Pitcher injured on opening day
Skip Fite has seen a lot in his 19 seasons as baseball coach at Augusta State University.

House's fall ends small piece of Augusta history

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.

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.

Caminiti hearing pushed back to Tuesday
HOUSTON -- Former NL MVP Ken Caminiti won a one-day delay of a court appearance scheduled after he tested positive last week for cocaine use.

Pitchers fill Braves workouts

Smoltz takes over as Braves' elder statesman at Camp Leo
ATLANTA -- Mike Hampton threw only a few pitches Monday before he was stopped by Atlanta pitching coach Leo Mazzone.

Caminiti hearing pushed back to Tuesday

Smoltz takes over as Braves' elder statesman at Camp Leo

Pitchers fill Braves workouts
ATLANTA - In keeping with annual tradition, Greg Maddux was absent from Camp Leo on Monday.

Padres agree to terms with Keith Lockhart

Padres agree to terms with Keith Lockhart
SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres agreed to terms Monday with free agent infielder Keith Lockhart on a minor league contract for the 2003 season and invited him to spring training as a non-roster player.

Records show improvements

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.

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.

Business briefs
ARLINGTON, Va. - US Airways lost $794 million in the final three months of 2002 but said its plan to emerge from bankruptcy by the end of March remains on track.

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

Georgia plant will build new minivans
DORAVILLE, Ga. - General Motors Corp. said Monday it will invest $150 million to retool its Doraville assembly plant to build a new line of minivans, enabling the facility to keep its 3,600 employees.

Once-downtrodden dot-coms turning into money makers

Records show improvements
WASHINGTON - Major airlines arrived on time more and passengers complained less about service last year, thanks to traffic-control changes, good weather and fewer people flying.

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.

Construction spending brisk in December
WASHINGTON -- Construction spending was brisk in December as home-building activity hit a record monthly high, but manufacturing slowed in January. The latest batch of economic reports highlighted the economy's struggles with an uneven recovery.

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.

Stocks advance on better-than-expected earnings
NEW YORK -- Investors cautiously extended Wall Street's rally into a second session Monday as lower prices temporarily offset the market's concerns about war.

Stocks advance on better-than-expected earnings

Lower prices a boon to consumers, headache for retailers

Lawmakers mulling reviving the grocery tax

Tax tips: file paperwork when changing name

Companies fight employee fat, hoping to trim the bottom line

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.

Tuesday tipoff

UConn unanimous in replacing Duke at No. 1

Florida moves to No. 1 for first time

Not so routine

A disgrace

Finding the 'why'

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.

In the know
ENNE PERFECTION A visit to an Italian eatery inspires columnist Karin Calloway to cook up a version of the bistro's Penne Rustica.

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.

'Recruit,' 'Final Destination' debut at top of the box office
LOS ANGELES -- The CIA packed a bit more punch than death in film debuts at the box office.

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

Valentine's Day dinner is a phone call or mouse click away
It's that romantic time of year again -- the time when couples plan to celebrate the day of love.

Ashanti and Amerie receive a leading Soul Train nominations
LOS ANGELES -- R&B ingenues Ashanti and Amerie collected a leading three nominations each Monday for the annual Soul Train Music Awards.

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.

'The Price is Right' heading to prime time again
LOS ANGELES -- After a stagehand sweeps up, overexcited contestants wearing price tag-shaped name tags spill into the 320-seat studio at CBS' Television City complex.

'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.

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.

Chattanooga edges Georgia Southern
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Jason Rogan scored 22 points and Alphonso Pugh stole an inbounds pass with a second left to give Chattanooga a 97-94 victory Monday night against Georgia Southern.

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.

Chattanooga edges Georgia Southern

Weir stays steady to win Hope Classic

Tiger and Ernie: A renewed rivalry in the works
A record score. An improbable shot. A stirring comeback.

Tiger and Ernie: A renewed rivalry in the works

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.

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.

Yellow Jacket finds a school

Yellow Jacket finds a school
Frayne Abernathy - and the leg he says is about 80 percent healthy - finally have a place to call home.

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

Gunter to commit to Middle Tennessee St.
Hephzibah fullback Ralph gunter will sign a letter of intent with Middle Tennessee State at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the school's library.

All-Star MVP focuses on Atlanta turnaround

Western Conference wins in shootout

Heatley scores four goals to win All-Star MVP

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.

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.

All-Star MVP focuses on Atlanta turnaround
DULUTH, Ga. -- Dany Heatley never doubted his ability to score. The second-year Atlanta forward only wishes his leadership skills would develop as quickly.

British defense secretary to announce air force deployment to the Gulf
LONDON -- Britain's defense secretary will announce an air force deployment to the Gulf region in the "near future," the Ministry of Defense said Monday as preparations continue for a possible war with Iraq.

Iraq returns documents, artifacts looted in occupation of Kuwait
KUWAIT CITY -- Iraq on Monday returned to Kuwait more documents and artifacts - including an oil painting, carpets, photographs and swords - that were looted by its forces during the invasion of its oil-rich neighbor in 1990, U.N. observers said.

Iraqi fighter-cleric: war to oust Saddam 'inevitable'
TEHRAN, Iran -- A U.S.-led attack on Iraq appears "inevitable," but any ground battles must be spearheaded by Iraqi opposition forces, the leader of the biggest Iraqi dissident faction said Monday.

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.

Third aircraft carrier now within striking distance of Iraq
WASHINGTON -- A third U.S. Navy aircraft carrier is now within striking distance of Iraq, joining the USS Constellation and the USS Harry S. Truman, and a fourth will head there soon, defense officials said Monday.

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.

Iraqi parliament speaker: Americans to suffer casualties 'beyond their imagination' if they invade Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq will inflict massive casualties on American troops if the United States launches an invasion to topple Saddam Hussein, a senior Iraqi legislator declared Monday.

Key developments concerning Iraq
Developments in the Iraq crisis: - Photographs of mobile biological weapons installations and transcripts of overheard conversations among Iraqi officials are part of the evidence Secretary of State Colin Powell will present to convince allies that Saddam Hussein is defying the United Nations, an administration official said.

Rallying the troops or ordering coffee, Saddam is TV's nightly star
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- It's 9 p.m. in Baghdad, time for the main TV news and a solid hour or more of Saddam Hussein, giving pep talks to his generals, ordering coffee, sending regards to faraway tribal chieftains and denouncing American "wickedness."

House's fall ends small piece of Augusta history
If you go to the 1200 block of Greene Street over the next day or so, you'll see what's left of the house built by Edward Burgess Hook 111 years ago.

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.

Girl injured by school police car
A 15-year-old Hephzibah girl suffered a head injury this morning when she was struck by a school police car while crossing Brotherville Road, authorities said.

Disaster coverage amounts to 'new pornography'

Prohibit smoking at restaurants

A plea for women considering abortion

Kolb responded well to reprimand, lack of courtesy

Chambliss doesn't sound concerned

Veterans deserve better health care

France only uses, doesn't contribute

Letter writer rewrites history for own agenda

Parents must be accountable for their children

Appreciates Augustans' courtesy, respect

Change state flag to be inoffensive

How well do you know Israel? Take this quiz

Exile for Saddam?

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

'Recruit,' 'Final Destination' debut at top of the box office

NBC takes bold approach to drama with 'Kingpin'

'Trading Spaces' success spurs cottage industry of home shows

Ashanti and Amerie receive a leading Soul Train nominations

Valentine's Day dinner is a phone call or mouse click away

'The Price is Right' heading to prime time again

Last call at Jimmy Kimmel's new ABC talk show

Lexington surge drops Augusta

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.

Man works to keep area airport safe

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.

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.

Across the area

Re-election was never an issue for Zell Miller

New member, chairman appointed to SEC

Proposed ethics rules too tough

Abortion bill clears Senate committee

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.

Mayor's priority is city's economy

Volunteers rescue native plants from bulldozers in Suwanee
SUWANEE, Ga. -- Volunteers are rescuing hundreds of native plants from bulldozers that are grading land for a new town park in Suwanee.

Jesse Jackson starts Southern tour for civil rights

Adults attend program to help pupils read well

Construction begins on child-care center

News you can use

Rants and Raves
WITH ALL THE wrecks, the DUIs and the people getting killed and now the cranes turning over in South Carolina, I think someone must have put a hex on South Carolina.

Sunday services recall sacrifice of astronauts

New member, chairman appointed to SEC
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Pamella B. Pinson has been appointed to the State Election Commission.

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Bill would change utility regulation
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Bills in the General Assembly would change the way the Public Service Commission regulates utilities in South Carolina.

Jesse Jackson starts Southern tour for civil rights
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson is back, urging audiences across to South Carolina to take stock on the civil rights movement after 40 years and not to be satisfied with the way things are now.

Funding could relocate trains

Construction begins on child-care center
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The new Child Development and Research Center under construction at the University of South Carolina marks a significant step for early childhood development, officials say.

Some S.C. workers testify Wal-Mart discouraged unionizing
AIKEN, S.C. -- Wal-Mart employee Barbara Hall was concerned about job security when she inquired about a union in 2001, but that notion was quickly quashed by managers, she told an administrative law judge Monday.

Lost history saddens shuttle builder

Across the area
Curtis Baptist High School students received an extended weekend when they arrived at school Monday morning.

Cheeks intervenes for convict
Two weeks after Gov. Sonny Perdue unveiled ethics legislation that would prohibit lawmakers from lobbying on behalf of convicts, Sen. Don Cheeks intervened with local prosecutors on behalf of an Evans man who pleaded guilty to sexual battery of a child.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -The state Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of an Orangeburg man who killed his ex-girlfriend and her daughter and mother in September 1999.

Lake City remembers 1986 Challenger explosion

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A routine traffic stop led to the seizure of three tons of marijuana packed into a tractor-trailer.

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.

Abortion bill clears Senate committee
ATLANTA - A bill that would create a 24-hour waiting period before women could have an abortion cleared a Senate committee Monday, over the objections of Democrats and abortion-rights activists.

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

Police chief retires amid merger talks
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Chatham County Police Chief Tom Sprague announced Monday that he is retiring as the city and county renew talks of merging their two police departments.

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

Norwood's plans will exclude the Senate
U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood said Monday that he would not run for the Senate seat Sen. Zell Miller will leave in 2004.

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.

Jackson warns of protests
The Rev. Jesse Jackson today will be in Greenville County, S.C., where he will speak against the county's decision not to make Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a holiday.

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.

Mayor's priority is city's economy
Last year, in his 2002 State of the City address, Mayor Bob Young criticized Augusta Commission members for being "race-baiting obstructionists," saying their "constant bickering" was slowing city progress.

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.

Funding could relocate trains
A railroad relocation plan that some city officials have estimated will cost between $30 million and $80 million could be in line for several million dollars of new federal transportation funding.

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.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Ken Jenkins of Augusta.

Subscriber of the day

Verdict favoring paper is reversed
AIKEN - The South Carolina Court of Appeals reversed a libel verdict favoring The Augusta Chronicle on Monday, sending the case back to a lower court.

Hospitals trim surgeries during blood investigation
ATLANTA -- Georgia hospitals were still postponing some elective surgeries Monday as officials continued to investigate the safety of Red Cross blood supplies.

News you can use
FEB. 4, 1942 Purchase of three pieces of real estate at the corner of 10th and Telfair streets is expected to provide a site for a USO recreational building. The deal completed yesterday by Augusta City Council is expected to cost $14,509.

Mandatory school memorials for Sept. 11 considered
ATLANTA -- Schoolchildren would mark the week of Sept. 11 by reciting the Declaration of Independence under a bill proposed Monday in the Georgia House.

Two men begin trial on murder charges
To the prosecutors, two men standing trial this week sacrificed all they had for drugs and even committed murder to get more.

High court upholds death sentence in Orangeburg case
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The state Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of an Orangeburg man who killed his ex-girlfriend and her daughter and mother in September 1999.

Pupils assist heart programs
Jonathan Stroupe, 10, checks his pulse before jumping rope at the school. The fund-raiser helps the American Heart Association.

Red Cross investigating mysterious blood specks

Rants and Raves
WITH ALL THE wrecks, the DUIs and the people getting killed and now the cranes turning over in South Carolina, I think someone must have put a hex on South Carolina.

Across the area

Criticism stays on SRS manager
AIKEN - Just as Savannah River Site's environmental concerns haven't gone away overnight, neither has criticism of the Energy Department's contractor in charge of daily operations, Westinghouse Savannah River Co.

Georgia's groundhog says spring is at hand

Gwinnett County loses appeal against teacher who posted test questions on Internet
ATLANTA -- A Gwinnett County teacher who posted questions for a countywide student assessment test on the Internet won his fight on Monday to keep teaching.

Across the southeast

Two Lowcountry units deployed
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- An Army Reserve tank refueling unit is headed to Fort Bragg for training as the nation builds up forces in the Persian Gulf.

Area cemeteries seek help to replace trees, clean up

Protest law will stay put

Correction

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

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.

Bill would change utility regulation

Across South Carolina

Cheeks intervenes for convict

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.

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.

Teachers studying their subjects to meet new guidelines

Some S.C. workers testify Wal-Mart discouraged unionizing

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.

News you can use

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.

Criticism stays on SRS manager

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Protest law will stay put
In a repeat action of last month's Augusta Commission meeting, elected officials failed to get the votes needed to amend the city's protest laws - dividing down racial lines over whether to strengthen a public demonstration ordinance that could be challenged during this year's Masters Tournament.

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.

DOE plan would give SRS funds
AIKEN - President Bush and the Energy Department released an ambitious budget Monday - one that, if approved by Congress, would dedicate an unprecedented amount to warding off nuclear proliferation while allotting most of the increase to Savannah River Site.

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.

Across Georgia

Verdict favoring paper is reversed

Lawyer wants grand jury dismissed in Tri-State crematory case

Two Lowcountry units deployed

Subscriber of the day

Hodges joins law firm

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

Roush hires Edwards for truck team, Kyle Busch out
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Kyle Busch, the talented younger brother of Winston Cup driver Kurt Busch, has decided not to sign with Roush Racing when he turns 18 later this year.

Near-perfect drive for winning Porsche at Rolex 24

'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.

Roush hires Edwards for truck team, Kyle Busch out

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

Russians and Americans mourn Columbia crew

Tank made in New Orleans one focus of Columbia disaster

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

Engineering detectives start piecing together evidence from the space shuttle lost

Thermal-tile damage may be the No. 1 theory in the Columbia disaster

Bush leads nation in mourning

NASA says sudden rise in temperature was detected before breakup

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

Emory researcher's project destroyed in shuttle disaster

Russian officials say paid visits to space station will be suspended

Columbia crew mourned at churches, synagogues across the country

Jewish mourning, burial complicated for family of Israeli astronaut

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

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

Students find their own way to comprehend, grieve over shuttle disaster

Lake City remembers 1986 Challenger explosion

Pre-disaster NASA budget proposes more for shuttle

Houston remembers shuttle astronauts who made Texas city their home

Columbia's grieving families comfort each other, say 'the bold exploration of space must go on'

NASA says it dealt with safety issues as best it could

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.

Hawks fall to Heat

Hawks fall to Heat
MIAMI -- Eddie Jones scored 26 points, including 5-of-8 shooting from 3-point range, as the Miami Heat beat Atlanta 99-79 Monday night to end the Hawks' three-game winning streak.

Tuesday tipoff
Reviewing and previewing college basketball in the ACC, SEC and elsewhere:

Lady Lions capture sixth-straight win
Jessica Parker's teammates seldom waste an opportunity to remind her that she's the shortest player on Paine's basketball team.

Florida moves to No. 1 for first time
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Gators finally made it.

UConn unanimous in replacing Duke at No. 1
Connecticut left no room for doubt.

AFC routs NFC in Pro Bowl

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Mr. Paul Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Zelma Grier    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Walter Robinson Jr.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Junior Wright    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Mark Myers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Byron Beard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Fred King    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Kenneth Wilson    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Nathaniel Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Junior Wright    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Bob Johnson    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Ms. Pamela Yearwood    (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Hannah    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Zelma Grier    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Freeman    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)
Ms. Willie Copeland    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Albert Beall    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Ms. Catina Benefield- Jackson    (WRENS, Ga.)
Mrs. Patsy Andrews    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mrs. Eddie Whittington    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. Kenneth Wilson    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Martha Davis    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Carr (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ray Hulse (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Hannah (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Zelma Grier (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Fred King (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Davis (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mr. William Freeman (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

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

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

Mr. Paul Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Anita Whitley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Mark Myers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Albert Beall (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Stephens (ADRIAN, Ga.)

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

Mr. Everett Denard (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Mr. Noah Parrish, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Hollis Stephens (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Zelma Grier (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Pamela Yearwood (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Eddie Whittington (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Mark Myers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Willie Copeland (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Ella Evans (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Fred King (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ozella Swan (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Robinson (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Byron Beard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Wilson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Tucker (TUCKER, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Whaley (TYBEE ISLAND, Ga.)

Ms. Catina Benefield- Jackson (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Sanders (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Geneva Jenkins (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary McKinney (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Lona Turpin (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Hugh Jones Sr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Bob Johnson (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

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.

How well do you know Israel? Take this quiz
The Chronicle claimed in the Jan. 30 editorial, "Arab world gets a pass," that "Arab nations expect us to police their neighbors, then complain bitterly when we do." John Culbert, Williston, S.C.

France only uses, doesn't contribute
French politicians and media across the political spectrum have hit back angrily at U.S. criticism (Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld) that France belonged to "old Europe" and was isolated in its opposition to war with Iraq. I believe Mr. Rumsfeld was way too kind to France. Thomas D. Kohli, Augusta

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.

Exile for Saddam?
With President Bush saying a decision on whether to use force to disarm Iraq is just weeks away, efforts are being stepped up, especially in the Arab world, to persuade strongman Saddam Hussein to take his family and cohorts and go into exile.

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.

Prohibit smoking at restaurants
This is directed to both smokers and restaurant owners who let them smoke inside of the building. As non-smokers, my family and I are the ones who are treated as second-class citizens, having to wait longer for non-smoking tables or booths and still have our meal ruined by some inconsiderate jerk who can't stop killing himself long enough to eat. Michael Smith, North Augusta, S.C.

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.

Chambliss doesn't sound concerned
I am writing to express my concern over the Jan. 21 article about the possibility of Fort Gordon being on the list of military bases to be closed in 2005 ("Chambliss warns of base closures," Metro). Freshman Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., was elected to represent our area, and it sounds as though he has given up without a fight. Bobbie H. Wimpy, Wrens, 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

Disaster coverage amounts to 'new pornography'
When I read the coverage of the Columbia explosion, I said, "Dear God, not again!" Justen Wonderly, Evans, Ga.

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

Not so routine
When the Challenger came apart in the sky 17 years ago, killing all seven astronauts aboard, President Reagan said that following the successful flight to the moon in 1969, Americans had come to believe that space travel was routine.

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.

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.

A plea for women considering abortion
This is a letter from a mother to all young women who are pregnant and considering whether to have their babies or have abortions. Elaine J. Swain, Thomson, Ga.

Overtime

Trio of second half goals doom Patriots

U.S. women win silver, bronze in Super G

Overtime

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

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
Matt Kenseth signed a long-term deal with Roush Racing on Monday, preventing what was expected to be a competitive free-agency chase.

U.S. women win silver, bronze in Super G
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland -- Suddenly, the prediction of a solitary medal seems tame. The U.S. women have won two already at the world championships, and sense more on the way.

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

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

Students find their own way to comprehend, grieve over shuttle disaster
From high schools to preschools, teachers and students began the school week with a tough assignment - how to talk about the space shuttle Columbia disaster and the deaths of its seven astronauts.

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

Russians and Americans mourn Columbia crew
KOROLYOV, Russia -- U.S. and Russian officials gathered Monday at mission control here to mourn the crew of the shuttle Columbia and pledge continued international cooperation in space exploration.

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.

NASA says it dealt with safety issues as best it could
WASHINGTON -- Investigators looking into the space shuttle disaster will have a well-documented record of years past reflecting mounting safety concerns, tight budgets and shortages of key experts in the NASA program.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Russian officials say paid visits to space station will be suspended
MOSCOW -- Russia will stop sending crews and paying tourists on short visits to the international space station for an unspecified period of time in the wake of the shuttle Columbia disaster, space officials said Monday.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pre-disaster NASA budget proposes more for shuttle
WASHINGTON -- NASA's space shuttle management draws criticism in President Bush's proposed budget for 2004 - prepared before Saturday's Columbia disaster - but the budget does provide more money for the program.

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.

Experts gather Columbia debris, remains
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- Under rain clouds that threatened to hamper their search, authorities returned to the forests of East Texas on Monday to hunt for more debris from the space shuttle Columbia and remains of its seven astronauts.

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.

Thermal-tile damage may be the No. 1 theory in the Columbia disaster
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA engineers settled into their long, joyless task of figuring out how space shuttle Columbia broke apart, saying conditions in the shuttle's final minutes point to a possible problem with its critical heat-protection tiles.

Columbia's grieving families comfort each other, say 'the bold exploration of space must go on'
The families of Columbia's crew urged the nation Monday to go beyond their grief and pursue "the bold exploration of space" to improve life on Earth for future generations.

Digital projectors make sharing photos, videos more fun
For years, business professionals have been using digital projectors to give presentations from their laptop computers. Professional photographers and videographers, too, use digital projectors to give slide and video presentations at workshops and conventions.

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.

Annoy your cubical mates
Never mind the number of days on the calendar, February is the longest month. After the year-end holidays and before the first crocus, February is to be endured, and some software that will drive your cubicle-mates nuts will help.

Latest version of fighting game good, gory
Fans of the great fighting game series are usually loyal to their favorites.

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.

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

Lady Bulldogs fall to LSU

Newton picks South Carolina in his own way
CONWAY, S.C. -- Marlboro County star Syvelle Newton capped a season he couldn't control in a way few could believe, selecting South Carolina and coach Lou Holtz as his college home.

South Carolina edges Kentucky

Newton picks South Carolina in his own way

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.

Pop music still has wide appeal

Pop music still has wide appeal
For years, pop artists such as 'NSYNC, Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears have dominated the music charts.

Alternative lyrics wanted

Your style
THE FACTS: Corey Rhodes, 17, and Robert Powell, 16, juniors at Cross Creek High School.

Love comes from friends and family

Got wheels?
Got a set of wheels you're really proud of? What about your room? Does it really reflect your personality off? Xtreme is looking for teens interested in showing off their rooms for the My Pad feature, or their cars for the My Ride feature.

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New on video and DVD: Sweet Home Alabama, starring Reese Witherspoon as a New York fashion designer trying to escape her rural Alabama past; Formula 51, with Samuel L. Jackson as a master chemist who finds himself in a big mess when he tries to make a quick buck with his new drug; and Igby Goes Down, about a boy (Kieran Culkin) trying to cope with his unusual upbringing while struggling to grow up.

Your style

Xtreme question of the week
What do you think of Valentine's Day?

Alternative lyrics wanted
Have you ever made up alternate lyrics to a popular song (think Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer)? Your pastime could finally pay off.

Love comes from friends and family
My three best friends are going to do something with their boyfriends for Valentine's Day, just like everyone else. So who are we single people left to hang with? Ourselves -- unless you just happen to have another close friend who is single.

Join groups to make friends

Talk to us
It's almost that time of year again, and Xtreme is looking for teens to model their prom fashions.

Students will spend day on musical bus

Join groups to make friends
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I just moved here from another state, and I'm having a little trouble making new friends. Is there anything I can do to make people like me? -- 14-year-old Evans girl.

Benjamin debut is clever, catchy

Artists corner
Joe Dorsey, 17, is a senior at Aquinas High School.

Xtreme question of the week

Artists corner

Xtreme calendar

Audio best
Associated PressWeekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

Butt out
Having trouble quitting smoking, even though you know it's deadly?

Students will spend day on musical bus
When the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus stops Monday in Augusta, eight area students will spend the day working with music professionals.

Valentine's Day can be tough for some teens
It's coming. The day when teens receive romantic gifts from significant others. Little candy hearts with cute sayings and chocolates will be everywhere.

Audio best

Valentine's Day can be tough for some teens

Benjamin debut is clever, catchy
While many hard-rock bands today fail to churn out a decent album, Breaking Benjamin scores with a smashing debut, Saturate.

Got wheels?

Unionized strippers ratify contract with San Francisco club

Odds and Ends

Bombing in Iraq softens air defenses as war debated elsewhere

Iraqi fighter-cleric: war to oust Saddam 'inevitable'

Iraq returns documents, artifacts looted in occupation of Kuwait

Third aircraft carrier now within striking distance of Iraq

Iraqi parliament speaker: Americans to suffer casualties 'beyond their imagination' if they invade Iraq

Key developments concerning Iraq

Rallying the troops or ordering coffee, Saddam is TV's nightly star

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

Latest version of fighting game good, gory

Citizen scientists play their part in tracking West Nile virus

Experts say wide use of fuel cell technology is decades away

Annoy your cubical mates

Digital projectors make sharing photos, videos more fun