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.

Wipeout! 'Good Vibrations' arrives on Broadway

Wipeout! 'Good Vibrations' arrives on Broadway
NEW YORK - We're not looking for depth, but a minimum amount of "Fun, Fun, Fun," would have been nice in "Good Vibrations," the bland new jukebox musical overloaded with more than 30 songs from the Beach Boys and Brian Wilson.

Whorehouse' cast has fun with adult theme

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.

Wipeout! 'Good Vibrations' arrives on Broadway
NEW YORK - We're not looking for depth, but a minimum amount of "Fun, Fun, Fun," would have been nice in "Good Vibrations," the bland new jukebox musical overloaded with more than 30 songs from the Beach Boys and Brian Wilson.

Jags driven by desire to succeed
The loss still lingers in Sam Barth's mind. En route to a 9-6 defeat in last season's NCAA Division II Tournament opener against North Florida, Augusta State twice blew late-inning leads.

Offense still strong for Pacers

Jags driven by desire to succeed

Offense still strong for Pacers
When outsiders look at his baseball team, Kenny Thomas knows they have two losses in mind.

Jags driven by desire to succeed
The loss still lingers in Sam Barth's mind. En route to a 9-6 defeat in last season's NCAA Division II Tournament opener against North Florida, Augusta State twice blew late-inning leads.

Offense still strong for Pacers
When outsiders look at his baseball team, Kenny Thomas knows they have two losses in mind.

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.

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
GYPSUM, Colo. - A high school graduate has confessed to cheating on an English literature test - 47 years ago.

Odds and Ends
GYPSUM, Colo. - A high school graduate has confessed to cheating on an English literature test - 47 years ago.

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.

J.D Power: Hybrids to top out at 3 percent of U.S. market

Local gas chain will be bought
One of the last locally owned gas station chains is being sold.

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.

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.

Consultant: Fund company shortchanged investors

Wine sees resurgence with new generation

Productivity rises by 4.1 percent in 2004
WASHINGTON - The productivity of American workers, the critical component for rising living standards, increased by 4.1 percent in 2004, capping a remarkable three-year period in which worker efficiency climbed at the fastest pace in a half century.

Restrictions on alcohol sales benefit restaurants
Bars rule the roost when it comes to getting a stiff drink, most of the time.

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.

Local gas chain will be bought
One of the last locally owned gas station chains is being sold.

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

J.D Power: Hybrids to top out at 3 percent of U.S. market
DETROIT - Despite the growing popularity of hybrid vehicles and a slew of new models scheduled in the next few years, the fuel-saving vehicles will probably peak at roughly 3 percent of the total U.S. market by 2010, a new study from the forecasting arm of J.D. Power and Associates said Thursday.

Georgia tries to detain details

Local gas chain will be bought

Restrictions on alcohol sales benefit restaurants
Bars rule the roost when it comes to getting a stiff drink, most of the time.

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.

Productivity rises by 4.1 percent in 2004
WASHINGTON - The productivity of American workers, the critical component for rising living standards, increased by 4.1 percent in 2004, capping a remarkable three-year period in which worker efficiency climbed at the fastest pace in a half century.

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.

Restrictions on alcohol sales benefit restaurants

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 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.

Hollywood Entertainment boss quits
PORTLAND, Ore. - The head of Hollywood Entertainment Corp. abruptly resigned a day after Blockbuster Inc. announced a hostile bid of nearly $1 billion for its smaller movie rental rival, which has already agreed to be acquired for less by a third rental industry player, Movie Gallery Inc.

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.

Sony to release PlayStation Portable next month
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Sony Corp. said Thursday it will release the PlayStation Portable in North America on March 24 and have 1 million units ready for sale in the first week.

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.

J.D Power: Hybrids to top out at 3 percent of U.S. market
DETROIT - Despite the growing popularity of hybrid vehicles and a slew of new models scheduled in the next few years, the fuel-saving vehicles will probably peak at roughly 3 percent of the total U.S. market by 2010, a new study from the forecasting arm of J.D. Power and Associates said Thursday.

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.

Tournament to allow for big revenues
A local soccer tournament will be kicking up business in Augusta.

Productivity rises by 4.1 percent in 2004

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.

Bowden: recruiting class is best in years

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.

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.

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.

Seminoles sign another talented recruiting class

Businessman convicted in football recruiting trial

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.

Augusta State takes down USC Upstate

Injury benches Paine star

Stop unfair seizures
It all seems so reasonable. The state is short on revenues to keep up with infrastructure needs.

More sacrifices ahead

More sacrifices ahead
There's no doubt the high point in President Bush's State of the Union speech Wednesday night was the emotional embrace between the American mother of a Marine killed in Iraq and the Iraqi voting-rights activist whose father was murdered by former dictator Saddam Hussein.

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."

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.

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.

More sacrifices ahead
There's no doubt the high point in President Bush's State of the Union speech Wednesday night was the emotional embrace between the American mother of a Marine killed in Iraq and the Iraqi voting-rights activist whose father was murdered by former dictator Saddam Hussein.

A unifier now, but ...

Stop unfair seizures

Doing right by our troops

Stop unfair seizures
It all seems so reasonable. The state is short on revenues to keep up with infrastructure needs.

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."

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.

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:

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
OKLAHOMA CITY - A court hearing for former child star Macaulay Culkin on his drug possession case has been delayed until April so that lawyers can work on a plea bargain, court officials said.

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.

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

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.

New releases are sure to stir emotions
This week, Disney Studios chairman Dick Cook said the studio could, in the not-too-distant future, release The Song of the South on home video. The film, which has never been released in the U.S. market, has long courted controversy over what critics consider a soft-sell of the slave/master relationship in the American South. Mr. Cook's compromise? An introduction, much like the one accompanying the DVD release of Disney's World War II propaganda films, would place the movie in historical context. Intro or no, this film is sure to continue courting controversy. Here are some upcoming releases and events that, like Disney's animated tale of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox et al, are sure to engender some heated exchanges:

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

Johnny Carson's guest books to be auctioned
LOS ANGELES - Guest books that were signed by Johnny Carson's famous visitors to "The Tonight Show" and nearly tossed out in the 1960s may turn into treasure for their owner.

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
OKLAHOMA CITY - A court hearing for former child star Macaulay Culkin on his drug possession case has been delayed until April so that lawyers can work on a plea bargain, court officials said.

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.

New releases are sure to stir emotions
This week, Disney Studios chairman Dick Cook said the studio could, in the not-too-distant future, release The Song of the South on home video. The film, which has never been released in the U.S. market, has long courted controversy over what critics consider a soft-sell of the slave/master relationship in the American South. Mr. Cook's compromise? An introduction, much like the one accompanying the DVD release of Disney's World War II propaganda films, would place the movie in historical context. Intro or no, this film is sure to continue courting controversy. Here are some upcoming releases and events that, like Disney's animated tale of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox et al, are sure to engender some heated exchanges:

Plan would reduce guarantee benefits for younger workers
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration unveiled a host of details about its proposal to add personal accounts to Social Security, but key questions remain unanswered, including how much guaranteed benefits will be cut and how the plan will be paid for.

Students to pay more to live at Clemson University

Plan would reduce guarantee benefits for younger workers
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration unveiled a host of details about its proposal to add personal accounts to Social Security, but key questions remain unanswered, including how much guaranteed benefits will be cut and how the plan will be paid for.

Students to pay more to live at Clemson University
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Clemson University students will pay more to live on campus next year.

Dollar slide could mean higher prices for consumers

Rates on 30-year mortgages fall for fifth straight week
WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages fell for a fifth straight week, but other shorter-term rates edged up a bit, influenced by the Federal Reserve's decision to raise a key rate it controls for the sixth time since last June.

Plan would reduce guarantee benefits for younger workers

Students to pay more to live at Clemson University
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Clemson University students will pay more to live on campus next year.

Dollar slide could mean higher prices for consumers
WASHINGTON - The once high-flying U.S. dollar, which has been dropping over the past three years, is likely to lose more altitude in the months ahead.

Dollar slide could mean higher prices for consumers
WASHINGTON - The once high-flying U.S. dollar, which has been dropping over the past three years, is likely to lose more altitude in the months ahead.

Warmer waters are expected
There's a light at the end of the long, dark tunnel called winter, and it's coming this weekend, if you can believe the weather forecasters.

Warmer waters are expected
There's a light at the end of the long, dark tunnel called winter, and it's coming this weekend, if you can believe the weather forecasters.

Warmer waters are expected

Tournament results
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

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.

What's For Lunch: Blue Sky Kitchen

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

Volunteers find good selections of wraps

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

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

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

Perfecting home turf
Your odds of playing football in Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla., where the New England Patriots face the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday in the Super Bowl, are pretty much nil. On the other hand, the odds of having a lawn as green and lush as the turf there are a lot better.

Remove storm-damaged limbs to protect health of tree
I had some damage to a couple of pine trees during last week's ice storm. Do I need to remove the damaged limbs?

This bud's for you
Winter is a good time to look at some of the finer details of trees and shrubs -- their buds, for example.

Remove storm-damaged limbs to protect health of tree
I had some damage to a couple of pine trees during last week's ice storm. Do I need to remove the damaged limbs?

This bud's for you

Bright phlox blooms command attention
Horticulturists are always looking for "60-mile-per-hour plants," which means pretty flowers in the landscape that can divert your attention while you are zipping down the highway.

Perfecting home turf
Your odds of playing football in Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla., where the New England Patriots face the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday in the Super Bowl, are pretty much nil. On the other hand, the odds of having a lawn as green and lush as the turf there are a lot better.

This bud's for you
Winter is a good time to look at some of the finer details of trees and shrubs -- their buds, for example.

Bright phlox blooms command attention
Horticulturists are always looking for "60-mile-per-hour plants," which means pretty flowers in the landscape that can divert your attention while you are zipping down the highway.

Remove storm-damaged limbs to protect health of tree

Perfecting home turf

Bright phlox blooms command attention

Isaac waits to debut for Gamecocks

Area recruiting prospects are plentiful

Player signings

Day is filled with drama for Laney High athletes

UGA always on minds of recruits

Josey star takes game to new level

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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
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

Someone is stuck with your driving
I was working on a new theory of problem drivers. I noticed lately that many of the vehicles cutting me off, or passing me or tailgating, etc., seemed to sport Bush election bumper stickers.

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.

Interstate 20 accident seriously injures Evans man
One of the westbound lanes of Interstate 20 was closed for more than an hour Friday morning as a result of a single-vehicle accident that left an Evans man in fair condition.

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

Tsunami cartoon was in poor taste

Gas deregulation is out of control
Public Service Commission members who voted to deregulate home gas prices have done a grave disservice to the citizens of Georgia. Julia Anne Mueller, Augusta

President's Iraq policy is justified

Democrat criticism shows their loyalty
The Chronicle just can't keep from calling Democrats disloyal. Lowell Greenbaum, Augusta

Gas deregulation is out of control
Public Service Commission members who voted to deregulate home gas prices have done a grave disservice to the citizens of Georgia.Julia Anne Mueller, Augusta

President's Iraq policy is justified
I have to make some comments to Anne Cook's article, "President's war agenda is evil" (Jan. 4).Robert B. Heynneman, Augusta

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

Democrat criticism shows their loyalty
The Chronicle just can't keep from calling Democrats disloyal.Lowell Greenbaum, Augusta

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.

Gas deregulation is out of control

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

Democrat criticism shows their loyalty

President's Iraq policy is justified
I have to make some comments to Anne Cook's article, "President's war agenda is evil" (Jan. 4). Robert B. Heynneman, 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

Debate flares over teaching kids tolerance of gays

Guys are joining the knitting craze

Congress frets over how, or whether, to save Hubble

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.

Guys are joining the knitting craze
CHICAGO - Eric Garcia and Matthew Kane are holed up in a classroom corner, chatting casually as they each knit a sock for a school project. They ponder the thought that their actions might be a little, well, unexpected.

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.

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.

Company to stop making Crazy For You bear
MONTPELIER, Vt. - After weeks of protests, Vermont Teddy Bear Co. has agreed to stop producing and marketing a "Crazy For You" bear that had angered advocates for the mentally ill, four advocacy groups said Thursday.

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.

Guys are joining the knitting craze
CHICAGO - Eric Garcia and Matthew Kane are holed up in a classroom corner, chatting casually as they each knit a sock for a school project. They ponder the thought that their actions might be a little, well, unexpected.

Lynx take second in a row from Florida

Lynx forward makes return after injury
He sat around while his teammates bonded during practice.

Lynx forward makes return after injury
He sat around while his teammates bonded during practice.

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

Lynx forward makes return after injury

Seat belt law widens scope
Georgia and South Carolina are buckling down on buckling up. Earlier this week the South Carolina Senate passed a tougher seat belt law that will allow police to stop adult drivers who are not wearing one.

Three die in two-car crash

City attorney rebuts talk of excessive fees

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.

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

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.

Trains get back on Graniteville's tracks

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.

Seismic devices record tremors
In the back yard of an Evans neighborhood, a gray device resembling an ice chest was attached by a wire to a one-foot-diameter cylinder resembling a large orange Thermos.

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.

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.

Parking patrol
Steven Jowers stays warm despite the cold, damp weather Thursday as he monitors the parking lot at 10th and Ellis streets for Sandwich City.

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.

Police find money in restaurant owner's home

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.

On the record

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.

Pet of the week

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Lawyers argue for release of suspect
Defense attorneys argued in federal court Thursday for the release of a man under indictment for weapons possession.

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.

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.

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

Hospital asks for better contract
St. Joseph Hospital is trying to get a better rate out of one of its larger insurance providers.

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 Georgia
ATLANTA - The Drug Enforcement Administration said Thursday it seized 125 pounds of crystal methamphetamine in DeKalb County with a street value that ranged from $4.5 million to $12.7 million depending on how it was packaged for sale.

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.

Study: Area faces increased tree loss
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia faces the loss of millions of acres of forest land over the next decade, and some of the most rapidly changing areas might be counties around Athens, according to a new study by a pair of forest economists at the University of Georgia and the U.S. Forest Service.

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.

Seat belt law widens scope

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.

Soldier benefit gathers support

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

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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.

Events

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

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.

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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.

Growth is cause of gas leaks
Pam Tucker says it's become an inevitability of growth for Columbia County - the gas leak.

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.

Listening improves pupils' reading skills

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.

State of the Union speech text

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.

Girl has magical moment at concert

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

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

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

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.

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

Report studies bases as one entity
ATLANTA - In defending Georgia's 13 military installations against the possibility of closure, state officials think they have a secret weapon: a report that turns upside down the criteria for the base evaluation being used by the Pentagon.

Richmond County school menu
School menu for Richmond County schools.

Across the area
AIKEN - Authorities this morning identified three men who were killed Wednesday night in a two-car collision.

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.

Growth is cause of gas leaks
Pam Tucker says it's become an inevitability of growth for Columbia County - the gas leak.

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

Seismic devices record tremors
In the back yard of an Evans neighborhood, a gray device resembling an ice chest was attached by a wire to a one-foot-diameter cylinder resembling a large orange Thermos.

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

Interstate 20 accident seriously injures Evans man
One of the westbound lanes of Interstate 20 was closed for more than an hour Friday morning as a result of a single-vehicle accident that left an Evans man in fair condition.

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.

Things to do

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

Grocery caters to Chinese tastes

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

Across the area

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

Wreck cost agencies $500,000

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.

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

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.

Class is unruly, teacher agrees

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.

Training agency is proud of its workers

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.

Meetings

Local, state officials discuss road project money

Kid of the Day

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Two workers moved from DFCS office
Two administrators at the Richmond County Department of Family and Children Services have been reassigned months after the conclusion of a state investigation over allegations of mismanagement, altered records and practices endangering children.

Lawyers argue for release of suspect

Seat belt law widens scope
Georgia and South Carolina are buckling down on buckling up. Earlier this week the South Carolina Senate passed a tougher seat belt law that will allow police to stop adult drivers who are not wearing one.

Howe School's fate is up in air

More arrests possible in gambling case
A member of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office vice division said Thursday there is a "strong possibility" of additional arrests next week related to the Jan. 28 gambling bust that netted a former Augusta political candidate and a prominent businessman.

Kid of the Day

Officers testify about Burke's arrest
The tip that would lead to Ronald F. Burke in the disappearance of a pregnant nurse last April failed to inspire the lead investigator at first, he testified Thursday.

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Universities serve more with less

Parking patrol

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

Manager concerned for needs of elderly

Study: Area faces increased tree loss
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia faces the loss of millions of acres of forest land over the next decade, and some of the most rapidly changing areas might be counties around Athens, according to a new study by a pair of forest economists at the University of Georgia and the U.S. Forest Service.

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.

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

Coaches are needed for basketball league

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.

Across Georgia

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

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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.

Convent awaits pledge from school officials

Teen is charged in bomb threats
Richmond County sheriff's deputies charged a 13-year-old boy Thursday in three bomb threats during the past two months at Glenn Hills Middle School.

Jacksonville has strict bikini laws
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Bikini laws are pretty tight here. "Full coverage of the buttocks" is required, according to city law.

Agency to use funds to attract company
AIKEN - The city's independent economic agency is prepared to sink as much as $250,000 into a speculative building that has been on the market for more than a year to lure an out-of-state paint shop to town.

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.

Local, state officials discuss road project money
ATLANTA - Before they dug into barbecue, asphalt was on the menu for Augusta commissioners making their annual trip to the Capitol on Thursday.

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.

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

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.

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

Jacksonville has strict bikini laws

Seismic devices record tremors

Study: Area faces increased tree loss

Parking patrol
Steven Jowers stays warm despite the cold, damp weather Thursday as he monitors the parking lot at 10th and Ellis streets for Sandwich City.

Teen is charged in bomb threats

Howe School's fate is up in air
AIKEN - The John de la Howe School may soon answer to a different batch of bosses if a plan from Gov. Mark Sanford passes the state Legislature.

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Across the area

Growth is cause of gas leaks

Officers testify about Burke's arrest

Interstate 20 accident seriously injures Evans man

Two workers moved from DFCS office

Kid of the Day
Syriah Marie Collier is today's Kid of the Day.

Agency to use funds to attract company

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Duke Power will not cut off the electricity of customers 65 or older this winter, one of several policy changes resulting from the death of an 89-year-old Greenville woman whose power had been disconnected because of unpaid bills.

Kid of the Day
Syriah Marie Collier is today's Kid of the Day.

Howe School's fate is up in air
AIKEN - The John de la Howe School may soon answer to a different batch of bosses if a plan from Gov. Mark Sanford passes the state Legislature.

Local, state officials discuss road project money
ATLANTA - Before they dug into barbecue, asphalt was on the menu for Augusta commissioners making their annual trip to the Capitol on Thursday.

Agency to use funds to attract company
AIKEN - The city's independent economic agency is prepared to sink as much as $250,000 into a speculative building that has been on the market for more than a year to lure an out-of-state paint shop to town.

Report studies bases as one entity
ATLANTA - In defending Georgia's 13 military installations against the possibility of closure, state officials think they have a secret weapon: a report that turns upside down the criteria for the base evaluation being used by the Pentagon.

Officers testify about Burke's arrest
The tip that would lead to Ronald F. Burke in the disappearance of a pregnant nurse last April failed to inspire the lead investigator at first, he testified Thursday.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The Drug Enforcement Administration said Thursday it seized 125 pounds of crystal methamphetamine in DeKalb County with a street value that ranged from $4.5 million to $12.7 million depending on how it was packaged for sale.

Teen is charged in bomb threats
Richmond County sheriff's deputies charged a 13-year-old boy Thursday in three bomb threats during the past two months at Glenn Hills Middle School.

Report studies bases as one entity

Jacksonville has strict bikini laws
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Bikini laws are pretty tight here. "Full coverage of the buttocks" is required, according to city law.

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

Lawyers argue for release of suspect
Defense attorneys argued in federal court Thursday for the release of a man under indictment for weapons possession.

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.

Two workers moved from DFCS office
Two administrators at the Richmond County Department of Family and Children Services have been reassigned months after the conclusion of a state investigation over allegations of mismanagement, altered records and practices endangering children.

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.

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- Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

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

This week

Authority seeks fund source
A major challenge facing the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area will involve creating a sustainable funding source after the federal law that created it expires in 2012, Canal Authority members were told Thursday.

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.

Across the area
AIKEN - Authorities this morning identified three men who were killed Wednesday night in a two-car collision.

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.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Duke Power will not cut off the electricity of customers 65 or older this winter, one of several policy changes resulting from the death of an 89-year-old Greenville woman whose power had been disconnected because of unpaid bills.

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.

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

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.

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.

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: 'The Sea Inside '

New home-video releases

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.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

Movies on deck might dodge slump of season

At the Movies: 'The Wedding Date'

At the Movies: 'The Wedding Date'

At the Movies: 'Hotel Rwanda'

AP critics make their picks for Grammy Award winners

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

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

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

Top 20 Concert Tours

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony pair up for Grammys
NEW YORK - Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, who have been mum on their reported marriage, will perform together for the first time at the Grammy Awards later this month.

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

Sonic spotlight: Gary Shepard

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.

The Game aims to revive West Coast gangsta rap

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

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.

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.

Newsmaker: Roger Penske

Daytona endurance race still going strong

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.

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.

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.

Emmitt Smith calls it a career

Harrison helps hold Patriots defense together

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Academy to settle producer credit dispute

Cates: Ringmaster to 'last big variety show'
LOS ANGELES - If you want to know what kind of Oscar show to expect from Gil Cates, think of him ordering the orchestra to play off Michael Moore two years ago as the director shouted "Shame on Bush!"

Cates: Ringmaster to 'last big variety show'
LOS ANGELES - If you want to know what kind of Oscar show to expect from Gil Cates, think of him ordering the orchestra to play off Michael Moore two years ago as the director shouted "Shame on Bush!"

Academy to settle producer credit dispute
LOS ANGELES - In an industry where the egos behind the camera can be as big as those in front of it, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is settling a dispute over who deserves "producer" credit for films.

Cates: Ringmaster to 'last big variety show'

Critics upset over dark plot twist in 'Baby'
LOS ANGELES - Not everyone is in Clint Eastwood's corner as his acclaimed boxing drama "Million Dollar Baby" heads into the Academy Awards.

Critics upset over dark plot twist in 'Baby'

Critics upset over dark plot twist in 'Baby'
LOS ANGELES - Not everyone is in Clint Eastwood's corner as his acclaimed boxing drama "Million Dollar Baby" heads into the Academy Awards.

Academy to settle producer credit dispute
LOS ANGELES - In an industry where the egos behind the camera can be as big as those in front of it, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is settling a dispute over who deserves "producer" credit for films.

'Moving up' in soccer creates role reversal

Tour de Georgia's route starts in Garden City

Overtime

Players sign big-time offers

'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.

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.

Players sign big-time offers
The state of soccer in the Augusta area took a dramatic header forward Thursday morning at Richmond Academy.

'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
Scott Pruett managed only one fast lap, and it was good enough to put his Lexus-Riley Daytona Prototype on the pole for this weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway.

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.

Players sign big-time offers
The state of soccer in the Augusta area took a dramatic header forward Thursday morning at Richmond Academy.

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.

Josey star takes game to new level
The reason why the Josey Eagles are perfect starts with Dominique Archie. The South Carolina-bound senior has scattered his game all over the stat sheet for the Eagles this year.

Josey star takes game to new level
The reason why the Josey Eagles are perfect starts with Dominique Archie. The South Carolina-bound senior has scattered his game all over the stat sheet for the Eagles this year.

Owens has role in Philly's plan
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - To win the Super Bowl, the Philadelphia Eagles need lots of T.O. and no TOs.

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.

Emmitt Smith calls it a career
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - NFL career rushing leader Emmitt Smith retired Thursday, calling his 15-year career "a tremendous ride."

Emmitt Smith calls it a career
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - NFL career rushing leader Emmitt Smith retired Thursday, calling his 15-year career "a tremendous ride."

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.

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

Federal code changes could provide state tax relief
Q: I'm getting ready to file my 2004 federal income taxes. Are there any changes in the tax code I should know about?

Boston stations to show controversial children's show

Ratings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Jan. 24-30. Each ratings point represents 1,096,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

Ratings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Jan. 24-30. Each ratings point represents 1,096,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

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."

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."

'Star Trek: Enterprise' to end journey in May
LOS ANGELES - After four years, the mission is over for "Star Trek: Enterprise."

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.

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.

'Star Trek: Enterprise' to end journey in May
LOS ANGELES - After four years, the mission is over for "Star Trek: Enterprise."

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.

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.

'Star Trek: Enterprise' to end journey in May

Group: MTV delivers a diet of "incessant sleaze"

Martha Stewart to star in new 'Apprentice'

Ratings for basic cable networks

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Applause calendar

Meredith, Ian of 'The Bachelorette' call it quits

Galleries calendar

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

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New releases are sure to stir emotions

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.

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Odds and Ends

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