Pacers win home opener

Jaguars split doubleheader

Jaguars split doubleheader
Augusta State sophomore Alan Cannell pitched six solid innings as the Jaguars split an opening-day doubleheader with Carson-Newman, winning the first game 4-3 and dropping the second, 8-2.

Pacers win home opener
AIKEN - The USC Aiken Pacers opened up their baseball season Saturday with a 7-1 win against the Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters at J.H. Satcher Field.

Being a parent has a lifelong learning curve

Unionized strippers ratify contract with San Francisco club
SAN FRANCISCO -- Workers at the nation's only unionized strip club ratified a new contract that restores a pay cut made almost two years ago and improves some benefits.

Odds and Ends
NEW YORK -- Nervous about navigating New York City's night spots? Forget asking people on the street where to eat. Just hop in a cab and quickly find the best places for food, drink and merriment.

Once-downtrodden dot-coms turning into money makers
SAN FRANCISCO -- It's not quite the economic revolution once envisioned by brash entrepreneurs, but a handful of Internet businesses are actually making money.

Lower prices a boon to consumers, headache for retailers

Government contracts can give business an edge

Government contracts can give business an edge
The recent revelations about nepotism and favoritism involving contracts last year at Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport are enough to make small businesses think twice about doing business with the government.

Tax tips: file paperwork when changing name

On the move

Restaurants spend millions to create right atmosphere
LEBANON, Tenn. - David Dearmon's mission: fashion a turn-of-the-century Cracker Barrel country store and restaurant from the bare interior of a new building in Jacksonville, Fla.

On the move
The Hunter Maclean law firm recently announced the addition of Judith M. Becker as partner in the Augusta office

What's in a name? Potentially, a sizable profit

On a roll
The story began in Flint, Mich., in 1956.

Companies fight employee fat, hoping to trim the bottom line

Pocket change

Once-downtrodden dot-coms turning into money makers

Tax tips: file paperwork when changing name
For newlyweds, the tax scenario can begin when the bride says "I do" and takes her husband's surname, but doesn't tell the SSA about the name change. If the couple files a joint tax return with her new name, the IRS computers will not be able to match the new name with the SSN.

Pocket change
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT: Advanced Glassfiber Yarns LLC

On a roll

Companies fight employee fat, hoping to trim the bottom line
WASHINGTON -- The fatter people get, the more their health insurance costs go up, a study finds.

What's in a name? Potentially, a sizable profit
PHILADELPHIA - It's been about 20 years since Westinghouse Electric made its last light bulb, but the name still shines bright with consumers.

Restaurants spend millions to create right atmosphere

Lower prices a boon to consumers, headache for retailers
NEW YORK -- Jakki Glivicky can easily list some of the bargains she's nabbed recently: two sweaters, a pair of pants and a skirt for a total of $200; a couple of CDs at $11 each, marked down from $15; and a Bulova watch for $200, discounted at least 30 percent.

Tigers fall to N.C. State

Tigers fall to N.C. State
RALEIGH, N.C. -- For the second time in a week, Julius Hodge overcame a slow first half for a strong finish.

Big Four await big day
In three days, college football coaches everywhere will announce that they've just signed the best recruiting class anywhere.

Lady Pacers rout Senators

Paine's mistakes lead to close loss

Referee's error caps Lady Jags' bizarre victory

Finding the 'why'

Augusta black history

A disgrace

Our debt to Columbia

'Trading Spaces' success spurs cottage industry of home shows
NEW YORK -- A poll conducted last year for HGTV revealed that television viewers considered "Trading Spaces" one of their favorite shows on the cable channel.

Home front
Poll after poll shows that most of us are spending less time than ever cleaning our homes. We're busy. We'd rather be doing something else. Our standards have slipped.

ABC wins bidding war to Michael Jackson documentary
NEW YORK -- ABC won a network bidding war to acquire the rights to a documentary on Michael Jackson and immediately scheduled it for prime time on Feb. 7.

Wild at heart
There's an African oasis inside Robert and Inge Merle's unassuming Jones Creek home.

Downtown revisited
There are wooden lifts under the front legs of the bookcase because the floor is so uneven. But roommates Cassie Zahn and Jennifer Davis don't mind.

In the know
If you or a neighbor, friend or family member have a spectacular culinary specialty, then The Augusta Chronicle wants to hear from you.

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

Own up to mistake over forgotten R.S.V.P.
Dear Carson: Someone sent me an invitation requiring an R.S.V.P. I completely forgot to respond, nor did I attend the event. What can I possibly do to make amends without looking like an utter fool and dingbat? Should I lie and make up an excuse, i.e., "I didn't get the invitation or that I broke my arm"? - Forgot and at Fault

Glorious Gascony is rich in food, medieval history
SEMPESSERRE, France - Halfway through the holidays, I realized that the gastronomic temptations of Gascony were formidable. My wife suddenly gave me the nickname "Creme Brulee."

Outlook is dim for Savannah Symphony
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A group of gifted local musicians did something they haven't been able to do for a while earlier in January.

NBC takes bold approach to drama with 'Kingpin'
LOS ANGELES -- NBC is aggressively pushing "Kingpin," its new drug-cartel drama getting a tryout during the key February ratings sweeps.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Even in the quiet, pastoral countryside along Britain's south coast, World War II is looming in the spring and summer of 1940. No wonder detective chief inspector Christopher Foyle wants to be defending his country in the armed forces. But his superiors say no: He is needed doing just what he's doing on the home front, where an invasion by the German army is expected any day.

Last call at Jimmy Kimmel's new ABC talk show
NEW YORK -- It's last call at Jimmy Kimmel's new ABC talk show.

Mare delivers Texan's first Augusta win
Matt Gaines and Nu I Wood never could put together that impeccable week in the Augusta Futurity.

Futurity Open winner shatters record
Just after he made history, Tag Rice took a deep breath, composed himself and bought a sports drink.

Taking their bow
Scott Brown brought in the American flag for the opening ceremonies of Finals Night at the 24th annual Augusta Futurity.

2003 sees records fall, a flurry of first timers
Lindy Burch appeared to have the Augusta Futurity Open final won after she and Play Peek A Boon marked 227 Saturday night.

Futurity Open winner shatters record

Taking their bow

Georgia Tech gets 16 verbal commitments before signing day
ATLANTA - As he nears the end of his first full recruiting season in Division I, Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey admits

Jackets hammer Cavaliers
ATLANTA - Giving up seven inches and more than 50 pounds, Jarrett Jack refused to back down after getting fouled hard by Virginia center Nick Vander Laan late in Georgia Tech's 80-60 victory over the Cavaliers.

Tar Heels defeat Jackets
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Coretta Brown made her last six free throws and finished with 17 points as No. 7 North Carolina beat Georgia Tech 76-64 Sunday.

Georgia Tech gets 16 verbal commitments before signing day

Jackets hammer Cavaliers

Golf roundup
LA QUINTA, Calif. - Tim Herron shot 7-under-par 65 on Saturday to open up a four-stroke lead in the Bob Hope Classic.

Els wins Heineken Classic, third 2003 title
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Ernie Els won the Heineken Classic on Sunday for his third victory of the year and fourth in five tournaments, shooting a 7-under 65 for a one-stroke victory over Nick Faldo and Peter Lonard.

Weir stays steady to win Hope Classic
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Mike Weir, who stayed steady down the stretch while Jay Haas and Tim Herron shot themselves into trouble, won the Bob Hope Classic on Sunday.

Golf roundup

Weir stays steady to win Hope Classic

Football commitment list

Players enlist outside help

Prep basketball scores

Players enlist outside help
When Brian Smith prepared to graduate from North Augusta in 1987, the football recruiting process, for him, was nearly non-existent.

Football commitment list
Commitments for Georgia, Georgia Tech, Clemson and South Carolina

Dogs' Palmer adds to pile of honors
It's been a pretty good school year for former Thomson quarterback Deon Palmer.

Heatley scores four goals to win All-Star MVP
SUNRISE, Fla. -- By the time Dany Heatley got a mid-game pep talk from Wayne Gretzky, the All-Star rookie had already broken one of No. 99's records and was zeroing in on another.

East-West matchup has distinct Northern flavor

Wickenheiser is first woman to score a goal in men's league
HELSINKI, Finland -- Canadian Olympic star Hayley Wickenheiser became the first woman to score a goal in a men's pro hockey game, sending a backhander past goaltender Antti Kauhanen on Saturday.

Western Conference wins in shootout

Heatley scores four goals to win All-Star MVP

Western Conference wins in shootout
SUNRISE, Fla. -- In a trying, troubling season, the NHL almost got the All-Star game wrong, too. Even if Dany Heatley didn't.

East-West matchup has distinct Northern flavor
SUNRISE, Fla. -- With the NHL All-Star game back in an East vs. West format, attention is surprisingly focused on the North.

Buildup of U.S. forces in Gulf is designed for maximum flexibility
WASHINGTON -- The number and type of American forces assembling in the Persian Gulf region suggest that their commander, Gen. Tommy Franks, has designed the buildup to maximize his flexibility.

Inspectors to return for Baghdad meeting
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The chief U.N. weapons inspectors will return to Baghdad on Feb. 8 for last-minute talks before their next Security Council report on the hunt for banned weapons in Iraq, Iraqi and U.N. officials said Saturday.

Key developments concerning Iraq
Developments in the Iraq crisis:

Bombing in Iraq softens air defenses as war debated elsewhere
WASHINGTON -- American bombers are hitting hard inside Iraq, getting a head start toward disabling Saddam Hussein's defenses in the south, while other U.S. forces are on the ground in the north preparing for war.

Baghdad says will 'do our best' to give Blix what he wants
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Just days before a crucial round of talks with chief inspectors, a senior Iraqi official said Sunday that Baghdad is "keen to resolve any pending issues" in the U.N. search for banned weapons, but didn't immediately offer new concessions.

Iraq to take over rotating chairmanship of Conference on Disarmament
UNITED NATIONS -- Iraq will take over the leadership of the world's top disarmament forum on March 17 - earlier than expected, the United Nations announced Friday.

Amphibious Navy takes Marines where they want to go
When the order comes to "Send in the Marines!" the so-called "bus drivers" swing into action.

Being a parent has a lifelong learning curve
I spent years in Sunday school, grade school, high school and college and didn't learn half what I've learned in nine years of fatherhood, which marks its official anniversary this morning with my son's birthday.

Lawmakers mulling grocery tax
ATLANTA -- Georgia lawmakers are talking about reviving a state sales tax on groceries to pay for a tax cut for homeowners.

Letter writer rewrites history for own agenda

Kolb responded well to reprimand, lack of courtesy

Lincoln letter fanatical

Change state flag to be inoffensive

Support military regardless of feelings about war

Veterans deserve better health care

Diversity creates weakness

Bone-marrow drive hits home

Appreciates Augustans' courtesy, respect

Parents must be accountable for their children

Democrats have changed very little

Downtown revisited

Own up to mistake over forgotten R.S.V.P.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

Last call at Jimmy Kimmel's new ABC talk show

Outlook is dim for Savannah Symphony

NBC takes bold approach to drama with 'Kingpin'

Glorious Gascony is rich in food, medieval history

Wild at heart

'Trading Spaces' success spurs cottage industry of home shows

Arts calendar

In the know

Lexington surge drops Augusta
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Augusta Lynx let another close game get away from them as the Lexington Men O'War scored three times in the third period for a 6-4 victory at Rupp Arena on Sunday night.

ECHL slapshots

ECHL notebook

ECHL slapshots
Peoria forward Greg Day has tallied a plus-17 rating and 17 points on seven goals and 10 assists in his past 10 games. Subsequently the Rivermen (31-10-3) have gone on a 9-0-1 tear to pull into a first-place tie with Toledo in the Northwest Division.

Augusta Lynx road report

Augusta Lynx road report
Today: vs. Lexington Men O'War, Rupp Arena, 7 p.m.

Lexington surge drops Augusta

ECHL notebook
Looking for advice on how to run a pro hockey franchise into the ground?

Cincinnati crowns Lynx on the road
Ryan Gaucher netted a pair of goals and registered three assists to lead the Cincinnati Cyclones past the Augusta Lynx, 5-4.

Augusta Common prepares for Founder's Day
Nearly 267 years after he founded Augusta, there's not a single street named after Gen. James Edward Oglethorpe in the city.

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia

Show draws dealers from across the country
AIKEN - Within each corridor at the Aiken Center for the Arts on Saturday was another piece of history, another unraveling mystery.

Symposium promotes trees as runoff reduction agents

Re-election was never an issue for Zell Miller
WASHINGTON - Zell Miller had just started in the Senate when he was asked about signing up for retirement benefits. He declined, saying he wasn't going to be around the five years required to be eligible.

Texans share memories of crew members
LUBBOCK, Texas - Space shuttle Columbia had just passed over the Texas Panhandle - home to shuttle commander Col. Rick Husband and pilot Cmdr. Willie McCool - when communication to mission control was lost.

Area cemeteries seek help to replace trees, clean up
Underneath the aged magnolias of Cedar Grove and Magnolia cemeteries in downtown Augusta, history lies in rest with men and women from Augusta's past.

Red Cross investigating mysterious blood specks

Lost history saddens shuttle builder
The space shuttle Columbia was a labor of love for Randy Avera, an Augusta native and a graduate of Butler High School.

Officers charge man in assault
An 18-year-old Aiken man was in serious condition Saturday night after being shot and robbed, and one of his friends is suspected in the crime.

Churches reflect on shuttle tragedy
Some churches prayed for comfort. Some reflected in a moment of silence. Others listened as pastors read the words spoken a day earlier by President Bush.

Georgia lawmakers head into unchartered waters
ATLANTA - It didn't take Gov. Sonny Perdue long last week to put his finger squarely on what's different about the "new day in Georgia," his fall campaign slogan.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS IN response to the article about HOPE scholarship recipients. My children are recipients, and yes, I play the lottery each week. As the parents of four children, my husband and I do not make enough money to send them to college. We do, however, make too much money to qualify for the Pell Grant or any other type of government loan or grant money. HOPE does not give children a free ride. They must pay for student fees, housing, meals and help pay for books that are very expensive. They must also maintain a certain grade-point average. Anyone who is lucky enough to receive this help should be intelligent enough to make the most of it.

News you can use
FEB. 2, 1953 A. Brian Merry, one of Augusta's most prominent citizens, died yesterday after a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be held this afternoon at St. John Methodist Church.

Proposed ethics rules too tough
DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. - Donnie Henriques had little idea when friends asked the civic volunteer and business manager to run for the Woodstock City Council that he would be grilled for an hour by a government prosecutor about a $500 campaign contribution he forgot to report.

Auction rounds out Futurity
Jim and Pam Bowman came from Aiken on Saturday to see a number of horses strut their stuff on the floor of the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Budget talks to put off session
ATLANTA - It's not unusual to see the General Assembly take two or three days off here and there late in each session to work on the budget. The adjournments are coming early this year, though.

Saturday Academy
Ruben Garnett fingers a zeze, an ancient African instrument, during Saturday Academy at Lucy C. Laney Museum.

Man works to keep area airport safe
Augusta Regional Airport might not be the biggest or the busiest air hub in the Southeast, but the man whom the federal Transportation Security Administration has put in charge of protecting it says that doesn't mean he can let his guard down.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Myra Knosky of Augusta.

Teachers studying their subjects to meet new guidelines
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- New federal guidelines that require teachers to be "highly qualified" in their core subject areas is sending some them back to study the subjects they are teaching.

Saturday Academy

Sunday services recall sacrifice of astronauts
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Whether it was in a prayer, or just a moment of reflection, churchgoers across South Carolina remembered the seven astronauts who died Saturday when the space shuttle Columbia broke apart.

Across Georgia

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Wine buffs are working to overturn a Georgia law that bans Internet wine sales - a ban they say makes it impossible to buy a vintage that isn't sold in stores.

News you can use

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -U.S. Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts said Sunday that he respects a compromise by the state Legislature that took the Confederate flag from the Statehouse dome to the Capitol's grounds, but he said he would rather see the flag in a museum.

Across the area
An Augusta man was arrested Saturday after a disturbance at a local liquor store led to an attack on police.

Across the area
Two Augusta teenagers were injured in a drive-by shooting at a Deans Bridge Road car wash, where they were vacuuming a car at 4 a.m. Sunday, authorities said.

Across Georgia
LAWRENCEVILLE -A man suspected of illegally taking more than $630,000 from 18 Georgia residents who thought they were making solid investments has turned himself in.

Speaker to discuss DNA
Dr. Fred Silva, a researcher and physician, will be the main speaker for Wednesday's meeting of the Richmond County Retired Educators Association.

Schools chief tells parents to soothe pupils
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.

Bill urges convict DNA sampling
AIKEN - State Sen. Tommy Moore, D-Clearwater, filed a bill last week that would expand the list of felons who have to submit their DNA to a law enforcement database.

Williams supports review of license
Former Georgia Rep. Robin Williams said he encourages an attorney general's review of $150,000 that a south Georgia hospital paid him to get it a state license.

Group works to create plan for water policy
Proper planning can minimize the inevitable clashes that will accompany efforts to commercialize Georgia's water supplies, according to the president of The Georgia Conservancy.

Re-election was never an issue for Zell Miller

News you can use
FEB. 3, 1978 The Medical College of Georgia could lose $6 million if the federal government cuts off funds to the University System of Georgia to force formulation of an acceptable desegregation plan, college officials said yesterday.

Hodges joins law firm

Across the southeast
MURPHY, N.C. -Memos, letters and computer files from the past four years are missing from the Cherokee County sheriff's office - including those related to the death of a jail inmate who died of diabetes after being denied emergency care.

Symposium promotes trees as runoff reduction agents
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Savannah's trees are beautiful, no doubt. But when Larry Coffman looks at them, he sees lost opportunity. The city's trees could do more to reduce storm water runoff, he said.

Augusta Common prepares for Founder's Day

Act supports affordable housing
AIKEN - A state law that could save South Carolina businesses thousands of tax dollars, while also bolstering local economies, has gone largely unnoticed since it passed in 2000, officials with the South Carolina Department of Commerce said this week.

Texans share memories of crew members

Astronaut's father reacts to the crash

Across the area

Subscriber of the day

Locals express their sympathies
As news of the space shuttle Columbia tragedy spread across the nation Saturday, many federal agencies lowered the American flag to half-staff to honor the dead.

Show draws dealers from across the country

Schools chief tells parents to soothe pupils

Health center's contracts draw state scrutiny

Ex-astronaut remembers classmates

Lake City remembers 1986 Challenger explosion
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Friends and family of Challenger astronaut Ronald McNair say the explosion Saturday of space shuttle Columbia is a painful reminder of a similar tragedy 17 years ago.

Red Cross still investigating mysterious blood specks; some surgeries canceled in Atlanta area

Hodges joins law firm
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Former Democratic Gov. Jim Hodges has joined the Charlotte-based law firm Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman, and will head a business and government consulting subsidiary of that partnership.

Locals express their sympathies

School's Confederate clothing ban lifted
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. -- A Lowcountry middle school has dropped its ban on students wearing clothing with the Confederate flag emblem.

Williams supports review of license

Red Cross investigating mysterious blood specks
ATLANTA -- Health officials on Saturday tested white particles found in donated blood to determine what they are and where they came from, although they weren't considered to be dangerous.

Across the southeast

Lawyer wants grand jury dismissed in Tri-State crematory case
LaFAYETTE, Ga. -- A motion filed Friday by Tri-State crematory operator Ray Brent Marsh's lawyer asks for the grand jury to be disqualified.

Correction

Emory researcher's project destroyed in shuttle disaster
ATLANTA -- An Emory University professor of medicine, whose cancer experiment went into space on board the shuttle Columbia, will dedicate any publication that results from the research to the astronauts killed in Saturday's disaster and their families.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers

Georgia's groundhog says spring is at hand
LILBURN, Ga. -- Get the sun screen ready, it'll be an early spring in Georgia.

Georgia lawmakers head into unchartered waters

Learning Perdue's style has been job No. 1 for many
ATLANTA -- For many who pound the marble floors of the state Capitol, job No. 1 this year has been learning the style of a Sonny Perdue, a new governor who seems as much at ease lecturing lawmakers on ethics as mugging for TV cameras.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers

Rants and Raves
THIS IS IN response to the article about HOPE scholarship recipients. My children are recipients, and yes, I play the lottery each week. As the parents of four children, my husband and I do not make enough money to send them to college. We do, however, make too much money to qualify for the Pell Grant or any other type of government loan or grant money. HOPE does not give children a free ride. They must pay for student fees, housing, meals and help pay for books that are very expensive. They must also maintain a certain grade-point average. Anyone who is lucky enough to receive this help should be intelligent enough to make the most of it.

Across South Carolina
CLEMSON -As her husband leaves his legendary career in public service, Nancy Moore Thurmond is joining Clemson University in a statewide fight against addiction.

Sunday services recall sacrifice of astronauts

Correction
Clyde Ward, a Savannah River Site engineer who is working with Aiken students on a robotics project, was misidentified in a story in the Carolina edition of Saturday's Augusta Chronicle.

Proposed ethics rules too tough

Red Cross still investigating mysterious blood specks; some surgeries canceled in Atlanta area
ATLANTA -- Health officials on Saturday tested white particles found in donated blood to determine what they are and where they came from, although they weren't considered to be dangerous.

Across South Carolina

Subscriber of the day
Kim Elsey is today's subscriber of the day.

News you can use

Astronaut's father reacts to the crash
As the father of NASA astronaut and pilot Susan Still Kilrain, Dr. Joseph M. Still of Augusta prefers to describe his daughter's dangerous work as pioneering.

Teachers studying their subjects to meet new guidelines

Correction
Washington County High School quarterback Preston Smith and Thomson High School quarterback Deon Palmer were misidentified in a graphic in some editions of Sunday's Augusta Chronicle.

Learning Perdue's style has been job No. 1 for many

Health center's contracts draw state scrutiny
Hefty contracts with outside vendors at an embattled Augusta mental health center are drawing attention from state officials at several levels.

Georgia's groundhog says spring is at hand

Man works to keep area airport safe

Adults attend program to help pupils read well

Ex-astronaut remembers classmates
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.

Correction

Lawyer wants grand jury dismissed in Tri-State crematory case

Across the area

Across the southeast

Lake City remembers 1986 Challenger explosion

Across the southeast
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -A police officer and his superior were reprimanded and ordered to undergo training for neglecting to notify the family of a man found dead in a motel.

Lost history saddens shuttle builder

Subscriber of the day

Area cemeteries seek help to replace trees, clean up

Adults attend program to help pupils read well
AIKEN - Public Education Partners has trained more than 500 mentors in a program aimed at helping children get a tighter grasp on reading.

Gamecocks' loss an obscene look at life
COLUMBIA, S.C. - It was the sorriest performance - not just of this season, but of any season.

Kelley Earnhardt guides little brother Dale Jr.

New cars shine early at Rolex
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Near-perfect drive for winning Porsche at Rolex 24

'Little Porsche' perfect in 24 hour victory

Near-perfect drive for winning Porsche at Rolex 24
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Until the 2002 Rolex 24, Kevin Buckler had never won a major sports car race. He's certainly making up for lost time.

'Little Porsche' perfect in 24 hour victory
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Sports cars from the Daytona Prototype and GT Super classifications had faster engines and sleeker body styles in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.

New cars shine early at Rolex

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.

Could NASA have pulled an 'Armageddon'-style space rescue?

Residents of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas saw trails in sky and heard loud noise

Six Americans, one Israeli aboard space shuttle Columbia

Security tight for first Israeli astronaut's space flight

Retired Navy admiral who probed Cole bombing will head independent panel on Colombia space accident

About the orbiter thermal protection system

Final radio transmission between Columbia and Mission Control

Emory researcher's project destroyed in shuttle disaster

Timeline of last flight of space shuttle Columbia

President Bush's speech

Bush leads nation in mourning

The in-flight crew escape system

Lake City remembers 1986 Challenger explosion

Israeli astronaut brought joy, then familiar sense of dread to a troubled country

Tank made in New Orleans one focus of Columbia disaster

First Indian-born woman in space was modern heroine in her homeland

Historic shuttle mission off to safe start

Debris from shuttle strewn across east Texas; cleanup teams deployed

Former astronaut John Glenn, others react to apparent shuttle accident

Columbia was heaviest, oldest of NASA's four space shuttles

Columbia crew mourned at churches, synagogues across the country

Space shuttle Columbia disintegrates into flames over Texas, killing all seven astronauts aboard

NASA says sudden rise in temperature was detected before breakup

Officials say no immediate information that terrorism involved

Amid repeated warnings from within and without, NASA says it dealt with safety issues as best it could

Columbia's problems began on left wing, the same wing where debris hit it during liftoff

Houston remembers shuttle astronauts who made Texas city their home

Bush says no shuttle survivors: "We can pray they are safely home"

Remains of Columbia crew found, NASA says, but forensics experts say some questions may go unanswered

World leaders express condolences after space shuttle Columbia tragedy

Engineering detectives start piecing together evidence from the space shuttle lost

Jewish mourning, burial complicated for family of Israeli astronaut

Remains of seven astronauts to be sent to Dover Air Force Base

Hawks top Magic
ATLANTA -- Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 23 points and Dion Glover added 22 as the Atlanta Hawks overcame a 38-point performance by Tracy McGrady to beat the Orlando Magic 97-89 on Sunday.

Atlanta popular with players, but not its own
ATLANTA -- Vlade Divac calls Atlanta one of his favorite NBA cities. There are plenty of delectable restaurants, an abundance of nightlife and an ample supply of warm, sunny days to spend on the golf course.

Atlanta popular with players, but not its own

Paine's mistakes lead to close loss
This misery has become all too familiar for Paine.

Lady Pacers rout Senators
AIKEN - Jen Kennedy scored a career-high 27 points, and Sarah Kendrick recorded a double-double as USC Aiken beat Lander 90-77 at The Courthouse on Saturday to snap its three-game losing streak.

Referee's error caps Lady Jags' bizarre victory
The cheeks of Clayton State coach A.C. McCullers were beet red, as his eyes bulged from their sockets and his jaw appeared to come unhinged.

AFC routs NFC in Pro Bowl

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Mrs. Ella Evans    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Eudora Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ray Hulse    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Johnnie Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Geneva Jenkins    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Mae Mathis    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Fred King    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Mark Myers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Walter Robinson    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Mae Randall    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Vernon Durand Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Hollis Stephens    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Leroy Washington    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Sidney Kelly    (WASHINGTON, D.C.)
Mrs. Florence Kern    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Clifton    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Carr    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jeffrey Josey    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Mae Randall (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Hollis Stephens (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Fred King (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Babcock (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Zelma Grier (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Rachelle Hadden (GIBSON, Ga.)

Ms. Pamela Yearwood (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mary Clifton (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. John Hardeman (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. William Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Bernice Rearden (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Jesse Beard Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Emelina Caride (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. William Gagne (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Florence Kern (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Mark Myers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Etheredge (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Leroy Washington (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Catina Jackson (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Stephens (ADRIAN, Ga.)

Mr. Sidney Kelly (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

Mr. Everett Denard (TIGNALL, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lois Page (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Walter Robinson Jr. (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Eddie Whittington (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mae Randall (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Ella Evans (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Wilson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Ray Hulse (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Walter Robinson (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Gresham (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Vernon Durand Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Jeffrey Josey (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Byron Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Johnnie Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Support military regardless of feelings about war
This is in response to Larry Jarrett's letter on Jan. 22, "Saddam will call president's bluff." President George W. Bush followed the U.N. resolution to the letter. He did not "fold his hand," unlike some other president we had. Chris Rich, Augusta

Democrats have changed very little
In his Jan. 14 letter, "Bush administration destroying U.S. economy, reputation," Carroll C. Kenny writes, "I cannot believe the irrational statements made by Republican letter writers." Richard T. Banks, Augusta

Augusta black history
The reason February was declared Black History Month in 1976 is because history as taught in the U.S. largely overlooked the contributions of black people in the development of this great country. Taking one month out of the year to focus on African-Americans' achievements is just a way of playing catch-up.

Change state flag to be inoffensive
Regarding your editorial on Jan. 16, "A new day - or not?" I think the Georgia state flag should be changed in such a way as to not offend anyone. It was changed in 1956 as a means of protest against integrating the schools, and that was wrong. William F. Thompson, Augusta

Veterans deserve better health care
As of Jan. 17 the Veterans Administration suspended enrollment for so-called higher-income veterans. The suspension is to last through 2003. Richard D. Renew, Martinez, Ga.

Kolb responded well to reprimand, lack of courtesy
I was very pleased to see that Augusta Administrator George Kolb responded to his reprimand from the city commissioners. I was somewhat disenchanted at how the entire incident played out. Charlie Hannah, Augusta

Our debt to Columbia
If video had been available for centuries rather than only decades, humanity would have recorded too many nightmarish sights to remember.

Finding the 'why'
When tragedy comes to town, it usually makes its way up the steps of the local courthouse at some point. Courthouses have seen just about everything humanity has to throw at them.

Lincoln letter fanatical
Lee Herron's letter on former President Abraham Lincoln (Jan. 24, "Abraham Lincoln not half the statesman Calhoun was") is an enigma. One cannot figure out if he is a raving fanatic still fighting the Civil War or just plain witless. Anyone who compares Mr. Lincoln with Adolf Hitler falls in both categories. Joaquin Godoy, Aiken, S.C.

A disgrace
U.S. District Judge William Young, in eloquently upbraiding would-be shoe bomber Richard Reid last week, refused to dignify the self-styled, sad-sack soldier by using the term.

Diversity creates weakness
Many today think we should applaud diversity. We say, "our strength is in our diversity." That is not true; our strength is in our freedom to rise to the highest level we can in any endeavor. Lon Purvis, Martinez, Ga.

Parents must be accountable for their children
In accordance with the No Child Left Behind law, all parents should be held accountable who are not team players with the teachers. Parents should be held accountable when they fail to uphold their responsibility to their children by nurturing the child's efforts in school. Parents are obligated to provide love, guidance and support to enable their children to complete their assignments, behave and "do well" in school. Marvin Chisolm, Hephzibah, Ga.

Letter writer rewrites history for own agenda
I believe Susan K. Robertson (Jan.17, "Columnist blasted for criticism of multiculturalism") completely missed the point of Walter Williams' column on Jan. 1, "Tax dollars feed cancer of multiculturalism." Jerry L. Campbell, Evans, Ga.

Bone-marrow drive hits home
My daughter, Robin Towe, is a native of Aiken but currently lives in Nashville, Tenn. She was recently diagnosed with leukemia and is one of the individuals recognized at the Dec. 14, 2002, bone-marrow drive as needing a future transplant. Jim Roach, Aiken, S.C.

Appreciates Augustans' courtesy, respect
On Jan. 21 the world stopped. It happened right here in Augusta at 4 p.m. People who obviously had places to go and important business to attend to brought their cars to a stop; construction workers halted their work. Pam May Stanfield, Chesterfield, Mo.

New team team like warm reception

Overtime

Overtime

Area sports announcements

Trio of second half goals doom Patriots

Area sports announcements
Basic Baseball with Tony Miller is offering preseason instructions and workouts for ages 10 and older. For more information, call (706) 790-9531 or (706) 951-8749.

Trio of second half goals doom Patriots
For a game and a half Sunday, Columbia County Patriots goaltender Scott Hartenstein was impenetrable.

Williams sisters to play in Fed Cup
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Serena and Venus Williams will play for the United States in the first round of the Fed Cup against the Czech Republic in April.

Overtime
The Augusta Boxing Club took eight titles on their way to the team championship at the Georgia USA Boxing Championships in Carrollton, Ga.

New team team like warm reception
When the 17 United girls club soccer team left Minnesota on Friday, it was 15 degrees and three fresh inches of snow were on the ground..

Overtime
Monica Seles and Lindsay Davenport overcame slow starts to advance to the finals of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.

Outdoors calendar

Outdoors calendar
Today: Georgia Wildlife Federation's Turkey Hunting, Fishing & Outdoor Show will be held at Atlanta Expo Center, Interstate 285 at Exit 55. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for seniors and children 6-12. The event includes hundreds of exhibits, a trout fishing pool and other attractions. Call (770) 787-7887 for more details.

Rotary Club cooks up various game for fund-raiser

Rotary Club cooks up various game for fund-raiser
If there were any vegetarians Saturday night at Julian Smith Barbecue Pit, they weren't talking.

Satellites, radars chart migration
Imagine a weather report that reads, "partly cloudy, with a 90 percent chance of mallards - perhaps mixed with scattered teal."

Satellites, radars chart migration

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

AFC routs NFC in Pro Bowl
HONOLULU -- Ricky Williams' first trip to the Pro Bowl was worth the wait.

Gamecocks' loss an obscene look at life

NASA says sudden rise in temperature was detected before breakup
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Just before it disintegrated, the space shuttle Columbia experienced a sharp and sudden rise in temperature on its fuselage, NASA said Sunday.

Six Americans, one Israeli aboard space shuttle Columbia
A look at the six Americans and Israel's first astronaut who were aboard space shuttle Columbia:

About the orbiter thermal protection system
When a manned space vehicle re-enters the Earth's atmosphere, air friction can produce external surface temperatures as high as 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit - well above the melting point of steel. Special thermal barriers are required to protect the vehicle and its occupants.

The in-flight crew escape system
The in-flight crew escape system is provided for use only when the orbiter is in controlled gliding flight and unable to reach a runway. This would normally lead to ditching. The crew escape system provides the flight crew with an alternative to water ditching or to landing on terrain other than a landing site. The probability of the flight crew surviving a ditching is very small.

Former astronaut John Glenn, others react to apparent shuttle accident
The breakup of Columbia over Texas stunned relatives of the crew and people waiting to watch the space shuttle's landing at Cape Canaveral, and it revived sorrowful memories for relatives and friends of the astronauts killed in the loss of the shuttle Challenger 17 years ago.

Columbia's problems began on left wing, the same wing where debris hit it during liftoff
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Investigators trying to figure out what destroyed space shuttle Columbia immediately focused on the left wing and the possibility that its thermal tiles were damaged far more seriously than NASA realized by a piece of debris during liftoff.

Sunday services recall sacrifice of astronauts
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Whether it was in a prayer, or just a moment of reflection, churchgoers across South Carolina remembered the seven astronauts who died Saturday when the space shuttle Columbia broke apart.

Amid repeated warnings from within and without, NASA says it dealt with safety issues as best it could
WASHINGTON -- Shortages of key experts, tight budgets and mounting safety concerns all plagued the nation's space program in recent years, according to a trail of reports by congressional auditors, outside panels and NASA retirees.

First Indian-born woman in space was modern heroine in her homeland
NEW DELHI, India -- Indians mourned the loss of Kalpana Chawla, the first Indian-born woman in space, Saturday after the U.S. space shuttle Columbia broke apart over Texas minutes before it was to land in Florida.

Space station crew grieving but still proud of their own mission after being told of Columbia disaster
HOUSTON -- The three-man crew at the International Space Station was grieving but still proud to be on its mission after being told about the Columbia disaster Sunday morning by a NASA official.

Residents of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas saw trails in sky and heard loud noise
DALLAS -- Residents of North Texas said they saw flames and heard a window-rattling boom Saturday about the time the space shuttle Columbia apparently disintegrated on its way to a scheduled landing at Cape Canaveral.

Tank made in New Orleans one focus of Columbia disaster
NEW ORLEANS -- The external fuel tank that launched the space shuttle Columbia - a focus of the investigation into Saturday's disaster - was a type that was being phased out and used insulation that had flaked off on a prior mission.

Debris from shuttle strewn across east Texas; cleanup teams deployed
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- Bits of machinery and pieces of metal were found strewn across a wide area of east Texas after the space shuttle Columbia broke apart. One piece crashed through the roof of a dentist's office.

Remains of Columbia crew found, NASA says, but forensics experts say some questions may go unanswered
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Lake City remembers 1986 Challenger explosion
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Friends and family of Challenger astronaut Ronald McNair say the explosion Saturday of space shuttle Columbia is a painful reminder of a similar tragedy 17 years ago.

Columbia crew mourned at churches, synagogues across the country
Americans gathered in their houses of worship Sunday to pray not only for the seven members of the space shuttle Columbia but also for the nation, grappling with yet another tragedy so soon after Sept. 11.

Emory researcher's project destroyed in shuttle disaster
ATLANTA -- An Emory University professor of medicine, whose cancer experiment went into space on board the shuttle Columbia, will dedicate any publication that results from the research to the astronauts killed in Saturday's disaster and their families.

Security tight for first Israeli astronaut's space flight
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Colum bia's pure science mission initially was seen as a vehicle for an all-female crew, but that idea was abandoned.

President Bush's speech
President Bush's remarks Saturday on the space shuttle Columbia, as provided by the White House:

Historic shuttle mission off to safe start
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- In the most heavily guarded space shot in NASA history, shuttle Columbia thundered into orbit with Israel's first astronaut Thursday on a scientific research mission.

Houston remembers shuttle astronauts who made Texas city their home
HOUSTON -- Every astronaut who reaches space - and many who don't - call the Houston area home during the months and years of required training.

Last major space disaster; Challenger explosion in 1986
On Jan. 28, 1986, seven crew members, including a New Hampshire schoolteacher, took off aboard the Space Shuttle challenger from Kennedy Space Center.

Retired Navy admiral who probed Cole bombing will head independent panel on Colombia space accident
WASHINGTON -- A retired Navy admiral who investigated the USS Cole bombing will head the independent probe into the space shuttle Columbia, drawing on the expertise of military and civilian aviation experts.

Space shuttle Columbia disintegrates into flames over Texas, killing all seven astronauts aboard
High over Texas and just short of home, space shuttle Columbia fell to pieces Saturday, raining debris over hundreds of miles of countryside. Seven astronauts perished - a gutwrenching loss for a country and world already staggered by tragedy.

Remains of seven astronauts to be sent to Dover Air Force Base
DOVER, Del. -- Any remains found of the seven astronauts killed on the space shuttle Columbia will be transported to Dover Air Force Base, the same place the bodies of the Challenger astronauts were taken 17 years ago.

Israeli astronaut brought joy, then familiar sense of dread to a troubled country
JERUSALEM -- Israel's first astronaut, Ilan Ramon, gave his compatriots something to cheer about when he blasted off last month on the space shuttle Columbia. The evident tragedy just minutes before landing Saturday brought back a familiar sense of dread.

Bush says no shuttle survivors: "We can pray they are safely home"
WASHINGTON -- President Bush sadly informed the nation Saturday of the worst space tragedy in 17 years, saying "The Columbia's lost. There are no survivors."

Officials say no immediate information that terrorism involved
WASHINGTON -- Bush administration officials said they had no immediate information Saturday that terrorism was involved as NASA lost contact with the space shuttle Columbia.

Timeline of last flight of space shuttle Columbia
A timeline of events in the last flight of space shuttle Columbia. All times EST.

Deadly accidents in the history of space exploration
Astronauts and cosmonauts killed in the history of space exploration

Final radio transmission between Columbia and Mission Control
A transcript of the final radio transmission between Mission Control and space shuttle Columbia, shortly before 9 a.m. EST.

Jewish mourning, burial complicated for family of Israeli astronaut
Relatives of Ilan Ramon, the Israeli astronaut on the space shuttle Columbia, cannot follow the routine mourning process under Jewish law because of the way he died.

Engineering detectives start piecing together evidence from the space shuttle lost
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA engineers on Sunday began assembling a grim jigsaw puzzle, taking precise satellite measurements of where Columbia debris landed to learn why the nation's oldest space shuttle disintegrated just minutes from home.

Deadly accidents in the history of space exploration
Astronauts and cosmonauts killed in the history of space exploration

Recovery teams hunt for shuttle debris
DOUGLASS, Texas -- On horseback and in four-wheel-drives, hundreds of law officers and volunteers tromped through piney woods, over pastures and through swamps Sunday, looking for pieces of Columbia that could explain what brought the shuttle down.

Bush leads nation in mourning
WASHINGTON -- President Bush enters one of the most difficult weeks of his presidency, leading the mourning over the space shuttle Columbia while bracing Americans for war and defending a budget proposal that promises record deficits.

Columbia was heaviest, oldest of NASA's four space shuttles
Columbia made the first space shuttle flight history on April 12, 1981. It was the heaviest of NASA's four shuttles, and had been refurbished three times since its first flight. A brief look at the shuttle fleet:

World leaders express condolences after space shuttle Columbia tragedy
British Prime Minister Tony Blair paid tribute Saturday to the seven "courageous" crew members of the space shuttle Columbia as leaders around the world mourned the astronauts' deaths.

Could NASA have pulled an 'Armageddon'-style space rescue?
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- If liftoff damage to Columbia's thermal tiles caused the disaster, was the crew doomed from the very start?

New satellite instrument to improve warnings of solar bursts
WASHINGTON -- A new satellite-based telescope will sharply improve warnings of solar outbursts that could disrupt communications, electrical services and other high-tech businesses, the government said Thursday.

Citizen scientists play their part in tracking West Nile virus
GUILDERLAND, N.Y. -- Liz Neill sprinkles a handful of sunflower and thistle seeds in her bird feeders and watches as a flock of birds circles her yard.

France's shot at a cashless society gets mixed reviews
PARIS -- France is leaping toward a cashless future with a nationwide launch this year of computerized "smart cards," a concept that has so far failed to entice many American, British and German consumers.

Experts say wide use of fuel cell technology is decades away
KEARNEY, Neb. -- Coleman, the company that made its name with camping lanterns and stoves, is manufacturing a portable generator that combines hydrogen and oxygen to make electricity, with pure water its only waste product.

Williams rescues Bulldogs
ATHENS, Ga. - One minute, 41 seconds.

Williams rescues Bulldogs

Lady Bulldogs fall to LSU

Lady Bulldogs fall to LSU
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Louisiana State emphasized rebounding heading into its game against Georgia. Seimone Augustus must have been listening.

South Carolina edges Kentucky

South Carolina edges Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kelly Morrone hit two free throws with 14.6 seconds left as No. 16 South Carolina beat Kentucky 49-46 on Sunday.

Unionized strippers ratify contract with San Francisco club

Odds and Ends

Baghdad says will 'do our best' to give Blix what he wants

Buildup of U.S. forces in Gulf is designed for maximum flexibility

Amphibious Navy takes Marines where they want to go

Bombing in Iraq softens air defenses as war debated elsewhere

Iraq to take over rotating chairmanship of Conference on Disarmament

Inspectors to return for Baghdad meeting

Key developments concerning Iraq

France's shot at a cashless society gets mixed reviews

Experts say wide use of fuel cell technology is decades away

Citizen scientists play their part in tracking West Nile virus

New satellite instrument to improve warnings of solar bursts