Whorehouse' cast has fun with adult theme
The Imperial Theatre has a whorehouse in it. On Friday, the Augusta Players open a production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, bringing the world's oldest profession to Augusta's oldest theater.

Whorehouse' cast has fun with adult theme
The Imperial Theatre has a whorehouse in it. On Friday, the Augusta Players open a production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, bringing the world's oldest profession to Augusta's oldest theater.

Whorehouse' cast has fun with adult theme

Woman pleads guilty to selling Duff beer online
BRISBANE, Australia - D'oh! A woman has pleaded guilty to selling on eBay three nonexistent cases of Duff brand beer - the favorite of cartoon character Homer Simpson.

Odds and Ends
MARSEILLE, France - Most people wouldn't pay 10 cents for a dead hedgehog. The French government has shelled out over $4 million.

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
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.

Woman pleads guilty to selling Duff beer online
BRISBANE, Australia - D'oh! A woman has pleaded guilty to selling on eBay three nonexistent cases of Duff brand beer - the favorite of cartoon character Homer Simpson.

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.

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.

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.

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
MARSEILLE, France - Most people wouldn't pay 10 cents for a dead hedgehog. The French government has shelled out over $4 million.

Checks into job applicants' pasts widen

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.

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.

Kodak digital-cameras are top sellers in U.S.

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.

Augusta company purchases Columbia hotel

Coors stockholders approve Molson merger

TiVo president resigns

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.

American Express to jettison financial advisers business

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.

Governor wants law to assist business

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.

Manufacturing activity expands in January

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.

Wine sees resurgence with new generation

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.

Georgia tries to detain details

Fed expected to increase interest rates

Consultant: Fund company shortchanged investors

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.

Consultant: Fund company shortchanged investors
BOSTON - A consultant appointed to tally investors' losses from mutual fund trading abuses at Putnam Investments has found investors were shortchanged by around $100 million in the first big market-timing case, the state's chief regulator said Wednesday.

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.

Kodak digital-cameras are top sellers in U.S.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - After a stumbling start in filmless photography, Eastman Kodak Co. has chalked up its first win on home soil in the annual digital-camera derby.

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.

Georgia tries to detain details
ATLANTA - Negotiations with companies looking to bring business to Georgia would be temporarily walled off from public view under a bill working through the General Assembly.

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

Wine sees resurgence with new generation
Wine and cheese parties used to be affairs for the wealthy, but such high-class soirees are now seeing crowds that were hitting keggers just a few years ago.

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.

Fed raises key interest rate for sixth time
WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised interest rates for the sixth time since last June as policy-makers continued their efforts to make sure a strengthening economy does not trigger unwanted inflation.

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.

Consultant: Fund company shortchanged investors
BOSTON - A consultant appointed to tally investors' losses from mutual fund trading abuses at Putnam Investments has found investors were shortchanged by around $100 million in the first big market-timing case, the state's chief regulator said Wednesday.

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.

Study: states lose revenue to shelters, investment incentives
WASHINGTON - Some of the country's biggest corporations used shelters and investment incentives to pay little or no state income taxes from 2001 through 2003, private groups reported Wednesday.

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.

Kodak digital-cameras are top sellers in U.S.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - After a stumbling start in filmless photography, Eastman Kodak Co. has chalked up its first win on home soil in the annual digital-camera derby.

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.

Georgia tries to detain details
ATLANTA - Negotiations with companies looking to bring business to Georgia would be temporarily walled off from public view under a bill working through the General Assembly.

Wine sees resurgence with new generation
Wine and cheese parties used to be affairs for the wealthy, but such high-class soirees are now seeing crowds that were hitting keggers just a few years ago.

GM, Ford report soft January sales

Bowden: recruiting class is best in years

Bowden: recruiting class is best in years
Clemson coach Tommy Bowden began watching the faxes roll in at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. Four hours later, Bowden said he had signed a recruiting class that might be his best in seven years with the Tigers.

Bowden: recruiting class is best in years
Clemson coach Tommy Bowden began watching the faxes roll in at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. Four hours later, Bowden said he had signed a recruiting class that might be his best in seven years with the Tigers.

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.

Wagener-Salley star heads to Wake Forest

Seminoles sign another talented recruiting class
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Bobby Bowden has two established tailbacks on his Florida State roster, and now the state's best high school runner is coming to join that group.

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."

Seminoles sign another talented recruiting class

Businessman convicted in football recruiting trial
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A federal jury convicted millionaire businessman Logan Young on Wednesday of paying $150,000 to get a top football recruit to sign with Alabama five years ago.

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.

Recruiting scandal case goes to the jury

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.

Businessman convicted in football recruiting trial

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.

Seminoles sign another talented recruiting class
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Bobby Bowden has two established tailbacks on his Florida State roster, and now the state's best high school runner is coming to join that group.

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."

Businessman convicted in football recruiting trial
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A federal jury convicted millionaire businessman Logan Young on Wednesday of paying $150,000 to get a top football recruit to sign with Alabama five years ago.

Auburn, Alabama focus on top recruits

Augusta State takes down USC Upstate

Injury benches Paine star

Blackburn lands Cup's top position

Doing right by our troops

Insider trading?

A unifier now, but ...
Howard Dean may be one of the biggest consensus candidates for a party chairmanship in the storied history of American politics.

Doing right by our troops
Currently, when a U.S. soldier is slain in a combat zone, his or her family receives a $12,420 "death gratuity."

Doing right by our troops
Currently, when a U.S. soldier is slain in a combat zone, his or her family receives a $12,420 "death gratuity."

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

A unifier now, but ...
Howard Dean may be one of the biggest consensus candidates for a party chairmanship in the storied history of American politics.

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

A unifier now, but ...

At war with the media?
We've seen odder press releases. We just don't recall when. The Richmond County school district Tuesday felt it necessary to issue a written press release to alert the news media of a sighting outside an area school - of a reporter and photographer.

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

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.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Club calendar
Here's a list of entertainment at Aiken-Augusta nightclubs.

Galleries calendar
GET LISTED: Send your gallery's exhibit schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Super Bowl party locations
Don't want to watch the Super Bowl alone at home? Here's a roundup of Big Game specials in Augusta and Aiken:

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.

Club calendar
Here's a list of entertainment at Aiken-Augusta nightclubs.

Yogi Berra sues TBS over 'Sex and the City' ad
NEW YORK - New York Yankees great Yogi Berra has filed a $10 million lawsuit against TBS, claiming the cable television network sullied his name by using it in a racy advertisement for its "Sex and the City" reruns.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Play 'Resident Evil 4' in dark , if you dare
It's easy to criticize video games with over-the-top violence and gore.

The top five list
The top five entertainment list:

People in the News
NEW YORK - Paris Hilton will be the host of this week's "Saturday Night Live."

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

Galleries calendar
GET LISTED: Send your gallery's exhibit schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

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

Concert calendar
Here's a list of upcoming area concerts. The list includes concerts that are within easy driving distance from the Augusta area.

Meredith, Ian of 'The Bachelorette' call it quits
LOS ANGELES - True love has once again crashed on the rocky shoals of reality television: Meredith Phillips and Ian McKee of "The Bachelorette" are calling it quits.

Meredith, Ian of 'The Bachelorette' call it quits
LOS ANGELES - True love has once again crashed on the rocky shoals of reality television: Meredith Phillips and Ian McKee of "The Bachelorette" are calling it quits.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Paris Hilton will be the host of this week's "Saturday Night Live."

Yogi Berra sues TBS over 'Sex and the City' ad
NEW YORK - New York Yankees great Yogi Berra has filed a $10 million lawsuit against TBS, claiming the cable television network sullied his name by using it in a racy advertisement for its "Sex and the City" reruns.

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

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.

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.

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.

What's For Lunch: Blue Sky Kitchen
SIGNATURE DISH: Classic Cuban sandwich (roast pork, smoked ham, Swiss cheese, brown mustard, pickles, served with potato chips, pasta salad or mashed potatoes), $6.50

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.

Volunteers find good selections of wraps
It seems a lot of folks like their lunch all wrapped up.

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.

What's For Lunch: Blue Sky Kitchen

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?

Volunteers find good selections of wraps

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.

Bake love into shortbread cookies

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

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.

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.

What's For Lunch: Blue Sky Kitchen
SIGNATURE DISH: Classic Cuban sandwich (roast pork, smoked ham, Swiss cheese, brown mustard, pickles, served with potato chips, pasta salad or mashed potatoes), $6.50

The bread industry hopes for a comeback

Small bites

Eatery simmers in Medieval atmosphere
Just as Chow has been reborn as Tap Tap, so too has the spot next door come back to life, as the Astrala Renaissance Eatery & Pub.

Yummy lamb chops can be made quickly

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.

Volunteers find good selections of wraps
It seems a lot of folks like their lunch all wrapped up.

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

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
Upcoming tour events for golf:

PGA: Upcoming Events
Upcoming tour events for golf:

Wie to play Evian; British Open likely

Area recruiting prospects are plentiful

Day is filled with drama for Laney High athletes

Player signings

Isaac waits to debut for Gamecocks

UGA always on minds of recruits

Tuesday's prep scores

Area recruiting prospects are plentiful
It's becoming a tradition at North Augusta. Georgia signee C.J. Byrd watched a quartet of teammates sign last February with NCAA Division I-A schools.

UGA always on minds of recruits
C.J. Byrd and Marcus Washington met in August. It's a story worth retelling on National Signing Day after the two officially became Georgia Bulldogs on Wednesday.

Day is filled with drama for Laney High athletes
A few pen strokes began the finishing touches of a spectacular senior class of players at Lucy C. Laney High School.

Isaac waits to debut for Gamecocks
When the papers announcing Bran-don Isaac's intention to play football at the University of South Carolina were shipped out at about noon Wednesday, there was no hoopla, no fanfare.

UGA always on minds of recruits
C.J. Byrd and Marcus Washington met in August. It's a story worth retelling on National Signing Day after the two officially became Georgia Bulldogs on Wednesday.

Player signings
Local high school players and where they signed:

Player signings
Local high school players and where they signed:

Day is filled with drama for Laney High athletes
A few pen strokes began the finishing touches of a spectacular senior class of players at Lucy C. Laney High School.

Area recruiting prospects are plentiful
It's becoming a tradition at North Augusta. Georgia signee C.J. Byrd watched a quartet of teammates sign last February with NCAA Division I-A schools.

Isaac waits to debut for Gamecocks
When the papers announcing Bran-don Isaac's intention to play football at the University of South Carolina were shipped out at about noon Wednesday, there was no hoopla, no fanfare.

NHL's players' association rejects new offer
NEW YORK - Nearly five months into the NHL lockout, the players' association still won't accept the league's demand for a salary cap. The league says it's too late to talk about alternatives.

NHL's players' association rejects new offer

NHL's players' association rejects new offer
NEW YORK - Nearly five months into the NHL lockout, the players' association still won't accept the league's demand for a salary cap. The league says it's too late to talk about alternatives.

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.

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

Three die in two-car crash
Three people were killed Wednesday evening in a two-car collision about seven miles east of Aiken.

Authorities identify three who died in S.C. car wreck
AIKEN -- Authorities this morning identified three men who were killed Wednesday night in a two-car collision.

Gonzales must not be confirmed
Please call your senators today and tell them to vote "no" on the confirmation of Alberto Gonzales for attorney general. Do not let the Bush administration make a mockery of our country's basic fundamental principles. Andrew Gordon, Aiken, S.C.

Bush tort reform plan bodes ill

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

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 cartoon was in poor taste
Only one month and one day after the Boxing Day tsunami killed hundreds of thousands in Southeast Asia, I opened my local paper to find Rick McKee's Jan. 27 editorial cartoon. Will Sansbury, 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

Tsunami cartoon was in poor taste

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

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

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

Nation is generous to world to a fault

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

Schiavo starvation scenario is cruel
I am sure that many of your readers have followed, or at least heard about, the Terri Schiavo case. This case concerns the cognitively disabled woman in Florida who will soon be starved to death by the removal of her feeding tube. Judy Bartee, Aiken

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

Tsunami cartoon was in poor taste
Only one month and one day after the Boxing Day tsunami killed hundreds of thousands in Southeast Asia, I opened my local paper to find Rick McKee's Jan. 27 editorial cartoon. Will Sansbury, Augusta

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

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.

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

Tsunami victims still need our help

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

ACLU squelches religious freedom

Congress frets over how, or whether, to save Hubble

Sunlight may have benefits as well as cancer dangers

New quarter featuring naturalist enters circulation

Popular diets tout new 'good carb' government advice

Debate flares over teaching kids tolerance of gays

Congress frets over how, or whether, to save Hubble
WASHINGTON - Saving the Hubble Space telescope may be too expensive and dangerous, lawmakers said Wednesday after hearing from scientists who are split on the best way to repair or retire the cosmic camera.

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.

Congress frets over how, or whether, to save Hubble
WASHINGTON - Saving the Hubble Space telescope may be too expensive and dangerous, lawmakers said Wednesday after hearing from scientists who are split on the best way to repair or retire the cosmic camera.

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.

Debate flares over teaching kids tolerance of gays
NEW YORK - Cartoon characters adored by kids seized the spotlight in the latest flare-up of America's culture wars, but the debate itself poses serious questions for adults involving the depiction of gays and lesbians in materials for teaching children about diversity and tolerance.

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.

Debate flares over teaching kids tolerance of gays
NEW YORK - Cartoon characters adored by kids seized the spotlight in the latest flare-up of America's culture wars, but the debate itself poses serious questions for adults involving the depiction of gays and lesbians in materials for teaching children about diversity and tolerance.

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.

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 take second in a row from Florida
Defenseman Rod Sarich scored twice in the Augusta Lynx's 4-2 win against the Florida Everblades on Tuesday in Estero, Fla.

Lynx take second in a row from Florida

Lynx take second in a row from Florida
Defenseman Rod Sarich scored twice in the Augusta Lynx's 4-2 win against the Florida Everblades on Tuesday in Estero, Fla.

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

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

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.

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."

State of The Union

News you can use
The Georgia and South Carolina legislature s are back in session , and here's how you can contact your representatives and senators.

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

Kid of the Day
Shakedres Rouse is today's Kid of the Day.

Slow down in Horse District
AIKEN - Flashing signs, slower speed limits and a proposed ordinance limiting vehicle tourism are among the protections city administrators are putting in play to safeguard Aiken's equine neighborhoods.

Across the area
Three people were killed Wednesday evening in a two-car collision about seven miles east of Aiken.

General commends work of firefighters

School makes finals for national awards
In the midst of restructuring, C.T. Walker Traditional Magnet School has something to celebrate.

Class is unruly, teacher agrees
Even regular teacher Corey Washington feels like a baby sitter in the Murphey Middle School class that tormented a substitute teacher last week.

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.

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.

Shooting suspect sought by Aiken authorities

Soldier benefit gathers support
Some area legislators and some family members of local service members killed in Iraq said they support efforts to increase the amount paid to the families of service members killed during the war.

Lawmaker pushes new child-support formula

Convent awaits pledge from school officials
Sister Cintra Pemberton wants to be a good neighbor to the Richmond County Board of Education, but she's not feeling the love in return.

State of The Union

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.

Manager concerned for needs of elderly
For Stephanie Quattlebaum, the Area Agency on Aging is a "good fit."

Training agency is proud of its workers
Siobhan Carlile, the community relations and development coordinator for Lynndale Inc., is proud of his clients' work and wishes more people noticed.

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."

Correction

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Missing woman's body is found in river

Three die in two-car crash
Three people were killed Wednesday evening in a two-car collision about seven miles east of Aiken.

Senators OK tort changes

Authorities identify three who died in S.C. car wreck
AIKEN -- Authorities this morning identified three men who were killed Wednesday night in a two-car collision.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

On the record
Sentencings, indictments, paroles, marriage licenses and divorces in Richmond County.

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.

Grocery caters to Chinese tastes
The great wall barring cultural cuisine slowly is crumbling for Augusta's Chinese community, thanks to Jin Long grocery.

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.

Manager concerned for needs of elderly
For Stephanie Quattlebaum, the Area Agency on Aging is a "good fit."

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Girl has magical moment at concert
It took less than a year for one Augusta Christian School pupil to make her dream come true with singer Amy Grant.

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.

Events
The Medical College of Georgia will hold a Lunch and Learn lecture from noon to 12:30 p.m. Friday in the Magnolia and Dogwood rooms of Terrace Dining at MCG. The presentation will celebrate the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women movement, with guest speaker Dr. Carolyn Landolfo. Bring a bag lunch. For more information, call 721-5737.

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

Coaches are needed for basketball league
Tony Jones sits on a bleacher in the Boys and Girls Club's gym at Dogwood Terrace during a recent basketball game, shouting commands to the Rockets, the Junior NBA League team he coaches.

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.

Training agency is proud of its workers
Siobhan Carlile, the community relations and development coordinator for Lynndale Inc., is proud of his clients' work and wishes more people noticed.

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

Pet of the week
Rusty, a 1-year-old male shepherd and retriever mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Meetings
ACADEMY OF RICHMOND COUNTY 1984: Seeking classmates for a 20-year reunion Saturday; contact Denise Moss Person 339-9309 or Laura Olglesby Morgan, (803) 471-3812, lauramorgan@first bankofga.com

Happy families greet returning 67th

Things to do
ST. VALENTINES DAY GALA ART AND WINE EXHIBITION: 6-10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11; The Ritz Carlton Lodge, Lake Oconee, Madison, Ga.; live music, wine, hors d'oeuvres, art available for purchase; $60 a person, $50 museum members; (706) 342-8320.

Across the area

This week
LUNCH AND LEARN: Noon to 12:30 p.m. Friday; Medical College of Georgia, second floor, in Magnolia and Dogwood rooms of Terrace Dining; to celebrate American Heart Association's Go Red for Women movement with Dr. Carolyn Landolfo; bring bag lunch; 721-5737

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Wreck cost agencies $500,000
GRANITEVILLE - The last of the chlorine-laced residue of the wreck of Norfolk Southern train 192 has been cleaned up, but more than 100 law enforcement and emergency management agencies that worked the disaster have just begun tallying up the cost of manpower, equipment and supplies.

Meetings
ACADEMY OF RICHMOND COUNTY 1984: Seeking classmates for a 20-year reunion Saturday; contact Denise Moss Person 339-9309 or Laura Olglesby Morgan, (803) 471-3812, lauramorgan@first bankofga.com

Soldier benefit gathers support
Some area legislators and some family members of local service members killed in Iraq said they support efforts to increase the amount paid to the families of service members killed during the war.

State of The Union

Convent awaits pledge from school officials
Sister Cintra Pemberton wants to be a good neighbor to the Richmond County Board of Education, but she's not feeling the love in return.

Girl has magical moment at concert
It took less than a year for one Augusta Christian School pupil to make her dream come true with singer Amy Grant.

School makes finals for national awards
In the midst of restructuring, C.T. Walker Traditional Magnet School has something to celebrate.

County finds budget problems

Police find money in restaurant owner's home
Authorities discovered a large amount of cash during a January search of a home belonging to a restaurant owner whose office safe containing more than $400,000 was stolen Dec. 26, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office search warrant returned Wednesday.

On the record
Sentencings, indictments, paroles, marriage licenses and divorces in Richmond County.

Listening improves pupils' reading skills
Before entering the fifth grade at Lewiston Elementary School, Mitchell Davis had read only 10 or 12 books in his entire life. In the past six months, he's read more than 20.

Columbia County buys wildlife habitat
A 140-acre area known mostly for its granite outcrops has been obtained by Columbia County officials to be a crown jewel of future greenspace preservation.

Universities serve more with less
ATLANTA - The budget remains tight, but the University System of Georgia managed to move ahead anyway, Chancellor Tom Meredith said in his annual State of the System address Wednesday.

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.

Trains get back on Graniteville's tracks
GRANITEVILLE - It happened just before 4 p.m. Wednesday. The ringing bells and blinking lights along the track tipped off bystanders to what was coming.

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.

City attorney rebuts talk of excessive fees
Some commissioners thought City Attorney Stephen Shepard was sticking the city with excessive legal fees, but on Tuesday, Mr. Shepard presented them with information challenging their figures.

Judicial center land is decided

Across Georgia
LILBURN - The groundhog known as Gen. Beauregard Lee rolled out of his bed Wednesday morning, emerged into the rain and predicted an early spring.

News you can use

Across the area
Three people were killed Wednesday evening in a two-car collision about seven miles east of Aiken.

Across South Carolina

Kid of the Day
Shakedres Rouse is today's Kid of the Day.

Bomb threat calls disrupt school

Class is unruly, teacher agrees
Even regular teacher Corey Washington feels like a baby sitter in the Murphey Middle School class that tormented a substitute teacher last week.

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

News you can use
The Georgia and South Carolina legislature s are back in session , and here's how you can contact your representatives and senators.

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.

State of the Union speech text
Mr. Speaker, Vice President Cheney, members of Congress, fellow citizens:

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

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

This week

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.

Things to do

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.

Police find money in restaurant owner's home

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.

Authorities identify three who died in S.C. car wreck

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.

Grocery caters to Chinese tastes

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.

On the record

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

Soldier benefit gathers support

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

Across the area

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.

Trains get back on Graniteville's tracks

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.

Wreck cost agencies $500,000

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.

Universities serve more with less

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.

Listening improves pupils' reading skills

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.

News you can use

Golden Harvest reports theft
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are investigating the theft of more than $24,000 from Augusta's Golden Harvest Food Bank, officials said Wednesday.

Class is unruly, teacher agrees

Wreck cost agencies $500,000
GRANITEVILLE - The last of the chlorine-laced residue of the wreck of Norfolk Southern train 192 has been cleaned up, but more than 100 law enforcement and emergency management agencies that worked the disaster have just begun tallying up the cost of manpower, equipment and supplies.

Three die in two-car crash

State of the Union speech text
Mr. Speaker, Vice President Cheney, members of Congress, fellow citizens:

Manager concerned for needs of elderly

Listening improves pupils' reading skills
Before entering the fifth grade at Lewiston Elementary School, Mitchell Davis had read only 10 or 12 books in his entire life. In the past six months, he's read more than 20.

Events

Police find money in restaurant owner's home
Authorities discovered a large amount of cash during a January search of a home belonging to a restaurant owner whose office safe containing more than $400,000 was stolen Dec. 26, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office search warrant returned Wednesday.

State of the Union speech text

Across South Carolina
FLORENCE - Some Pee Dee residents are pushing lawmakers to create a trail to honor Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion.

Training agency is proud of its workers

Lakeside seventh-grader wins bee

City attorney rebuts talk of excessive fees

Things to do
ST. VALENTINES DAY GALA ART AND WINE EXHIBITION: 6-10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11; The Ritz Carlton Lodge, Lake Oconee, Madison, Ga.; live music, wine, hors d'oeuvres, art available for purchase; $60 a person, $50 museum members; (706) 342-8320.

Meetings

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.

Coaches are needed for basketball league

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.

School makes finals for national awards

Pet of the week
Rusty, a 1-year-old male shepherd and retriever mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

Girl has magical moment at concert

Women , doctors miss signs of heart disease

Across Georgia

Federal money sought for monitoring river

Kid of the Day

Coaches are needed for basketball league
Tony Jones sits on a bleacher in the Boys and Girls Club's gym at Dogwood Terrace during a recent basketball game, shouting commands to the Rockets, the Junior NBA League team he coaches.

Pet of the week

Events
The Medical College of Georgia will hold a Lunch and Learn lecture from noon to 12:30 p.m. Friday in the Magnolia and Dogwood rooms of Terrace Dining at MCG. The presentation will celebrate the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women movement, with guest speaker Dr. Carolyn Landolfo. Bring a bag lunch. For more information, call 721-5737.

Convent awaits pledge from school officials

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.

Across Georgia
LILBURN - The groundhog known as Gen. Beauregard Lee rolled out of his bed Wednesday morning, emerged into the rain and predicted an early spring.

Judicial reform plan rejected

First-year drivers may face new rules
ATLANTA - Young Georgia drivers might face even more restrictions in their first years behind the wheel as the state Legislature considers several new rules for teen drivers.

Richmond County school menu
School menu for Richmond County schools.

City attorney rebuts talk of excessive fees
Some commissioners thought City Attorney Stephen Shepard was sticking the city with excessive legal fees, but on Tuesday, Mr. Shepard presented them with information challenging their figures.

Grocery caters to Chinese tastes
The great wall barring cultural cuisine slowly is crumbling for Augusta's Chinese community, thanks to Jin Long grocery.

Trains get back on Graniteville's tracks
GRANITEVILLE - It happened just before 4 p.m. Wednesday. The ringing bells and blinking lights along the track tipped off bystanders to what was coming.

Manager of library books her retirement
For as long as she can remember, Nancy Morrison has had a fascination with books and the public places that house them.

Universities serve more with less
ATLANTA - The budget remains tight, but the University System of Georgia managed to move ahead anyway, Chancellor Tom Meredith said in his annual State of the System address Wednesday.

This week
LUNCH AND LEARN: Noon to 12:30 p.m. Friday; Medical College of Georgia, second floor, in Magnolia and Dogwood rooms of Terrace Dining; to celebrate American Heart Association's Go Red for Women movement with Dr. Carolyn Landolfo; bring bag lunch; 721-5737

Glenn Hills' signees have defining day
They had sat there long enough, surrounded by books and family and friends and coaches.

Glenn Hills' signees have defining day
They had sat there long enough, surrounded by books and family and friends and coaches.

At the Movies: 'Hotel Rwanda'

At the Movies: 'The Wedding Date'
Even if you'd never seen a single romantic comedy, "The Wedding Date" would still seem painfully stale.

Movies on deck might dodge slump of season

Movies on deck might dodge slump of season
There's no way to sugar-coat the issue: The first few months of any year are, historically speaking, the movie doldrums. Situated between the prestige of winter and the popcorn of summer, spring movies are mostly castoffs that studios are not quite sure what to do with.

At the Movies: 'The Wedding Date'

Comedian's acting ability drives 'Mr. 3000' home
A formula must be adhered to in the fantasy world of sports movies.

At the Movies: 'The Wedding Date'
Even if you'd never seen a single romantic comedy, "The Wedding Date" would still seem painfully stale.

Mini reviews

New home-video releases
Here's a look at what's new in home DVD and video cassette releases, and a calendar of what's coming:

At the Movies: 'Hotel Rwanda'
Words like "harrowing" and "devastating" somehow seem insufficient when talking about "Hotel Rwanda."

At the Movies: 'The Sea Inside '
Alejandro Amenabar's "The Sea Inside," based on the true story of a Spanish quadriplegic who fought for 30 years for the right to end his life, isn't as much of a downer as its subject matter would suggest, thanks to some sly humor and a strong performance from Javier Bardem.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

At the Movies: 'The Sea Inside '

At the Movies: 'The Wedding Date'
Even if you'd never seen a single romantic comedy, "The Wedding Date" would still seem painfully stale.

At the Movies: 'The Wedding Date'

At the Movies: 'Hotel Rwanda'
Words like "harrowing" and "devastating" somehow seem insufficient when talking about "Hotel Rwanda."

Comedian's acting ability drives 'Mr. 3000' home

At the Movies: 'The Sea Inside '
Alejandro Amenabar's "The Sea Inside," based on the true story of a Spanish quadriplegic who fought for 30 years for the right to end his life, isn't as much of a downer as its subject matter would suggest, thanks to some sly humor and a strong performance from Javier Bardem.

New home-video releases
Here's a look at what's new in home DVD and video cassette releases, and a calendar of what's coming:

Bill would let companies sanitize Hollywood movies
WASHINGTON - Legislation that would enable parents to skip movie scenes deemed offensive on DVDs is moving quickly in Congress. It also would create stiffer penalties for people who bring videocameras into theaters to make pirated copies.

New home-video releases

At the Movies: 'The Wedding Date'
Even if you'd never seen a single romantic comedy, "The Wedding Date" would still seem painfully stale.

Comedian's acting ability drives 'Mr. 3000' home
A formula must be adhered to in the fantasy world of sports movies.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

Movies on deck might dodge slump of season
There's no way to sugar-coat the issue: The first few months of any year are, historically speaking, the movie doldrums. Situated between the prestige of winter and the popcorn of summer, spring movies are mostly castoffs that studios are not quite sure what to do with.

The Game aims to revive West Coast gangsta rap

Top 20 Concert Tours

Sonic spotlight: Gary Shepard
HOMETOWN: Newton, Mass. Moved to Myrtle Beach, S.C., in 1993; has been working in Aiken since 2001

AP critics make their picks for Grammy Award winners
The Associated Press' crack Grammy team gives their insider analysis on who's going to win on Grammy night Feb. 13 - but hey, we wouldn't bet the house on these predictions.

AP critics make their picks for Grammy Award winners

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

AP critics make their picks for Grammy Award winners
The Associated Press' crack Grammy team gives their insider analysis on who's going to win on Grammy night Feb. 13 - but hey, we wouldn't bet the house on these predictions.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Selected audio reviews:

Usher's smash 'Yeah' almost wasn't even made
ATLANTA - "Yeah," you know the track - but you almost didn't get the chance to hear it.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Selected audio reviews:

Sonic spotlight: Gary Shepard

Wilson, Rimes, among CMA Music Festival performers
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich and LeAnn Rimes are among country artists lined up to perform at this year's CMA Music Festival.

Usher's smash 'Yeah' almost wasn't even made

Sonic spotlight: Gary Shepard
HOMETOWN: Newton, Mass. Moved to Myrtle Beach, S.C., in 1993; has been working in Aiken since 2001

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Usher's smash 'Yeah' almost wasn't even made
ATLANTA - "Yeah," you know the track - but you almost didn't get the chance to hear it.

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

The Game aims to revive West Coast gangsta rap
LOS ANGELES - Myth-making can be as important as musicianship in the gangsta rap world.

The Game aims to revive West Coast gangsta rap
LOS ANGELES - Myth-making can be as important as musicianship in the gangsta rap world.

Daytona endurance race still going strong

Newsmaker: Roger Penske

Daytona endurance race still going strong
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Contrary to Rusty Wallace's own words - and a slick advertising plan calling the 2005 racing season "Rusty's Last Call" - he will be back in a race car in 2006.

Daytona endurance race still going strong
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Contrary to Rusty Wallace's own words - and a slick advertising plan calling the 2005 racing season "Rusty's Last Call" - he will be back in a race car in 2006.

Newsmaker: Roger Penske
MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Legendary car owner Roger Penske will turn 68 on Feb. 20, the same day the Nextel Cup Series season opens with the Daytona 500.

Spoiler changes impress drivers
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The new rules that were supposed to make cars more difficult to drive turned out to be not so bad after all.

Spoiler changes impress drivers

Newsmaker: Roger Penske
MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Legendary car owner Roger Penske will turn 68 on Feb. 20, the same day the Nextel Cup Series season opens with the Daytona 500.

Spoiler changes impress drivers
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The new rules that were supposed to make cars more difficult to drive turned out to be not so bad after all.

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

Injury benches Paine star
Pete Cardenas is in a state of mourning. You would be too if you lost your best baseball player for the season after a freak preseason injury.

Injury benches Paine star
Pete Cardenas is in a state of mourning. You would be too if you lost your best baseball player for the season after a freak preseason injury.

Augusta State takes down USC Upstate
West Georgia. Kennesaw State. And now USC Upstate. Giant killers Augusta State slayed yet another nationally-ranked opponent Wednesday night at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

Augusta State takes down USC Upstate
West Georgia. Kennesaw State. And now USC Upstate. Giant killers Augusta State slayed yet another nationally-ranked opponent Wednesday night at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

McNabb becomes leading Eagle

Harrison helps hold Patriots defense together

Owens will take field on Sunday

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Mr. Michael Mandredi    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Hightower, Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Geneva Meriweather    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Carl Herald    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
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Mr. Reuben Murdaugh, Sr.    (GEORGE, S.C.)

Mrs. Eunice R. Fort    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert "Bob" Shipley    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mr. Dallas Emory, Jr.    (PITTSBURGH, Pa.)
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Mr. Hubert O. Addie    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
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Ms. Mildred Farber    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Bertha Bennings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Marjorie Claypool    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Jimmie Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ethel Caraway    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Rev. Lillian Clark Napier    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Charlie Hightower, Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Carl Herald    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. G.T. Ingram    (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Brantley    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Neva Fraser    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Bertha Bennings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Thelma Brewington    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Artemis Badmagharian    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Genevia H. Key    (DEARING, Ga.)
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Mr. Taylor Ayers, Sr.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Lee Bryant    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Barbara Ann Hood    (KITE, Ga.)
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Mr. Roland V. McCoy, Sr.    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Hubert O. Addie    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Floyd Norman, Jr.    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert "Bob" Shipley    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Jeffrey T. Rawl    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

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

Mr. Robert Shipley    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mr. John Wilson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Sandra Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Blanche Wimberly    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Taylor Ayers, Sr.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Bertha Bennings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Rogers    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Miss Sandra Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Calvin E. Rutland    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Eunice Rene Fort    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie J. Philpot    (NEW JERSEY)

Mrs. Emma Porter Dixon    (MACON, Ga.)
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Mr. Raymond A. Lacross    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Samuel Lewis, Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Genevia H. Key    (DEARING, Ga.)
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Mrs. Neva Fraser    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Wilma June Barr    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Rev. Lillian Clark Napier    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Zola Jean Hood    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. G.T. Ingram    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Louise Johnson    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Emma Porter Dixon (MACON, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Rogers (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Eunice Rene Fort (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond A. Lacross (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Juanita Newberry (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Blanche Wimberly (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Mildred Farber (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ethel Caraway (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Dallas Emory, Jr. (PITTSBURGH, Pa.)

Mr. Michael Mandredi (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Geneva Meriweather (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Sandra Wright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Shipley (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Willie J. Philpot (NEW JERSEY)

Mr. Bernard Miller (FALLS CHURCH, Va.)

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

Mr. Thomas F. Walker, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Lee Bryant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn King Holley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Reuben Murdaugh, Sr. (GEORGE, S.C.)

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

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

Mrs. Blanche Wimberly (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Wilson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Bragg Morris (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Samuel Lewis, Sr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mr. Charlie Hightower, Sr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Wilma June Barr (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

Mr. Jeffrey T. Rawl (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Willie Mae Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertha Bennings (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Taylor Ayers, Sr. (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Elouise Perkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Bertha Bennings (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn King Holley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. G.T. Ingram (TENNILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Artemis Badmagharian (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Barbara Ann Hood (KITE, Ga.)

Mr. Carl Herald (WILLISTON, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Louise Johnson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Tour de Georgia's route starts in Garden City

Overtime

'Moving up' in soccer creates role reversal

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'Moving up' in soccer creates role reversal
When Hunter Norton joined the under-13 Gunners Blue boys soccer team at the Augusta Arsenal Soccer Club this past fall, it created an interesting situation.

'Moving up' in soccer creates role reversal
When Hunter Norton joined the under-13 Gunners Blue boys soccer team at the Augusta Arsenal Soccer Club this past fall, it created an interesting situation.

Overtime
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.

Overtime
USC Aiken's women remained unbeaten at home, and stayed atop the Peach Belt Conference's North division with a 66-49 victory over Francis Marion on Wednesday night in Aiken.

Tour de Georgia's route starts in Garden City
Augusta's on-and-off again relationship with the Dodge Tour de Georgia cycling event is back on.

Tour de Georgia's route starts in Garden City
Augusta's on-and-off again relationship with the Dodge Tour de Georgia cycling event is back on.

Overtime
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.

Overtime
USC Aiken's women remained unbeaten at home, and stayed atop the Peach Belt Conference's North division with a 66-49 victory over Francis Marion on Wednesday night in Aiken.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Harrison helps hold Patriots defense together
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Every once in a while, a little dissension ripples through the NFL's most harmonious team. Rodney Harrison is usually at the center of it, and he usually picks the New England Patriots' practices to begin making waves.

Harrison helps hold Patriots defense together
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Every once in a while, a little dissension ripples through the NFL's most harmonious team. Rodney Harrison is usually at the center of it, and he usually picks the New England Patriots' practices to begin making waves.

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.

Steep Canyon Rangers influenced by greats of bluegrass music

Steep Canyon Rangers influenced by greats of bluegrass music
If anybody knows the whereabouts of a former Greensboro, N.C., Latin teacher named Chris Frost, please let banjo player Graham Sharp know.

Steep Canyon Rangers influenced by greats of bluegrass music
If anybody knows the whereabouts of a former Greensboro, N.C., Latin teacher named Chris Frost, please let banjo player Graham Sharp know.

Glenn Hills' signees have defining day

Men simply can't embrace films with too many feminine traits

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.

Boston stations to show controversial children's show
NEW YORK - Several PBS stations will air an episode of the children's show "Postcards From Buster" despite the network's decision not to distribute it nationwide because two lesbian couples were depicted in it.

Group: MTV delivers a diet of "incessant sleaze"
NEW YORK - Approaching the first anniversary of Janet Jackson's famed wardrobe malfunction, a study released Tuesday criticized MTV for the "incessant sleaze" of steamy programming aimed at young people.

Group: MTV delivers a diet of "incessant sleaze"

'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.

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.

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.

Martha Stewart to star in new 'Apprentice'

Martha Stewart to star in new 'Apprentice'
NEW YORK - Martha Stewart, you're hired. The masterminds behind "The Apprentice" - Donald Trump and Mark Burnett- and NBC announced Wednesday that Stewart will host "The Apprentice: Martha Stewart."

Boston stations to show controversial children's show

Group: MTV delivers a diet of "incessant sleaze"
NEW YORK - Approaching the first anniversary of Janet Jackson's famed wardrobe malfunction, a study released Tuesday criticized MTV for the "incessant sleaze" of steamy programming aimed at young people.

Martha Stewart to star in new 'Apprentice'
NEW YORK - Martha Stewart, you're hired. The masterminds behind "The Apprentice" - Donald Trump and Mark Burnett- and NBC announced Wednesday that Stewart will host "The Apprentice: Martha Stewart."

Bob Schieffer likely to fill in after Rather leaves
NEW YORK - Dan Rather will probably be replaced with veteran "Face the Nation" host Bob Schieffer on an interim basis when Rather steps down next month as "CBS Evening News" anchor.

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.

Boston stations to show controversial children's show
NEW YORK - Several PBS stations will air an episode of the children's show "Postcards From Buster" despite the network's decision not to distribute it nationwide because two lesbian couples were depicted in it.

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.

'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.

'Medium,' 'Numb3rs' are a ratings success

Head of Spike TV quits due to "creative differences"

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

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

Galleries calendar

Club calendar

Yogi Berra sues TBS over 'Sex and the City' ad

Jackson returns for second day of jury selection

Meredith, Ian of 'The Bachelorette' call it quits

People in the News

People in the News

Applause calendar

Men simply can't embrace films with too many feminine traits
Last week, I put forth the proposition that there are some movies that women, for whatever reason, just don't like.

Men simply can't embrace films with too many feminine traits
Last week, I put forth the proposition that there are some movies that women, for whatever reason, just don't like.

Spurrier signs first South Carolina class

Spurrier signs first South Carolina class
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Who says the Ol' Ball Coach hates recruiting? With a smile on his face and a Gamecock pin on his sport coat, new coach Steve Spurrier talked excitedly about his first recruiting class for South Carolina.

Spurrier signs first South Carolina class
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Who says the Ol' Ball Coach hates recruiting? With a smile on his face and a Gamecock pin on his sport coat, new coach Steve Spurrier talked excitedly about his first recruiting class for South Carolina.

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.

Jury awards $15.6 million to coffee label model

Odds and Ends

Elephant tramples circus worker to death

Odds and Ends

Woman pleads guilty to selling Duff beer online