Christina Applegate makes the leap to Broadway

New Orleans museum traces the history of the cocktail
NEW ORLEANS - Start with hundreds of antique liquor bottles. Add Art Deco cocktail shakers, vintage swizzle sticks and Tiki cups. Mix well. Serve inside an 1823 French Quarter town house.

Chef competes for world ice carving championship
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - For three straight days, Stanley Kolonko will forsake the comforts of his job as a clubhouse chef to spend 14-hour shifts, toiling in numbing subzero temperatures, chipping and carving a block of ice into a piece of art.

Thousands bid farewell to 'The Gates'

Chef competes for world ice carving championship
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - For three straight days, Stanley Kolonko will forsake the comforts of his job as a clubhouse chef to spend 14-hour shifts, toiling in numbing subzero temperatures, chipping and carving a block of ice into a piece of art.

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.

New Orleans museum traces the history of the cocktail

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."

Thousands bid farewell to 'The Gates'
NEW YORK - Taking advantage of sunny weather and their last chance to see a $21 million art project, thousands of people streamed through Central Park on Sunday to bid farewell to "The Gates," which filled the park's winter-brown landscape with miles of bright orange fabric.

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!

Christina Applegate makes the leap to Broadway
NEW YORK - Christina Applegate is making a leap, a big one. And it's not just during the dance numbers created for her by choreographer Wayne Cilento.

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."

Thousands bid farewell to 'The Gates'
NEW YORK - Taking advantage of sunny weather and their last chance to see a $21 million art project, thousands of people streamed through Central Park on Sunday to bid farewell to "The Gates," which filled the park's winter-brown landscape with miles of bright orange fabric.

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.

Chef competes for world ice carving championship

Alice Munro masters the short story in 'Runaway'

Christina Applegate makes the leap to Broadway
NEW YORK - Christina Applegate is making a leap, a big one. And it's not just during the dance numbers created for her by choreographer Wayne Cilento.

Ah, look at all the zaniness!

New Orleans museum traces the history of the cocktail
NEW ORLEANS - Start with hundreds of antique liquor bottles. Add Art Deco cocktail shakers, vintage swizzle sticks and Tiki cups. Mix well. Serve inside an 1823 French Quarter town house.

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

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!

Area standouts swing for fences

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.

Area standouts swing for fences
High school baseball is no different than walking the halls.

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.

Area standouts swing for fences
High school baseball is no different than walking the halls.

Vandiver's leadership skills were worthy of praise

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Morgann Michele Savage

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.

Isabel Marie Holliday

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Leanna Eloise Heider

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

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.

Riley Bennett Keeter

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.

Chayden Hope Dockal

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.

Ella Kathryn Jackson

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.

Jessa LeeAnne Davidson

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.

Sean Kieran Medcalfe

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.

Joshua Jamil Hadi

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.

Madison Leighann Byrd

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.

Aidan Marcelo Fleming

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.

Jordan Tyler Ghant

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.

Daniel Lee Kraft

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.

Brezlyn Renee Dalton

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.

Emily Catherine Mann

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.

Alden Andrew Robinson

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.

Emma Michelle Nichols

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.

Kaylee Ann Estrada

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.

McKenzie Elizabeth Aiken

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.

Emma Caroline Carter

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.

Kirsten Rileigh Canipe

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.

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.

John Matthew McKinney

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.

Mercer Claire Braddy

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.

Bryson Lee Barrett

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.

Vinson Grey Dresser

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.

McKenzie Lauren Poole

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.

Sophia Raegan Hitt

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.

MiKaylyn Grace Willis

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

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

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.

Kevandre Alexander Fowler

Tristan Cree Turner

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.

Pregnant woman auctions marketing rights for birth
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - One day next month, Amber Rainey will get the nudge that only expectant mothers know. It's time, she'll say to her husband, Ed. They'll have a bag already packed with hospital clothes and a camera. The adventure of parenthood will begin.

Pregnant woman auctions marketing rights for birth
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - One day next month, Amber Rainey will get the nudge that only expectant mothers know. It's time, she'll say to her husband, Ed. They'll have a bag already packed with hospital clothes and a camera. The adventure of parenthood will begin.

Jessye Norman
"Ones voice does not conquer simply by the virtue of its opulence, but does so with its voluptuous shape, rich timbre, vast melody and wide dynamic range." This quote describes the voice of Jessye Norman, a magnificent soprano and opera singer. Jessye Norman has engaged in a career that has brought her worldwide recognitions.

Dr. Charles Richard Drew
Seven hours and thirty-two minutes into Monday morning and my legs are taking me to the laboratory of Dr. Charles Richard Drew located at Freeman's Hospital in Washington, DC. I heard about his achievements in hematology during WWII. At 7:35 I reach the tall mental doors with the biohazard and chemical warning signs posted around them. I rise on the tips of my toes to peer into the lab. I see a fair skinned man with dark wavy hair adjusting a microscope. My foot bumps against the doors and without looking up, Dr. Drew lifts his hand, motioning for me to enter. He says, "It's great to have you Mia," shaking my hand. "I have set up a few slides of blood cells for you, and perhaps when you are finished, we'll tour the lab.

My Big Sister
The person that inspires me the most is my big sister. Her name is Velvet Louise Fortson. She is twenty-seven years old, and has five magnificent children who are unique in their own special way. She has four little boys, (two of them are disabled) and one beautiful little girl. Velvet is a very intelligent, strong, will-powered, skillful, and creative young woman. I know you are probably wondering why I chose to write about someone that is not famous or big in black history. Let me tell you why she inspires me. She pushes me up to reach up higher and higher to my highest goals in life. Sometimes when I just do not think I have enough courage to do something, she always tells me reach into your soul and find what really lies within you. In other words, or to be more specific, she tells me to soul search. I consider that as inspiration.

My African American Hero - Ms. Valarie A. Williams
Ms. Valarie A. Williams. Right now you may be asking "Who?" But where I'm from Ms. Williams is known by everybody for her God-loving spirit and wisdom. To some she's the mom or grandma you never had, to others she's the best friend you thought you lost a long time ago, and the rest of you view her as a guardian angel, who has and will always be there to guide you in the direction of her home... heaven. Please allow me the great pleasure to introduce you to Ms. Valarie A. Williams, my African American hero.

A Man for Changes
It's the beginning of second period, only 8:30, and I still am not fully awake. As the morning announcements erupt over the intercom throughout the school, I pretend to dose off. The announcements begin with the usual obligatory information about club meetings, reminders, and the SAT work of the day. Then, our principal closes with "Keep your hands and negative comments to yourself. Treat others as you wish to be treated. And remember that the teachers are in charge of the classes at all times." Maybe no one pays any attention to this daily adage, but there is a strong message within those words. With this opportunity I would like to share with you my principal's beliefs and the changes our school has made because of him.

From Rags to Riches
Cardboard and wooden planks formed a dilapidated structure they called a house. When it rained, puddles of water from a leaky roof filled the house with smells of dampness. In cold weather, icy winds blew chilly breezes through the dwelling making the inside feel like a winter wonderland.

Ray Charles
Overcoming life's obstacles and being successful is an admirable accomplishment. Ray Charles experienced many different situations in his life and he overcame them all. He never let what happened to him determine what his look on life would be.

Marion Jones An Olympic Sprinter and Long Jump Champion
Can you imagine being at the 2000 Olympics with five medals, three gold and two bronze, hanging around your neck? Not only that but also receiving the title of Athlete of the Year by Associated Press, ESPN, Reuters and the I AAF? Well twenty-nine year old Marion Jones, an Olympic sprinter, and long-jump champion, knows the feeling.

Mrs. Christine Miller-Betts
During my sixth grade year, while attending my first leadership meeting at the Laney Museum, I was introduced to a woman that has proven to be a great inspiration to me. From our very first meeting, she completely captivated me. This calm, sophisticated, and intelligent woman is the Executive Director of the Laney museum. Mrs. Christine Miller-Betts is indeed a great asset to the community, and in fact a profound heroine in my own life. Her tireless efforts to serve as a community activist for the youth of Augusta are clearly evident in the number of people she continues to motivate.

Oprah Winfrey: Determination at its Best
Determination is defined as showing a fixed purpose; firm on a belief. Some people are determined to buy a yacht, be the most popular person, or win a million dollars. Then there are others who determined to make a difference in their lives and eventually a change in others lives. These are the people who are thinking, "What can I do to make this a better place?" Oprah Winfrey is an influential black woman who has decided to take this statement and make a reality.

Black History Month Essay Contest
Dear Students, I would like to congratulate all the participants on their performance in this year's Black History Essay Contest. We received hundreds of essays from students all across Georgia Carolina. Every year, these essays get even more and more compelling to read making it truly difficult for our judges to choose winners. Everyone who participated showed winning attitudes.

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.

Jeff Francoeur on Braves' horizon
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Jeff Francoeur has played out the scene in his head hundreds of times.

Braves close in on contract extension for Hudson

Smoltz in line to be opening day starter
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - It's all but official: John Smoltz will be the opening-day starter for the Atlanta Braves.

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

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

Hampton donates $25,000 to help find missing girl

Smoltz in line to be opening day starter

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.

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 in line to be opening day starter
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - It's all but official: John Smoltz will be the opening-day starter for the Atlanta Braves.

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

Breach at ChoicePoint raises alert on ID theft

Yahoo's legacy: Profits possible on Internet
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Co-founders Jerry Yang and David Filo parlayed Yahoo Inc. from a college hobby into a full-time job 10 years ago, but the Internet icon was never quite comfortable with the happy-go-lucky mood of the dot-com boom.

Yahoo's legacy: Profits possible on Internet
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Co-founders Jerry Yang and David Filo parlayed Yahoo Inc. from a college hobby into a full-time job 10 years ago, but the Internet icon was never quite comfortable with the happy-go-lucky mood of the dot-com boom.

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

On the move

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:

Anthracite coal shortage leaves homeowners scrambling
POTTSVILLE, Pa. - How's this for irony: Pennsylvania sits atop 7 billion tons of anthracite coal, but consumers who use it for home heating have been having a tough time getting it this winter.

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.

Anthracite coal shortage leaves homeowners scrambling
POTTSVILLE, Pa. - How's this for irony: Pennsylvania sits atop 7 billion tons of anthracite coal, but consumers who use it for home heating have been having a tough time getting it this winter.

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.

Unlikely alliances form in file-sharing case
LOS ANGELES - Religious and other conservative groups have shown little love for Hollywood or the recording industry over the years, decrying everything from explicit rap lyrics to Janet Jackson's bared breast at the Super Bowl.

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.

Analysts say Augusta food prices aren't high

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.

Big investors go for scandal-plagued stocks

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.

Tax preparers look for young filers
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Lucia Harding learned years ago what to do when her W-2 form arrived. Give it to her parents.

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.

Big investors go for scandal-plagued stocks
NEW YORK - So much for being scared off by all those risks that can be associated with buying scandal-ridden stocks. That doesn't seem to bother some big investors who see great deals in those kind of holdings.

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.

Tax preparers look for young filers
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Lucia Harding learned years ago what to do when her W-2 form arrived. Give it to her parents.

Tax preparers look for young filers

Big investors go for scandal-plagued stocks
NEW YORK - So much for being scared off by all those risks that can be associated with buying scandal-ridden stocks. That doesn't seem to bother some big investors who see great deals in those kind of holdings.

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:

Unlikely alliances form in file-sharing case
LOS ANGELES - Religious and other conservative groups have shown little love for Hollywood or the recording industry over the years, decrying everything from explicit rap lyrics to Janet Jackson's bared breast at the Super Bowl.

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.

Business calendar

Anthracite coal shortage leaves homeowners scrambling

Property transfers

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.

Get paid as you go

Yahoo's legacy: Profits possible on Internet

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.

Unlikely alliances form in file-sharing case

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.

Baseball: Clemson routs UC Irvine
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson scored 10 runs in the first three innings to beat UC Irvine 10-2 on Sunday.

Southern conference roundup

Top 25 roundup

Monday excelled both on, off court

LSU wraps up championship

Freshman steps up in Jags' win

Rehnquist: Time to go?

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.

Correction

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.

Rehnquist: Time to go?
We're of two minds when it comes to whether ailing U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist should step down. We hate to lose him, but if he's too ill to carry his load, then he should retire, even though it would set off an ugly political firestorm in Washington over his replacement.

Going after the roots

Tighten teen driving laws

Micromanaging again

Tighten teen driving laws
Who says teenagers aren't interested in what goes on in the state legislature? When something affects their lives, they're just as concerned as any other group with a special interest in certain legislation.

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.

Smoke ban must pass
With a solid 44-7 state Senate vote behind it, a strong Georgia smoking ban bill should light up the House to follow suit. But not necessarily. Last year, the Senate decisively passed a similar measure - prohibiting smoking in most public places, including bars and restaurants - but the House snuffed it in committee.

Rehnquist: Time to go?
We're of two minds when it comes to whether ailing U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist should step down. We hate to lose him, but if he's too ill to carry his load, then he should retire, even though it would set off an ugly political firestorm in Washington over his replacement.

Tighten teen driving laws
Who says teenagers aren't interested in what goes on in the state legislature? When something affects their lives, they're just as concerned as any other group with a special interest in certain legislation.

Smoke ban must pass
With a solid 44-7 state Senate vote behind it, a strong Georgia smoking ban bill should light up the House to follow suit. But not necessarily. Last year, the Senate decisively passed a similar measure - prohibiting smoking in most public places, including bars and restaurants - but the House snuffed it in committee.

Smoke ban must pass

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
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.

Jackson jurors to hear tale of two trials
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - More than a year after stunned fans watched authorities arrest Michael Jackson and charge him with molesting a 13-year-old boy at his Neverland Ranch, prosecution and defense lawyers on Monday finally get to outline their cases to a jury.

Jackson jurors to hear tale of two trials
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - More than a year after stunned fans watched authorities arrest Michael Jackson and charge him with molesting a 13-year-old boy at his Neverland Ranch, prosecution and defense lawyers on Monday finally get to outline their cases to a jury.

People in the News
COLUMBUS, Mont. - Actor Mel Gibson has sold his 45,000-acre Beartooth Ranch in a multimillion-dollar handshake deal with a neighbor, the buyers said.

People in the News
COLUMBUS, Mont. - Actor Mel Gibson has sold his 45,000-acre Beartooth Ranch in a multimillion-dollar handshake deal with a neighbor, the buyers said.

Quiet town braces for start of Jackson trial
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The site of Michael Jackson's child molestation trial has had brushes with celebrity before, as a stopover for the biggest stars of Hollywood's golden age en route from Los Angeles to the Hearst Castle and other Central Coast destinations.

Quiet town braces for start of Jackson trial
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The site of Michael Jackson's child molestation trial has had brushes with celebrity before, as a stopover for the biggest stars of Hollywood's golden age en route from Los Angeles to the Hearst Castle and other Central Coast destinations.

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

Yellow Jackets pound Rutgers

Jackets rally to key win

I'm Glynn, but you can call me Joe

Toms has no match at La Costa
CARLSBAD, Calif. - David Toms played some of his best golf to reach the finals of the Match Play Championship.

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

Rain washes out Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am

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.

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.

Rain washes out Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am
LUTZ, Fla. - Hale Irwin summed up in three words the frustration of taking three days to play a little more than a round of golf.

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

Webb celebrates comeback win

Na, Ogilvy grab third-round lead in Tucson

Scott Strange wins Myanmar Open
YANGON, Myanmar - Australia's Scott Strange won his first Asian Tour title Sunday, shooting a 5-under-par 67 to capture the Myanmar Open by a stroke.

Ogilvy wins first title in Tucson playoff
TUCSON, Ariz. - Geoff Ogilvy is back on the fast track.

Toms has no match at La Costa

O'Malley wins New Zealand PGA
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand - Australian Peter O'Malley made a 25-foot birdie putt on the fourth playoff hole to win the New Zealand PGA on Sunday, ruining a comeback attempt by countryman Steven Bowditch.

O'Malley wins New Zealand PGA
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand - Australian Peter O'Malley made a 25-foot birdie putt on the fourth playoff hole to win the New Zealand PGA on Sunday, ruining a comeback attempt by countryman Steven Bowditch.

Rain washes out Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am
LUTZ, Fla. - Hale Irwin summed up in three words the frustration of taking three days to play a little more than a round of golf.

Webb celebrates comeback win
GOLD COAST, Australia - The stony face was nowhere in sight. Karrie Webb was ready to celebrate this time.

Toms has no match at La Costa
CARLSBAD, Calif. - David Toms played some of his best golf to reach the finals of the Match Play Championship.

Webb celebrates comeback win
GOLD COAST, Australia - The stony face was nowhere in sight. Karrie Webb was ready to celebrate this time.

O'Malley wins New Zealand PGA

Scott Strange wins Myanmar Open

Scott Strange wins Myanmar Open
YANGON, Myanmar - Australia's Scott Strange won his first Asian Tour title Sunday, shooting a 5-under-par 67 to capture the Myanmar Open by a stroke.

Foot at fault in Wolfpack loss

Lady Rebels march on

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.

Auto crash kills Evans teenager
A Greenbrier High School student was killed in a car accident Sunday night on William Few Parkway.

Lincoln County murder suspect identified
Authorities have released the name of a man charged in the shooting death of another man in Lincoln County during the weekend.

Woman charged in man's shooting
A Martinez man was hospitalized Sunday night after he was shot in the head by his girlfriend, police said.

Interstate crash kills driver
A 28-year-old Aiken man was killed this morning when his 1997 Honda Accord hydroplaned and struck a tractor-trailer on Interstate 20, authorities said.

Davidson's chorale deserves a 'bravo'
Recently, we attended the American Choral Directors Association National Convention, held in Los Angeles, Feb. 2-6, where the Davidson Fine Arts School Chorale was invited to perform, along with about 80 other choral groups from around the United States and world.Ellis and Ann Johnson, 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

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

Davidson's chorale deserves a 'bravo'

War objectors are far from brave
In a recent letter ("Applaud conscientious objectors," Feb. 13), the Rev. Paul Cook praises whom he calls a conscientious objector and compares him to the so-called brave sailor John Kerry.Larry Nichols, Martinez

War objectors are far from brave

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

Social Security crisis is fiction

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

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

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

Social Security crisis is fiction
I find that the majority of people echoing the mantra that Social Security will become bankrupt do not understand how the system works.Diane K. Smith, Hephzibah

Davidson's chorale deserves a 'bravo'
Recently, we attended the American Choral Directors Association National Convention, held in Los Angeles, Feb. 2-6, where the Davidson Fine Arts School Chorale was invited to perform, along with about 80 other choral groups from around the United States and world. Ellis and Ann Johnson, Augusta

Social Security crisis is fiction
I find that the majority of people echoing the mantra that Social Security will become bankrupt do not understand how the system works. Diane K. Smith, Hephzibah

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

Event with granddaughter was great
Recently, I had both the honor and pleasure of attending The third annual Daddy-Daughter Valentine Dance sponsored by Augusta Girls Inc. I was standing in for my son-in-law, who was unable to attend because of job-related work that took him to Virginia. Jerry L. Graf, Atlanta

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.

Pupils in Richmond, Columbia must embrace four cardinal virtues

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

New secretary of state is inept

War objectors are far from brave
In a recent letter ("Applaud conscientious objectors," Feb. 13), the Rev. Paul Cook praises whom he calls a conscientious objector and compares him to the so-called brave sailor John Kerry. Larry Nichols, Martinez

Get the facts on Social Security

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

Family should not be throwing baby shower

Bring out your inner warrior in 'Mercenaries' game

Take a trip to smell the flowers

iPods: Dress it up, trick it out

Construction site theft steals homeowner dreams

On the road from the Internet to the Interstate

Travel briefs

E-mail reliability at risk as spam controls get aggressive

Home's natural setting was appealing to couple

Techbits: Smart cars, high-capacity drives and more

In the know

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

E-mail reliability at risk as spam controls get aggressive
NEW YORK - Sometimes the only way to know whether an e-mail got through is to call.

iPods: Dress it up, trick it out
SAN FRANCISCO - The world's favorite digital hip-hugger, though prized by the music-porting crowd, often feels incomplete. That's why there are add-ons. Lots of them.

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?

Bring out your inner warrior in 'Mercenaries' game
For days now, I've been playing the Russian Mafia for fools, helping the Chinese and upsetting the delicate balance of power in the Korean peninsula.

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.

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?

On the road from the Internet to the Interstate
CHICAGO - As Tim Krauskopf steers his 33-ton rig and its load of frozen bagels down an Illinois highway, he is indistinguishable from other truckers hauling loads across the nation.

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.

Techbits: Smart cars, high-capacity drives and more
YOKOSUKA, Japan - To make driving safer, Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. is developing a car that swerves back into its lane on its own and features a video system that makes parking a breeze.

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.

Bring out your inner warrior in 'Mercenaries' game
For days now, I've been playing the Russian Mafia for fools, helping the Chinese and upsetting the delicate balance of power in the Korean peninsula.

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.

E-mail reliability at risk as spam controls get aggressive
NEW YORK - Sometimes the only way to know whether an e-mail got through is to call.

On the road from the Internet to the Interstate
CHICAGO - As Tim Krauskopf steers his 33-ton rig and its load of frozen bagels down an Illinois highway, he is indistinguishable from other truckers hauling loads across the nation.

iPods: Dress it up, trick it out
SAN FRANCISCO - The world's favorite digital hip-hugger, though prized by the music-porting crowd, often feels incomplete. That's why there are add-ons. Lots of them.

Techbits: Smart cars, high-capacity drives and more
YOKOSUKA, Japan - To make driving safer, Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. is developing a car that swerves back into its lane on its own and features a video system that makes parking a breeze.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Lynx come back to beat Grrrowl
To say the rivalry between the Augusta Lynx and the Greenville Grrrowl this season has been intense would be an understatement.

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

Lynx come back to beat Grrrowl
To say the rivalry between the Augusta Lynx and the Greenville Grrrowl this season has been intense would be an understatement.

Augusta bounces back for home win

Lynx come back to beat Grrrowl

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

Schools crack down on gangs

Soldier remembered as courageous, determined
ORANGEBURG, S.C. - Army Spc. Katrina L. Johnson Bell was remembered Saturday as a good friend who was courageous, determined and dedicated to her church.

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.

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

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

One dead in motel shooting
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A woman was killed at a Savannah-Chatham County motel by a suspect who shot her as she was trying to enter her room, then began firing at witnesses, injuring one.

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:

Kid of the Day

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.

Limits on gifts remain in limbo

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

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Schools crack down on gangs
ATHENS, Ga. - Training by police is helping the Clarke County School District combat gangs by helping school officials recognize gang behavior and deal with the problem before it gets out of hand, police and school officials said.

Across South Carolina

Day care rating system could be on hold
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Plans to set up a statewide voluntary rating system for day care centers are on hold after the House budget-writing committee blocked the program.

Discussion provides only chance at solutions

Day care rating system could be on hold

Augusta couple accused in scam

Interstate crash kills driver

Where we live

Soldier remembered as courageous, determined

Doctors rebuild face of woman

Vigil held for children attacked by father

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.

Cities may limit train freight

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

To solve problems, we must confront them

Across the southeast
HOMOSASSA, FLA. - Investigators on Sunday released a surveillance camera picture showing a man with two children at a convenience store hours after a missing 9-year-old girl was last seen in her bedroom about a half-mile away.

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

Limits on gifts remain in limbo
ATLANTA - When Meghan Burke-Abowd trekked to the Capitol last week to talk to lawmakers, it was not because she was one of the high-paid lobbyists who often line the halls hoping for a moment with legislators.

Anglers race to Columbia County tournament

Officials work to get children active
ATLANTA - About one in five Georgia children are overweight and another one in six are at risk of becoming overweight, mainly because of a lack of exercise and a poor diet, a new study has found.

Across Georgia

Gay marriage debate to continue at Statehouse
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Debate will continue at the Statehouse this week on a proposal to change the state constitution to ban same-sex marriages - something state law already does.

News you can use

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.

County's top students are chosen

Start of trial brings back bad memories of slayings

Alcohol sales code to stay in place
Five restaurants in Columbia County include the word "bar" in their name, but that doesn't mean bars are allowed in the county.

S.C. behind in number of nurses

Across the area

SRS spinoff thrives globally

Trainer's dogs bring happiness to elderly
AIKEN - Tessa, a long-haired black German shepherd, can shake hands, will sit on command and is the proud owner of an obedience show title.

Across the area

Teacher will sign copies of first book
A bullied whale, who became a bully, forms the basis of the first published children's novel for Riverside Elementary School teacher Sherry Riner.

Budget, maps are top concerns

Five questions
Elizabeth Crute, 12, is this year's Augusta Symphony youth competition winner in the junior division.

Across Georgia

Start of trial brings back bad memories of slayings
BARNWELL, S.C. - The start of a death-penalty trial this week for a man accused of killing teen-agers Joshua Brewer and Albert "A.J." Still Jr. is stoking the embers of a 5-year-old crime that many in Barnwell had worked hard to forget.

Gay marriage debate to continue at Statehouse

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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
SAVANNAH - A woman was killed at a motel by a man who shot her as she was trying to enter her room, then began firing at witnesses, injuring one.

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.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Plans to set up a statewide voluntary rating system for day-care centers are on hold after the House budget-writing committee blocked the program.

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 the area
A Fort Gordon soldier said she was sexually assaulted Saturday afternoon as she left an Augusta Mall restroom.

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

Building owner met scam suspects
Lisa Edmond says she met with but never planned to lease her nightclub space to an Augusta couple who were arrested there during the weekend and are accused of scamming hundreds of thousands of dollars from companies along the East Coast.

Building owner met scam suspects
Lisa Edmond says she met with but never planned to lease her nightclub space to an Augusta couple who were arrested there during the weekend and are accused of scamming hundreds of thousands of dollars from companies along the East Coast.

Across the southeast
HOMOSASSA, FLA. - Investigators on Sunday released a surveillance camera picture showing a man with two children at a convenience store hours after a missing 9-year-old girl was last seen in her bedroom about a half-mile away.

Wet walk
Charlotte Evridge takes a stroll in the rain along Reynolds Street in downtown Augusta.

Wet walk
Charlotte Evridge takes a stroll in the rain along Reynolds Street in downtown Augusta.

Budget, maps are top concerns
ATLANTA - Money and maps will once again dominate the General Assembly's agenda this week as the Legislature looks to address redistricting and state spending.

Schools crack down on gangs
ATHENS, Ga. - Training by police is helping the Clarke County School District combat gangs by helping school officials recognize gang behavior and deal with the problem before it gets out of hand, police and school officials said.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Robert Ervin Kitchens IV, 8, of Augusta.

Woman had passion for relatives, church
Family members will forever recall Margaret Bush Campbell for her strong love for family, friends and First Baptist Church of Augusta.

Some things unchanged in Legislature
ATLANTA - A lot has changed in the Georgia Legislature this year with Republicans in control of both houses. Yet some old customs and practices never seem to die, no matter which party is running the show. Writing a state budget is a case in point.

Budget, maps are top concerns
ATLANTA - Money and maps will once again dominate the General Assembly's agenda this week as the Legislature looks to address redistricting and state spending.

Vigil held for children attacked by father
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Community members sang songs of praise and gave prayers Saturday for the five children who were stabbed with a hunting knife by their father last week.

Limits on gifts remain in limbo
ATLANTA - When Meghan Burke-Abowd trekked to the Capitol last week to talk to lawmakers, it was not because she was one of the high-paid lobbyists who often line the halls hoping for a moment with legislators.

S.C. behind in number of nurses
COLUMBIA, S.C. - As hospitals expand across South Carolina to serve a growing number of patients, officials worry about a looming shortage of nurses to care for those patients.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Robert Ervin Kitchens IV, 8, of Augusta.

Two more Landrum officers suspended
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Two more Landrum police officers have been suspended pending the outcome of a State Law Enforcement investigation into allegations of misconduct and ticket fixing at the department.

Some things unchanged in Legislature
ATLANTA - A lot has changed in the Georgia Legislature this year with Republicans in control of both houses. Yet some old customs and practices never seem to die, no matter which party is running the show. Writing a state budget is a case in point.

The week ahead
You know, you've got to love kids. They remember most of what they're taught and nearly everything they hear, and sometimes you have to stop and laugh when they've learned to use their new expressions or words at just the right time. What is funnier than their complete honesty?

Security hired for Habitat headquarters
AMERICUS, Ga. - Security guards have been hired to monitor Habitat for Humanity International's headquarters while its leaders travel to South Africa next month to discuss the future of the organization.

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

Officials work to get children active
ATLANTA - About one in five Georgia children are overweight and another one in six are at risk of becoming overweight, mainly because of a lack of exercise and a poor diet, a new study has found.

Some things unchanged in Legislature

Vigil held for children attacked by father
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Community members sang songs of praise and gave prayers Saturday for the five children who were stabbed with a hunting knife by their father last week.

Officials work to get children active

Gay marriage debate to continue at Statehouse
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Debate will continue at the Statehouse this week on a proposal to change the state constitution to ban same-sex marriages - something state law already does.

Two more Landrum officers suspended

One dead in motel shooting
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A woman was killed at a Savannah-Chatham County motel by a suspect who shot her as she was trying to enter her room, then began firing at witnesses, injuring one.

Wet walk

Day care rating system could be on hold
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Plans to set up a statewide voluntary rating system for day care centers are on hold after the House budget-writing committee blocked the program.

Auto crash kills Evans teenager

S.C. behind in number of nurses
COLUMBIA, S.C. - As hospitals expand across South Carolina to serve a growing number of patients, officials worry about a looming shortage of nurses to care for those patients.

Building owner met scam suspects

Two more Landrum officers suspended
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Two more Landrum police officers have been suspended pending the outcome of a State Law Enforcement investigation into allegations of misconduct and ticket fixing at the department.

Rants and Raves
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Soldier remembered as courageous, determined
ORANGEBURG, S.C. - Army Spc. Katrina L. Johnson Bell was remembered Saturday as a good friend who was courageous, determined and dedicated to her church.

Lincoln County murder suspect identified

Lincoln County murder suspect identified
Authorities have released the name of a man charged in the shooting death of another man in Lincoln County during the weekend.

One dead in motel shooting

Keys' performance wows crowd of more than 2,000
Windblown and puddle-soaked, more than 2,000 concertgoers braved the weather Sunday to come see R&B star Alicia Keys in concert.

The week ahead

SRS spinoff thrives globally
AIKEN - When the U.S. Air Force wants to sling a satellite into space with one of its Delta IV heavy rockets, it's a simple matter of rolling a more than 1-million-pound booster along a mile-long path to a Cape Canaveral launch pad.

Alcohol sales code to stay in place

The week ahead
You know, you've got to love kids. They remember most of what they're taught and nearly everything they hear, and sometimes you have to stop and laugh when they've learned to use their new expressions or words at just the right time. What is funnier than their complete honesty?

Across South Carolina

Auto crash kills Evans teenager
A Greenbrier High School student was killed in a car accident Sunday night on William Few Parkway.

Teacher will sign copies of first book

Interstate crash kills driver
A 28-year-old Aiken man was killed this morning when his 1997 Honda Accord hydroplaned and struck a tractor-trailer on Interstate 20, authorities said.

Across the southeast

Teacher will sign copies of first book
A bullied whale, who became a bully, forms the basis of the first published children's novel for Riverside Elementary School teacher Sherry Riner.

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.

Trainer's dogs bring happiness to elderly
AIKEN - Tessa, a long-haired black German shepherd, can shake hands, will sit on command and is the proud owner of an obedience show title.

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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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

Start of trial brings back bad memories of slayings
BARNWELL, S.C. - The start of a death-penalty trial this week for a man accused of killing teen-agers Joshua Brewer and Albert "A.J." Still Jr. is stoking the embers of a 5-year-old crime that many in Barnwell had worked hard to forget.

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.

Alcohol sales code to stay in place
Five restaurants in Columbia County include the word "bar" in their name, but that doesn't mean bars are allowed in the county.

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.

Rants and Raves
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Rants and raves
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SRS spinoff thrives globally
AIKEN - When the U.S. Air Force wants to sling a satellite into space with one of its Delta IV heavy rockets, it's a simple matter of rolling a more than 1-million-pound booster along a mile-long path to a Cape Canaveral launch pad.

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
SAVANNAH - A woman was killed at a motel by a man who shot her as she was trying to enter her room, then began firing at witnesses, injuring one.

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.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Plans to set up a statewide voluntary rating system for day-care centers are on hold after the House budget-writing committee blocked the program.

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

Across the area
A Fort Gordon soldier said she was sexually assaulted Saturday afternoon as she left an Augusta Mall restroom.

Trainer's dogs bring happiness to elderly

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.

I'm Glynn, but you can call me Joe
Last week, I wrote about the time I was branded with a nickname in high school because I mispronounced a word in Spanish class. One little slip of the tongue and I became Jugamos, pronounced HOO-gah-mose.

I'm Glynn, but you can call me Joe
Last week, I wrote about the time I was branded with a nickname in high school because I mispronounced a word in Spanish class. One little slip of the tongue and I became Jugamos, pronounced HOO-gah-mose.

'Diary of a Mad Black Woman' debuts at top

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

Berry earns award for big-screen's worst

Berry earns award for big-screen's worst
LOS ANGELES - Hoisting her Academy Award in one hand and newly won Razzie in the other, Halle Berry reveled in a career low point.

'Diary of a Mad Black Woman' debuts at top
LOS ANGELES - "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" got its revenge against mixed critics' reviews by earning $22.7 million and taking first place at the weekend box office.

'Diary of a Mad Black Woman' debuts at top
LOS ANGELES - "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" got its revenge against mixed critics' reviews by earning $22.7 million and taking first place at the weekend box office.

Berry earns award for big-screen's worst
LOS ANGELES - Hoisting her Academy Award in one hand and newly won Razzie in the other, Halle Berry reveled in a career low point.

T.I. is conquering rap world
NEW YORK - Though he bills himself as the "King of the South," T.I. was just beginning to earn his royal coat of arms when a prison sentence threatened to knock him all the way down to serfdom last year.

Q&A: Brian McKnight on love, longevity and lust

Q&A: Brian McKnight on love, longevity and lust
NEW YORK - Brian McKnight has managed to do something unheard of in today's MTV-obsessed, cookie-cutter music world.

Q&A: Brian McKnight on love, longevity and lust
NEW YORK - Brian McKnight has managed to do something unheard of in today's MTV-obsessed, cookie-cutter music world.

T.I. is conquering rap world
NEW YORK - Though he bills himself as the "King of the South," T.I. was just beginning to earn his royal coat of arms when a prison sentence threatened to knock him all the way down to serfdom last year.

T.I. is conquering rap world

NASCAR notebook

Former Richmond track owner Paul Sawyer dies
RICHMOND, Va. - Paul Sawyer, a maverick who was part of stock car racing's development from a regional sport to an international phenomenon as the owner of Richmond International Raceway, has died. He was 88.

Flat tires leave Earnhardt frustrated
FONTANA, Calif. - A series of unexplained flat tires turned the second half of Sunday's NASCAR Nextel Cup race into little more than an extended test session for Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Biffle's gamble pays off for win
FONTANA, Calif. - No matter how hard his pit crew tried to give it away Sunday, Greg Biffle refused to lose the Auto Club 500.

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.

Record setting run puts Busch in front

Biffle's gamble pays off for win
FONTANA, Calif. - No matter how hard his pit crew tried to give it away Sunday, Greg Biffle refused to lose the Auto Club 500.

Martin drives to Busch win

Biffle's gamble pays off for win

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.

Former Richmond track owner Paul Sawyer dies
RICHMOND, Va. - Paul Sawyer, a maverick who was part of stock car racing's development from a regional sport to an international phenomenon as the owner of Richmond International Raceway, has died. He was 88.

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.

Flat tires leave Earnhardt frustrated
FONTANA, Calif. - A series of unexplained flat tires turned the second half of Sunday's NASCAR Nextel Cup race into little more than an extended test session for Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Former Richmond track owner Paul Sawyer dies

Biffle predicts his latest win
FONTANA, Calif. -- Greg Biffle predicted his victory in Sunday's Auto Club 500 a month ago.

Flat tires leave Earnhardt frustrated

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.

Biffle predicts his latest win

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.

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.

Biffle predicts his latest win
FONTANA, Calif. -- Greg Biffle predicted his victory in Sunday's Auto Club 500 a month ago.

Jessye Norman
"Ones voice does not conquer simply by the virtue of its opulence, but does so with its voluptuous shape, rich timbre, vast melody and wide dynamic range." This quote describes the voice of Jessye Norman, a magnificent soprano and opera singer. Jessye Norman has engaged in a career that has brought her worldwide recognitions.

A Man for Changes
It's the beginning of second period, only 8:30, and I still am not fully awake. As the morning announcements erupt over the intercom throughout the school, I pretend to dose off. The announcements begin with the usual obligatory information about club meetings, reminders, and the SAT work of the day. Then, our principal closes with "Keep your hands and negative comments to yourself. Treat others as you wish to be treated. And remember that the teachers are in charge of the classes at all times." Maybe no one pays any attention to this daily adage, but there is a strong message within those words. With this opportunity I would like to share with you my principal's beliefs and the changes our school has made because of him.

Dr. Charles Richard Drew
Seven hours and thirty-two minutes into Monday morning and my legs are taking me to the laboratory of Dr. Charles Richard Drew located at Freeman's Hospital in Washington, DC. I heard about his achievements in hematology during WWII. At 7:35 I reach the tall mental doors with the biohazard and chemical warning signs posted around them. I rise on the tips of my toes to peer into the lab. I see a fair skinned man with dark wavy hair adjusting a microscope. My foot bumps against the doors and without looking up, Dr. Drew lifts his hand, motioning for me to enter. He says, "It's great to have you Mia," shaking my hand. "I have set up a few slides of blood cells for you, and perhaps when you are finished, we'll tour the lab.

A Man for Changes

From Rags to Riches
Cardboard and wooden planks formed a dilapidated structure they called a house. When it rained, puddles of water from a leaky roof filled the house with smells of dampness. In cold weather, icy winds blew chilly breezes through the dwelling making the inside feel like a winter wonderland.

Oprah Winfrey: Determination at its Best

My African American Hero - Ms. Valarie A. Williams
Ms. Valarie A. Williams. Right now you may be asking "Who?" But where I'm from Ms. Williams is known by everybody for her God-loving spirit and wisdom. To some she's the mom or grandma you never had, to others she's the best friend you thought you lost a long time ago, and the rest of you view her as a guardian angel, who has and will always be there to guide you in the direction of her home... heaven. Please allow me the great pleasure to introduce you to Ms. Valarie A. Williams, my African American hero.

My African American Hero - Ms. Valarie A. Williams

My Big Sister
The person that inspires me the most is my big sister. Her name is Velvet Louise Fortson. She is twenty-seven years old, and has five magnificent children who are unique in their own special way. She has four little boys, (two of them are disabled) and one beautiful little girl. Velvet is a very intelligent, strong, will-powered, skillful, and creative young woman. I know you are probably wondering why I chose to write about someone that is not famous or big in black history. Let me tell you why she inspires me. She pushes me up to reach up higher and higher to my highest goals in life. Sometimes when I just do not think I have enough courage to do something, she always tells me reach into your soul and find what really lies within you. In other words, or to be more specific, she tells me to soul search. I consider that as inspiration.

Black History Month Essay Contest

Black History Month Essay Contest
Dear Students,I would like to congratulate all the participants on their performance in this year's Black History Essay Contest. We received hundreds of essays from students all across Georgia Carolina. Every year, these essays get even more and more compelling to read making it truly difficult for our judges to choose winners. Everyone who participated showed winning attitudes.

Dr. Charles Richard Drew

My Big Sister

Marion Jones An Olympic Sprinter and Long Jump Champion

Oprah Winfrey: Determination at its Best
Determination is defined as showing a fixed purpose; firm on a belief. Some people are determined to buy a yacht, be the most popular person, or win a million dollars. Then there are others who determined to make a difference in their lives and eventually a change in others lives. These are the people who are thinking, "What can I do to make this a better place?" Oprah Winfrey is an influential black woman who has decided to take this statement and make a reality.

Jessye Norman

Marion Jones An Olympic Sprinter and Long Jump Champion
Can you imagine being at the 2000 Olympics with five medals, three gold and two bronze, hanging around your neck? Not only that but also receiving the title of Athlete of the Year by Associated Press, ESPN, Reuters and the I AAF? Well twenty-nine year old Marion Jones, an Olympic sprinter, and long-jump champion, knows the feeling.

From Rags to Riches

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

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.

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.

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

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.

LSU wraps up championship
BATON ROUGE, La. - LSU coach Pokey Chatman wrapped up her first season in style - leading No. 1 LSU to a regular-season championship for the first time in school history.

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.

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.

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.

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.

LSU wraps up championship
BATON ROUGE, La. - LSU coach Pokey Chatman wrapped up her first season in style - leading No. 1 LSU to a regular-season championship for the first time in school history.

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.

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.

NFL notebook

Green showcases talent at combine

Defensive linemen could go early, often

Williams, speedy times draw attention at combine

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Mrs. Virginia Murphy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Doris J. Moore    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

Mrs. Mary Bussey Bunch    (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ethel Bridges    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Charlie Mae Jasper    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie P. Askren    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
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Mr. Thomas Chavous    (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)

Mr. Shepherd Wright    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Arnold B. Chipman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Duncan E. Adcox    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Angela Carpenter    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret Adele Morris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Patsy Deas Butler    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mr. Leroy Myers    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Dorothy P. Coombs    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Ina B. Lunsford    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Raymond P. Puente    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Blanche McKeller    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mary Bussey Bunch    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Christine Outler    (DAVISBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Margaret Bush Campbell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Virginia Murphy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. J. Gordon Alford, Jr.    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Vergie Van Hooser    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mattie Lee Hodges    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Patsy Deas Butler    (EVANS, Ga.)

Rikala Tremiya Brunson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ruby Tarver    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert House    (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mr. Phillip Scarborough    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mr. Arnold B. Chipman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Jane M. Taylor    (LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert Joe Rogers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gaynelle Thomas    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ella Mae Sasser    (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Nadine Wall    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Rosa Opeyi    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Wallace    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Mr. Raymond P. Puente    (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Jerry Wayne Avret    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mr. Jesse Snell, Sr.    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Duncan E. Adcox    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Jane M. Taylor    (LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Adele Morris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Charles Wallace    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie P. Askren    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Dorothy P. Coombs    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Frances Lovett    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lillie P. Askren    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Rosa Opeyi    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Billie Jean O'Neal    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Raymond P. Puente    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Charlie Mae Jasper    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mittie C. Robinson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Robert McKie, Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Jesse Snell, Sr.    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Doris J. Moore    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ruby Tarver    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Harold G. Wetherell    (HARRISON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Doris Collez    (WINNIPEG, CANADA)
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Mrs. Blanche McKeller (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Bussey Bunch (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Duncan E. Adcox (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Angela Carpenter (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mr. Charles Wallace (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Bridges (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Margaret Bush Campbell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Leroy Myers (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ella Mae Sasser (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Lee Hodges (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ruby Tarver (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie P. Askren (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Margaret Adele Morris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Eugene Hayes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Margaret Bush Campbell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Patsy Deas Butler (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Charlie Mae Jasper (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. J.C. Hayes, Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

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

Mrs. Virginia Murphy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Christine Outler (DAVISBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Opeyi (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mr. Phillip Scarborough (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

Mr. James Brian Cagney (LEXINGTON, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Jane M. Taylor (LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mittie C. Robinson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Patsy Deas Butler (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Joe Rogers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Gaynelle Thomas (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

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

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

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

Mr. Jerry Wayne Avret (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Rikala Tremiya Brunson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jesse Snell, Sr. (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ruby Tarver (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Charlie Mae Jasper (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Dorothy P. Coombs (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. J. Gordon Alford, Jr. (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

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

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

Mr. James Hutcheson (ADRIAN, 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.

Hilary Swank goes own way on red carpet

'Million Dollar Baby,' Eastwood take top Oscars
LOS ANGELES - The boxing saga "Million Dollar Baby" was the Academy Awards heavyweight Sunday, claiming best picture and three other trophies, including honors for director Clint Eastwood, lead-actress Hilary Swank and supporting-actor Morgan Freeman.

Freeman, Foxx wins could add to Oscar history
LOS ANGELES - Denzel and Halle may have company in the Academy Awards record book.

Superhero film 'The Incredibles' wins animated Oscar
LOS ANGELES - "The Incredibles," the high-octane adventure tale of a family of superheroes who must save both the world and themselves, took home Sunday's Oscar for animated feature.

Freeman, Foxx wins could add to Oscar history
LOS ANGELES - Denzel and Halle may have company in the Academy Awards record book.

Chris Rock comes out swinging as Oscar host

'The Sea Inside' wins Oscar for best foreign film
LOS ANGELES - "The Sea Inside," the Spanish film based on the true story of a bedridden euthanasia lobbyist, won the Oscar for best foreign film Sunday, beating out a tale of Adolf Hitler's final days, South Africa's first Oscar nominee and two movies about the power of music.

Hilary Swank goes own way on red carpet
Stars went strapless at the Oscars - except for Hilary Swank.

'Million Dollar Baby,' Eastwood take top Oscars

'Million Dollar Baby,' Eastwood take top Oscars
LOS ANGELES - The boxing saga "Million Dollar Baby" was the Academy Awards heavyweight Sunday, claiming best picture and three other trophies, including honors for director Clint Eastwood, lead-actress Hilary Swank and supporting-actor Morgan Freeman.

'The Sea Inside' wins Oscar for best foreign film

Chris Rock comes out swinging as Oscar host
LOS ANGELES - Apropos for an Oscar ceremony in which a boxing movie was one of the leading nominees, host Chris Rock came out swinging Sunday night, unleashing his acerbic wit on anyone and everyone in Hollywood - including himself.

Changes to Academy Awards don't rock tradition too hard
LOS ANGELES - At the luncheon for Academy Award nominees earlier this month, this reporter asked Chris Rock if he would keep it clean when he hosted the show.

Hilary Swank goes own way on red carpet
Stars went strapless at the Oscars - except for Hilary Swank.

Freeman, Foxx wins could add to Oscar history

Chris Rock comes out swinging as Oscar host
LOS ANGELES - Apropos for an Oscar ceremony in which a boxing movie was one of the leading nominees, host Chris Rock came out swinging Sunday night, unleashing his acerbic wit on anyone and everyone in Hollywood - including himself.

Intimate moments backstage at the Oscars

'The Sea Inside' wins Oscar for best foreign film
LOS ANGELES - "The Sea Inside," the Spanish film based on the true story of a bedridden euthanasia lobbyist, won the Oscar for best foreign film Sunday, beating out a tale of Adolf Hitler's final days, South Africa's first Oscar nominee and two movies about the power of music.

Changes to Academy Awards don't rock tradition too hard
LOS ANGELES - At the luncheon for Academy Award nominees earlier this month, this reporter asked Chris Rock if he would keep it clean when he hosted the show.

Intimate moments backstage at the Oscars
LOS ANGELES - Hollywood's biggest stars walked off-camera, dazed but delighted, into hugs and high-fives.

Intimate moments backstage at the Oscars
LOS ANGELES - Hollywood's biggest stars walked off-camera, dazed but delighted, into hugs and high-fives.

Changes to Academy Awards don't rock tradition too hard

Aussie gets first ATP victory

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Area announcements

Federer defeats Agassi to reach Dubai final

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Aussie gets first ATP victory
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Unseeded Australian Wayne Arthurs became the oldest first-time winner since the ATP Tour was formed in 1990, beating third-seeded Mario Ancic of Croatia 7-5, 6-3 on Sunday in the Tennis Channel Open.

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
In Aiken, sophomore Peden Rucker pitched eight scoreless innings to help USC Aiken finish a sweep of No. 23 Catawba, 4-1 on Sunday afternoon at Roberto Hernandez Stadium.

Aussie gets first ATP victory
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Unseeded Australian Wayne Arthurs became the oldest first-time winner since the ATP Tour was formed in 1990, beating third-seeded Mario Ancic of Croatia 7-5, 6-3 on Sunday in the Tennis Channel Open.

Overtime
In Aiken, sophomore Peden Rucker pitched eight scoreless innings to help USC Aiken finish a sweep of No. 23 Catawba, 4-1 on Sunday afternoon at Roberto Hernandez Stadium.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Williams, speedy times draw attention at combine
INDIANAPOLIS - Matt Jones and Jerome Mathis turned heads Sunday with their speed. Mike Williams did the same just by working out.

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.

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.

Williams, speedy times draw attention at combine
INDIANAPOLIS - Matt Jones and Jerome Mathis turned heads Sunday with their speed. Mike Williams did the same just by working out.

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.

Pope surprises world with appearance
VATICAN CITY - Touching his throat fitted with a breathing tube, Pope John Paul II on Sunday made a surprise first public appearance after surgery, appearing at his hospital window just moments after a Vatican official stood on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica to read the pontiff's appeal for prayers.

Surgery imposes silence on pope
VATICAN CITY - Pope John Paul II has spent a lifetime savoring the spoken word: as a young amateur actor, as a linguist with command of a dozen languages, and as pontiff, preaching in far-flung churches, airfields and stadiums. Now he is keeping silent on doctors' orders.

Surgery imposes silence on pope
VATICAN CITY - Pope John Paul II has spent a lifetime savoring the spoken word: as a young amateur actor, as a linguist with command of a dozen languages, and as pontiff, preaching in far-flung churches, airfields and stadiums. Now he is keeping silent on doctors' orders.

Pope surprises world with appearance
VATICAN CITY - Touching his throat fitted with a breathing tube, Pope John Paul II on Sunday made a surprise first public appearance after surgery, appearing at his hospital window just moments after a Vatican official stood on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica to read the pontiff's appeal for prayers.

Fox hunting: All in the chase

Everyone loses in consolation snoozer

'NYPD Blue' ends after 12 years
LOS ANGELES - Sure, the nudity was startling. But the proof that "NYPD Blue" would be a bold and unsettling new force on TV was police Detective Andy Sipowicz's snarled insult.

A&E betting on 'Sopranos' reruns

A&E betting on 'Sopranos' reruns
NEW YORK - A&E is placing a $195 million bet - and perhaps its future - on Tony Soprano's broad back.

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

'NYPD Blue' ends after 12 years

A&E betting on 'Sopranos' reruns
NEW YORK - A&E is placing a $195 million bet - and perhaps its future - on Tony Soprano's broad back.

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

'NYPD Blue' ends after 12 years
LOS ANGELES - Sure, the nudity was startling. But the proof that "NYPD Blue" would be a bold and unsettling new force on TV was police Detective Andy Sipowicz's snarled insult.

Jackson jurors to hear tale of two trials

Quiet town braces for start of Jackson trial

People in the News

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.

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.

Vandy downs Lady Dogs in OT
ATHENS, Ga. - Ashley Earley can go to practice with a smile after her buzzer-beater tied No. 20 Vanderbilt with No. 18 Georgia, setting up a 66-59 overtime win for the Commodores Sunday.

Mississippi defeats Lady Gamecocks
OXFORD, Miss. - Armintie Price had her third straight strong game, finishing with 19 points and 16 rebounds in a 57-51 victory over last-place South Carolina on Sunday.

Baseball: South Carolina tops Niagara
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Steve Pearce's grand slam in the eighth inning was the winning hit as South Carolina beat Niagara 6-2 on Sunday.

Mississippi defeats Lady Gamecocks
OXFORD, Miss. - Armintie Price had her third straight strong game, finishing with 19 points and 16 rebounds in a 57-51 victory over last-place South Carolina on Sunday.

Baseball: South Carolina tops Niagara

Baseball: South Carolina tops Niagara
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Steve Pearce's grand slam in the eighth inning was the winning hit as South Carolina beat Niagara 6-2 on Sunday.

Mississippi defeats Lady Gamecocks

Pregnant woman auctions marketing rights for birth

Surgery imposes silence on pope

Pope surprises world with appearance