Braves sign reliever Venafro

Braves sign reliever Venafro
ATLANTA -- Left-hander Mike Venafro and the Atlanta Braves agreed Monday to a one-year contract.

After two weeks of rallies, investors are cautious

Business briefs
Food Lion LLC announced Monday that it's store in Thomson on Washington Road will be among the 41 "unprofitable" stores it will close later this month as part of its cost-cutting strategy.

Kmart to close Aiken store

Retail sales up, boosted largely by auto sales

After two weeks of rallies, investors are cautious
NEW YORK -- Wall Street meandered through a listless session Monday, closing narrowly mixed while investors awaited the start of fourth-quarter earnings reports.

Relocation will leave empty retail space

Job searching could pay off in Bush proposal

Job searching could pay off in Bush proposal
WASHINGTON -- Most anyone would welcome with outstretched arms a $3,000 windfall from the government. For the unemployed, it would be almost like hitting the jackpot.

Tax tip: instant refund fees impact the poor
WASHINGTON -- While a federal tax credit aimed at the working poor helped many families pay bills in 2000, it also helped line the pockets of tax preparers, a study released Monday found.

Business briefs

Tax tips: e-filing gets easier

Relocation will leave empty retail space
As shoppers prepare to celebrate North Augusta's newest Wal-Mart, city officials are left with the headache of empty retail space in a shopping center.

New group plans to buy lock facility
If all goes right, the lights won't go out at the Kwikset plant in Burke County, even after the lock manufacturer leaves town at the end of the year.

Exploding frying pans are recalled
WASHINGTON - An Iowa company is recalling about 8,700 frying pans that can explode or separate during use, posing the risk of property damage and burns from spilled food.

Tax tips: e-filing gets easier
WASHINGTON -- It's easier this year to file your taxes electronically - and probably for free.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Brisk sales of automobiles offset lackluster holiday business for other merchants and boosted retail sales in December, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.

Tax tip: instant refund fees impact the poor

Soldiers' exodus drains town
HINESVILLE, Ga. - Gen. Screven Boulevard, a usually crowded thoroughfare that runs from the front gate at Fort Stewart to the heart of the tiny southeast Georgia town of Hinesville, seems almost deserted except for the outgoing noon and evening traffic on post.

Soldiers' exodus drains town

Retail sales up, boosted largely by auto sales
WASHINGTON --Sales at the nation's retailers rose 1.2 percent in December as shoppers took advantage of incentives and drove up car sales by the largest amount in over a year.

Kmart to close Aiken store
DETROIT -- Kmart Corp. will close 326 stores and cut 30,000-35,000 jobs as it works to emerge from bankruptcy by April 30, the retailer said Tuesday.

Clemson looks to end a trend

Clemson looks to end a trend
His players have heard about it on campus and read about it in the papers. Most of them have experienced the exasperation of it first-hand.

Clemson's streak continues
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Clemson found yet another way to lose in Chapel Hill.

Senior Bowl is key audition for NFL prospects
MOBILE, Ala. -- First there's the weigh-in, often followed by a series of personality tests. Stop watches and cell phones are the tools of choice.

WSU left holding $750,000 worth of tickets

WSU left holding $750,000 worth of tickets
PULLMAN, Wash. -- As if losing the Rose Bowl and its coach weren't enough, Washington State may end up paying $750,000 for unused tickets to the game.

Duke still a solid No. 1 in AP women's poll

Virginia's Billet, Duke's Jones earn weekly ACC honors

Lady Pacers secure win with late layup

Auburn's start raises some eyebrows

Tuesday tipoff

Coble continues statewide dominance

Crazy like a fox?

Why war is near

One size fits all

Yes, it's a big deal

Awareness pays off

It had to be done

Small portions
What are the hottest food trends for 2003? According to chefs and staff of the Food Network, organic foods and exotic ethnic cuisines will continue to spice up American plates in the coming year.

'Just Married' rings up $18 million debut weekend
LOS ANGELES -- The honeymoon comedy "Just Married," starring Brittany Murphy and Ashton Kutcher, debuted as the No. 1 weekend movie with $17.5 million.

In the know
This wine, which is a blend of Riesling and Gewurztraminer, is filled with tropical fruit, especially pineapple and melon notes. The finish is layered with honeysuckle sweetness and warm fruit notes.

Seniors Calendar
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Eminem, other big winners no-shows at American Music Awards
LOS ANGELES -- The biggest winners turned out to be MIAs at the 30th annual AMAs, including Eminem, winner of a leading four American Music Awards.

Many young people go uninsured after layoffs
Laid off from his job at a computer software company in Philadelphia, Andy Szamody wondered where he would find health coverage.

Crockpot steak stew puts flavor over fuss
The first meal I ever prepared in a crockpot was pepper steak, and this week I'm revisiting the recipe.

In the know
You've cleaned out the closet (finally). You're ready to unload the goods.

Judge rules ABC can show celebrity survival show
NEW YORK -- ABC can broadcast its new celebrity survival show over the objections of CBS, which claimed the rival network had ripped off its hit "Survivor" format, a judge ruled Monday.

'Touched by an Angel' ending after nine years
LOS ANGELES -- This season will be the last for CBS' popular drama "Touched by an Angel," the series' executive producer said Monday.

'Lord of the Rings' gets two big honors at People's Choice Awards
PASADENA, Calif. -- "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" proved a crowd-pleaser at the 29th Annual People's Choice Awards, sharing the favorite motion picture award with co-nominee "Spider-Man" and winning in the best dramatic motion picture category.

Shoppers log on for vintage deals
The search for vintage clothing now has a modern twist.< Once only available at thrift stores and the like, antique apparel has found a new home in the online community.

It'll be men against women in 'Survivor: The Amazon'
NEW YORK -- The sixth season of "Survivor" will be a battle of the sexes, with a tribe of men competing against a tribe of women for the $1 million top prize.

Event adds to purse, parade
The Augusta Futurity isn't waiting for its 25th anniversary celebration in 2004 to spice up the cutting horse event.

Event adds to purse, parade

Appalachian St. tops Georgia Southern
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Shawn Hall scored 20 points and Nate Carson 19 to lead Appalachian State to an 87-81 victory over Georgia Southern Monday night.

Arizona guard transfers to Georgia Tech
ATLANTA -- Arizona guard Will Bynum transferred to Georgia Tech and will be eligible at the end of the fall semester.

Jackets beat Seminoles
ATLANTA -- Marvin Lewis scored a career-high 33 points and Georgia Tech made 28 of 31 free throws to beat Florida State 81-74 Tuesday night.

Jackets fall to Blue Devils
ATLANTA -- The Duke Blue Devils made their first trip of the season to Atlanta. They don't want it to be their last.

Appalachian St. tops Georgia Southern

Jackets beat Seminoles

Arizona guard transfers to Georgia Tech

Jackets fall to Blue Devils

Palmer won't fill ceremonial role
Don't count on Arnold Palmer filling the role of honorary starter at the Masters Tournament just yet.

The Big Easy makes a big statement

The best players deserve a stiffer test

The Big Easy makes a big statement
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- No need to wait for Tiger Woods' return from knee surgery to see a dominant performance on the PGA Tour.

The best players deserve a stiffer test
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- The PGA Tour already runs commercials to explain, "These guys are good." It doesn't need record scoring every week to drive home the point.

Silver Bluff's Bryant commits to Wake Forest

Glenn Hills tops Lakeside

Prep basketball scores

Washington County QB commits to Louisville
All it took for Preston Smith was a short trip to the campus last week to decide where he wanted to spend the next four years of his football career.

Silver Bluff's Bryant commits to Wake Forest
During his career at Silver Bluff, De'Angelo Bryant became accustomed to winning. When it came time for Bryant to choose from a slew of NCAA Division I-A scholarship offers, it was the potential for winning which guided his decision.

Thrashers activate defenseman Smehlik

Thrashers hire Hartley as coach
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers hired Bob Hartley as head coach Tuesday, hoping the 2001 Stanley Cup winner can turn around the team with the NHL's worst record.

Thrashers to hire Hartley

Thrashers hire Hartley as coach

Thrashers activate defenseman Smehlik
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers activated defenseman Richard Smehlik from injured reserve Monday.

Thrashers to hire Hartley
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Thrashers called a news conference for Tuesday amid speculation they will hire Bob Hartley as their coach.

Math problems present glimpse of changing times
My son has trouble with math. No surprise - so did I.

Perdue wants liquor, tobacco taxes increased
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue proposed raising the tax on liquor and cigarettes and cutting tax relief for homeowners Wednesday in a pair of tight budgets designed to deal with a huge shortfall and the state's sluggish economy.

Sanford becomes South Carolina's 115th governor
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Republican Mark Sanford took the oath of office Wednesday as the 115th governor of South Carolina.

Plague samples reported missing in Texas later accounted for
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Vials containing samples of lethal bubonic plague have disappeared from Texas Tech University, and the FBI was investigating, authorities said Wednesday.

Georgia court strikes down law against unmarried sex
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Supreme Court kicked the government out of bedrooms and struck down a 130-year-old law banning sex outside of marriage.

Jackson to be Coleman liaison
ATLANTA - House Speaker Terry Coleman named former Augusta legislator Bill Jackson to serve as a go-between to foster communication between Republicans and Democrats.

Robbery suspect arrested
Columbia County authorities arrested an Evans man today in the armed robbery of a 71-year-old Martinez woman outside an Eckerd Drugs on Sunday.

Slaying suspect extradited to Aiken
The Georgia inmate charged in the August 2000 killing of teenager Jessica Carpenter was extradited to Aiken today.

Appalled by ludicrous protest

Bible is not opposed to abortions

'Chronicle' editorial on Thomas racist and inconsistent

Augusta looks at wrong models for entertainment district

God promised we are all of Israel

Trent Lott, John C. Calhoun compared

Planned Parenthood director deluded

Editorial cartoon insensitive, ignorant

Associated Press leans toward liberals

Patriot Act like Big Brother's grip

Bush administration destroying nation's economy, reputation

In the know

In the know

Small portions

'Lord of the Rings' gets two big honors at People's Choice Awards

It'll be men against women in 'Survivor: The Amazon'

Judge rules ABC can show celebrity survival show

Crockpot steak stew puts flavor over fuss

Shoppers log on for vintage deals

Many young people go uninsured after layoffs

Eminem, other big winners no-shows at American Music Awards

Lynx center in a holding pattern
Sergei Kuznetsov had already packed his belongings and loaded up the car Tuesday for the next move in his hockey career.

Lynx center in a holding pattern

Five questions with Andrew Williamson

Five questions with Andrew Williamson
Augusta Lynx right winger Andrew Williamson answers questions for Chronicle staff writer Rob Mueller.

For some added energy, players put selves at risk
The Roanoke Express were enjoying the fruits of a hard-fought 3-2 home victory over Atlantic City last week when the celebration suddenly turned to panic.

For some added energy, players put selves at risk

Peanut farmers record losses

911 tape reveals errors
George Bowman was more angry than anything Tuesday when he heard a tape of his desperate 911 call to Aiken County dispatchers.

Peanut farmers record losses
ALBANY, Ga. - Like many other peanut farmers, Neil and Boyd Hagerson are thankful the disastrous 2002 peanut season is behind them.

Board to give approval for new school zones

Barbecue stars in inaugural
Twelve barbecue restaurants from around the state were chosen to cater Gov. Mark Sanford's inaugural party today at the State Farmers Market in Columbia.

Health officials are put on leave

Across the area

Soldier is sentenced to 7 years in assault

New rules give GOP reins in state Senate

Slaying suspect extradited to Aiken

Sanford nears inauguration

Airman says she suffocated son to stop pain

Ex-deputy running for sheriff
AIKEN - A former Aiken County sheriff's deputy announced Monday that he is running for the county's top law enforcement job, making the number of candidates four.

Perdue wants liquor, tobacco taxes increased

Across South Carolina

Mechanical fault delayed airplane day before crash

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The former chief financial officer of a company that made police and firefighters' uniforms for several metro Atlanta governments pleaded guilty Monday to bank fraud.

Rants and Raves
REGARDING THE VARIOUS derogatory comments directed at Martha Burk and Jesse Jackson, I'd like to borrow a line from a Monty Python skit: "Let's not call them anything, let's just ignore them!"

Board to give approval for new school zones
The Columbia County Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. today at the Government Complex in Evans.

School board approves plan to shift pupils
With little fanfare and no comments from parents, the Columbia County Board of Education tentatively approved a zoning proposal Tuesday night that will affect nearly half of the system's elementary schools.

Lawmakers gain committee spots
ATLANTA - Augusta-area lawmakers gained a number of state Senate committee appointments Tuesday, when Republican leaders announced the new assignments.

High court rejects plutonium case
COLUMBIA - The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear Gov. Jim Hodges' lawsuit that sought to block federal shipments of weapons-grade plutonium to South Carolina.

Police locate missing parents

Burns gets ball rolling in Congress

Raising a joyous noise
Volunteers at newly renovated Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church happily buried the pews under thousands of new organ pipes Tuesday.

Robbery suspect arrested

News you can use
JAN. 14, 1958 Even though all candidates "stand foursquare" for the preservation of racial segregation in the schools, the issue will nevertheless be a prominent one in this year's gubernatorial campaigns in South Carolina, Dr. Donald Russell declared last night.

Lawmakers gain committee spots

Soldier is sentenced to 7 years in assault
If the military judge's preference for punishment had been the final word, an Army private would be spending the next 18 years in prison for what he did to a fellow soldier.

Police fire deputies involved in wreck

Board OKs bid to run parking

From civilians to soldiers

Council names Wetzel to panel
The Aiken City Council voted in favor of horseman Jack Wetzel's nomination to the Historic Preservation Commission on Monday night despite his past violations of the panel's rules.

Across Georgia

State tests stores to see if they sell to children
AIKEN - Starting next week, Aiken County will join more than 300 communities around the state in an annual attempt to document illegal tobacco sales to children.

Florida argues over smoking ban loopholes

Man says he raped fellow soldier
A private stationed at Fort Gordon admitted Monday that he raped a fellow soldier while she was unconscious.

From civilians to soldiers
They arrived in their camouflage fatigues and black berets, lined up in formation in a parking lot in the cold morning air, and with a cry of "Rolling Thunder!" began a busy day of transforming from civilians to full-time soldiers.

Across the area
Police said Monday they will turn over information to the district attorney's office concerning a 61-year-old Augusta man who is charged with shooting his son to death Saturday.

Corps listens to public
Closer scrutiny of industries and a network of groundwater wells to help forecast droughts could help the Corps of Engineers conserve water levels at Thurmond Lake, according to a local citizens group.

'A new day for Georgia'
ATLANTA - Georgia's first Republican governor in 130 years took office Monday pledging to minimize partisan divisions and focus on ethics, education and the state's lackluster economy.

Across the area
The computer system at the Augusta Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers went down for several hours Tuesday, but an official said a backup system ensured continued patient care.

News you can use

Across South Carolina
HARRISBURG, Pa. -Two black men charged with murder in the 1969 race-riot slaying of a white police officer have a trial date and a new judge handling the case, a defense attorney said Tuesday.

Police locate missing parents
A Hephzibah couple wanted on child cruelty charges were found Tuesday in Tennessee, where they were starting a new life, authorities said.

Old flag's backers march on Capitol
ATLANTA - Southern heritage groups pushing to restore the Confederate battle emblem to the Georgia flag gave Gov. Sonny Perdue Inauguration Day to settle in.

Raising a joyous noise

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A 26-year-old Marietta man has been charged with interfering with a Delta Air Lines crew during a flight from Atlanta to New York's LaGuardia Airport.

Plague samples reported missing in Texas later accounted for

Aiken County buses arrive
AIKEN - Five new school buses have arrived for the use of Aiken County Public Schools, and two others are on the way, officials said Tuesday.

Detour ahead
Traffic will be detoured off of Furys Ferry Road between River Watch Parkway and Baston Road until Thursday. Contractors are working on the pipes in the area.

Rants and Raves
A RANT FOR all the Christian pedophiles: Steven Kuehne, Carlton Johnson and Catholic priests. Glad I'm not a member of the Christian cult.

Sanford nears inauguration
COLUMBIA - The Statehouse grounds will be filled with 3,200 chairs, bleachers and camera platforms. Across town at the State Farmers Market, thousands of palm fronds decorate the Watermelon Shed.

Rants and Raves
A RANT FOR all the Christian pedophiles: Steven Kuehne, Carlton Johnson and Catholic priests. Glad I'm not a member of the Christian cult.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Monique Bowen of Augusta.

Agency hunts funds to help warm needy
Without energy assistance, Mary Smith, 72, might not be able to pay for her heat.

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - A night clerk at a Rock Hill hotel has been found dead from a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Police are trying to determine a motive.

Health officials are put on leave
Two officials at an Augusta mental health center have been placed on administrative leave as the center's board looks into anonymous allegations of financial and management improprieties, sources said.

Georgia court strikes down law against unmarried sex

Police fire deputies involved in wreck
Two Richmond County sheriff's deputies whose patrol cars collided in an October accident on Deans Bridge Road have been fired after an internal investigation determined they were being reckless - injuring not only themselves but also a south Augusta woman and her two daughters.

'A new day for Georgia'

Burns gets ball rolling in Congress
WASHINGTON - Rep. Max Burns needs a better pair of shoes.

Across the southeast

Court reverses fornication ruling
ATLANTA - A 16-year-old has a constitutional right to privacy, including when he's having sex with his girlfriend in her bedroom, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled Monday.

House Democrats elect speaker

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Randy Sheppard of Augusta.

State tests stores to see if they sell to children

News you can use
JAN. 15, 1927 The mystery of an overturned truck found early yesterday morning buried in sand and water in a creek about 50 feet from the main stream of Briar Creek remained unsolved last night, according to information from Waynesboro.

Across Georgia

Rants and Raves
REGARDING THE VARIOUS derogatory comments directed at Martha Burk and Jesse Jackson, I'd like to borrow a line from a Monty Python skit: "Let's not call them anything, let's just ignore them!"

Subscriber of the day

Mechanical fault delayed airplane day before crash
ATHENS, Ga. - The doomed commuter airplane that crashed in Charlotte last week was delayed for three hours from arriving at a northeast Georgia airport the previous day because of mechanical problems, a passenger and local airline officials said.

Board OKs bid to run parking
A downtown parking deck that has been losing money since 1999 would be managed by a Chattanooga, Tenn., parking services company if the Augusta Commission follows its finance committee's recommendation.

Florida argues over smoking ban loopholes
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - For most Florida voters, it probably seemed simple enough.

Republican majority strips lieutenant governor's power to appoint committees
ATLANTA -- The new Republican majority in the Senate flexed its political muscle Monday and stripped Democratic Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor of much of his power to appoint committees.

Airman says she suffocated son to stop pain
CLOVIS, N.M. - A 21-year-old Cannon Air Force Base airman admitted to investigators that she suffocated her 15-month-old son, but she said she did it because she wanted to ease his suffering.

Across the southeast
BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -An Air Force colonel who said communications problems would cause "friendly fire" accidents will testify at a hearing into the accidental deaths of four Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan last year, a defense lawyer said Monday.

Perdue hands off gas-tax increase

Augusta troops prepare to leave
Twenty members of the Army Reserve's Augusta-based 319th Transportation Company are already in Kuwait, and the rest of the unit may be about to join them.

Sanford becomes South Carolina's 115th governor

School has broad literacy campaign
Armed with books, Meadowbrook Elementary School pupils are campaigning for literacy.

High court rejects plutonium case

New rules give GOP reins in state Senate
ATLANTA - The Republican takeover of the Georgia Senate became official Monday when the chamber's new majority easily pushed through rules shifting power to themselves.

Detour ahead

House Democrats elect speaker
ATLANTA - Eager to show the Democratic Party is still a force in Georgia, House Democrats Monday elected Rep. Terry Coleman as their speaker after a fellow Democrat backed by Republicans withdrew from the race.

Corps listens to public

Ex-deputy running for sheriff

Agency hunts funds to help warm needy

911 tape reveals errors

Perdue hands off gas-tax increase
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue said Tuesday that he will not propose a gas-tax increase, but he's not ruling out one if the Legislature initiates it. And legislative leaders know they must generate more tax revenue or cut state spending.

Across South Carolina

School board approves plan to shift pupils

Republican majority strips lieutenant governor's power to appoint committees

Subscriber of the day

DEI and Kannapolis at odds over Earnhardt tribute

Belnavis takes sponsor to Travis Carter team
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR should still have its first minority-owned Winston Cup team when the season starts under a partnership reached Monday between Sam Belnavis and car owner Travis Carter.

DEI and Kannapolis at odds over Earnhardt tribute
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Dale Earnhardt's widow has asked city officials in Kannapolis to stop using the late driver's name and likeness on materials associated with a statue and park until they get her approval.

Former executive begins anew
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Sam Belnavis stood with his arms crossed as engineers and Todd Bodine poured over a pair of Ford Taurus race cars Tuesday in Daytona International Speedway's garage area.

Belnavis takes sponsor to Travis Carter team

Former executive begins anew

Hawks fall to Bucks

Jordan on All-Star game: 'It's time for me to step aside'
WASHINGTON (AP)- If the NBA and its fans want to see Michael Jordan at the All-Star game, it's going to take some convincing.

Charlotte, Johnson agree to arena plans for new NBA team
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Owner Robert Johnson completed a deal with Charlotte that clears the way for construction of a $260 million downtown arena for the NBA expansion team.

Hawks fall to Bucks
MILWAUKEE -- Glenn Robinson liked what he heard but not what he saw.

Auburn's start raises some eyebrows
Auburn is the surprise of the Southeastern Conference so far, but the Tigers' 13-2 start isn't really much of a shock given their weak nonconference schedule.

Lady Pacers secure win with late layup
Jami Cornwell scored a career-high 35 points for USC Aiken on Monday at the Courthouse, but it was a put-back from Erica Larsen with 2.7 seconds left that gave the Lady Pacers a 68-66 victory over Francis Marion.

Virginia's Billet, Duke's Jones earn weekly ACC honors
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Virginia's Todd Billet and Duke's Dahntay Jones were named co-players of the week by the Atlantic Coast Conference on Monday.

Duke only unbeaten and still No. 1
Duke won the matchup of the last two unbeaten teams and held the No. 1 ranking Monday in The Associated Press college basketball poll.

Duke still a solid No. 1 in AP women's poll
Duke remains No. 1 in The Associated Press' women's basketball poll after a close call at Virginia.

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

Panthers sign 13 free agents

Eagles' defense wants more respect

Favorites come through this time

Eagles plan to let Bucs do all the talking

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Mrs. Thelma Lamar (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ila Magreski (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Janie Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. O.C. Williams (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Eugene Grimm (ELIZABETHTOWN, N.C.)

Mrs. Minnie Palmer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wallace Hughes (DAYTONA, Fla.)

Mr. Timothy Tarver (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Jennifer Weathers (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Patricia Eubanks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah Self (EVANS, Ga.)

Ms. Hattie Cothron (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Eunice Widener (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Minnie Palmer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Awareness pays off
Although crime overall increased 5 percent in Augusta last year, certainly due in part to the slow economy, there are a couple of bright spots in the latest figures provided by the Richmond County Sheriff's Department. The 15 homicides in 2002 were two fewer than in 2001, an 11.7 percent drop.

Bible is not opposed to abortions
Regarding the Dec. 18 editorial, "Sending the very worst" and all the other anti-abortion letters: Daru Ib-Shamiq, North Augusta, S.C.

'Chronicle' editorial on Thomas racist and inconsistent
Your lead editorial on Dec. 27, "Ridiculous protest," revived memories of a line a speech writer crafted for a Ronald Reagan-Jimmy Carter debate: "There you go again!" Lewis P. Bohler Jr., Augusta

Associated Press leans toward liberals
The liberal Associated Press has officially begun its 2004 presidential campaign, selecting this year any liberal Democrat who runs against any Republican: President George W. Bush. Tom Hunter, Augusta

Yes, it's a big deal
Some may wonder whether it's such a big deal that a local boy, Kevin Millward, finished first in the 12-13 age group of the national Punt, Pass and Kick competition this past weekend in Nashville, Tenn.

Patriot Act like Big Brother's grip
Homeland security? It seems we are missing a page in history. Most countries we have opposed had a similar homeland security chief. Adolf Hitler had one. It was called the Gestapo or the SS. Our civil rights are slowly being taken away by "well-meaning" politicians and those who think the average American cannot think for himself. James R. Sherrill, Evans, Ga.

Augusta looks at wrong models for entertainment district
The media have supplied opinions against Augusta's "entertainment district" based on public safety costs and the probability that some family-oriented businesses will leave. Priscilla Bence, Martinez, Ga.

Appalled by ludicrous protest
As a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, I was incensed when I learned that certain professors and students at the law school believed that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas should not speak at graduation. James B. Trotter, Augusta

Trent Lott, John C. Calhoun compared
In a span of three weeks, America watched intently as the most powerful senator in the United States succumbed to the pressure of his political party and others and abdicated his position as majority leader. Dr. Charles T. Lockett, Augusta

Planned Parenthood director deluded
Regarding Mary Beth Pierucci's Dec. 28 Chronicle letter, "Some Christians are pro-choice": Ms. Pierucci says that "being Christian is not synonymous with being anti-choice." I say that she is sadly misinformed. If we, as Christians, are following the teachings of the Bible, then we should always be for life - from conception to natural death. Heather Visintainer, Augusta

It had to be done
Imagine if we elected our president and vice president separately - and George Bush's vice president was Democrat Tom Daschle. Imagine further the complications if, even after Republicans won the majority in the Senate, Democrat Daschle presided over and made committee appointments in the Senate.

Bush administration destroying nation's economy, reputation
I cannot believe the irrational statements made by Republican letter writers. In response to Charles G. Newton III's letter of Dec. 19 ("Geez! Can't Democrats take a joke?"), it was the Founding Fathers who decided to separate church and state. Most Founders were Christians but had seen the terrible consequences when the church takes over the state. Carroll C. Kenny, Martinez, Ga.

Crazy like a fox?
Is North Korea crazy like a fox? Or just plain crazy?

Why war is near
Actions speak louder than words, and though Bush administration spokesmen say war with Iraq is not at hand, the president's actions indicate otherwise.

God promised we are all of Israel
Regarding the Jan. 4 Woodrow Short letter, "Letter writer needs history lesson." The intent of this letter is not to ridicule Mr. Short as he did Harry Sellers (letter of Dec. 4), but to remind him that his statement was not factual. Pastor Wesley G. Ellis, Hephzibah, Ga.

Editorial cartoon insensitive, ignorant
Your cartoon on Page 4A of the Dec. 8 paper was not in good taste. Do we need to poke fun of other people's religions? This is unbecoming of a reputable newspaper. The prostration in the Muslim prayer is a mark of submission and humility toward God. It is an essential part of worship to the one and only God. I. A. Jilani, Martinez, Ga.

One size fits all
Regardless of what your stance is on the death penalty, outgoing Illinois Gov. George Ryan's 11th-hour blanket clemency of that state's death-row inmates is inarguably unjust.

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Tyson, second wife divorce

Roddick bound for the top, in due course

Down and out Down Under: Capriati loses opener

Roddick bound for the top, in due course
MELBOURNE, Australia -- If people would quit asking Andy Roddick when he'll be the next American at No. 1, he might be able to concentrate on getting to the top of the tennis world.

Tyson, second wife divorce
ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Mike Tyson and his second wife were granted a divorce Monday, and the former heavyweight champion agreed to pay her $6.5 million from future earnings.

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The architect of one of the NFL's greatest defenses will try to resurrect its worst team.

Overtime
Lloyd Ward kept his job as head of the U.S. Olympic Committee despite a finding that his attempt to steer business to a company with ties to his brother "created the appearance of a conflict of interest."

Down and out Down Under: Capriati loses opener
MELBOURNE, Australia -- For two weeks, Jennifer Capriati stayed out of sunlight, recovering from surgery to her eyes.

Glenn Hills tops Lakeside
The Lakeside girls basketball team was eager to play Class AAAA defending state champion Glenn Hills on Tuesday.

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

Panthers sign 13 free agents
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers on Monday signed 13 free agents to future contracts.

Eagles plan to let Bucs do all the talking
PHILADELPHIA -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers talk a lot during the week, and say even more during games.

Eagles' defense wants more respect
PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles are tired of hearing about Tampa Bay's defense.

Coach looks forward to 7th season
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Before he goes on vacation next week, Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Reeves will attend several meetings. None is more important than the talk he has every winter with Pam, his wife of 37 years, regarding his future.

Favorites come through this time
When the Philadelphia Eagles last went to the Super Bowl 22 years ago, they ran into the Oakland Raiders.

Study: filtering water through cloth can halve cholera cases
WASHINGTON -- Simply filtering water through old sari fabric may be enough to reduce cholera cases by about half in rural villages in Bangladesh, researchers say

Music, technology groups agree on copyright plans
WASHINGTON -- The leading trade associations for the music and technology industries, which have been at loggerheads over consumers downloading songs on the Internet, have negotiated a compromise they contend will protect copyrights on movies and music without new government involvement.

Study of vampire bat saliva may lead to new drug
DALLAS -- A substance in the saliva of vampire bats could prove to be a potent new treatment for strokes, an Australian scientist says.

Wedding planning is just a click away
When you're in your mid-50s, it's important to look out for falling rocks - especially when they fall on the ring finger of your daughter's left hand.

AOL Time Warner chairman resigns
NEW YORK -- Outgoing AOL Time Warner chairman Steve Case acknowledged Monday that the 2001 merger he helped orchestrate has not lived up to expectations, but he said he remains confident that the marriage of Time Warner and America Online will prove sound over the long run.

Georgia's Watson to enter NFL draft

Georgia's Watson to enter NFL draft
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia tight end Ben Watson will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft. He is the fourth Georgia player to give up his final year of eligibility for the April draft.

Odom's rant draws both fire, praise
South Carolina's men's basketball team has attracted an average of 12,233 fans to its home games this season. Given the squad's mediocre status and its traditionally indifferent fan support, that's agood number.

Odom's rant draws both fire, praise

Coble continues statewide dominance
Augusta's Laura Coble isn't planning on slowing down just because she's broken Vicki Goetze-Ackerman's record for dominance in Georgia women's amateur golf.

Petty shines on 'Full Moon Fever'
At a time when the musical world was ruled by hair bands and material girls, Tom Petty, of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, was busy with his solo debut, Full Moon Fever.

Teen must let parents get to know boyfriend
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM Me and my boyfriend have been together for about five months now, and the relationship is going great. The only problem is that we can't go on dates because my parents won't allow me to date. How can I get my parents to agree to let me date? - 17-year-old Augusta girl

Teen must let parents get to know boyfriend

Film is about more than dancing

Film is about more than dancing
The 1980s could be called the decade of teen angst. Some of the most memorable movies from that period are showcases of everything teen: heartache, schoolgirl crushes and coming of age.

Artist's corner

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:

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Your style

Return of the '80s
It may be tragic but it's true - 1980s fashion is making a comeback.

Audio best

Funny lyrics wanted
Have you ever made up alternate lyrics to a popular song (think Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer)? Your pastime could finally pay off.

Return of the '80s

Music bus to stop at Davidson
Students at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School have imagination.

Xtreme calendar
New on video and DVD: About a Boy, starring Hugh Grant as an immature man who is taught how to act like a grown-up by a little boy; Blue Crush, starring newcomer Kate Bosworth as a competitive surfer; Fear Dot Com, about a mysterious Web site that causes the death of all who visit it; and Undercover Brother, starring Eddie Griffin as a secret agent in the all-black Brotherhood.

Artist's corner
Cassie Ejma, 17, is a junior at Westside High School.

Your style
THE FACTS: Brooke Roberson, 16, a junior at Westside High School

Ask us

My ride
THE FACTS: Taylor Roy, 17, a senior at Lakeside High School.

Ask us
Q: How can I give my big bangs staying power?

Music bus to stop at Davidson

'Candles' captures teen emotion
Sixteen Candles is the epitome of those so-called "awkward teen years." It incorporates the embarrassments, aggravations, and happy endings experienced with friends, family and secret crushes.

My ride

AOL Time Warner chairman resigns

Wedding planning is just a click away

Study of vampire bat saliva may lead to new drug

Study: filtering water through cloth can halve cholera cases

Music, technology groups agree on copyright plans