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.

Consumer confidence falls in January

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.

Sales of new homes rise in December

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.

Family business fixes plans for new location

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

Business briefs

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Struggling Alabama working overtime

Arizona stays on top, Alabama continues to fall

SEC notebook

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

Jaguars will honor Mulherin this week

1960s splendor lies in disrepair

Iraq flunks test

Worth protecting

Two party debut

Sanford a true leader

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!

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.

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

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.

'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.

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.

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.

Senior calendar
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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.

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.

Texan will not rest with lead

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

Norman won't get an invitation to Augusta

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.

Phil and his phat: A commitment to fitness

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.

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.

Titleist lets players do the promoting

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.

2002 Club Champions

Refreshed Duval looking to regain place

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

Evans receiver chooses school

Silver Bluff pulls away

Eagles outmuscle the Musketeers

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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:

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.

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:

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

Give war protesters the lead in war

Send Bush to front lines of war

Use some common sense

Sometimes war is the only recourse

Extra charges nearly double phone bill

Democratic partisans' letters fulfill party's mission

Women are no less important than blacks

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

It's up to us to mete out retribution

'Chicago' leads nominations for Screen Actors Guild awards

Champion skaters teach skills to others

In the know

Pimiento spread is a Southern classic

In the know

Super Bowl ratings up 3 percent over last year

Small portions

Senior calendar

'Darkness Falls' debuts No. 1 at box office

TV comedy embraces and spoofs fashion sense

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

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

Players' association vows to fight new visor rule

Lynx visit the historic War Memorial Arena

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

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.

Five Questions with Jason Shmyr

More than 300 Georgia guardsmen and reservists prepare for duty

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.

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

Stanford applauds tax plan by Bush

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.

S.C. Supreme Court reverses tax ruling

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.

News you can use

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

Across the area

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

Peach growers like cold weather now

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.

Georgia senators support war talk

System gives road delay details

Sanford finds it tough to bring racial diversity to top jobs

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

Prospect will get interview

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

Laney-Walker plan keeps backers

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.

Lawmakers pick DOT member on second try

Across the area

College student recovers from meningitis

Investigation into discovery of 3,270 dead birds continues

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

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.

Woman to plead guilty to assisted suicide of two sons

High court ends suit over charter school act

Fort Discovery threatens closure

Perdue vows relief in homeowner tax

Flu absences abate in counties' schools

Lunchtime stroll

Flu activity picks up in Georgia

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.

Text of President Bush's address

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

Across South Carolina

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

Prosecution charges Atlanta City Hall corruption in opening statements

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Judge sentences more Fort Benning protesters

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.

Cheeks introduces day-care insurance bill

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

Correction

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

Subscriber of the day

Blaze destroys property

Man searches county to assist ex-soldiers

Business leaders say county should pass King Day holiday

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.

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.

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.

Virus appears to be abating

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.

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.

Subscriber of the day

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Lawmakers want to cut taxes in face of revenue shortfalls

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.

Perdue backs off plan to require property tax increase

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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
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.

State moves to buy land for middle Georgia park

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Security audit's delay slows nuclear work

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Republican senators offer changes to predatory lending bill

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.

Correction

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.

GOP to suggest new rules for drawing political maps

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.

New governor says he'll serve if called to duty

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

NASCAR sponsor to award $17 million in winnings in 2003

Court throws out acquittals in Senna death

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.

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

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:

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

Raider Nation subdued after loss to former coach

Bucs' O outplays Raiders' vaunted offense

Mr. Rufus Jennings Sr.    (HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.)
Mrs. Maggie Cuttino    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Heimbach    (EVANS, Ga.)
Ms. Irene Morris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Milton Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Fannie Palmer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Col. Charles Hall    (EVANS, Ga.)
Ms. Nonie Pass    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. William Anderson    (FLORENCE, S.C.)
Mr. James Purvis Sr.    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Joong Kim    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Nancy Robles    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Willie Kirk    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Wilbur Russell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Woodrow Hutto    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mr. Hazel Thompson    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mr. Rufus Jennings Sr.    (HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.)
Ms. Maggie Washington    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Howard Allen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Eugene Cody    (MESENA, Ga.)
Mr. Marvin Davis    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Richard Chavous    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Flora Drew    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lawanna Burke    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Ms. Irene Morris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Agnes Bridges    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Frances Langford    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Garneda Bennett    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Joong Kim    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Rebecca Butler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Johnnie Jennings Sr.    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Mr. Howard Allen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Alberta Harris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Able    (SALUDA, S.C.)
Mr. Woodrow Hutto    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ann Freeman    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Betty Eubanks    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. William Gagne    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Austin DuBose    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ronnie Wright    (AUGUSTA, 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.

Mrs. Maggie Washington    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mr. Wyman Cox    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
Mrs. Iola Turner    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mrs. Nancy Baynham    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Despina McMahon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Melton Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Wyman Cox    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
Mrs. Okella Smith    (RIDDLEVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Maydelle Denard    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie Ransom    (SPARTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Betty Eubanks    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Berta Randolph    (BONEVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. James Purvis Sr.    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Mamie Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Col. Charles Hall    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Jessie Wilkerson    (KITE, Ga.)
Mrs. MaryAnn Girouard    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Lillian Widener    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Maggie Cuttino    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Betty Eubanks (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Col. Charles Hall (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Willie Kirk (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Wilbur Russell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Ransom (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Howard Allen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Maggie Cuttino (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Agnes Bridges (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Joong Kim (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Rebecca Butler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Austin DuBose (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Fannie Palmer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Irene Morris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Ms. Irene Morris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Hazel Thompson (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Despina McMahon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jessie Wilkerson (KITE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Woodrow Hutto (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Heimbach (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Richard Chavous (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Okella Smith (RIDDLEVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mamie Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Ronnie Wright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Berta Randolph (BONEVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. William Gagne (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian Widener (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Maggie Cuttino (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alberta Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Nonie Pass (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Joong Kim (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Howard Allen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lawanna Burke (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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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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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Call it the Suzy Whaley Rule.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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?

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.

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

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.

Xtreme calendar
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.

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.

Students named to work on music bus

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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.

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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.

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.

Events get students pepped up for academics

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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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.

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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:

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.

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

Teen flies from Jeep, clings to wires, survives

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

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

U.N. calls for more time for weapons searches

Divided European Union struggles to find unity in Iraq crisis

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

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

Saddam warns Iraqis against treason

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

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

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

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

'Dragoon' is beautiful retro title

Internet worm causes limited disruptions Monday

Precautions needed when using WiFi networks

CDC building early warning system for bioterror attack