'Stomp' turns everyday objects into instruments

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.

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.

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

Fabric walkway expected to draw tourists

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

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.

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.

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.

Boral Bricks gets needed aid

Marketing clubs help farmers find way to generate cash

Hewlett-Packard CEO Fiorina steps down

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.

Bank of America companies settle charges of improper fund trading

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

American Airlines to remove pillows to save money

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.

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.

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

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.

Are cost cuts deep enough to save Krispy Kreme?

Wal-Mart store in closing as workers near union contract

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.

Company pitches steel in home construction

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

Chrysler profits gain traction

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.

Krispy Kreme shares plummet on worries

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Jaguars' Barth streaks into team record book

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

'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 - T-shirts. Everyone's got them, but no one has enough.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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
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.

Fishing tournament results

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

What's for Lunch: Harvest Table Buffet

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

Architectural tricks boost space

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?

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.

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?

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

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.

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.

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

Mickelson goes low again

Parker plans Laney return

Freshman sparks Bulldogs

Prep basketball scores

Spartans earn a playoff spot

Thursday's prep basketball scores

Rivers ends career with loss

Lady Rebels overwhelm Thomson

Horton's heart helps Rebels secure berth

'Pack bound for playoffs

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.

'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

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

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

'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

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

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

Avoid partisanship and back Rice

Local college basketball excels

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

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

Health experts recommended routine HIV testing

Dab of paint knowledge goes a long way

Jaguar, Mazda reveal new concept vehicles at shows

Designer Anna Sui a hit with hip, wearable looks

Rice gives Europe a stylish, intellectual image

2005 SLK is hot ride on coldest day

Chic get their turn on the runways in New York

Dots are hot

Vera Wang brings her gowns to Fashion Week

GM recalls nearly 200,000 vehicles for various defects

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Richmond County school menu

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

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

Relay team swims its last lap

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.

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.

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.

News you can use

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

News you can use

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.

Officials want tax plan limits

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

Augusta requests addition of lane

Student strives to do his best in every aspect of life

School board moves principals

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.

Police seek 3 offenders in registry case

Around the block

Across the area

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.

Ninety-two cats discovered in home

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

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

On the record
Public records from the Richmond County courts.

Across South Carolina

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Woman's restoration work puts artists' works at home

Victims rally on eve of tort reform vote

Across the area

Democrats block faith-based amendment

Correction

5th-grader wins county spelling bee

Events

Freshman legislators find way at Capitol

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Report issues guidelines on pupils' exercise

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.

Drivers may get to tout NASCAR

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.

Drawing attention

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

Across Georgia

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

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.

Lakeside has 2 winners for 2nd time in 2 years

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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 to consider start date for school

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.

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

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.

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
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.

Correction

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.

Fifth-graders learn lessons about saving money

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.

Budget cuts put Augusta on alert

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.

Pupils get feel for history during heritage celebration

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.

Students learn basics in Spanish class

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.

Meetings

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Board investigates principal's actions

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.

Kid of the 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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Across the region

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.

On the record
Public records from the Richmond County courts.

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

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.

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.

Museum holds class to aid skills

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

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.

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.

On the record

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.

News you can use
Today in regional history:

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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
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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Car crashes into gas pump

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.

MOX plant hits 1-year delay

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

Road extension can begin soon

News you can use
Today in regional history:

Leaders seek earlier William Few widening

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.

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.

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.

Future Farmers adapt to changes in agriculture field

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.

Davidson junior must work to keep balanced schedule

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.

Librarian retires with plan to work in school systems

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.

Energy Department cuts lab funding

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.

Rain soaks the city

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.

This week

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

County works on preservation goal

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.

Pet of the week

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.

Police warn of scam artist

Bill gets House's approval

Preparing for Lent

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

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.

Take note of many lessons to be learned

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.

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

'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.

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'

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

'Passion' is golden despite alleged Oscar slight

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.

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.

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.

Mini-reviews

At the Movies: 'Pooh's Heffalump Movie'

At the Movies: 'Born Into Brothels'

At the Movies: 'Hitch'

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

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.

Five Eight still seeks breakout success

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.

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

Kanye West leads the Grammy pack

Top 20 Concert Tours

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

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

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
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'
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

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.

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

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
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.

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.

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.

N.Y. mayor fights for a new football stadium

Owens, Seymour will sit out Pro Bowl

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Mr. Fletcher Ramsey    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Mrs. Jeanette Parrish    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Mr. Arthur Reid    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pauline Attaway    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mr. Ben Roberts    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Mead    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Miss Marian Sheahan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosie B. Downs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Marjorie Stanley    (HEPZHIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. James Simmons    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Elise Q. Norton    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Evelyn M. Scott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Roosevelt Riley, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Henry L. Mims, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Arthur Reid    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Frances V. Pierce    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Horace Smith    (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Newsome    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. William S. McEliece    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. John Thompson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elise Q. Norton    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Samuel Lewis, Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Ella Lassiter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. John H. Perdue    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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Mr. Wade Jackson    (GIBSON, Ga.)

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Mrs. Ola Hartsell Morgan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Hershel Collins    (WADLEY, Ga.)
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Destiny Leanne Cawley    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mr. Charles H. Glover    (EVANS, Ga.)

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Ms. Belinda Evans    (BRONX, N.Y.)

Miss Beulah "Honey" Williams    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Irene Enright    (AFFTON, MO.)

Ms. Dorothy Auman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosie B. Downs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Kathryn Williams    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Petra Baehr Saunders    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Marjorie Stanley    (HEPZHIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Falinda Cofer Green    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Estella Roberson    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Destiny Leanne Cawley    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Elouise Perkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Bush, Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Rembert    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. LeRoy Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Kathryn Williams (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

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

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

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

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

Mr. Gromyko Turman (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Fletcher Ramsey (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Mr. John Thompson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ola Hartsell Morgan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Thompson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wade Jackson (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Elouise Perkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Marian Sheahan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Rembert (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Destiny Leanne Cawley (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Estella Roberson (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Wade Jackson (GIBSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lois Calver Taylor (STATESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Daisy Harmon (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Irene Enright (AFFTON, MO.)

Mrs. Daisy Harmon (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Petra Baehr Saunders (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Horace Smith (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Maddox (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Ella Lassiter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pauline Attaway (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Judith Floyd (LAVONIA, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Reid (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Evelyn Newsome (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Jed Joseph Bazemore (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Ms. Dorothy Auman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Falinda Cofer Green (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marjorie Stanley (HEPZHIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Reba Johnson Phillips (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Mead (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Carrie Louise Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Eva Holbrook (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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.

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.

France's fairy tale film is up for an Oscar

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.

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Georgian dashes to century mark

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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.

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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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

'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.

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.

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

Prep basketball scores
High school basketball scores from Wednesday:

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Golden Bear's Augusta swan song remains uncertain

Perfect endings are all that matter

Unsung character actor will live on in notable film roles

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

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.

Engaged model team wins 'The Amazing Race'

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."

Ron Reagan will be host of new MSNBC show

'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.

Fox scores big with Super Bowl, 'Idol' ratings

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

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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

'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.

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.

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.

Colorful 'Tork' is fun for parents, kids

Club calendar

Applause Calendar

People in the News

David Caruso's wife files for divorce

Hot ticket

Celebrity Birthdays

People in the News

'Simple Life' co-star Nicole Richie is engaged

Concert Calendar

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

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

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.

Augusta State topples USC Aiken

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

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

Police put breaks on 'rolling keg party'

Odds and Ends

Mohawk-wearing Idaho teen survives scalping

Man returns money bag he found in street