Atomic museum in Vegas traces nuke development history
LAS VEGAS - It's chilling to walk by a dented Army helmet with big tinted goggles on the brim, a frayed "atomic cocktail" recipe book and then come face to face with a family of mannequins, frozen in time in a fallout shelter.

The science of creatures gross and disgusting draws kids

Atomic museum in Vegas traces nuke development history

This week's best sellers from Publishers Weekly
This is a list of this week's best sellers.

Atomic museum in Vegas traces nuke development history
LAS VEGAS - It's chilling to walk by a dented Army helmet with big tinted goggles on the brim, a frayed "atomic cocktail" recipe book and then come face to face with a family of mannequins, frozen in time in a fallout shelter.

Francine Prose's foray into the nonprofit world fizzles

The science of creatures gross and disgusting draws kids
PORTLAND, Ore. - Freddie the Fly lays it out in terms dear to the adolescent heart:

Francine Prose's foray into the nonprofit world fizzles
"You never see anyone thinking about anything besides their own miserable selfish self!"

This week's best sellers from Publishers Weekly
This is a list of this week's best sellers.

This week's best sellers from Publishers Weekly

The science of creatures gross and disgusting draws kids
PORTLAND, Ore. - Freddie the Fly lays it out in terms dear to the adolescent heart:

Francine Prose's foray into the nonprofit world fizzles
"You never see anyone thinking about anything besides their own miserable selfish self!"

Baseball notebook
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Yankees manager Joe Torre has been so impressed by Jason Giambi this spring that he no longer has any concerns about the slugger being in the regular-season lineup.

Baseball notebook

Baseball notebook
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Yankees manager Joe Torre has been so impressed by Jason Giambi this spring that he no longer has any concerns about the slugger being in the regular-season lineup.

In a jam, slow down and watch your fellow drivers

Victoria Nicole Davis
Willie and Sandy Davis of Hephzibah, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Victoria Nicole, born February 9, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Braylon Scott Barton
Shawn and Jennifer Barton of Graniteville, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Braylon Scott, born March 2, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mary Eleanor Cramer
John and Beth Cramer of Charlottesville, Va., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Mary Eleanor, born February 7, 2005 at the University Hospital in Augusta. She weighed 7 lbs. 15 oz. Proud grandparents are Butch and Libby Hargrove of Augusta, Alberta Cramer and Dick and Charlotte Cramer, all of Lexington, Ky. She is the great granddaughter of Kitty Swint. She was welcomed home by big brother John Thomas and big sister Elizabeth.

Anna Grace McNeal
David and Kelly McNeal of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Anna Grace, born February 24, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Braylon Scott Barton

Charles Robert Smith
Benjamin and Jennifer Smith of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Charles Robert, born February 22, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Gracie Ann Elizabeth
Bobbi Blohm and Michael Best, both of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Gracie Ann Elizabeth, born February 21, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Abigail Lynn Cook
Scott and Angela Cook of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Abigail Lynn, born February 7, 2005 at Aiken Regional Hospital in Aiken.

Nicholas Piper Lamb
Gregory and Priscilla Lamb of Grovetown, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Nicholas Piper, born February 6, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 4:11 p.m., weighed 6 lbs. 12 oz. and was 19 3/4 inches long. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George Piper of Ridge Spring, S.C. and Mr. and Mrs. Raymond L. Lamb of Augusta. He was welcomed home by big sister Ashlie Elizabeth, who is 3 years old.

Brooks Alston Curley
David and Lisa Curley of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Brooks Alston, born February 17, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Michael Robert Peyton

Victoria Nicole Davis
Willie and Sandy Davis of Hephzibah, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Victoria Nicole, born February 9, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Anna Grace McNeal

Brianna Nicole DuBray
RachaŽl Lynn DuBray of Evans, is pleased to announce the birth of her daughter, Brianna Nicole, born February 21, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Khamara La'Taysia Robinson
Kesha Robinson and Marchello Danley are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Khamara La'Taysia, born February 21, 2005 at Aiken Regional Medical Center in Aiken.

Isabella Lauren Steade
Marcus and Maria Steade of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Isabella Lauren, born February 23, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Cooper Miley Sikes
Rufus and Jamie Sikes of Camak, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Cooper Miley, born January 29, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. She made his debut at 12:15 a.m., weighed 7 lbs. 6oz. and was 20 1/4 inches long. Proud grandparents are Brenda and Steve Cooper of Camak, Ga., Mike and Christie Cook of Thomson, Ga. and Timmy Sikes of Metter, Ga.

Gracie Ann Elizabeth
Bobbi Blohm and Michael Best, both of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Gracie Ann Elizabeth, born February 21, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Robert Easton Shearer

Elizabeth Frances Padgett
Tim and Amy Padgett of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Elizabeth Frances, born January 13, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Christian Alexander Barrett
Christian and Lisa Barrett of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Christian Alexander, born February 27, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Lauren and Emily Mann
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery W. Mann of Washington, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their twin daughters, Lauren Elaina and Emily Catherine, born February 2, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. Lauren made her debut at 1:07 p.m. and Emily at 1:08 p.m. Lauren weighed 7 lbs. 3 oz., and was 19 1/2 inches long. Emily weighed 5 lbs. and was 14 1/2 inches long. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Colon S. Edwards , Mr. Edwin K. Mann and the late Mary Louise Mann, all of Washington. The were welcomed home by big brother Jacob who is 3 years of age.

Makayla Rose James
Kristie Ann James and Joshua Bourne, both of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Makayla Rose, born February 28, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Braxton Christopher Myers
Shaun and Crystal Myers of Hephzibah, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Braxton Christopher, born February 23, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 11:34 a.m., weighed 7 lbs and was 20 inches long. Proud grandparents are Mark and Shelia Atkins and Terry and Debbie Myers, all of Hephzibah.

Caden Lee Pope

Caleb Hunter Williams
Randy and Dianne Williams of Thomson, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Caleb Hunter, born February 22, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 5:03 p.m., weighed 8 lbs. 9oz. and was 22 1/4 inches long. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Herman McTier of Thomson and Mr. and Mrs. Huie Williams of Augusta.

Michael Robert Peyton
Christian and Rebekkah Videtto of Jackson, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Michael Robert Peyton, born February 21, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Braylon Scott Barton
Shawn and Jennifer Barton of Graniteville, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Braylon Scott, born March 2, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Connor Kristian English
Kristian and Brandi English of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Connor Kristian, born February 25, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. He was welcomed home by big brother, Taylor Burt, who is 6 years old.

Caden Lee Pope
Brandon Pope and Michelle Blackstone, both of Grovetown, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Caden Lee, born March 4, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Brianna Nicole DuBray
RachaŽl Lynn DuBray of Evans, is pleased to announce the birth of her daughter, Brianna Nicole, born February 21, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Christian Alexander Barrett
Christian and Lisa Barrett of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Christian Alexander, born February 27, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Isabella Lauren Steade
Marcus and Maria Steade of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Isabella Lauren, born February 23, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Robert Easton Shearer
Robert and Jean Shearer of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Robert Easton, born December 15, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Elizabeth Frances Padgett
Tim and Amy Padgett of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Elizabeth Frances, born January 13, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Mary Eleanor Cramer
John and Beth Cramer of Charlottesville, Va., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Mary Eleanor, born February 7, 2005 at the University Hospital in Augusta. She weighed 7 lbs. 15 oz. Proud grandparents are Butch and Libby Hargrove of Augusta, Alberta Cramer and Dick and Charlotte Cramer, all of Lexington, Ky. She is the great granddaughter of Kitty Swint. She was welcomed home by big brother John Thomas and big sister Elizabeth.

Harrison Bargeron Hubbard
Glenn and Aurora Hubbard of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Harrison Bargeron, born, February 7, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. He made is debut at 8:23 a.m., weighed 7 lbs. 6.6 oz. and was 20 1/5 inches long. Proud grandparents are Alan and Ann Campbell of Pontiac, Ill., Ed and Nancy Gahm of Martinez. He is also the grandson of the late Roy and Hazel Hubbard. He was welcomed home by big brother, Hunter, who is 10 years old.

Harrison Bargeron Hubbard
Glenn and Aurora Hubbard of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Harrison Bargeron, born, February 7, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. He made is debut at 8:23 a.m., weighed 7 lbs. 6.6 oz. and was 20 1/5 inches long. Proud grandparents are Alan and Ann Campbell of Pontiac, Ill., Ed and Nancy Gahm of Martinez. He is also the grandson of the late Roy and Hazel Hubbard. He was welcomed home by big brother, Hunter, who is 10 years old.

Lauren and Emily Mann
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery W. Mann of Washington, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their twin daughters, Lauren Elaina and Emily Catherine, born February 2, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. Lauren made her debut at 1:07 p.m. and Emily at 1:08 p.m. Lauren weighed 7 lbs. 3 oz., and was 19 1/2 inches long. Emily weighed 5 lbs. and was 14 1/2 inches long. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Colon S. Edwards , Mr. Edwin K. Mann and the late Mary Louise Mann, all of Washington. The were welcomed home by big brother Jacob who is 3 years of age.

Noah Andrew Eberheart
F. Andrew and Heather Eberheart of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Noah Andrew, born February 17, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Sydney Chase Murphy

Sophia Brooke Guiney
Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Guiney of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Sophia Brooke, born January 10, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Robert Easton Shearer
Robert and Jean Shearer of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Robert Easton, born December 15, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Michael Robert Peyton
Christian and Rebekkah Videtto of Jackson, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Michael Robert Peyton, born February 21, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Caden Lee Pope
Brandon Pope and Michelle Blackstone, both of Grovetown, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Caden Lee, born March 4, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Nicholas Piper Lamb
Gregory and Priscilla Lamb of Grovetown, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Nicholas Piper, born February 6, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 4:11 p.m., weighed 6 lbs. 12 oz. and was 19 3/4 inches long. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George Piper of Ridge Spring, S.C. and Mr. and Mrs. Raymond L. Lamb of Augusta. He was welcomed home by big sister Ashlie Elizabeth, who is 3 years old.

Caleb Hunter Williams
Randy and Dianne Williams of Thomson, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Caleb Hunter, born February 22, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 5:03 p.m., weighed 8 lbs. 9oz. and was 22 1/4 inches long. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Herman McTier of Thomson and Mr. and Mrs. Huie Williams of Augusta.

Braxton Christopher Myers
Shaun and Crystal Myers of Hephzibah, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Braxton Christopher, born February 23, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 11:34 a.m., weighed 7 lbs and was 20 inches long. Proud grandparents are Mark and Shelia Atkins and Terry and Debbie Myers, all of Hephzibah.

Elizabeth Frances Padgett

Gracie Ann Elizabeth

Braxton Christopher Myers

Christian Alexander Barrett

Lauren and Emily Mann

Abigail Lynn Cook

Brooks Alston Curley

Charles Robert Smith

Sophia Brooke Guiney
Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Guiney of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Sophia Brooke, born January 10, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Sydney Chase Murphy
Brandon and Amy Murphy of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Sydney Chase, born February 8, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. She made her debut at 12:05 a.m., weighed 7 lbs 1 oz. and was 21 inches long. Proud grandparents are Brenda and Edward Doyle, Teresa Morris, all of Augusta and Michael Sanders of Clearwater.

Mary Eleanor Cramer

Victoria Nicole Davis

Noah Andrew Eberheart
F. Andrew and Heather Eberheart of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Noah Andrew, born February 17, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Sophia Brooke Guiney

Harrison Bargeron Hubbard

Sydney Chase Murphy
Brandon and Amy Murphy of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Sydney Chase, born February 8, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. She made her debut at 12:05 a.m., weighed 7 lbs 1 oz. and was 21 inches long. Proud grandparents are Brenda and Edward Doyle, Teresa Morris, all of Augusta and Michael Sanders of Clearwater.

Isabella Lauren Steade

Anna Shea Holmes
Brad and Marshea Holmes of Thomson, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Anna Shea, born February 10, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. Proud grandparents are Bill and Margie Bales of Thomson and Jim and Arlene Holmes of Waverly Hall, Ga. She was welcomed home by big brother, Judson, who is 3 years old.

Noah Andrew Eberheart

Makayla Rose James
Kristie Ann James and Joshua Bourne, both of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Makayla Rose, born February 28, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Makayla Rose James

Anna Grace McNeal
David and Kelly McNeal of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Anna Grace, born February 24, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Caleb Hunter Williams

Charles Robert Smith
Benjamin and Jennifer Smith of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Charles Robert, born February 22, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Nicholas Piper Lamb

Abigail Lynn Cook
Scott and Angela Cook of North Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Abigail Lynn, born February 7, 2005 at Aiken Regional Hospital in Aiken.

Brooks Alston Curley
David and Lisa Curley of Augusta, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Brooks Alston, born February 17, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Brianna Nicole DuBray

Officials say collectors, not sellers, are buying pot stamps
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Ten years after it was created, a little-known law requiring marijuana dealers to pay taxes on pot sales has had little impact, officials say.

Officials say collectors, not sellers, are buying pot stamps
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Ten years after it was created, a little-known law requiring marijuana dealers to pay taxes on pot sales has had little impact, officials say.

College student beats engineer to become crossword puzzle king
STAMFORD, Conn. - The bookish world of crossword puzzle aficionados has a fresh-faced new champion.

That's Mr. Jones to you
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Terry Pendleton took a look around the Braves' nearly empty clubhouse Saturday morning.

That's Mr. Jones to you

That's Mr. Jones to you
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Terry Pendleton took a look around the Braves' nearly empty clubhouse Saturday morning.

On the move

Ask the Experts: Formal debt plan can put end to late payments

Business executives say trips are no vacation

New York Stock Exchange faces variety of challenges
NEW YORK - Over the past two years, the New York Stock Exchange has been most notable to the public for a single incident - the $187.5 million pay package given former chief executive officer Richard Grasso.

Disney names Iger as Eisner successor
LOS ANGELES - The Walt Disney Co. said Sunday its president, Robert Iger, will succeed Michael Eisner as chief executive after another top contender for the job dropped out of the running.

Companies take action over workers' online activities
NEW YORK - Flight attendant Ellen Simonetti and former Google employee Mark Jen have more in common than their love of blogging: They both were fired for it.

Business calendar
Tuesday: Women in Business, Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce networking event; Dr. Lee Caldwell will speak on Women in History;11:30 a.m., Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta; $20 for nonmembers; R.S.V.P. to Elizabeth Donsbach at 821-1306 or edonsbach@augustagausa.com.

Ask the Experts: Formal debt plan can put end to late payments
I make more than enough money to pay my bills, but I am unable to secure a loan that will allow me to consolidate them in order to catch them up. Therefore, my credit rating continues to decrease as I fall behind in making the payments on time.

Companies take action over workers' online activities

Frequent fliers lament, praise Augusta service
Like it or not, Augusta is not a major city, and so does not have a major airport. It does, however, have a slew of options available to the business traveler trying to get out of town by air.

The Oscars? Grammys? Emmys? No, it's the annual cell phone expo
NEW ORLEANS - With names like Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Paris Hilton and R2-D2 headlining, you'd be forgiven if you didn't recognize this week's conference here as the cell phone industry's annual trade show.

Economic organization is pushed
Richmond County's Economic Development Summit nearly three weeks ago was a pep rally for its economic development organizations.

Richmond County property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Feb. 23 through March 4. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Ask the Experts: Formal debt plan can put end to late payments
I make more than enough money to pay my bills, but I am unable to secure a loan that will allow me to consolidate them in order to catch them up. Therefore, my credit rating continues to decrease as I fall behind in making the payments on time.

On the move
Josh Gelinas has been promoted to chief of The Augusta Chronicle's South Carolina Bureau. Mr. Gelinas, a University of Georgia graduate, has worked for the newspaper since July 2000. He has reported out of the bureau in Aiken since June 2001 and has covered government, politics and Savannah River Site.

Economic organization is pushed
Richmond County's Economic Development Summit nearly three weeks ago was a pep rally for its economic development organizations.

Business executives say trips are no vacation
During any given week, Drew Walker could be just about anywhere in the world - Paris, Hong Kong, Germany or Japan. His trips have little to do with pleasure, though, and a lot to do with getting the job done.

Frequent fliers lament, praise Augusta service
Like it or not, Augusta is not a major city, and so does not have a major airport. It does, however, have a slew of options available to the business traveler trying to get out of town by air.

Frequent fliers lament, praise Augusta service

Richmond County property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for Feb. 23 through March 4. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Business calendar

New York Stock Exchange faces variety of challenges
NEW YORK - Over the past two years, the New York Stock Exchange has been most notable to the public for a single incident - the $187.5 million pay package given former chief executive officer Richard Grasso.

OPEC to maintain current output, says Emirates energy minister
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Oil-producing countries are expected to maintain current oil output quotas of 27 million barrels per day when OPEC ministers meet in Iran this week, the United Arab Emirates energy minister said Sunday.

Business executives say trips are no vacation
During any given week, Drew Walker could be just about anywhere in the world - Paris, Hong Kong, Germany or Japan. His trips have little to do with pleasure, though, and a lot to do with getting the job done.

AOL and Yahoo instant messaging to become a Blackberry staple
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Instant messaging will become a more prominent feature on Blackberrys under separate agreements by Research In Motion Ltd., the maker of the popular wireless e-mail devices, with both America Online Inc. and Yahoo Inc.

Business calendar
Tuesday: Women in Business, Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce networking event; Dr. Lee Caldwell will speak on Women in History;11:30 a.m., Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta; $20 for nonmembers; R.S.V.P. to Elizabeth Donsbach at 821-1306 or edonsbach@augustagausa.com.

OPEC to maintain current output, says Emirates energy minister
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Oil-producing countries are expected to maintain current oil output quotas of 27 million barrels per day when OPEC ministers meet in Iran this week, the United Arab Emirates energy minister said Sunday.

AOL and Yahoo instant messaging to become a Blackberry staple
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Instant messaging will become a more prominent feature on Blackberrys under separate agreements by Research In Motion Ltd., the maker of the popular wireless e-mail devices, with both America Online Inc. and Yahoo Inc.

OPEC to maintain current output, says Emirates energy minister

The Oscars? Grammys? Emmys? No, it's the annual cell phone expo

The Oscars? Grammys? Emmys? No, it's the annual cell phone expo
NEW ORLEANS - With names like Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Paris Hilton and R2-D2 headlining, you'd be forgiven if you didn't recognize this week's conference here as the cell phone industry's annual trade show.

On the move
Josh Gelinas has been promoted to chief of The Augusta Chronicle's South Carolina Bureau. Mr. Gelinas, a University of Georgia graduate, has worked for the newspaper since July 2000. He has reported out of the bureau in Aiken since June 2001 and has covered government, politics and Savannah River Site.

AOL and Yahoo instant messaging to become a Blackberry staple

Companies take action over workers' online activities
NEW YORK - Flight attendant Ellen Simonetti and former Google employee Mark Jen have more in common than their love of blogging: They both were fired for it.

Economic organization is pushed

Richmond County property transfers

New York Stock Exchange faces variety of challenges

A ringing concern takes backseat in lively debate

A ringing concern takes backseat in lively debate
A discussion on cell phones and bomb threats was sidetracked at a Thursday school board meeting by a difference in terminology.

A ringing concern takes backseat in lively debate
A discussion on cell phones and bomb threats was sidetracked at a Thursday school board meeting by a difference in terminology.

SEC powers LSU, Tennessee get No. 1 seeds in women's NCAA

Illinois overall No. 1 seed for NCAA tourney

March to Madness under way

Redick, Devils stop Wolfpack

March Madness Primer: Big Dance from A to Z

What's in your bracket? Zags could run the table

Stormy weather

The price of cheap goods
Like a beautiful house resting on a shifting foundation, the U.S. economy is growing stronger - but may suffer long-term from underlying budget and trade deficits.

The price of cheap goods
Like a beautiful house resting on a shifting foundation, the U.S. economy is growing stronger - but may suffer long-term from underlying budget and trade deficits.

Terrorists don't eat carrots

The price of cheap goods

Spring's first blossom

Stormy weather
Today's forecast is cloudy.

Terrorists don't eat carrots
The Bush administration is abandoning its policy against giving in to nuclear blackmail. It is now going along with the European Union in offering economic incentives to Iran in the hopes the terrorist regime will see the light and abandon its quest for nuclear weapons.

Revamp Georgia's DMV
Nearly everyone has to deal with their state department of motor vehicles. For many people, it's their only contact with government. For young people seeking a driver's license, it's often the first significant contact with government; their experience may condition their attitude toward government for the rest of their lives.

Terrorists don't eat carrots
The Bush administration is abandoning its policy against giving in to nuclear blackmail. It is now going along with the European Union in offering economic incentives to Iran in the hopes the terrorist regime will see the light and abandon its quest for nuclear weapons.

Stormy weather
Today's forecast is cloudy.

Spring's first blossom
She had been fighting an uphill, lonely battle since her first election in 2000 to reform Augusta's moribund government.

Spring's first blossom
She had been fighting an uphill, lonely battle since her first election in 2000 to reform Augusta's moribund government.

Lorraine Bracco discusses her battle with depression
NEW YORK - The irony has not escaped Lorraine Bracco. For five seasons as psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Melfi on HBO's "The Sopranos," the actress has battled mob boss Tony Soprano's mental demons. But for a year and a half in real life, Bracco was fighting clinical depression with medication and therapy.

Farmland can help investors balance portfolio
IMPERIAL, Neb. - Frederick Gillis grew up in a big city, and the most he'd heard about farming came from stories his father told of working on a cousin's South Dakota land during the Depression.

Farmland can help investors balance portfolio
IMPERIAL, Neb. - Frederick Gillis grew up in a big city, and the most he'd heard about farming came from stories his father told of working on a cousin's South Dakota land during the Depression.

Brokerage earnings in focus this week
NEW YORK - The stock market's obsession with inflation could intensify in the week ahead as Wall Street's major brokerage houses start reporting their first-quarter earnings.

Windfalls for boomers create more questions than answers

I can't afford my medicine. What can I do?
Q: I've been prescribed Forteo, which costs $500 a month. I can't afford it. Where can I go for help?

Brokerage earnings in focus this week

I can't afford my medicine. What can I do?

I can't afford my medicine. What can I do?
Q: I've been prescribed Forteo, which costs $500 a month. I can't afford it. Where can I go for help?

Windfalls for boomers create more questions than answers
NEW YORK - When Sylvia Richmond died five years ago, she left her two children about $350,000 each. Naturally, her daughter, Judy Katz, wanted to be careful with such a large sum of money, so she went to her financial adviser.

Farmland can help investors balance portfolio

Brokerage earnings in focus this week
NEW YORK - The stock market's obsession with inflation could intensify in the week ahead as Wall Street's major brokerage houses start reporting their first-quarter earnings.

Windfalls for boomers create more questions than answers
NEW YORK - When Sylvia Richmond died five years ago, she left her two children about $350,000 each. Naturally, her daughter, Judy Katz, wanted to be careful with such a large sum of money, so she went to her financial adviser.

Bynum's career-high spurs Jackets' big win
WASHINGTON - This was no upset. Georgia Tech basketball coach Paul Hewitt reiterated that point again and again after his Yellow Jackets knocked off North Carolina, 78-75 on Saturday, in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

Jackets' ACC play improves seeding
WASHINGTON - Georgia Tech's march through the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament marched the Yellow Jackets up the NCAA Tournament bracket.

Georgia Tech looks at big picture after loss
WASHINGTON - Three weeks from now, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will reflect on their Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament title game one of two ways.

Big game spurs Jackets to final
WASHINGTON - Paul Hewitt stopped Georgia Tech's practice last week to voice his frustration with Will Bynum.

Big game spurs Jackets to final
WASHINGTON - Paul Hewitt stopped Georgia Tech's practice last week to voice his frustration with Will Bynum.

Georgia women await NCAA spot
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia coach Andy Landers is a man who only worries about things he can control, whether it's the Lady Bulldogs' defense or the welfare of the cows out on his farm.

Georgia women await NCAA spot
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia coach Andy Landers is a man who only worries about things he can control, whether it's the Lady Bulldogs' defense or the welfare of the cows out on his farm.

Bynum's career-high spurs Jackets' big win
WASHINGTON - This was no upset. Georgia Tech basketball coach Paul Hewitt reiterated that point again and again after his Yellow Jackets knocked off North Carolina, 78-75 on Saturday, in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

Georgia Tech looks at big picture after loss
WASHINGTON - Three weeks from now, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will reflect on their Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament title game one of two ways.

Georgia women await NCAA spot

Bynum's career-high spurs Jackets' big win

Big game spurs Jackets to final

Georgia Tech looks at big picture after loss

In job hunt, my friend doesn't have a shot

Pacers' Brown hoping to be first to break par

Golf roundup
DOHA, Qatar - Ernie Els won his second straight tournament in the Middle East, rallying to take the Qatar Masters on Sunday by one shot after carding 7-under-par 65 in the final round.

Harrington earns historic win
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - A rare mistake by Vijay Singh on Sunday helped Padraig Harrington become the first Republic of Ireland golfer to win on the PGA Tour.

Smith's priorities split on, off course
Clint Smith is not the same golfer he was this time last year. After taking a double bogey on his report card during his freshman season, he's back on the USC Aiken team. And he's working hard not to become the college version of David Duval.

Smith's priorities split on, off course

Aussie Ogilvy claims share of Honda lead
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Another gusty day at the Honda Classic made the golfers' loud trousers ripple. Geoff Ogilvy kept calm in the wind, fortified by winning his first PGA Tour title just two weeks ago.

Golf roundup

Golf capsules
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) - Keith Fergus shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Mark McNulty after two rounds of the Champions Tour's SBC Classic.

Pacers' Brown hoping to be first to break par
AIKEN - Before the season began, Scott Brown set a goal he thought reachable. And so far, he's close to achieving it.

Smith's priorities split on, off course
Clint Smith is not the same golfer he was this time last year. After taking a double bogey on his report card during his freshman season, he's back on the USC Aiken team. And he's working hard not to become the college version of David Duval.

Harrington earns historic win
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - A rare mistake by Vijay Singh on Sunday helped Padraig Harrington become the first Republic of Ireland golfer to win on the PGA Tour.

Aussie Ogilvy claims share of Honda lead
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Another gusty day at the Honda Classic made the golfers' loud trousers ripple. Geoff Ogilvy kept calm in the wind, fortified by winning his first PGA Tour title just two weeks ago.

Harrington earns historic win

Aussie Ogilvy claims share of Honda lead

Pacers' Brown hoping to be first to break par
AIKEN - Before the season began, Scott Brown set a goal he thought reachable. And so far, he's close to achieving it.

Golf roundup
DOHA, Qatar - Ernie Els won his second straight tournament in the Middle East, rallying to take the Qatar Masters on Sunday by one shot after carding 7-under-par 65 in the final round.

In a jam, slow down and watch your fellow drivers
Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work, driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for, in order to get to a job that you need so you can pay for the clothes, car and the house that you leave empty all day in order to afford to live in it.

In a jam, slow down and watch your fellow drivers
Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work, driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for, in order to get to a job that you need so you can pay for the clothes, car and the house that you leave empty all day in order to afford to live in it.

Democrats' rants serve a good, useful purpose
Thank you for publishing the sundry and supercilious letters from Paul and Anne Cook, and their fellow Democratic ilk. Otherwise, how in the world could your readers ever gauge the effectiveness of the Bush presidency without these folks telling us how horrible it really is?L. Phillip Christman, Augusta

Teachers need preparation time

Massage article misses mark

Try Beatitudes as alternative
Almost weekly, The Augusta Chronicle has articles and letters to the editor about embracing the Ten Commandments and displaying them in public. The Supreme Court is agonizing about the commandments being displayed in public, and talking heads on television want to know where our Christian values have gone.Dick Donnelly, Evans

Massage article misses mark
Regarding the article "Massage parlor ordinance to be reviewed" (March 7) by Preston Sparks: There are many incorrect and one-sided "facts" in this story. By printing these errors, it makes it appear that the only concern with massage therapy is controlling prostitution.Kathy Holtman, Martinez

Rezoning plan makes no sense
North Augusta is building a new elementary school, scheduled to open in August. Two meetings have been held to disclose the plan for redistricting. The results come down to two things: money and test scores.Mark Lewis, North Augusta, S.C.

Punish negligent motorists
After witnessing too many drivers speeding, especially out of Fort Gordon after work - not obeying yield signs and blowing through red lights - and reading about teenagers who have lost their lives because of unsafe driving habits, I think it is time that we the people begin taking action ourselves.Dan Leonard, Grovetown

Attorney has strong character
The Bible asks us to be "swift to hear, slow to speak, (and) slow to anger." I believe these words well describe City Attorney Steve Shepard.Don Dickerson, Martinez

Attorney has strong character

Attorney has strong character
The Bible asks us to be "swift to hear, slow to speak, (and) slow to anger." I believe these words well describe City Attorney Steve Shepard.Don Dickerson, Martinez

Airport must push bus shuttles
We all have seen the movie Field of Dreams - "If you build it, (they) will come." It appears that the Augusta Aviation Commission feels that if they spend $40 million in tax money on a new airport terminal, this will attract airlines; therefore, competition and lower fares. This sounds good, but they leave out two key elements: passengers and cost. The extra cost of flying to Atlanta will still be there, and people will still drive to Atlanta's airport to save big bucks. I know I will.Bud Putnam, Thomson

Airport must push bus shuttles
We all have seen the movie Field of Dreams - "If you build it, (they) will come." It appears that the Augusta Aviation Commission feels that if they spend $40 million in tax money on a new airport terminal, this will attract airlines; therefore, competition and lower fares. This sounds good, but they leave out two key elements: passengers and cost. The extra cost of flying to Atlanta will still be there, and people will still drive to Atlanta's airport to save big bucks. I know I will.Bud Putnam, Thomson

God is present at the moment of conception
The reason why Catholics and other Christians feel so strongly about life issues such as abortion, war, capital punishment, contraception, euthanasia, human cloning and stem cell research as immoral is because we believe that God is present when the life of a baby in the womb is conceived.The Rev. Michael Lubinsky, Augusta

Try Beatitudes as alternative
Almost weekly, The Augusta Chronicle has articles and letters to the editor about embracing the Ten Commandments and displaying them in public. The Supreme Court is agonizing about the commandments being displayed in public, and talking heads on television want to know where our Christian values have gone.Dick Donnelly, Evans

Massage article misses mark
Regarding the article "Massage parlor ordinance to be reviewed" (March 7) by Preston Sparks: There are many incorrect and one-sided "facts" in this story. By printing these errors, it makes it appear that the only concern with massage therapy is controlling prostitution.Kathy Holtman, Martinez

Hold delinquents accountable
If a law were to be passed to fine parents of children who phone in, or otherwise interrupt the school system with, their bomb threats, it should not be the parents alone who are punished.Adelheid Waters, Hephzibah

God is present at the moment of conception
The reason why Catholics and other Christians feel so strongly about life issues such as abortion, war, capital punishment, contraception, euthanasia, human cloning and stem cell research as immoral is because we believe that God is present when the life of a baby in the womb is conceived.The Rev. Michael Lubinsky, Augusta

Nation can be great, good again
There is a saying incorrectly attributed to Democracy in America author Alexis de Tocqueville: "America is great because America is good. If America ever stops being good, it will stop being great."Bob L. Gordy, Louisville

God is present at the moment of conception

Vets' benefits must not be cut
I am a disabled veteran. I am very concerned about what President Bush is asking for in his budget. I disagree that veterans should be the ones who should have their benefits touched.Don Giles, Augusta

Death culture sanctions abortion

Teachers need preparation time
It's interesting that the vocal opposition to planning time during the work day for Columbia County teachers is led by a lawyer. After all, lawyers watch the clock, and charge for every minute of preparation outside the courtroom.Andy Baumgartner, Augusta

Airport must push bus shuttles

Death culture sanctions abortion
So people are upset over the death March 2 of Bubba, the 22-pound lobster that lived to the ripe old age of 30. Right under our noses, the slaughter of unborn babies continues.Linda Beckworth, Thomson

Try Beatitudes as alternative

Death culture sanctions abortion
So people are upset over the death March 2 of Bubba, the 22-pound lobster that lived to the ripe old age of 30. Right under our noses, the slaughter of unborn babies continues.Linda Beckworth, Thomson

Teachers need preparation time
It's interesting that the vocal opposition to planning time during the work day for Columbia County teachers is led by a lawyer. After all, lawyers watch the clock, and charge for every minute of preparation outside the courtroom.Andy Baumgartner, Augusta

PlayStation Portable: A new paradigm in entertainment?

'Gran Turismo 4' an excellent vehicle simulator

Friends should respect decision about funeral

Texas shores are hotspot for spring break

Living briefs

Living well is par for the course

Photo apps grow up, but are not picture perfect

Acapulco is becoming a spring-break destination

Advances in leather make it easier to use

In the shadow of the Falcon

Solar savings will make you feel warm all over

Texas shores are hotspot for spring break
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas - Sure there's Cancun and Florida, but when it comes to the college crowd's annual quest for sun and fun, the good ole fashioned road trip to South Texas seems hipper than ever.

Photo apps grow up, but are not picture perfect
Digital cameras have made it simple and inexpensive enough to capture practically every moment in life but they also generate mounds of pictures that need to be fixed, organized and shared in one form or another.

Living well is par for the course
Golf rules on the outside, but inside Rhonda and Lloyd Graybeal's West Lake home, art is the biggest attraction.

Living well is par for the course
Golf rules on the outside, but inside Rhonda and Lloyd Graybeal's West Lake home, art is the biggest attraction.

Friends should respect decision about funeral
Dear Carson: Today my daughter chose not to attend the funeral of a classmate. There are 500 students in her sophomore class. Though she feels sorrow for his family and for his girlfriend whose driving error resulted in his death, she did not know either of them.

Acapulco is becoming a spring-break destination
ACAPULCO, Mexico - For tens of thousands of college students fleeing frozen campuses for a week of sun, sand and Jell-O shots, spring break south of the border has a new home.

Family-friendly Orlando also aims for luxury tourists
ORLANDO, Fla. - It wasn't so long ago that fine dining for Orlando tourists meant the $9.99 all-you-can-eat buffet at Shoney's, and luxury accommodations meant chocolate on pillows at the mom-and-pop motels stretching along the tourist strip of U.S. 192.

Texas shores are hotspot for spring break
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas - Sure there's Cancun and Florida, but when it comes to the college crowd's annual quest for sun and fun, the good ole fashioned road trip to South Texas seems hipper than ever.

In the shadow of the Falcon
Every dame, bad but beautiful, every two-bit street hood with larceny on his mind and every steel-eyed detective meting out two-fisted justice owes a debt to Dashiell Hammett.

In the shadow of the Falcon
Every dame, bad but beautiful, every two-bit street hood with larceny on his mind and every steel-eyed detective meting out two-fisted justice owes a debt to Dashiell Hammett.

Living briefs
Apparently, Kelsey Grammer isn't content to kick back and enjoy those Frasier residuals. He's the executive producer of Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch Show, a new half-hour show that attempts to combine the fast-paced style of Laugh-In with the sardonic humor of Monty Python's Flying Circus.

Friends should respect decision about funeral
Dear Carson: Today my daughter chose not to attend the funeral of a classmate. There are 500 students in her sophomore class. Though she feels sorrow for his family and for his girlfriend whose driving error resulted in his death, she did not know either of them.

Living briefs
Apparently, Kelsey Grammer isn't content to kick back and enjoy those Frasier residuals. He's the executive producer of Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch Show, a new half-hour show that attempts to combine the fast-paced style of Laugh-In with the sardonic humor of Monty Python's Flying Circus.

Advances in leather make it easier to use
MILWAUKEE - Not that long ago, leather furniture meant limited design options.

Acapulco is becoming a spring-break destination
ACAPULCO, Mexico - For tens of thousands of college students fleeing frozen campuses for a week of sun, sand and Jell-O shots, spring break south of the border has a new home.

Photo apps grow up, but are not picture perfect
Digital cameras have made it simple and inexpensive enough to capture practically every moment in life but they also generate mounds of pictures that need to be fixed, organized and shared in one form or another.

Rock star narrates cell phone walking tour of Boston
BOSTON - Boston has long been known as a walking city, compact enough for tourists to see its history without ever riding a bus, jumping into a cab, or taking the subway. The Freedom Trail and the Black Heritage Trail are among the city's favorite attractions.

PlayStation Portable: A new paradigm in entertainment?
When the PlayStation Portable arrives in North America later this month, consumers will be able to play video games, watch movies, listen to music and view photos on the black, book-sized device.

Solar savings will make you feel warm all over
A heater can extend the swimming season for several months and let you enjoy your pool longer. As the cost of fossil fuels increases, solar energy is the most economical option for heating.

'Gran Turismo 4' an excellent vehicle simulator
Ever seen the muscular profile of a Dodge Viper GTS and wondered what it would be like to slam on the gas pedal? Or are you more curious about the handling characteristics of a 1915 Ford Model T?

Solar savings will make you feel warm all over
A heater can extend the swimming season for several months and let you enjoy your pool longer. As the cost of fossil fuels increases, solar energy is the most economical option for heating.

'NFL Street 2' is a case of style over substance
Minnesota quarterback Daunte Culpepper frantically runs over rooftops, through and up walls - "Matrix"-style - to evade an angry mob of tacklers in an "NFL Street 2" commercial.

PlayStation Portable: A new paradigm in entertainment?
When the PlayStation Portable arrives in North America later this month, consumers will be able to play video games, watch movies, listen to music and view photos on the black, book-sized device.

'Gran Turismo 4' an excellent vehicle simulator
Ever seen the muscular profile of a Dodge Viper GTS and wondered what it would be like to slam on the gas pedal? Or are you more curious about the handling characteristics of a 1915 Ford Model T?

Advances in leather make it easier to use
MILWAUKEE - Not that long ago, leather furniture meant limited design options.

Lynx earn 8th consecutive home victory

Augusta gets lucky seventh at home

Augusta gets lucky seventh at home
It wasn't quite as heated or as close as most games between the Augusta Lynx and Greenville Grrrowl have been this season, but Saturday's game did follow one of the themes of the series: The home team won.

Lynx earn 8th consecutive home victory
Matus Kostur saw little action for most of the first period of Sunday's game between the Augusta Lynx and the Texas Wildcatters.

Lynx earn 8th consecutive home victory
Matus Kostur saw little action for most of the first period of Sunday's game between the Augusta Lynx and the Texas Wildcatters.

Augusta gets lucky seventh at home
It wasn't quite as heated or as close as most games between the Augusta Lynx and Greenville Grrrowl have been this season, but Saturday's game did follow one of the themes of the series: The home team won.

Across Georgia
MARIETTA - A tentative agreement was reached Sunday between Lockheed Martin and the machinists union that has been on strike since Tuesday, pending a vote by the membership. Representatives from both sides described Sunday's talks, which lasted more than three hours, as constructive.

Police praise calm hostage
ATLANTA - The hostage who helped end a 26-hour manhunt for a man accused of killing a judge and three others had long talks with her captor during the 13 hours she was held in her apartment, police said.

Shooting suspect's attorney calls potential rape retrial a waste

The week ahead
It almost never fails that someone will ask about my Irish background when they learn my last name. Sadly, I never have an answer. The name came from my paternal grandfather, a light-skinned, gray-eyed man who died when I was very young and whose background I don't know much about. Perhaps I should inquire about it, though, so I'll have answers for my curious acquaintances.

News you can use

Voters will decide on penny tax
Millions of dollars for Colum- bia County school construction and renovations is at stake in a Tuesday 1-cent sales tax vote.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

24-year teacher never stops being a student
Lakeside High School teacher Charles Heywood sees himself as a student as much as he does an educator.

Family Day at Capitol sees share of protests

New county committee will screen monuments
Monuments of all kinds, whether they be roadside or in a planned memorial garden in Evans, are the focus of a new Columbia County committee.

Shooting suspect's attorney calls potential rape retrial a waste
ATLANTA - Brian Nichols was in the middle of a retrial on rape charges when he allegedly shot three people, including the judge on his case. Those killings - and another while he was on the lam - have put the rape case in doubt.

Census shows South Carolina Workers earn more by going to college
COLUMBIA - Census figures show college degrees make a huge difference in what South Carolina workers take home in their paychecks.

Kid of the Day

Public information shouldn't be limited
A free flow of information is vital for the survival of democracy.

Across the area
A Thomson man was airlifted to Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Sunday afternoon after being injured in a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 20, authorities said.

Thriving equine industry boon for Aiken County's economy
AIKEN - Not so long ago, Dr. Lisa Handy ran her equine veterinary practice out of the back seat of her Subaru, traveling from stable to stable to treat sick or injured horses.

The week ahead

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Bradley Peyton Sapp

Police praise calm hostage

News you can use
Most of us are familiar with some of the more common types of insurance: life, health, car or home policies. But there's a wide range of more unusual types of coverages, often known as specialty insurance. These types of policies aren't for everyone, but they could be a good idea.

Transit system draws criticism

Where we live
A weekly snapshot of the interesting places that make up the Augusta area.

Across the area

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Groups lobby for open records

Family Day at Capitol sees share of protests
ATLANTA - The Georgia Legislature's first Family Day brought thousands of people to the Capitol for a rare session Saturday.

South Georgia residents await scientific details on monster hog
ALAPAHA, Ga. - National Geographic's upcoming television documentary on south Georgia's monster hog, known to locals as "Hogzilla," has residents considering a celebration to honor the legendary porker.

Residents get few answers on effects of chlorine spill
GRANITEVILLE - Pat Baker came to Graniteville First Baptist Church on Saturday morning looking for answers.

New county committee will screen monuments

Hollings collection might prove daunting to catalog
COLUMBIA - Like an archaeologist digging through layers of sand and dirt, Lori Schwartz spends her workdays sorting through stacks of paper, the accumulation of more than 50 years of political life.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Chumley gets life sentence
An Augusta man was sentenced to life in prison Saturday after a Columbia County jury found him guilty in the 2003 shooting death of his mother.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Alexis Monique Bulford.

Common Irish
A banner with the phrase "Ireland Forever" flies above the Irish Festival at Augusta Common

Trees will limit view of Westside High stadium
Residents call it the UFO in their back yard. The Westside High School football stadium that towers over the Colony Place II subdivision looks like a spaceship at night.

Baptist group, college at odds
ROME, Ga. - Rolling hills, winding paths and a strong Christian influence have been familiar on Shorter College's campus for decades. Little changed, even after the school became affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention more than 40 years ago.

Across the area

The week ahead
It almost never fails that someone will ask about my Irish background when they learn my last name. Sadly, I never have an answer. The name came from my paternal grandfather, a light-skinned, gray-eyed man who died when I was very young and whose background I don't know much about. Perhaps I should inquire about it, though, so I'll have answers for my curious acquaintances.

Ship exhibit carries slavery's past

Inspecting the Irish: St. Pat's parade drivers under watchful eye
SAVANNAH, Ga. - When it comes to snail-paced driving through streets crowded by St. Patrick's Day revelers, Bill Harris is a veteran who has chauffeured such parade dignitaries as Zell Miller and Sam Nunn.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

South Georgia residents await scientific details on monster hog
ALAPAHA, Ga. - National Geographic's upcoming television documentary on south Georgia's monster hog, known to locals as "Hogzilla," has residents considering a celebration to honor the legendary porker.

Chumley gets life sentence

Across the area
A Thomson man was airlifted to Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Sunday afternoon after being injured in a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 20, authorities said.

Baptist group, college at odds

Transit system draws criticism
Until a few months ago, Cher Pressley worked the graveyard shift at University Hospital.

Residents get few answers on effects of chlorine spill

Across the area
A brush fire fueled by erratic winds scorched at least 75 acres of woods and threatened 15 homes in Windsor late Saturday afternoon, authorities said.

Jim Crow laws are repealed

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -- Georgians would no longer have to submit fingerprints for driver's licenses by 2007 under a bill approved by the state House on Saturday.

Across South Carolina

Across South Carolina
ANDERSON -- An Anderson County deputy died Saturday morning from head injuries after being struck by a car and thrown 30 feet, officials said.

Make Kids Count scholarship winners announced on the ice
For two Augusta youngsters, Sunday's Augusta Lynx victory at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center was just one cause for celebration.

Across the area
A brush fire fueled by erratic winds scorched at least 75 acres of woods and threatened 15 homes in Windsor late Saturday afternoon, authorities said.

Backing GOP aids Democrats

Where we live
A weekly snapshot of the interesting places that make up the Augusta area.

Inspecting the Irish: St. Pat's parade drivers under watchful eye
SAVANNAH, Ga. - When it comes to snail-paced driving through streets crowded by St. Patrick's Day revelers, Bill Harris is a veteran who has chauffeured such parade dignitaries as Zell Miller and Sam Nunn.

Thriving equine industry boon for Aiken County's economy
AIKEN - Not so long ago, Dr. Lisa Handy ran her equine veterinary practice out of the back seat of her Subaru, traveling from stable to stable to treat sick or injured horses.

Thriving equine industry boon for Aiken County's economy

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Alexis Monique Bulford.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - One-third of lawmakers raised all or almost all their campaign money from political action committees or special interest groups, according to an analysis by The State newspaper.

Across the area
A Thomson man was airlifted to Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Sunday afternoon after being injured in a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 20, authorities said.

Ship exhibit carries slavery's past
Shackles small enough to fit around a child's ankles or wrists are some of the most horrifying remnants of slavery to Michael Cottman.

Shooting suspect's attorney calls potential rape retrial a waste
ATLANTA - Brian Nichols was in the middle of a retrial on rape charges when he allegedly shot three people, including the judge on his case. Those killings - and another while he was on the lam - have put the rape case in doubt.

Across the southeast
HOUSTON - A 2-year-old remained in critical condition Sunday after being shot by his 4-year-old brother, who might not have known the difference between a real gun and a toy one, police said.

Trees will limit view of Westside High stadium
Residents call it the UFO in their back yard. The Westside High School football stadium that towers over the Colony Place II subdivision looks like a spaceship at night.

Five questions with Tony Kellman
Mr. Kellman is an author and professor of English and creative writing at Augusta State University. He has been the director of the Sandhills Writers Conference for 15 years. The conference will be held Thursday through Saturday at ASU.

Waste piles up amid wait for new home
NEW ELLENTON - Like a proud father showing off a new baby, Jeff Barnes loves to crow about the banner year his Savannah River Site factory is having trapping and storing the nastiest of the Cold War era's liquid nuclear waste.

Make Kids Count scholarship winners announced on the ice
For two Augusta youngsters, Sunday's Augusta Lynx victory at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center was just one cause for celebration.

Trees will limit view of Westside High stadium

Census shows South Carolina Workers earn more by going to college
COLUMBIA - Census figures show college degrees make a huge difference in what South Carolina workers take home in their paychecks.

Census shows South Carolina Workers earn more by going to college

Ship exhibit carries slavery's past
Shackles small enough to fit around a child's ankles or wrists are some of the most horrifying remnants of slavery to Michael Cottman.

Key bills will move forward

Police praise calm hostage
ATLANTA - The hostage who helped end a 26-hour manhunt for a man accused of killing a judge and three others had long talks with her captor during the 13 hours she was held in her apartment, police said.

Hollings collection might prove daunting to catalog
COLUMBIA - Like an archaeologist digging through layers of sand and dirt, Lori Schwartz spends her workdays sorting through stacks of paper, the accumulation of more than 50 years of political life.

Voters will decide on penny tax
Millions of dollars for Colum- bia County school construction and renovations is at stake in a Tuesday 1-cent sales tax vote.

Chumley gets life sentence
An Augusta man was sentenced to life in prison Saturday after a Columbia County jury found him guilty in the 2003 shooting death of his mother.

New county committee will screen monuments
Monuments of all kinds, whether they be roadside or in a planned memorial garden in Evans, are the focus of a new Columbia County committee.

Common Irish
A banner with the phrase "Ireland Forever" flies above the Irish Festival at Augusta Common

Inspecting the Irish: St. Pat's parade drivers under watchful eye

Baptist group, college at odds
ROME, Ga. - Rolling hills, winding paths and a strong Christian influence have been familiar on Shorter College's campus for decades. Little changed, even after the school became affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention more than 40 years ago.

Waste piles up amid wait for new home

Transit system draws criticism
Until a few months ago, Cher Pressley worked the graveyard shift at University Hospital.

Kid of the Day

Across the area
A brush fire fueled by erratic winds scorched at least 75 acres of woods and threatened 15 homes in Windsor late Saturday afternoon, authorities said.

Across Georgia

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -- Georgians would no longer have to submit fingerprints for driver's licenses by 2007 under a bill approved by the state House on Saturday.

South Georgia residents await scientific details on monster hog

Key bills will move forward
ATLANTA - Lawmakers pushed through several long days of work last week to ensure various key bills would stay alive in the 2005 legislative session.

Waste piles up amid wait for new home
NEW ELLENTON - Like a proud father showing off a new baby, Jeff Barnes loves to crow about the banner year his Savannah River Site factory is having trapping and storing the nastiest of the Cold War era's liquid nuclear waste.

Across South Carolina
ANDERSON -- An Anderson County deputy died Saturday morning from head injuries after being struck by a car and thrown 30 feet, officials said.

Where we live

Across the southeast
MIAMI -- Ten Miami-Dade County residents have pleaded not guilty to charges they cheated the federal government by filing false aid claims for property damage caused by Hurricane Frances, which barely hit the area.

Common Irish

Groups lobby for open records
ATLANTA - Clouds rolled over the General Assembly this year, according to critics who say lawmakers pitched more bills than usual to weaken the state's "sunshine law."

Across Georgia
MARIETTA - A tentative agreement was reached Sunday between Lockheed Martin and the machinists union that has been on strike since Tuesday, pending a vote by the membership. Representatives from both sides described Sunday's talks, which lasted more than three hours, as constructive.

Jim Crow laws are repealed
ATLANTA - Families from across the state descended Saturday on the Capitol to watch lawmakers repeal several pro-segregation laws and other outdated legislation.

Public information shouldn't be limited

Backing GOP aids Democrats
ATLANTA - Georgia is a red state these days, but many rural Democrats say they haven't lost all their clout since last year's elections brought a major increase in power to Republicans.

Hollings collection might prove daunting to catalog

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Bradley Peyton Sapp

Across the southeast

News you can use
Most of us are familiar with some of the more common types of insurance: life, health, car or home policies. But there's a wide range of more unusual types of coverages, often known as specialty insurance. These types of policies aren't for everyone, but they could be a good idea.

Voters will decide on penny tax

Family Day at Capitol sees share of protests
ATLANTA - The Georgia Legislature's first Family Day brought thousands of people to the Capitol for a rare session Saturday.

Make Kids Count scholarship winners announced on the ice

Public information shouldn't be limited
A free flow of information is vital for the survival of democracy.

Across the southeast

Residents get few answers on effects of chlorine spill
GRANITEVILLE - Pat Baker came to Graniteville First Baptist Church on Saturday morning looking for answers.

Across Georgia

Georgia Tech's talent tardy
In golf, they're called sandbaggers. In college basketball, they're called Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets - fresh off an NCAA title game appearance in 2004 - started the season at scratch and commenced playing their way down to a 15 handicap.

Georgia Tech's talent tardy
In golf, they're called sandbaggers. In college basketball, they're called Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets - fresh off an NCAA title game appearance in 2004 - started the season at scratch and commenced playing their way down to a 15 handicap.

In job hunt, my friend doesn't have a shot
My old friend Cleotus Allegood dropped by last week to see me. He had been away for several months, so I asked about what had been happening in his life.

In job hunt, my friend doesn't have a shot
My old friend Cleotus Allegood dropped by last week to see me. He had been away for several months, so I asked about what had been happening in his life.

Machines triumph in $36.5 million debut for 'Robots'

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

Machines triumph in $36.5 million debut for 'Robots'
LOS ANGELES - "Robots" ruled the box office as the animated family flick debuted with $36.5 million - a solid opening, but well below the $46.3 million premiere of the filmmakers' previous hit, "Ice Age."

Machines triumph in $36.5 million debut for 'Robots'
LOS ANGELES - "Robots" ruled the box office as the animated family flick debuted with $36.5 million - a solid opening, but well below the $46.3 million premiere of the filmmakers' previous hit, "Ice Age."

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

Q&A: Slipknot, the gruesome band
NEW YORK - The members of Slipknot are known for wearing nefarious masks and matching jumpsuits during every public appearance, but don't think it's all a gimmick.

Q&A: Slipknot, the gruesome band

Q&A: Slipknot, the gruesome band
NEW YORK - The members of Slipknot are known for wearing nefarious masks and matching jumpsuits during every public appearance, but don't think it's all a gimmick.

Kenseth has little concern for slow start

Newman battling history
LAS VEGAS - Ryan Newman's pole position for today's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 means he had the fastest car for one lap at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race, however, is 267 trips around the track.

Johnson proves to be lucky bet in Vegas
LAS VEGAS - One hundred miles into Sunday's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400, Jimmie Johnson figured his odds on winning were about as good as hitting on 16 in a hand of blackjack and not busting.

NASCAR notebook
LAS VEGAS - Kyle Busch drives a Chevrolet, works for Hendrick Motorsports and drinks Pepsi.

Johnson proves to be lucky bet in Vegas
LAS VEGAS - One hundred miles into Sunday's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400, Jimmie Johnson figured his odds on winning were about as good as hitting on 16 in a hand of blackjack and not busting.

NASCAR notebook
LAS VEGAS - Kyle Busch drives a Chevrolet, works for Hendrick Motorsports and drinks Pepsi.

Kenseth has little concern for slow start
LAS VEGAS - Matt Kenseth comes into today's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 as a two-time defending race champion. He's also part of a racing organization that's won five of the seven Nextel Cup Series races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

NASCAR notebook

Newman battling history
LAS VEGAS - Ryan Newman's pole position for today's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 means he had the fastest car for one lap at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race, however, is 267 trips around the track.

Johnson proves to be lucky bet in Vegas

Martin extends Busch win mark
LAS VEGAS - Mark Martin moved into the lead when seemingly unstoppable Carl Edwards was sidelined by a flat tire, extending his record for Busch Series victories to 47 on Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Kenseth has little concern for slow start
LAS VEGAS - Matt Kenseth comes into today's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 as a two-time defending race champion. He's also part of a racing organization that's won five of the seven Nextel Cup Series races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Newman battling history

Martin extends Busch win mark

Martin extends Busch win mark
LAS VEGAS - Mark Martin moved into the lead when seemingly unstoppable Carl Edwards was sidelined by a flat tire, extending his record for Busch Series victories to 47 on Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Warriors ground Hawks
ATLANTA - Mike Dunleavy had no idea the Golden State Warriors were one 3-pointer from tying the NBA record.

Warriors ground Hawks
ATLANTA - Mike Dunleavy had no idea the Golden State Warriors were one 3-pointer from tying the NBA record.

Lakers edge Bobcats, 117-116
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - When he was playing in Miami, Caron Butler stayed up late after games to watch Kobe Bryant's oncourt magic in Los Angeles. But Butler hadn't seen it in person since joining the Lakers in the offseason.

Lakers edge Bobcats, 117-116

Lakers edge Bobcats, 117-116
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - When he was playing in Miami, Caron Butler stayed up late after games to watch Kobe Bryant's oncourt magic in Los Angeles. But Butler hadn't seen it in person since joining the Lakers in the offseason.

Warriors ground Hawks

March Madness Primer: Big Dance from A to Z
The 2005 NCAA men's basketball championship, from A to Z:

Augustans get to big dance
RICHMOND, Va. - Aaron Williams didn't have much time to think when the ball came to him, and he hoped a prayer would work.

Redick, Devils stop Wolfpack
WASHINGTON - Like most scorers, J.J. Redick didn't worry after one bad game. He knew he was only one jumper away from a streak, so he waited patiently for it to come.

SEC powers LSU, Tennessee get No. 1 seeds in women's NCAA
Southeastern Conference powers LSU and Tennessee received No. 1 seeds in the NCAA women's basketball tournament on Sunday, joined by ACC tournament champ North Carolina and a team that reached that level for the first time in program history: Michigan State.

Illinois overall No. 1 seed for NCAA tourney
INDIANAPOLIS - Top-ranked Illinois heads into the NCAA tournament with one loss and the overall No. 1 seed, while Washington was this year's surprise at the top of the bracket.

What's in your bracket? Zags could run the table
You start with 65 schools and a lot of empty lines headed to the middle of the page.

March to Madness under way
The NCAA men's and women's tournaments released their pairings Sunday, kicking off three days of prognostication and pools for college basketball fans across the country.

March Madness Primer: Big Dance from A to Z
The 2005 NCAA men's basketball championship, from A to Z:

Huskies secure Pac-10 crown
LOS ANGELES - Nate Robinson scored six points - his only ones of the second half - in the final 1:07, helping 14th-ranked Washington upset No. 8 Arizona, 81-72, for its first Pac-10 Tournament title Saturday.

Illinois overall No. 1 seed for NCAA tourney
INDIANAPOLIS - Top-ranked Illinois heads into the NCAA tournament with one loss and the overall No. 1 seed, while Washington was this year's surprise at the top of the bracket.

Redick, Devils stop Wolfpack
WASHINGTON - Like most scorers, J.J. Redick didn't worry after one bad game. He knew he was only one jumper away from a streak, so he waited patiently for it to come.

SEC powers LSU, Tennessee get No. 1 seeds in women's NCAA
Southeastern Conference powers LSU and Tennessee received No. 1 seeds in the NCAA women's basketball tournament on Sunday, joined by ACC tournament champ North Carolina and a team that reached that level for the first time in program history: Michigan State.

What's in your bracket? Zags could run the table
You start with 65 schools and a lot of empty lines headed to the middle of the page.

March to Madness under way
The NCAA men's and women's tournaments released their pairings Sunday, kicking off three days of prognostication and pools for college basketball fans across the country.

Panthers players subpoenaed in steroid probe, paper reports

Mr. Henry Sloan    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. M.W. Luckey, Sr.    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Mr. Grady Cunningham, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Ralph A. Hart    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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Mr. Charles Hatchell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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George Edward Blount, Jr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Sarah Ferqueron    (HENRYETTA, OK.)
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Aseneth "Cindy" Evangelista    (LACROSSE, Wis.)
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Mr. Henry Clay Bailey, Sr.    (ELIZABETHTON, TN.)
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Mrs. Sarah Ferqueron    (HENRYETTA, OK.)
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Mrs. Mary G. Lacek    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mr. Hiram Graybill Daniel, Jr.    (STOCKBRIDGE, Ga.)
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Mr. William Prince, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James L. "Jamie" Best    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Alberta Watson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Miss Carrie Jordan    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mildred "Millie" Leopard    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Miss Mary Lou Bussey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Johnnie Young    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Hiram Graybill Daniel, Jr.    (STOCKBRIDGE, Ga.)

Mr. Luther (Tommy) Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Evans, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Aseneth "Cindy" Evangelista    (LACROSSE, Wis.)

Mrs. Julia L. Collier    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Grady Cunningham, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Azalee Davis Hamner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. W. Donald Godbee    (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah Ferqueron    (HENRYETTA, OK.)

Mrs. Azalee Davis Hamner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Hatchell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Margaret Valentine    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mary G. Lacek    (EVANS, Ga.)

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Ms. Nellie Mae Griffin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mr. Theodore McCain    (NEW YORK)

Mrs. Margaret Valentine    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Gerald R. Norris    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Janie Roberson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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Mrs. Evelyn Newsome    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. William Prince, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Prince, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Spencer M. Porcher    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Zelma Williamson    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Bennie Mae Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Allen Odom    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Claude Ledford    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Alberta Watson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James R. Kitchens, Sr.    (STAPLETON, Ga.)

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Mr. William Prince, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Joseph Ryan Brunson, Jr.    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)
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Miss Carrie Jordan    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty Joe Burnette    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mr. Jack Bowles    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

George Edward Blount, Jr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Evans, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Julia L. Collier (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary G. Lacek (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Cooper C. Watson (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. W. Donald Godbee (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mrs. Zelma Williamson (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Aseneth "Cindy" Evangelista (LACROSSE, Wis.)

Mrs. Betty Ruth Ailstock (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Evans, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Prince, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Janie Roberson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Spencer M. Porcher (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Joseph Ryan Brunson, Jr. (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Mr. Jack Bowles (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Allen Odom (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Theodore McCain (NEW YORK)

Mrs. Alberta Watson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gerald R. Norris (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Bennie Mae Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Joe Burnette (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. James R. Kitchens, Sr. (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Ann Cain (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mr. Luther (Tommy) Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Carrie Jordan (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Azalee Davis Hamner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Prince, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Bowles (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Donnie Cook (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Donnie Harris Cook (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Henry Clay Bailey, Sr. (ELIZABETHTON, TN.)

Mr. Henry Sloan (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Sarah Ferqueron (HENRYETTA, OK.)

Mrs. Diane Marie Tate (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnnie Young (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Fiske Boyle (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Azalee Davis Hamner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alberta Watson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Joe Pickens (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Hatchell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Bennie Tripp (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Claude Ledford (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Nellie Mae Griffin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred "Millie" Leopard (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

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

Mr. Grady Cunningham, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Newsome (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Hiram Graybill Daniel, Jr. (STOCKBRIDGE, Ga.)

Mrs. Nettie Edwards Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ralph A. Hart (THOMSON, Ga.)

George Edward Blount, Jr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Valentine (AIKEN, S.C.)

Too many turn blind eye to domestic violence
We celebrate Women's History Month in March, and we recognize the enormous contributions that women have made to our nation, and the great strides we have made throughout the years. We can even vote in today's society! That may be something we take for granted, but women in some countries are still struggling to claim that right.

Too many turn blind eye to domestic violence
We celebrate Women's History Month in March, and we recognize the enormous contributions that women have made to our nation, and the great strides we have made throughout the years. We can even vote in today's society! That may be something we take for granted, but women in some countries are still struggling to claim that right.

Too many turn blind eye to domestic violence
We celebrate Women's History Month in March, and we recognize the enormous contributions that women have made to our nation, and the great strides we have made throughout the years. We can even vote in today's society! That may be something we take for granted, but women in some countries are still struggling to claim that right.

Overtime

Canadians set record at short track worlds

Steinbrenner's Derby prospect wins in rout

Area sports announcements

Sweet Catomine wins Santa Anita Oaks

Sweet Catomine wins Santa Anita Oaks
ARCADIA, Calif. - Bring on the boys for Sweet Catomine.

Steinbrenner's Derby prospect wins in rout
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Trainer Nick Zito added to his list of Kentucky Derby candidates.

Overtime
In Aiken, Justin Williams, Casey Derhak and Steven Kinney combined for nine RBI and 10 hits to lead the USC Aiken to a weekend sweep of Martin Methodist University 13-5.

Overtime
In Aiken, Justin Williams, Casey Derhak and Steven Kinney combined for nine RBI and 10 hits to lead the USC Aiken to a weekend sweep of Martin Methodist University 13-5.

Canadians set record at short track worlds
BEIJING - Canadian men set a world record in the 5,000-meter relay Sunday, and South Koreans won the overall gold medals at the short track speedskating world championships.

Sweet Catomine wins Santa Anita Oaks
ARCADIA, Calif. - Bring on the boys for Sweet Catomine.

Canadians set record at short track worlds
BEIJING - Canadian men set a world record in the 5,000-meter relay Sunday, and South Koreans won the overall gold medals at the short track speedskating world championships.

Overtime
In Savannah, Kevin Kelley had a two-out RBI double in the tenth inning to lead No. 25 Augusta State to a 5-4 conference win over Armstrong Atlantic State.

Area sports 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. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Area sports 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. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Steinbrenner's Derby prospect wins in rout
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Trainer Nick Zito added to his list of Kentucky Derby candidates.

Big fish story

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

Big fish story
specialBig fish story Keith Lowe Sr. (right) and his father, Rick Lowe, should be really proud of this catch. The duo wound up with a 47-pound, 46-inch striper bass that Keith caught at Thurmond Lake.

Striped bass could be fair game in Savannah

Egg-cellent catch
specialEgg-cellent catchTroy Carswell, of Evans, was expecting little more than some peace and quiet when he made a few casts with a plastic worm at a Columbia County pond last week. What he got instead was a fine 11-pound, 3-ounce largemouth female bass that was already bulging with eggs. The big fish was photographed and released.

Striped bass could be fair game in Savannah
Striped bass still aren't reproducing well in the Savannah River, but biologists in both Georgia and South Carolina believe the slow growing population can support a limited harvest this fall.

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

Outdoors calendar

Big fish story
specialBig fish story Keith Lowe Sr. (right) and his father, Rick Lowe, should be really proud of this catch. The duo wound up with a 47-pound, 46-inch striper bass that Keith caught at Thurmond Lake.

Striped bass could be fair game in Savannah
Striped bass still aren't reproducing well in the Savannah River, but biologists in both Georgia and South Carolina believe the slow growing population can support a limited harvest this fall.

States not wild about feral hog populations
South Carolina is taking action to limit the unwanted spread of feral hogs, and Georgia is hoping to step up enforcement of existing laws.

States not wild about feral hog populations
South Carolina is taking action to limit the unwanted spread of feral hogs, and Georgia is hoping to step up enforcement of existing laws.

Backing GOP aids Democrats
ATLANTA - Georgia is a red state these days, but many rural Democrats say they haven't lost all their clout since last year's elections brought a major increase in power to Republicans.

Voter ID protest may earn censures
ATLANTA - House leaders are considering how to punish a group of lawmakers who protested a voter identification bill by walking out Friday and a representative who defied House Speaker Glenn Richardson's order that she end her Saturday protest of the measure.

Jim Crow laws are repealed
ATLANTA - Families from across the state descended Saturday on the Capitol to watch lawmakers repeal several pro-segregation laws and other outdated legislation.

Groups lobby for open records
ATLANTA - Clouds rolled over the General Assembly this year, according to critics who say lawmakers pitched more bills than usual to weaken the state's "sunshine law."

Key bills will move forward
ATLANTA - Lawmakers pushed through several long days of work last week to ensure various key bills would stay alive in the 2005 legislative session.

Panthers players subpoenaed in steroid probe, paper reports
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Investigators probing an alternative medicine doctor want to speak to at least nine current or former members of the Carolina Panthers about possible illegal steroid prescriptions, a Columbia newspaper reported.

Panthers players subpoenaed in steroid probe, paper reports
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Investigators probing an alternative medicine doctor want to speak to at least nine current or former members of the Carolina Panthers about possible illegal steroid prescriptions, a Columbia newspaper reported.

States not wild about feral hog populations

Muslims slam their portrayal as terrorists in '24'
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. - A plate of spicy stuffed cabbage leaves and a cup of mint tea before him, Yosry Bekhiet sat down and turned on the television for a late dinner one recent Monday night. On the screen, he saw Muslim terrorists gain control of a nuclear plant, causing it to melt down.

Muslims slam their portrayal as terrorists in '24'
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. - A plate of spicy stuffed cabbage leaves and a cup of mint tea before him, Yosry Bekhiet sat down and turned on the television for a late dinner one recent Monday night. On the screen, he saw Muslim terrorists gain control of a nuclear plant, causing it to melt down.

Ron Eldard stars on ABC's 'Blind Justice'
NEW YORK - Ron Eldard has bonded tightly with Detective Jim Dunbar, the New York cop he plays on his new ABC drama "Blind Justice."

Muslims slam their portrayal as terrorists in '24'

Ron Eldard stars on ABC's 'Blind Justice'
NEW YORK - Ron Eldard has bonded tightly with Detective Jim Dunbar, the New York cop he plays on his new ABC drama "Blind Justice."

Report: Iraq coverage wasn't biased in either direction
NEW YORK - A study of news coverage of the war in Iraq fails to support a conclusion that events were portrayed either negatively or positively most of the time.

Report: Iraq coverage wasn't biased in either direction

Ron Eldard stars on ABC's 'Blind Justice'

Report: Iraq coverage wasn't biased in either direction
NEW YORK - A study of news coverage of the war in Iraq fails to support a conclusion that events were portrayed either negatively or positively most of the time.

Bulldogs have a lot to learn about Rice
ATHENS -- Tasha Humphrey said she doesn't eat much rice. Neither does Georgia coach Andy Landers. Like it or not, the Lady Bulldogs will be up to their necks in Rice for the next few days as they prepare to face the Owls in Dallas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.

Lady Bulldogs get sixth seed, head to Dallas
ATLANTA - The Georgia Lady Bulldogs are heading to Dallas for the NCAA women's tournament, landing a No. 6 seed and a first-round game against Rice.

Gamecocks tame Tigers on diamond
CLEMSON, S.C. - Brendan Winn thought he'd hit a harmless fly to left center. Instead, he gave South Carolina the jump in its yearly rivalry with Clemson.

Gamecocks tame Tigers on diamond

Gamecocks tame Tigers on diamond
CLEMSON, S.C. - Brendan Winn thought he'd hit a harmless fly to left center. Instead, he gave South Carolina the jump in its yearly rivalry with Clemson.

Gamecocks get win, sweep of Tigers
COLUMBIA, S.C. - For the second straight game, Brendan Winn figured he'd made a long out. But just like Saturday, Winn had the decisive hit as South Carolina swept its weekend series with rival Clemson.

Gamecocks get win, sweep of Tigers
COLUMBIA, S.C. - For the second straight game, Brendan Winn figured he'd made a long out. But just like Saturday, Winn had the decisive hit as South Carolina swept its weekend series with rival Clemson.

Gamecocks get win, sweep of Tigers

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