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Turner Field statue to honor Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn

Turner Field statue to honor Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn
ATLANTA -- Hall of Fame left-hander Warren Spahn, who never pitched in Atlanta, will be honored with a statue outside Turner Field.

US Airways adds flights for Masters
The sight of extra airplanes at Augusta Regional Airport during Masters Week is not new.

Stocks decline on war fears
NEW YORK -- Wall Street looked askance at earnings reports Tuesday, with investors bidding most stocks lower despite healthy profits at such companies as 3M and Ford.

Kmart taps company president as new CEO

Personal chefs replace takeout

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

Home builders enjoy best year since 1986

Home builders enjoy best year since 1986
WASHINGTON -- Construction of new homes and apartments posted an unexpectedly strong gain of 5 percent in December as the housing industry wrapped up its best performance in 16 years, a building boom fueled by the lowest mortgage rates in four decades.

US Airways adds flights for Masters

Tax tips: understanding the dividend tax proposal
WASHINGTON -- Having trouble figuring out whether you would benefit from President Bush's proposal to eliminate taxes that individual investors now pay on dividends? Experts who make their living by deciphering the tax system are scratching their heads, too, and say there are no simple, one-size-fits all answers.

Business briefs

Business briefs

Stocks decline on war fears

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

Tax tips: understanding the dividend tax proposal

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.

Tenant delays building on site

Tenant delays building on site
Nearly a year after its ribbon cutting, a development park outside Savannah River Site is ready for its first tenant to open.

Business briefs
ATLANTA - Georgia-Pacific Corp. cited higher asbestos liability costs, market conditions and new accounting as reasons for a wider fourth-quarter loss. The results, released Tuesday, fell short of Wall Street's reduced estimates.

Short-handed Paine loses

Records speak for Cornwell

SEC notebook

Tuesday tipoff

Arizona returns to No. 1; Duke falls to third

Texas' Conradt going for 800th career victory

Back-to-back aces can be explained

'Roe' marks 30th year

Hate rally in D.C.

Scrap costly lease

Bush in fine company

Grape glut, imports sour California vintners' profits
EMERYVILLE, Calif. -- It's enough to make a sommelier shiver. The latest buzz in California wine circles is over two-buck Chuck, the little wine priced at $1.99 that could herald a new era for the once high-flying industry.

Forget fall: Fox will debut its new shows in the summer
LOS ANGELES -- Bucking decades of television tradition, Fox Broadcasting Co. plans to launch some of its new shows in the summer instead of fall.

Pizza dish combines two favorite snacks
A dish inspired by two favorite snacks is bound to score high on Super Bowl Sunday or any other hungry, nail-chewing game day.

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.

'Kangaroo Jack' hops to lead weekend box office
LOS ANGELES -- A kangaroo hopped past comedian Martin Lawrence at the weekend box office.

Small portions
While some football fans might not believe it this year, Super Bowl Sunday is America's biggest excuse to party. More than 130 million fans are expected to gather around the television to watch the game Sunday

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.

Flavorful chili recipe trades tradition for taste
Chili is a winter standard, but I tire of the traditional kidney bean version, so I cook up black bean and kielbasa chili as a tasty alternative.

In the know
This wine starts with a hearty nose of dark fruit and delicate spice. Black cherries and peppery notes fill the palate and flow onto the finish.

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

Buying his time on the Buy.com

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.

Hawaiian teenager continues to amaze

A big start, but no time for Els to celebrate

Hawaiian teenager continues to amaze
HONOLULU -- The moment was Hoganesque, although it had more to do with curiosity than perfection.

Buying his time on the Buy.com
HONOLULU -- Aaron Baddeley is called "dot-com" by some of his peers, a mocking reference to the brash kid who had big dreams, limited success and the audacity to wear the name of his Web site - Badds.com - on his hat and golf bag.

Glenn Hills holds on in double overtime

Prep basketball scores

Bruinettes stop South Aiken

Canucks and Thrashers swap three minor leaguers

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
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 score five goals in first period to set team record
ATLANTA -- Dany Heatley gave himself a wonderful birthday present, with a little help from his teammates.

Thrashers' Dafoe on injured reserve

Thrashers score five goals in first period to set team record

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

Bible passage misused to support pro-choice

No mention of Christ in new Family Y

Check untapped funds before spending

Saddam will call president's bluff

Ineptness by INS after 9-11

One school's loss is another's gain

Put the brakes on Augusta's dictatorial commission

Wants opinions on O'Neal's racial slur

Perdue's changes are retaliatory

Men also to blame for pregnancies

In the know

'Kangaroo Jack' hops to lead weekend box office

Grape glut, imports sour California vintners' profits

CBS under fire for concept of 'Real Hillbillies'

Weather is harsh on skin

Small portions

In the know

Flavorful chili recipe trades tradition for taste

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.

Five questions with David Wilkie

North knocks off South
The East Coast Hockey League Northern Conference All-Stars showed off their shooing skills to win the league's skills competition Monday at TECO Arena.

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

League leadership pushes for mandatory face shields

League leadership pushes for mandatory face shields
History was made at the East Coast Hockey League meetings Tuesday, as the league's board of governors unanimously approved a rule requiring all players to wear protective visors, beginning next season.

Five questions with David Wilkie
Augusta Lynx head coach David Wilkie answers questions for Chronicle staff writer Rob Mueller.

North knocks off South

New chairmen are no strangers to finance work

Edwards wants Confederate flag removed from Statehouse grounds
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- North Carolina Sen. John Edwards says he supports the NAACP's boycott of South Carolina to protest the display of the Confederate flag on Statehouse grounds.

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.

City needs spaces, study says

King's widow urges peace amid international tensions

Mother fights for booster seat law

More than 900 cases of insurance fraud reported
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Family defends man jailed in plague case

In celebrating diversity, Augustans honor leader

Across the southeast

Perdue will push redistricting effort
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue said Tuesday he will the Legislature to take a fresh look at redistricting this year even though the issue is back before the federal courts.

Audit: State could save $23 million with Medicaid changes

Work of Martin Luther King remembered

House Rules chairman says abortion bills unlikely to leave committee

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.

Official stresses security as issue

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.

Legislators seek map in speech by Sanford

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.

Perdue looking for ways to avoid tax hikes

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.

Officers deny federal charges

High court to discuss secret settlement ban
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- If written comments to the state Supreme Court are any indication, plenty of attorneys don't like a proposed statewide ban on secret settlements.

Adviser sees hope for economy

Displaced residents get assistance after blaze

Across Georgia

Politics permeate, subtly or not, King Day celebrations

Across the area

Across South Carolina

Subscriber of the day

Across the area

Edwards wants Confederate flag removed from Statehouse grounds

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.

High court to discuss secret settlement ban

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.

Votes fail to change city's law

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

Illness keeps pupils home for 2nd week

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

Judge gets new role as state's 'first dude'

Across Georgia

New agreement may threaten tri-state water agreement

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.

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Black slayings lead homicide data

Columbia County backs coalition
Columbia County commissioners unanimously offered their support Tuesday night to a regional economic development coalition with Burke and Richmond counties.

Air National Guard troops return home
EASTOVER, S.C. -- Nearly three dozen members of the South Carolina Air National Guard have returned home after five months of active duty in Afghanistan.

City needs spaces, study says
The latest study about a major building project in the city found that Augusta has plenty of meeting rooms but lacks the wide-open spaces needed for certain conventions.

Audit: State could save $23 million with Medicaid changes
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The state could save about $23 million if the Health and Human Services Department made changes in its Medicaid program, including charging an enrollment fee and improving debt collection, according to an audit released Tuesday.

Across the area
Burglars smashed a window and stole several items from a Bryant's Food & Fuel on Highland Avenue that has been closed for several months, a sheriff's report states.

DFCS dealt with parents before

Across Georgia
LAWRENCEVILLE -A piece of ice 2 feet wide fell from the sky, crashed through a family's roof and landed in the room of two sisters.

Supreme Court to hear redistricting case

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -A fire on Paris Mountain has burned at least two houses and forced dozens of residents from their homes for a time, firefighters say.

Meetings will share details of school merger

Votes fail to change city's law
Augusta will keep its old protest ordinances on the books, at least for now, after two failed votes by city commissioners Tuesday to change local laws governing public protest and demonstration.

More than 900 cases of insurance fraud reported

63rd Signal Battalion gets deployment order
Members of Fort Gordon's 63rd Signal Battalion received word Tuesday that they will head to the Middle East.

Town starting over after job cuts

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is David Taylor of Augusta.

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

News you can use
JAN. 22, 1958 The Rev. Robert Jack Robinson, who at age 30 heads Augusta's largest church, was named Young Man of 1957 by the Augusta Junior Chamber of Commerce last night.

Activist requests views on forests

Rants and Raves
I WOULD LIKE to know why doughnuts are so expensive ... 42 cents each. That is ridiculous. We need to do something about it. And there is no need for that. Plus, they don't make any cake doughnuts in the box. They are all covered with powder. That is not helping the diabetics, either.

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.

Official stresses security as issue
Homeland security and a sluggish economy are interrelated issues destined to take center stage during the 108th Congress, according to U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood.

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.

Illness keeps pupils home for 2nd week
Where are many of Columbia County's middle school pupils?

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.

Adviser sees hope for economy
ATLANTA - While Georgia's economy continues to struggle, signs of recovery at the national level point to better days in the not-too-distant future, an adviser to Gov. Sonny Perdue said Tuesday.

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.

Judge gets new role as state's 'first dude'
TOPEKA, Kan. - Gary Sebelius' official title is first gentleman.

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.

Family defends man jailed in plague case
LUBBOCK, Texas - Knowing his work could better prepare the United States against a possible biological attack filled Dr. Thomas Butler with pride, according to his family.

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

Black slayings lead homicide data
Black-on-black crime accounted for nearly half of last year's homicides in Richmond County, and black men continue to make up the majority of slaying victims, authorities said.

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.

Mother fights for booster seat law
It could have been deadly.

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.

Officers deny federal charges
The Treutlen County sheriff and a deputy pleaded innocent Tuesday to civil rights violations.

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.

Across the southeast
BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -The two U.S. pilots who mistakenly killed four Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan last year showed a "reckless disregard" for standing orders by attacking instead of continuing on their way, an Air Force general testified Tuesday.

Chambliss using mobile home as temporary Senate quarters

Legislators seek map in speech by Sanford
COLUMBIA - South Carolina's new governor goes before the Legislature and a statewide audience tonight to deliver his first State of the State address.

News you can use

House Rules chairman says abortion bills unlikely to leave committee
ATLANTA -- On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision to legalize abortion, the state's House Rules Committee chairman said Tuesday he will make it difficult for any anti-abortion bill to get out of his committee for a full vote.

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 looking for ways to avoid tax hikes
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue ordered state department heads Tuesday to help him look for ways to balance state spending without the tax increases he proposed last week to a Legislature wary of the idea.

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.

New agreement may threaten tri-state water agreement
GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- About 2.8 million people in metro Atlanta would pay more for their drinking water in an agreement Georgia made with the U.S. Corps of Engineers.

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.

Two demonstrators plead guilty in Fort Benning protest
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Two demonstrators charged with trespassing at Fort Benning last fall to protest a school for Latin American soldiers pleaded guilty Tuesday to destruction of government property.

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.

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.

Big Easy brings new game for a new season
Signboy's placard already showed a bright red "30" next to Ernie Els' name as he strode down the famous 18th fairway at Kapalua's Plantation Course.

Changes are imminent

NASCAR looking at track changes in '04; unveils new garage policies
CONCORD, N.C. -- NASCAR put tracks on notice Tuesday that the 2004 Winston Cup schedule could look a lot different under a realignment plan that might move races to different parts of the country.

Schumacher not hurt in accident in practice
BARCELONA, Spain -- Five-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher escaped injury Tuesday when his Ferrari spun off the track during practice.

Former CART champ fastest in Busch testing
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- CART star Jimmy Vasser warmed up for his venture into NASCAR this season by posting the fastest lap in Busch series testing Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway.

Top Formula One carmakers threaten breakaway series
LONDON -- The top carmakers in Formula One oppose sweeping proposals to change their sport and are again threatening to form a breakaway series.

NASCAR looking at track changes in '04; unveils new garage policies

Parrott brothers back together on No. 88

Top Formula One carmakers threaten breakaway series

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.

Changes are imminent
CONCORD, N.C. - A prime time Daytona 500, new venues and an overhaul of the current schedule are ideas now under consideration by NASCAR officials.

Hawks fall to Bulls

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

Records speak for Cornwell
The USC Aiken women's basketball team has retired two jerseys in the past 25 years.

SEC notebook
Jim Harrick was making a guest appearance on an ESPN basketball show last week when he was asked to name the Southeastern Conference's best five players.

Texas' Conradt going for 800th career victory
AUSTIN, Texas -- When Jody Conradt started out, she was a physical education teacher who didn't get paid to coach. Back then, women played 6-on-6, and only two players could go the length of the court.

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.

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.

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

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.

Reunited and it feels so awkward for Gruden, Raiders

Sapp, Brooks are Tampa Bay's odd couple

Mystique vs. misery: the images of the Super Bowl

Coaching staffs stay behind for game plans

The Swashbucklers' Super Bowl

Street violence follows Raiders' victory

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MCG School of Medicine working to fill its niche
THE MEDICAL COLLEGE of Georgia offers a special asset to the Augusta community by providing unique services and maintaining a conduit for federal, state and corporate dollars to flow into our area.

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.

Perdue's changes are retaliatory
I read with great interest the article about Gov. Sonny Perdue rearranging the Capitol, and especially his interest in uprooting Secretary of State Cathy Cox. It occurs to me that this is where the retaliation begins! Rhonda Graybeal, Martinez, Ga.

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.

Saddam will call president's bluff
Foolishness! It seems the son of George Bush senior is playing the second round of a high stakes "poker game" with Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. Daddy Bush folded his cards when he was in charge and walked away. Larry Jarrett, Warrenville, S.C.

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.

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.

'Roe' marks 30th year
Today marks the 30th anniversary of that horrible piece of jurisprudence Roe vs. Wade. Many legal scholars not opposed to abortion admit that the Roe decision, as delivered by the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, is bad law.

MCG School of Medicine working to fill its niche
THE MEDICAL COLLEGE of Georgia offers a special asset to the Augusta community by providing unique services and maintaining a conduit for federal, state and corporate dollars to flow into our area.

Hate rally in D.C.
However much we might disagree with critics of President George W. Bush's Iraqi policy, we admit they have a legitimate point of view and deserve to be heard. Last weekend's massive anti-war rallies in Washington and San Francisco provided a great opportunity for peace activists to make a reasoned case against the administration's hard-line Iraqi policies, and perhaps to win a few converts to their cause.

Put the brakes on Augusta's dictatorial commission
I was reading about the director of Augusta Animal Control, Dr. Bonnie Bragdon, stepping down, and came across something that was eating at me and a lot of others I know. Here's what it said. Tommy Clark, Hephzibah, Ga.

Check untapped funds before spending
With regard to the article in the Dec. 15 Chronicle, "Records show untapped funds," City Finance Director David Persaud - after making his list - should check it twice before he begins spending his pre-Christmas stocking stuffer of $7.2 million in untapped funds. Ken Kleinbub, Aiken, S.C.

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.

Bible passage misused to support pro-choice
In his letter on Jan. 14, "Bible, Mosaic law do not prohibit pro-choice stand," Daru Ib-Shamiq has brought up the only biblical passage (Exodus 21:22-25) that the so-called pro-choice people for years have been using to justify their support for their grisly deeds. The left-wing fringe has misinterpreted the passage so often, only to be shot down every time, it is surprising that they continue to refer to it. James B. Wertz, Hephzibah, Ga.

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.

Ineptness by INS after 9-11
Six months after the horrifying tragedy of 9-11, personnel within the Immigration and Naturalization Service sent visas to several of the dead hijackers, who had commandeered the planes and flown them into the World Trade Center. Andy Windham, Wagener, S.C.

Hewitt gone early; Roddick could take advantage

Overtime

Ol' man Agassi rolls into semifinals

Foreman is no longer grilled about his boxing career

Overtime

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.

Overtime
The top leadership of the U.S. Olympic Committee urged USOC president Marty Mankamyer to resign, blaming her for infighting within the organization and claiming she conspired with a staff member to try and force CEO Lloyd Ward from his job.

Ol' man Agassi rolls into semifinals
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Now Andre Agassi gets to pick on someone his own age.

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

Glenn Hills holds on in double overtime
The rivalry continues and the Hephzibah girls team still can't get Glenn Hills off its back.

Bruinettes stop South Aiken
AIKEN - The top-ranked Orangeburg-Wilkinson Bruinettes, winners of 38 straight games, made South Aiken their latest victim, winning 51-42 on Tuesday night.

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

Mystique vs. misery: the images of the Super Bowl
SAN DIEGO -- So what if this is the NFL's big show.

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.

Sapp, Brooks are Tampa Bay's odd couple
SAN DIEGO -- Warren Sapp is so loud with his trash talk, opponents - and some teammates - probably wish they had ear plugs. He even shouted down Green Bay coach Mike Sherman after a game.

Coaching staffs stay behind for game plans
SAN DIEGO -- Creatures of habit, neither Jon Gruden nor Bill Callahan was going to change things this week because of the Super Bowl.

Rice still not showing age at fourth Super Bowl
SAN DIEGO -- Jerry Rice sees no reason why his fourth trip to the Super Bowl should be his last.

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.

Reunited and it feels so awkward for Gruden, Raiders
SAN DIEGO -- Squinting into the sunlight, glaring down at the reporters, Jon Gruden did his best to be a good sport.

Atlanta re-signs Draft, eyes deal with Brooking
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Chris Draft signed a four-year deal Tuesday with the Atlanta Falcons, putting three of the team's four starting linebackers under contract.

Big Easy brings new game for a new season

Judge orders Internet providers to help trace online pirates
WASHINGTON -- Internet providers must agree to requests by the music industry to track down computer users who illegally download music, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in a case that could dramatically increase online pirates' risk of being caught.

'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.

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.

Holtz looks to be more hands-on in 2003
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Lou Holtz still will be South Carolina's football CEO, responsible for the program's long-term growth and improvement. But the coach also promises to work as hard next season on the smaller details.

Holtz looks to be more hands-on in 2003

Back-to-back aces can be explained
It could probably only happen at an executive golf course - one of those layouts that is half the yardage of a regulation course because it is built on prime real estate.

Xtreme calendar

Girl wants to reconcile with friend

Question of the week

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.

My ride

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

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

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.

Audio best

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

Is your teacher a DEVIL OR SAINT?

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

Your style

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

Artist's corner

Club owner opens second teen venue

Instrument choice pays off for teen

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

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:

DiCaprio shines in 'Catch'

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

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.

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

Judge orders Internet providers to help trace online pirates

'Ghost Recon' excellent military tactics game

Segway hits legal pothole in San Francisco