Help me teach Illinois children about our area

Magazine publisher convicted of insulting pope
WARSAW, Poland - The former communist-era government spokesman was convicted and fined $6,500 Tuesday for insulting Polish-born Pope John Paul II in a satirical weekly.

Odds and Ends
WENATCHEE, Wash. - They look like simple yellow flowers amid golden hills, but the blooms on the front of the new North Central Washington telephone book are really just weeds.

Magazine publisher convicted of insulting pope
WARSAW, Poland - The former communist-era government spokesman was convicted and fined $6,500 Tuesday for insulting Polish-born Pope John Paul II in a satirical weekly.

Odds and Ends
WENATCHEE, Wash. - They look like simple yellow flowers amid golden hills, but the blooms on the front of the new North Central Washington telephone book are really just weeds.

Lower fares reach Augusta
Augusta Regional Airport officials want all area travelers to be aware that, yes, Delta's new low fares apply locally.

Cingular reports loss with purchase
ATLANTA - Cingular Wireless LLC, the nation's largest mobile phone provider, said it lost $497 million in the fourth quarter as it completed its $41 billion purchase of AT&T Wireless Services Inc. It also said Monday that it ended 2004 with 49.1 million customers, an increase of 1.8 million.

Lower fares reach Augusta

Colleges ratchet up Augusta economy
State university-system schools pumped nearly $950 million into the Augusta economy during the past fiscal year, a recent study states.

Bill to target pesky calls

Europe to get new Windows
SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. will immediately ship a version of Windows stripped of the company's multimedia player in Europe and divulge some software blueprints, even as it continues to appeal those same European Union sanctions.

Monsanto will buy seed company
ST. LOUIS - Agricultural biotechnology giant Monsanto Co. will buy vegetable and fruit seed company Seminis Inc. for roughly $1 billion in cash, broadening its portfolio of seeds and tapping into the trend of healthier diets, both companies announced Monday.

Lower fares reach Augusta
Augusta Regional Airport officials want all area travelers to be aware that, yes, Delta's new low fares apply locally.

Business briefs

Kimberly-Clark suffers setback
DALLAS - Consumer-products giant Kimberly-Clark Corp. said Monday that its fourth-quarter profit fell 3 percent as tough competition dragged down prices of diapers and training pants.

Trial of former WorldCom CEO begins

BellSouth reports 4th-quarter gain
ATLANTA - BellSouth Corp., the regional phone giant that provides service in the Southeast, reported that its earnings climbed 87 percent in the fourth quarter because of a big gain on the sale of its Latin American business.

Critics and supporters debate success of PublishAmerica

Europe to get new Windows

Trial of former WorldCom CEO begins
NEW YORK - Former WorldCom Inc. chief Bernard Ebbers orchestrated an $11 billion accounting fraud and then told "lie after lie after lie" about the telecommunications giant's crumbling finances to protect its stock price and his own personal fortune, a prosecutor said Tuesday in opening statements at Ebbers' trial.

City could soon get its 1st Starbucks

Critics and supporters debate success of PublishAmerica
NEW YORK - Six years ago, Larry Clopper was a Web marketing consultant who had written two books he couldn't get published. One of his clients, Willem Meiners, owned a publishing company called Erica House, the kind of place frustrated authors often turn to. It was a vanity press - a business that makes authors pay to be published.

Monsanto will buy seed company

Colleges ratchet up Augusta economy
State university-system schools pumped nearly $950 million into the Augusta economy during the past fiscal year, a recent study states.

Bill to target pesky calls
ATLANTA - Help might be on the way for Georgians who don't want to be bothered on their cell phones by the ring tones of pesky telemarketers.

Business briefs
Augusta State Univeristy will play host to two career expos next month.

City could soon get its 1st Starbucks
Richmond County officials have approved developers' plans to build a Starbucks near the intersection of Washington Road and Interstate 20.

Trial of former WorldCom CEO begins
NEW YORK - Former WorldCom Inc. chief Bernard Ebbers orchestrated an $11 billion accounting fraud and then told "lie after lie after lie" about the telecommunications giant's crumbling finances to protect its stock price and his own personal fortune, a prosecutor said Tuesday in opening statements at Ebbers' trial.

Europe to get new Windows
SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. will immediately ship a version of Windows stripped of the company's multimedia player in Europe and divulge some software blueprints, even as it continues to appeal those same European Union sanctions.

Business briefs
Augusta State Univeristy will play host to two career expos next month.

Monsanto will buy seed company
ST. LOUIS - Agricultural biotechnology giant Monsanto Co. will buy vegetable and fruit seed company Seminis Inc. for roughly $1 billion in cash, broadening its portfolio of seeds and tapping into the trend of healthier diets, both companies announced Monday.

EarthLink wins agreement to end spam
ATLANTA - Two members of an alleged spamming ring paid Earthlink an undisclosed amount to settle a lawsuit, agreeing also to stop sending unsolicited e-mail, the Internet service provider said Tuesday.

Bill to target pesky calls
ATLANTA - Help might be on the way for Georgians who don't want to be bothered on their cell phones by the ring tones of pesky telemarketers.

Critics and supporters debate success of PublishAmerica
NEW YORK - Six years ago, Larry Clopper was a Web marketing consultant who had written two books he couldn't get published. One of his clients, Willem Meiners, owned a publishing company called Erica House, the kind of place frustrated authors often turn to. It was a vanity press - a business that makes authors pay to be published.

City could soon get its 1st Starbucks
Richmond County officials have approved developers' plans to build a Starbucks near the intersection of Washington Road and Interstate 20.

Earnings reports help calm investor worries
NEW YORK - A raft of strong earnings reports buoyed investors' lagging confidence and sent stocks sharply higher Tuesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average turning in its best showing of the year.

Colleges ratchet up Augusta economy

Clemson coordinators to make $175,000 per year
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson's new offensive and defensive coordinators will be paid $175,000 during each year of their two-year contracts.

Hall of Fame building nears reality

Eat soup to help in effort for weight loss
Unless you're one of the lucky ones who live in a warm climate, a nice cup of hot soup probably sounds like a great idea right now, but soup can do a lot more than warm you up - it also can fill you up and help you lose weight.

A vision of freedom

State smoke ban urged
The word in Atlanta is that a statewide ban on smoking in or near most public buildings, including restaurants and bars, has stronger support in the legislature this year than last year - and last year it almost passed.

A heartfelt goodnight

State smoke ban urged

State smoke ban urged
The word in Atlanta is that a statewide ban on smoking in or near most public buildings, including restaurants and bars, has stronger support in the legislature this year than last year - and last year it almost passed.

A vision of freedom
It's not often we lament the passing of a communist leader, but Zhao Ziyang is the exception that proves the rule. In fact, one wonders if he was a communist at all, even though he was a protege of Deng Xiaoping, and was, for a while, the official head of China's all-powerful Communist Party.

A vision of freedom
It's not often we lament the passing of a communist leader, but Zhao Ziyang is the exception that proves the rule. In fact, one wonders if he was a communist at all, even though he was a protege of Deng Xiaoping, and was, for a while, the official head of China's all-powerful Communist Party.

Courage in Iran
Shirin Ebadi's courageous stance on behalf of freedom - and against Iran's hard-line Revolutionary Court - earned her a Nobel Peace Prize in 2003, the first Muslim woman to be so honored.

A heartfelt goodnight
Many of us know what it's like to hear that an old and dear friend, whom we haven't seen in years, has died. Such was the impact that word of Johnny Carson's death had on tens of millions of Americans Sunday.

A heartfelt goodnight
Many of us know what it's like to hear that an old and dear friend, whom we haven't seen in years, has died. Such was the impact that word of Johnny Carson's death had on tens of millions of Americans Sunday.

People in the News
PARK CITY, Utah - Celebrity photographer-filmmaker David LaChapelle was arrested during the opening weekend of the Sundance Film Festival after a run-in with police.

People in the News
PARK CITY, Utah - Celebrity photographer-filmmaker David LaChapelle was arrested during the opening weekend of the Sundance Film Festival after a run-in with police.

Listening device seized outside Nicole Kidman's home
SYDNEY, Australia - Detectives are investigating an electronic listening device that was allegedly planted outside Nicole Kidman's Sydney mansion, police said.

Listening device seized outside Nicole Kidman's home
SYDNEY, Australia - Detectives are investigating an electronic listening device that was allegedly planted outside Nicole Kidman's Sydney mansion, police said.

Prosecutors interview Cosby accuser
PHILADELPHIA - Prosecutors say they want to interview Bill Cosby after meeting with a former Temple University employee who alleges the comedian fondled her in his suburban Philadelphia home.

Celebrities remember Johnny Carson
LOS ANGELES - Stars who spent time on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show couch came away with a shared insight: America's late-night TV buddy was a singular talent and man.

Celebrities remember Johnny Carson
LOS ANGELES - Stars who spent time on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show couch came away with a shared insight: America's late-night TV buddy was a singular talent and man.

Prosecutors interview Cosby accuser
PHILADELPHIA - Prosecutors say they want to interview Bill Cosby after meeting with a former Temple University employee who alleges the comedian fondled her in his suburban Philadelphia home.

Italian ham and cheese top a super-stylish pizza
A homemade pizza dressed up with Italian ham and Parmesan cheese is easily and quickly put together - but even if it's just as quickly eaten up, those who sample it will have time to register its good taste, and won't soon forget it.

Italian ham and cheese top a super-stylish pizza
A homemade pizza dressed up with Italian ham and Parmesan cheese is easily and quickly put together - but even if it's just as quickly eaten up, those who sample it will have time to register its good taste, and won't soon forget it.

Italian ham and cheese top a super-stylish pizza

Spiced Indian kidney beans, a vegetarian delight

Make low-fat meal with oven-fried chicken
Here's a welcome variation on a familiar theme: Oven-Fried Chicken Breasts made with a recipe whose crispy vitamin-rich coating would work just as well for shrimp or baked sea-bass fillets.

Make low-fat meal with oven-fried chicken

Spiced Indian kidney beans, a vegetarian delight
CONCORD, N.H. - My cooking rarely has time for the esoteric. Granted, my idea of run-of-the-mill meals tend to the international and my spice collection does run in the 100-plus range. Even so, I rarely have time to chase hard-to-find ingredients or master foreign techniques.

Spiced Indian kidney beans, a vegetarian delight
CONCORD, N.H. - My cooking rarely has time for the esoteric. Granted, my idea of run-of-the-mill meals tend to the international and my spice collection does run in the 100-plus range. Even so, I rarely have time to chase hard-to-find ingredients or master foreign techniques.

Make low-fat meal with oven-fried chicken
Here's a welcome variation on a familiar theme: Oven-Fried Chicken Breasts made with a recipe whose crispy vitamin-rich coating would work just as well for shrimp or baked sea-bass fillets.

Sophisticat brings Ray back for title shot
Mild-mannered Gary Ray has good reason for showing and disappearing in the Augusta Futurity the past three decades.

Sophisticat brings Ray back for title shot
Mild-mannered Gary Ray has good reason for showing and disappearing in the Augusta Futurity the past three decades.

Cutter's luck is improving
Lloyd Cox doesn't reflect back on last year and mention bad luck.

Stirring ride laid down by 'local' cutter
Robert Graves lives 2 hours away from Augusta, but considers it home - at least during the Augusta Futurity.

Stirring ride laid down by 'local' cutter

Stirring ride laid down by 'local' cutter
Robert Graves lives 2 hours away from Augusta, but considers it home - at least during the Augusta Futurity.

Cutter's luck is improving
Lloyd Cox doesn't reflect back on last year and mention bad luck.

Cutter's luck is improving

Sophisticat brings Ray back for title shot

Elder could miss two more weeks
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech will be shorthanded this week as it tries to snap its longest losing streak in two seasons.

Elder could miss two more weeks
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech will be shorthanded this week as it tries to snap its longest losing streak in two seasons.

Elder could miss two more weeks

Kelly to coach GreenJackets
When the 2005 Augusta Green-Jackets take the field for the first time April 7, they will have 35 years of Major League Baseball playing experience on their bench.

Kelly to coach GreenJackets
When the 2005 Augusta Green-Jackets take the field for the first time April 7, they will have 35 years of Major League Baseball playing experience on their bench.

Upcoming Events in Golf

Woods not perfect, but off to a good start
SAN DIEGO - Ever since Tiger Woods had that moment on the practice range in November when his swing changes suddenly made perfect sense, his record has been nearly perfect.

Woods not perfect, but off to a good start
SAN DIEGO - Ever since Tiger Woods had that moment on the practice range in November when his swing changes suddenly made perfect sense, his record has been nearly perfect.

Woods not perfect, but off to a good start

Upcoming Events in Golf
A list of upcoming tournaments:

Upcoming Events in Golf
A list of upcoming tournaments:

Woods lays groundwork for foundation
ANAHEIM, Calif. - The driving range where Tiger Woods warmed up before playing 9-hole matches in high school is now a pad of dirt, the start of something he believes will be more significant than his career Grand Slam.

Kelly to coach GreenJackets

Prep basketball scores

Wolfpack's Holmes gets a victory ride

Thoroughbreds snap losing streak to rival

NHL talks to resume in hopes of saving season
NEW YORK - The NHL and the players' association are taking another shot at saving the hockey season, which seemingly has been on the brink of cancellation for weeks.

NHL talks to resume this week

NHL talks to resume in hopes of saving season
NEW YORK - The NHL and the players' association are taking another shot at saving the hockey season, which seemingly has been on the brink of cancellation for weeks.

NHL talks to resume this week
NEW YORK - The NHL and the players' association will resume talks this week in a bid to save the season - and they'll meet yet again without commissioner Gary Bettman or union head Bob Goodenow.

NHL talks to resume in hopes of saving season

NHL talks to resume this week
NEW YORK - The NHL and the players' association will resume talks this week in a bid to save the season - and they'll meet yet again without commissioner Gary Bettman or union head Bob Goodenow.

Go Italian with pasta-marinara dish
Pasta topped with sauce from a jar can be a quick answer to the dinner dilemma for busy families. With just a few minutes more in the kitchen, however, you can create an over-the-top pasta entree that's full of flavor with my Shells Arrabbiata.

Help me teach Illinois children about our area
The fourth-grade class at Gifford Grade School No. 988 in Gifford, Ill., sends this request.

Help me teach Illinois children about our area
The fourth-grade class at Gifford Grade School No. 988 in Gifford, Ill., sends this request.

Judge who desegregated UGA dies at age 102
MACON, Ga. - Retired U.S. District Judge William Augustus Bootle, who issued a string of historic civil rights rulings in the 1960s including the 1961 order allowing blacks to enter the University of Georgia, died at his home Tuesday. He was 102.

Settlement reached in plant explosion case
Attorneys for the families of three men killed in a 2001 explosion at a plant in Augusta announced this afternoon that they have reached a settlement with the company.

Readers sniffs socialism in editorial
Regarding the Jan. 18 editorial, "Cult of selfishness": The writer puts forth the myth that older people are obligated to pay for an attempt to educate the uneducable. James Roscoe Waid, Appling

Spokeswoman must be forthcoming

The elderly are far from selfish
Regarding the Jan. 18 editorial "Cult of selfishness": First, it was a mean-spirited slap at older Americans. Angela Kelley, Beech Island, S.C.

Yes, U.S. is an occupier in Iraq
In your Jan. 23 editorial "U.S. not 'occupiers'," you severely reprimand those who would call U.S. forces in Iraq "occupiers," instead of - as you prefer - "liberators."Jurgen Brauer, Augusta

Let's bail out of WTO
Congress had our nation join the World Trade Organization in 1994. Prior to the vote, then-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., said that passing the measure would accomplish "transferring from the United States at a practical level significant authority to a new organization." Glenda Windham, Wagener, S.C.

Punish general, fire Rumsfeld

Spokeswoman must be forthcoming
I saw the interviewEmily Pantelides, WJBF-TV reporter, attempted toconduct with former reporter and Richmond County schools spokeswoman Mechelle Jordan about the lack of heat in several schools. Ginny Sherwood, Augusta

Yes, U.S. is an occupier in Iraq

Spokeswoman must be forthcoming
I saw the interviewEmily Pantelides, WJBF-TV reporter, attempted toconduct with former reporter and Richmond County schools spokeswoman Mechelle Jordan about the lack of heat in several schools.Ginny Sherwood, Augusta

Museum director left it better
Richard Westcott was too good for this town. I once told that to an Augusta native who took umbrage. Although those were not the words he used.Tom Hunter, Augusta

The elderly are far from selfish

Yes, U.S. is an occupier in Iraq
In your Jan. 23 editorial "U.S. not 'occupiers'," you severely reprimand those who would call U.S. forces in Iraq "occupiers," instead of - as you prefer - "liberators." Jurgen Brauer, Augusta

Museum director left it better
Richard Westcott was too good for this town. I once told that to an Augusta native who took umbrage. Although those were not the words he used.Tom Hunter, Augusta

The elderly are far from selfish
Regarding the Jan. 18 editorial "Cult of selfishness": First, it was a mean-spirited slap at older Americans. Angela Kelley, Beech Island, S.C.

Punish general, fire Rumsfeld
Your Jan. 19 editorial should not only have called for a stiffer penalty for Spec. Charles Graner, but for the dishonorable discharge of Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the rest of his subordinates ... Joaquin Godoy, Aiken, S.C.

Come pray for an end to abortions
A west Augusta abortion clinic, doing business as "A Preferred Health Center," is a two-story, red-brick colonial between professional buildings near the southeast corner of Davis and Pleasant Home roads. Gene Binet, Martinez

Punish general, fire Rumsfeld
Your Jan. 19 editorial should not only have called for a stiffer penalty for Spec. Charles Graner, but for the dishonorable discharge of Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the rest of his subordinates ...Joaquin Godoy, Aiken, S.C.

Museum director left it better

Seniors calendar

Endless music is in the palm of your hand

Health and fitness calendar

Study: weight may hinder accuracy of prostate cancer test

Endless music is in the palm of your hand
The future of music has never looked so small. Aided by rising storage capacity and shrinking price tags, portable digital music players are quickly working their way into our lives, much as cell phones did a decade ago.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information.

Study: weight may hinder accuracy of prostate cancer test
ATLANTA - A new study suggests a man's weight may affect the accuracy of a common test to detect prostate cancer, leading researchers to warn that doctors could be missing the dangerous cancer in obese men.

Endless music is in the palm of your hand
The future of music has never looked so small. Aided by rising storage capacity and shrinking price tags, portable digital music players are quickly working their way into our lives, much as cell phones did a decade ago.

Study: weight may hinder accuracy of prostate cancer test
ATLANTA - A new study suggests a man's weight may affect the accuracy of a common test to detect prostate cancer, leading researchers to warn that doctors could be missing the dangerous cancer in obese men.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures.

Augusta Lynx coach trades another forward
For the second time in less than two weeks, Augusta Lynx coach Stan Drulia has traded away one of his forwards.

All-Star Game will feature Augusta duo
The news came smack dab in the middle of one of the Augusta Lynx's busiest stretches of the season. Forward Ken Magowan and broadcaster Tom Callahan would represent the Lynx in the ECHL All-Star Game tonight in Reading, Pa.

All-Star Game will feature Augusta duo

Augusta Lynx coach trades another forward
For the second time in less than two weeks, Augusta Lynx coach Stan Drulia has traded away one of his forwards.

All-Star Game will feature Augusta duo
The news came smack dab in the middle of one of the Augusta Lynx's busiest stretches of the season. Forward Ken Magowan and broadcaster Tom Callahan would represent the Lynx in the ECHL All-Star Game tonight in Reading, Pa.

Augusta Lynx coach trades another forward

Lab aided train wreck emergency effort
NEW ELLENTON - Emergency decision-makers dealing with the Graniteville train disaster relied on the sophisticated forecasting expertise of meteorologists based at the Savannah River National Laboratory.

Study: SRS does not raise risk of cancer

Student to shed light on abuse
Fatima Cody Stanford heard sexual assault coldly summed up by one prisoner who confessed that he felt more powerful raping men than he would raping women.

Lab aided train wreck emergency effort

Reactor builders have site on radar
AIKEN - Savannah River Site could be one of two locations selected by a partnership of energy companies testing the regulatory waters for America's next generation of commercial nuclear power plants, a top atomic power booster said Tuesday.

Molestation indictments charge 3

Kid of the Day
Taylor Hensley is today's Kid of the Day.

Panel discusses education hurdles

Across Georgia

Board discusses early release plan

Judge opened doors at UGA
The "judicial trailblazer" who delivered the ruling to desegregate the University of Georgia in 1961 died at his home in Macon, Ga., on Tuesday morning.

Republicans won't support abortion ban

Wooded lots increase fire risk
The growing appeal of large, wooded lots in Richmond and Columbia counties puts more and more property at risk of damage by wildfires, according to Richmond County's senior forester.

Judge opened doors at UGA

Dispatchers get help from above

Kid of the Day

Grants give safety net to communities
ATLANTA - Nearly half of the Georgia communities that have military bases have applied for Pentagon planning grants to prepare for transforming their installations in case they are recommended for closing.

Across the area

Official revives smoking ban talk

Reactor builders have site on radar

School board to discuss early release

Across the region

Heaters break at 12 schools
Twelve schools in Richmond County were struggling with broken heaters Monday, a normal problem during the winter, the district spokeswoman said.

News you can use

Company settles with families of three victims
Attorneys for the families of three men killed in a 2001 explosion at a plant in Augusta announced Tuesday that they reached a settlement with a company sued for liability in the men's deaths.

Tax cut may lure retirees to state

Republicans won't support abortion ban
ATLANTA - Republican leaders Tuesday quickly ruled out giving their support to a new bill that would ban all abortions in Georgia, making the measure an almost certain failure.

Wooded lots increase fire risk

Schools try to ease scheduling issues
Class schedules for next year should be ready before Richmond County students leave in May, preventing a repeat of the disastrous start to the 2004-05 school year, Superintendent Charles Larke said.

City will buy sewer system

Study: SRS does not raise risk of cancer
A hypothetical set of residents living and working near the Savannah River Site don't have a statistically higher risk of cancer from Cold War-era radiation, the draft of a landmark study of health risks states.

DFCS director vows to improve division

Judge who desegregated UGA dies at age 102
MACON, Ga. - Retired U.S. District Judge William Augustus Bootle, who issued a string of historic civil rights rulings in the 1960s including the 1961 order allowing blacks to enter the University of Georgia, died at his home Tuesday. He was 102.

Authority will write off debts

Blaze consumes building
Augusta-Richmond County firefighters work to put out a structure fire in an abandonded building at the corner of Dugas Street and James Brown Boulevard in Augusta.

Correction

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The South Carolina Supreme Court on Monday overturned the death sentence of an Anderson man who pleaded guilty in 2001 to fatally stabbing a man.

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

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Board discusses early release plan
Dismissing rumors that the Columbia County School Board intended to vote on an early release plan for elementary schools, Superintendent Tommy Price stressed at a Tuesday school board meeting that the plan was only being examined.

Thurmond goes back to his roots
AIKEN - Strom Thurmond Jr. started his career as a private attorney in Aiken on Monday with a brief jaunt to his old stomping grounds at the county courthouse.

Kid of the Day
Clayton Gregory Sherrod is today's Kid of the Day.

Judge who desegregated UGA dies at age 102

Molestation indictments charge 3
A Richmond County grand jury handed down indictments Tuesday against three people accused in separate incidents of child molestation.

Kid of the Day

Wooded lots increase fire risk
The growing appeal of large, wooded lots in Richmond and Columbia counties puts more and more property at risk of damage by wildfires, according to Richmond County's senior forester.

Grants give safety net to communities

Correction
A photo caption in Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle contained incorrect information. Former U.S. attorney Strom Thurmond Jr. was looking at a picture of his father with former South Carolina governors and former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole.

Study: SRS does not raise risk of cancer
A hypothetical set of residents living and working near the Savannah River Site don't have a statistically higher risk of cancer from Cold War-era radiation, the draft of a landmark study of health risks states.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Across the area
Further appeals are likely in the case of a controversial landfill proposed for Taliaferro County, where residents are battling a developer in efforts to block state permits needed for the project.

DFCS director vows to improve division
The new director of the Richmond County Division of Family and Children Services is vowing to improve service and open the beleaguered office to the community.

GOP's pick wins DOT seat
ATLANTA - State lawmakers from Georgia's 12th Congressional District on Tuesday elected a former Bulloch County Commission chairman to represent the vast district on the state Department of Transportation Board.

GOP's pick wins DOT seat

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

Dispatchers get help from above
Ryan Goodson never thought he'd be able to see the ambulances he dispatches and track their exact whereabouts.

School tax credit is criticized
AIKEN - Key lawmakers are again poised to support Gov. Mark Sanford's proposal to give tax credits to parents who transfer their children to other schools, but the idea still faces opposition from local educators.

Court considers defendant's low IQ in appeal
ATLANTA - An Athens man with an IQ of 45 is the center of a Supreme Court case over when appellate courts should overturn a jury's decision.

Official revives smoking ban talk
ATHENS, Ga. - Athens-Clarke County commissioners soon could take up debate to enact a full smoking ban for bars and restaurants, and this time it seems likely to pass.

Grants give safety net to communities
ATLANTA - Nearly half of the Georgia communities that have military bases have applied for Pentagon planning grants to prepare for transforming their installations in case they are recommended for closing.

Authority will write off debts
The Augusta-Richmond Coun-ty Coliseum Authority agreed Tuesday to write off nearly $12,000 in bad debt.

Across the area
Columbia County authorities are evaluating weekend reports that a series of aftershocks might have followed three small earthquakes last week in the Evans area.

Company settles with families of three victims

Thurmond goes back to his roots
AIKEN - Strom Thurmond Jr. started his career as a private attorney in Aiken on Monday with a brief jaunt to his old stomping grounds at the county courthouse.

Thurmond goes back to his roots

Judge rules against landfill

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

Republicans won't support abortion ban
ATLANTA - Republican leaders Tuesday quickly ruled out giving their support to a new bill that would ban all abortions in Georgia, making the measure an almost certain failure.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Across the region
JONESBORO, GA. - Two more employees of the Clayton County Sheriff's Department have filed a lawsuit against Sheriff Victor Hill, saying he discriminated against white employees when filling senior positions.

Kid of the Day
Taylor Hensley is today's Kid of the Day.

Official revives smoking ban talk
ATHENS, Ga. - Athens-Clarke County commissioners soon could take up debate to enact a full smoking ban for bars and restaurants, and this time it seems likely to pass.

Blaze consumes building
Augusta-Richmond County firefighters work to put out a structure fire in an abandonded building at the corner of Dugas Street and James Brown Boulevard in Augusta.

Panel discusses education hurdles
Ways to minimize what's often characterized as a general distrust between blacks and whites was the topic of discussion at a community forum at Paine College on Tuesday night.

School tax credit is criticized
AIKEN - Key lawmakers are again poised to support Gov. Mark Sanford's proposal to give tax credits to parents who transfer their children to other schools, but the idea still faces opposition from local educators.

Tax cut may lure retirees to state
AIKEN - When promoting his plan to cut South Carolina's income tax, Gov. Mark Sanford has consistently said that doing so would help small businesses grow.

Judge rules against landfill
A Fulton County Superior Court judge has reversed an Oct. 4 ruling that cleared the way for a controversial landfill in Taliaferro County.

City will buy sewer system
AIKEN - After years of waiting for a private sewage company to stop wastewater contaminants from trickling into ponds near their Aiken neighborhoods, dozens of homeowners, including Paige Rabon, turned to the city for help.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Home school and private school pupils would be allowed to take online public school courses under changes a Senate committee made Monday to a bill backed by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Judge opened doors at UGA
The "judicial trailblazer" who delivered the ruling to desegregate the University of Georgia in 1961 died at his home in Macon, Ga., on Tuesday morning.

UGA leader urges more private giving
ATHENS, Ga. - More staff, more work and academic success have helped the University of Georgia double the amount of private money raised each year.

Across the area
Further appeals are likely in the case of a controversial landfill proposed for Taliaferro County, where residents are battling a developer in efforts to block state permits needed for the project.

School board to discuss early release
Parents curious about an early release proposal for Columbia County schools might get some answers at tonight's school board meeting.

Company settles with families of three victims
Attorneys for the families of three men killed in a 2001 explosion at a plant in Augusta announced Tuesday that they reached a settlement with a company sued for liability in the men's deaths.

Student to shed light on abuse
Fatima Cody Stanford heard sexual assault coldly summed up by one prisoner who confessed that he felt more powerful raping men than he would raping women.

GOP's pick wins DOT seat
ATLANTA - State lawmakers from Georgia's 12th Congressional District on Tuesday elected a former Bulloch County Commission chairman to represent the vast district on the state Department of Transportation Board.

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

Lab aided train wreck emergency effort
NEW ELLENTON - Emergency decision-makers dealing with the Graniteville train disaster relied on the sophisticated forecasting expertise of meteorologists based at the Savannah River National Laboratory.

Dispatchers get help from above
Ryan Goodson never thought he'd be able to see the ambulances he dispatches and track their exact whereabouts.

Reactor builders have site on radar
AIKEN - Savannah River Site could be one of two locations selected by a partnership of energy companies testing the regulatory waters for America's next generation of commercial nuclear power plants, a top atomic power booster said Tuesday.

Court considers defendant's low IQ in appeal
ATLANTA - An Athens man with an IQ of 45 is the center of a Supreme Court case over when appellate courts should overturn a jury's decision.

Authority will write off debts
The Augusta-Richmond Coun-ty Coliseum Authority agreed Tuesday to write off nearly $12,000 in bad debt.

Across the area
Columbia County authorities are evaluating weekend reports that a series of aftershocks might have followed three small earthquakes last week in the Evans area.

DFCS director vows to improve division
The new director of the Richmond County Division of Family and Children Services is vowing to improve service and open the beleaguered office to the community.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Home school and private school pupils would be allowed to take online public school courses under changes a Senate committee made Monday to a bill backed by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Correction
A photo caption in Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle contained incorrect information. Former U.S. attorney Strom Thurmond Jr. was looking at a picture of his father with former South Carolina governors and former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole.

School board to discuss early release
Parents curious about an early release proposal for Columbia County schools might get some answers at tonight's school board meeting.

Board discusses early release plan
Dismissing rumors that the Columbia County School Board intended to vote on an early release plan for elementary schools, Superintendent Tommy Price stressed at a Tuesday school board meeting that the plan was only being examined.

Judge rules against landfill
A Fulton County Superior Court judge has reversed an Oct. 4 ruling that cleared the way for a controversial landfill in Taliaferro County.

Kid of the Day
Clayton Gregory Sherrod is today's Kid of the Day.

Blaze consumes building

Molestation indictments charge 3
A Richmond County grand jury handed down indictments Tuesday against three people accused in separate incidents of child molestation.

UGA leader urges more private giving

Across the region
JONESBORO, GA. - Two more employees of the Clayton County Sheriff's Department have filed a lawsuit against Sheriff Victor Hill, saying he discriminated against white employees when filling senior positions.

Across the area

Panel discusses education hurdles
Ways to minimize what's often characterized as a general distrust between blacks and whites was the topic of discussion at a community forum at Paine College on Tuesday night.

School tax credit is criticized

Bar investigates lawyers' activities
AIKEN - Allegations of unethical behavior from lawyers looking to profit off individuals harmed by the Jan. 6 train collision and chlorine spill in Graniteville has drawn the ire of the South Carolina Bar.

Student to shed light on abuse

Tax cut may lure retirees to state
AIKEN - When promoting his plan to cut South Carolina's income tax, Gov. Mark Sanford has consistently said that doing so would help small businesses grow.

Court considers defendant's low IQ in appeal

12 accused of train wreck fraud
AIKEN - Twelve more people have been arrested and accused of defrauding Norfolk Southern Corp., the Aiken County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

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Wrestler won't face charge
A charge of rape against a former Lakeside High School wrestler in Chattanooga, Tenn., has been dismissed.

UGA leader urges more private giving
ATHENS, Ga. - More staff, more work and academic success have helped the University of Georgia double the amount of private money raised each year.

City will buy sewer system
AIKEN - After years of waiting for a private sewage company to stop wastewater contaminants from trickling into ponds near their Aiken neighborhoods, dozens of homeowners, including Paige Rabon, turned to the city for help.

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At the Movies: 'Million Dollar Baby'
Hilary Swank showed signs of becoming one of those actresses who wins an Academy Award then fades into a succession of forgettable roles. But with Clint Eastwood's splendid "Million Dollar Baby," she makes a comeback worthy of Muhammad Ali, playing a woman hoping to rise above her hard-knock life by training as a boxer.

'The Aviator' wins top Producers Guild award
CULVER CITY, Calif. - The Howard Hughes biopic "The Aviator," claimed another top prize at the Producers Guild of America awards.

At the Movies: 'Million Dollar Baby'

At the Movies: 'Million Dollar Baby'
Hilary Swank showed signs of becoming one of those actresses who wins an Academy Award then fades into a succession of forgettable roles. But with Clint Eastwood's splendid "Million Dollar Baby," she makes a comeback worthy of Muhammad Ali, playing a woman hoping to rise above her hard-knock life by training as a boxer.

Rapper Nas, father teach class at Morehouse College
ATLANTA - Students enrolled in Morehouse College's jazz-improv class had Nasty Nas in their area Monday.

Rapper Nas, father teach class at Morehouse College
ATLANTA - Students enrolled in Morehouse College's jazz-improv class had Nasty Nas in their area Monday.

Rapper Nas, father teach class at Morehouse College

Rapper named head of Virgin Records Urban Music
NEW YORK - Hit producer and sometime rapper Jermaine Dupri, who's produced chart-topping songs for acts ranging from Usher to Mariah Carey, has been named president of Virgin Records Urban Music, a newly created division of the label.

Gibbs happy juggling football and racing
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Joe Gibbs is passionate about football, but doesn't intend to stay in coaching much longer.

Gibbs happy juggling football and racing
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Joe Gibbs is passionate about football, but doesn't intend to stay in coaching much longer.

Said finally getting his big chance in Cup

Gibbs happy juggling football and racing

Said finally getting his big chance in Cup
Boris Said is no Young Gun. The longtime sports car star is 42, yet hoping to match the recent success of some of the youthful stars in NASCAR's Nextel Cup series.

Said finally getting his big chance in Cup
Boris Said is no Young Gun. The longtime sports car star is 42, yet hoping to match the recent success of some of the youthful stars in NASCAR's Nextel Cup series.

Falcons proud of season, but not satisfied

Former Hephzibah standout signs with Colts

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'Aviator' leads Academy Award nominations
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - The Howard Hughes epic "The Aviator" led Academy Awards contenders with 11 nominations Tuesday, including best picture, plus acting honors for Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett and Alan Alda and a directing slot for Martin Scorsese.

Academy Awards nominations tidbits and trivia
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Surprises among the Oscar nominations
Some surprises among the Oscar nominations Tuesday:

'Aviator' leads Academy Award nominations

Surprises among the Oscar nominations
Some surprises among the Oscar nominations Tuesday:

'Aviator' leads Academy Award nominations
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - The Howard Hughes epic "The Aviator" led Academy Awards contenders with 11 nominations Tuesday, including best picture, plus acting honors for Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett and Alan Alda and a directing slot for Martin Scorsese.

Academy Awards nominations tidbits and trivia

Academy Awards nominations tidbits and trivia
Trivia from this year's Oscar nominations:

Surprises among the Oscar nominations

Federer ousts Agassi at Australian Open

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Federer ousts Agassi at Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia - In a matchup worthy of a final, defending champion Roger Federer was graceful and at his relentless best in beating four-time winner Andre Agassi 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 on Tuesday to advance to the semifinals of the Australian Open.

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Individual basketball player statistics are due every Wednes¤day at noon, no exceptions. The Augusta Chronicle will publish a listing of area leaders in the following categories: Points, re¤bounds, assists and steals per game.

Federer ousts Agassi at Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia - In a matchup worthy of a final, defending champion Roger Federer was graceful and at his relentless best in beating four-time winner Andre Agassi 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 on Tuesday to advance to the semifinals of the Australian Open.

Venus Williams ousted from Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia - Venus Williams lost to Alicia Molik 7-5, 7-6 (3) Monday in the fourth round of the Australian Open, extending her Grand Slam drought and keeping her from joining sister Serena in the quarterfinals.

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Individual basketball player statistics are due every Wednesday at noon, no exceptions. The Augusta Chronicle will publish a listing of area leaders in the following categories: Points, rebounds, assists and steals per game.

Wolfpack's Holmes gets a victory ride
Luther Holmes was at a place he hadn't been this season. The Greenbrier junior who has started more than half of the Wolfpack's games this year was relegated to a spectator role for most of Tuesday's game against Evans.

Prep basketball scores
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Wolfpack's Holmes gets a victory ride
Luther Holmes was at a place he hadn't been this season. The Greenbrier junior who has started more than half of the Wolfpack's games this year was relegated to a spectator role for most of Tuesday's game against Evans.

Thoroughbreds snap losing streak to rival
AIKEN - No championship of any kind was won Tuesday evening at South Aiken High, but the casual observer would have been duped by the postgame scene.

Aiken girls wear down rival
AIKEN - South Aiken High's cheerleaders outnumber its girls basketball team nearly 3-to-1.

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Thoroughbreds snap losing streak to rival
AIKEN - No championship of any kind was won Tuesday evening at South Aiken High, but the casual observer would have been duped by the postgame scene.

Former Hephzibah standout signs with Colts
Hephzibah High School's Wall of Fame flanks the weight room, right next to the school's gym.

Falcons proud of season, but not satisfied
ATLANTA - Now comes the hard part for the Atlanta Falcons. Sure, they've had a few breakout seasons - the first division title in 1980, that Super Bowl appearance in 1999, a spot in the NFC championship game this year - but sustained success has always been elusive.

Former Hephzibah standout signs with Colts
Hephzibah High School's Wall of Fame flanks the weight room, right next to the school's gym.

Falcons proud of season, but not satisfied
ATLANTA - Now comes the hard part for the Atlanta Falcons. Sure, they've had a few breakout seasons - the first division title in 1980, that Super Bowl appearance in 1999, a spot in the NFC championship game this year - but sustained success has always been elusive.

Ashton Kutcher plotting makeover reality series
LOS ANGELES - Take seven brainy nerds and seven dim beauties, add Ashton Kutcher as a matchmaker and what do you get?

'Making the Band 3' to feature 19 female contestants
NEW YORK - P. Diddy has a date with 19 women. The latest Sean "P. Diddy" Combs led version of MTV's reality talent search "Making the Band" will feature 19 women living together in a SoHo loft and competing to become members of an all-girl pop group under the hip-hop mogul's guidance.

'Making the Band 3' to feature 19 female contestants

Ashton Kutcher plotting makeover reality series
LOS ANGELES - Take seven brainy nerds and seven dim beauties, add Ashton Kutcher as a matchmaker and what do you get?

Football helps CBS sack the competition
NEW YORK - Another week, another ratings win for CBS, which drew more than 44 million viewers for its AFC Championship game Sunday night, then got a big audience for its new drama, "Numb3rs," which followed.

'Making the Band 3' to feature 19 female contestants
NEW YORK - P. Diddy has a date with 19 women. The latest Sean "P. Diddy" Combs led version of MTV's reality talent search "Making the Band" will feature 19 women living together in a SoHo loft and competing to become members of an all-girl pop group under the hip-hop mogul's guidance.

Ashton Kutcher plotting makeover reality series

FCC rejects 36 indecency complaints
WASHINGTON - Regulators rejected 36 complaints of indecency Monday against popular TV shows including "Friends" and "The Simpsons."

FCC rejects 36 indecency complaints

Football helps CBS sack the competition

FCC rejects 36 indecency complaints
WASHINGTON - Regulators rejected 36 complaints of indecency Monday against popular TV shows including "Friends" and "The Simpsons."

Football helps CBS sack the competition
NEW YORK - Another week, another ratings win for CBS, which drew more than 44 million viewers for its AFC Championship game Sunday night, then got a big audience for its new drama, "Numb3rs," which followed.

Katie Couric takes on sex in NBC News special
NEW YORK - Katie Couric isn't afraid to talk about the birds and the bees.

Listening device seized outside Nicole Kidman's home

Prosecutors interview Cosby accuser

People in the News

Celebrities remember Johnny Carson

Georgia downed by Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Anthony Roberson scored 18 points to help Florida beat Georgia 70-47 Tuesday night in one of the most lopsided games in the history of the series.

Georgia downed by Florida

Georgia downed by Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Anthony Roberson scored 18 points to help Florida beat Georgia 70-47 Tuesday night in one of the most lopsided games in the history of the series.

Hall of Fame building nears reality
Some day, when men and women are elected as members of the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame, they will be inducted into a building and properly recognized.

Hall of Fame building nears reality
Some day, when men and women are elected as members of the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame, they will be inducted into a building and properly recognized.

Concentration is important when scoping boys, er, driving
If there's ever been a time to be cautious, it's today: I turn 15 and I can get my learner's permit.

Girl needs to learn to read danger signs
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I have always been somewhat of a good girl, but I have a boyfriend now and all he wants is to get me drunk, and he is begging me to make out with him all the time.

Taking action to claim victory against battle of bulge
Eighteen pounds lighter, Leia Blackwell, 17, knows weight is more than just a number.

Girl needs to learn to read danger signs

Concentration is important when scoping boys, er, driving
If there's ever been a time to be cautious, it's today: I turn 15 and I can get my learner's permit.

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Students learn political dynamics in Model U.N.
Tuesday afternoons at John S. Davidson Fine Arts School are buzzing with the talk of special committees and world affairs, peace treaties and resolutions. You might have seen something like it on television or the movies, but this is the real thing - almost.

Taking action to claim victory against battle of bulge
Eighteen pounds lighter, Leia Blackwell, 17, knows weight is more than just a number.

Xtreme question of the week
Q: Are you a fan of all the celebrity-based reality TV shows?

Students learn political dynamics in Model U.N.
Tuesday afternoons at John S. Davidson Fine Arts School are buzzing with the talk of special committees and world affairs, peace treaties and resolutions. You might have seen something like it on television or the movies, but this is the real thing - almost.

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:

Girl needs to learn to read danger signs
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I have always been somewhat of a good girl, but I have a boyfriend now and all he wants is to get me drunk, and he is begging me to make out with him all the time.

Concentration is important when scoping boys, er, driving

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
Q: Are you a fan of all the celebrity-based reality TV shows?

Students learn political dynamics in Model U.N.

Taking action to claim victory against battle of bulge

Xtreme question of the week

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Magazine publisher convicted of insulting pope