Ballet 'Diana The Princess' makes its debut in England
MANCHESTER, England - It's billed as "a celebration in dance," but the ballet "Diana The Princess" is unlikely to have Prince Charles cheering.

Ballet 'Diana The Princess' makes its debut in England
MANCHESTER, England - It's billed as "a celebration in dance," but the ballet "Diana The Princess" is unlikely to have Prince Charles cheering.

Simplicity is key to 'Pinocchio' success
In bringing a wooden puppet to life, the Augusta Ballet discovered that simple is hard.

Ballet 'Diana The Princess' makes its debut in England

Simplicity is key to 'Pinocchio' success
In bringing a wooden puppet to life, the Augusta Ballet discovered that simple is hard.

For two years, 'The Da Vinci Code' a best-seller
NEW YORK - Two years ago this month, Doubleday published a historical thriller with an announced first printing of 85,000 and high hopes that a little-known writer named Dan Brown would catch on with the general public.

For two years, 'The Da Vinci Code' a best-seller
NEW YORK - Two years ago this month, Doubleday published a historical thriller with an announced first printing of 85,000 and high hopes that a little-known writer named Dan Brown would catch on with the general public.

Simplicity is key to 'Pinocchio' success

For two years, 'The Da Vinci Code' a best-seller

MLB players subpoenaed by congress
NEW YORK - Jose Canseco, Jason Giambi, Mark McGwire and four other current major league players were subpoenaed Wednesday to testify before a congressional committee investigating steroids policy, a move baseball's leadership vowed to fight all the way to court.

MLB players subpoenaed by congress
NEW YORK - Jose Canseco, Jason Giambi, Mark McGwire and four other current major league players were subpoenaed Wednesday to testify before a congressional committee investigating steroids policy, a move baseball's leadership vowed to fight all the way to court.

MLB players subpoenaed by congress

Congress to subpoena baseball stars
NEW YORK - Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire and Jason Giambi were among seven current and former baseball stars that a congressional committee plans to subpoena as soon as Wednesday to testify about steroids.

Bonds takes batting practice for the first time
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Barry Bonds' swing looks ready to be tested in an exhibition game. The status of his recovering right knee remains uncertain.

Congress to subpoena baseball stars
NEW YORK - Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire and Jason Giambi were among seven current and former baseball stars that a congressional committee plans to subpoena as soon as Wednesday to testify about steroids.

Bonds takes batting practice for the first time

Congress to subpoena baseball stars

Bonds takes batting practice for the first time
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Barry Bonds' swing looks ready to be tested in an exhibition game. The status of his recovering right knee remains uncertain.

Freeman sparkles in Knights victory
The Evans concession stand made a killing Tuesday night. The brisk sales could be attributed to the half-dozen or so major league scouts who were looking to quench their thirsts after salivating over Cross Creek's Jon Egan and Evans' Ryan Pressley - the two most likely to be drafted in June's Amateur Draft.

Odds and Ends
BANGKOK, Thailand - Motorists in the Thai capital are having the last laugh: More than 600 policemen have temporarily lost the right to issue tickets after failing a test on traffic law.

Odds and Ends
BANGKOK, Thailand - Motorists in the Thai capital are having the last laugh: More than 600 policemen have temporarily lost the right to issue tickets after failing a test on traffic law.

Odds and Ends
BANGKOK, Thailand - Motorists in the Thai capital are having the last laugh: More than 600 policemen have temporarily lost the right to issue tickets after failing a test on traffic law.

Odds and Ends
BANGKOK, Thailand - Motorists in the Thai capital are having the last laugh: More than 600 policemen have temporarily lost the right to issue tickets after failing a test on traffic law.

Braves hammer Yankees

Braves hammer Yankees
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The New York Yankees waited a long time to acquire Randy Johnson and send him to the mound.

Braves: Jordan goes slow while at practice
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Watching Brian Jordan take batting practice, you'd think the veteran outfielder was fighting just to make the Atlanta Braves' 25-man roster. Or perhaps for a spot on Class AAA Richmond's club.

Braves hammer Yankees
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The New York Yankees waited a long time to acquire Randy Johnson and send him to the mound.

Braves: Jordan goes slow while at practice

Johnson's debut is a rough start
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Historically, Chipper Jones has fared as well against Randy Johnson as anyone.

Braves: Jordan goes slow while at practice
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Watching Brian Jordan take batting practice, you'd think the veteran outfielder was fighting just to make the Atlanta Braves' 25-man roster. Or perhaps for a spot on Class AAA Richmond's club.

Company will push healthy lifestyles

Palmetto State takes on payday loan woes
COLUMBIA - You've seen the ads - companies offering to give you cash while they hold your personal check for a certain period. In exchange, the lender charges a fee for the money borrowed.

Perdue honors ports' board
ATLANTA - When a panel was formed to oversee Georgia's port system, World War II was ending and state officials were looking ahead to a new wave of export activity.

Oil sways market on slow news day
NEW YORK - Profit-taking sent stocks modestly lower Tuesday after oil prices topped $55 a barrel and a disappointing earnings update from Texas Instruments Inc. cast fresh doubts on the tech sector.

Perdue honors ports' board
ATLANTA - When a panel was formed to oversee Georgia's port system, World War II was ending and state officials were looking ahead to a new wave of export activity.

Oil sways market on slow news day
NEW YORK - Profit-taking sent stocks modestly lower Tuesday after oil prices topped $55 a barrel and a disappointing earnings update from Texas Instruments Inc. cast fresh doubts on the tech sector.

LexisNexis airs intrusion report
NEW YORK - Using stolen passwords from legitimate customers, intruders accessed personal information on as many as 32,000 U.S. citizens in a database owned by information broker LexisNexis, the company said.

Buyer's plans include repairs
Clay Boardman, the local businessman responsible for redeveloping the Enterprise Mill, has agreed to purchase and repair the former Houghton School on Greene Street.

Dollar value, oil deflate stocks
NEW YORK - Volatile oil prices and a weak dollar sent stocks sliding Wednesday as the prospect of inflation and rising interest rates sank in on Wall Street. Yields on long-dated Treasuries surged to an eight-month high, and the Dow Jones industrial average skidded 107 points.

Quick money has its costs
With big plans such as paying off debt, getting a car repaired or going on vacation, few taxpayers want to wait for their refund.

Suzuki's newest model
Jack Lawrence, 5, the grandson of Bobby Jones Suzuki owner Frank Lawrence, gets behind the wheel of a Suzuki XL-7 during the grand opening ceremony for the Augusta dealership.

Chairman urges focus on biomedical growth
Phil Jacobs recalls hearing about graduates of the Medical College of Georgia who a few years ago created a computer program that mechanized patient records.

Chairman urges focus on biomedical growth

Chairman urges focus on biomedical growth
Phil Jacobs recalls hearing about graduates of the Medical College of Georgia who a few years ago created a computer program that mechanized patient records.

Quick money has its costs
With big plans such as paying off debt, getting a car repaired or going on vacation, few taxpayers want to wait for their refund.

Perdue honors ports' board

Suzuki's newest model
Jack Lawrence, 5, the grandson of Bobby Jones Suzuki owner Frank Lawrence, gets behind the wheel of a Suzuki XL-7 during the grand opening ceremony for the Augusta dealership.

Dollar value, oil deflate stocks

Taxes keep beer from flowing
It might be time to play taps for the taps at Squeaky's Tip-Top. The venerable Summerville-area bar, in existence since the 1930s, has been dry since November thanks to $16,523 in back taxes owed by its proprietor, Phillip Rhodes, according to public documents.

LexisNexis airs intrusion report

Legislators work to save port plan
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A group of almost 70 state lawmakers urged Jasper County and the State Ports Authority on Wednesday to settle their differences and jointly manage a new steamship terminal on the South Carolina side of the Savannah River.

Palmetto State takes on payday loan woes

LexisNexis airs intrusion report
NEW YORK - Using stolen passwords from legitimate customers, intruders accessed personal information on as many as 32,000 U.S. citizens in a database owned by information broker LexisNexis, the company said.

Company will push healthy lifestyles
NEW YORK - Shifting the spotlight from french fries to fruit, McDonald's Corp. launched a new worldwide initiative Tuesday promoting healthy living - the latest effort by the world's largest restaurant chain to combat criticism of its food and business.

Yum, farm workers reach agreement
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Taco Bell will spend an additional $100,000 a year on the tomatoes it buys under a deal with a group that had criticized the fast food chain for not doing enough to help the farm workers, the company said Tuesday.

Taxes keep beer from flowing

Taxes keep beer from flowing
It might be time to play taps for the taps at Squeaky's Tip-Top. The venerable Summerville-area bar, in existence since the 1930s, has been dry since November thanks to $16,523 in back taxes owed by its proprietor, Phillip Rhodes, according to public documents.

Suzuki's newest model

Oil sways market on slow news day

Yum, farm workers reach agreement
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Taco Bell will spend an additional $100,000 a year on the tomatoes it buys under a deal with a group that had criticized the fast food chain for not doing enough to help the farm workers, the company said Tuesday.

Quick money has its costs

Dollar value, oil deflate stocks
NEW YORK - Volatile oil prices and a weak dollar sent stocks sliding Wednesday as the prospect of inflation and rising interest rates sank in on Wall Street. Yields on long-dated Treasuries surged to an eight-month high, and the Dow Jones industrial average skidded 107 points.

Crude prices hit $55 mark
NEW YORK - Crude futures rose above $55 per barrel Tuesday before settling just below that mark as the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported higher than expected oil demand in China.

Palmetto State takes on payday loan woes
COLUMBIA - You've seen the ads - companies offering to give you cash while they hold your personal check for a certain period. In exchange, the lender charges a fee for the money borrowed.

Yum, farm workers reach agreement

Company will push healthy lifestyles
NEW YORK - Shifting the spotlight from french fries to fruit, McDonald's Corp. launched a new worldwide initiative Tuesday promoting healthy living - the latest effort by the world's largest restaurant chain to combat criticism of its food and business.

Tigers hungry for more than NIT bid

Tigers hungry for more than NIT bid
Vernon Hamilton is excited his Clemson team heads into the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament already eligible for its first national tournament bid since 1999.

Tigers hungry for more than NIT bid
Vernon Hamilton is excited his Clemson team heads into the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament already eligible for its first national tournament bid since 1999.

Captain carries Paine team to next level

Maryland seeks redemption in ACC tournament

A Kentucky win is the norm at tourney

Dispute kept ace out of 'Chronicle'

What we've come to expect
U.S. soldiers have freed two countries since we were attacked Sept. 11, 2001, deposing two despotic regimes and installing infant democracies.

See Dan in denial

Flying under the radar
Georgia isn't marketing itself well when it comes to tourism. Augusta isn't marketing itself well when it comes to - well, anything.

Rebel uprising
Get Wendell Lofton to pick your next set of lottery numbers. Or ask him to recommend a stock to buy.

Flying under the radar
Georgia isn't marketing itself well when it comes to tourism. Augusta isn't marketing itself well when it comes to - well, anything.

See Dan in denial
Former reporter Bernard Goldberg writes in his damning CBS News memoirs that most liberals at the network really didn't seem to realize they were liberal - and that their out-of-mainstream views were coloring the network's news.

What we've come to expect
U.S. soldiers have freed two countries since we were attacked Sept. 11, 2001, deposing two despotic regimes and installing infant democracies.

Classless in Boulder
Elizabeth Hoffman was not involved in any of the scandals at Colorado University. But as president, she had to be held responsible - and has paid the price of her job.

Flying under the radar

See Dan in denial
Former reporter Bernard Goldberg writes in his damning CBS News memoirs that most liberals at the network really didn't seem to realize they were liberal - and that their out-of-mainstream views were coloring the network's news.

What we've come to expect

Applause Calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

'American Pie' actress splitting from husband
LOS ANGELES - Shannon Elizabeth, who starred in "American Pie," and husband Joseph Reitman have decided to split, People magazine reported Monday.

Globetrotter remains on court because of love of game, team
When you see them on the court, it's hard to believe the Harlem Globetrotters have been alley-oopin', tricky dribblin' and ball-spinnin' for 79 years.

Galleries
Here's a list of gallery showings and events in the Aiken-Augusta area.

The top five list
The top file entertainment list.

Applause Calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Galleries
Here's a list of gallery showings and events in the Aiken-Augusta area.

Club calendar
Send your nightclub's entertainment or drink special information to rebecca.smith@augustachronicle.com, or call (706) 823-3220.

Limp Bizkit rocker fights back after homemade sex tape appears on Internet
LOS ANGELES - Limp Bizkit singer Fred Durst is suing 10 Web site operators who posted the rocker's homemade sex tape after it was stolen from his computer - possibly by the same hackers who got into reality-television star Paris Hilton's cell phone.

Galleries
Here's a list of gallery showings and events in the Aiken-Augusta area.

Gonzo journalist remembered at memorial
ASPEN, Colo. - Johnny Depp and Bill Murray, who both portrayed Hunter S. Thompson in films, joined Sean Penn, Jack Nicholson and others over the weekend to remember the gonzo journalist at a private memorial.

Globetrotter remains on court because of love of game, team
When you see them on the court, it's hard to believe the Harlem Globetrotters have been alley-oopin', tricky dribblin' and ball-spinnin' for 79 years.

People in the News
LONDON - A British judge banned the broadcast of video footage showing Elizabeth Jagger engaging in "sexual activities" with her boyfriend in a nightclub.

Galleries
Here's a list of gallery showings and events in the Aiken-Augusta area.

People in the News
LONDON - John Travolta provided his own definition of cool after he flew across the Atlantic in his private jet to attend the London premiere of his new movie, "Be Cool."

Video game icons honored with stars
SAN FRANCISCO - Hollywood has its Walk of Fame. Now the video game industry is honoring its icons with a Walk of Game.

Ed McMahon released from hospital after fall in home
LOS ANGELES - Former "Tonight Show" sidekick Ed McMahon went home from the hospital Tuesday after being treated for injuries from a fall at his Beverly Hills home, his publicist said.

New on DVD
Here's a look at what's new in DVD and video, and a calendar of what's coming:

Model's stepfather sentenced for stealing money
WATERTOWN, N.Y. - The stepfather of model Maggie Rizer has been sentenced to up to four years in jail for allegedly stealing millions from her and other family members.

Club calendar
Send your nightclub's entertainment or drink special information to rebecca.smith@augustachronicle.com, or call (706) 823-3220.

Celebrity Stalkers: from fan to fanatical
NEW YORK - They're out there. Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sheryl Crow and Mel Gibson recently faced theirs in court. Anna Kournikova's took a nude swim to find her. Andrea Evans feared hers for a decade.

Intense 'Resident Evil 4' runs on pure adrenaline
Video games can be much scarier than movies.

'American Pie' actress splitting from husband
LOS ANGELES - Shannon Elizabeth, who starred in "American Pie," and husband Joseph Reitman have decided to split, People magazine reported Monday.

New on DVD
Here's a look at what's new in DVD and video, and a calendar of what's coming:

Gonzo journalist remembered at memorial
ASPEN, Colo. - Johnny Depp and Bill Murray, who both portrayed Hunter S. Thompson in films, joined Sean Penn, Jack Nicholson and others over the weekend to remember the gonzo journalist at a private memorial.

Video game icons honored with stars
SAN FRANCISCO - Hollywood has its Walk of Fame. Now the video game industry is honoring its icons with a Walk of Game.

The top five list
The top file entertainment list.

Concerts
Here's a list of upcoming area concerts. The list includes concerts that are within easy driving distance from the Augusta area.

People in the News
LONDON - John Travolta provided his own definition of cool after he flew across the Atlantic in his private jet to attend the London premiere of his new movie, "Be Cool."

Intense 'Resident Evil 4' runs on pure adrenaline
Video games can be much scarier than movies.

Model's stepfather sentenced for stealing money
WATERTOWN, N.Y. - The stepfather of model Maggie Rizer has been sentenced to up to four years in jail for allegedly stealing millions from her and other family members.

People in the News
LONDON - A British judge banned the broadcast of video footage showing Elizabeth Jagger engaging in "sexual activities" with her boyfriend in a nightclub.

Celebrity Stalkers: from fan to fanatical
NEW YORK - They're out there. Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sheryl Crow and Mel Gibson recently faced theirs in court. Anna Kournikova's took a nude swim to find her. Andrea Evans feared hers for a decade.

Open tab
Ready for a night out? Here's a roundup of performances and drink specials at Augusta and Aiken area nightspots:

Bankruptcy debt reduction to become more difficult

Bankruptcy debt reduction to become more difficult
WASHINGTON - People will soon find it harder to dissolve medical bills and credit card debt in bankruptcy under a bill clearing its last major Senate hurdle Tuesday after negotiations with the House.

Bankruptcy debt reduction to become more difficult
WASHINGTON - People will soon find it harder to dissolve medical bills and credit card debt in bankruptcy under a bill clearing its last major Senate hurdle Tuesday after negotiations with the House.

Small bites
NEW YORK - Chefs and other top culinary professionals from around the United States plan to gather Monday, May 2, in New York City to pay tribute to Julia Child at the 15th Annual James Beard Foundation Awards, the foundation has announced.

Red wine ratatouille is a tasty vegetarian dish
CONCORD, N.H. - All vegetarians are teetotalers, right? Given the tone of most vegetarian cookbooks, you'd be forgiven for thinking so. For reasons that befuddle me, few veg writers tackle wine and spirits, and when they do, it often is little more than in a spare reference to wine for cooking risotto.

Dessert professionals show their skills
WILTON, Conn. - Home cooks who take dessert-making very seriously, even if it's just to bake super cookies for the family, may get inspiration and dazzling glimpses of far higher achievement, as I did recently, from two books written by great professionals.

What's for lunch
BEAMIE'S AT THE RIVER ADDRESS: 865 Reynolds St.

Low-fat curried apricot chicken recipe

Consider fare with roots in Irish country food
NEW YORK - Irish or no, at this time of year hearty lamb and vegetable stew, freshly baked soda bread or buttered fruit bread with your cup of tea are heartwarming concepts even to call to mind - let alone actually cook.

Consider fare with roots in Irish country food
NEW YORK - Irish or no, at this time of year hearty lamb and vegetable stew, freshly baked soda bread or buttered fruit bread with your cup of tea are heartwarming concepts even to call to mind - let alone actually cook.

Braised salmon steaks with cilantro is a snap
Stews and braises featuring fish and vegetables are ideal for nights when you want something a little lighter yet still satisfying, and quicker to make than a meat stew.

Low-fat curried apricot chicken recipe
Steaming is a healthful way to cook, but it can also make some foods a little bland. Not this preparation of curried apricot chicken, which adds the low-fat advantage of steaming to a smart series of measures to keep the taste at a high level.

Low-fat curried apricot chicken recipe
Steaming is a healthful way to cook, but it can also make some foods a little bland. Not this preparation of curried apricot chicken, which adds the low-fat advantage of steaming to a smart series of measures to keep the taste at a high level.

Coffeehouses serve as retreat, pick-me-up
Bolstered by the successes of Starbucks and its caffeinated brethren, the coffeehouse is a pot perpetually boiling over.

Consider fare with roots in Irish country food

Red wine ratatouille is a tasty vegetarian dish

Red wine ratatouille is a tasty vegetarian dish
CONCORD, N.H. - All vegetarians are teetotalers, right? Given the tone of most vegetarian cookbooks, you'd be forgiven for thinking so. For reasons that befuddle me, few veg writers tackle wine and spirits, and when they do, it often is little more than in a spare reference to wine for cooking risotto.

Dessert professionals show their skills
WILTON, Conn. - Home cooks who take dessert-making very seriously, even if it's just to bake super cookies for the family, may get inspiration and dazzling glimpses of far higher achievement, as I did recently, from two books written by great professionals.

Dessert professionals show their skills

Georgia Tech can cause bracket problems
ATLANTA - Come Sunday night, the coach of a highly seeded team will look at the NCAA Tournament bracket and cringe.

Georgia Tech can cause bracket problems
ATLANTA - Come Sunday night, the coach of a highly seeded team will look at the NCAA Tournament bracket and cringe.

Georgia Tech can cause bracket problems

Newsmaker: Larry Hogan Mize

Rehab helps participants beat hurdles
Golf balls dotted the green like a generous peppering of hailstones while the strong wind altered the courses of another half-dozen still airborne. A serious game of golf was impossible.

Weekend proves Doral no longer a forgotten event

Newsmaker: Larry Hogan Mize
This week's newsmaker is Larry Hogan Mize.

Newsmaker: Larry Hogan Mize
This week's newsmaker is Larry Hogan Mize.

Rehab helps participants beat hurdles
Golf balls dotted the green like a generous peppering of hailstones while the strong wind altered the courses of another half-dozen still airborne. A serious game of golf was impossible.

Golf: Cink now 'embracing the fear'

Weekend proves Doral no longer a forgotten event
Most comebacks don't make it all the way back. They're fine as concepts and even better as stories.

Golf: Upcoming Events

Golf: Cink now 'embracing the fear'
Few American players on the PGA Tour have putted and played better over the past two years than Georgia Tech graduate Stewart Cink.

Weekend proves Doral no longer a forgotten event
Most comebacks don't make it all the way back. They're fine as concepts and even better as stories.

Golf: Upcoming Events
Upcoming events and golf tournaments:

Golf: Cink now 'embracing the fear'
Few American players on the PGA Tour have putted and played better over the past two years than Georgia Tech graduate Stewart Cink.

Rehab helps participants beat hurdles

Golf: Upcoming Events
Upcoming events and golf tournaments:

Combine offers players more exposure

Gretzky: Negotiations starting at square one
NEW YORK - Wayne Gretzky saw firsthand just how far NHL players and owners were from ending the lockout - even at the height of frantic talks.

Gretzky: Negotiations starting at square one
NEW YORK - Wayne Gretzky saw firsthand just how far NHL players and owners were from ending the lockout - even at the height of frantic talks.

Gretzky: Negotiations starting at square one

Frozen shrimp find place in pasta dish
I love frozen bags of peeled and deveined shrimp and am always looking for new ways to cook them. This Mediterranean Shrimp Pasta Toss is a recipe I've made for years that is always a hit at home.

Collision kills two women
A woman and her personal caretaker were killed this afternoon in a brutal two-car wreck at the entrance to the Pepperidge neighborhood in south Augusta , authorities said.

Educational fare thrives on PBS
In a recent column in your pages ("Has public television become irrelevant?" March 3), George Will once again cites a familiar litany of cable channels to recycle the argument that public television has been replicated and is no longer necessary. Pat Mitchell, Alexandria, Va.

Airport should buy its own jetliners
With the new airport terminal soon to be under way, a good way to keep low fares to Atlanta and Columbia, S.C., is to buy two or three jets.Michael J. Rhoden, North Augusta, S.C.

Youth waistlines and propriety sag

Nation must rediscover spirituality
The United States is still a Christian nation filled to the brim with God-fearing people - or is it? At one time it was truth, but now I believe it is just a fairy tale, and that is very frightening.Barbara A. Mohler, North Augusta

Youth waistlines and propriety sag
Some people in the Augusta area don't like to see our youth with their droopy-drawers look showing. Even in Virginia, lawmakers passed a bill to impose a $50 fine on anyone whose underwear was above their pants or skirts. Faber J. Hance, North Augusta, S.C.

Educational fare thrives on PBS
In a recent column in your pages ("Has public television become irrelevant?" March 3), George Will once again cites a familiar litany of cable channels to recycle the argument that public television has been replicated and is no longer necessary. Pat Mitchell, Alexandria, Va.

Social Security arguments flawed
Regarding your editorial "Social Security scare talk" (March 6) and an opnion column by Alvin Williams, "Personal accounts can help blacks" (March 5):Saroja Venkatraman, Martinez

Airport should buy its own jetliners
With the new airport terminal soon to be under way, a good way to keep low fares to Atlanta and Columbia, S.C., is to buy two or three jets.Michael J. Rhoden, North Augusta, S.C.

Letter was just excuse for smear
I was quite touched by a recent letter from a Republican in which he was offering advice to Democrats on how to select candidates who could win the White House ("Dems need real candidate for 2008," March 7). Vernon Johnson, Mesena

Airport should buy its own jetliners

Be wary of Republicans' laws
One of the state Democratic senators said last week that Republican lawmakers are giving big businesses everything they want, and he checks the gold dome daily to see that it is still there.Tracy E. Williams Jr., Augusta

Educational fare thrives on PBS

Letter was just excuse for smear
I was quite touched by a recent letter from a Republican in which he was offering advice to Democrats on how to select candidates who could win the White House ("Dems need real candidate for 2008," March 7). Vernon Johnson, Mesena

Letter was just excuse for smear

Youth waistlines and propriety sag
Some people in the Augusta area don't like to see our youth with their droopy-drawers look showing. Even in Virginia, lawmakers passed a bill to impose a $50 fine on anyone whose underwear was above their pants or skirts. Faber J. Hance, North Augusta, S.C.

Living briefs

Scan shows King Tut not murdered

New drugs could help smokers break habit

High doses of cholesterol drugs can be helpful

New drugs could help smokers break habit
GROTON, Conn. - Researchers are racing to develop a potentially lucrative drug that would make smoking as treatable as erectile dysfunction, high cholesterol and acid reflux disease.

High doses of cholesterol drugs can be helpful
ORLANDO, Fla. - Taking very high doses of a drug to push cholesterol to very low levels can help people with heart disease avoid strokes and heart attacks, but also can cause liver problems that limit the ability to tolerate such intensive treatment, doctors report.

New drugs could help smokers break habit
GROTON, Conn. - Researchers are racing to develop a potentially lucrative drug that would make smoking as treatable as erectile dysfunction, high cholesterol and acid reflux disease.

Study: health care still unequal for minorities
WASHINGTON - Wide health care differences persist between the nation's black and white populations despite civil rights improvements in many other areas, reports former Surgeon General David Satcher.

Scan shows King Tut not murdered
CAIRO, Egypt - The results of a CT scan done on King Tut's mummy indicate the boy king was not murdered, but may have suffered a badly broken leg shortly before his death at age 19 - a wound that could have become infected, Egypt's top archaeologist said Tuesday.

Scan shows King Tut not murdered
CAIRO, Egypt - The results of a CT scan done on King Tut's mummy indicate the boy king was not murdered, but may have suffered a badly broken leg shortly before his death at age 19 - a wound that could have become infected, Egypt's top archaeologist said Tuesday.

Living briefs
Coffee is a staple in the United States, and for some it's even a necessity. There are plenty of places around Augusta for you to get a good cup of joe.

High doses of cholesterol drugs can be helpful
ORLANDO, Fla. - Taking very high doses of a drug to push cholesterol to very low levels can help people with heart disease avoid strokes and heart attacks, but also can cause liver problems that limit the ability to tolerate such intensive treatment, doctors report.

Living briefs
Coffee is a staple in the United States, and for some it's even a necessity. There are plenty of places around Augusta for you to get a good cup of joe.

Lynx must have a fantastic finish
The Augusta Lynx went into last weekend's games trailing the Mississippi Sea Wolves by 11 points and the Gwinnett Gladiators by 12 points for the final two spots in the ECHL's American Conference playoff race.

Lynx must have a fantastic finish

Lynx must have a fantastic finish
The Augusta Lynx went into last weekend's games trailing the Mississippi Sea Wolves by 11 points and the Gwinnett Gladiators by 12 points for the final two spots in the ECHL's American Conference playoff race.

Magnet schools receive distinctive award
Both senior-level magnet schools in Richmond County have been named 2005 National Magnet Schools of Distinction.

Kid of the Day
Jalyn Bradley is today's Kid of the Day.

Across the area
Police arrested a 22-year-old Augusta man early Wednesday who officials said had more than 4 pounds of marijuana and about 620 Ecstasy pills.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Kid of the Day

Bike path project picks up momentum
Deke Copenhaver likes to play a little game with his professional colleagues. The executive director of the Central Savannah River Land Trust shows them a digital photo of a gorgeous section of forest he plans to convert into green space and then has them guess where it is.

Six charged with animal cruelty
ARCADE, Ga. - Authorities responding last weekend to a report of shots being fired stumbled on what they say was a cockfighting and rooster-breeding operation in the city of Arcade.

Film stunt leaves student injured
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A Savannah College of Art and Design student is in serious condition after a suicide stunt for his film project went wrong.

Bill allowing secret talks dies
ATLANTA - The controversial measure that would have kept secret government negotiations with companies seeking tax breaks in exchange for new jobs is dead for the year, Senate President Pro Tem Eric Johnson said.

Foster children moved after child left behind
HINESVILLE, Ga. - Once again, the children of Gabriel's House were pulled away from people they had come to love.

Senator wants bus monitors

Hicks takes Augusta Prep job
Come this summer, Maj. Gen. Janet Hicks will move from the halls of Signal Towers to the halls of the Augusta Preparatory Day School.

Six charged with animal cruelty
ARCADE, Ga. - Authorities responding last weekend to a report of shots being fired stumbled on what they say was a cockfighting and rooster-breeding operation in the city of Arcade.

Bill would allow hands-on fishing
ATLANTA - Catfish beware: the Georgia Legislature is looking to grab you up. A bill that would legalize a practice called noodling - no rods, no reels, just a hand-to-gill face off - is working its way through the General Assembly as this year's session winds down.

Richmond County restaurant ratings
The following is a listing of restaurant ratings by the Richmond County Department of Environmental Health. Listed are the restaurant name, address, inspection date and the establishment's score (out of a perfect 100):

House will vote on child support formula
ATLANTA - A bill that would radically overhaul how courts determine child support awards in Georgia cleared a major hurdle Tuesday after winning approval from a committee of House lawmakers.

Cats and cows
A. Brian Merry Elementary School celebrated two events on March 2: Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss' birthday.

Officers detail chop shop raid
AIKEN - Authorities on Tuesday toured the monstrous and costly stash of backhoes, flatbed trailers and stolen construction equipment they seized last week, calling it one of the largest chop shop raids in state history.

Bill would curb debt of college projects
ATLANTA - Students might have to wait longer for new residence halls, parking garages and activity centers under a bill making its way through the General Assembly, according to colleges and universities opposed to the measure.

SRS plant's work wraps up

Bridge expansion plans get cool reception
Augusta Mayor Bob Young said he can't understand the cool reception North Augusta officials are giving his plan to use about $400,000 in federal transportation money to expand the 13th Street Bridge pedestrian walkway for bike traffic.

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Winds damage trees, cut power to thousands

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The executive director of a private group promoting Gov. Mark Sanford's tuition tax credit proposal has been demoted after writing phony letters to a newspaper's editorial board.

Winds damage trees, cut power to thousands
Fierce winds knocked out electricity to several thousand people in the Augusta area and caused many problems for commuters Tuesday morning.

Angelic voices
The Augusta Children's Chorale performs at St. Paul's Episcopal Church for Tuesday's Music Live 30-minute program.

Quilt auction, dinner will benefit elementary school
Dee Trevor's first-grade class at Lake Forest Hills Elementary School created a map big enough to keep several people warm.

Man gets life for drive-in slayings
BARNWELL, S.C. - Alfred Tyrone Walker was spared the death penalty Tuesday and was sentenced to back-to-back life sentences for the 2000 murders of two Barnwell teens at a former Sonic Drive-In.

Pet of the week
Bosephus, a 2-year-old male Siberian husky, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

SRS claims will be revisited, officials say
Gus Griffin was an instrument basher at Savannah River Site for 42 years, fixing radiation detectors and control panels in some of the hottest spots in the nuclear weapons complex.

House will vote on child support formula
ATLANTA - A bill that would radically overhaul how courts determine child support awards in Georgia cleared a major hurdle Tuesday after winning approval from a committee of House lawmakers.

Proposal rewards informants

Richmond County restaurant ratings
The following is a listing of restaurant ratings by the Richmond County Department of Environmental Health. Listed are the restaurant name, address, inspection date and the establishment's score (out of a perfect 100):

Bridge expansion plans get cool reception

High number of HIV/AIDS cases puts group to action
The Augusta alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority will hold a walk to raise money for AIDS awareness.

Attorney says guilt admission was a lie

Class teaches lawyers, doctors to unite
It sounds about as likely as wolves and sheep embracing in the meadow, but Charity Scott believes doctors can be taught not to fear and even to work with lawyers.

Milestones

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - Additional abuse charges have been filed against a Roman Catholic priest who briefly worked in Charleston a quarter-century ago, authorities say.

Across the area

SRS plant's work wraps up
NEW ELLENTON - The cavernous Savannah River Site factory that produced a third of the plutonium used in America's atomic weapons is now a place that has lost its Cold War purpose.

Across the area
U.S. Department of Transportation officials announced Tuesday that Daniel Field Airport will receive a $150,000 grant for security and safety enhancements.

Organization seeks applicants for annual scholarship program
The Augusta-Fort Gordon chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association is accepting applications for its annual college scholarships.

Performers bring 'Last Supper' painting to life

Six charged with animal cruelty

Bill would curb debt of college projects

Film stunt leaves student injured

Richmond County restaurant ratings

Members weigh at-large change

After performing for troops, theater group comes to area

SRS claims will be revisited, officials say

Military milestones

Kid of the Day
Jalyn Bradley is today's Kid of the Day.

Georgia universities tout research grants

Across Georgia
BRASELTON - Authorities were expected to perform an autopsy to identify the human remains found buried in a northeast Georgia golf course during a search for a woman missing since July 2002.

Kid of the Day

News you can use

Grant helps put new computers in libraries

Kid of the Day
Madelyn Alese Barnett is today's Kid of the Day.

Fort profile

Military milestones
Robert H. Woods Jr., stepson of Pat Woods, of North Augusta, has been selected for promotion to brigadier general in the Army.

Magnet schools receive distinctive award

Quilt auction, dinner will benefit elementary school
Dee Trevor's first-grade class at Lake Forest Hills Elementary School created a map big enough to keep several people warm.

Across Georgia

After performing for troops, theater group comes to area
It wasn't exactly Broadway. Two soldiers took 30 minutes to get two flatbed 18-wheelers lined up side by side to create a makeshift stage. As for seating, it was standing room only the six picnic benches quickly filled up.

Quilt auction, dinner will benefit elementary school

Angelic voices
The Augusta Children's Chorale performs at St. Paul's Episcopal Church for Tuesday's Music Live 30-minute program.

Facade is taken off apartments
It came down just as fast as it went up. Two weeks after the Augusta-Richmond County Historic Preser- vation Commission ordered the owner of the Richmond Summit Apartments to tear down a stucco facade sealing off the building's alcove, construction workers demolished the addition Wednesday.

Two accused of illegal gambling
ATHENS, Ga. - A woman who ran a series of legitimate noncash poker tournaments in downtown bars has been accused of running illegal card games at her West Athens home where the stakes ran to thousands of dollars.

Parent's complaint bans book

Scholarship semifinalist had his lucky dime in shoe
Mitchell Redd wasn't taking any chances. He wanted luck on his side as the field of four was narrowed to two in the 9- to 13-year-old category of the Make Kids Count scholarship contest Friday at the Partners in Achievement office on Columbia Road.

Events

Performers bring 'Last Supper' painting to life
If the figures in Leonardo da Vinci's painting The Last Supper could speak, they might tell of the glorious things they'd experienced in the three years they had been with Jesus.

Bill allowing secret talks dies

Events
greyhound meet and greet: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday ; PETsMART, 225 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway; meet adoptable retired racers; free; 796-1708

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Proposal rewards informants
A Glenn Hills High School student whose tip led police to confiscate a loaded gun from a classmate Tuesday would have received a $100 cash reward under a program being pushed by school trustee Joe Scott.

Pet of the week

Georgia universities tout research grants
ATLANTA - Academic research provides an important funding source and contributes to Georgia's economic development, institution presidents told the University System of Georgia Board of Regents on Wednesday.

Proposal rewards informants
A Glenn Hills High School student whose tip led police to confiscate a loaded gun from a classmate Tuesday would have received a $100 cash reward under a program being pushed by school trustee Joe Scott.

Across Georgia
BRASELTON - Authorities were expected to perform an autopsy to identify the human remains found buried in a northeast Georgia golf course during a search for a woman missing since July 2002.

Around the block
The CSRA Humane Society will hold a microchip clinic from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the CSRA Humane Society on Milledge Road, beyond Lake Olmstead Stadium. Dr. Beverly Slonina, of National Hills Animal Hospital, will implant the microchips, which provide an identification number for pets.

House guest faces charges in thefts
An Augusta man was arrested Tuesday and charged with stealing checks and a handgun from a local lawyer, Richmond County Sheriff's Office records state.

Members weigh at-large change
Columbia County school board members discussed proposed state legislation that would create an at-large elected school board chairman in a Tuesday meeting.

Richmond County schools reassert security
A Richmond County Schools spokeswoman defended the random use of school metal detectors after one device failed to catch a student who carried a loaded gun around Glenn Hills High School all day Tuesday.

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Senator wants bus monitors
State Sen. Charles Walker is sold on bus monitors. The Augusta Democrat has asked the state legislative counsel to research the law and find out whether it is possible for school districts to use volunteer monitors on school buses without raising serious liability issues.

School reports
John S. Davidson Fine Arts School placed fourth in the annual Math Contest held by Augusta State University

Man gets life for drive-in slayings

Organization seeks applicants for annual scholarship program
The Augusta-Fort Gordon chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association is accepting applications for its annual college scholarships.

Bike path project picks up momentum

Across the area

Two accused of illegal gambling

Fort profile
NAME: Helen J. Jones RESIDENCE: Augusta

Foster children moved after child left behind

Pet of the week
Bosephus, a 2-year-old male Siberian husky, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

Angelic voices

Milestones
The following area students have graduated from the Youth Challenge Academy, sponsored by the Georgia National Guard:

House will vote on child support formula

Military milestones
Robert H. Woods Jr., stepson of Pat Woods, of North Augusta, has been selected for promotion to brigadier general in the Army.

Officers detail chop shop raid

Richmond County schools reassert security
A Richmond County Schools spokeswoman defended the random use of school metal detectors after one device failed to catch a student who carried a loaded gun around Glenn Hills High School all day Tuesday.

Across South Carolina

Warren Road track is illuminated by new lighting system
Construction to widen Warren Road has been suspended, but one project along the thoroughfare has been completed.

Bill would allow hands-on fishing

Grant helps put new computers in libraries
Some of the technology at the Main Branch Library in Augusta has a new look, and the updated dcor soon will appear at other branches in the East Central Georgia Regional Library system, officials said.

Across Georgia

Girl Scouts are holding career fair
In recognition of National Girl Scout Week, March 6-12, the Good Hope Baptist Church Girl Scout program is holding a workshop to teach girls about having successful futures.

Hicks takes Augusta Prep job

Performers bring 'Last Supper' painting to life
If the figures in Leonardo da Vinci's painting The Last Supper could speak, they might tell of the glorious things they'd experienced in the three years they had been with Jesus.

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- Activities and entertainment events today include:

Cats and cows

Senator wants bus monitors
State Sen. Charles Walker is sold on bus monitors. The Augusta Democrat has asked the state legislative counsel to research the law and find out whether it is possible for school districts to use volunteer monitors on school buses without raising serious liability issues.

Performers bring 'Last Supper' painting to life
If the figures in Leonardo da Vinci's painting The Last Supper could speak, they might tell of the glorious things they'd experienced in the three years they had been with Jesus.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The executive director of a private group promoting Gov. Mark Sanford's tuition tax credit proposal has been demoted after writing phony letters to a newspaper's editorial board.

News you can use
- Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Across the area
U.S. Department of Transportation officials announced Tuesday that Daniel Field Airport will receive a $150,000 grant for security and safety enhancements.

Bridge expansion plans get cool reception
Augusta Mayor Bob Young said he can't understand the cool reception North Augusta officials are giving his plan to use about $400,000 in federal transportation money to expand the 13th Street Bridge pedestrian walkway for bike traffic.

Winds damage trees, cut power to thousands
Fierce winds knocked out electricity to several thousand people in the Augusta area and caused many problems for commuters Tuesday morning.

Parent's complaint bans book
Richmond County school officials have banned an obscenity-laced book from all elementary school libraries after a parent complained that the book was inappropriate for her third-grade son.

Magnet schools receive distinctive award
Both senior-level magnet schools in Richmond County have been named 2005 National Magnet Schools of Distinction.

Attorney says guilt admission was a lie
The attorney for an Augusta man accused of fatally shooting his mother in February 2003 told Columbia County jurors Wednes- day that his client gave police a false confession to the crime.

Across the area
Police arrested a 22-year-old Augusta man early Wednesday who officials said had more than 4 pounds of marijuana and about 620 Ecstasy pills.

Events
greyhound meet and greet: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday ; PETsMART, 225 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway; meet adoptable retired racers; free; 796-1708

Bike path project picks up momentum
Deke Copenhaver likes to play a little game with his professional colleagues. The executive director of the Central Savannah River Land Trust shows them a digital photo of a gorgeous section of forest he plans to convert into green space and then has them guess where it is.

Kid of the Day
Madelyn Alese Barnett is today's Kid of the Day.

Hicks takes Augusta Prep job
Come this summer, Maj. Gen. Janet Hicks will move from the halls of Signal Towers to the halls of the Augusta Preparatory Day School.

Georgia universities tout research grants
ATLANTA - Academic research provides an important funding source and contributes to Georgia's economic development, institution presidents told the University System of Georgia Board of Regents on Wednesday.

Police say pupil brought gun
Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested a Glenn Hills High School student Tuesday after he brought a loaded gun to class, officials said.

SRS plant's work wraps up
NEW ELLENTON - The cavernous Savannah River Site factory that produced a third of the plutonium used in America's atomic weapons is now a place that has lost its Cold War purpose.

After performing for troops, theater group comes to area
It wasn't exactly Broadway. Two soldiers took 30 minutes to get two flatbed 18-wheelers lined up side by side to create a makeshift stage. As for seating, it was standing room only ñ the six picnic benches quickly filled up.

Bill would curb debt of college projects
ATLANTA - Students might have to wait longer for new residence halls, parking garages and activity centers under a bill making its way through the General Assembly, according to colleges and universities opposed to the measure.

Officers detail chop shop raid
AIKEN - Authorities on Tuesday toured the monstrous and costly stash of backhoes, flatbed trailers and stolen construction equipment they seized last week, calling it one of the largest chop shop raids in state history.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - One of the most congested traffic corridors in metro Atlanta is about to get help, thanks to a widening program for Georgia 400 announced by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Man gets life for drive-in slayings
BARNWELL, S.C. - Alfred Tyrone Walker was spared the death penalty Tuesday and was sentenced to back-to-back life sentences for the 2000 murders of two Barnwell teens at a former Sonic Drive-In.

Bill allowing secret talks dies
ATLANTA - The controversial measure that would have kept secret government negotiations with companies seeking tax breaks in exchange for new jobs is dead for the year, Senate President Pro Tem Eric Johnson said.

SRS claims will be revisited, officials say
Gus Griffin was an instrument basher at Savannah River Site for 42 years, fixing radiation detectors and control panels in some of the hottest spots in the nuclear weapons complex.

Grant helps put new computers in libraries
Some of the technology at the Main Branch Library in Augusta has a new look, and the updated dcor soon will appear at other branches in the East Central Georgia Regional Library system, officials said.

Members weigh at-large change
Columbia County school board members discussed proposed state legislation that would create an at-large elected school board chairman in a Tuesday meeting.

Milestones
The following area students have graduated from the Youth Challenge Academy, sponsored by the Georgia National Guard:

Bill would allow hands-on fishing
ATLANTA - Catfish beware: the Georgia Legislature is looking to grab you up. A bill that would legalize a practice called noodling - no rods, no reels, just a hand-to-gill face off - is working its way through the General Assembly as this year's session winds down.

News you can use
- Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Two accused of illegal gambling
ATHENS, Ga. - A woman who ran a series of legitimate noncash poker tournaments in downtown bars has been accused of running illegal card games at her West Athens home where the stakes ran to thousands of dollars.

Fort profile
NAME: Helen J. JonesRESIDENCE: Augusta

Film stunt leaves student injured
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A Savannah College of Art and Design student is in serious condition after a suicide stunt for his film project went wrong.

Around the block
The CSRA Humane Society will hold a microchip clinic from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the CSRA Humane Society on Milledge Road, beyond Lake Olmstead Stadium. Dr. Beverly Slonina, of National Hills Animal Hospital, will implant the microchips, which provide an identification number for pets.

Foster children moved after child left behind
HINESVILLE, Ga. - Once again, the children of Gabriel's House were pulled away from people they had come to love.

Cats and cows
A. Brian Merry Elementary School celebrated two events on March 2: Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss' birthday.

Attorney says guilt admission was a lie
The attorney for an Augusta man accused of fatally shooting his mother in February 2003 told Columbia County jurors Wednes- day that his client gave police a false confession to the crime.

Parent's complaint bans book
Richmond County school officials have banned an obscenity-laced book from all elementary school libraries after a parent complained that the book was inappropriate for her third-grade son.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - One of the most congested traffic corridors in metro Atlanta is about to get help, thanks to a widening program for Georgia 400 announced by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

At the Movies: 'In My Country'

At the Movies: 'The Upside of Anger'
Is it too early to start thinking about top-10 lists and Academy Award nominations? That's how good "The Upside of Anger" is, and that's how powerful the performance is from Joan Allen, its mesmerizing star.

At the Movies: 'The Upside of Anger'

At the Movies: 'Hostage'

At the Movies: 'Hostage'
Redemption has a heaping-huge body count in Bruce Willis' "Hostage," whose passable opening and middle chapters promise a decent action thriller before all credibility is destroyed by the take-no-prisoners excess of the final act.

Horse that played Seabiscuit dies
LEXINGTON, Ky. - I Two Step Too, one of 10 horses that portrayed Seabiscuit in the 2003 movie about the famed thoroughbred, died Monday at the Kentucky Horse Park. He was 11.

Mini reviews

Horse that played Seabiscuit dies
LEXINGTON, Ky. - I Two Step Too, one of 10 horses that portrayed Seabiscuit in the 2003 movie about the famed thoroughbred, died Monday at the Kentucky Horse Park. He was 11.

At the Movies: 'Robots'
Full of small, wonderful touches and big, heady ideas, the computer-animated extravaganza "Robots" is both visually dazzling and needlessly heavy-handed.

Horse that played Seabiscuit dies

At the Movies: 'In My Country'
A clear passion project for the director, John Boorman's "In My Country" is high on ideals yet disappointing on drama, the promising story set in post-apartheid South Africa failing to really involve viewers.

At the Movies: 'The Upside of Anger'
Is it too early to start thinking about top-10 lists and Academy Award nominations? That's how good "The Upside of Anger" is, and that's how powerful the performance is from Joan Allen, its mesmerizing star.

At the Movies: 'Millions'
With the energy of "Trainspotting" (minus the rampant drugs and sex) and "28 Days Later" (minus the gore and rabid zombies), director Danny Boyle makes a surprisingly gentle turn into the family genre with the big-hearted "Millions."

At the Movies: 'The Upside of Anger'
Is it too early to start thinking about top-10 lists and Academy Award nominations? That's how good "The Upside of Anger" is, and that's how powerful the performance is from Joan Allen, its mesmerizing star.

At the Movies: 'Robots'
Full of small, wonderful touches and big, heady ideas, the computer-animated extravaganza "Robots" is both visually dazzling and needlessly heavy-handed.

At the Movies: 'Hostage'
Redemption has a heaping-huge body count in Bruce Willis' "Hostage," whose passable opening and middle chapters promise a decent action thriller before all credibility is destroyed by the take-no-prisoners excess of the final act.

At the Movies: 'Robots'

At the Movies: 'Hostage'
Redemption has a heaping-huge body count in Bruce Willis' "Hostage," whose passable opening and middle chapters promise a decent action thriller before all credibility is destroyed by the take-no-prisoners excess of the final act.

At the Movies: 'Millions'

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

Hot ticket
The EaglesWHEN: 8 tonight WHERE: The Arena at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth Ga., off Interstate 85 northeast of Atlanta

Sharpton proposes ban on rappers involved with violence
NEW YORK - The Rev. Al Sharpton is putting in his two cents about the latest drama involving 50 Cent.

Hot ticket
The Eagles WHEN: 8 tonight WHERE: The Arena at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth Ga., off Interstate 85 northeast of Atlanta

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Sonic Spotlight
Jordon WatwoodAGE: 21HOMETOWN: Born in Waycross, Ga.; lived in Augusta since he was 10.

The battle continues
So you're cruising with your honey under a sky like faded jeans, and she's telling you about that time she and her classmates played Truth or Dare, and you're hanging on to every word.

Hot ticket
The Eagles WHEN: 8 tonight WHERE: The Arena at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth Ga., off Interstate 85 northeast of Atlanta

Canada rocks, eh?
Everyone knows Canadians make great beer and hockey players. It turns out they can really rock, too.

Sonic Spotlight
Jordon Watwood AGE: 21 HOMETOWN: Born in Waycross, Ga.; lived in Augusta since he was 10.

Sharpton proposes ban on rappers involved with violence

Sharpton proposes ban on rappers involved with violence
NEW YORK - The Rev. Al Sharpton is putting in his two cents about the latest drama involving 50 Cent.

Canada rocks, eh?

Hot ticket
The EaglesWHEN: 8 tonight WHERE: The Arena at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth Ga., off Interstate 85 northeast of Atlanta

Sonic Spotlight

Hot ticket

Canada rocks, eh?
Everyone knows Canadians make great beer and hockey players. It turns out they can really rock, too.

Road show could head to Canada
MEXICO CITY - Robbie Weiss wasn't just impressed with NASCAR's first official race in Mexico. He was giddy. And why not?

Racing Newsmaker: Jamie McMurray
LAS VEGAS -- Jamie McMurray is coming off a fourth-place finish at California as the Nextel Cup Series returns for this Sunday's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Road show could head to Canada
MEXICO CITY - Robbie Weiss wasn't just impressed with NASCAR's first official race in Mexico. He was giddy. And why not?

Racing Newsmaker: Jamie McMurray

Road show could head to Canada

Recent Busch race nets ratings

Racing Newsmaker: Jamie McMurray
LAS VEGAS -- Jamie McMurray is coming off a fourth-place finish at California as the Nextel Cup Series returns for this Sunday's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Recent Busch race nets ratings
LAS VEGAS - When 94,000 fans showed up at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez for Sunday's Busch Series race, everyone agreed it was a rousing success.

Recent Busch race nets ratings
LAS VEGAS - When 94,000 fans showed up at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez for Sunday's Busch Series race, everyone agreed it was a rousing success.

Maryland seeks redemption in ACC tournament
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Coming off a mystifying regular season that ended with three straight stinging losses, Maryland enters the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament without having given serious thought to successfully defending its league title.

Maryland seeks redemption in ACC tournament
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Coming off a mystifying regular season that ended with three straight stinging losses, Maryland enters the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament without having given serious thought to successfully defending its league title.

A Kentucky win is the norm at tourney
ATLANTA - The Southeastern Conference Tournament can be divided into two distinct groups. There's Kentucky, the perennial favorite. Then there's everyone else.

Captain carries Paine team to next level
Akia Stanton couldn't remember the name of the book. After a few moments, she recalled the author's name. But she couldn't tell you what the book is about.

Captain carries Paine team to next level
Akia Stanton couldn't remember the name of the book. After a few moments, she recalled the author's name. But she couldn't tell you what the book is about.

A Kentucky win is the norm at tourney
ATLANTA - The Southeastern Conference Tournament can be divided into two distinct groups. There's Kentucky, the perennial favorite. Then there's everyone else.

Older receivers have their day

Mr. Carlisle E. Pickett    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. David Hughes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Gorsuch    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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SFC (Ret.) Arthur C. Dudley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

SFC (Ret.) Arthur C. Dudley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Carrie Ashcroft    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Attaway    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Bennie Mae Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Charlie Bland    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mr. Harold Baker Black    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lessie Bailey    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Ms. Cora Smith    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Hubert Flonnory, Sr.    (BARTOW, Ga.)
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Mr. Billy Dossey    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Bennie Brandenburg    (MACON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Linda Wan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Warren D. Gary    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Bertha Moore    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mr. Frank N. Gorsuch    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Virginia Lanier    (PORTAL, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mattie Adkison    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
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MSGT Arthur C. Dudley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Imogene Hines Eaton    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Patricia Ann Brown    (BLYTHE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ann Gossage    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Guy T. Williams    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mrs. Virginia Holliman Adams    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Stephen Ray Mundy    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Miss Eumeeka D. Hornsby    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Clarie Grizzard    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Gladys Johnson    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lessie Bailey    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Perth Joseph Oakman, Jr.    (WASHINGTON, D.C.)
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Mrs. Rosetta Whitfield    (ELBERTON, Ga.)
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Ms. Brenda Joyce Bell    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Carolyn C. Scott    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Thomas Lawton    (SUMMERVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Norman Patterson, Sr.    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mr. Arthur Lee Harrison    (LAURENS COUNTY, GA.)
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Mrs. Mary McGahee    (STAPLETON, Ga.)
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Mr. Kenneth Leroy Pooser, Sr.    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Mr. M.W. Luckey, Sr.    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Mrs. Tyyne Lindell Rautio    (JESUP, Ga.)
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Mr. David Hughes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James Lucas    (DETROIT, MI.)
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Ms. Clarie Grizzard    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lucy Mae Widener    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ruth Boatright Smith    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Gertrude McGee    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Keaton Alexander Bailey    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Mr. Adolphus Morse    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mattie Adkison    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
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Ms. Machelle Patterson    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Leroy Wiley    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Stephen Ray Mundy    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
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Mr. Bill Whitaker    (CHARLOTTE, N.C.)
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Mrs. Bernice Rogers    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Mr. Kenneth H. Roth    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Leroy Pooser, Sr.    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Ms. Brenda Joyce Bell    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrtice U. Sammons    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Elmer Leo Smith, Sr.    (WATERLOO, S.C.)

Ms. Emma J. Shaffer    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary B. Gordon    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Ms. Cora Smith    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ruth Boatright Smith    (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Lt. William G. Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Keaton Alexander Bailey    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Charlie Bland    (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Don William Wiley    (DAWSONVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Bennie Brandenburg    (MACON, Ga.)

Ms. Cora Smith    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
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Mr. Hubert Flonnory, Sr.    (BARTOW, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie S. Smith    (STAPLETON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Annie S. Smith    (STAPLETON, Ga.)
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Mr. James Paul Frison    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Miss Eumeeka D. Hornsby    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Oliver    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Gladys Johnson    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Machelle Patterson    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Brenda Joyce Bell    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Boatright Smith    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Arthur Lee Harrison    (LAURENS COUNTY, GA.)

Mr. Elmer Leo Smith, Sr.    (WATERLOO, S.C.)
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Mr. Kenneth Leroy Pooser, Sr.    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Leffel    (COVINGTON, VA.)
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Mrs. Tyyne Lindell Rautio    (JESUP, Ga.)

Mr. J. Kenneth Amerson    (LILBURN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Edith Hensley Hall    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Ms. Brenda Joyce Bell    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary McGahee    (STAPLETON, Ga.)
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Mr. Billy Dossey    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Charlie T. Bland    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lessie Bailey    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Miss Elizabeth Ann Lane    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mr. William "Art" Zion, Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Norman Patterson, Sr.    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Guy T. Williams    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Ethel Oliver    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bill Whitaker    (CHARLOTTE, N.C.)

Mrs. Gertrude McGee    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Lt. William G. Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth McCall Staley    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Myrtice U. Sammons    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Bennie Mae Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernice Rogers    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. M.W. Luckey, Sr.    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Virginia Lanier    (PORTAL, Ga.)

Mrs. Gertrude McGee    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Ms. Machelle Patterson (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Clarie Grizzard (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. M.W. Luckey, Sr. (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. James Lucas (DETROIT, MI.)

Mrs. Myrtice U. Sammons (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Frank N. Gorsuch (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth McCall Staley (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Bernice Rogers (HARLEM, Ga.)

Ms. Brenda Joyce Bell ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

SFC (Ret.) Arthur C. Dudley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Ashcroft (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gladys Johnson (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Brenda Joyce Bell ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Tyyne Lindell Rautio (JESUP, Ga.)

Mr. James Paul Frison (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Bennie Brandenburg (MACON, Ga.)

Mrs. Virginia Lanier (PORTAL, Ga.)

Lt. William G. Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Elmer Leo Smith, Sr. (WATERLOO, S.C.)

Ms. Cora Smith (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Bennie Mae Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Adolphus Morse (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie T. Prather (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Hubert Flonnory, Sr. (BARTOW, Ga.)

Mr. Carlisle E. Pickett (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Bill Whitaker (CHARLOTTE, N.C.)

Mr. Kenneth Leroy Pooser, Sr. (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Miss Eumeeka D. Hornsby (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Lee Harrison (LAURENS COUNTY, GA.)

Mr. Leroy Wiley (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Charlie Bland (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Stephen Ray Mundy (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Gertrude McGee (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Guy T. Williams (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Linda Wan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth H. Roth (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Oliver (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Hughes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Adkison (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Ms. Cora Smith (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Don William Wiley (DAWSONVILLE, Ga.)

Keaton Alexander Bailey (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Lessie Bailey (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Norman Patterson, Sr. (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Billy Dossey (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth Boatright Smith (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary B. Gordon (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Gossage (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary McGahee (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Overtime

Overtime

Tuesday's Prep results

Wednesday's Prep results

Overtime
Dogwood Stables will send out Limehouse and Vicarage this weekend to New Orleans for a pair of races.

Area announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number.

Tuesday's Prep results
Prep sports scores from across the area:

Wednesday's Prep results
Prep sports scores for area teams:

Overtime
Former Georgia star Herschel Walker will be speaking at 6:30 tonight at Julian Smith Casino at a dinner to benefit the Georgia-Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Tuesday's Prep results
Prep sports scores from across the area:

Wednesday's Prep results
Prep sports scores for area teams:

Overtime
Dogwood Stables will send out Limehouse and Vicarage this weekend to New Orleans for a pair of races.

Overtime
Former Georgia star Herschel Walker will be speaking at 6:30 tonight at Julian Smith Casino at a dinner to benefit the Georgia-Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Combine offers players more exposure
Glenn Hills assistant football coach Vyus Downs has a vision. It came to light as he listened to the college scouts who checked out the team's prospects last year.

Combine offers players more exposure
Glenn Hills assistant football coach Vyus Downs has a vision. It came to light as he listened to the college scouts who checked out the team's prospects last year.

Older receivers have their day
It was a good day for over-30 receivers in the NFL. Keenan McCardell got the payday he was seeking in San Diego, Ricky Proehl decided to return to Carolina for his 16th season and tight end Jermaine Wiggins was rewarded for a career year and re-signed with Minnesota on Wednesday.

Older receivers have their day
It was a good day for over-30 receivers in the NFL. Keenan McCardell got the payday he was seeking in San Diego, Ricky Proehl decided to return to Carolina for his 16th season and tight end Jermaine Wiggins was rewarded for a career year and re-signed with Minnesota on Wednesday.

Panthers: Fields to delay signing contract
Carolina linebacker Mark Fields is delaying signing a new three-year contract with the Panthers until after he passes his annual May checkup following his treatment of Hodgkin's disease.

Musical showcases lives, love of country duo Wynette, Jones

Musical showcases lives, love of country duo Wynette, Jones
Kristin Stewart was born five years after Tammy Wynette d-i-v-o-r-c-e-d her third husband, George Jones, but she still gets to sing with "George Jones" every week on stage.

Musical showcases lives, love of country duo Wynette, Jones
Kristin Stewart was born five years after Tammy Wynette d-i-v-o-r-c-e-d her third husband, George Jones, but she still gets to sing with "George Jones" every week on stage.

Even love in movies isn't always perfect

Sarah Jessica Parker, HBO announce deal
LOS ANGELES - "Sex and the City" is over but Sarah Jessica Parker and HBO are still an item.

ABC's movie draws viewers, but CBS wins ratings race

ABC's movie draws viewers, but CBS wins ratings race
NEW YORK - Powered by star Halle Berry and executive producer Oprah Winfrey, ABC's "Their Eyes Were Watching God" drew 24.6 million viewers Sunday, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Dan Rather signs off as 'CBS Evening News' anchor
NEW YORK - Dan Rather, whose network reporting career spanned from the Kennedy assassination to the deadly tsunami, prepared to sign off Wednesday after 24 years as "CBS Evening News" anchorman.

Cronkite: Rather should have been replaced earlier
NEW YORK - Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather's predecessor at the "CBS Evening News," said Monday that Rather's replacement by Bob Schieffer was overdue.

ABC's movie draws viewers, but CBS wins ratings race
NEW YORK - Powered by star Halle Berry and executive producer Oprah Winfrey, ABC's "Their Eyes Were Watching God" drew 24.6 million viewers Sunday, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Cronkite: Rather should have been replaced earlier
NEW YORK - Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather's predecessor at the "CBS Evening News," said Monday that Rather's replacement by Bob Schieffer was overdue.

Emmy Awards mulling changes in lineup
LOS ANGELES - The changes at this year's Academy Awards ceremony may be followed by a substantial revamping of the Emmy Awards.

Emmy Awards mulling changes in lineup
LOS ANGELES - The changes at this year's Academy Awards ceremony may be followed by a substantial revamping of the Emmy Awards.

Sarah Jessica Parker, HBO announce deal

'Apprentice' producer sues over sponsorships
LOS ANGELES - Mark Burnett Productions, the company behind the Donald Trump show "The Apprentice," has sued an entertainment company for allegedly telling advertisers it had exclusive rights to broker agreements to place products on the show.

Dan Rather signs off as 'CBS Evening News' anchor

Emmy Awards mulling changes in lineup

Cronkite: Rather should have been replaced earlier

Sarah Jessica Parker, HBO announce deal
LOS ANGELES - "Sex and the City" is over but Sarah Jessica Parker and HBO are still an item.

Dan Rather signs off as 'CBS Evening News' anchor
NEW YORK - Dan Rather, whose network reporting career spanned from the Kennedy assassination to the deadly tsunami, prepared to sign off Wednesday after 24 years as "CBS Evening News" anchorman.

'American Pie' actress splitting from husband

Celebrity Stalkers: from fan to fanatical

People in the News

People in the News

Video game icons honored with stars

Galleries

The top five list

Globetrotter remains on court because of love of game, team

Model's stepfather sentenced for stealing money

Applause Calendar

New on DVD

Intense 'Resident Evil 4' runs on pure adrenaline

Club calendar

Gonzo journalist remembered at memorial

Galleries

Program violations include football, basketball teams

Judge gives OK to Swain for practices
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia defensive tackle Darrius Swain can return for the football team's spring practice workout today after being released Wednesday from the Clarke County jail.

Program violations include football, basketball teams
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia has reported six NCAA secondary violations since July 1, 2004, according to information provided to the Athens Banner-Herald under the Georgia Open Records law.

Program violations include football, basketball teams
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia has reported six NCAA secondary violations since July 1, 2004, according to information provided to the Athens Banner-Herald under the Georgia Open Records law.

Even love in movies isn't always perfect
Love is not always as soft as an easy chair. Love is hard. It's labor-intensive and requires commitment, compromise and, more often than not, luck. That's why people get excited by love stories. They relish the idea of everything going right, of a relationship flourishing against the odds.

Even love in movies isn't always perfect
Love is not always as soft as an easy chair. Love is hard. It's labor-intensive and requires commitment, compromise and, more often than not, luck. That's why people get excited by love stories. They relish the idea of everything going right, of a relationship flourishing against the odds.

Gamecocks' Thompson surrenders to police
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina defensive lineman Moe Thompson surrendered to police Tuesday, nearly a week after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Gamecocks' Thompson surrenders to police

Pacers begin hunt for another coach
While some basketball teams prepare for postseason play, USC Aiken has different plans.

Pacers begin hunt for another coach
While some basketball teams prepare for postseason play, USC Aiken has different plans.

Pacers begin hunt for another coach

Gamecocks' Thompson surrenders to police
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina defensive lineman Moe Thompson surrendered to police Tuesday, nearly a week after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Dispute kept ace out of 'Chronicle'
easoned observers of this column know a list of holes-in-one from area clubs runs about every three months. That way, all the aces are together, making it easier for the reader to check them out.

Dispute kept ace out of 'Chronicle'
easoned observers of this column know a list of holes-in-one from area clubs runs about every three months. That way, all the aces are together, making it easier for the reader to check them out.

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends