Odds and ends
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Believe Cathy Uhl, not the computer, when she insists she's alive.

Virginia prisons cut back to two meals a day on weekends
RICHMOND, Va. -- In these lean budget times, even inmates must do some belt tightening.

Man accidentally shot to death while using gun to beat dog
WINCHESTER, Va. -- A man trying to beat his dog to death with a gun was fatally wounded when it apparently went off accidentally, police said.

Lawmakers question where mutual fund fees too high

Trouble free tax tips
WASHINGTON -- Last-minute headaches, missed deductions, possible tax penalties - all are potential hazards at tax time. Here are some tips from the Internal Revenue Service on how to avoid those problems:

Trouble free tax tips

Others ahead of Augusta in race for exhibit space
Every year, Macon holds a Christmas Made in the South craft fair. Just like Augusta.

Lawmakers question where mutual fund fees too high
NEW YORK -- As investors endure painful losses on their mutual funds, two lawmakers are asking whether fund companies might be charging unnecessary fees to maintain their profit margins.

On the move

Tax tips: chance of being audited is low

Pocket change

Business calendar
Monday: Success Columbia County Style; John Deere Commercial Products; 7:30 a.m.; free; R.S.V.P. to 651-0018.

Financial experts say soldiers should prepare for the worst scenario

On the move
Michael T. Parsons has been promoted to national creative director for Fairway Outdoor Advertising, a division of Morris Communications Co. He was previously art director for Fairway. Before that, he was creative director at Red Door Designs Inc. and a part-time graphics instructor at the University of South Carolina.

Others ahead of Augusta in race for exhibit space

Retrieving old files an onerous travail
NEW YORK -- The old Macintosh SE computer had sat collecting dust in my closet long enough.

Stores tighten policies on bringing back merchandise, frustrating consumers
NEW YORK -- Although the holiday season is now just a memory, consumers are still going back to stores and malls, expecting to return the clothes that didn't fit and the toys that the kids hated.

Ads must use right bait to hook customers
"Why isn't my advertisement working?" That question is asked every day by entrepreneurs who find themselves disappointed when they don't get results.

Stores tighten policies on bringing back merchandise, frustrating consumers

Small-business lender expanding
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Bringing wealth to otherwise overlooked urban neighborhoods is what Capitol City Bank & Trust does.

Business calendar

Pocket change
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT: Goodwill Industries

Ads must use right bait to hook customers

Financial experts say soldiers should prepare for the worst scenario
NEW YORK - Each week, more troops ship out to the Middle East for a possible war in Iraq.

Retrieving old files an onerous travail

Tax tips: chance of being audited is low
WASHINGTON -- For most taxpayers, the chances of being audited for 2002 are low. But for those who use offshore credit cards, tax shelters or trusts to hide income, or for wealthy taxpayers who understate income, the odds may be considerably greater.

Clemson tops Wake Forest
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Chrissy Floyd had 16 points and Julie Aderhold, playing for the first time in more than five weeks, had 12 as Clemson defeated Wake Forest 61-45 on Sunday.

Clemson tops Wake Forest

Tigers struggle against Terps

Tigers struggle against Terps
CLEMSON, S.C. - Olu Babalola is a pretty good player. His emotional, frenetic style is something any coach would love.

Columbus State beats Pacers twice

Augusta State sweeps Marion

Today's lesson: hatred

Amend protest ordinance

Rights bills pushed

OK child protection

Piece keepers
Ken Patisaul remembers his Aunt Maggie McPherson and the place she lived, Korea, seemed a long way off from his boyhood homes in North Carolina and Augusta.

TV Lookout: Highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
In its quest for a ratings miracle, third-place ABC unveils a pair of offbeat, optimistic dramas Monday: "Veritas: The Quest" and "Miracles."

Super Bowl hazards
It's no secret that Super Bowl Sunday has produced its fair share of horrific injuries. During its 37-year history, professional football's championship game has seen all manner of breaks, sprains, concussions and contusions.

Jimmy Kimmel premieres Sunday with a live late-night show
NEW YORK -- Jimmy Kimmel is live, devouring a burger at a Manhattan steakhouse and talking about his ABC late-night show.

Change is good when it comes to linens
Dear Carson: Without telling you how often I change the bed linens, could you give me a general rule about how often you should change the linens, i.e. sheets, napkins and towels? My husband says I don't change sheets and towels often enough. - Linen Limbo

Are television fans getting sick of the Osbournes?
NEW YORK -- There's some bleepin' bad news for the Osbourne family: Television viewers may be getting sick of them.

Happy holiday
NATAL, Brazil - Marinated prawns, a bottle of beer with ice stuck to it, and surf whispering on dusk-blushed shore: It's what I call the Holy Trinity.

Home front
What color combinations did the Egyptians favor? How about the Victorians? What kind of color choices were inspired by Pucci dresses, impressionist paintings or even Tupperware?

Arts calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

In the know
Gap casting directors are asking for help via the Internet.

Play skins game this Sunday
Here's some Super Bowl fan fare that's easy to make, that tastes hearty without being a diet disaster, and for which you raid your potato bin.

Sundance Film Festival offers sharp portraits of losers and fringe dwellers
PARK CITY, Utah -- This year's Sundance Film Festival was prime-time for sad sacks, including Paul Giamatti as a sour comic-book writer, William H. Macy as Vegas' biggest loser and Peter Dinklage as an anti-social dwarf.

Parsons' project: Get a victory

Texan ignores score, gets win

Morris takes aim at second title
Since the Augusta Futurity began in 1980, only one Augustan has won an official event. That man will be vying for his second title this morning.

Morris takes aim at second title

Rapp's quest not over after seven

In the lead
Cody DeCordova and Playboys Blu Diamondwill try to keep the lead today in the final of the $50,000 Amateur 4-Year-Old event.

Texan ignores score, gets win
Some horse cutters are scoreboard watchers. Then there are cowboys like Cody DeCordova.

First-timer shines in debut
When Bill Freeman purchased Hickorys Candy Man, he was hoping to one day ride the gelding.

Feiner takes care of his title quickly
There is an advantage to running first in the finals. At least, that's the way Steven Feiner saw it.

Johnson weathers her storm

Feiner takes care of his title quickly

Johnson weathers her storm
Remnants of a winter storm that tore across North Carolina turned Rachel Johnson's simple trip from West Virginia to Augusta into an odyssey.

In the lead

Parsons' project: Get a victory
Bret Parsons' full-time job is working as a farmhand in Congerville, Ill.

Rapp's quest not over after seven
So what exactly does a man who's won seven Augusta Futurity titles do for an encore?

Jackets falter in second half
DURHAM, N.C. - Duke's surge was quick but decisive, and Georgia Tech had neither the energy nor the resolve to to overcome it.

Jackets falter in second half

Webb takes record $470,000 to win LPGA Skins
WAILEA, Hawaii -- Karrie Webb beat Annika Sorenstam and won the LPGA Skins Game on Sunday, taking 12 skins worth a record $470,000.

Singh wins Phoenix Open again
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Vijay Singh birdied five of the first six holes and shot an 8-under-par 63 Sunday to win the Phoenix Open for the second time.

Golf roundup

Golf roundup
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Harrison Frazar separated himself from his challengers with a birdie on the 17th hole Saturday, and took a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Phoenix Open.

Webb takes record $470,000 to win LPGA Skins

Singh wins Phoenix Open again

Prep basketball scores

Heatley burns Rangers

Heatley burns Rangers
NEW YORK -- Dany Heatley thought his second career hat trick couldn't have come at a better place.

Injury may keep Lemieux out of All-Star game

Injury may keep Lemieux out of All-Star game
PITTSBURGH -- Mario Lemieux might miss the NHL All-Star game because of a groin injury.

Report: Kuwait wants Saddam to step down to prevent war
CAIRO, Egypt -- Kuwait wants President Saddam Hussein to step down so war can be averted in neighboring Iraq, Kuwait's foreign minister said in comments reported Sunday.

Allied jets hit anti-aircraft battery
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Allied jets attacked an Iraqi anti-aircraft site Saturday in the southern "no fly" zone in response to "hostile acts" by Iraqi air defenses, the U.S. military said.

Thousands across Germany demonstrate against possible war on Iraq
GEILENKIRCHEN, Germany -- Thousands of people across Germany demonstrated Saturday against a possible war against Iraq, blocking the road to a NATO base and picketing American facilities.

U.S. Marines stay up all night to watch Super Bowl
CAMP COMMANDO, Kuwait -- Scores of U.S. Marines stayed up all night at an American military base in Kuwait to watch the Super Bowl - their hoots, boos, cheers and whistles reverberating through a desert tent.

Key developments concerning Iraq
Developments in the Iraq crisis Saturday:

Powell says he's lost faith that inspectors can make definitive search for Iraq's weapons
DAVOS, Switzerland -- Secretary of State Colin Powell, citing Iraq's lack of cooperation with U.N. inspectors, said Sunday he has lost faith in the inspectors' ability to conduct a definitive search for banned weapons programs.

Powell says world must not shrink from duty in Iraq
DAVOS, Switzerland -- Just days before a crucial report by U.N. weapons inspectors, Secretary of State Colin Powell exhorted world leaders Saturday to ensure that Iraq surrenders its forbidden weapons - or to remove them by force if necessary.

State legislation stands guard to protect food's reputation
Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you.

Bucs defeat Raiders, 48-21
SAN DIEGO -- Just defense, baby!

Aiken preservation group too arbitrary

We can't forget Confederate battle flag

What does 'Chronicle' call newsworthy?

'Chronicle' needs to check facts

Letter writer missed point of column

Abortion doctor and gunman both murderers

Coach's resignation saddens athletes

Happy holiday

Piece keepers

Jimmy Kimmel premieres Sunday with a live late-night show

Super Bowl hazards

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

Change is good when it comes to linens

Are television fans getting sick of the Osbournes?

In the know

Arts calendar

Lynx win second in a row
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Andrew Williamson recorded two goals, and Colin Zulianello had 36 saves as the Augusta Lynx defeated the Columbus Cottonmouths 4-2 on Saturday for their second consecutive victory.

Lynx win second in a row

ECHL notebook

Slapshots
Toledo forward Jeff Johnstone scored a goal in five straight games through Friday, as the Storm have lost just once in their past 10 games (5-1-4) to improve to 28-7-6, tops in the ECHL.

ECHL notebook
East Coast Hockey League president and CEO Brian McKenna delivered a firm and resounding opening statement on the league's landmark decision to make half-shield visors mandatory beginning next season.

Slapshots

Subscriber of the day

Subscriber of the day
Roy Boatright of Augusta is today's subscriber of the day.

Cowboy carnival
Denise Sims makes balloon animals for children during Wrangler Family Fun Night at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

News you can use
JAN. 26, 1923 Oswell R. Eve, member of the Augusta bar, was elected ordinary judge of Richmond County in yesterday's Democratic primary over C. Gordon Lamback, local businessman and member of the Richmond County Commission, by 547 votes.

Senate leaders swap roles with power change

Georgia's colleges log growth in enrollment
As dean of students at Augusta State University, Joyce Jones didn't count on spending time in classrooms.

Rants and Raves
I WONDER WHERE all the military experts got their training. Especially the ones who said we need more proof from Iraq. There is no way to get enough proof for them.

New rowers test waters at session
Joyce Frei figured rowing down the tranquil waters of the Savannah River might be a pleasant diversion from a life of crunching numbers and figuring out statistics.

Plan raises cancer center issue
ATLANTA - In budget discussions last week, it quickly became obvious that, with a $620 million shortfall, no spending project is sacred, especially if it's viewed as a political payoff.

Region lags in group's growth
The immigration of Mexican workers to the South is changing the face of Georgia's population - and the nation's.

Across the area

Georgia's colleges log growth in enrollment

Principal says exam leaking is justified

Authorities arrest Alabama fugitive in South Carolina
CLOVER, S.C. -- A man on the lam since he escaped from a low-security prison in Alabama in September has been arrested in South Carolina.

UGA professor gives opinion on North Korea

Sanford apologizes for praise of Turkish leader
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Sharp criticism has prompted Gov. Mark Sanford to apologize for his praise of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern-day Turkey who some say was responsible for the deaths of millions of Christians in the early 20th century.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Pressure from state health regulators forced the state Corrections Department to close five prison infirmaries because the department didn't have adequate nursing staff.

Gunshots kill Conway mother
CONWAY, S.C. -- Police say they have a suspect in the shooting death of a mother of five who dreamed of becoming a nurse.

Across the area
An Augusta man faced obstruction charges Saturday for allegedly swallowing drug evidence.

Mayor tries to pardon without power to do so
PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. -- Mayor Tim Holbrook considered pardoning two woman accused of driving drunk and carrying drugs.

UGA professor gives opinion on North Korea
Han Park is a political science professor at the University of Georgia and the director of UGA's Center for the Study of Global Issues. He is co

Georgia college enrollment reaches record high
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Record numbers of students are enrolled at the University System of Georgia's 34 institutions, officials said.

Authorities arrest Alabama fugitive in South Carolina

For Legislature, it's time for meaty business
ATLANTA -- They've toasted a new governor's inauguration and settled into fresh offices. Now state legislators are ready to get marching orders from Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Board welcomes new members

Senate leaders swap roles with power change
With BC-GA-XGR--New Senate Leaders-Glance

News you can use

Officials warn residents to still carry insurance cards
ROME, Ga. -- State officials are warning drivers to keep their insurance cards in their cars even after Feb. 1, when a statewide computerized tracking system goes into effect.

Across South Carolina

Sheriff says Nuwaubian leader's plea is a battle won
EATONTON, Ga. -- Sheriff Howard Sills has harsh words for black leaders and others who defended quasi-religious sect leader Malachi York, who pleaded guilty to child molestation charges this week.

UGA study: Lottery hurts the poor

Plea has future of sect in doubt

Gunshots kill Conway mother

Across Georgia

Off-duty officers take work home
Richmond County sheriff's Deputy Danny Whitehead keeps a close eye on his neighbors at Marks Church Commons Apartments.

News you can use

Retirees fill up subdivisions
AIKEN - In recent years several national magazines and other publications have touted Aiken as a great place to retire.

Ethics package has tough path despite support

Aiken County's sheriff starts last week on job
AIKEN - Howard Sellers has been a federal agent, a tracker of serial killers and a small-town police chief.

Across the southeast

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Bennie Nelson of Augusta.

Local soldiers prepare to enter Persian Gulf
Several rows of military tactical vehicles, with hoods raised, awaited their final check Saturday.

GSU looks into meningitis case
Esli Saint-Louis was vomiting and suffering from what seemed like gastrointestinal pain when he went to see a Georgia Southern University nurse at student health services.

Ethics package has tough path despite support
ATLANTA - Ethics reform is suddenly in vogue at the state Capitol.

Across the southeast
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -An Army paratrooper was killed Saturday in a jump from a helicopter during a training exercise, officials said.

Off-duty officers take work home

Power change rocks Senate

UGA study: Lottery hurts the poor
ATHENS, Ga. -- People who play the Georgia lottery the most are those who can least afford it, and they're less likely to benefit from it, according to a University of Georgia study.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Families find adult day cares a comfort

GSU looks into meningitis case

Retirees fill up subdivisions

Mayor tries to pardon without power to do so

Officials warn residents to still carry insurance cards

Annual event draws crowd to downtown

Families choosing to leave pupils put
COLUMBIA - The No Child Left Behind Act hasn't prompted mass exodus from the 31 failing schools in South Carolina.

Sheriff says Nuwaubian leader's plea is a battle won

Power change rocks Senate
ATLANTA - It wasn't easy for Republicans to be heard in the Senate last year. Bellowing Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor ordered them to keep their comments short and their stunts to themselves, and only recognized them after Democrats spoke.

Courtroom still full of lessons for ex-deputy

Families find adult day cares a comfort
ATHENS, Ga. - It was a tough choice, but one that Mark and Laurie Lewis felt they had to make.

Lotto study says needy get little aid

Principal says exam leaking is justified
SNELLVILLE, Ga. - Frankey Jones couldn't bear the guilt of seeing some of her pupils flunk a grade because of one standardized test. So she leaked it to the media, jeopardizing her career.

Across Georgia

Board welcomes new members
AIKEN - A registered nurse, a water authority project manager and a member of the planning and zoning board are among the newcomers to the Citizens Advisory Board, a group that makes suggestions on environmental cleanup to Savannah River Site.

Truck donation

Group returns funds to mental health facility
In the midst of a state investigation of an Augusta mental health center, a group with ties to former Georgia Rep. Robin Williams is returning more than $200,000 it was paid for consulting.

For Legislature, it's time for meaty business

Truck donation
Marcin Grucela (left) of Ferrellgas and Winfield Fire Department Chief John Black stand by the truck Ferrellgas donated to the department. The truck will be converted into a tanker.

Georgia college enrollment reaches record high

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS -A woman accused of shoplifting $2,100 in clothing tried to change her mind when she saw a police officer.

Sanford apologizes for praise of Turkish leader

Bucs defeat Raiders, 48-21

Historical markers tell many tales
ST. MARYS, Ga. - While researching her first book, Valerie Goddard wore white cotton gloves, "rode the streets" and used a Global Positioning System device.

Cowboy carnival

Address will introduce Perdue
ATLANTA - He's been governor for a couple of weeks and more than a million people cast a ballot for him just two months ago.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -A federal judge has overturned the death sentence for a man convicted of killing two pupils during a shooting spree 14 years ago at a Greenwood elementary school.

Annual event draws crowd to downtown
Cold rushing winds did not stop the hundreds in attendance at the Augusta Futurity Horse and Carriage Parade downtown Sunday.

Group returns funds to mental health facility

Across Georgia
EATONTON -Sheriff Howard Sills has harsh words for black leaders and others who defended Nuwaubian sect leader Dwight "Malachi" York, who pleaded guilty to child molestation charges last week.

Subscriber of the day

Across the area
A 12-year-old was charged in the stabbing of his 19-year-old brother during an argument over a basketball Sunday afternoon.

Region lags in group's growth

Courtroom still full of lessons for ex-deputy
Jon Denny Freeman has been a fixture in Columbia County law enforcement since 1991, and though he's 68 years old and officially retired, he's not likely to quit anytime soon.

Across the area

News you can use
JAN. 27, 1993 Robert Reich, retired Army colonel and former Fort Gordon chief of staff, has been named director of economic development for Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.

Deans Bridge ranks as most perilous road in Augusta statistics

Aiken County's sheriff starts last week on job

New rowers test waters at session

Lotto study says needy get little aid
Regular players of the Georgia lottery are those who can least afford it, and their money tends to go to those who least need it.

Plea has future of sect in doubt
ATHENS, Ga. - Doctor, reverend, master teacher, rabbi - Dwight "Malachi" York has used those monikers almost interchangeably. As he prepares to assume a new title - inmate - the future of his empire hangs in serious doubt.

Perdue targets smokers
ATLANTA - On a frigid afternoon, Le Reed steps outside of the Georgia office building where she works and lights a cigarette.

Deans Bridge ranks as most perilous road in Augusta statistics
Augustans should watch out when they drive down Deans Bridge Road. It tops the list of the most dangerous roads in Augusta in terms of the number of auto accidents with injuries.

Guy enjoying dual success
Ray Guy has kicked it around in a few Super Bowls in his days with the Raiders. But the treat he'll enjoy this Super Sunday is even more rare - kicking it back at home in McDuffie County watching his Raiders play for the Lombardi Trophy.

Citroen sweeps first three spots in Monte Carlo Rally
MONTE CARLO -- France's Sebastien Loeb won the Monte Carlo Rally on Sunday, leading the Citroen team to a sweep of the top three spots in the season-opening event.

Former Indy 500 racer Mauro killed in accident
GOLDEN, Colo. -- Johnny Mauro, who competed in the 1948 Indianapolis 500, died in a head-on collision with a teenage driver.

Citroen sweeps first three spots in Monte Carlo Rally

Former Indy 500 racer Mauro killed in accident

Second-half meltdown shows signs of trouble for MJ, Wizards
WASHINGTON -- The security guard at the locker room offered some encouragement to coach Doug Collins when the Washington Wizards left the court with a 15-point halftime lead.

Second-half meltdown shows signs of trouble for MJ, Wizards

Columbus State beats Pacers twice
COLUMBUS, Ga. - The powerful Columbus State women dominated USC Aiken 73-49 on Saturday in a Peach Belt Conference game.

Tough times for Tide basketball
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- A month ago, Alabama was the nation's No. 1 basketball team, pondering a possible national title run and insisting it was no longer solely a football school.

Augusta State sweeps Marion
FLORENCE, S.C. - Ben Butler's 3-point shooting paced Augusta State to a 64-62 Peach Belt Conference victory over Francis Marion on Saturday.

Allen, four others elected to Hall of Fame

Pittman has big Super Bowl

Super Bowl advertisers stick with humor

Jackson earns Super Bowl MVP honors

Bucs defeat Raiders, 48-21

Callahan's calm masks unstoppable drive

Raiders send All-Pro center Robbins home

Levels of intensity different for Super Bowl coaches

'Chucky' Gruden buries Raiders in his house of horrors

Bucs' O upstages Raiders' vaunted offense

Mr. Earl Pontoon Sr.    (WAGENER, S.C.)
Mr. John Martin    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Myrtle Whitaker    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mr. Edgar Broome Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Christopher Scholl    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Agnes Bridges    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Jobe Wood    (LEXINGTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Kathleen Boyd    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Charles Hall    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Nancy Baynham    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Glenn Stubbs    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mrs. Myrtle Whitaker    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mr. William Rowe Jr.    (FORT MILL, S.C.)
Mr. Wilber Russell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Eugene Cody    (MESENA, Ga.)
Mr. James Foskey    (SCOTT, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Marvin Davis    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Iola Turner    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mrs. Ann Freeman    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. James Hammons    (ALBANY, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Heimbach    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Despina McMahon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Anna Hall    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Butler    (ADRIAN, Ga.)
Mr. Eric Miller    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Rhodes    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Frances Langford    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Paula Messer    (CUMBERLAND, Rhode Island)
Mrs. Kathleen Boyd    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Anna Murphy    (AIKEN, SC)
Mrs. Nancy Baynham    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Howard Allen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Martin    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Adell Salsberry    (SAVANNAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Evelina Roberson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Betty Eubanks    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Rhodes    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Col. Charles Hall    (EVANS, Ga.)
Ms. Irene Morris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Gertrude Hill    (LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Despina McMahon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Willie Simpkins    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Betty Eubanks (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Nancy Baynham (AIKEN, S.C.)

Miss Agnes Bridges (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Jobe Wood (LEXINGTON, S.C.)

Mr. James Hammons (ALBANY, Ga.)

Mrs. Adell Salsberry (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelina Roberson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gertrude Hill (LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Paula Messer (CUMBERLAND, Rhode Island)

Mrs. Kathleen Boyd (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mr. Marvin Davis (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Kathleen Boyd (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. James Foskey (SCOTT, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Langford (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Myrtle Whitaker (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Wilber Russell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Eric Miller (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Eugene Cody (MESENA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Hall (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Christopher Scholl (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Freeman (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Glenn Stubbs (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrtle Whitaker (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Howard Allen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Irene Morris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Anna Hall (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Nancy Baynham (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. John Martin (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Butler (ADRIAN, Ga.)

Mrs. Despina McMahon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Iola Turner (HARLEM, Ga.)

OK child protection
The Republican-led Georgia Senate has stripped Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor of much of his power, but that doesn't mean his legislative ideas should be poured down the drain.

Coach's resignation saddens athletes
I was deeply saddened to read about the forced resignation of Lee Chomskis as football coach at Evans High School. My sons did not play football for Coach Chomskis, but were involved in baseball. Ruth Thomas, Martinez, Ga.

'Chronicle' needs to check facts
Yes, the Southerners are a minority and, yes, most of us hold tightly to our "piece of cloth." J. Pat Baughman, Bamberg, S.C.

Rights bills pushed
U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., is best known for pushing Patients' Bill of Rights legislation, the essence of which would get managed-care bureaucrats out of the business of making medical decisions.

Today's lesson: hatred
Oakland school officials recently held a "teach-in" on the impending war with Iraq - but wouldn't you know it, they just couldn't manage to find a speaker to present students with the American side. Not one.

Amend protest ordinance
The five Augusta commissioners who blocked changing the city's protest ordinance last week cited a number of reasons:

Letter writer missed point of column
I'm afraid Susan K. Robertson (Jan. 17, "Columnist blasted for criticism of multiculturalism") has completely missed the point of Walter Williams' Jan. 1 column, "Tax dollars feed cancer of multiculturalism." Mike Coleman, Appling, Ga.

Aiken preservation group too arbitrary
I am writing with regard to the Aiken Historic Preservation Commission. I believe that the goals of the commission are worthy, and I am a proponent of them. Theodore J. Pearson, Aiken, S.C.

We can't forget Confederate battle flag
You say the Confederate battle flag is a thing of the past and should be put away. Well, let me see. The same thing can be said of your grandparents' memory, your family history and the Ten Commandments. Do you want to forget those too? Yeah, you probably do. Bill Quattlebaum, Evans, Ga.

What does 'Chronicle' call newsworthy?
It never ceases to amaze me what the news media consider newsworthy, and what is not. Chuck Mac Donald, Harlem, Ga.

Abortion doctor and gunman both murderers
Oftentimes I wonder what our country would be like had the full vision and heart of our Founding Fathers been carried out by each successive generation of Americans. Then I am painfully reminded that this world is fallen, and man will only sink deeper in degradation on his own. Wayne Jackson, Evans, Ga.

In good company

Overtime

Forrest's rematch request on hold

Boxing notebook

Area sports announcements

Vernon's fight draws little media attention

Mayorga Kos Forrest in third

Payback time for Team Agassi

Overtime

Panthers finish good day

Mayorga Kos Forrest in third
TEMECULA, Calif. - Three days before his fight against Ricardo Mayorga, Vernon Forrest sat in his hotel suite and declared himself the best welterweight in the world.

Panthers finish good day
The day just kept getting better for Lakeside coach Bryan Wells.

Overtime
LeBron James left his Hummer at home and rode the team bus to Sunday's game. He may learn soon if it was his last high school game.

In good company
MELBOURNE, Australia - Serena Williams has said all along that she's the perfectionist in the family. Now she has a perfect set of trophies from the last four major tennis tournaments.

Boxing notebook
TEMECULA, Calif. - Before he fought Ricardo Mayorga in the main event of Saturday's card at the Pechanga Casino and Resort, Vernon Forrest already was a winner.

Vernon's fight draws little media attention
TEMECULA, Calif. - The eyes of sports fans are trained on San Diego today.

Forrest's rematch request on hold
TEMECULA, Calif. - Vernon Forrest conceded Ricardo Mayorga hit him hard. He admitted he was stunned for a second.

Area sports announcements
Saturday, Feb. 1-Sunday, Feb. 2: The Atlanta Braves will hold their annual Braves Winter FanFest at Turner Field from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 14 and under, and $5 for seniors. Attractions include interactive games, player autographs, and tours of Turner Field, including the clubhouse and museum. For more information, call the Atlanta Braves Foundation Event Hotline at (404) 614-1536.

Overtime
Natasha Hasting set the national high school 500-meter record with a time of 1:11.24 at the 8th Annual New Balance Games on Saturday.

Payback time for Team Agassi
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Andre Agassi kept his part of the bargain by winning the Australian Open. Now it's time for others to pay up.

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

Outdoors calendar

Safari guide makes visit to Georgia

Safari guide makes visit to Georgia
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Brian Miller spends most weekdays hard at work as a hunting guide in the arid grasslands bordering Africa's Kalahari Desert.

Getting the goose

Getting the goose
THOMSON - In the light of a frozen dawn, Tom Lewis hammered metal stakes into frost-crusted earth and strung camouflage netting between them.

Prep basketball scores
Scores from area games

Callahan's calm masks unstoppable drive
SAN DIEGO - Growing up in a working-class Irish community on Chicago's South Side, Bill Callahan learned an early lesson from his policeman father: Keep your mouth shut, and your eyes and ears open.

Bucs' O upstages Raiders' vaunted offense
SAN DIEGO -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' offense showed Oakland how it's done.

Pittman has big Super Bowl
SAN DIEGO -- Michael Pittman has a collection of more than 100 authentic game jerseys, including Walter Payton's No. 34, Ozzie Smith's No. 1 and Johnny Unitas' No. 19.

Levels of intensity different for Super Bowl coaches
SAN DIEGO -- They call Jon Gruden "Chucky," a reference to his striking resemblance to a bloodthirsty doll from a horror movie.

Super Bowl advertisers stick with humor
NEW YORK -- Advertising's auteurs kept it quirky on Super Bowl Sunday, with humor a prime ingredient in most commercials as Americans weary of war talk and a gloomy economy were given a chance to chuckle.

Gannon's MVP season ends in misery
SAN DIEGO -- Rich Gannon's MVP season ended with a most dreadful performance in the Super Bowl.

Raiders send All-Pro center Robbins home
SAN DIEGO -- The Oakland Raiders sent All-Pro center Barret Robbins home from the Super Bowl just hours before Sunday's game for violating team policies, including missing the final team meeting, football sources told The Associated Press.

Bucs defeat Raiders, 48-21
SAN DIEGO -- Just defense, baby!

'Chucky' Gruden buries Raiders in his house of horrors
SAN DIEGO -- Jon Gruden wanted his story to be a sidebar buried in the sports section. Guess what, Coach? You were the Super Bowl headliner.

Allen, four others elected to Hall of Fame
SAN DIEGO -- Marcus Allen was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, a day before the team he left during a bitter feud returns to the Super Bowl.

Sunday special: The revenge of 'Bucco Bruce'
SAN DIEGO -- Somewhere, "Bucco Bruce" may be smiling.

Buccaneers practice in hotel ballroom
SAN DIEGO - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers spent the day before the Super Bowl working out inside a hotel ballroom instead of a ballpark.

Jackson earns Super Bowl MVP honors
SAN DIEGO -- When Dexter Jackson played high school football he was a highly recruited all-state quarterback. He became defensive back in college at Florida State and that led to him being the MVP of Sunday's Super Bowl.

Guy enjoying dual success

Internet traffic broadly affected by electronic attack
WASHINGTON -- A fast-spreading, virus-like infection dramatically slowed Internet traffic Saturday, overwhelming the world's digital pipelines and interfering with Web browsing and e-mail delivery.

For $40, a telemarketing killer
NEW YORK -- Call my house and you'll hear the three shrill tones of a disconnected number before I pick up.

Lady Bulldogs defeat Kentucky
ATHENS, Ga. -- Eight minutes of offensive accuracy was enough for No. 24 Georgia.

Thomas keys Georgia victory
ATHENS, Ga. - With one of its stars hurting and its opponent eager for validation, Georgia needed to prove what it had inside.

Thomas keys Georgia victory

Lady Bulldogs defeat Kentucky

Man accidentally shot to death while using gun to beat dog

Odds and ends

Virginia prisons cut back to two meals a day on weekends

Key developments concerning Iraq

U.S. Marines stay up all night to watch Super Bowl

Powell says world must not shrink from duty in Iraq

Powell says he's lost faith that inspectors can make definitive search for Iraq's weapons

Report: Kuwait wants Saddam to step down to prevent war

Thousands across Germany demonstrate against possible war on Iraq

Internet traffic broadly affected by electronic attack

For $40, a telemarketing killer