Museum briefs
PHILADELPHIA - A third century of American art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts opens with a retrospective of its history hung on new walls.

'Unforgivable Blackness' pulls no punches

Museum briefs
PHILADELPHIA - A third century of American art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts opens with a retrospective of its history hung on new walls.

Two kinds of Kafka appear among new-book choices
A new novel follows a teenager named Kafka as he searches for his mother, while a new nonfiction book searches among the works of another Kafka - Franz Kafka, the Czech-Austrian novelist and short-story writer.

Two kinds of Kafka appear among new-book choices

'Unforgivable Blackness' pulls no punches
Long before Cassius Clay had the nerve to change his name to Muhammad Ali and fight the military draft in the 1960s, another black heavyweight boxer inflamed the passions of his era.

Planned openings of Broadway shows
NEW YORK - A list of Broadway shows planning openings in the second half of the 2004-2005 theater season.

Book tells '100-year-secret' years early
As World War II was ending, many of its horrors were already known. Others were just becoming known, and still others were happening unnecessarily close to the war's end.

'At Risk' focuses on today's war on terror

'At Risk' focuses on today's war on terror
LONDON - Stella Rimington, who directed Britain's MI5 spy agency during a high point of IRA terrorism in the 1990s, has never liked the way that James Bond movies portray secret agents.

Book tells '100-year-secret' years early

'Unforgivable Blackness' pulls no punches
Long before Cassius Clay had the nerve to change his name to Muhammad Ali and fight the military draft in the 1960s, another black heavyweight boxer inflamed the passions of his era.

Preschooler making mark with abstract paintings
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Newcomer Marla Olmstead is receiving high praise in some corners of the art world. Critics describe her modernist paintings as laden with emotion. They rave how she makes colors interact with intensity. And her pieces are selling - some for as much as $15,000.

Planned openings of Broadway shows

Museum briefs

Preschooler making mark with abstract paintings

Preschooler making mark with abstract paintings
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Newcomer Marla Olmstead is receiving high praise in some corners of the art world. Critics describe her modernist paintings as laden with emotion. They rave how she makes colors interact with intensity. And her pieces are selling - some for as much as $15,000.

Book tells '100-year-secret' years early
As World War II was ending, many of its horrors were already known. Others were just becoming known, and still others were happening unnecessarily close to the war's end.

Planned openings of Broadway shows
NEW YORK - A list of Broadway shows planning openings in the second half of the 2004-2005 theater season.

Two kinds of Kafka appear among new-book choices
A new novel follows a teenager named Kafka as he searches for his mother, while a new nonfiction book searches among the works of another Kafka - Franz Kafka, the Czech-Austrian novelist and short-story writer.

'At Risk' focuses on today's war on terror
LONDON - Stella Rimington, who directed Britain's MI5 spy agency during a high point of IRA terrorism in the 1990s, has never liked the way that James Bond movies portray secret agents.

Kathlyn McKenzie Hammett

Nicholas Aidan Broach

Caleb Braeden Edl
David and Heather Edl of Aiken, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Caleb Braeden, born December 29, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Riley McKenna Olson
Bryan and Crystil Olson of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Riley McKenna, born, December 16, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Ashlyn Grace Sommers

William Seton Hattaway
Wayne and Amy Hattaway of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, William Seton, born, December 9, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Fredericka Imani Trottie

Brooks Butler Jenison, Reece Ellis Jenison and William Day Jenison
John (Jody) and Dani Jenison of North Augusta, proudly announce the birth of their triplet sons, Brooks Butler, Reece Ellis and William Day, born November 16, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mycah Kamar Bowles
Leonard and Lisa Bowles of Hephzibah, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Mycah Kamar, born December 22, 2004 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Paris Faith McElroy
Daniel and Nakeisha McElroy of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Paris Faith, born December 21, 2004 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Peyton Anne Thornhill

Te'Aira Sa'Nai Pitts
ToNeya Lattimore and Tyson Pitts are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Te'Aira SaNai, born December 17, 2004 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Riley McKenna Olson

Ashlyn Grace Sommers
Rich and Michelle Sommers of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ashlyn Grace, born December 27, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Caleb Braeden Edl

Caleb Braeden Edl
David and Heather Edl of Aiken, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Caleb Braeden, born December 29, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Ja'niya La'princia Allen-Perlote
Tequila R. Allen and Brandon Perlote of Thomson, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ja'niya La'princia, born December 30, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Fredericka Imani Trottie
Frederick and Nicole Trottie of Jackson, S.C., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Fredericka Imani, born December 29, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Paris Faith McElroy
Daniel and Nakeisha McElroy of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Paris Faith, born December 21, 2004 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Mycah Kamar Bowles
Leonard and Lisa Bowles of Hephzibah, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Mycah Kamar, born December 22, 2004 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Davian Markia Aaliyah Davis
Roy and Shonika Davis of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Davian Markia Aaliyah, born December 23, 2004 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Ja'niya La'princia Allen-Perlote
Tequila R. Allen and Brandon Perlote of Thomson, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ja'niya La'princia, born December 30, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

William Seton Hattaway

Kathlyn McKenzie Hammett
Larry and Kayce Hammett of Belvedere, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kathlyn McKenzie, born December 28, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Te'Aira Sa'Nai Pitts

Peyton Anne Thornhill
Danny and Penny Thornhill of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Peyton Anne, born December 30, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Camden Brooks Taylor

Brooks Butler Jenison, Reece Ellis Jenison and William Day Jenison
John (Jody) and Dani Jenison of North Augusta, proudly announce the birth of their triplet sons, Brooks Butler, Reece Ellis and William Day, born November 16, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Xavier Akil Clark-Walker

Riley McKenna Olson
Bryan and Crystil Olson of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Riley McKenna, born, December 16, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Tanner Scott Fiaugh

Camden Christopher Beckett
Shawn and Victoria Beckett of Hephzibah are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Camden Christopher, born January 3, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Camden Christopher Beckett

Nicholas Aidan Broach
Charles and Nina Broach of Warrenville, S.C., are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Nicholas Aidan, born December 17, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Ashlyn Grace Sommers
Rich and Michelle Sommers of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ashlyn Grace, born December 27, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Savannah Ann Hawkins
Kevin and Reva Hawkins of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Savannah Ann, born December 26, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Fredericka Imani Trottie
Frederick and Nicole Trottie of Jackson, S.C., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Fredericka Imani, born December 29, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Xavier Akil Clark-Walker
Sanchez and Cynthia Clark of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Xavier Akil, born December 29, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Te'Aira Sa'Nai Pitts
ToNeya Lattimore and Tyson Pitts are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Te'Aira SaNai, born December 17, 2004 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Kathlyn McKenzie Hammett
Larry and Kayce Hammett of Belvedere, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kathlyn McKenzie, born December 28, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Davian Markia Aaliyah Davis
Roy and Shonika Davis of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Davian Markia Aaliyah, born December 23, 2004 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Tyler Evan Tedesco
Keri and Anthony Tedesco are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tyler Evan, born December 20, 2004 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Emily Rae Crosby
Brian and Heather Crosby of Hephzibah, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emily Rae, born December 6, 2004 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Paris Faith McElroy

Gracyn Ann Gurley

Xavier Akil Clark-Walker
Sanchez and Cynthia Clark of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Xavier Akil, born December 29, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Tyler Evan Tedesco

William Seton Hattaway
Wayne and Amy Hattaway of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, William Seton, born, December 9, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Davian Markia Aaliyah Davis

Tanner Scott Fiaugh
Scott and Heather Fiaugh of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tanner Scott, born December 22, 2004 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Savannah Ann Hawkins

Camden Brooks Taylor
Heath and Wendi Taylor of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Camden Brooks, born December 14, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Ja'niya La'princia Allen-Perlote

Gracyn Ann Gurley
Tiffany and Chris Gurley of Harlem, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Gracyn Ann, born December 29, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mycah Kamar Bowles

Tyler Evan Tedesco
Keri and Anthony Tedesco are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tyler Evan, born December 20, 2004 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Tanner Scott Fiaugh
Scott and Heather Fiaugh of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tanner Scott, born December 22, 2004 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Peyton Anne Thornhill
Danny and Penny Thornhill of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Peyton Anne, born December 30, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Camden Brooks Taylor
Heath and Wendi Taylor of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Camden Brooks, born December 14, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Gracyn Ann Gurley
Tiffany and Chris Gurley of Harlem, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Gracyn Ann, born December 29, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Nicholas Aidan Broach
Charles and Nina Broach of Warrenville, S.C., are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Nicholas Aidan, born December 17, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Savannah Ann Hawkins
Kevin and Reva Hawkins of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Savannah Ann, born December 26, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Brooks Butler Jenison, Reece Ellis Jenison and William Day Jenison

Camden Christopher Beckett
Shawn and Victoria Beckett of Hephzibah are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Camden Christopher, born January 3, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Student, 11, locks out driver and takes school bus for a joyride
NORTON SHORES, Mich. - An 11-year-old boy took the wheel of a school bus after locking the driver out, and went on a spin that left behind a trail of smashed mailboxes and broken utility poles.

Man finds nail in skull 6 days after accident
LITTLETON, Colo. - A dentist found the source of the toothache Patrick Lawler was complaining about on the roof of his mouth: a four-inch nail the construction worker had unknowingly embedded in his skull six days earlier.

Student, 11, locks out driver and takes school bus for a joyride
NORTON SHORES, Mich. - An 11-year-old boy took the wheel of a school bus after locking the driver out, and went on a spin that left behind a trail of smashed mailboxes and broken utility poles.

KFC booming in world's most populous country

TiVo assailed as digital video recording options multiply
SAN JOSE, Calif. - TiVo has been synonymous with digital video recording since it pioneered the industry five years ago, controlling an estimated one-third of the market in 2004.

TiVo assailed as digital video recording options multiply
SAN JOSE, Calif. - TiVo has been synonymous with digital video recording since it pioneered the industry five years ago, controlling an estimated one-third of the market in 2004.

Small businesses are hiring in 2005

Man publishes almanac for urban dwellers
NEW YORK - Twenty years ago Eric Utne founded a magazine, the Utne Reader, that saved people vast amounts of time by compiling articles from all over the publishing world. Now, Utne has a new publishing venture, and time is still very much on his mind.

TiVo assailed as digital video recording options multiply

KFC booming in world's most populous country
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - China's relentless appetite for the colonel's chicken has KFC on a building boom in the world's most populous country, with 1,200 locations, soaring profits and a menu that mixes in bamboo shoots and lotus roots.

Man publishes almanac for urban dwellers

Man publishes almanac for urban dwellers
NEW YORK - Twenty years ago Eric Utne founded a magazine, the Utne Reader, that saved people vast amounts of time by compiling articles from all over the publishing world. Now, Utne has a new publishing venture, and time is still very much on his mind.

Consumers find little protection in states' lemon laws
Tom Gorta thought he was getting a great deal when he bought a 2004 Suzuki Verona for his children.

Consumers find little protection in states' lemon laws
Tom Gorta thought he was getting a great deal when he bought a 2004 Suzuki Verona for his children.

Dunkin' Donuts will stick with basics while it grows
BOSTON - With the addition of more espresso drinks to its menu, Dunkin' Donuts might look as if it's trying to be another Starbucks Corp.

Richmond County property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Dec. 29-Jan. 5. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Enigmatic billionaire funds his interests
SEATTLE - Most kids discard dreams of becoming an astronaut as fast as they abandon childhood toys. But when the kid is Paul Allen, and he grows from geek with smudged eyeglasses to one of the richest men in the world, dreams can become reality.

Enigmatic billionaire funds his interests
SEATTLE - Most kids discard dreams of becoming an astronaut as fast as they abandon childhood toys. But when the kid is Paul Allen, and he grows from geek with smudged eyeglasses to one of the richest men in the world, dreams can become reality.

KFC booming in world's most populous country
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - China's relentless appetite for the colonel's chicken has KFC on a building boom in the world's most populous country, with 1,200 locations, soaring profits and a menu that mixes in bamboo shoots and lotus roots.

Dunkin' Donuts will stick with basics while it grows
BOSTON - With the addition of more espresso drinks to its menu, Dunkin' Donuts might look as if it's trying to be another Starbucks Corp.

FDA set to decide, again, whether morning-after pill may be sold over the counter

Dunkin' Donuts will stick with basics while it grows

Small businesses are hiring in 2005
NEW YORK - At this time last year, Randy Herz wasn't planning to add any new employees at his estate planning and asset management firm. He thought it would be more prudent to invest money in technology.

Consumers find little protection in states' lemon laws

FDA set to decide, again, whether morning-after pill may be sold over the counter
WASHINGTON - The government is considering whether to make morning-after birth control available without a prescription, and like most issues that involve sex and pregnancy, it has generated heated debate.

Enigmatic billionaire funds his interests

Small businesses are hiring in 2005
NEW YORK - At this time last year, Randy Herz wasn't planning to add any new employees at his estate planning and asset management firm. He thought it would be more prudent to invest money in technology.

FDA set to decide, again, whether morning-after pill may be sold over the counter
WASHINGTON - The government is considering whether to make morning-after birth control available without a prescription, and like most issues that involve sex and pregnancy, it has generated heated debate.

Government deserves a colorful character

Government deserves a colorful character
To err is human. For it not to be your error is divine.

Government deserves a colorful character
To err is human. For it not to be your error is divine.

Lady Tigers fall to Virginia
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Virginia went on a second-half 17-4 run on its way to beating Clemson 68-49 in Atlantic Coast Conference action Sunday afternoon at University Hall.

Lady Tigers fall to Virginia

Lady Tigers fall to Virginia
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Virginia went on a second-half 17-4 run on its way to beating Clemson 68-49 in Atlantic Coast Conference action Sunday afternoon at University Hall.

SEC roundup

Southern Conference roundup

McCurry sinks last-second shot

Lucette's play scores victory

You don't have to listen
Steve Roberts once got caught in the Crossfire.

Faith-based aid works
In vampire lore, the creatures of the night are frightened away by a crucifix.

'We are one in spirit'
It was a remarkable sea of color and an inspiring blend of young voices Friday, when the choirs of Paine College, the Medical College of Georgia and Augusta State University sang as one for the first time.

You don't have to listen

A nuclear comeback?
President Bush, in a recent Wall Street Journal interview, said that a key element of his second-term energy program will call for constructing more nuclear power plants. He termed nuclear power as the nation's best renewable-energy source for the future.

Faith-based aid works
In vampire lore, the creatures of the night are frightened away by a crucifix.

'We are one in spirit'

A nuclear comeback?

'We are one in spirit'
It was a remarkable sea of color and an inspiring blend of young voices Friday, when the choirs of Paine College, the Medical College of Georgia and Augusta State University sang as one for the first time.

A nuclear comeback?
President Bush, in a recent Wall Street Journal interview, said that a key element of his second-term energy program will call for constructing more nuclear power plants. He termed nuclear power as the nation's best renewable-energy source for the future.

You don't have to listen
Steve Roberts once got caught in the Crossfire.

Faith-based aid works

People in the News
GREENWICH, Conn. - Mel Gibson has lost his bid to have a portion of his Connecticut estate classified as a farm.

Jerry Springer to host radio talk show
CINCINNATI - Jerry Springer has been a politician, television news anchorman and host of a raucous TV show. Now he can add radio talk show host to the list.

Foxx, Eastwood earn Golden Globe honors
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Jamie Foxx of "Ray," Hilary Swank of "Million Dollar Baby," Annette Bening of "Being Julia" and Leonardo DiCaprio of "The Aviator" won Golden Globes on Sunday, boosting their Academy Awards prospects.

People in the News
GREENWICH, Conn. - Mel Gibson has lost his bid to have a portion of his Connecticut estate classified as a farm.

Foxx, Eastwood earn Golden Globe honors
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Jamie Foxx of "Ray," Hilary Swank of "Million Dollar Baby," Annette Bening of "Being Julia" and Leonardo DiCaprio of "The Aviator" won Golden Globes on Sunday, boosting their Academy Awards prospects.

Jerry Springer to host radio talk show
CINCINNATI - Jerry Springer has been a politician, television news anchorman and host of a raucous TV show. Now he can add radio talk show host to the list.

Universal to open "Fear Factor" attractions
LOS ANGELES - Apparently fear is not a factor when it comes to melding a TV reality show with a theme park attraction.

Universal to open "Fear Factor" attractions
LOS ANGELES - Apparently fear is not a factor when it comes to melding a TV reality show with a theme park attraction.

Beware of costly college financial aid scams
After a 90-minute sales pitch from a company that promised to increase the financial aid eligibility of her college-bound kids, Corrinne Nocerino signed a $1,950 contract on the spot. She would soon regret that decision

Beware of costly college financial aid scams

Wide variety of mutual funds land in the mid-cap class

Determine your spending before choosing reward
Q: I was offered a credit card that will offer me a cash rebate from my purchases. Is that better than earning points that can be exchanged for airlines miles or goods and services?

Wide variety of mutual funds land in the mid-cap class
NEW YORK - Large-cap funds have long served as core holdings for individual investors, and several years of outstanding performance have put small-cap funds in the spotlight. But you rarely hear about the benefits of owning stocks in the middle market.

Determine your spending before choosing reward
Q: I was offered a credit card that will offer me a cash rebate from my purchases. Is that better than earning points that can be exchanged for airlines miles or goods and services?

Determine your spending before choosing reward

Wide variety of mutual funds land in the mid-cap class
NEW YORK - Large-cap funds have long served as core holdings for individual investors, and several years of outstanding performance have put small-cap funds in the spotlight. But you rarely hear about the benefits of owning stocks in the middle market.

Beware of costly college financial aid scams
After a 90-minute sales pitch from a company that promised to increase the financial aid eligibility of her college-bound kids, Corrinne Nocerino signed a $1,950 contract on the spot. She would soon regret that decision

Futurity's goals don't change
Changes abound for the 26th annual Augusta Futurity.

Futurity's goals don't change
Changes abound for the 26th annual Augusta Futurity.

Futurity's goals don't change

Jackets go south in North Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. - Georgia Tech took a charter flight out of Raleigh-Durham Airport on Sunday night.

Jackets find conference deep
RALEIGH, N.C. - Somewhere deep beneath the rich soil of these parts lies college basketball's epicenter.

Jackets go south in North Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. - Georgia Tech took a charter flight out of Raleigh-Durham Airport on Sunday night.

Jackets go south in North Carolina

School lunch comes with good company

Maruyama retains lead with wild day

Singh picks up first win of the year

Maruyama retains lead with wild day
HONOLULU - Shigeki Maruyama didn't panic when he made a double bogey on the first hole and quickly lost his one-shot lead in the Sony Open. He simply figured he would get it back with a couple of birdies.

Maruyama retains lead with wild day
HONOLULU - Shigeki Maruyama didn't panic when he made a double bogey on the first hole and quickly lost his one-shot lead in the Sony Open. He simply figured he would get it back with a couple of birdies.

Singh picks up first win of the year
HONOLULU - A forgotten figure most of the week despite his No. 1 ranking, Vijay Singh showed up when it counted Sunday with a routine birdie on the final hole to cap off a 5-under 65 and win the Sony Open.

Singh picks up first win of the year
HONOLULU - A forgotten figure most of the week despite his No. 1 ranking, Vijay Singh showed up when it counted Sunday with a routine birdie on the final hole to cap off a 5-under 65 and win the Sony Open.

Few looks for Williston-Elko's Bush

Few looks for Williston-Elko's Bush
Not every recruiting story picks up steam with every snap of the season.

Few looks for Williston-Elko's Bush
Not every recruiting story picks up steam with every snap of the season.

Home-cooked meals are one of life's greatest pleasures
On a day when many of us consider theological topics, let me confess that I know what heaven looks like.

Letter's race argument is invalid

Shun all visiting litigators
Years ago, a beauty shop operator offered me $5 an hour to sit in her shop and read magazines. I thought it was an unusual offer, so I inquired why she would pay me for sitting in the shop and do nothing but broaden my literary horizons.Carl Langley, Aiken

Smoking ban robs us all of our rights
I believe the current ban on smoking is a violation of our civil rights that American armed forces are at this time fighting to secure and preserve.Don Brown, Martinez

Railroad company adds insult to injury
A Norfolk Southern train struck a car, killing five people in Graniteville recently. We heard the driver drove through the signal and was at fault. Maybe so, but I've been startled by Norfolk Southern trains at the same intersection. You get the lights and alarm, but no gates come down, and visibility is poor. Suddenly, the train streaks past. It's very unnerving. Community leaders have tried to get the trains to slow down.Matt Sherrard, Aiken, S.C.

Let Walker serve term unmolested
I am very disappointed that you just don't get it. Your recent editorial ("Closure at the Capitol," Jan. 13) urging Gov. Sonny Perdue to act against Sen. Charles Walker is just the latest episode in the 25-year history of The Augusta Chronicle trying to destroy this leader.Michael Meyers, Augusta

The poor fight rich men's wars
Ever notice how the Yankee/scalawag big media always report that the South is, and historically has always been, the most patriotic part of the United States? We Southerners consider this a wonderful compliment as we continue to fight and die under the Yankee banner in disproportionate numbers. Tom Stafford, Grovetown

Railroad company adds insult to injury

Letter's race argument is invalid
I just completed reading a letter to the editor suggesting, according to recent census statistics, that since the majority of Augusta is black, we should permit the majority to rule ("Let racial majority rule Augusta," Jan. 6). The letter further states that white politicians are struggling to maintain their power in local government. Douglas Neal Sr., Augusta

Refuse attorneys' money
In the Jan. 13 Chronicle, you opined - and correctly - about the disgusting lawyers ("The vultures gather") who are lined up at the crash site, ready to stick it to the railroad, and line their pockets on the misfortune of the good folks in Graniteville.Justen Wonderly, Augusta

Railroad company adds insult to injury
A Norfolk Southern train struck a car, killing five people in Graniteville recently. We heard the driver drove through the signal and was at fault. Maybe so, but I've been startled by Norfolk Southern trains at the same intersection. You get the lights and alarm, but no gates come down, and visibility is poor. Suddenly, the train streaks past. It's very unnerving. Community leaders have tried to get the trains to slow down. Matt Sherrard, Aiken, S.C.

Lawyer ads weaken editorial view
Your trial-lawyers editorial ("The vultures gather," Jan. 13) and accompanying cartoon would have had impact, but for the fact The Augusta Chronicle did not take the high road and refuse the advertising of these trial lawyers.Bob Young, Augusta

Smoking ban robs us all of our rights

The poor fight rich men's wars

Smoking ban robs us all of our rights
I believe the current ban on smoking is a violation of our civil rights that American armed forces are at this time fighting to secure and preserve.Don Brown, Martinez

The poor fight rich men's wars
Ever notice how the Yankee/scalawag big media always report that the South is, and historically has always been, the most patriotic part of the United States? We Southerners consider this a wonderful compliment as we continue to fight and die under the Yankee banner in disproportionate numbers.Tom Stafford, Grovetown

Shun all visiting litigators

Letter's race argument is invalid
I just completed reading a letter to the editor suggesting, according to recent census statistics, that since the majority of Augusta is black, we should permit the majority to rule ("Let racial majority rule Augusta," Jan. 6). The letter further states that white politicians are struggling to maintain their power in local government.Douglas Neal Sr., Augusta

Shun all visiting litigators
Years ago, a beauty shop operator offered me $5 an hour to sit in her shop and read magazines. I thought it was an unusual offer, so I inquired why she would pay me for sitting in the shop and do nothing but broaden my literary horizons.Carl Langley, Aiken

Refuse attorneys' money
In the Jan. 13 Chronicle, you opined - and correctly - about the disgusting lawyers ("The vultures gather") who are lined up at the crash site, ready to stick it to the railroad, and line their pockets on the misfortune of the good folks in Graniteville.Justen Wonderly, Augusta

Refuse attorneys' money

Mini-reviews of video games available for Nintendo DS

Parents' names must be on wedding invites

Winter activites, great food are part of Lake Placid fun

Powerful messages still echo

Uniquely accented home is apple of teacher's eye

Drawing remodeling plans is important

Tech marketing words getting scrutiny

Travel briefs

Readers tell of their hopes for a better future

Jackson Hole: ski runs with cowboy culture on the side

Travel briefs
NEW YORK - Two words sum up a trip being offered to fans of "The Apprentice." You're sailing!

Readers tell of their hopes for a better future
Of all the speeches the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave, none has resonated as deeply as his 1963 I Have a Dream speech.

Parents' names must be on wedding invites
Dear Carson: I am confused on how to word our wedding invitation. My fiance's parents are divorced and all three sets of parents will be helping to pay for our wedding.

Travel briefs
NEW YORK - Two words sum up a trip being offered to fans of "The Apprentice." You're sailing!

Drawing remodeling plans is important
With a remodel, along with the new, you need to think about the high cost of replacing perfectly good walls, ceilings, floors, windows, and doors. Not to mention the plumbing, heating, and electrical systems as well.

In the know
If you resolved to make a difference in your community this year, involve the whole family. Here are some ideas for things you can do with kids along, from Parents magazine:

Mini-reviews of video games available for Nintendo DS
The Nintendo DS is unique among handheld video game systems. With built-in Wi-Fi and two screens (one of them touch sensitive), the challenge now is for game makers to take advantage of these features.

Jackson Hole: ski runs with cowboy culture on the side
JACKSON, Wyo. - Bleary-eyed skiers and snowboarders clambered into Teton Village's distinctive red tram car for its opening run, squinting as they glanced up at fresh snow sparkling under the morning sun.

Mini-reviews of video games available for Nintendo DS
The Nintendo DS is unique among handheld video game systems. With built-in Wi-Fi and two screens (one of them touch sensitive), the challenge now is for game makers to take advantage of these features.

Uniquely accented home is apple of teacher's eye
It was the pond-side view from the kitchen window that sold Tabitha McGee on the Amelia Landing subdivision home she bought six months ago with her husband, Ervin.

Winter activites, great food are part of Lake Placid fun
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. - Skating on a frozen lake was fun. So was taking a dogsled ride, snowshoeing to an ice-encrusted gorge and learning how to cross-country ski beneath snowcapped evergreens.

Powerful messages still echo
Positioned on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. told the reported 250,000 people assembled in the nation's capital on Aug. 28, 1963, that the fight for racial justice was just beginning.

Jackson Hole: ski runs with cowboy culture on the side
JACKSON, Wyo. - Bleary-eyed skiers and snowboarders clambered into Teton Village's distinctive red tram car for its opening run, squinting as they glanced up at fresh snow sparkling under the morning sun.

Winter activites, great food are part of Lake Placid fun
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. - Skating on a frozen lake was fun. So was taking a dogsled ride, snowshoeing to an ice-encrusted gorge and learning how to cross-country ski beneath snowcapped evergreens.

Powerful messages still echo
Positioned on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. told the reported 250,000 people assembled in the nation's capital on Aug. 28, 1963, that the fight for racial justice was just beginning.

Readers tell of their hopes for a better future
Of all the speeches the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave, none has resonated as deeply as his 1963 I Have a Dream speech.

Tech marketing words getting scrutiny
SEATTLE - High-tech companies don't release products anymore, they provide solutions. And those solutions don't simply run a program or play a song. Instead, they enable experiences, optimize agility or make people's passions come alive.

Parents' names must be on wedding invites
Dear Carson: I am confused on how to word our wedding invitation. My fiance's parents are divorced and all three sets of parents will be helping to pay for our wedding.

Uniquely accented home is apple of teacher's eye
It was the pond-side view from the kitchen window that sold Tabitha McGee on the Amelia Landing subdivision home she bought six months ago with her husband, Ervin.

Drawing remodeling plans is important
With a remodel, along with the new, you need to think about the high cost of replacing perfectly good walls, ceilings, floors, windows, and doors. Not to mention the plumbing, heating, and electrical systems as well.

Tech marketing words getting scrutiny
SEATTLE - High-tech companies don't release products anymore, they provide solutions. And those solutions don't simply run a program or play a song. Instead, they enable experiences, optimize agility or make people's passions come alive.

Lynx suffer sting of shutout defeat
Seven games in nine days and a short bench seemed to catch up to the Augusta Lynx on Saturday night.

Lynx suffer sting of shutout defeat

Lynx suffer sting of shutout defeat
Seven games in nine days and a short bench seemed to catch up to the Augusta Lynx on Saturday night.

Macon, Georgia Power reach tentative deal

Graniteville community information
This is general information for the Graniteville community. Those seeking further information or help should call the community help number, 211. From a cell phone, dial 648-9900.

Five questions with Marion Barnes

Across the area

Across South Carolina
TAYLORS - The man who barricaded himself in a home after police tried to arrest him died of a self-inflicted shot to his head, a Greenville County coroner said.

Across South Carolina

Macon, Georgia Power reach tentative deal
MACON, Ga. - Nearly a century after the last gas lamps lighted the streets of downtown Macon, the city and Georgia Power have reached a deal on who should clean up the pollution they left behind, city officials said.

The week ahead
Today is the third day of the rest of my life.

Parade attracts few diverse faces
On a cold but sunny Saturday afternoon, thousands lined Augusta's Laney-Walker Boulevard for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. parade to honor the slain civil rights leader.

Black sorority president always wanted to teach
Louise Allen Rice will never forget the easy-going days in Augusta, during the 1950s when as a child she and her classmates at Ursula Collins Elementary School competed to be the best, amid an urban environment that some deemed "poverty stricken."

Kid of the Day

Studio offers classes to budding talent
Teaching children to look at their world in new ways is the primary goal for Gertrude Herbert Institute of Arts instructor Pat McMahon at the institute's new Martinez studio.

Kid of the Day

Nationwide tax company started in South Carolina

Trail building slowed by legal battles

System eases property search

Meth bill may restrict pills

News you can use

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Town will long feel aftermath
GRANITEVILLE - When the two engines of Norfolk Southern train 192 slammed into a locomotive parked on a spur line, it delivered a poison dart to the heart of the mill towns that line Aiken County's Horse Creek Valley.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day events
CHURCH SERVICE: Jerusalem Baptist Church, 4185 Columbia Highway, Ridge Spring, S.C., will hold a Martin Luther King Jr. program at 10 a.m. today. Dr. Mallory Millender, a professor of French and journalism at Paine College, will be the guest speaker. For more information, call 210-0433.

Meth bill may restrict pills
ATLANTA - Just when cold season inflicts the sniffles across the state, getting medication could be made harder by a handful of bills aiming to curb a methamphetamine epidemic in Georgia.

System eases property search
Without the city's newly launched Geographic Information System online map service, Debbie Hagood would be lacing up her tennis shoes for daily trips to the courthouse.

Across Georgia
JEFFERSONVILLE - A Warner Robins woman has pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing a cab driver in a deal to avoid a possible death sentence that was granted after officials learned the defendant is in the advanced stages of AIDS.

Several homes require cleaning
GRANITEVILLE - Spring cleaning came early for Cindy Bates this year.

Rants and Raves
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Nationwide tax company started in South Carolina
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - You probably have seen those little ads nestled in the back pages of the newspaper, asking whether you have problems with the Internal Revenue Service and listing a telephone number.

Across South Carolina
FLORENCE - A 70-year-old Florida man who was pistol-whipped and beaten at an Interstate 95 rest area died from a heart attack, authorities said.

Holiday closings

Officials discuss school programs
School officials are close to picking the new careers to be taught at the new $16 million Richmond County Technical Careers Magnet School.

The week ahead

Across the area
Police are investigating a Sunday morning robbery at a south Augusta package store, according to investigators.

Officials discuss school programs

Holiday closings

Across Georgia

Widow reflects on life with King

Jackson: War, poverty damper King's legacy

Legislators will hear agencies' budget proposals

Across the area

1,000 await return home
About 1,000 Graniteville residents were still waiting to return to their homes 12 days after the fatal Norfolk Southern train wreck and chlorine spill that rocked the small South Carolina community, officials said Sunday.

Trail building slowed by legal battles
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Ten years ago, Kit Smith envisioned a trail winding from South Carolina's Upstate mountains through the rolling hills of the Midlands and down to the Lowcountry's murky swamps.

Across the southeast
NEW ORLEANS - The president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference says the group will organize a boycott by black tourists if authorities don't take seriously the idea that racism was part of the reason a black student died in a fight with three white bouncers.

Across South Carolina
TAYLORS - The man who barricaded himself in a home after police tried to arrest him died of a self-inflicted shot to his head, a Greenville County coroner said.

Graniteville community information
This is general information for the Graniteville community. Those seeking further information or help should call the community help number, 211. From a cell phone, dial 648-9900.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Five questions with Marion Barnes
Marion Barnes has been elected Richmond County school board president. He is the representative for District 1.

Court decision frees up judges
Two decades of being bound by extremely rigid sentencing guidelines have ended for federal judges.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Caleb Nathaniel Graham, 4, of Augusta.

Neighborhoods provide lessons about division
The brick veneer houses on Carvers Court, part of Hephzibah's upscale Walton Hills subdivision, went up in 2002 and 2003 and sold quickly in the $120,000 range.

Macon, Georgia Power reach tentative deal
MACON, Ga. - Nearly a century after the last gas lamps lighted the streets of downtown Macon, the city and Georgia Power have reached a deal on who should clean up the pollution they left behind, city officials said.

Legislators will hear agencies' budget proposals
ATLANTA - Though the legislative chambers will be silent this week, some lawmakers won't have the week off. Instead, they will be listening to the heads of state agencies laying out their budget blueprint for the coming year.

Holiday closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Martin Luther King Jr. Day:

Across the Southeast
ATLANTIC BEACH, FLA. - The woman who raised a 3-year-old boy at the center of a custody dispute tearfully handed the boy to his biological mother Saturday, then dropped to the ground and repeatedly screamed: "How can they do this to a little boy?"

Martin Luther King Jr. Day events
King celebration: A Martin Luther King Jr. annual celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at New Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 3237 Deans Bridge Road. The Rev. Richard Sanders and the Rev. Rosa Williams will be the special speakers. For more information, call 829-1370.

Holiday closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Martin Luther King Jr. Day:

Soldier's refusal shocks comrades
HINESVILLE, Ga. - A young girl clutching her arm blackened by burns, dogs feeding off bodies in mass graves - the images still haunt Sgt. Kevin Benderman 15 months after he came home from Iraq.

Where we live
A weekly snapshot of the interesting places that make up the Augusta area.

Ft. Benning terminal opens as troops deploy
FORT BENNING, Ga. - Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade who deployed for Iraq last weekend were the first to check out Fort Benning's new 75,000-square-foot terminal.

Cops criticized over handling of meth lab

FBI investigates Macon councilman
MACON, Ga. - A city councilman with a reputation for working to help children is at the center of a federal probe into how he funded some of his local youth programs and why he cashed grant checks at a liquor store.

Graniteville community information

Jackson: War, poverty damper King's legacy
JONESBORO, Ga. - War, poverty, violence and social injustice are dampening Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy as the nation prepares to celebrate the slain civil rights leader's birthday, the Rev. Jesse Jackson told a church gathering Sunday.

Studio offers classes to budding talent

Trail building slowed by legal battles
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Ten years ago, Kit Smith envisioned a trail winding from South Carolina's Upstate mountains through the rolling hills of the Midlands and down to the Lowcountry's murky swamps.

Relicensing of nuclear plants raises concerns

Relicensing of nuclear plants raises concerns
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina's nuclear power plants have been given the go-ahead to operate many years into the future, raising some concerns about how radioactive waste produced at these aging reactors will be stored.

Scrutiny of Larke could grow
With the shake-up on the Richmond County school board, Superintendent Charles Larke might face increasing scrutiny from new members who say they expect changes in the style of his administration.

Several homes require cleaning

Widow reflects on life with King
ATLANTA - Sitting in the same spot where her husband preached equality more than four decades ago, Coretta Scott King said Saturday that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s message is as relevant today as it was in the 1960s.

Court decision frees up judges
Two decades of being bound by extremely rigid sentencing guidelines have ended for federal judges.

Town will long feel aftermath

Relicensing of nuclear plants raises concerns
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina's nuclear power plants have been given the go-ahead to operate many years into the future, raising some concerns about how radioactive waste produced at these aging reactors will be stored.

Across the southeast

Black sorority president always wanted to teach
Louise Allen Rice will never forget the easy-going days in Augusta, during the 1950s when as a child she and her classmates at Ursula Collins Elementary School competed to be the best, amid an urban environment that some deemed "poverty stricken."

Ft. Benning terminal opens as troops deploy

Town will long feel aftermath
GRANITEVILLE - When the two engines of Norfolk Southern train 192 slammed into a locomotive parked on a spur line, it delivered a poison dart to the heart of the mill towns that line Aiken County's Horse Creek Valley.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Across Georgia
JEFFERSONVILLE - A Warner Robins woman has pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing a cab driver in a deal to avoid a possible death sentence that was granted after officials learned the defendant is in the advanced stages of AIDS.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day events

Studio offers classes to budding talent
Teaching children to look at their world in new ways is the primary goal for Gertrude Herbert Institute of Arts instructor Pat McMahon at the institute's new Martinez studio.

FBI investigates Macon councilman

Meth bill may restrict pills
ATLANTA - Just when cold season inflicts the sniffles across the state, getting medication could be made harder by a handful of bills aiming to curb a methamphetamine epidemic in Georgia.

Cops criticized over handling of meth lab
GREENVILLE, S.C. - The principal of Mountain View Elementary says sheriff's deputies did not properly warn teachers and staff of the dangers posed by the discovery of a methamphetamine lab next door to the school.

FBI investigates Macon councilman
MACON, Ga. - A city councilman with a reputation for working to help children is at the center of a federal probe into how he funded some of his local youth programs and why he cashed grant checks at a liquor store.

Across the Southeast
ATLANTIC BEACH, FLA. - The woman who raised a 3-year-old boy at the center of a custody dispute tearfully handed the boy to his biological mother Saturday, then dropped to the ground and repeatedly screamed: "How can they do this to a little boy?"

Across South Carolina
FLORENCE - A 70-year-old Florida man who was pistol-whipped and beaten at an Interstate 95 rest area died from a heart attack, authorities said.

Across the area
A man robbed an Augusta gasoline station at gunpoint Friday, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office incident report.

Court decision frees up judges

Across Georgia
BAINBRIDGE - A 6-foot-tall man thought to be on the run from Florida authorities since September was found this week curled up inside a television.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day events

Holiday closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Martin Luther King Jr. Day:

Graniteville community information
This is general information for the Graniteville community. Those seeking further information or help should call the community help number, 211. From a cell phone, dial 648-9900.

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

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Bryanna Shardae Wright of Augusta.

County considers online auctions
Columbia County's government would normally try to sell its surplus equipment the old-fashioned way - with a live auctioneer about once or twice a year.

Several homes require cleaning
GRANITEVILLE - Spring cleaning came early for Cindy Bates this year.

Where we live
A weekly snapshot of the interesting places that make up the Augusta area.

Ft. Benning terminal opens as troops deploy
FORT BENNING, Ga. - Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade who deployed for Iraq last weekend were the first to check out Fort Benning's new 75,000-square-foot terminal.

Nationwide tax company started in South Carolina
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - You probably have seen those little ads nestled in the back pages of the newspaper, asking whether you have problems with the Internal Revenue Service and listing a telephone number.

Neighborhoods provide lessons about division

Where we live

Democrats vow to remain vocal

Across the Southeast

Across Georgia

Across the southeast
NEW ORLEANS - The president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference says the group will organize a boycott by black tourists if authorities don't take seriously the idea that racism was part of the reason a black student died in a fight with three white bouncers.

Democrats vow to remain vocal
ATLANTA - One year ago, state Rep. Tom Bordeaux, D-Savannah, was on the losing side of a vote in the Georgia House on whether to place a constitutional referendum banning gay marriage before voters.

Five questions with Marion Barnes
Marion Barnes has been elected Richmond County school board president. He is the representative for District 1.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Bryanna Shardae Wright of Augusta.

Black sorority president always wanted to teach

Widow reflects on life with King
ATLANTA - Sitting in the same spot where her husband preached equality more than four decades ago, Coretta Scott King said Saturday that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s message is as relevant today as it was in the 1960s.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Caleb Nathaniel Graham, 4, of Augusta.

Across the area
A man robbed an Augusta gasoline station at gunpoint Friday, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office incident report.

Holiday closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Martin Luther King Jr. Day:

Across Georgia
BAINBRIDGE - A 6-foot-tall man thought to be on the run from Florida authorities since September was found this week curled up inside a television.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day events
King celebration: A Martin Luther King Jr. annual celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at New Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 3237 Deans Bridge Road. The Rev. Richard Sanders and the Rev. Rosa Williams will be the special speakers. For more information, call 829-1370.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day events
CHURCH SERVICE: Jerusalem Baptist Church, 4185 Columbia Highway, Ridge Spring, S.C., will hold a Martin Luther King Jr. program at 10 a.m. today. Dr. Mallory Millender, a professor of French and journalism at Paine College, will be the guest speaker. For more information, call 210-0433.

Soldier's refusal shocks comrades
HINESVILLE, Ga. - A young girl clutching her arm blackened by burns, dogs feeding off bodies in mass graves - the images still haunt Sgt. Kevin Benderman 15 months after he came home from Iraq.

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

Soldier's refusal shocks comrades

Neighborhoods provide lessons about division
The brick veneer houses on Carvers Court, part of Hephzibah's upscale Walton Hills subdivision, went up in 2002 and 2003 and sold quickly in the $120,000 range.

Across South Carolina

Officials discuss school programs
School officials are close to picking the new careers to be taught at the new $16 million Richmond County Technical Careers Magnet School.

System eases property search
Without the city's newly launched Geographic Information System online map service, Debbie Hagood would be lacing up her tennis shoes for daily trips to the courthouse.

Across the area
Police are investigating a Sunday morning robbery at a south Augusta package store, according to investigators.

S.C. prisons official takes Iraqi job
COLUMBIA, S.C. - After 35 years with the South Carolina Corrections Department, Ken McKellar will try to teach what he knows to prison wardens in Iraq.

Jackson: War, poverty damper King's legacy
JONESBORO, Ga. - War, poverty, violence and social injustice are dampening Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy as the nation prepares to celebrate the slain civil rights leader's birthday, the Rev. Jesse Jackson told a church gathering Sunday.

Cops criticized over handling of meth lab
GREENVILLE, S.C. - The principal of Mountain View Elementary says sheriff's deputies did not properly warn teachers and staff of the dangers posed by the discovery of a methamphetamine lab next door to the school.

S.C. band to play post-inauguration party
FLORENCE, S.C. - The Blue Dogs, a Charleston-based roots-rock band, will play at the Recording Industry Association of America post-presidential inauguration party Thursday at H2O in Washington, D.C.

The week ahead
Today is the third day of the rest of my life.

Falcons on track to be something special
ATLANTA - Postseason fever returned to Atlanta in prime time Saturday night - at a football game, of all places, that seemed more like a track meet.

Falcons on track to be something special
ATLANTA - Postseason fever returned to Atlanta in prime time Saturday night - at a football game, of all places, that seemed more like a track meet.

School lunch comes with good company
Recently, I took a few days of vacation and did what anyone would do with some time off from work: I ate lunch in a school cafeteria.

School lunch comes with good company
Recently, I took a few days of vacation and did what anyone would do with some time off from work: I ate lunch in a school cafeteria.

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

'Coach Carter' wins box-office tourney
LOS ANGELES - Samuel L. Jackson coached his latest movie to a box-office championship.

Samuel L. Jackson takes to court in latest flick
NEW YORK - Samuel L. Jackson is flippant, brushing off his expansive film career, and cool-guy image.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

Samuel L. Jackson takes to court in latest flick

Samuel L. Jackson takes to court in latest flick
NEW YORK - Samuel L. Jackson is flippant, brushing off his expansive film career, and cool-guy image.

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

'Coach Carter' wins box-office tourney
LOS ANGELES - Samuel L. Jackson coached his latest movie to a box-office championship.

'Coach Carter' wins box-office tourney

France's Peterhansel wins Dakar Rally again
DAKAR, Senegal - France's Stephane Peterhansel won his second straight Dakar Rally, a 5,566-mile race that began in Spain two weeks ago, covered vast stretches of African desert and left two motorcyclists dead.

France's Peterhansel wins Dakar Rally again
DAKAR, Senegal - France's Stephane Peterhansel won his second straight Dakar Rally, a 5,566-mile race that began in Spain two weeks ago, covered vast stretches of African desert and left two motorcyclists dead.

France's Peterhansel wins Dakar Rally again

Hawks handle Bobcats

Hawks handle Bobcats
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks are confident they'll rise from the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings soon.

Hawks handle Bobcats
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks are confident they'll rise from the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings soon.

SEC roundup
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Lawrence Roberts had 17 points and 10 rebounds as No. 11 Mississippi State rebounded from a rare road loss with an 80-55 victory over Arkansas on Saturday.

SEC roundup
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Lawrence Roberts had 17 points and 10 rebounds as No. 11 Mississippi State rebounded from a rare road loss with an 80-55 victory over Arkansas on Saturday.

McCurry sinks last-second shot
Andrea McCurry stood on the floor emotionless. Not your typical reaction after draining a game-winning buzzer-beater.

Lucette's play scores victory
Paine women's coach Selina Kohn said she'd feel better about her team if only it could bolster its interior game.

Jaguars win at the line
Somewhere along the way, a basketball game turned into a free-throw shooting contest.

Lucette's play scores victory
Paine women's coach Selina Kohn said she'd feel better about her team if only it could bolster its interior game.

Southern Conference roundup
STATESBORO, Ga. - Elton Nesbit scored 39 points as Georgia Southern beat Appalachian State, 92-88, for its second straight Southern Conference victory.

McCurry sinks last-second shot
Andrea McCurry stood on the floor emotionless. Not your typical reaction after draining a game-winning buzzer-beater.

Southern Conference roundup
STATESBORO, Ga. - Elton Nesbit scored 39 points as Georgia Southern beat Appalachian State, 92-88, for its second straight Southern Conference victory.

Colts, Pats at game time

Eagles top Vikings

Eagles look to quiet critics and Vikings

Mora sees Falcons as underdogs

Patriots shut down Colts

Atlanta soars past St. Louis

Mrs. Emma May    (WARTHEN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Hazel Walden    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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Mrs. Inez Brooks Veal (DEEPSTEP, Ga.)

Mrs. Norma Wright Garvin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lorraine Flanagan Bowen (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence "Buddy" Bussey (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Bobby Lee Hickson (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Claude Ellington Silvey (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. William W. Sheehan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lizzie Mae McMurdy (HARLEM, Ga.)

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Shirley Chisholm had close ties to Augusta
When former U.S. Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm died at age 80 on Jan. 1, it brought back warm memories of her playing blues on an upright piano in my house and of her close ties to Augusta.

Shirley Chisholm had close ties to Augusta
When former U.S. Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm died at age 80 on Jan. 1, it brought back warm memories of her playing blues on an upright piano in my house and of her close ties to Augusta.

Shirley Chisholm had close ties to Augusta
When former U.S. Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm died at age 80 on Jan. 1, it brought back warm memories of her playing blues on an upright piano in my house and of her close ties to Augusta.

New team in tennis: Federer and Roche

Swimmers qualify for state meet

Area sports announcements

Overtime

Overtime

Lakeside takes Area Dual title

Kwan knows her work is never done

Fantastic Federer is again Aussie favorite

New team in tennis: Federer and Roche
MELBOURNE, Australia - Tony Roche knew that by becoming Roger Federer's coach he would have to spend time in places he didn't want to be - on long flights and in the media spotlight. But he took the job, and Federer is glad he did.

New team in tennis: Federer and Roche
MELBOURNE, Australia - Tony Roche knew that by becoming Roger Federer's coach he would have to spend time in places he didn't want to be - on long flights and in the media spotlight. But he took the job, and Federer is glad he did.

Kwan knows her work is never done
PORTLAND, Ore. - Michelle Kwan took one night to relax and celebrate her historic achievement with family and friends, then it was right back to the rink.

Swimmers qualify for state meet
Lakeside senior Sara Davison has been through her share of ups and downs. Saturday was no different.

Area sports announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Fantastic Federer is again Aussie favorite
MELBOURNE, Australia - Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt knew they needed to do something drastic. Roger Federer was winning practically every tournament, and the gap between him and everyone else in men's tennis was growing.

Serena Williams eases to 6-1, 6-1 win
MELBOURNE, Australia - Serena Williams had more trouble with her shoes than she did with first-round opponent Camille Pin at the Australian Open on Monday, winning 6-1, 6-1 in the opening match on center court.

Swimmers qualify for state meet
Lakeside senior Sara Davison has been through her share of ups and downs. Saturday was no different.

Overtime
Individual basketball player statistics are due every Wednesday at noon, no exceptions. The Chronicle will publish a listing of area leaders in the following categories: Points, rebounds, assists and steals per game. Other categories where leaders will be tracked will be: field goal percentage, free throw percentage and 3-point field goal percentage.

Fantastic Federer is again Aussie favorite
MELBOURNE, Australia - Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt knew they needed to do something drastic. Roger Federer was winning practically every tournament, and the gap between him and everyone else in men's tennis was growing.

Lakeside takes Area Dual title
Lakeside's senior wrestlers had one goal heading into Saturday afternoon's Area 2-AAAA Dual Championship: Don't let history repeat itself.

Kwan knows her work is never done
PORTLAND, Ore. - Michelle Kwan took one night to relax and celebrate her historic achievement with family and friends, then it was right back to the rink.

Overtime
Individual basketball player statistics are due every Wednesday at noon, no exceptions. The Chronicle will publish a listing of area leaders in the following categories: Points, rebounds, assists and steals per game. Other categories where leaders will be tracked will be: field goal percentage, free throw percentage and 3-point field goal percentage.

Overtime
In Columbus, Ga., Cherwonna Walker hit a free throw with 3.6 seconds left to lift the Columbus State women to a 61-60 victory over USC Aiken on Saturday.

Area sports announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Lakeside takes Area Dual title
Lakeside's senior wrestlers had one goal heading into Saturday afternoon's Area 2-AAAA Dual Championship: Don't let history repeat itself.

Overtime
In Columbus, Ga., Cherwonna Walker hit a free throw with 3.6 seconds left to lift the Columbus State women to a 61-60 victory over USC Aiken on Saturday.

Outdoors calendar

Outdoors treasure
Mitch Woods, 9, of Stapleton, Ga., was hunting with his dad, Lee Woods, when this fine end-of-the-season buck appeared near his stand in Portal, Ga.

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations might be required.

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations might be required.

Outdoors treasure
Mitch Woods, 9, of Stapleton, Ga., was hunting with his dad, Lee Woods, when this fine end-of-the-season buck appeared near his stand in Portal, Ga.

Outdoors treasure

Georgia considering lifting ban on Savannah stripers
When it comes to striped bass in the Savannah River, Matt Thomas gets far more excited over a 12-inch fish than a mature 30-pounder.

Georgia considering lifting ban on Savannah stripers
When it comes to striped bass in the Savannah River, Matt Thomas gets far more excited over a 12-inch fish than a mature 30-pounder.

Legislators will hear agencies' budget proposals
ATLANTA - Though the legislative chambers will be silent this week, some lawmakers won't have the week off. Instead, they will be listening to the heads of state agencies laying out their budget blueprint for the coming year.

Democrats vow to remain vocal
ATLANTA - One year ago, state Rep. Tom Bordeaux, D-Savannah, was on the losing side of a vote in the Georgia House on whether to place a constitutional referendum banning gay marriage before voters.

Atlanta soars past St. Louis
ATLANTA - There's more to the Atlanta Falcons than Michael Vick.

Patriots shut down Colts
FOXBORO, Mass. - The New England Patriots kept the ball away from Peyton Manning most of the game and shut him down when he had it.

Colts, Pats at game time
FOXBORO, Mass. - Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady and the champion New England Patriots are on a roll. So are league MVP Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts.

Eagles look to quiet critics and Vikings
PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Eagles don't have Terrell Owens, haven't played a meaningful game in four weeks and finished the regular season with consecutive losses.

Eagles top Vikings
PHILADELPHIA - There was no rust, even though most starters barely played for nearly a month. There was no lack of big-play offense, even with All-Pro wide receiver Terrell Owens watching from a luxury box.

Reed's leg redeems Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH - Jeff Reed did what Doug Brien twice couldn't do, and imperfect but still unbeaten rookie Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers saved a season that seemed to be lost.

Mora sees Falcons as underdogs
FLOWERY BRANCH - Las Vegas oddsmakers are listing his Falcons as four-point underdogs in the NFC Championship game, but Jim Mora says that's too low.

Eagles look to quiet critics and Vikings
PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Eagles don't have Terrell Owens, haven't played a meaningful game in four weeks and finished the regular season with consecutive losses.

Mora sees Falcons as underdogs
FLOWERY BRANCH - Las Vegas oddsmakers are listing his Falcons as four-point underdogs in the NFC Championship game, but Jim Mora says that's too low.

Colts, Pats at game time
FOXBORO, Mass. - Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady and the champion New England Patriots are on a roll. So are league MVP Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts.

Atlanta soars past St. Louis
ATLANTA - There's more to the Atlanta Falcons than Michael Vick.

Patriots shut down Colts
FOXBORO, Mass. - The New England Patriots kept the ball away from Peyton Manning most of the game and shut him down when he had it.

Eagles top Vikings
PHILADELPHIA - There was no rust, even though most starters barely played for nearly a month. There was no lack of big-play offense, even with All-Pro wide receiver Terrell Owens watching from a luxury box.

Georgia considering lifting ban on Savannah stripers

Falcons on track to be something special

What to look for when hiring a tax preparer
The IRS offers these suggestions if you plan to hire someone to file your income taxes.

Teen-oriented TV dramas feature emerging artists

What's next for CBS news after ill-fated guard story?
NEW YORK - CBS hoped that release of an independent probe of its ill-fated story on President Bush's military service, painful as it was, would at least lift the cloud over its news division.

What's next for CBS news after ill-fated guard story?

Franky G plays ex-con on Fox's 'Jonny Zero'
NEW YORK - Seems like people are always chasing Jonny Calvo. Or punching him. Or otherwise being a pain.

What's next for CBS news after ill-fated guard story?
NEW YORK - CBS hoped that release of an independent probe of its ill-fated story on President Bush's military service, painful as it was, would at least lift the cloud over its news division.

Network awaits final tally from tsunami benefit
LOS ANGELES - Organizers of a national benefit for tsunami victims on Sunday awaited the final fund-raising tally from the two-hour televised concert that featured a constellation of movie and music stars.

Network awaits final tally from tsunami benefit

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

Franky G plays ex-con on Fox's 'Jonny Zero'
NEW YORK - Seems like people are always chasing Jonny Calvo. Or punching him. Or otherwise being a pain.

Franky G plays ex-con on Fox's 'Jonny Zero'

Network awaits final tally from tsunami benefit
LOS ANGELES - Organizers of a national benefit for tsunami victims on Sunday awaited the final fund-raising tally from the two-hour televised concert that featured a constellation of movie and music stars.

Teen-oriented TV dramas feature emerging artists
NEW YORK - When Casey Stratton was a struggling singer-songwriter a few years ago, he had idealistic notions about artistic integrity. High on his list of what would jeopardize it: licensing his music to television.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Here's the skinny: Discovery Health Channel is weighing in with "The National Body Challenge," an eight-week reality series joined by a nationwide initiative to lose weight and get fit.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Here's the skinny: Discovery Health Channel is weighing in with "The National Body Challenge," an eight-week reality series joined by a nationwide initiative to lose weight and get fit.

Teen-oriented TV dramas feature emerging artists
NEW YORK - When Casey Stratton was a struggling singer-songwriter a few years ago, he had idealistic notions about artistic integrity. High on his list of what would jeopardize it: licensing his music to television.

Jerry Springer to host radio talk show

Foxx, Eastwood earn Golden Globe honors

Universal to open "Fear Factor" attractions

People in the News

Dogs hire new assistants

Dogs hire new assistants
Georgia football coach Mark Richt can relax a little bit more this week in Hawaii now that his coaching staff is filled.

Lady Dogs thump Auburn

Wildcats exact some revenge
ATHENS, Ga. - Kentucky wasn't in a sympathetic mood against outmanned Georgia. Not after what happened last season.

Dogs hire new assistants
Georgia football coach Mark Richt can relax a little bit more this week in Hawaii now that his coaching staff is filled.

Lady Dogs thump Auburn
ATHENS, Ga. - Auburn's 6-foot-5 center Marita Payne lived up to her shot-blocking prowess, but it proved of little consequence against No. 18 Georgia Sunday.

Lady Dogs thump Auburn
ATHENS, Ga. - Auburn's 6-foot-5 center Marita Payne lived up to her shot-blocking prowess, but it proved of little consequence against No. 18 Georgia Sunday.

Florida tops Lady Gamecocks

Gamecocks rally past Volunteers

Florida tops Lady Gamecocks
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Florida overcame an eight-point first half deficit to beat South Carolina 67-57 in Southeastern Conference action Sunday afternoon at the Colonial Center.

Florida tops Lady Gamecocks
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Florida overcame an eight-point first half deficit to beat South Carolina 67-57 in Southeastern Conference action Sunday afternoon at the Colonial Center.

Gamecocks rally past Volunteers
COLUMBIA - Carlos Powell scored 20 points and Josh Gonner added 16, including four 3-pointers, and South Carolina beat Tennessee, 66-63 on Saturday night.

Gamecocks rally past Volunteers
COLUMBIA - Carlos Powell scored 20 points and Josh Gonner added 16, including four 3-pointers, and South Carolina beat Tennessee, 66-63 on Saturday night.

Student, 11, locks out driver and takes school bus for a joyride