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.

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.

Players ho-hum about steroid hearings

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steroids in baseball, and the top Democrat on the committee said it's possible other players also could have subpoenas withdrawn.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
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

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.

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
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steroids in baseball, and the top Democrat on the committee said it's possible other players also could have subpoenas withdrawn.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Oil prices jump to new high above $56 a barrel

Power plants ordered to cut mercury pollution

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.

Students hear how to avoid lapses abroad

Trade deficit hits record of $665.9 billion in 2004

Survey: a third of Americans are overworked

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Retail sales rise 0.5 percent in February

Dedication can help businesses last

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.

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

Greenspan urges fixing Social Security quickly

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Former WorldCom chief convicted on all counts

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pacers ready to reload

East Carolina hires Stokes as new coach

Will France hang tough?

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.

Pass voter ID bill

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.

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.

The stain on the game

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.

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.

The top five list
The top five list in entertainment

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:

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

The top five list
The top five list in entertainment

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Coconut almond cake is a rich treat

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

Small bites

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."

Quick and east turkey and snow-pea stir-fry

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

Low-fat beef tenderloin steaks that taste good

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.

Artichokes can be a special side dish for Easter

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.

Lamb chops and the magic of marinade

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

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.

State dinner shows off ultra-refined cuisine

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.

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
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?

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

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

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?
TOWN AND COUNTRY ADDRESS: 340 Edgefield Road, North Augusta

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?

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.

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.

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.

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

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: Friends, family raised a star

Drills continue without Gailey

Tech gets swagger for NCAA tournament

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.

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.

Get into my car: wins equal wheels

Golf Glance
Upcoming events and tournaments:

Golf: Harrington happy with victory

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: Tiger says he won't play forever

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 Glance

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.

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 Glance
Upcoming events and tournaments:

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.

Sorenstam, Wie headline Arizona field

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Commissioners just don't get it

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

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.

Dog breeders must come to heel

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

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

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

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

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.

Animal rescue effort must continue

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

Gay intolerance slithers into state

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.

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

PlayStation Portable is simply overpowering

Organizers hope polo continues to attract interest

Living briefs

Festivities abound when horse lovers gather

Large doses of vitamin E can be harmful

Races provide a chance to strut your stuff

Whooping cough vaccine boosters recommended

Equine history races on with Triple Crown

How much exercise is really needed?

Visitors can experience history with tour

Triple Crown means big money rolling into county coffers

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Lynx: Augusta fails to break record

Augusta shuffles its lines yet again

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.

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):

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.

Schools hold parent meetings

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Kid of the Day

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.

Military recruitment in schools questioned

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Dance teacher worked hard to get pupils prepared for life

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

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.

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.

Judicial center's price tag grows

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.

Groups proclaim need for open government

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 ?

News you can use

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.

On the record: Richmond County Superior Courts

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.

New water meters pay off for Aiken

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.

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Effort hopes to make leaders out of students

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Emergency hours may shrink

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Kid of the Day

Irish or not, plan to celebrate

News you can use

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.

Historic spots get new life

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

Reunions

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.

Sex offender arrested in missing girl case

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

Man, woman admit to crimes

Committee alters smoking ban measure

Student humors crowd with play

Across the area

Across Georgia

Aiken man is killed in wreck

Playing heroes

Police say motorist hit, dragged woman

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.

Cyclist hit

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.

Hospital cuts off ties with insurer

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.

National Science Center lands creativity award for video

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.

Correction

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 ?

Chief appraiser taken off job

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

Dental students will head to Brazil

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.

Mayor calls for canal protection

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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 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.

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

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

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

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

Milestones
The following area residents have graduated from their schools:

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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):

Around the block

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

Senate halts map vote after mistake is found

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

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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

Commission splits public works department

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Banned doctors suing hospital

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.

622 volunteer to quit at SRS

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.

County government looks to expansion

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

School board will get internet access

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.

Things to do

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

Ceremony recognizes language students

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.

Jurors quickly decide to acquit in homicide

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

Across the area

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.

Restaurant ratings

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.

Davidson student to make TV debut

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.

Bill will increase officials' salaries

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

Across the river

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.

Pet of the week

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

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

This week

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.

Family's forests are harvested by someone else

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

Across Georgia

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

Leads surface in 2001 slaying

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.

BRAC nominees go to Senate

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

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'
"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: '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.

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).

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

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:

At the Movies: 'The Ring Two'

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

Family flicks outperform R-rated titles in 2004

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'

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

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

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.

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.

Ditching the label of Southern rock

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

Hot ticket

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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: Johnson loses points lead

Racing newsmaker: Jimmie Johnson

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Ms. Gerldine Hausman    (MARIETTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Georgia B. Morris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Annie Jones    (APPLING, Ga.)
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Mr. Eugene Jones    (SALUDA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Floy Ann Miciotto    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Hatcher    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Katherine Anderson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred C. Brock    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Tommie Williams, Sr.    (WARD, S.C.)

Mrs. Floy Ann Miciotto    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mr. Charles Wayne Waller    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

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

Mr. Groyt Warren Sammons    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Wayne Waller    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
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Mrs. Vera Taylor    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Henry Courtney Sloan    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. David Taylor, Jr.    (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Jimmy Williams    (LINCOLN, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Solt Sanders    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian K. Edenfield    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Mrs. Louise Smith Hales    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Hailey Nichole Sheffield    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Ms. Gerldine Hausman    (MARIETTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Helen Coxwell    (WRENS, Ga.)

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

Mr. H. Paul Dantin    (BRISTOL, TN.)
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Mr. Louie Perry    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Harry Maloyd, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Georgia B. Morris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Annie Mae Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Joan B. Rachels    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Solt Sanders    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Edwin Mertins, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ogle Hinton    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Miss Annie Mae Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Beard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Eugene Jones    (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mr. Bobby Clifton Stokes    (INMAN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Betty Jean Lurk    (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

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

Mrs. Hattie Hutto    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Christine Baker    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ogle Hinton    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Katherine Anderson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lois Hatcher    (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. William Dianich    (WOODVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Lillian K. Edenfield    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mildred C. Brock    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Grady Cunningham, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Henry Courtney Sloan    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Edith Arthur    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. William Beard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Burlese M. Beck    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Tommie Williams, Sr.    (WARD, S.C.)
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Mr. Grady Cunningham, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Wayne Waller    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
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Ms. Margurite Wallace    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Charlotte Tooks    (WADLEY, Ga.)
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Mr. Charles Wayne Waller    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
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Ms. Margurite Wallace    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Jimmy Williams    (LINCOLN, Ga.)
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Ms. Savannah M. Rogers    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Alexis Bradley    (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mr. Groyt Warren Sammons    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Gary Scott    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Vera Taylor    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Joan B. Rachels    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. David Taylor, Jr.    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Spencer M. Porcher    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty Solt Sanders    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Ms. Diane Lucas Lowe    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Smith Hales    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Annie Jones    (APPLING, Ga.)

Hailey Nichole Sheffield    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Donnie Harris Cook    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Janie Roberson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Charles A. DeBeaugrine    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Joan B. Rachels    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Orie L. Williams    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Edward L. Quattlebaum    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Judith Beckworth    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Judith Beckworth    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. David Taylor, Jr. (TENNILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Floy Ann Miciotto (EVANS, Ga.)

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

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

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

Alexis Bradley (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mrs. Louise Smith Hales (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Miss Annie Mae Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. William Dianich (WOODVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Judith Beckworth (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Groyt Warren Sammons (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Dorothy Jordan (WADLEY, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. William Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Betty Solt Sanders (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mr. Jimmy Williams (LINCOLN, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Jones (APPLING, Ga.)

Ms. Gerldine Hausman (MARIETTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Margurite Wallace (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Hatcher (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Katherine Anderson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Hailey Nichole Sheffield (MILLEN, Ga.)

Ms. Diane Lucas Lowe (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ogle Hinton (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Helen Coxwell (WRENS, Ga.)

Ms. Charlotte Tooks (WADLEY, Ga.)

Area announcements

Greenbrier girls conquer interstate rival

Overtime

Prep scores

Indiana honors 'humble' Hoosier

Overtime

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.

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.

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

Prep scores
Tuesday's high school results:

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

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.

Prep scores
Tuesday's high school results:

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.

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

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

Club calendar

'Gran Turismo 4' is example of elegant driving simulation

Comedian brings laughs from radio show to stage

People in the News

People in the News

Galleries

Comedian brings laughs from radio show to stage

The top five list

It's a good day to be Irish

Applause calendar

Michael Jackson's accuser winds up testimony

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.

Dooley resolution dead for now

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.

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.

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.

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.

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends