Tap star conquers the classical realm
NEW YORK - It's not every night that musicians at a classical concert are given their own improvisational solos - unless, of course, it's "Classical Savion," and the only instruments the star possesses are his shoes.

Tap star conquers the classical realm
NEW YORK - It's not every night that musicians at a classical concert are given their own improvisational solos - unless, of course, it's "Classical Savion," and the only instruments the star possesses are his shoes.

Writer turns her sights to battling AIDS
NEW YORK - She is a woman who is used to being in control and is not afraid of expressing her opinions. She has a dignity about her, certainly a worldly sophistication: the aura of the grand dame who has seen a lot of history and has helped make some of it.

Writer turns her sights to battling AIDS

Writer turns her sights to battling AIDS
NEW YORK - She is a woman who is used to being in control and is not afraid of expressing her opinions. She has a dignity about her, certainly a worldly sophistication: the aura of the grand dame who has seen a lot of history and has helped make some of it.

Beach Boys musical brings 'California Girls' to Broadway

Beach Boys musical brings 'California Girls' to Broadway
NEW YORK - One of the stars of the new Beach Boys musical, "Good Vibrations," is a self-ascribed hip hop lover. Another counts Avril Lavigne and Ashlee Simpson among her musical faves.

Tap star conquers the classical realm

Beach Boys musical brings 'California Girls' to Broadway
NEW YORK - One of the stars of the new Beach Boys musical, "Good Vibrations," is a self-ascribed hip hop lover. Another counts Avril Lavigne and Ashlee Simpson among her musical faves.

Yankees offer Johnson $32 million extension
NEW YORK - All that stands between Randy Johnson and the New York Yankees are a bunch of medical tests.

Slimming down can start with cleaning up

Odds and Ends
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - It took Robert G. Swofford Jr. more than a month to come forward and claim his $60 million Lotto prize, but he had to take care of some unfinished business - divorcing his wife.

Odds and Ends
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - It took Robert G. Swofford Jr. more than a month to come forward and claim his $60 million Lotto prize, but he had to take care of some unfinished business - divorcing his wife.

Toilet brush warning wins consumer award
DETROIT - The sign on the toilet brush says it best: "Do not use for personal hygiene."

Mistrial declared after doctor on trial aids collapsed juror
NORWALK, Ohio - A judge declared a mistrial in a medical negligence case against a physician after the doctor came to the aid of a juror who passed out during opening statements.

Mistrial declared after doctor on trial aids collapsed juror
NORWALK, Ohio - A judge declared a mistrial in a medical negligence case against a physician after the doctor came to the aid of a juror who passed out during opening statements.

Airlines need to improve workers' productivity
To fix bloated costs, the financially ailing airline industry prescribed itself a familiar treatment in recent years: Slash wages and benefits.

Skateboard shop lands downtown
With the X Games on ESPN, Viva La Bam on MTV and Tony Hawk making guest appearances on shows such as The Simpsons and LAX, it's safe to say skateboarding has hit mainstream America.

Survey shows educational endowments up
The investment portfolios of colleges, universities and other educational institutions enjoyed their best year since the stock market downturn began, according to a new survey that shows educational nonprofits recovering in fiscal 2004 after several years of losses or meager gains.

Shrinking work force endanger Japan's economic future

Bush presses for curbs on class-action suits
WASHINGTON - President Bush tried to give fresh impetus Thursday to federal limits on class-action lawsuits, an important issue for many conservatives who say frivolous litigation hurts businesses.

Toys R Us holiday sales down slightly
TRENTON, N.J. - Toy sales dipped 1.4 percent during the crucial holiday sales period at struggling Toys R Us Inc., which saw tiny decreases in U.S., international and Internet revenues, but may have gained some market share because of price discounts and selection.

Delta lowers Augusta fares

Shrinking work force endanger Japan's economic future
TOKYO - In Japan's corporate culture, it was an unusual scene: The country's most powerful business leaders clamoring for more opportunities for women and better company-sponsored childcare programs.

Bush presses for curbs on class-action suits
WASHINGTON - President Bush tried to give fresh impetus Thursday to federal limits on class-action lawsuits, an important issue for many conservatives who say frivolous litigation hurts businesses.

Delta lowers Augusta fares
Delta Air Lines on Wednesday officially announced a radical fare restructuring that will mostly benefit business travelers and may provide a much-needed boost to Augusta Regional Airport.

Study: FluMist sales sluggish again
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The maker of the nasal spray flu vaccine FluMist has sold only about a third of the 3 million doses it produced this year despite a nationwide shortage of flu vaccine, according to a Wall Street analyst estimate.

Skateboard shop lands downtown
With the X Games on ESPN, Viva La Bam on MTV and Tony Hawk making guest appearances on shows such as The Simpsons and LAX, it's safe to say skateboarding has hit mainstream America.

Survey shows educational endowments up
The investment portfolios of colleges, universities and other educational institutions enjoyed their best year since the stock market downturn began, according to a new survey that shows educational nonprofits recovering in fiscal 2004 after several years of losses or meager gains.

U.S. service sector sees gains in December
NEW YORK -The service sector of the U.S. economy saw activity grow in December, amid continued advances for employment and increasing prices, a report from a private research group said Wednesday.

Pier 1 Kids plans store
Bunk beds, daybeds and child-size desks soon will be a common sight at the Augusta Exchange shopping center.

Delta lowers Augusta fares
Delta Air Lines on Wednesday officially announced a radical fare restructuring that will mostly benefit business travelers and may provide a much-needed boost to Augusta Regional Airport.

Bristol-Myers to sell consumer drug line
NEW YORK - Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. is in talks to sell its consumer over-the-counter drug line, which includes pain relievers Excedrin and Bufferin, cold medicine Comtrex and Keri lotions, according to published reports.

Group to plot year's course
It's been said that economists are the only professionals who make weathermen look good.

Group to plot year's course

Bush presses for curbs on class-action suits

Bristol-Myers to sell consumer drug line

Skateboard shop lands downtown

Bristol-Myers to sell consumer drug line
NEW YORK - Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. is in talks to sell its consumer over-the-counter drug line, which includes pain relievers Excedrin and Bufferin, cold medicine Comtrex and Keri lotions, according to published reports.

Survey shows educational endowments up

Group to plot year's course
It's been said that economists are the only professionals who make weathermen look good.

Toys R Us holiday sales down slightly

Shrinking work force endanger Japan's economic future
TOKYO - In Japan's corporate culture, it was an unusual scene: The country's most powerful business leaders clamoring for more opportunities for women and better company-sponsored childcare programs.

Study: FluMist sales sluggish again

EchoStar to raise rates on Dish packages
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Dish Network subscribers will begin paying $2 to $4 a month more for satellite television service next month, the company's parent company said, citing higher programming costs.

Airlines need to improve workers' productivity

Fat Man's slims down
Fat Man's is getting leaner. At the end of the month, the popular seasonal retailer will shut down Fat Man's West, its Columbia County location, and consolidate it with Fat Man's Forest, its main store on Laney-Walker Boulevard.

Toys R Us holiday sales down slightly
TRENTON, N.J. - Toy sales dipped 1.4 percent during the crucial holiday sales period at struggling Toys R Us Inc., which saw tiny decreases in U.S., international and Internet revenues, but may have gained some market share because of price discounts and selection.

Study: FluMist sales sluggish again
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The maker of the nasal spray flu vaccine FluMist has sold only about a third of the 3 million doses it produced this year despite a nationwide shortage of flu vaccine, according to a Wall Street analyst estimate.

Airlines need to improve workers' productivity
To fix bloated costs, the financially ailing airline industry prescribed itself a familiar treatment in recent years: Slash wages and benefits.

Clemson cornerback will enter NFL draft
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson cornerback Justin Miller announced Wednesday that he will forego his senior year and enter the NFL spring draft.

Clemson cornerback will enter NFL draft
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson cornerback Justin Miller announced Wednesday that he will forego his senior year and enter the NFL spring draft.

Clemson cornerback will enter NFL draft

Duke reaches 10-0 despite depleted roster
DURHAM, N.C. - DeMarcus Nelson came to Duke as a can't-miss backcourt prospect, the career scoring leader in California prep history.

Duke reaches 10-0 despite depleted roster

Duke reaches 10-0 despite depleted roster
DURHAM, N.C. - DeMarcus Nelson came to Duke as a can't-miss backcourt prospect, the career scoring leader in California prep history.

Men of Troy don't plan to fall
MIAMI - No team has ever won three consecutive Associated Press national titles. Few teams have ever been better equipped to do so than Southern California.

Men of Troy don't plan to fall
MIAMI - No team has ever won three consecutive Associated Press national titles. Few teams have ever been better equipped to do so than Southern California.

Men of Troy don't plan to fall

Coalition gathers to fight fraud

Duke reaches 10-0 despite depleted roster

Wilson enjoys a tough battle

GOP's wise reversal
The Republican-led 109th Congress got off to a promising start Tuesday when the party's House members, at the request of Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois and Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas, threw out the rule, approved last November, that would have allowed House leaders to stay in their posts even if indicted.

Pioneer on duty

Pioneer on duty
Someday, the time will come that, when an African-American reaches a milestone, notice will be taken because of the achievement itself instead of the race of the individual involved. The career of prominent jurist and civil rights leader John H. Ruffin Jr. exemplifies what we mean.

Good New Year's start
It appears that Augusta has lucked out again. Despite the limits the city charter puts on its chief administrator - curbing his or her ability to hire and fire department heads - the Augusta Commission, since consolidation in 1996, has had the benefit of two fine administrators, Randy Oliver and George Kolb, both of whom got frustrated, alienated the commission and moved on.

Slipped Gere
It was probably pure exuberance, but it sounded like unadulterated pretentiousness when Oscar-winner Sally Field exclaimed a few years ago, "You like me! You really like me!"

Blaming evil America
Anything that goes wrong in the world somehow becomes the fault of evil Americans. When the extent of death and destruction caused by the Dec. 26 tsunami became known, environmentalists blamed global warming - which, of course, as everyone knows, is largely the fault of the United States.

Slipped Gere
It was probably pure exuberance, but it sounded like unadulterated pretentiousness when Oscar-winner Sally Field exclaimed a few years ago, "You like me! You really like me!"

Blaming evil America

Slipped Gere

GOP's wise reversal
The Republican-led 109th Congress got off to a promising start Tuesday when the party's House members, at the request of Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois and Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas, threw out the rule, approved last November, that would have allowed House leaders to stay in their posts even if indicted.

Blaming evil America
Anything that goes wrong in the world somehow becomes the fault of evil Americans. When the extent of death and destruction caused by the Dec. 26 tsunami became known, environmentalists blamed global warming - which, of course, as everyone knows, is largely the fault of the United States.

Pioneer on duty
Someday, the time will come that, when an African-American reaches a milestone, notice will be taken because of the achievement itself instead of the race of the individual involved. The career of prominent jurist and civil rights leader John H. Ruffin Jr. exemplifies what we mean.

GOP's wise reversal

Jude Law to marry actress Sienna Miller
LONDON - Jude Law has become engaged to his actress-girlfriend, Sienna Miller, proposing to her on Christmas Day.

William Hung wants good-guy only roles
SINGAPORE - Critics have described his singing as less than heroic, but "American Idol" reject William Hung says he wants to play only good-guys in his fledgling acting career.

Galleries
GET LISTED: Send your gallery's exhibit schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Club calendar
D. TIMM'S JAZZ CAFE: 302 Sixth St.; The Section Tuesday-Sunday; 774-9500. l

Jude Law to marry actress Sienna Miller
LONDON - Jude Law has become engaged to his actress-girlfriend, Sienna Miller, proposing to her on Christmas Day.

Galleries
GET LISTED: Send your gallery's exhibit schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Open tab
In the mood for a night out? Here's a sampling of what's up at Augusta and Aiken area nightspots and bistros:

Open tab
In the mood for a night out? Here's a sampling of what's up at Augusta and Aiken area nightspots and bistros:

'Need for Speed' game has huge playing fields
In this new gaming era, the most overrated description is "massive, free-roaming environment." It sounds impressive, but this just means it takes you forever to get from Point A to Point B.

Supermodel Heidi Klum and Seal engaged to wed
NEW YORK - German supermodel Heidi Klum and singer Seal are engaged to be married, Klum announced on her Web site.

Foster paranoia with new releases
Not to get all Grassy Knoll on you, but there's something to be said for paranoia.

William Hung wants good-guy only roles
SINGAPORE - Critics have described his singing as less than heroic, but "American Idol" reject William Hung says he wants to play only good-guys in his fledgling acting career.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson is asking for help in finding a Swedish cellist swept away in the South Asian tsunami. Markus Sandlund, 29, of the Stockholm Strings n' Horns, performed on Wilson's Grammy-nominated "Smile" album and Wilson's recent "Smile" tour. Sandlund and his girlfriend, Sophia, went to Thailand after finishing the "Smile" tour in Australia and New Zealand, according to a statement Wednesday on Wilson's Web site.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson is asking for help in finding a Swedish cellist swept away in the South Asian tsunami.\r\nMarkus Sandlund, 29, of the Stockholm Strings n' Horns, performed on Wilson's Grammy-nominated "Smile" album and Wilson's recent "Smile" tour. Sandlund and his girlfriend, Sophia, went to Thailand after finishing the "Smile" tour in Australia and New Zealand, according to a statement Wednesday on Wilson's Web site.

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

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Club calendar
D. TIMM'S JAZZ CAFE: 302 Sixth St.; The Section Tuesday-Sunday; 774-9500. l

Fishing tournaments
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.

Area anglers can thank biologist for hybrid hauls
Forty years ago, a South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Department fisheries biologist became the first to successfully cross a white bass and striped bass - and fishermen have been enjoying the fruits, er, fish of his labors ever since.

Area anglers can thank biologist for hybrid hauls
Forty years ago, a South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Department fisheries biologist became the first to successfully cross a white bass and striped bass - and fishermen have been enjoying the fruits, er, fish of his labors ever since.

Area anglers can thank biologist for hybrid hauls

Fishing tournaments

Fishing tournaments
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.

What's For Lunch: The French Market Grille

What's For Lunch: The French Market Grille
The French Market Grille425 HIGHLAND AVE.SIGNATURE DISH: Crepes Louisiana (puree of scallops, shrimp, crab meat and mushrooms sauted in sherry, wrapped in two crepes and topped with a light sauce) served with rice, $8.95

What's For Lunch: The French Market Grille
The French Market Grille 425 HIGHLAND AVE. SIGNATURE DISH: Crepes Louisiana (puree of scallops, shrimp, crab meat and mushrooms sauted in sherry, wrapped in two crepes and topped with a light sauce) served with rice, $8.95

Harmless ladybugs can creep in cracks

Treated well, amaryllis blooms again... and again
OK, so you brought home your fat amaryllis bulb, or it arrived in the mail, some weeks ago. If that bulb was out of soil, it should have at least had some fleshy roots still attached. Without those roots, the flower bud seated deep within the bulb will either never appear or else make a poor showing.

Treated well, amaryllis blooms again... and again

Harmless ladybugs can creep in cracks
I have a problem with ladybugs in my house. Do they hurt anything and how can I stop them from coming in?

Harmless ladybugs can creep in cracks
I have a problem with ladybugs in my house. Do they hurt anything and how can I stop them from coming in?

Treated well, amaryllis blooms again... and again
OK, so you brought home your fat amaryllis bulb, or it arrived in the mail, some weeks ago. If that bulb was out of soil, it should have at least had some fleshy roots still attached. Without those roots, the flower bud seated deep within the bulb will either never appear or else make a poor showing.

Yellow Jackets welcome Miami
ATLANTA - Many expected Georgia Tech to take the initiation paddle to Miami on Thursday in the Hurricanes' Atlantic Coast Conference debut.

Yellow Jackets welcome Miami
ATLANTA - Many expected Georgia Tech to take the initiation paddle to Miami on Thursday in the Hurricanes' Atlantic Coast Conference debut.

Yellow Jackets welcome Miami

New year, old story: Singh leads
KAPALUA, Hawaii - The calendar changed. Vijay Singh didn't.

New year, old story: Singh leads

New year with unlimited possibilities
KAPALUA, Hawaii - The serenity of the moment didn't last long for Vijay Singh.

New year with unlimited possibilities

New year with unlimited possibilities
KAPALUA, Hawaii - The serenity of the moment didn't last long for Vijay Singh.

New year, old story: Singh leads
KAPALUA, Hawaii - The calendar changed. Vijay Singh didn't.

NHL cancels meeting with board of governors

NHL cancels meeting with board of governors
NEW YORK - The NHL canceled next week's meeting with its board of governors on Thursday because the league has nothing new to report in the stagnant collective bargaining process.

NHL cancels meeting with board of governors
NEW YORK - The NHL canceled next week's meeting with its board of governors on Thursday because the league has nothing new to report in the stagnant collective bargaining process.

Slimming down can start with cleaning up
I consider exercise vulgar. It makes people smell.

Slimming down can start with cleaning up
I consider exercise vulgar. It makes people smell.

Avondale employee reported missing after train wreck
AIKEN -- An Avondale Mills employee was reported missing this morning, and officials renewed searches for Graniteville residents who might have fallen ill or been killed by the cloud of chlorine gas released after a train wreck Thursday morning.

About Chlorine
Uses: Disinfecting drinking water, manufacture of PVC resins and materials, pulp bleaching for the paper industry, fungicide for food processing, battery manufacturing, pesticides.

Ex-congressman Ginn dies
Former U.S. Rep. Ronald Bryan "Bo" Ginn died today at University Hospital. He was 70 years old.

S.C. train crash causes chemical spill, kills one
Two trains collided early Thursday morning in the Granitevill area spilling hazardous chemicals.

Investigators prepare to enter train wreck 'hot zone'
GRANITEVILLE -- Officials are busy organizing teams and making plans on how to proceed with the investigation of Thursday morning's train wreck that released deadly chlorine gas.

James Brown sued for alleged 1988 rape
CHICAGO - A woman has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that famed rhythm and blues singer James Brown is to blame for her suffering from Graves' disease because he raped her at gunpoint in South Carolina in 1988.

Body found in submerged car
Richmond County sheriff's investigators said this evening that the body found inside of a car dumped into a south Augusta lake is probably that of a woman who was kidnapped Dec. 29.

Evacuation centers
The following evacuation centers are open for those needing assistance:

Decontamination centers
Two trains collided early Thursday morning in the Granitevill area spilling hazardous chemicals.

Closings due to train wreck
Two trains collided early Thursday morning in the Granitevill area spilling hazardous chemicals.

Officers evacuate area near train wreck
GRANITEVILLE -- Authorities have ordered an evacuation of an estimated 5,400 residents living within a mile radius of the wreck of a freight train carrying 90 tons of deadly chlorine. They say they are concerned about gas that continues to leak from a ruptured tank car.

Authorities: Evacuation message is a prank
AIKEN -- A recorded message to Burnettown and Aiken residents that advised them the evacuation zone around the chlorine -laced Graniteville train wreck site is an apparent prank, Lt. Michael Frank, the spokesman for the Aiken County Sheriff's Office, said today.

Let racial majority rule Augusta

Commission will let suburbs thrive
It's a shame that half of the Augusta commissioners would rather ruin than help improve their city, if it requires them to relinquish even a small portion of their power and control. Richard Netzley, Evans

Troops deserve the best protection
I agree in part with Tom Sutherland's letter Jan. 2 ("Yes, an army must make do") about World War II GIs improvising their tanks to plow through hedgerows. William French, Hephzibah

South rose above Lincoln's wrath
Abraham Lincoln's election had a dramatic effect upon history's most unlikely event. Six months prior to the Civil War, Virginians were calling South Carolinians secessionists; only a few months later, the Virginia Legislature voted for secession. Milton Gresham, Evans

Let racial majority rule Augusta
A lot of people are criticizing Augusta's government; however, they do not understand the real struggle that's going on. The central issue is about power and who will hold that power.Paul L. Cook, Augusta

Social Security plan is a bad idea
President Bush wants you to take part of your Social Security taxes and invest it yourself in the stock market. Stephanie Wilson, Evans

Social Security plan is a bad idea

Commission will let suburbs thrive

Don't liken school woes to tsunami
Regarding your Dec. 30 editorial, "Another tsunami coming?" I wholeheartedly agree with its premise. If necessary, drastic actions must be taken to restore order and discipline in Richmond County schools and on the school buses. Heyward Knight, Augusta

There's more than one religion
Here we go again: another self-appointed spokesman for God on the stump telling any who will listen that his religion, his God and his Bible are the only right ones. John Gasko, Martinez

Social Security plan is a bad idea
President Bush wants you to take part of your Social Security taxes and invest it yourself in the stock market. Stephanie Wilson, Evans

Don't liken school woes to tsunami
Regarding your Dec. 30 editorial, "Another tsunami coming?" I wholeheartedly agree with its premise. If necessary, drastic actions must be taken to restore order and discipline in Richmond County schools and on the school buses. Heyward Knight, Augusta

Commission will let suburbs thrive
It's a shame that half of the Augusta commissioners would rather ruin than help improve their city, if it requires them to relinquish even a small portion of their power and control.Richard Netzley, Evans

Don't liken school woes to tsunami

Let racial majority rule Augusta
A lot of people are criticizing Augusta's government; however, they do not understand the real struggle that's going on. The central issue is about power and who will hold that power. Paul L. Cook, Augusta

Going downhill may be a good thing for your body

New LaCrosse replaces Buick Regal and Century

Lack of caffeine can cause severe withdrawal

Magazine names Seattle as fittest city, Houston as fattest

Extra copies of gene help protect from AIDS

Cosmetic procedures are gaining among men

Extra copies of gene help protect from AIDS
WASHINGTON - Having extra copies of a gene that produces a blocking protein helps protect people from AIDS, a finding that may explain why some people are more susceptible to the disease than others, a new study reports.

Going downhill may be a good thing for your body
NEW ORLEANS - If exercise is too much of an uphill battle, you may want to try the downside.

Magazine names Seattle as fittest city, Houston as fattest
SEATTLE - Must be something in the coffee. Seattle has been named the fittest city in the United States in the February issue of Men's Fitness magazine, leaping past the buff competition from Honolulu, Colorado Springs, San Francisco and Denver.

EBay, Intel launch program to recycle used gadgets
With BC-Gadget Show-Digital Audio, BC-Gadget Show-Cell TV, BC-Gadget Show-TiVo

Going downhill may be a good thing for your body
NEW ORLEANS - If exercise is too much of an uphill battle, you may want to try the downside.

Lack of caffeine can cause severe withdrawal
AMARILLO, Texas - Coffee, soft drinks, tea, chocolate. They're all loaded with caffeine. And, it's a widely known fact that people consume caffeine to give them a lift - a legal buzz.

Cosmetic procedures are gaining among men
PORTLAND, Ore. - Craig Sowash, a 43-year-old sales manager with a pulp and paper company, says he feels more confident with customers ever since he had the wrinkles on his face smoothed out with a few injections.

Magazine names Seattle as fittest city, Houston as fattest
SEATTLE - Must be something in the coffee. Seattle has been named the fittest city in the United States in the February issue of Men's Fitness magazine, leaping past the buff competition from Honolulu, Colorado Springs, San Francisco and Denver.

Cosmetic procedures are gaining among men
PORTLAND, Ore. - Craig Sowash, a 43-year-old sales manager with a pulp and paper company, says he feels more confident with customers ever since he had the wrinkles on his face smoothed out with a few injections.

Lack of caffeine can cause severe withdrawal
AMARILLO, Texas - Coffee, soft drinks, tea, chocolate. They're all loaded with caffeine. And, it's a widely known fact that people consume caffeine to give them a lift - a legal buzz.

New LaCrosse replaces Buick Regal and Century
It's out with the old Century and on to a new ride at Buick.

Extra copies of gene help protect from AIDS
WASHINGTON - Having extra copies of a gene that produces a blocking protein helps protect people from AIDS, a finding that may explain why some people are more susceptible to the disease than others, a new study reports.

Ford unveils convertible version of new Mustang
DETROIT - Coming off the successful launch of its all-new 2005 Ford Mustang, Ford Motor Co. is preparing to show off the latest ragtop version of the legendary sports car.

New LaCrosse replaces Buick Regal and Century
It's out with the old Century and on to a new ride at Buick.

Drulia imposes mind games to stimulate Lynx
The ECHL playoffs don't begin until April 12. For most people in Augusta, that probably seems like an eternity away - what with the Augusta Futurity and the Masters Tournament still to go.

Drulia imposes mind games to stimulate Lynx

Drulia imposes mind games to stimulate Lynx
The ECHL playoffs don't begin until April 12. For most people in Augusta, that probably seems like an eternity away - what with the Augusta Futurity and the Masters Tournament still to go.

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

Abduction suspect surrenders

Service to Georgia marked career
Former Congressman Ronald Bryan "Bo" Ginn, credited with bringing big federal projects to his south Georgia district, died Thursday of pneumonia at University Hospital. He was 70 years old.

Abduction suspect surrenders
Richmond County Sheriff's Office investigators believe a 37-year-old Augusta woman they say was kidnapped by her husband Wednesday morning is in danger.

Kid of the Day
Tim Salizzoni is today's Kid of the Day.

Upcoming events
INDUCTION BANQUET: 6:30 p.m. Saturday; Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta, 2 10th St.; inductees for the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame are David Boyd, Charles Harper and Lyn Lott; $90 a person, or $800 table of 10; 724-4443.

Carlton vows to build on legacy
AIKEN - Tim Carlton was sworn in Wednesday as Aiken County's first newly elected coroner in 22 years, a courthouse ceremony tempered by memories of the late Sue Townsend.

Pet of the Week

Perdue inserts teacher raises

Gas affects curious residents

Dentist is indicted on murder charge
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - A Gwinnett County grand jury indicted Barton Corbin on murder charges Wednesday in the death of his wife, who was found in the couple's home last month.

Reaction to raise proposal is mixed

Upcoming events
Tuesday's music live: Noon Tuesdays; St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds St.; David Stern, Tuesday; $7 for meal, reservation required for lunch, music free; 722-3463.

Ex-congressman Ginn dies

Mistaken surveyors cut convent's trees
Sisters from an Augusta convent say they have maintained a good relationship with the Richmond County Board of Education - until now.

Upcoming events
Tuesday's music live: Noon Tuesdays; St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds St.; David Stern, Tuesday; $7 for meal, reservation required for lunch, music free; 722-3463.

Lawmaker promises productive session
COLUMBIA - A lawmaker key to shaping how the South Carolina Senate does business said Thursday that its rules would change during this year's session, which starts Tuesday.

Reunions
PAINE COLLEGE UPWARD BOUND BANQUET: Seeking Paine College Upward Bound Bridge students from 1974, 1984, 1994; contact Debbie Murphy, 821-8270 or murphyd@mail.paine.ed.

Police jail 3 over fake license

Pet of the Week
Lolli-Pup, an 8-week-old shepherd mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia. Adoptions are held at PETsMART in Aiken from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and at PETsMART in Augusta from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturdays.

Characters in Brown's books for children are based on family

Augusta State University dean's list
The following students have been named to the summer dean's list at Augusta State University:

Kid of the Day
Justin Bradley is today's Kid of the Day.

Characters in Brown's books for children are based on family
Five year-old Taylor Mitchell loves the children's book series Arthur and the corresponding cartoon on public broadcasting.

Richmond County school lunch menu
TODAY: Breakfast pocket, fruit or juice and milk *Sausage biscuit and hash browns

Events
Pianist Robert Plano will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre at Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way. Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for pupils kindergarten through 12th grade and free for ASU faculty members, staffers and students. For more information, call 736-9098.

Clubs
TOWN AND COUNTRY CLUB MEETING: 9:30 a.m. today; The Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway, Aiken; free; (803) 648-5139

Clubs
TOWN AND COUNTRY CLUB MEETING: 9:30 a.m. today; The Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway, Aiken; free; (803) 648-5139

Evacuation centers
The following evacuation centers are open for those needing assistance:

Tiny cleaner works magic on flag

Perdue inserts teacher raises
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue announced Wednesday that he will include a 2 percent pay raise for teachers and state employees in the budget proposal he is sending to lawmakers next week.

Clubs

Police suspect drugs in slaying
Augusta's first homicide of the year might have been over drugs, Richmond County sheriff's investigators say.

Dentist is indicted on murder charge

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

FBI joins in search for missing woman

ANIC will help people buy homes
The Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. is ready to start helping people with marginal credit buy homes.

Centenarian thrives on family's love, attention

Events

Across the region
ATLANTA - A spectator at the Georgia Dome was injured by a stray bullet, which apparently came through the roof of the stadium after being fired into the air.

Georgia appeals court greets 1st black chief

Across the area
A second man was arrested Tuesday in connection with the shooting death of a 30-year-old Harlem man at a home on Cook Street in Harlem on Monday evening.

Across the region

Kid of the Day

Club's program will teach life skills to teens, preteens
The Boys and Girls Club on 15th Avenue is offering a new program to help teens and preteens.

Slaying victim's name is released
Officials on Wednesday released the name of the first homicide victim this year in Augusta.

News you can use
­Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

Tiny cleaner works magic on flag
Gordon Blaker calls it "the world's tiniest vacuum cleaner." In reality, the high-tech gadget is a cleaning tool used to extract flecks of dirt from fabric so old and fragile that it can crumble with a mere touch.

Perdue inserts teacher raises
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue announced Wednesday that he will include a 2 percent pay raise for teachers and state employees in the budget proposal he is sending to lawmakers next week.

Woman loses weight; gains self-esteem

Mistaken surveyors cut convent's trees
Sisters from an Augusta convent say they have maintained a good relationship with the Richmond County Board of Education - until now.

Mobile laptop computer lab helps school stay connected

Georgia board delays vote on toll proposal
ATLANTA - Faced with mounting public opposition, the state Department of Transportation Board on Wednesday postponed its decision on whether to allow a private developer to turn Georgia Highway 316 into a limited-access tollway.

Carlton vows to build on legacy
AIKEN - Tim Carlton was sworn in Wednesday as Aiken County's first newly elected coroner in 22 years, a courthouse ceremony tempered by memories of the late Sue Townsend.

Across the Southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. - It's not unusual for January in North Carolina to include a taste of spring, but the new year's run of warm weather is expected to extend well into next week, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service said Thursday.

Billboard rules will change

Characters in Brown's books for children are based on family
Five year-old Taylor Mitchell loves the children's book series Arthur and the corresponding cartoon on public broadcasting.

Augusta State University graduates

Events in Georgia and South Carolina
Events in the Aiken-Augusta area.

Mistaken surveyors cut convent's trees

S.C. train crash causes chemical spill, kills one
Two trains collided early Thursday morning in the Granitevill area spilling hazardous chemicals.

Augusta State University graduates
The following students received degrees at the fall commencement exercises for Augusta State University:

Across the area
A second man was arrested Tuesday in connection with the shooting death of a 30-year-old Harlem man at a home on Cook Street in Harlem on Monday evening.

Major upgrades are being made to library system
While the usual concerts, reading programs and computer classes will continue at Richmond County's public libraries, new programs, activities and a new library are in the works for 2005.

Dentist is indicted on murder charge
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - A Gwinnett County grand jury indicted Barton Corbin on murder charges Wednesday in the death of his wife, who was found in the couple's home last month.

Centenarian thrives on family's love, attention
Mose Crawford has accumulated a lot in his 100 years of living, and he has the family to prove it.

Courts
Superior court sentencings, paroles, marriage licences and divorces.

Mobile laptop computer lab helps school stay connected
The staff at Episcopal Day School wants its pupils to have access to computers and the Internet from anywhere on campus.

Billboard rules will change
ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Trans-portation will no longer risk losing $66 million in federal roadway funding after agreeing Wednesday to change the state's regulations governing the placement of billboards along rural stretches of interstates and highways.

Woman loses weight; gains self-esteem
Growing up overweight, Jill Satterfield endured more than her share of rude remarks and cold stares, she said.

Students get a chance at early college work
Ninth-graders can begin their college careers when they start high school under a new program coming to the Richmond County school district this fall.

News you can use

Across the area
A Columbia County grand jury has indicted an Evans teen on several child molestation charges, according to court documents released Thursday.

Investigators prepare to enter train wreck 'hot zone'

Across Georgia
Limit on gay marriage suit angers sponsor

Woman loses weight; gains self-esteem
Growing up overweight, Jill Satterfield endured more than her share of rude remarks and cold stares, she said.

Wreck, poisonous gas kill 8 in Graniteville
GRANITEVILLE - At least eight people died and more than 260 sought treatment for exposure to deadly chlorine gas released after a chemical-laden freight train slammed into a parked locomotive in Graniteville early Thursday, officials said.

Mobile laptop computer lab helps school stay connected
The staff at Episcopal Day School wants its pupils to have access to computers and the Internet from anywhere on campus.

Slaying victim's name is released
Officials on Wednesday released the name of the first homicide victim this year in Augusta.

Centenarian thrives on family's love, attention
Mose Crawford has accumulated a lot in his 100 years of living, and he has the family to prove it.

Educator's family sets up scholarship

Closings for Friday, January 7th
Today is a district in-service day for Aiken County Public Schools faculty and staff. Pupils do not report to school.

Spending plan puts schools at top of list

News you can use

Evacuation centers

Slaying victim's name is released

Georgia board delays vote on toll proposal

Kid of the Day

St. Marys home expects windfall

Upcoming events

Across the Southeast

Courts

Closings for Friday, January 7th

Investigators prepare to enter train wreck 'hot zone'
GRANITEVILLE -- Officials are busy organizing teams and making plans on how to proceed with the investigation of Thursday morning's train wreck that released deadly chlorine gas.

ANIC will help people buy homes

S.C. train crash causes chemical spill, kills one

Area often sees hazardous cargo

Spending plan puts schools at top of list
COLUMBIA -- Gov. Mark Sanford on Wednesday unveiled his $5.3 billion budget proposal for the next fiscal year, an ambitious plan aimed at saving taxpayers money and time.

Service to Georgia marked career

Officers evacuate area near train wreck
GRANITEVILLE -- Author­ities have ordered an evacuation of an estimated 5,400 residents living within a mile radius of the wreck of a freight train carrying 90 tons of deadly chlorine. They say they are concerned about gas that continues to leak from a ruptured tank car.

Events in Georgia and South Carolina
Events in the Aiken-Augusta area.

FBI joins in search for missing woman
The FBI is now involved in the search for an Augusta woman believed to have been kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend.

Software aims to help tracking

Police jail 3 over fake license
Roommates George Tamazash-vili and Giorgi Tsomaia say they were just being friendly when they offered to help a neighbor register her vehicle last week.

Officers evacuate area near train wreck

Georgia appeals court greets 1st black chief
ATLANTA - John H. Ruffin Jr., a Waynesboro native who fought for civil rights during his career as a lawyer in private practice, made history Wednesday when he was sworn in as the first black chief judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals.

Across South Carolina

Billboard rules will change
ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Trans-portation will no longer risk losing $66 million in federal roadway funding after agreeing Wednesday to change the state's regulations governing the placement of billboards along rural stretches of interstates and highways.

Lawmaker promises productive session

Educator's family sets up scholarship
Family and friends of John Charles Allen Sr. took steps this week to make sure education is an important part of his legacy, as it was in his life.

Wreck, poisonous gas kill 8 in Graniteville

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Students get a chance at early college work

Reaction to raise proposal is mixed
ATLANTA - State workers and teachers aren't likely to buy yachts and expensive sports cars with the pay raises Gov. Sonny Perdue is proposing for them, because their 2 percent boost is below the projected rise in inflation and private-sector compensation.

Across the area

Augusta State University graduates
The following students received degrees at the fall commencement exercises for Augusta State University:

Avondale employee reported missing after train wreck

Events
Pianist Robert Plano will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre at Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way. Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for pupils kindergarten through 12th grade and free for ASU faculty members, staffers and students. For more information, call 736-9098.

New college campus confirmed

Pet of the Week
Lolli-Pup, an 8-week-old shepherd mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia. Adoptions are held at PETsMART in Aiken from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and at PETsMART in Augusta from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturdays.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Upcoming events
INDUCTION BANQUET: 6:30 p.m. Saturday; Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta, 2 10th St.; inductees for the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame are David Boyd, Charles Harper and Lyn Lott; $90 a person, or $800 table of 10; 724-4443.

News you can use
­Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Courts
Superior court sentencings, paroles, marriage licences and divorces.

Students get a chance at early college work
Ninth-graders can begin their college careers when they start high school under a new program coming to the Richmond County school district this fall.

Ex-congressman Ginn dies
Former U.S. Rep. Ronald Bryan "Bo" Ginn died today at University Hospital. He was 70 years old.

Kid of the Day
Tim Salizzoni is today's Kid of the Day.

Spending plan puts schools at top of list
COLUMBIA -- Gov. Mark Sanford on Wednesday unveiled his $5.3 billion budget proposal for the next fiscal year, an ambitious plan aimed at saving taxpayers money and time.

Closings for Friday, January 7th
Today is a district in-service day for Aiken County Public Schools faculty and staff. Pupils do not report to school.

Kid of the Day
Justin Bradley is today's Kid of the Day.

St. Marys home expects windfall
ST. MARYS, Ga. - The 2004 Home & Garden Dream Home might have gotten more attention than any house from the region last year. But now it's time for another St. Marys home to step into the spotlight.

FBI joins in search for missing woman
The FBI is now involved in the search for an Augusta woman believed to have been kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Police jail 3 over fake license
Roommates George Tamazash-vili and Giorgi Tsomaia say they were just being friendly when they offered to help a neighbor register her vehicle last week.

Area often sees hazardous cargo
Augusta's distinction as a chemical manufacturing hub also makes it an area of concern for safeguarding hazardous materials against transportation accidents.

Georgia appeals court greets 1st black chief
ATLANTA - John H. Ruffin Jr., a Waynesboro native who fought for civil rights during his career as a lawyer in private practice, made history Wednesday when he was sworn in as the first black chief judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals.

Across the Southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. - It's not unusual for January in North Carolina to include a taste of spring, but the new year's run of warm weather is expected to extend well into next week, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service said Thursday.

Georgia board delays vote on toll proposal
ATLANTA - Faced with mounting public opposition, the state Department of Transportation Board on Wednesday postponed its decision on whether to allow a private developer to turn Georgia Highway 316 into a limited-access tollway.

Across the area
A Columbia County grand jury has indicted an Evans teen on several child molestation charges, according to court documents released Thursday.

Across the region
ATLANTA - A spectator at the Georgia Dome was injured by a stray bullet, which apparently came through the roof of the stadium after being fired into the air.

Across South Carolina
HARTSVILLE - About 100 employees will lose jobs when Hilex Poly Co. LLC closes its manufacturing facility this fall.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

New college campus confirmed
Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue confirmed Thursday the release of $4.6 million in state funds to build an Augusta Technical College campus in Columbia County.

Educator's family sets up scholarship
Family and friends of John Charles Allen Sr. took steps this week to make sure education is an important part of his legacy, as it was in his life.

ANIC will help people buy homes
The Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. is ready to start helping people with marginal credit buy homes.

Abduction suspect surrenders
Richmond County Sheriff's Office investigators believe a 37-year-old Augusta woman they say was kidnapped by her husband Wednesday morning is in danger.

Software aims to help tracking
ATLANTA - Ten years and $34 million after Georgia began planning a computer system to keep up with child-abuse complaints and children in state custody, Department of Human Resources officials say they're close to achieving the goal.

St. Marys home expects windfall
ST. MARYS, Ga. - The 2004 Home & Garden Dream Home might have gotten more attention than any house from the region last year. But now it's time for another St. Marys home to step into the spotlight.

Lawmaker promises productive session
COLUMBIA - A lawmaker key to shaping how the South Carolina Senate does business said Thursday that its rules would change during this year's session, which starts Tuesday.

Area often sees hazardous cargo
Augusta's distinction as a chemical manufacturing hub also makes it an area of concern for safeguarding hazardous materials against transportation accidents.

Gas affects curious residents
AIKEN - Esther Pierpont was struggling to lull herself to sleep when the booming blast of a freight train wreck rattled her home.

Across South Carolina
HARTSVILLE - About 100 employees will lose jobs when Hilex Poly Co. LLC closes its manufacturing facility this fall.

Wreck, poisonous gas kill 8 in Graniteville
GRANITEVILLE - At least eight people died and more than 260 sought treatment for exposure to deadly chlorine gas released after a chemical-laden freight train slammed into a parked locomotive in Graniteville early Thursday, officials said.

Software aims to help tracking
ATLANTA - Ten years and $34 million after Georgia began planning a computer system to keep up with child-abuse complaints and children in state custody, Department of Human Resources officials say they're close to achieving the goal.

Service to Georgia marked career
Former Congressman Ronald Bryan "Bo" Ginn, credited with bringing big federal projects to his south Georgia district, died Thursday of pneumonia at University Hospital. He was 70 years old.

New college campus confirmed
Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue confirmed Thursday the release of $4.6 million in state funds to build an Augusta Technical College campus in Columbia County.

Avondale employee reported missing after train wreck
AIKEN -- An Avondale Mills employee was reported missing this morning, and officials renewed searches for Graniteville residents who might have fallen ill or been killed by the cloud of chlorine gas released after a train wreck Thursday morning.

Gas affects curious residents
AIKEN - Esther Pierpont was struggling to lull herself to sleep when the booming blast of a freight train wreck rattled her home.

Major upgrades are being made to library system

Reaction to raise proposal is mixed
ATLANTA - State workers and teachers aren't likely to buy yachts and expensive sports cars with the pay raises Gov. Sonny Perdue is proposing for them, because their 2 percent boost is below the projected rise in inflation and private-sector compensation.

Events in Georgia and South Carolina

Civil trial begins in case of bank loan battle
A battle for potentially as much as $60 million began in Richmond County Superior Court this week.

Upcoming events

Major upgrades are being made to library system
While the usual concerts, reading programs and computer classes will continue at Richmond County's public libraries, new programs, activities and a new library are in the works for 2005.

Across the area

Carlton vows to build on legacy

Tiny cleaner works magic on flag
Gordon Blaker calls it "the world's tiniest vacuum cleaner." In reality, the high-tech gadget is a cleaning tool used to extract flecks of dirt from fabric so old and fragile that it can crumble with a mere touch.

Even the old way was better than BCS
Stick a Roman numeral on it. The BCS is that pretentious - and that bad.

Even the old way was better than BCS
Stick a Roman numeral on it. The BCS is that pretentious - and that bad.

'Super' grass grown in Georgia
There has always been a certain degree of inequity that the so-called neutral site of the annual Georgia-Florida football game is anything but.

'Super' grass grown in Georgia
There has always been a certain degree of inequity that the so-called neutral site of the annual Georgia-Florida football game is anything but.

Mini reviews

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

At the Movies: 'White Noise'
White noise is intended to help you fall asleep. "White Noise" would never let you do that, though.

DVD releases get helpful boost from extra features
The days of popping a tape are all but over.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

'Riding Giants' documents the obsessive quest for big waves
Like the razor-edged reefs and dangerous currents that create the surf so central to its story, the power of Riding Giants, a cinematic history of big wave surfing, lies beneath the surface.

DVD releases get helpful boost from extra features

New on DVD
Here's a look at what's new in DVD releases, and a schedule of what's coming to DVD and video:

'Riding Giants' documents the obsessive quest for big waves
Like the razor-edged reefs and dangerous currents that create the surf so central to its story, the power of Riding Giants, a cinematic history of big wave surfing, lies beneath the surface.

Scorsese, Eastwood among nominees for Directors Guild
LOS ANGELES - Martin Scorsese, shut out five times previously for the top prize from his filmmaking peers, has earned another shot at the Directors Guild of America Awards.

'Kinsey' is a candid look at groundbreaking scientist

'Kinsey' is a candid look at groundbreaking scientist
In 'Kinsey,' Liam Neeson gives a wryly funny, deeply moving performance as Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey, the zoologist who turned from his obsessive study of the gall wasp to an equally obsessive study of humans and sex.

'Riding Giants' documents the obsessive quest for big waves

'Kinsey' is a candid look at groundbreaking scientist
In 'Kinsey,' Liam Neeson gives a wryly funny, deeply moving performance as Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey, the zoologist who turned from his obsessive study of the gall wasp to an equally obsessive study of humans and sex.

DVD releases get helpful boost from extra features
The days of popping a tape are all but over.

Augusta has many performance venues

Augusta has many performance venues
Augusta's epicenter for hip-hop, Club Malibu is a favorite for touring rap artists, particularly those with Southern-fried roots. Recent bookings include Trick Daddy, the Ying Yang Twins, Chingy and, because man does not live by beats alone, jazz singer A. London Arrington. For more information, call (404) 401-9991.

Mario tops the charts with new song and style
NEW YORK - "Turning Point" is more than the title of Mario's sophomore CD. Now 18, the R&B crooner is making the transition from boyhood to manhood.

Augusta has many performance venues
Augusta's epicenter for hip-hop, Club Malibu is a favorite for touring rap artists, particularly those with Southern-fried roots. Recent bookings include Trick Daddy, the Ying Yang Twins, Chingy and, because man does not live by beats alone, jazz singer A. London Arrington. For more information, call (404) 401-9991.

Sonic spotlight: Keith Jenkins

Sonic spotlight: Keith Jenkins
Keith JenkinsAGE: 30HOMETOWN: AugustaDAY JOB: Guitarist for James Brown

Mario tops the charts with new song and style
NEW YORK - "Turning Point" is more than the title of Mario's sophomore CD. Now 18, the R&B crooner is making the transition from boyhood to manhood.

Sonic spotlight: Keith Jenkins
Keith Jenkins AGE: 30 HOMETOWN: Augusta DAY JOB: Guitarist for James Brown

Singer Ashlee Simpson booed at Orange Bowl halftime
NEW YORK - Ashlee Simpson's Orange Bowl halftime performance was a lemon, according to the 72,000-plus Miami crowd. The 20-year-old singer received a discernible chorus of boos following a performance of her song "La La."

Artists, musicians blend work for Mission showcase
An eclectic gathering of bands, artists and DJs is ready to party like it's 1969.

Mario tops the charts with new song and style

Artists, musicians blend work for Mission showcase

Artists, musicians blend work for Mission showcase
An eclectic gathering of bands, artists and DJs is ready to party like it's 1969.

Jourdain to switch to Busch series

Drivers must use HANS device

Newsmaker: Ricky Rudd

Drivers must use HANS device
ATLANTA - Tony Stewart reluctantly wore the Hutchens head-and-neck restraining device after NASCAR made them mandatory in 2001. He even tried to get the last laugh by wearing it under his tuxedo during the season-ending awards ceremony.

Jourdain to switch to Busch series
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Champ Car driver Michel Jourdain Jr. signed a deal Thursday with Ford Motorsports to switch to NASCAR and run the full Busch series schedule this season.

Will the Chase hurt Daytona?
ATLANTA - The new year means one thing in the racing business: It's time to get back to work.

Newsmaker: Ricky Rudd
ATLANTA - Ricky Rudd, 48, isn't like many of the other veterans on the Nextel Cup Series. He's not thinking about retiring, and he feels the Wood Brothers Racing team is on the right track to returning to Victory Lane.

Newsmaker: Ricky Rudd
ATLANTA - Ricky Rudd, 48, isn't like many of the other veterans on the Nextel Cup Series. He's not thinking about retiring, and he feels the Wood Brothers Racing team is on the right track to returning to Victory Lane.

Will the Chase hurt Daytona?

Drivers must use HANS device
ATLANTA - Tony Stewart reluctantly wore the Hutchens head-and-neck restraining device after NASCAR made them mandatory in 2001. He even tried to get the last laugh by wearing it under his tuxedo during the season-ending awards ceremony.

Will the Chase hurt Daytona?
ATLANTA - The new year means one thing in the racing business: It's time to get back to work.

Jourdain to switch to Busch series
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Champ Car driver Michel Jourdain Jr. signed a deal Thursday with Ford Motorsports to switch to NASCAR and run the full Busch series schedule this season.

O'Neal happy about Heat's hot start
MIAMI - A wisecracking Shaquille O'Neal is a happy Shaquille O'Neal, and the Miami Heat center is firing off plenty of one-liners these days.

O'Neal happy about Heat's hot start
MIAMI - A wisecracking Shaquille O'Neal is a happy Shaquille O'Neal, and the Miami Heat center is firing off plenty of one-liners these days.

Fans shunning Kobe Bryant's jersey
PORTLAND, Ore. - Kobe Bryant is no longer a fashion icon. For the last month, Bryant's No. 8 Lakers jersey - previously one of the best sellers in the world - has fallen out of the top 50, according to point-of-sale data tabulated by a Florida market research firm.

Fans shunning Kobe Bryant's jersey

Fans shunning Kobe Bryant's jersey
PORTLAND, Ore. - Kobe Bryant is no longer a fashion icon. For the last month, Bryant's No. 8 Lakers jersey - previously one of the best sellers in the world - has fallen out of the top 50, according to point-of-sale data tabulated by a Florida market research firm.

O'Neal happy about Heat's hot start

Wilson enjoys a tough battle
In search of its first win in nearly a month, the Augusta State women's basketball team got a little defensive. That's the way Lady Jaguars coach Greg Wilson, like most other coaches, likes it.

Duke reaches 10-0 despite depleted roster
DURHAM, N.C. - DeMarcus Nelson came to Duke as a can't-miss backcourt prospect, the career scoring leader in California prep history.

Duke reaches 10-0 despite depleted roster
DURHAM, N.C. - DeMarcus Nelson came to Duke as a can't-miss backcourt prospect, the career scoring leader in California prep history.

Wilson enjoys a tough battle
In search of its first win in nearly a month, the Augusta State women's basketball team got a little defensive. That's the way Lady Jaguars coach Greg Wilson, like most other coaches, likes it.

Coalition gathers to fight fraud
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A proposal to fight academic fraud by having colleges monitor student-athletes' courses, instructors and grades will be part of a reform plan considered today when the Coalition for Intercollegiate Athletics opens its first meeting.

Coalition gathers to fight fraud
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A proposal to fight academic fraud by having colleges monitor student-athletes' courses, instructors and grades will be part of a reform plan considered today when the Coalition for Intercollegiate Athletics opens its first meeting.

Champ adds AP All-Pro to list of honors

Manning easily wins first Offensive Player award

Falcons' bye week gives ample time for recovery

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Jacqueline Elizabeth Neal    (EVANS, Ga.)

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Mrs. Alberta Bush (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

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Ms. Beverly Travis (MIAMI, Fla.)

Jacqueline Elizabeth Neal (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Alexander Thompson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Shaw Ann Farmer (HEPHIZIBAH, Ga.)

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Mr. Marvin Ray Densmore (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Emily Christine Smith King ( NEWTON, N.C.)

Mrs. Clifford Juanita Reid (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Christine Lewis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ellen G. McCain Griffin (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Bobby Keith, Sr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Russell B. Grant (CHESAPEAKE, Va.)

Miss Angela E. Donoughe (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Clifford William Garzzillo (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mr. Dexter F. Butts (HARLEM, Ga.)

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Mr. James Williamson (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie Marie Preston (EVANS, Ga.)

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Mr. Marion Murray (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Diane Dubose (PHILADELPHIA, PA.)

Mrs. Bernice Wilson (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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Mrs. Roselia Anderson (EVANS, Ga.)

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Jones follows lead of father

Announcements

Announcements

Jones follows lead of father
Tom Moraetes still remembers the day five years ago when a familiar looking little boy walked into his gym.

Overtime
Georgia junior Thomas Davis has decided to leave school early to enter the NFL Draft, his high school coach told two newspapers.

Overtime
Georgia junior Thomas Davis has decided to leave school early to enter the NFL Draft, his high school coach told two newspapers.

Announcements

Jones follows lead of father
Tom Moraetes still remembers the day five years ago when a familiar looking little boy walked into his gym.

Overtime
For the first time in school history, Augusta State is nationally ranked in a preseason baseball poll.

Argentina beats Russia in Hopman Cup
PERTH, Australia - Guillermo Coria and Gisela Dulko beat French Open champion Anastasia Myskina and Marat Safin 6-2, 6-0 in mixed doubles Wednesday to give Argentina a 2-1 victory over top-seeded Russia at the Hopman Cup.

Overtime
For the first time in school history, Augusta State is nationally ranked in a preseason baseball poll.

Falcons' bye week gives ample time for recovery
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - It wasn't exactly comparable to solitary confinement, but Cory Hall felt as if he emerged from a dark hole when he left his Suwanee home Thursday morning.

Champ adds AP All-Pro to list of honors
DENVER - Winning awards is nothing new to Broncos cornerback and former Georgia star Champ Bailey. Being chosen an Associated Press first-team All-Pro certainly is, though.

Manning easily wins first Offensive Player award
NEW YORK - Peyton Manning was a runaway winner of The Associated Press 2004 NFL Offensive Player of the Year - as if there could be any doubt.

Manning easily wins first Offensive Player award
NEW YORK - Peyton Manning was a runaway winner of The Associated Press 2004 NFL Offensive Player of the Year - as if there could be any doubt.

Champ adds AP All-Pro to list of honors
DENVER - Winning awards is nothing new to Broncos cornerback and former Georgia star Champ Bailey. Being chosen an Associated Press first-team All-Pro certainly is, though.

Falcons' bye week gives ample time for recovery
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - It wasn't exactly comparable to solitary confinement, but Cory Hall felt as if he emerged from a dark hole when he left his Suwanee home Thursday morning.

Country music experienced its share of highs and lows during past year

Country music experienced its share of highs and lows during past year
Before we leave 2004 behind, let's take a look at some high and low points that took place last year in the world of country music:

Country music experienced its share of highs and lows during past year
Before we leave 2004 behind, let's take a look at some high and low points that took place last year in the world of country music:

Even the old way was better than BCS

'Super' grass grown in Georgia

Place on registry means films will be saved

PBS' 'Now': A new season and a new host
NEW YORK - There are changes afoot as PBS' "Now" begins its new season.

PBS' Tavis Smiley looks for new season of diversity

PBS' Tavis Smiley looks for new season of diversity
LOS ANGELES - As Tavis Smiley begins the second season of his PBS talk show, his guest list isn't lacking for high-profile personalities.

PBS' 'Now': A new season and a new host
NEW YORK - There are changes afoot as PBS' "Now" begins its new season.

PBS' 'Now': A new season and a new host

PBS' Tavis Smiley looks for new season of diversity
LOS ANGELES - As Tavis Smiley begins the second season of his PBS talk show, his guest list isn't lacking for high-profile personalities.

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William Hung wants good-guy only roles

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Jude Law to marry actress Sienna Miller

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Davis leaving Georgia for draft
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia junior Thomas Davis has decided to leave school early to enter the NFL draft, his high school coach told two newspapers.

Thurman becomes latest 'Dog to leave
ATHENS, Ga. - The makeover of the Georgia defense for the 2005 season continued Wednesday with the departure of a third top playmaker from the unit.

Place on registry means films will be saved
Here are the film industry's tragic statistics: More than 90 percent of the movies made before 1920 have been lost forever. More than half the movies made before 1950 are gone. Each day, more films disappear, victims of poor storage, unstable film stock and, often, apathy.

Place on registry means films will be saved
Here are the film industry's tragic statistics: More than 90 percent of the movies made before 1920 have been lost forever. More than half the movies made before 1950 are gone. Each day, more films disappear, victims of poor storage, unstable film stock and, often, apathy.

Luck might be in the mustache

Pacers stumble in opener

Pacers stumble in opener
AIKEN - Coaching change 1, Pacers 0. In its first game since the resignation of eighth-year head coach Mike Roberts last week, USC Aiken opened sluggish and fell short in interim coach Steve Franklin's debut Wednesday night.

Pacers stumble in opener
AIKEN - Coaching change 1, Pacers 0. In its first game since the resignation of eighth-year head coach Mike Roberts last week, USC Aiken opened sluggish and fell short in interim coach Steve Franklin's debut Wednesday night.

Luck might be in the mustache
AIKEN - Benazura Serbecic doesn't approve. She didn't from Day 1.

Luck might be in the mustache
AIKEN - Benazura Serbecic doesn't approve. She didn't from Day 1.

Odds and Ends

Mistrial declared after doctor on trial aids collapsed juror