Fingerprint may identify artist of disputed masterpiece

Fingerprint may identify artist of disputed masterpiece
ROME - A fingerprint and stylistic touches uncovered during restoration of a disputed Renaissance masterpiece raises the possibility it may have been painted by Leonardo da Vinci, who sometimes left his digital imprint on works as a kind of signature, restorers said Tuesday.

Fingerprint may identify artist of disputed masterpiece
ROME - A fingerprint and stylistic touches uncovered during restoration of a disputed Renaissance masterpiece raises the possibility it may have been painted by Leonardo da Vinci, who sometimes left his digital imprint on works as a kind of signature, restorers said Tuesday.

Barth continues his hitting streak
A slight breeze blew beneath an overcast gray sky. An average day for an ordinary college athlete who did something quite extraordinary.

Steroid concerns cloud spring training start
TAMPA, Fla. - Usually, the start of spring training is a time of clean slates, sun-splashed fields and endless hope.

Barth continues his hitting streak
A slight breeze blew beneath an overcast gray sky. An average day for an ordinary college athlete who did something quite extraordinary.

Barth continues his hitting streak

Canseco book fast seller on first day

Steroid concerns cloud spring training start

Canseco book fast seller on first day
NEW YORK - Jose Canseco's autobiography accusing several top players of steroid use and charging that baseball long ignored peformance-enhancing drugs appeared to be a hit on its first day in bookstores.

Steroid concerns cloud spring training start
TAMPA, Fla. - Usually, the start of spring training is a time of clean slates, sun-splashed fields and endless hope.

Canseco book fast seller on first day
NEW YORK - Jose Canseco's autobiography accusing several top players of steroid use and charging that baseball long ignored peformance-enhancing drugs appeared to be a hit on its first day in bookstores.

Odds and Ends
HANNIBAL, Mo. - It was a two-day encounter at the height of World War II, but Richard Turner never forgot that Iowa girl. Now, 60 years later, he's about to marry her.

Odds and Ends
HANNIBAL, Mo. - It was a two-day encounter at the height of World War II, but Richard Turner never forgot that Iowa girl. Now, 60 years later, he's about to marry her.

It's official: 'Frank' the tumor is dead
RICHMOND, Va. - A 9-year-old boy who nicknamed his brain tumor "Frank" and whose mother launched an online auction to help pay for his medical bills is now cancer-free, his mother said Tuesday.

Odds and Ends
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Cupid occasionally misses his mark, so a local radio station is running a Valentine's Day contest offering a free divorce.

It's official: 'Frank' the tumor is dead
RICHMOND, Va. - A 9-year-old boy who nicknamed his brain tumor "Frank" and whose mother launched an online auction to help pay for his medical bills is now cancer-free, his mother said Tuesday.

Odds and Ends
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Cupid occasionally misses his mark, so a local radio station is running a Valentine's Day contest offering a free divorce.

Radio station offers Valentine's Day divorce-giveaway
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Cupid occasionally misses his mark, so a local radio station is running a Valentine's Day contest offering a free divorce.

Retail sales are strong in January
WASHINGTON - Retail sales fell 0.3 percent in January - the weakest showing in five months - as a big drop in demand for cars offset strength at clothing and department stores. Spending was powered mostly by consumers anxious to use holiday gift cards.

Verizon-MCI, consumers won't likely face higher costs
NEW YORK - After three big mergers over the past two months in the rapidly consolidating telephone industry, consumer advocates are nervous that phone bills might rise.

OfficeMax CEO resigns

Leader quits during inquiry

Georgia tobacco farms are calling it quits
ALBANY, Ga. - About half of Georgia's 1,000 growers of cigarette tobacco will probably accept a government buyout and call it quits this year, a university expert said Tuesday. It could be the biggest one-year exodus from the industry the state has ever seen.

Eyeing iPod sales, phone makers make music push
CANNES, France - With a covetous eye on the success of portable music players, mobile phone makers are going after would-be iPod buyers by building high-quality players into their handsets.

Service has no plans to merge

Builder registry wins vote
ATLANTA - The House and the Senate each passed bills Monday to get a statewide registry in place for builders.

Beware of e-mail 'phishing'
The bulletin boards inside the investigations division of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office have had innumerable examples of the latest wave of Internet identity theft and fraud.

Service has no plans to merge
ATLANTA - BellSouth Corp. does not appear to be in merger-acquisition mode amid the spate of recent telecommunications industry deals announced by several of its rivals.

Microsoft will provide free antispyware software
SAN FRANCISCO - Stepping up its fight against computer threats at the risk of alienating security businesses, Microsoft Corp. announced Tuesday it will give away a program to combat privacy-stealing and PC-clogging spyware and other virtual pests.

Most traders ignore Verizon-MCI merger
NEW YORK - Verizon Communications' $6.7 billion bid for MCI Inc. met with indifference Monday on Wall Street, where stocks barely budged in very light trading.

Eyeing iPod sales, phone makers make music push

Businesses prepare for relocation

Circuit City gets $3.25 billion buyout offer
RICHMOND, Va. - Circuit City Stores Inc., which has struggled to keep up with industry leader Best Buy, said Tuesday that a Boston investment firm made a $3.25 billion unsolicited offer to take the company private. Shares of the nation's No. 2 chain of consumer electronics stores surged.

OfficeMax CEO resigns
CHICAGO - OfficeMax Inc. announced Monday that its president and chief executive officer had resigned and said it fired two more employees as a result of an internal investigation into its accounting.

Most traders ignore Verizon-MCI merger

Businesses prepare for relocation
A massive highway construction project is in its early stages, but its wake already has many local businesses and land owners making big changes.

Builder registry wins vote

Circuit City gets $3.25 billion buyout offer
RICHMOND, Va. - Circuit City Stores Inc., which has struggled to keep up with industry leader Best Buy, said Tuesday that a Boston investment firm made a $3.25 billion unsolicited offer to take the company private. Shares of the nation's No. 2 chain of consumer electronics stores surged.

Leader quits during inquiry
CHICAGO - OfficeMax Inc. announced Monday that its president and chief executive officer had resigned and that it fired two more employees as a result of an internal investigation into its accounting.

Businesses prepare for relocation
A massive highway construction project is in its early stages, but its wake already has many local businesses and land owners making big changes.

Beware of e-mail 'phishing'

OfficeMax CEO resigns
CHICAGO - OfficeMax Inc. announced Monday that its president and chief executive officer had resigned and said it fired two more employees as a result of an internal investigation into its accounting.

Retail sales are strong in January

Most traders ignore Verizon-MCI merger
NEW YORK - Verizon Communications' $6.7 billion bid for MCI Inc. met with indifference Monday on Wall Street, where stocks barely budged in very light trading.

Circuit City gets $3.25 billion buyout offer

Leader quits during inquiry
CHICAGO - OfficeMax Inc. announced Monday that its president and chief executive officer had resigned and that it fired two more employees as a result of an internal investigation into its accounting.

Verizon-MCI, consumers won't likely face higher costs

Service has no plans to merge
ATLANTA - BellSouth Corp. does not appear to be in merger-acquisition mode amid the spate of recent telecommunications industry deals announced by several of its rivals.

Microsoft will provide free antispyware software

Eyeing iPod sales, phone makers make music push
CANNES, France - With a covetous eye on the success of portable music players, mobile phone makers are going after would-be iPod buyers by building high-quality players into their handsets.

Retail sales are strong in January
WASHINGTON - Retail sales fell 0.3 percent in January - the weakest showing in five months - as a big drop in demand for cars offset strength at clothing and department stores. Spending was powered mostly by consumers anxious to use holiday gift cards.

Builder registry wins vote
ATLANTA - The House and the Senate each passed bills Monday to get a statewide registry in place for builders.

Verizon-MCI, consumers won't likely face higher costs
NEW YORK - After three big mergers over the past two months in the rapidly consolidating telephone industry, consumer advocates are nervous that phone bills might rise.

Microsoft will provide free antispyware software
SAN FRANCISCO - Stepping up its fight against computer threats at the risk of alienating security businesses, Microsoft Corp. announced Tuesday it will give away a program to combat privacy-stealing and PC-clogging spyware and other virtual pests.

Beware of e-mail 'phishing'
The bulletin boards inside the investigations division of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office have had innumerable examples of the latest wave of Internet identity theft and fraud.

ACC to try instant replay for 2005 season
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference will use instant replay in the 2005 football season, experimenting with a system based on the one the Big Ten debuted last season.

ACC to try instant replay for 2005 season

ACC to try instant replay for 2005 season
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference will use instant replay in the 2005 football season, experimenting with a system based on the one the Big Ten debuted last season.

Savannah State finishes 0-28

Knight, Raiders survive thriller

A few rat hairs in food will do you no harm
Did you know that you're eating insects, rat hair, rat excrement and insect fragments every day? And that it's OK with the U.S. government?

Too much protection
Designating a community as a historic preservation district is akin to putting a blanket over it to keep it warm and protect it from the raging elements.

Freedom imperiled
On Memorial Day, Veterans Day and other patriotic holidays, America's children surely must hear about the great sacrifices earlier generations made to defend the Constitution and ensure the nation's freedom.

Caution: big stink ahead
Swampland has rarely smelled this foul. It appears as if the owner of 98 rural acres south of Augusta was duped into donating it to the Hale Foundation of Augusta in September 2002 - and that the foundation was then suckered into selling it the same day for $25,000.

Caution: big stink ahead

Terror in Lebanon

Terror in Lebanon
Will critics of the U.S.-led "occupation" of Iraq now turn their wrath on Syria's occupation of Lebanon? Or are the only "occupations" to be condemned those that are trying to liberate countries instead of enslaving them?

Too much protection
Designating a community as a historic preservation district is akin to putting a blanket over it to keep it warm and protect it from the raging elements.

Terror in Lebanon
Will critics of the U.S.-led "occupation" of Iraq now turn their wrath on Syria's occupation of Lebanon? Or are the only "occupations" to be condemned those that are trying to liberate countries instead of enslaving them?

Freedom imperiled

Too much protection

Caution: big stink ahead
Swampland has rarely smelled this foul. It appears as if the owner of 98 rural acres south of Augusta was duped into donating it to the Hale Foundation of Augusta in September 2002 - and that the foundation was then suckered into selling it the same day for $25,000.

Freedom imperiled
On Memorial Day, Veterans Day and other patriotic holidays, America's children surely must hear about the great sacrifices earlier generations made to defend the Constitution and ensure the nation's freedom.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Are you a Lohan girl, living in a Lohan world? Lindsay Lohan, the red-haired "Mean Girls" star, is getting the Barbie treatment with a new doll made in her likeness. The doll is dressed in full red-carpet splendor, wearing a beige dress and a faux fur-trimmed coat.

Four state pageants dropped by Miss America
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Already scrambling to find a new TV network, the Miss America pageant is engaged in an intramural squabble after pulling the franchises of four state pageant operators, one of whom is fighting back in court.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Veteran performers Rod Stewart and Jerry Lee Lewis are celebrating their awards from the Recording Academy.

Fans buy hotel that inspired 'Fawlty Towers'
LONDON - Fans of "Fawlty Towers" have bought the hotel that inspired the show for about $2.8 million.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Veteran performers Rod Stewart and Jerry Lee Lewis are celebrating their awards from the Recording Academy.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Are you a Lohan girl, living in a Lohan world? Lindsay Lohan, the red-haired "Mean Girls" star, is getting the Barbie treatment with a new doll made in her likeness. The doll is dressed in full red-carpet splendor, wearing a beige dress and a faux fur-trimmed coat.

Four state pageants dropped by Miss America
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Already scrambling to find a new TV network, the Miss America pageant is engaged in an intramural squabble after pulling the franchises of four state pageant operators, one of whom is fighting back in court.

Fans buy hotel that inspired 'Fawlty Towers'
LONDON - Fans of "Fawlty Towers" have bought the hotel that inspired the show for about $2.8 million.

Stuffed peppers with tomato sauce recipe

Nutrition info could join specials on restaurant menus
TRENTON, N.J. - Show a group of nutritionists a 10-ounce restaurant hamburger and a side order of onion rings and have them calculate the number of calories in the meal. Easy, right?

Tasty Blueberry muffin recipes from the CIA
HYDE PARK, N.Y. - Whether sweet or savory, adorned with garnishes or served plain, muffins are an American favorite. And who's to say they're just for breakfast?

Let's cook a classic comfort food, beef pot roast
BATON ROUGE, La. - If paying off holiday bills is putting a crimp in your food budget, don't despair. Beef chuck roasts are an economical buy right now, and maybe a comfort food classic, such as pot roast, is just what you need to get through a case of "I'm broke and have the winter blahs, to boot."

Nutrition info could join specials on restaurant menus
TRENTON, N.J. - Show a group of nutritionists a 10-ounce restaurant hamburger and a side order of onion rings and have them calculate the number of calories in the meal. Easy, right?

Bok choy, a hearty dish that you can make snap
Among the welcome things that come along to make life easier, count "The Quick Recipe" cookbook (Boston Common Press, 2003, $29.95) by the editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine.

Stuffed peppers with tomato sauce recipe
In between holiday celebrations, families still want food that looks good enough to eat, as well as tasting as good as it looks. Happily, some food naturally just looks so festive that the cook can easily dish it up for company, or cheer the family with it at an informal meal.

Tasty Blueberry muffin recipes from the CIA

Bok choy, a hearty dish that you can make snap
Among the welcome things that come along to make life easier, count "The Quick Recipe" cookbook (Boston Common Press, 2003, $29.95) by the editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine.

Tasty Blueberry muffin recipes from the CIA
HYDE PARK, N.Y. - Whether sweet or savory, adorned with garnishes or served plain, muffins are an American favorite. And who's to say they're just for breakfast?

Let's cook a classic comfort food, beef pot roast
BATON ROUGE, La. - If paying off holiday bills is putting a crimp in your food budget, don't despair. Beef chuck roasts are an economical buy right now, and maybe a comfort food classic, such as pot roast, is just what you need to get through a case of "I'm broke and have the winter blahs, to boot."

Bok choy, a hearty dish that you can make snap

Stuffed peppers with tomato sauce recipe
In between holiday celebrations, families still want food that looks good enough to eat, as well as tasting as good as it looks. Happily, some food naturally just looks so festive that the cook can easily dish it up for company, or cheer the family with it at an informal meal.

Let's cook a classic comfort food, beef pot roast

Nutrition info could join specials on restaurant menus

Georgia Tech struggles after Final Four season
ATLANTA - Jarrett Jack can't figure it out. He's still surrounded by nearly all the same teammates, the guys who helped carry Georgia Tech within one victory of a national championship, not to mention a promising freshman class.

Time dwindling for Georgia Tech's run
ATLANTA - The oldest adage in coaching is, practice like you play. Georgia Tech men's basketball coach Paul Hewitt needs to find a way to invert that sentiment.

Georgia Tech struggles after Final Four season
ATLANTA - Jarrett Jack can't figure it out. He's still surrounded by nearly all the same teammates, the guys who helped carry Georgia Tech within one victory of a national championship, not to mention a promising freshman class.

Georgia Tech struggles after Final Four season

Golf Capital shifts its site
The longest-running amateur golf tournament in the area is returning to Georgia after a six-year run in South Carolina.

LPGA's top player files for divorce
Annika Sorenstam, the No. 1 player in women's golf and one of the most famous female athletes in the world, has filed for divorce from David Esch, her husband of eight years.

LPGA's top player files for divorce

Golf Capital shifts its site
The longest-running amateur golf tournament in the area is returning to Georgia after a six-year run in South Carolina.

LPGA's top player files for divorce
Annika Sorenstam, the No. 1 player in women's golf and one of the most famous female athletes in the world, has filed for divorce from David Esch, her husband of eight years.

Golf Capital shifts its site

NHL sets news conference for Wednesday
NEW YORK - With its do-or-die deadline come and gone and no deal in sight, the NHL circled Wednesday as the day it would call off what little was left of a decimated season, The Associated Press learned Monday.

NHL presents players its final offer
NEW YORK - One more day, one final offer, and one last chance to save the hockey season.

NHL sets news conference for Wednesday

NHL presents players its final offer

NHL presents players its final offer
NEW YORK - One more day, one final offer, and one last chance to save the hockey season.

NHL sets news conference for Wednesday
NEW YORK - With its do-or-die deadline come and gone and no deal in sight, the NHL circled Wednesday as the day it would call off what little was left of a decimated season, The Associated Press learned Monday.

Beef, gravy fill hearty chimichangas
Chimichangas, those deep-fried stuffed tortillas, often are enjoyed in Mexican restaurants, but rarely are eaten at home.

Beef, gravy fill hearty chimichangas
Chimichangas, those deep-fried stuffed tortillas, often are enjoyed in Mexican restaurants, but rarely are eaten at home.

Beef, gravy fill hearty chimichangas

Romantic expertise floors wife on Valentine's Day
Being a well-known expert on romance, I am often asked for help this time of year. "Bill," people ask, "what do I get her for Valentine's Day?"

SRS layoff plan approved
After a two- month delay, federal energy officials have approved a Savannah River Site layoff plan that will trim 1,200 workers from the payroll this year and an additional 800 employees in 2006, officials from the site's main contractor said this morning.

Police identify body found at day care
Richmond County authorities say a body discovered behind an Augusta day care center today is that of a Columbia County man reported missing last week.

Augusta's fire chief quits
Augusta's fire chief has resigned. Al Gillespie, the chief of the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department, said today that he submitted a letter of resignation to city officials Friday.

Graduation rates are misleading
I was surprised to see a front-page story on "graduation rates" in Monday's Chronicle. None of this is news, and the numbers are completely meaningless. Hubert P. van Tuyll, Martinez

Get informed, know what to protest
Seems some folks never learn. The arrogant, self-appointed know-it-alls who danced, paraded and carriedthe banners of America's enemiesduring the 1960s-1970s are back at it again.Floyd Brown, Evans

Pupils must visit black history sites
I was watching the television news recently, and I saw Erik Montgomery of Historic Augusta talking to school-age children about Augusta's historic sites.Joseph Diggs Sr., Augusta

Social Security needs to be saved
Again, it's good to see Lowell Greenbaum's monthly offering of Democratic dogma ("Democrat criticism shows their loyalty," Feb. 4). I can always count on a laugh. Neil Klapthor, Evans

True 'patriots' take on world's evil, not other patriots
Regarding Paul Cook's letter of Feb.13, "Applaud conscientious objectors": How I would like to lift the Rev. Cook by his clerical collar and place him back in Southeast Asia during my tenure there. James A. McCoy, U.S. Air Force retired, Thomson

Don't legislate against breeds
Regarding a proposed ban on pit bulls: breed-specific legislation? I find it hard to believe that banning pit bulls in this state will stop the dog fighting or dog intimidation, or make our communities safer. April Huff, Harlem

Get informed, know what to protest

Don't legislate against breeds
Regarding a proposed ban on pit bulls: breed-specific legislation? I find it hard to believe that banning pit bulls in this state will stop the dog fighting or dog intimidation, or make our communities safer. April Huff, Harlem

Get informed, know what to protest
Seems some folks never learn. The arrogant, self-appointed know-it-alls who danced, paraded and carriedthe banners of America's enemiesduring the 1960s-1970s are back at it again.Floyd Brown, Evans

Pupils must visit black history sites
I was watching the television news recently, and I saw Erik Montgomery of Historic Augusta talking to school-age children about Augusta's historic sites.Joseph Diggs Sr., Augusta

Pupils must visit black history sites

Don't legislate against breeds

Fashion week reveals dominance of fur, lace on runway

Seniors calendar

Health and fitness calendar

Study: Lobsters unlikely to feel pain in boiling water

Flu shots don't save lives in elderly, study suggest

Hotels launch in-room fitness options for travelers

Marriage is good for your health

Research needed for cleaning meth-contaminated homes

Fashion week reveals dominance of fur, lace on runway
NEW YORK - Hold on to your crushed velvet. Buy some glen plaid. Stock up on patterned tights, and pick up a poufy skirt at the last of this year's winter sales.

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

Fashion week reveals dominance of fur, lace on runway
NEW YORK - Hold on to your crushed velvet. Buy some glen plaid. Stock up on patterned tights, and pick up a poufy skirt at the last of this year's winter sales.

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

Study: Lobsters unlikely to feel pain in boiling water
PORTLAND, Maine - A new study out of Norway concludes it's unlikely lobsters feel pain, stirring up a long-simmering debate over whether Maine's most valuable seafood suffers when it's being cooked.

Marriage is good for your health
Turns out Sweet was close to the mark on its old pop hit Love Is Like Oxygen. Some might recall the song's hook: "Love is like oxygen/Not enough and you're gonna die."

Marriage is good for your health
Turns out Sweet was close to the mark on its old pop hit Love Is Like Oxygen. Some might recall the song's hook: "Love is like oxygen/Not enough and you're gonna die."

Flu shots don't save lives in elderly, study suggest
CHICAGO - A new study based on more than three decades of U.S. data suggests that giving flu shots to the elderly has not saved any lives.

Research needed for cleaning meth-contaminated homes
WASHINGTON - While rural police struggle to contain crystal methamphetamine abuse, health officials are trying to come to terms with the drug's hidden danger: contaminated homes where meth was cooked, leaving toxic rooms for unwitting tenants.

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

Drinking coffee may help protect against liver cancer
WASHINGTON - That hot cup of coffee may do more than just provide a tasty energy boost. It also may help prevent the most common type of liver cancer.

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

Children's decor has influence from toys
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.

Research needed for cleaning meth-contaminated homes
WASHINGTON - While rural police struggle to contain crystal methamphetamine abuse, health officials are trying to come to terms with the drug's hidden danger: contaminated homes where meth was cooked, leaving toxic rooms for unwitting tenants.

Flu shots don't save lives in elderly, study suggest
CHICAGO - A new study based on more than three decades of U.S. data suggests that giving flu shots to the elderly has not saved any lives.

Hotels launch in-room fitness options for travelers
DETROIT - After a long day on the road, the last thing 54-year-old Bobbie Brigman wants to do is put on gym clothes and prance around in front of strangers in the hotel fitness room.

Study: Lobsters unlikely to feel pain in boiling water
PORTLAND, Maine - A new study out of Norway concludes it's unlikely lobsters feel pain, stirring up a long-simmering debate over whether Maine's most valuable seafood suffers when it's being cooked.

Hotels launch in-room fitness options for travelers
DETROIT - After a long day on the road, the last thing 54-year-old Bobbie Brigman wants to do is put on gym clothes and prance around in front of strangers in the hotel fitness room.

Goals by duo were overdue
Ken Magowan, Eric Johansson and Todd Bennett combined for five goals and six assists in Saturday's and Sunday's games.

Fans turn to Lynx after NHL lockout
When the NHL announced it would lock out its players back in September, Ted Gadziemski guessed he'd get to watch at least a partial season.

Goals by duo were overdue
Ken Magowan, Eric Johansson and Todd Bennett combined for five goals and six assists in Saturday's and Sunday's games.

Fans turn to Lynx after NHL lockout
When the NHL announced it would lock out its players back in September, Ted Gadziemski guessed he'd get to watch at least a partial season.

Fans turn to Lynx after NHL lockout

Goals by duo were overdue

Rants and Raves
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Database brings past online

Across the area
A judge denied a request Tuesday to modify the sentence of an Evans man who was sentenced to more than two years in a minimum security detention center on sexual assault charges in July.

Across the region

Augusta fire chief resigns
Augusta Commission members accepted the resignation of Fire Chief Al Gillespie on Tuesday after failing to come to terms on whether the chief should have a contract.

Hospitals see increase in flu cases
Melissa Clark said she used to get the flu every year until she started getting the flu shot about four years ago.

Retirement home to change hands
University Hospital will buy out St. Joseph Hospital's interest in the Brandon Wilde retirement community for $2.75 million, ending a 14-year partnership, officials announced Tuesday.

Caps on lawsuits get OK
ATLANTA - Limits on medical-malpractice lawsuits, including caps on noneconomic damages and provisions that make it harder to sue emergency rooms, are headed to Gov. Sonny Perdue's desk after passing the Senate by a wide margin.

Republicans consider redistricting
ATLANTA - There's a good chance Georgia lawmakers will redraw the state's congressional maps during this year's legislative session, a key Republican leader said Monday.

Kid of the Day
Briatta Dorch is today's Kid of the Day.

Across the region
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Christo-pher Pittman, who claimed the antidepressant Zoloft drove him to kill his sleeping grandparents with a shotgun when he was 12 years old, was convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison Tuesday.

News you can use
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State funds go to MCG center
One company already has seen the potential, and now Gov. Sonny Perdue and state officials are hoping to lure others into Medical College of Georgia's Life Sciences Business Development Center,

Plaintiff of voting case dies at age 76
Longtime Burke County Commissioner Herman Lodge, the lead plaintiff in a historic voting-rights case that led the U.S. Supreme Court in 1982 to strike down at-large voting systems that disenfranchised blacks, died Sunday at age 76.

Red Cross gets schools' help
Moved by the devastation of the south Asian tsunami, schools and colleges in the Augusta area raised more than $30,000 for the American Red Cross.

Suits against railroad are consolidated
AIKEN - The legal showdown between Norfolk Southern railroad and Graniteville residents is taking shape, and many of the battles might be fought in Aiken County courtrooms.

Republicans consider redistricting

Augusta fire chief to discuss his future
Augusta-Richmond County Fire Chief Al Gillespie said he will meet with Augusta commissioners and City Administrator Fred Russell today to talk about his future with the department.

Pupils hear about Holocaust survivor's story
Helen Korn Bissell's voice cracked with emotion as she read her father's story of World War II survival to a group of eighth-graders at Grovetown Middle School on Monday.

Spreading the love
Third-grader Tiffany Person, 8, of Freedom Park Elementary, hands Sgt. Brian Horne a Valentine's Day card.

Suits against railroad are consolidated
AIKEN - The legal showdown between Norfolk Southern railroad and Graniteville residents is taking shape, and many of the battles might be fought in Aiken County courtrooms.

Plaintiff of voting case dies at age 76
Longtime Burke County Commissioner Herman Lodge, the lead plaintiff in a historic voting-rights case that led the U.S. Supreme Court in 1982 to strike down at-large voting systems that disenfranchised blacks, died Sunday at age 76.

Motion clears way for growth

SRS layoff plan approved
After a two- month delay, federal energy officials have approved a Savannah River Site layoff plan that will trim 1,200 workers from the payroll this year and an additional 800 employees in 2006, officials from the site's main contractor said this morning.

Across the region
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Christo-pher Pittman, who claimed the antidepressant Zoloft drove him to kill his sleeping grandparents with a shotgun when he was 12 years old, was convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison Tuesday.

Across the area
Aiken authorities were searching Monday night for a prisoner who escaped from a minimum-security facility, officials said.

Talks could aid MOX goal
Newly confirmed Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman met with his Russian counterpart in Paris last week, federal energy officials said Tuesday, raising hopes that a thorny dispute that has delayed construction of the $1.3 billion MOX plant at Savannah River Site soon will be resolved.

Retirement home to change hands

Mailing strains sale of tracts
There's something haunting the old Widow's Home and Houghton School properties - controversy.

Across the area

Advice sought on race issues
Since January 2004, The Augusta Chronicle has sought to bring attention to a problem that many people believe still exists in Augusta: poor race relations.

On course

Kid of the Day
Ni'jah Dorch is today's Kid of the Day.

Aiken County finds new budget problems

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Police have seized one of the East Coast's largest methamphetamine labs, tucked away in the basement of a Smyrna home, federal officials said Monday.

Disc golf officials clear visa hurdles

Motion clears way for growth
The Augusta Commission overwhelmingly voted to rescind the Bethlehem neighborhood's local historic district designation Tuesday, thereby paving the way for restoration and improvement of the deteriorating neighborhood.

Talks could aid MOX goal

Pupils hear about Holocaust survivor's story
Helen Korn Bissell's voice cracked with emotion as she read her father's story of World War II survival to a group of eighth-graders at Grovetown Middle School on Monday.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

UGA president's speech upsets bar owners
ATHENS, Ga. - Local bar owners and Athens-Clarke County officials say there is little more they can do to keep University of Georgia students from drinking.

State funds go to MCG center

Retirement home to change hands
University Hospital will buy out St. Joseph Hospital's interest in the Brandon Wilde retirement community for $2.75 million, ending a 14-year partnership, officials announced Tuesday.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Police have seized one of the East Coast's largest methamphetamine labs, tucked away in the basement of a Smyrna home, federal officials said Monday.

Advice sought on race issues

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Augusta fire chief resigns

Proposals would shuffle districts

SRS gets OK to lay off 1,200

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - Design and construction issues likely will delay the opening of the $50 million addition to the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina until this fall.

Across the area
A judge denied a request Tuesday to modify the sentence of an Evans man who was sentenced to more than two years in a minimum security detention center on sexual assault charges in July.

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GOP has two new district proposals
Republicans in the Georgia House and Senate unveiled separate maps for the state's 13 congressional districts Tuesday.

Across the area
Aiken authorities were searching Monday night for a prisoner who escaped from a minimum-security facility, officials said.

Proposals would shuffle districts
ATLANTA - Voters in the Athens area could wind up with a new representative in Congress as a result of a proposals made public Tuesday.

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Motion clears way for growth
The Augusta Commission overwhelmingly voted to rescind the Bethlehem neighborhood's local historic district designation Tuesday, thereby paving the way for restoration and improvement of the deteriorating neighborhood.

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Disc golf officials clear visa hurdles
A visa holdup threw them for a loop, but two key officials of the Professional Disc Golf Association have been given permission to cross the Canadian border and land in Columbia County.

Hospitals see increase in flu cases

Database brings past online
Magnolia Cemetery has thousands of residents with stories to tell. There's Sophie d'Antignac, who died in 1887 after experiencing complications from wearing a corset during her pregnancy.

ASU students to get new activities center
It's no joke. The current student activities center at Augusta State University is so old that it was planned before the Civil War.

Police identify body found at day care
Richmond County authorities say a body discovered behind an Augusta day care center today is that of a Columbia County man reported missing last week.

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- Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

UGA president's speech upsets bar owners

On course
Kenneth Ambrose checks a post in the staging area for a regional BMX tournament set for this summer in Augusta.

Disc golf officials clear visa hurdles
A visa holdup threw them for a loop, but two key officials of the Professional Disc Golf Association have been given permission to cross the Canadian border and land in Columbia County.

Aiken County finds new budget problems
AIKEN - County council members are calling for more stringent accounting measures in light of recent unforeseen budget shortfalls totalling an estimated $730,000.

Database brings past online
Magnolia Cemetery has thousands of residents with stories to tell. There's Sophie d'Antignac, who died in 1887 after experiencing complications from wearing a corset during her pregnancy.

Spreading the love
Third-grader Tiffany Person, 8, of Freedom Park Elementary, hands Sgt. Brian Horne a Valentine's Day card.

Dooley stadium bill gets pulled
ATLANTA - A top Republican lawmaker is shelving a proposal to rename the University of Georgia football stadium in honor of former athletic director and football coach Vince Dooley.

Plaintiff of voting case dies at age 76

Talks could aid MOX goal
Newly confirmed Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman met with his Russian counterpart in Paris last week, federal energy officials said Tuesday, raising hopes that a thorny dispute that has delayed construction of the $1.3 billion MOX plant at Savannah River Site soon will be resolved.

Red Cross gets schools' help

Augusta fire chief resigns
Augusta Commission members accepted the resignation of Fire Chief Al Gillespie on Tuesday after failing to come to terms on whether the chief should have a contract.

Suits against railroad are consolidated

SRS gets OK to lay off 1,200
NEW ELLENTON - Layoff notices are to be sent in mid-April for Savannah River Site employees targeted in a massive cutback that will slash 1,200 workers from the payroll this fiscal year and as many as 800 in 2006, officials said Tuesday.

SRS layoff plan approved

Police identify body found at day care

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Mailing strains sale of tracts

SRS gets OK to lay off 1,200
NEW ELLENTON - Layoff notices are to be sent in mid-April for Savannah River Site employees targeted in a massive cutback that will slash 1,200 workers from the payroll this fiscal year and as many as 800 in 2006, officials said Tuesday.

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GOP has two new district proposals

ASU students to get new activities center

Kid of the Day

Pupils hear about Holocaust survivor's story

ASU students to get new activities center
It's no joke. The current student activities center at Augusta State University is so old that it was planned before the Civil War.

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Kid of the Day
Ni'jah Dorch is today's Kid of the Day.

Mailing strains sale of tracts
There's something haunting the old Widow's Home and Houghton School properties - controversy.

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- Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

State funds go to MCG center
One company already has seen the potential, and now Gov. Sonny Perdue and state officials are hoping to lure others into Medical College of Georgia's Life Sciences Business Development Center,

Red Cross gets schools' help
Moved by the devastation of the south Asian tsunami, schools and colleges in the Augusta area raised more than $30,000 for the American Red Cross.

Proposals would shuffle districts
ATLANTA - Voters in the Athens area could wind up with a new representative in Congress as a result of a proposals made public Tuesday.

On course
Kenneth Ambrose checks a post in the staging area for a regional BMX tournament set for this summer in Augusta.

GOP has two new district proposals
Republicans in the Georgia House and Senate unveiled separate maps for the state's 13 congressional districts Tuesday.

Aiken County finds new budget problems
AIKEN - County council members are calling for more stringent accounting measures in light of recent unforeseen budget shortfalls totalling an estimated $730,000.

Advice sought on race issues
Since January 2004, The Augusta Chronicle has sought to bring attention to a problem that many people believe still exists in Augusta: poor race relations.

UGA president's speech upsets bar owners
ATHENS, Ga. - Local bar owners and Athens-Clarke County officials say there is little more they can do to keep University of Georgia students from drinking.

Hospitals see increase in flu cases
Melissa Clark said she used to get the flu every year until she started getting the flu shot about four years ago.

Republicans consider redistricting
ATLANTA - There's a good chance Georgia lawmakers will redraw the state's congressional maps during this year's legislative session, a key Republican leader said Monday.

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Mickelson is setting new standards
Don't be fooled by the aw-shucks smile and the all-American good looks. There is malicious intent behind the facade of Phil Mickelson.

Mickelson is setting new standards
Don't be fooled by the aw-shucks smile and the all-American good looks. There is malicious intent behind the facade of Phil Mickelson.

2005 Academy Awards contest

At the Movies: 'Constantine'
You remember it - the one in which Justin glides through a sleek, modern mansion in muted shades of green and gray, exacting revenge on a blonde in a newsboy cap who looks suspiciously like his real-life ex-girlfriend, Britney Spears.

2005 Academy Awards contest
Fortunately, the Academy Awards come but once a year.

At the Movies: 'Constantine'
You remember it - the one in which Justin glides through a sleek, modern mansion in muted shades of green and gray, exacting revenge on a blonde in a newsboy cap who looks suspiciously like his real-life ex-girlfriend, Britney Spears.

2005 Academy Awards contest
Fortunately, the Academy Awards come but once a year.

At the Movies: 'Constantine'

Random House wants P. Diddy to return money

Motley Crue takes its freak show on the road
NEW YORK - Rock music's biggest freak show is taking its show on the road.

Motley Crue takes its freak show on the road

Motley Crue takes its freak show on the road
NEW YORK - Rock music's biggest freak show is taking its show on the road.

Random House wants P. Diddy to return money
NEW YORK - Random House Inc. is suing Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, alleging that the hip-hop mogul never paid back a $300,000 advance for a memoir he never completed.

Random House wants P. Diddy to return money
NEW YORK - Random House Inc. is suing Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, alleging that the hip-hop mogul never paid back a $300,000 advance for a memoir he never completed.

John Mellencamp to begin tour in Savannah
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - John Mellencamp's first North American tour in three years will open March 23 in Savannah, Ga.

Heat, Mourning move closer to reunion
MIAMI - Alonzo Mourning's return to the Miami Heat is imminent. The seven-time All-Star center was examined by doctors Tuesday, and Heat president Pat Riley expects Miami's former franchise cornerstone to begin practicing with the team immediately after this weekend's All-Star break.

Heat, Mourning move closer to reunion

Heat, Mourning move closer to reunion
MIAMI - Alonzo Mourning's return to the Miami Heat is imminent. The seven-time All-Star center was examined by doctors Tuesday, and Heat president Pat Riley expects Miami's former franchise cornerstone to begin practicing with the team immediately after this weekend's All-Star break.

Savannah State finishes 0-28
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Oh my. Savannah State went 0-for the season.

Savannah State finishes 0-28
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Oh my. Savannah State went 0-for the season.

Knight, Raiders survive thriller
LUBBOCK, Texas - Bob Knight's scrappy Texas Tech Red Raiders took it right at second-ranked Kansas until they got it right.

Knight, Raiders survive thriller
LUBBOCK, Texas - Bob Knight's scrappy Texas Tech Red Raiders took it right at second-ranked Kansas until they got it right.

Browns release Jeff Garcia

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When Tank Tankersley met Roger Lee Hendrick two decades ago, he considered himself lucky.

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Mr. William Henry, Jr.    (CHICAGO)
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Plaintiff of voting case dies at age 76
Longtime Burke County Commissioner Herman Lodge, the lead plaintiff in a historic voting-rights case that led the U.S. Supreme Court in 1982 to strike down at-large voting systems that disenfranchised blacks, died Sunday at age 76.

Mrs. Opal C. Thorn    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Taylor Key    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Eldora Parker    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Irmgard Snavely    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Edward D. Lord    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. James J. Smith    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Billy Joe Barnett, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carolyn Shore Mock    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Wm. Harold Widener    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Dorothy W. Sasser    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Irene Enright    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Roosevelt Riley, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Harvey Delloyd Coney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ernest Fail    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
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ATHENS, Ga. - Paul C. Broun, 88, who spent nearly half his life serving in the Georgia Senate and supporting education, died Monday morning from heart failure and respiratory complications.

Mrs. Della Phillips Bunch    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Harlan Smullen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Herman Lodge    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Irmgard Renner Snavely    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mildred Parish    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Della Phillips Bunch    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Hilda McMillan Taylor    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary McNeely    (BARTOW, Ga.)
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Mr. David McKinley Garrison    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Janice Barnett Hedrick    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Evelyn B. Matson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. George (Tom) Aldridge    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Anne Martin Nevils    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Roger Lee Hendrick    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Ms. Jessie Mae Ivy    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. David R. Grande    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Willie Maude Berry Wood    (METTER, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie B. Wright    (EHRHARDT, S.C.)

Mr. Edward D. Lord    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. James A. (Don) McGlohon    (HAWKINSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Herman Lodge    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Wayne "Blackie" Lewis, Jr.    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Roger Lee Hendrick    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. James E. Turner    (GREENWOOD, Ga.)

Mr. Elmer Lamar Brantley    (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. James J. Smith    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mr. Billy Joe Barnett, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Edward Osborne    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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Mrs. Hattie Mae B. Woods    (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Edward D. Lord    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Herman Lodge    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Jessie Mae Ivy    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Anne Martin Nevils    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Earl James Pearre    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Maude Berry Wood    (METTER, Ga.)

Mr. William Henry, Jr.    (CHICAGO)

Mrs. Della Phillips Bunch    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David R. Grande    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Dorothy W. Sasser    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David M. Garrison    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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Mr. Robert Edward Fruin, III    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Plaintiff of voting case dies at age 76
Longtime Burke County Commissioner Herman Lodge, the lead plaintiff in a historic voting-rights case that led the U.S. Supreme Court in 1982 to strike down at-large voting systems that disenfranchised blacks, died Sunday at age 76.

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ATHENS, Ga. - Paul C. Broun, 88, who spent nearly half his life serving in the Georgia Senate and supporting education, died Monday morning from heart failure and respiratory complications.

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Mr. Harlan Smullen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Maude Berry Wood (METTER, Ga.)

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Mrs. Anne Martin Nevils (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Harvey Delloyd Coney (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna R. Barfield (OCILLA, Ga.)

Mrs. Falinda Cofer Green (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Patrick B. White (NEW CASTLE, IN.)

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

Mrs. Betty R. Floyd (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Hattie Mae B. Woods (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Billye A. Thackston (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Opal C. Thorn (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Eldora Parker (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Taylor Key (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. James E. Turner (GREENWOOD, Ga.)

Mrs. Irmgard Snavely (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Herman Lodge (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Billy Joe Barnett, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Henrietta Tyler (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Hilda McMillan Taylor (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. James A. (Don) McGlohon (HAWKINSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Walden (Largo, FL)

Mrs. Miriam Edenfield (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. David R. Grande (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lish Boyd (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Earl James Pearre (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roger Lee Hendrick (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Edward D. Lord (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Thelma Goodman (PELL CITY, AL.)

Mrs. Mildred Parish (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Edenfield (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Herman Lodge (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Irene Enright (EVANS, Ga.)

Ms. Dorothy W. Sasser (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Edward Fruin, III (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Barbara Foster West (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Plaintiff of voting case dies at age 76

Mrs. Ruby Tingle (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Earl James Pearre (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roger Lee Hendrick (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Billy Joe Barnett, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Jessie Mae Ivy (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. David R. Grande (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carolyn Shore Mock (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Nellie R. Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David M. Garrison (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Ms. Lois L. Dent Garnett (arnett GARLAND, Texas)

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

Mr. Alfred Warren (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Irmgard Renner Snavely (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Elmer Lamar Brantley (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Osborne (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. David McKinley Garrison (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Mabel Howell (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Norma Ekren Lovell (ANDERSON, S.C.)

Mr. Wayne "Blackie" Lewis, Jr. (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Della Phillips Bunch (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie Mae (Tootsie) Emory (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Carolyn Shore Mock (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Willie B. Wright (EHRHARDT, S.C.)

Mr. Raymond L. (Dan) Danforth (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Reeves Thornton (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

'Uber geeks' get a date with Oscar
PASADENA, Calif. - No screaming fans. No crush of paparazzi. No starlets in Oscar de la Renta. Tuxedos that were, well, just la rent-a. A red carpet that was more doormat than carpet. Only three security guards.

Producer supports Chris Rock as show's host
LOS ANGELES - The producer of the Oscars said Monday he was not concerned by comments from comedian and first-time host Chris Rock that belittled the event.

Producer supports Chris Rock as show's host

Producer supports Chris Rock as show's host
LOS ANGELES - The producer of the Oscars said Monday he was not concerned by comments from comedian and first-time host Chris Rock that belittled the event.

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USC Aiken's Stacie Oakley, who struck out the first 10 batters she faced this season, has been named Peach Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week.

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Lakeside 130-pounder Tim Mitchem won the Class AAAA state championship during the week¤end in Rome, Ga.

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Lakeside 130-pounder Tim Mitchem won the Class AAAA state championship during the weekend in Rome, Ga.

Overtime
USC Aiken's Stacie Oakley, who struck out the first 10 batters she faced this season, has been named Peach Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week.

North Augusta defeats Mauldin
NORTH AUGUSTA - The postgame speech from North Augusta's first-round playoff win reflected the mood of the win.

Browns release Jeff Garcia
CLEVELAND - Jeff Garcia didn't even get to celebrate his one-year anniversary with the Cleveland Browns.

Arbitrator ruling upheld in Williams case
MIAMI - An arbitration ruling that ordered Ricky Williams to repay the Miami Dolphins $8.6 million was upheld Tuesday by a federal judge, who rejected arguments that the award disregarded Florida law and was excessive.

Browns release Jeff Garcia
CLEVELAND - Jeff Garcia didn't even get to celebrate his one-year anniversary with the Cleveland Browns.

Mickelson is setting new standards

'Idol' ratings helping and hurting those around it
NEW YORK - Not only is Fox's "American Idol" dominating prime time again, it may help determine the fates of programs lucky or unlucky enough to be in its path.

TV news gives local politics short shrift
NEW YORK - Despite its windfall from political advertising last fall, local TV news in 11 major markets spent little time covering local politics, a new study has concluded.

'Idol' ratings helping and hurting those around it
NEW YORK - Not only is Fox's "American Idol" dominating prime time again, it may help determine the fates of programs lucky or unlucky enough to be in its path.

Tom Poston 'Committed' to NBC sitcom

TV news gives local politics short shrift
NEW YORK - Despite its windfall from political advertising last fall, local TV news in 11 major markets spent little time covering local politics, a new study has concluded.

TV news gives local politics short shrift

Tom Poston 'Committed' to NBC sitcom
LOS ANGELES - Despite his memorably cantankerous stints on the old "Mork & Mindy" and "Newhart" shows, Tom Poston had to audition for the role of a cranky old clown who lives in a closet on NBC's quirky new sitcom "Committed."

Viewers stayed away from Grammy Awards

Viewers stayed away from Grammy Awards
NEW YORK - From J.Lo to James Brown, Usher to U2, the Grammys had it all this year - except a lot of interested viewers.

'Idol' ratings helping and hurting those around it

Tom Poston 'Committed' to NBC sitcom
LOS ANGELES - Despite his memorably cantankerous stints on the old "Mork & Mindy" and "Newhart" shows, Tom Poston had to audition for the role of a cranky old clown who lives in a closet on NBC's quirky new sitcom "Committed."

Viewers stayed away from Grammy Awards
NEW YORK - From J.Lo to James Brown, Usher to U2, the Grammys had it all this year - except a lot of interested viewers.

People in the News

Fans buy hotel that inspired 'Fawlty Towers'

Four state pageants dropped by Miss America

People in the News

Gamecocks face must-win against Kentucky

Gamecocks face must-win against Kentucky
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina desperately needs a win against No. 3 Kentucky on Tuesday night if the Gamecocks have any hope of an at-large NCAA tournament bid.

Gamecocks face must-win against Kentucky
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina desperately needs a win against No. 3 Kentucky on Tuesday night if the Gamecocks have any hope of an at-large NCAA tournament bid.

My style
THE FACTS: Erika Coleman, 14, a freshman at the Academy of Richmond County

Lesser-known blacks have made huge contributions
From the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Marion Anderson, black Americans have made great contributions to our society.

Boy should dump cheating girlfriend

Lesser-known blacks have made huge contributions
From the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Marion Anderson, black Americans have made great contributions to our society.

SAT test goes in-depth
March 12 will be the beginning of a new era for the Scholastic Assessment Test.

Boy should dump cheating girlfriend
This week's problem: I've dated this girl for two years, and I've been in and out of the relationship because for the whole two years she's been cheating on me. It's this dude that she just can't leave alone.

Teens discard coat for hoodie
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Did your mom buy you a warm winter coat this year? Did she actually think it was going to get worn? Yeah, good luck with that.

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

My style
THE FACTS: Erika Coleman, 14, a freshman at the Academy of Richmond County

Maturity counts in relationship
As I listened to a friend in study hall talking about her relationship hardships (she's a sophomore and he's a senior), I saw the troubled look in her eyes. With the end of the school year coming, the reality is starting to sink in that soon her boyfriend will be going off to college.

Boy should dump cheating girlfriend
This week's problem: I've dated this girl for two years, and I've been in and out of the relationship because for the whole two years she's been cheating on me. It's this dude that she just can't leave alone.

Xtreme question of the week
Q: Would you report a classmate's rule breaking to the principal for money?

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

Xtreme Calendar
NOW OUT on DVD and VHS: Taxi, starring Queen Latifah and Jimmy Fallon. He plays a cop with a suspended driver's license who comes to rely on Queen Latifah's character, a speed-demon taxi driver, to chase bank robbers. Other new releases include Saw, a psychological thriller about two men who find themselves held prisoner by a madman.

SAT test goes in-depth
March 12 will be the beginning of a new era for the Scholastic Assessment Test.

Xtreme question of the week

Teens discard coat for hoodie
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Did your mom buy you a warm winter coat this year? Did she actually think it was going to get worn? Yeah, good luck with that.

SAT test goes in-depth

Maturity counts in relationship

Teens discard coat for hoodie

Maturity counts in relationship
As I listened to a friend in study hall talking about her relationship hardships (she's a sophomore and he's a senior), I saw the troubled look in her eyes. With the end of the school year coming, the reality is starting to sink in that soon her boyfriend will be going off to college.

Lesser-known blacks have made huge contributions

Xtreme question of the week
Q: Would you report a classmate's rule breaking to the principal for money?

Audio Best

My style

Odds and Ends

It's official: 'Frank' the tumor is dead

Odds and Ends