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.

Ugandan government bans 'Vagina Monologue'

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.

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.

Nationals bullpen is a weird situation

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

ASU's Barth equals Division II hitting record

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

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.

Senior players push Jaguars ahead
After three years of helping build Augusta State into a baseball power, senior outfielder Brandon Sumlin wants his legacy to be simple.

Senior players push Jaguars ahead
After three years of helping build Augusta State into a baseball power, senior outfielder Brandon Sumlin wants his legacy to be simple.

Bonds to break silence today
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Few spring training arrivals compare to the day Barry Bonds shows up at Scottsdale Stadium.

Bonds to break silence today

Bonds to break silence today
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Few spring training arrivals compare to the day Barry Bonds shows up at Scottsdale Stadium.

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.

Senior players push Jaguars ahead

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

You really can be as sick as a dog

Odds and Ends
STAPLETON, Neb. - Rain, sleet and snow have not kept Kermit Paxton from making his six-day-a-week journey to deliver mail. His recent 90th birthday didn't stop him either.

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.

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.

Club has 'art night' to circumvent nudity ordinance
BOISE, Idaho - A city ordinance bans complete nudity at all gentleman's clubs, but one has challenged that ordinance by distributing pencils and sketch pads to patrons during "art night."

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.

Club has 'art night' to circumvent nudity ordinance
BOISE, Idaho - A city ordinance bans complete nudity at all gentleman's clubs, but one has challenged that ordinance by distributing pencils and sketch pads to patrons during "art night."

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.

Odds and Ends
STAPLETON, Neb. - Rain, sleet and snow have not kept Kermit Paxton from making his six-day-a-week journey to deliver mail. His recent 90th birthday didn't stop him either.

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
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

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.

'Crazy For You' bear raises business ethics questions

'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.

'Hooray for Hollywood,' say pinot noir producers
BERKELEY, Calif. - "Sideways," the movie about two guys, a road trip and a whole lot of wine, may be sending pinot noir sales upward.

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.

Deals to provide clout for Novartis
GENEVA - Novartis AG announced a major push into the U.S. and German generic drug markets Monday by buying Eon Labs Inc. of the United States and Hexal AG of Germany for $8.3 billion in cash.

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.

Consumer confidence indexes don't predict future spending

Babies 'R' Us plans move to Columbia County site
The new Target shopping center in Columbia County will lure Babies "R" Us from its current location on Bobby Jones Expressway.

College force serves up cutlery maker's sales

Deals to provide clout for Novartis
GENEVA - Novartis AG announced a major push into the U.S. and German generic drug markets Monday by buying Eon Labs Inc. of the United States and Hexal AG of Germany for $8.3 billion in cash.

2005 could be another bad year for textiles
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Layoffs of North Carolina's textile and apparel workers have continued at such a rate that 2005 may be recorded as the second-worst year ever for the industry, say economists.

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.

ChoicePoint says potential fraud victims across the U.S.
ATLANTA - ChoicePoint Inc. said Monday that residents in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and three U.S. territories may have been affected by a breach of the company's credentialing process in which criminals gained access to its massive database of consumer information.

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.

Babies 'R' Us plans move to Columbia County site
The new Target shopping center in Columbia County will lure Babies "R" Us from its current location on Bobby Jones Expressway.

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.

Guitar Center bangs out the profits

Deals to provide clout for Novartis

Antivirus products put Microsoft in quandary

2005 could be another bad year for textiles

'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.

2005 could be another bad year for textiles
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Layoffs of North Carolina's textile and apparel workers have continued at such a rate that 2005 may be recorded as the second-worst year ever for the industry, say economists.

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.

'Hooray for Hollywood,' say pinot noir producers
BERKELEY, Calif. - "Sideways," the movie about two guys, a road trip and a whole lot of wine, may be sending pinot noir sales upward.

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

ChoicePoint says potential fraud victims across the U.S.
ATLANTA - ChoicePoint Inc. said Monday that residents in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and three U.S. territories may have been affected by a breach of the company's credentialing process in which criminals gained access to its massive database of consumer information.

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.

Calif. launches program to fill out residents' tax returns
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A small group of taxpayers has agreed to let the state fill out their tax returns as part of a pilot program to experiment with changes in the way Californians pay taxes.

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

Employees missing out on 401(k) savings

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

'Hooray for Hollywood,' say pinot noir producers

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.

Babies 'R' Us plans move to Columbia County site

ChoicePoint says potential fraud victims across the U.S.

Hobbled Tide opens spring practice
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Here's a checklist of Alabama's goals for spring practice: keep the healthy players from injury, protect the injured players and find some depth from the youngsters.

Hobbled Tide opens spring practice
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Here's a checklist of Alabama's goals for spring practice: keep the healthy players from injury, protect the injured players and find some depth from the youngsters.

Hobbled Tide opens spring practice

Armstrong forfeits 17 games

No. 1 LSU tops Auburn

Increase food variety to include healthful choices
We all know at least one notoriously "picky eater." I have a cousin who refuses to eat vegetables in any form - including the lettuce or tomato on his cheeseburgers. Actually, he's just agreed to start eating peas - so long as they're part of his canned beef stew.

Boost DOE fees

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.

Democracy, Act II
Iraqis got their first taste of democracy last month with their surprisingly large and courageous vote turnout. And now that the ballots have been counted, they're getting their second taste of the democratic process - different political factions horse-trading with each other as they jockey for power.

Democracy, Act II
Iraqis got their first taste of democracy last month with their surprisingly large and courageous vote turnout. And now that the ballots have been counted, they're getting their second taste of the democratic process - different political factions horse-trading with each other as they jockey for power.

Good riddance

Democracy, Act II

Healthy step forward

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

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

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
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.

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.

Fix child-payment system
In an earlier era, it was common practice for judges to base child support payments on a percentage of the income of the non-custodial parent, which was almost always the father.

John Raitt, star of 'Carousel,' dead at age 88
LOS ANGELES - Though in his later years he joked that he had become best known as singer Bonnie Raitt's father, John Raitt was famous in his own right as the robust baritone who livened musicals such as "Carousel" and "The Pajama Game."

'Gonzo' journalist Hunter Thompson commits suicide
ASPEN, Colo. - Hunter S. Thompson, the hard-living writer who inserted himself into his accounts of America's underbelly and popularized a first-person form of journalism in books such as "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," has committed suicide.

People in the News
RADNOR, Pa. - Brenda Strong, who plays the deceased Mary Alice Young on ABC's "Desperate Housewives," has a long history of playing dead.

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.

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

'Gonzo' journalist Hunter Thompson commits suicide
ASPEN, Colo. - Hunter S. Thompson, the hard-living writer who inserted himself into his accounts of America's underbelly and popularized a first-person form of journalism in books such as "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," has committed suicide.

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.

John Raitt, star of 'Carousel,' dead at age 88
LOS ANGELES - Though in his later years he joked that he had become best known as singer Bonnie Raitt's father, John Raitt was famous in his own right as the robust baritone who livened musicals such as "Carousel" and "The Pajama Game."

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
RADNOR, Pa. - Brenda Strong, who plays the deceased Mary Alice Young on ABC's "Desperate Housewives," has a long history of playing dead.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

No. 3 Duke defeats Lady Jackets

Georgia Tech edges Florida State

Spanish class brings back high school memories

Scott forges a valuable tie at Nissan Open

Field set for Match Play
CARLSBAD, Calif. - The field was set Monday afternoon for the Match Play Championship. All that remained in doubt was when it would start.

Field set for Match Play
CARLSBAD, Calif. - The field was set Monday afternoon for the Match Play Championship. All that remained in doubt was when it would start.

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.

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

Field set for Match Play

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.

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

Scott wins short event
LOS ANGELES - Adam Scott has his name on the Nissan Open trophy. He earned $864,000, which counts just the same if he had played 72 holes, instead of only two rounds followed by a sudden-death playoff Monday morning in the rain against Chad Campbell.

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.

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

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.

Bowditch wins Jacob's Creek Open

Ga. boys' state prep basketball tournament

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.

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.

You really can be as sick as a dog
At one point last week, I told a co-worker I felt "as sick as a dog." This being a newsroom, a debate arose over whether dogs really get sick - in particular, do they catch colds?

You really can be as sick as a dog
At one point last week, I told a co-worker I felt "as sick as a dog." This being a newsroom, a debate arose over whether dogs really get sick - in particular, do they catch colds?

Men arrested in robbery of pizza deliverer
Two men have been arrested on charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault in connection with the robbery of a pizza delivery woman in Columbia County, authorities said.

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.

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.

Pupil faces charges involving threat to Daytona 500
A 14-year-old Leavelle McCampbell Middle School pupil is facing charges that he sent an e-mail threatening to disrupt the Daytona 500.

Former Georgia governor Vandiver dies at 86
ATLANTA - Former Gov. S. Ernest Vandiver, who won office vowing that "no, not one" black child would sit in a Georgia classroom with whites yet went on to preside over the peaceful desegregation of public schools, has died at age 86.

Augusta made just the right move
Congratulations, Augusta commissioners! You have made an excellent decision in choosing Chief Howard Willis as the interim chief of the Augusta Fire Department.Heather R. Bell Graniteville, S.C.

'Zoloft' guilty verdict was absolutely right

'Zoloft' guilty verdict was absolutely right
The guilty verdict delivered by the South Carolina jury in the case of Christopher Pittman was absolutely correct, fair and essential to the pursuit of a just social order. Dewey Galeas, Grovetown

Volunteers needed to help at-risk

President going backward
Your Feb. 8 editorial roundup from the San Jose Mercury News, "Training lawyers properly," appropriately characterized President Bush's proposal to fund training for capital defense counsel as modest, especially in comparison to a piece of legislation he signed last fall.John F. Terzano, Washington, D.C.

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

Eminent domain legalized theft
If local government decides it needs my property to build a school or a road, and I am compensated fairly, that is a just use of eminent domain. Paul F. Beck, Martinez

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

President going backward

President going backward
Your Feb. 8 editorial roundup from the San Jose Mercury News, "Training lawyers properly," appropriately characterized President Bush's proposal to fund training for capital defense counsel as modest, especially in comparison to a piece of legislation he signed last fall.John F. Terzano, Washington, D.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

'Zoloft' guilty verdict was absolutely right
The guilty verdict delivered by the South Carolina jury in the case of Christopher Pittman was absolutely correct, fair and essential to the pursuit of a just social order. Dewey Galeas, Grovetown

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

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

Rebuts war critic's letter; lauds troops

Health and fitness calendar

Popularity of knitting, crocheting gets boost

Cool ideas from an innovation smorgasbord

Exercise good for diabetics, but can be a challenge

Living briefs

Best bets on the Net

Techbits: Tech award, copy protection and more

Robo Toddler learns to walk like a human

Seniors Calendar

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

Napster To Go lets you rent music

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Living briefs
Test your celluloid skills against Entertainment Writer Steven Uhles in his annual Academy Award contest. Fill out the ballot online and see whether you know how to pick a winner.

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.

Popularity of knitting, crocheting gets boost
Loop by loop, in a flurry of needle and yarn, layer after layer of color gets added to an afghan.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Living briefs
Test your celluloid skills against Entertainment Writer Steven Uhles in his annual Academy Award contest. Fill out the ballot online and see whether you know how to pick a winner.

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.

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.

Popularity of knitting, crocheting gets boost
Loop by loop, in a flurry of needle and yarn, layer after layer of color gets added to an afghan.

Men arrested in robbery of pizza deliverer

News you can use
- Activities and events this week:

Across the area

Across the southeast

Ordinance calls for fire hydrant testing

Presidents Day closings

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.

Under the weather
Dark clouds mix with blue sky over downtown Augusta as showers and thunderstorms move through the area.

Ordinance calls for fire hydrant testing
An Augusta Commission committee has given its nod to a proposed ordinance that would require privately owned fire hydrants to be tested annually.

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

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.

Buffalo Soldiers ride in
Comeika Wright (left), 9, looks over to her dance instructor as they watch a presentation by the Greater Atlanta Area chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers 9th and 10th Horse Cavalry Associations.

Across Georgia

Church plans return by Easter
ATHENS, Ga. - Members of the south Athens church damaged in December by an intentionally set fire could return to St. James United Methodist Church in time for Easter services, a church official said.

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

Soldiers receive stirring welcome
HINESVILLE, Ga. - After a yearlong deployment in Iraq, 250 soldiers returned to Fort Stewart on Sunday.

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.

Woman details assault in trial
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - A woman suffering from Parkinson's disease who needs a cane to walk even short distances told jurors Monday what happened the night she was raped in a church parking lot.

Buffalo Soldiers ride in

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - An Horry County timber buyer has pleaded guilty in a fraud case, the South Carolina Forestry Commission said Monday.

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 area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are still looking for a man in connection with the shooting of a woman on Anderson Avenue.

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.

Across Georgia
MACON - State environmental officials are investigating cleanup efforts of a Norfolk Southern train derailment that damaged and polluted a middle Georgia creek.

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.

Across the Southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. - Gov. Mike Easley told the General Assembly on Monday night that it was time to raise the cigarette tax "significantly" and better prepare pupils and laid-off workers for a high-tech work force.

Parents of slain toddler moved to Ga. for safety

Should parents pay for threats?
If Georgia law forced Gerald Harris to pay for the cost of his son's bomb threats at Sego Middle School, he says he could afford about $5 a month.

News you can use

Kid of the Day
Tyler Reynolds is today's Kid of the Day.

Soldiers receive stirring welcome

News you can use
- Activities and events this week:

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!

Locks are key part of restorations at canal
Before railroads revolutionized commerce in the 1880s, the locks at the Augusta Canal headgates were a welcome sight to weary men who poled cotton-laden boats from upstate plantations to Augusta.

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Men arrested in robbery of pizza deliverer
Two men have been arrested on charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault in connection with the robbery of a pizza delivery woman in Columbia County, authorities said.

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.

Pupil faces charges involving threat to Daytona 500
A 14-year-old Leavelle McCampbell Middle School pupil is facing charges that he sent an e-mail threatening to disrupt the Daytona 500.

Study faults use of antibiotics

Former Georgia governor Vandiver dies at 86
ATLANTA - Former Gov. S. Ernest Vandiver, who won office vowing that "no, not one" black child would sit in a Georgia classroom with whites yet went on to preside over the peaceful desegregation of public schools, has died at age 86.

Former Georgia governor Vandiver dies at 86

Church plans return by Easter
ATHENS, Ga. - Members of the south Athens church damaged in December by an intentionally set fire could return to St. James United Methodist Church in time for Easter services, a church official said.

Music may share the air at fly-in
It's still up in the air, but the crowd at this year's Boshears Fly-In might get to hear The Closer You Get or depart to Hotel California between the roar of airplane engines.

Soldiers receive stirring welcome
HINESVILLE, Ga. - After a yearlong deployment in Iraq, 250 soldiers returned to Fort Stewart on Sunday.

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Music may share the air at fly-in
It's still up in the air, but the crowd at this year's Boshears Fly-In might get to hear The Closer You Get or depart to Hotel California between the roar of airplane engines.

Buffalo Soldiers ride in
Comeika Wright (left), 9, looks over to her dance instructor as they watch a presentation by the Greater Atlanta Area chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers 9th and 10th Horse Cavalry Associations.

Study faults use of antibiotics
About half of all surgery patients are not getting the right antibiotic treatment to prevent infection after major surgery, including many who are kept on the therapy too long, which could aid the rise of resistant bacteria, health officials said Monday.

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.

Under the weather
Dark clouds mix with blue sky over downtown Augusta as showers and thunderstorms move through the area.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are still looking for a man in connection with the shooting of a woman on Anderson Avenue.

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

Authorities investigate recruit's death

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

Woman details assault in trial

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.

State reconsiders hospital bed policy

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.

Republicans have a different ethics view

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.

Kid of the Day

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

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!

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.

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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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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 Hayley Reynolds, 7, of Martinez.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Across the Southeast

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.

Across South Carolina

Ordinance calls for fire hydrant testing
An Augusta Commission committee has given its nod to a proposed ordinance that would require privately owned fire hydrants to be tested annually.

Kid of the day

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

Music may share the air at fly-in

Woman details assault in trial
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - A woman suffering from Parkinson's disease who needs a cane to walk even short distances told jurors Monday what happened the night she was raped in a church parking lot.

Study faults use of antibiotics
About half of all surgery patients are not getting the right antibiotic treatment to prevent infection after major surgery, including many who are kept on the therapy too long, which could aid the rise of resistant bacteria, health officials said Monday.

Severe thunderstorm warning issued

Rants and Raves
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Falling bird counts raise tower fears

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

Across the area

Locks are key part of restorations at canal
Before railroads revolutionized commerce in the 1880s, the locks at the Augusta Canal headgates were a welcome sight to weary men who poled cotton-laden boats from upstate plantations to Augusta.

Man sentenced to die for killing ex-girlfriend

Kid of the Day
Tyler Reynolds is today's Kid of the Day.

Inmates seek better lives through GED program

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

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.

The week ahead

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.

Columbia County wants more bass tournaments

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - An Horry County timber buyer has pleaded guilty in a fraud case, the South Carolina Forestry Commission said Monday.

Mom takes care of troops' families

Across the Southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. - Gov. Mike Easley told the General Assembly on Monday night that it was time to raise the cigarette tax "significantly" and better prepare pupils and laid-off workers for a high-tech work force.

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.

Legislature expects slowdown

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.

Locks are key part of restorations at canal

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.

Women still missing in top posts at Clemson

Funding glitch stalls construction projects

Five questions with Kim Overstreet

Radio personality arrested on gambling charge

Outsiders shrug at redistricting

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.

Port screening policies under scrutiny

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.

Should parents pay for threats?
If Georgia law forced Gerald Harris to pay for the cost of his son's bomb threats at Sego Middle School, he says he could afford about $5 a month.

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.

Radio host faces gambling charge

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.

Manual update shows changes in medicine

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

Pupil faces charges involving threat to Daytona 500

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

Church plans return by Easter

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.

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?

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.

Under the weather

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.

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

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.

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.

Should parents pay for threats?

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?"

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.

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

'Eternal Sunshine,' 'Sideways' win WGA awards

'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.

'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

'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.

'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.

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

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.

Jeff Gordon still relishes victories
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Jeff Gordon celebrated his third Daytona 500 victory aboard his 106-foot yacht, the 24 Karat.

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.

Jeff Gordon still relishes victories
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Jeff Gordon celebrated his third Daytona 500 victory aboard his 106-foot yacht, the 24 Karat.

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

Late pass lifts Gordon to Daytona title

NASCAR season sees its first argument

Jeff Gordon still relishes victories

Armstrong forfeits 17 games
The Armstrong Atlantic State women's basketball team will have to forfeit its 17 wins this season and will be barred from participating in next week's Peach Belt Conference Tournament for using an ineligible player, conference commissioner Marvin Vanover announced Monday.

Armstrong forfeits 17 games
The Armstrong Atlantic State women's basketball team will have to forfeit its 17 wins this season and will be barred from participating in next week's Peach Belt Conference Tournament for using an ineligible player, conference commissioner Marvin Vanover announced Monday.

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.

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Deacon Moses Stokes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alice Templeton Gay    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Hugh E. Smith, Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Harvey Sipper    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Walker B. McWee    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Elvin S. Norgran    (EVANS , GA.)

Mrs. Laura Gould Oatman    (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Walker B. McWee    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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Mrs. Laura Gould Oatman (WADLEY, Ga.)

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

Mr. Forest Johnson (APPLING, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Herbert Gerelle Beckum (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Ruby Cawley (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. George Fambrough (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Alice Templeton Gay (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie R. Jones (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Thelma Holsenback (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mr. Hugh E. Smith, Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Elvin S. Norgran (EVANS , GA.)

Mr. William "Frog" Lofton (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

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

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

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

Mr. Forest Johnson (APPLING, Ga.)

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Deacon Moses Stokes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jo Brantley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alfred Clifton Nicholson (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

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

Mr. Willie James Bradley (BOSTON, Mass.)

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Mrs. Lurannia Brown (AIKEN, S.C.)

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SAG presses for stunt coordinator Oscar

Oscar predictions from the AP
Unlike last year, when it was obvious that the hobbits and elves would rule Oscar night (and they did), this Academy Awards race looks tougher to call. Associated Press movie writers David Germain and Christy Lemire duke it out - and disagree - over several of the main categories

SAG presses for stunt coordinator Oscar
LOS ANGELES - An Academy Award category honoring the crucial work of stunt coordinators should be added, the Screen Actors Guild said Friday.

Oscar predictions from the AP

First-time Oscar voters rush to judgment
LOS ANGELES - Keith David popped in a DVD of "Vera Drake" and settled into the comfort of his pillow-strewn brown sofa. The veteran actor had decisions to make - lots of them - that would affect careers and coffers alike.

SAG presses for stunt coordinator Oscar
LOS ANGELES - An Academy Award category honoring the crucial work of stunt coordinators should be added, the Screen Actors Guild said Friday.

Oscar predictions from the AP
Unlike last year, when it was obvious that the hobbits and elves would rule Oscar night (and they did), this Academy Awards race looks tougher to call. Associated Press movie writers David Germain and Christy Lemire duke it out - and disagree - over several of the main categories

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Boxing: Hopkins an ageless wonder looking to future

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Augusta State dropped from fourth to a tie for 11th in the latest Collegiate Baseball Division II poll released Monday.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Taxpayers get new tax breaks
WASHINGTON - Sharpen your pencils. There's a new tax break on the books, but it could take some work to discover whether it can help 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.

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

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
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.

ABC special raises questions about paying for interview

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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

CNN Headline News revamps network

'Gonzo' journalist Hunter Thompson commits suicide

Actress Sandra Dee dies

People in the News

People in the News

John Raitt, star of 'Carousel,' dead at age 88

'Matrix' star takes a fall in 'Constantine'

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.

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.

Xtreme question of the week

Adoptee can find help in counselor

Many teens put their creative stamp on items

Your style
THE FACTS: Ciarra Cornelius, 14, a freshman at the Academy of Richmond County

Scholarship contest
Got a savings account? One local bank is offering high school seniors a chance to turn their banking into money for college.

Many teens put their creative stamp on items
Jessica Rutledge once went to school wearing pink tights under a pair of jeans in which she had cut slits.

Xtreme calendar

Your style

Supreme Court is guilty of misinterpreting Jefferson

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

Take gifts of car, money instead of plastic surgery
The end of the school year is approaching, and high school seniors are looking forward to their graduation gifts.

Adoptee can find help in counselor
This week's problem: I'm adopted, and my mom always fusses at me. I get tired of it. I've thought a thousand times of running away, but she said she would give me back up for adoption. It's not me. I try my best to please her, but maybe it's because I'm not really one of her own children. I don't know, do you have any advice?

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

Horror film is lacking in fear
When I go to a horror movie, I want to leave the theater with a sense of fear, scared to sleep in my own bed or to open my closet door for fear the movie villain might jump out.

Xtreme calendar
Today: NEW MUSIC includes releases from Tori Amos with The Beekeeper, and O, from former B2K front-man Omarion.

Adoptee can find help in counselor
This week's problem: I'm adopted, and my mom always fusses at me. I get tired of it. I've thought a thousand times of running away, but she said she would give me back up for adoption. It's not me. I try my best to please her, but maybe it's because I'm not really one of her own children. I don't know, do you have any advice?

Supreme Court is guilty of misinterpreting Jefferson
On March 2, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments concerning several monuments across the country bearing the Ten Commandments.

Many teens put their creative stamp on items
Jessica Rutledge once went to school wearing pink tights under a pair of jeans in which she had cut slits.

Xtreme calendar
Today: NEW MUSIC includes releases from Tori Amos with The Beekeeper, and O, from former B2K front-man Omarion.

Xtreme question of the week
Q: Have you ever been bullied?

Your style
THE FACTS: Ciarra Cornelius, 14, a freshman at the Academy of Richmond County

Take gifts of car, money instead of plastic surgery
The end of the school year is approaching, and high school seniors are looking forward to their graduation gifts.

Supreme Court is guilty of misinterpreting Jefferson
On March 2, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments concerning several monuments across the country bearing the Ten Commandments.

Xtreme question of the week
Q: Have you ever been bullied?

Audio best

Take gifts of car, money instead of plastic surgery

Man survives thousand-foot slide

Odds and Ends

Club has 'art night' to circumvent nudity ordinance

Man kills friend in case of mistaken identity

Pope appears in good form during address

Low expectations for Anglican meeting