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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

Museum briefs

Alomar agrees to terms with Devil Rays
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Roberto Alomar will try to rejuvenate his career with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Focusing on food is the downfall of diet planning

Odds and Ends
HARLOW, N.D. - Jean and Bernard Meyer have a celebrity on their Benson County farm. He doesn't have a name, but he's a heavyweight.

Odds and Ends
HARLOW, N.D. - Jean and Bernard Meyer have a celebrity on their Benson County farm. He doesn't have a name, but he's a heavyweight.

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.

Woman, 66, is world's oldest to give birth
BUCHAREST, Romania - A 66-year-old woman has become the world's oldest to give birth, and she and her day-old baby daughter were in good condition in intensive care, doctors said Monday.

Woman, 66, is world's oldest to give birth
BUCHAREST, Romania - A 66-year-old woman has become the world's oldest to give birth, and she and her day-old baby daughter were in good condition in intensive care, doctors said Monday.

Intel to unveil Centrino update
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Intel Corp. will launch a major upgrade of its popular Centrino technology for notebook computers Wednesday, as the world's largest chipmaker seeks to expand the product's audience from business users to consumers.

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.

Developer plans new retail center
A major commercial developer plans to bring a 40,000-square-foot retail center to a 4-acre parcel along Whiskey Road in Aiken.

Former WorldCom CEO Ebbers faces trial

Bush's Social Security overhaul unclear on impact to disabled
WASHINGTON - Social Security disability benefits may not be safe from the across-the-board cuts that are likely in President Bush's proposal to allow personal investment accounts.

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.

Nissan, Mitsubishi Motors announce minicars deal
TOKYO - Mitsubishi Motors Corp., which has been seeking partnerships to bail itself out of its deep financial woes, will supply minicars to Nissan Motor Co., both sides said Monday.

Former WorldCom CEO Ebbers faces trial
NEW YORK - WorldCom Inc. was in trouble. The stock price was wobbly and Wall Street was asking tough questions. But CEO Bernard Ebbers repeatedly put a positive face on his company, promising sound finances, strong revenue growth and conservative accounting - famously reassuring concerned analysts in 2001 that "we do not see any storms on the horizon."

Small businesses are hiring in 2005

European, Asian markets edge higher in quiet trade
LONDON - European and Asian stocks started off the week in positive territory Monday, amid quiet trading as the U.S. markets remained closed for a public holiday.

Developer plans new retail center

Former McDonald's CEO Charlie Bell dies of cancer
SYDNEY, Australia - Charlie Bell, who worked his way up McDonald's Corp. to become its chief executive last year, has died of cancer in his native Australia. He was 44.

Bush's Social Security overhaul unclear on impact to disabled

Intel to unveil Centrino update
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Intel Corp. will launch a major upgrade of its popular Centrino technology for notebook computers Wednesday, as the world's largest chipmaker seeks to expand the product's audience from business users to consumers.

Nissan, Mitsubishi Motors announce minicars deal

Nissan, Mitsubishi Motors announce minicars deal
TOKYO - Mitsubishi Motors Corp., which has been seeking partnerships to bail itself out of its deep financial woes, will supply minicars to Nissan Motor Co., both sides said Monday.

TiVo assailed as digital video recording options multiply

Despite technology, many taxpayers still prefer paper
Tax time once had little to do with technology. And although cheaper, easier, computer-driven methods of filing taxes abound today, some people still stick to their old ways.

Man publishes almanac for urban dwellers

Former WorldCom CEO Ebbers faces trial
NEW YORK - WorldCom Inc. was in trouble. The stock price was wobbly and Wall Street was asking tough questions. But CEO Bernard Ebbers repeatedly put a positive face on his company, promising sound finances, strong revenue growth and conservative accounting - famously reassuring concerned analysts in 2001 that "we do not see any storms on the horizon."

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

European, Asian markets edge higher in quiet trade
LONDON - European and Asian stocks started off the week in positive territory Monday, amid quiet trading as the U.S. markets remained closed for a public holiday.

KFC booming in world's most populous country

Former McDonald's CEO Charlie Bell dies of cancer
SYDNEY, Australia - Charlie Bell, who worked his way up McDonald's Corp. to become its chief executive last year, has died of cancer in his native Australia. He was 44.

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.

Despite technology, many taxpayers still prefer paper
Tax time once had little to do with technology. And although cheaper, easier, computer-driven methods of filing taxes abound today, some people still stick to their old ways.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Former McDonald's CEO Charlie Bell dies of cancer

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.

European, Asian markets edge higher in quiet trade

Bush's Social Security overhaul unclear on impact to disabled
WASHINGTON - Social Security disability benefits may not be safe from the across-the-board cuts that are likely in President Bush's proposal to allow personal investment accounts.

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.

Despite technology, many taxpayers still prefer paper

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.

Intel to unveil Centrino update

Developer plans new retail center
A major commercial developer plans to bring a 40,000-square-foot retail center to a 4-acre parcel along Whiskey Road in Aiken.

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.

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 ought to give serious thoughts to instant replay
After reviewing the review process, it appears the Southeastern Conference could be headed toward using instant replay for its football games.

SEC ought to give serious thoughts to instant replay

SEC ought to give serious thoughts to instant replay
After reviewing the review process, it appears the Southeastern Conference could be headed toward using instant replay for its football games.

Duke stays No. 1, Ohio State jumps to third

Lady Lions coast; men lose at finish

Automate process of becoming slimmer
What if I told you it didn't have to be so hard to lose weight permanently? What if you could lose that weight - well, automatically? Skeptical? Why wouldn't you be! After all, magical claims of instant, effortless weight loss have proliferated for decades without delivering.

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.

Another chemical peril

Another chemical peril
North Augustans living in the neighborhood of the 900 block of Fairway Avenue got a grim and scary reminder last week that there's more than one kind of deadly chemical around besides chlorine, and that's methamphetamine - also known as "meth," "speed" or "crank."

Cult of selfishness
Columbia County's state lawmakers and the county commission will be doing their schools no favors if they follow through on a plan to make the tax exemption for the elderly competitive with Richmond County's much-more-generous exemption.

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

A nuclear comeback?

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.

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

Another chemical peril
North Augustans living in the neighborhood of the 900 block of Fairway Avenue got a grim and scary reminder last week that there's more than one kind of deadly chemical around besides chlorine, and that's methamphetamine - also known as "meth," "speed" or "crank."

Cult of selfishness
Columbia County's state lawmakers and the county commission will be doing their schools no favors if they follow through on a plan to make the tax exemption for the elderly competitive with Richmond County's much-more-generous exemption.

Cult of selfishness

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.

People in the News
LONDON - A new opera based on the life of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, featuring a rapper as Gadhafi and a chorus of all-female bodyguards, highlights the new season of the English National Opera.

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.

People in the News
LONDON - A new opera based on the life of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, featuring a rapper as Gadhafi and a chorus of all-female bodyguards, highlights the new season of the English National Opera.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Companies offer ID theft coverage as perk

Companies offer ID theft coverage as perk
NEW YORK - A growing number of companies are offering identity theft coverage as an employee benefit, in part to reduce lost time when a worker becomes a victim.

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

Companies offer ID theft coverage as perk
NEW YORK - A growing number of companies are offering identity theft coverage as an employee benefit, in part to reduce lost time when a worker becomes a victim.

Beware of costly college financial aid scams

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
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

A new year, a new challenge for Vijay Singh
HONOLULU - The procession of interviews was almost over and Vijay Singh was in no hurry. He had the Pacific Ocean on his left, the Sony Open trophy on a table to his right and a load lifted from his broad shoulders.

Singh picks up first win of the year

A new year, a new challenge for Vijay Singh

A new year, a new challenge for Vijay Singh
HONOLULU - The procession of interviews was almost over and Vijay Singh was in no hurry. He had the Pacific Ocean on his left, the Sony Open trophy on a table to his right and a load lifted from his broad shoulders.

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.

Tikkanen hits the ice in South Korea
TOKYO - Now pushing 40, Esa Tikkanen has found a whole new reason to come to the rink.

Focusing on food is the downfall of diet planning
You know, I'm beginning to think this New Year's diet tradition is the wrong way to go.

Focusing on food is the downfall of diet planning
You know, I'm beginning to think this New Year's diet tradition is the wrong way to go.

Singer Alicia Keys to perform in Augusta
Soul sensation Alicia Keys is scheduled to perform at Augusta's Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St., at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27. Tickets will cost $35-$50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

Shingo Katayama invited to 2005 Masters
Japanese golfer Shingo Katayama has been issued a special invitation to compete in this year's Masters Tournament.

Fort Gordon troops deployed to Kuwait
More than 300 soldiers from the 63rd Signal Battalion and 14 members of the 235th Signal Company were sent off at a deployment ceremony Tuesday, Jan. 18 at Alexander Hall at Fort Gordon.

Temblors reported in Columbia County
Columbia County's 911 dispatch office was flooded with calls early today from residents awakened by what emergency officials believe was a series of small earthquakes.

Election challenge had valid basis
I am writing to take issue with your editorial Jan. 9 titled "Un-American challenge."Sierra Wilson, Evans

Bush's stance undermines trust
Finally, President George W. Bush admitted that the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has concluded without any evidence of the banned weapons that he cited as justification for going to war. Larry Jarrett, Warrenville, S.C.

Election challenge had valid basis
I am writing to take issue with your editorial Jan. 9 titled "Un-American challenge." Sierra Wilson, Evans

Election challenge had valid basis

Slow down hazardous cargo trains
Observations on the Graniteville train wreck and chlorine release: Reports indicate the wreck was caused by a switch which was not returned to the correct position after shunting a train onto the siding. Victor Reilly, Aiken, S.C.

The poor fight rich men's wars

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

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

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.

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.

Letter's race argument is invalid

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

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

Tech marketing words getting scrutiny

As childhood obesity grows, few students attend P.E.

Milan offers sexy jeans and velvet tuxedos for winter

Fear of ghosts torments tsunami survivors

Health and fitness calendar

Seniors Calendar

This class is a thrill

Mini-reviews of video games available for Nintendo DS

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Fear of ghosts torments tsunami survivors
PHUKET, Thailand - Since the tsunami, taxi driver Wiwat Sakuldee is afraid of the dark and won't go near the beach. Like a lot of Thais on this resort island, he believes many of the disaster's victims have become restless spirits who haunt the streets after sunset.

Milan offers sexy jeans and velvet tuxedos for winter
MILAN, Italy - By her own words, Miuccia Prada has decided to take menswear seriously.

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.

As childhood obesity grows, few students attend P.E.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Lisa Lewis, a health professor, heard her two sons talk about how bad their high school P.E. class was, so she went to see for herself.

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.

Fear of ghosts torments tsunami survivors
PHUKET, Thailand - Since the tsunami, taxi driver Wiwat Sakuldee is afraid of the dark and won't go near the beach. Like a lot of Thais on this resort island, he believes many of the disaster's victims have become restless spirits who haunt the streets after sunset.

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.

Milan offers sexy jeans and velvet tuxedos for winter
MILAN, Italy - By her own words, Miuccia Prada has decided to take menswear seriously.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

This class is a thrill
If it goes bump in the night, Aman Kay probably has read about it.

As childhood obesity grows, few students attend P.E.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Lisa Lewis, a health professor, heard her two sons talk about how bad their high school P.E. class was, so she went to see for herself.

Seniors Calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Seniors Calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

This class is a thrill
If it goes bump in the night, Aman Kay probably has read about it.

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.

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

Church fire inquiry continues
NORTH AUGUSTA - Two red, warped crosses clung to the scorched brick walls on either side of the front door of what was left of Free Indeed Holiness Church on Bradleyville Road on Monday.

FBI investigates Macon councilman

Day of service
Moses Moore, of Georgia Power, helps to remove non-native species at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park.

Insomnia research perks up

Across South Carolina
ANDERSON - Authorities on Monday identified two people who died in a fiery head-on wreck on Interstate 85 in Anderson County.

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.

Schools open for parents to tour
GRANITEVILLE - First-grader Jeremy Eidson clutched his mother's hand Monday as he quietly surveyed the familiar halls of Byrd Elementary School, which he hadn't seen for more than a week.

Studio offers classes to budding talent

Corrections
Tickets for Monday night's NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet cost $400 per table. An item in Monday's The Week Ahead column included an incorrect price.

Fort Gordon troops deployed to Kuwait

Judicial site report is late

Shingo Katayama invited to 2005 Masters

Temblors reported in Columbia County

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.

Development signs University students

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

Church fire inquiry continues

Kid of the Day

Graniteville community information

Trail building slowed by legal battles

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

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.

Soldier's refusal shocks comrades

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.

Holiday closings

Town will long feel aftermath

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

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Celebrating a man and his dream
Killing terrorists to end terrorism is like killing mosquitoes to destroy malaria. The answer, instead, lies in ridding the world of the poverty and humiliation that breeds terrorism, media commentator Anthony Campolo told more than 1,000 in attendance at the 12th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Observance of the CSRA.

Relicensing of nuclear plants raises concerns

Kid of the Day
Chance Avery Dukes is today's Kid of the Day.

Ft. Benning terminal opens as troops deploy

Insomnia research perks up
At first, June Bromley and her doctor didn't know what to make of her fatigue and constant headaches.

Across the area

Development signs University students
Now leasing: University Village. While construction continues on the first student housing at Augusta State University, the leasing company has started signing up students for the gated community on Damascus Road.

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

Across the Southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. - Former Army doctor Jeffrey MacDonald, convicted 25 years ago of the stabbing deaths of his pregnant wife and two daughters, will seek parole but will continue to proclaim his innocence, one of his attorneys said Monday.

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.

Across the area
A Jackson man was killed when his motorcycle left the road and struck a tree, authorities said Monday.

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.

Across Georgia
COLLEGE PARK - Police are investigating the death of an infant who was delivered in an apartment bathroom.

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.

Judicial site report is late
Nine months after Augusta commissioners finally agreed on a site for a judicial center, they still haven't received an environmental report on the property that was due in September.

Schools open for parents to tour

Forensic anthropologist puts pieces together
ATHENS, Ga. - Make no bones about it, the career path chosen by Dr. Rick Snow is not for just anyone.

Macon, Georgia Power reach tentative deal

Firefighter breaks barriers, takes reins
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Perhaps her grandma wouldn't have punished Pamela Jackson so harshly for such a wicked childhood prank if she knew it would later lead to a lifelong passion to help save lives.

The week ahead

Electronics pile up in landfills
ATHENS, Ga. - Industry groups say hundreds of millions of discarded computers, televisions and other electronic devices get thrown away annually, and most of them will eventually end up in a landfill.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day events

Church fire inquiry continues
NORTH AUGUSTA - Two red, warped crosses clung to the scorched brick walls on either side of the front door of what was left of Free Indeed Holiness Church on Bradleyville Road on Monday.

Black sorority president always wanted to teach

Temblors reported in Columbia County
Columbia County's 911 dispatch office was flooded with calls early today from residents awakened by what emergency officials believe was a series of small earthquakes.

Singer Alicia Keys to perform in Augusta

Shingo Katayama invited to 2005 Masters
Japanese golfer Shingo Katayama has been issued a special invitation to compete in this year's Masters Tournament.

Firefighter breaks barriers, takes reins

News you can use

Celebrating a man and his dream

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.

Cops criticized over handling of meth lab

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.

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
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.

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.

Fort Gordon troops deployed to Kuwait
More than 300 soldiers from the 63rd Signal Battalion and 14 members of the 235th Signal Company were sent off at a deployment ceremony Tuesday, Jan. 18 at Alexander Hall at Fort Gordon.

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.

Corrections
Tickets for Monday night's NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet cost $400 per table. An item in Monday's The Week Ahead column included an incorrect price.

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.

Singer Alicia Keys to perform in Augusta
Soul sensation Alicia Keys is scheduled to perform at Augusta's Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St., at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27. Tickets will cost $35-$50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

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.

Schools open for parents to tour
GRANITEVILLE - First-grader Jeremy Eidson clutched his mother's hand Monday as he quietly surveyed the familiar halls of Byrd Elementary School, which he hadn't seen for more than a week.

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.

Across South Carolina
ANDERSON - Authorities on Monday identified two people who died in a fiery head-on wreck on Interstate 85 in Anderson County.

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

Day of service
Moses Moore, of Georgia Power, helps to remove non-native species at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park.

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 the area

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

Forensic anthropologist puts pieces together

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.

Corrections

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.

Electronics pile up in landfills

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Across the Southeast

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.

Day of service

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.

News you can use
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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.

Celebrating a man and his dream
Killing terrorists to end terrorism is like killing mosquitoes to destroy malaria. The answer, instead, lies in ridding the world of the poverty and humiliation that breeds terrorism, media commentator Anthony Campolo told more than 1,000 in attendance at the 12th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Observance of the CSRA.

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.

Kid of the Day
Chance Avery Dukes is today's Kid of the Day.

Five questions with Marion Barnes

Insomnia research perks up
At first, June Bromley and her doctor didn't know what to make of her fatigue and constant headaches.

Across Georgia

Across the Southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. - Former Army doctor Jeffrey MacDonald, convicted 25 years ago of the stabbing deaths of his pregnant wife and two daughters, will seek parole but will continue to proclaim his innocence, one of his attorneys said Monday.

Jackson: War, poverty damper King's legacy

Across Georgia
COLLEGE PARK - Police are investigating the death of an infant who was delivered in an apartment bathroom.

Across the southeast

Parents of soldier join vigil
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The parents of captured Army Spc. Matt Maupin walked into the main lobby of Jacksonville International Airport and were greeted as long-lost family by about 10 members of Friends Working to Free Scott Speicher.

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.

Electronics pile up in landfills
ATHENS, Ga. - Industry groups say hundreds of millions of discarded computers, televisions and other electronic devices get thrown away annually, and most of them will eventually end up in a landfill.

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.

Across the area
A Jackson man was killed when his motorcycle left the road and struck a tree, authorities said Monday.

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

Georgia gets more flu shots
ATLANTA - The state has gotten more flu shots, giving more people an opportunity to get the shot.

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.

Development signs University students
Now leasing: University Village. While construction continues on the first student housing at Augusta State University, the leasing company has started signing up students for the gated community on Damascus Road.

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

Judicial site report is late
Nine months after Augusta commissioners finally agreed on a site for a judicial center, they still haven't received an environmental report on the property that was due in September.

Rants and Raves
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Smoking ban battles continue
Advocates for a smoking ban in Richmond County are still gathering support even as Columbia County moves to dismiss a lawsuit challenging its ban.

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.

Forensic anthropologist puts pieces together
ATHENS, Ga. - Make no bones about it, the career path chosen by Dr. Rick Snow is not for just anyone.

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.

Firefighter breaks barriers, takes reins
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Perhaps her grandma wouldn't have punished Pamela Jackson so harshly for such a wicked childhood prank if she knew it would later lead to a lifelong passion to help save lives.

Meth bill may restrict pills

Rants and Raves
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Rants and Raves
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Officials discuss school programs

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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.

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.

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.

'Coach Carter' wins box-office tourney

'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

'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.

Kristin Hersh and her band cope with bad timing
NEW YORK - Rock singer Kristin Hersh had something else entirely in mind when she named her new band 50 Foot Wave.

Kristin Hersh and her band cope with bad timing

Kristin Hersh and her band cope with bad timing
NEW YORK - Rock singer Kristin Hersh had something else entirely in mind when she named her new band 50 Foot Wave.

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

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.

Nets end losing streak with win over Hawks
ATLANTA - Jason Kidd scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half as the New Jersey Nets ended a four-game losing streak with an 85-84 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday.

Duke stays No. 1, Ohio State jumps to third
Duke remained No. 1 in The Associated Press women's basketball poll and Ohio State matched its highest ranking in school history with a jump to third.

Lady Lions coast; men lose at finish
When Selina Kohn hears talk of her team's conference record, she gives the same response.

Lady Lions coast; men lose at finish
When Selina Kohn hears talk of her team's conference record, she gives the same response.

Duke stays No. 1, Ohio State jumps to third
Duke remained No. 1 in The Associated Press women's basketball poll and Ohio State matched its highest ranking in school history with a jump to third.

Manning's big season ends with another thud

Patriots shut down Colts

Niners pick Nolan to be new coach

Coaching mastermind faces another big test

Brookins, Hall relish chance

Falcons proved how good they are

Eagles top Vikings

Mora sees Falcons as underdogs

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Injury, foe no match for Agassi

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Kwan knows her work is never done

Federer, Serena Williams advance in Open
MELBOURNE, Australia - Roger Federer opened his Australian Open title defense with the type of dominant display that carried him to the No. 1 ranking last year.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Federer, Serena Williams advance in Open
MELBOURNE, Australia - Roger Federer opened his Australian Open title defense with the type of dominant display that carried him to the No. 1 ranking last year.

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.

Injury, foe no match for Agassi
MELBOURNE, Australia- His hip didn't bother him much, and neither did his opponent.

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.

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.

Injury, foe no match for Agassi
MELBOURNE, Australia- His hip didn't bother him much, and neither did his opponent.

Coaching mastermind faces another big test
FOXBORO, Mass. - The coaching genius knows how quickly his reputation can be tarnished.

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.

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.

Brookins, Hall relish chance
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Keith Brooking made it to the Super Bowl in his very first season - playing for the Atlanta Falcons, no less.

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.

Niners pick Nolan to be new coach
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Baltimore defensive coordinator Mike Nolan accepted the San Francisco 49ers' head coaching position Monday and began to negotiate a contract to take over the team that had the NFL's worst record last season.

Niners pick Nolan to be new coach
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Baltimore defensive coordinator Mike Nolan accepted the San Francisco 49ers' head coaching position Monday and began to negotiate a contract to take over the team that had the NFL's worst record last season.

Falcons proved how good they are
ATLANTA - Even after 11 wins and a season when the Falcons led the NFL in half a dozen different statistics, there was a sneaking uncertainty about just how good this team really was.

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.

Falcons proved how good they are
ATLANTA - Even after 11 wins and a season when the Falcons led the NFL in half a dozen different statistics, there was a sneaking uncertainty about just how good this team really was.

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.

Manning's big season ends with another thud
INDIANAPOLIS - Peyton Manning's best season still came up short. While he was breaking records, winning awards and putting together arguably the best season by an NFL quarterback, Manning's sole focus was leading the Indianapolis Colts to the Super Bowl.

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.

Coaching mastermind faces another big test
FOXBORO, Mass. - The coaching genius knows how quickly his reputation can be tarnished.

Brookins, Hall relish chance
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Keith Brooking made it to the Super Bowl in his very first season - playing for the Atlanta Falcons, no less.

Manning's big season ends with another thud
INDIANAPOLIS - Peyton Manning's best season still came up short. While he was breaking records, winning awards and putting together arguably the best season by an NFL quarterback, Manning's sole focus was leading the Indianapolis Colts to the Super Bowl.

Muslims gather for annual Hajj pilgrimage
Pilgrims circle the Kabaa at the Great mosque, Islam's holiest shrine, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

Muslims gather for annual Hajj pilgrimage
Pilgrims circle the Kabaa at the Great mosque, Islam's holiest shrine, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

Do Bush's speeches overplay religious rhetoric?
Amid postelection hysterics about supposed American theocracy, University of Washington professor David Domke has analyzed President Bush's use of speeches to boost "political fundamentalism," fuse politics with religiously based morals and vanquish liberal Democrats.

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.

Sliding in the ratings, Fox to lay off a little on reality
LOS ANGELES - The sagging Fox network's chief executive admitted Monday it had leaned too heavily on reality programming this TV season, including the disastrous "Who's Your Daddy?"

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?

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.

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.

Fox blurred a cartoon because of FCC worries
LOS ANGELES - Fox says it covered up the naked rear end of a cartoon character recently because of nervousness over what the Federal Communications Commission will find objectionable.

Sliding in the ratings, Fox to lay off a little on reality

Diverse Golden Globe field leaves Oscar race up in the air
LOS ANGELES - A year ago, the Golden Globes brought sharp focus to what ultimately proved to be a predictable Academy Awards season.

Network awaits final tally from tsunami benefit

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

Teen-oriented TV dramas feature emerging artists

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.

Diverse Golden Globe field leaves Oscar race up in the air

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.

Sliding in the ratings, Fox to lay off a little on reality
LOS ANGELES - The sagging Fox network's chief executive admitted Monday it had leaned too heavily on reality programming this TV season, including the disastrous "Who's Your Daddy?"

Diverse Golden Globe field leaves Oscar race up in the air
LOS ANGELES - A year ago, the Golden Globes brought sharp focus to what ultimately proved to be a predictable Academy Awards season.

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.

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.

People in the News

Universal to open "Fear Factor" attractions

Foxx, Eastwood earn Golden Globe honors

People in the News

Jerry Springer to host radio talk show

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

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
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
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

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.

'Battle for Middle-earth' gives fans one more 'Rings' outlet
Middle-earth is a place where Hobbits, nasty creatures and wandering trees roam; where swords are pulled in an instant and large battles are fought over living space and pride.

Xtreme calendar
WHO'S NEXT?: Tune in to the fourth season of the star-making American Idol. Simon, Paula and Randy begin their critique at 8 p.m. on Fox (WFXG, Channel 54).

Xtreme question of the week

My style

Eating the wrong foods can be harmful
Breakfast is a mythical meal for Danna Carswell, 15, and lunch is a love affair with potato chips and peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches.

Audio best

Prom and formal fashions to be modeled for charity
Prom season kicks off at 2:30 p.m. Sunday with a flurry of fun, fashion and fund raising at the first Fashion Extravaganza, to be held at Augusta State University's Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 2500 Walton Way.

Prom and formal fashions to be modeled for charity

Prom and formal fashions to be modeled for charity
Prom season kicks off at 2:30 p.m. Sunday with a flurry of fun, fashion and fund raising at the first Fashion Extravaganza, to be held at Augusta State University's Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 2500 Walton Way.

Brit rockers... banished buzzwords... annoying celebs

My style
THE FACTS: Ternisha Hood, 14, a freshman at Strom Thurmond High School

Brit rockers... banished buzzwords... annoying celebs
Sad about missing the British Invasion in the ‘60s? Well, luckily, even in 2005, there are bands that can make us feel we're living it, too.

Brit rockers... banished buzzwords... annoying celebs
Sad about missing the British Invasion in the 60s? Well, luckily, even in 2005, there are bands that can make us feel we're living it, too.

My style
THE FACTS: Ternisha Hood, 14, a freshman at Strom Thurmond High School

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold:

Miserable teenager needs a family talk

Xtreme calendar

Eating the wrong foods can be harmful

Eating the wrong foods can be harmful
Breakfast is a mythical meal for Danna Carswell, 15, and lunch is a love affair with potato chips and peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches.

Xtreme calendar
WHO'S NEXT?: Tune in to the fourth season of the star-making American Idol. Simon, Paula and Randy begin their critique at 8 p.m. on Fox (WFXG, Channel 54).

Miserable teenager needs a family talk
This week's problem: I am a senior in high school, and my family and I are constantly going at it. We never really had a relationship to begin with, but it has gotten a whole lot worse. It gets so bad at times I just want to end my life.

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold:

Xtreme question of the week
Do teens know enough about money management?

Miserable teenager needs a family talk
This week's problem: I am a senior in high school, and my family and I are constantly going at it. We never really had a relationship to begin with, but it has gotten a whole lot worse. It gets so bad at times I just want to end my life.

Xtreme question of the week
Do teens know enough about money management?

Odds and Ends

Woman, 66, is world's oldest to give birth

Muslims gather for annual Hajj pilgrimage