Harry Potter illustrator puts a little of herself in wizard
NEW YORK - Mary GrandPre sounds just like a parent when she talks about Harry. She sees herself in him - a little bit in the eyes, something in the line of his jaw. But that lightning bolt-shaped scar? Hey, that's not from her side of the family.

Simplicity is key to 'Pinocchio' success

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

Harry Potter illustrator puts a little of herself in wizard
NEW YORK - Mary GrandPre sounds just like a parent when she talks about Harry. She sees herself in him - a little bit in the eyes, something in the line of his jaw. But that lightning bolt-shaped scar? Hey, that's not from her side of the family.

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

Harry Potter illustrator puts a little of herself in wizard

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

Razorbacks pound 'Pack
Cross Creek at Greenbrier became a clash of knowns and unknowns Thursday night.

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.

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

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.

Razorbacks pound 'Pack
Cross Creek at Greenbrier became a clash of knowns and unknowns Thursday night.

Razorbacks pound 'Pack

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.

Bonds takes batting practice for the first time

Soaring gas prices require drivers to think outside box

Motorists get psychic's phone number instead of DMV
MADISON, Wis. - When the state's Division of Motor Vehicles sent notices to about 25,000 motorists to renew their registration, they made a tiny mistake.

Odds and Ends
LINCOLN, Neb. - An Internet casino that previously bought a partially eaten grilled cheese sandwich now has a pretzel that some believe is shaped like the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus.

Odds and Ends
LINCOLN, Neb. - An Internet casino that previously bought a partially eaten grilled cheese sandwich now has a pretzel that some believe is shaped like the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus.

Motorists get psychic's phone number instead of DMV
MADISON, Wis. - When the state's Division of Motor Vehicles sent notices to about 25,000 motorists to renew their registration, they made a tiny mistake.

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 reassign seven to minors
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Jeff Francoeur's stay with the Braves was short-lived - for now.

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: Jordan goes slow while at practice

Pirates shut out Braves

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.

Pirates shut out Braves
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The Atlanta Braves' starting pitchers appear to be in regular-season form.

Pirates shut out Braves
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The Atlanta Braves' starting pitchers appear to be in regular-season form.

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.

Budget deficit surges to $113.9 billion in February
WASHINGTON - The federal government ran a record monthly deficit of $113.9 billion in February, a sizable worsening of the budget picture compared to a rare surplus recorded in January, the Treasury Department reported Thursday.

iTunes-enabled phone debut postponed
HANOVER, Germany - Motorola Inc. postponed plans Thursday to unveil a cell phone that can buy and play songs from Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes download service, a sudden decision which may reflect tensions with cellular companies who also want to sell music to mobile phone users.

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.

Unemployment claims jump to highest level in two months

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.

Budget deficit surges to $113.9 billion in February
WASHINGTON - The federal government ran a record monthly deficit of $113.9 billion in February, a sizable worsening of the budget picture compared to a rare surplus recorded in January, the Treasury Department reported Thursday.

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.

Unemployment claims jump to highest level in two months
WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits jumped by 17,000 last week to the highest level in two months, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

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.

iTunes-enabled phone debut postponed

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.

FCC extends "truth-in-billing" guidelines to cell phone bills

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.

Suzuki's newest model

Perdue honors ports' board

Event alters sales pitch
After several years without seeing many results, organizers for the Augusta Showcase are changing their tactics.

LexisNexis airs intrusion report

AT&T sets aside funds for card dispute
NEW YORK - AT&T Corp. disclosed Thursday it set aside $553 million to cover certain fees and charges that federal regulators say the company improperly avoided paying on its popular long-distance calling cards.

Palmetto State takes on payday loan woes

FCC extends "truth-in-billing" guidelines to cell phone bills
WASHINGTON - Regulators on Thursday voted to extend "truth-in-billing" guidelines to cell phone bills in hopes it would lead to clearer, shorter statements devoid of confusing add-on fees.

Dollar value, oil deflate stocks

Event alters sales pitch

Yum, farm workers reach agreement

AT&T sets aside funds for card dispute

Taxes keep beer from flowing

Budget deficit surges to $113.9 billion in February

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.

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.

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.

Event alters sales pitch
After several years without seeing many results, organizers for the Augusta Showcase are changing their tactics.

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.

iTunes-enabled phone debut postponed
HANOVER, Germany - Motorola Inc. postponed plans Thursday to unveil a cell phone that can buy and play songs from Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes download service, a sudden decision which may reflect tensions with cellular companies who also want to sell music to mobile phone users.

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.

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.

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.

Unemployment claims jump to highest level in two months
WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits jumped by 17,000 last week to the highest level in two months, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

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.

Delta expects big loss, could eventually seek bankruptcy
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines Inc. said Thursday it expects to report a "substantial" loss this year and could seek bankruptcy protection if conditions worsen, news that sent the stock down 12 percent.

FCC extends "truth-in-billing" guidelines to cell phone bills
WASHINGTON - Regulators on Thursday voted to extend "truth-in-billing" guidelines to cell phone bills in hopes it would lead to clearer, shorter statements devoid of confusing add-on fees.

AT&T sets aside funds for card dispute
NEW YORK - AT&T Corp. disclosed Thursday it set aside $553 million to cover certain fees and charges that federal regulators say the company improperly avoided paying on its popular long-distance calling cards.

A lot is new at Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. - There will be a lot of new things to look at - and hear - when Clemson starts spring football practice Friday.

Tigers crash Terrapins' party

Tigers crash Terrapins' party
WASHINGTON - The Maryland booster club scheduled a pep rally for Thursday night, hoping to inspire the Terrapins on the eve of an Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament game against North Carolina.

A lot is new at Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. - There will be a lot of new things to look at - and hear - when Clemson starts spring football practice Friday.

Tigers crash Terrapins' party
WASHINGTON - The Maryland booster club scheduled a pep rally for Thursday night, hoping to inspire the Terrapins on the eve of an Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament game against North Carolina.

A lot is new at Clemson

Captain carries Paine team to next level

Maryland seeks redemption in ACC tournament

Hard work, faith pay off for Paine

A Kentucky win is the norm at tourney

A slap in the face

A slap in the face
The Rev. Al Sharpton is outraged again. And, again, he's blaming white racism. But once again, he's completely out to lunch.

Help for bus drivers?
The leadership role Barbara Pulliam is playing in trying to solve the problem of unruly, and sometimes dangerous, behavior on Richmond County school buses provides a civics lesson on why elections are so beneficial to the body politic.

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.

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.

Flying under the radar

What we've come to expect

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.

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.

A slap in the face
The Rev. Al Sharpton is outraged again. And, again, he's blaming white racism. But once again, he's completely out to lunch.

Lindsay Wagner talks horse sense in 'Thicker Than Water'
CALABASAS, Calif. - It took wild horses to get Lindsay Wagner to play a "really old and gnarly" woman in the Hallmark Channel movie "Thicker Than Water."

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

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.

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

Michael Jackson, late to court, hears accuser testify
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Michael Jackson went AWOL from his child molestation trial Thursday and was nearly jailed before he finally showed up more than an hour late, in his pajama bottoms and slippers, to listen to his accuser's second day of testimony.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Jane Fonda to undergo hip surgery
LOS ANGELES - Jane Fonda will undergo hip replacement surgery after finishing publicity tours for her upcoming film and autobiography, her publicist said Thursday.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Lindsay Wagner talks horse sense in 'Thicker Than Water'
CALABASAS, Calif. - It took wild horses to get Lindsay Wagner to play a "really old and gnarly" woman in the Hallmark Channel movie "Thicker Than Water."

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

People in the News
NEW YORK - Paul McCartney and his wife have donated a painting from their private collection to the members of the Fire Department of New York - and the subject is something likely very close to their hearts.

Michael Jackson, late to court, hears accuser testify
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Michael Jackson went AWOL from his child molestation trial Thursday and was nearly jailed before he finally showed up more than an hour late, in his pajama bottoms and slippers, to listen to his accuser's second day of testimony.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Paul McCartney and his wife have donated a painting from their private collection to the members of the Fire Department of New York - and the subject is something likely very close to their hearts.

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.

Bankruptcy debt reduction to become more difficult

Heavy winds are expected at lake
High, roaring winds accompanied the entrance of March's "lion," and its roaring has yet to stop with 25-mph winds forecast for today and 30-mph blasts predicted for Saturday.

Heavy winds are expected at lake

Heavy winds are expected at lake
High, roaring winds accompanied the entrance of March's "lion," and its roaring has yet to stop with 25-mph winds forecast for today and 30-mph blasts predicted for Saturday.

Varietal labels can ease selection

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.

Varietal labels can ease selection
Probably the most challenging aspect of writing a weekly wine column is trying to communicate in a meaningful way with myriad people who are at such diverse places in their understanding of and experience with wine. People often tell me that they enjoy reading my column but don't understand what I am talking about.

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

Varietal labels can ease selection
Probably the most challenging aspect of writing a weekly wine column is trying to communicate in a meaningful way with myriad people who are at such diverse places in their understanding of and experience with wine. People often tell me that they enjoy reading my column but don't understand what I am talking about.

Coneflowers bloom big, bright

Coneflowers bloom big, bright
My imagination runs wild when I think about a white coneflower I saw last summer. I can picture a man saying, "Honey, I got a new white coneflower and I am going to name it after you - Kim's Mophead."

Fine arts graduate turns pots into garden design business
Ashley Warwick Patterson has turned her love of the outdoors and art into a successful garden design business, The Art of Gardening, which the 26-year-old Augusta resident started two years ago to focus on container gardening.

Fine arts graduate turns pots into garden design business

New house offers gardening choices
There isn't much a gardener could be more excited about than getting a new garden, especially if they've been making do with pots and a small patio for the past several years.

New house offers gardening choices

Conduct soil test to end mistakes in fertilization
What is the first thing most homeowners are tempted to do when the landscape begins to bloom this time of year and their lawn is still winter brown with only a tinge of green?

Fine arts graduate turns pots into garden design business
Ashley Warwick Patterson has turned her love of the outdoors and art into a successful garden design business, The Art of Gardening, which the 26-year-old Augusta resident started two years ago to focus on container gardening.

Coneflowers bloom big, bright
My imagination runs wild when I think about a white coneflower I saw last summer. I can picture a man saying, "Honey, I got a new white coneflower and I am going to name it after you - Kim's Mophead."

New house offers gardening choices
There isn't much a gardener could be more excited about than getting a new garden, especially if they've been making do with pots and a small patio for the past several years.

Rehab helps participants beat hurdles

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.

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.

Combine offers players more exposure

Soaring gas prices require drivers to think outside box
Suddenly, it seems, gas prices are rising faster than a March kite.

Soaring gas prices require drivers to think outside box
Suddenly, it seems, gas prices are rising faster than a March kite.

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.

Judge, court reporter shot to death, two others wounded at Atlanta courthouse
ATLANTA - A judge and a court reporter were shot to death Friday at the Fulton County Courthouse and at least two others wounded, authorities said. A search for the suspect was under way.

Judge, court reporter shot to death, two others wounded at Atlanta courthouse
ATLANTA - A judge and a court reporter were shot to death Friday at the Fulton County Courthouse and at least two others wounded, authorities said. A search for the suspect was under way.

Youth waistlines and propriety sag

Why question Bible's accuracy?

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.

Legalized killing is unconscionable

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.

Legalized killing is unconscionable
David Bowles' letter "People should have a right to die" (March 6) superficially sounds credible, and unfortunately appears to be gaining some interest in our increasingly secular society.Vern J. Simon, Evans

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

Why question Bible's accuracy?
A recent letter, "Make room to teach evolution" (March 1), advocated theistic evolution, the belief that God used evolution to create Earth. The writer claims that teaching evolution "in a spiritual manner" would "not diminish our faith."Matthew Shafer, 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.

School zoning proposal is flawed
Residents of North Augusta need to push for a neighborhood division plan for the new elementary-school zoning proposal that allows our children to attend elementary schools in their neighborhoods.Gwen Spivey, 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.

Legalized killing is unconscionable
David Bowles' letter "People should have a right to die" (March 6) superficially sounds credible, and unfortunately appears to be gaining some interest in our increasingly secular society.Vern J. Simon, Evans

Airport should buy its own jetliners

Why question Bible's accuracy?
A recent letter, "Make room to teach evolution" (March 1), advocated theistic evolution, the belief that God used evolution to create Earth. The writer claims that teaching evolution "in a spiritual manner" would "not diminish our faith."Matthew Shafer, Augusta

Educational fare thrives on PBS

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.

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.

Test headlight voltage with paper clip

SRT-4 adds fun, sport, noise to Neon

Ford to retire Thunderbird after 2005 model year

Living briefs

Customers return to Mercury

Alarms, security systems might deter some thieves

Is a Dodge Viper a Republican or Democrat vehicle?

Is a Dodge Viper a Republican or Democrat vehicle?
Forget red states and blue states. If you want to tell a Republican from a Democrat, just look at what vehicle a person drives, says the Chicago Tribune.

Alarms, security systems might deter some thieves
SANTA ANA, Calif. - No device will protect your car completely from a professional thief. If the thief wants your car, he or she can thwart just about any device.

Test headlight voltage with paper clip
Q: I believe my headlights have become dim, and I am wondering how to check them. Either my eyes are going, or they are. How can I know for sure which it is? I have a voltmeter and I'm not afraid to use it. - Skip Russo

Customers return to Mercury
It wasn't long ago that prophets were forecasting that Mercury, like Oldsmobile, would disappear and take Lincoln with it.

Ford to retire Thunderbird after 2005 model year
DETROIT - We had fun, fun, fun 'til Ford took the T-bird away.

Test headlight voltage with paper clip
Q: I believe my headlights have become dim, and I am wondering how to check them. Either my eyes are going, or they are. How can I know for sure which it is? I have a voltmeter and I'm not afraid to use it. - Skip Russo

Customers return to Mercury
It wasn't long ago that prophets were forecasting that Mercury, like Oldsmobile, would disappear and take Lincoln with it.

SRT-4 adds fun, sport, noise to Neon
The Dodge Neon compact sedan has been around since 1994. But its younger, sporty SRT-4 version surprises with its boisterous personality.

SRT-4 adds fun, sport, noise to Neon
The Dodge Neon compact sedan has been around since 1994. But its younger, sporty SRT-4 version surprises with its boisterous personality.

Alarms, security systems might deter some thieves
SANTA ANA, Calif. - No device will protect your car completely from a professional thief. If the thief wants your car, he or she can thwart just about any device.

Living briefs
TIM LAHAYE, a co-author of the successful Left Behind series, will conduct a conference at Abilene Baptist Church in Martinez.Coming Saturday

Living briefs
TIM LAHAYE, a co-author of the successful Left Behind series, will conduct a conference at Abilene Baptist Church in Martinez. Coming Saturday

Is a Dodge Viper a Republican or Democrat vehicle?
Forget red states and blue states. If you want to tell a Republican from a Democrat, just look at what vehicle a person drives, says the Chicago Tribune.

Ford to retire Thunderbird after 2005 model year
DETROIT - We had fun, fun, fun 'til Ford took the T-bird away.

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.

Lynx looking forward to homestand

Lynx looking forward to homestand
Four consecutive road games combined with several non-hockey events have kept the Augusta Lynx away from Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center for the past two weeks.

Lynx looking forward to homestand
Four consecutive road games combined with several non-hockey events have kept the Augusta Lynx away from Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center for the past two weeks.

Fort profile

Cats and cows

Bill would curb debt of college projects

Mayor: Talks could lead to riverfront hotel
Augusta Mayor Bob Young said negotiations are under way with an unnamed group of developers to bring a third riverfront convention hotel on five acres the city recently purchased from the city's pension fund trustees.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

House passes child support change

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.

Senate OKs bill to create DOT evaluation committee
ATLANTA - A measure that had delayed the consideration of a proposal to turn Ga. Highway 316 into a limited-access toll road breezed through the Senate on Thursday.

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.

Georgia universities tout research grants

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.

Bridge expansion plans get cool reception

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Official: bond issue could complete projects
Ron Cross says he's tired of playing catch-up on needed projects in Columbia County, adding that it only hinders progress.

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.

Board lifts cell phone ban

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.

Mayor: Talks could lead to riverfront hotel

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.

Across South Carolina
SUMMERVILLE - Dorchester County is proposing a ban on hunting near roads, but the state Department of Natural Resources says the county has no authority to do so.

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.

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

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.

Proposal rewards informants

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.

After performing for troops, theater group comes to area

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.

SRS plant's work wraps up

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.

Milestones

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.

Judge postpones Burke trial
Judge Albert Pickett acknowledged Thursday that the pending death penalty trial date for Ronald Burke was one of the quickest set in the Augusta circuit in more than two decades and granted a defense request for a six-month extension.

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 curbing seizures of land gets approval
ATLANTA - Local governments wouldn't be able to seize private property to boost their tax bases under a bill passed overwhelmingly Thursday by the Senate.

Mayor: Talks could lead to riverfront hotel
Augusta Mayor Bob Young said negotiations are under way with an unnamed group of developers to bring a third riverfront convention hotel on five acres the city recently purchased from the city's pension fund trustees.

Legislation would shield bus monitors
Legislation to cover liability issues for volunteer bus monitors was introduced in the General Assembly on Thursday just as the Richmond County Board of Education agreed to seek more paid bus attendants and start a pilot program to see how volunteers would work.

Bill curbing seizures of land gets approval
ATLANTA - Local governments wouldn't be able to seize private property to boost their tax bases under a bill passed overwhelmingly Thursday by the Senate.

DHEC meetings to address health concerns

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Two men rob Hephzibah bank

News you can use
Events scheduled for today include:

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The state House on Thursday approved a bill that would allow people to establish online lottery accounts that can be funded with cash or debit cards.

Kid of the Day
Peyton Lucas Taylor is today's Kid of the Day.

Lawmakers' efforts end Jim Crow laws
ATLANTA - Tyrone Brooks couldn't quite believe it when a reporter called him this past summer and told him the state's Jim Crow laws were still on the books.

Across the area
Attorneys hope to conclude by today the trial of an Augusta man accused in the 2003 shooting death of his mother.

News you can use

County gets advice on arena
Two former Gwinnett County officials spoke to a Columbia County arena committee Thursday night, telling them about their arena and how Columbia County is on the right track to consider one of its own.

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

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Official: bond issue could complete projects
Ron Cross says he's tired of playing catch-up on needed projects in Columbia County, adding that it only hinders progress.

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.

Judge, court reporter shot to death, two others wounded at Atlanta courthouse
ATLANTA - A judge and a court reporter were shot to death Friday at the Fulton County Courthouse and at least two others wounded, authorities said. A search for the suspect was under way.

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

Board lifts cell phone ban
Pupils will be allowed to keep cell phones in their vehicles at Richmond County schools after a 6-4 vote by the school board Thursday.

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

Premarital counseling may lead to license discount
ATLANTA - Couples who take the time to go through premarital counseling could save a little money when they get hitched in Georgia thanks to legislation passed Thursday by the House.

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

Senate OKs bill to create DOT evaluation committee
ATLANTA - A measure that had delayed the consideration of a proposal to turn Ga. Highway 316 into a limited-access toll road breezed through the Senate on Thursday.

Fort profile
NAME: Helen J. Jones RESIDENCE: Augusta

Tattoo regulator hears zoning gripes

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.

Quilt auction, dinner will benefit elementary school

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.

Magnet schools receive distinctive award

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):

Grant helps put new computers in libraries

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.

Kid of the Day

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

Military milestones

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.

Richmond County restaurant ratings

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.

Performers bring 'Last Supper' painting to life

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

Around the block

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.

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.

Across the area

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

DHEC meetings to address health concerns
AIKEN - Residents in Graniteville who are concerned about the side effects of chlorine exposure can meet with state health officials during a series of public meetings that start Saturday.

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

Repair of jail is cut in plan
Augusta commissioners will consider a $51.3 million plan next week to abandon the problem-plagued downtown jail and law enforcement center in the next five years in favor of expanding the Phinizy Road detention facilities, reneging on a promise not to house violent offenders in south Augusta.

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.

Judge, court reporter shot to death, two others wounded at Atlanta courthouse

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.

Tattoo regulator hears zoning gripes
AIKEN - The state agency that will police South Carolina tattoo parlors finalized its regulations Thursday, but it did not include rules about where such businesses can locate.

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.

County gets advice on arena
Two former Gwinnett County officials spoke to a Columbia County arena committee Thursday night, telling them about their arena and how Columbia County is on the right track to consider one of its own.

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.

Car accident kills 2 women, injures 3

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Official: bond issue could complete projects

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.

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.

Across the area

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.

County gets advice on arena

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

News you can use
Events scheduled for today include:

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.

Board lifts cell phone ban
Pupils will be allowed to keep cell phones in their vehicles at Richmond County schools after a 6-4 vote by the school board Thursday.

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

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The state House on Thursday approved a bill that would allow people to establish online lottery accounts that can be funded with cash or debit cards.

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

House passes child support change
ATLANTA - A major overhaul of the formula used to determine child support awards in Georgia easily passed the House 127-43 on Thursday.

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

Car accident kills 2 women, injures 3
A woman and her personal caretaker were killed Thursday in a brutal two-car wreck at the entrance to the Pepperidge neighborhood in south Augusta, authorities said.

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

Legislation would shield bus monitors
Legislation to cover liability issues for volunteer bus monitors was introduced in the General Assembly on Thursday just as the Richmond County Board of Education agreed to seek more paid bus attendants and start a pilot program to see how volunteers would work.

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

Tattoo regulator hears zoning gripes
AIKEN - The state agency that will police South Carolina tattoo parlors finalized its regulations Thursday, but it did not include rules about where such businesses can locate.

Fort profile
NAME: Helen J. JonesRESIDENCE: Augusta

Repair of jail is cut in plan
Augusta commissioners will consider a $51.3 million plan next week to abandon the problem-plagued downtown jail and law enforcement center in the next five years in favor of expanding the Phinizy Road detention facilities, reneging on a promise not to house violent offenders in south Augusta.

Repair of jail is cut in plan

DHEC meetings to address health concerns
AIKEN - Residents in Graniteville who are concerned about the side effects of chlorine exposure can meet with state health officials during a series of public meetings that start Saturday.

Senate OKs bill to create DOT evaluation committee

Two men rob Hephzibah bank
Richmond County s heriff's investigators are at the scene of a bank robbery in Hephzibah this afternoon.

DMVS office is ready to hit the road
The Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle Safety office in Evans soon will be taking a trip of its own.

Corection
In Thursday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle, the Briudge column on Page 10C had an error in bidding. North Hand should have bid a 2 of clubs.

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.

Kid of the Day
Peyton Lucas Taylor is today's Kid of the Day.

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.

Across South Carolina
SUMMERVILLE - Dorchester County is proposing a ban on hunting near roads, but the state Department of Natural Resources says the county has no authority to do so.

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

Across the area
Attorneys hope to conclude by today the trial of an Augusta man accused in the 2003 shooting death of his mother.

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.

House approves new districts
ATLANTA - Georgia's sprawling 12th Congressional District would no longer stretch through Athens, Augusta and Savannah under a new set of Republican-drawn district boundaries approved Thursday by state House lawmakers.

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.

House passes child support change
ATLANTA - A major overhaul of the formula used to determine child support awards in Georgia easily passed the House 127-43 on Thursday.

Pet of the week

School board extends Larke's contract
Richmond County School Superintendent Charles Larke was given a satisfactory evaluation by the school board Thursday, which extends his contract by one year to 2008.

News you can use

Bill curbing seizures of land gets approval

Bill allowing secret talks dies

Legislation would shield bus monitors

Events

Parent's complaint bans book

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.

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.

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.

Car accident kills 2 women, injures 3
A woman and her personal caretaker were killed Thursday in a brutal two-car wreck at the entrance to the Pepperidge neighborhood in south Augusta, authorities said.

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):

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

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

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.

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 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.

Walker remains man of the hour
Herschel Walker turned 43 last week, and he looks like he could start for the Georgia Bulldogs tomorrow if there was any way they could get that last year of eligibility back.

Walker remains man of the hour
Herschel Walker turned 43 last week, and he looks like he could start for the Georgia Bulldogs tomorrow if there was any way they could get that last year of eligibility back.

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.

Shorter, less gory version of 'The Passion' opens today

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: 'Robots'

At the Movies: '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.

Shorter, less gory version of 'The Passion' opens today
NEW YORK - Director's cuts are usually longer, beefed up with precious footage - at least in the filmmaker's mind - that ended up on the cutting-room floor the first time around.

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: '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.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

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: 'The Upside of Anger'

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

Mini reviews

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'

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: 'In My Country'

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.

Shorter, less gory version of 'The Passion' opens today
NEW YORK - Director's cuts are usually longer, beefed up with precious footage - at least in the filmmaker's mind - that ended up on the cutting-room floor the first time around.

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Sonic Spotlight

Sharpton proposes ban on rappers involved with violence

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

50 Cent and The Game say their feud is over
NEW YORK - Perhaps selling 1.1 million copies of his new album in four days has softened the heart of 50 Cent. Or maybe he has so many feuds going, he can afford to let one go.

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

50 Cent and The Game say their feud is over

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

Hot ticket

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

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.

Best Sellers-Audio
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine.

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

50 Cent and The Game say their feud is over
NEW YORK - Perhaps selling 1.1 million copies of his new album in four days has softened the heart of 50 Cent. Or maybe he has so many feuds going, he can afford to let one go.

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

Best Sellers-Audio
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine.

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

Best Sellers-Audio

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.

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.

Racing Newsmaker: Jamie McMurray

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

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.

Road show could head to Canada

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?

Project fights anthem apathy
WASHINGTON - "Oh say can you" remember the rest of the words? A lot of Americans can't, so there's a national effort under way to get people to learn the lyrics to The Star-Spangled Banner.

Project fights anthem apathy

Project fights anthem apathy
WASHINGTON - "Oh say can you" remember the rest of the words? A lot of Americans can't, so there's a national effort under way to get people to learn the lyrics to The Star-Spangled Banner.

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.

Hard work, faith pay off for Paine
Selina Kohn always believed. The Paine College women's coach never gave up hope during her two-win inaugural season.

Hard work, faith pay off for Paine
Selina Kohn always believed. The Paine College women's coach never gave up hope during her two-win inaugural season.

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.

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

Ms. Cora Smith    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Bertha Moore    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Annie T. Prather    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Bell Heath    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Carlisle E. Pickett    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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Mrs. Mary McGahee    (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Ms. Cora Smith    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Patricia Ann Brown    (BLYTHE, Ga.)
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Mr. M.W. Luckey, Sr.    (HARLEM, Ga.)

SFC Arthur C. "A.C." Dudley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James Lucas    ( DETROIT, MI.)

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

Mr. Charles Leffel    (COVINGTON, VA.)

Mrs. Virginia Lanier    (PORTAL, Ga.)

Mr. David Hughes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Keaton Alexander Bailey    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Miss Eumeeka D. Hornsby    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Carlisle E. Pickett    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mattie Stembridge    (WHITE PLAINS, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth L. Erwin, Sr.    (ADAIRSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Alvin "Sam" McCullough    (WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.)

Mrs. Emily Dean Stuart    (NEW BERN, N.C.)

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Mr. Benjamin O. Davis    (COLUMBUS, Ohio)

Mr. Don William Wiley    (DAWSONVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Jedson Creech    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

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

Mr. Charles R. Caldwell, Jr.    (BLAIRSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Gertrude McGee    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Lolice Byrd    (CHICAGO, Ill.)

Mr. M.W. Luckey, Sr.    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Bynes    (LAUDERDALE, Fla.)

Mr. David Hughes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Burke, Jr.,    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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Mrs. Alice G. Bolton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mr. Detroit (Simp) Hobbs    (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Norman Patterson, Sr.    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Featured obituary: Marion Wilkerson Luckey Sr.
A world traveler, a successful businessman, a community activist and a goat chaser are some of the ways family and friends say they remember Marion Wilkerson Luckey Sr., who died Tuesday of lung cancer.

Mrs. Mary McGahee    (STAPLETON, Ga.)
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Featured obituary: Marion Wilkerson Luckey Sr.
A world traveler, a successful businessman, a community activist and a goat chaser are some of the ways family and friends say they remember Marion Wilkerson Luckey Sr., who died Tuesday of lung cancer.

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Featured obituary: Marion Wilkerson Luckey Sr.
A world traveler, a successful businessman, a community activist and a goat chaser are some of the ways family and friends say they remember Marion Wilkerson Luckey Sr., who died Tuesday of lung cancer.

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Mr. James Lucas    ( DETROIT, MI.)
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Mrs. Mattie Stembridge (WHITE PLAINS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Virginia Lanier (PORTAL, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary McGahee (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. Charles R. Caldwell, Jr. (BLAIRSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. David Hughes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Keaton Alexander Bailey (BARNWELL, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Diane Marie Tate (Augusta, GA)

Mrs. Carolyn C. Scott (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Leotis Hannah, Sr. (WRENS, Ga.)

Ms. Brenda Joyce Bell ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Benjamin O. Davis (COLUMBUS, Ohio)

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

Mrs. Alice G. Bolton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Boatright Smith (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Miss Eumeeka D. Hornsby (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Paul Frison (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Emily Dean Stuart (NEW BERN, N.C.)

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

Mrs. Rosa Bell Heath (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Detroit (Simp) Hobbs (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary McGahee (STAPLETON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Linda Wan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

SFC Arthur C. "A.C." Dudley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Alvin "Sam" McCullough (WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.)

Mr. Don William Wiley (DAWSONVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Burke, Jr., (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mr. Lolice Byrd (CHICAGO, Ill.)

Mrs. Ethel Oliver (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Marion Wilkerson Luckey Sr.

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

Mr. Charles Leffel (COVINGTON, VA.)

Mrs. Linda Wan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Bennie Mae Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jedson Creech (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Carrie Ashcroft (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Bynes (LAUDERDALE, Fla.)

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

Mr. David Hughes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth L. Erwin, Sr. (ADAIRSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. James Lucas ( DETROIT, MI.)

Mr. Ralph Tupelo (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Wednesday's Prep results

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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.

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Four-time Masters Tournament champion Arnold Palmer has no plans to be an honorary starter at this year's tournament.

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

Overtime
Four-time Masters Tournament champion Arnold Palmer has no plans to be an honorary starter at this year's tournament.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Walker remains man of the hour

Even love in movies isn't always perfect

Dan Rather signs off as 'CBS Evening News' anchor

Peter Bogdanovich channels TCM's 'The Essentials'
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - The new host of Turner Classic Movies' "The Essentials," Peter Bogdanovich, first saw many of the films he'll be showing 40-plus years ago.

'American Idol' viewers pick 12 Finalists
LOS ANGELES - The 12 "American Idol" semifinalists picked by television viewers include a Ukrainian-born college student, a martial arts black belt holder and a bartender-waitress.

Emmy Awards mulling changes in lineup

'American Idol' viewers pick 12 Finalists
LOS ANGELES - The 12 "American Idol" semifinalists picked by television viewers include a Ukrainian-born college student, a martial arts black belt holder and a bartender-waitress.

'American Idol' viewers pick 12 Finalists

Peter Bogdanovich channels TCM's 'The Essentials'
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - The new host of Turner Classic Movies' "The Essentials," Peter Bogdanovich, first saw many of the films he'll be showing 40-plus years ago.

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

March suddenly a hot month for introducing TV shows

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.

Peter Bogdanovich channels TCM's 'The Essentials'

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.

Stamos makes return to TV

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.

March suddenly a hot month for introducing TV shows
NEW YORK - March has become a hot month to introduce TV programs.

'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.

Stamos makes return to TV
On Sunday, ABC will unveil it's heavily touted and much-anticipated primetime sitcom Jake in Progress.

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.

March suddenly a hot month for introducing TV shows
NEW YORK - March has become a hot month to introduce TV programs.

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.

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.

Stamos makes return to TV
On Sunday, ABC will unveil it's heavily touted and much-anticipated primetime sitcom Jake in Progress.

Galleries

Video game icons honored with stars

People in the News

Lindsay Wagner talks horse sense in 'Thicker Than Water'

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Michael Jackson, late to court, hears accuser testify

Globetrotter remains on court because of love of game, team

Intense 'Resident Evil 4' runs on pure adrenaline

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Mississippi St. tops Georgia
ATLANTA - Rick Stansbury insisted his Mississippi State players weren't looking past Georgia. It just seemed like it at times.

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.

Mississippi St. tops Georgia
ATLANTA - Rick Stansbury insisted his Mississippi State players weren't looking past Georgia. It just seemed like it at times.

UGA's season ends with first-round loss
ATLANTA - Mississippi State ended Georgia's season Thursday and freed the Southeastern Conference's worst team to focus its attention on a hopeful future.

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.

Mississippi St. tops Georgia
ATLANTA - Rick Stansbury insisted his Mississippi State players weren't looking past Georgia. It just seemed like it at times.

Program violations include football, basketball teams

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.

Mississippi St. tops Georgia

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.

USC Aiken seeks upset of its own
So much for sneaking up on the second-best team in the country. No. 8 seed USC Aiken will not have that luxury when it faces No. 1 seed Shaw at 6 p.m. today in Raleigh, N.C., in the first round of the NCAA Division II Tournament.

Mississippi squeaks by South Carolina
ATLANTA - Tommie Eddie scored 17 points and Mississippi held on for a 53-52 victory over South Carolina when the officials overturned a tying 3-pointer by the Gamecocks in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference tournament Thursday.

USC Aiken seeks upset of its own
So much for sneaking up on the second-best team in the country. No. 8 seed USC Aiken will not have that luxury when it faces No. 1 seed Shaw at 6 p.m. today in Raleigh, N.C., in the first round of the NCAA Division II Tournament.

USC Aiken seeks upset of its own

Mississippi squeaks by South Carolina

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Motorists get psychic's phone number instead of DMV

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