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

Litke: Rose still lives like he played - with reckless abandon
Commissioner Bud Selig must have been thrilled to pick up the newspaper recently and find out that Pete Rose is still hitting.

Litke: Rose still lives like he played - with reckless abandon

Brayden Ty Batchelor
Mr. and Mrs. Joey Batchelor of Clearwater announce the

Daniel James Cross
Rodney and Kathryn Cross of Martinez announce the birth of a

Ke'Asia Shakinah Owens
W. Russell and Tonya Owens

Trenton Elijah Fairburn

Jasmine Taylor McKie

Tairyck Amir Micah Hightower
Tairyck Jamal Hightower and Brigitte Noel Woodard, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Tai

Jermaine Marquette Brinson Jr.
Jermaine M.

Nicholas Charles Giangrande
Jo

Dalton Reed Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Travis Smith of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Dalton Reed Smith, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Joel Stephens and Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred Smith, all of Augusta.

Jonathan Paul Felberg
Paul and Lynn R. Felberg Jr. of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Jonathan Paul Felberg, Friday, Jan. 17, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Rhoden of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Felberg of Spartanburg, S.C.

Hudson Christopher Webb

Trenton Elijah Fairburn
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fairburn of Augu

Ke'Asia Shakinah Owens

Olivia Leigh Dill
David and Buff G. Dill of North Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Olivia Leigh Dill, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Terry Good of North Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Benny Dill of Greenville, S.C.

Robert Joseph Lowe III
Robert J. Jr

Michael Kell Hinson

Lauren Danielle Michael

Brantley Bessman Paquette

Brantley Bessman Paquette
Thomas P. Jr. and Jennifer R. P

Matthew David McCleery and Mark William McCleery

Hudson Christopher Webb
Brian and Lindsay Webb of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Hudson Christopher Webb, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Robert and Donna Hope of Evans and Thomas and Sandra Webb of Saluda, S.C.

Emily Christine McCutcheon

Jesse Ryan Cheeks

Tairyck Amir Micah Hightower

Olivia Leigh Dill

Collin Spencer Cook

Kayley Mae Lott

Steven Grady Padgett

Daniel James Cross

Brayden Ty Batchelor

Michael Kell Hinson
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hinson of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Michael Kell Hinson, Monday, Jan. 13, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Lamar M. Tabb and Nancy Elizabeth C. Tabb and Mr. and Mrs. James L. Hinson, all of Augusta.

Jonathan Paul Felberg

Isabella Grace Johnson-Appleby
Michael Appleby and Dana Johns

Kayley Mae Lott
Dustin Andrew Lott and Sandra Diane Cousart, both of

Charlie Cummings Jr.
Charlie and Mary Lee Cummings of Beech Island announce the bir

Emily Christine McCutcheon
Mr. and Mrs. T

Lauren Danielle Michael
Dean and Jackie Michael of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Lauren Danielle Michael, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Edgar Nelson, Shirley Foster and Fred and Judy Michael, all of Lawrenceville, Ga.

Madison Elizabeth Usry

Jasmine Taylor McKie
Deon McKie and Lisa Remington, bot

Vera Bethany Sauls

Jesse Ryan Cheeks
Gerald Thomas Cheeks Jr. and Rho

Dalton Reed Smith

Steven Grady Padgett
Marcus and Amy Padgett of

Robert Joseph Lowe III

Vera Bethany Sauls
Jason and Kara Sauls of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Vera Bethany Sauls, Friday, Jan. 17, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Sehirhart of Martinez, Larry Sauls of Clearwater and Linda Raburn of Vaucluse.

Charlie Cummings Jr.

Madison Elizabeth Usry
Bobby M. and Stacey S. Usry of North Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Madison Elizabeth Usry, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Saggus and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Usry, all of North Augusta.

Nicholas Charles Giangrande

Collin Spencer Cook
Thomas and Brenda Cook of Trenton, S.C., announce the birth of a son, Collin Spencer Cook, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Bob R. Robinson of Martinez and Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Cook of Trenton, S.C.

Isabella Grace Johnson-Appleby

Jermaine Marquette Brinson Jr.

Matthew David McCleery and Mark William McCleery
Mr. and Mrs. Michael David M

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.

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.

Owner worked to save eatery

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.

More and more charitable checkoffs are being put on tax returns
PHILADELPHIA -- There are child abuse funds and wildlife preservation funds. There are funds that benefit the homeless. There are others that raise research dollars for cancer and Alzheimer's disease.

Orders to factories for big-ticket goods edge up

Stocks rise due to bargain hunting, despite war fears
NEW YORK -- Investors put their fears about Iraq on hold Wednesday, bidding shares higher for a second straight day despite President Bush's warning that a war is more certain.

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.

Fed decides to hold key interest rate steady
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve held a key interest rate steady at a 41-year low Wednesday, with the hope that will spur more spending and investment by consumers and businesses and help lift the economy out of the doldrums.

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.

Sales of new homes rise in December

Agencies fund study of retail sector

Consumer confidence falls in January

Business briefs
Augusta-Aiken's unemployment rate for December was 4.6 percent, unchanged from the previous month, according to the Georgia Department of Labor. Meanwhile, the state's jobless rate, which was 4.4 percent in November, rose to 4.6 percent in December.

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.

Business briefs

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.

Fed decides to hold key interest rate steady

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.

More and more charitable checkoffs are being put on tax returns

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

Taxpayers will not see instant cuts

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.

Stocks rise due to bargain hunting, despite war fears

Family business fixes plans for new location

Taxpayers will not see instant cuts
Reactions about whether President Bush's tax proposals will stimulate the economy were mixed Wednesday.

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

Cougars get win over Jaguars

Butler gets rare shot on national stage

Basics cost Lady Jaguars

SEC notebook

Struggling Alabama working overtime

Ospreys conquer Pacers

1960s splendor lies in disrepair

Two party debut

Arab world gets a pass

Sanford a true leader

Disarming leader

'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.

Meditation's calming journey
Mats and yoga pants are optional. A quiet place is not. When it comes to meditation, it's all about the relaxation.

Capsules
An astronomical discovery trumpeted by NASA last fall may not be what it seemed.

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

In the know
As part of the three-year bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition, National Geographic magazine traces the Lewis and Clark journey from St. Louis to the mouth of the Columbia River on the Pacific coast.

Fox has one of its best TV ratings week in years
NEW YORK -- Fox rode the very large wave of "American Idol" to its biggest ratings week in years.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'Late bloomer' reaps rewards

'Late bloomer' reaps rewards
Most every time Smart Little Glo shows well in a cutting event, the gelding is rewarded with cookies.

Jackets trounce Tar Heels
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt has stressed that it's time for his Yellow Jackets, as young and inexperienced as they are, to begin putting things together.

Jackets trounce Tar Heels

Hospital stay can provide some good memories

Refreshed Duval looking to regain place

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.

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.

Woods reveals severity of pain, prospects for recovery
Tiger Woods only made it look easy.

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

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.

Woods reveals severity of pain, prospects for recovery

Doctor clears Woods

Doctor clears Woods
Pain free for the first time in more than a year, Tiger Woods said he and his surgically repaired knee have been cleared for takeoff. The site of his initial destination remains uncertain.

Phil and his phat: A commitment to fitness

Jacobsen considers amateurs 'lifeblood' of PGA Tour
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Former Bob Hope Classic champion Peter Jacobsen doesn't consider playing with amateur partners during pro-ams a chore. He considers it important for the PGA and he thoroughly enjoys it.

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.

Titleist lets players do the promoting

Norman won't get an invitation to Augusta

2002 Club Champions

Jacobsen considers amateurs 'lifeblood' of PGA Tour

Prep basketball scores

Eagles outmuscle the Musketeers

Silver Bluff pulls away

Brind'Amour learned to be patient after '99 foot injury
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Rod Brind'Amour figured he was in for a grueling hour of physical therapy on his injured right hand. He got five minutes.

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.

Lemieux to miss All-Star game

Air Force launches GPS satellite to help in war on terror
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The Air Force put a Global Positioning System satellite into orbit Wednesday to help with the war on terror.

Coast Guard sending forces to Persian Gulf
WASHINGTON -- In its first mobilization of forces to a potential combat zone since the Vietnam war, the Coast Guard is sending roughly 600 personnel and eight cutters to the Persian Gulf.

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.

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.

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. 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.

Security Council formulates positions on war
UNITED NATIONS -- The chief U.N. nuclear inspector Wednesday pleaded for more time to search for banned weapons in Iraq, and Russia, France, Germany - all opposed to near-term military action against Iraq - staked out positions a day after President Bush's State of the Union.

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."

World reacts cautiously to Bush's speech
LONDON -- World leaders cautiously welcomed President Bush's promise to give proof Iraq has illegal weapons programs, but some nations feared Washington leaned too strongly toward war.

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.

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

Coca-Cola plant to lay off workers
Augusta's Coca-Cola plant will no longer be bottling Coke beverages.

It's up to us to mete out retribution

Abortion is turning our back on evil

Tag, track illegal immigrants

Current administration deplorable

Tax cut for wealthy typical Democrat envy

Give war protesters the lead in war

'Roe' editorial nauseating

Women are no less important than blacks

Small portions

Fox has one of its best TV ratings week in years

'Chicago' leads nominations for Screen Actors Guild awards

Pimiento spread is a Southern classic

In the know

Meditation's calming journey

TV comedy embraces and spoofs fashion sense

In the know

'Darkness Falls' debuts No. 1 at box office

Lynx are defeated 8-2 by Johnstown

Lynx visit the historic War Memorial Arena

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.

Lynx are defeated 8-2 by Johnstown
Johnstown, Pa. -- the Augusta Lynx's three-game unbeaten streak came to an end as the Johnstown Chiefs scored an 8-2 victory.

Players' association vows to fight new visor rule

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 road report

Five Questions with Jason Shmyr

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.

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.

Push expands to add sidewalk for pupils' trek

News you can use
JAN. 30, 1973 Augusta City Council on Monday upheld Mayor Lewis A. "Pop" Newman's executive order issued last week, consolidating three departments into one. The approval came by way of a 9-7 vote, after heated debate, confusion and outright laughter.

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.

Acquaintances express shock at shooting deaths in Guyanese man's family
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Acquaintances and former co-workers expressed shock Wednesday at the shooting deaths of a Guyanese man, his wife and three sons at their home in Georgia.

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

Hostage reports killer to police
Police have charged a convicted killer with holding his live-in girlfriend hostage since Christmas Day by threatening to shoot her if she left.

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

Capping awards will be a battle

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

News you can use

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.

State moves to buy land for middle Georgia park

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

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.

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.

Child molester gets 10 years
A church choir director convicted of molesting one child and attempting to molest a second at the church received a 10-year prison sentence Wednesday.

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.

Judge completes sentencing of protesters

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Republicans want to cut legislative pay 10 percent

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

Smoking in car with children may be banned
ATLANTA -- Smoking in a car carrying a child would be illegal under a bill proposed Wednesday in the Georgia House.

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.

Soldier, bomb dog awarded accolades
The ceremony Wednesday was a first for Fort Gordon's commander, Brig. Gen. Janet A. Hicks.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

MCG Health will hold flu news conference
Richmond and Columbia county school systems will team up with MCG Health this morning to address concerns about the flu epidemic that is plaguing local schools.

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.

Across the area
A retired Army soldier from Augusta has been charged with threatening President Bush during a visit to the Uptown Division of the Augusta Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

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.

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS -In the third day of trials, a federal magistrate sentenced two protesters Wednesday for trespassing at Fort Benning during a Nov. 17 demonstration against the post's training school for Latin American soldiers.

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

Capping awards will be a battle
It only rated a paragraph in President Bush's State of the Union address Tuesday night. But the battle over capping awards from medical malpractice verdicts amid skyrocketing premiums for doctors and hospitals is really a two-front battle, both in Congress and in the Georgia General Assembly.

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.

Sanford explains decision on Air Force Reserve

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

SRS clears nuclear waste site

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.

Hostage reports killer to police

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.

Bill would punish criminals who wear bulletproof vests

Man searches county to assist ex-soldiers

Child molester gets 10 years

Subscriber of the day

Bill would punish criminals who wear bulletproof vests
ATLANTA -- The only active police officer serving in Legislature wants to target criminals who wear bulletproof vests.

Correction

Republicans want to cut legislative pay 10 percent
ATLANTA -- Republicans in the Georgia Senate called Wednesday for state lawmakers to take a 10 percent pay cut as a sign to voters that elected officials are willing to share the pain of state budget cuts.

Cheeks introduces day-care insurance bill

Judge completes sentencing of protesters
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- In the third day of trials, a federal magistrate sentenced two protesters Wednesday for trespassing at Fort Benning during a Nov. 17 demonstration against the post's training school for Latin American soldiers.

Across Georgia

Flu activity picks up in Georgia

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Reservists step up training amid tense wait for orders
FORT STEWART, Ga. - Atop an embankment at a firing range deep in the woods at Fort Stewart, Army reservists with the Augusta-based 319th Transportation Company are training for a situation they hope will never happen.

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.

Perdue still trying to sell himself
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue appears to have much work to do in selling himself to this city's business leaders, many of whom supported his opponent and still don't know much about the state's top elected official.

Mother given probation for battery
A former Augusta woman repeatedly investigated for child abuse and arrested three different times on charges of beating her children was allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge Wednesday.

Prosecution charges Atlanta City Hall corruption in opening statements

Fort Discovery threatens closure

Judge sentences more Fort Benning protesters

Georgia lawmakers propose pay cuts
ATLANTA - Republican and Democratic leaders in the General Assembly proposed a symbolic dip into their own pockets Wednesday to help with the state's budget shortfall.

Across South Carolina

SRS clears nuclear waste site
AIKEN - The Savannah River Site plant that produced plutonium for the Cold War is clear of its highly radioactive legacy waste.

Text of President Bush's address

Preview party allows antiques collectors first pick
AIKEN - More than 20 antiques dealers from throughout the country will offer their treasures to area residents at the Aiken Center for the Arts this weekend.

Flu absences abate in counties' schools

Victim's father urges prison in assault case
It was a miracle his son wasn't killed, John Hamrick said, and he asked the judge to punish one of the men responsible to prevent it from happening again.

Woman to plead guilty to assisted suicide of two sons

Push expands to add sidewalk for pupils' trek
Grovetown Mayor Dennis Trudeau tries to see them every morning as he drives his granddaughter to Grovetown Middle School.

College student recovers from meningitis

Police link man's death to argument
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Police say an argument between the parents of a 1-year-old child resulted in the shooting death of another family member early Wednesday.

Lawmakers pick DOT member on second try

Bush proposal meets clergy's approval
When President Bush urged Congress on Tuesday to pass his faith-based initiative to help drug addicts, the Rev. Maggie Banks whooped, hollered and cheered him on.

Rants and Raves
A BIG RANT for the Augusta commissioners. The reprimand given to City Administrator George Kolb was not only excessive, but unnecessary. This could have been done in a discussion with all parties concerned. But these commissioners are determined to keep this city upset about something and to run off good people. Mr. Kolb seems to be more professional and smarter than these commissioners he works for.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - A man in a rental truck who was accused of holding a woman against her will led Upstate officers on a 70-mile chase that never exceeded 40 mph, authorities say.

Laney-Walker plan keeps backers

Rants and Raves
A BIG RANT for the Augusta commissioners. The reprimand given to City Administrator George Kolb was not only excessive, but unnecessary. This could have been done in a discussion with all parties concerned. But these commissioners are determined to keep this city upset about something and to run off good people. Mr. Kolb seems to be more professional and smarter than these commissioners he works for.

Prospect will get interview

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Richard A. Douglass of Augusta.

Sanford finds it tough to bring racial diversity to top jobs

Milledgeville Mayor stripped of his power

Georgia senators support war talk

Reservists step up training amid tense wait for orders

Peach growers like cold weather now

Soldier, bomb dog awarded accolades

Across the area

Mother given probation for battery

News you can use

Oconee County proposes rules for adult-themed businesses

S.C. Supreme Court reverses tax ruling

Family of black woman slain in 1969 riot sues York, former cops

Stanford applauds tax plan by Bush

Across South Carolina

New governor says he'll serve if called to duty

Bush proposal meets clergy's approval

Sanford explains decision on Air Force Reserve
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Republican Gov. Mark Sanford says he's keeping a promise and setting an example for his sons by keeping his commitment to serve in the Air Force Reserve.

Acquaintances express shock at shooting deaths in Guyanese man's family

S.C. man arrested in 45-year-old slayings
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- A South Carolina man was arrested Wednesday for investigation of killing two El Segundo police officers 45 years ago after allegedly raping and robbing couples at a lovers lane.

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Family of black woman slain in 1969 riot sues York, former cops
YORK, Pa. -- The family of a black Aiken woman slain during York's 1969 race riots filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit Wednesday against the city and five former police officers, alleging that city police did not try to stop whites from harming blacks and concealed evidence related to the murder for three decades.

Smoking in car with children may be banned

Oconee County proposes rules for adult-themed businesses
WATKINSVILLE, Ga. -- Oconee County commissioners have worked up a 15-page ordinance which would regulate adult-themed businesses in the county.

Milledgeville Mayor stripped of his power
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- The Milledgeville City Council has voted to switch to a city manager form of government, effectively stripping Mayor Floyd Griffin of the powers Milledgeville's mayors have had for 200 years.

Across the area

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.

Hospital stay can provide some good memories
I recently spent some time in the hospital, and it opened my eyes, among other things. Here are a few observations:

Daytona SpeedWeeks schedule

NASCAR notebook
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Once a powerful and formidable series, sports car racing might never be as popular as it was 20 years ago.

Daytona SpeedWeeks schedule
Here is the Daytona SpeedWeeks schedule.

Rudd anxious to get started with new team
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Ricky Rudd admits the obvious: the younger drivers on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series circuit are making it tough on the veterans - if not with performance, with the sport's infatuation with youth.

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
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.

NASCAR notebook

Court throws out acquittals in Senna death

NASCAR sponsor to award $17 million in winnings in 2003

Rudd anxious to get started with new team

Spurs' Ginobili replaces Yao in rookie game

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.

Hawks top 76ers

Knicks top Hawks

Spurs' Ginobili replaces Yao in rookie game
NEW YORK -- San Antonio Spurs guard Emanuel Ginobili will replace Houston Rockets center Yao Ming in the Rookie Challenge game Feb. 8 during NBA All-Star weekend.

Hawks top 76ers
PHILADELPHIA -- Glenn Robinson scored 33 points and Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 20 points and 14 rebounds, leading the Atlanta Hawks to a 97-83 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday 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.

Cougars get win over Jaguars
Someone in the front row asked John Thomas for his autograph Wednesday night at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

Basics cost Lady Jaguars
A quick glance at the statistics sheet told the whole story of Columbus State's 72-63 victory over the Augusta State women on Wednesday.

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

Ospreys conquer Pacers
AIKEN - North Florida overcame a stunning 7-for-7 performance from 3-point range by Mitch Lewis of USC Aiken with some rapid fire of its own, edging the Pacers 83-82 Wednesday at The Courthouse.

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

Butler gets rare shot on national stage
INDIANAPOLIS -- Butler guard Darnell Archey spent the summer preparing for one game: Duke.

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

Mr. Johnnie Jennings Sr.    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Mrs. Iola Turner    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mrs. Frances Langford    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Betty Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mr. Marvin Davis
Whether it was lawn mowers, trucks, air conditioners or door locks, if it needed fixing, you could count on Marvin Davis to repair it.

Mrs. Frances Langford    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Howard Allen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Sadie Loftis    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mr. James Purvis Sr.    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruth Mansfield    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. Rufus Jennings Sr.    (HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.)
Mr. James Mathis    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Alberta Harris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Fannie Palmer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joong Kim    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Purvis    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Willie Kirk    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Berta Randolph    (BONEVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Milton Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Rev. Charles Ray    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie Ransom    (SPARTA, Ga.)
Mr. Terrance Rouse    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Lib Curry    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Tyler Schuler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Catheran Drumm    (CHAPIN, S.C.)
Mr. Randolph Stanley    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Col. Charles Hall    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Fletcher Thomas Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Woodrow Hutto    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mrs. Iola Turner    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. Rufus Jennings Sr.    (HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.)
Mrs. Frances Watkins    (VARNVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Rebecca Butler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Retha Watkins    (KITE, Ga.)
Mr. John Able    (SALUDA, S.C.)
Mrs. Geneva Whittle    (LEESVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Mamie Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillian Widener    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Johnnie Jennings Sr.    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Mr. Harvey Williams    (DEARING, Ga.)
Ms. Irene Morris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mamie Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Berta Randolph    (BONEVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Kenneth Bliss    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Okella Smith    (RIDDLEVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Carr    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. David Cronic    (UNION POINT, Ga.)
Mr. William Clifton    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Maggie Cuttino    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Austin DuBose    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Gresham    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Woodrow Hutto    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Jeanette Holley    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Austin DuBose    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Betty Eubanks    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Anita Ambrose    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Maggie Washington    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mr. Wyman Cox    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
Mr. Jessie Wilkerson    (KITE, Ga.)
Mrs. Maggie Cuttino    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillian Widener    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Johnnie Jennings Sr. (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Fletcher Thomas Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rebecca Butler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Fannie Palmer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. James Mathis (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Retha Watkins (KITE, Ga.)

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

Rev. Charles Ray (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Geneva Whittle (LEESVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret Gresham (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Mamie Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jeanette Holley (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Frances Watkins (VARNVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Austin DuBose (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Maggie Cuttino (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harvey Williams (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Sadie Loftis (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. James Purvis (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian Widener (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Woodrow Hutto (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Randolph Stanley (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Anita Ambrose (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Okella Smith (RIDDLEVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Mansfield (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Jessie Wilkerson (KITE, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Bliss (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Irene Morris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Maggie Cuttino (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Betty Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lib Curry (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Mamie Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Berta Randolph (BONEVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Joong Kim (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Terrance Rouse (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie Ransom (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Clifton (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Howard Allen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Iola Turner (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Catheran Drumm (CHAPIN, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret Carr (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Tyler Schuler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alberta Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Kirk (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian Widener (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Berta Randolph (BONEVILLE, Ga.)

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

Disarming leader
President Bush was again at his best in his State of the Union address Tuesday night - thinking clearly, talking straight, resolute in his agenda and obviously comfortable in the high office he holds.

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.

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.

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

Tag, track illegal immigrants
Regarding your Jan. 19 editorial, "Illegal doesn't work," here's the simple solution. If you cannot speak flawless English, go back to the impoverished country you came from. I know that sounds mean, but it's very disturbing to try to order food, or talk to someone in customer service about a technical complaint or, better yet, call the employment office and be more frustrated than when you began, because you could not understand anything that was said. Yet some part of you is compelled not to be rude, and say, "OK. Stop. Can you transfer me to someone who speaks English a heck of a lot better than you? You sound like you just came off the boat from Iran or something." Steffen Williams, Harlem, Ga.

Current administration deplorable
As former director of the alcohol and drug program at the Community Mental Health Center in Augusta, I find the current situation deplorable, which results in public mistrust and anxiety for employees and consumers. Harry Douglas, Aiken, S.C.

Arab world gets a pass
Whenever the subject of Saddam Hussein comes up, it's always the United States' problem to solve. Europe is sometimes mentioned, but is largely against doing anything difficult. The United Nations, which could use this moment in history to become a force for international security, is so far failing the test.

Tax cut for wealthy typical Democrat envy
Brian Gridley's Jan. 16 letter, "Do we need a tax cut for the wealthy?", is typical Democrat envy-generating garbage. It's become their mantra every time a tax cut is proposed, unless the Democrats propose a "targeted" tax cut for those who don't pay taxes. Grace Jernberg, Aiken, 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

Abortion is turning our back on evil
This is in response to the letter "Some Christians are pro-choice" by Mary Beth Pierucci on Dec. 28. Barbara A. Mohler, Augusta

'Roe' editorial nauseating
Thirty years ago, my dad suffered with ulcers. In order to serve something he could eat that would not upset his stomach, mom toasted bread then tore it up into small pieces and fried it in a mixture of milk and butter. David Sisler, 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.

IAAF looking into Jones-Montgomery link with Ben Johnson's ex-coach

Overtime

Overtime

Becker heads 2003 class for Tennis Hall of Fame

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.

Overtime
Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Reeves made several changes to his staff Wednesday, promoting Pete Mangurian to offensive coordinator and moving Mike Johnson to quarterbacks coach.

IAAF looking into Jones-Montgomery link with Ben Johnson's ex-coach
LONDON -- Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery are under pressure to explain why they're working with Ben Johnson's former coach.

Overtime
Call it the Suzy Whaley Rule.

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.

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

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.

Raiders coach: Robbins incoherent on eve of Super Bowl
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Barret Robbins was incoherent and didn't know where he was the night before the Super Bowl, Oakland Raiders coach Bill Callahan said Wednesday in his first public comments about the troubled All-Pro center.

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?

Pro Race Driver game touts racing realism
The history of racing video games is littered with the wreckage of unrealistic handling and unforgiving controls. After a few laps of physics-defying mayhem, the fun often evaporates faster than fuel spilled at a pit stop.

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.

Vandy upsets Dogs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Matt Freije scored a career-high 31 points, including 5-of-8 shooting from 3-point range, as Vanderbilt snapped a three-game losing skid by upsetting No. 15 Georgia 94-91 Wednesday night.

Vandy upsets Dogs

Vols edge Gamecocks

Vols edge Gamecocks
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Reserve Stanley Asumnu made three straight baskets during a critical second-half run and Ron Slay scored 16 points as Tennessee beat South Carolina 60-56 Wednesday night.

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.

Teen flies from Jeep, clings to wires, survives

Security Council formulates positions on war

World reacts cautiously to Bush's speech

Air Force launches GPS satellite to help in war on terror

Saddam warns Iraqis against treason

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

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

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

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

CDC building early warning system for bioterror attack

Pro Race Driver game touts racing realism

Precautions needed when using WiFi networks