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

New players face pressure to keep division title streak going

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.

Caminiti ordered to state-run rehab
HOUSTON -- Former National League MVP Ken Caminiti was ordered to a state-run drug treatment facility Tuesday, giving him another chance to avoid jail time for cocaine use.

Caminiti hearing pushed back to Tuesday

Padres agree to terms with Keith Lockhart

New players face pressure to keep division title streak going
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves have brought in hundreds of different players in their decade-plus playoff run, but you could always count on a little consistency among the top pitchers.

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.

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.

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.

Board details stance on legislative issues

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.

Company combats creation of union
AIKEN - The slightest discussion of a union among Wal-Mart employees requires managers to jump into action to discourage the activity, company officials told a judge for a federal labor agency Tuesday.

Factory orders rebound in December, rising 0.4 percent
WASHINGTON -- Orders to U.S. factories bounced back in December, rising by 0.4 percent, providing a dose of good news for the nation's manufacturers, which have borne the brunt of the fitful economic recovery.

Lawmakers OK revised loan act
ATLANTA - Georgia legislators took the first steps Tuesday toward persuading the mortgage industry to continue doing business in the state.

Stocks fall again on war worries
NEW YORK -- Increasingly anxious about a possible war with Iraq, investors unloaded stocks Tuesday, collecting profits from Wall Street's two-day rally.

Tax tips: avoid headaches, prepare taxes early

RV brings test to women
To get a mammogram at the hospital, Johnnie Mae Blount estimates, she would have to take off more than an hour of unpaid time from work.

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.

Stocks advance on better-than-expected earnings

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.

Board details stance on legislative issues
The Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday released its position on a range of state policy issues, with taxes, health care and education topping the list.

Business briefs
Changes in the Earned Income Tax Credit law will expand the number of low-income working taxpayers, especially military personnel, who qualify for the program.

Lawmakers mulling reviving the grocery tax

RV brings test to women

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.

Stocks fall again on war worries

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.

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.

Tax tips: avoid headaches, prepare taxes early
Earlier is better when it comes to working on your taxes. The IRS encourages everyone to get a head start on tax preparation. Not only do you avoid the last-minute rush, early filers also get a faster refund.

Records show improvements

UConn unanimous in replacing Duke at No. 1

Florida moves to No. 1 for first time

Tuesday tipoff

West Lake promotes from within

A sad ending

Welcome symbolism

Not so routine

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.

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.

'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.

In the know
THE FLAVORS: This wine possesses many flavors of peach and apricot and other fruits with layers of floral notes.

Reality shows make for another red-letter week for Fox
NEW YORK -- The success of "American Idol" and "Joe Millionaire" helped make Fox the nation's most popular network last week - the first time Fox has claimed that distinction during the traditional TV season on its entertainment programming alone.

Small portions
The Produce for Better Health Foundation, a nonprofit organization, is urging Americans to brighten their plates by eating fruit and vegetables in a variety of colors.

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.

Restaurant inspired creamy pasta dish
I've written before that I became interested in cooking through dining out. My husband, Bond, and I would enjoy a restaurant meal, and I would try to re-create our dining experience at home. That's the tale of this week's recipe.

'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.

Michael Jackson discusses his life in new TV documentary
LONDON -- A revealing and unsettling documentary in which Michael Jackson revealed that he sometimes lets children sleep in his bed unleashed a torrent of sharply divided opinion about the reclusive King of Pop.

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.

Chattanooga edges Georgia Southern

Tiger and Ernie: A renewed rivalry in the works

Big talent, big temper

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

Regions Cup lineup sees change in 2003
Savannah Lakes is out, the Augusta Municipal Golf Course is in, and the Camellia Classic has a new date.

Big talent, big temper
Imagine the shock and agony he must have felt.

Arnie might tee it up - but not at Augusta

Arnie might tee it up - but not at Augusta
The death of Sam Snead has left the Masters without an honorary starter this year, a role that eventually could be filled by Arnold Palmer.

Decision takes load off senior

Yellow Jacket finds a school

Prep basketball scores

Aiken outplays rival

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

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.

Decision takes load off senior
He's referred to the past month as a roller coaster. The highs have been exhilarating. The lows have been enough to make him sick.

All-Star MVP focuses on Atlanta turnaround

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.

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."

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.

Seven U.S. warships cross Suez Canal en route to the Gulf
PORT SAID, Egypt -- Seven U.S. warships crossed the Suez Canal on Tuesday heading to the Gulf to join the U.S. military buildup in preparation for a possible attack on Iraq.

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.

Turkish leader hints Turkey preparing to support U.S. in Iraq
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Turkey's top politician warned lawmakers Tuesday that the chances for war in Iraq are increasing and said Turkey risks losing a say in the future of its neighbor if parliament doesn't back the United States.

British report charges Iraqis bug every phone and room of inspectors
UNITED NATIONS -- Iraqi security agents have bugged every room and telephone of the U.N. weapons inspectors based in Baghdad and have hidden documents in Iraqi hospitals, mosques and homes, a new British report says.

Powell, with top CIA officials, to present Iraq evidence at U.N.
NEW YORK -- Secretary of State Colin Powell will be backed by top CIA officials as he presents evidence to the U.N. Security Council to try to convince wavering allies and other nations that Iraq has hidden weapons of mass destruction and defied calls to disarm.

Army's 3rd Infantry Division practices taking whole cities
IN THE KUWAITI DESERT -- Bradley Fighting Vehicles rumble across the desert, disgorging soldiers who emerge shooting. Mortar shells are fired, mines are cleared, obstacles are removed, targets are obliterated and a mock city is taken.

U.N. teams visit 10 sites as pressure mounts on inspection plans
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- In a busy day across Iraq, arms monitors checked 10 missile, chemical and other potential weapons production sites Tuesday, as U.S. diplomatic pressure mounted to possibly cut short the U.N. inspection plans.

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.

Saddam Hussein, in TV interview, denies any link with al-Qaida
LONDON -- Saddam Hussein, in an interview broadcast Tuesday, denied that Baghdad has a relationship with al-Qaida or weapons of mass destruction, saying it would be impossible to hide such arms.

Blix pleads for Iraq to produce evidence of weapons programs
UNITED NATIONS -- Warning Baghdad that it's "five minutes to midnight," chief U.N. inspector Hans Blix pleaded with the Iraqi government Tuesday to produce evidence during his visit this weekend about its weapons programs.

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.

Stealth pilots, other troops deploy base in New Mexico
HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- Under cover of night, five black stealth fighters roared off the runway at Holloman Air Force Base this week, part of a group that could be on a return mission to Iraq.

Iraq almost certain to respond to Powell's U.N. presentation
UNITED NATIONS -- Iraq is almost certain to respond in the Security Council to Secretary of State Colin Powell's presentation of U.S. evidence of alleged Iraqi weapons programs and links to al-Qaida.

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.

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.

Writing test results thrown out
The Middle Grades Writing Assessment results for Riverside Middle School have been invalidated due to testing irregularities.

Do as much for kids after birth as before

Restore old atmosphere of First Friday

Propagate evil by redefining concepts

France only uses, doesn't contribute

Government agencies can become self-perpetuating evils

Exile for Saddam?

Being called 'cowboy' not an insult

How well do you know Israel? Take this quiz

Disaster coverage amounts to 'new pornography'

Chambliss doesn't sound concerned

Prohibit smoking at restaurants

We must pay for quality health care

A plea for women considering abortion

'The Price is Right' heading to prime time again

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

Michael Jackson discusses his life in new TV documentary

Restaurant inspired creamy pasta dish

Ashanti and Amerie receive a leading Soul Train nominations

Reality shows make for another red-letter week for Fox

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

Small portions

Lynx learn road can be dangerous

Lynx learn road can be dangerous
Given the pitfalls of hotel living, long bus rides and hostile arenas, the road can be an uncomfortable place for a hockey team.

Lynx trade Gauthier for Greenville rookie
In a swap of young defensemen, the Augusta Lynx acquired rookie Chris Gustafson from the Greenville Grrrowl on Tuesday in exchange for second-year pro Jonathan Gauthier.

Five Questions with Martin Lapointe
Augusta Lynx defenseman Martin Lapointe answers questions for Chronicle staff writer Rob Mueller.

New member, chairman appointed to SEC

Grocery tax proposal stalls
ATLANTA -- A proposal by some House Democrats to revive a statewide sales tax on groceries looks dead after the top Democrat said Tuesday it's a bad idea.

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.

Convict must join registry for sex crime
An Evans man who pleaded guilty last month to sexual battery of a child must register as a sex offender, regardless of how his sentencing document reads, a representative of the state attorney general's office said Tuesday.

S.C. logging more than 1,700 National Guard, reservists on duty
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina is sending more than 1,700 reservists and National Guard members to active duty as the Pentagon builds up its forces at home and abroad and continues a peacekeeping mission in Bosnia, officials said Tuesday.

Panel OKs road-naming bill
ATLANTA - A Columbia County legislator is renewing his five-year fight to kick lawmakers' habit of naming highways and public buildings after one another.

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

Less costly cleanup involves rocky bank

Aiken schools notice effect

Proposal gives employers credit
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - When soldiers go to war, they leave behind their home, their family and their sense of security. But members of the National Guard and reserves, part-time soldiers increasingly called on to fight America's battles, also leave behind their jobs and regular income.

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.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Mary Murphy of Augusta.

Abortion bill clears Senate committee

News you can use
FEB. 5, 1976 Augusta Mayor Lewis A. Newman blamed the Richmond County legislative delegation yesterday for a delay in approval of a consolidation bill.

Verdict favoring paper is reversed

Across Georgia and South Carolina
MARIETTA, Ga. -A Cumming woman charged with fatally poisoning her police officer husband with antifreeze was granted a motion Tuesday that forbids officers watching her trial to wear their uniforms in court.

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.

Rants and Raves
CITY EMPLOYEES would like to have a raise just like the commissioners do.

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.

Deputies receive new shift schedule
AIKEN - Interim Aiken County Sheriff Jody Rowland announced Tuesday a reorganization of his patrol shifts and zones in an effort to have more deputies in public view.

Governor's ethics legislation approved by Senate committee
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue's ethics bill, aimed at restoring public trust in state government, unanimously passed a Senate committee Tuesday, as expected.

Aiken schools notice effect
AIKEN - Educators in Aiken County say that there hasn't been a flulike epidemic in their classrooms yet but that absentee rates are climbing.

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.

Budget pleases SRS supporters
AIKEN - With a Republican Congress, the president is expected to have success funding many of his just-released budget requests, including programs at Savannah River Site.

Boycott proposed over Georgia flag vote
ATLANTA -- Black political and civil rights groups in Georgia may take up a possible boycott of a referendum that could bring back the old state flag with its prominent Confederate symbol, the Rev. Joseph Lowery said.

Across the area
A Viagra thief is being sought on Fort Gordon, where more than 600 tablets were stolen from the outpatient pharmacy at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Bill would change utility regulation

Colleges wait for decision on bonds
The Medical College of Georgia and the University of Georgia at Athens are trying to secure their own tax-exempt bonds to build high-tech research buildings that the state and the schools could not otherwise afford.

Across Georgia

Judge jails doctor in fraud case
Saying his life has "crumbled away," a Thomson physician was sentenced Tuesday to 41 months in prison after pleading guilty to Medicaid fraud and to illegally writing prescriptions for the powerful pain medication OxyContin.

Cheeks intervenes for convict

Less costly cleanup involves rocky bank
A revised cleanup plan affecting an inner-city segment of the Augusta Canal calls for placement of rock riprap - a material some say is unsightly - along the canal banks.

News you can use

Tuberculosis tests reveal no infections
More than 60 people had positive skin tests but none actually developed tuberculosis after being exposed to an infected person at an Augusta telemarketing firm.

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

Road could carry Connell's name
ATLANTA - Soon, the drive in and out of Augusta might honor the longtime state legislator credited with securing the taxpayer money to build the road.

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.

Officials hunt man suspected of kidnap
Edgefield County authorities are looking for a Graniteville man suspected of kidnapping a Johnston woman Tuesday.

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.

Grocery tax proposal stalls

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.

Credit union robbed

Ted Turner says he's not able to buy back CNN
NEW YORK -- CNN founder Ted Turner said Tuesday that he doesn't have the money to buy the network back from AOL Time Warner.

Across the area

Rants and Raves
CITY EMPLOYEES would like to have a raise just like the commissioners do.

House approves predatory lending fix

House gives key approval to employment bill
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The House has given key approval to a bill that supporters say would strengthen the state's law allowing employers to let go of workers for any or no cause as long as no contract has been signed.

S.C. logging more than 1,700 National Guard, reservists on duty

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

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.

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.

Judge jails doctor in fraud case

Crack mom case again before Supreme Court
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A lawyer for the attorney general's office got heavy opposition from the state Supreme Court Tuesday for his request to overturn a judge's decision to acquit a woman of distributing cocaine through her bloodstream to her unborn child.

Budget pleases SRS supporters

Justices argue what to do with mentally retarded death row inmates
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Chief Justice Jean Toal says she doesn't want the U.S. Supreme Court to again overturn several South Carolina death penalty cases because her justices didn't go far enough to protect defendants.

News you can use

Two Lowcountry units deployed

Jesse Jackson starts Southern tour for civil rights

Protest law will stay put

Construction begins on child-care center

Funding could relocate trains

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Across the area

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.

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

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.

Mayor's priority is city's economy

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.

Battalion gets ready to deploy
Members of Georgia Army National Guard's 878th Engineering Battalion were told Tuesday to be alert for possible mobilization.

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.

Criticism stays on SRS manager

Colleges wait for decision on bonds

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.

Writing test results thrown out

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.

Boycott proposed over Georgia flag vote

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.

Panel OKs road-naming bill

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.

House gives key approval to employment bill

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.

Battalion gets ready to deploy

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.

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.

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.

Convict must join registry for sex crime

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.

Across Georgia and South Carolina

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.

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

Blood bag maker says substance is natural

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.

DVD debate is on roll

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

Credit union robbed
A Columbia County sheriff's deputy watches the door at the SRP Federal Credit Union in West Town Shopping Center after it was robbed Tuesday morning. Capt. Steve Morris said an unshaven white man in his late 20s or early 30s gave a note to a teller at about 10 a.m. The robber walked through the shopping center wearing a blue ball cap and a blue parka with white stripes down the sleeves and the letters "A" and "F" on the chest.

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.

DVD debate is on roll
As if cell phones weren't distracting enough, some people are installing TV and DVD systems in their dashboards.

House approves predatory lending fix
ATLANTA -- The Georgia House quickly approved changes to a predatory lending law, with members of both parties urging speed so loan companies won't abandon Georgia.

Blood bag maker says substance is natural
ATLANTA -- Federal health officials are examining blood bag manufacturing and blood collection sites in an attempt to discover the source of white particles found in donated blood in parts of the Southeast.

Signing Day is like Christmas
Ostensibly, the sellout crowd at the Carolina Center on Saturday wanted to see whether the Gamecocks basketball team could defeat Kentucky.

IRL hires Mears as driving coach and consultant
INDIANAPOLIS -- Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rick Mears, a consultant for Team Penske since retiring as a driver a decade ago, will be a coach and consultant for the IRL's Infiniti Pro Series.

Man dies behind wheel of car at Vegas racing school

Man dies behind wheel of car at Vegas racing school
LAS VEGAS -- A man in town for a business convention died of natural causes while driving at a racing school named for Richard Petty.

Roush hires Edwards for truck team, Kyle Busch out

IRL hires Mears as driving coach and consultant

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.

Russian cargo ship docks with International Space Station

Pre-disaster NASA budget proposes more for shuttle

NASA says it dealt with safety issues as best it could

Bush leads solemn tribute to fallen astronauts

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

Memorials held for two astronauts

Russian officials say paid visits to space station will be suspended

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

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

Text of President Bush's remarks at the Columbia memorial service

Russians and Americans mourn Columbia crew

Members of Columbia investigative board arrive in Texas to look at the debris

Japan to keep astronauts off space shuttles until safety determined

Hunt for space shuttle debris turns up nose cone

Daughter of astronaut who died in Challenger disaster helps console Columbia children

Critics question shuttle as sole ride to orbit

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:

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

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.

Lions hire Mariucci as coach

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Featured obituary: Mr. Cecil Suggs
For Debbie Davis, finding a kennel to board her sheltie Dylan was a chore, but that was before she met Cecil Suggs.

Mr. Hugh Jones Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Q.T. Portwood    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Bob Johnson    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Mattie Sanders    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mrs. Geneva Jenkins    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Jesse Beard Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Hannah    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Troy Still    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Zelma Grier    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Cecil Suggs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Freeman    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)
Ms. Catina Benefield- Jackson    (WRENS, Ga.)
Mrs. Martha Davis    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Ms. Willie Copeland    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Kenneth Wilson    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Jean Tanner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Mandarini Sr.    (CLERMONT, Fla.)
Mrs. Mary Tucker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Hugh Jones    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Frances Martorello    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Patsy Andrews    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mr. Claude Astin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Albert Beall    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mr. Junior Wright    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Fannie Davis    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Sheila Carter    (EVANS, Ga.)
Ms. Donna Haddock    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Jesse Beard Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Martha Davis    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Elsie Merritt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Paul Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Mark Myers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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Mrs. Elizabeth Whaley (TYBEE ISLAND, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Mandarini Sr. (CLERMONT, Fla.)

Mrs. Lona Turpin (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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Nuclear energy is best solution to global warming problem
IT IS A remarkable paradox: At a time when the rest of the world is looking toward America for leadership in combating global warming, the environmental movement refuses to accept the only energy technology that can make a real difference now in reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. Nuclear power is environmentally safe, reliable and affordable.

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.

Restore old atmosphere of First Friday
Banning street vendors from First Friday was a terrible mistake. When a local art board started First Friday, it was attempting to attract local residents to become customers of the street-side art galleries and restaurants. Michael Steele, Augusta

Being called 'cowboy' not an insult
It seems that every time I read the paper or watch the news these days, some tree-hugging, peace lover is calling President George W. Bush a "cowboy" - like that is a bad thing. Rick Boland, Waynesboro, Ga.

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.

Government agencies can become self-perpetuating evils
Please pardon my haunting paranoia, but I believe the German people experienced something similar to the present creation of the enormous bureaucracy called "homeland security." The original organization was called the Security Service (Sicherheitsdiest), created in 1933 under the command of Reinhard Heydrich. Harry F. Myers, Augusta

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.

Nuclear energy is best solution to global warming problem
IT IS A remarkable paradox: At a time when the rest of the world is looking toward America for leadership in combating global warming, the environmental movement refuses to accept the only energy technology that can make a real difference now in reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. Nuclear power is environmentally safe, reliable and affordable.

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.

Propagate evil by redefining concepts
Throughout history, bad people have learned the easiest way to justify and propagate their evil is to redefine words and concepts so as to conceal their contrary agendas by acceptable masks. Tim Fellows Jr., Augusta

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.

We must pay for quality health care
The mix of quote by former President John F. Kennedy, the political cartoon and the editorial, "Let's work on the mix," in the Jan. 19 Augusta Chronicle is worthy of comment. Mark MacDonald, Evans, Ga.

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.

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.

Do as much for kids after birth as before
We are spending enormous amounts of time, money and effort trying to save the unborn, but just can't seem to muster much time, money or effort to take care of them once they get here. Amanda Lang, Augusta

A sad ending
Until Sonny Perdue's stunning defeat of incumbent Gov. Roy Barnes last November, perhaps the biggest election upset in Georgia history was the shocking 1994 victory of Linda Schrenko over the seemingly unbeatable Werner Rogers for the position of state school superintendent.

Welcome symbolism
It's easy to be cynical and shrug off Georgia legislators' move to cut their own salaries to help fight the budget deficit as just showboating.

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

Overtime

Tapia won't face drug charges in Arizona

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

Overtime

Tapia won't face drug charges in Arizona
KINGMAN, Ariz. -- Boxer Johnny Tapia will not face drug paraphernalia charges in Arizona.

Overtime
The season-ending WTA Championships will change its format from a 16-player single-elimination tournament to an eight-player round-robin with the singles winner earning $1 million.

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.

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

Ridge Spring still has Ninety-Six's number
MONETTA, S.C. - The Ninety-Six Lady Wildcats were out to avenge their only loss of the season, but fell short at Ridge Spring-Monetta on Tuesday.

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

Aiken outplays rival
AIKEN - South Aiken girls basketball coach Steve Young saw the signs.

Lions hire Mariucci as coach
DETROIT -- Steve Mariucci was hired as coach of the Detroit Lions on Tuesday, taking over one of the NFL's worst teams less than three weeks after his dismissal by the 49ers.

Signing Day is like Christmas

Japan to keep astronauts off space shuttles until safety determined
TOKYO -- Japan's space agency has decided it will not allow any Japanese astronauts to participate in space shuttle missions until it has determined them to be safe, officials said Tuesday.

Bush leads solemn tribute to fallen astronauts
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- Led by President Bush, thousands of grieving space workers and their families, friends, neighbors and political leaders paid a solemn farewell Tuesday to the seven Columbia astronauts.

Memorials held for two astronauts
HOUSTON -- The father of Israel's first astronaut, who died with the crew of the Columbia space shuttle, said Monday he was grateful to the American people, Israel and NASA for their support.

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.

Members of Columbia investigative board arrive in Texas to look at the debris
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- Members of the independent board investigating the Columbia disaster arrived via helicopter Tuesday morning to get a first-hand at the look at the debris scattered over the countryside.

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.

Critics question shuttle as sole ride to orbit
The Columbia disaster demonstrates that the space shuttle is the wrong tool for NASA's job, according to critics of the program, who say the agency should consider scrapping it in favor of a simpler approach.

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.

Text of President Bush's remarks at the Columbia memorial service
A text of President Bush's remarks at a memorial service for the Columbia astronauts on Tuesday, as transcribed by eMediaMillWorks Inc.:

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.

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.

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.

Russian cargo ship docks with International Space Station
KOROLYOV, Russia -- A Russian cargo craft docked at the international space station on Tuesday, bringing vital fuel and food to an outpost and crew suddenly cut off from a major supply line following the loss of the shuttle Columbia.

Hunt for space shuttle debris turns up nose cone
HEMPHILL, Texas -- Investigators have made an important discovery in their hunt for rubble from space shuttle Columbia, locating the spacecraft's nose cone in a heavily wooded area of eastern Texas.

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.

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.

Daughter of astronaut who died in Challenger disaster helps console Columbia children
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Kathie Scobee Fulgham knows well what the children of the Columbia astronauts are going through. She, too, struggled with the scary, unanswered questions and the horrifying images again and again when her father died on the space shuttle Challenger.

Software can be annoying
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.

Researcher: Lean economic times may be good for your health
BOSTON -- The sickly economy may have a silver lining: Research shows tough times are good for your health.

Investigation of particles in donated blood continues
ATLANTA -- Federal health officials are examining blood bag manufacturing and blood collection sites in an attempt to discover the source of white particles found in donated blood in parts of the Southeast.

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.

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.

South Carolina's Tanner to lead U.S. into Pan Am Games
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina coach Ray Tanner, an Olympic assistant under manager Tommy Lasorda three years ago, was named head coach of the USA Baseball national team that will head to the Pan American Games later this year.

Newton picks South Carolina in his own way

South Carolina's Tanner to lead U.S. into Pan Am Games

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.

West Lake promotes from within
Lincoln Blackman was going to be another link in a three-decadelong chain of assistant pros Mark Darnell groomed and sent off to be head pros.

Valentine's Day can be tough for some teens

Xtreme question of the week

Your style

Got wheels?

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.

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

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.

Love comes from friends and family

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

Talk to us

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.

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:

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.

Audio best

Xtreme calendar
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.

Join groups to make friends

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.

Xtreme calendar

Benjamin debut is clever, catchy

Artists corner

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Students will spend day on musical bus

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

Alternative lyrics wanted

Third aircraft carrier now within striking distance of Iraq

Blix pleads for Iraq to produce evidence of weapons programs

Saddam Hussein, in TV interview, denies any link with al-Qaida

British report charges Iraqis bug every phone and room of inspectors

U.N. teams visit 10 sites as pressure mounts on inspection plans

Seven U.S. warships cross Suez Canal en route to the Gulf

Key developments concerning Iraq

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

Powell, with top CIA officials, to present Iraq evidence at U.N.

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

Army's 3rd Infantry Division practices taking whole cities

Iraq returns documents, artifacts looted in occupation of Kuwait

Turkish leader hints Turkey preparing to support U.S. in Iraq

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

Iraq almost certain to respond to Powell's U.N. presentation

Digital projectors make sharing photos, videos more fun

Annoy your cubical mates

Latest version of fighting game good, gory

Researcher: Lean economic times may be good for your health

Software can be annoying

Investigation of particles in donated blood continues