reap benefits of Aiken's new cancer wing
AIKEN - Aiken County's burgeoning retirement community will be the prime beneficiary of a new $7 million cancer wing at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, hospital officials said Wednesday.

Inmate asks Sanford for clemency
COLUMBIA - An inmate scheduled to die Friday by lethal injection for killing an Aiken County convenience store clerk is asking the governor to spare his life.

New unit will tackle problem
WARRENVILLE - The days when thousands of unserved bad check warrants collected dust in the sheriff's office should end with the advent of a new unit in her office, Aiken County Solicitor Barbara Morgan told area merchants Wednesday.

Thurmond Dam turns 50
CLARKS HILL, S.C. - Henry Lee Hunt turned the pages of a yellowed scrapbook and smiled proudly.

Across South Carolina
CONWAY - A 32-year-old man was sentenced to seven years in jail in the beating death of his mother after new evidence surfaced linking him to the 16-year-old crime.

Correction
l An article in Wednesday's Carolina Chronicle about rabies vaccinations for pets in Aiken County listed incorrect sites. The correct sites for Saturday are: 9 a.m. to noon, Veterinary Services, 1721 Whiskey Road, Aiken; 10 a.m. to noon, Belvedere Magistrate's Office, 537 Edgefield Road; 1-3 p.m., Center Fire Department; 2-4 p.m., Langley Community Center.

Correction
An article in Wednesday's Carolina Chronicle about rabies vaccinations for pets in Aiken County listed incorrect sites. The correct sites for Saturday are: 9 a.m. to noon, Veterinary Services, 1721 Whiskey Road, Aiken; 10 a.m. to noon, Belvedere Magistrate's Office, 537 Edgefield Road; 1-3 p.m., Center Fire Department; 2-4 p.m., Langley Community Center.

G-8 Summit volunteers to help tend to diplomats
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Ask Karen Cassard about the bandits.

Thurmond Lake rests on ancient earthquake fault
An earthquake fault beneath Thurmond Dam prompted the filling of cracked bedrock with tons of concrete as the project took shape a half-century ago.

Inmate asks Sanford for clemency

Pucker up!
If you tickled a cow, would milk come out of her nose?

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Gailey looks toward successful campaign
Chan Gailey picked a perfect day to play golf at Augusta National Golf Club on Wednesday. He picked an even better time to mingle with diehards of the Augusta Georgia Tech Club.

Movie releases

'Kill Bill' sequel completes the circle for The Bride
If "Kill Bill - Vol. 1" was like a roundhouse kick to the head, "Kill Bill - Vol. 2" is practically a warm hug.

Movie releases
How's the saying go - something about death and taxes? Well, we hope most of us will make it through the day without shuffling off the mortal coil, but few will make it past midnight without having placed money in the extended hand of the government.

'Kill Bill' sequel completes the circle for The Bride

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.

Mini reviews

Rapper Lil' Kim charged with perjury, obstructing justice
NEW YORK -- Rapper Lil' Kim was charged Wednesday with conspiracy to commit perjury, making false statements and obstructing justice in connection with a 2001 shootout involving her entourage that left one man wounded.

Wagner tops list of music not to play while driving

Small-town singer has gotten big-time attention

Q&A: Wu-Tang producer and 'Kill Bill' composer RZA
NEW YORK -- Usually, when a rapper breaks into movies, he's in front of the camera.

Small-town singer has gotten big-time attention
Glenn Kearney, who lives in the tiny middle Georgia town of Collins, is gaining national attention for his Christian and country recordings.

Q&A: Wu-Tang producer and 'Kill Bill' composer RZA

Wagner tops list of music not to play while driving
LONDON -- When Richard Wagner composed his powerful "Ride of the Valkyries" in the 1850s, he surely wasn't thinking of any danger he was posing to 21st-century motorists.

Hot ticket
Today's hot ticket performer is the undeliable Prince.

Concert calendar

Christian rockers' latest album presents a powerful message
Caught between a tight schedule in 2002 and their expanding families, members of Christian rock band Third Day decided to slow down last year.

Christian rockers' latest album presents a powerful message

Concert calendar
THIS WEEK: GEORGE CARLIN, DENNIS BLAIR: 8 p.m. Saturday, War Memorial Auditorium, Greensboro, N.C.; $29.50-$39.50

Rapper Lil' Kim charged with perjury, obstructing justice

The Reality of Racing

Bodine to mold new car design
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - The cost of racing and a lack of sponsorship put Brett Bodine out of business. Now his job is to help steer others from the same fate.

Race stuff

The Reality of Racing

NASCAR newsmaker Robert Yates

New boss happy with Spencer
Jimmy Spencer earned the nickname "Mr. Excitement" early in his racing career for his hard-charging, rough-and-tumble driving style.

Bodine to mold new car design

NASCAR newsmaker Robert Yates
Ford has been working overtime since NASCAR approved a new cylinder head for the 2004 season. Robert Yates Racing, which builds engines for Ford teams on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, hopes to have the new cylinder head, which is supposed to give the Taurus more power, ready within the next month.

New boss happy with Spencer

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Date Race Winner/Track

The Reality of Racing
ATLANTA - Michael Holigan knew if he was going to make his stock car team a reality, he'd have to do it bigger and better than anyone else.

Magic GM wants McGrady to make a decision - soon

King says Iverson will be back next season

Get the party started: the Nuggets headed to the playoffs

Carmelo, Denver playoff bound
DENVER - The clock showed a half-second left, so the officials tried to clear the floor and coax the Sacramento Kings back out of the locker room. It took five minutes, not that the Denver Nuggets and their fans minded.

Magic GM wants McGrady to make a decision - soon
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Orlando Magic are willing to trade Tracy McGrady in the offseason unless the NBA's scoring champion tells them he wants to stick around after next year.

Wallace sets new standard
TORONTO - Donyell Marshall had 27 points and 16 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors ended Detroit's eight-game winning streak with a 87-78 victory Tuesday night.

NBA ratings up on TNT and ESPN, down on ABC

NBA ratings up on TNT and ESPN, down on ABC
NEW YORK -- The NBA regular season averaged a 1.4 national cable rating for 52 games on TNT, a 17 percent increase from last season.

When's a triple-double not a triple-double? When NBA says so

King says Iverson will be back next season
PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson told Philadelphia president Billy King what he wanted to hear at their season-end meeting: Iverson wants to stay with the Sixers.

High school phenom Dwight Howard entering NBA draft
ATLANTA -- Dwight Howard made the decision to enter the NBA draft last fall, yet kept it to himself so he could enjoy his senior year.

Get the party started: the Nuggets headed to the playoffs
DENVER -- The clock showed a half-second left, so the officials tried to clear the floor and coax the Sacramento Kings back out of the locker room.

High school phenom Dwight Howard entering NBA draft

When's a triple-double not a triple-double? When NBA says so
ATLANTA -- Bob Sura didn't make any pretense about it.

Carmelo, Denver playoff bound

Hodge staying for senior season at N.C. State
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Julius Hodge announced Wednesday that he will stay at North Carolina State for his senior year, choosing not to enter the NBA draft.

Two Yellow Jackets fly to college
It was a forum to take a look and see just how far two basketball-playing young ladies at North Augusta High School had come.

Vikings re-sign CB Kelly

Corporate lawyer named Ravens president

Redskins sign T.E. Kozlowski, cut Chamberlain

Patriots re-sign cornerback Smith

Season opener will feel like home for new coach

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Greece, Albania to hold Olympic security talks
ATHENS, Greece -- Top Olympic officials will travel to neighboring Albania this week to discuss bolstering security for this summer's Athens Games.

Crow to miss synchronized swimming test event in Athens

Crow to miss synchronized swimming test event in Athens
ATHENS, Greece -- American synchronized swimmer Tammy Crow will not compete in an Olympic test event in Athens this week, following a determination last week that said there is no basis to ban her from Olympic competition.

Ueberroth expects peaceful Athens Games
NEW YORK -- The terrorist attacks that left thousands dead from Manhattan to Madrid most likely will not occur during the Athens Games, one-time Olympic organizer Peter Ueberroth said Wednesday.

Greece, Albania to hold Olympic security talks

'Passion' insulting, not anti-Semitic
For a good number of weeks now, historians and people of faith have been engaged in a battle of words to determine the validity of allegations that Mel Gibson's new movie, The Passion of the Christ, is anti-Semitic. As a subscriber to a multitude of Jewish publications, and one who is in frequent contact with Jewish leaders of all kinds, I have yet to see or hear even one Jew say that this movie is anti-Semitic.

'Passion' insulting, not anti-Semitic
For a good number of weeks now, historians and people of faith have been engaged in a battle of words to determine the validity of allegations that Mel Gibson's new movie, The Passion of the Christ, is anti-Semitic. As a subscriber to a multitude of Jewish publications, and one who is in frequent contact with Jewish leaders of all kinds, I have yet to see or hear even one Jew say that this movie is anti-Semitic.

Prep sports scores

Overtime

Ex-champ Chavez to step into ring for farewell fight in Mexico City

Navratilova eliminated at Family Circle Cup

Golota promises clean fight against Byrd

Serena Williams withdraws from Fed Cup

Limehouse will compete

Spring prep scores

Overtime

Top-seeded Schuettler loses at Estoril Open

Navratilova eliminated at Family Circle Cup
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Martina Navratilova lost the second match of her return to singles play in the United States, falling to Amy Frazier 6-4, 6-4 at the Family Circle Cup on Tuesday.

Overtime
In Carrollton, Ga., defending champion Laura Coble, of Augusta, advanced in the quarterfinals of the championship flight of the Georgia Women's Match Play Championship. Coble, who has claimed the title each of the past four years, took five of the first six holes and defeated Ellen Connors 5 and 4 at Sunset Hills Country Club.

Prep sports scores
Here's the list of scores from Wednesday's spring prep sports action.

Serena Williams withdraws from Fed Cup
NEW YORK -- Serena Williams withdrew from the U.S. team's first-round Fed Cup match at Slovenia.

Overtime
The New England Patriots signed veteran cornerback Otis Smith, less than a year after the team reluctantly released him as he struggled to recover from a shoulder injury.

Golota promises clean fight against Byrd
NEW YORK -- Don King unfurled a Polish flag and chanted "Andrew Golota! Andrew Golota!" as the heavyweight fighter made his way to the podium for a photo with Chris Byrd.

Top-seeded Schuettler loses at Estoril Open
OEIRAS, Portugal -- Top-seeded Rainer Schuettler lost to Victor Hanescu 7-6 (4), 6-7 (4), 6-3 Tuesday in the first round of the Estoril Open.

Ex-champ Chavez to step into ring for farewell fight in Mexico City
MEXICO CITY -- Julio Cesar Chavez will end his career with a farewell bout against Frankie Randall entitled "Goodbye Mexico ... Thanks."

Classic softball comes to town
If you go out this weekend to Diamond Lakes Regional Park off Windsor Spring Road, you'll see a mix of young and old on the softball fields.

Spanish teenager knocks Ivanisevic out of Estoril Open
OEIRAS, Portugal -- Goran Ivanisevic lost to Spanish teenager Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-1 in the first round of the Estoril Open on Wednesday.

Spring prep scores
Area spring prep sports scores from Tuesday's sports action.

Limehouse will compete
Cot Campbell is ready to make another run for the roses at the Kentucky Derby.

Redskins sign T.E. Kozlowski, cut Chamberlain
ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins signed tight end Brian Kozlowski and released tight end Byron Chamberlain on Tuesday.

Corporate lawyer named Ravens president
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Dick Cass has been appointed president of the Baltimore Ravens after helping to broker Steve Bisciotti's purchase of the team.

Wolf leaves consulting job with Browns
CLEVELAND -- Ron Wolf resigned as a part-time personnel consultant to the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday, less than three months after being hired by the club.

Vikings re-sign CB Kelly
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings re-signed cornerback Eric Kelly to a one-year contract Tuesday.

Season opener will feel like home for new coach
ATLANTA - Jim Mora often says he was hired to coach the Atlanta Falcons, not their checkered past.

Patriots re-sign cornerback Smith
FOXBORO, Mass. -- The New England Patriots signed veteran cornerback Otis Smith, less than a year after the team reluctantly released him as he struggled to recover from a shoulder injury.

Small-town singer has gotten big-time attention

Small-town singer has gotten big-time attention
Glenn Kearney, who lives in the tiny middle Georgia town of Collins, is gaining national attention for his Christian and country recordings.

Gailey looks toward successful campaign

Gailey looks toward successful campaign

'Master and Commander' never sails far off-course

April 15 tax deadline underlines complex forms, longer chores
WASHINGTON -- Taxpayers working feverishly to meet the April 15 filing deadline can take some comfort knowing they are not alone when it comes to scratching their heads over this year's forms. Tax returns are getting more complicated.

Postal Service prepares for tax night onslaught
WASHINGTON -- The annual stampede to mail last-minute tax returns takes place at post offices across the country Thursday.

You're out of time: Tax returns are due today
WASHINGTON -- If you're one of the 30 million taxpayers waiting until the very last minute to file your tax return, the nation's tax collectors urge you to double-check your math and watch for common errors.

Charities worry tax deduction crackdown could dry up car donations
WASHINGTON -- When taxpayers donate a car to charity, it can mean money for charities and a tax break for contributors. Plans in Congress to tighten the rules on car donations have charities worried that the contributions may dry up.

Audits of businesses declined last year, study says
WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service audited fewer corporations, small businesses and partnerships last year but more individual taxpayers, according to a study of government data.

Time to request an extension or quickly file tax return
WASHINGTON -- If you're among the 10 million taxpayers who won't meet the April 15 tax-filing deadline, now is the time to ask the Internal Revenue Service for an automatic four-month extension.

IRS expanding audits of corporate executives' tax returns
WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service plans to increase audits of corporate executives after exploratory examinations uncovered significant problems.

TV networks, worried about safety, pooling resources in Iraq

Giuliani launches Spike TV campaign for men's health
NEW YORK -- Rudolph Giuliani helped start a nationwide campaign Tuesday sponsored by Spike TV - a cable network aimed at men - to get 100,000 of them to sign up for physicals by year's end.

TCM marks 10th anniversary as haven for old-film buffs

Miss Missouri crowned Miss USA 2004

Simpson and Jackson prove some people were watching TV

Trump to fire last contestant on 'The Apprentice' finale

ABC looks to 'Harry Potter' for 'sweeps' magic
LOS ANGELES -- ABC hopes to make ratings magic with a night of television built around the network debut of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" - and a sneak peek at the third Warner Bros. film in the franchise.

TCM marks 10th anniversary as haven for old-film buffs
NEW YORK -- Turner Classic Movies spent eight years "trying to scream a little louder than the other guy in the classic movie genre," said Tom Karsch, general manager of the cable channel.

Simpson and Jackson prove some people were watching TV
NEW YORK -- Television viewers didn't abandon their sets during a spring holiday weekend - just ask Jessica Simpson and Janet Jackson.

Trump to fire last contestant on 'The Apprentice' finale
NEW YORK -- If you asked Donald Trump the time, you could expect him to exaggerate it by several hours, then boast how his wrist watch is one of the greatest watches anywhere in the world.

CBS chief promises double-digit advertising price increases
NEW YORK -- CBS chairman Leslie Moonves on Tuesday predicted double-digit advertising price increases for his first-place network during next month's market for commercial time.

Kathie Lee Gifford returns to morning television
NEW YORK -- Kathie Lee Gifford returned to morning talk television Wednesday, co-hosting Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" with Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade.

TV networks, worried about safety, pooling resources in Iraq
NEW YORK -- Concerned about the safety of their personnel, five American television networks have taken the unusual step of pooling resources to cover fighting in Iraq.

Giuliani launches Spike TV campaign for men's health

Miss Missouri crowned Miss USA 2004
LOS ANGELES -- A fast-food loving beauty queen from Missouri who has two master's degrees and once wrestled a greased pig in a mud pit was crowned Miss USA 2004.

CBS chief promises double-digit advertising price increases

New show gives former girlfriends another shot at romance
LOS ANGELES -- "The One That Got Away," a reality show that condenses that search for love into a single two-hour episode, will air next month on NBC.

People in the News

One alleged mistress defends her story, another savaged in press

Clubbin'

LA police investigate new abuse claim against Michael Jackson

Applause calendar

Report: Nicole Kidman is Australia's richest entertainer

Lauren Hutton flown to hospital after suffering chest pain

The big ticket

'American Bandstand' host Dick Clark has diabetes

Standing ovations

Club calendar

Former 'Baywatch' star gives birth to a girl

Illinois man pleads guilty to piracy of movie screener copies

Steven Spielberg honored by Italian President

Anderson garners his own spotlight

Anderson garners his own spotlight
ATHENS, Ga. - Three years ago, Gerald Anderson was the "other" Georgia freshman from Ware County High School.

'Master and Commander' never sails far off-course
Imagine, if you will, a movie that offers no background on its primary characters, starts its narrative in the middle of what is obviously a much larger story and riddles its dialogue with technical terms so specialized that few people can follow any conversation from beginning to end.

Secret Service office worker charged in thefts of ground zero cars

Sorority members were urged to lie for blood drive competition

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Minister dies from snakebite during service