Munch's masterpiece: Screaming or listening?

Munch's masterpiece: Screaming or listening?
OSLO, Norway - Edvard Munch's masterpiece, "The Scream," has become a world icon of human anxiety, appearing on everything from popular T-shirts to blowup dolls, and causing endless debate among art experts.

Munch's masterpiece: Screaming or listening?
OSLO, Norway - Edvard Munch's masterpiece, "The Scream," has become a world icon of human anxiety, appearing on everything from popular T-shirts to blowup dolls, and causing endless debate among art experts.

Brothers have pushed each other to achieve
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The chase is getting to the point where some might consider it idealistic, nonsensical. But old dreams die hard.

Players ho-hum about steroid hearings

McGwire to attend hearing
NEW YORK -- Mark McGwire plans to comply with a subpoena and attend today's congressional hearing into steroid use in baseball, The Associated Press has learned.

Giambi excused from testifying at hearing

Players ho-hum about steroid hearings
While lawyers and legislators on Capitol Hill were abuzz about Thursday's congressional hearings into steroid use in baseball, the drama hadn't caught on with many players.

Brothers have pushed each other to achieve
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The chase is getting to the point where some might consider it idealistic, nonsensical. But old dreams die hard.

Giambi excused from testifying at hearing
NEW YORK - Jason Giambi was excused from testifying at Thursday's congressional hearing on steroids in baseball, and the top Democrat on the committee said it's possible other players also could have subpoenas withdrawn.

Brothers have pushed each other to achieve

Players ho-hum about steroid hearings
While lawyers and legislators on Capitol Hill were abuzz about Thursday's congressional hearings into steroid use in baseball, the drama hadn't caught on with many players.

Giambi excused from testifying at hearing
NEW YORK - Jason Giambi was excused from testifying at Thursday's congressional hearing on steroids in baseball, and the top Democrat on the committee said it's possible other players also could have subpoenas withdrawn.

Odds and Ends
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Mike Hendricks is hoping he can make his hometown sing a different tune.

Odds and Ends
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Mike Hendricks is hoping he can make his hometown sing a different tune.

Odds and Ends
MOORHEAD, Minn. - Having a vanity plate that reads "TIPSY" may not be such a great idea after all.

Odds and Ends
MOORHEAD, Minn. - Having a vanity plate that reads "TIPSY" may not be such a great idea after all.

Dodgers tie Braves after 10 innings
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Horacio Ramirez pitched three strong innings for the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday, another encouraging step in his comeback from shoulder surgery.

Bernero hoping to make first-rate staff
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - One would be pressed to find a better example of a major leaguer with evolving priorities than Atlanta Braves non-roster invitee Adam Bernero.

Bernero hoping to make first-rate staff
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - One would be pressed to find a better example of a major leaguer with evolving priorities than Atlanta Braves non-roster invitee Adam Bernero.

Bernero hoping to make first-rate staff

Job rate may not increase numbers
More Augusta-Aiken area employers expect to hire during the next three months, but it might not affect the area's unemployment rate.

Retail sales rise 0.5 percent in February
WASHINGTON - Retail sales, bolstered by a rebound in demand for autos, rose a healthy 0.5 percent in February, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.

Retail sales rise 0.5 percent in February

U.S. dollar slides as current account deficit soars
BERLIN - The dollar slid against the euro Wednesday on data that showed the U.S. current account deficit soaring more than expected in the fourth quarter and far exceeding its previous record for the full year.

Report: Sears seeking buyer for Lands' End
CHICAGO - Sears, Roebuck and Co. may be working on one last big sale before its merger with Kmart: a sale of Lands' End.

Greenspan urges fixing Social Security quickly

Students hear how to avoid lapses abroad

Power plants ordered to cut mercury pollution

Survey: a third of Americans are overworked

Survey: a third of Americans are overworked
NEW YORK - One in three American workers are chronically overworked, with job-related stress varying significantly by age, employment situation, and demands at home, according to a new survey.

Former WorldCom chief convicted on all counts

Students hear how to avoid lapses abroad
A poor handshake or ordering a hamburger for lunch could prove a costly mistake in international business.

Dedication can help businesses last
Thinking of opening a small business? Chances are it won't last. Statistics from the Small Business Administration say that more than 50 percent of small businesses fail in the first year, and 95 percent fail within the first five years.

Former WorldCom chief convicted on all counts
NEW YORK - Bernard Ebbers, who built WorldCom from a humble Mississippi long-distance firm into one of the nation's biggest telecommunications conglomerates, was convicted Tuesday of engineering the colossal accounting fraud that sank the company.

Report: Sears seeking buyer for Lands' End

Power plants ordered to cut mercury pollution
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration on Tuesday ordered a nearly 50 percent cut in mercury pollution from power plants over the next 15 years, adopting a market-based strategy that would raise electricity prices but help protect fetuses and young children from nerve damage.

Greenspan urges fixing Social Security quickly
WASHINGTON - Alan Greenspan and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton clashed briefly Tuesday over rosy surplus forecasts the Federal Reserve Chairman relied on to support President President Bush's 2001 tax cuts, estimates that turned out to be considerably off the mark.

Sara Lee raises ground coffee price
NEW YORK - Sara Lee Corp. raised its coffee prices Tuesday because of increasing prices on the commodities markets.

Former WorldCom chief convicted on all counts
NEW YORK - Bernard Ebbers, who built WorldCom from a humble Mississippi long-distance firm into one of the nation's biggest telecommunications conglomerates, was convicted Tuesday of engineering the colossal accounting fraud that sank the company.

Savannah parade is unlucky for some
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Everyone loves a parade, or so the saying goes. But when it comes to businesses, the annual St. Patrick's Day procession and the related hoopla, not quite everyone loves it.

Power plants ordered to cut mercury pollution
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration on Tuesday ordered a nearly 50 percent cut in mercury pollution from power plants over the next 15 years, adopting a market-based strategy that would raise electricity prices but help protect fetuses and young children from nerve damage.

Trade deficit hits record of $665.9 billion in 2004
WASHINGTON - The United States deficit in the broadest measure of international trade soared to an all-time high of $665.9 billion in 2004, showing in stark terms the speed with which the country is becoming indebted to the rest of the world.

Oil prices jump to new high above $56 a barrel
Oil prices jumped to a new record close above $56 a barrel on Wednesday as traders brushed off a largely symbolic effort by OPEC to cool the red-hot market.

Greenspan urges fixing Social Security quickly
WASHINGTON - Alan Greenspan and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton clashed briefly Tuesday over rosy surplus forecasts the Federal Reserve Chairman relied on to support President President Bush's 2001 tax cuts, estimates that turned out to be considerably off the mark.

Trade deficit hits record of $665.9 billion in 2004

Retail sales rise 0.5 percent in February
WASHINGTON - Retail sales, bolstered by a rebound in demand for autos, rose a healthy 0.5 percent in February, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.

Oil prices jump to new high above $56 a barrel

Report: Sears seeking buyer for Lands' End
CHICAGO - Sears, Roebuck and Co. may be working on one last big sale before its merger with Kmart: a sale of Lands' End.

Trade deficit hits record of $665.9 billion in 2004
WASHINGTON - The United States deficit in the broadest measure of international trade soared to an all-time high of $665.9 billion in 2004, showing in stark terms the speed with which the country is becoming indebted to the rest of the world.

Survey: a third of Americans are overworked
NEW YORK - One in three American workers are chronically overworked, with job-related stress varying significantly by age, employment situation, and demands at home, according to a new survey.

Oil prices jump to new high above $56 a barrel
Oil prices jumped to a new record close above $56 a barrel on Wednesday as traders brushed off a largely symbolic effort by OPEC to cool the red-hot market.

Students hear how to avoid lapses abroad
A poor handshake or ordering a hamburger for lunch could prove a costly mistake in international business.

Dedication can help businesses last
Thinking of opening a small business? Chances are it won't last. Statistics from the Small Business Administration say that more than 50 percent of small businesses fail in the first year, and 95 percent fail within the first five years.

Dedication can help businesses last

Aggies bounce Tigers

Aggies bounce Tigers
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Freshman center Joseph Jones scored a season-high 25 points to lift Texas A&M to its first postseason win in 23 years, an 82-74 victory over Clemson in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on Wednesday night.

Aggies bounce Tigers
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Freshman center Joseph Jones scored a season-high 25 points to lift Texas A&M to its first postseason win in 23 years, an 82-74 victory over Clemson in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on Wednesday night.

East Carolina hires Stokes as new coach

Pacers ready to reload

The stain on the game
Baseball has a scarred history. Virtually since its beginning, gambling, strikes, racial strife and substance abuse have left their ugly marks on the game that endures, regardless, in millions of hearts as the national pastime.

Pass voter ID bill

Pass voter ID bill
We'd give those Georgia Democratic lawmakers a pass on their dramatic - or, more accurately, hysterical - walkout of the General Assembly last Friday to protest House Bill 244 and Senate Bill 84.

Judicial reforms on track
Georgia's General Assembly has tabled Gov. Sonny Perdue's proposed reforms for how senior judges are employed, but lawmakers are to be applauded nonetheless for moving forward on their own reform agenda, which calls for a substantial cut in funding.

Will France hang tough?
After the assassination of popular former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri a month ago, Lebanese by the tens of thousands turned out in the streets of Beirut to demand the resignation of the pro-Syrian regime that most Lebanese believe was responsible for Hariri's death.

The stain on the game
Baseball has a scarred history. Virtually since its beginning, gambling, strikes, racial strife and substance abuse have left their ugly marks on the game that endures, regardless, in millions of hearts as the national pastime.

Pass voter ID bill
We'd give those Georgia Democratic lawmakers a pass on their dramatic - or, more accurately, hysterical - walkout of the General Assembly last Friday to protest House Bill 244 and Senate Bill 84.

The stain on the game

Will France hang tough?
After the assassination of popular former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri a month ago, Lebanese by the tens of thousands turned out in the streets of Beirut to demand the resignation of the pro-Syrian regime that most Lebanese believe was responsible for Hariri's death.

Will France hang tough?

People in the News
NEW YORK - A Manhattan judge dismissed charges against Rosario Dawson and two others who were arrested while filming movie scenes near the location of last year's Republican National Convention.

Club calendar
Here's a list of entertainment at Aiken-Augusta nightclubs.

Michael Jackson's accuser winds up testimony
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Michael Jackson's accuser testified Tuesday that he told a school administrator the singer didn't molest him because schoolmates were "making fun of me" and he wanted them to stop.

'Gran Turismo 4' is example of elegant driving simulation
There's a difference between a pure racing game and pure driving game.

Open tab
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a roundup of some drink and entertainment specials at Augusta and Aiken area nightclubs:

Comedian brings laughs from radio show to stage
Few comedians older than 50 appeal to a young audience, but J. Anthony Brown does.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augusta chronicle.com. Include a contact name and phone number.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augusta chronicle.com. Include a contact name and phone number.

The top five list
The top five list in entertainment

Club calendar
Here's a list of entertainment at Aiken-Augusta nightclubs.

People in the News
PARIS - Lance Armstrong acknowledged that he's a little behind schedule in his preparation for a seventh straight Tour de France title and also reaffirmed his love for New York City - and his fondness for Paris.

Galleries
GET LISTED: Send your gallery's exhibit schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Galleries
GET LISTED: Send your gallery's exhibit schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

'Gran Turismo 4' is example of elegant driving simulation
There's a difference between a pure racing game and pure driving game.

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

Comedian brings laughs from radio show to stage
Few comedians older than 50 appeal to a young audience, but J. Anthony Brown does.

The top five list
The top five list in entertainment

People in the News
PARIS - Lance Armstrong acknowledged that he's a little behind schedule in his preparation for a seventh straight Tour de France title and also reaffirmed his love for New York City - and his fondness for Paris.

It's a good day to be Irish
Augusta goes green today with St. Patrick's Day festivities downtown that feature music, a parade, artwork and crafts, food, Celtic dancing, carnival rides and a beer garden.

It's a good day to be Irish
Augusta goes green today with St. Patrick's Day festivities downtown that feature music, a parade, artwork and crafts, food, Celtic dancing, carnival rides and a beer garden.

Michael Jackson's accuser winds up testimony
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Michael Jackson's accuser testified Tuesday that he told a school administrator the singer didn't molest him because schoolmates were "making fun of me" and he wanted them to stop.

Comedian brings laughs from radio show to stage
Few comedians older than 50 appeal to a young audience, but J. Anthony Brown does.

People in the News
NEW YORK - A Manhattan judge dismissed charges against Rosario Dawson and two others who were arrested while filming movie scenes near the location of last year's Republican National Convention.

Lamb chops and the magic of marinade
HYDE PARK, N.Y. - An increase in lamb's popularity suggests that American cooks have discovered its remarkable versatility. A vast selection of herbs, spices and condiments complement its distinct flavor and provide infinite opportunities for creating new and exciting dishes.

Lamb chops and the magic of marinade
HYDE PARK, N.Y. - An increase in lamb's popularity suggests that American cooks have discovered its remarkable versatility. A vast selection of herbs, spices and condiments complement its distinct flavor and provide infinite opportunities for creating new and exciting dishes.

Low-fat beef tenderloin steaks that taste good
This beef tenderloin dish topped with creamy mushroom gravy is a great example of low-fat good taste. Fresh thyme, rosemary and garlic lend the dish the rich and stylish flavors of Provence - so who could feel less than splendidly fed?

Low-fat beef tenderloin steaks that taste good
This beef tenderloin dish topped with creamy mushroom gravy is a great example of low-fat good taste. Fresh thyme, rosemary and garlic lend the dish the rich and stylish flavors of Provence - so who could feel less than splendidly fed?

Moroccan mashed potato casserole

Quick and east turkey and snow-pea stir-fry
In this simple stir-fry, tender strips of white turkey and crunchy pea pods are tossed in a rich, brown sauce sparked by soy sauce, vinegar and pepper. "The cooking is done in the blink of an eye," says food writer Leslie Revsin, "so be sure to have all the ingredients prepped and ready by the stove."

State dinner shows off ultra-refined cuisine
HONG KONG - From chicken cubes fried with peanuts to neatly tucked dumplings, Chinese cuisine is known for its attention to detail.

Coconut almond cake is a rich treat
Shredded coconut and almond paste give this cake a rich texture and taste, and a little easy decoration can add a light, festive look. Frost with whipped cream, scatter tiny pastel candy flowers over it for a spring-blossom effect, or dust with powdered sugar for a special finish any time of the year. For Easter, perhaps circle the cake plate with miniature colored-marzipan eggs.

Coconut almond cake is a rich treat
Shredded coconut and almond paste give this cake a rich texture and taste, and a little easy decoration can add a light, festive look. Frost with whipped cream, scatter tiny pastel candy flowers over it for a spring-blossom effect, or dust with powdered sugar for a special finish any time of the year. For Easter, perhaps circle the cake plate with miniature colored-marzipan eggs.

Small bites

State dinner shows off ultra-refined cuisine
HONG KONG - From chicken cubes fried with peanuts to neatly tucked dumplings, Chinese cuisine is known for its attention to detail.

What's for lunch?

Artichokes can be a special side dish for Easter
March marks the start of the peak season for artichokes and there's a fresh flavor to this recipe for cooking them with lemon and onion.

What's for lunch?
TOWN AND COUNTRYADDRESS: 340 Edgefield Road, North Augusta

Small bites
The National Confectioners Association offers the following bits of information about Easter traditions:

Lamb chops and the magic of marinade

Moroccan mashed potato casserole
CONCORD, N.H. - It's not often that maps make compelling cookbook copy.

Artichokes can be a special side dish for Easter

Quick and east turkey and snow-pea stir-fry
In this simple stir-fry, tender strips of white turkey and crunchy pea pods are tossed in a rich, brown sauce sparked by soy sauce, vinegar and pepper. "The cooking is done in the blink of an eye," says food writer Leslie Revsin, "so be sure to have all the ingredients prepped and ready by the stove."

What's for lunch?
TOWN AND COUNTRY ADDRESS: 340 Edgefield Road, North Augusta

Artichokes can be a special side dish for Easter
March marks the start of the peak season for artichokes and there's a fresh flavor to this recipe for cooking them with lemon and onion.

Quick and east turkey and snow-pea stir-fry

Small bites
The National Confectioners Association offers the following bits of information about Easter traditions:

Coconut almond cake is a rich treat

Moroccan mashed potato casserole
CONCORD, N.H. - It's not often that maps make compelling cookbook copy.

Low-fat beef tenderloin steaks that taste good

State dinner shows off ultra-refined cuisine

Drills continue without Gailey
ATLANTA - Reggie Ball didn't notice coach Chan Gailey's absence from Georgia Tech's football practice Tuesday.

Tech gets swagger for NCAA tournament
ATLANTA - Isma'il Muhammad was trying to answer a reporter's question, but Will Bynum wouldn't let him.

Drills continue without Gailey
ATLANTA - Reggie Ball didn't notice coach Chan Gailey's absence from Georgia Tech's football practice Tuesday.

Jackets must overcome terrible 12
ATLANTA - Take all the 12 seeds. That's the secret, office pool strategists say, to picking the first round of an NCAA Tournament bracket.

Tech: Friends, family raised a star
FORT WASHINGTON, Md. -- In Chris Court there are no mean streets. There can't be, not when every road name ends in "court" or "terrace." Local teenagers even attend the appropriately named Friendly High School.

Tech gets swagger for NCAA tournament
ATLANTA - Isma'il Muhammad was trying to answer a reporter's question, but Will Bynum wouldn't let him.

Tech: Friends, family raised a star
FORT WASHINGTON, Md. -- In Chris Court there are no mean streets. There can't be, not when every road name ends in "court" or "terrace." Local teenagers even attend the appropriately named Friendly High School.

Tech gets swagger for NCAA tournament

Tech: Friends, family raised a star

Drills continue without Gailey

Early flight hands Pacers win by forfeit

Golf: Harrington happy with victory
Padraig Harrington didn't mind admitting that he had some help from Vijay Singh in winning The Honda Classic last week.

Get into my car: wins equal wheels
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - When a PGA Tour player makes a putt on the 18th hole on Sunday to lock up a victory, two things usually run through his mind.

Early flight hands Pacers win by forfeit
AIKEN - The sun rested above the trees lining Palmetto Golf Club. The birds chirped between shots. The weather cooperated.

Get into my car: wins equal wheels
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - When a PGA Tour player makes a putt on the 18th hole on Sunday to lock up a victory, two things usually run through his mind.

Newsmaker: Steve Flesch
Today's golf newsmaker is Steve Flesch.

Golf: Harrington happy with victory
Padraig Harrington didn't mind admitting that he had some help from Vijay Singh in winning The Honda Classic last week.

Golf: Tiger says he won't play forever

Golf: Harrington happy with victory

Golf Glance
Upcoming events and tournaments:

Sorenstam, Wie headline Arizona field
SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN, Ariz. - Annika Sorenstam always wants to take on the toughest competition, and she's ready to include teenager Michelle Wie in that class.

Golf: Tiger says he won't play forever
ORLANDO, Fla. - As a three-time champion, Tiger Woods has a lifetime exemption to the Masters. Just don't expect to him to match Arnold Palmer's record of 50 consecutive tournaments.

Sorenstam, Wie headline Arizona field

Get into my car: wins equal wheels

Sorenstam, Wie headline Arizona field
SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN, Ariz. - Annika Sorenstam always wants to take on the toughest competition, and she's ready to include teenager Michelle Wie in that class.

Early flight hands Pacers win by forfeit
AIKEN - The sun rested above the trees lining Palmetto Golf Club. The birds chirped between shots. The weather cooperated.

Golf: Tiger says he won't play forever
ORLANDO, Fla. - As a three-time champion, Tiger Woods has a lifetime exemption to the Masters. Just don't expect to him to match Arnold Palmer's record of 50 consecutive tournaments.

Golf Glance

Golf Glance
Upcoming events and tournaments:

Irish stew is simple, hearty dish
St. Patrick's Day is a great excuse to explore the foods of Ireland.

Sex offender arrested in missing girl case
A man wanted in connection with the disappearance of a 9-year-old Florida girl was found this morning in Augusta by Richmond County sheriff's deputies.

Beauty queen found innocent of murder
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A beauty queen who shot and killed her two-timing boyfriend was found innocent of murder Wednesday.

Beauty queen found innocent of murder
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A beauty queen who shot and killed her two-timing boyfriend was found innocent of murder Wednesday.

Commissioners just don't get it

Animal rescue effort must continue
The recent situation in Martinez with the woman and the 92 cats had a remarkably happy ending because of the dedication of many people.Barbara Gleitsmann, Martinez

TV news piece left out blacks' role
On March 14, as I watched the television show Nightline, a feature story appeared on the 1st Cavalry Division returning from Iraq.Joseph Diggs Sr., Augusta

Pro-choice is not always anti-life
Regarding the Rev. Michael Lubinsky's March 14 letter ("God is present at the moment of conception"), I appreciate his strong stance on the issue of life. Cameron Bentley, Augusta

Animal rescue effort must continue

Red-light runners put lives at risk
As a recent transplant to this fine city, a new hire at Club Car, I am completely shocked to see at what rate the citizens of the CSRA run red lights. I think it will surprise your readers to know the statistics related to this very serious breach of public safety.Gary R. Johnson, Augusta

Commissioners just don't get it
Lately, I have been hearing about raising the salaries of Augusta commissioners and the mayor. Commissioner Andy Cheek once said sarcastically that he wants 50 cents per hour rather than 25 cents.Cecil Long, Hephzibah

Dog breeders must come to heel
The woman who last week was the most recent example of someone keeping dozens of animals in unsanitary conditions lives in our neighborhood, and we blame the American Kennel Club for the proliferation of reprehensible breeders who keep dogs in that same manner. Jeff and Jackie Roberts, Aiken, S.C.

Gay intolerance slithers into state
Those folks who came down from Kansas to Cleveland, Ga., recently to protest White County High School's proposed gay student support group should give deep thought to something a wise woman, novelist Ann Lamont, wrote ... Lewis Rich, Evans

Dog breeders must come to heel

Commissioners just don't get it
Lately, I have been hearing about raising the salaries of Augusta commissioners and the mayor. Commissioner Andy Cheek once said sarcastically that he wants 50 cents per hour rather than 25 cents.Cecil Long, Hephzibah

Gay intolerance slithers into state
Those folks who came down from Kansas to Cleveland, Ga., recently to protest White County High School's proposed gay student support group should give deep thought to something a wise woman, novelist Ann Lamont, wrote ... Lewis Rich, Evans

Gay intolerance slithers into state

Animal rescue effort must continue
The recent situation in Martinez with the woman and the 92 cats had a remarkably happy ending because of the dedication of many people.Barbara Gleitsmann, Martinez

Bush's budget spells disaster
Bush's 2006 budget is clear evidence of the disastrous effects his administration and the Republican-dominated government are having on us, the citizens of the United States.James Brooke, Aiken, S.C.

Dog breeders must come to heel
The woman who last week was the most recent example of someone keeping dozens of animals in unsanitary conditions lives in our neighborhood, and we blame the American Kennel Club for the proliferation of reprehensible breeders who keep dogs in that same manner. Jeff and Jackie Roberts, Aiken, S.C.

Organizers hope polo continues to attract interest

Triple Crown means big money rolling into county coffers

Whooping cough vaccine boosters recommended

Equine history races on with Triple Crown

Visitors can experience history with tour

Large doses of vitamin E can be harmful

PlayStation Portable is simply overpowering

Living briefs

Races provide a chance to strut your stuff

How much exercise is really needed?

Festivities abound when horse lovers gather

Organizers hope polo continues to attract interest
AIKEN - For the traditionalists, it didn't seem right at first. The third leg of the Triple Crown was reserved for harness racing.

Visitors can experience history with tour
AIKEN - The thundering of thoroughbred hooves on the soft sandy soil of the Aiken Training Track is a sign the equestrian tradition of the Winter Colony lives on.

Equine history races on with Triple Crown
It's often said that Aiken is synonymous with the equine industry, that horses are woven into the city's fabric.

Large doses of vitamin E can be harmful
CHICAGO - Large doses of vitamin E - widely touted as an elixir of youth - do not protect against heart attacks and cancer and might actually raise the risk of heart failure in people with diabetes or clogged arteries, a study found.

Equine history races on with Triple Crown
It's often said that Aiken is synonymous with the equine industry, that horses are woven into the city's fabric.

PlayStation Portable is simply overpowering
Handheld video game machines have finally grown up with the PlayStation Portable from Sony Corp.

Visitors can experience history with tour
AIKEN - The thundering of thoroughbred hooves on the soft sandy soil of the Aiken Training Track is a sign the equestrian tradition of the Winter Colony lives on.

Whooping cough vaccine boosters recommended
WASHINGTON - Hoping to halt the rising number of whooping cough cases in the United States, a federal advisory panel on Tuesday recommended approval of two new booster vaccines.

Organizers hope polo continues to attract interest
AIKEN - For the traditionalists, it didn't seem right at first. The third leg of the Triple Crown was reserved for harness racing.

How much exercise is really needed?
WASHINGTON - Sixty to 90 minutes of exercise? Every day? That's what the government now suggests.

Festivities abound when horse lovers gather
AIKEN -- As the president of Dogwood Stable, Cot Campbell threw a black-tie party last month to celebrate a successful year of horse racing.

Living briefs
The Aiken chapter of the American Cancer Society will hold its second annual Relay for Life Spring Fling from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday at the American Legion Post 232, 421 Radio Station Road in North Augusta. Tickets are $7 at the door; you must be 21 or older to attend. Proceeds benefit the Cancer Society.

Triple Crown means big money rolling into county coffers
When the dust settles from the Triple Crown, Aiken County expects to be at least $3 million richer, and that's a conservative calculation, county officials say.

Large doses of vitamin E can be harmful
CHICAGO - Large doses of vitamin E - widely touted as an elixir of youth - do not protect against heart attacks and cancer and might actually raise the risk of heart failure in people with diabetes or clogged arteries, a study found.

Races provide a chance to strut your stuff
AIKEN - Fashion is as big of a part of the Aiken Triple Crown as swift horses.

PlayStation Portable is simply overpowering
Handheld video game machines have finally grown up with the PlayStation Portable from Sony Corp.

Festivities abound when horse lovers gather
AIKEN -- As the president of Dogwood Stable, Cot Campbell threw a black-tie party last month to celebrate a successful year of horse racing.

Whooping cough vaccine boosters recommended
WASHINGTON - Hoping to halt the rising number of whooping cough cases in the United States, a federal advisory panel on Tuesday recommended approval of two new booster vaccines.

Triple Crown means big money rolling into county coffers
When the dust settles from the Triple Crown, Aiken County expects to be at least $3 million richer, and that's a conservative calculation, county officials say.

How much exercise is really needed?
WASHINGTON - Sixty to 90 minutes of exercise? Every day? That's what the government now suggests.

Races provide a chance to strut your stuff
AIKEN - Fashion is as big of a part of the Aiken Triple Crown as swift horses.

Living briefs
The Aiken chapter of the American Cancer Society will hold its second annual Relay for Life Spring Fling from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday at the American Legion Post 232, 421 Radio Station Road in North Augusta. Tickets are $7 at the door; you must be 21 or older to attend. Proceeds benefit the Cancer Society.

Augusta shuffles its lines yet again
Phil Cole was a little worried about the Augusta Lynx - more specifically his mates on the blue line - when he got the call up to the AHL's Albany River Rats on Friday.

Augusta shuffles its lines yet again

Lynx: Augusta fails to break record

Augusta shuffles its lines yet again
Phil Cole was a little worried about the Augusta Lynx - more specifically his mates on the blue line - when he got the call up to the AHL's Albany River Rats on Friday.

Lynx: Augusta fails to break record
Through the first two periods of Tuesday's game, Matus Kostur and Phil Osaer appeared to be stuck in some sort of instant replay purgatory.

Lynx: Augusta fails to break record
Through the first two periods of Tuesday's game, Matus Kostur and Phil Osaer appeared to be stuck in some sort of instant replay purgatory.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The former executive director of the Catawba Indian Nation has pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from the tribe.

Dental students will head to Brazil
Fourteen Medical College of Georgia dental students and their professor are traveling thousands of miles to create hundreds of smiles.

Banned doctors suing hospital
WAYCROSS, Ga. - Ten cardiologists banned from using Satilla Regional Medical Center equipment and facilities have sued the hospital for reinstatement and more than $5 million each in damages.

Rants and Raves
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Dance teacher worked hard to get pupils prepared for life
Renee Williams Toole held the purple scarf to her face.

Around the block
The St. Patrick's Day celebration will be held from noon to 10 p.m. today at the Augusta Common, in the 800 block between Broad and Reynolds streets downtown. There will be live entertainment, rides and games for children, arts, crafts and food vendors.

Effort hopes to make leaders out of students
A program for rising juniors in Richmond County schools will help develop the leaders of tomorrow using events such as a ropes course and criminal justice day.

Man, woman admit to crimes

Davidson student to make TV debut
For one John S. Davidson Fine Arts School freshman, it took a trip to Kenya to learn what you can live without and still be happy.

Man, woman admit to crimes
A man accused of torturing and killing an elderly Augusta woman last spring pleaded guilty Wednesday.

Dental students will head to Brazil
Fourteen Medical College of Georgia dental students and their professor are traveling thousands of miles to create hundreds of smiles.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The woman who made the call that led to the arrest of suspected courthouse gunman Brian Nichols has two-thirds of her promised reward coming to her, but the FBI is reticent regarding its portion of the money.

Pet of the week
Daisy, a 2-year-old female Dalmatian and terrier mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia. Adoptions are held at PETsMART in Aiken from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and at PETsMART in Augusta from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturdays.

News you can use
Ah, St. Patrick's Day. The day everyone claims kin with the Irish. Unfortunately, those who celebrate a wee bit too enthusiastically could wake up Friday as green as their St. Paddy's beer.

Playing heroes
Grey Williams portrays Tony Hawk at Episcopal Day School's annual third-grade presentation, Biography Book Talks, Whose Life Is It Anyway?

Irish or not, plan to celebrate
If you must pack an umbrella Thursday, make it green. The Irish-American Heritage Society and Irish wannabes will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Augusta from morning to night despite a 70 percent chance of rain.

Historic spots get new life
Carla McFeely has a simple rule of thumb for managing a historic building as a vintage and evocative rental space for weddings, proms and other special events.

Police say motorist hit, dragged woman
AIKEN - The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man who they say drove his car over a Windsor woman and dragged her 75 feet across a convenience store parking lot.

Things to do
GEORGIA GOLF HALL OF FAME'S BOTANICAL GARDENS SUPER SUNDAYS: Buy one, get one free; coupons available at the gardens and local hotels, restaurants

This week
Sandhills writers conference: Beginning 11 a.m. today , with Jim Grimsley's keynote address, 101 Galloway Hall, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; 4:45 p.m. today , 7:45 p.m. Friday , free readings, book-signings, discussions; 9 p.m. Friday , free open-mike readings; registration required, except for free readings; 737-1500

This week
Sandhills writers conference: Beginning 11 a.m. today , with Jim Grimsley's keynote address, 101 Galloway Hall, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; 4:45 p.m. today , 7:45 p.m. Friday , free readings, book-signings, discussions; 9 p.m. Friday , free open-mike readings; registration required, except for free readings; 737-1500

Schools hold parent meetings
It's been a tough year for the staff at Spirit Creek Middle School. Just ask teacher William C. West, who had a pupil pour hand sanitizer in his drink and another squirt him with the pink substance.

Effort hopes to make leaders out of students

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A Senate committee approved legislation Tuesday that would allow bars and restaurants to pour liquor from big bottles instead of minibottles.

Dance teacher worked hard to get pupils prepared for life

Student humors crowd with play
A sentry draped in a black cape planted her feet in front of a row of cardboard trees, jutted her chin out and announced the arrival of her king.

Kid of the Day

Judicial center's price tag grows
The Augusta Commission's update on the city's proposed new judicial center Tuesday included news that the price tag has grown to $80.1 million from $74.7 million a year ago because of higher concrete, steel and construction costs.

Across the river
Big Band dessert gala: 7-9:30 p.m. today ; The Fermata Club, 841 Whiskey Road, Aiken; with AAA Home-School Big Band and soloists, desserts, flavored coffees; semiformal dress; $10; 643-9111 or 644-5968

Chief appraiser taken off job
Richmond County Chief Tax Appraiser E.W. "Sonny" Reece has been placed on administrative leave pending a Friday board meeting during which he is expected to be offered a severance package or be fired.

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

Correction
Today's Applause section went to press before a change was made in the venue for today's Drive-By Truckers concert. Promoters moved the concert from the Jessye Norman Amphitheater to the Mission, 1157 Broad St., because of the forecast for inclement weather. Doors open at 4 p.m. For more information, call 722-1233.

Judicial center's price tag grows

Ugly-car-seat contest pushes safe rides for children
In an effort to get unsafe car seats off the streets, SAFE KIDS of East Central Georgia recently held an ugly-car-seat contest.

Banned doctors suing hospital

Police say motorist hit, dragged woman

Ceremony recognizes language students
More than 400 area high school students were honored Monday for their excellence in foreign languages.

BRAC nominees go to Senate

Across the area
The grandmother of a Sego Middle School pupil who was run over by a school bus has filed a lawsuit against the Richmond County school district and the bus driver.

News you can use
On Thursday we celebrate St. Patrick's Day , so why not amaze and astound your friends with your command of knowledge of all things Irish ?

Support group for moms puts recipes into book
In addition to caring for their children, stay-at-home moms usually know how to cook.

Cyclist hit
Columbia County Deputy David Sward carries a battered bicycle up the embankment after a cyclist was struck by a vehicle while riding on Hereford Farm Road near Canterbury Road.

On the record: Richmond County Superior Courts
Sentencing, indictments, paroles, marriage licenses and divorces.

Groups proclaim need for open government
ATLANTA - Plastic dinosaurs, snakes and turtles were among the quirky "awards" presented Tuesday by a coalition of government-access groups recognizing what they called champions and foes of official openness.

Milestones
The following area residents have graduated from their schools:

Historic spots get new life

Reunions
This listing runs as space is available. For information to be published, please include the date of the reunion:

On the record: Richmond County Superior Courts
Sentencing, indictments, paroles, marriage licenses and divorces.

Richmond County school lunch
Today: Breakfast burrito and salsa, applesauce or juice and milk *Chicken biscuit and hash browns

Effort hopes to make leaders out of students
A program for rising juniors in Richmond County schools will help develop the leaders of tomorrow using events such as a ropes course and criminal justice day.

National Science Center lands creativity award for video
A high-definition video spot earned the National Science Center a Department of Defense Creativity Award.

Pet of the week
Daisy, a 2-year-old female Dalmatian and terrier mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia. Adoptions are held at PETsMART in Aiken from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and at PETsMART in Augusta from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturdays.

Around the block
The St. Patrick's Day celebration will be held from noon to 10 p.m. today at the Augusta Common, in the 800 block between Broad and Reynolds streets downtown. There will be live entertainment, rides and games for children, arts, crafts and food vendors.

Cyclist hit

Irish or not, plan to celebrate

Emergency hours may shrink
Augusta's Veterans Affairs medical center is considering shortening the hours of its emergency facilities, officials said Wednesday.

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

Hospital cuts off ties with insurer
St. Joseph Hospital is facing layoffs after severing ties with its largest managed-care contractor because the hospital said the agreement was costing it $4 million a year.

Military recruitment in schools questioned
Parent Denice Traina thinks military recruiters shouldn't be allowed to pursue students in public schools or get long lists of contact information to help woo youngsters into the service.

Emergency hours may shrink
Augusta's Veterans Affairs medical center is considering shortening the hours of its emergency facilities, officials said Wednesday.

Burning ban will be stricter
Georgia's Environmental Protection Division is trying to ward off potential violations of the seasonal outdoor burning ban that takes effect in May in Richmond and Columbia counties.

Across the area
The grandmother of a Sego Middle School pupil who was run over by a school bus has filed a lawsuit against the Richmond County school district and the bus driver.

Leads surface in 2001 slaying
Investigators have a "substantial lead" in the 3-year-old unsolved slaying of Daniel "Mack" Smith Jr., thanks to calls from tipsters to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, according to a department spokesman.

Commission splits public works department
Augusta Commission members voted Tuesday to divide the city's public works department into three divisions - solid waste, maintenance and engineering - under directors who will report to a deputy administrator.

Aiken man is killed in wreck

Students see no end in landfill showdown
The battle between an Atlanta landfill developer and residents in Georgia's least populous county is a classic case of David vs. Goliath, according to an analysis by Augusta State University students.

Kid of the Day

School board will get internet access
Richmond County school trustees have voted to buy high-speed Internet access for their homes after a new board member said it would help them respond to e-mails faster and eliminate the bulky paperwork of public meetings.

Across the area

Kid of the Day
Taylor Winfrey is today's Kid of the Day.

Across Georgia

Ceremony recognizes language students
More than 400 area high school students were honored Monday for their excellence in foreign languages.

Family's forests are harvested by someone else

Sex offender arrested in missing girl case
A man wanted in connection with the disappearance of a 9-year-old Florida girl was found this morning in Augusta by Richmond County sheriff's deputies.

622 volunteer to quit at SRS

National Science Center lands creativity award for video
A high-definition video spot earned the National Science Center a Department of Defense Creativity Award.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Reunions
This listing runs as space is available. For information to be published, please include the date of the reunion:

Hospital cuts off ties with insurer
St. Joseph Hospital is facing layoffs after severing ties with its largest managed-care contractor because the hospital said the agreement was costing it $4 million a year.

Senate halts map vote after mistake is found

Across the area
The daughter of Oliver North was arrested in Aiken on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, a police report shows.

Groups proclaim need for open government

Judicial center's price tag grows
The Augusta Commission's update on the city's proposed new judicial center Tuesday included news that the price tag has grown to $80.1 million from $74.7 million a year ago because of higher concrete, steel and construction costs.

Committee alters smoking ban measure

Senate halts map vote after mistake is found
ATLANTA - Senate Repub-licans pulled a new congressional redistricting map from the upper chamber moments before a debate was scheduled to begin because of human error, the chairman of the chamber's map-drawing panel said late Tuesday.

Leads surface in 2001 slaying

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Commission splits public works department

BRAC nominees go to Senate
President Bush formally passed along recommendations Tuesday for the commission that will help decide whether Fort Gordon and other U.S. military bases are closed.

Military recruitment in schools questioned
Parent Denice Traina thinks military recruiters shouldn't be allowed to pursue students in public schools or get long lists of contact information to help woo youngsters into the service.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Kid of the Day
Mia Dominquez Ragland is today's Kid of the Day.

Senate halts map vote after mistake is found
ATLANTA - Senate Repub-licans pulled a new congressional redistricting map from the upper chamber moments before a debate was scheduled to begin because of human error, the chairman of the chamber's map-drawing panel said late Tuesday.

BRAC nominees go to Senate
President Bush formally passed along recommendations Tuesday for the commission that will help decide whether Fort Gordon and other U.S. military bases are closed.

Pet of the week

Committee alters smoking ban measure
ATLANTA - A Senate-passed bill that would impose a statewide smoking ban in all enclosed workplaces and public buildings cleared a House committee Tuesday.

Aiken man is killed in wreck
An Aiken man died Tuesday afternoon after his 18-wheel logging truck rear-ended a welding supply truck on Doug Barnard Parkway, about three miles from Augusta Regional Airport.

622 volunteer to quit at SRS
Savannah River Site managers have approved all 622 applications to a voluntary severance program, an unexpectedly high number that will significantly reduce the number of employees cut in a first round of layoffs in mid-April, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Across South Carolina

Sex offender arrested in missing girl case

News you can use
On Thursday we celebrate St. Patrick's Day , so why not amaze and astound your friends with your command of knowledge of all things Irish ?

Across Georgia
MARIETTA - The machinists union on strike for a week at a Lockheed Martin plant will return to work after approving a new contract Tuesday.

Across Georgia

Commission splits public works department
Augusta Commission members voted Tuesday to divide the city's public works department into three divisions - solid waste, maintenance and engineering - under directors who will report to a deputy administrator.

Playing heroes

Leads surface in 2001 slaying
Investigators have a "substantial lead" in the 3-year-old unsolved slaying of Daniel "Mack" Smith Jr., thanks to calls from tipsters to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, according to a department spokesman.

Dental students will head to Brazil

Family's forests are harvested by someone else
AIKEN -- Wesley Bryant and his cousin had plans for their 100 acres of forested land on Wire Road, and they didn't include chopping down all the trees.

County government looks to expansion

Aiken man is killed in wreck
An Aiken man died Tuesday afternoon after his 18-wheel logging truck rear-ended a welding supply truck on Doug Barnard Parkway, about three miles from Augusta Regional Airport.

Ceremony recognizes language students

Irish or not, plan to celebrate
If you must pack an umbrella Thursday, make it green. The Irish-American Heritage Society and Irish wannabes will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Augusta from morning to night despite a 70 percent chance of rain.

Jurors quickly decide to acquit in homicide

Restaurant ratings

Davidson student to make TV debut

News you can use

Across the river

Columbia County penny tax is passed
Columbia County voters renewed the penny school tax Tuesday night. The 1-cent sales tax will be the seed money for a $30 million bond that will build schools around the county.

This week

Emergency hours may shrink

On the record: Richmond County Superior Courts

News you can use

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Reunions

New water meters pay off for Aiken

Playing heroes

Around the block

Things to do
GEORGIA GOLF HALL OF FAME'S BOTANICAL GARDENSSUPER SUNDAYS: Buy one, get one free; coupons available at the gardens and local hotels, restaurants

School board will get internet access

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Things to do

Dance teacher worked hard to get pupils prepared for life
Renee Williams Toole held the purple scarf to her face.

Police say motorist hit, dragged woman
AIKEN - The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man who they say drove his car over a Windsor woman and dragged her 75 feet across a convenience store parking lot.

Davidson student to make TV debut
For one John S. Davidson Fine Arts School freshman, it took a trip to Kenya to learn what you can live without and still be happy.

Hospital cuts off ties with insurer

Playing heroes
Grey Williams portrays Tony Hawk at Episcopal Day School's annual third-grade presentation, Biography Book Talks, Whose Life Is It Anyway?

New water meters pay off for Aiken
AIKEN - New water meters with global-positioning technology installed last year have pumped an estimated $500,000 of extra revenue into city coffers and will hold water rates steady for 18,000 residents next year.

Mayor calls for canal protection
The Augusta Canal's long-neglected third level is becoming a development opportunity that deserves protection, according to Mayor Bob Young, who wants to create a task force to guide land-use activities in that area.

Student humors crowd with play
A sentry draped in a black cape planted her feet in front of a row of cardboard trees, jutted her chin out and announced the arrival of her king.

Jurors quickly decide to acquit in homicide
An Augusta man jailed for nearly two years awaiting trial on murder charges was acquitted Wednesday.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The woman who made the call that led to the arrest of suspected courthouse gunman Brian Nichols has two-thirds of her promised reward coming to her, but the FBI is reticent regarding its portion of the money.

Historic spots get new life
Carla McFeely has a simple rule of thumb for managing a historic building as a vintage and evocative rental space for weddings, proms and other special events.

Bill will increase officials' salaries
ATLANTA - A bill to increase base salaries for several elected officials in Augusta hits the House floor today.

Military recruitment in schools questioned

School board will get internet access
Richmond County school trustees have voted to buy high-speed Internet access for their homes after a new board member said it would help them respond to e-mails faster and eliminate the bulky paperwork of public meetings.

622 volunteer to quit at SRS
Savannah River Site managers have approved all 622 applications to a voluntary severance program, an unexpectedly high number that will significantly reduce the number of employees cut in a first round of layoffs in mid-April, a spokesman said Tuesday.

County government looks to expansion
Columbia County government officials are looking to increase their presence in Evans.

Audit finds problems at detention center
AIKEN - A scathing report on the Aiken County Detention Center found a myriad of problems while the facility was under John Rowley's management.

Across the area
The grandmother of a Sego Middle School pupil who was run over by a school bus has filed a lawsuit against the Richmond County school district and the bus driver.

Committee alters smoking ban measure
ATLANTA - A Senate-passed bill that would impose a statewide smoking ban in all enclosed workplaces and public buildings cleared a House committee Tuesday.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The former executive director of the Catawba Indian Nation has pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from the tribe.

Cyclist hit
Columbia County Deputy David Sward carries a battered bicycle up the embankment after a cyclist was struck by a vehicle while riding on Hereford Farm Road near Canterbury Road.

Kid of the Day
Taylor Winfrey is today's Kid of the Day.

Chief appraiser taken off job
Richmond County Chief Tax Appraiser E.W. "Sonny" Reece has been placed on administrative leave pending a Friday board meeting during which he is expected to be offered a severance package or be fired.

Across Georgia
MARIETTA - The machinists union on strike for a week at a Lockheed Martin plant will return to work after approving a new contract Tuesday.

Playing heroes
Grey Williams portrays Tony Hawk at Episcopal Day School's annual third-grade presentation, Biography Book Talks, Whose Life Is It Anyway?

Across the area
The daughter of Oliver North was arrested in Aiken on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, a police report shows.

Mayor calls for canal protection

Student humors crowd with play

Bill will increase officials' salaries

I-520 gets funding to finish early
AIKEN - Work on the second phase of the Palmetto Parkway could begin as early as this year, stretching the freeway from North Augusta to Interstate 20 three years earlier than anticipated, transportation officials said Tuesday.

Mayor calls for canal protection
The Augusta Canal's long-neglected third level is becoming a development opportunity that deserves protection, according to Mayor Bob Young, who wants to create a task force to guide land-use activities in that area.

Groups proclaim need for open government
ATLANTA - Plastic dinosaurs, snakes and turtles were among the quirky "awards" presented Tuesday by a coalition of government-access groups recognizing what they called champions and foes of official openness.

New water meters pay off for Aiken
AIKEN - New water meters with global-positioning technology installed last year have pumped an estimated $500,000 of extra revenue into city coffers and will hold water rates steady for 18,000 residents next year.

Banned doctors suing hospital
WAYCROSS, Ga. - Ten cardiologists banned from using Satilla Regional Medical Center equipment and facilities have sued the hospital for reinstatement and more than $5 million each in damages.

County government looks to expansion
Columbia County government officials are looking to increase their presence in Evans.

Kid of the Day
Mia Dominquez Ragland is today's Kid of the Day.

Bill will increase officials' salaries
ATLANTA - A bill to increase base salaries for several elected officials in Augusta hits the House floor today.

Correction
Today's Applause section went to press before a change was made in the venue for today's Drive-By Truckers concert. Promoters moved the concert from the Jessye Norman Amphitheater to the Mission, 1157 Broad St., because of the forecast for inclement weather. Doors open at 4 p.m. For more information, call 722-1233.

Timber is stolen off property
AIKEN - Wesley Bryant and his cousin had plans for their 100 acres of forested land on Wire Road, and they didn't include chopping down all the trees.

News you can use
Ah, St. Patrick's Day. The day everyone claims kin with the Irish. Unfortunately, those who celebrate a wee bit too enthusiastically could wake up Friday as green as their St. Paddy's beer.

Schools hold parent meetings
It's been a tough year for the staff at Spirit Creek Middle School. Just ask teacher William C. West, who had a pupil pour hand sanitizer in his drink and another squirt him with the pink substance.

Chief appraiser taken off job

Jurors quickly decide to acquit in homicide
An Augusta man jailed for nearly two years awaiting trial on murder charges was acquitted Wednesday.

National Science Center lands creativity award for video

Man, woman admit to crimes
A man accused of torturing and killing an elderly Augusta woman last spring pleaded guilty Wednesday.

Schools hold parent meetings

Medicaid cuts won't be as severe at MCG
Cuts in Georgia's Medicaid program don't appear to be as severe as feared, although Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics is still facing about $8 million less next fiscal year, an official said Wednesday.

Across the area

Elite players being shown the money just to show up
ORLANDO, Fla. - Was it Captain Louis Renault, baseball Commissioner Bud Selig or PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem who feigned the greatest indignation when confronted by the blatant truth?

Elite players being shown the money just to show up
ORLANDO, Fla. - Was it Captain Louis Renault, baseball Commissioner Bud Selig or PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem who feigned the greatest indignation when confronted by the blatant truth?

At the Movies: 'Ice Princess'

At the Movies: 'Ice Princess'
"I bet there's an exact aerodynamic formula," theorizes Michelle Trachtenberg's science-geek character in "Ice Princess" as she ponders a physics experiment about the dynamics of figure skating.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

Family flicks outperform R-rated titles in 2004

At the Movies: 'The Ring Two'
"The Ring Two" has a B-movie premise with grade-A production values, making it tenser, moodier, scarier, and all-around better than you'd expect from a sequel - especially the sequel to a horror movie, one that didn't exactly get universally ringing endorsements the first time around (especially not from this typist).

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

Mini reviews

At the Movies: 'Ice Princess'
"I bet there's an exact aerodynamic formula," theorizes Michelle Trachtenberg's science-geek character in "Ice Princess" as she ponders a physics experiment about the dynamics of figure skating.

At the Movies: 'The Ring Two'

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

Family flicks outperform R-rated titles in 2004
LAS VEGAS - Family crowds spoke louder than fans of racy stories or shoot-'em-up action flicks last year at movie theaters, with PG-rated films hauling in more money than R-rated ones for the first time in 20 years.

At the Movies: 'Ice Princess'
"I bet there's an exact aerodynamic formula," theorizes Michelle Trachtenberg's science-geek character in "Ice Princess" as she ponders a physics experiment about the dynamics of figure skating.

Family flicks outperform R-rated titles in 2004
LAS VEGAS - Family crowds spoke louder than fans of racy stories or shoot-'em-up action flicks last year at movie theaters, with PG-rated films hauling in more money than R-rated ones for the first time in 20 years.

Bands fight to eight, but who still rocks?
Lost love. Has any topic fueled more rock 'n' roll songs?

Ditching the label of Southern rock

Sonic Spotlight - Natalie Sheppard

Hot ticket
Maroon 5WHEN: 7:30 p.m. MondayWHERE: The Arena at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, Ga., off Interstate 85 northeast of Atlanta

Sonic Spotlight - Natalie Sheppard
Natalie Sheppard AGE: 19 DAY JOB: Server, West Lake Country Club

Sonic Spotlight - Natalie Sheppard
Natalie Sheppard AGE: 19DAY JOB: Server, West Lake Country Club

Bands fight to eight, but who still rocks?
Lost love. Has any topic fueled more rock 'n' roll songs?

Ditching the label of Southern rock
In the 10 months since Athens, Ga., act Drive-By Truckers last visited Augusta, the band has embraced both its past and its future and attempted to shrug off the mantle of Southern rock revivalists.

Hot ticket

Bands fight to eight, but who still rocks?

Ditching the label of Southern rock
In the 10 months since Athens, Ga., act Drive-By Truckers last visited Augusta, the band has embraced both its past and its future and attempted to shrug off the mantle of Southern rock revivalists.

Hot ticket
Maroon 5 WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Monday WHERE: The Arena at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, Ga., off Interstate 85 northeast of Atlanta

Ireland has spawned influential musicians
Ireland is a country obsessed with song. Be it an inebriated singalong at a neighborhood pub or the sanctified sound of sacred music in a country church, the Irish always have believed the best and most beautiful way to express emotion is through music.

Sutton beating odds in racing, disease

NASCAR: Johnson loses points lead

Racing newsmaker: Jimmie Johnson

NASCAR: Johnson loses points lead
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Jimmie Johnson lost the Nextel Cup points lead and his crew chief was suspended Tuesday when NASCAR handed out several penalties for violations at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

NASCAR conquers weekend ratings
HAMPTON, Ga. - Although last Sunday's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway went against several college basketball conference championship games, it still was the most-watched sports show on television.

NASCAR: Johnson loses points lead
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Jimmie Johnson lost the Nextel Cup points lead and his crew chief was suspended Tuesday when NASCAR handed out several penalties for violations at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

NASCAR conquers weekend ratings

NASCAR conquers weekend ratings
HAMPTON, Ga. - Although last Sunday's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway went against several college basketball conference championship games, it still was the most-watched sports show on television.

Sutton beating odds in racing, disease
HAMPTON, Ga. - Kelly Sutton is reminded daily of the things that are supposed to be impossible.

Racing newsmaker: Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie Johnson has won five of the last nine races and finished second twice on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series circuit dating back to last season, and his victory Sunday at Las Vegas solidified his position as one of the favorites to win the series championship.

Sutton beating odds in racing, disease
HAMPTON, Ga. - Kelly Sutton is reminded daily of the things that are supposed to be impossible.

Racing newsmaker: Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie Johnson has won five of the last nine races and finished second twice on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series circuit dating back to last season, and his victory Sunday at Las Vegas solidified his position as one of the favorites to win the series championship.

East Carolina hires Stokes as new coach
Before Ricky Stokes ever played on a pair of Final Four teams for Virginia, coach Terry Holland told him he was too small to play point guard in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Pacers ready to reload
In the midst of his team's 29-point beating by one of the nation's best teams, Mike Brandt figured it out.

Colonials' revival earns date with Tech
Karl Haas stared at the newspaper in disbelief. A story about his team, the George Washington Colonials, dominated the front of Sunday's Washington Post sports section.

Pacers ready to reload
In the midst of his team's 29-point beating by one of the nation's best teams, Mike Brandt figured it out.

Redick stands on top of ACC list
DURHAM, N.C. - J.J. Redick rarely turns down a shot, and this was no exception. In the final minute of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament final, the Duke guard found himself open from about 25 feet - well within his range.

East Carolina hires Stokes as new coach
Before Ricky Stokes ever played on a pair of Final Four teams for Virginia, coach Terry Holland told him he was too small to play point guard in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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Mrs. Floy Ann Miciotto    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Hailey Nichole Sheffield    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie M. Woods    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Charlotte Tooks    (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Edward L. Quattlebaum    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Louie Perry    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Margurite Wallace    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Georgia B. Morris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Savannah M. Rogers    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Georgia B. Morris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Edwin Mertins, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Coxwell    (WRENS, Ga.)

Miss Annie Mae Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian K. Edenfield    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Eugene Jones    (SALUDA, S.C.)

Alexis Bradley    (WINDSOR, S.C.)
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Mrs. Betty Jean Lurk    (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

Mr. Henry Courtney Sloan    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Hattie Hutto    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Ogle Hinton    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ogle Hinton    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. William Beard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lois Hatcher    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Clifton Stokes    (INMAN, S.C.)
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Mr. William Dianich    (WOODVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Judith Beckworth    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Henry Courtney Sloan    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Christine Baker    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mildred C. Brock    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Katherine Anderson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Jimmy Williams    (LINCOLN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Edith Arthur    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Lillian K. Edenfield    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Mr. Orie L. Williams    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Tommie Williams, Sr.    (WARD, S.C.)
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Ms. Margurite Wallace    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Wayne Waller    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
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Mr. Gary Scott    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Groyt Warren Sammons    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Joan B. Rachels    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Vera Taylor    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Georgia B. Morris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Taylor, Jr.    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
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Ms. Dorothy Jordan    (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Solt Sanders    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Ms. Charlotte Tooks    (WADLEY, Ga.)
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Mrs. Louise Smith Hales    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. George C. Schultz, Sr.    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Hailey Nichole Sheffield    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Joan B. Rachels    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Janie Roberson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Spencer M. Porcher    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Joan B. Rachels    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Ms. Diane Lucas Lowe    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Edward L. Quattlebaum    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Dorothy Jordan    (WADLEY, Ga.)
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Mr. Charles A. DeBeaugrine    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Ms. Gerldine Hausman    (MARIETTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Grady Cunningham, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Donnie Harris Cook    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Charles Wayne Waller    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
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Mr. Louie Perry    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Annie Jones    (APPLING, Ga.)
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Mr. H. Paul Dantin    (BRISTOL, TN.)
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Mrs. Lillian K. Edenfield    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Mrs. Georgia B. Morris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Grady Cunningham, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Harry Maloyd, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Henry Courtney Sloan    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Edwin Mertins, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Burlese M. Beck    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Miss Annie Mae Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James L. "Jaime" Best    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Eugene Jones    (SALUDA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Betty Solt Sanders    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. William Beard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Judith Beckworth (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tommie Williams, Sr. (WARD, S.C.)

Mr. Groyt Warren Sammons (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian K. Edenfield (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Katherine Anderson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Burlese M. Beck (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edward L. Quattlebaum (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie M. Woods (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Annie Mae Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Coxwell (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Charles A. DeBeaugrine (EVANS, Ga.)

Ms. Charlotte Tooks (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Jean Lurk (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

Ms. Savannah M. Rogers (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. William Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Edith Arthur (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Vera Taylor (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Gary Scott (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. William Dianich (WOODVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Alexis Bradley (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mrs. Georgia B. Morris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Jones (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Louie Perry (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty Solt Sanders (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Wayne Waller (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. Edwin Mertins, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Hatcher (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Taylor, Jr. (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Ogle Hinton (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Floy Ann Miciotto (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Georgia B. Morris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Orie L. Williams (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Joan B. Rachels (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Jimmy Williams (LINCOLN, Ga.)

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

Ms. Gerldine Hausman (MARIETTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Smith Hales (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Margurite Wallace (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Eugene Jones (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mrs. Joan B. Rachels (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred C. Brock (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Hailey Nichole Sheffield (MILLEN, Ga.)

Ms. Diane Lucas Lowe (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Hutto (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Ms. Dorothy Jordan (WADLEY, Ga.)

Area announcements

Greenbrier girls conquer interstate rival

Indiana honors 'humble' Hoosier

Overtime

Overtime

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

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Tuesday's high school results:

Overtime
The Greater Augusta Sports Council has announced the official Dodge Tour de Georgia Stage One race route.

Overtime
In Columbia, redshirt freshman David Smith has been suspended from the South Carolina football team after being arrested on several charges in connection with a break-in at his former girlfriend's house, university officials said Wednesday.

Indiana honors 'humble' Hoosier
Aiken resident Jim Henry once outscored NBA legend Oscar Robertson in a basketball game.

Indiana honors 'humble' Hoosier
Aiken resident Jim Henry once outscored NBA legend Oscar Robertson in a basketball game.

Overtime
In Columbia, redshirt freshman David Smith has been suspended from the South Carolina football team after being arrested on several charges in connection with a break-in at his former girlfriend's house, university officials said Wednesday.

Greenbrier girls conquer interstate rival
Tuesday's soccer match at the Brierpatch was much more than just a game between South Aiken and Greenbrier.

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

Greenbrier girls conquer interstate rival
Tuesday's soccer match at the Brierpatch was much more than just a game between South Aiken and Greenbrier.

Overtime
The Greater Augusta Sports Council has announced the official Dodge Tour de Georgia Stage One race route.

Prep scores
Tuesday's high school results:

Tough guy LeDoux was a true star

Cardinal: 'Don't read and don't buy 'Da Vinci Code'
VATICAN CITY - If you're not among the millions who have already read "The Da Vinci Code," an Italian cardinal has a plea for you: Don't read it and don't buy it.

Tough guy LeDoux was a true star
At the 1993 International Country Music Fan Fair in Nashville, I was interviewing rodeo and country music star Chris LeDoux in the media building at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds when a strange thing happened just above us on a mezzanine level.

Tough guy LeDoux was a true star
At the 1993 International Country Music Fan Fair in Nashville, I was interviewing rodeo and country music star Chris LeDoux in the media building at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds when a strange thing happened just above us on a mezzanine level.

Elite players being shown the money just to show up

Some athletes find fame on screen

Slow starts for a number of new TV shows
NEW YORK - Not every new television series is a championship contender.

Slow starts for a number of new TV shows
NEW YORK - Not every new television series is a championship contender.

Slow starts for a number of new TV shows

It's a good day to be Irish

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People in the News

Comedian brings laughs from radio show to stage

Michael Jackson's accuser winds up testimony

'Gran Turismo 4' is example of elegant driving simulation

The top five list

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People in the News

Comedian brings laughs from radio show to stage

Applause calendar

Dooley resolution dead for now

Dooley resolution dead for now
ATLANTA - A resolution to rename the University of Georgia's football stadium to honor former coach Vince Dooley died Tuesday in the House.

Dooley resolution dead for now
ATLANTA - A resolution to rename the University of Georgia's football stadium to honor former coach Vince Dooley died Tuesday in the House.

Some athletes find fame on screen
On paper, the leap from athletic excellence to cinema stardom might not seem that far. After all, professional athletes are paid to perform, and, if we're being completely honest, movie stars don't need to be particularly talented to be famous.

Some athletes find fame on screen
On paper, the leap from athletic excellence to cinema stardom might not seem that far. After all, professional athletes are paid to perform, and, if we're being completely honest, movie stars don't need to be particularly talented to be famous.

Gamecocks top Hurricanes
COLUMBIA - South Carolina coach Dave Odom used a bit of restraint in the final seconds, letting Josh Gonner drive the basket instead of calling a timeout.

Gamecock football player arrested

Gamecock football player arrested
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Redshirt freshman David Smith was suspended from the South Carolina football team after being arrested in connection with a break-in at his former girlfriend's home, school and police officials said Wednesday.

Gamecock football player arrested
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Redshirt freshman David Smith was suspended from the South Carolina football team after being arrested in connection with a break-in at his former girlfriend's home, school and police officials said Wednesday.

USC Aiken ready to reload
In the midst of his team's 29-point beating by one of the nation's best teams, Mike Brandt figured it out.

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends