Rare Audubon watercolors on display
NEW YORK - A selection of 40 original bird watercolors by American artist and naturalist John Audubon will be on display at the New York Historical Society's annual "Audubon Aviary" exhibit beginning this week.

Rare Audubon watercolors on display

Rare Audubon watercolors on display
NEW YORK - A selection of 40 original bird watercolors by American artist and naturalist John Audubon will be on display at the New York Historical Society's annual "Audubon Aviary" exhibit beginning this week.

Players try to put steroid talk to rest
St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa hoped he was addressing the steroid issue for the last time this spring. After the Detroit Tigers' first official workout, All-Star catcher Ivan Rodriguez tried to put Jose Canseco's accusations to rest, too.

Yankees' $67 million rotation warms up

Players try to put steroid talk to rest
St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa hoped he was addressing the steroid issue for the last time this spring. After the Detroit Tigers' first official workout, All-Star catcher Ivan Rodriguez tried to put Jose Canseco's accusations to rest, too.

Yankees' $67 million rotation warms up
TAMPA, Fla. - Boston's biggest nightmare was stretched across five mounds in the right-field bullpen at Legends Field: the $67 million rotation.

Aaron is driven by new love
The slip of the tongue was so outrageously egregious that all Hank Aaron could do was laugh.

Players try to put steroid talk to rest

Aaron is driven by new love
The slip of the tongue was so outrageously egregious that all Hank Aaron could do was laugh.

Yankees' $67 million rotation warms up
TAMPA, Fla. - Boston's biggest nightmare was stretched across five mounds in the right-field bullpen at Legends Field: the $67 million rotation.

Aaron is driven by new love

Children, seniors see greener pastures on other side

Iwo Jima re-enactment to be held in Texas
DOSS, Texas - The nation's largest 60th-anniversary re-enactment of the Battle of Iwo Jima will not occur on an island or, for that matter, anywhere close to salt water.

'Flatulent footwear' lands company in court
SANFORD, Fla. - There's no tiptoeing around the problem. Call it flatulent footwear.

Odds and Ends
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - NHL fans left on the sideboards can get the jump on a new game: tennis.

Odds and Ends
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - NHL fans left on the sideboards can get the jump on a new game: tennis.

Iwo Jima re-enactment to be held in Texas
DOSS, Texas - The nation's largest 60th-anniversary re-enactment of the Battle of Iwo Jima will not occur on an island or, for that matter, anywhere close to salt water.

'Flatulent footwear' lands company in court
SANFORD, Fla. - There's no tiptoeing around the problem. Call it flatulent footwear.

Odds and Ends
GRAPEVINE, Texas - J.D. the Labrador's owner may be wishing his dog wasn't such a good retriever.

Random House to invest in phone text market
NEW YORK - Over the past couple of years, the cell phone has emerged as a sound system, a video game player and a TV screen. Now, it could become the latest outlet for books.

New business repairs photos, archives music

Random House to invest in phone text market

New business repairs photos, archives music
Time's tide swallows most things, but not all are lost forever. With today's technology and some artistic skill, faded media, the modern-day backup to many of our memories, can be brought to life again after years of decay.

Random House to invest in phone text market
NEW YORK - Over the past couple of years, the cell phone has emerged as a sound system, a video game player and a TV screen. Now, it could become the latest outlet for books.

Monsanto to acquire cotton-seed company
ST. LOUIS - Continuing its recent buying spree, agribusiness Monsanto Co. said Thursday it plans to buy Emergent Genetics Inc. - the nation's third-largest cotton seed company - for $300 million.

Wholesale prices climb 0.3 percent in January
WASHINGTON - Wholesale prices rose 0.3 percent in January, driven up by big increases in the cost of new cars, cigarettes and alcohol, a development that could lead the Federal Reserve on a path toward steeper interest-rate increases.

Georgia Power will seek another rate increase
ATLANTA - Less than two months after the state Public Service Commission allowed Georgia Power to raise electric rates, the utility plans to seek another increase.

China's consumer society surpassing the U.S.

Study: consumer confidence indexes are poor forecasters
RICHMOND, Va. - Consumer confidence indexes help move stock markets, influence corporate decisions and alter governments' economic outlooks.

Study: consumer confidence indexes are poor forecasters

Panel hears ideas for consumption taxes
WASHINGTON - President Bush's tax reform panel listened Wednesday to the pros and cons of taxing money earned or money spent, leading one member to say that a hybrid should be considered.

Richmond County tries to lure companies
Richmond County economic developers took the first step Friday to bring 300 jobs and $60 million in investment to the area.

Microsoft recalls Xbox power cords
SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. said Thursday that it is recalling 14.1 million power cords for its Xbox game because they can catch fire.

Data retailer scandal widens
SAN FRANCISCO - When word first emerged this week that scammers had illegally obtained detailed dossiers on 35,000 people by posing as legitimate customers of ChoicePoint Inc., the data-brokering company portrayed it as a relatively minor criminal case, limited to California.

Leading economic indicators dip in January
NEW YORK - A closely watched gauge of future U.S. economic activity slipped 0.3 percent in January, slightly more than expected, indicating possible weakness in the economy in coming months.

New business repairs photos, archives music
Time's tide swallows most things, but not all are lost forever. With today's technology and some artistic skill, faded media, the modern-day backup to many of our memories, can be brought to life again after years of decay.

Monsanto to acquire cotton-seed company
ST. LOUIS - Continuing its recent buying spree, agribusiness Monsanto Co. said Thursday it plans to buy Emergent Genetics Inc. - the nation's third-largest cotton seed company - for $300 million.

Panel hears ideas for consumption taxes

Data retailer scandal widens

Georgia Power will seek another rate increase

Richmond County tries to lure companies

Monsanto to acquire cotton-seed company

Wholesale prices climb 0.3 percent in January
WASHINGTON - Wholesale prices rose 0.3 percent in January, driven up by big increases in the cost of new cars, cigarettes and alcohol, a development that could lead the Federal Reserve on a path toward steeper interest-rate increases.

Richmond County tries to lure companies
Richmond County economic developers took the first step Friday to bring 300 jobs and $60 million in investment to the area.

Georgia Power will seek another rate increase
ATLANTA - Less than two months after the state Public Service Commission allowed Georgia Power to raise electric rates, the utility plans to seek another increase.

China's consumer society surpassing the U.S.
WASHINGTON - For decades, while China was closed to business from the United States, American companies lusted over the boundless merchandise market that such a big country was certain to offer one day.

China's consumer society surpassing the U.S.
WASHINGTON - For decades, while China was closed to business from the United States, American companies lusted over the boundless merchandise market that such a big country was certain to offer one day.

Data retailer scandal widens
SAN FRANCISCO - When word first emerged this week that scammers had illegally obtained detailed dossiers on 35,000 people by posing as legitimate customers of ChoicePoint Inc., the data-brokering company portrayed it as a relatively minor criminal case, limited to California.

Panel hears ideas for consumption taxes
WASHINGTON - President Bush's tax reform panel listened Wednesday to the pros and cons of taxing money earned or money spent, leading one member to say that a hybrid should be considered.

Study: consumer confidence indexes are poor forecasters
RICHMOND, Va. - Consumer confidence indexes help move stock markets, influence corporate decisions and alter governments' economic outlooks.

Wholesale prices climb 0.3 percent in January

Tuberville signs new contract with Auburn
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville has signed a new seven-year contract that will pay him $2 million this year and increase by $200,000 each successive year.

Lady Braves coach proving his team has what it takes

Basketball player with no legs beats the odds

Where's the outrage?

Ad complaint off base
There's no law against making politicians look silly - and thank heaven for that.

Compassion into cruelty

Ad complaint off base

Compassion into cruelty
In Omaha, the Nebraska Humane Society rescued 30 cats from "horrendous conditions" at a residence there.

Ad complaint off base
There's no law against making politicians look silly - and thank heaven for that.

The NHL's black eye
It might not be news if a fight ended a hockey game. But this brawl has ended an entire season.

KO Ga. secrecy bill
There's a bill before the Georgia Senate that would legitimize cover-ups of economic development activities by local and state governments.

Where's the outrage?
Talk of reforming Augusta's moribund government had been ginned up in recent months, but few residents thought anything would come of it.

Where's the outrage?
Talk of reforming Augusta's moribund government had been ginned up in recent months, but few residents thought anything would come of it.

Compassion into cruelty
In Omaha, the Nebraska Humane Society rescued 30 cats from "horrendous conditions" at a residence there.

Britney Spears angry about honeymoon photos
NEW YORK - Britney Spears says the veil has been lifted on her honeymoon, and she's not happy.

Britney Spears angry about honeymoon photos
NEW YORK - Britney Spears says the veil has been lifted on her honeymoon, and she's not happy.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - Canadian Alanis Morissette is now an American citizen.

Earlier works inspire new releases
Every creative endeavor - every work of art, note of music or word written - begins with an inspiration.

People in the News
NEW YORK - First-time Oscar host Chris Rock, a comedian known for his frequent use of expletives, says the five-second decency delay on the ABC show's Feb. 27 telecast will be a welcome "safety net."

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - Canadian Alanis Morissette is now an American citizen.

Tim Robbins named Hasty Pudding Man of Year
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Actor Tim Robbins pleaded, sang and faced off with protesters to earn the Hasty Pudding Man of the Year award on Thursday.

Earlier works inspire new releases
Every creative endeavor - every work of art, note of music or word written - begins with an inspiration.

People in the News
NEW YORK - First-time Oscar host Chris Rock, a comedian known for his frequent use of expletives, says the five-second decency delay on the ABC show's Feb. 27 telecast will be a welcome "safety net."

How to get help from the IRS
For those overwhelmed, lost or just confused about how to start working on those 2004 tax returns, the Internal Revenue Service offers lots of advice, information and assistance.

How to get help from the IRS

Rates on 30-year mortgages increase
WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages which had fallen for six straight weeks edged up slightly this week, reflecting rising rates in financial markets.

Fishing tournaments
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flier or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928.

Fishing tournaments
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flier or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928.

Largemouth bass are plentiful in Thurmond
It wasn't long ago that Thurmond Lake anglers were complaining about their sparse catches of largemouth bass, but Saturday's Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League tournament proved the lake's fishery is alive and well.

Largemouth bass are plentiful in Thurmond

Fishing tournaments

Largemouth bass are plentiful in Thurmond
It wasn't long ago that Thurmond Lake anglers were complaining about their sparse catches of largemouth bass, but Saturday's Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League tournament proved the lake's fishery is alive and well.

Colors, plants lure butterflies and hummingbirds
If you plant it, they will come. With apologies to Kevin Costner, that sums up the experts' advice on attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard.

Prune your liriope plants before new growth begins
Winter weather can cause liriope to become unsightly. The tip of the foliage, which is also known as monkey or border grass, burns, turns brown, flops down and appears to be severely injured.

Colors, plants lure butterflies and hummingbirds

Colors, plants lure butterflies and hummingbirds
If you plant it, they will come. With apologies to Kevin Costner, that sums up the experts' advice on attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard.

Bountiful baskets beautifying homes
Blooming, designer-looking hanging baskets of color are becoming the rage all across the nation.

Bountiful baskets beautifying homes

Prune your liriope plants before new growth begins

Bountiful baskets beautifying homes
Blooming, designer-looking hanging baskets of color are becoming the rage all across the nation.

'Hot' stems warm a cold winter
Maybe its because red, yellow, and orange are the colors of fire that they are so appealing in winter.

Prune your liriope plants before new growth begins
Winter weather can cause liriope to become unsightly. The tip of the foliage, which is also known as monkey or border grass, burns, turns brown, flops down and appears to be severely injured.

Davis takes the lead, with Tiger lurking

Nissan Open: Campbell is happy he finished

Nissan Open: Campbell is happy he finished
LOS ANGELES - Considering the amount of rain that soaked Riviera, Chad Campbell didn't expect to complete his second round Friday in the Nissan Open. The bigger surprise was where he finished.

Davis takes the lead, with Tiger lurking
LOS ANGELES - The shifting wind and gloomy rain gave the Nissan Open a distinctively British feel Thursday.

Davis takes the lead, with Tiger lurking
LOS ANGELES - The shifting wind and gloomy rain gave the Nissan Open a distinctively British feel Thursday.

Nissan Open: Campbell is happy he finished
LOS ANGELES - Considering the amount of rain that soaked Riviera, Chad Campbell didn't expect to complete his second round Friday in the Nissan Open. The bigger surprise was where he finished.

Lady Wolfpack thump Eagles

Prep basketball scores

Unbeaten Hephzibah advances

Eagles edge closer to state title shot

Both Josey, Hephzibah have hurdles

NHL labor talks to resume Saturday
NEW YORK - There might be an NHL season, after all. The NHL and the players' association will meet in New York on Saturday after the league requested the sides get together again.

NHL labor talks to resume Saturday

NHL labor talks to resume Saturday
NEW YORK - There might be an NHL season, after all. The NHL and the players' association will meet in New York on Saturday after the league requested the sides get together again.

Children, seniors see greener pastures on other side
I spoke to the fifth-grade classes of Martinez Elementary last week and they had lots of questions. Fortunately, I had lots of answers.

Children, seniors see greener pastures on other side
I spoke to the fifth-grade classes of Martinez Elementary last week and they had lots of questions. Fortunately, I had lots of answers.

Chronicle voicemail system is down
Due to a telephone system malfunction, voicemail services for telephone extensions at The Augusta Chronicle are not currently working. This means that messages cannot be left, and that the main numbers for The Chronicle and Morris Communications, (706) 724-0851 and (800) 622-6358 are not working.

Pupils' fight leads to knife wound
Richmond County authorities are investigating a fight at Spirit Creek Middle School that resulted in one pupil being cut with a knife.

Terrorists deserve due process

Tells why graduation rates are low

This was no patriotic soldier
How does one respond to the frenetic ramblings by Paul Cook in his most recent diatribe? If there were a grain of truth or anything remotely resembling fact in his ranting missive, it might facilitate rebuttal. Bob Gardner, Augusta

Terrorists deserve due process
The Chronicle just doesn't get it in the Feb. 6 editorial, "Terrorist Bill of Rights," when it criticizes U.S. Senior Judge Joyce Hens Green for allowing terrorists to have access to the American legal system. Srinivas Venkata, Martinez

Tells why graduation rates are low
Regarding Greg Rickabaugh's Feb. 14 article, "Local college figures are low": I started my higher education after high school, but did not finish because that was not what I wanted to do at the time. Nelda Allen, Martinez

Blacks majority in Augusta
"Everything is relative" is a phrase used by many and is often disputed as being an oxymoron. African-Americans in the United States are considered a minority since only 12.9 percent are of that race in the entire country.Bob Groothand, Augusta

Look at claims with skepticism

Look at claims with skepticism
Social Security can meet 100 percent of its obligations for the next 37 years with no changes to the current system, according to the Social Security Administration itself.Sandy Untermyer, Appling

Leading Democrats are laughable
Mr. Lowell Greenbaum's letter Feb. 4 ("Democrat criticism shows their loyalty") reflected his routinely interesting assessment of things. Lawrence Burton, Washington, Ga.

Tells why graduation rates are low
Regarding Greg Rickabaugh's Feb. 14 article, "Local college figures are low": I started my higher education after high school, but did not finish because that was not what I wanted to do at the time. Nelda Allen, Martinez

Look at claims with skepticism
Social Security can meet 100 percent of its obligations for the next 37 years with no changes to the current system, according to the Social Security Administration itself.Sandy Untermyer, Appling

Terrorists deserve due process
The Chronicle just doesn't get it in the Feb. 6 editorial, "Terrorist Bill of Rights," when it criticizes U.S. Senior Judge Joyce Hens Green for allowing terrorists to have access to the American legal system. Srinivas Venkata, Martinez

Infiniti M returns with midsize luxury

Waterford crystallizes plan

Mating scent of female cockroaches identified

Automakers unveil new vehicles at Chicago show

Study: Vitamin D may help ward off prostate cancer

Saturn moon is a world frozen forever in its youth

Technology making toys more personal experience

Textured towels grow in popularity

Technology making toys more personal experience
NEW YORK - Picture an Elmo or Winnie the Pooh plush doll that knows a child's name and favorite food, and tells stories and sings songs incorporating such personal details.

Technology making toys more personal experience
NEW YORK - Picture an Elmo or Winnie the Pooh plush doll that knows a child's name and favorite food, and tells stories and sings songs incorporating such personal details.

Mating scent of female cockroaches identified
WASHINGTON - Scientists have identified the "come hither" scent that female German cockroaches use to lure males, a discovery that may help control one of the world's most troublesome and resistant household pests.

Automakers unveil new vehicles at Chicago show
CHICAGO - General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. hope to bolster sales of their luxury brands with new models that debuted at the Chicago Auto Show, which ends Sunday.

Study: Vitamin D may help ward off prostate cancer
ORLANDO, Fla. - Getting a little sunshine may be one way for men to cut their risk of prostate cancer.

Infiniti M returns with midsize luxury
Car owners spend more time looking at the interior of their cars than they do the exteriors, just because they spend so much time inside, behind the steering wheels.

Textured towels grow in popularity
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - When you step out of the shower dripping wet, how well does your towel really perform?

Textured towels grow in popularity
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - When you step out of the shower dripping wet, how well does your towel really perform?

Study: Vitamin D may help ward off prostate cancer
ORLANDO, Fla. - Getting a little sunshine may be one way for men to cut their risk of prostate cancer.

Mating scent of female cockroaches identified
WASHINGTON - Scientists have identified the "come hither" scent that female German cockroaches use to lure males, a discovery that may help control one of the world's most troublesome and resistant household pests.

Saturn moon is a world frozen forever in its youth
WASHINGTON - Data from the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft suggest that Titan, a moon of Saturn, is a world with the potential of life that was frozen in its youth, prevented by deep cold from ever developing into a livelier place.

Waterford crystallizes plan
CHICAGO - Say the name Waterford. You see flushed cheeks being kissed, tables formally set. You hear the clink-clink as toasts are delivered, the hum of social chatter, the peals of laughter.

Saturn moon is a world frozen forever in its youth
WASHINGTON - Data from the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft suggest that Titan, a moon of Saturn, is a world with the potential of life that was frozen in its youth, prevented by deep cold from ever developing into a livelier place.

Infiniti M returns with midsize luxury
Car owners spend more time looking at the interior of their cars than they do the exteriors, just because they spend so much time inside, behind the steering wheels.

Automakers unveil new vehicles at Chicago show
CHICAGO - General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. hope to bolster sales of their luxury brands with new models that debuted at the Chicago Auto Show, which ends Sunday.

Waterford crystallizes plan
CHICAGO - Say the name Waterford. You see flushed cheeks being kissed, tables formally set. You hear the clink-clink as toasts are delivered, the hum of social chatter, the peals of laughter.

Lynx fight past rival
A Greenville Grrrowl jersey lay bunched up near center ice at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Lynx have favorable road ahead

Lynx fight past rival

Lynx have favorable road ahead
The win was in hand. The Augusta Lynx just needed to hold on for 20 more seconds. They won control of the puck on a faceoff in their own end with a one-goal lead against the Greenville Grrrowl.

Lynx fight past rival
A Greenville Grrrowl jersey lay bunched up near center ice at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Lynx have favorable road ahead
The win was in hand. The Augusta Lynx just needed to hold on for 20 more seconds. They won control of the puck on a faceoff in their own end with a one-goal lead against the Greenville Grrrowl.

Rants and Raves
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Viruses spread across area
Hari Sinha hasn't been seriously ill in three years, a lucky streak he attributes, in part, to his annual flu shot.

Clashing software costs county's EMS
AIKEN - When the county sought to upgrade its Emergency Medical Services billing system in 2003, an option was available that likely would have eliminated complications and the $500,000 in unpaid paramedics bills it now has on its hands.

Delayed work angers residents
Most people might find it hard to understand why a road project lags a year or more behind schedule.

SRS to offer willing layoff payout
A seven-day window for Savannah River Site employees who want to voluntarily leave the company will be the prelude to massive cuts this year by the main contractor of the federal nuclear reservation.

Father charged with child abuse
Richmond County sheriff's investigators have arrested a man who they said caused severe injuries to his 2-month-old son, including leg and rib fractures, along with wounded internal organs.

Columbia County gets 311 service

Pupils' fight leads to knife wound
Richmond County authorities are investigating a fight at Spirit Creek Middle School that resulted in one pupil being cut with a knife.

Cat adoptions break record
Columbia County's Animal Care and Control Department was the cat's meow of adoption sites Thursday as people flocked to adopt some of the 92 cats recently seized from a Martinez woman's home.

Home is burned
A volunteer firefighter puts out a hot spot inside the home of Cora Johnson in Kitchings Mill.

Senate OK of budget sparks Assembly fight
ATLANTA - The fate of state-funded projects for Augusta, Athens and the Georgia coast remains uncertain under a $16.6 billion midyear budget passed Thursday by the Senate.

Lottery earnings surpass forecast
AIKEN - Gamblers often say that the house never loses. That's certainly true of the South Carolina lottery and the money it's making for the state.

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

Senate OK of budget sparks Assembly fight
ATLANTA - The fate of state-funded projects for Augusta, Athens and the Georgia coast remains uncertain under a $16.6 billion midyear budget passed Thursday by the Senate.

Pupil is charged in knife attack

Memo says cut agency to save money
Augusta Administrator Fred Russell wants to do away with the Richmond County Marshal's Department as a cost-cutting measure that he says will save nearly a half-million a year.

SRS to offer willing layoff payout
A seven-day window for Savannah River Site employees who want to voluntarily leave the company will be the prelude to massive cuts this year by the main contractor of the federal nuclear reservation.

Lottery earnings surpass forecast
AIKEN - Gamblers often say that the house never loses. That's certainly true of the South Carolina lottery and the money it's making for the state.

Abuse shelter gets special recognition
ATLANTA - An Augusta group that helps abused children received special recognition Thursday when it joined child advocacy groups from across the state at the Capitol.

Columbia County gets 311 service
State officials approved Columbia County as the second community in Georgia to receive a 311 nonemergency number designation Friday.

Case of DUI dropped over consent issue
WOODBINE, Ga. - Because his blood was drawn without his consent, the driver who police say killed another man in a DUI accident will not be charged, prosecutors have told the family of the victim.

Memo says cut agency to save money

Augusta officials approve bond package
Augusta Regional Airport officials had to repeatedly explain Thursday that their decision to wait two days to sell revenue bonds this week would eventually save the city $6 million.

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

Delayed work angers residents
Most people might find it hard to understand why a road project lags a year or more behind schedule.

Police: woman was shot at least five times
Richmond County sheriff's investigators were called to an Augusta home Thursday night after a man reported seeing a woman lying in front of a house with obvious gunshot wounds.

Kid of the Day
Jalen Vining is today's Kid of the Day.

Holiday closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Presidents Day:

Chronicle voicemail system is down
Due to a telephone system malfunction, voicemail services for telephone extensions at The Augusta Chronicle are not currently working. This means that messages cannot be left, and that the main numbers for The Chronicle and Morris Communications, (706) 724-0851 and (800) 622-6358 are not working.

Ruling on permit for landfill is appealed
Developers planning a controversial landfill in Taliaferro County filed notice Friday that they will ask Georgia's Court of Appeals to overturn a Fulton County Superior Court ruling that supports state regulators who rejected permit requests for the project.

Clashing software costs county's EMS

Plant delay adds to layoff impact

Presidents Day closings

Presidents Day closings
The following schedules have been announced:

Resolutions honor constituents

Students, parents criticize cell phone rules
Imagine life without a cell phone for 12 months. Apparently, that idea wasn't enough to scare some Richmond County students into leaving their mobile devices at home during the past week.

Jury will hear Burke remarks
The jurors who may decide the fate of Ronald Burke will hear nearly everything he told investigators about the disappearance and killing of Tamara Dunstan, a judge ruled Friday.

Resolutions honor constituents
ATLANTA - Legislators spend most of their time at the Capitol working on a $16 billion state budget or crafting new laws that can affect millions of Georgians.

Pupil is charged in knife attack
A knife fight at Spirit Creek Middle School sent one pupil to the hospital Friday and injured a teacher who tried to break up the disturbance, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

City to buy old train depot for $1.7 million
Augusta commissioners voted Thursday to buy riverfront property at the site of an old train depot belonging to pensioners in the old city's 1949 pension plan.

Senate gets bill to close records
ATLANTA - A bill that supporters say would strengthen Georgia's competitiveness for attracting new employers is poised to go before the Senate.

Abuse shelter gets special recognition
ATLANTA - An Augusta group that helps abused children received special recognition Thursday when it joined child advocacy groups from across the state at the Capitol.

Kid of the Day

Rants and Raves
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Rants and Raves
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Holiday closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Presidents Day:

Democrats seek better coverage
ATLANTA - Lawyers have a term for an attorney who does no more on a case than show up and be seen next to the client: a potted plant.

Democrats seek better coverage
ATLANTA - Lawyers have a term for an attorney who does no more on a case than show up and be seen next to the client: a potted plant.

Web site helps locate lost pets
Melinda McRee's Shih Tzu Brandi would probably make a good escape artist. "She's a digger,'' the Martinez resident said with a laugh.

Across the region
ATLANTA - Fireworks still would be illegal in Georgia but buying sparklers would be OK for those older than 18 under a bill approved by the state Senate Thursday.

Second dog attack is reported in two days
Authorities said an Aiken boy was bitten by a dog Friday on his leg, the second such incident in two days.

Viruses spread across area
Hari Sinha hasn't been seriously ill in three years, a lucky streak he attributes, in part, to his annual flu shot.

GOP redistricting plans crowd legislative agenda
ATLANTA - An already busy Georgia Legislature saw its plate get even fuller this week as Republican leaders announced they wanted to redraw the state's congressional districts before state lawmakers adjourn in late March.

Across the area
Authorities performed an autopsy Thursday on the body of a missing Columbia County man who was found dead behind a Wrightsboro Road day-care center.

Memo says cut agency to save money
Augusta Administrator Fred Russell wants to do away with the Richmond County Marshal's Department as a cost-cutting measure that he says will save nearly a half-million a year.

Program provides books to needy youths
A new program will put Goodnight Moon, The Polar Express and Charlotte's Web into the hands of children who might otherwise have no way to read these and other classics at home.

Bond is denied in kidnapping death
Bond was denied Friday for one of the final suspects in a group accused of prostitution, robbery and murder.

Kid of the Day
Tressie Tyner is today's Kid of the Day.

Columbia County gets 311 service
State officials approved Columbia County as the second community in Georgia to receive a 311 nonemergency number designation Friday.

Viruses spread across area

Senate gets bill to close records
ATLANTA - A bill that supporters say would strengthen Georgia's competitiveness for attracting new employers is poised to go before the Senate.

Kid of the Day

City to buy old train depot for $1.7 million
Augusta commissioners voted Thursday to buy riverfront property at the site of an old train depot belonging to pensioners in the old city's 1949 pension plan.

Rants and Raves
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Father charged with child abuse
Richmond County sheriff's investigators have arrested a man who they said caused severe injuries to his 2-month-old son, including leg and rib fractures, along with wounded internal organs.

SRS to offer willing layoff payout

Home is burned
A volunteer firefighter puts out a hot spot inside the home of Cora Johnson in Kitchings Mill.

Delayed work angers residents

Program provides books to needy youths
A new program will put Goodnight Moon, The Polar Express and Charlotte's Web into the hands of children who might otherwise have no way to read these and other classics at home.

Cat adoptions break record

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Across the region

Police charge teen with threats
Richmond County authorities have arrested a teenager who they said e-mailed bomb threats to several schools this week, officials said Thursday.

Abuse shelter gets special recognition

Across the region
BUFORD, GA. - A 52-year-old Tennessee man thought he was chatting on the Internet with the girl's mother when he arranged to have sex with a 9-year-old, police say - instead, an FBI agent sat at the end of that computer communique.

Across the area

Cat adoptions break record
Columbia County's Animal Care and Control Department was the cat's meow of adoption sites Thursday as people flocked to adopt some of the 92 cats recently seized from a Martinez woman's home.

Holiday closings

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's narcotics investigators arrested two Augusta men on drug charges Thursday after seizing nearly 30 grams of "ice" methamphetamine from their home and vehicle.

Senate OK of budget sparks Assembly fight

Resolutions honor constituents
ATLANTA - Legislators spend most of their time at the Capitol working on a $16 billion state budget or crafting new laws that can affect millions of Georgians.

Case of DUI dropped over consent issue

Plant delay adds to layoff impact
The one-year delay in the construction of the MOX plant at Savannah River Site means a massive cutback scheduled to start in mid-April won't be cushioned by the arrival of up to 1,500 workers to build the $1.6 billion plant.

Program provides books to needy youths

GOP redistricting plans crowd legislative agenda
ATLANTA - An already busy Georgia Legislature saw its plate get even fuller this week as Republican leaders announced they wanted to redraw the state's congressional districts before state lawmakers adjourn in late March.

Police charge teen with threats

Senate gets bill to close records

Father charged with child abuse

GOP redistricting plans crowd legislative agenda

Home is burned

News you can use

Democrats seek better coverage

Across the area

Lottery earnings surpass forecast

Across the region

Pupil is charged in knife attack
A knife fight at Spirit Creek Middle School sent one pupil to the hospital Friday and injured a teacher who tried to break up the disturbance, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Students, parents criticize cell phone rules

Pupils' fight leads to knife wound

Students, parents criticize cell phone rules
Imagine life without a cell phone for 12 months. Apparently, that idea wasn't enough to scare some Richmond County students into leaving their mobile devices at home during the past week.

City to buy old train depot for $1.7 million

Presidents Day closings
The following schedules have been announced:

Plant delay adds to layoff impact
The one-year delay in the construction of the MOX plant at Savannah River Site means a massive cutback scheduled to start in mid-April won't be cushioned by the arrival of up to 1,500 workers to build the $1.6 billion plant.

Jury will hear Burke remarks
The jurors who may decide the fate of Ronald Burke will hear nearly everything he told investigators about the disappearance and killing of Tamara Dunstan, a judge ruled Friday.

Case of DUI dropped over consent issue
WOODBINE, Ga. - Because his blood was drawn without his consent, the driver who police say killed another man in a DUI accident will not be charged, prosecutors have told the family of the victim.

Clashing software costs county's EMS
AIKEN - When the county sought to upgrade its Emergency Medical Services billing system in 2003, an option was available that likely would have eliminated complications and the $500,000 in unpaid paramedics bills it now has on its hands.

News you can use
- Activities scheduled for today include:

Across the region
BUFORD, GA. - A 52-year-old Tennessee man thought he was chatting on the Internet with the girl's mother when he arranged to have sex with a 9-year-old, police say - instead, an FBI agent sat at the end of that computer communique.

Kid of the Day
Tressie Tyner is today's Kid of the Day.

Jury will hear Burke remarks

Across the area
Authorities performed an autopsy Thursday on the body of a missing Columbia County man who was found dead behind a Wrightsboro Road day-care center.

Chronicle voicemail system is down

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Kid of the Day
Jalen Vining is today's Kid of the Day.

Panel: Prisoners need chances to thrive
Instilling a strong work ethic, combined with education and drug treatment, will help reduce Georgia's booming prison population, the state's prison system chief said Friday.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's narcotics investigators arrested two Augusta men on drug charges Thursday after seizing nearly 30 grams of "ice" methamphetamine from their home and vehicle.

Across the region
ATLANTA - Fireworks still would be illegal in Georgia but buying sparklers would be OK for those older than 18 under a bill approved by the state Senate Thursday.

Police charge teen with threats
Richmond County authorities have arrested a teenager who they said e-mailed bomb threats to several schools this week, officials said Thursday.

Aaron will never need an asterisk
Hank Aaron is an honest man making an honest living among the most stereotypically dishonest associates in the world.

Aaron will never need an asterisk
Hank Aaron is an honest man making an honest living among the most stereotypically dishonest associates in the world.

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Foes blast Harvick after wreck

Duel drivers talk it over
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Under orders from NASCAR, Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson met late Thursday night in Johnson's motor home.

Duel drivers talk it over
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Under orders from NASCAR, Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson met late Thursday night in Johnson's motor home.

DEI back in the driver's seat
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - So much for the demise of Dale Earnhardt Inc.'s cars at Daytona International Speedway.

Duel drivers talk it over

Foes blast Harvick after wreck
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A Thursday tap could have a profound effect on Sunday's bash.

Foes blast Harvick after wreck
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A Thursday tap could have a profound effect on Sunday's bash.

NBA introduces new security measures
DENVER - The NBA is using All-Star weekend to introduce new security guidelines for all its arenas in hopes of preventing a repeat of the brawl between players and fans in Detroit earlier this season.

NBA introduces new security measures

NBA introduces new security measures
DENVER - The NBA is using All-Star weekend to introduce new security guidelines for all its arenas in hopes of preventing a repeat of the brawl between players and fans in Detroit earlier this season.

Basketball player with no legs beats the odds
MADISON, Wis. - When Scot Vesterdahl, the basketball coach at Madison Area Technical College, opened the gym for tryouts he knew Brandon Watkins would have his work cut out for him.

Basketball player with no legs beats the odds
MADISON, Wis. - When Scot Vesterdahl, the basketball coach at Madison Area Technical College, opened the gym for tryouts he knew Brandon Watkins would have his work cut out for him.

Lady Braves coach proving his team has what it takes
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Lady Braves coach proving his team has what it takes
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Franchise tag is put on Abraham

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Ms. Betty Mae Jones    (BRUNSON, S.C.)

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Featured obituary: Edward Charles Cushman
AIKEN - The former South Carolina legislator who helped establish Aiken County's only state college will be laid to rest today.

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

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So many Oscar parties, so little time
LOS ANGELES - Thousands of imported roses, calla lilies and orchids? Check. Hot-pink Swarovski crystals glued on pink plastic balls? Check. Yards of crushed satin and organza to cover the walls and ceiling? Got that, too.

Oscar set will blur line between performers, audience
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - The Oscars are taking on an interactive feel this year.

Overtime

Overtime

Overtime
South Carolina was fined $5,000 by the Southeastern Conference on Friday for violating league policy that prohibits spectators from going onto the court during or after a game.

Overtime
A strong defensive effort wasn't enough to overcome poor shooting as the Paine College women lost to Stillman, 54-51, on Thursday night in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Overtime
A strong defensive effort wasn't enough to overcome poor shooting as the Paine College women lost to Stillman, 54-51, on Thursday night in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Overtime
South Carolina was fined $5,000 by the Southeastern Conference on Friday for violating league policy that prohibits spectators from going onto the court during or after a game.

Both Josey, Hephzibah have hurdles
Josey's boys team believes 2005 could be special. Hephzibah's girls team feels the same. Each squad is a perfect 28-0 so far this season.

Prep basketball scores
Prep basketball scores from Friday:

'Pack unveils a new chapter
Something will happen at the Brierpatch for the first time tonight. At 6 p.m., Greenbrier will hold a playoff basketball game, the school's first playoff game in its history, home or away.

Prep basketball scores
Prep basketball scores from Friday:

Unbeaten Hephzibah advances
Monroe-Albany coach Floyd Peterman was hopeful, yet tense coming into Friday's first-round playoff matchup against Hephzibah.

Unbeaten Hephzibah advances
Monroe-Albany coach Floyd Peterman was hopeful, yet tense coming into Friday's first-round playoff matchup against Hephzibah.

Eagles edge closer to state title shot
Every story has an arc. Josey's basketball team has one like the trajectory of a 3-point shot. It begins with rock bottom.

Lady Wolfpack thump Eagles
Greenbrier waited nearly a decade for this opportunity. Senior Alisha Simmons made sure the Wolfpack enjoyed it.

Eagles edge closer to state title shot
Every story has an arc. Josey's basketball team has one like the trajectory of a 3-point shot. It begins with rock bottom.

Lady Wolfpack thump Eagles
Greenbrier waited nearly a decade for this opportunity. Senior Alisha Simmons made sure the Wolfpack enjoyed it.

Both Josey, Hephzibah have hurdles
Josey's boys team believes 2005 could be special. Hephzibah's girls team feels the same. Each squad is a perfect 28-0 so far this season.

Franchise tag is put on Abraham
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Defensive end John Abraham, who played at South Carolina, was designated the New York Jets' franchise player Friday with a one-year deal worth $6.7 million.

Fowler reiterates he can buy the Vikings
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Reggie Fowler apologized Friday for mistakes he made in misleading the public about his background and reiterated he has the money to buy the Minnesota Vikings.

Franchise tag is put on Abraham
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Defensive end John Abraham, who played at South Carolina, was designated the New York Jets' franchise player Friday with a one-year deal worth $6.7 million.

Faith digest
Members of the St. Ignatius of Antioch Melkite (Greek) Catholic parish, 1003 Merry St., will play host Wednesday to Archbishop Cyril Salim Bustros, of the eparchy of Newton, Mass., in the Boston area.

Theater group to create Creation
It took two years to bring the Enopion Theatre Company's Old Testament play, Creation, to the stage last November, but a lineup of new offerings means it will probably be 2008 before the musical appears again.

Vatican university debuts classes on Satanism
ROME - Worried about the lure of the devil, a Vatican-linked university on Thursday debuted its latest course offering: a class on Satanism, black magic and exorcism.

Minister will explain right to use Bible in class
The Rev. Dean Cartin doesn't carry chalk or a blackboard, but he wants pupils, schoolteachers and administrators to learn their rights about using the Bible in public schools.

Singer's video will debut on 'Parade'
First it was a CD, then a single, and now Plenty Good by Augusta performer Jubba is set to premiere Sunday as a gospel music video on Parade of Quartets on television station WJBF (Channel 6).

Theater group to create Creation
It took two years to bring the Enopion Theatre Company's Old Testament play, Creation, to the stage last November, but a lineup of new offerings means it will probably be 2008 before the musical appears again.

Mock trial held to debunk claims in 'Da Vinci Code'
ROME - Art experts and conservative clerics are holding an unusual "trial" in Leonardo da Vinci's hometown aimed at sorting out fact from fiction in the "The Da Vinci Code" after many readers took the smash hit novel as gospel truth.

Vatican university debuts classes on Satanism
ROME - Worried about the lure of the devil, a Vatican-linked university on Thursday debuted its latest course offering: a class on Satanism, black magic and exorcism.

Minister will explain right to use Bible in class
The Rev. Dean Cartin doesn't carry chalk or a blackboard, but he wants pupils, schoolteachers and administrators to learn their rights about using the Bible in public schools.

Mock trial held to debunk claims in 'Da Vinci Code'
ROME - Art experts and conservative clerics are holding an unusual "trial" in Leonardo da Vinci's hometown aimed at sorting out fact from fiction in the "The Da Vinci Code" after many readers took the smash hit novel as gospel truth.

Prince's plans to wed vex rightists
The Church of England owes its creation to a royal spat over divorce and remarriage: Henry VIII's break with the Vatican after the pope refused to grant the monarch dispensation to wed his lover.

Some books about the Bible need rewriting
The Mideast's latest archaeological sensation is all about Edom.

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Some books about the Bible need rewriting
The Mideast's latest archaeological sensation is all about Edom.

Aaron will never need an asterisk

How to get help from the IRS
For those overwhelmed, lost or just confused about how to start working on those 2004 tax returns, the Internal Revenue Service offers lots of advice, information and assistance.

Tax breaks for Americans who don't itemize
NEW YORK - Many people think big tax breaks go only to those who itemize deductions on their income tax returns. But there are many deductions and credits available to the two-thirds of Americans who claim the standard deduction.

Start your tax return now
WASHINGTON - The deadline is the same every year and every year it sneaks up on you.

Do-it-yourself tax software compared
NEW YORK - Almost as difficult as doing your own taxes this year might be sorting through the variety of programs that promise to infuse you with an accountant's expertise.

Omarosa knocks black depictions on 'Apprentice'
LOS ANGELES - Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, tagged as an imperious diva on "The Apprentice," criticized the NBC reality show for stereotyping her and other black contestants.

Low-rated series struggle for a future

Sly Stallone couldn't believe 'Contender' suicide
NEW YORK - Sylvester Stallone doesn't believe "The Contender" is to blame for the death of Najai Turpin, a promising young boxer who got the break of a lifetime when he was selected for NBC's upcoming reality TV show.

'American Idol' picks 24 semifinalists
LOS ANGELES - The 24 "American Idol" semifinalists are split equally between the sexes, but when it comes to geography the South prevailed.

Low-rated series struggle for a future
LOS ANGELES - "Arrested Development" star Jason Bateman and the sitcom's creator, Mitchell Hurwitz, were assessing the cuddle quotient in a show that viewers may soon lose the chance to embrace.

'American Idol' picks 24 semifinalists
LOS ANGELES - The 24 "American Idol" semifinalists are split equally between the sexes, but when it comes to geography the South prevailed.

Ratings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Feb. 7-13. Each ratings point represents 1,096,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

Sly Stallone couldn't believe 'Contender' suicide
NEW YORK - Sylvester Stallone doesn't believe "The Contender" is to blame for the death of Najai Turpin, a promising young boxer who got the break of a lifetime when he was selected for NBC's upcoming reality TV show.

'American Idol' picks 24 semifinalists

Low-rated series struggle for a future
LOS ANGELES - "Arrested Development" star Jason Bateman and the sitcom's creator, Mitchell Hurwitz, were assessing the cuddle quotient in a show that viewers may soon lose the chance to embrace.

Omarosa knocks black depictions on 'Apprentice'
LOS ANGELES - Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, tagged as an imperious diva on "The Apprentice," criticized the NBC reality show for stereotyping her and other black contestants.

Omarosa knocks black depictions on 'Apprentice'

Sly Stallone couldn't believe 'Contender' suicide

Earlier works inspire new releases

Britney Spears angry about honeymoon photos

People in the News

People in the News

Student celebration was worth $5,000 fine
COLUMBIA - South Carolina students say they are willing to pay a $5,000 fine that the Southeastern Conference could levy against the school after students rushed the court following Tuesday's 73-61 win against No. 3 Kentucky.

Student celebration was worth $5,000 fine

Student celebration was worth $5,000 fine
COLUMBIA - South Carolina students say they are willing to pay a $5,000 fine that the Southeastern Conference could levy against the school after students rushed the court following Tuesday's 73-61 win against No. 3 Kentucky.

Odds and Ends

'Flatulent footwear' lands company in court

Iwo Jima re-enactment to be held in Texas

Faith Calendar

Minister will explain right to use Bible in class

Some books about the Bible need rewriting

Vatican university debuts classes on Satanism

Theater group to create Creation

Mock trial held to debunk claims in 'Da Vinci Code'