At the movies: 'The Hours'
"The Hours" stars Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore and Meryl Streep. But just as much a star behind the scenes is director Stephen Daldry, who seamlessly weaves the actress' stories, across three eras in three cities, into a cohesive narrative.

Creative fund-raisers will make more cents
Three things guaranteed to make me sleepy: A hot day, a long car ride and a fine arts fund-raiser.

Club calendar
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a sampling of specials and entertainment at area nightclubs.

Applause calendar

Director's career brief but brilliant
Film fame is a fickle beast. For every Hollywood legend, there are a hundred actors, writers and directors once hailed as the Next Big Thing whose meteoric rise was quickly followed by a tailspin fall.

Dreams come true

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Thursday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, check out augusta.com/movies.

Creative fund-raisers will make more cents

Video watch
JUST OUT: One Hour Photo, The Banger Sisters, Serving Sara, The Master of Disguise and Never Again

Video watch

At the movies: 'Biker Boyz'
"Biker Boyz" looks like "The Fast and the Furious" on two wheels instead of four, with its growling engines, Cuisinart-style editing and bootylicious women in skintight clothes.

At the movies: 'Final Destination 2'

Ramblin' Rhodes: Sammy O'Banion brings beach music to Augusta
The great sounds of Carolina beach music are coming to Augusta when Sammy O'Banion performs Feb. 7 with his popular seven-piece group Mardi Gras at Cadillac's nightclub on Washington Road.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Sammy O'Banion brings beach music to Augusta

Applause calendar
AUGUSTA FUTURITY: Cutting horse competition through Sunday, Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 601 Seventh St.; $2-$15.50, $40 general admission gold ticket; Western vendors in Civic Center and Bell Auditorium today and Saturday; www.augustafuturity.com; tickets at civic center box office, Ticketmaster outlets or call 828-7700.

Director's career brief but brilliant

A personal touch
South Carolina artist Dorothy Wright can't remember when she decided to become an artist. For the retired Charleston teacher, whose work will be on display at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History Sunday through Feb. 27, picking up a pencil or paints has always seemed natural.

Club calendar

Concert calendar
Concerts in Augusta and surrounding areas

Play tells story of historical woman

Wine and dine
A calm, soulful atmosphere and a multicultural menu are hallmarks of The Orange Moon Cafe, which opened Jan. 10 on Ellis Street in the former site of Sports Pub and Grill.

At the movies: 'The Hours'

Standing ovations
The Augusta Futurity cutting horse competition runs through Sunday at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic, 601 Seventh St. Admission is $2-$15.50.

A personal touch

Dreams come true
Though he spent most of his life in the secret-shrouded world of abracadabra and hocus-pocus, master illusionist David Copperfield, performing Tuesday at Bell Auditorium, doesn't consider himself a magician.

At the movies: 'Biker Boyz'

Play tells story of historical woman
For Elizabeth Walpert, playing Emily Tubman in the one-woman show Good Measure, Running Over is exciting but exacting.

At the movies: 'The Recruit'

At the movies: 'Final Destination 2'
Parents keep your children off the highways: What "Final Destination" did for the fear of flying, "Final Destination 2" does for the fear of driving.

At the movies: 'The Recruit'
"The Recruit" does what every good spy movie should do, at least for its first two-thirds: It makes covert operations, in the name of something as stodgy and buttoned-down as patriotism, look sexy and exciting.

Mini reviews

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.

Get ready for the Rally Monkey Bobble Belly
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Angels are turning their smallest MVP into a souvenir. The Rally Monkey Bobble Belly will put the team's Most Valuable Primate into the hands of fans.

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

Media events won't be the same without Turner

Lauren Danielle Michael

Daniel James Cross

Jonathan Paul Felberg

Charlie Cummings Jr.

Tairyck Amir Micah Hightower

Matthew David McCleery and Mark William McCleery

Robert Joseph Lowe III

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

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

Nicholas Charles Giangrande
Jo

Olivia Leigh Dill

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.

Jermaine Marquette Brinson Jr.

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

Vera Bethany Sauls

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.

Steven Grady Padgett

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

Kayley Mae Lott

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.

Brantley Bessman Paquette

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.

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.

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.

Trenton Elijah Fairburn

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.

Jasmine Taylor McKie

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.

Hudson Christopher Webb

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

Jesse Ryan Cheeks

Steven Grady Padgett
Marcus and Amy Padgett of

Isabella Grace Johnson-Appleby

Ke'Asia Shakinah Owens
W. Russell and Tonya Owens

Dalton Reed Smith

Jesse Ryan Cheeks
Gerald Thomas Cheeks Jr. and Rho

Madison Elizabeth Usry

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.

Brayden Ty Batchelor

Jasmine Taylor McKie
Deon McKie and Lisa Remington, bot

Collin Spencer Cook

Emily Christine McCutcheon
Mr. and Mrs. T

Ke'Asia Shakinah Owens

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

Nicholas Charles Giangrande

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

Emily Christine McCutcheon

Jermaine Marquette Brinson Jr.
Jermaine M.

Michael Kell Hinson

Isabella Grace Johnson-Appleby
Michael Appleby and Dana Johns

Robert Joseph Lowe III
Robert J. Jr

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

Arbitrator to rule on Maddux' case Feb. 20
ATLANTA - An arbitration hearing for Atlanta Braves pitcher Greg Maddux has been scheduled for Feb. 20.

Arbitrator to rule on Maddux' case Feb. 20

Prospects of war, GDP report sink stocks

Business group seeks new roles
With its bills in check and its financial future on solid ground, the Augusta Better Business Bureau is looking to expand its mission.

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.

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.

Business briefs
Augusta-based Hull Storey Retail Group announced Thursday that it has acquired Regency Square Mall in Florence, Ala., and Ponce de Leon Mall in St. Augustine, Fla.

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

Tax tips: Should I itemize?

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.

Media group to buy station
An Alabama newspaper company is under contract to purchase Augusta's WFXG-TV.

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.

Augusta plant nears final bottle
The first Coca-Cola made in Augusta was bottled in 1902. The last one will roll off the production line Feb. 28.

Stocks rise due to bargain hunting, despite war fears

Airport preserves food service
Augusta Regional Airport will continue food service despite economic difficulties with a private vendor.

Fed decides to hold key interest rate steady

Economy grows at just 0.7 percent rate in fourth quarter

Tax tips: Should I itemize?
Whether to itemize deductions on your tax return depends on how much you spent on certain expenses last year. According to the IRS, money paid for medical care, mortgage interest, taxes, contributions, casualty losses, and miscellaneous deductions can reduce your taxes. If the total amount spent on those categories is more than the standard deduction, you can usually benefit by itemizing.

More and more charitable checkoffs are being put on tax returns

Taxpayers will not see instant cuts

Prospects of war, GDP report sink stocks
NEW YORK -- Investors perturbed by the government's latest gross domestic product report sent stocks sliding sharply lower Thursday, halting a two-day rally. The Dow Jones industrials dropped more than 160 points, giving the blue chips a two-week loss of nearly 900 points.

Economy grows at just 0.7 percent rate in fourth quarter
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy slowed dramatically in the final quarter of last year, growing at a annual rate of just 0.7 percent as consumers turned cautious in the face of war worries, a rollercoaster stock market and a stagnant job climate and increased their spending by the smallest amount since 1993.

Injuried Tigers to play Sunday

Injuried Tigers to play Sunday
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Four Clemson players injured in the Tigers' loss to Wake Forest earlier this week will play against North Carolina State on Sunday.

Georgia recruiting notebook
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech football fans who frequent several Internet message boards are hardly buzzing about the Yellow Jackets' incoming freshman class.

Georgia recruiting notebook

Basics cost Lady Jaguars

Ospreys conquer Pacers

Cougars get win over Jaguars

Dyson and Paine box out Stillman

Knight one victory away from joining 800 club

Butler gets rare shot on national stage

Disarming leader

Arab world gets a pass

Don't waste $100,000

Finally!

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.

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

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.

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.

Basketball star 'Magic' Johnson bounces back into TV
LOS ANGELES -- Basketball great Earvin "Magic" Johnson is getting back into the TV game after fouling out in 1998 with his talk show.

Fishing report
Many fishermen write off the month of February as being too cold, but truth of the matter is the Valentine month is when fishing starts to get hot.

Fishing report

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish caught and total weight of the catch.

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

Run, wait produces win for Georgian

Cutter takes motherhood on the road

Rider qualifies three for finals
Bucki James always dreaded the thought of making the 18-hour trek to Augusta for a cutting event.

'Late bloomer' reaps rewards

Cutter takes motherhood on the road
The cutting show career of Mary Ann Rapp barely stopped in June 2001, when she gave birth to her son, Ryan.

Run, wait produces win for Georgian
Jeffrey May Jr. knew Priscilla Crawley stood between him and a winning run Thursday night.

Pruning will keep muscadines from becoming a tangled mess
A good pruning now will give you more muscadine grapes and fewer tangled vines to deal with this summer.

Pruning will keep muscadines from becoming a tangled mess

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

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.

Casey leads Heineken; Els five strokes back

Haas takes lead with one of two 61s at Hope
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Jay Haas shot a 61, the second 11-under round of the day, to take a one-shot lead as scores went low Thursday on a sunny, windless day at the Bob Hope Classic.

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.

Casey leads Heineken; Els five strokes back
MELBOURNE, Australia -- England's Paul Casey shot a 7-under-par 65 Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Heineken Classic, while Ernie Els fell five strokes back.

Doctor clears Woods

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

Jacobsen considers amateurs 'lifeblood' of PGA Tour

Haas takes lead with one of two 61s at Hope

Woods reveals severity of pain, prospects for recovery

GHSA committee drops support for Big 32 conference plan

Prep boys basketball statistics

Josey defense commits to achieving excellence

Prep basketball scores

Prep girls basketball statistics

GHSA committee drops support for Big 32 conference plan
THOMASTON, Ga. -- The Georgia High School Association reclassification committee recommended dropping support for a new classification system which puts the state's 32 largest schools in a separate playoff bracket.

Thrashers assign forward Jeff Farkas to Chicago of the AHL

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.

Thrashers assign forward Jeff Farkas to Chicago of the AHL
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday reassigned forward Jeff Farkas to the their Chicago Wolves farm club of the American Hockey League

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.

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.

Bush says diplomacy has only 'weeks, not months'
WASHINGTON -- President Bush, moving toward a decision on war with Iraq, said Thursday he will give diplomacy "weeks not months" and said the United States would welcome Saddam Hussein going into exile.

Jordan to allow use of bases, airspace in American attack on Iraq
AMMAN, Jordan -- Jordan has agreed to base U.S. troops in the kingdom and to allow the United States to use Jordanian airspace if Washington launches a war against Iraq, Jordanian-based diplomats said Thursday.

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.

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.

More Iraqis refuse private U.N. interviews
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Two more Iraqi specialists refused requests Thursday to submit to private interviews in the U.N. search for signs of banned weapons in Iraq, the U.N. inspection agency reported.

Iraq responds to weapons inspectors' criticisms
Excerpts from the text of Iraq's written statement in reply to the report delivered to the U.N. Security Council on Jan. 27 by chief weapons inspectors Hans Blix and Mohamed ElBaradei:

Media events won't be the same without Turner
I see Ted Turner is stepping down. Georgia's biggest media mogul announced Wednesday he was leaving his job as vice chairman of AOL Time Warner and will spend more time on his philanthropic interests.

Audit finds mismanagement in state Education Department
ATLANTA -- An audit released Friday found the state Department of Education riddled with financial problems, including mishandling state contracts and federal grant money.

Red Cross investigating blood contamination in Georgia and North Florida
ATLANTA -- Hospitals in Georgia and northern Florida were warned Friday to halt use of some blood from the American Red Cross because it was contaminated with unidentified white particles.

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

Extenuating circumstances behind clemency

Tag, track illegal immigrants

War with Iraq would be immoral

Current administration deplorable

Tax cut for wealthy typical Democrat envy

'New day' editorial is drivel

Abortion is turning our back on evil

Lincoln letter doesn't support writer's claim

Freedom is not free

Tort reform leads to higher insurance premiums

'Roe' editorial nauseating

Fox has one of its best TV ratings week in years

Basketball star 'Magic' Johnson bounces back into TV

Meditation's calming journey

In the know

Augusta visits classroom of an old-school coach
It was a cold winter morning in 1983 when the top farm club of the Montreal Canadiens, the Nova Scotia Voyaguers, showed up for their usual 10 a.m. practice.

Lynx road report

Augusta visits classroom of an old-school coach

Lynx are defeated 8-2 by Johnstown

Lynx road report
Friday: vs. Wheeling Nailers, Wheeling Civic Center, 7:30 p.m.

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.

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.

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.

Student learns difficult lesson on meningitis

Soldier, bomb dog awarded accolades

First day of state smallpox shots go ahead

Rants and Raves
THANKS TO THE woman who gave us a blanket when my friend fell off a horse at the Futurity parade. She's recovering, and we would like to return it with our gratitude. Call 823-3728 and leave a message.

Perdue willing to consider dropping liquor, tobacco hikes
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue says he's willing to back off the last of his tax increase proposals - new fees on tobacco products and liquor - if the Legislature can balance the budget without them.

County takes bar's license
The McDuffie County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday night to revoke the alcoholic beverage license of the T&W Cafe Lounge.

Reservists step up training amid tense wait for orders

Study finds link to eagle disorder
NEW ELLENTON - Researchers have firmed up a suspected link between hydrilla and a mysterious disorder that killed at least 25 bald eagles at Thurmond Lake, according to a University of Georgia scientist.

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 the area
Dana Swafford has been released from the Richmond County jail pending trial on charges that she raised her 14-month-old daughter in a filthy home in Hephzibah, authorities said.

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 Georgia
ATLANTA -Employees at the sister agency to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry - were required to stay in their offices Thursday after a powdery substance that turned out not to be a bioterrorism agent was found in the building.

Across Georgia

Cleanup operators say smell will fade
Odors from coal tar being exhumed from a defunct manufactured gas plant off Eighth Street will subside before hot weather arrives, according to cleanup contractors.

Protest leaders notice changes

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.

Child molester gets 10 years

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.

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.

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

Calm before the storm
FORT STEWART, Ga. - The past two weeks have been a bit like summer camp for members of the Army Reserve's 319th Transportation Company.

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.

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.

SRS clears nuclear waste site

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.

Oconee County proposes rules for adult-themed businesses

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.

Capping awards will be a battle

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.

Mother given probation for battery

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.

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

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.

Across South Carolina

Perdue willing to consider dropping liquor, tobacco hikes

Push expands to add sidewalk for pupils' trek

Road funding draws debate in high court

Across the area

Nuwaubians' future up in air
EATONTON, Ga. -- With founder Malachi York going to prison on child molestation charges, the future of the United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors remains unclear.

Republicans want to cut legislative pay 10 percent

Sanford taps Campbell veteran for drug abuse agency director

Bush proposal meets clergy's approval

Calm before the storm

Bill would punish criminals who wear bulletproof vests

Smoking in car with children may be banned

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

Judge completes sentencing of protesters

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Faye Cook Reese of Augusta.

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.

Tipster leads Aiken police to wanted man
AIKEN - An Aiken man wanted on six charges, including robbery and assault, was arrested Wednesday at a local hotel after an anonymous tip, police said.

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.

Protest leaders notice changes
Marguerite Rece has been calling the Richmond County Sheriff's Office for years, letting deputies know when she and a group of fellow peace activists plan to gather somewhere in the city.

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.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - The state Department of Health and Environmental Control surprised Roper Hospital officials when it rejected a proposed $71 million expansion.

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.

Student learns difficult lesson on meningitis
STATESBORO, Ga. - Esli Saint-Louis didn't know anything about meningitis when he moved into the dorms and started classes at Georgia Southern University in the fall.

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.

Terminal work nears end
Four days and counting.

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.

Correction
The winning Powerball numbers were incorrectly reported in Wednesday's edition of The Augusta Chronicle. The winning numbers were: 10-12-27-30-53, Powerball 28.

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.

Road funding draws debate in high court
ATLANTA - A controversial plan financing highway construction projects that would connect Augusta with other parts of the state is now under scrutiny by Georgia's highest court.

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.

Doctors recognize new test to predict heart disease
Watercooler talk about "HDL" and "LDL" might soon shift to "CRP" as doctors recognize a promising new test for heart disease.

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.

News you can use

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.

Sanford explains decision on Air Force Reserve

Insurance card law changes Saturday

Schools alter absence policies
The flu frenzy has caused two local school systems to change their policies on excused absences.

Four men sentenced in theft of McDonald's game pieces

Across the area

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.

Subscriber of the day

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.

Terminal work nears end

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.

South Carolina man fights extradition in 45-year-old slayings

Schools alter absence policies

Red Cross investigating blood contamination in Georgia and North Florida

South Carolina man fights extradition in 45-year-old slayings
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A man charged in a 45-year-old double slaying in California is fighting extradition to the West Coast to face those charges.

Bill would require meningitis vaccine
ATLANTA -- College students would be required to take meningitis vaccines under a bill proposed Thursday in the Georgia House.

Across South Carolina

Nuwaubians' future up in air

Four men sentenced in theft of McDonald's game pieces
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A federal judge Thursday sentenced one man to two years in prison, two others to six months of home arrest, and another to probation for being in a multimillion-dollar scheme that redeemed stolen pieces of McDonald's games such as "Monopoly" and "Who Wants to be a Millionaire."

Bill would require meningitis vaccine

Insurance card law changes Saturday
ATLANTA -- It would be a good idea for motorists to keep their insurance cards in their cars even after Saturday, when a statewide computerized tracking system goes into effect, officials said.

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

First day of state smallpox shots go ahead
ATLANTA -- Despite dropouts by major Atlanta area hospitals that declined to have their workers vaccinated, state officials went ahead with the first wave of smallpox vaccinations Thursday.

Across Georgia

She's in charge
Lt. Cmdr. Christina Dustin (far right) takes command of her unit. She is one o fthe few women in Aiken County to serve as commander of an NJROTC unit and a member of the drill team during the annual all-school assembly Pass-in-Review, held at Midland Valley High School on Thursday.

Rants and Raves
THANKS TO THE woman who gave us a blanket when my friend fell off a horse at the Futurity parade. She's recovering, and we would like to return it with our gratitude. Call 823-3728 and leave a message.

Sanford to review Clemson plan for automotive research park
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Clemson University plans to postpone the announcement of an automotive research park in Greenville until Republican Gov. Mark Sanford completes his review of the project.

Senate tangles again with uniform school start date

Federal employees under lockdown after suspicious substance found
ATLANTA -- Employees at the sister agency to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry - were required to stay in their offices Thursday after a powdery substance was found in the building.

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.

Senate tangles again with uniform school start date
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Lawmakers returned to a debate Thursday about when South Carolina students should go back to school each year.

Milledgeville Mayor stripped of his power

Sanford taps Campbell veteran for drug abuse agency director
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Gov. Mark Sanford tapped another veteran of former Gov. Carroll Campbell's administration Thursday, this time to run the state Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services.

Correction

News you can use
JAN. 31, 1990 Augusta lost out on a multimillion-dollar textile mill and 1,000 jobs because the company that wants to build the mill believes competition for workers would be too stiff.

Subscriber of the day

Sanford to review Clemson plan for automotive research park

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.

News you can use

Doctors recognize new test to predict heart disease

Federal employees under lockdown after suspicious substance found

Study finds link to eagle disorder

Cleanup operators say smell will fade

Hostage reports killer to police

She's in charge

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.

Jackets look to rewrite season
ATLANTA - Paul Hewitt says the story of Georgia Tech's 2002-03 basketball season hasn't been written yet. The young coach knows they better start scribbling.

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:

Hype surrounds signing day
Here's a riddle.

Daytona SpeedWeeks schedule

NASCAR notebook

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.

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.

Daytona SpeedWeeks schedule
Here is the Daytona SpeedWeeks schedule.

Rudd anxious to get started with new team

Ford hires former crew chief to oversee program
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Former crew chief Robin Pemberton was hired by Ford Racing on Thursday to run its NASCAR program.

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.

Spurs' Ginobili replaces Yao in rookie game

Hawks sign Jermaine Jackson to 10-day contract
ATLANTA -- Guard Jermaine Jackson signed a 10-day contract with the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday.

Hawks sign Jermaine Jackson to 10-day contract

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.

Hawks top 76ers

Hawks say goodbye to Wilks, look for another player

Hawks say goodbye to Wilks, look for another player
ATLANTA -- Jermaine Jackson, come on down.

Knight one victory away from joining 800 club
LUBBOCK, Texas -- When Bob Knight had to clear out his locker at Indiana, his son discovered three balls buried under junk and stained by a soft drink.

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

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

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.

Dyson and Paine box out Stillman
Talk about your rebounding advantage.

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.

Mariucci interviews with Lions

Mrs. Jeanette Holley    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Jessie Silas    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Mrs. Ruby Boynton    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Geneva Whittle    (LEESVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. William Rankin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Frances Watkins    (VARNVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Sammie Devereaux    (SPARTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Iola Turner    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Stier    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Fletcher Thomas Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Terrance Rouse    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mr. Randolph Stanley    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary McKinney    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Tyler Schuler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Esther Gillis    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Terrance Rouse    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mr. Harvey Williams    (DEARING, Ga.)
Rev. Charles Ray    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Delores VanDeventer    (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)
Mrs. Berta Randolph    (BONEVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Dale Slusher    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Purvis    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Fr. Bernard Sheehan OSB    (OMAHA, Neb.)
Mrs. Fannie Palmer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Evelina Roberson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Mathis    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mr. Leonard Nichols    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruth Mansfield    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. Wayne Keith    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. Sadie Loftis    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Alberta Harris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Frances Langford    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Larry Ellison    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Betty Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Carr    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Rufus Jennings Sr.    (HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.)
Maj. Linda Brewer    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mr. Johnnie Jennings Sr.    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Earnest Vaughns III    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Woodrow Hutto    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Toole    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Jeanette Holley    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Lillian Widener    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Maggie Smalley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Gresham    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Rufus Sizemore    (HANAHAN, S.C.)
Mr. Austin DuBose    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Shuman    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Catheran Drumm    (CHAPIN, S.C.)
Mr. Charles Sharpe    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Maggie Cuttino    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Malik Robinson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Lib Curry    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Rev. Charles Ray    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. David Cronic    (UNION POINT, Ga.)
Mrs. Fannie Palmer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Clifton    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. James Nealey    (LOUISVILLE, 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. Willie Kirk    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Brenda Boerstler    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Johnnie Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ronnie Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Col. George Herring    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Kenneth Bliss    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Rosa Green    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Mrs. Lulabelle Birt    (ELKO, S.C.)
Mr. Vernon Fulmer    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Callie Adams    (HINESVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Flora Drew    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mamie Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Kenneth Bliss    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Anita Ambrose    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Retha Watkins    (KITE, Ga.)
Ms. Willie Copeland    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Carr    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Junior Wright    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Roy Cummings    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Daisy Williamson    (CHARLOTTE, N.C.)
Ms. Willie Cason    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Rebecca Butler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Cora Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Alyssa Bowman    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Brooklyn Whitaker    (DEARING, Ga.)
Ms. Florrie Sweat    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mr. David Curry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Rufus Jennings Sr. (HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.)

Mrs. Rosa Green (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Maj. Linda Brewer (ATLANTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. William Clifton (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Esther Gillis (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Sharpe (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Willie Cason (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Alberta Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Anita Ambrose (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Callie Adams (HINESVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Mansfield (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Margaret Carr (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Maggie Cuttino (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Brenda Boerstler (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Fannie Palmer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jessie Silas (LANGLEY, S.C.)

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

Rev. Charles Ray (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Sadie Loftis (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Carr (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cora Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Tyler Schuler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Nealey (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. David Curry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lulabelle Birt (ELKO, S.C.)

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

Alyssa Bowman (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Woodrow Hutto (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Retha Watkins (KITE, Ga.)

Mr. Larry Ellison (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Malik Robinson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Rufus Sizemore (HANAHAN, S.C.)

Mrs. Fannie Palmer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnnie Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rebecca Butler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Gresham (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelina Roberson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Maggie Smalley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wayne Keith (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Iola Turner (HARLEM, Ga.)

Ms. Willie Copeland (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Boynton (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Mamie Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Flora Drew (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Berta Randolph (BONEVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Delores VanDeventer (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)

Ms. Florrie Sweat (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Daisy Williamson (CHARLOTTE, N.C.)

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

Mr. Vernon Fulmer (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Lillian Widener (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Kirk (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Randolph Stanley (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. William Rankin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary McKinney (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Sammie Devereaux (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harvey Williams (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Fr. Bernard Sheehan OSB (OMAHA, Neb.)

Mr. Junior Wright (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Ronnie Wright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Charles Ray (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Earnest Vaughns III (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Purvis (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Understand roots of conflict in order to resolve it
THERE ARE AT least two reasons why the United States should strive to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. First is the suffering of the two peoples. During the Intifada, the uprising of the last two years, approximately 2,000 Palestinians and 700 Israelis were killed. Second is that Arabs and Muslims worldwide believe that the United States, by its uncritical support of the Israeli government and its provision of upward of $4 billion in annual aid to Israel, is indirectly responsible for the suffering of the Palestinian people and the prolongation of the conflict.

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.

Tort reform leads to higher insurance premiums
The Chronicle's editorial page calls for "tort reform" to fix an insurance industry problem are logically and factually without merit. Joseph R. Neal Jr., Augusta

War with Iraq would be immoral
Even if the U.N. team inspecting for weapons of mass destruction does find proof of Saddam Hussein hiding these weapons, it is not the green light for the United States and its allies to go invade Iraq and try to disarm Saddam, since this war will be one of many severe casualties, war wounded and war dead. The Rev. Michael Lubinsky, Augusta

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.

Freedom is not free
I hear an awful lot of people complaining that the United States should not go to war with Iraq, or anyone else for that matter. They "claim" war is not the answer. Lynn Prescott Tyner, Grovetown, Ga.

'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

Don't waste $100,000
There is still an inclination by some Augusta commissioners to spend $100,000 unnecessarily. If a majority votes to ignore the

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

'New day' editorial is drivel
Regarding your editorial on Jan. 16, "A new day - or not?" Why anyone would believe the drivel from this editorial is beyond me. You only have to read to the third sentence to know the writer doesn't know the difference between the Confederate battle flag and the Confederate Stars and Bars. Where's he from? T.W. Highsmith, Evans, Ga.

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.

Lincoln letter doesn't support writer's claim
In response to Greg Porter's extremely intelligent and eloquent letter on Jan. 17 in regard to Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts' Jan. 6 column, "To win over black conservatives, GOP needs to provide answers": Michael Schortinghuis, Grovetown, Ga.

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.

Extenuating circumstances behind clemency
Didn't outgoing Illinois Gov. George Ryan ask his government to look at the death penalty in his state and report back to him? Weren't there gross errors in the way many cases were decided? Didn't he ask his legislature to look into the reports and address laws based on the reports, only to get stonewalled? Claudia Stovall, Grovetown, Ga.

Finally!
Somebody in Europe gets it after all - and just in the nick of time.

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.

Understand roots of conflict in order to resolve it
THERE ARE AT least two reasons why the United States should strive to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. First is the suffering of the two peoples. During the Intifada, the uprising of the last two years, approximately 2,000 Palestinians and 700 Israelis were killed. Second is that Arabs and Muslims worldwide believe that the United States, by its uncritical support of the Israeli government and its provision of upward of $4 billion in annual aid to Israel, is indirectly responsible for the suffering of the Palestinian people and the prolongation of the conflict.

Hype surrounds signing day

Augusta man gets kick out of sport

Commission rejects proposals to fundamentally change Title IX

Overtime

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

Overtime

Augusta man gets kick out of sport
For one Augusta man, working a day job in the white-collar world is not enough - he likes to kick his competitors into submission.

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.

Lakeside dominates
For Lakeside, it was a statement. For others, it was a last chance.

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.

Commission rejects proposals to fundamentally change Title IX
WASHINGTON -- A sharply divided Bush administration advisory commission voted Thursday to change a landmark gender-equity law that substantially increased the number of female athletes, but the panel stopped short of the major overhaul some women's advocates feared.

Arsenal shootout growing
The 18th annual Augusta Arsenal Spring Shootout Soccer Tournament begins Saturday and will showcase more than 100 boys and girls teams from seven states at Fort Gordon's Barton Field.

Overtime
Martha Burk and the National Council of Women's Organizations are supporting WNBA players in their labor negotiations with the league. Burk, who also is leading the fight against the Augusta National Golf Club's all-male membership stance, said the players asked for her help.

Players of the week
Here are profiles of the area prep players of the week.

Josey defense commits to achieving excellence
An hour at practice every day, no exceptions. Josey boys basketball coach Emmett Rouse is insistent the Eagles work on it. Then they work on it some more.

Prep boys basketball statistics
Here are statistics for area prep boys basketball players.

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

Prep girls basketball statistics
Here are statistics for area prep girls basketball players.

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.

Mariucci interviews with Lions
DETROIT -- Former San Francisco 49ers coach Steve Mariucci was in town Thursday to interview for the Detroit Lions' coaching vacancy.

Jackets look to rewrite season

Exploring your digital camera's color options is fun, creative
According to Michael J.McNamara, technology editor for Popular Photography and Imaging magazine (formerly Popular Photography magazine), "Many digital cameras offer better color accuracy than any film we've tested."

Sims Online may appeal to social climbers
Call The Sims Online a sprawling chat room, a virtual world, a place to meet people, an escapist's dream. Call it anything, really, except a computer game.

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.

Vandy upsets Dogs

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.

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.

No. 16 South Carolina tops Florida
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Cristina Ciocan scored 18 points and hit three of No. 16 South Carolina's season-high nine 3-pointers in a 78-64 victory over Florida on Thursday night.

Vols edge Gamecocks

South Carolina reports several violations to NCAA

South Carolina reports several violations to NCAA
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's athletic department reported three rules violations - two involving the baseball team - to the Southeastern Conference in the fall semester and all were found secondary in nature with no further penalty coming from the league or the NCAA.

Burk gives support to WNBA players
NEW YORK -- Martha Burk and her National Council of Women's Organizations are supporting WNBA players in their labor negotiations with the league.

Jordan to allow use of bases, airspace in American attack on Iraq

Air Force launches GPS satellite to help in war on terror

World reacts cautiously to Bush's speech

Bush says diplomacy has only 'weeks, not months'

Security Council formulates positions on war

More Iraqis refuse private U.N. interviews

Iraq responds to weapons inspectors' criticisms

Sims Online may appeal to social climbers

Pro Race Driver game touts racing realism

Exploring your digital camera's color options is fun, creative