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.

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.

Dreams come true

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.

Mini reviews

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.

Applause calendar

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.

Director's career brief but brilliant

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.

At the movies: 'The Hours'

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.

A personal touch

Concert calendar
Concerts in Augusta and surrounding areas

Creative fund-raisers will make more cents

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.

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

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.

Club calendar

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.

Play tells story of historical woman

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: 'Biker Boyz'

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'

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.

Comiskey Park to become U.S. Cellular Field

Comiskey Park to become U.S. Cellular Field
CHICAGO -- Comiskey Park's name is being changed to U.S. Cellular Field under a deal that will pay the White Sox $68 million over 20 years.

Saturday shootout
May, Graham and Barth were the team's top three hitters last year. ... James had the team's best ERA and had a 25 to 6 strikeout-to-walk ratio. ...

Saturday shootout

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.

Expectations run high as new season begins

Expectations run high as new season begins
For Augusta State and USC Aiken, it's Catch-22 playing baseball in the Peach Belt Conference.

Media events won't be the same without Turner

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

Troops make stop at sperm bank

Stocks, economic and earnings news mixed
NEW YORK -- Bargain hunters emerged Friday on Wall Street, sending stocks sharply higher after two weeks of heavy selling had brought the Dow Jones industrials down nearly 900 points. The Dow rose more than 100 points.

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.

Consumer spending, incomes up in December
WASHINGTON -- Consumers, lured by a flurry of end of year free-financing deals on cars, boosted their spending in December by 0.9 percent, the largest increase in five months, providing a helping hand to the struggling economic recovery.

Business briefs

Economy grows at just 0.7 percent rate in fourth quarter

New chairwoman makes plans for chamber

Prospects of war, GDP report sink stocks

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.

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.

Troops make stop at sperm bank
Kate Howell is used to dealing with cancer patients about to undergo chemotherapy.

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

New chairwoman makes plans for chamber
John Felak estimates that he attended 100 meetings, ribbon cuttings and breakfast functions during his year as chairman of the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce's board of directors.

Business briefs
On Friday, Aiken-based Security Federal Corp.,parent company of Security Federal Bank, announced a three-for-two stock split in the form of a 50 percent stock dividend plus a 2 cent per share quarterly cash dividend.

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.

Tax tips: Should I itemize?

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.

Consumer spending, incomes up in December

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.

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

Stocks, economic and earnings news mixed

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.

Injuried Tigers to play 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

Banks caps off college career at Hula Bowl
LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Brad Banks' trip to the Hula Bowl was a lot like his journey through college football. It took a long time to get to his destination, but it was well worth the wait.

Banks caps off college career at Hula Bowl

Dyson and Paine box out Stillman

Knight one victory away from joining 800 club

Don't waste $100,000

Encourage marriage

Finally!

Pass day-care bill

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.

Rapp's early run wins

Rapp's early run wins
Mary Ann Rapp played with her 19-month-old son, Ryan, in the stands. She gave the tot a ride on her horse.

Run, wait produces win for Georgian

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.

Oklahoman wins on her second ride

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

Gaines surprises field in Futurity

Oklahoman wins on her second ride
Bucki James proved three horses were better than one in the Classic Non-Pro final Friday night.

Cutter takes motherhood on the road

Gaines surprises field in Futurity
Past champions were making noise in the Futurity Open second go-round Friday afternoon, but a cowboy seeking his first win here istopping them all.

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 feel right at home
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech players chalk it up to comfort. A short and simple answer to the Yellow Jackets' two-faced approach to their home and road games.

Jackets feel right at home

Irwin shares lead in MasterCard golf
KAUPULEHU-KONA, Hawaii -- Hale Irwin began his quest to repeat as the top player on the Champions Tour by taking a share of the first-round lead Friday in the MasterCard Championship.

Herron's 61 gives him share of lead
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Tim Herron, putter in hand, was in the zone .

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.

Herron's 61 gives him share of lead

Haas takes lead with one of two 61s at Hope

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.

Casey leads Heineken; Els five strokes back

GHSA committee drops support for Big 32 conference plan

Prep boys basketball statistics

Josey defense commits to achieving excellence

Prep girls basketball statistics

Butler tops Cross Creek

Prep basketball scores

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

Thrashers assign forward Jeff Farkas to Chicago of the AHL

Blues, minus Pronger, lead Central at break

Blues, minus Pronger, lead Central at break
ST. LOUIS -- A wrist injury that might cost captain Chris Pronger the entire season was supposed to shove the St. Louis Blues back into the pack.

Gulf War veterans try to prepare inexperienced troops for the reality of combat
ABOARD THE USS AUSTIN -- Gulf War veterans have some advice for the untried troops who may face combat for the first time: Stick to your training. It's OK to be scared.

Reviving Iraq's oil empire a top U.S. goal for post-Saddam period
WASHINGTON -- If getting Saddam Hussein is the top priority in a war with Iraq, protecting the country's oil fields is not far behind.

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.

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.

War in Iraq could be quick and decisive
NEW YORK -- An attack on Iraq could well result in a quick U.S. victory with minimum casualties, but there is also a possibility of disastrous consequences, from mushroom clouds to a Muslim world in rage and turmoil.

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:

US steps up psychological warfare campaign in southern Iraq
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military is escalating its psychological warfare campaign in Iraq as part of a broader effort to stir dissent among Iraqi soldiers and undermine ordinary Iraqis' allegiance to President Saddam Hussein.

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.

Bush, Blair review timetables for diplomacy, war
WASHINGTON -- President Bush said Friday he would welcome a second U.N. resolution on Iraq but only if it led to the prompt disarming of Saddam Hussein. Pushing for a new resolution, British Prime Minister Tony Blair called confronting Iraq "a test of the international community."

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.

Texas residents report seeing trails in sky and hearing loud noises
DALLAS -- Residents of north Texas heard "a big bang" Saturday about the time the space shuttle Columbia disappeared on its way to a landing at Cape Canaveral.

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.

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.

Superintendent : Parents have a chance to soothe children first
Richmond County Schools Superintendent Charles Larke advises parents to talk to their children about the Columbia space shuttle tragedy before sending them back to school Monday.

NASA loses contact with shuttle, declares emergency
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA declared an emergency and feared the worst after losing communication with space shuttle Columbia as the ship and its seven astronauts soared over Texas several minutes before its expected landing Saturday.

Local man connected to Columbia astronauts
Fort Discovery Chairman Joe Edwards circled the world with one of the astronauts aboard the space shuttle Columbia. He trained in Houston with three of the crew members and knew all six of the Americans aboard.

Extenuating circumstances behind clemency

Freedom is not free

Lincoln letter doesn't support writer's claim

Democrat 'crossovers' messed up

Tort reform leads to higher insurance premiums

War with Iraq would be immoral

Unborn are as valuable to God as adults

'New day' editorial is drivel

Appreciates generosity from others

Basketball star 'Magic' Johnson bounces back into TV

Lynx road report

Augusta Lynx road report

Augusta Lynx road report
Augusta Lynx vs. Cincinnati Cyclones, U.S. Bank Arena.

Augusta hangs on for a win
WHEELING, W.Va. - Andrew Williamson scored twice and set up Jim Shepherd on the game-winner - all in a six-minute span - as the Augusta Lynx got three first-period goals and held off the Wheeling Nailers for a 3-2 victory Friday night.

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.

Augusta hangs on for a win

Augusta visits classroom of an old-school coach

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

Federal employees under lockdown after suspicious substance found

Tip leads to 6th slaying suspect
HINESVILLE, Ga. - An anonymous tip pointing authorities to Ohio has led to the capture of the final suspect in the November slaying of a Hinesville man.

Farewell for our soldiers

Lawmaker gets call from Coast Guard
ATHENS, Ga. - Portions of Jackson and Barrow counties lost their representation in the state House this week, after District 25 Rep. Chris Elrod was deployed by the U.S. Coast Guard.

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.

Students get to spend day in shadows of MCG staff
It took Jennifer Ogden 16 years to get back to the neonatal intensive care unit at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Nuwaubians' future up in air

Chorale auditions
Auditions for the Augusta Children's Chorale will be Feb. 22, March 1 and May 3.

Corrections
A story in Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about Community Newspaper Holdings Inc.'s plan to purchase WFXG-TV (Channel 54) should have said the purchase will be made by the company's wholly-owned subsidiary, Southeastern Media Holdings Inc.

News you can use
Judge W.T. Gary handed down many sentences yesterday in Superior Court. Among them, Artie Cain was found guilty of horse stealing and recommended for mercy as a misdemeanor or trespass punishment. He was given six months on the chain gang or a fine of $75.

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.

Officials, workers map out city plans
Crimes will be prosecuted more aggressively. Fires will be fought and prevented by better-trained firefighters.

Perdue willing to consider dropping liquor, tobacco hikes

Leader of American Legion voices concerns
The national commander of the American Legion was in Augusta on Friday to address issues veterans face because of federal government cuts to medical benefits.

Terminal work nears end

S&P agrees to resume rating mortgages
An agreement reached late Friday to amend Georgia's Fair Lending Act has elicited a promise from Standard & Poor's to continue rating mortgages in the state, said Sen. Don Cheeks, R-Augusta.

Across the area

Students learn through robotics
AIKEN - Thirty students are halfway through building a robot that will compete in a regional and perhaps even a national competition.

Four men sentenced in theft of McDonald's game pieces

Subscriber of the day
Jim Schroeder is today's subscriber of the day.

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.

Farewell for our soldiers
Marines of the 2nd Direct Support Detachment get a send-off at the Naval and Marine Reserve Center.

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.

Across South Carolina
Two accidents near Hatcher Funeral Home on the Aiken-Augusta Highway sent more than seven people to the hospital Friday night, officials said.

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.

Terminal work nears end
Four days and counting.

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

Rants and raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

Study finds link to eagle disorder

Across Georgia
JONESBORO, Ga. - A Clayton County jury acquitted a teenager of murder in the robbery and ax killings of her grandparents at their Ellenwood home in January 2000, but convicted her on a lesser charge of theft.

Sanford taps Campbell veteran for drug abuse agency director

Fraud case ends in discharge
A staff sergeant implicated in a military credit-card fraud scheme at the Army hospital at Fort Gordon lost his career and pay Friday.

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

Schools alter absence policies

Road funding draws debate in high court

Subscriber of the day

Students learn through robotics

Bill would require meningitis vaccine

Red Cross investigating blood contamination in Georgia and North Florida

Across South Carolina

Local man connected to Columbia astronauts

Audit condemns Schrenko's term
ATLANTA - Mismanagement and questionable spending were commonplace at the state Department of Education under former Superintendent Linda Schrenko, according to a state audit released Friday.

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.

Former credit union manager charged with fraud

Justice pushes indigent defense
ATLANTA - The General Assembly should act this year to begin overhauling Georgia's underfunded indigent-defense system, Chief Justice Norman Fletcher told lawmakers Friday during the annual State of the Judiciary address.

Leader of American Legion voices concerns

Pie toss rewards pupils

News you can use

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.

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
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."

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.

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.

NASA loses contact with shuttle, declares emergency

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

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.

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.

Justice pushes indigent defense

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.

Superintendent : Parents have a chance to soothe children first

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Fraud case ends in discharge

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.

Candidates for sheriff share files
AIKEN - Neil Britt, one of two Democratic candidates for Aiken County sheriff, was fired in 1996 from his job as a Williston police officer for pursuing a fleeing driver outside town limits.

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.

Pie toss rewards pupils
CLEARWATER - There was a huge food fight in Clearwater Elementary's cafeteria on Friday, and the administrators lost.

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.

Candidates for sheriff share files

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

Red Cross investigating blood contamination

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.

Texas residents report seeing trails in sky and hearing loud noises

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.

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Calm before the storm

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.

Cleanup operators say smell will fade

Sanford names Gandolfo special liaison to DMV
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- J.T. Gandalfo, chairman of the Division of Motor Vehicles Task Force organized by Gov. Mark Sanford, has been appointed a special liaison to the troubled agency.

Student learns difficult lesson on meningitis

Another DaimlerChrysler subsidiary coming to S.C.
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- South Carolina may have missed out on a $700 million van plant and its 3,000 jobs last year, but DaimlerChrysler continues to invest in the state, announcing Thursday that a subsidiary will locate in North Charleston.

Senate tangles again with uniform school start date

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.

Correction

News you can use

Across South Carolina

State ethics commission tells former senator not to break disclosure laws
DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- The state Ethics Commission ruled Friday that the former state Senate Majority Leader violated disclosure laws when he failed to reveal his positions in nonprofit groups that received state grants.

Doctors recognize new test to predict heart disease

Sanford to review Clemson plan for automotive research park

Sanford names Gandolfo special liaison to DMV

She's in charge

Subscriber of the day

Insurance card law changes Saturday

Across the area
DOUGLASVILLE -Former Sen. Charles Walker, who was defeated in November, escaped punishment by the State Ethics Commission on Friday on three separate complaints because the commission concluded that all but one were included in a case one year ago.

First day of state smallpox shots go ahead

Corrections

Protest leaders notice changes

Officials, workers map out city plans

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.

Across the area

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.

Red Cross investigating blood contamination
ATLANTA -- Hospitals in Georgia and northern Florida were warned Friday to temporarily stop using some blood from the American Red Cross because it was feared contaminated with mysterious white particles.

Audit condemns Schrenko's term

Former credit union manager charged with fraud
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- A former credit union manager has been charged with fraud after police said she stole $83,000 from the company in four years.

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.

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.

Hype surrounds signing day
Here's a riddle.

Kelley Earnhardt guides little brother Dale Jr.

Kelley Earnhardt guides little brother Dale Jr.
MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- After months of pondering the contract offer, Dale Earnhardt Jr. decided he needed some advice.

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.

Hawks say goodbye to Wilks, look for another player

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

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

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.

Newcomers get notice with first-time Pro Bowl selections

Mariucci interviews with Lions

NFL draft order

Bucs sign 10 free agents

Mr. William Rankin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Dale Slusher    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Alberta Harris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Esther Gillis    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Frances McKellar    (GREENSBORO, N.C.)
Mr. Vernon Fulmer    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Malik Robinson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Jessie Silas    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Brooklyn Whitaker    (DERAING, Ga.)
Mr. James Bennefield Sr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Terrance Rouse    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mr. Kenneth Bliss    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary McKinney    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Larry Ellison    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Eudora Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Brenda Boerstler    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Ms. Willie Copeland    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Harvey Williams Jr.    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mrs. Brenda Boerstler    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Charlie Thompson Sr.    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Virginia Boney    (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Johnnie Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Brown    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Evelina Roberson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruth Brown    (ROOSEVELT, N.Y.)
Mrs. Willie Kirk    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Emelina Caride    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Leonard Nichols    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. David Curry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Evelina Roberson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Kenneth Bliss    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Jeanette Holley    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Lulabelle Birt    (ELKO, S.C.)
Mr. Sammie Devereaux    (SPARTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Flora Drew    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Fr. Bernard Sheehan OSB    (OMAHA, Neb.)
Mrs. Callie Adams    (HINESVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Sammie Devereaux    (SPARTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Patricia Widener    (VAUCLUSE, S.C.)
Mr. Ronnie Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Lee Way Jr.    (PERKINS, Ga.)
Mr. Junior Wright    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Stier    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Daisy Williamson    (CHARLOTTE, N.C.)
Mr. Robert Shuman    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Flora Drew    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Fr. Bernard Sheehan OSB    (OMAHA, Neb.)
Mr. Vernon Durand Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Malik Robinson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Cora Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mable Newman    (EVANS, Ga.)
Brooklyn Whitaker    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mr. Cornell McDaniels Sr.    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)
Ms. Willie Cason    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Wayne Keith    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Carr    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Nealey    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Rebecca Butler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Fannie Palmer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Maj. Linda Brewer    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Rev. Charles Ray    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruby Boynton    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. William Johnson    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Alberta Harris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Willie Kirk    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Col. George Herring    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Wayne Keith    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. Jessie Silas    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Mr. Terrance Rouse    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Jeanette Holley    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Charles Sharpe    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Ms. Maggie Smalley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. David Curry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Florrie Sweat    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mr. Robert Shuman    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Julia Bargeron    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Rosa Green    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Mr. James Addison    (VIDALIA, Ga.)
Alyssa Bowman    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Lynda Hadden    (GIBSON, Ga.)
Featured obituary: 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.

Mr. Rufus Sizemore    (HANAHAN, S.C.)
Mr. Byron Beard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Dale Slusher    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Bethel Green    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Stier    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Delores VanDeventer    (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)
Mr. William Toole    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
Earnest Vaughns III    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Roy Cummings    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Fannie Palmer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnnie Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Wayne Keith (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mr. Robert Brown (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Wayne Keith (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Lee Way Jr. (PERKINS, Ga.)

Mrs. Alberta Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eudora Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Carr (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Bennefield Sr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mr. Dale Slusher (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Earnest Vaughns III (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Brooklyn Whitaker (DERAING, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Patricia Widener (VAUCLUSE, S.C.)

Mr. William Rankin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Virginia Boney (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rebecca Butler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bethel Green (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Callie Adams (HINESVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Lynda Hadden (GIBSON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Cornell McDaniels Sr. (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Maj. Linda Brewer (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Byron Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Nealey (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Esther Gillis (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Vernon Durand Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Fr. Bernard Sheehan OSB (OMAHA, Neb.)

Alyssa Bowman (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Sammie Devereaux (SPARTA, Ga.)

Ms. Maggie Smalley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harvey Williams Jr. (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Evelina Roberson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ronnie Wright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Delores VanDeventer (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)

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

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

Mr. Larry Ellison (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. James Addison (VIDALIA, Ga.)

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

Mr. David Curry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Sammie Devereaux (SPARTA, Ga.)

Malik Robinson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Willie Kirk (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Brown (ROOSEVELT, N.Y.)

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

Mrs. Alberta Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Charles Ray (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Cora Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Thompson Sr. (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Ms. Willie Copeland (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Stier (THOMSON, Ga.)

Malik Robinson (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

Mrs. Willie Kirk (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Flora Drew (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mable Newman (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Fr. Bernard Sheehan OSB (OMAHA, Neb.)

Ms. Willie Cason (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary McKinney (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Curry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelina Roberson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Shuman (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Flora Drew (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Quoted scripture taken out of context
This regards a Jan. 14 letter written by Daru Ib-Shamiq, "Bible, Mosaic law do not prohibit pro-choice stand." He claims the Bible through its Mosaic law does not see an unborn child as a human being.Sonja Kline, Ft. Gordon, Ga.

Greenbaum: Why a new performing arts center?
THERE IS A public groundswell in many quarters in Augusta for a new downtown performing arts center. Not only is this coming from the public but also from business leaders and university people, who see this as one of the most effective ways to compete with similar size cities for the best in entertainment, to attract tourism, industry, as well as new faculty recruits to our colleges.

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.

'It got out of hand'
"You could not turn on the television or the radio or really go to the mail safely without my mug being all over. It was too much. I was doing it for good friends, doing it for people who had supported me in the past, and I felt

Democrat 'crossovers' messed up
After reading in The Chronicle what our newly elected governor is about to do, I laughed. I knew it was coming. Cynthia J. Smith, Wrens, Ga.

Encourage marriage
When President Bush first proposed taking $300 million out of the billions spent on federal welfare to promote marriage, it was greeted with enormous enthusiasm by most Americans. Why? Because studies inside and outside the government show that marriage is the best protection against child poverty and the best way to raise emotionally healthy children.

'It got out of hand'
"You could not turn on the television or the radio or really go to the mail safely without my mug being all over. It was too much. I was doing it for good friends, doing it for people who had supported me in the past, and I felt

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.

Appreciates generosity from others
As an employee of Augusta's Salvation Army, I am in the fortunate position of witnessing small miracles almost daily. Little compares, however, to the overwhelming outpouring of generosity that I witnessed during our Christmas assistance program. Ericka Mitchell, 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

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.

'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.

Pass day-care bill
Jackie Boatright is proving that one person can make a difference. She also hopes that as a result, no other Georgia mother will have to experience the same tragic ordeal she's undergoing.

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

Greenbaum: Why a new performing arts center?
THERE IS A public groundswell in many quarters in Augusta for a new downtown performing arts center. Not only is this coming from the public but also from business leaders and university people, who see this as one of the most effective ways to compete with similar size cities for the best in entertainment, to attract tourism, industry, as well as new faculty recruits to our colleges.

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

Unborn are as valuable to God as adults
In claiming on Jan. 14 that the Bible neither condemns abortions nor treats the unborn as living human beings, letter writer Daru Ib-Shamiq ("Bible, Mosaic law do not prohibit pro-choice stand") appealed to Exodus 21:22-25 in the authorized version: "If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman's husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. But if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot."Frank Hutto, Augusta

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.

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

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.

Quoted scripture taken out of context
This regards a Jan. 14 letter written by Daru Ib-Shamiq, "Bible, Mosaic law do not prohibit pro-choice stand." He claims the Bible through its Mosaic law does not see an unborn child as a human being. Sonja Kline, Ft. Gordon, Ga.

Overtime

Local officials say they stress fairness over meeting quotas

Sport just a day's work for Dunaway

Overtime

The grind of tennis tour has worn on Chang

Commission rejects proposals to fundamentally change Title IX

Snowboarders rule at the Winter X Games

Augusta man gets kick out of sport

Hype surrounds signing day

The grind of tennis tour has worn on Chang
Michael Chang's childhood rivals Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras still are winning Grand Slam tournaments late in their careers.

Local officials say they stress fairness over meeting quotas
If the Augusta State baseball team held tryouts today, about 50 men would show up. If the softball team did the same thing, maybe five women would be interested.

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.

Snowboarders rule at the Winter X Games
ASPEN, COLO. -- Between the flying motorcycles, crashing snowmobiles and contorting skiers, there's plenty of action to go around at the Winter X Games.

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.

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

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
Former CART champion Michael Andretti will retire as a driver after the Indianapolis 500 in May to concentrate on being a car owner.

Sport just a day's work for Dunaway
When Will Dunaway started playing soccer with his older brother, Wes, he never thought of where it could take him.

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.

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

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.

Butler tops Cross Creek
Butler boys basketball coach Rob Johnson has said all year the regular season for Region 3-AAAA is virtually meaningless.

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

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

Prep basketball scores
Here are prep basketball scores from games played on Friday.

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

Newcomers get notice with first-time Pro Bowl selections
KAPOLEI, Hawaii -- After the AFC's Pro Bowlers posed for the big team picture and the smaller group shots with two Hawaiian dancers on Friday, LaDainian Tomlinson wanted another photo.

Bucs sign 10 free agents
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed 10 free agents Friday, including Than Merrill, a safety who was drafted by the Super Bowl champions two years ago.

NFL draft order
Order of NFL Draft, slated for April 26-27 in New York.

Faith digest
Health information and screenings will be available at a community health fair from 8 a.m. to noon today at Wesley United Methodist Church, 825 N. Belair Road in Evans.

Author's information on religious sects produces invaluable guide
Americans are proud of their freedom of religion, and the work of J. Gordon Melton shows they have a whole lot of religions to choose from.

Singers unite in Mighty concert
Soprano Melissa Mobley has high hopes for a 230-voice choir, drawn from churches in the area, that will perform Sunday at First Baptist Church on Walton Way.

Minister credits father for strong faith
The Rev. Clyde Hill Sr. was hauling his son's trailer to Jacksonville, Fla., in 1990 when he started thanking God for all his own father had meant to him.

Advocacy helped shape Christianity
Everyone needs an advocate, someone who knows you, believes in you and trusts you enough to tell others you will do what you say.

Faith and Fellowship calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar is a roundup of church and temple-based activities in the Augusta and Aiken area. Space is limited. Deadl

'A picture of heaven'
As a lively drummer, a guitarist and a singer opened worship at Our Redeemer's House, people stopped chatting and began to find seats. No one seemed to notice two men on the front row, huddled in prayer.

Jackets look to rewrite season

Survey reveals growing reliance on the Net
NEW YORK - U.S. Internet users consider the information network at least as important as other media, yet they don't necessarily trust what they find online, according to a new study.

Flu outbreaks hit kids hard in Georgia
ATLANTA -- The flu has struck Georgia children particularly hard this month, filling hospital emergency rooms and, in one case, closing an elementary school.

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.

Texas officials plan to dump hydrilla infestation with carp
Texas parks officials have controversial plan to dump carp into Lake Austin to battle hydrilla infestation

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.

South Carolina reports several violations to NCAA

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.

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.

Gulf War veterans try to prepare inexperienced troops for the reality of combat

Bush, Blair review timetables for diplomacy, war

More Iraqis refuse private U.N. interviews

Reviving Iraq's oil empire a top U.S. goal for post-Saddam period

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

Iraq responds to weapons inspectors' criticisms

US steps up psychological warfare campaign in southern Iraq

War in Iraq could be quick and decisive

Bush says diplomacy has only 'weeks, not months'

Survey reveals growing reliance on the Net

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

Flu outbreaks hit kids hard in Georgia

Sims Online may appeal to social climbers

Texas officials plan to dump hydrilla infestation with carp

Minister credits father for strong faith

Faith digest

Advocacy helped shape Christianity

Author's information on religious sects produces invaluable guide

'A picture of heaven'

Singers unite in Mighty concert

Faith and Fellowship calendar