Sam Spade, 'Maltese Falcon' celebrate 75 years together

'FitzRoy' profiles the first 'weatherman'
Robert FitzRoy was an extraordinary man in many ways. He rose to admiral in England's Royal Navy, earning respect from his men and fellow officers along the way. He circumnavigated the world in the age of exploration. He was governor of New Zealand. And he invented the modern weather forecast.

Send in the clowns - no, wait, lock the doors!
"Life Expectancy" begins in a Colorado hospital on a stormy night in 1974. Jimmy Tock is born at the very moment of his grandfather's death, and in the final minutes of his life, Grandpa Tock predicts there will be "five terrible days" in Jimmy's life.

Author: True love is good, Valentine's Day is crap
NEW YORK - Maybe it was the skimpy T-shirt with "DITCH HIM" scrawled across the front. Or the offhand comment that "cats are better than men." It could even have been the suggestion that we all would be better off if we didn't spend ourselves into the poorhouse celebrating a super-commercialized, over-the-top fake holiday.

Three new Lincolns are parked in book stalls
Illinois is the "Land of Lincoln" but that nickname might also apply to a section of the new-books shelf.

Sam Spade, 'Maltese Falcon' celebrate 75 years together
NEW YORK - For lovers of the hard-boiled crime story, life began with the black bird. It was 75 years ago this month that "The Maltese Falcon" first appeared between hard covers, just weeks after it was published as a five-part serial in the pulp magazine "Black Mask."

'FitzRoy' profiles the first 'weatherman'
Robert FitzRoy was an extraordinary man in many ways. He rose to admiral in England's Royal Navy, earning respect from his men and fellow officers along the way. He circumnavigated the world in the age of exploration. He was governor of New Zealand. And he invented the modern weather forecast.

Author: True love is good, Valentine's Day is crap
NEW YORK - Maybe it was the skimpy T-shirt with "DITCH HIM" scrawled across the front. Or the offhand comment that "cats are better than men." It could even have been the suggestion that we all would be better off if we didn't spend ourselves into the poorhouse celebrating a super-commercialized, over-the-top fake holiday.

Three new Lincolns are parked in book stalls
Illinois is the "Land of Lincoln" but that nickname might also apply to a section of the new-books shelf.

Sam Spade, 'Maltese Falcon' celebrate 75 years together
NEW YORK - For lovers of the hard-boiled crime story, life began with the black bird. It was 75 years ago this month that "The Maltese Falcon" first appeared between hard covers, just weeks after it was published as a five-part serial in the pulp magazine "Black Mask."

Send in the clowns - no, wait, lock the doors!
"Life Expectancy" begins in a Colorado hospital on a stormy night in 1974. Jimmy Tock is born at the very moment of his grandfather's death, and in the final minutes of his life, Grandpa Tock predicts there will be "five terrible days" in Jimmy's life.

'FitzRoy' profiles the first 'weatherman'

New first novels now in print
Among new books by first-time novelists:

Send in the clowns - no, wait, lock the doors!

Three new Lincolns are parked in book stalls

Author: True love is good, Valentine's Day is crap

Reds shortstop Barry Larkin retires

Reds shortstop Barry Larkin retires
WASHINGTON - Shortstop Barry Larkin, a 12-time all-star who spent his entire 19-year career with the Cincinnati Reds, has retired and joined the Washington Nationals in their front office as a special assistant.

Annual rite is just around corner

Annual rite is just around corner
With Opening Day more than two months away, baseball fans who want an early glimpse of Randy Johnson in a New York Yankees uniform or Tim Hudson sporting an Atlanta Braves jersey can look no further than Spring Training.

Reds shortstop Barry Larkin retires
WASHINGTON - Shortstop Barry Larkin, a 12-time all-star who spent his entire 19-year career with the Cincinnati Reds, has retired and joined the Washington Nationals in their front office as a special assistant.

Readers share their Spring Training memories
My husband and I had gone to Vero Beach to visit friends and go to a Dodgers game.

Annual rite is just around corner
With Opening Day more than two months away, baseball fans who want an early glimpse of Randy Johnson in a New York Yankees uniform or Tim Hudson sporting an Atlanta Braves jersey can look no further than Spring Training.

Readers share their Spring Training memories

Readers share their Spring Training memories
My husband and I had gone to Vero Beach to visit friends and go to a Dodgers game.

Time may be on your side when you least expect it

Michael Jason Foss
Michael and Jodi Foss are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Michael Jason, born September 8, 2004 at St. Lukes Family Birth Center in Jacksonville, Fla. He made his debut at 3:52 p.m., weighed 8lbs 12 oz. and was 21 inches long. Proud grandparents are Joseph C. Battle of Clarks Hill, S.C., Diane and Frank Sandy of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Bonnie and Bill Dietrich of Jacksonville, Fla., and Mike and Della Foss of Atlantic Beach, Fla. Great grandparents are Jean Bell of Atlantic Beach, Fla. and Honorio and Joan Cabral of Orlando, Fla.

River Hunter
Ricky and Denea Todd of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, River Hunter, born January 6, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. River made his debut at a.m., weighed 7 lbs 11 oz. and was 21 inches long. Proud grandparents are Mickey and Vesta Neal of Gibson, Ga. and Lamar and Ogle Hinton of Thomson.

Nathan Michael Mitchum

Ryan Ansley Williams
Charles and Brandi Williams of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ryan Ansley, born January 21, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Steven Alan Eubanks
Christy Horne and Steven Eubanks, Sr., both of Gloverville, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Steven Allen, born January 18, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Trenton Paul Turner
Travis and Kristie Turner of Gloverville, S.C., are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Trenton Paul, born January 22, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Carsen Annaliese Lacombe

Nyel Jahtorion Richardson

Gracie McKenna Green
Brittany Sturgis and Todd Green, both of Appling, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Gracie McKenna, born January 24, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Ryan Ansley Williams

Carsen Annaliese
Jeffrey and Carla Lacombe of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Carsen Annaliese, born January 18, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. She made her debut at 9:55 a.m., weighed 8 lbs. 15 oz. and was 21 inches long. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Martha Williams and the late Mr. Leo Williams of Ft. Campbell, Ky. and Mr. and Mrs. Leo and Stella Lacombe of Watersville, Maine.

River Hunter Todd

Maria Elizabeth Gillion
Joe and Eleonora Gillion of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Maria Elizabeth, born December 27, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta. She is the granddaughter of Mr. & Mrs. John P. Gillion and Dr. and Mrs. Franco D. Palumbo She was welcomed home by her big sisters, Cara and Natalie.

Bryson Aaron Fittery

James 'Grady' Noegel
Rusty and Annmarie Noegel are pleased to announce the birth of their son, James 'Grady', born January 14, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Logan Alexander Edwards

Steven Alan Eubanks

Taylor Abigail Allen
R. Casey and Andrea Allen of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Taylor Abigail, born January 18, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Nyel Jahtorion Richardson
Nahshon Dunn and Brandon Richardson, both of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Nyel Jahtorion, born December 20, 2004 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Nicholas William Eggers
Jason and Elizabeth Eggers of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Nicholas William, born January 18, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. He was welcomed home by big brother, Jason Wayne Eggers, Jr.

Logan Alexander Edwards
Joshua and Amy Edwards of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Logan Alexander, born January 21, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Maria Elizabeth Gillion
Joe and Eleonora Gillion of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Maria Elizabeth, born December 27, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta. She is the granddaughter of Mr. & Mrs. John P. Gillion and Dr. and Mrs. Franco D. Palumbo She was welcomed home by her big sisters, Cara and Natalie.

Steven Alan Eubanks
Christy Horne and Steven Eubanks, Sr., both of Gloverville, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Steven Allen, born January 18, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Michael Jason Foss
Michael and Jodi Foss are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Michael Jason, born September 8, 2004 at St. Lukes Family Birth Center in Jacksonville, Fla. He made his debut at 3:52 p.m., weighed 8lbs 12 oz. and was 21 inches long. Proud grandparents are Joseph C. Battle of Clarks Hill, S.C., Diane and Frank Sandy of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Bonnie and Bill Dietrich of Jacksonville, Fla., and Mike and Della Foss of Atlantic Beach, Fla. Great grandparents are Jean Bell of Atlantic Beach, Fla. and Honorio and Joan Cabral of Orlando, Fla.

Hayden Owen Mock
Edward and Leann Mock of Duluth, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Hayden Owen, born January 3, 2005 at Northside Hospital in Atlanta. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Owens of Baton Rouge, La. and Mrs. Gloria Mock of Millen, Ga. and the late Mr. Gene Mock.

James 'Grady' Noegel
Rusty and Annmarie Noegel are pleased to announce the birth of their son, James 'Grady', born January 14, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Jami Danielle Gaskins
James and Vicky Gaskins of Aiken, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Jami Danielle, born January 19, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. She was welcomed home by big brother, Jesup Dylan Gaskins.

Nathan Michael Mitchum
Sheldon and Beverlee Mitchum of Belvedere, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Nathan Michael, born January 18, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Meredith Gabrielle Windham
James and Jennifer Windham of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Meredith Gabrielle, born January 21, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

River Hunter Todd
Ricky and Denea Todd of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, River Hunter, born January 6, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. River made his debut at a.m., weighed 7 lbs 11 oz. and was 21 inches long. Proud grandparents are Mickey and Vesta Neal of Gibson, Ga. and Lamar and Ogle Hinton of Thomson.

Nyel Jahtorion Richardson
Nahshon Dunn and Brandon Richardson, both of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Nyel Jahtorion, born December 20, 2004 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Carsen Annaliese Lacombe
Jeffrey and Carla Lacombe of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Carsen Annaliese, born January 18, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. She made her debut at 9:55 a.m., weighed 8 lbs. 15 oz. and was 21 inches long. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Martha Williams and the late Mr. Leo Williams of Ft. Campbell, Ky. and Mr. and Mrs. Leo and Stella Lacombe of Watersville, Maine.

Logan Alexander Edwards
Joshua and Amy Edwards of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Logan Alexander, born January 21, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Bryson Aaron Fittery
Aaron and Andrea Fittery of Graniteville, S.C., are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Bryson Aaron, born January 19, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. He was welcomed homed by big sister Haylie, who is 6 years old.

Meredith Gabrielle Windham
James and Jennifer Windham of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Meredith Gabrielle, born January 21, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Ryan Ansley Williams
Charles and Brandi Williams of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ryan Ansley, born January 21, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Taylor Abigail Allen
R. Casey and Andrea Allen of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Taylor Abigail, born January 18, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Gracie McKenna Green

Nicholas William Eggers
Jason and Elizabeth Eggers of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Nicholas William, born January 18, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. He was welcomed home by big brother, Jason Wayne Eggers, Jr.

James 'Grady' Noegel

Trenton Paul Turner
Travis and Kristie Turner of Gloverville, S.C., are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Trenton Paul, born January 22, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Taylor Abigail Allen

Jami Danielle Gaskins

Michael Jason Foss

Jami Danielle Gaskins
James and Vicky Gaskins of Aiken, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Jami Danielle, born January 19, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. She was welcomed home by big brother, Jesup Dylan Gaskins.

Meredith Gabrielle Windham

Nathan Michael Mitchum
Sheldon and Beverlee Mitchum of Belvedere, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Nathan Michael, born January 18, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Maria Elizabeth Gillion

Bryson Aaron Fittery
Aaron and Andrea Fittery of Graniteville, S.C., are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Bryson Aaron, born January 19, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. He was welcomed homed by big sister Haylie, who is 6 years old.

Nicholas William Eggers

Trenton Paul Turner

Gracie McKenna Green
Brittany Sturgis and Todd Green, both of Appling, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Gracie McKenna, born January 24, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Police: Man solicited suicides for at least five years
PORTLAND, Ore. - A man who used an Internet chat room to try to set up a mass suicide on Valentine's Day had been trying to persuade women for at least five years to engage in sex acts with him and then kill themselves, a sheriff said Sunday.

After 20 years of silence, woman begins talking
HUTCHINSON, Kan. - For 20 years, Sarah Scantlin has been mostly oblivious to the world around her - the victim of a drunken driver who struck her down as she walked to her car. Today, after a remarkable recovery, she can talk again.

Police: Man solicited suicides for at least five years
PORTLAND, Ore. - A man who used an Internet chat room to try to set up a mass suicide on Valentine's Day had been trying to persuade women for at least five years to engage in sex acts with him and then kill themselves, a sheriff said Sunday.

Bus driver urged students to act up for 'Survivor' tape
BUENA VISTA, Pa. - A school bus driver encouraged students to jump around, throw things and misbehave on her moving bus so she could make an audition videotape for the reality television show "Survivor," police said.

Bus driver urged students to act up for 'Survivor' tape
BUENA VISTA, Pa. - A school bus driver encouraged students to jump around, throw things and misbehave on her moving bus so she could make an audition videotape for the reality television show "Survivor," police said.

After 20 years of silence, woman begins talking
HUTCHINSON, Kan. - For 20 years, Sarah Scantlin has been mostly oblivious to the world around her - the victim of a drunken driver who struck her down as she walked to her car. Today, after a remarkable recovery, she can talk again.

Airport screener fails to spot passenger's butcher knife
NEWARK, N.J. - A security screener at Newark Liberty International Airport failed to spot a butcher knife in a passenger's pocketbook and was removed from the post for retraining, officials said.

Airport screener fails to spot passenger's butcher knife
NEWARK, N.J. - A security screener at Newark Liberty International Airport failed to spot a butcher knife in a passenger's pocketbook and was removed from the post for retraining, officials said.

Braves feel 14th title is a possibility
ATLANTA - John Smoltz took his turn on the indoor pitching mound at Turner Field, full of energy and optimism on a cold winter day.

Atlanta Braves Spring Training schedule
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Braves feel 14th title is a possibility
ATLANTA - John Smoltz took his turn on the indoor pitching mound at Turner Field, full of energy and optimism on a cold winter day.

Braves take a chance on pair of outfielders

Braves take a chance on pair of outfielders
ATLANTA - The always optimistic Bobby Cox has a predictably upbeat angle on opening the 2005 season with two new starting outfielders, Raul Mondesi and Brian Jordan, who combined for only eight homers and 38 RBI last year.

Atlanta Braves Spring Training schedule

Braves feel 14th title is a possibility

Braves take a chance on pair of outfielders
ATLANTA - The always optimistic Bobby Cox has a predictably upbeat angle on opening the 2005 season with two new starting outfielders, Raul Mondesi and Brian Jordan, who combined for only eight homers and 38 RBI last year.

Atlanta Braves Spring Training schedule
Date Opponent Time

How to juggle a new romance and a new business
NEW YORK - Starting a new business or a new romantic relationship can be frenetic. Imagine doing both at once.

EBay's lesson for Google's investors
NEW YORK - Similarities abound when you compare eBay Inc. and Google Inc. They dominate their industries online, their brand names are widely known and they're part of an elite class of Wall Street darlings.

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Jan. 31-Feb. 3. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Jan. 31-Feb. 3. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Gillette CEO wins praise as turnaround artist
BOSTON - It has been a fairly swift turnaround at Gillette Co. since James M. Kilts arrived four years ago - he has transformed a languishing consumer products maker into a business that Procter & Gamble Co. is willing to pay $57 billion for.

Business calendar
Wednesday: Cost and Price Proposal Preparation; free three-hour seminar by Georgia Tech; a must for anyone preparing responses to government contracting opportunities; 9 a.m. to noon, Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center, 1054 Claussen Road, Suite 301; for more information call Lloyd Watts at (706) 729-2076.

Female entrepreneurs open businesses to achieve harmony between work, life
Tricia Hensley had a good job keeping the books at her husband's granite countertop company, but it wasn't her passion.

On the move
Pete Parker has joined Cummins South as the company's new truck service manager in Augusta. He was previously employed by N.W. White & Co. of Columbia.

Americans keep busy by remodeling their homes
ORLANDO, Fla. - Americans have become home-improvement junkies.

Converted military truck billed badder than Hummer
JASPER, Texas - For some drivers, even a Hummer may not be enough.

Celebrity CEOs often no bargain for shareholders
NEW YORK (AP)- Superstar chief executives such as Hewlett-Packard Co.'s now ex-CEO Carly Fiorina may earn mega pay, grace business magazine covers and hobnob with world leaders- but they may not be the best leaders for their companies.

EBay's lesson for Google's investors
NEW YORK - Similarities abound when you compare eBay Inc. and Google Inc. They dominate their industries online, their brand names are widely known and they're part of an elite class of Wall Street darlings.

How to juggle a new romance and a new business
NEW YORK - Starting a new business or a new romantic relationship can be frenetic. Imagine doing both at once.

Pay extra on loan without program
Q: I received an offer in the mail of a way to pay off my mortgage six years faster than it is currently expected to amortize. I have a 5.875 percent loan (fixed rate) with 28 years, five months left to pay it off. The program requires me to pay a $9 monthly fee and a one-time $49 enrollment fee to pay off my loan faster.

Americans keep busy by remodeling their homes
ORLANDO, Fla. - Americans have become home-improvement junkies.

Converted military truck billed badder than Hummer

Business calendar
Wednesday: Cost and Price Proposal Preparation; free three-hour seminar by Georgia Tech; a must for anyone preparing responses to government contracting opportunities; 9 a.m. to noon, Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center, 1054 Claussen Road, Suite 301; for more information call Lloyd Watts at (706) 729-2076.

Celebrity CEOs often no bargain for shareholders
NEW YORK (AP)- Superstar chief executives such as Hewlett-Packard Co.'s now ex-CEO Carly Fiorina may earn mega pay, grace business magazine covers and hobnob with world leaders- but they may not be the best leaders for their companies.

On the move
Pete Parker has joined Cummins South as the company's new truck service manager in Augusta. He was previously employed by N.W. White & Co. of Columbia.

Celebrity CEOs often no bargain for shareholders

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

New tools ease collaboration and publishing online

Female entrepreneurs open businesses to achieve harmony between work, life
Tricia Hensley had a good job keeping the books at her husband's granite countertop company, but it wasn't her passion.

Is the stock market ready to move higher?
NEW YORK - Wall Street appears to have finally found some traction after a disastrous January.

On the move

New tools ease collaboration and publishing online
PALO ALTO, Calif. - This scenario is all too familiar to office workers who collaborate electronically on projects: E-mails get passed around with differing versions of documents-in-progress attached. Instant messages whizz by. Web sites are cited, then lost.

Americans keep busy by remodeling their homes

How to juggle a new romance and a new business

Business calendar

Corporate tax break won't necessarily boost hiring

Female entrepreneurs open businesses to achieve harmony between work, life

Gillette CEO wins praise as turnaround artist

Property transfers

Gillette CEO wins praise as turnaround artist
BOSTON - It has been a fairly swift turnaround at Gillette Co. since James M. Kilts arrived four years ago - he has transformed a languishing consumer products maker into a business that Procter & Gamble Co. is willing to pay $57 billion for.

Converted military truck billed badder than Hummer
JASPER, Texas - For some drivers, even a Hummer may not be enough.

Is the stock market ready to move higher?

Is the stock market ready to move higher?
NEW YORK - Wall Street appears to have finally found some traction after a disastrous January.

EBay's lesson for Google's investors

New tools ease collaboration and publishing online
PALO ALTO, Calif. - This scenario is all too familiar to office workers who collaborate electronically on projects: E-mails get passed around with differing versions of documents-in-progress attached. Instant messages whizz by. Web sites are cited, then lost.

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

Bills add up as water keeps leaking

Bills add up as water keeps leaking
Can you believe that when it rains, people float rubber duckies in the lobby of the Law Enforcement Center on Walton Way?

Bills add up as water keeps leaking
Can you believe that when it rains, people float rubber duckies in the lobby of the Law Enforcement Center on Walton Way?

Hurricanes upend Tigers
CLEMSON, S.C. - Robert Hite scored 24 points, and Miami shot nearly 68 percent in the second half as the Hurricanes beat Clemson, 83-77 on Saturday.

Augusta State slips by Francis Marionpeach belt conference

No. 3 Duke defeats Maryland

Southern Conference roundup

Paine pulls out overtime win

ACC roundup

Another pivotal moment
The standard liberal lament when it comes to the values debate is that conservatives shouldn't be able to impose their strict morals on everyone. When push comes to shove, though, liberals are all-too-pleased to force their own values on society.

Windfall for elderly

Re-righting our rights
How far out of your way have you ever gone?

No greater betrayal
Here's yet another reason for not giving enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay access to the U.S. legal system:

Windfall for elderly
There are two arguments against targeting senior citizens for property tax exemptions - as is being done in Richmond County for people 65 and older, and in stages over a three-year period for persons 70 and older in Columbia County.

No greater betrayal
Here's yet another reason for not giving enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay access to the U.S. legal system:

Windfall for elderly
There are two arguments against targeting senior citizens for property tax exemptions - as is being done in Richmond County for people 65 and older, and in stages over a three-year period for persons 70 and older in Columbia County.

If Cuba can do it ...
Fidel Castro is turning over a new leaf - and it isn't tobacco.

No greater betrayal

People in the News
ASPEN, Colo. - Cheech and Chong may have joked about marijuana in their movies, but the comedians say they didn't touch the stuff when the cameras were rolling.

Witnesses prosecution key in Robert Blake case
LOS ANGELES - After more than a month of testimony from 62 witnesses, the prosecution's murder case against Robert Blake has come down to the word of three characters of dubious repute who say the actor tried to cast them as real-life hit men.

Lawyers in Michael Jackson case seek fairness
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Attorneys in Michael Jackson's child-molestation trial are turning to the tough job of finding jurors who can judge the pop star not as a legend but as a defendant.

People in the News
ASPEN, Colo. - Cheech and Chong may have joked about marijuana in their movies, but the comedians say they didn't touch the stuff when the cameras were rolling.

Lawyers in Michael Jackson case seek fairness
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Attorneys in Michael Jackson's child-molestation trial are turning to the tough job of finding jurors who can judge the pop star not as a legend but as a defendant.

Witnesses prosecution key in Robert Blake case
LOS ANGELES - After more than a month of testimony from 62 witnesses, the prosecution's murder case against Robert Blake has come down to the word of three characters of dubious repute who say the actor tried to cast them as real-life hit men.

Valentine's Day puts 'love stocks' in the spotlight
NEW YORK - Money can't buy you love, but can love make you money? Some analysts think it can, and Valentine's Day is boomtime for companies that profit from our amorous affections - including those that sell flowers, candy, lingerie and jewelry.

How to work out money issues in relationships

Think of boomers' spending when buying long-term stocks

Think of boomers' spending when buying long-term stocks
When it comes to her dog, Karen Washburn is like a lot of people: Nothing is too good. When she goes out of town on business, Noah snuggles into his own suite at a pet hotel run by PETsMART Inc.

How to work out money issues in relationships
NEW YORK - For Dax Gonzalez, money management meant collecting his paycheck and spending it on eating out and buying gifts for his friends and family until it was all gone. Then he would wait for his next check and start again.

How to work out money issues in relationships
NEW YORK - For Dax Gonzalez, money management meant collecting his paycheck and spending it on eating out and buying gifts for his friends and family until it was all gone. Then he would wait for his next check and start again.

Valentine's Day puts 'love stocks' in the spotlight
NEW YORK - Money can't buy you love, but can love make you money? Some analysts think it can, and Valentine's Day is boomtime for companies that profit from our amorous affections - including those that sell flowers, candy, lingerie and jewelry.

Think of boomers' spending when buying long-term stocks
When it comes to her dog, Karen Washburn is like a lot of people: Nothing is too good. When she goes out of town on business, Noah snuggles into his own suite at a pet hotel run by PETsMART Inc.

Valentine's Day puts 'love stocks' in the spotlight

Officials wage fight against Southern-fried staples
DECATUR, Ga. - When Becky Cleaveland is out with her girlfriends, they all pick at salads except for the petite Atlanta woman. She tackles "The Hamdog."

South's diet gives experts bellyache
DECATUR, Ga. - When Becky Cleaveland is out with her girlfriends, they all pick at salads except for the petite Atlanta woman. She tackles "The Hamdog."

Officials wage fight against Southern-fried staples

South's diet gives experts bellyache

South's diet gives experts bellyache
DECATUR, Ga. - When Becky Cleaveland is out with her girlfriends, they all pick at salads except for the petite Atlanta woman. She tackles "The Hamdog."

Officials wage fight against Southern-fried staples
DECATUR, Ga. - When Becky Cleaveland is out with her girlfriends, they all pick at salads except for the petite Atlanta woman. She tackles "The Hamdog."

Georiga Southern falls to Tech
STATESBORO, Ga. - Jeremy Slayden, Mike Trapani and Jeff Kindel each had home runs to lead Georgia Tech to a 10-6 win over Georgia Southern on Saturday.

Georiga Southern falls to Tech
STATESBORO, Ga. - Jeremy Slayden, Mike Trapani and Jeff Kindel each had home runs to lead Georgia Tech to a 10-6 win over Georgia Southern on Saturday.

Yellow Jackets get swatted at home
ATLANTA - Tony Bethel drove around Jarrett Jack for the winning basket with 9.8 seconds left, giving North Carolina State a 53-51 victory over Georgia Tech on Sunday night.

Arkansas gets win over Lady Jackets
DULUTH, Ga. - Sarah Pfeifer scored 24 points and pulled down six rebounds as Arkansas beat Georgia Tech 71-59 Sunday afternoon.

Elder's injury was topic of conversation
ATLANTA - B.J. Elder saw the looks and heard the questions. Georgia Tech classmates studied his walk. Fans whispered about him and rolled their eyes.

Yellow Jackets get swatted at home
ATLANTA - Tony Bethel drove around Jarrett Jack for the winning basket with 9.8 seconds left, giving North Carolina State a 53-51 victory over Georgia Tech on Sunday night.

Elder's injury was topic of conversation
ATLANTA - B.J. Elder saw the looks and heard the questions. Georgia Tech classmates studied his walk. Fans whispered about him and rolled their eyes.

Georiga Southern falls to Tech

Yellow Jackets get swatted at home

Elder's injury was topic of conversation

I'd love to give you a gift, but ...

The true good life is here for Dent

Another big win for Mickelson
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Phil Mickelson took all the thrills out of Pebble Beach, and that was just fine by him.

Another big win for Mickelson
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Phil Mickelson took all the thrills out of Pebble Beach, and that was just fine by him.

Miyazato leads Japan to World Cup victory
GEORGE, South Africa - Teenage sensation Ai Miyazato continued her emergence as a star on Sunday, shooting a 6-under 67 in difficult conditions on the Links Course at Fancourt to lead Japan to a two-shot victory in the Women's World Cup.

Miyazato leads Japan to World Cup victory

The true good life is here for Dent
The first half century was too eventful for Jim Dent to endorse the notion that life begins at 50. The good life, however, will get you no arguments from him.

Wilson leads lead New Zealand Open

Lefty in a runaway at Pebble Beach
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Phil Mickelson finally found a situation to tone down his attacking style.

Miyazato leads Japan to World Cup victory
GEORGE, South Africa - Teenage sensation Ai Miyazato continued her emergence as a star on Sunday, shooting a 6-under 67 in difficult conditions on the Links Course at Fancourt to lead Japan to a two-shot victory in the Women's World Cup.

Fasth wins New Zealand Open
AUCKLAND, New Zealand - Sweden's Niclas Fasth won the New Zealand Open on Sunday for his second European tour title, beating England's Miles Tunnicliff with a 15-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff.

Another big win for Mickelson

The true good life is here for Dent
The first half century was too eventful for Jim Dent to endorse the notion that life begins at 50. The good life, however, will get you no arguments from him.

Lefty in a runaway at Pebble Beach
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Phil Mickelson finally found a situation to tone down his attacking style.

Lefty in a runaway at Pebble Beach

Wilson leads lead New Zealand Open
AUCKLAND, New Zealand - England's Oliver Wilson shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the New Zealand Open.

Wilson leads lead New Zealand Open
AUCKLAND, New Zealand - England's Oliver Wilson shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the New Zealand Open.

Josey rolls to region title

Bulldogs recover just in time to run by Rebels

Terry saves unbeaten Rebels

Eagles get title to end region skid

Thomson wears down Glenn Hills, takes title

NHL, players' association meet, no progress made
NEW YORK - Representatives from the NHL and the players' association met with federal mediators in Washington on Sunday, just hours before a weekend deadline to save the season, but no progress was made.

NHL, players' association meet, no progress made

NHL, players' association meet, no progress made
NEW YORK - Representatives from the NHL and the players' association met with federal mediators in Washington on Sunday, just hours before a weekend deadline to save the season, but no progress was made.

Experts say NHL shouldn't play
PIITSBURGH - The NHL would further alienate its diminishing fan base by trying to salvage a season that's ruined beyond repair, and is better off canceling the season as it tries to solve its labor mess, according to some well-known sports economists.

Time may be on your side when you least expect it
I sat for 15 minutes in a doughnut shop drive-through line behind a woman who appeared to spend most of her time leaning out her car window yelling into the speaker box.

Time may be on your side when you least expect it
I sat for 15 minutes in a doughnut shop drive-through line behind a woman who appeared to spend most of her time leaning out her car window yelling into the speaker box.

Morehouse singers were great
On behalf of my students, I would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to the deacon ministry and the members of Tabernacle Baptist Church for inviting us to hear the Morehouse Glee Club perform Jan. 31.Paul A. Harris, Augusta

Greenbaum's letters are a riot
Other than Chronicle staffers, it seems as if no one gets more ink on the editorial page than Lowell Greenbaum - and this is probably a good thing. Always entertaining, the Greenbaum letters keep us in touch with the Democratic Party as it continues to self-destruct. Norman Hill, Lincolnton

Trust fund runs on circular logic

Applaud conscientious objectors
A recent news article described a brave, patriotic Army soldier, Sgt. Kevin Benderman, who applied for a discharge as a conscientious objector after 10 years of military service, including 15 months in Iraq. Sgt. Benderman made his decision after witnessing the inhumane, unjustified carnage in Iraq. I applaud Sgt. Benderman's decision because I, too, am a conscientious objector.The Rev. Paul L. Cook, Augusta

History defines true 'occupation'
"Or they're just plain liars," read The Augusta Chronicle's Jan. 23 editorial "U.S. not occupiers," regarding those who do not know or understand history. The use of occupiers is now associated with traitors and "radical Muslims," and it is "a lie as big as a Mack truck."W.R. Wells II, Martinez

Men are responsible for wars
As an avid reader of both fiction and nonfiction - including the greatest book ever written, the Holy Bible - I've learned that nearly all wars have been started by men. These wars are usually the result of man's evil desires, or a man's hunger for wealth and power, or the desire to satisfy a man's ego.Anne Cook, Augusta

Sub teachers can be vulnerable

Clinic is not a 'health center'
When Ginger Sitler describes the call to pray as a "call to arms," she hits it dead on the money, then with her next swing misses not only the board but the whole blamed house ("Letter was just extremist invitation," Feb. 5).Josh Griffing, Augusta

Men are responsible for wars

Is Bush right on Social Security?
Thank you for the Feb. 5 column by Mark Weisbrot, with the headline "Bias helps Bush push Social Security myth."Bettye Butler, Plum Branch, S.C.

Say 'no' to retirement accounts
President Bush tells us that Social Security will be bankrupt within 40 years, then goes on to push for personal accounts to replace about a third of one's retirement. Victor Reilly, Aiken, S.C.

Trust fund runs on circular logic
I can't help but comment on Mark Weisbrot's column Feb. 5, titled "Bias helps Bush push Social Security myth."Terry Bedell, Appling

Eminent domain is being fought
I was astounded to read the editorial in The Chronicle concerning Georgia Senate Bill 5 ("Stop unfair seizures," Feb. 4), which would encourage local developers to request local governments to use the power of eminent domain to seize private property for commercial development projects. This move even compounds this violation of the Constitution by permitting the concealment of such actions.Joseph M. Weaver, Graniteville, S.C.

Sub teachers can be vulnerable
I could not help but notice the attention that Frederick Jones, the substitute teacher who threatened to kill unruly sixth-graders at Murphey Middle School, has been getting. According to the Feb. 1 Augusta Chronicle ("Stress hospitalizes substitute," 1B) Mr. Jones attempted suicide after seeing his name plastered across the headlines.Brian Baldowski, Augusta

We must declare war on poverty

Morehouse singers were great
On behalf of my students, I would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to the deacon ministry and the members of Tabernacle Baptist Church for inviting us to hear the Morehouse Glee Club perform Jan. 31.Paul A. Harris, Augusta

Is Bush right on Social Security?

Abortion lacks parental consent
Isn't it contradictory that anyone seeking surgery must sign an "informed consent" form for all procedures except abortion?William C. and Elizabeth Meredith, Augusta

Clinic is not a 'health center'

We must declare war on poverty
If any good has come from the tsunami disaster, it is seeing countries reach out in sympathy by providing food, drinking water, health personnel, emergency medical supplies and financial aid. A world divided by ethnic and religious differences has suddenly come together for a common humanitarian cause.Kathy Williams, Evans

Morehouse singers were great

Men are responsible for wars
As an avid reader of both fiction and nonfiction - including the greatest book ever written, the Holy Bible - I've learned that nearly all wars have been started by men. These wars are usually the result of man's evil desires, or a man's hunger for wealth and power, or the desire to satisfy a man's ego.Anne Cook, Augusta

History defines true 'occupation'
"Or they're just plain liars," read The Augusta Chronicle's Jan. 23 editorial "U.S. not occupiers," regarding those who do not know or understand history. The use of occupiers is now associated with traitors and "radical Muslims," and it is "a lie as big as a Mack truck." W.R. Wells II, Martinez

Clinic is not a 'health center'
When Ginger Sitler describes the call to pray as a "call to arms," she hits it dead on the money, then with her next swing misses not only the board but the whole blamed house ("Letter was just extremist invitation," Feb. 5).Josh Griffing, Augusta

Greenbaum's letters are a riot
Other than Chronicle staffers, it seems as if no one gets more ink on the editorial page than Lowell Greenbaum - and this is probably a good thing. Always entertaining, the Greenbaum letters keep us in touch with the Democratic Party as it continues to self-destruct.Norman Hill, Lincolnton

Is Bush right on Social Security?
Thank you for the Feb. 5 column by Mark Weisbrot, with the headline "Bias helps Bush push Social Security myth."Bettye Butler, Plum Branch, S.C.

Greenbaum's letters are a riot

We must declare war on poverty
If any good has come from the tsunami disaster, it is seeing countries reach out in sympathy by providing food, drinking water, health personnel, emergency medical supplies and financial aid. A world divided by ethnic and religious differences has suddenly come together for a common humanitarian cause.Kathy Williams, Evans

Sub teachers can be vulnerable
I could not help but notice the attention that Frederick Jones, the substitute teacher who threatened to kill unruly sixth-graders at Murphey Middle School, has been getting. According to the Feb. 1 Augusta Chronicle ("Stress hospitalizes substitute," 1B) Mr. Jones attempted suicide after seeing his name plastered across the headlines.Brian Baldowski, Augusta

Trust fund runs on circular logic
I can't help but comment on Mark Weisbrot's column Feb. 5, titled "Bias helps Bush push Social Security myth."Terry Bedell, Appling

History defines true 'occupation'

Ask the Carey Brothers

Weigh alternatives when choosing energy sources

Black divas have left mark on fashion

Techbits: Kazaa memos, Online banking and more

Detroit museums take visitors on black-history journey

Duvall and Caan in 'Godfather' video game

More students taking relationship classes

What's the big deal about IPTV?

Some turn to the Internet for a love connection

Can video clips help steer Cupid's arrows?

Include universal design in remodeling plans

Toy companies expand into home decor

Gesture to widower should start with note

New orchestra hall would change Atlanta's skyline

Dancers find mate waiting in wings

Finding life in ancient ruins of Coba and Tulum

Playboy: The Mansion game review

Travel briefs

Duke freshmen use iPods for classes and tunes

Can video clips help steer Cupid's arrows?
After exchanging instant messages and digital photos through an online dating site, Christopher Boykin flew to Houston to meet what he hoped would be a beautiful soul mate. What he found was a flabby misanthrope with an apparent drinking problem.

Can video clips help steer Cupid's arrows?
After exchanging instant messages and digital photos through an online dating site, Christopher Boykin flew to Houston to meet what he hoped would be a beautiful soul mate. What he found was a flabby misanthrope with an apparent drinking problem.

Duke freshmen use iPods for classes and tunes
DURHAM, N.C. - Duke University freshmen are using their school-issued iPods to learn Spanish vocabulary, recording lectures, analyzing music, and - no surprise here - for downloading their favorite tunes.

Travel briefs
DUBLIN, Ireland - Movie fans care about the Oscars. Backpackers care about the Hoscars

Black divas have left mark on fashion
Their beetle-be-de-boo-baa cadence kept our toes tapping. Their lullabies soothed heartaches and made us want to check a brother who had done us wrong. Their uprightness convicted, oftentimes bringing us to our knees in prayer. Their desire to reach the pinnacle of love left us aghast and yearning for just one more note.

Finding life in ancient ruins of Coba and Tulum
CANCUN, Mexico - Most people know Cancun as a beach resort and spring break destination. But if you're an adventurous traveler looking to channel your inner Indiana Jones, there are also ancient Mayan ruins ruins to be explored within a short drive of the beach.

What's the big deal about IPTV?
NEW YORK - I want my IPTV? Internet Protocol, the language of most online communications, was supposed to have revolutionized the way we watch television by now, enabling a wide range of multimedia bells and whistles: from multiple camera angles to on-screen Web searches while viewing Gilligan's Island to see which actors are still living.

Some turn to the Internet for a love connection
Online dating has its share of nightmarish stories. Men who are married pretend to be single. Women post pictures that are 5 years old, and everyone glosses over his or her dark secrets. Yet hope springs eternal in a technological universe inhabited by 14 million Americans, and many couples do find each other and get hitched.

Playboy: The Mansion game review
Poor Hef. I never realized how tedious life atop the Playboy empire was - until I played "Playboy: The Mansion."

Weigh alternatives when choosing energy sources
With so many reality shows on television, it might be easy to start believing everything you watch. I recently saw a reminder that a lot of TV is still fiction, and it's important to keep the differences straight.

What's the big deal about IPTV?
NEW YORK - I want my IPTV? Internet Protocol, the language of most online communications, was supposed to have revolutionized the way we watch television by now, enabling a wide range of multimedia bells and whistles: from multiple camera angles to on-screen Web searches while viewing Gilligan's Island to see which actors are still living.

Love doctor teaches kissing
SEATTLE - This Valentine's Day, forget the flowers and chocolate. Cherie Byrd has a better idea: Learn to pucker up.

Gesture to widower should start with note
Dear Carson: We have known our neighbors, Max and Linda, for a year. They have both been sick since we moved here. Just a day ago, Linda died. We don't know them well and they are 30 years older than we are. However, they are nice people. We would like to do something for Max, but want to be careful what we do, so as not to offend him. Also, when do funerals usually happen after someone dies? Is there a polite way to ask about the service? - Young But Caring

Playboy: The Mansion game review
Poor Hef. I never realized how tedious life atop the Playboy empire was - until I played "Playboy: The Mansion."

Techbits: Kazaa memos, Online banking and more
SYDNEY, Australia - Internal documents made public in an Australian court indicate that it's not just consumers who are often annoyed by programs that install with the Kazaa file-swapping software.

Toy companies expand into home decor
NEW YORK - It's a child's dream - bedroom decor just like a Bratz doll's. A bed in the shape of a Hot Wheels car. Or a chair shaped like a Tonka truck.

How to recover lost digital images
Q: Help! My vacation photos are gone from my digital camera! The camera says there's something wrong with the memory card? What do I do?

Include universal design in remodeling plans
With the U.S. population graying, why are so many homes so unfriendly to older homeowners?

More students taking relationship classes
MUNCIE, Ind. - Scott Hall wants to spark a discussion, so he asks his students something bound to provoke a reaction: Do women want more out of marriage than men?

Some turn to the Internet for a love connection
Online dating has its share of nightmarish stories. Men who are married pretend to be single. Women post pictures that are 5 years old, and everyone glosses over his or her dark secrets. Yet hope springs eternal in a technological universe inhabited by 14 million Americans, and many couples do find each other and get hitched.

Duvall and Caan in 'Godfather' video game
NEW YORK - Robert Duvall and James Caan aren't taking themselves or their latest reunion seriously.

Travel briefs
DUBLIN, Ireland - Movie fans care about the Oscars. Backpackers care about the Hoscars

Techbits: Kazaa memos, Online banking and more
SYDNEY, Australia - Internal documents made public in an Australian court indicate that it's not just consumers who are often annoyed by programs that install with the Kazaa file-swapping software.

Dancers find mate waiting in wings
For Eddie Forehand and Christy Whitesell, married less than a year, and Rider Vierling and Kristy Tancred, married almost two, professional success means leaving domestic demands at home.

Duke freshmen use iPods for classes and tunes
DURHAM, N.C. - Duke University freshmen are using their school-issued iPods to learn Spanish vocabulary, recording lectures, analyzing music, and - no surprise here - for downloading their favorite tunes.

Detroit museums take visitors on black-history journey
DETROIT - The slave fortress is dimly lighted with lanterns, and the white brick walls are stained with mildew. There's nothing here but iron bars and shackles.

Dancers find mate waiting in wings
For Eddie Forehand and Christy Whitesell, married less than a year, and Rider Vierling and Kristy Tancred, married almost two, professional success means leaving domestic demands at home.

New orchestra hall would change Atlanta's skyline
ATLANTA - An 18-story structure with moveable wings fashioned like an angel would make the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's new hall a heavenly standout among the boxy skyscrapers that make up Atlanta's skyline.

More students taking relationship classes
MUNCIE, Ind. - Scott Hall wants to spark a discussion, so he asks his students something bound to provoke a reaction: Do women want more out of marriage than men?

Duvall and Caan in 'Godfather' video game
NEW YORK - Robert Duvall and James Caan aren't taking themselves or their latest reunion seriously.

Include universal design in remodeling plans
With the U.S. population graying, why are so many homes so unfriendly to older homeowners?

Gesture to widower should start with note
Dear Carson: We have known our neighbors, Max and Linda, for a year. They have both been sick since we moved here. Just a day ago, Linda died. We don't know them well and they are 30 years older than we are. However, they are nice people. We would like to do something for Max, but want to be careful what we do, so as not to offend him. Also, when do funerals usually happen after someone dies? Is there a polite way to ask about the service? - Young But Caring

Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: A dirt odor comes through the furnace vents. I was told to put bright lights in the area and that doing so would kill fungi that are causing the smell. Please offer suggestions; lights sound a bit far-fetched. Also, there is lime growing between our vinyl flooring and the cement making the flooring lumpy. What is the procedure to prevent this from happening again? -- Doris

Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: A dirt odor comes through the furnace vents. I was told to put bright lights in the area and that doing so would kill fungi that are causing the smell. Please offer suggestions; lights sound a bit far-fetched. Also, there is lime growing between our vinyl flooring and the cement making the flooring lumpy. What is the procedure to prevent this from happening again? -- Doris

Toy companies expand into home decor
NEW YORK - It's a child's dream - bedroom decor just like a Bratz doll's. A bed in the shape of a Hot Wheels car. Or a chair shaped like a Tonka truck.

Weigh alternatives when choosing energy sources
With so many reality shows on television, it might be easy to start believing everything you watch. I recently saw a reminder that a lot of TV is still fiction, and it's important to keep the differences straight.

New orchestra hall would change Atlanta's skyline
ATLANTA - An 18-story structure with moveable wings fashioned like an angel would make the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's new hall a heavenly standout among the boxy skyscrapers that make up Atlanta's skyline.

Finding life in ancient ruins of Coba and Tulum
CANCUN, Mexico - Most people know Cancun as a beach resort and spring break destination. But if you're an adventurous traveler looking to channel your inner Indiana Jones, there are also ancient Mayan ruins ruins to be explored within a short drive of the beach.

Detroit museums take visitors on black-history journey
DETROIT - The slave fortress is dimly lighted with lanterns, and the white brick walls are stained with mildew. There's nothing here but iron bars and shackles.

Black divas have left mark on fashion
Their beetle-be-de-boo-baa cadence kept our toes tapping. Their lullabies soothed heartaches and made us want to check a brother who had done us wrong. Their uprightness convicted, oftentimes bringing us to our knees in prayer. Their desire to reach the pinnacle of love left us aghast and yearning for just one more note.

Couple settle on first house they inspected
When Kristen and Keith Fincher moved to Georgia from Washington, D.C., they looked at 20 houses in the four days they had to spare. In the end, they settled on the first one they looked at: an 8-year-old house in Hunters Ridge subdivision at the Richmond County/Columbia County line.

Dzieduszycki turns the trick
Ken Magowan said that when you get a hat trick in a hockey game, you feel like you can score at will.

Dzieduszycki turns the trick
Ken Magowan said that when you get a hat trick in a hockey game, you feel like you can score at will.

Dzieduszycki turns the trick

Oxygen tank, scooter become office supplies for Norwood

Kid of the day
Today's Kid of the Day is Stephanie Mills of Hephzibah.

Across the area
A 39-year-old Augusta woman told police her former boyfriend sexually assaulted her when she broke up with him early Sunday.

History helps explain segregation in churches
When he immigrated to the United States some 30 years ago from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Noel Makidi was surprised when he saw that churches were either black or white.

The week ahead
Do you think it's a mere coincidence that American Heart Month is the same month that Valentine's Day is in? Wedged in the middle of a month dedicated to giving tips on how to preserve and protect your heart is a day devoted to encouraging you to give it away.

Policy alters water service
BELVEDERE - Montez Van Zant knows the stigma that brands someone living in a humble mobile home like hers.

Across Georgia

Across the area

The week ahead

Fighting the 'veil of secrecy'

Pavilion manager has room with view

As society integrates, most churches stay separate
When Gary Rose enrolled at Georgia Tech in the 1980s, the black engineering student joined a choir at the Baptist Student Union on campus. The singers were thrilled because he helped them pick up the black gospel style.

Aiken wants higher SRS fees
AIKEN - County officials plan to ask the Department of Energy for increased compensation in return for the 73,000 acres of land the federal agency gobbled up in 1950 to make way for Savannah River Site.

Child support measure starts heated debate
ATLANTA - Paul Craven realized he wouldn't be moving into a mansion when he married his second wife. With three children from two prior relationships, the 32-year-old Effingham County resident knew child support payments were draining his bank account.

Singers give inspirational concert for detained teens

Walker keeps influence behind scenes
ATLANTA - The state Capitol is a different place these days for Charles Walker.

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - Racist graffiti spray-painted on the black police chief's car has some black leaders upset that Jim Crow-era scare tactics are alive in 2005.

Across Georgia
CONYERS - A routine traffic stop led to the arrest of a man wanted by the FBI in the strangling of his girlfriend.

Memorial park planners seek war tales
CONYERS, Ga. - Bud Sosebee was one of the first Army soldiers to meet Russian soldiers coming from the east at the end of World War II. But it was the German villagers who made the biggest impression on him.

Forgot to buy a Valentine's Day gift?

Aiken wants higher SRS fees

Abusers do not stop for Valentine's Day

Legislators mull workers' compensation limits

Board debates tattling reward
Richmond County pupils could get cash for tattling on classmates with weapons or drugs under a controversial plan being studied by the school board.

Aviation college hopes expansion will raise school's profile

Across Georgia
ROME - Two people were killed when a fire broke out at their rural Floyd County brick home.

Walker keeps influence behind scenes

Visitors scarce at unique black sports museum

UGA students choose dorms over apartments

Rulings on Evans town center debated
It's been more than 10 years since the idea of a town center in Columbia County was first envisioned. Now, Evans Town Center is a hub of activity for the county, with business booming and a new library and performing arts center on the way.

Ga. legislators prepare for hectic week

Five questions with Dr. Russ Holloman
Dr. Holloman is a licensed marriage and family therapist and family counselor. He has been helping people with their relationships since 1976. His office is on Taft Drive in Evans.

Ga. legislators prepare for hectic week
ATLANTA - General Assembly leaders plan to sprint through another week beginning today, with issues from tourism to redistricting to restrictions on medical-malpractice legislation all likely to make an appearance.

An expert look at race and the church

Legislators mull workers' compensation limits
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Employees who don't follow workplace safety rules wouldn't have their injuries covered by workers' compensation insurance under law changes the House is now considering.

Intruder is sought in toddler's slaying

Where we live
In an unassuming back room of Dunlap Studio & Gallery, art is being made.

Singers give inspirational concert for detained teens
For the teenage boys at the Augusta Youth Development Center, an hour performance Saturday by a local youth group was an escape.

UGA students choose dorms over apartments
ATHENS, Ga. - A few years ago, a University of Georgia student such as freshman David Tim may have moved to an apartment after a year in the dorms.

Across the southeast
INVERNESS, FLA. - The oldest adopted daughter of a Citrus County couple accused of starving and torturing five of their seven children is asking for permission to visit her siblings.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Nicholaus Kersey, 9, of Hephzibah.

Across the area
A 39-year-old Augusta woman told police her former boyfriend sexually assaulted her when she broke up with him early Sunday.

Across the southeast
INVERNESS, FLA. - The oldest adopted daughter of a Citrus County couple accused of starving and torturing five of their seven children is asking for permission to visit her siblings.

Across the area
A Jeep and other items were stolen after a person used a garage-door opener to gain access to a garage Thursday night, sheriff's reports said.

The week ahead
Do you think it's a mere coincidence that American Heart Month is the same month that Valentine's Day is in? Wedged in the middle of a month dedicated to giving tips on how to preserve and protect your heart is a day devoted to encouraging you to give it away.

Across the southeast

Rulings on Evans town center debated
It's been more than 10 years since the idea of a town center in Columbia County was first envisioned. Now, Evans Town Center is a hub of activity for the county, with business booming and a new library and performing arts center on the way.

Kid of the Day

Five questions with Dr. Russ Holloman
Dr. Holloman is a licensed marriage and family therapist and family counselor. He has been helping people with their relationships since 1976. His office is on Taft Drive in Evans.

Ports to compete for security money under Bush budget proposal

'Chronicle' seeks input on bridging divide
In January 2004, The Augusta Chronicle began a series on race relations by asking readers to share their thoughts about the issue. Fourteen months later, the newspaper is again asking for help.

Small businesses, retirees split on tax proposal

Ga. legislators prepare for hectic week
ATLANTA - General Assembly leaders plan to sprint through another week beginning today, with issues from tourism to redistricting to restrictions on medical-malpractice legislation all likely to make an appearance.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Fifteen firefighters were sent to the hospital with respiratory problems after inhaling chlorine gas while trying to put out a blaze at a suburban Columbia home.

Legislators mull workers' compensation limits
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Employees who don't follow workplace safety rules wouldn't have their injuries covered by workers' compensation insurance under law changes the House is now considering.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Fifteen firefighters were sent to the hospital with respiratory problems after inhaling chlorine gas while trying to put out a blaze at a suburban Columbia home.

Chlorine sends15 Columbia firefighters to hospital
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Fifteen firefighters were sent to the hospital with respiratory problems after inhaling chlorine gas while trying to put out a blaze at a suburban home here.

Educators fight to halt charter bill

Visitors scarce at unique black sports museum
MARIETTA, Ga. - Howard Williams envisions a day when large crowds pack his African American Sports Museum, marveling at his collection of memorabilia and learning about an important aspect of black history.

Across the area

Child support measure starts heated debate
ATLANTA - Paul Craven realized he wouldn't be moving into a mansion when he married his second wife. With three children from two prior relationships, the 32-year-old Effingham County resident knew child support payments were draining his bank account.

Across Georgia
ROME - Two people were killed when a fire broke out at their rural Floyd County brick home.

Board debates tattling reward
Richmond County pupils could get cash for tattling on classmates with weapons or drugs under a controversial plan being studied by the school board.

Local college graduation rates low
Graduation rates at the three major colleges and universities in the Augusta-Aiken area are below the national average, a problem that could be improved with better student advisement, officials say.

Where we live
In an unassuming back room of Dunlap Studio & Gallery, art is being made.

Educators fight to halt charter bill
A new charter school bill soon to be up for debate in the South Carolina Senate is infuriating some of the people it's supposed to be helping organizers of charter schools across the Palmetto State.

Policy alters water service
BELVEDERE - Montez Van Zant knows the stigma that brands someone living in a humble mobile home like hers.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

History helps explain segregation in churches
When he immigrated to the United States some 30 years ago from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Noel Makidi was surprised when he saw that churches were either black or white.

Pavilion manager has room with view
The view from Sandy Boner's office is that of a parking lot.

As society integrates, most churches stay separate
When Gary Rose enrolled at Georgia Tech in the 1980s, the black engineering student joined a choir at the Baptist Student Union on campus. The singers were thrilled because he helped them pick up the black gospel style.

Where we live

Kid of the day
Today's Kid of the Day is Stephanie Mills of Hephzibah.

Child support measure starts heated debate

An expert look at race and the church
Dr. Michael O. Emerson, a professor of sociology, became director of the Du Bois Center for the Advanced Study of Religion and Race at the University of Notre Dame last year. The following question-and-answer series is excerpted from earlier interviews on race and the church

Board debates tattling reward

Appraiser's pledge denied land interest
Just two days before his wife purchased a 98-acre tract of land on the border of Richmond and Burke counties, Augusta-Richmond County Planning Commission member Ashby Krouse pledged in writing that he had "no financial interest" whatsoever in its value, an investigation by The Augusta Chronicle has found.

Kid of the day

Perdue's plan for health care causes concern
McDONOUGH, Ga. - Because her husband's construction job doesn't provide insurance and she's a housewife, Dominique Miller is glad PeachCare for Kids has provided health care for her two young sons.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Intruder is sought in toddler's slaying
FOREST PARK, Ga. - Investigators still do not know who fired the shot that killed a 2-year-old boy, Clayton County police said Saturday.

Five questions with Dr. Russ Holloman

UGA students choose dorms over apartments
ATHENS, Ga. - A few years ago, a University of Georgia student such as freshman David Tim may have moved to an apartment after a year in the dorms.

Local college graduation rates low

News you can use
There are hundreds of churches in the Augusta area and only 52 Sundays in a year. As you visit congregations, here are some ideas to shorten the search for your spiritual home.

Rulings on Evans town center debated

Fighting the 'veil of secrecy'
ORANGEBURG, S.C. - Protesters who watched three of their own gunned down by state troopers during a rally on the outskirts of South Carolina State University in February 1968 hoped the deaths of the three black students would echo throughout the history of the civil rights movement.

Across South Carolina

Abusers do not stop for Valentine's Day
Love is a trap.

Educators fight to halt charter bill
A new charter school bill soon to be up for debate in the South Carolina Senate is infuriating some of the people it's supposed to be helping organizers of charter schools across the Palmetto State.

Policy alters water service

Forgot to buy a Valentine's Day gift?
If you woke up today in a cold sweat, feeling sick or shaky, it's probably one of two things.

Perdue's plan for health care causes concern

Ports to compete for security money under Bush budget proposal
CHARLESTON, S.C. - President Bush's budget proposal would force the Port of Charleston to compete for security money against public transportation agencies.

History helps explain segregation in churches

Visitors scarce at unique black sports museum
MARIETTA, Ga. - Howard Williams envisions a day when large crowds pack his African American Sports Museum, marveling at his collection of memorabilia and learning about an important aspect of black history.

Appraiser's pledge denied land interest

Aviation college hopes expansion will raise school's profile
EASTMAN, Ga. - Officials at Georgia Aviation Technical College are hoping an $8.6 million expansion project will help raise the school's profile as a top training center.

Across Georgia

Abusers do not stop for Valentine's Day
Love is a trap.

As society integrates, most churches stay separate

Walker keeps influence behind scenes
ATLANTA - The state Capitol is a different place these days for Charles Walker.

Appraiser's pledge denied land interest
Just two days before his wife purchased a 98-acre tract of land on the border of Richmond and Burke counties, Augusta-Richmond County Planning Commission member Ashby Krouse pledged in writing that he had "no financial interest" whatsoever in its value, an investigation by The Augusta Chronicle has found.

Local college graduation rates low
Graduation rates at the three major colleges and universities in the Augusta-Aiken area are below the national average, a problem that could be improved with better student advisement, officials say.

Oxygen tank, scooter become office supplies for Norwood
WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood hasn't visited his constituents in northeast Georgia since June, and those who stop into his Washington office are greeted by a sign requiring them to sanitize their hands.

Aiken wants higher SRS fees
AIKEN - County officials plan to ask the Department of Energy for increased compensation in return for the 73,000 acres of land the federal agency gobbled up in 1950 to make way for Savannah River Site.

Perdue's plan for health care causes concern
McDONOUGH, Ga. - Because her husband's construction job doesn't provide insurance and she's a housewife, Dominique Miller is glad PeachCare for Kids has provided health care for her two young sons.

Pavilion manager has room with view
The view from Sandy Boner's office is that of a parking lot.

Intruder is sought in toddler's slaying
FOREST PARK, Ga. - Investigators still do not know who fired the shot that killed a 2-year-old boy, Clayton County police said Saturday.

An expert look at race and the church
Dr. Michael O. Emerson, a professor of sociology, became director of the Du Bois Center for the Advanced Study of Religion and Race at the University of Notre Dame last year. The following question-and-answer series is excerpted from earlier interviews on race and the church

Singers give inspirational concert for detained teens
For the teenage boys at the Augusta Youth Development Center, an hour performance Saturday by a local youth group was an escape.

Forgot to buy a Valentine's Day gift?
If you woke up today in a cold sweat, feeling sick or shaky, it's probably one of two things.

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - Racist graffiti spray-painted on the black police chief's car has some black leaders upset that Jim Crow-era scare tactics are alive in 2005.

Ports to compete for security money under Bush budget proposal
CHARLESTON, S.C. - President Bush's budget proposal would force the Port of Charleston to compete for security money against public transportation agencies.

Across Georgia
CONYERS - A routine traffic stop led to the arrest of a man wanted by the FBI in the strangling of his girlfriend.

Small businesses, retirees split on tax proposal
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Gov. Mark Sanford thinks lowering the state's top income tax rate from 7 percent to 4.75 percent over several years is a good way to draw wealthy retirees to South Carolina and help small business owners statewide.

Across the area
A Jeep and other items were stolen after a person used a garage-door opener to gain access to a garage Thursday night, sheriff's reports said.

Across South Carolina

Fighting the 'veil of secrecy'
ORANGEBURG, S.C. - Protesters who watched three of their own gunned down by state troopers during a rally on the outskirts of South Carolina State University in February 1968 hoped the deaths of the three black students would echo throughout the history of the civil rights movement.

Aviation college hopes expansion will raise school's profile
EASTMAN, Ga. - Officials at Georgia Aviation Technical College are hoping an $8.6 million expansion project will help raise the school's profile as a top training center.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Nicholaus Kersey, 9, of Hephzibah.

Small businesses, retirees split on tax proposal
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Gov. Mark Sanford thinks lowering the state's top income tax rate from 7 percent to 4.75 percent over several years is a good way to draw wealthy retirees to South Carolina and help small business owners statewide.

Latest loss may prove costly
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt takes issue with the term "bad loss" when it comes to the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Latest loss may prove costly
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt takes issue with the term "bad loss" when it comes to the Atlantic Coast Conference.

I'd love to give you a gift, but ...
It's Valentine's Day. A time for love and hearts. Chocolate and flowers. Romantic cards and those little candy hearts with LUV U stamped on them.

I'd love to give you a gift, but ...
It's Valentine's Day. A time for love and hearts. Chocolate and flowers. Romantic cards and those little candy hearts with LUV U stamped on them.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

'Hitch' tops at box office
LOS ANGELES - Will Smith usually brings audiences in at gunpoint. This time, he did it with hugs and kisses.

'Hitch' tops at box office
LOS ANGELES - Will Smith usually brings audiences in at gunpoint. This time, he did it with hugs and kisses.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

'Hitch' tops at box office

New York Philharmonic wins three Grammys for Sept. 11 tribute recording
NEW YORK - The New York Philharmonic won three Grammy awards on Sunday for a live recording of composer John Adams' tribute to the victims and survivors of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack.

Few fashion rules are broken at Grammy Awards
White is the new black, at least in the fashion rule book of Alicia Keys, Usher and Kanye West.

New York Philharmonic wins three Grammys for Sept. 11 tribute recording

Vignettes from the 47th Grammy Awards
LOS ANGELES - She admits she can't carry a tune. But yes, that was former Attorney General Janet Reno rubbing elbows with the rappers and rockers on the Grammys' green carpet.

Hawaiian musical tradition receives first Grammy honor
LOS ANGELES - Hawaiian music got its due at the Grammy Awards Sunday night, garnering the Recording Academy's first honor set aside for musicians keeping the islands' musical traditions alive.

Ray Charles sweeps Grammys
LOS ANGELES - On the night when all of music bands together for one genre-busting party, Ray Charles received a fitting eulogy Sunday as his final album, "Genius Loves Company," won a leading eight Grammys.

New York Philharmonic wins three Grammys for Sept. 11 tribute recording
NEW YORK - The New York Philharmonic won three Grammy awards on Sunday for a live recording of composer John Adams' tribute to the victims and survivors of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack.

Ray Charles sweeps Grammys
LOS ANGELES - On the night when all of music bands together for one genre-busting party, Ray Charles received a fitting eulogy Sunday as his final album, "Genius Loves Company," won a leading eight Grammys.

Vignettes from the 47th Grammy Awards

Vignettes from the 47th Grammy Awards
LOS ANGELES - She admits she can't carry a tune. But yes, that was former Attorney General Janet Reno rubbing elbows with the rappers and rockers on the Grammys' green carpet.

Few fashion rules are broken at Grammy Awards

Grammy system to sport changes
Mention the Grammy Awards and, inevitably, someone will bring up Milli Vanilli.

Few fashion rules are broken at Grammy Awards
White is the new black, at least in the fashion rule book of Alicia Keys, Usher and Kanye West.

Grammy system to sport changes
Mention the Grammy Awards and, inevitably, someone will bring up Milli Vanilli.

Grammy system to sport changes

Ray Charles sweeps Grammys

Venturini promises to return after injury
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Billy Venturini promised a return to the ARCA Re/Max Series after breaking his neck during a 17-car crash at Daytona International Speedway.

Pole helps Jarrett to feel better

Pole helps Jarrett to feel better
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Dale Jarrett has heard the talk.

Qualifying takes a back seat
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Unlike seasons past, there is little drama in pole qualifying for the Daytona 500.

Earnhardt 39th in first qualifying session

Qualifying takes a back seat
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Unlike seasons past, there is little drama in pole qualifying for the Daytona 500.

Venturini promises to return after injury
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Billy Venturini promised a return to the ARCA Re/Max Series after breaking his neck during a 17-car crash at Daytona International Speedway.

Event marred by accidents

Earnhardt 39th in first qualifying session
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. is off to a slow start in defense of his Daytona 500 title, blaming a poor qualifying effort on engine problems.

Qualifying takes a back seat

Venturini promises to return after injury

Pole helps Jarrett to feel better
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Dale Jarrett has heard the talk.

Event marred by accidents
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Daytona International Speedway allotted three hours for Saturday night's Advance Discount Auto Parts 200 for the ARCA Re/Max Series cars.

Earnhardt 39th in first qualifying session
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. is off to a slow start in defense of his Daytona 500 title, blaming a poor qualifying effort on engine problems.

Event marred by accidents
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Daytona International Speedway allotted three hours for Saturday night's Advance Discount Auto Parts 200 for the ARCA Re/Max Series cars.

Karl Malone announces retirement
SALT LAKE CITY - Karl Malone officially announced his retirement Sunday, saying "you will not see me play again. That is a promise."

Karl Malone announces retirement

Karl Malone announces retirement
SALT LAKE CITY - Karl Malone officially announced his retirement Sunday, saying "you will not see me play again. That is a promise."

Hawks activate Smith from injured list
MILWAUKEE - The Atlanta Hawks activated rookie Josh Smith from the injured list before Saturday night's game at Milwaukee, general manager Billy Knight said.

Paine pulls out overtime win
Paine coach Ron Spry wants Daniel Lomax to become more assertive on offense. At times, that can be a difficult task.

ACC roundup
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Justin Gray scored 20 points, and Eric Williams had 15 points and a career-high 14 rebounds as No. 6 Wake Forest avenged a heartbreaking loss earlier in the season by routing Florida State, 87-48 on Saturday.

Augusta State slips by Francis Marionpeach belt conference
FLORENCE, S.C. -- Jason Mills scored 15 points, and Cameron Tovey and Tyrekus Bowman had double-doubles as Augusta State evened its Peach Belt Conference record with a 66-52 victory over Francis Marion.

No. 3 Duke defeats Maryland
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Some of it was stage fright. Much of it can be attributed to Duke's defense.

Southern Conference roundup
DAVIDSON, N.C. - Logan Kosmalski, Ian Johnson and Brendan Winters each scored 19 points Saturday to lift Davidson past Georgia Southern 92-87, giving the Wildcats the Southern Conference's South Division title.

No. 3 Duke defeats Maryland
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Some of it was stage fright. Much of it can be attributed to Duke's defense.

Lions beat up on Koalas
As it turned out, it was actually tougher scheduling Columbia College for a college basketball game than playing it.

ACC roundup
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Justin Gray scored 20 points, and Eric Williams had 15 points and a career-high 14 rebounds as No. 6 Wake Forest avenged a heartbreaking loss earlier in the season by routing Florida State, 87-48 on Saturday.

Southern Conference roundup
DAVIDSON, N.C. - Logan Kosmalski, Ian Johnson and Brendan Winters each scored 19 points Saturday to lift Davidson past Georgia Southern 92-87, giving the Wildcats the Southern Conference's South Division title.

Paine pulls out overtime win
Paine coach Ron Spry wants Daniel Lomax to become more assertive on offense. At times, that can be a difficult task.

Augusta State slips by Francis Marionpeach belt conference
FLORENCE, S.C. -- Jason Mills scored 15 points, and Cameron Tovey and Tyrekus Bowman had double-doubles as Augusta State evened its Peach Belt Conference record with a 66-52 victory over Francis Marion.

SEC roundup
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Chuck Hayes and Patrick Sparks each scored 14 points, and No. 5 Kentucky held off a late run by undermanned Georgia for a 60-51 victory on Saturday.

Aikman: Pro Bowl needs an overhaul

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Landry Peyton Steptoe    (SOPERTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Buddy Blackwood    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Bentley    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Hannah S. Carroll    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Robert "Rick" Riccardo    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

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Mr. Robert "Rick" Riccardo (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Don McGlohon (HAWKINSVILLE, Ga.)

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Mr. Herbert Rouse, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. LeRoy Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Reeves Thornton (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Benton T. Rackley, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Small (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

James Edward (Smokey) Norman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Ernest Orlando Ward, Sr. (HAMPTON, S.C.)

Mr. Jerry Garrett (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. LeRoy Darnell Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. H. Alan Collins (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Falinda Cofer Green (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wm. Harold Widener (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Rosa Lee Byars (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Clara Bales Gilbride (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Jerry Garrett (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. James J. Smith (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. John Thompson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Landry Peyton Steptoe (SOPERTON, Ga.)

Mr. David Conley (SILOAM, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Bentley (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Janice Barnett Hedrick (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Helen Silbert (NEWBURGH, N.Y.)

Mr. Arthur Reid (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hannah S. Carroll (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Joel Felipe Fabian Mata (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bryce J. Gordon (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Claude "Ray" Butler (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. Johnnie Brown (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth Mack (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. David H. Johnson, Sr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Earl James Pearee (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Falinda Cofer Green (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn L. Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John L. Casella (PETERSBURG, Fla.)

Mr. Wendell Duffey (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorothy V. Seago (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. John L. DuTeau (OCALA, Fla.)

Andy Roddick wins 16th career title

Area sports announcements

Overtime

Overtime

Overtime
USC Aiken split a doubleheader with No. 9 North Florida on Saturday.

Overtime
No. 12 Augusta State scored six runs in the bottom of the ninth, then got another run in the bottom of the 10th to stun No. 9 Columbus State, 12-11 in the Peach Belt Conference opener for both teams.

Andy Roddick wins 16th career title
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Andy Roddick's game is back on track all right.

Andy Roddick wins 16th career title
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Andy Roddick's game is back on track all right.

Overtime
USC Aiken split a doubleheader with No. 9 North Florida on Saturday.

Area sports 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. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Overtime
No. 12 Augusta State scored six runs in the bottom of the ninth, then got another run in the bottom of the 10th to stun No. 9 Columbus State, 12-11 in the Peach Belt Conference opener for both teams.

Area sports 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. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations might be required.

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations might be required.

Outdoors calendar

Permits will go to fortunate
250 additional hunting and fishing permits will become available in March. Application letters will be accepted from March 1 through March 15. Applicants will be chosen at random.

Permits will go to fortunate
250 additional hunting and fishing permits will become available in March. Application letters will be accepted from March 1 through March 15. Applicants will be chosen at random.

Oxygen tank, scooter become office supplies for Norwood
WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood hasn't visited his constituents in northeast Georgia since June, and those who stop into his Washington office are greeted by a sign requiring them to sanitize their hands.

Terry saves unbeaten Rebels
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - You might have felt a tremor at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday .

Thomson wears down Glenn Hills, takes title
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - The odds were stacked against Glenn Hills on Saturday night in the Region 3-AAA championship game.

Josey rolls to region title
Josey's girls basketball team felt confident coming into Friday night's Region 7-AA championship game against Laney because they had survived two very intense battles against the Lady Wildcats this year.

Terry saves unbeaten Rebels
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - You might have felt a tremor at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday .

Eagles get title to end region skid
Josey head coach Sam Lilly felt nervous coming into Saturday night's Region 7-AA championship matchup. He did not know if it was the game or his 40th birthday that made him feel this way.

Thomson wears down Glenn Hills, takes title
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - The odds were stacked against Glenn Hills on Saturday night in the Region 3-AAA championship game.

Josey rolls to region title
Josey's girls basketball team felt confident coming into Friday night's Region 7-AA championship game against Laney because they had survived two very intense battles against the Lady Wildcats this year.

Razorbacks rebound for consolation game title
WAYNESBORO, Ga.- Cross Creek coach Kim Schlein wondered how her team would respond Saturday after a close loss Friday to Burke County.

Bulldogs recover just in time to run by Rebels
WAYNSESBORO, Ga. - Butler still has questions. Last year's runner-up in Class AAAA continues to be both talented and inconsistent.

Bulldogs recover just in time to run by Rebels
WAYNSESBORO, Ga. - Butler still has questions. Last year's runner-up in Class AAAA continues to be both talented and inconsistent.

Eagles get title to end region skid
Josey head coach Sam Lilly felt nervous coming into Saturday night's Region 7-AA championship matchup. He did not know if it was the game or his 40th birthday that made him feel this way.

Aikman: Pro Bowl needs an overhaul
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman, now an NFL analyst on Fox television, advocates doing away with the Pro Bowl game and turning the all-star event into a skills competition because the players don't want to risk injury by suiting up and enduring more contact.

Aikman: Pro Bowl needs an overhaul
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman, now an NFL analyst on Fox television, advocates doing away with the Pro Bowl game and turning the all-star event into a skills competition because the players don't want to risk injury by suiting up and enduring more contact.

Pope blesses crowd from studio at St. Peter's
VATICAN CITY - Returning to the world's most storied pulpit for the first time since his hospitalization, Pope John Paul II addressed a sea of worshippers Sunday from his studio in St. Peter's Square and gave with his presence what no cardinal's words could deliver: a strong assurance that he's on the rebound.

Pope blesses crowd from studio at St. Peter's
VATICAN CITY - Returning to the world's most storied pulpit for the first time since his hospitalization, Pope John Paul II addressed a sea of worshippers Sunday from his studio in St. Peter's Square and gave with his presence what no cardinal's words could deliver: a strong assurance that he's on the rebound.

Permits will go to fortunate

Latest loss may prove costly

Privatization plan for al-Jazeera has journalists worried

Privatization plan for al-Jazeera has journalists worried
DOHA, Qatar - The U.S. government may view al-Jazeera as little more than an anti-American mouthpiece, yet the journalists who work at the satellite TV station consider it the only bastion of free press in an authoritarian Middle East. And the prospect of being sold to the highest bidder has many deeply worried.

'Nightline' facing a crossroads

Interactive TV poised for a rollout
NEW YORK - I want my IPTV?

'Nightline' facing a crossroads
NEW YORK - When George Stephanopoulos filled in as anchor to talk about the Iraqi elections recently, it may have been a peek into the future at "Nightline."

Interactive TV poised for a rollout
NEW YORK - I want my IPTV?

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Maybe you saw Liam Neeson starring in the recent biopic of Alfred Kinsey.

Privatization plan for al-Jazeera has journalists worried
DOHA, Qatar - The U.S. government may view al-Jazeera as little more than an anti-American mouthpiece, yet the journalists who work at the satellite TV station consider it the only bastion of free press in an authoritarian Middle East. And the prospect of being sold to the highest bidder has many deeply worried.

Interactive TV poised for a rollout

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Maybe you saw Liam Neeson starring in the recent biopic of Alfred Kinsey.

'Nightline' facing a crossroads
NEW YORK - When George Stephanopoulos filled in as anchor to talk about the Iraqi elections recently, it may have been a peek into the future at "Nightline."

Lawyers in Michael Jackson case seek fairness

Witnesses prosecution key in Robert Blake case

People in the News

Lady Dogs down Clemson

Kentucky claws way past Georgia
LEXINGTON, Ky. - As he addressed the fans who remained at Rupp Arena to listen to his postgame radio show, Kentucky coach Tubby Smith offered an apology for his team's poor play.

Kentucky claws way past Georgia
LEXINGTON, Ky. - As he addressed the fans who remained at Rupp Arena to listen to his postgame radio show, Kentucky coach Tubby Smith offered an apology for his team's poor play.

Kentucky 'remorseful,' Georgia 'proud' of result
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky hasn't felt this bad about a win in quite a while, and Georgia probably hasn't felt so positive about a loss.

Kentucky claws way past Georgia

Lady Dogs down Clemson
DULUTH, Ga. - In 26 years as the women's basketball coach at Georgia, Andy Landers has won 20 games 21 times.

Lady Dogs down Clemson
DULUTH, Ga. - In 26 years as the women's basketball coach at Georgia, Andy Landers has won 20 games 21 times.

Kentucky 'remorseful,' Georgia 'proud' of result

Kentucky 'remorseful,' Georgia 'proud' of result
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky hasn't felt this bad about a win in quite a while, and Georgia probably hasn't felt so positive about a loss.

Baseball: South Carolina routs Longwood

Baseball: South Carolina routs Longwood
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Steven Tolleson and Cory Vanderhook had three hits apiece to lead South Carolina to a 13-3 win over Longwood on Sunday.

Baseball: South Carolina routs Longwood
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Steven Tolleson and Cory Vanderhook had three hits apiece to lead South Carolina to a 13-3 win over Longwood on Sunday.

LSU romps Lady Gamecocks
COLUMBIA, S.C. - LSU coach Pokey Chatman didn't yell in the locker room when her top-ranked Lady Tigers led the worst team in the Southeastern Conference by just seven points at halftime.

LSU romps Lady Gamecocks
COLUMBIA, S.C. - LSU coach Pokey Chatman didn't yell in the locker room when her top-ranked Lady Tigers led the worst team in the Southeastern Conference by just seven points at halftime.

Gamecocks fall at home
COLUMBIA - Toney Douglas scored 22 points, and Quinnel Brown added 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead Auburn to a 74-71 victory over South Carolina on Saturday night.

LSU romps Lady Gamecocks

Police: Man solicited suicides for at least five years

Airport screener fails to spot passenger's butcher knife

After 20 years of silence, woman begins talking

Bus driver urged students to act up for 'Survivor' tape

Pope blesses crowd from studio at St. Peter's