The science of creatures gross and disgusting draws kids

Photographers have a cream-filled exhibit

Photographers have a cream-filled exhibit
PITTSBURGH - A child plucks a Twinkie from a tree. Another Twinkie stands in for Jesus in an interpretation of Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper."

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
PORTLAND, Ore. - Freddie the Fly lays it out in terms dear to the adolescent heart:

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

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.

Photographers have a cream-filled exhibit
PITTSBURGH - A child plucks a Twinkie from a tree. Another Twinkie stands in for Jesus in an interpretation of Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper."

Atomic museum in Vegas traces nuke development history

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.

MLB turns over drug testing documents
NEW YORK - Major League Baseball gave a congressional committee about 400 pages of documents on drug testing and said commissioner Bud Selig was willing to testify at Thursday's hearing on steroid use.

'Rookie' shares his story at ASU
Those who hadn't heard the Jim Morris life story heard it firsthand Monday at Augusta State University. Morris earned a standing ovation before he addressed the Boys and Girls Club of Augusta's 18th Annual Steak and Burger Dinner.

MLB turns over drug testing documents

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.

MLB turns over drug testing documents
NEW YORK - Major League Baseball gave a congressional committee about 400 pages of documents on drug testing and said commissioner Bud Selig was willing to testify at Thursday's hearing on steroid use.

Baseball notebook

'Rookie' shares his story at ASU
Those who hadn't heard the Jim Morris life story heard it firsthand Monday at Augusta State University. Morris earned a standing ovation before he addressed the Boys and Girls Club of Augusta's 18th Annual Steak and Burger Dinner.

'Rookie' shares his story at ASU

Compliments can go a long way, especially with workers

Odds and Ends
TRENTON, N.J. - A kindler, gentler New Jersey? In a state where one former governor once joked that the official bird was "the middle finger," Assemblymen Jon M. Bramnick and Gordon Johnson think a few more random acts of kindness couldn't hurt.

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.

Poisonous snakes pilfered from Red Cross
BANGKOK, Thailand - Call it the Case of the Missing Cobras - all 82 of them.

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.

Odds and Ends
TRENTON, N.J. - A kindler, gentler New Jersey? In a state where one former governor once joked that the official bird was "the middle finger," Assemblymen Jon M. Bramnick and Gordon Johnson think a few more random acts of kindness couldn't hurt.

Poisonous snakes pilfered from Red Cross
BANGKOK, Thailand - Call it the Case of the Missing Cobras - all 82 of them.

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

Braves trying to find spot for Marte
JUPITER, Fla. - Bright, but uncertain. This is the best way to describe the future of 21-year-old Andy Marte, the top-rated prospect in the Braves' system.

Braves hammer Cardinals

Braves hammer Cardinals
JUPITER, Fla. - John Thomson had another scoreless outing Monday, and the Atlanta Braves hit three home runs off St. Louis starter Jeff Suppan in a 5-1 win over the Cardinals.

Braves hammer Cardinals
JUPITER, Fla. - John Thomson had another scoreless outing Monday, and the Atlanta Braves hit three home runs off St. Louis starter Jeff Suppan in a 5-1 win over the Cardinals.

Braves trying to find spot for Marte
JUPITER, Fla. - Bright, but uncertain. This is the best way to describe the future of 21-year-old Andy Marte, the top-rated prospect in the Braves' system.

Braves trying to find spot for Marte

Mayor, manager disagree on hotel

Panel hears gas bill worries
ATLANTA - Delores Wallace joined dozens of other senior citizens Monday with a message to state regulators not to raise their natural gas bills.

Stocks see small gain despite fears
NEW YORK - Wall Street managed a moderate gain Monday in a volatile session that saw investors alternating between worries about interest rates and delight in a new wave of merger deals.

Panel hears gas bill worries

Buyout boosts market share
NEW YORK - Altria Group Inc.'s Philip Morris International division has made a $5 billion offer to acquire Indonesia's third-largest cigarette producer, boosting its market share in a country of heavy smoking as revenues in other parts of the world shrink on health concerns.

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
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.

Higher output offer is of note
ISFAHAN, Iran - Saudi Arabia's advocacy of a 2 percent increase to OPEC's output target failed to calm oil markets Monday, though it appeared to reflect growing concern within the cartel about the effect high prices could have on the global economy.

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.

Mayor, manager disagree on hotel
Mayor Bob Young's desire to see a riverfront hotel and exhibition hall built on city property is ruffling feathers in Augusta's tourism industry.

AOL and Yahoo instant messaging to become a Blackberry staple

Panel hears gas bill worries
ATLANTA - Delores Wallace joined dozens of other senior citizens Monday with a message to state regulators not to raise their natural gas bills.

OPEC to maintain current output, says Emirates energy minister

Buyout boosts market share

Mayor, manager disagree on hotel
Mayor Bob Young's desire to see a riverfront hotel and exhibition hall built on city property is ruffling feathers in Augusta's tourism industry.

Buyout boosts market share
NEW YORK - Altria Group Inc.'s Philip Morris International division has made a $5 billion offer to acquire Indonesia's third-largest cigarette producer, boosting its market share in a country of heavy smoking as revenues in other parts of the world shrink on health concerns.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

March Madness Primer: Big Dance from A to Z

Chaney will return to coach Temple in NIT

Illinois overall No. 1 seed for NCAA tourney

Small schools hopeful for tournament

March to Madness under way

Ambience influences enjoyment of eating
Our surroundings affect the amount we eat and how much we enjoy it, but I never thought lighting, music, color, menus or the server's charm played such an important role.

Renew the penny tax
Columbia County voters should keep in mind - as they troop to the polls today to vote on whether to extend their school system's local penny sales tax until 2012 - that if passage fails, they will be starving their schools of vital resources.

Terrorists don't eat carrots

A heroine's story
Brian G. Nichols set off the largest manhunt in Georgia history Friday after fleeing Fulton County's courthouse in broad daylight.

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.

Spring's first blossom

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

A heroine's story
Brian G. Nichols set off the largest manhunt in Georgia history Friday after fleeing Fulton County's courthouse in broad daylight.

A heroine's story

The ailing law center
Augusta City Administrator Fred Russell rightly called proposed repairs and additions to the old law enforcement center and the Phinizy Road jail as "an Ace bandage instead of a Band-Aid," though he could have used terms such as "splint" or "cast" to refer to something so badly broken.

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.

Renew the penny tax
Columbia County voters should keep in mind - as they troop to the polls today to vote on whether to extend their school system's local penny sales tax until 2012 - that if passage fails, they will be starving their schools of vital resources.

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

Renew the penny tax

Accuser says he told school official that nothing happened
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The boy who says Michael Jackson molested him acknowledged under cross-examination Monday that he told an administrator at his school that the pop star "didn't do anything to me."

U2's Bono launches fashion brand
NEW YORK - Bono has a new gig: U2's lead singer is charged with raising awareness and interest in the new fashion brand Edun.

U2's Bono launches fashion brand
NEW YORK - Bono has a new gig: U2's lead singer is charged with raising awareness and interest in the new fashion brand Edun.

Accuser says he told school official that nothing happened
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The boy who says Michael Jackson molested him acknowledged under cross-examination Monday that he told an administrator at his school that the pop star "didn't do anything to me."

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.

Interest grows in ethical wills
CINCINNATI - Judy Neal hopes she instilled some of her values in her son. But just in case, she wrote it down.

Interest grows in ethical wills
CINCINNATI - Judy Neal hopes she instilled some of her values in her son. But just in case, she wrote it down.

Interest grows in ethical wills

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.

Brokerage earnings in focus this week

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.

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.

Windfalls for boomers create more questions than answers

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.

Gailey has heart attack
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech football coach Chan Gailey suffered a mild heart attack Monday and was hospitalized.

Tech: Jack's expected back in time
ATLANTA - Jarrett Jack got plenty of special attention Sunday night at Washington's Dulles Airport.

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.

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.

Tech: Jack's expected back in time
ATLANTA - Jarrett Jack got plenty of special attention Sunday night at Washington's Dulles Airport.

Tech: Jack's expected back in time

Georgia Tech looks at big picture after loss

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

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.

Harrington earns historic win

Pacers' Brown hoping to be first to break par

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.

Golf roundup

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.

Shootout event offers big purse
L.D. Waters is hoping to score a birdie with professional golfers.

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.

Masters bubble
Joe Ogilvie's disappointment at not winning the Honda Classic on Sunday could be offset by an invitation to the Masters Tournament.

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.

Shootout event offers big purse
L.D. Waters is hoping to score a birdie with professional golfers.

Masters bubble
Joe Ogilvie's disappointment at not winning the Honda Classic on Sunday could be offset by an invitation to the Masters Tournament.

Shootout event offers big purse

Masters bubble

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.

This hurricane season may be busy
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - After weathering the busiest hurricane season in recent memory in 2004, South Carolina emergency officials were warned Monday that conditions are ripe for another busy season this year.

Compliments can go a long way, especially with workers
Smile. A new study maintains that negativity in the workplace is costing the U.S. economy $300 billion each year. That's billion with a "B."

Compliments can go a long way, especially with workers
Smile. A new study maintains that negativity in the workplace is costing the U.S. economy $300 billion each year. That's billion with a "B."

Crash kills truck driver, causes chemical spill
Authorities were rerouting traffic around the 2300 block of Doug Barnard Parkway today after a tractor-trailer driver was killed and hazardous chemicals were spilled on the road.

Crash kills truck driver, causes chemical spill
Authorities were rerouting traffic around the 2300 block of Doug Barnard Parkway today after a tractor-trailer driver was killed and hazardous chemicals were spilled on the road.

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

Bomb-threat fines are wrong
State Sen. J.B. Powell, D-Augusta, is proposing a bill to punish the parents of the children calling in bomb threats to schools.Ralph L. Norman, Hephzibah

God is present at the moment of conception

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

Muting commandments is futile
The headline in the March 3 Augusta Chronicle read "Court debates role of religious symbols" - the court being the U.S. Supreme Court.A.G. Blackmon, Warrenville, S.C.

Bomb-threat fines are wrong
State Sen. J.B. Powell, D-Augusta, is proposing a bill to punish the parents of the children calling in bomb threats to schools.Ralph L. Norman, 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

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

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

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

Bomb-threat fines are wrong

Massage article misses mark

Environmentalists, Democrats bring ruin
Democrats, whose characteristic knee-jerk reaction to anything they did not propose is negative and obstructionist, have painted themselves into a corner on several fronts.Robert Smock, Hephzibah

Health and fitness calendar

Photo apps grow up, but are not picture perfect

PlayStation Portable: A new paradigm in entertainment?

Seniors calendar

Packaging, marketing lead to serving-size confusion

'Gran Turismo 4' an excellent vehicle simulator

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information. To list your activity, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

'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?

Packaging, marketing lead to serving-size confusion
Thanks to packaging, you can eat a meal for two without even knowing it.

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.

Packaging, marketing lead to serving-size confusion
Thanks to packaging, you can eat a meal for two without even knowing it.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

'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?

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information. To list your activity, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

Lynx earn 8th consecutive home victory

Across the area
A Millen infant died in a Monday morning fire inside a manufactured home, authorities said.

Report: Staffing excess in county offices

Relatives hope attention revives case
During her seven-hour hostage ordeal in a Duluth, Ga., apartment Saturday morning, Ashley Smith said she talked to her captor about her slain husband, even showing him a copy of his autopsy report and giving him a taste of what he has put other families through.

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.

Southeast Briefs

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.

City annexes part of Aiken subdivision
AIKEN -- For a group of Gem Lakes homeowners, the Aiken City Council's decision to annex a section of properties from the subdivision into the city was both a small victory and an assurance that a wastewater contamination problem plaguing the neighborhood soon will be resolved.

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.

Final names due for review
Today is the deadline for government leaders to name the nine-member panel that will have a hand in determining the future of Fort Gordon and other bases subject to closure.

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.

Sheriff gets calls on 2001 homicide

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.

Weighing stations work will cross I-20
It's a weight issue that's about to shift on Interstate 20 in Columbia County.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Celtic Cross ceremony draws hundreds
SAVANNAH, Ga. - If the parade is the heart of Savannah's St. Patrick's Day festivities, the Celtic Cross ceremony is its soul.

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.

Crash kills truck driver, causes chemical spill
Authorities were rerouting traffic around the 2300 block of Doug Barnard Parkway today after a tractor-trailer driver was killed and hazardous chemicals were spilled on the road.

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

Woman was star on court
A decade before Ashley Smith gained national attention for talking down accused courtroom killer Brian Nichols, she was known locally for sinking three-pointers and layups.

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.

City annexes part of Aiken subdivision
AIKEN -- For a group of Gem Lakes homeowners, the Aiken City Council's decision to annex a section of properties from the subdivision into the city was both a small victory and an assurance that a wastewater contamination problem plaguing the neighborhood soon will be resolved.

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.

Determination made student an award winner

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.

GOP leaders deal with disruption

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.

Across the area

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.

Report: Staffing excess in county offices
AIKEN - County leaders were given a report in June that showed staffing shortages in some government offices and excesses in others, but they have yet to act on the recommendations.

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.

GOP leaders deal with disruption
ATLANTA - As legislative leaders tried to figure out how to deal with House members who disrupted the chamber's meetings Friday and Saturday, Democratic lawmakers said part of the problem under the Gold Dome is the heavy-handed rule of the GOP majority.

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.

Final names due for review
Today is the deadline for government leaders to name the nine-member panel that will have a hand in determining the future of Fort Gordon and other bases subject to closure.

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.

Kid of the Day
Larekos Marquette Ware Jr. is today's Kid of the Day.

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.

MCG students seek OB/GYN residencies
Julia Carper fell in love twice during clinical rotations in her third year of medical school at the Medical College of Georgia. Once was with her fianc, Jim Combs.

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.

Senate's plan has bonds to aid MCG
ATLANTA - A state budget proposal - including $4 million in construction bonds for the Medical College of Georgia, $50,000 for the Augusta Mini Theatre and a 2 percent pay raise for all teachers and state employees - won easy approval Monday in the Senate.

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.

GOP leaders deal with disruption
ATLANTA - As legislative leaders tried to figure out how to deal with House members who disrupted the chamber's meetings Friday and Saturday, Democratic lawmakers said part of the problem under the Gold Dome is the heavy-handed rule of the GOP majority.

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.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - One of the busiest hurricane seasons in years, combined with a five-year drought in funding, has left South Carolina's beaches in their worst shape since Hurricane Hugo, officials with the state's coastal management agency said Monday.

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.

News you can use
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is holding public meetings to discuss the effects of chlorine on human health and the environment.

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.

Commission vote bill fails

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.

News you can use

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.

Kid of the Day

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Senate's plan has bonds to aid MCG

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

Voters will decide on penny tax

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.

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

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.

Relatives hope attention revives case
During her seven-hour hostage ordeal in a Duluth, Ga., apartment Saturday morning, Ashley Smith said she talked to her captor about her slain husband, even showing him a copy of his autopsy report and giving him a taste of what he has put other families through.

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.

Senate's plan has bonds to aid MCG
ATLANTA - A state budget proposal - including $4 million in construction bonds for the Medical College of Georgia, $50,000 for the Augusta Mini Theatre and a 2 percent pay raise for all teachers and state employees - won easy approval Monday in the Senate.

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.

Commission vote bill fails
ATLANTA - Efforts to change the Augusta Commission's voting procedure are essentially dead for this session of the General Assembly.

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.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday denied attempts to appeal two pretrial rulings for Barton Corbin, a Gwinnett County dentist charged in the shooting deaths of his wife and a former girlfriend in Augusta.

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.

Woman was star on court
A decade before Ashley Smith gained national attention for talking down accused courtroom killer Brian Nichols, she was known locally for sinking three-pointers and layups.

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.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - One of the busiest hurricane seasons in years, combined with a five-year drought in funding, has left South Carolina's beaches in their worst shape since Hurricane Hugo, officials with the state's coastal management agency said Monday.

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.

Southeast Briefs
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A former North Carolina dentist accused of using syringes to squirt semen into the mouths of female patients was indicted Monday on seven misdemeanor counts of assault on a female.

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.

News you can use
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is holding public meetings to discuss the effects of chlorine on human health and the environment.

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.

Sheriff gets calls on 2001 homicide
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office has received several calls about the unsolved homicide of Daniel "Mack" Smith Jr., and the information is significant, Capt. Steve Morris said this afternoon.

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.

Determination made student an award winner
An Augusta Technical College student who juggles life with a 6-year-old daughter and a husband serving in Iraq was named the college's student of the year Monday.

South Georgia residents await scientific details on monster hog

Report: Staffing excess in county offices
AIKEN - County leaders were given a report in June that showed staffing shortages in some government offices and excesses in others, but they have yet to act on the recommendations.

New county committee will screen monuments

Across the area
A Millen infant died in a Monday morning fire inside a manufactured home, authorities said.

Across the southeast

Commission vote bill fails
ATLANTA - Efforts to change the Augusta Commission's voting procedure are essentially dead for this session of the General Assembly.

Ship exhibit carries slavery's past

Celtic Cross ceremony draws hundreds
SAVANNAH, Ga. - If the parade is the heart of Savannah's St. Patrick's Day festivities, the Celtic Cross ceremony is its soul.

The week ahead

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday denied attempts to appeal two pretrial rulings for Barton Corbin, a Gwinnett County dentist charged in the shooting deaths of his wife and a former girlfriend in Augusta.

Census shows South Carolina Workers earn more by going to college

Southeast Briefs
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A former North Carolina dentist accused of using syringes to squirt semen into the mouths of female patients was indicted Monday on seven misdemeanor counts of assault on a female.

Make Kids Count scholarship winners announced on the ice

Kid of the Day
Larekos Marquette Ware Jr. is today's Kid of the Day.

MCG students seek OB/GYN residencies
Julia Carper fell in love twice during clinical rotations in her third year of medical school at the Medical College of Georgia. Once was with her fianc, Jim Combs.

Crash kills truck driver, causes chemical spill

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Final names due for review

Determination made student an award winner
An Augusta Technical College student who juggles life with a 6-year-old daughter and a husband serving in Iraq was named the college's student of the year Monday.

Across the area

Senior judge reforms collide
Georgia legislators want to cut funding for senior judges, but they have tabled a reform effort proposed by the governor.

Across South Carolina

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Woman was star on court

Police praise calm hostage

Across Georgia

Trees will limit view of Westside High stadium

Relatives hope attention revives case

Across Georgia

City annexes part of Aiken subdivision

Kid of the Day

MCG students seek OB/GYN residencies

Shooting suspect's attorney calls potential rape retrial a waste

Waste piles up amid wait for new home

Celtic Cross ceremony draws hundreds

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.

Oscar film incredibly better than other 'toons

Oscar film incredibly better than other 'toons
Sure, The Incredibles won the Oscar a few weeks ago for best animated feature, but consider the competition.

Machines triumph in $36.5 million debut for 'Robots'

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."

Oscar film incredibly better than other 'toons
Sure, The Incredibles won the Oscar a few weeks ago for best animated feature, but consider the competition.

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."

U2, O'Jays among rock hall inductees
NEW YORK - When he's not haggling with politicians over Third World debt, U2's Bono can sing a pretty mean rock 'n' roll song. His band, U2, joins the Pretenders, the O'Jays, Percy Sledge and Buddy Guy as inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday.

U2, O'Jays among rock hall inductees

U2, O'Jays among rock hall inductees
NEW YORK - When he's not haggling with politicians over Third World debt, U2's Bono can sing a pretty mean rock 'n' roll song. His band, U2, joins the Pretenders, the O'Jays, Percy Sledge and Buddy Guy as inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday.

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.

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.

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

Johnson proves to be lucky bet in Vegas

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.

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

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.

Coastal relieves Strickland of basketball job
CONWAY, S.C. - Pete Strickland, Coastal Carolina men's basketball coach the past seven years, was fired by the school Monday, athletic director Warren Koegel said.

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:

Small schools hopeful for tournament
Fairleigh Dickinson coach Tom Green was going over potential NCAA Tournament matchups, daydreaming about his Knights playing Wake Forest. Or Washington. Maybe even North Carolina.

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.

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.

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.

Chaney will return to coach Temple in NIT
PHILADELPHIA - His suspension over, John Chaney will be back to coach Temple in the NIT. Whether he's back for good is still in question.

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.

Small schools hopeful for tournament
Fairleigh Dickinson coach Tom Green was going over potential NCAA Tournament matchups, daydreaming about his Knights playing Wake Forest. Or Washington. Maybe even North Carolina.

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

Chaney will return to coach Temple in NIT
PHILADELPHIA - His suspension over, John Chaney will be back to coach Temple in the NIT. Whether he's back for good is still in question.

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

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Overtime

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Sweet Catomine wins Santa Anita Oaks

Canadians set record at short track worlds

As crews arrive, regatta fans are in for a treat

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.

As crews arrive, regatta fans are in for a treat
Fred Russell's first experience with Augusta's rowing scene turned out to be more than he bargained for.

Overtime
In Montclair, N.J., New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan filed for divorce from his wife of almost six years Monday, the same day a judge issued a restraining order against her, a spokesman for Strahan said.

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.

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 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 Montclair, N.J., New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan filed for divorce from his wife of almost six years Monday, the same day a judge issued a restraining order against her, a spokesman for Strahan said.

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

As crews arrive, regatta fans are in for a treat
Fred Russell's first experience with Augusta's rowing scene turned out to be more than he bargained for.

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.

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.

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.

Muslims slam their portrayal as terrorists in '24'

Networks have prepared for a new pope selection

FCC: Steamy 'Monday Night Football' intro not indecent
WASHINGTON - Sure, the steamy introduction to ABC's "Monday Night Football" was titillating, showing the bare back of "Desperate Housewives" actress Nicollette Sheridan as she jumped into the arms of football player Terrell Owens.

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."

Actor plays a conflicted ladies man in 'Jake in Progress'
NEW YORK - Consider "Jake in Progress" the latest example of how things can come in threes.

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.

Jane Pauley's daytime talk show canceled
NEW YORK - Jane Pauley's highly anticipated daytime talk show won't make it to a second season.

Report: Iraq coverage wasn't biased in either direction

Networks have prepared for a new pope selection
NEW YORK - With Pope John Paul II's health declining, CBS News executive Marcy McGinnis traveled to Rome to negotiate a 10-year lease for the rights to broadcast from the roof of a hotel overlooking St. Peter's Square when the pope dies.

Ron Eldard stars on ABC's 'Blind Justice'

FCC: Steamy 'Monday Night Football' intro not indecent
WASHINGTON - Sure, the steamy introduction to ABC's "Monday Night Football" was titillating, showing the bare back of "Desperate Housewives" actress Nicollette Sheridan as she jumped into the arms of football player Terrell Owens.

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.

FCC: Steamy 'Monday Night Football' intro not indecent

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."

Jane Pauley's daytime talk show canceled

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.

Actor plays a conflicted ladies man in 'Jake in Progress'

Jane Pauley's daytime talk show canceled
NEW YORK - Jane Pauley's highly anticipated daytime talk show won't make it to a second season.

Networks have prepared for a new pope selection
NEW YORK - With Pope John Paul II's health declining, CBS News executive Marcy McGinnis traveled to Rome to negotiate a 10-year lease for the rights to broadcast from the roof of a hotel overlooking St. Peter's Square when the pope dies.

Actor plays a conflicted ladies man in 'Jake in Progress'
NEW YORK - Consider "Jake in Progress" the latest example of how things can come in threes.

U2's Bono launches fashion brand

Accuser says he told school official that nothing happened

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 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.

Pacers trail by 1 in home tournament
USC Aiken will have to come from behind if it wants to capture its sixth tournament of the season.

Pacers trail by 1 in home tournament
USC Aiken will have to come from behind if it wants to capture its sixth tournament of the season.

Gamecocks get win, sweep of Tigers

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.

Pacers trail by 1 in home tournament

Girl can stick with boyfriend
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I just started going out with this boy, and I really like him. My younger sisters and brother get along with him great. My family really doesn't want me to go out with him because they say he doesn't dress well enough and I can get somebody better (really, they judged him before knowing him)...

Question of the week
Q: How do you let someone know you don't want to be friends anymore?

Learning disabled can get good education

Presidential Classroom is diverse
It was just a snowball fight, but I'll never forget it. There were guys from New York, Alabama, Texas, and South Carolina. A couple of girls were there from Michigan and Pennsylvania. There also was a group of teenagers from Puerto Rico and Texas seeing snow for the first time. It was just a good old-fashioned snowball fight that will always be a great memory. Oh, did I mention it was behind the White House?

Pupil information comes to Internet
In January, pupils and parents at several Columbia County Schools were introduced to a new component of education technology.

Girl can stick with boyfriend

Question of the week
Q: How do you let someone know you don't want to be friends anymore?

Pupil information comes to Internet

Girl can stick with boyfriend
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I just started going out with this boy, and I really like him. My younger sisters and brother get along with him great. My family really doesn't want me to go out with him because they say he doesn't dress well enough and I can get somebody better (really, they judged him before knowing him)...

Learning disabled can get good education
My brother called from college recently and excitedly asked my mother "Are you sitting down?"

Learning disabled can get good education
My brother called from college recently and excitedly asked my mother "Are you sitting down?"

Teen briefs
Duck brand duct tape is holding its annual Stuck at Prom scholarship contest.

Pupil information comes to Internet
In January, pupils and parents at several Columbia County Schools were introduced to a new component of education technology.

Girl can stick with boyfriend
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I just started going out with this boy, and I really like him. My younger sisters and brother get along with him great. My family really doesn't want me to go out with him because they say he doesn't dress well enough and I can get somebody better (really, they judged him before knowing him)...

New perspectives change way people are defined
There is the kid who sports the Polo shirt and khakis, the one who prefers anything mesh or with spikes, and the one who regularly rocks the latest jeans and T-shirt from some rapper's clothing line.

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

Xtreme calendar
NEW TO YOU: The Incredibles, the computer-animated tale of a family of superheroes, is available on DVD or VHS.

Question of the week

Presidential Classroom is diverse

Girl can stick with boyfriend

Presidential Classroom is diverse
It was just a snowball fight, but I'll never forget it. There were guys from New York, Alabama, Texas, and South Carolina. A couple of girls were there from Michigan and Pennsylvania. There also was a group of teenagers from Puerto Rico and Texas seeing snow for the first time. It was just a good old-fashioned snowball fight that will always be a great memory. Oh, did I mention it was behind the White House?

Girl can stick with boyfriend
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I just started going out with this boy, and I really like him. My younger sisters and brother get along with him great. My family really doesn't want me to go out with him because they say he doesn't dress well enough and I can get somebody better (really, they judged him before knowing him)...

Poisonous snakes pilfered from Red Cross

Officials say collectors, not sellers, are buying pot stamps

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