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.

Union approves Sosa trade

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.

Ice storm came at just the right time for my family

Elephant tramples circus worker to death
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - An elephant being loaded onto a truck trampled a circus animal trainer to death at Memorial Coliseum, police said.

Elephant tramples circus worker to death
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - An elephant being loaded onto a truck trampled a circus animal trainer to death at Memorial Coliseum, police said.

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

Odds and Ends
ANGLETON, Texas - A Houston-area mother whose daughter's tardiness landed her in school detention wound up in jail over one of her son's unpaid fines.

Odds and Ends
ANGLETON, Texas - A Houston-area mother whose daughter's tardiness landed her in school detention wound up in jail over one of her son's unpaid fines.

Jury awards $15.6 million to coffee label model
GLENDALE, Calif. - A jury has awarded $15.6 million to a man whose image was used for years without his permission on Taster's Choice coffee labels.

Jury awards $15.6 million to coffee label model
GLENDALE, Calif. - A jury has awarded $15.6 million to a man whose image was used for years without his permission on Taster's Choice coffee labels.

Fed expected to increase interest rates
WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve policy-makers are likely to keep bumping up short-term interest rates this year, a defense against an inflation flare-up now that the economic expansion is on firm footing.

Augusta company purchases Columbia hotel
An Augusta real estate investment firm has acquired a full-service hotel in Columbia with plans of renovating the former Sheraton property into a Radisson.

Manufacturing activity expands in January
NEW YORK - The manufacturing sector grew for the 20th consecutive month in January, though at a moderated pace, a private research group reported Tuesday, affirming the rebound in activity at the nations' factories.

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.

Checks into job applicants' pasts widen
While reviewing a job application a few years ago, Anne Winter noticed a mistake.

GM, Ford report soft January sales
DETROIT - The nation's two biggest automakers, General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co., reported soft sales in January while DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group and Japan's Toyota and Nissan reported healthy gains in their U.S. sales.

American Express to jettison financial advisers business
NEW YORK - Financial services giant American Express Co. said Tuesday it plans to spin off its financial advisory business to its shareholders so it can focus on its charge and credit card, payments processing and travel businesses.

TiVo president resigns
SAN JOSE, Calif. - TiVo Inc. said Tuesday Marty Yudkovitz has resigned as president, marking the second major change in as many weeks in the executive ranks at the embattled digital video recording company.

Governor wants law to assist business
ATLANTA - Pledging to rein in government regulation of businesses in Georgia, Gov. Sonny Perdue said Tuesday that he will push for more efficient rule-making.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Checks into job applicants' pasts widen

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.

Coors stockholders approve Molson merger

American Express to jettison financial advisers business
NEW YORK - Financial services giant American Express Co. said Tuesday it plans to spin off its financial advisory business to its shareholders so it can focus on its charge and credit card, payments processing and travel businesses.

Augusta company purchases Columbia hotel

TiVo president resigns
SAN JOSE, Calif. - TiVo Inc. said Tuesday Marty Yudkovitz has resigned as president, marking the second major change in as many weeks in the executive ranks at the embattled digital video recording company.

Governor wants law to assist business

Governor wants law to assist business
ATLANTA - Pledging to rein in government regulation of businesses in Georgia, Gov. Sonny Perdue said Tuesday that he will push for more efficient rule-making.

Manufacturing activity expands in January

Coors stockholders approve Molson merger
GOLDEN, Colo. - Adolph Coors Co. shareholders overwhelmingly approved a merger with Canada's Molson Inc. on Tuesday, one of the last steps in a $3.4 billion deal that will combine two family-run breweries hoping to keep up with the race for new international markets.

GM, Ford report soft January sales

Fed expected to increase interest rates
WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve policy-makers are likely to keep bumping up short-term interest rates this year, a defense against an inflation flare-up now that the economic expansion is on firm footing.

TiVo president resigns

Manufacturing activity expands in January
NEW YORK - The manufacturing sector grew for the 20th consecutive month in January, though at a moderated pace, a private research group reported Tuesday, affirming the rebound in activity at the nations' factories.

Fed expected to increase interest rates

Checks into job applicants' pasts widen
While reviewing a job application a few years ago, Anne Winter noticed a mistake.

SBC to acquire AT&T for $16 billion

Augusta company purchases Columbia hotel
An Augusta real estate investment firm has acquired a full-service hotel in Columbia with plans of renovating the former Sheraton property into a Radisson.

Incomes jump record 3.7 percent in December

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.

MetLife purchasing Travelers Life from Citigroup

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

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.

Lee buying newspaper publisher Pulitzer

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.

New home sales set record for fourth straight year

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.

American Express to jettison financial advisers business

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.

Coors stockholders approve Molson merger
GOLDEN, Colo. - Adolph Coors Co. shareholders overwhelmingly approved a merger with Canada's Molson Inc. on Tuesday, one of the last steps in a $3.4 billion deal that will combine two family-run breweries hoping to keep up with the race for new international markets.

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

GM, Ford report soft January sales
DETROIT - The nation's two biggest automakers, General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co., reported soft sales in January while DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group and Japan's Toyota and Nissan reported healthy gains in their U.S. sales.

Consumer watchdog group to reopen in Augusta

Clemson dominates Maryland
CLEMSON, S.C. - Sharrod Ford felt he couldn't be stopped. And for the first time in a long while against Maryland, neither could Clemson.

Auburn, Alabama focus on top recruits
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Auburn's perfect season certainly caught the attention of some high-profile prep players but it also proved Tommy Tuberville's definition of a "blue chip" recruit is a pretty good one.

Wagener-Salley star heads to Wake Forest
WAGENER, S.C. - To some, signing ceremonies might just seem as if they're dog-and-pony shows, trumped-up rituals to pump up the egos of talented, young athletes.

Wagener-Salley star heads to Wake Forest
WAGENER, S.C. - To some, signing ceremonies might just seem as if they're dog-and-pony shows, trumped-up rituals to pump up the egos of talented, young athletes.

Recruiting scandal case goes to the jury

Recruiting scandal case goes to the jury
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A wealthy businessman charged with bribing a high school coach to get a top football recruit for Alabama put his hopes Tuesday on his chief accuser's history of lying and the legal standard for "reasonable doubt."

Recruiting scandal case goes to the jury
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A wealthy businessman charged with bribing a high school coach to get a top football recruit for Alabama put his hopes Tuesday on his chief accuser's history of lying and the legal standard for "reasonable doubt."

Auburn, Alabama focus on top recruits

Wagener-Salley star heads to Wake Forest

Auburn, Alabama focus on top recruits
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Auburn's perfect season certainly caught the attention of some high-profile prep players but it also proved Tommy Tuberville's definition of a "blue chip" recruit is a pretty good one.

Terps test conditioning at Clemson

Blackburn lands Cup's top position

Insider trading?

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.

Democrats' 'prebuttal'
Carping at President Bush is nothing new for Democrats - it's what they do.

Insider trading?
If Don Cheeks were charged with a crime, he'd be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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.

Insider trading?
If Don Cheeks were charged with a crime, he'd be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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
NEW YORK -NBC will bring back the midseason drama "Medium" for a second season, the network announced.

Jackson returns for second day of jury selection
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Michael Jackson returned to court Tuesday and watched as dozens of prospective jurors in his child molestation case explained why they could not sit through the projected six-month trial.

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.

People in the News
NEW YORK -NBC will bring back the midseason drama "Medium" for a second season, the network announced.

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.

The top five list
The top five entertainment list:

Jackson returns for second day of jury selection
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Michael Jackson returned to court Tuesday and watched as dozens of prospective jurors in his child molestation case explained why they could not sit through the projected six-month trial.

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.

Study: Illness, medical bills cause about half of bankruptcies
BOSTON - Costly illnesses trigger about half of all personal bankruptcies, and health insurance offers no protection against ending up penniless, according to findings from a Harvard University study to be released Wednesday.

Study: Illness, medical bills cause about half of bankruptcies
BOSTON - Costly illnesses trigger about half of all personal bankruptcies, and health insurance offers no protection against ending up penniless, according to findings from a Harvard University study to be released Wednesday.

Study: Illness, medical bills cause about half of bankruptcies

Small bites
NEW YORK - Food has always played an important role in Chinese culture, and Lunar New Year specialties both sweet and savory are no exception. They are offered at Chinese bakeries, supermarkets and restaurants in celebration of the big event, beginning this year on Feb. 9.

Yummy lamb chops can be made quickly
This lamb dish is quick to make, but its 15 minutes or so of preparation include combining well-chosen ingredients and flavors to memorable effect - perhaps even to permanently enhance the cook's reputation.

Yummy lamb chops can be made quickly

Low-fat turkey cutlets with potatoes and mushrooms
Broil it - if you want to make flavorful meals without adding much oil. That's a helpful reminder, especially if it's supported by a series of recipes with good low-fat nutrition statistics.

Use mashed potatoes for a vegetarian meal
CONCORD, N.H. - Mashed potatoes from a bag? It sounded like a joke. I'm familiar with powdered mashed potatoes, those horrible flakes that reconstitute into a mush more akin to spackle than spuds. But bagged and ready to heat and eat?

Use mashed potatoes for a vegetarian meal
CONCORD, N.H. - Mashed potatoes from a bag? It sounded like a joke. I'm familiar with powdered mashed potatoes, those horrible flakes that reconstitute into a mush more akin to spackle than spuds. But bagged and ready to heat and eat?

Use mashed potatoes for a vegetarian meal

Small bites

Bake love into shortbread cookies
It's easy enough to do the baking. The message is in the effort the loving cook puts into a Valentine's Day offering, and in the thoughtful concept of the gift.

The bread industry hopes for a comeback
PORTLAND, Maine - Low-carb bread? That's so 2004. The bread industry, hoping for a comeback after last year's low-carb fad, is trying to get people to eat bread because it's good for them - especially when it's made with whole grains the government says we should all have.

Small bites
NEW YORK - Food has always played an important role in Chinese culture, and Lunar New Year specialties both sweet and savory are no exception. They are offered at Chinese bakeries, supermarkets and restaurants in celebration of the big event, beginning this year on Feb. 9.

Bake love into shortbread cookies

Bake love into shortbread cookies
It's easy enough to do the baking. The message is in the effort the loving cook puts into a Valentine's Day offering, and in the thoughtful concept of the gift.

The bread industry hopes for a comeback

Yummy lamb chops can be made quickly
This lamb dish is quick to make, but its 15 minutes or so of preparation include combining well-chosen ingredients and flavors to memorable effect - perhaps even to permanently enhance the cook's reputation.

The bread industry hopes for a comeback
PORTLAND, Maine - Low-carb bread? That's so 2004. The bread industry, hoping for a comeback after last year's low-carb fad, is trying to get people to eat bread because it's good for them - especially when it's made with whole grains the government says we should all have.

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.

Wie to play Evian; British Open likely
Michelle Wie has accepted an invitation to play in the Evian Masters in France, and a new policy adopted late last year by the LPGA Tour makes it possible for the 15-year-old to play in the Women's British Open.

Wie to play Evian; British Open likely
Michelle Wie has accepted an invitation to play in the Evian Masters in France, and a new policy adopted late last year by the LPGA Tour makes it possible for the 15-year-old to play in the Women's British Open.

PGA: Upcoming Events

PGA: Upcoming Events
Upcoming tour events for golf:

Wie to play Evian; British Open likely

PGA: Upcoming Events
Upcoming tour events for golf:

Tuesday's prep scores

Po' boy is party-perfect sandwich
A Mardi Gras celebration is a great excuse to serve your family a Cajun-inspired meal, and this week's big shrimp po' boy is the perfect easy entre for the occasion.

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.

Shooting suspect sought by Aiken authorities
Aiken authorities said Wednesday they are seeking a local teenager in connection with a Monday night shooting.

Tsunami victims still need our help
We want to donate clothes and toys to children of all ages in India who were victims of the tsunami.Shameem Dallazy, Martinez

ACLU squelches religious freedom
If I may join those who realize what the American Civil Liberties Union is doing to America: Probably the startup agenda was good - but like other situations such as labor unions taking in bad elements, the ACLU now has an agenda that is deleterious to America and its people. H.G. Barclay, Evans

Tsunami victims still need our help

Bush tort reform plan bodes ill
The recent offer by Norfolk Southern of a $300 check in exchange for a complete release of each injury claim stemming from the Graniteville train derailment is a glimpse into the future if tort reform is enacted as proposed by President Bush and others. Allen W. Johnson, Augusta

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 commissioner is self-serving
Augusta's civic-minded mayor pro tem, Marion Williams, has mastered the art of thwarting votes on the Augusta Commission that would benefit the city as a whole, rather than his own personal fiefdom, by being absent, leaving early or abstaining. M. Don Williams, Augusta

ACLU squelches religious freedom
If I may join those who realize what the American Civil Liberties Union is doing to America: Probably the startup agenda was good - but like other situations such as labor unions taking in bad elements, the ACLU now has an agenda that is deleterious to America and its people.H.G. Barclay, Evans

Tsunami victims still need our help
We want to donate clothes and toys to children of all ages in India who were victims of the tsunami. Shameem Dallazy, Martinez

Bush tort reform plan bodes ill

Don't cut arts to accommodate P.E.
As a 15-year-old South Carolina high school student, I am concerned by your Xtreme article "Working up a sweat" (Jan. 23). Erika Kellems, Beech Island, S.C.

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

Call Iraq what it is: an occupation
Your recent editorial "U.S. not 'occupiers' " (Jan. 23) was beyond belief. It immediately invoked for me the OMIGOD Principle - that is, "Oh my God, did you really say that?" Alan Roberts, Augusta

Nation is generous to world to a fault
What will happen after America exhausts all its money taking care of the world, and rebuilding warring nations that have always been poverty-stricken? Doris A. Jones, Augusta

Museum director will be missed
It is always disappointing to bid goodbye to someone, especially if you have watched him quietly and effectively work to improve the quality of something worthwhile. Ann McKnight, Augusta

Bush tort reform plan bodes ill
The recent offer by Norfolk Southern of a $300 check in exchange for a complete release of each injury claim stemming from the Graniteville train derailment is a glimpse into the future if tort reform is enacted as proposed by President Bush and others.Allen W. Johnson, Augusta

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

Nation is generous to world to a fault
What will happen after America exhausts all its money taking care of the world, and rebuilding warring nations that have always been poverty-stricken? Doris A. Jones, 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

ACLU squelches religious freedom

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.

Iraqis are bravely grasping freedom

Nation is generous to world to a fault

'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

'9/11' was opinion, not propaganda

Stop dredging up the divisive past

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

Sunlight may have benefits as well as cancer dangers

Test might help detect Alzheimer's in early stages

Playbook for a Super Party

Playbook for a Super Party

Popular diets tout new 'good carb' government advice

Seniors calendar

Health and fitness calendar

New quarter featuring naturalist enters circulation

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Sunlight may have benefits as well as cancer dangers
WASHINGTON - Sunlight exposure, a major risk factor for the potentially deadly skin cancer melanoma, may also help victims survive that disease, new research indicates.

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

Popular diets tout new 'good carb' government advice
WASHINGTON - Interested in following the government's new advice on what to eat? Advocates of the South Beach and Atkins diets want you to give their approaches a try, saying they're not all that different from the official recommendations.

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.

New quarter featuring naturalist enters circulation
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Coin collectors and history buffs lined up to be among the first to get a new quarter commemorating the Golden State's history, featuring the likeness of John Muir, his beloved Yosemite and a California condor.

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.

Sunlight may have benefits as well as cancer dangers
WASHINGTON - Sunlight exposure, a major risk factor for the potentially deadly skin cancer melanoma, may also help victims survive that disease, new research indicates.

Popular diets tout new 'good carb' government advice
WASHINGTON - Interested in following the government's new advice on what to eat? Advocates of the South Beach and Atkins diets want you to give their approaches a try, saying they're not all that different from the official recommendations.

New quarter featuring naturalist enters circulation
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Coin collectors and history buffs lined up to be among the first to get a new quarter commemorating the Golden State's history, featuring the likeness of John Muir, his beloved Yosemite and a California condor.

Lynx: Young players' travels are common
Tuesday's game against Florida was Augusta Lynx defenseman Joe Markusen's 18th professional hockey game.

Lynx: Young players' travels are common
Tuesday's game against Florida was Augusta Lynx defenseman Joe Markusen's 18th professional hockey game.

Lynx: Young players' travels are common

Across South Carolina

Senators OK tort changes
ATLANTA - Against a backdrop of personal stories and emotional debate, the Senate overwhelmingly passed a sweeping overhaul of laws governing medical malpractice lawsuits Tuesday.

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

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.

Eminent domain bill gets notice

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

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

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.

Judicial center land is decided

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.

Family Y branch takes shape
Most fitness facilities see an increase in membership the first of the year from those resolving to lead healthier lifestyles.

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

Stress hospitalizes substitute

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.

Toxic train spills are rare, deadly

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.

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.

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.

Correction
 •  A news account in Jan. 28 editions of The Augusta Chronicle did not correctly report the status of Dianne Little.

Women , doctors miss signs of heart disease
Like many women, it hit Barbara Stewart from out of the blue. She was convinced her doctor was being overly cautious by sending her to see a cardiologist, until the cardiologist looked over her tests and asked her about her heart attack.

Lawmaker pushes new child-support formula

Across the area
The Lincoln County Board of Education reversed an earlier decision Tuesday, voting 3-2 to allow Marilyn Bell to keep her job as principal of Lincoln County Elementary School through the 2005-06 school year.

Bomb threat calls disrupt school
Bomb threats are becoming so routine at Glenn Hills Middle School that children are bringing footballs and playing cards to pass the time during the long evacuations.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - A Greenville bishop has been sentenced to three years' probation on a statutory rape charge from more than 30 years ago.

Game adds to patrols on I-95

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Georgia's early voting period would be expanded from one week to two under a plan announced Tuesday by Secretary of State Cathy Cox.

Police suspect fire was lit
AIKEN - Authorities are investigating a suspicious blaze that damaged an Aiken discount retail store Tuesday morning.

Across the area
The Lincoln County Board of Education reversed an earlier decision Tuesday, voting 3-2 to allow Marilyn Bell to keep her job as principal of Lincoln County Elementary School through the 2005-06 school year.

Meeting plans puzzle boards

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - A Greenville bishop has been sentenced to three years' probation on a statutory rape charge from more than 30 years ago.

Across the area

Happy families greet returning 67th
More than 20 hours and 7,000 miles after taking off from the Middle East, one of the last large contingents of soldiers from Fort Gordon's 67th Signal Battalion arrived home Tuesday to the raucous cheers of friends and family.

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.

Missing woman's body is found in river
SAVANNAH - An autopsy shows missing beautician Cindy Lynch accidentally drowned in the Wilmington River, Thunderbolt, Ga., police said Tuesday.

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

Lakeside seventh-grader wins bee
You could tell that Vipul Shekhawat was nervous Tuesday evening by the way he gripped a sign hanging from his neck that said "Lakeside Middle School."

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.

County finds budget problems
AIKEN - An independent audit of Aiken County's budget from last year shows the county in sound financial shape, despite ending the year with $605,000 less than it had at the start.

General commends work of firefighters
The commanding general of Fort Gordon honored firefighters on Tuesday who helped Aiken County officials deal with the Graniteville train disaster.

Senators OK tort changes
ATLANTA - Against a backdrop of personal stories and emotional debate, the Senate overwhelmingly passed a sweeping overhaul of laws governing medical malpractice lawsuits Tuesday.

News you can use

Lawmaker pushes new child-support formula
ATLANTA - An Augusta lawmaker introduced legislation Tuesday that would radically overhaul the calculation for child support in Georgia, which currently uses a formula based on data from as far back as the Civil War era.

Bomb threat calls disrupt school

Bomb threat calls disrupt school
Bomb threats are becoming so routine at Glenn Hills Middle School that children are bringing footballs and playing cards to pass the time during the long evacuations.

Missing woman's body is found in river
SAVANNAH - An autopsy shows missing beautician Cindy Lynch accidentally drowned in the Wilmington River, Thunderbolt, Ga., police said Tuesday.

Judicial center land is decided
Augusta commissioners voted Tuesday to begin buying property for a proposed judicial center on Walton Way between James Brown Boulevard and 10th Street.

Lakeside seventh-grader wins bee
You could tell that Vipul Shekhawat was nervous Tuesday evening by the way he gripped a sign hanging from his neck that said "Lakeside Middle School."

Judicial reform plan rejected
Gov. Sonny Perdue has asked the state's superior court judges to keep working on a plan to improve accountability in the use of senior judges.

Judicial reform plan rejected
Gov. Sonny Perdue has asked the state's superior court judges to keep working on a plan to improve accountability in the use of senior judges.

General commends work of firefighters
The commanding general of Fort Gordon honored firefighters on Tuesday who helped Aiken County officials deal with the Graniteville train disaster.

Rants and Raves
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Students help shape the future

Shooting suspect sought by Aiken authorities
Aiken authorities said Wednesday they are seeking a local teenager in connection with a Monday night shooting.

Kid of the Day

County finds budget problems

State of The Union

Across the area

Bill would pay three men cleared by DNA

Happy families greet returning 67th

Chatham County man appeals murder conviction

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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.

Authority gears up for more projects

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.

Family fears hunter may have been victimized

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.

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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.

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.

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

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.

Lawmaker pushes new child-support formula
ATLANTA - An Augusta lawmaker introduced legislation Tuesday that would radically overhaul the calculation for child support in Georgia, which currently uses a formula based on data from as far back as the Civil War era.

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.

Judicial center land is decided
Augusta commissioners voted Tuesday to begin buying property for a proposed judicial center on Walton Way between James Brown Boulevard and 10th Street.

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.

Midland Valley principal sues Aiken school district
AIKEN - Instead of coming together at a meeting Tuesday night, the gap widened between the Midland Valley Preparatory School board and Aiken County schools with a lawsuit and a resolution demanding answers.

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.

Federal money sought for monitoring river

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.

State of The Union

Women , doctors miss signs of heart disease

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

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 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.

Women , doctors miss signs of heart disease
Like many women, it hit Barbara Stewart from out of the blue. She was convinced her doctor was being overly cautious by sending her to see a cardiologist, until the cardiologist looked over her tests and asked her about her heart attack.

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.

Judicial reform plan rejected

Correction

Federal money sought for monitoring river
Georgia's Environmental Protection Division is preparing a new plea for federal assistance that could reinstate a defunct program to monitor radiation levels in the Savannah River and nearby Georgia counties.

Across South Carolina

Federal money sought for monitoring river
Georgia's Environmental Protection Division is preparing a new plea for federal assistance that could reinstate a defunct program to monitor radiation levels in the Savannah River and nearby Georgia counties.

County finds budget problems
AIKEN - An independent audit of Aiken County's budget from last year shows the county in sound financial shape, despite ending the year with $605,000 less than it had at the start.

Kid of the Day
Erica Moore is today's Kid of the Day.

Happy families greet returning 67th
More than 20 hours and 7,000 miles after taking off from the Middle East, one of the last large contingents of soldiers from Fort Gordon's 67th Signal Battalion arrived home Tuesday to the raucous cheers of friends and family.

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Correction
 •  A news account in Jan. 28 editions of The Augusta Chronicle did not correctly report the status of Dianne Little.

State of The Union

Senators OK tort changes

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General commends work of firefighters

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Missing woman's body is found in river

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.

Shooting suspect sought by Aiken authorities

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.

Lakeside seventh-grader wins bee

Teens win special award at Sundance Film Festival

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.

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.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

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Tomjanovich might resign as Lakers coach
LOS ANGELES - Rudy Tomjanovich is considering resigning as Los Angeles Lakers coach because of health reasons, a team spokesman said Tuesday.

Tomjanovich might resign as Lakers coach
LOS ANGELES - Rudy Tomjanovich is considering resigning as Los Angeles Lakers coach because of health reasons, a team spokesman said Tuesday.

Tomjanovich might resign as Lakers coach

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.

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.

Owens practices for first time since injury

'Wardrobe malfunction' won't be repeated

There's worse than Jacksonville

McNabb becomes leading Eagle

Third time still gives Patriots butterflies

Owens will take field on Sunday

Mr. Robert "Bob" Shipley    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Eddie Eugene Moody    (ELBERTON, Ga.)

Mr. Marion Reddick    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Emma Porter Dixon    (MACON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Willie J. Philpot    (NEW JERSEY)

Mrs. Mary Bragg Norris    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mr. Eddie Eugene Moody    (ELBERTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie Harris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Floyd Norman, Jr.    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Floyd Norman, Jr.    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mildred Calhoun    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Myrtle Harris    (EATONTON, Ga.)

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Mr. John Jackson, Jr.    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert Moss, Jr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Walter Rogers    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mr. Calvin E. Rutland    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Roland V. McCoy, Sr.    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Roland V. McCoy, Sr.    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. W.H. Googe    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Lee Bryant    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Lee Bryant    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Blanche Wimberly    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. W.H. Googe    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)
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Miss Sandra Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Marion Reddick    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mr. Johnnie Yarzebinski    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Hubert O. Addie    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Beverly A. Fournier    (RAYMOND, N.H.)
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Mrs. Wilhelmina Stallings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas C. Evans    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. James Lewis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Calvin Franklin    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Frances Jeffers    (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Ms. Aneida Gale Davis    (WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.)
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Rev. Lillian Clark Napier    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Dr. Joseph M. Garrison    ( NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Carole P. Davis    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn King Holley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas C. Evans    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Genevia H. Key    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Willie J. Philpot    (NEW JERSEY)
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Mr. William "Billy" NeSmith    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Moss, Jr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Genevia H. Key    (DEARING, Ga.)
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Mr. Calvin Franklin    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Johnson    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Dr. Joseph M. Garrison    ( NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Neva Fraser    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Stephanie Hackett    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Rev. Lillian Clark Napier    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Raymond A. Lacross    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Jimmie Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Evelyn King Holley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Bertha Bennings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Stephanie Hackett    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Hubert O. Addie    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Carole P. Davis    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert "Bob" Shipley    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Louise Johnson    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Leon Harris, Jr.    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Leon Harris, Jr.    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Robin Graham    (SALUDA, S.C.)
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Ms. Robin Graham    (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mrs. Marjorie B. Claypool    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Neva Fraser    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Thelma Brewington    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Marjorie B. Claypool    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Bragg Morris    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Rev. Lillian Clark Napier    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Taylor Ayers    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Thelma Brewington    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. William "Billy" NeSmith    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Bragg Morris    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Wilhelmina Stallings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Myrtle Harris    (EATONTON, Ga.)
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Mr. John Roy Harrison    (TIGNALL, Ga.)
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Mrs. Bertha Bennings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William NeSmith    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Johnnie Yarzebinski    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Michael Brantley    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Miss Sandra Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Michael Brantley    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Blanche Wimberly    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Hubert O. Addie    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Walter Rogers    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Rev. John Spivey    (BEAUFORT, S.C.)

Mr. Calvin E. Rutland    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. James Lewis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Carole Prosnak Davis    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie Harris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Emma Porter Dixon    (MACON, Ga.)
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Mr. John Jackson, Jr.    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Bright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Calhoun    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Clemons    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Louise Johnson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Calvin Franklin (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Eddie Eugene Moody (ELBERTON, Ga.)

Mr. Willie J. Philpot (NEW JERSEY)

Mrs. Mary Lee Bryant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma Brewington (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James Lewis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnnie Yarzebinski (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Myrtle Harris (EATONTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertha Bennings (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Roland V. McCoy, Sr. (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn King Holley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Bragg Morris (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Leon Harris, Jr. (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Emma Porter Dixon (MACON, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Jeffers (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mary Bragg Norris (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Blanche Wimberly (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Floyd Norman, Jr. (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eunice Rene Fort (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Neva Fraser (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Genevia H. Key (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Calvin E. Rutland (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Marjorie B. Claypool (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert "Bob" Shipley (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Rogers (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Moss, Jr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Robin Graham (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mrs. Catherine Bright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Mildred Calhoun (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Wilhelmina Stallings (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Stephanie Hackett (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Hubert O. Addie (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Marion Reddick (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Miss Sandra Wright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Box-office boost expected for best-picture films

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
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.

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

Black actors gain record Oscar esteem

Captain McEnroe hopes to lure Agassi back

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Augusta State and the South Atlantic League's Augusta GreenJackets have entered into an agreement where a portion of the Jaguars' 2005 home games will be played at the GreenJackets' Lake Olmstead Stadium.

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Augusta State and the South Atlantic League's Augusta Green¤Jackets have entered into an agreement where a portion of the Jaguars' 2005 home games will be played at the GreenJackets' Lake Olmstead Stadium.

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.

Tuesday's prep scores
Scores from local prep basketball teams:

Tuesday's prep scores
Scores from local prep basketball teams:

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.

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.

Smith denies rumors he'll quit
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Emmitt Smith denied a report Tuesday that he will retire later this week.

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.

McNabb becomes leading Eagle
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Donovan McNabb's introduction to the NFL was a chorus of boos from Philly fans.

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 will take field on Sunday
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Terrell Owens strolled onto the field, claiming a podium near the 25-yard line. It would have been more appropriate to put him right in the middle of the field.

McNabb becomes leading Eagle
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Donovan McNabb's introduction to the NFL was a chorus of boos from Philly fans.

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 will take field on Sunday
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Terrell Owens strolled onto the field, claiming a podium near the 25-yard line. It would have been more appropriate to put him right in the middle of the field.

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

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.

President to push for bigger IRS enforcement budget
WASHINGTON - President Bush will ask Congress to give the Internal Revenue Service an extra $500 million to pursue tax evaders and increase collections, the Treasury Department said Tuesday.

Check Earned Income Tax Credit eligibility online
WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service today announced a new Web-based tool to help working families determine if they are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit. The EITC Assistant will help take the guess work out of the EITC eligibility rules.

'Medium,' 'Numb3rs' are a ratings success
NEW YORK - In a TV season already notable for some surprise scripted hits, NBC's "Medium" and CBS' "Numb3rs" have the early look of winners, too.

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

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.

'Medium,' 'Numb3rs' are a ratings success

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.

Head of Spike TV quits due to "creative differences"

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.

A&E wins bidding war for rights to 'Sopranos'

Simon Cowell sits center stage at 'American Idol'

A&E wins bidding war for rights to 'Sopranos'
NEW YORK - A&E won a bidding war Monday for the rights to broadcast edited versions of "The Sopranos," with the $2.5 million per episode price tag believed to be the biggest ever for a series offered in syndication.

Randy Jackson on the road to stardom

Head of Spike TV quits due to "creative differences"
NEW YORK - The president of Spike TV, a cable channel with professional wrestling and a focus on attracting young male viewers, has resigned because of "creative differences" with his MTV bosses, the network said.

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.

'Medium,' 'Numb3rs' are a ratings success
NEW YORK - In a TV season already notable for some surprise scripted hits, NBC's "Medium" and CBS' "Numb3rs" have the early look of winners, too.

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.

A&E wins bidding war for rights to 'Sopranos'
NEW YORK - A&E won a bidding war Monday for the rights to broadcast edited versions of "The Sopranos," with the $2.5 million per episode price tag believed to be the biggest ever for a series offered in syndication.

Head of Spike TV quits due to "creative differences"
NEW YORK - The president of Spike TV, a cable channel with professional wrestling and a focus on attracting young male viewers, has resigned because of "creative differences" with his MTV bosses, the network said.

NBC's 'Medical Investigation' evolves to survive
LOS ANGELES - Like the viruses it attempts to eradicate, "Medical Investigation" has evolved to survive.

Jackson returns for second day of jury selection

People in the News

Jury selection is set to begin for Michael Jackson

People in the News

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

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.

Blackburn lands Cup's top position
The Regions Cup golf series didn't have far to look to find its new executive director.

Blackburn lands Cup's top position
The Regions Cup golf series didn't have far to look to find its new executive director.

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.

411
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.

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

My style

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

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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.

Girl can cease sexual relations

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.

Celebrities eclipse tragedy on news

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

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Students learn by observing, helping

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.

Differences should be embraced

Students learn by observing, helping

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.

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.

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