Writer Guillermo Cabrera Infante dies in at 75
LONDON - Cuban-born novelist Guillermo Cabrera Infante, widely regarded as one of the most original voices in 20th-century Spanish-language literature, has died in London. He was 75.

Writer Guillermo Cabrera Infante dies in at 75

Writer Guillermo Cabrera Infante dies in at 75
LONDON - Cuban-born novelist Guillermo Cabrera Infante, widely regarded as one of the most original voices in 20th-century Spanish-language literature, has died in London. He was 75.

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

Bonds to break silence today

Record can be Barth's today
The situation couldn't be more ideal for Sam Barth. Going for the Division II hitting streak record, Barth and No. 11 Augusta State will face city rival Paine College at 2 p.m. today at Lake Olmstead Stadium, home of the Class A Augusta GreenJackets.

Bonds ducks steroid questions
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Barry Bonds sidestepped a peppering of steroids questions in the very way teams avoid pitching to him - and did it with the same prickly demeanor that has defined him for years.

Record can be Barth's today
The situation couldn't be more ideal for Sam Barth. Going for the Division II hitting streak record, Barth and No. 11 Augusta State will face city rival Paine College at 2 p.m. today at Lake Olmstead Stadium, home of the Class A Augusta GreenJackets.

Bonds ducks steroid questions

Bonds ducks steroid questions
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Barry Bonds sidestepped a peppering of steroids questions in the very way teams avoid pitching to him - and did it with the same prickly demeanor that has defined him for years.

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

Record can be Barth's today

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

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.

You really can be as sick as a dog

Odds and Ends
OSLO, Norway - A Norwegian family's swimming pool wasn't just bolted down, it was in the ground. But that wasn't impediment to a band of determined thieves.

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."

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.

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.

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."

Odds and Ends
OSLO, Norway - A Norwegian family's swimming pool wasn't just bolted down, it was in the ground. But that wasn't impediment to a band of determined thieves.

Braves: Brian Jordan home again
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - When Brian Jordan walked into the clubhouse for spring training, his old locker was waiting for him. So were plenty of friends.

Braves: Brian Jordan home again

Braves: Brian Jordan home again
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - When Brian Jordan walked into the clubhouse for spring training, his old locker was waiting for him. So were plenty of friends.

Winn-Dixie announces bankruptcy reorganization
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Supermarket giant Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., which has struggled to compete in the Southeast with Wal-Mart Supercenters and other grocery chains, said Tuesday it has filed for bankruptcy reorganization. Its stock price plunged to less than $1 a share.

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.

Deals to provide clout for Novartis

Georgia lawmakers pushing for identity-theft notification law

Settlement offered for those using abusive tax shelters
WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service offered Tuesday to reduce penalties for executives and companies that acknowledge using an abusive shelter designed to avoid taxes on stock options.

Tinkering turns out two toys for local inventor

Grocery files for Chapter 11
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., Jacksonville's biggest company and a Southern icon for a half-century, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday night to allow the company to continue operating its stores while it restructures the business.

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.

'Hooray for Hollywood,' say pinot noir producers

Grocery files for Chapter 11

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.

Grocery files for Chapter 11
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., Jacksonville's biggest company and a Southern icon for a half-century, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday night to allow the company to continue operating its stores while it restructures the business.

Consumer confidence slips in February
NEW YORK - A widely watched indicator of consumers' confidence in the economy slipped in February but remained well above its levels a year ago, a private research group reported Tuesday.

Treasury bills rise to highest levels since September 2001

'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.

Georgia lawmakers pushing for identity-theft notification law
ATLANTA - In response to the information breach at Alpharetta-based ChoicePoint Inc., leaders in the state Senate announced plans Tuesday to require companies to notify Georgia residents when their personal information may have been stolen.

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.

Treasury bills rise to highest levels since September 2001
WASHINGTON - Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills rose in Tuesday's auction to the highest levels in more than three years.

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.

Tinkering turns out two toys for local inventor
While watching Daffy Duck get smacked by a boxing glove springing out of a box, Roger Brown had an epiphany.

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.

Georgia lawmakers pushing for identity-theft notification law
ATLANTA - In response to the information breach at Alpharetta-based ChoicePoint Inc., leaders in the state Senate announced plans Tuesday to require companies to notify Georgia residents when their personal information may have been stolen.

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.

Treasury bills rise to highest levels since September 2001
WASHINGTON - Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills rose in Tuesday's auction to the highest levels in more than three years.

'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.

Tinkering turns out two toys for local inventor
While watching Daffy Duck get smacked by a boxing glove springing out of a box, Roger Brown had an epiphany.

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.

Consumer confidence slips in February
NEW YORK - A widely watched indicator of consumers' confidence in the economy slipped in February but remained well above its levels a year ago, a private research group reported Tuesday.

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.

Babies 'R' Us plans move to Columbia County site

ChoicePoint says potential fraud victims across the U.S.

2005 could be another bad year for textiles

Consumer confidence slips in February

Former UGA assistant Fabris joins Oklahoma
NORMAN, Okla. - Jon Fabris had the intensity, experience and philosophy Bob Stoops was looking for in a defensive assistant - and he knows a thing or two about developing talented defensive ends, too.

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.

Former UGA assistant Fabris joins Oklahoma
NORMAN, Okla. - Jon Fabris had the intensity, experience and philosophy Bob Stoops was looking for in a defensive assistant - and he knows a thing or two about developing talented defensive ends, too.

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.

Former UGA assistant Fabris joins Oklahoma

Hobbled Tide opens spring practice

Lady Lions fall to Wildcats

Paine tops Fort Valley State

Armstrong forfeits 17 games

'04 winners get Finley Cup invitation

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.

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

Washington is No. 1

Washington is No. 1
It was a given among earlier generations that the nation's two greatest presidents were George Washington and Abraham Lincoln - though there were some in the Old South who didn't think highly of Lincoln.

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.

Halfback Hillary
Any football fan will tell you the best running backs know when to cut back against the grain, in order to avoid being tackled. They run right, then they run left.

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.

A goodwill release
The cease fire agreed on a few weeks ago between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and the new Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, is still as fragile as a porcelain figurine, but it is holding together nonetheless. Sharon further strengthened the halting movement toward peace by releasing 500 Palestinian prisoners Monday and renewing his pledge to spring 400 more over the next three months.

Halfback Hillary
Any football fan will tell you the best running backs know when to cut back against the grain, in order to avoid being tackled. They run right, then they run left.

Washington is No. 1
It was a given among earlier generations that the nation's two greatest presidents were George Washington and Abraham Lincoln - though there were some in the Old South who didn't think highly of Lincoln.

Halfback Hillary

Jury selection resumes in Jackson trial
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Michael Jackson returned to court Tuesday after a week's delay and the judge assured prospective jurors that the singer really had been ill and there was no plot to put off his child molestation trial.

Jury selection resumes in Jackson trial
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Michael Jackson returned to court Tuesday after a week's delay and the judge assured prospective jurors that the singer really had been ill and there was no plot to put off his child molestation trial.

'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.

'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.

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."

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

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.

People in the News
JACKSON, Miss. - Country music singer Faith Hill can add lawmakers in her native Mississippi to her legion of loyal fans.

Recipe for pineapple coconut noodles
CONCORD, N.H. - Thai food intimidates me.Though I love the cuisine's peanut, hot pepper and coconut flavors, at home I rarely venture beyond simple pad Thai preparations - noodles, nuts and spices. It's simple and safe.

Books feature variety of warming one-pot dishes

Small bites
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - A large and tasty slice of Americana has found a home in the Longone Center for American Culinary Research, at the University of Michigan's William Clements Library.

Books feature variety of warming one-pot dishes
What more appealing project for chilly days than to layer loads of tasty stuff in a pot, put on the lid and sit back in anticipation of a warming, hearty meal?

Fideo fans just love their Tex-Mex pasta

Life's a feast for Nigella Lawson
NEW YORK - It's tempting to fantasize while reading food writer Nigella Lawson's "Feast: Food To Celebrate Life" that you are the Nigella pictured in its pages, your raven locks tousled just so, as you stuff a goose or ice a pan of hot-cross buns.

Books feature variety of warming one-pot dishes
What more appealing project for chilly days than to layer loads of tasty stuff in a pot, put on the lid and sit back in anticipation of a warming, hearty meal?

Small bites
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - A large and tasty slice of Americana has found a home in the Longone Center for American Culinary Research, at the University of Michigan's William Clements Library.

Life's a feast for Nigella Lawson

Fideo fans just love their Tex-Mex pasta
HARLINGEN, Texas - Ask a Rio Grande Valley native about mom's noodles or pasta, and he might gently remind you that this is the Mexican border - you know, tortillas, beans, rice.

Recipe for pineapple coconut noodles

Life's a feast for Nigella Lawson
NEW YORK - It's tempting to fantasize while reading food writer Nigella Lawson's "Feast: Food To Celebrate Life" that you are the Nigella pictured in its pages, your raven locks tousled just so, as you stuff a goose or ice a pan of hot-cross buns.

Saltimbocca that jumps in your mouth

Saltimbocca that jumps in your mouth
HYDE PARK, N.Y. - Thin cutlets of tender veal make this Roman classic an elegant yet simple meal that can be prepared in minutes. Literally translated as "jumps in the mouth," saltimbocca bursts with the flavor of veal, sage, prosciutto, white wine and butter.

Recipe for pineapple coconut noodles
CONCORD, N.H. - Thai food intimidates me.Though I love the cuisine's peanut, hot pepper and coconut flavors, at home I rarely venture beyond simple pad Thai preparations - noodles, nuts and spices. It's simple and safe.

Saltimbocca that jumps in your mouth
HYDE PARK, N.Y. - Thin cutlets of tender veal make this Roman classic an elegant yet simple meal that can be prepared in minutes. Literally translated as "jumps in the mouth," saltimbocca bursts with the flavor of veal, sage, prosciutto, white wine and butter.

Fideo fans just love their Tex-Mex pasta
HARLINGEN, Texas - Ask a Rio Grande Valley native about mom's noodles or pasta, and he might gently remind you that this is the Mexican border - you know, tortillas, beans, rice.

Small bites

Georgia Tech prepares for Dukes' Redick
ATLANTA - Isma'il Muhammad longs for the good old days, when Duke's J.J. Redick scored his points on 3-pointers launched from a distant area code.

Georgia Tech prepares for Dukes' Redick
ATLANTA - Isma'il Muhammad longs for the good old days, when Duke's J.J. Redick scored his points on 3-pointers launched from a distant area code.

Georgia Tech prepares for Dukes' Redick

Rain delays match play
CARLSBAD, Calif. - This is shaping up as the Wet Coast Swing. First, heavy rain at Riviera led to the first 36-hole event on the PGA Tour in nine years.

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.

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.

Rain delays match play
CARLSBAD, Calif. - This is shaping up as the Wet Coast Swing. First, heavy rain at Riviera led to the first 36-hole event on the PGA Tour in nine years.

Rain delays match play

Field set for Match Play

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.

Exotic soup can be on table in minutes
Hot and sour soup always has been one of my Chinese takeout favorites, but the spicy-tangy broth with mysterious bits of tiger lily, cloud ear or wood ear mushrooms floating alongside slivers of bamboo shoots and tofu seems a little exotic to prepare at home.

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?

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.

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.

Augustan convicted of Burke County rape
An Augusta man who twice before escaped sexual assault charges was convicted today of raping an elderly Waynesboro, Ga., woman.

ASU catcher breaks hitting record
Augusta State's Sam Barth now stands alone in the NCAA Division II record book.

Day care employee arrested after child left on bus
Richmond County sheriff's deputies have arrested an employee of a day care center after a 4-year-old boy was left alone in a van for about three hours.

Lawyer's case ruined reader's day

Private accounts used in D.C.
The Feb. 11 column on Social Security by Jack Z. Smith omitted one fact. That is, the benefits of Social Security for "rich" people, and some not-so-rich, are taxed up to 50 percent and, in some cases, up to 85 percent.Robert F. Overman, Aiken, S.C.

Lawyer's case ruined reader's day
I read the Feb. 11 letter "Clamp down on frivolous lawsuits" while drinking my morning coffee. Barbara Murtha, Graniteville, S.C.

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.

Homicide decline should inspire

'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

Private accounts used in D.C.
The Feb. 11 column on Social Security by Jack Z. Smith omitted one fact. That is, the benefits of Social Security for "rich" people, and some not-so-rich, are taxed up to 50 percent and, in some cases, up to 85 percent.Robert F. Overman, Aiken, S.C.

President going backward

Homicide decline should inspire
All Augustans have reasons to be thankful. Homicides continue to decline each year, particularly black-on-black homicides.Barbara Thurmond, Augusta

'Zoloft' guilty verdict was absolutely right

Lawyer's case ruined reader's day
I read the Feb. 11 letter "Clamp down on frivolous lawsuits" while drinking my morning coffee. Barbara Murtha, Graniteville, S.C.

Trade agreements erode sovereignty
The United States must withdraw from the World Trade Organization and stop the madness of joining so-called "free trade" agreements. Elton T. Booth, North Augusta, S.C.

Private accounts used in D.C.

Make a note of it: It's Eve's fault
In response to Anne Cook's Feb. 13 letter ("Men are responsible for wars"), I would like to point out it was a woman, Eve, who gave the apple to Adam, and men have been paying ever since. Jim Burns, Hephzibah

'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

Homicide decline should inspire
All Augustans have reasons to be thankful. Homicides continue to decline each year, particularly black-on-black homicides.Barbara Thurmond, Augusta

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

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.

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.

Health and fitness calendar

Seniors Calendar

Bird flu virus could cause worldwide pandemic

Popularity of knitting, crocheting gets boost

Living briefs

Prada and Armani add new fuel to their fashion fire

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.

Prada and Armani add new fuel to their fashion fire
MILAN, Italy - Miuccia Prada and Giorgio Armani head the list of designers whose classic look shaped the success story of the "moda Milanese."

Prada and Armani add new fuel to their fashion fire
MILAN, Italy - Miuccia Prada and Giorgio Armani head the list of designers whose classic look shaped the success story of the "moda Milanese."

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.

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.

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.

Living briefs
See how well you can pick the academy award winners when the show airs at 8:30 p.m. on WJBF-TV (Channel 6).

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.

Bird flu virus could cause worldwide pandemic
WASHINGTON - A bird flu virus may mutate to a human form that becomes as deadly as the ones that killed millions during three influenza pandemics of the 20th century.

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.

Bird flu virus could cause worldwide pandemic
WASHINGTON - A bird flu virus may mutate to a human form that becomes as deadly as the ones that killed millions during three influenza pandemics of the 20th century.

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.

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.

ECHL names Lynx forward as top player
Augusta Lynx forward Colt King called teammate Jamie Johnson "easily one of the best playmakers in the league" after the duo combined to help blow out the Pee Dee Pride 6-2 on Saturday.

ECHL names Lynx forward as top player

ECHL names Lynx forward as top player
Augusta Lynx forward Colt King called teammate Jamie Johnson "easily one of the best playmakers in the league" after the duo combined to help blow out the Pee Dee Pride 6-2 on Saturday.

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.

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

Augustan convicted of Burke County rape
An Augusta man who twice before escaped sexual assault charges was convicted today of raping an elderly Waynesboro, Ga., woman.

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.

Board tentatively OKs sex education changes
Minor changes to the Columbia County sex education curriculum were tentatively approved at Tuesday's school board meeting.

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

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

Workers at civic center get raise
Part-time employees of the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, including some who have never received a wage increase in their years of employment, will soon see bigger monthly paychecks.

Across the area

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

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

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - In response to the information breach at Alpharetta-based ChoicePoint Inc., leaders in the state Senate announced plans Tuesday to require companies to notify Georgia residents when their personal information might have been stolen.

News you can use
- Activities and events this week:

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

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

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.

Facility, group will talk business
When Mike Campbell, a top executive with General Atomics' energy group, gives a breakfast speech in Aiken today, he'll be doing more than giving a pep talk to the town's nuclear faithful.

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.

Across the area
A college instructor was indicted Tuesday on criminal charges related to a fatal crash on River Watch Parkway two years ago.

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.

Bills add to limits on young drivers
ATLANTA - The state overhauled driving rules for teens several years ago, but some lawmakers want to remove even more distractions for new motorists.

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.

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.

Former Georgia governor Vandiver dies at 86

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.

Work begins on Fort Gordon training center
Within a year or so, workers at Fort Gordon who make dummy weapons and explosives for training purposes will have a new place to call home.

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.

Willis takes command
Howard Willis (center) is sworn in as interim fire chief for Augusta by Mayor Bob Young at Fire Station No. 1.

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.

Music may share the air at fly-in

County backs secrecy plans
First Amendment advocates say it's a bill that would deny your right to know about a proposed development before it is approved, possibly near your back yard.

ASU catcher breaks hitting record
Augusta State's Sam Barth now stands alone in the NCAA Division II record book.

Kid of the Day
Taylor Sanders is today's Kid of the Day.

Across the area
A college instructor was indicted Tuesday on criminal charges related to a fatal crash on River Watch Parkway two years ago.

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.

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.

Men arrested in robbery of pizza deliverer

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

Church plans return by Easter

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

Ordinance calls for fire hydrant testing

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.

Across South Carolina

Governor's work aided integration of schools
ATLANTA - Former Gov. S. Ernest Vandiver, who kept Georgia schools open during the early days of desegregation despite an anti-integration law and his own vow that "no, not one" black child would be schooled with whites, has died at age 86 after a long illness.

Soldiers receive stirring welcome

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.

Should parents pay for threats?

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.

Study faults use of antibiotics

Buffalo Soldiers ride in

Locks are key part of restorations at canal

Governor's work aided integration of schools
ATLANTA - Former Gov. S. Ernest Vandiver, who kept Georgia schools open during the early days of desegregation despite an anti-integration law and his own vow that "no, not one" black child would be schooled with whites, has died at age 86 after a long illness.

Across the Southeast

Facility, group will talk business

Work begins on Fort Gordon training center
Within a year or so, workers at Fort Gordon who make dummy weapons and explosives for training purposes will have a new place to call home.

County backs secrecy plans

Under the weather

Augustan convicted of Burke County rape

Radio host faces gambling charge

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News you can use

Workers at civic center get raise

Woman details assault in trial

Measure will extend canal funds

Kid of the Day

Work begins on Fort Gordon training center

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.

Sanford upset about fund use

United Way exceeds goal
It came down to the wire for the United Way of the CSRA's annual campaign.

Governor's work aided integration of schools

Measure will extend canal funds
Legislation to extend funding for the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area through 2027 is under scrutiny by the U.S. House Committee on Resources.

United Way exceeds goal

Sanford upset about fund use
SNELLING, S.C. - Gov. Mark Sanford spotlighted a Barnwell County nuclear waste burial ground Tuesday as a reason for South Carolina lawmakers to restore hundreds of millions of dollars they transferred from trust and reserve funds since 2001.

ASU catcher breaks hitting record

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.

Bills add to limits on young drivers

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A state trooper who saved the life of a fellow officer during a December 2003 traffic stop in Kershaw County has received a national award.

Willis takes command

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.

Kid of the Day

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.

Across the area

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.

Police: Pupil e-mailed threat about car race

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

Across South Carolina

Kid of the Day
Taylor Sanders is today's Kid of the Day.

Across Georgia

Center considers name change for credibility
Once the site of a federal investigation over the alleged theft of millions by former administrators, the new head of an Augusta mental health center has an idea about changing the facility's reputation: Change the name.

County backs secrecy plans
First Amendment advocates say it's a bill that would deny your right to know about a proposed development before it is approved, possibly near your back yard.

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.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A state trooper who saved the life of a fellow officer during a December 2003 traffic stop in Kershaw County has received a national award.

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
ATLANTA - In response to the information breach at Alpharetta-based ChoicePoint Inc., leaders in the state Senate announced plans Tuesday to require companies to notify Georgia residents when their personal information might have been stolen.

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.

Willis takes command
Howard Willis (center) is sworn in as interim fire chief for Augusta by Mayor Bob Young at Fire Station No. 1.

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.

United Way exceeds goal
It came down to the wire for the United Way of the CSRA's annual campaign.

News you can use
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Workers at civic center get raise
Part-time employees of the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, including some who have never received a wage increase in their years of employment, will soon see bigger monthly paychecks.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Sanford upset about fund use
SNELLING, S.C. - Gov. Mark Sanford spotlighted a Barnwell County nuclear waste burial ground Tuesday as a reason for South Carolina lawmakers to restore hundreds of millions of dollars they transferred from trust and reserve funds since 2001.

Facility, group will talk business
When Mike Campbell, a top executive with General Atomics' energy group, gives a breakfast speech in Aiken today, he'll be doing more than giving a pep talk to the town's nuclear faithful.

Measure will extend canal funds
Legislation to extend funding for the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area through 2027 is under scrutiny by the U.S. House Committee on Resources.

Police: Pupil e-mailed threat about car race
A 14-year-old Leavelle McCampbell Middle School pupil is facing charges that he sent an e-mail threatening to disrupt the Daytona 500.

Police: Pupil e-mailed threat about car race
A 14-year-old Leavelle McCampbell Middle School pupil is facing charges that he sent an e-mail threatening to disrupt the Daytona 500.

Bills add to limits on young drivers
ATLANTA - The state overhauled driving rules for teens several years ago, but some lawmakers want to remove even more distractions for new motorists.

Project helps preserve cemetery markers
Mysteries are unfolding in the timeworn cemetery at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. In a southwest corner of Augusta's first church, a Pennsylvania man examined a rectangular stone Tuesday.

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.

Bar isn't toasting closing ordinance
NORTH AUGUSTA - On a quiet weeknight of dim lights and semi-thick smoke, the sharp thwack of thrown darts and the occasional beery laugh mask the slow-burning siege mentality that permeates the basement pub called The Highlander.

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

Area sees hail, record rainfall
Area officials were continuing to assess damage and rainfall totals Tuesday after fierce overnight thunderstorms ripped through the area.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Pupil faces charges involving threat to Daytona 500

Match Play deserves better than this
CARLSBAD, Calif. - My high school Spanish is a little rusty, but I believe La Costa translates into "flood plain."

Match Play deserves better than this
CARLSBAD, Calif. - My high school Spanish is a little rusty, but I believe La Costa translates into "flood plain."

Help pick the top American band
So it's Friday night, lights low, beer cold, jukebox pumping, and your buddy cooks up a challenge.

Help pick the top American band
So it's Friday night, lights low, beer cold, jukebox pumping, and your buddy cooks up a challenge.

Help pick the top American band

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

Jeff Gordon still relishes victories

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

Wilkins confident of chances in Hall of Fame
ATLANTA - When Atlanta Hawks rookie Josh Smith donned a Dominique Wilkins jersey during his winning performance in the NBA Slam-Dunk contest Saturday night in Denver, it was a reminder of Wilkins' own Slam-Dunk championships.

Wilkins confident of chances in Hall of Fame
ATLANTA - When Atlanta Hawks rookie Josh Smith donned a Dominique Wilkins jersey during his winning performance in the NBA Slam-Dunk contest Saturday night in Denver, it was a reminder of Wilkins' own Slam-Dunk championships.

Wilkins confident of chances in Hall of Fame

Paine tops Fort Valley State
Senior guard Nate Lewis offers up the old cliche about taking it one game at a time when talking about Paine's recent charge toward the top of the conference.

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.

Lady Lions fall to Wildcats
Paine squandered its hopes of winning the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference on Tuesday night.

Lady Lions fall to Wildcats
Paine squandered its hopes of winning the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference on Tuesday night.

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.

Kansas falls apart
NORMAN, Okla. - First it appeared pollsters were being kind to drop Kansas six spots in the rankings to No. 8.

Paine tops Fort Valley State
Senior guard Nate Lewis offers up the old cliche about taking it one game at a time when talking about Paine's recent charge toward the top of the conference.

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Key Oscars prizes remain uncertain

Key Oscars prizes remain uncertain
LOS ANGELES - Martin Scorsese was an also-ran two years ago with "Gangs of New York." Clint Eastwood was a runner-up last year with "Mystic River."

Key Oscars prizes remain uncertain
LOS ANGELES - Martin Scorsese was an also-ran two years ago with "Gangs of New York." Clint Eastwood was a runner-up last year with "Mystic River."

Chris Rock: straight men don't watch Oscars
LOS ANGELES - Chris Rock wants to clarify what he meant when he said straight men don't watch the Oscars.

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.

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

Oscar predictions from the AP

Chris Rock: straight men don't watch Oscars

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.

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.

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

Chris Rock: straight men don't watch Oscars
LOS ANGELES - Chris Rock wants to clarify what he meant when he said straight men don't watch the Oscars.

Overtime

Overtime
USC Aiken's record-setting wining streak was halted by Columbus State in the Armstrong Atlantic State University/Southbridge Pirate Invitational in Savannah, Ga.

Overtime
USC Aiken's record-setting wining streak was halted by Columbus State in the Armstrong Atlantic State University/Southbridge Pirate Invitational in Savannah, Ga.

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

Triaminic is kosher; can Maalox be far behind?
NEW YORK - Name-brand foods like Oreo cookies, Duncan Hines cake mixes and Raisin Bran cereal are among the thousands of packaged goods on supermarket shelves that are certified as kosher.

Televangelist Gene Scott dies at age 75
LOS ANGELES - Gene Scott, the shaggy-haired, cigar-smoking televangelist whose eccentric religious broadcasts were beamed around the world, has died, a family spokesman said. He was 75.

Televangelist Gene Scott dies at age 75
LOS ANGELES - Gene Scott, the shaggy-haired, cigar-smoking televangelist whose eccentric religious broadcasts were beamed around the world, has died, a family spokesman said. He was 75.

Triaminic is kosher; can Maalox be far behind?
NEW YORK - Name-brand foods like Oreo cookies, Duncan Hines cake mixes and Raisin Bran cereal are among the thousands of packaged goods on supermarket shelves that are certified as kosher.

Match Play deserves better than this

Chances increasing the IRS might audit
WASHINGTON - It's enough to cause a momentary panic, to make your heart race and blood pressure rise. A letter from the Internal Revenue Service just can't be good.

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.

'Gonzo' journalist Hunter Thompson commits suicide

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

Jury selection resumes in Jackson trial

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'04 winners get Finley Cup invitation
The PGA Tour has the Mercedes Championship - a season-opening event in January for tournament winners from the previous year.

'04 winners get Finley Cup invitation
The PGA Tour has the Mercedes Championship - a season-opening event in January for tournament winners from the previous year.

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?

Adoptee can find help in counselor

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.

Xtreme question of the week

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 calendar

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.

Take gifts of car, money instead of plastic surgery

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

Supreme Court is guilty of misinterpreting Jefferson

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

Many teens put their creative stamp on items

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.

Your style

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.

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?

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

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:

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

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.

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.

Audio best

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

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

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

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:

Odds and Ends

Club has 'art night' to circumvent nudity ordinance

Odds and Ends

Triaminic is kosher; can Maalox be far behind?

Televangelist Gene Scott dies at age 75