Fans and producers gear up for 'Spamalot'

Fans and producers gear up for 'Spamalot'
NEW YORK - Sir Michael the Naughty is awfully excited these days - as you might expect from someone who calls himself Sir Michael the Naughty.

Fans and producers gear up for 'Spamalot'
NEW YORK - Sir Michael the Naughty is awfully excited these days - as you might expect from someone who calls himself Sir Michael the Naughty.

Three works by Munch stolen from Norwegian hotel
OSLO, Norway - Three works by Edvard Munch were stolen from a hotel south of Oslo this weekend, the second theft of the renowned Norwegian's art in less than seven months.

Three works by Munch stolen from Norwegian hotel
OSLO, Norway - Three works by Edvard Munch were stolen from a hotel south of Oslo this weekend, the second theft of the renowned Norwegian's art in less than seven months.

Three works by Munch stolen from Norwegian hotel

Can you spell 'ikat'? These kids can

Prosecutors must decide retrial in bomb case
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Jurors just weren't convinced that the city's top medical examiner would tie himself up with barbed wire and hang a bomb around his neck - all because he craved attention.

Prosecutors must decide retrial in bomb case
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Jurors just weren't convinced that the city's top medical examiner would tie himself up with barbed wire and hang a bomb around his neck - all because he craved attention.

Chinese adviser urges lip synching ban
BEIJING -- Chinese government advisers meeting in Beijing this week have some weighty matters to discuss: blocking Taiwan's formal independence, alleviating dire poverty in the countryside. And lip synching.

Mauled man tried to 'reason' with chimps during attack
SAN FRANCISCO - A man who was severely mauled by two chimpanzees at an animal sanctuary last week was quickly overwhelmed when the apes attacked, his wife said Monday.

Odds and Ends
DE PERE, Wis. - For most people, PEZ is just a candy, but Barry Umbs calls his addiction to collecting PEZ dispensers "a bit of an illness."

Odds and Ends
DE PERE, Wis. - For most people, PEZ is just a candy, but Barry Umbs calls his addiction to collecting PEZ dispensers "a bit of an illness."

Chinese adviser urges lip synching ban
BEIJING -- Chinese government advisers meeting in Beijing this week have some weighty matters to discuss: blocking Taiwan's formal independence, alleviating dire poverty in the countryside. And lip synching.

Smoltz solid in spring start

Braves shut out Mets
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Tim Hudson was wearing a different uniform - and throwing the same nasty sinker.

Braves shut out Mets
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Tim Hudson was wearing a different uniform - and throwing the same nasty sinker.

Smoltz solid in spring start
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The stroll to the bullpen was familiar, if only distantly so.

Smoltz solid in spring start
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The stroll to the bullpen was familiar, if only distantly so.

Braves shut out Mets

Group buys paper mill
The redevelopment of an abandoned paper mill in south Richmond County by a group of North Carolina investors was touted as a victory Monday for a local organization.

New auction IPO coming from Internet bank

Blue chips falter as tech shares jump
NEW YORK - A cautious stock market finished the session mixed Monday as a top-level management shakeup at Boeing Co. pressured blue chips, while technology shares saw strong buying.

Group buys paper mill

Ebbers trial jurors get second look at video
NEW YORK - Jurors at the fraud trial of former WorldCom chief Bernard Ebbers saw a videotape for the second time Monday in which Mr. Ebbers told an interviewer that WorldCom's accounting was "very conservative."

Gas prices increasing
CAMARILLO, Calif. - Gas prices increased in the past two weeks as the cost of crude oil jumped, and a combination of factors could push prices at the pump even higher, an industry analyst said Sunday.

Sony appoints foreigner as new chief
TOKYO - Determined to break with its past, Sony Corp. tapped a foreigner - former CBS executive Howard Stringer - as CEO Monday and vowed to turn around its lagging electronics sector by linking it with its entertainment businesses - a goal that has long eluded the company.

Sony appoints foreigner as new chief

Boeing Co. forces out CEO
CHICAGO - Boeing Co. CEO Harry Stonecipher, brought back from retirement 15 months ago to boost the aerospace manufacturer's tainted image, has been forced out because of a new ethics scandal involving an affair he had this year with a female company executive.

Blue chips falter as tech shares jump

Buffet: Berkshire Hathaway on the prowl for acquisitions

Small cars earn poor ratings in crash tests
DETROIT - The Dodge Neon, Ford Focus and Volkswagen New Beetle are among the small cars that got the lowest safety rating in new side-impact crash tests performed by the insurance industry, according to results released Sunday.

Martha Stewart, back at work

New auction IPO coming from Internet bank
WASHINGTON (Dow Jones/AP) - An Internet bank is the latest entrant in the brave new world of auction-based initial public offerings.

Buffet: Berkshire Hathaway on the prowl for acquisitions
OMAHA, Neb. - Billionaire investor Warren Buffett says he's on the prowl this year for new companies after lamenting last year's failure to make multibillion dollar acquisitions that would boost its earnings.

Blog firings prompt calls for better policies
NEW YORK - Flight attendant Ellen Simonetti and former Google employee Mark Jen have more in common than their love of blogging: They both got fired over it.

Martha Stewart, back at work
NEW YORK - A beaming Martha Stewart praised her employees on her first day back at work Monday and told the cheering workers who welcomed her back that she thought of them every single day of her five months in prison.

Small cars earn poor ratings in crash tests
DETROIT - The Dodge Neon, Ford Focus and Volkswagen New Beetle are among the small cars that got the lowest safety rating in new side-impact crash tests performed by the insurance industry, according to results released Sunday.

Ebbers trial jurors get second look at video
NEW YORK - Jurors at the fraud trial of former WorldCom chief Bernard Ebbers saw a videotape for the second time Monday in which Mr. Ebbers told an interviewer that WorldCom's accounting was "very conservative."

Ebbers trial jurors get second look at video

Group buys paper mill
The redevelopment of an abandoned paper mill in south Richmond County by a group of North Carolina investors was touted as a victory Monday for a local organization.

Buffet: Berkshire Hathaway on the prowl for acquisitions
OMAHA, Neb. - Billionaire investor Warren Buffett says he's on the prowl this year for new companies after lamenting last year's failure to make multibillion dollar acquisitions that would boost its earnings.

New auction IPO coming from Internet bank
WASHINGTON (Dow Jones/AP) - An Internet bank is the latest entrant in the brave new world of auction-based initial public offerings.

Sony appoints foreigner as new chief
TOKYO - Determined to break with its past, Sony Corp. tapped a foreigner - former CBS executive Howard Stringer - as CEO Monday and vowed to turn around its lagging electronics sector by linking it with its entertainment businesses - a goal that has long eluded the company.

Martha Stewart, back at work
NEW YORK - A beaming Martha Stewart praised her employees on her first day back at work Monday and told the cheering workers who welcomed her back that she thought of them every single day of her five months in prison.

Small cars earn poor ratings in crash tests

Blue chips falter as tech shares jump
NEW YORK - A cautious stock market finished the session mixed Monday as a top-level management shakeup at Boeing Co. pressured blue chips, while technology shares saw strong buying.

Lady Lakers nab tournament title

Cougars capture title in upset

Lady Lions, Pacers get dance cards

North Carolina tops Duke

Too much of a good thing can be bad for health
While it's true that some foods might fight disease and help you live longer, many of us forget that just because a food is healthful doesn't mean it's calorie free. In fact, eating too much of it might cancel the benefit it provides.

Taking stock
For anyone else moving into a $16 million mansion, it might mean having won the lottery. For Martha Stewart, it's house arrest.

Fire the traitor
The latest word on Ward Churchill is that the University of Colorado may buy out the so-called ethnic studies professor's contract, possibly for as much as $10 million.

Railroad derailed
Norfolk Southern railroad's brass may feel awful about the Jan. 6 train wreck and chlorine spill that killed nine people, injured about 250, and forced evacuation of 5,400 Graniteville area residents from their homes.

Help reservists, Guard

Fire the traitor

Parents as teachers

Parents as teachers
How do you spell relief? Easy: b-e-n-e-v-o-l-e-n-c-e.

Parents as teachers
How do you spell relief? Easy: b-e-n-e-v-o-l-e-n-c-e.

Help reservists, Guard
National Guard and U.S. military reservists are weekend warriors no more. Many are assigned to active duty for months at a time in Iraq and Afghanistan. When that happens they and their families not only endure the usual anxieties associated with separation and warfare, but they often take a serious income hit as well.

Fire the traitor
The latest word on Ward Churchill is that the University of Colorado may buy out the so-called ethnic studies professor's contract, possibly for as much as $10 million.

Railroad derailed
Norfolk Southern railroad's brass may feel awful about the Jan. 6 train wreck and chlorine spill that killed nine people, injured about 250, and forced evacuation of 5,400 Graniteville area residents from their homes.

Help reservists, Guard
National Guard and U.S. military reservists are weekend warriors no more. Many are assigned to active duty for months at a time in Iraq and Afghanistan. When that happens they and their families not only endure the usual anxieties associated with separation and warfare, but they often take a serious income hit as well.

Railroad derailed

Jackson defense cross-examines accuser's sister
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The jury in Michael Jackson's child molestation trial on Monday heard an audiotape in which the accuser's siblings and mother effusively praised the "King of Pop" as a father figure who took them in after years of abuse by the mother's ex-husband.

Debra Hill, "Halloween" writer-producer, dead at 54
LOS ANGELES - Debra Hill, who co-wrote the horror classic "Halloween" and was one of Hollywood's pioneering woman producers, died Monday, according to a family friend. She was 54.

Debra Hill, "Halloween" writer-producer, dead at 54
LOS ANGELES - Debra Hill, who co-wrote the horror classic "Halloween" and was one of Hollywood's pioneering woman producers, died Monday, according to a family friend. She was 54.

Janet Jackson seeks restraining order
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Janet Jackson is seeking a restraining order against a man she says has been stalking her for nine years and tried last year to bring a box cutter and knife to the New York studio where she was rehearsing an appearance for NBC's "Saturday Night Live."

Ed McMahon hospitalized after fall in home
LOS ANGELES - Ed McMahon, Johnny Carson's former sidekick, was hospitalized after a fall in his Beverly Hills home left him with a mild concussion and a gash in his head that required stitches, his publicist said Monday.

People in the News
TAMPA, Fla. - Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson suffered minor injuries when his sport utility vehicle was hit from behind at a red light by another SUV and both vehicles flipped, police said.

People in the News
TAMPA, Fla. - Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson suffered minor injuries when his sport utility vehicle was hit from behind at a red light by another SUV and both vehicles flipped, police said.

Jackson defense cross-examines accuser's sister
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The jury in Michael Jackson's child molestation trial on Monday heard an audiotape in which the accuser's siblings and mother effusively praised the "King of Pop" as a father figure who took them in after years of abuse by the mother's ex-husband.

Janet Jackson seeks restraining order
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Janet Jackson is seeking a restraining order against a man she says has been stalking her for nine years and tried last year to bring a box cutter and knife to the New York studio where she was rehearsing an appearance for NBC's "Saturday Night Live."

People in the News
TAMPA, Fla. - Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson suffered minor injuries when his sport utility vehicle was hit from behind at a red light by another SUV and both vehicles flipped, police said.

People in the News
TAMPA, Fla. - Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson suffered minor injuries when his sport utility vehicle was hit from behind at a red light by another SUV and both vehicles flipped, police said.

What's the right merger price for investors?
NEW YORK - It's not everyday that you hear about shareholders coming under pressure to leave money on the table when their companies are being bought, which is why some recent merger news is all the more interesting.

What's the right merger price for investors?

What's the right merger price for investors?
NEW YORK - It's not everyday that you hear about shareholders coming under pressure to leave money on the table when their companies are being bought, which is why some recent merger news is all the more interesting.

Hagel touts his version of Social Security plan

Hagel touts his version of Social Security plan
LINCOLN, Neb. - The Social Security retirement age would rise to 68 and benefits would be based in part on life expectancy under a plan unveiled Monday by a leading Republican senator, who said it would help fix the retirement program's long-term financial problems.

Hagel touts his version of Social Security plan
LINCOLN, Neb. - The Social Security retirement age would rise to 68 and benefits would be based in part on life expectancy under a plan unveiled Monday by a leading Republican senator, who said it would help fix the retirement program's long-term financial problems.

Californian nets $100,000 Bassmaster prize
In the final 10 minutes of the four-day Citgo Bassmaster tournament, Californian Mike Reynolds snagged a tiny largemouth that helped him land the $100,000 first prize.

Bass events cast eye on area
Although the Citgo Bassmaster tournament is now over in Columbia County, officials are still looking to land a big catch at Wildwood Park.

Bass events cast eye on area
Although the Citgo Bassmaster tournament is now over in Columbia County, officials are still looking to land a big catch at Wildwood Park.

Bass events cast eye on area

Dictionary, though worn, is a treasure

Woods back to No. 1, but for how long?
MIAMI - Getting back to No. 1 in the world wasn't easy for Tiger Woods.

Tiger wins shootout at OK Doral
MIAMI - Tiger Woods turned in a performance worthy of his return to No. 1.

Masters Update
The Masters Tournament field of 96 players could expand to more than 100 if several players on the qualifying bubble continue their solid play this month.

Sorenstam rallies to win in Mexico

Nicklaus may skip Masters
JUPITER, Fla. - Jack Nicklaus' next competitive round of golf would come in April's Masters Tournament, but even that is highly doubtful.

Sorenstam rallies to win in Mexico
HUIXQUILUCAN, Mexico - Annika Sorenstam rallied to win her first LPGA Tour event of the year, shooting a 4-under 68 in windy conditions Sunday for a three-stroke victory in the inaugural MasterCard Classic.

Nicklaus may skip Masters

Masters Update
The Masters Tournament field of 96 players could expand to more than 100 if several players on the qualifying bubble continue their solid play this month.

Woods back to No. 1, but for how long?
MIAMI - Getting back to No. 1 in the world wasn't easy for Tiger Woods.

Nicklaus may skip Masters
JUPITER, Fla. - Jack Nicklaus' next competitive round of golf would come in April's Masters Tournament, but even that is highly doubtful.

Tiger wins shootout at OK Doral
MIAMI - Tiger Woods turned in a performance worthy of his return to No. 1.

Sorenstam rallies to win in Mexico
HUIXQUILUCAN, Mexico - Annika Sorenstam rallied to win her first LPGA Tour event of the year, shooting a 4-under 68 in windy conditions Sunday for a three-stroke victory in the inaugural MasterCard Classic.

Woods back to No. 1, but for how long?

Masters Update

Tiger wins shootout at OK Doral

Can you spell 'ikat'? These kids can
The Chronicle was again the host of the regional spelling bee last weekend, and as the man who called out the words to these bright, young people, let me tell you I was impressed with their efforts.

Can you spell 'ikat'? These kids can
The Chronicle was again the host of the regional spelling bee last weekend, and as the man who called out the words to these bright, young people, let me tell you I was impressed with their efforts.

Gusty winds knock out electricity
Fierce winds knocked out electricity to several thousand people in the Augusta area and caused many problems for commuters this morning.

Commanding general to head private high school
Fort Gordon's commanding general, Maj. Gen. Janet Hicks, will retire this summer and become the head of Augusta Prep's Upper School by July 1.

Commanding general to head private high school
Fort Gordon's commanding general, Maj. Gen. Janet Hicks, will retire this summer and become the head of Augusta Prep's Upper School by July 1.

Dems need real candidate for 2008
As a registered Republican, I worry about the suicidal tendencies of those in the Democratic Party who decide who will be a candidate for president of the United States. The candidates put forth by the party are what lost them the White House. The ideals and principles of the average Democrat are not the cause of repeated Democratic defeats. Gene Rickaby, Martinez

Local uninsured have many ob/gyn options

Punish the owner, not the breed
In response to Bill Dekle of Millen's letter on pit bulls ("Pit bulls are a dangerous menace," March 3): Macho wannabes and drug dealers have historically misused whatever breed of dog that society perceives, at the time, to be dangerous.James D. Wiggins, North Augusta, S.C.

Road projects move at snail's pace
I had to laugh when I read The Chronicle article concerning Augusta's St. Sebastian Road extension ("Road extension can begin soon," Feb. 10). Penny Strader, Augusta

Punish the owner, not the breed

Punish the owner, not the breed
In response to Bill Dekle of Millen's letter on pit bulls ("Pit bulls are a dangerous menace," March 3): Macho wannabes and drug dealers have historically misused whatever breed of dog that society perceives, at the time, to be dangerous.James D. Wiggins, North Augusta, S.C.

Evidence proves intelligent design
Charles Darwin said it would be absolutely necessary for paleontologists to find indisputable evidence of many "transitional" forms in the Paleozoic fossil record to prove his theory of evolution factual. After 160 years, only a handful of these forms in a possible transitional state have been spotted. Most of the early ones, such as Peking Man and Piltdown Man, have proven to be hoaxes. ... Robert L. Gordon, North Augusta, S.C.

Local uninsured have many ob/gyn options
In response to Pat Lynch-Hayes' letter dated Feb. 27 ("Poor women need medical help"), we would like to address her concerns regarding availability of gynecologists to women in our area.Stacie McGahee and Dan Walton, Augusta

Local uninsured have many ob/gyn options
In response to Pat Lynch-Hayes' letter dated Feb. 27 ("Poor women need medical help"), we would like to address her concerns regarding availability of gynecologists to women in our area.Stacie McGahee and Dan Walton, Augusta

Social Security does face crisis
Diane Smith's letter ("Social Security crisis is fiction," Feb 28) states that trust-fund-interest income can cover Social Security benefit costs to 2042, thus implying no "crisis." Bill Wilson, Aiken, S.C.

'WarioWare: Touched!' delivers similar jolt of intensity

High-tech fishing gear for serious anglers

Apple polishes the PowerBook line

Stair races help keep people fit

Woman finds inspiration in antique tintypes

Seniors calendar

Health and fitness calendar

In hunting, tech pushes envelope of what's ethical

Techbits: New Segway, Browser security and more

Apple polishes the PowerBook line
Apple Computer Inc.'s PowerBooks have long been considered the Rolls-Royce of laptops with their stylish looks, powerful engines and hefty price tags.

Woman finds inspiration in antique tintypes
SANTA ANA, Calif. - The sepia-toned portrait on the wall just inside Harriet Paige's front door catches the eye almost immediately upon entering her home.

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.

Apple polishes the PowerBook line
Apple Computer Inc.'s PowerBooks have long been considered the Rolls-Royce of laptops with their stylish looks, powerful engines and hefty price tags.

High-tech fishing gear for serious anglers
EUFAULA, Ala. - Side-imaging sonar, technology used to locate the wreckage of the Titanic deep in the North Atlantic, is now available to anglers who just want to find a good fishing hole.

Techbits: New Segway, Browser security and more
BEDFORD, N.H. - Segway LLC is rolling out three new models of its self-balancing, two-wheeled machines.

In hunting, tech pushes envelope of what's ethical
GRANTS PASS, Ore. - Ever since man picked up a rock to kill dinner, hunters have been technology pioneers. These days, they've got more gadgets than ever to choose from.

High-tech fishing gear for serious anglers
EUFAULA, Ala. - Side-imaging sonar, technology used to locate the wreckage of the Titanic deep in the North Atlantic, is now available to anglers who just want to find a good fishing hole.

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.

Stair races help keep people fit
CHICAGO - Taking a deep breath to quell the butterflies, Jon Blackburn warmed up before his race up the tallest skyscraper in the country. He lightly stretched his hamstrings. He jiggled his quads. When he reached the starting doorway, Mr. Blackburn gazed up the stairwell and thought, "I can do this."

In hunting, tech pushes envelope of what's ethical
GRANTS PASS, Ore. - Ever since man picked up a rock to kill dinner, hunters have been technology pioneers. These days, they've got more gadgets than ever to choose from.

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.

Techbits: New Segway, Browser security and more
BEDFORD, N.H. - Segway LLC is rolling out three new models of its self-balancing, two-wheeled machines.

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.

'WarioWare: Touched!' delivers similar jolt of intensity
I've been doing a lot of heavy breathing and touching on my Nintendo DS lately. And before your mind hits the gutter, no, it's not some warped love affair with technology.

Woman finds inspiration in antique tintypes
SANTA ANA, Calif. - The sepia-toned portrait on the wall just inside Harriet Paige's front door catches the eye almost immediately upon entering her home.

Stair races help keep people fit
CHICAGO - Taking a deep breath to quell the butterflies, Jon Blackburn warmed up before his race up the tallest skyscraper in the country. He lightly stretched his hamstrings. He jiggled his quads. When he reached the starting doorway, Mr. Blackburn gazed up the stairwell and thought, "I can do this."

'WarioWare: Touched!' delivers similar jolt of intensity
I've been doing a lot of heavy breathing and touching on my Nintendo DS lately. And before your mind hits the gutter, no, it's not some warped love affair with technology.

Minister worked to desegregate schools
NORTH AUGUSTA - The Rev. Nathaniel Irvin Sr. remembers the bus driver waving a pistol in his face like it was yesterday instead of 60 years gone.

South Carolina slow to police the police
CHARLESTON, S.C. - An investigation of South Carolina's system for tracking police officers with histories of misconduct or criminal behavior showed that many officers remained on forces despite major incidents of misconduct and sometimes even criminal behavior.

New center anticipates new reactor
The parent company of the main contractor at the Savannah River Site will launch a 50-person engineering center in Aiken to work on nuclear waste-management projects, officials of Washington Group International said Monday.

Gusty winds knock out electricity

Deaths may shut popular grocery
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - A store run by a couple who became a fixture of historic downtown Lawrenceville could close now that Homer and Carolyn Maughon have died.

Morris Brown College keeps its doors open

South Carolina slow to police the police

Money order scam hits local residents

21 Confederates receive funeral
CHARLESTON, S.C. - It looked like any military funeral. At the end of Saturday's service, soldiers delicately folded flags atop wooden boxes and presented them to crying widows, clad in black.

Database gets credit for drop in uninsured

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Jonathan Riley, 4, of Grovetown.

Minister worked to desegregate schools
NORTH AUGUSTA - The Rev. Nathaniel Irvin Sr. remembers the bus driver waving a pistol in his face like it was yesterday instead of 60 years gone.

Beauty queen's murder trial to start
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A beauty queen shoots and kills her two-timing boyfriend in a confrontation outside the other woman's home - it's a story of soap-opera drama with a key question unresolved.

Commanding general to head private high school

Fishing trip nets exotic fish
COLUMBUS, Ga. - When Marshall Berger reeled the strange silver and red fish from the Chattahoochee River last August, he knew it was far from normal.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Jonathan Riley, 4, of Grovetown.

Tapes show changes in suspect's account
BARNWELL, S.C. - In the early hours after police found two teens shot dead at the Sonic Drive-In, suspect Alfred Tyrone Walker couldn't stick with the same story.

Across Georgia

Columbia County may be missing bus funding
Columbia County's school system could be missing out on thousands of dollars in state funding for its school buses.

Dentists try new tricks

Expenses provoke conflict in cities
Augusta-area officials hope to lasso about $400,000 in federal transportation money to widen the pedestrian walkway of the 13th Street Bridge for bicycle traffic and extend the Bartram Trail from the Augusta Canal to the bridge.

Across the southeast

Fishing trip nets exotic fish
COLUMBUS, Ga. - When Marshall Berger reeled the strange silver and red fish from the Chattahoochee River last August, he knew it was far from normal.

Across the southeast
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Nine-year-old Kelly Ferrer no longer gets the waffles, pancakes and sugar cereals that she loved eating for breakfast in her school cafeteria.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina subsidiary has won a $142 million contract that will bring 600 jobs to the state and save 650 other jobs.

Obesity battle splits lawmakers
ATLANTA - It's as obvious as the plump children who pack the state Capitol every day on school tours. Children in Georgia are too fat, and lawmakers fear a health crisis is looming if the trend isn't reversed.

21 Confederates receive funeral
CHARLESTON, S.C. - It looked like any military funeral. At the end of Saturday's service, soldiers delicately folded flags atop wooden boxes and presented them to crying widows, clad in black.

Beauty queen's murder trial to start

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Kid of the Day

Beach hopes to limit rally to one weekend
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The Myrtle Beach City Council is hoping the upcoming Harley-Davidson motorcycle rally stays a four-day event.

Minor strokes usually precede major attacks

Massage parlor ordinance to be reviewed
It's a Columbia County ordinance that even some county officials admit might be in need of a little massaging.

Columbia County may be missing bus funding

The week ahead

Sheriff, others are honored for roles in crisis

Expenses provoke conflict in cities

Tapes show changes in suspect's account

Across the area
Richmond County authorities were investigating a robbery at a Washington Road convenience store that occurred early Sunday.

Correction

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina subsidiary has won a $142 million contract that will bring 600 jobs to the state and save 650 other jobs.

New center anticipates new reactor

The week ahead
Indecision is ruining my life.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Legislative map would affect boards' makeup

Windows to the soul

Legislative map would affect boards' makeup
ATLANTA - A congressional redistricting plan making its way through the Georgia Legislature could bring major changes to the memberships of the state's most controversial governmental boards, including those that deal with higher education, roads and public health.

Minor strokes usually precede major attacks
Roland Glazener, 77, was planting Easter lilies Saturday when the normally dedicated gardener began to feel a little weak. But it passed after he came inside and had lunch, he said.

Across the area

Money order scam hits local residents
Richmond County authorities are warning area residents not to fall prey to a scam involving fake U.S. Postal Service money orders.

Testimony begins in Sonic Drive-In deaths

Kid of the Day
Preston Mixson is today's Kid of the Day.

Auditor clears agency of fraud
An auditor officially lifted a cloud from an Augusta community development organization Monday by assuring city commissioners he had found no fraud in the agency's operations.

Database gets credit for drop in uninsured
Georgia's Department of Motor Vehicle Safety is putting the brakes on motorists without insurance.

Sheriff, others are honored for roles in crisis
GRANITEVILLE - Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt was lured to Leavelle-McCampbell Middle School under false pretenses Monday afternoon.

Correction
An article in the Across the Area section in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly identified a business from which payroll checks were reported stolen.

Dentists try new tricks
Comfortably reclined, covered with a blanket and delightfully sleepy, Cricket Frederick relaxed while her dentist treated and crowned her decaying tooth.

No relief is in sight for high gas prices
Elite Shuttle Services is still charging customers the same rate for a ride to and from the Atlanta airport, but co-owner Ron Scantlin said ever-rising gas prices may soon make that impossible.

Five questions
Randy Haygood, the athletics supervisor for the Columbia County Recreation Department, oversees the county's minor league baseball tryouts for 10-year-olds, which start at 5:45 p.m. Monday at Patriots Park and last through Thursday.

Windows to the soul
Blake DeVaney, a co-owner of Savannah River Art Glass in North Augusta, touches up the paint around a stained-glass window at St. James United Methodist Church in downtown Augusta.

Trial set in mother's slaying
The trial of an Augusta man who police say confessed nearly a year ago to killing his mother will begin Wednesday in Columbia County.

Students play role of server for trip
Kelly Gross-Bias suffered slightly Monday night for her art. The 15-year-old freshman at John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet High School waited tables for the evening crowd at Golden Corral to raise money to perform in Scotland.

Beach hopes to limit rally to one weekend
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The Myrtle Beach City Council is hoping the upcoming Harley-Davidson motorcycle rally stays a four-day event.

Tapes show changes in suspect's account
BARNWELL, S.C. - In the early hours after police found two teens shot dead at the Sonic Drive-In, suspect Alfred Tyrone Walker couldn't stick with the same story.

S.C. could lose some security money as national focus shifts
COLUMBIA, S.C. - A shift in the federal focus on homeland security could mean fewer grant dollars for South Carolina cities and counties.

Auditor clears agency of fraud
An auditor officially lifted a cloud from an Augusta community development organization Monday by assuring city commissioners he had found no fraud in the agency's operations.

Legislature faces bill deadline
ATLANTA - The General Assembly will meet for just two days before this weekend's special Saturday get-together, but they could be two of the longest days of this year's session.

Morris Brown College keeps its doors open
ATLANTA - It feels as though spring break has come early to Morris Brown College. That would explain the noticeable lack of activity at the hilly campus of brick buildings west of downtown Atlanta.

Across the southeast
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Nine-year-old Kelly Ferrer no longer gets the waffles, pancakes and sugar cereals that she loved eating for breakfast in her school cafeteria.

Sheriff, others are honored for roles in crisis
GRANITEVILLE - Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt was lured to Leavelle-McCampbell Middle School under false pretenses Monday afternoon.

South Carolina slow to police the police
CHARLESTON, S.C. - An investigation of South Carolina's system for tracking police officers with histories of misconduct or criminal behavior showed that many officers remained on forces despite major incidents of misconduct and sometimes even criminal behavior.

New center anticipates new reactor
The parent company of the main contractor at the Savannah River Site will launch a 50-person engineering center in Aiken to work on nuclear waste-management projects, officials of Washington Group International said Monday.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Felons in prison can be forced to submit saliva samples for DNA profiling, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Expenses provoke conflict in cities
Augusta-area officials hope to lasso about $400,000 in federal transportation money to widen the pedestrian walkway of the 13th Street Bridge for bicycle traffic and extend the Bartram Trail from the Augusta Canal to the bridge.

Obesity battle splits lawmakers
ATLANTA - It's as obvious as the plump children who pack the state Capitol every day on school tours. Children in Georgia are too fat, and lawmakers fear a health crisis is looming if the trend isn't reversed.

Gusty winds knock out electricity
Fierce winds knocked out electricity to several thousand people in the Augusta area and caused many problems for commuters this morning.

The week ahead
Indecision is ruining my life.

Murder defendant pleads guilty, gets life
BARNWELL, S.C. -- Alfred Tyrone Walker brought an end to his murder trial today and avoided a possible death penalty by pleading guilty to the slayings of two teens in 2000.

Dentists try new tricks
Comfortably reclined, covered with a blanket and delightfully sleepy, Cricket Frederick relaxed while her dentist treated and crowned her decaying tooth.

Commanding general to head private high school
Fort Gordon's commanding general, Maj. Gen. Janet Hicks, will retire this summer and become the head of Augusta Prep's Upper School by July 1.

South Carolina slow to police the police
CHARLESTON, S.C. - An investigation of South Carolina's system for tracking police officers with histories of misconduct or criminal behavior showed that many officers remained on forces despite major incidents of misconduct and sometimes even criminal behavior.

Across the area
More than three times as many Savannah River Site employees as expected applied for a voluntary severance program that ended last week, an official said Monday.

S.C. could lose some security money as national focus shifts
COLUMBIA, S.C. - A shift in the federal focus on homeland security could mean fewer grant dollars for South Carolina cities and counties.

Minor strokes usually precede major attacks
Roland Glazener, 77, was planting Easter lilies Saturday when the normally dedicated gardener began to feel a little weak. But it passed after he came inside and had lunch, he said.

Legislature faces bill deadline
ATLANTA - The General Assembly will meet for just two days before this weekend's special Saturday get-together, but they could be two of the longest days of this year's session.

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Legislative map would affect boards' makeup
ATLANTA - A congressional redistricting plan making its way through the Georgia Legislature could bring major changes to the memberships of the state's most controversial governmental boards, including those that deal with higher education, roads and public health.

Kid of the Day
Preston Mixson is today's Kid of the Day.

Deaths may shut popular grocery

Database gets credit for drop in uninsured
Georgia's Department of Motor Vehicle Safety is putting the brakes on motorists without insurance.

Auditor clears agency of fraud

Correction
An article in the Across the Area section in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly identified a business from which payroll checks were reported stolen.

S.C. could lose some security money as national focus shifts

No relief is in sight for high gas prices
Elite Shuttle Services is still charging customers the same rate for a ride to and from the Atlanta airport, but co-owner Ron Scantlin said ever-rising gas prices may soon make that impossible.

Obesity battle splits lawmakers

Windows to the soul
Blake DeVaney, a co-owner of Savannah River Art Glass in North Augusta, touches up the paint around a stained-glass window at St. James United Methodist Church in downtown Augusta.

No relief is in sight for high gas prices

Students play role of server for trip
Kelly Gross-Bias suffered slightly Monday night for her art. The 15-year-old freshman at John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet High School waited tables for the evening crowd at Golden Corral to raise money to perform in Scotland.

Deaths may shut popular grocery
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - A store run by a couple who became a fixture of historic downtown Lawrenceville could close now that Homer and Carolyn Maughon have died.

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Across the southeast
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Nine-year-old Kelly Ferrer no longer gets the waffles, pancakes and sugar cereals that she loved eating for breakfast in her school cafeteria.

Morris Brown College keeps its doors open
ATLANTA - It feels as though spring break has come early to Morris Brown College. That would explain the noticeable lack of activity at the hilly campus of brick buildings west of downtown Atlanta.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Felons in prison can be forced to submit saliva samples for DNA profiling, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - The head of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy says he is concerned because the state has dropped a program that gave aspiring police officers a psychological evaluation.

Beauty queen's murder trial to start
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A beauty queen shoots and kills her two-timing boyfriend in a confrontation outside the other woman's home - it's a story of soap-opera drama with a key question unresolved.

Across Georgia
ROME - A man who set himself on fire after he threw gasoline on his girlfriend and started a police chase has died of his wounds.

Legislature faces bill deadline

Across the area
More than three times as many Savannah River Site employees as expected applied for a voluntary severance program that ended last week, an official said Monday.

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Money order scam hits local residents
Richmond County authorities are warning area residents not to fall prey to a scam involving fake U.S. Postal Service money orders.

Beach hopes to limit rally to one weekend

Murder defendant pleads guilty, gets life

Testimony begins in Sonic Drive-In deaths
BARNWELL, S.C. - The first person to greet police officers at the Sonic Drive-In on Oct. 18, 2000, was a hobbled Shaun Edwards, who was bloody from gunshots to his face and leg.

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Columbia County may be missing bus funding
Columbia County's school system could be missing out on thousands of dollars in state funding for its school buses.

Minister worked to desegregate schools

Students play role of server for trip

Across South Carolina

Kid of the Day

21 Confederates receive funeral

Across the area

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Fishing trip nets exotic fish

Testimony begins in Sonic Drive-In deaths
BARNWELL, S.C. - The first person to greet police officers at the Sonic Drive-In on Oct. 18, 2000, was a hobbled Shaun Edwards, who was bloody from gunshots to his face and leg.

Dictionary, though worn, is a treasure
If you turn to Page 440 in the dictionary on my office desk, you will find the entry for "duct tape." You also will find its definition: "a very strong adhesive tape with a waterproof backing, used to seal ducts, hoses, etc."

Dictionary, though worn, is a treasure
If you turn to Page 440 in the dictionary on my office desk, you will find the entry for "duct tape." You also will find its definition: "a very strong adhesive tape with a waterproof backing, used to seal ducts, hoses, etc."

Travolta, Thurman chill out again for 'Be Cool'
LOS ANGELES - They went on one of the coolest movie dates ever, at least until she OD'd and he rammed an adrenaline needle through her breast to jump-start her heart.

Travolta, Thurman chill out again for 'Be Cool'
LOS ANGELES - They went on one of the coolest movie dates ever, at least until she OD'd and he rammed an adrenaline needle through her breast to jump-start her heart.

"The Pacifier" tops box office
LOS ANGELES - Vin Diesel's family-friendly comedy "The Pacifier" pulled in $30.2 million on its opening weekend to rank as the nation's top-grossing movie, turning his action-star image - and box-office expectations - upside down.

"The Pacifier" tops box office
LOS ANGELES - Vin Diesel's family-friendly comedy "The Pacifier" pulled in $30.2 million on its opening weekend to rank as the nation's top-grossing movie, turning his action-star image - and box-office expectations - upside down.

Travolta, Thurman chill out again for 'Be Cool'

"The Pacifier" tops box office

James Brown shrugs off talk of retirement

James Brown shrugs off talk of retirement
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Legendary soul singer James Brown on Sunday shrugged off talk of retirement and said his work is the root of much of today's music.

James Brown shrugs off talk of retirement
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Legendary soul singer James Brown on Sunday shrugged off talk of retirement and said his work is the root of much of today's music.

Fisichella wins Australian GP; Schumacher doesn't even finish
MELBOURNE, Australia - Giancarlo Fisichella was exuberant, and it was tough to blame him.

Wheldon wins IRL season opener
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Celebrating in Victory Lane after an overpowering victory Sunday in the IRL IndyCar opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Dan Wheldon was hoping for a similar scene at another racetrack later this year.

Fisichella wins Australian GP; Schumacher doesn't even finish

Fisichella wins Australian GP; Schumacher doesn't even finish
MELBOURNE, Australia - Giancarlo Fisichella was exuberant, and it was tough to blame him.

Defending champion stays on right track
MEXICO CITY - Martin Truex Jr. predicted a victory in Sunday's Telcel-Motorola 200 at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez road course as long as he did one thing - stay on the track.

Lady Lakers nab tournament title
Just before Clayton State was set to begin its slate of conference games at North Florida, athletic director Mason Barfield gave first-year coach Dennis Cox a bit of advice.

Cougars capture title in upset
Somewhere right now, Yandel Brown is wearing his white headband knocking down another jumper.

Cougars capture title in upset
Somewhere right now, Yandel Brown is wearing his white headband knocking down another jumper.

North Carolina tops Duke
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Fourth-ranked North Carolina put a harsh end to Duke's run at Atlantic Coast Conference history, getting 26 points from Ivory Latta in an 88-67 victory Monday night in the tournament championship game.

North Carolina tops Duke
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Fourth-ranked North Carolina put a harsh end to Duke's run at Atlantic Coast Conference history, getting 26 points from Ivory Latta in an 88-67 victory Monday night in the tournament championship game.

Lady Lions, Pacers get dance cards
Before Paine's conference tournament semifinal against Tuskegee last week, Kisha Lucette wanted coach Selina Kohn to wear tennis shoes.

Lady Lions, Pacers get dance cards
Before Paine's conference tournament semifinal against Tuskegee last week, Kisha Lucette wanted coach Selina Kohn to wear tennis shoes.

Auburn faces uphill battle at SEC tournament
AUBURN, Ala. - Even for a tough season, Auburn's last meeting against Vanderbilt was a startling exercise in futility.

Improved ASU looks to future
It was an unexpected turnaround in Peach Belt Conference circles. An Augusta State squad picked to finish ninth in the preseason coaches' poll exceeded expectations.

Lady Lakers nab tournament title
Just before Clayton State was set to begin its slate of conference games at North Florida, athletic director Mason Barfield gave first-year coach Dennis Cox a bit of advice.

Falcons sign Rams safety

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SCLC urges black athletes to boycott Auburn over firings

Overtime

Armstrong is 140th in Paris-Nice prologue

ASU's pep band shows it has spirit

Overtime

Overtime
Augusta State got great pitching and an impressive offensive outburst to sweep away Malloy, 16-1 on Sunday afternoon.

Proposed Gatti-Mayweather fight canceled
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - A proposed fight between WBC super lightweight champion Arturo Gatti and undefeated challenger Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been scratched.

Overtime
Augusta State got great pitching and an impressive offensive outburst to sweep away Malloy, 16-1 on Sunday afternoon.

ASU's pep band shows it has spirit
There's a certain cockiness that comes with wearing blue and white shirts that resemble Duke University's pep band.

Armstrong is 140th in Paris-Nice prologue
PARIS - Lance Armstrong finished 140th Sunday in the prologue of the Paris-Nice cycling race, a key tuneup for the Tour de France in July when he will go for a record seventh straight title.

SCLC urges black athletes to boycott Auburn over firings
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference on Saturday urged black athletes to boycott Auburn University until the school rehires two black athletics administrators.

Overtime
Fired football coach Rick Neuheisel will receive at least $4.5 million in a settlement of his lawsuit against the NCAA and the University of Washington.

Armstrong is 140th in Paris-Nice prologue
PARIS - Lance Armstrong finished 140th Sunday in the prologue of the Paris-Nice cycling race, a key tuneup for the Tour de France in July when he will go for a record seventh straight title.

ASU's pep band shows it has spirit
There's a certain cockiness that comes with wearing blue and white shirts that resemble Duke University's pep band.

Overtime
Fired football coach Rick Neuheisel will receive at least $4.5 million in a settlement of his lawsuit against the NCAA and the University of Washington.

SCLC urges black athletes to boycott Auburn over firings
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference on Saturday urged black athletes to boycott Auburn University until the school rehires two black athletics administrators.

Falcons sign Rams safety
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons signed safety Rich Coady on Monday, another low-key acquisition for the team that reached the NFC championship game last season.

Falcons sign Rams safety
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons signed safety Rich Coady on Monday, another low-key acquisition for the team that reached the NFC championship game last season.

Court rules fact reports in Tax Court must be disclosed
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court eliminated some of the secrecy faced by Americans taking tax disputes to the U.S. Tax Court, ruling Monday that factual recommendations in the proceedings must be disclosed.

Will National Guard story overshadow Rather's career?
NEW YORK - As his final evening newscast approaches on Wednesday, Dan Rather is seeing the indignities pile up as quickly as the roses that were tossed in the path of Tom Brokaw when the NBC anchorman stepped down late last year.

Kirstie Alley goes for big laughs in 'Fat Actress'
LOS ANGELES - The plate of snacks is tempting, filled with chocolates, cookies and more, but the only member of Kirstie Alley's household to bite is Bradley the dog.

Kirstie Alley goes for big laughs in 'Fat Actress'

Will National Guard story overshadow Rather's career?
NEW YORK - As his final evening newscast approaches on Wednesday, Dan Rather is seeing the indignities pile up as quickly as the roses that were tossed in the path of Tom Brokaw when the NBC anchorman stepped down late last year.

Rather will bid 'Evening News' good bye

Will National Guard story overshadow Rather's career?

Kirstie Alley goes for big laughs in 'Fat Actress'
LOS ANGELES - The plate of snacks is tempting, filled with chocolates, cookies and more, but the only member of Kirstie Alley's household to bite is Bradley the dog.

Rather will bid 'Evening News' good bye
NEW YORK - When Dan Rather thinks back on all his years as anchorman of the "CBS Evening News," his role reporting 9/11 comes to mind. And Tiananmen Square. The fall of the Berlin Wall. The two Gulf wars.

Rather will bid 'Evening News' good bye
NEW YORK - When Dan Rather thinks back on all his years as anchorman of the "CBS Evening News," his role reporting 9/11 comes to mind. And Tiananmen Square. The fall of the Berlin Wall. The two Gulf wars.

People in the News

Debra Hill, "Halloween" writer-producer, dead at 54

People in the News

Jackson defense cross-examines accuser's sister

Janet Jackson seeks restraining order

UGA says fired coach owes $300,000
ATLANTA - Former University of Georgia cheerleading coach Marilou Braswell still owes UGA more than $300,000 from cheerleading camps she held last summer, and a university lawyer says Ms. Braswell could face legal action if she doesn't pay up soon.

South Carolina tops Mississippi
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Carlos Powell scored a career-high 30 points on senior day as South Carolina rallied from a 14-point first-half deficit to beat Ole Miss 76-70 in overtime Sunday.

South Carolina tops Mississippi

When it comes to true love, limits on age take flying leap

When it comes to true love, limits on age take flying leap
I don't recall ever being told that there is an age limit to being in love.

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 sold:

Teen puts disabilities on sideline for soccer

My style
THE FACTS: Abby Hammett, 16, a sophomore at Lakeside High School, with her teacup chihuahua, Pinky.

ARC students vie to be their school's chosen performer
Settled in front of a green screen, her eyes closed, her strong voice a bit betrayed by nerves, Sharie Mueller, 15, filled the tiny storeroom with the lyrics to Lauryn Hill's version of His Eye Is On the Sparrow.

Question of the week
Q: Should teenage criminals be punished the same as adults?

Teen puts disabilities on sideline for soccer
Kyle Augello, a 14-year-old from Roswell, Ga., loves soccer, and he's pretty good, too. When he is not working hard to protect his team's goal on defense, he is busy putting points on the scoreboard on offense. Kyle's huge grin after scoring a goal shows that, for him, soccer is one of the best ways to have fun.

Girl must confront pantyless friend

ARC students vie to be their school's chosen performer
Settled in front of a green screen, her eyes closed, her strong voice a bit betrayed by nerves, Sharie Mueller, 15, filled the tiny storeroom with the lyrics to Lauryn Hill's version of His Eye Is On the Sparrow.

My style

Teen puts disabilities on sideline for soccer
Kyle Augello, a 14-year-old from Roswell, Ga., loves soccer, and he's pretty good, too. When he is not working hard to protect his team's goal on defense, he is busy putting points on the scoreboard on offense. Kyle's huge grin after scoring a goal shows that, for him, soccer is one of the best ways to have fun.

Question of the week

Xtreme calendar
NOW OUT: Check out the latest CD from rapper 50 Cent, who has released his much-anticipated album, The Massacre. Movies out on DVD include Ladder 49.

ARC students vie to be their school's chosen performer

Question of the week
Q: Should teenage criminals be punished the same as adults?

Audio best

Girl must confront pantyless friend
This week's problem: Two close friends of mine, whom I have known for years, go places such as the malls, dances and fast-food restaurants wearing very short skirts, with no underpants on nothing under their skirt! They have been trying to get me to join them in doing this, and they want to try this in school with the skirts they can wear in school.

When it comes to true love, limits on age take flying leap
I don't recall ever being told that there is an age limit to being in love.

Xtreme calendar
NOW OUT: Check out the latest CD from rapper 50 Cent, who has released his much-anticipated album, The Massacre. Movies out on DVD include Ladder 49.

Girl must confront pantyless friend
This week's problem: Two close friends of mine, whom I have known for years, go places such as the malls, dances and fast-food restaurants wearing very short skirts, with no underpants on ñ nothing under their skirt! They have been trying to get me to join them in doing this, and they want to try this in school with the skirts they can wear in school.

My style
THE FACTS: Abby Hammett, 16, a sophomore at Lakeside High School, with her teacup chihuahua, Pinky.

When it comes to true love, limits on age take flying leap
I don't recall ever being told that there is an age limit to being in love.

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 sold:

Odds and Ends

Chinese adviser urges lip synching ban

Prosecutors must decide retrial in bomb case