Books briefs
NEW YORK - Those who want to know the hows, whats and whys of the Chinese New Year celebration will find plenty of advice and information in "Good Luck Life: The Essential Guide to Chinese American Celebrations and Culture."

Review: Pelleas et Melisande
NEW YORK - It is a pity that the wonderful singers in the Metropolitan Opera's revival of Debussy's "Pelleas et Melisande" are trapped in Jonathan Miller's 1995 production, which strips much of the magic from this delicate work.

Marine relives his World War II experiences

Books briefs

Research lists Schindler truths
ELON, N.C. - David Crowe began researching Oskar Schindler with an open mind, wondering how much of the Academy Award-winning movie about the European industrialist who saved more than 1,000 Jews could possibly be true.

Research lists Schindler truths

Marine relives his World War II experiences
"Guadalcanal Marine" is an unpretentious account of a North Carolina farm boy's early days as a U.S. Marine during World War II.

Books briefs
NEW YORK - Those who want to know the hows, whats and whys of the Chinese New Year celebration will find plenty of advice and information in "Good Luck Life: The Essential Guide to Chinese American Celebrations and Culture."

Review: Pelleas et Melisande

Marine relives his World War II experiences
"Guadalcanal Marine" is an unpretentious account of a North Carolina farm boy's early days as a U.S. Marine during World War II.

Research lists Schindler truths
ELON, N.C. - David Crowe began researching Oskar Schindler with an open mind, wondering how much of the Academy Award-winning movie about the European industrialist who saved more than 1,000 Jews could possibly be true.

Review: Pelleas et Melisande
NEW YORK - It is a pity that the wonderful singers in the Metropolitan Opera's revival of Debussy's "Pelleas et Melisande" are trapped in Jonathan Miller's 1995 production, which strips much of the magic from this delicate work.

Sosa trade waiting approval

Mets' Mike Piazza weds former Playboy Playmate

Mets' Mike Piazza weds former Playboy Playmate
MIAMI - Mets catcher Mike Piazza married former Playboy Playmate and "Baywatch" star Alicia Rickter in a candlelight church ceremony.

Mets' Mike Piazza weds former Playboy Playmate
MIAMI - Mets catcher Mike Piazza married former Playboy Playmate and "Baywatch" star Alicia Rickter in a candlelight church ceremony.

Sosa trade waiting approval
CHICAGO - Sammy Sosa was once as popular a fixture at Wrigley Field as the ivy-covered brick walls and the ancient scoreboard hanging over the center field bleachers.

Sosa trade waiting approval
CHICAGO - Sammy Sosa was once as popular a fixture at Wrigley Field as the ivy-covered brick walls and the ancient scoreboard hanging over the center field bleachers.

Nothing is off limits for puppy's hungry rampages

Kaitlyn Elyse Muni

Shelby Grace Kayea
Mr. and Mrs. Desmond Kayea of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Shelby Grace, born January 3, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. R. Bruce Arganbright of Cicero, N.Y. and Mrs. Gracelyn Kayea of Plattsburgh, N.Y.

Taniyuah Lasha Turner
Alexcia D. Curtis and Brandon L. Turner proudly announces the birth of their daughter, Taniyuah Lasha, born, January 5, 2005 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Proud grandparents are LeeRoy and Linda Turner, Sr. of Edgefield, S.C. and Vincent Blake Curtis and Deborah Williams Curtis of Hephzibah.

Joseph William Prohaska
John and Ruth Prohaska of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of Joseph William, born January 5, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William A. Simmons of Milton, Fla. and Dr. and Mrs. John W. Prohaska of Philmont, Va.

Brianna Nicole Casarez

Tamiyah KeAmber Cody
Tameka Brown and Ron Cody of Dearing, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Tamiyah KeAmber, born December 16, 2004 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. Proud grandparents are Ms. Johnnie Mae Walker, Mr. Robert Brown, both of Dearing, Ga., Ms. Betty Cody and Elisie Wright, both of Thomson, Ga.

Preston Donald Myhand

Taniyuah Lasha Turner
Alexcia D. Curtis and Brandon L. Turner proudly announces the birth of their daughter, Taniyuah Lasha, born, January 5, 2005 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Proud grandparents are LeeRoy and Linda Turner, Sr. of Edgefield, S.C. and Vincent Blake Curtis and Deborah Williams Curtis of Hephzibah.

Sarah Grace Watson
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Watson of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Sarah Grace, born January 3, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James D. Sargent of North Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Watson of Edgefield, S.C.

Daniel Jackson Leogrande
Frank Jr. and Baronda Leogrande are please to announce the birth of their son, Daniel Jackson "Jack", born November 23, 2004 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. He is the grandson of Jean Janca, the late Ronald Gaskins and Frank Sr. and Judy Leogrande.

Ian Mikell Bentley

Riley Jared Dunevent
Jason and Denise Dunevent of Kennesaw, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Riley Jared, born October 23, 2004 at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Ga. Riley made his debut at 1:47 a.m. and weighed 6lbs. 3 oz. He was 19 inches in length. Proud grandparents are Eugene and Margaret Chesser of Augusta and Richard and Frankie Dunevent of Evans.

John Chandler Brown

Preston Donald Myhand
Mr. and Mrs. Philip Myhand of Hephzibah, Ga., is pleased to announce the birth of their son, Preston Donald, born December 28, 2004 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ray Disher of Hephzibah and James Myhand of Dover, Del. and Patricia Myhand of Augusta.

Tyler Nelson Miller

Tyler Nelson Miller
Don and Kimberly Miller of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tyler Nelson, born January 12, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. Proud grandparents are Carol and Kenneth Brown of Clarkesville, Ga. and Albert and Audrey Miller of Speculator, N.Y.

Andrew James Arthur

Mary Brinn Chappell
Dr. and Mrs. Scott Vaughn Chappell of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, January 3, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles Nessmith and Mr. and Mrs. George Brinn Chappell, all of Statesboro, Ga. Great grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John J. Cooper of Augusta.

Daniel Jackson Leogrande
Frank Jr. and Baronda Leogrande are please to announce the birth of their son, Daniel Jackson "Jack", born November 23, 2004 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. He is the grandson of Jean Janca, the late Ronald Gaskins and Frank Sr. and Judy Leogrande.

Brayden Vince Stone
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Stone of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Brayden Vince, born December 12, 2004 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Phil Nuckols of North Augusta and Mrs. Jackie Poteet of Augusta.

Ian Mikell Bentley
Shannon Bentley and Tiara Czechowski of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son of Ian Mikell, born November 23, 2004 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. Proud Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert West of Elberton, Ga., Mr. Kenneth Czechowski of Whixom, Mich. and Mr. and Mrs. Billy Hicks of Washington, Ga.

Clark Johnson Walker
Mr. and Mrs. Scott and Laura Walker are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Clark Johnson, born January 17, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Sarah Grace Watson

William Kennedy Harpley
Chad and Tara Harpley of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their son, William Kennedy, born December 19, 2004 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. Proud grandparents are Ms. Treva D. Duncan of Appling, Mr. and Mrs. Williams Vanderslice of Port Charlotte, Fla. and Ms. Cindy Harpley of Evans.

Eric Howard Scott

Haleigh Elizabeth Brinson
Mr. and Mrs. John Robert Brinson, Jr. of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Haliegh Elizabeth, born December 28, 2004 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James R. Jennings of Martinez and Mr. and Mrs. Brooks M. Mills, Jr. of North Augusta.

Brayden Vince Stone

Shelby Grace Kayea
Mr. and Mrs. Desmond Kayea of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Shelby Grace, born January 3, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. R. Bruce Arganbright of Cicero, N.Y. and Mrs. Gracelyn Kayea of Plattsburgh, N.Y.

Shelby Grace Kayea

Kaitlyn Elyse Muni
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Muni of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kaitlyn Elyse, born December 30, 2004 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. Proud grandparents are M. and Mrs. Curtis Krosting of Appling and Mr. and Mrs. Gus Muni of Martinez.

William Kennedy Harpley

James Cannon Bible
James and Lillian Bible are pleased to announce the birth of their son, James Cannon, born January 11, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. He made is debut at 11:03 a.m. and weighed 7 lbs. 0 oz. He was 19 1/2 inches long. Proud grandparents are Calvie Jo McFall of Scottsboro, Ala. and Jim and Pat Bible of Augusta. Great grandmother is Fann P. Cannon of Augusta.

Haleigh Elizabeth Brinson

Brianna Nicole Casarez
Brian Casarez and Brittany Quick of Waynesboro, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Brianna Nicole, born December 21, 2004 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Bob Quick and Mr. and Mrs. Juan Casarez, all of Waynesboro.

Riley Jared Dunevent

Haleigh Elizabeth Brinson
Mr. and Mrs. John Robert Brinson, Jr. of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Haliegh Elizabeth, born December 28, 2004 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James R. Jennings of Martinez and Mr. and Mrs. Brooks M. Mills, Jr. of North Augusta.

James Cannon Bible

Andrew James Arthur
Andy and Leigh Ann Arthur of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Andrew James, born November 30, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Bruce F. Clark of Florence, S.C. and Mr. and Mrs. James M. Arthur, Jr. of Union, S.C.

James Cannon Bible
James and Lillian Bible are pleased to announce the birth of their son, James Cannon, born January 11, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. He made is debut at 11:03 a.m. and weighed 7 lbs. 0 oz. He was 19 1/2 inches long. Proud grandparents are Calvie Jo McFall of Scottsboro, Ala. and Jim and Pat Bible of Augusta. Great grandmother is Fann P. Cannon of Augusta.

John Chandler Brown
John and Rebecca Brown of Grovetown, are pleased the announcement of their son, John Chandler, born September 15, 2004 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Paul Eubanks and Mrs. Annette Brown and the late Mr. John Thomas Brown, all of Augusta.

Brianna Nicole Casarez
Brian Casarez and Brittany Quick of Waynesboro, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Brianna Nicole, born December 21, 2004 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Bob Quick and Mr. and Mrs. Juan Casarez, all of Waynesboro.

Eric Howard Scott
Eric and Bobbie Jo Scott of Hephzibah, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Eric Howard, born December 27, 2004 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Adams of Grovetown and Mr. and Mrs. Mike Scott of Evans.

Andrew James Arthur
Andy and Leigh Ann Arthur of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Andrew James, born November 30, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Bruce F. Clark of Florence, S.C. and Mr. and Mrs. James M. Arthur, Jr. of Union, S.C.

Kaitlyn Elyse Muni
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Muni of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kaitlyn Elyse, born December 30, 2004 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. Proud grandparents are M. and Mrs. Curtis Krosting of Appling and Mr. and Mrs. Gus Muni of Martinez.

Preston Donald Myhand
Mr. and Mrs. Philip Myhand of Hephzibah, Ga., is pleased to announce the birth of their son, Preston Donald, born December 28, 2004 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ray Disher of Hephzibah and James Myhand of Dover, Del. and Patricia Myhand of Augusta.

Brayden Vince Stone
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Stone of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Brayden Vince, born December 12, 2004 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Phil Nuckols of North Augusta and Mrs. Jackie Poteet of Augusta.

Joseph William Prohaska
John and Ruth Prohaska of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of Joseph William, born January 5, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William A. Simmons of Milton, Fla. and Dr. and Mrs. John W. Prohaska of Philmont, Va.

Riley Jared Dunevent
Jason and Denise Dunevent of Kennesaw, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Riley Jared, born October 23, 2004 at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Ga. Riley made his debut at 1:47 a.m. and weighed 6lbs. 3 oz. He was 19 inches in length. Proud grandparents are Eugene and Margaret Chesser of Augusta and Richard and Frankie Dunevent of Evans.

Taniyuah Lasha Turner

Tyler Nelson Miller
Don and Kimberly Miller of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tyler Nelson, born January 12, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. Proud grandparents are Carol and Kenneth Brown of Clarkesville, Ga. and Albert and Audrey Miller of Speculator, N.Y.

Joseph William Prohaska

William Kennedy Harpley
Chad and Tara Harpley of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their son, William Kennedy, born December 19, 2004 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. Proud grandparents are Ms. Treva D. Duncan of Appling, Mr. and Mrs. Williams Vanderslice of Port Charlotte, Fla. and Ms. Cindy Harpley of Evans.

Mary Brinn Chappell

Daniel Jackson Leogrande

Eric Howard Scott
Eric and Bobbie Jo Scott of Hephzibah, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Eric Howard, born December 27, 2004 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Adams of Grovetown and Mr. and Mrs. Mike Scott of Evans.

Mary Brinn Chappell
Dr. and Mrs. Scott Vaughn Chappell of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, January 3, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles Nessmith and Mr. and Mrs. George Brinn Chappell, all of Statesboro, Ga. Great grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John J. Cooper of Augusta.

Ian Mikell Bentley
Shannon Bentley and Tiara Czechowski of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son of Ian Mikell, born November 23, 2004 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. Proud Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert West of Elberton, Ga., Mr. Kenneth Czechowski of Whixom, Mich. and Mr. and Mrs. Billy Hicks of Washington, Ga.

John Chandler Brown
John and Rebecca Brown of Grovetown, are pleased the announcement of their son, John Chandler, born September 15, 2004 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Paul Eubanks and Mrs. Annette Brown and the late Mr. John Thomas Brown, all of Augusta.

Sarah Grace Watson
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Watson of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Sarah Grace, born January 3, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James D. Sargent of North Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Watson of Edgefield, S.C.

Guide recommends restaurant that hadn't opened
PARIS - For the first time in its 105-year history, Michelin is recalling an edition of its famous food guide after it recommended a restaurant whose rating was determined before it served customers.

Man accused of stealing daughter's Ritalin
CORDELE, Ga. - When Tonya Moudy called police to report that someone had tampered with her child's medication, she likely didn't realize it would get her husband thrown in jail.

Guide recommends restaurant that hadn't opened
PARIS - For the first time in its 105-year history, Michelin is recalling an edition of its famous food guide after it recommended a restaurant whose rating was determined before it served customers.

Monday is National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Addicted to Bubble Wrap? If so, celebrate with others who enjoy the hypnotic hobby of bubble-busting during National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day today.

Man accused of stealing daughter's Ritalin
CORDELE, Ga. - When Tonya Moudy called police to report that someone had tampered with her child's medication, she likely didn't realize it would get her husband thrown in jail.

Tiny community finally gets phone service
MINK, La. - There's a fish-fry Monday in this hamlet of 15 households to celebrate big news: phone service.

Monday is National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Addicted to Bubble Wrap? If so, celebrate with others who enjoy the hypnotic hobby of bubble-busting during National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day today.

Business calendar
Wednesday: Opening and running a successful business; Small Business Development Center at USC Aiken; explore the basics of how to set up your own business; 9-11 a.m., Penland Administration Building, Room 106. Registration is required, call (803) 641-3646.

Car rental companies snub, charge young drivers
NEW YORK - Lindsey Benoit thought her three-day trip from New York to New Hampshire would be easy - until she started looking for a rental car.

Coors, Molson hoping merger will foster growth

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Jan. 14-19. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Car rental companies snub, charge young drivers

Fat Man's in Evans to become Pizza Joint
It's out with the Fat Man and in with the pizza pan. Fat Man's West in Columbia County was sold Thursday to entrepreneur Michael Schepis, who plans to turn the 8,000-square-foot building into his second Pizza Joint location by spring.

GM to make OnStar, stability control standard
NEW ORLEANS - General Motors Corp. plans to put two safety features - OnStar in-vehicle communications service and electronic stability control - in all of its vehicles by the end of 2010, the company said Sunday.

Business calendar
Wednesday: Opening and running a successful business; Small Business Development Center at USC Aiken; explore the basics of how to set up your own business; 9-11 a.m., Penland Administration Building, Room 106. Registration is required, call (803) 641-3646.

Energy costs trickle through global economy

On the move
Greg DeSandy has been named director of sales and marketing at Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta and at Country Inn & Suites. Mr. DeSandy has more than 15 years of hospitality industry experience and was most recently in sales and marketing at the Marriott Hotel at Centerpoint in Detroit. He earned a bachelor's degree in advertising from Michigan State University.

Fat Man's in Evans to become Pizza Joint

Car rental companies snub, charge young drivers
NEW YORK - Lindsey Benoit thought her three-day trip from New York to New Hampshire would be easy - until she started looking for a rental car.

On the move

Fat Man's in Evans to become Pizza Joint
It's out with the Fat Man and in with the pizza pan. Fat Man's West in Columbia County was sold Thursday to entrepreneur Michael Schepis, who plans to turn the 8,000-square-foot building into his second Pizza Joint location by spring.

Coors, Molson hoping merger will foster growth
DENVER - Winning approval for their $6 billion merger might turn out to be the easy part for Adolph Coors Co. and Molson Inc.

Larger companies want Social Security system that is stable
NEW YORK - There's been a curious silence on Wall Street since President Bush proposed that Social Security be privatized.

GM to make OnStar, stability control standard

Local bar owners feeling tapped out
Opening a bar downtown has never been easy, but some proprietors say starting a bar and keeping it running is getting tougher as the number of establishments have grown in recent years.

Fed meets behind ornate closed doors

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Jan. 14-19. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Big week should help give markets direction

Big week should help give markets direction
NEW YORK - The worries and concerns that have pressured stocks for much of January could dissipate in the week ahead, which should bring some resolution to a decidedly irresolute marketplace.

Local bar owners feeling tapped out

Energy costs trickle through global economy
There's nothing like a trip to the gas station to raise one's awareness of energy prices. Yet it doesn't require filling up the tank - or opening a utility bill, for that matter - to feel the bite of rising fuel costs.

Business calendar

GM to make OnStar, stability control standard
NEW ORLEANS - General Motors Corp. plans to put two safety features - OnStar in-vehicle communications service and electronic stability control - in all of its vehicles by the end of 2010, the company said Sunday.

Property transfers

Larger companies want Social Security system that is stable
NEW YORK - There's been a curious silence on Wall Street since President Bush proposed that Social Security be privatized.

On the move
Greg DeSandy has been named director of sales and marketing at Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta and at Country Inn & Suites. Mr. DeSandy has more than 15 years of hospitality industry experience and was most recently in sales and marketing at the Marriott Hotel at Centerpoint in Detroit. He earned a bachelor's degree in advertising from Michigan State University.

Coors, Molson hoping merger will foster growth
DENVER - Winning approval for their $6 billion merger might turn out to be the easy part for Adolph Coors Co. and Molson Inc.

Larger companies want Social Security system that is stable

Fed meets behind ornate closed doors
WASHINGTON - First comes the small talk about vacations or family - usually anything but interest rates or the economy. But when Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan enters the room, it's time to get to work.

Local bar owners feeling tapped out
Opening a bar downtown has never been easy, but some proprietors say starting a bar and keeping it running is getting tougher as the number of establishments have grown in recent years.

Energy costs trickle through global economy
There's nothing like a trip to the gas station to raise one's awareness of energy prices. Yet it doesn't require filling up the tank - or opening a utility bill, for that matter - to feel the bite of rising fuel costs.

Fed meets behind ornate closed doors
WASHINGTON - First comes the small talk about vacations or family - usually anything but interest rates or the economy. But when Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan enters the room, it's time to get to work.

Big week should help give markets direction
NEW YORK - The worries and concerns that have pressured stocks for much of January could dissipate in the week ahead, which should bring some resolution to a decidedly irresolute marketplace.

Media, parents turn up heat on schools' spokeswoman

Media, parents turn up heat on schools' spokeswoman
The heat may be broken in several Richmond County schools, but it's reaching a boiling point in Mechelle Jordan's office.

Media, parents turn up heat on schools' spokeswoman
The heat may be broken in several Richmond County schools, but it's reaching a boiling point in Mechelle Jordan's office.

Wolfpack connect from long distance, down Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. - Julius Hodge hopes to see a lot more games like this.

Wolfpack connect from long distance, down Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. - Julius Hodge hopes to see a lot more games like this.

Wolfpack connect from long distance, down Clemson

SEC roundup

How the top 25 fared

Paine racks up Miles

Unfunny and unbelievable
Waves of righteous criticism are not easily swept away. That's what officials at a New York radio station are finding after their morning personalities aired a disgusting and racist song mocking the victims of the Asian tsunami Jan. 18.

Unfunny and unbelievable

Cocoon of euphemism
So, if the president says "God bless America," does he need to stand aside and allow rebuttal?

Bring back Phys. Ed.

Our own obligation

Hollywood: hell-bent

Bring back Phys. Ed.
It seemed like a good idea at the time: To improve basic academic skills of America's school children, who were falling behind pupils in most other industrialized nations, why not make more time for classroom learning by cutting back on physical education?

Our own obligation
A great number of things can affect turnout in an American election. The perceived importance of the positions on the ballot. The collective mood of the electorate. The competitiveness of the election. And, yes, the weather. Even rain can scare off some voters.

Bring back Phys. Ed.
It seemed like a good idea at the time: To improve basic academic skills of America's school children, who were falling behind pupils in most other industrialized nations, why not make more time for classroom learning by cutting back on physical education?

Unfunny and unbelievable
Waves of righteous criticism are not easily swept away. That's what officials at a New York radio station are finding after their morning personalities aired a disgusting and racist song mocking the victims of the Asian tsunami Jan. 18.

Hollywood: hell-bent
Mel Gibson's powerful Passion of the Christ was the third-highest grossing movie of 2004 - outdoing even the latest Harry Potter installment. It has become the ninth-highest grossing movie of all time.

Hollywood: hell-bent
Mel Gibson's powerful Passion of the Christ was the third-highest grossing movie of 2004 - outdoing even the latest Harry Potter installment. It has become the ninth-highest grossing movie of all time.

Cocoon of euphemism

Cocoon of euphemism
So, if the president says "God bless America," does he need to stand aside and allow rebuttal?

Our own obligation
A great number of things can affect turnout in an American election. The perceived importance of the positions on the ballot. The collective mood of the electorate. The competitiveness of the election. And, yes, the weather. Even rain can scare off some voters.

People in the News
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin praised the works of director Francis Ford Coppola as the two met for tea at the Kremlin before Coppola received a film award.

Michael Jackson trial begins Monday
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The child molestation case against Michael Jackson is finally ready for a trial that promises to be like no other.

Michael Jackson trial begins Monday
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The child molestation case against Michael Jackson is finally ready for a trial that promises to be like no other.

People in the News
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin praised the works of director Francis Ford Coppola as the two met for tea at the Kremlin before Coppola received a film award.

Is now a good time to sell your business?

Big wallet needed to buy one of those monster TVs
SAN DIEGO - Even if you take all your friends to a sports bar on Super Bowl Sunday and even if you pay for every beer, you'll likely spend thousands less than you would have if you bought yourself a new ultra-thin, high-definition television.

Big wallet needed to buy one of those monster TVs
SAN DIEGO - Even if you take all your friends to a sports bar on Super Bowl Sunday and even if you pay for every beer, you'll likely spend thousands less than you would have if you bought yourself a new ultra-thin, high-definition television.

Is now a good time to sell your business?
NEW YORK - With the economy growing stronger, it might seem like a good time to try to sell your small business.

Is now a good time to sell your business?
NEW YORK - With the economy growing stronger, it might seem like a good time to try to sell your small business.

Big wallet needed to buy one of those monster TVs

Vangilder finds the right ride
Jim Vangilder had this silly preconceived notion that he wouldn't like riding a stallion. Turns out he was wrong.

Old, new champs highlight '05 event

Vangilder finds the right ride

Old, new champs highlight '05 event
Glade Knight screamed out in exuberance, but his timing was awful and he knew it.

Vangilder finds the right ride
Jim Vangilder had this silly preconceived notion that he wouldn't like riding a stallion. Turns out he was wrong.

Hall cashes in aboard Play Stocks
The score flashed. The crowd yelled out. And Michelle Hall leaned her head back in disbelief.

Hall cashes in aboard Play Stocks
The score flashed. The crowd yelled out. And Michelle Hall leaned her head back in disbelief.

Hall cashes in aboard Play Stocks

Old, new champs highlight '05 event
Glade Knight screamed out in exuberance, but his timing was awful and he knew it.

Eagles' winning streak halted
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Former Josey star Tony Mitchell scored 19 of his game-high 24 points in the final 20 minutes as the College of Charleston overcame a 16-point second-half deficit to beat Georgia Southern, 71-64 on Saturday.

Eagles' winning streak halted
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Former Josey star Tony Mitchell scored 19 of his game-high 24 points in the final 20 minutes as the College of Charleston overcame a 16-point second-half deficit to beat Georgia Southern, 71-64 on Saturday.

Terps smack Jackets
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Georgia Tech escaped Atlanta before the ice storm hit, leaving for Sunday's game against Maryland on Friday, a day early.

North Carolina tops Georgia Tech
ATLANTA - Nikita Bell scored 12 of her 14 points in the first half to power No. 12 North Carolina to an easy 55-41 victory over Georgia Tech on Sunday.

ACC Sunday night games have following
ATLANTA - For Robert Allen, a Texas high school basketball coach, Sunday is his one day off a week.

Terps smack Jackets
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Georgia Tech escaped Atlanta before the ice storm hit, leaving for Sunday's game against Maryland on Friday, a day early.

North Carolina tops Georgia Tech
ATLANTA - Nikita Bell scored 12 of her 14 points in the first half to power No. 12 North Carolina to an easy 55-41 victory over Georgia Tech on Sunday.

ACC Sunday night games have following
ATLANTA - For Robert Allen, a Texas high school basketball coach, Sunday is his one day off a week.

Eagles' winning streak halted

Terps smack Jackets

ACC Sunday night games have following

North Carolina tops Georgia Tech

My love of numbers doesn't add up

Justin Leonard wins Bob Hope Chrysler Classic
LA QUINTA, Calif. - Justin Leonard shot a 5-under 67 Sunday to overtake the faltering Joe Ogilvie and win the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.

Irwin takes two-stroke lead at Turtle Bay
KAHUKU, Hawaii - Four-time defending champion Hale Irwin shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 Saturday to take a two-stroke lead over Allen Doyle after two rounds of the Turtle Bay Championship.

Justin Leonard wins Bob Hope Chrysler Classic

Veazey wins Nationwide Tour opener
PANAMA CITY, Panama - Vance Veazey won his third Nationwide Tour title Sunday, closing with an eventful even-par 70 for a one-stroke victory over four players in the season-opening BellSouth Panama Championship.

Irwin takes two-stroke lead at Turtle Bay
KAHUKU, Hawaii - Four-time defending champion Hale Irwin shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 Saturday to take a two-stroke lead over Allen Doyle after two rounds of the Turtle Bay Championship.

Justin Leonard wins Bob Hope Chrysler Classic
LA QUINTA, Calif. - Justin Leonard shot a 5-under 67 Sunday to overtake the faltering Joe Ogilvie and win the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.

Ogilvie hangs onto two-shot lead in Hope
LA QUINTA, Calif. - Although different parts of Joe Ogilvie's game have come and gone this week, he's managed to hold it together enough to stay in front.

Irwin takes two-stroke lead at Turtle Bay

Irwin wins record fifth straight Turtle Bay title
KAHUKU, Hawaii - Hale Irwin became the first player to win a men's professional tour event five straight times Sunday, easily holding off Dana Quigley by five strokes in the Champions Tour's Turtle Bay Championship.

Irwin wins record fifth straight Turtle Bay title

Irwin wins record fifth straight Turtle Bay title
KAHUKU, Hawaii - Hale Irwin became the first player to win a men's professional tour event five straight times Sunday, easily holding off Dana Quigley by five strokes in the Champions Tour's Turtle Bay Championship.

Prep recruiting notebook

Frye cooks up last victory

Frye cooks up last victory
MOBILE, Ala. - Darren Sproles ran for a touchdown, Charlie Frye threw for 138 yards and a score and Mike Nugent kicked three field goals in the Senior Bowl to lead the North to a 23-13 victory Saturday over the South.

Prep recruiting notebook
There's a part of the recruiting game that doesn't take into account 40-yard times, height, weight or the ability to make things happen on a football field.

Prep recruiting notebook
There's a part of the recruiting game that doesn't take into account 40-yard times, height, weight or the ability to make things happen on a football field.

Frye cooks up last victory
MOBILE, Ala. - Darren Sproles ran for a touchdown, Charlie Frye threw for 138 yards and a score and Mike Nugent kicked three field goals in the Senior Bowl to lead the North to a 23-13 victory Saturday over the South.

Nothing is off limits for puppy's hungry rampages
Money will buy you a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of his tail.

Nothing is off limits for puppy's hungry rampages
Money will buy you a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of his tail.

NTSB report cites air speed in 2003 crash
Officials said Ed Johnson's difficulties in maintaining air speed during takeoff caused the plane crash that killed him and wife Leslie more than a year and a half ago.

Drug war needs a new approach

Drug war needs a new approach
There seems to be a backward approach regarding the war on drugs, and it's nationwide.Dan Leonard, Grovetown

Concerned citizens must summon desire to improve local schools
As we grapple with mediocrity and disorder in our public schools, we should consider what lies at the core: lack of initiative, desire and responsibility. Brian Green, Augusta

Help greatest number of pupils
What a great thing! I suppose that's what I'm supposed to say about The Chronicle story "Students get a chance at early college work" (Jan. 7). Ninth-graders now can take college courses, and high school graduates can graduate with a two-year college degree.Howard Lobaugh, North Augusta, S.C.

Russia displays more anti-Semitism
On Page 2A of The Augusta Chronicle on Jan 25, there were two news items that are most mind-boggling. Dr. Manuel Weisman, Augusta

Help greatest number of pupils

Russia displays more anti-Semitism

Listen to residents about growth
I am writing in reference to Preston Sparks' Jan. 5 article in The Augusta Chronicle regarding Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross' state of the county summation as "good, really good."Al Hutko, Evans

Russia displays more anti-Semitism
On Page 2A of The Augusta Chronicle on Jan 25, there were two news items that are most mind-boggling.Dr. Manuel Weisman, Augusta

Local lawyers have positive impact
The Chronicle's bashing of the legal profession continued with Rick McKee's cartoon depicting lawyers as the "latest toxic spill" (Jan. 13), and the editorials titled "The vultures gather" (Jan. 13) and "Unabridged inanity" (Jan. 14). Mark B. Williamson, Augusta

Many needs trump election reform
In his Jan. 15 letter to the editor ("Nation needs real election reform"), Shawn Wilson states that the blatantly partisan and political stunt by Sen. Boxer and Rep. Tubbs-Jones was "courageous." While there are so many points in Mr. Wilson's letter that I take issue with, I want to key in on one in particular. Brian C. Coffey, Martinez

Drug war needs a new approach
There seems to be a backward approach regarding the war on drugs, and it's nationwide. Dan Leonard, Grovetown

Help greatest number of pupils
What a great thing! I suppose that's what I'm supposed to say about The Chronicle story "Students get a chance at early college work" (Jan. 7). Ninth-graders now can take college courses, and high school graduates can graduate with a two-year college degree.Howard Lobaugh, North Augusta, S.C.

Techbits: Identity theft, ABC News digital and more

Romantic dining for sweethearts in Paris

Artist tries to make creations from chaos

At dinner, sit same sex side by side

In the know

Travel briefs

Two decades late, Apple launches $500 Mac

Mementos add charm to modest patio home

Snow, rain can cause water damage to homes in winter

Teaching a computer to read is not easy

Teaching a computer to read is not easy
TROY, N.Y. - Among the handiest villains in science fiction are Computers That Know Too Much. Think of the dream-weaving despots of "The Matrix" or murderous HAL in "2001: A Space Odyssey."<

Snow, rain can cause water damage to homes in winter
NEW YORK - With blizzards blowing across the northern states and rain-laden winds whipping the South, many people are grappling with water damage to their homes.

Teaching a computer to read is not easy
TROY, N.Y. - Among the handiest villains in science fiction are Computers That Know Too Much. Think of the dream-weaving despots of "The Matrix" or murderous HAL in "2001: A Space Odyssey."

Artist tries to make creations from chaos
Not one for clay or casting, sculptor Patrick Dougherty believes in the simple power of sticks.

Travel briefs
PORT EVERGLADES, Fla. - The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has started screening those celebrating Mass on cruise ships, a plan geared toward preventing former, rental and even fraudulent priests from ministering to Catholic passengers.

Mementos add charm to modest patio home
Although she has lived in her west Augusta patio home for more than eight years, Jane Armstrong says her home's dcor is a work in progress.

Two decades late, Apple launches $500 Mac
When the original Macintosh computer was little more than a sketch, its creators envisioned the machine retailing for about $500. But when the first Mac finally rolled out in 1984, it carried a hefty price tag of $2,495.

In the know
If you have an amazing breaking-up story whether you are the breaker or the breakee share the misery and drop The Augusta Chronicle a line.

Mementos add charm to modest patio home
Although she has lived in her west Augusta patio home for more than eight years, Jane Armstrong says her home's dcor is a work in progress.

Preserve those newspaper clippings in club soda
Got newspaper articles you'd like to save? And you want to keep them from getting brittle, yellow and fading? Here's how to whip up a special brew that'll keep them looking good as new.

Romantic dining for sweethearts in Paris
PARIS - How do you celebrate Valentine's Day in Paris - an obvious romantic destination for courting lovers?

Snow, rain can cause water damage to homes in winter
NEW YORK - With blizzards blowing across the northern states and rain-laden winds whipping the South, many people are grappling with water damage to their homes.

In the know
If you have an amazing breaking-up story whether you are the breaker or the breakee share the misery and drop The Augusta Chronicle a line.

Romantic dining for sweethearts in Paris
PARIS - How do you celebrate Valentine's Day in Paris - an obvious romantic destination for courting lovers?

Techbits: Identity theft, ABC News digital and more
NEW YORK - Despite growing fears about online fraud, a new study finds that most cases of identity theft originate offline.

Travel briefs
PORT EVERGLADES, Fla. - The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has started screening those celebrating Mass on cruise ships, a plan geared toward preventing former, rental and even fraudulent priests from ministering to Catholic passengers.

Techbits: Identity theft, ABC News digital and more
NEW YORK - Despite growing fears about online fraud, a new study finds that most cases of identity theft originate offline.

At dinner, sit same sex side by side
Dear Carson: During the holidays my wife and I went to an upscale restaurant with another couple.

Two decades late, Apple launches $500 Mac
When the original Macintosh computer was little more than a sketch, its creators envisioned the machine retailing for about $500. But when the first Mac finally rolled out in 1984, it carried a hefty price tag of $2,495.

Artist tries to make creations from chaos
Not one for clay or casting, sculptor Patrick Dougherty believes in the simple power of sticks.

At dinner, sit same sex side by side
Dear Carson: During the holidays my wife and I went to an upscale restaurant with another couple.

Second period lifts Ice Pilots over Lynx
In Pensacola, Fla., the Ice Pilots scored three consecutive goals in the second period to top Augusta, 4-1 on Friday night at the Pensacola Civic Center.

Ice Pilots pelt Lynx with big first period
In Pensacola, Fla., Aaron Phillips notched a hat trick in a four-goal first period as the Pensacola Ice Pilots blasted the Augusta Lynx, 5-1 on Saturday.

Second period lifts Ice Pilots over Lynx
In Pensacola, Fla., the Ice Pilots scored three consecutive goals in the second period to top Augusta, 4-1 on Friday night at the Pensacola Civic Center.

Second period lifts Ice Pilots over Lynx

Raids lead to gaming arrests

Across South Carolina

Georgia's islands draw VIP guests for Super Bowl
JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - Stephanie Noble still gets dozens of calls each day for ocean-side condos she rented out months ago, and she's busy preparing VIP gift baskets with tickets for free rounds of golf and bottles of champagne.

Georgia's islands draw VIP guests for Super Bowl

Controversial bills head toward debate
ATLANTA - Some of the most controversial issues of the legislation session could grab the spotlight at the General Assembly this week, with limits on medical-malpractice lawsuits expected to come before the Senate and ethics bills facing a House committee.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across the area
An Augusta man was arrested Friday night and charged with armed robbery, a Richmond County sheriff's report stated.

News you can use
It's an uncertain time for airlines nationwide. But that doesn't mean travelers need to avoid the skies completely.

Victims to face former crematory operator

SRS layoff request is in limbo

Legislators focus on education early
ATLANTA -- From teacher pay to classroom spending to whether evolution should be taught in schools: When it comes to issues lawmakers love to tackle, nothing quite stacks up to education.

Democrats craft 'conservative' legislation

South catching up to Georgia's teacher pay
ATLANTA - As the 1990s turned into the early 2000s, Georgia educators held the enviable position as easily the highest-paid teachers in the South.

Sales of land lead to inquiry
The Georgia attorney general's office is investigating an unusual land deal in which the daughter and son-in-law of former state Sen. Don Cheeks bought a piece of property and sold it to the Georgia Department of Transportation two years later for more than 10 times what they paid for it.

Economic report gives Georgia a "B"
ATLANTA - Georgia's state government gets an A grade for managing its employees, a B-minus for handling its money, and a C-plus for dealing with infrastructure needs in a new report that attempts to assess how states weathered the economic downturn of the last few years.

Barrow gets accustomed to new job in Congress
WASHINGTON - The decor in John Barrow's office leaves little doubt where the 49-year-old Democrat calls home.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A lawyer representing the biracial daughter of the late Strom Thurmond says a challenge could be filed to claim part his estate.

Congressman Norwood works, recovers at home
WASHINGTON - Charlie Norwood, R-Evans, is working from his Washington home and steadily recovering from October lung-transplant surgery, according to staff in his Capitol Hill office, who would not allow Mr. Norwood to be interviewed last week.

Across the area

AIDS groups fight effects of conspiracy theories
SAVANNAH, Ga. - While distributing condoms and doing HIV/AIDS outreach at Savannah bars on Fridays, volunteer Godfrey Gibbison hears various comments.

AIDS groups fight effects of conspiracy theories

Democrats craft 'conservative' legislation
ATLANTA - Like boxers who are each aiming to nab a title belt, Republicans and Democrats are now sparring at the Georgia Capitol for the right to claim the "conservative" banner for their respective parties.

Groups wonder why principal was dismissed
An earlier school board decision to replace a Lincoln County school principal has resulted in a meeting Tuesday with community activists and the superintendent hoping to reverse the judgement.

Across Georgia

South catching up to Georgia's teacher pay
ATLANTA - As the 1990s turned into the early 2000s, Georgia educators held the enviable position as easily the highest-paid teachers in the South.

Congressman Norwood works, recovers at home

Victims to face former crematory operator
LaFAYETTE, Ga. - For more than four years, Ray Brent Marsh let the corpses pile up on his northwest Georgia property - behind his house, in the woods and crammed into burial vaults.

Five questions with Vic VanSant
Vic VanSant is a state biologist and regional supervisor for game management with the Department of Natural Resources.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Cory Glover, 14, of Augusta.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across the area
An Augusta man said a woman he was arguing with Saturday night threw a wooden slat through his bedroom window, according to an incident report.

Groups wonder why principal was dismissed

Across the southeast
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Drunken-driving convictions have risen sharply in the state after newspaper reports that judges were letting thousands of drivers off easy.

Licensing changes could usher in plant
AIKEN - The hopes of Savannah River Site supporters to see the cooling tower of an atomic reactor standing over the federal energy reservation are being buoyed by the early stages of a nuclear power revival in America.

Across the southeast
MONTGOMERY, ALA. - An Alabama woman reported missing in September survived a police chase and shootout in Georgia that killed her fugitive companion.

Inspiring her pupils is art form to teacher

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

Childhood home of Woodrow Wilson deteriorating

Sales of land lead to inquiry
The Georgia attorney general's office is investigating an unusual land deal in which the daughter and son-in-law of former state Sen. Don Cheeks bought a piece of property and sold it to the Georgia Department of Transportation two years later for more than 10 times what they paid for it.

Across Georgia

State ethics reform lives again

Five questions with Vic VanSant

Across the southeast

Groups wonder why principal was dismissed
An earlier school board decision to replace a Lincoln County school principal has resulted in a meeting Tuesday with community activists and the superintendent hoping to reverse the judgement.

Blacks lack leader in economic battle

Licensing changes could usher in plant
AIKEN - The hopes of Savannah River Site supporters to see the cooling tower of an atomic reactor standing over the federal energy reservation are being buoyed by the early stages of a nuclear power revival in America.

Inspiring her pupils is art form to teacher
Donna Scheer is teaching third-graders to mix colors. She wants to see orange, green and violet.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Across South Carolina
Small chemical leak is contained at port

Across the area
An Augusta man was arrested Friday night and charged with armed robbery, a Richmond County sheriff's report stated.

Thousands without power after winter storm
ATLANTA - With the remnants of an icy winter storm that engulfed north Georgia Saturday melting away Sunday, there was progress in efforts to restore power to thousands of homes and businesses as well as full service to Atlanta's airport.

Storm temporarily slows down area
Freezing rain, sleet and ice temporarily slowed the Augusta area Saturday but weather officials were thankful the storm didn't compare to last year's massive ice-over that brought the city to a standstill and cut power to thousands.

Residents enjoy low cost of living
A study recently conducted on the cost of living for the Augusta area, including Aiken and Columbia counties, showed that when it comes to groceries, the average cost locally is above the national average by about 8.8 percent. But overall, the Augusta area's cost of living was below the national average by 9.6 percent for the first quarter of this year.

Inspiring her pupils is art form to teacher
Donna Scheer is teaching third-graders to mix colors. She wants to see orange, green and violet.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A lawyer representing the biracial daughter of the late Strom Thurmond says a challenge could be filed to claim part his estate.

Controversial bills head toward debate
ATLANTA - Some of the most controversial issues of the legislation session could grab the spotlight at the General Assembly this week, with limits on medical-malpractice lawsuits expected to come before the Senate and ethics bills facing a House committee.

Across Georgia
STOCKBRIDGE - A legally blind man charged with recklessly driving a golf cart had an elementary explanation for his actions: It was the dog's fault.

AIDS groups fight effects of conspiracy theories
SAVANNAH, Ga. - While distributing condoms and doing HIV/AIDS outreach at Savannah bars on Fridays, volunteer Godfrey Gibbison hears various comments.

Man convicted in killing of motel housekeeper
WOODBINE, Ga. - A Brunswick man has been convicted in the 2001 fatal shooting of a motel housekeeper who allegedly had stolen cash and drugs from his room.

Legislators focus on education early

Victims to face former crematory operator
LaFAYETTE, Ga. - For more than four years, Ray Brent Marsh let the corpses pile up on his northwest Georgia property - behind his house, in the woods and crammed into burial vaults.

Sales of land lead to inquiry

SRS layoff request is in limbo
NEW ELLENTON - There's a fiscal clock ticking on plans to lay off 1,200 Savannah River Site employees this year, officials said, one that places a penalty on a lengthy delay of approval by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Georgia's islands draw VIP guests for Super Bowl
JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - Stephanie Noble still gets dozens of calls each day for ocean-side condos she rented out months ago, and she's busy preparing VIP gift baskets with tickets for free rounds of golf and bottles of champagne.

Economic report gives Georgia a "B"
ATLANTA - Georgia's state government gets an A grade for managing its employees, a B-minus for handling its money, and a C-plus for dealing with infrastructure needs in a new report that attempts to assess how states weathered the economic downturn of the last few years.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Megan Dickens of Augusta.

Across the southeast

News you can use
It's an uncertain time for airlines nationwide. But that doesn't mean travelers need to avoid the skies completely.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Storm temporarily slows down area

Blacks lack leader in economic battle
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Some of the most economically powerful and politically influential blacks in the country have never rallied the masses from the pulpit or led protests in the streets.

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - Cindy Lynch needed help.

Barrow gets accustomed to new job in Congress

Storm temporarily slows down area
Freezing rain, sleet and ice temporarily slowed the Augusta area Saturday but weather officials were thankful the storm didn't compare to last year's massive ice-over that brought the city to a standstill and cut power to thousands.

News you can use

Residents enjoy low cost of living
A study recently conducted on the cost of living for the Augusta area, including Aiken and Columbia counties, showed that when it comes to groceries, the average cost locally is above the national average by about 8.8 percent. But overall, the Augusta area's cost of living was below the national average by 9.6 percent for the first quarter of this year.

Residents enjoy low cost of living

Across Georgia
STOCKBRIDGE - A legally blind man charged with recklessly driving a golf cart had an elementary explanation for his actions: It was the dog's fault.

The week ahead
What is up with this weather? Man, it's been cold! But if you walked through the mall or most clothing stores, you'd swear it already was summer. Aren't these stores crazy?

SRS layoff request is in limbo
NEW ELLENTON - There's a fiscal clock ticking on plans to lay off 1,200 Savannah River Site employees this year, officials said, one that places a penalty on a lengthy delay of approval by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Across the area

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Megan Dickens of Augusta.

Kid of the Day

Raids lead to gaming arrests
A gambling raid by the Richmond County Sheriff's Office vice division Friday resulted in the arrests of a prominent Augusta businessman and a former political candidate.

Across the area
An Augusta man said a woman he was arguing with Saturday night threw a wooden slat through his bedroom window, according to an incident report.

Controversial bills head toward debate

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

The week ahead

Thousands without power after winter storm
ATLANTA - With the remnants of an icy winter storm that engulfed north Georgia Saturday melting away Sunday, there was progress in efforts to restore power to thousands of homes and businesses as well as full service to Atlanta's airport.

South catching up to Georgia's teacher pay

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Thousands without power after winter storm

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - Cindy Lynch needed help.

Man takes plea deal in 1994 killings

Across South Carolina
Small chemical leak is contained at port

Licensing changes could usher in plant

Across the southeast
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Drunken-driving convictions have risen sharply in the state after newspaper reports that judges were letting thousands of drivers off easy.

Economic report gives Georgia a "B"

Blacks lack leader in economic battle
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Some of the most economically powerful and politically influential blacks in the country have never rallied the masses from the pulpit or led protests in the streets.

Five questions with Vic VanSant
Vic VanSant is a state biologist and regional supervisor for game management with the Department of Natural Resources.

Across the southeast
MONTGOMERY, ALA. - An Alabama woman reported missing in September survived a police chase and shootout in Georgia that killed her fugitive companion.

Childhood home of Woodrow Wilson deteriorating
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Local historians say one of President Woodrow Wilson's childhood homes needs a new roof and other renovations or it may be forced to close to the public.

Man takes plea deal in 1994 killings
FLORENCE, S.C. - A man who spent nearly a decade in prison for killing a Marlboro County woman before his conviction was overturned has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors that will likely keep him from going back behind bars, his attorney said.

Man takes plea deal in 1994 killings
FLORENCE, S.C. - A man who spent nearly a decade in prison for killing a Marlboro County woman before his conviction was overturned has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors that will likely keep him from going back behind bars, his attorney said.

Childhood home of Woodrow Wilson deteriorating
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Local historians say one of President Woodrow Wilson's childhood homes needs a new roof and other renovations or it may be forced to close to the public.

Lawmakers considering new day-care rules
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - The state Department of Social Services wants to lower the number of children day-care employees can supervise.

State ethics reform lives again
ATLANTA - When it comes to walking the straight and narrow path, Georgia politicians have a lot of room to meander, according to advocates pushing for tougher ethics laws this year.

The week ahead
What is up with this weather? Man, it's been cold! But if you walked through the mall or most clothing stores, you'd swear it already was summer. Aren't these stores crazy?

State ethics reform lives again
ATLANTA - When it comes to walking the straight and narrow path, Georgia politicians have a lot of room to meander, according to advocates pushing for tougher ethics laws this year.

Raids lead to gaming arrests
A gambling raid by the Richmond County Sheriff's Office vice division Friday resulted in the arrests of a prominent Augusta businessman and a former political candidate.

Howell endears self with calm, cool demeanor
If ever there are moments when the rules of decorum could be relaxed, this was one.

Howell endears self with calm, cool demeanor
If ever there are moments when the rules of decorum could be relaxed, this was one.

My love of numbers doesn't add up
When I saw there was going to be a new drama on television called Numb3rs, I was all excited. A program about numbers: Could it get any better?

My love of numbers doesn't add up
When I saw there was going to be a new drama on television called Numb3rs, I was all excited. A program about numbers: Could it get any better?

'Forty Shades of Blue' earns Sundance honor
The family drama "Forty Shades of Blue," centering on a modern Oedipal triangle involving a music producer, a Russian wife half his age and his son, won top dramatic honors at the Sundance Film Festival.

Clint Eastwood wins Directors Guild honor
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Clint Eastwood was declared filmmaker of the year by his peers on Saturday, winning the Directors Guild of America honor for the boxing saga "Million Dollar Baby."

Clint Eastwood wins Directors Guild honor
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Clint Eastwood was declared filmmaker of the year by his peers on Saturday, winning the Directors Guild of America honor for the boxing saga "Million Dollar Baby."

'Hide and Seek' takes top spot at box office
LOS ANGELES - Robert De Niro's fright flick "Hide and Seek" had a strong debut in its opening weekend, taking in $22 million to become the top movie and fending off a rush of Academy Awards contenders.

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

Actors unions approve new contract
LOS ANGELES - Representatives of Hollywood's two major actors unions voted Saturday to approve a new three-year contract and recommended that their members adopt the pact.

'Forty Shades of Blue' earns Sundance honor
The family drama "Forty Shades of Blue," centering on a modern Oedipal triangle involving a music producer, a Russian wife half his age and his son, won top dramatic honors at the Sundance Film Festival.

Clint Eastwood wins Directors Guild honor

Actors unions approve new contract
LOS ANGELES - Representatives of Hollywood's two major actors unions voted Saturday to approve a new three-year contract and recommended that their members adopt the pact.

Actors unions approve new contract

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

'Forty Shades of Blue' earns Sundance honor

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

'Hide and Seek' takes top spot at box office

'Hide and Seek' takes top spot at box office
LOS ANGELES - Robert De Niro's fright flick "Hide and Seek" had a strong debut in its opening weekend, taking in $22 million to become the top movie and fending off a rush of Academy Awards contenders.

Branford Marsalis embraces the jazz tradition

Music's future on show at industry event

Branford Marsalis embraces the jazz tradition
NEW YORK - Branford Marsalis has no regrets about casting aside what to many would seem the trappings of a successful musical career - the gigs as bandleader-sidekick on "The Tonight Show" and musical director of Sting's post-Police band, even a contract with a major record label.

Music's future on show at industry event
CANNES, France - It's a bit disorienting: slip on a set of headphones, turn up the volume and, while you move about the room, the music stays put - as if coming out of five speakers stuck on a wall.

Branford Marsalis embraces the jazz tradition
NEW YORK - Branford Marsalis has no regrets about casting aside what to many would seem the trappings of a successful musical career - the gigs as bandleader-sidekick on "The Tonight Show" and musical director of Sting's post-Police band, even a contract with a major record label.

Music's future on show at industry event
CANNES, France - It's a bit disorienting: slip on a set of headphones, turn up the volume and, while you move about the room, the music stays put - as if coming out of five speakers stuck on a wall.

Atlanta barely makes it to game
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The travel-weary Atlanta Hawks finally arrived in Memphis about an hour before Saturday night's delayed game against the Grizzlies, after being stranded for nearly 24 hours by a winter storm that paralyzed Atlanta's airport.

Atlanta barely makes it to game

Atlanta barely makes it to game
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The travel-weary Atlanta Hawks finally arrived in Memphis about an hour before Saturday night's delayed game against the Grizzlies, after being stranded for nearly 24 hours by a winter storm that paralyzed Atlanta's airport.

Traveling has new meaning for Hawks
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks have the worst record in the Eastern Conference. They might also have the worst travel luck in the NBA after a third straight weekend of flight delays.

Traveling has new meaning for Hawks
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks have the worst record in the Eastern Conference. They might also have the worst travel luck in the NBA after a third straight weekend of flight delays.

Traveling has new meaning for Hawks

How the top 25 fared
1. Illinois (21-0) did not play. Next: at No. 15 Michigan State, Tuesday.

SEC roundup
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Kentucky players held their breath Saturday as they waited to see whether Eric Ferguson's 3-point attempt at the game's end would fall for an Arkansas victory. But the shot missed, and the No. 7 Wildcats survived for a 68-67 victory.

How the top 25 fared
1. Illinois (21-0) did not play. Next: at No. 15 Michigan State, Tuesday.

Small college roundup
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Charleston Southern's Chris Moore missed three free throws with a second to go as the Buccaneers lost to North Carolina-Asheville 66-63 on Saturday.

Paine racks up Miles
The Paine College men's basketball team wouldn't mind waiting an extra day if all its victories came this easily.

SEC roundup
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Kentucky players held their breath Saturday as they waited to see whether Eric Ferguson's 3-point attempt at the game's end would fall for an Arkansas victory. But the shot missed, and the No. 7 Wildcats survived for a 68-67 victory.

Bruins topple Trojans
LOS ANGELES - Dijon Thompson scored eight of his 24 points in the final 4:45 as UCLA rallied from an 18-point halftime deficit to beat Southern California 72-69 on Saturday, snapping a four-game losing streak to its crosstown rival.

Paine racks up Miles
The Paine College men's basketball team wouldn't mind waiting an extra day if all its victories came this easily.

'Dirt Man' grooms Super Bowl fields with passion

Jacksonville says it's ready for game

Patriots hungry as ever

Eagles fans earned their Boo Birds rep

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Mrs. Mary H. Green    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mary Quick Bargeron    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Stephanie Rountree Hackett    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Merle Miller Rowell    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Harris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Paul Lamar Thorne    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Harris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Edward H. Bussey, Sr.    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Norma Jean McKinney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Terry W. Silvey    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian Kirby Klein    (RIDGELAND, S.C.)
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Mr. George E. Morrell, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Carrie Lou Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Herman R. Lejeune    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ella Mae Quarles    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mary H. Green    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Rosely J. Burton    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Monroe "Doc" Gulledge    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
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Mr. Edward H. Bussey, Sr.    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. John (Boisie) Wilson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Corley Clarke    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Wilhelmina Stalling    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William B. Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Daisy Roberson Brown    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Pastor LaVonna Green    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Weathersbee Meador    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary H. Green    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. George E. Morrell, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Harris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ella Mae Quarles    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Harris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Herman R. Lejeune    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian Kirby Klein    (RIDGELAND, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Harris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ella Mae Quarles    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary H. Green    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Sara Miller Moffitt    (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Lois Willis Lott    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ethel Weathersbee Meador    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Daisy Roberson Brown    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Merle Miller Rowell    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Bishop Lewis Pinkston    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie Leroy Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Tony Scott Sherman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Paul Lamar Thorne    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
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Mr. Terry W. Silvey    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
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Stephanie Rountree Hackett    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Wilhelmina Stalling    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. John Edward Dunn    (HAWKINSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ethel Weathersbee Meador    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Donald Baker    (SARDIS, Ga.)
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Mr. Charles A. Wilder    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. William "Billy" NeSmith    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Donald Baker    (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie R. Barnett    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Monroe "Doc" Gulledge    (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Monroe "Doc" Gulledge    (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. William "Billy" NeSmith    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Weathersbee Meador    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Willis Lott    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Carrie G. Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Wilhelmina Stalling    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Edward H. Bussey, Sr. (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Merle Miller Rowell (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Wilhelmina Stalling (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Bishop Lewis Pinkston (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Quick Bargeron (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. William B. Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary H. Green (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Terry W. Silvey (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Herman R. Lejeune (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary H. Green (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Rosely J. Burton (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Pastor LaVonna Green (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Weathersbee Meador (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Monroe "Doc" Gulledge (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. George E. Morrell, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie R. Barnett (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Stephanie Rountree Hackett (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Corley Clarke (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Monroe "Doc" Gulledge (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William "Billy" NeSmith (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Tony Scott Sherman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Willis Lott (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. John (Boisie) Wilson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Daisy Roberson Brown (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Sara Miller Moffitt (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Leroy Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ella Mae Quarles (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian Kirby Klein (RIDGELAND, S.C.)

Mr. Donald Baker (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mrs. Wilhelmina Stalling (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nan S. Nelms (BARTOW, Ga.)

Mr. Edward H. Bussey, Sr. (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Ella Mae Quarles (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Ethel Weathersbee Meador (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie G. Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles A. Wilder (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Ann Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Lamar Thorne (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

It's time Georgians got a "litigation tax cut"
As Republicans steer the ship in the Georgia House for the first time in 134 years, one of our four guiding principles is to try to reduce the tax burden on our citizens.

It's time Georgians got a "litigation tax cut"
As Republicans steer the ship in the Georgia House for the first time in 134 years, one of our four guiding principles is to try to reduce the tax burden on our citizens.

Bethlehem must shed historical designation
The beleaguered citizens in Bethlehem need our help. Unlike most of us, they live in a neighborhood where the sound of gunfire is commonplace; thugs and drug pushers prey on the young; and abandoned and burned-out buildings fill the panorama. I don't care if the place is called "historic" - no one should have to live in an area like Bethlehem.

Bethlehem must shed historical designation
The beleaguered citizens in Bethlehem need our help. Unlike most of us, they live in a neighborhood where the sound of gunfire is commonplace; thugs and drug pushers prey on the young; and abandoned and burned-out buildings fill the panorama. I don't care if the place is called "historic" - no one should have to live in an area like Bethlehem.

It's time Georgians got a "litigation tax cut"
As Republicans steer the ship in the Georgia House for the first time in 134 years, one of our four guiding principles is to try to reduce the tax burden on our citizens.

Bethlehem must shed historical designation
The beleaguered citizens in Bethlehem need our help. Unlike most of us, they live in a neighborhood where the sound of gunfire is commonplace; thugs and drug pushers prey on the young; and abandoned and burned-out buildings fill the panorama. I don't care if the place is called "historic" - no one should have to live in an area like Bethlehem.

Catalina Sandino Moreno ecstatic about nomination

Catalina Sandino Moreno ecstatic about nomination
NEW YORK - Like the character she played in "Maria Full of Grace," Catalina Sandino Moreno left Colombia to live in New York City. But her address Tuesday was more like Cloud Nine.

Catalina Sandino Moreno ecstatic about nomination
NEW YORK - Like the character she played in "Maria Full of Grace," Catalina Sandino Moreno left Colombia to live in New York City. But her address Tuesday was more like Cloud Nine.

Player implicated in German soccer scandal

Finally, an Australian Open for Safin

Overtime

Area sports announcements

Overtime

Serena's Grand Slam drought over

Finally, an Australian Open for Safin
MELBOURNE, Australia - Seeing somebody else unravel was different for Marat Safin. So was winning the Australian Open.

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

Player implicated in German soccer scandal
BERLIN - The first soccer player was implicated in Germany's widening game-fixing scandal Sunday, and prosecutors charged three men arrested in the case with fraud.

Overtime
Saturday's nasty weather forced postponements for three area colleges.

Overtime
Augusta Boxing Club's Fred Hall and A.J. Obleton won state competitions on Saturday at the 2005 Loring Baker USA Boxing Tournament in Macon, Ga.

Serena's Grand Slam drought over
MELBOURNE, Australia - Serena Williams was fed up with the same old question: What's happened to the Williams sisters?

Player implicated in German soccer scandal
BERLIN - The first soccer player was implicated in Germany's widening game-fixing scandal Sunday, and prosecutors charged three men arrested in the case with fraud.

Overtime
Augusta Boxing Club's Fred Hall and A.J. Obleton won state competitions on Saturday at the 2005 Loring Baker USA Boxing Tournament in Macon, Ga.

Finally, an Australian Open for Safin
MELBOURNE, Australia - Seeing somebody else unravel was different for Marat Safin. So was winning the Australian Open.

Serena's Grand Slam drought over
MELBOURNE, Australia - Serena Williams was fed up with the same old question: What's happened to the Williams sisters?

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

Overtime
Saturday's nasty weather forced postponements for three area colleges.

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

Hatchery fee would help fund programs
South Carolina authorities want anglers to chip in a few more dollars to help pay for the millions of trout, hybrids and stripers produced by the state's fish hatcheries.

Hatchery fee would help fund programs
South Carolina authorities want anglers to chip in a few more dollars to help pay for the millions of trout, hybrids and stripers produced by the state's fish hatcheries.

Legislators focus on education early
ATLANTA -- From teacher pay to classroom spending to whether evolution should be taught in schools: When it comes to issues lawmakers love to tackle, nothing quite stacks up to education.

Barrow will support Interstate 3 plan
WASHINGTON - John Barrow will support the Interstate 3 proposal his political opponent proposed in the waning days of the 2004 election.

Congressman Norwood works, recovers at home
WASHINGTON - Charlie Norwood, R-Evans, is working from his Washington home and steadily recovering from October lung-transplant surgery, according to staff in his Capitol Hill office, who would not allow Mr. Norwood to be interviewed last week.

Democrats craft 'conservative' legislation
ATLANTA - Like boxers who are each aiming to nab a title belt, Republicans and Democrats are now sparring at the Georgia Capitol for the right to claim the "conservative" banner for their respective parties.

Barrow gets accustomed to new job in Congress
WASHINGTON - The decor in John Barrow's office leaves little doubt where the 49-year-old Democrat calls home.

Patriots hungry as ever
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - They're back, probably better than ever and just as hungry to stay on top.

Jacksonville says it's ready for game
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - After more than four years of planning, Jacksonville is ready for its time on the Super Bowl stage.

Patriots hungry as ever
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - They're back, probably better than ever and just as hungry to stay on top.

Eagles fans earned their Boo Birds rep
PHILADELPHIA - Those famously churlish Philly fans can't hide behind the urban legends. The truth is out there: They simply booed Santa Claus.

'Dirt Man' grooms Super Bowl fields with passion
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - George Toma walks to the middle of Alltel Stadium, gets on his hands and knees and starts scouring the ground for sprigs of grass.

Eagles fans earned their Boo Birds rep
PHILADELPHIA - Those famously churlish Philly fans can't hide behind the urban legends. The truth is out there: They simply booed Santa Claus.

'Dirt Man' grooms Super Bowl fields with passion
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - George Toma walks to the middle of Alltel Stadium, gets on his hands and knees and starts scouring the ground for sprigs of grass.

Jacksonville says it's ready for game
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - After more than four years of planning, Jacksonville is ready for its time on the Super Bowl stage.

Hatchery fee would help fund programs

Howell endears self with calm, cool demeanor

Britney's kid sister to star in her own TV show

Britney's kid sister to star in her own TV show
LOS ANGELES - She's been surrounded by celebrity just about all of her life, but Jamie Lynn Spears would have you believe she's just another teenager blown away by the fact she gets to travel to Los Angeles to make TV shows, and they sometimes let her keep the clothes she wears on set.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

Actor adds spark to NYPD Blue's final season

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
You know the main reason for TV reunion specials. It's to let viewers get a look at the show's stars today and then react one of two ways: Either "Gosh, they look old," or "Gosh, they look REALLY old."

Actor adds spark to NYPD Blue's final season
NEW YORK - Currie Graham jumped aboard the long-running "NYPD Blue" for its last lap. But the character he portrays is there to make sure it'll be a bumpy ride.

Britney's kid sister to star in her own TV show
LOS ANGELES - She's been surrounded by celebrity just about all of her life, but Jamie Lynn Spears would have you believe she's just another teenager blown away by the fact she gets to travel to Los Angeles to make TV shows, and they sometimes let her keep the clothes she wears on set.

Road trips more common for TV anchors
NEW YORK - With Sunday's election in Iraq, the anchor desks at American TV networks were empty again.

Road trips more common for TV anchors

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
You know the main reason for TV reunion specials. It's to let viewers get a look at the show's stars today and then react one of two ways: Either "Gosh, they look old," or "Gosh, they look REALLY old."

Road trips more common for TV anchors
NEW YORK - With Sunday's election in Iraq, the anchor desks at American TV networks were empty again.

Actor adds spark to NYPD Blue's final season
NEW YORK - Currie Graham jumped aboard the long-running "NYPD Blue" for its last lap. But the character he portrays is there to make sure it'll be a bumpy ride.

Michael Jackson trial begins Monday

People in the News

Alabama routs Georgia
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Kennedy Winston scored 18 points and No. 14 Alabama capitalized on its suffocating defense to beat Georgia 75-47 on Sunday night.

Icy weather forces postponement of Alabama-Georgia game

Icy weather forces postponement of Alabama-Georgia game
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Georgia's basketball game against Alabama on Saturday night has been postponed until tonight because of wintry weather in Georgia.

Icy weather forces postponement of Alabama-Georgia game
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Georgia's basketball game against Alabama on Saturday night has been postponed until tonight because of wintry weather in Georgia.

Gamecocks short again
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - David Lee figures the Florida Gators never would have won a game like this last season.

Key political players in Iraq's election

Procedures for voting in the Iraqi election
VOTING CENTERS: Iraqis will report to 5,220 designated voting centers around the country. The centers will be ringed by Iraqi police and Iraqi National Guard troops, with American and other multinational soldiers in reserve. Voting is set for 7 a.m.-5 p.m. (11 p.m. Saturday-9 a.m. Sunday EST) although the hours can be extended if voters are still in line at closing time.

Iraqi participation is the crucial question
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Millions of ballots have been printed, thousands of voting booths assembled and 300,000 Iraqi and American troops put at the ready. Everything is in place for Iraq's national elections. All that's needed now are voters.

Key political players in Iraq's election
Although not running for election, Iraq's top Shiite cleric has issued an edict describing voting as a "religious duty." Al-Sistani, 75, has great influence in the majority Shiite community and has opposed anti-American violence. With the loyalty of most Shiite clerics and many tribal leaders, the Iranian-born grand ayatollah has used his popularity to sway the political process toward assuring Shiite domination of the future government.

A look at the Iraqi election, by the numbers
A look at the Jan. 30 Iraqi election, by the numbers:

A look at the Iraqi election, by the numbers
A look at the Jan. 30 Iraqi election, by the numbers:

Procedures for voting in the Iraqi election

Iraqi participation is the crucial question

A look at the Iraqi election, by the numbers

Procedures for voting in the Iraqi election
VOTING CENTERS: Iraqis will report to 5,220 designated voting centers around the country. The centers will be ringed by Iraqi police and Iraqi National Guard troops, with American and other multinational soldiers in reserve. Voting is set for 7 a.m.-5 p.m. (11 p.m. Saturday-9 a.m. Sunday EST) although the hours can be extended if voters are still in line at closing time.

Iraqi participation is the crucial question
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Millions of ballots have been printed, thousands of voting booths assembled and 300,000 Iraqi and American troops put at the ready. Everything is in place for Iraq's national elections. All that's needed now are voters.

Major Parties and lists
UNITED IRAQI ALLIANCE: 228 candidates, drawn largely from the Shiite political establishment and tacitly endorsed by Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. It includes Abdel-Aziz al-Hakim, cleric who heads Iraq's largest political group, the Shiite Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq.

Key political players in Iraq's election
Although not running for election, Iraq's top Shiite cleric has issued an edict describing voting as a "religious duty." Al-Sistani, 75, has great influence in the majority Shiite community and has opposed anti-American violence. With the loyalty of most Shiite clerics and many tribal leaders, the Iranian-born grand ayatollah has used his popularity to sway the political process toward assuring Shiite domination of the future government.

Monday is National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

Man accused of stealing daughter's Ritalin

Guide recommends restaurant that hadn't opened