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'
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'

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

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

Braves: Hudson signs through 2009
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Tim Hudson, it seems, won't be a one-year wonder in Atlanta.

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.

Dating co-workers is risky business

GM, Ford sales slide again
DETROIT - In a familiar pattern for the nation's two largest automakers, General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. posted sales declines last month, while Japanese rivals and the smallest of Detroit's Big Three made impressive gains.

Company's tools aid in tracking employees
If you think sneaking in some errands after that business meeting is something your boss will never discover, think again.

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.

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.

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.

GM, Ford sales slide again
DETROIT - In a familiar pattern for the nation's two largest automakers, General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. posted sales declines last month, while Japanese rivals and the smallest of Detroit's Big Three made impressive gains.

Company's tools aid in tracking employees
If you think sneaking in some errands after that business meeting is something your boss will never discover, think again.

Five area banks will be closed
Wachovia Corp. announced Tuesday it will gain eight area branches as part of its merger with SouthTrust Bank. Wachovia currently has 19 area branches; SouthTrust has 13.

Top brokerage takes wide loss
NEW YORK - Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc., the nation's largest insurance brokerage, on Tuesday reported a wider-than-expected loss of $676 million for the fourth quarter as it absorbed a host of restructuring charges, regulatory fines and related expenses.

Five area banks will be closed

Decline in oil costs lures buyers back
NEW YORK - Falling oil prices and a broker upgrade of the semiconductor sector pushed stocks higher Tuesday, enticing buyers back into the market after the previous session's losses.

Top brokerage takes wide loss

Grave Medicare ills await attention
WASHINGTON - A looming Medicare shortage is seven times the size of the one that Social Security faces and nearly four times the entire federal debt. It is not being addressed by President Bush and Congress, and, to some, that is just as well.

Grave Medicare ills await attention

Department store operators to merge

Company's tools aid in tracking employees

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

Decline in oil costs lures buyers back

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

Grave Medicare ills await attention
WASHINGTON - A looming Medicare shortage is seven times the size of the one that Social Security faces and nearly four times the entire federal debt. It is not being addressed by President Bush and Congress, and, to some, that is just as well.

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.

Top brokerage takes wide loss
NEW YORK - Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc., the nation's largest insurance brokerage, on Tuesday reported a wider-than-expected loss of $676 million for the fourth quarter as it absorbed a host of restructuring charges, regulatory fines and related expenses.

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.

Five area banks will be closed
Wachovia Corp. announced Tuesday it will gain eight area branches as part of its merger with SouthTrust Bank. Wachovia currently has 19 area branches; SouthTrust has 13.

Decline in oil costs lures buyers back
NEW YORK - Falling oil prices and a broker upgrade of the semiconductor sector pushed stocks higher Tuesday, enticing buyers back into the market after the previous session's losses.

GM, Ford sales slide again

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.

Lander women defeat GC&S

Chaney will not coach in tournament

Paine needs all-around game to win tournament

Lady Ospreys, Lady Owls survive first round

Jags don't count on home edge

Confederate flag follows SEC tournament.

Camellia Classic remains in limbo

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.

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.

A community's CAT scan
Lots of folks have taken snapshots of Augusta before. This is different. This is a panoramic portrait unlike anything we've seen in years, if ever.

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.

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.

A community's CAT scan

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.

A community's CAT scan
Lots of folks have taken snapshots of Augusta before. This is different. This is a panoramic portrait unlike anything we've seen in years, if ever.

Need is Crystal clear

Winds of freedom

Winds of freedom
The resignation of Lebanon's pro-Syrian government Monday is the latest gust in what appears to be the winds of democracy blowing through the Mideast.

The BTK arrest

Decorated with decay

Winds of freedom
The resignation of Lebanon's pro-Syrian government Monday is the latest gust in what appears to be the winds of democracy blowing through the Mideast.

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.

Defense attacks case against Michael Jackson
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Michael Jackson's lawyer told jurors in a powerful opening statement Tuesday that authorities found no DNA evidence in the entertainer's bedroom to support child molestation charges and had to change the dates of the alleged crimes because the accuser's story changed.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Stella McCartney and her husband have named their infant son.

The top five list
The top five list in entertainment.

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.

Defense attacks case against Michael Jackson
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Michael Jackson's lawyer told jurors in a powerful opening statement Tuesday that authorities found no DNA evidence in the entertainer's bedroom to support child molestation charges and had to change the dates of the alleged crimes because the accuser's story changed.

The top five list
The top five list in entertainment.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Stella McCartney and her husband have named their infant son.

Families of special needs kids need a financial plan
NEW YORK - Millions of American parents struggle with the day-to-day responsibilities of caring for physically or mentally disabled children, but often their biggest challenge is putting financial strategies in place to ensure that the kids are taken care of as they all grow older.

Families of special needs kids need a financial plan

Families of special needs kids need a financial plan
NEW YORK - Millions of American parents struggle with the day-to-day responsibilities of caring for physically or mentally disabled children, but often their biggest challenge is putting financial strategies in place to ensure that the kids are taken care of as they all grow older.

Book features recipes from southern Africa
CONCORD, N.H. - For me, Africa is all about the wine.Admittedly, although South Africa is producing some amazing wines of late, that's not an entirely fair assessment. It is a continent of amazing cultures, foods and geography. Wine is but a tiny fraction of what makes it such a wonderful place.

Food briefs

Low-fat Greek lamb casserole
Greek lamb casserole, a savory one-dish dinner, is a lighter interpretation of pastitsio, a Greek pasta casserole.

Food briefs
AVERY ISLAND, La. - "Toast to Tidewater," a cookbook published by the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Inc., pays tribute to local food and wine so successfully that it has been named national first-place winner in this year's Tabasco community cookbook awards.

Food briefs
AVERY ISLAND, La. - "Toast to Tidewater," a cookbook published by the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Inc., pays tribute to local food and wine so successfully that it has been named national first-place winner in this year's Tabasco community cookbook awards.

Alfred Portale sees home cooking as simple pleasure
NEW YORK - His latest cookbook's mandate was "to create recipes that didn't require a lot of stuff," Alfred Portale said, getting straight to the point.

Alfred Portale sees home cooking as simple pleasure
NEW YORK - His latest cookbook's mandate was "to create recipes that didn't require a lot of stuff," Alfred Portale said, getting straight to the point.

Alfred Portale sees home cooking as simple pleasure

Low-fat Greek lamb casserole

Low-fat Greek lamb casserole
Greek lamb casserole, a savory one-dish dinner, is a lighter interpretation of pastitsio, a Greek pasta casserole.

Youth is on Georgia Tech's side
ATLANTA - One class of players could hold the key to Georgia Tech's hopes of a late-season and tournament run.

Youth is on Georgia Tech's side
ATLANTA - One class of players could hold the key to Georgia Tech's hopes of a late-season and tournament run.

Youth is on Georgia Tech's side

Parry masters Tour's hardest hole
Australian Craig Parry returns to the Doral Resort and Spa Blue Monster Course this week to defend his Ford Championship title.

Parry masters Tour's hardest hole

Parry masters Tour's hardest hole
Australian Craig Parry returns to the Doral Resort and Spa Blue Monster Course this week to defend his Ford Championship title.

Newsmaker: David Toms
David Toms, on his dream golf foursome:

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.

NHL officials, players hold meetings
NEW YORK - The NHL board of governors made two things quite clear Tuesday: there will be hockey in the fall and commissioner Gary Bettman will still be in charge.

NHL officials, players hold meetings
NEW YORK - The NHL board of governors made two things quite clear Tuesday: there will be hockey in the fall and commissioner Gary Bettman will still be in charge.

NHL officials, players hold meetings

Skillet jambalaya is one-pot pleaser
Spanish rice with pork chops or chicken was a common one-skillet supper when I was growing up, but at my house the dish has been replaced by another one-pot rice dish - jambalaya.

Skillet jambalaya is one-pot pleaser
Spanish rice with pork chops or chicken was a common one-skillet supper when I was growing up, but at my house the dish has been replaced by another one-pot rice dish - jambalaya.

Skillet jambalaya is one-pot pleaser

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.

Aiken shooting suspect might have fled to Columbia
Authorities suspect that a 16-year-old shooting suspect from Aiken fled to Columbia, police said today.

Willis was right fire-chief choice

Keysville's ex-mayor is remarkable
Thank you so much for that very inspiring article on Keysville Mayor Emma Gresham ("Keysville mayor to end career with few regrets," Feb. 20).Patricia Anne Pierce-Garcia Schaack, Grosskrotzenburg, Germany

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

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

Abortion clinics are immoral

Abortion clinics are immoral
In World War II, more than 10 million lives were snuffed out in "legal" concentration camps. The world has long since condemned those immoral atrocities.Gene Binet, Martinez

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

Article was music to guild's ears
My compliments on a very interesting and informative article Feb. 23 on the Murphy M. Holloway Jr. Symphony in Schools Program for the public schools in Aiken County.James M. Wetzel, Aiken, S.C.

Keysville's ex-mayor is remarkable

Abortion clinics are immoral
In World War II, more than 10 million lives were snuffed out in "legal" concentration camps. The world has long since condemned those immoral atrocities.Gene Binet, Martinez

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

Keysville's ex-mayor is remarkable
Thank you so much for that very inspiring article on Keysville Mayor Emma Gresham ("Keysville mayor to end career with few regrets," Feb. 20).Patricia Anne Pierce-Garcia Schaack, Grosskrotzenburg, Germany

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

By picking Bush, here's what you got
During last year's presidential campaign, the right wing offered any number of reasons to fear a Kerry presidency.Stephanie Wilson, Evans

Seniors Calendar

Living briefs

Health and fitness calendar

Living briefs

Social network sites connect people

AOL integrates buddy lists with Outlook

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

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.

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.

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-.

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.

Living briefs
Ah, there's no rest for the skinny. America's Next Top Model launches it fourth cycle as Tyra Banks welcomes a new group of 14 wannabes to Los Angeles to compete for cover-girl fame. Let the catfights begin! The show airs at 8 on UPN.

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.

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.

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-.

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.

Living briefs
Ah, there's no rest for the skinny. America's Next Top Model launches it fourth cycle as Tyra Banks welcomes a new group of 14 wannabes to Los Angeles to compete for cover-girl fame. Let the catfights begin! The show airs at 8 on UPN.

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

Man sentenced to life in prison

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.

News you can use

Repairs at jail will be costly

Across Georgia

ASU gets Russian scholar

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Aiken shooting suspect might have fled to Columbia

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

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.

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.

Parents criticize property proposal

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 region

Bogus insurance force taxis, limos off streets
ATLANTA - Thousands of taxis and limousines are being pulled off the streets in Georgia because the companies that own them were sold millions of dollars in what authorities say were bogus insurance policies.

Lack of staff slows work at crime labs

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.

Research lab costs grow for Aiken County

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.

Correction

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.

Two face forgery charges

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

Burke receives feticide charge

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Blackville man dies on patrol

Sales tax will pay for parking study

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

Across the area

Across South Carolina

North Augusta officials might purchase lodge

Nurse practitioners hold rally

Augusta cases are unaffected by ruling

City considers funds for survey of parking

News you can use

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

Authorities arrest man in ex-wife's slaying

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.

Research lab costs grow for Aiken County
AIKEN -- The county must spend about $525,000 more than it anticipated to complete its hydrogen research lab, leaving it with a shoestring budget of $133,000 to finish the project by October.

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.

News you can use
State legislatures are back in session , and here's how you can contact your representatives and senators:

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.

Correction
A profile obituary about Mary Campbell in Monday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly reported the name of her brother, Walton B. Campbell. It also misidentified a predecessor of Augusta State University, which was the Junior College of Augusta.

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

Augusta cases are unaffected by ruling
A U.S. Supreme Court decision Tuesday outlawing the death penalty for crimes committed by juveniles affects cases in Georgia and South Carolina, but none in the Augusta Judicial Circuit.

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.

Across the region
SUMMERVILLE , S.C.- The stepson of a 34-year-old man has been charged with murder after authorities said the stepfather was stabbed to death.

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.

Across the area
A woman federal authorities say helped scam businesses up and down the East Coast out of hundreds of thousands of dollars appeared in Richmond County federal magistrate court Monday.

Lack of staff slows work at crime labs
For law enforcement and prosecutors, forensic science can be a blessing, helping end mysteries surrounding unexplained deaths or solving crimes.

Sales tax will pay for parking study
Augusta commissioners agreed to pay for the Downtown Develop-ment Authority's $52,500 parking study for the city's central business district Tuesday with Phase 4 sales tax money.

North Augusta officials might purchase lodge
NORTH AUGUSTA - When city officials praise the historic virtues of the old Palmetto Lodge, they focus on a golden era when the place catered to the turn-of-the-century hunting needs of the American plutocracy.

Parents criticize property proposal
Parents of Evans Middle School students voiced their concerns to school officials at a Tuesday meeting about the possible development of 1.8 acres of school property.

Across the area

Authorities arrest man in ex-wife's slaying
GIBSON, Ga. - A Gibson-area man was charged Tuesday with killing of his estranged wife, less than 24 hours after the couple were involved in a minor incident that Glascock County Sheriff Dean Couch said seemed to end amicably.

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.

Repairs at jail will be costly
Augusta commissioners received some unwelcome news Tuesday. It will cost $26.9 million to renovate the Law Enforcement Center on Walton Way to make it habitable for 20 years and $50 million to replace it, according to a recent study of the facility.

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.

Two face forgery charges
Two Grovetown men have been indicted on racketeering and forgery charges after police say they created and sold forged identification and immigration documents, according to a recently released indictment.

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.

Burke receives feticide charge
Less than two weeks before his trial, the man accused of killing Tamara Dunstan and her unborn child was reindicted Tuesday.

Doctors try to curb use of antibiotics

ASU gets Russian scholar
Augusta college students don't have to travel to Russia this year to study the country's history and current political environment.

County welcomes magazine ranking

North Augusta officials might purchase lodge
NORTH AUGUSTA - When city officials praise the historic virtues of the old Palmetto Lodge, they focus on a golden era when the place catered to the turn-of-the-century hunting needs of the American plutocracy.

Officials plan traffic system upgrades

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Authorities release suspect's name

Aiken shooting suspect might have fled to Columbia
Authorities suspect that a 16-year-old shooting suspect from Aiken fled to Columbia, police said today.

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.

Lack of staff slows work at crime labs
For law enforcement and prosecutors, forensic science can be a blessing, helping end mysteries surrounding unexplained deaths or solving crimes.

Meeting targets road project

Correction
A profile obituary about Mary Campbell in Monday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly reported the name of her brother, Walton B. Campbell. It also misidentified a predecessor of Augusta State University, which was the Junior College of Augusta.

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.

News you can use
State legislatures are back in session , and here's how you can contact your representatives and senators:

Teacher appeals decision

Kid of the Day
Alyssa Willis is today's Kid of the Day.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Research lab costs grow for Aiken County
AIKEN -- The county must spend about $525,000 more than it anticipated to complete its hydrogen research lab, leaving it with a shoestring budget of $133,000 to finish the project by October.

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

Augusta cases are unaffected by ruling
A U.S. Supreme Court decision Tuesday outlawing the death penalty for crimes committed by juveniles affects cases in Georgia and South Carolina, but none in the Augusta Judicial Circuit.

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 the area
A woman federal authorities say helped scam businesses up and down the East Coast out of hundreds of thousands of dollars appeared in Richmond County federal magistrate court Monday.

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
A woman federal authorities say helped scam businesses up and down the East Coast out of hundreds of thousands of dollars appeared in Richmond County federal magistrate court Monday.

News you can use
Location and time of upcoming meetings:

Sales tax will pay for parking study
Augusta commissioners agreed to pay for the Downtown Develop-ment Authority's $52,500 parking study for the city's central business district Tuesday with Phase 4 sales tax money.

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.

Authorities arrest man in ex-wife's slaying
GIBSON, Ga. - A Gibson-area man was charged Tuesday with killing of his estranged wife, less than 24 hours after the couple were involved in a minor incident that Glascock County Sheriff Dean Couch said seemed to end amicably.

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.

Road widening raises concerns
To Lisa Thompson, adding lanes of traffic to Flowing Wells Road simply means adding danger, which is why she firmly opposes a $6 million state project to widen 1.6 miles of the growing Columbia County roadway.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Parents criticize property proposal
Parents of Evans Middle School students voiced their concerns to school officials at a Tuesday meeting about the possible development of 1.8 acres of school property.

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.

Two face forgery charges
Two Grovetown men have been indicted on racketeering and forgery charges after police say they created and sold forged identification and immigration documents, according to a recently released indictment.

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.

Repairs at jail will be costly
Augusta commissioners received some unwelcome news Tuesday. It will cost $26.9 million to renovate the Law Enforcement Center on Walton Way to make it habitable for 20 years and $50 million to replace it, according to a recent study of the facility.

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.

ASU gets Russian scholar
Augusta college students don't have to travel to Russia this year to study the country's history and current political environment.

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.

Burke receives feticide charge
Less than two weeks before his trial, the man accused of killing Tamara Dunstan and her unborn child was reindicted Tuesday.

Two airlines add Masters flights
The Big Apple and the nation's capital will be just a hop, skip and a flight away from Augusta come Masters Tournament time.

News you can use
Location and time of upcoming meetings:

PGA Tour should embrace the idea of shorter season
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- During the Sunday brunch break at the accosting at La Costa, the most exciting alternative was to listen to PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem.

PGA Tour should embrace the idea of shorter season
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- During the Sunday brunch break at the accosting at La Costa, the most exciting alternative was to listen to PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem.

New home-video releases
Selected home-video releases:

New 'Star Wars' trailer to premiere during 'The O.C.'
NEW YORK - Darth Vader is coming to "The O.C." The trailer for "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" will premiere during the March 10 episode of the Fox show

New home-video releases

New home-video releases
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Readers comment on band selections
The Sadistic Morons would make a heck of a name for a rock band. It's also what some of our readers thought of us when they saw the field and the pairings for the first week of our Great American Rock Band contest. Here are some of the best comments we received:

Usher and Alicia Keys dominate Soul Train Awards
LOS ANGELES - Fresh off their Grammy success, Usher and Alicia Keys dominated the Soul Train Awards, with each winning two individual awards and sharing the prize for best R&B-soul single by a group or duo.

Is your band on a roll?
We're bruised and battered, like Bruce Springsteen on the streets of Philadelphia. The angry e-mail flows deep.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Selected music reviews:

Is your band on a roll?
We're bruised and battered, like Bruce Springsteen on the streets of Philadelphia. The angry e-mail flows deep.

Readers comment on band selections

Is your band on a roll?

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Selected music reviews:

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

Readers comment on band selections
The Sadistic Morons would make a heck of a name for a rock band. It's also what some of our readers thought of us when they saw the field and the pairings for the first week of our Great American Rock Band contest. Here are some of the best comments we received:

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.

Bobcats topple Kings
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Gerald Wallace expected to be fired up to play against the Sacramento Kings. Instead, he felt an overwhelming letdown when the group that took the floor looked nothing like his former team.

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.

Bobcats topple Kings
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Gerald Wallace expected to be fired up to play against the Sacramento Kings. Instead, he felt an overwhelming letdown when the group that took the floor looked nothing like his former team.

Bobcats topple Kings

Gilbert ready to take over Cavaliers

Paine needs all-around game to win tournament
Ron Spry gives a sheepish grin when asked about his team's tournament chances.

Lady Ospreys, Lady Owls survive first round
Ten minutes after her team's near meltdown, North Florida senior Brittney Davis couldn't sit still.

Jags don't count on home edge
Flying under the radar won't be an option for first-year coach Dip Metress and his Jaguars. Not after how they've performed at home.

Confederate flag follows SEC tournament.
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Confederate flag could cost South Carolina future sporting events like the Southeastern Conference women's basketball tournament this week at Greenville's Bi-Lo Center.

Lander women defeat GC&S
The last time Georgia College & State visited Christen¤berry Fieldhouse, the Lady Bobcats climbed up ladders and cut down nets.

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.

Lady Ospreys, Lady Owls survive first round
Ten minutes after her team's near meltdown, North Florida senior Brittney Davis couldn't sit still.

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.

Paine needs all-around game to win tournament
Ron Spry gives a sheepish grin when asked about his team's tournament chances.

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.

Jags don't count on home edge
Flying under the radar won't be an option for first-year coach Dip Metress and his Jaguars. Not after how they've performed at home.

Confederate flag follows SEC tournament.
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Confederate flag could cost South Carolina future sporting events like the Southeastern Conference women's basketball tournament this week at Greenville's Bi-Lo Center.

Lander women defeat GC&S
The last time Georgia College & State visited Christenberry Fieldhouse, the Lady Bobcats climbed up ladders and cut down nets.

Panthers: Smith sad to see Muhammad go

Study says NFL teams are too fat

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What's in store for next year's Oscars

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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NCAA targets failing grades for teams

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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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Area high schools are requested to send their spring sports schedules to The Augusta Chronicle.

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Area high schools are requested to send their spring sports schedules to The Augusta Chronicle.

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.

Panthers: Smith sad to see Muhammad go
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - With Muhsin Muhammad gone, Carolina receiver Steve Smith is hesitant to step into the leadership role left vacant when the Panthers released his All-Pro teammate.

Panthers: Smith sad to see Muhammad go
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - With Muhsin Muhammad gone, Carolina receiver Steve Smith is hesitant to step into the leadership role left vacant when the Panthers released his All-Pro teammate.

Study says NFL teams are too fat
CHICAGO -- It's no secret that size matters in the National Football League, but a new study suggests that a whopping 56 percent of NFL players would be considered obese by some medical standards.

Study says NFL teams are too fat
CHICAGO -- It's no secret that size matters in the National Football League, but a new study suggests that a whopping 56 percent of NFL players would be considered obese by some medical standards.

PGA Tour should embrace the idea of shorter season

Bachelorette turns down marriage proposals
NEW YORK - "Bachelorette" Jen Schefft received two marriage proposals on the ABC dating show's finale, but accepted neither.

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.

Bachelorette turns down marriage proposals
NEW YORK - "Bachelorette" Jen Schefft received two marriage proposals on the ABC dating show's finale, but accepted neither.

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.

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.

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.

E! prepares for Jackson trial series

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.

Bachelorette turns down marriage proposals

FCC rejects indecency complaints of 'Saving Private Ryan'

Defense attacks case against Michael Jackson

The top five list

People in the News

People in the News

USC's standout running back dismissed

Bye gives USC Aiken a breather

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.

USC's standout running back dismissed
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina dismissed leading rusher Demetris Summers from the team Tuesday for violating athletics department policy.

USC's standout running back dismissed
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina dismissed leading rusher Demetris Summers from the team Tuesday for violating athletics department policy.

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.

Camellia Classic remains in limbo
The Regions Cup schedule is out, but an additional event could be added during the season.

Camellia Classic remains in limbo
The Regions Cup schedule is out, but an additional event could be added during the season.

411
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Teens find creative outlet, enjoyment through crochet
With its intricate stitches and difficult knots, crochet seems like an outdated hobby.

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

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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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.

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?

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?

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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.

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.

Tips can end wardrobe blahs

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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.

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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.

Teens find creative outlet, enjoyment through crochet

Teen's artistic talent earns awards, work around school

Artist is art's only confining obstacle

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?

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

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