Murray, Carter elected to Hall of Fame
NEW YORK -- Eddie Murray silently led with his bat. Gary Carter spurred teams with his enthusiasm.

Murray, Carter elected to Hall of Fame

TV commercials sink into impressionable young minds

Free agent Fick signs with Braves

Braves bring in All-Star Fick
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves finally have a regular first baseman after signing free agent Robert Fick to a $1 million, one-year contract on Monday.

Braves bring in All-Star Fick
ATLANTA - It's not so much a question of who has played first base for the Atlanta Braves recentlybut who hasn't.

Free agent Fick signs with Braves
ATLANTA -- Free agent Robert Fick agreed Monday to a $1 million, one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves.

Braves bring in All-Star Fick

Analyst predicts sluggish growth
ATLANTA - Georgia's economy isn't going to turn around in time to spare state lawmakers from having to make some difficult spending decisions this year, an economic forecaster warned Tuesday.

Guynn says moderate economic growth expected in 2003

Don't expect tax cuts to mean big boost in dividend payouts
NEW YORK -- Even if a new economic stimulus plan wipes out taxes on dividends for investors, don't count on companies rushing to boost their payouts as a way to woo people to buy their stocks.

Sanford heightens focus on tourism

Tax tips: Ins and Outs of Mortgage Deduction
WASHINGTON -- Riding record-low interest rates, the white-hot mortgage industry lured many Americans into refinancing or buying homes in 2002, but taxpayers must be careful when they figure deductions for mortgage costs.

Tax tips: What's New

Farm payoff hurts state, study says
ATHENS, GA. - A state program that pays farmers not to irrigate their fields during drought years could actually be harming rural economies, according to a little-noticed report from the University of Georgia's Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - BellSouth Corp., Verizon Communications and SBC Communications Inc. made heavy gains Monday as investors anticipated a favorable move by the Federal Communications Commission that could decrease competition for local phone service.

Sanford heightens focus on tourism
COLUMBIA - The makeup of a new economic development task force indicates Gov.-elect Mark Sanford is taking the role of tourism in South Carolina's economy seriously, industry leaders say.

Cotton farmers protest aid plan
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Cotton farmers suffering from a multiyear drought will get federal assistance only if the Bush administration can find offsetting savings, a senior Agriculture Department official said Tuesday.

Stocks rally in anticipation of tax cuts
NEW YORK -- Investors' anticipation of a tax cut reignited the New Year's rally on Wall Street Monday, sending stocks barreling higher and lifting the Dow Jones industrials more than 170 points.

Economy expected to show gradual improvement

Restaurant offers fast-food alternative
AIKEN - Billy Barou? The Triple Lindy? The Ugly Naked Guy?

Business briefs

Economy expected to show gradual improvement
WASHINGTON -- After enduring a stop-and-go recovery last year, America should enjoy stronger economic growth in 2003, many forecasters believe. But this upbeat outlook is based on an assumption that a possible war with Iraq would be over quickly without serious disruption to global oil supplies.

Group moves to revive foundry

Wall Street has little reaction to proposed tax cuts
NEW YORK -- Wall Street had little reaction Tuesday to President Bush's proposal to cut taxes, as investors collected some profits from the market's big three-day advance and left stocks narrowly mixed.

Analyst predicts sluggish growth

Farm payoff hurts state, study says

Wall Street has little reaction to proposed tax cuts

Business briefs

Don't expect tax cuts to mean big boost in dividend payouts

Older Americans become entrepreneurs

Tax tips: Ins and Outs of Mortgage Deduction

Stocks rally in anticipation of tax cuts

Edward Jones tops worker-friendly list

Older Americans become entrepreneurs
Karen Stinson's late husband, Ken, used to try talking her into leaving her job at H&R Block and starting her own tax-preparation business.

Cotton farmers protest aid plan

Mall owners halt marketing
With a failed attempt to partner with the city behind them, owners of the Regency Mall property on Gordon Highway say the defunct shopping center will remain dark indefinitely.

Business briefs
ATLANTA - A federal magistrate has recommended that class-action status be denied in a lawsuit filed by black Cracker Barrel restaurant employees who say they were segregated from white workers and generally received "back of the house" assignments such as cook and dishwasher.

Guynn says moderate economic growth expected in 2003
ATLANTA -- Low interest rates are important to reviving the economy, which is only expected to grow about 3 percent this year amid modest consumer spending and a continuing rise in the jobless rate, Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Jack Guynn said Monday.

Edward Jones tops worker-friendly list
It's not easy being Mike Keck these days.

Tax tips: What's New
WASHINGTON -- The big news for taxpayers preparing their 2002 tax returns this spring is a bevy of new incentives - to save for college and retirement, to file returns electronically and to plan for a more secure financial future.

Group moves to revive foundry
A Chattanooga, Tenn., investment group filed an order Tuesday with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court allowing it to purchase Warrenton's idled Wheland Automotive Industries factory.

Restaurant offers fast-food alternative

Crosby, Simmons to return to Tigers

Crosby, Simmons to return to Tigers
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Receiver Roscoe Crosby and quarterback Willie Simmons are both returning to Clemson next year, the school announced Tuesday.

Clemson recruit ruled ineligible by NCAA
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson won't get help from freshman Ori Ichaki after the NCAA ruled the 6-foot-5 forward played professional basketball in his native Israel.

No. 1 Duke tops Clemson

No. 1 Duke tops Clemson
DURHAM, N.C. -- Alana Beard scored 16 of her 26 points in the second half to rally top-ranked Duke to a 69-53 victory Monday night over Clemson in the Blue Devils' Atlantic Coast Conference opener.

Nutt focuses on season ups and downs, recruiting

Nutt focuses on season ups and downs, recruiting
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- One word describes Arkansas football coach Houston Nutt after 14 games this season - inconsolable.

Ohio State moves into women's Top 25

Tuesday Tipoff

Top ranking gone, Alabama begins quest for SEC repeat

Injury sidelines Lady Jags' center

Scott leads Lions to win

Duke No. 1 in men's and women's polls

Book captures Augusta history

Building bridges in Augusta

Killing peace

Stimulating debate

A Sellers' market

Ex-Ga. flag barred

Florentine in a flash
Several years ago I came up with a quick, weeknight lasagna recipe. The secret - replacing the lasagna noodles with frozen ravioli. This was, perhaps, one of the most popular recipes from the column, as two supermarkets informed me that they completely sold out of frozen ravioli in just a day. This week, I've updated the recipe for my new "Not" Lasagna Florentine. The only equipment you need is two bowls, two spoons and a rectangular baking dish, so the recipe isn't just a cinch to prepare, cleanup also is a breeze!

Presenting food in technicolor
Forget what your mother told you. It's OK to play with your food.

Beatles photos, memorabilia on display
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Harry Benson was in the room when the Beatles found out they would be playing on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

Small portions
Cold weather always boosts sales of oatmeal. Quaker Oats says it sells more oatmeal in January than any other month.

Martha's new food magazine reaches store racks
NEW YORK -- Martha Stewart's new magazine all about food - and only a little about her - debuted at grocery stores and newsstands Monday.

Eight artists get 5 Grammy nods apiece
NEW YORK -- Grammy voters recognized a wide variety of artists and genres Tuesday, with Norah Jones, Avril Lavigne, Eminem and Bruce Springsteen dominating the major categories, including record, song and album of the year.

In the know
The Muscat Vin De Glaciere from Bonny Doon in California is reminiscent of fine German sweet wines. The $11 wine starts with a nose packed full of butterscotch and tropical aromas with a touch of honeysuckle that lead into a delicate, fruity, sweet dessert or aperitif wine with layers of creamy peach and Golden Delicious apple notes.

Senior calendar
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'Lord of the Rings' is box-office king for third weekend
LOS ANGELES -- "The Two Towers" has scored a triple.

Eminem, Springsteen, Jones, Lavigne favorites for top Grammy nods
NEW YORK -- Eminem and Bruce Springsteen were favorites to dominate Tuesday's Grammy nominations, but a chanteuse, a teen rocker and an R&B songbird could also be up for multiple honors.

In the know
We want to know what it means to be 30. Are you officially a grown-up on that birthday or is it just another year? Do men think about it the same way as women?

Yellow Jackets glad to be home
ATLANTA - Alexander Memorial Coliseum will be a welcome sight for Georgia Tech.

Yellow Jackets glad to be home

Woods wins fourth straight player of year award

Gazing into a clouded crystal ball
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- The signs leading to the Plantation Course at Kapalua remind everyone that the "PGA Tour Starts Here."

Eighth woman gets nod for Georgia Hall of Fame

LPGA tournament in Nashville canceled
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Nashville will not host an LPGA tournament event for the first time since 1987 after organizers failed to raise enough money from sponsors.

Gazing into a clouded crystal ball

Eighth woman gets nod for Georgia Hall of Fame
Former LPGA Tour tournament director Suzanne Jackson will become the eighth woman to enter the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame at the 15th annual Induction Banquet on Saturday at Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta.

LPGA tournament in Nashville canceled

Woods wins fourth straight player of year award
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Tiger Woods started off the new season with an award, even though he's not playing. He was the 2002 PGA Tour player of the year for the fourth consecutive season.

Laney girls capitalize on miscues

Prep basketball scores

North Augusta shuts down Evans

Thrashers send Hnilicka to AHL, activate Bartecko
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers sent goalie Milan Hnilicka to AHL club Chicago and activated forward Lubos Bartecko from injured reserve Monday.

CHL club can't use home rink until it pays rent
EL PASO, Texas -- A minor league hockey team won't be able to use its home rink until it pays $22,500 in back rent.

TV commercials sink into impressionable young minds
I'm driving down the road, and my 8-year-old is explaining to me the benefits of getting a new mattress: "It's like sleeping on a bed of air ..." he says confidently.

Animal Control Director resigns
Animal Control Director Bonnie Bragdon has resigned her from her position with the city effective Jan. 16 after only 2 1/2 years on the job.

Chamber names one economic developer, loses another
Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce officials today introduced Richmond County's new economic developer - Walter Sprouse Jr. from North Carolina.

Hospital told not to perform heart procedure
The state has issued a cease and desist order against Doctors Hospital for performing heart procedures the hospital is not authorized to do.

Sen. Miller announces he won't seek re-election in 2004
WASHINGTON -- Democratic Sen. Zell Miller, a popular former Georgia governor, announced Wednesday he won't seek re-election in 2004 - a move that could complicate Democratic efforts to retake the Senate.

Jones Creek Golf Club bought by Aiken businessmen
A group of Aiken businessmen paid nearly $3 million for the Jones Creek Golf Club on Tuesday afternoon.

Hospital told not to perform heart procedure
The state has issued a cease and desist order against Doctors Hospital for performing heart procedures the hospital is not authorized to do.

Chomskis resigns as Evans football coach
Despite taking over the Evans football program just two years ago, Lee Chomskis resigned as the head coach Wednesday.

Comic strip is anything but comical

Deeds count more than appearance

Look for another job or quit complaining

Takes letter by ob-gyn to task

Another way to spend campaign money

Peace is more than a smile away

High accident rate due to human factor

Eight artists get 5 Grammy nods apiece

Small portions

Eminem, Springsteen, Jones, Lavigne favorites for top Grammy nods

In the know

Florentine in a flash

Presenting food in technicolor

In the know

Senior calendar

'Lord of the Rings' is box-office king for third weekend

Lynx road report
TUESDAY: vs. Pee Dee Pride, Florence Civic Center, 7:00 p.m.

Father's memory drives former ECHL MVP
It was about a month after the season when the trophy arrived at his house on a beautiful spring day in Canada.

Five questions with Mike Legg
Augusta Lynx forward Mike Legg answers questions for Chronicle staff writer Rob Mueller.

Father's memory drives former ECHL MVP

Power outages frustrate Lynx

Pride holds off late Lynx rally

Power outages frustrate Lynx
The game was over for nearly 30 minutes, but Andrew Williamson still sat at his locker in the Augusta Lynx dressing room, wearing a blank look and wet gear.

Pride holds off late Lynx rally
FLORENCE, S.C. - Pee Dee goalie Ron Vogel stopped 21 of 23 shots and held off a late rally as the Pride defeated the Augusta Lynx 3-2 at the Florence Civic Center on Tuesday for the second time in four days.

Five questions with Mike Legg

Hospital must halt procedure
Georgia has issued a cease and desist order against Doctors Hospital for performing heart procedures the hospital is not authorized to do.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Patricia Johnson of Augusta.

Group says it won't repeat famous calendar
AIKEN - It's the new year - time to make plans and start new calendars.

New owners close golf course for repairs
Jones Creek Golf Club will close today as its new owners begin several weeks of renovations.

Across South Carolina
WILLIAMSTON - Former Williamston Mayor Marion Middleton is seeking a pardon less than six months after pleading guilty to embezzling town funds.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Shauna Reeves of Augusta.

Hospital told not to perform heart procedure

Cancer center will get funds, Cheeks says
Gov.-elect Sonny Perdue will make good on a promise to put funding "on the fast track" for a cancer research building at the Medical College of Georgia, state Sen. Don Cheeks said Monday.

Fire department will meet Tuesday night
Martinez and Evans residents will get a detailed report of where their fire subscriptions went at Martinez Volunteer Fire Department's annual meeting tonight.

Rants and Raves
I AGREE WITH the person who thinks they should start back running the buses on Sunday and on holidays and have them run 24 hours so those who have to work nights can get to work.

Adult bookstore gets set to open
A widely opposed adult bookstore on Gordon Highway is expected to open its doors again early next week - more than five months after its manager was arrested and the store's doors were closed for violating the city's adult entertainment ordinance.

News you can use
JAN. 8, 1973 Icy weather blew into the region Sunday, turning the cold rain into sleet in Augusta and snow north of the city.

Health care panel works on Medicaid
COLUMBIA - Any reforms in the state's Medicaid system should include greater accountability in the agency that runs the program, a health care task force said Tuesday.

Town warns of water
JACKSON, S.C. - Levels of a radioactive pollutant again have risen beyond mandated levels in Jackson's water supply.

EMS providers sign contract on backup plan

Companies reach agreement
The city's two competing ambulance companies may have resolved their differences over backup emergency medical service, but it seems controversy surrounding the debate is far from over.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - A Greer man who told authorities he shot his house mate while cleaning his gun has been charged with murder, police said.

Companies reach agreement

Perdue could evict officials from Capitol
ATLANTA - Gov.-elect Sonny Perdue could oust the top two Democrats in Georgia from their long-held quarters in the state Capitol later this week when he announces how he wants to use the first and second floors under the Gold Dome.

Minority recruiting at UGA falls short

Rants and Raves
I JUST READ the article in the paper about David Westerfield. The prosecutor said there is no justification for anything less than the death penalty. Why are we going to let him languish in jail for 25 years before we finally give him the chair? We ought to take him out to the side of the building and shoot the son of Satan.

Across the area

Pet fee proposal receives forums
Augusta pet owners who would like to voice an opinion about mandatory pet licensing will have an opportunity beginning Thursday.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A 23-year-old Decatur man was arrested Monday night and charged with the December sexual assault of two female students in a Georgia State University dormitory.

Department veterans will return to board
The Martinez Volunteer Fire Department had two longtime members return to the Board of Trustees at the annual subscribers meeting Tuesday night.

Across the area
A 36-year-old Augusta man has been arrested in connection with a year-old fatal wreck on Interstate 20 in Morgan County.

Minority recruiting at UGA falls short
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia is failing in its goal to make recruiting minority students a priority, according to consultants who visited the campus and talked with faculty, staff, administrators and students.

Chambliss, Graham become U.S. senators

Perdue vows funds for cancer research
When Gov.-elect Sonny Perdue picks up the state's checkbook this month, cancer will stay in, but a lot of other Augusta projects might go wanting.

Plant contains spilled sewage
A gasket failure was responsible for a Tuesday morning leak that allowed about 1 million gallons of partially treated sewage to spill from equipment at Augusta's Messerly Wastewater Plant on New Savannah Road.

Group to vote on project

Man gets two years in jail for gun sales
An Augusta man who bought dozens of guns at local pawn shops and sold them illegally on the streets of New York City will serve two years in prison, a federal judge ordered Tuesday.

Man's fight against cancer is fueled by friend's death

Rants and Raves
I AGREE WITH the person who thinks they should start back running the buses on Sunday and on holidays and have them run 24 hours so those who have to work nights can get to work.

Jones Creek Golf Club bought by Aiken businessmen

State's teachers get high mark

Correction
A photo caption in Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly identified Doug Barnard. Mr. Barnard is a former U.S. representative.

Across the area

Across the southeast
BATON ROUGE, La. -Nearly 1,000 men have opened their mouths so police investigators could swab out saliva and take cheek scrapings in search of DNA that matches that left behind by a serial killer.

Chomskis resigns as Evans football coach

EMS providers sign contract on backup plan
Emergency medical service providers for Augusta and Columbia County worked out a deal Monday for times their ambulances have to cross county lines.

News you can use

Sheriff election moves to April
AIKEN - The primary for the special election to replace Sheriff Howard Sellers will take place April 15, Stuart Bedenbaugh, the executive director of Aiken County Registration and Elections, said Monday.

Hospital told not to perform heart procedure

News you can use
JAN. 7, 1943 George Nicholson, local attorney and Cracker Party candidate for the state Legislature, won in a three-cornered election here yesterday over Jack Rogers and Alpha Traylor, but not before his party was served notice that there was another man in the race besides its candidates.

Chamber names one economic developer, loses another

Officials continue to probe house fire
AIKEN - Fire officials said Monday that an investigation into a house fire Sunday in Woodside Plantation would be completed later this week.

New owners close golf course for repairs

Group to vote on project
By August 2004, construction should begin on a new judicial complex, and improvements to the adjoining municipal building should follow shortly thereafter, according to a project plan set to go before the Augusta Commission for approval today.

Perdue vows funds for cancer research

Man's fight against cancer is fueled by friend's death
Many eyes brim with tears at the mention of Brian Piccolo, the running back whose death from cancer was immortalized in the movie Brian's Song, but David Zacks' eyes also reflect a fierce determination to defeat the disease that claimed his college classmate and Mr. Zacks' father.

Hospitals redesign for nonurgent patients
Ted Williams may have been felled by his own hand - or grill.

Officers hold two teachers on drug charges
Two teachers were being held on drug charges late Tuesday after a Richmond County sheriff's deputy investigating a possible break-in at their Hephzibah home found cocaine and marijuana, authorities said.

Sen. Miller announces he won't seek re-election in 2004

Missing nuclear material - Feds want input on fuel rods' risks
It's the mystery of the missing nuclear fuel rods.

Health care panel works on Medicaid

State's teachers get high mark
COLUMBIA - South Carolina's efforts to improve teacher quality earned the top grade in a national report released Tuesday.

A cool stroll

Chambliss, Graham become U.S. senators
WASHINGTON - Both Georgia and South Carolina got new senators Tuesday as Saxby Chambliss and Lindsey Graham took the oath of office to replace well-known predecessors.

Perdue promises ethics reform

Perdue promises ethics reform
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- One week before he raises his hand to be sworn in, Gov.-elect Sonny Perdue took to the air Tuesday, stressing ethics and education during the first day of a statewide fly-around.

Subscriber of the day

Sheriff election moves to April

Across Georgia

Across the southeast

Cancer center will get funds, Cheeks says

Group says it won't repeat famous calendar

Correction

Across Georgia

Hospitals redesign for nonurgent patients

Subscriber of the day

Animal Control Director resigns

Adult bookstore gets set to open

Across Georgia
MARIETTA - A Cobb County woman who was kidnapped by her husband is recovering from a two-day ordeal that ended at a Florida hotel, authorities said.

Across the area
More arrests could follow in the shooting death of a 14-year-old Thomson girl, Georgia Bureau of Investigation Agent Mike Seigler said Monday.

News you can use

Missing nuclear material - Feds want input on fuel rods' risks

Perdue could evict officials from Capitol

Across South Carolina

A cool stroll
As the sun sets on Augusta's skyline and temperatures drop, Stefan Bloodworth, of Durham, N.C., takes a walk on Riverwalk Augusta. Today's forecast calls for more cold weather, with temperatures dipping into the low 30s.

Molestation case goes to jury
Unaware that a church's music teacher has previously been acquitted of fondling a child, a jury is set today to decide whether he is guilty of new child molestation charges.

IRL adopts IndyCar moniker for racing series
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indy Racing League regained control of the IndyCar name from rival CART, changing the name of its premier series Tuesday to emphasize the league's association with the Indianapolis 500.

Nadeau's glad he went the distance for sponsor
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Like every other driver in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series garage, Jerry Nadeau knew he'd have to make personal appearances on behalf of his sponsor. When the sponsor is the U.S. Army, it means making a trip to Afghanistan.

Teams back in action at mandatory Daytona test
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR's abbreviated offseason ended Tuesday when 25 teams launched spring training with testing for the Daytona 500.

Teams prepare for testing runs at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The racing season on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series lasts almost three months longer than its counterparts in professional baseball, basketball, football or hockey.

Teams back in action at mandatory Daytona test

Teams prepare for testing runs at Daytona

Nadeau's glad he went the distance for sponsor

Hawks put Wilks on waivers

Hawks fall to Nets
ATLANTA -- New Jersey took control with an early 12-0 run and went on to beat the Atlanta Hawks 101-94 Monday night, extending the Nets' winning streak to 10 in a row.

Hawks put Wilks on waivers
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks waived guard Mike Wilks on Tuesday, three days before his contract would have been guaranteed for the rest of the year.

Jordan wins player of week honor
NEW YORK -- Michael Jordan was honored as the NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday after scoring a season-high 41 points against Indiana.

Ohio State moves into women's Top 25
Jim Foster is working fast at Ohio State.

Scott leads Lions to win
Paine coach Ron Spry asked Yari Scott in practice Sunday if he could score 40 points against Tuskegee on Monday.

Duke No. 1 in men's and women's polls
Duke jumped to No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 Monday, joining the Blue Devils' women atop the rankings. Connecticut is the only other school to have held the top spots simultaneously.

Injury sidelines Lady Jags' center
The Augusta State women will be without one of their top players when they play host to USC Spartanburg tonight at 5:30.

Virginia's Watson named ACC player of the week
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Virginia's Travis Watson, who turned in a double-double in each of Virginia's three games last week, has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the week.

Top ranking gone, Alabama begins quest for SEC repeat
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- No. 4 Alabama begins defense of its SEC title against a team that has at times bedeviled the Crimson Tide and a coach who really did a number on them.

Tuesday Tipoff
Reviewing and previewing college basketball in the ACC, SEC and elsewhere:

Favre to return to Packers next season

Saturday night's not all right for Steelers

Coaches, vets kept Jets believing

Vick has fan in former Falcon

No-name defense carries Falcons to Phil

NFL: Officials missed pass interference call in Giants-49ers

Peppers sacks his way to rookie honor

Duckett in a rush to help out team

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Mrs. Mildred Lawless (CAMDEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Jane Hinman (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Miss Agnes Smallwood (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mr. Michael Banks (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. James White (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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Mrs. Louise Mosley (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Peace is more than a smile away
There is an old saying: Smile, and the world smiles with you; cry, and you cry alone. Harry Oliphant, Hephzibah, Ga.

Takes letter by ob-gyn to task
Many of the statements made in J. Davis Lyons' letter of Dec. 14, 2002, "Anti-abortion extremists peril rights," were deceptive or blatantly false. Vern J. Simon, Evans, Ga.

A Sellers' market
Aiken County Sheriff Howard Sellers will leave office at the end of the month confident in the knowledge that he has done himself proud during his 10-year tenure.

Deeds count more than appearance
My wife and I read Beverly Redmond's Dec. 24 letter, "Celebrate Christmas season by helping the homeless," and agree with much of what she had to say. Gary and Betty Hartley, Jackson, S.C.

Comic strip is anything but comical
The comic strip The Boondocks, if you can refer to this particular item as a comic strip, is very offensive. How on earth does one get by with such slanderous remarks? Rose Hembree, Tignall, Ga.

Another way to spend campaign money
Boy, I couldn't disagree with George F. Will more concerning his Dec. 29 column, "Campaign finances focus of court case." Brian Russell Brown, Augusta

Stimulating debate
President Bush's economic stimulus package isn't perfect, but it's a lot better than anything Democrats have to offer. The administration seems to understand that the best way to get the slowing economy up and running at full tilt is to put the emphasis on cutting taxes.

Building bridges in Augusta
Augusta Mayor Bob Young hit just the right note in his inaugural address launching his second four-year term: stressing the need to bridge the city's racial divide.

High accident rate due to human factor
Recently, WRDW-Channel 12 news ran a story concerning the high accident rate in Augusta. The thrust of the story was that many of the accidents, especially the ones with fatalities, could have been avoided if our fair city had a qualified traffic engineer. Richard A. Hood, Augusta

Killing peace
Just when you start to think after six weeks of inactivity that suicide bombings may be losing their appeal as Palestinians' preferred weapon of war against Israel, suddenly new bomb attacks shatter hope, not only for peace, but for sanity in that turbulent part of the world.

Ex-Ga. flag barred
"I've been organizing presidential events for 15 years. For the last couple of years, security people have been doing that."

Look for another job or quit complaining
Regarding Jose A. Torres Jr.'s Dec. 25 letter, "Holiday a joyless one for city workers": He is an employee of the city of Augusta. I feel so sorry that he didn't get his $50 Christmas bonus, and he didn't get a pay raise this year. Oh, his health-insurance cost also went up. Peter Pruitt, Hephzibah, Ga.

Olympic skating scandal suspect to be extradited to U.S.

Ahonen wins Four Hills Tour

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Ferman, Saviano resign USTA posts

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German ski official resigns after reported ties to secret police ties

Ahonen wins Four Hills Tour
BISCHOFSHOFEN, Austria -- Finland's Janne Ahonen won ski jumping's Four Hills Tour on Monday with a fourth-place finish in the final leg.

German ski official resigns after reported ties to secret police ties
ERFURT, Germany -- A state ski official resigned Tuesday after a radio station reported he worked for 15 years as an informer for the former East Germany's secret police.

Olympic skating scandal suspect to be extradited to U.S.
VENICE, Italy -- The reputed Russian mobster accused of fixing Olympic figure skating was ordered Tuesday to be extradited to the United States.

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Georgia defensive tackle Johnathan Sullivan is forgoing his senior season to enter the NFL Draft after helping the Bulldogs win the Sugar Bowl.

Overtime
Tiger Woods started the new season with an award, even though he's not playing in the first tournament. He was named 2002 PGA Tour player of the year on Monday for the fourth consecutive season.

Ferman, Saviano resign USTA posts
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Rick Ferman resigned as executive director and chief operating officer of the United States Tennis Association on Monday. He will continue in his position until a successor is chosen.

Laney girls capitalize on miscues
The outlook for the Richmond Academy girls team was pretty good - great, even.

North Augusta shuts down Evans
Evans fought an intense battle for one half Tuesday night against North Augusta, but a third-quarter drought buried them, as the Yellow Jackets prevailed 58-36.

Prep basketball scores
Here are scores from area prep basketball action.

Reeves within two wins of another Super Bowl
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- After three straight losing seasons, Dan Reeves appeared washed up as an NFL coach.

Favre to return to Packers next season
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Brett Favre will return to the Green Bay Packers next season.

Vick has fan in former Falcon
ATLANTA - When the Atlanta Falcons visit Philadelphia in their NFC divisional playoff game Saturday night, Steve Bartkowski will be like millions of other football fans, watching on television as Michael Vick continues to redefine the quarterback position.

Duckett in a rush to help out team
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Either inactive or ineffective for the last month, T.J. Duckett returned as a force in Saturday night'sNFC wild card victory at Green Bay.

NFL: Officials missed pass interference call in Giants-49ers
NEW YORK -- The San Francisco 49ers' 24-point comeback victory over the New York Giants ended with an officiating error.

Peppers sacks his way to rookie honor
Not even a four-game suspension could stop Julius Peppers from winning The Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award Monday.

No-name defense carries Falcons to Phil
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Sam Rogers? John Thierry? Keion Carpenter? Who are these guys anyway?

Saturday night's not all right for Steelers
PITTSBURGH -- Beaten up during an exhausting comeback victory against Cleveland, the Pittsburgh Steelers will limp into Saturday's divisional playoff game at Tennessee off a short week of practice.

Coaches, vets kept Jets believing
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- In those dark, early season days when the New York Jets were losing lots of games, they never lost their faith.

High-performance concept car unveiled
Toyota unveiled the FINE-S hydrogen fuel-cell hybrid-electric concept vehicle here today as an example of its ongoing commitment to expand technology for environmentally friendly cars and trucks.

Rocket fuel pollution strains water supplies in West
LOS ANGELES -- A toxic chemical used to fuel Cold War-era missiles and the rockets that put man on the moon has left a legacy of contamination across the Southwest, where it pinches the region's already tight supply of drinking water.

China looks to manned space flight
BEIJING -- As China celebrated the return of its latest unmanned space capsule from orbit, state television offered a rare glimpse Monday into its secretive astronaut program, showing two men training in simulated weightlessness.

Classic 'Contra' franchise revived, guns blazin
Another classic video game series has been revived, guns blazing.

Journalist who promised test of cloning claim suspends effort
NEW YORK -- The freelance journalist who said he would oversee DNA testing to prove whether the first human clone has been produced said Monday he was suspending his efforts for now.

Telescope captures images of black hole gobbling up matter
SEATTLE -- The supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way flares with intense eruptions every day as it gobbles up nearby gas, dust and objects. But the most sensitive X-ray images ever taken show it is starved and puny compared with black holes in other galaxies.

GM to offer hybrid vehicles over next four years
DETROIT -- In one of the clearest signs yet that hybrid cars may be going mainstream, General Motors Corp. plans to offer a variety of the gas-and-electric powered vehicles over the next four years.

Gibson decides to return to basketball court
ATHENS, Ga. -- Fred Gibson, a wide receiver who helped Georgia to its first Sugar Bowl victory in 22 years, joined the basketball team in time for practice Tuesday.

New league season brings new lineup for South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Coach Dave Odom knows what his South Carolina team needs right now - and it's not a few comforting pats to get them through their troubles and injuries.

New league season brings new lineup for South Carolina

Book captures Augusta history
Stan Byrdy thought he knew a lot about the history of golf in Augusta and Aiken. Then he started researching a book on the subject.

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

Entries due today to work on music bus
Want to work in a studio with music professionals? Here's your chance.

Xtreme calendar
New on video and DVD: Signs, starring Mel Gibson as a former priest who finds mysterious crop circles in his Pennsylvania farm; and The Good Girl, with Jennifer Anniston as a discount store clerk who strikes up a romance with a stock boy.

'Drumline' has a good beat

Volunteering is more than school project for Lakeside student
On the last day of Christmas break, Lakeside High School senior David Tian wasn't tucked away in the comfort of his bed.

Question of the week
Q: How long will it take you to forget about your New Year's resolutions?

Blood flows freely in 'Gangs'
It was considered the bloodiest period in New York's history until Sept. 11, 2001. It was a time of political unrest - a dark, ghastly nightmare in American history that led to the Civil War draft riots in 1862 - four days of hangings, burnings and riots.

'Drumline' has a good beat
Drumline, directed by Charles Stone III, is a superior film, filled with laughter, romance and beats that will remain in your head.

My pad

Volunteering is more than school project for Lakeside student

Blood flows freely in 'Gangs'

Girl should ask boyfriend what he likes about her

Your style

My pad
THE FACTS: Lindsey Wilson, 16, a sophomore at Greenbrier High School.

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Artist's corner
Dru Daniel, 12, is a sixth-grader at Lakeside Middle School. Drawing is one of his favorite pastimes.

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Your style
THE FACTS: Angelena Hannah, 14, a freshman at T.W. Josey High School.

Girl should ask boyfriend what he likes about her
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I think my boyfriend is attracted to me for all the wrong reasons. How can I know if he likes me for the right reasons? - 16-year-old Augusta girl.

Artist's corner

Audio best

Question of the week

High-performance concept car unveiled

Rocket fuel pollution strains water supplies in West

Journalist who promised test of cloning claim suspends effort

Classic 'Contra' franchise revived, guns blazin

GM to offer hybrid vehicles over next four years

Telescope captures images of black hole gobbling up matter

China looks to manned space flight