At the movies: 'Darkness Falls'
"Darkness Falls," the new horror flick featuring special effects by Oscar-winning craftsman Stan Winston, is supposed to be dark and scary and make us all jump out of our seats.

Video watch
JUST OUT: The Bourne Identity, Simone, Dinner Rush and Tadpole

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.

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Ramblin' Rhodes: Performer isn't just horsing around
Betty Buckley may have won a Tony Award for playing an elderly cat on Broadway, but her first love is horses.

Futurity parade to celebrate horses and wagons

Applause calendar
DAVID COPPERFIELD: 6 and 9 p.m. Feb. 4, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; 724-2400.

Museum showcases rock 'n' roll history

Redheads have radiated on screen
Less than 5 percent of Americans are born with red hair. It is, genetically speaking, an exotic rarity. Perhaps that's why the screen seems to love a redhead.

At the Movies: 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind'

Standing ovations
The National Players will present the Shakespeare comedy As You Like It at 2 and 7:30 p.m. today and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Maxwell Performing Arts Center, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way.

Concert calendar

Rock stars can be found at museum
In a small upstairs gallery at the Augusta Museum of History, a forever-youthful Jimi Hendrix weaves a psychedelic soundsca

Sunny Garden's buffet teems with succulent delights

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

Redheads have radiated on screen

Concert calendar
THE WAVE: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, West Acres Baptist Church, 555 Gibbs Road, Evans; with Canas Revue and Shattered; $3; available at area Christian bookstores and at the door; 860-6573.

Rock stars can be found at museum

At the Movies: 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind'
It's hard not to walk into "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" with the giddy expectations of a bachelorette on "The Dating Game."

Applause calendar

Home is where the art is
The drive to decorate is a powerful human instinct. Be it animal totems scrawled in damp caves, celebrity snapshots torn from a magazine and pinned on a pre-teen's wall or the family photographs snaking up the stairway, everyone is an art collector.

Standing ovations

Sunny Garden's buffet teems with succulent delights
Suppose you're stranded in the desert without a bite to eat. If a mirage suddenly appeared, it might well look like Sunny Garden.

Arts notebook

Futurity parade to celebrate horses and wagons
The Budweiser Clydesdales, a Conestoga wagon, a chuck wagon and a French wedding carriage will make their way down Broad Street Sunday for the annual Augusta Cutting Horse Futurity Parade.

Mini reviews

Arts notebook
Three things guaranteed to make me sleepy: A hot day, a long car ride and a fine arts fund-raiser.

Home is where the art is

Museum showcases rock 'n' roll history
A sizable slice of Augusta's history has been written in rock.

At the movies: 'Darkness Falls'

Club calendar

Ramblin' Rhodes: Performer isn't just horsing around

Unbearably cold weather is hard to come by

Samantha Louise Cain
Steven M. and Theresa A. Cain of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Samantha Louise Cain, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Bill and Barbara Felton of McDonald, Pa., and Bobby and Barbara Cain of Augusta.

Mahoganye Lee Smith

Caden Gage Barnes
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Andrew Lee Alewine

Hannah Georgeann Garland
Cassidy Garl

Taneshia Janay Lewis

Brier Cole White
Edgar and Penny White of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Brier Cole White, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Scott Burke and Nancy Burke, both of Evans, and Mr. and Mrs. Harvey White of Dunlap, Tenn.

Brier Cole White

Emma Grace Wise

Sarai Alaya Paz

Joshua Alexander Melton
Woodie Lee Melton III and Cyn

Syrenity D. Stringfield

Reece Augustus Dietzman
Brian and Joanna Dietzman of Fort

Ethan Joseph Usry

Keasia Denise Yates
Warren Bell and Lakeisha Yates, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Keasia Denise Yates, Friday, Jan. 10, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Pamela Jones, Nathaniel Jones Jr. and Janie Bell, all of Augusta.

Lanie Elise Niedling

Syrenity D. Stringfield
Timothy and Suzanne Stringfiel

Reece Augustus Dietzman

Alison Rae Johnson

Graham Steadman Smith

Sara Victoria Michel

Gavin Mark Carnes

Taneshia Janay Lewis
Tiawan and Latrecia Lewis of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Taneshia Janay Lewis, Friday, Jan. 10, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Sandra Hodge and Franklin Tolbert, both of Augusta, and the late Fredricka Smith.

Samantha Louise Cain

Catherine Elizabeth Hanks
Christopher and

Avery Powell Kitchens

Clayton Patrick Futo
George and Ni

Keasia Denise Yates

Gavin Mark Carnes
Nicholas Mark and Jessica Nicole Carnes of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Gavin Mark Carnes, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Ken and Elaine Barrett of North Augusta and Tim and Diane Carnes of Glasgow, Ky.

Charlotte Elizabeth Kalbskopf

Kayla Evelyn Boyd

Garrett Bradley Nix

Emma Grace Wise
Michael Ed

Caden Gage Barnes

Ethan Joseph Usry
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Catherine Elizabeth Hanks

Graham Steadman Smith
Kenneth Ashley and Mary Louise Steadm

Kayla Evelyn Boyd

Mahoganye Lee Smith
Gregory and Candye B. Smith of Hephzibah announce the birth of a daughter, Mahoganye Lee Smith, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Heyward and Bettye Jones of North Augusta.

Sarai Alaya Paz
Leo and Bonnie Paz of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Sarai Alaya Paz, Friday, Jan. 10, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Alfornia Tennyson of Louisville, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Armando Paz of Hollywood, Fla.

Garrett Bradley Nix
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Sara Victoria Michel
Thomas and L

Andrew Lee Alewine
Lee and Melissa Alewine of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Andrew Lee Alewine, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Henry B. Martin III of Hephzibah, Janice Goodfriend of Blythe and the late Albert Alewine.

Clayton Patrick Futo

Alison Rae Johnson
Cliff an

Joshua Alexander Melton

Charlotte Elizabeth Kalbskopf
William and Alison Kalbskopf of North Augusta announce the birth of

Lanie Elise Niedling
John Nie

Avery Powell Kitchens
James Ray Kitchens Jr. and Lisa Ann Kitchens, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son

Hannah Georgeann Garland

Ice block falls from heavens and hits Lawrenceville house
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- 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.

Odds and Ends
NESQUEHONING, Pa. -- A company that makes a garlic-based repellant to keep critters out of flower beds and vegetable gardens is having the same effect on a neighboring business.

Vampire rumors cause panic in Malawi
BLANTYRE, Malawi -- A radio journalist was arrested Sunday for interviewing a man who claimed he was attacked by vampires, under a Malawi government campaign to quash vampire rumors.

Maddux says $16 million would be fair
ATLANTA - It's not about the money, Greg Maddux insisted. It's about a fair and reasonable salary.

Maddux says $16 million would be fair

Former USC Aiken pitcher signs with Braves

Former USC Aiken pitcher signs with Braves
ATLANTA - Former USC Aiken pitcher Roberto Hernandez agreed to a one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday that gives him the chance to earn $1 million.

Business briefs
Need a copy or transcript of your prior year's federal tax return? Each can be requested through the Internal Revenue Service's Form 4506.

Stocks give up most of 2003 gains on war fears
NEW YORK -- Wall Street gave up all but the last of its New Year's rally Wednesday, falling for a fifth straight session as investors unloaded shares following tepid earnings from J.P. Morgan Chase and Eastman Kodak.

Stocks higher as investors remain wary about war, economy
NEW YORK -- Investors still wary about war and the economy bought stocks selectively Thursday, rewarding tech companies after positive earnings from Texas Instruments but making few other commitments.

30-day notice of 401(k) blackouts required by government
WASHINGTON -- Starting next week, about 40 million Americans invested in 401(k) plans must get 30 days' notice when their employers want to block access to the accounts for administrative changes.

Kmart CEO to receive $1 million upon emergence from bankruptcy
TROY, Mich. -- Julian C. Day, the new chief executive at Kmart Corp., will receive a base salary of $1 million and a bonus of another $1 million when the retailer emerges from bankruptcy.

Groups discuss new year
While 2002 was a slow year for the economy, the Augusta and Columbia County chambers of commerce remained busy with internal changes, officials said Thursday at the groups' joint membership meeting.

Exchange Club replaces longtime fair operator
The local carnival company behind more than four decades of Augusta Exchange Club fairs has been replaced.

Groups discuss new year

Kmart CEO to receive $1 million upon emergence from bankruptcy

Stocks give up most of 2003 gains on war fears

Business briefs

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Hard-hit by sour loans and regulatory penalties, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. on Wednesday reported a wider loss in the fourth quarter than had been expected by Wall Street analysts.

Stocks higher as investors remain wary about war, economy

Event vendors return
Vendors who were shut out of recent First Friday festivals will have a new place to sell their wares in February.

Business briefs

Bowden names defensive ends coach

Clemson awaits word from league
Clemson assistant men's basketball coach Bobby Hussey said Thursday the team had yet to hear from Atlantic Coast Conference officials regarding referees' calls near the end of Tuesday's 60-59 loss at Florida State.

Clemson awaits word from league

Bowden names defensive ends coach
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson coach Tommy Bowden has hired David Blackwell as defensive ends coach, the school says.

Lady Pacers lose to Kennesaw State in overtime

Draft not needed

Futurity fun begins

A call to restructure

Ornery Europeans

In the know
There are hundreds of dog breeds worldwide, not all of them recognized by the American Kennel Club. On Jan. 1, the AKC's list grew to 151 breeds with the formal recognition of the toy fox terrier, which is between 9 and 11 inches high; and the German pinscher, which was involved in the development of the Doberman and Miniature pinschers.

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, fitness and health activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle.

Number of identity theft complaints double last year
WASHINGTON -- Complaints about identity theft nearly doubled in 2002 as the fast-growing crime topped the government's list of consumer frauds for a third consecutive year.

Brighter hues might melt winter blues
NEW YORK - They're already starting to pop up in store windows like the first flowers that emerge from the frozen ground: a handful of spring styles in sweet sherbet colors.

Capsules
Walking sticks, the lanky insects that look like twigs to avoid predators, have demonstrated another biological trick. A new study shows that, over the course of 50 million years of evolution, walking sticks lost and then re-evolved wings.

Study finds meal portion sizes growing
CHICAGO -- Americans aren't just supersizing their portions in fast-food restaurants, they're doing it in their own kitchens.

Entertainment briefs
LOS ANGELES -- Pat Sajak will be taking a spin as host of a new talk show.

For great fit, clothiers go to great measures
Heather Cook had the perfect pair of jeans. But over time, the threadbare spot at the knee became a hole and she had to retire them.

Fishing report

Fishing report
The Augusta area is experiencing its first true winter in years and the resulting frigid weather and high winds have put a stop to most fishing.

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish caught and total weight of the catch.

Fishing tournament news

Schedule and ticket information
24th Augusta Futurity at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center Morning events start at 8 a.m.

Bigger and better
Pete May wanted to kick the Augusta Futurity's first weekend up a notch.

Bigger and better

2003 Champions club
Champions Club list for 2003

Eight isn't enough
The all-time champion in Augusta Futurity history added to his prestige in 2002.

227...and counting
Pete Branch's record run might last forever.

Bull riding highlights opening day
The 24th annual Augusta Futurity begins at 8 this morning with the first of two amateur events - but it's tonight's World Championship Bull Riding event that has everybody abuzz.

Cutting explained
The Augusta Futurity is a cutting-horse show, where a rider and horse try to "cut" a cow out of a herd of cattle and then attempt to prevent its return to that herd.

Carriages, Clydesdales will be on display Sunday
If there's just one thing to know about the 13th annual Augusta Futurity parade it's this: the Clydesdales are coming.

Bull riding highlights opening day

Eight isn't enough

227...and counting

Carriages, Clydesdales will be on display Sunday

Last year's champs

Schedule and ticket information

Last year's champs
Here's a list of all the 2002 Augusta Futurity champions:

Plants need tender care when inside
Q: I have several plants that I leave on my patio during the growing season, but I bring them in my house during the winter. They always wind up looking terrible. Can you give me any tips?

Watching out for the birds

Plants need tender care when inside

Watching out for the birds
Eulalie Gibbs had a special visitor last week. He flew in from the West Coast, a little later than the last time he arrived outside a window at her home in North Augusta.

Georgia Southern fits North Augusta center
North Augusta center Lance Watkins, one of the most heavily recruited football players in the Augusta area this year, used a set of three criteria to compare the colleges courting him.

Jackets top Elon
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech found itself engaged in an Atlantic Coast Conference-type battle Wednesday night at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

Georgia Southern fits North Augusta center

Jackets top Elon

Defending champion has an affinity for the Phoenix
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Raucous galleries and demanding fairways aside, Chris DiMarco likes the Phoenix Open.

Sorenstam ponders PGA Tour possibilities

Health problems forgotten, Frazar leads tournament

Sorenstam ponders PGA Tour possibilities
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Annika Sorenstam has dominated her competition on the LPGA Tour the last two seasons. Her next challenge might be against the men.

Defending champion has an affinity for the Phoenix

Health problems forgotten, Frazar leads tournament
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Harrison Frazar tied his best PGA Tour score with a 9-under-par 62 Thursday to open a two-stroke lead over John Huston and David Toms after the first round of the Phoenix Open.

Westside star to join brother

Prep girls basketball statistics

Prep boys basketball statistics

Marshall's plan working out

Players of the week

Westside star to join brother
Jerry LeZotte Jr. and his wife, Patty, have spent the past two years traveling to watch their youngest son, Tony, play football on Friday nights in Georgia and their oldest son, Matt, play on Saturdays in Virginia.

Molony commits to Presbyterian
For Kevin Molony, the choice was easy.

Thrashers rally to tie Senators
ATLANTA - Brad Tapper scored with 3:49 left in regulation and the Atlanta Thrashers atoned for their worst loss of the season, tying the Ottawa Senators 3-3 on Thursday night.

Thrashers rally to tie Senators

Thrashers put McEachern on IR, recall Farkas
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers put forward Shawn McEachern on injured reserve Thursday and recalled forward Jeff Farkas from the Chicago Wolves of the AHL.

Thrashers put McEachern on IR, recall Farkas

Powell confident U.S. would have support if it had to disarm Iraq
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Colin Powell, declaring Iraq's failure to disarm is "a challenge that must be met," said Thursday many nations would fight alongside American forces if the United States went to war without U.N. Security Council approval.

Looking to Iraq, military robots focus on lessons of Afghanistan
SOMERVILLE, Mass. -- In future wars, robots may drop from the sky by the hundreds from unmanned aircraft, swarming like giant insects over battlefields in coordinated, terrifying assaults.

Iraq: scientists have refused to submit to private interviews with U.N.
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraqi scientists have so far refused to submit to private interviews with U.N. arms inspectors despite government attempts to encourage them to do so under an agreement with the United Nations, a senior Iraqi official said Thursday.

U.S. defenses against biological attacks have major holes, military officer says
WASHINGTON -- The United States has some serious holes in its defenses against the kind of biological weapons the military assumes Iraq has, the Army's top biological defense expert said Wednesday.

Aircraft packs a punch that may loom large in an Iraq war
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- Its official name is the AC-130. Some call it simply the Big Gun. Packed with a unique combination of airborne firepower, it is one of the most fearsome warplanes.

NATO's Robertson downplays differences over Iraq
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- NATO Secretary-General Lord Robertson played down differences among the allies Thursday after France and Germany forced the alliance to delay planning for a possible support role in an Iraqi invasion.

Iraq's improved biological weapons a serious threat, officials say
WASHINGTON -- Biological weapons are among the few capabilities Iraq has improved since being defeated by a U.S.-led coalition in the 1991 Persian Gulf War, government officials say.

Suspect arrested in Saudi Arabia confesses, wasn't working alone
KUWAIT CITY -- A Kuwaiti civil servant confessed to opening fire on two Americans in Kuwait, killing one and wounding the other, and authorities have found the weapon he used, the Interior Ministry said Thursday.

Unbearably cold weather is hard to come by
It's early on a frosty morning, and I'm wondering: What's the coldest you've ever been?

Cold causes few problems for Columbia County
Thursday's and today's below-freezing temperatures did not appear to cause any major problems other than a few frozen water pipes in some Columbia County schools.

Cold weather tips
Tips for consumers to prepare for the winter heating season from Atlanta Gas Light Co:

Snow; Coldest weather in years on its way
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Snow fell across much of South Carolina early Thursday morning, forcing the closing of schools and state offices in many areas.

South Carolina counties close schools
Although the sun was coming out at about the time students were being sent home, Aiken County school officials weren't taking any chances today .

Pitts won't like answers to his questions

Readers overreact with criticism of 'The Boondocks'

Pet fees are reasonable

Veteran buried with dignity, respect

Recent Bragdon editorial inaccurate

Abraham Lincoln not half the statesman Calhoun was

Bush's economic stimulus plan a windfall for the rich

Rowland has hands-on experience

Post offices don't adhere to ADA

City commissioners are not divided

With friends like Saudis, who needs enemies?

Bible passage probably misinterpreted

Capsules

Health calendar

For great fit, clothiers go to great measures

Study finds meal portion sizes growing

Entertainment briefs

Number of identity theft complaints double last year

Brighter hues might melt winter blues

In the know

Lynx road report

Lynx road report
Friday: vs. Columbia Inferno, Carolina Coliseum, 7:30 p.m.

Fire damages two Bowman churches
BOWMAN, S.C. -- Fires at two churches here are being investigated as arson cases, Orangeburg County Sheriff Larry Williams says.

Across South Carolina

Open or closed? Transportation votes spark controversy
ATLANTA -- A routine vote on transportation board members turned into a debate on open government in the Legislature on Thursday, as Republicans fought to end the tradition of voting by secret ballot.

Perdue sets aside Saturdays to meet with ordinary people

Matricardi resigns position in S.C. GOP after indictments

Cancer web concept is progressing

Bush Sr. to visit Georgia school
CLAXTON, Ga. - You won't see a banner in downtown Claxton announcing his arrival.

Correction

Schools show signs of bug

Across Georgia

South Carolina counties close schools

Simulators assist students learning to treat patients

News you can use

Confessions from alleged burglar needed no prompting

Warm havens help homeless

Cold weather - even without snow and ice - will close schools

Lawmakers promise to fix predatory lending law
ATLANTA -- Lawmakers from both parties pledged Thursday to rework the Georgia's Fair Lending Act, which is scaring some lending companies out of the state.

Bush Sr. to visit Georgia school

Warm havens help homeless
If not for the generosity of St. James Methodist Church on Thursday night, Michael Roland would be keeping warm inside an abandoned building or a cardboard box, he said.

Fill site holds barred material

Matricardi resigns position in S.C. GOP after indictments
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- One of South Carolina's Republican Party leaders resigned Thursday after he was indicted on federal charges involving eavesdropping on conference calls among Democratic legislators last year.

Across the area

Cold weather tips

Icy temperatures imperil state's Vidalia onion crop

Perdue says budget forces tax increase

Retired senator Thurmond returns to Edgefield

Student told to change Confederate flag shirt

Subscriber of the day

Uniform school start date bills wait on compromise
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The chairman of the House Education and Public Works Committee says he'll hold up piecemeal action on a uniform school start date until a compromise can be reached.

Authorities charge drug dealer with felony murder in death of client

News you can use
JAN. 24, 1938 Eleven hours after he answered a call to a Broad Street address, an Augusta taxi driver reported to his company early this morning that he had been kidnapped, robbed and left bound in a river swamp near Greenville, S.C.

Immigration officers find illegal aliens on Navy ship

SNOW: Blast of winter brushes area with only minimal flurries

Rants and Raves
I WOULD LIKE to know where the teachers are at recess at the Columbia County schools. I have a fourth-grader, and all they do is fight during recess.

Schrenko will get pension
ATLANTA - Former state Schools Superintendent Linda Schrenko will qualify for her full state pension after all.

Correction
The route for the Augusta Futurity Horse and Carriage Parade was incorrect in Wednesday's edition of the Carolina Chronicle and Thursday's edition of Richmond County Neighbors. Please see the Augusta Futurity special section in today's editions of The Augusta Chronicle for the correct parade route.

Authorities charge drug dealer with felony murder in death of client
DOUGLAS, Ga. -- A convicted drug dealer has been charged with felony murder after one of his customers died from allegedly overdosing on the dealer's cocaine.

Rants and Raves
I WOULD LIKE to know where the teachers are at recess at the Columbia County schools. I have a fourth-grader, and all they do is fight during recess.

Retired senator Thurmond returns to Edgefield
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Retired U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond has returned to his hometown, according to a close family friend.

Confessions from alleged burglar needed no prompting
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - A South Carolina man might be a burglar, but at least he's honest.

Army sends base leader to prepare Iraqi exiles

Across the area
Dustin and Dana Swafford, the Hephzibah parents accused of raising their daughter in a filthy home, were returned to Augusta on Thursday.

Savannah councilman admits drinking before fatal crash, says other driver hit him

Across Georgia
MACON -A Georgia man was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison for phoning a bomb threat against Vice President Dick Cheney at a speech in Macon.

State waits for report on work at gas plant

Across South Carolina
DENMARK -Denmark, a rural community of about 3,300, could face bankruptcy because it owes more than half a million dollars and has no money to repay the debt, city officials say.

Snow; Coldest weather in years on its way

Board gets new member
ATLANTA - State lawmakers from Georgia's 12th Congressional District elected a businessman from Effingham County on Thursday to represent the sprawling district on the State Transportation Board.

Subscriber of the day

Icy temperatures imperil state's Vidalia onion crop
Georgia's multimillion-dollar Vidalia onion crop is in jeopardy from exposure to freezing temperatures as an arctic cold front moves into Georgia, agriculture officials said Thursday.

Kolb blasts reprimand method

SNOW: Blast of winter brushes area with only minimal flurries
Thursday's brief snowstorm in the Augusta area came with the usual questions for a Southern city that rarely gets a glimpse of the white stuff.

Correction

Budget cuts hit Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech's president told Augusta alumni Thursday night that state budget cuts didn't slow growth in 2002, but the school won't be so lucky this year.

Cold causes few problems for Columbia County

Simulators assist students learning to treat patients
After a car wreck, Georgiana Moore lies on a gurney with a fractured pelvis, a broken right leg, and a small bleed in her brain after she briefly lost consciousness.

Lawmakers promise to fix predatory lending law

Perdue says budget forces tax increase
Raising taxes would be a last resort, but Gov. Sonny Perdue said he will not gut education, health care and child welfare to avoid it. And there could be a health argument as well as an economic advantage to raising the cigarette and liquor taxes, he said.

Sanford makes SLED homeland security leader
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Gov. Mark Sanford has put State Law Enforcement Division Chief Robert Stewart in charge of fighting terrorism in South Carolina.

Across the area
An Augusta man was rushed to Medical College of Georgia Hospital after being struck by a police cruiser on Fayetteville Drive.

Sanford committee releases restructuring recommendations
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A panel Gov. Mark Sanford appointed to study the structure of state government released a report Tuesday calling for a sweeping overhaul.

Parking deck to resume charging
By early next month the city will resume charging cars to use the parking deck at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta and convention center.

Fill site holds barred material
Fill material placed on commercial property off Lewiston Road in Columbia County contains asphalt that must be removed, according to Georgia's Environmental Protection Division.

Politicians will unite for book
Charles Walker and Ed McIntyre aren't enemies, but the two men have never called themselves allies - until now.

Immigration officers find illegal aliens on Navy ship
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Immigration officials have discovered dozens of illegal aliens working on the USS John F. Kennedy as the aircraft carrier undergoes renovations at North Florida's Mayport Naval Station.

Cancer web concept is progressing
As the different pieces are being rapidly pulled together, the Athens-Augusta bid to develop a cancer network is beginning to form a picture of a sprawling network that will stretch from Elbert to Barrow to Johnson counties.

Open or closed? Transportation votes spark controversy

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

School plans fee increase

Judge allows teen's release
AIKEN - The second of two Aiken Middle School pupils who plotted to shoot up their school received probation from an Aiken County Family Court judge Thursday.

Perdue sets aside Saturdays to meet with ordinary people
ATLANTA - For people who've always wanted to tell the governor a thing or two, the chance has come.

Kolb blasts reprimand method
Responding to a letter of reprimand placed in his personnel file earlier this month, City Administrator George Kolb said Augusta commissioners owed him the "common courtesy" of due process, if only because he gives that courtesy to the rest of the city's 2,600 employees.

Snow reaches across state as front brings record cold
Some of the coldest weather in more than a decade rushed into South Carolina on Thursday behind a fast-moving storm system that dumped snow from the top of Table Rock to the Spanish moss in Beaufort.

Army sends base leader to prepare Iraqi exiles
COLUMBIA - The two-star Army commander at Fort Jackson is now in charge of military training for Iraqi opponents of President Saddam Hussein, a Pentagon spokesman said Wednesday.

Medicaid will impact doctors, nursing homes, lawmakers told
ATLANTA -- The director of the agency that manages state health programs warned Georgia lawmakers Thursday that some doctors may be forced to close their doors and some nursing homes may fold because of budget cuts proposed by the governor.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Cheryl A. Keller of Augusta.

Cold weather - even without snow and ice - will close schools
ATLANTA -- Even though roads are expected to be clear of snow, sleet and ice Friday, schools around Georgia will be closed because of brutal cold.

News you can use
JAN. 23, 1943 Former Augusta Mayor James Wooddal; Fletcher Smith, a guard at the city stockade; and L.T. Barton, head of a local house wrecking company, have been invited to appear before the grand jury Monday to be questioned about materials that allegedly were used in construction of a fishing lodge at Brier Creek, court records said yesterday.

Across South Carolina
Abortion activists gather at Statehouse

Will residents support arena?
Columbia County's commission chairman is calling for a series of town hall meetings to help determine whether the county will financially support a new arena in Augusta.

Police seek forger of payroll checks
Police are looking for a man who pocketed $5,000 in one day from cashing counterfeit payroll checks at Augusta banks.

Schools show signs of bug
The sickness that has dogged students and dwindled attendance numbers in Columbia County for the last week may be crossing county and state lines.

Hundreds march on Roe v. Wade anniversary

State waits for report on work at gas plant
The state Environmental Protection Division will give a progress report to residents at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30 in Pullman Hall, 560 Walton Way.

More than 500 Georgia soldiers and National Guard deployed

Correction
An article in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly reported the score of a high school basketball game. The Hephzibah High School girls team defeated Glenn Hills 48-44 on Jan. 4.

Sanford committee releases restructuring recommendations

Complaints lead to review of textbooks
AIKEN - An Aiken County school board committee will examine high school biology books for objectionable material after a resident complained about the state-approved textbooks.

Student told to change Confederate flag shirt
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. -- Eighth-grader Kelly Bokern says wearing a shirt combining the image of the Confederate flag and South Carolina's palmetto flag has nothing to do with racism and everything to do with free speech.

School plans fee increase
USC Aiken Chancellor Dr. Tom Hallman will present his proposed budget to Ways and Means committee members at the Statehouse on Wednesday.

Carolina braces for next cold snap

Frigid weather settles on area
Just two days ago, Augustans might have been lulled into thinking it was spring as they basked in 70-degree weather. But today and Friday, Mother Nature plans to snap them back to their senses with some of the coldest temperatures this winter.

Sanford makes SLED homeland security leader

Georgia readies for Arctic blast
ATLANTA - North Georgia and the Atlanta area are expected to experience their coldest temperatures since winter 1996 today as an Arctic mass moves over the state.

Fire damages two Bowman churches

Carolina braces for next cold snap
COLUMBIA - With some of the coldest weather in a decade filtering into South Carolina, authorities are worried firefighters could be busy the next few days.

Mistake leads to a fire in kitchen

Sanford pushes Capitol reform
COLUMBIA - In a speech overshadowed by the state's budget crisis Wednesday night, Gov. Mark Sanford promised little in the way of new programs while telling the Legislature he wants support to restructure state government.

New state school superintendent defends education budget cuts

Savannah councilman admits drinking before fatal crash, says other driver hit him
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A Savannah city councilman recovering from a crash that killed a woman said Wednesday he had "a couple" of drinks before driving, but said he was not intoxicated and the crash was not his fault.

Sanford pushes Capitol reform

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Gov. Sonny Perdue has quietly increased the size and cost of his office while forcing other state agencies to absorb deep budget cuts and proposing a tax increase for the public, legislative Democrats charged Wednesday.

Mistake leads to a fire in kitchen
Jimmy Ryals wept Wednesday night as he recalled the fire that almost took the lives of his daughters.

More than 500 Georgia soldiers and National Guard deployed
Soldiers from Fort Gordon's 63rd Signal Battalion have been ordered to deploy to the Middle East.

Across Georgia

Cathy Cox won't seek Miller's Senate post
ATLANTA -- Secretary of State Cathy Cox said Wednesday she will not be a candidate for the U.S. Senate seat Zell Miller is leaving after the 2004 election.

News you can use

New state school superintendent defends education budget cuts
ATLANTA -- Teacher pay raises are impossible this year, Georgia School Superintendent Kathy Cox told lawmakers Wednesday, citing $54 million that schools will lose from state budget cuts.

Rants and Raves
IF WE DON'T go over there and wipe them out and take care of business now, they are going to be over here. They are already killing our Americans over there. They will be here killing our children. They hate us.

Riley: South needs to look ahead, not back
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Dick Riley, the former South Carolina governor and former U.S. Secretary of Education, says Southerners must stop looking so much to the past and forge a vision for the future to improve education.

Former fire chief gets probation, fine for misusing funds
FLORENCE, S.C. -- The former chief of the Howe Springs Volunteer Fire Department has been given a suspended sentence, probation and ordered to repay almost $35,000 after pleading guilty to misusing public funds.

Hundreds march on Roe v. Wade anniversary
ATLANTA -- For the first time in 30 years, anti-abortion protesters came to the Georgia Capitol and were greeted by Republicans in power who promised to support their cause.

Peach farmers reduce worries
Perhaps it was an anxious peach farmer who coined the expression, "Just chill."

There's no time like the present
ATHENS, Ga. - The team is set. The time is now.

Commercials share Super stage
You've heard the one about the guy going to a boxing match and seeing a hockey

Marlin visits recovered Confederate submarine Hunley
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- NASCAR star Sterling Marlin first learned of the Civil War at the knee of his relatives in Tennessee. On Wednesday, Marlin touched a piece of Confederate history as he toured the recovered submarine H.L. Hunley.

Schumacher, others satisfied with compromise
LONDON -- Michael Schumacher and other powers in Formula One appear satisfied with a compromise over rule changes for the 2003 season.

Dale Jr. wants to slow down off the track

Marlin visits recovered Confederate submarine Hunley

Dale Jr. wants to slow down off the track
MOORESVILLE, N.C. - When the white-hot lights focused on Dale Earnhardt Jr. from close range Tuesday, it was easy to understand just how much the third-generation driver's life has veered out of control.

Brooke Gordon wants sensitive materials from husband's rivals

NASCAR notebook
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Part of NASCAR's plan to shuffle its racing lineup in 2004 is paying greater attention to each racetrack.

Brooke Gordon wants sensitive materials from husband's rivals
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Lawyers for Jeff Gordon's wife have subpoenaed sensitive materials from his competitors to use in their divorce case, another team told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Schumacher, others satisfied with compromise

NASCAR notebook

Stojakovic will go for another 3-point title

Stojakovic will go for another 3-point title
NEW YORK -- Defending champion Peja Stojakovic leads a field of six players in the 3-point shootout on Feb. 8, part of the NBA's All-Star weekend in Atlanta.

Lady Pacers lose to Kennesaw State in overtime
AIKEN - Minutes after USC Aiken's 74-69 overtime loss to Kennesaw State on Wednesday night, coach Mike Brandt seethed in his office.

Alabama tries to stop fall from grace
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- No. 1 with a bullet, No. 15 with a whimper.

Big Brother takes over security at Super Bowl

Raiders not wimps on defense, Bucs not buffoons on offense

Raiders brought in experienced winners, Bucs went for fiery coach

Mr. Paul Winkle    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Glen Delaware    (HELENA, Ga.)
Mr. Albert Blackmon    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Kevin Joyner    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Eaddie Pugh    (SALUDA, S.C.)
Mr. Freddie Johnson    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
Ms. Susan Thomas    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Eula Jenkins    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Ollie Collins    (McBEAN, Ga.)
Mr. Dennis Hudson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Harrell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Mike Lanier    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Shirley Story    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Cathy Leary    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
MSGT. William Sheppard    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Thomas Hodges Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Shaw Jr.    (EVANS, Ga.)
Deacon William Hill Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lil Caudle    (McCORMICK, S.C.)
Mrs. Susan Hicks    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Girlie Cushman    (WINDSOR, S.C.)
Mr. James Harrell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Dave Funderburg    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Jeannie Harmon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Wayne Hendrix    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Alice Mulherin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Eugene Shelton    (WRENS, Ga.)
Mr. James Godowns    (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)
Mr. Thomas Hodges Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ralph Gardner    (HEPHZIBHAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Susie Barksdale    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Mildred Franklin    (LADSON, S.C.)
Mr. Ronnie Kight    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Andy Evans    (MARYVILLE, Tenn.)
Mrs. Willie Simpkins    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Margaret Duke    (AUGUSTA, GA.)
Mr. Christopher Scholl    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Tanisha Munford-Monroe    (QUEENS, N.Y.)
Ms. Mary Brown    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Michelle Oliphant    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Herlie Charlton    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Mrs. Betty Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Gary Crane-Finch    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ollie Collins    (McBEAN, Ga.)
Mrs. Betty Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Bill Christmas    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Andy Evans    (MARYVILLE, Tenn.)
Ms. Mary Brown    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Jeannie Harmon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Stevie Jackson    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Grace Henderson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Tanisha Munford-Monroe    (QUEENS, N.Y.)
Mr. Terry Rowe Sr.    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mr. Obilee Rhodes Sr.    (SPARTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Shaw Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Alice Mulherin
Alice Mulherin's life centered on her family.

Mrs. Willie Simpkins    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Featured obituary: Mr. Thomas Hodges Sr.
Augusta lost a significant piece of its entertainment history with the death of Thomas Hodges Sr.

Mr. Thomas Wiggins    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Timothy Beard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Williams    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Ms. May Auel    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Lawrence & Johnathan Dicks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Alfrezer Youmens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Albert Blackmon    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. James Williams    (CAMAK, Ga.)
Mr. Dennis Hudson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Rebecca White    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Willie Walker    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Lamar Osborne    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. John Brown Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Susie Barksdale    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Deacon William Hill Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Willie Simpkins (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Dennis Hudson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Thomas Hodges Sr.

Mrs. Cathy Leary (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Hodges Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Eula Jenkins (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Lamar Osborne (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Shirley Story (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Susan Thomas (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Grace Henderson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eaddie Pugh (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mr. Lawrence & Johnathan Dicks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Mary Brown (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ollie Collins (McBEAN, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie Barksdale (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Stevie Jackson (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Ronnie Kight (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Dave Funderburg (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Wiggins (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Andy Evans (MARYVILLE, Tenn.)

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

Mr. Paul Winkle (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Obilee Rhodes Sr. (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Shaw Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Herlie Charlton (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Michelle Oliphant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Timothy Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kevin Joyner (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Ralph Gardner (HEPHZIBHAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Jeannie Harmon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Rebecca White (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Willie Simpkins (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. May Auel (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mildred Franklin (LADSON, S.C.)

Mr. Christopher Scholl (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alice Mulherin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gary Crane-Finch (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

MSGT. William Sheppard (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Mary Brown (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Williams (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. James Williams (CAMAK, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie Barksdale (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Girlie Cushman (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mr. James Godowns (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Walker (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Glen Delaware (HELENA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jeannie Harmon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lil Caudle (McCORMICK, S.C.)

Mrs. Alfrezer Youmens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Andy Evans (MARYVILLE, Tenn.)

Mr. Eugene Shelton (WRENS, Ga.)

Post offices don't adhere to ADA
How long will the Columbia County post offices in Evans and Martinez continue to violate the mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act? Floyd Brown, Evans, Ga.

City commissioners are not divided
Mayor Bob Young and The Augusta Chronicle have it all wrong when they say our city commissioners are divided, and that the mayor got 52 percent of the white vote and Ed McIntyre got 48 percent of the black vote. You would be surprised how many whites voted for Mr. McIntyre. Grady Brown, Augusta

Ornery Europeans
Good for Secretary of State Colin Powell. He skipped diplomatic niceties in confronting France's obstructionism in trying to disarm Iraq. The secretary rightly noted that France isn't serious about facing up to Iraq's defiance of the United Nations.

A call to restructure
On the eve of new Gov. Mark Sanford's first state-of-the state address to his fellow South Carolinians, the task force he appointed to study government restructuring issued a report that could make his job significantly easier - if the legislature approves.

Rowland has hands-on experience
The time is approaching when voters of Aiken County will decide who they want for sheriff. We will go to the polls and vote, either for our buddy or for the person most qualified to head the department. This decision will be easy for me, because the person most qualified has been a friend for over 20 years. Robert E. Boswell, Bath, S.C.

Draft not needed
U.S. Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., a Korean war combat veteran, created a stir recently with an op-ed piece in The New York Times calling for reinstating the draft. He and U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., have introduced legislation to that effect.

Readers overreact with criticism of 'The Boondocks'
I keep reading complaints from readers about The Boondocks and other cartoons. What amazes me is the harsh attitude and statements and the thinly veiled threats of canceling subscriptions if they don't get their way. Jim Gunn, Keysville, Ga.

With friends like Saudis, who needs enemies?
There's an old adage: "Keep your friends close, your enemies closer." It appears to be the blueprint adopted by Washington to define U.S.-Saudi relations. Mark A. Edens, Thomson, Ga.

Futurity fun begins
Every year the Augusta Futurity gets bigger and better, and this - the 24th year of the exciting event which starts a 9-day run today - promises to be no exception.

Recent Bragdon editorial inaccurate
As a devout animal activist and responsible pet owner, I wish to comment on your Jan. 11 editorial, "Abuse and neglect." Jean Strein, North Augusta, S.C.

Bible passage probably misinterpreted
Concerning Daru Ib-Shamiq's Jan. 14 letter, "Bible, Mosaic law do not prohibit pro-choice stand," theologians are greatly divided about the interpretation of Exodus 21:22-25. One common and very reasonable interpretation, however, treats the unborn as human. Karen M. Cox, Waynesboro, Ga.

Veteran buried with dignity, respect
I wish to thank members of the Fort Gordon funeral detail who were on duty for the burial of my friend, Bob Wisnieski. I do not know their names or their unit, and they probably did not personally know retired Sgt. 1st Class Wisnieski, but they conducted themselves thoughtfully, sincerely and with dignity. Margot Boerner Greer, Jackson, S.C.

Pet fees are reasonable
In response to Larry Johns' Jan. 9 letter, "Don't punish responsible pet owners," I understand his perspective, but I have a much different one. Julie Phillips, Augusta

Pitts won't like answers to his questions
I just finished reading the Jan. 6 column by Leonard Pitts Jr., "To win over black conservatives, GOP needs to provide answers." It was - and is - the "pits." Andy Chandler, Augusta

Bush's economic stimulus plan a windfall for the rich
With the unveiling of his economic stimulus package recently, President George W. Bush once again revealed himself as a shrewd political manipulator and his plan as a huge economic windfall for the rich. Tim Kelly, Augusta

Abraham Lincoln not half the statesman Calhoun was
I would like to enlighten Dr. Charles T. Lockett (Jan. 15 letter, "Lott and John C. Calhoun compared") to a scoundrel who was not half the statesman John C. Calhoun was. Lee Herron, North Augusta, S.C.

Major comeback keeps 'Serena Slam' bid alive

Bill would place High School League under state control

Commercials share Super stage

Forrest exudes confidence

Overtime

Forrest fights for belt

On second thought, Forrest changes mind

Overtime

Bill would place High School League under state control
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- An Upstate lawmaker has proposed the state Education Department oversee the South Carolina High School League, but a department spokeswoman says it has no interest in running high school athletics.

Overtime
Annika Sorenstam has dominated her competition on the LPGA Tour the last two seasons. Her next challenge might be against the men.

On second thought, Forrest changes mind
TEMECULA, Calif. - Club manager Lee Espinosa stood near the boxing ring in the Coachella Valley Boxing Club on Thursday and looked at the clock on the wall.

Forrest exudes confidence
TEMECULA, Calif. - Qualcomm Stadium, the site of Sunday's Super Bowl, is about a 45-minute drive south of Temecula, where Augusta native Vernon Forrest is planning on winning his own world championship Saturday.

Major comeback keeps 'Serena Slam' bid alive
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Amid a flurry of errors, Serena Williams hung her head and stared at her racket.

A look at Wednesday's Roddick-El Aynaoui match
Andy Roddick's 4-6, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4, 21-19 victory Wednesday over Younes El Aynaoui in the Australian Open quarterfinals lasted 4 hours, 59 minutes (the tournament record is 5:11). The fifth set alone took 2:23 to play.

Overtime
A casino is close to a deal that would bring a WNBA team to Connecticut.

Forrest fights for belt
TEMECULA, Calif. - Boxing analysts have slowly begun to climb the soapboxes and scream to the fans.

Marshall's plan working out
The necklace hangs just over Greenbrier guard Eric Marshall's practice jersey and, for him, it means the world.

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

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

Players of the week
Here are profiles of the area prep players of the week.

Big Brother takes over security at Super Bowl
SAN DIEGO -- The armored military trucks and camouflaged soldiers are gone. This Super Bowl looks more like a football game than the military staging ground it resembled last year.

Raiders brought in experienced winners, Bucs went for fiery coach
SAN DIEGO -- The Oakland Raiders found a missing ingredient in guys like Rod Woodson, Bill Romanowski, Sam Adams and Jerry Rice - all owners of NFL championship rings.

Al Davis, a rebel owner who finally gets Super again.
SAN DIEGO -- Al Davis is a rebel with a subpoena, as anti-establishment an owner as any sport will find. He has bedeviled the NFL off the field like no one else over the last 40 years, and he has succeeded on the field like no one else.

Sting, Twain, No Doubt headline halftime show
SAN DIEGO -- The Super Bowl halftime show will be a little bit country and a little bit rock n' roll.

Super Bowl Capsule
NFL matchups for the Super Bowl:

Vick, Holmes to miss Pro Bowl
Add Michael Vick and Priest Holmes to the list of stars who will miss the Pro Bowl.

Raiders not wimps on defense, Bucs not buffoons on offense
SAN DIEGO -- Hey, Super Bowl fans, the Oakland Raiders are not wimps on defense and the Tampa Bay Bucs are not buffoons on offense.

There's no time like the present

Power supply transplant
Tigger noticed it first. Just back from our daily walk, he should have been carefully supervising my preparation of his dinner. Instead, he was staring at the PC tower, ears up and cocked to one side, the way dogs do when something is out of whack.

Healthcare workers debate smallpox vaccine
The needle that delivers smallpox vaccine is only about 3 inches long, with two tiny prongs at one end. But for legions of health care workers nationwide, it symbolizes a complex personal choice.

Paleontologists discover winged dinosaur
Paleontologists have discovered the remains of what they believe is a four-winged creature that glided from ancient trees above its dinosaur cousins long before two wings took over to power flight.

Dogs top Vols in overtime

Williams powers Bulldogs

Lady Dogs rout Alabama
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alexis Kendrick scored 20 points and Kara Braxton added 18 as No. 24 Georgia defeated Alabama 77-47 Thursday night for the Lady Dogs' seventh straight win.

Dogs hope Jackson follows Gibson's path
ATLANTA -- Former Ware County standout Fred Gibson surprised Florida and Georgia two years ago when he changed his mind at the last minute and signed a scholarship with the Bulldogs.

Williams powers Bulldogs
ATHENS, Ga. - It isn't difficult for Ezra Williams to describe what it's like when all of his shots find the bottom of the net.

Dogs hope Jackson follows Gibson's path

Dogs top Vols in overtime
ATHENS, Ga. - Ezra Williams scored 21 of Georgia's first 23 points in the second half, then Jarvis Hayes took over in overtime as the 19th-ranked Bulldogs beat Tennessee 81-76 Wednesday night.

Lady Vols top Gamecocks

Mississippi St. routs South Carolina

Mississippi St. routs South Carolina
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mario Austin scored 18 points to help No. 22 Mississippi State overcome another sloppy performance and beat cold-shooting South Carolina 64-48 on Wednesday night.

Lady Vols top Gamecocks
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Gwen Jackson scored 18 points and reserve Shanna Zolman added 13 as No. 4 Tennessee beat No. 15 South Carolina 97-78 Thursday night.

Casino close to deal with WNBA
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP)- A casino is close to a deal that would bring a WNBA team to Connecticut.

Ice block falls from heavens and hits Lawrenceville house

Odds and Ends

Suspect arrested in Saudi Arabia confesses, wasn't working alone

Iraq: scientists have refused to submit to private interviews with U.N.

Powell confident U.S. would have support if it had to disarm Iraq

Looking to Iraq, military robots focus on lessons of Afghanistan

U.S. defenses against biological attacks have major holes, military officer says

Aircraft packs a punch that may loom large in an Iraq war

Iraq's improved biological weapons a serious threat, officials say

NATO's Robertson downplays differences over Iraq

Power supply transplant

Healthcare workers debate smallpox vaccine