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.

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.

Review: Pelleas et Melisande

Union approves Sosa trade
NEW YORK - The trade that would send Sammy Sosa from the Chicago Cubs to the Baltimore Orioles took a step forward Monday when the players' association approved a key change to his contract that is required to complete the deal.

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.

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

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

Union approves Sosa trade
NEW YORK - The trade that would send Sammy Sosa from the Chicago Cubs to the Baltimore Orioles took a step forward Monday when the players' association approved a key change to his contract that is required to complete the deal.

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.

Union approves Sosa trade

Ice storm came at just the right time for my family

Odds and Ends
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - The number of weddings performed at Stockholm's Arlanda Airport are taking off.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lee buying newspaper publisher Pulitzer
ST. LOUIS - Lee Enterprises Inc. is buying Pulitzer Inc. - publisher of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Arizona Daily Star and a dozen other daily newspapers - in a $1.46 billion deal that Lee said would create the nation's fourth-largest newspaper publisher.

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.

SBC to acquire AT&T for $16 billion
DALLAS - SBC Communications Inc. has agreed to buy former parent AT&T Corp. for $16 billion, creating one of the nation's largest communications companies and ending the independent run of a firm whose roots stretch back to the telephone's invention.

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.

SBC to acquire AT&T for $16 billion
DALLAS - SBC Communications Inc. has agreed to buy former parent AT&T Corp. for $16 billion, creating one of the nation's largest communications companies and ending the independent run of a firm whose roots stretch back to the telephone's invention.

MetLife purchasing Travelers Life from Citigroup
NEW YORK - The insurance giant MetLife Inc. is buying Travelers Life & Annuity Co. for at least $11.5 billion from Citigroup Inc., the nation's largest financial institution.

New home sales set record for fourth straight year
WASHINGTON - Sales of new homes rose to an all-time high in 2004, the fourth straight annual record. But activity in December barely budged after a big drop the previous month, suggesting the nation's red-hot housing market may finally be cooling.

New home sales set record for fourth straight year
WASHINGTON - Sales of new homes rose to an all-time high in 2004, the fourth straight annual record. But activity in December barely budged after a big drop the previous month, suggesting the nation's red-hot housing market may finally be cooling.

Agency looks at DSL service
ATLANTA - As the number of ways to place a simple phone call grows, consumers have more ways to get a dial tone.

Agency looks at DSL service
ATLANTA - As the number of ways to place a simple phone call grows, consumers have more ways to get a dial tone.

Consumer watchdog group to reopen in Augusta
A better Better Business Bureau is coming to Augusta.

Incomes jump record 3.7 percent in December
WASHINGTON - Personal income, boosted by a large dividend payment from computer software giant Microsoft Corp., shot up by a record 3.7 percent in December. That helped to boost consumer spending during the all-important holiday season by 0.8 percent.

MetLife purchasing Travelers Life from Citigroup
NEW YORK - The insurance giant MetLife Inc. is buying Travelers Life & Annuity Co. for at least $11.5 billion from Citigroup Inc., the nation's largest financial institution.

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.

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.

Lee buying newspaper publisher Pulitzer
ST. LOUIS - Lee Enterprises Inc. is buying Pulitzer Inc. - publisher of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Arizona Daily Star and a dozen other daily newspapers - in a $1.46 billion deal that Lee said would create the nation's fourth-largest newspaper publisher.

Big week should help give markets direction

Consumer watchdog group to reopen in Augusta
A better Better Business Bureau is coming to Augusta.

Energy costs trickle through global economy

Coors, Molson hoping merger will foster growth

Fed meets behind ornate closed doors

SBC to acquire AT&T for $16 billion

GM to make OnStar, stability control standard

MetLife purchasing Travelers Life from Citigroup

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.

Agency looks at DSL service

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.

Consumer watchdog group to reopen in Augusta

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.

Lee buying newspaper publisher Pulitzer

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.

New home sales set record for fourth straight year

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.

Incomes jump record 3.7 percent in December
WASHINGTON - Personal income, boosted by a large dividend payment from computer software giant Microsoft Corp., shot up by a record 3.7 percent in December. That helped to boost consumer spending during the all-important holiday season by 0.8 percent.

Incomes jump record 3.7 percent in December

Paine racks up Miles

How the top 25 fared

Terps test conditioning at Clemson

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?

From under the bridge
It's troubling to say the least that any American believes, as Ward Churchill does, that the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks somehow deserved what they got.

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

Bring back Phys. Ed.

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

Huge Iraqi victory
Ink-stained index fingers put their mark on history Sunday. Democracy arrived in Iraq. Despite the ever-present threat of violence and death, Iraqis voted by the millions.

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?

Cocoon of euphemism

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
NEW YORK - Tom Brokaw has signed a two-book deal with Random House, the publisher announced Monday, although what the former NBC anchor will actually write and when the books will be published remain unknown.

Jury selection is set to begin for Michael Jackson
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Michael Jackson faced prospective jurors in his child-molestation trial Monday after being greeted by a crowd of fans shouting encouragement and pressing against fences to see the pop star.

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.

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.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Tom Brokaw has signed a two-book deal with Random House, the publisher announced Monday, although what the former NBC anchor will actually write and when the books will be published remain unknown.

Jury selection is set to begin for Michael Jackson
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Michael Jackson faced prospective jurors in his child-molestation trial Monday after being greeted by a crowd of fans shouting encouragement and pressing against fences to see the pop star.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Old, new champs highlight '05 event

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.

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.

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.

Terps smack Jackets

North Carolina tops Georgia Tech

My love of numbers doesn't add up

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 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.

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.

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 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.

Palmer to skip Bay Hill for first time
ORLANDO, Fla. - Arnold Palmer will skip the Bay Hill Invitational for the first time since he founded the tournament in 1979, most likely ending his 52-year streak of playing on the PGA Tour.

Irwin wins record fifth straight Turtle Bay title

Ice storm came at just the right time for my family
Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.

Ice storm came at just the right time for my family
Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.

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.

Iraqis are bravely grasping freedom
One aspect of the Iraq war being ignored by most media and by those opposed to our actions is the incredible bravery of many Iraqi citizens.Dr. David Allen, North Augusta, S.C.

Stop dredging up the divisive past
Regrading the editorial "Cult of selfishness" (Jan. 18, on senior citizens and school-tax exemptions), I daresay that if all the seniors in the CSRA were to cancel their subscriptions to The Augusta Chronicle, there would be no Chronicle!Carolyn K. Kershner, Augusta

'9/11' was opinion, not propaganda
Recently many writers, including Mike Fulford ("Honoring Michael Moore is a mistake," Jan. 22), have likened Michael Moore's so-called documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 to the Nazi propaganda films of the 1930s. R. Bryan Austin, North Augusta, S.C

Iraqis are bravely grasping freedom
One aspect of the Iraq war being ignored by most media and by those opposed to our actions is the incredible bravery of many Iraqi citizens.Dr. David Allen, North Augusta, S.C.

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

Iraqis are bravely grasping freedom

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

The president's next target: Iran
I predict that we will begin a war with Iran most likely some time this year, but definitely before President George W. Bush's term ends. Nathan Kirby, 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

Stop dredging up the divisive past
Regrading the editorial "Cult of selfishness" (Jan. 18, on senior citizens and school-tax exemptions), I daresay that if all the seniors in the CSRA were to cancel their subscriptions to The Augusta Chronicle, there would be no Chronicle! Carolyn K. Kershner, Augusta

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

'9/11' was opinion, not propaganda
Recently many writers, including Mike Fulford ("Honoring Michael Moore is a mistake," Jan. 22), have likened Michael Moore's so-called documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 to the Nazi propaganda films of the 1930s. R. Bryan Austin, North Augusta, S.C

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

Stop dredging up the divisive past

Russia displays more anti-Semitism

'9/11' was opinion, not propaganda

Drug war needs a new approach

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

Teaching a computer to read is not easy

Playbook for a Super Party

Health and fitness calendar

Techbits: Identity theft, ABC News digital and more

Test might help detect Alzheimer's in early stages

Seniors calendar

Playbook for a Super Party

Two decades late, Apple launches $500 Mac

Playbook for a Super Party
Everything's bigger at the Super Bowl, and the biggest football game of the year requires a celebration worthy of its magnitude.

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

Test might help detect Alzheimer's in early stages
WASHINGTON - A highly sensitive new test could lead to a different way to diagnose people with Alzheimer's disease, possibly helping find the illness in its early stages when there might be time for treatment.

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."

Playbook for a Super Party
Everything's bigger at the Super Bowl, and the biggest football game of the year requires a celebration worthy of its magnitude.

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.

Playbook for a Super Party
Everything's bigger at the Super Bowl, and the biggest football game of the year requires a celebration worthy of its magnitude.

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.

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

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.

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.

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."<

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

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

Test might help detect Alzheimer's in early stages
WASHINGTON - A highly sensitive new test could lead to a different way to diagnose people with Alzheimer's disease, possibly helping find the illness in its early stages when there might be time for treatment.

Playbook for a Super Party
Everything's bigger at the Super Bowl, and the biggest football game of the year requires a celebration worthy of its magnitude.

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.

Inspiring her pupils is art form to teacher

Bill would pay three men cleared by DNA
ATLANTA - Taxpayers could be making restitution to three men who have been cleared by DNA testing after serving years in prison.

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.

Family fears hunter may have been victimized

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

News you can use

Family fears hunter may have been victimized
Five days before Christmas - Dec. 20, 2003 - Chuck Logan Jr. did what most outdoorsmen do on crisp Saturday mornings: He went hunting.

Across the area

Chatham County man appeals murder conviction

Authority gears up for more projects

Authority gears up for more projects
Twelve years ago, when planners unveiled a far-reaching plan to transform the Augusta Canal into a nationally recognized tourism and historical preservation site, the goal seemed almost too distant to achieve.

Eminent domain bill gets notice
ATLANTA - A once little-noticed bill to help along agreements between private developers and local governments has become ensnared in a fight over property rights and secrecy, and GOP leaders in the General Assembly now suggest the proposal could be tweaked to address some of the concerns.

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.

Rants and Raves
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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 South Carolina
Small chemical leak is contained at port

Students help shape the future
AIKEN - The youths of Aiken County have spoken, and they want a Best Buy electronics store.

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.

Meeting plans puzzle boards
AIKEN - Like two playground rivals, the Aiken County school board and the Midland Valley Preparatory School executive board are holding separate meetings tonight after originally planning to meet jointly.

Thousands without power after winter storm

Bill would pay three men cleared by DNA

Man takes plea deal in 1994 killings

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.

Licensing changes could usher in plant

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Two police officers in the small town of South Congaree were injured this year, forcing the town to pay more in insurance costs than expected.

Economic report gives Georgia a "B"

Across the southeast

Kid of the Day

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.

Stress hospitalizes substitute
The stress might have been too much. Substitute teacher Frederick Jones - who told police he was losing control of his sixth-grade class at Murphey Middle School on Wednesday when he warned pupils he had a gun - was hospitalized for stress-related problems over the weekend.

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.

Meeting plans puzzle boards

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.

Eminent domain bill gets notice

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.

Students help shape the future

Game adds to patrols on I-95
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Super Bowl fans will be under scrutiny by state and local law enforcement officers in Southeast Georgia as they travel along Interstate 95 or stop over to party in the region.

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.

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?

Across South Carolina
Small chemical leak is contained at port

Chatham County man appeals murder conviction
ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday considered whether to overturn the conviction of a Chatham County man serving a life sentence for the strangulation death of a 23-year-old Savannah resident.

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

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?

Game adds to patrols on I-95

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.

Toxic train spills are rare, deadly

Stress hospitalizes substitute

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.

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.

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

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 Georgia

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.

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.

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.

Victims to face former crematory operator

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - Cindy Lynch needed help.

Groups wonder why principal was dismissed

Five questions with Vic VanSant

The week ahead

AIDS groups fight effects of conspiracy theories

State ethics reform lives again

Blacks lack leader in economic battle

Controversial bills head toward debate

Across South Carolina

Across the area

Rants and Raves
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Deadly crash's report is released
Officials said Ed Johnson's difficulties in maintaining airspeed during takeoff caused the plane crash that killed him and his wife, Leslie, more than a year and a half ago.

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

Game adds to patrols on I-95
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Super Bowl fans will be under scrutiny by state and local law enforcement officers in Southeast Georgia as they travel along Interstate 95 or stop over to party in the region.

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.

Students help shape the future
AIKEN - The youths of Aiken County have spoken, and they want a Best Buy electronics store.

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.

Family fears hunter may have been victimized
Five days before Christmas - Dec. 20, 2003 - Chuck Logan Jr. did what most outdoorsmen do on crisp Saturday mornings: He went hunting.

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.

Chatham County man appeals murder conviction
ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday considered whether to overturn the conviction of a Chatham County man serving a life sentence for the strangulation death of a 23-year-old Savannah resident.

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.

Meeting plans puzzle boards
AIKEN - Like two playground rivals, the Aiken County school board and the Midland Valley Preparatory School executive board are holding separate meetings tonight after originally planning to meet jointly.

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.

Brother's death brings murder charge
AIKEN - An argument over a dogfight between a Chihuahua and a rottweiler resulted in the arrest of a Wagener man on murder charges in connection with the shooting death of his younger brother, authorities said Monday.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - Cindy Lynch needed help.

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

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.

Rants and Raves
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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.

Toxic train spills are rare, deadly
Rail accidents such as the Graniteville train wreck represent a small percentage of the toxic transportation spills in 16 states, a federal health report states, but when they occur, the results can be catastrophic.

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.

Eminent domain bill gets notice
ATLANTA - A once little-noticed bill to help along agreements between private developers and local governments has become ensnared in a fight over property rights and secrecy, and GOP leaders in the General Assembly now suggest the proposal could be tweaked to address some of the concerns.

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.

Bill would pay three men cleared by DNA
ATLANTA - Taxpayers could be making restitution to three men who have been cleared by DNA testing after serving years in prison.

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.

McDuffie County considers smoking ban
THOMSON, Ga. - Liz McDaniel smokes, but she wishes she didn't. Still, she doesn't want McDuffie County to tell her where she can light up.

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 Georgia
THUNDERBOLT - Police divers pulled a body from the Wilmington River just 30 yards from a missing woman's yacht docked at the Thunderbolt Marina.

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

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Two police officers in the small town of South Congaree were injured this year, forcing the town to pay more in insurance costs than expected.

Across the area
Police were searching Monday for the man who shot an Aiken man in the buttocks.

Across the area
Police were searching Monday for the man who shot an Aiken man in the buttocks.

Kid of the Day
Kensey Barrett is today's Kid of the Day.

Authority gears up for more projects
Twelve years ago, when planners unveiled a far-reaching plan to transform the Augusta Canal into a nationally recognized tourism and historical preservation site, the goal seemed almost too distant to achieve.

Childhood home of Woodrow Wilson deteriorating

Kid of the Day
Kensey Barrett is today's Kid of the Day.

South catching up to Georgia's teacher pay

Stress hospitalizes substitute
The stress might have been too much. Substitute teacher Frederick Jones - who told police he was losing control of his sixth-grade class at Murphey Middle School on Wednesday when he warned pupils he had a gun - was hospitalized for stress-related problems over the weekend.

Toxic train spills are rare, deadly
Rail accidents such as the Graniteville train wreck represent a small percentage of the toxic transportation spills in 16 states, a federal health report states, but when they occur, the results can be catastrophic.

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

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

'Forty Shades of Blue' earns Sundance honor

Teens win special award at Sundance Film Festival

'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.

Teens win special award at Sundance Film Festival
NEW YORK - Two teenagers who made a documentary on gun violence in a Brooklyn housing project have won a special award at the Sundance Film Festival.

'Hide and Seek' takes top spot at box office

'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.

Actors unions approve new contract

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."

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.

'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.

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."

Teens win special award at Sundance Film Festival
NEW YORK - Two teenagers who made a documentary on gun violence in a Brooklyn housing project have won a special award at the Sundance Film Festival.

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.

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.

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.

Music's future on show at industry event

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

Terps test conditioning at Clemson
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Winning on the road in the Atlantic Coast Conference is a difficult task. Being forced to do it with just one day of rest is downright cruel.

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

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.

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

Terps test conditioning at Clemson
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Winning on the road in the Atlantic Coast Conference is a difficult task. Being forced to do it with just one day of rest is downright cruel.

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.

There's worse than Jacksonville

Patriots hungry as ever

Third time still gives Patriots butterflies

Jacksonville says it's ready for game

'Dirt Man' grooms Super Bowl fields with passion

'Wardrobe malfunction' won't be repeated

Owens practices for first time since injury

Mr. James Lewis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Beverly A. Fournier    (RAYMOND, N.H.)
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Mr. John Jackson, Jr.    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Michael Brantley    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

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Rev. John Spivey    (BEAUFORT, S.C.)

Mr. William "Billy" NeSmith    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. John Jackson, Jr.    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Monroe "Doc" Gulledge    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
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Mr. W.H. Googe    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Mr. Donald Baker    (SARDIS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Beverly A. Fournier    (RAYMOND, N.H.)

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

Master Trent Drew Cumbee    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mr. Donald Baker    (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mr. John Edward Dunn    (HAWKINSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary H. Green    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Stephanie Rountree Hackett    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie Harris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. George E. Morrell, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Edward H. Bussey, Sr.    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Carole P. Davis    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Rev. Lillian Clark Napier    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Stephanie Rountree Hackett    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Bright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Harris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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Mr. Eddie Eugene Moody (ELBERTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Quick Bargeron (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Willie Leroy Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ethel Weathersbee Meador (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Jeffers (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Bragg Norris (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Calvin Franklin (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Wilhelmina Stalling (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Merle Miller Rowell (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

Rev. John Spivey (BEAUFORT, S.C.)

Dr. Joseph M. Garrison ( NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Catherine Bright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Brantley (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. W.H. Googe (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas C. Evans (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mildred Calhoun (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Clemons (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. John Jackson, Jr. (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. James Lewis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Wilhelmina Stallings (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Stephanie Hackett (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mr. Marion Reddick (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Stephanie Rountree Hackett (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Carole P. Davis (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Ms. Aneida Gale Davis (WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.)

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

Rev. Lillian Clark Napier (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Beverly A. Fournier (RAYMOND, N.H.)

Mr. Willie Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Box-office boost expected for best-picture films

Catalina Sandino Moreno ecstatic about nomination

Black actors gain record Oscar esteem
LOS ANGELES - Six years ago, Chris Rock joked that the Academy Awards looked like the "million white man march" for its traditional under-representation of blacks.

Black actors gain record Oscar esteem

Black actors gain record Oscar esteem
LOS ANGELES - Six years ago, Chris Rock joked that the Academy Awards looked like the "million white man march" for its traditional under-representation of blacks.

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.

Box-office boost expected for best-picture films
LOS ANGELES - Better hurry. There's just 30 moviegoing days left till the Academy Awards.

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.

Box-office boost expected for best-picture films
LOS ANGELES - Better hurry. There's just 30 moviegoing days left till the Academy Awards.

Captain McEnroe hopes to lure Agassi back

Overtime

Finally, an Australian Open for Safin

Player implicated in German soccer scandal

Overtime

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.

Captain McEnroe hopes to lure Agassi back
CARSON, Calif. - Captain Patrick McEnroe hopes to lure one of tennis' biggest stars back to the U.S. Davis Cup team.

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

Overtime
Augusta State athletic director Clint Bryant has taken over as president of the Greater Augusta Sports Council and will serve a two-year term. He replaces local attorney Doug Batchelor.

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.

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

Captain McEnroe hopes to lure Agassi back
CARSON, Calif. - Captain Patrick McEnroe hopes to lure one of tennis' biggest stars back to the U.S. Davis Cup team.

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.

Overtime
Augusta State athletic director Clint Bryant has taken over as president of the Greater Augusta Sports Council and will serve a two-year term. He replaces local attorney Doug Batchelor.

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.

Third time still gives Patriots butterflies
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Tom Brady settled his nerves before his first Super Bowl by taking a nap on the floor of the Superdome locker room. Then he went out and won the game's MVP.

'Wardrobe malfunction' won't be repeated
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Oh, what the NFL would have given for a marching band.

'Wardrobe malfunction' won't be repeated
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Oh, what the NFL would have given for a marching band.

'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.

Third time still gives Patriots butterflies
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Tom Brady settled his nerves before his first Super Bowl by taking a nap on the floor of the Superdome locker room. Then he went out and won the game's MVP.

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

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

Owens practices for first time since injury
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - T.O. is almost a go. Terrell Owens, the Philadelphia Eagles' All-Pro receiver, practiced Monday for the first time since injuring his ankle last month, moving closer toward returning for the Super Bowl.

There's worse than Jacksonville
First, let's get the jokes out of the way. You know you are in Jacksonville if... You see bikes with gun racks.

'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.

There's worse than Jacksonville
First, let's get the jokes out of the way. You know you are in Jacksonville if... You see bikes with gun racks.

Owens practices for first time since injury
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - T.O. is almost a go. Terrell Owens, the Philadelphia Eagles' All-Pro receiver, practiced Monday for the first time since injuring his ankle last month, moving closer toward returning for the Super Bowl.

Actor adds spark to NYPD Blue's final season

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
NEW YORK - With Sunday's election in Iraq, the anchor desks at American TV networks were empty again.

Simon Cowell sits center stage at 'American Idol'

Paula Abdul to restart singing career - eventually

Randy Jackson on the road to stardom

Road trips more common for TV anchors

More public TV stations to go on digital systems
WASHINGTON - It may soon be easier to watch "Sesame Street," "Masterpiece Theater" and other public television programs in sharp, digital images.

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.

Randy Jackson on the road to stardom
LOS ANGELES - There's an assumption, at least from folks on the outside, that people in the entertainment business are, well, a little nuts. Randy Jackson can confirm that.

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.

Paula Abdul to restart singing career - eventually
NEW YORK - Spending three seasons watching thousands of wannabes warble their way toward attempted singing stardom can make anyone a bit restless.

Paula Abdul to restart singing career - eventually
NEW YORK - Spending three seasons watching thousands of wannabes warble their way toward attempted singing stardom can make anyone a bit restless.

Simon Cowell sits center stage at 'American Idol'
LONDON - After more than two decades working his way up - behind the scenes - in the music industry, Simon Cowell sits center stage.

Randy Jackson on the road to stardom
LOS ANGELES - There's an assumption, at least from folks on the outside, that people in the entertainment business are, well, a little nuts. Randy Jackson can confirm that.

Simon Cowell sits center stage at 'American Idol'
LONDON - After more than two decades working his way up - behind the scenes - in the music industry, Simon Cowell sits center stage.

Jury selection is set to begin for Michael Jackson

People in the News

People in the News

Michael Jackson trial begins Monday

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.

Georgia's bid to top Lady Vols falls short
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - All the numbers were in Tennessee's favor: the long SEC winning streak, the 14,038 orange-wearing fanatics at Thompson-Boling Arena, a seemingly never-ending supply of players.

Georgia's bid to top Lady Vols falls short
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - All the numbers were in Tennessee's favor: the long SEC winning streak, the 14,038 orange-wearing fanatics at Thompson-Boling Arena, a seemingly never-ending supply of players.

Georgia's bid to top Lady Vols falls short

Odom meets with suspended players
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina coach Dave Odom met with suspended players Josh Gonner and Antoine Tisby on Sunday, but said he doesn't know what their future is with the Gamecocks.

Odom meets with suspended players
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina coach Dave Odom met with suspended players Josh Gonner and Antoine Tisby on Sunday, but said he doesn't know what their future is with the Gamecocks.

Odom meets with suspended players

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In today's talent-lacking music industry, it seems everyone's waiting for the next "legend" to come along. And we may just have found him - John Legend that is.

Students learn by observing, helping
Working and not getting paid for it could seem like a waste of time and energy, but when it comes to job shadowing, the experience is worth more than money.

My style
THE FACTS: Anna Harden , 17, a junior at Briarwood High School.

My style

Girl can cease sexual relations
I called my boyfriend's phone. I have the password to his answering machine, and it had three or four girls on it. I was wondering what should I do? Should I forgive him? He said they were just friends but a girl was on the phone talking about how she loved him and everything.

My style
THE FACTS: Anna Harden , 17, a junior at Briarwood High School.

Students learn by observing, helping

Xtreme calendar
Oscar-nominated Ray, the Jamie Foxx-led biography of soul singer Ray Charles and the Bernie Mac baseball comedy Mr. 3000, the story of a retired baseball star who has to return to the game in order to solidify his record are among the movies now out on DVD or VHS.

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Xtreme question of the week
Q: What's the one thing you can't live without?

Girl can cease sexual relations

Celebrities eclipse tragedy on news
With the post-Christmas tsunami and other recent tragedies, it would seem that the gods of misfortune have gotten their 15 minutes of fame. It is during times such as these, however, that the true definition of unity shines. Across the country thousands of people and organizations gather in the name of charity. They've collected food, clothing, and money for the tsunami victims, with more to come.

Celebrities eclipse tragedy on news

Students learn by observing, helping
Working and not getting paid for it could seem like a waste of time and energy, but when it comes to job shadowing, the experience is worth more than money.

Xtreme calendar

Differences should be embraced
The student entered the school clothed in a blue- jean skirt and a baby tee and even wore hair extensions. On anyone else the outfit would have gotten compliments or at least a few approving glances, but because it was a guy wearing it, it only caused stares.

Students learn by observing, helping

Xtreme calendar
Oscar-nominated Ray, the Jamie Foxx-led biography of soul singer Ray Charles and the Bernie Mac baseball comedy Mr. 3000, the story of a retired baseball star who has to return to the game in order to solidify his record are among the movies now out on DVD or VHS.

Students learn by observing, helping
Working and not getting paid for it could seem like a waste of time and energy, but when it comes to job shadowing, the experience is worth more than money.

Celebrities eclipse tragedy on news
With the post-Christmas tsunami and other recent tragedies, it would seem that the gods of misfortune have gotten their 15 minutes of fame. It is during times such as these, however, that the true definition of unity shines. Across the country thousands of people and organizations gather in the name of charity. They've collected food, clothing, and money for the tsunami victims, with more to come.

Girl can cease sexual relations
I called my boyfriend's phone. I have the password to his answering machine, and it had three or four girls on it. I was wondering what should I do? Should I forgive him? He said they were just friends but a girl was on the phone talking about how she loved him and everything.

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In today's talent-lacking music industry, it seems everyone's waiting for the next "legend" to come along. And we may just have found him - John Legend that is.

Differences should be embraced

Differences should be embraced
The student entered the school clothed in a blue- jean skirt and a baby tee and even wore hair extensions. On anyone else the outfit would have gotten compliments or at least a few approving glances, but because it was a guy wearing it, it only caused stares.

Students learn by observing, helping
Working and not getting paid for it could seem like a waste of time and energy, but when it comes to job shadowing, the experience is worth more than money.

Man accused of stealing daughter's Ritalin

Monday is National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day