Ensemble is real star of 'Pippin'
An oddball blend of European history, 1970s culture and the choreographer's art, Pippin had never been a production that played by the musical rules.

'Elixir' celebrates spirit of romance
The proper ingredients for the Augusta Opera's Elixir of Love are equal parts vocal fortitude and storytelling fluff.

Ensemble is real star of 'Pippin'
An oddball blend of European history, 1970s culture and the choreographer's art, Pippin had never been a production that played by the musical rules.

'Elixir' celebrates spirit of romance

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

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.

Ensemble is real star of 'Pippin'

'Elixir' celebrates spirit of romance
The proper ingredients for the Augusta Opera's Elixir of Love are equal parts vocal fortitude and storytelling fluff.

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.

Steroid concerns cloud spring training start

Barth continues his hitting streak

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
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.

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
GROVE, Okla. - Usually, parishioners offer money to their churches. This time, the church handed out money.

Odds and Ends
GROVE, Okla. - Usually, parishioners offer money to their churches. This time, the church handed out money.

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
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.

Microsoft will provide free antispyware software

Beware of e-mail 'phishing'

Shopping center has new owner
The Evans Towne Centre has been sold to a Chicago-area real estate trust for $8.8 million.

Publishers look to up-size fading mass market genre
NEW YORK - Slow sales and an aging market have the publishing industry thinking about upsizing - at least when it comes to paperbacks.

Circuit City gets $3.25 billion buyout offer

Therapists help reduce accents
Each Sunday, the Rev. Martino Nguyen is faced with a new challenge - to spread the word of the Lord.

Greenspan: Economic expansion looking good
WASHINGTON - The economic expansion has firmed, yet inflation remains tame, Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan said Wednesday. That buttressed economists' view that the Fed for now will stick with its gradual approach to raising interest rates.

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.

Shopping center has new owner
The Evans Towne Centre has been sold to a Chicago-area real estate trust for $8.8 million.

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.

Crude spikes after inventory increase
NEW YORK - Crude oil futures rose sharply Wednesday as the U.S. Department of Energy reported a rise in crude inventories but a drop in the supply of distillate fuel. Tensions in the Middle East and an OPEC forecast for rising demand contributed to the price rise.

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.

Publishers look to up-size fading mass market genre
NEW YORK - Slow sales and an aging market have the publishing industry thinking about upsizing - at least when it comes to paperbacks.

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.

Therapists help reduce accents
Each Sunday, the Rev. Martino Nguyen is faced with a new challenge - to spread the word of the Lord.

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.

Retail sales are strong in January

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.

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

Augusta forecast is stable growth

Augusta forecast is stable growth
ATLANTA - The Augusta area added thousands of jobs last year and will continue to see a stable employment market in the months ahead, according to one economist.

Crude spikes after inventory increase
NEW YORK - Crude oil futures rose sharply Wednesday as the U.S. Department of Energy reported a rise in crude inventories but a drop in the supply of distillate fuel. Tensions in the Middle East and an OPEC forecast for rising demand contributed to the price rise.

Greenspan: Economic expansion looking good
WASHINGTON - The economic expansion has firmed, yet inflation remains tame, Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan said Wednesday. That buttressed economists' view that the Fed for now will stick with its gradual approach to raising interest rates.

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.

Therapists help reduce accents

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.

Crude spikes after inventory increase

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.

Publishers look to up-size fading mass market genre

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.

Shopping center has new owner

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.

Greenspan: Economic expansion looking good

Augusta forecast is stable growth
ATLANTA - The Augusta area added thousands of jobs last year and will continue to see a stable employment market in the months ahead, according to one economist.

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.

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.

Knight, Raiders survive thriller

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.

An amicable divorce
We can't blame Augusta Fire Chief Al Gillespie for wanting a better deal for his family. But we can't blame city officials for thinking he already had a better deal than most.

Terror in Lebanon

Caution: big stink ahead

Friendly tax bill
The Georgia House recently passed one of the most business-friendly bills in years by the lopsided margin of 169-2.

Friendly tax bill

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?

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?

Friendly tax bill
The Georgia House recently passed one of the most business-friendly bills in years by the lopsided margin of 169-2.

No horsing around
There was a time when Aiken's horse district was not out of the ordinary. The dirt roads, horse trails, stables, tracks and pastures did not seem unusual at all - they defined the city.

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.

Hero of latest 'Oddworld' won't be Stranger for long
Game designers at Oddworld Inhabitants have given new meaning to the term "live ammo."

People in the News
NEW YORK - Katie Couric is going crazy for sharp-dressed men.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903

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

Open tab
Ready for a night out? Here's a roundup of some entertainment and drink specials at Aiken and Augusta area nightclubs and bistros:

Historical society plans meal to party like it's 1923
The Augusta-Richmond County Historical Society is ready to party Harding.

Open tab
Ready for a night out? Here's a roundup of some entertainment and drink specials at Aiken and Augusta area nightclubs and bistros:

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903

People in the News
NEW YORK - 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.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Katie Couric is going crazy for sharp-dressed men.

Hero of latest 'Oddworld' won't be Stranger for long
Game designers at Oddworld Inhabitants have given new meaning to the term "live ammo."

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

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.

Kid Rock arrested on assault charges
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Kid Rock was arrested Wednesday by Nashville police on charges that he punched a disc jockey at a strip club.

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.

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.

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

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

Summerville Grille hopes to be welcome place for family dining
The space that once housed Ciao Bella! in Surrey Center reopens Monday as Summerville Grille.

Tasty Blueberry muffin recipes from the CIA

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?

What's for lunch

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.

Nutrition info could join specials on restaurant menus

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.

What's for lunch
Augsburg Haus Address: 1944 Walton Way

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?

What's for lunch
Augsburg HausAddress: 1944 Walton Way

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."

Summerville Grille hopes to be welcome place for family dining

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?

Stuffed peppers with tomato sauce recipe

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.

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
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."

Summerville Grille hopes to be welcome place for family dining
The space that once housed Ciao Bella! in Surrey Center reopens Monday as Summerville Grille.

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?

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

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.

Tiger seeks No. 1 at course at Nissan Open
LOS ANGELES - Knocked off his perch for the last 24 weeks, Tiger Woods can return to No. 1 in the world this week at the Nissan Open, and it would appear the odds are in his favor.

Tiger seeks No. 1 at course at Nissan Open
LOS ANGELES - Knocked off his perch for the last 24 weeks, Tiger Woods can return to No. 1 in the world this week at the Nissan Open, and it would appear the odds are in his favor.

Tiger seeks No. 1 at course at Nissan Open

Bulldogs moving on with victory

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

NHL presents players its final offer

Game Off! NHL season canceled

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

Game Off! NHL season canceled
NEW YORK - A hockey season on the brink is now a season gone bust. The NHL canceled what was left of its decimated schedule Wednesday after a round of last-gasp negotiations failed to resolve differences over a salary cap - the flash-point issue that led to a lockout.

Game Off! NHL season canceled
NEW YORK - A hockey season on the brink is now a season gone bust. The NHL canceled what was left of its decimated schedule Wednesday after a round of last-gasp negotiations failed to resolve differences over a salary cap - the flash-point issue that led to a lockout.

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

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.

No to socialist tax system
Regarding your Feb. 13 editorial, "Windfall for the Elderly": I am one of those who is truly grateful for all the breaks I receive because I have taken care of myself and have lived into my 80th year.W.J. Woodward, Aiken, S.C.

Dentist agrees sugar drinks unhealthy
Thank you for the article concerning childhood obesity associated with the use of sweetened drinks in very young children.Andrew D. Chandler, DDS, Augusta

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

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

Support groups benefit patients
"I feel so excited to be a part of this group!" That's what I told Lu Kelley, my doctor's office specialist, after coming from one of a series of presentations on cervical cancer at MCG Health System.Christina Wilson, Augusta

Dentist agrees sugar drinks unhealthy

Dentist agrees sugar drinks unhealthy
Thank you for the article concerning childhood obesity associated with the use of sweetened drinks in very young children.Andrew D. Chandler, DDS, Augusta

Support groups benefit patients

Support groups benefit patients
"I feel so excited to be a part of this group!" That's what I told Lu Kelley, my doctor's office specialist, after coming from one of a series of presentations on cervical cancer at MCG Health System.Christina Wilson, Augusta

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

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

Fashion week reveals dominance of fur, lace on runway

Global warming pact takes effect, without United States

Carbon emissions trading is used to battle global warming

Research needed for cleaning meth-contaminated homes

Study: Lobsters unlikely to feel pain in boiling water

Hotels launch in-room fitness options for travelers

Global warming pact takes effect, without United States
NEW YORK - After seven politically painful years, the Kyoto Protocol finally enters into force on Wednesday, reining in industrial emissions of carbon dioxide and other "greenhouse gases" in a first attempt to control climate change.

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.

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.

Global warming pact takes effect, without United States
NEW YORK - After seven politically painful years, the Kyoto Protocol finally enters into force on Wednesday, reining in industrial emissions of carbon dioxide and other "greenhouse gases" in a first attempt to control climate change.

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.

Carbon emissions trading is used to battle global warming
Environmentalists always said there would be a price to pay for all the carbon dioxide being spewed into the atmosphere. Well, now there is.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Carbon emissions trading is used to battle global warming
Environmentalists always said there would be a price to pay for all the carbon dioxide being spewed into the atmosphere. Well, now there is.

Lynx, ECHL continue season
With the official announcement on the fate of the NHL season still an hour and a half away, the buzz was mostly upbeat at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Goals by duo were overdue

Lynx, ECHL continue 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.

Lynx, ECHL continue season
With the official announcement on the fate of the NHL season still an hour and a half away, the buzz was mostly upbeat at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

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.

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.

Proposals would shuffle districts

Fire chief contracts are rare
Augusta lost Fire Chief Al Gillespie on Tuesday after city officials refused to give him a written contract, a practice the chief calls an industry trend, but a survey of similar fire departments in Georgia indicates otherwise.

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

Talking baseball
Traveling North Carolina actor Mike Wiley fields questions from Craig Houghton Elementary School pupils after performing Jackie Robinson, A Game Apart, an original one-man play, as part of the Morris Museum of Art's Children's Performance Series.

Kid of the Day
Brian Kersey is today's Kid of the Day.

Nuclear dumping disputed
AIKEN - The state-run, low-level radioactive waste dump in Barnwell County isn't properly storing contaminated debris, and waterways are becoming polluted, environmental groups contend.

Leader's bid stirs dissent in party
NORTH AUGUSTA - Jason Whinghter may be young and unelected, but he has a keen eye for the unexpected political opening and the quick reflexes to take advantage of it.

Drawing narrows field for college scholarship
The final eight contestants for ages 9-12 in The Augusta Chronicle's Make Kids Count drawing were chosen at Ashley Furniture Home Store on Feb. 10.

Commission reform is unlikely this year
ATLANTA - Richmond County's state lawmakers probably will not push a bill this session to change the local government structure, the head of Augusta's legislative delegation said Wednesday.

News you can use

Anybody order cookies?
Eric Blocker (left) and Joseph Wells unload cases of Girl Scout cookies at the Central Savannah River Council Girl Scouts, one of several distribution sites.

This week
TASTE AND TALENT EXTRAVAGANZA TRYOUTS: Noon Saturday; Macedonia Baptist Church, 1828 Wrightsboro Road; seeking contestants for event scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday, March 6, Bernie Ward Community Center, savings bonds awarded to four winners; 364-6135

Nuclear dumping disputed
AIKEN - The state-run, low-level radioactive waste dump in Barnwell County isn't properly storing contaminated debris, and waterways are becoming polluted, environmental groups contend.

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.

Honors

Ninety-two cats will cost woman
A Martinez woman cited for animal neglect after 92 cats were seized from her home Feb. 10 admitted at her Magistrate Court hearing Wednesday that she was overwhelmed with caring for the cats.

Ninety-two cats will cost woman

Band marches beyond the boundaries
When Raul Viera saw the South Augusta Marching Unit perform at a back-to-school jam three years ago, he begged his mother to let him join.

Anniversaries

Events
STARS ACROSS GEORGIA: Ms. Wheelchair Georgia Program, April 7-10, Columbus, Ga.; for eligibility, you must: use wheelchair for community mobility, have good speaking skills, be between 21-60, U.S. citizen and resident of Georgia for at least six months; (706) 225-3632 or e-mail gmckoon@columbusga.org

Fire chief contracts are rare

Aiken County finds new budget problems

Father faces child cruelty charge
Richmond County sheriff's deputies charged an Augusta man Wednesday with child cruelty, saying he severely lashed his 9-year-old son.

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.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The South Carolina House gave key approval Wednesday to a bill that puts restrictions on lawsuits stemming from business dealings, including shoddy housing construction.

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

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A bipartisan group of House members introduced a bill Wednesday that would require schoolchildren to be weighed twice a year, with their body mass indices listed on report cards.

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.

Across the area
A suspected Feb. 1 chlorine leak at a Richmond County chemical plant turned out to be a minor release caused by a malfunctioning scrubbing device.

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

Democrats slam Republican-drawn districts
ATLANTA - Republican efforts to redraw Georgia's congressional districts would diminish the voting strength of blacks and urban whites in the eastern side of the state, several Democratic lawmakers alleged Wednesday.

State funds go to MCG center

Senate OKs hunting, fishing amendment
ATLANTA - Voters would decide whether to defend hunting and fishing in the state constitution under a resolution adopted by the Senate on Wednesday.

Father faces child cruelty charge
Richmond County sheriff's deputies charged an Augusta man Wednesday with child cruelty, saying he severely lashed his 9-year-old son.

Children spot dead body
Authorities will work today to find out why a missing Columbia County man's dead body was found Wednesday behind a Wrightsboro Road day-care center.

Democrats slam Republican-drawn districts
ATLANTA - Republican efforts to redraw Georgia's congressional districts would diminish the voting strength of blacks and urban whites in the eastern side of the state, several Democratic lawmakers alleged Wednesday.

Ninety-two cats will cost woman
A Martinez woman cited for animal neglect after 92 cats were seized from her home Feb. 10 admitted at her Magistrate Court hearing Wednesday that she was overwhelmed with caring for the cats.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

On course

Anniversaries
The Rev. and Mrs. Lindsey Conley, of Augusta, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan. 15 with a reception at First Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Appling. They have three sons, Lindsey, David and Phillip.

Across the area

Across the river
FOLLOW THE DRINKING GOURD: 7 and 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; the Dupont Planetarium, 471 University Parkway, Aiken; how slaves used astronomy in escaping from bondage; $4.50 adults, $3.50 seniors, $2.50 age 4 to 12th grade; 641-3769

Retirement home to change hands

Kids count spotlight
NAME: Matthew Favors SCHOOL: Eighth-grader at Murphey Middle School

Augusta fire chief resigns

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

SRS gets OK to lay off 1,200

Red Cross gets schools' help

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.

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.

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.

Richmond County restaurant ratings
The following is a listing of restaurant ratings by the Richmond County Department of Environmental Health. Listed are the restaurant name, address, inspection date and the establishment's score (out of a perfect 100):

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

GOP has two new district proposals

Cuts in care could occur
Cutting back on around-the-clock trauma care and care for premature babies is part of a strategy being mulled by the company that runs Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics if the state follows through on Medicaid changes being proposed for next fiscal year, officials said Wednesday at its board meeting.

Anniversaries
The Rev. and Mrs. Lindsey Conley, of Augusta, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan. 15 with a reception at First Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Appling. They have three sons, Lindsey, David and Phillip.

Fire chief contracts are rare
Augusta lost Fire Chief Al Gillespie on Tuesday after city officials refused to give him a written contract, a practice the chief calls an industry trend, but a survey of similar fire departments in Georgia indicates otherwise.

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,

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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- Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

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.

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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.

Kid of the Day

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.

Worker is found dead against plant ceiling
A textile worker was found dead Wednesday afternoon at the Avondale Mills Sibley plant in Augusta, officials said.

Kids count spotlight
NAME: Matthew FavorsSCHOOL: Eighth-grader at Murphey Middle School

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A bipartisan group of House members introduced a bill Wednesday that would require schoolchildren to be weighed twice a year, with their body mass indices listed on report cards.

Empty bowls help charities fill needs
David Stuart's art room at Stevens Creek Elementary School was filled with activity after school Tuesday with a group molding clay into bowls.

Across the area
A suspected Feb. 1 chlorine leak at a Richmond County chemical plant turned out to be a minor release caused by a malfunctioning scrubbing device.

Events
STARS ACROSS GEORGIA: Ms. Wheelchair Georgia Program, April 7-10, Columbus, Ga.; for eligibility, you must: use wheelchair for community mobility, have good speaking skills, be between 21-60, U.S. citizen and resident of Georgia for at least six months; (706) 225-3632 or e-mail gmckoon@columbusga.org

Cuts in care could occur
Cutting back on around-the-clock trauma care and care for premature babies is part of a strategy being mulled by the company that runs Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics if the state follows through on Medicaid changes being proposed for next fiscal year, officials said Wednesday at its board meeting.

Worker is found dead against plant ceiling
A textile worker was found dead Wednesday afternoon at the Avondale Mills Sibley plant in Augusta, officials said.

Judge confines pupil over bomb threat
As authorities try to deal with a rash of disruptive school bomb threats, a juvenile court judge ordered an eighth-grader at Sego Middle School to 90 days in confinement Wednesday for calling in a bomb threat this fall.

Library events
APPLEBY BRANCHTODDLER STORYTIME: 10:05-10:25 a.m., 10:30-11:15 a.m. Wednesdays; ages 3 and older

Richmond County restaurant ratings
The following is a listing of restaurant ratings by the Richmond County Department of Environmental Health. Listed are the restaurant name, address, inspection date and the establishment's score (out of a perfect 100):

Aquinas teacher's classroom technique is catalyst for award
Shannon Williams graduated from college with no interests in teaching. She thought she'd simply work as a teacher for only a year until she found a job in the research field.

Talking baseball
Traveling North Carolina actor Mike Wiley fields questions from Craig Houghton Elementary School pupils after performing Jackie Robinson, A Game Apart, an original one-man play, as part of the Morris Museum of Art's Children's Performance Series.

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

Center helps children, moms recover from drug abuse
Carol Thompson, who has been working at Hope House for nearly two years, said she never knows what each day will bring.

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.

This week
TASTE AND TALENT EXTRAVAGANZA TRYOUTS: Noon Saturday; Macedonia Baptist Church, 1828 Wrightsboro Road; seeking contestants for event scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday, March 6, Bernie Ward Community Center, savings bonds awarded to four winners; 364-6135

Around the block
A Renovating Lending Workshop will be held from 7 to 8:30 tonight at the Augusta Inn and Conference Center, 1075 Stevens Creek Road. Learn to obtain a purchase and renovate mortgage, avoid common pitfalls when obtaining a general contractor and how to buy HUD homes. The workshop is free.

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

Special advocate program seeks caring volunteers
The Court Appointed Special Advocate program could use a few more strong voices like that of Cindy Elam.

Empty bowls help charities fill needs
David Stuart's art room at Stevens Creek Elementary School was filled with activity after school Tuesday with a group molding clay into bowls.

Aquinas teacher's classroom technique is catalyst for award
Shannon Williams graduated from college with no interests in teaching. She thought she'd simply work as a teacher for only a year until she found a job in the research field.

Mayor lists tax projects
Augusta Mayor Bob Young has proposed a list of sales tax projects for commissioners to consider as they meet today to continue work on a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax 5 package.

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

Pupils have encounter with historic figure
About 20 youngsters sat spellbound listening to a one-woman play performed in the character of Harriet Tubman on Saturday.

Father faces child cruelty charge

Honors
The University of South Carolina Aiken announces the following honors:

Aquinas teacher's classroom technique is catalyst for award

Library events
APPLEBY BRANCH TODDLER STORYTIME: 10:05-10:25 a.m., 10:30-11:15 a.m. Wednesdays; ages 3 and older

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

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.

Judge confines pupil over bomb threat

Disc golf officials clear visa hurdles

Mayor lists tax projects

Across the region

Library events

Police identify body found at day care

Band marches beyond the boundaries

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

Anybody order cookies?

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- Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

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Judge confines pupil over bomb threat
As authorities try to deal with a rash of disruptive school bomb threats, a juvenile court judge ordered an eighth-grader at Sego Middle School to 90 days in confinement Wednesday for calling in a bomb threat this fall.

Across the area

Band marches beyond the boundaries
When Raul Viera saw the South Augusta Marching Unit perform at a back-to-school jam three years ago, he begged his mother to let him join.

Cuts in care could occur

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Comments from readers:

Empty bowls help charities fill needs

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.

Center helps children, moms recover from drug abuse

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.

Democrats slam Republican-drawn districts

Center helps children, moms recover from drug abuse
Carol Thompson, who has been working at Hope House for nearly two years, said she never knows what each day will bring.

Richmond County restaurant ratings

Across the river
FOLLOW THE DRINKING GOURD: 7 and 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; the Dupont Planetarium, 471 University Parkway, Aiken; how slaves used astronomy in escaping from bondage; $4.50 adults, $3.50 seniors, $2.50 age 4 to 12th grade; 641-3769

Leader's bid stirs dissent in party

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.

Across the river

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.

This week

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

Nuclear dumping disputed

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.

Reunions

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.

Worker is found dead against plant ceiling

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

Events

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.

Talking baseball

Talks could aid MOX goal

Across Georgia

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Mayor lists tax projects
Augusta Mayor Bob Young has proposed a list of sales tax projects for commissioners to consider as they meet today to continue work on a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax 5 package.

Mailing strains sale of tracts

Leader's bid stirs dissent in party
NORTH AUGUSTA - Jason Whinghter may be young and unelected, but he has a keen eye for the unexpected political opening and the quick reflexes to take advantage of it.

Honors
The University of South Carolina Aiken announces the following honors:

Anybody order cookies?
Eric Blocker (left) and Joseph Wells unload cases of Girl Scout cookies at the Central Savannah River Council Girl Scouts, one of several distribution sites.

Advice sought on race issues

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.

Database brings past online

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.

Motion clears way for growth

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,

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.

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.

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.

At the Movies: 'Because of Winn-Dixie'
If you're the kind of person who thinks dogs are just OK - you're not allergic to them and you've never had a traumatic confrontation with one on the sidewalk - you'll probably find yourself vaguely charmed by the family film "Because of Winn-Dixie."

Mini-reviews

New home-video releases
Here's a look at what's just out in DVD and video, and a calendar of coming releases:

At the Movies: 'Because of Winn-Dixie'

At the Movies: 'Son of the Mask'
Some movies just should not have kids. "Son of the Mask" is the sorry little offspring of Jim Carrey's 1994 hit "The Mask," about a weenie who gains superpowers and a super ego when he stumbles on an ancient artifact.

At the Movies: 'Because of Winn-Dixie'
If you're the kind of person who thinks dogs are just OK - you're not allergic to them and you've never had a traumatic confrontation with one on the sidewalk - you'll probably find yourself vaguely charmed by the family film "Because of Winn-Dixie."

'Caught' more incitement then entertainment
For nearly 25 years, the masterminds behind Spike & Mike's Twisted Festival of Animation have been offering cartoons with an adult focus.

New home-video releases
Here's a look at what's just out in DVD and video, and a calendar of coming releases:

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

'Caught' more incitement then entertainment
For nearly 25 years, the masterminds behind Spike & Mike's Twisted Festival of Animation have been offering cartoons with an adult focus.

'Caught' more incitement then entertainment

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

New home-video releases

Angst smolders throughout Sage Francis disc

New Springsteen album due in April; tour to follow

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.

Sonic Spotlight: Anthony Kennedy (DJ Rana)

Random House wants P. Diddy to return money

Angst smolders throughout Sage Francis disc
If Atmosphere is rap for emo kids with too many feelings, Sage Francis is rap for the children of the war on terrorism. Right out of the starting blocks on The Buzz Kill, the first track on A Healthy Distrust, the 27-year-old Rhode Island native declares the American experiment a disaster.

Sonic Spotlight: Anthony Kennedy (DJ Rana)
Anthony Kennedy (DJ Rana) AGE: 25 HOMETOWN: North Canton, Ohio, moved here in September 2003

New Springsteen album due in April; tour to follow
NEW YORK - The seeds for Bruce Springsteen's new album "Devils & Dust" were sown nearly a decade ago, when the singer-songwriter began his first-ever solo acoustic tour.

Popular band gets together for another show
Augusta is getting a little more Horsepower. Nearly two years ago, the Augusta band played its final gig, the Garden City Music Festival. Soon after, David Swanagin, the drummer for Horsepower, left Augusta to seek his fortune in Nashville, Tenn.

Motley Crue takes its freak show on the road

Angst smolders throughout Sage Francis disc
If Atmosphere is rap for emo kids with too many feelings, Sage Francis is rap for the children of the war on terrorism. Right out of the starting blocks on The Buzz Kill, the first track on A Healthy Distrust, the 27-year-old Rhode Island native declares the American experiment a disaster.

Popular band gets together for another show

New Springsteen album due in April; tour to follow
NEW YORK - The seeds for Bruce Springsteen's new album "Devils & Dust" were sown nearly a decade ago, when the singer-songwriter began his first-ever solo acoustic tour.

Sonic Spotlight: Anthony Kennedy (DJ Rana)
Anthony Kennedy (DJ Rana)AGE: 25HOMETOWN: North Canton, Ohio, moved here in September 2003

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.

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

Popular band gets together for another show
Augusta is getting a little more Horsepower. Nearly two years ago, the Augusta band played its final gig, the Garden City Music Festival. Soon after, David Swanagin, the drummer for Horsepower, left Augusta to seek his fortune in Nashville, Tenn.

Tire troubles plague Daytona practice
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Goodyear officials spent the first day of Daytona 500 practice scrambling to solve the second tire problem of Speed Weeks.

Sponsors hope to profit off bad habit

Tire troubles plague Daytona practice

Sponsors hope to profit off bad habit
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - NASCAR fans are 28 percent more likely to smoke cigarettes than non-race fans, according to Simmons Market Research.

Racing Newsmaker: Dale Jarrett
Dale Jarrett won the pole for this Sunday's Daytona 500 with a fast lap of 188.312 mph. It marks the third time in his career he will start the richest and most prestigious race of the season from the No. 1 starting spot.

NASCAR sacrifices drivers' privacy for access
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. isn't a big fan of the spectator windows in Daytona International Speedway's garage area.

NASCAR sacrifices drivers' privacy for access

Racing Newsmaker: Dale Jarrett
Dale Jarrett won the pole for this Sunday's Daytona 500 with a fast lap of 188.312 mph. It marks the third time in his career he will start the richest and most prestigious race of the season from the No. 1 starting spot.

Racing Newsmaker: Dale Jarrett

Sponsors hope to profit off bad habit
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - NASCAR fans are 28 percent more likely to smoke cigarettes than non-race fans, according to Simmons Market Research.

NASCAR sacrifices drivers' privacy for access
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. isn't a big fan of the spectator windows in Daytona International Speedway's garage area.

Tire troubles plague Daytona practice
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Goodyear officials spent the first day of Daytona 500 practice scrambling to solve the second tire problem of Speed Weeks.

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.

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.

Streak remains as Illini get win
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Illinois added to the longest winning streak in the nation and set some school history.

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.

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Mr. James "Jim" O. Gunn, Jr.    (KEYSVILLE, GA.)
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Mrs. Mary Taylor Key    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Della Phillips Bunch    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Earl James Pearre    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ruby Tingle    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances S. Ansley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Edna R. Barfield    (OCILLA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Irmgard Snavely    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Earl James Pearre    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Broadus B. Adams    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Billy Joe Barnett, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David McKinley Garrison    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Ms. Sabrina Burley    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Miss Lacey Brown    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Amanda Brooks    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Roger Lee Hendrick    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Ms. Sherry G. Zawacki    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Mr. David R. Grande    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Walden    (LARGO, FLA.)
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Mrs. Billye A. Thackston    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mary Taylor Key    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Bennie Swint    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Bennie Swint    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas R. Magness    (EVANS, Ga.)

Ms. Sherry G. Zawacki    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Evelyn B. Matson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Broadus B. Adams    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. David McKinley Garrison    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Vera Mears    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

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

Ms. Tara A. Minor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Norman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. James "Jim" O. Gunn, Jr. (KEYSVILLE, GA.)

Ms. Tara A. Minor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mr. Alfred Warren (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

Sister Josephine Pope (SUMTER, S.C.)

Mrs. Della Phillips Bunch (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. C.L. Churchville, Jr. (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Hilda McMillan Taylor (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. David McKinley Garrison (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Ms. Sabrina Burley (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Irmgard Snavely (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Vera Mears (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Earl James Pearre (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Lacey Brown (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. James L. Oswald (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Ms. Sherry G. Zawacki (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Ms. Jessie Mae Ivy (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. George A. Spencer (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Willie M. Glenn (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mr. James Butler, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Fay Simpson Bussell (HARRISON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Thomas R. Magness (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Walden (Largo, FL)

Mrs. Evelyn B. Matson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. James Norman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Major Webb, Sr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mr. Broadus B. Adams (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. David McKinley Garrison (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Amanda Brooks (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Earl James Pearre (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra Scott Pope (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Walden (LARGO, FLA.)

Salome Livingston Fulmer (SPRINGFIELD, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Irmgard Snavely (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Janet Dunaway Field (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Roger Lee Hendrick (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Cecelia B. Holck (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruby Tingle (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Bennie Swint (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Gatsie Lee Williams (SYCAMORE, S.C.)

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

Mr. John Henry Meriwether (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Herman Lodge (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mildred Parish (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Elmer Lamar Brantley (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Rayford Rollins Carswell (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ticket sales are slow for best-picture nominees
LOS ANGELES - By the numbers, the Academy Awards are roughly 50 percent less relevant than they have been the last five years.

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.

'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.

Ticket sales are slow for best-picture nominees

Producer supports Chris Rock as show's host

Ticket sales are slow for best-picture nominees
LOS ANGELES - By the numbers, the Academy Awards are roughly 50 percent less relevant than they have been the last five years.

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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Armstrong returning to Georgia race

Golfer weighs his options

Texan decides to ride in race
Cycling fans will get a chance to see the sport's top star in action in Augusta this spring.

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Augusta State's Sam Barth was named the Peach Belt Conference's Player of the Week after leading the No. 4 Jaguars to a 4-0 mark (7-1 on the season).

Golfer weighs his options
Christopher Stallmann isn't sure where he's going to go to college.

Golfer weighs his options
Christopher Stallmann isn't sure where he's going to go to college.

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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.

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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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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.

Armstrong returning to Georgia race
Lance Armstrong is stopping by Georgia again on his way to France. Switching gears from his original plans, Armstrong announced Wednesday he will race in April's Tour de Georgia - a major step in his pursuit of a seventh straight victory in the Tour de France.

Armstrong returning to Georgia race
Lance Armstrong is stopping by Georgia again on his way to France. Switching gears from his original plans, Armstrong announced Wednesday he will race in April's Tour de Georgia - a major step in his pursuit of a seventh straight victory in the Tour de France.

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Augusta State's Sam Barth was named the Peach Belt Conference's Player of the Week after leading the No. 4 Jaguars to a 4-0 mark (7-1 on the season).

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

Bulldogs moving on with victory
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - If you're a Silver Bluff Bulldog today, you think of Wednesday night's playoff game as a silver cloud filled with dark linings.

Bulldogs moving on with victory
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - If you're a Silver Bluff Bulldog today, you think of Wednesday night's playoff game as a silver cloud filled with dark linings.

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

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.

Area gospel group will enter famed hall

Area gospel group will enter famed hall
On Tuesday night in the Nashville, Tenn., suburb of Hendersonville, The Lewis Family, of Lincolnton, Ga., will be applauded by their peers as they are inducted into the Gospel Music Association's Hall of Fame.

Area gospel group will enter famed hall
On Tuesday night in the Nashville, Tenn., suburb of Hendersonville, The Lewis Family, of Lincolnton, Ga., will be applauded by their peers as they are inducted into the Gospel Music Association's Hall of Fame.

Mickelson is setting new standards

Screenwriter knew how to frame a story

'Idol' ratings helping and hurting those around it

'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.

'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.

Trekkies fight end of 'Enterprise' series
LOS ANGELES - Trekkies are uniting to win a reprieve for "Star Trek: Enterprise," slated to end its mission on UPN in May.

Hero of latest 'Oddworld' won't be Stranger for long

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Fans buy hotel that inspired 'Fawlty Towers'

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Losses haunt Bulldogs' McAuley
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Jay McAuley's two career starts have ended in Georgia's worst offensive performances of the past two seasons.

Losses haunt Bulldogs' McAuley

Losses haunt Bulldogs' McAuley
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Jay McAuley's two career starts have ended in Georgia's worst offensive performances of the past two seasons.

Screenwriter knew how to frame a story
Few people, even fervent film fans, remember Dalton Trumbo. But in his time, Mr. Trumbo, who died in 1976, was among Hollywood's most respected and controversial screenwriters.

Screenwriter knew how to frame a story
Few people, even fervent film fans, remember Dalton Trumbo. But in his time, Mr. Trumbo, who died in 1976, was among Hollywood's most respected and controversial screenwriters.

Gamecocks relied on unlikely hero
COLUMBIA - South Carolina's Antoine Tisby made up for some lost time against Kentucky.

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

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