Ugandan government bans 'Vagina Monologue'
KAMPALA, Uganda - A plan by women's rights groups to stage the graphic theater work "The Vagina Monologues" to raise money for war-affected African women failed when the government banned the performance as contrary to Ugandan values.

'Blink' demonstrates the power of a knowing glance
The best hiding places, the really clever ones we wish we had thought of, tend to be in plain sight. Mostly because no one thinks to look there.

Ugandan government bans 'Vagina Monologue'
KAMPALA, Uganda - A plan by women's rights groups to stage the graphic theater work "The Vagina Monologues" to raise money for war-affected African women failed when the government banned the performance as contrary to Ugandan values.

'Blink' demonstrates the power of a knowing glance

Book describes the demise of the Kursk
In "Cry From the Deep," Ramsey Flynn offers an interesting and well-written book about the sinking of the Russian submarine Kursk in the Barents Sea during naval maneuvers in August 2000.

Christo drapes Central Park with art

'Blink' demonstrates the power of a knowing glance
The best hiding places, the really clever ones we wish we had thought of, tend to be in plain sight. Mostly because no one thinks to look there.

Book describes the demise of the Kursk

Book describes the demise of the Kursk
In "Cry From the Deep," Ramsey Flynn offers an interesting and well-written book about the sinking of the Russian submarine Kursk in the Barents Sea during naval maneuvers in August 2000.

Christo drapes Central Park with art
Over the past 40 years, New York City artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude have created 18 monumental, temporary installations around the globe.

Ugandan government bans 'Vagina Monologue'

Christo drapes Central Park with art
Over the past 40 years, New York City artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude have created 18 monumental, temporary installations around the globe.

ASU's Barth equals Division II hitting record
Sam Barth's celebration was slightly delayed Sunday at Jaguar Field. His Augusta State teammates needed a couple of innings to get over their hangover, too.

A-Rod still searching for his stripes
TAMPA, Fla. - Alex Rodriguez already envisioned the HEAD:: "A-Rod doesn't back up A-Rod."

A-Rod still searching for his stripes
TAMPA, Fla. - Alex Rodriguez already envisioned the HEAD:: "A-Rod doesn't back up A-Rod."

Nationals bullpen is a weird situation

A-Rod still searching for his stripes

ASU's Barth equals Division II hitting record

Nationals bullpen is a weird situation
VIERA, Fla. - When Frank Robinson is considering options for the ninth inning this season, he'll look toward the bullpen and see a young California kid with an ever-present grin, a Mexican described by one teammate as a "clown," and a high-wired 34-year-old unofficial team DJ.

Nationals bullpen is a weird situation
VIERA, Fla. - When Frank Robinson is considering options for the ninth inning this season, he'll look toward the bullpen and see a young California kid with an ever-present grin, a Mexican described by one teammate as a "clown," and a high-wired 34-year-old unofficial team DJ.

ASU's Barth equals Division II hitting record
Sam Barth's celebration was slightly delayed Sunday at Jaguar Field. His Augusta State teammates needed a couple of innings to get over their hangover, too.

Test your knowledge of U.S. presidential trivia

Blake Thomas Dominey

Brycen Jeremy Sterling
Jeremy and Christina Sterling of Lilburn, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Brycen Jeremy, born December 29, 2004 at Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta.

Makiya Amajani Mills

Curtis Jayden Annis
Curtis and Brittany Annis of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Curtis Jayden, born January 19, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Robert Baynham Phail
Colburn and Ashley Phail of Appling, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Robert Baynham, born December 20, 2004 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Savannah Raye Brooks

Robert Baynham Phail

Brycen Jeremy Sterling
Jeremy and Christina Sterling of Lilburn, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Brycen Jeremy, born December 29, 2004 at Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta.

Sarah Nicole Norris
Terry and Sherri Norris of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Sarah Nicole, born November 5, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Savannah Raye Brooks
David and Pamela Brooks of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Savannah Raye, born January 19, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Curtis Jayden Annis
Curtis and Brittany Annis of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Curtis Jayden, born January 19, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Blake Thomas Dominey
Brian and Stacey Dominey of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Blake Thomas, born December 20, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

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

Robert Baynham Phail
Colburn and Ashley Phail of Appling, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Robert Baynham, born December 20, 2004 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Brycen Jeremy Sterling

Justin Nicholas Thornton
Darryl and Rosanne Thornton of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Justin Nicholas, born January 18, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Yanosich of Industry, Penn., Jerry Thornton of Martinez and Linda Barlow of Augusta. He was welcomed home by his big brother, Jackson, who is 3 years old.

Lucas Anton Morgan

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

Curtis Jayden Annis

Cierra Savannah Nicole
Mr. and Mrs. James Williams, Sr. of Grovetown, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Cierra Savannah Nicole, born December 20, 2004 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Kaylie Sue Bentley
Kelly Sue Smith and Richard Kyle Bentley, both of Grovetown, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kaylie Sue, born December 6, 2004 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Justin Nicholas Thornton

Savannah Raye Brooks
David and Pamela Brooks of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Savannah Raye, born January 19, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Makiya Amajani Mills
Michael and Phadra Mills of Grovetown, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Makiya Amajani, born January 5, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Blake Thomas Dominey
Brian and Stacey Dominey of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Blake Thomas, born December 20, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Lucas Anton Morgan
Mr. and Mrs. William J. Morgan III of Harlem, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Lucas Anton, born January 2, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Justin Nicholas Thornton
Darryl and Rosanne Thornton of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Justin Nicholas, born January 18, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Yanosich of Industry, Penn., Jerry Thornton of Martinez and Linda Barlow of Augusta. He was welcomed home by his big brother, Jackson, who is 3 years old.

Summer and Sadie Thompson
Robby and Sherry Thompson, are pleased to announce the birth of their twin daughters, Summer Ann and Sadie Lyn, born December 2, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William H. Weeks, Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Thompson, Sr., all of Augusta.

Cierra Savannah Nicole
Mr. and Mrs. James Williams, Sr. of Grovetown, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Cierra Savannah Nicole, born December 20, 2004 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Emma Jane Feemster
Jason and Jennifer Feemster of Beech Island, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Jane, born December 20, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Kaylie Sue Bentley

Sarah Nicole Norris
Terry and Sherri Norris of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Sarah Nicole, born November 5, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Cierra Savannah Nicole

Hailey Ann Burden
Eric and Melissa Burden of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Hailey Burden, born December 17, 2004 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Carsen Annaliese Lacombe

Makiya Amajani Mills
Michael and Phadra Mills of Grovetown, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Makiya Amajani, born January 5, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Sarah Nicole Norris

Lucas Anton Morgan
Mr. and Mrs. William J. Morgan III of Harlem, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Lucas Anton, born January 2, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Emma Jane Feemster

Summer and Sadie Thompson
Robby and Sherry Thompson, are pleased to announce the birth of their twin daughters, Summer Ann and Sadie Lyn, born December 2, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William H. Weeks, Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Thompson, Sr., all of Augusta.

Kaylie Sue Bentley
Kelly Sue Smith and Richard Kyle Bentley, both of Grovetown, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kaylie Sue, born December 6, 2004 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Hailey Ann Burden

Emma Jane Feemster
Jason and Jennifer Feemster of Beech Island, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Jane, born December 20, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Hailey Ann Burden
Eric and Melissa Burden of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Hailey Burden, born December 17, 2004 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Summer and Sadie Thompson

Man kills friend in case of mistaken identity
CHICAGO - An off-duty correctional officer shot and killed a friend and co-worker Saturday whom he mistakenly believed was trying to carjack a vehicle being driven by his wife, police said.

Man survives thousand-foot slide
MONA, Utah - A hiker fell about 1,000 down a mountain side, riding an avalanche feet-first - and suffered only minor injuries.

Former workers sue Koko the gorilla's caretakers over breast-baring request
WOODSIDE, Calif. - Two fired caretakers for Koko, the world-famous sign-language-speaking gorilla, have sued their former bosses, claiming they were pressured to expose their breasts as a way of bonding with the 300-pound simian.

Man kills friend in case of mistaken identity
CHICAGO - An off-duty correctional officer shot and killed a friend and co-worker Saturday whom he mistakenly believed was trying to carjack a vehicle being driven by his wife, police said.

Man survives thousand-foot slide
MONA, Utah - A hiker fell about 1,000 down a mountain side, riding an avalanche feet-first - and suffered only minor injuries.

Former workers sue Koko the gorilla's caretakers over breast-baring request
WOODSIDE, Calif. - Two fired caretakers for Koko, the world-famous sign-language-speaking gorilla, have sued their former bosses, claiming they were pressured to expose their breasts as a way of bonding with the 300-pound simian.

Braves closer feels the heat

Ramirez says injury healed
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - For Atlanta Braves pitcher Horatio Ramirez, it started out as an innocent jog around the Olympic Stadium outfield last May 26.

Braves closer feels the heat
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Since 2001, Dan Kolb has gone from castoff to middle reliever to closer for a bad team to one of the key components in a team with its sights set on the World Series.

Ramirez says injury healed
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - For Atlanta Braves pitcher Horatio Ramirez, it started out as an innocent jog around the Olympic Stadium outfield last May 26.

Ramirez says injury healed

Braves closer feels the heat
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Since 2001, Dan Kolb has gone from castoff to middle reliever to closer for a bad team to one of the key components in a team with its sights set on the World Series.

Wall Street struggling with surpassing December highs
NEW YORK - Whenever Wall Street appears to be ready to push past its December 2004 highs, something happens to kick it back down again.

Bob Allen, former AT&T chief, won't cry over Bell system's end
BOYNTON BEACH, FLA. - The man who led AT&T Corp. through almost a decade of turmoil from 1988 to 1997 isn't mourning it's apparently imminent disappearance.

Business calendar

Guitar Center bangs out the profits
NEW YORK - If profits were music, Guitar Center Inc.'s would be a crescendo.

Patent process is easier with help
Not every idea is worth a patent. That's because the patenting process often costs between $6,000 and $10,000 and, on its own, won't do much to make you money.

Consumer confidence indexes don't predict future spending
RICHMOND, Va. - Consumer confidence indexes help move stock markets, influence corporate decisions and alter governments' economic outlooks.

On the move
Scott Rollins has been named vice president and senior credit officer of First Bank of Georgia. Mr. Rollins has more than two decades of banking industry experience and was most recently employed as senior credit officer for Regions Bank. The New Hampshire native earned a bachelor's degree from Penn State University.

College force serves up cutlery maker's sales
OLEAN, N.Y. - Tom and Melissa Miklinski have just agreed to spend $200 a month for five months for a new set of kitchen knives, but the 18-year-old salesman who got them to sign on the dotted line isn't through with them yet.

Business calendar
Tuesday: Free financial seminar on retirement investment strategies held by Augusta Metro Federal Credit Union; Goshen Country Club; 6:30 p.m.; R.S.V.P. to Cathy Gilbert at (706) 796-8140, ext. 143, or cathy.gilbert@augustametrofcu.org; space limited to 70 reservations.

Employees missing out on 401(k) savings
NEW YORK -- Many workers are letting free money slip away in the form of matching 401(k) contributions from their employers - and it'll take more than a friendly reminder to convince them to seize that opportunity.

Business licenses
The following is a partial list of Richmond County business licenses from December:

'Crazy For You' bear raises business ethics questions
MONTPELIER, Vt. - Someday, the straitjacketed "Crazy For You" bear may be a case study in America's business schools.

Guitar Center bangs out the profits
NEW YORK - If profits were music, Guitar Center Inc.'s would be a crescendo.

Antivirus products put Microsoft in quandary

Bob Allen, former AT&T chief, won't cry over Bell system's end
BOYNTON BEACH, FLA. - The man who led AT&T Corp. through almost a decade of turmoil from 1988 to 1997 isn't mourning it's apparently imminent disappearance.

Richmond County property transfers

Trade show marketing is success for local business

Consumer confidence indexes don't predict future spending

Patent process is easier with help
Not every idea is worth a patent. That's because the patenting process often costs between $6,000 and $10,000 and, on its own, won't do much to make you money.

Employees missing out on 401(k) savings

On the move
Scott Rollins has been named vice president and senior credit officer of First Bank of Georgia. Mr. Rollins has more than two decades of banking industry experience and was most recently employed as senior credit officer for Regions Bank. The New Hampshire native earned a bachelor's degree from Penn State University.

College force serves up cutlery maker's sales

Employees missing out on 401(k) savings
NEW YORK -- Many workers are letting free money slip away in the form of matching 401(k) contributions from their employers - and it'll take more than a friendly reminder to convince them to seize that opportunity.

Wall Street struggling with surpassing December highs

Trade show marketing is success for local business
If the past several weeks are any indication of what the rest of 2005 will be like, Everthere Carriers is going to have a busy year.

Guitar Center bangs out the profits

Consumer confidence indexes don't predict future spending
RICHMOND, Va. - Consumer confidence indexes help move stock markets, influence corporate decisions and alter governments' economic outlooks.

Patent process is easier with help

Antivirus products put Microsoft in quandary
SEATTLE - If Microsoft Corp. doesn't do more to stem Internet attacks, the company risks further alienating customers unhappy with the multitude of threats already facing its ubiquitous software.

On the move

Richmond County property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Feb. 4-10. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

'Crazy For You' bear raises business ethics questions

Trade show marketing is success for local business
If the past several weeks are any indication of what the rest of 2005 will be like, Everthere Carriers is going to have a busy year.

Wall Street struggling with surpassing December highs
NEW YORK - Whenever Wall Street appears to be ready to push past its December 2004 highs, something happens to kick it back down again.

Business calendar
Tuesday: Free financial seminar on retirement investment strategies held by Augusta Metro Federal Credit Union; Goshen Country Club; 6:30 p.m.; R.S.V.P. to Cathy Gilbert at (706) 796-8140, ext. 143, or cathy.gilbert@augustametrofcu.org; space limited to 70 reservations.

'Crazy For You' bear raises business ethics questions
MONTPELIER, Vt. - Someday, the straitjacketed "Crazy For You" bear may be a case study in America's business schools.

Marketers cozy up to social network for older women

Richmond County property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Feb. 4-10. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Marketers cozy up to social network for older women
Sue Ellen Cooper thought she would enter her golden years quietly, working on her garden and cooking.

Bob Allen, former AT&T chief, won't cry over Bell system's end

Antivirus products put Microsoft in quandary
SEATTLE - If Microsoft Corp. doesn't do more to stem Internet attacks, the company risks further alienating customers unhappy with the multitude of threats already facing its ubiquitous software.

Marketers cozy up to social network for older women
Sue Ellen Cooper thought she would enter her golden years quietly, working on her garden and cooking.

College force serves up cutlery maker's sales
OLEAN, N.Y. - Tom and Melissa Miklinski have just agreed to spend $200 a month for five months for a new set of kitchen knives, but the 18-year-old salesman who got them to sign on the dotted line isn't through with them yet.

Poor condition of jail is nothing new, workers say

Poor condition of jail is nothing new, workers say
Richmond County Sheriff's Office Capt. Gene Johnson takes the flurry of recent attention to mold and flooding at the Law Enforcement Center with a grain of salt.

Poor condition of jail is nothing new, workers say
Richmond County Sheriff's Office Capt. Gene Johnson takes the flurry of recent attention to mold and flooding at the Law Enforcement Center with a grain of salt.

Tarheels continue their mastery of Tigers
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Three years ago, then-freshman Jawad Williams watched several important streaks end for North Carolina.

Tarheels continue their mastery of Tigers
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Three years ago, then-freshman Jawad Williams watched several important streaks end for North Carolina.

Tarheels continue their mastery of Tigers

No. 1 LSU tops Auburn

Green light for remap

Green light for remap
We don't want this decade to be like the 1990s, when Georgia lawmakers could not resist tampering with legislative redistricting in almost every General Assembly session. We believe redistricting should be drawn up early in each decade - after the census count - and then left alone for another 10 years.

Good riddance
If U.S. troops were purposely killing journalists in Iraq, wouldn't that be the biggest story of the year?

Mentally healthy bills
It's not often a legislative proposal comes along that would strengthen judges' powers, help people and not cost taxpayers money. But a half-dozen bills in the South Carolina General Assembly could do just that - and might even save taxpayers a little dough.

Green light for remap
We don't want this decade to be like the 1990s, when Georgia lawmakers could not resist tampering with legislative redistricting in almost every General Assembly session. We believe redistricting should be drawn up early in each decade - after the census count - and then left alone for another 10 years.

Boost DOE fees
The U.S. Department of Energy has a great deal at the Savannah River Site. Instead of paying property taxes, the agency pays fees based on land value - $808,000 a year to Aiken County for the 73,000 acres DOE owns there; $2.2 million to Barnwell County for 107,095 acres; and $50,000 to Allendale County for 4,212 acres.

Boost DOE fees

Healthy step forward

Boost DOE fees
The U.S. Department of Energy has a great deal at the Savannah River Site. Instead of paying property taxes, the agency pays fees based on land value - $808,000 a year to Aiken County for the 73,000 acres DOE owns there; $2.2 million to Barnwell County for 107,095 acres; and $50,000 to Allendale County for 4,212 acres.

Good riddance
If U.S. troops were purposely killing journalists in Iraq, wouldn't that be the biggest story of the year?

Healthy step forward
The Medical College of Georgia's Life Science Business Development Center got a healthy shot in the arm recently when Gov. Sonny Perdue announced the creation of the Life Sciences Innovation Center.

Good riddance

Healthy step forward
The Medical College of Georgia's Life Science Business Development Center got a healthy shot in the arm recently when Gov. Sonny Perdue announced the creation of the Life Sciences Innovation Center.

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler separating from his wife
LOS ANGELES - Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler and his wife of 17 years, Teresa, are separating, the singer announced Sunday.

Actress Sandra Dee dies
LOS ANGELES - Actress Sandra Dee, the blond beauty who attracted a large teen audience in the 1960s with films such as Gidget and Tammy and the Doctor and had a headlined marriage to pop singer Bobby Darin, died Sunday. She was 63.

'Matrix' star takes a fall in 'Constantine'
LOS ANGELES - Keanu Reeves' life has gone to hell since he laid his "Matrix" franchise to rest.

Actress Sandra Dee dies
LOS ANGELES - Actress Sandra Dee, the blond beauty who attracted a large teen audience in the 1960s with films such as Gidget and Tammy and the Doctor and had a headlined marriage to pop singer Bobby Darin, died Sunday. She was 63.

'Matrix' star takes a fall in 'Constantine'
LOS ANGELES - Keanu Reeves' life has gone to hell since he laid his "Matrix" franchise to rest.

People in the News
DENVER - Singer Patti LaBelle said she takes it as a compliment when younger musicians like Nelly and Kelly Rowland take on her music.

People in the News
DENVER - Singer Patti LaBelle said she takes it as a compliment when younger musicians like Nelly and Kelly Rowland take on her music.

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

When is the best time to get the best deals?

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

When is the best time to get the best deals?
Q: I'm on a budget and want to get deals on such items as TVs, winter coats and boots. Do retailers stick to a sales calendar?

Start your tax return now

When is the best time to get the best deals?
Q: I'm on a budget and want to get deals on such items as TVs, winter coats and boots. Do retailers stick to a sales calendar?

Eagles can't lick Flames
CHICAGO - Cedrick Banks had 24 points Saturday as Illinois-Chicago beat Georgia Southern 92-83.

Eagles can't lick Flames
CHICAGO - Cedrick Banks had 24 points Saturday as Illinois-Chicago beat Georgia Southern 92-83.

No. 3 Duke defeats Lady Jackets
ATLANTA - Duke likes to promote Monique Currie as a player of the year candidate. Luckily for coach Gail Goestenkors, the Blue Devils' supporting cast is pretty good, too.

Georgia Tech edges Florida State
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - This time, B.J. Elder was the hero for Georgia Tech.

Jackets on verge of bursting their bubble
ATLANTA - Bubble, bubble, Georgia Tech's in trouble. Sorry, Shakespeare, for borrowing, but the 2005 Georgia Tech men's basketball season is turning into a Macbeth-ian tragedy.

Georgia Tech edges Florida State
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - This time, B.J. Elder was the hero for Georgia Tech.

No. 3 Duke defeats Lady Jackets
ATLANTA - Duke likes to promote Monique Currie as a player of the year candidate. Luckily for coach Gail Goestenkors, the Blue Devils' supporting cast is pretty good, too.

Jackets on verge of bursting their bubble
ATLANTA - Bubble, bubble, Georgia Tech's in trouble. Sorry, Shakespeare, for borrowing, but the 2005 Georgia Tech men's basketball season is turning into a Macbeth-ian tragedy.

Eagles can't lick Flames

Georgia Tech edges Florida State

No. 3 Duke defeats Lady Jackets

Jackets on verge of bursting their bubble

Spanish class brings back high school memories

Rain washes out Nissan Open

Thongchai retains Malaysian Open with 3-shot victory over Indian Randhawa
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand shot a 2-under 70 on Sunday to win the Malaysian Open for the second straight year.

Thongchai retains Malaysian Open with 3-shot victory over Indian Randhawa
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand shot a 2-under 70 on Sunday to win the Malaysian Open for the second straight year.

First Tee takes global approach
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The First Tee is going more global.

Scott forges a valuable tie at Nissan Open
LOS ANGELES - The Nissan Open is headed for uncharted waters.

Bowditch wins Jacob's Creek Open
ADELAIDE, Australia - Australia's Steven Bowditch won the Jacob's Creek Open on Sunday, closing with a 1-under 71 for a five-stroke victory in the event co-sanctioned by the Nationwide and Australasian tours.

McCullough leads ACE Group Classic
NAPLES, Fla. - Mike McCullough shot a 3-under 69 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead over Hale Irwin and Mark James in The ACE Group Classic.

Rain washes out Nissan Open
LOS ANGELES - Heavy rain that flooded bunkers and covered the greens with thousands of worms forced officials to cancel golf Saturday in the Nissan Open, raising the possibility of the PGA Tour's first 36-hole event in nearly nine years.

Bowditch wins Jacob's Creek Open
ADELAIDE, Australia - Australia's Steven Bowditch won the Jacob's Creek Open on Sunday, closing with a 1-under 71 for a five-stroke victory in the event co-sanctioned by the Nationwide and Australasian tours.

McCullough leads ACE Group Classic

Thongchai retains Malaysian Open with 3-shot victory over Indian Randhawa

McCullough leads ACE Group Classic
NAPLES, Fla. - Mike McCullough shot a 3-under 69 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead over Hale Irwin and Mark James in The ACE Group Classic.

Scott forges a valuable tie at Nissan Open

Scott forges a valuable tie at Nissan Open
LOS ANGELES - The Nissan Open is headed for uncharted waters.

Bowditch wins Jacob's Creek Open

Rain washes out Nissan Open
LOS ANGELES - Heavy rain that flooded bunkers and covered the greens with thousands of worms forced officials to cancel golf Saturday in the Nissan Open, raising the possibility of the PGA Tour's first 36-hole event in nearly nine years.

Prize eludes Hephzibah coach

Ga. boys' state prep basketball tournament

Syrupmakers stick it to Spartans

NHL mess worse by Gretzky, Lemieux debacle

NHL mess worse by Gretzky, Lemieux debacle
With Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux inside the NHL labor mess, a terrible situation became a Great debacle instead of a Super save.

Gretzky, Lemieux can't end lockout

NHL mess worse by Gretzky, Lemieux debacle
With Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux inside the NHL labor mess, a terrible situation became a Great debacle instead of a Super save.

Gretzky, Lemieux can't end lockout
NEW YORK - The NHL season is dead - again.

Gretzky, Lemieux can't end lockout
NEW YORK - The NHL season is dead - again.

Test your knowledge of U.S. presidential trivia
Here's my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose.

Test your knowledge of U.S. presidential trivia
Here's my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose.

Radio personality arrested on gambling charge
An Augusta-area radio personality was arrested during the weekend in Columbia County on a felony charge of commercial gambling.

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.

Severe thunderstorm warning issued
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for for southern McCormick County in South Carolina and eastern Columbia County in Georgia until 4 p.m.

Jingoistic editorial cries out for introspection
I am truly amazed at the jingoistic belligerency of your editorial staff! My reaction to your piece, "The immovable object?" (Feb. 9), on European efforts to dissuade Iran from pursuing its nuclear policy, is that the editorialist is using the rationalization of a serial killer taunting a therapist or a pursuing officer of the law: "Stop me before I kill (or in this case, go to war) again."Horace W. Duncan Jr., Augusta

Paranoia or just good, old common sense?
Josh Griffing's Feb. 13 letter accusing those who support women's right to choose of being paranoid might have some merit. Claire Shannon, Augusta

There is no 'lock box' for Social Security

Rebuts war critic's letter; lauds troops

It's about saving, not destroying, animals
Regarding the article on Feb. 12 and the comments made by Darci Beausoleil:Ricki Dean, chairman, Columbia County, Animal Care and Control Advisory Board

Volunteers needed to help at-risk

There is no 'lock box' for Social Security
Why are so many articles in The Chronicle given the byline simply as "Associated Press"? That permits whoever wrote the story to escape responsibility for it.Joseph M. Weaver, Graniteville, S.C.

Volunteers needed to help at-risk
I recently attended a school council meeting followed by a PTA meeting at Murphey Middle School. I was tremendously impressed by the commitment and dedication of the principal, Dr. Eleanor Hopson, the faculty and the parents who attended.Kathy Edry, program coordinator, Dejour Success Achievers Academy

It's about saving, not destroying, animals

Rebuts war critic's letter; lauds troops
I'm touched that in his Feb. 13 letter to the editor Paul Cook applauds conscientious objectors. War is not for everyone. While I could never fault one who is at least honest enough to admit their cowardice, I applaud and am thankful for our U.S. warriors.Stephen J. Johnston, Martinez

There is no 'lock box' for Social Security
Why are so many articles in The Chronicle given the byline simply as "Associated Press"? That permits whoever wrote the story to escape responsibility for it.Joseph M. Weaver, Graniteville, S.C.

Volunteers needed to help at-risk
I recently attended a school council meeting followed by a PTA meeting at Murphey Middle School. I was tremendously impressed by the commitment and dedication of the principal, Dr. Eleanor Hopson, the faculty and the parents who attended. Kathy Edry, program coordinator, Dejour Success Achievers Academy

Protect every right, in order to preserve all
I read with great interest your recent editorial regarding growing disregard for the First Amendment.Robert B. Rackliffe, North Augusta, S.C.

It's about saving, not destroying, animals
Regarding the article on Feb. 12 and the comments made by Darci Beausoleil: Ricki Dean, chairman, Columbia County, Animal Care and Control Advisory Board

Paranoia or just good, old common sense?
Josh Griffing's Feb. 13 letter accusing those who support women's right to choose of being paranoid might have some merit.Claire Shannon, Augusta

Protect every right, in order to preserve all
I read with great interest your recent editorial regarding growing disregard for the First Amendment.Robert B. Rackliffe, North Augusta, S.C.

Jingoistic editorial cries out for introspection

No sign evolution is even happening
This is a response to those who have a problem with the Cobb County school system affixinga disclaimer questioning the factuality of evolution to their biology textbooks. Joe Rich, Evans

Paranoia or just good, old common sense?

Rebuts war critic's letter; lauds troops
I'm touched that in his Feb. 13 letter to the editor Paul Cook applauds conscientious objectors. War is not for everyone. While I could never fault one who is at least honest enough to admit their cowardice, I applaud and am thankful for our U.S. warriors. Stephen J. Johnston, Martinez

Jingoistic editorial cries out for introspection
I am truly amazed at the jingoistic belligerency of your editorial staff! My reaction to your piece, "The immovable object?" (Feb. 9), on European efforts to dissuade Iran from pursuing its nuclear policy, is that the editorialist is using the rationalization of a serial killer taunting a therapist or a pursuing officer of the law: "Stop me before I kill (or in this case, go to war) again."Horace W. Duncan Jr., Augusta

Protect every right, in order to preserve all

Napster To Go lets you rent music

Business is up thanks to 'Sideways'

Seasonal cleaning can help create a healthier home

Students take time to learn salsa steps

Techbits: Tech award, copy protection and more

Fans connect with North Carolina film sites

While essay gets buzz, there's more to new SAT

Ask the Carey Brothers

Wear fitted top with full skirt

Black genealogy can be tricky tree

Exercise good for diabetics, but can be a challenge

Female libido is topic of research

Cool ideas from an innovation smorgasbord

For longer hair, some women shell out cash

Best bets on the Net

Travel tips

Robo Toddler learns to walk like a human

Young reader disputes criticism of teen speech

Home is a mix of styles

Unlock the past and discover your history

Choice of energy sources depends on needs in area

Open houses allow browsers opportunity to turn up noses

Travel briefs

Business is up thanks to 'Sideways'
BUELLTON, Calif. - Frank Ostini can't seem to keep his cocktail napkins in stock.

Best bets on the Net
Those interested in political and policy-related news for particular states in the United States may want to check out Stateline.org. Search for news by state and access current and archived stories. Review letters to the editor, commentaries, editorial cartoons and more.

Robo Toddler learns to walk like a human
WASHINGTON - The difference between man and machine is shrinking. Scientists have developed a robot that "learns" to walk like a toddler, improving its step and balance with every stride.

Female libido is topic of research
Diane Solursh likes the wood-burning stove analogy. A woman's sexual response has to be built up over time with the right combination of factors.

Unlock the past and discover your history
Octavia Garlington didn't see much of her extended family while growing up in Panama, but her parents made sure she knew that her bloodline crossed the Panama Canal they were helping build.

Students take time to learn salsa steps
ST. LOUIS - With apologies to the Postman's Creed, neither rain, nor snow, nor recent single-digit temperatures will keep hard-core salsa dancers from making a weekly trek to their favorite clubs.

Exercise good for diabetics, but can be a challenge
ALBANY, N.Y. - During a game in her junior year, Ithaca College field hockey player Sarah Gibble knew something wasn't right.

Wear fitted top with full skirt
Q: The last time I wore full skirts was in 1961. I remember a white skirt, a green skirt with a pop art pattern, and a taupe skirt with a black-and-cream border. I cannot remember what style of top I wore with these skirts. I'm delighted that full styles are back in vogue. They're so feminine. I plan to buy several. But what do I wear on top?

Cool ideas from an innovation smorgasbord
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona. - People entered the cylindrical plexiglass booth one by one and stood motionless and erect for 10 seconds as a tall wand circled them, emitting low-power radio waves.

For longer hair, some women shell out cash
PHILADELPHIA - For every woman who will pay extravagantly to have her hair cut, there is someone who will spend even more to have her hair lengthened.

Travel tips
Whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, you probably could use a few tips to make it easier. The Feb. 15 issue of TravelSmart offers these:

Young reader disputes criticism of teen speech
Dear Carson: In a recent column you remarked on the "idiotic canned phrases" of teenagers. I'm curious as to what makes you think "certainly" is a better substitute for "no problem," yet, ironically, you call "no problem" unoriginal. "Yes, sir" and "Yes, ma'am" are both quite ancient. If you want us to use respectful terms while talking to our elders, I completely agree. We're in your turf. Nevertheless, I don't understand what is so annoying about change and the way we speak to each other. Sorry to dissect your argument so tediously, but I believe if you are going to criticize my generation, please call us "stupid, hedonistic, spoiled or something other than 'unoriginal.'" I've found older people seem to find our actions unacceptable because they are original (that is, of course, devious from older practices). - Totally Tubular Teenager

Seasonal cleaning can help create a healthier home
Seasonal cleaning can help create a healthier home

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

Fans connect with North Carolina film sites
DURHAM, N.C. - A minor league baseball park, filled with the echoes of greats and might-have-beens who have passed through, can be a magical place. Thanks to being preserved on celluloid in the film "Bull Durham," the historic Durham Athletic Park holds even more allure than most.

In the know
If you're holding a wedding shower for a couple just getting started, consider this idea from the Dollar Stretcher Newsletter:

Napster To Go lets you rent music
NEW YORK - That one-time online rebel reincarnated as a legal music shop, Napster Inc., is now offering consumers the option of renting as much music as they like and taking it on the road.

Home is a mix of styles
Some people might not like her style, but that doesn't bother Kim Dorr.

While essay gets buzz, there's more to new SAT
It's no mystery what sent a record flood of students to SAT test-prep courses this year: anxiety over the new, written portion of the college entrance exam.

Travel tips
Whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, you probably could use a few tips to make it easier. The Feb. 15 issue of TravelSmart offers these:

Techbits: Tech award, copy protection and more
NEW YORK - Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn have won the prestigious Turing Award for inventing the basic communications protocols that allow millions of Internet users around the world to send e-mail, listen to music online and flash instant messages.

Open houses allow browsers opportunity to turn up noses
My mother and I went house-browsing last weekend, a far more leisurely pursuit than house-hunting.

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

Unlock the past and discover your history
Octavia Garlington didn't see much of her extended family while growing up in Panama, but her parents made sure she knew that her bloodline crossed the Panama Canal they were helping build.

Open houses allow browsers opportunity to turn up noses
My mother and I went house-browsing last weekend, a far more leisurely pursuit than house-hunting.

Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: In one of your columns you gave a recipe for cleaning fiberglass and porcelain tubs. I have misplaced the information and would like it once again. -- Evelyn

Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: In one of your columns you gave a recipe for cleaning fiberglass and porcelain tubs. I have misplaced the information and would like it once again. -- Evelyn

Seasonal cleaning can help create a healthier home
Seasonal cleaning can help create a healthier home

Black genealogy can be tricky tree
Tracing her family history brought Gloria Lucas to Augusta.

Black genealogy can be tricky tree
Tracing her family history brought Gloria Lucas to Augusta.

Travel briefs
NEW YORK - Some travelers head south to the beach as winter gives way to spring. Others use their travels this time of year to seek out wildlife or blooming flowers.

'Sideways' tour of Santa Barbara wine country
LOS OLIVOS, Calif. - Staring at the lush green Santa Ynez Valley lined with rows of vines, I move my hand in a circular motion, the stem of the glass between my fingers, the wine swishing around. I tilt the glass back as my eager palate awaits the oncoming rush of flavors.

While essay gets buzz, there's more to new SAT
It's no mystery what sent a record flood of students to SAT test-prep courses this year: anxiety over the new, written portion of the college entrance exam.

Business is up thanks to 'Sideways'
BUELLTON, Calif. - Frank Ostini can't seem to keep his cocktail napkins in stock.

Cool ideas from an innovation smorgasbord
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona. - People entered the cylindrical plexiglass booth one by one and stood motionless and erect for 10 seconds as a tall wand circled them, emitting low-power radio waves.

Travel briefs
NEW YORK - Some travelers head south to the beach as winter gives way to spring. Others use their travels this time of year to seek out wildlife or blooming flowers.

Techbits: Tech award, copy protection and more
NEW YORK - Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn have won the prestigious Turing Award for inventing the basic communications protocols that allow millions of Internet users around the world to send e-mail, listen to music online and flash instant messages.

Fans connect with North Carolina film sites
DURHAM, N.C. - A minor league baseball park, filled with the echoes of greats and might-have-beens who have passed through, can be a magical place. Thanks to being preserved on celluloid in the film "Bull Durham," the historic Durham Athletic Park holds even more allure than most.

Best bets on the Net
Those interested in political and policy-related news for particular states in the United States may want to check out Stateline.org. Search for news by state and access current and archived stories. Review letters to the editor, commentaries, editorial cartoons and more.

Female libido is topic of research
Diane Solursh likes the wood-burning stove analogy. A woman's sexual response has to be built up over time with the right combination of factors.

Exercise good for diabetics, but can be a challenge
ALBANY, N.Y. - During a game in her junior year, Ithaca College field hockey player Sarah Gibble knew something wasn't right.

Students take time to learn salsa steps
ST. LOUIS - With apologies to the Postman's Creed, neither rain, nor snow, nor recent single-digit temperatures will keep hard-core salsa dancers from making a weekly trek to their favorite clubs.

Napster To Go lets you rent music
NEW YORK - That one-time online rebel reincarnated as a legal music shop, Napster Inc., is now offering consumers the option of renting as much music as they like and taking it on the road.

Wear fitted top with full skirt
Q: The last time I wore full skirts was in 1961. I remember a white skirt, a green skirt with a pop art pattern, and a taupe skirt with a black-and-cream border. I cannot remember what style of top I wore with these skirts. I'm delighted that full styles are back in vogue. They're so feminine. I plan to buy several. But what do I wear on top?

Robo Toddler learns to walk like a human
WASHINGTON - The difference between man and machine is shrinking. Scientists have developed a robot that "learns" to walk like a toddler, improving its step and balance with every stride.

For longer hair, some women shell out cash
PHILADELPHIA - For every woman who will pay extravagantly to have her hair cut, there is someone who will spend even more to have her hair lengthened.

Young reader disputes criticism of teen speech
Dear Carson: In a recent column you remarked on the "idiotic canned phrases" of teenagers. I'm curious as to what makes you think "certainly" is a better substitute for "no problem," yet, ironically, you call "no problem" unoriginal. "Yes, sir" and "Yes, ma'am" are both quite ancient. If you want us to use respectful terms while talking to our elders, I completely agree. We're in your turf. Nevertheless, I don't understand what is so annoying about change and the way we speak to each other. Sorry to dissect your argument so tediously, but I believe if you are going to criticize my generation, please call us "stupid, hedonistic, spoiled or something other than 'unoriginal.'" I've found older people seem to find our actions unacceptable because they are original (that is, of course, devious from older practices). - Totally Tubular Teenager

Home is a mix of styles
Some people might not like her style, but that doesn't bother Kim Dorr.

Lynx push Pride aside
Colt King had Augusta Lynx fans at a fever pitch as an official escorted him off the ice.

Lynx push Pride aside

Lynx notebook

Lynx push Pride aside
Colt King had Augusta Lynx fans at a fever pitch as an official escorted him off the ice.

Lynx notebook
While local hockey fans sat at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center engaged by a thrilling old-school hockey game Friday night, the NHL and players' association appeared to be on their way to mending fences in an effort to un-cancel the NHL season.

Lynx notebook
While local hockey fans sat at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center engaged by a thrilling old-school hockey game Friday night, the NHL and players' association appeared to be on their way to mending fences in an effort to un-cancel the NHL season.

Across Georgia
MACON - A Warner Robins woman who found $35,000 in cash in a post office parking lot faced a quandary that is easy to understand - what should she do with the money?

Port screening policies under scrutiny

Man sentenced to die for killing ex-girlfriend
GREENVILLE, S.C. - A 22-year-old Simpsonville man has been sentenced to death for killing his ex-girlfriend during a standoff with police at a grocery store here.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - A 22-year-old Simpsonville man has been sentenced to death for killing his ex-girlfriend.

Mom takes care of troops' families
GRANITEVILLE - Lucy Dillon never thought she would be answering the phone at 1 a.m. to comfort a wife worried about her husband serving overseas.

Across the southeast
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. - The Florida House of Representatives has agreed to pay $3.75 million in a settlement with a computer company that claimed former House Speaker Johnnie Byrd allowed political friends to muscle the business out of a government software contract.

Manual update shows changes in medicine
ALBANY, Ga. - When Ira Roth attended veterinary school back in the 1980s, he often carried a copy of Merck Veterinary Manual in his back pocket.

Graniteville churches join to start healing
GRANITEVILLE - Jan. 6, 2005, is a date that will remain infamous for the residents of Graniteville and its neighbors.

Kid of the day

Across Georgia
MACON - A Warner Robins woman who found $35,000 in cash in a post office parking lot faced a quandary that is easy to understand - what should she do with the money?

Across South Carolina

The week ahead
OK, so I let the cable company folks talk me into trying out digital cable, as if 90-something channels of basic weren't enough. Boy, am I glad I did!

Columbia County wants more bass tournaments
It's a place so closely identified with Columbia County, it's even included on the county logo - Thurmond Lake.

Outsiders shrug at redistricting
ATLANTA - News that Republican lawmakers want to redraw Georgia's congressional districts didn't cause much concern last week for Georgia resident Bill Mullis, of Waycross.

Authorities investigate recruit's death
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Four more Marines have been suspended while authorities investigate the death of a recruit who died during a training exercise, military officials said Saturday.

Officials dismiss bill's effect
Proposed state legislation that would require county governments to inform the public if a development overpopulates schools would have little effect in Columbia County, officials said.

Man sentenced to die for killing ex-girlfriend

Columbia County wants more bass tournaments
It's a place so closely identified with Columbia County, it's even included on the county logo - Thurmond Lake.

Presidents Day closings

Falling bird counts raise tower fears
Terry Johnson is among a number of scientists who have noticed the gradual decline among migrating songbirds that visit Georgia each season en route to South American wintering grounds. "Some of them show a 4- or 5-percent decline, often on an annual basis," said Mr. Johnson, who manages Georgia's nongame and endangered wildlife program.

Five questions with Kim Overstreet

Legislature expects slowdown
ATLANTA - After two packed weeks of major initiatives and emotional debate, the General Assembly will take it a little easier this week as negotiators try to work out the midyear budget and lawmakers start deciding how to carve the state into 13 new congressional districts.

Severe thunderstorm warning issued

Inmates seek better lives through GED program
ATHENS, Ga. - In a small trailer behind the Clarke County Jail, Gregory Litwin Jr. tries to reclaim the life he had long before he ended up behind bars.

Across the area
An Augusta man was hospitalized last weekend after being stabbed several times, according to police reports.

State reconsiders hospital bed policy
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is rethinking its method of awarding new beds. Some say the current process discourages competition while others say any changes should come when the State Health Plan is updated.

Republicans have a different ethics view
ATLANTA - When Gov. Sonny Perdue first ran for governor, he said many times that a top priority would be new ethics rules for elected officials. He depicted long-ruling Democrats as pigs at the trough of state government and vowed to change all that when he took office.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Port screening policies under scrutiny
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The latest death at a state port facility has some saying workers should be screened more closely before being allowed to operate heavy machinery.

Father expresses art through grits
COLUMBIA - A bit of Southern inspiration came to artist Ron Ferg at the breakfast table.

Radio personality arrested on gambling charge
An Augusta-area radio personality was arrested during the weekend in Columbia County on a felony charge of commercial gambling.

Mom takes care of troops' families
GRANITEVILLE - Lucy Dillon never thought she would be answering the phone at 1 a.m. to comfort a wife worried about her husband serving overseas.

Kid of the day
Today's Kid of the Day is Hayley Reynolds, 7, of Martinez.

Session so far gets mixed marks

Outsiders shrug at redistricting
ATLANTA - News that Republican lawmakers want to redraw Georgia's congressional districts didn't cause much concern last week for Georgia resident Bill Mullis, of Waycross.

Elvis fans get all shook up

Across the area
An Augusta man was hospitalized last weekend after being stabbed several times, according to police reports.

Across the area

Kid of the day
Today's Kid of the Day is Hayley Reynolds, 7, of Martinez.

Funding glitch stalls construction projects
ATLANTA - Students wondering what's taking so long to build promised classrooms might be surprised to learn the reason is a glitch in the computer system handling Medicaid claims.

Parents of slain toddler moved to Ga. for safety
ATLANTA - William Miranda Jr. and Chimere Calloway had moved their young family from Brooklyn, N.Y., to Georgia to find a safer place to live. Three years later, they found themselves burying their 2-year-old son, killed in a shootout at their Clayton County apartment.

Home buyers take advantage of lower costs

Women still missing in top posts at Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson University will celebrate 50 years of having women students Monday. Despite the milestone, some say, women remain underrepresented in some of the top-ranking leadership positions in academic administration.

News you can use

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Chronicle voicemail system is down

Across the southeast

Keysville mayor to end career with few regrets

Authorities investigate recruit's death

President's Day closings

Outsiders shrug at redistricting

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Republicans have a different ethics view

Across Georgia

Across the area

Book fairs teach value of reading

Authorities investigate recruit's death
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Four more Marines have been suspended while authorities investigate the death of a recruit who died during a training exercise, military officials said Saturday.

Kid of the Day

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

Leaders expect battle to continue

Manual update shows changes in medicine
ALBANY, Ga. - When Ira Roth attended veterinary school back in the 1980s, he often carried a copy of Merck Veterinary Manual in his back pocket.

Where we live

Parents of slain toddler moved to Ga. for safety
ATLANTA - William Miranda Jr. and Chimere Calloway had moved their young family from Brooklyn, N.Y., to Georgia to find a safer place to live. Three years later, they found themselves burying their 2-year-old son, killed in a shootout at their Clayton County apartment.

Session so far gets mixed marks
ATLANTA - Ashley Carney is paying a lot more attention these days to the news coming out of the state Capitol. The 34-year-old medical technician from the Savannah suburb of Georgetown is hoping lawmakers will pass a bill overhauling the state's child support system.

Schools say principal pool is shrinking
COLUMBIA, S.C. - School across the state are having trouble finding teachers who want to move to the principal's office.

News you can use
Bonding someone out of jail can be a stressful and confusing process, especially for someone who's never done it before. But these tips will help you know what to do:

Women still missing in top posts at Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson University will celebrate 50 years of having women students Monday. Despite the milestone, some say, women remain underrepresented in some of the top-ranking leadership positions in academic administration.

President's Day closings
The following schedules have been announced:

Man sentenced to die for killing ex-girlfriend
GREENVILLE, S.C. - A 22-year-old Simpsonville man has been sentenced to death for killing his ex-girlfriend during a standoff with police at a grocery store here.

Across the area
An Augusta man was arrested Saturday afternoon after police say someone saw him breaking into a vehicle in the parking lot of a Grovetown restaurant.

Severe thunderstorm warning issued
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for for southern McCormick County in South Carolinaand eastern Columbia County in Georgia until 4 p.m.

Elvis fans get all shook up
The lights went down at the VFW Post 3200 Saturday, just before the place started to Shake, Rattle and Roll.

Five questions with Kim Overstreet
Kim Overstreet is the preservation director for Historic Augusta Inc., which owns and operates the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson at Seventh and Telfair streets. The house will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today in honor of Presidents Day. Visitors receive $1 off the regular admission price all day.

The week ahead

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Where we live
A weekly snapshot of the interesting places that make up the Augusta area.

Funding glitch stalls construction projects
ATLANTA - Students wondering what's taking so long to build promised classrooms might be surprised to learn the reason is a glitch in the computer system handling Medicaid claims.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - About 2,800 Georgians are believed to be among the thousands of victims whose personal information was sold to bogus businesses by Alpharetta-based ChoicePoint.

The week ahead
OK, so I let the cable company folks talk me into trying out digital cable, as if 90-something channels of basic weren't enough. Boy, am I glad I did!

Leaders expect battle to continue
When Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue signed the medical malpractice reform bill last week, it signaled the end of one long round of the fight and the beginning of another.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - A 22-year-old Simpsonville man has been sentenced to death for killing his ex-girlfriend.

Book fairs teach value of reading
Many are worried about the growing problem of illiteracy in public schools, but teacher Edward Maner is doing his part to fix it.

Across the southeast
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. - The Florida House of Representatives has agreed to pay $3.75 million in a settlement with a computer company that claimed former House Speaker Johnnie Byrd allowed political friends to muscle the business out of a government software contract.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Falling bird counts raise tower fears
Terry Johnson is among a number of scientists who have noticed the gradual decline among migrating songbirds that visit Georgia each season en route to South American wintering grounds."Some of them show a 4- or 5-percent decline, often on an annual basis," said Mr. Johnson, who manages Georgia's nongame and endangered wildlife program.

Home buyers take advantage of lower costs
Christian Frails, 3, trips over an uneven piece of newly-laid sod in the front yard of his south Augusta home.

Legislature expects slowdown
ATLANTA - After two packed weeks of major initiatives and emotional debate, the General Assembly will take it a little easier this week as negotiators try to work out the midyear budget and lawmakers start deciding how to carve the state into 13 new congressional districts.

Keysville mayor to end career with few regrets
As mayor of Keysville, Emma Gresham pushed long and hard to get water and sewer service for residents of this tiny rural community in northern Burke County.

Republicans have a different ethics view
ATLANTA - When Gov. Sonny Perdue first ran for governor, he said many times that a top priority would be new ethics rules for elected officials. He depicted long-ruling Democrats as pigs at the trough of state government and vowed to change all that when he took office.

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.

Inmates seek better lives through GED program
ATHENS, Ga. - In a small trailer behind the Clarke County Jail, Gregory Litwin Jr. tries to reclaim the life he had long before he ended up behind bars.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Mallory Stinchcomb of Grovetown.

Port screening policies under scrutiny
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The latest death at a state port facility has some saying workers should be screened more closely before being allowed to operate heavy machinery.

News you can use
Bonding someone out of jail can be a stressful and confusing process, especially for someone who's never done it before. But these tips will help you know what to do:

State reconsiders hospital bed policy
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is rethinking its method of awarding new beds. Some say the current process discourages competition while others say any changes should come when the State Health Plan is updated.

President's Day closings
The following schedules have been announced:

Mom takes care of troops' families

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH - A former North Myrtle Beach High School teacher accused of having sex with a 15-year-old female student has been arrested in Indonesia after evading authorities for five months.

Columbia County wants more bass tournaments

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - About 2,800 Georgians are believed to be among the thousands of victims whose personal information was sold to bogus businesses by Alpharetta-based ChoicePoint.

Funding glitch stalls construction projects

Parade celebrates black history
AIKEN - There was one group that stood out more than any other at Aiken's fourth Black History Parade.

Radio personality arrested on gambling charge

Across the area
An Augusta man was arrested Saturday afternoon after police say someone saw him breaking into a vehicle in the parking lot of a Grovetown restaurant.

Legislature expects slowdown

Elvis fans get all shook up
The lights went down at the VFW Post 3200 Saturday, just before the place started to Shake, Rattle and Roll.

Women still missing in top posts at Clemson

Where we live
A weekly snapshot of the interesting places that make up the Augusta area.

Parents of slain toddler moved to Ga. for safety

Class teaches teens, parents real road rules
Sixteen-year-old Burney Herbert wasn't happy about having a perfectly good Saturday ruined by attending an eight-hour defensive driving class.

State reconsiders hospital bed policy

Leaders expect battle to continue
When Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue signed the medical malpractice reform bill last week, it signaled the end of one long round of the fight and the beginning of another.

Across Georgia

Book fairs teach value of reading
Many are worried about the growing problem of illiteracy in public schools, but teacher Edward Maner is doing his part to fix it.

Manual update shows changes in medicine

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Mallory Stinchcomb of Grovetown.

Falling bird counts raise tower fears

Home buyers take advantage of lower costs
Christian Frails, 3, trips over an uneven piece of newly-laid sod in the front yard of his south Augusta home.

Inmates seek better lives through GED program

Keysville mayor to end career with few regrets
As mayor of Keysville, Emma Gresham pushed long and hard to get water and sewer service for residents of this tiny rural community in northern Burke County.

Five questions with Kim Overstreet
Kim Overstreet is the preservation director for Historic Augusta Inc., which owns and operates the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson at Seventh and Telfair streets. The house will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today in honor of Presidents Day. Visitors receive $1 off the regular admission price all day.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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

Mohr hits high note on radio
You ever wonder what goes through a punter's mind during the endless idle hours between kicks?

Mohr hits high note on radio
You ever wonder what goes through a punter's mind during the endless idle hours between kicks?

Spanish class brings back high school memories
A bunch of us at work are taking a weekly Spanish class. We all have our reasons for wanting to learn a second language, and we are at various steps of acquaintance with it, ranging from the ability to carry on simple conversations to "Do what now?"

Spanish class brings back high school memories
A bunch of us at work are taking a weekly Spanish class. We all have our reasons for wanting to learn a second language, and we are at various steps of acquaintance with it, ranging from the ability to carry on simple conversations to "Do what now?"

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
"Constantine" - Picture the music video for Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me a River." You remember it - the one in which Justin glides through a sleek, modern mansion in muted shades of green and gray, exacting revenge on a blonde in a newsboy cap who looks suspiciously like his real-life ex-girlfriend, Britney Spears.

'Hitch' retains top box-office spot
LOS ANGELES - Keanu Reeves went to hell and back, but he could not unhitch Will Smith from the top of the box office.

Former Fox consultant acquitted of pirating films, software

Former Fox consultant acquitted of pirating films, software
LOS ANGELES - A former consultant for Fox Cable Networks has been acquitted of charges that he made pirated movies and software available for downloading through the company's computer network.

'Eternal Sunshine,' 'Sideways' win WGA awards
LOS ANGELES - "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," a quirky love story about two people trying to erase their memories of each other, won best original screenplay Saturday night at the 57th Annual Writers Guild Awards.

Former Fox consultant acquitted of pirating films, software
LOS ANGELES - A former consultant for Fox Cable Networks has been acquitted of charges that he made pirated movies and software available for downloading through the company's computer network.

'Hitch' retains top box-office spot
LOS ANGELES - Keanu Reeves went to hell and back, but he could not unhitch Will Smith from the top of the box office.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
"Constantine" - Picture the music video for Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me a River." You remember it - the one in which Justin glides through a sleek, modern mansion in muted shades of green and gray, exacting revenge on a blonde in a newsboy cap who looks suspiciously like his real-life ex-girlfriend, Britney Spears.

'Eternal Sunshine,' 'Sideways' win WGA awards

'Hitch' retains top box-office spot

'Eternal Sunshine,' 'Sideways' win WGA awards
LOS ANGELES - "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," a quirky love story about two people trying to erase their memories of each other, won best original screenplay Saturday night at the 57th Annual Writers Guild Awards.

Video games aid drivers
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Elliott Sadler has circled Daytona International Speedway thousands of times this week - most of the them while sitting in his motor home.

Veterans get final crack at storied event

Stewart rallies for win
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Tony Stewart drove through the grass, passed his buddy Dale Earnhardt Jr. and wound up in Victory Lane.

Late pass lifts Gordon to Daytona title

Veterans get final crack at storied event
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Mark Martin didn't come to his final Daytona 500 expecting much, and so far, he hasn't been disappointed. A crash in Thursday's qualifying race forced his team to change just about everything on his car except the steering wheel.

NASCAR season sees its first argument

NASCAR notebook
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. just got bored.

NASCAR season sees its first argument
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Let the soap opera begin.

Daytona 500 winners
Previous winners of the Daytona 500

Late pass lifts Gordon to Daytona title
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. waited until there were five laps remaining in Sunday's Daytona 500 to take the lead.

NASCAR notebook
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. just got bored.

NASCAR season sees its first argument
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Let the soap opera begin.

Stewart rallies for win
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Tony Stewart drove through the grass, passed his buddy Dale Earnhardt Jr. and wound up in Victory Lane.

Late pass lifts Gordon to Daytona title
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. waited until there were five laps remaining in Sunday's Daytona 500 to take the lead.

Daytona 500 winners
Previous winners of the Daytona 500

NASCAR notebook

Veterans get final crack at storied event
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Mark Martin didn't come to his final Daytona 500 expecting much, and so far, he hasn't been disappointed. A crash in Thursday's qualifying race forced his team to change just about everything on his car except the steering wheel.

Stewart rallies for win

Video games aid drivers
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Elliott Sadler has circled Daytona International Speedway thousands of times this week - most of the them while sitting in his motor home.

Daytona 500 winners

Video games aid drivers

Harvick hits Martin again in practice
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Hours of hard labor got Mark Martin's car back in shape to race in the Daytona 500. Then Kevin Harvick smacked the side of it during Saturday's final practice and it was back to work again.

Little buzz for mile-high game
DENVER - A mile above sea level, just a little to the left of America's midsection, the NBA All-Star game has arrived lacking a clear-cut theme.

Smith wins dunk contest in Wilkins' jersey

Smith wins dunk contest in Wilkins' jersey
DENVER - Josh Smith went retro to win the NBA's dunk contest.

Little buzz for mile-high game
DENVER - A mile above sea level, just a little to the left of America's midsection, the NBA All-Star game has arrived lacking a clear-cut theme.

Smith wins dunk contest in Wilkins' jersey
DENVER - Josh Smith went retro to win the NBA's dunk contest.

Little buzz for mile-high game

Area roundup
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Kasey Mills scored 19 points, and the USC Aiken women broke a five-game losing streak with a 55-48 victory over North Florida on Saturday.

No. 1 LSU tops Auburn
AUBURN, Ala. - Caught in a rare close game, No. 1 LSU turned to Seimone Augustus, Sylvia Fowles and one of the nation's stingiest defenses.

No. 1 LSU tops Auburn
AUBURN, Ala. - Caught in a rare close game, No. 1 LSU turned to Seimone Augustus, Sylvia Fowles and one of the nation's stingiest defenses.

SEC roundup
In Oxford, Miss., Tommie Eddie hit two free throws with 32.7 seconds left to lift Mississippi to a victory over Tennessee.

Rings take sting out of ASU loss
A 69-65 loss to Clayton State did little to dampen the homecoming festivities for the Augusta State women on Saturday.

Southern Conference roundup
In Charleston, S.C., freshman guard Brian Waters scored 14 points as Elon held off several second-half rallies to beat The Citadel.

NFL notebook

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Mrs. Corrine C. Poss    (DEARING, Ga.)

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Mr. Maxie "Robbie" Pearson, Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Clifton Widener    (MONTMORENCI, S.C.)
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Connor Anthony Chavous    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. George M. Sawyer    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
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Dr. Charles R. Parker Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Connor Anthony Chavous    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. M. Joyce Huckaby    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

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Mrs. Myrle B. Dozier    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Alice Templeton Gay    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Ellis Gantt    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Aubrey B. White    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Mr. James "Jimmy" Elsey    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Herbert Gerelle Beckum    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

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Mrs. Laura Gould Oatman (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernice H. Gwin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Rosier Bland (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James "Jimmy" Elsey (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Jerelean Reed (LIVINGSTON, N.J.)

Mr. George M. Sawyer (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mrs. Alice Templeton Gay (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Laurine Whaley Williamson (CONYERS, Ga.)

Mr. George Fambrough (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Jo Brantley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Connor Anthony Chavous (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Toshie Kato Tucker (Augusta, Ga.)

Infant Ruby Allen (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Lonnie Davis Holmes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Maxie "Robbie" Pearson, Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Corrine Poss (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. James "Jimmy" Elsey (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Ellis Gantt (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. M. Joyce Huckaby (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Herbert Gerelle Beckum (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Forest Johnson (APPLING, Ga.)

Infant Ruby Allen (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Inez W. Graham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean Swaney (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Joe C. Allen, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dallas B. Emory, Jr. (PITTSBURGH, Pa.)

Mr. George M. Sawyer (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. Forest Johnson (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Alma Bargeron Braswell (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. M. Joyce Huckaby (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Walker B. McWee (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrle B. Dozier (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Corrine C. Poss (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Small (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jo Brantley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David O. Wright (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Clifton Widener (MONTMORENCI, S.C.)

Mrs. Alice Templeton Gay (WRENS, Ga.)

Dr. Charles R. Parker Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Cecil Dixon (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mr. Herbert Gerelle Beckum (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Posey McCarty (LEBANON, TN.)

Mr. Reece C. Bishop (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Rev. Robert L. Pate, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Vickie A. Courtney (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Aubrey B. White (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Jeanette Ivey (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Eunice Royal (THOMASTON, Ga.)

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African-American sites not excluded from Georgia's magical history tour
A recent letter by Joseph Diggs regarding the need for inclusion of African-American historic sites in educational programs implied that the recent Georgia Heritage Celebration coordinated by Historic Augusta Inc. was focused only on St. Paul's Church and the WJBF television station. In fact, the annual program in Richmond County schools celebrates all of Georgia history in an innovative way, by combining curriculum in the classroom with visits tolocal historic sites.

African-American sites not excluded from Georgia's magical history tour
A recent letter by Joseph Diggs regarding the need for inclusion of African-American historic sites in educational programs implied that the recent Georgia Heritage Celebration coordinated by Historic Augusta Inc. was focused only on St. Paul's Church and the WJBF television station. In fact, the annual program in Richmond County schools celebrates all of Georgia history in an innovative way, by combining curriculum in the classroom with visits tolocal historic sites.

Know all the facts about in vitro fertilization
A letter to the editor discussed out-of-pocket expenses for infertility treatment ("Fertility doctors grossly overcharge," Nov. 24). The "monstrous prices" were blamed on physician greed and abuse of their captive patient population. While this is a terrible situation and needs to be addressed, this patient's anger is misplaced.

Know all the facts about in vitro fertilization
A letter to the editor discussed out-of-pocket expenses for infertility treatment ("Fertility doctors grossly overcharge," Nov. 24). The "monstrous prices" were blamed on physician greed and abuse of their captive patient population. While this is a terrible situation and needs to be addressed, this patient's anger is misplaced.

Know all the facts about in vitro fertilization
A letter to the editor discussed out-of-pocket expenses for infertility treatment ("Fertility doctors grossly overcharge," Nov. 24). The "monstrous prices" were blamed on physician greed and abuse of their captive patient population. While this is a terrible situation and needs to be addressed, this patient's anger is misplaced.

African-American sites not excluded from Georgia's magical history tour
A recent letter by Joseph Diggs regarding the need for inclusion of African-American historic sites in educational programs implied that the recent Georgia Heritage Celebration coordinated by Historic Augusta Inc. was focused only on St. Paul's Church and the WJBF television station. In fact, the annual program in Richmond County schools celebrates all of Georgia history in an innovative way, by combining curriculum in the classroom with visits tolocal historic sites.

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Area sports announcements

Boxing: Hopkins an ageless wonder looking to future

Overtime

Overtime
Sam Barth continued his hit streak in Saturday's doubleheader with Lander, but the No. 4 Jaguars were on the wrong end of a doubleheader sweep in the Peach Belt Conference.

Overtime
In Columbus, Ga., USC Aiken avoided a sweep by the Cougars, beating No. 27 Columbus State 9-5 on Sunday afternoon.

Tennis: Federer wins ABN Amro
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands - Top-ranked Roger Federer of Switzerland rallied from a set down to beat Ivan Ljubicic 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (5) and win the ABN Amro indoor tournament Sunday.

Boxing: Hopkins an ageless wonder looking to future
LOS ANGELES - Bernard Hopkins got the number he wanted in making his 20th title defense. Now he's looking ahead, to making money and history as a middleweight champion approaching middle age.

Area sports announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Overtime
In Columbus, Ga., USC Aiken avoided a sweep by the Cougars, beating No. 27 Columbus State 9-5 on Sunday afternoon.

Overtime
Sam Barth continued his hit streak in Saturday's doubleheader with Lander, but the No. 4 Jaguars were on the wrong end of a doubleheader sweep in the Peach Belt Conference.

Boxing: Hopkins an ageless wonder looking to future
LOS ANGELES - Bernard Hopkins got the number he wanted in making his 20th title defense. Now he's looking ahead, to making money and history as a middleweight champion approaching middle age.

Area sports announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

State has cash, needs land
It's been five years since Georgia acquired 1,200 acres near Millen, Ga., - known as Big Dukes Pond - for a public hunting area that doubles as a conservation site for endangered wood storks.

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

State has cash, needs land
It's been five years since Georgia acquired 1,200 acres near Millen, Ga., - known as Big Dukes Pond - for a public hunting area that doubles as a conservation site for endangered wood storks.

Striped bass ban to be discussed
A proposal to lift the 16-year-old ban on taking striped bass from the Savannah River this fall will be discussed at public meetings in March in Augusta and Savannah, Ga.

State has cash, needs land

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

Striped bass ban to be discussed
A proposal to lift the 16-year-old ban on taking striped bass from the Savannah River this fall will be discussed at public meetings in March in Augusta and Savannah, Ga.

Striped bass ban to be discussed

Outdoors calendar

State has cash, needs land
It's been five years since Georgia acquired 1,200 acres near Millen, Ga., - known as Big Dukes Pond - for a public hunting area that doubles as a conservation site for endangered wood storks.

State has cash, needs land
It's been five years since Georgia acquired 1,200 acres near Millen, Ga., - known as Big Dukes Pond - for a public hunting area that doubles as a conservation site for endangered wood storks.

Session so far gets mixed marks
ATLANTA - Ashley Carney is paying a lot more attention these days to the news coming out of the state Capitol. The 34-year-old medical technician from the Savannah suburb of Georgetown is hoping lawmakers will pass a bill overhauling the state's child support system.

Syrupmakers stick it to Spartans
Cairo proved Saturday night that it isn't how many shots you make, it's when they happen to fall.

Ga. boys' state prep basketball tournament
First round schedule and results in the Georgia boys' state high school basketball tournament:

Prize eludes Hephzibah coach
The sound of bouncing basketballs reverberates outside Wendell Lofton's office as he prepares to begin another practice - maybe one of his last ones.

Prize eludes Hephzibah coach
The sound of bouncing basketballs reverberates outside Wendell Lofton's office as he prepares to begin another practice - maybe one of his last ones.

Ga. boys' state prep basketball tournament
First round schedule and results in the Georgia boys' state high school basketball tournament:

Injured Eagles fly to easy win
The Medical College of Georgia might want to look into the recuperative powers of the new Josey training room.

Syrupmakers stick it to Spartans
Cairo proved Saturday night that it isn't how many shots you make, it's when they happen to fall.

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

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

Pope appears in good form during address
VATICAN CITY - Pope John Paul II appeared in good form and spoke in a strong, relatively clear voice during his Sunday address at St. Peter's Square, his second since being released from the hospital 10 days ago.

Low expectations for Anglican meeting
NEWRY, Northern Ireland - Leaders of the global Anglican Communion meet in a Northern Ireland retreat this week to continue a painful debate on gay bishops, a dispute in which no one yet discerns a solution.

Low expectations for Anglican meeting
NEWRY, Northern Ireland - Leaders of the global Anglican Communion meet in a Northern Ireland retreat this week to continue a painful debate on gay bishops, a dispute in which no one yet discerns a solution.

Pope appears in good form during address
VATICAN CITY - Pope John Paul II appeared in good form and spoke in a strong, relatively clear voice during his Sunday address at St. Peter's Square, his second since being released from the hospital 10 days ago.

State has cash, needs land

Mohr hits high note on radio

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

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.

Network updating Looney Tunes characters

Network updating Looney Tunes characters
NEW YORK - Bugs Bunny and his pals are being updated for the future - way in the future.

CNN Headline News revamps network
NEW YORK - For a network that has built its reputation on predictability, Atlanta-based CNN Headline News is undergoing some dramatic changes on Monday.

ABC special raises questions about paying for interview
NEW YORK - ABC News said it didn't pay for interviews on this week's Michael Jackson special - but some of the subjects were paid nonetheless.

Network updating Looney Tunes characters
NEW YORK - Bugs Bunny and his pals are being updated for the future - way in the future.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
A couple of animated series make their bow this week: one for grown-ups, and one for kids.

ABC ready to cash in on 'Housewives' and 'Lost'

ABC ready to cash in on 'Housewives' and 'Lost'
LOS ANGELES - The Walt Disney Co. bought ABC so it could profit from both making and broadcasting the network's hits.

30th anniversary of 'SNL' prompts documentary

CNN Headline News revamps network

PBS warns war documentary contains swear words
NEW YORK - At least two TV stations will show an uncensored documentary about soldiers in Iraq despite a warning from PBS that it can't insure stations against FCC fines stemming from bad language.

ABC special raises questions about paying for interview

CNN Headline News revamps network
NEW YORK - For a network that has built its reputation on predictability, Atlanta-based CNN Headline News is undergoing some dramatic changes on Monday.

30th anniversary of 'SNL' prompts documentary
NEW YORK - Lorne Michaels just referred to it as "The Show," even before it was a show.

ABC ready to cash in on 'Housewives' and 'Lost'
LOS ANGELES - The Walt Disney Co. bought ABC so it could profit from both making and broadcasting the network's hits.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

30th anniversary of 'SNL' prompts documentary
NEW YORK - Lorne Michaels just referred to it as "The Show," even before it was a show.

ABC special raises questions about paying for interview
NEW YORK - ABC News said it didn't pay for interviews on this week's Michael Jackson special - but some of the subjects were paid nonetheless.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
A couple of animated series make their bow this week: one for grown-ups, and one for kids.

People in the News

'Matrix' star takes a fall in 'Constantine'

Actress Sandra Dee dies

Stukes, Georgia top cold Tigers
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia's Levi Stukes looked at a 2-2 score that lasted almost seven minutes into Saturday's game against Auburn and figured the miserable offensive showing had to be good news for the Bulldogs.

Stukes, Georgia top cold Tigers

Stukes, Georgia top cold Tigers
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia's Levi Stukes looked at a 2-2 score that lasted almost seven minutes into Saturday's game against Auburn and figured the miserable offensive showing had to be good news for the Bulldogs.

Homeruns lift Gamecocks

Homeruns lift Gamecocks
COLUMBIA, SC - Brendan Winn homered twice, including a grand slam, and Steven Tolleson hit a two-run shot Sunday to lead South Carolina to a 7-4 win and against Radford.

Alabama duo helps down South Carolina
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama looked pretty good when Kennedy Winston and Earnest Shelton were struggling. The Crimson Tide were downright impressive when the two stars got hot.

Alabama duo helps down South Carolina

Alabama duo helps down South Carolina
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama looked pretty good when Kennedy Winston and Earnest Shelton were struggling. The Crimson Tide were downright impressive when the two stars got hot.

Homeruns lift Gamecocks
COLUMBIA, SC - Brendan Winn homered twice, including a grand slam, and Steven Tolleson hit a two-run shot Sunday to lead South Carolina to a 7-4 win and against Radford.

Man survives thousand-foot slide

Former workers sue Koko the gorilla's caretakers over breast-baring request

Man kills friend in case of mistaken identity

Low expectations for Anglican meeting

Pope appears in good form during address