How to eat, drink and be skinny - a la francaise
French women - is there anything they can't do? They seem to know instinctively how to tie a scarf just so, they can whip up a delicious meal for company at a moment's notice and, most important, they glide about Paris eating chocolates and drinking wine - and never get fat!

Ah, look at all the zaniness!
It is, of course, a brave thing to title a novel "Eleanor Rigby." The Beatles' song is one of few tunes to create such an indelible character - one drenched in sympathy and sadness, one "no one comes near."

How to eat, drink and be skinny - a la francaise
French women - is there anything they can't do? They seem to know instinctively how to tie a scarf just so, they can whip up a delicious meal for company at a moment's notice and, most important, they glide about Paris eating chocolates and drinking wine - and never get fat!

Alice Munro masters the short story in 'Runaway'

Alice Munro masters the short story in 'Runaway'
"Runaway" is a potent mix of haunting characters and brilliant writing by short story master Alice Munro. The result is a collection of eight pieces that are edgy, disturbing and full of subtle tricks.

Alice Munro masters the short story in 'Runaway'
"Runaway" is a potent mix of haunting characters and brilliant writing by short story master Alice Munro. The result is a collection of eight pieces that are edgy, disturbing and full of subtle tricks.

Ah, look at all the zaniness!

Ah, look at all the zaniness!
It is, of course, a brave thing to title a novel "Eleanor Rigby." The Beatles' song is one of few tunes to create such an indelible character - one drenched in sympathy and sadness, one "no one comes near."

How to eat, drink and be skinny - a la francaise

Cardinals pitchers are mending after injuries

Cardinals pitchers are mending after injuries
JUPITER, Fla. - The corner of the St. Louis Cardinals clubhouse closest to manager Tony La Russa's office is pitchers' rehab central.

Cardinals pitchers are mending after injuries
JUPITER, Fla. - The corner of the St. Louis Cardinals clubhouse closest to manager Tony La Russa's office is pitchers' rehab central.

Vandiver's leadership skills were worthy of praise

Brezlyn Renee Dalton

Cooper Miley Sikes
Rufus and Jamie Sikes of Camak, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Cooper Miley, born January 29, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 12:15 a.m., weighed 7 lbs. 6oz. and was 20 1/4 inches long. Proud grandparents are Brenda and Steve Cooper of Camak, Ga., Mike and Christie Cook of Thomson, Ga. and Timmy Sikes of Metter, Ga.

Ella Kathryn Jackson
Casey and Jennifer Jackson of Tignall, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ella Kathryn, born January 28, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Kiara Nicole Phillips
Nakiesha Lowe and Christopher Phillips, both of Thomson, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kiara Nicole, born January 14, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Vinson Grey Dresser

McKenzie Elizabeth Aiken
Michael and Kelly Aiken of Grovetown, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, McKenzie Elizabeth, born January 27, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. She was welcomed home by big brother, Brandon.

Sean Kieran Medcalfe

Sean Kieran Medcalfe
Simon and Katherine Medcalfe of Augusta, are pleased ton announce the birth of their son, Sean Kieran, born January 22, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Jessa LeeAnne Davidson
Christopher and Maranda Davidson of New Ellenton, S.C., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Jessa LeeAnne, born January 22, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Sophia Raegan Hitt
Thomas Hitt III and Mary Mulhearn, both of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Sophia Raegan, born January 25, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Sophia Raegan Hitt

Palmer Stephen McCay
Stephen and Robyn McCay of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Palmer Stephen, born February 15, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Kyle Matthew Ellis

Tristan Cree Turner
Ronald and Samantha Turner of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tristan Cree, born January 26, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. He was welcomed home by siblings, Destiny, 13, Courtney, 12, and Autumn, 2.

Aidan Marcelo Fleming

Kirsten Rileigh Canipe
Rhett and April Canipe of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kirsten Rileigh, born February 1, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. She made her debut at 11:37 a.m., weighed 7 lbs, 5 oz. and was 20 inches long. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Greg and Mary Cowart of Augusta and Rev. and Mrs. Mark and Ginger Canipe of Beech Island.

Riley Bennett Keeter

Natlie Marie
Darren and Lynda Schneller of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Natlie Marie, born November 13, 2004 at University Hospital. She made her debut at 12:25 p.m., weighed 3 lbs. 0 oz, and was 15 inches long. Grandparents are Jimmy & Sandra Barnes of Augusta and Darrell Schneller of Columbia, Mo. and the late Tresa Schneller. Big sister, Teresa Paige who is two years old, was waiting to welcome her home.

Isabel Marie Holliday
Andrew and Debbie Holliday of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Isabel Marie, born January 28, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

MiKaylyn Grace Willis
Timothy and Rhonda Willis of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, MiKaylyn Grace, born February 14, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

MiKaylyn Grace Willis
Timothy and Rhonda Willis of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, MiKaylyn Grace, born February 14, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Riley Bennett Keeter
Eric and Michele Keeter of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Riley Bennett, born February 11, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Kiara Nicole Phillips

Bryson Lee Barrett
Marjorie Herndon and David Barrett, both of Aiken, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Bryson Lee, born February 8, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

McKenzie Lauren Poole

Kevandre Alexander Fowler
Latasha Prince and Kevin Fowler, both of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Kevandre Alexander, born January 25, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mercer Claire Braddy

McKenzie Lauren Poole
Crystal Robinson and Jeremiah Poole, both of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, McKenzie Lauren, born January 26, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Emma Caroline Carter

Emma Caroline Carter
Clay and Deborah Carter of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Caroline, born January 26, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jordan Tyler Ghant

Jordan Tyler Ghant
Darrell and Bridget Ghant of Hephzibah, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jordan Tyler, born January 22, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Christian Michael Jackson

Morgann Michele Savage
Joe and Renee Savage of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Morgann Michele, born January 26, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Isabel Marie Holliday

Madison Leighann Byrd
Michael and Trinity Byrd of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Madison Leighann, born January 14, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. She was welcomed home by big brother, Austin who is 6 years old.

Leanna Eloise Heider

Joshua Jamil Hadi
Jamilla Hadi of Augusta, is pleased to announce the birth of her son, Joshua Jamil, born January 23, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. He was welcomed home by siblings, Brianna, 9, Roniya, 5 and Ronald, 4.

Joshua Jamil Hadi
Jamilla Hadi of Augusta, is pleased to announce the birth of her son, Joshua Jamil, born January 23, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. He was welcomed home by siblings, Brianna, 9, Roniya, 5 and Ronald, 4.

Cooper Miley Sikes
Rufus and Jamie Sikes of Camak, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Cooper Miley, born January 29, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 12:15 a.m., weighed 7 lbs. 6oz. and was 20 1/4 inches long. Proud grandparents are Brenda and Steve Cooper of Camak, Ga., Mike and Christie Cook of Thomson, Ga. and Timmy Sikes of Metter, Ga.

Alden Andrew Robinson
Patrick Robinson and Jennifer Powell, both of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Alden Andrew, born February 8, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Ella Kathryn Jackson
Casey and Jennifer Jackson of Tignall, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ella Kathryn, born January 28, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Emma Michelle Nichols
Theodore and Donie Nichols of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Michelle, born February 10, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Chayden Hope Dockal
Andrew and Krista Dockal of Jackson, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Chayden Hope, born January 24, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. She was welcomed home by siblings, Ciera, 5, Caleb, 2, and Caelyn, 1.

Chayden Hope Dockal
Andrew and Krista Dockal of Jackson, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Chayden Hope, born January 24, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. She was welcomed home by siblings, Ciera, 5, Caleb, 2, and Caelyn, 1.

Mercer Claire Braddy
Randal and Michelle Braddy of Thomson, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Mercer Clair, born January 26, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Natalie Marie Schneller

Brezlyn Renee Dalton
Stephanie Meyer of Evans and Calvin Dalton of Jacksonville, N.C., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Brezlyn Renee, born January 24, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

MiKaylyn Grace Willis

Daniel Lee Kraft
Kristopher and Kimberly Kraft of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Daniel Lee, born February 4, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 6:31 p.m., weighed 8 lbs. 7oz. and was 21 1/2 inches long. Proud grandparents are Lonnie and Myong Sevier of Hephzibah and Kenneth and Jo Ann Kraft of Martinez. He was welcomed home by big brother Peter Dylan and big sister Lauren Grace.

Alden Andrew Robinson

Kaitlin Ciara Marable
Johnathan and Vivian Marable of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kaitlin Ciara, born January 24, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Emily Catherine Mann

Emma Michelle Nichols
Theodore and Donie Nichols of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Michelle, born February 10, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Bryson Lee Barrett

Ashlyn Nicole Haynes
Christopher and Vilynsia Haynes of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ashlyn Nicole, born February 12, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

John Matthew McKinney

John Matthew McKinney
Cathy Beasely and John M. McKinney, Sr., both of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, John Matthew, born January 19, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Kirsten Rileigh Canipe

Jessa LeeAnne Davidson
Christopher and Maranda Davidson of New Ellenton, S.C., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Jessa LeeAnne, born January 22, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

McKenzie Elizabeth Aiken

Vinson Grey
Blaise and Bridget Dresser of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Vinson Grey, born January 31, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. He made is debut at 3:17 p.m., weighed 8 lbs. and was 21 1/2 inches long. Grandparents are Larry and Theresa Vinson, Fred and Barbara Harshman and the late James Anthony Dresser, all of Augusta. He was welcomed home by big sister Laura and big brother Blaise.

Daniel Lee Kraft

Sophia Raegan Hitt
Thomas Hitt III and Mary Mulhearn, both of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Sophia Raegan, born January 25, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Morgann Michele Savage

Sean Kieran Medcalfe
Simon and Katherine Medcalfe of Augusta, are pleased ton announce the birth of their son, Sean Kieran, born January 22, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Madison Leighann Byrd

McKenzie Elizabeth Aiken
Michael and Kelly Aiken of Grovetown, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, McKenzie Elizabeth, born January 27, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. She was welcomed home by big brother, Brandon.

Joshua Jamil Hadi

Kiara Nicole Phillips
Nakiesha Lowe and Christopher Phillips, both of Thomson, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kiara Nicole, born January 14, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Jessa LeeAnne Davidson

Christian Michael Jackson
Michael and CoShendra Jackson of Trenton, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Christian Michael, born January 26, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Ella Kathryn Jackson

Aidan Marcelo Fleming
Robert and Judalyn Fleming of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Aidan Marcelo, born February 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 5:50 p.m., weighed 8 lbs 12 oz and was 22 inches. Proud grandparents are Jose and Aida Yarre of Aklan, Philippines and Deke and Barbra Beh of Webster, N.Y. He is also the grandson of the late Donald Heintzelman and the late Marcela Yarre.

Cooper Miley Sikes

Natalie Marie Schneller
Darren and Lynda Schneller of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Natlie Marie, born November 13, 2004 at University Hospital. She made her debut at 12:25 p.m., weighed 3 lbs. 0 oz, and was 15 inches long. Grandparents are Jimmy & Sandra Barnes of Augusta and Darrell Schneller of Columbia, Mo. and the late Tresa Schneller. Big sister, Teresa Paige who is two years old, was waiting to welcome her home.

Kaitlin Ciara Marable

Isabel Marie Holliday
Andrew and Debbie Holliday of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Isabel Marie, born January 28, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Vinson Grey Dresser
Blaise and Bridget Dresser of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Vinson Grey, born January 31, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. He made is debut at 3:17 p.m., weighed 8 lbs. and was 21 1/2 inches long. Grandparents are Larry and Theresa Vinson, Fred and Barbara Harshman and the late James Anthony Dresser, all of Augusta. He was welcomed home by big sister Laura and big brother Blaise.

Leanna Eloise Heider
Alex and Jacqueline Heider of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Leanna Eloise, born January 29, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Aidan Marcelo Fleming
Robert and Judalyn Fleming of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Aidan Marcelo, born February 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 5:50 p.m., weighed 8 lbs 12 oz and was 22 inches. Proud grandparents are Jose and Aida Yarre of Aklan, Philippines and Deke and Barbra Beh of Webster, N.Y. He is also the grandson of the late Donald Heintzelman and the late Marcela Yarre.

Madison Leighann Byrd
Michael and Trinity Byrd of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Madison Leighann, born January 14, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. She was welcomed home by big brother, Austin who is 6 years old.

Kyle Matthew Ellis
Dennis and Amanda Ellis of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Kyle Matthew, born January 24, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Chayden Hope Dockal

Emily Catherine Mann
Jeffery and Alicia Mann of Washington, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emily Catherine, born February 2, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Kaitlin Ciara Marable
Johnathan and Vivian Marable of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kaitlin Ciara, born January 24, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

John Matthew McKinney
Cathy Beasely and John M. McKinney, Sr., both of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, John Matthew, born January 19, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Daniel Lee Kraft
Kristopher and Kimberly Kraft of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Daniel Lee, born February 4, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 6:31 p.m., weighed 8 lbs. 7oz. and was 21 1/2 inches long. Proud grandparents are Lonnie and Myong Sevier of Hephzibah and Kenneth and Jo Ann Kraft of Martinez. He was welcomed home by big brother Peter Dylan and big sister Lauren Grace.

Christian Michael Jackson
Michael and CoShendra Jackson of Trenton, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Christian Michael, born January 26, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Bryson Lee Barrett
Marjorie Herndon and David Barrett, both of Aiken, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Bryson Lee, born February 8, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Kaylee Ann Estrada
Larry and Gretchen Estrada of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kaylee Ann, born January 20, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

McKenzie Lauren Poole
Crystal Robinson and Jeremiah Poole, both of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, McKenzie Lauren, born January 26, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Kyle Matthew Ellis
Dennis and Amanda Ellis of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Kyle Matthew, born January 24, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Morgann Michele Savage
Joe and Renee Savage of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Morgann Michele, born January 26, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Kaylee Ann Estrada
Larry and Gretchen Estrada of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kaylee Ann, born January 20, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Jordan Tyler Ghant
Darrell and Bridget Ghant of Hephzibah, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jordan Tyler, born January 22, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Leanna Eloise Heider
Alex and Jacqueline Heider of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Leanna Eloise, born January 29, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Emma Caroline Carter
Clay and Deborah Carter of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Caroline, born January 26, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Alden Andrew Robinson
Patrick Robinson and Jennifer Powell, both of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Alden Andrew, born February 8, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Kevandre Alexander Fowler
Latasha Prince and Kevin Fowler, both of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Kevandre Alexander, born January 25, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Emily Catherine Mann
Jeffery and Alicia Mann of Washington, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emily Catherine, born February 2, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Riley Bennett Keeter
Eric and Michele Keeter of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Riley Bennett, born February 11, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Kaylee Ann Estrada

Tristan Cree Turner
Ronald and Samantha Turner of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tristan Cree, born January 26, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. He was welcomed home by siblings, Destiny, 13, Courtney, 12, and Autumn, 2.

Emma Michelle Nichols

Brezlyn Renee Dalton
Stephanie Meyer of Evans and Calvin Dalton of Jacksonville, N.C., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Brezlyn Renee, born January 24, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Tristan Cree Turner

Kirsten Rileigh Canipe
Rhett and April Canipe of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kirsten Rileigh, born February 1, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. She made her debut at 11:37 a.m., weighed 7 lbs, 5 oz. and was 20 inches long. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Greg and Mary Cowart of Augusta and Rev. and Mrs. Mark and Ginger Canipe of Beech Island.

Kevandre Alexander Fowler

Mercer Claire Braddy
Randal and Michelle Braddy of Thomson, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Mercer Clair, born January 26, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Road Kill candy upsets animal rights activists
TRENTON, N.J. - Animal rights activists are disgusted by a new candy from Kraft Foods Inc. that's shaped like critters run over by cars - complete with tire treads.

Odds and Ends
COPENHAGEN, Denmark -When two Danish burglars realized someone had stolen the keys to their getaway car, they reacted like honest citizens and called the police.

Odds and Ends
COPENHAGEN, Denmark -When two Danish burglars realized someone had stolen the keys to their getaway car, they reacted like honest citizens and called the police.

Road Kill candy upsets animal rights activists
TRENTON, N.J. - Animal rights activists are disgusted by a new candy from Kraft Foods Inc. that's shaped like critters run over by cars - complete with tire treads.

Braves close in on contract extension for Hudson
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The Atlanta Braves closed in on a contract extension with pitcher Tim Hudson, who has one year left on his current deal and doesn't want to talk money during the season.

Hampton donates $25,000 to help find missing girl
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The disappearance of a 9-year-old Florida girl really hit home with Mike Hampton.

Hampton donates $25,000 to help find missing girl

Chipper Jones can see his career's end
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Chipper Jones may have that youthful-sounding nickname, but he knows the end of his career is closer than the beginning.

Smoltz is excited to start again
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - John Smoltz wants to finish what he started - which is starting.

Braves close in on contract extension for Hudson

Hampton donates $25,000 to help find missing girl
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The disappearance of a 9-year-old Florida girl really hit home with Mike Hampton.

Smoltz is excited to start again

Chipper Jones can see his career's end

Braves close in on contract extension for Hudson
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The Atlanta Braves closed in on a contract extension with pitcher Tim Hudson, who has one year left on his current deal and doesn't want to talk money during the season.

Smoltz is excited to start again
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - John Smoltz wants to finish what he started - which is starting.

Chipper Jones can see his career's end
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Chipper Jones may have that youthful-sounding nickname, but he knows the end of his career is closer than the beginning.

On the move

Get paid as you go
When Gordon Davis calls himself "a pirate in the sea of capitalism," he's not talking about plundering trade secrets. He's an information technology contractor, charting his own course in search of gold.

Breach at ChoicePoint raises alert on ID theft
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 might have obtained his Social Security number, name and address - just what they need to steal his identity and ruin his credit.

Ailing chain gave CEO bonus
Four days before Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the company agreed to pay President and CEO Peter Lynch a $1.5 million retention bonus.

Breach at ChoicePoint raises alert on ID theft
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 might have obtained his Social Security number, name and address - just what they need to steal his identity and ruin his credit.

Qwest revises bid for MCI
DENVER - MCI Inc. stood by its $6.7 billion deal Friday to merge with Verizon Communications Inc. despite an improved $8 billion bid to acquire the long-distance telephone company submitted a day earlier by Qwest Communications International Inc.

On the move
Dr. Joseph A. Hooper has joined the Center For Primary Care. Dr. Hooper, the 15th physician on staff, will be based at the practice's central office near Doctors Hospital.

Toothbrush plays song when it touches teeth
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Toymaker Hasbro Inc. plans to turn jawbones into headphones in an effort to tune out tooth decay.

Strategy can save money in the store
SANTA ANA, Calif. - Ameri-can consumers now have the widest selection of food items ever. At the same time, U.S. food prices have risen by 4 percent, the largest increase in 14 years.

Economy growth is better than initially thought
WASHINGTON - The economy grew at a solid 3.8 percent annual rate in the final quarter of 2004 - stronger than previously estimated- and an encouraging sign that the business expansion was firmly entrenched at the start of the new year.

Business calendar
Tuesday: Renovation lending workshop; free Wells Fargo presentation for first-time homebuyers and move-up homebuyers; topics include how to obtain a "purchase and renovate" mortgage on property that needs repairs and how to avoid common pitfalls when obtaining a general contractor; call Denise Hayes at (706) 868-2464.

Existing home sales dip a little January
WASHINGTON - Sales of existing homes edged down a slight 0.1 percent in January as attractive mortgage rates continued to support strong demand in the housing market, a real estate trade group reported Friday.

Analysts say Augusta food prices aren't high

More ethnic eateries pop up
Columbia County might be north of Richmond County, but when it comes to restaurants, south of the border might be a better description.

Analysts say Augusta food prices aren't high
Augusta resident Sharon Scott doesn't notice a big change in grocery prices during her frequent travels to Florida.

Toothbrush plays song when it touches teeth
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Toymaker Hasbro Inc. plans to turn jawbones into headphones in an effort to tune out tooth decay.

Business calendar
Tuesday: Renovation lending workshop; free Wells Fargo presentation for first-time homebuyers and move-up homebuyers; topics include how to obtain a "purchase and renovate" mortgage on property that needs repairs and how to avoid common pitfalls when obtaining a general contractor; call Denise Hayes at (706) 868-2464.

Economy growth is better than initially thought
WASHINGTON - The economy grew at a solid 3.8 percent annual rate in the final quarter of 2004 - stronger than previously estimated- and an encouraging sign that the business expansion was firmly entrenched at the start of the new year.

Breach at ChoicePoint raises alert on ID theft

Existing home sales dip a little January
WASHINGTON - Sales of existing homes edged down a slight 0.1 percent in January as attractive mortgage rates continued to support strong demand in the housing market, a real estate trade group reported Friday.

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Feb. 11-17. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Economy growth is better than initially thought

On the move
Dr. Joseph A. Hooper has joined the Center For Primary Care. Dr. Hooper, the 15th physician on staff, will be based at the practice's central office near Doctors Hospital.

Toothbrush plays song when it touches teeth

More ethnic eateries pop up
Columbia County might be north of Richmond County, but when it comes to restaurants, south of the border might be a better description.

Existing home sales dip a little January

Property transfers

More ethnic eateries pop up

Business calendar

Grocery guide
Here's how to pick the best seafood, bread, coffee and other items.

Get paid as you go

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Feb. 11-17. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Get paid as you go
When Gordon Davis calls himself "a pirate in the sea of capitalism," he's not talking about plundering trade secrets. He's an information technology contractor, charting his own course in search of gold.

Analysts say Augusta food prices aren't high
Augusta resident Sharon Scott doesn't notice a big change in grocery prices during her frequent travels to Florida.

Blame for public works problems is shuffled around

Blame for public works problems is shuffled around
Augusta Administrator Fred Russell wasted 15 minutes of life's precious breath last week recounting the benefits of splitting the city's Public Works department into three divisions - solid waste, maintenance and engineering - and relegating current Director Teresa Smith to director of engineering.

Blame for public works problems is shuffled around
Augusta Administrator Fred Russell wasted 15 minutes of life's precious breath last week recounting the benefits of splitting the city's Public Works department into three divisions - solid waste, maintenance and engineering - and relegating current Director Teresa Smith to director of engineering.

Keep an eye on Paine men

Monday excelled both on, off court

Southern conference roundup

Top 25 roundup

Freshman steps up in Jags' win

Uncertainty's acidic touch
How good is your imagination? Can you imagine stumbling along the streets of New York or the beaches of South Asia looking for the ones you love, the people who made up the steel and concrete of your life, until one sudden moment swept them away?

Uncertainty's acidic touch

Micromanaging again
Instead of sticking with policy making, some Augusta commissioners are getting back into the ill-advised business of micromanaging government operations - a job that should be the city administrator's.

Micromanaging again

Let doctors decide
There was a lot of media and legal hysteria over Cox-2 pain inhibitors after the giant pharmaceutical firm Merck withdrew Vioxx from the market last fall when clinical trials revealed it doubled the risk of heart disease.

Correction

Going after the roots
Planting a seed is an act of great faith. You can't see it. You can't be certain it will do anything. All you can do is nurture it and hope that a seedling emerges from the soil at some point.

Going after the roots

Let doctors decide

Correction
The Feb. 25 letter to the editor "Critics of war are not unpatriotic" actually was a combination of two previously published letters, and was not intended for publication.

Uncertainty's acidic touch
How good is your imagination? Can you imagine stumbling along the streets of New York or the beaches of South Asia looking for the ones you love, the people who made up the steel and concrete of your life, until one sudden moment swept them away?

Going after the roots
Planting a seed is an act of great faith. You can't see it. You can't be certain it will do anything. All you can do is nurture it and hope that a seedling emerges from the soil at some point.

Now, this is choice
It's quite possible, says columnist Cal Thomas, that women get more information at the supermarket, the bank and the automobile showroom than they get at most abortion clinics.

Micromanaging again
Instead of sticking with policy making, some Augusta commissioners are getting back into the ill-advised business of micromanaging government operations - a job that should be the city administrator's.

Correction
The Feb. 25 letter to the editor "Critics of war are not unpatriotic" actually was a combination of two previously published letters, and was not intended for publication.

Let doctors decide
There was a lot of media and legal hysteria over Cox-2 pain inhibitors after the giant pharmaceutical firm Merck withdrew Vioxx from the market last fall when clinical trials revealed it doubled the risk of heart disease.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Ry Cooder loved riding around Los Angeles from his home in Santa Monica, Calif., as a youngster, seeing all the different neighborhoods.

'Final Fantasy' creator to make two games for new Xbox
SEATTLE - The creator of the "Final Fantasy" series of video games will work exclusively on making two games for the next version of Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox game console in a bid to help the company gain more popularity in Japan.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Ry Cooder loved riding around Los Angeles from his home in Santa Monica, Calif., as a youngster, seeing all the different neighborhoods.

Janus launches two new mutual funds in hopes of bringing back investors
DENVER - Janus Capital Group Inc. launched two new mutual funds Friday, hoping to bring back investors who have pulled billions out of a company hit by scandal and lackluster performance.

Janus launches two new mutual funds in hopes of bringing back investors
DENVER - Janus Capital Group Inc. launched two new mutual funds Friday, hoping to bring back investors who have pulled billions out of a company hit by scandal and lackluster performance.

Janus launches two new mutual funds in hopes of bringing back investors

Georgia Southern wins in a shootout
STATESBORO, Ga. - Elton Nesbitt scored 31 points and Donte Gennie added a career-high 21 to help Georgia Southern snap a three-game losing streak with a 97-91 victory over East Tennessee State on Saturday.

Georgia Southern wins in a shootout
STATESBORO, Ga. - Elton Nesbitt scored 31 points and Donte Gennie added a career-high 21 to help Georgia Southern snap a three-game losing streak with a 97-91 victory over East Tennessee State on Saturday.

Jackets rally to key win
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Jarrett Jack leaped high to deliver the high fives to the Georgia Tech fans. And when gravity pulled him back to earth, he jumped again to slap hands with a few more.

Yellow Jackets pound Rutgers
ATLANTA - Wes Hodges hit two home runs and Jason Neighborgall pitched six strong innings to lead Georgia Tech to an 11-6 win over Rutgers on Friday.

Jackets rally to key win
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Jarrett Jack leaped high to deliver the high fives to the Georgia Tech fans. And when gravity pulled him back to earth, he jumped again to slap hands with a few more.

Yellow Jackets pound Rutgers
ATLANTA - Wes Hodges hit two home runs and Jason Neighborgall pitched six strong innings to lead Georgia Tech to an 11-6 win over Rutgers on Friday.

Georgia Southern wins in a shootout

Jackets rally to key win

Yellow Jackets pound Rutgers

Tiger, Phil and Vijay sent packing early
So much for that dream match between Vijay Singh and Tiger Woods. Their only contest at the Match Play Championship on Friday was who was the first to clean out their lockers.

Toms, DiMarco make it an All-American final at Match Play
CARLSBAD, Calif. - David Toms is headed for the finals of the Match Play Championship for the second time in three years, thanks to a sensational stretch of golf never seen at this tournament.

Na, Ogilvy grab third-round lead in Tucson
TUCSON, Ariz. - Kevin Na is getting used to playing in final threesomes.

Tiger, Phil and Vijay sent packing early

Na, Ogilvy grab third-round lead in Tucson

Toms, DiMarco make it an All-American final at Match Play

Tiger, Phil and Vijay sent packing early
So much for that dream match between Vijay Singh and Tiger Woods. Their only contest at the Match Play Championship on Friday was who was the first to clean out their lockers.

Na, Ogilvy grab third-round lead in Tucson
TUCSON, Ariz. - Kevin Na is getting used to playing in final threesomes.

Toms, DiMarco make it an All-American final at Match Play
CARLSBAD, Calif. - David Toms is headed for the finals of the Match Play Championship for the second time in three years, thanks to a sensational stretch of golf never seen at this tournament.

Golf: Wie in contention for SBS Open title
KAHUKU, Hawaii - Michelle Wie shot a second straight 2-under-par 70 Friday to get within three shots of the lead heading into the final round of the LPGA Tour's season-opening SBS Open.

Lady Rebels march on

Foot at fault in Wolfpack loss

Pressure gets to Josey girls

Eagles get sound win vs. Indians

Vandiver's leadership skills were worthy of praise
When Georgia Gov. Ernest Vandiver left office in early 1963, celebrated Atlanta newspaper editor Gene Patterson declared the state should erect a statue to him.

Vandiver's leadership skills were worthy of praise
When Georgia Gov. Ernest Vandiver left office in early 1963, celebrated Atlanta newspaper editor Gene Patterson declared the state should erect a statue to him.

Police must enforce traffic laws
Frankly, most laws on the books are rarely enforced. I am a jogger and spend hours on the streets of west Augusta every week.John Bacha, Augusta

New secretary of state is inept

Negroponte must not hold office
I do not know of John Negroponte's qualifications in the intelligence business. The point I want to bring up is the time of Mr. Negroponte as the U.S. ambassador to Honduras in the early 1980s during the Reagan administration.Joaquin Godoy, Aiken, S.C.

County's school system must be fixed
It's about time someone addressed the failure of our present school superintendent, Charles Larke.James S. Dickens, Hephzibah

New secretary of state is inept
The Democrats were not showing bias or hatred of President Bush when they voted against Condoleezza Rice. Republicans love to think that because they're blind as bats and love smoke screens.Alex Thurmond, Grovetown

Iraqi freedom is worth the fight
John Kennedy's 1961 inaugural address is best remembered for the line, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." Mike Fulford, Evans

Iraqi freedom is worth the fight

Police must enforce traffic laws

Get the facts on Social Security

Evidence proves evolution
The recent letter from Joe Rich attempting to refute evolution ("No sign evolution is even happening," Feb. 21) demonstrates either a lack of knowledge or deliberate misinformation.Wendy Bollag, Martinez

Pupils in Richmond, Columbia must embrace four cardinal virtues
The marquees of many elementary and middle public schools in Richmond and Columbia counties carry a "character word." What a great idea! I trust that the lesson plans for that week emphasize the word as well. Better yet, parents should make that word part of the table talk at home. I would suggest that the four cardinal virtues first expressed by Socrates, advanced by Plato and perfected by Thomas Aquinas be the four principal character words of the year.Tom Zwemer, Augusta

Police must enforce traffic laws
Frankly, most laws on the books are rarely enforced. I am a jogger and spend hours on the streets of west Augusta every week.John Bacha, Augusta

Iraqi freedom is worth the fight
John Kennedy's 1961 inaugural address is best remembered for the line, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." Mike Fulford, Evans

Get the facts on Social Security
In response to many letters that appear to be woven with much worldly wisdom, I wish to respond with only the facts since no news agency provides the American taxpayers with the truth without interweaving their own special agendas.Keith Wilson, Martinez

Threats to teachers are appalling

Get the facts on Social Security
In response to many letters that appear to be woven with much worldly wisdom, I wish to respond with only the facts since no news agency provides the American taxpayers with the truth without interweaving their own special agendas.Keith Wilson, Martinez

County's school system must be fixed
It's about time someone addressed the failure of our present school superintendent, Charles Larke.James S. Dickens, Hephzibah

Pupils in Richmond, Columbia must embrace four cardinal virtues
The marquees of many elementary and middle public schools in Richmond and Columbia counties carry a "character word." What a great idea! I trust that the lesson plans for that week emphasize the word as well. Better yet, parents should make that word part of the table talk at home. I would suggest that the four cardinal virtues first expressed by Socrates, advanced by Plato and perfected by Thomas Aquinas be the four principal character words of the year.Tom Zwemer, Augusta

Threats to teachers are appalling
I am a former Richmond County teacher and a Richmond County Sallie Mae First Year Teacher of the Year recipient. Alicia Turnage, Sugar Hill, Ga.

Schools are an embarrassment
Why does our Richmond County Board of Education continue to make radical decisions?Theron Oswald, Hephzibah

Pupils in Richmond, Columbia must embrace four cardinal virtues

County's school system must be fixed

Threats to teachers are appalling
I am a former Richmond County teacher and a Richmond County Sallie Mae First Year Teacher of the Year recipient. Alicia Turnage, Sugar Hill, Ga.

Poor women need medical help
This is not really a response to Christina Wilson's delightful letter of Feb. 17 ("Support groups benefit patients"), detailing the many benefits of the MCG Gynecological Cancer Support Group, but rather a related topic.Patricia Lynch-Hayes, Augusta

New secretary of state is inept
The Democrats were not showing bias or hatred of President Bush when they voted against Condoleezza Rice. Republicans love to think that because they're blind as bats and love smoke screens.Alex Thurmond, Grovetown

Museum exhibits trace modern glamour

Construction site theft steals homeowner dreams

Family should not be throwing baby shower

In the know

Home's natural setting was appealing to couple

Take a trip to smell the flowers

Travel briefs

Style briefs

In the know
It's Oscar night, so that means another edition of ABC's The Barbara Walters Special with its usual offering of one-on-one celebrity interviews.

Homeowner needs pest expert
Q: We have a 2-story wood-frame home in the country. This property is well kept, and there is no junk around the premises. It is clean inside and outside. We cannot get rid of the flies in the attic area, though. Over the years, we have sprayed the attic with bug killers and used sulfur bombs. The flies keep showing up by the hundreds. We clean out a bunch of dead flies and there are more. What can we do to get rid of the flies? Help! - Anthony

Style briefs
NEW YORK - Designer Michael Kors does his fair share of traveling; he goes all over the world looking both for inspiration and for in-store appearances.

Travel briefs
ATHENS, Greece - Stung by dismal bookings during the Olympics, Greece will spend $75 million this year to promote itself as a year-round vacation destination, the tourism minister says.

Style briefs
NEW YORK - Designer Michael Kors does his fair share of traveling; he goes all over the world looking both for inspiration and for in-store appearances.

Take a trip to smell the flowers
NEW YORK - In a culture where vacations are increasingly prized for their "gee whiz" factor - swimming with sharks, zero-gravity rides and the like - do people still take trips just to look at pretty flowers?

Family should not be throwing baby shower
Dear Carson: I am planning a baby shower for my friend but found out her husband's family also was thinking about holding a shower. Because I was the first to initiate, she gave me a list of all the family and friends to call for the event. Having learned my lesson in the past (of not offering his family the opportunity to be co-hosts and they were offended) I again gave them the opportunity to give the shower with me. They were further upset this time, because I did offer them the opportunity to be co-hosts.

Construction site theft steals homeowner dreams
For those of you building a new home, you're not the only party interested in quality building materials. Thieve are, too.

Family should not be throwing baby shower
Dear Carson: I am planning a baby shower for my friend but found out her husband's family also was thinking about holding a shower. Because I was the first to initiate, she gave me a list of all the family and friends to call for the event. Having learned my lesson in the past (of not offering his family the opportunity to be co-hosts and they were offended) I again gave them the opportunity to give the shower with me. They were further upset this time, because I did offer them the opportunity to be co-hosts.

Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: We have a 2 1/2-story wood frame home in the country. This property is well kept, and there is no junk of any kind around the premises. It is clean inside and outside.

Home's natural setting was appealing to couple
After 30 years in one house in North Augusta, David and Cheryl Whitcomb had put down roots.

In the know
It's Oscar night, so that means another edition of ABC's The Barbara Walters Special with its usual offering of one-on-one celebrity interviews.

Museum exhibits trace modern glamour
NEW YORK - For something to be glamorous, it needs to be sexy, luxurious, elegant and romantic - all at the same time.

Travel briefs
ATHENS, Greece - Stung by dismal bookings during the Olympics, Greece will spend $75 million this year to promote itself as a year-round vacation destination, the tourism minister says.

Take a trip to smell the flowers
NEW YORK - In a culture where vacations are increasingly prized for their "gee whiz" factor - swimming with sharks, zero-gravity rides and the like - do people still take trips just to look at pretty flowers?

Home's natural setting was appealing to couple
After 30 years in one house in North Augusta, David and Cheryl Whitcomb had put down roots.

Construction site theft steals homeowner dreams
For those of you building a new home, you're not the only party interested in quality building materials. Thieve are, too.

Museum exhibits trace modern glamour
NEW YORK - For something to be glamorous, it needs to be sexy, luxurious, elegant and romantic - all at the same time.

Augusta bounces back for home win
The Gwinnett Gladiators mopped their home ice with the Augusta Lynx on Friday.

Eight's enough to beat Lynx
DULUTH, Ga. - Seven minutes into the game, Augusta had changed goaltenders twice, which pretty much says everything about the outcome.

Augusta bounces back for home win

Augusta bounces back for home win
The Gwinnett Gladiators mopped their home ice with the Augusta Lynx on Friday.

Congressional map gains committees' OK

Kid of the Day
Taliyah Latoya Allen is today's Kid of the Day.

Across the area

County's top students are chosen
Twelve high school seniors in Richmond County have earned STAR status for being the top academic students at their schools.

Cities may limit train freight

News you can use
Have a gripe about overcrowded classrooms? Tired of the school board raising taxes? Want to praise your child's teacher in public? Here's how to get on your school board's agenda:

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - Department of Social Services disciplinary records show agency workers did not follow procedures before three children were killed in August and their bodies were found in the burned rubble of the family's home near Rock Hill.

Kid of the day
Today's Kid of the Day is Katie Lee Morris

Doctors rebuild face of woman
Yessica Maria Parra remembers sitting in the doctor's office as a young child in Bogota, Colombia, as the doctor told her mother she would not live another eight or nine years with the large tumor growing on the left side of her face.

Anglers race to Columbia County tournament
Stacie Adkins and her staff have invested countless hours hauling bleachers, portable restrooms and other amenities to Columbia County's Wildwood Park - all in the name of fishing.

Week saw GOP advance agenda

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - Department of Social Services disciplinary records show agency workers did not follow procedures before three children were killed in August and their bodies were found in the burned rubble of the family's home near Rock Hill.

Educator works to erase gap

Southern re-enactors don't mind taking on Union roles
No matter how hard Union re-enactor Brian Howell and his comrades fought Saturday at the Battle of Aiken, history won't allow them to burn the city today.

Cities may limit train freight
AIKEN - Local governments that have long lacked the power to regulate the train industry soon could have unprecedented authority to police toxic chemicals stored in tanker cars.

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS - Terrell Poe, 15, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Anglers race to Columbia County tournament
Stacie Adkins and her staff have invested countless hours hauling bleachers, portable restrooms and other amenities to Columbia County's Wildwood Park - all in the name of fishing.

Across the area
A 21-year old Augusta woman told police she saw a man with a gun standing outside a window of her home holding a gun.

At 95, doctor isn't ready to retire

Rants and Raves
We use Saturday's Rants & Raves to address comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A push to name a Capitol office building for the late U.S. Sen. Paul Coverdell was approved in the Senate on Friday, sending the plan to the desk of Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Anglers race to Columbia County tournament

Rants and Raves
We use Saturday's Rants & Raves to address comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle.

Augusta couple accused in scam
An Augusta man who claims to be a member of the rap group Wu-Tang Clan and is accused of leaving hundreds of thousands of dollars of unpaid hotel, recording studio and catering bills along the East Coast was arrested Friday at the site of a nightclub he planned to lease.

Work of Grace

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Southern re-enactors don't mind taking on Union roles

Educator works to erase gap
AIKEN - While students at Wagener-Salley High School were studying black history Friday, one local black educator was making history - reaching out to black students who are behind in school.

Across Georgia

Panel to seek city OK to demolish properties
An Augusta engineering subcommittee agreed Friday to move forward with seizing and redeveloping properties in the drug-infested Dover, Lyman and Miles streets residential area off U.S. Highway 1 in south Augusta.

News you can use

Authority lets five stay past terms' end
Five of the Augusta Canal Authority's 12 members are serving long after their appointed terms have expired, and a sixth member - Authority Chairman Bob Woodhurst - was replaced this week with a District 2 appointee named by Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Fort Discovery plans for upgrades, CEO
With this year's financial picture improving, Fort Discovery officials say they are moving forward to make upgrades at the riverfront science center and hire a new CEO to run things.

Doctors rebuild face of woman

Mercury-using plant criticized
Environmental groups have accused the chlorine industry - and an Olin facility in Augusta they characterize as obsolete - of irresponsibly clinging to outdated technology that releases excess mercury into the environment.

Discussion provides only chance at solutions

At 95, doctor isn't ready to retire
W.G. "Curly" Watson is telling a story about his friend and former colleague, Ty Cobb Jr., when a squad of nurses and employees at University Hospital suddenly begin clapping and chanting "Happy Birthday."

Discussion provides only chance at solutions
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

SRS gets more bad budget news
More than money worries and a thorny liability dispute with the Russians threaten the construction of a proposed plant at Savannah River Site that would convert surplus, weapons-grade plutonium into nuclear power plant fuel.

News you can use
Have a gripe about overcrowded classrooms? Tired of the school board raising taxes? Want to praise your child's teacher in public? Here's how to get on your school board's agenda:

Man is convicted of attack
Jermaine L. Ramsey dodged several felony convictions in the few years since he became an adult, a sheriff's investigator said.

Across the area
Medical College of Georgia Hospital laboratory officials confirmed Friday that a young child has been hospitalized with bacterial meningitis, according to a news release from the Division of Public Health's East Central Health District.

Senate OKs PeachCare bill
ATLANTA - Thousands of PeachCare for Kids' recipients across the state would be moved to managed-care plans resembling health maintenance organizations under a bill that passed the Senate on Friday.

Authority lets five stay past terms' end
Five of the Augusta Canal Authority's 12 members are serving long after their appointed terms have expired, and a sixth member - Authority Chairman Bob Woodhurst - was replaced this week with a District 2 appointee named by Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams.

Congressional map gains committees' OK
ATLANTA - The Augusta area would continue to be split into one Republican-leaning congressional district and another that favors a Democratic candidate under a redistricting plan passed by state House and Senate committees Friday.

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

Week saw GOP advance agenda
ATLANTA - Republican leaders of the General Assembly saw mixed results for their legislative agenda last week, with several major bills advancing while others lingered in doubt.

Mercury-using plant criticized

Work of Grace
Work of GraceIron worker Raymond Cowan, of Gator Cochran Construction, screws down steel flooring during work on a new fellowship hall at Grace United Methodist Church in North Augusta.

Panel to seek city OK to demolish properties

Across the area
Medical College of Georgia Hospital laboratory officials confirmed Friday that a young child has been hospitalized with bacterial meningitis, according to a news release from the Division of Public Health's East Central Health District.

Series brings hot-button issue to the forefront
Race relations in Augusta has long been a topic colored in black and white.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A push to name a Capitol office building for the late U.S. Sen. Paul Coverdell was approved in the Senate on Friday, sending the plan to the desk of Gov. Sonny Perdue.

To solve problems, we must confront them

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

Authority lets five stay past terms' end

Program keeps parents well-informed
An occasional bad grade on a homework assignment or a quiz never bothered Lakeside High School junior Jay Krenz. He knew he could put in some extra study time and improve the grade before his school issued his report card.

Water plan might get broader

Across South Carolina
ANDERSON - An 83-year-old man died Friday, nearly a week after he was burned in a blaze that destroyed his condominium complex, Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said.

Kid of the Day

Augusta couple accused in scam
An Augusta man who claims to be a member of the rap group Wu-Tang Clan and is accused of leaving hundreds of thousands of dollars of unpaid hotel, recording studio and catering bills along the East Coast was arrested Friday at the site of a nightclub he planned to lease.

Across Georgia

SRS gets more bad budget news

County's top students are chosen

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

Discussion provides only chance at solutions
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

To solve problems, we must confront them
When does examining a problem contribute to that problem?

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS - Terrell Poe, 15, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Across the area

Across the area
A 21-year old Augusta woman told police she saw a man with a gun standing outside a window of her home holding a gun.

Mercury-using plant criticized
Environmental groups have accused the chlorine industry - and an Olin facility in Augusta they characterize as obsolete - of irresponsibly clinging to outdated technology that releases excess mercury into the environment.

Southern re-enactors don't mind taking on Union roles
No matter how hard Union re-enactor Brian Howell and his comrades fought Saturday at the Battle of Aiken, history won't allow them to burn the city today.

At 95, doctor isn't ready to retire
W.G. "Curly" Watson is telling a story about his friend and former colleague, Ty Cobb Jr., when a squad of nurses and employees at University Hospital suddenly begin clapping and chanting "Happy Birthday."

Kid of the day

Cities may limit train freight
AIKEN - Local governments that have long lacked the power to regulate the train industry soon could have unprecedented authority to police toxic chemicals stored in tanker cars.

Where we live

SRS gets more bad budget news
More than money worries and a thorny liability dispute with the Russians threaten the construction of a proposed plant at Savannah River Site that would convert surplus, weapons-grade plutonium into nuclear power plant fuel.

Augusta couple accused in scam

Water plan might get broader
First know this: Billy Clayton says the days Columbia County residents can water outside are not being changed.

Across South Carolina

Educator works to erase gap
AIKEN - While students at Wagener-Salley High School were studying black history Friday, one local black educator was making history - reaching out to black students who are behind in school.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Senate OKs PeachCare bill
ATLANTA - Thousands of PeachCare for Kids' recipients across the state would be moved to managed-care plans resembling health maintenance organizations under a bill that passed the Senate on Friday.

Doctors rebuild face of woman
Yessica Maria Parra remembers sitting in the doctor's office as a young child in Bogota, Colombia, as the doctor told her mother she would not live another eight or nine years with the large tumor growing on the left side of her face.

Congressional map gains committees' OK
ATLANTA - The Augusta area would continue to be split into one Republican-leaning congressional district and another that favors a Democratic candidate under a redistricting plan passed by state House and Senate committees Friday.

County's top students are chosen
Twelve high school seniors in Richmond County have earned STAR status for being the top academic students at their schools.

Panel to seek city OK to demolish properties
An Augusta engineering subcommittee agreed Friday to move forward with seizing and redeveloping properties in the drug-infested Dover, Lyman and Miles streets residential area off U.S. Highway 1 in south Augusta.

News you can use

Week saw GOP advance agenda
ATLANTA - Republican leaders of the General Assembly saw mixed results for their legislative agenda last week, with several major bills advancing while others lingered in doubt.

Work of Grace
Work of GraceIron worker Raymond Cowan, of Gator Cochran Construction, screws down steel flooring during work on a new fellowship hall at Grace United Methodist Church in North Augusta.

To solve problems, we must confront them
When does examining a problem contribute to that problem?

Senate OKs PeachCare bill

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

Kid of the day
Today's Kid of the Day is Katie Lee Morris

Rants and Raves
We use Saturday's Rants & Raves to address comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle.

Storyteller leads pupils back in time
Storyteller Kitty Wilson Evans was so realistic in her portrayal of a slave that a third-grader at A. Brian Merry Elementary School couldn't help but ask: Are you a real slave?

Water plan might get broader
First know this: Billy Clayton says the days Columbia County residents can water outside are not being changed.

Kid of the Day
Taliyah Latoya Allen is today's Kid of the Day.

Everyone loses in consolation snoozer
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Florida vs. Louisiana State might make a better Southeastern Conference championship football game than a match-play championship golf encounter.

Everyone loses in consolation snoozer
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Florida vs. Louisiana State might make a better Southeastern Conference championship football game than a match-play championship golf encounter.

'Chronicle' entertainment writer picks his Oscar victors
It seems strange, doesn't it, not to have those pesky hobbits groveling for Oscar gold.

Member of Gladys Knight & the Pips dies
ATLANTA - Edward Patten, a member of the music group Gladys Knight & The Pips, died early Friday morning at a hospital in Michigan. He was 65.

Member of Gladys Knight & the Pips dies
ATLANTA - Edward Patten, a member of the music group Gladys Knight & The Pips, died early Friday morning at a hospital in Michigan. He was 65.

Arrest warrant issued for rapper in child support case
HAMILTON, Ohio - An arrest warrant has been issued for the Grammy-winning rap artist known as Krayzie Bone after he allegedly was a no-show for a hearing in a child support case.

Member of Gladys Knight & the Pips dies

Arrest warrant issued for rapper in child support case
HAMILTON, Ohio - An arrest warrant has been issued for the Grammy-winning rap artist known as Krayzie Bone after he allegedly was a no-show for a hearing in a child support case.

Arrest warrant issued for rapper in child support case

Martin drives to Busch win
FONTANA, Calif. -- Mark Martin added to his record Busch Series win total, pulling away from Kevin Harvick on Saturday at California Speedway for No. 47.

NASCAR notebook

Record setting run puts Busch in front
FONTANA, Calif. - NASCAR began a new era of qualifying Saturday with new rules and the youngest pole winner in the history of stock car's top series.

Record setting run puts Busch in front

Record setting run puts Busch in front
FONTANA, Calif. - NASCAR began a new era of qualifying Saturday with new rules and the youngest pole winner in the history of stock car's top series.

Gordon, other drivers need to qualify at California
FONTANA, Calif. - Robby Gordon just wants to go racing. A week ago, Gordon failed to make the field for the Daytona 500 despite finishing seventh in his 150-mile qualifying race.

Martin drives to Busch win

Gordon, other drivers need to qualify at California
FONTANA, Calif. - Robby Gordon just wants to go racing. A week ago, Gordon failed to make the field for the Daytona 500 despite finishing seventh in his 150-mile qualifying race.

Martin drives to Busch win
FONTANA, Calif. -- Mark Martin added to his record Busch Series win total, pulling away from Kevin Harvick on Saturday at California Speedway for No. 47.

Gordon, other drivers need to qualify at California

NASCAR notebook
FONTANA, Calif. - Team truck drivers for next week's NASCAR Busch Series race will receive a military escort from Texas to Mexico City as concern for their safety increased with the recent travel warning issued by the U.S. State Department.

NASCAR notebook
FONTANA, Calif. - Team truck drivers for next week's NASCAR Busch Series race will receive a military escort from Texas to Mexico City as concern for their safety increased with the recent travel warning issued by the U.S. State Department.

Man arrested in BTK killings
WICHITA, Kan. - A manhunt for a serial killer who for 31 years taunted police with letters about his crimes ended Saturday when authorities said they finally caught up with the BTK killer and linked him to at least 10 murders.

Bulls edge Bobcats
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - All through college, Emeka Okafor stole Ben Gordon's snacks. So when Okafor stole the ball from him late in Saturday night's game, Gordon was finally fed up.

Bulls edge Bobcats
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - All through college, Emeka Okafor stole Ben Gordon's snacks. So when Okafor stole the ball from him late in Saturday night's game, Gordon was finally fed up.

Bulls edge Bobcats

Southern conference roundup
In Chattanooga, Tenn., Mou¤ssa Diagne had 19 points and two other Paladins scored in double digits as Furman beat Chattanooga.

Top 25 roundup
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Hakim Warrick scored a career-high 36 points in his final home game, and Jim Boeheim got his 700th victory when Syracuse overwhelmed Providence in the second half for a 91-66 victory Saturday.

Monday excelled both on, off court
The Augusta State athletic department is in the process of developing a set of standards to determine which of its former athletes should have their jerseys retired.

Two schools moving on up
As teams gear up for this week's Peach Belt's Conference Tournament, two schools are planning to bid the league adieu.

Top 25 roundup
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Hakim Warrick scored a career-high 36 points in his final home game, and Jim Boeheim got his 700th victory when Syracuse overwhelmed Providence in the second half for a 91-66 victory Saturday.

Southern conference roundup
In Chattanooga, Tenn., Moussa Diagne had 19 points and two other Paladins scored in double digits as Furman beat Chattanooga.

Lady Jaguars lose, clinch No. 3 seed
The Elite Eight banner hanging from the Christenberry Fieldhouse rafters is a reminder of last season's glory.

Freshman steps up in Jags' win
The game sat in the balance. Augusta State's win streak on the line. And Cameron Tovey was hitting his stride.

Monday excelled both on, off court
The Augusta State athletic department is in the process of developing a set of standards to determine which of its former athletes should have their jerseys retired.

Keep an eye on Paine men
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Keep an eye on Paine men
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Freshman steps up in Jags' win
The game sat in the balance. Augusta State's win streak on the line. And Cameron Tovey was hitting his stride.

NFL notebook

Defensive linemen could go early, often

Green showcases talent at combine

Falcons' Jasper unsure of future

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Mr. Boudry B. Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Leroy Myers    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Williams, Jr.    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Chester C. Burnside    (PETERSBURG, Fla.)
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Mr. Chester C. Burnside    (PETERSBURG, Fla.)

Mr. Robert McKie, Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. David Cardell Bragg    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Lamar Chap Mimbs    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Billie Jean O'Neal    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Chavous    (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)

Mr. Alex Lundy    (LEXINGTON, S.C.)
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Mr. Leroy Climons    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Collez    (WINNIPEG, CANADA)
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Mrs. Mary Clingan Lovett    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Billie Jean O'Neal    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. George Everett Cliett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Christine Outler    (DAVISBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie Graham, Sr.    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Bridges    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Phillip Scarborough    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Tony Holloway    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Blanche McKeller    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. W.L. Ingram    (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Frances Lovett    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Russell Lane Bohler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Annie Holden    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Keith Leonard Simpkins    (ORLANDO, Fla.)

Mr. W.L. Ingram    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mattie Lue Bell Jones    (STILLMORE, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Chavous    (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)
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Mr. Alex Lundy    (LEXINGTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Patsy Deas Butler    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Willie Mae Jones    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Japhus Jackson, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Blanche McKeller    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Charlie Mae Jasper    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Clarence O'Neal    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Virginia Murphy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Annie Oglesby Bragg    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. John M. Weibel, Sr.    (CONCORD, N.C.)
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Mr. Raymond P. Puente    (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Ellis Alonzo Moody    (NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.)
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Mrs. Sarah D. Rivers    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie P. Askren    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mrs. Lurinda Sallywhite    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Vergie Van Hooser    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Fred Thomas    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Edna Phillips    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Alberta Thompson    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Doris J. Moore    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Lurinda Sallywhite    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ina B. Lunsford    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Ethel Bridges    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert House    (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mr. Charles W. Brown III    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Patsy Deas Butler    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Bussey Bunch    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Margaret Bush Campbell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Turner Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tony Holloway    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. David Cardell Bragg    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mattie Lue Bell Jones    (STILLMORE, Ga.)
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Mr. Tyler Wade    (BATH , S.C.)

Mr. Russell Lane Bohler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. John M. Weibel, Sr.    (CONCORD, N.C.)

Mrs. Mary Bussey Bunch    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Margaret Campbell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Arnold B. Chipman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Lamar Chap Mimbs    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Loree Foreman Youngblood    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
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Mr. Cecil Chalker    (GIBSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Frances Lovett    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Keith Leonard Simpkins    (ORLANDO, Fla.)
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Mr. Robert House    (WINDSOR, S.C.)
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Mr. Thomas Chavous    (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mattie Lee Hodges    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Alberta Thompson    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ina B. Lunsford    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ruth Walker Means    (APPLING, Ga.)
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Mrs. Blanche McKeller    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Tyler Wade    (BATH , S.C.)
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Mrs. Doris J. Moore    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Edna Phillips    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Leroy Myers    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Raymond P. Puente    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mr. Carl B. Whitfield    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ruby Tarver    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Phillip Scarborough    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie Albert Butler    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Vergie Van Hooser    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Kenneth Austin Fells    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Harold G. Wetherell    (HARRISON, Ga.)
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Mr. Charles F. Breiner    (NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL.)

Mr. Carl B. "Red" Whitfield    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Rikala Tremiya Brunson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lillie P. Askren    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ethel Bridges    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Rikala Tremiya Brunson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leroy Climons    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Ellis Alonzo Moody    (NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.)

Mrs. Margaret Bush Campbell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Shepherd Wright    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Clingan Lovett    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ruby Tarver    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lewis Elmore Brown    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Raymond P. Puente    (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. George Everett Cliett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Christine Outler    (DAVISBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Graham, Sr.    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Virginia Murphy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertha Hillman    (BATH, S.C.)
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Mr. Robert McKie, Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Fred Thomas    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Charlie Mae Jasper    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah D. Rivers    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mattie Lee Hodges    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond P. Puente    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mr. Japhus Jackson, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Oglesby Bragg    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mr. Eugene Hayes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence O'Neal    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Loree Foreman Youngblood    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mrs. Virginia Murphy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Arnold B. Chipman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Blanche McKeller    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mary Bussey Bunch    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Jones    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. John M. Weibel, Sr.    (CONCORD, N.C.)
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Mrs. Marguerite K. Hinesley    (CAMAK, Ga.)
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Mr. Charles F. Breiner    (NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL.)
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Mrs. Ethel Turner Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Kenneth Austin Fells    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie Albert Butler    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Margaret Campbell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Charlie Mae Jasper (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leroy Climons (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah D. Rivers (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Vergie Van Hooser (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. John M. Weibel, Sr. (CONCORD, N.C.)

Mrs. Mary Frances Lovett (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Russell Lane Bohler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris J. Moore (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. George Everett Cliett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna Phillips (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Albert Butler (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Chavous (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)

Mrs. Lillie P. Askren (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. Japhus Jackson, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lurinda Sallywhite (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Robert House (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mrs. Ethel Turner Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Christine Outler (DAVISBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Oglesby Bragg (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Virginia Murphy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Fred Thomas (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Robert McKie, Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Rikala Tremiya Brunson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Lue Bell Jones (STILLMORE, Ga.)

Mrs. Ina B. Lunsford (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Chavous (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)

Mr. Chester C. Burnside (PETERSBURG, Fla.)

Mrs. Mary Bussey Bunch (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Eugene Hayes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Graham, Sr. (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Ellis Alonzo Moody (NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.)

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

Mrs. Ruby Tarver (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alberta Thompson (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Mattie Lee Hodges (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Clingan Lovett (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Phillip Scarborough (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Leroy Myers (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Arnold B. Chipman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Campbell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Blanche McKeller (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Blanche McKeller (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Ethel Bridges (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Cardell Bragg (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Loree Foreman Youngblood (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. Charles F. Breiner (NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL.)

Mrs. Margaret Bush Campbell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lamar Chap Mimbs (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Billie Jean O'Neal (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. W.L. Ingram (TENNILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Kenneth Austin Fells (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Patsy Deas Butler (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Keith Leonard Simpkins (ORLANDO, Fla.)

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

Mrs. Willie Mae Jones (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Hale Foundation grateful for land donation
The Hale Foundation was formed in 1991 as a not-for-profit organization to help adult men who have an alcohol or drug problem. We provide halfway-house living for 43 residents who receive a 30-day treatment, at no cost to them, from our staff. They are then assisted and required to obtain employment and pay $90 per week for room and board. During their entire stay with us, residents must remain clean and sober (use no alcohol or drugs) and attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in-house and out of the house throughout our community.

Hale Foundation grateful for land donation
The Hale Foundation was formed in 1991 as a not-for-profit organization to help adult men who have an alcohol or drug problem. We provide halfway-house living for 43 residents who receive a 30-day treatment, at no cost to them, from our staff. They are then assisted and required to obtain employment and pay $90 per week for room and board. During their entire stay with us, residents must remain clean and sober (use no alcohol or drugs) and attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in-house and out of the house throughout our community.

Hale Foundation grateful for land donation
The Hale Foundation was formed in 1991 as a not-for-profit organization to help adult men who have an alcohol or drug problem. We provide halfway-house living for 43 residents who receive a 30-day treatment, at no cost to them, from our staff. They are then assisted and required to obtain employment and pay $90 per week for room and board. During their entire stay with us, residents must remain clean and sober (use no alcohol or drugs) and attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in-house and out of the house throughout our community.

Hangin' with Oscar's writers

Hangin' with Oscar's writers
LOS ANGELES - Surrounded by stand-ins accepting plaster Oscar statuettes at the Kodak Theatre, the Academy Awards writing team surveyed cardboard versions of Al Pacino, Charlize Theron, Renee Zellweger and other stars.

Nun is subject of Oscar-nominated film
WHIPPANY, N.J. - Sister Rose Thering recalls that, even as a little girl, the words just didn't sound right: Did the Jews really kill Jesus?

Nun is subject of Oscar-nominated film

Hangin' with Oscar's writers
LOS ANGELES - Surrounded by stand-ins accepting plaster Oscar statuettes at the Kodak Theatre, the Academy Awards writing team surveyed cardboard versions of Al Pacino, Charlize Theron, Renee Zellweger and other stars.

Nun is subject of Oscar-nominated film
WHIPPANY, N.J. - Sister Rose Thering recalls that, even as a little girl, the words just didn't sound right: Did the Jews really kill Jesus?

Overtime

Federer defeats Agassi to reach Dubai final

Area announcements

Overtime

Hoffa's chase nears its end

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. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Federer defeats Agassi to reach Dubai final
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Roger Federer routed Andre Agassi 6-3, 6-1 in the Dubai Open semifinals Saturday and will play Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic in a title match for the third time this year.

Hoffa's chase nears its end
ATHENS, Ga. - Adam Nelson and Reese Hoffa have been chasing $25,000 all winter. Fortunately for the two burly, world-class shot putters, they don't have to run to catch it.

Overtime
Mark Joehnk's two-out single in the 10th inning gave USC Aiken an 8-7 victory over No. 23 Catawba at Roberto Hernandez Stadium in Aiken.

Overtime
USC Aiken found the range from 3-point land, lifting the Lady Pacers to a 62-54 victory over Lander on Saturday in a Peach Belt Conference game in Greenwood, S.C.

Overtime
USC Aiken found the range from 3-point land, lifting the Lady Pacers to a 62-54 victory over Lander on Saturday in a Peach Belt Conference game in Greenwood, S.C.

Federer defeats Agassi to reach Dubai final
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Roger Federer routed Andre Agassi 6-3, 6-1 in the Dubai Open semifinals Saturday and will play Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic in a title match for the third time this year.

Possibility of petition fuels Olympic debate
SAN SICARIO, Italy - The debate over the new women's course for the Olympics grew Saturday when several top skiers threatened to sign a petition urging another site for the super giant slalom at next year's Turin Games.

Hoffa's chase nears its end
ATHENS, Ga. - Adam Nelson and Reese Hoffa have been chasing $25,000 all winter. Fortunately for the two burly, world-class shot putters, they don't have to run to catch it.

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. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Overtime
Mark Joehnk's two-out single in the 10th inning gave USC Aiken an 8-7 victory over No. 23 Catawba at Roberto Hernandez Stadium in Aiken.

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

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

Anglers catch big fish award
Four local fishermen were honored by Georgia's Wildlife Resources Division this month as recipients of the 2004 Georgia Angler Awards for outstanding sportfish caught in state waters.

Outdoors calendar

Anglers catch big fish award

Anglers catch big fish award
Four local fishermen were honored by Georgia's Wildlife Resources Division this month as recipients of the 2004 Georgia Angler Awards for outstanding sportfish caught in state waters.

Fox hunting: All in the chase
THOMSON - Charlie Lewis' love affair with fox hunting began decades ago and has grown more meaningful over time.

Fox hunting: All in the chase
THOMSON - Charlie Lewis' love affair with fox hunting began decades ago and has grown more meaningful over time.

Eagles get sound win vs. Indians
ROME, Ga. - The James Brown tune Payback would have been a fine anthem Friday night at the Rome Forum.

Lady Rebels march on
ALBANY, Ga. -- Two reasons why the Hephzibah girls are undefeated were on display Saturday in the GHSA Class AAA Elite Eight: Foul shooting and depth.

Foot at fault in Wolfpack loss
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Greenbrier had made it so far to be edged out by a foot.

Neva helps end story for Westminster boys
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Westminster Wildcats' season came to an end Friday night in the GISA Class AAA Final Four with a 55-48 loss to Fellowship Christian at Georgia College & State University's Centennial Center.

Eagles' title dreams clipped
Rome, Ga. -- The last weekend of Feb ruary again proved unsatisfying for the Josey Eagles. It was also every bit of shocking.

Lady Rebels march on
ALBANY, Ga. -- Two reasons why the Hephzibah girls are undefeated were on display Saturday in the GHSA Class AAA Elite Eight: Foul shooting and depth.

Pressure gets to Josey girls
ROME, Ga. - The audition for the Elite Eight ended in bitter fashion for the best teams in Region 7-AA.

Foot at fault in Wolfpack loss
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Greenbrier had made it so far to be edged out by a foot.

Pressure gets to Josey girls
ROME, Ga. - The audition for the Elite Eight ended in bitter fashion for the best teams in Region 7-AA.

Eagles get sound win vs. Indians
ROME, Ga. - The James Brown tune Payback would have been a fine anthem Friday night at the Rome Forum.

Falcons' Jasper unsure of future
INDIANAPOLIS - The Atlanta Falcons still don't know if starting nose tackle Ed Jasper will retire or return for his ninth NFL season.

Falcons' Jasper unsure of future
INDIANAPOLIS - The Atlanta Falcons still don't know if starting nose tackle Ed Jasper will retire or return for his ninth NFL season.

Defensive linemen could go early, often
INDIANAPOLIS - In a very good year for defensive linemen, talent is not the only commodity. Confidence - some might say cockiness - is running high, too.

NFL notebook
CHICAGO - All-Pro receiver Muhsin Muhammad agreed to a contract with the Chicago Bears, one day after being released by the Carolina Panthers.

Defensive linemen could go early, often
INDIANAPOLIS - In a very good year for defensive linemen, talent is not the only commodity. Confidence - some might say cockiness - is running high, too.

Green showcases talent at combine
INDIANAPOLIS - David Greene worked with a talented receiving corps as he set an NCAA Division I-A record with 42 victories during the last four years at Georgia.

Green showcases talent at combine
INDIANAPOLIS - David Greene worked with a talented receiving corps as he set an NCAA Division I-A record with 42 victories during the last four years at Georgia.

NFL notebook
CHICAGO - All-Pro receiver Muhsin Muhammad agreed to a contract with the Chicago Bears, one day after being released by the Carolina Panthers.

Black churches work to involve community, improve area
To many people living around Tabernacle Baptist Church on Laney-Walker Boulevard, the Rev. Otis Moss III is "Rev." even if they don't go to his church.

Faith Digest
Missions and Evangelism are the topics for the second annual outreach celebration, which continues today and Sunday at Trinity-on-the-Hill United Methodist Church, 1330 Monte Sano Ave.

Vatican sees Pope's suffering as important message
VATICAN CITY - Young and vigorous when he assumed the papacy, Pope John Paul II has been a picture of pain and suffering in recent years, a bent figure with trembling hands and quavering voice.

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Faith Digest
Missions and Evangelism are the topics for the second annual outreach celebration, which continues today and Sunday at Trinity-on-the-Hill United Methodist Church, 1330 Monte Sano Ave.

Students enroll for biblical Hebrew
Though he was never one for languages, Vern Keszler responded to a radio ad two or three years ago offering lessons in biblical Hebrew.

Anglican leaders, divided over homosexuality
NEWRY, Northern Ireland - Anglican leaders struggling to resolve explosive differences over homosexuality have asked the U.S. Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada to withdraw from a key council of their global communion for three years - a move some feared could be the first step toward a permanent split.

Black churches work to involve community, improve area
To many people living around Tabernacle Baptist Church on Laney-Walker Boulevard, the Rev. Otis Moss III is "Rev." even if they don't go to his church.

Does creation story have links with pagan myths?
It's among the most famous sentences ever written: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."

Vatican sees Pope's suffering as important message
VATICAN CITY - Young and vigorous when he assumed the papacy, Pope John Paul II has been a picture of pain and suffering in recent years, a bent figure with trembling hands and quavering voice.

Does creation story have links with pagan myths?
It's among the most famous sentences ever written: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."

Anglican leaders, divided over homosexuality
NEWRY, Northern Ireland - Anglican leaders struggling to resolve explosive differences over homosexuality have asked the U.S. Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada to withdraw from a key council of their global communion for three years - a move some feared could be the first step toward a permanent split.

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Students enroll for biblical Hebrew
Though he was never one for languages, Vern Keszler responded to a radio ad two or three years ago offering lessons in biblical Hebrew.

Conference at Vineyard is on music
Today's "worship artist" evolved from the crossover between popular music and praise and worship while eluding any denominational tag.

Fox hunting: All in the chase

Everyone loses in consolation snoozer

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
There are more stars in the making than those Idol wannabes!

Quentin Tarantino to direct 'CSI' finale
LOS ANGELES - "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" is going to get the Quentin Tarantino touch.

Quentin Tarantino to direct 'CSI' finale
LOS ANGELES - "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" is going to get the Quentin Tarantino touch.

Quentin Tarantino to direct 'CSI' finale

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
There are more stars in the making than those Idol wannabes!

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

People in the News

Vengeful Vanderbilt shuts down Bulldogs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - After playing to the level of its competition in a loss at Georgia last month, Vanderbilt only let the Bulldogs control the game for 12 minutes on Saturday.

Vengeful Vanderbilt shuts down Bulldogs

Vengeful Vanderbilt shuts down Bulldogs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - After playing to the level of its competition in a loss at Georgia last month, Vanderbilt only let the Bulldogs control the game for 12 minutes on Saturday.

Defensive ends coach to stay

Fabris to stay with UGA
ATHENS, Ga. - Less than a week after accepting a job at Oklahoma, Georgia defensive ends coach Jon Fabris decided to remain in Athens, Georgia coach Mark Richt announced Friday.

Defensive ends coach to stay
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia's next defensive ends coach is its former one. On the night before Jon Fabris was to begin his first day on the job at Oklahoma, he reversed course and has rejoined coach Mark Richt's staff, citing "personal matters."

Defensive ends coach to stay
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia's next defensive ends coach is its former one. On the night before Jon Fabris was to begin his first day on the job at Oklahoma, he reversed course and has rejoined coach Mark Richt's staff, citing "personal matters."

Road Kill candy upsets animal rights activists

Odds and Ends

Students enroll for biblical Hebrew

Vatican sees Pope's suffering as important message

Black churches work to involve community, improve area

Faith Calendar

Anglican leaders, divided over homosexuality

Does creation story have links with pagan myths?

Faith Digest