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.

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.

New Orleans museum traces the history of the cocktail

Thousands bid farewell to 'The Gates'

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.

Chef competes for world ice carving championship

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.

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

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.

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'

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
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.

Area standouts swing for fences

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
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.

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
"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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Lucia Harding learned years ago what to do when her W-2 form arrived. Give it to her parents.

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

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.

Department store operators to merge

Big investors go for scandal-plagued stocks

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.

Unlikely alliances form in file-sharing case

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.

Yahoo's legacy: Profits possible on Internet

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.

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.

Dating co-workers is risky business

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Tax preparers look for young filers

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.

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.

LSU wraps up championship

Chaney will not coach in tournament

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:

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.

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

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.

Need is Crystal clear

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.

Tighten teen driving laws

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.

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
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.

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?

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.

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.

Decorated with decay

The BTK arrest

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.

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.

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.

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.

I'm Glynn, but you can call me Joe

Webb celebrates comeback win

O'Malley wins New Zealand PGA

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

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.

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.

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

Rain washes out Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am

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.

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.

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.

War objectors are far from brave

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

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

Social Security crisis is fiction

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Techbits: Smart cars, high-capacity drives and more

On the road from the Internet to the Interstate

AOL integrates buddy lists with Outlook

Seniors Calendar

E-mail reliability at risk as spam controls get aggressive

Social network sites connect people

Bring out your inner warrior in 'Mercenaries' game

Living briefs

iPods: Dress it up, trick it out

Health and fitness calendar

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.

Start of trial brings back bad memories of slayings

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.

Vigil held for children attacked by father

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.

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.

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.

Budget, maps are top concerns

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Trainer's dogs bring happiness to elderly

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.

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.

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?

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

Day care rating system could be on hold

Soldier remembered as courageous, determined

Lincoln County murder suspect identified

S.C. behind in number of nurses

SRS spinoff thrives globally

Interstate crash kills driver

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.

Schools crack down on gangs

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

The week ahead

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.

Across the southeast

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.

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.

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.

Teacher appeals decision

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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 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.

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.

Rants and Raves
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Rants and Raves
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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

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.

Some things unchanged in Legislature

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

Officials work to get children active

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.

Kid of the Day

Rants and Raves
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Two more Landrum officers suspended

One dead in motel shooting

Wet walk

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

Auto crash kills Evans teenager

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.

Building owner met scam suspects

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

Teacher will sign copies of first book

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.

Gay marriage debate to continue at Statehouse

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.

Limits on gifts remain in limbo

Officials plan traffic system upgrades

Across Georgia

Across Georgia

Across South Carolina

Blackville man dies on patrol

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.

Doctors try to curb use of antibiotics

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

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.

City considers funds for survey of parking

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.

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.

Rants and Raves
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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
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.

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.

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.

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.

Nurse practitioners hold rally

Rants and Raves
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Across the area

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.

Man sentenced to life in prison

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.

Across South Carolina

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

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

Meeting targets road project

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.

News you can use

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.

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

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

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.

News you can use
Location and time of upcoming meetings:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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
LOS ANGELES - Hoisting her Academy Award in one hand and newly won Razzie in the other, Halle Berry reveled in a career low point.

New home-video releases
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New home-video releases
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Berry earns award for big-screen's worst

New home-video releases

'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.

'Diary of a Mad Black Woman' debuts at top

'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.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
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T.I. is conquering rap world

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
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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

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.

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 predicts his latest win

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.

Flat tires leave Earnhardt frustrated

Jessye Norman

Marion Jones An Olympic Sprinter and Long Jump Champion

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.

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
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.

Black History Month Essay Contest

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

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.

From Rags to Riches

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.

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.

Oprah Winfrey: Determination at its Best

My African American Hero - Ms. Valarie A. Williams

My Big Sister

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.

Gilbert ready to take over Cavaliers

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.

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.

Williams, speedy times draw attention at combine

Mr. Walter Beale    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James H. Sharpton    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ina B. Lunsford    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Loree Foreman Youngblood    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

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Mrs. Patsy Deas Butler    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Phyllis Coleman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Robert House    (WINDSOR, S.C.)
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Mrs. Margaret Bush Campbell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Emma C. Walker    (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Catalino Rivera    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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Mrs. Nadine Wall    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Willie McCorkle    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Jane M. Taylor    (LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.)
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William Ryan Howell    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ruby Tarver    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Jesse Snell, Sr.    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. J. Gordon Alford, Jr.    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Mittie C. Robinson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Roger B. Tyler, Sr.    (DAHLONEGA, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond P. Puente    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Rosa Opeyi    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Intimate moments backstage at the Oscars
LOS ANGELES - Hollywood's biggest stars walked off-camera, dazed but delighted, into hugs and high-fives.

'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.

'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

What's in store for next year's Oscars

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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
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.

'The Sea Inside' wins Oscar for best foreign film

Chris Rock comes out swinging as Oscar host

Intimate moments backstage at the Oscars

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

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.

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

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NCAA targets failing grades for teams

Aussie gets first ATP victory

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

E! prepares for Jackson trial series

'NYPD Blue' ends after 12 years

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.

A&E betting on 'Sopranos' reruns

FCC rejects indecency complaints of 'Saving Private Ryan'

'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.

Oscars television audience down slightly from last year

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.

'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.

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.

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Jackson jurors to hear tale of two trials

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.

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

Baseball: South Carolina tops Niagara

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
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.

Bye gives USC Aiken a breather

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.

Teens find creative outlet, enjoyment through crochet

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

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

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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.

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?

Tips can end wardrobe blahs

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.

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?

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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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.

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

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

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

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?

Teen's artistic talent earns awards, work around school

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.

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.

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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.

Pregnant woman auctions marketing rights for birth

Surgery imposes silence on pope

Pope surprises world with appearance