Sometimes ads aren't as realistic as they should be

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

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.

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.

Software can help with taxes
Taxation without representation is tyranny, but even with representation, it ain't no picnic.

Downtown creates fusion of home, work
COMER, Ga. - A few months ago, Comer's downtown was dying.

Lawmakers want lending law altered
ATLANTA - Republican senators introduced a new predatory lending bill Monday that they say reforms the current law and will help stabilize the state's mortgage industry.

Stores tighten policies on bringing back merchandise, frustrating consumers

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.

Business briefs
DALLAS - Tissue and diaper maker Kimberly-Clark Corp. said Monday that fourth-quarter earnings rose despite a dip in sales, as the company benefited from cost-cutting steps that included closing some factories.

Company to ask city to relocate old graves
Although Trinity Christian Methodist Episcopal Church has no pictures of its first black pastors, two weathered gravestones on the downtown church's property are unmistakable reminders of their leadership.

Dow falls below 8,000 for first time in three months

Hotel coffee shop adds Starbucks to menu
Starbucks has moved into downtown Augusta - sort of.

Downtown creates fusion of home, work

Existing-home sales set record for 2002
WASHINGTON -- Sales of previously owned homes rose briskly in December, helping to make all of 2002 the best-ever year for sales as home buyers took advantage of the lowest mortgage rates in decades and opted to make a big-ticket financial commitment despite the lackluster economy.

Software can help with taxes

Dow falls below 8,000 for first time in three months
NEW YORK -- War fears pummeled Wall Street Monday, pushing the Dow Jones industrials below the 8,000 level for the first time in three months and sending the overall market lower for the seventh time in eight sessions.

Company to ask city to relocate old graves

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.

Tax tips: chance of being audited is low

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.

Lawmakers question where mutual fund fees too high

Eatery closes on short notice
Augusta's Damon's Grill restaurant franchise abruptly closed Monday, leaving more than 40 people jobless and in wonder of what happened.

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

Arizona stays on top, Alabama continues to fall

Jaguars will honor Mulherin this week

Duke, UConn remain 1-2 in women's poll

OK child protection

Today's lesson: hatred

Iraq flunks test

Worth protecting

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.

Super Bowl ratings up 3 percent over last year
NEW YORK -- This lopsided Super Bowl drew more TV viewers than last year's down-to-the-wire thriller.

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.

In the know
Sure, the Annie Hall look is cute. But few and far between are the women who can successfully pull off wearing a tie. Because when it doesn't work - yikes!

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."

Senior calendar
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Champion skaters teach skills to others
For an hour Wednesday, Freddie Flynt went to the Augusta Ice Sports Center and practiced falling.

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.

Texan ignores score, gets win

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

Rapp's quest not over after seven

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

Feiner takes care of his title quickly

Lead rider almost a no-show

Lead rider almost a no-show
As hard as it is to fathom, Tag Rice actually thought about not bringing the hottest horse in cutting to Augusta.

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.

Webb takes record $470,000 to win LPGA Skins

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

Evans receiver chooses school

Evans receiver chooses school
Steven Rogers of Evans, considered the area's best receiver last season, has made a verbal commitment to play football at East Carolina University.

Lego searches for missing Stanley Cup model
ENFIELD, Conn. -- A replica of the Stanley Cup made from 6,000 Lego bricks is missing, and the toy company is offering a reward for its return.

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

Thrashers suddenly thriving under new coach
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers, suddenly thriving under their no-nonsense new coach Bob Hartley, are threatening to pull out of the NHL cellar.

Injury may keep Lemieux out of All-Star game

Lego searches for missing Stanley Cup model

Divided European Union struggles to find unity in Iraq crisis
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- U.N. Security Council members France, Britain, Spain and Germany agreed Monday that U.N. arms inspectors be given more time if it is needed to ensure Baghdad's compliance with disarmament demands.

Inspectors should be given more time in Iraq, Annan says.
UNITED NATIONS -- Weapons inspectors should be given more time to do their jobs as the United Nations seeks to disarm Iraq peacefully, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Monday shortly before crucial reports from the chief inspectors assessing Iraqi compliance.

Iraqi foreign minister accuses Powell of 'lies' on Iraqi cooperation
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The Iraqi foreign minister on Monday accused U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell of a "series of lies" alleging Iraq has not cooperated with U.N. arms monitors, and said he hoped the chief inspectors would deliver an "objective" report later in the day.

Report: Death, disease await Iraqi children in the event of war
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Death, disease and starvation await Iraq's children should war break out, and casualties in the thousands or even in the hundreds of thousands cannot be ruled out, according to a report released by an independent team of European and American experts.

U.N. calls for more time for weapons searches
UNITED NATIONS -- Top weapons inspector Hans Blix said Monday that Baghdad had not genuinely accepted U.N. resolutions demanding that it disarm. His nuclear counterpart said there was no evidence so far that Iraq was reviving its nuclear program and said inspectors needed a "few months" to complete the search.

Text of International Atomic Energy Agency chief's statement to United Nations on Iraq
The following is the text of International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Mohamed ElBaradei's statement to the United Nations on Monday concerning the status of nuclear inspections in Iraq:

U.N. inspectors report on Iraq that could make or break international support for war
UNITED NATIONS -- U.N. weapons inspection chief Hans Blix on Monday issued a toughly worded assessment of Iraq's performance over the past two months, saying Baghdad had not genuinely accepted the U.N. resolution demanding that it disarm.

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.

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.

Text of U.N. chief weapons inspector statement to United Nations on Iraq
The following is the text of U.N. Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission Executive Chairman Hans Blix's statement to the United Nations on Monday concerning the status of weapons inspections in Iraq:

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.

Sometimes ads aren't as realistic as they should be
The Super Bowl is gone for the year, and so is much of the creative hype that comes with it. Some of it was clever, but some of it was not.

Flu activity picks up in Georgia
ATLANTA -- Flu cases are increasing in Georgia, state health officials said Tuesday.

Extra charges nearly double phone bill

Democratic partisans' letters fulfill party's mission

Use some common sense

'Chronicle' needs to check facts

Sometimes war is the only recourse

Letter writer missed point of column

Send Bush to front lines of war

Abortion doctor and gunman both murderers

We should seize Iraq and pay for the war with its oil

We can't forget Confederate battle flag

Champion skaters teach skills to others

Jimmy Kimmel premieres Sunday with a live late-night show

Are television fans getting sick of the Osbournes?

In the know

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

Senior calendar

Super Bowl ratings up 3 percent over last year

Lynx deal Brumby to Stingrays

Lynx deal Brumby to Stingrays
Lynx coach David Wilkie hoped David Brumby would be the answer to the team's goaltending woes when he signed the veteran in December.

Georgia college enrollment reaches record high

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.

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.

Perdue vows relief in homeowner tax
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue reversed himself Monday, announcing in his State of the State address that he will find money to continue funding a tax break for homeowners.

Investigation into discovery of 3,270 dead birds continues
SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. -- The number of dead birds discovered in a homeowner's yard and a nearby farm has grown to 3,270, as wildlife officials consider whether to file charges.

Reaction to Gov. Sonny Perdue's address
Here are reactions by Georgia politicians to Governor Sonny Perdue's State of the State address.

Board welcomes new members

Virus appears to be abating
The virus that has attacked pupils at Columbia County middle schools over the past two weeks appears to be abating, but numbers at two elementary schools still remain high.

Lunchtime stroll
During her lunch break, Vanessa Simmons walks around the park at Warren Road Recreation Center. Ms. Simmons was getting some exercise at the facility Monday afternoon.

GOP to suggest new rules for drawing political maps

Text of governor's speech
The text of Gov. Sonny Perdue's State of the State speech Monday night:

Business leaders say county should pass King Day holiday

Business leaders say county should pass King Day holiday
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Several area business leaders say Greenville County Council's failure to adopt a Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday could make the county unattractive to continued development.

Investigation into discovery of 3,270 dead birds continues

Sanford apologizes for praise of Turkish leader

Blaze destroys property

Apartment fire's cause is unknown
Fire investigators did not know Monday what caused a bedroom fire at Forest Brook Apartments on Sunday night, said Lt. G.B. Hannan of the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department.

Republican senators offer changes to predatory lending bill

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.

Across the area

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.

Security audit's delay slows nuclear work

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.

Flu absences hit schools hard

Sheriff says Nuwaubian leader's plea is a battle won

Lunchtime stroll

High court ends suit over charter school act
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A law passed just last year changed the dynamic of a suit filed in 1996 regarding the racial makeup of publicly funded charter schools, the state Supreme Court said.

Perdue backs off plan to require property tax increase

GSU looks into meningitis case

More than 300 Georgia guardsmen and reservists prepare for duty

UGA study: Lottery hurts the poor

More than 300 Georgia guardsmen and reservists prepare for duty
More than 340 Georgia guard members and Marine reservists prepared for active-duty on Sunday and Monday as the nation continued its massive call-up for the war on terrorism and a possible war with Iraq.

UGA professor gives opinion on North Korea

Republican senators offer changes to predatory lending bill
ATLANTA -- Republican senators introduced a new predatory lending bill Monday that they say reforms the current law and will help stabilize the state's mortgage industry.

Correction

Perdue backs off plan to require property tax increase
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue said Monday he is abandoning a plan that would have forced homeowners to pay higher property taxes, saying he has found new ways to balance the state budget.

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.

Officials warn residents to still carry insurance cards

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

Off-duty officers take work home

Across South Carolina
CAYCE - A man has been shot to death by police, and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating.

Retirees fill up subdivisions

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.

Families find adult day cares a comfort

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.

Power change rocks Senate

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.

Mayor tries to pardon without power to do so

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.

Authorities arrest Alabama fugitive in South Carolina

Sanford's obligation to Reserve is debated
COLUMBIA - A year ago, gubernatorial candidate Mark Sanford joined the Air Force Reserve, and critics accused him of using military service for political gain.

Lotto study says needy get little aid

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Georgia legislators talk about war with Iraq
ATLANTA -- War in Iraq was subject of a quick debate Monday in the Georgia House.

System gives road delay details

Reservists from Legal Support Unit departing for Fort Bragg
FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Family and friends gathered here Monday to express support for five Army reservists from a legal affairs unit who are being deployed in the war against terrorism.

Lawmakers want to cut taxes in face of revenue shortfalls

Lawmakers want to cut taxes in face of revenue shortfalls
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's poor economic outlook and current budget problems haven't stopped several lawmakers from talking tax cuts.

Perdue vows relief in homeowner tax

Across South Carolina

Across South Carolina

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.

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Courtroom still full of lessons for ex-deputy

High court ends suit over charter school act

Senate leaders swap roles with power change

Reaction to Gov. Sonny Perdue's address

Gunshots kill Conway mother

Across Georgia

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.

Principal says exam leaking is justified

System gives road delay details
It's only a matter of time before lane closures will occur 24 hours a day on Interstate 20 in Richmond County, but traffic officials say you shouldn't fret.

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.

Three face charges in chase after rape report
Richmond County investigators arrested three people involved in a car chase Monday that followed an alleged rape Sunday night.

Annual event draws crowd to downtown

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.

Truck donation

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.

News you can use
JAN. 28, 1988 ATLANTA - A second Augusta-Richmond County consolidation bill was given to the Richmond County legislative delegation Wednesday.

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.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A HEARTFELT thank you to the gentleman who helped my husband change a flat tire on his way to work and even let him use his cell phone to call his workplace. He didn't get the man's name, but his kindness will be passed on to someone else who needs help.

Across Georgia
More than 340 Georgia National Guard members and Marine reservists prepared for active-duty Sunday and Monday.

Blaze destroys property
AIKEN - Public safety officials are treating a house fire that broke out at about 3 a.m. Monday as suspicious.

Across the area
A Marine Corps Reserve unit in Augusta has been called to active duty in the nation's war against terrorism.

Security audit's delay slows nuclear work
AMARILLO, Texas - The National Nuclear Security Administrat

GOP to suggest new rules for drawing political maps
ATLANTA -- Republicans in the Legislature have chafed for two years over a set of political maps passed by their opposition. On Tuesday the GOP plans to announce a plan to re-do the district maps they say unfairly help Democrats.

Fort Benning military school protesters headed to court Monday
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Forty-three protesters charged with trespassing at Fort Benning last fall to demand the closing of a school for Latin American soldiers were going on trial Monday in federal court.

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.

Flu absences hit schools hard
Columbia County schools are No. 1 - but not in a category they'd like to brag about.

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.

Virus appears to be abating

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is James E. Foster of Augusta.

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 the area

For Legislature, it's time for meaty business

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.

Court rules suspect's comments unusable
A homicide suspect's comments to detectives cannot be used during his death penalty trial, a judge ruled Monday.

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.

Correction
A photo caption in Monday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle was incorrect. The Rev. Clyde Hill of Mount Calvary Baptist Church will celebrate his anniversary Feb. 16.

Lawmakers explore tax cuts
COLUMBIA - South Carolina's poor economic outlook and current budget problems haven't stopped several lawmakers from talking tax cuts.

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.

Citroen sweeps first three spots in Monte Carlo Rally

Former Indy 500 racer Mauro killed in accident

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.

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

Jaguars will honor Mulherin this week
Augusta State Athletics will honor the memory of long-time Augusta radio and television personality Pat Mulherin Wednesday during its Peach Belt Conference doubleheader with Columbus State at George A. Christenberry Fieldhouse.

Arizona stays on top, Alabama continues to fall
Arizona's comeback win at Kansas helped the Wildcats hold the No. 1 spot in the AP men's college basketball poll Monday, while Alabama dropped farther from the top spot it held just a month ago.

Duke, UConn remain 1-2 in women's poll
The scene is set. It'll be No. 1 against No. 2 when Duke and Connecticut meet this weekend.

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.

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

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

Super Bowl advertisers stick with humor

Pittman has big Super Bowl

'Chucky' Gruden buries Raiders in his house of horrors

Bucs' O upstages Raiders' vaunted offense

Bucs defeat Raiders, 48-21

Bucs look to next year, history says they shouldn't

Raider Nation subdued after loss to former coach

Bucs' O outplays Raiders' vaunted offense

Jackson earns Super Bowl MVP honors

Raiders send All-Pro center Robbins home

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Mrs. Ann Freeman    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Ann Freeman    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Nancy Baynham    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Wilber Russell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Kathleen Boyd    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Ms. Irene Morris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Featured obituary: Mrs. Nancy Fulmer Baynham
Nancy Fulmer Baynham was an enthusiastic historian, particularly when it came to family members of her husband, Ronald O. Baynham.

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Mrs. Myrtle Whitaker (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Howard Allen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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No Child Left Behind legislation unreasonable
DORIS ANDI have two lovely daughters, Ashley Nicole and Lauren Michelle. Ashley is a junior at Paine College, and Lauren is a freshman at Midland Valley High School.

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.

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.

'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.

Democratic partisans' letters fulfill party's mission
The Jan. 19 Augusta Chronicle's Opinion page included two stimulating letters from Democratic Party partisans. Keith Shafer, Augusta

Extra charges nearly double phone bill
Isn't it wonderful that we are able to acquire such terrific prices on items we purchase in today's market? I recently set out to reduce the cost of my BellSouth phone service to my home, since we mostly use our cellular phones. Consequently, I was told by a representative that my single line would cost only $15.40 monthly. This was a dream come true. Tony R. Bledsoe, North Augusta, S.C.

Use some common sense
Common sense is realizing that when a political party talks of redistributing wealth, they are talking socialism. Common sense is acknowledging the existence of a higher being. If it were not so, anarchy, self-gratification and despair would rule. Cliff Henning, Graniteville, 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.

Sometimes war is the only recourse
The recent "peace demonstrations," as well as a letter by Larry Jarrett on Jan. 22 titled "Saddam will call president's bluff," inspire a one-word comment from me: balderdash! Robert Smock, Hephzibah, 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.

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.

Worth protecting
American culture is the most dominant on Earth - as evidenced by the Super Bowl, which only a few aboriginals in the Outback had no access to on Sunday.

Send Bush to front lines of war
As I studied the Old Testament, I realized that when a nation went to war its king would be on the battlefront leading the military. I think it would be great if the United States had a law that would require any government leader who wanted us to go to war to be on the front lines of the military action. Anne Cook, Augusta

Iraq flunks test
United Nations weapons inspectors turned in their reports Monday, and although they tried to put as nice a face on it as they could, it's clear Iraq flunked the test.

No Child Left Behind legislation unreasonable
DORIS ANDI have two lovely daughters, Ashley Nicole and Lauren Michelle. Ashley is a junior at Paine College, and Lauren is a freshman at Midland Valley High School.

We should seize Iraq and pay for the war with its oil
As our deployment increases, war seems inevitable. With peacetime industries changing to wartime mode, our military industrial complex is eager to test the equipment. Death and destruction, danger and devastation, desperation and despair are all suited up and ready to go. Robert "Tunk" Martin, Edgefield, S.C.

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Payback time for Team Agassi

Forrest's rematch request on hold

Croatia's Ivanisevic to face U.S. in Davis Cup

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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.

Croatia's Ivanisevic to face U.S. in Davis Cup
ZAGREB, Croatia -- Goran Ivanisevic was selected Monday to play in next month's Davis Cup matches against the United States.

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Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receivers coach Charlie Williams has been hired for the same job at South Carolina, the school said.

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

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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.

Bucs look to next year, history says they shouldn't
SAN DIEGO -- The best players on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in their prime, and the offense should get better as Jon Gruden tinkers.

Raider Nation subdued after loss to former coach
SAN DIEGO -- The expressions beneath the silver-and-black face paint sagged, shoulder spikes drooped, and the plastic swords were stuffed back under belts.

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.

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.

Bucs' O outplays Raiders' vaunted offense
SAN DIEGO -- Brad Johnson wore a look of satisfaction, yet refused to gloat.

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

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

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

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.

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.

'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.

Internet worm causes limited disruptions Monday
NEW YORK -- A virus-like Internet worm that had crippled tens of thousands of computers over the weekend caused limited network disruptions Monday as employees returned to work.

'Dragoon' is beautiful retro title
One of the most movingly beautiful games of the Sega Saturn era was Panzer Dragoon.

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

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

Former Tampa Bay receivers coach named South Carolina assistant
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receivers coach Charlie Williams has been hired for the same job at South Carolina, the school says.

Source: Casino will acquire WNBA team
HARTFORD, Conn. -- After a losing streak in Florida, the WNBA is gambling on Connecticut.

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Preparation key to SAT
Few things are more stressful than taking the SAT. Although students often mistakenly feel as if the SAT is the only crucial aspect of their high school career, the SAT is probably one of the most important tests they will take.

Students named to work on music bus

Students named to work on music bus
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is traveling a Long and Winding Road to Augusta and eight teens are anticipating its arrival.

DiCaprio shines in 'Catch'
Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can is superbly cast and a work of pure genius.

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THE FACTS: Nikita Harris, 16, a junior at Westside High School.

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Victoria Sullivan, 17, is a junior at Aquinas High School. This untitled sand painting was done as an assignment for her art class.

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Got a set of wheels you're really proud of? What about your room? Does it really reflect your personality off? Xtreme is looking for teens interested in showing off their rooms for the My Pad feature or their cars for the My Ride feature.

Intervention needed for drug-using friend
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I've been best friends with this guy since the third grade. Recently, he's been hangi

Events get students pepped up for academics
Football teams are used to it. Academic clubs are not. Faculty and staff at some area schools are using a new way to boost student morale: an academic pep rally.

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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:

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Events get students pepped up for academics

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New on video and DVD: Master of Disguise, starring Dana Carvey as a sweet-natured waiter who undertakes a variety of disguises to outwit a criminal mastermind; Serving Sara, with Matthew Perry and Elizabeth Hurley as an unlikely couple brought together when he tries to serve her divorce papers; and The Banger Sisters, starring Goldie Hawn and Susan Sarandon as former rock groupies and best friends who reunite after 20 years.

Man accidentally shot to death while using gun to beat dog

Virginia prisons cut back to two meals a day on weekends

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

Divided European Union struggles to find unity in Iraq crisis

U.N. calls for more time for weapons searches

Iraqi foreign minister accuses Powell of 'lies' on Iraqi cooperation

Report: Kuwait wants Saddam to step down to prevent war

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

U.N. inspectors report on Iraq that could make or break international support for war

Text of U.N. chief weapons inspector statement to United Nations on Iraq

Report: Death, disease await Iraqi children in the event of war

Text of International Atomic Energy Agency chief's statement to United Nations on Iraq

Internet worm causes limited disruptions Monday

For $40, a telemarketing killer

'Dragoon' is beautiful retro title