Wine and dine
K.C.'s Korner is the newest place to grab a cup of joe downtown. The bistro opened Monday in the lobby of the Radisson Riverfront Hotel, 2 10th St.

Radio show spotlights bands
When not unleashing ferocious six-string riffs with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band or slinking through The Sopranos as cold-hearted mobster Silvio Dante, Little Steven Van Zandt likes to spend time in the garage.

At the movies: 'Chicago'
The path from stage to screen was arduous and the director could hardly be greener, but the Broadway-spawned "Chicago" is every inch a movie. It's kinetic, dynamic and always entertaining - but also a tad chaste.

At the movies: 'Chicago'

Augusta Opera to showcase musical talent of Sondheim
For nearly 50 years, composer/songwriter Stephen Sondheim has been a mainstay in American musical theater. Widely respected for his lyrical prowess, his musical sensibility and emotional approach to musical theater, he has been honored with a trophy case (perhaps two) full of awards, including a Pulitzer Prize, an Oscar and numerous Tonys.

At the movies: 'A Guy Thing'

Golden Globe nominees still play in limited release
LOS ANGELES -- It's got three big-name actresses, ads all over television and seven Golden Globe nominations. But in much of the country it's virtually impossible to find.

Legacy of dance

At the movies: 'National Security'
"National Security" is the best racially mismatched buddy flick hitting theaters this weekend, if only because "Kangaroo Jack" manages to be an even more egregious assault on the senses.

Mini reviews

Play finds humor in king's dysfunctional family
Henry and Eleanor are just like any other couple. Their marriage has hit the occasional bump, their offspring squabble and there always seems to be a dispute with the neighbors over where property lines lie.

Video watch

Applause calendar
MARTIN LUTHER KING BIRTHDAY PARADE: 1 p.m. Saturday, Dyess Park Community Center, 902 James Brown Blvd.; will proceed south on James Brown Boulevard, west on Wrightsboro Road, north on Augusta Avenue, east on Laney-Walker Boulevard and north on James Brown Boulevard; Cher Best, 231-7373.

Radio show spotlights bands

Ramblin Rhodes: Country legend performed twice on stages in Augusta
Fifty years ago this week, Hank Williams' I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive was about to hit No. 1 on the country music charts.

Applause calendar

Entertainment Briefs
MINNEAPOLIS -- Target Corp. officials received a nice post-holiday return on their investment in "Christmas Song," sung by India.Arie and Stevie Wonder.

Entertainment Briefs

At the movies: 'A Guy Thing'
Casting Jason Lee as the lead in a romantic comedy would be a great idea.

Wine and dine

At the movies: 'Kangaroo Jack'
"Kangaroo Jack" isn't so much a movie that merits serious criticism as it is an opportunity to sit in the dark for an hour and a half and think up one-liners.

Club calendar

Stereotype doesn't fit 16-year-old musician
It's easy to be disarmed by Sandra Wolf-Meei Cameron.

At the movies: 'National Security'

Legacy of dance
Although established in 1974 as a training ground for young dancers, the Ailey II dance company has evolved, becoming an important force in the world of dance.

Stardom finally 'Rings' for actor

Club calendar
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a sampling of specials and entertainment at area nightclubs.

Ramblin Rhodes: Country legend performed twice on stages in Augusta

Video watch
JUST OUT: About A Boy, Blue Crush and Undercover Brother

Golden Globe nominees still play in limited release

Standing ovations
The National Players return to Augusta on Jan. 23 to present the Moliere comedy Tartuffe at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23, and Shakespeare's As You Like It at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24, and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25.

Play finds humor in king's dysfunctional family

Stardom finally 'Rings' for actor
The past 18 months have seen actor Viggo Mortensen make a name for himself by hanging with hobbits. But before he picked up sword and saddle to play the dark hero Aragorn in the blockbuster Lord of the Rings trilogy, he spent 15 years quietly gaining a reputation as "the guy who should be a star."

Hollywood looks for repeat business in 2003

Hollywood looks for repeat business in 2003
LOS ANGELES -- Sequels succeeded so well in 2002 that film studios have decided to do an encore.

Augusta Opera to showcase musical talent of Sondheim

At the movies: 'Kangaroo Jack'

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Thursday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, check out augusta.com/movies.

New Hall of Famers let Selig make Rose decision

New Hall of Famers let Selig make Rose decision
NEW YORK -- Baseball's newest Hall of Famers are content to let Bud Selig make the call on Pete Rose's reinstatement.

Owners approve giving All-Star game winner Series home-field advantage

Owners approve giving All-Star game winner Series home-field advantage
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Baseball owners unanimously approved commissioner Bud Selig's proposal to have the league that wins the All-Star game get home-field advantage in the World Series.

Maddux asks for $16 million
ATLANTA -- Four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux didn't get a financial windfall during free agency. He hopes to make up for it in arbitration.

Braves re-sign catcher Blanco
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves re-signed catcher Henry Blanco to a $1.3 million, one-year contract Friday, avoiding salary arbitration.

Maddux asks for $16 million

Recovery is near, economists say
Although the state and Augusta are still feeling the effects of the recession, there might be an end in sight, economic experts said Thursday.

Tax tips: IRS offers amnesty to certain tax evaders
WASHINGTON -- People using offshore credit cards to hide income and evade U.S. taxes can avoid criminal charges if they come forward by April 15, the Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday.

Trade deficit swells to record $40.1 billion in November

Stocks fall on tepid Microsoft, IBM outlook
NEW YORK -- Wall Street slid toward its first weekly loss in 2003 Friday, as sluggish outlooks from Microsoft and IBM fed investor pessimism about the economy and sent stocks lower.

Engine parts maker plans move into Burke County
Burke County's Kwikset plant is on track to begin manufacturing small-engine parts this year, officials said Thursday.

Trade deficit swells to record $40.1 billion in November
Trade deficit swells to record $40.1 billion in November; industrial production drops in December

Technology needs more customer dollars to get Wall Street's support
NEW YORK -- Even with the dot-com disasters of recent years, Wall Street keeps hoping that the high-tech sector will lead stocks back to health. And for a while, as the market rallied after New Year's, tech did indeed outperform other sectors.

New bar serves up local history
Two months ago, if you would have asked the owners of Nacho Mama's and Blue Sky Kitchen if they wanted to expand to a third operation downtown, the answer would have been a definite no.

Stocks fall on tepid Microsoft, IBM outlook

Business briefs
LONDON - A crippling strike in Venezuela, low inventories of crude and the possibility of war with Iraq have combined to throw oil markets off balance, the International Energy Agency said Friday.

Company plans return
Nearly a year after Macy's closed its doors in Augusta Mall, the name is returning, but the department store will not be the same one that shoppers remember.

Club ends alcohol license battle
LAVONIA, Ga. - Semi-nude dancing will continue at the controversial Cafe Risque along Interstate 85 in northeast Georgia, but the club won't sell alcohol, or allow patrons to bring it in, under an agreement that ends a yearlong legal battle between the local government and the business.

Business briefs
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines blamed poor economic conditions and lingering fallout from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks as it reported a $363 million loss for the fourth quarter Thursday and signaled that further cost cuts would be necessary.

Grocery store to close in Thomson
THOMSON, Ga. - Just as Thomson is seeing the arrival of a number of new businesses, one of its older stores is saying goodbye.

Stocks fall in cautious trading
NEW YORK -- Investors grew more cautious Thursday, sending stock prices lower despite better-than-expected earnings from Sears and United Technologies.

Stocks fall in cautious trading

Consumer prices edged up in December
WASHINGTON -- Consumer inflation rose by a mere 0.1 percent in December as the lackluster economy had the effect of holding prices in line, creating a healthier climate for shoppers.

Atlanta-area Macy's closing; Rich's stores to be renamed

Tax tips: IRS offers amnesty to certain tax evaders

Recovery is near, economists say

New bar serves up local history

Company plans return

Consumer prices edged up in December

Atlanta-area Macy's closing; Rich's stores to be renamed
ATLANTA -- Federated Department Stores Inc. said Thursday it is closing its seven metro Atlanta Macy's stores and slashing at least 1,500 jobs, citing competition with its Rich's locations.

Clemson's Davis apologizes to Hatchell

Clemson's Davis apologizes to Hatchell
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson women's basketball coach Jim Davis apologized Friday for snubbing North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell at the end of the Tar Heels' victory the previous night.

Lady Tigers fall to North Carolina
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Candace Sutton scored 15 points, including eight during a decisive second-half run, as No. 8 North Carolina won its 12th straight with a 77-55 victory over Clemson on Thursday night.

Georgia, Florida State come to Death Valley in 2003
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Southeastern Conference champion Georgia and Atlantic Coast Conference winner Florida State will come to Death Valley in 2003.

Senior Bowl tailbacks fresh from breakthrough seasons

Senior Bowl tailbacks fresh from breakthrough seasons
MOBILE, Ala. -- Larry Johnson and Artose Pinner entered their senior seasons as two of college football's best running backs, but they had little name recognition.

Cornwell on verge of scoring record

College basketball notebook

Tort reform overdue

End education feuds

One more big caution

Long-term pain

Fishing report
Fishermen visiting Strom Thurmond Lake any day at the crack of dawn might be surprised to note the lake surface temperature is in the 40s. When temperatures dip below 50 degrees, they effectively put the brakes on the fish bite.

Fishing tournament news

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or informatio

Committed to camellias
Aiken Camellia Society president Jim Dickson seemed destined to be where he is today, doing what he loves - getting ready for the club's annual show this weekend.

Plants need proper care
Camellias are a popular landscaping choice because they add so much beauty in winter and spring when few other plants are in bloom. They also are easy to grow, if you take the proper steps. Here are some tips:

Committed to camellias

Perry, Goosen tied for lead.
UPDATES throughout with Perry at 6 under, other scores. EDITS to trim. Optional to follow when first round completed.

Something was missing for Kelly

Something was missing for Kelly
HONOLULU - By almost every account, Jerry Kelly had a dream season in 2002. He won for the first time on the PGA Tour at the Sony Open, won again at the Western Open, played in his first Tour Championship and wound up with nearly $3 million.

Back to work for DiMarco
HONOLULU -- The gravy train is over for Chris DiMarco, who realized Friday at the Sony Open he was going to have to play hard to earn his money. He did just that by posting a 4-under 66 in blustery conditions for an early share of the lead.

Tiger says rehab on schedule

Perry, Goosen tied for lead.

Tiger says rehab on schedule
WINDEMERE, Fla. -- Tiger Woods' rehabilitation from knee surgery is going as planned, and he hopes to resume practice next week using every club in his bag.

Back to work for DiMarco

Summers heads All-State team

Players of the week

McDuffie brings high expectations to Golden Hawks

Panthers ruin Razorbacks' plan

Prep basketball scores

Prep girls basketball statistics

Prep boys basketball statistics

Summers heads All-State team
COLUMBIA - Lexington's Demetris Summers, the most talked about player in South Carolina this fall, heads the 2002 AP All-State High School Football team released Thursday.

Hartley takes over struggling Thrashers
ATLANTA -- When Bob Hartley decided to give up a nice, secure job at the windshield factory for the chance to coach hockey, his co-workers pleaded with him to reconsider.

Hartley takes over struggling Thrashers

Hamister says Sabres sale agreement is near
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Buffalo businessman Mark Hamister said Thursday that an agreement with the NHL is near, clearing the way for him to purchase the bankrupt Sabres.

Thrashers top Bruins
ATLANTA -- Ilya Kovalchuk scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period, Bob Hartley remained unbeaten as Atlanta's coach and the Thrashers beat the slumping Boston Bruins 3-1 on Friday night.

Hamister says Sabres sale agreement is near

Thrashers top Bruins

In the prelude to possible Iraq war, a national rallying for peace
WASHINGTON -- Demonstrators are mobilizing in Washington and cities across the country for what they consider their last chance to speak as one great multitude against the gathering clouds of an Iraq war.

Heated debate falls short of easy answer
I believe smart people are smart because they know there's a lot they don't know.

'The Boondocks' fuels racial trouble

Sanctions on N. Korea spells war

Take drivers' test every two years

Ban smoking at health-care facilities

Columnist forgets greatest Republican

Columnist blasted for criticism of multiculturalism

Retired postal employee proud to serve

Board of education member tells the rest of the story

Provides history of Scott Nixon Drive

Lynx lose it at end

Dumont returns to face ex-team
In the ECHL, players such as Louis Dumont don't come around every day.

Inferno shut out Lynx
COLUMBIA - Goaltender Patrick Couture stopped 29 shots and recorded his first shutout of the season as the Columbia Inferno defeated the Augusta Lynx 4-0 at Carolina Coliseum on Thursday night.

Lynx road report
Augusta Lynx vs. Charlotte Checkers, Cricket Arena, 7:35 p.m.

Lynx game night
Pensacola Ice Pilots at Augusta Lynx.

Lynx lose it at end
The Augusta Lynx played 58 minutes of smart, solid hockey.

Dumont returns to face ex-team

Lynx's hottest player recalled to Springfield
The Lynx said goodbye to their captain and most valuable player Friday.

Collector visits show to spread train hobby
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The bigger the boys, the more expensive the toys.

Mental facility will face audit
State auditors will be sent to an Augusta mental health center to do an "investigative audit" in the wake of allegations of corruption and cronyism, the center's chairwoman announced Thursday.

Speaker appoints ethics counselor

Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday events

Sick pupils a puzzler for schools
Columbia County health officials are playing detective to uncover the source and diagnose a flulike epidemic that is affecting large numbers of middle school pupils.

Collector visits show to spread train hobby

Rants and Raves
THIS RANT IS for the Richmond County police. Since when does Richmond County provide taxi service for drunks? Had they not taken Robert Carpenter home, he would be alive today.

Sick pupils a puzzler for schools

Weather reports will favor farmers

Teacher wanted in child porn case seized in California

Pupil takes handgun to school
A disagreement with a small group of boys, police say, led an 11-year-old Jamestown Elementary School pupil to take a .40-caliber handgun and a loaded magazine to school Thursday.

City revises protest law ahead of Masters

Across the Southeast
ATLANTA -Icy coolers of single beer bottles at gas stations would become illegal under a bill proposed Friday by a group of Atlanta Democrats.

Committee shake-ups stir talk at Capitol

Subscriber of the day
Clay Jolly III of Augusta is today's subscriber of the day.

Public Safety holds class for officer training

Crane accident leads to DOT investigation

Subscriber of the day

State is opposed to death for youth

Judge settles church ouster

Across the area
Twenty-seven confiscated video poker machines were taken to the Richmond County landfill Thursday to be destroyed.

State tax forms have mistakes

Across Georgia
ALBANY -An Albany man who planted a grapefruit tree as an experiment was surprised to see fruit growing on its branches.

News you can use

Perdue plans to push ethics reform package
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue on Thursday outlined a comprehensive package of ethics reforms aimed at restoring public confidence in a state government beset with negative publicity over real and perceived misdeeds.

S.C. tourism agency prepared for cuts

Across the area
A Hephzibah mother being held in Tennessee on child cruelty charges has not waived extradition and will not be brought back to Augusta with her husband next week, authorities said.

A party fit for a King

News you can use
BACK IN TIME JAN. 18, 1957 J. Vivian Maxwell, Augusta businessman, was elected president of the 1957 Augusta Community Chest at the annual organizational meeting of the group last night at the Bon Air Hotel. He succeeds Sam O. Maguire.

Support group moves meeting

Statutory rapes raise figures
A 14 percent rise in Richmond County rape cases last year is the result of statutory rapes, not forcible rapes, authorities said Friday.

Across the area

CDC: Early in season, nationwide influenza cases still light

Friends give Hodges new SUV

News you can use

Business grows out of fire losses

Across Georgia

Lowcountry reserve medical unit mobilized
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- About 45 doctors, dentists, nurses and others who are members of the 7224th Medical Support Unit, an Army Reserve outfit, are being mobilized and will report to Fort Stewart, Ga., this weekend, an official said.

Across South Carolina

Suspect in Grand Strand abduction says victim raped, killed
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- One of the men accused of abducting a Galivants Ferry woman two months ago says his co-defendant raped and killed her, according to court documents.

Across the area

News you can use
JAN. 17, 1947 Richmond Academy's 1947 basketballers show their wares for local fans the first time at 9 o'clock tonight when they tackle the high-riding Tech High Smithies from Atlanta in the Academy gym in the feature of a triple-header.

Business grows out of fire losses
AIKEN - When Judy Keaton realized there was smoke in her Woodside Plantation home, she had time to make two trips for personal belongings before fire took everything else.

Across South Carolina

Suspect in Grand Strand abduction says victim raped, killed

Smallpox inoculations begin for soldiers

Cancer group launches relay
AIKEN - Tears flowed freely among friends, and tears stained the cheeks of some who attended the American Cancer Society's kickoff for the 2003 Relay for Life campaign Thursday night at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

Local company faces TB screening

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Mary Jo Pittman of Augusta.

Rants and Raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

Center's shoddy records cost city
Augusta taxpayers could be forced to foot the bill for hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal refunds because of sloppy bookkeeping by a halfway house and an apparent failure by the city to help them clear up those books.

Statutory rapes raise figures

March of ants grows larger
We're being invaded.

City could abandon office move

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Chief Justice Jean Toal has agreed to allow municipal and magistrate courts to use interpreters who listen to the proceedings on a speaker phone.

Builders propose deal in lawsuit

State is opposed to death for youth
ATLANTA - A poll released Thursday indicates that a majority of Georgians questioned oppose giving the death penalty to children guilty of murder despite a state law requiring it.

Local legislator holds onto his chairmanship

Crane accident leads to DOT investigation
An accident at the Bobby Jones Expressway bridge construction site halted crane operations Thursday and prompted an investigation.

Across the Southeast

Rants and Raves
THIS RANT IS for the Richmond County police. Since when does Richmond County provide taxi service for drunks? Had they not taken Robert Carpenter home, he would be alive today.

Committee shake-ups stir talk at Capitol
ATLANTA -- New House Speaker Terry Coleman exercised his greatest power Friday - naming committees in his chamber. But across the hall in the Senate, one committee plan was falling apart.

City revises protest law ahead of Masters
If Martha Burk balks at laws governing public protest in Augusta, city officials say they will be prepared to fight back with a newly revised and federally sound statute.

Atlanta rebounds from deficit; ends 2002 with $47 million surplus
ATLANTA -- Mayor Shirley Franklin is crediting tight spending controls and extra revenue for pulling the city out of a $34 million deficit - finishing 2002 with $47 million more than it spent.

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -Federal agents raided the offices of Stardancer Casino Cruises this week looking for evidence of mail fraud and tax evasion, according to documents filed in federal court.

Friends give Hodges new SUV
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Simple dinner plans with a few friends the day after Jim Hodges left the governor's office turned out to be a surprise party for the former first family with 200 people and the gift of a 2003 Ford Explorer.

Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday events
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. BIRTHDAY PARADE: 1 p.m. today; beginning at Dyess Park Community Center, 902 James Brown Blvd., will proceed south on James Brown Boulevard, west onto Wrightsboro Road, north onto Augusta Avenue, east onto Laney-Walker Boulevard and north back to James Brown Boulevard; Cher Best, 231-7373.

S.C. tourism agency prepared for cuts
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Between terrorist attacks, a weak economy and state budget cuts it's been tough lately for the state's Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department - the agency that promotes the state's largest industry.

Support group moves meeting
RIVER CHANGE The Columbia County Chapter of the Compassionate Friends meeting has moved to Marvin United Methodist Church, 4400 Wheeler Road, Martinez.

Teacher wanted in child porn case seized in California
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A South Carolina high school math teacher who disappeared while facing child pornography charges has been arrested in San Francisco, investigators say.

Judge settles church ouster
Christians normally try to get people to come to church. On Friday, about 50 members of a Hephzibah congregation went to court to explain why they threw someone out.

Builders propose deal in lawsuit
Hundreds of property owners in Aiken's Woodside Plantation who might have unknowingly paid millions of dollars in kickback fees have been offered a settlement, according to a legal notice mailed to residents Friday.

Smallpox inoculations begin for soldiers
Under President Bush's smallpox vaccination plan, 500,000 soldiers and 500,000 health care and emergency workers will get inoculated this year.

A party fit for a King
Above, Savannah Place member Belle Clark bows her head during the closing prayer at Life in the River's 14th annual celebration of Dr. King's birthday. At left, Grady Allen, of the Truevine Missionary Baptist Church, plays a song on the soprano saxophone during the service to mark the birthday of the legendary civil-rights leader, who was born Jan. 15, 1929, and assassinated in 1968 in Memphis, Tenn. Friday's event was sponsored by the Savannah Place multipurpose recreation center.

Weather reports will favor farmers
For Foster Olson, recent rains and predictions for a wetter year ahead are good news for his business and customers.

Public Safety holds class for officer training
AIKEN - Passing by crayon drawings on the walls of a hallway inside North Aiken Elementary, four police officers looked for the unthinkable - two armed pupils tucked away in a classroom aiming at their next target.

Cell phone ban proposed again in Legislature

State tax forms have mistakes
COLUMBIA - Errors on the state's income tax return forms could confuse taxpayers and lead them to believe they owe more than they really do, the state Revenue Department said Friday.

Augusta State attempts to keep up with growth
Just when Augusta State University officials thought construction would be winding down, they're facing another growth spurt.

Rants and Raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

Center's shoddy records cost city

City could abandon office move
Construction delays on an office building slated to house two local government offices has some Augusta leaders predicting the project will drain thousands of taxpayer dollars.

Light snow falls in north Georgia, more predicted

Local legislator holds onto his chairmanship
ATLANTA - Rep. Henry Howard held onto his chairmanship of the House Human Relations and Aging Committee Friday as other chairmen suffered from a shakeup.

Mental facility will face audit

The battle of the budget begins at the Gold Dome
ATLANTA - The Georgia General Assembly won't be officially gaveled into session a single time this week.

Sanford makes staff announcements on first day

Local company faces TB screening
Nearly 40 people at an Augusta telemarketing company had a positive skin test for tuberculosis after a former employee was confirmed as having the disease. They are among 1,600 current and former employees of FutureCall LLC who might be screened for tuberculosis by public health authorities.

Pupil takes handgun to school

State lifts outdoor water ban, plans for future shortages
ATLANTA -- Officials in two Georgia counties said they are considering keeping a water ban in effect despite the state's decision to lift outdoor water restrictions.

Subscriber of the day

Cell phone ban proposed again in Legislature
ATLANTA -- Proposals to ban cell phones in cars have floated around the Capitol for years, but a powerful Democrat in the state House says this could be the year a ban becomes law.

State lifts outdoor water ban, plans for future shortages

Light snow falls in north Georgia, more predicted
ATLANTA -- North Georgians were preparing for more snow after about an inch fell over northern counties Thursday morning.

Perdue plans to push ethics reform package

CDC: Early in season, nationwide influenza cases still light
ATLANTA -- The flu season is off to a slow start, but the pace could pick up soon.

Speaker appoints ethics counselor
ATLANTA -- The new speaker of the Georgia House appointed a first-ever ethics counselor for lawmakers Thursday to guide them on ethics questions and legislation.

Sanford makes staff announcements on first day
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Gov. Mark Sanford organized his office and announced his legislative liaison team to start his first day on the job Thursday.

The Golf Channel offers even more for viewers
Everyone has their 15 minutes of fame.

Petty fastest in second test
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - There were no cash bonuses given for the fastest laps at the three-day test session for the Daytona 500. But according to Kyle Petty, his team came away with something more valuable - satisfaction.

Cleveland Grand Prix going under the lights
CLEVELAND -- Gentlemen, start your engines. And turn on your headlights.

Cleveland Grand Prix going under the lights

Aikman, Staubach coming to NASCAR

Aikman, Staubach coming to NASCAR
Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach quarterbacked the same NFL team. Now they're part owners of the same team - planning to enter a car in NASCAR's Winston Cup Series in 2004.

Petty fastest in second test

Asian group demands apology, more NBA diversity
HOUSTON -- The president of the Organization of Chinese Americans demanded Friday that Los Angeles Lakers star Shaquille O'Neal offer a more serious apology for derogatory remarks he made about Houston Rockets rookie Yao Ming.

WNBA considering casino team as union pushes contract talks

Asian group demands apology, more NBA diversity

College basketball notebook
Maryland coach Gary Williams views trips to the state of North Carolina with as much enthusiasm as a visit with an oral surgeon.

Cornwell on verge of scoring record
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Sapp likes Bucs chances against 'big, bad' Eagles

Jaguars hire Del Rio as coach

Titans are no all-stars, but Super Bowl still beckons

Officiating is center stage in NFL playoffs

Playoff Picks

Reeves fires QB coach Burns

Mariucci, fired by 49ers, says he has no plans for future

Four straight losses not enough to knock out AFC teams

Douglas inspires Eagles on and off the field

Bucs must protect Johnson from blitzing Eagles

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Mrs. Ethel Clark    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ethel Clark    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Helen Caneda    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Atwell Corbitt    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Corine Campbell    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Curry    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Robert Brinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Willie Harris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Brad Copeland
At the age of 22, Brad Copeland enjoyed doing things that any young man did - fishing, playing video games and shooting pool.

Mr. Steve Hamby    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Myrtle Benson    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Love    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Anderson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruby Kelly    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Betty Anderson    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Margie Williams    (KITE, Ga.)
Mr. Cleveland Heath    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ralph Cliatt (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrtle Benson (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Curry (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Gordon Kitchens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ralph Milburn (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mr. Hammie Loadholt (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Mr. Henry Lewis (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Love (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Amy Varnell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Anderson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Corine Campbell (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Clark (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Fred Dilendik (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Steve Hamby (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma Lamar (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Davis (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Olah (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Margie Williams (KITE, Ga.)

Mr. Laurie Davis Sr. (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Blanche Toole (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. W.C. Ivey Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Fred Dilendik (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Willie Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret McGeary (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Virginia Gray (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. William Sheppard (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Blanche Toole (GLOVERVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrtle Benson (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Tommy Hart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Destint Ginn (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Cutwright (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Kelly (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Kay Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. W.C. Ivey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margie Williams (KITE, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Curry (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. E.B. Trigg (PERRY, Ga.)

Mr. Rufus Turner (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Evelyn Franklin (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. William Marshall (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Dolly Pampuch (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Cleveland Heath (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie Mims (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Dolly Pampuch (Homemaker AUGUSTA. Ga.)

Mr. James Dixon (SPARTA, Ga.)

Miss Betty Anderson (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. James Rikard (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Thelma Lamar (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Kelly (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Beatrice Jordan (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Ludell Walker (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Jefferson Jr. (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Helen Caneda (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Brinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Cleveland Heath (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Gale (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Anderson (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Atwell Corbitt (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Steve Hamby (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Braswell (DAVISBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Clark (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. M.L. Curry (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Edna White (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Long-term pain
The new Pew Research Center poll was completed before the U.N. discovery of empty chemical warheads in Iraq, so maybe the results would be different today. But in a survey of American attitudes conducted Jan. 8-12, the Pew folks found that public support for military action against Iraq drops off the cliff if no weapons of mass destruction are actually found.

Board of education member tells the rest of the story
Regarding Dr. Alice Caldwell's Dec. 31 letter, "Parent frustrated with superintendent's failure to respond": She expresses frustration with what she felt was inadequate response from the Richmond County Board of Education and superintendent Dr. Charles Larke over her complaints about the confiscation, until the end of the school year, of her daughter's cell phone at Davidson High School. Helen Minchew, Augusta

Ban smoking at health-care facilities
Health-care facilities should ban all smoking in and around their facilities. John Butler, Edgefield, S.C.

Tort reform overdue
President George W. Bush made a splash Thursday with his renewed call for Congress to pass a nationwide cap on jury awards to turn back skyrocketing costs of health care.

End education feuds
The first step to bring Georgia public school education up to par is to get the governor, the state school board and state superintendent of education reading from the same page.

'The Boondocks' fuels racial trouble
I have to agree with Rose Hembree concerning her opinion of The Boondocks comic strip on Jan. 8, "Comic strip is anything but comical." It is offensive and racist, to boot. It should be discontinued for sure. We have enough race troubles in this town, and I am sure there are many people who feel the same. Take a survey.>BR> Gordon Bostrom, Augusta

Columnist blasted for criticism of multiculturalism
As an instructor at Augusta State University, and as a marriage and family therapist in Augusta, I read with regret the Jan. 1 column written by Walter Williams, "Tax dollars feed cancer of multiculturalism." Susan K. Robertson, Augusta

Take drivers' test every two years
I must agree with Richard A. Hood's Jan. 8 letter concerning the accident rate in Augusta ("Accident rate due to human factor"). B.J. Wortman, Evans, Ga.

Provides history of Scott Nixon Drive
This is a reply to a reader's inquiry in the Rants and Raves section on Oct. 21 about the origin of Scott Nixon Memorial Drive. Cobbs G. Nixon, Augusta

Retired postal employee proud to serve
When I became a postal employee at the Grovetown Post Office in 1977, we had one and a half rural routes. Approximately 550 residents were receiving mail through general delivery. All post office boxes were rented, and there was a waiting period of over a year to obtain a post office box. Bill Wood, Hephzibah, Ga.

Sanctions on N. Korea spells war
North Korea has warned the world, and particularly the United States, that imposing sanctions on them for belligerent behavior is tantamount to declaring war on them. Joseph Hildebrandt, Evans, Ga.

One more big caution
Nature and convention have tried, time and again, to provide adequate disincentives to extramarital sex.

Columnist forgets greatest Republican
I write this letter in response to Leonard Pitts Jr.'s Jan. 6 column, "To win over black conservatives, GOP needs to provide answers." Greg Porter, Martinez, Ga.

Overtime

Injured Seles bows out of Open

Agassi happy with Hewitt gift

Overtime
Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees will receive the Thurman Munson Award from the Association for the Help of Retarded Children on Feb. 4.

Injured Seles bows out of Open
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Monica Seles made a surprisingly early exit from the Australian Open.

Agassi happy with Hewitt gift
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Andre Agassi thought he might be on a career-ending slide a year ago. Then his highest-ranking rival, Lleyton Hewitt, unwittingly gave him a gift.

Overtime
Former Lakeside High School quarterback David Rivers was signed by the Atlanta Falcons on Friday.

Prep boys basketball statistics
Here are statistics for area boys prep basketball players.

Panthers ruin Razorbacks' plan
Cross Creek coach Tracey Gamble thought he had it figured out. If you can shut down Lakeside guard Matt Scott, he reasoned, you'll almost certainly beat the Panthers.

Prep girls basketball statistics
Here are statistics for area girls prep basketball players.

Players of the week
Here are the area athletes of the week.

McDuffie brings high expectations to Golden Hawks
Rufus McDuffie didn't expect to walk into Washington County this season and perform miracles.

Prep basketball scores
Scores from Friday's prep basketball games.

Officiating is center stage in NFL playoffs
PHILADELPHIA -- The men wearing stripes are getting all the attention on NFL fields these days, thanks to a series of blunders and questioned calls at the most important time of the season.

Playoff Picks
Jon Gruden wants to dispel the notion that his Tampa Bay Buccaneers can't play well in cold weather or at Veterans Stadium.

Mariucci, fired by 49ers, says he has no plans for future
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- When Steve Mariucci joined the San Francisco 49ers six years ago, he knew all about the organization's exacting standards of success.

Reeves fires QB coach Burns
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Falcons quarterbacks coach Jack Burns was fired Friday after a season in which he helped Michael Vick earn a trip to the Pro Bowl.

Sapp likes Bucs chances against 'big, bad' Eagles
TAMPA, Fla. -- Warren Sapp will never forget walking off the field after losing to Philadelphia in the playoffs the past two years. He can't imagine experiencing that pain again.

Four straight losses not enough to knock out AFC teams
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Raiders offensive lineman Lincoln Kennedy practically shuddered when the dreaded topic arose.

NFL tells teams they can't trade picks for coaches
NEW YORK -- The NFL barred teams from trading draft picks for the right to sign a coach, the type of swap that allowed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to get Jon Gruden.

Titans are no all-stars, but Super Bowl still beckons
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Any player would gladly exchange a trip to the Pro Bowl for a trip to the Super Bowl.

Jaguars hire Del Rio as coach
The Jacksonville Jaguars hired Panthers defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio as their coach Thursday, two sources within the NFL told The Associated Press.

Douglas inspires Eagles on and off the field
PHILADELPHIA -- Hugh Douglas walked into the Philadelphia Eagles' locker room wearing large green gloves like The Incredible Hulk, joking and talking to no one in particular.

Bucs must protect Johnson from blitzing Eagles
PHILADELPHIA -- Everywhere Brad Johnson turned, there was a sea of green in his face.

Church sings organ's praises Reid Memorial
With the first delivery of organ pipes Tuesday to Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church and a second expected this week, Charles Goodwin came closer to the time when he will hear his late brother Roy's hymns in the church they both knew.

Minsters are kindred spirits
When Kay Bennett married Jim Daniel about 30 years ago, the union brought together generations of ministers on both sides of the family.

Wealth of history
Workers reduced Central African Baptist Church on Hopkins and 12th streets to rubble earlier this month to make way for a family life center. The final step - almost an afterthought - was to chisel open the cornerstone of the 1911 building.

Faith digest
The Kingdom of God Belongs to Such as These, an exhibit by Anna O'Keefe of 13 children's portraits in oil, opens with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. today at The Art Factory, 416 Crawford Ave. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday through Feb. 28.

As war looms, we must wage peace
As the remaining superpower, America is challenged to respond to threats around the world.

Tax tip: New program lets most taxpayers file returns for free on Internet
WASHINGTON -- Most taxpayers can prepare and file their taxes cost-free this season with an online program the Bush administration announced Thursday.

Group says FDA needs to address potential problems with biotech fish
WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration needs to answer questions about a potential threat that genetically engineered fish pose to other species before letting them onto the market, a research group says.

MIT Conference takes aim at spam
CAMBRIDGE, Mass -- It's going to take the best and the brightest to slam the spammers.

Columbia's crew settles into its 180-mile-high laboratory
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Columbia's U.S.-Israeli crew settled into its 180-mile-high laboratory Friday and started work on dozens of experiments on such things as spiders, flowers and cancer cells.

Personal info remains on old hard drives
So, you think you cleaned all your personal files from that old computer you got rid of?

Georgia assistant keys on keeping in-state talent
The University of Georgia coaches never really talked about it before the season started, but Bulldogs defensive ends coach Jon Fabris understands the importance of what his team accomplished this season.

Dogs' Watson will return
ATLANTA - Tight end Ben Watson, the last of four Georgia juniors to say he would forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft, decided to return for his senior season.

Dogs' Watson will return

Replacing down linemen is high on Dogs' recruiting efforts
ATLANTA -- Georgia, coming off a No. 3 ranking and its first Southeastern Conference title in 20 years, is relying on freshmen and new recruits to help replace seven down linemen.

Lady Dogs rout Mississippi
ATHENS, Ga. -- Kara Braxton hit nine of 10 field goals and scored 18 points to lead Georgia to a 96-54 win over Ole Miss Thursday.

Replacing down linemen is high on Dogs' recruiting efforts

Tanner, Gamecocks keep focus after happy offseason

Tanner, Gamecocks keep focus after happy offseason
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina coach Ray Tanner has had one conversation over and over since June.

WNBA considering casino team as union pushes contract talks
NEW YORK -- Still dealing with a new business model, some franchises folding and others moving, and a bid for a team from a Connecticut casino, the WNBA found itself with another issue Friday.

MIT Conference takes aim at spam

Columbia's crew settles into its 180-mile-high laboratory

Personal info remains on old hard drives

Group says FDA needs to address potential problems with biotech fish

Minsters are kindred spirits

As war looms, we must wage peace

Wealth of history

Faith digest

Church sings organ's praises Reid Memorial

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