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.

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.

Schilling returns to mound

Schilling returns to mound
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Curt Schilling's sock was bloodless, his ankle was stable and his manager was encouraged.

Schilling returns to mound
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Curt Schilling's sock was bloodless, his ankle was stable and his manager was encouraged.

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 falls in Jaguars victory

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.

Caller ID, remote control make world a happy place

Odds and Ends
CHACO CULTURE NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK, N.M. - This natural wonderland made it onto a list of 10 favorite hidden parks - but the list hid it even more, by locating it in Arizona.

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

Prank lands naked man in jail
KEY WEST, Fla. - A prosecutor who may have had a little too much to drink thought it would be funny to run naked across a parking lot and hop into a friend's car.

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
CHACO CULTURE NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK, N.M. - This natural wonderland made it onto a list of 10 favorite hidden parks - but the list hid it even more, by locating it in Arizona.

Prank lands naked man in jail
KEY WEST, Fla. - A prosecutor who may have had a little too much to drink thought it would be funny to run naked across a parking lot and hop into a friend's car.

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.

Estrada brings old-school attitude to Braves

Estrada brings old-school attitude to Braves
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Johnny Estrada is a throwback. He wears his pants high, his stirrups low. He doesn't feel right leaving the field until his uniform is covered in dirt.

Estrada brings old-school attitude to Braves
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Johnny Estrada is a throwback. He wears his pants high, his stirrups low. He doesn't feel right leaving the field until his uniform is covered in dirt.

Company looks for internal leak

Predictions rely on stock market
WASHINGTON - Under President Bush's plan for Social Security, a 35-year-old woman earning $50,000 would see her benefits cut by $6,000 per year.

Crude futures fall but stay above $51 a barrel level

Predictions rely on stock market
WASHINGTON - Under President Bush's plan for Social Security, a 35-year-old woman earning $50,000 would see her benefits cut by $6,000 per year.

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.

Company looks for internal leak
ATLANTA - ChoicePoint Inc. chief executive Derek Smith said Thursday he is working around the clock to keep shareholders and customers from running away amid revelations that his company was duped into giving criminals access to its massive database of consumers' personal information.

Big-ticket factory orders fall in January
WASHINGTON - Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods fell 0.9 percent in January, the worst showing in three months, as demand for commercial aircraft fell sharply, the government reported Thursday.

Doughnut company announces investigation
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. said Thursday it is cooperating with an investigation by federal prosecutors from New York who want to interview current and former executives with the company.

Sizemore leaves chamber post
The outgoing leader of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce had many to thank Thursday, but she was especially thankful no one took her lipstick away.

Developers aim to improve area's economy
Augusta has a long way to go before it catches up with the Greenvilles and Charlottes of the country, but a group of developers is trying.

Hershey Foods wants to alter name, double shares

Big-ticket factory orders fall in January
WASHINGTON - Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods fell 0.9 percent in January, the worst showing in three months, as demand for commercial aircraft fell sharply, the government reported Thursday.

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.

Analyst predicts volatile market
Financial analysts rarely make guarantees about the stock market. But that's exactly what John Lynch did Thursday during a presentation to Wachovia Bank officials and clients.

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.

Apple releases new versions of iPods

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.

Consumer inflation shows modest increase in January

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

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.

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.

Pupils learn ins and outs of stock trading
Middle schoolers learn a lot of things as they enter their teen years, but the lessons of adolescence usually don't include stock trading, high finance and business management.

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.

Sizemore leaves chamber post
The outgoing leader of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce had many to thank Thursday, but she was especially thankful no one took her lipstick away.

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

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.

Big-ticket factory orders fall in January

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.

Predictions rely on stock market

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.

Sizemore leaves chamber post

Company looks for internal leak
ATLANTA - ChoicePoint Inc. chief executive Derek Smith said Thursday he is working around the clock to keep shareholders and customers from running away amid revelations that his company was duped into giving criminals access to its massive database of consumers' personal information.

Ga. Tech, Florida St. named permanent basketball partners
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson will play Georgia Tech and Florida State at home and away in each of the next three years, according to the Atlantic Coast Conference's new 16 game schedule for its 12 team league.

Clemson Lady Tigers top Georgia Tech
CLEMSON, S.C. - Tasha Taylor scored 13 points, including four consecutive free throws in the final minute, and had 10 assists to lead Clemson to a 58-49 win over Georgia Tech on Thursday night.

Ga. Tech, Florida St. named permanent basketball partners

Ga. Tech, Florida St. named permanent basketball partners
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson will play Georgia Tech and Florida State at home and away in each of the next three years, according to the Atlantic Coast Conference's new 16 game schedule for its 12 team league.

Jaguars continue hot streak

Lady Jags prevail in overtime

Paine likes its position for title

The remorse of Brutus

The remorse of Brutus
Doug Wead stabbed his old friend squarely in the back.

A sacred duty
Terri Schiavo's legal seesaw teetered toward life this week, if tenuously. The death sentence for the innocent woman was, thankfully, delayed for more lawyerly contortions.

Barry Bonds*?

U.S., E.U. unity for real?
The "spin" on President George W. Bush's unity and reconciliation meetings this week with Europe's leaders is that it was a success, as most differences over Iraq were laid to rest and all 26 NATO nations pledged money, equipment or personnel to help train Iraqi security forces.

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.

U.S., E.U. unity for real?

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.

A sacred duty

No reason to die

A sacred duty
Terri Schiavo's legal seesaw teetered toward life this week, if tenuously. The death sentence for the innocent woman was, thankfully, delayed for more lawyerly contortions.

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.

The remorse of Brutus
Doug Wead stabbed his old friend squarely in the back.

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.

U.S., E.U. unity for real?
The "spin" on President George W. Bush's unity and reconciliation meetings this week with Europe's leaders is that it was a success, as most differences over Iraq were laid to rest and all 26 NATO nations pledged money, equipment or personnel to help train Iraqi security forces.

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.

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.

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

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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 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.

Jackson trial jurors reflect star's influence on community
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The jurors and alternates selected in the Michael Jackson molestation trial reflect the tremendous influence the pop star has had on the community surrounding his Neverland Ranch.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Journalist will be sorely missed
America has lost its id. On Sunday, in his Woody Creek, Colo., compound (it was never a home, always a compound), Hunter S. Thompson, the man who taught generations of readers that fear is to loathing as mom is to apple pie, took his own life.

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.

Divorce papers allege Lohan's father threatened family
NEW YORK - The father of teen movie star Lindsay Lohan threatened to kill his estranged wife and children, according to allegations in divorce papers.

Jackson trial jurors reflect star's influence on community
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The jurors and alternates selected in the Michael Jackson molestation trial reflect the tremendous influence the pop star has had on the community surrounding his Neverland Ranch.

Divorce papers allege Lohan's father threatened family
NEW YORK - The father of teen movie star Lindsay Lohan threatened to kill his estranged wife and children, according to allegations in divorce papers.

Soldiers in combat get special tax rules

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.

Tax credit for low-wage workers can boost refunds

Public remains skeptical of Social Security overhaul

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.

Potential ID theft victims face a lifetime of vigilance
SAN FRANCISCO - Warren Lambert thought it was just another piece of junk mail until he read the letter more closely and learned that con artists may have obtained his Social Security number, name and address - just what they need to steal his identity and ruin his credit.

AMT creeps further into less-wealthy ranks

AMT creeps further into less-wealthy ranks
WASHINGTON - Bad news. You've spent days trudging through tax forms only to run into a kink that eliminates most of your tax benefits and sticks you with a much bigger bill.

Tax credit for low-wage workers can boost refunds
Millions of people each year qualify for the earned income tax credit but don't claim the benefit. It can mean much bigger refunds for low-wage workers, but its rules and qualifications can be confusing. Here are some common questions and answers about the tax credit:

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.

Muddy water makes it tough for sight fishing

Muddy water makes it tough for sight fishing
Fishing for hybrids, striped bass and largemouth bass moved into full swing during spring-like weather conditions earlier this week.

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

Fishing tournaments

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

Muddy water makes it tough for sight fishing
Fishing for hybrids, striped bass and largemouth bass moved into full swing during spring-like weather conditions earlier this week.

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.

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

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

Saucer magnolias start their bloom

Saucer magnolias start their bloom
The large, purple, pink and white tulip-shape flowers of the Japanese magnolia (Magnolia x soulangeana) are popping in the South and will be progressing northward as the weather warms, making you wish you had planted one or two.

Saucer magnolias start their bloom
The large, purple, pink and white tulip-shape flowers of the Japanese magnolia (Magnolia x soulangeana) are popping in the South and will be progressing northward as the weather warms, making you wish you had planted one or two.

Baldcypress trees thrive in our area
Most people think baldcypress trees grow only in swamps, roots submerged in water and branches draped in Spanish moss.

Add a wildlife habitat to your yard
McLEANSVILLE, N.C. - Gary Carter is cashing in on the natural look. By converting his three-acre property into wildlife habitat, he turns camera-carrying visitors into paying customers while beefing up his own photo stocks.

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

Howell won't get shot at Woods
CARLSBAD, Calif. - They're good friends and share membership at the same exclusive Orlando, Fla., golf club, but Charles Howell and Tiger Woods will have to wait again to meet head-to-head on the PGA Tour.

Top seeds advance in soggy conditions
CARLSBAD, Calif. - The Match Play Championship finally got under way on a golf course still underwater.

Top seeds advance in soggy conditions
CARLSBAD, Calif. - The Match Play Championship finally got under way on a golf course still underwater.

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.

Top seeds advance in soggy conditions
CARLSBAD, Calif. - Tiger Woods won his 13th consecutive match and all but one of the top 10 seeds advanced Thursday as the Match Play Championship finally got under way on a golf course still mostly underwater.

Top seeds advance in soggy conditions

Top seeds advance in soggy conditions

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.

Howell isn't looking ahead to Tiger match

Top seeds advance in soggy conditions
CARLSBAD, Calif. - Tiger Woods won his 13th consecutive match and all but one of the top 10 seeds advanced Thursday as the Match Play Championship finally got under way on a golf course still mostly underwater.

Westside falls to Greater Atlanta Christian

Greenbrier relies on stars to win

Gamble works for Greenbrier coach

Inspired Wildcats continue journey

Caller ID, remote control make world a happy place
I took a day off earlier this week and came to the conclusion that modern technology has just about reached its pinnacle.

Caller ID, remote control make world a happy place
I took a day off earlier this week and came to the conclusion that modern technology has just about reached its pinnacle.

'Kaffir Boy' good reading for pupils

'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

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.

Critics of war are not unpatriotic
Regarding Charles Kimbrough's Jan. 12 letter, "Rights include the right to emigrate": It was the second or third response to an earlier Anne Cook letter, "President's war agenda is evil."Stephen Barrow, Aiken, S.C.

It boils down to your perspective

It boils down to your perspective
Recently, Howard Dean was appointed the new chairman of the Democratic National Committee. During a speech, he said the following: "You think the RNC could get this many people of color into a single room? Maybe if they got the hotel staff in there."Mary Beth Seaha, Aiken, S.C.

Columbia County needs green space

School vacation schedule is wrong
When you get cut, what do you do? You wash it and then put a Band-Aid on it, right? But after a few days, what happens? John Wilson, Evans

'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

Critics of war are not unpatriotic
Regarding Charles Kimbrough's Jan. 12 letter, "Rights include the right to emigrate": It was the second or third response to an earlier Anne Cook letter, "President's war agenda is evil."Stephen Barrow, Aiken, S.C.

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

SRS could return thousands of acres
As a follow-up to your Feb. 21 editorial "Boost DOE fees," you might suggest that Aiken County also ask the U.S. Department of Energy to return to our county the 4,000 acres north of U.S. Highway 278. Fred Christensen, Aiken, S.C.

It boils down to your perspective
Recently, Howard Dean was appointed the new chairman of the Democratic National Committee. During a speech, he said the following: "You think the RNC could get this many people of color into a single room? Maybe if they got the hotel staff in there."Mary Beth Seaha, Aiken, 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.

Critics of war are not unpatriotic

Milan winter fashion is as varied as an outdoor market

Benefit dinner features doctors who cook

Curtain going up on cars, trucks for '06 model year

Living briefs

Same name, but Sportage is all new

Neon's top SRT-4 model has power

Curtain going up on cars, trucks for '06 model year
More than two dozen new cars and truck models will arrive at dealerships before the traditional model year starts Oct. 1.

Milan winter fashion is as varied as an outdoor market
MILAN, Italy - The current round of preview showings for the winter 2005-2006, resembles an open air market. It's all about pick and choose with designers displaying their talents in a myriad of styles.

Benefit dinner features doctors who cook
Doctors Who Cook, the annual tasting event benefiting the Medical College of Georgia's Children's Heart Program, has come a long way in its nine-year existence.

Curtain going up on cars, trucks for '06 model year
More than two dozen new cars and truck models will arrive at dealerships before the traditional model year starts Oct. 1.

Neon's top SRT-4 model has power
The Dodge Neon compact sedan has been around since 1994. But its younger, sporty SRT-4 version surprises with its boisterous personality.

Same name, but Sportage is all new
Kia kept the Sportage name but changed just about everything else in readying its compact sport utility vehicle for a return to the United States this year.

Living briefs
Here's a look at some of your best entertainment bets for this weekend:

Milan winter fashion is as varied as an outdoor market
MILAN, Italy - The current round of preview showings for the winter 2005-2006, resembles an open air market. It's all about pick and choose with designers displaying their talents in a myriad of styles.

Benefit dinner features doctors who cook
Doctors Who Cook, the annual tasting event benefiting the Medical College of Georgia's Children's Heart Program, has come a long way in its nine-year existence.

Neon's top SRT-4 model has power
The Dodge Neon compact sedan has been around since 1994. But its younger, sporty SRT-4 version surprises with its boisterous personality.

Living briefs
Here's a look at some of your best entertainment bets for this weekend:

Same name, but Sportage is all new
Kia kept the Sportage name but changed just about everything else in readying its compact sport utility vehicle for a return to the United States this year.

Lynx: Additions get new chance
Regan Darby called last year's run to the Kelly Cup "the best experience I ever had."

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: Additions get new chance

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: Additions get new chance
Regan Darby called last year's run to the Kelly Cup "the best experience I ever had."

Lynx: Deal is made to help playoff push

Reunions
This listing runs as space is available. For information to be published, please include the date of the reunion:

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.

Across the area

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

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.

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.

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

This week

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

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.

Students compete in test of intellect

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

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.

Correction

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

Kid of the Day

Walk will benefit Scouting program

Capitol conference

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

Building's facade ordered off

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

Across Georgia

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.

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

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.

Airport gets funding for radio equipment

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.

Vote on secrecy bill is delayed in Senate

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

Missing-person cases vary widely

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.

Isakson: Bases expect to survive closures

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.

Re-enactors are captured on film

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.

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Ex-workers relate to job uncertainty

Middle schoolers learn how things work at Tech Days

Essays acknowledge black history-makers

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.

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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.

Kid of the Day
Ashton Nicole Hamilton is today's Kid of the Day.

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.

Correction
An item on Page 3 of Thursday's Applause section of The Augusta Chronicle listed the wrong date for a performance by Stacie Collins.

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:

Building's facade ordered off
The owners of Richmond Summit Apartments must immediately remove a stucco facade covering sev¤eral storefront windows after the Augusta-Richmond County Historic Preservation Commission decided Thursday the owners had violated federal and local historic design guidelines by changing the building's appearance.

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.

Airport gets funding for radio equipment
Newness is a recurring theme at Augusta Regional Airport. As airport officials prepare for work to begin in April on the new, state-of-the-art terminal, they say they're also anticipating the installation of a new radio system and the opening of a secondary runway - both projects to replace outdated equivalents.

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.

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS - A father fatally stabbed his two young children, wounded three other children and then killed himself by slitting his throat after a domestic dispute, police said.

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):

Across the area
An Augusta lawyer has been arrested on drug possession charges, officials said Thursday.

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

Essays acknowledge black history-makers
A high school student's inspiring words about her principal won her top honors Thursday in the 2005 Black History Month Essay Contest.

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):

Vote on secrecy bill is delayed in Senate
ATLANTA - A measure that would temporarily shield economic-development negotiations from public view was abruptly yanked from the Senate floor Thursday, after Republican sponsors of the bill began to doubt the proposal would pass.

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.

Re-enactors are captured on film
AIKEN - As the thunder of cannon fire and the acrid scent of black powder fills the air this weekend, onlookers will catch a glimpse of history relived in front of cameras at the annual Battle of Aiken.

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

Capitol conference
Diane Frey (left), of Carrollton, Ga., and Marc Fuentes, 13, of Cumming, Ga., participate in Disability Day at the Capitol in Atlanta.

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.

Ex-workers relate to job uncertainty
AIKEN - Tom Meeseman knows the dread and apprehension felt by Savannah River Site employees living under the shadow of a massive layoff.

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.

Isakson: Bases expect to survive closures
Military bases across Georgia are confident they'll survive the upcoming round of base closures, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson said.

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:

Missing-person cases vary widely
Megan Soske walked out the door of her grandmother's Goshen Road home Jan. 20 and hasn't been seen since. The 17-year-old teenager is one of about 60 people who have run away, left home or simply disappeared in Richmond County so far in 2005, leaving friends and family to worry and wonder about their safety, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

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.

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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.

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

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

Students compete in test of intellect
Move over, football, basketball and baseball. It's academics that is carrying Cross Creek High School to a state championship competition.

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.

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- Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Kingston sees united front for bases

Kid of the Day
Ashton Nicole Hamilton is today's Kid of the Day.

School listing

Airport gets funding for radio equipment
Newness is a recurring theme at Augusta Regional Airport. As airport officials prepare for work to begin in April on the new, state-of-the-art terminal, they say they're also anticipating the installation of a new radio system and the opening of a secondary runway - both projects to replace outdated equivalents.

Widowed find comfort at monthly dinner

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS - A father fatally stabbed his two young children, wounded three other children and then killed himself by slitting his throat after a domestic dispute, police said.

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

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint and Rep. Bob Inglis are part of a congressional delegation traveling to Iraq, Kuwait and Germany this week.

SRS lab wins FBI contract

Across the area
An Augusta lawyer has been arrested on drug possession charges, officials said Thursday.

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Mother gives birth to girl on road
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Jessica Eddy had given birth twice before, just never at this speed. As a veteran, she wasn't too nervous about having a third child.

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.

Vote on secrecy bill is delayed in Senate
ATLANTA - A measure that would temporarily shield economic-development negotiations from public view was abruptly yanked from the Senate floor Thursday, after Republican sponsors of the bill began to doubt the proposal would pass.

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

Capitol conference
Diane Frey (left), of Carrollton, Ga., and Marc Fuentes, 13, of Cumming, Ga., participate in Disability Day at the Capitol in Atlanta.

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.

17-year-old faces burglary charges
Richmond County sheriff's investigators have arrested a 17-year-old who they say is responsible for numerous burglaries in west and south Augusta, officials said Thursday.

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.

Isakson: Bases expect to survive closures
Military bases across Georgia are confident they'll survive the upcoming round of base closures, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson said.

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Building's facade ordered off
The owners of Richmond Summit Apartments must immediately remove a stucco facade covering several storefront windows after the Augusta-Richmond County Historic Preservation Commission decided Thursday the owners had violated federal and local historic design guidelines by changing the building's appearance.

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.

Correction
An item on Page 3 of Thursday's Applause section of The Augusta Chronicle listed the wrong date for a performance by Stacie Collins.

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.

Essays acknowledge black history-makers
A high school student's inspiring words about her principal won her top honors Thursday in the 2005 Black History Month Essay Contest.

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.

Re-enactors are captured on film
AIKEN - As the thunder of cannon fire and the acrid scent of black powder fills the air this weekend, onlookers will catch a glimpse of history relived in front of cameras at the annual Battle of Aiken.

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

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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.

House OKs legislation on abortion

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.

Suspect in shooting goes to police office

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

Events

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

Disabled plead against cap

Reunions
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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

Ex-workers relate to job uncertainty
AIKEN - Tom Meeseman knows the dread and apprehension felt by Savannah River Site employees living under the shadow of a massive layoff.

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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.

Students compete in test of intellect
Move over, football, basketball and baseball. It's academics that is carrying Cross Creek High School to a state championship competition.

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Missing-person cases vary widely
Megan Soske walked out the door of her grandmother's Goshen Road home Jan. 20 and hasn't been seen since. The 17-year-old teenager is one of about 60 people who have run away, left home or simply disappeared in Richmond County so far in 2005, leaving friends and family to worry and wonder about their safety, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

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

Reunions

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

Senate passes ban on smoking

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.

Restaurant ratings

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

Pet of the week

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.

City meeting turns to finger-pointing

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.

Marine returns to thank school

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.

Post happenings

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

Things to do

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.

Collector to show off African artifacts

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.

Augusta man is convicted of rape

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.

Rants and Raves
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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.

Governor wants reform

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Kid of the Day

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- Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

On the record: Richmond County Superior Courts

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.

Across Georgia

Lawmakers in House unveil 'tweaked' map

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

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

'Huckabees' ruminates on philosophy

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

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

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

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.

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

New on DVD

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.

Mini reviews

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.

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

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

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

Blanchard adds band to his musical repertoire

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.

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

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
John Legend performed at the 2005 Grammys, has been nominated for Soul Train and NAACP Image awards, and has a platinum CD, Get Lifted.

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.

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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.

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

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.

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.

NASCAR: New rules benefit thrifty teams

New NASCAR rules debut at California
FONTANA, Calif. - NASCAR drivers will be competing under a new set of rules this weekend at California Speedway.

Racing newsmaker: Jeff Gordon

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
FONTANA, Calif. -- Kyle Petty the car owner was glad to get NASCAR's help against Kyle Petty the driver.

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

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.

New NASCAR rules debut at California
FONTANA, Calif. - NASCAR drivers will be competing under a new set of rules this weekend at California Speedway.

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.

New NASCAR rules debut at California

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.

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.

Rebuilding Hawks send Walker to Celtics
BOSTON - The NBA's worst team is getting worse. For the second year in a row, the Atlanta Hawks used the trade deadline to dump a big-name player.

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.

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.

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.

Paine likes its position for title
Lamario Latson and his teammates aren't bothered by the fact that Albany State already wrapped up the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title.

Paine likes its position for title
Lamario Latson and his teammates aren't bothered by the fact that Albany State already wrapped up the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title.

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

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

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.

Agent: Vikings agree to deal Moss to Raiders

Mr. Hugh E. Smith, Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Michael Murphy, M.D.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Phyllis M. Montgomery    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Austin Fells    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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Mr. Clarence O'Neal    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Braydon Ikeal Coleman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Walker Means    (APPLING, Ga.)
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Mrs. Bessie Daniels    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald Walker    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lonnie Davis Holmes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alene Patterson    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ruth Ellis Coxe    (GEORGETOWN, S.C.)

Mr. Lloyd K. Reese, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, GA.)
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Mr. George Everett Cliett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Samuel Richardson, Jr.    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mr. William Flourney, Sr.    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Stevens    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Donald E. Haggerty    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruby Stone    (MARTINEZ, GA.)
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Mrs. Viola E. Harris Evans    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald Walker    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Izolar Haynes    (ASHTON, S.C.)

Mr. Tyler Wade    (BATH , S.C.)
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Mrs. Marguerite K. Hinesley    (CAMAK, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Stevens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Miss Annie Holden    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Vivian Sapp    (SARDIS, Ga.)
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Mr. Tony Holloway    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. John J. Reynolds, II    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Charlie Mae Jasper    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Raymond P. Puente    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Michael Murphy, M.D.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Minnie L. Reese    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mr. John Louie Kitchens    (WRENS, Ga.)
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Mr. Clarence O'Neal    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Keith Leonard Simpkins    (ORLANDO, Fla.)
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Mr. John L. Nickolson    (SYLACAUGA, AL.)
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Mrs. Edith Jordan    (WRENS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Blanch McKeller    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Miss Annie Holden    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Lila Mae Huss    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Bertha Hillman    (BATH, S.C.)
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Mrs. Viola E. Harris Evans    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Alex Lundy    (LEXINGTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Betty June Gray Brand    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Luther E. Lewis    (PLEASANT, S.C.)
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Mr. Keith Leonard Simpkins    (ORLANDO, Fla.)

Mrs. Betty June Gray Brand    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Luther E. Lewis    (PLEASANT, S.C.)

Mr. Tony Holloway    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. John Louie Kitchens    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Marguerite K. Hinesley    (CAMAK, Ga.)
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Mr. Alex Lundy    (LEXINGTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Izolar Haynes    (ASHTON, S.C.)
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Michael Murphy, M.D.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Donald E. Haggerty    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Charlie Mae Jasper    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Everett Cliett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Lila Mae Huss    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lonnie Davis Holmes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Hannah McGruder    (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. Paul R. Courtney    ( MONTMORENCI, S.C.)
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Mrs. Blanch McKeller    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Oliver Benning, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Phyllis M. Montgomery    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Albert Butler    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mr. John L. Nickolson    (SYLACAUGA, AL.)

Mr. Carl B. "Red" Whitfield    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Clarence O'Neal    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Mary Agnes Edwards    (AUGUSTA, Ga. )
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Mr. Raymond P. Puente    (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Albert Butler    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Eunice Wiggins    (KITE, Ga.)

Mrs. Minnie L. Reese    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Maxine Sealand    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. John J. Reynolds, II    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Alene Patterson    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Vivian Sapp    (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Murray Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Stevens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Madge McAfee Bland    (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Tarver    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Lunceford    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Tommie Tennyson, Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mr. Tyler Wade    (BATH , S.C.)

Mr. John Wesley Bentley    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Bertha Hillman    (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. John M. Weibel, Sr.    (CONCORD, NC)

Mr. Willie Gibbons    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Boudry B. Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Shepherd Wright    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Lonnie Davis Holmes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Carl B. "Red" Whitfield    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Cherry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Mary Agnes Edwards    (AUGUSTA, Ga. )

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

Mrs. Mary Murray Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ruth Walker Means (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Shepherd Wright (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. William Flourney, Sr. (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Edith Jordan (WRENS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Willie Gibbons (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Chastain Epps (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Tommie Tennyson, Sr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mr. Alex Lundy (LEXINGTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Alene Patterson (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Daniels (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Lonnie Davis Holmes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ezekiel Richardson (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mr. William Cherry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Minnie L. Reese (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Oliver Benning, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Maxine Sealand (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Edith Smith McNeely (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Madge McAfee Bland (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Charlie Mae Jasper (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald Walker (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Keith Leonard Simpkins (ORLANDO, Fla.)

Mrs. Minnie Pearl Culver (PHILADELPHIA, PA.)

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

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

Mrs. Mary Murray Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Boudry B. Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Baby Quentin Adams (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Vivian Sapp (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mr. Carl B. "Red" Whitfield (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Viola E. Harris Evans (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. John J. Reynolds, II (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Albert Butler (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Ellis Coxe (GEORGETOWN, S.C.)

Ms. Lila Mae Huss (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tyler Wade (BATH , S.C.)

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

Mr. Raymond P. Puente (JACKSON, S.C.)

Braydon Ikeal Coleman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Hannah McGruder (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mrs. Marguerite K. Hinesley (CAMAK, Ga.)

Mr. John L. Nickolson (SYLACAUGA, AL.)

Mr. John Louie Kitchens (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. John M. Weibel, Sr. (CONCORD, NC)

Ms. Mary Agnes Edwards (AUGUSTA, Ga. )

Mrs. Mary Ann Whaley Williams (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. George Everett Cliett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Michael Murphy, M.D. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Izolar Haynes (ASHTON, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Lonnie Davis Holmes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Frances Walker (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty June Gray Brand (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Miss Annie Holden (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Thomas Stevens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Lunceford (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Eunice Wiggins (KITE, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Tarver (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Kenneth Austin Fells (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Rosalyn Allen (SARDIS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Donald E. Haggerty (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Academy hopes Rock will stir up controversial buzz
The producers of this year's Academy Awards have cynically tried to make up for the buzz lost to the nominating snubs of Fahrenheit 9/11 and The Passion of the Christ - the two most-talked-about movies of 2004 - by instead choosing an edgy and profane comedian, Chris Rock, as the host of Sunday night's ceremony.

Companies pay stars for red carpet exposure
NEW YORK - With the Oscar red carpet serving as the world's top fashion runway, designers aren't leaving who wears what to chance.

The science of Oscar outfits

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

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.

Will this year's Oscars measure up?

Companies pay stars for red carpet exposure

The science of Oscar outfits
What some of Hollywood's most stylish stars wear on the red carpet - and why:

A history of Oscar's ups and downs

Will this year's Oscars measure up?
I started this movie reviewing gig in early 1994 with a screening of Blink, a blink-and-you-missed-it yarn about a blind woman in some sort of peril.

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

Companies pay stars for red carpet exposure
NEW YORK - With the Oscar red carpet serving as the world's top fashion runway, designers aren't leaving who wears what to chance.

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.

Will this year's Oscars measure up?
I started this movie reviewing gig in early 1994 with a screening of Blink, a blink-and-you-missed-it yarn about a blind woman in some sort of peril.

The science of Oscar outfits
What some of Hollywood's most stylish stars wear on the red carpet - and why:

Area announcements

Coates finding success in ring

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It seems only the rain can stop Sam Barth these days. Inclement weather forced the postponement of Thursday's Augusta State home game against Anderson. No make-up date has been announced.

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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.

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

Overtime
It seems only the rain can stop Sam Barth these days. Inclement weather forced the postponement of Thursday's Augusta State home game against Anderson. No make-up date has been announced.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Greenbrier relies on stars to win
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- The Greenbrier girls basketball team relied on role players to advance to the second round of the Class AAAA state playoffs.

Westside falls to Greater Atlanta Christian
ROME, Ga. -- One team took the floor and acted like it belonged in the second round of the Georgia High School Association Class AA girls basketball tournament.

Westside falls to Greater Atlanta Christian
ROME, Ga. -- One team took the floor and acted like it belonged in the second round of the Georgia High School Association Class AA girls basketball tournament.

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.

Inspired Wildcats continue journey
As the seconds ticked off the clock Saturday at Mercer University, Westminster basketball coach Mark Tebbs couldn't help but smile.

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.

Inspired Wildcats continue journey
As the seconds ticked off the clock Saturday at Mercer University, Westminster basketball coach Mark Tebbs couldn't help but smile.

Dade stampedes past Laney
Rome, Ga. -- There are times when there is no need to search for the should have or the if only.

Greenbrier relies on stars to win
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- The Greenbrier girls basketball team relied on role players to advance to the second round of the Class AAAA state playoffs.

John Hancock's run ends in semis
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- John Hancock's girls made it to the GISA Class A state semifinals, and they'll have to settle for that.

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

Papal resignations rare, but not unprecedented
With Pope John Paul II's recent health crises, talk that he might consider resigning has intensified. Yet most popes have rejected that idea, even though the option remains available to them under church law.

Papal resignations rare, but not unprecedented
With Pope John Paul II's recent health crises, talk that he might consider resigning has intensified. Yet most popes have rejected that idea, even though the option remains available to them under church law.

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.

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.

AMT creeps further into less-wealthy ranks
WASHINGTON - Bad news. You've spent days trudging through tax forms only to run into a kink that eliminates most of your tax benefits and sticks you with a much bigger bill.

Tax credit for low-wage workers can boost refunds
Millions of people each year qualify for the earned income tax credit but don't claim the benefit. It can mean much bigger refunds for low-wage workers, but its rules and qualifications can be confusing. Here are some common questions and answers about the tax credit:

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.

Teenager plays soulful surfer on 'Summerland'
LOS ANGELES - Jesse McCartney's career is riding a wave in more ways than one.

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.

Teenager plays soulful surfer on 'Summerland'

Freshman series showing some ratings muscle

Newsweek columnist launching new PBS series

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.

Teenager plays soulful surfer on 'Summerland'
LOS ANGELES - Jesse McCartney's career is riding a wave in more ways than one.

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.

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."

Ratings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Feb. 14-20. Each ratings point represents 1,096,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

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Several minor changes could improve 'Warcraft'

Divorce papers allege Lohan's father threatened family

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

Jackson trial jurors reflect star's influence on community

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Jury selected for Jackson's child molestation trial

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

USC Aiken falls to Augusta State

South Carolina beats Kentucky
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Iva Sliskovic scored 16 points, hitting all eight of her shots, and pulled down a career-best 15 rebounds as South Carolina beat Kentucky 60-47 on Thursday night.

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

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Prank lands naked man in jail

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Papal resignations rare, but not unprecedented