Why should we be stuck with January at the beginning?

Odds and Ends
CLINTON, Iowa -- They're talking trash about the environment at Clinton High School.

Initiative pokes fun at Washington's 'initiative guru'
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Washington voters may get to sound off on whether initiative guru Tim Eyman is "a horse's ass."

Personal chefs replace takeout
Along with a butler and chauffeur, an in-house cook used to be a privilege of only the rich and famous.

Tax tips: how to track your refunds

Low interest rates make homeownership possible for the young
CHICAGO -- Record-low interest rates are prompting people in their early 20s to do something they hadn't thought possible at their age: buy a home.

Tax tips: how to track your refunds
WASHINGTON -- Already spent that refund? Wondering when you'll see the money? All you need is a computer or telephone to find out.

Payday loan stores thrive despite crackdown

Business briefs
Hitchcock Rehabilitation Center, at 690 Medical Park Drive in Aiken, has changed its name to Hitchcock Healthcare.

Kmart taps company president as new CEO

Kmart taps company president as new CEO
DETROIT -- The board of Kmart Corp. on Sunday named a new chief executive to replace James B. Adamson, the company director named last year to shepherd the troubled retailer's bankruptcy reorganization.

Business briefs

Value, utility funds would benefit from repeal of dividend taxes
NEW YORK -- Mutual fund investors looking to benefit from the proposed elimination of taxes on dividends might consider value funds and utility funds for their portfolios.

Personal chefs replace takeout

Payday loan stores thrive despite crackdown
ATLANTA --When Pam Sanson needed a quick $300 to pay the bills, she never expected her decision would cost her more than $900 in interest in just six months.

Value, utility funds would benefit from repeal of dividend taxes

Low interest rates make homeownership possible for the young

Tax tips: checklist helps reduce errors
WASHINGTON -- Before filing your tax return, make this final error check:

Former Aiken star commits to play for Clemson
Brian Staley was waiting for the ideal moment and place to announce his verbal commitment to play football at Clemson next year.

Former Aiken star commits to play for Clemson

Tuesday tipoff

Arizona returns to No. 1; Duke falls to third

Huskies' accomplishment may be hard to beat

There are no more unbeaten teams

Short-handed Paine loses

Working together

A uniting legacy

Pass ethics package

Bush in fine company

Scrap costly lease

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
This week brings Martin Luther King Day and four outstanding programs on America's civil rights struggle:

Film on 1955 murder of Emmett Till to air on PBS
JACKSON, Miss. -- Two white men walked into a dark shack in rural Mississippi with flashlights, searching for a black teenager they claimed had flirted with one of their wives.

'Chicago' and 'The Hours' win Golden Globe movie honors
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- The sultry jazz musical "Chicago" won the Golden Globe for best musical-comedy Sunday while "The Hours" was honored as best film drama.

CBS under fire for concept of 'Real Hillbillies'
NEW YORK - The pickup truck taking a new family of Beverly Hillbillies out to California may be sputtering.

'The Simpsons' to become longest-running sitcom in TV history
NEW YORK -- Perpetual 10-year-old Bart, his clueless dad Homer and the rest of the Simpsons clan are about to go into TV history as stars of the longest-running sitcom ever.

'Greek Wedding' to become TV series
LOS ANGELES -- The hit film "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" will get a modern-day makeover when it's transformed into a television series, its star and creator, Nia Vardalos, said Monday.

In the know
Pet Care Systems Inc. introduces Swheat Scoop, a cat litter made of natural wheat. It still neutralizes odors and clumps for easy scooping, but it is flushable. It's clay-free, chemical-free and fragrance-free. For more information, visit www.swheatscoop.com or call (800) SWHEATS.

Weather is harsh on skin
Winter's chilly temperatures can bring out the worst in skin.

Jackets fall short on road
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- It's time for the rest of the Atlantic Coast Conference to take notice: Wake Forest's Josh Howard is among the best in the league.

Els in a thriller over a gutsy kid

Els in a thriller over a gutsy kid
HONOLULU -- In a thrilling battle that ended with an unlikely birdie, Ernie Els outlasted 21-year-old Aaron Baddeley in a playoff Sunday to win the Sony Open and become the first player in 14 years to win the first two PGA Tour events of the season.

England's Foster wins six-way playoff at Dunhill Championship

A big start, but no time for Els to celebrate

England's Foster wins six-way playoff at Dunhill Championship
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- England's Mark Foster made a 35-foot eagle putt on the second extra hole to win a six-man playoff at the Dunhill Championship on Sunday.

A big start, but no time for Els to celebrate
HONOLULU -- When his ball disappeared into the hole after its 55-foot journey across the green, Ernie Els used what energy he had left to smile and remove his cap, an exhausting end to a remarkable two weeks in Hawaii.

Thrashers' Dafoe on injured reserve

Canucks and Thrashers swap three minor leaguers
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Vancouver Canucks traded minor league players with Atlanta on Monday, sending center Jeff Farkas to the Thrashers for forwards Chris Herperger and Chris Nielsen.

Thrashers fall to Islanders
ATLANTA -- Alexei Yashin scored in consecutive games for the first time since mid-October and added a third-period assist Sunday, helping the New York Islanders beat Atlanta 4-1 and end the Thrashers' three-game winning streak.

Thrashers' Dafoe on injured reserve
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers placed goaltender Byron Dafoe on injured reserve Monday and recalled forward Dan Snyder from the AHL.

Canucks and Thrashers swap three minor leaguers

Why should we be stuck with January at the beginning?
The ancient Romans conquered the world, but they couldn't conquer time.

King's widow urges peace amid international tensions
ATLANTA -- The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s widow urged world leaders Monday to settle their differences peacefully and avoid a painful war.

Wants opinions on O'Neal's racial slur

No mention of Christ in new Family Y

One school's loss is another's gain

Augusta's common problem: mayor's poor leadership

Community should focus on events that draw families

Moral strength comes from religion

Men also to blame for pregnancies

Bring back full-service gas stations

Christianity growing as never before

CBS under fire for concept of 'Real Hillbillies'

Weather is harsh on skin

'Greek Wedding' to become TV series

In the know

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead

'Chicago' and 'The Hours' win Golden Globe movie honors

'The Simpsons' to become longest-running sitcom in TV history

Film on 1955 murder of Emmett Till to air on PBS

Augusta's only All-Star hopes to capitalize on success

Augusta's only All-Star hopes to capitalize on success
At last year's East Coast Hockey League All-Star Game in Trenton, N.J., Augusta Lynx forward Patrick Yetman got noticed.

Meetings will share details of school merger

Across Georgia

King family says blacks shouldn't wait for another leader
ATLANTA -- In the 34 years since Martin Luther King Jr.'s death, people have watched for a new leader to emerge who could carry the banner for political and social justice with as much influence among American blacks.

Across the area
After months of legal battles, including the arrest of its store manager, the Augusta Video X-Mart at Gordon Highway and Molly Pond Road opened for business Monday.

Father says son was good biker
One day after losing his son and grandson in a motorcycle crash, Lawrence Dicks Jr. remembered his son in many ways Sunday: "devoted father and loving son," Aiken Regional Hospital supervisor, church member and experienced motorcyclist.

In celebrating diversity, Augustans honor leader
Black and white. Young and old. At ceremonies across the city Monday, Augustans honored the memory of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and celebrated their own diversity in prayer, speeches and song.

S.C. sees high rate of foreclosures

Rants and Raves
OUR ONE-TERM governor still doesn't get it! There wasn't any serious state flag issue until after the fact. King Roy and Sir Charles figured they had the strength to make Georgia more politically correct. They did, but they badly underestimated the cost.

Perdue wants money to buy prison

Across Georgia

Augusta's 319th rolls out of town for duty
Spc. Will Winston of Sylvania, Ga., kisses his wife, Renea, before leaving with the Army Reserve's 319th Transportation Company. On Sunday, the unit said goodbye to family and friends before leaving to prepare for a possible war with Iraq.

Across the area

Court ruling's impact will vary by church, Charleston attorney says

Chambliss warns of base closures
Fort Gordon and other Georgia military bases may not be so lucky during the next round of base closures in 2005, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss said Monday.

DFCS dealt with parents before

Displaced residents get assistance after blaze
Arleeta Outlaw returned to her Brandywine apartment Monday and found her carpet drenched in water, her dining room set ruined and her upstairs bedroom covered by what used to be her ceiling.

Roads see 1st fatality of 2003
An elderly Orangeburg, S.C., man was killed Sunday evening in Aiken County's first traffic death of the year.

New chairmen are no strangers to finance work
ATLANTA - When the House and Senate budget committees sit down this week to begin reviewing Gov. Sonny Perdue's $16.3 billion request, two new faces will be in the front of the room.

King family says blacks shouldn't wait for another leader

In celebrating diversity, Augustans honor leader

Across South Carolina

News you can use

Work of Martin Luther King remembered
ATLANTA -- Civil rights leaders and politicians around the nation observed Martin Luther King Day on Monday, many of them invoking King's name in arguing against war with Iraq and urging the Supreme Court to uphold affirmative action in college admissions.

Chambliss using mobile home as temporary Senate quarters

Rants and Raves
I THINK KIDS these days are starving for attention. They ride around with their music loud so everyone can see them. I find that so funny. I challenge you to keep it up. Shorten your attention span and your hearing span. There can be too much of a good thing.

Activist requests views on forests

Parents charged in shooting
Police charged two Augusta parents Sunday with reckless conduct in connection with the accidental shooting of their 2-year-old daughter.

Perdue budget includes winners

Town starting over after job cuts

South Carolina's roadways bursting at the seams

Supreme Court to hear redistricting case

Sharpton preaches for removal of Confederate flag

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Derrielle Linebarger of Augusta.

Homeless pack shelters

DFCS dealt with parents before
Unsecured guns weren't the first problem social workers had with Gerald and Felisha Pankey.

Across South Carolina
WEST COLUMBIA -Lexington County deputies are investigating the death of a 60-year-old man who was found in his home.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Berta Smith of Belvedere.

Plans for future use of facility uncertain
CLEARWATER - Environmental Control Systems, which owns the now defunct Clearwater Finishing Plant, will mail updated cleanup plans for the contaminated site to the state today, CEO Neil Farfour said last week.

Across the area
An Augusta man was charged with public indecency after exposing himself to an employee at a Bi-Lo store on Gordon Highway, according to Richmond County authorities.

News you can use
JAN. 20, 1968 A group of Augusta and Richmond County citizens will meet next week to review a proposal for total consolidation of the two local governments. At least three state legislators will be invited to attend.

News you can use

Across the southeast
BLAINE, Tenn. -Gertrude Janeway, the last widow of a Union veteran from the Civil War, has died in the three-room log cabin where she lived most of her life. She was 93.

King's widow urges peace amid international tensions
ATLANTA -- The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s widow urged world leaders Monday to settle their differences peacefully and avoid a painful war.

Across South Carolina
LEXINGTON -A prosecutor says he plans a trial this year for a Red Bank man who has been in jail for more than seven years on murder charges.

Military medical debate rages on

More than 900 cases of insurance fraud reported
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African professors provide insight on King's life

Subscriber of the day

Parents charged in shooting

Sharpton preaches for removal of Confederate flag
GREENVILLE, S.C. - The Rev. Al Sharpton says he chose to spend his Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in South Carolina because the Confederate flag needs to be removed from Statehouse grounds.

Perdue budget includes winners
ATLANTA - You'd think that in such a lean year, there wouldn't be the usual list of winners and losers in the $16.3 billion budget Gov. Sonny Perdue dropped on the General Assembly last week.

Couple turns in grandson in murder case
TIFTON, Ga. -- James and Linda Harrell each suffered the loss of a murdered parent when they were young.

Job takes man to great heights
Chris Buchheit can tell you what it's like to hang in a chair from the side of a 10-story building in downtown Augusta and watch the sun rise above a Carolina horizon.

Plans for future use of facility uncertain

Officials watch for virus signs
Georgia officials cannot predict whether the spread of the West Nile virus will be worse this year because of increased rainfall, but health care officials say now is a good time to take steps to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.

Perdue wants money to buy prison
LUMPKIN, Ga. -- Gov. Sonny Perdue included $40 million in bond money in his budget to buy and complete a 1,524-bed private prison near Lumpkin in west Georgia.

New chairmen are no strangers to finance work

Payback time in House and Senate in first week of Legislature
ATLANTA -- Last year, state Rep. Larry Walker helped set House policy, had a hand in writing the $16 billion state budget and worked from a coveted Capitol office with built-in bookshelf for his law books and mementoes. After a failed bid for the speakership, he was stripped of it all.

Across South Carolina

Work of Martin Luther King remembered

Across Georgia
MACON -The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal from Georgia Democrats over a redistricting plan that was rejected for use in last year's elections.

More than 900 cases of insurance fraud reported

Politics permeate, subtly or not, King Day celebrations

Prison sex probe ends
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The state grand jury probe into the prison system has ended without any corruption indictments, but 20 former employees have pleaded guilty or been convicted of sex, drug or misconduct charges, according to records from the attorney general's office.

King's widow urges peace amid international tensions

Town starting over after job cuts
THOMASTON, Ga. -- The town of Thomaston is struggling after 1,600 residents were left jobless when Thomaston Mills, the largest employer in Upson County for generations, closed a year and a half ago.

Displaced residents get assistance after blaze

Supreme Court to hear redistricting case
MACON, Ga. -- The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal from Georgia Democrats over a redistricting plan that was rejected and unused in last year's elections.

Blaze leaves apartment residents without home
A fire Sunday morning gutted eight apartments at the Brandywine Apartments, displacing 24 residents.

Job takes man to great heights

Across Georgia
BANGKOK, Thailand -A fugitive millionaire accused of arranging his wife's slaying is expected to argue Wednesday that Irish citizenship prevents his extradition to the United States.

Rants and Raves
OUR ONE-TERM governor still doesn't get it! There wasn't any serious state flag issue until after the fact. King Roy and Sir Charles figured they had the strength to make Georgia more politically correct. They did, but they badly underestimated the cost.

Activist requests views on forests
Efforts to end commercial logging in national forests are being complicated by a Bush administration proposal that could further weaken the National Forest Management Act, according to a Sierra Club strategist.

News you can use
JAN. 21, 1988 The governments of Augusta and Richmond County may never consolidate if the state can't pass a unified government bill this year, Rep. Don Cheeks said Wednesday.

Meetings will share details of school merger
AIKEN - Parents will be able to learn more this week about changes affecting two private schools.

King's widow urges peace amid international tensions

Ferrets' day off
Alessandra Seccomandi and her husband, Aislan, take their ferrets out to play at Virginia Acres in Aiken. The Seccomandis, who attend the University of Georgia and work at the Savannah River Ecology Lab, had Martin Luther King Jr. Day off and took advantage of Monday's weather.

More rain on the way through spring
GROVETOWN, Ga. -- As the four-year drought comes to a close, Georgia and South Carolina are looking forward to a year of rain and cool temperatures.

Homeless pack shelters
ATLANTA -- Homeless shelters in Atlanta overflowed this weekend as thousands of people sought food and refuge from freezing temperatures.

Payback time in House and Senate in first week of Legislature

Father says son was good biker

More rain on the way through spring

South Carolina's roadways bursting at the seams
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's interstates cannot keep up with the growth in traffic, a national nonprofit group says in a new report.

Military medical debate rages on
One by one, soldiers in green Army fatigues walked into a small room at a clinic in Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon on Friday.

S.C. sees high rate of foreclosures
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- The soft economy and higher unemployment has many South Carolinians facing foreclosures on their homes.

Chambliss using mobile home as temporary Senate quarters
WASHINGTON -- While Saxby Chambliss appreciates the Senate's reputation as the "world's most deliberative body," he'd be thankful for a little less deliberation in the office selection process.

Georgia cities drop to record low temperatures
ATLANTA -- Chilly weather around Georgia was one for the books Saturday, as Augusta set a record low and several other cities came close.

Politics permeate, subtly or not, King Day celebrations
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Two Democratic presidential hopefuls and new Republican Gov. Mark Sanford made their marks on Martin Luther King Jr. activities here Monday.

African professors provide insight on King's life
In the late 1950s and early '60s, a number of African countries made strides to gain their independence from European colonial rule.

Couple turns in grandson in murder case

Court ruling's impact will vary by church, Charleston attorney says
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The state Supreme Court decision that churches and other tax-exempt groups must help pay for special improvement projects won't be a huge burden on the church that sued, its attorney says.

Georgia cities drop to record low temperatures

Japan's Masuoka wins Dakar Rally again

Parrott brothers back together on No. 88

Parrott brothers back together on No. 88
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- There were no hard feelings when Todd Parrott fired younger brother Brad from his job at Robert Yates Racing.

Japan's Masuoka wins Dakar Rally again
SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt -- Hiroshi Masuoka of Japan won the Dakar Rally for the second straight year, completing a grueling 18-day race that began in the French port of Marseille and ended Sunday at a Red Sea resort.

Hawks fall to Bulls

Replay isn't so instant at end of Pacers' victory

Drug maker uses Magic Johnson to advertise HIV treatment
NEW YORK -- As competition among makers of AIDS drugs increases, GlaxoSmithKline is using perhaps America's best-known HIV carrier to spread awareness among urban blacks of treatment methods and the company's products.

Hawks fall to Bulls
ATLANTA -- Jalen Rose had every reason to smile - the Chicago Bulls ended a 19-game road losing streak.

Drug maker uses Magic Johnson to advertise HIV treatment

Replay isn't so instant at end of Pacers' victory
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NBA rule book says instant replay reviews must be conducted and processed in two minutes or fewer.

Record streak lifts UConn to No. 2 in poll
Connecticut is making a run at the top spot in the AP women's basketball poll.

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

Arizona returns to No. 1; Duke falls to third
Arizona jumped back to No. 1 in The Associated Press men's college basketball poll Monday after a four-week hiatus, while Creighton joined the Top 10 for the first time in school history.

There are no more unbeaten teams
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland's victory over top-ranked Duke ensured there wouldn't be an undefeated Division I team at the end of the season.

Huskies' accomplishment may be hard to beat
STORRS, Conn. -- They've beaten powerhouses and powderpuffs, won by the slimmest of margins and by more than 60.

Short-handed Paine loses
With Paine head coach Ron Spry serving the second game of a two-game suspension, Monday's game against Albany State was supposed to be an uneventful one for assistant Willie Adams.

Raiders favored by 3 1/2 to 5 points in early odds

Street violence follows Raiders' victory

The Swashbucklers' Super Bowl

Raiders get win over Titans

Week before Super Bowl, San Diego hotels still have room

Bucs beat Eagles, advance to Super Bowl

Buccaneers vs. Raiders: one for the high seas

Mr. Robert Ross    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Mike May    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Floyd Wabel Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Tanisha Munford-Monroe    (QUEENS, N.Y.)
Mrs. Pauline Morrison    (SUMTER, S.C.)
Mr. Ernest Monroe    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Jake Bentley    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillie Mims    (NORTH AUGUST, S.C.)
Mr. Tommy Hart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Mills    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Jan Knight    (SOUTHLAKE, Texas)
Mr. John May    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Charles King    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Marshall    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Ethel Clark    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Gordon Kitchens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Mike Wilson    (MYERS, Fla.)
Mr. Brantley Kent    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Terrance Graham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Edna Stephens    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Kim Hope    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Love    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Hinton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Sheppard    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Tommy Hart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. J.O. Barrett    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Henry Hardy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Mike Wilson    (MYERS, Fla.)
Mrs. Evetta Gibson    (WARD, S.C.)
Ms. Jean Gay    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Ms. Jean Gay    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Albert Blackmon    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Jack Foster    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Carl Anderson Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Richard Ellis    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Margie Wilson    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mr. Lawrence Dicks III    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lettie Trimble    (WRENS, Ga.)
Mrs. Rebecca Bodie    (WARD, S.C.)
Mr. Henry Hardy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Lydia Bray    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Tannehill    (SALISBURY, N.C.)
Mr. John Brett    (WOODBINE, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Mills    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Bobby Brinson    (STATESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Susan Hicks    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Robert Brinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Dr. Gerald Burroughs    (DECATUR, Ga.)
Mr. Lawrence Dicks,III    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lenoria Holloway    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Johnathan Dicks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Dorothy Dickerson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Edna White    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Jessie Edgar    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ernest Monroe    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Helen Elsey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Carl Anderson    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Sidney Erwin    (ROME, Ga.)
Mrs. Eleanor White    (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jack Foster    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Ken Ryals    (WHITE PLAINS, Ga.)
Mr. Melvin Garn    (MITCHELL, Ga.)
Mr. Floyd Wabel Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Sheppard (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. William Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Brinson (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Ernest Monroe (EVANS, Ga.)

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Mrs. Edna White (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Floyd Wabel Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Hinton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Tanisha Munford-Monroe (QUEENS, N.Y.)

Mr. J.O. Barrett (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Evetta Gibson (WARD, S.C.)

Mr. Melvin Garn (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mr. Mike Wilson (MYERS, Fla.)

Mrs. Pauline Morrison (SUMTER, S.C.)

Mr. Tommy Hart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lenoria Holloway (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. William Marshall (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Foster (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Ellis (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Kim Hope (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Hardy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Tannehill (SALISBURY, N.C.)

Ms. Jean Gay (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Dr. Gerald Burroughs (DECATUR, Ga.)

Mrs. Rebecca Bodie (WARD, S.C.)

Mr. Jack Foster (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Lettie Trimble (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Love (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Mike Wilson (MYERS, Fla.)

Mrs. Jan Knight (SOUTHLAKE, Texas)

Mr. Sidney Erwin (ROME, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Brinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna Stephens (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Ernest Monroe (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Mike May (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Ross (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. William Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Hardy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susan Hicks (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Brantley Kent (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Ken Ryals (WHITE PLAINS, Ga.)

Mrs. Eleanor White (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lawrence Dicks III (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Carl Anderson (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Albert Blackmon (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Gordon Kitchens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Elsey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Margie Wilson (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Clark (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Johnathan Dicks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Mills (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Wants opinions on O'Neal's racial slur
This concerns a story on ESPN's Web site on Jan. 10, "Shaq says mock accent was used jokingly," regarding a comment he made about Houston center, Yao Ming. H.P. Dewberry, Modoc, S.C.

Community should focus on events that draw families
The Augusta Chronicle published opinions against the entertainment district based on public-safety costs and the probability that some family-oriented businesses will leave. Priscilla Bence, Martinez, Ga.

Scrap costly lease
Augusta's budget is too tight, and local taxpayers too strapped, for the city to spend thousands of dollars it doesn't have to spend. If City Commissioner Bobby Hankerson is right, then that could happen with the city's lease, signed last year, of commercial space from the Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. for fire administration and neighborhood development offices.

No mention of Christ in new Family Y
As most knew, but have omitted or forgotten, the Family Y is actually the YMCA, i.e., Young Men's Christian Association. Bill Dekle, Millen, Ga.

Moral strength comes from religion
Your editorial of Jan. 5, "To our better selves," blames parents and scientists for the Raelians' possibly-cloned Eve, and especially for the weak response expressed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Joseph B. Harris, Washington, Ga.

Pass ethics package
Gov. Sonny Perdue is to be commended for proposing a government ethics package that shows he's serious about turning Georgia from one of the nation's weakest states on ethics to one of the strongest.

A uniting legacy
As the nation celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day today - he'd be 74 if he hadn't been tragically assassinated in 1968 - it's remarkable how his legacy has pulled this nation together.

Working together
"The challenge that confronts all of us is to go forward this session with a workable set of rules and procedures that accommodates the political change that has taken place in this body. The people of Georgia will judge us not on the procedural roles we play in the Senate, but on how we perform as a body."

Augusta's common problem: mayor's poor leadership
Augusta Mayor Bob Young is quite fortunate to have The Augusta Chronicle and local TV stations as allies. Their political favoritism cloaks the mayor's four years of poor performance. Still, it's painfully apparent that Mr. Young lacks the experience, skill, aptitude and vision to take Augusta into the 21st century. Robert A. Daniels, Augusta

One school's loss is another's gain
I have followed with great interest the situation involving the resignation of Coach Lee Chomskis of Evans High School. I have always felt that a coach should be allowed to see his first class of freshmen perform as seniors. This allows one to fully develop his program, and is really a fair way to evaluate a coach's progress. Frank Tison, Waynesboro, Ga.

Bring back full-service gas stations
Regarding your Dec. 26 Metro article, "Full-serve here": Ever since we moved to North Augusta in 1955, our service station has been the Exxon on Georgia Avenue; it was called Templeton's back then, Cooper & Carpenter Exxon in 1976 and now it's Carpenter Exxon owned by Kenneth Carpenter. For nearly a year now, Carpenter's has been a godsend to me. Betty M. Timmerman, North Augusta, S.C.

Christianity growing as never before
Christmas Day has come and gone, but the spirit of Christmas, which is the spirit of love, hope and grace, has not departed and will never leave this Earth. Connie Alexander Dabney, Augusta

Men also to blame for pregnancies
I read the letter in the Jan. 10 Chronicle, wherein Dan Almeter moaned and groaned that he, as well as all other "God-fearing Christians," must be against abortion providers, especially Planned Parenthood. Carl S. Champlin, Aiken, S.C.

Bush in fine company
President Bush is being undeservedly pilloried by Democrats, civil rights activists and their Big Media handmaidens for siding with plaintiffs against University of Michigan's preferential admissions policy for African-Americans and other minorities.

Navratilova lauds power game of Williams sisters

Foreman is no longer grilled about his boxing career

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Hewitt gone early; Roddick could take advantage

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Infielder Jose Hernandez and reliever Steve Reed have reached agreements in principle with the Colorado Rockies on one-year contracts.

Foreman is no longer grilled about his boxing career
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Lunch with George Foreman is more about crab salad than grilled burgers.

Navratilova lauds power game of Williams sisters
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Once the fittest and strongest player in women's tennis, Martina Navratilova found the power of the Williams sisters too much to handle at the Australian Open.

Hewitt gone early; Roddick could take advantage
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Lleyton Hewitt's service return intimidates plenty of opponents. Not Younes El Aynaoui.

Overtime
John Lucas was fired as coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have the NBA's worst record and have shown few signs of development.

Raiders favored by 3 1/2 to 5 points in early odds
LAS VEGAS -- Oddsmakers like the Oakland Raiders in the Super Bowl just about as much as bettors do.

Street violence follows Raiders' victory
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Crowds celebrating the Oakland Raiders' AFC championship set a bonfire, threw bottles and rocks and smashed windows along several blocks a few miles from the Coliseum.

The Swashbucklers' Super Bowl
SAN DIEGO -- Welcome to the swashbucklers' Super Bowl, with Jon Gruden subbing for Errol Flynn, Bill Callahan in the Tyrone Power role, and Al Davis as Captain Hook.

Week before Super Bowl, San Diego hotels still have room
SAN DIEGO -- A week before Super Sunday, hotel reservations are down 15-to-25 percent from the last time this city hosted the NFL's championship game, prompting a drop in rates.

Raiders get win over Titans
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Tinged with a touch of gray, the Silver and Black are back in the Super Bowl.

Bucs beat Eagles, advance to Super Bowl
PHILADELPHIA -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers can forget about the cold.

Buccaneers vs. Raiders: one for the high seas
SAN DIEGO -- A Super Bowl of the high seas: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. the Oakland Raiders.

Should I trust what I read online?
Q. Should I trust what I read online?

'Ghost Recon' excellent military tactics game
"Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon" is one of the new breed of military games, where stealth and patience are worth more than napalm and machine guns.

Scientists invent new ways to fight infection
ST. LOUIS -- Most folks wouldn't last long without telephones, traffic lights and television, not to mention plain old talk. Communication is vital to just about everything we do.

Segway hits legal pothole in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO -- With its love of geek chic and congested streets, San Francisco might have been expected to embrace Segway, the environmentally friendly, self-balancing personal vehicle that promises to entice people out of their smog-spewing cars.

Lady Bulldogs top South Carolina

Georgia pulls upset over South Carolina

Lady Bulldogs top South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Christi Thomas thought no one could stop her. And that usually means that no one's stopping Georgia.

Georgia pulls upset over South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Buoyed by a poised effort from Alexis Kendrick and a double-double from Christi Thomas, the Georgia women's basketball team defeated No. 14 South Carolina 67-59 to earn its biggest win of the season and hand the Gamecocks their first loss at the new Carolina Center.

Gamecocks let good chance slip away against Florida

Gamecocks let good chance slip away against Florida
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina coach Dave Odom could sense this Saturday was something special.

Girl wants to reconcile with friend

Instrument choice pays off for teen

Is your teacher a DEVIL OR SAINT?

DiCaprio shines in 'Catch'

My ride
Natalie Clark, 17, is a senior at Hephzibah High School.

Your style
HE FACTS: Kendra Hill, 16, is a junior at Butler High School.

DiCaprio shines in 'Catch'
The film was inspired by the book by Frank Abagnale Jr., who, by the time he was 17, had successfully impersonated a doctor, a lawyer and a pilot for a major airline. He also became known as the greatest bank robber in the history of the United States.

Club owner opens second teen venue
Andreax Jarre is getting used to his new nickname, "The King of Teens."

My ride

Your style

411
UNICEF offers the MAGIC Network, an online forum for young people, youth organizations, parents and the media. MAGIC provides links for young people to learn more about how the media works and where to get involved. It also keeps media types in the know about youth issues so they can write about issues affecting young people. To learn more, check out www.unicef.org/magic.

Question of the week
Q: How do you deal with impossible teachers?

Audio best

Xtreme calendar

Is your teacher a DEVIL OR SAINT?
Teachers influence the rest our lives, whether it be in a good or bad way.

Artist's corner

Instrument choice pays off for teen
Procrastination led Charles Courtney to his instrument of choice.

Club owner opens second teen venue

Question of the week

Xtreme calendar
New on video and DVD: Harrison's Flowers, starring Andie McDowell as a wife who travels to war-torn Yugoslavia to find her journalist husband after he is presumed dead; The Bourne Identity, with Matt Damon as a barely alive amnesiac on a race to elude mystery assassins; and Simone, starring Al Pacino as a has-been director who invents a digital character to get him back into Hollywood's good graces.

Artist's corner
Andrea Stephens, 16, is a junior at Aquinas High School.

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:

Girl wants to reconcile with friend
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My best friend has been talking about me behind my back. I said something to her about it, and we had a huge fight. We haven't talked in weeks. I miss her. Should I apologize? - 14-year-old Aiken girl

Initiative pokes fun at Washington's 'initiative guru'

Odds and Ends

'Ghost Recon' excellent military tactics game

Segway hits legal pothole in San Francisco

Should I trust what I read online?

Scientists invent new ways to fight infection