Extra police will protect 'The Gates' art display in NY
NEW YORK - Hundreds of extra police officers will spend the next two weeks in Central Park to make sure a planned art display doesn't attract graffiti artists with ideas of their own.

Fabric walkway expected to draw tourists
NEW YORK - One hotel will put binoculars in all its rooms with Central Park views so guests can peer at "The Gates" from their windows.

Fabric walkway expected to draw tourists
NEW YORK - One hotel will put binoculars in all its rooms with Central Park views so guests can peer at "The Gates" from their windows.

Fabric walkway expected to draw tourists

'Stomp' turns everyday objects into instruments
Primal and percussive, the Stomp experience is difficult to explain.

'Stomp' turns everyday objects into instruments

'Stomp' turns everyday objects into instruments
Primal and percussive, the Stomp experience is difficult to explain.

Jackson frustrated his A's offer was rejected
SAN FRANCISCO - Reggie Jackson is frustrated that his offer to buy the Oakland Athletics was not accepted even though his group was willing to pay $25 million more than Los Angeles real estate developer Lewis Wolff for the franchise.

Selig dismisses steroids criticism
SAN FRANCISCO - Commissioner Bud Selig is confident that baseball's new steroid policy will be in place when spring training opens next week and dismissed criticism that it does not go far enough to rid the game of performance-enhancing drugs.

Selig dismisses steroids criticism

Selig dismisses steroids criticism
SAN FRANCISCO - Commissioner Bud Selig is confident that baseball's new steroid policy will be in place when spring training opens next week and dismissed criticism that it does not go far enough to rid the game of performance-enhancing drugs.

Writer didn't bank on success of Georgia state song

Woman tries to sell 'naming rights' for her unborn baby
SYDNEY, Australia - Online auction site eBay on Wednesday axed an ad from a woman attempting to sell "naming rights" for her unborn baby girl for least $750,000.

Odds and Ends
VALENTINE, Texas - Love is getting stamped out in this tiny West Texas town.

Police put breaks on 'rolling keg party'
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Police found more than they bargained for when they stopped a U-Haul truck with a burned-out taillight.

Mohawk-wearing Idaho teen survives scalping
BOISE, Idaho - A member of a punk clique surrendered Wednesday for scalping another member, apparently as punishment for her disrespectful behavior toward women, police said.

Odds and Ends
GIBSONIA, Pa. - Corny as it sounds, a Cub Scout has set a national record for selling popcorn.

Odds and Ends
VALENTINE, Texas - Love is getting stamped out in this tiny West Texas town.

Police put breaks on 'rolling keg party'
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Police found more than they bargained for when they stopped a U-Haul truck with a burned-out taillight.

Man returns money bag he found in street
ROTHSCHILD, Wis. - Jon Jazdzewski made a valuable discovery while driving out of town for business.

Mohawk-wearing Idaho teen survives scalping
BOISE, Idaho - A member of a punk clique surrendered Wednesday for scalping another member, apparently as punishment for her disrespectful behavior toward women, police said.

Man returns money bag he found in street
ROTHSCHILD, Wis. - Jon Jazdzewski made a valuable discovery while driving out of town for business.

Rates on 30-year mortgages fall for sixth straight week
WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages fell for a sixth consecutive week as lower-than-expected employment gains helped keep the lid on inflation worries.

Poll calls area 'hot' spot for business
The Augusta-Aiken area joins cities ranging from Houston to Hattiesburg, Miss., as one of the nation's 50 best areas to locate a business.

Boral Bricks gets needed aid

Wal-Mart store in closing as workers near union contract
NEW YORK - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it will close one of its Canadian stores, just as some 200 workers at the location are near winning the first-ever union contract from the world's largest retailer.

Trade deficit hits record, pushed by oil, cars, food
WASHINGTON - The U.S. trade deficit ballooned to an all-time high of $617.7 billion last year, pushed by soaring oil prices and Americans' insatiable appetite for everything foreign, from cars to toys and food.

Hewlett-Packard CEO Fiorina steps down

Company pitches steel in home construction
Steel has been the framework in office buildings, stores and other commercial buildings for decades.

Hewlett-Packard CEO Fiorina steps down
NEW YORK - Carly Fiorina stepped down as chairman and chief executive of Hewlett-Packard Co., a surprise move at the company that she had steered from its roots in the printer business more deeply into computers, HP announced Wednesday.

Are cost cuts deep enough to save Krispy Kreme?

Bank of America companies settle charges of improper fund trading
WASHINGTON - Bank of America Corp.'s mutual-fund adviser company, brokerage and clearing firm have agreed to pay a total $375 million to settle regulators' charges of improper trading that hurt ordinary shareholders, authorities announced Wednesday.

Krispy Kreme shares plummet on worries
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Shares of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. plummeted further Thursday as analysts expressed uncertainty about the struggling company's near-term future.

Boral Bricks gets needed aid
For Boral Bricks Inc., making the product is only half the battle. With 1 million bricks produced daily at Boral's Augusta plant, the rest of the challenge becomes getting the product to the customer.

Bonds tank on better than expected unemployment data
NEW YORK - Bond prices sank Thursday on better than expected unemployment data.

Boral Bricks gets needed aid
For Boral Bricks Inc., making the product is only half the battle. With 1 million bricks produced daily at Boral's Augusta plant, the rest of the challenge becomes getting the product to the customer.

Chrysler profits gain traction
CHICAGO - The chief of DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group says the once-struggling division's turnaround is clear evidence that a strong vehicle lineup and a keen eye on expenses is key to success in the U.S. market.

Bank of America companies settle charges of improper fund trading
WASHINGTON - Bank of America Corp.'s mutual-fund adviser company, brokerage and clearing firm have agreed to pay a total $375 million to settle regulators' charges of improper trading that hurt ordinary shareholders, authorities announced Wednesday.

House accepts closed records
ATLANTA - Public access to records or meetings involving ongoing negotiations with potential industrial recruits would be cut off under a bill that easily passed the House on Wednesday.

State program receives new push
ATLANTA - A year ago, Columbia County officials made licensing for builders mandatory as a way to push for quality construction and provide customers with an outlet to complain.

Marketing clubs help farmers find way to generate cash

Chrysler profits gain traction
CHICAGO - The chief of DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group says the once-struggling division's turnaround is clear evidence that a strong vehicle lineup and a keen eye on expenses is key to success in the U.S. market.

Bank of America companies settle charges of improper fund trading

Wal-Mart store in closing as workers near union contract
NEW YORK - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it will close one of its Canadian stores, just as some 200 workers at the location are near winning the first-ever union contract from the world's largest retailer.

Company pitches steel in home construction
Steel has been the framework in office buildings, stores and other commercial buildings for decades.

Hewlett-Packard CEO Fiorina steps down
NEW YORK - Carly Fiorina stepped down as chairman and chief executive of Hewlett-Packard Co., a surprise move at the company that she had steered from its roots in the printer business more deeply into computers, HP announced Wednesday.

American Airlines to remove pillows to save money

Company pitches steel in home construction

American Airlines to remove pillows to save money
FORT WORTH, Texas - Perhaps this will soften the blow of American Airlines removing its pillows from most domestic flights next week: The blankets will still be there.

Chrysler profits gain traction

Are cost cuts deep enough to save Krispy Kreme?
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Jobs are being slashed. The corporate plane has been jettisoned.

Wal-Mart store in closing as workers near union contract

Marketing clubs help farmers find way to generate cash
BILLINGS, Mont. - Once a month, Phil Ferda drives 30 miles to meet with fellow farmers and ranchers to discuss work, the weather and ways to earn more money on cattle and grain.

Trade deficit hits record, pushed by oil, cars, food

American Airlines to remove pillows to save money
FORT WORTH, Texas - Perhaps this will soften the blow of American Airlines removing its pillows from most domestic flights next week: The blankets will still be there.

Krispy Kreme shares plummet on worries

Are cost cuts deep enough to save Krispy Kreme?
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Jobs are being slashed. The corporate plane has been jettisoned.

Bonds tank on better than expected unemployment data

Marketing clubs help farmers find way to generate cash
BILLINGS, Mont. - Once a month, Phil Ferda drives 30 miles to meet with fellow farmers and ranchers to discuss work, the weather and ways to earn more money on cattle and grain.

Bonds tank on better than expected unemployment data
NEW YORK - Bond prices sank Thursday on better than expected unemployment data.

Trade deficit hits record, pushed by oil, cars, food
WASHINGTON - The U.S. trade deficit ballooned to an all-time high of $617.7 billion last year, pushed by soaring oil prices and Americans' insatiable appetite for everything foreign, from cars to toys and food.

Krispy Kreme shares plummet on worries
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Shares of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. plummeted further Thursday as analysts expressed uncertainty about the struggling company's near-term future.

Jaguars' Barth streaks into team record book
HARTSVILLE, S.C. - Tired of the kidding from coach Skip Fite, Augusta State's Sam Barth finally had a breakout game. In the process, the Jaguars' senior catcher etched his name in school history.

Jaguars' Barth streaks into team record book

Jaguars' Barth streaks into team record book
HARTSVILLE, S.C. - Tired of the kidding from coach Skip Fite, Augusta State's Sam Barth finally had a breakout game. In the process, the Jaguars' senior catcher etched his name in school history.

USC Trojans undergo staff turnover
LOS ANGELES (AP ) - USC coach Pete Carroll faces a rebuilding job with the two-time defending national champion Trojans - not the team, the coaching staff.

USC Trojans undergo staff turnover

USC Trojans undergo staff turnover
LOS ANGELES (AP ) - USC coach Pete Carroll faces a rebuilding job with the two-time defending national champion Trojans - not the team, the coaching staff.

A glimmer of hope
No one can blame the jaded reaction among ordinary Palestinians and Israelis concerning the cease-fire agreed to Tuesday by their respective leaders, President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

On sacrifice and cuts
When the war on terror took center stage after 9-11, the president's critics ripped Bush for not asking the civilian population to sacrifice more as was done in other wars.

Life is a choice, too
Abortion. It seemingly can't be limited. Or questioned. Or fought. To the left, abortion is the ultimate sacrament.

Radical prevention, please

Radical prevention, please
These days, no bomb threat can be considered an idle one. Neither can the threat of punishment.

On sacrifice and cuts

Radical prevention, please
These days, no bomb threat can be considered an idle one. Neither can the threat of punishment.

On sacrifice and cuts
When the war on terror took center stage after 9-11, the president's critics ripped Bush for not asking the civilian population to sacrifice more as was done in other wars.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Jack White of the White Stripes nearly traded his signature red-and-white outfits for a priest's robe and collar.

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

Hot ticket
JERRY SEINFELDWHEN: 7 and 9:30 p.m. todayWHERE: Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte, N.C.

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.

Celebrity Birthdays
Celebrity birthdays for the week of Feb. 13-19:

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

Charles and Camilla marrying at last
LONDON - Thirty years after their first romance, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, both now graying divorcees, will finally wed in a civil ceremony and put the official seal on a relationship Princess Diana blamed for the breakdown of her marriage to the man who would be king.

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.

David Caruso's wife files for divorce
LOS ANGELES - "CSI: Miami" star David Caruso and his wife are splitting after eight years of marriage.

Colorful 'Tork' is fun for parents, kids
If you're a parent looking for a fun and funny game to play with your kids, try Tork: Prehistoric Punk for Xbox.

Open tab
Ready for the weekend? Here's a sampling of entertainment and specials at Aiken and Augusta area nightclubs and bistros:

Hot ticket
JERRY SEINFELD WHEN: 7 and 9:30 p.m. today WHERE: Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte, N.C.

'Simple Life' co-star Nicole Richie is engaged
NEW YORK - Life is becoming less simple for Nicole Richie.

'Simple Life' co-star Nicole Richie is engaged
NEW YORK - Life is becoming less simple for Nicole Richie.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Jack White of the White Stripes nearly traded his signature red-and-white outfits for a priest's robe and collar.

David Caruso's wife files for divorce
LOS ANGELES - "CSI: Miami" star David Caruso and his wife are splitting after eight years of marriage.

'NBA 2K5' scores a slam dunk
Balancing offense and defense is key to a great basketball video game. ESPN NBA 2K5 successfully blends excellent game play, stunning visuals and a solid amount of new features at a bargain price.

Celebrity Birthdays
Celebrity birthdays for the week of Feb. 13-19:

Colorful 'Tork' is fun for parents, kids
If you're a parent looking for a fun and funny game to play with your kids, try Tork: Prehistoric Punk for Xbox.

People in the News
NEW YORK - T-shirts. Everyone's got them, but no one has enough.

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

People in the News
NEW YORK - T-shirts. Everyone's got them, but no one has enough.

Fishing 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.

Frigid conditions are in store for pro anglers

Fishing 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.

Frigid conditions are in store for pro anglers
If you haven't had much success fishing Strom Thurmond Lake lately, you might want to be at Columbia County's Wildwood Park Mega Ramps Saturday to see how the pros do it.

Fishing tournament results

Frigid conditions are in store for pro anglers
If you haven't had much success fishing Strom Thurmond Lake lately, you might want to be at Columbia County's Wildwood Park Mega Ramps Saturday to see how the pros do it.

What's for Lunch: Harvest Table Buffet
HARVEST TABLE BUFFET1505 Gordon Highway

What's for Lunch: Harvest Table Buffet
HARVEST TABLE BUFFET 1505 Gordon Highway

What's for Lunch: Harvest Table Buffet

Is much of gardening based on folklore?
Oftentimes, gardening is all in the telling. We do things the same way generations before us did them or the way people with flourishing flowerbeds tell us they do them. Using banana peels to fertilize roses, for example. Planting vegetables by a waxing moon. Both are folkways handed down from parent to child, neighbor to neighbor.

Herbicides work best on weeds when weather is warmer

Architectural tricks boost space

Honey Bee Blue adds pizzazz
If you are like me, you're thinking the winter will never end. On the other hand, there are those lucky gardeners who are thinking about planting.

Is much of gardening based on folklore?
Oftentimes, gardening is all in the telling. We do things the same way generations before us did them or the way people with flourishing flowerbeds tell us they do them. Using banana peels to fertilize roses, for example. Planting vegetables by a waxing moon. Both are folkways handed down from parent to child, neighbor to neighbor.

Architectural tricks boost space
DALLAS - Landscape designer David Hocker goes for big gestures in small places. His eye likes the impact of in-your-face elements, while his pocketbook, one belonging to a young professional beginning his practice, takes less of a hit.

Architectural tricks boost space
DALLAS - Landscape designer David Hocker goes for big gestures in small places. His eye likes the impact of in-your-face elements, while his pocketbook, one belonging to a young professional beginning his practice, takes less of a hit.

Herbicides work best on weeds when weather is warmer
I wrote to you awhile back on controlling poa annua in my Bermuda grass lawn. I followed your advice on using atrazine to kill the poa annua during the winter but it doesn't appear to be doing anything to it. I followed the directions on the label. What am I doing wrong?

Herbicides work best on weeds when weather is warmer
I wrote to you awhile back on controlling poa annua in my Bermuda grass lawn. I followed your advice on using atrazine to kill the poa annua during the winter but it doesn't appear to be doing anything to it. I followed the directions on the label. What am I doing wrong?

Is much of gardening based on folklore?

N.C. State defeats Georgia Tech
ATLANTA - Marquetta Dickens scored 17 points and Ashley Key added 16 to lead No. 23 North Carolina State to an 83-59 victory over Georgia Tech on Thursday night.

Mickelson goes low again
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Phil Mickelson keeps hitting it long and going low.

Mickelson goes low again

Mickelson goes low again
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Phil Mickelson keeps hitting it long and going low.

Parker plans Laney return

Rivers ends career with loss

Horton's heart helps Rebels secure berth

Freshman sparks Bulldogs

'Pack bound for playoffs

Prep basketball scores

Spartans earn a playoff spot

Lady Rebels overwhelm Thomson

Thursday's prep basketball scores

Parker plans Laney return
If you're a Laney football fan, you can relax. Your football coach is safe for another year.

Dunn commits to Auburn
He was the big-time player the big-time teams passed on. Some claimed no more scholarships. Others took a wait-and-see approach.

Parker plans Laney return
If you're a Laney football fan, you can relax. Your football coach is safe for another year.

Bettman: NHL deal must be reached by weekend
NEW YORK - With just a little bit of hedging, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman all but issued a drop-dead date for saving what's left of the season: this weekend.

Writer didn't bank on success of Georgia state song
What was Stuart Gorrell thinking? In the early days of the Depression, the New York banker turned to a different profession - writing song lyrics.

Writer didn't bank on success of Georgia state song
What was Stuart Gorrell thinking? In the early days of the Depression, the New York banker turned to a different profession - writing song lyrics.

Avoid partisanship and back Rice
The U.S. Senate, by an overwhelming majority of 85-13, confirmed Dr. Condoleezza Rice to be our next secretary of state.Al Kotras, Augusta

Clamp down on frivolous lawsuits
I found two of your editorial pieces Jan. 30 to be very interesting. Too bad you didn't have them on the same page.John W. Sisson Jr., Evans

'Army brat' lauds Army hospital
I'm an "Army brat" who has spent a good portion of my life either waiting for my dad to return from a foreign post or following him to another military installation somewhere far from home. Hope Sims Eichfeld, Appling

Local college basketball excels
With talk today of steroids, bribes and greed in pro and college athletics, it is nice to know that we have two local colleges that play basketball the way it should be played. Robert S. Thurman, Evans

'Slavery' goes by another name
Regarding Robert Smock's letter Jan. 28 ("Democratic Party supported slavery"): He is slightly mistaken in his assertion that the Democratic Party supported slavery in the past. Judson DeLany, Evans

'Slavery' goes by another name

Clamp down on frivolous lawsuits
I found two of your editorial pieces Jan. 30 to be very interesting. Too bad you didn't have them on the same page.John W. Sisson Jr., Evans

Clamp down on frivolous lawsuits

Avoid partisanship and back Rice
The U.S. Senate, by an overwhelming majority of 85-13, confirmed Dr. Condoleezza Rice to be our next secretary of state.Al Kotras, Augusta

Eminent-domain bill should be scrapped
Regarding article "Eminent domain bill gets notice" (Feb. 1): In this article, state Sen. Dan Moody said, "It really helps in the legislative process if people will simply read a bill before they start to trash it." Brook Aiken, Evans

Avoid partisanship and back Rice

Local college basketball excels
With talk today of steroids, bribes and greed in pro and college athletics, it is nice to know that we have two local colleges that play basketball the way it should be played. Robert S. Thurman, Evans

Local college basketball excels

'Slavery' goes by another name
Regarding Robert Smock's letter Jan. 28 ("Democratic Party supported slavery"): He is slightly mistaken in his assertion that the Democratic Party supported slavery in the past. Judson DeLany, Evans

GM recalls nearly 200,000 vehicles for various defects

Dab of paint knowledge goes a long way

Chic get their turn on the runways in New York

Dots are hot

Jaguar, Mazda reveal new concept vehicles at shows

2005 SLK is hot ride on coldest day

Designer Anna Sui a hit with hip, wearable looks

Health experts recommended routine HIV testing

Rice gives Europe a stylish, intellectual image

Vera Wang brings her gowns to Fashion Week

2005 SLK is hot ride on coldest day
Who says convertibles are just for warm, sunny days?Not Mercedes-Benz, which sells two convertibles, each with a well-insulated, coupelike hardtop that retracts with the touch of a button.

Michael Kors offers modern pieces at Fashion Week
NEW YORK - Michael Kors' instructions to his models were to be glamorous and sporty. "Your Oscar is on the library shelf.... You out-ski the paparazzi" was written on a backstage poster the models would pass before stepping onto the runway.

Designer Anna Sui a hit with hip, wearable looks
NEW YORK - Anna Sui is a designer who knows how to have fun and it shows in her clothes, in her models' carefree attitude and on the smiling faces of those watching her fashion show held as part of New York Fashion Week.

Rice gives Europe a stylish, intellectual image
PARIS - It will take some doing to dispel the current European caricature of Americans and their president as being reckless and out of touch, but it doesn't hurt to speak French and wear a superbly cut suit while trying.

Vera Wang brings her gowns to Fashion Week
NEW YORK - There's a calmness and elegance to Vera Wang that translates so easily to her clothes.

Sarah Jessica Parker announces perfume deal
NEW YORK - Sarah Jessica Parker is putting the sweet smell of her success in a bottle.

GM recalls nearly 200,000 vehicles for various defects
DETROIT - General Motors Corp. is recalling nearly 200,000 vehicles because of safety defects with brakes, gas pedals and windshields, federal regulators said Thursday.

Health experts recommended routine HIV testing
Urging a major shift in U.S. policy, some health experts are recommending that virtually all Americans be tested routinely for the AIDS virus, much as they are for cancer and other diseases.

Dab of paint knowledge goes a long way
The Masters Tournament is only seven weeks away. Do you know where your paintbrush is?

Chic get their turn on the runways in New York
NEW YORK - Narciso Rodriguez and Roland Mouret might go down as the rebels of New York Fashion Week.

Designer Anna Sui a hit with hip, wearable looks
NEW YORK - Anna Sui is a designer who knows how to have fun and it shows in her clothes, in her models' carefree attitude and on the smiling faces of those watching her fashion show held as part of New York Fashion Week.

Rice gives Europe a stylish, intellectual image
PARIS - It will take some doing to dispel the current European caricature of Americans and their president as being reckless and out of touch, but it doesn't hurt to speak French and wear a superbly cut suit while trying.

Dab of paint knowledge goes a long way
The Masters Tournament is only seven weeks away. Do you know where your paintbrush is?

Health experts recommended routine HIV testing
Urging a major shift in U.S. policy, some health experts are recommending that virtually all Americans be tested routinely for the AIDS virus, much as they are for cancer and other diseases.

Jaguar, Mazda reveal new concept vehicles at shows
Take a close look at the concept Advanced Lightweight Coupe from Jaguar coming to the Chicago Auto Show, which will be staged today through Feb. 20.

Jaguar, Mazda reveal new concept vehicles at shows
Take a close look at the concept Advanced Lightweight Coupe from Jaguar coming to the Chicago Auto Show, which will be staged today through Feb. 20.

Dots are hot
Polka dots have come full circle. Handbag designer Kate Spade adores them. Nicole Kidman wore them to the Venice Film Festival. Hartmann even put them on a luxe line of luggage.

2005 SLK is hot ride on coldest day
Who says convertibles are just for warm, sunny days?Not Mercedes-Benz, which sells two convertibles, each with a well-insulated, coupelike hardtop that retracts with the touch of a button.

Vera Wang brings her gowns to Fashion Week
NEW YORK - There's a calmness and elegance to Vera Wang that translates so easily to her clothes.

Dots are hot
Polka dots have come full circle. Handbag designer Kate Spade adores them. Nicole Kidman wore them to the Venice Film Festival. Hartmann even put them on a luxe line of luggage.

GM recalls nearly 200,000 vehicles for various defects
DETROIT - General Motors Corp. is recalling nearly 200,000 vehicles because of safety defects with brakes, gas pedals and windshields, federal regulators said Thursday.

Chic get their turn on the runways in New York
NEW YORK - Narciso Rodriguez and Roland Mouret might go down as the rebels of New York Fashion Week.

Playoffs are still within Lynx's grasp
A lack of consistency this season has baffled Augusta Lynx coaches and players alike.

Playoffs are still within Lynx's grasp

Playoffs are still within Lynx's grasp
A lack of consistency this season has baffled Augusta Lynx coaches and players alike.

Davidson junior must work to keep balanced schedule
Cameron Brune is accustomed to a full schedule. "School keeps me busy," said Cameron, a junior at John S. Davidson Fine Arts School.

Police warn of scam artist
Police say the scam goes something like this: A man pays for a meal with a $100 bill and says he was given the wrong change - supposedly three $1 bills instead of three twenties.

Students learn basics in Spanish class
As a certified public accountant, Lynn Benson, of Augusta, said she doesn't want something such as a language barrier to keep her from communicating with customers.

Around the block
The Augusta chapter of the NAACP will hold its 42nd annual Ebony Fair at 8 p.m. Friday at Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St. The cost is $35, which includes a subscription to Ebony or Jet magazine. Proceeds will benefit Augusta NAACP scholarship programs. For tickets or for more information, call 724-0390.

Budget cuts put Augusta on alert
Proposed cuts in President Bush's budget would affect federally funded programs in Augusta as diverse as the Augusta Canal and housing help for AIDS patients.

Museum holds class to aid skills
Stocks, bonds, managing finances and the meaning of success were among the topics discussed at the second meeting of the new Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History program, Foundations.

Across the area

Woman's restoration work puts artists' works at home
Sometimes things have a way of falling into place. About a year ago, Jan Sanchez, a sculptor who lived in California for more than two decades, decided it was time to escape the overcrowding of her West Coast community. After visiting a friend in Augusta, she knew where she wanted to find refuge.

Relay team swims its last lap
For the past three school years, Westside High School swim relay team members Amber Lovett, Grace Hudson, Ginny Miller and Maggie Centers have practiced at least five days a week, but this week's practice has been different.

Student strives to do his best in every aspect of life
Earl Stewart, a senior at A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering High School, has a goal.

Across Georgia
ATHENS - Charlayne Hunter-Gault, one of the first black students at the University of Georgia, says a racist quote in a dormitory mural commemorating the university's desegregation should not be removed.

Service pays tribute to 4 heroic chaplains
It was a day to remember four men who embodied the Army's spirit of selfless service.

Around the block
The Augusta chapter of the NAACP will hold its 42nd annual Ebony Fair at 8 p.m. Friday at Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St. The cost is $35, which includes a subscription to Ebony or Jet magazine. Proceeds will benefit Augusta NAACP scholarship programs. For tickets or for more information, call 724-0390.

Pupils get feel for history during heritage celebration

Budget cuts put Augusta on alert
Proposed cuts in President Bush's budget would affect federally funded programs in Augusta as diverse as the Augusta Canal and housing help for AIDS patients.

Correction

This week

Student strives to do his best in every aspect of life

Ninety-two cats discovered in home
Linda Fulmer said it was unlike anything she had ever seen: cats scurrying everywhere, in kitchen cabinets, on the kitchen table and even inside closed closets in upstairs bedrooms. Ninety-two in all.

Across the region

Across the region
WASHINGTON - A shake-up in the House panel that directs federal spending projects has stripped one of the most coveted congressional posts from Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston.

Museum holds class to aid skills

Officials will wait for vote on arena
Officials with the organization Augusta Entertainment LLC told members of a Columbia County arena committee Thursday night that they intend to give Richmond County one final chance at a new arena.

On the record

Police warn of scam artist
Police say the scam goes something like this: A man pays for a meal with a $100 bill and says he was given the wrong change - supposedly three $1 bills instead of three twenties.

Around the block

This week
CELEBRATE! MUSIC OF ELLA AND SATCHMO: Pops! at the Bell, 8 p.m. today; Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; $10-$40; 826-4705

News you can use
Today in regional history:

Librarian retires with plan to work in school systems
There are a lot of things that Fred Danes will miss about working at Fort Gordon's Woodworth Library, including the quirky building itself.

Events
ST. VALENTINE'S DAY GALA ART AND WINE EXHIBITION: 6-10 p.m. Friday; The Ritz Carlton Lodge, Lake Oconee, Madison, Ga.; music, wine, hors d'oeuvres, art available for purchase; $60, $50 for museum members; (706) 342-8320

Rain soaks the city
Two rubber duckies sit on rain-saturated carpet inside the atrium at the Law Enforcement Center on Walton Way.

Reunions
This listing runs as space is available. For information to be published, please include the date of the reunion:

Freshman legislators find way at Capitol
ATLANTA -- If there's one thing that's bipartisan at the Capi¤tol, freshman Sen. Jeff Chapman has found, it's the willingness to lend a hand to one of the new faces under the Gold Dome.

Aiken landmarks may receive historic designation

Woman's restoration work puts artists' works at home

Energy Department cuts lab funding

MOX plant hits 1-year delay

Davidson junior must work to keep balanced schedule

Rain soaks the city

County works on preservation goal

Meetings
SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS: 6 p.m. today; Bobby's Barbecue Buffet, 1897 Jefferson Davis Highway, Warrenville; with Rob Chumbley; free, charge for optional meal; 648-6072

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Victims rally on eve of tort reform vote

Officials want tax plan limits
Sales tax talks resumed Thursday with Augusta commissioners basically agreeing the tax package that will go before voters Nov. 8 should have a lower price tag and shorter duration than last year's failed effort.

Bill gets House's approval

Pilot spreads passion for flight
Neither of Jamail Larkins' parents had experience with aviation or aerospace, nor did he ever have a friend or mentor propelling him upward.

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Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies erroneously stated in a Feb. 2 incident report that an Augusta caterer faced charges of credit fraud in connection with a couple who he said has refused to pay part of a catering bill from a November wedding.

Officials want tax plan limits

Drivers may get to tout NASCAR
ATLANTA - If you're a Bill Elliott fan in Georgia, you can show your support on a T-shirt. If you want to memorialize Dale Earnhardt, you can get a No. 3 sticker for your window.

Augusta requests addition of lane

News you can use
- Monday is the deadline for voter registration in Columbia County for a March 15 special election on a 1-cent sales tax referendum for the Columbia County School Board.

School board moves principals

Four face charges in theft of checks
North Augusta authorities arrested four men alleged to be part of an out-of-state forgery ring Tuesday after one of the men went to a West Martintown Road bank twice in five days to cash stolen checks.

Police seek 3 offenders in registry case

School board moves principals
Principal Paula Baker and several teachers at C.T. Walker Traditional Magnet School will be transferred to other schools over the summer, ending two years of tension between Ms. Baker and teachers at the award-winning school, Superintendent Charles Larke said Thursday.

Across the area

Pupils get feel for history during heritage celebration
A line of Freedom Park Elementary School fourth- and fifth-graders and their teachers, Dana Alfano and Jamie Bates, filed through rooms in the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson on Friday, led by a tour guide who pointed out a chamber pot underneath a bed and explained the lack of indoor plumbing.

Ninety-two cats discovered in home

Events
ST. VALENTINE'S DAY GALA ART AND WINE EXHIBITION: 6-10 p.m. Friday; The Ritz Carlton Lodge, Lake Oconee, Madison, Ga.; music, wine, hors d'oeuvres, art available for purchase; $60, $50 for museum members; (706) 342-8320

Budget slashes funding for lab at nuclear site

Woman's restoration work puts artists' works at home
Sometimes things have a way of falling into place. About a year ago, Jan Sanchez, a sculptor who lived in California for more than two decades, decided it was time to escape the overcrowding of her West Coast community. After visiting a friend in Augusta, she knew where she wanted to find refuge.

Across South Carolina

On the record
Public records from the Richmond County courts.

Democrats block faith-based amendment

Kid of the Day
Jazmin Loranzie MacKendree is today's Kid of the Day.

5th-grader wins county spelling bee

Future Farmers adapt to changes in agriculture field
AIKEN - As rain hammered the thin plastic roof of the Aiken High School greenhouse Wednesday morning, agriculture students inside were wrist-deep in potting soil.

Report issues guidelines on pupils' exercise

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies were still looking Thursday for a man wanted in the shooting death of an 18-year-old outside a Wrightsboro Road bar last weekend.

Drivers may get to tout NASCAR

Police warn of scam artist

Across Georgia

Fifth-graders learn lessons about saving money

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Pet of the week

Drawing attention

Road extension can begin soon

Bomb threats result in strict policies

Car crashes into gas pump

Freshman legislators find way at Capitol

Librarian retires with plan to work in school systems

Fifth-graders learn lessons about saving money
As pellets of rain pounded the roof of Martinez Elementary School on Wednesday morning, the notion of saving up for a rainy day took on new meaning for a group of fifth-graders.

Budget slashes funding for lab at nuclear site
For Savannah River Site supporters who hoped to turn its national laboratory into a research engine for job growth, President Bush's budget request to Congress is a cold slap of reality.

Car crashes into gas pump
Emergency officials responded to an Exxon gas station in the 2700 block of Peach Orchard after a car crashed into a gas pump unit, partially ripping the unit from its bearings and tipping it against a second vehicle and a metal barrier.

Leaders seek earlier William Few widening

County works on preservation goal
The goal is to have one-fifth of Columbia County's land preserved as green space.

Future Farmers adapt to changes in agriculture field

Librarian retires with plan to work in school systems
There are a lot of things that Fred Danes will miss about working at Fort Gordon's Woodworth Library, including the quirky building itself.

Augusta requests addition of lane
Clusters of crosses planted firmly in the ground along Mike Padgett Highway are a constant reminder to Jimmy Smith that accidents there have claimed far too many lives.

Davidson junior must work to keep balanced schedule
Cameron Brune is accustomed to a full schedule. "School keeps me busy," said Cameron, a junior at John S. Davidson Fine Arts School.

Bill gets House's approval
The reaction in Augusta was like much of the debate before the malpractice reform bill passed: dire warnings for victims if it did, dire warnings for doctors and hospitals if it didn't.

Correction
Because of incorrect information filed in the clerk of Superior Court's office, the status of Robin L. Arrington and Berry M. Arrington's divorce was incorrectly listed in the Jan. 6 Richmond County Neighbors. Their divorce has not yet been finalized. The Chronicle regrets the error.

Report issues guidelines on pupils' exercise
Brooklynn Hibbard and Cassie Cisco actually cheer when told they might have to take physical education all the way through high school and exercise an hour a day.

Road extension can begin soon
Now that Commissioner Harold Linnenkohl of the Georgia Department of Transportation has approved shifting funding from a project on Wrightsboro Road to the $25 million extension of St. Sebastian Way, right-of-way on the highly anticipated St. Sebastian project finally is being acquired.

Pupils get feel for history during heritage celebration
A line of Freedom Park Elementary School fourth- and fifth-graders and their teachers, Dana Alfano and Jamie Bates, filed through rooms in the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson on Friday, led by a tour guide who pointed out a chamber pot underneath a bed and explained the lack of indoor plumbing.

Future Farmers adapt to changes in agriculture field
AIKEN - As rain hammered the thin plastic roof of the Aiken High School greenhouse Wednesday morning, agriculture students inside were wrist-deep in potting soil.

Board to consider start date for school
When should school begin for Richmond County pupils this fall? Aug. 5 or Aug. 15?

Lakeside has 2 winners for 2nd time in 2 years
Two Lakeside High School seniors were recognized Thursday as Columbia County's STAR students.

Correction
A story in Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about the Graniteville train accident misidentified Rodney Johnson, an Avondale Mills employee who has been credited with saving several co-workers during the Jan. 6 chlorine release.

Bomb threats result in strict policies
The rash of bomb threats has given the Richmond County Board of Education a short fuse.

Victims rally on eve of tort reform vote
ATLANTA - When the House votes today on measures to restrict medical malpractice lawsuits, it could come down to a choice between the views of people such as Elizabeth Belcher and Lykia Wilson on one side or people such as Billie Jackson on the other.

Democrats block faith-based amendment
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue suffered a major legislative setback Thursday when the Republican-led Senate failed to pass an initiative he supported that would guarantee state money to religious organizations that serve the needy.

Pet of the week
Billy, an 8-month-old male German shepherd mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

MOX plant hits 1-year delay
Among the nuggets of information spilling from President Bush's budget request to Congress is news of a year delay in the construction of a $1.6 billion plant that will convert weapons-grade plutonium into nuclear power plant fuel.

Leaders seek earlier William Few widening
Columbia County leaders are trying to bump up a major road project extending William Few Parkway, which they say has become dangerously congested near three public schools.

Drawing attention
An inflatable Statue of Liberty bends over backward in the wind as Jesse Brooks (left), hanging onto his hat, and co-worker William Stalvey smile and wave to passing motorists along Wrightsboro Road to advertise for Liberty Income Tax.

Board investigates principal's actions
The principal of Glenn Hills Middle School is in hot water for not evacuating pupils during a bomb threat Wednesday, school district spokeswoman Mechelle Jordan said.

Drivers may get to tout NASCAR
ATLANTA - If you're a Bill Elliott fan in Georgia, you can show your support on a T-shirt. If you want to memorialize Dale Earnhardt, you can get a No. 3 sticker for your window.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Officials want tax plan limits
Sales tax talks resumed Thursday with Augusta commissioners basically agreeing the tax package that will go before voters Nov. 8 should have a lower price tag and shorter duration than last year's failed effort.

On the record
Public records from the Richmond County courts.

Ninety-two cats discovered in home
Linda Fulmer said it was unlike anything she had ever seen: cats scurrying everywhere, in kitchen cabinets, on the kitchen table and even inside closed closets in upstairs bedrooms. Ninety-two in all.

Preparing for Lent
The Rev. Greg Porterfield administers ashes to Al Praitano at Wesley United Methodist Church in Evans.

Bill gets House's approval
The reaction in Augusta was like much of the debate before the malpractice reform bill passed: dire warnings for victims if it did, dire warnings for doctors and hospitals if it didn't.

Rain soaks the city
Two rubber duckies sit on rain-saturated carpet inside the atrium at the Law Enforcement Center on Walton Way.

Aiken landmarks may receive historic designation
AIKEN - With its shiplap siding and brick foundation, the Hopelands Gardens' Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame Museum is a prime example of the picturesque buildings that dotted several Winter Colony estates during the early 19th century.

Soldiers receive lifesaving training in class
On the battlefield, the first responder to a wounded soldier is not always a medic or emergency medical technician.

Democrats block faith-based amendment
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue suffered a major legislative setback Thursday when the Republican-led Senate failed to pass an initiative he supported that would guarantee state money to religious organizations that serve the needy.

Road extension can begin soon
Now that Commissioner Harold Linnenkohl of the Georgia Department of Transportation has approved shifting funding from a project on Wrightsboro Road to the $25 million extension of St. Sebastian Way, right-of-way on the highly anticipated St. Sebastian project finally is being acquired.

Budget slashes funding for lab at nuclear site
For Savannah River Site supporters who hoped to turn its national laboratory into a research engine for job growth, President Bush's budget request to Congress is a cold slap of reality.

5th-grader wins county spelling bee
Southside Elementary School fifth-grader Solange Kangudja needed to spell just four words correctly to polish off her competition in the Richmond County Board of Education Spelling Bee on Thursday.

Budget cuts put Augusta on alert

Boys from Murphey Middle have successful year on hardwood
Murphey Middle School's boys basketball team slam-dunked its 5-5 record from last year.

Correction

Bomb threats result in strict policies
The rash of bomb threats has given the Richmond County Board of Education a short fuse.

This week
CELEBRATE! MUSIC OF ELLA AND SATCHMO: Pops! at the Bell, 8 p.m. today; Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; $10-$40; 826-4705

Drawing attention
An inflatable Statue of Liberty bends over backward in the wind as Jesse Brooks (left), hanging onto his hat, and co-worker William Stalvey smile and wave to passing motorists along Wrightsboro Road to advertise for Liberty Income Tax.

News you can use

Police seek 3 offenders in registry case
Richmond County sheriff's deputies have arrested one man they accuse of not complying with the state's sex offender registry laws, but are still looking for three other suspected violators, officials said Thursday.

Kid of the Day
Jazmin Loranzie MacKendree is today's Kid of the Day.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Dozens of birds, drunk from eating holly berries, crashed into an office building and died earlier this week.

Energy Department cuts lab funding
One of the nation's oldest environmental research sites is earmarked for possible closure this fall, based on the U.S. Energy Department's proposed fiscal 2006 budget -which eliminates funding for Savannah River Ecology Lab.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies were still looking Thursday for a man wanted in the shooting death of an 18-year-old outside a Wrightsboro Road bar last weekend.

Augusta requests addition of lane
Clusters of crosses planted firmly in the ground along Mike Padgett Highway are a constant reminder to Jimmy Smith that accidents there have claimed far too many lives.

MOX plant hits 1-year delay
Among the nuggets of information spilling from President Bush's budget request to Congress is news of a year delay in the construction of a $1.6 billion plant that will convert weapons-grade plutonium into nuclear power plant fuel.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Victims rally on eve of tort reform vote
ATLANTA - When the House votes today on measures to restrict medical malpractice lawsuits, it could come down to a choice between the views of people such as Elizabeth Belcher and Lykia Wilson on one side or people such as Billie Jackson on the other.

5th-grader wins county spelling bee
Southside Elementary School fifth-grader Solange Kangudja needed to spell just four words correctly to polish off her competition in the Richmond County Board of Education Spelling Bee on Thursday.

Report issues guidelines on pupils' exercise
Brooklynn Hibbard and Cassie Cisco actually cheer when told they might have to take physical education all the way through high school and exercise an hour a day.

Police seek 3 offenders in registry case
Richmond County sheriff's deputies have arrested one man they accuse of not complying with the state's sex offender registry laws, but are still looking for three other suspected violators, officials said Thursday.

Relay team swims its last lap
For the past three school years, Westside High School swim relay team members Amber Lovett, Grace Hudson, Ginny Miller and Maggie Centers have practiced at least five days a week, but this week's practice has been different.

News you can use
- Monday is the deadline for voter registration in Columbia County for a March 15 special election on a 1-cent sales tax referendum for the Columbia County School Board.

Meetings
SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS: 6 p.m. today; Bobby's Barbecue Buffet, 1897 Jefferson Davis Highway, Warrenville; with Rob Chumbley; free, charge for optional meal; 648-6072

Freshman legislators find way at Capitol
ATLANTA -- If there's one thing that's bipartisan at the Capitol, freshman Sen. Jeff Chapman has found, it's the willingness to lend a hand to one of the new faces under the Gold Dome.

Pet of the week
Billy, an 8-month-old male German shepherd mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Dozens of birds, drunk from eating holly berries, crashed into an office building and died earlier this week.

Museum holds class to aid skills
Stocks, bonds, managing finances and the meaning of success were among the topics discussed at the second meeting of the new Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History program, Foundations.

Across Georgia
ATHENS - Charlayne Hunter-Gault, one of the first black students at the University of Georgia, says a racist quote in a dormitory mural commemorating the university's desegregation should not be removed.

Students learn basics in Spanish class
As a certified public accountant, Lynn Benson, of Augusta, said she doesn't want something such as a language barrier to keep her from communicating with customers.

Correction
A story in Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about the Graniteville train accident misidentified Rodney Johnson, an Avondale Mills employee who has been credited with saving several co-workers during the Jan. 6 chlorine release.

Student strives to do his best in every aspect of life
Earl Stewart, a senior at A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering High School, has a goal.

Board to consider start date for school
When should school begin for Richmond County pupils this fall? Aug. 5 or Aug. 15?

Correction
Because of incorrect information filed in the clerk of Superior Court's office, the status of Robin L. Arrington and Berry M. Arrington's divorce was incorrectly listed in the Jan. 6 Richmond County Neighbors. Their divorce has not yet been finalized. The Chronicle regrets the error.

Fifth-graders learn lessons about saving money
As pellets of rain pounded the roof of Martinez Elementary School on Wednesday morning, the notion of saving up for a rainy day took on new meaning for a group of fifth-graders.

Richmond County school menu
TODAY: Breakfast burrito with salsa, fruit or juice and milk *Sausage biscuit and hash browns

Car crashes into gas pump
Emergency officials responded to an Exxon gas station in the 2700 block of Peach Orchard after a car crashed into a gas pump unit, partially ripping the unit from its bearings and tipping it against a second vehicle and a metal barrier.

News you can use
Today in regional history:

County works on preservation goal
The goal is to have one-fifth of Columbia County's land preserved as green space.

Lakeside has 2 winners for 2nd time in 2 years

Preparing for Lent
The Rev. Greg Porterfield administers ashes to Al Praitano at Wesley United Methodist Church in Evans.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies erroneously stated in a Feb. 2 incident report that an Augusta caterer faced charges of credit fraud in connection with a couple who he said has refused to pay part of a catering bill from a November wedding.

Kid of the Day
Leslie Faye Crosby is today's Kid of the Day.

Across the region
WASHINGTON - A shake-up in the House panel that directs federal spending projects has stripped one of the most coveted congressional posts from Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston.

Relay team swims its last lap

Leaders seek earlier William Few widening
Columbia County leaders are trying to bump up a major road project extending William Few Parkway, which they say has become dangerously congested near three public schools.

Kid of the Day

Board investigates principal's actions
The principal of Glenn Hills Middle School is in hot water for not evacuating pupils during a bomb threat Wednesday, school district spokeswoman Mechelle Jordan said.

Board investigates principal's actions

Panel modifies abortion bill
ATLANTA - A proposed law that would allow the father or grandparents of an aborted fetus to file a lawsuit against the doctor who performed the abortion was modified Thursday by lawmakers because of fears that the legislation could give rapists the right to sue.

Events

Bush wants future for SRS screenings
AIKEN - A medical screening program for potentially sick Savannah River Site workers that was supposed to close at the end of September would stay open an additional year under a recent request by President Bush.

Meetings

Richmond County school menu
TODAY: Breakfast burrito with salsa, fruit or juice and milk *Sausage biscuit and hash browns<

Richmond County school menu

Energy Department cuts lab funding
One of the nation's oldest environmental research sites is earmarked for possible closure this fall, based on the U.S. Energy Department's proposed fiscal 2006 budget -which eliminates funding for Savannah River Ecology Lab.

Board to consider start date for school

School board moves principals
Principal Paula Baker and several teachers at C.T. Walker Traditional Magnet School will be transferred to other schools over the summer, ending two years of tension between Ms. Baker and teachers at the award-winning school, Superintendent Charles Larke said Thursday.

Students learn basics in Spanish class

Lakeside has 2 winners for 2nd time in 2 years
Two Lakeside High School seniors were recognized Thursday as Columbia County's STAR students.

Preparing for Lent

Aiken landmarks may receive historic designation
AIKEN - With its shiplap siding and brick foundation, the Hopelands Gardens' Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame Museum is a prime example of the picturesque buildings that dotted several Winter Colony estates during the early 19th century.

Golden Bear's Augusta swan song remains uncertain
Arnold Palmer played his 50th and final Masters Tournament last April at age 74.

Perfect endings are all that matter
You could say these three basketball teams have nothing in common.

Golden Bear's Augusta swan song remains uncertain
Arnold Palmer played his 50th and final Masters Tournament last April at age 74.

Perfect endings are all that matter
You could say these three basketball teams have nothing in common.

Mini-reviews

'Passion' is golden despite alleged Oscar slight
Billboards around Hollywood's Kodak Theatre are being dressed for Oscar.

Take note of many lessons to be learned
At the risk of sounding like an After School Special, I'd like to put forth the following proposition: Education can be fun.

'Passion' is golden despite alleged Oscar slight
Billboards around Hollywood's Kodak Theatre are being dressed for Oscar.

Take note of many lessons to be learned

Mini-reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

'Passion' is golden despite alleged Oscar slight

At the Movies: 'Pooh's Heffalump Movie'
Cute, cuddly, wholesome and well-intentioned - all this you'd expect from a movie starring Winnie the Pooh and Co.

At the Movies: 'Born Into Brothels'
Similar to "Hotel Rwanda," "Born Into Brothels" is a film that richly deserves to be seen, and yet it's an incredibly hard sell.

At the Movies: 'Hitch'
Will Smith waited a long time to bring his bottomless charisma to a romantic comedy. He should have waited longer, at least until the many hitches were ironed out of "Hitch," an occasionally cute trifle that had all the ingredients to be a great date flick.

Take note of many lessons to be learned
At the risk of sounding like an After School Special, I'd like to put forth the following proposition: Education can be fun.

At the Movies: 'Born Into Brothels'
Similar to "Hotel Rwanda," "Born Into Brothels" is a film that richly deserves to be seen, and yet it's an incredibly hard sell.

Will Smith the real star in 'Shark Tale'
Director Martin Scorsese and actor Robert De Niro have made many movies together, including Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas and Casino. But the duo can be seen in a much different light - in fact, with gills - in Shark Tale, the animated musical comedy released on DVD this week (DreamWorks Home Entertainment, $19.95, rated PG).

At the Movies: 'Hitch'
Will Smith waited a long time to bring his bottomless charisma to a romantic comedy. He should have waited longer, at least until the many hitches were ironed out of "Hitch," an occasionally cute trifle that had all the ingredients to be a great date flick.

Will Smith the real star in 'Shark Tale'
Director Martin Scorsese and actor Robert De Niro have made many movies together, including Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas and Casino. But the duo can be seen in a much different light - in fact, with gills - in Shark Tale, the animated musical comedy released on DVD this week (DreamWorks Home Entertainment, $19.95, rated PG).

At the Movies: 'Pooh's Heffalump Movie'
Cute, cuddly, wholesome and well-intentioned - all this you'd expect from a movie starring Winnie the Pooh and Co.

Will Smith the real star in 'Shark Tale'

At the Movies: 'Hitch'

At the Movies: 'Born Into Brothels'

At the Movies: 'Pooh's Heffalump Movie'

Mini-reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

Kanye West leads the Grammy pack

Q&A: The Killers create a 'Hot Fuss'
NEW YORK - The Killers' lead singer looks like he stepped out of a 1980s time warp with the eyeliner, the pressed suit and tie and the lipstick, er, lip gloss.

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.

Five Eight still seeks breakout success

Top 20 Concert Tours

Sonic Spotlight: Jordon Leopard
Jordon Leopard AGE: 26 HOMETOWN: Augusta

Five Eight still seeks breakout success
Seventeen years is a long time to be the Next Big Thing. For Athens, Ga., act Five Eight, though, that's been the story. Once considered heirs to the indie rock throne left vacant by R.E.M., and then Nirvana, the band has been lauded by critics, applauded by faithful fans, but it never quite managed to break big.

Five Eight still seeks breakout success
Seventeen years is a long time to be the Next Big Thing. For Athens, Ga., act Five Eight, though, that's been the story. Once considered heirs to the indie rock throne left vacant by R.E.M., and then Nirvana, the band has been lauded by critics, applauded by faithful fans, but it never quite managed to break big.

Tribute to music great is tough work

Tribute to music great is tough work
Patti Austin's career reads like a history of popular music.

Kanye West leads the Grammy pack
NEW YORK - Kanye or Green Day? Usher or Ray? The Grammys are back Sunday with a number of exciting contests, led by Kanye West against... himself.

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.

Kanye West leads the Grammy pack
NEW YORK - Kanye or Green Day? Usher or Ray? The Grammys are back Sunday with a number of exciting contests, led by Kanye West against... himself.

Doobie Brothers drummer dies at 56
SAN FRANCISCO - Keith Knudsen, the longtime Doobie Brothers drummer who was part of the band during a string of hits that included "Taking it to the Streets" and "Black Water," died of pneumonia Tuesday. He was 56.

Q&A: The Killers create a 'Hot Fuss'

Tribute to music great is tough work
Patti Austin's career reads like a history of popular music.

Q&A: The Killers create a 'Hot Fuss'
NEW YORK - The Killers' lead singer looks like he stepped out of a 1980s time warp with the eyeliner, the pressed suit and tie and the lipstick, er, lip gloss.

Newsmaker: Chip Ganassi
Chip Ganassi has fielded championship teams in the CART Champ Car Series and the Grand American Road Racing Series. All that's missing is a title in NASCAR.

Shootout exhibits racing's top shelf
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Budweiser Shootout all-star race at Daytona International Speedway has been more than an exhibition that kicks off the stock car season. It has provided an interesting look into the Daytona 500, as well as the championship.

Newsmaker: Chip Ganassi

Equipment tests draw crowd
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Smaller spoilers and softer tires were supposed to be a big reason why 42 teams tested last week at Las Vegas and California. But no reason was more important than the competitive nature of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series itself.

Shootout exhibits racing's top shelf

Newsmaker: Chip Ganassi
Chip Ganassi has fielded championship teams in the CART Champ Car Series and the Grand American Road Racing Series. All that's missing is a title in NASCAR.

Shootout exhibits racing's top shelf
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Budweiser Shootout all-star race at Daytona International Speedway has been more than an exhibition that kicks off the stock car season. It has provided an interesting look into the Daytona 500, as well as the championship.

Equipment tests draw crowd

Equipment tests draw crowd
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Smaller spoilers and softer tires were supposed to be a big reason why 42 teams tested last week at Las Vegas and California. But no reason was more important than the competitive nature of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series itself.

Pacers top Bobcats
INDIANAPOLIS - Jermaine O'Neal had 29 points and 10 rebounds, Stephen Jackson scored 22 and the Indiana Pacers beat the Charlotte Bobcats 94-87 Wednesday night.

Owens, Seymour will sit out Pro Bowl

N.Y. mayor fights for a new football stadium

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Mr. Ben Roberts    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Rosie B. Downs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Fletcher Ramsey    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lois Bates    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Jeanette Parrish    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lois Calver Taylor    (STATESBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Frances V. Pierce    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Wilhemenia Labron    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mr. Fletcher Ramsey    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. LeRoy Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Arthur Reid    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles H. Glover    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Tonya Renee Allen    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Lucille L. Cunningham    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Roosevelt Riley, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Bush, Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Ben Roberts    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Petra Baehr Saunders    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Evelyn M. Scott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marjorie Stanley    (HEPZHIBAH, Ga.)
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Miss Marian Sheahan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Destiny Leanne Cawley    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Geraldine H. Strang    (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Lucille L. Cunningham    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. John J. Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Horace Smith    (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Mr. Gromyko Turman    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Myrtle Steen Haley    (SUMTER, S.C.)

Mr. John Strickland    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. John Thompson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrtle Steen Haley    (SUMTER, S.C.)
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Mr. Gromyko Turman    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Horace Smith    (TIGNALL, Ga.)
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Mrs. Elise Q. Norton    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Roosevelt Riley, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. John J. Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Reid    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Elma B. Wortham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances V. Pierce    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Miss Beulah "Honey" Williams    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Peakie Pearl Cotter    (GREAT NECK LONG ISLAND, N.Y.)
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Mr. Henry L. Mims, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Evelyn Newsome    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Miss Beulah "Honey" Williams    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. William S. McEliece    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lois Bates    (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Elise Q. Norton    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Pauline Attaway    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Ella Lassiter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. John Thompson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jed Joseph Bazemore    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mr. James Simmons    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Reba Johnson Phillips    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ellen Pough Smith    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Wade Jackson    (GIBSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Jeanette Parrish    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Daisy Harmon    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Raymond A. Nutting, Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Belinda Evans    (BRONX, N.Y.)
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Mr. Thomas Mead    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosie B. Downs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Samuel Lewis, Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary C. Danner    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. LaRue H. Holley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Hershel Collins    (WADLEY, Ga.)
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Mrs. Daisy Harmon    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Ms. Dorothy Auman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Rosie B. Downs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Bates    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Miss Kathryn Williams    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mrs. Daisy Ashley Newsome    (TRENTON, S.C.)
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Mr. James Simmons    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Charles Rembert    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Dorothy Auman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William S. McEliece    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Miss Kathryn Williams    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Carrie Louise Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marjorie Stanley    (HEPZHIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Estella Roberson    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Reba J. Phillips    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Elouise Perkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Daisy Ashley Newsome    (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Rembert    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jed Joseph Bazemore    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Reba Johnson Phillips    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Maddox    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. LeRoy Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wade Jackson    (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mr. Wade Jackson    (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Eva Holbrook    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ola Hartsell Morgan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Judith Floyd    (LAVONIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Daisy Harmon    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Calver Taylor    (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Charles H. Glover    (EVANS, Ga.)

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Ms. Belinda Evans    (BRONX, N.Y.)

Mrs. Estella Roberson    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Irene Enright    (AFFTON, MO.)

Mrs. Ellen Pough Smith    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Rosie B. Downs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pauline Attaway    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Wilhemenia Labron    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. John H. Perdue    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Thomas Mead (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Elouise Perkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Irene Enright (AFFTON, MO.)

Mrs. Lucille L. Cunningham (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Geraldine H. Strang (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Miss Beulah "Honey" Williams (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Louise Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Maddox (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Roosevelt Riley, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jeanette Parrish (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Gromyko Turman (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Judith Floyd (LAVONIA, Ga.)

Mr. William S. McEliece (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. LeRoy Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Peakie Pearl Cotter (GREAT NECK LONG ISLAND, N.Y.)

Mr. Robert Bush, Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Belinda Evans (BRONX, N.Y.)

Mr. John Thompson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John H. Perdue (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pauline Attaway (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Fletcher Ramsey (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Daisy Harmon (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. John Thompson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ola Hartsell Morgan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Wilhemenia Labron (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Wade Jackson (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Eva Holbrook (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Marian Sheahan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Ben Roberts (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Charles H. Glover (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Petra Baehr Saunders (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Daisy Harmon (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary C. Danner (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Horace Smith (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Mrs. LaRue H. Holley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Reid (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wade Jackson (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Newsome (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosie B. Downs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Reba Johnson Phillips (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Calver Taylor (STATESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ellen Pough Smith (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Destiny Leanne Cawley (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Rembert (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ella Lassiter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Jeanette Parrish (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Elma B. Wortham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John J. Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Tonya Renee Allen (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Jed Joseph Bazemore (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Miss Kathryn Williams (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Falinda Cofer Green (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Dorothy Auman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosie B. Downs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marjorie Stanley (HEPZHIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances V. Pierce (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Bates (JACKSON, S.C.)

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

Mr. Raymond A. Nutting, Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Elise Q. Norton (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Daisy Ashley Newsome (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Estella Roberson (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrtle Steen Haley (SUMTER, S.C.)

France's fairy tale film is up for an Oscar
PARIS - The motley collection of young boys in short pants and suspenders makes for unlikely stars. But their bell-like voices supply the soul of a story that has swept French movie theaters, surprising hard-nosed critics and the director himself.

Oscar 'Class of 77' production crew gets ready
LOS ANGELES - Hands shot up as producer Gil Cates polled about 200 co-workers on which of them had at least 15 Academy Awards shows under their belts.

France's fairy tale film is up for an Oscar

France's fairy tale film is up for an Oscar
PARIS - The motley collection of young boys in short pants and suspenders makes for unlikely stars. But their bell-like voices supply the soul of a story that has swept French movie theaters, surprising hard-nosed critics and the director himself.

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Georgian dashes to century mark

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Georgian dashes to century mark
After Joyce Hodges-Hite hit the halfway point of her 100th marathon Saturday in Savannah, Ga., in record time, she slowed down a bit.

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Emmett Turner tied the Augusta State 18-hole school record with 8-under-par 64 as Augusta State shot 18-under 270 to place third after the first round of the Waikoloa Intercollegiate in Waikoloa, Hawaii.

Area Announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number.

Overtime
Augusta State's "big three" came through again in the second round of the Waikoloa Intercollegiate in Waikoloa, Hawaii, but the No. 4- and 5 men weren't quite as sharp.

Georgian dashes to century mark
After Joyce Hodges-Hite hit the halfway point of her 100th marathon Saturday in Savannah, Ga., in record time, she slowed down a bit.

Overtime
Emmett Turner tied the Augusta State 18-hole school record with 8-under-par 64 as Augusta State shot 18-under 270 to place third after the first round of the Waikoloa Intercollegiate in Waikoloa, Hawaii.

Area Announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number.

Overtime
Augusta State's "big three" came through again in the second round of the Waikoloa Intercollegiate in Waikoloa, Hawaii, but the No. 4- and 5 men weren't quite as sharp.

Spartans earn a playoff spot
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Glenn Hills began the night faced with the prospect of finishing the season without the services of Brandon Whitley.

'Pack bound for playoffs
Deja Vu. The Greenbrier boys basketball team followed the example the Lady Wolfpack set Tuesday with a 45-39 win over visiting Jones County Wednesday night in the first round of the Region 2-AAAA tournament.

Prep basketball scores
High school basketball scores from Wednesday:

Thursday's prep basketball scores
Here are Thursday's high school basketball scores:

'Pack bound for playoffs
Deja Vu. The Greenbrier boys basketball team followed the example the Lady Wolfpack set Tuesday with a 45-39 win over visiting Jones County Wednesday night in the first round of the Region 2-AAAA tournament.

Freshman sparks Bulldogs
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Butler point guard Reggie Middleton started his freshman year on the school's junior varsity team.

Freshman sparks Bulldogs
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Butler point guard Reggie Middleton started his freshman year on the school's junior varsity team.

Thursday's prep basketball scores
Here are Thursday's high school basketball scores:

Rivers ends career with loss
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Minutes after her final game, Pat Rivers said her new status as retired basketball coach had only faintly dawned in her mind.

Cross Creek cruises by Harlem
A week and a half had passed since the Cross Creek girls last game.

Prep basketball scores
High school basketball scores from Wednesday:

Lady Rebels overwhelm Thomson
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Look elsewhere for playoff dramatics. Hephzibah won in the quarterfinal round of the Region 3-AAA tournament by 57 points.

Lady Rebels overwhelm Thomson
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Look elsewhere for playoff dramatics. Hephzibah won in the quarterfinal round of the Region 3-AAA tournament by 57 points.

Spartans earn a playoff spot
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Glenn Hills began the night faced with the prospect of finishing the season without the services of Brandon Whitley.

Horton's heart helps Rebels secure berth
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Classes were merely pointless exercises Thursday for Hephzibah forward Cordell Horton.

Horton's heart helps Rebels secure berth
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Classes were merely pointless exercises Thursday for Hephzibah forward Cordell Horton.

Rivers ends career with loss
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Minutes after her final game, Pat Rivers said her new status as retired basketball coach had only faintly dawned in her mind.

Owens, Seymour will sit out Pro Bowl
KAPOLEI, Hawaii - Philadelphia receiver Terrell Owens and New England defensive end Richard Seymour will sit out the Pro Bowl because of injuries.

N.Y. mayor fights for a new football stadium
NEW YORK - It's the mayor's visionary project - or his $1.4 billion boondoggle. It's a boon to construction unions - or the bane of New York's police and firefighters. It will bring the Olympics to New York - or ruin one of the city's great neighborhoods.

N.Y. mayor fights for a new football stadium
NEW YORK - It's the mayor's visionary project - or his $1.4 billion boondoggle. It's a boon to construction unions - or the bane of New York's police and firefighters. It will bring the Olympics to New York - or ruin one of the city's great neighborhoods.

Owens, Seymour will sit out Pro Bowl
KAPOLEI, Hawaii - Philadelphia receiver Terrell Owens and New England defensive end Richard Seymour will sit out the Pro Bowl because of injuries.

Ex-NFL player puts family values into work

Ex-NFL player puts family values into work
There might be other cutting horse riders who can cut cattle from a herd better than former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Mel Blount, but there are few individuals with better hearts.

Ex-NFL player puts family values into work
There might be other cutting horse riders who can cut cattle from a herd better than former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Mel Blount, but there are few individuals with better hearts.

Perfect endings are all that matter

Golden Bear's Augusta swan song remains uncertain

Unsung character actor will live on in notable film roles

'JAG' finds its war stories can hit close to home

Fox scores big with Super Bowl, 'Idol' ratings
NEW YORK - A week dominated by Fox's airing of the Super Bowl also resulted in a historic low for NBC

Fox scores big with Super Bowl, 'Idol' ratings

'JAG' finds its war stories can hit close to home
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - The sound of gunfire ricochets inside a minaret as a private in the U.S. Marine Corps shoots a wounded and apparently unarmed Iraqi.

'Desperate Housewives' star denies gay rumors
NEW YORK - Marcia Cross is making it clear that while she's no desperate housewife, she's not gay, either.

Georgia girl stays in American Idol competition
ATLANTA - A Gwinnett County girl will remain in the running on the Fox reality talent competition, "American Idol."

Engaged model team wins 'The Amazing Race'

Ron Reagan will be host of new MSNBC show
NEW YORK - Ron Reagan will co-host a new daytime talk show scheduled twice a day on MSNBC.

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. 31-Feb. 6. Each ratings point represents 1,096,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

Ron Reagan will be host of new MSNBC show
NEW YORK - Ron Reagan will co-host a new daytime talk show scheduled twice a day on MSNBC.

Engaged model team wins 'The Amazing Race'
NEW YORK - At one point during the sixth season of CBS's "The Amazing Race," Freddy Holliday screamed to the remaining teams, "One of you I will break in half!" Well, he didn't break anybody in half, but Holliday and his fiancee Kendra Bentley did outrace the competition, winning the reality TV show's $1 million prize.

Fox scores big with Super Bowl, 'Idol' ratings
NEW YORK - A week dominated by Fox's airing of the Super Bowl also resulted in a historic low for NBC

Chris Noth has new 'Law & Order' duty
LOS ANGELES - Chris Noth's guest appearance this weekend on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" is the start of something big.

Red-carpet maven 'Cojo' loses 'Today' show gig
NEW YORK - Red-carpet fashion maven Steven Cojocaru's gig on NBC's "Today" show is over.

'JAG' finds its war stories can hit close to home
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - The sound of gunfire ricochets inside a minaret as a private in the U.S. Marine Corps shoots a wounded and apparently unarmed Iraqi.

Engaged model team wins 'The Amazing Race'
NEW YORK - At one point during the sixth season of CBS's "The Amazing Race," Freddy Holliday screamed to the remaining teams, "One of you I will break in half!" Well, he didn't break anybody in half, but Holliday and his fiancee Kendra Bentley did outrace the competition, winning the reality TV show's $1 million prize.

Ron Reagan will be host of new MSNBC show

Colorful 'Tork' is fun for parents, kids

Applause Calendar

Celebrity Birthdays

Hot ticket

David Caruso's wife files for divorce

People in the News

Concert Calendar

'Simple Life' co-star Nicole Richie is engaged

Club calendar

People in the News

Bulldogs take win against Gamecocks
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia easily beat South Carolina on Thursday night, but it was hardly a pretty or stellar performance.

Arkansas thumps Georgia
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Georgia can't quite seem to find its offense.

Arkansas thumps Georgia

Arkansas thumps Georgia
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Georgia can't quite seem to find its offense.

Unsung character actor will live on in notable film roles
Ah, the lot of the character actor. The Hollywood equivalent of the eternal bridesmaid, the character actor never receives the fame and fortune of the leading man or lady. Instead, he musters up a career as "that guy," a familiar face that, although instantly recognizable, rarely seems to have a name attached.

Unsung character actor will live on in notable film roles
Ah, the lot of the character actor. The Hollywood equivalent of the eternal bridesmaid, the character actor never receives the fame and fortune of the leading man or lady. Instead, he musters up a career as "that guy," a familiar face that, although instantly recognizable, rarely seems to have a name attached.

Lady Jaguars squeak by USC Aiken
Brandi Hollingsworth lay on the floor with her arms raised as her Augusta State teammates engulfed her.

Lady Jaguars squeak by USC Aiken
Brandi Hollingsworth lay on the floor with her arms raised as her Augusta State teammates engulfed her.

Augusta State topples USC Aiken
Tyrekus Bowman made the most of his first start Wednesday night.

Lady Jaguars squeak by USC Aiken

Augusta State topples USC Aiken

Augusta State topples USC Aiken
Tyrekus Bowman made the most of his first start Wednesday night.

Police put breaks on 'rolling keg party'

Man returns money bag he found in street

Mohawk-wearing Idaho teen survives scalping

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