Sales soar for Hunter S. Thompson books
LOS ANGELES - Sales of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and other favorites by Hunter S. Thompson have soared since the "gonzo" journalist killed himself Sunday.

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.

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 falls in Jaguars victory
The sound of clapping hands rained down upon him as he strode to the plate. The noise was a distant echo as Sam Barth sought serenity in the clouds passing above.

Jaguars catcher gets historic hit
Shadows crept onto the first-base side of the Lake Olmstead Stadium field as Paine College relief pitcher Brandon Hall threw his warm-up pitches.

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

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.

Record falls in Jaguars victory
The sound of clapping hands rained down upon him as he strode to the plate. The noise was a distant echo as Sam Barth sought serenity in the clouds passing above.

Record falls in Jaguars victory

Record can be Barth's today

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.

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.

Odds and Ends
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - The folks who play bingo at the Klamath Basin Senior Citizen Center are no longer outlaws.

Snowman theft remains mystery
SHAWNEE, Okla. - The theft remains unsolved after footprints could not be identified. It happened between 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Jan. 6, and it looks like the crime of the stolen snowman will remain a mystery as the approaching spring season beckons warmer days.

Odds and Ends
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - The folks who play bingo at the Klamath Basin Senior Citizen Center are no longer outlaws.

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.

Furcal eager to get started after offseason
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - For Rafael Furcal, this was an offseason like no other. Thirteen days in jail. Another four weeks in an alcohol treatment center.

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
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

Apple releases new versions of iPods
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Apple Computer Inc. released new versions of its popular iPod digital music player Wednesday, cutting prices and expanding memory capacities.

Consumer confidence slips in February

Georgia lawmakers pushing for identity-theft notification law

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.

Toyota scores highest in use of 'green' plastics
DETROIT - Toyota Motor Corp. was tops in a new study of leading automakers' use of safe, recyclable plastics in their vehicles, though no one scored better than average.

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.

Hotel business rises in 2004
Business travelers were back on the road in 2004, boosting Augusta's travel and tourism industry and offering hope of a better year in 2005.

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.

Tinkering turns out two toys for local inventor

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.

Consumer inflation shows modest increase in January
WASHINGTON - Consumer prices, helped by a second monthly drop in energy costs, were well behaved in January, but a weaker dollar and increases in crude oil prices this month could mean trouble ahead.

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.

Hershey Foods wants to alter name, double shares
HARRISBURG, Pa. - Hershey Foods Corp., the nation's largest candymaker, wants to change its name to The Hershey Co., and double its outstanding shares to help finance future, unspecified enterprises as part of a larger corporate makeover.

Consumer inflation shows modest increase in January
WASHINGTON - Consumer prices, helped by a second monthly drop in energy costs, were well behaved in January, but a weaker dollar and increases in crude oil prices this month could mean trouble ahead.

Chiquita to buy bagged salad maker Fresh Express
CINCINNATI - Chiquita Brands International Inc., a worldwide exporter of bananas and fresh-cut fruit, announced Wednesday it is buying Fresh Express, the nation's top seller of bagged salads, from Performance Food Group Co. for $855 million in cash.

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.

Crude futures fall but stay above $51 a barrel level
VIENNA, Austria - Crude oil futures prices fell but remained above the $51 a barrel level on Wednesday after a big spike in the previous session as traders fretted about the impact of a weaker U.S. dollar on energy markets.

Hershey Foods wants to alter name, double shares
HARRISBURG, Pa. - Hershey Foods Corp., the nation's largest candymaker, wants to change its name to The Hershey Co., and double its outstanding shares to help finance future, unspecified enterprises as part of a larger corporate makeover.

Grocery files for Chapter 11

Crude futures fall but stay above $51 a barrel level
VIENNA, Austria - Crude oil futures prices fell but remained above the $51 a barrel level on Wednesday after a big spike in the previous session as traders fretted about the impact of a weaker U.S. dollar on energy markets.

Treasury bills rise to highest levels since September 2001

Apple releases new versions of iPods
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Apple Computer Inc. released new versions of its popular iPod digital music player Wednesday, cutting prices and expanding memory capacities.

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.

Chiquita to buy bagged salad maker Fresh Express
CINCINNATI - Chiquita Brands International Inc., a worldwide exporter of bananas and fresh-cut fruit, announced Wednesday it is buying Fresh Express, the nation's top seller of bagged salads, from Performance Food Group Co. for $855 million in cash.

Toyota scores highest in use of 'green' plastics
DETROIT - Toyota Motor Corp. was tops in a new study of leading automakers' use of safe, recyclable plastics in their vehicles, though no one scored better than average.

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.

Apple releases new versions of iPods

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.

Chiquita to buy bagged salad maker Fresh Express

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.

Consumer inflation shows modest increase in January

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.

Crude futures fall but stay above $51 a barrel level

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.

Toyota scores highest in use of 'green' plastics

Hershey Foods wants to alter name, double shares

Former UGA assistant Fabris joins Oklahoma

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.

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.

Paine tops Fort Valley State

Lady Lions fall to Wildcats

Jaguars continue hot streak

Lady Jags prevail in overtime

'04 winners get Finley Cup invitation

Barry Bonds*?
It would be poetic justice if every pitcher he faces this year walks Barry Bonds intentionally - and denies him the record-breaking home runs he craves - until he agrees to answer to his public regarding his alleged steroid use.

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.

Barry Bonds*?
It would be poetic justice if every pitcher he faces this year walks Barry Bonds intentionally - and denies him the record-breaking home runs he craves - until he agrees to answer to his public regarding his alleged steroid use.

No reason to die
There's no excuse why anyone should die for failing to pay a utility bill. Yet this happened in Greenville, S.C., last December when an 89-year-old woman succumbed to hypothermia five days after her power was cut off.

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
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.

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.

Stop whining, parents
One lawmaker suggests punishing parents of students who phone in bomb threats to schools by assessing them the cost of emergency services.

Barry Bonds*?

Halfback Hillary

No reason to die
There's no excuse why anyone should die for failing to pay a utility bill. Yet this happened in Greenville, S.C., last December when an 89-year-old woman succumbed to hypothermia five days after her power was cut off.

Washington is No. 1

No reason to die

Stuff to do
ART AUCTION: 6:30 p.m. Friday, St. Mary Help of Christians School, St. Angela Hall, 118 York St., S.E., Aiken; door prizes, refreshments; Next Day Sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; with Continental Breakfast; $5; (803) 649-2071.

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

Jury selected for Jackson's child molestation trial
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - In surprisingly quick time, a jury was selected Wednesday that will decide Michael Jackson's fate on charges that he molested a teenage boy at his Neverland Ranch.

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

Lawsuit against Sean Connery claims actor is a 'bully'
NEW YORK - A downstairs neighbor of debonaire James Bond actor Sean Connery has filed a $30 million lawsuit alleging he's a bully who's trying to force the family out of the townhouse they share.

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

Extremes of 'Shadow of Rome' keep you coming back for more
Shadow of Rome is a game of extremes - extreme violence, extreme difficulty and extreme fun.

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

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

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

People in the News
NEW YORK - Prince may be a man of many names, but the NAACP likes his image regardless.

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

Club calendar
Send your nightclub's entertainment or drink special information to rebecca.turner@augustachronicle.com, or call (706) 823-3220.

Several minor changes could improve 'Warcraft'
Open letter to Blizzard, the developers of the insanely popular PC game World of Warcraft:

Stuff to do
ART AUCTION: 6:30 p.m. Friday, St. Mary Help of Christians School, St. Angela Hall, 118 York St., S.E., Aiken; door prizes, refreshments; Next Day Sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; with Continental Breakfast; $5; (803) 649-2071.

Jury selected for Jackson's child molestation trial
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - In surprisingly quick time, a jury was selected Wednesday that will decide Michael Jackson's fate on charges that he molested a teenage boy at his Neverland Ranch.

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.

Lawsuit against Sean Connery claims actor is a 'bully'
NEW YORK - A downstairs neighbor of debonaire James Bond actor Sean Connery has filed a $30 million lawsuit alleging he's a bully who's trying to force the family out of the townhouse they share.

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.

Atlanta subways to feature televisions, music channels
ATLANTA - It gives must-see TV a whole new meaning. The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority says it will be the first subway system in North America to have its rail cars equipped with televisions.

Several minor changes could improve 'Warcraft'
Open letter to Blizzard, the developers of the insanely popular PC game World of Warcraft:

People in the News
NEW YORK - Prince may be a man of many names, but the NAACP likes his image regardless.

Extremes of 'Shadow of Rome' keep you coming back for more
Shadow of Rome is a game of extremes - extreme violence, extreme difficulty and extreme fun.

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

Club calendar
Send your nightclub's entertainment or drink special information to rebecca.turner@augustachronicle.com, or call (706) 823-3220.

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

Soldiers in combat get special tax rules
WASHINGTON - Soldiers in combat, too busy or too far from home to file their taxes, get special exceptions at tax time. The assistance includes flexible filing deadlines, tax-free combat pay and delayed audits.

Public remains skeptical of Social Security overhaul

Public remains skeptical of Social Security overhaul
WASHINGTON - Treasury Secretary John Snow acknowledged Wednesday that the Bush administration has not yet succeeded in selling its plan for Social Security to the American people, and said backers would continue to travel the country educating people about the program's problems.

Public remains skeptical of Social Security overhaul
WASHINGTON - Treasury Secretary John Snow acknowledged Wednesday that the Bush administration has not yet succeeded in selling its plan for Social Security to the American people, and said backers would continue to travel the country educating people about the program's problems.

Soldiers in combat get special tax rules

Life's a feast for Nigella Lawson

Saltimbocca that jumps in your mouth

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.

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
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.

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

Small bites

Fideo fans just love their Tex-Mex pasta

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.

What's For Lunch: Big Daddy's Rib Shack
BIG DADDY'S RIB SHACK ADDRESS: 3971 Wrightsboro Road, Martinez

Books feature variety of warming one-pot dishes

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.

What's For Lunch: Big Daddy's Rib Shack
BIG DADDY'S RIB SHACKADDRESS: 3971 Wrightsboro Road, Martinez

What's For Lunch: Big Daddy's Rib Shack

Second all-ages club expects to have diverse acts
The ripples generated from the closing of the Hangnail Gallery continue to be felt downtown as a second all-ages club opens this week.

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.

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?

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?

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.

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.

Duke outlasts Georgia Tech
ATLANTA -- Duke and Georgia Tech solidified their places for the NCAA Tournament on Wednesday night.

Georgia Tech prepares for Dukes' Redick

Howell isn't looking ahead to Tiger match
CARLSBAD, Calif. - As he waits out the rain delayed opening matches, Charles Howell resists the urge to get ahead of himself. Bracket watching is the worst thing you can do in match play.

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.

Howell isn't looking ahead to Tiger match

Rain delays match play

Howell isn't looking ahead to Tiger match
CARLSBAD, Calif. - As he waits out the rain delayed opening matches, Charles Howell resists the urge to get ahead of himself. Bracket watching is the worst thing you can do in match play.

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.

Gamble works for Greenbrier coach

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.

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

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.

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.

Homicide decline should inspire

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

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.

'Kaffir Boy' good reading for pupils
I'm elated that the Richmond County Board of Education voted to put the book Kaffir Boy back on the high school reading list. E. Maner, Augusta

Private accounts used in D.C.

Columbia County needs green space
I no longer live in Augusta, but I am a frequent visitor. Recently, my family and I went to the Visitors Center at the Augusta Canal and Enterprise Mill. Letitia Berlin, Albany, Calif.

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.

'Kaffir Boy' good reading for pupils
I'm elated that the Richmond County Board of Education voted to put the book Kaffir Boy back on the high school reading list. E. Maner, Augusta

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

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.

Columbia County needs green space
I no longer live in Augusta, but I am a frequent visitor. Recently, my family and I went to the Visitors Center at the Augusta Canal and Enterprise Mill. Letitia Berlin, Albany, Calif.

Lawyer's case ruined reader's day

Columbia County needs green space

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.

'Kaffir Boy' good reading for pupils

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.

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

Bush's Social Security plan stinks
All the Republicans are lauding the president's Social Security plan like it was direct from Moses, then accusing anyone who opposes it of being a bin Laden cohort.R.M. Judkins, Evans

Bird flu virus could cause worldwide pandemic

Prada and Armani add new fuel to their fashion fire

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.

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."

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).

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.

Lynx: Deal is made to help playoff push
Things just got a little more interesting in the Augusta Lynx's push for a playoff berth.

Lynx: Deal is made to help playoff push

Lynx: Deal is made to help playoff push
Things just got a little more interesting in the Augusta Lynx's push for a playoff berth.

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.

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.

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

Collector to show off African artifacts
Classie West shares her African artifact collection with the public during Black History month, displaying the collection at Tabernacle Baptist Church on Laney-Walker Boulevard.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Kid of the Day

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.

Mural of medics is colorful result of group effort
Before leaving for Iraq, several soldiers left their mark on Fort Gordon.

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.

Kingston sees united front for bases
He doesn't represent the Augusta or Fort Gordon areas, but U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., said all of the state's federal legislators are part of a team with a common goal:

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.

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

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.

Facility, group will talk business

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.

Pet of the week
Pixel, a 4-month-old male wirehair terrier, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

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.

Post happenings
Post Happenings lists events, programs and other community notices from Fort Gordon. Send information to Fort Gordon Calendar, attention Rebecca A. Smith, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Reunions

Lawmakers in House unveil 'tweaked' map
ATLANTA - Augusta-area voters would no longer have to share a congressional district with Athens or Savannah under a redistricting plan unveiled Wednesday by House lawmakers.

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Woman faces child cruelty charge
Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested an employee of a day care center Wednesday after a 4-year-old boy was left alone in a van for about three hours.

Senate passes ban on smoking

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.

House OKs legislation on abortion

Widowed find comfort at monthly dinner
When Alice Gallagher's husband, Jim, died nearly five years ago, she no longer felt like doing anything.

Restaurant ratings

News you can use

Pet of the week

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.

Suspect in shooting goes to police office

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.

City meeting turns to finger-pointing

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

Events

This week
LAWN CARE TRAINING IN SPANISH: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today; Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans to Locks Road; learn tips to fertilization, mowing, irrigation, equipment safety, turf diseases, pesticide safety; program presented in spanish; $10; 868-3413

Marine returns to thank school

Clinic's goal is to control pet population
Killing animals was emotionally killing Lisa Williams. As an employee of an animal shelter in Greenwood, S.C., where she was the manager for two of her four years, she was in charge of euthanizing the cats and dogs when the shelter didn't have room.

Post happenings

ASU catcher breaks hitting record

Disabled plead against cap

Governor wants reform
Judicial reform with an emphasis on accountability and wise use of taxpayers' money is the reason Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has proposed new legislation, his spokesman said Wednesday.

Governor wants reform

Shelter finds homes for 72 rescued cats
Columbia County officials say the last of the adoptable cats seized from a Martinez woman's home Feb. 10 have been adopted.

Across South Carolina

SRS lab wins FBI contract
If terrorists attack America with a so-called "dirty bomb" or other radioactive device, the FBI will get nuclear forensics help from scientists at Savannah River Site.

Across South Carolina

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.

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.

Across Georgia

New system to expedite travel reimbursements
A more efficient procedure for reimbursing military and federal employee travel expenses for temporary duty assignments is on its way to Fort Gordon.

Lawmakers in House unveil 'tweaked' map

Police: Pupil e-mailed threat about car race

Across the area

Willis takes command

Things to do

Governor's work aided integration of schools

Kingston sees united front for bases

Work begins on Fort Gordon training center

News you can use

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

Collector to show off African artifacts

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.

School listing

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.

Walk will benefit Scouting program

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.

Widowed find comfort at monthly dinner

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.

Middle schoolers learn how things work at Tech Days

Reunions
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Woman's quilt recalls 20 years of 'Roar of Love' productions

Events2
Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way, will have a Meet the Author session at noon today at Reese Library on campus. Stevan Clements will discuss his book, Show Runner: Producing Variety and Talk Shows for Television. The program is free. For more information, call 737-1744.

This week

Things to do
GEORGIA GOLF HALL OF FAME'S BOTANICAL GARDENS SUPER SUNDAYS: Buy one, get one free; coupons available at the gardens and local hotels, restaurants

SRS lab wins FBI contract

Woman's quilt recalls 20 years of 'Roar of Love' productions
Twenty years of memories are being sewn into a keepsake.

Augusta man is convicted of rape

Across Georgia

Senate passes ban on smoking
ATLANTA - Bars and restaurants in Georgia are one step closer to kicking the smoking habit after the Senate approved legislation Wednesday for a statewide ban.

House OKs legislation on abortion
ATLANTA - House lawmakers gave overwhelming approval Wednesday to a bill that creates a 24-hour waiting period on abortions and strengthens parental-notification rules for minors seeking the controversial procedure.

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

Summit to focus on economy in Augusta
ATLANTA - State lawmakers wanting to meet with Augusta leaders about improving the city say they plan to focus on economic problems and not get into another debate over changing the local government structure.

Kid of the Day
Brandon Wyatt is today's Kid of the Day.

Augusta man is convicted of rape
An Augusta man who twice avoided sexual assault charges was convicted Wednesday of raping an elderly Waynesboro, Ga., woman.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The Senate talked about limiting lawsuits in South Carolina for more than two hours Wednesday but delayed taking any substantial action on the bill.

Marine returns to thank school
Winter robbed six oak trees lining the front of Bel Air Elementary School of their leaves.

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS - A man and two young children died and at least three other children were hospitalized after a violent domestic dispute near Fort Benning on Wednesday.

Disabled plead against cap
A computer program and synthesizer speak for Nicole Houle now, after a drunken driver mowed her down and left her with little more than the ability to tap out messages on a keyboard with the pinkie on her left hand.

Across the area
An Augusta man arrested on rape and robbery charges nearly a year ago was acquitted Wednesday.

Middle schoolers learn how things work at Tech Days
Sego Middle School sixth-grader Chaz Clark looked a little confused as Chip Fisher, a senior engineer at Savannah River Site, showed him a seismograph at the site's Technology Days at Fort Discovery and explained how a signal is used to shut off pumps throughout the city in the event of an earthquake.

Suspect in shooting goes to police office
Police arrested a Texas man wanted in the Feb. 17 shooting of a woman in an Augusta neighborhood after he went to the law enforcement center Wednesday to claim some property.

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.

City meeting turns to finger-pointing
City Administrator Fred Russell's proposal for improving the city's Public Works Department was dead in the water Wednesday even before he presented it to a deeply divided commission subcommittee.

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

Kingston sees united front for bases
He doesn't represent the Augusta or Fort Gordon areas, but U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., said all of the state's federal legislators are part of a team with a common goal:

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.

House OKs legislation on abortion
ATLANTA - House lawmakers gave overwhelming approval Wednesday to a bill that creates a 24-hour waiting period on abortions and strengthens parental-notification rules for minors seeking the controversial procedure.

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.

Marine returns to thank school
Winter robbed six oak trees lining the front of Bel Air Elementary School of their leaves.

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

Augusta man is convicted of rape
An Augusta man who twice avoided sexual assault charges was convicted Wednesday of raping an elderly Waynesboro, Ga., woman.

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.

Rants and Raves
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Walk will benefit Scouting program
The Georgia-Carolina Council Boy Scouts of America is preparing for its second annual Walk Thru Augusta History and is hoping area schools and businesses will join the event.

On the record: Richmond County Superior Courts

Training areas at range experience rise in activity
Hunters who use Fort Gordon's training areas for recreation need to beware of increased range activities.

Lawmakers in House unveil 'tweaked' map
ATLANTA - Augusta-area voters would no longer have to share a congressional district with Athens or Savannah under a redistricting plan unveiled Wednesday by House lawmakers.

Across the area

Disabled plead against cap
A computer program and synthesizer speak for Nicole Houle now, after a drunken driver mowed her down and left her with little more than the ability to tap out messages on a keyboard with the pinkie on her left hand.

United Way exceeds goal

Governor wants reform
Judicial reform with an emphasis on accountability and wise use of taxpayers' money is the reason Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has proposed new legislation, his spokesman said Wednesday.

Workers at civic center get raise

SRS lab wins FBI contract
If terrorists attack America with a so-called "dirty bomb" or other radioactive device, the FBI will get nuclear forensics help from scientists at Savannah River Site.

Augustan convicted of Burke County rape

Middle schoolers learn how things work at Tech Days
Sego Middle School sixth-grader Chaz Clark looked a little confused as Chip Fisher, a senior engineer at Savannah River Site, showed him a seismograph at the site's Technology Days at Fort Discovery and explained how a signal is used to shut off pumps throughout the city in the event of an earthquake.

County backs secrecy plans

Walk will benefit Scouting program
The Georgia-Carolina Council Boy Scouts of America is preparing for its second annual Walk Thru Augusta History and is hoping area schools and businesses will join the event.

Sanford upset about fund use

Widowed find comfort at monthly dinner
When Alice Gallagher's husband, Jim, died nearly five years ago, she no longer felt like doing anything.

Measure will extend canal funds

Pet of the week
Pixel, a 4-month-old male wirehair terrier, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

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

Reunions
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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.

Events
PASS IT ON KIDSIGNMENT sale: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday; First Baptist Church of Aiken, 120 Chesterfield St. N.; children's consignment sale with toys, baby items, furniture, clothing; 642-8901

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

This week
LAWN CARE TRAINING IN SPANISH: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today; Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans to Locks Road; learn tips to fertilization, mowing, irrigation, equipment safety, turf diseases, pesticide safety; program presented in spanish; $10; 868-3413

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.

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

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

Events2
Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way, will have a Meet the Author session at noon today at Reese Library on campus. Stevan Clements will discuss his book, Show Runner: Producing Variety and Talk Shows for Television. The program is free. For more information, call 737-1744.

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.

School listing
The Glenn Hills Middle School chapter of Future Business Leaders of America brought home several medals and a certificate from the Region IV Leadership Conference and Competition at East Georgia College in Swainsboro in January.

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

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Post happenings
Post Happenings lists events, programs and other community notices from Fort Gordon. Send information to Fort Gordon Calendar, attention Rebecca A. Smith, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

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.

Things to do
GEORGIA GOLF HALL OF FAME'S BOTANICAL GARDENS SUPER SUNDAYS: Buy one, get one free; coupons available at the gardens and local hotels, restaurants

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

On the record: Richmond County Superior Courts
Sentencings, indictments, paroles, marriage licences and divorces.

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.

Woman's quilt recalls 20 years of 'Roar of Love' productions
Twenty years of memories are being sewn into a keepsake.

Events
PASS IT ON KIDSIGNMENT sale: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday; First Baptist Church of Aiken, 120 Chesterfield St. N.; children's consignment sale with toys, baby items, furniture, clothing; 642-8901

Collector to show off African artifacts
Classie West shares her African artifact collection with the public during Black History month, displaying the collection at Tabernacle Baptist Church on Laney-Walker Boulevard.

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

Senate passes ban on smoking
ATLANTA - Bars and restaurants in Georgia are one step closer to kicking the smoking habit after the Senate approved legislation Wednesday for a statewide ban.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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

School listing
The Glenn Hills Middle School chapter of Future Business Leaders of America brought home several medals and a certificate from the Region IV Leadership Conference and Competition at East Georgia College in Swainsboro in January.

Kid of the Day
Brandon Wyatt is today's Kid of the Day.

More stuff to do
2005 THREADS OF TIME: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, March 4-5, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 6; Oconee County Civic Center, 2661 Hog Mountain Road, Watkinsville, Ga.; quilts on display, boutique with handmade items, vendors; $5 adults, $3 children; (706) 367-4734.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The Senate talked about limiting lawsuits in South Carolina for more than two hours Wednesday but delayed taking any substantial action on the bill.

On the record: Richmond County Superior Courts
Sentencings, indictments, paroles, marriage licences and divorces.

Across the area
An Augusta man arrested on rape and robbery charges nearly a year ago was acquitted Wednesday.

Ceremony marks death of George Walton
Nearly a dozen people gathered at Meadow Garden on Feb. 2 for a ceremony commemorating the 201st anniversary of the death of George Walton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a Georgia governor.

Suspect in shooting goes to police office
Police arrested a Texas man wanted in the Feb. 17 shooting of a woman in an Augusta neighborhood after he went to the law enforcement center Wednesday to claim some property.

School menu
TODAY: Breakfast bagel, juice and milk *Sausage biscuit and hash browns

City meeting turns to finger-pointing
City Administrator Fred Russell's proposal for improving the city's Public Works Department was dead in the water Wednesday even before he presented it to a deeply divided commission subcommittee.

Bills add to limits on young drivers

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS - A man and two young children died and at least three other children were hospitalized after a violent domestic dispute near Fort Benning on Wednesday.

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

Alcove covers weren't OK'd
The city is making a federal case out of the storefront alcoves at the Richmond Summit on Broad Street that the owners covered to keep people from congregating and urinating there, Augusta Mayor Bob Young said.

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.

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."

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

New on DVD

New on DVD
Here's a look at what is just out on video and DVD:

New on DVD
Here's a look at what is just out on video and DVD:

'Huckabees' ruminates on philosophy

'Huckabees' ruminates on philosophy
I Heart Huckabees is a movie about missing the connections we all make. I think.

Mini reviews

At the Movies: 'Diary of a Mad Black Woman'
The ads for "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" suggest a re-envisioning of the Martin Lawrence cross-dressing comedy "Big Momma's House," or perhaps "Mrs. Doubtfire" tailored specifically for black audiences.

'Huckabees' ruminates on philosophy
I Heart Huckabees is a movie about missing the connections we all make. I think.

At the Movies: 'Diary of a Mad Black Woman'
The ads for "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" suggest a re-envisioning of the Martin Lawrence cross-dressing comedy "Big Momma's House," or perhaps "Mrs. Doubtfire" tailored specifically for black audiences.

At the Movies: 'Diary of a Mad Black Woman'

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

Hot Ticket

Help pick the top American band

Rumors say planes won't be only birds at fly-in
Holy Moly, the things that come out of some people's mouths.

Blanchard adds band to his musical repertoire
Although frequently seen singing solo, Augusta artist Patrick Blanchard knew that when it came time to record, there had to be a band.

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

Hot Ticket
BEST KNOWN FOR: Her new take on old soul and virtuoso piano-playing

Legend learns to mold music from good, bad sides of love

Legend learns to mold music from good, bad sides of love
John Legend performed at the 2005 Grammys, has been nominated for Soul Train and NAACP Image awards, and has a platinum CD, Get Lifted.

Singer's latest album opens doors to topics
After four albums in five years, contemporary Christian artist Rachael Lampa, performing as part of the Winter Jam concert tonight at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, is beginning to discover her musical voice.

Smaller, intimate venues appeal to some big stars
Alicia Keys' sold-out concert Sunday at Bell Auditorium might seem like a minor musical miracle to some, but it's actually part of a larger trend.

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

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

Rumors say planes won't be only birds at fly-in

Hot Ticket
BEST KNOWN FOR: Her new take on old soul and virtuoso piano-playing

Singer's latest album opens doors to topics

Legend learns to mold music from good, bad sides of love
John Legend performed at the 2005 Grammys, has been nominated for Soul Train and NAACP Image awards, and has a platinum CD, Get Lifted.

Blanchard adds band to his musical repertoire

Sonic Spotlight: Jayson Sabo
Jayson Sabo AGE: 33 HOMETOWN: Augusta OCCUPATION: Guitarist and vocalist

Blanchard adds band to his musical repertoire
Although frequently seen singing solo, Augusta artist Patrick Blanchard knew that when it came time to record, there had to be a band.

Singer's latest album opens doors to topics
After four albums in five years, contemporary Christian artist Rachael Lampa, performing as part of the Winter Jam concert tonight at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, is beginning to discover her musical voice.

Rumors say planes won't be only birds at fly-in
Holy Moly, the things that come out of some people's mouths.

Drivers: Changes increase difficulty
FONTANA, Calif. - New rules that go into effect for Sunday's race at California Speedway were supposed to make the race cars more sporty. Drivers now believe otherwise.

NASCAR: New rules benefit thrifty teams

Racing newsmaker: Jeff Gordon

NASCAR hands out penalties
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Robby Gordon Motorsports was fined $50,000 Wednesday and docked 25 championship points, the most severe penalty for violations at Daytona International Speedway.

NASCAR: New rules benefit thrifty teams
FONTANA, Calif. -- Kyle Petty the car owner was glad to get NASCAR's help against Kyle Petty the driver.

Drivers: Changes increase difficulty
FONTANA, Calif. - New rules that go into effect for Sunday's race at California Speedway were supposed to make the race cars more sporty. Drivers now believe otherwise.

Drivers: Changes increase difficulty

NASCAR: New rules benefit thrifty teams
FONTANA, Calif. -- Kyle Petty the car owner was glad to get NASCAR's help against Kyle Petty the driver.

Racing newsmaker: Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon won his third Daytona 500 last Sunday, and he hopes to turn that into his fifth NASCAR Nextel Cup Series championship.

Racing newsmaker: Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon won his third Daytona 500 last Sunday, and he hopes to turn that into his fifth NASCAR Nextel Cup Series championship.

Shaq out until after Heat return to Miami

Shaq out until after Heat return to Miami
INDIANAPOLIS - Shaquille O'Neal won't play before his injured knee is examined by doctors in Miami on Thursday.

Wilkins confident of chances in Hall of Fame

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.

Shaq out until after Heat return to Miami
INDIANAPOLIS - Shaquille O'Neal won't play before his injured knee is examined by doctors in Miami on Thursday.

Jaguars continue hot streak
AIKEN - The game plan worked the first time. And freshman forward Roberto Aufiero knew it would work again.

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.

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

Lady Jags prevail in overtime
AIKEN -- Brandi Hollingsworth's final game as an Augusta State Lady Jaguar won't come soon enough for the USC Aiken women's basketball team.

Lady Jags prevail in overtime
AIKEN -- Brandi Hollingsworth's final game as an Augusta State Lady Jaguar won't come soon enough for the USC Aiken women's basketball team.

Jaguars continue hot streak
AIKEN - The game plan worked the first time. And freshman forward Roberto Aufiero knew it would work again.

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.

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.

Agent: Vikings agree to deal Moss to Raiders

Mr. Harold N. Brantley    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mr. Gabriel M. Davis    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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Mr. William Cherry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Beatrice Felder    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth Chastain Epps    (DEARING, Ga.)

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Mr. Lloyd K. Reese, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, GA.)
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Mr. Ronald Walker    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Ezekiel Richardson    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Captain John F. Polan    (FITZGERALD, Ga.)

Mrs. Alene Patterson    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Harry Lincoln Drumm    (CHAPIN, S.C.)

Mrs. Minnie Pearl Culver    (PHILADELPHIA, PA.)
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Mrs. Elizabeth Holmes    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Clarence O'Neal    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Richard R. Hansen    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Murray Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. William Cherry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Phyllis M. Montgomery    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Ms. Hannah McGruder    (STAPLETON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lurannia Brown    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Madge McAfee Bland    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Ronald Walker    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. John M "Jack" Weible    (CONCORD, N.C.)
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Captain John F. Polan    (FITZGERALD, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ruby Lunceford    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Sammie McNair    (LEWISTON, S.C.)
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Mr. Luther E. Lewis    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mr. Harry Lincoln Drumm    (CHAPIN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lois Jester Dixon    (CALHOUN FALLS, S.C.)
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Michael Murphy, M.D.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Tony Holloway    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Japhus Jackson, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Lynn Greene Newman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Tony Holloway    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Beatrice Felder    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Robert Hollingsworth    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mr. Ezekiel Richardson    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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Mrs. Lynn Greene Newman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James Boatright    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Samuel Richardson, Jr.    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Ms. Edith Smith McNeely    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Frances Walker    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Ronald Walker    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Reba Dyches Martin    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)
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Ms. Ruthleen Wolfe    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

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Mrs. Edith H. Stone    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mr. Thomas Stevens    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie Gibbons    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
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Baby Quentin Adams (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Chastain Epps (DEARING, Ga.)

Ms. Madge McAfee Bland (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Ezekiel Richardson (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Lunceford (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Tony Holloway (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Clarence O'Neal (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Captain John F. Polan (FITZGERALD, Ga.)

Mr. John M "Jack" Weible (CONCORD, N.C.)

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

Mr. Luther E. Lewis (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Leroy Boynton, Sr. (JACKSONVILLE, FL.)

Mrs. Eunice Wiggins (KITE, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Holmes (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Carter Cullens, Sr. (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald Walker (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Minnie Pearl Culver (PHILADELPHIA, PA.)

Mr. Harry Lincoln Drumm (CHAPIN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Clemont W. Bussey (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruby Stone (MARTINEZ, GA.)

Mrs. Beatrice Felder (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Reba Dyches Martin (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. William Cherry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Murray Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ernie W. Peebles (SWAINSBORO, GA.)

Mr. Willie Gibbons (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Richard R. Hansen (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. Harold N. Brantley (MILLEN, Ga.)

Ms. Ruthleen Wolfe (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. Chester Bussey (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Gabriel M. Davis (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. William Cherry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lonnie Davis Holmes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Samuel Richardson, Jr. (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Alene Patterson (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald Walker (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Edith H. Stone (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Tony Holloway (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth Chastain Epps (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertha Hillman (BATH, S.C.)

Ms. Edith Smith McNeely (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Nell Davis Donaldson (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Jester Dixon (CALHOUN FALLS, S.C.)

Mrs. Toshie Kato Tucker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Frances Walker (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Cawley (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Phyllis M. Montgomery (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Lloyd K. Reese, Jr. (AUGUSTA, GA.)

Key Oscars prizes remain uncertain

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.

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.

Download an Oscars ballot

A history of Oscar's ups and downs
LOS ANGELES - On the evening of May 16, 1929, some 300 film industry figures and their spouses gathered in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel to dine on squab and lobster and hear Douglas Fairbanks Sr. announce the first awards of the fledgling Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

A history of Oscar's ups and downs

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."

Download an Oscars ballot
Download and print this ballot to keep track of your Academy Awards® choices in the six major categories.

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."

A history of Oscar's ups and downs
LOS ANGELES - On the evening of May 16, 1929, some 300 film industry figures and their spouses gathered in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel to dine on squab and lobster and hear Douglas Fairbanks Sr. announce the first awards of the fledgling Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Download an Oscars ballot
Download and print this ballot to keep track of your Academy Awards® choices in the six major categories.

Chris Rock: straight men don't watch Oscars

Overtime

Area announcements

Overtime

Coates finding success in ring

Overtime
The American Legion-City League Annual Baseball Reunion will be held at 6 p.m. today at Richmond Post 63 on Milledge Road.

Forest Hills to hold regional event
Forest Hills Golf Club will play host to the Historic South Region Tournament A on March 7.

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.

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

Coates finding success in ring
AIKEN -- The Bobby Coates who Leroy and Wanda Green met when the 8-year-old joined the Aiken Boxing Club lacked self-esteem.

Coates finding success in ring
AIKEN -- The Bobby Coates who Leroy and Wanda Green met when the 8-year-old joined the Aiken Boxing Club lacked self-esteem.

Overtime
The American Legion-City League Annual Baseball Reunion will be held at 6 p.m. today at Richmond Post 63 on Milledge Road.

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.

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

Gamble works for Greenbrier coach
Garrrett Black never voices confidence to outsiders. He exudes a certain pessimism about every game his teams play to everyone not on his roster.

Gamble works for Greenbrier coach
Garrrett Black never voices confidence to outsiders. He exudes a certain pessimism about every game his teams play to everyone not on his roster.

Westside's dream year continues
The gymnasium at Westside was supposed to be quiet this week. Yet squealing shoes and the repetitive thuds of a bounding leather ball remained.

Agent: Vikings agree to deal Moss to Raiders
MINNEAPOLIS - Randy Moss' electrifying talent was no longer enough for the Minnesota Vikings to put up with his distracting antics.

Agent: Vikings agree to deal Moss to Raiders
MINNEAPOLIS - Randy Moss' electrifying talent was no longer enough for the Minnesota Vikings to put up with his distracting antics.

Australian unpacks fiddle for American bluegrass band

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.

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.

Australian unpacks fiddle for American bluegrass band
One of the luckiest things to happen to Justin Lewis Price-Rees while growing up in Australia was to meet a bluegrass musician from south Georgia.

Australian unpacks fiddle for American bluegrass band
One of the luckiest things to happen to Justin Lewis Price-Rees while growing up in Australia was to meet a bluegrass musician from south Georgia.

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.

Soldiers in combat get special tax rules
WASHINGTON - Soldiers in combat, too busy or too far from home to file their taxes, get special exceptions at tax time. The assistance includes flexible filing deadlines, tax-free combat pay and delayed audits.

Tax help could be in front of your nose - at home
WASHINGTON - Your home, your kids, your car - all can be costly, but they also can generate significant tax benefits.

Freshman series showing some ratings muscle
NEW YORK - Just when people were worried about the future of scripted television, a new crop of shows has given Hollywood a reason for optimism.

Newsweek columnist launching new PBS series
NEW YORK - Newsweek columnist Fareed Zakaria, a regular panelist on ABC's "This Week," is starting his own weekly public broadcasting show on international topics in April.

Newsweek columnist launching new PBS series
NEW YORK - Newsweek columnist Fareed Zakaria, a regular panelist on ABC's "This Week," is starting his own weekly public broadcasting show on international topics in April.

Freshman series showing some ratings muscle

Freshman series showing some ratings muscle
NEW YORK - Just when people were worried about the future of scripted television, a new crop of shows has given Hollywood a reason for optimism.

Newsweek columnist launching new PBS series

Tax incentives lead to new TV and film productions
NEW YORK - State and city tax incentives are spurring TV and film production in New York, with five new pilots in production, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Tuesday on the set of the new Fox series "Jonny Zero."

Jury selected for Jackson's child molestation trial

Jury selection resumes in Jackson trial

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Concert calendar

Concert calendar

Extremes of 'Shadow of Rome' keep you coming back for more

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Several minor changes could improve 'Warcraft'

Lawsuit against Sean Connery claims actor is a 'bully'

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Georgia loses this dogfight
ATHENS, Ga. -- Mississippi State's Lawrence Roberts might have limped into Stegeman Coliseum, but it didn't show once he got on the court.

Georgia loses this dogfight

Georgia loses this dogfight
ATHENS, Ga. -- Mississippi State's Lawrence Roberts might have limped into Stegeman Coliseum, but it didn't show once he got on the court.

Coppola's 'Outsiders' cast still going strong in Hollywood
While certainly of considerable quality, the 1983 teen drama The Outsiders really has nothing to do with the filmmaking skills of director Francis Ford Coppola, the timeless nature of its coming-of-age themes or any of the on-screen performances.

USC Aiken falls to Augusta State

USC Aiken falls to Augusta State
AIKEN -- The game plan worked the first time. And freshman forward Roberto Aufiero knew it would work again.

USC Aiken falls to Augusta State
AIKEN -- The game plan worked the first time. And freshman forward Roberto Aufiero knew it would work again.

'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.

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Televangelist Gene Scott dies at age 75

Triaminic is kosher; can Maalox be far behind?