Thousands bid farewell to 'The Gates'

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.

Group targets 'Jerry Springer - The Opera'
LONDON - A Broadway engagement of "Jerry Springer - The Opera" is still being planned despite pressure from an evangelical Christian group in England, according to the show's producers

Group targets 'Jerry Springer - The Opera'

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.

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.

New Orleans museum traces the history of the cocktail

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'
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.

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.

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.

Christina Applegate makes the leap to Broadway

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.

Chef competes for world ice carving championship

Group targets 'Jerry Springer - The Opera'
LONDON - A Broadway engagement of "Jerry Springer - The Opera" is still being planned despite pressure from an evangelical Christian group in England, according to the show's producers

Baseball drug testing to start Thursday
NEW YORK - Testing under baseball's new drug agreement will start Thursday, according to the commissioner's office.

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

Area standouts swing for fences

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Smoltz in line to be opening day starter

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.

Braves' Franco is still going strong
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Julio Franco was hanging out in the Dominican Republic during the off-season, enjoying life with his family. Then that familiar urge struck.

Braves' Franco is still going strong
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Julio Franco was hanging out in the Dominican Republic during the off-season, enjoying life with his family. Then that familiar urge struck.

Braves' Franco is still going strong

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.

Fears of inflation push stocks lower
NEW YORK - Stocks skidded Monday as investors, concerned about rising prices and the threat of inflation, took profits after last week's three-day rally.

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.

Department store operators to merge

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.

Department store operators to merge
CINCINNATI - Federated Department Stores Inc. is buying rival May Department Stores Co. for $11 billion in cash and stock in a deal that would create a powerhouse better able to compete against discounter Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and upscale merchants.

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.

Dating co-workers is risky business
Love can hurt the heart. But when it invades the office, it can hurt the bottom line, too.

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.

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.

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.

Fewer U.S. workers show job satisfaction
NEW YORK - U.S. workers, pushed to produce more and uneasy about new technology and other changes, are markedly less satisfied with their jobs than they were a decade ago, a new survey says.

Department store operators to merge
CINCINNATI - Federated Department Stores Inc. is buying rival May Department Stores Co. for $11 billion in cash and stock in a deal that would create a powerhouse better able to compete against discounter Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and upscale merchants.

Sector catches drugs' ailment
SAN FRANCISCO - The debacle over faulty drugs besetting the pharmaceutical industry has now spread to the biotech sector, with one of its best-performing companies and a partner pulling their highly touted multiple sclerosis drug from the market after one patient died and another fell seriously ill.

Dating co-workers is risky business
Love can hurt the heart. But when it invades the office, it can hurt the bottom line, too.

Industry awaits merger's effects
NEW YORK - Federated Department Stores Inc.'s play for May Department Stores Inc. is expected to reshape the U.S. retailing landscape, with the possibility of lower prices for consumers and tougher times for suppliers, mall owners and some competitors.

Big investors go for scandal-plagued stocks

Dating co-workers is risky business

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.

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

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.

Anthracite coal shortage leaves homeowners scrambling

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.

Tax preparers look for young filers

Unlikely alliances form in file-sharing case

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.

Auburn looking for tailbacks, quarterback
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville's spring will be dedicated to replacing many of the principals in the Tigers' perfect season.

Chaney will not coach in tournament

LSU wraps up championship

Eat lunch on the job
What can you take for lunch on the go? Sounds like a simple question, but answering it required a trip to the supermarket and some serious brainstorming. Packing lunch isn't always simple, so here are a few suggestions to lighten your load:

Decorated with decay

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.

Tighten teen driving laws

Need is Crystal clear

Rehnquist: Time to go?

Smoke ban must pass

Decorated with decay
What do you call an order to demolish seven dilapidated homes in Augusta? A good start. The truth is, we give owners of such unsafe, unsightly structures far too much leeway.

The BTK arrest

The BTK arrest
Dennis Rader, the 59-year-old Wichita, Kan., man suspected of terrorizing his community with at least 10 murders over the past three decades, seems to be cut from the same cloth as John Wayne Gacy, Chicago's 1970s serial killer who raped, tortured and murdered more than 30 young men.

Decorated with decay
What do you call an order to demolish seven dilapidated homes in Augusta? A good start. The truth is, we give owners of such unsafe, unsightly structures far too much leeway.

Need is Crystal clear
The Oscars telecast Sunday night earned better ratings than any since 2000. Then again, you could get plenty of witnesses to a car wreck if you publicized it in advance.

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.

The BTK arrest
Dennis Rader, the 59-year-old Wichita, Kan., man suspected of terrorizing his community with at least 10 murders over the past three decades, seems to be cut from the same cloth as John Wayne Gacy, Chicago's 1970s serial killer who raped, tortured and murdered more than 30 young men.

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
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.

Need is Crystal clear
The Oscars telecast Sunday night earned better ratings than any since 2000. Then again, you could get plenty of witnesses to a car wreck if you publicized it in advance.

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
NEW YORK - Joan and Melissa Rivers are singing the praises of the Oscar fashions, saying the simple, colorful gowns hit the right note.

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.

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
NEW YORK - Joan and Melissa Rivers are singing the praises of the Oscar fashions, saying the simple, colorful gowns hit the right note.

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.

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.

I'm Glynn, but you can call me Joe

Rain washes out Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am

Toms has no match at La Costa

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

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.

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.

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.

Webb celebrates comeback win

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

Scott Strange wins Myanmar Open

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.

New Ryder Cup captains to be named
LONDON - Ian Woosnam and Nick Faldo might be picked this week as Europe's Ryder Cup captains: the Welshman for 2006 and the Englishman for 2008.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Everyone gets something in return during family visits
My parents dropped by for a mini-visit last week. They like to see their grandson, and I like to see them, so it works out.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Oscars emcee Rock was deplorable
That clicking noise, heard all over America about 8:40 Sunday night, was the sound of televisions being turned off from the Academy Awards.Everett Schultz Jr., Augusta

Social Security crisis is fiction

War objectors are far from brave

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

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

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

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

Willis was right fire-chief choice
Hats off to Augusta commissioners for putting Howard Willis in charge of the fire department. Julie M. Gantz, Augusta

Davidson's chorale deserves a 'bravo'

Social Security deductions favor rich
For years I have been extremely vocal to anyone who would listen to my opposition to the $90,000 tax cap on the Social Security payroll tax. Dave Stewart Sr., Grovetown

Willis was right fire-chief choice

Make room to teach evolution
This is in response to a recent letter to the editor, "No sign evolution is even happening" (Feb. 21). As described herein and alluding to intelligence and knowledge, man has positively been evolving for thousands of years, and will continue to advance according to God's will.Douglas Neal Sr., Augusta

Willis was right fire-chief choice
Hats off to Augusta commissioners for putting Howard Willis in charge of the fire department. Julie M. Gantz, Augusta

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

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

Living briefs

AOL integrates buddy lists with Outlook

On the road from the Internet to the Interstate

Techbits: Smart cars, high-capacity drives and more

Health and fitness calendar

iPods: Dress it up, trick it out

Bring out your inner warrior in 'Mercenaries' game

Social network sites connect people

Seniors Calendar

E-mail reliability at risk as spam controls get aggressive

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-.

Seniors Calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information. To list your activity, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send a fax to 722-7403 or e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Include the name and number of a contact person.

Social network sites connect people
In the online universe, we're all just a few clicks away from each other

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.

Social network sites connect people
In the online universe, we're all just a few clicks away from each other

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.

AOL integrates buddy lists with Outlook
NEW YORK - Users of America Online Inc.'s instant messaging service can now automatically see from Microsoft Corp.'s popular Outlook e-mail application whether their friends and colleagues are online.

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.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-.

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.

AOL integrates buddy lists with Outlook
NEW YORK - Users of America Online Inc.'s instant messaging service can now automatically see from Microsoft Corp.'s popular Outlook e-mail application whether their friends and colleagues are online.

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.

Living briefs
Blame it on Clint Eastwood. Although excellent as a cowboy or rebellious cop, Mr. Eastwood proved to be a spoiler for Augusta Chronicle critic Steven Uhles this year. Mr. Uhles, who had banked heavily on Aviator gold, was beaten by 83 of the 191 entries in this year's Oscar Pick contest. One of the 12 perfect entries was chosen as the winner in a blind draw.

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.

Seniors Calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information. To list your activity, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send a fax to 722-7403 or e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Include the name and number of a contact person.

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.

Living briefs
Blame it on Clint Eastwood. Although excellent as a cowboy or rebellious cop, Mr. Eastwood proved to be a spoiler for Augusta Chronicle critic Steven Uhles this year. Mr. Uhles, who had banked heavily on Aviator gold, was beaten by 83 of the 191 entries in this year's Oscar Pick contest. One of the 12 perfect entries was chosen as the winner in a blind draw.

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.

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.

Lynx come back to beat Grrrowl

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.

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?

Meeting targets road project

Trainer's dogs bring happiness to elderly

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.

Vigil held for children attacked by father

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.

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.

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.

Soldier remembered as courageous, determined

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.

Budget, maps are top concerns

Girlfriend is charged in shooting
A Martinez man was hospitalized Sunday night, and his girlfriend has been accused of his shooting, police said.

Across the area

Blackville man dies on patrol
AIKEN - Spc. Jason L. Moski's friends and family remembered him Monday as an all-American boy who died a patriotic and dedicated family man.

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.

Nurse practitioners hold rally
ATLANTA - About four dozen nurse practitioners and midwives marched to the Capitol through Monday's drizzle, chanting and calling for legislation that would authorize their profession to write prescriptions.

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.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A state judge will consider today whether a 15-year-old boy who claimed Zoloft led him to kill his grandparents should get a new trial or have his 30-year sentence reduced.

Start of trial brings back bad memories of slayings

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Wet walk

City considers funds for survey of parking
City commissioners will consider a recommendation today to use sales tax money to pay for a comprehensive parking study for downtown Augusta.

SRS spinoff thrives globally

N. Augusta road plans get money
Congress has awarded $4 million to three North Augusta road projects, and the money is expected to be added to the area's large-scale transportation plans this week.

Alcohol sales code to stay in place

Man sentenced to life in prison
One of two men accused of killing Shanequa Carpenter in front of her children last June pleaded guilty Monday.

Authorities release suspect's name
Officials released the name of a man Monday charged in the shooting death of another man in Lincoln County last weekend.

Officials plan traffic system upgrades
Suppose in the year 2025 a semi-truck plows into a guardrail on Interstate 20, backing up cars for miles.

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County welcomes magazine ranking
Montene Dozier says there's just something special about her rural Columbia County community, called Winfield.

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

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.

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

Rants and Raves
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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.

Across the area
A Greenbrier High School student died in a single-car wreck Sunday night on William Few Parkway.

Across the area

Teacher appeals decision
A former Alternative School teacher who was fired for refusing to teach appealed the one-year suspension of her teaching certificate Monday.

Day care rating system could be on hold

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Lincoln County murder suspect identified

Meeting targets road project
Sometimes the traffic isn't flowing well on Flowing Wells Road. But residents will get a chance today to sound off about the problem and hear its proposed solution at a public meeting in Martinez Elementary School's cafeteria.

Two more Landrum officers suspended

Doctors try to curb use of antibiotics
LaTassha Scott, of Wrens, Ga., knows not to demand antibiotics for a cold or for her 5-year-old daughter Niya's sniffles.

Authorities release suspect's name

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

Interstate crash kills driver

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.

Schools crack down on gangs

Doctors try to curb use of antibiotics

The week ahead

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

Across the southeast

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.

Meeting targets road project
Sometimes the traffic isn't flowing well on Flowing Wells Road. But residents will get a chance today to sound off about the problem and hear its proposed solution at a public meeting in Martinez Elementary School's cafeteria.

Teacher appeals decision
A former Alternative School teacher who was fired for refusing to teach appealed the one-year suspension of her teaching certificate Monday.

Columbia County visitor agency planned
It's a big step toward promoting Columbia County independently. That's how some officials referred to a recommendation Monday for a convention and visitors bureau in Columbia County.

Authorities release suspect's name
Officials released the name of a man Monday charged in the shooting death of another man in Lincoln County last weekend.

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Across the area
A Greenbrier High School student died in a single-car wreck Sunday night on William Few Parkway.

Nurse practitioners hold rally
ATLANTA - About four dozen nurse practitioners and midwives marched to the Capitol through Monday's drizzle, chanting and calling for legislation that would authorize their profession to write prescriptions.

Across Georgia
SUWANNEE, FLA. - Rescuers found two 14-year-old Georgia boys dead Monday in the Gulf of Mexico, two days after they became separated from a school group during a kayaking trip, authorities said.

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.

Kid of the Day
Chandler Logan Walters is today's Kid of the Day.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A state judge will consider today whether a 15-year-old boy who claimed Zoloft led him to kill his grandparents should get a new trial or have his 30-year sentence reduced.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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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.

Limits on gifts remain in limbo

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

Some things unchanged in Legislature

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.

Officials work to get children active

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.

Kid of the Day

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.

One dead in motel shooting

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.

S.C. behind in number of nurses

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.

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.

County welcomes magazine ranking

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.

Teacher appeals decision

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.

Auto crash kills Evans teenager

Officials plan traffic system upgrades

Building owner met scam suspects

Nurse practitioners hold rally

Teacher will sign copies of first book

Across Georgia

Gay marriage debate to continue at Statehouse

Blackville man dies on patrol

Across Georgia
SUWANNEE, FLA. - Rescuers found two 14-year-old Georgia boys dead Monday in the Gulf of Mexico, two days after they became separated from a school group during a kayaking trip, authorities said.

Man sentenced to life in prison

Across Georgia

Blackville man dies on patrol
AIKEN - Spc. Jason L. Moski's friends and family remembered him Monday as an all-American boy who died a patriotic and dedicated family man.

Across South Carolina

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.

Man sentenced to life in prison
One of two men accused of killing Shanequa Carpenter in front of her children last June pleaded guilty Monday.

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.

Doctors try to curb use of antibiotics
LaTassha Scott, of Wrens, Ga., knows not to demand antibiotics for a cold or for her 5-year-old daughter Niya's sniffles.

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Westside senior is named STAR student
Never one to live in her older brother's shadow, Allyson Taft earned her own STAR status Monday.

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.

Officials plan traffic system upgrades
Suppose in the year 2025 a semi-truck plows into a guardrail on Interstate 20, backing up cars for miles.

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City considers funds for survey of parking

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.

City considers funds for survey of parking
City commissioners will consider a recommendation today to use sales tax money to pay for a comprehensive parking study for downtown Augusta.

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.

News you can use
Location and time of upcoming meetings:

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.

County welcomes magazine ranking
Montene Dozier says there's just something special about her rural Columbia County community, called Winfield.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Berry earns award for big-screen's worst

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'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

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.

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.

New home-video releases

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
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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

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.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Selected music reviews:

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

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.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

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.

Flat tires leave Earnhardt frustrated

Former Richmond track owner Paul Sawyer dies

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.

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.

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.

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
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

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

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.

Biffle predicts his latest win

Black History Month Essay Contest

A Man for Changes

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.

Dr. Charles Richard Drew

My Big Sister

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 African American Hero - Ms. Valarie A. Williams

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

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.

Jessye Norman

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.

Marion Jones An Olympic Sprinter and Long Jump Champion

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.

Oprah Winfrey: Determination at its Best

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.

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 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.

Gilbert ready to take over Cavaliers

Gilbert ready to take over Cavaliers
CLEVELAND - LeBron James will soon have a new boss. Detroit mortgage mogul Dan Gilbert will be introduced as the Cleveland Cavaliers next owner on Tuesday.

Gilbert ready to take over Cavaliers
CLEVELAND - LeBron James will soon have a new boss. Detroit mortgage mogul Dan Gilbert will be introduced as the Cleveland Cavaliers next owner on Tuesday.

Chaney will not coach in tournament
PHILADELPHIA - Temple's John Chaney will not coach in the Atlantic 10 tournament, part of a self-imposed punishment for ordering rough play by one of his players in a recent game that resulted in an opponent's injury.

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.

Chaney will not coach in tournament
PHILADELPHIA - Temple's John Chaney will not coach in the Atlantic 10 tournament, part of a self-imposed punishment for ordering rough play by one of his players in a recent game that resulted in an opponent's injury.

Nun makes sense for Xavier
CINCINNATI - When he became Xavier's coach, Sean Miller quickly discovered who had the most clout in the school's high-profile basketball program - a 72-year-old nun.

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.

Williams, speedy times draw attention at combine

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Augusta Chronicle's Oscar contest winner

What's in store for next year's Oscars
LOS ANGELES - "Million Dollar Baby?" Old news. Jamie Foxx? Ancient history.

Changes to Academy Awards don't rock tradition too hard

'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.

What's in store for next year's Oscars

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.

'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.

Chris Rock comes out swinging as Oscar host

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

Augusta Chronicle's Oscar contest winner
Blame it on Clint Eastwood. Although excellent as a cowboy or rebellious cop, Mr. Eastwood proved to be a spoiler for Augusta Chronicle critic Steven Uhles this year. Mr. Uhles, who had banked heavily on Aviator gold, was beaten by 83 of the 191 entries in this year's Oscar Pick contest. One of the 12 perfect entries was chosen as the winner in a blind draw.

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.

Freeman, Foxx wins could add to Oscar history

'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.

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
LOS ANGELES - Hollywood's biggest stars walked off-camera, dazed but delighted, into hugs and high-fives.

'The Sea Inside' wins Oscar for best foreign film

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

Hilary Swank goes own way on red carpet

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.

Augusta Chronicle's Oscar contest winner
Blame it on Clint Eastwood. Although excellent as a cowboy or rebellious cop, Mr. Eastwood proved to be a spoiler for Augusta Chronicle critic Steven Uhles this year. Mr. Uhles, who had banked heavily on Aviator gold, was beaten by 83 of the 191 entries in this year's Oscar Pick contest. One of the 12 perfect entries was chosen as the winner in a blind draw.

'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.

How 'Baby' grew up to be a champ
LOS ANGELES - Every cent that made up the estimated $116 million budget of "The Aviator" was evident on screen, from its soaring flying sequences to its depiction of the lavish lifestyle Howard Hughes led alongside his cohorts and conquests.

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

What's in store for next year's Oscars
LOS ANGELES - "Million Dollar Baby?" Old news. Jamie Foxx? Ancient history.

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

Intimate moments backstage at the Oscars

'Million Dollar Baby,' Eastwood take top Oscars

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.

NCAA targets failing grades for teams

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Aussie gets first ATP victory

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Evans earned the preseason No. 1 ranking in the latest Gasports.com Class AAAA baseball coaches poll.

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Evans earned the preseason No. 1 ranking in the latest Gasports.com Class AAAA baseball coaches poll.

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.

NCAA targets failing grades for teams
INDIANAPOLIS - At least one team at half the nation's Division I schools could lose scholarships next year because of poor academic performance, according to a preliminary report released Monday by the NCAA.

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.

NCAA targets failing grades for teams
INDIANAPOLIS - At least one team at half the nation's Division I schools could lose scholarships next year because of poor academic performance, according to a preliminary report released Monday by the NCAA.

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.

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.

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.

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.

E! prepares for Jackson trial series
LOS ANGELES - The start of the Michael Jackson trial Monday also means the start of the Michael Jackson trial, the TV version.

FCC rejects indecency complaints of 'Saving Private Ryan'
WASHINGTON - ABC's broadcast last Veterans Day of the Oscar-winning war movie "Saving Private Ryan," which contains graphic violence and profanity, did not violate indecency guidelines, regulators ruled Monday.

Oscars television audience down slightly from last year
NEW YORK - With comedian Chris Rock, the Academy Awards succeeded in its effort to find a younger audience - but perhaps at the expense of the country as a whole.

Oscars television audience down slightly from last year

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

FCC rejects indecency complaints of 'Saving Private Ryan'
WASHINGTON - ABC's broadcast last Veterans Day of the Oscar-winning war movie "Saving Private Ryan," which contains graphic violence and profanity, did not violate indecency guidelines, regulators ruled Monday.

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.

'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

Oscars television audience down slightly from last year
NEW YORK - With comedian Chris Rock, the Academy Awards succeeded in its effort to find a younger audience - but perhaps at the expense of the country as a whole.

'NYPD Blue' ends after 12 years

E! prepares for Jackson trial series

FCC rejects indecency complaints of 'Saving Private Ryan'

E! prepares for Jackson trial series
LOS ANGELES - The start of the Michael Jackson trial Monday also means the start of the Michael Jackson trial, the TV version.

Jackson jurors to hear tale of two trials

People in the News

Quiet town braces for start of Jackson trial

People in the News

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.

Bye gives USC Aiken a breather
The importance of earning a first-round bye in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament hasn't gone unnoticed to USC Aiken coach Mike Brandt.

Mississippi defeats Lady Gamecocks

Bye gives USC Aiken a breather
The importance of earning a first-round bye in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament hasn't gone unnoticed to USC Aiken coach Mike Brandt.

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.

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.

Bye gives USC Aiken a breather

Baseball: South Carolina tops Niagara

16-year-old should stay home, live her own lifeteen advice
This week's problem: My boyfriend wants me to move to Florida with him. I really want to go, but at the same time I don't want to leave because I'm afraid of what my mama might say. But I want to leave because I don't want us to split up.

Teens find creative outlet, enjoyment through crochet
With its intricate stitches and difficult knots, crochet seems like an outdated hobby.

Xtreme question of the week

Teen's artistic talent earns awards, work around school

16-year-old should stay home, live her own lifeteen advice

Tips can end wardrobe blahs

Teen's artistic talent earns awards, work around school
There are moments when you learn who you are, and that moment came in sixth grade for Karleigh Hambrick.

Artist is art's only confining obstacle

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RENT OR BUY THESE NEW DVDS: In The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, the comical creatures of Bikini Bottom venture outside the city to face the dangers of the open ocean in a quest to prove a friend's innocence. Also available is Exorcist: The Beginning, the prequel to the series about a priest who encounters a devil-possessed boy in Africa.

Teens find creative outlet, enjoyment through crochet

Teens find creative outlet, enjoyment through crochet
With its intricate stitches and difficult knots, crochet seems like an outdated hobby.

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Tips can end wardrobe blahs
When was the last time you woke up saying you had nothing to wear? How about the last time you made an "emergency trip to the mall" to update your wardrobe?

16-year-old should stay home, live her own lifeteen advice
This week's problem: My boyfriend wants me to move to Florida with him. I really want to go, but at the same time I don't want to leave because I'm afraid of what my mama might say. But I want to leave because I don't want us to split up.

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Tips can end wardrobe blahs
When was the last time you woke up saying you had nothing to wear? How about the last time you made an "emergency trip to the mall" to update your wardrobe?

Xtreme question of the week
Q: Do you write or read Web logs?

Teen's artistic talent earns awards, work around school
There are moments when you learn who you are, and that moment came in sixth grade for Karleigh Hambrick.

Artist is art's only confining obstacle
As an aspiring artist, I'm interested in anything to do with art. In the past few years, I've had the opportunity to visit a variety of museums - from the Tate Modern in London to New York City's Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum. In between these visits, I've seen street exhibits and local photographers. Looking at some of my own artistic interests led me to a fascinating question: What is the limit of art?

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Are you a sucker for accessories? Always on the quest for that perfect pair of earrings that no one else has? Enter shmello.net.

Artist is art's only confining obstacle
As an aspiring artist, I'm interested in anything to do with art. In the past few years, I've had the opportunity to visit a variety of museums - from the Tate Modern in London to New York City's Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum. In between these visits, I've seen street exhibits and local photographers. Looking at some of my own artistic interests led me to a fascinating question: What is the limit of art?

Xtreme calendar
RENT OR BUY THESE NEW DVDS: In The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, the comical creatures of Bikini Bottom venture outside the city to face the dangers of the open ocean in a quest to prove a friend's innocence. Also available is Exorcist: The Beginning, the prequel to the series about a priest who encounters a devil-possessed boy in Africa.

Pregnant woman auctions marketing rights for birth

Surgery imposes silence on pope

Pope surprises world with appearance