Super Bowl Sunday is an ideal time for shopping

Odds and Ends
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - Leaders in this community known for its progressive views are trying to ban cosmetic surgery - for pets.

Odds and Ends
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - Leaders in this community known for its progressive views are trying to ban cosmetic surgery - for pets.

Odds and Ends
GREEN BAY, Wis. - A Connecticut boy has been making good use of his Christmas present.

Odds and Ends
GREEN BAY, Wis. - A Connecticut boy has been making good use of his Christmas present.

Boy, 4, drives mom's car to video store and back
SAND LAKE, Mich. - A boy drove his mother's car to a video store in the middle of the night, police said - and he's all of 4 years old.

Boy, 4, drives mom's car to video store and back
SAND LAKE, Mich. - A boy drove his mother's car to a video store in the middle of the night, police said - and he's all of 4 years old.

Stocks see slim gain before Cisco report

Star witness takes stand at Ebbers trial
NEW YORK - Former WorldCom Inc. finance chief Scott Sullivan took the stand Monday as the star government witness in the accounting fraud trial of ex-CEO Bernard Ebbers.

PX gives troops taste of home
CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Pass the ammunition and a slice of pizza. U.S. soldiers in Iraq spend hours - sometimes days - on patrol hunting insurgents and dodging roadside bombs.

Stocks see slim gain before Cisco report
NEW YORK - Investors cautiously bid stocks higher Tuesday, cheered by a recovering dollar and moderating oil prices. Volume was light, however, as the market waited for Cisco Systems Inc.'s post-session earnings report, which turned out to be disappointing.

PX gives troops taste of home
CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Pass the ammunition and a slice of pizza. U.S. soldiers in Iraq spend hours - sometimes days - on patrol hunting insurgents and dodging roadside bombs.

Hurry to get '01 tax refund
WASHINGTON - About 1.7 million people are missing out on more than $2 billion in refunds for taxes they paid three years ago.

Sears launches 'Sears Essentials' format

Fiber plant finds niche in market
There's a Thomson textile company spinning yarns that might be worthy of tall-tale status.

Bush sends Congress $2.57 trillion spending plan
WASHINGTON - President Bush sent Congress a $2.57 trillion budget plan Monday that seeks deep spending cuts across a wide swath of government from reducing subsidies paid to the nation's farmers, cutting health care payments for poor people and veterans and trimming spending on the environment and education.

Workers told 'no smoking,' even at home
OKEMOS, Mich. - A Michigan company's decision to dismiss workers who smoke, even if it's on their own time, has privacy and workers' rights advocates alarmed and is raising concerns about whether pizza boxes and six packs are the next to go.

Study backs SRS goal
To keep America's nuclear stockpile from decaying, a factory that can crank out 125 atomic weapon triggers a year has to be built by 2021, a recently released report to Congress shows.

Corporate tax break might not boost hiring
NEW YORK - When Kellogg Co. announced plans to bring back $1 billion in foreign profits to the United States this year thanks to new corporate tax breaks, it said it would use those funds to do such things as develop new products and explore potential acquisitions. It didn't mention directing that money toward creating jobs.

Hurry to get '01 tax refund

Fiber plant finds niche in market
There's a Thomson textile company spinning yarns that might be worthy of tall-tale status.

Ex-WorldCom CFO says Ebbers helped him cook books

Ex-WorldCom CFO says Ebbers helped him cook books
NEW YORK - The former chief financial officer of WorldCom Inc. described ex-CEO Bernard Ebbers as directly involved in the $11 billion accounting fraud that sank the telecommunications giant.

Study backs SRS goal
To keep America's nuclear stockpile from decaying, a factory that can crank out 125 atomic weapon triggers a year has to be built by 2021, a recently released report to Congress shows.

Stocks see slim gain before Cisco report
NEW YORK - Investors cautiously bid stocks higher Tuesday, cheered by a recovering dollar and moderating oil prices. Volume was light, however, as the market waited for Cisco Systems Inc.'s post-session earnings report, which turned out to be disappointing.

Veterans get paid to learn jobs
When Lindsay Hyle was offered a job as an administrative assistant, it seemed like the perfect job.

Hurry to get '01 tax refund
WASHINGTON - About 1.7 million people are missing out on more than $2 billion in refunds for taxes they paid three years ago.

Ford, Dodge recalling thousands of vehicles
DETROIT - Ford Motor Co. is recalling 358,857 Focus cars because their rear passenger doors may not latch properly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a Ford spokeswoman said Monday.

Study backs SRS goal

Nervous investors stop stocks' rally
NEW YORK - Stocks dipped Monday despite a sharp drop in oil prices and new strength in the dollar as investors worried about the market's ability to hold its gains after last week's rally.

Ford, Dodge recalling thousands of vehicles

Veterans get paid to learn jobs
When Lindsay Hyle was offered a job as an administrative assistant, it seemed like the perfect job.

Veterans get paid to learn jobs

Workers told 'no smoking,' even at home

PX gives troops taste of home

Corporate tax break might not boost hiring

Corporate tax break might not boost hiring
NEW YORK - When Kellogg Co. announced plans to bring back $1 billion in foreign profits to the United States this year thanks to new corporate tax breaks, it said it would use those funds to do such things as develop new products and explore potential acquisitions. It didn't mention directing that money toward creating jobs.

Workers told 'no smoking,' even at home
OKEMOS, Mich. - A Michigan company's decision to dismiss workers who smoke, even if it's on their own time, has privacy and workers' rights advocates alarmed and is raising concerns about whether pizza boxes and six packs are the next to go.

Bush sends Congress $2.57 trillion spending plan

Fiber plant finds niche in market

Bush sends Congress $2.57 trillion spending plan
WASHINGTON - President Bush sent Congress a $2.57 trillion budget plan Monday that seeks deep spending cuts across a wide swath of government from reducing subsidies paid to the nation's farmers, cutting health care payments for poor people and veterans and trimming spending on the environment and education.

Ex-WorldCom CFO says Ebbers helped him cook books
NEW YORK - The former chief financial officer of WorldCom Inc. described ex-CEO Bernard Ebbers as directly involved in the $11 billion accounting fraud that sank the telecommunications giant.

Sears launches 'Sears Essentials' format
CHICAGO - Sears, Roebuck and Co. said Tuesday it is planning a new mid-sized store format called Sears Essentials for some of the 56 Kmart and Wal-Mart storesit acquired last summer.

Sears launches 'Sears Essentials' format
CHICAGO - Sears, Roebuck and Co. said Tuesday it is planning a new mid-sized store format called Sears Essentials for some of the 56 Kmart and Wal-Mart storesit acquired last summer.

Ford, Dodge recalling thousands of vehicles
DETROIT - Ford Motor Co. is recalling 358,857 Focus cars because their rear passenger doors may not latch properly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a Ford spokeswoman said Monday.

Clemson struggles through poor season
CLEMSON, S.C. - Even in the midst of his worst season at Clemson, women's basketball coach Jim Davis knows down deep he's on the right path back to success.

Clemson struggles through poor season

Clemson struggles through poor season
CLEMSON, S.C. - Even in the midst of his worst season at Clemson, women's basketball coach Jim Davis knows down deep he's on the right path back to success.

Former coach sentenced in recruiting scandal
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A high school football coach who accepted $150,000 from an Alabama booster to steer his standout football player to the Crimson Tide was sentenced Tuesday to two years' supervised probation and 500 hours of community service.

Former coach sentenced in recruiting scandal

Former coach sentenced in recruiting scandal
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A high school football coach who accepted $150,000 from an Alabama booster to steer his standout football player to the Crimson Tide was sentenced Tuesday to two years' supervised probation and 500 hours of community service.

Duke's defense faces challenge against Tar Heels

Lady Jaguars can still win division

Tuskegee slows Paine's momentum

Terzia uses technology to provide a perfect fit

New findings test food IQ
Here are some of the latest truths, myths and facts that I've uncovered in my continuing effort to decipher "what's what" in the world of nutrition. See whether you're a nutrition expert:

Sunnis want in
Despite impressive turnouts by Shiites and Kurds in Iraq's Jan. 30 elections, critics complained that the lack of participation by the Sunnis could undermine the whole process toward democratic self-rule.

Bill fights local blight
State Rep. Sue Burmeister, R-Augusta, says she's confident her colleagues on Richmond County's legislative delegation will back her plan to permit the Augusta Commission to move ahead on tax allocation districts. The districts, spawned by a 1985 state law, are designed to encourage investment in upgrading blighted, rundown areas.

Sunnis want in

Sunnis want in
Despite impressive turnouts by Shiites and Kurds in Iraq's Jan. 30 elections, critics complained that the lack of participation by the Sunnis could undermine the whole process toward democratic self-rule.

Yes, we can all get along

S.C. should cut tax
The South Carolina House has resoundingly passed one of Gov. Mark Sanford's favorite proposals - to reduce the state's top income tax rate to 4.75 percent from 7 percent over the next several years.

Yes, we can all get along
It was not a "public" meeting. And members of the media voluntarily agreed no one would be quoted.

The immovable object?
If Iranian pursuit of nuclear weapons is an unstoppable force, then the world had better become an immovable object.

Yes, we can all get along
It was not a "public" meeting. And members of the media voluntarily agreed no one would be quoted.

People in the News
NEW YORK Bollywood film star Aishwarya Rai says she was taken aback by all the attention she received during the filming of "Bride & Prejudice," her first English-language movie.

The top five list
The top five list in entertainment.

People in the News
NEW YORK Bollywood film star Aishwarya Rai says she was taken aback by all the attention she received during the filming of "Bride & Prejudice," her first English-language movie.

Friends remember late actor Ossie Davis
NEW YORK - The late actor Ossie Davis was eulogized Monday as an inspiration for both the artistic and civil rights communities.

NYC Station still reeling from tsunami parody
NEW YORK - The music swelled, sounding the familiar first notes of the vintage charity hit "We Are the World." Then the lyrics kicked in - a torrent of bad taste, ethnic slurs and cruel insults about the killer south Asia tsunami.

People in the News
NEW YORK - "Sex and the City" co-star Kristin Davis may return to TV not as a desperate housewife, but a highly curious one.

NYC Station still reeling from tsunami parody
NEW YORK - The music swelled, sounding the familiar first notes of the vintage charity hit "We Are the World." Then the lyrics kicked in - a torrent of bad taste, ethnic slurs and cruel insults about the killer south Asia tsunami.

Friends remember late actor Ossie Davis
NEW YORK - The late actor Ossie Davis was eulogized Monday as an inspiration for both the artistic and civil rights communities.

People in the News
NEW YORK - "Sex and the City" co-star Kristin Davis may return to TV not as a desperate housewife, but a highly curious one.

Rodman debuts PETA ad at N.Y. Fashion Week
NEW YORK - Often his own fashion statement on the basketball court, Dennis Rodman made one at New York Fashion Week, revealing all in an ad for PETA.

Zinfandel-braised beef brisket recipe

For Valentines, lemony tartlets are sweet treat
Lemon-custard tartlets topped with raspberries have a festive look and a spring-like taste that lifts them beyond the usual run of sweet treats. Yet they are simple to prepare, and would make a charming gift for Valentine's or any day.

Cool dessert can round off a warmly romantic meal

Writers and publishers focus fondly on chocolate
NEW YORK - It seems to inspire words, passionate odes, encyclopedic studies and worshipful tracts, almost as much as it inspires consuming or cooking.

Seitan rollup with caramelized onions recipe
CONCORD, N.H. - Not sure why, but I've been craving caramelized onions.

For Valentines, lemony tartlets are sweet treat

Bring figs into play for winter salad
Fresh figs are an increasingly popular item in summer and early fall, but fans can also get an out-of-season boost from canned figs. Consider a tangy salad sweetened with figs, to give an unexpected accent to a winter meal.

Cool dessert can round off a warmly romantic meal
If a light, elegant finale to a Valentine's Day dinner would suit your style, consider a raspberry granita, a cool confection blending sweet red fruit with the sparkle of Champagne.

Cool dessert can round off a warmly romantic meal
If a light, elegant finale to a Valentine's Day dinner would suit your style, consider a raspberry granita, a cool confection blending sweet red fruit with the sparkle of Champagne.

Writers and publishers focus fondly on chocolate
NEW YORK - It seems to inspire words, passionate odes, encyclopedic studies and worshipful tracts, almost as much as it inspires consuming or cooking.

Zinfandel-braised beef brisket recipe
When it's cold outside, the richness of this zinfandel-braised beef brisket dish with onions and potatoes will comfort you inside. But not at the cost of fat and calories; with all its heartiness, a serving has less than 10 grams of fat.

For healthful, flavorful dish, broil turkey cutlets
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.

Bring figs into play for winter salad
Fresh figs are an increasingly popular item in summer and early fall, but fans can also get an out-of-season boost from canned figs. Consider a tangy salad sweetened with figs, to give an unexpected accent to a winter meal.

For Valentines, lemony tartlets are sweet treat
Lemon-custard tartlets topped with raspberries have a festive look and a spring-like taste that lifts them beyond the usual run of sweet treats. Yet they are simple to prepare, and would make a charming gift for Valentine's or any day.

For healthful, flavorful dish, broil turkey cutlets
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.

Zinfandel-braised beef brisket recipe
When it's cold outside, the richness of this zinfandel-braised beef brisket dish with onions and potatoes will comfort you inside. But not at the cost of fat and calories; with all its heartiness, a serving has less than 10 grams of fat.

For healthful, flavorful dish, broil turkey cutlets

Seitan rollup with caramelized onions recipe
CONCORD, N.H. - Not sure why, but I've been craving caramelized onions.

Writers and publishers focus fondly on chocolate

Seitan rollup with caramelized onions recipe

Bring figs into play for winter salad

Tech: Elder's return sparks Jackets
CLEMSON, S.C. - Georgia Tech played Clemson on Fat Tuesday. It only felt like Christmas for the Yellow Jackets.

Tech: Elder's return sparks Jackets
CLEMSON, S.C. - Georgia Tech played Clemson on Fat Tuesday. It only felt like Christmas for the Yellow Jackets.

Tech: Elder's return sparks Jackets

Upcoming events
A list of upcoming golf tournaments:

Jaguars look for hot start

Jaguars look for hot start
When Josh Gregory looks back on the fall season, he doesn't dwell on the two 11th-place finishes.

Upcoming events

Upcoming events
A list of upcoming golf tournaments:

Jaguars look for hot start
When Josh Gregory looks back on the fall season, he doesn't dwell on the two 11th-place finishes.

Jefferson County tops Cross Creek

Laney coach is finalist at Thomasville

Prep basketball scores

Richmond Academy tops Richmond Hill

Wilcox carries Rebels to win

Salmon Wellington is delectable catch
Puff pastry is a freezer staple at my house. It's often rolled around ham, cheese and honey mustard, then sliced and baked as an impromptu hors d'oeuvre, or made into divine dessert Napoleons with little effort.

Super Bowl Sunday is an ideal time for shopping
I was out of town this weekend, and when I got back late Sunday I made a quick dash to the grocery for the week's provisions.

Super Bowl Sunday is an ideal time for shopping
I was out of town this weekend, and when I got back late Sunday I made a quick dash to the grocery for the week's provisions.

More charges filed against Schrenko
ATLANTA -- Linda Schrenko, the embattled former state superintendent of schools and unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate, now faces additional charges as the result of a new federal indictment today.

So why are food prices so high?

Schools' security must improve now
I have four children, three of them in the Richmond County school system. We are getting too laid back about the security in our schools.Jennifer Kromka, Augusta

Cheeks editorial showed favoritism
Aren't we magnanimous today? In the Feb. 2 editorial "Insider trading," you wrote, "If Don Cheeks were charged with a crime, he'd be presumed innocent until proven guilty."Rick Carpenter, Appling

So why are food prices so high?
Your Jan. 31 "Residents enjoy low cost of living" article was most interesting in what it left out.Barbara Shaffer, Blythe

What's the price of a lost loved one?
Regarding the upgraded benefits being paid to families of military personnel slain in combat: What makes those killed in Iraq worth more that the 50,000-plus who were killed in Vietnam?Joyce Warren, Augusta

Suburban growth isn't that good
In response to the letter by Al Hutko ("Listen to residents about growth," Jan. 30), I fully agree with his assessments.Lina Bracci, Evans

Cheeks editorial showed favoritism

Bias taints headline on front page
"Bush issues challenge to save Social Security," read The Chronicle headline the day after the president's State of the Union address. Greg Weis, Aiken, S.C.

'Occupier' label is a misnomer
Occupation forces: What are they? History tells us occupation armies have a recorded history of several thousand years. They conquered countries, and murdered, raped and enslaved the inhabitants.John E. Conley, Evans

Waiting for care is bothersome
I went to see one of the finest doctors in Aiken for an annual visit. When I arrived a few minutes ahead of time, the waiting room was full. I signed in and sat.Neil O. Myers, Aiken, S.C.

Waiting for care is bothersome

Schools' security must improve now
I have four children, three of them in the Richmond County school system. We are getting too laid back about the security in our schools.Jennifer Kromka, Augusta

Bias taints headline on front page

Suburban growth isn't that good

Schools' security must improve now

Suburban growth isn't that good
In response to the letter by Al Hutko ("Listen to residents about growth," Jan. 30), I fully agree with his assessments.Lina Bracci, Evans

Waiting for care is bothersome
I went to see one of the finest doctors in Aiken for an annual visit. When I arrived a few minutes ahead of time, the waiting room was full. I signed in and sat.Neil O. Myers, Aiken, S.C.

What's the price of a lost loved one?

What's the price of a lost loved one?
Regarding the upgraded benefits being paid to families of military personnel slain in combat: What makes those killed in Iraq worth more that the 50,000-plus who were killed in Vietnam?Joyce Warren, Augusta

Cheeks editorial showed favoritism
Aren't we magnanimous today? In the Feb. 2 editorial "Insider trading," you wrote, "If Don Cheeks were charged with a crime, he'd be presumed innocent until proven guilty."Rick Carpenter, Appling

Evolution letter needs clarification
In response to Matt Alan's insightful letter to the editor, Arlene Candy purports to elucidate the meanings of "theory" and "species" ("Letter writer's views need to evolve," Jan. 28).Roni J. Bollag, Martinez

So why are food prices so high?
Your Jan. 31 "Residents enjoy low cost of living" article was most interesting in what it left out.Barbara Shaffer, Blythe

Bias taints headline on front page
"Bush issues challenge to save Social Security," read The Chronicle headline the day after the president's State of the Union address. Greg Weis, Aiken, S.C.

Good love, bad breakup

Metallics shine during New York Fashion Week

Designer Jacobs thinks big at N.Y. Fashion Week

NASA sees budget hike not enough to save Hubble

Patchwork is hot, ponchos are not

'Ebony' show brings latest fashions to Augusta

Cuba launches ban on smoking in public places

Army uniforms get first redesign in two decades

Health and fitness calendar

Army uniforms get first redesign in two decades
FORT STEWART, Ga. - Army soldiers are being issued new fatigues with easy-to-use Velcro openings and a redesigned camouflage pattern that can help conceal them as they move rapidly from desert to forest to city in places like Baghdad.

Patchwork is hot, ponchos are not
NEW YORK - Patchwork and ponchos: One is so hot, the other is not.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information. To list your activity, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Designer Jacobs thinks big at N.Y. Fashion Week
NEW YORK - Volume is emerging as the buzzword for fall fashion as top designers - Marc Jacobs and Oscar de la Renta, among them - play with proportion.

Good love, bad breakup
Breaking up is hard to do. It can be a sudden bolt from the blue, such as an intercepted e-mail that reveals a partner's cheating habits. Or it can be a series of long, deep conversations that leads to a mutual parting of ways.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

'Ebony' show brings latest fashions to Augusta
When the lights go up at 8 p.m. Friday in Bell Auditorium, fashion will be in the spotlight.

Metallics shine during New York Fashion Week
NEW YORK - Diane von Furstenberg wanted to take New York Fashion Week by storm. The Russian Revolution was the inspiration for her fall collection, called Winter Place, and the designer sent a mix of folkloric embroideries and military details down the runway at her show Sunday night, with Ellen Barkin and Carmen Electra sitting in the audience.

Cuba launches ban on smoking in public places
HAVANA - The country known for it high-quality cigars banned smoking of all kinds in public places Monday, as the Cuban government acknowledged the health risk of tobacco.

Army uniforms get first redesign in two decades
FORT STEWART, Ga. - Army soldiers are being issued new fatigues with easy-to-use Velcro openings and a redesigned camouflage pattern that can help conceal them as they move rapidly from desert to forest to city in places like Baghdad.

Metallics shine during New York Fashion Week
NEW YORK - Diane von Furstenberg wanted to take New York Fashion Week by storm. The Russian Revolution was the inspiration for her fall collection, called Winter Place, and the designer sent a mix of folkloric embroideries and military details down the runway at her show Sunday night, with Ellen Barkin and Carmen Electra sitting in the audience.

'Ebony' show brings latest fashions to Augusta
When the lights go up at 8 p.m. Friday in Bell Auditorium, fashion will be in the spotlight.

Patchwork is hot, ponchos are not
NEW YORK - Patchwork and ponchos: One is so hot, the other is not.

Designer Jacobs thinks big at N.Y. Fashion Week
NEW YORK - Volume is emerging as the buzzword for fall fashion as top designers - Marc Jacobs and Oscar de la Renta, among them - play with proportion.

Cuba launches ban on smoking in public places
HAVANA - The country known for it high-quality cigars banned smoking of all kinds in public places Monday, as the Cuban government acknowledged the health risk of tobacco.

Good love, bad breakup
Breaking up is hard to do. It can be a sudden bolt from the blue, such as an intercepted e-mail that reveals a partner's cheating habits. Or it can be a series of long, deep conversations that leads to a mutual parting of ways.

NASA sees budget hike not enough to save Hubble
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - With the moon on its horizon, NASA sees an increase in the 2006 budget proposed by the White House on Monday, but the 2.5 percent hike is not enough to save the Hubble Space Telescope.

NASA sees budget hike not enough to save Hubble
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - With the moon on its horizon, NASA sees an increase in the 2006 budget proposed by the White House on Monday, but the 2.5 percent hike is not enough to save the Hubble Space Telescope.

New forward excites fans
New Augusta Lynx forward Dan Sullivan introduced himself early to his new fan base in his home debut Friday.

New forward excites fans

New forward excites fans
New Augusta Lynx forward Dan Sullivan introduced himself early to his new fan base in his home debut Friday.

GOP considers redrawing congressional districts

Georgia House passes budget
ATLANTA - The House on Tuesday approved a midyear budget proposal written by Republicans amid charges from a top Democrat that the $16.5 billion plan unfairly funnels money to the districts of GOP leaders.

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

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Extend summer vacation, bill says
ATLANTA - Schoolchildren and their families would get more free time in August under a legislative proposal that would require Georgia public schools to start no earlier than the week before Labor Day.

Craig pushes magnet schools
If he ever quits as district attorney, Danny Craig could make a good argument for a job as school superintendent.

Charm of West Avenue draws businesses
NORTH AUGUSTA - Sammy and Lacy Anderson's summer-long search for the perfect place to relocate their home-based photography studio ended on the front porch of a white, 91-year-old wood-frame house at 512 West Ave.

Perdue plans funding help for disabled
ATHENS, Ga. - Edna Thompson has been taking care of her brother Ray Looney for nearly 40 years, but she'd like a little help.

Dealer gets bond, tight rules
Imagination, not leniency, led a federal judge to set bond Tuesday for a twice-convicted drug dealer, the judge said.

Dealer gets bond, tight rules
Imagination, not leniency, led a federal judge to set bond Tuesday for a twice-convicted drug dealer, the judge said.

Perdue plans funding help for disabled

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - State Treasurer Grady Patterson told a Senate subcommittee how he would fix problems that have emerged in the state's primary retirement system Tuesday.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Augusta Web site gets face-lift

Japanese is gaining popularity
Just name the Buckeye state, and you've said "good morning" in Japanese. Add a simple chuckle - "ha ha" - and you've said "mother."

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Region barely meets EPA standard
Declining air pollution levels in 2003 and 2004 helped Augusta escape sanctions from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agen-cy, but local strategies to curb smog will be essential to future compliance.

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

Study finds dangers in pupil transfer plan
AIKEN - Gov. Mark Sanford's tuition tax credit plan, which would allow pupils to transfer from one district to another or out of public schools altogether, would drain money from the Palmetto State's cash-strapped public school system, a study released Tuesday said.

Schools toughen threat policy
It happened again Monday at Tutt Middle School. This time, the bomb threat was written in a note and dropped in a pupil's locker.

Legislation to limit commissions' roles
ATLANTA - Unless the state retains some oversight over new communication options, some Georgians could find themselves in a dead zone for consumer protection, regulators say.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Private clubs that want to exclude gay members would be safe from sanction by city ordinances under a bill approved by the Georgia House on Monday.

Man is accused of fake investments
An Augusta investment adviser was indicted Tuesday for allegedly bilking elderly customers out of more than $600,000.

Schools toughen threat policy
It happened again Monday at Tutt Middle School. This time, the bomb threat was written in a note and dropped in a pupil's locker.

Plan would move mental health patients
Theresa Senior has seen this before, only in reverse. The state moved her daughter, Terral, from Gracewood State School and Hospital to Georgia Regional Hospital in 1999.

Region barely meets EPA standard
Declining air pollution levels in 2003 and 2004 helped Augusta escape sanctions from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agen-cy, but local strategies to curb smog will be essential to future compliance.

Schrenko's list of charges grows
ATLANTA - Linda Schrenko, the embattled former state superintendent of schools and unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate, faces additional charges as the result of a new federal indictment returned Tuesday.

Corrections
Storyteller Joanna Maddox will present her one-woman show Harriet Tubman on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Wallace Branch and 3 p.m. at the Maxwell Branch of the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library. A calendar listing in the Xtreme pages of Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle included the wrong day.

Army launches desertion case
HINESVILLE, Ga. - The prosecution and the defense agreed on one thing Monday: Sgt. Kevin Benderman stayed home when his 3rd Infantry Division unit deployed Jan. 7 for Kuwait en route to Iraq.

Craig pushes magnet schools
If he ever quits as district attorney, Danny Craig could make a good argument for a job as school superintendent.

AIDS group enlists stylists
ATHENS, Ga. - AIDS Athens is hoping to raise HIV and AIDS awareness among Athens' black community by enlisting hairstylists and barbers to become part-time AIDS/HIV educators.

Across Georgia
MARIETTA - A tainted cake that led to felony charges against two 13-year-olds who served it to classmates contained glue, hot sauce and modeling clay, a defense lawyer said Tuesday.

Dealer gets bond, tight rules

SRS takes hit in proposed 2006 budget

School councils OK early release studies

School councils OK early release studies
All 15 of Columbia County's elementary school councils unanimously voted to proceed with research of a proposal that would release pupils two hours early one day a week, Superintendent Tommy Price said at a Tuesday school board meeting.

Video, witnesses open Athens murder trial

Kid of the Day

Future journalist records fire details

Schools toughen threat policy

Schrenko's list of charges grows

Augusta Web site gets face-lift
Mike Culver and Tameka Allen, city employees considered fairly computer literate, knew Augusta's Web site looked good.

Study finds dangers in pupil transfer plan

GOP considers redrawing congressional districts
ATLANTA - Republican lawmakers haven't been shy during the past four years when it came to criticizing the shape of Georgia's 13 congressional districts.

News you can use

Perdue plans funding help for disabled
ATHENS, Ga. - Edna Thompson has been taking care of her brother Ray Looney for nearly 40 years, but she'd like a little help.

Across South Carolina

Charm of West Avenue draws businesses
NORTH AUGUSTA - Sammy and Lacy Anderson's summer-long search for the perfect place to relocate their home-based photography studio ended on the front porch of a white, 91-year-old wood-frame house at 512 West Ave.

Legislation to limit commissions' roles

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

Army launches desertion case

Augusta could reap from plan
Augusta and Columbia County are likely beneficiaries of Gov. Sonny Perdue's proposal to create a new statewide green space program to acquire or protect environmentally sensitive areas.

Japanese is gaining popularity

County's smoking ban has smooth month
Inside, tables were filled with patrons at the Sidetrack Bar and Grill on Tuesday. Outside, in a patio area, several ashtrays with 11 cigarette butts proved smokers are still frequenting the business.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

News you can use

County's smoking ban has smooth month

Japanese is gaining popularity
Just name the Buckeye state, and you've said "good morning" in Japanese. Add a simple chuckle - "ha ha" - and you've said "mother."

Across Georgia

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Georgia House passes budget

Enjoying the warmth
Five year old Madeleine Rojas, Paige Colbert, 4, and Sophie Colbert all of Martinez, Ga balance themselves as they walk on the playground at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion on Tuesday afternoon.

Craig pushes magnet schools

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Man is accused of fake investments

Kid of the Day
Robert "Robbie" Knox III is today's Kid of the Day.

Corrections

Across the area
Authorities responded to a Graniteville house fire Tuesday afternoon after a woman said a controlled burn near her house burned out of control.

Region barely meets EPA standard

Popular system spreads breaks
ATLANTA - While some lawmakers are considering requiring schools to start no earlier than late August, some school districts say their "balanced calendars" are popular among pupils, teachers and staff members and they would like to keep them.

Plan would move mental health patients

Train wreck victims debate tort bill

Extend summer vacation, bill says

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AIDS group enlists stylists

Video, witnesses open Athens murder trial
ATHENS, Ga. - A video recording of a mob scene outside a downtown Athens nightclub captured the gunshot that took the life of a visiting Tennessee teen in November 2003.

Enjoying the warmth

Future journalist records fire details
Di-mara Thomas, 9, of Augusta, writes a report of what she saw during a house fire on Mary Lou Court in south Augusta.

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Some laws on books are rarely enforced
In every session of the Georgia General Assembly, it happens: Legislators put bills into the hopper to make something illegal.

Enjoying the warmth
Five year old Madeleine Rojas, Paige Colbert, 4, and Sophie Colbert all of Martinez, Ga balance themselves as they walk on the playground at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion on Tuesday afternoon.

Charm of West Avenue draws businesses

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COLUMBIA - State Treasurer Grady Patterson told a Senate subcommittee how he would fix problems that have emerged in the state's primary retirement system Tuesday.

Judge to decide on what jury will hear

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SRS takes hit in proposed 2006 budget
Savannah River Site is slated for $84 million less in environmental cleanup and energy money in President Bush's budget request for 2006, a 5.9 percent drop over last year's request, federal officials said Monday.

Corrections
Storyteller Joanna Maddox will present her one-woman show Harriet Tubman on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Wallace Branch and 3 p.m. at the Maxwell Branch of the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library. A calendar listing in the Xtreme pages of Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle included the wrong day.

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

Georgia House passes budget
ATLANTA - The House on Tuesday approved a midyear budget proposal written by Republicans amid charges from a top Democrat that the $16.5 billion plan unfairly funnels money to the districts of GOP leaders.

Train wreck victims debate tort bill
GRANITEVILLE - Sara Kennebeck lost her son in the Norfolk Southern train collision and chlorine spill. Under pending bills in the South Carolina Legislature, her pain and suffering wouldn't be worth more than $250,000 in a court of law.

Across the area
Authorities responded to a Graniteville house fire Tuesday afternoon after a woman said a controlled burn near her house burned out of control.

Across the area
A Trenton, S.C., woman was killed on her way to work Monday morning when her Volkswagen sedan was struck by a utility truck on South Carolina Highway 19.

Across Georgia
MARIETTA - A tainted cake that led to felony charges against two 13-year-olds who served it to classmates contained glue, hot sauce and modeling clay, a defense lawyer said Tuesday.

Judge to decide on what jury will hear
A judge could decide as early as next week what, if anything, a jury should learn about what Ronald Burke said regarding the disappearance and slaying of Tamara Dunstan.

Extend summer vacation, bill says
ATLANTA - Schoolchildren and their families would get more free time in August under a legislative proposal that would require Georgia public schools to start no earlier than the week before Labor Day.

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Video, witnesses open Athens murder trial
ATHENS, Ga. - A video recording of a mob scene outside a downtown Athens nightclub captured the gunshot that took the life of a visiting Tennessee teen in November 2003.

SRS takes hit in proposed 2006 budget
Savannah River Site is slated for $84 million less in environmental cleanup and energy money in President Bush's budget request for 2006, a 5.9 percent drop over last year's request, federal officials said Monday.

School councils OK early release studies
All 15 of Columbia County's elementary school councils unanimously voted to proceed with research of a proposal that would release pupils two hours early one day a week, Superintendent Tommy Price said at a Tuesday school board meeting.

Train wreck victims debate tort bill
GRANITEVILLE - Sara Kennebeck lost her son in the Norfolk Southern train collision and chlorine spill. Under pending bills in the South Carolina Legislature, her pain and suffering wouldn't be worth more than $250,000 in a court of law.

Future journalist records fire details
Di-mara Thomas, 9, of Augusta, writes a report of what she saw during a house fire on Mary Lou Court in south Augusta.

Across the area
A Trenton, S.C., woman was killed on her way to work Monday morning when her Volkswagen sedan was struck by a utility truck on South Carolina Highway 19.

Army launches desertion case
HINESVILLE, Ga. - The prosecution and the defense agreed on one thing Monday: Sgt. Kevin Benderman stayed home when his 3rd Infantry Division unit deployed Jan. 7 for Kuwait en route to Iraq.

Across South Carolina
FLORENCE - A recent round of tuberculosis cases in the Pee Dee and along the Grand Strand is no cause for alarm, health officials say.

Plan would move mental health patients
Theresa Senior has seen this before, only in reverse. The state moved her daughter, Terral, from Gracewood State School and Hospital to Georgia Regional Hospital in 1999.

Augusta Web site gets face-lift
Mike Culver and Tameka Allen, city employees considered fairly computer literate, knew Augusta's Web site looked good.

Schrenko's list of charges grows
ATLANTA - Linda Schrenko, the embattled former state superintendent of schools and unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate, faces additional charges as the result of a new federal indictment returned Tuesday.

GOP considers redrawing congressional districts
ATLANTA - Republican lawmakers haven't been shy during the past four years when it came to criticizing the shape of Georgia's 13 congressional districts.

Man is accused of fake investments
An Augusta investment adviser was indicted Tuesday for allegedly bilking elderly customers out of more than $600,000.

Judge to decide on what jury will hear
A judge could decide as early as next week what, if anything, a jury should learn about what Ronald Burke said regarding the disappearance and slaying of Tamara Dunstan.

Study finds dangers in pupil transfer plan
AIKEN - Gov. Mark Sanford's tuition tax credit plan, which would allow pupils to transfer from one district to another or out of public schools altogether, would drain money from the Palmetto State's cash-strapped public school system, a study released Tuesday said.

Man is sought in fatal shooting at bar
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are looking for a man in connection with a fatal weekend shooting outside a Wrightsboro Road bar.

AIDS group enlists stylists
ATHENS, Ga. - AIDS Athens is hoping to raise HIV and AIDS awareness among Athens' black community by enlisting hairstylists and barbers to become part-time AIDS/HIV educators.

Legislation to limit commissions' roles
ATLANTA - Unless the state retains some oversight over new communication options, some Georgians could find themselves in a dead zone for consumer protection, regulators say.

County's smoking ban has smooth month
Inside, tables were filled with patrons at the Sidetrack Bar and Grill on Tuesday. Outside, in a patio area, several ashtrays with 11 cigarette butts proved smokers are still frequenting the business.

Documentary bares all on legacy of porn classic
PARK CITY, Utah - It was shot for $25,000 in six days. Its male star was a film-crew member shoved in front of the camera as a last-minute replacement. Its director readily conceded it was not even a good movie.

Documentary bares all on legacy of porn classic
PARK CITY, Utah - It was shot for $25,000 in six days. Its male star was a film-crew member shoved in front of the camera as a last-minute replacement. Its director readily conceded it was not even a good movie.

Documentary bares all on legacy of porn classic

Five nominated acts will open the Grammys
NEW YORK - The 47th Annual Grammy Awards show will open with music acts that could give Live Aid a run for its money.

Five nominated acts will open the Grammys

Five nominated acts will open the Grammys
NEW YORK - The 47th Annual Grammy Awards show will open with music acts that could give Live Aid a run for its money.

Smith, Casting Crowns lead Dove nominations
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Christian singer Michael W. Smith led the Dove nominations Monday with eight, including artist and song of the year.

Smith, Casting Crowns lead Dove nominations

Smith, Casting Crowns lead Dove nominations
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Christian singer Michael W. Smith led the Dove nominations Monday with eight, including artist and song of the year.

Duke's defense faces challenge against Tar Heels
DURHAM, N.C. - The players at Duke often show their commitment to defense by slapping the floor, a largely symbolic gesture made during the transition from offense to defense.

Lady Jaguars can still win division
The Augusta State women's basketball team is in the thick of the division race with six games remaining. Coach Greg Wilson finds that fact almost absurd.

Duke's defense faces challenge against Tar Heels
DURHAM, N.C. - The players at Duke often show their commitment to defense by slapping the floor, a largely symbolic gesture made during the transition from offense to defense.

Lady Jaguars can still win division
The Augusta State women's basketball team is in the thick of the division race with six games remaining. Coach Greg Wilson finds that fact almost absurd.

Tuskegee slows Paine's momentum
It was a chance to continue paving its path to a postseason berth. It was a chance to remain atop the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings.

Tuskegee slows Paine's momentum
It was a chance to continue paving its path to a postseason berth. It was a chance to remain atop the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings.

Winning next year is the goal for the Patriots

Patriots plan to stay together after win

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Mr. Charles Rembert    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Petra Saunders    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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Mrs. Edna E. Sanderson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harvey Donaldson    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
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Mr. Charles Rembert    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Angela Nason    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Earl D. Ray    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna E. Sanderson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elouise Perkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. McKinley "Ray" Youmans    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Mr. W. Paul Wallace    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Ms. Priscilla Bello Dixon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Albert F. McCorkle, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Miss Jane Hughs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Burl M. Wright (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Marylouise Crouch (CUMMING, Ga.)

Mr. Milton M. Keenan (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Harold D. Nichols (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Rosella Moore (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Minnie Lee James (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna E. Sanderson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Catherine Cheeks (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Clyde Edward Wilson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Arthur Alexander (WAGENER, S.C.)

Ms. Dana Faye Bishop (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Vincent Dale Robertson (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Bennie Harris (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Rachel E. Allman (CINCINNATI, OH)

Mrs. Fannie Mae Kent (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Rembert (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ella Lassiter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ernest Kirkendall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Simmons (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Angela Nason (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Earl D. Ray (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Miss Jane Hughs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Goodrich (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Priscilla Bello Dixon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. W. Paul Wallace (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Milton M. Keenan (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Melvin L. Berry (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mae Lagenia Schwed (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn M. Scott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tommy Gene Scott (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth Fritze Miller (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mamie Landreth Weaver (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. John Thomas (Tom) Doughty (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Angelena Rivers (HAMPTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Petra Saunders (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Carvie Claxton, Jr. (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Broome (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernice Frazier Dixon (GIRARD, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernice Thompson (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Henry L. Mims, Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Tommy Gene Scott (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth R. Maddox (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Maddox (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Linda Johnson (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Deannia Patten Kirkland (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Edmond Cooper (LEESVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Marjorie Stanley (HEPZHIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Albert F. McCorkle, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elouise Perkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Melvane Scott (JACKSON, S.C.)

Ms. Bonnie Gail Williams (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Jane Ashley Foster (AIKEN, S.C.)

Brendan Holt (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Isabell Brack Lowery (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosie M. Anderson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harvey Donaldson (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Edna E. Sanderson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah Morgan Lee (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mr. McKinley "Ray" Youmans (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Mr. Henry Moxley (ADRIAN, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Rembert (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Schroff (AIKEN, S.C.)

Friendship outshines competition at luncheon
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Some are old hands at Hollywood's big night, where they have come away triumphant. Some are veterans who have gone home empty-handed year after year. Others are brand new to the party.

Some Oscars to be presented from audience
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Some of this year's Academy Award winners will receive their prizes from a presenter stationed in the audience in an effort to make sure every nominee is seen on camera.

Friendship outshines competition at luncheon

Oscar's accountants expose some of their secrets

Oscar's accountants expose some of their secrets
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - The keepers of Hollywood's 24 biggest secrets shrink from the spotlight and wouldn't dream of name-dropping in a town that thrives on gossip.

ABC extends deal to televise Oscars through 2014

Friendship outshines competition at luncheon
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Some are old hands at Hollywood's big night, where they have come away triumphant. Some are veterans who have gone home empty-handed year after year. Others are brand new to the party.

Oscar's deaf ear goes for obscure songs
Hey, want to stump your friends with a new version of Name That Tune? Ask them to hum a few bars of any of this year's Oscar nominees for best song. The chances are, they won't even be able to fake it.

Oscar's deaf ear goes for obscure songs
Hey, want to stump your friends with a new version of Name That Tune? Ask them to hum a few bars of any of this year's Oscar nominees for best song. The chances are, they won't even be able to fake it.

Some Oscars to be presented from audience
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Some of this year's Academy Award winners will receive their prizes from a presenter stationed in the audience in an effort to make sure every nominee is seen on camera.

ABC extends deal to televise Oscars through 2014
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Oscar is going to keep its home on ABC for six more years.

Oscar's accountants expose some of their secrets
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - The keepers of Hollywood's 24 biggest secrets shrink from the spotlight and wouldn't dream of name-dropping in a town that thrives on gossip.

Some Oscars to be presented from audience

Oscar's deaf ear goes for obscure songs

ABC extends deal to televise Oscars through 2014
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Oscar is going to keep its home on ABC for six more years.

Overtime

Agassi returning to Davis Cup team

Overtime

Armstrong to skip 2005 Tour de Georgia

'Raging Bull' LaMotta is back in spotlight

'Raging Bull' LaMotta is back in spotlight
NEW YORK - Jake LaMotta's hand shakes ever so slightly as he raises the cup of coffee to his lips.

Overtime
In St. Andrew's, Scotland, Michelle Wie will play in this year's Women's British Open, the Ladies Golf Union said Monday.

Armstrong to skip 2005 Tour de Georgia
ATLANTA - Peddling on without Lance Armstrong, the third annual Tour de Georgia will begin April 19 in Augusta and cover 646 miles before finishing five days later in suburban Atlanta.

Overtime
In Panama City, Fla., USC Aiken opened up the spring portion of its 2004-05 season with another victory.

'Raging Bull' LaMotta is back in spotlight
NEW YORK - Jake LaMotta's hand shakes ever so slightly as he raises the cup of coffee to his lips.

Armstrong to skip 2005 Tour de Georgia
ATLANTA - Peddling on without Lance Armstrong, the third annual Tour de Georgia will begin April 19 in Augusta and cover 646 miles before finishing five days later in suburban Atlanta.

Overtime
In Panama City, Fla., USC Aiken opened up the spring portion of its 2004-05 season with another victory.

Overtime
In St. Andrew's, Scotland, Michelle Wie will play in this year's Women's British Open, the Ladies Golf Union said Monday.

Agassi returning to Davis Cup team
NEW YORK - Andre Agassi is returning to the U.S. Davis Cup team after a five-year absence, persuaded by a 2½-hour chat with captain Patrick McEnroe over dinner at a Las Vegas restaurant.

Agassi returning to Davis Cup team
NEW YORK - Andre Agassi is returning to the U.S. Davis Cup team after a five-year absence, persuaded by a 2½-hour chat with captain Patrick McEnroe over dinner at a Las Vegas restaurant.

Greenbrier defeats Effingham County
Brooke Jackson stared at the ball as it rolled around the rim like water going down a toilet bowl.

Prep basketball scores
Here are Tuesday's prep basketball scores:

Richmond Academy tops Richmond Hill
WAYNESBORO, Ga., - Monday's Region 3-AAA first-round playoff between Richmond Academy and Richmond Hill could have been it for Pat Rivers after 24 years with the Musketeers.

Prep basketball scores
Here are Tuesday's prep basketball scores:

Wilcox carries Rebels to win
In Region 3-AAA boys action, Hephzibah's Brian Wilcox spotted up and took aim from 3-point land. His hot shooting put his Rebels past Burke County, 65-48.

Wilcox carries Rebels to win
In Region 3-AAA boys action, Hephzibah's Brian Wilcox spotted up and took aim from 3-point land. His hot shooting put his Rebels past Burke County, 65-48.

Richmond Academy tops Richmond Hill
WAYNESBORO, Ga., - Monday's Region 3-AAA first-round playoff between Richmond Academy and Richmond Hill could have been it for Pat Rivers after 24 years with the Musketeers.

Jefferson County tops Cross Creek
WAYNESBORO - The tally read 3-AAA North 6, 3-AAA South 0.

Laney coach is finalist at Thomasville
Many have felt the time might come when Laney might not be able to keep Eric Parker from being some other school's prized football coach.

Laney coach is finalist at Thomasville
Many have felt the time might come when Laney might not be able to keep Eric Parker from being some other school's prized football coach.

Jefferson County tops Cross Creek
WAYNESBORO - The tally read 3-AAA North 6, 3-AAA South 0.

Winning next year is the goal for the Patriots
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Deion Branch needed just five little words to explain why the New England Patriots have won three of the last four Super Bowls.

Winning next year is the goal for the Patriots
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Deion Branch needed just five little words to explain why the New England Patriots have won three of the last four Super Bowls.

Patriots plan to stay together after win
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Deion Branch needed just five little words to explain why the New England Patriots have won three of the past four Super Bowls.

Patriots greeted by throngs of cheering fans
BOSTON - Three silver Super Bowl trophies and the gray sweat shirt-wearing mastermind who won them all took a championship ride through the streets of Boston on Tuesday, passing nearly 1 million screaming fans.

Patriots plan to stay together after win
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Deion Branch needed just five little words to explain why the New England Patriots have won three of the past four Super Bowls.

Vatican criticizes 'divorce mentality'
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican said Tuesday requests for marriage annulments have been soaring, with one cardinal lamenting that some Roman Catholics view them as a kind of church-sanctioned equivalent of divorce.

Vatican criticizes 'divorce mentality'
VATICAN CITY - The Vatican said Tuesday requests for marriage annulments have been soaring, with one cardinal lamenting that some Roman Catholics view them as a kind of church-sanctioned equivalent of divorce.

Ex-CIA officer helps anchor 'MI-5' in real world
LOS ANGELES - When former CIA man Mike Baker wants a nostalgia fix, he can choose among spy vs. spy vs. spy - the TV series "Alias," "24" and, on assignment from Britain, "MI-5."

Ex-CIA officer helps anchor 'MI-5' in real world
LOS ANGELES - When former CIA man Mike Baker wants a nostalgia fix, he can choose among spy vs. spy vs. spy - the TV series "Alias," "24" and, on assignment from Britain, "MI-5."

Racy ad pulled after Super Bowl airing
NEW YORK - A racy ad for a vendor of Web site names was pulled at the last minute from a second showing during the Super Bowl telecast on Sunday after NFL executives objected that the spot made light of Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" incident in last year's halftime show.

Early Super Bowl TV ratings down from last year
NEW YORK - The New England Patriots' Super Bowl victory over the Philadelphia Eagles was seen by an estimated 86.1 million people, down 4 percent from last year's game, Nielsen Media Research said Monday.

Ex-CIA officer helps anchor 'MI-5' in real world

Early Super Bowl TV ratings down from last year
NEW YORK - The New England Patriots' Super Bowl victory over the Philadelphia Eagles was seen by an estimated 86.1 million people, down 4 percent from last year's game, Nielsen Media Research said Monday.

Racy ad pulled after Super Bowl airing

Early Super Bowl TV ratings down from last year

Racy ad pulled after Super Bowl airing
NEW YORK - A racy ad for a vendor of Web site names was pulled at the last minute from a second showing during the Super Bowl telecast on Sunday after NFL executives objected that the spot made light of Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" incident in last year's halftime show.

People in the News

NYC Station still reeling from tsunami parody

People in the News

Friends remember late actor Ossie Davis

UGA: Felton decries his team's 'dirty' label
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Georgia coach Dennis Felton said Monday there's a difference between playing dirty and playing aggressively - and that his Bulldogs know where the line is.

UGA: Felton decries his team's 'dirty' label
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Georgia coach Dennis Felton said Monday there's a difference between playing dirty and playing aggressively - and that his Bulldogs know where the line is.

UGA: Felton decries his team's 'dirty' label

USC Aiken's Carlisle is named USA captain
USC Aiken golf coach Michael Carlisle is reaping the benefits of winning a national championship.

Terzia uses technology to provide a perfect fit
Rick Terzia knows a way most golfers can improve their games, and it has nothing to do with lessons, state-of-the-art equipment or infomercials on late-night Golf Channel programming.

Terzia uses technology to provide a perfect fit
Rick Terzia knows a way most golfers can improve their games, and it has nothing to do with lessons, state-of-the-art equipment or infomercials on late-night Golf Channel programming.

Shows about real teens stir emotion

Elections put Iraqis on path toward democracy, freedom
Nine days ago, an important victory for the United States, the Bush doctrine and the spread of global democracy was achieved when Iraqis turned out by the millions to vote for their new government.

My style
The Facts: Kentrice Gaines , 15, a freshman at Butler High School.

Messages on phone send girl red flag
This week's problem: I called my boyfriend's phone. I have the password to his answering machine, and it had three or four girls on it. I was wondering what should I do? Should I forgive him? He said they were just friends, but a girl was on the phone talking about how she loved him and everything.

Xtreme calendar
RENT OR BUY: Shark Tale, the animated blockbuster about a fish who has a problem telling the truth, and The Notebook, the story of a man who reads from a diary of two star-crossed lovers, are now on DVD and VHS.

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold:

Tips provide ideas on how to ask your crush for a date

Audio best

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold:

4-1-1
If you're the king of the kitchen or the queen of cuisine, then enter The Best Teen Chef Culinary Scholarship Competition, sponsored by The Art Institutes.

Question of the week
Q: Should girls ask guys to the prom?

Tips provide ideas on how to ask your crush for a date
It didn't take a note and a rose pinned to her locker for Victoria King , 15, to land a first date with her boyfriend.

A strapping profit margin
Most prom dresses live in relative obscurity. Oh, sure, they have that one night of glory, swishing and showing off on the dance floor, but then back to the closet they go.

4-1-1

Shows about real teens stir emotion
For most teens, watching television is a leisure activity. It's a time to sit back and relax with feet propped up on a stack of pillows and just chill. It's how we spend our free time and it's why we want to get home from school.

Question of the week
Q: Should girls ask guys to the prom?

Question of the week

A strapping profit margin
Most prom dresses live in relative obscurity. Oh, sure, they have that one night of glory, swishing and showing off on the dance floor, but then back to the closet they go.

4-1-1
If you're the king of the kitchen or the queen of cuisine, then enter The Best Teen Chef Culinary Scholarship Competition, sponsored by The Art Institutes.

My style

A strapping profit margin

Tips provide ideas on how to ask your crush for a date
It didn't take a note and a rose pinned to her locker for Victoria King , 15, to land a first date with her boyfriend.

Shows about real teens stir emotion
For most teens, watching television is a leisure activity. It's a time to sit back and relax with feet propped up on a stack of pillows and just chill. It's how we spend our free time and it's why we want to get home from school.

My style
The Facts: Kentrice Gaines , 15, a freshman at Butler High School.

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Boy, 4, drives mom's car to video store and back

Vatican criticizes 'divorce mentality'