Portland, Virginia and DC to pitch to baseball committee
NEW YORK -- Baseball officials began meeting Tuesday with representatives from three U.S. areas that want to lure the Expos from Montreal.

Portland, Virginia and DC to pitch to baseball committee

Sometimes ads aren't as realistic as they should be

Teen flies from Jeep, clings to wires, survives
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Imagine being thrown 25 feet into the air from a Jeep, clinging to utility wires while talking calmly to witnesses, and escaping the whole ordeal unhurt. Thats what happened to 18-year-old Joe R. Thompson.

Consumer confidence falls in January
NEW YORK -- Consumer confidence fell in January for the second straight month, largely because Americans feel less optimistic about jobs and income gains, a private research group reported Tuesday.

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

Orders to factories for big-ticket goods edge up
WASHINGTON -- Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket goods edged up in December but still suggested that the nation's battered manufacturing sector isn't out of the woods.

Company to ask city to relocate old graves

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.

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.

Orders to factories for big-ticket goods edge up

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.

Sales of new homes rise in December

Family business fixes plans for new location
The vicinity of Bobby Jones Expressway and Scott Nixon Boulevard might be a retailer's haven with all the cars passing through, but it's become too busy for a family-owned lumber company.

Family business fixes plans for new location

Sales of new homes rise in December
WASHINGTON -- New home sales hit a record high in December to close out the best year ever as the lowest interest rates in decades enticed home buyers, even in a frail economy.

Business briefs

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

Consumer confidence falls in January

Software can help with taxes

Agencies fund study of retail sector

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.

Owner worked to save eatery

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

Owner worked to save eatery
Augusta's Damon's Grill restaurant will not reopen, and the building will be put up for sale, the owner said Tuesday.

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

Authority boss nears new post
He still has a packed scheduled - meetings in Augusta, meetings in Atlanta - but Bryan Quinsey can see the end.

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.

Agencies fund study of retail sector
The Development Authority of Columbia County has signed on to a $12,000 project to bring retail businesses to the Augusta area.

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.

Kmart gets OK to close stores
CHICAGO - A federal bankruptcy judge has approved Kmart's plan to close 316 stores as part of its reorganization under Chapter 11.

Business briefs
Conan Gallaty, the new media director for The Augusta Chronicle, received the first Digital Media Leadership Award from Morris Digital Works, the online division of Morris Communications Co. LLC.

Tigers fall to Wake Forest

No. 17 Deacons rattle Tigers

No. 17 Deacons rattle Tigers
CLEMSON, S.C. - During one particularly stagnant possession Tuesday night, a few fans in Clemson's student section yelled for the Tigers to move. Or maybe they were yelling "Booo!"

Tigers fall to Wake Forest
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Josh Howard scored 18 points and led a 17-4 second-half run as No. 17 Wake Forest beat Clemson for the eighth time in nine games, 81-60, Tuesday night.

Struggling Alabama working overtime

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

Jaguars will honor Mulherin this week

SEC notebook

Arizona stays on top, Alabama continues to fall

1960s splendor lies in disrepair

Sanford a true leader

Iraq flunks test

Two party debut

Worth protecting

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!

'Chicago' leads nominations for Screen Actors Guild awards
LOS ANGELES -- The sassy musical "Chicago" led contenders for the Screen Actors Guild awards with five nominations Tuesday, including lead actors Renee Zellweger and Richard Gere.

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.

TV comedy embraces and spoofs fashion sense
NEW YORK - Fashion Week, when designers present their visions for the next season amid air kisses and the thumping beat of club music, is, in and of itself, a sometimes-bizarre spectacle. Add Edina and Patsy from Absolutely Fabulous into the mix and you have a real show.

In the know
THE WINE: 2000 Rosemount Estate Pinot Noir, $11, from Australia.

Senior calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle

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

Small portions
When you're making your favorite stew or stock this winter, don't forget the bay leaf.

Pimiento spread is a Southern classic
John Egerton knows that the next best thing to eating Southern food is reading about it. The editor of Cornbread Nation, a compilation of essays and articles about Southern food, will talk about Southern food at 7 p.m. Thursday at The Morris Museum of Art.

'Darkness Falls' debuts No. 1 at box office
LOS ANGELES -- The fright flick "Darkness Falls," about a ghost who hacks up residents of the town that lynched her, debuted as the top weekend movie with $12 million.

Texan will not rest with lead

Lead rider almost a no-show

Texan will not rest with lead
After marking the top score in the first go-round of the Classic Open, Matt Gaines had plenty of room to work with to advance to the finals.

Justice aims for repeat
Hope Justice is searching for her next Freckles Lena Boon. Tuesday, she might have found the horse.

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.

Norman won't get an invitation to Augusta
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Barring a remarkable rebound in the next two months, Greg Norman will not be returning to the U.S. Masters.

2002 Club Champions

Norman won't get an invitation to Augusta

Refreshed Duval looking to regain place

2002 Club Champions
Here is a list of the 2002 Club Champions.

Phil and his phat: A commitment to fitness

Refreshed Duval looking to regain place
David Duval sounded as if he's headed to the Sun Valley slopes to snowboard, not to the California desert to start his PGA Tour season.

Titleist lets players do the promoting
One of the biggest names in the equipment industry decided to skip the PGA Merchandise Show this year. Titleist figured the $2.5 million it usually sets aside for the four-day extravaganza could be better spent on other promotions.

Phil and his phat: A commitment to fitness
Phil Mickelson has finally joined the fitness craze on the PGA Tour, only don't expect him to look like Charles Atlas by the end of the year.

Titleist lets players do the promoting

Evans receiver chooses school

Eagles outmuscle the Musketeers

Silver Bluff pulls away

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.

Lemieux to miss All-Star game
PITTSBURGH -- NHL points leader Mario Lemieux will miss Sunday's All-Star game because of a groin injury and will not be ready to play until at least next week.

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.

Lemieux to miss All-Star game

Lego searches for missing Stanley Cup model

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.

Mubarak warns strike against Iraq imminent without strict Iraqi abidance by U.N. resolutions
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak warned Iraq to cooperate with U.N. inspectors or expect war, but he said he's not sure Saddam Hussein understands the advice being offered him.

Saddam warns Iraqis against treason
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- President Saddam Hussein, addressing a meeting of Iraq's military commanders, warned against treason at time of war and said traitors would never triumph over "the people of faith and belief."

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.

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.

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:

Putin says Russia could take tougher position on Iraq if Baghdad hampers inspectors
KIEV, Ukraine -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Moscow could soften its insistence on a diplomatic solution to the crisis surrounding Iraq if Baghdad hampers U.N. weapons inspectors.

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. report fails to slow U.S. march toward Iraq showdown
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration is refusing to tip its hand on when it might go to war to disarm Iraq, although top officials are immersed in weeklong efforts to get the U.N. Security Council to endorse the use of force.

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.

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.

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.

British foreign secretary says Iraq in material breach of U.N. resolution
LONDON -- British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said Tuesday that Iraq is in "material breach" of a United Nations resolution requiring it to give up any banned weapons and that war was more likely than previously thought.

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.

Text of President Bush's address
President Bush's State of the Union address, as delivered Tuesday night:

Bush, in State of Union, says Saddam 'deceiving not disarming'
WASHINGTON -- Building a case for war against Iraq, President Bush said Tuesday night he has fresh evidence that Saddam Hussein consorts with terrorists and seeks to "dominate, intimidate or attack" with weapons of mass destruction. He pledged to "fight with the full force and might of the United States military," if necessary, to disarm Iraq.

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

Use some common sense

Women are no less important than blacks

Democratic partisans' letters fulfill party's mission

Give war protesters the lead in war

It's up to us to mete out retribution

Extra charges nearly double phone bill

Sometimes war is the only recourse

Send Bush to front lines of war

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

Senior calendar

Pimiento spread is a Southern classic

In the know

TV comedy embraces and spoofs fashion sense

Super Bowl ratings up 3 percent over last year

'Chicago' leads nominations for Screen Actors Guild awards

Champion skaters teach skills to others

'Darkness Falls' debuts No. 1 at box office

In the know

Small portions

Five Questions with Jason Shmyr

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.

Players' association vows to fight new visor rule

Lynx road report
WEDNESDAY: vs. Johnstown Chiefs, Cambria County War Memorial Arena

Five Questions with Jason Shmyr
Augusta Lynx forward Jason Shmyr answers questions for Chronicle staff writer Rob Mueller.

Players' association vows to fight new visor rule
Professional Hockey Players Association executive director Larry Landon is gearing up to fight the East Coast Hockey League's new visor mandate.

Lynx road report

Lynx visit the historic War Memorial Arena
The spirit of old-time hockey is alive inside historic Cambria County (Pa.) War Memorial Arena, a classic barn that was the setting for the irreverent 1977 film Slapshot, and home to the Johnstown Chiefs the past 15 years.

Lynx deal Brumby to Stingrays

Lynx visit the historic War Memorial Arena

Cheeks introduces day-care insurance bill

Woman to plead guilty to assisted suicide of two sons

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

Peach growers like cold weather now
YORK, S.C. -- Peach farmers across South Carolina are happy with the cold weather the state has been getting recently. It means trees are getting enough cold to bear fruit this summer.

Across the area

S.C. Supreme Court reverses tax ruling
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The state Supreme Court has ruled that a Circuit Court judge went too far when he ordered the Revenue Department return tax refunds seized to pay debts several years ago.

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.

New governor says he'll serve if called to duty
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- After drawing sharp criticism about whether he would honor his military commitment, Gov. Mark Sanford said Tuesday he will go with his Air Force Reserve unit if it is deployed.

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.

Sanford finds it tough to bring racial diversity to top jobs
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- During a campaign debate last year, GOP gubernatorial candidate Mark Sanford berated then-Gov. Jim Hodges, a Democrat, about the lack of diversity in jobs he controlled.

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

Woman to plead guilty to assisted suicide of two sons
ATLANTA -- A woman who admitted fatally shooting her two sons suffering from Huntington's disease will avoid murder charges by pleading guilty to breaking Georgia's little-used assisted suicide law, her lawyer said Tuesday.

Across South Carolina

Judge sentences more Fort Benning protesters
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- On the second day of trials, a federal magistrate sentenced six nuns and four others Tuesday for trespassing on Fort Benning during a demonstration against the post's training school for Latin American soldiers.

Across Georgia

Governor's floor leaders introduce tougher ethics laws
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue's Senate floor leaders introduced his four-part ethics reform bill Tuesday, which he hopes will restore public trust in state government.

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

Lawmakers pick DOT member on second try
ATLANTA -- Lawmakers from Georgia's 13th Congressional District quickly elected a member of a state transportation board Tuesday. The group was deadlocked last week and had to reschedule the vote.

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

State moves to buy land for middle Georgia park
ATLANTA -- The state agreed Tuesday to an initial purchase of more than 850 acres in middle Georgia for a proposed new park that was at the center of a legislative budget battle last year.

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.

Laney-Walker plan keeps backers
Regardless of the money that could be saved by constructing a permanent fire administration building on Highland Avenue this year, some Augusta commissioners are saying their promise to lease administrative office space in the Laney-Walker community should carry more weight.

Prospect will get interview
Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority members want a first-person look at the man their search committee has recommended to run the Civic Center complex before offering him a job.

Cheeks introduces day-care insurance bill
Jackie Boatwright might just get her wish.

Investigation into discovery of 3,270 dead birds continues

Fort Discovery threatens closure
ATLANTA - The National Science Center is warning it might have to close this summer if state funding isn't continued.

System gives road delay details

Man searches county to assist ex-soldiers
Zach Bush has found an unusual place to track down fellow veterans - the trash dump.

Across South Carolina

Committee reviews protest law
In an effort to clean up the city's protest laws, an Augusta Commission committee on Tuesday revisited recommended revisions to local ordinances governing public protest and demonstration.

College student recovers from meningitis

Flu absences abate in counties' schools
High absentee rates at local schools are beginning to taper off, officials said.

Subscriber of the day

Crews work all winter
Just because it's winter doesn't mean it's time for Augusta's Trees and Landscaping Division to take a break.

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.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -The parents of a missing West Virginia teen are fighting to keep a federal prosecutor in South Carolina from seeking the death penalty against an escaped convict.

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

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS -On the second day of trials, a federal magistrate sentenced six nuns and four others Tuesday for trespassing during a Nov. 17 demonstration against Fort Benning's training school for Latin American soldiers.

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 7-year-old Augusta girl who was burned in a fire last week underwent surgery Tuesday at Doctors Hospital and was breathing on her own for the first time, officials said.

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.

Correction
The party affiliation of Georgia state Sen. Joey Brush was incorrect in some editions of Tuesday's Augusta Chronicle. He is a Republican.

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.

Rants and Raves
THE MANY YEARS of experience our weather forecasters have in Augusta does not show. The forecast on most days is not accurate. When they say there is a good chance of rain, it doesn't happen. When they predict snow, forget it. Maybe we should drop the 3-degree guarantee and check into better forecasters as our weathermen. If we have so much experience between Rucker, Smith and Myers, we should expect more.

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.

News you can use
JAN. 29, 1983 Saying he would assert his innocence on bank fraud charges until his "dying day," Augusta lawyer G. Bertrand Hester sought to have his right to practice law in Georgia returned.

College student recovers from meningitis
STATESBORO, Ga. - There was no question that Georgia Southern University freshman Esli Saint-Louis had bacterial meningitis when he arrived at Memorial Health University Medical Center last Thursday.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Sheri Arnold-Venters of Augusta.

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.

Fort Discovery threatens closure

Business leaders say county should pass King Day holiday

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.

Republican senators offer changes to predatory lending bill

Board gives school a name, pupils
Columbia County's newest elementary school, set to open this fall, now has a name: Lewiston Elementary School.

Flu absences hit schools hard

Stanford applauds tax plan by Bush
COLUMBIA - Republican Gov. Mark Sanford praised President Bush's proposal to stimulate the national economy, saying it is "consistent" with what should happen in South Carolina.

Lawmakers want to cut taxes in face of revenue shortfalls

State moves to buy land for middle Georgia park

Subscriber of the day

Flu absences abate in counties' schools

Judge sentences more Fort Benning protesters

Flu activity picks up in Georgia

Lawmakers pick DOT member on second try

Prospect will get interview

Prosecution charges Atlanta City Hall corruption in opening statements

Laney-Walker plan keeps backers

Correction

Text of President Bush's address

Man searches county to assist ex-soldiers

Georgia senators support war talk

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.

Peach growers like cold weather now

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.

Across the area

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

S.C. Supreme Court reverses tax ruling

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

Bush, in State of Union, says Saddam 'deceiving not disarming'

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.

Georgia senators support war talk
WASHINGTON - President Bush offered his most chilling indictment of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during his second State of the Union address Tuesday night, and Georgia's two senators said they're ready to support war if the commander in chief decides it's necessary.

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

Center questions return of $208,000
The governing board of the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia is wondering what to do with a $208,000 check that was returned last week after it became part of the controversy that triggered state investigations at the mental health center.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Prosecution charges Atlanta City Hall corruption in opening statements
ATLANTA -- The prosecution in the trial of Herbert McCall, the former Atlanta commissioner of administrative services, told jurors Tuesday that the case was about "corruption and cover-up" at Atlanta City Hall.

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.

Lunchtime stroll

High court ends suit over charter school act

Virus appears to be abating

Sanford finds it tough to bring racial diversity to top jobs

Perdue vows relief in homeowner tax

Reaction to Gov. Sonny Perdue's address

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

Security audit's delay slows nuclear work

Stanford applauds tax plan by Bush

Perdue backs off plan to require property tax increase

New governor says he'll serve if called to duty

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.

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.

More than 300 Georgia guardsmen and reservists prepare for duty

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.

News you can use

Correction

GOP to suggest new rules for drawing political maps

Blaze destroys property

Board to pay for polygraphs
Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority members mean to find out which of two employees ran a forklift into another employee's car last November.

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

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

Can we expect to see protesters for men's golf rights?
As it stands, Greg Norman received one of those letters from Hootie Johnson and is not coming back to Augusta.

NASCAR sponsor to award $17 million in winnings in 2003

Court throws out acquittals in Senna death
ROME -- Two acquittals in the 1994 death of Formula One star Ayrton Senna were thrown out by Italy's highest court, and a new trial is expected this year for Williams technical director Patrick Head and former team designer Adrian Newey.

Court throws out acquittals in Senna death

NASCAR sponsor to award $17 million in winnings in 2003
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A record $17 million purse will be split among the top 25 drivers in NASCAR's final Winston Cup standings this year.

Knicks top Hawks

Knicks top Hawks
NEW YORK -- Latrell Sprewell reached 20 points for the third straight game and made four of New York's 10 3-pointers as the Knicks defeated the Atlanta Hawks 103-98 Tuesday night.

Paine sweeps doubleheader
The writing on the wall proved true. Magic doesn't work in the Lion's Den.

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.

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

Struggling Alabama working overtime
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Mark Gottfried figures hard work is the key to turning Alabama's season around.

Jaguars' big night arrives
Tonight's the night Augusta State has been waiting nearly a year for.

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

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.

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.

SEC notebook
When you think Georgia basketball, you think Jim Harrick. You think Jarvis Hayes and Ezra Williams, then Chris Daniels or Steve Thomas.

Bucs' O outplays Raiders' vaunted offense

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

Raider Nation subdued after loss to former coach

Mrs. Maydelle Denard    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Heimbach    (EVANS, Ga.)
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.

Mr. Johnnie Jennings Sr.    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Mr. William Gagne    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Rufus Jennings Sr.    (HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.)
Mr. Eugene Cody    (MESENA, Ga.)
Mr. Hazel Thompson    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Rebecca Butler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Wilbur Russell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Col. Charles Hall    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Nancy Robles    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Betty Eubanks    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. James Purvis Sr.    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Maggie Cuttino    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joong Kim    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lawanna Burke    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Willie Kirk    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Ms. Maggie Washington    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Frances Langford    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. John Able    (SALUDA, S.C.)
Mr. Robert Milton Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Austin DuBose    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Irene Morris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. MaryAnn Girouard    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. James Purvis Sr.    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Ann Freeman    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Berta Randolph    (BONEVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Flora Drew    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Nonie Pass    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. Marvin Davis    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Maggie Cuttino    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Wyman Cox    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
Mr. Wyman Cox    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
Mr. Richard Chavous    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jessie Wilkerson    (KITE, Ga.)
Miss Agnes Bridges    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Alberta Harris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Woodrow Hutto    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mrs. Betty Eubanks    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Nancy Baynham    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Garneda Bennett    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Okella Smith    (RIDDLEVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. William Anderson    (FLORENCE, S.C.)
Mr. Howard Allen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Howard Allen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Rufus Jennings Sr.    (HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.)
Col. Charles Hall    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Woodrow Hutto    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Maggie Washington    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Fannie Palmer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mamie Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Irene Morris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillian Widener    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Melton Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Iola Turner    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mrs. Despina McMahon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie Ransom    (SPARTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joong Kim    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ronnie Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Rufus Jennings Sr. (HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.)

Col. Charles Hall (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Willie Kirk (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Ronnie Wright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Ransom (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wyman Cox (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mr. Joong Kim (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Anderson (FLORENCE, S.C.)

Mrs. Rebecca Butler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Austin DuBose (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Despina McMahon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Betty Eubanks (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. John Able (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mr. Woodrow Hutto (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mamie Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Irene Morris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wyman Cox (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mrs. Maggie Cuttino (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Purvis Sr. (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Maggie Washington (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Lawanna Burke (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Howard Allen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Maggie Cuttino (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Hazel Thompson (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Milton Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wilbur Russell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Woodrow Hutto (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Joseph Heimbach (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Johnnie Jennings Sr. (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Richard Chavous (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jessie Wilkerson (KITE, Ga.)

Mrs. Garneda Bennett (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Okella Smith (RIDDLEVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Fannie Palmer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Rufus Jennings Sr. (HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.)

Mr. James Purvis Sr. (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Berta Randolph (BONEVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. William Gagne (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian Widener (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Agnes Bridges (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Alberta Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Nonie Pass (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Joong Kim (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Howard Allen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Irene Morris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Maggie Washington (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Melton Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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.

It's up to us to mete out retribution
On the Jan. 19 front page, above the fold, the picture of the war protester holding the sign "Who would Jesus bomb?" is one example of someone who is either ignorant or liberal. Tim Altmix, 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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Women are no less important than blacks
I'm so tired of hearing that women should not be allowed as members into the Augusta National Golf Club because it is a private club. It was not so many years ago when Bruce Salter tried this in North Augusta with his Buffalo Club (for whites only), which did not allow blacks. Ronnie Conrad, 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.

Give war protesters the lead in war
Through many e-mail sources I have access to, and being involved with many veterans' activities, it has come to my attention that protesters to our possible military actions in Iraq are on the rise throughout our great country. Ed Hammons, Aiken, S.C.

Sanford a true leader
Governors have the power to call up their states' National Guard in time of need.

Two party debut
A new era - the era of two-party rule - became etched in time Monday night when Georgia's first Republican governor in 130 years delivered his State-of-the-State address.

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.

Becker heads 2003 class for Tennis Hall of Fame

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

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Becker heads 2003 class for Tennis Hall of Fame
NEWPORT, R.I. -- Boris Becker heads the 2003 class for the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

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.

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Call it the Suzy Whaley Rule.

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

Silver Bluff pulls away
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - Brandon Wallace exploded for 27 points, including nine during a 17-0 fourth-quarter run, to carry Silver Bluff to a 67-57 comeback win over Barnwell.

Eagles outmuscle the Musketeers
All of Josey's work in the weight room - building muscles while constructing a postseason basketball run - was on display at home Tuesday against Richmond Academy.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

CDC building early warning system for bioterror attack
ATLANTA -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is developing a computerized network to gather a broad variety of information on illnesses to provide an early warning of a bioterror attack.

Precautions needed when using WiFi networks
Q. I keep hearing about the proliferation of the wireless Internet technology known as WiFi. How much should I trust that my credit card numbers or other personal information is safe while I'm connected to the Internet wirelessly?

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.

1960s splendor lies in disrepair
Back in its day, the oversized golf ball near the former clubhouse at Forest Hills Golf Club was something to see. Now, golfers can't bear to look.

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

Students named to work on music bus

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

Talk to us
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.

Your style

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

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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.

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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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.

Audio best

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

Events get students pepped up for academics

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.

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

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

Artist's corner

Teen flies from Jeep, clings to wires, survives

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

Mubarak warns strike against Iraq imminent without strict Iraqi abidance by U.N. resolutions

Putin says Russia could take tougher position on Iraq if Baghdad hampers inspectors

British foreign secretary says Iraq in material breach of U.N. resolution

Saddam warns Iraqis against treason

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

U.N. report fails to slow U.S. march toward Iraq showdown

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

U.N. calls for more time for weapons searches

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

Divided European Union struggles to find unity in Iraq crisis

CDC building early warning system for bioterror attack

Precautions needed when using WiFi networks

Internet worm causes limited disruptions Monday

'Dragoon' is beautiful retro title