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.

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.

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.

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.

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steroids in baseball, and the top Democrat on the committee said it's possible other players also could have subpoenas withdrawn.

Players ho-hum about steroid hearings

Giambi excused from testifying at hearing

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steroids in baseball, and the top Democrat on the committee said it's possible other players also could have subpoenas withdrawn.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

Greenspan urges fixing Social Security quickly

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.

Power plants ordered to cut mercury pollution

Report: Sears seeking buyer for Lands' End

Survey: a third of Americans are overworked

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.

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.

Students hear how to avoid lapses abroad

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

Former WorldCom chief convicted on all counts

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.

Retail sales rise 0.5 percent in February

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.

Oil prices jump to new high above $56 a barrel

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.

Dedication can help businesses last

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.

Trade deficit hits record of $665.9 billion in 2004

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

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.

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

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 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.

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.

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?

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

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.

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.

'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:

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Quick and east turkey and snow-pea stir-fry

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.

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

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?

Coconut almond cake is a rich treat

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

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.

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."

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

What's for lunch?

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

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

Moroccan mashed potato casserole

Lamb chops and the magic of marinade

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.

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

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

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.

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 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: 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.

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

Drills continue without Gailey

Tech gets swagger for NCAA tournament

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.

Early flight hands Pacers win by forfeit

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: Harrington happy with victory

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: 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.

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 Glance
Upcoming events and tournaments:

Golf Glance

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.

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:

Sorenstam, Wie headline Arizona field

Get into my car: wins equal wheels

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
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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Races provide a chance to strut your stuff

How much exercise is really needed?

Equine history races on with Triple Crown

Large doses of vitamin E can be harmful

Festivities abound when horse lovers gather

PlayStation Portable is simply overpowering

Organizers hope polo continues to attract interest

Whooping cough vaccine boosters recommended

Triple Crown means big money rolling into county coffers

Living briefs

Visitors can experience history with tour

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Groups proclaim need for open government

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

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 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.

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.

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.

Effort hopes to make leaders out of students

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

Across South Carolina

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

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 ?

Dance teacher worked hard to get pupils prepared for life

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

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.

News you can use

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.

Historic spots get new life

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

Reunions

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.

Sex offender arrested in missing girl case

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Man, woman admit to crimes

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

Student humors crowd with play

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

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.

Playing heroes

News you can use

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.

Dental students will head to Brazil

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.

Around the block

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

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.

School board will get internet access

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.

Things to do

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.

Ceremony recognizes language students

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Jurors quickly decide to acquit in homicide

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 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.

Restaurant ratings

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

Davidson student to make TV debut

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

Across the river

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

Pet of the week

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.

Playing heroes

Judicial center's price tag grows

This week

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.

Bill will increase officials' salaries

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):

National Science Center lands creativity award for video

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.

On the record: Richmond County Superior Courts

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.

Correction

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.

Schools hold parent meetings

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.

Chief appraiser taken off job

Military recruitment in schools questioned

Mayor calls for canal protection

Senate halts map vote after mistake is found

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Kid of the Day

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:

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 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
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.

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.

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.

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Milestones
The following area residents have graduated from their schools:

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):

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

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

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 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

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.

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

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Committee alters smoking ban measure

Irish or not, plan to celebrate

BRAC nominees go to Senate

Hospital cuts off ties with insurer

Leads surface in 2001 slaying

Cyclist hit

Across Georgia

Police say motorist hit, dragged woman

Family's forests are harvested by someone else

Aiken man is killed in wreck

622 volunteer to quit at SRS

Across the area

Banned doctors suing hospital

Commission splits public works department

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 ?

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: 'The Ring Two'

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

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:

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

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'

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.

Mini reviews

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.

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

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?

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.

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

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.

Ditching the label of Southern rock

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

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

Sutton beating odds in racing, disease

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.

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: Johnson loses points lead

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.

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.

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

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

Mr. Gary Scott    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
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Ms. Charlotte Tooks    (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Groyt Warren Sammons    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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Mr. William Beard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Janie Roberson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

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

Mr. Jimmy Williams    (LINCOLN, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Louie Perry    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Diane Lucas Lowe    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

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

Ms. Savannah M. Rogers    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Miss Annie Mae Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Georgia B. Morris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Eugene Jones    (SALUDA, S.C.)

Ms. Gerldine Hausman    (MARIETTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Betty Jean Lurk    (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

Mr. Charles Wayne Waller    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
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Mrs. Hattie Hutto    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Lillian K. Edenfield    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ogle Hinton    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Coxwell    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Hatcher    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Beard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. William Dianich    (WOODVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Clifton Stokes    (INMAN, S.C.)
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Mr. Henry Courtney Sloan    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Margurite Wallace    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mildred C. Brock    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Christine Baker    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Judith Beckworth    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Katherine Anderson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. William Beard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Betty Solt Sanders    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Ms. Dorothy Jordan    (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Smith Hales    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
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Ms. Gerldine Hausman    (MARIETTA, Ga.)

Hailey Nichole Sheffield    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Ms. Charlotte Tooks    (WADLEY, Ga.)
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Mrs. Janie Roberson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. George C. Schultz, Sr.    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mrs. Joan B. Rachels    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Joan B. Rachels    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Edward L. Quattlebaum    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Spencer M. Porcher    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Mr. Louie Perry    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Ms. Diane Lucas Lowe    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. H. Paul Dantin    (BRISTOL, TN.)
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Ms. Dorothy Jordan    (WADLEY, 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. Harry Maloyd, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lillian K. Edenfield    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Alexis Bradley    (WINDSOR, S.C.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Helen Coxwell    (WRENS, Ga.)
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Alexis Bradley    (WINDSOR, S.C.)
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Mr. Edwin Mertins, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Grady Cunningham, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Miss Annie Mae Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Henry Courtney Sloan    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Eugene Jones    (SALUDA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Burlese M. Beck    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Betty Solt Sanders    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. James L. "Jaime" Best    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Hattie Hutto    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ogle Hinton    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Tommie Williams, Sr.    (WARD, S.C.)
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Mr. Charles Wayne Waller    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
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Mrs. Judith Beckworth    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Louie Perry (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Louise Smith Hales (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lois Hatcher (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Jimmy Williams (LINCOLN, Ga.)

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

Ms. Gerldine Hausman (MARIETTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Margurite Wallace (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Katherine Anderson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Judith Beckworth (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Diane Lucas Lowe (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Groyt Warren Sammons (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Hailey Nichole Sheffield (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Coxwell (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Floy Ann Miciotto (EVANS, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. William Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Charlotte Tooks (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Ogle Hinton (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

Miss Annie Mae Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Alexis Bradley (WINDSOR, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Annie Jones (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. William Dianich (WOODVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Dorothy Jordan (WADLEY, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Betty Solt Sanders (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

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

Overtime

Area announcements

Overtime

Greenbrier girls conquer interstate rival

Prep scores

Indiana honors 'humble' Hoosier

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Tuesday's high school results:

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.

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

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

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

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

The top five list

Galleries

People in the News

Applause calendar

Comedian brings laughs from radio show to stage

'Gran Turismo 4' is example of elegant driving simulation

People in the News

Comedian brings laughs from radio show to stage

Michael Jackson's accuser winds up testimony

It's a good day to be Irish

Club calendar

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

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.

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.

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
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

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends